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“I am on a journey of self-discovery” – Actor Yul Edochie’s first wife, May pens touching note



Controversial Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie’s first wife, May, has penned a heartfelt note to her fans, family and friends, appreciating them for their unwavering support.

The mother of four, who in a lengthy Instagram post declared that she is on a journey of self-discovery, noted that she has always been behind the scenes as a wife, working tirelessly to build a peaceful and successful home.

She stated that the love, support, and encouragement she receives from friends and family members are what encourages and sustains her.

In her words,


“Waking up daily to the love and support I find here gets me going. I am on a constant journey of self discovery. It sometimes takes unprecedented situations to discover our true abilities and how we can utilize them in unimaginable ways.

I have always been behind the scenes as a wife, an entrepreneur, a backbone, a mid filder, a super mom, a prayer warrior and more, working tirelessly, resiliently and dedicated to building a peaceful and successful home.

God alone blesses the works of our hands in His own time. My determination/drive, and of course the love from you all have been the driving force behind my recent achievements. The encouragement from y’all, my family and friends from all over the world inspires and motivates me to keep thriving.

Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried but you’ve actually been planted.” – Christine Caine

Always stay true to yourself. Don’t compromise your core values and beliefs regardless of the pressure. Enjoy the rest of the evening fam. Love you right back ❤️❤️❤️”.

This comes after May’s husband, Yul, averred that his blessings had doubled ever since he took a second wife.


Recall that in April, when the actor announced his marriage to a second wife, May, via the comments, expressed displeasure and called for the judgement of God on her husband and the new wife.

“May God judge the both of you.” she wrote.

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BBNaija’s Doyin says she does not know the price of anything in Nigeria



BBNaija's Doyin says she does not know the price of anything in Nigeria

Big Brother Naija star Doyin has admitted to being out of touch with the everyday cost of living in the country, highlighting her reliance on others for tasks like shopping.

Speaking in a recent interview with media personality Olufemi Daniel on his podcast, the controversial reality star revealed that she does not know the price of anything in Nigeria.


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“I am the most detached Nigerian you can ever meet. I don’t even know what is happening. I don’t know the price of anything. I don’t go to the market. I send my chef, and they don’t tell me what the price is,” she said.

Doyin stressed that while she does not go to the market, she empathises with Nigerians grappling with economic hardships.

She explained, “I hear there’s hardship in the country, and I sympathise with Nigerians. I’m sure that it’s tough. I know because wigs are more expensive. Makeup, nails, cars, houses—everything is more expensive. Those things I know. But I’m not really into tomatoes. I’m sure food is expensive.”

The reality star recounted one time she visited a market, where she was moved to tears witnessing the struggles of ordinary Nigerians.

“It’s sad because people are suffering. I also went to the market one time in Ogba, and I cried that day because I saw how people were suffering. People were reacting to N50,000 like it was N5 million. That shows how badly people are suffering,” she said.

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She added, “It’s very sad. We hope that we’ll have a country one day where the average Nigerian can at least feed. That should be the basics. But we are not there yet. I hope we get there one day. I don’t want to talk about politics because I don’t really know much about politics.”

Emphasising Nigeria’s current plight, She criticised the lack of concern from those in power towards the welfare of everyday citizens and advised Nigerians to try their best to fend for themselves.

“I just think Nigeria is a shithole with this kind of leadership. The issue is that the people that are obligated to care about us don’t care about us. I don’t know that there would be a solution anytime soon. So I tell people ‘Do your best to fend for yourself and family and if you have the opportunity to relocate abroad, do,’”

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Agbako name brought me fame — says Charles Olumo



Agbako name brought me fame — says Charles Olumo

Veteran actor, Abdulsalam Sanyaolu, fondly called Charles Olumo and Agbako, speaks to BANKOLE TAIWO about his life at 101, career and other issues

Let me start by congratulating you sir for clocking 101 years old earlier this year. Did you ever think you would attain this milestone?


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(Laughs) How could I have ever thought I would be this old or celebrate 101 years on earth? I never thought of it.

Why didn’t you envisage it?

There are a lot of troubles in this world. It is a life of uncertainties, so, how can someone think he could survive all the challenges in Nigeria, and live to be 101 years old and still counting? I have just received mercy from God. It is God that is doing wonders in my life. I have not done anything spectacular.

Does this kind of longevity run in your family?

None that I know of. God has just decided to favour me, and here I am bouncing and still active to a reasonable extent. I will forever be grateful to God.


Some people think that your longevity could be a result of concoctions or charms you might have used in your heydays. What’s your reaction to that?

There’s nothing like that. I don’t have any charms, neither have I taken any concoction so that I can grow old. All those thoughts are just fantasies; they don’t exist. It has been God all the way. Some people used to think I would be full of charms, because of the way I acted in films. But, all that was just stage action to thrill the audience. My trust is only in God Almighty.

Do you still go to film locations?

Yes, I still go to film locations if I am invited.

Do you go there to act, or just to watch what is being done?


I go there to act. They are always surprised that I am still full of action. It is in the blood, and it is God’s gift to me.

When last were you invited to shoot a film?

I was on a film set in April. Doyin Amodu is the one producing the movie, so he invited me to be part of the production, and I am grateful to him and others, who out of courtesy, respect and love for me give me such an honour.

What kind of relationship exists between you and the younger generation of actors?

I have a good relationship with them, as a father and one of the elders in the industry. I advise them on what to do, and what not to do. Sometimes, they consult me on some issues, and I gladly offer my counsel.


Do these actors offer you any form of support?

Yes, they are trying; the likes of Mama Rainbow, Foluke Daramola, Doyin Amodu, Fatimo Amodu, and Kunle Afod. The popular juju musician and respected man of God, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey, has been very supportive too. I am grateful to all of them.

How would you describe your relationship with Ebenezer Obey?

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We are like siblings. We are both from Egbaland (Abeokuta). I had known him since he was with the late Fatai Rolling Dollars, so it’s been a very long relationship. I pray God will continually bless him for his love and support for me over the years.

When you look back at your life, is there anything you wish you had done differently?


One can make mistakes in life because no one is infallible. Sometimes, the spirit could be willing, but the flesh might be weak. It is only God who is perfect, so whatever error I might have committed belongs to the past.

What do you make of the movies of nowadays compared to those produced during your time?

These days, there seems to be a rush by everyone to produce their own movies without having what it takes to make that happen, such as money and a good storyline. Movie production requires money, and that usually affects the quality of the movies produced these days, though there are many good ones too.

In the past, I was among those who acted in many great movies, produced by the late Hubert Ogunde, Ade Love, and many others.

What is your daily routine like these days?


Once I wake up at about 6 am, I say my prayers and go to the living room to do some exercise. I could also walk around for some time.

I try throwing punches too to exercise my arms. I take deep breaths as well. I would then drink a lot of water because it is good for the body. I would then go back to relax in my room and wait for my breakfast. After eating, I would rest for a while, go to the sitting room to relax, and receive whoever came to visit me.

Do you still watch movies?

Due to old age, my sight is no longer good enough. Even if I attempt to watch a movie, it would get to a time that I won’t see anything again, so I have stopped troubling myself.

Do you think the government is doing enough to support the industry?


The support is not even there, talk more of being enough. I have never got any such support, and I don’t know anyone who has enjoyed it as well. The news our children who are abroad give us about how governments support entertainers over there is really making us sad. The government should be able to support us, given our roles in nation-building.

We serve as the conscience of society by pointing out the ills, as well as their consequences, and the way out. We bring joy to many homes and contribute to the growth of the economy. We deserve all the support we can get.

Could you take a walk down memory lane and tell us how you developed an interest in acting?

I started way back in my village— Egba Owode— in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State. I actually started while I was in primary school. I was about seven years old then. After I completed my primary education, I continued acting and also trained as an automobile technician and mechanic.

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In your heydays, you often acted the role of a dangerous villain, with many having the impression that you must be truly callous in real life with plenty of charms. What’s your take on that?


(Laughs) That was just acting, and nothing more. I was only interpreting the roles assigned to me. I don’t have charms, and I am not a wicked person.

Do you have any unfulfilled dreams?

I don’t think I have any that I can remember, although some people think I should have built a mansion. But, I am okay with this bungalow that God has provided for me. I am happy and content with it.

A lot has been said about your relationship with the late mum of popular fuji singer, Pasuma. What can you tell us about it?

Let’s leave that in the past, please.


Do you have a relationship with Pasuma?

Yes, Pasuma is a good child, and it is safe to say that he is not far from me. It will seem like I am asking for too much if I say anything otherwise.

Entertainers are known to always have women flocking around them. How were you able to handle that aspect of your career?

I had my fair share too, but I was never reckless with it. I was not the type of entertainer that wanted every woman for themselves alone. I behaved decently.

Are stakeholders in the industry doing enough to take care of veterans like you?


Things are changing now, and God has begun to use these young artistes to make a lot of difference in the lives of people like myself. People like Kunle Afod, Foluke Daramola, Doyin Amodu, Fatimo Amodu, Mama Rainbow, and Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi (have been doing well). A son to my younger sister, Owolabi, also does a lot for me. I pray that the Almighty God will continually bless them, and take care of them in their old age too.

What about Primate Ayodele who promised to pay you salary for life when you marked your 100th birthday?

The Almighty God will continue to bless him too, because he has remained faithful to his pledge. I really cannot thank him enough. I am grateful to all of them; though, there are many who promised me heaven and earth then but have refused to fulfil their promises.

Does the Ogun State government support you in any way?

We have received nothing from the state government, though the former governor, Ibikunle Amosun, once gave me money, which I used to buy the flat screen television that is currently in my living room. Since then, I have not received anything from the government. This is however not good enough, considering our contributions to national development. We deserve all the support that the government can give us.


Are you a Muslim or a Christian?

While we were growing up, one could choose to be a Christian or Muslim. My father was a Muslim, and I was given the name, Abdusalam Sanyaolu. But, in the course of moving around, especially going to churches to act, I developed an interest in Christianity; moreso, my father’s younger brother was a Christian, and I loved the way he was taking care of us. The Christians also used to have programmes such as harvest which attracted little children. So, we were always at one church or the other to act. I was later baptized, and I picked Charles as my baptismal name. But, as we speak now, I am a Muslim, and I have gone on a pilgrimage to Mecca. But, I don’t have anything against Christians.

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At your age now, if a young woman is asked to take care of you, will you be able to get intimate with her?

I will rub her back (laughs). I have actually had my fill of things like that, and nothing else remains. There is time for everything.

Have you ever had any near death experience?


Yes, something happened many years ago when I went to Igbara-Odo in the then Ondo State for a stage performance. I had actually been warned about the hills along the road to the town. As our vehicle was ascending one of the hills, it could no longer move, and it began to go backwards. Everyone in the vehicle, including my children, thought that the end had come. I had already concluded that we would find ourselves in the deep ditch, but miraculously, the vehicle was stopped by a tree trunk. After leaving the scene, the vehicle’s brake had some issues, and we asked a mechanic to fix it. We didn’t know that he did not do a thorough job. While going to another town from Igbara-Odo, the brake failed, and the vehicle ended up in a sugarcane plantation. It was really shocking and scary.

What is the story behind your stage name, ‘Agbako’?

It is a name I gave myself when we went to shoot a film titled, Anikura in Iwo town (then in Oyo State, but now in Osun State). The owner of the film gave it another title, but I felt it was not good enough, so I suggested Anikura. He accepted, and I was given the role of ‘Anikura’ in the movie. That was when I started addressing myself as Agbako. I used to say, “Emi Agbako Anikura (Me, Agbako Anikura). It was a way to build fear around the character further because Anikura was a very dangerous and mean person.

Has the name, ‘Agbako’, ever brought any negative repercussion to you?

None that I know of. Rather, it has brought me fame and made me peculiar in the industry. It is a name that has travelled around the world.


Considering the harsh economic condition of the country, what advice do you have for the government?

Government officials should stop being selfish. They should take care of the masses. People are suffering, and the government must help to make life more comfortable for all.

President Bola Tinubu, and his wife, Oluremi, should remember me too. I have known the President and his wife for many years. The First Lady knows me very well, and they should please help me while I am still alive.

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Appeal Court affirms 5-year jail term for Baba Ijesha



Appeal Court affirms 5-year jail term for Baba Ijesha

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division on Friday affirmed the judgement of a Lagos State High Court, which sentenced Nollywood actor, Olanrewaju James, popularly called Baba Ijesha to five years imprisonment for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old minor.

The appellate court in its lead judgement delivered by Justice Folashade Ojo (presided) found the Appellant (Baba Ijesha) guilty on counts 4 and 5, where he was accused of indecently touching a minor and sexually assaulted her.


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Other members of the panel, Justice Abdullahi Bayero and Justice Paul Bassi aligned themselves with the lead judgement.

The Lagos State Government arraigned Baba Ijesha on a six-count charge bordering on the indecent treatment of a child, sexual assault, attempted sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by penetration.

In her judgement, the trial judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo (rtd) of the Ikeja Domestic Violence and Sexual Offences Court, on July 14, 2022, sentenced Baba Ijesha to five years imprisonment over the sexual assault of a minor.

The court found Baba Ijesha guilty of indecent treatment of a child and sexual assault, of a minor between 2013 and 2014, which is contrary to Section 135 of Lagos State Criminal Law 2015.

Justice Taiwo exonerated him of the offence of sexual assault by penetration which deals with allegedly sexually assaulting the minor by penetration with his car key seven years ago and attempted sexual assault by penetration during another encounter with the minor on April 22, 2021.


The judge held that the prosecution successfully proved counts two and three that he indecently placed the survivor on his lap and rubbed his penis on her body.

Dissatisfied, Baba Ijesha through his counsel Mr. Kayode Olabiran, approached the appeal court praying it to allow the appeal and set aside his conviction and sentence.

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The Appellant argued that the prosecution failed to prove that he (Baba Ijesha) sexually assaulted the victim, contending that the appellant merely acted a script that he was invited to act.

He argued “The Appellant was set up. The Appellant is an actor. He acted in a script that he was invited to act by his colleague (PW1), Damilola Adekoya.”

Delivering judgment on the appeal yesterday, Justice Folashade Ojo set aside appellant’s conviction on indecent treatment of a child and sexual assault of a minor which allegedly occurred between 2013 and 2014 describing the testimony of PW1 (Damilola Adekoya) as hearsay.


Justice Ojo, however held that on the event that occurred on April 19, 2021, the evidence of PW1 (Damilola Adekoya) was an eye witness account, adding that an eye witness account remains credible and one of the most effective ways to established commission of an offence.

Besides, the court held that the Appellant’s voluntarily confessed to the crime of the event of April 19, 2021, and did not challenge the statement of (PW1), Damilola Adekoya throughout the proceedings.

Justice Ojo noted that the appellant made extra judicial statement at Sabo Police station, Lagos State on 19th of April 2021, and another statement at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti on the 28th of April 2021, which were tendered in evidence.

The court held that in the two statements, the appellant admitted that he indecently touched and indeed molested PW2 while she was alone with him in PW1’s (Damilola Adekoya) apartment.

Justice Ojo held that “The law is certain that there is no other evidence other than admission in commission of an offence.


“From the totality of the evidence of PW2 it can be safely inferred that as at the date of the victim’s testimony she was at best 15 years old and a child by virtue of Section 261 of the Child’s Rights Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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“It is significant to note that the appellant did not challenge PW2’s on the evidence she gave. It is in view of all these that I hold that the prosecution established that PW2, the victim of the offence was a child at the time of the alleged offences in 2021.

“I have carefully looked at the record and unable to agree with the appellant, that he was merely acting a script. The interaction between PW2 and the appellant on the 19th April, 2021 was not a theatrical performance of make-believe but a personal encounter between the two of them.

“Moreover, PW2’s (victim) body language supported by her oral testimony and documentary evidence clearly show that she attempted to distance herself from the appellant. The most inference to draw from from appellant’s action in searching the entire house immediately after PW1 left with her visitors and sexually assaulting PW2 is that he intended to commit the offence, and did committed the offence.

“It’s trite that factual findings of the trial court involving the credibility of witnesses are accorded utmost respect. Trial courts have the advantage of first-time observation, which allows them to assess witnesses’ demeanour and manner of testifying during the trial.


“On the event of April 19, 2021, it is my firm belief that the evidence of PW1 does not amount to hearsay, she was an eye witness. My conclusion is that the evidence presented by the prosecution before the trial court on the offence of indecent treatment of a child, and sexually assault committed by the appellant on the 19th of April 2021 is compelling and sufficient to justify the appellant’s conviction.

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“In conclusion, I have no hesitation in affirming the appellant’s conviction for the indecent treatment of a child , and sexual assault. The appellant indecently touched PW2’s body in a sexual manner, in violation of Section 135 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. His actions constitute sexual assault against PW2.

“I am of the view that the respondent discharge the burden of proving its case beyond reasonable doubt against the appellant on the allegations of April 19, 2021, and I so hold. I have no reason to interfere with the findings of the trial court on the event of April 19, 2021.

“In all , I hold that this appeal succeed in part and it accordingly allowed in part.”

The court ordered as follows “The appellant’s conviction, and sentence to 5 years imprisonment for the offence of indecently touching of a child contrary to Section 135 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011 (count 2 of the charge) is set aside.


“The Appellant conviction of 3 years imprisonment for the offence of sexual assault of a child contrary to section 261 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011 (count 3 of the charge) is set aside.

“I affirm the conviction and sentence of the appellant to 5 years imprisonment for the offence of indecent treatment of a child contrary to section 135 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015 (count 4 of the charge)

“The appellant’s conviction and sentence to 3 years imprisonment for sexual assault contrary to section 263 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011 (count 5 of the information) is also affirmed.

“The sentences for counts 4 and 5 are to run concurrently”.

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