How I balance acting, family life – Deyemi Okanlawon
Popular Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon, has revealed how he strikes a balance between his busy acting career and his family life.
Okanlawon, who is currently the highest grossing Nollywood actor, made this known in an interview with actress and show host, Lilian Afegbai, published on Tuesday.
The father-of-two noted that he doesn’t allow his family life to affect his career and vice-versa, adding that he gives his full attention to both aspects of his life.
Okanlawon said, “Talking about balancing family life and work life, I don’t believe in balancing the two. Depending on what I’m doing, I’m 100 per cent present.
“If I’m on set or filming, my people know that I’m 100% there and they respect that enough not to even stress me out. But when I’m at home, I’m 100% at home. I enjoy and maximise my time. I give everybody what they want.
“In this industry, you have to build a structure around yourself because a lot will come at you. Sometimes, when I’m filming, they may want to give me a place to stay – to their advantage – so that you can come on set within the shortest possible time.
“But I have a rule. As long as I’m filming in Lagos, I always go home the same day.”
Okanlawon noted that he had to stay away from home, however, because of a movie he did on domestic violence.
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“There was a time I went to do a film on domestic violence. I was raised never to hit a woman but to get into that character, I had to remove that restraint that was in my head,” the Blood Sisters star said.
He continued, “I called home to tell them I cannot come home for the next three days. I stayed three days after that film before I could go home.”
Earlier, the actor had revealed how acting in Nigeria’s Netflix original series, Blood Sisters, affected him mentally.
In the series, which was released in early May, Deyemi acted as Kola Ademola, an abusive partner who brutalised his victims as a pastime.
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Crux Nation to showcase African music, culture in UK
Following its recently concluded The YAGI “Young and Getting It” night of music event, Crux Nation has announced it has concluded plans to showcase the best of African music and culture in the UK in the coming months.
According to the musical firm, it has lined up a series of events that will celebrate the richness and diversity of African music, featuring a range of talented artists from across the continent.
“In the coming months, we are planning a series of events that will celebrate the richness and diversity of African music, featuring a range of talented artists from across the continent. One of their upcoming events is the “Afro-Fusion Fest”, a multi-day festival that will bring together some of the most exciting and innovative artists working in the genre today. They are also planning a series of smaller shows and events that will provide a platform for emerging artists and help to foster a vibrant and dynamic music scene in the UK,” Cruz Nation said in a statement.
“Crux Nation is committed to producing events that are not only entertaining but also educational and culturally enriching. The events will aim to provide a platform for African artists to showcase their talents and share their stories, while also building bridges between cultures and promoting understanding and respect. We are excited about the future of African music in the UK, and we look forward to continuing to bring the best of the continent’s music and culture to audiences across the country.”
Recall that The YAGI “Young and Getting It” night of music event, which was held on April 28, 2023, had showcased the incredible talent of indie African artistes in the UK, which included Dhanny Jazz, Kdel, Dejavoo, Sammy G Live Band and Habib Winter.
Overall, the “Young and Getting It” night of music event was a resounding success and a testament to the skill and expertise of Olabamidele Badmus and the Crux Nation team. The event showcased the incredible talent of indie African artistes in the UK and provided an unforgettable experience for attendees.
Davido’s ‘Timeless’ gets ten million streams in six hours
Afrobeat superstar Davido’s much-awaited album, ‘Timeless’, on Friday amassed ten million streams on Boomplay and Audiomack in just six hours after it was released on the streaming platform.
The album is also currently the No. 1 album on Nigeria’s Top Albums Chart, UK’s Top Albums Chart as well as in 17 other countries on Apple Music
Davido announced the release of the 17-track album on his social media pages in the early hours of Friday.
He talked about the process he went through from his previous album to the latest and also gave Chioma Rowland, his wife, a shout-out while appreciating his fans and people who ensured the completion of the project.
“At long last – WE are back. The journey from my last album to this album has been a whirlwind to say the least,” Davido wrote on Twitter.
Singles from the ‘Timeless’ album also topped Sierra Leone’s Apple Music Songs Chart, from number 1 to 17.
Davido set to release next album, Timeless
The pop star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido, has returned to Instagram after months of hiatus from his social media page as he set March 31st for his next albumtitled “Timeless”.
Recall that the music star, took a pause on social media when he lost his only son, Ifeanyi, on October 31, 2022.
Further checked by Vanguard revealed the Nigerian superstar, Davido, deleted the majority of his posts on Instagram, including his profile picture leaving only three including.
The only posts remaining on the singer’s Instagram account with 26.4 million followers were that of his late son, Ifeanyi; pictures from his performance at the Qatar World Cup, and the post of him and his lover, Chioma Rowland, getting ready for the World Cup performance in December 2022.
Today, the pop star retuned with video clips of his about-to-release musical album.
According to him, “There is a time for everything. A time to Grieve and a time to Heal.
“A time to Laugh and a time to Dance. A time to Speak and A time for Silence”
The pop star went further to appreciate his fans for their show of love and support. He wrote; “Thank you to everyone out there for your love and support that has held me down. All the love and messages while I was away, the gifts sent, the concerts you all threw! I appreciate it all. Today, I want to remind you all that what is now Timeless, was once new. It’s time for new.
My next album TIMELESS is here, March 31st. Pre-save link in bio” he added.
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