Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Kogi born actor has done enough to earn him a star status in Nollywood, but his role as co-presenter in MTN Project Fame West Africa shone the spotlight on Benjamin.
Joseph Benjamin was on Inspiration FM yesterday with Wana Udobang on the show 'Talk About It' when he disclosed the rough roads he had to travel before becoming who he is today.
"I've moved from being a bus conductor, security guard, waiter, worked in a Bakery, sold shoes at Balogun; then moved into IT before acting."
People's feedback on twitter showed how inspired they were with his story as he continued giving tips on how goals could be achieved.
"Keep improving your craft. Nourish that which you have. Be your own inspiration!"
Speaking on start-up businesses, Benjamin had this to say;"Understand your market before you decide what you want to do."
James Dezarnaulds, aka Jimbo Bazoobi, was issued with a A$440 fine last August after police caught his goat Gary chomping on flowers outside Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.
But the case was dismissed in Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court yesterday.
Magistrate Carolyn Barkell said the accused goat had been eating the flowers when police arrived.
"I accept that he did eat garden plants," she said.
However, she said there was no evidence Bazoobi brought Gary there with the intention of vandalising vegetation.
"He may have preferred to have an ice cream," she said.
Lawyer for the goat, Paul McGirr, told the court that police had issued the wrong infringement notice, because it related to a person and not a goat.
He also said it couldn't be proved that Bazoobi put Gary up to the act.
"We can't guess what Gary might have been whispered in his goat ear," he said.
Bazoobi, a comedian, tours Australia with Gary.
He told gistbank.blogspot.com he bought his sidekick for a case of beer last year.
The magistrate dismissed Bazoobi's application for the crown to pay his legal costs but cancelled his fine.
The goat, who was met by a throng of reporters outside court, was not required to give evidence and made no comment on the verdict.
Bunny Wailer — an original member of Bob Marley and the Wailers — tells gistbank.blogspot.com he's heated about the docu-film "Reincarnated" … which documented Snoop's immersion in the Rasta culture as he recorded his first reggae album in Jamaica last year.
Wailer claims Snoop has engaged in "outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community's personalities and symbolism" — and has failed to meet "contractual, moral and verbal commitments."
And it's not just Bunny who feels burned — leaders of something called the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council (aka Rastafari Millennium Council) — fired off a 7-page demand letter to Snoop.
In the docs they claim to have made it clear to Snoop that "smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture!"
Bottom line … they want Snoop to stop using the name "Lion" … pay up the "financial and moral support" they claim he committed, and issue a public apology.
If Snoop refuses — FIRE WILL BUN FI HIM!! Or inlayman's terms … they're gonna sue his ass. We called Snoop for comment, and so far no word back.
Being a Rasta is a lifestyle that involves more than smoking and listening to Bob Marley daily. Snoop has got to stop faking the funk before he gets haunted by the ghost of blunts past.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is making a last-minute change of honoree: LeonardoDiCaprio is out, but Quentin Tarantino is in.
The festival announced Wednesday that DiCaprio, who was to have received its American Riviera Award, could not attend because of a scheduling conflict. Instead, Tarantino, who directed DiCaprio in the current Django Unchained , has stepped in and will be feted with the honor on Jan. 30.
"We were obviously saddened by DiCaprio's conflict,but blown away at the chance to honor Tarantino, one of the most stylistically daring directors, who is an SBIFF favorite," the festival's executive director Roger Durling said.
The American Riviera Award recognizes "an artist who has had a strong influenceon American Cinema."
Django has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including best picture and best original screenplay.
Rob Stutzman and Jonathan Wheeler have filed a class-action lawsuit against the disgraced cyclist on the heels of his admission to Oprah Winfrey that he took -- and lied about taking -- banned substances, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Stutzman, a political consultant in Sacramento, and Wheeler, a professional chef, filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in California against Armstrong and his publishers. They are seeking refunds of two books -- 2000's It's Not About the Bike and the 2003follow-up, Every Second Counts -- as well as other costs.
According to the filing, they and other readers"would not have purchased the books had they known the true facts concerning Armstrong's misconduct and his admitted involvement in a sports doping scandal."
In the books, Armstrong denied he had doped to win the Tour de France.
"Stutzman bought the book in California and read it cover to cover," according to the lawsuit. "Although Stutzman does not buy or read many books, he found Armstrong's book incredibly compelling and recommended the book to several friends."
The suit adds: "Defendants knew or should have known these books were works of fiction."
In a two-part interview with Winfrey that
aired on OWN last week, Armstrong admitted that he used EPO, testosterone and human growth hormone as well as blood doping or blood transfusions to enhance his performance in all seven of his Tour de France victories. The admission came after years of denials and after Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and an Olympics bronze medal.
After part one of the interview aired, investigators told ABC News that they believe Armstrong might have lied about when he stopped doping, saying his statements were inconsistent with blood tests.
From Open Road Films and Mark Hulme 's Five Star Feature Films, jOBS makes its worldwide debut Jan. 25 as the closing-night film of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.
The biopic, directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely , chronicles Jobs' ascension from college dropout to one of the most revered entrepreneurs of the 20th century. Part of the film was shot in the historic garage where Jobs first set up shop at his family's home in Palo Alto, Calif.
jOBS also stars Dermot Mulroney , Josh Gad , Lukas Haas , J.K . Simmons and Matthew Modine .
CAA packaged jOBS , and Inferno Entertainment is handling international sales .
Fox's 3D film reached the milestone Tuesday. Life of Pi has grossed $100.4 million domestically and $401million internationally for a total $501.4 million.
Life of Pi is nominated for 11 Oscars -- second only to Lincoln 's 12 -- including best picture and best director.
Many questioned whether Life of Pi , based on Yann Martel' s 2001 novel about a young Indian boy lost at sea with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, could be successfully adapted for the big screen. Costing north of $120 million to produce, the movie has turned into a profit generator for Fox.
Life of Pi made headlines when debuting first in Asia,grossing $90.8 million in China alone. Now, it's doing impressive business in Europe and Latin America, as well as Australia.
The Administrator, Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, Monsignor Christopher Ajala, described that CAN wasgetting to close to the government and that Catholic leaders in Nigeria were not comfortable with that.
He accused CAN leader, Ayo Oritsejafor, of leading the body astray with his romance with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Ajala maintained that "the Catholic Church took their stand before the purchase or the aircraft was donated to him. But what the Catholic Bishops Conference is complaining about is about the way they are running the national CAN now that is not meeting the objectives and the goals of CAN and the forefathers of CAN."
Lamenting further, Ajala stated that "CAN is now being run as part of the government and we said no," adding that, Because they (government) will dictate to us what to do and they will not take our advice seriously."
He said, "The Catholic Church decided to withdraw from the activities of CAN at national level; we are still part of the state. We made our stand clear in November, last year, and by December, the man bought a jet.
"I don't know how he got it but the president was there on that day the jet was delivered to him.
"So, what we are saying is that our religious leaders should be honest, upright and they should also be the conscience of this nation.
"If you are bought, the masses of this country are finished. If you can use money to buy our religious leaders, then there is no hope for the common man. That is the Catholic Church's stand. We are supposed to speak for the people to correct the wrongs in the society andassist every government to know the will of God for them and we still stand by that."
Oritsejafor has come under harsh criticism after he was reported to have acquired a private jet which he claimed was a 'birthday gift' to him from his church.
The show, as usual, will be held in South Africa in May and contestants would be chosen from 14 participating countries across Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia (just added to replace Liberia).
Prospective contestants would obtain the competition's forms from February 1 and to submit them on or before February 14 when entries close.
Meanwhile, winner of this year's edition goes home with $300,000. The show runs for 91 days starting from May 26.
Kings Of Leon, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, ErykahBadu, Azealia Banks, Gary Clark Jr., Miguel, Grizzly Bear, Pretty Lights, The xx, Feist and more will touch the stage from June 7th to the 9th at Randall's Island.
The press release notes that this marks the first non- Throne headlining slot for West since 2008, even though 'Ye recently completed a round of consecutive performances at Revel Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey late last year.
The last time Kanye West took the stage in New York City was at Madison Square Garden for the 12. 12. 12. concert benefit for Hurricane Sandy relief. A third headlining act will be joining West and Kings Of Leon, but it has yet to be announced who will join them as of press time. Kanye is currently crafting his next solo project , so this show might be the first time he performs a lot of those records.
In a letter titled " NBC New List Of Not To Broadcast Videos ", Nigeria's top entertainers like P-Square , Flavour N'abania , Goldie , Timaya , Tillaman, Chuddy K , D'Prince have been sledgehammered.
Effective immediately the following list of videos will seize airing on all TV stations in Nigeria .
NBC New List Of Not To Broadcast Videos
*. Tillaman ft. Vector – Ko ma roll
*. Flavour – Shake
*. Chuddy K – chop my dollar
*. D'prince – Take Banana
*. P-square – Alingo
*. Timaya – Shake your Bum
*. Goldie – Skibobo
Keep in mind that NBC don't just ban videos from airing, they must have received several complaints from concerned viewers.