Sunday, February 10, 2013
Mercy Johnson in Heart of a Widow
Nollywood star actress, Mercy Johnson is a delight to watch any day on screen. For her craft, and expression of professionalism, she went bald two years ago, while featuring in a movie,
" Heart of a Widow"shot in Enugu.
According to reports, Mercy was paid handsomelyto shave her hair. Mercy however did not disappoint the producers of the movie, Magic Movies Limited who did everything possible to get her on the set. While the movie was yet to hit the screens then, Mercy's fans were already visiting the shelves and cinema centres to see the movie.
Not only has she re-defined what it means to be awidow through the movie, she proved to be one of those A-list actresses who aren't afraid to display professionalism in any movie role given to them. Naturally, while she was on set, she looked pale, dejected and abused. Yet, it was a make-believe world.
Uche Jombo in Holding Hope
Uche Jombo lost so much weight when she went bald in Holding Hope, a movie she produced with Emem Isong last year. She played the role of a cancer ill mother. And for her to be able to fit intothis role, the actress went on a diet, lost so much weight that tongues started wagging on whether she aborted a six month old pregnancy. Then, Uche was a shadow of her old self, as she was made to shave off all her hair to look the role, looking miserable and dejected. It however, took her some months to regain her weight as well as silence her critics.
Actress Nuella Njubigbo last year released pictures of her new look online. In the pictures, Nuella was relieved of her lush hair, a requirement for the lead role she played in a movie.
It was gathered then that she was paid handsomely for the role. Her bravery in shaving off her hair for a movie role pitched her with notable Nollywood actresses who have done that at one time or the other. Still in her early days in the industry, Nuella is one of the fastest rising actresses in Nollywood.
Her fans are of the opinion that Nuella ought to have gotten an enviable attention given the new flick, but unfortunately, the movie is yet to hit thebig screen.
Nonetheless, Nuella continues to impress her fans all over the world with her unconstrained style of acting and versatility that has endeared her to the hearts of many movie lovers.
Ordinarily, sexy actress, Oge Okoye wouldn't agree to subject herself to torture or shave off her hair for any price. But as a thespian, she is, she did it two years ago, when she dared to go bald in movie role which required the bald effect to portray the character of a widow.
It was however rumoured then that the offer was too good for the actress to refuse. And like Mercy Johnson and Stella Damasus, she displayed her craft, and shocked her fans when she shaved off her hair to star in the movie. Unfortunately, not many people have seen the movie but those who were privileged to see it said it made a big splash when it was released in 2011.
Adaora Ukoh in 'Thy Kingdom Come'
Top actress Adaora Ukoh is still living with the reality of having to shave off her hair in a movie titled "Thy Kingdom Come".
Adaora who starred alongside Sam Dede, Mike Ezuruonye, Kenneth Okokwo, and other actors was bald in almost half of the movie. She played the role of a woman who became a widow and was made to shave her hair as demanded by tradition.
Squealers said, Adaora was paid N2 million to play the role.
Interesting, the actress who still carries low cut till date exudes beauty. Some of her fans confess how much they love her bald look.
She's covering this month's Ebony Magazine (looking fierce as usual) and inside, she shares intimate details from her past as well as the significance of portraying such dynamic female characters such as Olivia Pope on ABC's Scandal andthe slave, Broomhilda, in "Django Unchained." She discusses the connection the two characters have, and how they relate to her own personal life.
Catch a few highlights:
Kerry on what she loves about Olivia Pope
In her professional life, she is so powerful and is this self-made woman…But in [Olivia's] personal life, she is a mess and I kind of love that…I love that I get to embody all of that complexity because I also think it takes a certain level of progress for us to have a BlackWoman that powerful be an emotional mess on television.
Kerry on the connection between Olivia and Broomhilda:
[Olivia] is the answer to Broomhilda's prayers…I'm grateful that these two women on opposite ends of history, on opposite ends of their experience, both strong women but in such different ways, can exist at the same time.
It's definitely Kerry season.
In this issue, which is pegged "The Scandal Issue," Ebony also lists 50 scandalous events that have rocked Black culture and features an article titled, "What Really Happened to Pastor Zachery Tims" which examines how the once reigning pastor of a Florida mega church died mysteriously in a New York hotel room.
Are you feeling these looks, vixens?
Earlier today, Breezy was on his way to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy to attend an event for his Symphonic Love charity when he was involved in a car accident while trying to flee the paparazzi. The good news is that he is okay. The bad news is that he totaled his Porsche.
According to a statement from his reps :
Chris Brown was in a car accident this afternoon after being ruthlessly pursued by paparazzi. He was in his vehicle by himself headed to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy for a Symphonic Love Foundation event when two vehicles cut him off.
The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle. In an effort to remove himself from the situation, hebegan to back down an alley at which point his was cut off by two additional vehicles. Chris' vehicle was totaled due to this aggressive pursuit by the paparazzi. He is okay.
This guy can not get a break. Sheesh!
At least he's okay.
During his opening monologue, the host and musicalguest noted that February is home to both Valentine's Day and Black History Month, so he would celebrate both. With help from Kenan Thompson , the singer approached young women inthe audience, presented them with a rose, and smooth talked them with some black history facts. He started off well—but soon got his history mixed up.
"Girl you're driving me crazy, but did you also know Denzel Washington invented peanut butter?" he asked one young woman. Finally, surprise guest Whoopi Goldberg appeared and Bieber serenaded her with "One Less Lonely Girl."
Later, Bieber plays the ultimate Miley Cyrus ( Vanessa Bayer ) fan, appearing on her talk show and proclaiming his disdain for Justin Bieber. Bieber's character obliquely addresses photos that emerged in January of the singer smoking marijuana: "I also heard he got busted smoking weed, and people make mistakes and he's really sorry about it and he's never going to do it again."
SNL kicked off the episode by revisiting Sunday's Super Bowl blackout, which left the CBS Sports teamwith little to do but rehash old facts for thirty minutes. A more detailed description of what went down can be read here , but sufficed to say, there's awkward talk of Dan Marino 's (Jason Sudeikis ) recently revealed extramarital affair and Shannon Sharpe 's ( Jay Pharoah ) desire to eat a punter.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, Thompson appeared on Weekend Update as "the one black guy in every commercial." You know him—the "cool but non threatening" guy who is forever banging out a rhythm Pringles cans, DJing parties and high-fiving people—all in the name of adding diversity to an ad campaign. Thompson's character tells Seth Meyers his life is awesome, because he is constantly hanging out with "Hispanic girls with bangs" and white guys who wear fedoras when they dance.
Bieber affected a greeser accent for a sketch derivedfrom Greece 's "Tell Me More" (renamed "Say More Stuff" in SNL parlance). Bieber's character isn't too smart, as it's revealed he was disappointed on his date when he discovered "sweater puppies" weren't literally puppies hidden in a woman's sweater.
The pop star nearly cracked up ala vintage Jimmy Fallon while playing a respectable pre-medical student who goes home to meet his girlfriend's ( Nasim Pedrad ) family. Her oafish older brother ( Taran Killam ) screams in his face, just about causing Bieber to break.
Later, Bieber got to a play nerd who, along with his girlfriend (Pedrad), plan an abstinence-themed school dance.
SNL is new next week with host Christoph Waltz and musical guest Alabama Shakes.
He says, "Some of us who are pot-bellied and 'old' don't have the pleasure of being chased by women anymore. We have left it for the younger ones. Women don't chase me anymore; they know this big belly wouldn't let me run."
Although some say women don't take comedians seriously, the dark skinned performer says that his wife takes him serious.
Adeyinka says, "I don't know if women don't take comedians serious but my wife takes me serious, especially when I want to pay school fees."
With the younger crop of comedians doing well for themselves and often laughing to the bank, Adeyinka, fondly referred as the 'Comedian of the Federal Republic,' says that he does not feel threatened.
"There is no competition. I do not feel threatened by the younger ones. Who is there to threaten me? I still work about four times a week. I am not threatened by anybody. If anything, I am grooming younger ones so that I can relax and do more expensive and fewer jobs,"he says.
The CFR says it is only a fool that will not pray for the growth of the younger generation.
He continues, "I think it is a stupid old person that would be envious of the young ones making it because before we made it, some people were making it. I do not believe that the younger ones are doing better than the older ones. I know that I am still doing as well as anyone in the industry, but our prayer is for the younger ones to grow. If we pray to grow and the industry dies, in 30 years time, nobody will remember our names. It is good as the young ones are growing but then the growth of the young ones does not kill the older ones. The older ones like myself are consolidated. We are doing bigger things that will even help the younger ones."
The Nigeria president, who is on a whirlwind three-nation trip to Egypt, the United Kingdom and France, had planned to surprise the Super Eagles in South Africa following their qualification for the final of the African Cup of Nations last Wednesday.
However, in London Mr. Jonathan came down with an intestinal disorder referred to as Amoebic Colitis and he underwent testing at the London Clinic on Harley Street. The clinic is highly favoured by Nigeria's rich and powerful.
A medical source told Saharareporters that Mr. Jonathan's situation is not worrisome but that the persistent nature of the condition meant the president had to undergo some screenings. It was not clear why he did not undertake the screenings in Abuja, where State House has an excellent clinic manned by a largely idle staff.
Meanwhile, former Nigerian dictator Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida was also sighted at the InterContinental Hotel in London limping on one leg. Mr. Babangida was helped into a vehicle by two aideson his way to a hospital in the city.
It was not clear if President Jonathan previously knewof Babangida's stay at the same hotel but the two met briefly as Babangida struggled to get to his car.
Mr. Jonathan is expected to arrive in France on Monday, according to his itinerary, but it is unclear if his health issue will force a change. Mr. Jonathan's wife, Patience, last month returned to hospital in Germany following new health concerns.
The president has detailed the Senate President, David Mark, to cheer on the Super Eagles to victory intheir final match against Burkina Faso tomorrow.
A presidency source said the President plans a massive reception for the Super Eagles in Abuja on Tuesday night.
Following decades of irresponsible management of the Nigerian economy, including failure to develop the health sector, Nigeria's leaders and their families routinely hurry off to the developed world to squander valuable foreign exchange even on minor health procedures.
Two years ago, Babangida's wife died in a hospital in California. Prior to that, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo's wife died in a hospital in Spain.
gistbank.blogspot.com gathered that the governor, elected under the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, appointed Bob Manuel as his Senior Special Adviser on Creative Media.
The appointment was made on Friday and the former Gulder Ultimate Search anchor is excited about his latest job.
While Yemi Alade rocks an 80s inspired vintage dress on the cover, Burna maintains his signature style with his glasses and silk print shirt paired with a white jacket.
The cover shot was photographed by Tobi of TCD Concept Photography.
The Otolowo Records, who produced the last album of late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister titled " Last Message "is suing both Alhaji Alabada and Alhaji Oloto for distributing the record, which, according to the recording company have no copyright-backing for so doing. The London based Record Label claimed that they have the exclusive right to sell not all the records of the late Fuji icon but his last album which was produced by them as well.
As part of the copyright infringement, they are asking for N50 million as compensation.
The case was opened for hearing last Thursday, before Justice Oyebanji of the Lagos High Court,Igbosere. While Otolowo and its representativesare the plaintiff, Alhaji Lati Alagbada and Alhaji Buhari Oloto, the Olori Omo Oba of Onitire Royalfamily are the defendants.
According to a source, while the now late Joe was presenting last night, he just wasn't getting his line right. Channel TV immediately went off the air during which he was rushed to the hospital.
He died briefly at the hospital.
Below are some condolences messages from late Joe Ighile 's fans
My dear brother JOE IGHILE, why? We were together just over a week ago and you never told me you were leaving even when we spoke after your return to Nigeria. Death oh death why oh why? Why is it that good men don't last? The firewood that burns most in the fire does not last long… I am short of words dont even know what to say or how to begin. You were kind,calm, mature, full of wisdom and patience and above all, you feared God. You were a great man and a that you will remain in our hearts. Sleep on Mr Joe you deserve the rest from this wicked and cruel world. Rest in peace MR JOE IGHILE till we meet to part no more
I remember that sunny afternoon, it was few days to the closing ceremony of the National sport festival EKO 2012, met you, Emeka Nwani and Dumnodi Okonta, we had Launch together, the four of us had Eba and Vegetable soup, after we juggled over some football issues and we all promised to do our best for the development of the game, RIP Joe Adieu.
Painful exit. RIP
Just yesterday mrning u took ma pix n promised to post it on fb for yabbs, now dats not possible. I wish I had hugged u dat mrning, now I can't anymore. Mr Ighi, I will miss u for a very long time to come. Rest In Perfect Peace
Just like yesterday when you celebrated your Birthday.RIP BOSS.
This is hard to believe. I just couldn't sleep last night when I heard the sad news. RIP Mr Joe
Unbelievable wat a loss! Rip sir dt knw y gud peopld die to early stil in shock.
Uncle Joe? Still unbelievable,may ur gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
This is sooo hard to take! Was with you at Channels the day the Nations Cup kicked off as a guest on the morning show. We rode together to my office and you were off to South Africa the next day! Didn't even know you were back Joe!!!Gosh!!!This is so unreal!!!
Big Joe,this hard to take but d consolation is u knew master Jesus,rest in d bosom of Christ
May God strengthen your family at this very sad time,I'm consoled by the fact that you knew Jesus.
RIP uncle Joe
Na wa ooo for dis life may God help us all we will miss you so much. We love you but God love you more, sureoo RIP. But one day we will see again. Good bye d big joe's.
My friend and brother, I cry even as I write this. How would I have known that our meeting in December would be the last time I'll see you in flesh and blood. Itwas a pleasure knowing you. Still, I can't believe that I will not see you again, Joe. I cannot believe it. I pray that you make it to heaven, my brother and that our Father in heaven will comfort your family. Farewell, mybrother.
I was watching him yesterday night and just wondering why Uncle Joe was not getting his line right; and suddenly Channels tv went off air on Sports tonight.A perfect gentleman.Pastor Joe Ighile RIP..!I will miss your gentility.
World Producer,i am happy for you even in death cos' you know and live in CHRIST and you are already with HIM,rest in peace.
Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssss…..difficult 2believe & accept….a gentleman 2d call………..RIP
A good man with good heart. This man gave me my first experience as a television sports presenter/analyst on Channels Sports on Sunday without knowing me from anywhere. He thought me writing skills in sports journalism without a complain that I don't pay him.
Oga Joe, may God reward you abundantly for all the good you've done to all that av come across you n mayHe forgive all ur mistakes so you can rest in peace
This gentleman was one of our very good swimmers atEdaiken, am I right so that we can take it up frm there?
Speechless!!! A rare personality… because there was aspace in your heart that fully understood situations, it gives me the confidence there is a space for you in thekingdom of our father who hath in heaven. Ki a ku ni omode ki o y'eni, o san ju ki a di agba iya. We will always remember your support and kindness.
You guys must be kidding me. Someone please tell meis not true………Pastor Joe Ighile, abeg come come ooo. We still need you here.
SOM1 pls tell me,dis is not true,Daddy Joe,OMG,y do gud people leave d world like dis.RIP Daddy Joe,its rily a shock
Daddy Joe Return If Possible,its really a shock.
DADDY JOE, AHH OH MY GOD? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN,AM SOOOO ANGRY & PAINED, YOU DID NOT DESERVE UNTIMELY DEATH! GOD PROVIDE & PROTECT HIS FAMILY. RIP Joe Ighile
I CANNOT MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DEATH, SO YOU DID NOT WAKE UP THIS MORNING TO YOUR FAMILY? OH YOUR KIDS, & WIFE… I AM VERY PAINED & ANGRY. LORD GRANT DADDY JOE ETERNAL REST AWAY FROM THIS TERRIBLE & WICKED WORLD!
RIP My dear good friend.Spoke to u last week and now u gone.im still in shock.
Life! God pls have mercy on the soul of Mr Joe. RIP
Bros why na. Rest in d lord bro. Am really not interested in dis cup anymore.
OMG WHY JOE Joe Ighile THE BROADCASTER CUM PRESENTER ON Channels Television. REST IN BLISS.
Its still a still a shock to me when Godwin announced itds morning, but u weren't sick, its not fair, when Nigeria came close to winning the AFCON trophy.
*sobs* RIP joe, u'll b misd by my uncle n I and all Nigerian.
Life and death are not fair,you are someone i admired so much.You were a true leader of men.We miss you already JOE IGHILE.Rest in peace.
Life is really a mystery! Now I understand the words ofWilliams Shakespeare! Its Notting but a Walking Shadow! RIP Award winning Producer U ll forever remain my mentor!
My heart goes to Channels staff and ur Family.
SAD: My heart goes out to the family of Joe Ighile (Channels sports presenter/producer) who died in the line of duty yesterday in South Africa. Gentle, friendly and God-fearing. Gave me a warm embrace Last time Isaw him in Calabar when Super Eagles played Liberia.
Life! VANITY SQUARE-..WATCHED HIM PRESENT SPORTS TONIGHT YESTERNIGHT..and now he is gone..ADIEU GREAT GUY
Rest in peace Joe. Please find peace in heaven, earth has failed to offer no peace. Life itself has become an adventure, death has taken d place of sleep and good men don't last long again
Why will a trojan, a good and upright man like Joe, depart without a formal goodbye. Last week u were here with us in South Africa, dis week u av joined d angels in Paradise. The AFCON Trophy will be ur parting gift. Adieu Joe
who can questn dis God? you were surely a jolly good fellow…sleep well & good night my dear friend.
Few hours ago he was thinking of the future but not hehas become a history. Farewell brother, Joe Ighile
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
The single actress was honoured as a UN Peace Ambassador in January.
With all these great life's achievement, the controversial actress is currently in a messy husband-snatching scandal.
According to sources, the beautiful actress who has been secretly dating her colleague, married Nigerian actor Emeka Enyiocha is pregnant for him.
Halima Abubakar's secret relationship with the actor almost destroyed his marriage since his wife is at the verge of divorcing him.
In what sources called another Birth of Evil in Nollywood, Halima Abubakar is carrying a movie baby for Emeka Enyiocha . The Nollywood movie titled Birth of Evil is currently in production in Owerri, Imo State.
Divine Touch Production is the movie producer. The film is directed by Theodore Anyanji.
Other stars in the movie include;
*. Patience Ozokwo alia Mama Gee
*. Ken Erics
*. Queen Nwokoye
*. uche Elendu
*. Vitalis Ndubisi
*. Remmy Ohajianya