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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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CAMA 2019 Chats Way Forward For Nigeria’s Security, Economic and Political Stability

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…Sanwo-olu, Ganduje, Nwoko, Kanu, Akiolu, Sunday Dare, Obasa, Akande, Rashida Yahaya Bello, others gears up for honour
The much-awaited and much publicized glamorous event of class and panache, Classic Africa Merit Award (CAMA season 9), is on daily basis gaining momentum as D-day draws near as the evening of candor and splendor is all set to hold on Sunday 29th September, 2019. The event, which has been on the mouth of many in the know, is tagged CAMA 2019.
Designed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Classic International Magazine, this year’s edition of the most sought after award event in African promises to cut across the frontiers of this country to other parts of the continent.
With the harsh realities of a biting economy and challenging security situation across the nation more than ever, organizers of the award led by the publisher of Classic International Magazine, Mr. Dave Agwazim has decided to chat a way forward for the nation with the gathering of eminent personalities to deliberate on the missing link in our nationhood and how to get out of the quagmire, hence the theme, “Next Level: Chatting A Way Forward On Infrastructural Development For Economic And Security Stability in Nigeria”
The expansive and beautiful 10 Degree Events Center, Billings way Alausa Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos will play host to CAMA 2019; kicking off with sultry Green Carpet “Meet ‘n’ Greet” event at 4pm while the main event commences at 5pm..
The basic and essential objectives of the event is to identify, screen and objectively honour and recognize without bias or sentiment, selfless and industrious individuals across the nation who have severally and individually excelled and performed exceptionally in their respective areas of endeavors and chosen fields, even as this applies to responsive and responsible corporate citizens and industry giants who have brought their products and services to bear on the collective growth of the economy.
Feelers and responses we are getting so far have been encouraging, but like Oliver Twist, we are all expecting more, just as dignitaries, movers and shakers of industries, showbiz impresarios, top notch politicians, top government functionaries and media gurus are billed to attend the all-embracing annual event.  The veteran versatile writer, David Agwazim, whose style of doing things is never in small measure. No doubt, from analysis, CAMA 2019 promises to be a memorable event as usual for those who will attend.
Some of the expected dignitaries to grace this grand high octane event are His Excellences, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu and Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, executive governors of Lagos and Kano States respectively.  Others are the highly revered Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Prince (Dr.) Ned Nwoko, an accomplished and cerebral international legal luminary; First Lady of Kogi State, Hajia Rashida Yahaya Bello, MD of Sonola Foods, Dr. Satish Nair; Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Dr. Sunday Akin Dare; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Lagos State Commission for Commerce, Chief (Mrs.) Lola Akande, highly celebrated Chief (Mrs.) Opral Benson, Bishop Anene Nwachukwu, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, honourable member representing Kosofe Constituency 1 at Lagos State House of Assembly; fastest rising film-maker, Mrs. Regina Daniel Nwoko, and chairman of Classic International Magazine, Dr. Iyke Kanu, etc.
Distinguished sons and daughters of African descent, nay brands will be honoured with merit awards for their dexterity and quality service within the year under review.
There is always a reward for every good work done on this planet earth.  Man does not only work to earn a living but also to make a contribution to life, to make an impact and living his name in the sands of time.  This fulfillment is the real purpose of life.  ‘There is dignity in labour’, they say, and when a man does not work hard to justify his pay, he of course does not show that he is worthy to live.
CAMA is an award event endowed in 2011 by celebrity journal, Classic International Magazine to reward and celebrate excellence in service across the length and breadth of Africa, promote African culture and provide opportunity for networking.
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How Police Arrested Port Harcourt Serial Killer

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The Rivers State Police Command has arrested an ex-militant turned serial killer.

Gracious David West who has been killing girls in hotels in the state was arrested by the police following a close monitoring of clips obtained from a Close Circuit Televusion (CCTV) of one of the hotels he lodged a girl in.

The serial killer confessed to killing some girls in hotels across the state and tying white handkerchiefs on their leg and neck.

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Confessing to the crime while being paraded before newsmen, he revealed how he contacted the girls, the name of the hotels he took some of them to and how he carried out the killing late in the night.Serial Killer

Confirming the arrest, spokesperson for the state command, Nnamdi Omoni, said:

“I can confirm the arrest but the details will be made public by the Commissioner of Police on Friday.”

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Recall that a peaceful protest was held by concerned citizens in the state on Wednesday, where they called on relevant authorities to wade into the incident of killing of young ladies in the state.

 

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Wellness HMO Again Adopts Three Women for ‘Wellness for Life’

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Leading Nigerian health insurance provider, Wellness HMO, on Saturday, September 15, adopted a total of three women with their ‘Wellness for Life’ initiative, thereby giving the beneficiaries access to quality health care for the rest of their lives.

 

The winners were all selected by raffle during the Hadassah Healing Conference 2019, which took place on Saturday, August 24 at Ikorodu and Saturday, September 15 at Sabo, Yaba; the winners were also each given a ‘Wellness for Life’ gift certificate.

 

The event was attended by over a thousand women from various walks of life.

 

Speaking on behalf of Wellness at the event was Mrs Adetutu Afolabi, pharmacist and Executive Director, Wellness.

 

She said, “Women are like the nexus in most homes, they are the caregivers who many times ignore their own health needs. For this reason, we have a role to play in ensuring that women remain a priority where health needs are concerned. That is the reason we are doing this. The Wellness ‘For Life’ initiative is a gift that these women will enjoy for the rest of their lives; without the worry about health care needs, these women can focus on their families and contribute positively to the society.

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Afolabi also stated, “last year at the Hadassah Healing Conference when we had the maiden edition of the initiative, three women won, but only one of them showed up. The others didn’t come, possibly because they thought such gifts for a lifetime was not possible. This year, we are back again, and we have picked two people from Ikorodu and the last person we picked today from Yaba. In Ikorodu, we had Mrs. Leji Abosede and Mrs Aribabagun Adejoke. Today, Mrs Ramota Lawal won through the raffle draw.”

 

The excited Mrs Ramota Lawal, who resides in Makoko, Yaba and hails from Ibadan shared with members of the press that she is indeed grateful to have won such a gift. “I am really grateful to Wellness HMO. By God’s grace, Wellness will continue to grow and find favour. I got here about 6 AM today and I am thankful that I won,” she said in her native parlance.

 

Wellness HMO, which has been in existence for over 10 years has on a yearly basis partnered with the Hadassah Healing Foundation to provide free health services and screenings for women and the underprivileged. ‘Wellness for Life’ is simply another of their initiative to create and add more value to these women.

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When asked if Wellness HMO would be able to sustain this initiative, Afolabi promised that “As long as Wellness is in business, we will ensure the sustainability of this initiative.

 

She also thanked the convener of the conference, Pastor Nike for creating the platform that gives Wellness HMO the opportunity to add value to the lives of women every year. She equally appreciated the women for attending the yearly conference.

 

Also weighing in on the state of health insurance in Nigeria, Afolabi said: “There is the need for better sensitisation on the benefits of health insurance in Nigeria, and the people too need some mind shift on making provision for the future unknown as regards their health, which is the concept of insurance. Health insurance is not a scam, Wellness HMO has tailored their products to meet individuals’ and corporate organisations’ health needs by giving access to quality healthcare at pocket-friendly rates.”

 

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