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AGN holds candlelight service for late Nollywood veterans Mr Ibu, and others in Abuja

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has organised a candlelight procession to pay tribute to late Nollywood actors John Okafor, popularly known as ‘Mr Ibu’, Amaechi Muonagor and Zulu Adigwe.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the thespians, alongside fans and friends of the late veterans, gathered for the procession at the Unity Fountain on Monday night in Abuja.

The procession was led by Emeka Rollas, National President of the AGN, alongside veteran actors Kenneth Okonkwo, Zack Orji, and Sidney Idiala, among others.

In a heartfelt display of respect and emotions, the attendees took turns to pay tribute to the fallen heroes for their contributions to the Nigerian film industry.

Mercy Salma, FCT mayor of AGN, said the event was to show appreciation and honour for the life and times of the late actors.

“These are Nollywood veterans that put smiles in the faces of Nigerians during their lifetime, so we should celebrate their legacies and memories.

“They have both the young and the old Nigerians, and even across Africa and beyond as their fans.”

“So this procession is to show that we love them and appreciate their sacrifices and contributions to our industry and nation at large,” she said.

In his speech, Emeka Rollas said the procession was to demonstrate the solidarity that exists in the actors guild and to reflect on the moments they shared with the late thespians.

According to the AGN helmsman, the candlelight service was also an occasion for actors to reflect on how they want to be remembered at the end of their works.

“This is a season of sorrow for us at the AGN, our hearts are filled with grief over the loss of our three veteran members.

“But as the saying goes, when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

“The Late John Okafor, Amaechi Monaugor and Zulu Adigwe lived life that exemplified brilliance and inspired emulation.

“They also lived a life that burned so that others’ paths were lit, and they made impact on the society through their profession.

“Today we are here to honour them, not only by profoundly feeling and expressing our loss, but also to remember their amazing personalities.

“They all played unique and special roles in all of our lives and the acting profession and they were loyal colleagues and special friends to many of us.

“Today, we honour these men as we recall special moments ,they were living proof of how fine a person can be, caring hearts to their friends and colleagues, loving and devoted father to their children.

“They gave their all in their acting careers as they worked with passion, integrity and energy and our hearts and prayers are with their families at this most difficult time,” he added.

On his part, Kenneth Okonkwo, the foremost Nollywood actor said their commitment to their profession was part of what made the Nigerian film industry a toast of fans.

According to him, they were driven by a passion to join the industry which was why they rose to their peak and made indelible marks. He urged young artists to focus on value delivery and shun the rush for quick monetary gains for them to make their marks in the industry.

“As one of the pioneer actors in the industry, I was connected personally to each of them that came to Nollywood at that time, and I can tell you that they were all driven by passion for acting.

“Wherever they are today, we should appreciate what they have contributed towards they growth and development of our industry,” he stated.

NAN reports that the high point of the event was prayers for the repose of the departed souls and for the Nollywood industry, and as well as prayers for Nigeria.

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Yul Edochie to sue bloggers claiming ‘kidnapper’ killed by police was his friend

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Yul Edochie, the Nigerian actor, has dismissed reports linking him to Ason Rich, the filmmaker reportedly gunned down by police during a gun duel in Lagos.

Last week, the state police command said it killed nine suspected kidnappers who “targeted high net-worth residents” in the state.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the spokesperson of the command, disclosed that the suspects were killed during a gun duel.

But on Monday, there were reports that one of the suspected kidnappers was a movie producer.

Speaking with TheCable Lifestyle on Tuesday, Emeka Rollas, the president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), said he cannot confirm the membership of the suspected kidnapper.

There were also reports claiming the deceased had worked with Edochie. The reports alleged that the pair were “friends”.

Reacting via his Instagram page, Edochie said he met the filmmaker just once at a movie set in June.

He said the picture of them circulating was taken at the movie set following a request from the filmmaker.

Edochie also threatened to take legal actions against bloggers linking him to Ason Rich.

“I want to address a rumour that has been flying around for some days now. About the Nollywood producer who was shot by the police and according to the police he is a kidnapper,” he said.

“I have been hearing stories for some days. I think blogs are posting my picture with him and saying the guy was my friend. So I want to state it categorically here that the guy was not my friend.

“I have been in Nollywood for almost 20 years, I only saw the guy once when I shot a movie for him. A few weeks ago, a director contracted me for a job which I thought was his but when I got to the set I met this guy.

“He introduced himself to me as Rich Productions and his name is Henry. We greeted, shot the movie, finished the movie, he came to me saying he is excited to finally work with me and he asked if he could take a picture.

“I agreed, took the picture and I left. That was my first time of seeing him and after that I never saw him again. That’s the picture a lot of people are circulating saying he was my friend. He was not my friend, I got to know him as a producer.

“I don’t know why you people are circulating it. But I know anything that has my name on it sales but this is absolutely wrong.

“Whoever is spreading this, I hope you can defend it in court because it is coming. If you want to write a story of the producer that was shot, put the guy’s picture, don’t add my picture.

“And if you must add pictures of actors to say he was a producer, put the pictures of all the actors he had worked with… I never knew this guy before, I only met him once and that was last month when I shot a movie for him.

“So why are bloggers using my picture just to generate traffic? You are trying so hard to destroy my name but you can’t because it was crested by God. But know this, I hope you’re able to defend it in court or at the police station because it’s coming.”

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Actress Shelley Duvall dies in her sleep after battle with diabetes

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Shelley Duvall, the Hollywood actress famous for her roles in ‘The Shining’, ‘Annie Hall’, and ‘Nashville’, has passed on.

Dan Gilroy, the filmmaker and a longtime friend of Duvall, confirmed her demise to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress died on Thursday at the age of 75.

“My dear, sweet, wonderful life partner and friend left us. Too much suffering lately, now she’s free. Fly away, beautiful Shelley,” Gilroy said.

Gilroy said the film star died in her sleep at home in Blanco, Texas. The cause of death was complications from diabetes, said Gary Springer, her friend and publicist.

Duvall was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 7, 1949. She was famous for her work with director Robert Altman, starring in seven of his movies including ‘McCabe + Mrs Miller’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Buffalo Bill and the ‘Indians’ and ‘3 Women’.

She, however, took a lengthy break from acting and set up her own production company Think Entertainment in 1987.

Her acting roles also started to reduce in the 1990s to 2002.

In 2022 — about six years after admitting she was “very sick” with mental health problems — the movie star returned to the screen with a role in ‘The Forest Hills’.

The New York Times attributed her apparent disappearance to the impact of a 1994 earthquake that damaged her Los Angeles home, and the stress of her brother having cancer.

Speaking about her decade-long hiatus in May, Duvall said “It was violence”.

Issues surrounding her health status were raised when she appeared on the TV talk show by Dr Phil in 2016.

She revealed then that she was struggling with her sleep due to a pain in her spinal cord, and some of her internal organs.

“I need help getting back to my house that I should not have left because it is my home state. In spite of whoever lived there before me, it became my house when I purchased it. If I say I am healthy, first thing they would do is hurt me,” she said.

“They compromised my spinal cord…”

Reacting, Gilroy told the New York Times that she had become “paranoid and just kind of delusional”.

Duvall received several accolades including nominations for a British Academy Film Award and two Primetime Emmys.

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Guobadia threatens to sue estranged wife over erectile dysfunction post

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Simon Guobadia, the Nigerian businessman man, has threatened to sue Porsha Williams, his estranged wife, over her recent erectile dysfunction (ED) post.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to get or maintain an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse.

The estranged couple exchanged vows in November 2022.

Rumours of their split, however, surfaced in February when Porshia filed for divorce in Atlanta, United States.

Guobadia also confirmed his separation from ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star, saying his love for her will cease after their divorce.

Recently, Porsha appeared to have aimed a dig at Guobadia in an Instagram post where she shared messages about men’s health awareness.

One of the messages was tagged ‘things you can do to help with erectile dysfunction’.

Reacting in a lengthy Instagram post, Guobadia fired back at her for “being unable to maintain a narrative” about him.

“The next narrative has arrived. Erectile dysfunction (ED) #wifeforthestreets,” he wrote.

“The narrative changed from imminent deportation’ and ‘fleeing the country to Dubai’ to broke and selling luxury cars. Waiting for next narrative #thestorykeepschanging.”

In the post’s caption, he also threatened to take legal action against her, adding that there are “consequences for making inflammatory and defamatory statements”.

“This ‘railroad’ ‘265 day’ just does not get it. There are consequences for making inflammatory and defamatory statements. Get your coins together, you’re going to need every dime to defend what’s coming,” he wrote.

“A woman that has a history of coming for the manhood of every ex. Peddling same old narrative and tricks, unfortunately you met the right one.”

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