Monday, December 05, 2016

"Bisi Daughter of The River” is Still the Highest Grossing Nigerian film


"Bisi Daughter of The River” of 1977 is still the highest grossing Nigerian film to date.
The film played at the cinemas for three years! There were more than 300 cinemas in Nigeria in the 1970s.


It was directed by Joseph Abiodun Babajide, aka Jab Adu who passed on to glory earlier this year.
He was famous for his role as "Bassey Okon" in the popular long running TV series "Village Headmaster" of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Borno, Yobe On Hold As PTAD Starts North-East Pensioners’ Verification

Borno, Yobe On Hold As PTAD Starts North-East Pensioners’ Verification

The Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has said that it is yet to finalise strategies for the verification of pensioners in Borno and Yobe States but would continue the next phase of verification for Civil Service Pensioners in four States in the North East.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Fateful Day General Murtala Ramat Muhammed Was Assassinated in A Coup D'état

The Fateful Day General Murtala Ramat Muhammed Was Assassinated in A Coup D'état

Friday, February 13, 1976 has remained an unforgettable day in the political history of Nigeria and in my memory.
It is over 40 years ago, but the most tragic incident of that fateful day was the assassination of General Murtala Ramat Muhammed in one of the bloodiest coups in Nigeria since the first coup executed by the late Major Kaduna Nzeogwu on January 15, 1966.  The coup plotters led by Lt. Col. Buka Suka Dimka also murdered General Muhammed's Aide-De-Camp (ADC), Lieutenant Akintunde Akinsehinwa and his driver, Sergeant Adamu Michika. But his Orderly, Staff Sergeant Michael Otuwu miraculously survived after he regained consciousness later in the morgue.

 The ill fated Mercedes Benz 600 car at the scene of the assassination.
The Mercedes Benz 600 car is now in the National Museum in Lagos.

The official black Mercedes Benz 600 saloon car of the Head of State had been ambushed at the popular Alagbon Junction on Ikoyi Road whilst on the way to his office at Dodan Barracks in Obalende, Lagos.
I was in class one in secondary school at the famous St. Gregory's College in South West Ikoyi, a walking distance from the nearby Dodan Barracks. My parents had gone to work and I had gone to school without knowing that a bloody coup d'etat was already going on nearby. It was about 10am when we heard echoes of gunfire and pandemonium broke out as both teachers and students panicked in fear and trembling. As we rushed out of our classrooms, we saw some parents coming to take their children away. We saw a Nigerian Army soldier with a gun running on the street of our sister school, Holy Child College.

The gate of St. Gregory's College.

The coup potters and loyal soldiers of the Nigerian Army were having gun battle from Ikoyi Road to the Obalende Road leading to the State House at Dodan Barracks.
I found my way to our house at No 28, Obalende Road from the adjoining streets connecting to St. Gregory's College, because many houses in Obalende had thoroughfare passages or corridors connecting one street to another.
My parents and siblings were already back home with our cotenants and their families and we cowered indoors as sporadic gunfire continued for hours. But peeping from half closed doors, we could see  some armed soldiers using the big gutter on the Obalende Road as their  trench in the gun battle.

Then later we were told that the coup had been aborted by the loyal soldiers of the Nigerian Armed Forces. There was a radio announcement of dusk to dawn curfew.  And everyone remained indoors waiting for more announcements on Radio Nigeria and Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) News network.

The tragic event of Friday, February 13, 1976 has become the thriller of a new historical period drama aptly titled '76, directed by Izu Ojukwu, an award winning Nigerian filmmaker. The film is a must see for everyone who wants to see the principal characters of the tragic coup d'etat and the trauma suffered by their wives and children afterwards.
 Nollywood diva Rita Dominic in scenes from '76.

'76 is showing at all the cinemas in Nigeria. See http://76themovie.com/.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Happy 56th Independence Day Anniversary To All Nigerians!


Happy Birthday Dear Mother Nigeria!

I wish you many happier returns of the day with long life and more prosperity to the Glory of our Almighty Baba God JEHOVAH! Amen!

Keep rolling forward in progress, success and victory!

Cheers all the way!




Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Shortest Nigerian Video on YouTube



The Shortest Nigerian Video on YouTube

This one second video shows Famous Nigerian filmmaker, Femi Odugbemi on the red carpet with the major cast of his "Gidi Blues" romantic drama during the world premiere at the prestigious Federal Palace Hotel and Casino on Victoria Island on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

Screen Naija - YouTube

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Think Tank Forecasts World Hunger Solved By 2099



Think Tank Forecasts World Hunger Solved By 2099

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By 2099, hunger will no longer plague this world. Future generations of smiling children with full stomachs will thank 100-story, skyscraper greenhouses and tireless robot farmers that work 24x7 to cultivate vast fields of arable land. Other advances will include floating farms the size of Yellowstone Park in the mid-Pacific and squadrons of flying robot bugs that zap all crop-eating bugs. When this future arrives, world hunger will be eradicated and hundreds of millions of lives will be saved.