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Veteran Nollywood Actor, Amaechi Muonagor Passes On

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Tragedy struck the Nigerian film industry on Sunday, March 24th, 2024, with the passing of veteran Nollywood actor Amaechi Muonagor. Amaechi Muonagor succumbed to a relentless battle with a combination of health issues, including kidney problems, diabetes, and a previous stroke at the age of 61.

A social commentator, Morris Monye, via his X handle, disclosed the news on Sunday.

The news comes just days after a heartfelt plea on social media. Amaechi Muonagor bravely reached out to the public, seeking financial help to cover a life-saving kidney transplant. He had been battling kidney problems for some time. In 2023, he suffered a stroke that further complicated his health.

This stroke left him with partial paralysis in his left leg, significantly impacting his mobility.

Determined to fight, he bravely turned to social media, hoping for a miracle.

According to reports, he underwent weekly dialysis treatments. This crucial medical procedure was to help manage his health condition and ensure his body functions properly. Alongside dialysis, he was receiving physiotherapy sessions to control his paralyzed leg.

The news of his passing has spread quickly, leaving fans and fellow actors deeply saddened. Amaechi Muonagor was known for his captivating on-screen presence and his talent for bringing funny characters to life. He had a long and successful career in Nollywood, appearing in numerous films that entertained audiences across Nigeria and beyond.

His role as the father of two young boys who were notorious for their mischief in ‘Aki and Pawpaw brought him great fame.

Amaechi Mounagor leaves behind his wife, Hope Chikodi Muonagor, and their children as his surviving family.

Muonagor’s death comes just weeks after the passing of another beloved Nollywood comedian, John Okafor (better known as Mr. Ibu). This double loss is a significant blow to the Nigerian film industry.

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5 Movies That Defined Jnr Pope’s Acting Career

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Here are five notable movies in which Junior Pope Odonwodo showcased his exceptional acting skills:

This suspenseful thriller stars Junior Pope as a young man who gets involved with a dangerous secret society. He believes that the best way to solidify his friendship with another character (played by Jude Thomas Dawam) is to forcefully induct him into this group.

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Nnaemeka Nani Boi Eze directed the movie. Lorenzo Menakaya and Nnamdi Alexander Mezue are featured in the movie.

Check out “Blood Affair” for a passionate and dramatic story. The movie explores themes of self-doubt and unhealthy relationships. Junior Pope stars as Gozie, a man entangled in a toxic marriage.

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Ken Steve Anuka directed the movie and featured Emeka Enyiocha, Calista Okoronkwo, and Rita Edochie.

In “Honey Money,” Junior Pope takes on the role of Tobiloba, a young man from a simple background in his late 20s. Tobiloba starts living a lavish lifestyle that confuses his parents.

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They have no idea he’s secretly involved with a dangerous gang. The movie is a fun watch with a surprising twist. It also stars Nancy Isime, Timini Egbuson, Iyabo Ojo, and Lina Idoko. Ekene Mekunye is the director of this movie.

“No Way Through” is a crime thriller about Jolade Okeniyi, a struggling single mom who gets tangled with a local drug cartel. She drives for them to make ends meet, but her life takes a dangerous turn when she gets caught by the authorities. Now she’s forced to become an informant, putting herself and her teenage daughter at risk.

Chinaza Onuzo directed the movie and stars a talented cast. The cast includes Funke Akindele as Jolade, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Junior Pope Odonwodo, and Chidi Mokeme.

“Adissa” is a movie about an unexpected hero named Adissa. The story follows her on a perilous journey to a mysterious place, carrying the fate of the King on her shoulders.

Cas Chidiebere and Erico Isika Goodnews directed this movie and stars Okey Amakor, Junior Pope Odonwodo, Frances Nsonwu Ikoroha, Eve Esin, and Theodorah Eze.

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See Trailer For “Dilli Dark”, An Indian-Nigerian Comedy

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There’s a new comedy movie coming out called “Dilli Dark.” Dibakar Das Roy directed this funny movie. It’s an Indian-Nigerian comedy that tells the story of Michael Okeke, a Nigerian student living in Delhi.

Michael wants to get his MBA and stay in India, but life there isn’t easy for outsiders, especially since he’s black. The trailer shows that Michael has a strange side job too. The movie seems to make fun of the racism that Michael faces in India.

The actor playing Michael, Samuel Abiola Robinson, was really happy about the movie being announced last year in October.

I am back!!! And happy to be Announcing my Next film DILLI DARK; A film about racial discrimination and what life is like for people with darker skin in Delhi and India as a whole,” he said.

Abiola mentioned in a post that this is the first time he’s had such a big role in a movie.

The movie also stars Shantanu Anam as Debu and Geetika Vidya Ohlyan as Maa.

At the 2023 Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) Festival, Filmy interviewed director Dibakar Das Roy about how he cast Samuel Abiola Robinson in the lead role.

He replied, saying,

“We wanted someone who could look like a very regular chap. Rather than a hero. So at the same time, I saw an article that Samuel had moved to Delhi, and I reached out to him, and we connected.”

The “Dilli Dark” trailer looks like a funny movie that will also make you think. It deals with racism and what it’s like to move to a new country. If you like comedies that make you ponder as well as laugh, then keep an eye out for “Dilli Dark.” But remember, this is just a trailer, so the movie itself might be different.

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Wale Ojo Played Wole Soyinka In Film Adaptation Of “The Man Died”

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Veteran Nollywood actor Wale Ojo is set to star as the iconic Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka in a new film adaptation of Soyinka’s famous memoir, “The Man Died.”

The book tells the story of Soyinka’s experiences as a political prisoner during the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960s. It’s a powerful account of his thoughts and struggles while being held by the government.

“The Man Died” was published in 1972, two years after the war ended. Soyinka later became the first Sub-Saharan African to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1986, a historic achievement.

Interestingly, in July 2023, on Soyinka’s 89th birthday, Wale Ojo himself paid tribute to the literary giant, calling him “a rare icon.” Now, Ojo will have the chance to bring Soyinka’s story to life on the big screen.

“Akinwande Oluwole Babatunde Soyinka is 89 years old today. Love him OR hate him HE has earned his place amongst the G. O. A. T. of this universe!” the 55-year-old posted on Instagram.

 

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Joining Wale Ojo in the cast of “The Man Died” is a lineup of Nollywood stars. Familiar faces like Chidi Mokeme, Sam Dede, and Norbert Young will share the screen. Rising talents like Simileoluwa Hassan and Christiana Oshunniyi will join too. The film also introduces newcomer Abraham Amkpa.

Femi Odugbemi is the producer, Bode Asiyanbi is the writer, and Awam Amkpa directs. The film is set to hit theatres in July 2024, a special date chosen to celebrate Wole Soyinka’s 90th birthday.

This isn’t the first time Soyinka’s work has been adapted for the screen. In 2022, his play “Death and the King’s Horseman” was transformed into the Netflix movie “Elesin Oba, The King’s Horseman.”

Soyinka, a celebrated author and the first-ever Nobel laureate from Sub-Saharan Africa has a rich literary legacy. “The Man Died” joins a collection of powerful works. It includes “The Lion and the Jewel,” “The Trials of Brother Jero,” “Aké: The Years of Childhood,” and “You Must Set Forth at Dawn.”

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