Sunday 28 April 2024


The year 1982 marked a pivotal moment in the lives of two icons, Clarion Chukwura and Shina Peters, whose paths intertwined in unexpected ways, leaving a lasting impact on Nigeria's entertainment scene.

Clarion Chukwura, a budding actress brimming with talent and ambition, caught the attention of renowned filmmaker Ola Balogun during her captivating performance as 'Moji' in Wole Soyinka's play, "Camwood on the Leaves." This fateful encounter led to her casting as 'Yemi' in Balogun's movie "Money Power," a role initially designated for another actress. At just 18, Clarion was stepping into the vast landscape of adulthood, ready to carve her niche in the film industry.

Meanwhile, on the same movie set, Oluwashina Akanbi Peters, popularly known as Shina Peters (SSP), crossed paths with Clarion. Little did they know that this meeting would spark a whirlwind romance, resulting in the birth of their son, Clarence Abiodun Peters, in 1983.

Amidst their budding careers and personal lives, both Clarion and SSP navigated the dynamic Nigerian entertainment scene of the 1980s and beyond. SSP, already a rising star in Afro Juju music, would soon release groundbreaking albums like "Ace" and "Shinamania," solidifying his status as a musical legend and shaping the Afro Juju genre.

On the acting front, Clarion continued to ascend, earning accolades such as the Best Actress award at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival in Burkina Faso. Her role in the iconic soap opera "Mirror in the Sun" catapulted her into the hearts of Nollywood fans, establishing her as a beloved figure on the big screen.

Despite their brief romance, both Clarion and SSP pursued their artistic passions fervently. Clarion delved into diverse roles in Nollywood classics like "Egg of Life" and "Glamour Girls," showcasing her versatility and earning industry recognition. Her journey extended beyond acting, embracing musical endeavors and humanitarian efforts as a UN Special Peace Ambassador.

As for SSP, his musical legacy transcended borders, captivating audiences across Africa and beyond. His son, Clarence, inheriting the artistic genes from his parents, embarked on a creative journey behind the scenes. Studying cinematography in South Africa, Clarence emerged as a visionary video director, founding CAPital Hill Records and CAPital Dreams Picture, platforms that nurtured emerging talents and set new standards in Nigerian music visuals.

Clarence Peters' directorial prowess garnered international acclaim, earning prestigious awards like the Headies and MTV Africa Music Awards. His collaborations with top Nigerian artists reshaped the music video landscape, reflecting his innovative vision and technical finesse.

The tale of Clarion Chukwura and Shina Peters, intertwined with their son Clarence's creative odyssey, echoes the resilience, passion, and groundbreaking spirit that define Nigeria's entertainment industry. Their contributions continue to inspire generations, leaving an indelible mark on African arts and culture.

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