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Events That Shaped Nigerian Entertainment scene in 2014…….. Marriages, Deaths, Separations, Failures Among Others!



The year 2014 would go down in the history of Nigeria’s entertainment industry as one of the most eventful for many reasons. From good to bad, beautiful to ugly, the industry saw it all as headline-grabbing events dominated the sector all year round. While tragic incidents such as deaths and collapsed marriages almost robbed the sector of a brilliant streak of successes, the formation of new marriages, arrival of babies and mega endorsement deals for some ensured 2014 wasn’t all about the gloomy news. Here in this piece, We highlight some of the most remarkable moments and incidents that rocked the entertainment industry in Africa’s most populous country over the last 12 months


Tiwa Savage and Tunji ‘Tee Billz’ Balogun

It was one of the most talked about weddings in the year as the couple had a fairly tale ceremony under the warm embrace of Dubai’s alluring weather and scenery. The colourful occasion, staged earlier in February in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was attended by close friends, family members and business associates. Though, weeks later, the rumour mill went agog that the marriage was on the brink of collapse, the Mavin Record First Lady and her hubby have waxed on stronger, slicing off wagging tongues. They are now expecting their number one baby.

Ibinabo Fiberesima and Uche Egbuka

The Actors Guild of Nigeria’s President, Ibinabo Fiberesima, recently tied the knot with her long time university friend – Uche Egbuka. According to the actress who admitted to have prayed and wept relentlessly in the search for a husband, her life changed since she met Egbuka whom she was finally married to last weekend.

Toke Makinwa and Maje Ayida

After an unstable relationship spanning over a decade, Toke and lover, Maje, decided to walk down the aisle in January. Prior to their wedding ceremony, there were rumours that the pair had gone their separate ways without hope of reconciliation. But ‘haters’ got a rude shock soon afterwards when the lovers became husband and wife.

Toke and Maje elected for a quiet, private ceremony with close friends and family members only in attendance.

Dr. Sid and Simi Osomo

In August, Surulere crooner, Dr. Sid of the Mavins crew, bade bachelorhood farewell. The gifted singer, a ladies’ man, shunned all the attention from other quarters to take Simi Osomo home. The marriage which held in Lagos, remains a reference point in the entertainment circle especially with the calibre and quality of guests on parade.

Celebrity births

The year was not all about marriages but their products as well. The family of popular singer and photographer, TY Bello, welcomed a set of twins after nine years of marriage without a child. The children came about less than a week after Bello released her second album. The former member of the all-girl gospel band, KUSH, was delivered of the babies in the United States of America.

Mercy Johnson

Award-winning Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson Okojie fondly called Mama Purity, gave birth to her second child – a baby boy. The 30-year-old actress gave birth to the boy in the early hours of October 15 at St. Joseph Hospital, University of Maryland, Baltimore, United States.

Helen Paul

On November 24, popular comedienne, television and radio host, Helen Paul, welcomed her second child, a baby boy, too. Helen and husband, Femi Bamisile, who got married in 2010 have a 3-year old son as well.


Popular hiplife musician, Martins Okey Justice, popularly known as J-Martins and his pretty wife, Nnezi Diana Mbila, welcomed their first child, a baby boy in the United States of America also in the year.

The bundle of joy came a few months after the couple got married in Lagos, the country’s commercial and entertainment headquarters. She was delivered at the Gwinnett Medical Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4, 2014.

The deaths

Amaka Igwe

The death of Amaka Igwe, one of Nigeria’s foremost film producers, a writer, director and leading player in the motion picture industry, came as a shock to her fans and stakeholders in the entertainment industry.

According to reports, the producer of popular television show, Fuji House of Commotion, had gone to Enugu with her husband for a pre-production preparation for a new soap when she suffered an asthmatic attack and was immediately rushed to a hospital. Unfortunately she died before help could reach her.


The news of the death of gospel singer, Kefee, was one that dampened many hearts in 2014. Initially, speculations had it that the singer, who was said to be six months pregnant, suffered pre-eclampsia. But family members denied the reports, insisting instead that it was lung failure which took her life.

Kefee collapsed while on board a United States bound flight. She slipped into coma and was in a critical state for about two weeks before eventually losing the battle. Her painful demise remains one of the low points for the entertainment industry in 2014.

Clem Onyeka

The demise of this very promising actor is another tragedy the industry had to deal with this year. The actor died after being hit by a stray bullet while returning from a movie location in Asaba.

Onyeka bumped into the men of the underworld during a shootout with the police and was hit by bullets. He died in a hospital in October.

Taiwo Oshadipe

Also in October, the life of another promising talent, Taiwo Oshadipe, was cut short. The mother of one died a month after her birthday, leaving her twin sister, Kehinde, family members, close friends and fans as well completely shattered. Taiwo succumbed to death after a brief illness.

Marriage failures


Ini got married to America-based businessman, Phillip Ehiagwina, in November 2008. Since they tied the knot, there had been speculations that their marriage was not stable before it finally crashed this year. It was reported that the marriage broke down due to strong allegations of infidelity but the actress has since debunked those claims, describing them as mere insinuations.

Ehiagwina was said to have demanded for the bride price he paid to marry Ini and her people obliged him.

While announcing her break-up on twitter, the soft-spoken actress said, “I asked for a divorce from my ex-husband because of a lot of irreconcilable differences. I never cheated on my husband. There is a conscious and malicious attempt at tarnishing my image. This whole saga is familiar, let’s not forget the past. Thanks and God bless.”

Uche Ogbodo

Barely seven months after popular Nollywood actress, Uche Ogbodo’s engagement to America-based ex-footballer, Apo Arthur, the union collapsed.

Some years back, the actress concluded marriage arrangement with a Holland-based businessman fondly known as Cross, but the ‘project’ never saw the light of day.

However, Ogbodo said that her recent relationship was dissolved because it was based on lies and deceit.

The heavily pregnant Uche in an interview revealed that she wasn’t really married as it wasn’t fully formalised.

“We were still in the process of formalising it when all hell broke loose, so I was merely engaged. I walked into a no-win situation. All I can say is that barely one month into the engagement and in the process of planning a formal wedding, I realised I had made the greatest mistake of my life. The foundation of the union was based on lies and deceit, shocking lies,” she stated.

Lola Alao

Over the weekend, news went round that the one-year-old union between popular actress, Lola Alao, and her husband, Olawale Ajibola, had also crashed. It was alleged that the actress’ husband left her for one of her closest friends. She secretly tied the knot with Olawale last year August at a civil ceremony in Atlanta.

This is Lola’s second attempt at marriage. Her first marriage was to a US-based car dealer, Dare, whom she married in 2002. They separated after a few years. They both had a daughter, Omowunmi, who is now 10.


Desmond Elliot

Popular Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, decided to try his hands on politics and was lucky enough to clinch the ticket to contest for a seat at the Lagos State House of Assembly. Not many people knew the actor was from Lagos and when his posters surfaced, many people were surprised.

But interestingly, Elliot won the primary ticket and would represent Surulere Constituency 1 in the state assembly.


For KSB, who is also the Vice President of Kennis Music International, it has been an outpouring of consolation from her fans and fellow entertainers. She lost the ticket to represent Ikeja Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly to Kabir Lawal, son of the Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed.


Another celebrity-entertainer who lost out after being widely considered as ‘the chosen one’ is Abolore Akande, popularly known as 9ice.

The singer vied for the ticket to represent Ogbomosho North/South/Orire Federal Constituency of Oyo State under the platform of the APC.

It is still not clear what really went wrong but 9ice has vowed to appeal his defeat at the party’s primaries.

Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye

On his part, celebrated on-air-personality, Dayo Adeneye, also referred to as D1, lost the APC ticket for Odogbolu Constituency in Ogun State.

Though D1 had a colourful declaration ceremony and was said to be very popular within his constituency, he lost to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s ex-aide, Adebowale Ojuri.

Apart from the highlighted incidents, there were also dozens of historic events that made the Nigerian entertainment industry thick in 2014. It was a year that produced both winners and losers in equal proportion. But above all, the sector was better for it as the quality of entertainment improved from what was seen in previous years, leaving many practitioners laughing to the bank.



Source: The Punch

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Media Executive and AFRIFF COO, Theo Ukpaa delivered a very insightful lecture during his master-class at the Oslo Urban film conference in Norway. He gave a detailed breakdown on the growth of the Nigeria film industry popularly known as Nollywood. Nollywood ranks second in the world after Hollywood with a financial value of over $6.4 billion, making it one of the fastest-growing movie industries in the world and one of the biggest employers of labour in the country. Ukpaa felt a need to enlighten the global film front about the Nigeria film industry while emphasizing that with Federal Government support, Nollywood has potentials financially to surpass Hollywood and Bollywood out together.
“To put the financial impact of Nollywood on the socioeconomic landscape in proper perspective, we must consider the known fact that the Nigerian movie industry is currently ranked the second largest film industry globally with the financial value of the film industry put at over $6.4 billion as of 2021” Ukpaa narrates.
The Oslo Urban film conference Norway in is organised by independent filmmakers and attracted speakers and facilitators from all over Europe, USA and Asia. At the event which also saw players and stakeholders in the industry from all over the world being rewarded with awards of various categories, the AFRIFF COO said the impacts of Nollywood in the Nigerian economy, if well sustained would open doors of prosperity to the country and beyond.
Ukpaa said “since the breakthrough by pioneers of the industry in the 60s and early 90s, “Nollywood has become a thriving space that not only provides an avenue for entertainment but also generates significant revenue for Nigeria’s economy”
“Furthermore, the job-creating potential inherent in the industry cannot be overstated as the industry currently employs over ten million people, making it one of Nigeria’s largest employers. Its capacity to employ a large number of people has been applauded by the World Bank, who acknowledged the job creation potentials of Nollywood,” he added.
There is no surprise regarding the high registration and turn out Ukpaa’s Masterclass following the success of his Masterclasses all around the globe, incorporating his many film lectures at various international universities. Mr. Ukpaa has spread his teaching to institutions in Europe, America and African continent. The Global film development Masterclass integrated Filmmakers technical and conceptual understanding of filmmaking with the practical dimensions of managing career in the Global film industry. Young filmmakers were enlightened about the great influx of streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime video and the current industry business models and development plans to advance their careers in filmmaking on a global stage.
According to Theo “Often times people focus merely on the show and glamor as well as the razzmatazz that comes with filmmaking, and end up dying broke. A strong national economy depends on a strong creative economy—and it all starts with a story. The film and television industry supports 2.4 million jobs, pays out $186 billion in total wages, and comprises over 122,000 businesses. As a Filmmaker, one of the best moments is directing real stories of real individuals, getting them to the big screens and smiling to the Bank”. He believes that passion can burn out when expenditure and hard work does not produce financial returns. These are part of the important basics he taught at his Masterclass at the coal city film Festival.
Young filmmakers were also thought how to pitch their film project, how best to approach investors, how to access international grants, how to approach film distribution the perfect way and how to stay relevant in the film industry while maximizing profit.
Theo Ukpaa is an African filmmaker, playwright, and entrepreneur. He was listed as top 10 most promising new directors by Africa Kulture Magazine in 2020.
Ukpaa is a certified project management professional offering a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the prestigious Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California plus a Diploma in Contract Law from the esteemed Harvard University. A Native Nigerian with a passion to empower young art and culture creatives through teaching and Masterclasses at various free empowerment across Africa.
He also touched on the importance of a production treaty between Nigeria and the neighboring African countries to ease free flow of cultural exchange and breaking language barrier while leaching on great treaty benefits. The importance of Government tax incentives was also emphasized.
It was imperative to note that the Nigeria film industry contributes largely to the nations GDP and deserves a lot of support from the government as it relates to growth and sustainability in the creative sector of the country.
Theo has multiple speaking engagement lined up all year at various institutions including the Willshire Film festival in London, Sabia film festival in Monaco, the Francoise film festival in Paris, France and the United States of America

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AFRIMA Demands Justice For Slain AKA; Urges Governments In Africa To Protect Music Stars




The International Committee of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), has implored governments of African countries to arrest the growing cases of violent deaths against music stars on the continent just as it urged the South African authorities to expedite the process of prosecution of the killers of rapper Kiernan Forbes popularly known as AKA.

AFRIMA recalls that the 35-year-old AKA was killed in a cold-blooded shooting on February 10, 2023, at a nightclub in Durban, South Africa and the awards body is demanding that everyone linked to his gruesome murder be expeditiously brought to justice.

President and Executive Producer, AFRIMA, Mike Dada, in a statement, said governments of African nations must make deliberate efforts to prevent violent attacks against music talents, averring that the disturbing trend could potentially erode the gains recorded in the creative industry over the years if not checked.

Dada said the murder of AKA is a wake-up call to governments across the continent to scale up their security architecture to encourage the protection of talented individuals. He suggested that efforts should be sustained to checkmate the proliferation of small arms especially.

AFRIMA said the senseless killing of AKA utterly hurts African creative space, insisting that South African authorities must arrest and prosecute everyone involved in the dastardly act.

“We strongly demand from the government of South Africa to arrest and prosecute all the persons involved in the killing of AKA to serve as a deterrent to criminally-minded individuals who cut short the lives of talents at their prime. The crime deterrent is for criminals to know that there is a big chance for them to be arrested, prosecuted and convicted; we strongly call for justice to be sufficiently served in this case.

“However, this is also a call to the governments of various countries across the continent of Africa to react to this gruesome killing by addressing the challenge of the proliferation of small arms. The trend of arms proliferation in Africa has had an impact on the continent’s internal security, which has led to violence and the deaths and injury of thousands of innocent citizens including our music stars and we encourage steps that will lead to the protection of the lives of our talented stars.

“Our ideals include using the platform of AFRIMA to promote the strength of Africa and tell a positive story of the continent and we believe we can tackle poverty, inequality, unemployment, climate change and other challenges bedeviling our dear continent through music but the lives of creative talents should be protected to fully realise these lofty dreams,” he said.

Similarly, speaking on AKA’s killing, AFRIMA’s Country Director, South Africa, Lekunutu Seboko, said the government of the country must back up its promises and assurances with concrete action by solving the murder case in good time. He believes bringing the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book will deepen the trust and belief in a better future for not only the music stars in the country but all South Africans, where they can feel safe and secure in their homes and communities.

“AKA’s sudden death is a deeply disturbing tragedy and development in South African music; the ghastly manner of his death has had international reverberations and our government must endeavour to bring his assailants to book to prove to the world that we indeed operate a system that uplifts justice and sanity.

“Undoubtedly, the African music landscape is diminished by his untimely death; but it is now the responsibility of South African authorities to ensure that justice prevails. We understand that some arrests have been made, but the process of bringing everyone connected to his death to book must be swift because justice delayed is justice denied,” he said.

AFRIMA also reacted to the sudden death of another South African rapper Costa Titch who died in March while performing on stage.

Dada said the invaluable contributions of Costa Stitch, whose real name was Constantinos Tsobanoglou, and AKA to Africa’s creative and music ecosystem would be sorely missed.

He added that African music was yet to come to terms with the sudden demise of the two great artists, describing them as true musical giants whose incredible songs and voices touched countless lives.

He added that AKA set the bar high for South African hip-hop just as Costa Titch took it up a notch and the two superstars collectively and collaboratively projected African music and culture on the world stage with many songs they did together.

He added that the two music icons were prominent figures in the AFRIMA community, recalling that AKA was a winner while Costa Titch won multiple nominations.

Dada said: “The deaths of AKA and Costa Titch will continue to cause significant reverberations across the African music fraternity because their contributions to the art were simply magical. Their music, messages, and successes gave hope to young Africans mired in poverty, violence, and uncertainty. Their works did not only elevate the hip-hop genre to the mainstream of South African music but impacted the global music audience in a manner that deepened the acceptance of African music and culture on a large scale.

“Their losses are personal to us in AFRIMA because they have been part of our journey. We recall that AKA won the Best African Collaboration award in the 2015 edition of AFRIMA for his effort on ‘All Eyes on Me’ which features Burna Boy, Da LES and others, while Costa Titch got a historic six nominations in the recently held 2022 edition. The greatness of their crafts is still being acknowledged even in their graves.

“We are still sombre and sad about their sudden departures. They inspired the whole of our continent; full of faith, courage, and strength, they have left a huge void in the music industry and their invaluable contributions to the African music ecosystem would be missed forever.”

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“KOFA’s Enigmatic Wale: Etim Effiong’s Performance Takes the Spotlight”




As directed by Jude Idada , starring Daniel Etim Effiong, Gina Castel, Beverly Naya, Zainab Balogun, Kate Henshaw, Ijeoma Grace Agu, Lucy Ameh, Enyinna Nwigwe, Shawn Faqua, Bucci Franklin.

The movie Kofa is titled in Hausa, one of the indigenous languages of Nigeria meaning Door.

A blockbuster tragicomedy, a crime movie with a twist in storyline. You would never see it coming. The movie started with 8 individuals who were entirely clueless about where they were and have no memories of who they were, each in the room was taken away at gunpoint and it becomes a struggle for the rest of the group to find an escape, at the same time trying to bring back there memory of who they were. Each remembering someone else’s memory and telling the other their memory they remembered not knowing that they were reinforced to think that way. They are each a character of a science project and that’s not even the real them they remembered.


This amazing movie further portrays the revolutionary movement of the “bring back our girls”, military and the heroic deeds of fearless female and male military spies who laid down their lives to search for these missing school girls which a good number of the girls were found alive and the military spies missing in action and military spies who died in action.


The movie promotes the beauty of Lagos showing places like Ikoyi{old money Lagos}Victoria Island {new money Lagos}, Isale Eko, Marina Lagos Island, Ajegunle, Apapa, and Lekki.

Furthermore, amidst the struggle of the 8, Wale(Daniel Etim-Affiong) who was the annoying one of the 8 effortlessly entertained the audience with endless laughter, an example is when he was shot in the thigh and the bullet was removed by Nosa(Enyinna Nwigwe)the doctor among the 8, there was no way to stop the blood, the ladies were asked to take their bra off because they were in just bra and panties(they ripped them naked before they were abducted).


Wale was after the sight of breasts which he did see, making viewers wonder what is the most important thing to him at the moment.


Also saw for a long-lasting minute, Tosin(Gina Castel) the supporting actress relentlessly in just her panties and no bra on fought a macho man(Udoka Oyeka) who is one of the captives and she ended up breaking his neck just in panties and no bra on. It’s a must watch. You should see it.


At the private screening of the Movie KOFA that took place at Filmhouse IMAX lekki, 3rd of May 2023, where the casts and crew and a selected Journalists and critics had the privilege of seeing the movie.


SOCIETY REPORTERS had a chat with the lead act, Daniel Etim Effiong who played the role of Wale…. Excerpt…….

What would you regard as your major challenges in the Movie KOFA ?


One of my major challenge in the movie was having to act the majority of the movie in my underwear was something I have never done before and put me in the mind frame of focusing on acting and losing the thought that you are in underwear with your colleagues that you have never seen like that before and the second is jude style of directing, having to be in a story that is out of the box and taking the character to any length I want to take the character to was very fresh, different and challenging for me.


How would you justify your thinking out of the box in acting what brought out the best of you and what you have been used to before?


It was just fresh for me and of course it was a message to creativity, it was uncomfortable, but it was all fresh and the outcome we were all happy


In the nearest future, would you like to work with Jude ?

Ofcourse, Jude is like a brother to me and if your senior brother calls you to come and do something you have to answer and aside that jude sees the world fresh and different and anytime he writes,you would never see his storyline coming.

How do you prepare your mind when you are about to go on a movie set


I read the script and I create the character I’m playing in my mind using my experiences and the way I think combined.


Do you have a watchword that motivates you ?

I have a lot of them but one of my favorite ones is as long as it is a new day,it’s a new opportunity,every morning you have a new opportunity to do it better,to do it differently,to go for your goals.


The movie Kofa won the best film award Africa International film festival(AFRIFF),Best Actor(Daniel Etim-Effiong)and best screenplay Jude Idada.


Daniel Etim-Effiong was nominated for Best Actor in a drama series at AMVCA and Gina Castel nominated as best supporting actress in a drama series(AMVCA)

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