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Movie Review: Celebrity Marriage

This year there were loads of stories with the marriages of some Nollywood stars coming to a halt, due to varying reasons, it seemed like they needed to tell the world part of their story but not in full and well they did with this movie. The funny side or will I say the good side was that both Nollywood stars actually played the key roles in this movie. For the fans and viewers the movie came with mixed feelings as some were sad about their homes breaking up, but others were happy that they were still alive and weren’t killed by physical bartering. The movie Celebrity marriage as the title explained talked about two female Nollywood stars who had to live and endure their marriages despite being beaten and cheated upon.

 

 

The producer Uchenna Mbunabo was clear and detailed about his movie, he featured two renowned actresses Tonte Dike and Toyin Abraham who were both married and facing varied challenges in their marriage. The publicity for the movie wasn’t as high as the very big movies, but then they were able to gain traction through referral and word of mouth. The producer and director of the movie had a well thought after story as they had a good blend of a good story and a twist of comedy. The movie kept most people thinking and wondering if this was their exact stories or made up stories as both lead actors had just come out of a broken marriage. Toyin was a very good and faithful wife, who got beaten on several occasions, while Tonte Dike was well taken care of by her husband, but yet still cheated on him with his uncle who supposedly used to be her “sugar daddy” before they got married.

 

 

Celebrity Marriage was good and they told a story, the first scene showed Toyin who was a very popular movie star in the movie; she was married but was always being beaten by her husband. Her husband didn’t like the fact that she was always being greeted by strangers each time they went out, he felt that they were always too numerous and up tight with the hugs and pleasantries. He didn’t like it at all. One of the occasions he started beating her up from the car stating that the guy hugged her too tightly and that she forgot she was a married woman. Toyin endured a lot to keep her home in order, on some occasions she was denied going for her awards as her husband didn’t want her to be on the red carpet. The unfortunate thing about this loyal Toyin was that her supposedly saint husband was actually the one cheating on her with one of her crew members and went on to marry her, Toyin dealt with them both. Tonto was the second lead actress who was cheating on her husband and lost him to her friend she brought from the village to assist her, she learnt a bitter less0n as her so called best friend revealed all her secrets to her husband and she saw her home scatter into pieces.

 

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Cast: Toyin Abraham, Tonte Dike, Odunlade Adekola

Produced By: Uchenna Mbunabo

Casting 1hr 47mins

Genre : Commedy/ Drama

 

To my verdict I would say Celebrity Marriage deserves an 8/10. The actors and actresses did a very good job in conveying the message properly. The producer also had a well thought out story and plan and the execution was amazing. The storyline, choices of clothes, costumes and make up was also on point making the colors and cinematography really good.

Well I would say I was skeptical initially but it didn’t turn out that bad at all. So I could recommend this to anyone who wants to have a good laugh this Christmas.

 

 

Feel free to review any movie of your choice in not more than 200 words, please send us a mail to linda@businessdayonline.com and stand a chance to win a free movie ticket.

 

Linda Ochugbua

@lindaochugbua

 

 

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The newness of simply giving ‘change’

I was five years old when I knew that I’d make a terrible businesswoman. When I say businesswoman, I mean this in the Nigerian context of buying and selling goods.

You see, I was intrigued by the men and women who sold their wares on the streets and in the markets. I really wanted to be like them, for one reason: giving change.

I don’t know how to explain it; the thrill I felt whenever someone gave money in exchange for an item they were buying and got back money, was indescribable. It tickled me no end and I wanted to be the person handing out change. I often acted the role of a vendor in front of the mirror in my parents’ bedroom. But playacting wasn’t satisfactory. So, I decided to step it up a notch. I went to my mother.

“Mummy,” I said to her after school one warm afternoon. “I want to do business.”

“What kind of business?” she asked, startled. I was quite the spirited child; serious words like ‘business’, were foreign to my vocabulary.

“I want to be selling groundnuts,” I replied. “I will put it on my head and go around saying, ‘Edep mmansang…come and buy groundnuts.’”

My mother chuckled. “Why do you suddenly want to sell groundnuts?”

“I want to be giving people change,” I mumbled, staring down at my feet, dusty from playing outside.

This time, she laughed. “You want to give change, enh? Mfana ibagha…no problem. But I don’t want you to hawk it. You’ll sit at the gate and sell your groundnuts.” Then she got up and went inside the house.

I thought my chest was going to burst with happiness! Just like that, my dream was about to come true.

“Here,” my mother said when she came outside. “Use this to start your business.”

She handed me a ten naira note. Ten whole naira! Back then, that was a huge sum of money for any child. My joy knew no bounds. I gave the money to my nanny, Auntie Enenwan, whom I trusted. In turn she bought, fried, and tied the groundnuts in small, transparent cellophane packs. Then she spread them out on a tray.

“I put twenty-five packs of groundnuts in this tray. Sell each pack for two naira, you hear? When you finish selling, your money will be fifty naira.”

At that, my eyes went wide. I was going to be very rich! I bobbed my head vigorously to show that I understood. She rolled a piece of fabric as a pad and set my wares on my head.

Chai! That was the first of my proudest moments in this life. I wasn’t allowed to hawk, but all the way to the estate’s gate, I called out, “Edep mmansang…. buy groundnuuuts.” Beside me, auntie Enenwan grinned. In her left hand, she held the small stool on which I was to place my tray.

At the gate, I immediately set up shop while Enenwan returned home. A sharp business entrepreneur that I was, I called out to whoever was passing by.

“Eiss! Come and buy groundnuts,” I said to the children.

“Uncle come and buy my sweet groundnuts.”

“Auntie, come and buy my sweet groundnuts.”

I even got to use one of my favourite words. Customer. “Customer, buy my sweet groundnuts.”

Business was moving. In no time, I’d sold all my packs of groundnuts. Correct business girl! I placed the small stool on my tray and asked one of my customers to place it on my head. Then I began my triumphant return home.

My mother was crocheting in the living room when I ran in, flushed with excitement.

“Mummy! Mummy…. Mummy,” I said, jumping on to the sofa where she sat, grinning from ear to ear. “I sold everything.”

“Really? Oh, that’s my girl!” she exclaimed. “How much did you sell?”

“I sold all of it for fifty naira!”

“Wow! This my daughter is smart! So, where’s the money?” she asked.

“Which money?” I asked, confused.

“The fifty naira that you got from selling.”

“Oh,” I said, a bright smile replacing my confusion. “I used it to give all of them change. Mummy, do you know that two aunties and uncles didn’t want to collect their change? They gave me money and didn’t want to take it back. But I told them to take it, that it’s their change.”

A few seconds went by. Then my mother started laughing. She laughed so hard, tears streamed down her cheeks and she had to put down the table cover she was crocheting.

“You mean they gave you money, but you returned it as change?” she asked, pausing to wipe the tears.

“Yes Mummy,” I replied, baffled by her mirth.

She nearly fell to the floor in a fresh bout of laughter. She called to the nanny and between teary giggles, explained what I’d done. That one started laughing too. My gaze went from one to the other. Their glee was so infectious, and happy child that I was, I joined them.

It was a good while later, when Mum sat down and explained the whole concept of giving change to me. It was a while longer before I understood why I had to take a part of someone’s money for goods.

Did I learn my lesson and stay away from selling anything in this life again? Of course not. And the second time was a near disaster. But that’s a story for another day.

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Nigeria’s insecurity challenges unfolds in 24 hours of threats, killings, kidnappings and suicide bombings

Anxiety over rising insecurity in the country spiked on Wednesday, 17 January, as Niger Delta militants threatened to resume attacks, two foreigners got kidnapped in Kaduna, suicide bombers killed 12 in Maiduguri and Fulani herdsmen killed another four Nigerians in Benue all within 24 hours. The dreaded Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group in the…

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72 Percent Will Judge Your Company by the Quality of Your Business Card (INFOGRAPHIC)

Business Card Facts: What You Need to Know (INFOGRAPHIC)

A business card is a piece of your company’s direct marketing plan. It typically includes a person’s name, phone number, email address, website and company. While the exchange of business cards might seem outdated in today’s digital world, it is still almost a ritual. People feel more intimately connected with a business and its representatives when they engage in eye contact and actually exchange physical cards. Sending contact information via email or text is convenient, but it is also extremely impersonal.

If you haven’t got a card that you can hand out to fellow business people, prospective clients and collaborators, you’re missing out on a key marketing opportunity. However, not all business cards are created equal. A bad business card is actually worse than no card at all.

A Bad Business Card Is Worse than No Business Card

According to data from Statistic Brain Research Institute, 72 percent of people judge a company or person based on the quality of their business cards. And 39 percent of people would choose not to do business with a company if they had a “cheap looking” business card.

You, therefore, want your small business card to stand out without being too different. More than half (57 percent) of business people say having a business card is essential to their business.

So, how do you create an effective business card and ensure it is not “cheap looking?”

How to Create an Effective Business Card

An ideal business card contains all of the vital information people need to contact you, as well as useful extras like your photo and business logo. People remember faces and images better. Adding a call-to-action can also make your card more effective and memorable.

People also often flip business cards over to check if there’s more information there. Consider putting some items on the back as well, such as a list of services your business provides.

Business Card Facts

Learn more about how to create (and use) business cards effectively — even on your business travels abroad — from this cool infographic created by ColourFast.com below.

Business Card Facts: What You Need to Know (INFOGRAPHIC)Images: Colourfast

This article, "72 Percent Will Judge Your Company by the Quality of Your Business Card (INFOGRAPHIC)" was first published on Small Business Trends

72 Percent Will Judge Your Company by the Quality of Your Business Card (INFOGRAPHIC)

Business Card Facts: What You Need to Know (INFOGRAPHIC)

A business card is a piece of your company’s direct marketing plan. It typically includes a person’s name, phone number, email address, website and company. While the exchange of business cards might seem outdated in today’s digital world, it is still almost a ritual. People feel more intimately connected with a business and its representatives when they engage in eye contact and actually exchange physical cards. Sending contact information via email or text is convenient, but it is also extremely impersonal.

If you haven’t got a card that you can hand out to fellow business people, prospective clients and collaborators, you’re missing out on a key marketing opportunity. However, not all business cards are created equal. A bad business card is actually worse than no card at all.

A Bad Business Card Is Worse than No Business Card

According to data from Statistic Brain Research Institute, 72 percent of people judge a company or person based on the quality of their business cards. And 39 percent of people would choose not to do business with a company if they had a “cheap looking” business card.

You, therefore, want your small business card to stand out without being too different. More than half (57 percent) of business people say having a business card is essential to their business.

So, how do you create an effective business card and ensure it is not “cheap looking?”

How to Create an Effective Business Card

An ideal business card contains all of the vital information people need to contact you, as well as useful extras like your photo and business logo. People remember faces and images better. Adding a call-to-action can also make your card more effective and memorable.

People also often flip business cards over to check if there’s more information there. Consider putting some items on the back as well, such as a list of services your business provides.

Business Card Facts

Learn more about how to create (and use) business cards effectively — even on your business travels abroad — from this cool infographic created by ColourFast.com below.

Business Card Facts: What You Need to Know (INFOGRAPHIC)Images: Colourfast

This article, "72 Percent Will Judge Your Company by the Quality of Your Business Card (INFOGRAPHIC)" was first published on Small Business Trends

Buhari says doesn’t know if he will seek re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday he does not know if he will seek re-election in 2019 and the decision is personal and also for Nigerians. Buhari, 75, was speaking in a radio interview. He was elected in 2015 but spent much of 2017 in Britain being treated for an undisclosed ailment that left him visibly weakened….

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Thoughtonomy launches Manchester R&D hub
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