Many Nollywood actors mostly in the Yoruba genre including Jide Kosoko have paid tributes to the late actress, Folake Aremu, popularly known as “Orishabunmi” who died late Tuesday at the age of 61.
Kosoko on Wednesday described the late actress as a very jovial fellow who would make peace with people around and conceal her anger.
He said, “Folake did her best, fought and conquered as far as I am concerned. Her contributions to the growth of the entertainment industry can’t be erased; we cannot forget her so soon.
“One good thing about her is that she was very jovial, fond of playing with everyone, in fact she used to conceal her annoyance.
“We will miss her. I pray her soul rests in peace and may God console her family.”
Actor Yemi Shodimu said that the late actress was a good woman with a large heart and had left a huge vacuum in the entertainment industry.
Shodimu urged other Nollywood actors to emulate the late actress’s dedication to the promotion of Nigerian arts and culture.
“This is too much of a shock for me. She was not just a notable artiste, she had left her foot prints on the sand of time.
“She was a good woman with a large heart and had left a vacuum which would be difficult to fill.
“We are going to miss her history, radiance, competence, kindness and friendship. She was dedicated to her profession. May her soul rest in peace.”
Adebayo Salami said, “Please, I am sorry, I cannot comment now, it is a painful loss.”
Orishabunmi was famous for playing the role of a priestess with magical powers expressed in incantations and some other mysterious manifestations which had endeared her to her fans for many years.
The late actress hit stardom in the 1980s when she starred in the TV series “Arelu”, alongside her ex-husband, the late veteran Actor Jimoh Aliu.
This was shortly after she was discovered by Jimoh Aliu while she was working as a teacher in Kwara.
Orishabunmi first appeared in a stage play “Ori Ma Binu”.
Kunle Remmy speaks on Gulder Ultimate Search ahead of contestants unveiling
Nollywood actor, Kunle Remmy, has reacted to his new role as the taskmaster for the upcoming Gulder Ultimate Search.
The alumnus of GUS, in a statement, said he can’t wait for the show to debut in few weeks as organisers unveil contestants on Sunday, September 26, 2021.
“It’s going to be so big and loud, I have no doubt that the contestants are up to something big,” says Kunle, the taskmaster for GUS 12, who was also part of the regional screening that led to the selection of the 20 finalists.
Remmy has established himself as a Nollywood actor after emerging a winner of the Gulder Ultimate Search in 2010 winner. The athletic-framed actor takes over as the taskmaster from his older colleagues, Bob Manuel Udokwu, and Chidi Mokeme.
The contestants reveal for GUS 12 – ‘The Age of Craftsmanship’ will hold at a selection party in Lagos.
Organisers say more than 20,000 applicants registered for the show via the GUS portal.
They were whittled down to 20 finalists after the regional screenings held in Enugu, Lagos and Abuja and the Sea School screening in Lagos.
The screening committee will select 16 contestants from the 20 finalists, while the public will vote two to join them.
GUS returns after a seven-year hiatus, and fans went wild with comments when organisers announced its return on September 1, 2021.
Davido swears to immortalise late photographer
Singer Davido has vowed to immortalise his late personal photographer, late Fortunate Umunname Peter aka Fortune.
Fortune, who died on Tuesday, September, 21, was said to have drowned at a location in Lagos while trying to get the perfect camera angle during a shoot.
Expressing unbelief over the reality of his photographer’s demise, Davido noted he was one who was completely dedicated to serving him maximally as his page can attest to that.
The “Dem” singer wrote: “@fortunateumunname …..I can’t believe you’re gone. Since we met u never left my side for one day… Your page says it all. You really were all about me like nothing else truly mattered.”
Still expressing how surreal Fortune’s passing was seeing they still had many things they planned to do together, Davido revealed he transitioned from being just a stranger to a his close confidant in a very while adding the deceased was stuck with everywhere just to ensure he captured every moment.
He wrote: “You went from a complete stranger to one of my closest confidants within weeks. There is nowhere I entered that your lens didn’t enter. I can’t even believe I’m writing a tribute to you right now wtf we still had so much to do.”
The 30BG boss expressed regret that the deceased didn’t afford him the opportunity to fulfil the remaining of his promises to him.
Davido wrote: “Your workshops. Your studios, Trips. Shows. Scenes. Moments. all of it. I can’t believe you didn’t give me the chance to fulfil the rest of my promises to you. My heart is so heavy right now and I’m just grateful I met you.”
The father of three described his late aide as the best kid and a rare breed adding, he appreciated the fact that they were able to create iconic moments while travelling the world together.
Noting he was irreplaceable, Davido further pledged to immortalise him.
He wrote: “You are irreplaceable and you are gone but I will make sure you are never forgotten! I swear it! This next one’s for you! RIP Lil bro. Love you forever. #ForruneShotItAll.”
Davido breaks silence on photographer’s death
Davido has broken his silence on the death of his official photographer, Fortune Umunname.
In a condolence message to his late personal photographer who passed on three days ago, the award-winning singer noted that he couldn’t believe he would have to write a tribute nor lose him to death.
The 30BG leader took to his Instagram to share a picture of the late photographer, and another of himself and Fortunate together.
“Fortune @fortunateumunname ….. I can’t believe you’re gone. Since we met u never left my side. for one day… Your page says it all.
*You really were all about me like nothing else mattered. You went from a complete stranger to one of my closest confidants within weeks,” he wrote.
He went further to eulogise the late photographer saying, “There is nowhere I entered that you and your lens didn’t enter. I can’t even believe I’m writing a tribute to you right now wtf we still had so much more to do. Your workshops. Your studios. Trips. Shows. Scenes. Moments. All of it.
“I can’t believe you didn’t give me the chance to fulfill the rest of my promises to you. My heart is so heavy right now and I’m just so grateful I met you. You truly were the best kid.
“A rare breed and I’m so grateful that we got to travel the world and create so many iconic moments with you.
“You are irreplaceable and you are gone now but I will make sure you are never forgotten! I swear it! This next one’s for you! RIP lil bro. Love you forever,” the post reads.
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