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Big Tony pens heartfelt tribute to late Ada Ameh

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A popular actor, Tony Ogbetere, popularly known as Big Tony, has penned a tribute to a dead colleague, Ada Ameh.

Recall that Nollytrailers reported how the Nollywood actress slumped and died at an event she attended in Delta State.

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In the tribute, the inconsolable Big Tony described Ameh as a fighter and an overcomer.

Ada Ameh and I crossed paths around 1997 at Ekoas Hotel on Agboyin Avenue in the heart of Surulere.

Nollywood old hands will remember how a certain Pastor Terry moved the entire industry from Winnis Hotel to Ekoas, purportedly to produce a movie titled MIRAGE.

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And the movie ended up being a mirage.

But that’s a story for another day.

In the year 2000, I decided to invest in the business as an executive producer.

So I dusted up an old script that I had written back in 1997.

The script was titled DIRTY DIANA and it became my first job as producer and executive producer.

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I got my close friend and school mate Ernest Bhabor to direct the movie.

We agreed from the planning stages to get more of our old friends in the industry involved in the production the obvious ones being Jim Iyke, Fred Ariko, Ada Ameh, Rachel Oniga, Elfreda Rowlands, Peter Bunor Snr. (Deceased) and gold old Olu Jacobs.

My buddy McArthur Onuoha, Isa Abubakar and a host of others came in as crew members.

In that production, Ada Ameh was the only person who doubled as a cast and crew member.

She played my mother in the movie and also doubled as the caterer of the production.

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Nollywood folks would agree that it takes someone very close to your heart to secure both a cast and crew roles in one production.

What struck me when I met Ada in 1997 was her down to earth nature and the raw talent she possessed as a singer and actor.

Yes, many folks do not know that Ada also nursed a singing career that never happened.

There was never a dull moment with Ada.

She also had her boisterous side which made us disagree a good number of times, but she wouldn’t hesitate to call and apologize when she was wrong.

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Her biggest disappointment with me would be the fact that she wanted to matchmake me and one of her close friends and it never worked out.

She thought I was the perfect partner for her friend, but I thought differently.

Ada is the very first Nollywood personality to visit my hometown with me and memories of her still linger there till today.

She was in Warri to honour an invitation and she slumped and died in very sad circumstances.

Today I have lost a friend and a sister.

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The last time I was at her place, she brought out her blood pressure machine and checked my blood pressure when I told her that I was feeling a bit light headed.

Then she counseled me to buy the machine and make it a duty to check my blood pressure regularly.

In our last phone conversation, I was telling her that I want her to dance in a musical video that I was planning to shoot.

And her response was “Bros just hail me when you ready. Even if I get anything when I de do, I go postpone am because of you. Because among all my friends na only you and Jim Iyke no de ever forget me. I can do anything for both of you”.

That’s vintage Ada Ameh.

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I cried like a baby when the news of her passing was confirmed.

Egbon Segun Arinze and I have been on the phone catching up on the times we shared on the streets with this dear sister.

Ada is a Nollywood legend.

She came in as a young bold damsel.

She strode the industry with determination and perseverance.

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And she made a mark for herself.

She was a fighter.

She was an overcomer.

“O death where is thy sting”

Adieu my sister!

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You may be gone from our sights; but never from our hearts.

Friends and colleagues have continued to mourn and speak highly of the departed actress. May her soul rest in peace.

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Why I must marry from Abeokuta- Bimbo Akisanya spills

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Nollywood actress Bimbo Akisanya has sent a message to her potential suitors on the criteria she will be looking out for in her man.

The Yoruba actress who has been beamoning her single status for the past weeks took to her Instagram page to reveal the particular tribe she would be picking her suitor from.

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According to her, she would only marry a man who is from Abeokuta.

Her reason is that, Abeokuta men are very romantic. To prove her point, Bimbo posted a WhatsApp screenshot of a potential suitor eulogising her in his dialect.

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The actress added that she woke up to his romantic gesture and this has changed her mindset on the type of man she wants.

“So sweet waking up to this, I must marry omo Abeokuta this time around abi bawo????”.

Bimbo Akisanya had sent a strong message to her future husband as she bragged about her latest win over a man.

The mother of one shared a video of herself enjoying her favourite game, table tennis, while she boasted of her win over her partner, who was, unfortunately, a man.

Sharing the video on her Instagram page, Bimbo Akisanya urged her future husband to ensure that there was table tennis in their house.

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She wrote: Table tennis, my best game ever
And of course, I won. I won a man
Dear future husband, please make sure there’s table tennis in the house.

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Colleague celebrates Segun Arinze as Black Arrow turns 57

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A popular movie producer and director, Francis Onwochei, has described a colleague and the former president of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Segun Arinze, as a consistent thespian.

Fondly called Black Arrow, a name gained from playing a role in the 1996 classic movie Silent Night by the late filmmaker Chico Ejiro, Segun Padonou Aina, started his career professionally as a singer and an actor.

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In a heartwarming ovation, Onwochei described the respected actor, who is also president of Voiceover Artists of Nigeria, as a distinguished colleague.

“Today we celebrate our very dear Segun Arinze aka “Black Arrow”.

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“What is special with this distinguished colleague of mine is his unique background. Segun though born in Anambra state is of the Padonou family in Badagry, Lagos State, who grew up in both Kwara and Kaduna States. This will account for his dexterity speaking the three major Nigerian languages; Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa.

“A product of the University of Ife, thoroughbred actor and singer, I recall that after years of acting on stage and singing, Segun gained national prominence with his star performances.

“At the height of his career he rose to become President, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and currently serves as president, Voice Over Artistes of Nigeria.

“Arinze has remained consistent in the acting profession since the mid 80s on stage and early 90s on motion picture. Some of his notable appearances are Vuga, Tatoo, Across the Niger,Gold Statue, Family on Fire, Oloture,Anini and the unforgettable Silent Night which brought him to National prominence where he also earned the sobriquet “Black Arrow”.

“Segun Arinze lives in Lagos, married to his darling wife Julie, and they have children.

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“Please, join me lets celebrate my fellow Anansa Playhouse (1985) team member as he turns 57years today 24th of September. May God grant you many fruitful years on earth in happiness. Happy birthday,” Francis Onwochei wrote.

Freelanews joins Onwochei to celebrate Black Arrow.

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For Your Eyes Only – Actress Joy King Says With Fabulous Curvy Photo

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Popular Nollywood actress, Joy King, has got tongues wagging with her latest pictures on Instagram where she shows off her new looks to her fans and tells them the pictures are for their eyes only.

The beautiful actress has been sharing different pictures of herself in different outfits with different hairstyles recently and this time she has done exactly that with her new pictures where she has shown her blonde hairstyle, which matched the colour of her leggings.

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The actress likes to give her fans something to ponder about on a regular basis, and that is why you will always see her with different looks in different outfits. She stood out once again with her new blonde hairstyle, which matched the colour of her leggings, while she rocked a black top, which also matched the colour of her black sneakers.

She wrote a simple caption where she told her fans that her new looks were for their eyes alone. She said, “For your eyes only.” This statement sent her fans on Instagram into a frenzy as they kept a close eye on her pictures.

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Joy King is very good at catching people’s attention and she has shown that on many occasions by sharing pictures of herself where her intention was to show off her new looks to her fans.

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