Nwaorgu Faustinus is a citizen of Nigeria, Mass Communication graduate, freelance writer, columnist, blogger, who contributes articles, commentaries, interviews and news stories to media outfits. He worked as a trainee at NTA Yola, Adamawa State where he covered Seminars, workshops, news conferences as well as political rallies amongst others from 2000-2001. After his internship, he went back to school to complete his education at the first private poly technique - OSISATECH where he obtained HDN Certificate with upper credit in Mass Communication in 2005. He lives in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State one of the oil producing States in Nigeria.
Imagine waking up one morning ready to start the day, then notice there’s a strange looking massive structure suspended in the sky. Curiosity lures you along the investigative path then you realize, yikes! It’s an alien ship! What!!! How did they sneak in? What do they want? Are we going to hear the famous words “Hello Earthlings”?
Hold on to your horses because Hollywood’s ace director Denis Villeneuve beautifully adapts Ted Chiang’s short story titled "Story of Your Life" to produce the blockbuster Sci-fi film titled “Arrival”.
The film stars Amy Adams (one of the highest paid actresses in the world with two Golden Globe Awards, six BAFTA Awards and five Academy Award nominations, starred in Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice), Jeremy Renner (Captain America Civil war, Avengers :Age of Ultron), Forest Whitaker (Taken 3, Rouge One: A star wars story), Michael Stuhlbarg (Men in Black 3, Steve Jobs) and Tzi Ma (Rush hour 3).
In Arrival, twelve mysterious UFOs touch down across earth in random locations. No violent act is made against mankind ‘yet’ but people are freaking out and want to know why they’re here! They need a versatile linguist in the art to communicate with these aliens a.k.a Heptapod and get answers from them. The US military enlists expert linguist Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams) and theoretical physicist Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to investigate these UFOs. They travel to one such landing site in rural Montana in search of the answers and what they discover will leave you speechless!
The film takes us on an emotional ride unveiling humanity, time, memory, and all that is worth fighting for on planet Earth. Arrival stands out and is in a class of its own with sixteen Awards, one hundred and twenty seven nominations including nine nominations at the British Academy Film Awards and two nominations at the Golden globe awards.
Even the hard hitting critics such as Robbie Collin have scored Arrival high saying it is “introspective, philosophical and existentially inclined – yet it unfolds in an unwavering tenor of chest-tightening excitement”.
It’s no doubt a fantastic, emotionally thrilling, mystery clad, action and suspense laced film.
Arrival is distributed by Silverbird Film Distribution WA and opens in cinemas across the Nation from January 27th 2017.
Prof. Nwaorgu gave the recommendation during his inaugural lecture held at Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan with the title "STEADY NECK, STABLE HEAD, AND UNOBSTRUCTED THROATH: THE OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGIST AT WORK.
According to him, "the treatment modalities for head and neck cancers include surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Their successful management depends on accurate diagnosis, tumour stage, and selection of appropriate treatment modality with close post-operative follow-up.
He identified late disease presentation and acceptance of surgical treatment by patients and their families, initial self-medication, poverty and illiteracy as major challenges confronting the management of their patients, and called for:
1 A targeted and well co-ordinated health education and awareness programme for ORL diseases and their prevention at community level, through the various media and even religious organizations should be pursued with the support of appropriate and relevant agencies.
2 Inclusion of therapy for head and neck cancers in the existing National Health Insurance Scheme in Nigeria will likely encourage early presentation to ORL Specialist while also reducing default of treatment.
3 The establishment of world class functional centers for the management of head and neck cancers in the six geopolitical zones of the country. The creation of awareness programmes and encouraging immunization against Human Papilloma Virus and other infective agents will go a long way in prevention of the infection, and other agents that may result in neck infections and abscess.
Earlier in his lecture, Prof. Nwaorgu revealed that it was as a result of the frequent illness in his family that propelled him to study medicine.
The inaugural lecture which dwelled copiously on diseases of the nose, neck, and head with their medical nomenclature, the findings/discoveries made on the diseases, management/treatment of the diseases ended by 6pm yesterday.
The event which witnessed a large turnout of invitees/guest was honourably graced by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olayinka Idowu represented by his deputy, Professor Aiyelari Ambrose, the Registrar Mr. Victor Adegoroye among other academic and non academic staff of the university.
Nwaorgu Faustinus sent in this piece from Ibadan the ancient City of Oyo State
The name Prince Tonye Princewill does not need any introduction to any person who has been a keen observer of the political milieu or terrain in the Niger Delta region and to be more specific the Rivers State political game.
Born into the famous Princewill's family in Buguma of the ancient Kalabari Kingdom in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Tonye who is fondly called 'TP' has made a name for himself not only as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, politician but also as a producer of home movie in collaboration with other famous and seasoned movie producers such as Izu Ojukwu and Adonijah Owiriwa.
For the sake of time, and because of Prince Tonye Princewill's entrepreneurship activities as well as his political incursions and philanthropic works are issues that are in the public domain, which can easily be scooped even from the internet, suffice it say that this piece is going to dwell briefly on Princwill's currently found love – movie making.
Apart from TP's initial hand in the sponsorship and production of NNENDA and Kajola, another breathtaking, awe-inspiring, suspense-filled, sit-on-the-edge and top-notch movie that is currently trending is '76.
'76 is a romantic movie which tells the story of a young military officer from Nigeria's Middle Belt region who gets entrapped in a steaming relationship and eventually marries a beautiful student from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.
The couple blossoming romance is jeopardized by endless military transfers, and they face the ultimate test when news of the soldier's involvement in a botched coup attempt hits the headlines of newspapers.
When the movie was initially screened to select viewers in Lagos early February this year, the satisfaction of the viewers was glaring as the movie brought tears coursing down the chicks of everyone in the hall including one of the star actresses, Rita Dominic.
According to TP, "76 is about Nigeria. My hope is that as people watch this powerful film, they see what I saw, escape from the day to day hassles and then immerse them in how life should be. If we succeed, we will get more youths empowered and that is the ultimate goal. Over 200 cast and crew were used in '76.
"76 is a deeply emotional movie, and it resonated deeply with me as I am sure it will do for viewers not just in Nigeria, but around the world.
"The movie's message presents a number of questions including how we got here, amongst many other issues.
"No doubt, '76 is the first movie we did on celluloid, first movie to be shot in an army barracks, first blockbuster in our pack, first movie to do a private screening within post production. First this, first that. But as it was challenging, it has also been very rewarding. To see the child grow into a man leaves a smile on the face. All in all it took us seven years to get here. I am my own worst constructive critic, but I can look back on '76 and say, wow, we tried!" TP commented.
'76, directed by award winning director, Izu Ojukwu, is also inspired by events that culminated to and followed the failed 1976 coup d'état, and features real life, archived, actual footage that contributes to the movie's overall authenticity.
For Izu Ojukwu, "'76 is a tale of love in a time post war."
"The movie deals with a range of issues including the plight of the African woman, and the usually invisible pain of a soldier's wife," he said.
"76 highlight the enduring Nigerian cultural values of courage, resilience, patience, loyalty, faith and family and the nation's ability to surmount all challenges."
'76 set at the Mokola Army Barrack in the ancient city of Ibandan, Oyo State, the movie features famous Nollywood names including Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Ibinabo Fiberesinma, Memry Savanhu, Ada Ofoegbu, Daniel K. Daniel and a host of others.
The movie which is scheduled to be release officially by the 4th Quarter of this year, promises to be one of the turning points in the movie making industry or rather Nollywood as many awaits its formal release with much expectation.
The news about the directive or rather order by the senate on the 11th of this month to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the fixed charge of N702.00, which it has been collecting from electricity consumers across the federation following unending complaints against the policy by Nigerians has been greatly applauded as the right step in the right direction, given its anti-people oriented and exploitative coloration.
When this good news filtered into the public domain, many a consumer of power supply heaved a profound sigh of relief having been subjected to the fixed charge without proportionate benefit to show for the money they pay, especially for those who do not make use of pre-paid meters. Again, the Senate in a landmark resolution from a motion entitled: Unfair Trade Practices of Electricity Distribution Companies in Nigeria, which was sponsored by the duo of Senator Sam Egwu and Senator David Umaru, directed the NERC to urge Discos to discontinue the practice of compulsory bulk metering of villages and communities in the rural areas.
As commendable as these directives are, it is only when the various private power/electricity distribution companies that cut across the geo-political zones of the federation are forced to implement and comply with the order will fairness be restored to the power sector as regards the outrageous, extortionate, slavish and exploitative electricity bills paid by consumers of electricity.
Apart from the issues of bulk metering and fixed charge of N702.00, another issue that is giving the public a great source of concern, anger, and sadness is the continuation of the charge of electricity bills on services not rendered for. For example, there are places and residential homes that have been disconnected for months and the wires used for the connection taken away by the various private power/electricity distribution companies' electricians for one reason or the other but the end users (electricity consumers) have continued to receive electricity bills for services that have not been offered. This is a clear case of daily light robbery, thievery, consciencelessness, and man's insensitivity to man by these exploitative companies and its allies. Had it not been that majority of Nigerians who consume electricity are docile even when pushed to the wall especially on this issue of having one's source of electricity disconnected and wires taken away by these power supply companies' electricians or taskforce on disconnection, we would have been inundated with news of untoward actions meted out to those who deliver these undeserving electricity bills to those who do not supposed to pay for the bills.
Similarly, there are homes and places that are connected to power supply but have not had electricity for months but these electricity companies still bill them for services not rendered. I believe the practice of making consumers pay for meters, poles and transformers, which by law, are properties of the electricity companies should not be paid for. No wonder the senate directed NERC to make a regulation to mandate the Discos to discontinue the practice of making consumers pay for meters, poles and transformers, which by law, are properties of the Discos, adding however that where consumers purchase those items, they should give notice of the purchase to the Discos, and should be entitled to recover their expenses from subsequent consumption of electricity.
This unpalatable situation of things in the power sector should be investigated holistically by the National Assembly with a view to finding permanent remedies to the ripping off of consumers of electricity and to restore sanity in the system. A stitch in time saves nine.
The abysmal inadequacy of public primary school teachers in Ngor okpala local government area should be a source of concern to all who holds the education of their wards close to the heart. A situation whereby a single teacher is charged with the responsibility of handling three classes from Monday to Friday could be best described as tedious, energy sapping and uninspiring.
Truly, the above situation is what most public primary school teachers are going through in Ngor Okpala, particularly in Umuodagu Ntu primary school. This scenario according to sources who wouldn’t want their names mentioned in print most times make it difficult for some teachers to prepare adequate lesion notes that will take care of the multi-classes they have to teach in a day.
As a result of this, some teachers now bring the various classes together to teacher. But the question on the lips of many is: When will this development come to an end? What is the Imo State government doing to bring this ugly trend to its logical end in order to save the educational future of pupils in the public primary school?
I recall quite vividly at the time I attended primary school, each class; say primary one, has a teacher that teaches the class the various subjects that is assigned to him or her on that day. With what is currently happening in some public primary schools in the council area, the one teacher one class that was the hallmark of teaching in early 80’s is now being greatly eroded.
The governor Rochas Okorocha government needs to expedite urgent action on this. This he can start doing by carrying out massive recruitment of qualified teachers through the appropriate body that sees to the recruitment of teachers that will fill in these obvious vacancies of shortage of teachers in public primary schools. If this is done, the great burden and pain teachers go through in preparing their lesion notes, delivering their lesion in the classroom and marking of take-home-work, test and examination answer scripts will be greatly reduced.
Furthermore, in the event of recruitment and deployment of teachers to public primary schools not only in Ngor/Okpala or Umuodagu Ntu but also in all the local government areas that makes up Imo State, concerted effort should be made or geared towards ensuring that those posted in rural areas are monitored to forestall them from effecting their posting back to the capital city (Owerri metropolis).
It is only when this is done will the underhand dealing that characterize the effecting of one’s posting from rural public primary schools back to urban schools will be nipped in the bud.
Though I have done some opinion pieces on the current administration in Imo State, led by the peoples’ Governor – Owelle Rochas Okorocha in connection to infrastructural development, particularly in the area of road construction, it would not be out of place to draw the attention of Imo State government to the lapses observed by this writer in the construction of the road that runs through Umuocham Ntu to Elelem all in Ngor/Okpala LGA.
During my last visit to Umuodagu Ntu in Ngor-Okpala LGA, I was able to gather from a reliable source who does not want his name mentioned which this writer also confirmed of how the contractors handling Umuocham, Umuhoko, Umuogba, Umuolokoche and Umuaku axis road all in Ntu community forgo the construction of culvert at Aforegbe a weekly market in Umuogba Ntu and another at St. Paul’s Catholic Parish which is located at the boundary between Umuogba and Umuolokoche Ntu. However, information available to ngorokpalaresercher a few hours ago indicated that a solidarity club which goes by the name Otu Ama led by its leader took it upon themselves to dig and lay big pipes across the two flood spots that has eased free flow of flood into a bush through these pipes. As commendable as this gesture by the Otu Ama Club is, that has resulted in the complete reduction of flood which gathers at the two spots, the state government must compel the contractors to construct the culverts just as the one that was constructed at Umuocham Ntu, near their weekly market. What the solidarity club has done is a temporary act of concern to mitigate the situation. Apart from erecting the culverts, the state government should make sure that the contractors handling the road project build drainage systems by the sides of the road.
It has therefore become necessary to draw the attention of the state government to this negligence on the part of the contractors to put in place “standard culverts” as captured in the design of the road in the above mentioned places as this will ensure the durability of the road if it is duly completed. The above spot for the avoidance of doubt is seen by many as the converging point of flood. If nothing is done to put these culverts in place, the contractors and the state government should take the blame. Many are of the view that, the flood which is a common sight at the spots whenever rain falls will lead to the speedy deterioration of the road if eventually completed.
Furthermore, the haphazard erection of drainage system (gutters) along the road, given the all-important role it plays should be completed holistically before the current asphalting from Umuocham Ntu to Umuagwu Eziama if those handling the road construction want the road to last for appreciable time frame. The factor that can result in the timely depreciation or weakening of the road which is currently undergoing asphalting is flood, intractable weeds and grass that grow constantly along the road.
Though it is the constitutional responsibility of any democratically elected and responsive administration to provide such dividends of democracy to those who voted them into elective positions, I must therefore commend the Rochas Okorocha’s led administration for the ambitious development projects it has embarked upon (both the on-going and completed ones). Mention need to be made of the completion of the road that runs from the main gate of the council secretariat through Umukabia to Ihitte as well as the asphalting and building of gutters of a selected portion in Ngor-Okpala council secretariat which was never attended to by previous administration.
Indeed, Owerri, the capital of Imo State among other places is wearing a new look. Keep up the good work you are doing.
Apart from the role he played during the first ever musical reality show for orphanages organised by Melody Shelters in collaboration with Adonis Productions, to being a major facilitator of NNENDA, Prince Tonye has nonetheless showed unwavering love to the youth, indigent undergraduates, and rural women among others. For instance, in June 2012, Prince Tonye sponsored ten Nigerian youths from the “Change Nigeria Group (CNG)” on a tour of South Africa and Dubai where the youths met with members of UAE royal family, institutional investors and leaders from far and wide so that they could find for themselves the secrets of their success.
In the educational sector, he has through his brainchild – Princewill Trust Fund sponsored the annual Amachree Scholarship Fund for poor students from the 23 LGA’s in Rivers State and about 150 Rivers indigenes in higher institutions in Nigeria. In furtherance of his acts of charity, he donated 23million naira Skill Acquisition Scheme to LGA’s for the training of rural women in the state by empowering them via skill acquisition programme to uphold the saying “do not give me fish but teach me how to fish”. Relatedly, he facilitated the sponsorship of the likes of Miss Mercy Akudo in Acting, Mr Valentine Ohu in Broadcast Journalism, Stanley Kotey in 3D Graphics, Crystabel Goddy in Acting and Telema Senibo in 3D Graphics to the Del-York Film Academy. Today, these youths are proud owners of multi-million naira equipped studios.
It is therefore imperative at this junction to enumerate some of the commendable deeds of this man to humanity as captured by one Chief Chukwueme Eze a media consultant based in Port Harcourt.
-Assisted his alma-mata UNIPORT Alumni when he donated the sum of N5M to the Leadership of Engr. Sampson N. Adumu led Exco to aid them in their activities during the launching of the Association in Port Harcourt on July, 2012.
- Sponsored and organized football competitions with some past football stars based in Port Harcourt, female and U-18 Soccer Tournaments in his drive to continue to give succor to our youths.
- Recently intervened and assisted people in Rivers and Bayelsa States that were affected by the damaging floods in the land.
- Has touched hundreds of the lives of the widows in Rivers State through his “New Life For the Widows in Rivers State”
- He followed it up with the premiering of the International award winning “The Figurine” anchored by the famous Kunle Afolayan in 11thOctober, 2009 at the Silver Bird Cinemas, Port Harcourt. This movie was the second Nigerian movie to hit box office status after Stephanie Okereke’s ‘Through the Glass’.
- The Prince premiered Kajola the most expensive film ever produced in Nigeria at the silver bird cinema Abuja on 3oth july, 2010 with a whooping production cost of One Hundred and thirty Million Naira (N130M) The plot of the movie set in Nigeria 2059, which is expected to appeal to all Nigerians in the sense that it explores the implications of the continuous neglect of the poor and the widening gulf between the rich and poor and the ensuing catastrophic outcomes stemming from such neglect.
- He is currently sponsoring the production of the first movie in Nigeria on celluoid Camera titled “76” hinged and anchored on the coup of 1976 in Nigeria aimed at recreating history for the incoming generation and preserving a remarkable part of the history of our nation. The post production is on-going in Germany. The second is Valor, a movie that deals with the Niger Delta and Boko Haram issues and is also at post production stage.
- The RIVMAP which is the brainchild of Prince Tonye Princewill to serve as a platform for the emancipation of our youths from poverty and hopelessness by discovering, nurturing and grooming talent in the arts to stardom had during its inaugural outing that cost him the sum of N20M had Mr. Timi Julius carting away the N5M Record Deal in Music with the Dancing group of the Thrillers winning the N2M Prize in the Dancing Group and Mr. Jacob John a Welder/Fabricator based in Port Harcourt from Akwa Ibom winning the N1M meant for the Comedy group.
Away from the above, Prince Tonye played a praise-worthy part in the resolution of the Buguma crisis that engulfed the ancient city. For him, it was the Buguma crisis that made him get involved in Rivers State politics. He was a member of the Niger Delta Committee who drew up the Niger Delta Technical Committee Report during the heydays of militancy in the Niger/Delta region, before amnesty was granted the freedom fighters but nothing much was done about it on the part of the FG by way of implementing it (the report) to the last letter. At the time he held sway as the sub-Committee Chairman of the Niger Delta Subcommittee on Vision 2020 set up by the late President, Umar Yar’Ardua, Princewill did what most present crop of politicians would not have done by resigning his position - Sub-committee Chair of the Niger Delta Subcommittee as a result of the bombardment of Guaramatu Kingdom by Federal Government forces to demonstrate his protest.
As a thoughtful democrat, Prince Tonye has billboards located at strategic points in Port Harcourt with different soul-searching and thought provoking inscriptions which include; “Have a forgiving spirit …. We all make mistakes, that’s why pencils have erasers”, “remember the youths because the young shall grow”, “remember the elderly because you too will grow old”, “you are blessed to bless others”, “free food dey run bele, work for your money”, “if you truly believe, the unbelievable becomes not only possible but popular” etc.
From the foregoing, it is clear that this humane business mogul cum politician has lived up to some of the inscriptions captured in his billboards even though he does not hold any political post. Keep up the good work you are doing.
By Nwaorgu Faustinus
In the Nigeria political conclave, with particular reference to Port Harcourt – the capital city of Rivers State, there abound different crop of politicians that represent one, two or more positive features to their followers, admirers, or political observers, analysts and commentators. It is on the charismatic or rather appealing individualistic socio-political disposition that gives bite to the growing followership base such a politician enjoys.
The above could be said of Prince Tonye Princewill who has over the years earned the admiration of many through his charismatic outlook.
Though it was not by his own making to be born a Prince of the famous Kalabari Kingdom – known for its age long war bravery, Tonye as he is fondly called by his associates and admirers is the only scion of the king of Kalabari land, King Prof TJT Princewill. Born on January 4th 1969, Prince Tonye attended the Hillcrest High School in Jos. Afterwards, he gained admission to further his education at Federal Government College (FGC) Port Harcourt where he did sit for his WAEC examination in 1985. He passed out from Petroleum Engineering at the University of Port-Harcourt. Tonye Princewill who has Master’s degree in Mineral Resources Engineering at the Imperial College, London has relentlessly put smile on the face of many through his big-heartedness. This is one of the main characteristics of Prince Tonye that distinguishes him from other politicians or businessmen from Rivers State.
It is crucial at this juncture to take a walk down memory lane on the charming, real and genuine tales of this rare blue blood of Niger/Delta stock who makes no mistakes about his munificence not only to the people of his region but also to others who are not in any way related to him. To this end, it appears to be or is not an innate-compelled love, embellished with wisdom and a show of concern for the circumstance of the less privileged, the unemployed, and orphanage homes among others that spurs Prince Tonye to identify with them?
To begin with, having taken the milk of human kindness to elevate and impact on the blighted condition of the destitute, Prince Tonye made himself available to be the protagonist sponsor of a Nigerian home movie – “Nnenda” in September 2009. Nnenda which is a special movie and orphanage awareness campaign revolves around the touching plight of an abandoned baby and the rare efforts made by a concerned female doctor (Stepanie Okereke – a lead actress in the movie) to bring succour and safe life in the face of strict opposition from the hospital’s management hierarchy.
At the time when the first ever musical reality show for orphanages organised by Melody Shelters, a collaboration of Adonis Productions and Prince Tonye Princewill, came to a climax on 5th May, 2012, the Kogi State’s Godswill Orphanage who emerged as the 2012 champions was given cash award.
The PDP Chieftain and the Leader of Princewill Political Associates (PPA) – Prince Tonye was on hand to present the cheques totalling 20 million naira to all the beneficiaries in a star studded event witnessed by an enthusiastic PH crowd, government officials and chieftains of the entertainment industry amongst others.
Godswill Orphanage of Kogi State got the coveted trophy and the Championship Prize of N10M while the runners-up - the Lifetime Orphanage of Rivers State got the Prize of N5M. Rachael Homes, Abuja came in third carting home the N3Mprize. The Princely amount of Five Hundred Thousand each was given to the other remaining five Homes as co-champions
At the time, Mrs. Elizabeth Opanachi the Matron of the Godswill Orphanage Abuja the Champion Home in her appreciation thanked Prince Tonye Princewill and the Directors of the Melody shelters for setting up that great innovative and God inspired project that will surely change the course and lives of the less privilege in Nigeria.
Mrs Opanachi who was emotional in her presentation quoted the gospel of St. Mathew Chapter 5verse 7 which says “Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”assuring the Prince that his investment and concern for the poor in Nigeria would not go in vain as they would continue to pray for his uplift and growth in all aspect of his life. “You are a gift from God and, the poor will surely celebrate you when the time comes”.
She went further to challenge other rich men in Nigeria to emulate the Prince and invest their funds to alleviate the suffering of orphans and or the many, not the few. She concluded by urging the various segments of government in Nigeria to assist the credible Orphanages in Nigeria in their onerous task to reduce poverty and provide succour to the orphans in Nigeria.