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Chime For Art Organisation

Published January 29, 2014 by Uru Eke

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I am happy to introduce to you my Non-governmental Organization ‘Chime for Art’.

Media is a powerful tool and one of the best methods through which we can fight for a cause, send out strong vital messages or simply advocate for change. The aim of my NGO is to produce films campaigning against rape, corruption, domestic violence, child abuse, sex workers, drug trafficking, child trafficking etc. These issues bother me and what better way to stand against them than through film. With God’s grace our very first production will be hitting a cinema near you SOON!!! Our slogan is ‘ Be The Change You Want To See”

Unveil Make-up for the ’ember months

Published September 4, 2013 by Uru Eke

As we welcome the ‘ember months, Unveil MUP partners with Nollywood sweetheart- Uru Eke to present the looks for the season. The last quarter of the year is always known for being exuberant and chirpy. We play with colours and create perfect contours to give the sexiest, chic and fun looks

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African Youth Panel in the Gambia

Published September 4, 2013 by Uru Eke

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I am very fortunate to have experienced some milestones in my career as an actress quite early. Coming from a proficient IT background it was with some form of scepticism that family and friends watched me dive into a different field entirely.

I have always loved acting. I would catch myself playing certain roles of movies that I enjoyed growing up. It is an innate ability that I did not want to watch go to waste. As much as I relished my life as a corporate career woman, I was glad to take the leap into Nollywood. I left a great life in the UK to start all over in Nigeria. I have had my doubts, of course. There were times I just wanted to pack it all up and head back to the UK- to a job I know would gladly have me back. But I would pause and re-think; the desire to be what I truly want to be would lead me back to peace where I would look through my doubts and patches of pessimism and find something to hold on to. There is always something to hold on to as long as you recognise you are on the right path. If it gives you peace then just maybe it is what you should pursue.

I was talking about milestones- yes! When CNN came calling two years ago for an interview about Nollywood, I was elated. Friends from all over the world called and talked about the video for weeks! It was like the baptism of assurance I needed. Working with some of the pioneers of Nollywood has also been great highpoints for my career; so there is a lot to be grateful for. While still counting my blessings and looking into a future that looks bright, I got a call from a representative of African Youth Panel in The Gambia recently.

I had been selected, along with 19 other representatives from different African countries, as an Ambassador of the Africa Youth Panel (AYP)- a Pan-African youth organization with strategic focus on youth participation in governance and youth employability, established under the auspices of the Danish Africa Commission (DAC) in 2008 in Addis Ababa.

As part of celebrations of International Youth Day 2013, the African Youth Panel organised the Africa Youth Charter Ambassador program- an extensive training platform aimed to duly equip its Ambassadors for the crucial youth activity ahead, and grooming “young voices” that would be heard and respected all over the world.

With notable African figures of diverse backgrounds including academicians, civil society experts, entrepreneurs, art managers and politicians in attendance, the 4-day meeting organised in collaboration with the Children and Community Initiative for Development (CAID), with support funds from the Roskilde Charity Society of Denmark was an eye-opener to the potential that can be duly utilised in creating a more vibrant youth-drive in the continent, channelling all the necessary resources- both material and intellectual- to building a strong network of young-changers. Being a part of that was amazing!

In attendance were youth leaders, musicians, actors, celebrities and the media participating in the training along with relevant partners like the African Union Commission Youth Division, Pan African Youth Union, Ministry of Youth and Sports of The Gambia, Gambia National Youth Council and the Mandingmorry Foundation for Performing Arts (MANFOPA).

Working with AYP gives me and other representatives the ability to affect different cultures and countries in Africa through the strong network that it provides, developing activities to make sure that the Ambassadors are actively engaged in national, regional and continental themes affecting the continent.

All of over Africa, Nollywood is noted for being an influential sector and representing this industry, yet again, makes me so proud. The impact we can make as a nation towards building a better future for the youths are immense. I feel like it is a good time to be African.

Pictures from the ‘Weekend Getaway’ Premiere

Published April 3, 2013 by Uru Eke

The much anticipated premiere for the film ‘Weekend Getaway’ produced by Royal Arts Academy and directed by Desmond Elliot took place at the Ocean View in Lagos on the 29th of March.  I don’t have a personal photographer so i pinched some pictures from bellanaija and a couple other sites. Happy Viewing!

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Weekend Getaway premieres 29th March

Published March 18, 2013 by Uru Eke

Weekend Getaway is a Royal Arts Academy movie produced by Emem Isong and Ini Edo and directed by Desmond Elliot starring Nollywood’s  best like Genevieve Nnaji, Ramsey Noah, Ini Edo, Monalisa Chinda, Ime Bishop Umoh, Bryan Okwara, Uti Nwachukwu, Alexx Ekubo, Bobby Obodo, Beverly Naya, and Uru Eke.

It is a glamorous, witty, suspense-filled drama about five couples with relationship issues who spend the weekend in the plush, exotic hotel. The film exposes the drama, dysfunction, intrigues, lies and ultimately love, that abounds in their lives.

Watch the trailer here as it is expected to hit cinemas on March 29, 2013.

Darkside premiering in cinemas this May.

Published March 18, 2013 by Uru Eke

The movie stars myself, Joseph Benjamin,  Bayo Alawiye, KC Ejelonu and Nobert Young.  It is described as a story of “betrayal, greed, desperation and darkness so blinding it leaves you wondering what the world has become”.

It was written by Tijani Balogun, and produced and directed by Bayo Alwaiye.

Synopsis – Dark Side

Before Sir Richard Awala passed on, he made sure Bankole, his only child got married to his one-time best friend’s daughter, Deola. Without a trace of love, they walk down the aisle. An accident, however, leaves Bankole Awala blind, and Deola gets constantly irritated by the situation. Apart from the burden of now living with a blind man she doesn’t love, Deola has a secret of her own – Kayode, Bankole’s best friend, is her lover.

In one of their raunchy moments, Sheila – a disgruntled ex-employee – reappears to claim certain entitlements from her former boss only to find his wife and his best friend in an entanglement of lust. In a quick twist of fate, the three of them become allies. They now plot to murder Bankole. The plan is to make it look like natural death. Kayode is apprehensive, Deola is eager, and Sheila cannot wait to lay her hands on the kind of money she’d only dreamed of – over two hundred billion naira cash deposit in Bankole’s account and a multi-billion naira gas kingdom of the Awalas!

African Magic Viewers Choice Awards

Published March 18, 2013 by Uru Eke

The maiden edition of the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards took place on Saturday 9th March 2013.

Hosted by Nigerian radio personality/BBA Host IK Osakioduwa and Zimbabwean TV star Vimbai Mutinhiri, the star studded awards ceremony took place in grand style at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos and yours truly was named among the best dressed.

Below is a picture of me at the event and please click on the this link: bellanaija for more pictures

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