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‘Muna’ suggests new career angle for Adesua Etomi-Wellington



‘Muna’ suggests new career angle for Adesua Etomi-Wellington

From the moment the teasers were released in the early weeks of 2019, the focal point for action film, ‘Muna’ has been Adesua Etomi-Wellington.

It was Adesua that moved audiences to see the film in the cinemas as the trailers had done little justice to the plot and motivation of the movie. Instead, it focused on showing us quick shots of Adesua displaying martial arts skills.

The trailers wanted to show Nigerians that a Nigerian actress could fight like a female James Bond and shoot realistically.

Audiences long for action and with ‘Muna’ promising great action sequences starring the Adesua Etomi, cinema halls were packed full.

Settling down as the first scene jumped on the screen, we see a young girl fighting for her peer who is about to be sexually abused. The setting is a rural community where life is simple and easy.

It is the child-saviour we follow as she reminisced on the memories of her late parents. We see her grandmother – Onyeka Onwenu delivering not-so-great lines with excellent acting. The sentimentality continued as the story progresses until Mr Patrick enters the picture.

There is a small twist viewers do not expect. It is subtle but it sets the tone for the rest of the story. The consequences birth ‘Muna’ and introduces Adesua displaying her fighting skills.

The audience sits back at this point as the main reason for coming to see the film had begun.

This was also where the mixed feelings began. The story up to this point had been somewhat rushed and why the motivation could be understood, it did not sink well enough for the audience to look forward to the cold revenge.

This was almost salvaged when another sentimentality was built. In a subplot, Muna falls in love with Tony, the son of a major human trafficking kingpin. The transition between the romance scenes and the revenge plot lost synergy at some point, losing the audience on the trail.

At some point, the plot seemed stretched  with the fight-action sequence coming in to save the day sometimes.

Still, Adesua does a fair job with her martial arts and shooting skills. It was not Bond-level but it was better choreographed than the average Nollywood fight scenes.

This did not in any way excuse her uni-directional acting. Her portrayal of emotions and will of the character was mediocre at best, not even her glaring fitness and beauty prep for the role could reach into the souls of the audience and draw the empathy her character craved.

In spite these, the film had an international feel to it and it was a fair attempt at the fan-favourite action thriller genre. There were several layers each character peels although the stiff directing does not let it show well enough for the audience to come along.

The beauty of action thrillers was to plot a case the audience would die to solve. There were sentiments in ‘Muna’ that did not fly strong enough to build a case.

Away from the acting, the idea behind the film built an important case against child trafficking and the various forms it could take.

It explored the menace in deeper ways than the average person thought possible, especially the planned mafia style the operations takes. At this time, the fight against child trafficking was more pertinent.

All in all, ‘Muna’ was a testament that Adesua might be more than just a romance lead or face actress. It had shown that she could  be stretched physically to play any character as long as the director understood the motivations of that character.

Edited & Vetted By: Chioma Ugboma/Ese E. Ekama


Career: Unilorin trains children on anchoring radio talk show



The University of Ilorin management says its radio, 89.3FM has trained some Primary school pupils on methods of anchoring special live broadcasts on the radio.

According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, the training is part of its sustained effort to promote the community service mandate of the University to its environment.

The publication stated that the children were drawn from various schools within the Tanke Community of Ilorin, the University’s immediate host community.

It stated that the pupils were trained and made to handle most of the routine programmes of the radio station for the day.

“Among the scheduled programmes handled by the pupils were the station’s daily newspaper review programme tagged “Top Highlight”, the various day’s news bulletins in English.

Also ‘Wednesday Give-away on Radio’ an audience phone-in programme in which callers win various gift items; as well as Children’s Variety, a discussion programme in which children-related issues were discussed”.

The publication said that at the end of the programmes, the children expressed satisfaction and happiness for having the opportunity to broadcast live on radio.

“They said that the opportunity has ignited the urge in some of them to pursue a career in the journalism profession, especially the broadcast aspect.

“Speaking on behalf of others, Samuel Jato of St. Joseph College, Ilorin, appreciated the management of Unilorin FM for the opportunity given to them to have first time and professional experience in broadcasting.

“Jato stated that his love for radio has increased while his inquisitiveness to know what is talking on radio means has also been satisfied,” it said.

The publication added that other children who also participated in the special Children’s Day broadcast were Olatundun Olawuyi from Hillspring Montessori School, Tanke; and Adekunle Quadri from C & S College, Sabo Oke, Ilorin.

“Addressing the children after their radio programmes, the Director of Corporate Affairs, University of Ilorin, Mr. Kunle Akogun, stated that the management of the radio station designed the special Children’s Day programme as part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities obligation to the University’s immediate host community.

“He added that this is to identify with the children who are the leaders of tomorrow.

“Akogun pointed out that the programme is also a means of identifying the talents of the kid-participants toward assisting them to make a viable career choice early in life,” it said.

Akogun also advised the children to face their studies squarely and plan adequately for their future.

“He also advised them to set realistic goals for themselves, a situation which he said will make them focus more on result oriented programmes on radio and television rather than just watching movies and listening to frivolous programmes.

“Also speaking, the Ag. Station Manager of Unilorin FM, Mr. Idris Alooma, appreciated the Director of Corporate Affairs, for his prompt approval of the special Children’s Day programme on the radio station when it was proposed to him.

“Alooma, however, advised primary and secondary schools in Kwara to establish press clubs in their various schools, which he said will enhance the student’s learning process and bring the positive aspect of the society closer to them in their various schools”.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
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Career choice: NGO counsels secondary school girls



Auxano Foundation for Empowerment and Development, a non-governmental organisation, has counseled Government Girl’s Secondary School Dutse, Abuja, on career choices to enable them exploit their full potential.

Dr Grace Babajide, a co-founder of the organisation and former student of the school said on Tuesday that the programme was part of events to mark the 2020 Women’s Day.

Babajide said the programme entitled: “Unleashing Your Unlimited Potential”, would empower the SS1 girls to make informed decisions while choosing a career which would determine their future profession.

“We are here today for the career day, we try to come back as often as we can every year to inspire the young ones and let them know what we have been able to do after we left the school.

“We come to impact them with the knowledge we got and to teach them what they can do.

“We introduce them to various professions and they ask questions regarding their interest in whatever profession introduced to them and what it entails to practice each profession.

“We try to combine it with the international Women’s Day every year, making it a duty to inspire the girls because part of becoming a woman is contributing to your family and nation through your career.’’

Babajide said that the Auxano foundation was founded eight years ago by herself and some former students of the school to use their resources and knowledge to contribute their quota to the school and the nation.

She said that “the group does that through empowerment programmes, orientations and outreaches to Internally Displaced camps, communities, schools among others”.

Babajide called on the Federal Government to support the girl-child with more extra-curricular activities and trainings in entrepreneur activities so they could create jobs and employ other people when they could not get jobs with the generic education.

Mr Mark Makinde, a co-founder Dignity Foundation said that his organisation supported the Auxano Foundation for Empowerment and Development because of its belief in adding value to humanity and empowering girl-child.

Makinde urged the government to register more commitment in the area of options available for the girl-child because the girl-child was not just a product for marriage or a commodity for economic transaction, but a life to be empowered.

He also called on the government to create more space for girls, especially in politics so they could determine their own fate through decision making on crucial issues.

Mrs Margret Mowete, a participant, urged the students to always be themselves because God created them uniquely and  put a specific potential in every one of them.

Mowete urged them to discover and build their potentials by joining clubs of their interest to create room for the expression of their potential so as to contribute to national development.

Mrs Ruqqayya Husain, the Principal of Government Girl’s Secondary School Dutse, commended the organisation for the initiative and urged the students to make good use of the knowledge acquired at the career event so as to make the right choices.

Husain said that the school was creating a platform to bring all its former students together for better synergy for other engagements.

She said it was their collective duty to guide and direct the students on how to make choices fit for their ambitions, yearnings and aspirations and not what their parents or other people wanted them to do in life.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Kayode Olaitan
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Focus, Funding, keys to having to a great musical career- Toby



Top-notch Toby


Lagos, Dec. 8,  2019 Up-and-coming artiste, Oluwatobiloba Omowole with stage name Toby Top-notch said focus and adequate funding were keys to having a great musical career.

Toby, a Lawyer,  disclosed this to the Nigeria News Agency during his album listening party at Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The 26-year-old Afrofusion artiste said independent artistes were usually faced with lots of challenges especially lack of funding and other necessary support from the government, friends, family and public.

He said that an enabling environment for entertainment needed a lot of funding by the government,  so that an artiste could focus on his career to entertain and communicate.

“The challenges that every young independent artistes face at the early stage of their career is funding. It is difficult being in this part of the world.

“We keep trying to get support from friends, family and the government. It is even more difficult trying to make people believe in what you do.

“I believe that with funding and adequate support from those who believe in you, all you need do is focus as an up-and-coming artiste and the sky would be your limit,” he said.

Toby corroborated popular Nigerian artiste, Olamide Adedeji, who recently lamented how hard it was to rise in the music industry without support.

Olamide had paused his show to promote his signee, Fireboy DML and urged other A-list artistes to follow suit and provide enabling environment for up-and-coming artistes.

Toby also made reference to award winning Nigerian artiste, David Adeleke, saying that only an artiste like him could have less challenges as an independent artiste if he is focused.

“In fact, if there is an enabling environment for entertainment, you really do not need a record label to do your music.

“All you need is have a plan and be focused because there are people with money and no plan, just like there are people with the plan and no money.

“You can only be unbothered if you are someone like Davido who has both.

“Music is a big project and a lot of effort has to be put in with adequate funding to back it up.” he said.

NAN reports that in Toby’s five track album, he emphasised the need for parents’ blessings on a child’s chosen career with the first track, which featured his mother praying for him.

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60 Goals Soccer Stars Project: 150 youngsters picked for mentoring ahead of professional football career



Organisers of the 60 Goals Soccer Stars Project, a grassroots-based football talent-hunt initiative, on Tuesday in Abuja said they have now selected 150 young Nigerians for mentorship.

Jane Ndubuisi, the project’s National Co-ordinator, said at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja that the selected players would then be endorsed for a professional football career.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the 60 Goals Soccer Stars Project is a collaboration with the Ned Nwoko Foundation.

Ndubuisi said the football youngsters were selected from screenings by the group in Lagos, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Anambra and the FCT during the first phase of the project.

She added that the young footballers were presently being camped, mentored and recommended for football agents, clubs and the project’s partners both within and outside Nigeria.

“In the past eight months, we have been moving from state to state as part of our vision to scout, discover and develop raw talents in football to be showcased to the world.

“We are happy to announce that some of the best talents in football have been finally selected for the first phase of the project, and we believe that in the nearest future they will make Nigeria proud.

“I appreciate and congratulate these young players for showing commitment and discipline during this period.

“We believe strongly that at least 50 of the selected players will make it to foreign clubs in this first phase, while the others will be mentored and further trained for opportunities that will come,” Ndubuisi said.

Also, Francis Ikechukwu, the initiative’s Project Director and former national under-23 player said: “Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents but they need platforms like this to showcase themselves.

“The project is to develop football from the grassroots by discovering and empowering these young ones who had no opportunities.

“We want the best for them. So, we brought in foreign coaches as part of their mentorship, and thereafter we shall give them endorsements and recommend them for agents,” he said.

John Fashanu, an ex-international footballer, who represented at the occasion Ned Nwoko, the head of the Ned Nwoko Foundation, congratulated the selected youths.

He urged them to remain focused in order to stand out as they begin their professional football life.

“This is the beginning of your journey as footballers. So, I urge you to go on and work hard because the agents and clubs know what they want. They want real talent.

“The Ned Nwoko Foundation, as always, is willing to support this project to ensure that young Nigerians, especially, realise their dreams.”

NAN reports that football scouts and agents, as well as football enthusiasts were present at the event.

(Edited by Olawale Alabi)
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