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Mothusi Magano opens up about struggles in the entertainment industry

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Mothusi Magano may be one of the most famous faces on TV, but he says a lack of gigs in Mzansi is one of the biggest challenges. The star, who has appeared in several high-profile shows, among them The Lab, Emoyeni and Intersexions, recently joined the cast of popular SABC1 soapie Skeem Saam, as the confident Tumishang.

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While he is amped for his new role, Magano told TshisaLIVE that other actors were not as blessed and struggled to find work in an industry that can be brutal. It is not as glamorous as many people think. I think one of the biggest challenges is getting work. It can be quite difficult. It can be quite challenging not knowing when the next gig will come.

Mothusi said young people who want to break into the industry should be patient with themselves and trust in their abilities.

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And his impressive resume does not mean he is immune to the challenges. He says all actors, established or not, struggle with royalties.

“You can appear on screens all the time and people think you are doing well, but behind the scenes you may be struggling. It can be really tough.

In other news – I have apologised on SA’s behalf, Ramaphosa says on xenophobic violence

President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the heckling he received while paying tribute at the memorial service of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe over the weekend was aimed not at him, but the entire country.

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Ramaphosa was addressing the 14th National Congress of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) at the Durban International Convention Centre on Monday. Ramaphosa said he was the target of collective anger towards South Africa. Read more

Source: Timeslive

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Nigerian actor John Mr Ibu Okafor to be buried at the end of June

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The late Nigerian actor and comedian John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, will be buried at the end of June. Okafor passed away in March. According to Nigerian media reports, the Okafor family in Eziokwe Amuri, Nkanu West LGA in Enugu State, released the funeral details in a statement. The family stated that it would like to honour Okafor’s loving memory like the hero and legend he has been, leaving a legacy of love, laughter, and liveliness.

“We would appreciate your esteemed presence as we lay to rest our son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and in-law on the 28th of June 2024,” reads the statement.
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Mr Ibu

Five-day burial ceremony
The statement said the burial ceremony would commence on June 25, where a high-profile novelty match will take place. It will be followed by a session called Mr Ibu’s Night that will involve a candlelight procession and live entertainment.

On June 27, a Christian wake will be held at his compound in Eziokwe Amuri, Nkanu West, before the funeral service takes place on June 28.Okafor passed away on March 2 at the age of 62 at Evercare Hospital in Lekki, Nigeria.

Mr Ibu

He died of cardiac arrest after a prolonged battle with an ailment that led to one of his legs being amputated. Despite his health challenges, Okafor remained dedicated to his craft until his passing. He only disclosed his health struggles in October 2023. The veteran actor appeared in over 200 Nollywood films, including those from the Mr Ibu series, which was very popular in the early 2000s.

Source: Sundayworld

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Junior Pope not buried by river bank – Police

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The Anambra State Police Command says the remains of Nollywood star, John Paul Odonwodo, popularly called Junior Pope, were not among those buried by the bank of the Anam River. The Command’s spokesman, SP Ikenga Tochukwu, made the clarification on Sunday, stating that only three of the deceased families agreed that the victims be buried by the riverside.

He noted that after the burial of the three, one of the families came back to exhume the remains of their daughter for a befitting burial in her country home.Ikenga added that the corpse of Junior Pope was deposited at a morgue.

John Paul Odonwodo

“The Command, on an inquiry about the unconfirmed information that the recovered bodies including Junior Pope were buried by the Riverside where the boat accident happened, discovered that three of the deceased families accepted the victims should be buried beside the river.

“But later, the family of one of the victims decided to exhume the body to be given a proper burial in her state while the other two were still buried there. Also, Junior Pope and one other are still in the morgue and await the deceased families’ funeral arrangements,” he said. The PPRO further stated that the Command is still investigating the unfortunate incident.

John Paul Odonwodo

He said, “The producer of the movie and the two boat drivers’ statements have been obtained, and other necessary actions/moves already emplaced by the operatives as directed by the Commissioner of Police to determine the criminal liability of any person, if any, in the mishap

Source: Dailypost

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Singer Paul Okoye hints at remarrying

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Popular singer and half of P-Square, Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy, has hinted at remarrying. The ‘Reason With Me’ crooner dropped the hint while scolding fans for wishing his divorce from his ex-wife to be toxic.

Paul Okoye

He stated that he would not succumb to their wishes, urging them to accept the reality that he is with his new partner, Ivy Ifeoma.He went on to unveil hashtag options for himself and his partner, Ifeoma.

Paul Okoye

On his Instagram story, Rudeboy wrote: “Some of y’all wish and think all divorces must be toxic, looking for someone to blame so that y’all can be entertained… lol

“#Ifeomanonso Or #Ifynonso. Choose one.  Rudeboy, 41, unveiled Ifeoma, then 22, as his new girlfriend in December 2022, one year after his divorce from his ex-wife Anita Okoye.

Source: Naijanews

In other news – Why I married Boko Haram fighter – Freed Chibok girl

Ten years later, Amina Nkeki, one of the 276 abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno State, has said that she married a Boko Haram fighter to get her freedom. Nkeki, who regained freedom in 2016 with a baby and a Boko Haram fighter as her husband, stated this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday monitored by DAILY POST.

 

Freed Chibok girl

She said some of her colleagues gave birth to four children for insurgents who held them hostage. Nkeki said she agreed to marry a Boko Haram fighter while in captivity because she viewed the path as a route of escape from her abductors. Read more

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