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Unveiling New R&B Sensation, Tamara Jones …As Her Album Debuts In PH

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There is no doubt that the Nigerian music industry has witnessed various exploits and laudable achievements, but a new wind of musical adventure is about to blow across the industry with the newest entrant into the scene, Miss Tamarabrakemi Eteimo, AKA Tamara Jones. Her debut album which is basically about Love has some hit tracks namely, ‘Vibrate’ and “Na Only you’ among others. Recorded at Big Lou music studio, Port Harcourt, the album promises to hit the market with a bang.

Speaking on her exploits in the entertainment clan in an interview with The Tide Entertainment desk on Wednesday, the Bayelsa State born, Port Harcourt- based actress and wave making R’n’B sensation said she was born an entertainer and she started singing and acting at a tender age. According to her, she has featured in many soap operas namely: Twist of Faith, House of Abraham, Adams Family, Still Born and a movie titled a “Night at Novotel” produced by Adonai, who also produced ‘Nnenda’ which featured Stephanie Okereke.

The 25 year old entertainer and the fourth, out of six children who hails from Bulu-Angiama, Bayelsa State, disclosed that the movie will soon hit the market.

According to her, she decided to release her debut album as a way of contributing her quota to the growth of the music industry in Nigeria as she is also doing in the movie sector, stressing that acting and singing are interrelated.

The beautiful actress said apart from singing and acting, she is also a good hair dresser and dancer which is why she intends to open a good hair dressing salon and a dance school to enable people benefit from her God given talents.

She said though she has no role model in Rivers or Bayelsa State, she admires top stars such as Genevieve Nnaji, Tamala Jones and Beyonce as her role models while her family and God Almighty remain her inspirators.

She promises to use what ever money she realizes from her career for the well being of the less privileged as a way of giving back to society and called on other artistes to help the needy.

The Theatre Arts graduate of University of Port Harcourt, noted that the entertainment industry in Rivers State is vibrant with enabling environment which is why the industry has produced quality artistes with rare talents who are capable of competing with their counterparts from other parts of the country and beyond. She applauded the state government’s support for the industry which she said is a source of encouragement to the practitioners.

The Ex-student of Bereton Secondary School, Port Harcourt, stressed that RIVIFEST and CARNIRIV, held by the state government annually has not only helped to showcase the abundant cultural heritiage and hospitality of the Rivers people to the outside world, but has contributed in exposing the hidden talents of upcoming artistes in the state by engaging them in such events. She also noted that the ION International Film Festival and the Miss ECOWAS beauty pageant sponsored by the state government last year have brought positive changes and a boost to the entertainment industry in the state.

Miss Tamara Jones said, “the state government has done enough to encourage artistes in the state, on our own part, we have to push forward to make ourselves relevant instead of seating idle and expect others to promote our works for us, I believe that with determination and hard work, the sky will be our limit.”

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Seven Notable Moments In Late Baba Suwe’s Life

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Renowned Nigerian comic actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, passed away on Monday, November 22 at the age of 63.
Baba Suwe’s demise was announced by his son, Adesola Omidina, on social media.
Here are seven key things to remember about the popular late Nollywood comic actor.
Birth
Baba Suwe was born on August 22, 1958.
State of origin
Baba Suwe was a native of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
He was born and grew up in Lagos Island.
Education
Baba Suwe had his primary and secondary education in Lagos and Osun States, in the South-Western part of the country.
Acting career
Baba Suwe was renowned for the comic role he played and featured in scores of movies – including those produced by him – such as Iru Esin, Ebi Olokada, Baba Londoner, Obelomo, Elebolo, Larinloodu, and Baba Jaiye Jaiye, among many others.
Baba Suwe’s health worsened as Tampan denied abandoning him
Omidina began acting in 1971.
He, however, came into limelight after he featured in a Yoruba movie titled ‘Omolasan’, which was produced by Obalende.
Demise of his wife
The comic actor was, married to comedienne Omoladun Omidina, who died in September 2009. It was one of the most devastating moments in the life of Baba Suwe.
Drug Trafficking accusation
In 2011, Baba Suwe was accused of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) .
The allegation was later described as false and defamatory by a court in Lagos which ordered that Baba Suwe should be paid N25 million as compensation.
He, however, lamented that he did not receive any payment years after the ruling.
Death
The veteran actor died on Monday, November 22, 2021, after he was said to have battled an illness for a long period. He was 63 years old.

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ENIFF Showcases 50 Films From 15 Countries

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The Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival, ENIFF, last Wednesday, in Enugu commenced the showcase of 50 films from 15 global countries.
The four-day event features among other films, a Moroccan movie, “Ultimate King”, Nigerian best narrative movie, “Yahoo Plus” and other award-winning movies.
Co-founder of ENIFF, Obianujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor, who spoke with newsmen in Enugu at the commencement of the premiere, on Wednesday, disclosed that the film festival features the participation of major Nollywood actors such as Pet Edochie.
Akukwe-Nwakalor however regretted that Nollywood, which had its roots in the southeast has been taken away from the zone due to equipment deficit and support for the dwindling fortunes of actors and artistes, who are based in the east.
She also said that the development had forced most of the southeast-based actors and artistes to relocate to Lagos where there are better opportunities for the industry.
She said, “They (actors and artistes) are struggling because they don’t have the right equipment; they don’t have the right support; they don’t have money.
“To produce a film that can compete, that can at least be on NETFLIX, you need millions of Naira and the people here(East) don’t understand what it means to invest. If I tell you to invest N100 million into my film, you don’t understand and because you don’t understand how you are going to make N300 million from it, you are not going to invest”.
Akukwe-Nwakalor, with the co-founder, Mr Chris Odili, is hosting a film festival called Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival (ENIFF) in Enugu through the Eastern Nigeria Film and Arts Initiative, said the idea was to bridge and set up a creative hub in the southeast.
“We’re basically bridging the entertainment space or grid and set up a creative hub in the southeast part of Nigeria.
“Yes, we have pockets of things going on here. But, you will agree with me that we’re taking a back seat. We’re the backbenchers right now when it comes to entertainment space. Everything happens in Lagos.
“I came from Abuja and things as basic as finding a projector were very difficult. This is because people don’t use nor demand such here.
“We have forgotten that the Nollywood industry actually started from here in the southeast. But we have lost the steam”, Akukwe-Nwakalor said.
The idea of the festival, she explained, was to come back home, set up a space where the young ones, particularly those in the schools, could be trained to learn about film education, bringing in facilitators from different parts of Africa and the world so that they can learn from best hands what the creative space is about.
“We are starting from education. We are teaching them first to understand how this works. Until you understand, that will shift your mindset and when your mindset is shifted you can now begin to think of how to make money.

 

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Ramsey Nouah Accuses Directors Of ‘Mediocre Nollywood Production’

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Nigerian veteran Nollywood actor, Ramsey Nouah, has blamed directors in Nollywood of mediocre Nollywood production.
According to him, Nollywood needs a lot of improvements before it can be considered satisfactory for viewers.
Our source reports that Ramsey Nouah said, “I still find a lot of disconnect between the technicality and creativity in my industry right now. I see that the creative, which is the art part of filmmaking, is still not as deep as I want it to be.
“Performances from the actors are not deeply rooted. We have good quality techniques going on, but it’s almost like oil and water not mixing properly.
“If you can’t get an Oscar-winning performance from an actor the fault is not the actor, but the director’s. If you can’t deliver as an actor, the problem is the director that cast you”.

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