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‘Why I was Off the Movie Scene for Five Years’ – Doyin Aggrey

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As far as the entertainment industry is concerned, only her detractors would belittle her influence and record of her input. That is because the personality in question, Doyin Aggrey pitched her tent, especially with the movie industry when it was far less attractive and she dispensed so much effort in terms of creativity to the industry that she’s held in high esteem by her fans and colleagues. Doyin is a television presenter and actress of note. .

The light skinned, little framed and beautiful wife and mother, aside being appreciated by her fans, she’s equally very popular among her peers in the industry that she could pull a whole lot of strings in the industry. Another thing she has going for her is the fact that she has tried her best in ensuring her image is not smeared, hence, she’s proudly among those who are scandal free in the industry.

Talking about how she got involved and how long she’s been in entertainment, the English/Arts graduate of Olabisi Onanbanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Aggrey, says she has been into entertainment all her life, but actually started the whole thing as a presenter and producer on Yotomi Cable TV.

She says, ‘All my life, I have been into entertainment. I started with Yotomi Cable TV as a presenter and producer in 2003. Yotomi was owned by late Alade Aromire. I was basically in programs department and I had my own show on television too. Almost at the time, I also got a programme running on LTV 8 while I conceptualized and managed one for HITV…all entertainment programmes. Alade Aromire being an actor, I got exposed to the movies and I started with them as location manager, I would look for places for them to shot movies and manage location affairs. All the while, I never came before the camera but behind the scene. That was how I started getting to know my way around and mingled with different actors and that before I knew it, I had my hand into production; I mean I began producing my own movies.

Prior to her involvement with television, Doyin says she had long been identified as one who loves to talk at home so much that she was jokingly called a talkative. As she grew into adulthood, her friends noticed the same trait and they began to encourage her to try her hands on television presentation but Doyin would not want to hear any of that, because according to her, she was very shy. However, her friends didn’t give up on her as they would force her to act MC for their events before fate eventually paved way for her to be on television through a visit to a friend who was already a presenter. Her words,’ since my childhood, I had loved to talk. There was no way I would see something and not talk about it. In fact, they used to call me a talkative at home. At that time, I knew nothing about entertainment so, there was no way I would have liked or nurture aspiration to entertain. But as I grew older and mingled with others, my friends started encouraging me to go do job that require speaking but I didn’t take them seriously because I was a shy person. But before I knew it, my friends out of the confidence they have in me, they would force me to do MC at events and surprisingly, I would do it very well and they would all say nice words about my performance and all that. That actually encouraged me in a way but I still didn’t see it as what I should dedicate my time and energy to’. She continued.

‘I have a friend, his name is Dapo Oshin. He worked with Yotomi Cable Television back then. In late 2003, he invited me to pay a visit to his office. When I got there I met this girl called Labake, she had a programe and she said she would love to have me on the show to co-host with her and I agreed even though I was naïve kind of. The amazing thing that happened was that, by the time I got on the show, the main presenter was amazed at my performance. I ended up hijacking the show. Uncle Alade Aromire was also amazed that he promised to give me a programe to run and that was how the whole thing started and my interest became stronger that I wanted to be everywhere as far as it was entertainment.

Until some months back that she returned with a bang, Doyin, an amiable and humble personality was off the radar for a period of about five years. Since her return however, she has been so much active even as she has released two blockbusters, Ayalo (Borrowed pose) and Karamotu (Dual personality). With these two new efforts, the numbers of movies to her credit are now four as she had in the past produced Alatoto and Omo Oko. At the moment, she is finalizing arrangements to return to location with other big names in the industry for yet another movie. Also, efforts are at concluding part to see how her packaged entertainment show, Ariya Unlimited debut on Africa Magic, Dstv.
As regards her five year sabbatical off the scene, Doyin says, the time taken off was basically to give required attention to home front among other important things and that there was actually no trouble rocking her marriage as speculated in some quarters during that period.

Explaining, she says, I stopped being active in the industry for about five years because , I felt there was a need to give full attention to my home. My kids were pretty young and as a mother, I felt they needed me more at that time so, contrary to speculations that I had to quit the industry over marriage troubles, I can tell you it is baseless. My husband knew I was into entertainment since we met and till date, I enjoy his support and confidence. While I was away, some of my close friends, Funsho Adeolu and Ope Olusanya updated me regularly with happenings and they were so eager to see me return…they have also been very helpful since I returned. I am so grateful to them.

One other thing that obviously stands Doyin out as an actress, is that she’s been able to hold her marriage together since she signed the dotted line, and in the quest to know the method she has adopted such that her marriage could be said to have stand the test of time, at least in its own way, she replies thus. ‘Firstly, I would give God the glory for his mercies and grace. It’s not that I do anything out of the ordinary that those with broken marriage didn’t do, it is purely grace of God that my marriage is intact. Secondly, I would say I married a man who values his home as much as I do so; this has helped us a lot. Having said that, I think it is right for me to say I have a few practices that I have kept to. One, I love to keep my home as my home. I don’t put my home out there for any reason and two, I try to listen to and read up anything on marriage and I can tell the information I get help me be a better wife.

On her fulfillment and aspirations, she says, in terms of fulfillment, I would not say I am one hundred percent fulfilled because there is much to still cover, but what I can’t deny is that I give glory to God for how far he has taken me. For aspirations, I have a whole lot on my list that I know with hard work and God on my side, I will get them achieved. I look forward to producing a movie that will get international recognition in its real sense and that will impact the entire human race. That is major among my aspirations.

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Nollywood actor allegedly Abducts, Defiles 14yr-Old Girl In Canaanland

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While Nigerians are still grappling with a popular Nollywood actor’s alleged defilement case in court and the rude shock that accompanied it, an unpopular actor may be walking the route of spotlight without paying his due.

 

 

Aliu Oladele Gafar, a filmmaker and chief executive of Main Page Concept, a feature film and television production company, has been accused of allegedly abducting a 14year old girl and took sexual advantage of same.

 

The girl, Aina Bolarinwa, went missing late on Thursday evening, July 29, 2021, in Sango area of Ogun State and investigations by the her guardians revealed that she was in the movie maker’s custody till the following day.

 

 

It was shocking to realise that contrary to the dictates of the producer of Peregun’s profession, the girl was not scripting nor acting; the actor allegedly used her to satisfy his sexual desire.

 

 

Peregun, which featured the producer himself, Ibrahim Chata, Yewande Odukoya, Dupe Jaiyesinmi and many others, boasted of being selected for the New York Independent Cinema Awards, according to a July 10, 2021 post by the producer on his Facebook account.

 

 

“It’s PEREGUN year … I’m honored and excited… New York Independent Cinema Awards selected PEREGUN to be included in festival…. Alhamdulilahi 🙏🙏❤️❤️ Thank you all for the love … Second selection of the month ❤️❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸,” he wrote excitedly.

 

 

Either due to the excitement or a way to boost his chances at the awards, Gafar allegedly decided to defile an underage girl in his house behind the popular Canaanland, the campus of Winners’ Chapel (Living Faith Church), an Evangelical megachurch in Ota, Ogun State.

 

 

According to the victim’s foster mum, Oluwakemi Sunday, who narrated the girl’s ordeal to Freelanews’ correspondent, Ade Oluwaferanmi, it was confirmed that the filmmaker, who is popularly known as Boda Ali in Peace Estate, Zone 4 Arobieye, abducted the girl.

 

 

“In the evening of Thursday, July 9, 2021, my daughter, Aina, said she wanted to go and fetch water at Boda Ali’s house and I told her not to go as it was already late. I instructed her to do that the following morning before going to work. Boda Ali usually allowed the community to fetch water for free in his compound.

 

 

“She then returned the bucket and went outside to monitor a small shop I operate outside the house with her sister. We usually close the shop around 10pm daily.

 

 

“According to the story her sister later told me, while at the shop, Boda Ali came around and beckoned her over. Aina went to him and they started chatting. Suddenly, they disengaged when they noticed that someone was approaching and Aina returned to the shop where I sell breads and other petty things.

 

 

“Later around 10:30pm, Boda Ali called Aina again when the coast was clear and they continued their discussion before Aina returned to the shop.

 

 

“A friend’s daughter, who was on her way to buy something at my shop, later told me she had to run back out of fear when she saw someone hiding in push, whispering ‘Aina, se kia! Aina, se kia!’ (Aina, hurry up!)

 

 

“She went back home to call her sister to accompany her because she was afraid of someone hiding in the bush around Aina’s house. On getting to the spot, they realised it was Boda Ali who they greeted and they all went their ways,” Oluwakemi narrated.

 

 

Freelanews corespondent, Oluwaferanmi, was informed that when Aina’s foster mum became worried when she suddenly realised Aina was not in the house sleeping with her siblings.

 

 

She told us that she went to outside to wake her to lock the shop and come inside thinking maybe she must have slept off.

 

 

“I was initially annoyed and sat in front of the house waiting for her, wondering when she started being wayward.

 

 

“While waiting, I saw Boda Ali who greeted me and walked on. Few minutes later, he walked past the shop on his return journey,” the foster mum, who didn’t see anything strange in that at the time, narrated.

 

 

After a long wait and no signs of Aina, she placed a call across to her own friend whose children are also Aina’s friends to find out from them if they had seen Aina; their responses were negative.

 

 

“On Friday’s morning, I went to the woman again and told her the girl didnt sleep at home. The woman now called her children, who later told us they saw Boda Ali hiding in the push and whispering Aina hurry up. And my daughter, who was with Aina at the shop also claimed that she called Aina twice when she was chatting with Boda Ali because it was getting late but she didn’t answer her.

 

 

“So I went to Boda Ali’s house and asked him if he had seen Aina because she came to fetch water yesterday. And he replied that he had not and wondered why she wouldn’t return home ‘when she is not a small girl; a girl of 16 to 17years old’.

 

 

“I told him that Aina may be endowed with breasts but she is just 14years old,” Oluwakemi countered Gafar.

 

 

So immediately, the filmmaker volunteered to search for the missing child with the mum while he kept comforting her to calm down that he was convinced Aina was okay.

 

 

“I hope you have not raised alarm,” Gafar allegedly asked the mum and she answered that she had not.

 

 

Late in the evening of Thursday, the physically depreciated Aina was seen wondering along the road far away from her home when a bike headlight shone on her and a friend of the mum recognised her.

 

 

“My friend brought her back to the community and I was sad to see how haggard she was looking,” she explained.

 

 

Aina narrated how Gafar lured her into his house and disflowered her forcefully.

 

 

“I’m appealing to the relevant authority to please come to our aid and ensure that justice is served,” Oluwakemi wailed.

 

 

According to our correspondent following up on the case, Freelanews can confirm that movie maker has been missing since the case leaked and calls made to his number didn’t connect as at the time of publishing this report.

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UBA’s RED Radio, Another Innovative To Bring People Together

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AFTER recording massive success with REDTV, Nigeria’s United Bank for Africa, UBA is set to replicate similar feat with RED Radio.

 

 

The development is a further demonstration of the bank’s unalloyed commitment to ensuring premium services as well as reaffirming its dominance in Nigeria and across Africa.

 

 

The decision to kick off a radio arm is on the heels of the innumerable success that REDTV has recorded with countless globally respected, first rate productions that have been churned out under the supervision of Bola Atta, executive producer, REDTV and UBA’s Group Director for Marketing and Corporate Communications.

 

 

Only recently, REDTV’s ‘The Men’s Club’ emerged winner of Gage’s Award for Web Series of the Year 2020. A testament to the expertise and quality of production, supervised by Atta.

 

 

Following a thorough audit by the organisers of the awards, TMC which was nominated alongside four other popular online shows, clinched the award and was announced as the winner in an elaborate virtual event which was held on Saturday, April 24th, 2021.

 

 

As technology continues to drive innovation, the broadcast media, especially radio, is also devising ways to make the radio experience worthwhile for listeners. And RED Radio is positioned to offer the sterling experience.

 

 

In its short existence, RED Radio has positioned itself as one distinctive radio platform known for creativity, innovation, uniqueness, and style.

 

 

The RED Radio routinely broadcasts to several thousands of unique listeners on live web traffic throughout existence in several countries across Africa and the world.

 

 

Atta says the RED Radio, which is available 24/7, is a dynamic and creative online radio channel, that provides round-the-clock informative and entertaining content while striving to bring out the best of Africa.

 

 

She also explained that the platform is an affirmation of the leading role that UBA is playing in the innovative space on the African continent as the bank keeps seeking more ways to reach out to and galvanise people.

 

 

“RED Radio can be described as a meeting place. It is an avenue to discuss all kinds of issues that affect the youths on the continent, whether it be business-related, health, relationships, sports, lifestyles, anything,” she began.

 

 

Continuing, Atta says, “As we bring people together, we also entertain them with music from across the continent.’ ‘it’s such a cool and diverse platform with shows in different languages to appeal to a wide section of listeners. I leave it on quietly on my iPad constantly, catching up with anything I have missed.’

 

 

Noting that radio plays a critical part in the development of a country and the continent at large, Atta says RED Radio would leave nothing to chance but contribute positively to the course.

 

 

One of the flagships shows on RED Radio that has been getting positive reviews includes the ‘Barbershop Chronicles,’ a talk show featuring Shody, Sess, Alhaji Popping, and Femisoro. For the programme, the four co-hosts discuss life matters from the perspective of men.

 

 

Another programme that is fast becoming rave of the moment is the ‘Diary of an Africana.’ The programme follows the journey of a young African woman as she manoeuvres through various obstacles whilst she explores her true self.

 

 

‘The Red Pill,’ is another programme whose format provides exciting news and music from the Congo.

 

 

Beyond lip service, the bank, which is known for its culture of excellent service, has continuously innovated all of its business segments, whilst delivering top-notch operational efficiencies and best-in-class customer service. In recent time, the reward for creating such superior value has come in form of customer satisfaction and numerous local and international awards, thus consolidating their leadership position in Africa. For the bank, those awards are evidence of the diligent execution of its strategic initiatives geared towards customer service fulfillment.

 

 

There is no gain saying that over the years the bank which is passionate about customer satisfaction has proven to be in the forefront of numerous cutting edge innovations in a bid to effectively satisfy its increasingly growing customer base, placing it ahead of its contemporaries in terms of innovation and overall customer well-being.

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Van Vicker Finally Bags Varsity Degree — 24 Years After Secondary Education

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Van Vicker, the multiple award-winning Ghanaian actor, has finally bagged a university degree — about 24 years after completing senior secondary school.

 

The 43-year-old movie director, who is a renowned face in Nollywood, took to his Instagram page to recount the touching tale of his educational journey.

He said while his secondary schoolmates were enrolling at the tertiary institution in 1997, his single mother couldn’t afford to send him to school.

 

He also accompanied the post with a photo in which he could be seen wearing a graduation robe of the African University College of Communication (AUCC).

 

 

Vicker said he bagged first-class honours in Strategic Communications and was named the overall best in his set.

 

 

“21 years later, here I stand before you with 3 achievements during my graduation; to God be the glory. 1. 1st class honors. 2. Best Student in Strategic communication. 3. Best Communication Student Award,” the actor wrote.

 

“The above is within the context of my 2021 post on social media and is in no way presumptuous but uprightly to inspire. I could not enroll at a tertiary institution in 1997 because my single mother did not have the funds.

 

“If free SHS was available back in the day, most likely I would have graduated in 2000/2001. My career took off and I have been blessed but as someone who relishes education getting that degree was just a matter of time.

 

 

“I complete my Masters program this December and I am sorely motivated and committed to going even beyond, God willing. I thank all those who supported me and are supporting me during this journey.”

 

Vicker has appeared in hundreds of films including ‘My Soul Mate’, ‘Heart of Fire’, ‘Popular King’, ‘Gambling with Marriage’, ‘Harvest of Love’, ‘Stolen Will’, ‘The Joy of a Prince’, ‘Discovered’, ‘The Kingdom’ and ‘Against The Law’.

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