In a recent chat with Dupe Ayinla Olasunkanmi, Taxi Driver Oko Ashewo movie star, Ijeoma Grace Agu talks about her marriage and career.

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A graduate of Biochemistry, how did you end up as an actress?

I have always been passionate about acting. I actually started taking it (acting) serious at the age of 14. I was part of a theatre group called the Creative Squad if I remember correctly. That was in Benin. We were performing at the Abacha Cultural Centre then. I think it’s named something else now. That was for me my very first stint in professional acting. And then I went to university. While at university, I was writing films and sending it to marketers. And then finished with university in 2006/2007 and started doing this full time.

How do you manage your time as a woman and filmmaker?

Every day I learn as I go. There is no manual. Sometimes I mess up but keep it moving. It’s not been easy but when you have support, it seems like it is easy but it’s not easy. With every responsibility in life, you just have to man up and do what you have to do. So, for me, when it comes to the work, we do the work. When it comes to family, it’s all about the family. I just do not like carrying over family into work. They are separate entities and I treat them as such.

Tell us about your role in Taxi Driver Oko Asewo. How would you describe it?

I played Delia – a call girl. It feels good to be able to impersonate and play any given character. This was no exception.

Have you always had hair on low-cut?

No… this was for a movie my company did, Taxi Driver Oko Asewo. I had a pink and purple mohawk for the movie. And after that, I cut it for another I did where I was a car thief. It was J and Hustle but called Jimi Bendel. I kept the look because my husband likes it.

You had to cut your hair for Taxi Driver?

Yes. Because I wanted the role and the director, my husband, didn’t want me to play the part because it was an asewo (prostitute) role and I’ve done a lot of asewo roles in the past but I don’t care. I just wanted to work. I wanted to act. It was my company producing it and I really needed the part. And I remember when he was writing about the character, he encountered a woman at Oshodi, a young girl who was a sexual worker. When he came home that day, he said, ‘oh, her hair was like this, like this. I want that character to be like that.’…


Morgan State Finally Named N.E Illinois University President

CHICAGO (AP) — Northeastern Illinois University has named a Morgan State University official as its new president.

The Northeastern Illinois University Board of Trustees announced Thursday that Gloria Gibson would fill the post that’s been vacant since fall 2016. She’s been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morgan State in Baltimore.

The East St. Louis, Illinois, native takes the helm June 1 at Northeastern Illinois. She says she’s impressed by the school’s “resiliency during the past 150 years and its diverse community.” The Chicago Tribune reports she’s the first black woman selected for the post.

Richard Helldobler served as Northeastern Illinois’ interim president since Sharon Hahs’ departure in 2016, after a decade in the post.

Northeastern Illinois enrolls about 9,000 and is located in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood.

Besiktas have been charged by Uefa after a cat wandered on to the pitch during the Champions League last-16 defeat by Bayern Munich.

English referee Michael Oliver stopped play in the second half at Vodafone Park until the cat left the pitch.

The exact charge is “insufficient organisation”, while the Turkish club has also been charged with “throwing objects and blocked stairways”.

The case will be heard by Uefa’s disciplinary body on 31 May.

Bayern won 3-1 on the night and 8-1 on aggregate to progress to the quarter-finals and fans of the German club voted the cat as their man of the match.


five other women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault over the years could testify at his retrial on charges of drugging and assaulting a former friend, giving prosecutors an early win.

Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill’s decision will likely have a major influence on the second trial of Cosby, 80, who is accused of attacking Andrea Constand, now 44, at his home near Philadelphia between Dec. 30, 2003, and Jan. 20, 2004. Jury selection for the next trial begins on March 29.

The prosecution was limited to calling one other accuser in the first trial in the Philadelphia suburb of Norristown, Pennsylvania. It ended in June with a mistrial after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict following six days of deliberations.

Constand, a former administrator of the women’s basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby’s alma mater, is one of more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual assaults, some dating back decades.

All the claims but Constand’s are too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution.

Prior to the allegations, Cosby was best known to Americans for his as the beloved TV dad in the 1980s hit “The Cosby Show.” He has repeatedly denied assaulting anyone, saying all the encounters were consensual.

“It shows how desperate they are and that this is a very weak case. Mr. Cosby is innocent of these charges,” his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, said in a statement.

Prosecutors had sought to call 19 other accusers as witnesses to show the incident fit a pattern of criminal behavior. Like many other alleged victims, Constand has said Cosby gave her an intoxicant that left her disoriented and unable to stop his advances.

O’Neill said prosecutors could select five women from the eight accusers whose allegations are most recent, ranging from 1982 to 1996. Defense lawyers had argued that accusations dating back to 1965 were so old that they would be impossible to counter, given Cosby’s age.

The accusers were not named in court documents, but the descriptions of their accounts match those of several women who have come forward, including model and television personality Janice Dickinson.

A defendant’s history usually is not admissible as evidence that he committed a particular crime.

Cosby’s lawyers argued that permitting other accusers to testify would unfairly prejudice jurors, particularly given the #MeToo movement, which has encouraged millions of women to share experiences of sexual abuse or harassment.