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Kunle Remi, Zack Orji star in new Nollywood thriller ‘WÓKÉ’

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2022 has been a rollercoaster of thrillers as Nollywood producers keep Nigerians on their feet with suspense-filled crime and psychology movies.

To this end, Oyako Celine media, in collaboration with bimmybatfilms, has produced a new crime thriller titled ‘WÓKÉ’ featuring Nollywood stars from two generations.

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The cast of the movie is a blend of Nigerian mega stars and young stars like Kunle Remi, Zack Orji, Tina Mba, Adedimeji Lateef, Linda Osifo, Lanre Adediwura, Ohakwe Chinedu Luis, shade Emmanuel, Iyke Adiele, Ivy Agbo, Bright Wonder Obasi, Emmanuel Igwe, Uloko Energy, George Nanakwesi Chux and other talented acts.

“WÓKÉ” which means to “Look Up” in the Yoruba language, also stands for “Stay Woke” in urban English.

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The movie, shot in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria, is a crime thriller about “Greg”, a former secret service agent, persuaded by his wife to take a job brought to him by his former colleague, Chuks, a police inspector, which he accepted.

The mission is to find and rescue the kidnapped daughter of a renowned kingpin ‘Tega’, widely known for corrupt practices but constantly evading justice.

According to the filmmakers, ‘WÓKÉ’ sheds a bright light on the current situation in Nigeria, showing how many things have gone bad due to poor character judgements and pointless sentiments.

The movie shows a possibility of a better Nigeria, the kind we dream about and pray for, if only its citizens decide to look up and stay woke by taking the necessary actions best for the country, disregarding all sentiments that would, over time, lead to regrets.

The crime thriller was produced by Gertrude Preye Augustine-Seibi, directed by Abimbola Olagunju, shot by Taiwo Shittu and edited by Olamide Aremo.

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The producer told Premium Times that the inspiration was drawn from the situation of things in Nigeria.

She said: “This is a crime thriller, and drew inspiration from the current situations of the country, people overlooking countless wrongs based on sentiments and nepotism. This movie is meant to paint a mental picture of how great things can get if we raise our heads and stay woke’’.

Ms Preye revealed this is her first cinema project and that others acknowledged that streaming platforms are a target for the movie.

“Getting on streaming platforms is our end goal. After releasing Woke to the cinemas, we would like this great piece to be enjoyed worldwide and how best to do that, if not getting on streaming platforms.” She said.

“WÓKÉ” is set to premiere on 30th October at Blue Pictures Cinema, Lagos, Nigeria.

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“The major goal of this movie is to change the current bias narratives we have adopted for years so that the country can achieve the desired change.” She said while speaking on the hopeful impact of the movie.

“WÓKÉ” will be showing in cinemas across Nigeria from the 4th of November, 2022.

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Yoruba actor Olamilekan Gbatami Ojo is dead

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Yoruba Nollywood actor and movie producer, Olamilekan Gbatami Ojo is dead.

The TAMVAAS award-winning actor, was reported dead on Thursday morning at 7:30am yesterday, November 17th.

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According to reports, Olamilekan Ojo had been battling lung cancer which cost him his lives.

The talented actor has been battling lung cancer for over one year before his demise.

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May his soul rest in peace!!

Yinka Ogundaisi is dead

This year 2022, the Yoruba movie industry has lost many of their owns.

In June, Nollytrailers news reported that popular veteran actor, Yinka Ogundaisi had passed on.

The death of the seasoned actor was confirmed by a statement by Ropo Ewenla in a WhatsApp message to members of the Ibadan Film Circle (IFC), a group the late filmmaker/film marker belonged to.

It reads: “Today, this morning, one phase of history came to an end. Erin ti wo. The elephant rises no more. Yinka Ogundaisi bid this world farewell at dawn. It was Kate Adepegba who dropped the bomb on my lap. I called Uncle Yinka’s number to confirm and rudely, it was so.”

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The veteran actor had been ill for a long time.

Osmond Gbadebo is dead

A month before Yinka Ogundaisi’s death, the Yoruba movie industry had lost one of its own, Osmond Gbadebo.

The actor lost his life to the cold hands of death, on Monday, May 30th.

The sad news was announced by veteran actress, Fausat Balogun who took to her Instagram page to mourn the actor.

Fausat Balogun wrote, “Goodnight osmond”.

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As many pondered on what could have caused his painful death, the late filmmaker’s colleague, Yemi Solade while commenting on a post revealed that Osmond had been battling a terminal ailment for years and he lost the fight.

Yemi Solade wrote: “He battled a terminal ailment for years. Lost the fight. Adieu OSMOND”.

His wake-keep was held on June 3rd 2022, and it was a star-studded event as friends and colleagues of the prolific movie maker were spotted paying their last respect to the deceased while reciting the Service of Song.

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Breaking News: Popular Yoruba actor is dead (Photos)

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A popular Nollywood actor, Sunday Olamilekan Ojo, popularly known as Gbatami is dead.

According to the information reaching Nollytrailers, Gbatami died of lung cancer.

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Ojo was one of Nigeria’s actors that were around for more than three decades in the entertainment industry. Having trained under Otunba Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello for five years, and graduated in 2004, he was able to carve a niche for himself.

His movie production kicked off barely 24 hours after his graduation; coming out with a movie titled Ojo oro. In quick succession, he had the following movies to his name; Emi nire kan; Wonyosi, Salaye and a host of others with a total count of 14 different interesting movies as at 2019.

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The Ilesa born movie act started acting in1982, with a group in Ibadan.

“We tried to shoot a drama for BCOS television, then the TV Station just came, but unfortunately we could not. I moved on and found myself in Lagos.

“In 1990, I joined another group MASCOTT Troupe, we were doing stage plays, taking it around towns and places in Lagos. The leader of the group later relocated to Port-Harcourt and that’s how my relationship with the group ended.

“In the course of pursuing my passion, while on training as an apprentice, I met another wonderful man that used to take me to national theatre to sell ticket, it was on one of those trips there that I met Arupe. He introduced me to Segun Philips, one of Mama Rainbow’s children and through him I met my boss, Alhaji Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello.

“I was to spend 2 years with this great man of honour but I ended up spending 5 years,” he once revealed.

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In the course of his stay with Oga Bello, he met Lasun Ray, Murphy Afolabi and Saidi Balogun, who regarded as a great friend, brother and a mentor he looked up to in the industry.

Recounting one of his dark days in the industry, Olalekan Ojo once said, “One of the days I will always remember in my sojourn in the movie industry was the day my car got burnt. People did all they could but no one could stop the fire. While this was going on, I stood perplexed and what people noticed in me was a bright smile on my face. Some thought maybe something was wrong with me, but right inside me I was giving all thanks and adoration to God that I wasn’t stuck in the burning car. That day was the day Mama Awero, Madam Lanre Hassan released her first movie; Aayo Okan.

“I could remember I told God gently, I said I believed this was my challenge in the industry but after this, good testimony is all I crave for, I wouldn’t want any other predicament again in my life. I am happy God has been wonderful to me.”

More updates as we have it.

May his soul rest in peace.

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Ifeanyi death: Wizkid postpones release of new album “More Love Less Ego” to a new date

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Award-winning Nigerian singer Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun professionally known as Wizkid has postponed the release of his forthcoming album “More Love Less ego” to a new date following the death of Davido son, Ifeanyi Adeleke.

Ifeanyi was rushed to Evercare Hospital in Lekki where he was pronounced on arrival. Further reports disclosed that Davido and Chioma were on a trip to Ibadan and Ifeanyi was left with minders at home.

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The tragic news has sparked a lot of reactions among netizens including celebrities, politicians, public figures among others as many trooped to express their heartfelt condonlences.

However, Wizkid who had earlier disclosed that he will release his new album “MLLE” on November 4th, 2022 as he has already release two songs “Bad To Me” and “Money & Love” has however moves the release of the new album that houses 13 tracks to November 11th, 2022.

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See reactions below;

aishabeauty144: 👏👏👏 that is what we called respect and love!!! OBO be strong

ceey_graphix: It’s funny how Millionaires keeps respecting each other with regards, but their poor fans keeps antagonising each other. 😂😂😂😂😂 OnELove Daddy Wizzy ❤️❤️❤️.

itzsamoo1: Before they kill am.

berry_gold0: Why people no get sense like this? If wizkid release song you will bant still shift you still bant 😢 burna that post him tour you no cry, tunde post ad after showing concern yesterday you didn’t read meaning to it. Why wizkid always makes you run m*d useless fanbase.

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shedrackdouble: Na we fans go just Dey bant ourselves mean while this guys are all cool 😂😂.

iam.jaylavish: Big wiz for a reason! 🦅 man is full of love and compassion❤️.

tobismallzgram: As it should be. Kings for kings 💪❤️.

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