Nigerians In Showbiz & Entertainment: Plus & Minus

Nigerian filmmaker Faraday Okoro gets $1 million grant to make movie about Email Scammers; Sean Tizzle and U.S-based Kenyan model girlfriend expecting their first child; Mercy Aigbe suffered fractured skull, CT scan shows; I am so happy for Tekno and I am not surprised he made it – Iyanya . . .

Nigerian filmmaker Faraday Okoro gets $1 million grant to make movie about Email Scammers

A Nigerian filmmaker, Faraday Okoro, has gotten a $1 million grant to make ‘Nigerian Prince’; a movie about email scammers from Nigeria. Reports indicate that Faraday Okoro’s Proposed Movie “Nigerian Prince” secured the $1million AT&T Grant at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival.

The movie which centers around Nigerian scammers was written and directed by Faraday Okoro and produced by popular filmmaker Biyi Bandele and Oscar Hernandez-Topete.

Nigerian filmmaker Faraday Okoro

The movie was announced the winner after a pitching session tagged “AT&T Presents: Untold Stories” which involved four other filmmakers.

AT&T will provide funding of up to $1 million for Faraday Okoro and Biyi Bandele to create his film, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals.

In addition, AT&T plans to distribute the winning film across several of its video platforms, including DIRECTV NOW, AT&T’s streaming over-the-top service. Apart from the funding, the movie is also guaranteed a slot at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

Faraday Okoro’s impending movie comes as the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) declared wanted a Nigerian man, Kelechi Declan James, for allegedly scamming victim(s) of more than $5 million.

A statement on FBI website reads:

FBI

“FBI agents are looking for the public’s assistance in locating Kelechi Declan James. He has federal criminal charges against him from an investigation by FBI New York’s Cyber Crime Task Force.” “James is known to frequent the Brooklyn neighborhoods of East New York (Crescent Street and Loring Avenue; Vermont Street between Blake Avenue and Dumont Avenue), Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant (MacDougal and Hull Streets), Crown Heights (Park Place and Utica Avenue), Flatbush (E 29th and Avenue D), and East Flatbush (East 51st and Winthrop Street). The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest . . . “

— FBI

Sean Tizzle and U.S-based Kenyan model girlfriend expecting their first child

Nigerian singer, Morihanfen Oluwaseun Oluwabamidele, popularly known as Sean Tizzle and his U.S-based Kenyan model girlfriend, Maina, are expecting their first child. Maina, took to her social media to share the first photo of her baby bump as well as reveal the date of her delivery, showing a marked August calendar.

Sean Tizzle & Kenya-born girlfriend

Sean Tizzle & Girlfriend

The Ikeja born songwriter and Difference Entertainment front-line act has reportedly kept the relationship a secret from the public as the only time he gave the public an apparent tip was when he shared his selfie with the Kenyan actress in October without any elaborate details. The ‘Sho Lee’ crooner is yet to make the news of the pregnancy public.

Mercy Aigbe suffered fractured skull, CT scan shows

Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe, who was allegedly assaulted by her husband Lanre Gentry, was pictured undergoing a CT scan. Radiology report reveals she suffered a fractured skull after being battered by her husband. The man has continued to deny it all.

Mercy Aigbe suffered fractured skull, CT scan shows 2

Mercy Aigbe suffered fractured skull, CT scan shows

The CT scan was done at St. Solomon HealthCare and it is recommended to check for swellings or fractures within the head usually caused by blunt force trauma. Photos of the detailed conclusion from her CT scan are shown, above.

I am so happy for Tekno and I am not surprised he made it – Iyanya

Nigerian singer Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk better known as Iyanya has revealed in an interview that he is not surprised nor jealous of Tekno‘s success in the entertainment industry.

When asked if he is envious of his former record label mate’s success, the singer responded that he had always believe that the ‘pana’ crooner will succeed in life. “I am so happy for Tekno and his success and I am not surprised. At a point, we were all together and this is a young guy that works very hard. He worked every night and when we woke up in the morning, he would still be working.

Iyanya & Teckno

Photos L-R: Iyanya & Tekno

So, I am not surprised that he has finally made it. I believe this is just the beginning and there are many more things to come his way. When he came to Triple MG, he sprayed his hair gold and anytime I wanted to call him, I referred to him as golden boy. I am very happy he is doing great things.’

How would I be envious of somebody that Ubi Franklin and I raised from our platform? We used our platform to promote him and I cannot be envious of him; there is no need for that. People would always try to say negative things but we are very fine.” he said.

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