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God has been good to me -Nse Ikpe-Etim





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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I Almost Gave Up On My Goal-Don Jazzy



Young Acts

Mavin Records boss, Don Jazzy, has revealed that he almost gave up on Mavin Record in its early days.

In a Twitter post, he wrote: “Everyone has their goal. I almost gave up on mine in the early days of Mavin. As you can see in the throwback pic. I look fed up lol. But man had to keep pushing. May you reap the rewards of all your hard work last last o”

The beatmaker who also doubles as a singer has since gone on to set the pace in the music industry, leading one of the most consistent record labels in Nigeria.

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Grammy Nomination: Reactions Continue To Pour In For Burna Boy



Grammy Nomination

Music lovers in Nigeria have reacted with excitement to Burna Boy’s  Grammy Award nomination.

The singer whose real name is Damini Ogulu was nominated in the ‘Best World Music Album’ category for his album ‘African Giant’ .

Since the nomination, fans have been reacting positively to the development on social media with congratulatory messages following the Afro-fusion star.

The list of the nomination was on Wednesday, November 20.

Reacting to the nominations, Burna Boy via his twitter handle @Burnaboy, “African Giant is Grammy Nominated! Its been a crazy day, so Grateful.

“Special shout-out to everyone on the album from the producers to co-producers to featured Artists to Engineers.

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“I appreciate all your input to making the album. We should all be very proud. #grammys  #GRAMMYNoms.’’

@IvieAni said: “Burna Boy deserves this Grammy nomination. We saw it coming from miles away. The Grammy still having a World Music category is still questionable though.’’

@Omojuwa tweeted: “I am glad Burna Boy let the greatness come through…it was always there, always apparent. Everyone with an eye for genuine talent could see it. Here we are!’’

@Theshawnife said: “When Burna Boy called himself an African Giant, there was outrage on Social Media for days.

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“Since then, his album has made mad waves! In the African Giant song he said he would win a GRAMMY.

“Now he’s en route to doing that, he literally spoke it into existence! A KING, WE STAN.’’

@Fifunmi said: “Burna Boy nominated for a Grammy award.

“I’m proud of the #AfricanGiant and proud to be part of the group who promoted the great album. It was worth it.’’

Burna Boy named himself ‘African Giant’  having slammed organisers of the Coachella Music Festival for writing his name in small fonts in the event’s promotional posters.

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Afropop Musician, Davido Drops Sophomore Album Today



A Good Time

Davido Music Worldwide boss, David Adeleke,  has released his sophomore album titled ‘A Good Time’ after much anticipation.

The album which comes six years after his massive debut titled ‘OBO’ dropped worldwide in the early hours of Friday, November 22.

Davido's 'A Good Time' Album Tracklist

A 17 track album, it comprises of collaborations with Popcaan, Peruzzi, Zlatan, Naira Marley, WurlD, Summer Walker, Chris Brown, Gunna, Dremo, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Yonda.

Producers on the album include Shizzi, Kiddominant, Speroach Beatz, Tekno and a few others.

‘A Good Time’ drops on the imprints of Davido Music Worldwide/Sony Music U.K./RCA Records.

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Analysing the album, the singer said: “It’s been a long 7 years. A lot has transpired in my life since my debut album ‘Genesis’, and I, David Adeleke (aka Davido) have gone through a process of immense changes and growth,” he said.

“In sad times I lost close family and friends (RIP) and in my happiest times I’ve created lives (Imade, Hailey & David Jr). I fell in love and got engaged to my PHENOMENAL fiancé, Chioma. I’ve fought battles of all kinds and on all fronts: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional even political.”

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On the motive behind the title, Davido said, “A Good Time’ reflects on the ability to trust the timing of your life, enjoying the best moments and persevering through the worst ones.

“There’s no time like the present and it’s A Good Time to be alive, to be a PROUD AFRICAN and to fight for the freedom of one another – in unity. This is my album cover art and it reflects the culmination of my 7 year journey in audio/visual form.”

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