Sunday, April 30, 2017

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Yes! You heard it right….

Adekunle Gold is set to launch is own record label very soon. This is coming after the expiration of his contract at the Olamide led YBNL Nation.

Adekunle Gold has since taken down every information that has to do with YBNL away from all his Social Media handles.

In a matter of weeks, he would be launching out on his own with his first independent project featuring UK based singer Moelogo titled “Only Girl“.

Livestream: Manchester United VS Swansea City

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Manchester United To Honour Dead Nigerian Fans Who Got Electrocuted In Calabar

Manchester United will have their players wear black armbands on Sunday when they face Swansea City at Old Trafford in honour of Nigerian fans who died recently in Calabar.

The fans lost their lives after a high tension cable fell and electrocuted them while watching the Europa League match between Manchester United and Anderlecht at a football viewing centre on Thursday last week.

“The #MUFC players will wear black armbands on Sunday in memory of the seven fans who lost their lives recently in Calabar, Nigeria,” the club tweeted.

The 20-time premier league champions had earlier released a statement to show support to victims of the family affected immediately the incident happened.

Mario Balotelli shades the heck out of Kim Kardashian

Italian footballer, Mario Balotelli Barwuah came for american reality TV personality, Kim Kardashian after beach photos revealed her unairbrushed bum to the world, outing Kanye West in the process.

VIDEO: Adekunle Gold Spotted Selling Meat In Lekki (Watch Video)

 Adekunle Gold shown his love for the street again as he appeared in a market in Lagos and proved to the meat sellers that he’s no learner in that field.

Watch Video Below:-

VIDEO: Watch & Download Anthony Joshua Anthony Joshua Vs. Wladimir Klitschko KO (FULL KNOCKOUT FOOTAGE 2017)

Good News!!! Sean Tizzle and his U.S Based girlfriend are expecting a baby in August

Singer Sean Tizzle is the latest member of the baby daddy crew. The leader of Tizzle Nation is expectedly going to father a child soon with his girlfriend.

Today, the singer’s US-based girlfriend, Maina, took to her social media to share the first photo of her baby bump as well as reveal the date of her delivery by showing off a marked August calendar.

Sean Tizzle joins the league of Nigerian music celebrities who will soon be welcome babies with their American based girlfriends. He joins Davido, Runtown and the trend is fast catching on.

COMING SOON!!! DMW's new act Yonda currently working on a track featuring Burna Boy

DMW latest signing Yonda is set to release the remix to his 2016 debut single – “Las Vegas”.

Just when everyone thought the “Las Vegas” crooner, Yonda has given it all with an impressive debut single, the starlet has a remix coming out soon featuring the king of hook, Burna Boy.

While everyone is patiently waiting for the release of “Las Vegas” remix, Yonda also can’t wait to serve it hot to his fans to enjoy.

Keep it locked right here on Naijaloaded for more juicy and spicy entertainment updates.

Watch out for the Jam πŸ”₯

Lanre Gentry: “How can my wife say I beat her everyday & still stay in our house till now?”

Lanre Gentry is still speaking.. The husband of Nollywood Actress, Mercy Aigbe is still denying reports that he laid his hands on his actress wife.

Recall after news broke out yesterday that Mercy’s marriage had crashed due to domestic violence she suffered from her husband, her husband Lanre, denied the reports, noting that he loves his wife so much to lay a finger on her.

This was yesterday.. But today, pictures of Mercy undergoing a CT scan found it’s way online, and it was revealed she suffered a fractured orbit. See the Details Here.

Now, Lanre is saying this never happened. In his words: “How can wife that in my wife for over 10 years say I use to beat her everyday and she we stay i’m the house till now well every one should think of all this don’t let us be living in any lie from any woman let them tell us the true of the matter”.

He also claimed the photos of a bruised mercy was the work of makeup, as the pictures are from the set of a movie she’s working on. He wrote: “All this are in my wife film victim is joust makeup things”

Sad!!!! 100 level Unilag Student Commits Suicide by taking Sniper - READ WHY

We have received reports concerning a young and vibrant Unilag Student, Ariyibi Ayomide who committed suicide by drinking sniper after she was allegedly set up.

Apparently, some belongings belonging to her colleagues in the same hostel where she resides were missing, and then she was fingered…. They searched her bag, only to find the items in her bags.. She was disgraced by other students in the school.

Ayomide then called her mum, a staff of the university, who later came to settle the matter.. Her mother paid N2,000, the value of what was found in her bags.. The mother then instructed Ayo to pack her stuffs home, which she did… She was “disgraced” while on her way home, as she couldn’t hold her heads up high.

Ayo arrived home, with her mom returning to work, only for Ayomide to drink sniper. A very poisonous substance.

Ayo was rushed to the hospital where she later died.

She was a 100-level student of Unilag from the faculty of business administration in department of Employee Relations and Human Resources Management (ER & HRM).

Read the Full Story Below:

An incident happened in her room (Amina Hostel) which involved the missing of belongings (which includes make up and clothes) of another girl in d same room. On Thursday, some of the belongings of the fellow room mate was found in Ayomide’s bag (scattered in three different bags – make up in one of of her bag, clothes in another bag and clothes in another bag making 3 of Ayomide’s bag).
As a result the roommates disgraced Ayo and called her many names (relating to a thief) and disgraced her publicly. Ayomide called her mum and her mum came down next day (Friday) to settle the issue. The make up was valued at #2000 in which Her mum paid. After that, her mum told her to pack her bags and follow her home which she did but as she was going the room mates shouted on her and called her so many names.
Her mum took her home and went back to work (her mum is a unilag staff). Ayomide was the only one left at home when she took sniper in the afternoon. Her mum came back in the evening and saw her child in a critical state. So she asked what happened to her; Ayomide just stretched her hand to do bottle of the sniper she took.
Immediately her mum gave her palm oil but results were not forthcoming. So she rushed her to a medical centre at ebute metta, still results were not favourable, she was then taken to Luth (Medilag).
Ayo gave up in LUTH around after 7 yesterday.
That’s d sad story

Ewo!!!!!! Governor allegedly Impregnates a youth corper

Stella Dimokokorkus is reporting that a Popular Governor has allegedly impregnated a youth corper… and even flew her abroad. Though no names were mentioned.. But if you read in between the lines, you’d be able to decode.

From SDK Blog:

Rumour Has It….

Hmmmmm these rumours sef!!!
This gist will show you the Gateway if you read it properly because the whisper are so strong and all over,you cannot miss it…..
The governor of a state has impregnated a Corps member serving in the state according to rumour mongers oh….
This Corps member according to whisperings belongs to either batch B or C of the present batch and while some say the particular governors office is her PPA whilst others whisper that the Corps members father is the gov paddy and that is how they met and why the governor will not mess her up.

The lady has allegedly been flown to the abroad at the moment but this is unconfirmed.
This gist is as light as leggings on a cold cold day and has been swept under the carpet.The governor is very dark skinned and wears funny caps.
The begining of his last name sounds like what belongs to a man in Eastern Nigeria……The Opposite of this is ”Otu Nne gi”
I cannot mention names because I wasnt in ”za oza room with zem”.
And Note that there is NO CLUE here referring to any gov oh…This is just tips until the story (If any)breaks out and if not,someone can remodel this into a movie Synopsis,I will not mind.
Will there be any press release on this?I didnt call anybodys name now!
Have a nice day.

Uche maduagwu trolls Mercy Aigbe, says another celebrity marriage will end next month

Uche Maduagwu is once again trolling his female colleagues. This time, he is going after Mercy Aigbe whose marriage is currently in a crisis.

The controversial is claiming credit that he correctly predicted Mercy Aigbe’s marriage crash. Recall many weeks ago Uche in January claims there’d be three celebrity marriage crash this year.. and then in February, he claims a Female Celebrity marriage is about to crash..

Now, he’s claiming the marriage crash he was referring to in February was Mercy Aigbe’s

“One more marriage will crash after this next month.
“Shame on all my celebrity friends who doubted me some weeks ago, when I said a particular actresses marriage was about to crumble like the wall of Jericho, thank goodness it has come to the public now, also, earlier this year, I made a prophecy that many female celebrity marriages will crash in Nigeria.
“To all those who criticized and called me names, shame on you all.. I told you all about this actresses case some time ago, but you all didn’t believe me.
“Anyways, there is another female celebrity whose marriage is also going down next month…watch out, it’s also because of domestic violence.
“That’s what you get when you marry an aspiring boxer as a husband.”

Recession will end in weeks- Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday assured the biting recession will end in weeks.He said Nigeria was gradually moving out of recession.

Mohammed, represented by the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Bayo Onanuga, made the assertion at the biennial convention of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Lagos.

He said that going by a recent statement by the Central Bank Governor, the country would exit recession by the end of June.

“There have been other pointers for the good news as well. For two consecutive months, the National Bureau of Statistics has also reported a fall in inflation rate.
“The exchange rate is regaining some sanity.
“As I said earlier, the worst appears to be over. We are clawing out of the woods of recession in weeks from now, “the minister said.

The minister said that recession was not peculiar to the country.He said that the United States of America had experienced 47 recessions, some regressing into depressions.

“Between 1980 and 2007 alone, the American economy experienced five recessions. The last one in 2007 was caused by the subprime mortgage crisis and led to the collapse of the US housing bubble,” he said.

Mohammed urged the media to stop the blame game and educate Nigerians on the efforts being made to end recession.

“Informing the people that the government is working hard to end the recession will go a long way to give hope to the people.
“After all, it is said that “if you keep hope alive, it will keep you alive,” the minister said.

“I am not corrupt and I don’t like money” – Rotimi Amaechi declares

Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi who is also the Minister of Transportation has declared he is not corrupt and he doesn’t like money.

In a new interview with Channels TV, He was asked whether he is corrupt and he said;

“Is my honesty in doubt? I have told Nigerians and I repeat to Nigerians today I am not corrupt and I don’t like money. I am not one swayed by money. I have lived a character that most Nigerians can tell you.

I try as much as possible not to annoy God by saying I am honest. But with all modesty, I am a honest Nigerian and there are very few honest Nigerians.” On why people keep having the impression that he’s corrupt, Amaechi replied;

“When did that impression start? Nyesom Wike becomes the governor. He takes documents from Government house that people cant read, and says oh, we sold Gas turbines and disappeared with the money. He set up a panel of inquiry? Publish the report.”
When asked whether he thinks the corruption angle came because he led the campaign organization of President Buhari, “When you talk about the PDP angle, they are bitter that we fought and led the movement against the former government and PDP, and we were successful to have removed them from power.
If I was corrupt, why didn’t President Goodluck prosecute me? The fight between Goodluck and Rivers state government or myself lasted for two years, Amaechi said.

This Day's Hilarious Tweet By RCCG General Overseer, Pastor Adeboye Will Leave Your Mouth Wide Open

To whom it may concern:

This is the face RCCG GO Worldwide, Pastor E A Adeboye makes when he gives advice to his children & other people take offence by it.

Was Daddy Adeboye talking to you? Is it your daddy's advice? lol

Photo was shared by Pastor Adeboye on his official Twitter page.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Anthony Joshua defeats Wladimir Klitschko in epic Wembley battle

Anthony Joshua has beaten Wladimir Klitschko in a stunning world heavyweight title fight at Wembley. Both men suffered knockdowns early in the fight before recovering to take an epic contest to the 11th round, when the British fighter came out on top.

Anthony Joshua knocks out Wladimir Klitschko in heavyweight title fight – as it happened
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Making the third defence of his IBF title, Joshua also became the WBA champion after recovering from the first knockdown of his career to impressively win at Wembley Stadium.

Klitschko was initially knocked down early in the fifth round but got off the canvas and had the younger man in desperate trouble in the sixth, knocking Joshua down for an eight count.

Joshua recovered, though, and after several even rounds he went on the offensive from the opening bell of the 11th. An uppercut sent Klitschko to the canvas once more and though the Ukrainian beat the count, a flurry of punches saw the referee step in and stop the fight.

Livestream: Anthony Joshua VS Wladimir Klitschko

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Livestream: Espanyol VS FC Barcelona

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Yemi Alade, Psquare and Phyno Crash An Excited Couple's Reception Photo Shot

At the GloMegaMusicTour stop in Owerri a newlywed couple were pleasantly shocked when some A List Music stars made an unplanned appearance at their post wedding photo shoot. The couple, Mr and Mrs Umelo could not contain their joy as the celebrities who were checking into their hotel joined their photo shoot. The groom was ecstatic thanking the stars on social media for making their day special.

See The Kind Of Student Nigerian Musicians Would Be, If They Went To School

A Facebook user made/shared a hilarious list of the kinds of students some of our A-lists Nigerian musicians would have been. Though it seems like its a stale stuff but then...

He wrote

'Okay now, let’s take a look at some of our musicians in the music industry and judge, with their ways of life, the kind of students they would have made in school.'

TERRY G – One hell of a noise maker and beatboxer in the class.
KOREDE BELLO – One very childish but handsome kid that senior girls take as school son.
REEKADO BANKS – Joined the school and took the first position by surprise within some months.

OLAMIDE – Causes commotion in every end of the year party for not given the first position.

MAYORKUN – Took a test his first day in school and had the highest score, now all eyes on him.

P-SQUARE – The twin brothers that are always causing trouble in the class.

B-RED - Has all the textbooks in d world, has d opportunity to see question papers before exams, most comfortable boy in class, but still ends up carrying last after term exams.

DAVIDO – Likes to brag about his father, flaunts wealth & brings a bottle of whisky in the class room everyday

PHENOM – Very obedient student but came to school once & never showed up again.

YCEE – One of those thugs that sit in the back inside class discussing which girl to toast next.

WIZKID – So obsessed to girls in the class, almost all girls are crushing on him.

VECTOR – Nobody understands him as he shows up in school once in a month.

SKALES – Always wearing fancy clothes and gold accessories to school but wouldn’t be able to afford snacks during break.

MI– The genius that’s always excelling in english subjects, he motivates people to pass.

DON JAZZY – Oldest in the class, loves food a lot, always shouting he is a boss and a hell of a bully.

ICE PRINCE – Performs averagely in class, but bags awards for the school.

KCEE – Likes to draw nonsense on the chalkboard.

TIWA SAVAGE – Bad LovePeddler and twerks in front of the class even though she has a boyfriend in the other class.

TEKNO – One cheese boy that girls fall for. Always busy with his dancing crew and never comes for classes.

PATORANKING – One hell of a stoner and caught almost everyday smoking weed inside school farm.

YEMI ALADE – Yellow bone queen that his always looking for boys.

SIMI – One freaky dirty girl with the torn clothes, but has a sharp mouth.
REMINISCE – One of the most wanted gangstars in the class. Always talking about broken bottles but never broke one.
VIKTOH – Just one chronic failer, so dumb gets zero in every exam.

BANKY W – Teaches other students, but hardly passes examinations.

SHAYDEE – Nobody notices him in class even though he moves with the biggest and most brilliant boys.

KISS DANIEL – That very cool, calm and very brilliant guy in the class.

FLAVOUR – The loner, goes alone to d sports field everyday with guitar to sing loudly to himself.

CHINKO– Just one disturbed noisemaker but always passing exams without reading.

IYANYA – Likes to take his shirt off and shows his chest to impress girls.

EVA – The lesbian and has a knife in her schoolbag, no girl messes with her.

TIMAYA – Always got hiccups and lazy to speak.

LIL KESH – He is brilliant, hardworking but very vulgar and hell of a late comer.

D’BANJ – Doesn’t listen to the teacher, feels he knows it all & never bring books to class.

9ICE – One hardcore Yoruba boy, a big dreamer and likes to fantasize, wants to join school politics and becomes senior prefect boy is school 1.

DIJA – one spoilt brat, small girl & always rude to her seniors, very disrespectful.

ADEKUNLE GOLD – The shy and quiet guy, has a crush on a girl but can’t speak to her.

PHYNO – Noise maker and impossible to be heard when talking

YUNG6IX – Likes to hide other students study books, very unserious and unstable, but has better grades than the serious ones.

2FACE : The teacher that impregnated most of all d students……

Anthony Joshua Spends N100,000 On Feeding Every Week To Stay In Shape (Incredible Facts)

Anthony Joshua is a man-mountain and consumes a mountain of food — that's 4,500 to 5,000 calories a day during training — to fuel his 6ft 6in, 17st 12lb world champion frame.
On Saturday the IBF heavyweight king takes on Wladimir Klitschko, hoping to add the IBO and WBA belts to his collection.
Ahead of the Wembley showdown, Sportsmail's Riath Al-Samarrai spoke to his nutritionist Mark Ellison to learn more.

Five eggs with a couple of avocados and a little bit of lime, seasoning, plenty of spinach and three pieces of toast. Blender full of fresh fruit with oats, yoghurt, milk and generous helping of honey.

Big serving of pasta with vegetables, tomatoes and two full chicken Bosom s. Dessert is a large pot of yoghurt with fresh fruit, nuts, honey and granola. Big portions.

Fish, sweet potato, quinoa, rice, fruit juice. Dinner tends to be protein based and includes dairy or nuts to fill him up before bed. He will also have a protein shake made from the protein casein which releases quite slowly throughout the night, aiding recovery.

Cheat food 
On rare occasions he will have an apple pie or apple crumble with custard. He also likes chocolate.

Fight day meal strategy 
During camp the focus is on wholegrain carbs — brown rice, wholemeal pasta, wholemeal bread. On the day of the fight it switches to white rice, white pasta.

Will also switch to white meats, for ease of digestion. His prefight meal will be consumed three to four hours before entering the ring.

Secret weapon 
Joshua typically takes in caffeine during training and enjoys coffee, but in fight week it gets cut right down. On fight night caffeine is re-introduced with the aim of giving him a jolt.

Livestream: Real Madrid Vs Valencia CF

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New Music: Sean Rapkid - Fujee Garbage

"After the release of his trending EP,  "COINED FROM ASHES" , ibcity wonder boy Sean "Taymie" RAPKId is back with a classic tune you  won't want to miss......

A unique blend of fuji and afropop ,delivered with will definitely love it


New Music: Taylee roggs-Your love

Eyitayo Bolade Arogundade (March 15,2000) a.k.a Taylee Roggs is a Nigerian artiste,he started his musical career at the age of 11.He recently released his debut single titled YOUR LOVE currently trending.He's popular for his YouTube,Instagram and Twitter cover videos.
Connect with Taylee Roggs via social media,Follow on instagram @tayleeroggsofficial,on Twitter @tayleeroggs and on YouTube Taylee Roggs

I bought my dad his best tobacco as bribe to become an actor –Olu Jacobs

Olu Jacobs

Veteran actor, Olu Jacobs, takes a trip down memory  lane with Ademola Olonilua as he shares some of his life experiences

How would you describe your early days in Kano?

I was born in Kano but my parents were from Abeokuta. Kano was the most beautiful place anyone could live when I was growing up. Religion was not a problem but an advantage and the Christian children normally joined the Muslims when they were fasting and during lent they also joined us. It was beautiful and we shared everything. We inter-married then but all of a sudden, politics started and it was misinterpreted and misrepresented. When the leaders went for a conference and they came back, they started telling stories, wrong stories. They started telling lies and began to exaggerate things and people were made to misunderstand hence the riot in 1956 in Kano. Our parents got worried and they felt it was better to run without delay, so they sent us to the west and that was my first visit to Abeokuta. I got to know the homes of my grandparents and stayed with them for a while.

Was it easy for you to adjust to your new environment when you moved to Abeokuta?

Yes. It was also beautiful. I was a young man with less supervision. I travelled by rail from Lagos to Kano. The whole topography was beautiful and we made friends on the train, we exchanged addresses and whenever we were in our friend’s vicinity, we went to visit them. When we stayed in Abeokuta, our parents were in Kano because they felt that if things got heated and they needed to run, it would be easier for them to do so.

At what point did you re-unite with your parents?

A few months after everything subsided, they came. My mother was the first person to come to Abeokuta, she checked, went back and my father came. So everything was fine. What he could not do on his own, politics made him do it because when we went to Abeokuta we were able to know our relations that could not come and visit us in the north and we got to know those that we had never met before.

You were part of the literary and debate society in your primary school. Does that mean that you had always been outspoken and social person during your formative years?

When I was asked to speak, people normally listened. I did not like shouting and where people were gathered speaking if I was meant to have an input, I would make points and not noise. If I did not know much about what was being discussed, I kept quiet and listened. My fellow pupils appreciated that and felt that I should speak for them even though I stammered. However whenever I talked, I was quite eloquent.

How did you manage your stuttering?

I would say that I was lucky. When I was young, I discovered that whenever I was angry, I should not be near anybody. You would be amazed that I could carry anything when I was angry. So if anyone annoyed me, I would just walk away and that saved me. I was able to tell myself that if they would talk about me, they should feel free because it was not affecting me in anyway. When I got a girlfriend, I realised that I could no longer think for one but for two people. You cannot afford to be selfish if you want to have a good friend. It is okay if you have a male friend whom you understand and trust but things are different with women.

Did you take part in any sport while growing up?

We all played football. I was an attacking midfielder and I also scored goals. I was left footed so very few people had my opportunity.

If you were not in the make believe world, what other career would you have considered?

When I was about seven years old, I was sent on an errand by my parents in Kano. On my way, there was this big lorry that was playing music and leaflets were being thrown everywhere, so I picked one. When I got home, I showed my parents and it was a play done by Baba Ogunde. I told my mother that I wanted to go and watch the play but she said I had not done all my chores, so I could not go. My brothers and sisters became interested in seeing the play and when they found out the condition set by our parents to release me, they decided to help with the chores. I asked my mother if she would release us if we completed our chores and she agreed. We did everything in a rush and when our parents came back, they did not believe it.

We asked her about the play and reminded her that she made a promise, she went to speak to our father and they agreed to let us go. The venue was at the Colonial Hotel in Kano along Church Road. When we got there, we met a long queue but we wriggled our way in. When we got to the entrance, we were asked for our tickets but when we presented it, we were told that there were no more seats but we could sit on the floor. Right in front of the stage,  I noticed that the whole atmosphere was bubbly and people were so excited. I said to myself that I liked the atmosphere. All of a sudden, the lights went off and everybody cheered. When the lights got back on, there was music and dance, once again, everybody cheered. I was amazed and I said to myself, this is the job I am going to do.

Is it true that your father did not want you to become an actor?

He was not pleased that I wanted to become an actor. Going to watch a play is not the same thing as being an actor. My father was a prolific dancer and drummer, so he understood what it meant to be an entertainer but instead of him to accept my wish, he was against it. He was a master drummer but it was a hobby for him. He did not understand that acting was what I really wanted to do. I went to meet my mother and told her to talk to him and I even threatened her that if he didn’t  concede to my request, I would run away. That was how we always threatened them.

I later got a passport form for England which he was to endorse and when I gave it to him, he tore it and said I would not go anywhere. I told my uncle who was his brother and he told me to get another passport form. It was my uncle who eventually endorsed it for me but none of us in our house told my father, if we did, he would deal with us. I got the passport and when I was applying for the visa, I went through a very rigorous interview but I felt good. This is somewhere I really wanted to go so I answered the questions with all pleasure. I answered the questions as if I had been told about it and the interviewer who was a white man had to ask me why I was giving him a ridiculous story. I simply answered that it was because I was telling the truth. He looked at me and offered me a drink. He asked the messenger to get me Fanta.

Was that the first time you took Fanta in your life?

No but we did not take beverages every day because our parents said it was too sweet. I felt that if a white man could treat me that way in my own country, how would they treat me when I got to their country. I did not finish the drink. They gave me my passport and as I was leaving, the interviewer told me to promise him that I would write him once I got to England. A promise I fulfilled even though I just wrote him once.

At what point did your father get to know that you had travelled to England for acting and how did he react?

Well, my mother told me that I should not worry, that he would give her hell and she was going to bear it but I should ensure that I kept in touch so that her mind would be at rest. You think I was the only child but I was the fifth out of eight children.

I was told that when my father eventually knew, he went berserk. When my letter arrived from England, he looked at it suspiciously and when he opened it and saw it was from me, he dropped it. Then he picked it up again, saw a packet in it and when he opened that, it was his favourite brand of tobacco, St. Bruno. A lot of people could not afford that. Before I travelled, he normally sent me to buy his tobacco which was always diluted. But what I sent to him was the real deal. It was not diluted. He then asked my mother if I was the one that sent it to him. He later sent for the person that brought the letter and asked after my well-being, he was very pleased with the tobacco that I sent to him, especially after he took a sniff.

How was the reunion when you came back to Nigeria?

By the time I got back, he was dead. He died of old age. He went to his church normally which was about three streets away and when he got back, he died. I felt terrible that I did not reunite with him because I was his favourite child.

When I learnt of his death in England, there was nothing I could do. The pain was there and I was angry with everything that denied me the access to my parents because I had to choose. Even though I chose something that he would be proud of, at the same time, it would have been nice for him to be alive and be proud of me. But it did not happen like that.

Was it easy for you to make a breakthrough in England?

In England, it was hell. You could not get an acting gig if you did not have an agent; you could not get an agent if you were not a member of equity (actors union), and you could not be a member of the actors union if you did not have an agent, so it was a vicious circle. There was no way in. I would go for auditions and they would discover that I was not a member and on the few occasions whereby I was not discovered, our boys would tell the production assistant that I was not a member. There were too many actors chasing very few jobs. I tried so hard but I did not give up and I had a support job.

What was your support job?

I was a quality control officer of Clarkson; the company was a holiday company.

How did you make a breakthrough in England then?

I was with a friend of mine who was also an actor. He told me that he had an audition atBBC and I asked him if I could come along and he agreed. I got the telephone number of my friend and his agent just in case. The audition was for 8am but I got there an hour later and that was my saving grace. After about 45 minutes of my arrival, the man in charge walked in and he gave me a sheet of paper to write my name, I was the first on the list and soon after, the director walked in. We talked for a while and he asked me to drop my telephone number and that was how I was on the final list.

You stayed in England for about 20 years and had begun to gain your strides, why did you decide to come back to Nigeria to start all over when you could have been bigger over there?

I could have never been bigger in England. There are some unwritten laws in various countries. There is a limit to what you can achieve. They could bring a white person in tomorrow and you can be sure the person could become a managing director in no time but for a black man, if he is lucky he could become a general manager and that is where he is going to rot. If you do not want to take the appointment, they would destroy all the years you have spent with them and your pension would be in trouble. You cannot go beyond a certain point. Look at the parts that I was given, you are telling an African story but you are not using Africans, it is because you don’t have respect for the culture and you want to destroy it.

How were you able to build your brand when you got back to Nigeria?

It was not difficult because my name and work preceded me. In 1977, I did an advert for Ribena. I was in England and did it there but it was shown in Nigeria. It sold so well that whenever people who came from Nigeria to England saw me, they always asked if I was the same person in the advert. They called me the Ribena doctor and the commercial kept my face and name until I appeared on the scene. I also did an advertisement for Binatone which also made me more popular. The National Theatre of Nigeria invited me to be a part of FESTAC 77 and the British National Theatre also invited me to do a play, ‘Julius Caesar.’ I got in touch with the Nigerian contingent and asked that I would like to know what they were doing and the Federal Government told me that all they wanted to do was to welcome all our brothers and sisters from all over the world. They said that whatever we had, they were going to share with them. They said they wanted to make more friends and they would try and accommodate everybody. That was how FESTAC was built.

The invite from the Federal Government was an encouragement for me to come back to Nigeria because it was something I had hoped for.

How did you meet your wife, Joke Silva?

We were having a management meeting for a play, Wole Soyinka’s Jero Metamorphosis, when a young lady walked in. Immediately she walked in, something inside me told me that she was going to be my wife and I told the people around me that I was going to marry her. That was in 1981. In 1986, we got married.

Were you not in a relationship before you met her?

I was not in a relationship. I had a disappointment that kept me away and I never wanted any serious commitment because the wound was still raw but when I met her, we talked and played a lot and it surprised people a lot. We travelled together a lot as well. When the time came, I did not hesitate and it was as if she was waiting for the question as well. I proposed to her in Tunisia because we were shooting a film, Ashanti. She came to join me there on her way to England and I asked her to marry me.

How was it building a home with a fellow actor amidst public scrutiny?

Sometimes when you have enemies outside, you become best of friends or it separates you. We were lucky that it brought us together because we were holding each other. When you hold each other, you become close because we were talking about problems, common enemies, suspected enemies, and even imagined enemies. You talk about all of them so that you must offload everything and let someone else be worrying about your problems. Once you begin to talk, you begin to like each other better. Your wife must be your best friend and if she is not your best friend, then you are in serious trouble. Don’t do things that you cannot tell her. The day you asked her to marry you is the day you should stop thinking about yourself alone. Begin to think for two. Friendship is the most important thing.

Was it only her beauty that was the basis of attraction?

No, I loved the whole package and immediately I saw her, I knew she was my wife. I said it but she ‘eyed’ me but I did not care. I looked at everybody and said that I was going to marry her but they laughed.

Was that the first time you would genuinely love someone?

It was not, I was with someone I thought we would be one but that did not happen till I met her. I was still nursing the wound until I met my wife.

How have you been coping with women and temptation?

The older you get, you learn that most of the people that come to you would be honoured to have friendship with you. But the way some people see things is that they assume that the women are throwing themselves at you. If a woman comes to visit you, some people believe that it must lead to sex or why else did she come over. It is not every woman that you see that you have. Some have been sent to you to be of help while some came to your life so you could help them. But when some men see skirts, they think sex. When we do such, we blur the inner sight that we pray for every day because we don’t have the courage to believe that it can be true and we cannot face it. For me, the experience of age has helped and I have always learnt to listen. I found it very easy to take a girl out and drop her at home. Once we leave the restaurant, we get a taxi and we drop her home.

How have you been able to resist cheating as a handsome actor?

When you stop thinking for one person in a relationship, the only person you can offend is yourself. You start to think about how such would affect your relationship.

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