Frozen from months of COVID-19 lockdown warmth is returning to theaters, galleries, stages and other venues as restrictions continue to be eased.
Famous comedian Angel ‘d’ laff, warmed the hearts of the audience followed by a serving of sonorous music supplied by the drama group as Ola Rotimi ‘s The Gods Are Not to Blame took the center stage in the Garden City of Port Harcourt on the 13th and 14th May 2021, at the prestigious The Arena event center.
The stunning adaptation of Ola Rotimi’s classic The Gods Are Not to Blame by Daniel Kpodoh gave the ageless story a new spin with a fresh perspective, keeping the theater lovers on the edge of their seats as the drama rolled out.
Daniel Kpodoh’s rendition is infused with a generous display of Yoruba culture in costumes, parables and incantations combined with the musical style to keep pulses racing across the theater.
With unique dance steps created by the director, the play placed the spotlight on the rich Yoruba culture with an emphasis on deities like Sango, Orunmila, Ifa, and Ogun –as King Odewale, King Adetusa (Odewale’s father), Queen Ojuola (Odewale’s mother), Aderopo (Odewale’s brother), the Chiefs and other characters in the book refer to them often.
Odewale’s character as acted by Amaebi Ekiye who experienced different phases of confusion, almost painful in its helplessness, that the viewers will become sympathetic to his plight, cursing fate for dealing him with such a heavy hand.
Odewale was in touch with his supernatural side, and was quick to call on Ogun, swearing on the deity which eventually led to his downfall.
It was also an interesting play to see how Odewale’s destiny led him back home, especially when he turned out to be a good ruler of his people. The Gods Are Not to blame is full of irony, despair, and disillusions. At the end, one is left with a ringing conclusion – one can never outrun fate.
The play the God’s are not to Blame as acted by DAl productions and the theater clan was a massive success with every act on stage giving a very good account of themselves.
Some dignitaries who graced the event include Pastor and mrs Olawale Arije, Pastor &mrs Abayomi Akinwole, Micheal kpodoh (art lord gallery), Michael Ogolo, Endy Ojo Abas, Deborah job, Kio London, Angel attah (angel the laugh), Kunle Tatafo, Dr Ovunda Ihunwo(NANTAP chairman rivers state), Iyowuna Obomanu, Clarizza Tammy, clarizza Tammy (KAFRICODIP ), Sunday Edum,and Florence Ekiye
Blair Underwood ends 27-year-old marriage
Popular American actor, Blair Underwood, and his wife, Desiree DaCosta, have divorced after 27 years of marriage.
The “Quantico” actor and his spouse, who got married in 1994, stated that they’ve parted ways and would remain “the best of friends and co-parents” to their children.
Newsmen write that the couple is blessed with three children –daughter Brielle, 22, and sons Blake, 19, Paris, 24.
The couple wrote on Instagram: “After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago. It has truly been a beautiful journey. Our proudest achievements are our three incredible children.
Three souls to which God entrusted us. We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting. We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately.
“We thank you all for all your support throughout the years & we humbly ask for privacy & understanding during this new season of change. Blair & Desiree Underwood.”
ENTERTAINMENT: I believe we are here to add goodness to mankind-Jikume
Engenni born Onisojikume Bethlehem who is known on stage as Jikume is a topnotch Port Harcourt based entertainer whose career has continued on a steady rise. We caught up with her despite a very busy schedule to discuss her latest stride, the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and other matters.
FR News: Tell us about yourself
Jikume: My name is Onisojikume Bethlehem with the stage name, “Jikume aka Oshikiri”, from Isua-Joinkrama town of Engenni Kingdom in rivers state. I am a musician and generally Into Entertainment Business. Also, am a journalist and I belong to a political party.
FR News: What first got you into music?
Jikume: My getting into music doesn’t have what got me in aside the strong passion for singing and dancing as a child even before I knew the word: music. When I started hearing new beautiful words/sounds in my head, writing down and singing them in secondary school, I realized I was born for this.
FR News: How would you describe Jikume’s kind of music?
Jikume: My kind of music marries all sounds that i have loved growing up blended in Africa’s exceptional sounds. i do afro/soul & afro-pop.
FR News: What collabo are you looking forward to?
Jikume: I look forward to doing a collabo with many people depending on the genre I have in mind but my one-time life wish is to make a collaboration with my role-model Beyoncé Knowles: it’s been my dream from childhood.
FR News: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
Jikume: Opening a show for Beyoncé Knowles will be a great challenge, learning opportunity and a push on myself all-round so yes! That’s the kind of challenge I look forward if I have to choose anyone.
FR News: What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Jikume: I would probably be a big shot in the media sector as i have such great passion for journalism and broadcasting. Also, a great chef/food-drink-relaxation business owner.
FR News: Which event would you say is your star-performance so far?
Jikume: my 2019 performance at the second edition of entertainers’ night with Governor Nyesom Wike.
FR News: If you were called up the stage to do a song that’s not yours, what song would that be and why?
Jikume: I WAS HERE By Beyoncé Knowles. It’s really deep for me because it hammers on purpose. I believe we are not just passersby on earth but here to add goodness to mankind leaving positive footprints on the sands of time through our god-given skills/talents.
FR News: Tell us about your song, Love Me Crazy
Jikume: My song love me crazy is an expression of appreciation and love to a lover/spouse/better half who has shown one beautiful crazy love. It’s like saying: thank you for loving me crazy, I too love you crazy.
FR News: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Jikume: Mmm trouble? Well, I always avoided trouble o. Ok maybe been slapped by an army man during 2015 general elections and the only god knows where strength and mind i got to not feel it but fight back. lol
FR News: What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Jikume: That holding on to my dreams and faith in Christ for all-round fulfilment never goes out of style and never lets one down.
FR News: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you and your career?
Jikume: COVID 19 affected me so much. my primary business is music and that has to do with performances, working on songs, videos etc. with everywhere on lockdown, financially and physically I was down. Secondly, I host one of the biggest events in Port Harcourt, Oshikiri concert (now Oshikiri festival) and that too couldn’t hold. My other business as a social media manager for organizations also was on hold. It was traumatizing. I almost broke down emotionally and psychologically but the word kept me strong.
FR News: What do you think is the major challenge of the entertainment in the industry in Port Harcourt?
Jikume: The major problems we have are:
a) Lack of national/global entertainment media houses/coverages to enable our contents to be seen and compete favourably.
b) Lack of involvement of investors even when we have so many individuals and private businesses that should be partnering us. (c) the absence of government to plays a great role.
FR News: Some entertainers in your city have had to relocate to Lagos to make it big, are you also planning to do the same?
Jikume: There was a time without social media. Things are different now. Yes, I certainly will go to Lagos and every other part of the world too as the business directs. But not the usual relocation to blow! You can blow from anywhere with the right money for publicity and songs.
FR News: You appear to draw so much inspiration from the success of Burna Boy. What’s the connection?
Jikume: Well, I know and remember when he was begging assistance from someone I too was begging assistance for my music as he too was almost a decade ago. If he can make it, so can i. it’s just time and chances. Also, he is my Ogbogolo-Engenni brother.
FR News: If you could change anything about the industry in Port Harcourt, what would it be?
Jikume: I will get the private sector and government and able individuals to understand how important the entertainment sector is to the state’s revenue generation, security, employment and empowerment of youths and people of all ages; thereby getting meaningfully involved as Port Harcourt is green land for the entertainment business.
FR News: What’s next for you and where do aspire to be in the next five years?
Jikume: We just released my long-playing list: oshikiri coated through oshikiri entertainment int’l ltd. and right now, we are about shooting the long-awaited visual for love me crazy. Next plan is to push up everywhere it deserves to be for millions of fans to enjoy around the world.
Well, in five years, I should have done at least my first global tour.
FR News: What does Jikume do in her spare time?
Jikume: My spare time is usually my Oshikiri rivers pot time lol. I enjoy cooking my delicacies and enjoying with family and friends at home. i also love swimming and just writing down what I should be doing in a decade.
FR News: You pose a lot with food on social media, would you say you are a foodie?
Jikume: Yes ooo! I’m proudly a foodie joor. hahahaha especially if is fish or has to do with everything seafood and other nice proteins. I just love love love playing around with food. 😍♥️♥️
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