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JUST IN: Funke Akindele’s Husband, JJC Skillz Announces Marriage Crash

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JJC Skillz took to his official instagram page to announce the separation from Funke Akindele. Read the statement Below:

Dear Friends and family I need to let you know
that Funke and I have separated. While it lasted we shared a lot of things together and have created 2 beautiful children. The last two years have been extremely difficult for us. I know I have tried my best to fix things but I believe it is beyond repair now.

3 months ago and at Funkes insistence I moved out of the house and apart from AMVCA have not been able to get Funke to sit down in an amicable manner to discuss the future of our relationship. I’m making this announcement so that the public is clear that we both are pursuing separate lives. We still have issues that need to be addressed such as the custody and wellbeing of our children which is paramount as well as business interests which need to be disentangled but I
have no doubt that these will be resolved one way or the other.

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Nollywood stars mourn Yoruba movie actor, Gbadebo Osmond

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Nollywood stars have been thrown into mourning following the demise of a Yoruba movie actor, Gbadebo Osmond.

Yoruba actress, Fausat Abeni, popularly known as Madam Saje, was among the first mourners late Monday.

The veteran actress shared an image of a burning candle on her Instagram page with the caption, “Goodnight Osmond,” accompanied with crying emojis.

Other Nollywood stars such as Yomi Fabiyi, Adeniyi Johnson, and others took to their Instagram pages to mourn the late actor.

Fabiyi wrote, “So so sad and a deep painful loss, Osmond Gbadebo. You are a fighter and safe to say you have gone to rest. Ever jovial, ever supportive and ever friendly. Rest in peace and power.”

Johnson wrote on his Instagram page, “This hits differently that I can’t even post your picture. Every soul around us knows I love you. How I wish…”

Ibironke Ojo-Anthony, popularly known as Ronke Oshodi Oke wrote, “It’s very hard for me to say goodnight, Gbadebo Osunmo, but God knows the best. RIP my darling friend.”

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Nigerian man riding a bike from London to Lagos finally arrives Nigeria

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Kunle Adeyanju, the Nigerian man who has been biking from London to Lagos has finally arrived in Nigeria.

Kunle arrived Nigeria on Sunday May 29. He was cheered by a crowd which gathered in anticipation of his arrival.

In the last few weeks, Kunle has taken a journey on his motorbike, nicknamed The Eagle, to create awareness and raise funds to end Polio. He rode from London to Lagos and chronicled his journey on Twitter.

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AMVCA 2022: Funke Akindele’s ‘Omo Ghetto’ Awarded – (See Full List Of Other Winners)

The eighth edition of the AMVCA 2022 (Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards) concluded in glitz and splendor at the Eko Hotels in Victoria Island, Lagos. On Sunday, May 8, a series of events included a fashion runaway show, content creators brunch, young film makers day, and culture and cuisine festival day led off the award show.

IK Osakioduwa and Bonang Matheba of South Africa hosted the grand finale. AMVCA is an annual gathering of African film and television industry executives and fans.

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Osas Ighodaro, a Nigerian actress, was named Best Dressed Female at the event, while Denola Grey was named Best Dressed Male, each taking home a monetary prize of N500,000.

Also, Pascal Aka and Raquel from the movie ‘Gold Coast Lounge’ won the Best Soundtrack category walking away with one million Naira.

Nigerian actress, producer, Teniola Aladese won the Trailblazer award, going home with a cash price of one million naira, and also an extra gift of $2,000 dollars from the Hollywood star, Tasha Smith.

Here is a full list of winners ofthe 8th Edition:

  1. Best Overall film – Amina – Izu Ojukwu & Okey Ogunjiofor
  2. Best Actress In a Drama – Osas Ighodaro – Rattlesnake : The Ahanna Story
  3. Best Actor in a Drama – Stan Nze – Rattlesnake : The Ahanna Story
  4. Best Actress in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) – Funke Akindele-Bello – Omo Ghetto the Saga
  5. Best Actor in a Comedy (Movie/TV Series) – Broda Shaggi – Dwindle
  6. Best Supporting Actress (Movie/TV Series) – Omowummi Dada – Country Hard
  7. Best Supporting Actor (Movie/TV Series) – Odunlade Adekola – Jankariwo
  8. AMVCA Trailblazer Award – Teniola Aladese
  9. Best Director – Ramsey Nouah – Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story
  10. Best Art Director (Movie/TV series) – Tunji Afolayan – Amina
  11. Best Picture Editor – Tunde Apalowo – For Maria Ebun Pataki
  12. Best Sound Editor (Movie/TV series) – Jim Lively and James Nelson – Amina
  13. Best Lighting Designer (Movie/TV Series) – Mathew Yusuf for Rattlesnake- The Ahanna Story
  14. Best Writer (Movie/TV Series) – Manie Oiseomaye, Donald Tombia and Biodun Stephen – Introducing The Kujus
  15. Best Cinematographer – Muhammed Atta Ahmed – Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story
  16. Best Makeup – Balogun Abiodun – Omo Ghetto The Saga
  17. Best Costume Designer – Millicent T. Jack – Amina
  18. Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Swahili) – Freddy Feruzi – Obambo
  19. Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Hausa) – Rogers Ofime for Voiceless
  20. Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Yoruba) – David Akande, Demola Yusuf and Edgard Leroy – Alasie
  21. Best Indigenous Language Movie or TV Series (Igbo) – Uche Nnanna Maduka – ‘Nne-Ka
  22. Best Television Series (Drama/ Comedy) – Rogers Ofime -The Mystic River
  23. Best Documentary – Saitabao Kaiyare, Mumo Liku, Elena Schilling, Daniella Fritz and Ann Katrina Boberg – If Objects Could Speak
  24. Best Short Film Or Online Video – Taiwo Ogunnimo – I Am The Prostitute Mama Described
  25. Best Online Social Content Creator – Oga Sabinus – Mr Funny
  26. Best Movie (Southern Africa) – Hairareb- Dantagos Jimmy-Melani
  27. Best Movie (East Africa) – The Girl In The Yellow Jumper- Morocco Omar
  28. Best Movie (West Africa) – Collision Course – Bolanle Austen-Peters and Joseph Umoibom
  29. Best Soundtrack (Movie/TV Series) – Gold Coast Lounge – Pascal Aka and Raquel
  30. Best Africa Magic Original Comedy Series – The Johnsons
  31. Best Africa Magic Original Drama Series – The Rishantes’ – Dimbo Atiya
  32. Industry Merit Award – Taiwo Ajayo-Lycett

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Veteran highlife musician, Orlando Julius dies at 79

ODUDUWA NEWS has just gathered that a veteran highlife musician who sang ‘A dara a dara’, among many other acclaimed songs, Olando Julius EKEMODE died hours ago, at the age of 79.

The passage was relayed by his widow, Latoya, through music promoter and Evergreen Music boss, Bimbo Esho.

Esho noted in an early Friday Facebook post thus:

Bimbo, Daddy Has Passed On…

“This was the message I stumbled on waking up at exactly 3am to peruse my WhatsApp page.. It was a message sent in to me by Orlando Julius beautiful and supportive wife Lady Latoya.

“Orlando Julius, a native of Ijebu Ijesha, succumbed to the cold hands of death and breathed his last few hours ago at the age of 79.

“We shall miss one of Nigeria’s fathers of Afro/Highlife Music , a gentleman and a fine Saxophonist.

“May daddy Orlando Julius soul journey well . To the entire Ekemode family may God give you the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.

“Bimbo Esho.”

Although the ‘Jagua Nana’ singer had been slowed down by age some years before his death, his rich bank of songs continued to define his essence as a great multi-talented musician.

His big role in the industry got highlighted last year, when many stakeholders gathered in Ilesa, Osun State, to celebrate his 60 years on stage.

Orlando Julius related well with musicians of different countries and ages, as he was able to court even younger artistes that include Beautiful Nubia and Edaoto, at whose shows he occasionally performed.

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I am From Iseyin —Multiple Grammy Award Winner, Angelique Kidjo Reveals

Legendary musician Angelique Kidjo has traced her root to Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria

She disclosed this while on a live-radio-interview programme on Smooth FM in Lagos state.

Angelique stated that she hails from Iseyin, a town in Oyo state, Nigeria, according to what her mother told her.

Born in Ouidah, Benin Republic, the 61-year-old veteran singer added that she has a lot of relatives in Nigeria even though she doesn’t visit them often.

“My Mum told me that I am from Iseyin, because when my grandfather’s great great great great father came back from Brazil, they found their roots in Iseyin.

“From my mother’s side, we have always been from Nigeria, so we have families in Abeokuta. Ibadan, Lagos, everywhere, I have cousins I haven’t seen a million years that I miss a lot”, she added.

Angelique added that she has a busy schedule that keeps her away from her roots and family, that even her 29-year-old daughter, Naima, had to complain about it.

“I have a hectic life, my own daughter just told me on the phone yesterday ‘okay, when are you coming back home’, and I said not before November… and she said ‘don’t forget you have a daughter though,’” she said.

On her love for the continent of Africa, she established she was not just interested about singing on the beauty of the continent, but also, showing the happiness the people of Africa radiate.

“It’s just that I love to sing. I love to bring Africa to the world. The beauty of Africa, not the music that people are very content about seeing and talking about. Africa is not about that because I grow up in a country that is poor but people were very happy”, she stated.

Angelique further stipulated that she wants the world to see how powerful African women are.

“The women of Africa are the backbone of this continent and they are beautiful. So, I want the world to see that”, she stated.

Angelique won her fourth Grammy Award on Sunday, April 3, 2022, for her Mother Nature Album, beating Nigerian singers Wizkid, Femi Kuti, Made Kuti; Ghana’s Rocky Dawuni and Daniel Ho & Friends, to secure the plaque for the Best Global Music Album award.

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JUST IN: Veteran Fuji Musician, Iyanda Sawaba Is Dead

A Veteran Fuji Musician, Alhaji Iyanda Sawaba popularly known as Easy Sawaba has been confirmed to have died today.

He died this morning in an undisclosed hospital. He was a native of Ile Aperin in Orita- Aperin area of Ibadan, Oyo State, Southwest Nigeria.

Details later.

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Kaduna-Abuja Train Attack: ‘The Country Is In Mess’, Says Nollywood Actress, Toyin Aimaku

Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham has reacted to the death of Dr Chinelo, a victim of the railway attack on Monday 28th March 2022.

Chinelo, after she was shot, took to the microblogging platform Twitter to solicit prayer, but she got trolled for using the incident to chase clout.

Reacting to the sad incident, Toyin Abraham, in a lengthy post on her Instagram page, opined that Nigeria-kind of life could happen to anyone.

Toyin Abraham said the death of Chinelo should serve as a lesson to clout chasers who desire to score points, accolades and likes on social media at the detriment of others who they should take seriously.

According to Toyin Abraham, the country is currently in a mess, and she hopes the current administration will do all they can to fix it, or we will get a better candidate in 2023.

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‘Zah Zuh’ Singer, Habeeb Okikiola (Portable) involved in car accident

Fast-rising Nigerian singer, rapper, and dancer, Portable Omolalomi whose real name is Habeeb Okikiola is in the news again after sharing a video about his crashed ride Range Rover.

In a video making the round on social media, the singer survived a crash with his Range Rover ride.

The controversial singer however accused some people to be behind the evil situation.

The Odogwu Bitters ambassador said the crash happened after he applied the brake but he will fix it in no time.

The Zazu crooner on Tuesday took to his Instastory to give an account of how the crash happened.

In his post, he suggested that some people with fetish hands have touched the ride.

“Help me remove my car before it tumbles I applied the brake when it was going on a free movement.

They have an eye on this car, they’ve touched it with magical hands but nothing will happen to a child of God. I will remove part of the money we use for enjoyment to fix it, the front and back haven’t spoil,” he said.

In another post he wrote, “Thank God Modupe nothing spoil Zazuu motor.”

The controversial singer was gifted the Range Rover as a New Year’s gift in January 2022.

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World Theatre Day Holds In Ado-Awaye

The 2022 edition of this year’s World Theater Day celebration took place yesterday, 27th March 2022, at the palace of His Royal Majesty Oba Rev’d Ademola Olugbile Folakanmi, Makuledoye 11, Asoludero 1, the Alado of Ado-Awaye land, Araromi LCDA.

The event of this year which was organised by Ado Awaye Tourism Heritage Development Initiative (ATHID) in conjunction with Oyo State Theater and Motion Picture Practitioners, features various programs of activities such as stage play, music performances,poem recitation, acrobatic display, award presentations,among others.

In his opening address, Kabiesi Alado of Ado-Awaye land and the Paramount traditional ruler in Araromi LCDA, His Royal Majesty Oba Rev’d Ademola Olugbile Folakanmi Makuledoye 11 Asoludero 1, appreciated the Oyo State TAMPAN under the able leadership of Yeye Oge Ross Odika for the partnership deed. Speaking further, Alado said that, today’s program was another milestone achieved in developing Ado mountain tourism center for the economic advancement of the state at large, and not Ado-Awaye community alone. He said,”I will not relent my efforts until Ado mountain tourism center is given the desired attention by the government. In his further address, Alado charged Oyo State TAMPAN to direct their theater profession to the advantages of Ado mountain tourism center through film acting and motion pictures.Finally, he wished every theater Practitioners a successful celebration.

In his keynote address, the Chairman of the day who was equally one of the awardees, Architect Muyiwa Ige,a former Commissioner for Lands and Housing in the State of Osun, expressed his happiness to the organizers of the program for given him the opportunity to be part of the epoch-making event of this year’s World Theater Day celebration. Architect Muyiwa said, theater profession has gone beyond imagination in view of it’s contributions to our national growths and developments. He stated further in his address that theater has been a veritable too for tourism and culture promotion and they were inseparable components.The Esa-Oke born politician and son of the late political icon and former Anthony General and Minister for Justice, Chief Ajibola Ige, said,”Ado Awaye and other towns in Oke-Ogun region of Oyo State are the second homes of my late father, that is why I am happy to be here at Ado Awaye and I am much ready to assist the Community”.

The Chairman, Oyo State Tourism Board, Elder Bode Adejumobi, while speaking on behalf of the Oyo State Government at the occasion, put ‘a path on the back’ of His Royal Majesty, Oba Rev’d Ademola Olugbile Folakanmi for his unrelenting efforts at making Ado mountain tourism center more popular among other tourism center in Nigeria and by extension in the whole of Africa. Elder Bode further reiterated the State Government’s determination in developing some tourism centers in the state among which Ado hill tourism center was taking the leading priority.He therefore appreciated the Oyo State TAMPAN and ATHID for the good initiative and he wished them happy celebration.

The awardees at the event were Architect Muyiwa Ige,Elder Bode Adejumobi, Ambassador Akeem Arapaja, Alhaji Seriki Yakubu,among others. Other dignitaries at the occasion were;Mr.Richard Akande,(chairman planning committee), Mr Yinka Agboola,( Chief Editor, Parrot Extra)Yeye Oge Ross Odika,Mr.Obika, among others.

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