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Nollywood Actor Lateef Adedimeji Bags Honourary Degree

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Popular Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji has added a new feather to his cap by receiving an honorary doctorate degree in the field of Art and Culture from a prestigious university in Benin Republic.

The accomplished actor took to his Instagram on November 28, 2023, to share the emotional announcement and express his gratitude for the recognition.

Adedimeji, known for his remarkable contributions to the entertainment industry, was visibly moved during the ceremony, where he was draped in the ceremonial robe. In an Instagram post capturing the inspiring moment, he shared, “I was moved to tears as I got adorned in this beautiful robe. I have never been interested in fame, I just wanted to be happy with my craft and the lives that I inspire.”

In a heartfelt caption accompanying the post, the actor revealed the depth of his emotions, saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, today, I have a new title, one I couldn’t have imagined would come without me facing invigilators and keeping late nights to study.” Adedimeji acknowledged the significance of the honor, stating, “The irony is really interesting. I burn midnight candles to master my lines and perfect my expressions, now I’m getting rewarded with what could have been if I did it for classroom reasons.”

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Expressing humility, he reintroduced himself as “DR. ABDULLATEEF ADEDIMEJI ADETOLA, Doctor of Philosophy in Art and Culture from Estam University, Benin.” The actor attributed this achievement to his dedication and hard work in his chosen field, emphasizing that his focus has always been on the art itself rather than the pursuit of fame.

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Adedimeji’s accomplishment aligns with a recent trend among Nigerian celebrities receiving honorary doctorate degrees. In the same month, both Mr. Macaroni and reality star Frodd were celebrated for attaining similar honors, showcasing the industry’s recognition of outstanding individuals.

With this newfound title, Lateef Adedimeji joins the distinguished league of Nigerian celebrities who have received acknowledgment for their remarkable contributions to their respective fields. His journey from mastering lines to receiving an honorary doctorate degree stands as a testament to his unwavering dedication to the art and culture that he so passionately embraces.

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“Child cruelty” – Toke Makinwa criticiSes tribal marks practice

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"Child cruelty" - Toke Makinwa criticiSes tribal marks practice

Media personality Toke Makinwa has strongly condemned the traditional practice of using tribal marks for identification, calling it a form of cruelty inflicted on children without their consent.

Makinwa expressed her views in a series of posts on her X account on Sunday.

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Reflecting on a recent encounter with an influencer who had tribal marks, Makinwa shared her thoughts on the practice.

She wrote, “Today I saw a beautiful influencer with tribal marks, and it made me think about the cruelty that culture brought upon us. Marking a child without their consent as a means of identification is evil. I know our parents didn’t know any better, but damnnnn!!!!”

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In her subsequent posts, Makinwa emphasised her admiration for the beauty of people with tribal marks, but her concern remains the lack of consent in the practice.

“Thank God it’s abolished now. My grandma had tribal marks too. Some on her face and her arms. I wonder what life was like for her when she was younger, though I’m sure many people around her had the same. But thank God it’s cancelled now,” she continued.

In response to criticism from some X users, Makinwa clarified that her disapproval stems from the absence of consent, not the beauty of the marks.

“It’s not about the beauty or lack thereof, but the lack of consent”.

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Charles Inojie: #MakeWeHalla movement shows it’s time to change culture of silence around domestic violence in Nigeria

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 Nollywood actor and director Charles Inojie has opened up what inspired he and actor Ali Nuhu to create the #MakeWeHalla movement against domestic violence.

In a recent interview with Wazobia FM, Inojie noted that he wanted to use his platform to change the culture of silence around domestic violence, and he realized that the way to do it was to make noise.

“When we all keep quiet, the abuser, perpetrator of this act of abuse seems confident to do more. But when we speak up and against the abuse without being violent, it sends a signal to the perpetrator that he should desist.”

Inojie continued, “This evokes what prompted myself and Ali to decide to join our voices for this matter. We thought about it and arrived at the fact that we all are guilty if we continue to keep quiet, and watch domestic abuse happen around us. “Make We Halla” is actually a call to action to everybody around to say “if you see something that is bad, speak out and do not keep quiet.”

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Ali Nuhu and Inojie recently teamed up in a viral video, “Make We Halla”, that has continued to make waves on social media. In the video, the two friends start banging on their plates in a restaurant in an attempt to call out the domestic violence they witness. Other patrons join in on the halla in a moving display of solidarity, and the violence stops.

The two film stars have gone a step further to start the #MakeWeHalla challenge that has seen celebrities like Wumi Toriola, Kiki Bakare, and Tosin Olaniyan, and many other fans jump on the #MakeWeHalla train and lend their voice.

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Explaining the challenge during his interview, Inojie said, “We’ve been overwhelmed by how much support we’ve seen in this movement. It just shows how much we need this conversation. People have spoken up, shared their stories, and most importantly, committed to “Halla” whenever they see domestic violence.”

He continued, “The #MakeWeHalla challenge for everyone is very easy. Just go Tiktok or Instagram. Almost everybody is now on Tiktok, almost everybody is on Instagram. Take your phone. It’s easy. No rules, just halla your way. Anyhow, you deem fit to add your voice in raising awareness against domestic violence is welcome. Halla, talk am. Or if you feel like “I am someone that is shy’, you can go to the videos already uploaded -whether my own oo, or Ali’s own – you can duet. Just post with the hashtag #MakeWeHalla. And the beautiful thing is that joining in the challenge to create more awareness even gets you a reward. The best Halla video will collect brand new iphone 12..”

Going further, he said, “The hashtag is very important so that we can see the video. The hashtag is #MakeWeHalla. If you like, tag Ali or tag myself and for the prize we have, the middle of May will be the finale.”

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When asked about his motivations for “Make We Halla”, Inojie also revealed how an incident he witnessed as a young man further changed his mindset about the need to always speak up when domestic violence is witnessed.

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“By myself, as a little boy, I have seen one who, till today, lost one eye to domestic violence. That time, many of us could have done something in that same compound but we felt like we were concerned about it, because they are a couple and they will sort themselves out. So, all of those things are what we refer to as silent bystanders, passive. People just say “Wetin concern me?” or ignore and move on with their lives and in little time, major damage would have been caused. This has led to several innocent children losing their mothers and some becoming orphans. Hence, we say no to domestic violence, it shouldn’t thrive in our midst or our society. Let’s see a way, a movement to call people to action saying don’t keep quiet when you see domestic violence, no matter where it happens, no matter who it happens to, speak out but not in a violent way. Let’s Make We Halla!”, Inojie encouraged.

Links to #MakeWeHalla Challenge entries:

https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5bzgAhqf5w/?igsh=MXZ6Y2d0dmdjcHpwdg%3D%3D

https://www.tiktok.com/@jire_ogunleye/video/7361394106943245573?lang=en

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Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

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Segun Daniel Ogedengbe is a versatile Nigerian actor, movie producer, and skit maker with a rich portfolio of work in the entertainment industry.

Born on August 22, 1996, he is a graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

As a producer, Segun has spearheaded the creation of several acclaimed movies, including “Omo Jeje,” “Oba Korope,” “Agbara Eje,” “Ayo (The Scores),” and “Emi Ni.” In addition to his work behind the scenes, he has showcased his acting talent in films such as “Peregun,” “EMILOJU,” and “Labalaba,” among others.

Segun’s creativity extends to skit making, where he has produced engaging content such as “Idan,” “The Herbalist,” and “Trap,” featuring popular actors like Okele and Solaibi Gaji. Collaborating with other versatile Nollywood actors.

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Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

Meet Segun Ogedengbe, a versatile Nigerian actor and producer

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