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Comedian, Woli Arole explain why churches still invite him to programmes

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By Francesca Hangeior

Nigerian comedian, Bayegun Oluwatoyin, also known as Woli Arole, has shared why he still gets invites to church programmes despite being a comedian.

Woli Arole who said some religious individuals find it difficult to invite humorists to their programmes because some comedians are not discreet enough to detour some jokes or know which not to crack, added that all faiths are scared.

While speaking on Monday on Channels Television’s ‘The Morning Brief ‘, the actor added that he prays before performing at churches even as a comedian.

He said, “I think the grace is that when I started, I don’t do mockery, you can check all my content, I don’t blaspheme. God is sacred, our faith is sacred. In fact, I feel all faiths are scared, Islamists, traditionalists, so there are boundaries you must not cross.

“So, while I was active as a comedian, my content all I talk about is positive vibes. In fact, before I go to perform at a church I pray. There are things I must never say, there are some jokes you must not crack.

“These things are sacred, and I think that is where faith people have issues with people that are content creators and are coming to the church.”

Woli Arole said some of his fans find it difficult to understand the synergy between ministry and comedy.
“It’s been in me. It started by just praying for my friends, two, or three friends. So, I switched on my phone, IG live and God spoke to me, ‘son the time is now’, so I started taking people to the mountain and all of that. It started moving and some of my fans thought it was a joke before they realised ‘Oh this guy is not joking again; he is now real.”

In 2022, Woli Arole said he has seen more wickedness in some fans than in celebrities.

As a guest on rapper, JahBless, ‘Original Intelligence’ podcast, Arole said, “One of the problems we have is not our leaders; it is the mind of a Nigerian. I have seen wickedness in places I did not expect to see it. I have seen wickedness in more fans than in celebrities. I have seen fans that are more rude than stars. When a celeb gets somewhere, some people would expect them to greet us.

“The likes of Davido, Wizkid, Burna Boy, and Ckay blew up from the outside. It was when the international market started noticing them that some people here started placing a premium on them.”

In 2018, the graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, disclosed he owed his rise to the limelight to his luxuriant beard.

“My beard is my trademark. It is the first thing that my fans notice when they meet me for the first time,” he said.

Arole also said he doubted if he could shave the beard even for love.

Woli Arole said, “For me to shave my beard, it would cost a lot. Since I am going back into the world of make-believe, I would be featured in several roles and one might include shaving off my beard. But the producer would have to pay me heavily to do that. If they pay me millions of pounds, then I would shave it off. I have been keeping this beard for over three years. I cannot even shave this beard for any woman I love. I cannot shave my beard for my wife. Even my mother plays with my beard. The beard is now a part of me that most of my fans recognise me through the beard.”

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‘I’m On My Knees’, Davido Spotted Crying

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Nigerian Afrobeat singer, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has been spotted pleading on his knees while in tears.

In a viral video, the singer could be heard saying, “Please, I’m on my knees, oh my days, oh my days.”

This came after a photo of Davido in a cozy position with an American stylist, Courtney, surfaced on social media, stirring a range of reactions.

While being trolled by Nigerians, the model’s friend posted the now-deleted video of Davido pleading profusely on his knees.

Sharing the video, a friend of the American model, Bonita Maria captioned it, “This who y’all attacking me over? Leave me alone.”

The development has since sparked reactions from fans of the singer as many referenced the endless disrespect to his wife, Chioma.

@ASTHETE_gemin said: “Crying for a side chick when you have a whole wife and a mother to your twins?? God abeg.”

@MeetSumshineMay wrote: “Zero role model steeze. Zero morals, what then are these celebrities influencing? Weed? Pornography? Living above one’s means for validation? There has to be at least some virtue and morals being put out with one’s influence. Many people will excuse this and we know why.”

@Daniels∅2: “Davido has lost my respect, I’m ashamed. Wtf is this embarrassment.”

@daniels_osi: “I hope this doesn’t cause too much drama for Davido and Chioma. But then again, what’s life without a little bit of drama?”

@Ero_Dy: “This guy is a DISGRACE i feel sorry for Chioma.”

Meanwhile, Courtney, while addressing the backlashes trailing the post, revealed that she has been a client and friend of the singer for four years.

She also said she is also responsible for booking him shows in the U.S.

On the leaked photo, she said it was an accident when she was trying to make a post while drunk.

Regarding the viral video of the singer pleading, she refused to delve into it but admitted to having once shared it on a group chat that had two of her friends in it.

“…The video was dramatic. I’m not gonna speak on it. I won’t speak of the context or what it was all about,” she said.

Courtney appealed to all affected parties while insisting that the issue escalated because her friend, Bonita, fell to the temptation of trolling those who came for her.

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“May we be surrounded by people with human sympathy in our helpless moment” – Alex Ekubo

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* Shades colleagues as he mourns Junior Pope and others

By Francesca Hangeior

Nollywood actor, Alex Ekubo has written a heartfelt note to mourn his colleague, Junior Pope, and others who lost their lives in the Anam River boat mishap.

In a lengthy post on his Instagram page, he prayed that we be surrounded by people with wisdom and human sympathy in our helpless moments and not those who are more interested in creating content out of one’s situation.

The light-skinned actor further went on to question what the meaning of life is as he noted how one minute one is alive, another minute the person can be dead.

He revealed that the tragedy of the boat accident has left him in shock as he noted how the day of Junior Pope’s death coincidence with his birthday.

According to him, he hasn’t been able to attend any event or function properly since then as he can only imagine the unbearable pain and utter confusion of the families of the victims.

“What is the meaning of life?
One minute we are here, the next minute we are not.
The tragedy of the boat accident that happened days ago, still has me shocked to my bones.
While I was celebrating my birthday, others were fighting for their lives.

I haven’t been able to attend any event or function properly since then, as I can only imagine the unbearable pain & utter confusion the families of all those whose lives were lost are in.

It’s incomprehensible the amount of senseless & avoidable deaths we are faced with each day in this country.
More shocking & heartbreaking is the merry-go-round during a critical emergency, the sheer display of ignorance, nonchalance & high-level illiteracy.

May we be surrounded by people with wisdom, & human sympathy in our helpless moment, & not those more interested in creating content out of our situation.

Dear God, please accept the souls of Jnr Pope, Abigail Frederick, Precious Oforum, Joseph Anointing & any other, forgive them their sins & grant them eternal passage to heaven.

Please oh Lord, give their families divine strength to bear this irreplaceable loss.
If they’ve ever needed you, they need you now.

To those who survived this mishap, or are affected by it directly or indirectly & are dealing with the trauma, please God comfort them on every side.

To us all, let this be a reminder that life is fickle & but a fleeting mirage.

May we tread carefully & go through life knowing that none of us knows which day will be our last.

Yesterday it was #MohBad today is #JnrPope&Co tomorrow it can be anyone.
Death is final, Life is fragile.
What is the meaning of life?
One minute we are here, the next minute we are not”.

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‘He is in the mortuary’ — Anambra Police speaks on ‘burying’ Junior Pope, other victims by the river side

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By Francesca Hangeior

The Anambra State Police has reacted to the confusion surrounding the burial of the victims of the Anam boat mishap by the riverside.

According to the police, three of the deceased were buried by the riverside but actor Junior Pope and one other are still in the morgue.

The police added that one of those buried by the riverside has been exhumed and taken back to her state for burial.

Anambra State Police Command Public Relations Officer, SP Tochukwu Ikenga, said in a statement: “The Command on an inquiry about the unconfirmed information that the recovered bodies including Junior Pope were buried by the Riverside where the boat accident happened, discovered that three of the deceased Families accepted the victim should be buried beside the river.

“But later, the family of one of the victims decided to exhume the body to be given a proper burial in her State while the other two were still buried there.

“Also, Junior Pope and one other are still in the morgue and await the deceased family’s funeral arrangements, Please let’s be guided.

“Meanwhile, the producer of the movie and the two boat drivers’ Statements have been obtained, and other necessary actions/moves already emplaced by the Operatives as directed by the Commissioner of Police to determine the criminal liability of any person, if any, in the mishap.”

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