29 Jul 2017

JJC Skillz - How I met Funke Akindele Bello in 2013

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Rapper and Video Director Abdul Rasheed Bello popularly known as JJC Skillz and husband of award-winning actress Funke Akindele Bello disclosed how he met his wife, his career, and family life with Newton-Ray Ukwuoma of Tribune.
 
He also disclosed that his music is on hold as he is focusing on his movie directing career with two major productions Jenifa’s Diary and Industreet.
When asked if he had taken a break from music, he said: “Yes. My music is on hold, because I needed to focus on this great opportunity that came to my doorsteps. Jenifa’s Diary is a big project, you can see we have been winning awards here and there. We as a family, have our hands full already in different productions.”
He disclosed that he had certificates in TV and video production, and had worked in that industry for 2 years.
“I actually studied TV and Video Production in school. After my studies, I went on to take on MVQ course; which is like a work training course. I had 9 straight A’s during the course from script writing, directing, all. I did it so passionately, I came out with distinctions. Because of my grade, I was able to get a job with an amazing advertisement company. I was their assistant editor and worked there for 2 years. So, I had a background in entertainment, directing, editing, it’s what I studied and it’s now my profession. But I left all that for music,” JJC Skillz said. See excerpts below...
 
What are the challenges of film production, directing?
It hasn’t been easy, but God has been there for us.All I can say is he who findeth a wife, findeth a good thing and obtained favour from the Lord. Most times, as a single man you carry almost all your burdens alone. You’d have to worry about what you eat, and my cooking skillz it’s not really that fantastic.  But when I found my wife, I knew I had found my better-half. Now, when I think about things, I share it all with my wife. We wake up from same bed in morning and head to our field, because we are both in entertainment. She’s the actress, script writer. I’m the director, editor. She’s very hard working. I don’t know anyone like us in this industry. She works day and night. We wake up every single day, with the mind set of making ourselves happy. So, challenges are nothing to me anymore.
 
As busy as you have described your wife and as budding as your skills are in cooking, how does your wife still have time to cook for you? Or doesn’t she?
Why not? Yes, she does. It is said that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Definitely, she cooks amazingly, but I told her to stop, so she can get enough rest. Most times, she would insist, because she wants to take care of her man. But I always insist, as we now have chefs.
 
Was it her cooking skillz that attracted you to her?
My wife is a fantastic cook, she’s an amazing woman. Everything about her attracted me to her. It’s not only one thing that attracts a man to a woman, but definitely, the cooking is a plus and my wife has it all. I would want to eat her meals for the rest of my life.
 
So, how does it feel being married to a popular actress?
To be honest, I lived the better part of my life in the UK, so I didn’t really know who Funke Akindele was. When I met her, I just met someone that wanted a director for her TV show; Jenifa’s Diary. That was in 2013. We have been going on for a long time, people just found out in 2016. We were very low keyed, because we are two popular people in the entertainment industry. We had to protect our privacy.
He also debunked rumours that he had a quarrel with his cousin Moe Musa, which led to Moe leaving his house.
“Those who instigated such reports are very stupid! People just say and publish whatever they want without proper investigations and still get away with it. Mr. Moe Musa as at then moved to the next block after mine. I lived in block H, while he is in block G. I spoke with the agents that got him the apartment and he moved in. He used to be in a room in my 3 bedroom apartment, so when my relationship got serious, he moved on. That’s not even the main reason. Moe has been in Nigeria then for almost 6 months, so he felt it was time to get his own place.
To be honest, when you first relocate to Nigeria, you’ll find it very hard to stay alone because you don’t understand the system yet. The way things work in Nigeria is different from the way they work in other countries. Moe stayed with me for a while, so he could get used to the Nigerian system. How to get food, how generator works and other confusing stuffs,” he said.
He also talked about Olayode Juliana (Toyosi in Jenifa’s Diary) leaving the series.
I don’t know why Toyosi left and it has nothing to do with me. Just like any character in a TV series, she can go and return. The only permanent character in the series is Jenifa. Falz has gone and came back, Toyosi has gone and maybe would come back. In the script, Toyosi is married and has gone to France with her husband to live for a while. So, anything can happen. When she comes back, you’d see her on screen, if not, then that’s what the script said.
 

How did you meet Funke Akindele?
She wanted someone to direct her TV series, then I was about to embark on recording the JJC album then. Her sister introduced us, because she knew I was into music video directing. So, when I met her, she told me she did a movie sometime ago and would like to turn it into a TV series. We started working together and preparing for the shoot, then one thing led to another. Here we are today, the rest is history. We just clicked.
 

It sounds like love at first sight.
Well, I would say so, because first time I saw her, I was wowed. She also told me the same thing. We tried to keep the whole work as professional as possible but along the line, emotions ran high.
 

How was the proposal? Bank W’s style?
[Laughs] I’m a romantic person, so I gave her a dose of it. It wasn’t in an open place, because only very few people knew at then.So, that very day, she came home to meet flowers, candles everywhere; quite a romantic set up. When she saw it, she had no choice than to say ‘Yes’.
 

You are both celebrities, how do you succeed in maintaining your private life?
Private life, work life, we take it all one day at a time. We don’t worry about outsiders and what they would think, we just do what pleases us. Every single day, we say our prayers and talk about how the day would go. It’s quite a unique and complimentary relationship and I’m enjoying every bit of it.
 

During the Hallelujah Challenge, you received a prophecy of a twin birth. Are you expectant?
Yes. Soon! God’s time is the best. We are working on it.
 

How did your kids accept their new step mum?
Well, before we got married in London, we all had a good relationship here in Nigeria. The kids were always seeing this beautiful woman around daddy, and she always makes him happy. They might be away and in different continents, but they are part of our daily activities. She is also very close to them, they met her digital first. They didn’t know she is an actress then, because in the UK, they hardly watch Nigerian movies, but they love her so much. They all love each other. It’s a perfect blend.
I remember my daughter telling me, ‘Dad make sure you marry her. She’s a keeper’. And I did, I followed my daughter’s advice.One of my songs, Save The Last Dance’ was written for my wife, she really saved the last dance for me.


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Omg! Doctors find seven needles inside body of 3yr old girl who later dies



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A 3-year-old girl has died after being used as a "voodoo doll" by her mother's superstitious boss in West Bengal, India. 

It was discovered that the child was also sexually assaulted. She was taken to hospital in Kolkata, West Bengal in a critical condition on July 15. There, doctors found she had suffered multiple internal injuries. She had been brutally abused and needles had been injected into her body. Further external injuries were also discovered, including ones close to her private parts that were caused by needles. 

 "There are as many as seven needles forced into the child's body. The needles could not be taken out as it may cause further damage to her body. She is kept under observation," the hospital commented on her initial state.
The victim's mother's boss, a former home guard called Sanatan Thakur, who is in his mid-50s, practises voodoo and black magic.
Thakur employed the child's mother as a domestic worker and used the child as a voodoo doll. He used the child's body to practise black magic. 

Doctors eventually succeeded in removing all seven needles from the child's body on July 18, and she was kept under observation. Unfortunately, she died Friday, July 28,  at the Bankura Medical College.
"She succumbed to sepsis and pneumonia between 2 am and 3 am," a hospital source said. 
Sanatan Thakur is on the run and still at large. Police have lodged a case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act against him.

Photo Of UNIMAID Staffs Released By Boko Haram

Five members of the University of Maiduguri were killed when Boko Haram fighters attacked oil workers who were prospecting for oil in the Lake Chad Basin.

The  insurgents had on Tuesday attacked a team of geologists who were on an oil exploration trip to the Lake Chad Basin at Jibi village in Borno State.

The team comprised members of  staff of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, geologists, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and military personnel.


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See photo of kidnapped Epe students being handed over



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Lagos State government set to receive freed Kidnapped Six Igbonla Model College Boys from the Ondo state government at a joint Press Conference with Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State, his Deputy, Mr. Agbola Ajayi and Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni.

The six students who were kidnapped from Igbonla Model College in Epe some two months have been released alive to The Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, Today, 28th July, 2016.

The kidnappers who insisted that they would only release the kidnapped Igbonla boys to Ondo state government, due to the personal intervention of Governor Akeredolu.

The six students rescued are, Agbaosi Judah, Jonah Peter, Philips Pelumi, Adebanjo George, Yusuf Faruq and Ramon Isiaka. See more photos below...

 


Wow! Meet Jeff Bezos, The New World's Richest Man

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has overtaken Bill Gates and is now the richest person in the world, with a fortune topping $90 billion for the first time ever.

When markets opened on Thursday, Bezos had a net worth of $90.6b, putting him $500m ahead of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Amazon stock opened up 1.6% on Thursday, adding $1.4b to Bezos’ net worth. That was enough to put him ahead of Gates, who was last surpassed on Forbes’ real-time rankings for just two days nearly a year ago by Spanish retail giant Amancio Ortega.

Forbes started tracking billionaires around the globe in 1987. Bezos is now the seventh person to hold the title of the world’s richest person and the third American to top the global ranks besides Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.

While Gates and Buffett both appeared on Forbes’ first ranking of America’s 400 Richest people in 1982, Bezos is a newer addition to Forbes’ wealth rankings. He first appeared on the Forbes 400 in 1998, a year after Amazon went public, with a $1.6 billion fortune. Bezos ranked third richest in the world on Forbes 2017 list of the World's Billionaires, published in March, with a fortune of $72.8 billion.

Bezos would be nowhere close to being the world’s wealthiest person had Gates not given so much of his fortune to philanthropy. Gates, who created the Giving Pledge with Buffett to encourage billionaires to give at least half of their wealth to charitable causes, had given away $32.9 billion over the course of his lifetime through end of 2016. Forbes estimates that Bezos, who has not signed the pledge, had given approximately $100 million to charity through the end of 2015. In June, Bezos tweeted out a request for ideas for his philanthropy, garnering thousands of responses.
Bezos attended Princeton and then worked at a hedge fund before starting his online bookseller in a garage in Seattle in 1994. Amazon has since grown into an online retail behemoth selling a wide range of products. It also offers cloud services through its Amazon Web Services division, known as AWS. Outside of his day job, Jeff Bezos owns aerospace company Blue Origin and the Washington Post.

Gates fortune is built on software firm Microsoft, which he founded in 1975 with his friend Paul Allen. Gates has sold off much of his Microsoft stake but still owns about 2% of the company's shares, worth about $12.4 billion -- just under 14% of his fortune. His investment firm Cascade Investments has ploughed Gates' money into a wide variety of assets, including public stocks, real estate, private equity and venture capital. Gates owns stakes in companies as diverse as Canadian National Railway, hygiene technologies firm Ecolab and Mexican Coke bottler Femsa.


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Seyi Law Responds To Kemi Olunloyo Again

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While speaking with Saturday Beats, Seyi admits Kemi Olunloyo is a brilliant woman, but uses her brain otherwise. His words;

He said, “I don’t have any grudge against Kemi Olunloyo. The truth is that I see a lot of brilliance in her but it is just that her way of doing things without having ethical values is what makes people get pissed at her. If she had initially written something like I saw Seyi Law’s daughter’s picture and I think he should watch the weight of his baby so that she doesn’t become obese, that would have been better because it is a piece of advice. It is a better approach and not calling my baby obese without having the necessary precautions like taking the baby’s weight, height, eating routine and other things. Continue...


If she had done all these things before coming to the conclusion that my baby is obese, that would have been medically fine. If we were in the US or UK; providing a baby’s medical report on social media without the approval of the parents, I know what it entails and the amounts she would pay as fine. The cyberspace is not limited to a country, it is worldwide. She claims to be a citizen of the US and my child is a US citizen. I could decide to sue her in the US and she would pay out of her nose. She could even be the one to pay the money that would send my child to school. Some people are brilliant but they take their stupidity to an extent that they ruin themselves along the line. Brilliance without caution would make you become foolish. This woman can be very good sometimes with some of her reports and she could be blunt at other times with her write-up and we appreciate that but when you operate as a person, you need to be careful with your choice of words. If you want to be blunt, it has to be with evidence. You don’t just say you are blunt by writing falsehood and that is where she has a problem.”
 



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John Fashanu Allegedly Spends Two Days In Nigerian Prison

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John Fashanu was locked up in a Nigerian cell with 200 other prisoners after being accused of a land scam, Daily mail claims.

Mr Fashanu was arrested at his home on the Sun City Estate in Abuja and taken in on suspicion of 'criminal conspiracy', police have said.

Officers claim the former professional footballer was acting for a friend, who was looking to buy some land, and was handed £23,000 to fix the deal.

The friend said Mr Fashanu told him about two men who were able to help purchase 'forgotten land', but later discovered it was not for sale.

It is understood the 54-year-old denied wrongdoing but had agreed to pay the money back.

Police are on the hunt to find other two men who are said to be involved. Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General Hyacinth Dagala said: 'John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N9,550,000 [Nigerian Naira] under false pretence, Dailymail further stated.

'He was granted administrative bail on July 18 but because of his inability to produce the requisite surety on that day, he remained in detention until July 19 when he was released.'

A friend of Mr Fashanu's said it was a business deal 'between friends which went south' and police were asked to 'mediate'.


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Police arrest 21 yr old man meeting up with 14 yr old boy he met online for sex



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A 21-year-old male student who arranged to have sex with a 14-year-old boy was nabbed by paedophile hunters when he turned up to meet the boy and it was caught on tape.
Fakhri Anang, 21, who is originally from Indonesia but living in Newcastle, contacted a profile he believed belonged to a 14-year-old boy called Zen and asked the "boy" to have sex with him. What he did not know is that the profile was created by paedophile hunters to catch offenders. 
"I feel like sex now," Fakhri told Zen then asked him if they could have sex.
Zen informed Fakhri he was 14 years old yet Fakhri, who claimed to be 24 years old, continued to pressure him for sex. He continued to communicate with him and invited him to his house, offering to pay for his taxi. They agreed to meet on May 2 and on that day, Zen informed Fakhri that had arrived near his address. When Fakhri went out to meet him, he was confronted by a member of Guardians of the North. 
He pleaded with them not to call the police and kept apologising, claiming he's not that old, that he's only 19. 
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, don't call the police, I'm lonely and I need sex," he said.
When arrested and interviewed by police, Anang accepted his guilt and said his intention was to have a sex act performed on him. When questioned about the boy's age he said:
"I know it wasn't right but I was horny."
Fakhir previously admitted attempting to meet a child following grooming. He was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for two years after Nick Peacock, defending, told the court that Fakhir was in the UK on a student visa and would be leaving the country at the end of August. Peacock pleaded that a custodial sentence would ruin what he has worked so hard for the last few years.

Omg! Thief gets stuck in a ventilator while trying to escape apartment he burgled



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This unlucky burglar met his Waterloo when he got stuck in a ventilation shaft while trying to sneak out of an apartment block he had just burgled. 

The man is said to have successfully raided the apartment located in the city of Lviv in western Ukraine. But failed to make a stealthy getaway as he ended up stuck in the ventilation shaft.

He was rescued by Police who were called to the scene by residents.
In the viral photos, the man's head was sticking out one side and his legs on the other. See more photos below...

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