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Facts About Nollywood Legends, Olu Jacobs, Pete Edochie

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The name Olu Jacobs is not new in the Nigerian entertainment clan as the veteran Nollywood actor has graced the silver screens for over four decades. He is one of Nigeria’s most respected actors.
Olu Jacobs, as many of his younger colleagues in the industry call him, has paved a successful path for many actors and actresses in the industry. The veteran actor recently clocked 75 years. The Tide Entertainment brings you fast facts about the Septuagenarian you may not have known.
The legendary actor was born as Oludotun Jacobs on 11 July 1942 in Ogun State, Nigeria to parents of Egba Alake. He grew up in Kano and attended The Holy Trinity School, Kano in Nigeria. His love for acting was inspired by Late Legendary film maker, Hubert Ogunde’s annual concert party which held at colonial Hotel in Kano, thereafter, he travelled to England where he studied acting in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
He starred in several British Television series and international films between 1970 and the 80s. Some of his international works include. ‘The Goodies,’ “Till Death Us Do Part,” ‘Balow At Large.’ The Ventures”, “Angels”, ‘1990’, ‘The tomorrow People” and The Professionals’, The Dogs of war”, Roman Polanski’s Adventure Comedy, ‘Pirates’ (1986) and the family adventure film, ‘Baby. Secret of the Lost Legend (1985).
On television, he was cast in TV5’s’ “The Witches and the Grinnygog (1983 series) and in Nigeria, Olu Jacobs has starred in over 150 Nollywood films. In 2007 he won the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA) for best actor in a leading role and in 2013, he was honoured with the industry’s merit award for out-standing achievements in acting at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.
Olu Jacobs has been married to co-Thespian joke silver for over 30 years and they are blessed with two children. Olu Jacobs and his wife run a school called Lufodu Academy for performing arts to cater for upcoming actors.
Pete Edochie At 70
One of Nollywood’s most celebrated actors, Pete Edochie celebrated his 70th birthday on March 7, 2017 and as expected, many of his friends, fans and well wishers turned out in their numbers to celebrate the Nollywood titan.
Pete Edochie who was born on March 7, 1947 in Enugu, Enugu State is an indigene of Anambra State. He had his primary and secondary education in Zaria, Kaduna State.
After his secondary education, Pete Edochie worked with Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) before proceeding to the United Kingdom (UK) to do a course in journalism and television at the school of journalism and television in England.
In 1967, he joined the Eastern Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation and in 1980, he was trained formerly in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a broadcaster.
The veteran actor came into limelight in the 1980s when he played the lead role in the Nigerian Television Authority’s adaptations of Chinua Achedbe’s best selling novel, “Things Fall Apart.” Since then, Pete Edochie has featured in over 200 Nollywood movies and his prowess in the industry has won him many national and international awards.
Pete is well known for his roles in movies like Igodo, Egg of Life, The Lions, Evil Men, Oracle, Narrow Escape, Sins of Our Forefathers, My Love, Felony etc.
He was kidnapped on August 16, 2009 on his way to an event along Nkpor in Anambra State, but was immediately released the next day.
In 2012, Pete Edochie was reported dead while he was on set of a new movie in the Northern part of the country at the time.

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Duncan Mighty Cheats Death In Ghastly Car Accident

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Rivers State-born singer, Duncan Mighty has survived a car accident while travelling to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The self-acclaimed Port Harcourt First Son, on his Instagram account, thanked God for saving his life and Nigerians for praying for him.
He revealed that on January 2, 2022, his vehicle drove straight into the river after a failed brake.
He wrote, “God bless you for your prayers. 2nd January on our way to Uyo, our vehicle drove straight into the river after a trailer on a high speed failed brake, was the last thing I can remember.
“Next is seeing myself in the hospital. God made, no be man made.”

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Grammy Awards Postponed Indefinitely, As Omicron Variant Spreads

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The 64th Grammy Awards has been postponed indefinitely amid an unprecedented wave of COVID Omicron variant.
Recording Academy announced that the awards was postponed indefinitely for safety reasons.
The awards show had been scheduled for January 31; no new date has been set yet.
CBS and Recording Academy in a statement said holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant.
Part of the statement read, “After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community and our many partners, the Recording Academy and CBS have postponed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards Show.”
CBS noted that the health and safety of those in our music community, the live audience, and those who tirelessly work to produce the award show remain our top priority.
“We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night® on a future date, which will be announced soon,” the statement read.

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Yuletide: Emohua Turns To Carnival City …Commends Awuse’s Magnanimity

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The 2021 Yuletide celebration in Emohua Community, Rivers State was funfilled amidst glitz and glamour as the good people of the ancient town came out in their numbers to celebrate Christmas and new year under a peaceful atmosphere with gratitude to God and Ohna Sergent Awuse for a hitch free yuletide as the town literally turned to a carnival city.
The weeklong activities which started from December 23rd 2021 kicked off with the Ohna Awuse cup competition which featured six teams named after different countries. At the grand finale on January 4th 2022, South Africa defeated Ivory Coast with a lone goal and went home with the golden cup and N250,000 cash, while the second position went to Ivory Coast with a cash prize of N150,000, Egypt took third and got N100,000.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman, Organising Committee of the tournament, Mr Nnebuchi Woleru, thanked Ohna Awuse for sponsoring the tournament which has been in existence for the past six years. He described the soccer event as a unifying factor among the youths as the players were drawn from the eight villages in Emohua town. He stressed that they decided to name the teams after countries to avoid acrimony and rancour as was witnessed in previous tournaments.
According to Woleru, the football event helped to ensure peace in the community and contributed in curbing the menace of youth restiveness cultism and other social vices among the youths. He thanked Ohna Awuse for his foresight and for ensuring peace in the town.
Ohna Awuse noted that the purpose of the competition was to encourage the youths to discover and harness their potentials, promote peace and unity among the youths and to change the negative narrative and conduct for which they were known in the past. He thanked them for their peaceful conduct throughout the competition.
Ohna Awuse also ushered in the new year by hosting Ohna Emohua, Eleru-urie, Emohua Council of Chiefs, widows and the youths. He noted that 2022 was a year of peace, unity and freedom as he called for all hands to be on deck to move Emohua to the next level of development and peaceful coexistence.
The yuletide also witnessed masquerade displays and carnivals by the eight villages of Emohua. Speaking at one of the masquerade displays the Chairman of Ohna Mele Masquerade Dance, Mr Ifeanyi Iroh, thanked Ohna Awuse, Barr Chima Obinna and others for sponsoring the masquerade dance which he said had given them a sense of belonging and had helped to promote their age long culture and tradition.
Also speaking the youth Chairman and coordinator of Mgbuetor Carnival, Mr Anachor Emenike noted that the purpose of the carnival was to entertain the youths during the festive period and the carnival symbolises unity, peace and love among the youths. He thanked Hon Collins Amegl Opuel Wordu and other sponsores of the event for making their dream come true and urged others to emulate their kind gestures.

By: Jacob Obinna

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