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Govt agency seeks legislation to go after BBNaija, crossdressers over nudity



Abuja—The National Council for Art and Culture (NCAA) has asked the House of Representatives for a legal framework to go after the organisers of Big Brother Naija (BBN) over nudity in the show.

The council is also seeking powers to arrest and prosecute crossdressers in the country.

Premium Times reports that, the Director General of the council, Segun Runsewe, made the call on Tuesday during an investigative hearing by an ad hoc committee of the House.

The committee is charged with investigating the duplication of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

Mr Runsewe, who has been very vocal against popular Nigerian cross-dresser, Okuneye Olanrewaju, popularly known as Bobrisky, told the lawmakers that he ordered the police to disrupt the birthday celebration of Bobrisky.

Segun Runsewe

He said he had previously raised the issue of nudity in bbnaija to the organisers.

“I am the first person who took Big Brother Nigeria to the NBC to report them because they were having…I took it up and Big Brother (organisers) tried to reach me and I told them that if the culture in other parts of the world is to be naked – nudity, etc they should not bring it to Nigeria because our culture is rich and it respects the integrity of our country,” he said.

A lawmaker, Alex Egbonna (PDP, Cross-River), complained that the intervention has not stopped the display of nudes on the show.

“That is the problem with Nigeria: you start something, you don’t end it. But they were still naked even in the last event. That thing you started, taking them to wherever you took them to – has not ended, that is what I’m saying.

“They are still doing the same thing. They should have learnt. There is no solution to what you started and that is the Nigerian factor,” he said.

Responding, Mr Runsewe said if the lawmakers would give the council the needed power through the legislative framework, the issues will be addressed.

“I will give you an example. When Bobrisky started behaving like a woman, I rose and followed him to Lagos. I ‘scattered’ his (birthday) party and I told him, ‘This is not our culture.’ But at the end of the day, that is just Part 1. This honourable house just needs to empower us with just a legal framework and that nonsense will stop,” he stated further.

The Big Brother Naija ended its season 7 reality show on Sunday. It was won by Ijeoma Otabor better known as Phyna.

The organisers said the show titled “Level Up” gulped over N4.7 billion.

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Entertainment industry in Bayelsa still struggling, says Popular hypeman




Yenagoa—Like every ambitious youth who is determined to excel, Inebiri Theophilus Bubaralayefa popularly known as King Zephyr embraced hype not only as a means to make ends meet but to also add value to society.

In an exclusive interview with our reporter, Zephyr revealed what motivated him to become a hype man, his challenges, the growth of nightlife in Bayelsa and how far the entertainment industry has fared in the state.

According to him, “I’m a rapper and as a rapper, it’s good to know when to back up your verse. Hype is like that void that fills up the spaces in music. It fills up spaces in instrumental so everybody got to enjoy the music.

“So being a rapper is one of the few reasons that motivated me to hype,” he said.

Narrating his challenges as a hype man, he averred that people don’t take the nightlife serious because they feel everything happens during the day.
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His words, “A lot of people don’t understand that if people spend N2m during the day, they spend N10m during the night.

“Nightlife is so massive that it plays a major role in the economy of that location. So people need to start adding value to it.

“Another thing is that as a hype man people will not see you to be original. I mean those people that aren’t futuristic. They will see you as a person that is hiding under the shadow of another person.

“They feel this way because you hype other people’s music, you hype on other people’s verses. It’s more like you’re eating already-cooked food. So people need to understand that hyping is an industry on its own.

“Another challenge is funding. It is virtually a challenge everyone has. Presently I’m working on a project called the ‘I no get’ challenge. A project like this I really need to promote it and money is a major issue.”

He stated that the nightlife business is currently contributing a lot to the economy of Bayelsa State, adding that it has given jobs to a whole lot of people.

“The nightlife has also given me access to a whole lot of people I can’t even have access to during the day,” he revealed.

Zephyr opined that the entertainment industry in Bayelsa is still struggling with very limited investment in the sector.

“It is a sector on its own that needs to be invested in. When you look at the likes of Lagos, Abuja people are deliberate in investing in entertainment.

“They are deliberate in investing in the lives of entertainers. Setting up record labels, building studios, and setting up recreational centers where entertainment activities can happen.

“But in Bayelsa, these things don’t happen. Just imagine for years the peace park has not been functioning, what about the Ox Bow Lake that took them a long time before they started the renovation,” he said.

While stressing that the Government of Bayelsa State has not been deliberate about investing in entertainment, he also called on private organizations to help develop the industry.

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BREAKING: Popular gospel singer, Sammie Okposo is dead




Lagos—Popular Nigerian gospel singer Sammie Okposo died in the early hours of Friday, multiple sources report.

According to reports, the singer, 51, who recently made headlines following a cheating scandal, slumped and died at his home on Friday morning.

Recall, in May this year, the veteran singer escaped death by the whiskers in a ghastly car accident while driving at 3rd mainland bridge in Lagos but Okposo said he “was saved from the hands of the devil and his cohorts.”

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Actors guild reacts to viral video of famous actor, Hanks Anuku roaming, begging on street




Lagos—The Actors Guild of Nigeria has said it is investigating the state of health of the famous Nollywood actor Hanks Anuku, Premium Times reports.

On Monday, a video of the once superstar actor looking unkempt and seeking alms in Asaba hit the internet, drawing reactions.

Actress and filmmaker Shan George debunked the video, stating that the actor was on the set of a movie. She backed her claim with photos of him on the said movie set.

Interestingly, a similar video of him seeking alms from passengers in several buses on a busy road in Benin went viral.

The videos are reminiscent of his late colleague Ernest Asuzu, who was filmed begging for money and food on the streets of Oke-Afa in Isolo, Lagos, in January 2020.

62-year-old Hanks, the older brother of Miss Nigeria 1986 Rita Anuku, who died in 2015, held sway in Nollywood in the late 1990s until 2014, when he relocated to Ghana.

The ex-Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, appointed him a special adviser on Tourism and Entertainment in 2010, a role he occupied for a short time.

After that, he was in the news when the late prophet TB Joshua reportedly delivered him from alcoholism and mental illness; he moved to Ghana after the incident.

In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, Actors Guild president Emeka Rollas said his team was “on top of the situation.”

Regarding both incidents, Mr Rollas said the Guild is trying to ascertain the authenticity of the videos.

“There’s nothing I can say from the official point of view at the moment, but we have sent out the Guild Chairman of Edo and Delta States first to locate where he is, whether he’s filming and all of that.

“It’s only when we can get that information then we can say something officially. For now, we have no information. Nobody seems to know where he is. I believe it is not something serious,” he said.

He confirmed that Hanks was on set five days ago with Shan George.

The AGN President also cautioned his colleagues, whom he said to use every opportunity to ‘chase clout’, describing the habit as highly deplorable.

According to him, when an actor has a problem, the solution isn’t always to go on social media to draw attention.

“I don’t know why some people in the entertainment industry feel entitled. These people we are talking about also have families. We have Umunna in the everyday Igbo language.

“There’s nobody on the earth who does not have a family. Allow the family to react. The family will tell you whether he needs help or not,” he said.

He further stated that the guild has a Trust Fund headed by veteran actress Joke Sylva.

He called on actors and the public to ask for the AGN trust fund so that when issues like this arise, they don’t have to come to the public to seek help.

He said, “Emotions don’t solve problems. We have created systems that we use to solve these problems. In the last two years, we have distributed over N6 million to our members in need, and we are going further.”

Initial denial
Shortly after the first video was released, veteran actress and filmmaker Shan George refuted reports that Mr Anuku was dealing with mental issues.

According to her, the actor was fine as they have been on the set of a new movie, ‘Coming to Onitsha’.

Reacting to the clip, Shan debunked the speculations surrounding the video.

According to her, the viral video was a scene from a movie, and they were in Asaba, Delta State, for a film project.

“Nothing dey do Hanks o we dey the same set. These pix were three days ago,” she captioned a photograph of herself and the actor on her Instagram status.

In another status, she posted a clip from the set where she was with the actor.

In the clip, she said, “yeah, this is Hanks Anuku. Just the handsome Hanks Anuku. The superstar. This is my sweet baby in the movie.”

She revealed that Mr Anuku plays a crazy American returning to be king in the movie, ‘Coming to Onitsha’.

Botched help
Nollywood actress Iheme Nancy accused Shan of being insincere about Hanks’ health.

In a post on her verified Instagram page, the actress said that her conscience would not allow her to be calm about the disturbing video of Hanks, which she says is 100 per cent true.

According to her, Shan debunked claims instead of letting the veteran actor get the help he needed.

“Instead of allowing people to help him, you canceled a truth. Why Na? Uncle Hanks’s condition is not a secret to any Asaba-based actor.

“Neither is it to most Asaba residents as most people have seen him in different odd locations in an abnormal state,” she said.

She shared her encounter with him at 1side bar on the 27th of October, where she said he almost beat her up for no reason.

“He said some hurtful words to @ujunwa_aninneji and me, but we kept calm because he wasn’t himself. From that day, I prayed he could get help, and finally, yesterday that God was about to answer that prayer; you stopped it for reasons best known to you.

“Drinking in a stupor, walking around Asaba is not new. Plus, this post is to plead with well-meaning Nigerians. Hanks Anuku needs help,” she added.

In June 2020, Hanks refuted the second death rumour being peddled about him in one month.

The actor shared a similar video on his Facebook page on the 6th of June, and six rumours of his death became rife on social media.

The movie star has been featured in several Nollywood thrillers, including ‘Face of a Murderer’, ‘Broad Daylight’, and ‘Men on Hard Way’.

He was introduced to Nollywood by Regina Askia, and his first movie role was in ‘The Skeleton’.

Since then, he has been featured in over 50 films.

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