The Nigerian movie industry dubbed Nollywood was thrown into another round of mourning following the unfortunate death of veteran actor, Yomi Obileye, who passed away on Friday, April 23, 2020.
Actor and filmmaker, Tunji Bamishigbin; actor and comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, joined many others in the entertainment industry to eulogise the late actor who became popular for being in Tade Ogidan’s movie, ‘Hostages’ and the popular television series, ‘Palace’.
According to Bamishigbin, who co-produced ‘Palace’, “Obileye was not just an actor that had worked with me over the years, he was a brother and we both cherished the relationship“.
Gbenga Adeyinka while reacting to the demise of the actor also said that Obileye inspired him as he was always full of advice about not giving up. “He often told me I was doing well. He was an all-round good guy that we are all going to miss. One of his sons actually worked with me for some time,” he added.
ADEKUNLE GOLD & SIMI
Singer Simi Ogunleye, wife to talented singer, Adekunle Gold, has dropped the biggest hint yet that she is expecting her first child sooner than later.
Simi gave the hint after releasing the video for her new single titled ‘Duduke’, which happens to be her first official single in 2020, released under her record label, Studio Brat.
Celebrity Gist can confirm that the new single was done by the singer in anticipation of her baby as she was seen in the video of the song playing a piano in front of the beach shoreline while rocking her baby bump in a silky dress.
PASTOR CHRIS OMASHOLA
A popular Nigerian Pastor and Founder of Zionwealth Church, Lekki, Chris Omashola, who was involved in a s3x scandal with his ex-lover Tamaratokoni Okpe, has called on affluent Nigerians to join him in giving their widow’s mite to the poor during COVID-19 lockdown.
Pastor Omatsola who claimed the initial s3x video between him and his ex-lover was leaked to blackmail him at the time; we gather, through his foundation gave money to the poor and also handed out palliatives to the needy to ease the effect of the lockdown.
According to him, one has not lived today until one has done something for someone who can never repay. “I must confess that I am much more passionate about ending hunger and poverty in this country. “I am not a billionaire yet and I must not be one before I lift others”.
MERCY & IKE BBNAIJA
The pair of Big Brother Naija ‘Pepper Dem’ season winner Mercy Eke and her boyfriend Ike Onyema have taken their romance to another level following the launch of a new reality TV show focused on them as a couple.
The debut edition of the show tagged ‘Mercy and Ike’ is set to air soon and according to an announcement made by MultiChoice Nigeria, the show is a continuation of their love story.
The pair have also whet the appetite of their fans after sharing a preview of the show ‘Mercy and Ike’ on their social media pages as their followers can now watch them continue their fairytale love story on TV.
The life and times of late American singer, Whitney Houston is set to be captured in a biopic titled ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, directed by Stella Meghie.
Reports reveal that the film is being produced with the support of Houston’s estate and the script for the biopic is written by Anthony McCarten, the screenwriter behind ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Further reports also revealed that Clive Davis, a Grammy-winning music producer who signed Houston to Arista Records when she was 19, is producing the film along with Primary Wave Entertainment and Pat Houston on behalf of the Houston estate.
It has now clocked 10 years since talented rapper, Oladapo Olaonipekun, aka Da Grin, died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, on April 22, 2010, after he was involved in a ghastly auto crash which claimed his life.
And in keeping the legacy of the rapper alive, singer Yakub Jubril, aka YQ took to his official social media accounts posting music videos and other videos of Da Grin to remember his late friend and also to mark the 10th anniversary of the rapper’s death.
“This isn’t a throwback, it is forever,” YQ wrote in one of his posts on social media while the late rapper’s close ally and producer, Sossick, said in an interview, “I don’t think the industry is doing badly in trying to remember him or the likes of him. His impact was huge. It is impossible to disregard it. The industry will always remember him. Whatever happens, the streets will always remember him.”
Singer and mother of one, Tiwa Savage has confessed that the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown has really humbled her because it has turned out to be a weird time for everyone.
The singer revealed this in a live Instagram session where she revealed that she was left frustrated because she had to cancel a lot of shows, festivals and tours lined up, while some of them were postponed until further notice.
“This is a really weird time for everyone. Whether you are rich or famous; it affects everyone. It can be a little scary actually because one doesn’t know what would happen next. One doesn’t know what tomorrow brings.
“The coronavirus pandemic has humbled me because I had my album ready to be released. I had a lot of shows, festivals and tours lined up. All of that had to be cancelled and some postponed,” she said.
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