Richard Mofe-Damijo Leads Cast of ‘Three Wise Men’ At Premiere

mofedamijo1New comic flick, ‘Three Wise Men’, starring three of Nigeria’s finest veteran actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Victor Olaotan and Zach Orji, premieres in Lagos.

The movie which was produced by Opa Williams, hosted friends, associates, and colleagues at the premiere, after many years of the producer’s self-imposed hiatus.

Opa Williams stated that after his long break, he needed to come out big with a unique movie, relating to real life experience, family, and the likes. This took a long time, he told Channels Television.

He stated that he needed to evoke the characters, better interpret the story and make it believable and not the regular type-casting. he then explained that the actors, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Victor Olaotan and Zach Orji actually contributed majorly to the story as they gradually grew into their various characters.

The movie which was directed by Patience Oghre was chronicled on three retired aged men who, after retirement benefits, opted to relived their youth. The pack is led by Erikefe played by Mofe-Damijo, a divorcee with three failed marriages after five children.

He decided to live alone while refusing to remarry, as his covetous children who are now grown and live on their own, patiently wait for him to die so they can scoop on whatever is left of him.

Speaking to Channels Television, Richard Mofe-Damijo explained that he fashioned his character after the late Highlife singer, Fatai Rolling Dollars.

He said he only had to immerse himself in a beautifully written script and take from as many life characters as possible.

Mofe-Damijo who is regarded as a veteran of the industry suggested that the time is now for the government and individuals to key into the industry and grow it to the next level.

“The movie sector requires full attention of the government an encouragement.

“The sector requires elevation and enthronement to attain institutionalization, which will enhance budgeting and deliberate policy to push the industry forward.

“The industry entails of not the movies, but entertainment, comedy, music, dance, and the rest. The Performing Arts is a body of inexhaustible body of values calling for government attention,” he said.

Recently, the National Bureau of Statistics revealed that the movie industry contributed 54 billion Naira to the Nigerian GDP.

This silent achievement has gradually won over skeptics including financial institutions.

Bank of Industry, (BOI) representative, Uche Nwuka, also stated that they were initially skeptical about the movie industry and not sure of their performance but later, resolved to support it.

“The result so far has been amazing. The first two projects paid off in record time before maturity, she said.

The highly anticipated ‘Three Wise Men’, hits the cinemas this holiday seasons.

New Movie: Nollywood Thriller ‘Oloibiri’, Stirs A Buzz

Nollywood thriller, OloibiriNew Nollywood action thriller, ‘Oloibiri’, has stirred a buzz, as it became a hot topic among public figures who attended the Lagos premiere of the film.

The movie, which vividly paints the hardship endured by locals in the titular town as a result of oil exploration, weaves a compelling story of greed, poverty, and vengeance.

The event was well attended by a number of public figures including a Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Emeka Antaoku, as well as a Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, who was impressed by the overall message of the film.

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He advocated for more of such movies that would push the government to take action on matters of grave importance.

“The message is clear and very powerful.

“This has succeeded, we should do more of it,” he said in an interview with Channels Television.

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Oloibiri stars a stellar cast including veteran actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo, who also expressed hopes that the buzz the film has created would lead to further dialogue in the public sphere.

This, according to him, would bring the much needed respite to the local community which inspired the movie.

Other prominent cast include: Olu Jacobs, Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett, Ivie Okujaiye, Nollywood thriller, OloibiriIfeanyi Williams, Daniel K Daniel and William Moses among others.

Several stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry present at the event were equally impressed by the movie delivery as well as the overall production.

Funmi Holder Screens Debut Movie ‘The Grudge’

Funmi Holder, The grudge, Actress and Producer Funmi Holder, has now wrapped up production of her debut film, ‘The Grudge’.

She hosted the cast, crew and celebrities to a VIP screening of the drama in Ikeja, Lagos.

The cast while sharing their experiences working with her, expressed joy over the outcome of the film.

One of the cast, Iretiola Doyle, said she is so proud of Funmi, for being able to play her roles properly both as an actress and a producer.Funmi Holder, The grudge,

“It’s not easy and she has taken on this huge endeavor and I dare-say that she has taken it on successfully” she said.

Being an actor herself, Mrs Doyle said “Funmi knows how to handle her actors too”.

The movie also stars fast rising actress, Ijeoma Aniebo who played the role of a poor woman, struggling by all means to support her family.

Ijeoma said she has been asked a lot of questions concerning her choice of role and Funmi Holder, The grudgein response to that she says “the human experience is a global experience and getting to understand what people are going through is incredible”.

For her, working with industry experts such as Ireti Doyle, Richard Mofe Damijo among others, was a career dream come true.

Richard Mofe–Damijo on the other hand is well aware of his influence on the younger generation of colleagues in the film industry, including the movie director, who is also just having his first shot at directing.Funmi Holder, The grudge,

According to him, if he notices the team involves a younger generation, he tries to make them as comfortable as possible.

The movie whose theme is centered on how to manage relationships and as the name implies, the effects of holding resentment for close associates with a focus on marriage and family, was directed by Yemi Morafa.

Nollywood Actor/Director Robert Peters Weds

Robert-Peters-Weds-August-2014-BN-Weddings-BellaNaija.com-08-499x600Nollywood actor turned producer/director, Robert Peters, tied the knot with his heartthrob,  in an intimate ceremony held on Saturday at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Atlanta, Georgia.

Robert who relocated to the US few years ago, recently directed AY Makun‘s movie – 30 Days in Atlanta starring Ramsey Nouah, Vivica A. Fox and Richard Mofe Damijo.

Guests at the event include Mercy Johnson and her daughter Purity, Daniel Adenimokun, Stella Damasus and Desmond Elliot who was part of the groomsmen.

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RMD, AY, Vivica Foxx, Lynn Whitfield Feature In ’30 Days In Atlanta’

Award winning actor, Richard Mofe–Damijo, is making a long awaited return to the big screen after years of self-imposed hiatus.

The Nollywood hunk of the 90s is starring alongside Ramsey Noah, comedian AY and Hollywood stars; Vivica Foxx and Lynn Whitefiled in ’30 Days In Atlanta’.

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South Africa Beats Nollywood At AMAA 2014

Nigerian film stars joined their counterparts from other African countries at the 2014 edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

Clarion Chukwura, who won the award for Best Actor in the female category for her role in “Apaye; A Mother’s Love” led other stars, Eniola Badmus, Rita Dominic, Patience Ozokwo, Segun Arinze, Richard Mofe Damijo, Ibinabo Fiberesima, and many others who graced the occasion.

At the end of the show, South Africa carted away 9 plaques while Nollywood clinched 6.

On this segment of EN, we featured the highlights of the event.

Also, Entertainment Correspondent, Abidemi Dairo sits with EN presenter, Mayowa Ogundele for a review of the event.

Also, EN featured scenes from the shoot of Kabarr’s new music video. Also, we featured highlights of God’s Children Got Talent, a talent hunt show sponsored by Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Sadiq Daba, RMD, Mo Abudu, Others Attend Private Screening Of October 1

Kunle AfolayanNigerian celebrities, business moguls, diplomats, and government officials were on Sunday night hosted at Terra Kulture for the private screening of Kunle Afolayan’s latest thriller flick, October 1.

The purpose of the exclusive event, which held at Intercontinental Hotel Lagos, was to pitch private screening to corporate organisations and individuals, as well as garner sponsorship for the major local and international premieres coming up later in the year.

The exceptional list, led by Kunle Afolayan, comprised renowned actors such as Sadiq Daba, Kenneth Okonkwo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Demola Adedoyin, David Baile and Kayode Olaiya.

Topmost fashion designer, Deola Sagoe who played the role of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Kehinde Bankole and Nick Phys was also part of the outstanding cast.

October 1 is a thought-provoking movie that isn’t solely about entertaining viewers but serves to communicate important national messages, Afolayan said. He added, “we want the younger generation to know where we are coming from and the older generation to see if we are moving in the right direction”.

Notable faces spotted at the event included art patron, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, CEO Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, MD Standard Chartered Bank, Bola Adesola, MD, Leadway Assurance, Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale, Consul-General Of France, Francois Sastourne, Consul-General Of South Africa, Ambassador & Mrs Mokgethi Monaisa, Executive Director, Bank Of Industry, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Mo Abudu, Ruth Osime, Noble Igwe among many others.

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Richard Mofe-Damijo & Kunle Afoloyan Sadiq Daba, Tunde Kelani & a guest Seun Soyeda Tokunbo Durosaro & Folashade Ali Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afoloyan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmoud Ali-Balogun & Sadiq Daba 2 Yemi Edeki & Bolajoko Odunowo