VILLAGE HEADMASTER STAR, FEMI ROBINSON DIES AT 75
Nigerian actor Frederick Femi Robinson is dead. The ‘Ife Araba’ of Village Headmaster fame died yesterday in an undisclosed hospital. He was a lead actor in the rested Village Headmaster drama series on Nigerian Television, NTA, decades ago. Mr Robinson had been receiving treatment since March 2015 and finally succumbed to the cold hands of death at age 75. His two sons, Wole and Seun Robinson, announced his death yesterday on their Facebook page. Although the cause of his death was not mentioned, colleagues said he battled diabetes throughout last year. He is survived by his wife, Modupe, and four children. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
MIDE MARTINS: LIGHT SKINNED GIRLS GET ACTING ROLES FASTER
In a recent media interview Mide Martins, daughter of the Funmi Martins, admitted that she’d had a crush on actor Afeez Owo since his days of playing artiste manager to her mom. Asked why she married him, she said: “It is a normal thing for one to develop affection and feelings for someone who is always there for you, especially the person that was really of help when no one else was there for you. My husband was the only person that was there for me during this period and that’s one of the reasons I fell for him.” She also admits toning her skin. She observed that in the industry nowadays, light skinned actresses get roles faster than the dark skinned ones. “Besides, toning your skin a little bit is not a crime and it’s not an offence. I only did what I believe made me more beautiful and you can all admit that I truly look more beautiful. I just don’t like the fact that some ladies over do it.” What can we say? If she’s not that comfortable in her own skin, it is her call to change things her way. She has now joined the league of actresses on the tone! Hope they are aware of the risks attached to skin bleaching?
OMOSEXY JALADE-EKEINDE, DAUGHTER AS KNORR AMBASSADORS
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and her second daughter, Meraiah dazzle at the just concluded mother and daughter campaign awareness by Knorr organised by Nestle Nigeria, where they were made Knorr ambassadors. The campaign was for the awareness of iron deficiency anemia in women and teenage girls. The two ladies were stunning and could pass as sisters, as omotola rocked the event in a flattering black dress with lace embroidery, while her daughter chose the more subtle look of a white skirt, black camisole and a brown jacket. Like the saying goes; like mother, like daughter! With the new Nestle deal, Omosexy has finally found a way to set her daughter on the path to celebrity living.
‘YOU’ WITH YAW AND OKEY BAKASSI
‘YOU’ with Yaw and Okey Bakassi is a live on stage play. It is a play piece of past, present and future events that happened and will be happening in Nigeria. You is a metaphor, a style, a rhythm, that speaks for and against all the familiar realities. (But he said we shouldn’t take it seriously. LOL). Participating and co-sponsoring the event is a list of top comedians in Nigeria. Ali Baba, Koffi, Emma Oh Ma God, Buchi, Bovi, Elenu, Lolo, Funnybone, Seyi Law, MC Abbey, and Akpororo, amongst others. There will be dance, drama and music. Date is May 31 at the Eko Hotel and Suites. This show is obviously a continuity of previous shows hosted by Yaw of Wazobia FM.
KAS TAKES TO SHOOT NEW VIDEO ‘IKEBE’
KAS Lionheart Jonathan was introduced to the music industry at the age of seven and performed regularly to cheery crowds here in Nigeria. Thus showing a lot of confidence and verve at a very tender age. After obtaining a degree in music production at the age of 18, he embraced and pursued his musical career. He was born to a Yoruba father and a British mother, which influenced his accent and always has to remind his listeners of his roots by crooning “Omo Yoruba ni mi o; swagger.” His first single “Fi mi le” was released in 2010, written and produced by KAS himself, and was an instant hit. It sold over 1.2 million copies officially in Nigeria in one week and this earned him numerous awards including Dynamix All Youth Award, Song of the Year, Best New Artiste, 2010 Holla Awards, South South Awards, Best Pop Solo 2011 and many more. In 2011, KAS has the privilege of producing for the drink company Hennessy. He signed Tonto Dikeh to his record label. Now KAS is back in the news again. He is set to shoot a new video on May 23 in Lagos. He called this one #Ikebe. Watch out for it.
‘WOJU’ CROONER KISS DANIEL TO TOUR UK
The ‘Woju’ crooner, Kiss Daniel real name Oluwatobiloba Daniel Sikiru Anidugbe, born in Abeokuta in Ogun State is in the news again. The graduate of water engineering from Federal University of Abeokuta started his music career in 2013 after his graduation, when he came across the famous G-worldwide Entertainment CEO, Emperor Geezy, who in turn had heard a lot about him and signed him on to his record label. Kiss Daniel released his first single produced by Beat Burx on 01 May 2014 titled “Shoye” and the video was dropped a few weeks later, directed by MEX film. Having created a platform for himself and his record label, he dropped another single titled ‘Woju’. And did the remix a couple of weeks later with Davido and Tiwa Savage, which fetched him two awards already. He recently did a new video ‘Laye’ and it is trending on all TV stations and Youtube. UK residents must get ready as Kiss Daniel starts UK tour come May 23. Go book your ticket and ‘Woju o’.
YAY AND NAY FOR DR. SID
It is indeed a very good year for Dr Sid (Sidney Esiri) son of late Nollywood actor Justus Esiri. He signed under the Mavins records as his wife Simi gave birth to a baby girl in an undisclosed hospital in the United Kingdom. In the course of his happiness, he remixed a recently released song out of his album “Chop Ogbono” with Olamide YBNL. But the remix seems not to please his listeners as the comments on Instagram bled conflict. Dr Sid should have known better than to reply an angry comment. This caused a lot of brouhaha as fans slammed him hard and asked: “Is it by force to chop ogbono?” One even said: “Stop wasting Don Jazzy’s beat.” Anyway, I believe he’s learnt his lesson from the flak he got from his angry Instagram fans.
CHINX GONE TOO SOON
Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, 31, a father of three and an upcoming Queens rapper was killed Tupac-style in his home borough on Sunday around 4.00am in his own Porsche car. Chinx who was associated with Mantona, Khloe Kardashian as on-and-off boyfriend got condolences from all artistes. The likes of Jay 3, P-Diddy, Wiz Khalifa, Rob Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Trench Montana, gave him shout out on Instagram and Twitter. Police on Sunday investigated the scene of the fatal drive-by shooting, which claimed the life of rapper Chinx and injured his friend, Alziadi nicknamed Yemen Cheese. Chinx was a member of Trench Montana Coke Boys group and record label. He also issued multiple independent tapes and performed at Power 105.1 fm concert in 2014. He was under the management of Legion Media Group and 4 King’s management. According to an Instagram post by Legion Media Group, “Chinx’ dedication, humor and illusion will always be remembered.” And according to his friend, Al Ziadi, “Chinx died saving me.”