Monday, 18 November 2013

Actors O.C Ukeje and Lala Akindoju in romantic relationship?

Popular actor O.C Ukeje and dramatic/theatre artiste Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju are currently in a romantic relationship, NET has learnt.
We are told that the pair who has been seen one too many times in the past few months are madly in love with each other even though they’ve been keeping it under the wraps.

It is believed that the lovebirds met on the set of Charles Novia‘s award winning comedy flick ‘Alan Poza’, back in 2012 and grew fond of each other since then.

‘They got quite close on the set of the movie. But they’ve been very careful to keep it on the down low’, a source told our correspondent.

Speaking with Akindoju, the actress denied the romantic affair, categorically stating that they were just ‘very close friends’. ‘We are just friends, there is nothing between us romantically’, Lala laughed as she spoke with our correspondent. Sources tell us Lala once dated Red Media’s Chude Jideonwo and was at a point very close friends with music producer Cobhams Asuquo.

NET also spoke with Ukeje about the love affair. He also denied it, reaffirming what Lala said, ‘We are just close friends’.

Ukeje and Lala are currently in Calabar attending the on-going Africa International Film Festival.

Ukeje, who is fast becoming the leading man in Nollywood started out as a stage performer, shot into limelight and won the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) reality television show in 2007. He went on to win the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for the ‘Best Upcoming Actor‘ in 2008. His growing profile continued when he won ‘Best Lead Actor’ at the Nigeria Movie Awards (NMA) in 2013.

Akindoju who has a degree in Insurance from the University of Lagos, ventured into the world of dramatic arts way back in 2005 and made her break when she won the Future Awards for ‘Best Actress’ in 2010. She’s been involved in the highest tie of drama and theatre in Nigeria. Having set up her own production outfit, the ‘Make It Happen Productions’, Lala has been able to set up ground-breaking initiatives in the industry – Open Mic Theatre, The V Monologues – and is currently the casting director for Ndani TV while she teaches at Joke Silva’s LUFODO, a school for the arts.
Lilian Esoro, O.C Ukeje and Lala Akindoju at the Nollywood Movies Awards held in October
Lilian Esoro, O.C Ukeje and Lala Akindoju at the Nollywood Movies Awards held in October

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