South – South: Kate Henshaw clocks 43, set for National Assembly

Cross River born award winning actress, Kate Henshaw is now a politician. And she will be aspiring for the mandate to represent the good people of Calabar Municipality/Odukpani Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) between 2015 and 2019 provided she succeeds at the February 2015 general elections. The seat is presently occupied by Hon. Nkoyo Toyo, who is also striving for a second term under the aegis of the same party.
Aside certain others, her most challenging hurdle will be to scale through the party primary which is scheduled for the third week of October this year. If her dreams eventually come to be, she will become Hon. Kate Henshaw.
Her campaign was officially unveiled on Saturday, July 19, 2014, which was her 43rd birthday. Since making her intention known, she has been under severe attack by some of her fans, especially on the social media network, with some calling her unprintable names. But the Nollywood diva is, however, yet to respond to these comments.
Graduate of Medical Laboratory Sciences with bias in Microbiology and a mother of one child ,remains one of the top Nollywood actresses who has featured in both the English and Yoruba movies.
She began her acting career in Lagos in 1993, after a chance to audition for a role in the movie When the Sun Sets. She has featured in over 200 movies.
Also a host of the cooking programme, Onga Time Out, she is signed on to some mouth-watering deals, amongst which are Ambassador and Face of Onga Seasoning, a brand from Promasidor Nigeria Ltd for five years till date; Ambassador for Samsung Mobile and Samsung Electronics; Ambassador for a charity organization, Project Alert on Violence against Women and Children; Ambassador for Golden Link for the National Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme.

A squalid drama is playing out at High Court 8, Benin City in Edo State as the children of the former Attorney-General of the old Mid-Western Region, late Sir Steven Idowu Ohiole Giwa-Amu are asking a man they grew up to call uncle, their dad’s friend and one of the executors of his estate, Okeaya Inneh, to hand over the estate of their dad to them as they are now adults and to render full accounts and repatriation of all incomes of the estate to them. The case registered as B|265|2012-B4 is being presided over by Justice Imadegbelo.
A conscientious gentleman, late Chief Giwa-Amu studied law at the University of Hull, UK and was called to the bar in 1958, at 24. He had a brilliant public law career as solicitor-general and later attorney-general of the old Mid-Western Region with a thriving law chamber, Giwa-Amu & Co Solicitors. Under his tutelage were such brilliant minds as Justice Sadoh (former Chief Justice of Edo State), Chief Asemota (SAN), Barr. Obiahon and also Chief Kola Okeaya Inneh (SAN), amongst others.
Upon his retirement from active practice, he had built a respectable and prosperous practice, investing his wealth in properties in Benin City. He was also the Odionwere of the Mid-western Bar.
After his death, his Will discovered by his first son who submitted same to the executors had Chief Okeaya  Inneh (SAN) and his immediate younger brother, C.I. Giwa-Amu, named as the executors.
Accordingly, the will was submitted to probate division.
The bone of contention presently is the hurried and suspicious sale of a major aspect of his estate namely Zim Hotel in the heart of GRA, Benin City, for N90 million only as declared by Barr. Okeaya-Inneh (SAN). There are hints that Chief GIwa-Amu had wanted to sell the same property for a billion naira before his death.
The beneficiaries of his last Will and testament suspecting malpractice have asked the court in Edo State to grant them two prayers, namely: The immediate declaration of the account of the estate and a substitution of the executors for the children, who are now adults and can manage their own affairs. The children view the sale as a contravention of the terms of the Will, which specifically states that though part of the estate may be converted to cash for the benefit of the beneficiaries, it can only be done with the unanimous agreement of all the beneficiaries; the beneficiaries claim to be in the dark on the sale of the hotel. And no receipt from the supposed buyers was ever made available by Chief Okeaya-Inneh to the second executor or to the beneficiaries.
Another cause of contention is the way and manner the proceeds of the sale was distributed and managed. The executor in question, unanimously decided to illegally withhold nine million naira (N9m) as what they claimed to be executor’s fees. This is in direct contravention to the dictates of the Will. When this issue was raised by the beneficiaries the two executors quickly agreed in writing to refund the money. However, six years thereafter they have refused to refund the money. Furthermore, the beneficiaries have never received any account rendered 10 years since the demise of their father.
Again, the executor in question decided, on his own to distribute part of the proceeds of the sale to the beneficiaries and claimed a part will be reserved for the education of the children, who are now full adults and had been properly educated by their father before his death, and another 10 per cent for the upkeep of the estate, these said sums amount to 20 per cent of the sale and they remain unaccounted for.
Investigations have revealed that the whole N18 million allegedly withheld has been squandered by the said executor who was sole signatory to the supposed account.
Another curious aspect of the matter is the refusal of the second executor, who is also the second defendant, Mr. C. I. Giwa-Amu, to sign the declaration of accounts presented by the first executor and first defendant Barr. Okeaya-Inneh. According to sources, the second defendant has refused to sign because he disagreed with the queer distribution of the estate in a manner not provided for in the will. He has refused to participate or respond to the law suit out of the shame of the damage that has been done to his late brother’s name.
The case came up for hearing on Thursday, June 26, 2014 and was adjourned to October 22, 2014, when the first claimant is expected to give evidence.


Koko and fiance

Koko and fiance

The second daughter of Senator Ita Giwa, Koko, has picked September for her wedding to her fiancé, Chimaobi Shawcross Obioha Jr, who is the son of Ita-Giwa’s close friend, late Chief Shawcross Godwin Moore Obioha.
Though Koko clocked 23 this July, she is described as very cultured and brilliant. A graduate from the University of Essex, United Kingdom, she recently completed her second Masters degree. Koko reportedly spent the best part of her childhood shuttling the UK, Abuja and Sisi Abah Folawiyo’s home in Lagos.
The wedding promises to be one of the most-talked about in recent times.



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