Jaiyejeje Aboderin, star actress Stella Damasus’ late husband passed on eight years ago. He slumped when he was playing baseball with some of his pals and couldn’t make it to the hospital. Eight years after, Stella Damasus’ is yet to find a man to fill the void Jaiye’s absence created. Since then, the young actress had been romantically linked with a few men and consequently remarried. Her second marriage didn’t see the light of day, but even as married as she was at a point, every passing December brings her a haunting emptiness; these and more she shares in this unedited transcript of a tribute she wrote on Jaiye’s 8th year remembrance; “I sat in my bedroom the whole of Sunday the 2nd of December feeling very funny and low. After asking myself what the trigger was, I remembered that I always get like that a day to the 3rd of December every year for the past 8 years. I had the opportunity and a rare one, of being the wife and partner of the most wonderful, loving, illustrious, God-fearing and kind man. Life couldn’t have been better than that because I was living every woman’s dream.
“The best of everything was at my disposal whether I lifted a finger to work or not. We had our ups and downs as usual but making up and resolving our issues, were magical. I was blessed with the best husband and father and his name is Jaiye Aboderin. He was the love of my life and the one who did everything humanly possible to protect his family. Even in the face of all sorts of problems, all sorts of accusations, all sorts of misconceptions, he was the one who understood the true meaning of for better for worse.
“Jaiye passed away on the 3rd of December, 2004 at a time our dreams and projects were about to kick off. I was 26 with two lovely children and eight thousand naira in my account. Let me not sound like a broken record because I have told this story several times.The one thing I would like to say is that his life taught me unconditional love and his death taught me kindness. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to share his air, his thoughts, his dreams, hopes, love, friendship and much more.
“I have since discovered that if a marriage is not based on trust and friendship but most importantly, the love of God, then I’m sorry it would never stand the test of time. I have been there and I know how things can fail right before your eyes without those elements. So, today I celebrate a man of the people. I celebrate a man who stood by his family through thick and thin. I celebrate a man who touched and saved lives. I celebrate a man who was a hero to all who knew him, I celebrate a man who was a father to all who knew him…..It has been 8 years but it feels only like yesterday. Instead of crying, I choose to celebrate you.
“To those of you reading this, remember to give God glory for the life well spent no matter how short. He was a very happy man who hated gloomy faces. As you remember him, please wear some smile and pray to God. He will love that very much. God bless you all now and always.”
OLAMIDE PREPS FOR NNENA AND FRIENDS SHOW
As 2012 is fast drawing to an end, Wale Adenuga Productions Ltd, producer of multi award-winning TV programmes, Superstory, This Life, Papa Ajasco & Co. and Nnena & Friends TV Show, is now putting finishing touches to a plan to ensure that all families are treated to Top Family Entertainment this December at this year’s edition of the Nnena & Friends End-of-Year Show.
Star artiste, Olamide, who has been busy delivering hit after hit to the airwaves will be performing at the event and has vowed that his performance there will be his best ever and has stated that he looks forward to having an awesome time with his army of fans.
Nnena, a versatile artiste who is adored by kids and teens all over the country, will be hosting the event which will also feature assorted quality entertainment from Elenu, Akpororo, K-Baj, Nnena & Friends Musical Group, Lolly Kid, DJ Walex, Gentle Explosion, and as always, Papa Ajasco & Company, Nigeria’s No. 1 Comedy Group will be there to perform live on stage with their unique brand of comedy.
The live event which will consist of two shows that will both take place on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at the air-conditioned National Theatre, Iganmu-Lagos at 12 noon to 3pm and 3pm to 6pm
Nnena & Friends End-of-Year Show 2012, being the latest in a series of well-attended live shows by the Nnena & Friends Brand, has secured the affiliation of top corporate bodies in Nigeria including Indomie Noodles, Ribena, Bigi Sausage, Yoyo Bitters, McVities Happy Faces, Spectra Limited and Beloxxi Biscuit which will all ensure that there are lots of gifts and prizes to go round.
Duchess of the Yoruba film industry at a time, Opeyemi Owolonse, nee Ayeola’s sudden disappearance from the industry was at first blamed on her marriage which has produced two sons anyway. Several months after, the quintessential and beautiful actress reappeared again. In fact, she had just written and produced a Yoruba movie dubbed ‘Owu’ which literally means ‘Jealousy’ in English. The film directed by Muyideen S. Ayinde is marketed by Corporate Pictures and it parades Ricardo Agbo, Femi Adebayo among a host of other brilliant acts.
Undaunted by the farce that greeted the release of her two singles; ‘Get Hi and It’z Ova’, sometimes in October, brazen actress, Tonto Dikeh has once again proven she’s game for music against all odds. That the actress refused to be crestfallen by cynics’ summations is less creditable than the pace with which she came out with something refreshing. And whichever way we look at it, no one dares argue that the Nollywood is still paying Tonto’s bills. The strangely adventurous lady is probably just multi-tasking and her tenacity may make her a way after all. Tonto Dikeh, equally yoked in controversy as pop singer, Terry G are putting finishing touches to a single yet to be released. We gathered that the song was recorded at the TPG Studios owned by TerryG.
SEASON OF BABY GIRLS IN NIGERIAN MOVIE INDUSTRY
The news first filtered in from sources at Reddington Hospital, Ikeja-Lagos that Yoruba actress, Bisi Ibidapo Obe was delivered of a bouncing baby girl. The matter would probably not have made headlines barring the claim that Dina Melaye is the baby’s father. Bisi’s tot was welcomed on November 29. Mosunmola Filani Oduoye, the Abeokuta caucus actress got her own baby girl on Wednesday, November 28 but having gone under after her marriage late last year, the story took time to make the rounds. And the big news later broke on Tuesday, December 4 when controversial Nollywood stunner, Mercy Johnson gave birth to a baby girl in the United States of America where she’d been domiciled for months now.