I’m Open To A Relationship If I Meet The Right Guy – Beverly Naya

Beverly NayaNigeria’s beautiful actress, Berverly Naya, says that having realised on time that there was more to her as an actor, embracing the Nigerian movie industry has given her the best platform to launch her career.

Beverly, who has lived all her life in the United Kingdom before relocating to Nigeria, said that there was not much going on in the British movie and theatre industry and this led to her decision to kick-start her career in Nigeria.

She explained she quickly noticed that, because of her race, there were risks of being stereotyped into acting only some of the usual roles reserved for black actors – ghetto girl.

Although she admitted that relocating to Nigeria was a daring move, especially considering she had never lived in the country, and did not have the Nigerian accent, she said that she had her mind made up once she graduated from school.

Her British accent, according to her, hasn’t been much of a challenge because she had prepared very well for Nollywood before stepping into it.

To buttress this, she revealed that she recently played the role of a village girl in a yet to be released 200million naira budget Nigerian movie, which stars Omotola Ekehinde and other notable Nigerian actors.

Miss Naya, who has also joined the league of actors on popular TV soap, Tinsel, also provided clarifications on her real name, origin and ties to Delta State Nigeria.

Naya, expectedly, has been linked to a number of young and single men in the Nigerian entertainment industry; like pop singer, Flavour and TV show host, Uti Nwachukwu.

Of Flavour, she maintained a well publicised comment that she had never met him in person and being linked to him was laughable.

For Uti, she explained that they had been good friends and being seen together at an event led to the rumours, as fans assumed that there was more to their casual relationship.

Speaking about her several handsome co-actors on Tinsel, she said, “I’m not really looking for a husband on Tinsel” despite her on-screen romance with Tinsel star, Gideon Okeke, whom she refereed to as a good friend.

I am single at the moment and if I meet the right guy, then who knows…I’m open to a relationship if I meet the right guy but for now, I am (only) going on dates,” she said.

’50 Shades of Black’ is a project very dear to Beverly. It is targeted at inspiring young black women to believe more in themselves and be proud of themselves, no matter the colour of their skin.

She has been speaking to young ladies in schools and other places on the need to have a better view of themselves.

She recently had several celebrities support the vision by writing different inspirational messages to young people in line with the vision.

A new documentary film by Beverly Naya is also being produced and this would further propagate the message of the ’50 Shades of Black’.

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.

Nigerian Superstars Set To Go On Tour

Wizkid-Tiwa-Savage-Pepsi-ambassadors-featNigerian music stars, 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, and 20 other artistes are set to thrill fans in 10 cities lined for the annual Star Music Trek.

After weeks of speculation, the full artiste line up for Music Trek 2014 has finally been unveiled.

The sensational unveiling, which held at the Federal Palace Hotel Victoria Island Lagos on March 19 in a scintillating sign-on party was well attended by dozens of celebrity guests, including Olisa Adibua, Toni Kan, Uti Nwachukwu, Tee-Y Mix, Mark Redguard, Gbemi Olateru Olagbegi, Tunde Ednut, Mo’ Eazy, D’Tunes, HarrySongs.

Hosts, Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2UN of Cool FM and Laf Up ensured that the suspense was fully maintained with guests left guessing right up to the final unveiling of who would eventually make up the Star 2014 Trek line up.

This year’s selection of Nigerian stars comprises an exciting combination of artistes at the top of their game with a few major surprises. Still on the Trek this year are fans’ favorites, Tiwa Savage, 2face, M.I, Olamide and many others. Noticeably missing, however, are D’banj and dynamic duo P’square, who featured prominently on the 2013 Trek.

The surprise introduction of Davido, and Wizkid promises to spice things up!

Artistes on Music Trek include 2face, Tiwa Savage, M.I, Olamide, Davido, Wizkid, Wande Coal, Sound Sultan, Pasuma, Mr Raw, Dr Sid, Naeto C, KCee, Sean Tizzle, Phyno and May D.

Hosts are Gbenga Adeyinka, DO2TUN of Cool FM and Laf Up with DJ Xclusive, DJ Neptune, DJ Switch, DJ Blaise as official DJs for The Trek.

The Trek 2014 will be touring the following cities across the country, Nsukka (29th March), Makurdi, (5th April), Uyo (12th April), Umuahia (19th April), Orlu (26th April), Ekwulobia, (3rd May) Onitsha Fegge, (11th May), Benin (17th May), Ado Ekiti, (24th May), and Lagos May 31st.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.