By Benjamin Njoku
Recently, the crying baby of Nollywood who doubles as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Nkeiru Sylvanus has been embattled.
The sultry actress who was catapulted to stardom in her epic movie ‘A Cry for Help” now seems to be in need of that help she sought for a long time ago. Known and appreciated for her emotional outbursts, making her look defenseless and vulnerable, Nkiru appears to be have fallen prey to real life tormentors this time around.
Her talent is evident in her effortless interpretation of roles assigned to her, but Nkiru Sylvanus has devised a way of always evading scandals and controversies. These twin evils which haunt successful movie stars continue to trail her like a shadow. Her first baptism of mischievous gossip sought to question her academic attainments but she was able to shake them off convincingly to the chagrin of her foes and the admiration of her fans.
Then, she got enmeshed in a romantic rumpus with one Asha, a musician who allegedly was using her name to boast his music career by posing in a friendly photograph with her and making claims of a relationship. Following Nkiru’s shrill protests, further investigations led to an apology to her by the medium that published the malicious story. As if that was not enough, another tabloid cast similar aspersions on her with an aide of the vice president.
Nkiru Sylvanus herself made efforts to explain her relationship with her boss whom she refers to as a father figure but in our own peculiar way of prejudiced denunciation, nobody seems to be paying her any attention. Instead romantic tales keep flying around her and Rochas Okorocha, all in a bid to make her a recluse.
Recently, stories of the “Cry for Help”actress’ parting ways with her boss made headlines in some national dailies and online publications. The story had it that the actress had been relieved of her appointment supposedly due to persistence of the Imo state First Lady, still purporting the existence of a romantic relationship.
Obviously, being human, it was wise for Nkiru to rise to the occasion to effectively defend her name and set the records straight. But it was not surprising that her true friends were quick to decipher the malicious objective of such stories which were mere tall tales crafted by those crouching in the shadows of Nkiru’s trail blazing successes in her career and reputation that had illuminated the movie and entertainment arena.
On her Facebook page and to some of her friends in other social networks, Nkiru Sylvanus wrote thus: “I am aware that one fake jobless blogger (names withheld) has been peddling news about me, saying , I lost my appointment with Imo State Government. For the records, I was the Lagos Liaison Officer, Senior Special Assistant on Lagos Affairs which I handed over to Lisa Asugha and I am now Senior Special Assistant Public Affairs and this happened five months ago when there was a cabinet reshuffle. To my fans, who still love and believe in me, God will always be faithful. For those who want my downfall, sorry, I am the wrong person because I stand tall and strong”.
Evidently, the maligned actress believes that those who were after her were not aware of this development and when her absence from Lagos was noticed they jumped to their jaundiced conclusion that she must have been relieved of her appointment. Nkiru Sylvanus who debuted in Nollywood in 2001 with Romance-drama movie,”Terrible Sin” has acted in over 70 home videos.
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