Popular Hollywood movie ‘The mummy’ follows the story of adventurer Rick O’Connell as he travels to Hamunaptra, the City of the Dead, with a librarian and her older brother, where they accidentally awaken Imhotep, a cursed high priest from the reign of the Pharaoh Seti I of 1290 B.C. which was played by African actor Arnold Vosloo. Meet him.
Arnold Vosloo was born 16th June, 1962 and is a South African actor. He is known for his roles as Imhotep in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns, Colonel Coetzee in Blood Diamond, Pik van Cleef in Hard Target, Dr. Peyton Westlake / Darkman in Darkman II and Darkman III, Zartan in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel, and terrorist Habib Marwan during the fourth season of 24.
Vosloo began his acting career in the South African theatre where he won several Dalro Awards for his performances in such plays as Don Juan, Hamlet, and Môre is ‘n Lang Dag (Tomorrow is a Long Day) and he quickly became a regular at Pretoria’s State Theatre. He also starred in Torch Song Trilogy and won another award for the TV show, Meisie van Suid-Wes (Girl from South West).
In 1984, he moved on to film where he continued Dalro Award-winning performances in films such as Boetie gaan Border toe (Boetie goes to the border, a comedy about the Border War) acting alongside fellow South African actor Frank Opperman, and Circles in a Forest (based on the book Kringe in ‘n Bos by author Dalene Matthee) in 1990. Vosloo also starred in the “Boetie” sequel, Boetie op maneuvers (Boetie on maneuvers) in 1986.
Vosloo also starred in Morenga (1985), Saturday Night at the Palace (based on the play by Paul Slabolepszy about racism in South Africa), Skeleton Coast (1987) and The Rutanga Tapes (1990). Upon arriving in the U.S., Vosloo returned to the theatre where he appeared in Born In The R.S.A. at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre and in the NY’s Circle In The Square Uptown’s short-lived production of Salomé (1992) together with Al Pacino.
His American film debut was in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). He later appeared in the two less successful sequels to the 1990 film Darkman, Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994) and Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996), filling the shoes of Liam Neeson as the titular character Darkman. He’s also known for portraying villains such in the John Woo film Hard Target (1993), starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. He played the title role of the 1999 film The Mummy (starring Brendan Fraser), as well as its 2001 sequel, The Mummy Returns. In both films he played Imhotep, an ancient Egyptian high priest. Vosloo also played François Molay, the main villain’s henchman, in the 2003 film Agent Cody Banks.
In 2004, The Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride opened in both Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando and Hollywood. Vosloo and Fraser were there at both openings to promote the new rides, in which both of them star, as well as featuring a life size image of Vosloo as The Mummy.
Alongside his film career, he guest-starred in several TV series, including The Red Shoe Diaries, American Gothic (1995), Nash Bridges (1995), Charmed (2000), Alias (2004) and NCIS (2009). He was one of the main characters in Veritas: The Quest (2003). He also had a major role in the fourth season of 24 (2005), as terrorist leader Habib Marwan. Vosloo appeared in three episodes of Chuck in 2009 as Fulcrum agent Vincent.
In 2004, Vosloo returned to South Africa to make Forgiveness, about an ex-policeman who seeks out the family of the anti-Apartheid activist that he killed. He played mercenary Colonel Coetzee in the 2006 film Blood Diamond, which was partially filmed in South Africa. Vosloo has been involved in video games: His likeness, as well as his voice, was chosen for main hero (Saul Myers) of video game Boiling Point: Road to Hell, published in summer of 2005 by ATARI. Vosloo portrayed the Cobra mercenary and master of disguise, Zartan, in the summer 2009 release G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
“I Have Been Making Tangible Effort To Support Nigerians” – Anthony Joshua
Boxing champion ;Anthony Joshua, tells Nigerians the length he is going to see that their voices are heard. Joshua said that he will be sending care packages to Nigerians who have been gravely impacted by the recent protests, and also plans to visit the country after his world title clash against Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
Joshua also said in his tweets: “The situation has escalated, the violence and killings are horrendous. All because of people saying they want to live in peace?
“I pray God opens the gates for the heroes of Nigeria! This was never a trend for me! It’s real life and I want to learn how to make lasting change.
“I’m looking at hospitals to support, along with food and care packages in the time being.”
Anthony Joshua who has Nigerian heritage, shared a video in which he offers aid to hospitals urgently tending to the injured.
“This is a message for my people in Nigeria, even though I’m not there with you in the physical, I’ve been making some tangible effort to support your protest on the ground. I know it’s getting to a stage where things are heating up and tensions are high, but in my prayers at night I’m praying for peace and positivity, cos the people on the ground are trying to be heard for their own benefit and it’s in the benefit of the next generation” he said in the video.
He added that at times, he’s remained silent while learning about issues impacting Nigeria to avoid being misquoted, but that behind the scenes he’s working hard to provide aid and has plans to visit the country soon.
“me myself have had to take time to understand the issues that Nigerians are facing while sometimes I’m silent is because I’ve let my silence can’t be misquoted. “
Talking about what he has been pulling his weight to help Nigerians, Anthony Joshua says distance is not a barrier and he is been pulling his weight to support Nigeria and promises to return to Nigeria as soon as he I’d done competing.
“Me, my family, my close friends have been trying to do some tangible things and organising many camp packages for Nigerians on ground, even now I’m in my training camp in London and we can support you guys from a distance. After competing I’m going to try and make it to Nigeria and meet some my friends and family and meet some of the people trying to make some changes” he said
Anthony Joshua reassures Nigerians that their voices are being heard all over, he also encouraged them to keep pushing because it is for a positive cause.
but for sure from London and far and wide your voices are definitely being heard, so keep on pushing, keep on striving you’ve my support through and through my ears and my eyes are being opened. I understand the issues you guys are facing and for some people who I’m going to do enough and will be enough and some will not be enough but for together we hold hands and push through bad change we will all move forward in a positive direction, so keep on pushing your voices are already heard in my ears and your definitely have my support. God bless”
Dencia Blasts Nigerian Celebrities For Encouraging Protesters, Without Leading The Protest
Reprudencia Sonkey, known professionally as Dencia, is raging as the #ENDSARS protest goes south at Lekki toll gate. Dencia however has put all the blame on Nigerian celebrities claiming they all saw it coming and protected themselves, their friends and families.
In her words,” Now all the rich folks and celebrities are tweeting from the comfort of their homes while the people die. All the internet curses, why don’t you have your parents call their friends who have friends who also have friends in places ?”
The Cameroonian-born singer, entrepreneur and fashion designer said those who encouraged the Nigerian youth to go and protest are not good people and they deliberately set the protesters up for failure and that Nigerian celebrities were pre informed about the move by the military men stating scenarios where military men had been deployed and it did not end well.
“No good to anyone who’s encouraging people to go protest and die, y’all really ain’t good. People are already gone thru it.Y’all start things, set them up for failure, y’all were chilling in ur homes on the day things went left cuz u were all informed it was going down. It’s crazy, once the military is deployed, there’s no negotiations, they do that in America, in France etc.”
The artiste adviced young Nigerians to stop being a follower to celebrities who will chicken out when things do not go as planned and turn out right.
“STOP FOLLOWING THESE RICH FOLKS AND CRACK HEAD CELEBRITIES WHO WILL RUN & hide when things goes bad STOP.”
Dencia also called her friends out, implying they are being double standard, and they hide at the back of their keypads encouraging people all from the comfort of their homes.
“The audacity of my friends talking rubbish on the internet, acting like they care from the comfort of their homes. Y’all are piece of trash.”
The singer completed her rage online by dropping bigger nugget saying; “If you can’t be at the forefront fighting, DON”T ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO, NO ONE SHOULD DIE FOR ANYONE OR ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES….. WHO IS THE LEADER”
Recently, Dencia came for Tiwa Savage who called on Beyonce and her team to help use their platform to amplify the #ENDSARS movement
“You can’t be quiet on this. The country where you got all the creatives for the Black Is King from is on fire. That country is on fire now“, Tiwa Savage had said in the video”
Dencia had replied Tiwa saying; “Lol because the Nigerian government cares about what Beyonce is saying, the police is listening to Beyonce. She spoke & sang against the 1 in America, what changed”
The cameroonian implied that calling on Beyonce would do Nigeria no good, in her reply to Tiwa, she said that Africans always seek validation from people who cannot come to their aid and rescue.
“ Africans we always seeking unnecessary validation from things & people that can’t help. #EndPoliceBrutality”
Some Of The International Celebrities Who Lent Their Voice To The #ENDSARS Protest
Many celebrities are using their platform to speak out about the tragedies taking place across Nigeria right now, as SARS (the Special Anti Robbery Squad) stand accused of shooting and killing peaceful protestors (and wounding multiple others). Widespread protests began two weeks ago after a video circulated showing a man allegedly being badly beaten by SARS officers – those peacefully demonstrating say they are hoping to bring change against police brutality, sparking the #EndSARS movement.
These international celebrities have in one way or another benefited from Nigerians and Africans at large, and have come back to use their platforms to speak out about the unrest happening in Nigeria at the moment.
Nigerians are happy about this, some have made comparison between these celebrities as to who should have done what and who shouldn’t. Here are some of the celebrities who do not only come to Nigeria for Detty December, but also have Nigeria’s best interests at heart
Nicki, who recently gave birth to her first child, tweeted, “Standing with & praying for the brave young people of Nigeria who are on the front lines of this senseless violence. Your voice is being heard.
Rihanna wrote a message on her Instagram Stories which she also shared on Twitter. She shared her moving words alongside a harrowing tribute of a blood-stained Nigerian flag: “I can’t bare to see this torture and brutalisation that is continuing to affect nations across this planet! It’s such a betrayal to the citizens, the very people put in place to protect are the ones we are most afraid of being murdered by!” The Fenty designer added, “My heart is broken for Nigeria man!! It is unbearable to watch. I’m so proud of your strength and not letting up on the fight for what’s right! #EndSARS.”
The Lion King star shared a moving statement on Instagram: “I am heartbroken to see the senseless brutality taking place in Nigeria. There has to be an end to SARS. We have been working on partnerships with youth organizations to support those protesting for change. We are collaborating with coalitions to provide emergency healthcare, food and shelter.” Beyoncé continued, “To our Nigerian brothers and sisters, we stand with you. Please visit Beyonce.com for a list of organisations to show your support.”
Gabrielle Monique Union
The American actress, voice artist, activist, and author has been so passionate about this cause, she amplified the #ENDSARS movement on her Instagram and on her Twitter.
”#EndSARS We need everyone’s voice to amplify what is going on as we speak!! The world is watching”
The co-host of E!’s “Nightly Pop” and an E! News correspondent did not only lend her voice, but she also educated people about what the protest is all about and how they can help.
“WHAT IS SARS?
Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS)
Is a special unit within the special police force
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM
The unit has been using violence, torture and extortion against the civilians it was meant to protect. It has become a threat to the livelihood of all Nigerian citizens especially the Youth and women
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE PART?
If you care about justice and human rights, you should take part. We need you to speak up with Nigerians that are fighting against oppression.”
Also sharing a haunting image of a blood-stained Nigerian flag, the supermodel petitioned the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“President @muhammadubuhari, please stop the violence that is killing the Bright and promising future of Nigeria. Our youths and young generation are our leaders of the future. Show the world who are watching… BE THE HEAD OF STATE THAT SETS AN EXAMPLE! #ENDSARSNOW 💔🇳🇬🦅 .”
Chance The Rapper
The musician urged the world to sit up and take note, referencing the killings in Lekki specifically. “
There is a massacre happening in Lekki. Firing squads mass murdering young people in Nigeria. The world needs to engage #endSARS.”
The GRAMMY Award winner shared details for a candlelit vigil in LA, in memory of those slain at SARS protests, as well highlighting issues in other African countries, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“There’s a crisis on the continent. The people on the ground in Africa need your support and solidarity. Indeed colonialism is everywhere therefore Black Lives Matter everywhere… I’ve tagged a few accounts that you can pay attention to & find out what’s happening, if you are on the same page as me… also feel free below to add leaders in the communities and tag your friends who are organising and helping people on the ground in diff countries. #AfricaUnite #ThePowerIsWithThePeople #ANewTime #ANewDay.”
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