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Handling Attention From Men Comes Naturally-Chioma Iwuchukwu

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Chioma Iwuchukwu is the 2018 Face of Candy City Tourism. Currently working on a project tagged Trace, she spoke about in this interview.

How did your road to modeling begin?

When I started, I was discouraged by a lot of people. I started with a competition and a lot of people said that I should not compete because I wasn’t sure of winning.  I didn’t give in because I have always being a goal-getter.

Tell us how you emerged 2018 Face of Candy Tourism?

I can’t say. The competition was highly competitive. We were about 364, and almost all of the contestants were above 6ft. Threatened by this, a couple of people left, but I never did. I guess I just believed in myself. The rest is now history as they say.

Will your new profile cut off old friends?

As a beauty queen, you need to appreciate people, whether they are your friends or not, you have to treat everybody equally, no one is too exceptional, everyone is equal.

Most models are known for trying their hands with the movie industry, do you have any such plans?

I don’t mind trying the movie industry. I already have plans for that.

Are you aware that it’s a controversial industry, are you ready for it?

Controversies will come, but it all depends on how you handle them. If you want it to get to you or not.

 A beauty with brains, there must be a lot of men after you, how do you handle them?

The truth is that I am a lady and should naturally know how to handle them. However, I would rather focus on what I’m working on presently.

Are you in a relationship presently?

I don’t have a relationship; I’m just trying to get a love life.

Tell us about your style?

My style is mixed. I wear all sorts. I love dresses like evening dresses and short dresses.

What sacrifices have you made for your career?

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For me, sacrificing is not as complex as it sounds. You just need to do what you can and leave the rest.

To every glory, there is a story to tell.

You are working on a tourism-focused project called Trace, tell us about it?

History is very important, but a lot of Nigerian children don’t know their history. Our schools don’t even teach local history anymore. You can’t bring out a Nigerian pupil and ask of his or her background, they don’t know it because they are not taught anymore. If someone can bring that back, I think there will be a lot to write about this country, people will know where they are coming from.

How confident are you that Trace will achieve its purpose?

This is Africa; we have all it takes to be who we want to be. It is only people with little minds that believe in impossibility. I am not going to run a project that will give people food. If I give them food today, will I give them till the end of their life?

What is your take on models who consider giving food to motherless homes as a pet project?

As a beauty queen, people are supposed to know you for something good. Eighty percent of Nigerian beauty queens go about sharing food on the street during their reign; some of them don’t even fulfill their project. When you share food on the street, you have not done anything.

What would you like to change about the Nigerian youth?

Their mindset. In Nigeria, everyone relies on the government to put food on their table which isn’t right, people only love where the money is being shared forgetting that before you are given money, you have a role to play. There are a lot of things to gain if people think well.

 Very few people know that you also have an interest in auto repair, tell us about it.

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I have an auto diagnosis, repair and programming centre in Owerri, Imo State. It is built to standard.

How do you explain a model being into an auto repair business?

It was influenced by my dad. My dad has been involved in the business for the past 22 years. We sort of run a partnership now.

Tell us the success secret of the business

I think in life you just need to create an idea for yourself, you don’t need to wait for the government. Some people look for jobs when they are done with school, I don’t think that works for me, it never worked for me. For my business, I created the idea myself and it worked. Everything we have today started from scratch, the government never contributed to our success. So, entrepreneurs out there need to think of something new, anything can bring you out, just be determined. When I started my diagnostic business, people asked why I was doing a man’s business, but I told them that there is no business meant for any sex, as long as you can manage it yourself. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t require much money, it’s just an idea, you don’t need millions to become somebody because there are people that have the money, but don’t know what to do with it. Some people started with one thousand Naira and they are big today. So, start something, no matter how small, it will grow.

What is your biggest fear in life?

I don’t have any. Some people say that they fear failure, but I don’t have any fear. Nothing really, challenges come and go, you have to believe that nothing lasts forever; you need to do what you are supposed to do at the right time.

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Mercy Johnson Celebrates Daughter, Angel

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Thespian, Mercy Johnson, might be a Senior Special Adviser to the Kogi state governor, but she still find time for her family.

Teaming up with her husband,  Prince Okojie, they celebrated the child Angel who turned four years old.

The couple were supported by their two other children.

Angela got a little birthday get-together in their home.

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Mercy Johnson Okojie and hubby celebrate their daughter, Angel, as she turns 4 (photos)Mercy Johnson Okojie and hubby celebrate their daughter, Angel, as she turns 4 (photos)Mercy Johnson Okojie and hubby celebrate their daughter, Angel, as she turns 4 (photos)Mercy Johnson Okojie and hubby celebrate their daughter, Angel, as she turns 4 (photos)

 

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Thespian Funke Akindele Is Bereaved

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Popular thespian, Funke Akindele-Bello is bereaved.

The actress who is also known as Jenifa due to the exploit of her television series ‘Jenifa’s Diary’ lost her dad, Reverend G O Akindele.

Reverend G O Akindele is believed to have been ill for a while before passing on. The actress announced the passing on her Instagram page this morning.

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She posted a photo of herself with her now-deceased dad her page and wrote: “Dad!!! May your soul Rest In Peace!! I tried Dad! I did!! We love you but God knows best!!! #iwishicanturnbackthehandsoftime”

 

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I Will Soon Release A Movie Bigger Than Osofia In London-Nkem Owoh

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Comic thespian and movie producer, Nkem Owoh, qualifies in all ramifications to be tagged a veteran of the Nigerian make-believe industry. Famed for highly successful movies such as Osofia In London, Stronger Than Pain, Ghana Music Go, and more recently Chief Daddy and Lion Heart, the actor spoke about his retirement from the movie industry, making a flick bigger than Osofia In London and what he hopes to fall back to after retirement in this interview with Lukmon Akintola.

You have been shooting movies with younger actors and actresses in recent times, how does it feel?

It feels good particularly when they think that you are retired, but other people are saying that you are still relevant. It feels good.

Are you really retired?

I am about to retire, but young movie producers are not allowing me to retire. And that shows that I am still relevant. When the younger generation says come we still need you, it means that there is still something in you that they cherish.

What has kept you going in the movie industry?

It is the ace, the ability to remain relevant that makes moviemakers still call me to come and work with them. That is what is still making me relevant in the industry. Moviemakers calling me shows that what we have done and what we are still doing is creating a very big and positive impact on younger generations. So, they calling me makes it look like they are grabbing something from what we have initiated and what we are doing.

You acted in some of the biggest flicks in the Nigerian movie industry; do you still have any major plan?

Now that we are almost at the retirement age, it is young producers who have to do creative things, and bring us in. To be honest with you, since we started this Nollywood thing and I happen to be one of the pioneers of the industry, I think we have done our own part. At least, when I look around and I see what Nollywood has become, it makes me happy. I will like to see more, but it is on the younger generations to create things that will involve us so that we can show the part of ourselves that has not been unveiled.

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Are you satisfied with the crop of actors in the movie industry presently?

No, you cannot be satisfied with all of them. I am not satisfied with all of the things in the movie industry, but I don’t try to throw blames at them because of the situation of things in the country. Everybody is looking for how to feed. So, they try their hands here, they try their hands there. And until things start to stabilise, and people start to go to their own discipline things cannot be better. Some of them who do not have the talent to come into the entertainment industry are there. But if you have the talent, you have it in you. Just like me, I studied Engineering, but now I am in the entertainment industry. That means that there is a spark in me that entertains people. But because of the economic situation of the country and everything, people jump into what they are not supposed to get into, and that is why I said that I will not blame them. But I am not happy that up till now people haven’t found out where they belong.

What is your take on the movie industry?

I give them kudos for the state of the industry. If I check Hollywood and Bollywood, it took them a very long time to get to the stage they are now, but in a very short time, we are shooting the guns and people are hearing.

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Can you tell us what you hope to fall back to after retirement?

Well, the thing is that I have already established one or two things. I have a school now; there are other things that I have. I have some private businesses even outside the shores of this country. So, I am too busy as it is, but if producers say that I am relevant, and they call me to act in a movie, I will always come.

When most actors retire, they end up setting up production outfits, is that your plan too?

I had a production company as far back as 2008. I have a studio, and as a matter of fact, the camera we used to shoot ‘Osofia In London’ was my camera. So, I have been established a long time ago. But as things are coming, you begin to retreat for other people to have space. If you continue to stay there, then you are trying to eat into other people’s time.

Tell us about your next big project.

There is something coming out very soon, but I won’t let the cat out of the bag. There is something in the offing now, and when it comes, it is going to be bigger than ‘Osofia In London’.

Please give us a hint about what it would be like?

It is going to be a blend of both international and local collaboration, just like ‘Osofia In London’. I know that you want me to give you more information, but this is a cliff-hanger, and we in the entertainment and drama industry like to leave cliff-hangers. When you get there, you will begin to anticipate, and that would arouse you and arouse people around you.

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