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Nollywood Stars, Fans Celebrate Veteran Actor Pete Edochie at 77

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Nollywood stars and fans have felicitated with veteran actor, Pete Edochie as he clocked 77 on Thursday, March 7. expressing gratitude to God for his life.

Actress Rita Edochie, who happened to be  the celebrant’s  brother’s wife, took to her Instagram page @ritaedochie to  celebrate the Nollywood icon.

According to her, the celebrant has been loving, caring, concerned and amazing, adding that she is delighted to be his sister-in- law.

She thanked God that she had no regrets knowing Edochie as her brother-in-law due to the kind of person he is.

” In over 30 years of knowing you as my dear husband’s brother, I have never  known any regrets nor discomfort .

“Ibobo , you have been remarkably loving, caring , concerned and amazing. I am greatly delighted to be your sister-in- law.

“I have said it before and I will say it again, in my next life , I will surely be married by the Edochies.

 “On this special day that marks another year of wonderful existence, I want to take a moment to celebrate the incredible person you are.

“Happy birthday my great husband, your charisma, wisdom and warm heart  have left an indelible mark on everyone fortunate enough to know you.

“May this year bring you so much  joy, success, unforgettable moments. As you blow out the candles, may your wishes soar high and your dreams come true.

“Your presence in our lives is a true blessing, today is a reminder to cherish the remarkable soul that you are.

“Here is to another year of laughter, love and unforgettable memories, cheers to you my great brother-in- law like no other.

“I will always love and respect you, live in longevity and soar immensely. Wishing you more of March 7,  the great lion of Africa,”she wrote.

Also,  actor Yul Edochie,  son of the legend, took to his Instagram page to wish his daddy a remarkable birthday celebration.

He wrote, “A very happy birthday to you, Daddy. The Lion of Africa. The Legendary Chief Pete Edochie @peteedochie. The most handsome 77yr old man. Ibobo Umueri,  The Greatest. I wish you many more beautiful years filled with God’s blessings.May God lead you always..’

Actor Kanayo O Kanayo wrote, “We are birthday mates. He makes it a duty to call me on  March 1. Ebubedike,  Ogadagidi, Mmuo nabu. Great to celebrate you while you are alive and kicking wellA fan @amoson_01: “Happy birthday, living legend. My Godfather. God bless your new age. Many more fruitful years to come sir.”

Another fan @donracy wrote, “Happy birthday Ogadagidi nwoke ike. Age in grace sir.”

Meanwhile, the celebrant Pete Edochie, also known as ‘Lion of Africa’,  has taken to his Instagram page @peteedochie to celebrate himself for the gift of life as he marked  77 years on earth.

Edochie flooded his Instagram page with adorable pictures in different outfits with a warm smile to specially celebrate his 77th birthday with a caption ‘Ibobo 77.” (NAN)

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N4.5bn for one Song, Social Media Reacts to Rema’s Unprecedented Deal

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The news of Rema’s record-breaking performance fee at Anant Ambani’s wedding has sent shockwaves across social media, with many users hailing music as a lucrative career path.

The Nigerian Afrobeats sensation reportedly pocketed a whopping N4.5 billion (three million dollars) for performing just one of hit songs, ‘Calm Down’, at the high-profile event, leaving many in awe.

Rema performed at the wedding of Asia’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani’s son, Anant Ambani, and daughter of pharma tycoons, Viren and Shaila Merchant, Radhika Merchant.

The event held on Friday at the Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Centre (BKC) in Mumbai.

Canadian singer, Justin Bieber, was also paid 10 million dollars for his performance at the event, according to reports.

Pop star, Rihanna, also performed at the event for an undisclosed fee.

Social media platforms are buzzing with excitement as aspiring musicians and music enthusiasts alike are drawing inspiration from Rema’s achievement.

The news has also sparked a renewed interest in the music industry, with many youths seeing Rema’s success as a motivation to pursue their own careers.

@Solomon_King says on X, “Hold up, let us get this straight, Rema just bagged a whopping N4.5 billion ($3 million) for singing one song at some rich kid’s wedding?!

“One song? We’re talking about a sum that could solve Nigeria’s economic problems, okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get the point.

“Rema just made more money than I’ll see in a lifetime and I’m still struggling to pay my rent.

“I need to start singing.”

@OlamideAngel said, “I’m quitting my job to become a musician, or maybe just a wedding singer.

“We’re dying over here! Meanwhile, Rema’s just over here living his best life and we’re not hating. In fact, we’re low-key inspired to step up our music game.

“On a more serious note, this achievement is a testament to Rema’s hard work and talent. We’re proud to see African artistes making waves and getting the recognition they deserve.”

@Perryblack, an X user, said, “Back then y’all mocked Rema for sounding “Indian” when he broke out. Now he was paid $3m to perform a song at Anant-Radhika’s wedding in India.

“Trust your music, Trust the process. Maybe I will go with Portable that said music money is bigger and better than football money.

“We thought Rema was goofing when he said he’s the future. He said he’s the next wizkid but we are not taking him seriously. Big ups boy.”

According to @blacktribemusic, “ Only this Rema’s song alone has made him one of the biggest artistes in Africa. Bigger than the top guys una dey reason self.

“Rema is too big to be underrated by Nigerians, he’s just 22 but making more money.

“Another day to remind y’all that music money is longer than football own.”

On the contrary, @cassandra mentioned that the billionaire should have  used the money to feed all the poor Indian citizens.

“That country dey suffer, why can’t he donate this money to the poor. Isn’t India one of the poorest countries in the world?

“I swear the billionaires don’t think of the poor chaii!

“Just $1k is enough for like 1 million people and
they will appreciate it and pray for you, it is more than all this show off,” she said.

Also, @UcheMark said,  “They all belong to the same cult. Even from the beginning of Rema’s career, we can already recognise his affiliation with India (voodoo).

“Also, his recent use of devilish symbols and colours is enough evidence. Birds of a feather.”

@chocolatechic said, “I will never be poor.” (NAN)

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I Learnt Humility from Wole Soyinka, Says Ara

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Female talking drummer, Aralola Olumuyiwa, popularly known as “Ara”, says Nigerian Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, taught her humility.

Ara said this in an interview on Friday in Lagos while commending President Bola Tinubu for renaming the National Arts Theatre as Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and Creative Arts.

The drummer urged the Federal Government to continue to honour thespians while alive.

“This development is highly welcome, the first black nobel laureate we have, honestly, he deserves more.

“He is 90, we don’t know how long we are going to have him here. I am very proud of him and his achievements. We should make it a habit to always honour our thespians.

“2007, my first encounter with Prof. Soyinka, I attended an event organised in his honour, so, I was invited as one of the artistes to perform, after the event, he invited me to his house where he asked me “Why the talking drum”?

“Also,  during my 40th birthday years ago, he sent goodwill messages to me, which meant a lot to me.

“I learnt humility from Prof. Soyinka, he does not allow anyone carry his bag, I was only opportune to carry his bag once, that was after dragging it from him. This speaks volumes to me,” she said.

Ara described Soyinka as a great respecter and lover of African culture, urging the younger generation to emulate such from him.

“Another virtue people should emulate from Soyinka is that he is a real and genuine individual,  so, I challenge everyone, dare to be you, dare to be different, don’t be anybody,” she said. (NAN)

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Singer Kizz Daniel’s Marriage Facing Challenges?

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Ace musician Kizz Daniel and his wife MJay Anidugbe are allegedly having challenges in their marriage over infidelity on the side of the artiste.

Fans of the sensational singer had recently raised concerns when he removed all footage of his wife from his social media page and his wife’s Instagram account was  as well disabled.

According to trending social media reports, the two lovebirds are having difficult times, as the ‘Buga’ crooner has allegedly been unrepentant and unfaithful to his marital vows, and this time his wife has refused to forgive him.

Kizz Daniel is said to have been ‘running helter-skelter’ to save his home, as relatives and friends try to intervene, but the wife has remained adamant, refusing to forgive him and continue with the marriage.

Although, neither Kizz Daniel nor his wife have confirmed the reports,  the singer had earlier  openly shared his struggles with adultery, among other personal challenges.

The couple who quietly exchanged vows in 2020, kept their marriage away from the public eye and the usual social media showcase, characteristic of celebrity marriage.

In May 2021,  Kizz Daniel announced  the arrival of  a set of triplets, though the identity of their mother was hidden.

He later revealed that he had lost one of the triplets just four days after birth.

Kizz Daniel and his wife have however maintained a low appearance on social media, refraining  from sharing any images of themselves and their  twins, Jelani and Jelil, both boys, on social media.

Unlike most celebrity wives, MJay Anidugbe maintains a reserved demeanour, preferring not to extensively share detail about her career or personal life on social media platforms.

However, on March 10 this year, the “Twe Twe” crooner decided to introduce his wife, MJay to the public through all his social media platforms, the date he also released an EP.

The couple was featured in a short clip joyfully dancing together,  and the artiste openly acknowledged his wife as the mother of his children.

The revelation however, stirred buzz  across social media platforms, as  many fans had remained  skeptical about his marital status,  leading to intense speculations and online debate.

The EP released date also coincide with the day MJay Anidugbe  secured an endorsement deal with Mikano Motors,and  Kiss Daniel took to his Instagram page to congratulate her.

He wrote: ““Congrats Wifey @mrsanidugbe  on bagging your first endorsement deal @mikanomotors, 7 days on scene proud of you.”

This public display of affection and encouragement further quell the social media  debate among Kizz Daniels fans if he was married or was keeping a baby daddy status. (NAN)

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