The AFRIFF/ NVIVO scam by Chioma Ude and her serial adulterer boyfriend, Gbenga Obadina who is currently under investigation by EFCC.
African International Film Festival, AFRIFF founded by retired nurse and mother of four, Mrs. Chioma Ude has been a conduit used by highly placed government officials for laundering and defrauding their agenciesof billions of naira dating back to Rotimi Ameachi’s days as the Executive Governor of Rivers State.
Mrs. Ude’s foray into Nollywood began with her company, Jata Logistics Ltd’s handling of the planning and execution of the controversy laden 2007 Nollywood Road Show in the UK organized by the National Film & Video Censor’s Board, NFVCB under Mr. Emeka Mba as Director-General.
AFRIFF fortuitously landed on Chioma’s laps when she outsmarted her colleagues with whom she wrestled the festival from its original foreign progenitors, a messy and sordid coup d’etat of sort, details in part 2. With someindustry guild heads and few players on her payroll, particularly a very close male ally of hersand notable elder in Nollywood, she was able to navigate the sole take-over of the festivalcoupled with the financial muscle from the Goodluck Jonathan presidency through her lover, an adviser in government. With such support getting other agencies leadership to tow the line of support became easy to everyone’s mutual benefit. Thus began the wanton diversion and laundering of tax payers billions of naira with AFRIFF as the vessel in the guise of sponsorship support to the festival.
Notable in the list of governments and its agencies is the FG through late amiable Niger Delta amnesty leader and Special Adviser to GEJ, Dr. Oronto Douglas. He had a special place in Chioma’s heart. The governments of Rivers and Cross Rivers States under Hon. RotimiAmaechi and Senator LyelImoke respectively were complicit in dubious arrangements.
Government institutions in the fray include the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON under its erstwhile DG, Mustapha Chike-Obi with whom ChiomaUde had more than a casual relationship. She might not be unconnected with on-going EFCC investigation into Chike-Obi’s tenure as AMCON Director-General.
The moribund multi-billion dollar Tinapa Studios in Calabar and its management had their fair share of role play in the AFRIFF scam.
With her alluring charm and her penchant for pimping young girls to top government officials and top executives of sponsoring organization, especially during AFRIFF, Mrs. Ude was also able to navigate and launder money not only from government to the Niger Delta militants, she was proficient in laundering millions of dollars for the militants within and outside the country with some notable Nigerian banks as beneficiaries. Her dual citizenship (Nigerian and American) made it easy for her to move these monies to overseas accounts as evident in her frequent travels in and out Nigeria.
With the coming of the APC and Buhari government, the centre could no longer hold for the AFRIFF acclaimed founder, free flowing funds ceased; so other means had to be devised for sustenance.
The seeming break came through her relationship with Lagos big boy, a real estate and IT guru, GbengaObadina, a known scammer of no mean repute on the EFCC watch list. A married serial womanizer with Chioma is enjoying a sizzling romance.
The latest scam of ChiomaUde is a further foray into the Nollywood industry through the floating of a bogus online television named NVIVO in partnership with latest lover, GbengaObadina who is currently on bail for the 2.4 billion naira he is alleged to have collected from GEJ’s National security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki.
NVIVO is been fronted by both Ude and Obadina in partnership as an online TV and training platform. In a manner reminiscent of the methodology of yahoo yahoo big boys and 419 kingpins,money is being sourced from local and foreign investors. To date unsecuredloans of billions of naira have been sourced and accessed from the Bank of Industry, Access Bank, Fidelity and other unsuspecting investors with no intention to paying back.
From the unsecured loan accessed, millions have been diverted byChiomaUde through unviable commissioned production projects that are not likely to see the light of the day. The so called novel model upon which NVIVO TV is based is unviable and alien to the Nigerian environment. Just like the BOI Nollyfund financed productions that is experiencing about70-80% failure rate in payback, the NVIVOcommissioned productions with100% upfront payments to producers (for obvious reason) is designed to fail as almost everyone is compromised along the line, especially madam Executive Producer.
The mastermind of this current online training scam, Mr.Obadinais extending his dragnet of unsuspecting victims to the Lagos State Government that is genuinely desirous of training its entire civil service to the tune of three billion naira annually on the bogus NVIVO platform.
The ChiomaUde/GbengaObadina latest scam effort is also aimedat defrauding MasterCard Foundation, Amazon, Macarthur Foundation, Sony Entertainment and Ford Foundation with anon-existent training school that will channel to her millions of dollars.
The various governments of France, United States of America, Britain and few African countries with their agencies and NGOs like Amnesty International have unknowingly fallen prey to some of these schemes of the AFRIFF founder in the areas of training and support to the festival.
It is no coincidence that ChiomaUde is variously involved with the bailing of the EFCC suspects mentioned in this write up.
More to come in our next expose’.
Richard de Jones & Augustine Nwankwo
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