247Aproko: Chai! See How fire burnt this Nollywood Actor (See Photo + Video)

The news and above photo went viral on several blogs that a Nollywood stuntman got burnt during the shooting of a movie. Even Vanguard online reported that the actor ‘sustained terrible fire injuries while performing fire stunts during a movie shoot.’ But could you believe that the above picture is NOT REAL.

The Actor/stuntman, Ani Iyoho who played the role of Federal Road Safety officer was badly burnt
in a scene in the movie. The video clip posted online showed him on fire, burning. He was rolling on the floor and screaming. Clearly, the make-up and effect was far too good for many Nigerians to believe it was just a movie

Many people posted the photo on Facebook and were asking for prayers.

The director, Stanlee Ohikhare at a press conference yesterday to address the rumour said,

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every safety measure was in place.

Measures includes the provision of FIVE working Fire extinguishers, a water source which in this case was a stream nearby from where we pumped water, a Fire Blanket and absolute professional preparation for the stunt…

We set him on fire, following strict professional guidelines.
It is noteworthy that when this new broke, I only got one message from a reporter. It was from Segun Odejimi of TNS. And I told him to debunk it.

We knew the craze for trending news would override the truth – even if one reputable source was projecting it.
But contrary to several speculations that he got burned and that the stunt was a failure, we indeed did succeed at pulling it off and Ani Iyoho is here with us today, very healthy. He was willingly in on this from the beginning.

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To the Press, journalist and bloggers alike, we must maintain a high level of professionalism in our reporting. Journalists and pressmen – even bloggers; can linger on a social cause till the needful is done.

The movie is titled Behind the Wheels.