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I know how to handle male admirers – Laide Bakare.

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LAIDE BAKARE is one of the prominent and most active Nollywood Actress who has been able to set a pace by producing her first movie at the age of 18years. In this interview with Idowu Ayodele, she speaks on her most embarrassing moment and the secret behind her relationship.
WHAT KIND OF PERSON IS LAIDE BAKARE?

I am a very shy person, intelligent, God fearing, easy going and easy to understand. I love visiting places, travelling and searching for knowledge.
WHAT EXACTLY ATTRACTED YOU TO ENTERTAINMENT?
My father! Because while we were young, whenever he travels abroad, he comes back with video recording cameras, so we were always around the cameras at home, move close to those that works with the cameras when they return from outings or movie locations.

We have a lot of video cameras in our house, any little event in the house, we always use the advantage of the cameras and it has become a source of entertainment in the house.

Couple with the fact that my father is an hotelier, the movie industry crew always come to lodge in his hotel in Ibadan when they have any movie location and I have been using this opportunity to interact, move closer to them, all these joined together was exactly what induced me in to the industry.

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This background really helps me a lot. I produced my first film at the age of 18years – “Ewe oju omi”. In fact, I have been able to set a pace for those who believe producing movie is for the oldies, that was how my contemporaries boost their morale that “ if Laide Bakare can do this, they can also do it” and since then, I have always been working hard to make sure that any movie I produced, must always be better than the previous.

HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN YOU ARE IN A PUBLIC ARENA?

I hardly go to public places. Where ever I am and I feel that the ovation is becoming too much, that is where the shy aspect of me comes out. At a point, I may not be too comfortable or just feel like getting out of the place, if the attention is too much on me.

I am a very shy person, I couldn’t look straight in to people’s eye. I can only be comfortable in a public arena, if there are popular faces at the venue, because the attention will not be on me through out, it will definitely shift to others.

YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT AS A CELEBRITY?

When people see me, they always believe that, I use to be taller on screen than what they are seeing. I got more embarrassed whenever they pass comments, “Laide Bakare, I can’t believe it, so you are this short”. Honestly, I feel more embarrassed, because, personally, I don’t believe I am so short, but that is just their conclusion.

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NIGERIAN FEMALE CELEBRITIES ARE EITHER SINGLE MOTHER OR DIVORCEE, BUT IN YOUR OWN CASE, IT IS DIFFERENT. WHAT IS THE SECRET BEHIND YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
I was able to separate my marital life from business. I do guide my marital life judiciously and carefully, simply because, I don’t want to lose it. I don’t allow the stardom and fame to get in to my head, I respect my husband so much and he understands the nature of my job.

What really matters is to understand each other and there are things you need to guide against, just to make your relationship works.

YOUR ROLE MODEL?

A lot of them, but I appreciate
talents and women doing extra ordinary things.

YOU LOOK SO BEAUTIFUL, HOW DO YOU COPE WITH MALE ADMIRERS?

Well, like I said the other time, I am a shy person and that takes me away from so many things. I don’t go to places where I will get all those kind of admiration, even when they do, I know how to handle that carefully, so that I don’t get involved unnecessarily.

I think is just about diplomacy and understanding, you can’t fight people just because they admire or appreciate you, you don’t need to be rude, you have to be nice at least in a very diplomatic way.

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WHERE WOULD YOU PLACE YOUR SELF IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Is only God that knows, I don’t know I can be where I am today in the last 2-3 years ago, but God has been so great to me. I am just a natural person . Though I have plans for the future but it is only God that controls it. Honestly, I am working hard and praying to be greater than where I am today.
FINALLY, ANY MESSAGE FOR YOUR FANS?

I want to use this opportunity to say thank you to all my fans out there for loving me and patronizing me, I will never disappoint them.

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Lagos govt. grants pardon to Funke Akindele, husband over breach of COVID-19 regulations

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The Lagos state government on Friday granted pardon to actress, Funke Akindele, and her husband, Abdulrasheed Bello, who had earlier  been convicted for an offence related to the disobedience of COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

The Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Kayode Oyekanmi, in a statement noted that the couple was granted pardon because they were non-custodial convicts.

The statement also revealed that 56 inmates from various correctional Centres were granted state pardon.

“A statement signed by the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, said Mr. Sanwo-Olu acted based on the recommendations of the State Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, under the powers conferred on the Governor by Section 212 (1) & (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended,” the statement read in part.

“The 56 released inmates were recommended by the Advisory Council after due examination of their case files and consideration of the length of time served, the gravity of offence, old age and ill-health among other parameters.

“The Attorney General has also enjoined the beneficiaries to be good citizens and stay away from crime”.

It will  be recalled that eight-member Advisory Council on Prerogative of Mercy, headed by Dr. Abayomi Finnih was inaugurated by Governor Sanwo-Olu in December 2019.

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Nigerian film Eyimofe set for London premiere, debuts trailer

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As part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary, a film, Eyimofe (This is my desire) is set to premiere in the United Kingdom, at the BFI London Film Festival on October 11.

The film, which had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, is also billed to celebrate its U.S premiere at the AFI Fest on October 20.

Ahead of the London screening, which will create an opportunity for the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom to join in the country’s 60th anniversary celebration, Eyimofe has debuted its official trailer for the festival, which is already generating interest from the global film community.

A GDN Studios production, the 114 minutes film directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, features Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Sadiq Daba, Tomiwa Edun, Jacobs Alexander, Tomiwa Edun, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and others.

Funded entirely in Nigeria and shot in 16mm and filmed across 48 locations in Lagos, the two chapter drama follows the stories of Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), a factory technician, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.

A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time.

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At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away.

It would be recalled that Eyimofe is the 2020 official selection for Vancouver International Film Festival, an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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PHOTOS: Odebunmi facilitates  film making training for constituents

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The lawmaker representing Ogo Oluwa/ Surulere Federal Constituency, Hon. Segun Dokun Odebunmi has facilitated an empowerment training program for members of his Constituency on Film Making and Cinematography for self reliance.

Odebunmi, who also chairs the House Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values on Thursday informed that the training was part of  his quest for human development.

Remarking, the lawmaker justified the training as  one of the ways of encouraging the youths to think out of the box and make use of the technology advancement to create another source of income.

” I grew up in this community and I know what majority of our people are passing through especially now that the economy of the world is being challenged, people need multiple streams of income and I am making  use of every opportunity to assist my people by training them on how to make use of their talents and make more money through entertainment”, he said.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the  National Assembly for the opportunity, urging the participants to take the advantage to better their lots .

The lead speaker, Mr Maruff Ajibolu charged  participants to take full compliment of the training as Nigeria’s creative industries are slowly breaking new grounds and currently recognised as among the biggest globally.  This he noted led to its marking as a priority sector in the FGN’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan with a very high projected income  over the coming years and also led the Federal government to grant most segments within the creative industries including Nollywood conditional access to pioneer status incentives which include holidays from the payment of companies’ income taxes as well as withholding tax on dividends from pioneer profits for an initial period of three years.

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Also remarking, a key player in the creative industry, Mr. Muyiwa Ademola also harped on the huge potential subsumed in cinematography and film making. The Nollywood star further noted  that the event was a rare opportunity, because it has always been either FG , CBN and World bank projects.

“It was designed to help people discover their talents and passion with the intent of turning it into a source of income”, Ademola added.

The training which took place concurrently at Resource Centre, Igbo-Ile Surulere LG and Ajaawa Town Hall, Ajaawa, Ogo-Oluwa LG, had other notable speakers which included, Mr Yemi Ogunyemi,  Mr Ojo Oluwatona.

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