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Kanayo, Bob Manuel, Uche Jombo, Ezuruonye, Others Pay Tributes To Chico Ejiro

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In an interview with Saturday Beats, popular actor, Kanayo O Kanayo, stated that Ejiro ‘led the pack in Nigerian film production’

Popular scriptwriter, director, and producer, Chico Ejiro, passed away on Christmas Day, throwing the Nigerian entertainment industry into mourning.

He was said to have suddenly died at about 2 am. Ejiro, who was popular for movies such as ‘Silent Night’, ‘True Romance’, ‘Blood Money’ and ‘Night Bus to Lagos, was said to be recovering from an illness and had just finished shooting a movie.

Meanwhile, his colleagues, friends, and fans have continued to pay tributes to the prolific filmmaker.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, popular actor, Kanayo O Kanayo, stated that Ejiro ‘led the pack in Nigerian film production’. He said, “He was an asset to the community of filmmakers and remained relevant to the industry until his last moment. In fact, I saw the picture he was said to have posted (on social media) two days before his death. That means he was still active.

“We have lost a colleague and a team player. The industry will, no doubt, miss him monumentally.”

Actor, Mike Ezuronye, also maintained that the story of Nollywood would be incomplete without including the late Chico Ejiro. He said, “It is shocking. You cannot write the story of Nollywood without putting the name of Chico Ejiro in it. He was a visionary and icon who also made a lot of icons. He was a forerunner and we are going to miss him. His name would definitely be written in the good books of Nollywood. He was part of those who brought Nollywood to the fore. Chico Ejiro is gone.”

On his part, veteran actor, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, described Ejiro as an Iroko (large hardwood) tree in Nollywood. He told Saturday Beats, “I am totally shocked. Apart from being a colleague, Chico was also a friend. I had worked with him in the past. This is a big loss. Chico was not one to be in a dull place. He was a quiet person but when he was with his friends, it was all about fun and laughter. There is really so much to say about Chico. He was a likable person. One could not be around him and not be happy. He was a good fellow to be around. His contributions to Nollywood were enormous. I wasn’t the one who named him ‘Mr. Prolific’. He was like an ‘iroko’ tree. He was diminutive but very huge in the industry. It is indeed a huge loss.”

Popular actress and filmmaker, Uche Jombo, took to her Twitter handle to mourn the filmmaker. She wrote, “I am saddened by the death of a senior colleague. A big brother, friend, and of course, one of the pioneers of the home video industry, that has now come to be known as Nollywood. Rest in peace Chico Ejiro. Such devastating news this Christmas.”

In a similar vein, screenwriter and filmmaker, Chris Ihidero, took to his Twitter handle to pay tributes to Ejiro. He wrote, “One of Africa’s greatest filmmakers has died. I saw him just three weeks ago at a showcase at Genesis Cinemas in Lekki (Lagos). Travel safe, oga Chico Ejiro. You played a very important (role) in what has become the most phenomenal filmmaking tradition worldwide. May the heavens welcome you.”

A filmmaker, Imoh Umoren, also wrote, “Rest in peace, Chico Ejiro. This is the guy who inspired me the most as a filmmaker. His work ethic was unmatched and he was one of the pioneers of the industry we have now. Thanks and goodbye.”


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“Legbegbe welcome back” -Nigerians react as Toyin Abraham’s ex-lover Seun Egbegbe regains freedom after 3 years

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Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimaku‘s ex-lover, Olajide Kareem, better known as Seun Egbegbe, has regained his freedom after spending roughly three years and six months in prison.

He was locked up on February 10, 2017, after obtaining money by false pretence from no fewer than 40 bureaus de change operators in different parts of Lagos from 2015 to 2017.

Seun Egbegbe, who was the boss of Ebony Production, allegedly swindled the BDC operators out of money by claiming that he had naira to change into foreign currencies and vice versa.

He had been arraigned by the police for a series of fraud involving N39,098,100, $90,000 and £12,550. Egbegbe and one Oyekan Ayomide were first arraigned on February 10, 2017, before Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, on 36 counts bordering on advance fee fraud.

The charge sheet was subsequently amended twice, with the counts eventually increased to 40 and three other defendants – Lawal Kareem, Olalekan Yusuf and Muyideen Shoyombo.
In a recent development, Federal High Court, Ikoyi has found Egbegbe guilty of just one of the 44 Counts charges after reviewing his case.

Toyin Aimaku’s ex-lover was set free yesterday 11th October 2022. Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo declared that 43 of the 44 Count charges were dismissed because of a lack of witnesses to substantiate their claims.
She also denounced that the prosecuting team failed in the responsibility to produce evidence, to be backed with witnesses.

Lamenting that police tampered with the money recovered from the suspects, Justice Oguntoyinbo also ruled that all the money recovered from Egbegbe as evidence should be returned to him.
Nigerians welcomed Seun Egbegbe back after spending three years in prison with hard labour. Some reactions are shown below:

dhbwholesalesenterprises said, “iPhone 1 legbe gbe gbe welcome back, now iPhone is up to 14 waka jeje ooo

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yendishomebargains said, “Guy will come out and see that the world he was trying to please and flaunt for has left him behind , the world doesn’t really care , just try and live well”.
iam_igbinedionsammy said, “Police tampered with the money recovered from the suspects. Is anyone surprised? Certainly not me. Its the Nigerian Police in all its thieving glory”.
dattechguy said, “iPhone 1 legbegbe, Toyin Abraham your ex boo is back”.

 

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Nigerian singer Banky W and wife, Adesua Etomi has finally revealed son’s face. (Photos)

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Nigerian singer and actor cum politician, Banky W has finally revealed his son’s face.
Banky W made the revelation in a post on his Instagram page on Friday.

The singer who is married to actress, Adesuwa Etomi-Wellington announced the birth of their first child, Hazaiah Wellington in January last year.

Sharing the pictures, Banky W wrote, “My baby had our baby and he’s everything we prayed for….Hazaiah Olusegun “Champ” Wellington. God is good. Thank you Jesus. The End.

 

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Nigerian singer Banky W and wife,Adesua Etomi has finally revealed his son’s face. (Photos)

 


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BBNaija Alex sends messages to her former teacher

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Ex-BBNaija housemate, Alex has taken to Instagram to shade her former teachers who said she would not amount to anything good.

The brand influencer said she spoke out when other students were scared to do so and this made her teachers predict that she won’t amount to anything.

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She added that she and many other students who were dismissed as useless by teachers are now doing so well.

She went ahead to name some of the teachers who were mean to her.

“Thanks for your troubles and wickedness. It made me who I am today,” she wrote.

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