Around And About Nollywood In One Week
By Shaibu Husseini
12 November 2022 |
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Delectable actress and Black November star Mbong has remarried eight years after formally divorcing filmmaker Jeta Amata. The 37-year old mother of one got social media space buzzing when she shared photos from her wedding ceremony, which held in Cross Rivers State at the weekend.
It is a week of bits and pieces in Moviedom and here is a pick of practitioners and event that made headlines in the week under review…
Former Mbong Amata Now Mrs. Mbong Sule
Delectable actress and Black November star Mbong has remarried eight years after formally divorcing filmmaker Jeta Amata. The 37-year old mother of one got social media space buzzing when she shared photos from her wedding ceremony, which held in Cross Rivers State at the weekend. Many had assumed that the pictures that Mbong shared on her timeline were pictures from a movie set, but when they read the accompanying messages, they wasted no time in congratulating the actress for finding love again. Here is how Mbong announced her marriage to Mr. Sule who a close source hinted is an Abuja based business man: “Surprise! I am married. Everything I have ever dreamt of, God has done. Wow… such a bold statement and dare I say that my life is truly complete. Being drenched in so much love, and surrounded by my closest pals as I celebrated my nuptials this past weekend felt so incredible. God has blessed me with the best of everything’’.
Mbong and Jeta have a daughter together named Veno. They got married in 2008, separated in 2013 and were divorced in 2014. Here is wishing Mrs. Mbong Sule a happy married life on behalf of the Moviedom crew.
Double Gbosa’s For Egor Effiok
IT is double celebration for Notable filmmaker and Africa correspondent and Ambassador for Hollywood Weekly Magazine Egor Efiok. Egor now Mrs. Kelly, signed the marriage certificate at a court wedding in Abuja to her long time bae Kelly penultimate week and just this week, friends, colleagues and family members swarmed on her social media handles to celebrate her on her birthday. Moviedom learnt that the wedding ceremony will hold in Abuja on December 3.
Nicknamed LadyBoss, Egor is the founder of E4PR, a celebrity focused PR firm aimed at rebranding stars to suit her ‘Hollywood meets Nollywood’ concept. She is currently a Hollywood Weekly Magazine’s Africa correspondent and the only Nigerian member of the board of trustees of the prestigious Hollywood Weekly Magazine Film Festival (HWMFF).
Queen Nwokoye Does The Market And Street Round
IF you have been wondering why notable actress Queen Nwokoye has been out of circulation lately, wonder no more. A bird whispered to us that the actress of vast movie credits has been doing the market and office rounds in Onitsha, Anambra state as one of the Peak Milk Brand ambassadors.
The bird hinted that the star of ‘Evil Queen’, ‘Nna Men’, ‘Ada Mbano’, ‘Chetanna’ and countless movie runs has been a major part of the breakfast plan of sellers and patrons at Onitsha market in the last one week. Moviedom gathered that there is a current surge to Onitsha market where the Peak Breakfast Café is located as sellers and their patrons look forward to be served breakfast by the screen star who has described the experience of preparing breakfast for lovers of the brand who are mostly her fans as ‘fun’.
Femi Adebayo On A Panel At AFRIFF
NOTABLE actor and producer Femi Adebayo was on a panel at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), which ends today in Lagos. Adebayo, who is now more popular for producing the box office hit ‘King of Thieves’ was on the panel with filmmaker Kunle Afolayan and Abba Makama and he spoke about the potential of Nigeria indigenous movies making it to the global stage if well produced.
Adebayo’s invitation to speak on the panel may be unconnected with how his ‘King of Thieves’ produced in partnership with Anthill studios shattered the box office record early this year. The epic film based on a popular Yoruba folktale reportedly crossed the N250 million mark, an astounding figure for a non-English film in Nigerian box office.
Starring Femi Adebayo Salami, Toyin Abraham, Odunlade Adekola, and Ibrahim Chatta amongst others, ‘King of Thieves’ is directed by Adebayo Tijani and Tope Adebayo Salami.
Ebele Okaro Returns After Mum’s Burial
POPULAR Nollywood actress, Ebele Okaro, is back in circulation after the burial of her mother, Dame Elizabeth Okaro whom she described as her mentor, twin sister and guardian. The actress had on August 27 announced the passing of Dame Okaro who holds the national honour of Member of the Federal Republic.
Dame Okaro, 91 was interred in her family compound in Ogidi, Anambra State on November 4. The actress of vast movie credits who has continued to receive condolence messages from colleagues and fans, took to her social media handle during the week to thank her colleagues and fans for their support and prayers. Ebele wrote: “Our mother was finally laid to rest. To all those who were part of the events preceding the burial, those that reached out to us in words, prayers, kindness, gifts, encouragement, and love, on behalf of myself and siblings, we thank you all and pray God blesses you all immensely’’.
A source close to the busy actress disclosed that the ‘Road to Yesterday’ and ‘Chetanna’ star will be heading back to Asaba, Delta to continue work.
BON 2022: Honour For Ebele Okaro, Jide Kosoko, Pete Edochie In Owerri
ORGANISERS of the yearly Best Of Nollywood (BON) Awards, have announced that three Nollywood veterans— Jide Josoko, Ebele Okaro and Pete Edochie will receive the Special Recognition Award of the BON 2022. Founder of the award Seun Oloketuyi stated that the veterans will be celebrated at this year’s BON Awards, holding on December 3, in Owerri, the Imo State capital’.
“They will be celebrated for their immense impact on the industry over the last three decades. Said Oloketuyi on the awardees,‘’ Oloketuyi hinted.
Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro and Pete Edochie’s impacts both on and off screen are worthy of celebrations and such is with the Special Recognition to be conferred on them. These thespians are also known to have influenced their children into starting career in the industry, starting another progressive curve of rising stars of Nollywood.
Jide Kosoko’s four children, Temilade, Sola, Bidemi, and Muyiwa; Pete Edochie’s son, Yul Edochie are brilliant fruits of the veterans in the industry. It would be recalled that the full nomination list for BON Awards 2022 was earlier released with the movie ‘Ayinla’ leading the nominations count.