When Gloria Young Glowed at 50 By Olawale Obadeyi

When Gloria Young Glowed at 50  By  Olawale Obadeyi

For some reason, Surulere never fails to be the cynosure of all eyes, most of the time. Apart from standing out as the most pulsating fun-spot, for most revellers in the Lagos metropolis , it has also earned the singular reputation as the unarguable rallying-point in  south-western Nigeria for Nollywood and its practitioners these past years.

Little wonder that when she turned 50 and marked her 25 years in Nollywood recently, Gloria Norbert Young chose Surulere as the place to kick off her celebration. To be sure, a week before her birthday (5 February 2017) a novelty match was played in her honour between the Nollywood hunks and screen goddesses at the National Stadium, Surulere.

While it is not exactly clear how the Nollywood men’s team, parading great actors like the husband of the celebrant, Norbert Young, Fred Amata, Tony Akposheri, Francis Onwochei, Keppy Ekpenyong Bassey and others lost (2 goals to nil) to the Nollywood women’s team, comprising sirens of the silver screen like Ayo Adesanya, Bimbo Akintola, Princess, the comedienne etc, one thing was not in contention: the match was, every inch of the way, an entertaining fare.

 

An exemplary professional whose cerebral disposition shines through in her impeccable delivery of the spoken and written word in the English language, Gloria towers above some of her peers like a Colossus. A tested broadcaster, print journalist and actress (it is, however, difficult to tell where she excels in the most), Gloria got her early education from Fountain School, Surulere. She later attended Methodist Girls’ High School, Yaba before proceeding to the Thomas Jefferson High School, Dallas, Texas. Thereafter, she enrolled at the El-Centro College, Dallas, Texas. Perhaps to hone her skills further, she was admitted into the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos.

While plying her trade as a Journalist, Gloria as an Energy Correspondent at Nigeria’s foremost newspaper, the Daily Times, in the 1980s.She was later to join the May Ellen-Ezekiel–owned Classique Magazine, where she gave a good account of herself.

A particularly gifted broadcaster, Gloria soon pitched her tent with Charly Boy’s New Wave Productions, where was a member of the Charly Boy Show crew. Her hilarious handling of the mock news segment, THIS IS NOT THE NEWS, earned her not a few fans. Indeed, it was from the Charly Boy Show that Gloria secured a place on the cast list of Glamour Girls, that blockbuster flick of the 1990s produced by Zeb Ejiro.

Like a moving train, oblivious to any hurdle on its way, Gloria has since not looked back in her role-interpretation engagements. At the last count, she has featured in well over 90 movies. Apart from appearing in numerous stage plays, among which is Femi Osofisan’s Women of Owu, Gloria has produced such radio programmes as ‘Chatting with Gloria’ on Eko FM and ‘Cross Roads’ on Radio Continental.

As she celebrates her 50th birthday, in the same year when Lagos attains the golden age, while also marking her 25 years in Nollywood, Gloria Norbert Young seems even more poised to continue to push the envelope in giving expression to her sundry creative endowments.

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