Around and about moviedom in one week
It was a week of bits and pieces in Moviedom and here is a pick of practitioners who made headlines for the right and wrong reasons…
‘Her Excellency’ Styled Birthday Shindig For Funke Akindele
ALTHOUGH she shared stunning photos of herself and videos when she clocked 45 on Wednesday, star actress and the deputy governorship candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos, Olufunke Akindele aka Funke Akindele chose worship and praise session in her residence to mark her 45th birthday anniversary.
From break of dawn, gospel singer after gospel singer took turn to lead praise sessions at the party attended by family members, close friends, colleagues and associates. Gospel singer Gbenga Akinfewa led in the praise session. Tope Alabi took her turn and she later made way for Apekeola Ogbogofolemi who also performed.
As they performed, Funke who her close friends simply call ‘Her Excellency’ danced and occasionally knelt or lifted her hands in worship.
“I bless God for making it a success. Thank you all for the well wishes and heartfelt prayers. May God bless us all,’’ the Jenifa star wrote as she shared the video of the highlight of her birthday celebration.
Moses Armstrong Dares Actors Guild of Nigeria
We mentioned here last week, that notable Nollywood actor Armstrong Moses who was accused in June of having carnal knowledge of a minor has been granted bail by a court in Uyo in the sum of N5 million. We also mentioned that the Uyo based actor and former aide to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Udom, perfected his bail condition and has since returned home.
But the news is that Armstrong is back on a movie set in spite of the fact that the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) suspended him as soon as he was charged to court. As if defying the guild’s order, Armstrong took to his social media handle to share pictures he took on an ongoing movie project titled A walk Away.
The pictures went viral as soon as it was shared. Some fans even had to tag the leadership of the AGN to know their reaction. There was no comment from the AGN leadership as at press time, but a source close to the AGN President stated that the actor might be penalised by the AGN for defying the suspension order.
Kudos For Ike Nnaebue From Spain
WEEKS after his documentary No U-Turn earned a deserved award at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, Ike Nnaebue sent words from Switzerland that the documentary, which screened during the week at Festival Cinemas D’Afrique in Switzerland, was well received.
“The festival is a celebration of African films and filmmakers in Lausanne, Switzerland and films and filmmakers were drawn from all corners of Africa and the African Diaspora,” Ike wrote, as he dropped the link to the question and answer session that followed the screening of the documentary that received an honourable mention at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival.
The question and answer session lasted more than the allotted time of 30 minutes, because the audience kept asking Nnaebue about the Nollywood industry. On the whole, it turned out such an important outing not only for Nnaebue and his film but also for Nollywood as the film provoked a serious conversation around Nollywood.
Empress Njamah Is Back
NOTABLE Nollywood actress made her first major appearance on Facebook on Thursday, a day after leading friends of the late actress Ada Ameh to host a candle light service and tribute night in honour of actress of The Johnson’s fame who was very close to Empress until death.
The pretty Empress, younger sister of the filmmaker John Njamah, had taken ‘leave’ off Facebook to mourn Ada whom she described as her ‘best friend’. But when she returned on Thursday, she announced that she was back thus: “My first post on Facebook, after several times of thinking. I finally decided to join the league, all you scammers stay off.”
Empress followed the post with pictures of her at the departure lounge of an airport. The only space where she found time to share post is on Instagram and even there, it was all about Ada Ameh and the crowd funding for Ada Ameh’s aged mum.
If the pictures she shared on Facebook were taken at the departure lounge of an airport, she may be on her way to Oturkpo, Benue State to attend Ada Ameh’s burial ceremony, which held yesterday at her family compound in Ogobia.
The Birthday And Anniversary Shindig Is Not Over For Clarion Chukwura
IF you are wondering why veteran actress of the stage and screen, Clarion Nneka Olawutoyin Folashade Chukwura, aka Clarion Chukwura did not call a ‘loud in Lagos’ party to commemorate her birthdate on July 24, wonder no more as they say in local parlance.
The actress of vast credit and mother of the prolific music video director, Clarence Peters, squealed to a friend that the state of the economy and the mood of the nation as at July 24 made her to shelve the plans of a heavy gig to mark her birthday and 40 years on the live screen.
The multi-award winning actress made her debut on screen 40 years ago when she featured as the leading actress in Ola Balogun’s Money Power (Owo Lagba) featuring Sir Shina Peters. Her effort in that movie that was released in 1982 won her a prize—best actress at the 1982 edition of the Festival of Pan African Cinema in Ouagadougou otherwise known as FESPACO.
Since that 1982 debut, the sun has never gone down acting wise for the Anambra born actress and philanthropist who holds the traditional title of Ada Eji Eje mba of Onitsha.
“She has plans to still celebrate it in a big way,” the source said, adding, “I am sure that if she doesn’t mark it now in a big way, she will wait to do it when she turns 60 in two years’ time and that time, we will shut down Lagos and Anambra.”
Born on July 24, 1964, the star of Apaye, Yemoja, Mirror In The Sun (TV), and Egg of Life has won all the awards that an actress can possibly win in the continent including the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for best actress and Afro-Hollywood Best actress award for her role in 1997 blockbuster Glamour Girls.