Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Nigerian actress has been charged with trying to smuggle drugs to Britain

Senan Murray:

Fans of popular Nigerian actress Hassanat Taiwo Akinwande are still shocked by her fall from grace.

The star of Nigeria's film industry, known as Nollywood, appeared in court last week charged with trying to smuggle drugs to the UK.

Some of them say they will now boycott films she has starred in "because she has disgraced her fans and country".

Miss Akinwande, who uses the stage name Wunmi, was arrested in September by officials of the Nigerian National Drug Law Enforcement Agency while trying to get on board a London-bound Virgin Atlantic flight from Lagos.

After a few days in detention Wunmi, who is famous for her roles in Nigerian movies that preach morality, had excreted 92 wraps of high-quality cocaine weighing in at 1.214 kg, according to the prosecution.

Nigerian actress charged with drug possession

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