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Iyabo Ojo’s daughter becomes brand ambassador



PRISCILLA Ojo, daughter of Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, has been signed as the brand ambassador of a hair/cosmetics products company, Hegai and Esther Cosmetics.

The actress shared the news on her official instagram page and has been getting congratulatory messages from her colleagues and fans.

“Oh yeeeeees, it’s another one,” Iyabo Ojo posted.

“My baby has been signed again!!!! This is a magnificent achievement and it’s marvellous in my eyes…. @its.priscy is the new face and proud brand ambassador of H&E @hegaiandesther Makeup brand…. Congratulations baby, keep soaring…. you going places in Jesus name.”

The young model cum actress also confirmed the new status with her post which reads: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered. I’m elated to announce my new endorsement! Your girl is officially the Brand Ambassador for @hegaiandesther make up brand. Can’t wait to show you guys what’s cooked and ready to be served.”

The company, Hegai & Esther is a premium Afro ethnic makeup brand for women. A week ago, the young model Pricilla Ojo was also signed on as a Brand Influencer for Viskit; a fun and trendy social media platform for short videos and skits that is user friendly.

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My husband fully supported me when I acted half naked – Actress Tope Adeoye



Tope Adeoye

Rising star, Tope Adeoye has revealed that her husband is the brain behind her new movie, SADE IHOHO where she acted half naked.

Adeoye says her role in the movie is the most challenging so far due to her going half naked but with constant encouragement and push from her better half, she was able to deliver , she told The Root Media Celebrity Corner on Friday.

“SHADE IHOHO was a very challenging movie for me because I had to be half naked according to the script. This was hard for me because I have never done anything like that before. It is a true life story so I had to portray the true character of the lady involved. This brought in a lot of criticisms from people. At first it got to me but my husband supported me all the way because he gave me the go ahead to do it.

The movie which is her second work as a producer will be released anytime soon, she disclosed.

The former sportswoman who began as a make-up artiste in the make-believe world spoke extensively on the challenges she encountered at home when she ventured into acting.

Being the only child of her parents, Adeoye’s decision to become an actress caused a rift between her and her mother in which she had to leave the house for 18 months.

According to her, the decision caused a rift between her and her mother but they reconciled after her boss, Femi Adebayo intervened.

“When I decided to go into acting, it was a thug of war between my mum and I. she never wanted me to go into acting. I left the house for 1year and half.

“When I left home, I slept at the rehearsal premises for 3 months. Then, Titi Adebayo (Femi Adebayo’s sister) and my friend, Aishat Lawal heard about it they spoke with my boss, Femi Adebayo and explained everything to him. He took me in and treated me like family, I spent nothing less than 1 year and 3month in his house. Later he took me home to plead with my mum and she accepted me back. When I graduated from the J15 academy, she finally accepted my profession”, she narrated.

Asides Shade Ihoho, Tope Adeoye has produced Ijawa, Eli and others in the pipeline.

Speaking on her role models in the movie industry, Adeoye says “Femi Adebayo is a boss, mentor and role model who has inspired me to be the best in me chosen career. Also, famous Ghanaian actress, Jackie Appiah is another person that I look up to in the industry. I love her acting prowess and how she interprets her roles perfectly.”

Adeoye gave a word of advice to those aspiring to join the industry, she said “Be yourself and try to be creative, Always learn to learn everyday and always be positive, Though, the road may be rough and tough but with creative content and hardwork, you will be noticed.”

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My love for Faithia Balogun is unquantifiable – Actress Omolola Aromasodun says




Nollywood actress, Omolola Aromasodun has proclaimed her love for veteran actress, Faithia Balogun.

Aromasodun who is widely known by her nick, ‘Iya Dammy Costumier’ says Faithia Balogun is one actress that she respects so much in the industry.

She said this on Friday during an interview with The Root Media celebrity corner.

According to her, “Faithia Balogun is a mother in the industry. She supports me in all I do and I can’t imagine the difficulties I would have had to face alone if she wasn’t there. She is a mentor and role model”.

“I admire Fausat Balogun (Madam Saje) also, she is simple to deal with and won’t look down on you irrespective of who you are”, she added.

Speaking on her journey so far in the movie industry, she said:

“Over 20 years in the industry is no joke and I’ll say what has kept me on is patience and perseverance. This is what young and upcoming actors lack. Patience is a virtue and anyone who wants to go far especially in this industry needs a large dose of it.”

The Abeokuta native-born while speaking on her latest work; Ajidara which speaks of God’s supremacy says it’s a must-watch movie lovers.

The proud mother of three boys is a fashionpreneur who has used her expertise as a fashion designer to contribute her bit as a costumier in the make-believe world.

She has produced movies such as Alago, Olojo Ọmọ, Ayomide Olugbeja, Eniyan, Murewa, Ijapa, Foleyin and Ajidara coming out soon.

As an actress, she has featured in several movies such as Batanle, Iranse aje, Oro kilo, Opa kan, ASA, Oga kan, Ibosi òru, Kotun ọrùn, Gbafun, Oluwari, Omo ijoba, Omo Alhaja amongst others.

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Ewadara: A close one with the producer – Blessing Daramola Akinola



Nollywood Actress, Blessing Daramola Akinola

“I can act any role in a movie except nudity roles” – Akinola

The Nigerian movie industry has gained prominence and wide acceptance on the global stage and as each day passes new talents are given opportunity to thrive and contribute their bits to the ever bubbling industry.

Blessing Daramola Akinola is one of the few that has grasped the opportunity to register her name in the hearts of viewers and become a household name.

She is an actress and a producer who majors in indigenous Nigerian movies.

In an exclusive interview with The Root Media Celebrity Corner, Akinola gives a full recap of how her journey began in the movie industry and how she has constantly worked to remain relevant in the business of film making. She introduces her debut work as a producer; Ewadara which is presently trending and gotten massive positive reviews.

Read the full interview below:

Let’s get to know you better. What was your childhood like?

Growing up was amazing and great. I was born into a Christian home. I had a very strict upbringing. I was born and bred in Ilorin, Kwara State, but I am from Ondo State, Ọka Àkókó to be precise. I am the third child and the third girl in the family of five children.

Your educational background?

I attended Gem Basic Nursery & Primary School, Ilorin and Government Girls’ Day Secondary School, Ilorin, for my secondary school. I obtained a National Diploma in Office Technology and Management from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin. Afterwards, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Yoruba Studies with honors from the Department of Linguistics and Languages at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Àkókó, Ondo State.

How did you get into acting as a profession?

Acting was my childhood dream. It has always been a passion. When I was in school as an undergraduate, I was a member of a Cultural troupe called ‘ISESELAGBA’. I used to feature in plays, dance and chants that were staged in school. When I graduated, I joined Odunlade Adekola Film Productions in Year 2016 to pursue my dreams.

As an actress, how has the journey in the movie industry been so far?

I won’t lie to you. It has been hard and easy, it has been beautiful and difficult. There has been ups and downs. Filmmaking is the hardest and most exhausting. It takes much sweat and stress. My love for the job is the only thing that makes me want to do it again and again. I have a keen interest in acting. Being on set gives me joy. It’s not easy but God has been wonderful and merciful. My ups and downs have molded me for my greater goals in life.
The first movie I featured in was Lawonloju produced by odunlade Adekola. So far, I have featured in about 40movies… Yeye Alára, Ade Ọba, Soku Daye, Sáàmù Alajo3, Ìgboyà, Àjànàkú, Odaju, Big mummy, Daddy G, Matron, Ajebidan, Folagbade, Folawunmi, Folami Alagbe, Fawoya, Idà, Gbemileke, Jenrayegbe, Regret, òkùnkùn, Were Alako, Ase Gun, Ologini, Okuta Ija and so many more.

Filmmaker, Blessing Akinola

What roles do you always prefer to go for in a movie?

I am actually open to any act/role, because as a thespian, you should be able to act any roles but you can be choosy about the scripts. So I am good for any role asides nude.

Ewadara is your debut work as a film maker, Tell us more about it.

Ewadara is a Yoruba blockbuster movie full of suspense, morals, and at the same time educative. It is about a prophetic insane lady, Ewadara, the covetousness in her opens the door for tempter (Folashade) to come in. It educates everyone to always think of the future before taking any step in life because what goes around surely comes around.

The movie was produced by my humble self and directed by Odunlade Adekola. It features Odunlade Adekola, Mr Latin, Toyin Adegbola, Eniola Ajao, Alebiosu and many more fantastic actors.
Ewadara is in two parts; the first part was released on June 3rd, 2020 and the second part was released on June 12th, 2020. Still showing and trending on YouTube/Yorubaplay.

What’s has been the experience so far as the producer of Ewadara; onset and offset?

Ewadara was a story I instantly connected with without stress. It’s a movie we all had fun working on. The crew and cast gave it everything. Glory be to God. Che Che Che Che… ODEBE!!!!

I have been so overwhelmed, reading all the reviews. I feel grateful, blessed and motivated than ever after reading all positive comments and feedback for my movie. The soundtrack/music of the movie is also much appreciated. Personally, I love the songs.
The credit of the movie Ewadara and soundtrack goes to my amiable boss, Odunlade Adekola.

Who are your mentors and/or role models that inspire you to work?

My mother is a mentor to me because she has influenced my life in great ways. Mr. Odunlade Adekola is a mentor, a role model and a father to me. He is a man of integrity and believes so much in young talents. I am still under his tutelage. He inspires me.

Speaking of role models. I like and admire all successful actors and actresses in the industry.
Honestly, I admire everyone in the industry because each one of them is excellent and has their own style. I want to work with all, if possible.

Who is Blessing Daramola Akinola off screen?

My kind of person off-screen, I am an easy going lady that loves God. An extremely private person. To a certain extent, I am an introvert. Mostly, I’m always indoors. I only go out when it’s necessary. I don’t keep friends. I love being with my mother and siblings.

So, what next after Ewadara?

Well, it will be an action or thriller. When it’s done, I’ll surely let you know but Ewadara is still showing on you tube and also available on VCD/DVD nationwide.

Che Che Che Che… ODEBE!!!

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