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Nollywood actors fight over N3m ‘political’ largesse

culled from Sun newspaper

The recent visit of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan to Enugu has left a
big scar on Nollywood.
This is because the police in Enugu are
currently looking for ways to settle the bitter feud that engulfed the
artistes’ community in the state over how an alleged First Lady’s largesse would be shared among top actors who at­tended her rally.

This feud has seemingly put one group known as Nollywood Apostles against other stakeholders in Enugu State led by
Patience Ozo­kwor popularly known as Mama G, making it very difficult for the center to hold.

As at last Thursday, some of Nollywood’s big wigs involved were still
angry and had refused to show up at the Police Area Com­mand, Abakpa
Nike, Enugu where the case was domiciled. 
 The Area Commander had
arranged for them to settle the matter amicably.

Checks reveal that Nollywood Apostles comprising some of the best faces
in the movie industry including Steve Ajebo Eboh, Charles Awurum, Emeka
Enyiocha, Bene­dict Johnson, Chinwe Owoh, and Ngozi Ezeonu among others
had been featuring at several PDP campaign rallies including the one
that brought Dame Jonathan to Enugu.

According to a source, trouble started after the departure of the First
Lady when facilitators of the rally, Patience Ozokwor and Chinyere
Wilfred were on stage giving the vote of thanks.
 An aide to Dame Jona­than had allegedly dropped a parcel contain­ing N3
million into the hands of one of the actors, which he quickly cornered
with the con­nivance of his fellow ‘Apos­tles’. But the cookies crumbled
when the aide called Mama G aside and intimated her of the monetary gift and to whom it was handed.

“The real drama started when the actor who collected the parcel was
about to zoom out of the venue in his car. Mama G re-enacted her screen
roles for real. In her view, the money was meant for all the
stakehold­ers who graced the rally and not only for the Nollywood Apostles.
Mama G stood in the way of the car, yelling and ask­ing to be crushed
just as she sent someone to call the police. She didn’t mind being
called witch, ashawo and all sorts of unprint­able names. She blocked the
car until the police came and took all the parties to the station,” a
source says.

However, Steve Eboh has denied ever being involved in such a show of shame. He told Entertain­er:

 “I never had anything to do with any money or anything like that. Don’t
mind them, my brother. As I speak with you now, I am on my way to see
Father Ede in Elele, Rivers State.”

For Charles Awurum, who later returned this reporter’s call after
several phone calls made to him, it was denial all the way. Hear him: “I
don’t know about any issues concerning Dame Jonathan’s money. I am in
Port Harcourt now, please.”

On her part, Patience Ozokwor
confirmed the story but she wouldn’t want to elaborate further, until
after the elections. “The police have invited everyone to the station
for settlement,” she volunteered.

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