BY JUSTIN AKPOVI-ESADE
Emeka Ike Plots Segun Arinze’s Fall
THE stage appears set for the final showdown in the Actors Guild of Nigeria as ‘president’ Emeka Ike has perfected plans to finally topple the ‘government’ of Segun Arinze and that of the Board of Trustees.
A reliable source revealed that Ike is courting former AGN president Ejike Asiegbu and General Secretary, Chuma Nwudiwe, to team up with him in the mission to silence the BoT once and for all. Several meetings have been held between Ike and Asiegbu. Ike is hell bent, according to the source, on taking possession of the national secretariat on Ajao Road, Surulere, Lagos, which Arinze occupies currently. Ike is weighing so many options, which include going to court or using touts to sack Arinze. The heat is building up as Chuma has declared himself acting president based on the fact that Arinze reportedly does not have a University degree, the major condition that qualifies one to be AGN president. The die is cast. Kanayo O. Kanayo, according to reports, declared himself chairman of the BoT after reportedly swearing in Emeka Ike as president. This is certainly a season of the locust in AGN.
COMEDIAN Gandoki may have suddenly woken up from his long sleep and decided to rebrand, to boost his career that many claim is suffering from arrested development. T4T got a call from the comedian last week announcing that he has finally concluded plans to launch the DVDs of his shows (they are mere clips of his several shows he did for people). He was so excited about the oncoming show in Asaba, Delta State that one began to wonder if the comic had won a lottery or Baba Ijebu as the case may be. In over a decade of his career, Gandoki has never organised a solo show even when younger comics like Jedi, Teju Baby Face, AY, have all taken the risk, so one would understand with him while he is so excited. Ran into his ‘manager’, David Salako at a Lagos celebrity hang-out on Monday, who confirmed that Gandoki was indeed on a mission to rebrand himself beginning with the Asaba launch. Well, we wish him good luck, but one hopes after the rebrand, he will also stop thumbing people’s cigarettes at the hangout.
Clint ‘D Drunk Also Lives In Ikorodu
COMEDIANS are gradually turning Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb into the new Beverly Hills as most of them are moving there like they are being chased. Clint D’ Drunk a source revealed now leaves in the suburb. Seyi Law, A Y, Gandoki all live there. But then, there are different classes of comedians, those that live on millionaire playground, Lekki (Ali Baba, Julius Agwu and Basket Mouth), the Ikorodu suburb group that are enjoying big mansions at ridiculous cheap rents and others like D Lecturer living in Akute jungle etc. All fingers are not equal. Church, sorry, such is life.
Frank Nico Gravity
ALTHOUGH he has been in the music scene for a long time, Ajegunle ghetto artiste Nico Gravity shot to instant fame last year when he released a song lambasting fellow singer Timaya for his self-praising music style. However, he got what he did not bargain for when just recently a younger artiste released a song that totally took Nico from the centre of gravity. Nico was on Wazobia FM last week reacting to the song by Mercury and you cannot help but admire the frankness of the artiste on all the issues raised. He stood by his song about Timaya and wished Mercury well even as he maintained that he did not insult Timaya. However, one could feel the pain and disappointment in his voice when he said Mercury in order to rise to fame decided to rain abuses on him in his song. He admits he was indeed a chemist (as Mercury said in the song). “Yes, I dey sell chemist before” (I was a chemist), Nico Gravity said.
Well, T4T sympathises with Gravity but he should know that what goes around, comes around.
Uche Anyeamele’s ‘Lean’ Birthday
NOLLYWOOD star Uche Anyemele who broke into limelight with his role as Richard in Wale Adenuga’s Super Story, held his birthday party last Saturday at a celebrity club in Surulere, Lagos. It would have been better if Uche had held his B’Day at his Ejigbo-Lagos residence instead of bothering himself with coming to the celebrity hangout. The text message he used in inviting other stars clearly stated that there was limited seating space. T4T found out he reserved just two tables with about nine chairs, yet Uche sent over 30 SMS to different people. Someone swore it got to a point, you were advised to buy your own food and drinks. You see why I said he should have done the birthday quietly in his apartment?
Kefee’s Showstopper Bash
IT is only when one has made money like the Adenugas, Okoyas etc that he remembers and even celebrates his birthdays yearly. I can say authoritatively that sensational singer Kefee has made money and is ready to throw a lavish birthday party in Lagos. In fact, by the time you are reading this, Kefee must have, yesterday, held Lagos celebrity circles to a standstill position with her birthday bash. Newspapers, magazines and Internet sites have been agog with news of Kefee’s birthday gig, which held yesterday. Hmmm, see how life be? Dis na Kefee wey evrybodi tink say her own don finis wen her husband last year. She dust her bodi, hamma and move go Lekki, she even buy Murano jeep and now sees her betday wey ring like say na Rasaq Okoya dauter wan do betday. When small pikin get money, elder go call am aunty, so Aunty Kefee, remeba big bros o. Na dia I talk reach first.