Leadership (Abuja)

21 November 2010

Nigeria: Stars at War - Oge Okoye Battles Ini Edo Over Gossip

Quarrels are an integral part of showbiz everywhere in the world. It often begins as a means of protecting interests (business and emotions). Two of Nollywood's distinguished actresses, Ini Edo and Oge Okoye, have been at logger- heads for a few years now and the enmity has continued to retrogress, in spite of spirited efforts by mutual friends of the twosome to resolve the matter.

The feud started a few years back when Ini accused Oge Okoye of being behind some of her private issues which appeared in the press, one of which is the abortion tale. Another is that of a certain US-based businessman who was dating Ini, in spite of the fact that his wife was Ini's friend.

"That particular story which found its way into the press was distorted. However, Ini had accused Oge Okoye of being behind the rumuors at the time. Although Oge vehemently denied it, Ini did not forget that experience. It was at that point that she decided to sack her personal assistant and move out of her residence at Anthony Village. That was the origin of the bad blood," the source squealed.

However, Oge Okoye's marriage to Mr. Duru, who is based in Holland, availed her the opportunity to level up. She was said to have inflamed the situation by telling some of her close associates that she was keeping to herself because of her new status as a married woman, insinuating that people like Ini Edo who were not married yet could go on hob-nobbing in social circles.

It was gathered that the peak of the bad blood came when Oge Okoye was excluded from the Globacom Ambassadors' list, the endorsement deal, which is reputed to have fetched each of the artistes N30m. According to the source, Oge Okoye still believes that Ini Edo may have secretly worked to ensure she was dropped from the list.

"The Globacom Ambassadors' deal was brokered with the help of Uche Jombo. The arrangement was originally for members of the clique, which includes people like Desmond Elliot, Ini Edo and Uche Jombo. But the company wanted an expanded list which brought in other artistes. However, people in Nollywood still believe that they did a lot to discourage the company from signing on certain people. I think that is where the problem between Oge and Ini as regards that deal began. She believes that Ini Edo used her connections with Uche to scuttle her chances, but only the managers at Globacom can say what their criteria were for picking who the ambassadors would be.

Guess both actresses need to find a common ground to sort out this issue before it blows up in their faces.

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