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‘As A Child I used To Beat My Elder Brother’ -Femi Adebayo

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in this interview with ayotunde ayanda Nollywood actor Femi Adebayo recounts his childhood memories and the role his father played in making him an actor…

You are a Special Assistant to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts and Tourism, how do you fuse your job as an actor with being a governor’s aide?

We cannot rule out the fact that they will affect each other. They are two different lines, but I see being an assistant to the governor as a call to serve my people . It is an opportunity to give back to the society. We never can rule out the fact that when we remember our days in the primary school, the best way to teach is entertainment.

So entertainers are seen as people closer to those at the grassroots. They tend to listen to you and that is like a drive for information to be passed to the people. So, I see my call as coming from the Almighty. Then secondly, for easy relationship between our people at the grassroot and the government, I give priority to that now.

So I can tell you that it’s like 75 per cent to 25 per cent. I give 75 per cent to my appointment and 25 per cent to the entertainment industry.

You were supposed to take a role in the film “Diamond Ring” and the role was eventually taken by Teju Babyface. When you look back, how do you feel losing the role?

I simply believe the role isn’t mine because it wasn’t as if I had gotten the script. When I was on the set of Owo Blow then, Uncle Tade (Ogidan) was impressed with my acting. So he told me the story of Diamond Ring and said he would want me to be part of it. Unfortunately, when they wanted to roll Diamond Ring, it was one of the times I was writing my Law exams. I could not make it and, of course, it could not wait. I never regretted that I did not play the role because I still believe I am achieving what I want to achieve, both in the entertainment industry and the other aspects of my life.

‘I asked Jonathan if she can manage Okonjo Iweala well’ -Obasanjo

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PT: Thank you sir for granting us this opportunity to talk about your book. Some people say it is selling like hot cake, I don’t know if it is true but that’s what people say. How has it been? What has been the financial reward from there?

‘My JUNE 12 Story’ -Abimbola Davis

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There is no way you want to talk about Nigeria and its democracy that you will not mention June 12, and there is no way you will mention June 12 that you will fail to remember Otunba Abimbola Davis, why? He was part of the dramatis personae of the play that shaped the political history of this country. He has a story to tell  and that was what he did some days ago when he divulged all that transpired and which many didn’t know during the historic June 12 era…

 

Otunba, you have become silent these days. What has been happening to you?

It is the same thing that has been happening to you that has been happening to me, nothing serious. I have been concentrating on my business and my life, maybe. That is it.

What have you been doing and what are you doing right now?

I’ve been doing quite a lot of things, I’ve been busy. You know I represent a section of the royal family of Dubai in West Africa, consulting for them in both the business and political angles and my company, Capital 3 has been doing a lot of consultancy services, what we call structural consultancy and we have been developing businesses for a couple of organizations as in retail businesses. That’s all.

 

 

 The name Otunba Abimbola Davies is one that comes to mind any time the June 12 1993 election is spoken about. When you cast your mind back, how do you feel about the actions you took back then?

The same way! Nothing is bad and nothing is good, things are the same. It depends on the way you see them.

What was actually on your mind back then? What did you have against the conduct of the election?

Not the conduct of the election. You have actually mixed records. I had nothing against the election, I had something to do with the process entirely and the project itself is whether I wanted the election to happen or whether I wanted it not to happen. It had nothing to do with Abiola so you have to get that straight.

Otunba, can you shed more light on what happened?

How did you come about what happened, when somebody was telling about the history now? Go and find out what happened

So that the records can be set straight…

There are many ways to tell a story. Let’s put it this way, the first question asked is what I had against and I was trying to tell you that I had nothing against the elections. Abiola was not even in the picture. ABN was just about looking at Nigeria, looking at the politicians. I don’t know if you are comfortable and happy with what the politicians are doing in the country today. So if you have to juxtapose that with what happened then, then you will now justify whether we were right to say the military should go on then.

‘Majority of lubricants in Nigeria are sub-standards’ MD Automaze, Michael Odunlami

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In this interview with the Managing Director of Automaze, Michael Odunlami he dissects the huge challenge motorists and lubricant manufacturers face in Nigeria and what he believes is a remedy to it. He also speaks about the driving force and efforts of oil giant, Rymax in ensuring that the Nigerian market meet the standard in high quality production of lubricants.

Let’s meet Michael Odunlami
I am Michael ‘Lekan odunlami, the MD of Automaze Nationwide Llimited which is the representative of Rymax lubricants in Nigeria. I was educated in the United Kingdom, I returned to Nigeria some years ago to start a career in business and that was how Automaze started.  Automaze Limited is about 7 years old and our business is situated in Lagos. The business is centered on vehicle maintenance, repairs and lubricants.
To give you a brief history of Rymax lubricants, Rymax was founded in the 80s in the Netherlands with headquarters in Arnhem, Netherlands. The brand is relatively new given our vision but possesses great potentials to be a leading brand in the world. We engage in all lubricants ranging from automotive to Agricultural,Industrial, Aviation, Construction, Mining etc. though we only offer automotive lubricant in Nigeria currently. Rymax is presently in more than 30 countries of the world spread across 5 continents.
It is an independent oil company solely dedicated to producing high quality lubricants to meet the highest standard in the world. Our quest for excellence is the reason we go extra miles to exceed our customer expectation and needs through investment, research, training and constant innovations and we hope to expand our business to other sectors in the near future.

 

Why is lubricant the only product Rymax has in Nigeria?

 

lubricants is the core and only business at Rymax  in Holland which is why the company is able to focus on quality and constant innovation in the lubricants sector. We couldn’t offer any other product to Nigerians because lubricants is all that we do. Like I said earlier, we only focus on automotive lubricants in Nigeria. In this category we offer various grades of engine oil and ATF and very soon car care product like coolants and the rest. Our range of vehicle engine oils covers mineral oil, semi synthetic and full synthetic engine oils. The mineral oil comes in multi grade in SAE 20w/50 called “Scylla” in the Rymax brand, while semi synthetics come in SAE10w/40 called “posidon” under same brand and 5w/30  & 5w/40 in full synthetic grades called “Syrinx”. This might sound a little difficult knowing the difference between these products but the simple analogy is that the higher you go in the grades, the better for your vehicle in the areas of fuel efficiency, prevention of wear and tear as a result of less friction, avoidance of sludge build up in the engine and most importantly enhancing a healthy and long lasting engine in vehicles because of the quality of detergents and additives in the products. The notion by people that “oil is oil” is nothing but fallacy. Engine oils have TDS (technical data sheet) which explains the technical details and also MSDS (material and safety data sheet) are the information required to judge a good quality engine oil but I wouldn’t want to go into technical details at this juncture so I don’t bore you or the readers. In the area of ATF (automatic transmission fluid), we have various products available like Dexron III, Dexron VI and Dexron III FS .  In other to help our clients we direct them to our website where they can locate and locate Oil Advisor. This helps people to know the right lubricants for their vehicles. One would be asked to input the vehicle detail and then submit. In a matter of seconds, we are able to recommend the right engine oil as recommended by the vehicle manufacturers. 

‘Femi Kuti and I remain good friends’ -Funke Kuti

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The beautiful mother of child saxophonist, Made, Funke Kuti in this interview speaks of her artiste management company, her present relationship with estranged husband, Femi Kuti and other personal matters…

 

 

It’s been some years now that you’ve been running FK Management, can you share with us the experience?

It hasn’t really been that long especially when you understand that you actually need a certain amount of time for a new company to incubate. I won’t lie but it was difficult at the beginning but through my determination and perseverance things have started picking up. It’s so interesting and rewarding building a new business from the scratch and watching it grow.

How do you decide on the artistes you sign on the company?

Before we sign on an artist, we asses their ‘star’ quality.  It is not enough to know how to sing or rap – you need to have that ‘Wow factor’ that will set you apart. You have to be able to deliver on the music angle,have stage performance skills, people skills, should be presentable .

I’m Not Running For Any Political Office’ -Wasiu Ayinde

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Wasiu Ayinde in this chat with Paper Mache’s Yomi Popoola speaks about his new concert, his problem with the leadership of Nigeria and other things…

Your new album is titled State Of The Nation, what informed such title?

The State Of The Nation is about the situation we face in our country, the country is falling apart day-by-day, the problem is getting serious everyday, the peace everybody expect in running a nation is becoming a mirage and I felt its for people like us to come out and lend our voice like we use to do because we can never rest.

‘we want to use an Ibadan man to defeat Ajimobi’ -Senator Hosea ‘Halleluya’ Agboola

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Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola is the Deputy-Chief Whip in the National Assembly and the only PDP Senator from the South West. In this interview with CityInfo the politician discussed Oyo State politics, the need for an Ibadan PDP candidate and the predicition for the general elections in 2015

Sometime back you called a meeting of PDP Chairmen where you advocated support for Senator Teslim Folarin, what prompted this?

All the leaders agreed that if we want to move the party forward we must pick a candidate and as far as I’m concerned a lot of them agreed with me that we should use Teslim Folarin for PDP in the next election.