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Mo Abudu set to make directorial debut with two short films

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Nigerian film producer and CEO of EbonyLife Group, Mo Abudu, is set to make her directorial debut with two short films.

The productions are ‘Her Perfect Life’ and ‘Iyawo Mi’ (My Wife), a predominantly Yoruba language film.

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Beginning in late August 2022, she will direct two short films and be in charge of the whole filmmaking process for the first time.

Since her first full-length feature, Fifty, in 2015, Ms Abudu has guided the storytelling process as an executive producer and visionary but always seeking experienced directors to help each project.

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Ms Abudu attended London Film School in 2017 and completed the course in directing to improve her filmmaking skills. However, she said she enjoyed the experience so much that she decided she would run when the time was right.

In a statement, Mo Abudu said: “I believe in learning and understanding any major assignment I undertake. Directing is an art form that takes years to master, so I’m beginning with baby steps. I have written two short films I will run – Her Perfect Life and Iyawo Mi (My Wife), a predominantly Yoruba language film.

“Although these stories are fictional, they highlight the mental health challenges, hardly spoken about in Nigerian society, that many people deal with all over the world. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, income or social class, and they are increasing.”

As CEO of EbonyLife TV, Ms Abudu oversaw the production of more than 1,000 hours of content annually.

As an executive producer, she has created some of the biggest blockbusters in Nigerian cinema, including The Wedding Party, Chief Daddy, Your Excellency and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel. As part of a major deal with Netflix, her successes include Castle & Castle, Cloture and Blood Sisters.

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Her Perfect Life

Onajite Johnson-Ibrahim, 39, seems to have a perfect life – a flourishing career, a growing business, a loving husband and two bright, beautiful children. Why does she want to end it all?

Iyawo Mi (My Wife)

Kunle arrives home one night to find a horror awaiting him. His wife, Eniola, seems to have gone mad, hallucinating, screaming at their children and neighbours, and threatening to kill everyone. Kunle takes matters into his own hands, with tragic consequences.

Her Perfect Life stars Pearl Thusi and Joseph Benjamin, supported by Omawunmi Dada, Uzo Osimpka, Christian Paul and Mary Lazarus. The cast of Iyawo Mi (My Wife) includes Adedimeji Lateef, Bolaji Ogunmola, Segun Arinze and Jude Chukwuka.

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For both films, Ms Abudu, Bola Atta, Wale Tinubu, Shola Akinlade, Pearl Thusi and Nonos Okpala are the Executive Producers, with Heidi Uys as Supervising Producer, Inem King, Joshua Olaoluwa, Sonia Nwosu producing and Temidayo Makanjuola on production design.

Director of photography Kabelo Thathe is best known for his work on Disney’s Rise. 1st AD is Mayowa Bakare.

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The wardrobe will be provided by longtime EbonyLife collaborator Yolanda Okereke, working with designers Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Banke Kuku and David Wej.

These projects are supported by The British High Commission and the French Embassy in Lagos, Nigeria. Sponsors of these projects include UBA Foundation, Wale Tinubu, Artsplit Limited and Sporting Lagos.

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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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Actress Adunni Ade pens heartfelt letter as she proudly celebrates her first son’s birthday

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Nollywood actress and mother of two, Adunni Ade, has penned a heartfelt to celebrate her son, D’marion’s 15th birthday today, the 26th of August 2022.

Adunni Ade, proud of her boy, shared lovely throwback photos on her Instagram page. The photos comprise beautiful moments between herself and her first son.

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Sharing the photos online, Adunni Ade expressed herself in a letter about how joyful she is to celebrate her son’s 15th birthday. She revealed that her heart is gladdened to watch her son grow into maturity.

The mother of two boys also showered prayers on her boy, wishing him to be blessed in every way possible.

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She wrote: “My heart is filled with so much Joy and Happiness, D’marion, as I celebrate with you on your 15th Birthday.
“You are an amazing son, my heart gladdens daily of the young man you’re growing into. I am most grateful for all the special moments we’ve shared together, and I am looking forward to more happy memories we will make in the years to come. May your walk and path of Life be blessed in every way possible. May God’s Will be your portion.
“May today be a day filled with all the things that make you happy, especially your books 😂😂 @dmanyoung
Love Mom ❤️.”

Adunni Ade marked her 46th birthday with jaw-dropping photos and a touching tribute to herself.

The beautiful actress appreciated God for making her live to celebrate her birthday. She revealed how she had managed to stay strong despite her trials.

She wrote: “Many many years ago, God you have me a life that day I was born, and I hope I will send all my life and do as much as I can show you my love and gratitude. This past year has proven how strong-hearted I am and that I can conquer whatever I put my mind to.

I am a living testimony of perseverance! Countless sleepless nights, so many nights of tears, being aches and pains, wondered if I’d see another day! Lost my younger brother (God bless your soul Douglas). Oh! The time I stepped into the big girl shoes, executively produced my first movie. A budget of N34m but ended up spending almost N50m. Humm! Story for another day! I promoted the movie like my depended on it! Well, it did! I had casts who f’ed me over upon all the contracts signed but like I said, story for another day! With all my push, my sweat! I scaled through, and my movie ranked 9th biggest movie in the country! On my first try? God is the greatest!

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I have got to add this to those who randomly showed so much love to me, thank you! To those who intentionally tried to kill my joy, thank you! You made me push harder coz I don’t accept defeat! Look I say this often because I live and breathe by this! For as long as you’ve got life, you’ve got hope! Do not be intimidated to accepting fear and defeat! Stand strong and go forth to achieve greatness. What more can I ask for? I’ve got the best children and family members. A few great friends and my beautiful family. Without you, I’m no one. We go hard this new year”.

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Who can help me with divorce papers?! Hilda Dokubo cries out

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Veteran actress Hilda Dokubo has lamented over how stressful a divorce process takes.

The actress via Instagram hours ago, pleaded for help on how to file the divorce from her on-screen husband, Bimbo Manuel, as she complained about the judge’s nonchalant behavior.

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Sharing a photo of her and the actor, the light-skinned actress noted how she has starred as his wife in several movies and wanted a change.

“I have married this @manuelbimbo too much, please who can help me with divorce papers? This judge is doing anyhow…me I am too happy enjoying the sweetness inside”.

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Joke Silva who was left speechless with her move left a comment on her page.

The veteran wrote, “Hmmm Hiiiilda…”

Years back, Hilda Dokubo opened up on reconciliation with her husband.

The actress stated that as a Christian, she should be able to forgive and live a life that Christ would be proud of.

Hilda added that she did it for herself, her children, others, and most importantly God.

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Hilda Dokubo said, “Everything in life has stages and time. If I say I’m a Christian and love God, then I should be able to live a life that Christ would be proud of. It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong in a relationship. We did it for ourselves, our children, others, but most importantly for God”.

Speaking on the lessons she learned about marriage, Hilda said, “Patience. Don’t think anyone else can help you build your home, because you alone can do that. Don’t give up so quickly when it becomes so tough.
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