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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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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Junior Pope is dead….




Actor Junior Pope Odonwodo has died.

According to reports, four actors including Junior Pope fell into Anam River in Anambra State, on their way to a movie location and their bodies have been recovered.

The actor had earlier shared a video of himself and others on a boat, on their way to the movie location.

Captioning the video, he wrote: “See me lamenting….The risk we take to entertain you; crossing river 9ja yesterday with no life jacket…. Na wahooooo Who does that ??”

Some of his colleagues reacted in the comment section of the video shortly after his death was announced.

“Jesus! Oh Lord! Oh Lord,” Tana Adelana wrote.

“I’m so sad. can’t believe this. Big Sam where are you? am shaking,” Yvonne Jegede wrote.

The 39-year-old was married to Jennifer Awele.

They have three children together.


I don’t say much here anymore for a lot of reasons but I’ll say this, this was all preventable deaths if the minimum standards of safety was followed. If we in this business take ourselves a bit more seriously and practice this profession with all the seriousness it deserves. Nobody should go into a boat without a life jacket. Period. No producer should send people into one nor should anybody cast/crew enter anyone. How many deaths are enough?…… Richerd Mofe Damijo….


What a tragedy ! What a shame ! How could these young men take this kind of risk. No life jackets and you can’t swim. Ahhh. This is so,so sad.

May God receive their souls. Amen🙏….. Zik Zulu Okafor



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Comedian AY, wife separate after 20 years




Popular Nigerian comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, and his wife, Mabel, have separated after 20 years of “friendship/marriage”.

The comedian confirmed the development in a post on his Instagram page on Sunday.

He said he had reached a stage where he could no longer entertain the public with “deep personal family issues.”

He wrote, “Many people believe that staying silent simply means that one is incapable of dealing with issues. Projecting a negative narrative against someone who is not struggling to defend himself doesn’t mean he is weak. Some of us are just logical enough to understand the difference between opinions, values, beliefs, and facts.

“The personality and ability that I possess simply confirm that I have reached that stage in my life where I can not be entertaining the public with deep personal family issues. They just might be too much to handle concerning the individuals involved. Not even when I have a grown-up daughter who has access to social media. Her mental health needs to be protected from seeing things she can not be proud of online.

“Yes! Without compromising my family, I have found myself doing some things that I am not proud of today. It is one thing to watch my friendship/marriage of 20 years slip off my hands, but it’s another thing for the parties involved to understand how to appropriate the blame in a space that is designed for most women to always play the victims and win. I can tell you for free that no one is completely innocent enough to cast stones.

“Presently, I am loving the way that lies about me in all these blogs are travelling faster than the truth. But my painful truth will eventually beat away all the lies.”

Also, in a post on her Instagram page on Sunday, Mabel said she had stopped reacting to disrespect.

She wrote, “Distance is my new response to disrespect. I don’t react, I don’t argue. I don’t dive into the drama. I just remove myself.”

Ayo and Mabel got married in November 2008, and they are blessed with two children.

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It was an evening of happiness, conviviality, and camaraderie, on Saturday, March 30, 2024, as members of the Realtime Moviearts group hosted a reception in honour of the new Executive Director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Dr Shaibu Husseini.
Members of the Realtime Moviearts group, made up of publishers, editors, and ceo’s of media outfits, gathered inside the arena of the COSON house in Ikeja to rejoice with and celebrate Dr Shaibu.
The reception, designed as an informal evening of fun and yabis for members, in the usual Realtime manner, had veteran entertainment broadcast journalist, Segun Adebowale, as the compere, and COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji and GM, Bernice Eriemeghe, as special guests of honour.
The close-knit event kicked off with prayers by Business Day topshot, Nonye Ben-Nwankwo, after which members of the group were introduced.
A number of Realtimers used the opportunity to talk about the Shaibu they knew. From Nonye Iwuagwu Ben-Nwankwo, to Dorah Osas, Bidemi Dairo, Alozie Uzokwu, Yemi Oladeinde, Nkarenyi Ukonu, and Juliet Bumah, it was one word of praise, endearment, and appreciation after the other for the man fondly called CJ by Realtimers.
The eulogies weren’t complete until COSON chairman, Chief Tony Okoroji, spoke about the Shaibu he knew and The Nation’s Assistant Entertainment Editor, Gbenga Bada aka BARON gave the toast at the event.
With food, chops, and drinks in the house, all the 27 members of the group urged Chief Okoroji to present a plaque to Dr Shaibu, who attended the reception alongside his adorable wife, Ruth.

The new ED, a versatile dancer himself, led his friends to the dance floor after a heartwarming and promised filled thank you speech that took over 10 minutes.
Before Segun Adebowale officially declared the reception over, members of Realtime, who are now based in diaspora were connected and they equally had one good thing or the other to say about the actor, dancer, culture administrator, journalist and film critic as well as communication teacher, who would henceforth supertend the NFVCB.
Realtime, conceived as a whatsapp group with eminent entertainment journalism practitioners, as members, was founded over 10 years ago by Justin Akpovi-Etsade with Dr Shaibu Husseini as the coordinator.

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