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Thursday, August 27, 2015

President Buhari Appoints SSG & Other Appointments

Below is a press statement...
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following appointments:
Engr. Babachir David Lawal – Secretary to the Government of the Federation
Alhaji Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff to the President
Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service
Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service
Senator Ita S.J. Enang – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)

Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives)

The appointments are with effect from today, August 27, 2015.
Engr. Lawal, the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation hails from Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990. He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

Alhaji Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology. He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years.

The new Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ali holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998.

The new Comptroller- General of Immigration, Mr. Abeshi hails from Nasarawa State. He joined the Nigerian Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Comptroller. His educational qualifications include a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 27, 2015

Draws For The Uefa Champions League Group Stages Made Today

The draws for the 2015/2016 group stage of the Uefa Champions League was made today. Here are the teams that make up the groups.

Group A: PSG, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo.

Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg.

Group C: Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana.

Group D: Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach.

Group E: Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov.

Group F: Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiakos, GNK Dinamo.

Group G: Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Group H: Zenit, Valencia, Lyon, Gent.

Inspector Shoot Self Dead In Lagos

The atmosphere at the Mobile Police Force 20, in the Ikeja area of Lagos, had been tense since Tuesday after a police inspector, identified simply as Medugwu, mistakenly shot himself dead, while adjusting a faulty rifle.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the inspector, who was attached to MOPOL 20, was the second-in-command to the armourer. He was said to have accidentally pulled the trigger of the rifle, which sent a bullet to his jaw.

Our correspondent gathered that on Tuesday, at about 10am, a policeman had brought the faulty rifle to Medugwu to examine and readjust for him.

It was learnt that the second-in-command to the armourer collected the rifle, and tried to find out where the fault was. The rifle was said to have been fired in the process.

Other policemen in the area were said to have rushed to the scene and taken Medugwu to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The inspector, however, died at about 1pm in the hospital.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, a policeman, who claimed to be an eyewitness, said Medugwu accidentally turned the barrel of the rifle on himself during the check, before his finger touched the trigger.

He added that the inspector died as a result of severe injuries sustained from the gunshot.

He said, "He was the second-in-command at the armoury in the MOPOL 20. A policeman brought a faulty rifle to his office to examine. While he was doing that, he mistakenly turned the barrel of the gun on himself, and he mistakenly pulled the trigger.

"We rushed him to LASUTH, where the medical personnel battled to save his life. But, he died at about 1pm. His head was badly injured. Medugwu's death shook all of us."

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, confirmed the death of Medugwu via a text message.

Senate Begins Probe Of EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde

The probe of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, commenced as scheduled on Wednesday with his accuser telling the Senate that the EFCC boss gave out properties recovered from looters to siblings and friends.

George Uboh, the man who petitioned the Senate against alleged diversion of N1tn recovered funds by the Federal Government, in his oral submission before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, said that his interaction with ex-Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha showed that the amount recovered from the former governor was far more than what the EFCC declared in its reports.

"We have evidence of how Lamorde has been giving out some of the choice seized property and assets to some of his siblings, especially Usman, and we are ready to produce necessary evidence at the appropriate time," Uboh told the Senate committee.

He also explained to the committee how the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, was allegedly intimidated by the EFCC under Lamorde to stop a legal process initiated to recover the shortfall of Alamieyeseigha's money by the Bayelsa State government.

He urged the committee to compel the EFCC to remit N2.051tn to the Federal Government, while Access Bank Plc should be compelled to produce the commission's "complete and unadulterated" statements from 2004 till date.

He also asked the Senate to invite Aminu Ibrahim and co, a firm of auditors, to appear before it to shed light on discrepancies.

He said that contrary to the provisions of Section 36 of EFCC (Establishment) Act of 2004, the anti-graft agency failed to remit over N1tn, alleging that the summary of EFCC's monetary recovery from March 2003 – March 2013 was N497.385bn and that the agency did not mention where the amount was remitted to.

He also said that the letter written by the EFCC to the Chairman, House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, in 2012 stated that the aggregate recovery from 2004 to 2011 was N1.326tn without details of remittances.

He said, "How can recovery for eight financial years be more than recovery for 11 financial years by over N800bn when the eight financial years are subsumed in the 11 financial years? Why do recovery for the same years differ on different reports?

"It should be noted that the two documents submitted were prepared under the chairmanship of Lamorde.

"Compare the first two submissions emanating from EFCC. The 2011 submission is over N800bn higher than the 2013 submission despite two additional years of naira recovery in the 2013 submission.

"Based on the records, because EFCC has not been able to account for over N800bn, EFCC manipulated the above records and grossly understated recovery in order to conceal the fraud."

The Senate committee refused to hear the legal team sent by Lamorde on the grounds that the EFCC boss had earlier requested and granted more time before appearing before the panel.

The EFCC team was led by the Director of Legal Services of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Chile Okoroma. Okoroma came in company with Lamorde's personal lawyer, Mr.Osuagwu Ugochukwu.

They walked into the venue of the meeting about one hour into the commencement of sitting.

The EFCC lawyer had asked for permission from the panel to react to Uboh's submissions even as he expressed reservations over the decision of the committee members to listen to Uboh without the representatives of the anti-graft agency in attendance.

Members of the committee, especially Senators Dino Melaye and Rafiu Ibrahim, objected to Okoroma's observation and queried his right to dictate to the panel on how to carry out its assignment.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, consequently read a letter from the EFCC, seeking the permission of the upper chamber to appear at a later date when its comprehensive annual audit report would have been received from KPMG, an audit firm.

Anyanwu said the committee would not attend to any submission from Okoroma and his team because they were not being expected.

He therefore asked the legal team to excuse the committee to enable it to conclude with the petitioner before determining when Lamorde would be invited to respond to the allegations.

Okoroma and Ugochukwu, however, told our correspondent outside the committee room   that they appeared before the panel because the committee was silent on the EFCC letter requesting an extension of time to appear before it.

Okoroma said, "The procedure adopted by the committee is flawed. They should not have heard the petitioner in our absence and they did not also send the documents attached to the petition to us.

"The committee was aware of our coming because we informed them. The petitioner should have proved his allegation in our presence. All what he was saying are pieces of rubbish and we are highly disappointed in the committee."

Meanwhile, the anti-Senate President Bukola Saraki senators under the aegis of Senate Unity Forum, on Wednesday, declared the Lamorde's probe by the committee as illegal because it did not follow the due process and that it breached the Senate Rules.

The group, in a petition by Senators Gorge Akume, Abu Ibrahim, Barnabas Gemade and Ahmad Lawan, faulted the process through which the petition was sent to the committee.

It noted that in a standard parliamentary practice, a petition should be routed through either a senator or a member of the House of Representatives and that upon receipt of such a petition the representative would inform the presiding officer of the chamber and, thereafter, present the petition in the plenary.

"Upon presentation in plenary, the presiding officer will invite the senator/member, House of Representatives. To lay the same petition on the table in the chamber, this automatically becomes a public document.

"In this regard, nothing of the sort happened. Senate proceeded on recess on August 13 and it is not on record that the petition of Mr. George Uboh, accusing Lamorde of diverting over N1tn recovered from some corrupt Nigerians, including former Governor of Bayelsa State, DSP Alamieyesigha, and the former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun, was presented to Senate in Plenary," the group's statement read in part.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

My Lips Is My Favorite Body Part- Nollywood Actress, Bimbo Thomas

Nollywood actress, Bimbo Thomas has been in the movie industry for quite a while, but she shot into the limelight when she appeared in Funke Akindele's popular movie, 'Omo Ghetto.' In this chat with Potpourri, she speaks on the early days of her career, her wine store, among other issues. Excerpts…



Can you trace your genesis in the movie industry?

I can remember it was during my undergraduate days at the University of Lagos studying Creative Arts. When I was in 100 Level, I met Tayo Odueke (Sikirat Sindodo), and she was already in the industry at that time. She noticed that I was doing well when it comes to projects and practicals in school. She then suggested that I should come into the movie industry since I have all it takes in terms of charisma and every other thing. It took me a while to decide though. Later on, I met with Lanre Abbey and he introduced me to the Odunfa Caucus under the tutelage of Yinka Quadri.




Which of the movies you've acted in will you say gave your big break?

I'll say 'Omo Ghetto.'

Which is the most challenging role you've played in a movie?
Playing Nikky in Omo Ghetto was challenging. I had never broken a bottle before in my life, and I had also never been involved in a street fight, but I had to do all that in the movie. I put in my all and the character stuck. It took me some time to get that character out of my head.



Are you comfortable with your size, or would you like to change anything about it?

I'm okay. Right now, I'm even on a diet program trying to shed some weight. I know that I don't want to go beyond this size because there are some sizes that are not good enough for a babe. And for a woman that has not started making babies, I should watch it if I don't want to go way overboard.




It was reported that your wine store cost N42m, is it true, and what informed your setting up of the store?

This store, Bimbally, isn't what I thought will come into place now. But the love for collecting wines, beauty and nature have always been in me.   One day, I just thought of it that I haven't really been working for a while now because I'm selective of the scripts I accept because I noticed that I was being stereotyped. I knew I needed a brand extension, and I thought of establishing a clothing line which I'm still going to do anyway, and a wine store. And the rest as they say, is history. The plan is to expand and have branches all over as time goes on.




It was alleged that your sugar daddy gave you the money to set up the store, what do you have to say about that?

It's very funny when I hear things like that; I wonder where they think it up from. Looking at this shop, does it look to you like it's worth N42m?

No, but my eyes could be deceiving me, is it?
I put this down with my own hard-earned money; no man gave me money. Even my family members were shocked when I opened the store because I didn't inform anybody. My man was also surprised. Anyway, I think it's a hype for me and I love it, except for the aspect of the man that they added to it.



What's the craziest thing you can do on a movie set?

Now you've got me thinking. I've kissed severally. I really don't know, but I can't go nude.




Which is the most memorable kiss you've ever had on set?

It was with Femi Branch. I've forgotten the title of the film now but we played lovers and we had to make it real, and we really kissed. He had his back turned at me, and he said something. Instead of me to respond, I just grabbed him and started kissing him; even the director was stunned. He is my friend though and I know his wife.



Which actor would you like to kiss?

Internationally, it's Idris Elba, but lately I've had a crush on Terrence Howard. Locally, it's John Dumelo (Blushes).



What's your favourite part of your body?

My lips.


Have you ever been friends with benefit with anybody?

No, I don't subscribe to it. I've always had a smooth arrangement with everybody I've come in contact with. However, like the Kumi guy I told you about, we started out as friends, and you know we ladies always know when guys like us. But I, as a person, don't like to drag it out of you. I'll act as if I can't read between the lines. Anyway, we gradually began a relationship, but I won't even peck an ordinary friend; it's that bad.




There's a lot of lesbianism talks in the industry nowadays, have you ever had a lesbian hit on you?

Not from anyone in the industry, but outside. There was a time I was at a party and they played one of my favourite songs and I started dancing excitedly. I noticed a lady was looking at me in a funny kind of way. When I sat down, we got talking. And she began putting her hands on me, telling me that she had been admiring me for a long time. There and then, I shut her down and she apologised. The irony is that she's even a prettier lady than I am.


It is believed that many actresses these days are glorified prostitutes, what's your take on that?


When people say things like that, I feel it's their opinion, which they have a right to. I have a lot of guys as friends and I know that they like actresses, maybe because they can boast with it that they're dating famous people. There are many girls out there who can do whatever they like without public scrutiny, but it's not so for actresses. But why would someone who is famous be prostituting when the attention of the whole world is on her? It doesn't make sense. Being famous deprives one of doing certain things.
If anyone calls me with a strange number and starts saying funny things like I like you, or I have so and so uncle I want you to meet, I just block the person's line straight away. I'm not cut out for things like that. It takes a lot of effort for any member of the opposite sex to be my friend. For whoever is hiding under this umbrella to tarnish other people's image, I think they should be checked.

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President Buhari Appoints SSG & Other Appointments

Below is a press statement...
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the following appointments:
Engr. Babachir David Lawal – Secretary to the Government of the Federation
Alhaji Abba Kyari – Chief of Staff to the President
Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd.) – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Customs Service
Mr. Kure Martin Abeshi – Comptroller-General, Nigerian Immigration Service
Senator Ita S.J. Enang – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate)

Hon. Suleiman A. Kawu – SSA to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives)

The appointments are with effect from today, August 27, 2015.
Engr. Lawal, the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation hails from Hong Local Government Area, Adamawa State. He graduated from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree and worked with the Delta Steel Company, Aladja, Nigerian External Telecommunications Limited and Data Sciences Limited before establishing his own ICT and Telecommunications consulting firm in 1990. He is also a member of the Nigeria Computer Society, the Nigeria Society of Engineers and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria.

Alhaji Abba Kyari, the new Chief of Staff to the President holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Warwick in Law and Sociology. He has worked with the New Nigeria Development Company, New Africa Holdings, African International Bank, United Bank for Africa, Unilever, and Mobil in various capacities over the years.

The new Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Ali holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Criminology. He was military administrator of Kaduna State from 1996 to 1998.

The new Comptroller- General of Immigration, Mr. Abeshi hails from Nasarawa State. He joined the Nigerian Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Comptroller. His educational qualifications include a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 27, 2015

Draws For The Uefa Champions League Group Stages Made Today

The draws for the 2015/2016 group stage of the Uefa Champions League was made today. Here are the teams that make up the groups.

Group A: PSG, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo.

Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg.

Group C: Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana.

Group D: Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach.

Group E: Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov.

Group F: Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiakos, GNK Dinamo.

Group G: Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Group H: Zenit, Valencia, Lyon, Gent.

Inspector Shoot Self Dead In Lagos

The atmosphere at the Mobile Police Force 20, in the Ikeja area of Lagos, had been tense since Tuesday after a police inspector, identified simply as Medugwu, mistakenly shot himself dead, while adjusting a faulty rifle.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the inspector, who was attached to MOPOL 20, was the second-in-command to the armourer. He was said to have accidentally pulled the trigger of the rifle, which sent a bullet to his jaw.

Our correspondent gathered that on Tuesday, at about 10am, a policeman had brought the faulty rifle to Medugwu to examine and readjust for him.

It was learnt that the second-in-command to the armourer collected the rifle, and tried to find out where the fault was. The rifle was said to have been fired in the process.

Other policemen in the area were said to have rushed to the scene and taken Medugwu to the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

The inspector, however, died at about 1pm in the hospital.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, a policeman, who claimed to be an eyewitness, said Medugwu accidentally turned the barrel of the rifle on himself during the check, before his finger touched the trigger.

He added that the inspector died as a result of severe injuries sustained from the gunshot.

He said, "He was the second-in-command at the armoury in the MOPOL 20. A policeman brought a faulty rifle to his office to examine. While he was doing that, he mistakenly turned the barrel of the gun on himself, and he mistakenly pulled the trigger.

"We rushed him to LASUTH, where the medical personnel battled to save his life. But, he died at about 1pm. His head was badly injured. Medugwu's death shook all of us."

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, confirmed the death of Medugwu via a text message.

Senate Begins Probe Of EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde

The probe of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, commenced as scheduled on Wednesday with his accuser telling the Senate that the EFCC boss gave out properties recovered from looters to siblings and friends.

George Uboh, the man who petitioned the Senate against alleged diversion of N1tn recovered funds by the Federal Government, in his oral submission before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, said that his interaction with ex-Bayelsa State Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha showed that the amount recovered from the former governor was far more than what the EFCC declared in its reports.

"We have evidence of how Lamorde has been giving out some of the choice seized property and assets to some of his siblings, especially Usman, and we are ready to produce necessary evidence at the appropriate time," Uboh told the Senate committee.

He also explained to the committee how the incumbent Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, was allegedly intimidated by the EFCC under Lamorde to stop a legal process initiated to recover the shortfall of Alamieyeseigha's money by the Bayelsa State government.

He urged the committee to compel the EFCC to remit N2.051tn to the Federal Government, while Access Bank Plc should be compelled to produce the commission's "complete and unadulterated" statements from 2004 till date.

He also asked the Senate to invite Aminu Ibrahim and co, a firm of auditors, to appear before it to shed light on discrepancies.

He said that contrary to the provisions of Section 36 of EFCC (Establishment) Act of 2004, the anti-graft agency failed to remit over N1tn, alleging that the summary of EFCC's monetary recovery from March 2003 – March 2013 was N497.385bn and that the agency did not mention where the amount was remitted to.

He also said that the letter written by the EFCC to the Chairman, House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes, in 2012 stated that the aggregate recovery from 2004 to 2011 was N1.326tn without details of remittances.

He said, "How can recovery for eight financial years be more than recovery for 11 financial years by over N800bn when the eight financial years are subsumed in the 11 financial years? Why do recovery for the same years differ on different reports?

"It should be noted that the two documents submitted were prepared under the chairmanship of Lamorde.

"Compare the first two submissions emanating from EFCC. The 2011 submission is over N800bn higher than the 2013 submission despite two additional years of naira recovery in the 2013 submission.

"Based on the records, because EFCC has not been able to account for over N800bn, EFCC manipulated the above records and grossly understated recovery in order to conceal the fraud."

The Senate committee refused to hear the legal team sent by Lamorde on the grounds that the EFCC boss had earlier requested and granted more time before appearing before the panel.

The EFCC team was led by the Director of Legal Services of the anti-graft agency, Mr. Chile Okoroma. Okoroma came in company with Lamorde's personal lawyer, Mr.Osuagwu Ugochukwu.

They walked into the venue of the meeting about one hour into the commencement of sitting.

The EFCC lawyer had asked for permission from the panel to react to Uboh's submissions even as he expressed reservations over the decision of the committee members to listen to Uboh without the representatives of the anti-graft agency in attendance.

Members of the committee, especially Senators Dino Melaye and Rafiu Ibrahim, objected to Okoroma's observation and queried his right to dictate to the panel on how to carry out its assignment.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, consequently read a letter from the EFCC, seeking the permission of the upper chamber to appear at a later date when its comprehensive annual audit report would have been received from KPMG, an audit firm.

Anyanwu said the committee would not attend to any submission from Okoroma and his team because they were not being expected.

He therefore asked the legal team to excuse the committee to enable it to conclude with the petitioner before determining when Lamorde would be invited to respond to the allegations.

Okoroma and Ugochukwu, however, told our correspondent outside the committee room   that they appeared before the panel because the committee was silent on the EFCC letter requesting an extension of time to appear before it.

Okoroma said, "The procedure adopted by the committee is flawed. They should not have heard the petitioner in our absence and they did not also send the documents attached to the petition to us.

"The committee was aware of our coming because we informed them. The petitioner should have proved his allegation in our presence. All what he was saying are pieces of rubbish and we are highly disappointed in the committee."

Meanwhile, the anti-Senate President Bukola Saraki senators under the aegis of Senate Unity Forum, on Wednesday, declared the Lamorde's probe by the committee as illegal because it did not follow the due process and that it breached the Senate Rules.

The group, in a petition by Senators Gorge Akume, Abu Ibrahim, Barnabas Gemade and Ahmad Lawan, faulted the process through which the petition was sent to the committee.

It noted that in a standard parliamentary practice, a petition should be routed through either a senator or a member of the House of Representatives and that upon receipt of such a petition the representative would inform the presiding officer of the chamber and, thereafter, present the petition in the plenary.

"Upon presentation in plenary, the presiding officer will invite the senator/member, House of Representatives. To lay the same petition on the table in the chamber, this automatically becomes a public document.

"In this regard, nothing of the sort happened. Senate proceeded on recess on August 13 and it is not on record that the petition of Mr. George Uboh, accusing Lamorde of diverting over N1tn recovered from some corrupt Nigerians, including former Governor of Bayelsa State, DSP Alamieyesigha, and the former Inspector-General of Police, Tafa Balogun, was presented to Senate in Plenary," the group's statement read in part.

My Lips Is My Favorite Body Part- Nollywood Actress, Bimbo Thomas

Nollywood actress, Bimbo Thomas has been in the movie industry for quite a while, but she shot into the limelight when she appeared in Funke Akindele's popular movie, 'Omo Ghetto.' In this chat with Potpourri, she speaks on the early days of her career, her wine store, among other issues. Excerpts…



Can you trace your genesis in the movie industry?

I can remember it was during my undergraduate days at the University of Lagos studying Creative Arts. When I was in 100 Level, I met Tayo Odueke (Sikirat Sindodo), and she was already in the industry at that time. She noticed that I was doing well when it comes to projects and practicals in school. She then suggested that I should come into the movie industry since I have all it takes in terms of charisma and every other thing. It took me a while to decide though. Later on, I met with Lanre Abbey and he introduced me to the Odunfa Caucus under the tutelage of Yinka Quadri.




Which of the movies you've acted in will you say gave your big break?

I'll say 'Omo Ghetto.'

Which is the most challenging role you've played in a movie?
Playing Nikky in Omo Ghetto was challenging. I had never broken a bottle before in my life, and I had also never been involved in a street fight, but I had to do all that in the movie. I put in my all and the character stuck. It took me some time to get that character out of my head.



Are you comfortable with your size, or would you like to change anything about it?

I'm okay. Right now, I'm even on a diet program trying to shed some weight. I know that I don't want to go beyond this size because there are some sizes that are not good enough for a babe. And for a woman that has not started making babies, I should watch it if I don't want to go way overboard.




It was reported that your wine store cost N42m, is it true, and what informed your setting up of the store?

This store, Bimbally, isn't what I thought will come into place now. But the love for collecting wines, beauty and nature have always been in me.   One day, I just thought of it that I haven't really been working for a while now because I'm selective of the scripts I accept because I noticed that I was being stereotyped. I knew I needed a brand extension, and I thought of establishing a clothing line which I'm still going to do anyway, and a wine store. And the rest as they say, is history. The plan is to expand and have branches all over as time goes on.




It was alleged that your sugar daddy gave you the money to set up the store, what do you have to say about that?

It's very funny when I hear things like that; I wonder where they think it up from. Looking at this shop, does it look to you like it's worth N42m?

No, but my eyes could be deceiving me, is it?
I put this down with my own hard-earned money; no man gave me money. Even my family members were shocked when I opened the store because I didn't inform anybody. My man was also surprised. Anyway, I think it's a hype for me and I love it, except for the aspect of the man that they added to it.



What's the craziest thing you can do on a movie set?

Now you've got me thinking. I've kissed severally. I really don't know, but I can't go nude.




Which is the most memorable kiss you've ever had on set?

It was with Femi Branch. I've forgotten the title of the film now but we played lovers and we had to make it real, and we really kissed. He had his back turned at me, and he said something. Instead of me to respond, I just grabbed him and started kissing him; even the director was stunned. He is my friend though and I know his wife.



Which actor would you like to kiss?

Internationally, it's Idris Elba, but lately I've had a crush on Terrence Howard. Locally, it's John Dumelo (Blushes).



What's your favourite part of your body?

My lips.


Have you ever been friends with benefit with anybody?

No, I don't subscribe to it. I've always had a smooth arrangement with everybody I've come in contact with. However, like the Kumi guy I told you about, we started out as friends, and you know we ladies always know when guys like us. But I, as a person, don't like to drag it out of you. I'll act as if I can't read between the lines. Anyway, we gradually began a relationship, but I won't even peck an ordinary friend; it's that bad.




There's a lot of lesbianism talks in the industry nowadays, have you ever had a lesbian hit on you?

Not from anyone in the industry, but outside. There was a time I was at a party and they played one of my favourite songs and I started dancing excitedly. I noticed a lady was looking at me in a funny kind of way. When I sat down, we got talking. And she began putting her hands on me, telling me that she had been admiring me for a long time. There and then, I shut her down and she apologised. The irony is that she's even a prettier lady than I am.


It is believed that many actresses these days are glorified prostitutes, what's your take on that?


When people say things like that, I feel it's their opinion, which they have a right to. I have a lot of guys as friends and I know that they like actresses, maybe because they can boast with it that they're dating famous people. There are many girls out there who can do whatever they like without public scrutiny, but it's not so for actresses. But why would someone who is famous be prostituting when the attention of the whole world is on her? It doesn't make sense. Being famous deprives one of doing certain things.
If anyone calls me with a strange number and starts saying funny things like I like you, or I have so and so uncle I want you to meet, I just block the person's line straight away. I'm not cut out for things like that. It takes a lot of effort for any member of the opposite sex to be my friend. For whoever is hiding under this umbrella to tarnish other people's image, I think they should be checked.

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