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The Nigerian Entertainment industry is still reeling with the shocking news of the demise of popular Gospel Singer,Sammy Okposo,who reportedly slumped this morning and was later pronounced dead when he was rushed to the hospital.The cause of his death remains unknown.

 

Sammie Okposo not only revolutionized but also completely altered the perception of gospel music in Nigeria by breaking down all barriers to become the first gospel musician to sell millions of copies of his music and the first gospel musician to have his music played everywhere (including nite clubs). As a result, he was highly regarded as a performer and entertainer.

 

Sammie Okposo‘s music has gained him not just a sizable fan base and favourable reviews but also a number of awards for his songs.

 

*Early* *Life* & *Education*

In Delta State, Nigeria, on May 30, 1971, Sammie Okposo was born. His father had encouraged him to pursue an accounting career as a child. He was an indigene of Delta State, Nigeria.

 

However, his interest in music began when he was nine years old when he began playing the piano and experienced the rush that comes from carrying out his duties.

 

Sammie Okposo was the church pianist by the time he was ten years old. He was thought to be related to Mr. and Mrs. Adefarasin, the senior pastors of House of the Rock Worldwide.

 

*Career*

Sammie Okposo is the CEO of Zamar Entertainment, a gospel singer, music producer, psalmist, and entertainment strategist. His producing career began formally in 1992 when he entered the Nigerian film industry as a soundtrack producer before branching out into music production.

 

He completely rocked the music industry in 2000 when he released his debut album, Unconditional Love, which featured the hit song Welu-Welu, propelling him past local notoriety and onto the world stage.

 

Sammie Okposo has defied expectations of what is typically possible for gospel performers in Africa, performing on stages alongside Donnie McClurkin, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Deitrick Haddon, Jonathan Nelson, Micah Stampley, Maxi Priest, Shaggy, Missy Elliott, Benjamin Dube, Judith Sephuma, Sonnie Badu, Uche Agu, Lionel Peterson, Angelique Kidjo, and Koffi Olomide in addition to winning multiple international awards.

 

Sammie Okposo has performed on important occasions, including the Martin Luther King Jr. and the July 4th holidays.

 

*Discography*

Sammie Okposo is the CEO of Zamar Entertainment, a renowned music producer, psalmist, and Entertainment consultant.

 

Unconditional Love

Lift Me

Jawa Chineke

I Go Make Am

Come And Dance

Faithfulness

Big God

God Can

Addicted

Mighty God

Because Of You

Welu Welu

Awards & Achievements

Crystal Awards, Nigeria, Artiste of the year, 2013

Album of the year (The Statement) Crystal Awards, Nigeria, 2013

Real Soccerfest and CAN, Grass root ambassador of the year 2012

Trailblazer award (African Gospel Music Awards U.K), 2012

(Pastor Bimbo Odukoya foundation awards, Best male Christian artiste 2012

Positive impact awards (Inside Out media awards), 2012

Best music video producer (Nigerian Music Video Awards), 2011

God zone award for excellence in entertainment (GOD ZONE Awards), 2010

Best contemporary Gospel Artiste (Nigerian Music Awards), 2008

Best Gospel Video (Nigerian Music Video Awards), 2008

Gospel artist of the year (Nigeria Entertainment Awards, New York), 2007

Best Male Gospel Artist in Africa (Kora Awards, South Africa), between 2005/2006

Amazing Grace Nigeria Movie Awards, Best Sound and Music Score – 2006

Gospel Artist of the year (Nigeria Music Awards, 2006

Best Gospel Artiste in English (Afro Hollywood Awards UK), 2006

Best remix Album (CNA Awards), 2005

Best Male contemporary gospel Artiste in Nigeria (Amen Awards), 2005

Best Male Gospel Artiste in Africa Nominee (Kora Awards, South Africa), 2003

Power of Music and Praise Awards, Gospel Artiste of the year 2002

Best contemporary gospel Artiste (Power of Music and Praise Awards), 2002

Best Gospel Artiste Amen Awards, Nigeria, 2001

Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 2000

Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 1999

Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 1999

Best Sound Track (The Movie Awards, Nigeria), 1997

Most Promising Male Artiste (Fame Music Awards), 1994

However, for ten years, Sammie Okposo was a Glo Ambassador and a United Nations Peace Ambassador.

 

*Personal* *Life*

Sammie Okposo was married to Ozioma Sammie Okposo, but he admitted to cheating on her with an American woman.

 

Based on the information, he had an extramarital affair with an American lady. However, because of his influence as a gospel artist, the situation was calm, yet he still lived with his lovely wife after he reportedly apologised to her.

 

This shows how they both love themselves irrespective of their faults.

 

Sammie Okposo has a beautiful daughter named Alula Okposo.

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“I Killed Him And Used His Blood To Make Money Rituals (Oshole) for Yahoo Boys” – 22-year Old Ritual Killer Confesses

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A 22 year old suspected ritual killer, Idowu Talabi from Ikenne-Remo has been arrested by the Ogun State police command for killing a tenant, Tobi Yisua, who lives in his maternal grandfather’s house.

 

During interrogation by a reporter of Alaroye, a dedicated Yoruba news platform, Idowu Talabi confessed to committing the crime.

 

He said, “he (Tobi Yisua) is a lotto operator (Baba Ijebu). Whenever he keeps money at home and they steal the money, he will accuse me of stealing his money.

 

One day, he was sleeping on the bed in his room, he did not lock the door, he only locked the net outside. When I wanted to enter, I used knife to cut the net and I unlocked it.

 

When I entered his room, I saw him sleeping naked on the bed lying face down and I landed the cutlass I was holding at the back this neck. When I saw that he was trying make noise, I used pillow to cover his mouth and used the cutlass on him again.

 

After killing him, I took part of his blood and mixed it to prepare “Osole”, money ritual charm. I made the charm to sell it to customers who will be interested in it, I did not do it for myself.”

 

Asked how he knew how to make the charm? He said he saw it in his father’s account.

 

On how he was exposed? he said, “the second day, when the wife of the deceased came from church, she found the dead body of her husband on the bed. She then came to me in the backyard, locked my shirt and accused me of killing her husband. When I got to the police station, I confessed to the police that I was the one that killed her husband.”

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BUA Group Threatens To Sue GREENVILLE LNG Gas Company – For Breach Of Multimillion Dollar Contract

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Two years after it was slammed with a $9m claim for breaching contract by a US Court, Greenville LNG company is on the brink of another lawsuit in its supply dealings with Nigerian-based manufacturing giant, BUA Group.

 

Owned by Eddy Van Den Broeke , a Belgian cement magnate, *Greenville* is the pioneer Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and distribution company in Nigeria with three liquefaction trains and a total capacity to produce 2250 MT of LNG per day.

 

The company, which was incorporated in 2013, prides itself for producing and marketing Liquefied Natural Gas to customers across Nigeria since April 2019.

 

It should be noted that the company is a Nigerian subsidiary of the International Engineering & Construction (IEC), a Luxembourg-based construction company.

 

However, in 2018, there were reports of how *Broeke* was struggling to get his LNG project off the ground in Nigeria and also facing a $9m claim from his subcontractor Baker Hughes.

 

How it started

 

In 2014, IEC through Greenville LNG entered into an agreement with Baker Hughes Energy Services LLC, formerly known as GE Oil & Gas (GEOG), for the purchase and installation of two small-scale liquified natural gas plants in Rumuji, Rivers State, Nigeria.

 

According to the documents obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA, GEOG agreed to supply IEC with two small-scale liquified natural gas production plants — the first by June 24, 2015, and the second by September 24, 2015— for use at the Rumuji Site.

 

In exchange, IEC agreed to pay GEOG $95 million. Both parties also agreed on a payment schedule, which would require IEC to pay various percentages of the $95 million at specific milestones.

 

It was stated that the agreement would be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of New York.

 

Unfortunately, GEOG failed to deliver the gas plants by their contractual delivery deadlines and this stalled installation, commissioning, and start-up of the Plants.

 

Arbitration

 

On July 31, 2018, IEC filed a Notice of Demand for and Commencement of Arbitration under the Contracts on behalf of itself and Greenville.

 

IEC initially sought approximately $75 million in damages but its demand increased to $700 million by the end of the arbitration.

 

The $700m claims included the liquidated damages for delayed delivery and damages associated with the delayed entry into operation of the gas plants.

 

But GEOG also filed counterclaims against IEC for breach of the contracts, asking for damages up to $40.1 million.

 

In 2020, the American Tribunal gave its verdict, ordering IEC and Greenville to pay GEOG over $9.5m for breaching contracts.

 

The Tribunal held that IEC had breached the Equipment Contract by failing to make two Milestone payments.

 

Dissatisfied with the judgement, On January 27, 2021, IEC filed a petition to vacate the Award in New York state court but the court rejected IEC’s arguments.

 

“In short, due to the strong deference owed to the decisions of arbitrators, the Court is compelled to reject IEC’s arguments and confirm the Award,” the court ruled.

 

*Poor Ethics/Underhand Business Practices*

 

It is believed that the posture of the company and record of breaching contract is owing to its owner’s secretive and shady business activities. Prior to setting up Greenville, Eddy Van Den Broeke ran ASCA bitumen from 1996 and grew the company into becoming a giant monopoly with over 90% of the Nigerian market by 2015.

 

Through this position, he was famed to hold everyone to ransom through alleged arbitrary price increases, artificial scarcity, amongst others. Eddy Broeke’s families were one of six of Belgium’s wealthiest families that featured on the Panama Papers, a cross-border investigation that revealed a list of thousands of people who channelled funds to tax havens.

 

“The family of *Eddy* *Van* *Den* *Broeke* , who turned the Eres company into an international player, is also mentioned. Eddy Van Den Broeke is identified as the sole beneficiary of at least five offshore companies in the BVI,” the ICIJ report read.

 

Eddy was named in the Panama Papers having had an extensive network of shell companies to hide his funds and avoid government oversight.

 

*Another multi-million dollar breach of contract suit looming*

 

Our investigations also revealed that recently, BUA, which is one of Greenville’s largest clients, is set to sue Greenville for 50 billion Naira for a possible breach in contract and reneging on its obligation to supply gas to its businesses in the far north.

 

According to sources, this dispute is as a result of Greenville LNG reneging on their contract with BUA to supply gas and also increasing prices arbitrarily despite the contractually agreed oil-indexed pricing for any changes in price.

 

Industry watchers1 have claimed that Greenville is trying to take advantage of its near monopoly in the domestic trucked LNG market hence their habit of entering into contracts and reneging on it after starting.

 

With Eddy and his companies’ history of reneging on contracts entered into with the Federal Government, partners, suppliers, communities and clients, it is unlikely that Greenville LNG or its billionaire owner *Eddy* and Managing Director , *Ritu* *Sahajwalla* would stop such behaviour anytime soon.

 

Experts familiar with BUA’s history of ensuring its rights are enforced, believe BUA will pursue this issue to a logical conclusion at the courts and till their rights are enforced.

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