Thursday, 20 July 2017

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Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh whose marriage recently was annulled and who has also declared that she’s now a born again christian made a post on what it truly means to know Jesus.

The mother of one said:

“Being born again isn’t a license to be BORING,OR DIRTY IN APPEARANCE..
Being born Again is living a fun filled,Happy joyous life knowing that you have a mighty God by your side..
Being born again isn’t about not having friends or hanging out,it’s about having the right friends that will elevate,motivate,inspire you and most especially pray with you..
Being born again means having Access to the best and the most beautiful things of life..
Being born Again is having Peace and never been afraid to show how genuinely happy you are no matter who that affects..
Being born Again is having to see a hate word and still praying for them..
God wldnt call you only to make you A boring person or a less fashionable person,As a matter of fact I believe a born Again Christian shld have the finest things of life..Because if my life isn’t Colourful how then can I convince you that a LIFE IN CHRIST IS A BLISSFUL ONE..
My fellow brethren it is time for us to Allow the world see Jesus in us colorfully.. MY NAME IS TONTO DIKEH,I AM A RADICAL FOR JESUS,MY LIFE IS AS BRIGHT AS THE COAT OF MANY COLORS,I SPEAK IN HEAVENLY TONGUE AND AM AN ENTERTAINER #KINGTONTO #MAMAKING #RADICAL4JESUS”

Posted On Tuesday, 18 July 2017 00:24 Written by

The celebration of life of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Deaconess Elizabeth Obaseki ( Nee Maile ); Sunrise, uly 27, 1936 - Sunset, April 6, 2017.

Date: July 8th, 2017

Venue: 197-01 Linden Blvd, Queens, NY 11412

RSVP: Minister Precious Obaseki Ewoime; Mr. Peter Ade Ewoime.

Posted On Saturday, 08 July 2017 00:09 Written by

The beautiful Natasha Salifyanji Kaoma campaigns for girl's empowerment in Zambia through the use of disposable/ re-usable menstruation pads. She solicits for and distributes these menstrual pads to girls and young women in Zambia through her Foundation called Copper Rose Zambia, whose motto is: Beautiful. Valuable. Empowered.

Kaoma is a woman of many parts. She studies Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) at University of Zambia; is Global University Ambassador at Milky Way Youth Movement; is Associate Fellow at Royal Commonwealth Society; and she also studied Women's Leadership at University of Delaware.

Kaoma was recently recognized for her pioneering work in Zambia girl's/ young women menstrual hygiene empowerment at Buckingham Palace, as one of 60 people from around the world selected as 'Queen's Young Leader.'

Her comments: "I was privileged to have been one of the 60 people from around the world to be selected as a Queens Young Leader, the ONLY ZAMBIAN!! and i got to meet the Queen Elizabeth herself whom I spoke to about my work and my drive. And YESS! i sat next to her in the group picture too. I also got to speak to Prince Harry and former Prime minister Sir John Major and other high profile leaders about my work in Zambia.

"It's taken me some time to process what has happened in the past few weeks...Mostly because this is award is not for me, its for all the people in my organization Copper Rose Zambia who work tirelessly to ensure that we reach out to as many girls and women as possible. This award is dedicated to all the women and girls who are not living to their potential, this is a testimony that nothing is impossible.

"I would like to thank God almighty, for this vision that he has put in my heart to improve the lives of millions of african women, my best friends F & S, my parents and family members, all our donors and supporters of our work, my mentors who tell me which way i should go, the Zambian high commission in UK, the British High Commission in Zambia, all the local and international change makers who continue to raise the bar and show me i can do much more in this environment. I salute you all.

"Everytime i look at these pictures and at this award, i am reminded that the work has only just began, 990 000 women and girls are still waiting to be empowered by 2021.
"Do your best, be your best, be as selfless as you can be, the rest will follow" N.S.K
Outfit: Lyn Callander
Purse: Christina Mbalose Lungu
#Queensyoungleaders #Impossibleisnothing #CopperroseZambia#MenstruationMatters #beautiful #valuable #empowered

Chiquemagazine.com congratulates Kaoma on her wonderful achievement for herself, for her family, for Zambia and for Africa.

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Posted On Tuesday, 04 July 2017 14:14 Written by

MIYONSE Oluwaseyi, popularly called Miyonse, former Big Brother Naija (#BBNaija) 2017 contestant says plans are underway for his new television show with focus on cooking and confectionery.

He said this in an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

“My TV show is coming out soon; it is a cooking show; however, I would not like to disclose more because the people I signed the contract with have not released an official statement.

“Also I do not like to make noise about my works before they come out. I will like them to speak for themselves,’’ he said.

Miyonse said, “I am not an artiste, so you may not see me at some events; I am a chef; I cook for a living; I have signed two deals with two restaurants to cook with them every month.

“Aside these, I have a couple of other ideas that am working on. I believe everything will work together for good and by the grace of God, the sky will be a stepping stone.

“However, I feel this is not the right time to release all these information. It is not something I want to release in haste.’’

Miyonse, who is also a trained chef, said he was currently consulting in a new Culinary School based in Ilorin, Kwara.

The 25-year old graduate of mass communication from University of Lagos explained that the reason he has not been seen at some of the events along with his fellow housemates was because “I am a chef’’.

Miyonse, self-acclaimed lover of good music and beauty, was evicted after spending just two weeks in the Big Brother house.

His short stay in the house was eventful; he was romantically involved with fellow housemate Tokunbo Idowu also known as ‘Tboss’ who referred to him as “my boo’’.

He is currently the pioneer ambassador for Pay Port’s, an online food store.

Posted On Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:31 Written by

Talented Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Omoni Oboli seems to have delved into the fashion industry as she has unveiled her own clothing line which she tagged, “Omoni Oboli by AVE”.

The fashion icon’s new clothing line in all sense embodies her style and personality.

Omoni who had been saddened by the sudden demise and departure of her father, stood strong not to allow that bother or frustrate her plans to unveil her clothing line.

The actress, who has remained fresh, young and energetic each year was proud to unveil her clothing line to the public recently and she owes her success to God who has brought her this far.

Omoni collaborated with one of Nigeria’s finest fashion designers, Ayo Van Elmar, and they have promised to give us spectacular outfits born out of the hard work of both of them.

The line, “Omoni Oboli by AVE” was unveiled on, the 4th of June at Oriental Hotel, Lagos, where the actress was present to mingle with fans and showcase her new project.

See photos from her brand and the event below:

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Posted On Tuesday, 06 June 2017 19:48 Written by

This is the story of a talented Nigerian musician whose craze to belong at all costs led him into trouble in the United States of America.

Oyindamola Emmanuel popularly known as Dammy Krane who was arrested on Friday by the police in Miami, Florida for grand theft, credit card and identity fraud, was living a fake lifestyle and posting photographs of his exploits on Instagram to impress his fans.

Posing with TapJets

Nemesis caught up with him when he contacted a private airline, Tap Jets, and used a stolen credit card to give himself a luxury treat on a private jet.

He didn’t stop there, he posted photographs of his enjoyment on his Instagram page.

Dammy Krane, the super star

Tap Jets claimed responsibility for handing the singer over to the police tweeting that he attempted to book Tap Jets flight using stolen credit card numbers. They vowed to prosecute him to the full extent of the law.

Dammy Krane, the super star

Such a crime in America could carry a maximum fine of $1,000 or so, and a sentence of up to one year in the county jail. As the value of the property received increases, so does the penalty. Felony credit card fraud in which property of significant value was obtained might be punishable by a $25,000 fine and 15 years in prison.

Enjoying a luxury meal before the bubble burst

Tap Jets revealed that although they are not proud to have had Krane arrested, it was their duty to protect other companies from the fraud that would likely continue.

According to the airline, 24-year old Dammy Krane had the Jet App on his Samsung Galaxy S7 with which he made the bookings, and he continued to use different cards for the transaction until he used up to five.

According to Tapjet, the details on the card entered was different from the details given and the zip code.

Dammy Krane posing on the wing of Tap Jets

”His accomplice also tried to purchase flight on another phone with yet another card. Total of 5 cards in an hour till one worked. We are 100% confident that our app was on that phone and order was placed via T-Mobile network from cell tower located in Miami area.

Posted On Sunday, 04 June 2017 01:53 Written by

•Says, “You can teach your husband if he’s not good enough”

SPONSORED BY KODUGA.COM...THE CLASSIFIEDS ADS WEBSITE: Nollywood actress, Chinazo Ekezie, will tell you she was born with the acting DNA in her system even though she has struggled so hard to rise through the ranks in the movie industry. In this interview with Star Tracker, she talks about her take on the Nigerian movie industry, sexual harassment, premarital sex, love and sentiments people attached to marriage. BY ROTIMI AGBANA How did the acting craft begin for you? I started acting as a child. I started doing stage plays when I was about 8 years old, so I’ve always acted. But I started acting professionally between 2009 and 2010. Before then, I had done some school plays and gone for some auditions, but between 2009 and 2010 I decided that this was what I wanted to do.

Since you started acting professionally, what has been your fascination with the movie industry?

Well, I can’t really tell but what I can tell you is that in recent times there has been a lot of growth in Nollywood, it’s no longer the normal things that were obtainable. Nollywood has grown, it has opened up and it’s opening more, it’s giving more young people the opportunity to do their thing, it’s no longer one sided unlike before. Film making generally fascinates me, I didn’t really have the flair to be a film maker until maybe three years ago, but now whatever I look at I want to make a movie with it.

Is it true that the movie industry has been taken over by prostituting actresses?

Well, I can’t know about every other actress, I just know that some people take this job seriously, it’s a career for a lot of people, so if there’s any form of prostitution going on in the industry I don’t know about it. Once you say you’re an actress, the next thing they ask you is how many people you have slept with. I seriously don’t know if it’s happening. Chinazor Ekezie

You mean you have never been sexually harassed by a producer or director?

No! Nobody has ever sexually harassed me, but there are a couple of people that have asked me out on a date, including directors and producers. If that is sexual harassment then I don’t know because they did it properly. I’ve never found myself in that position, and maybe that’s because I don’t rush things, I also don’t plan to be in all the jobs, I get what I get and the ones I don’t get I’m okay with it. Desperation can make anyone do that but in my case it has never happened.  

Have you dated an actor before?

No, and I cannot because I have this thing for privacy, yeah, I love privacy a lot, and my job has made it that I have to be out there, so I don’t want to be with someone who is out there too. I would want a safe place where I can run back to all the time; you know, I see it that I should be with someone who is not into entertainment at all, someone who is not even interested at all, that’s what I like.

What’s your ideal man?

A man who listens because I can talk a lot sometimes (Laughs). He has to be a God-fearing man, if he fears God, there are some things he can’t do. A God-fearing man doesn’t mean a man who is going to church but a man who has fear of God. I also want an understanding man; if he reads something bad about me in the papers or on the internet he won’t conclude, he would like to find out first, and when I say something about it to him he would believe me.

Can you marry a poor man?

Are you talking about a man who doesn’t have money at all for basic things or what? (Laughs) No, I can’t marry a poor man, it’s not right to marry a poor man; I am a woman, I need to be taken care of, I need to be cared for. When I say I need to be taken care of I don’t mean I want to be travelling around the world all the time. When a woman depends on a man, when a woman has a shoulder to cry on, when a woman has someone she can talk to about things that hurt her and stuffs like that, it makes a woman a better person. Women are just created to be cared for, yeah, believe it or not. We function better when we have someone who can at least help us out with 70% of our daily needs.

What is your take on premarital sex?

You want my pastor to call me on the phone, right? But I will tell you the truth now, growing up, we were always taught that we shouldn’t have sex, we shouldn’t do anything before marriage, but now that I know better, or now that I’m grown and with the kind of experiences that I’ve had, and that of other people, I think it’s kind of important to have premarital sex. Seriously, because you have your lifetime to spend with this person, so I think it’s important you need to find out what they like, how they like it, if they like it, if they are teachable, because some people will tell you that if you don’t like how your husband makes love to you then you teach him. A lot of men are not teachable, a lot of men think teaching them how to make love to their wife is a crime. Yes, a lot of men think it’s a crime for a woman to say don’t do it this way, do it that way, aren’t you a woman, why should you have a preference? A lot of couples’ sexuality don’t match, no matter how hard you try, and once you marry and you are not having good sex I don’t think you will be happy. I don’t think any woman would be happy if she’s not having good sex with her husband, it’s crazy. And if I’m to spend the first 6-7years teaching you how to have sex with me, I’ll be frustrated.

What would you do if after marriage your husband becomes impotent?

Marriage is for better, for worse, because I expect that if I get married now and I have issues with fertility, my husband will stand by me, so yeah, I will stand by him. When there is any situation, no matter how tough it is, it’s sorted by love, family pressure is secondary, if you let family pressure affect you, you might even lose your love for your husband. I think two people who are ready to work things out, ready to spend the rest of their lives together should build a wall around their relationship.

What do you think is responsible for the recent urge for actors wanting to produce their own movies?

Nollywood has opened up, there is opportunity for people to market their movies without going through people anymore.  Now, you can do it yourself, you can even have your own YouTube channel.  It basically revolves around making money. I’ve have co-produced a movie, but it’s not out yet, I also intend to produce a movie someday, but I need to be to be very sure that I’m ready.

Have you ever found it difficult to come out of a character you played in a movie?

Yes, it happens to me a lot. There was a time I played the role of a stutterer, after we finished shooting the movie, I kept stuttering for a whole week, I couldn’t stop it, I found it very difficult to. There was another role I played where the girl was always tilting her neck to one side, after the movie shoot, I kept tilting my neck for like a month just the same way I did while playing the movie role.

What are the most challenging moments of your acting career?

I remember as an upcoming actress, and I mean way back, when we were nobodies, when we needed to prove ourselves that we could act;  back in the days when they had to pair us in a room, three or four girls in a room, I had to put up with a lot. You can imagine being in a room with four other people and at some point not getting paid after a stressful job, producers will tell you “What is your problem?”. The not getting paid part is quite sad; I won’t lie to you, because we had to make money out of this craft. But a lot of people still don’t believe that someone who plays one or two scenes should be paid, that is one thing I would love for us to correct in Nollywood. But then again, that was my challenging stage as an actor, when you don’t have enough money but you still find a way to rush to the audition ground and then rush to the location and you’re thinking that by the time you are done with 3 or 4 scenes you are going to get money, nobody will answer you, but not any more now, I get my money before I leave my house, (Laughs), with the price of fuel! Hell no!


Posted On Friday, 17 February 2017 13:57 Written by

SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Recently turned 70 and juju legend, King Sunny Ade is billed to perform at this year’s edition of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The event is an annual music and arts festival, which takes place at the Empire Polo Club, Indio, California, USA.

Organised by Golden Voice, a subsidiary of AEG Live as of 2001; the event features many genres of music including rock, indie, hip hop, electronic dance music as well as art installations and sculptures.

The Merciful God crooner is to share the stage alongside other international artistes including Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Beyonce, Bon Iver, DJ Snake, DJ Khaled, Tory Lanes, Hans Zimmer, Radiohead and more. As at the time of this report, the Juju legend is yet to be scheduled on a date for his performance. This year’s edition of Coachella holds on two weekends between April 14 – 16, and April 21 – 23. Last year’s edition saw Nigerian trio, The Young Fathers of Liberian and Scottish origin participate at the event alongside African acts such as Black Coffee.

KSA commemorated his 70th birthday ceremony on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Temple Balmoral Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos. A major highlight of the event was the auction of one of his famous guitars, masterfully painted by award-winning artist, Victor Ehikhamenor. 

The auction, which was moderated by United Auction House, was ended at N52.1 million. And on the night, KSA serenadeD guests with the best of his hits, in a career spanning 50 years.

 

Posted On Saturday, 07 January 2017 16:48 Written by

SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: Hundreds of artistes are gearing up for this year’s One Lagos Fiesta (OLF), an event meant for the celebration of the culture, art and people residing in Lagos-the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and Africa’s mega city.

Artistes, such as D’Banj, 2face, Tiwa Salvage Seyi Shay, Olamide, Banky W, Don Jazzy, Adekunle Gold, Waje, Korede Bello, Dare, Wizkid, among several others.

The One Lagos Fiesta is expected to usher in the new year with over 480 hours of fun and entertainment in various neighbourhood in Lagos.

At a news conference on Thursday in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde said the government is putting finishing touches to make this year’s edition bigger, better and bolder.

Ayorinde said in line with the vision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the event would continue in its tradition of holding across the five zones as it held last year, including Ikeja (Agege Stadium), Badagry (Badagry Stadium), Ikorodu (Ikorodu Town Hall), Lagos Island (Bar Beach) and Epe (Epe Recreation Centre).

He said this year’s edition would stand out, saying instead of the five days that it held last December, this year’s would run for eight days across all the zones, commencing from Christmas Eve on December 24 till the wee hours of the New Year.

He said the reason for the expanded fiesta was to keep Lagosians, especially the youths, happy and creatively busy.

“You will recall that we have just had a successful maiden edition of The Lagos Street Party (TLSP) last weekend, in which the popular Ahmadu Bello way in Victoria Island was turned into a carnival and concert ground.

“While TLSP delivered on its mandate to formally usher in the Yuletide season in Lagos and create an additional platform for creative enterprise to flourish, OLF will fulfill its traditional obligation of ending the year on an entertaining note and usher in the new year with fun and fanfare, while carrying along every part of the state in line with the governor’s electoral promise that no part of Lagos will be left behind,” the Commissioner said.

Ayorinde said this year’s edition of the One Lagos Fiesta would also see the introduction of a talent hunt exercise tagged ‘Lagos’ Got Talent’, which according to him, sought to discover, celebrate and reward exceptional talents among the youth or the young at heart in the areas of music, dance, comedy and other creative stunts.

Explaining how the talent hunt would run, Ayorinde said that interested participants could register online at www.onelagosfiesta.ng as well as in the five zonal offices including Multipurpose hall of Eko FM, Agidingbi Ikeja, Divisional Information Office, Lugard’s House along the Badagry Marina, Divisional Information Office, Ikorodu, 1, Oriwu Street, Ita Elewa, City Hall, Lagos Island and Divisional Information Office, Epe, Chalet Road, beside Lagos High Court, Oke-Oyinbo, Epe.

He said registration for the talent hunt show would run till Wednesday, December 14, 2016, while those selected from the audition would have an opportunity to perform at the OLF stage in each location between the 24th and 30th of December with the two finalists from each zone slugging it out for the final showdown in Victoria Island on the 31st of December.

“If you are talented in any of these areas and you are looking for a platform to showcase your skills and begin a rewarding journey to stardom, then this year’s OLF is the platform you need,” Ayorinde said.

Also speaking, Co-chairs of the One Lagos Fiesta Committee, Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Adebimpe Akinshola and Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said that winners of the talent hunt show would be handsomely rewarded by the State Government, adding that arrangements had also been made for varieties of A-list and upcoming artistes from all music genres to thrill participants.

They also assured that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure safety of lives and property throughout the course of the fiesta.

Posted On Friday, 09 December 2016 01:50 Written by

SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Memry Savanhu is a Zimbabwean actress, filmmaker and an entrepreneur based in Lagos and partially London. She studied drama in London and filmmaking at New York Film Academy in Abu Dhabi. Memry has featured in many Nollywood movies including Lagos Cougars, One Fine Day, On Bended Knees and soon-to-be-released Nigerian historical drama, 76. In this exclusive interview with Guardian Woman, she speaks why she chose to settle in Nigeria and her role in ‘76’.

You are probably the most recognised Zimbabwean actress in Nigeria? Was the transition to Nollywood deliberately?
I am unaware of any other Zimbabwean actors or actresses who have featured in Nollywood before. I would like to think that I am breaking new ground and paving the way for aspiring Zimbabwean actors and actresses who wish to further their careers. There is another Zimbabwean personality called Vimbai Mutinhiri who has ventured into movies but has made a name as a television presenter.
My transition into Nollywood was deliberate. I saw the growth and potential in African film making and wanted to be a part of it. Nollywood is the largest and most successful sector of the African film industry so naturally I felt this was the best place for me to work. I saw the potential to tell my own stories and share my talent with a wider African audience. It was also an opportunity to introduce some diversity to Nollywood.

What prompted you to relocate to Nigeria? Has it paid off for you?
For me to work in Nollywood successfully I had to be based in Nigeria not just from a practical stand-point but also from an experiential viewpoint. Being based in Nigeria allows me to engage with the people and culture which is valuable for me as an actress and a producer. It allows me to relate to the people whose culture I portray in films.

I feel that I have been largely accepted by the industry and the move has had a lot of positives. But as with anything in life I also have experienced my fair share of challenges. However, with time and experience we will improve as an industry.

How did you get to be starred in 76, a movie inspired by ? How was the experience working with Rita Dominic and Ramsey Nouah?
I had previously worked with director, Izu Ojukwu on my first ever film in Nollywood, The Distance Between, and ever since then he has become one of my mentors. As a producer, we worked together on The Distance Between, which he directed. I was very impressed with his work as a director and I felt we have chemistry. He is an amazing director and is someone who I always eager to work with. When the script was sent to me I was amazed by the storyline, but I had my doubts regarding the suitability of my strengths for the role. At the time I felt that there were other more suitable actresses. It came as a bit of a surprise when Izu informed me that I had the part.

However, because of our previous work together, I knew that he was aware of my ability and in that respect I can see why I was selected for the role.
In addition to working with Izu on The Distance Between, I had also worked with Rita on that film. She displayed a fantastic work ethic and professionalism and she continued to exhibit the same qualities on the set of 76. Both Rita and Ramsey are an absolute pleasure to work with. I have learned a lot from both of them.

One of the themes of the movie relates to strength of soldiers’ wives. Does this speak to your personal life in any way?
The film is based in the 70s and my experience of that period is through the eyes of my mother. Although she is not an army wife, she experienced the latter stages of the liberation war in Zimbabwe during that time. Those who were not directly involved in the fighting had to provide support to the guerrillas. For most women it meant providing meals as well as intelligence and my mother was one such woman. She is proud to have played her part in liberating the country and serves as an inspiration for me. In addition, the 70s were a time of struggle for most Africans politically and we are bound by that struggle; it unites us because we can relate to each other’s experiences regardless of whether you were in Nigeria or Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe, your country of origin, is facing biting poverty. Do you have plans of speaking against, and perhaps, of correcting some of the ills that led to the situation?
I do not think that poverty is confined to Zimbabwe. As a country we are going through a phase that is obviously challenging for a lot of people. I believe that this is a phase, a season. However, I also believe in Zimbabweans. We are resilient and hardworking, and will overcome our challenges as a nation. Often the biggest challenges are what builds future character. The lessons that we are learning now will equip us for future challenges.

Are there specific Zimbabwean cultural and historical narratives you wish to make into movies?
There are but nothing that I can specifically identify at present. However, I would like to bring some of my cultural and historical influences into my work in general. It is inevitable because one is shaped by their culture and experiences. I would also like to bring in other African influences, not just from Zimbabwe, because I believe that our continent is blessed with diversity of culture and history. We have a lot of shared values, cultures and experiences and also have a lot of unique qualities. There are a lot of untold stories in Africa and we have to tell those stories to the rest of the world in our own unique way.

You produce and act, which of these comes easier for you? Do you plan to specialise in either of the two later?
I am more of a producer than an actress. It comes more naturally to me and I plan to venture more into production than acting in the future. I am a story teller and that is my strength. Acting confines me to stories that are being told in the eyes of another person and I feel this limits me as an artist. I would like be free to tell stories in my own way. There are a lot of stories that I would like to share with the world. I would also like to control the process because there is a lot more to experience as a filmmaker in making a film. That is not to say that the stories that I am a part of as an actress are not interesting or engaging. 76, for example, is a brilliant story and I enjoyed being a part of telling it. However, I would like to summon all the resources that the African continent affords us including different languages and locations. There are many exotic locations that would make amazing film locations around the continent.

Having been in Nollywood for a few years, what do you think industry practitioners need to do to make Nollywood better?
Nollywood is relatively new compared to Hollywood and Bollywood, the two other titans of the film industry. We are learning and improving as we go along. There are obviously still some challenges. For me the biggest challenge as an actress is scheduling and time management. We still have challenges with time management and meeting deadlines.

The other area where I would like to see Nollywood improve is in distribution. At the moment distribution is rather limited to Nigeria and Ghana. There is growing interest on the African continent and there has to be a more concerted effort to distribute films across the continent. The market across Africa is potentially very large. Without the widespread access to the internet that Africans abroad enjoy, it is necessary to find ways of distributing films using conventional methods to all corners of the continent.

Has being a single mum impacted the way you work?
Not at all. I am just like any other person with responsibilities. I am not unique. There are other mothers and fathers out there who have a lot more to juggle with a lot less resources than I have. I feel blessed to have my children and to be able to pursue my dreams.

Who is Memry Savanhu?
I am a proud African and a child of the Zezuru tribe. Primarily I am a mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend and peer. I am people person who loves to give. I am happiest when I am giving whether as an actress or giving back to my community. I evoke people’s dreams and emotions. I raise a mirror to society while at the same time giving it hope and aspiration. I am very grounded. My mother taught me that strength does not mean losing your humility. Even though I am an actress I am very private; an introvert. When the acting and film-making is done, and all that is associated with it; the awards ceremonies, the premieres and promotional events, I prefer the comfort of my private space.

 
Posted On Saturday, 19 November 2016 23:37 Written by
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