TONY UMEZ: From acting as couple, my wife and I got married
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Tony Umezz

Ever since he made a debut into Nollywood, in 1994, with the blockbuster movie, Died Wretched: Buried in N2.3m Casket, Tony Umez has been a force to be reckoned with in tinsel town.

With the right looks and hard work, Umez, who read English, as well as International Law and Diplomacy, as first and second degrees respectively, has been able to carve a niche for himself. He had featured in over 200 movies, in the English, Yoruba and Calabar genre, such as Blood of the Orphan, Fire on the Mountain, Out of Fire, Millionaires Club, No Rival: Ko si Orogun, Oyato, Tin ba Taiye Wa, Billionaires club, Ikaiko Restaurant, among many others.

Umez recently spoke with Saturday Sun, discussing such issues as his acting career, how he met his wife, his close shave with death when he was robbed at gunpoint, the AGN crisis and others.

What is happening to Tony Umez?
Tony Umez was, is and has always been there. I have done some jobs. It now depends on the owners of the jobs to decide when the jobs should come out. However, I am more into soap operas. I am the lead character in Nowhere to be Found. I have done 52 episodes in another one, which would come out soon. I am also involved in yet another one right now.

What do you make of the crisis in Actors Guild of Nigeria?
A lot has happened. I think we have gone through the major crisis period and we are now stabilising. We all know the story and the many factions in AGN. I think everything has stabilized now and with stability and peace come development and progress. I think we are at that stage now and from now, things would look good. For me and for a lot of other practitioners, I think the Segun Arinze faction is the bigger faction and I think they have a memorandum of understanding with some other guild heads and it has come to gain some acceptability, some legality. Since they say itís a government of national unity, for two years, he is going to run the guild.

How would you assess Nollywood then and now?
A lot of people will tell you that we havenít improved, but I think we have. Then, the scripts were heavy and that was as a result of the fact that production houses were not many and the competition was quite high. But along the line, I have seen some improvements, as per acting and directing. At a time, there was a lull. This was because too many people came in. We had poor scripts, poor rating, poor directing and so on. I think things have changed. I think we are on the rise again and with the guild getting stronger and with checks and balances, things will be much better.

There is noticeable influx of Ghanaian actors and actresses in the Nigerian film industry. What does this portend for the country?
Sometimes, I hold contrary views to popular views. First, letís start from this perspective: An actor should be able to cross borders and work. We are people with exceptional abilities. If I go to Hollywood, for example, I should be able to work there without them telling me Iím a Nigerian. There should be procedures, however. Maybe that is what the people who bring them havenít been able to do. All we are saying is, when you bring them, let them go through the normal channels.

Get a work permit that would enable them work. There was a time we were talking generally in the industry, about something called equity. If you see a banker, who is good enough to play a particular character in a movie and he is willing to do it, let him do it. But let him go through AGN. For the14 days he wants to shoot, let him get that work permit and you pay. This is a banker who wants to act; so he is like a pseudo actor. When he comes in, he pays heavily for the work permit of 14 days; that is a way of generating revenue. After 14 days, it expires; he cannot say he wants to feature in another movie, as an actor, unless he registers as a member of AGN. Maybe the procedure is wrong.

If a Hollywood producer calls me, of course, I would be so glad to go there and when I go there, I would join the necessary guild I need to join to enable me perform. I think the problem is not with the Ghanaian actors or actresses, itís just the procedure. Itís the fault of whoever is inviting them. The argument is that a lot of people say there was a time they were banning Nigerian movies over there because they wanted to give their movies leverage. Why they did that is that we subdued them, so they wanted to give their movies leverage, which some other countries do. But I donít think they banned any actor from working. So in order for Nigerians to sell their movies in Ghana, some Ghanaian actors were featured, that was how the thing became so heavy. It got to a point when they said that instead of shooting it here in Nigeria, making it a Nigerian movie with Ghanaian actors, letís shoot it in Ghana with Nigerian actors so that they would say it is their movie. I donít think it is their fault basically, but itís ours with procedure.

There is the controversy about having Hausa and Yoruba channels on DSTV, while there is no Igbo channel. What do you think?
I donít know the politics concerning that and I donít know whether it is a deliberate policy to neglect the Igbo. I donít want to believe they would, in future include Igbo version because it is WAZOBIA basically. Maybe the Igbo are yet to decide to join the train or maybe they feel they need more money before they submit their movies. I donít know. But I donít think itís a deliberate policy on the part of DSTV. It would be stupid of them to come to our country and say they would do Yoruba and Hausa only, and then neglect the Igbo. It is impossible. Maybe, the Igbo do not have enough movies to go the whole hog. But I donít think itís a deliberate policy.

What has been your experiences, in terms of viewers appreciating you?
Some embarrassments come in form of negative appreciation. Just like some of these area boys would hail you and say that you are better than Jesus Christ; that you will never give birth to children like them and all those things. They clear the road for you, but there are some who would tell you the amount of money to give them. If you give them N5, 000 they will tell you that you must pay N10, 000 or N20, 000. They would tell you that when the other actor came, he gave us N20, 000. And if you donít pay the money, they would destroy some things. However, one thing that baffles me is the appreciation from children. They are so wonderful, but there is a difference between well-bred children and the other ones. There are some children within the age bracket of seven and eight who would boldly come to you and ask for money. But the way they will ask you is as if you owe them. It is so embarrassing.

Outside that, I have had a lot of positive sides. You go to the bank, they give you some preference; you walk into a place that is a no go area, they allow you to move. There are some who know you are a star and because of that they want to pull you down. I have been lucky, in the main, when it comes to that.

Why is it that your name has not been associated with any scandal despite the fact that you are a star?
I try to have a public life that is separate from my private life. When Iím doing a movie, I am acting a particular character. Outside that movie, I am Tony Umez. I try as much as possible not to get entangled with women. I love my wife very much and I respect my marriage and I respect my children. With all those things at the back of my mind, I try as much as possible to draw the line between fiction and reality. It has not been easy, but my wife has been very supportive. The bottom line is, love your wife very much and try as much as possible not to put yourself in a situation that could warrant a scandal. If you are in a room with a girl make sure there are other people there. I have been lucky.

How did you meet your wife?
I got married in 1999. This year makes it 11 years, but courtship and marriage makes it 16 years. I met my wife on set. Our church was to do a programme and I was invited to feature in the film. My friend, who was supposed to play the lead role, did not come regularly I took the script and read it. I told them I would do no other role except the lead and they said it was okay. The day I went was the day my wife came too and she played my wife in the movie. It got to a point that the movie got stagnated, but it eventually came out as Karanja. She played Mrs. Pascal and I was Mr. Pascal.

When I first saw her, she threw me off my feet with her comportment. When you see her, everything is calculated: measured gait and other positive features of a confident person. At that time I said there was no way she would not be hooked to someone. However, I realised, through my friend, Tunde Yesufu, who is now a pastor in Uganda, that she liked me. There was a day I didnít turn up for rehearsals and she asked after me from my friend. My friend said again that the lady liked me. I said that since I have been eyeing her, I would approach her. I told her I wanted her to be mine, she said we could be friends. I told her that was not what I wanted. We eventually started dating on December 4, 1994.

How come you have not featured in any Igbo movie?
Surprisingly, I donít speak Igbo well. I donít understand Igbo. In fact, the little I understand is as a result of my wife. My wife is from Okija. I am from Ogidi in Anambra State. I speak English and Efik very well because my mum comes from Cross River State. I grew up in Lagos and as a result, I speak Yoruba too. I have done some Yoruba movies, about seven. I just decided to lay back. I have also done a Calabar movie, Ikaino Restaurant. What attracted me to that movie was a particular place in the script. The guy was having problems with his wife. The popular notion is that people from Cross River and Akwa Ibom states love women. We are trying to correct that impression that an average Ibibio, Calabar man is not like that. When the man had a problem with the wife a friend took her to someone to make the man love her back. Though the woman was actually the one who pushed the man out because she felt the guy was having an affair, the guy was not unfaithful. The woman went to the other friend who gave her something to put in the guyís food. She was instructed to put that thing in his food; give him love and attention for seven days and see what happens. So the guy came back from work, with subtlety, the woman made him eat the food over seven days.

The man became so loving and she now went back to the person and said what he gave her worked. And she asked the man what the substance was. The man told her he only gave her spices. And told her that there was no way you would give a man attention and the man would look elsewhere. So that was what drew me to the film. The way they played it, it was like she was given love charm to use on her husband.

Actors are said to be grabbing many roles at the same time. What have been your experiences?
I donít do it. Maybe that is how I have been able to have a smooth ride. It is unprofessional to take many roles at a time. I donít take two jobs at the same time. It makes you lack focus. But on the other hand, sometimes, these people who give the jobs also know that these people have other jobs. Sometimes, it is also due to greed. They want to grab everything at the same time and also maybe you feel you are not being paid well and therefore want more. Producers also lie.

They tell you, Tony, you would be on set for three days because they donít want you to charge them that much. They forget that there could be problems of logistics. When it rains heavily we donít shoot; the generating system could go bunkers, among others. If another job comes, which will begin immediately after the three days we have agreed, it becomes a problem. When you get on that set, the first day passes, the second, third, fourth day, it will start affecting the one you will be going for on the fifth day; then, you start juggling. The first person would get angry, asking why you left his set when you have not finished with him. The thing is that a lot of contracts we sign favour the producer. A lot of factors are responsible.

Aside acting, what else do you do?
Aside movie, I do nothing else. My wife has been supportive. She has a shop, Diamond Hearts, Baby Paradise, where baby things are sold. Things for pregnant women are also sold. I am trying to diversify. I am into show biz. I know the show part of it, but I am beginning to learn the business aspect. I have done MC jobs. I used to do private tutoring before I started lecturing.

Could you tell us some of your unforgettable experiences?
It was an armed robbery attack and it happened late last year. I was coming back from an interactive session with former governor of the Central Bank, Professor Charles Soludo on the Island about 1.30am. I had about N5, 000 in each of my trousers pockets. I brought out the one in the right pocket and placed it on the passengerís seat. If you meet one of these vigilance boys, you can give them some little money. I live close to the expressway. When I got to the gate leading to my street, it was locked. It is usually locked at 12 midnight. I saw a headlight of a motorcycle; it did not register that motorcycles are not supposed to ply the road at that time of the night because I wanted to get home. I parked. I switched on the signal light, hoot and waited for 30 seconds. As I was about coming out of the car to get the attention of the security person, three young men, opened the door very well for me. One was pointing a gun at me, the first thing that came to my mind was: why are you doing this to me, donít you know me?Ē

The second pulled me out of the line of fire in case I made any move. He took my chain, ransacked my pockets; took the money on the passengerís seat. I thought they were going to steal the car. The one with the gun asked me to lie down. I didnít lie down, not out of bravery. I noticed the guy was nervous and I thought I would be shot. I told myself that If I lie on the ground, it means I will be lying facedown he could shoot me at the back of my head, but if I stand he could shoot my body and by sheer luck, I could survive. I was scared. While I was begging him, one of them came round and gave me a punch in the eye. I let out unearthly scream; it was too painful. I dropped on one knee.

The other guy came to my front. I thought he wanted to kick me; so I stiffened my body. He now snatched my wristwatch, moved away with the gun still pointed at me. They moved away and climbed their motorcycle and sped off. Luckily, we saw my car key on the road, where they dropped it. They also took my phones. I did not have phones for a long time. My wife said she had a premonition of what happened but she just couldnít tell me to stay where I was.

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Tony Umez(Festus)
Cat Eyes | 6/5/2010 2:17:31 PM
Absolutely one of the best actors Nollywood has ever been gifted to have.My favorite movie with him though is Total Crisis,where he played Festus.
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Victoria | 4/29/2011 12:18:10 AM |
Do u no y i hate igbo people?the r full of tribalism.must one know how 2 speak igbo b4 he will b acepted.abeg make una go sit down na jealousy the kill una.whether u guyz like it or not he has and is still making his money.keep it up tony,u re d best,am also an igbo girl but i cant speak.
Tony umez
Amysonwa | 5/23/2013 4:38:58 AM |
I luv dis man,very intelligent,handsome,full of wisdom,compassionate n name dem,my best film of him is Total Crisis(festus) men u pple nid 2 go n watch dt film n see d kind of hrt we wnt 4rm u gangs
shame
middle man | 6/6/2010 1:01:42 PM
it's a big shame that you cannot speak your native dialet and u still have the gut to voice it out....go learn igbo my friend.
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racist
me | 6/7/2010 11:31:40 AM |
middle man, you must be a racist ibo man. afterall, he can speak two nigerian languages. it is called mother tongue not father tongue afterall, so let him be.
Tony Umez
Ahuchauba, Chidi | 6/21/2011 11:04:23 PM |
My friend,it is not a big shame or crime to a person who does not speak or understand his or her dialet, so u beta control d way u speak n address pple n stop judging or critizing OK.- CHIDI> +2347030175772 > ahuchaubachidi@yahoo.com
Correction
Mike johnson | 11/24/2011 2:01:09 AM |
Victoria u must be an alien to say that. How can a graduate 4 that matter don't know the essence of mother tongue and he comes out bodly to say it. I'm disappointed in u Tony. Shame 2 u. You are a disgrace 2 igbo people. You are setting bad example 4 your children.
Try 2 spik
Etivieya | 2/10/2012 12:25:39 AM |
It wil b beta if u nw hw 2 spik english is beta 4 u 2 spik ur moda tong pls u beta len frm ur wife tony. If d second wrd war stat again nd dey are savin igbos wat wil b ur pile 2 ur survival nd dat of ur family umez
Middle man you are a f**l
middle woman | 6/7/2010 10:15:35 AM
is there no other polite way to say this? atleast he can speak some native languages of his country.....oh so you gave him that punch becos he didnt speak igbo huh............when you were robbing him did you realise he was from your motherland? i***t be polite in telling ppl s**t like this.
cheers all the same
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just thank your GOD
jenny | 6/8/2010 1:43:40 PM
Thank God that they did not do anything to u more than the punch well take heart it is one of those things of life,but your wife should hv say something when she forseen the attack well that will be the first and the last robbery attack you will experience in your life pls say a big AMEN.
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MIDDLE MAN
JOY | 6/9/2010 12:37:43 PM
MIDDLE MAN YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A LOCAL f**l FOR INSULTING OUR TONY. ONYE NZUZU, EWU ME.EH
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NICE
Linda | 6/10/2010 3:59:40 PM
Great man Mr. Tony Umez Keep up the good works. I'm a big fun
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f**k u
toto | 6/23/2010 2:58:37 PM
middle man you're an i***t for uttering that s****d words of urs.leave tony alone.
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Middle u shld b tot ao 2 approach pple
Adesewa | 6/24/2010 2:54:05 AM
Tony keep d fire burning, am a big fan! And pls dont be far 4rm view.
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Middleman u shld b tot ao 2 approach pple
Adesewa | 6/24/2010 2:54:25 AM
Tony keep d fire burning, am a big fan! And pls dont be far 4rm view.
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no respect for u again tony
butu | 6/27/2010 3:05:37 PM
i used to have a lot of respect for this guy tony before.but coming out to tell the whole world he do not speak igbo and he does not understand igbo is so painful to me as an igboman. tony even if your father is an outcast from ur village ogidi at ur age , is s****d of u to say that. i watch ur calaber film u are telling the story here in spain.with this ur not understanding igbo and not speaking igbo , that ur calaber mother is a bad woman, are u the only person born in lagos, shame to u
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You ar the f**l
Anon | 11/24/2010 6:56:02 PM |
u shid b ashamed of urself for calling his mum a bad woman. Dont u think ur mum is a worse woman for not bringing u up wel and teaching u respect for people's parents? Mumu like you. Heavy nzugunzugu!!
And who says he nids ur respect? There are real-time fans who will always respect him. Besides, how has that hindered his ability to work and make money? Remember, he has two degrees. U lazy man, what hav u to show except ur local, bush behaviour. Y didnt u c somthing like that to admire in him???

Let me just stop here. But go and learn respect.
f**k u man
wisdo | 7/7/2014 8:36:41 PM |
bro to no speak igbo is it crime, for me igbo is worse language to speak, cos the igbo people dont have heart, tony speak the truth by tellin you he dont speak igbo is not a crime, igbo dont help igbo why must is speak the f*****g language
na wah Tony
max | 6/29/2010 9:38:14 AM
How come you cannot speak ur language and you are proud to say it in the public. I hope u and ur wife will not do the same to your children.

Go and buy some ibo books or rather go on vacation to your village and learn your language, what nonsense. Since you say ur wife is supportive, let her teach you and your children to avoid future problems.

Go and learn ur LANGUAGE Mr. man
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Good one the middleman.
inter | 6/30/2010 9:48:04 AM
The truth always bitter, because i don't see the reason why tony would not speak an igbo language, he came OGIDI ANAMBRA STATE.he has to so that he will know when the wife or some one will say something against him.
we are not white people , the yorubas stick on there language why can't we too.
mr tony try your best .
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i love my african people
marissa | 7/4/2010 7:56:00 AM
i am from Trinidad and Tobago and i have been watching Africn movies. I love all the actors both in Nigeria and Ghana and i love Africa on the whole. Tony umez i enjoy all your movies despeate sister, demon in law with patince ozowor, taste of sin etc i love you an appreciate you Tony umez. I love your facial expression when you get a good shock.Toney this Trinbagonian appreciate you all.
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PITIFUL
gaskia | 7/5/2010 7:09:06 AM
haahhahahaha nigeria...oh, i pity 4 u guys, imagine an actor robbed on gunpoint, not dat it is unheard of...but dey saw his face n knew who he was n still robbed him...who else r these thieves afraid of...u c why when u ppl insult other countries lyk ghana i laf at u? has anything lyk dis ever happend to dier stars..camon nigeria, wake up...we r surrounded by thieves who jus njoy tarnishing de countrys image. there r thieves everywer but if u consider urself a star or nolywood star, find urself a bodyguard lyk brad pit n co...dis is jus pitiful...u commentators too can not simple agree on tribal differences, so he doesnt speak igbo, so who cares, get a life, suckers, at least he speaks efik, isnt dat good enuf...so so pitiful wen i somtyms read these comments
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Hi tony
Princess | 7/8/2010 4:53:37 PM
I love all your appearances in the home video. You must be a very humble man with the way you quickly apologise for any wrong committed by you to your "movie spouse" i love that. Keep the fire burning.
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Home dialect is not 4all people
Mega -Wyze | 9/22/2013 10:43:34 AM |
Leave im alone its not all de peopl dats from Nig.dat can spk their moders language.is't byforce u sily dam s**t
hi
phummie | 7/19/2010 4:30:54 PM
i tony!i love u so much kip it up
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good
kash | 9/14/2010 10:43:57 AM
you are one in amillion
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love u tony
maggi | 9/16/2010 4:19:06 PM
Trinidad love all of ur shows keep it up
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Tony is okay
Babe R | 10/14/2010 12:04:29 PM
Tony, I like your acting. what i do not like is your comment that an igbo guy like you do not understand your language. I am highly disappointed. this means, you do not go to your home town. this is a real apology. what are you teaching your children? please, grow up.
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leave tony alone
lopx | 12/16/2010 4:38:22 AM
must we all speak our dialect
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love tony
lilian | 1/27/2011 7:32:20 AM
tony is a good husband in did because he is humble and god fearing from the movies we do watch
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Love u much despite all odds
Blah. | 7/24/2011 4:51:46 PM
Hey tony,i'm ur biggest fan...i dnt evn kar if u dnt speak ur dialect.keep it up!!! Pple,try as much as possible 2 appreciate..this guy is trying is best.
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Compliment
Okoli Chinedu | 8/3/2011 12:48:17 AM
I think he is a noble and girls ridden man
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na waa
chinyere | 9/29/2011 1:42:07 PM
i wld have written in igbo but am sorry u wont undersnd, i respect ur humility,ur Godliness,ur acting style but i dont respect d fact dat u cant speak ur dialect at this age.i was born in bauchi state to an igbo father,a calabar mother,i speak igbo,english,hausa,&efik very well bcos of the interest i have in my dialect i came to the east to do my university degree, i read engineerng but i can now write igbo very well,so my dear ur problem is from u, ur mother & ur father its either ur father is a weakln to have allowd ur mother to face his children only to her side or he s been banished from his village. ur mum must be very selfish for not letting her children know their fathers land & third u shld have helped urself to learn igbo when u grew up but u dont seem to be interested in it.pls accept my candid advise its important u know at least ur language, lk at my own case yet i can write igbo,i believe ur wife will help she is supportive.
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chinyere
oby | 7/6/2013 6:47:33 PM |
chinyere wat has d ibo language given to mr tony, i tink u av no rite to call him a weakl.Ur fada z d biggest weakl for nt teaching u manners...ibo language my foot
Free him joo
Ujucynthia | 1/14/2012 12:51:33 PM
Everybody is entitled 2 his own problemz nd achievementz.....if tony luvs 2 speak anoda man's lang,it is none of una biz.......but tony,u shld kw 1 thing 'go east,go west home is d best'
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My guz
Okwechime nkechi | 1/31/2012 2:21:25 PM
Sir,i am also an igbo girl but i can't speak .i only speaks english,i was born and brought up in callifonia but presently in Nigeria,i am a theatre act student.a future actress to be,some people calls me omotala's copy bcoz we looks alike.i am yr big fan.dis my num 07038458406.you d best,plz keep it up!
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i have indeed missed tonys wif
udeh isabella chika | 2/2/2012 3:36:38 AM
pls i need your help if u can. am in search of tonys wife whom i lost her contact some years back. pls dnt over look this cos am very too sure she would love to hear from me this my mobile no 07039431930 thank u and God bless u
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Be wise sometimes.
Irene | 2/3/2012 12:28:33 PM
Is it his fault dat he could not speak his dialect wat matter is dat he is hardworkin, but y is he always actin d role where women controls him.
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May God help us
Etivieya | 2/10/2012 12:43:23 AM
I wat 2 b an actres i'm in univesity of calaba bt my parent dus nt lik it. I fil at ease each time i'm actin in my sch dey du cal me chika ike wat wil i du dis is my no 07086446660 pls sir cal me in 1 of dus ur movies any wa pls try 2 spik ur moda tong is important ok
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Language
Queency Francis | 2/23/2012 5:29:43 PM
The fact that he cant speak his language does not really matter. What matters is that he has a talent nd he has discover the talent and He is makin use of it. Keep itup my movie father
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Language
Queency Francis | 2/23/2012 5:32:58 PM
The fact that he cant speak his language does not really matter. What matters is that he has a talent nd he has discover the talent and He is makin use of it. Keep itup my movie father
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I love d way u act. Keep it up
Queency Francis | 2/23/2012 5:36:23 PM
I would love to act but I dont know if I wil be given the opportunity. I love the way u act Father Tony!
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Life is a choice
Professor NESTOR ASSIDENOU | 2/28/2012 2:39:43 AM
I know Tony UImez as a big actor through several firms.May people understand that life is a choice.Tony Umez chosed his way and we must not hector his choice. As far as I'm concerned, it's his private life. We must respect his private life.
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Appreciation
Mega-Wyze | 9/22/2013 10:49:31 AM |
It's a choice, I felicy ur opinion. Dats great
good actor
brigithgirl | 3/26/2012 6:26:32 AM
tony, u are a wonderful actor, but i sometimes douth your seriousness with ladies in movies, why is it that u are easily charmed in movies, hope it`s not same with your real life
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Congrats
Nicholas kibiti | 6/25/2012 2:46:41 AM
Congrats Tony!choice of language is uas.
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Endowed
Tony | 6/25/2012 6:55:11 AM
Tony i lyk u bt try and learn hw 2 speak igbo
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Goodluck
Franknicense | 7/11/2012 2:45:51 PM
Tony, sometimes i lyk but 1thing i don't lyk is dat women always control him in his films, is it how it is in real life,anoda thing is dat u don't speak or understand ur language is a big shame, pls what are u teaching ur children, pls try and learn ur language.
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welldone
ryan | 7/19/2012 10:45:17 AM
Welldone Tony keep up the goodwork
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Styvn | 8/7/2012 1:19:00 PM
Tony Umez is not just a disgrace to his family but also to the entire Igbo nation.
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Tony
Princess | 8/11/2012 12:50:42 PM
Tony u are handsome
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Tony is still a hit man
Tyokosu Joseph | 8/30/2012 6:45:58 AM
Your memories in the nollywood is still fresh in our eyes. However we are still following you up on any of your episode. we are enjoying your steps. keep it up
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pls tirl and speark ur.lanq
uju | 4/26/2013 7:18:23 PM
speak ibgo
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From acting as a couple...Tony
Chims | 9/24/2013 1:25:01 AM
Chei! Chei!! Acting is really make-belief. I am really struggling to take in the fact that a man of Tony Umez's stature cannot speak Igbo language - a man I held in so high esteem. He was even tactless enough to condescendingly suggest that Igbo is difficult. This man, less we forget, rode to stardom largely through his Ibo identity and saw no reason in according some respect to his paternal origin. The man strikes me like a snorb or else how can he claim that Ibo is difficult when most of his colleagues in Nollywood are ibos. Does it mean he shuns their company or sees nothing good in fraternizing with them? It is like Jim Iyke or Genevive Nnaji coming out to say they cannot understand ibo. For my money, he can be a Denzel Washington or Will Smith for all I care; coming out to say that he cannot speak Ibo was a real blunder. He could have shown some finesse by not blurting it out like he did. People can make one off -hand comment or the other but whether we like it or not, any sensible man does not joke with their identity. An American will always care less what you think ;he would not leave you in doubt of his Americanness. An African proverb captures it succinctly: A man who points to his ancestral home with his left hand is insulting no-one but himself.
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Appreciation
emaderachel | 9/29/2013 5:59:29 PM
You acting really make people to think that you are weak. To tell you the truth, that is my perception as well- hope that did not hurt.Nonetheless, however, your acting has always capture my attention.
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pls try to stop being controlled by women in movies
Nuela Cordis | 10/8/2013 12:26:21 PM
tony is a cute guy bt i hate his movies bc he is always a confused man & a woman wrapper in movies. Bt keep it up in loving & repecting ur family. Vry few men do that...ten kudos for that!
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I love tony
Chikanyima | 6/7/2014 2:36:03 PM
Honey don't mind them u are the best,l lov u becus u look lik my guy.
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ENGLISH
IJEOMA | 9/6/2014 11:29:34 PM
WHAT STATE I U
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I LOVE U
BLESSING | 9/7/2014 12:03:54 AM
I YOU AM IGBO
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