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“How Saint Obi’s Marriage Took Him Away From His Friends And Acting” – Filmmaker, Zik Zulu Okafor

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Veteran Nigerian filmmaker and journalist, Zik Zulu Okafor, has opened up about how actor Saint Obi’s marriage distanced him from his friends and his acting career.

Zik Zulu Okafor, a close friend of the actor who sadly died on Saturday, May 13th, after a long illness, detailed the tragic events leading up to Saint Obi’s death in a post.

According to Okafor, Saint Obi’s marriage to a financially successful woman significantly changed the course of his life.

He revealed that the woman was a senior executive at a telecom company and her siblings had always thought of Saint Obi as a “Gold Digger.”

He said that Saint Obi was constantly molested by his wife’s siblings, which eventually led to the dissolution of their marriage.

Okafor further revealed that the actor’s health was deteriorating in the middle of last year before his final passing a few days ago.

The article read,

“His social life was blunted. Perhaps by his reticent disposition.His persona, two dimensional. To a distant public, he was upscale and cool. His manly bearing spoke loud. His onscreen image ironically amplified some idiosyncrasies; heroics, romantic adventures and traits that did not gel with the mortal privacy that eerily define his quiet and lonely life.

“Saint Obi, real name, Obinna Nwafor, was shy, almost bordering on timidity and insecurity. He cherished the pleasantly tranquil interactions among a few friends. He would vanish at any outburst that could upset the poise of such small meetings. As he repeatedly told me, he just wanted to live a cool, quiet and fulfilled life. But, has he lived this cool and fulfilled life he envisioned ? I have my doubts.

“I tell Saint’s story here with painful tears in my eyes; because he was a star, a super star whose life turned out a gleam of irony . Yet, it was this stardom that fetched him his much professed financially strong and powerful wife . And their wedding, that solemn ritual of love, would drastically alter the cause of his life and tragically yank him off the creative community that threw him up for the wife to capture and indeed conquer.

“Their marriage was at best a dramatisation of love. It was quick. He barely told us that he found a wife. Then, the marriage happened. It was something of a mystique, only those involved understood the histrionics that played out . None of us who were his closest pals, who walked with him through the crucible to the crest of his career in Nollywood, was invited. The distance between us and the guy I admirably called Saint of the Storm had begun. This gulf would widen with each year. We saw him perhaps once in a year after this marriage.

“And life actually seemed to have given him a fair shake of the dice. He dressed well, drove big cars and even his skin, in literal lingo, spelt wellness.

“The Saint would be blessed with three beautiful children. But not one occasion were his friends in Nollywood invited for christening or birthday. We were told that his wife was of the topmost hierachy in telecom giant, MTN . But even if their celebrations were designed to be a rendezvous of the elites of the technocracies that his wife chiefly belonged, you expected that Saint would reach out to a few of his fellow creatives, for even if they would herald his small beginnings, there could be no tinge of shame to it because we all have our journeys and our stories. And even at that, the actor or cineaste in Nollywood is by no means poor.

“But more tragic is the fact that his marriage did not only take away Obinna from his friends, it took him away from Nollywood. Saint stopped acting, absconded from his career and perhaps his calling.

“It would seem prognostic now. Yes, because I recall leaving my house in Lagos Mainland for his massive office in Lekki, Victoria Island, Lagos. It was about six years ago. There, I demanded to know why my friend abandoned our industry. He told me with his usual shy expressions that he wanted to focus on some other businesses and also to work behind the camera. Because his visage was unconvincing to me, I told him in stark terms, that whatever his new vision and pursuits, he must not abandon the trade that made him who he was.

“It took another three years for Saint to return to his homies. But when he did, some of the deeply disappointed ones sniggered behind him. This was because the simmering rumours of cracks in his marriage had hit home. And though secretive in his ways, he knew it was time to open up. And he did. “I do not know why my wife’s sibblings see me as a gold digger. They confront me, harass and fight me in my own matrimony. And my wife did nothing to stop them. I work hard, I earn my money. I have never depended on my wife”, he lamented, eyes blurred with tears. You could tell he was in deep pain. By the next visit, the Saint returned with a deep cut from knife on his left eye. His wife’s brothers, he said, scaled the wall fence of their house to attack him. They were captured by hidden closed-circuit television, CCTV, installed for surveillance and security, he revealed.

“He reported them at the police station and subsequently acquired a gun to defend himself. This effectively marked the beginning of the end of his marriage and perhaps Saint Obi’s long walk to a sad end. He moved out of his marital home to a new house to begin the reconstruction of his destiny, alone without his wife and worse still without his three beautiful children.

“Meanwhile, his wife went to the police to defend her siblings using her financial power to manipulate the cause of justice, Saint stated unequivocally. The wife also sued for divorce, not in Lagos, but in Ogun state. As Saint put it, “It was to make the journey difficult for me. But I will not bend neither will I break. I will fight with my last blood to take custody of my children. They love me and they know it will be hard for me to live without them.The divorce is not an issue. My marriage has long been over”, he said with a mix of courage and a quaky heart that betrayed his distress.

“About mid last year, however, Obinna took ill. But he told no one. He simply became scarce. He was in and out of hospital, we would later learn. He sold two of his three big SUVs to take proper care of his health and to acquire six camry cars he’d use for Uber. But his vanishing health continued unabated. He seemed to have a premonition of his own passing as he wept repeatedly about not seeing his children. He emaciated. Life took a grim picture. When I saw him by chance in January 2023, the dude called Saint looked 15 years older than his age. His macho cut had shrunk. His fat wallet was gone. What was left was only his fat will. His eyes seemed lost in their socket. This would be the last time I would see him.

“Saint snuck out of Lagos to hang in with his sister in Jos. He told no one. But a month ago, in April precisely, the once delightful actor who brought joy to many a home broke his icy silence. He called our mutual friend in US to give him a devastating message. He was on a deathbed, he said and wanted our friend to pray for him. “It’s not looking good, pray, pray for me”, he appealed passionately.

“His next call came on May 1, 2023. This time to his mentor, the man who made him a star with his productions, Zeb Ejiro, OON. He told him with a wavering voice that he had had three surgeries but was still in hospital in Jos. He averred again that his situation was not looking good, that he is also in a deep pain, distressed that he could not see his children. But still he begged him not to tell anyone about his ailment. Such was the life of this creative hermit, a lonely trouper. I was the first to hear the news of his death late on Sunday, May 7. Having confirmed it, I called Zeb Ejiro. “I have a very bad news my brother, Zeb”, I began.

“What is it, what is it, Zik Zulu?”, he asked anxiously. “A big star has fallen in Nollywood”. Zeb broke down in tears. I hadn’t said who it was. But sobbing helplessly now, he said, “Don’t tell me it is Saint Obi”. Sadly, Zeb was right. May his soul find peace.”

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Actress Regina Daniels Reacts As Her Ex-Boyfriend, Somadina, Finally Shows Off His Son On His First Birthday

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Popular Nollywood actress, Regina Daniels has caused quite a stir with her reaction to her ex-boyfriend, Somadina Adinma unveiling his son on his first birthday.

Somadina Adinma surprised many when she posted photos of his child on the occasion of his first birthday today, February 15th. He captioned the photos, “Happy First Birthday My SonShine @dinobi_adinma ❤️

Regina Daniels reacts

In response to the post, Regina Daniels, who shares two children with her billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko, left a comment in the column.

She expressed her excitement that Somadina had finally decided to introduce his son to the world and affectionately referred to the little one as her “Son”.

“Our Baby Has Been Revealed 💃….Happy Birthday Son 😍😍,” she commented.

See the post and her reaction below,

This has sparked a lot of reactions on social media with many social media users curious about the identity of Somadina’s baby mama, and others surprised that he has a son.

Read some of the comments below,

@chioma_nwaoha wrote: “E shock me 😍😍😍…happy birthday son ❤

@dr_success_john wrote: “Awwwwww Finally revealed. Happy birthday 🎂 to him. He will grow into greatness in Jesus’ name.🙏🙏

@esthermachacha01 wrote:
 “Where is the mother of this child I wanna see something”

@sweetbuddie2021 wrote:
“All these celebrities with living wreckle$$ life are like 5 & 6…if not baby mama ,na children out of wedlock…and the funny thing, is that they can’t tell each other the truth..ndi ala”

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Nigerians React To Video Of Pastor Yul Edochie And His Mummy G.O Judy Austin Celebrating Valentine’s Day With A Bottle Of Beer (Video)

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Various reactions have followed a video showing popular Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie celebrating Valentine’s Day by drinking a bottle of beer with Judy Austin.

The actor-turned-minister shared the video on his official Instagram page to wish his fans and colleagues a happy Valentine’s Day.

The video which is causing a massive stir on various social media platforms shows the duo taking a sip from the mug of beer that Judy had previously poured.

As they took turns sipping the drink and venting, Yul Edochie urged social media users to spread love today and kill hate with love.

The movie star said;

“Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there, Val is a wonderful day, it’s a day of love, it’s a day to spread love, peace, and joy. Let’s kill hate with love.”

However, the video sparked mixed reactions, with the majority criticizing him for consuming alcohol despite his new job.

Below are some of the comments,

@iam_egroyce wrote:  Abeg where mama learn how to turn beer like this na only professional Dey sabi em oh…

@aviationtrail wrote: Olohun maje ka she eleya. This guy’s issue is deep and beyond this marriage issue. I feel for Sir Pete Edochie.

@dr.chinnie wrote:  Yul’s hype man 😂 Regina is cashing out and you are hyping Yul for nothing 

@richlifeofkelvine wrote:  This woman has brought Yul low !! every day!! After coming out as Pastor she now serves you beer!! 

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“My Biggest Regret In Life Is Not Getting Married Early” — Actor Timini Egbuson Reveals

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Popular Nollywood actor, Timini Egbuson, has caused a massive stir on social media after revealing his biggest regret in life.

During a recent podcast session on Madeaux Network, the 36-year-old actor revealed that his biggest regret is not getting married soon enough.

Actor Timini Egbuson reveals

He said that if he had known better when he was younger, he would have chosen one woman out of all the women in his life then.

The film star further stated that he might have already had a teenage son by now but is quite unfortunate that he is still single.

Watch the video below,

Earlier today, various reactions followed a video showing popular Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie celebrating Valentine’s Day by drinking a bottle of beer with Judy Austin.

The actor-turned-minister shared the video on his official Instagram page to wish his fans and colleagues a happy Valentine’s Day.

The video which is causing a massive stir on various social media platforms shows the duo taking a sip from the mug of beer that Judy had previously poured.

As they took turns sipping the drink and venting, Yul Edochie urged social media users to spread love today and kill hate with love. (Continue reading)

 

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