Funke Akindele, Husband Welcome Set Of Twins

 

Actress, Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa has reportedly welcomed a set of twins with her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, popularly known as JJC Skills.

The news went viral on social media on Saturday morning after the actress shared some posts expressing gratitude to God.

The exact reason was, however, not disclosed.

She wrote, “Thank you Lord. Oluwa e tobi (God is great), Mo je oruko titun (I am now being called a new name).”

Congratulatory messages have continued to pour in from fans, close friends and family of the couple.

Funke and her husband got married in 2016 and the newborn would be their first together, although Bello has other children from a previous relationship.

Some of those sharing in the joy of the couple include media mogul, Mo Abudu, On Air Personality, Toke Makinwa and actress, Mercy Aigbe.

See some of the posts below.

 

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Funke Akindele To Star In ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars’

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele, has been listed as a member of the cast of 2018 superhero movie Avengers: Infinity Wars, alongside international movie stars Robert Downey Jr and Chris Hemsworth.

According to popular movie review website, IMDB, where the actress’ name was published, she will be a member of Dora Milaje, a team of women who serve as personal bodyguards of the Black Panther, the spiritual leader of Wakanda.

While Akindele has yet to confirm the news herself, her name and picture can be found in the official cast for the movie and her appearance in it would mark the first time a Nollywood actress will be featured in a superhero movie.

 

Akindele also popularly known as Jenifa, rose to the fame following her role in popular United Nations Population Fund sponsored sitcom; I Need to Know, which ran from 1998 to 2002.

She has since been a wonder to watch especially with her ability to switch characters from the serious to the comic most fans recognise her to be, thanks to memorable turn as “Jenifa”, and her recent TV series, “Jenifa’s Diaries”.

Funke Akindele, Saint Obi Join Censors Board In The Fight Against Piracy

Movie celebrities including Funke Akindele, Fred Amata, Saint Obi and many others met together at the Lagos office of the National Film and Video Censor Board(NFVCB) to inspect seized unauthorised works in the market.

During the news conference in Lagos, the executive director of National Film and Video Censor Board Adetayo Thomas explained that the tax force has been able to remove films with estimated market value of over 50 million Naira.

“In five days, the tax force was able to remove the Alaba international market film and video works not classified and not approved for distribution in Nigeria, from the premises not licensed being operated by a person not licensed to carry out the film and video business in Nigeria.

The tax force was able to remove films and works with an estimated market value of over 50 million Naira.”

In recent weeks, the board had rated an outrageous range of the popular Alaba market in Lagos where intellectual property is re-created without proper authorization.

Copies include some recent big budget cinema flicks such as ‘The Wedding Party’, ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, ‘Wives on Strike’, A trip to Jamaica’ and many others.

Speaking with Channels Television Funke Akindele expressed her sadness over movie pirated copies after so much work has been into it.

“We work so hard and at the end of the day, the products are being pirated, it is sad because we don’t even cover the money of production. I see Jenifa’s diary out there on the street, even the original copies we turned out for people to buy, they are not buying them because they are buying pirated copies.

“I am grateful the government is supporting now, we pray they do not relent, we pray they push harder to ensure that the pirates are brought to book.”

According to the newly amended National Film and Video Censors Board act signed into law by vice president Yemi Osinbanjo in march 2017.

“Convicted publishers of unauthorized works are liable for a maximum sentencing of up to three years with an option of up to three years with an option of fine of about five hundred thousand Naira.”

Filmmakers, however, believe that the sanctions should be improved upon and be made stronger.

Filmmaker Abdulahi Abdulrasak said, “The law against pirates is not fair, that is why most people are not discouraged in engaging in the act but we are also making some move to ensure that the law against pirates is amended to give them a stiffer penalty.

“The best thing is for us to continue with this process why we are also working on the area of getting the law against pirates to be improved upon and to be stronger.”

The Federal Government recently declared tax relief for investors in the creative sector to help speed up growth in the industry. Beyond this, stake holders believe protecting intellectual property is equally important in making in the industry attractive to prospective investors.

JJC Gushes As Funke Akindele Expects Twins

Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele is said to be expecting twins.

Her husband, JJC Skillz took to Twitter on Sunday to express his excitement over the news of the twin babies.

He said, “God I receive your wonderful news in praise, to God be the glory, you will be called a mother by your beautiful miraculous twins”.

The couple got married on August 2016 in a rather quiet ceremony.

Funke Akindele Joins UNICEF Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation

Nollywood superstar actress, producer and screenwriter, Funke Akindele has pledged to join the UNICEF course against the practice of female genital mutilation in Nigeria and Africa at large.

The multiple award winning actress whose television series ‘Jenifa’s Diary’, is currently trending, headlined the Meets Media series in Lagos where she pledged to be a resounding voice in the campaign against the barbaric act.

While she says she has supported various campaigns, the actress acknowledged that female genital mutilation is indeed very serious and she is committed to ending it.

#NigeriaAt56: Entertainers Urge Nigerians To Remain Positive

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 As Nigeria marks another Independence Day, stakeholders in the entertainment industry are encouraging Nigerians to remain positive in the tough times.

While some of the entertainers believe that the nation’s growth is stunted and there is hardly any progress, others insist on treading only the positive lane.

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Celebrities in the fashion, music as well as film industries have opined that although the economic situation of the country is not favourable, there could be light at the end of the tunnel if Nigerians remain positive.

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Funke Akindele, appealed to Nigerians to kick against war, violence and anything that could come in the way of peace.

“We hope that at the end of the day, we are alive to witness the change,” the actress said.

Funke Akindele Makes Appearance With Husband At ‘A Trip To Jamaica’ Premiere

It ay, fuke akindelewas a star-studded, black carpet event at the premiere of AY’s new movie, ‘A Trip to Jamaica’, in Lagos.

Among those in attendance were fans, supporters as well as celebrities in the music, film and fashion industries.

The movie, which was a mix of Hollywood, Nollywood and Ghallywood actors, featured Funke Akindele, Nse Ikpe Etim, Chris Attoh, Dan Davids, Eric Roberts, Rebecca Sylvera, Paul Campbell and AY among others.

In 2014, comedian Ayomakun popularly known as AY, released his debut feature length film ’30 days in Atlanta’, which gained rave reviews and eventually became a box office hit, as the highest grossing film in Nigerian cinema.

Despite mixed reviews, the Robert Peters directed comedy, came back with the spin-off in 2016 ‘A Trifunke akindelep To Jamaica’.

AY, who is regarded as one of Nigeria’s highest grossing comedians, explained that he decided it would be a good idea to shoot the movie in Jamaica because he discovered after some research, that “Jamaicans love Nollywood movies, and we also love their culture, especially in the aspect of Music”.

He also said that as part of making it work, there were a lot of collaborations along-side the movie. Such collaborations he said were between Tiwa Savage and singer, Busy Signal, who created the official motion picture soundtrack for the movie.

Director, Robert Peters further explained the multicultural film, saying “we are trying to connect, trying to make a cross cultural movie and at the end of the day, it is aimed at giving our film a world view”.

AY also addressed concerns on piracy, a menace to which the ’30 days in Atlanta’ fell victim. He said certain measures have been put in place to avoid a repetition.

He, however, appealed to the government to take proactive steps to allay the fears of stakeholders in the creative industry.

Funke Akindele And JJC

Another interesting detail that crowned the event was the first time appearance of Funke Akindele, A.K.A Jenifa, with her singer husband, Abdul Rasheed Bello A.K.A JJC skills.

The couple, who had gotten married in a secret wedding, in London on August 23, 2016, finally came open in public for the first time during the premiere of the movie ‘A Trip To Jamaica’.

Reports say they chose a quiet wedding in London because neither of them wanted to be at the center of attention, having been on that lane before.

“The decision to do it quietly was right for us and we pray for the understanding of our close friends and fans at this offer of a lifetime moment,” the couple said.

AMVCA 2016: Full List Of Winners

AMVCAThe 2016 edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) took place on Saturday, March 5 in Lagos.

The award, which held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos had several African celebrities appearing in style.

It was the best of African fashion as top stars climbed the stage to present and receive the AMVCA plaque.

The AMVCA rewards the most outstanding performances in African cinema.

The 2016 edition was hosted by seasoned media personality IK Osakioduwa and Minnie Dlamini.

Below is the full list of winners on the night:

Best Art Director – Frank Rajah (The Refugees)
Best Television Series Award – Ariyike Oladipo (Daddy’s Girls)
Best Makeup Artist in a Movie or Series – Louiza Calore for Ayanda
Best Short Film or Online Video Award – Oluseyi Amuwafo (A Day With Death)
Best Writer for Movie and TV series – Trish Malone (Ayanda)
Best Lighting Designer (Movies/TV) – Stanley Ohikhuare (Common Man)
Best Cinematographer – Paul Michaelson (Tell Me Sweet Something)
Best Sound Editor – Jose Guillermo (Cry)
Best Picture Editor – Shirley Frimpong-Manso (Rebecca)
Best Costume Designer – Uche Nancy (Dry)
Best Local Language Movie/TV Series (Swahili) – Single Mtambalike (Kitendawali)
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Hausa) – Salisu Balarebe (Dandi Kowa)
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Yoruba) – Binta Ofege
Best Indigenous Movie/TV Series (Igbo) – Paul Igwe (Usekwu Igbo)
Best Documentary – Remi Vaughan (Faaji Agba)
Best Supporting Actor In A Movie – Sambassa Nzeriba (A Soldier’s Story)
Best Supporting Actress – Tunbosun Aiyedihin (Before 30)
Best Actor In A Comedy – Folarin ‘Falz The Bahd Guy’ Falana (Jenifa’s Diary)
Best Actress In A Comedy – Funke Akindele (Jenifa’s Diary)
Trail Blazer Award – Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju
AMVCA 2016 Industry Merit Award – Bukky Ajayi and Sadiq Daba
Best Movie (Southern Africa) – Joyce Chavura – (Lilongwe)
Best Movie (East Africa) – Elizabeth Miachael – (Mapenzi)
Best Movie (West Africa) – Genevieve, Chinny Onwugbenu and Chichi Nwoko – (Road to Yesterday)
Best Actress In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Adesua Etomi (Falling)
Best Actor In A Movie/Drama/TV Series – Daniel K. Daniel (A Soldier’s Story)
The Best Director – Akin Omotosho (Tell Me Sweet Something)
Best Overall Movie – Stephanie Linus (Dry)

Funke Akindele, Stephanie Linus’ New Reality TV Shows In The Works

Funke Akindele -Stephanie LinusNollywood super stars, Funke Akindele – who rose to unending fame after her “Jenifa” movies hit screens nationwide and Stephanie Linus, who has been a screen diva for many years, are both working on new projects.

Channels TV’s Entertainment News correspondent – Mayowa Ogundele – can confirm that the two actors are working on Reality TV shows.

Funke Akindele, who attended the Genevieve Pink Ball fundraiser over the weekend, stunned in a Jovani earth-tone dress, with pink accessories to fit the “pink” theme of the party.

Asked what fans should expect as 2014 winds down, Funke Akindele dished about her new TV series, called “Jenifa’s Diary”, which has started filming. So for fans expecting another Jenifa movie, sorry!

“The Reality Show is just in pre-production” she said, adding that fans should expect a new movie by December.

As far as we know, the movie would speak against stigmatisation of those living with HIV/AIDS.

“I’m very passionate about people not stigmatising people living with HIV/AIDS… We want to say a big no to stigmatisation of people living with HIV/AIDS,” she said.

Meanwhile, Stephanie Linus, who had a dream location wedding in 2012 and never fails to gush about her husband, is out for young couples and wants to help them “have a fabulous time with one another”, with her own show.

If you guessed that “Make Me Fabulous” would be a great name for the show, you guessed right!

Her movie, Dry, will also go through a private screening in Wales, United Kingdom and should be released soon.

Asides that, Stephanie is working on a few movie projects, which are still under wraps, as well as a perfume line.

Pictures From DR. SID And Simi Osomo Traditional Wedding

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The traditional wedding between Sidney Esiri, popularly known as Dr Sid and Simi Osomo, took place at Ark Event Center, Lekki, Lagos on Sunday July 27.

The beautiful wedding was a fusion of Yoruba and Urhobo cultures.

Dignitaries and friends at the ceremony include Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Toke Makinwa, Funke Akindele, Ice Prince, D-Prince, Banky W, Sasha P, Lynxx, Tania Omotayo, Toolz, Korede Bellow and others.

See some pics of guests and the couple at the wedding below.

 

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EN Visits All-Star Cast Of ForColoredGirls During Rehearsals

ForColoredGirlsNtozake Shange’s 1975 collection of poems For Colored Girls was re-imagined as a play by ace director, Wole Oguntokun.

Entertainment News (EN) visited members of the cast, Oreka Godis, Funke Akindele, Osas Ighodaro, Diana Yekinni, Ade Laoye and Carol King, who were busy perfecting their roles in time for show day.

Here’s a picture of singer, Waje, posing with the cast on show day.

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
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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