Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Why I featured Bobrisky in my movie –Kensteve Anuka

Cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, was recently featured in a movie in which he acted like a lady.

This movie stirred a lot of controversy to the extent that it was reported that the movie might be banned by the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board.

In the same vein, the director of the movie, Kensteve Anuka, was accused of promoting homosexuality; which has been described as alien to the Nigerian culture.

However, in an interview with Saturday Punch, Anuka, who is the writer and director of the movie, noted that the movie was never meant to promote homosexuality.

According to him, the movie hasn’t been banned but a panel has been set up to investigate its content.

 “There was no ban; a panel was set up to investigate if the movie promoted some things that were against our culture. If it is found to be true, then the movie would be banned. There is no outright ban of the movie. It is not good to judge a book by its cover, they need to watch the movie and see the message in the movie. If they have an issue with the lead character in the movie, then I wouldn’t know. As a professional filmmaker, I try to cast people who fit into my script perfectly. Film is make-believe; it’s about trying to convince people.

“The movie is about a young man whose father is a core traditionalist. The young man left to study in the western world as a normal man, leaving his family members and fiancée behind. The father was to be given a traditional title, and part of the requirement of the title was to present his son who should take after him.”

The director further stressed the reason why he chose to feature Bobrisky in his movie, adding that he was only trying to get the best act for the role and he had no intentions of promoting him.

“I chose to cast Bobrisky for that role because he already had the features we needed to interpret the role well. When you make a film and it looks fake; people won’t find it interesting. As a filmmaker, we use every tool we have to tell a story. We don’t discriminate, everyone has their personal life. We are law-abiding citizens; the movie was already on YouTube and had many views. When we saw that a panel had already been set up, we pulled it down pending the outcome of the investigation. We are responsible filmmakers,” he added.


Kanye West details struggles with bipolar disorder

Award winning rapper, Kanye West has bared details on his struggles with bipolar disorder.

Kanye, who has been campaigning against the stigmatisation of people with mental health issues, opened up in the new season of David Letterman’s Netflix show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

In a clip of the episode, which is set to drop Friday, Letterman asks Kanye, “What is the mechanism that is malfunctioning or is taking a break in your brain, do you know?”

Kanye replied, “I wouldn’t be able to explain that as much just because, you know, I’m not a doctor.

“I can just tell you what I’m feeling at the time, and I feel a heightened connection with the universe when I’m ramping up. It is a health issue.

“This — it’s like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. And if someone has a sprained ankle, you’re not going to push on him more.

“With us, once our brain gets to a point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse.

“You have this moment [where] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don’t trust anyone.

“When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything, everyone. This is my experience, other people have different experiences.

“Everyone now is an actor. Everything’s a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things,” West said.

Kanye recounted being diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years ago and described his experience with an involuntary psychiatric hold in 2016.

Further explaining his experience, he said, “They have this moment where they put you, they handcuff you, they drug you, they put you on the bed, and they separate you from everyone you know.

“That’s something that I am so happy that I experienced myself so I can start by changing that moment,” he said.

Kanye first shared his bipolar disorder diagnosis in 2018 on his album, ‘Ye’. He referenced taking medication to treat his condition in his conversation with Letterman.

“If you don’t take medication every day to keep you at a certain state, you have a potential to ramp up and it can take you to a point where you can even end up in the hospital.

“And you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it,” he said in reference to his impromptu visit to the celebrity gossip website’s headquarters, which sparked headlines.

Kanye told Letterman he’s choosing to speak about his diagnosis because of a “strong stigma” around mental health.


What turns me off as a celebrity – Amaka Obi

Nollywood actress, Amaka Obi, also known as ‘Miss Endowed’ in some quarters is of the opinion that people always look out for loopholes and mistakes of celebrities just to make stories out of it and spread rumors.

In an interview with Vanguard Potpourri, Amaka said that people expect celebrities to live perfectly without faults, forgetting that celebrities are also human.

“What turns me off as a celebrity is the fact that people expect too much from you. They look forward to your mistakes so they could create a story out of it, forgetting that we are humans too. I also feel bad about the competition, the aliases, and the politics in the movie industry. Acceptance is what I love; people should start seeing us as who we really are,” she said.

Speaking further, the actress who became popular for her backside advised that upcoming actresses should not concentrate their efforts on using their physical looks to give their career a push, but should rather work hard and be focused.

“Your body part shouldn’t be your focus if you want to have a good career. You need to work hard and be focused. And yes, flaunt what you have, but be classy with it. That’s just my opinion,” she said.


Davido performs at APC governor’s inauguration

Despite his affiliation with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Davido has performed at the inauguration party held in honour of Dapo Abiodun, an All Progressive Congress (APC) governor in Ogun.

The Afrobeat star, who thrilled guests at the event, went further to share his congratulatory message to the new governor on his social media.

“Congrats @dapoabiodunmfr on your Inauguration!! May God bless your tenure! You will do great things, sir. Ogun state is lucky to have you,” the singer wrote.

The post was accompanied by a photo featuring Davido grinning happily while standing next to Abiodun.









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