In most spheres of life, rivalry is a common phenomenon, which cannot be ruled out for anything. Talk about sports, business, and every other sector, it abounds everywhere.
But when envy starts to creep in, that is when it becomes deadly and unhealthy.
In the world of soccer today, it is an obvious truth that Lionel Messi and Christano Ronaldo are rivals, who also play for rival clubs in Spain.
As some pundits say, one of them must have been questioning God why he created the other in his own generation. But to lovers of the football game, the rivalry between the two soccer stars has made the game very interesting today.
Both of them try to outshine the other when they are both on the field of play. This is evident in the records each of them tries to break, especially if the other person is the holder of the record.
When it comes to mobile technology, it is no doubt that Samsung has given Apple a run for its money. Even Tecno, which hitherto was seen by Nigerians as a new kid in bloc, and fondly mocked as ‘China Phone’, is now rubbing shoulders with the big guys in the mobile phone business, especially with their smart phones.
In Nollywood, one of the rivalries that have stayed for a very long time is that between Omotola Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji.
For a long time, these two screen divas never saw eyeball-to-eyeball until recently, when the President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ibinabo Fiberesima intervened and brought them together again.
You will recall that Nigeriafilms.com then exclusively reported how Ibinabo strived hard to bring these two important personalities in the movie industry in Nigeria together.
Those who were aware of the cold war between Omotola and Genevieve before Ibinabo’s peace move would confirm that Genevieve always avoided any event or function Omotola is invited into.
In fact, as Nigeriafilms.com learnt then, both parties always asked organisers of shows if the other person would also be coming and if the answer was in the affirmative, the person concerned would avoid the event.
When both of them featured in the award-winning film, ‘Ije’, the producer of the movie talked about how difficult it was for her to work with the two stars. Those who knew about the production of the film said that Omotola and Genevieve almost practically avoided each other and that after they play their respective roles in the film, they did not talk to each other and that they left the set immediately.
So, it was good news for fans of both Omotola and Genevieve when they heard that the two pretty actresses had sheathed the sword and had embraced peace.
Shortly after that, both of them were spotted together at events, and they were seeing talking and smiling at each other.
In fact, things were going on smoothly between the two talented actresses until recently, whenNigeriafilms.com was reliably informed that the actresses have started avoiding each other again.
A source close to Omotola and Genevieve informed us that both movie stars have resumed their rivalries.
“Genevieve now asks if Omotola is invited to any function she is invited to and if the answer is in affirmative, she would just tell you she would not be available,” the source, who craved for anonymity told Nigeriafilms.com.
We also learnt that Omotola does the same thing whenever she is invited for an event that she feels might involve her ‘arch rival’.
The reason for the renewed hostility might not be unconnected with the fact that the rivalry has favoured both Omotola and Genevieve.
We gathered that their past rivalry helped in attracting more fans to them.
However, few friends of both Omotola and Genevieve who spoke with us said that the perceived rivalry between the two film icons in Africa was caused by the media and their fans.
“There is nothing between Omotola and Genevieve, they are still good friends, you guys (journalists) are the ones who create imaginary fights among stars just to cause unnecessary confusion.” Another thing is that the two of them are being mindful of their business, which is a normal thing among ladies,” one of them said.