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God has been good to me -Nse Ikpe-Etim

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Actress, Nse Ikpe–Etim has become a popular face in the movie industry. In this interview with our REPORTER, she speaks about her career, style, marriage and more.

Tell us one thing which is not public knowledge about you
A lot of people know that I am from Akwa Ibom State and that I read Theatre Arts at the University of Calabar. However, it is not everybody is aware that I am a very simple lady who at some point in time sold male clothing and loves cooking a lot. Some people are now just getting to know.
It is a fact that your mother initially did not see you as a good actress.

Today, do you think that if any of your siblings opt for the career she would give her support?
My success as an actress changed her perception about some things. Today, she is my greatest supporter. Presently, she thinks everyone should do what makes them happy. If you say you want to be an engineer, my mummy will support you.

Nigerian actresses seem to be impressed by awards regardless of the value, is it the same with you?
It is good to be appreciated when you have done something good and positive, but I will tell you that satisfying my audience is the biggest reward I can ask for.

What was it like being on the set for the first time?
I was afraid. It was a case of a beginner. It was scary. The fact that there were other big names on that set also didn’t help matters. I was like fish out of water.

Can you reel out a couple of the challenging movies you have done?
Most of the movies I have done are quite challenging. I tell people I put up to 200 percent of my effort in every movie I do. “Guilty Pleasures”, which I did recently was challenging; “Edikan”too was. There are several other movies talk of “Phone Swap, Reloaded” and several others.

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You are one lady who has travelled a lot, tell us about the places you have been?
I have been to several places. I grew up in Zaria, we moved to Kaduna and then Jos. I also lived in Ilorin later Lagos. It was from Lagos that I went to the University of Calabar and then there is Abuja. The places I have resided helped me a lot.

Have you courted controversies in your line of duty?
Everybody cannot always like what you do and as such mixed reactions will trail whatever you do in life especially when you are in a make believe world like ours. Some people will admire what you do at a certain point, while others will give a different remark.

What is your take on sexual harassment in the movie industry?
It is simple. It is in every industry. It is in the banks, schools and hospitals but because actors and actresses are in the limelight, everyone seems to think that it is more in our industry.

Prior to your marriage did you experience it?
It has never happened to me but I can’t say it does not happen. It is bound to happen.

How have you been coping with life as a wife and an actress?
It can be challenging, but the important thing is to know your priorities. I know what is important to me and I always strive to keep that in focus.

What has kept your marriage going despite your busy schedule?
God has been good to me. Another thing is that I married my best friend.

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You once said your husband is the definition of true love, what do you interpret true love to mean?
It is being with someone who loves you totally and can never judge you. That is true love.

Do you find time to see your movies after production?
I do not. I only see them occasionally.
Are you living your dream presently?
Although I have not yet reached the peak, but I will say yes, I am living my dream. I am not doing this to make money out of it. It is about me doing what I am passionate about.

What have you given to the society that made you?
I have done some things with a charity organisation known as “The Empowerment Programme”. The focus of the organisation is on young girls. Sometimes, a word of encouragement is a lot more than money. There are other things which I have done too.

What kind of dress would you say accentuate you the most?
Typical, I like to be casual. I like my jean and tank top, but my designer is constantly trying to make me a lady. She understands my personality and work.

What would you call your style?
Often time when I talk about my style I end up with the fact that style is not fashion-based because I feel that it transcends fashion.

What inspired your signature hairdo?
After experimenting with all sorts I just decided that this is what I am comfortable with.

How do you relax?
I love to read a lot. It all depends on my mood. Surprisingly, I also watch soccer, I love soccer.

Finally, when would you call it quits as an actress?
When I am dead I believe.

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DJ Cuppy Comes Through With ‘Gelato’

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Despite being celebrated as one of the most popular Disc Jockey in Nigeria, DJ Cuppy’s acceptance as an artiste remained peripheral.

 

This position didn’t change even with the release of her compilations, as music pundits felt that what she churned out lacked originality. For some people, she made a mess of the original songs.

 

To convince her fans, DJ Cuppy dropped songs such as ‘Currency,’  ‘Abena,’ ‘Charged Up,’ and ‘Vybe.’

Hardly making much of an impact with the songs, she caught the attention of music lovers with ‘Green Light,’ a song which featured Tekno.

‘Gelato,’ her latest single is, however, being viewed from a different perspective.

 

Though still in its early days, ‘Gelato,’ which features Zlatan Ibile is currently number three on the Apple Music chart.

 

The song moved from its original position on number five to number three with just Burna Boy’s ‘Anybody’ and Davido’s ‘Blow My Mind’  ahead of it.

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Phyno, Yemi Alade Set To Bless Fans With New Album

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It is a period for new albums in the Nigerian music industry.

Following the success recorded by Burna Boy’s “African Giant” album, two of Nigeria’s A-list acts are set to drop their body of work.

Indigenous rapper, Phyno, has confirmed he’ll be dropping a new album titled “Deal With It” on Wednesday, September 4.

Phyno dropped the album alert via Instagram on Tuesday, August 20.  “Deal With It” follows“PlayMaker” his last effort released in 2016.

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Singles already released off the highly anticipated album includes “Agu” and “The Bag”. 

The PentHauze boss is however not alone in the game, as Yemi Alade dropped the artwork for her soon to be released Extended Play (EP) titled “Woman of Steel”.

“Woman of Steel” is the fourth studio album by the Afro-Pop/R&B singer.

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It will drop on the imprint of Effyzzie Music Group/Rebel Mouvement on Friday, August 30.

 Consisting of 15 songs, it features Duncan Mighty, Funke Akindele, Angélique Kidjo and American rapper, Rick Ross.

The album comes after Yemi Alade’s massive effort on Beyonce‘s compilation album “The Lion King: The Gift”.

 

 

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Blackface Is Irrelevant In The Music Industry-Reno Omokri

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Former media aid to erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan, Remo Omokri, has said that Blackface is irrelevant in the music industry.

Omokri said this while reacting to a follower on social media, Twitter.

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