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Focus On Nigeria’s G.5 Billionaire Actresses …How They Spend Their Money

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Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola
Jalade-Ekeinde, Rita  Dominic, Stella Damasus and  Stephanie Okereke.
These are the evolving  names in the Nigerian  movie industry as they  make more inroads in  fame and fortunes  therein.
Almost on daily basis, movie lovers around  the country pay glowing  tributes to the aforementioned better known as the  G.5 in the industry today – i.e.  first before the rest!
Millions of Nigerians who have  been following their exploits since  mother luck shone on them agreed  that they remain the current wave  makers.
They have all paid their dues. Before attaining their present height  and status, each of them sacrificed in all life’s ramifications. In an arena bedeviled by man-know-man and use what-you-have-to-get-what-you-want, it was not a bed of roses for them at the inception.
Genevieve Nnaji’s story has remained a recurring affair. Hers is a chequered history. But one so intriguing and motivational to others who easily lose hope simply because one  misfortune or the other befell them.
The early pregnancy that forced  her to abandon secondary school, her life on the streets, frustrated and almost rejected, initial frustrations by producers, sexual harassment, name them. But she was determined and focused. Today, everybody bows for  her.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde could easily be described as the luckiest  amongst them. She hit the. jackpot  from the first day she sauntered into  the industry. Imagine someone that merely accompanied a friend to a contest and turning out the winner!
Not only that, suitors came calling immediately with Mathew, a Pilot, winning the bid. Although she has consistently been in and out of  labour with four kids to her credit, she has equally been very consistent on movie locations with over 50 appearances to show for it.
Omotola was also the first to win the movie awards (Thelma) with Mortal Inheritance .
Rita Dorninic and Stephanie Okereke joined the G.5 just last year. While Rita was making return bid when it clicked for her, Steph came  from nowhere. Somebody just ‘discovered her and thereafter, the bandwagon effect caught up with her.
As for Stella Damasus, she has always been there and infact, could be chosen as the first before the rest. She has been a good actress too with innumerable number of successful jobs to her credit.
She was married to Jaiye Abodrin, a showbiz impresario. However, the viewers who idolize and monitor their day-to-day activities seem to know better on who the best screen queen crown fits for now. It was an open thing and the usually reliable, unbiased and bold attempt give our readers nothing but the best.
Out of the over 2,000 self-confessed ‘committed and ardent’ fans  of the home video industry polled, majority tilted their support for the one  everybody has continued to adore,  sometimes, for reasons they cannot readily explain.
Genevieve Nnaji is it! The ravishing Mbaise, or (is it Umueze, Isiala Ngwa North) Imo State-born actress, appears destined to remain the center of attraction for a long time to come.
Although she has not featured in  most of the movies produced in recent times, she has never had a dull  moment. Recently she was alleged to play a nude role in a movie that is  causing some controversy. Genny is  fresh from South Africa where she outclassed others, including the sensational Oluchi Onweagba (MNET  Face of Africa) to emerge as the new  Face of Lux which increased her  bank account by a whopping N75  million.
Back to her consistency,  Genevieve remains the most sought  after actress. Producers, especially  those from the Idumota (markets)  extraction, have been upsetting one  another to have her on board their movies. “Any movie that has Genevieve sells itself”, confessed Andy, a marketer who said he’s been on the trail for the past one month.
Genevieve has also become the untouchable. Write anything that appears to be negative about her and her fans would descend on you. Thus, they no longer care even if she desecrates in the church!
Another factor that must have given Genevieve the edge over others, is her consistency in everything . She improves with every new script, giving it the natural touch it deserves without pretence. She does not go down in her fees either. Right, now, she earns about N1.2 million and N1.5 million maximum (or no deal) per script. So, Genevieve remains the queen of the screen in all respects. Omotola Jolade Ekeinde came second. Fans believe that she is also very natural in her script interpretation. For the close to one decade she has faced the camera, they also argued that she has been very consistent, maintaining that her contemporaries can only be more visible because they are still single and are yet to taste the stress of labour and motherhood.
“If Omotola had remained single up till date, she would have remained more ravishing and the girl to beat on the tube because she is cute in every other respect,” one of the respondents. All the same, Omotola still possesses the charm that makes a pretty lady. She is the viewers’ choice for the second position. She earns about N800,000 per script now.
Enter, Stella Damasus Aboderin. Some how, not many people really know about her. But that is not on the screen. She remains the dealing of many movie lovers. Stella has dazzled in many home movies and soap operas too and is in fact about the oldest face on the screen amongst the pack.
Endowed with a natural voice and physique that is ever tantalizing, Stella earns more than N500,000 per script and remains one of the sought after actress as she is in a class of her own. She is the third on the queue.
Rita Dominic and Stephanie Okereke come fourth and fifth respectively because fans believed that although they are making waves, they still need more time to see if they wont turn more flashes in the pan.
Both of them stole the show only last year and cannot be compared with those who have been there for an upward of five years and above, and remain the choice of millions. In terms of fees, both of them hand around N500,000 depending.
For someone that wanted just a pastime vocation to ease boredom to hit the millionaire mark and ultimately a billionaire, her life and style is bound to change for the better. That is what has happened to Genevieve Nnaji.
She now exudes confidence. Fortunately, she remains the delight of top rated fashion designers because anything they make, fits Genny, as she is fondly called. Expectedly, Genevieve now steps out looking radiant and complete with the state of the art ‘apparatus’ in everything as she commands a lot of respect in the society.

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Monarch Calls For Peaceful Yuletide Celebration,  As Community Buries Traditional Ruler

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The Paramount ruler of Emohua kingdom in Rivers State,  Ohna (Sir) Sergent Awuse, has called for peaceful celebrations of christmas and new year, as he enjoined the youths to be law abiding and shun violence during the festive period.
The first class traditional ruler made the call last Saturday, while preforming the Ohna Emohua burial rights in respect of late Ohna (Hon) Emmanuel A. Obinna at Mgbuitanwo in Emohua community,  amidst jubilation for a life well lived.
Ohna Awuse, the Olo IV, Nneweli Emohua XIII urged the people of the community to always uphold and showcase the age long culture and tradition of Emohua Clan. He stressed that their culture is their identity and way of life and a community without culture and tradition is like a sheep without Shepherd.
The monarch noted that late Ohna Emmanuel Obinna would be remembered for his role in promoting the ancient culture and tradition of Emohua. He stated that his demise had left a big vaccum in Emohua kingdom, but the legacies he left behind would live after him.
In his vote of thanks,  his successor and acting head of Mgbu Owhor community in Emohua, Chief V.C. Obinna, thanked the Ohna supreme council for the honour they gave to their departed colleague by giving him a befeating burial in line with the culture and tradition of Ohna Emohua, the highest traditional institution in Emohua kingdom. Which the late traditional ruler championed in his life time on earth.
Chief V.C Obinna maintained that apart from being a foremost traditionalist, he was also a devout Christian who contributed immensely to the growth of the Christian faith in Emohua community and beyond.
Also speaking at the well attended event,  the chief mourner, Dr Weli Obinna reiterated that his late father lived an upright life, those he left behind would take solace in God because their father and mentor lived a fulfilled life he came, he saw and he conquered to the glory of God and left the scene at the ripe age of 92.

By: Jacob Obinna

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Rivers Set For Yuletide Celebration Despite Odds

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As this year’s Christmas and New year celebrations beckon, The Tide investigations have revealed that most of the residents of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital and its environs are not enthusiastic about the Christmas and new year celebrations. Most of the people interviewed expressed the feelings of solemn and gloomy festive period due to the prevailing economic hardship in the country.
One of the respondents, Mr. Solomon Duru,  a civil servant resident at the D-Line axis of the city, complained of the rising cost of staple foods in the market, such as rice, beans, tomato, yam etc. which were sold at exubitant prices and  had made it extremely difficult to provide two square meals for his family of five, “It is life first before celebration,” he said.
Another respondent who sells garri at Mile One Market, Diobu , Port Harcourt,  Madam Dorathy Duke maintained that garri which used to be the poor man’s food has become the rich man’s food. According to her, a basin of garri that was sold for #3000.00 is now sold for between #7000.00 and #8000.00, while five cups of garri that used to be sold for #200.00 now cost #500.00.
“Even at the prevailing price today, garri has become a scarce commodity even when you succeed in getting it, there are no buyers , there is trouble in the country,  Nigeria has now become Ghana of those days when they ran to Nigeria to take refuge due to their poor economy , but today the reverse is the case, may God help us”,  she said.
A transporter in Abali Park, Mile1, Mr. Sunday Udo, lamented the lack of patronage due to the hike  in transport fares as a result of the unprecendented rise in petrol and other petrolum products. He stressed that even vulcanizers and mechanics are in trouble as patronage from car owners decrease every day due to poor economy.
It was the same woefull story when The Tide visited a supermarket attendant along Aba/ Port Harcourt Express Road who pleaded anonymity. He disclosed that it was no longer business as usuall as most of their customers had disappeared due to the increase in the price of goods. “We record poor sales daily to the extent that the management has decided to reduce the workforce, my brother, it is double wahala for dead body” according to Fela”,  he said.
However,  a mass communication student of the Rivers State University Port Harcourt,  Mr. Abel Dike, noted that Nigerians were used to suffering and smiling, so this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations would come and go,  this year would not be different despite the sufferings. People would still enjoy themselves even with their last kobo.
“People will still go to catch fun with their loved ones at their favourite relaxation joints,  hangouts, cinemas, amusement parks and night clubs. Residential houses, churches and public places will also wear new looks with Christmas trees, lights and other decorations,  even communities are ready to mark their annual carnivals,  beach parties, cultural and masquerade dances as well as wrestling competitions   and other social activities to mark the festive period,  so I believe all is not lost despite the bad economy,” he said.
Meanwhile,  Pastor Silas Wosa of St. Pauls Anglican Church Diobu noted that Christian faithfulls all over the world would celebrate the Christmas. “Christmas is the biggest celebration and holiday every year,  because it celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of God who came to the world to redeem mankind” he stressed.

By: Jacob Obinna

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2022 Christmas: Festival Galore In Port Harcourt, Bayelsa

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As the 2022 Christmas season draws closer, events have continued to fly in the air, festivities have become the centre of attraction in the Garden City of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The common fact that the hike in the prices of goods and food stuff are now triple the usual costs in the market is yet to put a halt on turns of event going on, in and around the state to celebrate the Christmas season
However, Shabach Dance Academy, Port Harcourt held her All White Carol, Awards and Dinner event on Wednesday, which also, witnessed the presence of Itohan Agbator, Nigerian Idol Top 5 Finalist and Founder of Itohan Teens Talent Initiative as a Special Guest at the occasion, where she sang Oh Holy Night to give the occasion that flavour of Christmas.
She congratulated the award winners and encouraged all the dancers to keep working hard in following their dreams for future feats.
Meanwhile,the Organiser of the event, Mr Oliver Emmanuel, thanked all Shabach Dance Members and parents for gracing the event. He also appreciated Itohan (Baby Dragon) for gracing the event and showing support to young talents always.
Also, today, in Bayelsa State, the Government House will be entertained with the performance of the Garden City Choir for her Carol event tagged Bayelsa State Christmas Carol of Nine Lessons.
The Director, Garden City Choir, Isaac Iwuoha, who is also the Assistant Choir Master, St. Cyprian Anglican Church, Port Harcourt disclosed this to The Tide Entertainment, yesterday.
He explained that logistics have already been put in place for his group to perform at the event.
Meanwhile, organiser of the Abuloma Beach Party at Sand City, Abuloma, Iweriso Godbless, has confirmed that the second edition of the fiesta will hold on Monday.
According to him, the event which was a one-day event last year, would now hold for two days, on 26th and 27th December respectively, as it promises to feature Artistes such as M. I.C, Gbenga Owolo, Splendid and up coming artiste, Teekay to perform at the beach party.

By: Nancy Briggs

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