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‘Fela and the Kalakuta Queens’ Bolanle Austen-Peters, Ster-Kinekor to screen stage musical in SA

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Like most legends of his class, Afrobeat Icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, got a well-deserved big stage story, though zoomed on the women who were his vital props in his art, life and struggles. The stage musical play that was created in 2017 by super talented Nigerian movie and theatre director, and lawyer, Bolanle Austen-Peters, has since been shipped across the continent, receiving overwhelming consumption in Cairo Egypt, Pretoria South Africa, Lagos and Abuja.

Bolanle founded Terra Kulture, the foremost Nigerian Art and Culture centre located in Lagos, in 2003, as an educational and recreational organization “to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture”. It is safe to avouch that her vision has become a benefactor to the Nigeria brand, selling a narrative of hard work, focus and courage of conviction to the entire continent through media 90% of the world cannot refuse – drama, music!

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In recent news, Freelanews gathered that BAP Productions and Terra Kulture Arts and Studios, in collaboration with the South African State Theatre (SAST) have concretized a partnership with Ster-Kinekor, the leading South African Cinema chain, to screen Bolanle Austen-Peters’ FELA AND THE KALAKUTA QUEENS in cinemas across South Africa from September to October 2021.

FELA AND THE KALAKUTA QUEENS will be the first Nigerian stage play to be converted to screen. And most importantly, will be making its show on one of Africa’s largest cinema networks. It is noteworthy to mention that Ster Kinekor is South Africa’s largest movie exhibitor. It represents 60-65% of the market, having 55 cinema complexes consisting of 400 screens and 64,000 seats.

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Bolanle Austen-Peters expressed her excitement on the partnership with Aubrey Sekabi, the Artistic Director of the South African State Theatre and Nigeria indeed is the most excited with yet an opportunity to project a different image beyond the vices to the Rainbow Nation and the Madiba People.

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Chacha Eke announces split from husband, Austin Faani

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Nollywood actress, Chacha Eke has yet again, announced the dissolution of her marriage on social media, revealing that she’s done pretending.

Sometime in October of 2020, Chacha had taken to social media to share a video announcing the end of her marriage to her movie director husband, Austin Faani

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At the time, she said,

“You will say I am crazy but I am not. This video is to let the world know that I am done with the marriage. I don’t have a lot to prove that I am done with him but I am done. I’m done. I am leaving with my life finally. I can’t say a lot now. You will hear my story.”

However, only some days later, she shared a different video from a hospital bed saying she had been diagnosed with “Bipolar disorder”, while debunking allegations that her marriage ended due to domestic violence.

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She later shared another video where she stated she was still with her husband and that she would not leave her marriage. She then also addressed her brother, IK Eke, alongside former actresses, Georgina Onuoha and Victoria Inyama for getting involved in her marriage issue.

Well, in a post she shared on Instagram on Monday night, June 27, Chacha apologized to the public for “living a lie.

She went on to state that she’s done with her marriage as she wrote;

“NOW ALIVE OR LEAVE AS A CORPSE

Many have died pretending all is well whilst wishing, hoping and praying for a better tomorrow.

I don’t want to “die” or go inexplicably “missing”.

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I sincerely and publicly apologize for living a lie these past years.True to random speculations, there has been trouble in my “perceived paradise”.

For the 2nd time in 2years, I am here again on social media boldly declaring that I am done with my marriage. My long overdue/relentless stance on this is of course no news to Austin Faani, the doctors and my parents.

If push comes to shove & suddenly i am incommunicado; my lawyers, the welfare department and the Nigerian police force have my testimonials in recorded video clips/statements set for public release on all social media apps and national newspapers.

Ps: old photo.

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Uche Elendu blows hot over May Edochie’s instagram sponsored advert

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Nollywood Actress, Uche Elendu was caught clashing with fans who dragged her and misconstrued her comment on May Edochie’s ad campaign.

Controversial Nigerian actor, Yul Edochie’s first wife, May, recently shared a post advertising a tiles brand on her Instagram page.

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May’s post caught Uche Elendu’s attention, as she took to her comment section and wrote “Number one”.

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Reacting, Some fans assumed Uche was referring to May as Yul Edochie’s undisputed number one following his controversial marriage to Actress, Judy Austin.

Angered by their responses, Uche claimed her ‘number one’ comment isn’t about May’s marriage, the actress said she was referring to the brand she advertised on her page.

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Not stopping there, another fan who misconstrued her comment, tackled Uche for linking May with Yul despite the Actor’s betrayal.

In response, Uche lashed out by reteirating her reason for her comment on May’s Instagram post.

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Yul Edochie’s first wife, May, reacts after a fan asked her to put up her account number for crowdfunding

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May, the first wife of controversial Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie, has reacted after a concerned fan asked her to put up an account number for crowdfunding.

The mother of four received ample support from Nigerians on social media after her husband, Yul, announced his marriage to a second wife. While netizens berated the actor and his new wife, many also trooped to May’s Instagram page to declare their love and support for her.

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Recently, an Instagram follower commented on her latest Instagram post, stating that many people want to help her (financially) but don’t know how to get the money to her.

The follower added that she had previously reached out to Tonto Dikeh for an account number where they could donate for May but never got a response. She went on to suggest that May share an account number online for crowdfunding.

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The fan wrote,

“Queen May alot of people wanted to support you financially but they just didnt know how to send funds to you. l even reached out to tonto if she could post an account number on her page so people can send there donations because people love and trust her and we know she will deliver the funds to you but king tonto never responded back may if you cud put an account number here trust me you will be blown away how much fans are itching to support you pls think about it we love you May”.

May, touched by the kind thought, simply thanked the fan in response.

“Thank you, she wrote.

See their exchange below,

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