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I used to be “queen” of auditions and “wakapass” roles –Funke Akindele-Bello

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Nollywood actress and producer Funke Akindele-Bello, has revealed how she struggled in the early years of her acting career.

Speaking about how she almost gave up acting, Akindele-Bello noted that her mother was among those, who encouraged her not to quit the industry.

The talented actor made the revelation recently on her YouTube channel when she talked about how she used to attend several auditions, hoping to get a prominent role. According to her, she often ended up being disappointed until she got her big break in a soap opera titled ‘I need to know’.

“I am going to be very personal here, talk about some things I’ve been through in life and liken them to whatever you are going through right now.

“Many young people are going through a lot to survive. Struggles, challenges, obstacles and they may want to give up.

“I want you to look at me and my story. When I started acting in 1998, I remember how I struggled to get up there, I got a lot of “no’s”. I was the ‘queen’ of auditions and ‘wakapass’ roles. I would read so well and people will clap, I will be so excited and would think when I get the list, I would get a supporting role. But all I got were roles like church extracts. I remember crying on those occasions.

“But my mother would tell me that I’ve got the passion and it is a God-given talent. She would give me money for my transport fare; sometimes I would trek to some places then take a bus to meet up.

“I could count the number of shoes I had then, maybe two or three. But today, the story has changed. Things changed for me positively.

“After ‘I need to know’, I didn’t get any more roles, I went down; I got back to attending auditions and lobbying, calling people and knocking on doors but none opened. I felt I had lost my chance.

“I can remember going for a project and I met an actress who spoke to the producer on my behalf. I remember going to Oshogbo for the movie, I packed all my clothes, I was so happy because I was told I was going to play a supporting role. I got there, and we were supposed to film but something happened to the generator and we couldn’t film. I was waiting to be called to film in my hotel room but they did not.

“On the fifth day, they called me and I was shocked. I was asked to play the role of a secretary in two scenes. This was after playing a major role in ‘I need to know’. It was devastating for me, I was crying but an actor advised me to take it.

“I took the stipends I was given and went back to Lagos. There were different situations like that where I could have given up but my mother’s words kept encouraging me till I got my big break to produce my own movie.

“So, do not give up, be expectant,” she said.

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Omoni Oboli shares experience on the 3rd Mainland Bridge after she had a flat tyre during wee hours

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Popular Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli, while returning back home from set suddenly had a flat tyre at 2 a.m on the 3rd Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

In the middle of the scary moment, the mom of boys shared a post on Instagram, where she revealed they had contacted the Lagos State Emergency service.

She further solicited for help from any who had a towing vehicle or who could reach one.

Omoni wrote: “Current situation 3:06am.
Heading back home from set.
Still stuck on 3rd mainland bridge. We had a flat tire (in short the tire is completely gone) but can’t change the tire because we need a special Lexus L and Key spanner. If you have, pls reach out. We are smack in the middle of 3rd mainland bridge. We have called Lagos State Emergency service and they said they’ll come but…
Reach out if you have a towing can or can reach one. One love

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Ciara gain admission into Harvard Business School

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American pop star Ciara  goes back to school.. Education sometimes don’t always cross the path of Pop star at times but Ciara is lucky.

The mother of one who took to social media to share the news of her going back to school dropped a caption of always dreaming of going to college.

The singer announced on Instagram that she was accepted into the prestigious school’s business of entertainment, media, and sports program (Harvard BEMS).

Sharing a photo of herself rocking the school’s apparel, she wrote: “I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for. This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS. #WhyNotHER

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Singer, Davido unfollows Ikorodu Bois on Instagram

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DMW boss Davido Adeleke has finally Unfollowed teen comedy group known as Ikorodu Bois on Instagram.

This is coming after the comedy group revealed Davido has not given them the 1,000,000 million Naira he promised since January.

This was made known on their Instagram page where a fan asked what they had used the money for, to which they replied they haven’t been given the promised money.

So right now, checks on Instagram has shown that Davido who was previously following the social media account of the group has stopped doing so.

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