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



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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Actor Eddie Murphy Marries Longtime Partner Paige Butcher in Private Caribbean Wedding




Eddie Murphy has officially tied the knot with his longtime partner, Paige Butcher. The couple exchanged vows on Tuesday in Anguilla in the Caribbean, as reported by People.

The actor and Butcher have been engaged since 2018, making this wedding a highly anticipated event. Photos published by People showcase a stunning ceremony, with both bride and groom dressed in resplendent white outfits—Butcher in a dress by Mira Zwillinger and Murphy in a suit by Brioni.

Murphy and Butcher share two children together, daughter Izzy and son Max. This marks Murphy’s second marriage and Butcher’s first.

The couple began dating in 2012, and this ceremony serves to officially legalize their long-standing relationship. Despite the formalities, Murphy and Butcher have been deeply in love for years.

Speculation about their marital status arose last month when Murphy referred to Butcher as his wife twice during a New York Times interview. Although they hadn’t tied the knot at that time, it was evident that the wedding was imminent.

The intimate Caribbean ceremony confirms their commitment, adding a new chapter to their love story.

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Toyin Abraham faces backlash for action against trolls who cursed her over



By Francesca Hangeior

Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham, is under fire on social media platforms after she reported trolls who cursed her for supporting President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 general election to the police for cyberbullying.

Abraham, during the 2022 election campaign period, had declared her support for Tinubu while assuring her fans that the President had reeled out his ‘Renewed Hope’ action plans that would address some of the nation’s problems and she was convinced that he would perform.

Aside from the popular Nollywood actress, other Yoruba movie stars also declared their support for Tinubu and campaigned vigorously for him.

However, since his emergence on May 29, 2023, the country’s economy has nosedived.

On the inauguration day, Tinubu declared that his administration would no longer subsidise fuel.

His decision has made the price of the Premium Motor Spirit rise from N185 to over N700.

Also, as part of his government’s reforms in the financial sector, the naira has embarked on a continuous free fall against the dollar after the Central Bank of Nigeria floated the currency to move towards market-determined interest rates.

This action has led to the instability of the naira to the dollar in the FX market, making it sell for between N1,200 and N1,500.

Both decisions — naira floating and subsidy removal — which are some of the factors that determine economic growth, have sent more Nigerians below the poverty level.

Meanwhile, netizens have singled out Abraham because she had always defended her political choice, with many expecting that she would one day tell the public how Tinubu intended to address the various problems confronting Nigeria as a country.

In one of her replies to an X user identified as #Lati, she noted that she had moved on to pursue her career as an actress and was not in government or politics.

She also regretted having chosen to remain open to politics during the elections.

“I have faced my life and my career because I am not a politician and I am not in government. I have learned my lesson never ever to be open with my political choice again,” the actress wrote on X.

Despite her explanations, netizens have not stopped calling her out as the country’s woes deepen.

A user on X, who identified as #YVRLO, directed harsh comments towards Abraham and her family, including wishing harm to her son.

This led Abraham to take legal action. “It is not an abuse of power; it’s a fight against cyberbullying,” Abraham’s spokesman said. “Everyone must understand that actions have consequences, especially online.”

Recently, another X user, who identified as #Ayo, accused Abraham of using Tinubu’s money to do a hair transplant for her husband.

He wrote, “Mrs @Toyin_Abraham walai aiye e ti ta!! (sic) You collect Tinubu money use fo hair transplant for your husband…stoopid fool.”

Abraham, however, reported him to the police for cyberbullying, and he was arrested.

Following that, a user, Ajebo Danny, opined, “Hello @Toyin_Abraham, you will have to send the police to pick all of us. You are shameless.”

The actress replied, “You can abuse me and call me names; it is fine, and as I said, I will accept and take it in cos I’m in the public eyes, but cursing my kids and lying is what I won’t accept, and lastly I NEVER and will NEVER arrest anyone’s mum. I made a report on cybercrime as a citizen.

“I made my report at cybercrime cos the threat to life and curse and threat on my family were beyond what I can take. As for me, abuse me, insult me please, say anything to me please,” she added.

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BBNaija ex star Nina Ivy set to undergo breast reduction surgery



By Francesca Hangeior

Reality TV star Nina Ivy has announced she is undergoing breast reduction surgery.

In a post on Instagram, she shared excitement and relief, stating that she has been waiting for this moment her entire life.

After having two children, Nina Ivy said she has struggled with feelings of insecurity and discomfort related to her breast size.

She said she was looking forward to regaining her confidence and feeling more at ease in her own body.

“I’ve been waiting for this day my entire life, and finally, the time is here. After 2 kids, I’ve never really felt comfortable and confident about my breasts, and I am super excited to make a change. Finally, a new life,” she wrote..

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