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Iconic Yoruba movie ‘Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’ to shine on stage as ‘Asiyanbi: Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’

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In a groundbreaking move that celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Nigerian cinema, the legendary Yoruba story ‘TI OLUWA NI ILE’, originally written by veteran actor and producer Alhaji Kareem Adepoju, popularly known as Baba Wande, is poised for a historic transformation into a stage play titled ‘ASIYANBI: TI OLUWA NI ILE’.

This momentous endeavor is made possible through the support of the international cultural organization AROBA GROOVE, signaling a new chapter in the legacy of this beloved cinematic masterpiece.

The 30 years old ‘Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’, one of Nollywood’s most-watched and top-selling films, left an indelible mark on viewers’ hearts with its compelling narrative and powerful performances. With the upcoming stage production presented by AROBA GROOVE, the timeless story is set to be reimagined and brought to life in a fresh and dynamic theatrical experience.

Penned in 1987 by Baba Wande, ‘Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’ was transformed into a cinematic gem in 1993 through collaboration with Mainframe Production, under the skilled direction of Mr. Tunde Kelani. The film intricately weaves a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and societal complexities, drawing viewers into a world where greed collides with tradition, and justice is sought through supernatural intervention.

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The narrative follows the gripping saga of two individuals who conspire with a corrupt chief to illegally sell ancestral land to a petroleum company for personal gain. However, their deceit is met with fierce resistance from the community and the intervention of the oracle, embodying the land’s sacred deities.

As the true ownership of the land is revealed and consequences unfold, the chief finds himself entangled in a web of challenges that test his fate and traditional standing, leading to a climactic showdown that will determine his ultimate destiny. ‘Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’ garnered widespread acclaim, solidifying its status as a blockbuster and a cultural touchstone in Nollywood history.

Now, as ‘Asiyanbi: Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’ prepares to take center stage, Executive Producer Oladotun Taylor emphasizes the enduring relevance and resonance of the timeless story, underscoring its enduring impact on audiences across generations.

Baba Wande said: “This is a historic project. Even though I am the owner of the story, I am more than grateful to be part of this project. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first time I am witnessing a story that has been adapted to a film been re-adapted to a stage play. I give progenitors and producers kudos for their ingenuity. I am happy to be part of it in my lifetime.”

The Director of the stage play, Ropo Ewenla also expressed that he was awed with the project. “I was a bit shocked when I was first contacted. I understand creativity is limitless but this took me unaware sincerely.

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“Since we have been on it, it has really been an exciting experience with the level of creativity, quality of team, cast and crew put together by the producers. I can assure Nigerians and the world that it is ‘Ti Oluwa Ni Ile’ redefined. It’s an experience everyone must witness and being the director of such a project makes me proud.”

The play will feature a talented cast of Nollywood actors, and promises to deliver a riveting and immersive experience that honors the legacy of ‘TI OLUWA NI ILE’ while pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.

AROBA GROOVE’s visionary approach to reimagining this classic tale in a new artistic form underscores their commitment to fostering creativity and cultural enrichment, setting the stage for an unforgettable theatrical journey that will captivate audiences far and wide.

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My wife and I no longer together – Ikechukwu speaks on marriage crash

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Nigerian rapper and actor, Ikechukwu Onunaku has confirmed that his marriage has ended.

Recall the former Mohits rapper tied the nuptial knot with his fiancée, Ella in May 2021.

But speaking in a recent interview with Daddy Freeze, Ikechukwu said he was now divorced.

He cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the desolation of his marriage, revealing that it was not due to infidelity. In Ikechukwu Onunaku’s words:

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“My wife and I are no longer together. We separated due to irreconcilable differences. It wasn’t over infidelity. There were too much gaslighting, too much looking for faults, and too much listening to outsiders.

“I tried to save our marriage but I got to a point where I couldn’t tolerate my ex-wife’s excesses anymore and I showed her my other side and we couldn’t bear it.”

In the same interview with Daddy Freeze, Ikechukwu recounted his experience at the now-defunct record label, Mohits Records, owned by D’banj and Don Jazzy.

The rapper claimed D’banj used to cheat him out of his hard earned money by giving him stipends after making millions.

According to him, D’banj would pay him a meagre N50,000 for shows he was booked for, despite the actual fee being over N1.5 million. He said the ‘koko master’ used to treat him like he was doing him a favour.

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However, he mentioned that D’banj later increased the payment to N150,000 after obtaining permission from his mother.

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Rudeboy refutes Eedris Abdulkareem’s claims that 50 Cent assaulted P-Square

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Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy of the P-Square, has refuted Eedris Abdulkareem’s claims that the group was assaulted by American rapper 50 Cent and his crew at a concert held at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos in 2004.

Abdulkareem claimed in a recent podcast interview that 50 Cent’s crew “flogged and chased” Nigerian artists, including P-Square, out of the backstage area at a concert.

He said he was the only Nigerian artist who refused to be intimidated out of the backstage.

Reacting during a recent Instagram live session with fans, Rudeboy said P-Square never attended the said show due to the inability of the organisers to reach an agreement with them on the booking fees.

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He said Abdulkareem betrayed Nigerian artists by going behind them to accept “peanut” from the show organisers after they had already agreed on lucrative performance fees.

Rudeboy said: “P-Square did not go for the [50 Cent] concert. We had another concert. We were never billed. The reason was because they offered us peanuts, and we refused. But Eedris Abdulkareem accepted the peanut and was expecting VIP treatment. 50 Cent crew didn’t beat you well.

“Respect yourself. P-Square was never billed for that concert. Daddy Showkey, Tony Tetuila, everyone is telling you guys that Eedris is a big liar. We know he is a lair. We were never billed for that concert. We didn’t go.”

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Women rejected me due to my looks – Actor Stephen Alajemba

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Veteran Nollywood actor Stephen Alajemba, aka Uwaezuoke, has revealed that he experienced rejection from women and people in general while growing up due to his physical and facial appearances.

The thespian said his mother told him that as a baby, people refused to carry him because he was not looking attractive.

He disclosed this in a recent interview with popular YouTuber, Yan Kontent Factory.

Alajemba said he promised his mother that he was going to make her proud because she told him that he did not “earn anything good” for her as a child.

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He said ladies “run away” whenever they see his face.

The comic actor said he was unable to attract a lover until he was 20, adding that he got married to his first love at 23.

“Any lady who sees my facial look and stature runs away,” the actor said.

“Unfortunately before one accepted me I was already 20 to 22 years old. I married at 23. So the first person tasted it and confirmed it and she did not leave me anymore.”

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