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Veteran Nigerian Broadcaster And Actor Adebayo Faleti Passes On

Nigerian veteran broadcaster, poet, journalist, writer and actor, Adebayo Faleti, is dead.

Mr. Faleti was confirmed dead on Sunday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan at about 6 a.m.

One of his sons, Adeniyi, who confirmed the death on Sunday in Ibadan, said that he was helping his father with his bath when he died.


He said that late Mr. Faleti observed the early morning devotion with the family members when he woke up and soon after told them that he prayed to God to send someone else to continue his mission as he was tired and longing for home.

One of the wives of the deceased, Moteniola, described him as a loving husband who was always concerned about the welfare of the family.

“I knew him as a loving husband and I will always remember how well he catered for the family.

He was a Yoruba translator, TV exponent and a pioneer staff of the first television station in Africa, Western Nigeria Television, WNTV, Ibadan.

He was also responsible for translating Nigeria’s National Anthem from English to Yoruba.

He died at the age of 86.


Chibok Girls Stage Play Ends Rwandan Art Festival

This Nigerian stage play was among the highlights at the just concluded Ubumuntu Arts Festival, where it was staged on the closing night.

Chibok Girls tells the familiar story of the over 276 girls abducted from their school in the North-East Nigerian town of Chibok by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in 2014.

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Some of the girls have since returned home after either escaping from, or being released by their captors, but a large number is still in captivity.

It is this story that the Nigerian cast for Chibok Girls brought to the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, which also drew performance troupes from fifteen other countries.

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The play is written and directed by Wole Oguntokun, a successful Nigerian playwright, poet, stage and film director. Oguntokun is the artistic director of Renegade Theater, a leading theater troupe in Nigeria.


Book Detailing Mandela’s Last Years Removed From Shelves.

Penguin Random House South Africa has announced it’s immediately withdrawing the book “Mandela’s last years” and no further copies will be issued.

The publisher says it’s done so out of respect for the late Nelson Mandela’s family.


Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, had threatened to sue both Ramlakan and Penguin Random House, for allegedly insulting her late husband’s dignity.

This book caused a stir disappearing from shelves in various book stores. Two hours later from it being removed a statement was released stating the withdrawal of the book from trade.

This after the wife of the former statesman Graca Machel and the Mandela family expressed dissatisfaction.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has since welcomed the decision by the publisher stating that the book had numerous inaccuracies.



Banana Island Ghost Hosts Casino Themed Premiere

Highly anticipated movie, Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G) hosted guests to a night of glitz and glamour with its casino themed official world premiere.

The movie premiere held at Harbour Point event center, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was an elegant night of exquisite class meets Casino Royale.


Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G) is an action-comedy film starring ‘Chigul’ Chioma Omeruah as Ijeoma, who is paired with Patrick Diabuah, the Ghost. The Ghost has three days to fall in love and she will do anything to save her father’s house in Banana Island from the bank coming to reclaim it in three days.

Celebrities spotted on the red carpet included cast members Ali Nuhu, Tomiwa Edun, Saidi Balogun, Lala Akindoju, Akah Nnani, Uche Jombo

Other celebrity guests spotted on the red carpet included Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Omawunmi, OC Ukeje, Michelle Dede, Inidima Okojie, Eku Edewor