Nigerian born multi talented Nollywood actress, songstress and model, Barr. Lilian Umeh, popularly known as Princess Lee has called on government at all levels to partner effectively with the private sector to boost the entertainment industry by ensuring level playing field for the upcoming entertainers in the country.
The Anambra State-born entertainer who spoke with The Tide Entertainment in Port Harcourt recently, noted that the young entertainers are faced with daunting obstacles which include lack of enabling environment, poor funding, sponsorship, marketing and distribution of works of the entertainers as well as the menace of pirates who rob them of their intellectual properties.
Princess Lee noted that the entertainment industry in Nigeria is not only vibrant but dynamic and worth billions of naira with landable achievements within and outside.
The country has contributed greatly to employment generation and economic growth of the nation, ironically, it is also one of the underfunded industries by government as the sector has remained dominantly private sector driven.
She stressed that with the active participation of government to compliment the private sector initiatives, there would be a level playing field and an enabling environment and the industry would be more challenging and competitive for the budding stars to show case their talents to the outside world unhindered.
The entertainer and role interpreter observed that the established entertainers are also part of the problems of the young talents. She said, “as predecessors in the entertainment clan, they ought to carry the younger ones along, give them adequate support and groom them up as international stars capable of succeeding them when they retire from active service as well as ensure continuity and move the industry forward to the next level.
The songstress who stormed Port Harcourt market with her latest wave making six track album titled “Obim” (My Heart), currently ruling the airwaves and the social media, intimated that the new album is the latest in the series having released two albums previously titled Chimdi Egwu (her debut album) and the second one titled ‘Control Number’.
She disclosed that the three albums contain both gospel and circular music genres with meaningful lyrics that praize and worship God and also touches on various aspects of social life which made them popular in the market and they have all recorded commercial successes. She stated that the latest album Obim released in the last quarter of 2017 is a new year gift to her numerous fans and a boost to the vibrant music sector in Nigeria.
Apart from music, Princess Lee is one of the recently unveiled Nollywood screen goddesses with several block buster movies to her credit. She has featured alongside other notable Nollywood veterans like Chiwetalu Agwu, Patience Ozokwor (Mama Gee), Mercy Johnson, Camela Mgbereke among others. Some of her popular films include ‘Angel Cross”, where she played a lead role, Iroko Tree”, Fight To The Death”, To Hell With You Handsome” Etc. She has also featured in various soap operas and other TV series in AIT and CTL as well as talk shows, music and video productions and modeling.
On how she is able to combine her various talents creditably and excel in them, the law graduate of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), called to the Nigeria bar in 2011 said “I see myself as a supper woman, I thank God and my numerous fans for being there for me, it is not easy but I thank God for making it possible for me to actualize my childhood dream of becoming a star”.
My Victory Resulted From Steadfast Prayers, Says MBGN Winner
Winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2021, Oluchi Madubuike, yesterday said that her victory was as a result of steadfast prayers.
Madubuike, who was crowned Miss Nigeria World 2021 on Saturday, took to her Instagram page to appreciate her family and other people who supported her in the journey.
According to her, she was victorious because of the steadfast prayers, love and support that she received from well wishes.
She said, “The little girl in me is screaming with joy at this new reality of mine. I’m sure my dad is with the host of angels in heaven celebrating me!
“I am so grateful to God most importantly for this opportunity and the hand of favour He placed upon my life. I am a living testimony of his divine work.
“To @silverbirdgrp , all our sponsors and partners, thank you all for this opportunity. I promise to maximize it to my fullest potential.
“This victory was a result of the steadfast prayers, love and support. I pray that God will find a way to repay everyone who contributed in a thousand folds.”
Madubuike would be representing Nigeria at the 70th edition of the Miss World pageant to be held on December 16, 2021 in Puerto Rico.
Nigerian Female Celebrities Are Not Prostitutes -Movie Producer
Nigerian movie producer, Samuel Olatunji, popularly known as Bigsam has debunked the idea that successful women in the entertainment industry earn their money through questionable means.
The Public Relations expert took to his Instagram page yesterday to condemn Nollywood actress, Nnaji Charity, who in her Instagram stories wrote that “being a female celebrity in Nigeria is more like an advanced prostitution.”(sic)
“To say her post is uncharitable to women is stating the obvious. What is more uncharitable is the fact that she is a woman (that, I believe because these days, you never can tell), “ the producer said.
He added, “What you are implying is that all these successful female celebrities, both in entertainment and outside entertainment are prostitutes, got to where they are, or are maintaining what they are by prostitution? Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Naming celebrities such as Linda Ikeji, Toyin Abraham, Funke Akindele-Bello, and Ini Edo, the Dear Affy producer attested to lucrative means by which several female celebrities he has worked with, make their money.
He said, “There was a time someone called me to say Linda Ikeji must be doing fraud or advanced prostitution to make the kind of money she has, that year, Linda was charging 50k per post (now it is 150k). I asked the person to open the blog and we did counting of sponsored post for that day as at 6pm, Linda has done about 20 sponsored posts. That year, Linda was raking in about 2 million daily. Before Covid and after, Toyin Abraham was making over 5 million monthly.
“About 10 years ago, we struck a major deal for Ini Edo, my first cut in the money was over 1.5m. Till date, Ini is making legitimate money quietly and in quick succession to have warranted talk that she’s the richest actress in Nigeria. About two or three years ago, Funke Akindele Bello made over 1 million USD from just one of her projects.”(sic)
Also mentioning the likes of Kemi Adetiba, Uche Jumbo, and Lizzy Jay, Bigsam said, “If you see all these women living life and living well, don’t let your limited brain deceive you that they only make it by gracing beds of powerful men (some of these men actually live off them).”
“Women are doing well and it is possible for the upcoming one to do better without turning to prostitution,” he continued.
He further encouraged ladies to ignore the claims by Nnaji as “she doesn’t know what she’s saying.”
Wizkid, Omah Lay Bag High Nominations In AFRIMA 2021
The African Union Commission and the International Committee of All Africa Music Awards have released the 2021 nominees’ list.
The list, which was released on Wednesday, features over 400 songs from artistes in the 30 continental and 10 regional categories cutting across African talents and creatives living on the continent and in the Diaspora.
Leading the 2021 AFRIMA nominations scorecard is South Africa’s sensation duo, Blaq Diamond with eight nominations for their song, ‘SummerYoMuthi’ in ‘Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa’; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Producer of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational Music’; ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Pop’; and ‘Best African Duo, Group or Band’.
Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’. Also, South Africa’s Focalistic made it to the top of the list for his hit single, ‘Ke Star’ [Remix], featuring Davido and Vigro Deep with seven nominations including ‘Best Male Artiste’ in Southern Africa; ‘Artiste of the Year in Africa’; ‘Song of the Year in Africa’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group in African Dance or Choreography’; ‘Best African Collaboration’; ‘Best Artiste, Duo or Group In African Electro’; and ‘Breakout Artiste of the Year’.
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