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    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Between Lagbaja And Former Manager, Layinka

    Those who know Lagbaja and his former manager; Layinka, too well, know that the duo parted ways some years ago when the centre couldn’t hold when things started falling apart. But that was a long time ago. Some were saying that the two former business partners had settled the differences between them and have moved on.
    But recent happening witnessed under the watchful eyes of First Weekly indicates otherwise. If what we witnessed recently at an event in Niteshift Coliseum is anything to go by, then it means the two are still not friends as we were earlier meant to believe.
    On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, Lagbaja, who was sitting at the front row in the auditorium, snubbed his former manager when he made effort to sit beside him. As soon as Layinka entered the hall, he made sure he got his way to the front row on the same chair Lagbaja was sitting.
    Just as he was about saying ‘hello’ to his ex-artiste, the masked singer went forward to join others in cutting the anniversary cake as requested by the organisers.
    We thought after he returned to his seat, he would have time for Layinka. But our guess was wrong as Lagbaja faced the other side, and ignored Layinka. Few minutes later, he stood up and made his way out of the event obviously to avoid his former manager.
    It wasn’t clear to us why Lagbaja treated his ex-business partner that way, but from the look of things, Layinka was embarrassed with the treatment he got from his former artiste, who is now a Glo ambassador.

    The annual Best of Nollywood Awards (BON) has been moved to Delta State by the show’s organisers. The glamorous event, which has become one of the major events in Nollywood calendar, will be hosted outside South West for the first time.
    BON Awards has become an anticipated ceremony that brings together both the high and mighty in Nollywood. A statement made available to First weekly by a representative of the show’s organisers confirmed that the ceremony will be held in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
    We were also informed that a- 5000-seater Dome will be used for the event.
    According to the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, while signing a Memorandum Of Understanding to that effect on behalf of the state, “we are hosting this event for a lot of reasons. Nollywood and football come side by side in Nigeria when you are talking about what sells us to the world, with Nollywood gradually overshadowing football, especially in African countries where our stars are hero worshipped.
    “To us in Delta State, it is important we develop Nollywood, especially with the way filmmakers have gradually turned our state to the Hollywood of Nigeria. It is on record that an average of 300 films are shot yearly in Asaba because we have given the producers the right environment and also because our state is quite safe now after our heavy investment in our security operatives and security equipments.”
    Meanwhile, the Executive Producer of the Awards, Seun Oloketuyi, had earlier disclosed that Asaba was chosen because it is not just the Heartbeat of the Nation, but that of Nollywood as producers love to shoot in Asaba.
    Oloketuyi said, “the state is blessed with talented scripts interpreters in the mould of the legendary Richard Mofe Damijo, the late Enebeli Elebuwa, Fathia Balogun and Rachael Oniga to mention a few.”

    The awards is also aiming to set a world record for the longest red carpet as guests would walk on the red carpet. 
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