fbpx 234Radio | ...exporting Africa to the world

Toke Makinwa makes acting debut in ‘Makate Must Sell’

Abuja – On-air Personality (OAP),Toke Makinwa. has made acting debut in a comedy movie, ‘Makate Must Sell.’

The movie, directed by Don Omope, is a collaboration of Filmone Distribution, Screenart, See Fam and Ahh entertainment, is set to be hi cinemas on May 3.

It is not clear yet if Makinwa played principal role in the new movie.


OAP Toke Makinwa
Meanwhile, teaser for the film shows the OAP interpreting a role different from her real-life personality.

Popular Nollywood stars Blossom Chukwujekwu, Akan Nnani, Josh 2 funny, Wofai Fada, Daniel Etim Effiong, Greg Ojefua, and Charles Okocha also featured in the movie.

Other stars include ace artistes ‘Chigul’ and Nedu,among others.

Why are Prince Harry and Oprah teaming up?

The Duke of Sussex is to partner with US media mogul Oprah Winfrey on a new TV series addressing mental health.

The as-yet-unnamed series for Apple TV will focus on “mental illness and mental wellness, inspiring viewers to have an honest conversation about the challenges each of us faces”.

Prince Harry and Winfrey have been “developing the series for several months,” a statement read.

The royal added he has “a huge responsibility to get this right”.

“I truly believe that good mental health – mental fitness – is the key to powerful leadership, productive communities and a purpose-driven self,” he added to the announcement made on the Duke and Duchess’s new Instagram account (below).

The Prince said he hopes the multi-part documentary series, which is due for broadcast in 2020, “will be positive, enlightening and inclusive – sharing global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places”.

Kensington Palace said the series will build on the Duke’s “long-standing work on issues and initiatives regarding mental health, where he has candidly shared personal experience and advocated for those who silently suffer, empowering them to get the help and support they deserve”.

In 2016, together with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry launched the Heads Together mental health initiative and he is heavily involved in the Invictus Games Foundation which works with military veterans across the world.

Derry Girl 'eejits' to return for third series

Lisa McGee’s Bafta-nominated comedy, Derry Girls, is set to return to Channel 4 for a third series.

The screenwriter revealed the news as the second season of the coming-of-age sitcom came to an end on Tuesday.

McGee, who used her own childhood as the basis for the show, said she was thrilled her band of “eejits” would continue their on-screen adventures.

The show is set against the backdrop of the Troubles in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the 1990s.

She said: “I love writing this show and I’m so thrilled to be able to continue the Derry Girls story, thank you Channel 4, Erin and the eejits live to fight another day!”

The series two finale saw pretty much the entire cast going crazy for the visit of then-US President Bill Clinton – with the leading girls hoping to get close to his daughter Chelsea – while James got a surprise and Granda Joe embarked on a mysterious plan.

The episode attracted an average live audience of 1.1 million viewers.

That figure is expected to rise once catch-up services are included, as the consolidated viewing figures for the first episode of the series were 3.1 million.

Uproariously funny

The Irish Times said the series two finale was “a moving and significant piece of nostalgia”.

The Telegraph (behind a pay wall) described it as “a terrific sign-off for a moving and uproariously funny show”.

And, without giving too much away, The Metro wrote that the last show “gives James centre stage in [a] perfect and poignant send-off”.

It picked up from the success of series one in 2018, which became most popular show in Northern Ireland TV history with more viewers tuning in to watch it than any other series since records began in 2002.

The first season, which also topped a Radio Times Comedy poll in August, is up for best scripted comedy at next month’s British Academy Television Awards.

Trump's video tweet using Batman music removed due to copyright

President Trump has had a video removed from Twitter because it unlawfully used the music from a Batman film.

The two-minute promotional video for his 2020 campaign used Hans Zimmer’s track Why Do We Fall? from The Dark Knight Rises without requesting copyright from Warner Bros Pictures.

It was removed on Tuesday evening, hours after the video was posted on Mr Trump’s account.

Over a million people had already seen the video before it was taken down.

It opened with images of Democrats including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, followed by text that read: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist.”

Then came video of key moments in Mr Trump’s time as president, such as meeting North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the Robert Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The video ended with a message saying “your vote proved them all wrong” and called the 2020 re-election “the great victory”.

“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorised,” the company confirmed in a statement, before Twitter removed the video. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”

The video was then removed and replaced with a message saying: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

It is not the first time Mr Trump has been challenged over his use of artists’ music.

In October, both Pharrell Williams and Prince’s estate demanded that President Trump stop using the singers’ music at political events.

Rihanna sent a cease and desist letter to Mr Trump after he used her track Don’t Stop the Music at political events.

Why Dame Diana Rigg 'loves to be disliked'

As Game of Thrones returns for its final series, Dame Diana Rigg – aka Olenna Tyrell – looks back on her time with the hit HBO show.

She may have had many of the best lines on Game of Thrones, but Dame Diana Rigg says she has not watched the series “before or since” she appeared in it.

Accepting a special award at this year’s Canneseries TV festival in France, the British actress said she “hadn’t got a clue” about what was happening on the show.

Olenna left at the end of the last series by drinking poison – a death scene she said was “just wonderful”.

“She does it with dignity and wit, and wit is not often in final death scenes,” says the actress, who will celebrate her 81st birthday in July.

The young Rigg became famous in the 1960s for playing Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers. Being offered Tyrell in 2013, she says, echoed the circumstances of her first starring role.

“They just called my agent,” she explains. “The world turns full circle, because just like with The Avengers, I wasn’t watching Game of Thrones and had absolutely no idea of its influence in the world.

“It was a job, they sent me a script, and I thought ‘I can do this.’

“Interestingly enough, they tested me very early on,” the actress recalls. “One of my earliest scenes was incredibly difficult, listing all the things my marching army would need.

“It went on forever, talking about the sheep and the cows and the soldiers. I read that and thought, ‘these guys are testing an old actress to see if she can get it into her head.’

“I thought, ‘I’m going to do it in one take.’ And I did.”

Rigg is also known for playing Tracy, the only woman who became Mrs James Bond, in 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Given the choice, though, she’d choose Olenna every time. “I love playing bad [characters],” she says. “They are so much more interesting than good.

“There are some actors who don’t like to play bad; they like to be liked. I love to be disliked. Olenna had the best lines, they were very kind with their scripts.”

The issue of pay equality in the film industry has been highlighted of late, not least by the revelation that Michelle Williams was paid a fraction of what Mark Wahlberg earned for reshooting scenes in All the Money in the World.

Rigg is highly supportive of Williams and her backing for the US Paycheck Fairness Act, having discovered while working on The Avengers that she was being paid less than one of its cameramen.

“I remember thinking, ‘something’s very wrong here,'” she explains. “When I complained publicly, the newspapers got hold of it, and I was represented as a mercenary young woman stepping out of line and demanding money.

“I was lonely as well because no one supported me. I did get more money, but thereafter I was labelled as go-getting and ‘hard’ – and it was unfair because I wasn’t.

“The fight goes on,” she continues. “I wonder if anyone’s done a survey as to whether people go to watch a male or a female lead.

“I go to see a female lead as often as a male one, so why there’s disparity in the pay cheque I have no idea. Bosses need to be talked to about this.”

Dame Diana was honoured in Cannes for a lifetime working in television that saw her recently appear as the Duchess of Buccleuch in ITV’s Victoria.

For all her many credits, though, she does not tend to watch herself on screen. “Been there, done that, all of it,” she says.

“Dredging up the past is not my style. I prefer to move on.”

Canneseries runs until 10 April in the south of France. Game of Thrones returns to US television on 14 April and starts on 15 April in the UK on Sky Atlantic.

Breaking: Lagos Fire Service Director, 6 others released by abductors

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The Lagos State Director of Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau and six others kidnapped on Saturday in Lagos have been released by their captors.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Bala Elkana confirmed this on Wednesday morning, saying they were released unhurt.

According to Elkana, they were released around 11.45pm on Tuesday.

“On 09/04/2019 at about 11.45pm, the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Rasaki Musibau and 6 others kidnapped on 06/04/19 at about 8.00pm, at Ketu-Ereyun, Ikorodu were released unhurt by their abductors. The Victims have since reunited with their families.

“The Command’s Tactical teams are still in the creeks and forests combating the hoodlums. A water-tight security measures are emplaced across the State to forestall future occurrence.

“The Command deeply appreciate the supports of Lagos State Government and the good people of Lagos State who stood by us and also provided useful information that facilitated the prompt rescue of the victims. Together we will continue to make Lagos State one of the safest states in Nigeria,” he said.

Source: PM News