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Lancelot Imaseun makes powerful cinema return with Gbege

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The audacious movie producer and actor, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, has made a big comeback to the cinema with the release of Gbege.

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Known for his love for cultural preservation and projection in his works, Imaseun was able to creatively infuse tradition in his new film that would be released on October 7, 2022 in cinemas near you.

Gbege is a story of a troubled man, whose father died while he’s serving a life imprisonment. All he wants is a chance of release to perform his father’s burial rite, but the law is no respecter of tradition.

According to the award winning producer and master storyteller, the twists in the storyline are so captivating, moviegoers are assured a worthy time at the cinemas.

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Gbege parades some top Nigerian thespians like Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro, Sam Dede, Mercy Aigbe and Ini Edo.

Others include Zubby, Sanni Muaizu, Charles Inojie, Harry B, Broda Shaggi, Nosa Rex, Junior Pope, Angela Equeavoen and so on.

Imaseun, who also doubles as a director, has worked in the film industry since 1995 and his films feature unexplored aspects of the African experience including tribalism, witchcraft, crime, poverty, religion, and folk beliefs.

In 2008 a Canadian documentary Nollywood Babylon co-directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, and produced by AM Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada in association with the Documentary Channel, followed Imasuen while he was shooting his 157th film Bent Arrows.

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Rita Dominic allegedly debunks reports she gave birth to twins

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic, has debunked reports that she welcomed a set of twins with her husband.

Reports made the rounds on Wednesday that the Nollywood star who tied the knot with her husband, Fidelis Anosike, a few months ago, welcomed a set of twins.

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Reacting to the report, many social media users trooped to the actress’ social media pages to express their immense joy and congratulate the couple.

However, in an apparent reaction, Rita Dominic took to her official Twitter handle to affirm that the claim was false.

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Taking to her Twitter handle on Wednesday night, she shared a GIF displaying a surprised look while reading through a publication with the headline, “FAKE NEWS.”

See her post below,

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Ada Ameh: Benue community, Nigeria lost an entertainment colossus – Abba Moro

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Benue South Senator, Abba Moro has described the death of Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh, as a monumental loss to the Idoma people and Nigeria at large.

Moro said Ada lived an eventful and impactful life in her 48 years sojourn on earth.

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The lawmaker stated this while paying his last tribute to the actress at her funeral service held in Ogobia, Ugboju in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State on Friday.

Moro urged her family to take solace in the fact that Ada made everyone happy and the world would continue to watch her.

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He said, “This is a very sad day for all of us. For us, the Idoma people, for us in Benue State, and for Nigeria.

“Ada Ameh was a colossus in the entertainment Industry.

“Many of us who listened to the pastor’s sermon earlier, what would you be remembered for when you leave this earth?

“I watched Ada Ameh yesterday night and I know we will continue to watch her after now.

“Ada Ameh was a very effective ambassador of the Idoma people in the entertainment industry.

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“For us, this is a very monumental loss, a colossal loss. But as it is said all the time, God has configured for every person a time to be born and a time to die. And this time it is the time for our sister to die.

“But I dare to say, that in this life, it is not how long you stay on the surface of the earth here but how effectively and how impactful you have lived.

“And all of us will agree with me that Ada Ameh had lived a very effective and impactful life, so, all of us here, both the family, young and old, it is a clear testimony that Ada Ameh had lived an eventful life and that is supposed to be a consolation for the family because I do know that when beggars die there are no comets seen. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. And so Ada Ameh, goodbye until we meet to part no more.”

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Alleged Rape: Moses Armstrong defies AGN ban, returns to the movie set

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Embattled Nollywood actor Armstrong Moses appears to have defied his suspension by the Actors Guild of Nigeria.

The actor, a former aide to the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, was recently arraigned before a Magistrate court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, for allegedly raping a minor.

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Like his colleague, James Olanrewaju, also known as Baba Ijesha, Mr Armstrong is the second Nigerian actor to be entangled in an alleged rape case with a minor.

Before his arrest and subsequent incarceration, the actor was suspended by the Actors Guild of Nigeria, the umbrella body of actors in Nigeria.

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A statement signed by the AGN Director of Communications and actress Monalisa Chinda stated that the actor had been suspended from acting and the guild’s activities.

Ms Chinda said the indefinite suspension became necessary following the investigation of the guild concerning the alleged rape incident.

The actor was recently granted bail in the sum of N5 million by Judge Ntong Ntong. Last week, after perfecting his bail conditions, he was released from prison.
First movie set

Days after, the actor announced that he had hit the location for his first movie after his release from detention.

Going by his post, it appears the movie is titled ‘A Walk Away’, directed by John Henry and produced by Imaobong Udoh.
“My first movie set after my incarceration. Done Here. #DoneAndDusted. #OverAndOut. #AWalkAway… The Movie,” he wrote on Facebook.

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The actor plays a significant role in the movie alongside Ime Bishop Umoh, aka Okon Lagos.

The movie is being shot in Akwa-Ibom State.
Still on suspension

Meanwhile, the AGN National President, Emeka Rollas, noted that the actor is still suspended.

Mr Rollas said that despite his release, the Guild would not lift his suspension without following due process.

He said, “We don’t just lift suspension without getting proper information from the right channels.

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“As a Guild, we follow the procedure. We also have our committee that will investigate the charges levelled against him. Their findings will determine whether his suspension will be lifted.”
On whether the Guild will penalise him for going on location despite his suspension, Mr Rollas noted that a task force is charged with that responsibility.

“That will depend on the task force. As a Guild, we don’t bother ourselves with small matters like that,” Mr Rollas said.
Not aware of the suspension

In his reaction, the embattled actor noted that he was unaware of any suspension.

Speaking with this newspaper on Wednesday, Mr Moses said he did not receive formal communication from the AGN stating his suspension.

He said that he only saw it on social media like everyone else.

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“I was not given any such letter. The National President of the body has not called me, even after my release from prison.

“Even the Chairman of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Idongesit Ani Jonah, did not receive any communication from the national body.
“My lawyer is not aware; my manager is not aware; nobody is aware of any suspension,” he said.

He further revealed that his lawyers had advised him against speaking up on the case until its hearing on 18 October.

Prison experience
Days after his release from jail, the actor recalled his experience behind bars. He had earlier stated that he enjoyed his time in prison.

In a Facebook post, Mr Armstrong noted that he was voted the most humble and best-behaved inmate at the Ikot Ekpene Correctional Center during his incarceration.
“Few days after my release on bail, I was invited as a guest by the In Charge Station of Ikot Ekpene Correctional Center, Deputy Comptroller (DC) Edit Akpan, to grace the occasion of his wife’s birthday Precious Cletus…

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“And I have been invited to grace the finals of the prison football competition as a match commissioner coming soon. You will be duly updated with pictures,” he wrote.

Background
Mr Armstrong wwas accused of raping a minor.

He was said to have sexually molested a teenage girl he adopted and has been living with his (Mr Armstrong’s) family.
He was charged with rape, conspiracy and supplying drugs or instruments to procure abortion.

The movie actor was first arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Uyo in June. The case was struck out after the Magistrate, Samuel Ukoima, ruled that the matter was improperly filed.

In a Facebook post, Mr Armstrong, on 17 August, noted that he is not a rapist.

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It was the first time the actor would comment on the issue since June when he was first arrested.

He wrote, “Nothing Pass God. If you believe, you will receive. Nothing Pass God. I did not rape anybody. I don’t rape. I have never raped, and I will never rape.”

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