Nollywood actress, Liz Anjorin is a single mother. The Badagry-born thespian and mother of one, in this interview with Wole Adepoju spoke about her new flick, ‘Kofo the First Lady’, and why she does not appear in all movies. Enjoy it: How fulfilling was 2013 for you as an actress It was a beautiful year, a good year. Last year, I achieved some things, shot multimillion naira movies but above all I am thankful for good health, because that is the
most important thing. When you have good health its then you can begin to talk of money and every other thing that follows. So, I am grateful to God for giving me good health in 2013. Last year was a wonderful one for me. What are your projections for this New Year Yeah, I have a lot of projects at hand for this year. Firstly, I pray God grants me good health and secondly, on top on my list is the premiere of my movie, ‘Kofo the First Lady’ on April 6. Also, I intend to take my business to the next level and probably adjust or perfect certain things I feel I did not do properly in the year 2013. You did a movie, ‘Kofo Tinubu’, which is centered on a great woman and the latest one, ‘Kofo the First Lady’ seems to be a similar thing. What inspired you to do this kind of movie What inspired me to this story line is that people don’t really see any potential in the physically challenged or special people. In Nigeria when you are physically challenged, people tend to believe you are useless and that you cannot do anything. But to me, being physically challenged is not being mentally affected, because these people can actually do a lot of things if we can give them support and show them love. That is why I did ‘Kofo Tinubu’. In ‘Kofo the First Lady’, Kofo is an adult and not a child unlike in ‘Kofo Tinubu’ so, what we are driving at here is that since the challenged person cannot be elected, they could be fortunate to find themselves in the status of a First Lady and the likes, and also we try to show how determined these people could be since they are aware of societal disposition towards them. So what are you going to do differently from the premiere we have seen We are really going to entertain people, it’s going to be a buffet; people are going to enjoy themselves. Also, all my old movies will be made available and we are going to show them from A to Z. It won’t be a situation where they will come for a premiere and they can barely view the movie. Very important people from all walks of life are equally going to be present, it’s basically going to be fun filled premiere and launch where lovers of my works can actually encourage me to do other mind blowing movies. One would have expected you to have a Foundation to care for the special ones since you believe in them Of course, we do have Liz Anjorin Foundation, and it’s going to be launched alongside the movie in April. We have been moving from school to school to identify and lend our support to these special kids in the little way we can. But we have other interesting packages for them, therefore we need to solicit support so we can get these things done, and these children will feel and know that they are not isolated but part of the society. You don’t appear in other productions but virtually your own movies, what is responsible for this What happens is that pirates are killing our works. When a producer invites you to do a job for free and says that he will give you money for fuel, by this you start appearing in films and at the end of the day, you don’t have anything to show for it. It’s the same set of people that will later say ‘look at Liz, there is nothing for her again and stuffs like that’. And being the kind of person I am, I have always known how to arrange and do my things in a way that my status will not drop, so I know I have to give much time to my business and the remaining to the film industry. I still do my acting…for instance, I have been to about nine locations in January, but by March, I may decide not to honour any invitation to any location because that could be when I will have to travel for my business so, it’s in and out thing. Some say our movies are not good, the locations are not worth it, they can predict what will happen in our films and by this they say they prefer films in other languages, but the question is where and how do we get money to do all these when we don’t get all we spend on a job let alone make profit. That is why I decided to face my business squarely so I can get the resources to shoot good films. I love good things and there is no way I can measure up if I don’t work hard. Another thing is that I don’t believe in appearing in all movies doing the same thing, because it will get to a stage when the producers will get tired of you and they will feel there is nothing special about you anymore. If it’s three or five solid scripts I can get to interpret in a year, I’ll do it well and my value remains evergreen. Producers of Yoruba movies are beginning to embrace obscenities like in Ghana. As a producer, what do you think of it Different people with different opinions and ideas, so, I don’t have much to say concerning that because it’s their own idea and story. You see, people who are watching our movies are not stupid; they know what to take home and what not to take near their homes because we are people with culture and values. Tunde Kelani is respected today because of his works, after all, he was not the only producer when he started earning peoples’ respect, and we see how high he’s still being held, it’s because he knows the right thing to do. If someone says she wants to shoot a movie with pants and bras alone, so be it, but I won’t condemn anyone because I am also not perfect. How do you react when you read a story you consider not pleasant (Mild laughter) Before I used to worry but now I don’t bother anymore. Either good or bad, it doesn’t bother me. What good thing would you say acting has done for you Acting has no doubt brought me fame. People now recognize me even in the crowd, it has also made people to respect and of course love me. I read it somewhere last year that you would be getting married soon but nothing suggests you are thinking about that now Don’t mind that. I think someone wrote a story along that line when I went to an event and they said my attire looked like that of a bride, maybe it’s the person that wrote the story that wants to kiss the bride (laughs). It has now become a trend for ladies especially actresses to want to remain single after having a child or two out of wedlock, and more so, when they are financially comfortable. Is it the same thing with you My belief is that as a single mother you still need a man. The kid or kids also need a man, either their father or stepfather, someone to tell them you are my daughter, you are my son and I don’t want this or that. It’s true that being single is so sweet and interesting but as a woman a time will come when age will tell and the whole thing will clear off. If you want to remain single or something, it will get to a stage that loneliness will set in because by that time the children would have grown and gone. In my own case, I don’t love to be a single mother, so I will surely settle down with a man, it’s just the time so I won’t rush out when I go in. If you think you want to remain single because of the freedom you enjoy, the freedom will turn to another thing when the time comes. Is there the likelihood that you will marry this year If God says so, no problem, but there are no plans for that now. I believe there is time for everything and I am an advocate of being happy always, so I am happy right now and when the time comes for that I won’t hesitate to embrace it and be happy. What changes has your conversion to Muslim have on you Let me start like this, people have been saying different things since they learnt I went to Hajj, but the issue is that I also have a Muslim background because my mum was a Muslim. Besides, whoever has seen me go worship in a church in the last fifteen years should come and say it. Going to Hajj, is one thing I decided when my mother died because I love my mum so much. Islam is not what I just woke up to embrace even though my father was a Christian and my name is Elizabeth. Now to your question, there is nothing serious that has changed about me other than the fact that I am being careful with what I do. I respect myself and the fact that I am an Alhaja because people are watching and waiting to crucify me.
More Incriminating Evidences Presented Against Tonto Dikeh + Why She Is Still In Dubai Prison
Latest information about the embattled Nollywood star actress, Tonto Dikeh, who was reportedly arrested by the police in Dubai, revealed that she had not been deported to Nigeria, but that she was still in Dubai Prison.
The stylish mother of one was said to still being held in Dubai detention cell for further investigation.
While little has been officially heard from Tonto on social media except for some few postings from her best friend, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky, it was gathered that Tonto and Bobrisky were trying very hard to cover up their tracks.
Tonto was reportedly arrested recently, when she attended an event in Dubai.
She was said to have been denied entry by security personnel and she allegedly called them untoward names.
She was said to have spent the night in prison.
Tonto, who was in Dubai to attend the One Africa Music Fest and Bamteddy wedding, could no longer attend these events since she was in detention.
“Yes, she hasn’t been released but still in detention,” a source close to the Nollywood actress revealed.
But Tonto was said to have released a video debunking any news of detention or deportation through Bobrisky.
Sources explained further that:
“First, Tonto is not the type to use that kind of video to debunk allegations of detention and deportation.
She would have used a more beautiful background wearing gorgeous clothes and displaying affluence. That was a damage control video she shared through Bobrisky. Tonto was looking like a tart! She wasn’t wearing make-up and looking like a prisoner in one small room! Anyways, in the video, there was no address about or her arrest. The Tonto we knew would have tore whoever wrote that story into shreds.
“Moreover, the attempts by Bobrisky to prove that Tonto Dikeh is still in Dubai and vacationing are not adding up.
Imagine the sudden disappearance of Tonto’s phone! Tonto’s phone lost its password and she opened another new page @king_wigocharity, on Instagram! Sharing a video to that effect, Tonto, who was not gorgeously dressed like her usual old self wears a funny make-up and explains what went wrong with her old IG account.
Who is fooling who? She said she is still in Dubai but her password is still in Africa! In this IT age? The video looks so stupid!
Meanwhile, before the new page, she had posted many photos from Dubai on the old page @tontolet which has over 5million followers.
It was on her old page she posted her ‘fake gift’ from Timi Frank. She even bought a new phone to run the new page! As a matter of fact, she removed the nylon seal from the cover of the phone!”
Wondering what went wrong with Tonto and Dubai security personnel?
“After her arrest and her hotel room was searched, they found out that she came to Dubai with hard drugs which she must have been taking,” sources alleged.
The worry is now her little boy, King Andre, who is said to be in the care of a nanny in Abuja.
Already, Bobrisky is taking the pains to upload on the new page that has been created.
We were informed that there was no hope that the actress would be released soon.
AFRIFF 2019: Edem Dotse wins Best Student Short Film
The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2019 came to an end yesterday as Linger by Edem Dotse wins the Best Student Short Film category award.
At the beginning of the eight edition of the popular festival, TECNO Mobile — as part of its commitment to developing and encouraging mobile cinematography and storytelling in Nigeria — partnered with Kiki Mordi and Nora Awolowo to deliver a masterclass on the use of smartphone for film making & storytelling.
The grand finale was the Awards Night, a colorful ceremony that was attended by A-list movie personalities from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. The ceremony played host to a number of big names in Nollywood, including Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, among others.
Cross-section of dignitaries and celebrities at the AFRIFF 2019 Awards Night
Apart from the lecture series, TECNO also sponsored and presented the best Student Short Film category award, won by Edem Dotse’s Linger, at the glamorous AFRIFF Globe Awards.
Mr. Chidi-General Manager Transsion holdings Presenting the cheque to the winner of the Best Student Short Film Category in AFRIFF 2019
As the theme of this year’s award is Sheroes, the organizers and their partners are using this edition to celebrate the extraordinary women in the film industry, those stellar personalities who enable us to dream and celebrate storytelling, thus, impacting the society.
The Awards Night also included the recognition of The Ghost & The House of Truth as the Best Nigerian Film, with the Best Director won by Akin Omotoso for the same movie. The Best Documentary award went to In Search by Beryl Magoko, while the Best Actress category award was won by Kate Henshaw, who acted Officer Stainless in The Ghost & House of Truth.
On that high note, this year’s edition of AFRIFF 2019 came to an end, bringing to a conclusion an event full of fun, glitz and glamor.
You’d have to kill me to stop me from Coming to South Africa – Burna Boy
Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly called Burna Boy, has said that nothing would stop him from going to South Africa for his scheduled performance at the ‘Africa Unite Concert’.
The concert is billed to hold in Pretoria on November 24.
“Lol. I’m coming and you and anyone against it are gunna have to kill me to stop me,” the 28-year-old music star tweeted on Saturday.
On Thursday, some South African artistes and showbiz personalities called for a boycott of the concert because of Burna Boy’s inclusion.
Burna Boy and a South African artiste, Kwesta, are billed to headline the two-day concert.
Said to be powered by Channel O, ‘Africans Unite’ is a collaborative project which aims to rebuild trust and respect by changing the current narrative about the continent.
The opposing parties said they won’t allow Burna Boy step into their country if he fails to apologise for the comments he made during the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.
Spearheading the opposition is South African star, AKA Worldwide, who has insisted that he (Burna Boy) must apologise.
On another hand, Tshwane Entertainment Collective, a group of South African showbiz experts have also questioned Burna Boy’s inclusion and the exclusion of artists and event organisers from Tshwane.
Shortly after the news broke, South Africa’s firebrand opposition politician, Julius Malema tweeted to reassure Burna Boy of his safety.
Burna Boy, who has not reacted to any of the tweets, broke his silence on Saturday when he quoted a tweet asking him not to be deceived by the offer of protection from Mr. Malema.
Burna’s tweets read, “Please my people, there should never be a South Africa vs Nigeria war or any African country vs African country war ever. We must unite by any means for the future of our children and their children. I want a united African passport that will be as powerful as the passport.
“Saying I mislead people? And I made up the xenophobic attacks and I should apologise. Really? Lol. In 2015 Even I was a victim of the misguided hate so I know. Go and demand apologies from your REAL Enemies. I am not your Enemy. I will not be called “foreigner” I am AFRICAN. I love South Africa. I love Africa more”.
AKA has also reacted to Burna Boy’s tweet.
The South African rapper who also took a swipe at Malema told his countrymen not to allow politicians to hijack the campaign against Burna Boy.
Check out Burna Boy’s tweets below
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