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How I will reposition National Troupe–Director




The Artistic Director of the National Troupe of Nigeria, Mr Ahmed Mohammed, says he will reposition the troupe through sustained engagement of artistes and private public partnership.

Mohammed, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of the troupe, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Abuja.

“Over time, the number of artistes in the troupe has been dwindling.

“Basically, we don’t have the dancers. When we look at the troupe,  we are looking at musicians,  dancers and we are looking at people who are able to act.

“This is because we also do stage drama showcasing some life changing experiences in Nigeria.

“We look our own peculiarities and who will be able to project certain cultures in a very good light.

” We don’t have that kind of team.  I think for the past two, three years, we  have not had that kind of team.

” Now that I’m here, I’m trying to look at how I will reposition the troupe.

“Part of what we are to do is that we  are going to do auditioning. That auditioning could be at the zonal levels within the country.

“From there,  we will get the best out of the best.

“This will give us the kind of artistes and pattern we want and we will ensure that they have required resources and tools to work with like  costumes, ” Mohammed said.

According to him, the troupe is also focusing on those already engaged in theatre such as members of art councils in states.

“We will fish out talents from those groups. We will camp and train them.  And then we move around to perform in places where we are requested to go and perform.

“We also seek partnerships with the private sector and government agencies because they always have engagements and want us to perform there.

“We also have children’s programme. One of our objectives is to ensure that we seek for talents among children and build their capacity in theatre so that we can catch them young.

“In other words, we are talking about culture and the need to really groom our children to understand the way we live.

“We used to organise competitions and winning schools were given some prizes.

“I know that after some years,  we were not able to do that due to paucity of funds and because some of our staff that are responsible for that kind of engagements have left the service.

“Most of them are civil servants and they are not replaced. This  is part of what I’m trying to do to ensure that we have the right people at the right place to be able to do the right things  for us,” he said.

The director, however, stressed the need to have vehicles that would convey members of the troupe for engagements across the country.

“We don’t even have a vehicle that can convey artistes conveniently from one point to the next.

“When I went to the headquarters, I discovered that most of the vehicles are grounded.

” The other vehicles we have were  bought over 15 years ago. So, they are almost getting obsolete.

“There is need to have vehicles on the ground to ensure that we are able to move within this country comfortably. These are parts of our challenges.

“Again, you know the National Theatre is being renovated now.  So, the National Troupe does not have an office of its own,  we are under the National Theatre.

“We are now residing within the Artistes’  Camp which is also not in good shape,” Mohammed said. (NAN)


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Davido, Chioma Welcome Twins




It’s a double blessing for Afrobeat star Davido and his wife Chioma, who have welcomed a set of twins.

The couple, who lost their son Ifeanyi in a tragic accident last year, welcomed twins on Monday.

According to an inside source, the twins arrived at 9pm.

The news was further confirmed by Evangelist Gospel Agochukwu on Tuesday morning.

The cleric uploaded his chat with Davido on the official Facebook page of his church.

According to the chat, Davido confirmed to the cleric that the prophecy he made last year had come to pass.

Agochukwu had in November last year revealed that God told him that Davido and Chioma will welcome twins after the death of Ifeanyi.

Davido and Chioma haven’t announced the arrival on social media, but congratulatory messages have continued to pour.



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Ilebaye Crowned BBNaija All Stars Winner



IIebaye Odiniya


Ilebaye Odiniya is the winner of BBNaija All Stars, the eighth season of the reality television series.

She took the highly coveted top spot at Sunday’s finale, leaving 2019 winner Mercy Eke, 33, in the number two position.

Ilebaye goes home with a cash prize of N120 million, a weekend getaway for two, and an SUV, among other rewards.

The 22-year-old was evicted from 2022’s BBNaija Level Up season after only three weeks.

Cynthia Nwadiora aka CeeC, who was the runner-up of the third season Double Wahala in 2018,  came in at number three behind Ilebaye and Mercy Eke.

Adekunle Olopade, 28, was revealed by host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu as the third runner-up on Sunday.

Pere Egbi, 38, and Cross Okonkwo, 33, were named the fourth and fifth runners-up, respectively.

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Portable In Police Net After 72-Hour Ultimatum



Habeeb Okikiola, commonly called Portable
Habeeb Okikiola, commonly called Portable

The police in Ogun State have arrested singer, Habeeb Okikiola, commonly called Portable after a 72-hour ultimatum given to him to honour police invitation.

In viral videos on Tuesday, the musician was seen raining curses on and rough-handling some policemen deployed to the recreational centre he owns in Ogun State.

Portable’s actions have since been condemned by the police authorities with the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, saying the artist exhibited irrational behaviour and hurled insults at police officers carrying out their legal duty.

However, after the expiration of the ultimatum for the singer to honour the invitation, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that Portable has been arrested.

He told Journalists on Friday that the musician is at the State Headquarters of the police in Eleweran, Abeokuta.

The PPRO said as soon as the investigation is concluded, the artiste will be charged in court.


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