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Outpour of tributes as Nollywood actress, Aisha Abimbola, dies in Canada

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Just two days short of two years since the death of actress, Moji Olaiya in Canada, Nollywood stars have been thrown into mourning once more following the death of popular Yoruba actress, Aisha Abimbola. According to reports, many of which are still speculative at this time, the actress died in a Canadian hospital with the cause of death tied to a type of cancer which she has been battling silently for a while.

Fellow actress, Bisola Badmus, was the first to break the news via her Instagram account on Wednesday morning before others like Odunlade Adekola, Ronke Odusanya and Biodun Okeowo further confirmed it as they expressed shock over the painful loss.

Having become popular for her role in the movie, Omoge Campus by Bola Igida and as well for her roles in TV series such as Papa Ajasco and Company and Super Story, Bisola Badmus wrote: “Gone so soon RIP omogecampus” while sharing a photo of the 46-year-old who died on Tuesday in Canada like Moji Olaiya.

Before hitting limelight, Abimbola, known for her impressive acting and simple lifestyle, featured in Eje Adegbenro which was produced by Jide Kosoko and a series known as Awerijaiye.

The tributes have continued to pour in, with many of her colleagues expectedly taking to social media to express shock while praying for her to rest in peace. Some of the tributes so far as reproduced below: Yomi Fabiyi: Sharing a picture of the late actress along with crying emojis, he wrote: “Unquestionable God.”

On his own, Odunlade Adekola posted a picture of the actress on Instagram with the words: Omg so sad” while Ronke Odusanya wrote: “STILL IN SHOCK ……RIP @omogecampus1.” Fellow actress, Biodun Okeowo also known as Omo Butty, also wrote as part of her tribute: “May God forgive all your sins Aunty Aisha. #NoMoreOmogeC ampus#tearsuncontrolable#Go dPleasehaveCompasion#LetTH ISstop#” Adeniyi Johnson simply wrote: “Keep resting sis… Pls pray for us all” as Iyabo Ojo wrote: “Not again!!! am so lost of words, this is a great shock!!! Not again Lord!!! RIP dear.

I don’t even know what to write! It is well” One of the industry’s leaders, Jide Kosoko, alarmed, wrote: “Iku doroooooooo (Death is cruel!)…. May your soul rest in perfect peace Aishat Abimbola (Omoge Campus)” Tayo Sobola: “May the soul of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen Rip Aunty #Aishaomogecampus.”

In a blanket background of “Sleep well sister,” Liz DaSilva, wrote: “So sad and unbelievable. RIP Aunty Aisha. Vanity upon vanity. Pls pray for her #omogecampus” Eniola Afeez: “May your beautiful soul rest in the bossom of Almighty God #RIP” Kunle Afod: “Another sad one…I never prayed to use .. R.I.P or GONE TOO SOON on my page again…

I decided to celebrate my colleagues and appreciate them on my page not until we die or fall sick before we post each other’s picture … Now Aisha Abimbola is gone. I’m still in shock. Omoge campus … what really happened? GOD not again.

Almost same time with Moji Olaiya and Canada again…Sun re ooo…” Bukola Awoyemi, better known as Arugba, wrote: “Father, you are God Almighty, who can question you? In all we give you glory.” Not one to regularly post pictures of herself or family members on social media, her last post from her @omogecampus1 Instagram handle is a message in celebration of the wife of Femi Falana, famous human rights activist and lawyer, Mrs Funmi Falana.

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Footprints of David Art Academy inaugurates cottage theatre

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The official opening of a Seaside Cottage Theatre, an educational and arts intervention for lessprivileged children living in the coastal area of Bariga, Lagos, by the Footprints of David Art Academy, was no doubt a significant effort at repositioning live theatre in Lagos State. It also brought to the fore, the array of talents that abound in Bariga, in various areas of the performing art.

It was indeed, a bold attempt at promoting not only children theatre but also at stimulating interest in art as well as repositioning Bariga, as a major art community in Lagos. Lauding the initiative, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, who attended the inauguration of the ‘Seaside Cottage Theatre alongside his wife, said: “It’s not what government can do for theatre, it’s to realise what theatre does for its own existence.”

He described the efforts of the founder of Footprints of David Art Academy, Seun Awobajo, as a “brave, courageous and committed attempt to do something for the community through theatre.” Also in attendance at the event, which was moderated by the Chairman, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Lagos State chapter, Mr. Makinde Adeniran, include accomplished artiste and poet, Mrs. Francesca Emanuel, chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Au-thority (LCDA), Hon. Kolade Alabi, as well as traditional chiefs in Bariga. Also speaking, Emmanuel, urged the audience to support the Footprints of David.

She said: “I felt that I had to support whatever Seun is doing. And the children themselves have really won my heart and I find that I come here, I stay with them, and we talk. When they’re rehearsing, I come, I rehearse with them and I’m glad that these children are progressing day by day. “For years, I’ve been coming to their annual festival where the children would perform (for) a whole week covering so many programmes involving all the children in Bariga.”

On his part, Alabi, in his address, talked about regenerating Bariga, saying Awobajo would be involved in it. “Without me hunting for that talent, Seun came and he is one of the talents that we’re going to make use of,” he said.

Alabi promised to fund salaries for teachers who teach at the centre. Earlier, Awobajo, a writer, theatre director and music composer called for support for the project, noting that aside being a school during the week, the Cottage Theatre doubles as training grounds for the arts on weekends.

He disclosed that the school was started on December 30, 2005 with 14 teachers. However, due to inability to pay the teachers regularly, only three of the teachers remained.

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Marriage will soon become unfashionable—-Charlyboy

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Maverick showbiz maestro and activist,Charles Oputa,aka Charlyboy, says marriage union will soon become unfashionable alleging that most men were not prepared for commitment and responsibilities.

The ‘Areafada’, as he is popularly called by fans, stated this on Friday on his Instagram handle: areafada1, while reacting to the social media frenzy on Celebrity blogger, Linda Ikeji’s pregnancy.

He wrote: “Marriage very soon will no longer be fashionable, because most people can’t cope.

“Most young men are just looking for someone to pay their bills,as most good men are already taken.

“A woman desire a very strong man who can take charge and take care.

“Linda has been burnt so many times by useless wayo men parading themselves as prospective husbands.”

Charlyboy had earlier hailed the 37 year old famous spinster, saying she did well for deciding to carry a child even without marriage, as “marriage was not for everyone.”

His position however, attracted mixed reactions with a lot of his followers saying that he was encouraging single motherhood in contrast to his daughters who are married.

Charlyboy, in the post, explained that he supports marriage as he has remained married for almost four decades.

He however noted that being a single mother was better than an abusive marriage.

“I have managed to survive almost 40 years with the same woman, and it is not a tea cup.

“Marriage can only work for two people who understand that it requires a lot of discipline and hard work.

“One of my daughters has been a single mother after leaving a very abusive marriage, and she is the best Mum I know, and doing well for herself.

“It takes two to tango, so people should leave Linda alone and face their lives,” he added

(NAN)

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Unusual Empire: #BBNaija’s Alex launches YouTube Channel

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Alex Asogwa, 3rd Runner-up BBNaija `Double Wahala’’ known for her dancing and writing skills, has launched her YouTube channel “Alex Unusual Empire.’’

Alex, 22, who is determined to keep her fans entertained, has also released a teaser on the channel.

In the video, the ex-housemate and Television personality preaches positivity., saying: “Peace and positivity is my priority”

“It is okay to be different… The sun is alone and it still shines. I stand for what I beleive. Life is a journey and I choose not to rush mine.”

“Everyone is special. The world has a lot of people but there is something unique about every single person.

“I accept Alexandra Asogwa especially because she is unusual. There can never be another me.”

`I’m building a house where the floor is made of strength, the walls crafted of ambition, the roof, a masterpiece of forgiveness.

“I am building Alex Unusual Empire.” (NAN)

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