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Word on the Street: Netflix acquires Chiwetel Ejiofor’s movie, court bars subsequent release of Ganduje’s videos and more

November 20, 2018

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Word on the Street: Netflix acquires Chiwetel Ejiofor’s movie, court bars subsequent release of Ganduje’s videos and more

Hello friends, isn’t it just a beautiful day? I imagine you reading this while still in bed, thanks to the beautiful gift of today’s public holiday.

A couple of things went down yesterday, and as usual, Word on the Street is here to give you a lowdown. Read on.

Netflix acquires Chiwetel Ejiofor’s movie

The movie titled The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the British-Nigerian actor’s directorial debut.

Set in Malawi, the movie is reportedly based on the bestselling book of the same title written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

Just a few months ago, Netflix acquired Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart. Now, we shouldn’t entirely claim Chiwetel but we will! From Nigeria to the world.

ISI shut down indefinitely

Students protesting at the school gate.

The International School Ibadan (ISI) has been shut down indefinitely, get this, over a hijab protest.

The school says female Muslim students aren’t allowed to wear their hijab to school, while their parents insist that they should be allowed to observe their religious practices, cue protest.

So because of these few students, the entire population of the school is being deprived of learning, indefinitely. How nice.

I’m all for freedom to practice religion but shouldn’t that be kept away from a formal setting like a school? I’ve always said two of our biggest problems as a nation is how we approach religion and our tribal diversity. We’ll all be alright.

Federal High Court in Kano made an interesting verdict

Remember how in the past few months, the Daily Nigerian has been releasing videos of Kano state governor Abdullahi Ganduje (AKA Gandollar) accepting bribe from contractors in 2017?

Till date, we’ve seen seven out of the 15 videos promised to us but the Kano High Court has had just about enough. It has reportedly barred the publication from releasing more videos of the governor.

Why does it even matter? Gandollar is immune to prosecution, because Nigeria is simply a failed state. Exhibit one, despite the corruption scandal hovering over the Kano state governor, The Telegraph newspaper bestowed on him, the award of the “Best Governor in 2018 in the areas of health and education”. Very what? Very good.

Some Nigerians have volunteered to help the Daily Nigerian to release the rest of the videos, because we have to finish watching this “movie”!

Richard Akindele remanded in prison

He is the former Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) who went viral months ago for demanding for sex from a female student in exchange for marks.

If you remember, the student released an audio recording which became a very hot topic on social media.

Yesterday, “Richard Akindele was arranged by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission before Justice Maureen Onyetenu of a Federal High Court, Osogbo, on four counts bordering on alteration of age and demanding sex to pass his student,” according to a report by The Punch.

So not only did he demand for sex to pass students, he also falsified his age. Interesting. One bad egg down, thousands to go.

Campaign season is upon us

Friends, it is finally here! You’ll hear people who don’t care about us promise to take Nigeria to the promiseland, do not be deceived. Be steadfast in your resolve and do not sell your votes.

From Sunday, November 16, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) gave political aspirants the go ahead to begin their election campaigns. Bubu is pushing the “Next Level” narrative and Atiku wants to lift at least 50 million Nigerians from poverty in the first two years of his tenure, should he be voted in. Others want us to keep the “Hope” alive, imploring us to give recycled leaders the boot.

Everyone is making promises but we have to see beneath their beautiful speeches and in most cases, shameless deceits. Vote wisely. *End of Speech*

Have a restful holiday.

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