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Beverly Ifunanya Bassey: Nigerian Voices

Beverly Ifunanya Bassey: For me, life is what you make of it. The industry could definitely pay more, and I believe that we’ll get there sooner or later, surely. I do also believe that the more you build your brand and your career, the more money you make. You don’t have to compromise your integrity. I have always believed that with hard work you can always make clean money without compromising your dignity. Read more…

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Esther Iyire: Nigerian Voices

Esther Iyire is the founder of Hazel-Grace Styles, a fashion brand that caters to the needs of women fashionistas. Iyire, who is a French graduate of the Covenant University, Ogun State, decided to go into fashion after a long search for a job. Read more…

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Bolajoko Bayo-Ajayi: Nigerian Voices

Mrs. Bolajoko Bayo-Ajayi says: “I’m from Ekiti State, married to an Ekiti man with three boys. I went to Obafemi Awolowo University where I studied Economics. I went straight to work when I finished from the university.” Read more…

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Chioma Onyenwe: Nigerian Voices

Chioma Uchechukwu Onyenwe has attracted hatred to herself for the same reason. Her closeness to Chioma Ude, in more ways than one has defined her trajectory in Nollywood. Read more. Read more…

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Adetokunbo Olufela Durotoye: Nigerian Voices

Adetokunbo Olufela Durotoye, a public speaker and leadership coach announced his membership of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) under whose platform he aspires to contest the 2019 presidential election. He spoke with journalists on his desire for a new Nigeria and other issues. Here’s Fela Durotoye interview excerpts. Read more…

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Why I Stopped Nollywood Romantic Roles – Mercy Johnson-Okojie: Nigerian Voices

Mercy Johnson-Okojie says: “My husband doesn’t watch my movies. But I think he has heard about the clown I am in movies (laughter). Nevertheless, I adore him for being my backbone and supporter of my career. Though, for the past eight years of our relationship, I haven’t featured in romantic roles. This is because he doesn’t like it and I can’t do it for all the money in the world.” Read more…

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Victoria Falana: Nigerian Voices

Tell us about your Falana Uncover’d series. “We launched, the “Falana Uncover’d: Pop up Concert Series” in June. The Concert Series invite audiences to explore the stories, style and sounds of Falana live in concert. Every month, in different vibrant spaces across Lagos, Nigeria, I get to share pieces of my story and new music with audiences. I think Lagos has such a hunger for great arts, music and culture in general. So it’s a great place to launch something like this. Although, I can’t wait to take it outside Lagos, Abuja is definitely next on my list.” Read more…

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Niniola Apata: Nigerian Voices

How did you develop interest in music and not something else? Niniola Apata says: “My interest in music was as a result of boredom as a child (laughs), it’s funny but true. My parents didn’t take me out and I had to get busy, so music occupied my time.” Your are here on Nigerian Voices page. Niniola Apata takes center stage. Read more… Read more…

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Nike Davies-Okundaye: Nigerian Voices

Nike Davies-Okundaye: “When I was 13, I discovered that my father had arranged to marry me off to a rich local politician in my village. What was my father’s reason for trying to force me into an early marriage? He was to use the dowry to pay for Joseph’s education, and marry a wife for Joseph. At that early age, I saw that attempt to force me into child marriage as a violation of my basic right to self-determination.” Read more…

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Ini Dima-Okojie on Nigerian Voices

Ini Dima-Okojie says: “Nollywood is a growing industry and right now, we are in a position where things are changing for good and I’m so excited to be here at this time. I have been part of some projects that have changed the reality for Nollywood. Of course, there are still issues that we have to deal with in terms of building structures, dealing with piracy, distribution channels, and others, but I believe that every other industry goes through this growing phase. My joy is that I’m here now and thrilled that there are minds that are willing to enhance the industry. I’m very excited for what it has become and we’ll keep putting in our best.” Read more…

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Olu Jacobs (Oludotun Jacobs) On Nigerian Voices

Oludotun Jacobs popularly known as Olu Jacobs is one of Nollywood’s most revered actors. Beginning his career in England and starring in several British television series and international films, Olu Jacobs returned to Nigeria joining the emerging theatre culture then to the motion pictures. He is easily regarded as an actor par excellence because of his line delivering, stage management and verbal aura. In 2007, he won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role among others. Read more…

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Chiwetalu Agu: Nigerian Voices

Chiwetalu Agu won the 2012 Nollywood award for ‘best actor in indigenous movie (non-English speaking language)’. His usage of specific language slang, phrases or clichés in each film has made him uniquely a household name in Nigeria and among Nollywood admirers abroad. While asserting that comic genres is a unique vehicle in projecting Nigerian culture globally as well as establishing the Nollywood brand, Agu is listed as one of the outstanding comedians who have contributed to the development of Nollywood comic genres by Prof. Femi Shaka of the University of Port Harcourt. Read more…

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Ayobami Adebayo: Nigerian Voices

In a nearly hour-long telephone conversation from Brooklyn to Nigeria (with a three-second delay and an interviewer just discovering voice recording via cell phone), Ayobami Adebayo reflected on the characters she had a difficult time getting to know and whom she subsequently couldn’t let go. Read more…

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Marcy Dolapo Oni: Nigerian Voices

Marcy Dolapo Oni says: “I am an actress and media personality. I was born in Lagos and I am the youngest of four children. I had my secondary education at Headington Girls Independent School in Oxford, United Kingdom. I was the first black head girl of the school. I have a degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. I am direct, fun-loving and I don’t dwell so much on trivial issues.” Read more…

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Rita Dominic: Nigerian Voices

With an array of roles in different characters over the years sure has somewhat affected the Rita Dominic brand in the real world. Perhaps leaving her as a superhuman to her followers, but then she reckons that she tries as much as possible to be herself regardless of the name Rita Dominic, or her being an actor, that she’s just an ordinary person. The kind of person that likes simple things even though a lot of people find it difficult to believe; liking a simple lifestyle with that maybe they can connect with her on that level. Read more…

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Mariam Abiola Afolabi: Nigerian Voices

Mariam Abiola Afolabi journey started with her interest in art. The designer who’s the mastermind behind Mazelle Studio initially studied law and moved back to Nigeria afterwards to focus on her fashion brand. Read more…

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Dakore Akande: Nigerian Voices

Dakore Egbuson-Akande says: “You know progression is important. I can’t keep on doing things at the same level. I need to progress, so I must leave the field for the younger ones. I cannot be hustling now the way I used to hustle ten years ago. The upcoming ones should be given the space to do that. You hustle smart and not hard. I’ve moved from the Asaba movies, though it trained and made me. I’m doing more cinema works and you know that kind of work is not as regular and on the faces people as the other.” Read more…

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Amina Ali Nkeki (Boko Haram Captive): Nigerian Voices

Now she is preparing for another miracle. An American church has agreed to send Nkeki and four other young women who escaped from the clutches of Boko Haram to a Christian school in Southern California — Hope International University. The costs for the women’s travel expenses, plus tuition and housing that could amount to more than $30,000 a year will be paid by the Church of the Servant King in Gardena, California. Read more…

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Joke Silva: Nigerian Voices

Joke Silva is an actress, director, and businesswoman. A graduate of the University of Lagos and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, she began a career in film in the early 1990s. In 1998, she had a major role, starring opposite Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film The Secret Laughter of Women. In 2006, she won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in Women’s Cot, and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in White Waters. Joke Silva is married to actor, Olu Jacobs. The couple founded and operates the Lufodo Group covering film production and distribution assets. Read more…

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Ibukun Awosika: The Entrepreneur Par Excellence

Not one to throw in the towel, the resilient employer of labour says against all odds, Ibukun Awosika became successful at all she does. “When you are pursuing your dreams and trying to leave a legacy, you will find help. As a young girl in my twenties and in business, no bank was willing to lend me money. I became frustrated working day and night, not because I didn’t know what to do but because I couldn’t meet the needs of clients due to the fact that I did not have adequate machinery. Read more…

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Isiaka Adesola Abolurin: My childhood Was Neither Rosy Nor Tortuous

I’m Ambassador Isiaka Adesola Abolurin. I was born in Ipokia, in Ipokia Local Government, Yewa, Ogun State on 7th April 1952. I attended Local Authority Primary School, Ipokia, from 1959 to 1964 and I had my secondary school education at Iganmode Grammar School, Otta, from 1965 to 1969. From 1975 to 1978, I attended the University of Ibadan, from where I obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Political Science. In 1991, as part of in-service training at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I attended the University of Lagos for a Master’s Degree programme in International Law and Diplomacy. Read more…