A popular Nollywood actor, Sunday Olamilekan Ojo, popularly known as Gbatami is dead.
According to the information reaching Nollytrailers, Gbatami died of lung cancer.
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.
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.
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.”
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May his soul rest in peace.
Yoruba actor Olamilekan Gbatami Ojo is dead
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.
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.
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.”
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”.
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.
Ifeanyi death: Wizkid postpones release of new album “More Love Less Ego” to a new date
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.
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.
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.
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 💪❤️.
Best of Nollywood Unveils Nominees List For 2022 Awards
Nigeria’s longest-running film industry awards, Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards has officially unveiled the nominee list for the 2022 edition of the awards, which is scheduled to hold in Owerri, Imo State come December 3, with the Imo State Governor, H.E Gov Hope Uzodinma as host.
The nominees unveiling event, which took place in Opebi, Lagos on Monday, October 31, had personalities like Hon. (Mrs) Mojisola Meranda, the Lagos State House of Assembly Chief Whip; former Lagos Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Steve Ayorinde; and multi-award-winning actor, comedian, and media personality, Gbenga Adeyinka.
Leading on the nominees’ list, which was unveiled by Hon Meranda, was Jadesola Osiberu’s ‘Ayinla’. The film led with 10 nominations in 30 different categories available including ‘Best Actor in a Lead Role’, Lateef Adedimeji – Ayinla; ‘Best Actress in a Supporting Role’, Omowunmi Dada – Ayinla; ‘Best Use of Nigeria Food’ – Ayinla; ‘Best Costume’, Adeyemi Adedamola – Ayinla; ‘Director of the Year’, Tunde Kelani – Ayinla; and ‘Movie of the Year’ – Ayinla.
While congratulating the nominees, Hon. Meranda shared her excitement at being called for the unveiling of the prestigious, travelling film industry award.
Others with multiple nominations include movies like, ‘Breaded Life’, Almajiri, Amina, Ile Owo and more.
Interestingly, in the ‘Best Kiss Category’, popular Nollywood act Abayomi Alvin scored two nominations in ‘Ben from Downstairs’ and Ejiro’s Lust.
As a plus and step up from previous editions, this year’s edition introduced the ‘Best Use of Nigerian Food’ category, and films like ‘Ayinla, Alaise’, ‘Ile Owo’, and ‘Leg Over’ got nominations.
Most notable is the fact that newer and younger stars are featured in this year’s nominees’ list than ever before, an indication of a constantly growing industry that is creating opportunities for newer talents.
Speaking at the event, the head of the 2022 BON Jury, Francis Onwochei, who was represented by another member of the jury, Mrs Kemi Olaoye stated that the nominees were culled from a total number of 80 film entries. He added that the filmmakers have consistently put Nigeria forward in the committee of creatives across the continent judging by the quality of entries received.
“Awards are statements of recognition and accomplishments in every professional endeavour. It encourages and inspires better productivity and a more focused desire for creative excellence. Our jury received many entries from across Nigeria from May 15 to August 31, both in English and major indigenous languages, and these are our nominees,” he noted.
While answering questions posed by members of the media, founder of the Best of Nollywood Awards, Seun Oloketuyi stated that one of the reasons this year is particularly special is that the Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State is extremely excited to be the host for the year. “From the point he agreed to host the awards till now, huge progress has been made. He stated that he wanted us to do something different and that was well done. The venue that we also chose for the ceremony is also under renovation and is 80 percent done. These are the exciting things that Governor Uzodinma is putting in place to receive Nollywood stars.”
On the security challenges in the country, Oloketuyi stated that Owerri is a hub of activities, and the security situation is particularly stable. He further shared personal experiences of his visits to Owerri and assured that security was not a cause for concern. “Also, we have been doing this for 14 years, and I believe that we are better at it,” he stated.
First held in 2009, this year’s edition is sponsored by Omo, Amstel Malta, and Angostura, a liquor brand that has promised to dazzle at the after party and others.
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