Thursday, 22 January 2015

"He was a good actor", Charles Novia Writes in Defense of LAte Nollywood Actor, Muna Obiekwe

Charles Novia, writes in defense of late Muna Obiekwe who dies recently.  "He was a good actor who kept his life private and his habits should not be what he is judged by his drinking or smoking habits"
I never really met him nor knew him personally but I admired his acting skills onscreen whenever I watched the movies he featured in. He was an actor who had a panache beyond comparison in many of his roles. I always thought he was damned good.
That he is dead is a sad reality. That he died at all when he lived and still lives in our hearts and on our screens is the painful jolt to our systems. Because in Nollywood, actors (and good ones too, in Muna’s mould) never really die. They only transcend to another place where, perhaps, the ovation they receive over there gives lasting peace to their souls.

What can one really say about Muna? I never knew much about him and perhaps many people did not as well. He seemed to live a life less glimpsed in personal details than that more appreciated on the television screens. He seemed to me to be a recluse. And I might be wrong here but when one reads his body language with the benefit of hindsight, one could begin to piece together a deliberate insulation by the gifted actor from the public eye. And there is nothing wrong with that. Many talented creatives all over the world are like that. But Muna’s case stands out because it seemed like our nosey and sensational entertainment press just could not get anything on him. There were few stories or scandals about him and more reviews about his body of work which is quite the hallmark of an artiste who exploits a mystique around him.
He kept his life private and perhaps, that privacy was as much a tragic flaw as it was a commendable decision, depending on how one views it.  He shunned selfies and self-serving instagram posts about material acquisitions. He could well have lied, as most of his colleagues do about his material wealth, just to ‘belong’. But he kept it real. He did. I respect that.
I have read some reports on his death online and while the veracity of such is yet to be final on my part, there were tales of his battle with Kidney Disease for a few years and his weekly Dialysis treatments which he hid from the public all these years and known only to his close family. It was reported that he shunned all entreaties by those in the know to raise funds for him through a public appeal and preferred to plan a stage show which would have helped him out of the medical financial demands. If that was indeed true, it was quite unfortunate. Because I believe there would be few souls who would not have donated to a Save Muna fund, if only to help in giving the actor a second lease of life.

Other  reports say that he was a heavy drinker of hard liquor and smoked a lot and there were assertions that these must have caused his health issues. There’s nothing much to say about that. Artistes generally imbibe in habits which act as a counterbalance to the demands of their jobs. How a man smokes and drinks should not be anyone’s worries. It is the self-moderation switch in the artiste which should be scrutinized when such happens rather than what he does in his leisure.
There was no doubt that Muna was a great actor. But he came across, to me, as one who had more of a brooding disposition all the time off camera than one with a happy mien. He was more of a mystery as a soft-spoken actor with a scowl and while that attribute in a better clime would have added to his personal brand power, over here it (that mystery about him) alienated him somehow from the fawning fans.

I find it personally distasteful that someone, and someone perhaps consumed by grief or tactlessness, could release the pictures of his last dying moments online. To prove what point? That he was really dead? That he indeed was in a coma before he died? It was the most dishonourable thing to his memory to show him sprawled on a car seat, unconscious. In these days of social media, where pictures never disappear, those final pictures are what would be used to remember him more than others.
Muna was a damn good actor, really! And I do not think his death is a closing of the final curtains of his act.

Man, 59, Allegedly Rapes Two Sisters, aged 3 and 5 in Jalingo, Taraba State.

What's wrong with our society these days? These days its one rape news after another! Where is the law when you need it to be immediately implemented instead of waiting endlessly for investigations that never results in any punishment for the culprit? 

A 59-year-old man, Ferdinand Duwanamu, has been arrested by the Taraba State Police Command, Jalingo, after he was accused of raping 2 little girls who are sisters, aged 3 and 5years old respectively.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Ademola Omole, made the revelation while briefing newsmen on the arrests his command made during and after the yuletide season.

The Commissioner said that the father of the two girls, Igwe Samson, a business man based in the city, reported the case to the Kurmi division and the police moved to arrest the accused.

Admitting his sordid crime while begging for mercy, the accused said it was the devil that made him carry out the act.

"I lost my wife almost 10 years ago and my first daughter is 34-years-old. This is a mistake and I think it is the work of the devil. This is the first time in my life that I would do such a thing and I wish it never happened."

The police said the accused will be charged to court as soon as they are done with their investigations.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Pampers Ambassadors celebrate the ‘First Baby of the Year’ 2015

Nollywood actresses and Pampers ambassadors, Dakore Egbuson Akande and Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, visited the First Baby of the Year’ 2015 in Lagos State.

 Titi Adetunji; Group Manager, Brand Operations, Procter and Gamble, Mrs Enilolobo Temitope; mother of the First Baby of the Year and Mrs Uzo Onwunalu; Chief Matron EKO Hospital, during the Pampers visit to the first baby of the year 2015 at EKO Hospital, Lagos

The Pampers’ First Baby of the Year visit, which took place at EKO Hospital, is Pampers’ way of celebrating the baby and mother who among several women awaiting delivery pulled through the pain and delivered the first baby in Lagos State,” said Iphie Chuks-Adizue, Brand Manager for Pampers Nigeria.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Dakore Egbuson-Akande, popular Nollywood actresses and Pampers brand ambassadors congratulated Mrs Enilolobo Temitope, on her safe delivery and presented a full year’s supply of the new Pampers Baby-Dry to the new mother and baby.

With so much joy and excitement, mother of the new baby Mrs Enilolobo Temitope shared her story of how she had hoped earnestly that her baby would arrive on a special day like January 1.
 “I appreciate Pampers for showing my Baby and I so much love on this day and I am so touched by this act. I never expected this visit just like I never thought my baby would be the first to arrive in this hospital in the New Year, but see how everything came out perfectly.  This visit is a total surprise for me and is a sign of good things to come for me and my baby.”