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Sex, Nudity And Half Of A Yellow Sun ……… Shaibu Husseini, Steve Ayorinde, Toni Kan Speaks…..

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ver the weekend in Lagos, Oscar nominee and BAFTA award winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor lays claim to the fact that Half of a Yellow Sun is not just a Nigerian story but an international story which has its implications and relevance across the world. The movie which was centered on love could not have left the original plot out which talks about the Biafran war.

By now you probably have heard of Half of a Yellow Sun, but no one has told you about the nudity and sex scenes, by the way it was artistically done. Thandie Newton came out of the bath tub naked with her bare boobs, Chiwetel and Thandie Newton had sex and there was another sex scene in the movie – again all were artistically done. The question is, can Nigerian actors ever go all the way in movies like these people did (remember Chiwetel and Lupita in 12 Years a Slave)?

Toni Kan, a film critic and author said the sex scene was well done, ‘you can’t be in the bath tub and be fully dressed or start covering your body when your husband enters the room like we do in our movies, Nigerians would love it and after all Ghanaians have done more than that.’ He added that it justified the description in the book. Besides this is collaboration between Nollywood and Hollywood and certain things have to be made as real as possible.

A renowned journalist, Steve Ayorinde, said nothing is offensive, ‘part of the reason we don’t do well in our movies is because we don’t speak cinema language, and nudity in movies is given unnecessary attention, you can’t be in your bath tub and be clothed. Movies that win the Oscar are doing it professionally and the actors and actresses see it as their job and the press doesn’t make a big deal out of it. Also, our acts put restriction on themselves and film makers too and that would not have allowed them go that far. In addition, our movies are not professionally and maturely shot, we need to be lightened up about that and start being professional.’

Shaibu Husseini, a journalist and movie critic went on to say that the movie sure has to do with arts and it contributes and advances the story, he doubts if we could do it. ‘Thandie is a professional and convinced it would help the film, we are from a society where normal parts like that are daring and misinterpreted. It’s just an actress portraying her character. Biyi Bandele even played down on some of the descriptions.’

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Juju Music Sensation Dele Taiwo’s Star-Studded Birthday Bash in Lagos To Hold On Sunday

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The cozy Avalanche Club is set to become the epicenter of a grand celebration this Sunday as renowned Juju musician, Asiwaju Dele Taiwo, affectionately known as Dele Taiwo, commemorates his birthday with a star-studded event dubbed “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo and Friends Live In Lagos.”

This highly anticipated celebration, powered by Otunba Femi Davies of Metronews and Otunba Bestman Nze Jumbo of Team Nigeria for Change, promises to be an unforgettable evening, featuring performances from top Juju musicians such as Queen Ayo Balogun, Hessking, Fuji rave , Alh Wasiu Haruna Ishola son of the Apapa legend, Haruna Ishola. Boye Best is also top on the list of artistes that will thrill the birthday celebration audience.

The event is surely a testament of the profound respect and admiration the Nigerian music community holds for Dele Taiwo, a prominent figure in the industry.

Otunba Bestman, expressing his excitement, shared, “Asiwaju Dele Taiwo is my friend and a force to reckon with in the Nigerian music space. It is our style in Team Nigeria for Change to identify and celebrate such outstanding acts. So, myself and some friends believe it is not too much to celebrate such a person who has made huge impacts on his birthday.”

The venue for this exclusive birthday celebration, Avalanche Restaurant and Lounge, is strategically chosen for its cozy and pleasurable ambiance.

Owned by Hon. Kehinde Paul Bankole, this upscale venue is located at 5, Bamako Estate, Opposite Omole Phase I, in Lagos.

Hon. Bankole emphasized the special nature of this event, stating, “Gentleman Dele Taiwo’s birthday celebration is a special appearance for me personally and I can assure our guests that the best treatment in terms of hospitality awaits them at Avalanche this Sunday.”

Guests attending the event can look forward to a glamorous evening starting with a red carpet reception at 4:00 PM, setting the tone for a night filled with music, celebration, and high spirits.

Asiwaju Dele Taiwo’s birthday bash is not just a celebration of his life but also a tribute to his contributions to the Juju music genre, bringing together friends, fans, and fellow musicians in an evening of joy and festivity.

Media support includes City People magazine, MetroNews, Eko mi Eko e, Freelanews, Society Reporters, SocietyGist, Goldmyne, Islanders Events magazine, Dior events, Dope TV, and many more.

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Banky W survives fourth cancer surgery

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Nigerian singer, Olubankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, has undergone a fourth cancer surgery.

The Made For You crooner, In a heartfelt post on his Instagram page on Thursday, expressed gratitude to God for his recovery.

Banky W thanked his wife, family, friends, and pastors for their unwavering support and prayers, as well as his medical team, Dr. Onyewu and Dr. Adenuga, for their expertise and care.

Sharing a video he wrote, “Christ 4 – Cancer Tumors 0

“Sometimes, your faith in God will not prevent the storms from coming… but it will carry you through them. Faith won’t always stop you from hurting, but it will help you heal, and it will help you deal.

“God never said the weapons wouldn’t form, He promised that they wouldn’t prosper. He never said the enemy wouldn’t come… He promised that when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of God would raise a standard against him.

“Posting this testimony to encourage anyone out there who is going through a challenge. It might seem bigger than you, but greater is He that is in you than anything you will face in this world.

“Grateful for my wife, family, friends, and Pastors for their love, prayers, and support. Thanking God for my health and trusting that this latest victory is final in Jesus’ name.

“Appreciating the gifted hands and minds of my doctors, Dr. Onyewu of the Center for Advanced Specialty Surgery, and Dr. Adenuga of Euracare and the teams that support them.

“We have the victory yet again. Now and forever, in Jesus’ name.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28″

 

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Baigewallet Signs Nollywood Actress, Bimbo Ademoye, As Ambassador

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Digital financial service platform, Baigewallet, has signed Bimbo Ademoye, a celebrated Nollywood actress and content creator, as its Brand Ambassador.

Known for her exceptional creativity, acting prowess, and pleasant personality, Ademoye epitomises the values of innovation, creativity, and inclusivity at the heart of Baigewallet’s ethos.

As the Brand Ambassador, Baigewallet, in a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP, said Ademoye will assume a pivotal role in championing Baigewallet’s products and services while advocating for enhanced financial literacy, a culture of improved savings, and heightened inclusion for women.

“She will actively engage with Baigewallet’s diverse audience across multiple platforms, including dynamic social media campaigns, community events, and educational initiatives. Furthermore, she will collaborate closely with Baigewallet’s team to craft innovative strategies to enhance user experience and improve adoption,” the company added.

Baigewallet, therefore, reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to driving financial innovation and empowering individuals to flourish in the digital era.

 

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