When Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, recently came alive as Nollywood stars led other film-makers from different parts of the continent to attend the nomination party of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa), Malawian fans expected to take photographs and autographs from the starts they have constantly seen on Africa Magic through DStv.
However, to the fans disappointment, some artists such as Chioma Chukwuka-Akpotha refused to have their pictures taken.
Chioma would not smile when posing for a photo or unapologetically refused to do it. Out of all the actors that came, she was the most popular one and many screamed as they looked forward to a photo session with her.
Even a greeting met a cold response from the Nollywood damsel who boasts of not kissing a man in a movie. She was as cold-hearted as she was in the movie Royal Doom in which she was in love with the Prince and did everything to have him despite her being married to the Prince’s father, King Eze Anochie.
Held at the Bingu International Conference Centre, the glamorous nomination event attracted the likes of Kanayo O. Kanayo, NseIkpe-Etim, Victor Osuagwu, Chukwuka-Akpotha, OC Ukeje, Paul Obazele, Mmadu Chikwendu and Charles Novia from Nollywood. Others were Nobert Ajaegbu, chairperson of Lagos State chapter of video producers and marketers association of Nigeria and Lydia Forson from Ghana.
Malawian fans were all over the Nollywood stars hugging and posing for shots with them at random. They were also eager to meet actors such as Mr Ibu, Aki and Pawpaw who unfortunately did not make it. But, in their absence, Mr Biodun Kupoluyi, publisher of E24/7 Magazine filled the vacuum as some mistook him for Mr Ibu.
For photographers, taking event pictures proved a surmountable hurdle as the ladies, especially Chioma, would deliberately face down while playing with her phone.