Ibinabo Fiberesima’s son graduates from UK University

The son of former president of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Malcolm Trimnell, recently graduated from University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

His mother, Ibinabo Fiberisima, announced this on a social media page recently.

The delectable actress, who expressed joy over her son’s graduation thanked God for His mercies over her and family members.

It was gathered that Trimnell studied Film Production at the university. It is pertinent to note that Trimnell’s name has been added to the list of prominent Nigerians’ children who graduated from universities abroad.

Kanu Nwankwo bags Master’s degree, poses with children

By Ada Dike

There is celebration in the home of Nigeria’s football icon, Kanu Nwankwo, as his beautiful wife, Amarachi, recently bagged Master’s degree at Regent University.

“Just did it” was the caption she wrote on a photograph she took with her children – Onyekachi, Chukwudi and Amarachi during her graduation.

Born in May 1984, she got married to one of Nigeria’s most popular player in 2004.

Bisola Aiyelola looks stunning in new photos

By Ada Dike

BBNaija’s brilliant ex-housemate and actress Bisola Aiyeola, has unveiled some photographs of where she was featured on iPoshlooks beauty team.

 The media lady, who  premiered her latest movie, Pitch Perfect recently, sure looks stunning in these photos below:

Miss Nigeria hinges country unity on educative, entertainment programmes

By Ada Dike

Following 90-day quit notice issues Arewa Youths to indigenes of South East in North, Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, has implored the Acting-President, Yemi Osinbajo, to embark on educative, sports and other programmes that would interest youth and serve as an avenue to spread the administration’s message on unity and peaceful co-existence.

Obiadi, the 40th winner of the beauty pageant, said that it is good to engage with leaders of thoughts on the issue of Nigeria’s unity, and suggested that a critical look at the recent spate of hate and divisive speech meant that the threat to the successful integration of the country comes from the youths.

According to her, let me use this opportunity to urge the Acting President to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to engage the youths on peace-building through activities that interests them.

She said: “The youths in Nigeria have shown times without number that in education, sports and entertainment they can put behind parochial interests and ethnic sentiments and relate freely with one another irrespective of socio-cultural backgrounds,” Obiadi said.

“The federal government can look to these areas to pool the youths across the country together and reach-out to them with the message of unity and peaceful co-existence. Such heart-to-heart meetings could go a long way in addressing the unity challenge that has robbed attention from the economic hardship Nigerians are presently reeling under,” she said.

“The youths should be encouraged to use their fertile minds and creative talents to become solvers of problems that affect the nation. They could be encouraged to sing unity songs, shoot movies that centre on national integration, write storybooks that preach love for one another, and all engage in inter-regional cultural tourism and fairs. These activities apart from building bridges could also stem the tide of unemployment in country.”

Obiadi,  in a statement made available to The Guild, stressed that activities in education, sports and entertainment that have held Nigerians together in the past irrespective of family background, ethnicity, social status, and religion, could reduce hate speeches and distrust observed among youth groups in various regions in the country.

She commended Osinbajo for his engagement with leaders of thought drawn from several parts of the country over the quit notice slammed on the Igbos by Northern youths. The beauty queen suggested that it was high time the Presidency reached out directly to the youths for a ‘heart-to-heart’ meetings and discussions.

“She further said that such parleys meetings made possible through events that cause youths to ignore parochial interests would impress upon the minds of the youths a sense of belonging in the Nigerian state.

In the same vein, she also appealed to leaders at all levels to demonstrate  a strong commitment towards the creation of a just and humane social order across the six geo-political zones in the country; in which the fundamental human rights of all Nigerians are respected and the security of their lives and properties are respected.

“I commend the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. He deserves commendation for the steps he has so far taken to calm the frayed nerves occasioned by the recent spate of secessionist agitations and counter-agitations in recent weeks,” the statement revealed.

She called on leaders at all levels to demonstrate a strong commitment towards the creation of a just and humane social order across the six geo-political zones in the country.

“This, I believe, will give every citizen a sense of belonging, ensure that fundamental human rights of all Nigerians are respected and security of lives and property are guaranteed,” Obiadi added.

Nollywood late actress, Moji Olaiya, eternity sleep takes place in Lagos amidst tears

By Newsdesk

Colleagues, friends and family members of the late actress, Moji Olaiya, who died on May 17, 2017, wept sorely during her interment.

She died in Canada following a cardiac arrest and was interred on Wednesday at the Ebony Vault burial ground in Ikoyi, Lagos.

Olaiya, 42, who was dressed in white in a Muslim casket, was interred after prayers were offered for the repose of her souls at the Ebony funeral palour at the cemetery.

She died three months after she was delivered of a baby girl in Canada.

At the cemetery, Olaiya’s colleagues eulogised her. Keji Yusuf, said that Olaiya was like a daughter to her, describing the actress as a very good person.

“She is fun to be with. Her good smile, gentle manner, soft way of speaking will endear you to her. She was a nice and respectful person.’’

Yusuf consoled Olaiya’s family, especially the mother to look up to God for help to train the children the actress left behind. She also advised Olaiya’s mother not to wait for anyone’s promises because they might not fulfill them.

An actor, Muyiwa Ademola, popularly known as `Authentic’, said that Olaiya cared for everybody. “She is a down to earth person, no matter who you are. She carries people’s problem as if it is her own, she cannot be compared with any other person,” he said.

Ademola, however, advised the family to take Olaiya’s death as how God wanted it “we cannot query Him’’.

Actress Fathia Balogun, said that Olaiya was irreplaceable. “She is my sister and everything anyone can be to any person. “In fact, I do not have the strength to talk about her being late, it is still like I am dreaming.’’

Ronke Ojo-Anthony, better known as “Ronke Oshodi Oke’’ said that Olaiya’s humility was beyond her, because she humbled herself to everyone no matter the age.

“She is like a sister to me, even when we fight, she will be the first person to call. She was full of life but she does not joke with her daughter’s school fees, if you want her to buy something. She will tell you to wait until she pays for her daughter’s school fees, when she did that, she would buy whatever she wants to buy, I remember her for that. “She was more than good,’’ Ojo-Anthony added.

Moji Olaiya was the daughter of the legendary Nigerian highlife maestro, Victor Olaiya.

She converted to Islam in 2014.

Her acting career started with a feature movie “Sunmibare’’, which was produced by Dimeji Ijaduade, before she took a role in Wale Adenuga Productions, Super Story series, “No Pain, No Gain’’.

Olaiya starred in many Nollywood and Yoruba movies, among which are: “Sade Blade-2005’’, “Nkan Adun-2008’’; “Omo Iya Meta Leyi-2009’’; “Agunbaniro’’ and others. She produced a film “Iya Okomi’’ which premiered in 2016.

She won some awards and was nominated for the Reel Awards for Best Supporting Actress of the Year- 2003.

In 2015, the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police honoured her as a role model for youths.

 

Miss Nigeria pageant organiser celebrates 60 years of national unity

By Ada Dike

The organiser of Miss Nigeria pageant has flagged-off preparations for the celebration of 60th anniversary of Miss Nigeria scheduled to hold in November aimed at show casing attributes of Nigerian women and fostering unity among Nigerians.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, Tuesday, to intimate the media on the event, which started in January this year, the Executive Director of Miss Nigeria Organisation, Dr. May Ikeora, said that all arrangements have reached advanced stage to achieve a successful multi-faceted celebration. 

Miss Nigeria is 60 years today. Founded in 1957, when we were trying to secure Nigeria’s independence, it was a more symbolic pageant specifically formed to promote peace and unity in Nigeria, which it has continued to achieve,” she said.

 “Today, we celebrate Miss Nigeria at 60. We have come a long way. It is another chance to refresh and search for what we can do better for Nigeria. How do we change with Nigeria and how do we make contributions to make Nigeria better?” former Miss West Africa added.

In continuing, she however, emphasised that the only way the pageant can be improved upon was for them to achieve the goals they had set.

“We have been working so hard from last year, especially, trying to make sure that Miss Nigeria as an organisation is clear with its objectives,” she stressed.

She mentioned the key elements of Miss Nigeria pageant, which include; the pageant itself, the women empowerment element as its vision today is empowering women beyond beauty, sustainable and long term project such as Green-Girl project, which is reviewed every five years, and the culture and heritage.

“Every Miss Nigeria surpasses what her predecessor did. It brings value to our community and the sponsors. Every year from last year, Miss Nigeria takes a state or two and promotes their culture and heritage. Last year, the girls wore Benin attire on stage thereby promoting Benin culture.

 “We want a strong Miss Nigeria. We want to bring back pageantry better than what it used to be. It is unfortunate that we have too many pageants today that diluted pageantry, we don’t want that anymore”, she said.

She revealed that they would continue to use Miss Nigeria as a platform to showcase who a beauty queen should be. According to her, Miss Nigeria is not a perfect girl but the everyday girl that represents the entirety of Nigeria and implored Nigerians to support her.

“Miss Nigeria embodies an intelligent and beautiful woman that understands her identity as a Nigerian. It is not about beauty or whether a girl is from East, West North or South. Last year, we had more girls from the Northern part of Nigeria that contested for the pageant. We don’t want a girl from a particular ethnic group but, a Moslem or a Christian from any state that will represent who we are as human beings,” she explained.

Miss Nigeria 1957, Grace Atinuke Oyelude

She summed up her statement by saying that the 60th anniversary is an avenue for them to tell Nigerians and the world that the pageant is bigger, stronger and better.

“This is Miss Nigeria, well structured to promote peace, unity and our rich cultural heritage,” Ikeora added.

In the same vein, Special Project Expert, Edi Lawani, said that Miss Nigeria has a lot of history comprising visual and spectacle that goes through stages of selection, training, boot camp and the grand finale.

He maintained that the need to ensure that the event is recorded and stored for generations yet unborn to watch is by storing it in a recorded form.

“From the technical point of view, moving forward, we shouldn’t make a mistake like in the past. To capture it properly, that is where we come in to ensure the technical requirement is put together,” he said.

“This year, we will ensure Miss Nigeria is presented in a way it can be termed world class that will make it engaging for people to want to watch after that day,” he said

Also speaking, the 40th Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, the current queen, said she has used the platform to orientate girls and women through Green-Girl project she inherited from her successor.

“While growing up, I wanted to be Miss Nigeria because it is ambassadorial. I would like young people looking up to Miss Nigeria to know that it is not about beauty but, for projection of peace and unity in Nigeria,” she explained.

The 22-year-old 200 level student of Geography and Meteorology, Namdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, reiterated that the 60 years old pageant has a lot of weight on her shoulders.

“It has been amazing. I have built my intellectual strength from being the queen,” she revealed.

It would be recalled that the winner of the maiden edition of the Miss Nigeria, Mrs Grace Oyelude, clocked on December 19, 2016, the day the 40th Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, was crowned.

The organisers of Miss Nigeria, in one accord stated that they would do all they could to sustain the pageant and ensure it continues to serve its purpose of bringing peace, unity and progress to Nigeria.

They revealed that they had written letters to the American President, Donald Trump, individuals, organisations and some multinational companies, intimating them about the world class event that has interesting programmes that would thrilled Nigerians and the world.

Established in 1957, the pageant which holds every year aims to showcase the positive attributes of Nigerian women and also serves as a platform used in uniting Nigeria.

Nike Okundaye journeying through Batik

By Ada Dike

There are few African women that have made tremendous impact towards development and promotion of creative arts. One of them is Nike Davies Okundaye, an artist, batik originator, singer and dancer.

Spurred by a strong desire to set up a gallery where Nigerians, Africans and tourists would learn and appreciate Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, she built a state-of–the-art gallery in Lekki, Lagos State. The gallery houses artworks, cloths and bags. The bags and cloths are made with locally made fabrics.

Born on May 23, 1951, she lost her mother at the age of six and went to live with her grandmother who died the following year. So she went to stay with her great grandmother who was the then head of fabric weaving.

“Because I lost my mother early in life, one of my mother’s sisters had to bring me to Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria. Osogbo has rich art and cultural heritage and was one of the centres for Yoruba artistic heritage. It was while I was in Osogbo as a young girl that I heard about the late Susanne Wenger and her husband Ulli Beier.  Up till today, I consider them the major catalyst of Nigerian art movement,” Okundaye said

She explained that extra-moral classes that Beier conducted in those days was what helped art in Nigeria to blossom.

“They identified those talents and built them in arts. Today, as you know many of them have become international artists.”

For her, Susanne was the one she derived inspiration from specifically, likewise other artists. Okundaye said  it was then that she decided to go and grow up with her because of the way Beier embraced everybody including Yoruba religion and culture.

“Honestly, she truly inspired me during my stay with her. That was how I started with arts. But let me equally say that from the very beginning, my family is into craft art especially, where I come from in Ogidi Ijumu, Kogi State. My first effort was in weaving, then from weaving I moved into Adire (indigenous textile designing), but later, I discovered the Batik, which I called the loss wax method,” she said.

Okundaye explained that Batik is also called campalla.

She noted that due to her avowed love for weaving indigenous textile designing, she was dubbed   Mama Adire, adding that Adire making has taken her across the globe .

“The Adire has carried me to so many countries of the world,”  says Okundaye.

She stressed that though she loves Adire, she also does oil and acrylic paintings which she all exhibited at her gallery.

“We have held so many exhibitions in my gallery since we opened. Some featured my works and other Nigerian and foreign artists,” Okundaye said.

Her Lagos art gallery is one of the highly patronised tourists’ centres in Nigeria. At present, she has more than 7000 artworks in her gallery in Lagos, though not all of them are for sale.

“A lot of them are displayed for Nigerians and tourists to see the creativity in Nigeria just like in museums abroad. People pay money to enter museums abroad but we do not collect money in my gallery because it is a foundation and it is a dream that came to fruition,” she revealed.

Artists are happy to see their works displayed in my gallery. Each artist works with a spirit that drives him. We don’t see what they are seeing till they are through with their works,” she said.

On how she makes fortune from her gallery, she  said:  “I actually make money within and outside Nigeria. I do workshop in many countries such as Austria, France, Spain and so on. That is how I succeed with my work, but I derive joy and satisfaction of doing it in Nigeria. My gallery enables Nigerians to learn and develop their cultural heritage. I want to leave the gallery as a legacy after my death.”

What is the major challenge facing her gallery? she was asked. “Funding has been my major challenge so I hereby appeal to individuals, private and public organisations to come to my aid. I know that government cannot do everything for us but I want them to assist us in any way they can,” Okundaye said.

When she was asked to predict how art as a profession in Nigeria would look like in the next 10 years, she said with the help of the Ministry for Art and Culture, Nigeria would be known as African art depot in the next 10 years.

“We have over 30,000 registered artists in Nigeria which is quite intimidating compared with other countries. I am sure that the unregistered artists are more in number than the registered ones,” she said.

According to her, “Artwork is a therapy, If you see a work in which a mother is carrying her baby, it means love and warmness. If you look at an artwork, you would forget your problem.”

The cool and calm woman who is on a mission to reposition Nigeria and indeed Africa’s rich culture in people’s minds advises young artists in Nigeria to be honest in anything they do.

“Whatever you are doing, do it well. Let your work advertise your name. Market yourself in a good way. When you make money, save for the rainy day. Divide it into three parts-for your needs, family, then save the third part for your future. Above all, pass the knowledge to your children. Spanish painter and sculptor, Pablo Picasso was not a millionaire before he died but his works are now in many countries,” Okundaye added.

Though she did not have formal education, she has two doctorate degrees from schools in the United States of America. The second is on performing art.

“I am also a singer and dancer too,” she said with a smile.

The proprietress of the nationally spread cultural centres said her vision for opening art centres in Osogbo, with branches in Lagos, Abuja and Ogidi Ijumu is to promote artists, empower rural women and provide training opportunities for those interested in learning the practical aspect of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Bond actor, Roger Moore, passes on @ 89

By Newsdesk with agency report

The British born actor, Roger Moore that played major role in popular Briton movie, James Bond, has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after battling with cancer.

He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me.

Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced. Roger’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after “a short but brave battle with cancer”.

“Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people. With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” his children said in a statement on twitter.

“Sir Roger, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes,” they added.

“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone. Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [his wife] at this difficult time ” read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.

“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement,” it added.

Nigerians mourn Nollywood actor,Moji Olaiya

By Newsdesk

Nollywood family who were terribly shock at the death of one of their rear gem, Moji Olaiya, have been expressing their heart felt grief over the death of the actor.

Olaiya, 42, died on Thursday in Canada of cardiac arrest. She was said to have given birth in Canada two months ago.

Those close to her said before her death, Olaiya made some comments on her Instagram wall.

Just two days ago, she wrote on her Instagram page: “Allhamdulilahi to you Allah. I give all the glory for all you have done. I will forever praise and worship you. It’s not by power but the Grace of Allah. Thank you for the gift of life. Thanks also to all my friends and family my fans for your supports and prayers. Love you all.”

In another post, she made after, she announced to her fans that OkikiApp is now available on all App Store, read watch she posts; “watch movies from me and other great actors for free.”

When her Instagram account page–@mojisolaabikeade, with 240,000 followers, was searched, the page turned out to be full of lamentations and condolences, from her fans

Veteran actor, Yinka Quadri, reeked that her death has robbed Nollywood family and the entire entertainment industry of a talented actor and expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased.

For Director of Public Relations and Media Affairs of the Theatre Arts and Motion Picture Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Yomi Fash-Lanso confirming the death of Olaiya in a statement said:

“It is with a heavy heart and sad disposition to hear about the sudden death of our colleague; friend and sister, Moji Olaiya, whose death occurred few hours ago in Canada, few days after giving birth. According to reports that we gathered, we learnt she had heart seizure and couldn’t make it,’’ he prayed.

“We pray, that her soul finds eternal rest with her creator and pray to Almighty Allah to comfort the family she left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this great irreparable loss’’.

He charged all members of TAMPAN and friends to be calm as the association awaits further reports.

President of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Ibeh, was among the earlier mourners who expressed their condolences. Ibeh prayed God to grant the family that Moji Olaiya left behind and begged God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Ibeh said that the artiste would continue to live in the memories of her fans because of her contributions to the development of Nollywood.

“In her little way, she contributed to the development of Nollywood and she will be greatly missed by her fans. I pray that God grants her family members the strength to bear this loss at a time like this,’’ he said.

Ibeh urged other actors in the country to continue to impact positively on the entertainment industry saying that their good works would definitely live-on after them.

Also, the founder, Different Aesthetics, Arts and Culture Management based at the National Theatre, Lagos State, Tope Babayemi condoled with the family of the deceased.

Babayemi said that the entertainment industry has lost another bright talent that had contributed greatly to the popularity of the local movies.

Actor Femi Branch said: “We were just mere colleagues until the day we had a certain discussion in Sagamu with Aunty `Fali Werepe` and you rose in my defence.

“I have recounted this tale to more people than I can recall and in every instance, the mention of your sincere intervention was the highlight of my tale. That day, I knew the good hearted Moji Olaiya and for as long as I have the gift of memory, Mojisola Olaiya will remain embedded in my heart,” he added.

“Sleep well `Mj’. May God erect a canopy of protection over your children and the family you left behind. Lord, please take away this hand of death moving over our industry and please open our eyes to know that life belongs to you and only you can give it in abundance”.

To Funke Adesiyan, it’s still a tale-tale story. Here her. “Days like today should not exist. I refuse to believe the news of your untimely demise. I still don’t get why good people don’t last. You were a true soul”, she lamented.

“Beautiful in and out with absolutely no space in your heart to hate or pretend to love. You were so genuine. May Allah rest your soul and give your family the fortitude to bear this loss. It’s a sad day,’’ she said.

Ask Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Okiki Films Sunday Esan, how he feels, he would tell you that he is in shock.

“I’m currently in a state of grief and shock. Is it true that Moji Olaiya is gone? My good friend is no more; I will miss her personality, talent and humility.’’

The late queen of the screen, Moji Olaiya was said to be the daughter of a popular highlife musician, Victor Olaiya.

Her journey to Nollywood began her with Wale Adenuga Production (WAP), starring in the popular family TV drama series of Super Story, where she played the role of Ireti in “No Pains, No Gains”.

She also featured in other movies such as: “Agunbaniro”, “Sade Blade”, “and Nkan Adun ’’and“Omo Iya meta leyi”.

Moji received awards for her diligence in Nigeria and abroad. She was nominated as the Best Supporting Actor of the Year 2003 for the Reel Award.

She also won the Best New Actress award and she said then that such awards were always motivating her to put in her best in any roles assigned her during movie productions.

Nigerian movies win award in France

By Newsdesk

The Wedding Party and 76  two films from the shelves of Nollywood  have jointly won the 2017 NollywoodWeek Public Choice Award in Paris, France, as this year’s NollywoodWeek Film Festival ends.

According to the organisers, eleven films were shown during the four days of the festival, including five films in competition.

NollywoodWeek Film Festival, Tuesday announced that ‘The Wedding Party and 76’ have jointly received the 2017 NollywoodWeek Public Choice Award.

The festival trophy was given to Izu Ojukwu, the Director of 76 and Moses Babatope who represented the film in the absence of the film Director, Kemi Adetiba in a closing ceremony that was followed by World Premiere screening of Ctach dot er; by the Director Walter Taylaur.

“I was not expecting this award. It’s an honour for me and for everybody who worked on the film”, said Izu Ojukwu.

Moses Babatope expressed his joy at winning this year’s award and declared that it was a good omen as the production of The Wedding Party 2 had just begun in Lagos and Dubai.

The high quality of the selected films for the 5th edition has been praised by journalists and film critics.

Eleven films in total were shown during the four days of the festival, including five films in competition: Dinner, Gidi Blues, Green White Green, The Wedding Party and 76.

“The festival has really cemented its place in the Parisian cultural calendar. Each year, we try to offer the very best of Nollywood to the Parisian public by bringing the newest developments in the industry”, he added.

“This year we screened a web-series from REDTV and for the first time, an animated short film from Anthill Studios called Play-Thing,”Director of Communication and co-founder of the festival, Nadira Shakur, said.

According to the organisers, the selection of the 2017 edition of NollywoodWeek was rich and eclectic. The Public Choice Award ultimately went to two very different films but both have left an indelible mark on the Nigerian cinema landscape over the past year.