30 December 2012

Nigeria: 2012 - A Mixture of Joy and Sorrow for the Entertainment Industry

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Nigerian musician Tiwa Savage


In less than 24 hours, the year 2012, will wind to an end. Though the year is ending with glitz and glamour, it was spiced with sadness in the entertainment industry. ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM brings you some popular incidents of 2012.

The Nigeria entertainment industry has come of age and 2012 has seen great achievement both in the movie and music sectors.

However, events of the last 12 months have thrown up some bad and ugly sides of the year for the entertainment industry.

Entertainment really helped in shaping the minds of many youths in Nigeria especially at a time when the country is going through her trying times.

The Music industry

Some big wigs in the Nigeria music industry have given their support to young talented artistes, projecting and making them more known than ever.

Banky W known as the crown Prince of African Soul/R&B, made a big hit with his signed E.M.E acts, WIZKID and SKALES This has further solidified the niche he has carved for himself.

This year alone, there were big collaboration between Nigeria artistes and some notable names in the industry. These people are the shakers of American music industry.

Rick Ross had a big collaboration in 'Beautiful Onyiye,' one of the best collabos we have seen in a long time in Nigeria after featuring Akon.

The duet by Duncan Mighty and Shaggy is hoping to be a big one in 2013 as it didn't get much of the anticipated publicity it deserved.

Chris Brown came on a tour to Nigeria where he performed in Lagos on December 22, 2012 with Wizkid on stage dancing the Azonto. A memorable day for the young lad.

Also for Keri Hilson it will always be a day to remember when she was in Nigeria 2012 for the Face of Sofa at the International Conference center, Abuja, where she thrilled the audience with good songs and beautiful dance steps.

Nigeria artistes won various categories of awards internationally and locally for their effort this year, especially as it concerns improvement in delivery, real life images and graphics. More in the area of entertainment, record labels like Akon's Konvict Music with P-Suare and D'Banj's Good Music held their own together.

Videos have improved and there are more musical and lyrical inventions by some artistes like Azonto (Wizkid), Iyanya(Kukere), and P-Suare just compensated their fans with...

So the music industry has really achieved a lot and hoping to see more in 2013.

Nollywood Visit Nollywood:

2012 witnessed the coming of the angel of death to the Nigeria film industry with notable faces passing on and many in critical health conditions.

Some called it a plague as the number of deaths rising.

E-train investigation has it that no fewer than 10 actors and actresses died in 2012.

The rate of death is like in the ratio of one death per month.

You will be shocked to know that one more of your actors is no more.


Report reaching the desk has it that popular Yoruba actor, Otolo has died. According to a report by Nigerialfims.com the comic actor died on Wednesday December 26, (Boxing Day) making it a closure of numerous deaths in the movie industry.

Also David Ihezie:

He was a veteran actor, who died in his Enugu base after a short battle with Arthritis on January 19. He was in his 70s.

Brown Atienwen:

Popular Benin-based seasoned Nollywood actor and staff of the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism, died at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH). He was unable to pay the sum of N150,000 for a major operation. The cause of his illness was unknown. He died in October,2012.

Peter Eneh:

The news of Pete Eneh was that of an ailment which spread like cancer and led to the amputation of one of his legs. He later died after suffering from complications from the amputation of his leg. The actor, who was diabetic, allegedly sustained some injury in 2011, which degenerated to a sore and refused to heal.

He spent three months at the hospital before he the amputation of his leg was advised to avoid the infection spreading to other parts of his body. The amputation took place on Wednesday, October 24, after all efforts to save the leg was unsuccessful.

Lekan 'Lekinson' Oladipupo:

Popularly known in the Yoruba genre of Nollywood as Georgio Lekinson, Lekan Oladipupo died on January 24 in Osogbo, Osun State, while battling a heart related illness.


Yoruba comic actor, Hammed Odunla, better known as Dento, also succumbed to death on Monday, August 6, after months of battling with stroke.

Cassandra Gabriel:

Fast rising actress, Cassandra, otherwise known as Sisi Caro in a popular situational comedy, Face2Face, passed on recently due to complications from an illness suspected to be cancer.

Akin Ogungbe:

Veteran Yoruba actor, Akin Ogungbe, popularly known in the industry as Ireke Onibudo, died on November 28 at his Iberekodo residence, in Abeokuta, Ogun State. He was aged 78. According to one of his sons, Femi Abiola Ogungbe, his father was not ill but died of old age.

The actor was the founder of National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) and the oldest actor in the Yoruba film industry. He is survived by 15 widows with over 40 children and numerous grandchildren.

Enebeli Elebuwa:

It was a sad Wednesday, when the death of veteran actor, Enebeli Elebuwa hit tinsel town. The actor, who had been bedridden with stroke for two years, died in an Indian hospital in New Delhi. It was reported that his health deteriorated when he couldn't afford to pay for medical attention. It was also gathered that the stroke came as a result of uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes mellitus, which also affected his brain.

With the number of casualties in this league, it is instructive to note that the major ailments were either stroke, diabetes or heart related issues.

Meanwhile, medical experts have proffered solutions to the rising number of deaths in the film industry.

According to Dr. Justin Ihejieto of St. James Hospital, Olodi Apapa, the avalanche of deaths in the industry was a multi-factorial issue.

"It is not really a behavioural lifestyle problem, though it is a factor. Excessive alcohol intake, irregular eating pattern, weight gain, lack of exercise, lack of checkup and so on may be responsible. We hope the living would take this advice into 2013, since most of them are busy going from one location to another, they do not bother to go to the hospital for checkup at least once a year; so the accumulation of all of these and more could possibly cause health hazards.

At present, great thespians, including Ngozi Nwosu, Ifeanyi Dike, Prince Uche, Emma Edokpai, Victor Eze, who acted the role of Alika in the rested Fuji House of Commotion, are currently battling with stroke, diabetes and heart related problems.

Make up Break ups:

Funke Akindele's glamourous celebrity wedding will continue to be talk of town due to the dignitaries and Nigeria entertainers that witnessed it. Exactly one week after, another popular face in the Nigerian entertainment industry tied the knot June 2, 2012, in the person of dancer Kafayat Oluwatoyin Shafau (Kaffi) with live band drummer Joseph Adakole Ameh who tied the nuptial knot at the Bespoke Centre at Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.

Also, popular hip hop star Naeto C got hooked to his heartthrob Nicole in the midst of friends and family including the Koko master himself, D'banj.

He was at the rapper's white wedding which took place on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Lekki, Lagos.

Meanwhile, before now, it is the women side that is most hit by this breakup syndrome affecting the marital homes of our movie stars, but now, going by the revelation of the prominent actor, Joseph Benjamin, it's the men sector that is now being hit.

The actor opened up on his relationship status in an interview on Reel Radio."About my marriage, it has been going through crisis which I prefer not to talk about that is why I have kept it away from the public to wave off controversies. I am no longer in my marriage; we are separated. I have two wonderful children - a 10- year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son.

They are an integral part of my life; their mum and I have a very good arrangement on how to balance their lives to make sure that psychologically they are stable and unaffected by our separation." That was one of the sad moments of 2012.

There are more activities that shaped 2012 that are not mentioned so far, but E-train believe you have had a wonderful time reading our informative analysis.

But for the deaths, 2012 as it goes, has been a great year for Nigeria Entertainment industry and hopefully, 2013 will be a greater year for the industry.

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