This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: Next Movie Star Winner Emerges

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Halimat Aitsegame

Pretty and vivacious Halimat Aitsegame has emerged winner of the 2012 Next Movie Star. The fair-skinned, lithe beauty trumped other contestants in the keenly contested reality television show to win for herself a brand new SUV with cash and movie roles in her kitty, and a lifetime thrust into stardom.

During the tension-soaked moment when the judges, actress, Bukola Ogunnote and marketing communications expert, Yinka Opadere, called the remaining finalists together, it was pin-drop silence in the typically boisterous House. The runners up were the first to be announced; Olajoju Muse, Babatunde Samuel and Chibufue Bridget, each of who will get different prizes. When Halimat's name was announced as the winner, she sank to her knees and let loose a torrent of tears.

"It has been a very tough battle convincing my dad that this (acting) is my calling, it is what I am passionate about but he wanted me to go the conventional route of Law, Accountancy and the like. I am happy that Next Movie Star has proved me right," she said amidst tears.

According to Ogunnote, a renowned Nollywood actress, "From the day Halimat entered for auditions, we knew she possesses the attitude and aptitude of a successful actress which we thought she probably acquired because she read theatre arts. She however proved to us while in the house that she is a complete package, an embodiment of great acting skills and an onscreen delight. I am not surprised at all that she won.".

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