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I Was Collecting N4000 For A Lead Role – Lateef Adedimeji

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Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji recently appeared on comedian Teju Babyface’s podcast, “Deep Dive.” He reminisced about his early days in the Nigerian film industry. He openly shared some of the financial realities he faced as a budding actor.

Lateef Adedimeji revealed that early on, in 2014, he was offered a lead role for a mere N4,000. This low payment reflected his position as a newcomer still trying to establish himself. However, things started to look up for him the following year.

By 2015, Adedimeji’s experience and talent began to be recognised, and his pay rose significantly. He mentioned roles in that timeframe that commanded fees between N100,000 and N200,000—a substantial increase from his initial starting point.

This discussion on the podcast highlights the challenges faced by many aspiring actors, who often have to accept lower pay until their talent and experience are recognised by the industry. Adedimeji’s story offers a glimpse into the perseverance and dedication it takes to navigate the early stages of an acting career.

“If I tell people that I wasn’t collecting N100,000, N200,000 until 2015/16, a lot of people would not believe me. Before then, the highest I collected for a lead role was either N4,000, N5,000, or N10,000. I was paid that low back in 2014 because it was more like a learning process.”

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Vows To Disrupt Any Film Set That Engages The Service Of Actress Angel Unigwe

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Veteran Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo is raising a red flag about working with young actress Angel Unigwe. In a recent Instagram video, Kanayo expressed his frustration with Unigwe’s mother, who he believes is managing her daughter’s career unprofessionally.

Kanayo admitted hearing rumours about unprofessional behaviour but didn’t take them seriously until he had a personal experience. He had apparently cast Unigwe in a film and reached an agreement with her mother, the details of which weren’t mentioned. However, the agreement wasn’t honoured, prompting Kanayo’s public warning.

Furthermore, Kanayo urged other movie producers to avoid working with Angel Unigwe.

He went as far as saying he would disrupt filming sets if he saw her working on a production. This is a serious move in the Nollywood industry. Also, it highlights the level of Kanayo’s frustration and his desire to protect other producers from similar experiences.

He stated,

“I am making this video to protect the entertainment industry in Nigeria. A particular woman has been holding producers to ransoms and it is unfortunate it has happened to me. Unfortunately, she is Angel Unigwe’s mother. A contract is breached by every producer, orally or written and it’s all respected but I found out that immediately this woman takes money from you, everything changes. She took her daughter at 9 pm when the particular date that we agreed hadn’t expired. She came at 9 pm and took her daughter.

“I have gotten reports from people before it happened to me. This is a Clarion call to producers, I beg you in the name of professionalism, from this moment to the first day of July 2024 any set that employs the services of Angel Unigwe, I will come to that set and make sure filming doesn’t hold. Her mother has been threatening many producers.”

 

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“Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” Is Now Streaming On Prime Video

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Do you love history movies? History buffs and fans of inspirational women, rejoice! The acclaimed biopic “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” is now available to stream on Prime Video.

Directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the film chronicles the remarkable life of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the mother of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

The movie takes viewers on a captivating journey, starting with Funmilayo’s groundbreaking years as the first female student at Abeokuta Grammar School. This act of defiance set the stage for a life dedicated to fighting for equality and justice.

Love, marriage, and activism

The story follows Funmilayo as she meets and marries Israel Ransome-Kuti. Together, this passionate couple becomes a force for change. They joined forces to establish the Abeokuta Women’s Union, a powerful organization that challenged the status quo.

However, their fight for fairness brought them face-to-face with powerful figures who resisted change, leading to a fierce struggle against injustice.

Cast and award-winning success

“Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” boasts a talented cast, including veteran actress Joke Silva and rising stars like Kehinde Bankole. The film’s powerful message and captivating storytelling have garnered critical acclaim.

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It has grossed over ₦141.5 million and secured prestigious awards, including Best Overall Feature Film and Best Screenplay at the 2023 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), and Best Writing (Movie) at the 2024 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA).

Austen-Peters: championing biopics

Director Bolanle Austen-Peters is a passionate advocate for using film to educate younger generations about historical figures and cultural heritage.

Her commitment to biopics extends beyond “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti.” In fact, she has another historical drama titled “House of Ga’a” set to premiere on Netflix this July 26th.

A look ahead: house of Ga’a

“House of Ga’a” delves into the fascinating story of Bashorun Gaha (Gaa), a powerful figure in Yoruba history. The film explores his reign as the Bashorun of the Oyo Empire during the 18th century, a time marked by his controversial use of both political cunning and voodoo to maintain control.

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Netflix Unveils “House Of Ga’a” Starring Funke Akindele, Coming In July

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Exciting news for fans of historical dramas! Netflix announced the premiere date for the upcoming biopic, “House of Ga’a,” directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters. The movie will be available to stream on July 26, 2024.

Along with the release date, Netflix also shared a special treat for fans on their Instagram page on June 20th. They posted never-before-seen behind-the-scenes images from the filming of “House of Ga’a.”

The post itself is captioned with a short and intriguing message: “Witness the rise and fall of a ruthless kingmaker. House of Ga’a is coming to Netflix, July 26.”

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