Actress Bukky Wright Swindled

Top actress and producer, Bukky Wright is at the moment in sobriety over the loss of over N40m ($250,000) to conmen who approached and talked her to buy a property in Lagos recently.

The Yoruba actress and Chivita brand ambassador we gathered from reliable sources, was still in shock over the huge amount of money she was skillfully swindled of a couple of weeks ago.

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According to the source, Bukky was said to have been approached to acquire a house by a close family friend, the said person was so close to Bukky to the extent that every secret is kept with her.

Bukky, out of ignorance, came to Nigeria, inspected the said property, having been well satisfied with it, and wrote a cheque of N40m to the swindlers and since then nothing has been heard about it.

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When Bukky tried all avenues to retrieve her hard-earned money back, it was said to have yielded no positive result and just recently, Bukky decided to swallow the bitter pill by bringing a closure to the deal gone sour. Bukky Wright is a top actress in Nollywood, she has produced some movies valued at over N100m,

Source: Nigeriafilms,com

‘Gem of the Rainforest’ reveals class act in African filmmaking

Houston based and time tested Movie writer and director Don Okolo has put his print on the sands of time with yet another masterpiece; ‘GEM OF THE RAINFOREST’- the ultimate in African Action-Adventure.

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 Perez Egbi on set of ‘Gem of the rainforest’

The producer, Nkem DenChukwu states; “this is my first solo outing as a producer. The film was shot in Houston and Cat Spring, Texas. We had some of the best cast and crew whom are all Houston residents with the exception of Ramsey Nouah. Gem of the Rainforest was shot on Scarlet Red camera with its prime lenses.”
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Movie writer and producer; Don Okolo

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Cast and crew including Ramsey Nouah (middle)

Gem of the Rainforest is the story about the two-faced diamond mask stolen from Africa some 300 years ago when the first White men landed on the shores of the River Niger. Suddenly, for the first time in 300 years, the mask surfaces in the hands of a Texan resident, Dr. Dye Oppenheimer (Played by Joe Grisaffi). Geologist and Anthropologist professor, Dr. Catherine Ileka (aka Cat, played by Kae Shakir) gets a phone call from a friend, Sweetwater Brown (played by Perez Egbi), regarding the unveiling of a diamond mask in Houston. Cat comes to Houston to see if it’s true, and not just a myth.

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Movie producer Nkem DenChukwu with star Actor Ramsey Nouah

To ascertain that the mask most believed never existed, does indeed exist, Cat and Sweetwater will crash the exhibition event to confront Dr. Oppenheimer and Jesse Holland (played by Ramsey Nouah) about the mask’s origin. The adventure truly begins when Cat and Sweetwater attempt to steal the mask and take it back to Africa.

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Producer of ‘Gem of the rainforest’ Nkem DenChukwu

The story is so compelling that Desmond Fernandez and Johnny Marquez from ABC 13 KTRK Eyewitness News Houston where on the set during one of our shooting days, and it was aired on their Hometown News segment. Trendy Africa, the magazine also came on the set.

Gem of the Rainforest will premiere in Houston on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at AMC LOEWS FOUNTAINS 18; Red carpet at 6PM; Showtime: 8PM-10PM Prompt. Other cities include Dallas, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, New York, and DMV area.

by Tosan Aduayi (A Trendy Africa Media Production)

2Face, Ice Prince tapped for 2013 BET Awards

Singer-songwriter, 2Face Idibia and hip hop artist Ice Prince have been nominated for the Best International Act: Africa at the upcoming BET Awards. The duo will compete against Uganda’s Radio and Weasel, Ghana’s R2Bees and South Africa’s Donald and Toya Delazy for the 2013 BET Award which takes place next month at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

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2Face Idibia

The nominations were announced live from the swanky rooftop of the Icon lounge in downtown Los Angeles by Chris Tucker, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar and Charlie Wilson. Drake leads the pack with 12 nominations, including one for Video of the Year Award for his clip “HYFR,” which features Lil Wayne while Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz are tied with 8 nominations. Other nominees include A$AP Rocky who is up for 5 awards. Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake and Miguel received four nominations.

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Ice Prince

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Chris Tucker, Chris Brown, Charlie Wilson and Kendrick Lamar

The night’s biggest honor, the “Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award” will go to R&B singer Charlie Wilson from the Gap Band.

In the film category, Kerry Washington, Halle Berry and Gabrielle Union were named as nominees for Best Actress, while rapper Common, Don Cheadle, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx are nominated for Best Actor. Quvenzhane Wallis received a nomination for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and also a nod for the BET Awards’ YoungStars Award alongside Olympic champion Gabrielle Douglas, Jaden Smith and Keke Palmer who are also tapped to receive the accolade.  Wallis’ film is also nominated for Best Movie, as is fellow Oscar-nominated movie “Django Unchained,” which stars Foxx, and “Sparkle,” Whitney Houston’s final film.

The 2013 BET Award show will also feature performances from Chris Brown as well as from R. Kelly.

Check out the full list of nominees for the 2013 BET Awards:

Best Female R&B / Pop Artist
Beyonce
Tamar Braxton
Alicia Keys
Rihanna
Elle Varner

Best Male R&B / Pop Artist
Chris Brown
Bruno Mars
Miguel
Justin Timberlake
Usher

Best Group
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Mary Mary
Mindless Behavior
Slaughterhouse
The Throne (Kanye West & Jay-Z)

Best Collaboration
2 Chainz f/ Drake – No Lie
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
French Montana f/ Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne – “Pop That”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”

 

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
2 Chainz
A$AP Rocky
Drake
Future
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Azealia Banks
Eve
Nicki Minaj
Rasheeda
Rye Rye

Video of the Year
2 Chainz f/ Drake – “No Lie”
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Drake f/ Lil Wayne – “HYFR”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Drake – “Poetic Justice”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/ Wanz – “Thrift Shop”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”
Kanye West f/ Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz – “Mercy”

Video Director of the Year
A$AP Rocky & Sam Lecca
Benny Boom
Director X
Dre Films
Hype Williams
Best New Artist
Azealia Banks
Joey Bada$$
Kendrick Lamar
Trinidad Jame$
The Weeknd

Best Gospel
Deitrick Haddon
Lecrae
Tamela Mann
Mary Mary
Marvin Sapp

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Halle Berry
Taraji P. Henson
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington

Best Actor
Don Cheadle
Common
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Denzel Washington

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Keke Palmer
Jaden Smith
Quvenzhane Wallis

Best Movie
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap”
“Sparkle”
“Think Like A Man”

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Gabrielle Douglas
Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Victor Cruz
Kevin Durant
Robert Griffin III
LeBron James
Ray Lewis

Coca-Cola Viewer’s Choice Award
A$AP Rocky f/ Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar – “Problems”
Drake – “Started From The Bottom”
Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Rihanna – “Diamonds”
Justin Timberlake f/ Jay-Z – “Suit & Tie”

Centric Award
Tamar Braxton – “Love and War”
Fantasia – “Lose To Win”
Miguel – “Adorn”
Nas – “Daughters”
Charlie Wilson – “My Love Is All I Have”

Best International Act: Africa
2Face Idibia (Nigeria)
Toya Delazy (South Africa)
Donald (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
R2Bees (Ghana)
Radio and Weasel (Uganda)

Best International Act: UK
Marsha Ambrosius
Estelle
Labrinth
Rita Ora
Emeli Sande
Wiley

Samantha Ofole-Prince is a journalist and movie critic who covers industry-specific news that includes television and film. She serves as the Entertainment Editor for Trendy Africa.

Stella Damasus on marriage, birthday and funny gossips

Award winning African Actress and Nollywood Diva Stella Damasus recently rocked the airwaves with reactions to her recent lifestyle including celebrations and marriage. She deemed it fit to respond through her blog as stated below;

I have been trending for the past two days now. Day one was about people wishing me well and praying for me on my birthday. Day two is now filled with gossip, scandals and all sorts, but that is as far as the so called journalists and bloggers are concerned. As far as I am concerned I had a blast on my birthday and I will not allow other human beings steal my joy regardless.

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I choose to enjoy my life because I know I deserve it. Nobody went through my own trying times with me and I did not go through any with others.
When God decides to bless me, turn my mourning to dancing, turn my tears to laughter and turn my anger to happiness, no man on earth can change it or spoil it.

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Truth is, I laughed when I saw some of the blogs and websites quoting and saying things they know absolutely nothing about. Writing things they have heard without concrete evidence, ghosts that cannot show their faces and ask direct questions. But they believe and think that they can wake up one day and decide people’s fate and destiny. Unfortunately they are made to feel important because people hate to read  positive things and achievements, but give them juicy gossip and all of a sudden you become the most popular writer who has gist on everybody.

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I realized that when I write blogs and articles about important information, encouragement, education and positive things, only twenty percent out of a hundred actually read it and leave comments. The other eighty percent jump at the gossip and scandals and then start to ask me stupid questions. These are people who have not communicated with me in ages but all of a sudden they feel the need to profess undying friendship and a listening ear. The fact that they believe I have the time or energy to respond to the most trivial issues baffles me.
Let me repeat myself in case some of these people missed it. “I really do not care what you say or write, the truth is who God has blessed no man can curse” , and if you believe that trying to turn a wonderful birthday  into a global gossip game will make me feel bad then I am so sorry this Stella is not as stupid as you think”

Nollywood Actress Chika Ike shaves hair for movie role

Beautiful Nollywood starlet Chika Ike took the bold step of shaving off her hair for a whooping sum of N5 million (approx. $30,000) in the movie “Moment of Tears”.

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It is not new in the industry to shave off one’s hair but nonetheless, not many are bold enough to do so.

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The question still remains; would you shave yours for a movie role or how much will your demands be?

source: irokotv

Mercy Johnson and Daughter Return to Lagos

Mercy Johnson Okojie and her beautiful daughter Purity Osebhajimente Okojie are back to Nigeria. MJ as fondly called put to bed on the 30th of Dec, 2012 in the US and has stayed back up till yesterday when she and baby Purity flew back into the country.

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Fans of the very talented actress are elated and are dying to have her back on the big screens as soon as possible. The Award winning Nollywood actress had earlier tied the nuptial knot with lover Odianose Okojie at a star studded and elaborate ceremony in Lagos. Preparations preceding the ceremony had been plagued with a series of controversies but was successfully actualized amidst tight security.

source: Irokotv, Trendy Africa

Exclusive behind the scenes on the set of Gem of the rainforest

Houston – It’s about 7 pm on a windy Wednesday night. My ringer buzzes and the dexterous voice of our Executive Editor Chibuzor comes alive; “Tosan! I am lost and so upset… I’ve driven for hours and still cannot locate the Ranch set of Don Okolo’s Gem of the Rainforest…” My thoughts brightened up with a smile (luckily he did not see my looks). That’s what Trendy Africa is all about. We have remained steadfast to the journalism advantage passion for the arts. Get the story whatever it takes. Yeah!

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When I met with Producer Nkem DenChuckwu and movie director Don Okolo, it was apparent that “Gem of the Rainforest” promised to be a great blockbuster from the team that created Page 36. The action packed thriller features a star cast including Ramsey Nouah, Pere Egbi, Kae Shakir and Joe Grisaffi.

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Enjoy a compilation of behind the scenes images captured by our ever dedicated Houston crew.

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Acknowledgement: Chibuzor Okonta, Gold Jacobs, Ladia O. Ebomwonyi, Desiree Gibson, Christina Arowolo, Raliat Akinlolu, Uche Ada Ehiemua,  Ifeoluwa Ojo

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Nollywood Movie; “Doctor Bello” debuts on AMC theatres across the USA

Dallas – Doctor Bello; a movie by award winning producer, writer and director Tony Abulu, is set to be released on AMC theaters across the United States. This unprecedented theatrical release marks the first ever in America for Nollywood films (Nigerian film Industry).

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Genevieve Nnaji

Doctor Bello whose star studded cast includes; : Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean Louis, Genevieve Nnaji, Bern Cohen, Ebbe Bassey Manczuk and Stephanie Okereke will be shown at select AMC theatres between February 22nd to 27th, 2013. AMC is America’s second largest theatre chain with over 5,000 screens.

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Doctor Bello is the first in a new line of film products supported by the Nigerian Government’s $200 million intervention fund for the entertainment industry.

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Stephanie Okereke 

Texas AMC theaters that will show Doctor Bello are;

AMC Mesquite 30 with IMAX, 19919 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Mesquite TX 75149

AMC Studio 30 Houston, 2949 Dunvale Road, Houston, TX 77063

AMC Gulf Pointe 30 with IMAX, 11801 South Sam Houston Parkway E, Houston, TX 77089

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Vivica A. Fox

Others are shown on the schedule below.

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by Trendy Africa Media, Texas (817 538 2145)