Month: September 2017

Your Struggle Today Will Be Your Strength Tomorrow – Wumi Olabimtan

Delectable actress and filmmaker, Wumi Olabimtan had an exclusive time out with our correspondent, read more about the tell it all moment below.

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WHO IS WUMI OLABIMTAN?

Wumi Olabimtan is a Nigerian and a Yoruba lady from Osun state, Gbongan to be precise. I’m a UK based nollywood filmmaker. I went to The Polytechnic Ibadan to study mass communication and later traveled to UK to further my education, I relocated to the UK to start my family and at the same time further my education.

WHEN DID YOU START THE MOVIE JOURNEY?

I started my acting career in 2003 under the umbrella of Wemimo film school in Ibadan and later proceeded to Ayo Oluyemi filmmaking school, where I completed my filming course.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DEBUT EXPERIENCE?

I had my first appearance in Ayo Oluyemi’s Ologbon Meji, when I was plotted with Saheed balogun and the late Henrietta Kosoko, I was anxious on the set, I felt so terrified because all eyes were on me. I later bursted into tears when I couldn’t remember all the lines given to me due to anxiety. However, Henrietta Kosoko & Ayo oluyemi reassured me that mistakes are allowed on set, everyone on the set applauded me after the scene and that restored my confidence as a new actor.

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BEING A MASS COMMUNICATION GRADUATE, HOW DID YOUR PARENTS ACCEPT YOUR FILM IDEA AND CAREER?

My parents would not accept at first, I had a close relative in the industry who could have helped my career then but due to the fear of my parent who does not support it, I couldn’t meet him about my interest in acting because there was no way  he wouldn’t tell my parent. I did all my possible best to keep my acting career away from my parent and my relative until when my parent watched Baba wande movie, Ajantala and saw me, I couldn’t deny it anymore, but they warned me not to get involved again. I felt unhappy until Baba Wande convinced my parents to allow me  pursue my goal and promised to do all his best to encourage and support me. Since then, I have seen baba wande as my role model and my father in the industry.

HAVE YOU PRODUCED ANY MOVIE BEFORE?

Yes, I am the producer of ETI (THE EAR), OKETE, AKO ISE(DEADLY ASSIGNMENT), LAGATA and AMUNISIN (THE USER)

WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY?

ASHABI IYA AGBA (Written & Produced by me: Directed by Adebayo Tijani.

ALAGATA (Written & Produced by me: Directed by Adebayo Tijani).

AMUNISIN (THE USER) (Written & Produced by me: Directed by Muyiwa Ademola).

ALUMOONI (EPIC MOVIE) (Written & Produced by me: Directed by Muyiwa Ademola).

Expect any of these projects soon.

YOUR WORDS TO UPCOMING ACTS?

My advice to the upcoming actors will be  on focus, as this is the only track to success.  Never be distracted or allow the noise of others depress your talent, but keep doing what will get you closer to where you want to be tomorrow. Your struggle today will be your strength tomorrow.

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Author: Ayo Adams ( Mrweezy15@gmail.com, 08147091733)

Editor-in-chief : Idris Bello (Emiraltyafrica@gmail.com, 08024701285)

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Juliet Ibrahim Foundation Partners With ‘Education As A Vaccine’ To Assist Survivors Of The Flood In Benue State 

​Juliet Ibrahim, actress and philanthropist has announced her commitment to assist the survivors of the devastating flood in Benue state in partnership with Education as a Vaccine (EVA).


She made this known during visits this past weekend to the IDP Camp at the International Market and Akor, one of the communities that were flooded.
During her visit, she met with SEMA’s Camp Commandant of the Camp for the Internally Displaced Persons, Makurdi, James Iorhuna. She shared that the visit came as a need to meet those affected by the flood and find out what her foundation, Juliet Ibrahim Foundation in collaboration with EVA can do to support the survivors.
“I’ve once lived as a refugee and I have experienced a flood on a movie set in Ghana, so I know how people struggle to survive during this period. Lives have been lost and many families have lost everything. 
Things are not the same for them again”, said actress Juliet.
Appreciating the actress for her efforts and visit, James also commended the efforts of the government at all levels, civil society organisations and individuals who are contributing and working tirelessly to help cushion the effect of the flood on the affected people.
The Camp commandant explained the situations in the IDPs Camp and called on all well-meaning people to contribute to ensure the interventions are sustained through the provision of “food, safety boots, sanitary pads, mobile toilets, medical facilities and other basic needs”.
In response, Juliet Ibrahim promised to contribute her quota to return smiles to the distressed people.  
“With the information I have gathered from victims of the flood and village chiefs, I will be back soon with relief materials to cushion the damage this unforeseen circumstance has caused the people.”

To ensure those who are still in their communities are not forgotten, Juliet paid a visit to Akor village where the chief revealed to the actress alongside EVA’s team that the immediate needs of the community were “food and shelter.” “With the support of cements and zinc, we will be able rebuild our houses and live a normal life”, he added.

“With the magnitude of this disaster, we cannot leave you alone, we are coming back to assist you”, Juliet said.  She also noted the impact on the women and girls in the camp and communities, many were traveling for over an hour to find clean water and did not have access to sanitary pads and other needs.

The Juliet Ibrahim Foundation is ready to work with Education as a Vaccine, an organization with over 14 years of experience working in communities in Benue to help those in the camp and community rebuild their lives.

About Juliet Ibrahim Foundation 

Juliet Ibrahim Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on creating awareness on kidney cancer, kidney related diseases, malaria, HIV AIDS, Ebola and other diseases and providing necessary interventions to ensure a society free of such issues in Ghana, Nigeria and Africa at large.
For further information on the activities of the foundation, log on to julietibrahimfoundation.org or contact jifoundation@yahoo.com

About Education as a Vaccine

Education as a Vaccine is a non-profit organization created in 2000 to improve the health and development of children and young people.  EVA envisions a Nigeria where children and young people reach their full potentials and work to build and implement innovative and sustainable mechanism for improved quality of life for vulnerable children and young people. 
For further information, contact Education as a Vaccine via communication@evanigeria.org

I Want To Be A Legend And Inspire Other Future Stars- Shoneye Olamilekan

Fast rising actor and producer, Shoneye Olamilekan (Show) talks family, career and long term aspirations with Ayo Adams. Read more below:

WHO IS SHOW?

My name is Shoneye Olamilekan, most people call me (Show). I am the first child in a family of five and my parents hail from Ogun  state (Abeokuta). I  am an HND holder in computer science  from the Lagos state Polytechnic.
FROM COMPUTER SCIENCE TO MOVIE MAKING, HOW DID YOU START?

In life they say opportunity comes with preparation, I was just fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. So I was around where a shoot was going on, they were short of a cast, the director saw and approached me if I could help them out. Quickly, I obliged because it was what I wanted. After the shoot, I was commended by the casts and crew on the set. This gave me more courage to chase my dream fully which today, I am glad I did. However, that is one moment I would never forget because it changed my life forever.
WHEN YOUR PARENTS HEARD THEIR COMPUTER SCIENTIST HAS GONE INTO MOVIE MAKING,WHAT WAS THEIR REACTION?

At first it was tough, it was a tough decision for me too, but I knew I wanted more for myself than being an office person, same job description and routines for many years after graduation. So after working in a company for five years, I resigned to chase my dreams and it took a lot to  convince my parents because I needed to be the man i had always wanted to become and with God everything got clearer and i got their blessings.
YOUR DEBUT MOVIE?

Autism produced by Moji Smith. It was a great start for me being part of the project.
TELL US ABOUT THE MOVIES YOU HAVE PRODUCED?

I am the producer of Aiyelomo, Playboys, Ultimatum, Olamiotan and Owo. Trust me we have big things coming. Though Aiyelomo is out on dvd but Playboys and Ultimatum is out on youtube for viewing pleasure via nollywoodmoviebox. Meanwhile, Olamiotan and Owo are the next big thing to watch out for.

HOW ARE THE FEEDBACKS ON THE RELEASED PROJECTS?

The feebacks have been very postive in every aspect and that has pushed me to do and to strive for more. Trust me the sky is just the beginning.
WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT NEXT?

Something massive and different is coming very soon. But before then, we have Olamiotan and Owo (Money) hitting the screen soonest.
WHAT IS YOUR PERCEPTION ABOUT AWARDS?

Awards have been causing a whole lot of controversies in the industry as we all know. My take however is that it shouldnt be based on relationship or sentiments, I strongly believe that nominations should be based on how much work has been put and contributions from potential nominees. I believe the organisers of the award can do better in that area.
WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO IN THE INDUSTRY?

I look up to God and endow respect to everyone in the industry. I adore everyone’s work.

DO YOU HAVE ANY CRUSH IN THE INDUSTRY?

Of course, I do have a crush in the industry but that is left to me, I won’t let the cat out of the bag.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOST CHALLENGING MOMENT ON THE FIELD?

It was a culture job, I was asked to speak a language which I wasn’t familiar with. It gave me a lot of stress because it wasn’t my style but as an actor you should be able to interprete any role given to you by the director and in the end, life was bliss.

WHAT IS YOUR SELLING POINT?

(SMILING) Let my fans decide that

WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM ASPIRATIONS IN THIS JOB?

I want to be a legend and inspire other future stars just like our fathers in the game. Make history and be a source of inspiration for others to do more.

YOUR WORDS TO ASPIRING MOVIE MAKERS

Believe in yourself, work hard, stay strong, respect everybody, fear no one and give God the praise and in the end, every dreams would come true.