Month: January 2018

I Am Bringing A Couple Of Good Contents To The Table, Everyone Should Watch Out For Me- Peju Johnson

Nollywood is rising and new stars rise with the industry by the day. Thankfully, social media has been a helpful tool to keep our radar on activities of these new kids on the block. Today, we caught up with one of these amazing thespians who is set to take the industry by storm, her name is Peju Johnson. She had a lot to tell our correspondent, Ayo Adams. 

Read more below:


WHO IS PEJU JOHNSON?

I am Peju Johnson, a native of Ile Ife, Osun state, born and bred there. I am the 3rd child in a family of 5. My dad is late and my mum is still alive. I had my primary and secondary education at Community Primary School and Kingswill College, Ile Ife. I relocated to Shagamu after my secondary school, before I traveled to Egypt where I started my acting career.


ACTING AND MOVIE PRODUCTION, TELL US HOW YOU STARTED?

Back in 2013, I joined tampan ( Theatre Arts And Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria) branch in Cairo. So, it all started from there. I came back to Nigeria last year December to start my acting career back here fully, because acting is one of my dreams so I am trying and putting more effort to make it come true.


ALMOST 4YEARS AGO, WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR WHILE IN TAMPAN, CAIRO?


Hon Olamilekan Oluomo Balogun AKA, Oluomo Apesin 1.


IT IS A NEW YEAR, WHAT ARE YOU CONCENTRATING ON AT THE MOMENT?

I am concentrating on how to produce my own movie very soon. Because, it is what I have been wanting to do and also it is very important too, you know.


 

AS A NEW KID ON THE BLOCK, WHAT ARE YOU BRINGING TO THE TABLE?

I am bringing a couple of good contents to the table pretty soon, everyone should watch out for me. 

WHICH PRODUCTIONS HAVE YOU FEATURED IN?

I have featured in up to five movies namely IKANJU, LBO – LAWORI BABA OLE, LEKKI GUYS, BANUSO, GBAJUMO.


DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE ON SET?

It was kind of stressful, but fun and interesting at the same time. I actually learnt a lot of things that very day.


WHICH DIRECTORS AND ACTORS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WORK WITH ?

I can’t wait to work with Opeyemi aiyeola, Iyabo Ojo. Odunlade Adekola, Daddy Antar laniyan, Mercy Aigbe , Femi Adebayo and a host of them.


WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM ASPIRATIONS IN THIS JOB?

I want an established career that would inspire others too, and to achieve that, I believe I need to fuel in more efforts day by day.
WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL PRODUCTION?

Soon, in two months time, we should commence the project.


YOU WOKE UP TO NEWS THAT HAS YOUR NAME IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCANDAL, IT IS UNREAL YET THE NEWS HAS GONE VIRAL, HOW WOULD YOU HANDLE THE SITUATION?

*Laughing*  I don’t react to scandal like that , but if I am to react , I am just going to explain myself and make it clear to people I know nothing about it.  And in other news, I might not even say a word, I am just going to move on because I know shit like that happens.


WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OF ALL TIME?

Be thankful, Life could be worse.

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Orijinal Night: Live Music, Theatre and Drama Takes Centerstage At Ikeja City Mall

It was an absolute night of fun last Friday, 19th of January as Orijin Nigeria hosted a thrilled audience to an amazing atmosphere colored with live music performances, theatre and drama.

The event tagged “Orijinal Night”, which held at the Ikeja City Mall recorded performances by fuji maestro, Adewale Ayuba, Reminisce, Terry Apala and other numerous acts.

Actress and Producer, Bukky Raji Ambode Raises The Bar In New Movie 

Nollywood actress and prolific movie producer, Bukky Raji Ambode teams up with the big horns in the movie industry, for the production of SA KO PE ( COMPLETE DOSAGE).



SA KO PE ( COMPLETE DOSAGE) tells the story of Malomo, an illiterate who exits her training as an auxiliary nurse at a local hospital, because of high handedness. To make ends meet, She venture into drug hawking and also enjoys the liberty of pretending to be a professional nurse to customers until a shocking event threatens her. 

The Movie Stars Bukky Raji, Femi Adebayo Salami, Afeez Owo, Adekola Tijani, Mama No Network, Biodun Olatunji, Lekan Fehintola, Blessing Obasi, Olasunkanmi Akanni.

Desmond Eliot, Toyin Abraham, Seyi Law, Kenny Blaq Join Femi Adebayo in Survival of Jelili

Nollywood Actor, Femi Adebayo has pulled together a strong cast for a sequel to his Popular comedy movie, Jelili.

The movie is directed by Desmond Elliot, Produced by Femi Adebayo and features a strong cast of Nollywood Veterans and comedians. 

It features Desmond Elliot, Toyin Aimakhu, Recheal Okonkwo, Femi Adebayo, Bolanle Ninalowo, Yemi Shodimu, Dele Odule, Seyi Law, Kenny Blaq, Woli Arole, Adebayo Salami aka Oga Bello, Sunday Omobolanle aka Papi Luwe, Aisha Lawal, Razak Olayiwola aka Ojopagogo, Oshisko Twins, Kareem Adepoju aka Baba Wande, Woli Agba and several other actors.


The cast and crew started filming at Ibadan but have currently moved to Ilorin where they will wrap up. Filming is estimated to last for 21 days.
In a quick interview with Femi Adebayo, he said for those who have watched previous sequels, this promises to be very entertaining and leave you laughing all through each scene.

Movie Synopsis
Survival Of Jelili is a comic story of an idiot by nature, Jelili as he makes frantic effort to attain societal relevance. His quest leads him on a survival journey packed with lessons and lots of laughter.

The movie will be released soon for the cinema audience.
Follow the conversation on Survival of Jelili through #SurvivalOfJeliliMovie. See pictures and watch behind the scenes video below

https://youtu.be/6wl_vtVQ2Rk

Loyalty is Dead – Meeting the poet, Inufin Ayomide

From a banker in the day and unleashing his mighty prowess in poetry when the inspiration comes, Inufin Ayomide is a great delight and wizard of the pen painting provocate pictures with literary words that would keep his reader visualizing their thoughts and even yearning for more reads. His recent work, Loyalty is Dead keeps garnering interesting opinions and critics from readers across social media platforms till the time of this interview.   

WHO IS INUFIN AYOMIDE ?

I am Inufin Ayomide (Ayomide d’great), some people call me InuAyo d’great, I was born into the family of Inufin in the early 90s, I am the third child of my parents out of four children. I hail from Kogi state, but born and bred in Ibadan. I’m a graduate of the University of Ibadan, I studied Library and information science, I presently work with First City Monument Bank (FCMB), I am into poetry, creative writing, script writing,  music lyrics writing, partially into music, but basically into poetry.
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT BEING A POET, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE ONE?

Well, I feel great and alive, it gives me delight and immense pleasure, I feel whenever I pen down my thoughts, I speak to humanity, I realize reality, I blow the wind of entertainment in poetry. Being a poet is like being a human being living a fulfilled life.


WHAT ARE YOUR WORKS IDENTIFYING WITH IN THE SOCIETY?

I have written nine poetry collections, I’m presently working on my tenth and eleventh collections respectively. In identification with the society, my works capture the essence of real life situations, the way they happen, morals, sociology, norms and trends. My works attempt to shape, explore and inform the society on real life happenings as well as how people can relate to them.

 

YOUR MOST RECENT WORK, LOYALTY IS DEAD IDENTIFIES A WOMAN WHO BROKE THE WRITER’S LOYALTY, WORDS ON THE STREETS SAYS THE WORK IS ABOUT YOUR PERSON, HOW TRUE?

Truth be told, it has nothing to do with me. I am a writer and when the inspiration comes, I write in that direction. Yes, there are controversies that I wrote about my lover who I am in a distant relationship with. Honestly, it doesn’t have anything to do with such. I just write about reality just the way people watch Hollywood and it looks real to them, as a matter of fact, I write reality in other for dreamers to wake up and realize their dreams.


WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND LOYALTY IS DEAD?



Several cases of heartbreak  have been recorded over time according to my research, especially among middle aged youths and majority of this effect is as a result of unfaithfulness, no love from the onset, true lust etc. I only employed the theme of Distant Relationship because, it is rampant in such love affair, but in general, the work talks about the dead loyalty which is common in the western love relationship.

JUDGING FROM YOUR WORK, DON’T YOU THINK A MAN HAS NO BUSINESS IN LOVE IF HE IS BROKE?

Like I always say, Money is not everything, there are more to offer in a love affair than money, any relationship grounded in money will definitely end up in the ground when there’s no more money to keep the ground.

A PART OF YOUR POEM AGREES LOYALTY CAN BE BOUGHT, HOW WOULD YOU ARGUE AGAINST THIS?

It actually can if there is genuine sincerity from day one, if there’s True love, those are the  things that buys loyalty.

HAVE YOU ENCOUNTERED AN HEARTBREAK ?

Just break up no heart break really, because sometimes, I see it coming *smiles*.
SAY A FEW WORDS TO BROKE BOYS IN SEARCH OF TRUE LOVE.

Alright, guys, keep your hustles tight, the dreams and hope alive, never relent in searching for a true loyal girl, this time is time to decipher True love because when you make it, it will be difficult to identify one. See you guys at the top.

WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT LESSONS YOU REALLY WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE HOME FROM LOYALTY IS DEAD?

Loyalty is paramount in a relationship, a relationship without loyalty is like a Titanic heading to rest at the bottom of the Atlantic.
FROM THE LINES “ONCE THE SUN DON’T SHINE AND THE RAIN DON’T FALL, SHE WILL BE LEAVING BEFORE THE END OF THE SEASON”, DO WE CONCLUDE A LADY’S CLAIM OF LOVE IS MONEY DEFINED?

To some extent, ladies of nowadays are money driven than goals in a relationship, majority are all about the money and that is the reason why the line went that way.

WHERE CAN WE CHECK OUT YOUR WORKS ?

I am planning to launch a blog where my works can be widely seen, but I have a few bloggers and lovers posting and sharing my works on their platforms.

WE WOULD LOOK OUT FOR YOUR BLOG AND KEEP READERS UPDATED. 

If You Do Not Plan Your Own Life, Nobody Will Plan It For You – Adewale Abdulrasak Sokoti

Adewale Abdulrasak Sokoti is a veteran actor and producer with experience spanning more than 20years in the movie industry. In this chat with Ayo Adams, he talks about career; the genesis, his achievements, contributions to the industry, past and upcoming projects in 2018.


CAN WE MEET YOU SIR?
Adewale Abdulrasak Sokoti is my name, I was born some sixty years, June 14th 1957 to be precise, a native of Ibadan, Ibadan North- East local government, I am a primary six leaving certificate older who ventured into my acting career immediately after primary education.

HOW DID YOUR CAREER KICK OFF?

I left Ibadan in 1978 for the north to start my career, since my father was not in anyway supporting my acting career, I was in Kaduna for years and later came back to lagos to advance my career in 1987.

TALKING ABOUT MOVING TO THE NORTH, SO YOU LEFT WITHOUT YOUR FATHER’S CONSENT?

Yes, I left without my father’s consent because, I had so much belief in my choice of career and very sure it is what I would do for a living.


WHAT IS YOUR ASSOCIATION WITH ANTP?

Earlier, I was the deputy governor of the association.  The next regime, I became national director of business and organisation under Adebayo Salami led administration. I repeated the same office for another four years during uncle Jide Kosoko’s regime.

ANTP AND TAMPAN, WHAT IS THE LINK?

We all decided to leave the old association: The ANTP, because of many reasons to float another association called Tampan (Theatre-arts and motion picture producer association of Nigeria), headed by Dele Odule, which presently, I am the  director of theatre-arts and chairman of our national troupe till date. I headed the first Tampan convention committee in 2016, which was host by kwara state chapter of the association. Also, I am one of the prominent member at the second convention that was hosted last year in Lagos headed by Bolaji Amusan, Mr Latin, who happened to be member of the convention I headed in 2016. 

LET US TAKE A LOOK AT WHEN YOU RETURNED FROM THE NORTH, WHAT WAS YOUR PARENTS’ REACTIONS?

When I returned, I still did not go home to meet my father, I just went directly from Kaduna to Lagos. However, I lost my mum when I was in primary two.

WHO WERE YOUR MENTORS WHILE GROWING UP?

I really had my oga, Alagba Supo Koseemani as my mentor , because he was the only person I know as a theatre practitioner then. I had my primary education in a typical village where I do not  know that cars and any smaller motor exist, except the big lorries that use to come and pick up cocoa and kolanut. In that village, I was living with my oga who was a teacher and junior brother to my late father.

WHAT WERE THE SIGNIFICANT KNOWLEDGE YOU ACQUIRED FROM  YOUR TEACHER AND ALAGBA SUPO?

The first thing I learnt was that if you do not plan your own life, nobody will plan it for you. That is why I had the confidence to tell my father that acting is what I would do. When I became popular and my father hear his name always on radio and TV then, he sent for me and told me that how proud I have made him. Then, I started taking care of him beyond his expectations but death took him away from me at a sooner time. Meanwhile,  I am happy he later enjoyed what I do for a living and he prayed for me a lot, going further to apologize for disturbing me.

MARRIAGE AND MOVIE- MAKING, HOW BEST CAN ONE HANDLE THE TWO SUCCESSFULLY?

It depends on your kind of wife, you know our wives tolerate a lot of things. For myself, I have never had any crisis before does not mean that I am a saint. It depends on my wife, some people are taking care of their wife and children more than I do, but they do not have the kind of wife they deserve.

WHAT PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY?

I am working on a TV serial, where I want to tell people about our culture and tradition.


WHICH ORGANIZATION, CHANNELS AND OTHER BODIES ARE YOU COLLABORATING WITH FOR THIS PROJECT?



I always do my things by myself, and there are some people who believe in me. Those are the people behind my little success till date because they are still there. The film you should be expecting first thing in 2018 is  OGBE. By the grace of God, we are commencing the shooting this January, it is  sponsored by Toymass holdings.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR PAST PROJECTS?

I shot my first movie, ALAGBEDEORUN in 1990, the second movie titled AWORAN, The PICTURE in 1992. I have produced more than 25 movies up to date.

WITH CHALLENGES HERE AND THERE IN THE INDUSTRY, WHAT SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT DO BEST TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF NOLLYWOOD?

We have not been asking government for anything in the past and that does not mean there is no challenge, we have been paying government a lot of money in the past till now, there was a time when we were shooting optical movies, that is cinema movies, we pay government through the board of internal revenue 10% of the total income of our generation from any viewing centre. Also, we have to pay to Nigeria Copyright Commission and National Films and Video Census Board on a single project. Yet, we are still sustaining the industry by ourselves till today and we are not tired of sustaining it. The only thing we want from government is how they will make a law that will protect our intellectual property and nothing more. Of all the films I have produced so far, government had spent no kobo, directly or indirectly.

SINCE YOU STARTED OUT TILL DATE, WAS THERE ANY GOAL YOU SET THAT IS YET TO BE ACHIEVED?

There will always be, because theatre itself had move away from where it is in the past. Therefore, we have to move towards the direction and blend with it.

WITH THE RISE OF NEW GENERATION ACTORS AND PRODUCERS, WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE THEIR CONCENTRATION, ARE THEY DELIVERING WELL ENOUGH TO UPHOLD THE NOLLYWOOD REPUTATION?

Yes, we are in a computer age now, most of the new ones are doing well, some of them went to university for training. Most of the time they tell us how to go about some things, but a Yoruba Adage says  “Bi omode bafese bi agba ojo ori kiije.” Simply put, they still need some thing to learns from the  older generation, most especially about our culture and more.

SO, WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO NEW GENERATION ACTORS/DIRECTORS?

They should be focused and steady.


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Interview/Edited by: Ayo Adams ( Mrweezy15@gmail.com, 08147091733)

Chief Editor: Idris Bello ( EmiraltyAfrica@gmail.com, 08079616924)