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Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim shares `unwholesome’ marriage experience

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Ghanaian actress, Juliet Ibrahim on Wednesday advised women involved in unwholesome marriage to quit and save their lives.

Ibrahim stated this on her instragram handle @julietibrahim, as she opened up her divorce issue with her ex, Kwadwo Sofa at

her book launch titled “A Toast of Life”.

The beautiful movie star in her book shared her journey through life and how her family survived wars across Liberia, Lebanon and Côte d’Ivoire in the book.

“A Toast of Life” tells the story of how a girl could succeed through difficult times and still emerge successful.

The book was an eye opener on Juliet’s growing up years and her current reality.

The Ghanaian star further appealed to women to quit their ‘unwholesome marriages’ in order to stay alive instead of killing themselves in such marriages.

The film producer, thereby, admonished the public to stop judging people who want to end their marriages, stressing that, hers left her in a dark place where she was miserable.

”People have had their own perception about what led to my divorce.

“I have sat down for many years and have had to deal with the pain and insults from the public who had no clue what I went through as a person during that period and how it affected me.

“The depression and all that happened. All I will say is you should never judge someone who wants to come out of a marriage.

“Sometimes, it is better to come out of it than to stay in it, for your own sanity and mental stability,it is always good to take a bold decision for yourself.

“For your kids, if there are kids involved take a bold decision,” she said.

Ibrahim had revealed that her marriage with Sofa was a mistake which should not have happened while pointing out that her ex-husband’s family was never in support of her marriage.

She was married to Safo in 2010 after she got pregnant for him in the course of their friendship.

They were however granted divorce in June 2014 after he allegedly cheated on her.

The actress made her first acting debut in 2005 in ‘Crime to Christ’ starring Majid Michel, her first Nollywood film was Yankee Boys and had featured in more than 50 films.

In 2014, she produced her first film ‘Number One Fan’, where she starred as an actress being stalked on by a fan in the film.

Her second movie ‘Shattered Romance’ which paraded Nigerian and Ghanaian actors, launched amidst fanfare in Accra, Ghana 2014.

Her new TV series; ‘Every Woman Has A Story’, where she debuted her directorial skills airing on Terrestrial Tv and her new Reality Show.

She has also featured in Twi movies in Yoruba language films and also a Hausa Language film “Ladan Noma”.

She has won the Best Actress in a Leading Role award at the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards for her role in four Play.

The 33 year old is being referred to as the “Most Beautiful West African Woman” according to A-listers Magazine.

 

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BBNaija (S4); Lovebirds Mercy, Ike throw ‘jabs’ in heated argument

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Mercy Eke and Ike Onyema, the gangster couple of BBNaija season four had a heated argument that left fans unsettled. 

Nigeria News Agency reports that the couple threw hurtful words around during the big fight that took place after the Saturday night.

Prior to the fight, the housemates were having a peaceful discussion about other housemates in the house, especially Diane who is up for eviction and was not saved by her love interest, Elozonam.

Soon after, Mercy, who is also up for possible eviction began to express her anxiety and fear of being evicted leading to exchange of words with Ike.

The argument quickly escalated and the love birds began to throw jabs at each other, threatening to end their blossoming relationship.

In the middle of the fight, Mercy told Ike that he came to the show after he had failed in America and ought to be worried about eviction, like she was.

She also told him it was a mistake to love him and later threw a plastic piece at him while the other housemates tried to settle the argument.

She said, “You will never win so long as I am in this house. Except I leave before you win. You couldn’t make it in America you think you will make it in Nigeria?

“Fool you want me to leave because I am your biggest threat”

reports that Ike remained calm for the most part of the fight and reassured her of his commitment after her anger had fizzled down.

He pleaded with her to give him the chance to show his love and commitment. He said, “Give me a chance. I want to love you forever.”

Expressing her insecurity, Mercy replied, “Have you ever been with a girl like me? I am used to disappointments, cheating, bad treatment, all kinds of guys but I chose to give you love.

“Have you ever been with a girl that has had sugar daddies? I am so scared.”

reports that the lovebirds eventually settled their differences and were seen cuddling late in the night.

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NCAC says BBnaija has empowered, united youths but….

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National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says though the reality show Big Brother Nigeria (BBNaija) platform has united and empowered youths, its erotic content is inimical to the Nigerian culture.

Runsewe in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Abuja frowned at sexual scenes aired on the show, saying it undermines values that define the culture of Nigerian people.

According to him, the BBN platform has united and empowered youths from different background, but its erotic contents are alien and inimical, especially to young Nigerians.

He said: “Big Brother Naija is Okay, but the content needs to be looked into because it does not reflect the culture of us as a people.

“There is nothing wrong with Big Brother Naija, it is a good product where so many Nigerians meet, youths in particular, so we are happy for it.

“But the content is wrong; you cannot be making love, with our children, our youths watching, on air.

“We will not because of the money Nigerians will win to destroy our tomorrow because of some economic strategy.

“We are not claiming to be saints, but even the British Police have condemned their own person who was involved in the act.

“We want to build a Nigeria with better tomorrow, and make our environment to be seen as culturally friendly, not to promote nudity and immorality, “he said

The DG however debunks reports that the NCAC was prevailing on the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to shut down the BBN programme and replace it with another one that would be broadcast by Startimes.

He explained that the council as a custodian and promoter of Nigerian culture was planning to work with relevant stakeholders to present a reality program that will promote Nigerian rich culture and values.

He however added that it was not an initiative being conceived to rival the Big Brother Naija brand.

“What I said is, if they don’t change the content of Big Brother Naija, I will make a formal report to NBC, and I have done that.

“I have respect for constituted authority and I will do the right thing the way it should be done by following due process.

“We are not planning to replace big Brother, we want to have something that reflects Nigeria to the world culturally.

“It will showcase Nigerian food, Nigerian cloth and all that represent whom will are as a people positively,” he said.

The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), established in 1975 is charged with the responsibility of coordination, development and promotion of the Living Arts and Culture of Nigeria at national and international fora.

It coordinates, preserves, promotes and presents the best of our Crafts, Textiles, Cuisines, Traditional Dance, Drama, Opera, and Cinema, and Photography to deploy them as tool for forging national unity and identity.

reports that Big Brother Naija, formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria, is a Nigerian scripted version of the Big Brother reality competition television franchise.

The first season of the show aired on DStv Channel 37 in 2006, a second edition premiered on January in 2017, a third season premiered in 2018 and a fourth season started on June 30, 2019 in Nigeria.

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Rising Artist Emediong Uko speaks on Fela, Lagbaja-inspired art and industry growth

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Art is inspired by life and whatever muse the artist finds interesting. In Nigeria, most of the art are social commentaries seeking change.

For 19-year-old Emediong Uko, art is inspired by music and nature in a bid to relate with the audience and spark conversations.

Emediong recently unveiled two Fela-inspired painting, ‘Shuffering and Smiling’ and ‘Beast of no Nation’ to celebrate the strength of Nigerians.

In May, her painting of music legend, ‘Lagbaja’ became the first African work to be displayed at the Cyprus Modern Art Museum.

Emediong is also the youngest artist and only African to have her work exhibited at the museum, which is the largest in the Mediterranean region.

Below are excerpts:

How did you feel when your work was displayed in Cyprus?

I am glad that my work and exhibition in Cyprus is creating a dialogue around African arts. It created a door and by the time you come in you can see that this is totally different and people want to know the story behind it.

Why did you decide to paint Lagbaja?

I have been heavily influenced by Lagbaja’s music from a young age. I have also been influenced by Fela Kuti. I decided to focus on Lagbaja for a bit because of his musical and controversial personality. That was exactly what excites me in terms of creativity. These are things that create dialogue. Things that uphold the norm. I created Lagbaja piece almost as a tribute. I wanted his name to live on. Someone that people will always ask of.

What inspires your works?

I want people to see beauty in things and I want people to be inspired to tell their own stories. You might not be a painter but you should be able to relate to my art piece in your own way. You see something or see an art piece of mine and I want you to say you saw it and it reminded you of something.

Were you expecting the buzz gotten from the Lagbaja piece?

I wasn’t expecting to get this much acclaim. As a Nigerian artist in the diaspora, I relate with home. When you are overseas, almost everything gives you a nostalgic feeling; you always want to relate back home.

Your works are usually musically inclined, why?

I see myself delving into musical, political arts these days. I find that I paint things that people should talk about and nobody is talking about. A popular Asa song said, ‘there is fire on the mountain and nobody seems to be on the run’. We think about these things but we don’t talk about them. That’s exactly what we want.

My influence is from stories, music and other creatives. But especially from music. My musical taste is very vast and eclectic. I like anything that inspires me. I don’t just listen to any kind of music. I am really proud of the Alte crew. The Lagos music scene is amazing. They create good music and that’s what I love. They create music you can vibe to.

How can Government make the industry better?

I feel that the government should pay more attention to the Nigerian creative space because there is so much talent that is hidden in this country. The government and other stakeholders should actually pay more attention to the Nigerian creative scene. That push is all the scene needs.

What will be your parting words for creatives?

Creatives should connect. You don’t know who you meet. You don’t know what you create with the people you meet. Everyone has where they are going to and coming from. I feel that most creatives should learn how to create networks. They should reach out for opportunities as opportunities won’t come to meet you. You have to reach out to them.

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BBNaija (S4): Fans hail DJ Switch, Khafi at Saturday party

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DJ Switch and Housemate, Khafi Kareem stunned fans at the Saturday party in the ongoing fourth BBNaija season.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the party, is the seventh since the show started and the third interesting party in a row, according to fans.

Reeling with excitement over winning a 7.6 million Naira IVM fox car, Khafi showed up on the dance floor dressed in a wine coloured outfit, and pulled off killing dance moves.

On her part, Disc Jockey, DJ Switch churned out dance hall tunes one after the other that kept the housemates, and fans at home, dancing.

Omashola, however, retained this title as the king of the BBNaija dance floor, showing off his skills to the rhythm of the songs.

Ike also joined the dancing for the first time in a while, instead of sitting to talk or capturing moments with the Oppo phone.

Here are some fan reactions.

@Fattyrule said, “Khafi look exceptionally pretty and happy. Cindy looks cute. Venita looks gorg as always. Mercy Issa pepper. Tacha looks yummy.”

@Iamkinfevwra said, “Khafi is feeling like the Boss lady. She got every reason to feel on top. #BBNajia #BBNaijaparty.”

@Sweetmavos said, “Khafi energy level is not here oooo…. so happy for her…It’s not easy to be a car owner…#BBNaija”

@Dapson tweeted, “Please biggie just give the 60mill to Dj switch.”

reports that members of Cruisetopia are up for eviction and will know their fate on Sunday night.

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Nigerian Singer Rema makes Obama’s summer playlist

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Mavin record’s signeee, Rema made Barack Obama’s 2019 Sure Playlist with his song, ‘Iron Man’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the former US President shared the list on his twitter handle @BarackObama on Saturday.

He shared a list of 44 songs he and his wife, Michelle were bopping to this summer and Rema was number 42.

He wrote, “With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy.”

Other international stars on the playlist include Drake, who occupies No 1, Jay Z, Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Frank Sinatra, Rihanna, DJ Khaled, and Robin Thicke amongst others.

Rema is a fast rising Nigerian hip hop rapper, Afro beats singer, songwriter, stage performer, recording artist and a model currently signed y both Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records and D’Prince’s Jonzing World.

In June, he made history as the first Nigerian artist to debut five top songs on Apple Music

reports that he was discovered by D’Prince in Benin City who said he saw “star value” in the young singer.

Rema’s prominent singles ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Dumebi’ are currently topping charts around the world.

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