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September 18, 2013

Monalisa Chinda And Lanre Nzeribe’s Marriage Of Inconvenience By Kelvin Keshi



This is a epistle but a well worded one and tells the story as told by an insider---Kelvin Keshi.
Reas below

''It was Tuesday August 27 and another lifeless day filled with uncertainties, inconsistencies and a shameful lack of direction at Monalisa, the white elephant magazine misadventure of Lanre Nzeribe and Monalisa Chinda. Lisa had suddenly gone AWOL for close to a month from her ceremonial publisher’s seat, staff were being owed two months’ salary and Lanre was stalling.  He rarely showed up in the office and whenever he did, he barely spoke with anyone before he would zoom off again in his black Maserati.  Outside, he was always conscious to give off a deceptive public image of the hip ‘big boy’ and perfect gentleman to camouflage his real insensitive, aloof and condescending sides.
Back to the farce at 19 Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Victoria Island (Chase Mall). After their publicised breakup, there were whispers Lisa had reconciled with Lanre and was coming back to her ceremonial seat.


The ‘news’ cheered up some of the junior staff.  It wasn’t surprising because to some degree, she was the life of the party in the company with her chirpy, free-spirited, girl-next-door, almost simpleton nature. Some of the workers wanted to buy coloured cardboard and decorative materials and another one got external speakers from outside the office.

The driver had angrily left the company two weeks earlier because he said Lanre paid him N25, 000 as salary instead of N40, 000 they had agreed, so I offered to drive them to the store. 
While waiting at the park of the megastore, I glanced at my wristwatch. It was 3pm. The ‘party’ was ready, but no word yet from the ‘red carpet’ guest. I decided to call her.
“Hello Keshi, what’s happening in the office?”  she asked.
“Nothing, really,” I replied and hesitated to gauge her mood. “…just that some of the staff are excited you’re coming back and are planning a small welcome for you.”
“Oh, no ooo. Who said I’m coming back? I’m not ooo. I’m not talking with Lanre. I don’t know what they’re talking about,” she answered tongue-in-cheek.
A fading façade :
Let me pause here and introduce myself

My name is Kelvin Keshi and, until Thursday August 29, was the Assistant Editor of Monalisa Magazine. Lisa and Lanre had hired me sometime in April, on the recommendation of a mutual friend, to help set up a trendy lifestyle magazine that would in no time set the pace in its genre. Even though it was an onerous task, I was set for the challenge and knew I could draw from my skills and experience to deliver on their request.
                                                            Kelvin Keshi

 I earnestly set off for work, most of the time multi-tasking as editor, administrative and human resources manager and working late into the night. Incidentally, I had another offer from  an Abuja-based company to be an Assistant Editor and Lagos bureau chief of a political magazine but I turned it down on the excuse that I just got engaged with a similar job and wanted to give it 100 percent.

 
I remember the several meetings I had with Lanre, Lisa and the mutual friend – sometimes lasting till 10:30 pm – to discuss and deliberate on issues like editorial thrust, philosophy, mission, vision, target demography, templates, sectionalisation, themes, pagination, story ideas, online presence, USPs, advert generation, circulation and distribution and staffing for the magazine. In all of these sessions I noticed almost everyone else was shallow about what they really wanted; but after much prodding, Lisa said she‘d like a lifestyle magazine with a mass appeal. Truth is, they were largely vague about the new magazine concept, but I still tried to decrypt their nebulous ideas, concretised, gave life and substance, documented and presented to them.
But as it would appear eventually, that was all Lanre wanted from me: to use me to set up the magazine and then whip up and amplify inexistent and inconsequential issues along the way as convenient alibis to sever the working relationship.

I first suspected when he issued three-month temporary employment to the first batch of staff and arbitrarily fixed salaries without giving room for negotiations. When I questioned it, he said salaries would be reviewed upwardly at the end of the three months and permanent employment letters issued. Lies! 
Also in breach of initial discussions before I agreed to resign a job and join him, he affixed the title ‘Assistant Editor’ to my name instead of ‘Editor.’ Curiously, after all editorial work had been concluded, he introduced his sister, Ejine, as ‘Editor’ and requested me to forward all edited materials to her.

Another devious stunt by Lanre to sell and credit my intellectual work to someone else. Ingenious! This is the true Lanre. (You’ll wonder why this guy cannot maintain five seconds of eye contact. Psychologists, go figure. And no, he isn’t shy).  It was the same manipulative ploy he used against the first Fashion Editor, Margaret that forced her to resign angrily after he paid her N50, 000 less than the agreed sum on the sly excuse that she didn’t write enough articles. Amusingly, his current ‘Fashion Editor’ and ‘Creative Director’ cannot boast of a single story in the magazine!
I only fear for some people. But I guess the saying ‘once bitten, twice shy’ doesn’t ring a bell for everyone.


Ejine never showed up in the office once and her editing via e-mails was just so-so, forcing me to re-edit again.
Lanre also asked that since stories for the first edition were completed, my team and I should write for subsequent editions which I obliged him out of trust. As I discovered later, his wily game plan was to get as much intellectual and editorial contents out of me for subsequent editions before he schemes me out of the set-up. (Round of applause dude, but like the Warri man would say, ‘Lanre, this time, u don dive rock.’).



He who pays the piper…
The next day, Lisa was back in the office and to her glorified seat after a month forced hiatus. Lanre too was there, as happy as a lark – or more fittingly, like a little boy whose stolen toy had just been found. They wanted to meet separately with some staff members over some petty non-work related issues Lanre had deliberately sensationalised with willing pawns to create distractions and play out his script of getting rid of me after I’d created a working structure for him.
 Lanre repeated those same trivial lines - about some staff having tiffs, being emotionally attached to each other and some people not working enough. …The same worn-out quibbles he had rehashed over and over again and magnified as excuse also not to pay salaries. For the benefit of doubt, all editorial assignments for the first issue had been completed, edited and designed on the template and he had no complaints about that.


 In assigning stories, editing them or relating with my team, I operated with a spirit of fairness, objectivity and balance; the very sacred principles of ethical journalism.
Only the pictures and images were outstanding. He had hired a flashy and dreadlocked mannequin ‘Creative Director’ with zero media experience or knowledge and side-lined the professional freelance photographer that was initially engaged for magazine images. But it was taking Mr ‘Luxury’ forever to get the job done.

He was an overly ambitious, smooth-talking, I-know-it-all-and-should-lead-the-team kind of guy. He understood Lanre’s self-centred language of luxury and elitism and fully explored it to manipulate him to take some drastic decisions, including his breakup with Lisa.
Chuks (the guy’s name) said Lanre had handed over the project to him and he was ecstatic about it. He told me Lanre said he (Chuks) was now ‘in-charge’ of the project and could sack anyone he wanted. He said Lanre had been having private meetings with him and told him he wanted to lay me off. I felt offended and asked why.

He was rambling on I ‘not being able to lead the team’ or ‘being incompetent.’ How? What insult! Was the magazine not ready for the first issue, from an editorial point? Were my stories watery and substandard? Like Lanre when I confronted him (with due deference though), Chuks was incoherent.
True to the assertion, Lanre cut off communication with me, and without a cogent justification, gave off a body language that suggested he was done with me. All of these were after I’d laid the foundation that none of them had the knowledge or experience to do. I knew Lanre’s game plan.

He (and his ilk) only sees people as tools; so Chuks blind ambition was a perfect diversion and pawn until he’s filled and needs to go on to the next meal. Chuks kept changing concepts and philosophies at will midway through production and walking through a maze. He was what you might call inefficiently busy (maybe eye service or in Warri lingua, ‘forming activity’). The team was groping in the dark. They had no idea. It was three months and the debut issue was not out, except my team’s editorial contents that were 100 percent complete. Where in the world does a greenhorn photographer-turned-Creative-director-overnight lead a magazine project? Without a single previous experience? It was a cul-de-sac!
Laughably, they want to build the fantasy magazine on the stories my team and I had painstakingly researched and written. But I have my aces up my sleeve. I’ll come to that later.

On behalf of his future victims, I want to change Lanre’s (and his ilk) skewed and twisted use-and-dump immoral business beliefs and gimmicks.
But I digress. Back to Lanre’s merry-go-round ‘luxury’ magazine house.

Sneakily, he blamed the editorial unit still for the delays. ‘How, sir?’ I asked him exasperatedly. But he kept prevaricating. How dumb did he think everybody was! If he thinks he could buy people’s voice and opinion and maybe love, I wonder what makes him think integrity, intelligence and grit are for sale too.


He had obviously schooled Lisa on what he wanted – of course without the underlying motives – and she was already playing the tunes he dictated while putting on a flaky bold face. Classic Lisa! Even when it seems she finally has an opinion of her own, it’s always shaded by Lanre’s ego-fuelled preferences and biases which often border on his crave for a God-like reverence and being ensconced in his little elitist burble world.

God help you if Lisa agrees with you on a matter in private and Lanre has a differing opinion later. She’ll deny you flatly.


The lies you didn’t know



She was back on the project and they were suspending the editorial unit, she announced to me in Lanre’s presence. Rather than being miffed, I was amused and felt pity for this stunted project. In the weeks Lisa went missing, Chuks had suggested to Lanre that to publish a ‘luxury magazine for upper class citizens,’ as they myopically re-termed it midway, he doesn’t need the editorial unit on full-time (Huh? Tell me about it. Definitely, another world first!).

Not surprisingly, Lisa did a volte-face and agreed – a sharp contrast to our discussions on phone when she was away on protest, long before it became public.

“I know there’s a problem. You’ve not been in the office for two weeks now. Please what’s happening?” I had enquired.
“It’s a very deep problem, Kelvin. Chuks wanted pictures of naked girls in the magazine and Lanre is on the same page with him, but I don’t want to be part of any of that. He told Lanre to remove me as publisher and face of the magazine and that the magazine project can go on without me, and would you imagine Lanre agreed? He’s changing the magazine at will and spiritually manipulating Lanre. Chuks is illuminati. He’s evil and God will scatter them.”

“But I don’t understand why Mr. Lanre has stopped communicating with me. Does he have any complaints about my work?” I asked, deliberately sidestepping the rash of issues she raised.

“No. Your writings are standard and OK for any standard magazine anywhere,” she replied in measured tones. She paused and then asked,
“Are they still planning to use my name as the title of the magazine?”


“I can’t say categorically; Mr. Lanre doesn’t talk with me much. But Monalisa’s still the name on the template.”


‘’I can’t allow them use the name I built as a brand over the years. How can I take it back?”


“Just get it registered with the Copyright Commission and the National Library. And if they still go ahead to publish the magazine with the name, you can report them and the government agencies will take it from there.”

 I shrugged and paused. I didn’t want to be part of this any longer. It was clear too many things were wrong at once.

“But I didn’t bargain for all these…” I complained.


“I’m sooo sorry, Kelvin. I’m really sorry about how everything turned out…” Her voice was tired.


“What are you going to do now?”


“I just want to leave the country to clear my head. Later, I’ll work on my project, a tv talk show.”


“Great. Although I wished you guys would reconcile; it would be great for the magazine. You’re the brand they wanted to leverage on. Most new magazines don’t last beyond a lifespan of six months because certain key elements are missing.”


“No; I’m not coming back. It’s a deep spiritual problem.”

Two weeks later, Lisa was back and giving her nod to Lanre’s baseless grudge against me. But that was OK; the atmosphere was suffocating already. One week later, I sent Lanre an SMS requesting for my salary and that I had other engagements that wouldn’t allow me frequent visit to his office to recover his debt to me. He felt offended.

“I advice (sic) that all communication from you should be in writing and directed to the company, please do not use this channel to reach me again,” his reply read in part. I sensed the Nigerian typical case of social class bullying. It’s half time whistle

Piqued, I called Lisa to complain. But she told me to stop calling her too.
 She told me she was with him when my message came into his phone.
“I don’t even know why I’m dignifying you with a response,” she added cheekily. Such a cocky submission from Madam ‘Celebrity’ and ‘Superior.’ But I knew that attitude: the tame voice of Jacob and the wild, arrogant hand of Esau – as always.


Well, I have a piece of advice for them too: THEY SHOULDN’T BOTHER PUBLISHING THE MAGAZINE WITH THE STORIES IN THE TEMPLATE ALL OF WHICH I EDITED, EXCEPT THEY DON’T MIND PUBLISHING STALE ARTICLES.
Rather, Lanre should tell whichever ‘editor’ he plans to name on the masthead to get a new set of writers write new stories for his or her editing for the magazine. I will never allow Lanre credit my intellectual work to another ‘editor.’ It’s a promise because all the stories and articles are with me and I will publish them online and in newspapers and magazines before his magazine goes to press.


Already my lawyers have slammed them with a court notice over the monies they owe me. Lanre (and Lisa too) probably thinks I’ll be cowered by the ‘might’ of his wealth and high-powered connection.

They also probably believe that as ‘upper class citizens’ – as they have classified their stillborn magazine – I should beg, grovel and lick their boots in exchange for the ‘favour’ of being given MY OWN MONEY. But they fall into the common trap some people make when relating with ‘unknown’ persons. Asides, an ‘unknown’ cannot be stereotyped.

Lanre and Lisa have had their time in the sun to play, trampling at will on my right, dignity and pride. But the half-time whistle has gone and it’s substitution time. It’s my time to play on the field and I sooo want to score!                                                


116 comments:

christy love said...

sighs!
Well---------------words fail me!

Anonymous said...

Wide eyed over to you!!!

Anonymous said...

What an explicit read. I enjoyed this thoroughly. I am always impressed to read notes like this. It gives me a jiggle within when I read or hear from people who understand their rights to the utmost degree of the laws that bind them.

How can u cheat a fellow and expect that all will go well with u? Lanre Nzeribe is a renowned con artiste. And this is cowardice on display. I have had to hear several complaints from diff people that he has played this game with. He's always delinquent when it comes to monies matters.

And Mona, as much as I like u from a distance, you disappoint me on this one. Why are u playing to this man's gallery? Why? You know the truth, yet you try to suffocate it? U suffocate your integrity my dear. News like this will not rub off well on ur status as a celeb. Lanre is a commoner and a road ranger, he can try to 'big up' by giving himself a non existent and very undeserving 'elite status', but not u Mona. If care is not taken, this man will strip u off all that uv labored to accrue status wise. He will rubbish ur integrity along his own. Better wake up and smell the damn coffee lady.

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm Lisa dont be played by lanre that guy looks mischevious make una pay una staff oo awon oni gbese kai naija shaa we dont have employment law to protect workers how can you owe your workes for 2 months haba!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hehehe! Ghen ghen!! Watch out 4 part 2..

Anonymous said...

hmmmmm...game on

Stella Asemota said...

Oh lawd!

SpicyTee said...

Hell hath no fury as an 'editor' scorned!

Anonymous said...

WTF!!!!!!!
Abeg is Lisa dumb????!!!!!
She don't have a mind of her own, that as old as she is, she is being manipulated by Lanre.
Later she will have the nerves to cry Abuse.
Can she be that stupid.
And hear what she spews out of her mouth; illuminati, spiritual manipulating, spiritual problem, talking like a big fool instead of an adult that she is?
As for Lanre, Lanre will always be Lanre.
Nobody that deals with him got anything good to say about him.

Princess R said...

In all of this, I just feel for Monalisa, i worry for her cus she obviously is just a pawn in Lanre Crook Nzeribe's chess game, but will Monalisa wisen up? I doubt.

Anonymous said...

Choi. Round one. For Kelvin to talk Margaret Isaiha and more are sure to talk too and if Isaac talks I pity them cuz he has been used more and is sufferin as Lisa's publicist wheneva she go back and forth with Lanre. Poverty is a disease if not he would have gone since cuz he is really fed up but Lisa keeps crying to him and begging him and giving him money not to leave her. This people are bloody users and have no respect for peoples feeling and friendship especially Lisa the manipulator pretender and green snake in the grass. Lanre is even better because he does not hide that he is cold or unfeeling like Kelvin said so u at least know what your dealing with. Lisa will manipulate u to like her and be her friend and will try and include u to fight Lanre when he dumps her. If u refuse or don't want to take part because she's always going back after u fight for her she will cry and cry and say your not bin her friend. Then she will give u another surprise evidence about him and cry more as she give u order to shoot him, order that u know u should not do but after she cries and cries and break your hart u will not even know when u go and shoot him for her. She may not be a good actress in order things but she is a good actress in crying a river that u can even cry with her. If u don't believe ask everyone that know her and they will confirm it. When u finish shooting him and the blood is still in your hand she will surprise u and say, ehn did u shoot him and when u loyalty say yes nah u told me to, she will surprise u more and say, I didn't tell u to shoot him o and God help u if u type BB chart, she will copy your chart (only the chart with blood in your hand) and show Mr Nzeribe and be crying and crying and tell him she didn't send u and u are a very bad person and don't wish her well. Then they will reconcile and Mr Nzeribe will not know about all she said about him or how she gave the order secretly to shoot him. She has done it to all her friends and has no friends again, she just did it to Madam Chinese lover "Lanre Nzeribe is a good man" Mighty Egor and I so laffed when I heard it. When she wrote that long letter I was laffing at her stupidness cuz Lisa just used her. Lisa was crying beside her when she wrote that nonsense because Lanre dump her and Lisa used her to write it so that Lanre will come back when he read it, see how stupid she is. At 40 something where she is her brains. Now that she has stop talking to Lisa she is hiding it cuz of shame after the nonsense she wrote. Stella u better advise her to come out and tell the truth too because she made a fool of herself. It is better for her to write another long letter, "Lanre Nzeribe is not a good man and I am ashamed to admit that Monalisa used me"! Lmao! Kelvin is right too that Lanre and Mr rasta were going on with the magazine without Lisa cuz Lisa expected Lanre to beg her and when he did not and she could not stop him after she had told everyone all manner of bad things about Lanre she desperately used her to make up with Lanre so that he will not use her name without her. That is all Lisa's friends are to her, they are there to be used.

Anonymous said...

Monalisa doesn't have a mind of her own! Too bad... She's too submitive

Anonymous said...

Most magazine publishers are exactly like Lanre (the women are worse), i work for one and has not been paid for sometime now.

Anonymous said...

So this two people are still fooling themself with Monalisa magazine. And did I read talkshow? Lol. Who will watch? And Lisa, me knowest how thou settest up thy best friend too the way thou settest me up last year in favor of this same man that thou hath destroyeth to me and I hateth him cos of thou but thou goest back to him and thou two makest me enemy. Wotchu do this time to make up? Don't sayest, I can guesseth! Thou criest thy crocodile tears and trickest mr stupido who is more stupido than thou for he knoweth not the real u...or maybe he really not stupido and knowest thou but pretendeth cuz of his investment as he feareth that if thou walkest out as thou doest after quarels he losteth monies so he pretendeth until he getteth what he wanteth. Lmao. (I will so disgrace u Lisa and this will be your last betrayal of all time. U think u got rid of me? Wait for it! Dirty old unsecure ungrateful Jezebel.)

Stella, I know that u know who I'm talking about and she and Lisa are not talking since that incident and you are hiding it because she is your friend. You did not post my first comment because I mentioned her name. Are u afraid of her? I have already called her and told her all the bad things Lisa said about her so she knows Lisa is a traitor, no need to block my comments to protect her identity. I have been noticing your half half stories even when you revealed Lisa and Lanre's break up and make up. Why did you not reveal how they made up? I know everything and know that she used both of u to make up and you didn't write it cos the other babe is your friend. I'm compiling my own Encyclopedia of exposes so if u like keep hiding what u know u hear. The whole truth and nothing but the truth is about to be exposed. What this guy wrote here is nothing. And if u like don't post my comment again, I will save it and post all over the internet if u don't post it!

Anonymous said...

All these so-called lifestyle magazines, they shine on the outside but they make their workers sweat without pay for months. Another example is Exquisite Magazine in Lekki, owned by Tewa Onasanya. she lives the big life at the expense of others and people's sweat.

God will expose all of them.

Anonymous said...

stella if you like dont post my comment o

Anonymous said...

Well written. But I have a problem with u on ds point: if u are asking for ur money and u already contacted ur lawyer on, then wateva u did for them during ur short stint remain theirs UNLESS dy refused to pay u. Just from my lay man view. So do not contradict urself. See how it plays out before using ur stories.

Anonymous said...

Hello kelvin, most pple don't wanna read an epistle from d small man who has been thru hell. Wait til u become rich n famous then u write an apostle like dis,I'll be d first 2 buy- signed mimi from miami

Dlapikin said...

Kelvin Dear,
After finish with the reading of your adventures in Lanreland, I can confirm that you are indeed a great writer as I was entertained til the end. Not only that, I command you for your assertion of your rights in this matter. I would have said I'm really disappointed in Ms Chinda if I had not read her say she needed to be under a man... I guess she did just that, she rushed and stayed under one. I never been a fan, so no big loss there.
I wish you great success for the rest of your career and please show them hot pepper.

Anonymous said...

submissive*

Anonymous said...

Kai omo see sweet gist *chops akara*

Anonymous said...

Chie omo see sweetest gist...* continues chopping akara*

Anonymous said...

What a damn good writer you are.I wonder why you chose to pitch your tent with the King of all "Drama queens",Lanre. Yes he's a drama queen and loves to fight with the women.He won't battle with you for too long.You re a man.Why slug it out with his own gender when there are loads of rich 'yellow' women(Celebs and non celebs alike women(Celebs and non celebs alike) to have a bitch fit with? However,he won't pay you that which he owes. With this write up,you ve taken him to the cleaners.That's the best pay~back a crook deserves. Spreading the word,is the most effective disclaimer. Lanre just got served.The labour market will shun him henceforth.No one needs an 'illusion' of a job. As for Monalisa,She knows how to pick em! Let me sound it again that she is a masochist! She probably doesn't know it but that's what she is through and through! Lanre feeds her the pain she craves.This woman with a 'brand name' needs therapy. Not all relationships are altar bound but I know for sure that this unhealthy thing between them, will crash and burn! only Lisa will be scarred. Not for life I hope! Signed:Wide eyed! BBC?

dat hausa girl that blogs said...

Waoo! Too much info.it seems you know this funny couples well.well that one concerns lisa,it won't add money to my bank acct.

dat hausa girl that blogs said...

Kai see verse,it seems this pple ve hurt u so much.lisa I ve heard so much abt u on media n pls stop stepping on pple's toes so u won't drag ur prestige to d mud.

Anonymous said...

Publishers of sp-called lifestyle magazines are like that, they shine and make it on people's sweat. they owe their workers for months and live the big life. one i used to work for, in Lekki, Exquisite Mag, the owner tags herself the CEO makes you a slave under the name 'P.A. to the Publisher' but my dear, you are a housemaid. Her marketers nko, she no dey pay them. God will repay them one after the other, especially Tewa.
Stella, if you like fall my hand and dont post my comment o, na ur kettle of fish be that.
Arrant Nonsense!!! Mchteeeeeeeeeeeew!

dat hausa girl that blogs said...

Waoo! Too much info.it seems you know this funny couples well.well that one concerns lisa,it won't add money to my bank acct.

Anonymous said...

Seriously.

Anonymous said...

submissive*

Anonymous said...

How bad can stupid be!
Did monalisa crawl out from some backwood in Rivers state that she thinks Lanre Nzeribe is Elite?
For crying out loud he has the well
Deserved reputation of a weasel and social climber,the lowest of low ,considering how many pussies that were closed for renovation he serviced all in the bid to be part of the island group albiet the servants and toy boy group,he has no pedigree,no background,I always felt monalisa had something moronic about her face,and her expressions ,now I realise I wasn't wrong,she's a moron,an ode ! And please my darling sister if you want to social climb,look for men with pedigree and class ,not some weasel with a terrible reputation to boot,you seem to have a nack for picking men who are smooth talking rougues,and Stella pls post my comment! I am really vexing! Rubbish oshi!!!!

Anonymous said...

So right! She is a masochist!she feeds of the pain that this men dish out to her,and to top it she's bipolar!

Anonymous said...

This is really horrible! Hi stella,dis is my first tym commenting on ur blog although I go through it on a daily basis if not hourly!now back 2 d story,Lisa I swear I'm totally dissapointed in u,u hv no idea hw much respect I had 4 u an dis jst proves hw insecure and stupid u are!one wud think u hd learned 4rm ur previous rlshp.and if its true dat u are a manipulative bitch(of which in every rumour there is an atom of truth in it),then I must say dis is d beggining of d end of ur career! Stay there dey jonse in d name of love,if u lyk no use ur head!ull be down in no tym and d so_called Lanre wud dump u lyk a rag as I've been made 2 understand he's a hustler and has got nothing 2 loose.ps:stella post my comment!

Anonymous said...

Monalisa needs to see a shrink and her family need to organize deliverance for her.

lucabracee said...

while i dont know what has transpired in the privacy of their gathering,i believe the dude's accounts is too one sided to adequately judge,anyone passing judgement is doing so not on the issues but based on their view of monalisa and the lanre whaeva.

lets assume everything the guy has narrated is true,i perceive his own short comings as well in the whole issue,he is as incostintent and incoherent as the others and the lanre is totally right you dont send an sms to request for salaries and allowances owed,its disrespective and unprofessional.

if he signed a binding,legal agreement then he should proceed to a small claims court or employment tribunal .
the monalisa sounds unenlightened and a semi literate,just shows why the nollywood is lacking any intellectual platform

Anonymous said...

U r lazy as ur name
I enjoyed the long epistle so shut ur Mimi mouf

Soledad said...

Nawa o!

Nuvi Honey said...

I like ur comments Most of the time, on point.

Anonymous said...

Daft phunk...d only reason y no one ll read dis is if u are JUST LAZY...

Aya Omo Edo said...

Monalisa hunnie! Cant u see? Dis man is using u. Love is not dat blind o, my dear, e dey see well well. D guy just dey use u and very soon, all yr effort in d industry will b useless. Very soon, pple will hear yr name and hiss, hunnie, dont let it get to dat! U r beautiful, talented and blessed! Say no to relationship abuse/violence(lol). Stay blesssed!!!

Anonymous said...

If u guys know so much about this guys and their tendencies to change after using u, why do u still go work for them or why don't u guy ask for watertight contracts that won't easily be broken?...I think u guys in ur vain life get burnt easilly cos u try so much to identify with the rich and famous. Lanre have trust issures and our queen lisa right from her port harcourt days is very manipulative. Lisa's Port harcourt assistant boyfriend u know what am talking about cos she keeps using ur head. Wise up bro!

Anonymous said...

Lanre is an Amimal(Egufe A.K.A He-goat)...Lisa u leave ur husband bcos u tink say ur eye don tear reach back!Wetin u com find 4 outside hope say u don c am o! Dem neva start wit u by d time dem finish wit u dat ur yellow go purple mtcheeeeew!u dey allow dis kangaroo of a man use u play

Anonymous said...

Dat TEWA na criminal! Fire go burn u soonest! Onigbese

Anonymous said...

well said yo! Anyways Mona has always looked stupid to me.

Anonymous said...

U dey talk of 2month, Buruji Kashamu's hotel next door to Chase Mall owed staff 6-11mnths.
Dude no send you, resign good for him, or stay back at your own detriment.

Fanstuff said...

Same old story with Lanre Nzeribe. What's new here?

Anonymous said...

Lisa isn't particularly smart, I read an interview she did some years back and her replies were just dull!

omopepper said...

Mehn! I can't believe I read all these comments and still want to read more.. Pls I will come back after two hours and read more.. " This gossip dey sweet me"..

Nnenna Onuoha said...

ђã† on earth do these women see in lanre nzeribe? As in ђã†? The man isn't handsome to save his life, he's not from a prominent family that is known, he's not one academic scholar, so ђã† is it with u women! I Can't seem to get it, yet he has rolled with some very powerful women in the society. This is just to show that being a celeb doesn't give brains! Them female celebs ® even d most gullible n dumbest. Cos an average smart babe won't b dis fooled by D̸̸̮̮̃ foolish lanre nzeribe. Ever since i knew d existence of this man, iv never heard anything good about him, if he isn't defrauding 1 of his daft mistresses, he's fighting them over money. I neva knew mona was dis fish brained, both of dem can take a dive into d ocean biko, na dem sabi. Just pay d keshi guy his money!

Anonymous said...

O ma ga ooo, wetin come concern exquisite magz with monalisa magz? Go Tewa office go carry placard now....nuff said, meanwhile this guy is a good writer. Sweet gist. My popcorn finished bfr I got to d end.

Anonymous said...

Why is Monalisa so dumb? Can't she read between the lines? She's soiling her intergrity cos of a USER!... Smh. Just wondering if he's the only man left on earth! Shame!

Adele said...

Hmmn! I always knew that this Monalisa Chinda and Lanre Nzeribe romance stinks to the high heavens. It seems to me that Monalisa has low self esteem, why else will she consistently choose losers and leeches as her husband and or lover? And from Mr Kelvin's write-up she also comes across as the classic brainless bimbo. Such a waste!

Anonymous said...

MONALISA is a liar. She will simply deny all these and suffer silently and foolishly.

Anonymous said...

Wedding magazine publishers are also like that esp *bbmlipssealed* she is a woman.

Anonymous said...

Seriously eh...dis publishers are born bastards, used to work for one failed advertorial mag ISLAND EXPLORER dat have since folded up, the annoyin tin is dat they saw their mag as high class, 4 only high class pple, but treat their staffs as dirt. The month I left, I wasnt paid salary for that month, I wasnt paid commision for the adverts I brought in, I wasnt paid for articles I wrote, my name was yanked out of the credit section in the mag, and to add salt to injury, my story I wrote with my brain was credited with some else name....that period was so painful to me cos I needed the money so badly...out of betrayal, I placed a curse on them with tears in my eyes that the mag won't last, and am not surprised God heard the cry of an helpless lady....the publishers then will expect you to do everytin with ur own money, internet stuffs, phone calls, transport sef na die...and they expect u 2 deliver...geezs very greedy set of pple.....lanre nzeribe, u better watch ur back cos if an aggrieved staff curse u...e go catch u oooo, u better settle ur scores now with dem

Anonymous said...

I think Lisa might need psychological help. She doesn't seem stable and is too emotionally dependent on a man to survive. What is illuminati and all that crazy stuff. She actually believes shit like that? Wow. Crazy. This guy here, his write up has finished her integrity and brand name. This is what happens when you associate with losers and users. You will be the loser as they have nothing to lose. Lanre and Lisa fit perfectly. They are both users, manipulators, liars and scam artists. They will soon play themselves and this whole thing will explode. For all those she has used, why didn't you forward her whole BB message to Lanre. She wants to use you abi, then you sef hit her hard. No wonder most companies fail in Ngeria. You pack it full with incompetent losers and family who lack all experience. Mona will do anything to have a man, with that mindset she is doomed. Mona your child and who you are should be your priority not a man. See, you are losing it!

Anonymous said...

I love this write up. Social elites?? Its nigeria. What to do? I don't know. Well I'd love to see this in 3D.

Anonymous said...

So monalisa was donating to kirikiri prisoners when they are owing staff! When you see all these so called celebrities giving gifts to the less privilege and publicising it, be careful before you start praising them. They can get 10million from one money bag in the name of donating to the less privilege, then spend only 200k for the donation and some people will be clapping for them. How much do people really think monalisa is worth at the moment? MONALIAR.

Anonymous said...

This is a masterpiece written by a well seasoned journalist no doubt. I was glued to to the writeupp from beginning to end. Sure money and firm cant buy brain.

Topaz!!! said...

Power of the Pen! From this write up, no doubt the writer knows his onions. Monalisa 'the puppet' sum1 once said u av d thinking of housemaid. This is a solid proof to that claim. Hian! Classy Dummy!

Anonymous said...

Nawa Oº°˚˚°º

me said...

Rotfl @ "You’ll wonder why this guy cannot maintain five seconds of eye contact. Psychologists, go figure. And no, he isn’t shy" buhahahhahahaaa...na ole oooo! I just figured. Anyone in on ds with me??

TDW said...

Kai! lagos na wa! Uh hmmm! Na sooooo! Tell me something! Odiegwu o!
My Monalisa ke? I talk am o, dat babe too yellow, ha!
Lanre Nzeribe? Who surprise? Me? Mbanu! E dey im face.
Ok na, Oga Kelvin, carry go. I stand behind you for my anonymous levels.

Chichi said...

I love u Kelvin. God bless u 4 speaking out. *smh* now where do I start 4m? 1stly, I must say u r an intelligent man! 2ndly am sure tha Con man Lanre is the fakest man I ve ever seen!! 3rdly in "God help you if Lisa agrees with you on a matter in private and Lanre has a differing opinion later. She’ll deny you flatly". Does this mean Monalisa dey fear am?? I kinda didn't get that. Plus I heard Lanre is a very stingy man and he sleeps around without a condom!! God help u Lisa. I pray u sort out whatever it is u and this con man has or ur name is a step away 4m distruction!!!!! Be warned my dear!

Anonymous said...

Chichi how can someone that doesn't have money be stingy? He's everlastingly flat broke.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the same Kelvin that left Genevieve Magazine and started saying all sorts of rubbish against them and Betty Irabor the publisher. Now your next victim is Monalisa Magazine, and you're not telling the world about your unlimited atrocities. people biting the hands that fed them. God will certainly judge you!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant piece. You need to recommend your English Language teachers to lots of Nigerians. Start from the primary level. I haven't read such a well written piece devoid of grammatical errors in ages! The sort of "English" I read these days makes my skin crawl......

Anonymous said...

Did u forget to chip in UK in ur last paragraph?
Tell us Luca, is it professional and respectful to Owe staff salaries?

Anonymous said...

You sound like an idiot,and I think your over zealous attempt at trying to stamp into our heads the fact that you live outside the country is becoming boring.....tribunal ko,small claims court ni....in Nigeria kwo...gerrout!

Anonymous said...

Luca, its disresfectful, not disrespective. This London wey you dey na waste o!

Anonymous said...

Stella, even one of ur own dey owe, Sola fajobi sef dey owe hin staffs. So it is nt new.

Anonymous said...

Yes o am wit u

Anonymous said...

I do not know what the copyright law is in NIgeria, but if it is anything like i know from my stand point, the materials he wrote while he was in thier employ is theirs. if he publishes it online without their permission, then he has broken the intellectual property and copyright laws.

He argue this legally and ask for his day in court. Nigeria business owners are not mature enough to won business so they get away with murder. Lanre and Lisa's behaviuor as employers of labor is completely unacceptable but knowing Naija, anything goes.

Anonymous said...

Pretty dumb Monalisa. Lanre just dey finger your brain. Act your age. Lanre na agbero.

Anonymous said...

Stella 4 life,abeg post her comments o! Chai! See gist,who needs dstv when we have blogs with gists like this.
Amebo get specail sugar.
Vee

Anonymous said...

This is a master-piece!
Read without a dull moment and wanting more!
His write-up only, has convinced me he is a good editor who knows his worth!
Monalisa, charity begins at home! You donate to the poor, while your own employees are suffering! You forget they have responsibilities also?

@Luca, now, i know why people always find fault with you, your comments always shows you don't understand the intricacies of working and living in naija anymore because you now live abroad. Things are getting worst, and people are just too glad to get a job believing things would improve, only to find out the truth about their employers.
THE MAN JUST WANTS HIS SALARIES OWNED TO HIM TO BE PAID PERIOD!!!!! Do companies abroad dare own workers salaries for months ehn Luca? No let me vex 4 u :)

Anonymous said...

I really liked u mona,bt after reading this,you detest me,this goes out to other users out there,doesnt mean because you are high in the social strata someone can't rubbish and tarnish your image be careful of stuffs u do,reminds me of a loser I did business with last yr, out of the lot I made,contrary to our agreement,the loser paid me a chicken fee. I was infuriated but I just left cos I know he would receive his blow one day,God no dey sleep

Anonymous said...

Really not fair. Before u ask someone to leave, make sure u dnt owe them a kobo. Everything this guy said here is true cos I heard it from one or two staff. They thought he would let go becos of what. pls pay them their moni joor

Anonymous said...

How can you celebrate your birthday and spend moni here and there when you re still owing your staffs. Pray God accepts your sacrifice cos I know its a sin to owe your laborers that work on your field.

Anonymous said...

Nnenna Onuoha; his family is a prominent one. Nzeribe. His late father was very rich. That's what he carries on his head and he schooled abroad.

Anonymous said...

Yes Monalisa Chinda is dumb. I guess she rushed and embraced Lanre after some woman harrassed her about her husband. On the other hand i think she is cursed cos she really gave some women sleepless nights. Mona please go for deliverance, you have so destroyed so many homes and they have placed all sorts on your head. We are all young girls and there's a limit to what we should be doing. Do unto others as you will like others to do to you. This is just the beginning!

Anonymous said...

@ anon September 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM there are a few errors but very good piece. Mona serves you right.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the same Kelvin that left Genevieve Magazine and started saying all sorts of rubbish against them and Betty Irabor the publisher. Now your next victim is Monalisa Magazine, and you're not telling the world about your unlimited atrocities. people biting the hands that fed them. God will certainly judge you!

dat hausa girl that blogs said...

Kaii! Monalisa has been finished by her offenders.can't believe am always refreshing to read more comments.asiri na ato uto ooo! Meaning that gossip is sweet

Anonymous said...

luca gerrout jor the man wants his salary and u are saying small claims court ..we all travel and live in london so don't bring that leg here ... mtchewwww

Anonymous said...

Dis was d same issue with Stephanie Okereke's ex husband. Thnk God she realised and left him for a real man. Monalisa get urself a real man just like steph did.

Anonymous said...

This is serious.God knows best.

Anonymous said...

Disrespectful......

Anonymous said...

This luca you are a goat. I bet you are among those nigerians that sweep the underground that have to hide when they see a train coming because they are scared that someone that knows them back home will see them after they claim to work in canary wharf. Please you are so fake. Always name calling. Because yoh live in london does not mean you know it all. I was going to curse you out for insulting president jonathan but I got busy. So this is it. Shut the f up mr frog eye ibo smoking ass

Anonymous said...

She detest her or she detest u.

Anonymous said...

Monalisa is a gossiper and tells people bad things about Lanre and tells them how he fucked Susan Peters. She has no friend again because she gossips all of them to Lanre and he will tell her to cut all of them. She is a very very two faced and is a bisexual. Lanre knows her female lover and they all take drugs and sex each other together like rabbit and video it. If Lanre knows all what this wicked Monalisa say about him he will comit suicide because he is eating with a she devil worst than even him! His own is 419 and 419 is better than her own that is backstaber. So Lanre use his sister as Editor after he play Monalisa 419 that he is going to SA to bring a Editor? Hahahahahaha! So his family now own all the magazine and her own share is small? Forever stupid Monalisa! I laugh!

Anonymous said...

She is definitely talking about Egor. Very easy to unravel. Someone already mentioned her name above. Stella, biko wetin happen? So you dey cover up something for Egor? She and Monalisa don fight abi? You wan catch another grenade for person? Stella Stella Stella, how many times wey I don call you? Wetin happen wey Monalisa follow use you? Before I go buy popcorn come back if you no talk am, I go protest with smelling totoh!

Anonymous said...

what planet are you on?
employment tribunal in Nigeria?
small claims court ko,Judge Judy ni!
-Warriboi in Lost in London

Anonymous said...

i dont know monalisa at all. i dont over like her as an actress. ive not seen any of her work that made me go wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. i am not even a nollywood person to begin with but ive always admired her because she is pretty so beautiful

however after this story i am abit scared. it appears she suffers from low self esteem or is drawn to the wrong sort of men. oh well wishing you goodluck monalisa and to the editor, HEAR ME AND HEAR ME WELL. DONT WASTE A DIME ON LAWYERS IN NIGERIA. YOU NEED MONEY I GUESS. JUST MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE. GOODLUCK TOO

Anonymous said...

Luca u are a dummy. What's incoherent in this well articulated post? U overly hype ur non existent intelligence at times and its astounding.

Did Kelvin assume a boastful stance in what u have read here? Can u decipher innuendos when u read one? I doubt it much. There's nothing bias about anyone's submission about Nzeribe on this thread. If a person is a renowned public nuisance u do not need a tarot reader to confirm the veracity of Kelvin's claims. It isn't rocket science

If kevin acted 'unprofessionally' according to u and lanre, fine. But did u miss to read the part where kevin said that Lanre started to avoid him? Same with Mona? Did Lanre himself deal with his staff professionally? work ethics is lacking here from all indication. He's using people's intelligence and preying on getting cheap labor.

Why would he pass kevin's intelligence to someone else? That is gross vindictiveness and a sheer monopolistic approach that clearly speaks volume and is punishable by law. He's just a USER. Same way he deals with his staff is the same way he deals with his women. Very obvious!

Lynna Jade said...

Yes o! Am with you 'me'

Anonymous said...

@7:26pm. LWKMD!!!! Bouahahhah
@11:29. GBAM!

Anonymous said...

Omo see the ugly Nzeribe. Looking like a ninja turtle. Turtle ke? More like a monkey's cousin. See his swollen mouth. Wetin Mona find go there sef. Sorry o Mr editor, they prolly think u are a mumu bcos of ur oliver twist semblance. Dem no knw say na book full ur narrow head. Infact I find it hard to draw a correlation between ur looks and this ur writeup. Far apart. Hian

Anonymous said...

#82, so because he is complaining for the second time, it automatically invalidates his complaints against Mrs. Irabor? Is Betty a saint or waht?
Is it impossible for both employers to guilty of the crimes he accuses them of?
Personally, these magazine publishers come across as fly-by night hustlers. The products are often built on so much hype and very little substance.Too much pretence therein.

Anonymous said...

#79, dem still dey carry schooling abroad for head? These days wey almost every Nigerian has a close relative with at least two decent degrees from better schools abroad?

Anonymous said...

Lanre Nzeribe sold the exact same magazine to aunt Grace Egbagbe before they broke up.

Anonymous said...

@Luca, you need deliverance. Your lack of self-esteem is mind buggling. I used to be a fan but it seems your existence is anchored on the fact that you live in the UK.

Anonymous said...

#44, go AIT go hear how Dokpesi dey owe salary scatter.
I do not believe the media hype i read. All these crooks are not worth it.

Anonymous said...

Wow nigerians are dumb and emotional. No wonder ur state has failed. Luca is right. How can.u judge on one.story? Why do u believe this guys acct? Has he provdided evidence. No.wonder naija ppl u r truly dumb

o said...

It was supposed to be titled GRACE. Hahahaha. Monalisa, you don enter one chance. You were the only fool that fell for his fraudulent magazine project... Pele o.

Anonymous said...

U are stupid,which finger?How about paying someone that laboured,its pple like you that owe people under the guise of don't bite the finger that fed you.FOOL

Anonymous said...

@ anon September 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM you are dumb sha. Okay let me break it down further. He went to Boarding school abroad and an expensive one. That's what the fool uses to hype himself. Before UNI, boarding school and even now it is not beans.

Anonymous said...

hahahahahahahahahaha @ the luca bashing. anywhere there is dem say dem say Egor's name must be there. She's just another vile bitch.

Anonymous said...

Gbamest! Nosey

Anonymous said...

Ignorant fool, schooled abroad doesnt mean jack! Lots of people school abroad, even people that don't have 50k to nack together every month. I heard his own nzeribe is an unknown. Its just like my last name being Dangote, it doesn't mean I'm Dangote's daughter.

Anonymous said...

Gbamest! Nosey

Anonymous said...

@ anon September 19, 2013 at 9:04 PM chief of the ignorant ones. Olodo. May people school abroad yes. Some go to comprehensive schools some go private. But with this guy's late father's money he went to very expensive schools. I'm just saying that's what his hype it. Boarding school abroad isn't beans. Try and get a visa first and try to travel okay. You can have the last word because I won't argue with an ode like you. Anuofia.

Anonymous said...

His Nzeribe is not unknown you this ignoramus. He died young that is why he's unknown to you.

Anonymous said...

Your MOTHER is an even more vile bitch.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon September 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM, Your MOTHER is an even worse vile bitch.

Atinu O said...

Lmfao no fury true trye

Atinu O said...

Lmfao no fury true trye