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Uzee Usman: I’m Not Ready for Marriage Now…Too Busy to Think about Relationships

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Uzee Usman: I’m Not Ready for Marriage Now…Too Busy to Think about Relationships

Uzee Usman is a Young Nollywood producer based in the North. He studied Special Effects in South Africa and has become one of the biggest entertainers in the northern part of Nigeria. He talks to Tosin Clegg about the challenges of entertainers in the North, Nollywood as a whole, his top-notch stylish looks and more 

2018 has been wonderful 

We thank Almighty God and we keep pushing. It has been quite a successful one for me. Again, I thank the Almighty God for the level he has brought me so far. I can proudly say that I am a United Nations ambassador on SDGs, Nigerian ambassador to Mac-Arthur Foundation Global, amongst others.

I started my career in the North

I was born and grew up in Kaduna. I was in Lagos for a while though, until 2008 when somebody reminded me of being from the northern part of the country and suggested that I go back and give back to my people, which I did, almost immediately. It is northern movies that really brought me fame. I am the producer that started this merger thing in the industry today; that is bringing people from the Kannywood to join Nollywood stars to do movies.

I began my movie career in 2003 

I started as a make-up artiste which earned me an award at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2008. I also won the best Makeup Artiste for the movie, ‘London Boy,’ and gained experience and contacts that launched me into stardom.

I then started acting, after which I tried presenting before upgrading to a movie maker and entrepreneur. I soon became very famous in Kannywood movies and even produced some of the movies.

I have produced more than 20 movies in Nollywood and Kannywood, which earned me multiple awards, including the United Nations Peace Achievers Award.

 I’ve also been Best Film African Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) winner in 2014, Best Producer, B.U.K, Best Film Maker (North), Actors Screen Award, Best Movie Producer, Afro-Hollywood Awards London 2016, and lots more. My movies so far include: ‘Maja’, ‘Oga Abuja’, ‘Under’, ‘Red Line’, ‘Hassana Da Hussaina’, ‘Thorny’, ‘Power of Tomorrow’, ‘Almost Perfect’, ‘Dark Closet’, ‘If I Am President’ and ‘Makeroom’. I also host the most talked about show in northern Nigeria called, ‘Taurarin Zamani’, which airs every Saturday and Sunday on African Magic Hausa at 5:30p.m., Arewa24, and AIT, at different times.

 It’s all about the passion

I have a passion for entertainment, movie making, especially acting. That passion has driven me to where I am today and, to the glory of God, I have achieved a lot doing it.

Dealing with challenges 

I am the kind of person that never allows anything to bother me. 

My friends know me to believe in the phrase; ‘everything will be alright’. So basically, I sleep over things and then let it go. 

I am a very simple human being and I know that no matter what, I will sleep and when I wake up the next morning, I’ll let all the worries go.

Challenges so far 

There wasn’t really any big challenge that I had to deal with because when I came, the top actors at the time just let me take the position that I proved to be worthy of. The only thing I will say is that there is a lot of competition which is healthy in every profession. But in the North, there isn’t a lot of competition because there’s just a few of us. I can say that there is just about five of us that can take the industry from the North to the South successfully and be accepted immediately, especially when you consider language barrier, education and a host of others. Most fans do not care where you come from as long as you give them what they really want.

How I balance work and leisure 

Trust me, out of the 12 months in a year, 11 months for me is totally work. I take a break in December every year, but lately, since I started appearing in television shows, December has become one of the busiest periods for me because of the event of the year. I can’t say I have a love life because I’m totally dedicated to my job. One of the secrets of my urbane look is that I’m a free minded person. I go to bed every night with no ill feelings. If I must sleep, I sleep like a baby. I wake up every morning and I look fresher than I was the night before.

Fashion and style means a lot to me 

Half of my earnings go to fashion. I wear almost all the top designers in Abuja and Lagos. I am an ambassador to a very top brand designer. I like fashion; you cannot be in the circle of entertainment and not be top notch in terms of fashion. Fashion opens the door for me; it’s a must for anybody that is in the limelight. I can proudly say that I am the most fashionable person in the North.

I’m single at the moment

Not ready for marriage for now. In fact, right now, I’m too busy to think about relationships or marriage. My job is taking much of my time and I’m enjoying it. And my life’s philosophy is that everybody will be alright, don’t take things too seriously. Always remember that you will die one day.

My advice to young Nigerians 

Always believe in yourself. Don’t fake another person; you can achieve your own goals. Don’t allow politicians to use you and dump you. Always start from somewhere, time is never a problem. You can be 35 and still pursue a degree in the university; it’s not a big deal. Always be positive and be yourself, be prayerful and dedicated to whatever you do.

Message to my fans

To my fans, I will always be that little boy you have supported to this level and I promise to always bring out my positive vibe especially on my show. I promise that you will keep seeing good products from me. ‘Makeroom’ is on the way by the grace of God, before the middle of 2019, it will be out. Then there is ‘Lagos Street Life’ to expect too.

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Nigeria stands still for BBNaija auditions

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AUDITIONS for the fourth edition of Big Brother Naija which held over the weekend in eight different cities experienced a huge turnout.

Thousands of young people flooded the venues with hopes of being chosen as housemates in the Big Brother Naija House competing for the ultimate prize.

And while other venues like Abuja, Benin, Calabar, Enugu, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, and Warri had a manageable crowd, that of Lagos was off the roof with estimated figures of attendees put at 6, 000 on Friday, the first day of the audition.

The remaining seven venues hosted about 13,000 participants. Many have compared the audition crowd to typical carnivals and other religious concerts.

In Lagos, a BBN hopeful, Thompson Alade, proposed to another hopeful,  Jessica Arowolo, to marry him.

Interestingly, Thompson met her at the audition. There were shouts of jubilation as fellow contestants took pictures and videos of the proposal. Jessica who hopes to get into the Big Brother Naija house so she can showcase her business to the world is a cosmetologist who produces skin care products while Thompson is an aspiring musician.

According to a release from representatives of the organizers, MultiChoice Nigeria anticipated the turnout and arranged private security men, police officers and LASTMA officials, who were on ground to coordinate vehicular traffic and medical personnel were also present to manage any issues that may arise.

However, the situation on ground proved to be different at the Lagos audition centre, D Podium Event Centre, Ikeja, on Friday.

A participant, Adeniyi Adewoyin, arrived at the venue as early by 5am but it was not till about 6pm he auditioned. He noted that aside pushing and shoving, people were scaling fences to get entrance into the venue, adding that some miscreants also used the commotion to rob others. He also said people sustained injuries in the process.

“I saw two girls who was injured,” he said.

“The whole place was just crazy. And it would have been better if the organisers had prepared for it. I didn’t see any ambulance.”

This is similar to what another attendee posted on Facebook.

Signing the post as Ivan The Terrible, the writer talked of how the crowd was uncontrollable and people resorted to pushing and shoving with several people being trampled on in ensuing melee. The writer also narrated how she saved a participant by rushing him to Lagoon Hospital, also in Ikeja.

“A guy was lying on the side of the road in just underpants matted in wet sand, filth and an oddly angled right arm,” she wrote.

“He was frothing from his mouth in near throes of death and breathing laboriously.

Audition contestants were standing around gisting and laughing–paying no heed to the dying guy lying right before them.”

According to her, she gathered that: “(1) He had fallen from the high fence while trying to scale, dislocated his right arm and had a near fatal seizure. (2) He had immediately been so trampled by a horde of boots against the broken metal barricade; that his entire clothes had been torn beyond recognition–and so they had to be peeled off his body and stacked in a messy heap close-by while his near-lifeless body was  dragged across the road and deposited beside the gutter. (3) His both I-phones had been stolen, plus his wallet, credit cards, international passport with Dublin and Canada Visas.”

She also said that while she was at the hospital, she learnt others were affected in the melee.

 

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Popular Actress, Funmilayo Ogunsola Ijewuru Suffers Heart Attack, Dies In Ibadan

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Popular Actress, Funmilayo Ogunsola Ijewuru Suffers Heart Attack, Dies In Ibadan

Veteran Nollywood actress of the Yoruba movies genre Funmilayo Ogunsola popularly called Ijewuru has died in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday.

late Funmilayo Ogunsola was one of the wives of the late “I show Pepper”. According to reports, she died of heart attack on Monday morning, February 4th 2019 at her residence in Ibadan.

5c58db51bbeb1The news of her death was broken by one of her children Adebisi Olasumbo Ogunsola on Facebook:

I never thought I’d ever use these pictures to say RIP to you ma but who am I to question you, God?. Mother like you is scarce.

A very good, prayerful, and friendly mother to all. We (Ogunsola Isho Pepper) are all going to miss you Grandma Ogunsola Funmilayo Iya Ijewuru. May God forgive you of all your shortcomings🙏 😭😢😵😷 and grant you eternal rest🙏. Rest on the Bossom of our Lord Christ till we meet and part no more.

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Di’Ja exposes a societal dysfunction that is failing Nigerian kids

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The protection of children has become a contemporary issue in Nigeria from where Mavin Records singer Di’Ja is bringing attention to the age of consent subject.

On Sunday, February 3, 2019, she puts up a piece from a research that confirms 11, to be the accepted legal age to attain before an individual can give approval for sexual activity.

When this has been violated, that is, when sexual interaction between an older person and a child who is 10 years old and below has taken place, only then is it statutory rape according to the law.

Di’Ja is concerned about this because it could mean harming the future. New trends have overtaken old values making them totally obsolete but Nigeria seems to be lagging behind farther than most.

Currently, it is rated as the nation with the lowest age of consent bracket in the world set at 11. In the Middle Eastern Kingdom of Bahrain, the age of consent is 21 — almost double the number in Nigeria.

“This isn’t a fight against religion, tribe, gender but a redirection of our energies and thought processes to protect the ones that birth your nation.

“If children become psychologically, physically and emotionally damaged before a certain age all you will have are adults with suppressed memories of abuse, which lead to psychological mind ware-fare,” the singer counsels from her IG.

Marriage without consent

Child marriage can also be concerning. The move to marry an older man is not likely a decision a 15-year-old girl will be so eager to make.

In Anambra State, a girl of this age named Chinwe was the topic of a social media campaign #RetrieveChinwe started to deliver her from an arranged marriage her family supported.

It was to be a union between her and a 56-year-old Izuchukwu Igwilo, who reportedly has Down Syndrome.

The distasteful thought of such marriage ensured the intervention of a Nigerian Lawyer and human rights activist, Prince Gwamnishu Emefiele Harrison who was able to fulfill a vow to save young Chinwe from a marriage she gave no consent to.

Pulse has analysed that there is a conflicting interpretation when it concerns the principles that have been laid down to determine legitimate marriages. It is a job for legislators making sure that the Nigerian laws are able to reflect the ideals of humanity.

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