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Another Nollywood Actor elate as he welcome his new born baby in UK – Christens him


Fast rising Nollywood actor, Seun Jimoh has announced the birth of his new born baby in the United States of America.

On this day of our God, Dolabomi is born. We give thanks

Sharing a picture of the new born on Instagram, Seun Jimoh wrote ” On this day of our God, Dolabomi is born. We give thanks”

The actor who happens to be one of the finest in the industry, also shared beautiful pictures of his wife’s pregnancy photo-shoot. He wrote “God is real, God is great. He always shows up! The journey was filled with grace and mercy.

When the world was saying there is a casting down we kept experiencing a lifting up. We give thanks”


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Actor murder neighbor over electricity bill in Lagos.


A 30-year-old Nollywood actor, Temitayo Ogunbusola, has reportedly stabbed his neighbour, Oladotun Osho, to death following a disagreement over the payment of electricity bill.

The incident happened on Sunday at No. 4 Sebil Kazeem Street in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.

Temitayo was said to have been beaten to a pulp by a mob before the intervention of policemen from the Ikotun Police Station.

The remains of the victim were deposited in a morgue for autopsy.

NobleReporters gathered that trouble started when a resident of the house, one Banjo, demanded the payment of the electricity bill from the other occupants.

However, Temitayo was alleged to have refused to pay his share of the bill, which led to an argument between him and Banjo.

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The suspect was said to have in a fit of anger taken a dagger with which he threatened to stab Banjo.

N.Rs gathered that Oladotun, who was coming into the compound with his brother and friend, saw Temitayo, who was searching for Banjo to stab him.

When Temitayo could not find his target, he reportedly directed his aggression at Oladotun and stabbed him in the chest.

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Oladotun’s sister, Ronke Akindipe, who spoke with Media, alleged that the Investigating Police Officer in charge of the case tried to cover it up by not informing the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Ikotun Police Station, because the suspect was a known face at the station.

She said, “The landlord does not stay in the house, so the person in charge of the electricity bill in the house went to the tenants on Sunday to tell them to settle the bill, but when he got to Temitayo’s apartment to ask for his share of the bill, an argument ensued between them and Temitayo threatened to break the man’s head.

“Banjo ran out of the compound and brought his brother, who is a soldier, and his colleagues and when they came, he was taken to the Ikotun Police Station to write an undertaken that he would not touch Banjo and others in the compound.

“When Temitayo got home, he started threatening to break Banjo’s head for daring to report him at the police station and when Banjo came back, other neighbours told him to run away and Temitayo started pursuing him in the compound.

“Oladotun and one of our brothers and his friend did not have a clue as to what was going on in the compound and they entered, because it did not cross my brother’s mind that he was going to stab him, because the disagreement was between Banjo and Temitayo.

“When Temitayo could not find Banjo, he stabbed my brother in the chest and my brother started shouting for help. When my other brother bent down to carry Oladotun, Temitayo attempted to stab him in the back, but for the intervention of their friend, who used his hand to block the assailant. My brother was rushed to hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“After the incident, people went after Temitayo and almost beat him to a pulp, but the police came to rescue him and took him away to the station. The IPO in charge of the case tried to change the narrative at the station by asking my dad if my brother had an underlying disease for him to have died from stabbing.

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NobleReporters later learnt that the IPO did not inform the DPO about the matter until we saw the DPO and explained everything to him, and when he called the IPO, he started giving excuses on why he did not report the matter. The suspect was not feeling remorseful for what he did when the case was still with the IPO, but when the DPO intervened, he started feeling remorseful.

“We want justice; we don’t want them to release a criminal to start walking freely on the street, because if not for the DPO, the IPO would have released him as he was bringing up excuses for the suspect.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, who confirmed the arrest of the suspect to our correspondent, stated that Temitayo was beaten by a mob and he needed to be fit for trial before he could be charged.

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He said, “The report we got was that there was a misunderstanding between two neighbours and one stabbed the other and the suspect narrowly escaped mob action because of the timely intervention of the police.

“He is in our custody. The DPO reported the matter to the command headquarters, but the suspect was battered by the mob and we cannot detain him like that; so, he has to be treated under guard. He cannot stand trial the way he is. As soon as he is fit to stand trial, he will be in court.”


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Actor Zubby Michael hit hard at Hushpuppi


Nollywood actor, Zubby Michael has taken jabs at Instagram big boy, Hushpuppi after being compared to him in the comment section of one of his posts.

The actor had shared a photo from a movie scene with the caption;

Any body trying so hard to prove he is rich is very poor physically mentally and spiritually, wealthy people are not noisy

However after a follower compared him to Hushpuppi who he (follower) said is rich and loud, Zubby Michael claimed that the Instagram big boy has “unexplained money”.

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The follower had written;

You wey no dey talk and @hushpuppi wey loud, who now get money pass? Oga shut up and live your life

Zubby Michael wrote in response;

@Praise.Arinze1 mumu we don’t celebrate unexplained money, grow up


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Just in: Actor Rasaq Owokoniran welcomes bouncing baby boy.


Nollywood actor, Razaq Owokoniran popularly known as ‘Wazo’ has welcomed a baby boy with his wife.

The Yoruba actor who shared news of his baby’s arrival, wrote on Instagram;

It’s a bouncing baby boy from my wife, to God be d glory.


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Just in: Popular Yoruba Actress Claims Her Relationship Crashed – Reveal New Young Lover. [Nigeria]


Popular actress Kemi Afolabi has fnally addressed the viral reports claiming that her marriage has crashed. She further addressed reports of her affairs with young actor, Gida.

Read excerpts from this interesting chat with Adeniyi Adewoyin.

How have you been able to take your relationship off social media?

I am a very private person, my husband is private as well, we love and understand ourselves, we were able to define what we want and I was early enough to realize that if I want to keep this relationship healthy, I need to take it off peoples’ eyes.

There’s a rumour about you having an affair with a younger colleague who also bought you a car as a birthday gift, how true is that?

Lol… wow! I haven’t received any car, let them tell me where the car is so I go pick it up, well… thanks in advance to the junior colleague. On a serious note, people should be careful as to what they consume, these blogs make up false stories and it’s unfortunate how people are quick to jump at them. No one has bought me a car, if I receive any gift, trust I would let you guys know.

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But there are also rumors that your marriage crashed, how true is this?

There is nothing to clear, people can think or say whatever they like, after all that’s what comes with being a public figure. I am fine and enjoying my marriage with my husband!

So, do you still get advances from men even when they know you’re married?

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As a woman, that’s inevitable, they would surely come.

So how do you manage such situations?

Oftentimes I just ignore, I hate long talks, I believe when I don’t give you audience, you most definitely would get tired.

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With your busy schedule how do you manage family and career?

My family is very important to me, fortunately for me, I am blessed with a very understanding family, my husband and daughter understand me so much. I do not joke with my family time, I balance everything that none of them suffers from lack of my attention, also I have the believe that if I want to be successful, I must keep my family happy at all time. My family is a very important element of my successful career.

Kemi Afolabi, her daughter and husband
What is your take on posting personal issues online?

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Like I said earlier, I am a private person so personal issues should be left personal, so not everything is for public consumption at least not personal and family issues.

Celebrities are known for the flamboyant lifestyle and the love for cars, how many cars have you acquired?

I am not a flamboyant person, I hate to oppress people with whatever God has blessed me with, it is not a right but he gave me whatever I have out of his grace and mercy, so about cars, I would say at least I do not trek, I have wheels that take me to my various destinations by the grace of God.

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What do you think about caucus in the movie industry, which one do you belong to?

Caucus? I keep my circle very small; I have a few friends that have become family. I feel very comfortable with them because I know they genuinely have my back and I do as well.


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What?! Famous Nollywood actor welcomes 4th child after 2 years of marriage.


Yoruba movie star, Kolade Oyewande popularly known as Highlander, has welcomed his fourth child, barely two years after wedding.

Recall that the script interpreter walked down the aisle with his baby mama, Aishat Oyewande at Protea Hotel, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, barely two years ago.

The wedding ceremony was graced by former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former Super Eagles and Arsenal FC striker, Nwankwo Kanu, Adeniyi Johnson, Aina Gold and several others.

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According to reports making the rounds, his baby mama turned wife, Aishat put to bed a bouncing baby boy this morning.

Sources claim she put to bed at one of the private hospitals around AIT road, Kola, Alagbado, Lagos.

Mother and child are reportedly doing well as at the time of writing this report.

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Recall with NobleReporters that Kolade and Aishat walked down the aisle on Thursday 26th, April 2018. Femi Adebayo was the MC of the event.

The couple got married after birthing 2 kids.


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[Nigeria] PA Kasumu finally buried after months of Death.

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Veteran Yoruba actor, Pa Kasumu Kayode Odumosu who died months ago after a long battle with an illness has finally been buried.

Sharing the photos from the burial, Yoruba actress, Foluke Daramola Salako took to her Instagram account to give the update.
“Finally Pa Kasumu is laid to rest. RIP to a dear veteran Olukayode Odumosu. aka Pa kasunmu,” she wrote.

NobleReporters reported that the burial date for late Pa Kasumu was slated for April 2nd and 3rd at Abeokuta, Ogun state.

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Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown that followed, it was shifted till date.

While breaking the shocking death of the veteran, Foluke Daramola had written, ” BREAKING NEWS! Our model veteran actor Pa kasunmu Kayode Odumosu finally takes a bow.It is with so much heavy pain in our hearts that we regret to announce our in Para, that our #paraafricafoundation model actor Pa kasunmu has given up the ghost after a brief illness. The news was broken by a close source that stays around the hospital he gave up the ghost. We will keep u updated with further information on this “


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American Actor, Jerry Stiller Dies At 92.

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Veteran actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, who found fame on Broadway and later in the smash US show “Seinfeld” has died from natural causes aged 92, his son, the Hollywood star Ben Stiller, said on Monday.

Stiller Snr and his wife Anne Meara starred on the stage and TV in the 1960s, writing and performing comedy sketches and routines together.

He later played George Costanza’s short-tempered father Frank on the smash TV show “Seinfeld,” for which he won the Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series at the American Comedy Awards in 1998.

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He was nominated for an Emmy award the year before for the same role.

He also played Leah Remini’s father in the sitcom “The King of Queens” and starred alongside Ben in the “Zoolander” films.

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“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” the award-winning actor and director said in a tweet.

“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” Stiller added. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”

Jason Alexander, who played George in “Seinfeld,” described his screen dad as a “beloved friend.”

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“He was perhaps the kindest man I ever had the honour to work beside,” Alexander tweeted.

“He made me laugh when I was a child and every day I was with him. A great actor, a great man, a lovely friend.”


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Nigerian Actress Bukola Adeeyo in trouble.

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A fan of Nollywood actress, Bukola Adeeyo has taken to the comment section of the picture the actress shared on Instagram to drop his piece of mind.

According to the fan who thinks the actre ss’s outfit was too revealing, he advised her to go naked since she has decided to dress like a porn star.

The fan said ” You for kuku naked…make we know wetin you they work.. as i like you reach ehn… You don fuck up… your own pass porn star.. Orue

The 30 year old actress replied saying ” shut up fool, you need glasses”

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See their conversation below;

The mother of two came to limelight after she featured in a movie titled Sunday Dagboru. She was introduced into the movie industry by Odunlade Adekola.


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[Nigeria] Actor Rotimi Salami confirm rumor on affair with popular Actress. (Photos)

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Fast rising Yoruba actor, Rotimi Salami has finally addressed the rumoured affair with his colleague, Allwell Ademola.

When asked his relationship with actress, Allwell Ademola?

The award winning father of two said, ‘ Allwell Ademola is my everything, I love her so much, she is someone I can say in the Yoruba sector, she got my back big time.

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The first Yoruba movie I produced, she wrote the script, coordinated it and directed it.

Afterwards, other opportunities I got came from her. She got me roles through lots of recommendations,” he said.

Rotimi Salami added, “I tell people to believe whatever they want, what matter most is; I am moving on, I am happy and there’s peace in my home, I don’t care.”

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The dark, handsome actor also made it clear that his grass to grace story started from Ajangbadi area of Lagos, and he has cheated on his wife on several occasions by looking at other women’s butts.
“Well, Yes! I have cheating on my wife. If looking at somebody’s bumbum is regarded to as cheating, then I have. And when I do, I always control myself,” he said during Moment of Truth, hosted by Mr Porsche on Instagram.

NobleReporters recall that in an earlier interview Allwell Ademola had narrated how she lost her Fiancé two months to their wedding and later moved on with his best man.

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” I lost my man two months to our wedding. He was shot by armed robbers and I mourned him for two years, then moved on with our proposed best man.
It is true, he was my best friend, he has been my friend first even before I met my fiance, so I plan to make my best friend the best man at my wedding. Unfortunately and fortunately, his fiancée jilted him at about the same time I lost my fiance, so he felt maybe God didn’t want us as friends, and proposed to me. What do you expect from a heartbroken woman at her lowest, I fell for it.”


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[Nigeria] Dino Melaye Finally Speaks on his Engagement with Iyabo Ojo.

…blast rumor mongers – says I for don release one hit for all the onisokuso

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Following the rumours about Senator Dino Melaye’s engagement to Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo, the controversial senator has come out to clear the air.

NobleReporters reported hours ago that Dino and Iyabo got engaged late last year when she added the ‘olori’ title to her Instagram profile page and have concluded plans on their upcoming wedding spearheaded by Canada based actress Lola Alao who brought them together.

Well, Dino Melaye, he debunked the rumour that he is engaged to Iyabo Ojo. According to the senator, bloggers who came up with the engagement story needed a name to sell their story, which is why they came up with such story. He added saying he can never have a secret engagement.

Dino however promised to release a ‘single’ about the rumours about him flying around.

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He wrote on Instagram;

“Ohun to ba wu elenu lo le fi enu soo..efi won sile..eje kan ma so loo…

Meaning people can decide to they whatever with their mouth


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Mercy Aigbe reveal 2 Actors you’d be shock are Birth mate, wish them as they age Blissfully today. [Photos]

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Nollywood Actress, Mercy Aigbe congratulate these two star acts as they age gracefully today. NobleReporters report

Maka!!! Fine boy no pimples, Happy 40th dearie, may the rest of your very long years be the best @iamnino_b, have an amazing one! ♥️♥️♥️

Happy birthday my love @bukunmioluwasina. Keep shining in abundant grace! Love you 😍


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‘My Best Choice’ Adesua hype Banky W on their 3rd introversary.

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Celebrity couple Banky W and his wife Adesua Etomi are celebrating their third year introversary today the 6th of May. The couple who broke the internet when they got married in 2017 gave so many people hope that someday, they would find true love.

Sharing their picture on Instagram, Adesua wrote;

“So much to say but you know my love, you know.
3 years ago, we had our introduction and 3 years later, you are still one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I Love you to Life.”

We wish them more happy years together!


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[Nigeria] Iyabo Ojo set to marry Dino Melaye?

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If the New report making rounds on social media at the moment is right, then we might have a celebrity wedding bell ringing soon!

Gist lover blog reports that actress and single mum of two, Iyabo Ojo is set to wed Senator Dino Melaye.

They reportedly got engaged late last year when she added the ‘olori’ title to her Instagram profile page and have concluded plans on their upcoming wedding spearheaded by Canada based actress Lola Alao who brought them together.

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Recall with NobleReporters that it was this same Lola Alao who introduced actress Bisi Ibidapo to Senator Dino Melaye years ago, but things fell out between them after Bisi got pregnant for him and went on to have the baby against his wish.

Now Dino Melaye who doesn’t have a very good history with women from past relationships and marriages, is said to be madly inlove with Iyabo Ojo and spoils her silly with his money.

Gist lovers reports it thus:

Well our very good dramatic senator yaf engage my TIKTOK mama,this one nor be Bisi Omologbalogba o, this one Na confirm made,Iyabo is Kuku a single mother and uncle Dino is divorced so two can play the game,Love in the air,this love no go die o,

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Actress Lola Alao already took her place as the mother in-law already,but madam should be careful because when Senator Dino was dating Actress Bisi Omo logba logba then,this was the same way Aunty Alao was over her,until Aunty Bisi get belle for the senator ,mama Alao come change mouth say them no agree say she go born for him brother,enough said,love is a beautiful thing and I like Actress Iyabo too😜let’s enjoy this naija🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬🇳🇬money together,

Already congratulatory messages have started pouring in for Iyabo Ojo who has been really glowing in her latest photos shared on Instagram.


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Nigerian Actor, Mofe Damijo’s New Look Annoy Fans.

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) who always melts hearts with his photos got more than he bargained for from his fans when he unveiled his new look hours ago!

Sharing a picture of himself, the 58-year-old who has not been able to visit the barbing salon because of lockdown gve his fans a hint of what he looks like now.

RMD captioned the picture: ”Finally, when the city gates opened, after what seemed like eternity, the Nazarene came out smiling! #theendisthebeginning #itsnotoveryet #socialdistancing #takeresponsibility #rmdsaysso #rmdtheactor”

Interestingly many of his fans didn’t like the new look nd one had to mock him saying “From Quarantine to Yabaleft”.

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One Sophia wrote ” This definitely isn’t Zaddy levels….. nice one still”

While a Naomi wrote “Why now sir , no way”

One Donald Duke wrote “We prefer the old version”

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See screenshot below:

Richard Mofe Damijo remains one of the most sought after male celebrities despite his age.

He has the perfect body for any type of outfit and also the most charming smile that soothes the heart. The movie Legend was the former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State.


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Timini’s 20 years old girlfriend peppers critics | Video


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Timini’s 20 years old girlfriend pepper critics in new Video. [Nigeria]

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Days after being dragged for dating a young girl, 32-year-old actor Timini Egbuson‘s 20-year-old girlfriend, Lydia Agahan, has shared an intimate video of them to pepper critics.

Recall that few days ago after it was revealed that the actor was dating a 19-year-old, Nigerian social media users slammed him, some even called him a pedophile.

The lady in question, Lydia then went on Twitter to correct critics, telling them she is actually 20 years and not 19. The couple seem not to be moved by critics as they have started displaying their love on social media.

The video shows the beautiful couple cuddling up close to a mirror while Lydia recorded.


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Popular Singer and Actor Accused of Sexual Scandal

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Some Nigerian ladies have cried out on how they were allegedly raped by popular singer, Ọlawale Ọlọfọrọ (born Olawale Ashimi) better known as Brymo and Nigerian actor, Gbolahan Olatunde popularly known as Bollylomo.

Brymo who has been receiving some accolades for his album, Yellow, is now in the mix of a sexual assault allegation by a Twitter user named @Biliquis_X.

According to @Biliquis_X, who took to the social media platform to share a screenshot of the allegation by his alleged victim, she visited Brymo with a friend, only for the singer to sexually assault the pair.

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See her narration below;

“I was raped by brymo I had mentioned to her that I knew him personally, and she wanted to meet him as she was a huge fan of his. So I called him to confirm if it was okay to bring a friend over to his place and also if he was at home and he said it was. When we got his place, we listened to music, talked about music and random stuff and drank wine. Everything was going okay.

“Until he got up and went to sit beside my friend. He started touching her and I could tell she was uncomfortable and she also complained about feeling fuzzy (we believe she was probably drugged) so I told him to stop and that we were leaving. I brought out my phone and was about ordering a taxify when he told me he wanted to talk to me. I told him I’d talk to him later but we had to leave. But he insisted and told me to go with him to his room to talk as he didn’t want to talk in the presence of my friend. I stupidly went with him. When we got inside, he asked me how I could be so stupid as to bring a friend over and expect nothing to happen.

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He started shouting and kept calling me stupid for making such a mistake. At his point, i was already scared so I just kept apologizing so he would let us go. He then said he couldn’t let me go like that as he was already horny and had to be satisfied. There was no way I would have been able to leave if I didn’t do what he wanted, so I did. At some point, my friend got worried and came banging on the door.

“He told me that he’d have sex with her too and I had to beg him to leave her out of it. He started laughing like the sicko that he is, and I was so scared. “

Biliquis (@Biliquis_X) went on to share several messages she received in her DM after sharing Brymo’s victim experience, saying Bollylomo too had raped several ladies and his victims will speak up when they are ready.

She tweeted and screenshots of several ladies recounting their alleged experiences with Bollylomo and how he sexually assaulted them.


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Truth Behind Comedian Cute Abiola’s Arrest. [Nigeria]

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Hours ago, NobleReporters learnt of the arrest of popular Instagram comedian and Naval officer, The Cute Abiola also known as Ankara Gucci.

According to reports making the rounds, he was arrested after “after one of his overzealous fans made a video collage of his birthday pictures just to celebrate him. The video, however, went viral on WhatsApp and ended up with the Naval hierarchy.”

NobleReporters gathered, the Yoruba born Naval officer’s arrest was ordered by one of his superiors. A Captain who doesn’t like the fact that Cute Abiola is into entertainment and a Naval officer at the same time.

“It’s one of his superiors oh. A Captain who has warned Abiola several times to choose between entertainment and Navy. He said him posting such photos with uniform isn’t expected of an officer” N.Rs found

NobleReporters recalls that Cute Abiola in a now deleted post, had once taken to his Instagram page, sometime in 2019 to cry out about how a captain asked him to choose between both careers and talked about how depressed he was.

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He wrote:

“Hello everybody. I need to talk to all of you.No much introduction. You all that are following me knows me already! What I love doing is comedy and to always make you laugh. You all know that. I never want to type this but I can’t just hold it anymore.

I’m in serious pain. And I am in a great fear because I am not able to focus on my comedy career like before. I am typing this with tears and a lot of depression. If not everybody. I know that some of you knows that I am a NIGERIA NAVY PERSONAL . but before I joined this job .i did not think so deep and I was carried away because of some lies I was told.

Let me keep that for now! I thought as I joined the job I would get more peace but not knowing that I actually sold my peace away!!! . I thought I would be able to do my comedy and acting together with the navy job but it’s not just easy to cope with both.

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I joined this NAVY on the 7th of March 2018 if you remember very well and I come back to you guys on the 8th of September after I finished my 6month malicious training. Those that knew me as a celebrity on the training ground those days called me a fool and told me I did not plan well before joining.

I was just so depressed those days. And I moved on with faith. Because I just wanted to finished the training and know what next if I would be able to cope with my acting career and the navy . To say the fact.

This job has given me a lot of respect but all the same . You guys don’t know wat I am feeling. Let me tell you the truth . Not that I have the time . Some times I would just sneak out of my office and change up to do videos for you my fans just to remain consistent and never to make you forget Your ANKARAGUCCI .

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So these days, a captain in the Navy threatens me a lot and told me to pick one. Am I choosing navy or entertainment?. That if I am to do the navy Job I must leave acting or else ……….. or else what please? for what ?

For crying out loud . I can’t leave this comedy alone . It’s what I have passion for. I have a lot of advert skit now that I never shoot and I lost my Samsung s7 edge last week . I also lost my 31 skits on it .just need to get a solution ASAP. I am not an happy man”


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Nollywood stars want FG to compulsory fight against Piracy.

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Veteran actress, Kate Henshaw and ace filmmaker, Omoni Oboli, have urged the Federal Government to accelerate the fight against piracy to enable the creative sector to contribute more to the country’s economy.

According to NobleReporters, Henshaw, and Oboli both gave the charge during a panel discussion in a teleconference (Webinar), on Tuesday evening.

The teleconference was organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC).

It was to commemorate ‘the entry into force’ of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, adopted on June 24, 2012.

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The event was titled: “Strengthening Nigeria’s Creative Sector through Improved Rights for Artistes and Performers.”

The teleconference, moderated by Ms. Chijioke Okorie, Lead Advisor, Penguide Advisory, brought together top officers of the NCC, representatives of WIPO, and stakeholders in the Nigerian creative sector.

Participants also explored the significance of the Beijing treaty and engaged in discussions and awareness-raising, on the significance of the new rights enshrined in the treaty for the creative industry.

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According to Oboli, it is expedient that the Federal Government take urgent steps towards effectively addressing emerging copyright infringements, particularly at this digital age.

She said as Nigeria sought the diversification of its economy, the creative sector was a major source of revenue, only if the opportunities that abound there were harnessed through enabling environment.

The filmmaker said piracy remained a major setback to the growth of the motion picture industry and therefore called for concerted efforts to fight the menace.

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“This is a sector that can stop Nigeria from going into recession as oil has failed, but the government needs to protect it.

“Piracy is our major problem because if my rights are abused as a producer, I am not going to give my best while the pirates make the bulk of money.

“We are doing better than before, but we are not making enough money from our works because the current copyright laws do not capture the digital platforms.

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“Almost every week, I have to write YouTube to take my movie down; unfortunately, most of these movies are yet to be released, but they are already available online for free.

“This treaty is great, and if it is signed into law, the producers and all stakeholders will be happy,” Oboli said.

Henshaw, on her part, said that the Beijing Treaty was a timely intervention for the creative sector, and therefore commended the NCC for championing its enforcement.

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“This is a treaty that its time has come because we have waited so long for an efficient intellectual property right management system.

“We need this law to go to the National Assembly as soon as possible, and we also urge the Judiciary to effectively do its part,” the veteran actress said.

In his remark, John Asein, NCC Director-General, said webinar was to provide initial thoughts on how the balanced application of provisions of the treaty will benefit Nigeria’s audiovisual sector.

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He said that Nigeria had already taken steps to domesticate the provisions of the treaty as part of broader reforms of its copyright system.

“Nigeria film industry ranks amongst the top three globally, and this ranking should translate to economic benefits and enhanced status for performers who stand before lights and cameras transforming scripts to action.

“The commission is particularly concerned about the loss of revenue in the audiovisual industry.

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“It will be working with the guilds, associations and collective management organisations in this area, to develop appropriate mechanisms to ensure greater returns on creative investments.

“This might also require looking into various aspects of the industry, including engagement contracts, distribution bottlenecks, online abuses, and rights management issues,” he said.

Other stakeholders at the event included Mr Oluwatobiloba Moody, Programme Officer, WIPO Nigeria Office, Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Chairman, Audio Visual Rights Society of Nigeria and Ms. Carole Croella, Senior Counsellor, Copyright Law Division, WIPO.

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The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances was adopted by the Diplomatic Conference on the Protection of Audiovisual Performances, held in the Chinese capital between June 20 and June 26, 2012.

The treaty encompasses performances of actors in different media, film and television, and also includes musicians when their musical performances are recorded on a DVD or any other audiovisual platform.

It is opened to states members of WIPO and to the European Union, and grants performers economic rights in fixed and unfixed performances, as well as certain moral rights.

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The Beijing Treaty was supposed to enter into force three months after 30 eligible parties have deposited their instruments of ratification or accession with the Director-General of WIPO.

It, however, took about eight years for it to come into force, as the required number of 30 states was only achieved in January 2020.


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[Nigeria] Another Actor Dead; Nollywood Wail.


Barely 2 months after veteran actor, Pa Kasumu took his last breath, Nigerian comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka has announced the death of another popular Nollywood actor identified as Yomi Obileye.

The deceased who died on Friday morning from an undisclosed ailment became prominent after he featured in Tade Ogidan’s movie, “Hostages” in 1997, and “Palace”, a soap opera which also featured Liz Benson. He also played the role of Chief daddy in the movie “Chief Daddy”.

Gbenga Adeyinka wrote on his Instagram page ; “If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, we would walk right up to heaven and bring you back again”.

May the soul of the departed rest in peace.


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