Thursday, August 25, 2011

10 years today that you've been gone Aaliyah.

And I still remember how the news of her death filtered into school ten years a ago today. I was still in high school then and some how a student had gone to get our test sheets and had happened to catch on on the information from the radio in the teacher's office that Aaliyah had just died and a plane crash or car crash but she wasn't sure. I remember the classroom going crazy and I said to myself, I'll be calm till I get home and make proper findings, she can't be dead. Really and truly I got home and there it was on entertainment news, confirming her death alongside a couple of others she had gone to shoot with.

Aaliyah was truly and still is, in my opinion a very rare talent that cannot be replaced. I cannot imagine how much success & achievements she would have amassed were she to be alive this day. She was the very core of R&B music very soulful and true to her talents. She's one star I hoped I'd meet with someday as well as the late Michael Jackson too.

You are indeed still shining as a star and your music will forever live on, rest in peace.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

OC Ukeje- He done jumped the broom and we know he is good!

AMBO flagship movie & OC's first screen job.
He’s another promising actor to watch out for. Since winning AMBO reality TV showing and playing lead role in their flagship movie: White Waters, alongside the evergreen Joke Silva, he’s fast risen and is doing very well for himself. He gave a stellar performance of an autistic child who was great as an athlete on the tracks, found love along the way and in the end rose above all.

Just like every other actor who is always ace and on point, OC first emerged as a stage actor then went on to screen, but he’s still very much into stage acting. White Waters, Kidnap, Jeta Amata’s high profile Black Gold, soon to be out Two Brides & a Baby, a Bconcept movie by Blessing Effiom Egbe amongst other movies  are great works he’s starred in. After attending New York film school in 09, he has continued to impress industry watchers and won the AMAA  the previous year, 2008.

Movie poster for Two Brides & a Baby.

Oc Ukeje.

Oc Ukeje modelling a t-shirt.

Our very own multi-talented and down to earth OC is a Song writer, singer, stage/screen actor and MC/compère. The sky is his limit yet and like Nse, Hollywood awaits his talent.


Nse Ikpe-Etim.... Awesome Actress.

So I tune into my favourite Nigerian TV channel and there she was rattling away in the best English accent, style and diction I’ve ever heard on a movie trailer years back titled Reloaded. She played the role of the wife of a philandering man whom she apparently made wealthy. Well, maybe a tad too jealous but she loved him all the same. I am privileged to watch the movie and I get to see all the many facets of this inspiring, fast rising A-list Nigerian actor. Nse, truly only started screen acting few years ago but has been on stage for a very long time is undeniably one actress who knows her onions and is in a league of her own. It’s not to be contended if you ask me. Guilty Pleasures 1&2, Kiss & Tell, Reloaded, Mr&Mrs and a few others are films she’s starred in alongside other great talents as well. She’s beautiful, got amazing talent as an actor, writer and chef and most of all very sweet in person.

Nse at a Movie premiere.

Nse is on this month's cover of Wow magazine donning a purplish one piece swim suit with gold details and looking very bikini ready too!!!

Nse on the cover of Wow magazine this month, lovely!!!

Nse at the première of Mr&Mrs.


Nse and her colleagues.

Hollywood had better watch out for this woman.