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Genevieve Nnaji features in Memoir film ‘Farming’; release date Oct. 11

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‘Farming’, the acclaimed memoir film of Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, featuring Nollywood Diva Genevieve Nnaji, is to hit Cinemas on October 11,its producers has said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that ‘Farming’ is based on the life story of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who grew up as a young fostered Nigerian boy that struggled to find an identity  in 1980’s England.

The movie is his directorial debut, and features international stars Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Jaime Winstone, Genevieve Nnaji, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

It received its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and its trailer is now released by the producers.

The plot of ‘Farming’ follows intriquing story of young Enitan (Akinnuoye-Agbaje) who was adopted by a foster British mother (Kate Beckinsale) as he struggled to cope   with  the harsh realities of racism at the time.

In a scene, the young Enitan tried washing off his skin colour after he was ridiculed for being too black by his adopted mum’s friends.

He went as far as painting himself white just to look and feel white and suffered several humiliations, but gradually falls deep into the bullish gang’s clique to become one of them.

NAN reports that Akinnuoye-Agbaje is a British actor and former fashion model was born in Islington, London, to Nigerian parents of Yoruba origin, who were students in the UK.

He is famous for his roles as Simon Adebisi on Oz, Nykwana Wombosi in The Bourne Identity, Kurse in Thor: The Dark World, Killer Croc in Suicide Squad.

He also played Mr. Eko  on Lost, Malko in the fifth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones and Dave Duerson in the NFL biopic drama Concussion.

When Akinnuoye-Agbaje was six weeks old, his biological parents gave him up to a white working-class family in   Tilbury.

It was a common practice then among Nigerian families, when parents sent young children to live in the UK with white foster parents in the hopes their children would have better lives.

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Winners emerge at 2019 Hi-Life Fest

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Winners on Wednesday emerged at the 2019 edition of Hi-Life Fest organised by Life Continental Lager Beer, a brand from the stable of Nigerian Breweries Plc.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Charles Chijioke emerged the 2019 Hi-Life Music King in the singing category with a prize of Five million naira at the event in Onitsha, Anambra.

The first runner-up, Frank Onyeka received Two million naira, while the second runner-up, Umunnakwe Nwajiaku got one million naira cash prize after two months of exciting musical events across Awka, Asaba, Onitsha, Enugu and Port Harcourt.

In the dancing category, Ofu Obi emerged winner with two million reward, Aka Mmaramma came second, while Mega Star wash third with one million naira and N500, 000 received as reward respectively.

Mr Omotunde Adenusi, the Portfolio Manager – Mainstream Brands, NB Plc. expressed happiness on the success of the competition.

Adenusi said Life beer, through the competition had created a bond with the people of South-East and South-South regions mostly for their talents in high life music.

“The competition by Life Lager, now in its third year, is all about progress.

“To give these talented acts a platform to showcase their talents in high life music and cultural dance has been a thing of joy to us.

“We believe that everyone, who participated in this show is a winner and we look forward to seeing how they progress in their careers.

“We also thank our loyal consumers for constantly coming out to support our contestants.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with our consumers and they can expect more of these in the coming years,”he said.

In his remarks, the 2019 Hi-Life king, Chijioke expressed joy over his emergence and dedicated his victory to God, his family and everyone who supported him.

“I am lost for words; this is definitely the happiest day of my life and I am so grateful to Life Lager,” he said.

NAN reports that the grand finale also witnessed performances by Music stars KCEE, Onyeka Onwenu and Phyno.

The judges include actor/singer – David Jones David, renowned dance instructor – Dr Jude Akaz, high life legend – Bright Chimezie, and Nigerian music icon, Onyeka Onwenu.

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Stress:  Comedy has become palliatives – Koffi

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Comedy is a veritable  tool to reduce tension and improve the health of the people, a renowned comedian, Idowu Nuel, (a.k.a Koffi), said on Wednesday.

“At present in Nigeria as it is in some other climes, there is tense economic atmosphere which is adversely affecting people physically, mentally and financially.

“People’s health is declining due to stress and pressure.

“Improved diet, exercise and humour have become palliatives to get over this,” Nuel told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

He said that laughing regularly would keep one relaxed in spite of harsh economic condition.

According to Koffi, doctors now advise patients to laugh more to reduce tension.

He advised upcoming comedians to choose their words carefully when cracking jokes, adding that they should use satires with caution.

“In the past, cartoon strips in newspapers served as sarcasm and satire and it was well understood and accepted.

“Lately, people are more sensitive and take everything personal; so I personally don’t even try to get entangled in satires.

“As much as I like to deliver intelligent materials, I know the boundaries; hence, I advise others to tread with caution,” he said.

He advised the youth not to relent in efforts to strive toward perfection in the careers.

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Davido pulls stunning performance with 50 Cent

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BBNaija: Enkay apologises for ‘maltreating’ Cindy

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Recently evicted Big Brother Naija, pepper Dem housemate, Nkechinyere Ede popularly known as Enkay has tendered an apology to fans over her actions towards Cindy while in the Big brother House.

Nigeria News Agency, reports that Cindy had approached Enkay to join her in a Ludo game, but Enkay refused and instead chose to play alone.

Fans described Enkays action as `condescending” and did not take kindly.

She tendered the apology in a live video shared via her Instagram handle @Eukay on Tuesday saying she was not a condescending person.

NAN reports that during the eviction which held on Sunday, Enkay told Ebuka Uchendu-Obi, the host of the show that she love Cindy very much and they were jolly good friends.

The 25 years old fashion designer explained that she did not intentionally reject or look down on Cindy while in the house as being perceived by fans of the show.

“My attitude to Cindy was just a misunderstanding, it was absolutely nothing personal.

“I am not a condescending person, I will never look down on anyone, I am as humble as I can be.

“I apologise to anyone that felt I did try to look down on Cindy,”she said.

The incident won fans sympathy votes for Cindy to the detriment of Enkay, who was evicted on Sunday, scoring the lowest votes of 0.88% .

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Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split

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Celebrity Couple Jamie Foxx, Katie Holms split

Hollywood Celebrity couple,Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have both ended their six years relationship joining the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year.

The oscar winner was recently spotted holding hands with singer Sela Vave outside of a nightclub in West Hollywood.

The duo had been together since 2013, though they never officially confirmed their relationship

Kattie Holmes revealeed that she doesn’t really care about what Jamie does with his life as they haven’t been together for months now.

The  former couple started dating back in 2013 ,a year after she ended her marriage to Tom Cruise.

The duo kept their relationship away from the prying eyes of the public.

Even though they tried keeping their relationship away from the public, it was a known fact they were in an exclusive relationship.

However,the Celebrity couple finally appeared together in public for the first time at Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammys Gala in New York in 2018, and they walked a red carpet together for the first time at the Met Ball in May.

Meanwhile,  Foxx had in June said that things were “,going swimmingly” and the couple were making long distance work, though that’s clearly not the case anymore.

They have frequently shut down engagement rumors over the years, and will now go their separate ways.

 They join the growing list of celebrities in Hollywood whose relationship has collapsed in the last year

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