In this article I’ll be talking about 5 Nigerian couples who are both celebrities. That is to say we’ll be talking about 5 Nigerian celebrity couples which both the husband and the wife are celebrities.
1. Banky W and Adesuwa Etomi
Banky W is a very talented Nigerian musician who has been in the Nigerian entertainment industry for quite a number of years. He is a record label owner, and has helped a lot of Nigerian artiste in getting fame. He is one of the most responsible and generous musician in the industry.
Banky W is also an actor who has played quite a number of role in movies. He is as well a patriot and he has gradually dived into politics.
Banky W hails from Lagos State, Nigeria. He is an Industrial Engineering graduate from the RPI College in New York City, United States of America.
His wife, Adesua Etomi is a popular Nollywood actress, a television and social media personality, as well as a model. Adesuwa Etomi is a graduate of Drama and Performing Arts from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. Adesuwa is from Edo State, Nigeria.
In February 2017, Adesua and Banky got engaged. They had their introduction on the 6th of May 2017 and got married on 19th November 2017.
Their wedding was indeed a hit as it was graced by well respected dignitaries and top Nigerian celebrities.
Banky W and Adesuwa Etomi are number one on this list and I wish the a happy marriage life even as they celebrate 3 years together this year.
2. Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva
These Nollywood Superstars are no doubt the oldest couples in Nollywood. They’ve been married for about 35 years now.
Olu Jacobs is a veteran Nollywood actor, producer, television personality and entrepreneur.
He is from Ogun State, Nigeria and has been in the entertainment industry since the 70’s.
Olu Jacobs is a graduate of Performing Arts from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, United Kingdom.
His wife, Joke Silva is a Nollywood actress, movie director and producer, an entrepreneur, and a television personality. She is from Lagos State, Nigeria.
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Joke Silva is a Theatre Arts graduate from Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, United Kingdom.
Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva met themselves in 1981 on set at the National Theatre in Lagos, Nigeria.
This was during Nigeria’s 21st Independence Anniversary. They got married four years after in 1985 and today they are blessed with children and grandchildren.
Together they founded a movie academy, named Royal Arts Academy. An academy where they train actors, script writers, models, photographers, movie producers, costumiers, make-up artists, editors, directors, set designers and other movie professionals.
3. Austin Faani Ikechukwu and Chacha Eke
Austin Faani Ikechukwu is a popular Nollywood director, movie editor and producer. He is from Anambra State, Nigeria. He was born and he grew up in Asaba, Delta State.
Austin Faani started directing movies in the early 2000’s when he just joined Nollywood. He was able to master his craft well enough, and today he’s one of Nigeria’s most prominent movie directors.
His wife Chacha Eke who’s real name is Charity Eke is a popular Nollywood actress and a model. She one of the most talented actresses in the Nigerian movie industry.
She is the daughter of Ebonyi State Commissioner for Education, Professor John Eke. Chacha Eke is from Ebonyi State, Nigeria.
She was born on May 1, 1993 in Ebonyi State. Despite her young age, she is a wife and a mother. And also one of the most successful actresses in Nollywood.
Her career started after she was among the lucky winner in a talent hunt held by Nollywood. And since then she has gotten roles in many movies.
Austin Faani and Chacha Eke met themselves onset in 2009, while she was starring in a movie named “when kings decide”.
They had their traditional marriage in Ebonyi State, Abakaliki while their white wedding took place in Asaba, Delta state on the 1st of June, 2013.
They welcomed their first son in September 2013.
4. Adekunle Gold and Simi
Popular Nigerian musician, Omoba Adekunle Kosoko, better known as Adekunle Gold is one of Nigeria’s fastest rising musician and a master of his craft.
He is a singer, songwriter, stage performer sculptor and a graphic designer. He is a prince from the Kosoko Royal Family in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Adekunle Gold was born on the 28th of January, 1987. He is a nephew to legendary Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko. Adekunle is from a Muslim family, but his father allowed him and his siblings to choose their own religion and that was how he found himself in the church choir.
Adekunle Gold met stardom after the release of his song “Sade” in 2014. Sade was a cover of One Direction’s song “Story of my life”. The song was a hit and won the Best Alternative Awards at The Headies 2015.
His wife Simisola Bolatito Ogunle better known as Simi is also a fast rising Nigerian R & B singer, stage performer, songwriter and a model. She is also from Lagos State Nigeria.
Simi was born on the 19th of April, 1988 in Ojuelegba, a suburb of Surulere. She’s the last child out of four children. Simi is a Mass Communication graduate from Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Simi came into limelight in 2014 after she released two singles titled “Tiff” and “E No Go Funny”. Tiff was a hit song and was nominated in the “Best Alternative Song” category at the 2015 edition of The Headies.
Simi won the “Most Promising Act to Watch” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards.
Simi is also a sound engineer, she is the person behind the mixing and mastering of Adekunle Gold’s album “Gold”.
Adekunle Gold and Simi tied the knot on the 13th of January, 2019 at the Ilashe beach in Lagos. The ceremony was graced with 300 selected guests. Simi is currently pregnant and the couple will be expecting their first child pretty soon.
5. Tchidi Chikere and Nuella Njubigbo
Tchidi Chikere is a popular Nollywood actor, producer, director and a script writer. He hails from Imo State, Nigeria. Tchidi is a Theatre Arts graduate from the University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross Rivers State. He is also a music video director, singer and songwriter.
Tchidi Chikere was born on the 10th of October 1975, in Mbaise, Imo State.
Tchidi has been in the Nigerian movie industry for over 20 years, and so far he has directed over 100 movies. He has also written and published a book.
His wife Nuella Njubigbo is a Nigerian actress and script writer. She hails from Anambra State, Nigeria. Nuella was born in 1984, and started acting as early as 1999. She is a graduate of the Imo State University, where she studied Public Administration.
Tchidi Chikere and Nuella Njubigbo had their traditional marriage on the 29th of March 2014 at Nuella’s home town. They thereafter had a court wedding which took place at Ikoyi Marriage Registry in Lagos on the 2nd of December 2015.
Tchidi Chikere was earlier married Sophia Tchidi Chikere who they both had three sons together before their marriage ended in 2012. However, Nuella Njubigbo has a daughter for the Nollywood actor and director and together they are a happy family.
4 popular Nigerian celebrities you didn’t know were drug addicts
In this article I will be talking about 4 popular Nigerian celebrities yo probably didn’t know were drug addicts.
Drug addiction is one of the diseases that has eaten up the Nigerian entertainment industry, and it is one that is not easy to break free from.
Many Nigerian celebrities who were addicted to the substance started using it so as to boost their confidence, while some were were also pressured by their peers.
Breaking out of the addiction has never been an easy task, but those determined to make it out usually do and live a better life.
After a thorough study and research, here is a list of 4 Nigerian celebrities you probably didn’t know were drug addicts.
1. Tonto Dikeh:
Celebrated Nigerian actress, Tonto Dikeh, in an interview with BBC Pidgin, made the revelation that she once battled with hard drugs. According to Tonto Dikeh, her addiction brought about some setbacks in her life.
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Tonto Dikeh also said that she wants to take “Say No To Drugs” to the streets, and use her foundation to help in the rehabilitation of drug addicts because it is something that has set her back a lot in life.
2. Hanks Anuku:
During his active days in the Nollywood industry, celebrated actor, Hanks Anuku used to be one of the most sought-after Nigerian actors.
According to reports, Hanks couldn’t even work effectively because he was into drugs and it really affected him.
Years later, Hanks Anuku revealed that he has received God’s healing while hooking up to a program of the Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN) which is pastored by Prophet T.B. Joshua. Hanks talked about how he wasn’t mentally stable for about seven years, as he announced that he has stopped drinking and smoking.
3. Toyin Abraham:
Another Nigerian celebrity who was a drug addict is Toyin Abraham. Despite her success in the Nigerian movie industry, Toyin Abraham once told her story of how she overcame cocaine addiction during the 2017 edition of Success Story Africa which was held in Lagos.
According to Toyin, she smoked a lot and didn’t even know she was looking horrible until she decided that she deserved a better life and changed for good.
4. Majek Fashek:
Late Nigerian singer, Majek Fashek was one of the most famous musicians in Nigeria in the early 90s. His music was apreciated worldwide and he was indeed really talented.
News of Fashek’s bankruptcy broke out in 2015 and at the same period of time, it was reported that he was admitted into a drug rehab centre in Abuja.
During this period, a picture of the popular musician made rounds in the media and one could easily tell looking at the picture that he needs immediate help. He however recovered and went back to music.
Eric Akhigbe biography – All you need to know about BBNaija Eric
In this article, I will be talking about Big Brother Naija Pepper Dem housemate, Eric Akhigbe, popularly known as Eric. I’ll be talking about Eric, his net worth, and other interesting things about him.
Who is Eric Akhigbe?
Eric Akhigbe, better known as Eric, is a Nigerian body builder and fitness trainer. Eric became famous participating in the 5th season of the Big Brother Naija reality show, which is tagged Big Brother Naija Lockdown since it was hosted during the COVID-19 lockdown.
About BBNaija Eric:
BBNaija housemate, Eric Akhigbe, best known as Eric was born in 1996, in Edo State, southern Nigeria. Eric was born into a family of six and happens to be one of the eldest of the family. He had his primary and secondary education in his hometown before he moved to Lagos State to complete his tertiary studies.
Right from the onset, Eric has always engaged in various sporting and athletic activities where he has as well chosen a career in bodybuilding.
Before the BBNaija housemate started bodybuilding, he was a basketball player. It was also rumoured that Eric dropped out from the Covenant University in his third year, so as to pursue a career in basketball playing.
As at the time of this article, Eric is a final year student of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos State. However, the course he studies is yet to be revealed but there are chances it is related to sport and athletics, since the lad is a lover of sports and an athlete.
Eric Akhigbe was really driven by his passion for the basketball sport, unfortunately, he had a serious knee injury in an accident. This incident was what made Eric to quit basketball and pick up a career in bodybuilding. It was also after this incident that he decided to go back to school and complete his education.
Over the years, Eric has been able to pull up a lot of heights and muscles from his bodybuilding career. According to him, body building is one of his ultimate ways of staying healthy.
While in the University of Lagos, Eric started his career as a fitness coach and has been able to help over 100 people in building their dream bodies, which according is one of his greatest achievements.
Eric BBNaija Net Worth:
As at the time of this article, Eric’s net worth is estimated to be around $40,000 which he made from his career as a fitness coach and body builder.
This brings us to the end of this article on all you need to know about BBNaija Eric Akhigbe.
Seven Nollywood actors who died on set
Nigerian movie industry popularly known as Nollywood has lost some of it’s practitioners for the past few years and today I’ll be sharing with you a list of seven Nollywood actors that died while filming on several movie location sets in Nigeria.
These seven Nollywood actors have graced our screen with their wonderful talents before they were called to glory.
1. Okwy Chukwujekwu:
In September 2018, Nollywood lost one of it’s fastest rising star actor and comedian, Okwy Chukwujekwu also known as Main Bossman.
Okwy Chukwujekwu died after having an asthma attack while filming on a movie location, and was buried a few weeks after his sudden death.
Main Bossman was regarded as one of the most talented comic actors in Nollywood, his physical appearance and behavior in movies always make viewers laugh.
Okwy features in comedy movies mostly and knows how to interpret his roles pretty well.
2. Alkali Matt:
Celebrated Nollywood actor, Alkali Matt, who is also known as Dareng, died while filming on set on the 24th of March 2020.
Dimbo Atiya who broke the news of his death on Facebook, said that Matt passed on around 7pm while he was filming on a set for an epic movie in a village near Keffi.
It was also alleged by controversial Nigerian journalist, Dr Kemi Olunloyo, that the actor died because he had contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award.
3. Ezeora Nelson Oluchukwu:
Nollywood star actor, Ezeora Nelson Oluchukwu who is popularly referred to as Nelson Gold, died on a set filming a movie.
Nelson was not only a talented actor, but also a screen writer and a good story teller. His style and concept of interpreting movie roles is what drew a lot of fans to him.
It was reported that the actor slipped into a coma and died at the age of 26, while on a movie set. Nelson has featured in several blockbuster movies in Nollywood and he is known for playing the role of a royal prince.
4. Clem Onyeka:
The death of popular Nollywood actor, Clem Onyeka is what touched many Nigerians as he was an actor loved by all.
Clem was on his way to stardom when he passed away. Though he didn’t die on set, he was on his way to a movie set when he was shot by a stray bullet on the 14th of October 2014 in a crossfire clash between the Nigerian police force and some armed robbers in Asaba, Delta State.
It was gathered that all banks operating in Asaba closed down operation during the cross-fire between security operatives and armed robbers who attempted to hijack a bullion van containing billions of naira.
Clem Onyeka who was just 37 years old at that time was shot by a stray bullet along Summit Express, Asaba, Delta State, while police and armed robbers engaged in a gun battle.
5. Harley Akpo:
Another Nollywood actor who died on a movie set is Harley Akpo. Harley was not just an actor, he was also a movie director and a prolific script writer.
The popular actor died in a swimming pool in Asaba, Delta State, while filming in a movie location.
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Harley’s death was reported by sun newspaper in 2019 and the report stated that he was in a movie location in Asaba, shooting a movie with other crew members when he fell into a swimming pool and drowned since he didn’t know how to swim.
6. J.T Tom West:
J.T Tom West is a popular Nollywood actor who died mysteriously in a car accident on the 28th of September 2006 in Lagos, Nigeria while filming an action thriller movie.
Tom West during his days in Nollywood was described as one of the most rugged actors in Nollywood, due to his role in action thriller movies.
He was buried and honored by the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) as an Icon and a legend in the Nigerian movie industry. West died on his way back home from a movie location in a ghastly car accident, and his death was one that touched many Nigerians.
7. Dede One Day:
Celebrated Nollywood actor, Peter Onwuzurike Onyehidelam aka Dede One Day, is one of Nigeria’s best, most decorated and talent comic actor. Dede One Day is also a master of ceremony.
Dede One Day is originally from Umuagwuru Mbieri, a small village in Imo State. He died on the 14th of December 2015, after he slumped while performing at an event in Aba. Abia State.
It was reported that Dede One Day tragic death was caused by complications of hypertension and high blood pressure.
Erigga biography – All you need to know about him
In this article I’ll be talking about everything you need to know about one of Nigeria’s best rapper, Erigga.
Erhiga Agarivbie popularly known as Erigga, is an award winning Nigerian rapper, who has carved out a niche for himself in the Nigerian music industry. Erigga is a fluent rapper and he is known for telling stories and passing messages with his Pidgin English rap songs.
Infact, there’s no one that will listen to Erigga’s song that won’t enjoy it at some point. Despite the interesting messages he passes through his songs and the story he tells, the Warri born rapper has a way of blending funny parables into his songs.
Erigga is an artist loved by all and over the years he has kept on getting better and better. Warri is indeed proud to have someone like him.
Early Life and Education:
Erhiga Agarivbie was born on the 30th of March, 1987, in Warri City, Delta State, Nigeria. He is the first child in a family of five children. Erigga grew up living with his mother in Warri City.
He grew up with his sister in a single parent family that was headed by his mother. The rapper is well-educated as he had completed primary and secondary school.
Growing up as a child, Erigga never dreamt of becoming a rapper. Rather, he wanted to become a professional basketball player. Erigga started playing basketball at a very young age, while he was still a secondary school student. He once played in the Milo Basketball Championship and was a player on the Delta State Basketball Team amongst others. Erigga was a very good basketball player then that nobody imagined he would leave his profession as a basketball player for music.
Nevertheless, Erigga started doing music after his secondary school education. According to him, he was inspired by rappers such as Eminem, 50 cent, Jarule, Rakim, Nas, Canibus and others.
Erigga ventured into doing music professionally in 2010, after doing some time in jail. The Warri rapper admitted to selling drugs and committing some other notorious crimes which landed him to jail. It was when he left jail he decided to leave crime completely, and exchange the drugs for the microphone.
Erigga, also known as Paper Boi and New Money, dropped his first singles ‘Jungle Party’ in 2002, long before he totally ventured into doing music professionally. In his first singles, Jungle Party, he rapped in English, but then realized that he can relate better with people when he raps in Pidgin English.
Growing up in the city of Warri has a huge influence in his music too. From rapping in Pidgin English, down to the message he passes through his music. If you are a fan of Erigga, you would have noticed that there’s no song you’ll hear Erigga’s voice that you won’t hear him make reference to Warri.
Despite the fact that Erigga started doing music professionally in 2010, music has been a part of him from the onset. He was involved in local rap battles in Warri, Benin and Port Harcourt and have won severally.
An interview with Recheal Ugochi Opara, aka Richygold
Recheal ugochi opara also known as Richygold is a talented gospel singer and songwriter, that has blessed souls with her spirit filled songs over the years.
In an exclusive interview with Nigeria’s number one entertainment news blog, Claridan TV, Miss Gold talked about her journey in the music industry, and how she has been able to soar through to the level she is now.
See interview below:
An interview with Recheal Ugochi Opara a.k.a Richygold
Q1. When were you born?
Ans: I was born on the 23rd of September, 1991
Q2. Where are you from?
Ans: Am from Ikeduru Local Government Area, Imo State.
Q3. How long have you been doing music?
Ans: Since I was little but not professionally. Professionally, I have been doing music, for about 5years now.
Q4. What kind of music do you do?
Ans: Am a gospel minister, I love western kind of worship songs.
Q5. How did you find yourself doing music?
Ans: My dad is a music lover, back then while growing up, I remember following my dad to rehearsals, before later joined the teenage choir in the East, and I started taking the lead vocal at that time.
Q6. As a gospel artiste, what are some of the challenges you face?
Ans: The first challenge is that people sometimes see you as if you don’t really know what u are doing. Maybe because you are upcoming, your songs are just few, or because you haven’t ministered in some big events or church before.
See, it’s really hard to get someone to sponsor your production or band. I think they feel a lot of people are there already doing gospel songs.
Thanks, you see people criticizing your songs like you need to add this and that, your voice is too low and all that. Trying to get people to love your work is really hard, unlike secular artists.
Q7. How do you manage these challenges?
Ans: The same way I manage my business challenges, I believe God is in charge of all things, so when ever I see any challenge I put God first, and I overcome it without adding much stress.
Q8. What is your stage name?
Q9. Why this name?
Ans: It’s a cut-out from my name, Recheal Ugo. My friends normally call me Richy Richy, so when I needed a stage name, my boss said to me “Richy you can just add gold to ur name”, I did and it worked.
Q10. What is your greatest achievement so far as a musician?
Ans: I used to be a shy person, but being on stage and ministering in church has given me that boldness. Secondly music has given me the opportunity to meet with some persons I think I can never meet one on one, on a normal grand.
Q11. What are your aspirations?
Ans: I aspire to reach out to the world through the gift God gave to me, I also aspire to win more souls to Christ, to put smile on the faces of people through my songs.
Q12. What are your inspirations?
Ans: I get inspired mostly whenever I read the word of God, when I see some event happening around me, when I listen to music I get inspired too.
Q13. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Ans: I wish to see myself at the top, and I believe It must surely come to pass. With God on my side I will be at the top.
Q14. Tell us about your recent project?
Ans: I had a dream and it came to reality, trust me I sang this very song in my dream, and I captured it and put it down on my record, I believe its actually a message from God, that’s why I tried my best to make it a reality.
Q15. What is the name of the song?
Ans: The Wind
Q16. If you were giving N10million today, what would you do?
Ans: Trust me I will push my dreams and affect the life of the needy.
Q17. What advise do you have for other musicians in your niche?
Ans: My advice is this, keep pushing, never let depression come in, people will always talk, just believe in your self and your dreams will come through.
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