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My Daughter Watched As Military Officer Shot Her Dad In Head – Wife Of Germany-Based Nigerian Killed In Imo

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Mrs Ijeoma Unachukwu, the wife of a Germany-based Nigerian, Mr Oguchi Unachukwu, who was allegedly shot dead by Air Force personnel at the toll gate of Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, Imo State, said her four-month-old daughter watched as military officer shot her husband in the head.

The 32 years old widow stated this during an interview with Newsmen while narrating how his death has left the family grief-stricken.

What is your name?

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My name is Mrs Ijeoma Unachukwu. I am married to Mr Oguchi Unachukwu who was shot dead by Air Force personnel on May 31, 2021, at the toll gate of Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri. We had two kids together. The boy is two years old, while our daughter is four months old. We have been married for three years now. I am 32 years old.

Can you recall how your husband died?

Actually, we were on our way to the airport on that fateful day on the 31st of May; we went to see my husband off to the airport because he had a flight from Owerri to Lagos before he would travel to Germany on that same day. He had already spent two months with us here in Nigeria. So, he was returning (to Germany) before the incident happened. As we were going to the airport, we got to the first military checkpoint and they (soldiers) told us to stop. We did. He came down and went there to identify himself, telling them he was going to the airport and that he had a flight to catch. They told him to give them something (money), which he did and we continued our journey.

We got to the Army checkpoint and they told him to stop again, he did and identified himself. We got to another checkpoint where we met about 15 military men with guns. They told all of us to come down and we did. They saw the luggage and asked us to go. Just as we were reaching the airport toll gate, we met another set of Air Force personnel that told us to stop and my husband stopped. Immediately he stopped, they opened fire on him. That was how they shot my husband in the head.

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Did he argue with them or confront them?

There was no disagreement or confrontation. In fact, I am still in shock because I did not expect it. They brought their Hilux van and took him to their hospital on Aba Road in Owerri, when they knew that nothing was really happening there. As of that time, he was still breathing. But they told us to take him to Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, and that was where he gave up the ghost.

Did you follow them to FMC?

Yes. They (Air Force personnel) dumped us there and left. I asked for their contact and they said they had given it to the hospital. They left us there and after some hours, my husband died. When I enquired from the hospital whether they really dropped their contact, I was told that they didn’t drop any contact. They just fooled me. It was a clear case of murder. They intentionally killed my husband. There was no provocation, no need to fire. We didn’t pose any threat. He was with his family and we never looked like bandits. I still maintain that the Air Force personnel deliberately killed my husband. I need justice.

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How did the FMC doctors respond to the emergency?

You know how our country is. After I explained everything and they saw my kids, they still wanted us to go through all the processes. I know that if they had tried harder, my husband would not have died. My husband was rushing back to Germany because he was supposed to resume work on July 1. He came back for the church dedication of our daughter. I don’t even know where to start. This is a big tragedy.

Can you identify the particular officer that shot him?

I can’t identify the particular officer that fired the trigger, but I know I can identify one person among them. There were about five or six of them there.

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Apart from you and the kids, who else was at the scene?

My husband’s cousin, Nnamdi, was with us. He was supposed to drive us back home after we must have seen him (my husband) off to the airport.

Would you say it was an accidental discharge?

No. It was deliberate. It was a clear murder. They deliberately and intentionally killed him. They murdered my husband in cold blood. Our marriage lasted just three years.

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Did your husband say any word to you before he died?

He did not utter any word to me. I was just begging him, calling him baby and telling him to hold on. They killed him, making a young woman like me a widow, and my two-year-old-son and four-month-old daughter fatherless.

What kind of man was your husband?

He was a good man, a God-fearing man. He was so jovial that he played with everybody, including children.

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Has he been buried?

No. His remains are at the FMC, Owerri morgue, where he was pronounced dead.

Has anyone from the Air Force reached out to you since he was killed?

Not really, the people that came here to sympathise with us were the doctors from their base who gave him first aid when we went there.

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As his wife, what do you want?

I want justice. I want the people that killed my husband to be brought to book, because this is a man that was peaceful. He was jovial and everything to me. I do not know how to cope without him with just two little kids. I want the people that killed my husband to pay for it. I want them to face judgment because if you let them go, they will continue to kill other people and make young women like me widows at a young age. Justice is all I want. The world should help me get justice. My husband didn’t deserve to die.

Have you commenced any legal action?

Yes. Our lawyer is on it. Like I said, I want justice. We have contacted the commissioner of police; he said we should go to the Air Force command and report. Our lawyer is working on it and I believe by now, they must have got our petition. It is just for us to meet with them one-on-one. This is like a dream to me. I pray I wake up from this as soon as possible.

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What is your name?

My name is Mrs Helen Unachukwu. Oguchi Unachukwu, who was shot dead at the toll gate of Sam Mbakwe International Cargo airport, Owerri, on May 31, by Air Force personnel, was my son. I am from Umudim in Ikeduru, Imo State, but married in Mbieri in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state. I am over 70 years old.

How many children do you have?

I have nine children. Oguchi is my fifth child and my second son. With his gruesome killing by people who ought to protect him, I am now left with eight surviving children. My husband, their father, is late.

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How do you feel about your son’s killing?

I am devastated. I cry morning, afternoon and night. I am not happy at all whenever I look at my son’s wife and children. My prayer is that God will fight my battle. Within the next one year, whoever killed my son will be killed too. My son didn’t deserve to die. The Air Force man who killed my beloved son will not escape justice. My son was rushing to catch a flight to Lagos, from there he was to head to Germany on the same day to resume work on June 1. He (perpetrator) will not escape the wrath of God. I feel terribly bad that I will bury a promising son who ought to bury me. This is a taboo. It is one death too many. I feel terribly bad.

What kind of a person was your son?

My son was a peacemaker. He was a playful person. He played with both young and old a lot. He is dead and I pray God to console me and give me the heart to bear this heavy loss. He loved children a lot. He was always playing with children, buying things for them and always giving them money.

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Can you remember the last conversation you had with him?

He came here (to my house) last week to carry the things he needed to go back to Germany with. We discussed as usual and shared fine memories; little did I know that it was going to be our last meeting. I feel terribly bad, honestly. We were close. We had a good relationship. He would request what to eat and it was prepared for him before he came. He visited me regularly and loved me as his mother.

Who broke the news of his death to you?

My children (did). They all came back here and started crying. I couldn’t comprehend it. At first, I thought they were referring to another person until it dawned on me that they were referring to Oguchi. I felt my world had crumbled. It was unimaginable. I couldn’t believe it. My grief was compounded when I learnt he was killed by an Air Force man. This is terribly bad. What kind of country is this? This is unbelievable.

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What do you want the authorities to do about the killing?

Since, there is a massive killing spree in Imo state and my son happened to be one of the victims, the government should do anything reasonable to console us, but the killer should not go unpunished. That man who shot my son dead and rendered my little grandchildren fatherless should not be allowed to walk free. He should be prosecuted. This is bad. My heart is bleeding.

Did your son make any promise to you?

Yes. He promised to take me to Germany for the second operation on one of my legs. He had taken me to Germany where I was first operated on but it was not perfectly done. So, he promised to take me to Germany again for the second operation on one of my knees. He was to do that after he got to Germany. But unfortunately, those people who have no value for human lives terminated his life. My God – the God of the widows – will fight for me and He will give my family peace and torment the killers of my son.

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Ondo Apc Primary Election: I am a winner, I am not a looser, says APC Ondo Member House OF Assembly Aspirant Hon. Onidare Sunday Bukumi

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Ondo Apc Primary Election: I am a winner, I am not a looser, says APC Ondo Member House OF Assembly Aspirant Hon. Onidare Sunday Bukumi

Politics took a different dimensions last weekend with displays of emotions and mix feelings. True is the saying that “you can win an election and loose the people, and you can loose an election and win the people” This was what played out after the APC house of assembly membership primary election conducted in Ondo west constituency 1, where Hon. Onidare Sunday Bukumi an aspirant out of the 3 aspirants, pulled a total number of 10 delegates votes out of 28 votes,  to become the  first runner up at the contest.

Hon. Onidare Sunday Bukumi addressed his  supporters who have been around the election venue since morning time, his statement reads in part: “In acknowledgement of your support, love and contributions towards me, since the beginning of this struggle up till this moment, we shall host and merry with all our supporters across the constituencies, by the special grace of God tomorrow. This is just like in the game of sports where we have no Victor nor vanquish, we are victorious regardless of the outcome of the election and the people’s commitment towards this mandate in the past days requires that I celebrate you all.” He ended his statement by giving out the location and time for the hosting, saying: “All road leads to OSB VANGUARD SECRETARIAT, Ebenezer street, Yaba, Ondo State, he added that all supporters are expected to be at the venue from 10am”.

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Many will agree that It is an unusual trend in the nation’s politics for one who looses an election to still feel an urge to celebrate his supporter’s let alone hosting them in a grand style. The impossible was made possible through Hon.Onidare Sunday Bukumi who deemed it fit as earlier announced to feast with all his supporters and like a dream the scheduled  hosting witnessed high display of love and acceptance, as thousands of supporters across the Constituency trooped en masse to the venue.

At evening time, Honorable Onidare Sunday Bukumi, while addressing the crowd, gave thanks to God, the author and finisher of the struggle, he affirmed, that he remains grateful most especially because he didn’t loose any one in the process, he appreciated the people for standing by him and reassured them that he will not stop in his pursuit to make better life available for the dwellers of his community and that he will not leave them even in face of the previous day’s results, he affirmed that all that has been promised by him to include; free health care services, grants to small scale businesses, scholarships, feeding of widows and aged, youth empowerment etc. Will continue.

He said he is  confident that this is just a trial of faith but his good disposition or positive reaction to this will determine how glorious what is to come will look like. He said the OSB vanguard team and secretariat will remain and shall conduct regular meetings where  he shall attend regularly to watch their progress and reward their commitments, he enjoined all his member to see all that as happened as a privilege to thank God, and that this should be done at their various places of worship as Thanksgiving. He asked everyone to feel delighted and enjoy the feasting, while he appreciates the group that donated a cow to the feasting, saying: I do not expect this from my co youths, ‘but I am grateful, humble and honored’

 

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In a personal interview with, HON ONIDARE SUNDAY BUKUNMI some group of press men asked the following questions.

Press: Can we meet you please?

OSB: yes; I am by name, Onidare Sunday Bukumi, known politically and in the business world has OSB.

Press:  can you tell  us briefly about what your major fuel, motivation is, which keeps the OSB moving?

OSB: Well, the OSB movement calls for suprise to some people, but what I feel has been my major fuel is that; I have been able to identify my calling, and the calling is clear that I cannot but go get it, it has always been my desire to raise men and contribute immensely to the development of my society, this is one of what compelled me to come home to seek an avenue to serve, I feel fulfilling even though we have just started, where we are headed is so far, but it’s a thing of joy to make efforts and it’s been acknowledged by the people you did made efforts for.

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Press: Sir, we observed that you were a runner up at yesterday election but on getting here the things we are seeing makes us to ask more questions from people for clarity, to know maybe we were misinformed or not. Please tell us how does it feels to you to concede at the election and how were you able to manage the outcome, that you were still able to activate the mood for celebration?

OSB: well it’s all God, if I say I wasn’t a little pained after hearing the results, then that means am not a sincere being, I was pained at some point because of some irregularities that ensued in the process, the stress we encountered we should not even mention, and ofcourse you can tell how it feels to be prepared so much for something but it eventually gets thwarted, however, the motivation that God Almighty has an involvement in the activities of man, and that the future ahead could bring more glorious expectations for me and my lovers, keeps me comforted to summon the courage to stay happy and calm. The love I received from my people also gave me an unending joy, it’s rare, I saw my supporters stood by me and outside the election ground from morning till night time, this made me overwhelmed, and the feeling that my works and efforts are acknowledged by my people made it compelling for me to celebrate them, hence my call for a feasting.

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Ondo Apc Primary Election:

Press: Did you feel there was an irregularity in the previous election?

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OSB: of course there was irregularities in the election, most especially when the election was to have begun by 10am but didn’t start until past 6, without us knowing the reasons for the delay till this moment, and few other issues, but Its politics where the use of various strategies cannot be completely ruled out, even though we cannot all be too desperate, but we thank God above all. I will choose to stay away from talking further about it.

Press: Can you tell us what your next line of action is? a lot of your supporters will also like to know.

OSB: yes I can tell you and it’s very simple, though I have received several calls from various persons and parties to cross carpet with an assurance of a soft landing, they know my capabilities and supporters strength which they believe it will be an added advantage to their existing teams, but I smiled.

Election has come and it has gone, and surprisingly we remain in our noble party the All Progressive Congress, to me at the just concluded election none of the three of us that contested at the primary won. The one who won is the All Progressive Congress, and as such all hands need to be on deck, the rulership of the party in the state and Local Government should see has a matter of urgency to reunite the party seal up possible crack walls and make advances for the campaign’s at all levels and seeing that the APC wins all polls cum’ 2023.

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While I congratulate the flag bearer, it will be my pleasure to work with the party at all levels, towards the achievement of the collective goals of the party. I will also plead to all my supporters to maintain calmness and see an opportunity for everyone of us in the very nearest future and that when that time comes we expect those who concedes to also work with us, so in lieu of this let’s together follow suit my next line of action as discussed earlier, let’s see that victory is achievable to the all progressives Congress cum’ 2023.

And to add: my next line of action will  include my choice to stay with my people and keep pace in my contribution to our people from time to time, as I promised earlier, I am completely eradicating the believe of the masses that when a politician looses an election they usually abscond into thin airs only to reappear after another 4years for another contest. While that is true of most politicians, it is never the good thing, the masses deserves more, I hope all other youth like myself in politics can see this and live as such.

Press: would you like to give your final words to your party and supporters?

OSB: Of course, I will start by acknowledging the rulership of my party, the all progressives congress, the national leaders, southwest leaders, state leaders, local government leaders, up till the ward leaders, and most especially to the state and local government leaders, despite all odds I understand that yours have been a labour of love for the party, I commend you all for you comraderies in APC struggle. I congratulate the winners who will be the flag bearer of our party in the year 2023 election, I encourage them not to stay far from the people and ensure they root themselves in the people. I will equally want to charge the party rulership that the best is yet to come, let’s all work acsidously to achieve a redeemed name for our party, let’s not relent in our services to humanity like wise.

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Lastly I will like to appreciate my own supporters both home and diaspora, thank you all for the unmerited love, and affection to the OSB movement, my special appreciation goes to my constituency, my local government, and state. I appreciate all the women that stood by me, most especially my darling wife, I appreciate the support of all the youths, aged, widows, traders union, student union, artisans, transport unions etc. For the cooperation I have gotten from you, I appreciate the OSB vanguard excecutives, my dynamic Media teams and Nigerians in general. Am assuring you all of more commitment.

Thank you so much and lastly  it’s my pleasure to grace this interview, once again I am Hon. Onidare Sunday Bukumi.

Further interviews were conducted with supporter where all bears in testimony of the uniqueness of hon Onidare Sunday Bukumi as a politician and how supportive they will remain with him, and their hopes to have him at the elms of affairs, which will be of joy and immense benefit to the masses.

 

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Anticipate BEYOND EMOTIONS by Oluwafemi Adeniyi

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Oluwafemi Adeniyi

Oluwafemi Adeniyi is a Content developer, Digital marketer and a Broadcast Journalist who is passionate about Artificial Intelligence, Sportscasting, critical thinking, reading, teaching and writing.

I am the founder of two platforms (Love Clinic and Bank of Knowledge) where I teach about career, relationship and marriage from time to time with the aim of sharing my knowledge and experience to mentor and help people think outside the box and proffer solutions to life’s challenges that require logical and sound approaches.

Giving my well rooted experience in Broadcasting and content creation, I also co-founded a company known as SyncRio. This company has helped many Business owners to generate sound ideas on how to brand, package and network their products and services to achieve their desired results.

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As a lover of sports and a Sportscaster, I also created two online platforms where many other sport lovers could interact and have fun by talking about the different sporting activities globally.

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I have mentored and still mentoring many people on Broadcast Journalism, Podcasting, Scriptwriting, News Editing, News reporting, News casting, Content development, Digital marketing, Audio editing, how to publish and sell E-book among other relevant digital skills.

BEYOND EMOTIONS

This book is all encompassing, it X-rayed vital topics ranging from Career, Emotional Intelligence, Self Awareness, Compatibility, Friendship and Marriage.

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Each Chapter of the book is well loaded with information that anyone who is aspiring to live a fulfilled life really needs to propel them to greatness.

In one of the chapters of the book, I profiled THE CHESS as a game and extensively talked about it and some of the life lessons that could help one make sound decisions devoid of emotional coloration. No doubt, playing chess requires some key skills, so, also is life and success.

The book also highlighted about 9 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN JOB AND WORK. I pointed out how many people are ignoring potentials that are huge enough to give them a fortune, all because of their inability to realize that it is possible to refine their gifts and make meaning out of their lives.

You need to check out this book to identify the differences between a Job and work.

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Meanwhile, a portion of the book further pointed out how SELF AWARENESS has the potency to help people to make critical decisions. In this chapter I explained some of the qualities people need to understand about themselves before making decisions as it relates to choosing a Life partner.

Beyond the vital information in each chapter of the book, I also created columns that give room for practical exercise of self evaluation by asking and answering questions after each chapter.

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‘My Talents Earned Me Makanaki In Return Of The King’

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Return of the king

Nigerian musician and songwriter, Remilekun Khalid Safaru, popularly known as Reminisce, is one of the actors in Kemi Adetiba’s The Return of The King, a sequel to the successful 2018 crime political drama, King Of Boys (KOB).

The film was critically acclaimed for its gripping storyline and has remained on the list of highest grossing Nigerian films till date. Sola Sobowale and Adesua Etomi-Wellington also won the 2019 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, respectively.

Three years after the release of King of Boys, the highly awaited sequel to one of the highest-grossing Nollywood movies of all time, finally hit Netflix yesterday, but this time, as a seven-episode series.

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King Of Boys: The Return of The King will see Sola Sobowale and Toni Tones return as Eniola Salami and picks up with Eniola’s triumphant return after a five-year exile. However, her shocking, unannounced return rattles the cages of her enemies. And once-trusted allies desert her at her most vulnerable moment, all while she faces an even greater battle within herself for the redemption of her tortured soul.

Rapper Reminisce, who played the role of the main villain, Makanaki, spoke to ENIOLA DANIEL on his experience on the project and aspirations.

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How will you describe your role as the valiant in the movie?
I played the role of someone trying to register his name in the corridor of power and gangsterism. It’s a very bright character; valiant but valuable and likeable character. People say that I executed it very well.

Do you think your look earned you the role of Makanaki?
I don’t appear that way; I don’t sound that way. But the beauty of being an actor is being able to look a certain way and make people believe it. So, being talented enough to execute something earned me the role of Makanaki.

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An actor should be able to fit into any role and execute properly. I’ve been with the same woman for 11 years and I have three children. And I don’t look that way. So, there’s nothing like somebody looks a certain way; just the ability to execute and make people believe it. That’s what defines a great actor, but I am not a great actor yet.

How difficult was it interpreting the role?
Coming back was not easy, because it was two years and eight months after the first one. So, coming back, getting into character was a bit difficult; I added a bit of weight of course, everybody also lost touch. There were a couple of nights where Kemi Adetiba had to cancel and asked everyone to go back and it took us time to get into character and assume the role. But Kemi gave us time and we study every night before going to bed and we were able to get things back.

What should movie lovers and your fans be expecting from you based on the role you played?
There is a surprise factor that nobody knows or thinks, it will be shocking for many to see my characters back. Aside that, there’s a bit of a twist on the story and the way the story ends, so, they are in for a great ride.

Did you enjoy your time on set?
I enjoyed every minute. I don’t do what I don’t enjoy and the moment I start to feel uncomfortable, I leave. Anyone that has worked with me knows that about me. It’s obviously a new experience for me, meeting people. Though, I’ve been in the business of movie making for a while, but this movie is new to me. So, these are people I see on TV, the same way they watch me on TV.

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Will you love to play the role of Makanaki again?
Of course, I will be willing to take it up if the pay is right. If my mood is right and if the production is right, definitely, I’ll be willing to do it.

What was the major motivation for you, was it the pay?
I just wanted to try something new; the same way I tried to do something new every other year. Right now, I’m doing sports; I own a sports agency. Currently, I own the biggest football show; you don’t start something because of the money. I wasn’t a registered actor when I did KOB 1, so, I couldn’t have gotten a lot of money. The money cannot be a motivating factor for me at this level. I didn’t get into doing movie by chance; I’d always wanted to do this.

Everybody knows how much I love football, how much I talk about football, so, if I start a sports agency, it’s not new to many people who have been following me. I just try to look for the right time to execute this thing. Money is not a major motivation, but for the end result, I say yes to money.

As an actor, can you reject any role?
There’s no role I can’t interpret and I’m looking for a role where I can kiss; I’ve not kissed since I made my acting debut and it’s not nice, so, I am looking for a role I where can kiss and touch. My wife will always tell me that I don’t hold an actress very well in movies, that I need to be more passionate.

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What does Netflix buying Nigeria movie means to you as an actor?
Netflix coming in is a major shift; it’s a major shift in the market. Some people begin to shiver; they are afraid that it will affect the guys in the cinemas, but yes, of course, they will be affected, but that’s where the world is heading now. Digital companies like Apple music and Spotify are affecting Alaba market.

For the fact that Netflix pay for production upfront is a huge shift in the dynamics and it’s great for the Nigeria market. I think it’s the way to go; that’s where the world is.

What’s your perception on the Return of The King?
I think it is a fantastic project. It started off as a movie, now it’s like a mini series. I think it’s a wonderful project; Kemi put in her all and I think it’s worth watching. And the fact that it’s the first Netflix original movie from Nigeria, I mean, it deserves some love.

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