Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Despite Djansi’s ‘insult’, Omotola shows she’s friends with Ghanaians


Barely a week after her colleagues lashed at Ghanaian filmmaker; Leila Djansi for referring to Nollywood as Adolf Hitler, Nigerian actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde took her 38th birthday celebrations to Accra, Ghana, where she made merry with other female celebrities.

Actress Stella Damasus it was who first slammed the Ghanaian producer for disparaging Nollywood, in an attempt to praise the new crop of Nigerian filmmakers for their inventiveness. Others followed suit in a renewed battle of supremacy between the film industries of Nigeria and Ghana.
In defense of Nollywood, Damasus had listed Omotola amongst the Nollywood actors she believed were insulted by Djansi’s utterance.
According to the actress who is now based in the United States, Djansi’s statement amounts to an insult to the likes of Kenneth Nnebue, Tade Ogidan, Kingsley Ogoro, Segun Arinze, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Genevieve Nnaji, Funke Akindele, and others who have taken Nollywood to its present position. She added that one of the factors that made Djansi’s 2011 film, Ties that Bind, strong was because she used “one of our best – Omotola Jalade Ekeinde.”
But at Omotola’s birthday bash last Sunday, the birthday girl did not show any any ill feeling. Although Djansi was not at the birthday bash, guests in attendance include Penelope Jones-Mensah, Ellen Thomas, Joselyn Dumas, BeccaVictoria MichaelsBouchra Ait-AmarPierrette Vordzogbe among others.
While speaking to the local press during her visit, the actress made headlines for saying she cannot share space with award-winning American actress, Taraji P. Henson who plays Cookie Lyon on the hit Fox show, Empire.
Omotola while responding to speculations she is auditioning for a role in Empire, was reported to have said, “Is that a rumour in Ghana?” she asked.”Oh U.S? Maybe they want me to be in “Empire.” But then they would have to remove Taraji, because I’m a diva, I can’t share space with her.”
Empire is a TV series that revolves around Hip-hop artist and CEO of Empire EntertainmentLucious Lyon, and his family. The series stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Grace Gealey, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Kaitlin Doubleday and Bryshere Y. Gray among others.
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