My Daily Confessions From Now till May 2017


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So we had Workers' Refereshing Conference in my church on October 1, 2016 and it was an amazing time in God's presence. So many prophetic words came and I took them down for my personal prayers.

I thereafter converted the prophetic words into a daily confession which I will begin confessing every day for the next 6months. I have so many things that o desire from God and they are all wrapped up in these confession. So I thought I'd share it with you guys.

I hope you are as diligent with it as I intend to be and I am certain that we will return with testimonies.

Confession (Drafted from prophesies are October ’16 WRC)
Today, I declare over my life that I have a clear understanding of what God wants me to do.
The targets I have set, I will attain them and heaven will give me exposure for what I carry.
My gifts will be showcased to the world.
God will give wings to every of his deposit in me. I enjoy help, divine help!
Those that matter will approve of my talents. Where my efforts have peaked, I enjoy divine help.
Every eye that beholds me favors me. Wherever my name is seen or mentioned, favor speaks for me.
I enjoy all round peace in all my endeavors. I enjoy peace in my relationships, in my home, and in my life in Jesus name.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. No good thing is withheld from me. I enjoy clarity, my eyes are opened, and my ears are hearing ears.
Divine recommendation is mine. What I have is what they need. The right hand of God rests upon my household and I.
I enjoy long life and length of days. My life is full. My days are long. I have grace to make impact.
I enjoy divine advertisements; my skills are advertised. I drink from wells that I did not dig and God is sorting me out.
It is my season of multiplication and I enjoy divine visitation from God! My level of influence increases and those that I look up to begin to listen to me in Jesus name!
It will happen to me at the speed of light. I enjoy strange visitations from God, strange testimonies and testimonies that have never happened before begin to happen to me. I am blessed! I am lifted.

I DECARE AND I SAY AMEN!

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Actress Chika Ike Rocks a $5,000 Amal Azhari Dress while Honoured with the Excellence Award at the African Entrepreneur Awards in London


While being honoured with the Excellence Award at the African Entrepreneur Awards in London, Actress Chika Ike rocks a $5,000 Amal Azhari Dress to receive her award.

The gold leave print dress features a silver embellished collar/neckline and belt. The actress styled the look with black sandals, a black clutch and minimal jewellery, opting for simple stud earrings.

See photos of the gorgeous actress below




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The Screening Room with Adenike: "Dinner" Nigerian Movie Review


Mike Okafor is invited by his childhood friend and buddy; Adetunde George Jnr, to have DINNER and spend the weekend with him and his fiancée Lola Coker as they plan for their upcoming wedding. Mikey decides to come along with his girlfriend Diane Bassey, as he plans to propose to her. Things get out of hand when they arrive at Adetunde’s house and they get to find out secrets about each other’s relationship and the one person in the middle of it all.

Dinner is written, directed and produced by Jay Franklyn Jituboh, director of the short film “Once” selected at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival.

         
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#AdenikeUncut My Brthday Was Lit!! And I Made A Vlog for YOU!!


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So my birthday was on November 16 and as customary for me, I decided to make a vlog. This tyear how ever, the vlog captured my entire day.

Here's the video. I hope you enjoy it.

          


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#AdenikeUncut 10 Things/Facts You Don't Know About Me!! TAG


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It's incredibly exciting to be able to share with you all a few things about myself. I am by no means perfect but over the years I have come to love myself and see myself through the eyes of God: I am fair-fully and wonderfully made. 

So here's a vlog in which I share with you 10 facts that you most probably do not know about me.

Enjoy!

           


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My experience embracing the world with #AFRIFF2016


Anytime the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) comes around, I get excited. Mostly because of the workshops, training and movie screenings, but this year my excitement was based on the theme “Embracing The World.” 2016 has been a significant year in the African movie industry, Nollywood especially. With 8 movies in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and more international recognition,

Nollywood had been embraced by the world and so it is only natural for it to return the favour. AFRIFF opened with a simple opening ceremony and film. Numerous actors and filmmakers from all over the world turned out to watch the movie “Birth of A Nation” by Nate Parker. One exciting segment is the red carpet ceremonies – guests interacting and sharing their excitement about what to expect at the festival. This year compared to previous years, the opening ceremony wasn’t as exciting and the turn out was a tad disappointing. While we saw notable faces like Richard Mofe Damijo, Rita Dominic, Lala Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan, Stanlee Ohikuare, DJ Tee, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and others, the ceremony was void of the exciting vibe and presence as it was before.

I should tell you about my experience with Alhaji Lai Mohammed. He met a friend of mine at the ceremony who told him that he was there to support me. So, the minister requested for me. On getting to him he engaged me in a conversation about my job and the company I work for (Red Media Africa). What struck me as interesting was his warm and friendly demeanour – the fact that he was genuinely interested in what I do. This is certainly not what you would expect from a busy minister on whose shoulder the information apparatus of the country rests. Moving on to the week of the festival, it was a completely different story as there were so many interesting activities that it was difficult to choose which to attend.



Film screenings, industry sessions, master classes and other programmes, took place simultaneously at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island; Genesis Deluxe and Filmhouse-IMAX, Lekki; Maryland Mall, Ikeka, and Afrinolly Space, Oregun, Lagos. There was the acting class, taught by veteran actress, Hilda Dokubo – there couldn’t have been a better teacher. Just like her movies, Hilda threw herself into impacting the students with knowledge was she brilliant or what? There was also a branding class by Mykel Parish, President of the African Film Consortium. This class was strategic because beyond filmmaking and selling movies, branding is an essential part of the filmmaking business and it’s exciting to see African filmmakers with requisite exposure.


It will impact the quality of movies produced in the industry. The festival featured a film/filmmaking experience for hundreds of school children hosted to a film screening at IMAX. The movie “Born to be Wild”, was an exciting selection for such young school children because of what it represents – a documentary based on the life of orphaned orangutans and elephants rescued by humans and returned to their natural habitat. Overall, the week-long activities of the festival were detailed and impactful. AFRIFF took things a step further this year by including classes and training that went beyond the expected and involved people outside of the movie-making business.


The closing film was ’76, arguably one of the best movies in 2016 – produced by Izu Ojukwu featuring Rita Dominic and Ramsey Nouah. It was a brilliant selection and it ended the festival on a high note. The closing gala and awards ceremony was themed “AFRIFF Broadway” and it featured performances by Osas Ajibade, Toni Tones. The event was hosted by Lala Akindoju. It was a indeed a beautiful night. I can’t end this without this though – Nollywood needs to improve on keeping to time. The closing gala started at 9:30pm because people came late to a red carpet that should have started by 7pm.

If AFRIFF can work on keeping to time and encouraging anyone who in the film business to come out and participate in the festival, it will become even greater. AFRIFF 2016 was definitely a success and I say congratulations to Chioma Ude and all the ambassadors of AFRIFF.


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‘THE BEST 5 ACTORS IN NOLLYWOOD’ BY CHARLES NOVIA


And so, it’s time for the guys on my list and it’s the fourth year of my doing this. Thanks to all who have been following this particular segment annually and urging me on to keep on with it.

2016 had a number of new actors who were quite good in some movies. There were some good actors from the old stock too who had a great year. However, one had to prune down to this list after tediously sifting through a shortlist. There are some names I should give Special Mention, who did not make the list for purely technical reasons on my template but who stood out in their own right in acting fares in 2016. Sambasa Nzeribe, a relatively new actor is one to watch out for. Daniel K Daniel had a good year too, even winning a couple of major awards for ‘Best Actor’. OC Ukeje had a good outing too as well as a fantastic stage actor called Patrick Dibuah. Kudos once again to those names mentioned.

The templates for arriving at my Best 5 Actors in 2016 are the same as used for the Best Actresses annually ; Characterisation, Interpretation, Visualisation and Enunciation

NUMBER 5: KUNLE FAWOLE

Kunle-fawole The ability of an actor to live a character out onscreen or on stage is one of the tested prerequisites for giving diadems to that person. But the ability of that actor to convince us that he is that character, where he makes it difficult for us to draw a line between suspension of disbelief and grudging admiration, is the hallmark of a fantastic actor. And Kunle Fawole is just that. At least, he is more than convincing in his role as Ruffy Jackson in the Africa Magic series ‘Hush’. Playing the role of a political thug with a soft spot has endeared him to millions of viewers and it’s not just because he plays it so well that he is on my list. I saw him play the lead role in a recent movie where he was totally a far cry from Ruffy and spoke with good articulation and was quite intense. In any case, this guy is a delight to watch as Ruffy Jackson and depending on how ‘Hush’ unravels its final denouement, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Producers to create a spin-off comedy prequel or sequel for that character. It really wouldn’t.

NUMBER 4: WALE OJO:

Wale Ojo It would be a disservice to Nollywood if Wale Ojo is not mentioned in this list or any other list of top actors who excelled in 2016. In ‘The CEO’, Wale Ojo showed why he is a natural hard working actor and why perhaps a few years stint in the United Kingdom plying his trade as an actor and honing more skills, have counted for him. His nuances, role interpretation and excellent articulation in his role ‘The CEO’ stood him out as one of the top actors in 2016. I notice that he’s gradually climbing up the rung to play the leading roles too for his age range. He brings some cool into acting and interpretes his own way. Good effort.

NUMBER 3: GREGORY OJEFUA

Gregory-ojefua Gregory, to me, is something of a delightful paradox as an actor. He’s both a shock and a thrill. Rarely does an actor come up on he scene, with such an unassuming facade and shock the world with the power of interpretation such as Gregory Ojefua does. I have seen him give commendable switches from comic roles to serious ones in a few movies in 2016 and he was damn good! In ‘Just Not Married’, he plays a constantly eating and near-wordless Oaf who is of a Stolen Cars Syndicate and he plays that role with such seriousness as he shovels dollops of amala down his throat which gets everyone laughing. In ‘The Arbitration’, he switches to a cool and proper character witness, which comes off to me as a product of his personal research. In ‘Surulere’, he plays the arrogant, pain-in-the-ass boss who takes delight in inflicting verbal torture on his workers. And it was really in ‘Surulere’ that Gregory seemed to tell the world that he’s a silent force to reckon with. Last year, I watched him in a short movie where he played the role of the Biafran War Lord, Colonel Odimegwu Ojukwu and his interpretation and characterisation were amazing! Something about Ojefua reminds me of a cross between James Earl Jones and Kevin James, two Hollywood actors and I think we will be seeing much of this guy for a long time.

NUMBER 2: RAMSEY NOAH

Ramsey-nouah It seemed like Ramsey Nouah was on a hiatus in 2016 until I watched ’76, an Izu Ojukwu movie and he re-iterated my artistic arguments about Old Wine in a New Skin always tasting good. In ’76, Ramsey plays a military officer in the barracks, who’s inadvertently roped into a coup plot against the military head of state. Far removed from his popular Lover Boy roles, we see Ramsey in this movie bringing out his very best and playing his character to the hilt. The character demands emotional high points in various tilts in the movie and Ramsey does a great job in maintaining the focus and visualisation of that role. I daresay that this movie would somehow re-invent the actor in Ramsey Noah and perhaps get him to explore depths which he knows he can reach but which may not have been adequately experimented with these past years. He’s an actor with great range.

NUMBER 1: RICHARD MOFE-DAMIJO

It’s rare for any actor to go off the scene for eight years or more and return with a bang anywhere in the world. It’s even more difficult when that actor plies his trade in Nollywood. But Richard Mofe-Damijo did it in 2016. With his starring role in ‘Hush’, RMD wowed an old fan base and harnessed a new generation of fans, mostly swooning followers too. Playing the role of Bem Tsenugo, an unassuming but deadly Fashion Designer in the series, RMD shows us why he has had staying power as an actor with charisma all these years. It is not only in ‘Hush’ that RMD reveals his much improved prowess though. In the movies ‘3 Wise Men’ and ‘Dinner’ as well as ‘The Grudge’, he exhibits an interesting range which gives us more insight why he’s a screen legend in his own right. Then in the movie ‘Oloibiri’, RMD gives an unforgettable portrayal as a Niger Delta militant, a role he reportedly had to lose weight for. Interestingly. RMD is still a Box Office attraction almost every Nollywood Producer would want to have in their movies, as he has proved to himself as one to cut across demographics. If only for the re-invention of his career again in 2016, he gets my Number One Vote but then he didn’t just re-invent himself, he came at it with a point to prove in his acting.

Few actors have such grace and charm onscreen. And even fewer have the huge appeal and clout he commands on and off screen. He is tops for 2016.
Congratulations.

Charles Novia
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93 Days Actress Bimbo Akintola Wins Best Actress of the Year at AFFRIF 2016


Multiple award winning actress; Bimbo Akintola has again been acknowledged for her praiseworthy role in the renowned movie, 93 days.

The outstanding thespian won the award for “Best Actress of The Year” at the recently concluded AFRIFF 2016 for portraying the character of the late Dr Stella Adadevoh in which she gave an exceptional performance.

"It was a huge honour for me to take on the character of such an inspiring woman. Learning about her life was an interesting challenge for me and I knew I had no other choice but to give it my very best.  It is my hope that posterity will be able to see and understand what Dr Adadevoh did to help save Nigerians from the Ebola epidemic" – Bimbo Akintola.

93 days is a movie centered around the Ebola virus outbreak in Nigeria, the battles fought by the unsung heroes led by the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh and the victory won. Due to the strong story behind the movie and outstanding performances by the actors, 93 days was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival 2016 and is in currently showing in cinemas across the country.

AFRIFF (African International Film Festival) is an international platform that promotes and recognizes filmmakers and entertainers in Africa. It is no surprise Bimbo Akintola was honoured with this award.
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Egbegbe Granted Bail After Pleading ‘Not Guilty’ To The Charge


The Lagos Police Command has arraigned Yoruba filmmaker, Seun Egbegbe for alleged theft, PUNCH reports. He was arraigned on Thursday before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing nine iPhones.

Recall that the filmmaker was mobbed before he was handed over to the police on Tuesday in Computer Village in Ikeja, where he reportedly attempted to run away with the stolen items.

Egbegbe released a statement on Wednesday where he said: “I am presently at home relaxing!” adding that the matter has since been resolved by the Nigeria Police; and that the report that he stole phones was “devilish”. PUNCH reports that he was never at home but was in police custody up till his arraignment in court today.

Egbegbe has been granted bail by Magistrate A. J. Atunwa after he pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge. The magistrate admitted the accused on bail, with two sureties who have N2 million in their account, and property in the Ikeja area of Lagos.
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“I didn’t have to go through any transplant” – Actor Leo Mezie shares how he miraculously recovered from a Kidney ailmen


Nollywood actor, Leo Mezie, at a press briefing held in Lagos on Tuesday, has shared how he miraculously recovered from a kidney ailment.

“I had thought that I would die,” Mezie told Allure Vanguard.

“I don’t know why Jesus chose to give me a second chance, but I believe it’s to serve him, and this time around in everything I do. At a point, I was ready to die. I had lost all hopes and was already making plans to return to the village, but God gave me a second chance to life, so that I can win more souls for him with my testimony. We had concluded plans for a kidney transplant; donor’s treatment, medical bills, compensation and lots more, but God turned my case around. After series of prayer, the kidneys that were diagnosed and confirmed damaged began to pick up and heal. At the long run, I didn’t have to go through any transplant; the doctors were amazed at the sudden transformation, which could be done by only God. My biggest appreciation is to the Almighty God. Despite my sins and shortcomings, he still found me worthy to receive his mercy. Then to Apostle Johnson (Suleiman). The man of God who gave me money and took care of all my medical bills. I’d also like to thank my wife, who stood by me in this challenging time despite all odds. I owe my life to you. To my colleagues, fans and the media, God bless you all,” he said.



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Seun Egbegbe releases Official Statement for iPhone Theft Allegations – “..I was never arrested for stealing 10 iPhone 7s...”


Yesterday news broke that Nollywood producer Seun Egbegbe had been arrested by the police for attempting to steal some phones from Computer Village in Lagos. Seun has now put out an official statement addressing the issue.

Read below.

"My attention has been drawn to an online publication of the aforementioned. The story is pretty laughable and better left in the court of public opinion. Ordinarily, 1 do not want to join issues with the writer of the publication but I have a responsibility to set the records straight for my fans, friends and foes , in the defence of the truth. 
To say the least, the news did not only grossly misinform unsuspecting public; it also portrays traces of campaign of calumny by some mercenary hirelings hell bent in destroying my name, for reasons best known to them. 
Having read with keen interest the completely self-serving spirited attempt to destroy my person, it has become imperative and timely that a rejoinder is written to state the fact clearly. I want to state here categorically and emphatically that though I was at Computer Village to address some issues, but I was never arrested for stealing 10 iPhone 7s, as stated by the writer of the story, the matter has since been resolved by the Nigeria Police; and the issue of me stealing phone is devilish from the said writer. 
Furthermore, It is rather unfortunate that the said writer will amount to cheap blackmail to deceive the unsuspecting public with a view of gaining cheap popularity. It is germane to note that I am a charitable, humane, and grass root person, who has exhibited selflessness in communal service, which have used as a veritable tool for social development. Finally, I wish to inform the general public to discard the report. I am presently at home relaxing!"
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Toyin Aimakhu’s Ex-Boyfriend Seun Egbede ALLEGEDLY Arrested for Stealing iPhone 7 & iPhone 6+ from Computer Village


Nollywood actress Toyin Aimakhu’s ex-boyfriend and movie producer Seun Egbede has allegedly been arrested this morning following allegations of him stealing iPhones from Computer Village in Ikeja. Seun was beaten before he was handed over to the police to be arrested.


According to Instablog9ja:

an eyewitness said Seun Egbede went to a certain Keelcech Innovations Store in computer village, took two iPhone 7 and some iPhone 6+ and told the sales girl he was coming, and then crossed to enter a taxicab. It was after he left that it dawned on one of the sales rep that someone packed phones, so they rushed and caught up with Egbegbe. He had, however, allegedly already given one of his staff, the iPhone 7 and that staff escaped, but Seun was caught.” 



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Charles Novia: The Best 5 Actresses in Nollywood in 2016


It’s The Novia List once again!
My annual ‘ Top 5 Best Actress/Best Actor’ list has always been released for the past three years during this period and it culminates for me, an exciting year in Nollywood wherein more than ever this year, there was a competitive slant in the quality of acting in the industry.
The year 2016 has been quite an interesting one for Nollywood as one could arguably conclude that more than ever, there were more exciting films released by Nollywood filmmakers at the Box Office than ever in the past five years. With a couple more to look forward to before the year draws the final curtains, some might argue that I am bringing out this list prematurely but I beg to differ. I think I have seen all what I have to see to know that those who make this list this year really deserve to be on this list and have given brilliant performances in 2016.
First, my overview of Nollywood in 2016; Nollywood was phenomenal in international networking and received deserved recognition but still floundering in production ambitions, story directions and elevation of general artistry. Many of the movies which had cinema runs in 2016 by Nollywood Filmmakers had no business being on the big screen and most should have been consigned to television fares rather than wasting the recession-tested money of the movie goers. Having watched many of such movies in 2016 with my team of judges, one’s patience was tested in many cases and I certainly hope that filmmakers would learn that the box office is not necessarily an avenue for boring movie goers with sleep-inducing fares. A lot of Nollywood movies which were released in the cinemas in 2016 had what I term ‘ the smooch factor’; which is an uncomplimentary term I coined where bored couples buy the tickets, find themselves alone in the hall in many cases and begin to smooch themselves while the movie flickers on the screen!
Once again in 2016, television series and serials gave Nollywood films a good run for money and a couple of outstanding commissioned productions opened a new window for me to re-evaluate old and new talents.
I always use the following criteria for awarding my prizes and it hasn’t changed this year; Interpretation, Visualisation, Characterisation and Enunciation.
I do not use ‘Stardom’ ‘A-Listers’ or whatever general considerations others might have in arriving at conclusions. It’s purely professional and nothing personal.
BEST 5 ACTRESSES  IN NOLLYWOOD IN 2016
NUMBER 5: NANCY ISIME

Nancy Isime
I can bet many people would be asking who she is and those who know her as a television presenter on a music channel might not even have an idea that she is an actress. I never did until a few months ago, I watched her in two movies and she completely delivered the goods in both. Nancy featured in ‘Hex’ a short film by music video maestro, Clarence Peters where she played the role of a cagey young lady and played her role to the hilt. Her ability to subsume the role and take over the screen in that short movie first caught my attention and I made a note that this was one lady to look out for in the future. That future came too soon as I watched her a few weeks later in ‘Gidi Blues’, where she played a supporting role but did it so well that it got me wondering why she did not play the lead role in the first place as Hauwa Allahburaka, the lead actress in that movie, was sometimes bland in delivery where it mattered. Nancy Isime gave natural and effortless reactions in ‘Gidi Blues’ and she was a delight to watch. This is one actress to watch out for, if the right scripts find her and all she needs is one big break. Take it from me, this young lady may go places.
NUMBER 4:   ADE LAOYE

Ade Laoye
In her role in the hit Africa Magic telenovela of sorts, ‘ Hush’, Ade Laoye explodes on the screen as ‘Oye’, a role which sees her give all her best and perhaps prove to us that her academic training in Theatre and Film abroad was not in anyway a mistake. Her ability to express conflicting emotions of confusion, determination, love and irritation, sometimes in one stretch in any scene tells me that this is a lady who internalises and interpretes her lines and role with minimum flaws. Though at times, her articulation wavers from an American-tinged accent to a Girl-next-door accent, that can be forgiven when she seamlessly switches to Yoruba in most of her interactions with Ruffy, a lovesick thug in ‘Hush’. Within the ambits of cosmopolitan roles, Ade Laoye comes out smoking. I would love to see her take on more challenging roles in future, a switch from the urbane to the local might help in assessing more of her range. In any case, this is a very good actress. Take that to the Bank.
NUMBER 3: ADESUA ETOMI

Adesua Etomi
There’s something artistically ‘ almost perfect’  in intensity when Adesua Etomi acts on the screen and the same attributes are not in anyway diminished when one sees her feature in theatre productions. I watched her in a couple of movies this year in which her powers of characterisation and interpretation were amazing. In ‘Falling’  and ‘The Arbitration’, Adesua gives performances demanding respect from her peers and professionals. The Young Lady sizzles on the screen and obviously does her homework on her roles very well. For the new generation, she is a good example of how an Actor Prepares. What the future holds for her in Nollywood is pleasantly poignant. Maybe international recognition would come calling.  Perhaps an Oscar or a Golden Globe in the near future? With talent this good, it is possible.
NUMBER 2: BIMBO AKINTOLA

Bimbo Akintola
Easily, Bimbo Akintola would be my best pick any day and I had to mull much on whether to have a joint Number One this year. However, it is my pleasure to re-introduce Bimbo to an audience who hitherto knew she was one of the best in the country and would have to re-validate that perception after watching her in the movie ‘ 93 Days’. Her interpretation of Dr Ameyo Adadevoh, the late heroine of the Ebola Crisis faced by the Nigeria in 2014, was beautifully done. Bimbo took us all through the build ups, the family bond, the professional ethics and the uncanny heroism of Dr Adadevoh. Watching her with a lump in our throats and a pang in our hearts, one can tell that the Sympathy Value she brings to the story was enhanced by our willing suspension of disbelief. Is Bimbo good? Heck, no! She is excellent! She is in a class by herself and…..no….scratch that. She is in a Master Class by herself and acting students have no other option but to learn from her for years to come.
NUMBER 1: SOMKELE IYAMAH-IDHALAMA  

Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama
Who’s this graceful young lady who shook the Nollywood in 2016 with her prowess and panache? Where did she come from? How come a gust of fresh wind could smell so arty and refreshing?
The answers to those questions are as much to be found in Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama as they would be asked of her in the first place. I first noticed Somkele  perhaps a couple of years ago in the Ndani TV Web series ‘Gidi Up’ and though she stood out there, what struck me back then was that this young lady has such a powerful screen presence which looked under-utilised in that fare. Perhaps, a couple of Directors noticed it too because in 2016, Somkele came out smoking in two movies; ‘93 Days’ and ‘ The Arbitration’. In the latter, she believably plays the part of a Legal Counsel who represents her client and is conflicted as new revelations crop up during the proceedings. I was quite struck by Somkele’s deliberate mellow range in that movie and that made me sit up a bit to assess her in the other movie, ‘93 Days’. She plays Dr Ada Igonoh, an Ebola Survivor in the movie and it was in that portrayal that she won our hearts. Somkele gave us an insight into the conflicted emotions of that character. We saw pathos, poignancy, pain, and possibilities in her character. Most of all, she portrayed the power of Hope to the hilt. She was Ada Igonoh and not Somkele for the duration of the movie (and expectedly so, if one would say that was what was expected of her). And there was something very powerful about her final Walk of Life out of the hospital, where she gave a backward glance. That glance tells it all; a goodbye to an ordeal and there are few actors who can pack such innuendoes into a non-verbal action like that.
This lady lit up the screens in 2016. Let’s hope she continues to shine in the following years because she is, in my opinion, a new example of good acting.
And that’s the Truth, Ruth!
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For more from Charles Novia, head over to his website here. Charles Novia is an award-winning avant garde Nollywood Filmmaker, author,  culture critic, social commentator and media entrepreneur.
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AY’s Sophomore Movie ‘A Trip to Jamaica’ breaks his Debut Movie ’30 Days in Atlanta’s Guinness World Record


It’s another good news for Comedian AY as his movie ‘A Trip to Jamaica’ has broken his debut movie’s record as the highest grossing Nollywood/Hollywood movie in Nigerian cinemas.
‘3o Days in Atlanta’ was the highest grossing film of 2015 in Nigerian cinemas, beating other Bollywood, Nollywood and Hollywood films.
AY wrote on Instagram:
COMEDIAN AY BREAKS HIS OWN ‘30 DAYS IN ATLANTA’ GUINNESS WORLD RECORD WITH ‘A TRIP TO JAMAICA’
The movie has beaten the box office revenues of all the big budget Hollywood Titles released in 2016 here in Nigeria. These includes BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, SUICIDE SQUAD, LONDON HAS FALLEN, GODS OF EGYPT, TRANSPORTER, DOCTOR STRANGE, TARZAN, MAGNIFICENT 7 and CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE.
Thanks to you all for going to the cinemas to see Nollywood movies.
The movie, which was released in September was produced by AY and directed by Robert O. Peters.
According to the Executive Director of Filmone DistributionMoses Babatope, the movie has brought in about N168 million revenue at the box office.
He said that the movie set a new benchmark in Nollywood as the first film to hit N35 million in its first weekend and the first film to hit N62 million in its first week. He added that the movie was currently the fastest film to get N100m – 17 days, and the fastest film to N150m – 6 weeks.
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Kate Henshaw is the Cover Girl for Genevieve Magazine’s November 2016 Issue


Inside the “Bodifidence” edition of Genevieve Magazine, multiple award-winning actress and fitness buff, Kate Henshaw shares her fitness and health secrets as well as her journey to becoming the confident and healthy woman she is today.

“When I was younger I looked at images of older women who had kids but still had lithe athletic bodies and I knew early on what I wanted my body to look like” Kate tells writer, Torera Idowu.


Also in this issue Genevieve mag is tearing apart the epidemic of body confidence with the powerful stories of 4 incredible women, Onah Nwachukwu, Group Editor-in-Chief Truetales Publications, Wana Udobang, Poet, writer and filmaker, Dama Ladejobi, Fitness and Nutrition expert of AskDamz and Glory Edozien, founder InspiredbyGlory who share their body struggles. Read their compelling interviews and be inspired to love yourself just the way you are.
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AFRIFF rounds off Screenings with “76” as the Closing Film | See Photos of Rita Dominic, Ramsey Nouah, Genevieve Nnaji, Kunle Afolayan & More


In an ambience of fun and great expectation, several delegates and movie enthusiasts stormed Filmhouse-IMAX last Friday for ’76, the closing night film of this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).
The IMAX hall, venue of the screening of ‘76, directed by Izu Ojukwu, was filled to the brim.
The anticipated movie is centered on the first Nigerian Military coup and subsequent assassination of former Head of State, General Murtala Mohammedin 1976. Starring Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic and Chidi Mokeme among others, the abortive coup also witnessed the assassination of key plotters, including its mastermind, BS Dimka.
“76 evoked nostalgia and a sense of familiar history in the minds of the audience, as the movie producers tell a story, using the right props, outfits, currencies, automobiles, household items and soundtracks that depict the aura of yesteryear.
Speaking at the event, Izu Ojukwu said of the props: “We had to search for them for about two years. This project started in 2009. Some of these things were gathered in 2012. By the time we were ready to shoot, the owners had taken them away. So we had to start looking for fresh vintage vehicles and then refurbishing, so it took quite a while.”
The movie, he said, was done to celebrate history. “We realize that we have little respect for history, so we decided to weave a romantic story around an ugly event. If you notice, we decided to play down the assassination and the execution scene. It was a deliberate attempt not to celebrate one of the darkest moments in our history.”
Founder and Executive Director of AFRIFF, Chioma Ude expressed satisfaction at the turn out of events at this year’s festival, which featured movie screenings and topical industry sessions, provoking discourse on a number of issues while also providing networking opportunities for participants drawn from all over Africa.
“There are lots of new elements we have put into what we are doing. There are lots of added interests in what we are doing. So it has been a very exciting journey. Of course, it is very gruelling putting things together in terms of logistics. We see it and nobody else sees it,” Chioma Ude said.
According to her, the core of the festival is training. “People don’t know too much what the benefits of festivals are. So we’ve been spending five years teaching. We’ve left things for free, now we’ve opened them up because now we know the plethora of knowledge that comes into the festival,” she added.
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