Using the Ankara fabric to make clothes has taken a huge turn to imbibe modern styles of today and we definitely love the creative ideas.
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Enado Odigie: Why I dumped corporate work for Nollywood
Enado Odigie started acting as a little child – from school to church – but professionally in 2014. The Edo State-born Nollywood diva had previously worked in the corporate world before delving into the make-believe industry. In this interview with EDWIN USOBOH, she shares her passion, driving force etc.
How did acting start for you and how far have you gone?
I have been acting since I was a child but in Nollywood, I would say between 2012 and 2014. I tested in 2012 and I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue. But in 2014, I finally made up my mind to continue. It has been a long journey with a lot of lessons learnt from different directors, producers and even co-actors. I have grown tremendously. I am happy with my growth and where I am. There are lots of my work that people should watch out for.
Before delving into Nollywood, what were you doing?
I was a corporate person. I worked in organizations like Globacom and then also went into the event planning, but I have a passion for acting and I decided to give acting a trial.
How did you get your first role?
I spoke to couple of friends that I wanted to act and take acting serious. Then a friend told me there was an audition coming up and gave me the address. I went for the audition and was accidentally auditioned for the lead role. Someone gave his script to a wrong person and later I was told that one was taken, so I audition for supporting role but few days later I was called and told I have been chosen for the lead role. That’s how my first movie came about.
Any regret dumping your corporate work for Nollywood so far?
Absolutely no regret. Every day, we want to be bigger but when you sit down and look where you are, there is so much to be thankful for. There is no bad experience in life, there are only a lot of lesson to be learnt. I have learnt a lot and I am very happy and looking to the future.
What would you say is the greatest sacrifice you have made to become an actress?
This is one career you sacrifice for every day. A lot of time, you don’t have time to yourself, no weekend, no public holiday and most times you work very late on set etc. Sometimes, on set production that are very tedious, you have injuries, accident, etc. Another bad side is that you don’t get to participate in the thing you would have loved to be involved in like friends and family weddings, events, family programmes, reunion etc. But I will not change it for anything.
What would you describe as your memorable moment so far?
There have been many. For any actress, having a movie that goes to the cinema, that is seen by an audience paying to go see your movie is a high point for every actor, and I have had a couple of movies going to the cinemas.
Do you get support from your loved ones, mostly your parents?
It has been a tremendous journey, I have a very supportive family. Of course, naturally they have a reservation but knowing fully well they have raised you and done everything to invest in me, I receive necessary support. And sometimes, when I make mistake my family is there to encourage me. I would just say I have a great support from my family and friends.
What is your fear in life?
Getting to the end of life and realizing I didn’t touch the things I was meant to have achieved. So, I would say my fear is a driving force to ensure I get to the finish line. I hope to keep growing and improving myself and ensure I become a bigger and a better person.
There has been a lot of stories about sexual harassment in the film industry, what is your experience?
I can tell you categorically that I have never been sexually harassed. Nobody has ever said to me, ‘come and do these in other to get this.’ Of course, people would always make passes at you as a woman. That’s interesting as I feel people want to know you by doing that. But, sexual advances as an exchange for a role, absolutely no.
How do your love ones feel seeing you kiss in movies?
Naturally, the first response is discomfort from your family and your love ones. However, when they also realise that, for instance, you have a gynecologist whose responsibility is to search the body part of a person not related to him, then they understand better. It is part of the job knowing well that it’s acting. However, we try as much as possible to create a balance based on the society that we live in.
Has this cost you relationship?
No, I am not going to lose my family because I am acting (laugh)
Describe your dream man
A man who has admirable character, who is understanding, who is reasonable, patient and, as a lady, a man who shows respect and is generous. A man who is God fearing. If he doesn’t have fear of God, he will not have respect for you.
When you are not on set, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time reading, planning and attending to personal things and also spend time with my family.
Who is your crush in the film industry?
A couple of years ago, I used to like Sean Connery and Chris Hemsworth.
Tell about your role in the movie ‘Joba’.
I am Enado Odigie, I played Ore Oladiyan in the movie. Ore is married to Lami Oladiyan. As a young couple, naturally they are expected to start having children but as time goes on, they are disappointed time and time again and at some point, Ore snaps. Joba is a story about faith. At this point, the faith of the couple is tested, but because we are human, Ore falls into depression. Her trust in God fails but she has a husband like Lami whose faith is unshaken, whose faith is tested on every side. And because Ore is downtrodden, that becomes his biggest trial. Joba is a movie that also touches on lot of social issues like rape and depression because all these affect the society today. I find out that while I am watching the movie, even though I am the one that play the character, I sympathise with Ore a lot. That is also how people who are depressed and dealing with such issues usually behave.
How were you able to immerse yourself into the character?
It was difficult but that is my job as an actress. The character involves one who is sad at all time and if you’re not a sadist, sadness can be very tiring. It was emotionally, mentally and physically draining because it requires a lot of scenes back to back. But it also pushes me to know what my limits are. Warming myself to the character started from the moment I read the script and when I go on set, I had a director, Biodun Stephen, who will almost take you by the hand and journey with you to render a real life resemblance of the script.
Anthony Joshua: Leave my husband alone, Toke Makinwa warns Daniella Okeke
Professional British-Nigerian boxer, Anthony Joshua, is the man of the moment. Every lady is gushing over him and they all want him to be their dream man. Joshua has everything a lady is looking for, a good career, he is good looking and he is financially stable.
The 30-year-old two-time unified heavyweight champion seems to be started a beef between actress, Daniella Okeke, and media personality, Toke Makinwa.
It all began after Okeke shared a photo of the boxer on her Instagram page. She described him as her spiritual husband.
Okeke noted that she would not mind preparing soup for him. Makinwa immediately replied to the post.
In what was obviously a joke, the media personality commented and asked her to stay away from Joshua. She asked her to leave her husband alone.
Meanwhile, Rapper Zlatan Ibile had earlier called on the professional boxer to leave DJ Cuppy alone for him. The rapper made the statement after he won N10k from Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz. In his tweet, he also thanked Joshua for his N10k win.
We also learnt that Cuppy had received a beautiful necklace gift from the boxer. The DJ took to social media to show off the beautiful necklace she received from Joshua and noted that she is grateful for the gift because she is always the one giving.
Forget rich kids, hood niggas are the real spenders –Dabota Lawson
Former beauty queen, Dabota Lawson, has taken to her Instagram page to share her insight about men with fans. According to her, the men who are supposedly razz or local are better spenders on women than tush men.
In the photo post, she explained that women should eventually go where they are adored.
Dabota also explained her post further in her caption where she wrote about how women should go for men who appreciate their woman showing off his wealth.
In her words: “You know those ones that it gives them joy to do what the men they look up to used to do to women, yes those ones, go for them. The one that likes you to show off his money more him himself, yes that one. That one that likes to see the work of his money on your body. Them life changers, go there. You will enjoy. If He is big already, make sure he didn’t inherit it. my Christmas guide . Inside life…. [where *] #Yourfatherisnotmybusinessandifimakehimmybusinessyouwillnotseeyourinheritance”
Nigerian socialite, Toke Makinwa, and some other celebs also agreed with Dabota’s post.
Filmmaker, Charles Granville, caps 2019 with ‘Man of the Year’ award
The year seems to be winding down on a cheery note for quintessential film producer, actor and musician, Charles Granville as he caps his string of honours with a ‘Man of the Year’ award.
Granville, was decorated recently at an elaborate event which held at the Grand Oak Centre, Lekki, Lagos by the Man magazine for his sterling endeavours in the ending year, after a rigorous selection exercise.
Somehow, it has been a harvest of honours for the entertainer since he debuted as a film producer with ‘Locked’, a psychosis-themed, suspense-filled thriller, starring, Hilda Dokubo, Belinda Effah, Alvin Abayomi, Sunny Neji and himself. In his kitty so far are: ‘Special Mention Award’ at Abuja International Film Festival (Locked); ‘Best Movie Producer’ (The Intellects Award); ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ and ‘Special Recognition’ for lead actor in ‘Locked’, Hilda Dokubo (Nigerian Achievers’ Awards).
For Granville, the honours are not just recognition for hard work, but a call to raise the stakes as he plans to embrace 2020 with firing optimism. He says: “We are releasing another movie in the cinemas from March 6, 2020. It is titled, ‘30 Pieces of Silver’, starring Nse Ikpe-Etim, Enyinna Nwigwe, Charles Granville, Deyemi Okanlawon, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey and Jide Kosoko amongst others. We plan to shoot some major movies next year. We plan to launch the print version of our Cinematique magazine and we are looking forward to the Cinematique Awards in 2020. We will continue with our weekly online monologue challenge, Cinematique Monologue Mondays to encourage young actors discover themselves while winning $100. We are also hoping to expand our real estate investments and partner with other like minds for business growth. We intend to do more for the development of the youths in the Niger Delta as part of our CSR. So many people, too numerous to mention individually, have been part of this success story indeed. I am grateful to Victor Ojabo and Lolu Majaro for their contributions towards the making and success of ‘Locked’.
2019 has been great with fans, critics, and my colleagues; I am optimistic of a better 2020”.
Annie Idibia celebrates daughter on 11th birthday
Annie Macaulay-Idibia, Nollywood actress and model, has lavish Isabel, her first daughter, with sweet words on her 11th birthday.
The screen diva, who is wife to Innocent Idibia, prominent Nigerian singer better known as 2Baba, took to her Instagram page to describe her daughter as “a rare child” with such a “kind and gentle heart”.
Annie also referred to Isabel as “my good luck charm”, expressing gratitude to God for the wonderful blessing, “she thinks she doesn’t deserve”.
“Yes That’s My First Born. My GoodLuck Charm. A Rare Child. My Sunshine @officialisabelidibia2 Is 11 Years Old Today. God!!!! I Am So Blessed … Sometimes I Think I Don’t Even Deserve Her!!! Such A Peace Maker… So Kind And Gentle. Heart Filled With So much Love. Sunshine, I Want You To Know That Daddy And I Are So PROUD Of You And We Loveeeeeee You So Much. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUNSHINE,” she wrote.
Tuface also visited the social media platform to express his astonishment on how his “princess is all grown”.
Isabel is the first daughter to Annie and one of 2Baba’s beautiful children.
Kpali the movie hits the Cinemas December 20
Amaka is young, single and stressed out. A London based investment banker, she is living her best life and navigating the constant pressure from her parents about getting married when life happens.
Her company is downsizing and to keep her job and renew her work permit, Amaka must fly down to Nigeria and close a huge deal all within thirty days.
And so unfolds Kpali, the quirky, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from the Emem Ema led Vzhun Films, a wave making Production Company.
Directed by Ladi Johnson and starring Nollywood heavyweights and playmakers like stunning and delectable Ini Dima-Okojie in the lead role as Amaka, Nkem “Osuofia” Owoh, Gloria Anozie- Young, Linda Ejiofo-Suleiman, Kunle Remi, as well as Uzor Arukwe, Abounce, Ik Osakioduwa, Ade Adefeko, corporate mandarin in a cameo role and comedian Seyi Law Kpali takes us from London to Lagos with large dollops of laughter.
Set to hit the Cinemas on Friday 20, December 2019, Kpali is a movie that will resonate with young and highly mobile Nigerians who schooled abroad, work abroad or are home for Christmas and even regular millennials trying to fend off their parents’ constant harangue – my dear, when are you getting married?
Executive Producer, Abhulime Ehiagwina, who is making his Nollywood debut with Kpali is pleased with the outcome of the movie with a story which he believes will further enrich the conversation about Nigerian immigrants in search of greener pastures.
For Producer Emem Ema, whose foray into the entertainment circuit began as a member of girl, band, Kush, “It was really exciting to see first-hand the deep connection between the actors and their roles on this project. It was a pretty intense production and we can’t wait to bring this remarkable experience to movie fans across Nigeria this December.’
‘Comedian Broda Shaggi now Otedola’s son-in-law’
Comedian Brodashaggi is now the son-in-law of billionaire Femi Otedola, after he commented on a viral video in which DJ Cuppy appears to kiss the comedian.
“My son-in-law”, Femi Otedola commented, obviously jokingly, amidst the thousands of retweets and comments the video has generated.
In her own post of the video, DJ Cuppy tantalisingly wrote: Dreams do come through, breaking her comment with a kissing emoji and then adding: congrats to Brodashaggi.
Brodashaggi, real name Samuel Perry, must have been in a dreamworld for landing a kiss with Cuppy as the video shows him collapsing afterwards.
He wrote: “FINALLY, I kissed Dj Coppied (Sic)”.
On Brodashaggi’s Instagram account, the post had garnered in less than 24 hours over 700,000 views. It is also trending on YouTube, with over 300,000 views on Wednesday morning.
This viral video has also ignited the dreams of many other Nigerian who also wished on Twitter to kiss DJ Cuppy, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Why Spoken Word performance should be kept alive, by Onuoha
heatre enthusiasts, artistes, critics and others that attended the Lagos Fringe Festival 2019, and had the opportunity to watch the stage presentation of Nwa Chukwu, a spoken word performance by Ndukwe Onuoha, featuring Maka and Tonie The Emperor, cannot but note with nostalgia, the sheer brilliance and rich theatrical resonance.
The Lagos Fringe Festival is an open access multidisciplinary arts festival for producers, culture advocates, exhibitors and performers to showcase their work, either existing or new work to a diverse audience consisting of local and international audiences, venue owners, curators and arts buyers.
The six-day Lagos Fringe Festival 2019, organised in partnership with Multichoice Nigeria, British Council Nigeria, Freedom Park and the Alliance Francaise, took place on 19th to 24th November, 2019, at various venues across the city of Lagos.
It thus afforded teeming theatre enthusiasts opportunity to rich and engaging spoken word performances as well as dozens of other theatrical presentations. Indeed, spoken word performance has continued to assert its relevance and place in live theatre, just as it continues to thrill, provoke discourse and inspires audiences across the country.
The piece, Nwa Chukwu, is a stage adaptation of Onuoha’s Spoken Word album, titled Nwa Chukwu. Onuoha fuses a unique conversational delivery with traditional instrumentation to convey “poetry that is accessible, relatable and at once punchy”.
Born and raised in Aba, Abia State, Nigeria, Onuaha studied History and International Relations at Abia State University, but has worked in advertising ever since. For him, poetry, a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings, is an important tool for keeping social issues on the front burner of society.
“Spoken word performance is a very important tool for keeping social issues on the front burner of society, and should be kept alive by all means.
“I fuse a unique conversational delivery with traditional instrumentation to deliver poetry that is accessible, relatable and at once punchy. I’m an incurable ad man, and an award-winning copywriter and Creative Director of 7even Interactive, a fast-rising advertising agency in Lagos, Nigeria.
Nwa Chukwu: Spoken word performance, he says, was inspired by the need to start a conversation about identity. “More and more, we see many young Nigerians shirk their identity in favour of Western ideals. So I wanted to start a conversation about identity and what it means to be Nigerian.”
According to him, the presentation at the Lagos Fringe Festival was the first of many performances. “This is my first theatre production, so I had to learn as we went along.
Poems for Nwa Chukwu were written and performed by Ndukwe Onuoha, featuring Maka and Tonie The Emperor.
The performance was directed by Ndukwe Onuoha and Tonie The Emperor, and produced by Tonie The Emperor.
ZMirage CEO, Teju Kareem bags Honourary Doctorate in Benin Republic
or his years of committed and selfless service to the creative industry sector of the Republic of Benin, Nigerian artiste, theatre technician and businessman, Teju Kareem, was on Wednesday, honored in Porto Novo, the Republic’s prime cultural city. Alongside eight other recipients, the Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer of ZMirage Multimedia Company, was conferred with a Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in Public Administration by the EDEXCEL University, based in Ifangni town, a few kilometers from the Nigeria-Benin border.
In the letter of nomination, the Council of the university said the popular theatre technician and scenographer was considered worthy of the award because of his “relentless service to the good of the people of the Republic.”
The ceremony was held Wednesday, December 4, in the course of the school’s 2019 Matriculation,Convocation & Honorary Award Programme at the Palace Bayol (Cultural Centre) of the city of Porto Novo; and was witnessed by about 300 people, including eminent guests in the academic circles of both Benin and Nigeria; and parents and guardians of some of the graduating and matriculating students.
Past recipients of the award include: His Royal Highness Alhaji (Dr.) Sule Gambari, Emir of Ilorin and Chancellor Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State (2008); His Excellency Ibhahim Shekarau, former governor of Kano state, 2008; and His Excellency, Alhaji Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi, former governor of Zamfara State, 2010, among others. President and Chancellor of the university, Professor Emmanuel Odeh Ogbeh, urged Kareem to continue with his “selfless service to the cause of humanity; and urged the students to emulate such virtues of service.
He stressed that the university’s motto remains “Education for Innovation and Self-Reliance as this is the only way Africa can liberate itself from its many challenges. The school, he said, is affiliated to over 40 institutions of higher learning “to ensure quality assurance”. Founded in Nigeria in 2009 as the Institute of Business Technology Management of Nigeria, the school relocated and was upgraded to a full university status in Benin Republic in April 2014.
Among the contributions cited in his name were: technical direction of the visit of Pope Francis to the Republic in 2011, which was considered groundbreaking; Technical Producer SICA and CIOFF (International Council of Organisations of Folklore Festival and Folk Arts), Cotonou 2012; Technical producer Miss Benin; Technical Producer Miss Malaika Benin Republic, which changed the character of such showbiz event in the republic – it was adjudged the best of such an event in the history of the country; Director General International of Igbale Aiye, a UNESCO heritage site; coordination of the campaign and eventual investiture of then President Boni Yayi in 2013, said to be an experiential event that is yet to be equaled; the staging of the Miss Malaika Beauty Pageant.
Present at the investiture were Doctor Bonny Botoku, CEO Multiple Vision Nigeria Limited and
Secretary/Translator Benin-Nigeria Interborder Relations, who is also convener of the yearly African
Integration Festival; Mr. Oladipo Okeowo, CEO Oaklandit ventures, and Mr. Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo, culture curator and communicator and former editor of The Guardian on Sunday.
11th Ben Enwonwu Lecture: Art as instrument for peace, conflict resolution
he place of art as an instrument for peace, conflict resolution and socio-economic transformation is the focus of 11th Distinguished Ben Enwonwu Annual Lecture scheduled to hold tomorrow in Lagos.
Instituted in 2004 by Ben Enwonwu Foundation (BEF) to immortalise Prof. Ben Enwonwu’s unequaled contributions to the growth of art in Africa and the world, the distinguished lecture series offers an opportunity for national and international leaders, renowned academics, policy makers and the rich diversity of contemporary Nigerian society to share their understanding and perspectives on the role of art in causing desirable societal changes including the upholding of cultural identity and relations, human rights/social justice and economic empowerment for nation building.
On October 5, 1966, a copy of Ben Enwonwu’s critically acclaimed work, ‘Anyanwu’ (1954-55) was gifted by the Nigerian government to the United Nations (UN) in promoting world peace. Standing gracefully at the lobby of the UN’s headquarters in New York, ‘Anyanwu’ symbolises an emergent African continent with many of her countries gaining independence. Other works by the artist advocating for peace, conflict resolution and societal transformation include the series ‘Children of Biafra’ (1968-72) and ‘Storm over Biafra’ (1972), which chart Enwonwu’s anguish over the Nigerian civil war.
According to the organisers, against this background, the 11th Distinguished Ben Enwonwu Lecture, which will hold at Agip Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos, aims to promote peace and conflict resolution by creating social transformation and change.
“The lecture will seek to also address systemic oppression, such as racism, colonialism, sexism, religious fanaticism, violent extremism, and relations in mainstream institutions and practices.
It is hoped that the lecture will spark a shift in our collective consciousness, resulting in a reinvigorated and revitalised population, restored civic pride and economic prosperity.”
The guest speaker is Ms. Harriet Thompson, The Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria.
The Ben Enwonwu Foundation (BEF) was established in 2003 in honour of celebrated Nigerian artist, Prof. Benedict Chukwukadibia Enwonwu MBE, NNOM (1917-94). The Foundation aims to sustain and build on his life and works through which he forged a philosophical basis for contemporary Nigerian art by fusing Western techniques and indigenous traditions.
In 2004, the Foundation started its distinguished lecture series, which has become a major gathering for the rich diversity of contemporary Nigerian society. It offers an opportunity for national and international leaders, renowned academics and policy makers to share their understanding and perspectives on the role of art in causing desirable societal changes while contributing to nation building and economic empowerment.
“Through scholarships and grants, The Ben Enwonwu Foundation supports research, exhibitions and publications that foster innovative and scholarly artistic expression. Previous beneficiaries of the scheme include students of Yaba College of Technology, Ahmadu Bello University, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Lagos.
“In furtherance of its objectives, the Foundation opened an art centre in the artist’s home to promote research into his practice. The centre’s year-round educational programme explores Enwonwu’s art practice, the cultural and social context of his work and links to contemporary themes. The centre also houses leading gallery, Omenka, which represents a select number of African and international artists while examining in an experimental and research-minded way, contemporary art developments and discourses in Nigeria,” the foundation stated in a statement.
It noted that currently, the Foundation is embarking on several projects, which include publishing a catalogue raisonné of Enwonwu’s works, as well as autobiography, lectures and writings on contemporary African art.
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