Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Social Circle : Kenyan actress storms Nollywood for movies, series

Kenyan actress storms Nollywood for movies, series

A rising Kenyan movie, actress, Connie Kabarry, who is also a producer and wife of a popular Kenyan musician, Dola Kabarry,  has said she is willing to partner with more Nigerian producers to make more movies and television series that will change the face of movie production in Africa.

She made this known in chat with our correspondent in Abuja at recently.

"I am presently working on a television series titled 'After Work' in partnership with a Nigerian. In Kenya also, we are working on another TV series to show the world the quality of our work, so that it speaks for itself.”

Kabarry, who is also a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, said "I have had the passion for acting over the years after watching series of Nollywood movies, and have wanted to act to no avail, but since I started I have worked with actors like Nonso Diob, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu and a few others. But I want to do more movies with Nigerian producers so that we can shoot in Kenya or in Nigeria, because I like the way they are serious with their jobs.”

According to her, in Kenya, Tv series sell more than movies though it is not cheaper, “but if you have a good story and quality production, it pays very well. I want to see Kenya and Nigeria do more movies together and we are willing to work with producers from anywhere in the world because we have to bring the Kenyan film industry to limelight.”

Speaking on the development, the chairperson, Association of Movie Producers Abuja, Imabong Abia, said Connie is determined and doing so much to bring Kenyan movies to the fore.

“We are willing to support her. She has led Nollywood actors and actresses to Kenya, for a peace concert it was a great experience and we went to the office of the Deputy President and they are willing to work with us.”

 

Whitney Houston sexually abused as child, documentary claims

An explosive new documentary about the tragic life of Whitney Houston claims the superstar was sexually abused as a child by her cousin, soul singer Dee Dee Warwick.

The bombshell revelation in “Whitney”, made with the cooperation of the singer’s family, comes late in the film by Oscar-winning Scottish director Kevin Macdonald, which premiered Thursday at the Cannes film festival.

Houston’s assistant, Mary Jones, who Whitney called “Aunt Mary” — and who discovered her face down in a Beverly Hills bath the night she died — said the singer told her she was molested.

Her half-brother Gary Garland-Houston corroborated the account and said he was also sexually assaulted by the younger sister of soul legend Dionne Warwick.

The abuse allegation may help to shine a light on the singer’s troubled love life and descent into drug addiction, which contributed to her early death at 48 in 2012.

The film presents her long-rumoured bisexuality as fact but argues she found it impossible to maintain a relationship with female partner Robyn Crawford due to her enduring trauma and the pressures of maintaining her public image.

Houston’s destructive relationship with the rapper Bobby Brown is also tackled in the film, by the maker of “One Day in September” about the deadly hostage-taking of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Brown, who was married to Houston for 14 years, tells Macdonald that drug abuse had “nothing to do” with Houston’s death, although the coroner said it was a contributing factor.

Heartbreaking footage shows the neglect of their daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who was also found unconscious in a bathtub in 2015, and died six months later.

Dee Dee Warwick was a member of the girl group the Drinkard Singers. She also struggled with drug addiction and died aged 63 in 2008.

 

Tributes for Nollywood actress, Aisha Abimbola

The Nigerian movie industry, last week, was thrown into mourning as popular actress, Aisha Abimbola, reportedly died in a hospital in Canada.

Abimbola, also known as Omoge Campus following the role she played in a Yoruba movie, Omoge Campus, is said to have died from breast cancer, though the cause of her death is yet to be revealed by her family.

Her colleague, Bisola Badmus, broke the news of her death on her Instagram page. Breaking the sad news, Badmus wrote: “Unquestionably God RIP Omoge Campus.”

She also shared the picture of the deceased with the caption, “Gone so soon RIP omogecampus.”

Paying tribute to the late actress, Badmus wrote: “I’m still in shock as I woke to hear this sad news. I remember we were together in New York in November 2017 and we had a great time together. We might not be too close but we got along every time we met.  Continue to rest in peace Aisha Abimbola Ibrahim.”

Other colleagues of the deceased, including Ronke Odusanya, Biodun Okeowo, and Odunlade Adekola, have also expressed shock over Abimbola’s sudden demise.

According to Opeyemi Aiyeola, “this is too painful to bear. Seeing your pictures all around just makes me cry the more. Aishat Abimbola, it hurts me a lot to hear about your sudden death. May your soul rest in perfect peace.”

Ayo Adesanya said: “I did not see this coming, so sad, heavens gained another angel. “The last time we went out I had no idea you were fighting so much, am so sorry dear, you fought to the end. May your soul rest in peace.”

 

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