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Nicki Aycox, ‘Supernatural’ Actress, Dies at 47

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Nicki Aycox, who played Meg Masters on The CW series Supernatural, died Wednesday, according to a Facebook post from her sister-in-law. She was 47.

“My beautiful, smart, fierce, incredibly talented, and loving sister-in-law, Nicki Aycox Raab, passed away yesterday with my brother, Matt Raab, by her side. Nicki and Matt had a wonderful life together in California. She was definitely a fighter, and everyone who knew her loved her,” Susan Raab Ceklosky wrote.

The Oklahoma native went public with her battle with leukemia. In March 2021, Aycox took to Instagram, saying, “I can’t believe my last [three] months. But, it makes sense now. I became very ill thinking I had covid in Jan and Feb. Well things came to a head. I ended up in a hospital diagnosed with [leukemia] I want everyone to know I’m doing incredibly well and fighting my way thru chemo. I will update with a better pic of myself and talk about staying positive thru the worst of times.”

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Aycox appeared on Supernatural in 2006 and 2008 as Meg, a demon loyal to Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer. She also had regular/recurring roles on such series as ProvidenceEdOver ThereCold Case and Dark Blue and showed up in films including Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003) and The Girl on the Train (2014).

“Gutted to hear the great #NickiAycox, our first #MegMasters, passed away. Too young,” show creator Eric Kripke tweeted Sunday. “She was a delight & delivered lines like honey & venom. I marvel at how she made a simple word like ‘lackluster’ legendary.”

Aycox’s manager, Daryn Simons, told The Hollywood Reporter that the actress was receiving treatment at City of Hope. “Her strength was incredible,” she said.

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Davido, DAF announce N300 million giveaway

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Davido, DAF announce N300 million giveaway

Afrobeats sensation David Adeleke, widely known as Davido, has committed to donating N300 million to various orphanages across the nation.

The announcement was made through his social media channels on Tuesday, February 20, continuing a tradition he started several years ago.

Davido emphasized the importance of giving back to the community, particularly during a period when Nigerians are facing challenges such as increased food and petrol prices. He reiterated his dedication to supporting orphanages and vulnerable groups in the country.

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In previous years, Davido has been proactive in his philanthropic endeavors. Last year, he generously distributed N237 million to numerous orphanages, and in October 2022, he donated N250 million to support 292 orphanages nationwide.

The donation will be facilitated through The David Adeleke Foundation (DAF), ensuring that the funds reach those in need. Davido expressed his commitment to transparency, promising to provide detailed information about the disbursement process. He stated, “I and my foundation pledge the sum of 300 million Naira to orphanages around Nigeria … as my yearly contribution to the nation. Details of disbursement tomorrow.”

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Kano censorship board revokes licences of Kannywood, Amart entertainment

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Kano censorship board revokes licences of Kannywood, Amart entertainment

The Kano State Censorship Board has officially revoked the licences of two prominent companies, Kannywood Enterprises Limited and Amart Entertainment.
At the heart of this significant development is Aisha Tijjani, better known by her moniker Hajiya Amart, a figure whose recent actions have sparked considerable controversy and debate across the sector.
This unfolding saga, rooted in allegations of non-compliance, defamation, and abuse, casts a spotlight on the intricate balance between regulatory authority and the freedoms of the entertainment world.

Clash of authority, ambition

The crux of the matter lies in the serious accusations leveled against Hajiya Amart by the Association of Kano State Downloaders (KADA), which include the misuse of security personnel for financial extortion.

The Board, acting on these complaints, cited her for non-compliance with its laws, defamation of character, and verbal abuse directed at the Director in the office of the Executive Secretary. Despite multiple attempts by the Board to engage with Amart for a resolution, she consistently declined to respond, thereby exacerbating the situation.

This refusal to cooperate not only highlighted her disregard for the established legal frameworks but also raised questions about the extent of her influence and control within the industry.

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Legal and ethical quandary

Central to this controversy is the question of legal authority, particularly Hajiya Amart’s unauthorized use of security forces to pursue alleged pirates, an action that starkly contravenes the Board’s regulations.

This misuse of power not only challenges the jurisdiction of the Kano State Censorship Board but also sets a dangerous precedent for the governance of the entertainment industry at large.

It brings to the fore the delicate power dynamics between regulatory bodies and the entities they oversee, underscoring the necessity for a clear demarcation of roles and responsibilities to prevent abuses of power.

Community response and way forward

The revocation of Kannywood Enterprises Limited and Amart Entertainment’s licenses has been met with widespread approval from KADA members and leaders, who view the Board’s decisive action as a vindication of their grievances and a step towards a more equitable industry landscape.

This incident serves as a pivotal moment for the Kano State entertainment community, prompting a collective reflection on the values and standards it wishes to uphold. As the dust settles, the focus now shifts to rebuilding trust and ensuring that similar disputes can be resolved through dialogue and mutual respect, rather than through unilateral actions that threaten to undermine the industry’s integrity.

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Ethel Ekpe, is dead

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Ethel Ekpe, is dead

Ethel Ekpe, a veteran actress who appeared on the Nigerian entertainment screen, died of cancer on Wednesday in Lagos State.

The late actress played ‘Segi’ in the defunct sitcom on Nigerian Television Authority by Ken Saro Wiwa named ‘Basi and Company’.

Ekpe also featured in Amaka Igwe’s ‘Forever’ and the ‘Sons of the Caliphate.’

The news of her death was announced by the Director-General, National Film and Video Censors Board, Dr. Shaibu Husseini, in a late Facebook post on Wednesday.

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Husseini wrote, “I have been reliably informed that Ethel Ekpe, (Ethel Aderemi nee Ekpe), the screen beauty that delighted fans with her inimitable interpretation of the role of Segi in the defunct sitcom on Nigerian Television Authority by Ken Saro Wiwa titled ‘Basi and Company’ has passed on.

“The actress and later day Pastor and star of Amaka Igwe’s ‘Forever’ and most recently ‘Sons of the Caliphate” reportedly died of Cancer today in Lagos.”

“She will be sorely missed,” adding that his family “will particularly miss her because we named my second daughter Ethel, after her. Good night good woman!”

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