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Quilox needs to stop getting high on its own supply

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To paraphrase Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun, recession is just a word – at least for the owners of Quilox. A bottle of Hennessy XO goes for N110,000. A one-litre pack of cranberry juice is N2,800. That N50 bottle of water you buy in traffic costs N600 in Quilox. And brothers and sisters, their market is selling.

Every day is like New Year’s Eve – sold out and packed full. The loyal client base who defy country wide financial recession ensure that Quilox is always flushed with cash – so much that it can afford to close down for a whole month during Ramadan.

Needless to say, Quilox is the hospitality capital of Lagos. Shina Peller, who owns and runs the club learnt the art of showmanship well from his father, the late magician Professor Peller. He has combined showiness with a remarkable attempt to sate the never-ending thirst Lagosians have for a good time and created a truly luxurious hospitality brand.

So exactly how big is Quilox? Well, in terms of geography it stands astride several plots of land in the heart of Victoria Island. Peller puts the value of his establishment at a billion naira . In terms of reputation, it is the holy grail of the nightclubbing experience in Nigeria. Lagos governor Akinwunmi Ambode was rumoured to have been spotted there shortly after he took office. His handlers denied it but those who saw him swore that it was indeed him. Quilox has seen a patron spend over N11m in one night. Ghost from the television series Power would be proud.

Quilox is also big enough not to particularly care about bruising the ever so fragile ego of our celebrities. Yes, their patronage would be nice but if it would interfere with the lau-lau spending of regular jocks, they’ll be shown the way out. On a night that M.I Abaga was taking too much time to complete his set, his mic was turned off and the resident DJ cued his own music. That was almost two years ago and it hasn’t impacted the club negatively.

Apparently, Quilox is also big enough for its bouncers to pounce on another popular artiste, Oritsefemi, and give him the beating of his life; not figuratively. Over the weekend he was beaten up, beaten down and beaten black and blue. According to eyewitnesses, the musician cut one bouncer with a glass cup on the face and that infuriated the other bouncers, who then descended on him to give him the ass-whooping of his life. One could argue that Oritse had that one coming and that was the price of his stupidity.

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READ: ‘Oritsefemi came without prior reservations, beat up our bouncer and pretended to collapse’ – Quilox

However, Quilox is slowly earning itself a bad rap that might make it head for extinction quicker than the owners imagine. In the three years that it has been in existence, it has been the site of a few skirmishes that undermines the façade of extreme luxury which the owner sells.

While no one expects the premises to be filled with choirboys sipping communion wine and reciting the Lord’s prayer – where two or three or three hundred are gathered together around copious amounts of whiskey, vodka, cognac, music and willing participants in debauchery of various versions, occasionally there would be a brawl or two.

Still, for a high end organisation like Quilox, that simply is not what is expected of them. When the matter now seems as though it was sanctioned by management like the M.I issue (who, by the way, was savagely trolled by the club’s official handle when he went on a Twitter rant the following morning) or the Oritsefemi beat down, it won’t be long till the high rollers start to worry. No high-end place should be the site of a fight. Period. If Peller wants, he could have a boxing ring in there – like the Las Vegas hot spots that inspired his place and make a few millions off professional and amateur pugilists.

How furore between M.I Abaga and Quilox Night Club began

Furthermore, throwing bottles across the dance floor like it happened between Wizkidand Dammy Krane back in January is what you’ll expect to see in a backwater beer parlour, not at the self acclaimed pulse of the Lagos hospitality scene. Now that is not to say that the management of the club can preempt which of their clients would end up acting belligerent, but their staff could act less haughty.

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The management has released photos of the injury sustained by the bouncer Oritsefemi allegedly attacked. That’s one way of attempting to clear their name, but the repeated incidents are dragging Quilox from its esteemed position to the equivalent of a roadside joint where fights can break out at any time.

They might want to look at the history of CCC Club, where D12 rapper and Eminemassociate, Proof was killed in 2006. The deceased was acting just as ridiculously as Oritsefemi and fired his gun during an altercation with a bouncer. He eventually was instantly killed when another bouncer shot him. The fate of the club? It got caught in the middle of several lawsuits and had to be shut down eventually.

It won’t be all fun and games should anyone get seriously injured at the hands of Quilox’s eager bouncers. In dealing with genuinely aggrieved clientele and wannabe hard guys like Oritsefemi, the brand must tread with caution as it has the most to lose.

Lest Quilox be feeling invincible as we all tend to be at the height of success, all Shina Peller needs to do is to cast his mind back and think of how many nightclubs have come and gone in the last 10 years. The entertainment scene is a fickle and vicious: one minute fans are all heading to a hot spot and the next they’ve moved on to the next popping one.

The ghosts of nightclubs past dot the Lagos landscape: 1145, Tribeca, Club Papas, Bacchus, Club 10, Koko Lounge, Pop, Swe Bar and countless others have all come and gone and now are part of history. Quilox might be big but it is not too big to fail, if care is not taken. Moreover, it doesn’t take long before something newer and shinier comes along. Even the legendary Niteshift Coliseum was forced to end operations after 25 years. Let’s hope Quilox can make it to 10 at least.

 

Culled from: http://www.thenet.ng/

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Tinubu 2023 Presidency Would Be Illogical, Most Disruptive-Bode George

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The former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has described a 2023 Tinubu presidency as illogical and most disruptive.

George said this during an interview with Punchng.com published on Sunday, February 16.

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“It would be the most illogical and most disruptive issue to have him (Tinubu) elected as President,” he said.

The PDP stalwart, who intends to contest the 2023 presidential election attacked Tinubu, adding he was throwing an open challenge to him.

George, who acknowledged the fact that PDP required remodelling and confirmed that the party would be beaten stupid at elections if it continues as it is, stated that if the PDP’s zoning formula for the presidency points to the South, it should be given to the Southeast because they have never had it, adding that if the name Tinubu pops up in the APC, he would go all out to contest with him.

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He also said that he would dump Nigeria for Togo if the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, wins the presidential election in 2023.

“If this happens, I will disown Nigeria to take the citizenship of Togo or any other country. Look, what this fellow did in my state, all the lies and the most painful thing was that on the day of the election (2019 election) two bullion vans drove in the daylight to his house and what did Professor Itse Sagay say, that he (Tinubu) had been a very wealthy man before. Where was he wealthy?”

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Meanwhile, Tinubu has not declared interest in contesting for the position.

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Nobody Will Be Sworn In As New Bayelsa Governor On Friday-Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has stated that nobody would be sworn in as the new governor of Bayelsa State on Friday, February 14.

Reacting to the sack of Governor David Lyon by the Supreme Court, Oshiomhole stated that Lyon was democratically elected, adding “Nobody will be sworn in on Friday as the new governor in Bayelsa state”

Meanwhile, reacting to Oshiomole’s comments, Rivers Governor, Nyesome Wike called on the Federal Government to warn Oshiomhole to desist from making inflammatory remarks capable of destabilising the country.

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Wike said, “The Federal Government should warn Oshiomhole to stop making remarks that will destabilise Nigeria. What he is doing in Edo State is not proper and he should not bring it to the rest of the Niger Delta.”

“Who is Oshiomhole to determine who has spread in a state? Supreme Court has made a ruling. It is unfortunate for Oshiomhole to come forward to say that nobody will be sworn in.”

Wike further stated that Oshiomhole was making such statements to get into the good books of APC governors who no longer believe in him.

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“It is most unfortunate what Oshiomhole is doing because he wants to retain his position as national chairman. APC governors have rejected him; that is why he is struggling to prove that he is fighting for the party.

“Oshiomhole is making statements as if he owns the country. This is the same way he is carrying on in Edo State, fighting the governor. He believes that he has the forces to cause crisis. He is arrogating powers to himself, which is not good.”

 

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Lagos Speaker, Obasa React To Restriction Of Okada, Keke Napep

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Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has reacted to the restriction of commercial motorcycle popular as Okada and Tricycles on major highways in Lagos state.

Speaking at a meeting with the Associations of Motorcycles and Tricycles Operators in Agege Local Government and Orile-Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos on Thursday, February 13, Obasa said that the restriction was for the safety of the citizenry.

Commending the associations for being calm and law-abiding since the pronouncement of the restriction and ban of their operations on some major highways in the state, Obasa who said that the door of his office was wide open for deliberations said that the restriction was not to deny them of their means of livelihood but to ensure safety of lives in the metropolis.

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“We are aware of the violence that trailed the restriction of your activities in some parts of the state.

“I want to commend you for staying calm and law-abiding here in Agege.

“Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has no hatred for motorcycles and tricycles operators, but there is the need to protect the citizens.

“I want to implore your associations to identify some of the problems hindering your operations, identify alternative routes, map out those that are not motorable and tell us.

“In this way, the local government will come in to assist.

“This is not going to be our last meeting, because, in our next meeting, I will invite the Police Area Commanders and the Divisional Police Officers (DPO) in this local government and the Commissioner of Police.

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“I will also invite the State Commissioner for Transport to find a lasting solution to the issues of indiscriminate arrests in areas where the restriction is not applicable,” he said.

Urging members of the association to come up with positive ideas that would aid their smooth operation within the approved routes, Obasa said that the government would not hesitate to support them, adding that they were professionals and should behave as such by obeying the laws governing the state.

 

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