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Ini Edo debunks involvement with Empress Njamah’s arrested ex-lover

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Nollywood actress Ini Edo, on Tuesday, debunked tales circulating about her involvement with her colleague, Empress Njamah’s ex-lover, Nicholas Davis.

Disguised as George Wade, Davis was said to have leaked nude pictures and videos of Ms Njamah after their relationship went sour. He went on to blackmail her.

The ex-lover turned blackmailer was said to have been arrested by the Liberian police on Monday. After this, the police disclosed that he victimised 20 other women, including top Nollywood actresses.

Late Monday, screenshots of Ini Edo’s alleged video call conversation with Davis made a round on Instagram alongside a picture of her international passport.

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The speculations claimed that the video call clip and passport picture was found in Davis’ phone after his arrest, with many insinuating that the actress allegedly had a relationship with the suspect.

However, the actress, currently in Texas, USA, exonerated herself from the alleged involvement with Davis in an Instagram live on her verified Instagram page.

Debunking the allegations, Ini said people, who released the alleged evidence, picked on her because she barely responded to rumours about her.

Ini Edo’s side of the story

During the Instagram Live, the actress, who studied theatre arts at the University of Uyo, disclosed that Davis texted her with a foreign number last year about a film he wanted her to be in.

The actress, who co-produced ‘Shanty Town, said he introduced himself as a filmmaker, which ensued their conversation after claiming the colleague she knew gave him her number.

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Along the line, the Shanty Town lead said the conversation began personally and that Davis wanted to be in a relationship with her, which made her suspicious.

She said, “Someone texts me with a foreign number. It was around August to November 2022. He said he is a filmmaker and that he wants to make a film with me. I asked how he got my number and mentioned a colleague’s name.”

“He starts to chat me up about the film he wants to make. I literally had the entire chat the time this man was chatting with me. He drifts and starts to go personal, saying he wants to have a relationship with me, which I said didn’t add up. I’ve never seen this guy face to face. ”

Ms Edo, who started her film career in the year 2000, further revealed that Davis had requested that she send her passport and ticket, but she declined. She said she eventually blocked him. She didn’t have it anymore with where the conversation was going.

She stated that she did not know Davis, saying that the alleged blackmailer had called her on video call once, and she picked up, hence the screenshot of the video call he allegedly had in his possession.

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“He suggested we see him at my friend’s wedding in London, but I declined because I knew I had to go to South Africa for a paid gig I was committed to. He asks me to send him my passport and ticket. I declined. All these conversations, I forwarded to the guy in question. When the conversation wasn’t going well, I eventually blocked him.”

“The one time he called me on video call was when I was going to Akwa Ibom. Do you know when you just pick a random call because? I never saved his number. I later hung up and told him to call me on voice call. Then this guy saves the video. Why didn’t they release the audio of the video?”

The actress, who has appeared in over 100 movies, further noted that people had dragged her into their web of lies because she always kept quiet about it. She emphasised that all the allegations about her involvement with Davies are lies.

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On Monday, Nollywood actress Empress Njamah confirmed the arrest of her ex-fiance turned blackmailer, Nicholas Jack Davis, in his home country, Liberia.

In December 2022, the Nollywood actress alleged her ex-lover assaulted her and that he blackmailed her with nude videos she had shared with him.

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Ms Njamah, reacting to a video about being engaged, claimed that she met her ex-lover when she lost her good friend Ada Ameh and was in the wrong place.

She described the relationship as going well and had no idea of falling for a scam until her ex-lover got hold of her nude videos.

On Monday evening, a video of the Liberian police addressing the public on the arrest of Davis surfaced online.

The actress revealed that when Davis came to Nigeria, he claimed all his things were stolen, including his phones, credit cards, and clothes. He got into trouble needing lawyers, which led to her giving him money running into millions of naira.

The 42-year-old actress also revealed that the suspect had other victims, including her colleagues in the industry.

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List of winners at the 10th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

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The grand spectacle of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) unfolded on Saturday, 11th May 2024, at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos State. It was a night dedicated to honoring excellence and celebrating the remarkable talent within the African film and television industry.

Hosted by the seasoned master of ceremonies, IK Osakioduwa, for the remarkable tenth consecutive year, the event radiated with excitement and anticipation as the winners of the coveted awards were announced.

Among the highlights of the evening, Chimezie Imo was honored with the Trailblazer Award, a testament to his innovative contributions to the industry. Additionally, the esteemed Industry Merit Awards were bestowed upon two legends of Nigerian cinema: Richard Mofe Damijo and Idowu Philips, affectionately known as Iya Rainbow, in recognition of their profound impact and enduring legacies.

From Best Digital Content Creator to Best Lead Actor and Actress, the stars of the African entertainment scene shone brightly as they were recognized for their outstanding contributions to movie production and storytelling.

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Here’s the full list of the 10th edition of the AMVCA winners:

BEST DIGITAL CONTENT CREATOR

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

ISAAC AYOMIDE OLAYIWOLA ( LAYI WASABI)

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (WEST AFRICA)

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JAGUN JAGUN (THE WARRIOR)

FEMI ADEBAYO

BEST SHORT FILM

BROKEN MASK

KAGHO IDHEBOR

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BEST SCRIPTED MNET ORIGINAL

SLUM KING

CHINENYE NWORAH

BEST UNSCRIPTED MNET ORIGINAL

NWUYEE BEKEE (FOREIGN WIVES)

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NNODIM CHIGOZIE GEORGE

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (EAST AFRICA)

ORMOILAA OGOL (THE STRONG ONE)

LAVERA NDANUNGA

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (SOUTHERN AFRICA)

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MOTSHAMEKO O KOTSI

MOLEBOGENG MAPOTLAKELE MAMAKOKO & JOSEPH MERLIN TAFOU WAMBO

BEST MULTICHOICE TALENT FACTORY MOVIE

HER DARK PAST

 

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BEST INDIGENOUS M-NET ORIGINAL

IRORA IYA

ADENIYI JOSEPH OMOBULEJO & ALLEN ONYIGE

 

 

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Non – Voting categories

 

MOVIE CATEGORIES

SERIES/FILM
WINNER

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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JAGUN JAGUN

LOLA AWE

BEST MOVIE

BREATH OF LIFE

BB SASORE, DERIN ADEYOKUNNU & EKU EDEWOR

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BEST WRITING MOVIE

FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI

TUNDE BABALOLA

BEST MAKE UP

MAMIWATA

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CAMPBELL PRECIOUS AREBAMEN

BEST WRITING TV SERIES

VOLUME

MONA OMBOGO

BEST ART DIRECTION

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OVER THE BRIDGE

ABISOLA OMOLADE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

BREATH OF LIFE

ADEMOLA ADEDOYIN

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

OVER THE BRIDGE

KC OBIAJULU

BEST DIRECTOR

BREATH OF LIFE

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BB SASORE

BEST DOCUMENTARY

LOBOLA, A BRIDE’S TRUE PRICE?

SIHLE HLOPHE

BEST EDITING

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THE BLACK BOOK

ANTONIO RIBEIRO

BEST SERIES (SCRIPTED)

ITURA

JAMES KALU OMOKWE

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BEST SERIES (UNSCRIPTED)

GH QUEENS

AYEBEA ‘BZ’ DARKO

BEST SOUND DESIGN

BLOOD VESSEL

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GRAY JONES OSSAI & FISAYO ADEFOLAJU

BEST SUPPORT ACTRESS

BREATH OF LIFE

GENOVEVA UMEH

BEST LEAD ACTRESS

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ADIRE

KEHINDE BANKOLE

BEST LEAD ACTOR

WALE OJO

BREATH OF LIFE

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AFRIMA hosting rights: African Union writes Nigeria, South Africa

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The African Union Commission (AUC) has officially invited the governments of Nigeria and South Africa to take advantage of the hosting rights benefits of the next 2 editions of the prestigious annual All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA.

In a letter bearing reference number HHS/CUL/16/170.23 and signed by the AUC’s Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs, and Social Development, Her Excellency, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma, the AU said the call aligns with its policies for the strategic transformation of Africa through social integration, as outlined in AU Agenda 2063, the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance, and the AU Plan for Action on Cultural and Creative Industry.

The AU describes AFRIMA as a global platform for celebrating and developing Africa’s diverse musical talents and cultural heritage, highlighting the significant opportunities hosting the prestigious awards presents for the selected host country

“Since 2014, the African Union has been partnering and working successfully with AFRIMA to develop, celebrate and promote African music globally for integration/inclusivity, economic prosperity and world peace via its seven core pillars: (1) Music Awards, (2) Music Festivals; (3) AFRIMA creative Academy; (4) Talent Discovery and Promotions; (5) Music Business Hub; (6) Advocacy; (7) Advisory and Policy Debates,” the letter reads.

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“AFRIMA is the biggest and longest-running music award and platform in Africa, with a huge global appeal, diaspora audience, and youthful fans. The main event events of AFRIMA are usually broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world after a continental and global roadshow, with thousands of music artists, actors, celebrities, members of the diplomatic corps, professionals in the creative space, tourists, media and fans from all over the world converging on the host country.”

A letter received by the Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, on behalf of the Nigerian government, a copy of which was seen by our correspondent, reads, “Nigeria, as a beacon in African music with huge young population, should it accept to host AFRIMA, stands a promising chance in elevating the country’s positive global presence, bolstering artistic, tourism and economic growth, fostering cultural exchange and job creation, and reinforcing a positive perception of our continent’s rich cultural heritage on a global scale.”

The successful last edition of AFRIMA was hosted and partnered by the government of the Republic of Senegal in the city of Dakar. The hosting rights of AFRIMA are usually bestowed on a country that shows capacity and commitment to meet the requirements and conditions.

The Acting Director for Social Development, Culture, and Sports Division, African Union Commission, Ms. Angela Martins confirmed the invitation and request to bid for the hosting rights extended to the two countries.

She said that AFRIMA provides a unique opportunity for the host country to showcase its rich cultural heritage, develop its music sector, promote tourism, and stimulate economic growth.

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“This call to action comes as part of the AU’s commitment to promoting cultural exchange, unity, and economic development across the African continent. We urge the governments of Nigeria and South Africa to seize this opportunity to strengthen intra-African collaboration (in line with AFCTA) within the music industry and enhance their international visibility positively.

“AFRIMA serves as a premier platform for African artists in Africa and diaspora to showcase their talent, gain international exposure, and connect with audiences worldwide,” she said.

She added that as the bidding process is itching towards its deadline, the African Union remains committed to providing support and guidance to ensure a successful hosting of AFRIMA.

She also reiterated the AUC’s readiness to work closely with the selected host country to maximize the impact of the event on the African music industry, tourism, general economic growth, and socio-cultural landscape.

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After successful London premiere, Aiyefele Movie to screen in all major cinemas across lagos from May 3rd (Photos)

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On Friday 5th April 2024, Double Tees Productions premiered and screened the movie Aiyefele at the iconic Odeon Imac Cinema in Greenwich London.

The premiere red carpet was graced by hosts of Nollywood celebrities, from one of the lead actors Biola Adebayo, Bimbo Oshin. To celebrity guests Rykado Agbor and a host of others.

Aiyefele Movie (A Community on the Brink) is a riveting feature film that follows the journey of a community always on the brink of desolation; it struggles to find a cure for the plague killing its citizens as its beliefs and practices conflict with the new faith brought by missionaries. The people are threatened by a self-destructive culture,
assaulted by an endemic disease and oppressed by some evil forces until an unexpected visitor arrives to lead them from the drumbeats of sorrow to a vibrant tune of freedom.

Aiyefele features a respected ensemble cast in the industry, including Odun Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Bimbo Oshin, Biola Adebayo, Rotimi Salami, Lara Aiyeomoni and Akinola Akano. It is directed by
the award-winning Seun Olaiya.

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Set in 18th Century Nigeria and England, Aiyefele takes its audiences on an emotional journey of sacrifice, reflection, and redemption.
Executive Producers are Toyin Moore and Omotayo Utomi.

Feedback from the Premiere in London has been hugely positive, with the audience describing the movie as interesting, funny, emotional, with a wow effect and an immersive experience.

AIYEFELE Movie will be showing at Bluepictures cinema in City Mall Lagos from Friday 3rd May 2024.

Check out pictures from the London Premiere below.

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