Category: Entertainment

Toyin Abraham, Broda Shaggi, Adunni Ade, Frank Donga, Others dazzle in Ijebu ‘s movie

Award-winning actor and comedian, Olatayo Amokade popularly known as Ijebu has continuously proven himself to be a force to reckon with in the ever evolving film industry. With numerous movies to his credit, and also being the producer of one of the most talked about comedy of the year, The Return of Jugunnu.

The actor cum producer who has surely had a good run through the year is back with a big bang has he pulls the best of the industry together for his latest project, Festival directed by Adebayo Tijani. The movie stars Toyin Abraham, Bolanle Ninalowo, Broda Shaggi, Frank Donga, Toyin Alausa, Adunni Ade, Eniola Afeez, Ojopagogo, Dayo Amusa, Peju Ogunmola and many more.

Speaking with the producer of the movie, Ijebu said ” this is a spectacular work and we intend to give the audience one of the best thing they haven’t seen in a long time.”

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“Despite The Fact That I Love Filmmaking So Much, I Might End Up Leaving It If It Will Cost My Happiness.” Yetunde Bakare

Yetunde Bakare is a producer and filmmaker who has been making significant impacts in the film industry over the years, we had an insightful chat with her. Read below

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

My greatest fear in life is the believe I have about HELL FIRE…. I just want to do my best and make things right in the little way I can because hell fire is real.

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

My parents and siblings prayers and the massive love/supports from my fans worldwide because it’s not easy to get acceptance from people who hardly know you.

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

The thought of how I won’t disappoint alot of people who believe so much in me and expecting more from me and also the thought of not ending up being single because of the nature of my job and how people stigmatize yoruba actress that we can have a happy home or make a good wife/mother, it’s so difficult to prove that you are different and it’s disheartening which means despite the fact that I love the job so much I might end up leaving it if it will cost my happiness.

LIST FIVE THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY

My toothbrush, bathing soap, charger, phone and food.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

At 28 and it was after selling one of my project.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

Well, I aspire to do better than the former, I wish to take my projects to a greater level whereby I can get my movie screened globally and get foreign investors/ viewers attention just like the likes of kunle afolayan, Omoni Oboli, Judith audu, Blessing effiom Egbe, Genevieve nnaji etc.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

Filmmaking has gotten to the level that if you’re not improving and doing something different you will remain stagnant and irrelevant as time goes by, film making has grown so big that it has become one of the largest industry that is employing the youth which is a very good thing and it’ll definitely get to a stage whereby the real with be separated from the fake because our viewers are getting wiser and they’ll only spend their money on good movies, another good thing is despite the current situation of the economy of the country people are still supporting good project and it’s really encouraging.

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

Hmmm I would wish I never met some certain people because of the way they hurt me so bad but I’m grateful at the same time, I learnt alot from my pains and it has made me stronger but I will choose the same family but I’m not sure I will like to be born in Nigeria if I have the chance. (Laughing).

TO WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU NEGOTIATE COMFORT?

I will negotiate my comfort to any length, I can’t do things that will affect me, mentally, socially, physically , financially, emotionally and spiritually… This days alot of people don’t appreciate what you do for them even if it means sacrificing yourself and secondly, you can’t give what you don’t have. So, I must be comfortable to some extent. How can someone drowning safe another person that is also drowning?

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

Love, compassion, commitment and dedication.
Caring for people in need and everyone around me.
Believe in helping other people grow. Respect and accepting people for who they are. Being at peace with people that crosses my path, including the ones that try to frustrate me or get on my nerves because life is too short to keep malice and we don’t know what will happen tomorrow, even the Bible says ‘follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord’s.

“I Just Want To Be Successful And Help Touch Lives” Actress Adekemi Taofeek

We caught up with fast rising star, Adekemi Taofeek recently, she shared her aspirations, opinions about the film industry and more in this brief chat. Read below.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

My greatest fear is failure

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

My mama’s prayer

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

It is personal

LIST FOUR THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY.

I can’t do without praying,talking to bae,cooking,chatting on my phone.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

I cant really remember the age but I was in the university then and I invested the money on business.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

I just want to be successful with a lot of endorsement and help touch lives in my own little way and also, having a foundation

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

Let me talk to God about that.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

We are growing and it is getting better,trust me it’s better than few years ago With God by our side we will get there.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

Respect life,determination,honest and self discipline.

“I Made My First Million At The Age of 17” Actress Yetunde Alade

Yetunde Alade is a Nollywood filmmaker who has had numerous productions to her credit, she shares her thoughts about the industry and more in this interview. Read below.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

My greatest fear in life is when I lost my father because I didn’t believe such can happen then.

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

It is only God’s grace that drive me

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

When I remember my father I will wake up and think because he is my everything.

LIST FOUR THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY

I can’t do without praying , talking to my mummy, reading novels and attending to my customers everyday.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

I made my first million at the age of 17, I fixed my money in the bank and brought shares.

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

I aspire to be a great artist.

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

No subtraction but addition is about the kind of woman I am growing to be.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

Government is not investing in filmmaking as such, we can do better like all this India movies if government can help.

TO WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU NEGOTIATE COMFORT?

Ha…Till the extent that I am satisfied.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

I cherish honesty.

“I Want To Change The Game And Become A Force To Reckon With” Actress Bimbo Adeleke

Beautiful actress, Bimbo Adeleke popularly known as King Bimbo talk fears, motivation, the state of the film industry and more in this exclusive chat.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR IN LIFE?

Fear of the unknown

ASIDE GOD’S GRACE, WHAT ELSE DRIVES YOU?

The adrenaline that comes with winning

WHAT ARE THOSE THOUGHTS THAT KEEP YOU AWAKE MOST NIGHTS?

I sleep like a baby ever night.

LIST FIVE THINGS YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT DAILY

God, my phone, body care products, Nickelodeon and food.

AT WHAT AGE DID YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST MILLION AND WHAT WAS THE INVESTMENT?

23… It is personal

WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS IN YOUR FIELD OF WORK?

I want to change the game and become a force to reckon with.

IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO REWRITE YOUR DESTINY, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SUBTRACTION AND ADDITION?

Absolutely nothing, God did a great job.

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON THE CURRENT STATE OF FILMMAKING IN NIGERIA?

We are getting better by the second, we’re not there yet but I’m positive we’ll get there.

TO WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU NEGOTIATE COMFORT?

I am accommodating but I am my number one priority

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST CHERISHED VALUES OF HUMANITY?

Ability to adjust to situations, ability to pick your own struggle and the fact that your destiny is in your hands.

DIARY OF A LAGOS HOUSEWIFE (EPISODE 1) by MOTILOLA ADEKUNLE.

“I saw my neighbor, I saw her more than once, where she is headed, I don’t know yet.”

Lagos, the dream city of any girl born in a small town, I am what you will call an uptown girl born and raised in Akure,capital city of Ondo state, very peaceful and very quiet, a community where even your neighbor could discipline your child on your behalf and get a thank you from your parents. In other words, it was a town that had the communal spirit .

Akure was one town where it truly took a village to raise a child, do i miss those days? I honestly don’t know, some days are good and some days are just outrightly boring, but looking out my window, here in Lagos in our very quiet GRA, I remember and quietly reflect on how far i have strayed from home, how things that used to sound ridiculous in our Akure have somehow become the norms in the big city. Did I ever dream of living in Lagos? I can’t remember but even if I did, that is not the subject of this episode.

I SAW MY NEIGHBOR, I am not kidding, I really did see my neighbor. Let me start by telling you what my daily routine tastes like, I wake up at 4am to cook, my husband isn’t really big on breakfast but the kids still need their lunch packed and I like my family to wake up to the smell of clean air and freshly cooked food in the morning, maybe some air fresheners too so I get up early to put all those things in place. Afterall a perfect aroma sets the pace for a great and happy day. So, I’m the early riser, after school runs and the morning rush is over, I love to catch up on the sleep I lost before it is lunch time, I laid on the couch, hoping to keep flipping through channels and resting while I fall asleep, the combination of unknown voices, the humming of the fan and the gentle song the AC whistles make the perfect way to fall asleep, just when i was about dozing off, I heard it, it first sounded like it was coming from the TV, I looked but it was a comedy show that was on, I moved up a little and heard someone sobbing, I heard it loud and clear. Someone was crying and it was close by, I opened the door and there she was on the staircase, I saw my neighbor in her night clothes just sitting there, the door had startled her so she wiped her tears and managed a smile but yes I cant miss it, I know that face, the face and eyes of a crying woman are all too familiar to me, she turned around and looked at me, managing unconvincingly to smile through the tears, her eyes still wet as mist, we stood there for thirty seconds, no one moved a muscle, then she went back downstairs, I watched her leave yes I SAW MY NEIGHBOR AND SHE SAW ME, YES SHE DID.

That night when hubby came home after a long day, something told me to tell him what I saw but I dismissed it and I told myself, “housewives are known aprokos, dont fit the stereotype, break it, be the housewife that minds her business, make your husband proud.” I held him from behind and he smiles as he mumbled ” you missed me right?” I responded faintly “you know I do.” He turned to face me and as if it was on cue, his towel dropped and I have a very unbendable rule of engagement, “eye wey see must chop” So, he already knew that was an invitation to treat. Of course, I stepped up to the plate and addressed the matter in details, after having my fill, it was his turn and we came back to earth. There came a knock on the door, it was my six year old “mummy I want more” as he continued banging on the poor door, I yelled “I am coming.”

Realizing the irony of the situation my husband and I laughed out really loud. “Mummy are you laughing at me” she said. “No honey, your daddy did something funny” she shrugged “he is a clown, I know.” I opened the door, walked to the kitchen to give my baby more porridge while a party inside me is thanking my God for the happy day and happy ending I just had. As I stepped into the kitchen and gave her the food, I saw a shadow move swiftly behind my window, I asked my baby “is this enough?” , she replied “yes mummy thank you, you are the best.” “you are welcome” I said, she moved to the dinning while I waited a bit before I checked out the shadow.

I opened the door quietly this time and there she was again, this time on the phone just listening, tears running freely from her eyes, she was still, she didnt move as she was transfixed like a statue. Again, I saw my neighbor but this time around, she didnt see me. I felt the urge to reach out and ask her “hey whats going on? are you okay?” but the spirit came over me ” you might be a housewife but you are not an amebo, is that where your husband put you? go and mind your business and face your happy life.” Quietly, I turned around as the helpless figure found a balance behind me and broke into a run, she ran into her house like a car with brake failure, I thought to myself, her food must be burning as I closed my door to resume my family business.

It was bedtime, I tucked the kids in and went to our room, hubby was already dozing, i turned off the lights, got into bed and snuggled close to him. he held me as he beckoned in a low tone “are you okay baby?” Nervously, I responded ” I am great baby, I have you and the kids. That is all i ever wanted’ he nodded “good and I love you.” I added. ‘I love you too.” He said. Something told me to share with him the things I had seen and observed that day but I just couldn’t, I didnt want to be labelled an Amebo by the man I love, I already wear the lazy housewife label, I dont need anymore stigma especially from the man whose opinion means the world to me. So, I kept quiet as I romanced my inner thoughts into the dark night. My name is Kofoworola Brown and I saw my neighbor more than once… I SAW HER.

…To be continued

“I Am A Very Principled Producer And I Don’t Engage In Favoritism When It Comes To Doing My Job” Actor Bankole Sunday

Nollywood actor and producer, Bankole Sunday reveals that he is working on an Epic project currently. He also discuss career, motivation, challenges and more in this interview. Read it all below.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

My name is Bankole Sunday Ezekiel, a native of Kwara State and I’m the last born in the family of 4, I was born and brought up in Omu_Aran, I attended St Paul Primary School Omu-Aran then Government Secondary School Omu-Aran and I studied Accounting in Offa Poly.

HOW DID THE ACTING JOURNEY STARTED?

I’ve always loved acting as a child as a matter of fact I’m always looking for anywhere the TV is on whenever my mum sent me on an errand. So, when I relocated to Lagos 2004 and I started a bar business which later became something big. I decided to join the movie industry in 2012 under Hassan Omogoriola’s Caucus but it wasn’t what I envisaged.

WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM?

God is my major inspiration but I enjoyed watching Yinka Quadri as a child and he inspired me a lot, I became so curious as I grow older and wanted to see how the magic is being done.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DEBUT MOVIE?

My debut movie was KOWE Written, Produced And Directed By Goriola Hassan, I played the role of a gateman and it was just a scene but I was so scared.

IT IS BELIEVED THAT ONCE YOU JOIN A CAUCUS, YOU ARE A STEP TO FAME, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE?

Joining a caucus isn’t something that will favour everybody because, things are complicated in the industry right now and the language everybody understands is money so even if you join a caucus and you don’t have money to fund yourself you might end up nowhere.

WHICH MOVIES HAVE YOU PRODUCED?

I am the producer of ESURU, OLOKO, LEKKI GUYS, INLAW, BANUSO, EREMODE, ASENI, OROGUN ALAIDE, EJE KAN, ELEGUSHI SPENDER, SURULERE, ASAN And IRO.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT AWARD PLATFORMS AND THE NOMINATION PROCESS?

Actually, it is ridiculous how awards platforms has seen giving out awards as an avenue to generate money, they have forgotten the main objective is to reward hardwork and recognize a talent when they see one. Awards should be based on merit not favoritism or who has more cash to offer.

CAN WE KNOW THE MOVIES YOU HAVE FEATURED IN?

I have featured in a lot of movies like MARIWO, MODI YIWON LATA, ARINOLA, AYANMO, MY PAINS, IWA ODO, OLOPA OLORUN, OMOLEWA, SIMI, TIFE, SOULMATE, FATE AND DESIRE, KOGBAGIDI, ASIRI IKOKO, EGE, KABIOSI, SHALEWA and many more.

WHICH ROLE DID YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING IN ALL THE ROLES THAT YOU HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?

I played the role of a spoiled child who will always get whatever he wants in ARINOLA But it’s so challenging because it’s an old school storyline like the early 80’s so I acted, talked and dressed differently.

IF YOU ARE OFFERED A MILLION NAIRA, WOULD YOU ACT NAKED?

No, I can never act naked not for any amount whatsoever.

IT IS A TREND THAT FAIR LADIES ARE ACQUAINT MORE ROLES IN THE INDUSTRY THAN FAIR LADIES, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THIS NOTION?

I am a very principled producer and I don’t engage in favoritism when it comes to doing my job, I will choose talent over complexion anytime any day because what I need is someone that can deliver the role as it should be done not the other way round.

WHICH PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY?

I am working on a very big project at the moment and it’s totally different because it is Epic. As a matter of fact, I will be rolling anytime soon.

TO AN UPCOMING PRODUCER AND ACTOR OUT THERE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM RIGHT NOW?

My advice to upcoming producers and artists, most especially the ladies is that they shouldn’t give out their body so cheaply all in the name of I want to become a star. They should be focused and straightforward instead of looking for cheap fame and most importantly, they should be prayerful and try to have another business that will yield income aside from acting so that they won’t end up begging or hailing people on social media for money to support their career.

“My Role In Esan Was Challenging Because I Have Never Played Such Role Before” Actress Bukola Olatunji

Fast rising actress, Bukola Olatunji is growing to become a delight of screen lovers. We caught up with her to find out what she’s been into recently.

PLEASE, CAN WE MEET YOU?

I am Bukola Olatunji , I am from osun state (ejigbo), I finished from Ibadan polytechnic, (public administration ), I came from a family of six and I am the 3rd child of my mother.

WHEN DID YOU STARTED ACTING?

I started while I was in school

DO YOU HAVE AN INSPIRATION IN THE INDUSTRY?

No, I don’t

WHAT IS THE TITLE OF YOUR DEBUT MOVIE? WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE FACING THE CAMERA DURING THAT TIME?

Ife inu mi and inioluwa, it was a good experience because that is what I have been wanting and wishing for.

THEY SAID CAUCUS HELPS PEOPLE BREAKTHROUGH INTO THE INDUSTRY, HOW TRUE?

Not really, but it is good to belong to a caucus , every tree has a root.

RECENTLY, PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED THAT AWARDS PLATFORMS DO NOT CREDIT CREATIVE ACTORS ON MERIT, WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE BEST CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION?

God knows the best , I can’t say more than that.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE MOVIES THAT YOU HAVE PRODUCED?

Inioluwa, Ife inu mi but the 3rd one is not yet out, titled- destiny.

WHICH MOVIES HAVE YOU FEATURED IN?

Uncountable but I will mention a few. Gbafida , ife , iwa odo , shindara , Esan , iro etc

WHICH ROLE DID YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING IN ALL THE ROLES THAT YOU HAVE PLAYED SO FAR?

My role in Esan. It was so challenging because I have never played such role before ,but I thank God everything went well

WHICH PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY?

The only project I have at hand is Destiny and it is not yet out , it will be out soon

WHO ARE THE ACTORS THAT WOULD BE FEATURED IN DESTINY?

Femi Adebayo, Ibrahim yekini ( Itele) , yetunde wumi, tope osoba, Tunde Owokoniran etc

WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU PLAN TO ACHIEVE IN THE INDUSTRY ?

To have more endorsements, be a famous and successful actress.

WORDS FOR PEOPLE WHO ADMIRE YOU ON SCREEN?

First of all , I thank them for loving me for who I am and I promise to never disappoint them.

Actress Biola Bose Talks About Career and Projects.

We had Actress Biola Bose chat about career and her projects with us in this interview. Read more below.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?

I am Biola Bose born into a family of nine. Three brothers and Four girls. I attended I.M.G primary school at oniyanrin ibadan ,also attended Orita- Aperin secondary school Ibadan, I gained admission to federal polytechnic offa and did not finished my course before I left.

HOW DID YOU DISCOVERED ACTING?

I have passion for movie and I went to cultural centre to register in 2006 with the group call walijo dancers. Later, I left the group and join kehinde olayinka group in 2008,I traveled out of the country and came back in 2010 to join Taofik Adewale A.K.A Digboluja. I got my certificate in 2013.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DEBUT MOVIE?

The title of my debut movie is OLAMIDUN coming soon ,my first experience facing the camera was nice and I was happy.

DO YOU THINK YOU NEED A CAUCUS TO BREAKTHROUGH?

I don’t believe in joining a caucus before I have a breakthrough I believe in GOD

RECENTLY, PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED THAT AWARDS PLATFORMS DO NOT CREDIT CREATIVE ACTORS ON MERIT, WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD BE THE BEST CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION?

I don’t have much to say about it, because I am not at home.

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE MOVIES THAT YOU HAVE PRODUCED?

OLAMIDUN is my first movie that I produced

WHICH ONES WERE YOU FEATURED IN?

I featured in Efunsetan Aniwura ,Oro Ahon, Owo Ago, Ayaimule, and Ayegbogbon.

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR MOST CHALLENGING ROLE SO FAR?

The most challenging so far is the role I played in OLAMIDUN

WOULD YOU ACT HALF NAKED FOR A MILLION NAIRA?

No, I can’t

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT SEX FOR ROLE?

I don’t have any thoughts about it.

WHICH PROJECTS ARE YOU WORKING ON CURRENTLY?

I am working on projects now that is episode

DO YOU THINK FAIR LADIES GET MORE ROLES THAN DARK LADIES?

It depend on skills.

YOUR WORDS TO UPCOMING ACTS?

I pray to almighty GOD for His support and Understanding to make our dreams come true.