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Rivers State Born Entertainers On Parade

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            Entertainment clan has come a long way with a lot of achievements to show for it. In Rivers State, the vibrant entertainment industry boasts of top stars in music, movie and comedy. These showbiz personalities have helped to boost the industry as they are regular features at shows, concerts and other social events. They are also stars to be reckoned with outside the state as a result of their exploits in their various fields of endeavour. Among the Rivers State-born movie stars include:-

Sam Dede:- This hunk actor is one of the pioneers of the make believe industry  in both Rivers State and Nigeria as a whole. The ‘Issakaba hero’ and lecturer of Threatre  Arts at the University of Port Harcourt has featured in most of the best movies in Nollywood. One of his recent movies titled ‘Grass Market’ also featured top stars such as Nobert Young and Emmanuel Okutuate which was premiered in Silverbird Cinemas Port Harcourt between February 19th and 25th this year.

Columbus Irosoanga:- This Okirika, Rivers State born top Nollywood actor and Theatre Arts lecturer at University of Port Harcourt has helped to groom up coming artistes. His acting career started in the early 80s when he featured in various soap operas with other top actors such as Comish Ekiye in Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) and also took part in dramas at the Rivers State Council for Arts and Culture. He is one of the showbiz personalities to contend with in the industry.

Hilda Dokubo:- The entertainment clan in Rivers State is incomplete without sultry actress Hilda Dokubo who has come a long way. From acting she became a Special  Assistant to former Governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili. She started her movie career as a child actress and was featured in many Nollywood movies and currently runs an NGO titled Centre for Creative Education in Port Harcourt which helps to train people for job creations.

She also uses the organisation to encourage the Niger Delta youths to embrace peace rather than militancy.

Ibinabo Fiberesima:- The beautiful Nollywood super actress and former beauty queen is currently the chairperson of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Rivers State Chapter. The friendly and unassuming Ibinabo is the franchise owner of  Miss  Earth Nigeria and also anchors big events amongst other social activities.

Millicent Jack: She is another top practitioner in Nollywood. She is currently the vice chairperson of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) Rivers State Chapter. Pretty Millicent is also the African Movie Academy (AMAA) Best custumier for 2009. She is well known in the make believe industry because of her professionalism in the industry.

Gentle Jack: His muscular physique is a reference point in Nollywood though he refused to admit that his towering height and intimidating biceps have stereotyped him. Kalabari, Rivers State born Gentle Jack has won the Abuja carnival king twice and has featured in uncountable movies. The Gentle giant also runs a body fitness equipment outfit.

Tonto Dike:- Ikwerre Rivers State born screen diva, Tonto Dike is one of the most controversial actresses in Nollywood as she is always enmeshed in one controversy or the other. Despite that, she is a favourite of most producers because of her prowess in role interpretation.

Monalisa Chinda:- This lady needs no introduction not just because she is an actress and a beautiful one indeed, but because she is been quite successful in her chosen field. However, this Glo Ambassador was recently enmeshed in a divorce matter with her erstwhile husband Segun Dejo Richards. The  beautiful Ikwerre born Nollywood top actress has featured in many Nollywood movies.

The Music Industry:- Among those that hold sway in the music industry in the state are:

Duncan Mighty:- Ikwerre born Duncan Mighty is a king not only in the south-south but in Lagos, the mainstream of entertainment. He is loved for his music, style and dance steps. He performs well in any concert within and outside Port Harcourt. His latest album titled ‘Ahamefula’ is making waves in the music industry.

Lexy M :- This Ogoni, Rivers State born music sensation is the current chairman of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) Rivers State Chapter.

He won the best Highlife Musical Artiste of the year 2009 at Odudu music Award. He has a new album titled ‘Eleni’ which has 12 tracks.

Peter Stonecold:- Peter Stone cold is a very popular musician in Rivers State. He won Gyration category at the Odudu Awards with his.

popular, ‘Hold Your Waste’ song. He is very good in stage performance and will soon be dropping his next album.

Sotty:- This Buguma, River State born pretty singer took the music clan by storm with her debut album titled ‘malaria. She is a very good musician and has topped the African Fusion top chart videos on NTA2 Channel 5 severally and she is doing very well in her music career.

Muma Gee:- Gift Iyumame Uwame aka Muma Gee is a prodigious artiste with a celestial knack for the genuine and the resplendent. Her emergence in the music scene in Nigeria marked a decisive turning point in an era that has witnessed a death of authentic music native to the Nigerian audience.

Her style of music shows a pristime stylistic performance pattern original to the African people and ends carrying its rhythm. Something different from the westernised musical contraption that is now common stance in the industry.   No wonder she has many awards for her musical talent.

Comedy Clan

For the comedy clan we have the following stars.

Julius Agwu:- This top comedian is one of the forces to be reckoned with in the stand up comedy clan. His past was symbolised by thorny pathway.  He actually started his comic business in school at Uniport, but when he later came to Lagos he lived the life of a nomad until his break through came. Today, he is a millionaire and dines with society top brass.  This very busy comedian is still actively cracking ribs at the moment, but still finds time to hang out with friends, fans and well wishers. Apart from comedy, he is also into music and acting.

Tekena Iyalla:- This graduate of marketing is popularly known as chief of waterside and one of the Funky 4+1 members on Rythym 93.7 FM which airs  every Friday. He is also the winner of music comedy category for his comedy titled ‘Handbag’. Tekena is a talented comedian and his dress sence is very commendable.

 Dan D Humorous: Born Daniel C. Nwoka is a multitalented stand up comedian who delivers his jokes in a unique way.  He had a festival of comedians recently tagged ‘Good Boy Gone Better. He is a member of the Funky 4+1 on Rhythm 93.7FM and a graduate of linguistics.

Prince Hezekiah:- The Buguma born comedian started comedy in 2001 in Port Harcourt. Good in Gospel concerts, he also anchors ‘Make Your Day’ in AIT, Laffo Roma, he is now on Ray Power 106.5 FM and anchors launch hour comedy show tagged Laugh and Jamz.

To be continued Additional reports from City People.

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I’m Eager To Find Love Again -Tiwa Savage

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Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, has declared her desire to find love and experience once again. The Koroba Crooner shared her deepest wish with her fans and followers via her instagram page. The number one African bad girl is highly optimistic that her prince charming will seek her out soonest as she is ready to be found and pampered with love.
Tiwa shared a picture of herself as she looked gorgeously dressed in a beautifully tailored pink dress for Toyin Lawani’s wedding reception. She captioned it ‘somebody’s son will find me one day.
Savage was married to Tunji Balogun popularly know as Tee Billz Balogun on November 23, 2013 the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki, while their white wedding was held on April 26,2014 at the Armani Hotel, Dubai.
In 2015, Tiwa gave birth to her first child with Tee Billz. However, in 2016 the singer announced the crash of her marriage as she accused her husband of financial recklessness, drug addiction and abandonment.

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Burna Boy Drinks From Grammy Award Plaque

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It is no news that Burna Boy was nominated by the organisers of the grammy awards event and won the award with his popular album Twice As Tall. The award remains a highlight for all the nominations, awards won and every other achievement so far in his musical career.
The self acclaimed African Giant was out clubbing with friends over the weekend and made sure to take along his grammy award plague. In the viral video which surfaced on the internet, the kilometer singer was seen in the club in the company of friends as they celebrated his taking receipt of his grammy win.
In the course of their celebration Odogwu held out the gold plague as champaign was poured into it after which he drank the entire content. The video has gone viral and got social media users talking and expressing diverse opinions, while a popular boy has criticised the Afro fusion singer for taking his plague to a club, noting he and his plague have begun a nation wide tour and may visit all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
Social media users have become defence ministers for Burna Boy and they have slammed the blog while hailing the artite, noting the grammy win was well deserved and he can celebrate and do whatever makes him happy with his plague.
Dansonko said: “Celebrate your wins, you worked for it, you deserve it and no one can tell you otherwise.

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Alibaba, Banky W, Others Attend Wizkid’s Debut Album’s 10th Anniversary

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On June 12, 2021, Grammy Award winning music star, Wizkid celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, ‘Super Star’. In a documentary shared on Wizkid’s insa stories, industry giants like Bankyw, Alibaba, Femi Kuti, Basket Mouth and others took turns to speak on the 30-year-old singers evolution since his successful debut.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of the album under BankyW’s Eme, Wizkid released a docu-series titled. “A super star’ made in Lagos on his you tube page and shared across his social media handles.
Speaking in the docu-series, wizkid reflects on his childhood, recalling his early days in Surelere and being the last child of his parents. Wizkid took time to share his experience in BankyW’s Enyire Maths Entertainment (EME) which signed him and released the album.
“Getting signed to Bankyw was one of the amazing things that happened to me, it was just an amazing moment for me, it changed my life,” Wizkid said.

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