Monday, September 25, 2006

Nolly Continued.....



Hope everyone had a good weekend? Mine was rather eventful and started off with me attending a Nollywood Movie Premiere! Yes oh, I thought I was the princess of Nollywood (i.e. one who knows all about Nolly) until Bella put up a post on the Nigerian Movie Premiere of The Widow held somewhere in Ikeja, Lagos. I was like whaaaaat, I've lost my touch! How come I didn't know about that? I mean I know about the movie, I have been waiting for it to come out for like a year now (trust Nollywood) but when did Naija start having premieres? As innn and in the pics Bella had up, it looked like a REAL premiere oh, with the red carpets and barriers and everyone dressed elegantly. Naija is picking up oh, forget!




Anyway so I heard about a Nollywood Movie Premiere of a film - The Successor with Olu Jacobs and others advertised on BenTV held at Odeon, Swiss Cottage?? I thought it was a joke oh but I thought we would still try and see what happens. The ticket prices were rather steep £30 but hey it was a premier. In the ad, it also had details of a champagne reception, meeting with the actors and actresses et. al. So on Friday, after work, I went to get my hair done, went home (I had ample time as it was to start at 11pm) and then headed for Odeon @ Swiss Cottage. Lo and behold, there were a couple of Nigerians milling outside. We went inside and there were a few stars I recognised in their evening dresses, no red carpets but there were goodie bags and champagne and wine etc. I was like shuuu this is real oh!







The turn out wasn't so good (I'm guessing because majority of Nigerians live more in the South than in North London and also because of the ticket price). Anyway, the movie was fabulous and I'm not just saying that 'cos I am into Nollywood but the productiin was different and it made a lot of sense from start to finish, nothing like part 2 or anything like that. I also had the privilege of seeing Stephanie Okereke and Dakore Egbuson in real life (lol), I could have met them afterwards oh but I really didn't want to hang about after the movie at 2am but I spoke to the main actor guy and commended his performance. Hehehe, it was well worth it plus I got a goodie bag, free wine, popcorn and a signed autograph.


They are holding the movie premiere in other parts of London so I recommend it to everyone, it's showing at:



  • Odeon Streatham (29th Sept.)
  • Odeon Surrey Quays (30th Sept.)


Click on the flyer/pic above to see details.

For those interested, info on the eligible Nollywood bachelors/spinsters:

  1. Muyiwa Ademola - an actor and popular young producer of Yoruba films. His film entitled Ori has won him several awards including the African Movie Academ Award Best Inidgenous Movie (2005). He had been rumoured to be dating Shola Kosoko (daughter of Jide Kosoko) who he was said to later dump for another lady. Sources say he has recently married (in June) a young lady who he met in 2003 on a movie location. I will need to confirm this gist.
  2. Benita Nzeribe - told Nollywood last year that she was taking a break in her life after being treated unfairly by a man she loved dearly. Following that report, she had received several advances from men included those routed through Nollywood Magazine. She is also a Mercedes Benz freak just in case any man cares?
  3. Pat Attah - one of the most handsome Nollywood actors (he's put on a bit of weight though). He looks like an introvert but has been often described as a woman-beater. However, handsome Attah described the rumour as ridiculous and denied ever dating the likes of Empress Njamah, who openedly declared that they were lovers and she was battered by him and perhaps, too, Lillian Bach. If anythhing, he agreed to have truly dated Genevieve Nnaji. Whether she was also a victim, we do not know.
  4. Bimbo Akintola - this beautiful actress once told Nollywood that she did not have a man in her life and that she was proud of it. Bimbo, became popular for her seductive role in RMD's Out of Bounds. The sociable actress from Ibadan in Oyo State does not seem to believe in the African sentiment concerning marriage. She also said when asked whether her taste affected her not finding a man yet "my taste is not high, it's just that I haven't found Mr. Right. I like very plain, easy and nice men with integrity and intellectuals. I don't think I'm asking for too much because we have a lot of them in this country."
  5. Hanks Anuku - is the gangster character of Nollywood, but is meek, friendly and perhaps carefree. He is in his early forties and is a club freak, who cannot be related to any particular woman. He is apparently a sober, praying Christian in contrast to his stereotyped personality on-screen. He claims he is not a flirt but sources say he would require a woman urgently to check his drinking excesses.
  6. Chioma Chukwuka - came into the movie industry through Theodore Anyaji's The Apple directed by Lancelot Imasuen. Ever since she entered Nollywood, there has hardly been any negative press about her. She is a quiet and God-fearing young lady and as at last year, was certainly looking to get married soon but carefully too. I have just been informed that she just got married so two down.
  7. Segun Arinze - aka Badagry born Black is single, if not necessarily searching for a bride. With three children from different mothers, the forty-year old actor and singer is said to be in a relationship with broadcaster, Stella Din. He has been linked to many women at one point or another. The mothers of his children are Efe, who bore him a son, Anne Njemanze, his former wife and mother of his first daughter, Morenike and thirdly, Sandra Bello, his former assistant.
  8. Jim Iyke - he is still single and once dated Steph Nora Okere and is also said to have dated Rita Dominic, which they have both denied. He may not be in a hurry to settle down and is not known to be in any serious relationship although he is now associated with many women both within and outside the country.
  9. Chidi Mokeme - the presenter of Nigeria's first Reality TV Show - The Gulder Ultimate Search Show is still single despite having fathered a seven-year old son. He has been rumoured to have dated the likes of Helen Ukpabio, Stella Damasus Aboderin, Stephanie Okereke and Eucharia Anunobi-Ekwu. This thirty-three year old hunk is another actor who is in no hurry to quit the bachelor's club and I reckon he is the second most handsome actor in Nollywood. RMD is the first :o)


Source - Nigerian Newspaper (June 2006)

24 comments:

Remi said...

Are you serious? thats mad o. Will try to see the one at Surrey Quay. So where are pictures of celebrities, surely you took a camera?

Mona said...

Can u imagine I didn't have it on me....sniff ':o(

Bella Naija said...

Miss Mona! I didnt know the luv for Nollywood was tht deep! The premiere seemed very cool.
I think it was better that a lot of people werent there unless it might have gotten quite rowdy!
Anyways, I luv Nigerian movies or 'blockbusters' as me and my friends like to call them....
Very nice post on the bachelors and bachelorettes!
By the way, Chioma Chukwuka is actually married...she got married some months ago

Mona said...

Hmm I will update! cheers

Mari said...

You wont kill me today ooo, your love is too deep. 30 quid to go see a naija movie. as long as u had fun , thats what counts.

i havent seen one decent naija movie in almost a yr. bring me some of ure collections. i'll mail em once am done.

Mona said...

Ok I'll bring you some...yes oh 30 bucks...but it was paid for though (wink wink) not saying I wouldn't have paid but err guess I was just lucky ;o)

Wands said...

Naija to the core :p

Overwhelmed Naija Babe said...

i went to see a naija movie ABENI that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.. its great to know that naija movies are gaining recognition worldwide sha cos more than half the theater was white, chinese, carribean people self... the movie was amazing by the way.. NOLLYWOOD is really doing it right now

I think Muna Obiekwe, Pat Attah and Chidi Mokeme are so hottt its sad...

Mona said...

Abeni is really cool oh!! Hmm I may be able to get hold of it and upload it somewhere. I'll let you know xx

zaiprincesa said...

lol..LMAO.@ the scoop on all these actors. Nollywood is blowing up and getting recognition all over. Big ups to all the actors and actresses jare!..even if they all seem a bit promiscuos sha!..lol

Biodun said...

Great piece, u no ur stuff o, I am not so into nollywood movies, but i enjoyed reading the stories behind the actors.

Sola said...

Mona,

You know I don't know what to say, should have been there with me camera

Onada said...

my favorite nollywooders!!!!

TaureanMinx said...

Wow, at the odeon. We are doing big things oh! Nice one. Er not sure I'd date any of the men on this after watching their movies and sometimes sill acting lol.

deji77 said...

Aaaahhh...was about to fight you when I almost didn't see her! Bimbo Akintola--my heart throb....

ToyinE said...

actually met Pat Attah strolling the streets of VGC 2 weeks ago...he's still a pretty cute guy sha -- woman beater :(

Suby said...

Wow girl you really are into you Nigerian movies. Not seena Nigerian movie in years and years, maybe I will look forward to this one as you have advised it makes sense and there will be no need to look for a part 2 & 3 :)

Suby

mola said...

I haven't watched a Naija movie in damn near 2 years. I can't get myself to even insert it into a DVD player for the sole purpose of watching it... The actors are good, but the Directors need to work on their scene selections... Seriously, there are some scenes that are just not relevant (and they have the nerve to make it long) in most of these naija movies... Most annoying is the unfiltered music...

The only ones i will watch are the comedies... but Nollywood is definitely coming up!..

ABBEY said...

Pat Attah is fine men...woman beater? wow that would be sad but all these rumors..

@mola I agree with you. Sometimes I wonder how the actors can let the directors cast them in some of these movies. Even a layman can direct better those peeps. I mean why shoot people dancing at a party for 30 mins? very embarassing.

Uzo said...

I adore Nigerian movies....I just saw one that was sent to my sisters in the States....I have obviously gotten my own copy and watched it 3 times already. Its called Games Men Play and stars Jim Iyke, Ini Edo, Bob Manuel Udokwu, Kate Henshaw...Its actually a star studded cast and is directed by Emem Isong. If you know ur Nollywood stuff, then you know that Emem is pretty good.

Check it out..and let me know what you think....

Mona said...

Mennnnn I heard about games men play, okay i will look for it....cheers xxx

bibi said...

nice review..think chidi mokeme is hot too

Olu said...

GAMES MEN PLAY IS A HOTT MOVIE...i can watch it over and over

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