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My romance with Fireman – Angela Phillips

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Influenced by a character better known as ‘Efe’ in the now rested soap, Behind the Clouds in the late 80’s, Nollywood actress, Angela Phillip   did not hit the limelight until she starred in the blockbuster movie, Osofiason which heralded an era of comedy in the movie industry. Though in her teens then, she acted in other movies which made her face a regular feature on screen, till she decided to step aside which was not helped by the lull in the industry. Blunt and beautiful, Phillips  has returned with a bang and has since shot many movies and soap operas. In this interview, the busty role interpreter who is more concerned about her relationship with her creator spoke about issues that borders on her career, love life, the industry, among others…
It has been long  since you disappeared from the scene. Have you abandoned acting?

It is not possible to abandon acting. I just finished three productions  in Abuja . They are- Life in Abuja , Beyond the Scar, Joshua of Our Time and I will be returning there again to shoot more films.  Remarkable Night among others is in the market. I did some films last year and early this year. I have done about six films, soap operas, Igbo films, and many others that are yet to be released.

*Angela

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Actually, I went back to school and there was a point in time when the industry was going through a phase. It affected everybody,  so, I occupied myself with other things like buying and selling, going back to school as well as working for God. I studied Public Administration in Lagos State University , LASU,  but  acting is my passion. It is something I love doing. If the scripts come my way, I will hit  the set, but if they don’t,  I engage myself in  other things.

When you started acting, you were almost everywhere, what happened?

Then I was still quite young, I was not thinking of many things. I was  looking for fame. I wanted my face  to be in every film. So,  I was not choosy as I was featuring in every film that comes  my way just for me to be known because the more work you do, the more you are being recognised. But then, if you are not working,  your face would not be registered in the minds of people.

Who were your contemporaries?

There are many of them. But the fact is that when they came into the industry and discovered  that it was not as  easy as it appeared,they left the scene  and I cannot really say these are the  people who are still in the industry with me. Actress Oluchi Phillips is the only person I can remember now.

There was a time when I spent a lot of time shooting a soap opera, Domino. Once you are shooting TV series, the home video producers  would not give you jobs. One, you are always busy and Domino was a huge project. Sometimes, I do get scripts from the home video producers, but  because I was on the set of  Domino I  turned down such offers.

Till date which is the most challenging movie you have done?

All my films were challenging. Is it Domino where I played the role  of a 40 year old woman, or Pure Love where I acted as a blind person or Peacemaker where I played the role  of a wicked married woman or is it Imabong where I had to act like a demonic Princess. Each film comes with its own challenge.

What actually influenced your decision to go into acting?

It was Efe, a character in the now rested soap opera, Behind the Clouds that influenced me. At a very tender age, each time I watched  her, I wish to act like her and as providence would have it, I found myself in the industry. I was supposed to be working with one Mr. Clement and we went to Enugu with Emma Oguguo and others for a job. When we got there, the lady who speaks Owerri dialet fluently  is supposed to have a bar tender and they asked me if I could speak the  dialect and I replied in the affirmative. I acted as her younger sister. That was my first outing.

I was encouraged by late Sam Loco     Efe, Mr. Ibu. When I came back, I felt like doing it again but the industry was very hot. It was not a place that I can really fit in. I left and came back again. I shot, Acceptance, Presidential Pardon, Pure Love, among others.

I disappeared from the

screen not because I was sexually harassed. I am a blunt person and I am not the type that somebody would say he wants to sleep with me. No, I am not desperate to go on set.  Acting is something I want to do. It is not a do or die affair for me.

Then I was naïve. I felt since I am not sociable and a shy person, I should stay off the screen for a while.

What’s your favourite books?

I like reading the  book written by my dad in the Lord, Rev. Dr. Sign Fireman, The Greatest Revelation. I love the book because it contains a lot of information about life and how to be at peace with your  God after you are being saved as a Christian.

How did you meet Fireman?

I came to church like every other person. Before then, I was not a Christian. I  decided not to go to church for some personal reasons. I used to watch Fireman whenever  he was organising his crusade and I knew that some  day, I would attend his church. So, I was at home one day when suddenly I decided to be closer to God. Not too long after this sudden feeling, I went to his church and everything changed. I became interested in the way he teaches the Word as well as  he  handles life issues. Since then, I have been here.

When did you become born again?

All the while, I have been a Christian and I have given my life to Christ. The only thing is that I was just floating not until I met Fireman. I now know the difference between being saved, being born again and what follows thereafter.  Every church I go to would always say if you want to give your life to Christ, come out. Then I was still keeping relationships and all that. But when I came to Fireman’s Church, it was a different ball game. You cannot be fooling yourself and the same time say you are a born again Christian. I had to give up a lot of things for the sake of making heaven.

There was this rumour that you dated Fireman before he got  married?

It is a very big lie! Please, I wouldn’t want to talk about it.  There is no iota of truth in it at all. It is just a father daughter relationship. He is my spiritual father. People do not understand this thing we call father figure. A father figure is somebody who corrects you. A father is who you listen to, who impacts good things into your life. There are some rubbish things you may want to do but because of that person, you just have to stop it. It is not all about age.

As a philanthropist, what have you benefited from him?

My main purpose of coming to church is to seek God first. The Bible says, seek ye first the kingdom of God and every other things shall be added unto you. I am not here to benefit material things from him.

Most churches make Christianity very boring but my reason for being here is that I am enjoying the Bible very much. I am knowing more about God and my destiny. Dr. Fireman is grounded in the word. You cannot come to his church for one to two months and remain the same.

Do you hope to become a minister of the word someday?

I am a minister now. Inasmuch as you preach the word, you encourage people, you are a minister. I am an Assistant Pastor in Apapa but I am still under somebody as a trainee.

 

Are you not thinking of settling down?

If any good man comes to marry me and I like the person, why not? Maybe the ones coming are the wrong ones. I will like to marry a God fearing man, a trustworthy person, a friend who will be like my brother, father and husband. Everything rolled in one.

How do you see life?

I see life as give and take. Try to be yourself. Live and let live.

Any Regrets!

No regrets, it’s been all good.

Sometime ago you were also romantically linked with Chico Ejiro?

There is nothing like that. I was close to many people. I just shot a film with him last year and I played a lead role. It is a lie. So, have I  also dated Fidelis Duker who has featured me in many of his films? I prefer men being my friends than ladies because they don’t have problem. Ladies gossip a lot. Men tell you how it is.

If you are not an actress, what would you be doing?

Maybe what I am doing today.  I love encouraging people. All the while it is being there, it is all about ministering. It is not something I woke up one morning and decided to do. Destiny cannot be removed.

Hobby

Reading , quiet time, cooking.

What is your comment on Nollywood so far?

A lot has been happening. It is not what it used to be. I started in the mid 90s. Then, it used to be fun. People appreciated us. A lot has changed like the quality of film we used to do then. When you are on set and you are leaving, some people would be crying just because you are done and travelling back to your station. But these days, you just hit the set, do your stuff and take your leave.

I am not impressed with the situation. Then, when you come into the industry, you don’t just start acting, you have to undergo  training in acting.

Have you ever been sexually harassed?

Not at all. I have not been sexually harassed because I have never been desperate about the job. When some actresses say they are sexually harassed, you look at them, purse and then, you ask yourself if you have done anything that would want a man to sexually harass you. Sometimes, you see some of these girls half naked. What do you expect?

What do you want to change about yourself?

I love the way I am. My problem is that I trust people easily and I get hurt when I find out that people are not what they say they really are. Some people are so fake that it would be oozing out of them.

How many times have you been heart broken?

I will never allow my heart to be broken. Then, when I was dating, I knew when to end a relationship when it is not going my way. Sometimes, people come into your life for one reason or the other and when they fulfil it, they automatically stage a walk out.  That is the way I see relationship, whether platonic or not.

Any plan of producing a movie?

I have one script. I was supposed to produce a movie last year but something happened, so, it is pending. But we are still working on it. It is going to be of quality standard.

Advice

My advice to up and coming actresses is to be less desperate but humble because humility is what would retain you.

Where are you from?

I am from Lagos State while my mother is from Imo. I do speak Yoruba and I have done a couple of Yoruba movies like Igbako, Adun, Irapada, among others. I grew up in Lagos . I had so many wonderful childhood memories.

I could be very naughty in the sense that I make noise a lot, play with kids.

 

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Offa Polytechnic Student Union Government Gives Merit Award To Cultist Groups

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Offa State Polytechnic student union government gives merit award to cultist groups in the school.

According to a Twitter user, Ifemosu Michael wrote;

“When you think you have seen it all… Student Union Government of Offa Polytechnic gave merit Awards to Secret Cults in the school. Hey Lawd!!!”

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Man Excited As Davido Gifts Him 1M After Making A Video On His Birthday

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Man gets excited as Davido gifts him 1M after making a video on his birthday.

Taking to his Twitter handle to share the gist, DJ Peejay wrote;

“DAVIDO JUST SENT ME 1 MILLION cos of the video I made on his birthday”

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Water tank driver accuses Duncan Mighty of assaulting him in Rivers

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Self-acclaimed Port Harcourt First Son, Duncan Mighty is currently trending on social media for the wrong reasons.

A water tank driver, Okabam John has accused singer, Duncan Mighty of assaulting him in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

It was gathered that the incident reportedly happened on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at about 9:40am when the driver was on duty.

Narrating his ordeal to some Civil Rights Activists on Tuesday November 24, after he was allegedly discharged from the hospital, John, a native of Elele Town in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state and an employee of Julius Berger Nigeria Limited, claimed that the musician struck him on the head with a traditional staff made of elephant tusk.

According to the driver, while on duty a private car was parked close to his water filling spot. He tried notifying the driver who refused to wind down. He reportedly bent his head to talk to the driver only to discover it was Duncan Mighty.

John said that before he could speak, the singer allegedly struck his head using a traditional staff. He said the second strike was blocked with his hand. He claimed that he could not see when the singer drove off as his eyes were covered with blood.

Confirming the incident on Tuesday, one Ndubueze Obodowhuo, accused Duncan Mighty of using his VIP status to intimidate his people. He also shared a ‘medical report’ stating that John was treated for “shoulder dislocation and scalp laceration.”

Mr John is now calling on his employer, the management of Julius Berger, Security Agencies and Human Rights Organisations to help him get justice. His post below:

“This is Mr. OKABAM JOHN a native of Elele town in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State, he’s currently employed by JULIUS BERGER NIG.PLC in Port Harcourt and his service engagement is within Judges quarters elelenwo-street, GRA Port Harcourt.

“According to Mr. OKABAM JOHN a Water-tank driver with Julius Berger, Tanker number – B8751, On Saturday 21st of November 2020 at about 9:40am while he was on duty. A private car was parked close to his water filling spot, he tried notifying the driver who refused to wine down, he bent his head to talk with the driver surprisingly, it was Duncan mighty.

“Before he could explain, his head was struck by Duncan mighty using a traditional staff(Elephant tusk), the second strike was blocked with his hand. He(Okabam John) didn’t see how the artist drove off because, blood covered his eyes at that moment.

“Mr. Okabam John narrated this incident after being discharged from the hospital. Duncan doesn’t show up when he’s publicly needed, rather he uses his VIP influence to undo his people. Celebrities should be celebrated by their positivity, their influence shouldn’t pose danger to the society rather it should serve as liberation to the people.

“Mr. OKABAM JOHN is calling on the management of Julius Berger, Security Agents and Human Rights Organisations for justice to be done in his case, to avoid a re-occurance.”

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