Months To Wedding, Alex Ekubo And Fiancée’s Engagement Called Off

The hashtag #FalexxForever already created a buzz on social media as the couple were set to wed in November 2021.

 

Just a few months to the marriage between Nollywood actor, Alex Ekubo and model, Fancy Acholonu, the couple has called off their engagement.

Fans were greeted with the news on Thursday, days after the couple was observed to have unfollowed each other on social media and also deleted their pictures together.

While Alex has yet to comment on the situation, Fancy in a post on Instagram confirmed that their relationship had come to an end.

“Hey guys, I am writing to inform you all officially that I have ended my relationship and engagement and I have called off the wedding with Alexx Ekubo,” the American-born model wrote.

“I am aware this may be a shock to many people. I made the best decision for myself, because it is important that everyone finds happiness and live in their truth. At this time, my family and I ask for you all to please respect our privacy. Thank you so much.”

 

 

The marriage, which was scheduled to hold in November, had become one of the most anticipated this year with the hashtag #FalexxForever already created the buzz that is typical of many celebrity weddings.

This comes at a time when some other celebrity couples appear to have also reached a roadblock in their relationships.

Last weekend, news broke that Anita Okoye, wife of music star, Paul of the now-defunct P-Square, had filed for a divorce.

In a petition filed at an FCT High Court, Anita stated that the 7-year marriage had broken down irretrievably because of a lack of love and compatibility.

Paul and Anita have three children together.

 

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Meanwhile, about two weeks ago, Ultimate Love couple, Iyke And Theresa also called off their engagement.

The couple had met and fallen in love on the maiden edition of the Ultimate Love show in 2019.

Back in May (2021), they took their affair a notch higher after they announced their engagement.

However, on August 11, Theresa in a now-deleted Instagram post wrote that she and Iyke have decided to part ways and forge ahead with their lives and careers.

She appealed to fans to respect their decision.

 

Am All Up For African Cinema – Alex Ekubo

Alex EkuboNigerian actor, Alex Ekubo, says the whole of African cinema matters to him because when the rest of the world watches movies from the continent, they don’t know which is Ghanian and which is Nigerian.

The award winning actor appeared on Rubbin Minds this Sunday straight from the set of a Ghanian production titled ‘Single, Married and Complicated’ and started off by saying “am all up for African cinema”.

He said, “All they see is an African movie so we should stop dividing ourselves and dividing our market by differentiating or distigusihing what movie it is.”

Alex could be mistaken to be among the new generation of model turned actors as stated by an older actor but he revealed that his first ever entertainment move was acting. In 2004, he featured in a movie produced and directed by veteran filmaker, Lancelot Odua Imasuen, acting alongside Empress Njamah, Justus Esiri and others. He later went back to school to study Law and later backed this with a Diploma in Mass Communication.

On the back of this, he refused to be categorized among actors who are on TV only because of their good looks and not their talents. He believes that the movie industry is an open market for anybody to go into. “Its a career out there for every person,” he said.

Alex noted that for an actor or an entertainer, there would be 40% people who are die-hard fans and another 40% could feel hate, while the remaining 20% could be indifferent.

He revealed that he has been his own biggest critic and never thinks he has done anything outstanding. He sees the flaws in his acting and always sees room for development so it is not for him to decided if he is a good actor or not.

Alex cares less about what people say about him. He believes everyone has his own opinion and he cannot change what people think about him, apparently referring to the rumours about him with some involving his friends like Yemi Alade, Uti Nwachukwu and others.

There had also been rumours that Alex and Uti’s friendship had gone sour but Alex debunked this saying that they were still in touch with each other, they’ve had no issues and were still friends. He still respects and appreciates him a lot, he added.

Speaking about his career, Alex said that a lot should be expected from him in the coming months, especially the premieres of some of the movies he had featured in; the movie ‘Dream Worker’ and ‘I Can’, which was directed by Desmond Eliot. He also wants his fans to watch out for an Emem Isong  movie that was shot in South Africa, which he also featured in.

Johnny Is An Experience About A Guy That Left Me – Yemi Alade

Yemi AladeNigerian pop music sensation, Yemi Alade, believes that the success of her hit single, ‘Johnny’ should not be traced to having done anything special asides pouring out her heart in the song.

Appearing as Ebuka’s guest on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television, she recalled the fact that since her debut, all the songs she had released have never been the same style, and Johnny was just another one of such tracks off her nature as a “music chameleon”.

In a religious tone, she aligned with her pastor, “do not for once think that it’s the work that you’re putting in that is making you as big as you are; it’s God’s gift.

“God chooses the time he wants to visit and I think God just decided to visit me as at the time I was releasing Johnny”, she said.

She said that the song was a product of her personal experience in the hands of a particular Johnny whose list of girls was longer than what the song could accommodate.

Ebuka, as usual, would not let Yemi off without a question about her relationship with men, but Miss Alade begged to keep her personal life out of the media. Attempts to make her open up were smartly beaten by her and on her relationship with actor, Alex Ekubo, she said, “Alex played the role of Johnny in my video; he’s an outstanding young guy and we are cool.”

Her response to stories making the rounds that she and Alex Ekubo attended the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards together as a couple in order to start a rumour to push their careers; “This is the first time I’m hearing that but we are friends and we just decided why don’t we go out together and we went out together. It’s no biggie.”

Yemi also shared her views about the Nigerian entertainment industry and the criticism that there were no genres anymore with everybody sounding alike. She admitted that indeed Nigerian artistes were beginning to sound the same way but this might just mean that Nigerian music was beginning to have its own sound and identity.

The pretty songstress referred to her music as Afropolitan, coined by her to describe the variation of the popular Afropop, Afro-hiphop, and other names by which Nigerian music has been described; all of which she said were inspired by the global recognition Fela’s Afrobeat got.

While saying that the success of the hit song ‘Johnny’ gives her the confidence that it is her turn, she referred to Waje and Tiwa Savage as those whose music have remained original and have been sources of inspiration to her, despite the seemingly shallow trend in the music industry.

Yemi promised to continue the story of that real Johnny in another song.

Funke Akindele, Rita Dominic, Yvonne Okoro Bag Awards At AMVCA

AMVCA PlaqueIt was the 2014 edition of the African Magic Viewer’s Choice Award, and some actors and actress went home smiling.

Below is a full list of winners and faces at the event.

Best Movie 2013
Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja
Udoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living Funeral
Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh – Contract WINNER
Michelle Bello – Flower Girl
James Omokwe – Awakening

Best Movie Drama
Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja
Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life
Udoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living Funeral
Frank Rajah Arase – The Groom’s Bride WINNER
Jumafor Ajogwu & Chris Eneaji – Murder at Prime Suites

Best Movie Comedy
Uche Jombo – Lies Men Tell
Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh – Contract
Elvis Chucks – A Wish -WINNER
Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Fighter
Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Hero

Best Movie Director
Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja
Tosh Gitonga – Nairobi Half Life
Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract -WINNER
Udoka Oyeka – Living Funeral
Frank Rajah Arase – Price
Amil Shivji – Shoeshine

Best Actress in a Drama
Stephanie Wilson – Living Funeral
Veronica Waceke – Higher Learning
Nse Ikpe-Etim – Journey to Self -WINNER
Nkiru Sylvanus – Kiss And The Brides
Ivie Okujaiye – The Volunteers

Best Actor in a Drama
Juma Rajab Rashid – Siri Ya Mtungi
Majid Michel – Somewhere in Africa
Hlomla Dandala – Contract
Majid Michel – House of Gold
Tope Tedela – A Mile From Home -WINNER

Best Supporting Actress
Valerie Kimani – Higher Learning
Jazymn Batchan – Still Standing
Liz Ameye – Living Funeral
Lance Handabile – Love Games
Tamara Eteimo – Desperate House Girls
Bikiya Graham-Douglas – Flower Girl -WINNER

Best Supporting Actor
David Mulwa – Higher Learning
Ian Mbugua – House of Lungula
Desmond Elliot – Finding Mercy -WINNER
Bimbo Manuel – Torn
Chris Attoh – Flower Girl

Best Actress in a Comedy
Funke Akndele – The Fighter
Funke Akndele – The Hero
Funke Akndele – Return of Sheri Koko -WINNER
Mary Ogbonna – Clinic Matters
Jackie Appiah – Cheaters
Yvonne Okoro – Contract

Best Actor in a Comedy
Hlomla Dandala – Contract
John Okafor – Return of Sheri Koko
Osita Iheme – The Hero -WINNER
Osita Iheme – The Fighter
Chinedu Ikedieze – The Hero

Best Television Series Comedy/Drama
Grace Kahaki Munthali – Prem Episode 2
Fred Phiri – Love Games Episode 6 -WINNER
John Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi
Paul Igwe – The Benjamins
Benson Akindeju – Nowhere to be Found

Best Short Film
Vincent Moloi – Berea
Amarachukwu Onoh – Mother Tongue
Amil Shivji – Shoeshine
Walter “Waltbanger” Taylaur – The Wages -WINNER
Enuma Chigbo – The Deadwood

Best Documentary
Dr Gilbert Chigbo (Narrator) – The Deadwood -WINNER
Sonia Maingi – Tumanka Goes to School
Peter Murimi – Matatu: My Life, My Art
Peter Murimi- Guardians of the Wild
David Campbell – Shamba Shape Up

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Swahili)
Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life
Jordan Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi
Ann Hamberger – Nina
Njoki Muhoho – Mama Duka -WINNER
Musa Venerable Mziba, Vagabond

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Yoruba)
Afeez Eniola – Arinnakore
Mercy Aigbe – Komfo -WINNER
Abdulrasaq Abdullahi – Edidi
Olatunji Akeem Balogun – Aye Kooto
Olatunji Akeem Balogun – Mufu Olosa Oloko

Best Indigenous Language Movie/Series (Hausa)
Yasin Auwal, Umar K, Mazugal – Wana Gari 1& 2
Hafizu Bello – Bakin Kishi
Abba Muko Yakassai – Habib -WINNER
Nasir Sa’ad Gwangwazo – Runan Jakara
Mikail I. Bin Hassan – Kurman Gari

Best Online Video
Stacy McDermott & Neville Ossai – Jungle Jewel: The Short Film
Mary Kaiyare – Deceit
Stanlee Ohikhuare – Kpian’s Premonition
Dorothy Ghettuba, Oyunga Pala – Next Big Host
Amarachukwu Onoh – Mother Tongue -WINNER

Best Writer (Drama)
Shirley Frimpong-Manso & Hertey Owusu – Contract -WINNER
Patrick Yaadar & Andy Boyo – Off The Hook
Akpor Kagho – Living Funeral
Fatima Jabbe – Battered
Pascal Amanfo – Single & Married

Best Writer (Comedy)
Jigi Bello – Flower Girl -WINNER
Jahmal Holland – Still Standing
Ohis Udofia – Kuti’s Career Palace
Patrick Onyeka – The Place
Seun Arowojolu – Squatterz

Best Cinematographer
James Michael Costello – Last Flight to Abuja
Christian Almesberger – Nairobi Half Life -WINNER
Idhebor Kagho – Living Funeral
Imoh Umoren – Have a Nice Day
Themba Masondo – Taxi Ride

Best Art Director
Barbara Minishi – Nairobi Half Life -WINNER
Ken Attoh & Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract
Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Apples Miniseries Part 1&2
Kyle Quint – Siri Ya Mtungi
Frank Rajah Arase – The Piece

Best Sound Editor
Sola Awoponle – Ilari
Obi Emelonye & Luke Corradine – Last Flight to Abuja -WINNER
Jordan Riber – Siri Ya Mtungi
Carl Raccah – Journey to Self
Maurice Kings – Murder at Prime Suites
Paul Apel – Blue Flames

Best Video Editor
Ben Nugent & Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja
Austin Faani Ikechukwu – Battle for Wealth
Shirley Frimpong-Manso – Contract -WINNER
Chucks Madu Success – Oga On Top
Jack Esterhuizen – Love Games Episode 25

Best Lightning Designer
Don Izuchukwu – Brother’s Keeper
Godwin Daniel – Living Funeral
Ifeoluwa Balogun – The Benjamins
Mohammed Zain – Nairobi Half Life -WINNER
Eric Aghimien – A Mile from Home

Best Costume Designer
Adeola Ramonu – Adebola Omo Oba
Doreen Estazia Noni – Siri Ya Mtungi
Catherine Kibugi – Sumu La Penzi Episode 5
Ruth Ndulu Maingi – Lies That Bind Episode 2 Season 2
Chiemela Nwagboso – The Kingdom – WINNER

Best Make-up Artist
Elayne Okaya – Nairobi Half Life -WINNER
Olabimpe Cole – Lekki Wives
Alex Gakumo – Sumu La Penzi Episode 1 Season 1
Michael Wawuyo – The Felistas Fable
Rehema Samo – Siri Ya Mtungi
Israel Moses – A Wish
Rosemary Obika, Redemption

New Era Award Movie – Rita Dominic – The Meeting – WINNER

Trailblazer Award – Michelle Bello – WINNER

Industry Merit Award – Pete Edochie – WINNER

Monalisa Chinda and Uti Nwachukwu
Monalisa Chinda and Uti Nwachukwu
Yemi Alade and Alex Ekubo
Yemi Alade and Alex Ekubo
Toke Makinwa and Ibinabo Fiberesima
Toke Makinwa and Ibinabo Fiberesima
Waje
Waje
Juliet Ibrahim and IK Ogbonna
Juliet Ibrahim and IK Ogbonna
Ebuka Obi Uchendu and Chidi Mokeme
Ebuka Obi Uchendu and Chidi Mokeme
Chika Ike
Chika Ike

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Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji
Yvonne Okoro
Yvonne Okoro
IK Osakioduwa and wife
IK Osakioduwa and wife
Chinedu Ikedieze, Osita Iheme and John Okafor
Chinedu Ikedieze, Osita Iheme and John Okafor
Osas Ighodaro and Tomi Odunsi
Osas Ighodaro and Tomi Odunsi
Rita Dominic, Mercy Aigbe and Uche Jumbo
Rita Dominic, Mercy Aigbe and Uche Jumbo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EME Ditches Skales As Patoranking Ditches Dem Mama Records

Skales
Skales

Leading record imprint, Empire Mate Entertainment, gave Skales the boots as it refused to renew the contracts of the singer cum rapper. According to wide reports, the Banky W led music label regarded the singer as unproductive after having just few singles to his name in his three years stint at the label.

Skales was signed as a young promising rapper back in 2010 but failed to make a successful cross over into the pop lane since joining the EME.

In a reverse scenario, fast rising reggae music star, Patoranking, appears to have ditched the Timaya led Dem Mama Records which released his break-in single, Alubarika.

Patoranking
Patoranking
According to wide reports, the singer whose real name is Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, has floated a new management company, Foston Musik.
Also, raving singer, Yemi Alade, has released a music video for her break in single, Johnny.
The music video, which featured The Big brother star, Beverly Osu, Comedian Bovi, rising actor, Alex Ekubo and many others, was shot by Clarence Peters.

I Am Not Playing Music For Money – Uti Nwachukwu

Nigerian actor and a model, Uti Nwachukwu, has said that his latest incursion into the Nigerian music scene is in fulfillment of his passion for his first love, rather than the quest for money.

The winner of the Big Brother Africa reality show was a guest on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television on Sunday, where he spoke about some of his recent activities.

The man, who started his career as a model before hitting fame on the pan-African reality show has since delved into other areas of the entertainment business, after riding on his claim to fame to make a great career as a TV show host.

Having also enjoyed good reviews from his performances in a number of Nollywood movies, in 2013, he released a single, launching his career as a recording artiste to the surprise of many Nigerians.

Although he refused to rate himself as a musician, Uti noted that he grew up with his multiple talents, and has enjoyed the new experience because of the reaction it drew from many fans, as they were mostly shocked that he could sing.

The latest single was not his first attempt at singing and he admitted that much, adding that the previous two singles were not serious attempts; moreover, he had never been famous for his first attempts, as he reminded Ebuka that it also took him three attempts to win Big Brother Africa.

Asked to identify his weakest competence among the many known talents, Uti simply said there was none. “TV presenting is the easiest for me and acting is the most stressful.”

Uti also had some harsh words for the critics who have tagged him as fame conscious. He noted that he had no reason to allow anonymous comments affect him. He said: “My skill is to serve serious minded people, or in lay-man’s terms – people that have sense. I don’t work because I want to entertain daft or dull people.

“You have to be extremely mentally challenged to take an anonymous comment seriously. Serious people would actually come to you and I have not met any serious person that has abused me to say ‘why are you everywhere’?”

Uti also seized the opportunity to clarify the state of the relationship between him and his friend Alex Ekubo. He explained that the relationship was part of his passion for giving back to the society as they went everywhere together so he could help give Alex the exposure his talents deserved.

There had been rumours about the hidden motive of their relationship and he wondered why “many Nigerians” would complain that celebrities were not using their status to help others; and when they do, there would also be suspicion about them being involved in amorous relationships.

“In Nigeria, a lot of people feel that you cannot give someone so much without getting something back in return; which is most likely sex,” he said.

He referred to the speculations as “very ridiculous. “But it didn’t affect the relationship. We would sit back and laugh because me I know my friend, I know say him like woman well well, and he knows me as a very disciplined man but I like women.”

Uti refused to reveal his plans for 2014, but he assured his fans that a lot would be happening during the year.

Of course, Ebuka would not let him leave the studio without touching on his love life and the lady or ladies he has been linked with. That brought quite some revelation.

Enjoy the interview.