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Actress Ireti Doyle Claps Back At Chief Daddy Director For Criticizing Actors

Ireti Doyle

Ace actress Ireti Doyle (Tinsel) has responded to a tweet put out by filmmaker Niyi Akinmolayan where he seemingly scoffed at Nollywood actors who demand challenging roles.

The filmmaker criticized actors for constantly demanding challenging roles but were unwilling to commit themselves to what he deemed to be the requirements to take on a challenging role. He went on to add that those challenging roles required challenging money on the part of the filmmakers and that the actors should be willing to trade comfort for the challenging roles they seek.

“I want challenging role…I want challenging role….can you train for 3 weeks for free…No!! Can u refuse other jobs for 2 months to be in character without being paid…No. So u see my dear actor…and critics who want challenging roles. challenging roles need challenging money,” the Wedding Party 2 director wrote on Twitter.

Akinmolayan’s thread ended with the sentence; “Ordinary table read, Una no go show…talk less of rehearsals. But u want challenging roles. Influencer actor lol.”

The filmmaker’s statement did not sit well with many tweeps who engaged him in the comment section.

One user with the handle @opelenge commented saying;

“If you don’t have the budget to pay the crew hold off on maming the movie. A person can’t have challenging cost of living and be doing free labour on top. The challenge should be in the story and the actors interpretation not their wage packet.”

Another user with the handle @@Jamalbanx_ wrote;

“Can you train for 3 weeks for free”? Kindly explain that because I know they pay for actors time when training, so elaborate!!!!”

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Also responding to Niyi Akinmolayan’s tweet was actress Ireti Doyle. Doyle called out producers for being hypocritical as they prefer to hire the influencer actors that Akinmolayan seemingly mocked rather than opt for capable talents in the industry.

Doyle’s tweet read;

“Perhaps if casting is based on talent and the hunger to succeed as opposed to social media numbers and who is willing to push YOUR film aggressively (at no added cost) producers wouldn’t have this particular problem.”

Niyi Akinmolayan began his career in the entertainment industry in 2010. Some of his most successful films include; Falling (Adesua Etomi) Make a Move (Beverly Naya), and The Arbitration (O.C Ukeje).

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BBNaija – Level Up Housemate Eloswag’s “Obedient and Useful” Tee Stirs Online Frenzy


Eloswag, one of the contestants in the ongoing reality TV show Big Brother Nigeria aka BBNaija sent tongues wagging after he was spotted wearing a tee-shirt with the inscription “Be Obedient and Useful” in the big brother house. Viewers of the hit show quickly posted clips of it online and promptly went viral triggering mixed reactions.

The phrase “Be Obedient and Useful” contains source words for the coinage of “ObI-dient and Yusuful” a wordplay on Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi and his running mate Baba-Ahmed Yusuf’s names which has become popular among Obi’s supporters and is commonly used on Twitter.

Many Obi supporters quickly pledged their support for Eloswag lauding his indirect yet immaculate attempt at communicating his political stance.

The Big Brother Naija show strongly prohibits political discussions and campaigns of any sort, thus it remains to be seen how the organizers will react.

However, Obi’s supporters have noted that Eloswag’s tee inscription should not attract any penalty as he didn’t use the exact words common among Obi’s supporters and that the use of the phrases “Obedient and Useful” is not prohibited.

One Twitter user with the handle @drpenking wrote;

“Eloswag can defend himself. The organizers have nothing against him because he used OBEDIENT and USEFUL instead of OBIdient and YUSful. Regardless, OBIdient fans got the message clearly. There’s no law against using OBEDIENT and USEFUL in the house.”

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Another @chibykesmahatma wrote:

“He is willing and Obedient. Let’s all come together and make him USEFUL. His name is Eloswag. We will use him to test run how to waste our votes. Whether you watch
@bbn or not. Every voting time, we vote this man. First let’s overwhelm him wit follows everywhere

@ObiomaIkem wrote:

“He said Obedient NOT OBIdient

Useful NOT Yusuful

But umu Agbado bitters are already scratching their Sukurutum because their head adigo blocked with excess Agbado intake.

OBIdient families MUST bless this guy with excess votes for representing us CODEDLY

He is ELOSWAG…..”

Eloswag whose full name is Eloka Paul Nwamu is a 27 years old techie from Delta State. He describes himself as a fun-loving guy and is in the show to have fun as well as increase his social currency.

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BBNaija7 – Meet The BBNaija Housemates For the Level Up Season

BBNaija housemates level up

The curtains have opened to yet another Big Brother Naija season. The latest season premiered on Saturday, July 23rd with a dozen housemates introduced to fans and then to Big Brother’s house. The second opening day saw another set of 12 BBNaija housemates make their way into Big Brother’s house number two. As most fans of the reality TV show already know, the housemates have been split into two houses, the first set collectively referred to as Level 2 are camped in one house while the second set aka Level 1 are together in a different house. This brings the total of BBNaija housemates for the Level Up season to 24, 12 females and 12 males.

Social media has been set abuzz from the get-go with varying opinions about the housemate’s first impressions. Big brother has also received some tongue-lashing for his choice of interior decor, hopefully, this won’t hamper on the show’s entertainment value. The housemates are in and ready to play with hopes to level up to the finale. Yet to pick a fave? Read through to discover each of the BBNaija housemates competing in the Level Up season.

1. Phyna

  • Full Name: Ijeoma Josephina Otabor
  • Age: 25
  • State: Edo State
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: @_unusualphyna

Phyna describes herself as a short-tempered lady who is very allergic to malice and gossip and will never be found involved in any in the house (we’re watching you lady!) “My view on relationships is: Na mumu dey fall in love,” the born entertainer says, but this is big brother’s house and anything can happen. Phyna’s goal for joining BBNaija was so she could “make a difference.”

2. Pharmsavi

  • Full Name: Saviour Ikin Akpan
  • State: Akwa Ibom
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: pharmsavi

Savior is a licensed pharmacist whose first love is acting. He hopes that BBNaija will avail him the opportunity to showcase his acting talents so he can professionally pursue the craft after the show. He is an extrovert who finds it easy to make friends and thus has lots of them. His obsession with a neat space, he says could be a source of contention between him and his fellow housemates. Savior is emotional and competitive.

3. Khalid

  • Full Name: Ismail Rukuba Ahalu
  • Age: 22
  • State: Plateau
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: @blckon_khld 

Khalid is a freelance graphic designer and muralist who engages in extreme sports (such as skateboarding, and archery) for fun. He has a charismatic personality and enjoys having deep meaningful conversations with like minds. His other interests include mythology, basketball, and anime.

4. Kess

  • Full Name: Kesiena Tony Adjekpovu
  • Age: 28
  • State: Delta
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: @sir_kess

Kess is a married man who adores his family. He is a diehard fan of BBNaija and being a housemate is a dream come true for him. He is a businessman with many talents spanning from acting to dancing.

5. Ilebaye

  • Full Name: Ilebaye Odiniya
  • Age: 21
  • State: Kogi State
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: @official___ilebaye

A Gen Z graduate of criminology and security studies, Ilebaye describes herself as controversial, adventurous, and a straight-talker. Some of the fun activity she enjoys includes swimming, partying, and bowling. She hopes to utilize her BBnaija fame to promote her business.

6. Groovy

  • Full Name: Henry Olisaemeka Orakwue
  • Age: 26
  • State: Anambra
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: @groov.ymono

The 6 ft 5-inch tall Groovy says he’s single and hopes to find love, so shippers lookout for this one. The UNILAG grad owns a fashion business, models, and does music on the side. He describes himself as being ambitious and is not one to back down from an argument.

7. Amaka

  • Full Name: Chiamaka Crystal Mbah
  • Age: 23
  • House: Level 2
  • State: Anambra
  • Instagram Handle: @the_real__amaka

Amaka famously said on stage that she hopes to disappoint anyone who thinks a man will win the Level Up Season. She is a bold go-getter who is tough on the outside but soft on the inside. She admits to being a talkative, a trait that helps her stay honest.

8. Beauty

  • Full Name: Beauty Etsanyi Tukura
  • Age: 24
  • State: Taraba
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: @beautytukura

Beauty is a former beauty queen who believes in the power of dogged determination. The last of 4 siblings, she holds a law degree but will love to promote her brand after Big Brother. She describes herself as a free-spirit who is open and reliable.

9. Bryann

  • Full Name: Brian Chkuwuebuka Chiji
  • Age: 24
  • State: Imo
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: @_bryannonly

Bryann is a recording artist hoping to get further with his music career after the show. He is an ambivert with good people skills but maintains that he can be forgetful.

10. Christy O

  • Full Name: Christiana Oluwafunke Ojumu
  • Age: 24
  • State: Ondo
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: officialchristy_o

Christy O is an extrovert who enjoys having fun and maintains that there’s no dull moment with her. If her life were a movie, it will be titled “The Spice Girl.” She’s a great listener who pays attention to detail and would readily offer a helping hand to anyone in need. She promises to keep her pants on in the house. Her bad side? She is argumentative and blunt.

11. Cyph

  • Full Name: Bright Hidi Nwekete
  • Age: 27
  • State: Imo
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: iam_cyph

Cyph is an empath who feels and understands people deeply. He is a graphic designer who wishes he could also paint. Cyph has a competitive spirit which he believes most housemates will not like. He loves food, music, movies, and traveling.

12. Daniella

  • Full Name: Daniella Utangbe Peters
  • Age: 22
  • State: Cross River State
  • House: Level 2
  • Instagram Handle: deepeterz._

Daniella is a ball of energy who enjoys working out. She’s a creative who loves to write poetry, sing, and dance and hopes to showcase her creative side to the fullest on the show. The sensitive and extremely observant Daniella has a strong dislike for bullies and will stand up to them at every given opportunity.

13. Chichi

  • Full Name: Chinenyenwa Desire Okoebor
  • Age: 22
  • House: Level 1
  • Instagram Handle: @itschichi_official

Chinenyenwa strips at night and works as a chef at dawn. She had a troubled childhood but is determined not to let her difficult experiences define her future. When she gets on the bad side of a fellow housemate, it could likely be due to her smart mouth. She loves drama and is ready to bring it on.

14. Chomzy

  • Full Name: Esther Chioma Ndubueze
  • Age: 22
  • House: Level 1
  • Instagram Handle: @chomzy__esther

Watch out for Chomzy on the dance floor on Saturday nights as she describes herself as the life of the party who simply enjoys twerking. She hails from a close-knit family and hates betrayals and oppression. She hopes to promote her business on the show and expand it when the show’s done.

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15. Giddyfia

  • Full Name: Gideon Anieti Nwawo
  • Age: 24
  • House: Level 1
  • Instagram Handle: @giddy_fia

He is a fitness enthusiast and creative thinker who graduated with flying colors with an engineering degree. Gideon possesses a fun side that makes him easily likable. He hates drama!

16. Diana

  • Full Name: Diana Isoken Edobor
  • Age: 33
  • State: Edo
  • House: Level 1

Dual-lingual (French and English) Diana is a project manager by profession and loves to learn about new cultures, however, she hopes to jumpstart an acting career after the show. She is friendly but daring and not one to get easily intimidated.

17. Dotun

  • Full Name: Oladotun Mofiyinfoluwa Oloniyo
  • Age: 26
  • State: Ekiti
  • House: Level 1

Dotun graduated top of his class with a degree in medical physiology from the prestigious University of Ibadan. When he isn’t fixing up cramped limbs, he loves to keep his own limbs active through work-outs. He is friendly, fun-loving, and competitive, qualities he hopes viewers will find entertaining.

18. Doyin

  • Full Name: Doyinsola Anuoluwapo David
  • Age: 26
  • House: Level 1

Doyin is a medical radiologist but hopes to find a place in the entertainment industry as she considers medicine boring. She’s cheerful and fun but her knack for being blatantly honest makes it difficult for her to keep friends. Doyin says she’s good at manipulating but is a loyal friend who will never back-stab. She hates selfish and self-centered people.

19. Eloswag

  • Full Name: Eloka Paul Nwamu
  • Age: 27
  • State: Delta
  • House: Level 1

A techie who is confident in his own skin, Eloswag says he has what it takes to make the house fun. He has his way with ladies and is in the house to have fun and network.

20. Hermes

  • Full Name: Hermes Chibueze Iyele
  • House: Level 1

Hermes is a dancer and performance artist who has gone intercontinental with his talent. He has choreographed for industry greats like Burna Boy, Davido, and Ajebo Hustlers. He admits to being in a polyamorous relationship with 2 women and hopes to mingle in the house. Basketball is among his favorite pastimes.

21. Sheggz

  • Full Name: Segun Daniel Olusemo
  • Age: 26
  • State: Lagos
  • House: Level 1

Sheggz is a pro-footballer who after sustaining a sports injury turned his focus towards acting. A London boy who is still in touch with his Naija spirit, Seggz is ambitious, hardworking, and confident. He’s open to finding love in the house.

22. Adekunle

  • Full Name: Adekunle Tobilola Olopade Adekunle
  • Age: 27
  • State: Lagos
  • House: Level 1

Adekunle is an introvert who when not making money as a digital marketing consultant loves to solve other people’s problems. He’s a peacemaker by nature but not one to cower when being challenged. He considers himself very knowledgeable and would love to win the money to help pay off his mom’s mortgage.

23. Allysyn

  • Full Name: Osy Allysyn Audu
  • Age: 25
  • House: Level 1

A model and social media enthusiast, Allysyn wants to become a full-time social media influencer and TV presenter. She’s a fun-lover, joker, loyal friend sucker for love and is open to finding love in the house.

24. Bella

Full Name: Chidimma Esther Okagbue

Age: 25

“I do not ever want to introduce myself. I want to walk into a room and be recognised. I love a life of comfort and intentional happiness,” Bella says describing the type of life she wants which led her to the BBNaija house. She creates online content and loves photography. She’s a competitor who likes to win all the time and finds it easier befriending guys than girls.

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BBNaija Season 7 Set For July 23 Premiere

BBNaija season 7

Anticipation has been high among fans since organizers announced that the popular reality TV show Big Brother Naija will be making the return for its 7th season. Now the organizers have announced the start date for BBNaija Season 7 to be Saturday the 23rd of July.

As with last season’s Shine Ya Eye, Season 7 which is yet without its unique tag name will also have two live launch shows, first on the 23rd of July and then on the 24th of July. The live shows will air across major African Magic channels including Showcase, Urban, and Family accessible to both DSTV and GoTV users.

The organizers of the show unveiled the launch date at an event held in Lagos which had in attendance a number of its alum including last season’s winner Whitemoney, his housemates JMK, and Jaypaul. Stars from previous seasons in attendance were Seyi Awolowo, Frodd, Esther, Venita, and Vandora.

The organizers revealed that they sieved through 40,000 applicants to arrive at the final selection of housemates who will be competing for the big prize for 72 days in Big Brother’s house.

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Season 7’s Grand Prize has been upped to an unprecedented N100 million including a cash prize of N50 million.

Fans will see a return of pre-COVID elements such as the beloved Big Brother Ninjas and a live audience in attendance for its Sunday live eviction shows. Also, the fave lock-in promo for fans is also back giving 30 fans the opportunity to win N1 million each.

The voting system for last season will be maintained. Voting is restricted to the DSTV and GOTV apps, the official website of Africa Magic as well as the mobile site. The number of votes available to each subscriber will be determined by their DSTV/GOTV package, the higher the package they’re on, the more votes they can cast for their favorite stars. There will be no voting via SMS.

Big Brother Naija Season 7’s headline sponsor is Pocket by Piggyvest while Flutterwave is back for yet another stint as an associate sponsor.

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