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Remember Merit of Living in Bondage? See What She Looks Like 28 Years after; Why She Stopped Acting

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Remember Merit of Living in Bondage? See What She Looks Like 28 Years after; Why She Stopped Acting

 

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Veteran actress, Nnenna Nwabueze–Okonta is fondly called Merit, following the visible role she played in the pioneer Igbo movie, ‘Living in Bondage’. She is one of the pioneers of Nollywood; she starred in one of the first ever home videos in the country. ‘Living in Bondage’ gave birth to what is known today as Nollywood.

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If you were born during or before the ’90s, I’m sure you were spellbound by Nollywood pioneer movie, ’Living in Bondage’. It was the rave of the moment in those days. One of the major characters that made that movie very interesting was Merit; she was the wife of Andy in that movie.

 

 

According to documentation from Wikipedia, ‘Living in Bondage’ is a 1992/93 Nigerian two-part drama thriller film directed by Chris Obi Rapu, written by Kenneth Nnebue and Okechukwu Ogunjiofor. It was produced by Ogunjiofor, and sponsored by Jafac Wine. The film was shot straight-to-video and starred Kenneth Okonkwo and Nnenna Nwabueze as the main couple in the movie.

For those of you that were not born before the early ’90s, you might not recall this but the movie; ‘Living in Bondage’ was the movie everyone talked about in that era. Although it was acted using the Igbo language, it was subtitled in English and this helped to spread it farther to non-Igbo speaking parts of the country and it was wildly received.

If you watched Living in Bondage in the ’90s, you will remember that it is a very powerful story everybody in Nigeria could relate to at some point or the other during that period.

 

 

‘Living in Bondage’ revolved around Andy Okeke (Kenneth Okonkwo) and his wife Merit (Nnenna Nwabueze). Andy wanted to get rich by all means and was always comparing his poverty status to the success of his peers, especially best friend, Paul (Okechukwu Ogunjiofor).

 

 

His wife, Merit tried to shower her husband with love, support and patience but that didn’t stop Andy from being lured into the get-rich-quick syndrome that was also prevalent then by accepting his best friend, the slick-talking Paulo’s persuasions who revealed his secret – a satanic cult where members pledge their loyalty to satan and kill their loved ones as sacrifice; gaining enormous wealth in return. After much hesitation, Andy reluctantly agrees to sacrifice the person he loves the most – Merit. She dies in the hospital days after the ritual, but not before she cursed her husband for the betrayal.

If you have never watched this movie, I will encourage you to do so. You can watch it on YouTube or download it from trusted Nollywood movie sites.

 

 

 

 

Nnnenna also starred in other movies such as: ‘Evil Passion’, ‘Beyond the Vow’ and ‘Alusi’ before she finally disappeared from the screens but the story of Nollywood today cannot be complete without references made to that premier move, ‘Living in Bondage’ and of course, Merit’s role as well.

See what she looks like 28 years later after the movie was produced and was an instant hit.

 

 

 

 

Ever wondered what happened to Nnenna Nwabueze-Okonta, after she disappeared from the Nigerian entertainment industry when the ovation was loudest for her? Why did she stop acting when she could have used the success of that movie as launching pad for her acting career?

Well, she was married off! Her heartthrob, Chief Okonta practically stole her away from our screens because of her beauty. According to her, she met her husband for the first time on February 28, 1994 and on March 12 that same year, they had their introduction party in Lagos and on the 26th of the same month, they did their traditional marriage in her village. Nnenna Nwabueze is from Uzuakoli in Abia State but her husband is from Delta State.

There was no courtship before they got married and her husband didn’t want her to continue with her acting career for fear of losing her to another man.

In an interview she had with Punch Newspaper years ago, she said her husband was a very jealous and possessive type who wanted her all to himself all the time. She would have had a broken home or probably divorced if she had wanted her career to come first. So she made a decision to sacrifice her acting career in order to build her marriage and has no regrets about it.

 

 

Nnenna Nwabueze recalls that shortly after their 20 years wedding anniversary, her husband gave her the go-ahead to go back to acting. Unfortunately, her husband died few days to their 22nd wedding anniversary, on March 7, 2016.

Concerning if she is willing to remarry, the widow and mother of six said she’s okay with her life and not searching for now.

She has a Masters Degree. She studied Environmental Education at the University of Port Harcourt, afterwards she went ahead and did her masters in Administration and Planning.

 

 

Her comeback to Nollywood was in 2018 and since then she has acted alongside several top actors in the industry as a lot of people still respect her as a veteran actress despite not acting in movies for almost three decades.

Since her return to Nollywood, she has acted movies mostly with the Nollywood crew in Asaba. She has also been seen with some veteran actors and actresses on several movie locations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 years after the first ‘Living in Bondage’ was released, Veteran Nollywood actor, director and producer, Ramsey Nouah and a team of talented actors and crew did the sequel-‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ and tried to bring back some of the old cast and succeeded in arousing nostalgia as some of the old cast members like Kenneth Oknonkwo, Kanayo.O.Kanayo and Bob Manuel Udokwu also featured in the sequel.

 

 

 

 

Nnenna didn’t feature in the sequel but her ‘ghost’ was brought back into the movie and people remembered her all over again.

Beautiful, veteran actress, Nnenna Nwabueze-Okonta has simply matured like fine wine. She still managed to retain her fair complexion and has grown to become an ageless beauty. She’s also stylish and has maintained her beautiful body shape.

Scroll down to see more of her pictures and what she looks like now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think about this lady who captivated the hearts of those born during and before the ’90s with her beauty and acting skills? Do you also miss seeing her on your screen?

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14 Warning Signs You Are Dealing with an Evil Person, Flee Immediately

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14 Warning Signs You Are Dealing with an Evil Person, Flee Immediately

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14 Warning Signs You Are Dealing with an Evil Person

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Life would be a lot simpler if the evil people dressed in full black attire and smiled creepily like the witches in the stories, and the good people would dress in bright colors with a cherubic smile on their face! But no, life is a synthesis of endless contradictions and people wear masks that are difficult to break.

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Evil exists and we don’t need theories to prove that, just a glance at the daily news is enough evidence. Murders, rapes, terrorism and what not! The common thing among all the criminals is their attitude – they do not care what happens to the world as long as their own needs are satisfied. This behavior may be a result of the environment they were brought up in, or as some theorists say the biological component does play a role. Experts reveal that the body releases oxytocin while reacting to something positive. While 95% of people conform to the norm, 5% do not feel the positive vibe.

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Some black hearted people seem to make this their life motto. It is difficult to distinguish evil because it looks “normal”; however, if you are associated with such people, you will eventually feel the toxicity and suffering rising. Be aware and let go.

 

1. They are manipulative maniacs

Black hearted people build their lives around one goal and they can go to any extent to achieve it. They do not care what others think or if they are hurting or deceiving someone. They will pursue the path if it suits them. They will manipulate others to get their work done.

 

2. They mislead you

They use gaslighting to sow seeds of doubt in a person’s mind, making them question their own reality. They not only lie but twist the tale to turn your judgment in favor of them. You will inevitably believe them and come to wrong conclusions.

 

3. They are not trustworthy

All their actions are a master scheme to drive you towards their self-centered agenda. You cannot trust someone who will manipulate and mislead you at every step of the way.

 

4. They cannot see the reality

 

Rather, they will not see the reality if it does not correspond with their needs. They will subtly make others believe in their warped vision of life too, to fulfill their demands.

 

5. They always think they are “owed”

Black hearted people believe they are special and that the world is a “wish granting factory.” They think that being themselves is enough and everyone will cater to their needs because they owe them.

 

6. They demand attention

 

They believe the world revolves around them and want to be treated differently because they are worth it. They will demand attention as they feel superior to others, without noticing their flaws.

 

7. They are liars

They are compulsive liars and simply cannot speak the truth as it will crack their mask of deceit. They will keep lying to cover up for their lies.

 

8. They live a double life

 

They lead a double life by wearing masks to fit their role. If you are beneficial to their being, they will treat you differently and if you are not, they will not bother about you. Their personality too is molded by their desires.

 

9. They will not apologize

If you believe you are superior to everyone else, that you are always right and that everyone owes you the best things possible, you cannot just be humble and accept your follies. Black hearted people never apologize because they do not care for other peoples’ feelings and they simply think they haven’t done anything wrong to apologize for.

 

10. They create their own facts

They will try to get the upper hand by making other see things through their perspectives, thus working for their welfare. They will alter facts and establish them as real.

 

11. They do not value your time

Black hearted people put themselves before others and do not care for other people’s’ time. They are just the means to the goal they want to achieve. They do not waste their time for others but demand the same from the later.

 

12. They don’t feel guilt or regret

They think they are above everything else and so nothing makes them feel bad. They do not feel guilty after using others because only the goal is of importance, not other people’s emotions.

 

13. They will often hide information

They will have to make others blindly believe them and to do this they hide information. They will protect their mask by tricking people.

 

14. They are irresponsible

Black hearted people do not think of the consequences or the long lasting impact of their action as it is all-important to them. They will be reckless and not care for the mess they create. Once the goal is achieved they go for another.

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Bandits Just Killed This Young Man

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6 Killed, Several Others Abducted As Bandits Attack Katsina Village (photos)

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Not less than six people have reportedly been killed while several others were abducted when bandits attacked Unguwar Samanja village in Faskari local government area of Katsina State, IgbereTV reports.

It was gathered that the bandits stormed the village at 5:49 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, when residents where preparing for prayer.

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Nasir Hassan, a resident of Daudawa, who spoke to newmen said the attackers rode into the village on motorcycles minutes before the dawn prayer and started shooting sporadically.

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“From what I gathered, five people were confirmed dead after the attack and they have been buried today (Monday) morning,” he said.

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Hassan, who is a student of a tertiary institution in Zamfara State, said the attackers also abducted several people but he had not ascertained their number.

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“They also burnt down houses and shops before leaving the village. I was told that they did not loot the shops, they only burnt them,” he said.

However, another resident of Daudawa, Auwal Liman, said the number of those killed had risen to six, including another person killed in the outskirts of the village, who was reportedly from Unguwar Labbo community.

Bahisulhaq Alhassan, a student in Faskari, confirmed that his friend was among those killed.

“His name is Jaafar Kabir and he was killed on his way to Daudawa from Unguwar Samanja.” Alhassan said.
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Throwback Photos Of Abacha’s First Son That Died With Dangote’s Brother On A Plane Crash In 1996

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Throwback Photos Of Abacha’s First Son That Died With Dangote’s Brother On A Plane Crash In 1996

 

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This year makes it about 24 years that Abacha lost his first, Ibrahim Sani who died on a plane crash in 1996 with other 13 friends of his including the younger brother to the richest man in Africa today, – Aliko Dangote.

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Ibrahim Sani was very wealthy just as a son of one of the top corrupt leaders then.

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Ibrahim who was just 28 years old was a lawyer as well a business man who was into a series of business deals.

The Tragic Death

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On that fateful day, 17th of January, 1996, Ibrahim and his friends were going on a jolly ride from Lagos to Kano for a party and family engagement.

He was travelling in the Nigerian Air Force presidential Falcon jet in the company of 13 other friends when just minutes to the landing at the Aminu Kano International Airport, the aircraft crashed and exploded mysteriously.

Ibrahim was with Funmi, his Yoruba girlfriend and a younger brother of Aliko Dangote named Bello, now the richest black in the world.

Bello Dangote’s death was described as a major shock and huge loss with Dangote describing him as the closest person to Dangote in the group and a ‘great thinker and visionary.’

The crash shook the country, and even the most avowed enemies of Abacha sympathized with him.

Little Throwback Photos Of Late Ibrahim Sani Abacha (Abacha’s First Son)

 

 

May their gentle souls continue to rest in peace 🙏

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