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Movie Shines New Light on Widows’ Plight

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The Widow’s Son, a movie by Willie Workman Oga tells in very colourful and compelling way the travails of widows in the Nigerian nay African society. Though the widowhood saga is no longer news, the movie brings it alive in ways that are memorable in addition to raising issues that were before now unspoken or hushed up yet are everyday realities for the bereaved in a society in too much of a hurry to be sensitive.

The Widow’s Son is a story of strife and the sheer grit and determination of the main character Agaba who rises from grass to grace the stumbling blocks notwithstanding.

The one hour, thirty minutes movie produced by Entertainment Konsult, opens with the chaotic scene where the widow and her children, a boy (Tito Nwagbata, lead player)  and a girl (Favour Workman) are thrown out of the house by her deceased’s relatives. Her attempts to lay claims to what rightly belongs to her and her children by normal sentiment, are thwarted as her ‘smart’ brother-in-law (played by Victory Emuejekarohwo)  takes all since, after all, he is the next-of-kin in her husband’s will.

The next few years see the widow and her children going through harrowing experiences, clawing at survival straws.  A great flash-back technique is explored several times to reflect the life of sheer luxury they lost due to the death of their breadwinner. But all they have now are mere fleeting memories amidst the squalor they have been relegated to—the mother as a petty trader, son as a menial jobber and daughter a hawker of drinks.

They are also seen grappling with the unspoken vagaries that life throws at the vulnerable. While Agaba the son fights to fend off cult boys in his pained attempt at university education, the daughter had to fight off a rapist in her attempt at earning a living via hawking cold drinks in a racy neighborhood. As if that is not enough, the widow escapes a seduction attempt by none other than her ‘wicked’ brother-in-law who deprived them of their inheritance.

But a glimmer of light shows when Agaba’s singing career receives a boost and he is signed on a successful musical career.

Movie’s Producer and Director, Willie Walkman

A line of romance, intrigue and the triumph of love is also woven into the entire plot to further brighten the storyline.

A unique twist to this movie by Oga, a musician, filmmaker, founder of the Advocacy for Widows Empowerment Foundation (ADWEF), and ace producer, is that it has about 80% of the cast as real life widows and some of the child actors as real life orphans. It also features some of Nollywood’s best including Toyin Alausa and Emuejekarohwo.

The colour, memorable dialogues and captivating scenes, makes ‘The Widow’s Son’ a must-watch.

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Police Arrest “BUGA” Singer, Kiss Daniel

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Music star, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, also known as Kizz Daniel has allegedly been arrested by the Tanzanian Police.

Kizz Daniel was arrested for not showing up at his scheduled concert.

He was scheduled to perform at the Warehouse, Old Nextdoor Arena in Tanzania on Sunday but did not show up to the venue.

Disgruntled fans had taken to social media, expressing displeasure over the Singer’s failure to show up on Sunday.

Reports said the ‘Buga’ crooner refused to mount the stage because he allegedly forgot his travelling bag in Uganda and didn’t want to wear borrowed clothes.

However, the angry fans who reportedly paid $5000 for tables were seen hurling bottles at each other and destroying properties at the event centre.

A viral video of the arrest showed the singer wearing a hooded jacket and being led into a police vehicle.

This is the second time the singer has failed to perform at a fully booked concert while fans waited.

He had last month kept fans waiting for hours at his DMV concert in New York but later blamed his no-show on immigration challenges.

Source: The Punch

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HOW RACHEL ONIGA DIED AT 64

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Veteran movie actress, Rachel Oniga has passes away on Friday. According to the family, the actress died of heart disease.

The actress reportedly died Friday night in a hospital in Lagos.

In a statement yesterday by the deceased’s sister, Deaconess Toyin Odusote, Oniga, who passed away at the age of 64, had been battling the ailment for some time now.

The statement read in part:

“With a heavy heart and total submission to God, we write to announce the passing of our beloved sister, mother and grandmother, Chief Rachel Tabuno Oniga .

“She died in a Lagos hospital at the age of 64 , on Friday, July 30, 2021 at about 10 pm.

“Contrary to diverse reports informing that she died of COVID-19 complications, we write to inform the general public that she died of heart related issue, an ailment she battled for a short period before her demise.

“We accept her sudden transition as God’s design and we see it as a function of a race of life well finished.

“Painful as it may, we accept it in good faith and total submission to her Maker.

“We, therefore, desire to be allowed to mourn her death privately for now, as we do cause with deep sense of respect for her soul and the glorious life she lived.”

Burial arrangement would be announced in due course by the deceased’s family, the statement promised.

The deceased reportedly had been on Kunle Afolayan’s movie set in Mowe area of Ogun State since last week.

Biography and Profile of Rachael Oniga

An indigene of Eku in Delta State, Oniga was born on 23 May 1957 in Ebutte Metta, Lagos State. She began her acting career in 1993, shortly after her divorce. She worked briefly at Ascoline Nigeria Limited, a Dutch Consultant Company before her first movie titled Onome and her debut Yoruba movie was Owo Blow. Over the years, Oniga has featured in notable Nigerian films such as Sango, a movie scripted by Wale Ogunyemi, produced and directed by Obafemi Lasode and Wale Adenuga’s television series, Super story.She was one of the famous Nigerian Actresses who played a role of a mother in movies. Although featured mostly in Yoruba movies, she was also active in Nollywood English movies.Among the movies she featured are Sango in 1997, Out of Bounds in 1997, Owo Blow 1997, Passion of Mind in 2004, Power Of Sin, Restless Mind and Doctor Bello in 2013, 30 Days in Atlanta in 2014, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel in 2017, Power of 1 in 2018, The Wedding Party and My Village People 2021.

Oniga is survived by three children and several grandchildren.

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DMX: Behind The Music (Video Documentary)

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DMX is dead. The US rapper died on Friday at the age of 50, five days after suffering a heart attack.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was placed on life support and died with his family by his side.

His songs included Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon’ Give It To Ya.He also acted on screen, appearing in such films as Cradle 2 the Grave, Romeo Must Die and Exit Wounds.

He was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970 and fathered 15 children.

DMX died on Friday at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York.

“You TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC”, the American rapper and singer Missy Elliott said.

He will greatly be missed by family and fans.

Oche Onu writes with agency reports.

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