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Adding Value To Life Is Most Important To Me- Barden Arewa

Award winning artist for Best Hausa Movie Culture Writer, 2015 and nominee in 7 categories in the AMMA AWARD, Abdallah Abdallah Muhammad believes in destiny deciding one’s future. The singer/scriptwriter and actor popularly known in the Hausa movie industry(Kannywood) as Amdaz, Barden Arewa, shares some experiences of his career as an entertainer.

TMG> Tell us more about yourself and your foray into the movie world:

Barden Arewa> I was born and raised in Kano state, Dala local Government area and I went to Gobirawa Project Primary School  and Army Day Boys Secondary School, Bukavu Barracks Kano State. I’m a singer/scriptwriter/actor at Kannywood movie industry. I’m also CEO Flex Entertainment in Kano.

I would say destiny led me to the entertainment industry. My area of specialisation is singing and script writing.

TMG> Where was your first stage performance?

Barden Arewa> My first stage performance was at the new year countdown carnival organized by Youthafricana in Kano state.

TMG> What was the experience like?

Barden Arewa> My first experience in acting on the movie set of  ‘Ramin Karya‘ helped me meet new people. I also learned that any person who wants to be someone has to work hard till he achieves his target.

TMG> Did you attend theatre arts or acting school?

Barden Arewa> No, I haven’t attended any school of the arts.

TMG> So, how were you able to hone your skills as an artist without formal training? Did anyone put you through?

Barden Arewa> My first teacher was a novel writer, his name is Jamilu Jibeka, he’s the one who taught me how to become a screenwriter.

TMG> Which famous artist and movie star do you admire and Why?

Barden Arewa> I admire Nazifi Asnanic as a music artist, and the movie star, Ali Nuhu, because they are always focused on their future. They don’t want to follow in anyone’s footsteps, they want to carve their own.

TMG> Which movie is your fondest that you have performed?

Barden Arewa> ‘Labarina Series’ by Mallam Aminu Saira (Hausa Movie)

TMG> Have you been in competitions? Any prizes Or Awards? Where and when?

Barden Arewa> My movie ‘Na Hauwa’ was nominated by AMMA AWARD in 7 categories and I also won best Hausa movie culture writer in 2015.

TMG> Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV? Where and when?

Barden Arewa> Yes, I do, like Youthafricana show (Kano) Classictrenz(Kano) Sallah shows at Kano, Lagos and Abuja.

TMG> How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Barden Arewa> I believe that nobody is above mistakes, that’s why when I get off set, I will apologize and promise to never let it happen again. We learn from mistakes everyday.

TMG> Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? And how do you manage it?

Barden Arewa> I don’t get nervous. The crowd gives me confidence when I’m performing.

TMG> When do you practice for more ideas?

Barden Arewa> I always have two hours everyday for my training.

TMG> How do you balance your entertainment work with other obligations?

Barden Arewa> I have plans for anything that I’m going to do. If I know that tomorrow I’m going to perform, I will not let anything come up and disorganize my plans. I make sure my other obligations do not suffer.

TMG> Do you have a group that plays with you? If not, how do you manage?

Barden Arewa> Yes. I have a group of dancers and they are very efficient and productive during performances.

TMG> Tell us about the radio programs, what do you present and what are the response from listeners?

Barden Arewa> I present my songs in the radio programs, and I thank God for the great listeners that I have, they always wish me well and it is encouraging.

I have performed at many wedding ceremonies. I haven’t performed at any TV station yet but on Video CDs and at wazobia FM Kano and also Arewa Radio, Kano.

TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?

Barden Arewa> The challenges that I have now is how to promote my music, but I know one day I can make it, by the grace of God.

TMG> What advice would you give to beginners?

Barden Arewa> My advice to the beginners will be to keep working hard, don’t ever give up on what they know how to do. What is worth doing, is worth doing well.

TMG> Is there anything of interest you do and wish to tell us about yourself apart from singing and acting?

Barden Arewa> I try to make the best use of everything that I am doing now; for people to remember me, even when I’m no longer on this earth. Adding value to life is most important.

TMG What message do you have for your fans?

Barden Arewa> I am always thankful to have great people as my fans, I love them, and I’m happy with them for the love and care they have shown to me. They encourage me and give me hope for a better tomorrow.

TMG> What way can you encourage  youths to be self dependent?

Barden Arewa> My advice to youth is to have respect for elders, study and work hard. If they do that, one day, they will make it big and succeed in any society they find themselves.

TMG> What do you do to relax when you are free?

Barden Arewa> I visit members of my family, hospitals, orphanage homes and prisons to give donations or help humanity.

I Do Not Limit My Abilities- Habeebat Olaoniye Labo-popoola

Labo-popoola Olaoniye Habeebat is a BSc Microbiology graduate from Fountain University Osogbo and the CEO of De Queens Concept.

TMG> Tell us about your business and why you chose it?
Habeebat> De Queens Concept is a 2-man partnership business which specializes in baking Cakes. I decided to become a caterer out of passion for cooking and also being a foodie.
TMG> Did you go to culinary school? And what credentials did you earn through your classes?
Habeebat> I did not attend any culinary school. I’m hoping to do that before I complete my NYSC.
TMG> If you did not go to such classes, then where and how were you trained?
Habeebat> It started out as a part time vocational class. I enrolled in MHR Catering Services during the end of session break in my 100L. I later improved myself by going for further training at Deneb Concepts and I am still learning.
TMG> How many employees report to you?
Habeebat> I actually do not have any employee reporting to me. I am on my own for now. It’s just my business partner and I for now.
TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?
Habeebat> I go online to check latest recipes, ideas and I attend useful training classes as well.
TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?
Habeebat> Time and Competition are the major challenges because you have to always keep up with the standard.
TMG> What do you do to ensure the quality of the food going out to customers?
Habeebat> Being a microbiologist also helps, so I try as much as possible to work under the most hygienic conditions.
TMG> How do you take ownership of your position e.g guest interactions, etc?
Habeebat> I do not limit it to my abilities, therefore I make use of social media. De Queens Concept is on Instagram, Facebook and also bbm.
TMG> Tell us about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career.
Habeebat> My greatest achievement so far is when one of my lecturers in school gave me a contract to bake her sister’s wedding cake and they loved the job.
TMG> Tell us about your management style and how you handle your Customers?
Habeebat> I treat my customers in the most polite way because I believe in the power of speech. I am always careful.
TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve on?
Habeebat> I would like to improve on my culinary skills.
TMG> Are you a better cook than people in your family or close friends?
Habeebat> I think I am a better cook than some of my family and friends because these people always look forward to coming home to get that special taste my food has.
TMG> What way can you encourage other youths not to depend on government for jobs?
Habeebat> Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well: do not give up on your passion and empower yourselves vocationally, because the sad truth is that the government cannot provide employment for us all.
TMG> Do you have time to socialise and how?
Habeebat> I am not really an outdoors person; I’m more an indoors type and keep myself busy reading and researching on my skills.

A Comedian’s Worst Nightmare Is Not Being Funny Enough – Clement Omokhafe Udupegheme 

Clement Omokhafe Udupegheme is a graduate of Civil Engineering from the prestigious Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma Edo State and CEO, Kings Empire Media, an outfit engaged in Event Management, planning, cinematography, online PR, content creation, Advertisement and Branding. He is also a talented, upcoming comedian. 

TMG> Tell us how you started as a Comedian.

Clement> I went into Comedy because in 2011, while in the University, cracking funny jokes that were really funny came naturally, so people encouraged me to make it official.

TMG> Where was your first stage performance?

Clement> My first stage performance was at my campus’ church fellowship in 2011.

TMG> What was your first  experience like on stage? 

Clement>My first experience was cool because it was a familiar environment and I felt at home and relaxed. 

TMG> Did you ever attend theater art school? 

Clement> No, I didn’t attend Theatre art in school. I studied civil engineering.  

TMG> Which famous comedian do you admire? Why?

Clement> I admire Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY. I admire him so much because of his super creative  ideas, and his never relenting lifestyle.

TMG> Which one of your jokes is your fondest you have performed? 

Clement> The funniest joke I have performed is that of Nigerian women of now and that of old.

TMG> Have you been in competitions? Any prizes Or Awards? Where and when? 

Clement> Yes, I have been in the Minimie Chinchin Comedy Bank Challenge Seasons 1 and 2.

I emerged 6th position with the sum of 100,000 naira and a 12 month contract in the first edition, and came 1st in the second edtion with a cash amount of 300,000 all in the year 2016 in Lagos. 

TMG> Do you perform in public; Concerts, radio, TV? Where and when were these performances held? 

Clement>Yes, I perform in public places such as Churches, Wedding Receptions, comedy and Music shows and I anchor corporate events. I function as an on air personality (OAP) on Ultimate FM 103.9 Minna.

I have performed at the Goal Fest hosted by Surebet in 2016 at TBS Lagos State; Rhythms and Groove Ambrose Alli University Edo state; ITV; Miss Hot legs Benin; Mr and Mrs Ambite 2016; Miss NYSC Niger State, Paiko camp in 2017; National youth and student convention in Benin in 2014, 2015, 2016 and many more. 

TMG> How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Clement> I handle mistakes by being spontaneous. It’s Comedy not surgery so every mistake is an opportunity to be funny for me. 

TMG> Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition? And how do you manage it? 

Clement> For performances I would say no. But for competitions? Yes, because I am not a big fan of completions.

As a comedian, the only reason I will be nervous is fear of not being funny on stage or when a comedian who came up before did excellently well.. So what I do to conquer that is just to believe in myself and my abilities.

TMG> When do you practice for more ideas?

Clement>I practice mainly at night after getting materials from daily activities.

TMG> How do you balance your comedy with other obligations? 

Clement> I balance it by proper planning.. I always create a To- do list for my daily, weekly, monthly and yearly activities. 

TMG> Do you have groups that always perform with you?

Clement>Yes I have groups that always perform with me.

TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?

Clement>One major challenge is sponsorship for events and I hope to overcome this soon.

TMG> What advice would you give to beginners like you?

Clement> For beginners, my advice is to be content driven in order not to be driven out for lack of content. Sit down to learn, get teachers, read books to expand your scope, never be scared of making an attempt, try new horizons and also have a good dress sense.

TMG> Is there anything of interest you do and wish to tell us apart from comedy?

Clement> Yes, Yes, I also design building plans and supervise building construction projects.

TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon?

Clement> I will love to learn a little about everything.

TMG> What way can you encourage other youths to be self dependent?

Clement> The truth is there is no limit to what one can achieve when we sow positive seeds in ourselves. Youths should never try to blame anyone for their failure. Tell yourself that if you fail it’s your fault and if you win it’s your gain. Make every move count, set priorities, don’t only dream, set goals and work tirelessly to see them come to pass and above all, employ the God factor because “by strength shall no man prevail”. 

TMG> What do you do to relax when you are free? 

Clement> I handle my phone and watch videos on the internet to relax then in no distant time fall asleep.

Customers May Forget How Much They Paid For A Service But Not How You Made Them Feel – Ama Aibangbe

Ama Aibangbe is CEO/Head Chef, Anna’s House Limited, Abuja. She has focused her energy on honing her skills in baking and cooking to become a culinary expert. Among her achievements are working as a chef for Dangote pasta and the chance to meet stars at an Africa Magic Meet Tinsel Stars event in Abuja. The former Journalist and graduate of English Studies from Babcock University encourages youth to be independent and not wait for government for jobs in order to earn a living.

TMG> How did you decide to become an entrepreneur instead of continuing with your regular 9-5 job?

Ama> I actually started my career as a journalist with zero intentions of becoming an event manager, baker, and culinary expert. It started as a joke, after I presented a cake to my friend on her birthday, her colleagues felt the cake was too nice to be a free gift and not on the shelf for sale. It took a lot of convincing from family and friends to start baking as a business, I  decided to take it seriously and that was how Anna’s House came to be.

TMG> Did you go to culinary school & management classes for events? And what credentials did you earn through your classes?

Ama> I did not attend any culinary school. I consider myself a passionate woman who just loves art; food art, face art and every other kind of art. The internet became my school and with the help of Jesus, I researched and kept trying different recipes and went on to develop my own recipes.

TMG> How many employees report to you?

Ama> I have 5 employees, but whenever there is an event , I get more workers for the job.

TMG> What do you do to stay educated about new trends?

Ama> I keep reading and researching. That way I remain up to date and relevant. I also follow senior colleagues who have been in business for a while. Whenever I’m out, I ensure I check the quality of peoples work,that way, I know if I’m doing better or if I need to really step up.

TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?

Ama> Working with people who do not really understand where you are going and how you want to achieve things on the job can really be challenging. Another challenge is having to train staff and after they recieve training, they leave you.

To handle the issue of getting my staff to do things the exact way I want is to always do it with them ; supervising every thing they do.

TMG> What do you do to ensure the quality of the food going out to customers?

Ama> I make sure I always get really good products, no matter the cost,I get it. I have always preferred quality to quantity. I also supervise my staff so we can get a well finished product.

I try out new products before I use them in my recipes, if it turns out well, I use them, if it doesn’t, I discard.

TMG> Tell us about an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career?

Ama> There are quite a few but I will say working as a chef for Dangote pasta was a really big achievement for me. I also got to share my cakes at the Africa Magic Meet Tinsel Stars event in Abuja.

TMG> Tell us about your management style and how you handle your Customers?

Ama> At Anna’s House, we give our customers the best in services and our products because we consider our customers top priority.  People may forget how much they paid for a service, or may forget what you said to them but they will never forget how you made them feel. So we do all it takes to make our customers have a pleasant and delightful experience with us.

TMG> Tell us 3 things that you consider to be your strengths as a caterer?

Ama> We make meals taste as good as they look.

We go the extra in giving customers a wide variety ( we ensure we add healthy options), a neat presentation and beautiful plating.

We have a good feed back policy.

TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon an event planner?

Ama> I would like to improve on my marketing skills and my social media presence. I am not so good with striking conversations with strangers, I prefer my work marketing for me.

TMG> How involved are you in the beverage aspect?

Ama> I am very involved in beverage production.  I make cocktails, mocktails, smoothies, fresh juice and natural drinks / beverages. I cater for weddings, corporate events, parties and all sorts of events.

TMG> How do you handle labour cost? If your labour is running high, what measures do you take to control it? Especially with financial issues now?

Ama> I try to limit the number of people I employ, distribute responsibilities evenly and pay according to the responsibilities assigned. That way, I am not over employing. I also get a lot of interns who I train. While in training they also work for me.

TMG> How do you resolve the menu development and overall design during or before an event?

Ama> I always try to work around my client’s budget, but sometimes, the budget compared to their desire is extremely unrealistic, so I always state out clearly what I can do for them within their budget . We agree and settle and work closely together.

TMG> What other back-of-the positions have you previously held before being a caterer?

Ama> I have been a journalist, a make up artist,a fashion designer amongst many other things.

TMG> How unique is your cooking and what do people think about your catering?

Ama> I spice food differently, always trying to give a twist to regular dishes so they can come out differently. People say I am a very neat chef and they always commend our tasty meals.

TMG> What way can you encourage other youths not to depend on government for jobs but to be self dependent?

Ama> I always tell people, there is so much they can do to earn a living without needing capital to start. Youths can render services and get paid for it. That way they can start saving towards their own business.  If they decide to wait on the government,it will really be an endless wait.

TMG> Do you have time to socialise and how?

Ama> I try to squeeze out time for family and friends because my work is extremely time consuming as I work round the clock and only manage to rest.

Humility Is Key To Becoming A Successful Musician- Precious Bala

Precious Bala, an up-coming Artist, says Music is part of her life, that is why after getting a Diploma in Public Administration from Institute of Management and Technology (I.M.T.) Enugu State, she went on to study music.

TMG> Why and when did you start playing music?
Precious> Well, I started singing since when I was 5, and I will say music is what I do and what I have passion for.
TMG> Which music school did you attend and who was your Music teacher?
Precious> K.V.C Music studio & Music school Abuja. My instructor’s name is Mr Bukunmi. He happens to be my music teacher and he also has a passion for music. So, the courage to go into music came from him.
TMG> Do you play any musical instruments?
Precious> I’m still learning how to play the keyboard.
TMG> Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
Precious> I admire Simi so much, because she has an incredible and unique voice. I also love her genre of songs.
TMG> What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?
Precious> I have alot of musical memories but the special one was when I was in school. I went for a music competition in school and I won; it was really like a dream come true.
TMG> Have you been in competitions? Any prizes Or Awards?
Precious> Yes, I have, while I was in school and I won. And another one as I was finishing my Diploma.
TMG> Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions; Concerts, radio, TV?
Precious> Yes I do perform in public- I go for shows and concerts. I have performed at Bolton white Hotels and Apartment.
Green view garden and Redeemed Christian Church of God(Grace Arena)
TMG> How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Precious> I know no one is perfect so I just try to cover my mistakes immediately, right there on the show ground.
TMG> Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Precious> I do get nervous before performing in a show but immediately I’m on the stage it all goes away. The inspiration comes from the waves of the music sound and makes me feel as if I’m the extraordinary super star on the stage.
TMG> When do you practice – exercises, new tunes, etc.?
Precious> Well I go for voice training every Tuesdays and Fridays.
TMG> How do you balance your music with other obligations, if any?
Precious> I balance my music. With alot of voice training, rehearsals and above all courage. And on other aspects I don’t joke with my job at law firm. I make sure I don’t joke with time to give my best in everything I do. So I always reorganize myself.
TMG> Do you have a music band or group that always plays with you? If yes, how do you manage?
Precious> Yes, I used to be in a music band before but the group no longer holds for now, because most of my crew are back in school. The name of my band is “Harp of David”
TMG> What are your challenges and how do you intend to handle them?
Precious> Well not to brag, I’m not having any challenges as per singing. The challenges are only on how to see myself at the top. All the steps and financial aspects to turn things around and see myself as a star.
TMG> What advice would you give to beginners like you?
Precious> I’m advising beginners to always be humble if they want to succeed in the music industry and the best way to make it is to be humble and responsible. Humility is key.
TMG> Is there anything of interest you do and wish to tell us apart from music?
Precious> I dance as well and I also have passion for modeling.
TMG> Tell us something you would like to learn or improve upon?
Precious> Dance. I would love to enroll at a dance school as well. I know I can dance but still want to learn more.
TMG> What way can you encourage other youths to be self dependent?
Precious> To be self dependent you need to stop depending on people. Try thinking of what you can do that will not make you dependent but  responsible.
TMG> Do you socialise and when?
Precious> Sure I do. I love making friends and meeting new people everyday.

Malu Was A Committed  Professional – Gov Jibrilla Bindow

The governor of Adamawa state, Sen Mohammed Umaru Jibrilla Bindow, has described the death of former Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff as a great loss to the nation.

In a condolence message to the immediate family, people and government of Benue state, Sen Jbrilla Bindow described the late General as a core professional who was committed to his military calling and unity of the country.

” The demise of late Victor Malu is sad and inauspicious, but we all know the inevitability of death”, the Governor said.

He prayed God to give his family the strength to bea the pains and eternal rest for late General Victor Malu who died Monday morning in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 70.


Macauley Hunohashi

SA Media and publicity


Anambra Governorship Election: INEC Trains Staff On Violence Mitigation

As the November 18, 2017 Anambra Governorship draws nearer; the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has commenced the training of officers of the Commission on the application of Election Mitigation and Advocacy Tool (EVMAT), in Awka, Anambra State.

The Training which was organized by the Electoral Institute of the Commission and supervised by the Acting Director-General of the Institute, Dr. Sa’ad Umar Idris was aimed at developing the capacity of the participants to deploy violence reduction mechanisms to minimize electoral risks.

Speaking at the opening of the training, Dr Saad said theworkshop was geared towards equipping the participants with the necessary skills to effectively administer the Election Violence Mitigation and Advocacy Tool (EVMAT) in their respective Local Government Areas (LGAs).

He said ‘the standardized (EVMAT) tool offers unique opportunities for all stakeholders in the electoral process to effectively prevent and mitigate election violence. The instrument possesses higher predictive power that can help appreciate main risk factors through early warning that may inform proactive response.

‘INEC in recent past has deployed the EVMAT instrument in a bid to test the pulse of various players in order to accurately predict and advise on actions to be taken by those responsible for securing elections. The effective application of this instrument, will determine the level of accuracy of report and risk factor mapping emanating therefrom.

‘Participants have been carefully selected to receive proper training before being deployed to the various LGAs to administer the instruments which will be analyzed and coded by a data analyst. Successful risk mapping can only be achieved using accurate data.’ he explained.