Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ROAD TO YESTERDAY (A Genevieve Nnaji Movie) - Nov 2015


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Oh Lawd knows how long i have waited for this movie. To say I am excited about this will be an understatement. Yall know more or less, this blog is all about my Genny :) 
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Sypnosis:
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In another stunning performance, award-winning actress Genevieve Nnaji, alongside Nigerian-British actor, Oris Erhuerho, Majid Michel, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and veteran Ebele Okaro star in the feature film ‘Road to Yesterday.’ From the stables of producers, The Entertainment Network (T.E.N), the highly anticipated film directed by Ishaya Bako is scheduled to be released in all Nigerian cinemas on Friday, the 27th of November 2015.
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Set in Lagos Nigeria, Road to Yesterday is an epic love story, about a couple desperate to mend their marriage on a road trip to a relative’s funeral. However when memories and secrets from the past are revealed, a lot more is at stake than their relationship. The movie is guaranteed to resonate with movie-goers nationwide. 
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Genevieve Nnaji gives her usual stunning performance, as ‘Victoria Izu’ the conflicted wife and mother. Written by Genevieve herself, ‘Road to Yesterday’ was directed by Ishaya Bako, Genevieve Nnaji plays ‘Victoria Izu‘, the lead role alongside Nigerian-British actor Oris Erhuerho.  With her past credits in ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’, ‘Tango With Me’ & “Ije”, Genevieve returns to the screen with her first feature film in over two years.
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The Nigerian Premiere of ‘Road to Yesterday’ will be released on 27th November 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. We in the diaspora wait patiently to watch it too. For more information, visit www.roadtoyesterday.com.
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Watch Trailer Here


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Lets support her yall - you know you missed her :)
Enjoy
(MsTiLii)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

PACESETTERS NOVELS

This thread below was originally posted in 2010 and i kid you not i get emails almost daily from folks all over, asking me where they can buy these books, but unfortunately, just like you, i dont know either, on how to get them and where, so if you do please let me know. 
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My sincere apologies for late response to the many emails i have received. I felt instead of responding individually let me just bump this thread up and make this note here so you can all read it. I will continue to do some searches and if i find anything on how to buy them i will let you know. I wish the publishers could realise how much these novels are in great demand now so they can republish them for us. Every one who grew up in the 80s as a lil girl or youth, remembers Pacesetter 

(Ps: By the way i found one on amazon usa - SISI - and guess how much they are selling it for $3,291.47  - yes ohh, - for one tiny lil book  - http://goo.gl/1eEN6q  - maybe the seller smokes crack or something   - i guess pacesetters are now a treasure, maybe i should be serious with my hunt and find all the collection and resell for profit on ebay. Also you can check this site out http://www.pacesetternovels.com/ )


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Did you grow up in Ghana or Nigeria (or other african countries) in the 80s- Do you remember Pacesetters Books - Brings a smile to your face just mentioning the name doesnt it - it surely warms my heart just thinking bout those novel books)
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Reminiscing bout them good ole days back home, the one thing i could escape to when bored was not just playing house with my friends, but most of all reading my Pacesetters Books and Mills & Boons (wonder why i love romantic movies). And lets not forget Famous Five, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, Secret Seven - gosh those were the good ole days, no rent - no bills all food paid for, clothes paid for - had no worries whats soever. Chai. Lord can you please rewind. I miss the good ole days.
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So today I was telling my sister to stop my nieces and nephews who spend too much time playing video games and facebooking or watching nickolodeon to spend more time reading. And this started a conversation between my sister and reminiscing bout the good ole days and how our parents expected us to read all the time.
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This got me thinking that those Pacesetters books had excellent story lines - what if some of our movie producers ask permission from the authors who owned these books to turn these novels into movies. I will really love to see that.
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We are tired of all the boring storylines we are being bombarded with in movies and want something more interesting to the likes of what we read in the Pacesetters Books - they were natural, african and very organic - no pretenses - just very african.
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For those wondering where to buy these books now its kinda hard to come by by you could try this link below and also below i have pasted the titles and the authors to them.
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1 A DREAM CALLLED SEPTEMBER by CHRISTINE BOTCHWAY
2 AGONY IN HER VOICE by PETER KATULIIBA
3 ANGEL OF DEATH by NANDI DLOVU
4 BITTERSWEET by YEMA L. HUNTER
5 BONDS OF LOVE by HOPE DUBE
6 CHERISHED DREAMS by MUGARRA ADYEERI
7 CHILD OF WAR by BEN CHIRASA
8 CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY by AFARI ASSAN
9 CIRCLE OF BETRAYAL by JAMES IRUNGU
10 COUP by KALU OKPI
11 CROSS-FIRE by KALU OKPI
12 DANGEROUS INHERITANCE by CHUMA NWOKOLO
13 DANGEROUS WATERS by MAURICE SOTABINDA
14 DEAD OF NIGHT by PHILIP PHIL EBOSIE
15 DEADLY NEWS
by PRIM NGA'AB16 DEALERS IN DEATH by VICTOR THORPE
17 DEATH IS A WOMAN by DICKSON IGHAVINI
18 DELA BOYA: THE AFRICAN DETECTIVE
by KOJO AKWA19 DESERT STORM by HOPE DUBE
20 DIRECTOR by AGBO AREO
21 DOUBLE DATING by WALIJE GONDWE
22 DOUBLE TROUBLE by OSMAN P CONTEH
23 EQUITORIAL ASSIGNMENT
by DAVID G MAILLU24 EUROPEANS ONLY? by GEORGE MASON
25 EVBU MY LOVE by HELEN OVBIAGELE
26 FELICIA by ROSINA UMELO
27 FOR BETTER FOR WORSE by OSMAN P CONTEH
28 FOR MBATHA AND RABEKA by DAVID G MAILLU
29 FOREVER YOURS by HELEN OVBIAGELE
30 FORGIVE ME
by MARYAM MOHMED T GARBA31 FRANCIE MOLALA & THE MERCEDES AFFAIR (out of stock) by UMBHALI
32 HARVEST OF LOVE by SAM ARYEETEY
33 HAVE MERCY by JOSEPH MANGUT
34 LOVE by KALU OKPI
35 LOVE LETTERS by ROSINA UMELO
36 LOVE ON THE ROCKS by ANDREW SESINYI
37 LOVE'S DILEMMA by WALIJE GONDWE
38 MARK OF THE COBRA by VALENTINE ALILY
39 MEET ME IN CONAKRY by SHERIFF SARR
40 NAIRA POWER by BUCHI EMECHETA
41 NANASI GIRL by DAMIAN ASABUHI
42 ON THE ROAD
by KALU OKPI43 OPERATION RHINO by JAMES IRUNGU & JAMES SHIMANYULA
44 POISONED BAIT by JAMES NGUMY
45 POSSESSED by ATU YALLEY
46 POSTAGE COVER
by47 RACE AGAINTS RATS by NANDI DLOVU
48 RASSIE by ANDREW SESINYI
49 REMEMBER DEATH by GLADSTONE MEENA
50 RICH GIRL, POOR BOY (out of stock) by BODE OSANYIN
51 SECOND-HAND LOVE by WALIJE GONDWE
52 SECRET BLOOD by JOHN CHITAMBO
53 SHADOW OF A DREAM
by HOPE DUBE54 SHAMEFUL SACRIFICE by RICHARD ANIEKE55 SISI (out of stock) by YEMI SIKUADE56 SOMETHING TO HIDE by ROSINA UMELO
57 SPEARS DOWN by CHRISTINE BOTCHWAY
58 STATE SECRET by HOPE DUBE
59 STONE OF VENGEANCE by VICTOR THORPE
60 STOP PRESS: MURDER! by MOHMED T GARBA
61 SWEET REVENGE by VICTOR A. ULOJIOFOR
62 SYMPHONY OF DESTRUCTION by SUNDAY D ADEBOMI
63 TEARDROPS AT SUNSET (out of stock) by RICHAR AKOJI
64 TELL ME NO MORE by SENSENJANI LUKHELE
65 THE BETRAYER by SAM A ADEWOYE
66 THE BLACK TEMPLE by MOHMED T GARBA
67 THE BLACKMAILERS by JOSEPH MANGUT
68 THE BORDER RUNNERS by JAMES IRUNGU & JAMES SHIMANYULA
69 THE CYCLIST by PHILIP PHIL EBOSIE
70 THE DELINQUENT by MOHAMMED SULE
71 THE EXTORTIONIST by CHUMA NWOKOLO
72 THE HOPEFUL LOVES by AGBO AREO
73 THE INFAMOUS ACT by MOHAMMED SULE
74 THE INSTRUMENT by VICTOR THORPE
75 THE KIND OF MARRIAGE by BUCHI EMECHETA
76 THE MATING GAME (out of print) by BARBARA KIMENYE
77 THE MONEY-DOUBLERS by MAURICE SOTABINDA
78 THE NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON by MUHEKI RUSHEDGE
79 THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN by SAM ARYEETEY
80 THE POLITICIAN by KALU OKPI
81 THE PRESIDENTS SON by KWASI KORANTENG
82 THE RUNAWAY BRIDE by BARBARA KIMENYE
83 THE SCHEMERS by HELEN OVBIAGELE
84 THE SMUGGLERS by KALU OKPI
85 THE TREASURE by PETER KATULIIBA
86 THE UNDESIRABLE ELEMENT by MOHAMMED SULE
87 THE WAGES OF SIN (out of print) by IPE OPARANDU
88 THE WORSHIPPERS by VICTOR THORPE
89 TOBACCO SMOKE by KWASI KORANTENG
90 TOO COLD FOR COMFORT by JIDE OGUNTOYE
91 TOO YOUNG TO DIE by OMONDI MAK'OLOO
92 TRUTH WILL OUT by DEDE KAMKONDO
93 VICIOUS CIRCLE by ALEXANDER KANENGONI
94 WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS by SARAH MKHONZA
95 WHO KILLED MOHTTA (out of print) by EDISON N YONGAI
96 WHO REALLY CARES by HELEN OVBIAGELE
97 WOMEN FOR SALE (out of stock) by JOSEPH MANGUT
98 YOU NEVER KNOW (out of print) by HELEN OVBIAGELE
99 ZERO HOUR by BEN MTOBWA

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here is the site u can purchase some from - there are suppose to be 130 titles in all but i dont see it all here- so you will have to do your research.
http://www.africabookcentre.com/acatalog/index.html?http%3A//www.africabookcentre.com/acatalog/Pacesetters.html&CatalogBody
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buy some for your children, nieces and nephews to read - they are very good books for young boys and girls primary or secondary school ages. These are way better than those useless books bout Vampire and Harry Potter books - which does nothing but control the minds of our children very negatively - part of the new world order scheme - they will use any means to get to your kids even if thru nickolodeon or dark Rihanna (dont get me started on illuminati and conspiring new world order talk - we will be here all day :lol:).
(This is a message to my childhood friend who borrowed my many Pacesetters books and never returned them - "Doreen Berko i need back my Pacesetters you borrowed in 1983-88 - in this recession i could be selling them and making some dough right about now - wait till i catch you :lol:)
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To those who remember and have read this book, name your favourites. Mine was too many so i will name them later, however Kalu Okpi was my favourite - his stories made me a escape.
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Sometimes these books were even confiscated by my parents cos i hadnt done my house chores and spent too much time reading them, you would have to call me at least 5 times before i respond "Yes" and my mom will say in our language " Fiii -Mi fre wu nu wanti se mi fre wu? :lol: - meaning "didnt you hear me calling you"?.:lol:
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The Perfect Guy (New Movie Starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy & Morris Chestnut)

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Coming this September 11th 2015,  is the much anticipated, romantic thriller 'The Perfect Man'.  
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Starring Hollywood hearthrobs Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut & Sanaa Lathan, the movie is a passion-charged drama about love, sex, jealousy and plain mania! ‘The Perfect Guy’ is about a woman (Lathan) in a relationship with a man that refuses to commit (Chestnut). She breaks it up and meets an IT expert (Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and decides to dissolve the budding relationship. In a jealous rage and fueled by insane revenge, he decides to teach her a lesson. The movie stars Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut
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Everyone who knows me knows my everyday male crush is Michael Ealy and Female crush all day everyday, (whom i am naming future daughter after) is Sanaa Lathan, Been loving her since Love and Basketball, so to say i am excited about this movie will be an understatement. I have been wanting Sanaa and Michael to star in a movie forever, but i wanted more of a romantic movie, but this one will do, Michael you can hide underneath my bed any day any time. (ps: and no i am not excited because of the sex scenes neither, its against my religion, i will even close my eyes when those scenes come on :) :) - its true, am not lieing. ) 
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It was directed by David M. Rosenthal and screenplay was by Tyger Williams. Story was by Alan McElroy and Tyger Williams. It was produced by Nicole Rocklin, Wendy Rhoads, Darryl Taja, Tommy Oliver while Executive Producers were Michael Eay, Sanaa Lathan, Glenn S. Gaino. It comes complete with a steamy trailer will be in nationwide cinemas in USA on September 11 and also in the africa region including South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana in Silverbird Cinemas on same day September 11 - i am really impressed how quick USA movies are getting to africa these days, I think its even quicker than UK and rest of Europe. In the nineties living in London i remember we use to wait for year or so for black movie released in hollywood to get to us, (eg Boyz N The Hood, Love Jones, Jasons lyric, New Jack City etc) - i use to be so mad at that. But now i live here now so i dont need to worry.
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MsTilii
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The Visit - (New Movie starring Blossom Chukwujekwu & Nse Ikpe Etim


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A new Nollywood movie is about to drop titled The Visit. The movie is a 4-cast movie, the very first of it’s kind in Nollywood featuring Nse Ikpe Etim, Bayray Mcnwizu, Femi Jacobs, and Blossom Chukwujekwu
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The upcoming movie was directed by Funke Fayoyin who achieved a measure of popularity with The Gods Are Still Not To Blame, an adaptation of Ola Rotimi‘s classic play, The Gods are not To Blame for the big screen. 
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The Visit was produced in 2014 by Koga Studios and will be released in Nigerian cinemas on October 16 2015.
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I am not exactly sure when those of us in the diaspora (USA) will get a chance to see it. Nse and Blossom are crazy funny, like seriously Chuks you just gone bone her right in the parking lot and she not exactly the quiet kind, when your poor neighbor (man) aint had some and been starving. You are so mean :) .
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I cant wait to watch this craziness, its different. I love me some Blossom and Nse
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MsTilii

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chacha Eke Stars in "Amuche The Business Tycoon" (2015 Most Anticipated Nollywood Comedy)


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Hi Ladies and Gents, How are you  everybody??? I miss you guys.
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I know i have not updated the blog in a while due to other engagements and stuff I have been busy doing, but i just wanted to stop by to promo this upcoming funny comedy starring one of my favorite actresses Chacha Eke (one of those i predicted when she started,is here to stay and had great potential). She is definitely NOT just one of the usual pretty face nollywood actresses, we get bombarded with, who are nothing but mediocres wasting peoples time with their useless acting (they know who they are and if they dont check out my drive by list on the left panel of this blog) . Chacha is of great talent. Definitely a force to be reckoned with as i said from day i saw her many years ago.
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I am so happy for her that finally many are taking notice of her, and hopefully this comedy will be one of her biggest breakthrough yet which opens more doors for her. In the past few years she has defintely shown her range and versatility in different roles,  but hopefully more producers take notice of her and give her more great roles just as much as they will with other great talents like Mercy or Ini. She gorgeous, she articulate in her roles and gives it her 100% and inteprets it well (in my opinion). With what i see in this trailer I am thinking, she could even do some subtitled igbo movies too, cos she is definitely good and I will love to see her in such.
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Chacha is married to movie producer (Austin Faani) and has a gorgeous baby girl by name of Kamara ChaCha Eke Faani celebrates 2-year wedding anniversary with husband Austin Faani, this year (2015), with her daughter Kamara. One of those few scandal free actresses you just gotta love. 
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Although the movie may be released online like youtube and stuff I encourage you all toactually purchase the movie (dvd, vcd etc) to support the cause and the industry. You know i never recommend anything rubbish, this is a comedy you could put in and watch and laugh with your friends and family any day.
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Watch Trailer:

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I dont know exacty when this will be released but I am sure in the next month or so it wll be out so just look out for it.

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Enjoy :) 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Nollywood Death That Hit me the Hardest - Rest in Peace Muna Obiekwe


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Well By now you have all heard that My one and only and favourite Nollywood veteran actor Muna Obiekwe has died. I have been so numb to this news since Sunday 18th January 2015 that the news reached me that he had died. I ask why why why Muna, why didnt you speak to your colleagues or reach out to your fans - More people Loved you than you would ever know. I started watching Nigerian movies in 2002 and Muna was the first actor i completely fell in love with his acting. In those days, While everyone was ohhing and ahhing about RMD, Ramsey and Emeka Ike, I was totally hooked on Muna like a high schooler.
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The first movie i watched with him was "Not Man Enough"  as well as "He Lives in Me" both movies with Genevieve. He had the best on screen chemistry with Genevieve especially when it came to romance and I was totally hooked borderline obsessed with the dude. My all time favourite movie with him i will say is Warriors Heart (which the marketers later changed titled to "Destiny Call / Return to Destiny) again with Genevieve - yall know i love my village set movies. No actor kissed better on screen than Muna. And when it was with Genny, girrrlllll, you better find his movies and watch em. 
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Everyone (especially on the blog i use to belong to called naija rules) knew how much i adored and loved me some Muna and till this day i still love me some Muna. I adored him from head to toe including his finger tips (yass, it was that deep - crazy me i was always oohing and ahhing of his hands and nails), so you can imagine how utterly distraught i was when i heard it on Sunday Jan 18 around 6pm that he had passed. And then we had one idiotic imposter playing with our emotions saying he was not dead, and me hoping it was true he was not dead. But unfortunately he was truly dead after i confirmed. I didn't sleep a wink Sunday night. Its still surreal and just unbelievable. Shock is an understatement.
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Below are a few details about his death (source/credit IEntertainment)

Muna discovered his kidney problem a long time ago but like most people, he thought he could manage it. He ignored the pain and continued working without paying much attention. According to a close source, he only took his drugs and medication once in a while as ‘Muna never believed the ailment could lead to his death. He believed he would survive it like he did the gunshot and death of his parents. He was not a man given to worrying about things. He believed it was not a coincidence his parents named him Munachimso, a name which means God is walking with me.’ The kidney problem persisted and Muna was eventually forced to seek the help of a doctor in a Lagos. The doctor gave him a ray of hope. 
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He assured Muna that his worse fear of Kidney transplant might not happen if only he could do up to 20 dialyses. Vera Kanu, a mother figure to him in Nollywood confirmed our findings, “I was with him to the last hour. He was to do up to 20 dialyses; the doctor said if the dialysis improved his condition, the worse would certainly be over. He will be okay only if he stays away from alcohol but you know our artiste” she concluded. Muna braced himself, kept the doctor’s appointment, spent money he had and some he didn’t have but unlike his many past pains he had survived, this one proved different. This one stretched the limit of his human endurance. This one threatened his life in a way that it had never been threatened before. This hit him with so much pain that he slumped in his home, went unconscious and he eventually gave up the ghost when he was on his tenth dialysis. Our source continued “the dialysis was expensive for Muna. He was doing two in a week sometimes. And he would need blood injection on each occasion. 
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Each appointment was costing him between N250, 000 to N300, 000; money he did not really have to spend. His health was eating deep into his purse yet Muna refused to go cap in hand begging for alms. He was a private guy who didn’t want the press or his colleagues to feast on his pain, and cast aspersions on Nollywood’s industry of beggars’. Vera, his godmother corroborated the point. “He was managing it on his own. As a matter of fact, he has been managing it for a while until Ejiro Okurame and I came on board to help. We were combining resources to help him but there was very little we could do to save him. We had to enlist the help of Patience Ozokwor and Kanayo O. Kanayo (KOK) at a point. They rendered the help they could until he died.” Contrary to many reports Muna was not ready to beg or raise money because he was too ashamed of what his colleague or press will say. “The guy was private. He kept to himself a lot and most importantly, kept his private life private; for instance, many people did not even know he was married with two children. Such was his life. He didn’t want press or his colleagues to start prying. He was particularly afraid of the press, hence his shutting his colleagues out of his pain. He knew if some Nollywood people got to know about it, the press would also get to know. He refused to beg to save Nollywood’s image, he in-turn, lost himself.” A Nollywood star told us the press needs to take it easy with stars, “we are human too and like every other person, we have our pains. The press needs to be less judgmental. If he wasn’t too scared of the press, perhaps, he would have reached out for help.” 
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Shortly before his death, Muna summoned enough courage despite his private nature and contacted Nollywood actress and former beauty queen, Ibinabo Fiberesima. He however, promised to get back to her, perhaps to discuss details of his deteriorating health with her but fate struck a fatal blow and he never did. As much as causes of some ailments are mysterious, not a few people in Nollywood believe Muna brought the pain upon himself and he was a victim of a demon he couldn’t deal with. Muna was a chain smoker and heavy drinker. Despite his condition, multiple sources revealed he was still consuming alcohol on a regular basis. “Everybody in the industry knows Muna drinks a lot; even when he’s shooting in the North, he has a way of finding alcohol,” a Nollywood source told us. Muna was said to have taken heavily to alcohol after he lost his parents in a ghastly motor accident. ‘As a matter of fact, he was supposed to be in that car with them but by stroke of luck, he wasn’t and was spared. Afterwards, Muna took solace in liquor but that never affected his job. He was just like Sam Loco; he could drink the whole sea but when he hears the director shout ‘action,’ he gets into character. 

Muna was a method character despite his flaws’ our source reveals. Speaking on the drinking habit despite his ailment, his godmother, Vera Kanu said ‘It’s not like he drinks heavily like you guys said. He drank but not as you are putting it,” she said with an emotion-laden voice. Speaking further, “Muna even called me during the holiday that he is now okay and ready to work so I should start bringing jobs because I was his producer. I told him thank God and that I would start as long as he does not do what the doctor told him not to do, which was drinking. The problem came back and he has been on it since then till he died.” Another thing many people do not know about him again is that he was one of the three busiest actors. The other two are Mike Ezuronye and Yul Edochie. Muna is also the first cousin of Yul Edochie, that makes him a member of Pete Edochie’s family.
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I don't think any Nollywood death has hit me as hard as this death of Muna, I never even imagined someone i never met death will hit me this much. It hurts and it hurts so bad. What saddens me the most about all this is the fact that he entertained us so damn well, yet on the private side he was going through so much pain and kept it a secret and didnt share with any one to help him, that is what hurts me the most about his death. The loneliness he must have felt. THe what ifs and the woulda coulda shouldas and how all this could have been avoided with just a bit of help.
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I Wanted to talk more about the Nollywood Actors Guild - but not today. I dont have the temper today. In summary all i willl say is the Guild should take care of actors and develop a mandatory health insurance for all actors where all actors contribute to it monthly or quarterly just like they would monthly for their car insurance This loosing of our best due to health issues is becoming too much. I dont want to hear of any more deaths from nollywood again. All you actors should love care and be your brothers keeper.
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Rest In Peace Muna. I will forever love you and forever miss you. Thank You for entertaining us all these years and giving us your best.
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ps: several years ago hanging amongst my friends and family, they all simultaneously asked (while teasingly laughing)  if they could borrow all my Munas movies from my video library (yes Muna had his own special shelve just like Genny), I looked at them with a side eye, mschewwwwwwed, looked in the sky, shook my head and just walked away. Like are they seriously trying to test me or something. 
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REST IN PERFECT PERFECT PEACE MUNA OBIEKWE
I WILL MISS YOU SO TREMENDOUSLY.
YOUR SURVIVING FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS FOR THE LORD TO GIVE THEM STRENGTH AND COMFORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIMES.
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yall know what i will be doing this weekend, #MunaMoviesMarathon with my box of tissues and wine, starting with Warriors Heart (aka Destiny Call)
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