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Her Time to Shine! Ivie Okujaye leads the way at the premiere of Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO 5) movie “Alero’s Symphony”



The new Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) movie shot on location in Lagos premiered this weekend in Lagos. Ivie Okujaye, the winner of the last edition of the Amstel Malta Box Office reality TV show and music star Faze played the lead roles in the movie.

The movie titled “Alero’s Symphony” was premiered at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas of The Palms Shopping Mall in Lagos. The movie is set in contemporary Lagos and combines a dramatic love story intertwined with the pulsating beats of the Nigerian hip-hop genre.

Alero, the twin daughter of an affluent family, is a top law student who is expected to graduate with honors and thereafter join her father’s prestigious law chambers. However her passion and heart is really set on being a singer, a desire she carefully hides from her parents. During an Easter vacation break, Alero comes across a lowly waiter/fisherman named Lovechild who also happens to be a talented musician.

Though from different sides of the divide in terms of class, education and social status, Alero and Lovechild found their common love for singing – a bond that bound them professionally at first and then romantically.

She finally confessed to her father that, she has strong desires to pursue a career as a singer rather than as a lawyer. An indignant Dr. Coker gave his daughter an ultimatum; dump Lovechild, her music ambition and focus on her legal career or risk his wrath. She decided, albeit reluctantly and for the sake of peace, to follow her father’s orders. But, can Alero succeed in forsaking the cravings of her heart?

The new movie is novel- the first movie of its kind in Nigeria. A preview of the film reveals an excellent production based on a well-written script and superb performances by the best from

The Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries, Jacco Van Der Linden said the movie is a must watch and is testimonial to the horde of talents there are in the country. His words: “I have no doubt that this movie is a welcome development in Nollywood. It was directed and produced by the best in the industry and has proven to be a good platform to introduce new talents into Nollywood”.

The first edition of AMBO took place in 2005 where Azizat Sadiq emerged winner and earned herself the lead role for “Sitanda” an epic masterpiece which won 5 awards at the 2007 African Movie Academy Awards.

AMBO, took place again in 2006 where OC Ukeje emerged winner and took up the lead male role in the movie “White Waters” where he acted alongside A list Nollywood actors such as Rita Dominic and Joke Silva. “White Waters” bagged 4 awards at the 2008 African Movie Academy Awards winning OC Ukeje the best upcoming actor for that year.

“Cindy’s Note”, the third movie from the AMBO platform, featured the winner of that year’s edition Bhaira McWizu as the lead act. The movie plot is built around the National Youth Service Corps and their impact on the society. It debuted in November 2008 with great reviews. Bhaira is already filming her next Nollywood project.

The fourth edition of this Amstel Malta sponsorship platform The Child is an epic masterpiece that featured that year’s winner Adewale Ojo as the lead male act where he played the role of a crowned prince. The movie was which nominated for 9 AMAA awards in 2010 and won 2 out of the 9 nominations is a true depiction of the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria. The movie won awards for Achievement in Editing and Achievement in Make up.

This movie premiere is the last phase of the AMBO sponsorship platform for the brand. This platform not only offered an opportunity for the target audience of Amstel Malta – the discerning Nigerian youth with a preference for the brand’s unique low sugar formulation – to experience the brand but also to showcase and exploit their acting talents”

The AMBO 5 winner, Ivie Okujaye, is a 24-year old graduate of Economics from the University of Abuja. She won the fifth and last edition of the Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) in 2009. Ivie loves singing, dancing, script writing, playing basketball and football and nurtures the ambition of becoming a successful actress in Nollywood.

Ivie with The Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries; Jacco Van Der Linden

Faze, Ivie & Jacco Van Der Linden

Ivie and Faze with Amstel Malta brand ambassador, Dakore Akande and her husband Olumide Akande


Desmond Elliot with a guest

OC Ukeje & Adora Oleh

Ivie with her parents and aunt

Jibola Dabo, Ivie, Bunmi Ojomo and Jacco Van Der Linden

Bhaira McWizu

AMBO 4 winner, Bhaira with AMBO 5 winner, Ivie

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  1. Someone

    April 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    faze act now? nice pics though

  2. Chichi.

    April 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Faze is igbo????????????????


      April 25, 2011 at 1:41 pm


    • Chipii

      April 25, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      That’s exactly what I said! Lol!

    • diva

      April 28, 2011 at 2:43 am


  3. Gerinimo

    April 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    See Bhaira belle ooo

    • Miss Face

      April 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      Was gonna say that too. Those bandages wrapped round her dont suit her one bit!

  4. Madampatapata

    April 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    @ Gerinimo, She ‘s obviously never heard of body magic……

  5. Iya2

    April 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    someone looks preggerssssssssssssssssss

    • Ib

      April 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      She sure does…*wink*
      Faze looks gooood….


    April 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    lol at Jibola Dabo, i was peeking to see if i’d find Tonto Dike somewhere around the corner 😛
    Desmond Elliot, what is happening naw? you don fall my hand, big time.
    idk, but something about the premiere in itself looks poor. like in the middle of the mall? just like that? i wonder what they were aiming for. but i guess…..

    • Miss ATL

      April 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      Genesis Cinema is IN the mall, so… Maybe they should have done it up a little nicer?


      April 26, 2011 at 11:54 pm


  7. kay

    April 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    nice pics… is dakore preggies? hmm

  8. tezy

    April 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I think Dakore is pregnant..She is glowing

  9. meeee

    April 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Ivie looks lovelyyyyyy!

  10. Tiki

    April 25, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Are those sweat stains? or did someone spill a drink on her? poor girl, I can totally relate with the uncomfortable pose if they are indeed sweatstains…

  11. asanwam

    April 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Dakore definitely looks preggers, still as gorgeous as ever, someone pls tell Bhaira to breath in (ie hold your belly in)before taking a photo in a dress like that.


    April 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    The thing about this is that these actors/actresses are already in a league of their own just with winning this competition. I didn’t read all of it, so I don’t know if its only a Nigerian thing, but for the Nigerians, Nollywood does not give these people a chance to flex and grow in the industry. Its only if you’re in the likes of Genny, Omo, etc… that you get to do the big budget Nollywood movies. These happen to be the few movies of quality that we get annually. Usually if you’re a new face, you are stuck with the Asaba produced movies. Sadly, this just shows how Nollywood really needs to step its game up in the quality department. Where do these people go next? Maybe acting on Nigerian television shows would be more promising than Nollywood at this point.

  13. sweetness

    April 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    dakore is preggers. i saw her lastwk durin d presidential elections n guessd it. she is and am soooo happy!!!!!!!! nt feelin d premiere tho, very blah smthins.

  14. Sameeyah

    April 25, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Well done Ivie. Thumbs up

  15. special

    April 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    guys, i guess it is safe to say that we are expecting or “nephew(s) or niece(s)” as our darling Dakore and Lu are preggers!!

    • PurpleiciousBabe

      April 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      awwww u can so tell she is expecting.. her cheeks are chubby now and she looks great… wow it aint long then in it, quick thing lol….. thank God for his blessings.

  16. special

    April 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    i meant to say “our” nephew(S) or niece(S)

  17. Chipii

    April 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Trailer no dey?

  18. contraculture

    April 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Is there any chance that BellaNaija will aknowledge the unfortunate events in Nigeria in the past week? There is a petition here
    that we would appreciate you lending your voice to. We cannot continue to ignore the fact that Nigeria is on the brink of the precipice.

    Thank you.

  19. Busayo

    April 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Congrats Ivie! You look fantastic. I can’t wait to see the movie. Hope you’re well. Xo

  20. alexy

    April 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    am sooo over d moon for dakoko. safe delivery my dear. hmmmm d premiere? dont know.

  21. mike

    April 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    faze baba is good to see u on screen playing a role on a movie that will be showing another side of u, i can’t wait to watch this. nice one bro

  22. bimpe

    April 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    contraculture i was going to say the same thing. why bella has chosen to ignore the political activities in the country.Killing of youth corpers and innocent families in the riot up north.Its in bad taste.There cannot be enjoyment,fashion, events everytime.when something grave is happening in our country

  23. Straight4ward

    April 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Awww Dakore has a bun in the oven….I thought her belle looked a bit rounded in her wedding dress, …so was right!…Really happy for her.

  24. Mary007

    April 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Its nice to be back! Ivie has the looks of someone destined for greatness in Nollywood, a clean look like Genny, I havent seen her act, I hope she really can

    • Miss Face

      April 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      **Rubbing my eyes** Is this an impostor? Mary007 is this really u? chei where u go na?

    • Mary007

      May 4, 2011 at 4:22 am

      Miss face its me oh! I had so many pressing family matters!!! You have had me cracking as I am reading thorough the posts and comments. I am back

  25. Olu Boobsy

    April 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Ivie Okujaye ….Amstel Malta crew …. you all are too much for this Industry

  26. Tomori

    April 27, 2011 at 4:24 am

    dakore preggers…dang the rounder, fuller face did her in. congrats girl..i am so happy for you

  27. QC Girl

    April 27, 2011 at 4:25 am

    QC Represent. Get it Ivie!!

  28. Tyna

    April 27, 2011 at 9:30 am

    i wish her d best in her career and thy all luk luvly most especially Dakore

  29. dewowo

    April 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    sooooooooo happy for Dakore-Lu…Ivie’s smile is radiant too

  30. Mercy Ehiagwina

    April 27, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    ohhhhhhhh my God my bosses daughter ivie looks so cool. This is our future Genevive oooooooo

  31. Marymolly Agboga

    April 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    waooooo my boss and wife looks so gorgeous on their outfit- ivie’s Parents. Am proud of you ivie please keep it up. You will go places and God will take you there. W

  32. DIVA

    April 28, 2011 at 8:24 am

    what was Bhaira thinking using all that toning cream…pls dint anyone notice or is it my computer screen……sweetie black/dark is beautiful, pipe down on the toning…….Dakore we love u!!!!

  33. benny

    April 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

    mmm Nice stuff……..but one thing…why do Nigeria girls enjoy having a big tummy….not sexy I guess

  34. Annie

    April 29, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Has Bhaira ever heard that slang “Suck belle make the shirt fine” or in her case suck belle make the dress fine???? and whats wit her skin tone??

  35. libra

    May 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Bhaira is looking beautiful to me she doesnt have to suck her tummy in and feel uncomfortable because she wants to please her fans.

  36. texsy

    May 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Bhaira is starting to look like Muma Gee

  37. Ayobolu

    June 22, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Ivie Okujaiye is an amazing actor. I enjoyed costuming and styling her on the movie Alero’s Symphony.

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