Actress Rita Edochie refuses to celebrate her birthday because of Atiku

Nollywood actress, Rita Edochie, has said she did not celebrate her birthday yesterday in solidarity with Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

She, however, called for prayers in order for Atiku to reclaim his allegedly stolen mandate in court.

According to the veteran actress, after many years of Independence, Nigerians deserve better than what they are getting from the current administration.

She wrote on her Instagram page yesterday: “TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY but i am not celebrating it, JUST MARKING it because NOTHING to CELEBRATE for.

“I feel that after so many years of independence, NIGERIA deserves better. EVERY RIGHT THINKING NIGERIAN should be WORRIED about what we are PASSING THROUGH today.

“The last general elections were the worst ever in the history of this country, INEC had enough time and resources to give Nigerians a free and fair elections but what HAPPENED?

“The most CONTROVERSIAL is the PRESIDENTIAL election which is now generating enough HEAT.

“The only birthday gift I need from my numerous fans across the globe is prayer so that now that President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar at headed for the tribunals, let the truth be told so that there will be peace and harmony in the country.

“Therefore, I DEDICATE my BIRTHDAY to my BOSS, ATIKU ABUBAKAR, for the truth to be told so that he will RECLAIM his MANDATE.”

Pulse Explainer: Did Saudi Arabia kill an innocent Nigerian woman for drugs she knew nothing about?

It was an execution that sparked outrage and drew mixed emotions back in her homeland of Nigeria.

Reacting to the execution, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, expressed concern that some of the trials of Nigerians in Saudi Arabia have not been transparent and fair.

What was the reaction from Saudi Arabia like?
On Friday, April 5, 2019 the Saudi Arabia Embassy in Nigeria said the Kingdom stands by its decision to execute Afolabi.

The embassy said all legal and judicial procedures were followed before the death sentence was meted out on Afolabi.

Afolabi was a widowed mother as well.

“The death sentence is only carried out in the Kingdom after all proofs and legal evidence have been exhausted regarding the accused, and the process goes through various legal stages until the allegations against the detained persons have been proven beyond reasonable doubt,” the statement read.

However, new information suggests that Afolabi may just have been innocent after all and she may just have been executed for a crime she knew next to nothing about.

But, was she really innocent?

What is this new information that appears to exonerate Afolabi?
As it turns out, the Nigerian Consul-General in Saudi Arabia wrote two memos addressed to Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, stating that some of the Nigerians on death row in the Islamic nation are innocent of the crimes for which they have been tried and convicted.

The Nation reports that the Consul-General twice wrote to the Minister on December 3, 2018 and February 6, 2019, on the plight of Nigerians facing the hangman’s noose in Saudi Arabia.

Some of those found guilty of peddling drugs in Saudi Arabia, the Consul-General wrote, were victims of a drug syndicate that plants drugs in passengers’ luggage at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).

The envoy alleged that the syndicate works in cahoots with greedy airline officials at MAKIA who check in extra bags containing prohibited drugs and tie same to legitimate luggage of innocent passengers.

He said members of the syndicate had been using particulars of innocent passengers and baggage tags to smuggle drugs into countries.

One of the memos from the Consul-General to Minister Onyeama reportedly read as follows:

“Furthermore, it is with humility that I bring to the Honourable Minister‘s knowledge that, sadly, there are a number of Nigerians arrested for alleged drug related offence who are currently in detention at Dhahban Prison (Male Section) and Madina Prison (Male & Female Sections). Mission was unable to gain Consular access to them as the host authorities have flatly refused to grant permission for such despite several requests to that effect.

“Following the outcome of investigations carried out by both the NDLEA and the Nigeria Police (Kano State Command) the Honourable Minister may wish to note that:

“There exists a criminal syndicate collaborating with greedy officials of some airlines at MAKIA, notably Ethiopian and Egyptian Airlines, who connive to check in drug-laden bags, using passenger’s particulars without their consent or knowledge;

The envoy alleged that the syndicate works in cahoots with greedy airline officials at MAKIA who check in extra bags containing prohibited drugs and tie same to legitimate luggage of innocent passengers.

He said members of the syndicate had been using particulars of innocent passengers and baggage tags to smuggle drugs into countries.

One of the memos from the Consul-General to Minister Onyeama reportedly read as follows:

“Furthermore, it is with humility that I bring to the Honourable Minister‘s knowledge that, sadly, there are a number of Nigerians arrested for alleged drug related offence who are currently in detention at Dhahban Prison (Male Section) and Madina Prison (Male & Female Sections). Mission was unable to gain Consular access to them as the host authorities have flatly refused to grant permission for such despite several requests to that effect.

“Following the outcome of investigations carried out by both the NDLEA and the Nigeria Police (Kano State Command) the Honourable Minister may wish to note that:

“There exists a criminal syndicate collaborating with greedy officials of some airlines at MAKIA, notably Ethiopian and Egyptian Airlines, who connive to check in drug-laden bags, using passenger’s particulars without their consent or knowledge;

Sherifat Shawni 4 yrs

Limata Ahmad 10yrs

Halimat Isah 5yrs

Olubumi Adejarani Olaniyan 10yrs

Omobolanle Funke 15yrs

Nuratu Bolanle Yusuf 15yrs

Maryam Ibrahim Tanko 7yrs

Rahma Abdulkarim 20yrs

Nuratu Yusuf Abike 20yrs

Bolaji Kehinde 10yrs

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Onyeama, reportedly ignored the memos from the Consul-General or chose to do nothing about the memos, or didn’t do enough, or all of the above.

Or maybe the bureaucracy at the Ministry is to blame?

In any case, was Afolabi part of the 24 on death row in Saudi Arabia as referenced in the Consul-General’s memos? Was she among those found innocent after investigations by the NDLEA and the Police?

What have Nigerians been saying?
In a series of tweets, Engineer Remi Opakunle said: “The execution of Kudirat Adesola Afolabi is solely on The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and The SSA to PMB on Foreign Affairs & Diaspora, Ms Abike Dabiri. That was the execution of an innocent person in a foreign land that need not have happened.

“The KSA authorities were only concerned with the fact that prohibited drugs were found in her luggage, and she was sentenced based on that. However, the Nigerian State had determined that the real perpetrators were the members of the drug syndicate at the Kano Airport.

In fact, the real criminals had been arrested and prosecuted in Nigeria, and Kudirat’s innocence established in Nigeria. The Nigerian Consul in KSA, was aware of this fact, and had written TWICE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs over this, first time in December 2018, second time in February 2019.

“The Consul is reported to have said there was no response to his letters. The impending execution was widely reported in the media before Adeshola was executed 2 weeks ago. That was one needless death, of an innocent, that shouldn’t have happened.

“Imagine being on Death row and facing death every day with the knowledge that you are innocent, the misery, the torture of facing certain death with the full knowledge that you are innocent, that is totally, totally inhumane….

“Kudirat Adeshola Afolabi, your country failed you, your government failed you, Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un Rest in peace and may your soul find rest and succor with your maker.”

Another Twitter user who identifies himself as @Jackdre02 wrote that: “About that lady going for lesser hajj that was caught with drug in Saudi Arabia.. Apparently the drug was planted in her luggage by workers at the Kano international airport.

“This is how it happened. When the lady and her mom were checking in, the weight of their luggage was lesser than the max, so the workers asked if they could add some stuff for their people in Saudi, the mother declined.

“But when they got to Saudi, the lady’s luggage had increased by 6kg. What’s happening to Nigeria? As of this morning, 5 workers have been arrested at the Kano International airport and they are already in court…

“The Assistant Commander General of Narcotics also confirmed that this is not the first time this is happening at Kano Airport”.

What has been the reaction from the Nigerian government?
Foreign Affairs Minister,Onyeama, is yet to respond to a request for comments from Pulse. We’ll update this story with his comments when he eventually responds.

However, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, says if the report is true, the letter from the Consul-General wasn’t addressed to her or her office and she shouldn’t be held culpable for Afolabi’s or anyone’s death.

In a series of tweets on the subject, Dabiri-Erewa said:

Thank you ooo. I wonder myself. The report referred to if true, was sent to MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) since December, not to me. So, how is my name coming up here? If anything, I’m glad I brought this to the forefront and everything should be done to tackle these issues.

“Read the report you are referring to again. If a report was sent to a Ministry four months ago ( not to me), how does my name come in? Could bureaucracy have stalled the letter getting to the Hon Min? Please ask the right questions and get your facts right.

Mr. Jack Robinson
@jackdre02
About that lady going for lesser hajj that was caught with drug in Saudi Arabia..

Apparently the drug was planted in her luggage by workers at the Kano international airport..

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Abike Dabiri-Erewa

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As you said, this is not a forum tfor that. But I expect the MFA to take drastic action against those who kept the detailed letter away from him . I am sure he will do that and deal decisively with any one culpable

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@abikedabiri I have a lot to say on this but I will give you the chance to clear the air on how or if the government in which you serve did intervene on this issue. This is because diplomacy I know does not happen most times on social media.

What happened to Adesola Afolabi?

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“All missions should be held responsible. What I suggest in this case is full investigation by the MFA. Who received the letter? Why was no action taken? Seriously, we are talking about human lives and this issue deserves thorough investigation”.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

@abikedabiri
I understand your point, and all missions should be held responsible.What I suggest in this case is full investigation by the MFA. Who received the lette? Why was no action taken. Seriously, we are talking about human lives and this issue deserves thorough investigation

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….people in similar circumstances abroad) that there is a mechanism in place for collaboration between your office and the MFA (I might be wrong), and your being mentioned here was on this premise.
Ma’am @abikedabiri , I did that thread because I’ve personally been at the….

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Olamide, Eniola Badmus get political appointment

Dapo Abiodun, the Governor-elect of Ogun state, has named YBNL boss, Olamide Adedeji and Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, as members of his transition committee.

Dapo Abiodun, the Governor-elect of Ogun state, has named YBNL boss, Olamide Adedeji and Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, as members of his transition committee.

The newly elected governor announced this on his official Instagram account on Monday, April 15.

He disclosed that the ‘Science Student’ singer and the Nollywood actress would join his commerce and industry team.

Dapo Abiodun, the Governor-elect of Ogun state, has named YBNL boss, Olamide Adedeji and Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, as members of his transition committee.

The newly elected governor announced this on his official Instagram account on Monday, April 15.

He disclosed that the ‘Science Student’ singer and the Nollywood actress would join his commerce and industry team.

Abiodun also listed appointees for nine other committees who are excepted to commence work with him when he assumes office.

Mr Eazi electrifies Coachella 2019 with amazing performance

This weekend, two of Nigeria’s biggest stars were set to perform at first leg of Coachella Valley and Arts Music Festival that began on the night of April 12, 2019, and ends tonight, April 14, 2019.

Mr Eazi serenading the Coachella 2019 crowd in the late hours of Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Twitter/Mreazi)

Mr Eazi serenading the Coachella 2019 crowd in the late hours of Saturday, April 13, 2019. (Twitter/Mreazi)

They are Burna Boy and Mr. Eazi, billed to perform alongside some of the biggest music stars.

As Pulse reported on ‘how to live stream Coachella 2019’ yesterday, Mr Eazi performed at 10 pm on Saturday, April 13, 2019 and it was streamed live on Coachella’s YouTube page.

Backed up by a live band and a selection of male and female dancers at the event, Eazi was filled with boundless energy as he performed songs like 2016 smash hit, ‘Skin Tight, ‘Akwaaba’ (which he made alongside Guiltybeatz, Patapaa and Pappy Kojoo), ‘London Town,’ ‘Leg Over,’ the Afro-house ‘ShaSha Ku Shasha’ (which he made with Destruction Boyz) and so forth.

The ‘Life Is Eazi’ series creator was dressed in patterned white trousers, a blue top and sunglasses as he thrilled the multicultural crowd. Even the Caucasians had no choice but move their bodies. You can watch the performance below;

Burna will perform on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 7:15pm. If you are not in California, you have no reason to worry. All you have to do is visit Coachella’s YouTube Channel and click, ‘COACHELLA 2019,’ or watch through the link below;

Some of the other acts billed to perform there are; Solange, Kid Cudi, Aphex Twin, the 1975, Diplo, Weezer, Rosalía, Yves Tumor, SOPHIE, Mac DeMarco, Idris Elba, Jon Hopkins, Kaytranada, Anderson Paak, Juice WRLD, Playboi Carti and 66 others.

The second leg of Coachella holds between April 19, 2019 and April 21, 2019 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde calls out Osinbanjo over police brutality

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has called out the Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osibanjo over the recent brutality being experienced by youths from men of the Nigerian Police Force.

The award-winning actress made this known via her Instagram stories on Sunday, April 14, 2019. She expressed shock over the Vice President’s silence over the way and manner SARS has turned the country into a death trap.

“@profosibanjo it is shocking that Nigeria has turned into a death trap under your watch and you are silent!!! You are silent!!!!! At a time like this under your leadership,” she wrote.

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is the latest celebrity to join the endless list of celebs who have called out the Special Anti-Robbery Squad over their highhandedness and brutality of innocent young Nigerians. 



3 talking points from Episode 1 of Game of Thrones Season 8

Game of Thrones is back! After 595 days of waiting, the world’s biggest TV show is here.

The first episode of season 8 has a lot of talking points. No, the full-blown war has not yet come but this season’s opener gives us hints of future power struggles and scores that will be settled.

Here are 3 talking points from episode 1.

Warning! Spoiler ahead.

1. Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen romance might soon be over – Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen start off from where they left off- incestual sex. While Targaryen’s advisers are plotting on a lasting union with her and Jon Snow, Sam Tarly has told his best friend that he is the true heir to the Iron Throne.

Jon Snow is now confused. We don’t know what he will do with this piece of information.

2. Sansa Stark and the Dragon Queen

Sansa Stark is not a fan of the Dragon Queen – The North might be cold but Sansa Stark’s chilly greeting towards Daenerys Targaryen was way colder.

Sansa Stark is not the innocent young lady we saw in season 1. Now she is more wary of outsiders and more protective of her family. It is understandable that she is not Daenerys Targaryen’s biggest cheerleader.

The Lady of Winterfell not only distrusts the Dragon Queen but hates the fact Jon Snow bent the knee.

3. Jamie Lannister meets Bran Stark

Jamie Lannister meets the Bran Stark/Three-Eyed Raven – Remember GOT’s first shocking scene? If you have followed the series from the first day, you would know the history between these two characters.


Tons of events have happened since that push from the tower but as Game of Thrones is in its final weeks, Jamie Lannister and Bran Stark/Three-Eyed Raven are most likely to deal with their unfinished business.




Burna Boy delivers colorful performance at Coachella 2019

At 12:15 am WAT on April 15, 2019, Nigerian artist, Burna Boy, performed at the Coachella Valley and Arts Music Festival 2019 that began on the night of April 12, 2019, and ended Sunday, April 14, 2019 (PDT).

This came just a day after  serenaded the Coachella crowd during his time slot.

As Pulse reported on how to live stream Coachella 2019 on Saturday, April 13, 2019, Burna Boy performed after Ariana Grande, Khalid, Bad Bunny and Pusha T in the early hours of Monday, April 15, 2019 and it was streamed live on the Coachella YouTube page.

Like Eazi, who was also subject to a YouTube artist spotlight, Burna was backed up by a live band and a selection of male and female dancers. He was also dressed in a yellow multicolored, customizable Burberry trench coat and white trousers, presumably styled by his sister, Romani Ogulu.

While on stage, Burna performed a selection of smash hits like, ‘Ye,’ ‘Dangote,’ ‘Tonight,’ ‘Killin Dem,’ ‘Soke,’On The Low,’ and others. During the performance of ‘Killin Dem,’ he thrilled the crowd with some impressive Zanku moves.

The second leg of Coachella holds between April 19, 2019 and April 21, 2019 at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

TV star Wendy William seeks divorce after 22years of marriage

Media personality, Wendy William has filed for divorce from her husband Kelvin Hunter after 22 years of marriage over “irreconcilable differences.

The media personality served him the papers at the studio they both run together as host and manager under tight security just in case the situation got out of control which didn’t actually happen, says TMZ news platform.

The divorce document states a “breakdown” of the marriage over a period of at least 6 months, requesting the court to determine an “appropriate amount” of child support to their over 18 years-old son, Kelvin.

The TV show star has been struggling to keep up with her marriage to Hunter which has been embroiled with infidelity accusations.

There have been reports of Hunter’s relationship with his mistress, Sharon Hudson and there have been the rumors of the two of them welcoming a child together.

Hunter and Hudson have been alleged to be in a relationship for over 10 years. This relationship has affected Williams’s health to a large extent.

Tiwa Savage spoils herself with a customised car [Photo]

Celebrities are known for buying really expensive cars but when one of them decides to buy a customised car like the one Tiwa Savage just got for herself then it is big news.

The music star took to her Instagram stories on Thursday, April 4, 2019, where she shared a photo and series of videos of the latest addition to her garage. 

Even though it is not clear what brand of car she got, everything about the ride shows Tiwa Savage has exquisite taste in automobiles. A close look at the car gives you the feeling that this might be a huge bus or SUV.


Its seats are customised with Tiwa Savage’s name which goes to show how much must have been spent in putting this yet to be identified vehicle together. We can’t wait to see ‘Mama Jam Jam’ cruise around town in her ride.

Access to funding remains the biggest challenge in Nollywood – AY Makun

AY told Pulse Movies in a recent interview that the filmmakers and current producersof movies in Nollywood are individuals who strongly believe in moving Nollywood forward.

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‘Merry Men’ producer, AY Makun has explained that access to funds remains the biggest challenge facing Nollywood practitioners.

The major challenge is access to funds. We still don’t have access to funds but people who are doing what they are doing in Nollywood now are individuals who strongly believe in moving Nollywood forward and at the same time trying to get involved in the business to make money for themselves,” he said.

Continuing, AY said, “Access to funding is a major challenge, the more we have people who believe in the industry getting involved in terms of sponsorship, participation and investment, trust me, we would be giving Hollywood a pretty good run for their money. But for now, that is the major challenge but so far so good, if I want to rate Nollywood, I would be doing that from the point of view of the individuals, who are in there doing what they know how to do best. We are there, we are climbing but it can be better.”

How I source funding for my movies – AY

AY has revealed how he sources funding for his movies to Pulse. He said explained that he tries to get one or two investors to fund some of his movies.

He said, “I play with my own funds and once or twice, try to get one or two investors involved, I mean not within the corporate circle but individuals who also believe in the business and we just rock and roll. It could be better if we have the support of either the government or corporate sector, it’s just the question of belief and understanding to close up the gaps.

Nollywood isn’t too big for Hollywood consultants – AY

The ‘30 days in Atlanta’ star further said that the government needs to get involved in taking Nollywood to the next level.

AY Makun is of the opinion that Nollywood isn't too big for Hollywood consultants. [Instagram/AYComedian]

AY Makun is of the opinion that Nollywood isn’t too big for Hollywood consultants. [Instagram/AYComedian]

The comedian and movie producer said Nollywood isn’t too big for Hollywood consultants to help shape the future of the Nigerian film industry.

AY told Pulse in an exclusive chat that movie making is good for his brand as an entertainer and he would be doing more in 2019.

AY said his projections for the calendar year 2019 include making another film because filmmaking has been good to his brand.