Sunday, 30 October 2016


Rita Dominic and Joseph Benjamin lead the cast in a recently completed production of DESECRATION, a star studded cinematic thriller produced by Bode Odetoye of Kherut Films. Helming the motion picture as director is international multi-award winner, Niyi Towolawi of HekCentrik Films.

Set and shot in London, UK, the film stars Nollywood heavyweights, Rita Dominic, Joseph Benjamin and Rykardo Agboh, alongside UK actors of both Nigerian and British backgrounds, such as Nicola Alexis (currently starring in Harry Porter musical), Max Cavenham, Moji Bamtefa, Ken Smart and delightful seven year old Angel Agala. Incidentally, this is director Towolawi’s first feature film set in London, having shot his previous three in the US and Nigeria.

Says Bode Odetoye about the project: “after years of following his work and a few more spent planning to do something together, it was great to finally work with Niyi Towolawi. I call him my erudite director and it was a positive experience that I can’t wait to do all over again.”  About the experience of his debut production, Odetoye continues, “It was a steep learning curve but one that I will treasure”. 

RITA DOMINIC - Star Actress
The film explores how a casual fling quickly becomes a living nightmare for Olushola Daniels and his family, after being captivated by one other than his wife.

Niyi Towolawi adds, “it was an absolute pleasure shooting a feature in London and getting the opportunity to photograph this beautiful city, working with close allies and a producer that allowed me so much space to put my signature as an auteur on the film”.

Desecration will premiere on the 11th of November 2016 at The Lighthouse, London and is set for cinema release across Africa and beyond in 2017. See Trailer Here: DESECRATION - Trailer

Sunday, 16 October 2016


The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Michael Ibadin, seems to be on the unpopular side with the staff of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) as they have severally accused him of maltreatment since he took charge of the Federal Tertiary Health Institution seven years ago. He is alleged, According to the female workers at the hospital who raised their concerns about the trend, to have made them work under very cruel conditions when they are pregnant that so many of the expectant staff have opted to carry their pregnancies to course while still on the job.

One of them, a nurse who gave her name as Odion said “We have been living under hell since Ibadin took over as CMD. Once you are pregnant it is either you work till you are about to deliver or take a maternity leave and not get paid,”
With the influence wielded by the CMD the staff has remained quiet about their working conditions which go against the efforts by the United Nations Human Rights Commission to  ratify the convention on the elimination of all of forms of discrimination against women.

According to the some of the staff, who pleaded for anonymity in order to safeguard their jobs, since the Ibadin-led management took office women are asked during job application interviews if they are pregnant and warned not to get pregnant if they are to enjoy job security.  For pregnant women who come for job interviews, they are told outright on application that they cannot get a position in the hospital.
Prof. Michael Ibadin, CMD, UBTH Benin-city

“This is not even veiled with any form of propriety or decorum. This is even buttressed by the fact that women are asked out rightly if they are pregnant at discussions and warned not to if they are to get in,” one nurse said.

For those who have employment with the hospital, when they get pregnant they are deprived of allowances such as Call duty when they are on Maternity leave, this is at variance with the provisions of the law on benefits that should accrue to them. Subsequently some female staff work almost to the hour of delivery to avoid losing out on the much needed benefits.

“It has gotten worse since the economy recession started. We now see our expectant colleagues struggling to work even when they are nine months pregnant.  On some occasions we have had to deliver them right here in the world. It is not fair the way we are being treated. It is not a sin for a woman to be pregnant. It is so mean that a man is doing this to us; I don’t think if the CMD is a woman he will give this type of directive,” Odion said.

A recent incident involved a female doctor who, out of fear, insisted on working through her nine months of pregnancy and delivered on a night she was on duty and even insisted on resuming a few weeks after parturition just to forestall deductions from her emoluments on the premise and directive of the chief executive of the hospital.

This situation has led to a situation where female staff of the hospital who are nursing mothers are no longer able to comply with the Exclusive breastfeeding regimen as prescribed for babies to enhance mother -child bonding while ensuring nutrition and health of the baby.

“The observations are far from surprising considering the fact that the current Chief Medical Director of the hospital was renowned for threatening students on the "dangers" of pregnancy and how it would lead to their failure in examinations especially the clinical where he was examiner and holds the knife and the yam,” a doctor at UBTH said. 

When contacted, Prof. Ibadin known for his pro- stance for government implementing the “No Work No Pay,” refused to comment on the issue.
It seems he may have started implementing the “No Work No Pay”   policy before it even becomes law with his belief it will help end impunity in the civil service sector in Nigeria.

 With almost every department in the hospital on strike under his tenure, Ibadin said in March that the reason the strike action continues is because government was yet to implement the policy.

“This impunity you are witnessing has to do with the fact that government has not been able to implement no work, no pay. If government implements no work, no pay, no worker will go on strike,” he said.


The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Micheal Ibadin, Lack of maintenance culture has remained a menace in many sectors in Nigeria. Particularly in road and health sector, infrastructural decay can be seen everywhere which has called for serious concern, especially as these sectors involve lives. 
CALL-ROOM for Doctors

It appears to be worse in the health sector, as noticed by many Nigerians all over the country, but of serious concern is the massive infrastructural decay in the once highly esteemed University of Benin Teaching Hospital Benin city Edo state. The citadel of health care, training and research is now a shadow of itself. 


The medical staff in the medical institution has called on the Federal government and Nigerians to take a look at the rot in the Stem cell transplant centre in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. The intention of this facility was to bring smiles to the families with sickle cell patients as patients with sickle cell can come here and have their stem cells replaced in clearer terms after some treatment here they are no longer sicklers.

It is well known fact that the University of Benin Teaching Hospital stem cell centre was the place where this could be done in West Africa but the story is different today as the hospital management have allowed this facility to rust and waste. People are once again globetrotting for care for their loved ones with sickle cell; specialist man power that was trained in this field with tax payers money are left to do very basic things as their specialist skill is not been tapped.

The department of Radiotherapy is not left out in this rot as the radiotherapy machine which the government of Nigeria spent fortune on no longer functions, people have to be referred far and wide for such care which was available at their doorsteps.

The Accident and Emergency department of the hospital which was initially world class to carter for Nigerians especially, especially, those travelling is currently operating below a standard primary health care centre. Tools as glucometers are not present to check sugar level, instruments to measure blood pressure are faulty and the pharmacy lacks drugs and intravenous fluids. Patients and their relatives have to cross the road to get drugs and hospital consumables. Materials for advanced care is a no go area. Several lives which could have been saved in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital Accident and Emergency are lost daily. 

It is now with pain that the Nurses, pharmacists, doctors and other health care workers in UBTH are leaving the hospital monthly, for several reasons which include,

1. Job satisfaction - some health professionals are not able to stand the decay going on in the hospital, a situation where a life that could have been saved is lost.

2 . Poor welfare and remuneration - UBTH staff are always been owed salaries, this is saddening as federal government provides these monies.
It is a high time the general public and we'll meaning Nigerians stop the rot and decay in UBTH, the management should be called to order so the families with sicklers can smile, so the cancer patient does not die, so the accident victim will survive and Nigeria reduces the cost it spends on medical tourism. 

Prof. Micheal Ibadin,Chief Medical Director, UBTH.
Even the food that UBTH management serves their doctors who are on call remains an “apology”, and worse is the conditions of their call-rooms. To them,  The Chief Medical Director, Prof. Micheal Ibadin,  who should see to the better condition of the facility, “ is bent on killing the UBTH…”