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By Shaibu Husseini
10 September 2022   |   2:19 am
Just two weeks into September, Moviedom and the social media throw up screen celebrities who are in the news for the right and wrong reasons. Here is moviedom pick of the good and bad of the second ‘season’ of September.

Just two weeks into September, Moviedom and the social media throw up screen celebrities who are in the news for the right and wrong reasons. Here is moviedom pick of the good and bad of the second ‘season’ of September.

Gbogbo Big Girls Birthday Shindig For Eniola Badmus
If there is one news about a Nollywood screen celebrity that trended during the week and may likely trend for a few days more, then it is the birthday shindig of award-winning Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus.

Dubbed ‘Gbogbo Big Girls’ shindig by an excited fan, the actress best known for her role as Bursty and Gbogbo Big Girls in Funke Akindele’s Omo Ghetto series and Jenifa’s series turned 45 on September 7. To mark the day, an excited Badmus took to the social media to share dazzling and if you still like, gorgeous photos of her as she turned 45.

Eniola had earlier shared some fantastic pre-birthday photographs, which revealed that her once plus size body has received unimaginable body transformation. She had explained in an earlier interview that she made the decision to lose weight because of the stigma and pressure she had received. She also revealed that she had to cut down on habits that she thought would be impossible to cut down on.

“I have habits that I had to stop even the one I thought I could not,’’ she said. The high point of the shindig was the surprise ‘Pounds rain’ on her by the pop singing sensation Davido and the Mercedes car she gifted herself on her day of joy. This was how she captured the moment on social media: “Birthday gift to myself. I really don’t know where to start from, but I try shaaaa. This is pure hard work and you all can testify to it.”

To further prove to her fans that that ‘No big god’ bought the car for her, as some of her colleagues would say, Eniola wrote: “@m_jautos thank you for sorting this machine for me. You are the reason I was going back and forth in Dallas, but no vex say the money no come once… e no easy to level up. Thank God we made it…’’

Very popular in the Yoruba language movie circle, Eniola shot into limelight when she starred in two Yoruba language films titled Jenifa and Omo Ghetto. She rode on the back of those critically acclaimed movies to become producer’s choice for a leading or supporting actress in several Yoruba and English films.

Honorary Doctorate Degree For Adesua Etomi
CONGRATULATORY messages from home and abroad have been pouring in for star Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi-Wellington who has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton for her contribution to the creative industries.

The University of Wolverhampton in a statement on Monday, disclosed that the adorable wife of the singer and politician Banky W who graduated with a degree in Drama & Performance in 2009, was awarded a Doctor of Arts in recognition of her phenomenal contribution to arts and culture.

According to the University, the University of Wolverhampton presents honorary awards to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise.

Reacting to the recognition and honour done her, the mother of one and star of Wedding Party, Sugar Rush, King of Boys, Muna, Up North and The Set Up stated, “my experience at Wolverhampton was literally life-changing. It is the foundation upon which my career has been built. When I enrolled on my course in 2006, I was not confident at all. There is silent confidence that comes as a result of being informed and knowledgeable. I was taught to believe in my natural abilities, but also put those abilities to good use. This award is very humbling for me and I hope that it inspires prospective and current students to pursue careers in the creative industries.”

Screen celebrities that recently received honorary doctorate degree include Ireti Doyle. Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey and Bob Manuel-Udokwu.

Uche Odoputa Is Sill In Anguish
THESE are indeed trying times for Nollywood Actor Uche Odoputa and his family. No news yet from any quarters about his father, De Kenneth Odoputa, who was abducted four months ago by kidnappers.

De Odoputa was reportedly abducted with his friends when they were returning from a public function and they have since remained incommunicado. The “no news situation whether my dad is alive or dead,” as Uche noted, has left him and the entire family in deep anguish.

Speaking recently on the situation, the Orlu, Imo State born actor and star of Passionate Appeal, Last Flight To Abuja and Husbands of Lagos berated the Imo State Government and expressed displeasure on how the Government has done nothing to address insecurity in the state.

“It’s really very sad and heartbreaking how under the watch of one government, my state Imo has lost more person’s now than we ever did during the civil war, including my father Mr. Kenneth Odoputa, who has been taking away for four months now without any information. Dead/Alive, no one is saying anything about it! I can no longer deal with the trauma of having my dad being kept away by kidnappers for months without any hope of being released or what it would take to have him back.”

During the week, the actor urged his fans and colleagues to join the family in prayers to God on behalf of his father so that his abductors could release him and let him return to his home in peace.

From Edo Film Fest, Honour For Victor Okai, Kabat Esosa Egbon Others
SOME Nollywood heavy weight were honoured at the just concluded four day long Edo International Film Festival. Dubbed Edo To The World, the maiden edition, which opened on September 1, had the full backing of the Edo State Government through its Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs). The event was sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The festival featured master classes with industry experts, panel discussions, movie premieres, virtual sessions and networking opportunities with local and international industry participants. Out of over 1,500 movies submitted from 90 countries, only 150 movies were carefully curated for the festival.

Trailblasers putting Edo State on global spotlight were also recognised during the event including Mercy Aigbe, Linda Osifo, Nosa Rex and Adesua Etomi. There were also Heartbeats of our time awards: Awards for Legends and Trailblasers and the legends awarded include Alex Usifo, Victor Okhia, Kabat Esosa Egbon, Ambassador Lancelot, Charles Inojie and Billy King. Best Film shot in Edo Film with 5,000 dollars, Omoatama, won Governor’s Award, while Onaiwu clinched Governor’s Award for Best Overall Film.