Nollywood News: Late veteran actor Justus Esiri won Best African Actor award at the recently concluded Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held over the weekend, in Yenagoa, capital of Bayelsa State (Nigeria); Nigeria Movie Network have gathered.
With every disappointment comes a blessing. Van Vicker was arrested for gun possession last weekend in Nigeria. He was billed to attend the just concluded Africa Movie Academy Awards in Lagos on Sunday but missed the event due to unforeseen circumstances. The actor had flown into Nigeria, with several fake guns, which he had intended to use in his upcoming movie, until officials at the airport ruined his day.
Van Vicker in an action movie
Van was reported to have been arrested by some men of the State Security
Services (SSS) at the airport in Nigeria when some guns were found in
his luggage during inspection. He told the SSS that they were props guns brought in for a movie, but that did not convinced the SSS enough, and took him down to their office in Ikoyi, Lagos for further investigation, where he spent the night.
Fortunately for Van Vicker, he tried nearby
family members and a close colleague, Uche Jombo, who was already at the AMAA awards to intervene his arrest as soon as possible.
We learnt that Mr. Vicker sent a message using his BlackBerry Messager (BBM) to Uche Jombo,
which she didn’t receive due too low battery, but was later received the next day.
Reportedly, Uche arrived at the SSS office and helped with the release of the fair skinned actor,
when contacted. She
informed the public it was Prop guns from which the actor had acquired from the
States and was for use in his upcoming movie titled ‘Forest’. Van Vicker
runs Sky+ Orange Production which is producing the movie with cast
members including Stella Damasus , Nana Ama from Ghana, Mc Brown from
Ghana and a host of others.
Van Vicker took a safe trip back to Ghana, but without the prop guns, which the security officials asked him to call for later.
Question: What is your opinion about the unnecessary intimidation with Van Vicker by Nigeria's State Security
Services? Were they right to have confiscated his fake guns intended to shoot a movie?
The Nigerian airport security authorities have been likely to harass and interrogate Nollywood celebs ever since the Baba Suwe cocaine saga, which he was falsely accused by Nigerian authorities.
Are they right to have confiscated Van Vicker's fake guns? This same guns were cleared to be safe by the Ghana airport security officials, but why does that of Nigeria has to be different? Read more »
Richard Mofe Damijo, popularly known as RMD, is an actor, film maker, former journalist, lawyer and public servant. Arguably one of the top actors in the Nigerian film industry, Richard won the Best Actor in a Leading Role award at the maiden edition of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in 2005. Prior to the evolution of what is today known as Nollywood, he had featured in several stage and television drama productions. He was a former president of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).
In January 2009 he was appointed Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Delta State, Nigeria. For his colleagues, teeming fans and admirers, the feeling was that he may have abandoned acting finally. However, Mofe-Damijo says he never left acting, but only expanded his scope. He also speaks of his experience in the public service, his expectations for Nollywood, from government and the private sector for the arts, and wants stakeholders in the arts and culture sector to consider going into politics. In a recent interview he granted, Richard had this to say:
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