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Ouch! See Rita Dominic’s reply to Charles Novia on her “Lukewarm” Performance



Rita Dominic 2012

It seems Rita Dominic didn’t like Charles Novia‘s review.

Yesterday, BellaNaija Movies & TV brought you the Nollywood producer/director’s Best 5 Nollywood Actresses in 2013 list. In case you missed it, click here

He ranked the movie superstar in the No. 5 slot. Although he commended Rita’s performance in “The Meeting”, he wasn’t enthusiastic about her role in “Finding Mercy”; calling it lukewarm.

Charles Novia

Charles Novia

Charles Novia’s Review of Rita Dominic in 2013

Rita had a good year. Winning “Best Actress” a couple of times (among many nominations ) for the movie “The Meeting”. I also watched her in another recently released movie, “Finding Mercy” but felt that she gave a listless and lukewarm performance in that flick.

In “The Meeting”, Rita was smoking. I would say that for the first time since I have been seeing her in movies, she found the right script which explored her acting depths. Rita is a Theatre Arts Graduate from UNIPORT and that is usually an advantage for actors with such credentials from Drama School.

What is expected from such actors has to come to the fore someday in Nollywood, when the right script meets the right director and the fundamentals of a good production are met. “The Meeting” is that kind of production. Rita subsumed her character and aided the cackle points of the comedy. With make-up which aimed to transform and accentuate her character, she found it easy to give us all a good performance.

However, I found some grey areas of her acting bordering between slapstick and sublimal comedy especially the part where she called out “Code Red”, which was a typical Nollywood play-to-the-gallery moment.

But her acting on those few bits can be forgiven because she had a screen presence of mind. Rita Dominic has more to prove in Nollywood, either as an actress or as a Producer. If it is the former, then she has to be careful about her choice of scripts from now on because there might be false slips ahead. A good actress anyday, she is.

Rita won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Best of Nollywood Awards for her role in the movie. She took to Twitter to give Charles her reply.

Update – Charles Novia also replies



  1. banimo

    December 6, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    What is “ouch” about her reponse?These celebs are so defensive and don’t even like to be criticized.They only want adoring fans and high praises.

    • TA

      December 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Yeah,the review sounded fair and balanced enough to me.

    • e-bukun

      December 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm


  2. lilz

    December 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    does she have to do this??

  3. meah

    December 6, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    No matter how much of an expert one is, there’s always room for improvement. Any thought contrary to this is the begining of failure. In any case, awards are not a fail-proof test of expertise so her receipt of one is neither here nor there. Rita needs to get over herself. fast!

  4. Cancel Reply

    December 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    The criticism from Charles was very respectful and there was no need for her to reply like a teenager.

  5. Hi

    December 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I like them, but they need to get over themselves. I’m not mentioning any name/s. Just mentioned “they.” Well said 😉

  6. Mz Socially Awkward...

    December 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Oh, shut up Rita. I love you but stop being petulant, that tweet was unnecessary. I’m not completely enamoured of Charles Novia either but I saw constructive comments in his review.

    • Nike

      December 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      BN pls put a “like” button so i can be liking all Mz Socially Awkwards posts. She always speaks my mind

  7. CarliforniaBawlar

    December 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Oh well she is human after all…… And this is why celebrities (or anyone at all) shouldn’t tweet , I think its a knee-jerk reaction.

  8. nene

    December 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    she is even lucky her name was on that list. never rated her as an actress, but as a person she seems nice, though troublesome and stubborn.

    • nene

      December 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      after i saw her on screen divas, i was shocked at her annoying character.

  9. lorenz

    December 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    That was a perfect example of constructive critism. Charles hit the nail on the head . Rita is a good actress, but she could improve on her few deficiencies, if only she could take to honest advice like this. Wishing her all the best and more award to come.

  10. lorenz

    December 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Sorry ‘awards’.

  11. chuqqy

    December 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Seems like she took it to heart, too bad I expected better, it was a constructive review and based on his opinion so why? You can’t be adored all the time!

  12. Ewi

    December 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Nothing ‘ouchy’ about it,its a very childish response!

  13. The Real Madam the Madam

    December 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    That’s very silly and immature of her. His review was very constructive and not mean or catty at all. All these celebs that want the world to fall at their feet. Nonsense.

  14. miss Gio

    December 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Rita is just been childish, receiving an award doesn’t mean u were 100 percent perfect in ur role, u guys need to get a grip.

  15. ifeomadaysta

    December 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    When u accept ur mistakes there’s always room for improvement. Rita should not pick offence. Love you rita.

  16. LOL!

    December 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Please! Charles shudnt be one to talk, his movie alan poza was a shame/disgrace. He’s obviously lost his touch and couldn’t. Resist this power trip opportunity. Charles, that girl deserves to be number two at least. Stop being bitter!

    • Nike

      December 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      On the contrary, Alan Poza was one of the best naija movies this year maam.

  17. Iris

    December 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    She actually ends up being the one who looks stupid.


    December 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    d list was k.

  19. Ewa

    December 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    What is “Ouch” about her response? Very immature response

  20. Bide

    December 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    This isn’t even a critique at all..That reply wasn’t needed,Maybe she didn’t read the review sef

  21. A3

    December 6, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Last night I got to thinking, a lot of these so called A-list actresses will never make it in Hollywood. A lot of them are not improving their skills by going to school like their Hollywood counterparts do, they are content with just “winging” it. They should try to improve their skills.

    • nene

      December 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm


    • i no send

      December 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

      where is the like button for A3 coment


    December 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    How will they improve when even the worst of them still manage to get various awards each year…..Nigeria rewarding mediocrity since 1966. Smdh

    Rita, you’re not a horrid actress but you could def do better. That was hella childish of you.

  23. Teletubby

    December 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    No Ouch kankan!
    Her reply is so uncalled for

  24. Thelma

    December 6, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I found her reply quite funny. The way I see it she wasn’t necessarily replying to this “critique” in itself but to the man in general. Seems someone died and made him Judge but failed to inform us.

  25. Silvia

    December 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Seriously looking at that charles list, I think mercy really deserve it, I recently watched a recent movie she acted the role of an aged mother, I was touched by her talent. I think alot of actresses are been overhyped, rita is good but she should learn to take criticism that’s what makes you a better person.

  26. Naveah

    December 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Rita, abeg if you have nothing to say go and polish your awards on the shelf. You did not have to comment. You didn’t just meet Charles Novia, he writes about the industry and this is his PERSONAL list based on his view point which is his God given right. He didn’t insult you, he complimented one performance highly and didn’t like the other one so much. You will never do everything right and no one will like everything that you do especially in a business as subjective as acting. Again, abeg go and polish your awards or maybe all the shoes you’ve got in your closet. You are too long in the tooth and in the industry to come outta pocket like this like amateur.

    • i no send

      December 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm


    • trufactoid

      December 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      There is more than meets the eye here especially when colleagues are involved.

  27. Great Portland Street

    December 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Nawaaaa for you Rita. Ur response was uncalled off. These nollywood actors think they are the best thing that happened since sliced bread. Arrant nonsense! She even made the list sef . , agadi nwanyi lol

  28. Great Portland Street

    December 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Uncalled for

  29. Ruby

    December 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Looool… I find her

    Loool! Hilarious response! Why won’t she be defensive? Who likes criticism? Even when someone makes a comment a and another commentor replies them, they almost crash the site with abuse! Abeg Rita has every right to clap back. She never said she was a saint… you put her on a pedestal. She is a real humanbeing with blood in her veins. Charles on the other hand needs to shine the torchlight of criticism on himself! He needs to take time to brush his directing skills rather than taking pot-shots at his colleagues!


  30. Senegalese boubou

    December 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    If you look at Charles’s review of Rita alone, it sounds constructive but when you read what he wrote for the others you will find that he was a tad patronizing when he came to hers. Btw, Nse had a better year than Damilola

  31. Changing Faces

    December 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Rita should not have come in at no5. He based other people’s performance on one movie, and Ritas on 2 movies. Damilola was just terrible on tinsel, and I’m still to watch flower girl. If Rita was excellent in the Meeting, then why add the other movie? After all best actress awards are based on just one movie not all the movies the actress did in 1 year.

  32. timi

    December 6, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Rita NWATUROCHA ;notice i am calling you by the name we knew you for years before you started thinking of yourself as a star.Its unprofessional to be engaging on social media rants about your performance.If you want to be respected take all criticisms as tools to make you better.

    • Ugbaby

      December 7, 2013 at 8:30 am

      Are u minding the fooooooooooooool? Stupid girl.

  33. ngozi

    December 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Am sorry Rita, but your response was childish and unnecessary. ever heard of film critics? that’s why nollywood actors are kinda stagnant, because they cannot take constructive criticism. Abeg Rita the best thing is to learn from the review. we are all learning everyday.

  34. sara

    December 6, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    ALL of these actors/actress and directors need to take classes. If they were serious, they would be trying to improve constantly. I know Nollywood could do better, they just need to step back a reevaluate their acting and scripts. I know everyone is tired of the same runs girl, university cult, juju, beaten housewife,419, and get rich or die trying scripts.

  35. Dienye

    December 6, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Halle Berry got a razzie award for Cat Woman n collected it in good faith, so who be Rita Dominic? Madam please park well, there’s always room for improvement in everything we do in life. At this stage in ur career, u should be able to take good criticism without getting childish about it. My 2cents.

  36. mary

    December 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    does she even have to reply? all these our celebs sef, they can’t even ignore certain things. and after they will say that they don’t read comments about them.maybe she expected her name to be the first. smh

  37. mama j

    December 7, 2013 at 12:30 am

    That wasn’t neccesary rita!!!

  38. wiklo

    December 7, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Rita honey, how often do u see Genny or Omot running to social media to retort the avalanche of criticisms that ping their way on blogs et al, almost weekly?…

  39. Eno

    December 7, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Rita u are a disappointment like praise too much. It explains why a lot of you are the way u are.

  40. @ify_eva

    December 7, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I haven’t watched the meeting’ but truth be told, there was nothing so spectacular abt her in ‘Finding mercy’

  41. maria

    December 7, 2013 at 6:41 am

    why is it that some nigerian actor can’t take constructive criticism. do they want us to just take every bull they throw at us, he wasn’t been mean he said she is a good actress commended he work in the meeting but said the second was not as good, why will she say such a thing. her comment is so unprofessional, rude and very low. constructive criticism simple like really common grow up

  42. Ugbaby

    December 7, 2013 at 8:28 am

    You people are exerting too much energy on this and talking too much abt it therefore acknowledging her. It’s simple and it’s clear, Rita Dominic is pained and is bitter. And her response just shows she’s a fooooooooooooooooooool!!! A very BIG one. Did someone mention Screen Divas??? Huge waste of time and space on my decoder!!

  43. Detoun

    December 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    If I were Charles, I would take her off the list and replace her with mary remmy!

  44. DeeDee

    December 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Aunty Rita , don’t u think u r suppose to be where Lupita
    N’yongo is now……go back to school and u will see that ur so
    call acting skills will be rubbished…….criticism is suppose to
    make u better not bitter

  45. Kaybee

    December 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Rita, next time take the high road, even if u are pissed. Learn to find something constructive in every criticism and curb ur ‘twitter finger’. Much love, an admirer.

  46. funmi

    December 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I’m so impressed reading these comments. No one actually
    took sides with Rita! Rita should listen and improve on her acting

  47. Edmond-Joe

    December 7, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    But come to think of it this Charles Novia e own ranting
    and claiming to rate and talk about his fellow colleagues is just
    to much..Charles should take a look at his Alan Pozawc did so
    poorly..even though i do not support Rita for tweeting what she
    did,she should have just kept silent like Omotola did when charles
    commented about her dress for the maiden AMVCA awards.Charles
    should just shut up too joor tired of his critics

    • Nanciejul

      January 10, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Dear Edmundi-Joe we need a critic team in Nigeria not just for the acting industry.

  48. prim

    December 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Rita, grow up. if no one critics you how else do you plan to continually improve? How do you Know your weaknesses? Critics review of your acting should be normal. A Knee jerk reaction to every comment from a critic spellS gross insecurity, impending failure, childishness/ immaturity.


    December 8, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Seriously, there was no need for that, Rita

  50. Yours Truly

    December 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Seriously, there was no need for that, Rita

  51. Bella

    December 9, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Rita – it is not necessary to comment on every critic. You are a public figure now, we all cant say you are 100 percent all the time, take time to sit and listen to critics and criticism, its not always a bad thing. This guy did not insult you but why are you so quick to react. na wa. YOu need to take it easy o and understand the reason why they are critics and you are an actor. Abeg

  52. BCY

    December 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Has any one of you criticizing and supporting Charles novia ever watched the Movie in question? Gosh, people and their little minds.

  53. Nominee

    December 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Rita biko you are my babe, you can reply him and tell him
    anything you like biko! See his head like Charles Novia abi na
    Nokia. Rubbish!

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