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Nollywood bestfriends reunite after years apart

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There has been jubiliation in the air as beloved Nollywood’s fantastic four; Ufuoma McDermott, Uche Jombo, Chioma Akpotha and Omoni Oboli reunited for the first time in years.

Since 2018, there were speculations that the bestfriends had parted ways as they were rarely seen together.

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However, Uche Jombo has put the speculations to rest as she shared a photo of them all.

Uche Jombo announced that they would all be in Dubai On August 16.

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Uche revealed that 12 winners would be selected on Instagram to join them in the luxury city.

“How my girls and I will show up in Dubai on August 16th, the Dubai Girls will do a LIVE INSTAGRAM random blind selection from all the comments to select 12 winners to be wutg us in Dubai from 6th – 11th. Good luck”.

Many took to the comment section to express joy at their reunion.

ibejikelechi : The bond

zebabless : Fabulous four

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consolatestella2 : It’s been long due ooo

flobery_cakes : They are back and better I love these ladies

divine_casuals : Squad

gorgeous_devy : League of extra ordinary ladies

Recall that Ufuoma McDermott had addressed the issue of their rumoured separation, revealing that in an industry where friendships hardly endured tough times, her friendship with her colleagues – Omoni Oboli, Uche Jombo and Chioma Akpotha – had lasted for a long time.

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In an interview with Sunday Scoop, the actress revealed how to sustain friendship in Nollywood.

She said, “What we feel for each other is care and love. If you love someone, you look out for them. I don’t know if I have ever sat back and drawn a plan, saying this person is going to be my friend. It just happens; your spirit just flows with certain kinds of people. You allow them into your inner circle. It is something that just happens, it is not planned.”

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Godwin Maduagu comes out as gay after being blackmailed over sex tape

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Nollywood actor Godwin Maduagu has bravely come out as gay after being blackmailed by former friends over a sex tape.

According to the Daily Post Nigeria, Maduagu was blackmailed over the video and became “depressed” to the point of feeling suicidal.

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Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria and publishable by up to 14 years in prison; he said in a previous interview that the impact of the video being leaked in 2021 led to him missing out on jobs and “getting broke”.

However in an Instagram story on Tuesday (27 September), the actor included an LGBTQ+ pride flag, revealing his family “saved me” with their support.

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Godwin Maduagu said: “After getting a better life for myself, my close friends set me up, blackmailed me, and leaked my sex tape. I became depressed and almost committed suicide.

“My family saved me by giving me words of encouragement and advice that kept me going. Look at me now living my truth because I’ve now gotten a strong thick skin.

“Love is love. Say no to blackmail.”

Nollywood stars have previously stood up against the treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Nigeria despite the difficulty in speaking out; even those who attend a wedding or operate an LGBTQ+ nightclub in the country can be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

In July 2022, Nigerian actor Uche Maduagwu was arrested after appearing to come out as gay and defending the LGBTQ+ community on Instagram, despite stressing that he is “not gay”, but saying he wanted to use his “celebrity status [to fight] for this beautiful community”.

That same month, actor Yul Edochie spoke out about the horrific sentence of death by stoning given to three gay men, aged 20, 30 and 70.

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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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