Veteran Nollywood actress, Ireti Doyle has dished out an advice to her followers.
In her tweet, Ireti stated that one should stay away from people who prematurely announce their greatness because there is much to be gained from the learning ropes. She added that without being baked to the right degree, one can leave even before they arrive.
Ireti Doyle wrote;
“Shy away from people who prematurely announce your “greatness”… There’s much to be gained from learning the ropes, starting from the bottom up and being baked to the right degree. Otherwise, you leave before you even/ever arrive.”
Iretiola Doyle (born Iretiola Olusola Ayinke) is a Nigerian actress. Doyle was born on the 3rd of May 1967 in Ondo State but spent her early years with her family in Boston, United States. After returning to Nigeria, she attended Christ’s School Ado Ekiti and graduated from the University of Jos with a degree in Theatre Arts.
In a career that has spanned two decades in the Nigerian entertainment industry, her credits cut across stage, television and film and print. Ireti is a writer, actor, producer and presenter. She produced and presented her own fashion and lifestyle show titled Oge With Iretiola for ten years and at different times anchored several television shows, like Morning Ride, Today On STV and Nimasa This Week on Channels TV. She is a writer and has several screen plays to her credits Amaka Igwe’s Tempest (Season 1) being one of them.
Iretiola Doyle is a social commentator who at different times penned different columns; Shooting Breeze in City People, and In The Chat Room in the Gliteratti pull-out of this This Day Newspaper and Tiola’s Take in the Saturday Vanguard.
She has been nominated once in the Best Actress category at the Reel Awards in 1998 for her role in the movie All About Ere and twice in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category at the AMAA Awards in 2007 and 2009 for her roles in Sitanda and Across The Niger respectively and was declared Best Actress in a lead role at the GIAMA Awards in Houston Texas in 2013, and Best Actress in a lead role at the 2014 Nollywood Movie Awards for her portrayal of Ovo, in the psychological thriller Torn.
This performance also earned her an African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2015. Most recently she has been nominated at the 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards in the Best Actress In A Leading Role category for her portrayal of Dr. Elizabeth in Ebony Life Films’ blockbuster 2015 hit; FIFTY. Iretiola Doyle’s acting CV also includes the critical darling The Arbitration and The Wedding Party, which is the highest grossing Nigerian film in Nigerian cinema history (as of February 2017). Both films screened at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the city to city spotlight. Others include Dinner and Madam President. On tetelevision, sheas created memorable characters on shows like Fuji House Of Commotion, Dowry, and Gidi Up.
Iretiola currently stars as the enigmatic Sheila Ade-Williams in the MNET television series Tinsel. Iretiola Doyle will be reprising her role as Dr. Elizabeth in the upcoming Fifty TV series. Her most recent stage credits include The Vagina Monologues, Olorounbi The Musical and Hear Word and The Wives. Described as an ‘actor’s actor’ by her peers, she is known for pitch perfect performances.
Omotola to star in rattle snake the movie.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde will play Lady Maimuna Atafo, a fictional character in the remake.
The Veteran actress will star alongside Osas Ighodaro, Stan Nze, Efa Iwara in the upcoming remake.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has been unveiled as the latest cast of ‘Rattle Snake: The Ahanna Story’, Play Network studios’ remake of Amaka Igwe’s 1994 crime thriller.
The information was made known via the play network studios Instagram page.
The Nollywood star actress will play the role of Lady Maimuna Atafo, a fictional character in the upcoming remake directed by Ramsey Nouah.
Speaking on her character and the movie, Ekeinde shared: “It feels great being a part of this remake…There’s a lot of youth and drama, culture. I like that there is a human story to it. People will be able to relate to it because they can find themselves in the story plus it’s a classic and you can’t go wrong with a classic”.
The anticipated remake written by ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ writer, Nicole Asinugo will also star newly unveiled cast, Ayo Makun alongside Osas Ighodaro, Bucci Franklin, Efa Iwara, Stan Nze, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, Elma Mbadiwe and Odera Adimorah.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde MFR born Omotola Jalade, 7 February 1978) is a Nigerian actress, singer, philanthropist and former model. Since her Nollywood film debut in 1995, the leading actress has appeared in 300 films, selling millions of video copies. After receiving numerous high-profile awards, launching a music career, and amassing an enviable fan base, the press has dubbed the Screen Nation “Best Actress” as the “African Magic”.
She is the first African celebrity to receive over 1 million likes on her Facebook page. She currently has a total of 3 million followers on Facebook.
Beyond her show business accomplishments, she is also applauded for her remarkable humanitarian efforts. Omotola is one of the pioneers of the video film era of Nigerian cinema, becoming one of the most watched actresses in Africa. In the year 2013, she was honoured in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world alongside Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and Kate Middleton.
In the year 2013, Omotola made a brief appearance on VH1’s scripted series, Hit the Floor. On 2 November 2013, she spoke at the 2013 edition of the WISE- Summit, held in Doha, Qatar. In the year 2014, she was honoured by the Nigerian government as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, MFR for her contributions to Nigerian cinema.
Omotola got her first big role in the critically acclaimed film Mortal Inheritance (1995). In the movie, she played a sickle-cell patient who fought for her life despite the odds of survival. Omotola’s character overcame the disease and she had a baby. The film is regarded as one of the Nigeria’s best movies ever made. Since then, she has starred in several blockbuster movies, including Games Women Play, Blood Sisters, All My Life, Last Wedding, My Story, The Woman in Me and a host of others.
After a career defining role in Mortal Inheritance, Omotola’s portrayal won her “Best Actress in an English Speaking Movie” and “Best Actress Overall” at the (1997) Movie Awards. She was the youngest Actress in Nigeria at that time to achieve this feat.
In ( 2012), CNN Travel noted Omotola’s famous tongue (accent) on their list of the world’s twelve (12) sexiest accents. The Nigerian accent ranked 5th on the list. The following year, Omotola was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine for their annual TIME 100 list. She appeared in the icons category. In (2015),she was listed among the highest-grossing movie stars one has ever heard of; the listing included: Shah Rukh Khan, Frank Welker, Bob Bergen, Jack Angel, Mickie McGowan, Michael Papajohn, Martin Klebba, Clint Howard and Chris Ellis.
We look forward to seeing the star on screen yet again.
Rungano Nyoni, Aspiring actress turned Director
Rungano Nyoni is a Zambian-Welsh director and screenwriter. She is known for the film I Am Not a Witch, which she wrote and directed. The film won Nyoni the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut in 2018 and has also garnered accolades from international film festivals. Her 2009 film, The List, won the Welsh BAFTA Award for Best Short Film.
Nyoni was born in Lusaka, Zambia to Merill Mutale (née Nyoni) and Thomas Nyoni. They chose to name her Rungano, which in the Shona language native to Zimbabwe means “storyteller”. When she was nine years old her family migrated to Wales.
She attended the University of Birmingham, where she received a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Studies. After finishing her studies at the University of Birmingham, Nyoni decided to study acting at the University of the Arts London as it had always been her dream to become an actress. During her time there she was drawn to scripting and to work behind the camera, but retained her desire to act. She went on to complete her master’s degree in Drama and in 2009, graduated from Drama Centre London with a master’s degree in Acting.
Nyoni has stated that her first influence into film was the Elfriede Jelinek’s novel The Piano Teacher, which she had chosen from the library because of the picture on the cover. She has stated that the novel’s 2001 film adaptation is one of her favourite films and that she “wanted to be just like Isabelle Huppert” as her performance “had a huge effect on me. I quickly realized that I couldn’t be like Isabelle Huppert because I’m not a very good actor, but I was still curious about the directing. That was a big turning point for me, realizing that if directing is done very well it can have a real effect on people.”
In 2006 Rungano released her first film Yande (meaning “My Great Happiness” in Bemba), which she wrote and shot on black and white super 8mm film. The film deals with fashion and African women who westernized their appearance and mannerisms in order to conform to an “ideal.” She released her next two short films, 20 Questions and The List in 2009; the latter won a BAFTA Cymru Award in 2010.
Her fourth film, Mwansa the Great, was released in 2011 and was selected to screen at over 100 international film festivals. It was well received at the festivals and won over 20 prizes and was nominated for a 2012 BAFTA Award. Nyoni often collaborates with her partner Gabriel Gauchet and in 2012 a film directed by Gauchet and written by Nyoni, The Mass of Men, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, where it won the Golden Leopard Award. Like Mwansa the Great, the film was selected to be shown at over 100 film festivals and also garnered over 50 prizes. This was followed up by her 2014 short Listen (Kuuntele), which received the Best Short Film Award at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2017 Nyoni released her first feature-length fiction film, I Am Not a Witch, which was selected to screen at the Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival 2017. This film went on to win Nyoni the awards for Best Director and Best Debut Director at the 20th British Independent Film Awards in 2017.
Dadddy Saj, The Anti-corruption Singer
Just like Falz of the giant of Africa, Nigeria, there are other African singers who have taken to their music careers and singing to expose the ills of the community and expose corruption in hopes of eradication of the deadly continental disease, Corruption. Here is another African singer who practices this act.
Joseph Gerald Adolphus Cole, better known by his stage name Daddy Saj is a Sierra Leonean rapper and arguably the biggest and most famous musician from Sierra Leone. He uses his music to address political corruption and general corruption in Sierra Leone. His rap is a blend of hip hop and traditional goombay music. While his music is mostly in Krio, Sierra Leone’s national language, he does also performs in English. His first album ‘Corruption e do so’ (meaning in Krio, corruption is enough) struck a chord not only in Sierra Leone, but across Africa.
Daddy Saj was born in 1978 in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone to Creole parents. At the age of eight, the young Daddy Saj joined his church choir, where he was one of the most talented singers. In his teens he found inspiration from some American based Hip hop artists.
Daddy Saj fled Sierra Leone as a refugee and moved to Conakry, Guinea in 1997 when the government of the then-president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah was ousted by a group of soldiers in the Sierra Leonean army. He did this in order to save himself from being kidnapped as a child soldier. While in Guinea, he became more ingrained in music, and became friends with many other musicians from West Africa.
When he return to Freetown, he linked up with one of Sierra Leone’s most famous musicians and producers Jimmy B (born Jimmy Bangura). Jimmy B signed him to his Paradise Family label. Jimmy B had already had good exposure in music internationally. Jimmy was a pioneer in promoting Sierra Leone music to the outside world. As Daddy Saj put it “…so for me it was a great privilege to work with him, it was like being in a furnace; purifying myself for the tasks ahead [laughter].” Daddy Saj recorded several hit songs with the Paradise Family. He then left Paradise Family in 2003 to start his own label, Daddy Saj Entertainment.
His debut album ‘Corruption’ was released in 2003, and quickly became a bestseller not only in Sierra Leone, but throughout many countries in Africa. Many Sierra Leoneans welcomed the song ‘Corruption E Do So’ (meaning in Krio “Corruption is Enough is Enough”) at a time when corrupt practices by authorities and had become rampant in the country. The song spread like wild fire in terms of the rate of airplay on radio stations, as well as its rotation in street bars, pubs and restaurants.
However the airplay of the song did not last long. Some top government officials, including some members of parliament and ministers publicly announced their opinion that the song contained words which did not reflect the reality of the government of Sierra Leone. They warned that the song could become a catalyst for public unrest.
Even though the Sierra Leone Anti-corruption Commission started to use the song as their theme in the fight against corruption – and even sponsored the distribution of it, politicians called for a ban of the song. Also, rumours started going around that there was a five million Leones price tag on for his arrest.
His second album Densay Densay (meaning ‘Rumours, Rumours’ in Krio), also aimed to change some social attitudes, those towards sexual harassment. The album talks about women in Sierra Leone who often have no choice but to sleep with their employers to keep their jobs and support their family. His third album named ‘Faya 4 Faya’ was also an instant hit throughout West Africa.
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