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Fans applaud women in Waje, Omawunmi’s film ‘She is’

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Movie fans say the film, ‘She Is’ captured the medical, emotional and maternal struggles of the average Nigerian woman in relatable terms, fans of the movie say.

The film marked the production debut of Nigerian superstar singers Aituaje Iruobe Aka Waje and Omawunmi Megbele; both of whom made cameo appearances.

‘She Is’ follows the story of Frances, a Nigerian real estate guru in her late thirties who wants to get married and have children but is held back by a medical condition.

The movie X-ray’s her struggles and the men who sought to take advantage of her situation. Frances is also an active Christian who really wants to do things the right way but finds her faith failing her.

The movie was directed by Chris Energy Enaji and featured seasoned actors such as Frank Donga, Chiwetalu Agu, Linda Ejiofor, Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, Desmond Elliot, Mawuli Gavor and Segun Arinze.

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Fans who spoke at the cinemas described the movie as relatable and well fleshed-out. According to them, the story eases into the audience and introduces options for women that are usually hushed in society.

Cleo Akinyemi, a student, said, “I learnt a lot from the movie today. I didn’t realise that I had the option of surrogacy or IVF as a Nigerian woman.

“I also enjoyed the fact that the lead was in a desperate corner but never did anything silly.”

Anthony Ohenlenlen, a graphic artist, said his girlfriend forced him to see the movie and he was glad he did.

He said, “Frances had deep issues and was a Christian sister but she was just a breathe of fresh air on screen.”

According to him, the writers deserved kudos for realistically painting a picture and providing modern-day solutions away from the cliches. The acting and production came well together.

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Fans praised Somkele Iyamah-Idahlama, who played Frances, for wearing the character and giving her life. They also applauded Linda Ejiofor-Ibrahim for her excellent acting in an almost non-speaking role.

Idochukwu Agu, a homemaker said, “It was refreshing to see Somkene on screen. Every time she came on, I saw something I could relate to. Just fresh, no over-the-top acting or costume. She didn’t play safe either.”

Also, banker, Ireti Douglas said, Somkene was excellent as the lead. I could connect. But let’s not forget Linda. She killed that role even though we barely heard her speak.”

The movie’s playlist was also applauded. It included several songs from Waje and Omawunmi; and a duet specially written for the movie titled ‘She Is’.

Samuel Idoreyin, a writer, said, “The songs made me nostalgic. Waje and Omawunmi have released classic music and I am just glad their first movie production is classic too.”

Meanwhile, fans criticised the movie’s pace, stating that although it was necessary to include details, it dragged a bit in some scenes.

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They added that the film needed some additional scenes for background explanations.

Promise Anyanwu, a student said, “The movie could have used a few more scenes and had done away with some unnecessary ones. But it was fantastic.”

They also decried the time slots of the film in the cinema. The movie is usually slated for morning hours making it difficult for fans to see it after work, except on weekends.

A staff at Genesis Cinemas who did not want to be named said that the time slots were as a result of lack of promotion by the film owners.

According to him, if the film was well marketed, cinemas will place it in a prime spot.

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Pa James gets house gift from Funke Akindele after flood razed his home

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Nollywood actress, Funke Akindele has come to the rescue of veteran actor, Kayode Olasehinde ‘Ajirebi’ aka Pa James after flood took over his home.

The actress has now given him a brand new home.

Recall that the house of veteran Nollywood actor, Ajirebi Kayode Olasehinde, located in Oke Isagun community of Oke Odo LGA in Lagos was destroyed by flood after heavy rainfall.

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The rain forced a canal to overflow thereby releasing its content into the property of the actor which has become a regular occurrence.

Announcing the kind gesture by Funke Akindele, actress Kemi Korede via Instagram wrote:

“On behalf of PA JAMES, I Want to say Big thank you to @funkejenifaakindele for the new apartment given to him by you. God bless you so much for your good heart. your type is so rare..you are a gem. Almighty God will continue to make way for you where there seems to be no way.”

Although she has taken down the post after being instructed by Funke, who enjoys silently helping people, rather than receiving glory on social media for it.

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Singer suffers heart attack while performing on Facebook live, keeps singing

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A popular singer from Angus, Scotland, Alan Mowatt, is recovering after suffering a heart attack during a live lockdown charity performance, before taking the mic again.

Mowatt was singing on the live-stream event for the United Kingdom National Health Service when he had a heart attack but he only took a two-minute break, had a glass of water and kept on with his performance.

The 61-year-old singer is now recovering in a hospital, the Mirror UK reports.

Mowatt and his wife, Val have been staging “Live in Our Living Room” Facebook music sessions from home over the past two months to raise money for the NHS.

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He was midway through the Friday night two-hour show when he suddenly fell ill but only stopped for a two-minute break, had a glass of water and then kept on singing. But as soon as the Facebook Live feed ended he was rushed by ambulance to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.

Mowatt is undergoing further tests in the hospital with the possibility of a bypass surgery being carried out. The couple say they have been overwhelmed by the kindness of well-wishers.

Alan Mowatt and Val’s weekly performance is part of an Arbroath effort led by fellow entertainer Danny Laverty which has raised thousands of pounds for the NHS.

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The Mirror reports that the couple had just finished a duet of Moon River when Mowatt felt unwell but came back on the screen within minutes.

“I knew something was wrong and even made a joke about him passing out on me, but after a couple of minutes he said he was fine to carry on,” said Val.

Yet to realise the seriousness of the problem he had encountered, Alan immediately returned to top form with the opening line of “How lucky can one guy be?” from Dean Martin hit, Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.

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Val said:

“We called NHS 24 after the show and they immediately thought he’d had a heart attack. NHS Tayside certainly came up trumps, which he joked was actually a bit ironic since we’ve been singing to raise money for the NHS during the pandemic.

“It’s been very stressful and we are waiting to find out the outcome of lots more tests, but it has meant so much to see all the support for Alan and that has really helped us.”

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Covid-19 vaccine will stop people from entering heaven, Kanye West

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Kanye West is ‘extremely cautious’ about a possible coronavirus vaccine, believing it could stop people getting into heaven.

The 42-year-old rapper has revealed that he had Covid-19 back in February, experiencing chills and ‘shaking in the bed.’

However, his experience hasn’t changed his mind about a vaccine, as the star, who is running for president, thinks that a possible vaccine is ‘the mark of the beast’.

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In an interview with Forbes, West said:

“It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralysed…

“So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious. That’s the mark of the beast.

“They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.

“I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them.

“And the sad thing is that the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it.”

And when asked about a cure, Kanye said:

“It’s all about God.

“We need to stop doing things that make God mad.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the father-of-four, husband to Kim Kardashian, confirmed that he is pro-life ‘because I’m following the word of the bible.’

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