Monthly Archives: July 2012

POWER PRIVATISATION: DANGOTE POWER OUT; OTEDOLA’S COMPANY IN

Femi Otedola

 

POWER PRIVATISATION: DANGOTE POWER OUT; OTEDOLA’S COMPANY IN

Dangote Power, owned by Nigerian billionaire and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, and Western Metal Products Company Limited, a metal manufacturing company with interest in the energy sector were among the companies that failed to meet the July 17 deadline given investors bidding for six power generation licenses under the privation programme. Also Supertech, a company said to be linked with former Information Minister, Professor Jerry Gana couldn’t make the deadline set by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) for the submission of the bids. However consortiums such as JBN Nestoil PowerServices Ltd, comprising Nestoil Plc, an affiliate company of Century Power, and Julius Berger Nigeria, through Julius Berger Investments, the investment arm of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, were the among 25 bidders that BPE confirmed. Also a consortium associated with the Chairman of Forte Oil, Mr. Femi Otedola, bidding along side Chinese investors, was said to have submitted their bids on time. Mr. Chukwuma Nwoko, the Head Public Communication, BPE, said the next stage is the harvest of bidders’ technical and financial proposals which has July 31, 2012as deadline for distribution companies. According to him the evaluation of the technical bids will take place between August14 and 28, 2012, while the National Council on Privatization(NCP) will approve the results of the technical evaluation on/or before September 11, 2012. Finally the deadline for short listed bidders for power generation companies to submit their letters of credit has been fixed for September 18, 2012.

THE TRUTH ABOUT MY AMERICA TRIP – SAIDI BALOGUN

Saidi Balogun

THE TRUTH ABOUT MY AMERICAN TRIP

-SAIDI BALOGUN

They call him the Prince of the Yoruba movie genre but he was born, Saidi Balogun. A popular name both in the English and Yoruba genre of the Nigerian movie industry. After a three month trip to United States of America Saidi Balogun is back. In this interview with Paschal Oge Chikero, he opens up on the real reason he traveled toAmerica, his deal with Governor Mimiko and sundry other issues. Excerpts:

 

Let’s talk about your latest work, The Courier, you are the director of the movie which is in English language and you are a Yoruba actor how did you achieve that

 

I always tell people, movies don’t speak any language. I mean we watch Indian films with the subtitles and we still enjoy them. I also would love to say thank you to the cast and crew I worked with on the movie, they were professional, they didn’t argue with the director. I worked with top actors like Ramsey Noah, Ada Ameh and it was lovely working with them. They know that as the director you have the final say, that until you hand over your final cut to the producer, you are in control. They know the rules and they didn’t bend the rules.

 

Lets talk about the challenges you faced in making this movie

We had to wait a whole year before Ramsey Noah was chanced to work with us. Not like he was being difficult but he looked at his schedule and said I will only be free from so, so date and we had to wait. When the time came, he said I am ready for you guys. Secondly the Producer had to work very hard to raise money, at a point she ran out of funds, she went back to look for money but she believed in herself and the project, today we are premiering the movie, The Courier. She is a determined lady, I am one of those men who believe that we should encourage the women, they are the channel that brought us to this world, what ever dream and drive they have we should help them achieve it.

 

You just came back from America, what kept you there for so long?

 

I shot a movie half way there titled: You or I. I am the only black guy in the cast. It’s not easy; you are in the lead role, the director, the producer. Every good thing takes time. I also had to rest there. Some papers wrote that I am now married over there. I was like, where did they get that story from? When all the beautiful ladies are back in Nigeria? But I just looked at it as let them sell papers. So I finalized my movie and we also did a stage play there titled: Sango. Stage play is not the same camera, action thing. You will rehearse and other stuff. We worked on that for about a month and I worked on my movie for another two months. I am not in a hurry, I take my time to get the right things done, I don’t believe in 21 days per movie, no. If the likes of Harrison Ford can do a movie and the whole world is screaming for three years then why should I be in a hurry to appear in Oti Jade? NO, no. If your script is good, I will do my best for God to judge. I have done movies of more than one black cast now I just did one where I am the only black actor. I believe that we are black, proud and intelligent that’s who we are. We have guys who can think, all we need is just structures.

 

The movie You or I must have cost you a fortune to produce, putting together an almost all white cast. How much did you spend in all?

If I mention millions now, people will think I am blabbing. I shot inSouth Africaand I just finished inUnited States of America. Think of the money for buying tickets for the whole cast and crew. Millions have gone into this but what I am concerned about is the message! Does my message come out as I wanted it? Some people think that age, colour have a strong role in marrital success, watch the movie. Who is more jealous, the man or the woman , watch the movie.

Lets talk about it, lets put it on the table. I am not talking about my own personal experience no. I am a teacher who is like a mirror to the whole world, whose work reminds people of their past, look at their present and look into their future. That is what I am doing.

 

What prompted you into going out to do a movie of an all white cast?

This is what my script demands. Is it possible? Yes! I don’t believe anything is impossible, if the white man can think and create a car then why can’t I? My script called for it and I had to obey the call of my script. Moradeke the producer of Courier waited for Ramsey for a whole year not because Ramsey was posing or could not be replaced but because he is the best man for the job and the producer waited, that’s a producer. The script says pure white and I had to give it white, it says crowd pure white and I had to obey.

 

So when is You Or I coming out?

The premiere will be done next year; we are talking to companies at the moment.

 

There was a story that you were working with Governor Mimiko of Ondo State, what exactly did you do for him?

I will tell you one thing, I am not supporting any party here, I am supporting performance. I am not campaigning here but Asiwaju has a good vision and he is winning states. I went to Akure, I am not from Akure. I just went to shoot a movie, I almost got lost but I was shocked by what I saw! I have not spoken to the man for more than four times but I kept doing adverts for him. The only thing I told the man was, Sir you are doing a good job, I am going to make noise to the whole world but if you mess up, I am going to be the first person to nail you. Go to Akure yourself and see what this man has done. If a man from PDP performs, I will also shout about him, I am not a prostitute. I am for performance. Let’s look for the best candidates and support them. Do you know that BRT is in Akure now? The shocker I got that made me fall for him was, if you have a child, they will take care of the child from pregnancy till the child is up to five years. They pay you allowance! Come on! From the same money other Governors are receiving? Now a shop in Akure is N20 per day! And there are more than 9,000 shops in Akure. What is the population in Akure? The problem is we are used to being given money to campaign and after we will start complaining. You can see some of my people. It’s a business venture they have turned it into. Look at the days of Idiagbon, if you steal money they will bring you and punish, if you invent, they will bring you out on TV. Lets keep shouting about those who are doing the best things and then we will enjoy.

 

As a producer, you have worked in Nigeria and now you just finished another one in America. Compare the two working environments

They have good structures. InNigeriawe are shying away from doing the right thing. We need laws here! The Senate and House of Reps should make laws and forget about piracy. If you make a law on piracy that says if you are caught pirating, you will go to jail for 10 years, you won’t see any body doing it.  The Abike Dabiris & co are there and nothing is being done. Very soon they will come and we will campaign for them.  For Fashola , I am greeting him now for the first time for what he did in the first term but for now, I don’t know what to say, quote me. May be in two years time, I might have a different view but for now, I am short of words. I am a realist.

 

As a celeb that the people look up to, what do think people should be thinking of towards 2015?

They should elect people according to their legacies. If I elect a 419 guy to represent me in House of Reps, I have chosen an arm robber to go do what he does best there. That is why I say its a shame on me, Saidi Balogun, to collect money to campaign for some one when Whoopi Golberg donated money for Obama’s campaign because what she is doing is well protected there. If piracy is checkmated, you will see stars donating to Governorship candidates’ campaign. We should be well protected. I am begging on behalf of my colleagues that they should make laws on piracy. In fact I think that we should leave the pirates alone and make this Law. When they make the laws on piracy we will shake their hands.. They are talking about rebrandingNigeriathrough films; if I spend N10 million on a movie and pirates pirate my movie, where will I get money to rebrandNigeria? The President gave us bond, its only one person that has qualified to access the money, I went there they said I should go and bring a house worth of N100 million! The guy who got it put his house down .So where is the free money from? If they don’t trust us why did they announce it? Every bank can give us loan with collateral we know.

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MEET NKECHI, LEO STAN’S WILD, WILD DAUGHTER

Leo Stan Ekeh

MEET NKECHI, LEO STAN EKE’S WILD, WILD DAUGTHER Now we are back to the road that so many silver spoon kids travel, the road of flamboyance and reckless spending. The daughter of Leo Stan Eke, Nkechi, is actually putting the family’s name where many think it shouldn’t be. Information making the rounds affirms that this computer mogul’s’ daughter lives a flamboyant life and recklessly spends money! And many are quick to blame the father for over pampering her. Nkechi who is in her early twenties, recently celebrated her birth day and got the 2010 model of Prado Jeep which costs N10 Million as a gift from her father. It was also gathered that after she concluded her National Youth Service Corp in Lagos, which she did at HP computers headquarters at Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, she has been living her life like the daughter of the King of Saudi Arabia! It is confirmed that Nkechi is a club freak and spends good money each time she clubs. Recently she was spotted with a couple of her friends in a club on the Island. When she walked into the VIP section, some guys in the club were hailing her and in response, she filled the table with expensive spirits. According to our source, it was revealed that she spent N1 Million on that night. We also found out that since she returned to Nigeria after studying abroad, she has always continued to shop abroad any time she feels like. Definitely the man who will marry her must be loaded or else…. MEET NKECHI, LEO STAN EKE’S WILD, WILD DAUGTHERMEET NKECHI, LEO STAN EKE’S WILD, WILD DAUGTHER Now we are back to the road that so many silver spoon kids travel, the road of flamboyance and reckless spending. The daughter of Leo Stan Eke, Nkechi, is actually putting the family’s name where many think it shouldn’t be. Information making the rounds affirms that this computer mogul’s’ daughter lives a flamboyant life and recklessly spends money! And many are quick to blame the father for over pampering her. Nkechi who is in her early twenties, recently celebrated her birth day and got the 2010 model of Prado Jeep which costs N10 Million as a gift from her father. It was also gathered that after she concluded her National Youth Service Corp in Lagos, which she did at HP computers headquarters at Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, she has been living her life like the daughter of the King of Saudi Arabia! It is confirmed that Nkechi is a club freak and spends good money each time she clubs. Recently she was spotted with a couple of her friends in a club on the Island. When she walked into the VIP section, some guys in the club were hailing her and in response, she filled the table with expensive spirits. According to our source, it was revealed that she spent N1 Million on that night. We also found out that since she returned to Nigeria after studying abroad, she has always continued to shop abroad any time she feels like. Definitely the man who will marry her must be loaded or else…. Now we are back to the road that so many silver spoon kids travel, the road of flamboyance and reckless spending. The daughter of Leo Stan Eke, Nkechi, is actually putting the family’s name where many think it shouldn’t be. Information making the rounds affirms that this computer mogul’s’ daughter lives a flamboyant life and recklessly spends money! And many are quick to blame the father for over pampering her. Nkechi who is in her early twenties, recently celebrated her birth day and got the 2010 model of Prado Jeep which costs N10 Million as a gift from her father. It was also gathered that after she concluded her National Youth Service Corp in Lagos, which she did at HP computers headquarters at Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, she has been living her life like the daughter of the King of Saudi Arabia! It is confirmed that Nkechi is a club freak and spends good money each time she clubs. Recently she was spotted with a couple of her friends in a club on the Island. When she walked into the VIP section, some guys in the club were hailing her and in response, she filled the table with expensive spirits. According to our source, it was revealed that she spent N1 Million on that night. We also found out that since she returned to Nigeria after studying abroad, she has always continued to shop abroad any time she feels like. Definitely the man who will marry her must be loaded or else….

DORIS SIMON STEPS OUT IN STYLE

Doris Simon

DORIS SIMON STEPS OUT IN STYLE

Fare skinned Nollywood actress, Doris Simon, seems to have moved on with her life. Recently at the premier of the movie, The Courier, on the Island, she stepped out in style. It would be recalled that Doris’ marriage to ace Nollywood Director, Daniel Ademinokan is in trouble. Sometime ago after years of painting a very wonderful and peaceful marriage, the parrots went to town with the news of a marriage heading for the rocks. Apart from the allegation that Da Bishop, as Daniel is popularly known, moved out of his house and relocated to Abuja, the lady at the centre of the Hubby leaves Wife story of the Ademinokans, was Tonto Dikeh! The story was so unbelievable because it was rumored that he abandoned his son, David, with the mother in Lagos. Doris, as of today is still her beautiful self! She looked so elegant in her beautiful black gown. She was full of smiles too. Has she, indeed, moved on? I guess time will tell.

 

…Senate promises speedy passage

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Six months after President Goodluck Jonathan promised an overhaul of the oil industry, Senate received a draft of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The Presidency forwarded the draft to the National Assembly on Wednesday. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Ita Enang told journalists at the end of yesterday’s session that the PIB reintroduced by the President would not suffer unnecessary delay.

“I want to urge Nigerians to exercise patience. We have just received this bill and I know it is in our character that pressure will be mounted and media campaigns would be mounted that the National Assembly had just taken the bill and had gone on recess and that they do not take it seriously.