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… Kicks off Supercharged Edition

 

The Next Movie Star (NMS) Africa, has, yet again, demonstrated its staying power and firmness of purpose by defying the current hard-biting recession in Nigeria and forging ahead with the 12th Season and of what has now become Africa’s most consistent Reality TV Show.

 

“The 12th Season of NMS, which we tag Supercharged Edition, is underway!” Sola Fajobi, (NMS Producer) delightedly exclaimed at a News Conference yesterday.

 

“The Economy is biting but we are forging ahead. We’ve been here for 11years. Have discovered more talents for Africa than any other Reality TV Shows. We have been up. We have been down. And on our 12th year, we have the fortitude to succeed, even when our backs are up against some ‘recession’ wall. And those are some qualities we instil in our Housemates, especially, during our Training and Grooming (T&G) Session – strength of character, strength of mind, moral strength.”

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The T&G holds for 2 weeks at a Resort Centre, and it is meant to polish and prepare the Housemates for stardom. The Supercharged Housemates of 2016 have already been selected after some rigorous auditions held in Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria. In Nigeria, regional auditions where first held in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt before a final National Audition in Lagos.

 

Auditions were judged by veteran Actors in the shape of Nobert Young, Segun Arinze, Bukky Ogunnote, and Kingsley Ogboso. They were joined by two respected Journalists – Shina Oyetayo and Sunday Adebayo.

 

30,000 prospects registered this year alone. 1000 were auditioned. Out of this number, 13 were picked from Nigeria, 4 from Ghana, and 2 from Liberia.  After 30 Days in the House, a Winner will emerge; will be rewarded with a Brand New Car, Cash, and lots for Movie Contracts.

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“The 2016 Winner,” Fajobi guarantees “will obviously be a Supercharged Winner. He or She, along with the entire Class of 2016 will join the growing list of Super stars we have discovered for the entertainment industry in Africa since 2005.”

 

Tonto Dike, Uti Nwachukwu, VJ Adams, Annie Idibia, Tamara Eteimo, Belinda Effah, Kevin Chuwang Pam, Karen Igho, Kingsley Ogboso, and a Celebrity host of many others are talents The Next Movie Star has produced for the entertainment industry in Africa, since the Show began 12 years ago.

 

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Updated: Lockdown Violation: Court Leaves Funke Akindele With Tap On The Wrist Judgement***Gets 100,000 Fine, Community Service, Isolation

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Judgement has been passed on the trial of Funke Akindele and her husband, JJC Skillz.

The due were arraigned for violating a lockdown order by the Lagos State government, aimed at reducing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Saturday, April 4, the thespian hosted a house party at her Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos home to celebrate her husband’s birthday, leading to her arrest by the Lagos State Police Command.

Arraigned at the Chief Magistrate Court, Ogba by the Lagos State Government, the duo represented by their counsel, Abayomi Alagbada pleaded guilty to the offence.

Defending his case, the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), who was the prosecutor, told the court that Akindele and her husband Bello, flouted the directive of the Lagos Governor when they gathered more than 20 people at their Lekki home.

The charge dated April 6, 2020 number MIK/A/43/2020 was signed by the Director, Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) Yaquib Oshoala.

It stated: “That you (1) Funke Akindele (2) Abdul Rasheed Bello on the 4th day of April, 2020 at 9, Gbadamosi Close, Amen Estate, Ibeju Lekki in the Lagos Magisterial District gathered at the aforementioned address with over twenty persons contrary to the social distancing directives of Mr Governor of Lagos State made pursuant to Regulation 8(1)(a) & (b) and 17(1)“) of the Lagos State Infectious Disease(Emergency Prevention Megu/atian 2020 and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 58 Public Health Law Cap P16 Vol.9 Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

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The law provided that “Where there is a violation of a close-down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the close-down or stay at home order for at least 48 hours.

“Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of N100,000.00 or one-month imprisonment or three months Community service.”

Following their guilty plea, Onigbanjo urged the court to sentence the defendants as charged to serve as deterrence to others.

But defense counsel, Alagbada, in his allocutions, pleaded for leniency on behalf of Funke and her husband and urged the court to temper justice with mercy.

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“I plead for leniency on the following grounds. Both of them are first time offenders. They are respectable members of the society and have two young children to cater to,” he pleaded.

After taking their plea, Magistrate Yewande Aje-Afunwa stood the matter down for over one hour 30 minutes and went into her Chamber to consider facts of the case and sentencing.

Chief Magistrate Aje-Afunwa, in her judgment, convicted the couple of a one-count charge brought against them by the Lagos State Government.

She sentenced the duo to 14- day community service each to start from 9.00 a.m. to 12 noon daily during which they are to sensitize the public on the pandemic COVID-19 in ten major areas of the state

Present at the trial were notable individuals such Naira Marley; Rasheed Gbadamosi, a former Lagos state governorship aspirant among others.

 

 

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Police Arraigns Funke Akindele, Husband***See Picture

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Thespian, Funke Akindele and her husband JJC Skillz have been arraigned by the Lagos State government.

The duo pleaded guilty to a one count charge of violating the orders of the Lagos state government on public gatherings and social distancing.

Houseparty: Funke Akindele and hubby plead guilty (photos)

The couple were arraigned on Monday, April 6, before a Chief Magistrate court in Ogba by the Lagos State Government and the state police command for the alleged violation of the lockdown order to check the spread of COVID-19.

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The charge was filed by the  Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo.

Recall  the duo were arrested for holding a house party in their Amen estate home on Saturday April 4 despite the restriction in movement and social distancing order issued by the state government as part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

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Akindele and her husband both pleaded guilty after the charge were read to them.

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COVID-19 Violation: Lagos Drags Funke Akindele To Court

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The Lagos State government will arraign thespian Funke Akindele today.

Available information to www.theoctopusnews.com, has it that she will be charged before the Ogba Magistrate Court 1 at about 11 a.m.

Akindele will be prosecuted by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), for violating the lockdown order of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the actress had on Saturday, April 4, organized a house party to celebrate her husband JJC Skillz’s birthday.

The party held at her residence in Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos with Naira Marley, Rasheed Gbadamosi, a former Lagos state governorship aspirant among others in attendance.

If found guilty of the offense, she will spend a month in jail, pay a fine of N100, 000.00 or both, as stipulated by the Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020.

The regulations prescribes a jail term of one month or N100,000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order.

“Where there is a violation of a close-down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the closedown or stay at home order for at least forty-eight (48) hours.

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“Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of one Hundred Thousand Nara fine (N100,000.00) or one (1) month imprisonment or three (3) months Community service, ” the law reads.

 

 

 

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Aftermath Of Birthday Party: Police Arrest Funke Akindele For Violating Lockdown Order

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Thespian, Funke Akindele, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command.

The actress popular as Jenifa was picked up by the police for hosting a party in contravention of the lockdown order by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the President had ordered a total lockdown of Lagos State, Ogun State and Abuja for the next two weeks in a bid to control spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on the arrest of the actress, Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, stated that the actress had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.

“Yes, we have arrested Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others. She has been taken to SCID,” Elkana stated.

www.theoctopusnews.com, learnt that policemen arrived the Amen Estate  home of the thespian in about three patrol vans to pick the actress who is married to singer, Abdulrasheed Bello popular as JJC Skillz on whose behalf the actress held the party on Saturday, April 4.

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The Lagos Infection Diseases Regulations 2020 (the Regulations) prescribes a jail term of one month or N100,000 fine or both for persons found guilty of hosting gatherings or flouting the lockdown order.

“Where there is a violation of a close-down or stay at home order, security Agencies shall have the power to arrest without warrant and may detain any person who violates the closedown or stay at home order for at least forty-eight (48) hours.

“Where the arrested person is found guilty, the person is liable to a fine of one Hundred Thousand Nara fine (N100,000.00) or one (1) month imprisonment or three (3) months Community service, ” the law reads.

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