Vanguard Newspaper 07 April 2018
26—SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 7, 2018 Nobody pampers me again, laments screen matriarch ZEE World, the world’s first Bollywood English dubbed channel in Africa, has unveiled its line-up of programs for the year to keep viewers even more glued to their television screens. Speaking at a content upfront in Lagos, Harish Goyal, CEO, Zee TV Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, said: “We are really excited about the wide acceptance and appreciation of our programmes here in Nigeria and we keep improving our content to keep our viewers happy.” “This year, we would like to assure our viewers of world class entertainment in line with Zee entertainment’s global offering. We have a line-up of Merit exciting new programmes across all channels to bring you the best of Bollywood,” he added. The ZEE general entertainment channels which have a huge following in Nigeria, showcased exciting series, shows and movies planned for Bollywood lovers across its major channels – the popular Zee World, Zee Bollymovies, Zee Bollynova and Zee Cinema. This year’s programming on Zee World features the muchanticipated return of Twist of Fate - everybody’s favourite TV drama, back with its second season, continuing the cliffhanger that left viewers guessing as to what happened to the fun-loving rockstar Abhi and the ever ...as she celebrates her birthday •Releases stunning photos NNENNA Nwabueze- Okonta popularly known as Merit in that pioneering Nollywood movie, “Living in Bondage”, went down memory lane on Thursday, lamenting that nobody pampers or spoils her again after the death of her husband, Chief Okonta. Merit marked her birthday on Thursday, and she had every reason to get emotional, having dawned on her that the man she loved all her life, was nowhere around her on this special day. In a chat on determined, strong-willed Pragya. Will they finally get the love they deserve or will Abhi’s evil sister Aliya get what she wants and remove Pragya for good? 2018 also sees the return of another popular series - King of Hearts season 2, as well as new series - Bride with Benefits, Begusarai, Amma and Iron Lady. A number of blockbuster movies will also premiere on Zee BollyMovies later this year, including the 2017 crime thriller, MOM, starring the Bollywood legend Sridevi, who sets out to avenge her step-daughter after the justice system failed to convict her attackers. With the help of a shady detective, she takes the law into her own hands. Other movies on the channel will feature A-list actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan among others. WhatsApp with HVP, the Asababased screen matriarch, said “ It's sad that I'm celebrating my birthday without my husband around me. If he had been alive, I would have been looking forward to the day because presents and a party would have been guaranteed.” “I have finally realized that he's no more,”she added. Merit said, it has not been easy for me,’ adding that “ I am stronger now.” However, in his absence, the mother of five tried to make herself happy by throwing a birthday bash at Zanzibar Lounge, in Asaba, which was attended by her friends and family members. She also released stunning photos of herself to celebrate her day. Recall that the actress who hails from Abia State lost her husband, Chief Okonta to the cold hands of death few days to their 22nd wedding anniversary, in 2016. Chief Okonta died on the 7th of March after a protracted illness while their wedding anniversary came up on the 15th of March. The actress, who is currently starring in a new TV series, “ Secrets and Scandals” alongside Igwe Laz Ekwueme in Lagos, said she will forever missed her late husband. ZEE Entertainment showcases bumper programmes *A scene from one of Zee World TV series ‘London Fever’ producer, Mina’s Dollz returns with Talk Show! **Cast of the London Fever. After an impressive debut into Nollywood in 2017 with the movie, ‘London Fever’ starring some of the trailblazing actors including Toyin Abraham, Alexx Akubo, Mike Godson among others, Mina’s Dollz is back again with yet another mindblowing project. This time a self-styled talk show called, The Mina’s Dollz show. It’s a Talk show on women empowerment, The Mina’s Dollz Show, acccording to the producer, seeks to inform and educate it viewers on a range of issues concerning women such as health, relationship, lifestyle and more. “It is a platform where successful women and men from all works of life are invited as guest to speak about their journey and challenges they had to face before achieving success in their field of endeavour,” he says. An hour programme, the show is designed not just to educate but also entertain the audience. For every edition, an artiste will perform at the end of the show to close it. Hosted by Christina Bartlet also known as Mina’s Dollz alongside, Hannah Marie Sang, the show airs every first Friday of the month on Ben TV Sky Channel 238. Meanwhile, following the successful premiere of her debut movie in London last year, Mina’s Dollz has concluded plans to premiere ‘London Fever’ in Nigeria as well as showing the movie in major cinemas across the country sometime in the second quarter of the year. Directed by Charles Uwagbai, the movie also parades the likes of Juliet Ibrahim, Hafeeze Oyetoro aka Saka, Chiwetala Agu, John Okafor aka Mr Ibu, Etinosa Idemudia , Lilian Eroro , Francis Odegaamong others.
SATURDAY Vanguard, APRIL 7, 2018 — 27 By BENJAMIN NJOKU 08111813022 Ordeal of a reggae star, Yellow Banton who’s battling skin cancer Says: ‘My wife left me because of my condition’ Front-line Nigerian reggae star, Uti Kennedy Nduka popularly called, Yellow Banton, has narrated his battle with skin cancer, even as he fears he would leave his children with no father. Yellow Banton, who’s best known in the late 90’s and early millennium with his style of infusing pidgin language into reggae and successfully blending both in a unique way, says he has been battling the deadly disease for about eight years now. The ghetto singer was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2010. He’s popularly known for his track, “ Na Who Dey Make Them Dey Happy Onyibo.” Holding back tears, while narrating his ordeal to Sidebeat, the Delta State-born reggae star, said “It has been there for over eight years. But it wasn’t as noticeable and big as it’s today. It was like a mosquito bite that was growing gradually. I noticed it at the early stage but I never knew it would get to a point that it would become a threat to my life. I thought it was something I could handle on my own because I had taken different drugs but to no avail. I never knew it would grow as big as this. My doctors have advised me that if I don’t undergo surgery as soon as possible, it would spread to other parts of body. That’s why I can’t continue to rely on the drugs that I had been taken to suppress it. I have to open up on my condition so that I can get a solution.” Yellow Banton was speaking for the first time since his diagnosis with Basal Cell Carinoma,BCC, an aggressive skin cancer , which he believes was caused by sunburns. The reggae star is pleading with Nigerians to come to his rescue, though the ordeal has had a huge impact, all the more painful because he lost his elder brother to cancer some years back. “The wound has been there for long and its been growing gradually. They told me it’s cancer. The same cancer that killed my elder brother,” he said in a low voice. Banton also added that his doctors at LASUTH have warned that if nothing is done urgently he might lose the battle to cancer. The reggae star, however, is lamenting that his loved ones have abandoned him following his condition. “ Since I was diagnosed as suffering from skin cancer, nobody wants to associate with me again. “I’m a reggae musician and I have released some albums in the past. But the challenge I’m having today is because of the sunburns that I have. I went to LASUTH where I was diagnosed with Basal I am begging Nigerians to come to my rescue, I don’t want to die Cell Carinoma(BCC). I have no money to foot my medical bill. I was asked to do a particular test before I would undergo surgery. And the surgery must be carried out within two weeks after the test. I have not done the test because I am yet to raise the money for the surgery.” “I am begging Nigerians to come to my rescue. I don’t want to die. Sometimes, when I’m performing on stage, and I go close to my fans. Immediately they sight the wounds on my neck, they begin to withdraw from me. This is common among my female fans.” Narrating further, Yellow Banton who’s also an albino said “My colleagues hardly invite me to their shows these days. They don’t feel comfortable seeing me around them with cancer on my skin. Sometimes, when I’m invited to perform at a birthday party, some mothers don’t allow their children to dance with me. I have been living with this stigma for the past eight years. Some children would be asking me what happened to my neck. It makes me feel very bad and it affects my business as an entertainer. Nobody wants to invite me again for a show.” Most painful of it all is that his wife divorced him few years back because he could no longer fend for the family. “ My wife left me because of my condition. If you are living with a woman, and you start experiencing difficult times, she starts misbehaving. She walked out of the marriage about seven years ago,” he said. Given his condition, Yellow Banton is homeless and he hardly can take care of his needs. Meanwhile, veteran actress and broadcaster, Mabel Oboh through her non-governmental organization, Centre for Save Our Stars- the first NGO caring for Nigerian entertainers is championing the campaign to save the ailing reggae star. At a recent press parley, which was graced by top Ajegunle musicians including Baba Fryo and Chinagorom Onuoha better known as Africa China, Oboh said Yellow Banton needs the support of wellmeaning Nigerians to stay alive. “We have done series of tests for Yellow Banton and we would still do more. We might lose him if nothing is done urgently. But we don’t want that to happen. So, we are pleading Nigerians to come to his rescue. A lot of entertainers are dying today because nobody is taking care of them. This begging must stop. Many entertainers are in terrible health conditions and we just have to end this scourge. We are also encouraging them to save for a rainy day and stay off drugs and other ugly activities that would drain their pockets,” he expalined. According to her, the reggae star needs about N6 million to undergo surgery as soon as possible before the cancer spreads to all parts of his body.