Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi Biography - Age, Husband, Wedding, Children, Movies & TV Shows

Nigerian actress Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi  known informally as FAR born Abibat Oluwafunmilola Aofiyebi to a businesswoman and an entrepreneur father. The name FAR came after she got married and has become her signature. She is married to advertising guru Olayinka Raimi.

FAR began her stage and television career early in life with her aunt Teni Aofiyebi, a renowned theatre artist. She underwent a TV acting course in Westminster College, and the prestigious Actors Studio Buckinghamshire London. She also has a BSc in Sociology from the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

Her first shot at the big screen was in Amaka Igwe's film Violated where she starred alongside Joke Silva, Richard Mofe Damijo, Ego Boyo and Kunle Bamtefa. The movie saw her first nomination for a THEMA best upcoming actress award in 1996 for her role and also earned her a lead character in Keeping Faith, by Nigerian director Steve Gukas. FAR was also nominated for an AMMA best supporting actress award for the movie "The Figurine" directed by acclaimed Nigerian director Kunle Afolayan.

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She has featured on drama shows like Doctors Quarters, Solitaire, Palace and the popular M-net TV show Tinsel, playing Brenda. FAR has also acted on stage too, performing in plays such as Sing That Old Song For Me, The Mansion written by Rasheed Badamusi, and also The Vagina Monologues.

In 2007, FAR won in a dance reality show called Celebrity Takes 2. She also did a radio show called Touch of Spice for 14 years (started in August 1999).

Most recently, in 2014, FAR co-stars with international British-Nigerian actor Wale Ojo. She also starred in the movies; Grey Dawn (2015) and Entreat (2016).

Aside from acting, FAR also runs an entertainment blog,where she airs her thoughts and opinions on issues about the entertainments industry.

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Rashidi Yekini (Late) Biography - Age, Wife, Death Cause, Net Worth, Goals

Late Nigerian footballer Rashidi Yekini who played as a striker and popularly known for his amazing goals scored in the 1994 World Cup Competition in USA. He was born on October 23, 1963 in Kaduna, of Yoruba origin.

He started his professional career in the Nigerian league before he moved to Côte d'Ivoire to play for Africa Sports National, and from there he went to Portugal and Vitória de Setúbal where he experienced his most memorable years, eventually becoming the Primeira Liga's top scorer in the 1993–94 season after scoring 21 goals. He helped Sadinos promote from the second division, and those performances earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year once, the first ever for the nation.

He scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He was also named the African Footballer of the Year in 1993. Yekini was the national record goalscorer. He played in two World Cup Tournaments; 1994 in which he was named best player of the competition and the 1998 FIFA World Cups. He also participated at Olympic level in Seoul 1988.

In the summer of 1994, Yekini was bought by Olympiacos FC, but did not get along with teammates so he left soon after. He returned to Setúbal after another unassuming spell, in La Liga with Sporting de Gijón. He successively played with FC Zürich, Club Athlétique Bizertin and Al-Shabab Riyadh, before rejoining Africa Sports. In 2003, aged 39, he returned to the Nigerian championship with Julius Berger FC.

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In April 2005, Yekini made a short comeback, moving alongside former national teammate Mobi Oparaku to Gateway United FC.

Yekini married three wives. He had three daughters, named Yemisi, Omoyemi and Damilola
Yekini was reported to be ill for an extended period of time. He was said to suffer from bipolar disorder, depression and some other undisclosed psychiatric condition. He died in Ibadan on May 4, 2012 at the age of 48.
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Wilson Oruma Biography - Age, Wife, House, Teammates, Pastor

Nigerian former midfielder Wilson Oruma was born December 30, 1976 in Warri, Nigeria. He played most of his career in France, after arriving at RC Lens from Bendel Insurance in 1994. A season after being loaned to Nancy, he returned to Lens and played seven matches during their 1997–98 Ligue 1 title campaign.

He represented Nigeria  at the 1998 FIFA World Cup after which he moved to Turkish side Samsunspor, returning to France one year later to play for Nîmes. In 2000, Oruma was transferred to Swiss side Servette playing two season before coming back to France again, where he played until 2009 for Sochaux, Marseille and Guingamp.

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He won the 2003–04 Coupe de la Ligue with Sochaux and the 2008–09 Coupe de France with Guingamp, despite them being a Ligue 2 club at the time. He was handed a trial by Cardiff City - a club based in Wales but who play in the English football league system – in the summer of 2008 and scored in a 2–2 pre-season friendly at Chasetown, but was not awarded a contract due to a lack of fitness.

Oruma was part of the Nigeria under-17 team which won the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championships, captaining his side and becoming the tournament's top goalscorer with 6 goals. He also was part of the Dream Team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1996, and also a member of the Nigerian squad at the 2002 and 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing both competitions at third place.

Oruma retired from professional football in 2010 after a season with Greek club AO Kavala.

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Uche Okechukwu Biography - Age, Wife, Family, Net Worth, Teammates

Nigerian retired footballer who played as a central defender Uchechukwu Alozie Okechukwu was born September 27, 1967 in Lagos. He is popularly known as the foreign player who played in Turkey for the longest period of time (13 years), going on to obtain Turkish citizenship under the name Deniz Uygar.

Okechukwu started his career playing for Flash Flamingoes and Iwuanyanwu Nationale, winning the 1988 and 1989 Nigeria Premier League with Iwuanyanwu Nationale. In July 1990 he moved abroad to join Danish club Brøndby IF. He helped the team win the 1990 and 1991 Danish championship, and was one of the mainstays of the squad that reached the semifinals of the 1990–91 UEFA Cup and was named the 1992's Brøndby IF Player of the Year.

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Okechukwu represented the nation in two World Cups and as many Africa Cup of Nations, winning the latter tournament once. After appearing in the 1992 African Cup of Nations, Okechukwu was linked to Turkish side Fenerbahçe SK for half a year, until he was bought in a DKK 8 million transfer deal in November 1993.

 At Istanbul, he formed a defensive duo with former Brøndby teammate Jes Høgh, helping the club to its first Süper Lig championship in seven years in 1996. Okechukwu played a further four seasons with Fenerbahçe, repeating league accolades in 2000–01. After nearly 250 official games he moved to fellow league team İstanbulspor AS, returning in 2007 to Nigeria first with Ocean Boys F.C. then with Bayelsa United FC and retired shortly after at the age of 41.

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John Utaka Biography - Age, Wife, Portsmouth, Salary, Net Worth

John Chukwudi Utaka was born January 8, 1982 in Enugu, a Nigerian footballer who currently plays as a striker for Championnat National 2 side CS Sedan Ardennes. He is the older brother Peter Utaka is also a professional footballer .

Playing for several clubs across three continents, John Utaka first began with Arab Contractors and subsequently Ismaily of Egypt. He then went on to Al-Sadd of Qatar spending a season before joining RC Lens and later Rennes in France. He has represented Nigeria at two World Cups and three Africa Cup of Nations since his debut in 2002.

While in Egypt, he played alongside Mohammed Barakat, Islam El-Shater, and captain Mohamed Salah Abo Greisha and others.

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In July 2007, Utaka joined Portsmouth on a four-year deal for a fee of around £7 million. He scored his first goal on 11 August 2007 in a game against newly promoted Derby County. On May 17 2008, Portsmouth won the FA Cup with Utaka providing the cross for the winning goal which was scored by Nwankwo Kanu.

He signed for French first division side Montpellier on 29 January 2011. He made his debut for the new club on 26 February coming on as a 70th-minute substitute for Olivier Giroud in a 0–0 draw with Sochaux. On 1 August 2013, Utaka joined the Turkish club Sivasspor on a two-year contract.

Utaka played for Nigeria until 2014 and was a participant at the 2002 World Cup. He started four of Nigeria's six games in the 2006 African Cup of Nations, in which Nigeria finished in third place. He was also part of the Nigeria squad that participated in the 2010 World Cup.

In July 2017, he signed with fourth-tier side CS Sedan. Utaka runs a football academy in Nigeria.

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