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Iconic Nollywood Movie ‘Ti Oluwa Nile’ Adapted To Stage

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The legendary Yoruba movie ‘Ti Oluwa Nile’, written by veteran actor and producer Alhaji Kareem Adepoju, popularly known as ‘Baba Wande”, is set to be adapted into a stage play titled ‘ASIYANBI: TI OLUWA NI ILE’.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ‘Ti Oluwa Nile’ was originally penned in 1987 by Baba Wande and transformed into a cinematic gem in 1993 through collaboration between the esteemed writer and Mainframe Production, under the skilled direction of Tunde Kelani.

‘ASIYANBI: TI OLUWA NI ILE’ is in support of ‘AROBA GROOVE’, an international cultural organisation, signalling a new chapter in the legacy of the cinematic masterpiece.

Akindeji Ibitayo, the project coordinator and supervisory producer at Aroba Groove, said at a news conference on Friday in Lagos that the stage play was about retelling stories and histories in a compelling and exciting style, particularly of African origin.

“We took a deep look at the history of the country, the colonisation, independence, tribulations, challenges, and our growth and evolution over the years, and we concluded that Nigeria is God’s own country.

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“So, what project can we use to portray this? Here comes ‘Ti Oluwa Nile’, but in a different format.

“Coincidentally, Nigeria’s recent democracy will be hitting a landmark period of 25 continuous years.

“What better time can the project fall into, for characters such as Asiyanbi who are desecrating and flouting the laws and orders of the land, this is a project to let them know that there will be grave consequences.

“Nigerians and the world in general should watch out for this,” he said.

Also, Dotun Taylor, Executive Producer of the project, said that the 30-year-old movie, which has captivated audiences as one of Nollywood’s most-watched and top-selling stories in history, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of viewers.

“Now, with the upcoming stage production presented by AROBA GROOVE, the timeless story is set to be reimagined and brought to life in a fresh and dynamic theatrical experience,” he said.

According to him, the film intricately weaves a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and societal complexities, drawing viewers into a world where greed collides with tradition and justice is sought through supernatural intervention.

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The executive director said that the narrative follows the gripping saga of two individuals who conspire with a corrupt chief to illegally sell ancestral land to a petroleum company for personal gain.

Their deceit met with fierce resistance from the community and the intervention of the oracle, embodying the land’s sacred deities.

As the true ownership of the land is revealed and consequences unfold, the chief finds himself entangled in a web of challenges that test his fate and traditional standing, leading to a climactic showdown that will determine his ultimate destiny.

Taylor noted that with its cinematic debut, ‘TI OLUWA NILE’ garnered widespread acclaim and adoration, solidifying its status as a blockbuster and a cultural touchstone in Nollywood history.

According to Taylor, ‘ASIYANBI TI OLUWA NI ILE’ is prepared to take centre stage, emphasising the enduring relevance and resonance of the timeless story and underscoring its enduring impact on audiences across generations.

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“Featuring a talented cast of Nollywood actors of Yoruba descent, the stage play promises to deliver a riveting and immersive experience that honours the legacy of ‘TI OLUWA NILE’, while pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.

“AROBA GROOVE’s visionary approach to reimagining this classic tale in a new artistic form underscores their commitment to fostering creativity and cultural enrichment.

“It set the stage for an unforgettable theatrical journey that will captivate audiences far and wide,” Taylor said.

In his remarks, Adepoju said he was grateful to be part of the historic project.

“This is a historic project, and though I am the owner of the story, I must confess to you that I am more than grateful to be part of this project.

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“If I am not mistaken and with my experience, this is the first time in this country that I am witnessing a story that has been adapted to a film and re-adapted to a stage play.

“I have not seen or heard it before in this sphere. I give the progenitors and producers of this project kudos for their ingenuity.

“I am happy to be part of it in my lifetime, and I am fully in support,” the actor said.

The director of the project, Ropo Ewenla, says that the movie is full of creativity, promotes cultural heritage, and is investigative.

“I was a bit shocked when I was first contacted about the project, though I understand creativity is limitless.

“But this took me sincerely unaware, and since we have been on it, it has been an exciting experience.

With the level of creativity, and quality of team, cast, and crew put together by the producers, I can assure Nigerians and the world that it’s TI OLUWA NILE redefined.

“It’s an experience that I believe everyone must witness, and being the inaugural director of such a project makes me proud,” he said. (NAN)

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Davido Wants Kanye West To Join Him At Puma

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Nigerian singer Davido has advised American rapper, Kanye West to join him at Puma following the latter’s public criticism of Adidas on social media.

West had called out Adidas for selling a Yeezy design without his approval and exploiting his loyal fan base despite terminating its collaboration with him in 2022 over a string of antisemitic remarks.

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“Not only are they [Adidas] putting out fake colorways that are non-approved, they’re suing me for $250 million and they’re also not paying me for these shoes that they’re putting out that have my name on it,” the billionaire rapper lamented in a video message shared via Instagram on Monday.

Following West’s outburst, Davido, who is a global ambassador of Adidas rival Puma, urged him to consider collaborating with Puma.

” Come to @puma Ye @kanyewest,” he wrote via his Instagram story.

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How I Stole Tricycle To Fund My Music – Bella Shmurda

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Nigerian singer Bella Shmurda has opened up on how desperation made him do some shady things during his days as a struggling artist.

The Dagbana crooner in a new documentary titled ‘Bella Shmurda: Tension in Ibadan 2024,’ revealed that he hijacked a tricycle at some point to fund his music.

He said desperation also made him sign a record deal that didn’t end well.

Shmurda said, “I shouldn’t have rushed. We will never get to see the future. So everybody is rushing. I went into some things that didn’t later pay off. I went to sign a deal with rush which later was funny.

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“I stole keke (tricycle) because of money but Alhamdulilah, I’m here today.”

The singer said becoming a father has affected the kind of music he makes and visuals he puts out.

“Seeing my son, inspires me. What’s on my head is, ‘Wettin this boy go see in the next 10 years?’ I don’t want him to see my old videos. I want him to see a new Bella,” he said.

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‘I Became Sexually Inactive After Prostate Surgery’ – Actor Kola Oyewo [VIDEO]

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Kola Oyewo, has stated that he became sexually inactive after his battle with prostate enlargement.

The 77-year-old actor revealed this while narrating how he survived the ailment.

In a now trending video on the internet, actor Kunle Afod and veteran actor, Peter Fatomilola visited Oyewo in his house to check on his well-being.

Speaking with his guests in Yoruba language, Oyewo explained that he first experienced difficulty passing out urine in July 2019, before being diagnosed with prostate enlargement.

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During one of the surgeries to save his life, Oyewo disclosed that he had to give up his ability to engage in sexual intercourse.

Interacting with his visitors, he said “I had an enlarged prostate but I feel better now. In 2019, I first noticed that I would easily pee on myself or find it difficult to urinate.

“I went to the hospital and I was told that my prostate is getting larger and I will undergo surgery. They made an incision on my stomach and inserted what will help me pass out urine to prevent me from dying immediately.

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“Also, I was advised to undergo another surgery that will stop my sexual performance. I told them to go ahead because I no longer need it as my children were grownups with their own kids.”

Kola Oyewo started acting after he joined the Oyin Adejobi theatre group in 1964. His first role was Adejare in ‘Orogun Adedigba’.

He is currently a performing arts lecturer at Elizade University Ilara-Mokin, in Ondo State.

Watch him speak below:

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