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I can’t trade my body to stay in Nollywood -Emmanuella Iloba

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Stunning and beautiful Emmanuella Iloba is one of the newest faces making waves in the Nigerian film industry. This Delta born actress, who is in her early twenties, is currently an undergraduate studying Theatre Arts in University of Lagos. She has featured in dozens of movies such as ‘Nollywood Scandal’, ‘Chevron Babes’ and ‘Dusty Roads’, among others. In this chat, she reveals how her career started, her kind of man and sundry issues…

 

When did your acting career start?

My career started professionally in 2016. I will say it was divine actually because I wasn’t even expecting it. I went for a modeling audition and then someone walked up to me and asked if I could act and I said Yes. He said, that’s great and introduced himself as Chico Ejiro. I was speechless and that was how it all started. So it’s been God’s grace. It’s something I love doing. It’s my passion and I’m someone who follows her passion and I love what I do. My family members actually encouraged me to give it a go and they have been so supportive and I’m grateful that they love what I do.

You are also a model, when did the modelling aspect come in?

I will say my looks also play a part in my modeling career. And also I love to express myself. So when I started getting offers to model, I just saw it as a way of expressing myself.

I’ve always had offers to model. I was into modelling before my acting career started. I love to express myself actually.

 

What extent can you go to interpret your role?

I try to make every role as realistic as possible. Everything is make-believe and I try to achieve that at all times and I will do whatever I can to make sure my script is well interpreted and my directors are pleased and so far, I have been able to do exceptionally well. I am dedicated and I study my lines well.

 

How much can you be paid to act nude?

I don’t think I would want to do that actually. I don’t have to act all the roles. I will leave the nude for those that are interested in acting nude.

 

What are the challenges you face as an actress?

There are lots of challenges. From trying to cope and work with different kinds of people, and being hungry on set and sometimes the welfare is not always what you would have preferred. Being on set till late like 2am and having to wake up as early as 6am sometimes with burning eyes.  There are times I will be on location for two days without doing a scene and I have to go back home hungry and stressed but that’s acting for you. I always make sure those things don’t get to me. I have preconditioned my mind to stay focused and determined. Moreover, I love acting.  As far back as I can remember this is what I have always wanted to do. Every actor goes through the same rough times I believe. You just have to stay focused determined and love what you do and you will always have the energy to overcome the challenges.

 

Have you ever experienced sexual harassment in the industry?

I have never had to deal with such things. Like I said earlier, my being here is actually God’s doing.  I didn’t go out looking or hustling for roles or begging someone to cast me. God used someone to locate me and that was it. If I didn’t give my body to get into the industry, I shouldn’t give it to stay in it and God kept those things away from me.

 

Are you dating someone at the moment?

No. I am not dating any man at the moment. I’m currently single.

 

Describe your kind of man?

I like my man to be tall, caring and loving and of course God fearing. He must be smart and of course genuinely interested in me.

 

Who is your role model?

My role models are Genevieve Nnaji and Rita Dominic. I have always loved their acting long before I started acting. I admire them a lot.

 

Do you plan going into other aspects of production apart from acting?

I’m not restricted to acting alone. I have plans to go into directing and production too and I’m already working on my own production.

 

Tell us about your most memorable day?

My most memorable day would be when Chico Ejiro approached me and he gave me the platform for all these. So that day is my most memorable day. It’s not every day we have such opportunity.

 

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Five years from now, I want to see myself still acting of course. I love acting and I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. I want to be able to work with some of the biggest names, both home and abroad and be able to take my acting to the world.

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Living an impactful life, By Apostle Johnson Suleman

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“The moment you ask Jesus to be your Saviour and Lord, your sins are forgiven and your slate is wiped clean. God is no longer holding your past sins against you,” begun the servant of God and senior Pastor at Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) Apostle (Prof.) Johnson Suleman, as he mounted the rostrum at the just concluded The Supernatural 2018 which held at Lausanne, Switzerland between Tuesday, October 2ndand Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018.

A caring pastor, who always lives a godly life, faithfully loves and teaches God’s Word to people, Apostle Suleman, no doubt, recognizes how tremendous the challenge is to be a leader and model; thus when he has the opportunity, he does offer from his position, ideas, words of encouragement, and exhortation that will be a blessing to all.

Teaching God’s Word is a privilege and a blessing, but it is no easy task. However, some leaders make it look easy, and this is based purely on grace. According to the firebrand preacher, “we can have the same name, the same title but what separates us is our impact. We can have the same name, the same title but what makes one stand out is his impact. God is not looking for men with titles; He is looking for men He can tie Himself to. If you are not making impact as a preacher, the world will be too busy to hear you. What makes you stand out as a preacher is your hunger for impact.”

At the two-day impactful gathering, the ‘Oracle of God’ gave teachings on some important and foundational Christian beliefs from which participants drew a deeper understanding of God and His works on mankind. “When a man has out-grown his present stage, God uses circumstances to push him out to a higher level,” he delivered to the mammoth crowd at the conference. Further, Suleman warned on the influence of friendship, urging men to “mind the people you associate with, because sometimes there is group punishment for private sin.”

Apostle Suleman has authoredpassion-packed books that touch on living an impactful life as well as books that speak about revolutionizing the Church. From his writings, Christians especially will find solution to challenges, and encouragements.

The servant of God’s sermon also addresses the issue of authenticity; how genuine a man should be. Dissecting his address, it says it is possible for a man to practice an outward display of holiness, without in actuality, having inner reality of godliness.

“A man’s outward demonstrations of goodness may be no more than mere hypocrisy”, posits Suleman, adding; “It is what you do in secret that reflects in the public.”

Urging on hope, Apostle Suleman says that Christians hope is a realistic expectation of joyful longing for future good. “It is not until we have hope and move beyond the misery stage that we are able to find a magnificent lesson to be learned. No matter how bad your situation may be, do not panic. Have hope,” he concludes.

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Primate Elijah Ayodele 2018 already fulfilled prophecies

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There are prophets and there prophesies.

However, one man of God who has been consistent with his prophesies is Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church.

Over the years, the man of God has accurately prophesied about happening both within and outside Nigeria.

Many would remember his prophesies about the demise of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, death of General Sanni Abacha and the return of Olusegun Obasanjo as President.

Early this year, the 2018/2019 edition of his annual publication “Warning To The Nations”, an avenue through which the man of God unveils his prophesies was released.

A media presentation followed in July of the same year, as Primate Ayodele unveiled to the world the book described as “a collection of divine signals authorised through divine prompting by the servant of the most high God”.

Since it’s unveiling, prophesies therein have come to pass. Chief of them includes those in the financial, political, law enforcement and manufacturing sectors.

Internationally, prophesies involving Facebook, the Republic of Benin and several others have also come to pass.

In the 2018/ 2019 edition of “Warnings To The Nation”, Primate Ayodele prophesied about some financial institutions such as Skye Bank Plc, Diamond Bank, Keystone Bank, Heritage Bank and Wema Bank to mention a few. Citing that the financial institutions would face a challenge or a change in management, indeed the prophesies have come to pass.

Only recently, Skye Bank which the man of God said would experience some challenges that can affect its operations lost its license of operation, as it was withdrawn by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The bank has since changed to Polaris Bank. On its part, Wema Bank saw the emergence of a new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD/CEO) in person of Ademola Adebisi, just as it had been prophesied.

Diamond Bank, the man of God prophesied that the financial institution needed prayer to avoid having problems with the CBN. Diamond Bank was among four financial institutions recently sanctioned by the apex bank for an unapproved transfer of funds belonging to telecommunication MTN.

In the case of Heritage Bank, “Warnings To The Nations” was quoted as saying that “the bank will have problems with some of its staffs”. This also came to pass, as the exit of Mary Akpobome, an Executive Director of the financial institution came with the reorganisation of the management of the financial institution. Several other prophesies including the sack of former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun have also come to pass.

In the manufacturing industry, several prophesies have also come to pass. Primate Ayodele foresaw the problem presently bedeviling Wale Tinubu’s firm Oando and Innoson Motors which he urged to pray against running into trouble and court matters. The suit between the auto manufacturing company and financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank (Gtb) is still in court. In page 259 of “Warning To The Nations”, the book spoke of troubles for telecommunication company MTN Nigeria. MTN was recently hammered by the CBN for what it considered illegal repatriation of funds to South Africa.

Other prophesies which have come to pass includes the reorganisation of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the travails of the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, a loss in profit by social media platform Facebook, attacks on camps of Internally Displaced People (IDP), increase in the country’s external debt among others.

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BON commiserates with Baba Sala’s Family, names comedy category of Award after him

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Following the death of iconic Nigerian comedian, dramatist and filmmaker, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, the Best Of Nollywood Awards, BON has renamed its comedy category after the late legend.

A statement by the Head of the Best of Nollywood Jury, Niran Adedokun explained that the award will “henceforth be known as the Moses Adejumo Comedy of the Year Award in recognition the contributions that the late veteran artiste made to the development of comedy in Nigeria.

Adedokun , who noted that Bala Sala was a total performer whose early investments in the alongside many of his contemporaries laid the foundation for the increasingly growing entertainment industry.
“Being Nigeria’s leading homegrown and home focused movie awards, the Best of Nollywood Awards honours the memory of this great man and have decided to name our comedy awards after him. It is the least that we can do as a Nigerian award even though we understand that he deserves much more and hope that our government will consider immortalizing him in some way, the statement offered.

He expressed the condolences of the organisers of the award to the Adejumo family urging them to take solace in the enviable legacy of the late filmmaker who started his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964 with a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies and was noted to have tutored and guided the Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, who was his lead guitarist at the time.

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