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Blood Sisters director Biyi Bandele dies at 54

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The prolific filmmaker died in Lagos, on Sunday August 7, 2022, according to a statement released by his daughter.

I am heartbroken to share the sudden and unexpected death on Sunday 7th of August in Lagos of my father Biyi Bandele,” Temi Bandele wrote on Facebook.

Biyi was a prodigiously talented writer and film-maker, as well as a loyal friend and beloved father. He was a storyteller to his bones, with an unblinking perspective, singular voice and wisdom which spoke boldly through all of his art, in poetry, novels, plays and on screen. He told stories which made a profound impact and inspired many all over the world. His legacy will live on through his work.

“He was taken from us much too soon. He had already said so much so beautifully, and had so much more to say.

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“We ask everyone to please respect the privacy of his family and friends as we grieve his loss.”

The shocking news comes barely weeks to the historical Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) premiere of Netflix and EbonyLife’s ‘Elesin Oba’ which he directed and adapted for the screen.

Bandele was renowned for directing the 2013 film adaptation of Chimamanda classic novel ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ starring Thandiwe Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

 

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Shatta Wale kneels to apologise to event sponsor for failing to perform

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Shatta Wale has apologized to the sponsor of the Hogbgetsoto festival for failing to perform despite an existing contract.

In a video shared by blogger, Ronnieiseverywhere, Shatta Wale was captured with Bola Ray and officials of the sponsor while asking for their forgiveness for the Dancehall artiste.

“It’s unfortunate what happened, but you are the CEO I will let the man (Shatta Wale) himself speak,” Bola said.

Right after the ace broadcaster ended his speech, the ‘On God’ artiste quickly knelt before the Executive Director of Total Family Health Organisation and brand owner of Ebony Condoms, Joseph Addo-Yobo, to apologise for missing a show they had billed him to be a star performer for.

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Before Shatta Wale could bend both his knees, Addo-Yobo held the musician and asked him to take his seat while expressing shock at Shatta’s actions and demeanour and and the lady among them who stated that it was unnecessary wasn’t the reason for their gathering.

The” Gringo” hitmaker had been billed to perform at the Hogbetsotso Beach Rave festival in Tegbi in the Volta Region, an event sponsored by Ebony Condoms on November 8, 2022.

According to reports, Shatta who was billed as the headliner of the event had made it to the town for the festival, however, due to a scuffle between him and one of the event organiser about an appearance for an interview, Shatta left.

It was said to be a chaotic scene as disappointed fans who were gathered at the venue attacked some organisers by pelting stones at them and destroying their gadgets.

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After days of silence, Shatta has taken to social media to state reasons for his absence on stage.

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Stating his own side of the story, the Dancehall artiste expressed that he was disrespected by the organizers.

Hitting on his point, Shatta asserted that he was driven directly to a radio station to grant an interview when he already had an agreement with organizers that he would not participate in such an arrangement or even greet any chief.

He added that one of the organizers threatened to withhold his accommodation if he fails to grant the interview and that was when he took off.

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My bum is over-exaggerated, JMK reveals

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Reality TV star, Jumoke Zainab Adedoyin aka JMK has stated people usually over-exaggerate the size of her butt.

The curvy former BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ housemate explained she always has that feeling whenever her backside is being described by people as extremely big.

JMK concluded it’s actually not as big as they say it is.

“I always feel like people over-exaggerate the size of my bum. It’s really not that big,” she wrote.

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Vin Diesel honours Fast & Furious’ Paul Walker for 9th anniversary of his death

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Vin Diesel has honored fast & furious star Paul Walker in commemoration for ninth year anniversary over his death.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star commemorated the nine-year anniversary of Paul’s death by sharing a throwback photo of himself and the late actor to Instagram.

Vin captioned the Nov. 29 post, “Nine years… love you and miss you.”

Paul died on Nov. 30, 2013 at age 40 due to a car crash. And in the years since his passing, Vin has been vocal about the tremendous loss he has suffered having been very close to Paul—who he acted alongside in five Fast & Furious films—for over a decade.

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Immediately following the tragedy of his passing, Vin shared a touching tribute in honor of him and his legacy.

“Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now… and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me,” Vin wrote on Facebook at the time, referring to his nickname for Paul.

Vin Diesel is keeping Paul Walker in his heart year after year.

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