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Uche Elendu Speaks About, Accident, Acting And Motherhood |The Republican News

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Nollywood Actress, Uche Elendu

By Christian Agadibe

One can never get enough of Uche Elendu. The role interpreter has always fascinated her fans. Though marriage seemed to have slowed her down, the mother of two is now back and ready to release her latest movie, The Altar. In this interview, Elendu opens up on her career, challenges and motherhood.

What production are you currently working on? 

I’m currently working on the promotion of my soon-to-be-released blockbuster movie, The Altar.

How did you get into acting?

Venturing into the movie industry wasn’t by chance. I had a passion and a strong desire to use my talent to create a lasting impact in the life of the people. So, it was easy to delve into the industry, because aside from the fact that I could identify with the gift I possess, it is also a career that has great influence on people. And I intend to influence the lives of people positively.

What are your challenges?

I won’t really say it’s a challenge. But having to balance the home as a mom and also create time for movies is a big challenge in itself. But I thank God that He has been sufficient enough.

What are your experiences?

Out of the several experiences, one I’ll like to point out was the day I had a ghastly accident while driving to the location. It was an experience that would live with me forever. Despite all the odds, God came to my rescue and kept me alive. This, indeed, is my biggest experience concerning the movie industry.

What are your aspirations as far as this career is concerned?

I’ll like to reach the highest of heights. I’ll love to break into Hollywood and make movies that would keep the world at attention.

Did you do any extra thing to get to where you are now? 

It’s work, work and more work to develop my ability. I also had to be closer to God to draw strength from Him.

Did you ever fail at any time?

There’s no perfect man. But one thing is certain; whenever I fall I always pick myself up and then try again and again till I get it right.

Were you ever afraid of failure?

There was the initial scare due to the highly competitive nature of the movie industry. But I believed in my ability and in God, and this gave me the strength to pull through.

 Tell us about your growing up, were you born with a silver spoon?  

Growing up, I’ll like to say God was faithful. I was born in a very comfortable home and the Lord provided for all our needs before we even asked. I come from a family of six, my dad is a retired civil servant, he worked with the Nigerian Ports Authority while my mum is a retired headmistress with Loral International Schools, FESTAC, and I have three younger brothers.

While growing up, my parents were in active service and made sure we lacked nothing, though my father was a strict disciplinarian and he spared no rod in making sure we grew up the right way. I was bored most of the time with no sister to play with and a dad that won’t allow me to go out to play with other kids except with permission. He made sure we had the best of education, and in everything, we give God the glory.  

How were you able to balance your career and the home front?

That in itself is a great challenge because those two are very important aspects of my life: family and career. But I make sure that I attend to both accordingly, and I have a great management that helps handle my career and work while I work on my home front.

 Has your career ever come between you and your marriage?

No, it hasn’t. I got married at the peak of my acting career and though it slowed me down, it was not a choice neither was my husband behind it. I just felt it was my obligation to concentrate on fulfilling the purpose of marriage. God has been the centre of all my activities, so He has been able to balance things for me.

 What do you think could be the reason why career women don’t keep their marriages?

Honestly, I don’t belong to that school of thought, because career women are human just like everyone, and there are a lot of distractions associated with career. But with focus and the grace of God, women are able to balance both important aspects of their lives.

What determines your fashion sense? 

Comfort. You would never find me following the trend for trend sake. If I choose to put on a dress, it has to be comfortable for me and suit my body and not just because it’s in vogue. I like to stand out and be different. So, this, alongside comfortability drives my sense of fashion.

How do you relax? 

I’m more of an indoor person. Being indoor and spending time with my family is the perfect way to relax for me.    (The Sun)

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Beyonce Unveils Photo Of Twins, Sir And His Twin Sister Rumi |The Republican News

Beyonce, seen here with her twin Grammy trophies earlier this year, announced her pregnancy in February© Fournis par AFP Beyonce, seen here with her twin Grammy trophies earlier this year, announced her pregnancy in February

Pop diva Beyonce unveiled her newborn twins to the world on Friday, posting a glamorous photo on Instagram and announcing their names.

“Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” reads the caption on the photo, which focuses much more on the 35-year-old yummy mummy than the little ones.

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Beyonce’s mother Tina Knowles cleared it all up later in her own Instagram post: one twin is a boy named Sir, period, and Rumi is a girl.

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In the photo, Queen Bey is shown barefoot, standing on a lawn with the ocean in the background. Towering over her is a large display of colourful flowers.

She is wearing turquoise bikini bottoms and a dramatically ruffled lilac print robe, open at the front and cascading to the ground, twinned with a floor-length pale turquoise veil.

In her arms are the twins, each with a full head of hair and their eyes closed.

The set-up is similar to the one she used to announce her pregnancy back in February, in which she was pictured kneeling in front of a similar floral display while wearing a flowing veil.

“We would like to share our love and happiness,” she wrote at the time. “We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your good wishes.”

The twins’ first photo attracted plenty of love from Beyonce’s passionate fans, with the post garnering 2.5 million “likes” within an hour.

Beyonce and Jay-Z are music’s royal family — she and the 47-year-old Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, already have a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

Until Friday, the power couple had not even confirmed the twins’ birth, though Beyonce’s father acknowledged the delivery on social media.

It has been an extremely busy time in the celebrity household.

On June 30, Jay-Z released his first album in four years. The rapper bared himself as he rarely had before in “4:44,” apologising to Beyonce for his infidelity and pouring out love for his mother, whom he reveals to be a lesbian.

He has also announced a North America tour, with 31 dates across the United States and Canada from October to December.

As an expectant mother, Beyonce made a New Age celebration of women at the Grammy Awards earlier this year — putting on an extravagant, abstract performance while proudly displaying her baby bump cloaked in a flowing gold gown.

Rumi is the name of the 13th-century Persian poet who endures as one of the best-loved writers of the Sufi spiritual tradition, with verses that celebrate love, joy and tolerance.

On “4:44,” Jay-Z alludes to Persian poetry on the song “Marcy Me,” which describes his upbringing in a public housing project.

Appearing to liken his rhyming skills to the literary tradition, Jay-Z raps, “Sufi to the goofies / I could probably speak Farsi.”   (AFP)

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Judge Declares Prince’s Six Siblings The Heirs To His Estate |The Republican News

 

By AMY FORLITI
Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 26, 2008.© Chris Pizzello/AP Prince performs during the second day of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 26, 2008.

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge confirmed Prince’s six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend’s multimillion-dollar estate.

Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formally declared that Prince died without a will and that his heirs are his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings — Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

The siblings will still have to wait to inherit their shares of Prince’s estate, which court filings suggest has an estimated value of about $200 million, though taxes are expected to consume about half of that.

More than 45 people came forward in the wake of Prince’s death, claiming to be his wife, children, siblings or other relatives. Some, including a Colorado prison inmate who said he was Prince’s son, were ruled out through DNA testing. Others, such as a woman and girl who claimed to be Prince’s niece and grandniece, had their claims rejected as a matter of law.

Some of those people filed legal appeals, and Eide said that if appellate courts send any of the rejected claimants back to him, he will consider them. And until the appeals are resolved, Eide said the siblings won’t be able to collect anything without his approval.

Eide previously signaled that the six siblings would likely be named Prince’s heirs, but he also had said he wouldn’t make the declaration until appeals had been decided. Lawyers for the siblings didn’t want to wait, though, saying further delays would increase costs to the estate and impede its efficient administration. The siblings’ attorneys didn’t immediately reply to phone calls seeking comment Friday.

Attorneys for rejected claimants had urged Eide to wait for appeals to be resolved before naming the heirs. Andrew Stoltmann, a lawyer for the woman and girl who say they are Prince’s niece and grand-niece, said Friday that he hadn’t seen the new ruling but would examine it and determine whether to appeal it.

Prince died April 21, 2016, of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid drug 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Since his death, Prince’s Paisley Park studio complex and home has been turned into a museum and concert venue. His estate has also struck deals to make his albums available by streaming, and next month plans to release a remastered “Purple Rain” album as well as two albums of unreleased music and two concert films. The values of those deals and revenue generated from Paisley Park tours have not been disclosed.       (AP)

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Nollywood Actor, Adeshina Adesanya Has Passed On |The Republican News

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Adeshina Adesanya in the hospital undergoing kidney dialysis. 

 

Popular Nollywood actor, Adeshina Adesanya, also known as Pastor Ajidara is dead.

The actor died in the early hours of Sunday, just days after his colleagues voiced out that he was in need of money for treatment for kidney failure.

His demise was announced by actors, Bolaji Amusan, popularly known as Mr. Latin and Yomi Fash-Lanso who both led a fund raising campaign for him.

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The Joker Did Not Kill Heath Ledger, Says Sister (video) |The Republican News

 

Andrea Mandell
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An untimely death, especially a famous one, can color the truth.

I Am Heath Ledger, a new documentary about the actor supported by his family, dispels one common rumor: The Joker did not bring the Australian actor down.

“Honestly, that’s been the biggest thing for us as a family,” says Kate Ledger, Heath’s elder sister, by phone. “He had an amazing sense of humor and certainly playing the Joker, for him it was one big gag. He had so much fun doing that. It was actually the exact opposite. There was no doom and gloom. … That was a shock to me that people even thought that, really.”

The documentary hits theaters tonight (Wednesday) for one night only in partnership with Fathom Events, and then will air on Spike TV on May 17.

Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28 in New York City from an accidental overdose of prescription medication and sleeping aids. The role of the Joker would win him a posthumous Oscar for his work in The Dark Night in 2009.

“Like many of us, we read all sorts of insinuations online that Heath Ledger was taken down this dark spiral path to the depths of depression from his role as the Joker — this is the reason why we lost this bright star so early in his life,” says I Am Heath Ledger producer and co-director Derik Murray. “What was incredible, what was really quite amazing is that the truth behind that is so polar opposite.”

I Am Heath Ledger begins during Ledger’s youth, utilizing hours of the actor’s own home videos. The film charts his quick rise in Hollywood. Less than a year after moving to Los Angeles, he booked the lead role in the 1999 hit teen rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You opposite Julia Stiles.

Then Ledger pivoted, turning down opportunities like Spider-Man and making films that would lead him to work like Lords of Dogtown and his Oscar-nominated role in Brokeback Mountain.

“As you see in the documentary, he could have very easily gone down that heartthrob career (path) and done a lot of those roles, and he chose not to right from the very beginning,” says Kate. “He wanted to be taken seriously as an actor. He was always in command of what he did. He wouldn’t just do something for the money.”

Kate Ledger says filmmakers have been knocking at her family’s door since her brother’s death, but it was the involvement of executive producer Matt Amato, her brother’s close friend, that gave them trust the documentary would be done right.

Plus, they had Michelle Williams’ blessing. “We wouldn’t have done anything otherwise,” says Kate, revealing little about Ledger’s ex-girlfriend or their child together, Matilda (now 11), though she confirms the family sees both often. “I love them so much and I’m so protective of them that I don’t like to discuss them. Because it’s very private, their life, and I just like to keep it like that,” she says.

Though Ledger’s parents, directors and friends (including Naomi Watts and Ben Harper) appear in the documentary, Williams does not. “She just felt she was not ready to be on camera and be talking about Heath, which we respected,” says Murray.

Today, Kate Ledger says dealing with her brother’s death as the world watched nine years ago was indescribable.

“It’s almost like two separate things. The shock itself was one thing and dealing with it in the public eyes was completely different — I actually can’t put it into words and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to,” says Ledger, who has since set up a scholarship in her brother’s name for emerging Australian talent. “Not too many people have to experience that. It’s hard enough to experience losing a loved one (without) doing it in front of everyone else. It’s horrendous.”

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Kris Jenner’s Fired Security Guard Arrested For Felony Stalking

 

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A former security guard who had been fired from the gated community where Kris Jenner lives was arrested at her Hidden Hills home for felony stalking.

The incident reportedly marks the third time the man has broken into the private community where he used to work. According to TMZ, Joshua Jacobs managed to gain access to Jenner’s house by breaking the barrier at the security gate. When Jacobs arrived on the Kardashian matriarch’s property, her security detail managed to detain him until police arrived. He’s also expected to be charged with theft, as cops found him with a stolen sign-in sheet used by the security guards at the gated neighbourhood.

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As Gossip Cop reported in December 2015, Jenner fired her entire security staff after a fan made his way inside her home, where Kim Kardashian, her daughter North, and then-newborn Saint were living at the time. The trespasser duped security by maintaining he was there to help with Jenner’s Christmas decorations. He then easily walked into the matriarch’s office, where he confronted Jenner, who immediately called the police. The fan, who came from Texas, was taken into custody.

In May 2014, another man was arrested after making his way onto Jenner’s property and coming face-to-face with Kardashian, who found the intruder walking around. After the reality called security, the man fled but was found by police a few blocks away, where he told cops he was Kendall Jenner’s boyfriend and Justin Bieber’s stepbrother. That trespasser was taken into custody and hospitalised on a 5150 psychiatric hold. Other family members, including Kris’s daughters Kim, Kendall and Kylie, have dealt with similar security breaches in the past.       (Gossip Cop)

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Mercy Aigbe’s Battered Face By Her Husband Has Gone Viral On The Social Media

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Nigerian blogosphere is buzzing right now and the trending word is ‘Mercy.’ Ever since news poured in on Friday that popular actress, Mercy Aigbe, was beaten silly by her husband, Lanre Gentry and she, in response, returned to allegedly break down his gate and carted away all her belongings, social media has been wild with tales flying around with reckless abandon on what truly happened between the couple. This latest development comes after persistent rumours of rampant domestic abuse in the marriage of the Gentrys over the years. Pictures of Mercy’s battered face were posted on several blogs, and she also posted a picture preaching against domestic violence on her Instagram page. This was even as Lanre took to the Internet to profess his love for his wife and swear that he could never beat her. However, as is to be expected, commenters online are divided with some sympathetic to Mercy and others standing up for her husband.

Online activist Japheth Omojuwa wrote, “I just saw (the) Mercy Aigbe photos. I hope the animal that did that to her has since been arrested. Too dangerous to live with humans.” David Damilola wrote, “So Mercy Aigbe was using her Victims movie to reveal her marital status.” A fan, @omobolabee wrote, “Marriage should be a safe haven and not a battlefield. This world is hard enough already! Say NO to domestic violence. #Mercy Aigbe.” Another commenter took a different stand. He wrote, “Mercy Aigbe’s husband beat her mercilessly. That’s because most female Nigerian celebrities are after the rich men so they can live large!” Another commenter, Odoziakwu Nwanyi wrote, “Whatever the case may be…please handle it off camera; off (the) public eye. This is a total act of shame on your part and that of your hubby. I hope you recover soon. Do what is best for you and remember your health is your wealth.”

One commenter, Ebunoluwa was emotional in her response as wrote, “Mercy, I love you no matter what. Please be strong; I feel like crying right now. I pray for wisdom for you to take the right decision, amen.”

Meanwhile, the couple in the eye of the storm, Mercy and Lanre, have resolutely refused to speak, despite several efforts made to the duo.   (Punchng.com)

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