Tuesday 10 January 2012

Fame getting in to actor Ime ‘Bishop’ Umoh’s head?

Bishop in one of the scenes of Okon Lagos
Nollywood sitcom comedian, Ime Bishop Umoh has come under severe criticisms from his colleagues in the entertainment community over his alleged “pompous and snubbing” lifestyle.
   CONNOISSEUR learnt that the University of Uyo graduate of Philosophy who played the major role in the flick ‘Okon Lagos’ has a snubbing lifestyle which has drawn a lot of ire from most of the industry’s stakeholders.

    A source, a topshot in the state’s entertainment industry who spoke to CONNOISSEUR said that the seeming fame Bishop has garnered for him is getting in to his head which has culminated in him becoming a snub.
      “Bishop is a young man whom a lot of people appreciate so much. With the Nollywood movies he has starred in, he has succeeded in a carving a niche for himself. But that notwithstanding, it is regrettable and very appalling that he is a snub. I don’t know whether the attitude is in-born or he developed it when he started getting some sort of fame. Bishop can see you here now and pretends not seeing you, expecting the person who may be his senior colleague to acknowledge him first.
      “I can remember when Michael Bush did his thanksgiving at EMJMM Hotel. Bishop was sitting at the front row, Bush came down and gave him the program of event to share to people, when Bishop collected the program he took it to some people sitting at the back to share, saying he can’t do such an errand because it is demeaning. I felt so bad because Bush is his former boss. Bush employed him and made him the General Manager of WorldWin Media, owners of BushHouse Nigeria and publishers of News d’Or Magazine. At least he should have shown some loyalty to his erstwhile boss. I can tell you that Bush didn’t want to demean him but he wanted him (Bishop) to add some swag to the event. Imagine a funny act like him sharing the program, that would have been a comedy on its own but he misunderstood Bush”, said the source.
       The source continued “This is just one of the many examples and I can tell you more. It is not only me that has noticed it. Other people have been saying this and I wonder what he feels like. Such life is not good for a person like him who is trying to cement his place in the industry. He just has to refrain from it”.
      The Nsit Ibom born actor has endeared his way to the hearts of millions of people after featuring in top movies like Edikan, Uyai, Okon Lagos and Beautiful Boy which has brought him fame, money and also made him one of the highly sought after comedy acts in Nollywood, giving the likes of John Okafor (Mr.Ibu), Nkem Owoh (Osuofia), Victor Osuagwu a run for their money.
      His profile is constantly on the rise as he was recently voted best Comedy Actor (Male) at the Zulu African Film Academy Awards (ZAFAA) in far away London.


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