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Samsung launches Galaxy S5 in Nigeria, Gear 2 and Gear Fit too



The world’s largest maker of mobile handsets, Samsung Electronics, on Wednesday, April 11,

formally unveiled its new Galaxy S5 smartphone, alongside the latest in its industry-leading wearable

device line, the Gear Fit and Gear 2, in Nigeria. The devices are already on sale at all Samsung

Experience Stores and accredited dealers’ nationwide.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is completely dust proof and can be submerged in up to one metre of

water for about 30 minutes, a feature that was demonstrated by the company at an elaborate launch

in Lagos. The device, which features a screen that is slightly larger than that of the Galaxy S4, has

been described as having the “best smartphone display ever tested’ by highly-respected gadget

display performance calibrators, DisplayMate. The Galaxy S5 offers 27 percent improvement in

display power efficiency over its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, while using 18 percent less display


The highlight of the smartphone is a new fingerprint scanner, which is integrated with the device’s

home button and provides consumers with a safe, biometric screen-locking feature. For fitness

enthusiasts, the Galaxy S5 comes with a heart rate sensor that helps monitor heart rate during

exercise and fitness routines using the S Health service. The new S health application boasts

different fitness management applications that allow users to stay fit the smart way.

Other key features of the Galaxy S5 include an advanced camera system, improved battery capacity

and a download booster that can fuse the device’s Wi-Fi and data connections together to provide

smoother internet connectivity. Its unique ultra-power saving mode shuts down all of the device’s key

functions to allow users make the most of their last bit of battery power. According to Samsung, the

Galaxy S5 can run for up to 24 hours on a 10 percent battery charge when this mode is activated.

Speaking at the unveiling of the device, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr.

Brovo Kim, said the Galaxy S5 will redefine how technology innovation enhances quality of life. “With

the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering capabilities that matter most

to our consumers. Consumers today are on the lookout for mobile tools that inspire and support

them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential

and useful features that focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through

people-inspired innovation.” he said.

Also on display at the event were brand new additions to Samsung’s wearable-technology line-
up, the Gear 2 and Gear Fit, offering consumers enhanced connectivity alongside an integrated

communication experience. The Gear 2, an upgrade of Samsung’s original Gear device,

incorporates a 1.63-inch screen, a 2-megapixel camera that is now located on the device’s screen,

a sensor that enables usage of the device as a television remote control and a personal fitness

coaching guide. The device also comes with a range of changeable straps and interface themes that

lets wearers create their own style, with a choice of colours including Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey

and Wild Orange.

The Gear Fit is the industry’s first curved super AMOLED display and merges the convenience

of Samsung Gear technology with comprehensive fitness tools that empower consumers to

stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity. The wrist-worn

device incorporates a built-in heart rate monitor, a lightweight swappable strap and provides

instant notification for incoming calls, e-mails, text messages and much more. Like the Galaxy S5

smartphone, both Gear devices are dust and water-resistant.

Speaking of the Gear Fit and Gear 2, Director, Information Technology and Mobile, Samsung

Electronics West Africa, Mr. Emmanouil Revmatas said: “At Samsung, we understand that the next

generation of wearable mobile solutions must directly reflect the diverse interests and needs of

consumers. Our Gear product portfolio continues to expand with unique devices for a wide range of

lifestyles, including the Gear 2 and the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to

live fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on

the go.”

Revmatas added that the Gear 2 and Gear Fit can run for between two to six days before requiring a

battery recharge, depending on usage levels and number of connected devices.

In further demonstration of its commitment to providing innovative, consumer-oriented service,

Samsung announced that the new Galaxy S5 smartphone will feature Samsung Premium, an

advanced version of the company’s original 24-month accidental damage from handling (ADH)

warranty. Under the Samsung Premium package, consumers will receive a substitute device in the

event of screen or liquid damage to their Galaxy S5, at no extra charge.

“With the original ADH warranty, our consumers got to take their Galaxy S4 for charge-free and no-
questions asked repairs for screen and liquid damage, not once but twice during the first two years

of the life of their device. For the Galaxy S5, we have upgraded the service. With the Samsung

Premium warranty, instead of two repair claims, users of the device will now get two instant phone

substitutions over the 24-month warranty period, at no extra charge. This value-add represents our

commitment to anticipating the needs of our consumers and providing them with superior service

towards making their lives worry-free,” Revmatas explained.

Samsung will also be offering a trade-in and upgrade programme for consumers who purchase the

Galaxy S5, guaranteeing the future value of the device by up to 25%, to be used on the purchase of

consumers’ next premium Samsung Galaxy device. Customers who purchase the Galaxy S5 will be

able to get 25% back within 12 months, to be used as a discount on their next premium purchase.

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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Junior Pope is dead….




Actor Junior Pope Odonwodo has died.

According to reports, four actors including Junior Pope fell into Anam River in Anambra State, on their way to a movie location and their bodies have been recovered.

The actor had earlier shared a video of himself and others on a boat, on their way to the movie location.

Captioning the video, he wrote: “See me lamenting….The risk we take to entertain you; crossing river 9ja yesterday with no life jacket…. Na wahooooo Who does that ??”

Some of his colleagues reacted in the comment section of the video shortly after his death was announced.

“Jesus! Oh Lord! Oh Lord,” Tana Adelana wrote.

“I’m so sad. can’t believe this. Big Sam where are you? am shaking,” Yvonne Jegede wrote.

The 39-year-old was married to Jennifer Awele.

They have three children together.


I don’t say much here anymore for a lot of reasons but I’ll say this, this was all preventable deaths if the minimum standards of safety was followed. If we in this business take ourselves a bit more seriously and practice this profession with all the seriousness it deserves. Nobody should go into a boat without a life jacket. Period. No producer should send people into one nor should anybody cast/crew enter anyone. How many deaths are enough?…… Richerd Mofe Damijo….


What a tragedy ! What a shame ! How could these young men take this kind of risk. No life jackets and you can’t swim. Ahhh. This is so,so sad.

May God receive their souls. Amen🙏….. Zik Zulu Okafor



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Comedian AY, wife separate after 20 years




Popular Nigerian comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, and his wife, Mabel, have separated after 20 years of “friendship/marriage”.

The comedian confirmed the development in a post on his Instagram page on Sunday.

He said he had reached a stage where he could no longer entertain the public with “deep personal family issues.”

He wrote, “Many people believe that staying silent simply means that one is incapable of dealing with issues. Projecting a negative narrative against someone who is not struggling to defend himself doesn’t mean he is weak. Some of us are just logical enough to understand the difference between opinions, values, beliefs, and facts.

“The personality and ability that I possess simply confirm that I have reached that stage in my life where I can not be entertaining the public with deep personal family issues. They just might be too much to handle concerning the individuals involved. Not even when I have a grown-up daughter who has access to social media. Her mental health needs to be protected from seeing things she can not be proud of online.

“Yes! Without compromising my family, I have found myself doing some things that I am not proud of today. It is one thing to watch my friendship/marriage of 20 years slip off my hands, but it’s another thing for the parties involved to understand how to appropriate the blame in a space that is designed for most women to always play the victims and win. I can tell you for free that no one is completely innocent enough to cast stones.

“Presently, I am loving the way that lies about me in all these blogs are travelling faster than the truth. But my painful truth will eventually beat away all the lies.”

Also, in a post on her Instagram page on Sunday, Mabel said she had stopped reacting to disrespect.

She wrote, “Distance is my new response to disrespect. I don’t react, I don’t argue. I don’t dive into the drama. I just remove myself.”

Ayo and Mabel got married in November 2008, and they are blessed with two children.

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It was an evening of happiness, conviviality, and camaraderie, on Saturday, March 30, 2024, as members of the Realtime Moviearts group hosted a reception in honour of the new Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Dr Shaibu Husseini.
Members of the Realtime Moviearts group, made up of publishers, editors, and ceo’s of media outfits, gathered inside the arena of the COSON house in Ikeja to rejoice with and celebrate Dr Shaibu.
The reception, designed as an informal evening of fun and yabis for members, in the usual Realtime manner, had veteran entertainment broadcast journalist, Segun Adebowale, as the compere, and COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji and GM, Bernice Eriemeghe, as special guests of honour.
The close-knit event kicked off with prayers by Business Day topshot, Nonye Ben-Nwankwo, after which members of the group were introduced.
A number of Realtimers used the opportunity to talk about the Shaibu they knew. From Nonye Iwuagwu Ben-Nwankwo, to Dorah Osas, Bidemi Dairo, Alozie Uzokwu, Yemi Oladeinde, Nkarenyi Ukonu, and Juliet Bumah, it was one word of praise, endearment, and appreciation after the other for the man fondly called CJ by Realtimers.
The eulogies weren’t complete until COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, spoke about the Shaibu he knew and The Nation’s Assistant Entertainment Editor, Gbenga Bada aka BARON gave the toast at the event.
With food, chops, and drinks in the house, all the 27 members of the group urged Chief Okoroji to present a plaque to Dr Shaibu, who attended the reception alongside his adorable wife, Ruth.

The new ED, a versatile dancer himself, led his friends to the dance floor after a heartwarming and promised filled thank you speech that took over 10 minutes.
Before Segun Adebowale officially declared the reception over, members of Realtime, who are now based in diaspora were connected and they equally had one good thing or the other to say about the actor, dancer, culture administrator, journalist and film critic as well as communication teacher, who would henceforth supertend the NFVCB.
Realtime, conceived as a whatsapp group with eminent entertainment journalism practitioners, as members, was founded over 10 years ago by Justin Akpovi-Etsade with Dr Shaibu Husseini as the coordinator.

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