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The 90s saw the onset of Nollywood as we know it today, when movies were shot in VCDs. These movies became popular as well as the beautiful actresses that dominated that era.

Before the likes of Mercy Johnson and Ini Edo became popular, theses divas were the talk of the town as they mesmerized us with their beauty. They warmed their way into our hearts with their acting prowess. No movies came out without one or two of them starring in lead roles.

 

With time, Nollywood evolved into an industry saw more beautiful ladies grace the silver screen like never before. These days, new Nollywood as we know it churns out beautiful actresses in their dime a dozen that we can hardly keep up.

So we’re a bit nostalgic and decided to go back in time and remember these iconic ladies, who did not only dazzle us with their beauty but with their exceptional acting skills that we simply cannot forget them in a hurry.

Some of these ladies went missing in action for decades and suddenly came back to act one or two movies to disappear yet again; while others remained in oblivion and we only get to see snippet of them only on special occasions.

Just like fine wine, these ladies have aged with grace and still look beautiful. We would really love to see them grace our screens once again as matured actors and veterans in the industry.

Here are top Nollywood actresses that got us glued to our TV set in the 90s but are missing in action in recent movies.

Regina Askia

 

Hazel eyed beauty, Regina Askia is one lady who graced our silver screen back in the 1990s and we can never forget her beautiful face or acting skills.

 

The former beauty queen and actress came into limelight after featuring in the hit movie ‘Glamour Girls‘.

 

She was one actress who came with the celebrity package as she was a former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. She graced our hearts and screens equally during her glory days.

 

She got her acting break in 1993, when she played the role of a gold digger, Tokunbo Johnson in Nigeria soap, ‘Fortunes’ on NTA Network. A role which earned her critical acclaim and lead roles in Nollywood hit movies such as: ‘Suicide Mission’, ‘Most Wanted’ and others.

 

She disappeared from the movies when she got married to an American and relocated to the USA. Regina is now a registered Nurse based in the United States with her African-American Hubby – Rudy Williams and they are blessed two grown up children, a boy and a girl.

 

 

Liz Benson

 

The Efik-born actress began acting when she was just a kid. Liz Benson was able to warm her way into the hearts of millions of Nigerian movie fans with her elegance and beauty. She became popular when she featured in ‘Fortunes’, a television soap opera in 1993. In 1994, her role in ‘Glamour Girls’, a very successful home video film literally shot her into prominence and gradually she warmed her way into the hearts of millions of Nigerian movie fans. Surprisingly, just when her rating as a leading actress had begun to rise even higher than expected, Benson suddenly quit acting in 1996. She became a born-again Christian and started preaching the gospel. The Efik-born actress took another shot at marriage after her conversion. In a quiet registry in Abuja, She got married to Bishop Great Emeya in 2009.The couple are deeply involved in a Christian Evangelical Ministry.

 

Lizzy did a partial return to the movie industry sometimes back, but she made sure she only acted in good movies with roles different from what she used to play. With all this, this great actress has maintained a low profile. She is no subject to the media.

 

 

Franca Brown

 

Nigerians will hardly forget Franca Brown, who played the role of Mama Nosa in popular TV drama, ‘Behind the Clouds’, which ran on NTA in the early 80s.

 

The ageless actress who began her acting career as an undergraduate at University of Jos has acted in a number of Nollywood flicks and just like Patience Ozokwor, she is notable for her ‘wicked’ motherly roles. From there, she featured in the movie ‘Jezebel’ and several other popular movies.

 

In recent times, she has appeared on television as a presenter for a Promasidor cooking show. Today, she is no longer popular in the Nigerian movie industry but her name is in the hearts of many.

 

 

 

Euharia Anunobi

 

Eucharia came into limelight for her role in the movie, ‘Glamour Girls’ in 1994 and has gone on to star in over 90 movies including ‘Abuja Connection’ and ‘Letters to a Stranger’. She has acted in over 200 Nollywood movies and the toast of most movie producers as everyone wanted to feature her in their movies.

 

Eucharia is one of the most talented actresses in Nigeria and has a good command of the English language. She has won the best actress awards in virtually all the award categories in the country.

Eucharia has retired from acting movies and is currently a born again Christian serving as an evangelist in a local church in Lagos. In 2017, she was officially ordained as a pastor.

Sadly, Eucharia lost her only son, Raymond, whom she described as her best friend to complications arising from sickle cell anemia on August 22, 2017. He was aged 15.

Nkiru Sylvanus

 

Nkiru Sylvanus is known for her crying roles and tear-filled eyes in movies. She featured in ‘Egg of Life’, ‘A Cry for Help’, among other home videos that made her popular.

She disappeared from our screens for several years as she delved into Imo State politics. She received a lot of tongue lashing from movie fans for her romance with politics. Nkiru Sylvanus was the Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha. However, the Nollywood diva recently announced that she is back to the industry not just as an actress but also a producer. She plans returning soon, and has indeed started appearing partially in new productions.

 

Dolly Unachukwu

 

Bold and beautiful Dolly was a face to behold back in the 90s. She featured in a number of movies back then that became instant hit. Her pioneering role in the Nigerian movie industry is legendary, having appeared in dozens of movies ranging from the highly controversial ‘Glamour Girls’ , to ‘Full Moon’, ‘Final Decision’ and ‘Deadly Affair’.

 

She had a beautiful way of carrying herself that she was labelled ‘ Madam of Nollywood’ as she also had a lot of acting roles in that capacity.

 

Now known as Dolly Unachukwu-Olaniyan, she quietly married a man she calls her best friend and confidant, one Dr. Olaniyan, few years back. Dolly’s new husband is a pastor. This will be Dolly’s third attempt at marriage. Her first marriage crashed in 1994 and her second some years back. She is blessed with two children. Dolly has since retired from Nollywood and relocated to United Kingdom with her family.

 

 

Susan Patrick

 

Beautiful, gap-tooth Susan became a popular face with her dazzling performance in her role in the movie ‘Sakobi the Snake Girl’. She is one of the top actresses that made it big in the early 90s. Susan was ripped with a lot of controversies in her days as she was alleged to have snatched another woman’s husband while studying at the Lagos State University, LASU. She is no longer active in the film industry. She hardly appears in public functions and virtually nothing is known about her post her movie career. She became prominent in movies produced by both Zeb and his brother Chico Ejiro.

 

Ndidi Obi

 

Beautiful Ndidi Obi popularly known as ‘Nneka the Pretty Serpent’ became popular for her powerful role in that Igbo movie of the same title. She went ahead to act in other movies that made her popular as well especially in the Igbo genre.

 

She went underground for years as Nollywood evolved and nothing much was heard about her until she was suddenly seen in some Igbo movies few years ago but we are yet to see her in new works.

 

Sandra Achums

 

She was the darling of most Nollywood movies in the 90s and she featured in most movies produced during that era. The ‘Love without Language’ star was once described as the darling of Nollywood but no longer seen in any today’s movies.

 

Sandra Achums is one actress who was well known in the 90s for her acting skills. She was known for her very daring roles as she was never shy to take any role. She was also known for taking up controversial roles which made her very popular. She was known as the ‘bad girl’ of the 90s Nollywood. Everyone can remember her role in the movie ‘Hatred’ where she played the role of a wicked granddaughter. She’s also known for her roles in the movies ‘Deadly Affair’ (1995) and ‘Domitilla’ (1996).

 

Since the emergence of the new Nollywood, Sandra Achums has been relatively absent and hasn’t played any major roles. She is however now married and resides abroad with her family and is now into private business.

 

 

Victoria Inyama

 

Victoria Inyama, who hails from Abia State, is known for her expertise and eloquent deliveries which gave her lots of acting roles back then. She has since relocated to the United Kingdom where she is happily married. Currently Victoria is said to be managing a catering business and most of the time also seen at events involving Nollywood UK.

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olice in Enugu State yesterday dismissed speculations that cow meat sold in a community market in the state was poisoned.

 

The police were reacting to viral video showing several dead vultures in a local market, Ihe in Awgu Local Government Area.

 

An unidentified voice in the video attributed the death of the vultures to the consumption of poisoned cow meat at the local abattoir consumed by the birds.

 

 

The voice was warning people not to consume cow meat sold in the market that day (Saturday) alleging that herdsmen poisoned the cow slaughtered in the market.

 

 

The viral video raised concern and panic among Enugu residents. 

 

 

But reacting to the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, dismissed the video and the alleged speculation of poisoned cow, saying it was the activities of bird hunters that caused the death of the vultures.

 

 

He said: “The attention of the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to a wide speculation occasioned by a video in circulation that a lot of vultures consumed cow meat and died in Enugu community.

 

 

“The command wishes to inform members of the public that there is no cause for alarm as enquiry conducted by the command revealed that it is the activity of bird hunters (poachers) who usually mix some concoction with slaughtered animal left overs and faeces with a view to attracting vultures  to it and to consume it.

 

 

“Further information gathered revealed that after consuming it, vultures will be weak and subsequently die for them to go and pick it. However, some vultures believed to have taken the concoction of these bird hunters (poachers) fell down in Enugu community market and were not able to be picked on time before the widespread speculations.

 

 

“The command, however, wishes to make it clear that it is not emanating from any slaughtered animal for human consumption but rather the activities of mischief-makers who want to provoke and cause mayhem in the state. The commissioner of police enjoins all to be law-abiding and go about their normal lawful businesses.”

 

 

Meanwhile, an anonymous Facebook user, who claimed to be from Ihe, posted that the death of the vultures was the handiwork of mischief-makers as no cow meat was poisoned.

 

He wrote: “Dear All, I went to my home town, Ihe, yesterday to find out the truth. The truth is that some mischievous individuals added ‘Utaba’ local tobacco to cow carcass at the slaughter waste site in Eke Ihe market…. that’s automatic poison for vultures.”

 

 

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ach time she opened her eyes, she saw the eyes staring at her. She wondered where she was. Her mind couldn’t focus on anything. Suddenly, everything seemed to be turning round. She felt herself being lifted, face turned upward. As she was about to hit the white ceiling, she started dropping. She opened her mouth and let out a blood-cuddling scream. No one heard her. Not even the pair of eyes that was boring into hers. She fell and fell…she screamed as she hurtled down. She had already lost hope of surviving but as she hit the base, she was enveloped in a feathery white, warm space. She burrowed into it thankfully.

 

When she woke up again, the eyes were still looking at her. But as she stared at the eyes, they seemed to develop facial features…until they morphed into the face of a young man. She frowned but the young man smiled at her. He was a complete stranger. She looked around her. She remembered she was in a hospital and she remembered that the doctor told her she was exhausted and needed to rest. She knew she was put to sleep. She felt better and stronger now. The only thing she couldn’t understand was why the young man was sitting beside her bed in the ward. She looked around, there were three other patients in the ward.

 

She yawned. She was feeling sleepy. The young man looked intently at her but said nothing. She needed to get in touch with Bolan. Her eyes closed and she eased into slumberland…

 

****#

 

Jay drove fast and furious for a while before easing his foot on the throttle. He wondered where he was racing to and realised he was on his way home -home where he no longer had access to. He stepped on his car brakes and drove slowly to the portion of the road where he could turn his car effortlessly. He did just that and was about driving off when a car honk drew his attention.

 

He knew it would be one of his neighbours for he was almost at the estate’s gate. He ignored whoever it was for he was not ready to explain why he hadn’t been seen around his home in months. As he drove off, his phone beeped. It was Charles.

 

“Hello Charles,” he said as he answered.

 

“Jay, I’m sure you drove past me a few minutes ago. You seem to be in a hurry,” Charles told him.

 

“Yes bro. I need to see someone urgently,” he said.

 

They talked some more until Charles told him he was home.

 

It was then he checked the time. It was almost 10pm and he was driving towards Debola’s house. He slowed down. It wasn’t as if he planned to go there, though he knew she was expecting him.

 

Well, since she had threatened him earlier, it would be good for him to look in and see her.

 

His mind went back to his wife and he pulled off the road. How would he go about apologising for his shameful act? What would their children feel if they hear that he beat up their mother in a public place? They already felt scandalized that he raised his hand on her. He was in for a fresh round of quarrels with them. He wondered where Adele was at that moment. But, who was the man that dropped her off at the restaurant and kissed her? Her man friend? For how long had they been together? Could she have been cheating on him all this while? Adele cheat on him? She didn’t look the type that could do that; but then, you never know with women. The more docile they look, the more dangerous they are! But Adele loved him, that he knew. Where could that love have gone? She still loved him, he was convinced. He just needed to hit the right chord with her. His only problem was that each time he tried to be good, something would push him to do a despicable thing, like he did a few hours ago. He would have to start all over again. He prayed she would agree to another meeting with him. He had the urge to talk to her. Would she answer his call? He took his phone and dialed her number. It didn’t go through. He sighed. He would get back to her issue later. For now, he would sort out Debola’s trouble. Pregnancy! He knew he caused it. Why did he take advantage of her at her most vulnerable state? What bestial lust pushed him to a traumatised woman who was temporarily out of her senses? Now, he had played into her hands!

 

Well, he would find a way out. For if Adele or their children ever hear of it, then, he could kiss his marriage and family bye. He drove the few paces to Debola’s house.

 

As he parked his car and alighted, something told him not to enter but it was too late, two of her neighbours had already seen him. It wouldn’t be proper to go back to his car and drive off.

 

“Maami, my husband is here,” Debola said as she held back the door for him.

 

Jay momentarily missed his step. Ma’ami? Who was that?My husband? Whose husband? He looked around.

 

“Good evening ma,” he said to an elderly woman sitting on the couch.

 

He could barely recognise his voice.

 

“Good evening my son,” the woman responded warmly.

 

“It’s a surprise my husband. I didn’t want to tell you my mother was visiting,” she said.

 

“Oh great, I mean yeah, you should have told me. I don’t like such a surprise…em but…em…mama you’re welcome. How are you?” He stuttered as he sat on a stool close to the dressing mirror.

 

He gave the bed a wide berth. What did he walk into this night? Debola! She obviously hadn’t stopped scheming. He noticed that both Debola and her mother were staring at him. The old woman was apparently talking to him. He looked from mother to daughter, confusion on his face.

 

“I was asking how your day was,” the old woman said.

 

“Oh my day was fine,” he said.

 

He was uncomfortable. He hadn’t bargained for this.

 

“Debola told me you’re preparing to come and see us. I’m so happy that you’re about to do the right thing. What are you doing for a living?” She asked.

 

Jay shifted uncomfortably. He was suddenly hot despite the cool weather.

 

“Em…em…em…I’m not doing anything for now. I’m waiting for things to improve,” he said, surprised at himself.

 

Debola darted him a poisonous look. He ignored her. Even he didn’t believe himself. Debola’s mother stared at him.

 

 

“If you don’t have a job, how do you intend to take care of a wife? You have to think about it very well,” the old woman said.

 

 

“Maami, it’s not as if he doesn’t have a job,” Debola said.

 

“Debola, a man says he doesn’t have a job, you’re telling me he has a job. Are you the person he’s working for?” Her mother asked her.

 

“Maami…” Debola began but the old woman would give her no chance to talk.

 

“Where do you live? Are you living with someone or you’re living alone?” She asked Jay.

 

“He has a house, a big house,” Debola replied her mother.

 

“Are you his mouthpiece? Did I ask you? Why not allow him talk? Or, are you the one that built the house for him? I’ve told you that your mouth will put you in trouble. Every time talk talk talk, whether you’re asked or not, you’ll be running your mouth like person suffering from diarrhoea,” her mother shouted at her.

 

Jay shifted on the stool. Suddenly, he was enjoying the whole thing.

 

Debola could kill him right now if she had a gun. Her eyes were dripping anger. Jay looked her straight in the eyes. Time to leave…

 

*******#

 

Bolan’s head throbbed. It was almost midnight and he hadn’t heard from the only woman that made life meaningful for him. Where could she be? He blamed himself for dropping her at the restaurant and zooming off. He should have waited for her there! He had a gut feeling that something was wrong. Could she have been kidnapped? His blood ran cold. He was sure the man that drove into the restaurant premises and drove out in a hurry was the same person she had a dinner date with. What he didn’t know was whether they met or not.

 

Bolan had checked inside the restaurant and the premises three times. There was no trace of Adele.

 

He had gone to his house twice to check if she took a cab home. She hadn’t. He left word with the security man to call him if they see her. He had gone to her house twice and she hadn’t been home. He took the security man’s number and had been in contact with him several times. He toyed with the idea of reporting a case of a missing person at the police station, but he knew the police would tell him to go wait for 24 hours.

 

When he drove to the restaurant the fourth time that night, the security men at the main gate stopped him for questioning. That vehicle had driven in and out of that premises a number of times that evening, one of them observed.

 

“I’m looking for my woman. I dropped her here about six hours ago for a dinner with somebody. I was to pick her up later but I haven’t heard from her since then. I’ve checked inside the restaurant three times and gone home to look for her. I haven’t seen her,” he told them.

 

“Call her phone. Or is she not answering you?” One of them asked.

 

“She forgot her phones in my car,” Bolan told them.

 

“The restaurant has closed for the day,” one of the security men said.

 

Bolan looked around him. There were few vehicles parked in the premises.

 

“Can I still look around. Please,” he asked them.

 

The three security men stared at him.

 

“Please, she’s the only woman I Iove. Please. Let me look into those vehicles parked there. Please,” he pleaded with them.

 

“People are in some of those vehicles. It’s not proper for you to be looking into them,” one of them said, looking over his shoulder.

 

It took a while before it dawned on Bolan why the vehicles were still there.

 

“Okay. Can I stay here with you until the last vehicle leaves? I just want to be sure she’s not in one of them,” he told them.

 

“You can’t be looking into the vehicles while they are driving out,” one of them said.

 

When they saw the wad of naira notes he held out to them, they were all smiles.

 

“Okay sir. You can park near the gate. We need to check your car booth though,” one of them said.

 

A security guard strode to the gate as Bolan alighted from his car. He stood and watched as they conversed in low tones. He couldn’t hear what they were saying but suddenly, one of them ran to him.

 

“My colleague said a woman was rushed to the hospital. He said some people said she fainted while others said she was beaten up by her husband,” the security man said.

 

“She’s definitely the one. Which hospital was she taken?” Bolan shouted.

 

“He doesn’t know. The manager should know but he has gone home,” he said.

 

 

“Please get the manager’s number. I’ll pay. I’ll pay you,” Bolan pleaded.

 

They dialed the manager’s number and it wasn’t going through. Bolan punched the number on his phone and dialed, it didn’t go through. He dialed and dialed…

 

 

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Let’s continue this journey on Sunday!

 

 

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My dream is to see novel adaptation to movies –Lillian Amah Aluko

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Lillian Amah Aluko is a veteran actress, author, producer and a two-time Vice President, Association of Movie Producers (AMP).  The actress, who is respected for her acting prowess, has been in the movie industry for over two decades now. The beautiful thespian is also a writer and has continued to display her writing skills in literature; having two novels to her credit. In this interview with VANESSA OKWARA, she shares her love for movie production and sundry issues

 

 

When did you start acting?

 

I started acting in 1996. My first movie was with Richard Mofe Damijo’s ‘Out of Bounds’.

 

What was it like acting with RMD?

 

It was a great experience. He was this huge star I saw on TV, but he was totally down to earth. He really nurtured me on that project and that’s what made it easy for me. Working with RMD was a real pleasure. It was my very first time on a movie set and my first professional acting experience. I had only ever acted on stage in school productions. Acting beside RMD definitely helped me up my game. The director, Tade Ogidan, was very kind, firm and professional. He encouraged, coached and directed. He took a very good script and turned it into a beautiful and timeless film. The cast and crew of OOB were a lovely family and it was a lot of fun working on that set.

 

So you could say ‘Out of Bounds’ brought you to limelight?

 

Yes, it did. It actually gave me two awards, FIMA and the Real Awards.

 

After ‘Out of Bounds’, what was your career like?

 

It was up and up for me. Before 2005 when I started acting, I was in full time employment as a banker.

 

What was a banker doing in the movie industry?

 

Acting was my first love but my parents wanted me to have a responsible job, so I had to go into the banking industry. But by 2005, I was old enough to stand up and say ‘I want to follow my heart’.

 

How long were you in the bank?

 

 

I worked as a banker for ten years. In the last bank where I worked, I had been there for five years but had been in a couple of banks before that. While working in the bank, I nurtured my acting ambition. I was lucky to be at the bank I was. There were no frigid rules; we worked as one big family. This was one of the main reasons I could succeed in my acting career. I was allowed to do all that I needed to be done concerning acting until I finally resigned in 2005. It was while I was there that I featured in ‘Doctors’ Quarters’. This is why I have continually been grateful to God and that bank for their support. It is not common with any bank or organisation to allow such a move.

 

You are also a writer. Tell us a bit about your works?

 

My first novel, ‘Echoes of a Heartbeat’, is a novel published in the UK, which later became a best-seller.  My second novel is ‘Dreams of Yesterday’.  It is a thriller/suspense novel set in 1960s Nigeria. Having concluded training at the University of California and Hollywood.

 

Which movie did you produce?

 

That would be ‘After the I Dos’, an Africa Magic Original Film series being aired as part of the Africa Magic Original Blockbuster Festival. The movie was produced by me and directed by Samantha Iwowo.

Who starred in it?

 

We had me, Kalu Ikeagwu, Dakore Akande, Bimbo Akintola, Ejike Asiegbu, and then we had Sunny Nneji. Sunny is a fantastic actor. I thought he was just a musician, but he blew me away in that movie.

 

What was growing up like?

 

It was lovely. My parents are very lovely, but they are also disciplined. My father was a naval officer, my mother was a teacher. You know that kind of combination can be tough.

 

 

What is your fashion style?

 

I just love being simple. I just like to wear something that makes me comfortable, and makes me look decent.

 

What is your passion and what drives you?

 

I’m mostly driven by the desire to succeed, and make myself and the people around me happy.

 

Tell us about your family?

 

So far so good, we thank the Lord.

Are you married?

 

Yes, I am married.

What qualities attracted you to your husband?

 

There are lots, but you see I really don’t like to talk about my family because they didn’t choose the limelight, I did. So I don’t like to drag them in to it. And if you don’t mind, I don’t do any of the personal questions.

What is your philosophy of life?

 

Life is short, live it to the fullest.

 

I can see you are wearing your natural hair. How long have you had it?

 

I have been wearing dreadlocks for a long time now. The first time I had it, I wore it for almost ten years. I started dreadlocks in 2000. And then I wore it till 2010, cut it off, and I started again in 2012.

What fashion accessories can you not do without?

 

There is nothing I can’t do without.

 

But what can you not do without whenever you are going out?

 

Well, I like to wear earrings and my wristwatch.

 

You are looking beautiful and radiant. What is your secret?

 

It’s the grace of the Almighty. I used to exercise a lot. But in the last four years, I haven’t really done much of exercise, so I hope to go back. And then I try to be at peace with myself, I try not to eat too much, I don’t drink alcohol.

You have been in the movie industry for how many years now?

 

I have been acting since 1996. It will be twenty three years this year.

 

So what has it been like to be over twenty years in the industry?

 

It has been a lot of fun. There have been ups and downs, but I am here to stay because this is what I have a passion for. And right now, we are trying very hard, my colleagues and I, to put some structures into Nollywood. Nollywood has gotten to a height and to sustain it, we need to move from there. And to do that, we need to have structures in place.

 

Have you been scandal free in your career?

 

 

It’s been God. The press has been kind to me. I thank them for that.

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As usual, Jimi Agbaje goes off scene

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From what has been noticed of Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State since the conclusion of the general elections a few months back, one might be tempted to say the man in question, Jimi Agbaje has lived up to his tag as ‘electioneering period politician’. Agbaje is perceived as a politicians who makes appearances only when the elections are approaching, and this trait of his, some are of the view is one of the factors he has successfully  retained status of a former governorship aspirant after each election.

 

 

In three of the last four election cycles, Jimi had emerged on the scene, beating drums of revolution and good governance, gathering people under his banner and declaring that victory would be his. He first burst into public consciousness in 2007 when he had a thrilling campaign under the banner of the defunct African Democratic Congress, ADC. Although he lost, he made a great impression in the minds of many and was tipped by pundits as someone that would go on to scale greater heights.

 

 

Those greater heights have not materialized, however. Again and again Jimi keeps coming. Again and again, Jimi is denied. His third try at becoming governor in 2019 ended in a loss as humiliating as his second attempt four years earlier. It didn’t help that he was reportedly at loggerheads with many chieftains of the state PDP over allocation of election resources, leading many of them to leave him alone to sink or swim by himself. Since he was taught a lesson in unity by the well-oiled machinery of the APC in Lagos, Jimi has slunk away with his tails behind his legs.

 

 

Rumours at a time had it that the career pharmacist had dumped the PDP to align with the All Progressives Congress but he was swift to come out and debunk it. As it is, all fingers are crossed to see the moves that will be made by JK as Jimi is called come 2023.

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Dignitaries bid Stella Ajaere farewell

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It was nothing short of glorious outing penultimate weekend when dignitaries of all shades and the management and staff of God is Good Motors that is also known as GIGM.COM led by Chidi Ajaere paid their last respect to the late Co-Founder and President of GIGM.com, Mrs. Stella Ajaere, as she was laid to rest at the Ikoyi Cemetery, Lagos State after a funeral service.

 

Important personalities took time out of their busy schedule to identify with Ajaere family to bid farewell to the matriarch.

 

Some of the dignitaries include: the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, his Deputy, Engineer Femi Hamzat, Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa,  the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku’ Akpolokpolo Ewuare II, Senior pastor of God’s Mercy and Grace International Church, Okokomaiko Lagos State, Reverend Mark-Saviour Egeonu. Others include: His Royal Majesty, Eze Boniface Ikenna Egwuogu, the Igwe Ohazurume 1 of Ulo-ano Ndugba Autinomous Community,Isu, Imo State.

 

Also, in a tribute message sent by the National leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State described the late Stella as a rare gem who was industrious and also committed all she had to humanity.

 

Stella, whose husband, Deacon Edwin Ajaere was killed by kidnappers in 2019, it will be recalled gave up the ghost early in the year in the United State of America after a long battle with cancer. She was survived by their three children namely, Chidi, Uche and Chima.

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Bez, Bolatito Idakula relish great moment

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ew years ago, it was all high expectation of what the event was going to be like when singer, Bez Idakula, who is from a well to do home and daughter of shipping magnate who doubles as the former governor of Oyo State, Chief Rasheed Ladoja, Bolatito decided to take their relationship as mere lovers to a higher level where they would become man and wife. True to expectation, the ceremony was indeed a classy and glamourous wedding ceremony.

 

 

Unfortunately, the young couple had to endure a very devastating moment very early in their marital life when their first fruit, a supposed bundle of joy couldn’t survive beyond days on planet earth.

 

 

It was no doubt a very traumatic period for the Idakula’s, especially Bolatito, who nursed the pregnancy for nine months. It was however relieving that even in their grieving moment; they remained together in love even as Bez provided a shoulder to take the wife through the unpleasant season.

 

 

However, Bez and Bolatito have since had great reasons to put the terrible of loss of a child behind them as they are presently blessed with two wonderful children. The couple in the past few days has been over the moon as their first child, Joshua, days ago added another year to turn three and expectedly, the anniversary is a source of happiness for his parents as they couldn’t conceal their joy but expressed it greatly as well as showed gratitude to their creator for wiping their tears and given them reasons to smile.

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Youngest monarch, Obi Noah Akaeze graduates in UK

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bout three years ago, very disturbing news broke that the traditional ruler of Ubulu-Uku in Delta State, His Royal Highness Obi Akaeze Ofulue III, had been kidnapped. Following efforts being made to secure his release; many had nurtured hope the monarch would again breathe the air of freedom but that was not to be as his abductors cut his life short and sent him to his early grave.

 

Of course, his son, the heir apparent was born to succeed his father but didn’t bargain that he would ascend the throne at just 18 years but fate conspired to hasten his journey to the throne as he had taken father’s place unexpectedly. Young Chukwuma Noah Akaeze at age 18 had to take time off his law study in England to ascend the throne of his fore fathers as the Obi of Ubulu-Uku Kingdom after which he returned to the United Kingdom to continue his education.

To the admiration of the people of Ubulu-Uku, their young king has become a proud graduate of Law as His Royal Majesty; Obi Chukwuma Noah Akaeze has completed his studies at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

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Faceapp challenge: Your favourite celeb old age looks

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Old age is something everyone looks forward to and also dreads at the same time. A lot of people are afraid of getting old, having wrinkles and skin shrinking; that’s why the cosmetic industry is a billion dollar business as people buy all sorts of cream to make them look young and fresh.

To preempt what you will likely look like in your seventies, there’s an app trending on social media all over the world that helps predict your looks at old age.

This app helps to create an older version of your looks. The app, called FaceApp, basically allows you to alter your photo to see how you’ll look when you get old. It gives three selections – ‘Old’, ‘Young’ and ‘Young 2’.

With this app, people can now guess how they might possibly look like growing old and social media has been buzzing with different old age pictures of people still in their twenties, thirties.

Trust Nigerian celebrities to always jump on any challenge!  First it was the Ten Years Challenge, where celebrities posted pictures they took ten years ago alongside their current photos and now is the FaceApp Challenge where people post their old age look pictures.

What makes a challenge better is usually when celebrities join the trend, and many of our Nigerian favourite celebrities also jumped on the bandwagon.

However from recent report revealed by Forbes, viral face changing application, FaceApp, reportedly now owns access to millions of people’s photos. According to Forbes, FaceApp now owns access to over 150 million photos and names and can do with it as they please for as long as they like. Forbes reports that according to the terms of service of the application, the company owns a never ending and royalty-free license to do anything with the information.

Check out how some of your favourite celebrities might look like in thirty to forty years’ time’ as VANESSA OKWARA reports

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Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha: Classic chic

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Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha is an award-winning Nigerian actress. She gained a degree in Banking and Finance from the Lagos State University. Her career fully began in 2000 when she played a role in her first movie, ‘The Apple’. The movie was a huge success and Chioma has continued in that stride with an unstoppable pace and has over 80 Nollywood movies to her credit.

 

Chioma’s acting prowess has been recognised locally and internationally. She co-produced and starred in the award nominated blockbuster ‘on bended knees’

 

In 2011, Chioma Akpotha was signed up as Glo ambassador in a deal that is worth over 100 million naira and has also endorsed several products from numerous industries.

 

There are many beautiful ladies in the movie industry and Chioma Chukwuka cannot be left out of the list; her astonishing looks would make you want to know more about her.

 

She is one celebrity that always looks reserved but keeps it real when it comes to fashion. The classic actress keeps it sheen and decent when she steps out for any event, she is indeed a fashion plate.

 

The Omo detergent ambassador got an alluring make-over section with makeup artist Obehi Evore, of ‘Evore Signature’ last year and she looked absolutely stunning! She has also joined team natural as she’s seen spotting her natural hair on red carpet.

 

It seems Chioma’s favourite colour is black. She is always seen on major red carpet events on black ensemble with pops of bright colour. She rocked an outfit to an award event and we did love the sheer elements on her outfit and her choice of silky yellow skirt to compliment the sheer black top and her wild natural hair- do with mild make up. She looked simple and classic!

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Fierce in Fulani braids

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y now you’ve probably seen this fabulous braided style circulating on several news feeds and fashion blogs. It’s the Fulani-inspired braids! It’s certainly not a new look, but rather a throwback brought to life again. If you wear your natural hair and looking for a cool, functional style then this Fulani inspired look with beads is a must try.

 

This braided natural hairstyle with beads, inspired by Fulani braiding styles, brings your twist out to the next level. And best of all, it can be worn in countless ways!

 

 

This hair style has a lot of benefits.  It tends to take slightly less time to install than some other protective styles such as traditional box braids or faux locks. It’s also a more light-weight option, should you opt out on garnishing with beads.

 

 

Also, its easy access to your scalp! Now this may sound weird, but, we all know that healthy hair starts at the scalp. When your hair is worn in protective styles it’s important to moisturize your scalp!

 

 

Fulani inspired braid styles have been killing the game this season and while the adults have been enjoying them, little girls have been rocking the styles as well. I think these braids are perfect for kids because not only do they love beads and charms but they are a fun way to protect her delicate tresses and give mommy a break for the long holiday months.

I hope you enjoy this look!

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