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Why I Contemplated Suicide-Eniola Badmus

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Eniola Badmus, a plus size Nollywood actress, has described as depressive some body-shaming comments by social media users on chubby women.

The 43-year-old actress while speaking in a recent interview with Saturday beats said although some of the derogatory comments by netizens could cause some people to be depressed, and even commit suicide, but that she would not let that happen with her.

Badmus noted that she did not come into the entertainment industry with a skinny body, hence she cannot allow negative comments about her body to get to her.

She noted that the pressure that comes with body-shaming is sometimes too much for some persons to bear, hence it should be stopped. Badmus said it is a wonder to see how social media feel they can lecture people how to leave their lives.

The actress also berates bloggers who always look out for trolls on celebrities, feeding on their negativity.

She said: “It is not everything I can talk about but sometimes, some things get to me. I have developed a tough skin over time but I am also human. When things become overwhelming, I have to express myself and pour out my thoughts. Everyone has a threshold on different matters. The way people go about body shaming is hilarious. I did not come into the industry as a skinny girl. I have always been a chubby girl. It is now when I am trimming down that the comments are coming.

“I know I have not seen the end of this and I cannot control people’s opinions. However, I think it is important to caution body shamers.

“The pressure that comes with these things is too much and could lead to depression. I tell people that I can never be depressed, no matter how much they troll me. I would rather put my energy into partying. But, some people cannot handle it. For instance, the only reason bloggers pick up one’s story is when they notice that a fan has slandered one or made uncouth comments and one replied. Some people then go to the comments section to laugh. They feed on that negativity. Families and society also need to be more considerate because they are guilty too. Some family members play around it by calling one ‘orobo (fat)’.

Badmus continued saying: “I just tell people to leave me alone. Some of the responses I gave to hateful comments about my weight were not because they got to me to the point of committing suicide. It was just to shut up toxic people. People on social media feel they have a right to talk to one in certain ways. You need to see the volume of messages I get every time.”

Speaking about her benefits so far in the entertainment industry and being a public eye, she said, “Some of the things I have enjoined by being a public figure include the fame and accolades that come with it. That is not to mention the opportunities, followership and admiration from well-meaning people.

Sometimes, I even get things for free. I did not know I would be popular while I was aspiring to become an actress and moviemaker. I also did not foresee the stress. I plunged myself into acting because it was my passion but I did not know I would end up having sleepless nights or having innumerable commitments.”

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Blair Underwood ends 27-year-old marriage

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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.”

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THEARTER: Daniel Kpodoh thrills Port Harcourt with a new spin of Ola Rotimi’s ‘Gods Are Not to Blame’

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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

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