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Genoveva Umeh: From Nollywood Fits and Starts To Breakout Star

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Born on May 8, 1995, Genoveva Umeh is a Nigerian Born-British actress who hails from Anambra State, Nigeria. 

Together with her engineer father and nurse mother, Genoveva migrated to the United Kingdom in 2006. Before then, she had attended 1st Cyprian Nursery & Primary School in Abakpa Nike, Enugu State, for her Nursery & Primary education and Command Secondary School when she was in JSS1.  On her arrival abroad, she attended St Mary’s and St John’s CE School in London for the remainder of her high school education.

She had always been interested in acting and modelling, she therefore studied Acting from Identity School of Acting, London, England, in 2012.

Receiving a degree in Law from the United Kingdom in 2018, the professional actress returned to Nigeria to kick start her acting career. In 2019, she ventured into Nollywood.

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It wasn’t always an easy transition for Genoveva though. The translocation meant that she had to leave her loved ones behind and resettle into a new industry and environment.

‘The hardest decision was being away from my family and friends for long periods of time. I miss my little brother (sorry – teen brother), he better not catch me calling him little, as well as my two god-daughters. Thankfully, I am able to catch up with them via video calls.  However, it is still a major adjustment, to be physically away from them’, she told ThisDay. 

On her entry into Nollywood, the actress starred in a number of movies but she did not receive the kind of attention she would desire. She featured in movies like Blameless (2019) where she played the role of Ezinne; Love Is War (2019); Lizard (2020) where she played the role of Kafilat; One Lagos Night (2021) as Anita. She also featured in short films such as Monitoring Spirits, Reflections and Focus.

During this period, Genoveva had been trying to carve a unique identity in the industry but she hadn’t entered the mainstream of entertainment. It was not until the movie, Blood Sisters, that her talents and acting skills became recognised.

By all means, Genoveva Umeh rose to fame with her role of Timileyin Ademola, a drug-addict of the Ademola family who also wanted to be the head of the family’s pharmaceutical company in Blood Sisters. Her embodiment of the role was remarkable and it genuinely sold her to the world. Since then, she has been the talk of the entertainment industry and viewers can’t get enough of her.

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Unsurprisingly, Blood Sisters won her the NET Honours 2022 Breakout Actress of the Year. Her natural sync with the character and impeccable acting helped her to lay claims to a place as a breakout star with even more success to come in the not-so-distant future.

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Nollywood filmmaker Frank Igho Vaughan passes away

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Popular filmmaker and former Vice President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Frank Igho Okpokoro Vaughan, is dead.

Vaughan passed on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, after battling an undisclosed illness. The news was affirmed by the President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, DGN, Victor Okhai, in a recent telephone conversation with Vanguard.

“Yes, he died yesterday, but I’m yet to get the details of his death,” Okhai said.

Vaughan, who was born in the 1960s, recently became a pastor at Dominion City Church, Asaba, Delta State. He was also a seasoned TV producer and director, as well as a current affairs and political analyst.

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His death comes on the heels of actor Amaechi Muonagor, who died on March 24, 2024, at age 61 after battling a kidney disease.

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BREAKING: EFCC arrests Bobrisky for naira abuse

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested and detained controversial cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky, over abuse of naira, spraying of naira notes and currency mutilation.

Bobrisky, who has been embroiled in several controversies over the past weeks, was arrested in Lagos on Wednesday night, and has since been detained at the Lagos Command of the EFCC.

Confirming the development to our correspondent in a telephone interview on Thursday, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Dele Oyewale, noted that Bobrisky would be charged to court.

Oyewale said, “Bobrisky is with us. He was arrested last night in Lagos, and he is at our Lagos command. We arrested him for alleged abuse of naira notes, spraying of nara notes, and currency mutilation, among others.

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“We are very serious about restoring the dignity of the naira. Though our investigation is still ongoing, but he will definitely be charged to court soon.”

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How Mide Martins bullying made me start skin bleaching – Habibat Jinad

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Actress Habibat Jinad has revealed the reasons behind her decision to bleach her skin, citing pressure from a senior colleague, Mide Martins.

Speaking on Biola Bayo’s talk show, Talk To B, Habibat recounted an incident on the set of a movie directed by Mide’s husband, Afeez Owo.

During the incident, Habibat claimed that she was unjustly punished for a colleague’s mistake, and Mide Martins allegedly insulted her skin color in front of the entire crew, likening her complexion to that of a monkey.

These derogatory remarks deeply affected Habibat, leading her to consider skin bleaching in an attempt to conform to societal standards.

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“At a rehearsal ground at Afeez Owo’s set, something happened, a colleague of mine did something and I wasn’t the one who did that thing and they said we should kneel.

“Mrs. Mide Martins was there, my boss was there and some other people and Mide Martins compared it to a monkey’s skin. And it got to me. She even complained about my skin, saying I was too dark and this made me contemplate bleaching my skin to please her and others,” Habibat explained.

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