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Meet the Electrical Engineer who is Mr Universe Nigeria Top Model

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Male pageantry is the last place you are expected to see an Electrical Engineer, but Rume Dominic is not letting societal pressures derail his dreams. Just last year, he took part in the Mr Universe Nigeria Top Model competition and he won. In this Chat with Hazeez Balogun, he answers why modeling and even acting is top on his mind.
How did it feel like being named Mr Universe Nigeria Top Model?
I felt good and fulfilled. When I was announced as the winner, I had that feeling of ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’. It is a good feeling. I had always believed that I could win, I was well prepared.
What are you going to do with this new found status?
Firstly, this win will definitely help promote my career as a model. I am sure I will get more jobs in months to come. I also believe that with this position I can help my society and mankind as a whole. As Mr Universe Nigeria Top Model, I can also help young aspiring models who are trying to break into the industry but are finding it hard. I also want to go to orphanages to help out those without parents.
 
What is the next step for you now?
I want to go international. I am going for a show this month in Dallas Texas. I am going for an African cultural show. I know that there are many opportunities abound across the world, and there are people I can inspire. I want to project the image of the place I am coming from.
What were you doing before the competition?
Surprisingly, it was not long that I joined the modelling world. In fact, I used to work at MTN as an electrical engineer. I finished at Covenant University.
Did you resign to take part in the competition?
No, I resigned because I wanted to further my studies. I am doing my Masters in engineering management. I will also be doing some courses in Australia. I would be going there in two or three months.
That is really inspiring, there is a notion that those going into such competitions are people who did not do well in school, how would you advice young people who would like to be in your shoes?
I would advise that they should stay true to their talents and they should not give up on their dreams. Because of the general mindset that models are never-do-wells, they should not give in to people dissuading them. I faced a lot of challenges myself. Family and friends say that I have a good job and a good degree, why do I want to trade all that for modelling? But they did not understand my dream and what I want for myself. Wining this competition to me was an assurance that I am on the right part.
Many models in Nigeria are now turning to acting, are you going to do that as well?
That is an interesting question. Believe it or not, I am already on the set of a movie. I still have one or two scenes to go. I think it is part of the package when you decide to be a model. I was approached just after winning the competition and was asked if I would like to feature in a movie, how would I say no. The next thing you know, I am already acting. So I can add ‘actor’ to my CV now.

 

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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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How Odunlade Adekola, Dayo Amusa, Others Stormed Premiere Of “Omoniyun”

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What many originally perceived as a rush for the usual Black Friday sale quickly breathe a different meaning when several people and celebrities like Iyabo Ojo, Sotayo, Bimbo Thomas, Toyin Alausa, Odunlade Adekola, Muyiwa Ademola,  Seilat Adebowale and many other superstars startomo to troop in all-dressed clothes from the 1980s on Friday, November 29, 2019 at Ozone Cinemas in Yaba in the bustling city of Lagos for the Premiere of Dayo Amusa’s Psychological Thriller, Omoniyun.

Omoniyun

Set in 1987, Omoniyun is the story of a community nurse with unrivalled love for children and her radical fiancé, FIJABI, who wrestles a protected tyrannical prince, SODEKE, and his desperate loyalists, ELEMIDE and ROMILUYI, who threaten blood and death over the fate of a violated minor, FIYINFOLU, in a war that piques Human Rights against Tradition.

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The proper film Premiere started at exactly 7:00 PM three hours after a musical performance from the Producer, Dayo Amusa.  A section of the red carpet looked like a picturesque scene ripped from a 1978 album of a sitting room; a land phone sits comfortably beside a gramophone and a well-cushioned loveseat.  When asked why the Producer had to go this far in premiering a movie on girl child advocacy, she simply said, ‘because every child is as precious as coral beads and must always be treated so.’

 

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The eventful day was crowned with an energetic after party at the cinemas’ groovy Silver Café Club.

 

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