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I FEEL SO ELATED TO HAVE COME THIS FAR— Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello, Speaks On 50th Anniversary

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Veteran Theatre art practitioner and one of the frontliners of today’s Nollywood, Adebayo Salami a.k.a Oga Bello is set to celebrate his 50th anniversary as an actor. The celebration would be a little different from the regular entertainment we are used to in this part of the world, as he plans to thrill his fans with a stage play to commemorate his Golden Jubilee.

Speaking with Journalists at a press conference which held in White House, Ikeja recently, Oga Bello said the journey through his 50 years as a theatre art practitioner is one thats been filled with God’s endless grace and mercies.

In his words, he said “I feel so elated to have come this far, i thank God almighty for his love and kindness, my maximum appreciation also goes to the media who have been supporting me as Adebayo Salami and also pushing the ‘Oga Bello’ brand all along.’

When asked if he’s got any regret as an actor, he said “In my 50yrs as an actor, i can tell you categorically that i’ve got no regret though its normal to have challenges because thats what makes a man. Challenges makes champions, i remember vividly some years ago when i was shooting a movie titled Eri Okan, the bus conveying all the equipment got burnt on the express and we lost all. People attached it to some spiritual attacks but i concluded its just the will of God, challenges makes one get stronger.

When asked if he has anything he would like to change about himself if possible and also about marriage, Oga Bello said ‘I will never advice anyone to go into Polygamy, never.’ Continuing he said, I feel the best is to stay glued to one woman and have peace of mind though polygamy tends to come with it owns benefits but lets face reality here, i’ll always support a man marrying just one wife.

On the forthcoming 50th anniversary, Oga Bello said he decided to have the celebration at the National Theatre where fans and invited guest will be entertained by veteran actors via a stage play titled Oloko Oba because he wants to revive the art.

Amongst those who will be performing in the stage drama includes TAMPAN National Chairman Mr. Yemi Solade, Madam Saje, Ebun Oloyede aka Olaiya, Yinka Quadri, Muyiwa Ademola, Femi Adebayo.

The one-day event will hold on the 10th of December at the Muson Centre, starting by 4pm and entry will be strictly by invitation.

Oga Bello also revealed that Adebayo Salami’s documentary will also be unveiled on the celebration day, there will also be live drama performances by his threatre group (UB Group) and that of his son Femi Adebayo (J-15). There will also be a compilation of 12 of Oga Bello’s great movies of all time.

Oga Bello who is the current National Leader of TAMPAN ( Theatre Arts Movie Practitioners Association of Nigeria) took time out to speak on crisis rocking the ANTP and the emergence of TAMPAN. He said TAMPAN was born out of neccessity because we realized that ANTP is retrogressive, imagine when as ANTP you’re pushing a proposal to a brand or government agency and one of your supposed members or exco writes a petition to always counter your moves. ANTP is full of crisis, no agreement or cordiality.

Yemi Solade who also spoke at the event said TAMPAN will give a new face and meaning to the Yoruba theatre art practitioners, he gave kudos to Adebayo Salami for his exemplary leadership qualities and discipline. He said ‘Many people don’t know that Oga Bello is not my senior colleague but my Uncle, thats a fact that you must know today, we’re blood related.

Son of the Oga Bello, Sadiq Adebayo, a graduate of Geology turned Production Manager also showered praises on his father for his unbiased love towards all and sundry. Sadiq commended him for been a worthy father, he said a father who loves his children and would also speak the truth is who u can call Adebayo Salami. In his words he said “‘Oga Bello is a brand, Adebayo Salami is an institution to study, he’s a father to all, VERY strict father, has policies which must be maintained.’

Biodun Okeowo, an actress and member of the 50th anniversary working committee said Oga Bello encouraged her to be focused and stay disciplined to attain the height of success.

When asked what other profession would have loved to embrace if he had not been an actor, Oga Bello said ‘I would have loved to be a lawyer but thank God Femi my son is one though’.

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BREAKING: Nollywood Actor, Junior Pope is dead….

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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

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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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REALTIMERS HOST A RECEPTION TO HONOUR DR SHAIBU, NEW NFVCB BOSS

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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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