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Zeb Ejiro Opens Up On What Led To Saint Obi’s Death

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Zeb Ejiro Opens Up On What Led To Saint Obi’s Death

 

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If there’s anybody that will hardly erase the sad end of Nollywood actor, Obinna Nwafor, popularly called Saint Obi, from his memory, that person should be legendary filmmaker, Zeb Ejiro.

 

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In fact, since the sad news of Saint Obi’s demise hit the internet like a thunderbolt, last Saturday, Ejiro has been reminiscing on how his path and that of the deceased crossed.

 

 

 

 

 

For the sheikh of Nollywood, destiny and work brought them together and, since then, Obi had never left Ejiro’s side.

 

The legendary filmmaker recalled that he met Saint Obi, while he was planning to shoot his 1998 advocacy movie on HIV/AIDS, titled ‘Goodbye Tomorrow’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The movie, partly sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation, WHO, was one of Ejiro’s biggest movies ever.

 

 

Zeb Ejiro Opens Up On What Led To Saint Obi’s Death

 

 

 

According to Ejiro, RMD was supposed to play the lead role (Mark Alade) in the movie but, barely two weeks to commence the shooting, the veteran actor lost his priceless wife, Mee, to the cold hands of death. A situation which paved the way for Saint Obi to shine, as RMD had recommended him to Ejiro.

 

First contact with Saint Obi

 

Recalling how their paths crossed, Ejiro said “We had completed casting and were getting ready to hit the location, when a tall handsome young man strolled into my office in Surulere.

 

RMD was supposed to play the lead character, alongside Hilda Dokubo. We had concluded plans to commence production but, two weeks to hit location, RMD’s wife, Mee, passed on.

 

“It was obvious that RMD would not be part of the production after we had put everything in place. So, I was considering a lot of actors to replace RMD as he was bereaved.

 

“Suddenly, a well-built handsome guy, light in complexion, just walked into my office in Surulere and told me that somebody had directed him to me. But immediately I set my eyes on him, I told him that you were the one I was looking for. And he said wow!

 

“At that point, I didn’t know if he had acted in any film before, but I just asked him if he could fit into the role and he answered in the affirmative.

 

“I immediately auditioned him, and he performed excellently well. That was the beginning of our story. The movie was a monster hit as Saint Obi acted alongside Dokubo. It was one of the best movies I have ever done in my life. That was my first contact with Saint Obi. After ‘Goodbye Tomorrow’, we did a lot of other movies together including “Candle Light”, TV series among others. Though Saint started his acting career in 1988, after starring in “Behind The Clouds,” a soap opera being shot in Jos.

 

Last telephone conversation

 

Speaking further, Ejiro said Saint Obi called him on the telephone two weeks before his death, after he had tried reaching him for almost one week.

 

Ejiro said he was remaking his popular TV series in the 90s, ‘Ripples’, and had wanted Saint Obi to be part of the production. But when he couldn’t reach him, he moved to Ibadan to commence shooting of the series.

 

However, two weeks before his demise, Saint called Ejiro on the telephone to intimate him about his protracted illness.

 

Two weeks before his demise, my phone rang and it was Saint Obi on the other end. I asked him where he had been; that everybody had been looking for him. That was when he told me that he had been down and was admitted to a hospital. He added that he had done multiple surgeries and his condition wasn’t improving. His elder sister then made arrangements to move him to Jos, where he could be given proper treatment. That was the last time we spoke, as I promised to reach out to him again. But I never did, as the next thing I heard was that Obi is no more,” Ejiro narrated.

 

Crashed marriage

 

He, however, blamed Saint’s sudden demise on his crashed marriage, adding that he couldn’t survive the shock living apart with his family.

 

Obi told me a couple of times that his marriage was crumbling and it was eating him up. He was a family man, somebody that loved to stay with his kids and build a happy home.

 

“But when his marriage crumbled, it really affected him and he never recovered from the shock till death.” When a man is not together with his family, he will be depressed. No man wants to go into that kind of situation and be happy. So, that contributed to his death,” Ejiro revealed.

 

Humiliated by in-laws

 

Similarly, popular filmmaker and journalist, Zik Zulu Okafor, who was close to the deceased recounted how the actor suffered humiliation, harassment and intimidation in the hands of his in-laws.

 

Quoting what Saint told him in confidence, Okafor wrote: “I do not know why my wife’s siblings see me as a gold digger. They confront me, harass and fight me in my matrimony. And my wife did nothing to stop them. I work hard, I earn my money. I have never depended on my wife “

 

Parting with wife

 

The actor and his wife, Linda Amobi, parted ways last year after a running battle over the custody of their three children. The couple married in 2006 and have three children, two boys and a girl, together.“

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Sanusi II Reinstated As Kano Emir As Prophesied By Apostle Omotosho

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True prophets are God’s mouthpiece who utters the mind of God and it’s comes to pass. One of such is Apostle Omotosho Tope Joseph who carries unusual prophetic grace upon his life. One of his major prophecies for 2024 has come to pass again.

 

 

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Sanusi II Reinstated As Kano Emir As Prophesied By Apostle Omotosho

In his prophetic release for 2024 he stated that in Kano he sees people congratulating the former Emir of Kano state, HRH Sanusi Lamido. He spoke about his reinstatement ans restoration.

 

Pray Against Plane Crash, Says Apostle Omotosho As he Rolls Out fresh Prophecies On NNPC,Others

 

 

And as predicted, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has just been reinstated as the Emir of Kano.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP has it on good authority that Sanusi II has been reinstated, and is expected in Kano on Friday.

According to credible inside sources, “So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it.”

 

 

The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

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Global Applause as Jonathan Ojadah Bags US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

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*Global Applause as Jonathan Ojadah Bags US President’s Lifetime Achievement Award

 

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H.E. Amb. Dr. Jonathan Ojadah, UNIPGC Global President & IRDCUN-EU Permanent Rep. to the United Nations has made the list of 2024 US President’s Lifetime Achievement award.

The honour is reserved for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. Along with the ultimate honour of presidential recognition, recipients usually receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, medallion or coin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States of America.

Announcing his emergence as one of the 2024 recipients of the President Joe Biden’s award, Amb. Ojadah in his social media post said it came after a meticulous review and thorough screening of his career achievements.

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He said, “The fruits of unwavering dedication and diligent work are indeed sweet. For all my strides and successes, I give all glory to God Almighty.”

This honour also confers on him the privilege of recommending distinguished individuals from Africa for this esteemed recognition, an initiative under the patronage of His Excellency, Jo Biden, President of the United States of America.

Meanwhile, President Biden in a personally-signed letter congratulated Dr. Ojadah for his service to humanity saying he is proud to present him with the award.
He said, “I, On behalf of the American people, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to you for your volunteer leadership, and I encourage you to continue to answer the call to serve. I congratulate you on taking it upon yourself to contribute to the public good, and I’m proud to present you with the Lifetime Achievement award which will be confered on you during the Global Peace Leadership Summit and Awards on 29th July, 2024 at South Shore Harbour, Houston Texas, USA.
“This honor is in recognition of your commitment and dedication to gather leaders, experts. and successful entrepreneurs to strengthen ties between the private and public sectors in countries and create policy and initiatives is commendable.” he said.

Biden also applauded Dr. Jonathan for the maiden edition of the Global Peace Leadership Summit & Award (LONDON 2023) ,” I take great pride in recognizing your giant stride in hosting the maiden edition with high level session on Nov 25th. 2023 in London with representatives from across government, Diplomats, civil society, and the private sector to address the growing threat to Peace, Security and democratic Governance – A focus on countries in Africa facing Security and Governance challenges.”

Also, a member of US Congress, Sheila Jackson Lee representing the District of Texas congratulated Dr. Ojadah for his recognition, describing it as a momentous occasion.

In a congratulatory letter she personally signed, the US member of Congress extolled Dr. Ojadah for his humanitarian services which she said has been admirable.

“I take great pride in congratulating H.E. Ambassador Dr. Jonathan Ojadah for choosing to host The 2nd Edition of the Global Leadership Investment Summit and Awards Conference (GLISA TEXAS 2024) at the South Shore Harbor Resort in Houston, Texas. Your passion for humanity and philanthropy illustrated in your many initiatives to improve lives both socially and economically is admirable.

“The Global Leadership Investment Summit and Awards Conference aims to help countries by advancing investments, trade, and capacity building. Your commitment and dedication to gather leaders, experts, and successful entrepreneurs to strengthen ties between the private and public sectors in countries and create policy and initiatives is commendable. Congratulations to H.E. Ambassador Jonathan Ojadah for his efforts to promote global leaders and entrepreneurs and further development and investment in countries.”

This grand event and award presentation is set to unfold in the prestigious city of Houston Texas, USA, on 27th – 29th July, 2024.

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Meet Amb. Adaku Dike A Serial Entrepreneur And Talented Nollywood Actor

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 Meet Amb. Adaku Dike A Serial Entrepreneur And Talented Nollywood Actor*

 

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Ambassador. Adaku J. Dike
She is a Nollywood Actor with years of experience. She is not just an actor for acting sake, she is talented, dedicated and beautiful.

With a bountiful of experience in and outside the country, Amb. Adaku has become a household name.

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She has featured in many movies such as Where is Ella, Not a Burden, Hunting the Angel, Green Wave, Teni’s Big Day, Kali, Terila, Beggers Children, Loving Rona, Mind Game, Madam Koikoi, Stolen, Tickle my Heart, Forever My Girl, Retribution, Scare, Royal Turning Point, Silent Prejudice, Single only in Abuja, Domain of Witches , Reincarnate, God Father, Herbalist Nurse and a host of Nollywood blockbusters.

In 2023, she ventured into production in collaboration with the Nigerian Police and did a short film which was eventually directed by Africa’s most consistent Filmmaker, Dr. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen.

She started her career as an Accountant with Western Goldfields Nig Ltd in 2010 as a Junior Officer, in 2012, she was moved to Eta Zuma Mining and Industries Ltd as a Senior Officer, her deliverables, sense of discipline and professionalism earn her the position of Head of Finance Department and Head of Administrative Department respectively in 2018 till date.

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She is a Philanthropist, the Founder of ‘Don’t Shame the Name’ Advocacy Foundation, an NGO Registered with CAC, that has put smiles on many faces, the CEO of ‘Many Agro Farms Nig Ltd’, a company that is into Agricultural Products and Food. CEO Janny Many Nigeria Ltd, that’s for general services, supply, contracts, event management and logistics etc.

She is a woman of many values who has ventured into various fields including music, journalism and dancing. This is so due to her passion for the entertainment industry. Adaku is a registered member of Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN.

Humanitarian work and support is one thing you cannot take away from her identity hence she is a registered member of Lions Club International (Abuja Platinum) she has held positions such as Secretary and Legal Adviser of the Club respectively.

A Bsc holder in Banking and Finance and LLB. Law; just to mention a few, in 2020, she was given the first Award ( Humanitarian Award, In 2021 Young Archivers Award and in 2022, Ambassador of Culture Award, Award of Appreciation from Lion Club etc.

 

In the Course of her career she has been exposed to many trainings, seminars, conferences, conventions both at home and outside Nigeria which has resulted in her becoming diverse and successful in her chosen career.

She also featured prominently in the much anticipated movie, “Issakaba returns” produced and directed by Ambassador Dr Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen.

Meet Amb. Adaku Dike A Serial Entrepreneur And Talented Nollywood Actor*

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