220 Students Set To Graduate From Africa Film Academy’s “So You Wanna Act” Owerri Workshop

The city of Owerri is set to play host to the graduation ceremony of this year’s edition of its “So You Wanna Act” workshop organized by Africa Film Academy.

The graduation event scheduled for the 24th of August, 2017 marks the end of a highly educative and interactive workshop for the participants and is billed to take place at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the project and graduates, the host, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu emphasized the need for refining creative skills and showcasing local talents. “We started the workshop on the 25th of April and concluded it on the 10th of May 2017. In a class that featured hundreds of students and some of the creative maestros from eastern Nigeria, you can be certain that they will not only surprise the film industry with their productions but also with the quality of content and messages that will follow.”

The Africa Film Academy continued by explaining the rationale behind a myriad of activities scheduled for the graduation, most notably the unveiling of Eastern Heartland Film Festival and the launch of the Africa Film Academy Eastern Heartland Film Fund. “We have found a formula that works, and this is consistent with our vision at Africa Film Academy. It is to empower indigenous talents like we have done with the students at the “So You Wanna Act” workshop; empower them with the Africa Film Academy Eastern Heartland Film Fund so they can access resources to execute viable creative projects and showcase their works through the Eastern Heartland Film Festival.”

“Nigeria, Africa and the world should brace for the impact we are about to make” Owelle Rochas Okorocha is quoted as saying during the commencement of the training.

At the graduation ceremony as special guest of honour will be his Excellency, the executive governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha alongside illustrious guest speakers ,Other notable figures from the creative space across Nigeria are also expected to be in attendance.

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‘Women Are Crested To Rule The World’ – Reni Folawiyo

When Nigerian businesswoman Reni Folawiyo decided to launch the first ever luxury fashion destination for Nigerians and Westerners alike she had several hurdles to overcome.

The idea was not only bold and unheard of, but she also had to contend with naysayers who said her ideas were too far fetched.

In this episode of Against The Odds with Peace Hyde, she shares with Forbes Woman Africa, just how powerful the resolve of a woman can be and how to achieve your passion now matter the difficulties.

Watch Full Episode below:

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Sosoliso Plane Crash Survivor, Kechi, Wows Again On America’s Got Talent [Video]

Two months after earning the standing ovation of judges on America’s Got Talent, Kechi Okwuchi, a survivor of the Sosoliso plane crash, has advanced to the live show of the competition.

On Tuesday when she earned her qualification to the next round, she also received another standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

An excited Kechi took to Instagram to share the news and to thank everyone that helped make her “dreams come true”.

“Tonight was overwhelming… I got to watch the show with all the @shrinershospitals kids, fellow burns survivors, and it was just so fulfilling…and now. Live shows,” she wrote in part.

“I’m just so grateful to God, guys, for allowing me to get this far, and I’m eternally grateful to Seal and Simon for saying the words I needed to hear: that I deserved to be on the show based on my voice, not just my story.

“And thank YOU all, for being with me through this journey.”

Okwuchi was one of two survivors of the plane crash that killed 107 passengers in 2002.

Here’s the performance that got her into the next round of America’s Got Talent.

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Kogi Movie Audition: Mercy Johnson Launches Talent Hunt For ‘Inikpi’

Poised to deliver on the “New Direction” mandate of placing Kogi State on the radar of development through the entertainment industry, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has commenced the “GYB Talent Hunt” for young actors and actresses to be featured in “Inikpi,” a folklore movie project from her office.
In a press statement signed by the veteran actress, the talent hunt scheduled to commence on 17th August, 2017 across five notable districts of the state, will help to launch the acting career of the youths in mainstream Nollywood.
It would be recalled that the Actress had hinted on the 26th April, 2017 during the first ever Kogi Summit on Entertainments, Arts and Culture that she would be shooting a movie based on one of the prominent stories of legends in the state.
She also revealed that she would shop for talents from the various tribes in the state as a panacea to unite the people.
“This is my way of giving back to the state that made me who I am. I have been incredibly blessed to have played my little part in the revolution, that is Nollywood, and it is now time that my brothers and sisters in Kogi state get the same opportunity,” she added.
The search for Kogi state’s future Nollywood stars is billed to commence on August 17th at the Civic Center in Okehi; August 18th in Kabba.
The team will also be in Ayingba on the 19th at the Theater Arts Hall, Kogi State University; and Idah on the 20th, at the Idah Local Government hall. The search ends in Lokoja on August 20th, at Reverton.
Joining Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the judging panel are some of Nollywood’s most reputable acts such as Bimbo Akintola, Francis Duru, and Movie Director Frank Rajah.
The first prize winner will be taking home 250,000 naira and a lead role in the upcoming movie, while the first runner up will receive 150,000 naira and a key feature in the movie. The second runner up will win 100,000 naira and a feature in Inikpi.
‘Inikpi’ is a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala Princess ‘Inikpi’, who out of love for her father and her people, gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.
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Justin Bieber Banned From Performing In China

Singer and songwriter Justin Bieber have been banned from performing in the Chinese capital for bad behavior.

Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Culture said “Bieber’s lifestyle overseas and his words and actions when he last performed in China had generated public dissatisfaction.

“Given efforts to purify the performing arts environment in China, it was not appropriate to bring in artists with bad behavior. We hope Justin Bieber will continue to improve his behavior as part of his growth, and become a singer truly loved by the public.”

Bieber performed in China in 2013 when media coverage centered on him stripping on stage in Beijing to reveal his bare torso, being carried up the steps of the Great Wall of China, and riding a Segway, again shirtless, through the streets.

The 23-year-old singer has become notorious for a string of indiscretions and scandals in recent years, shedding the clean-cut image he had when he burst onto the scene as a teenager.

Biber is currently on his third world tour, with Asian dates in Japan, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

Several big name musicians have been blocked from performing in China, including Lady Gaga, Bjork and Bon Jovi.

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Lagos To Celebrate Suya Carnival

Suya Stops, in partnership with the Lagos State Government has announced plans to celebrate a first-of-its-kind Lagos City Suya Carnival.

This according to Suya Stops, is part of activities to mark the Lagos at 50 celebrations.

Founder of Suya Stops, Kehinde Talabi disclosed that the carnival will hold on October 1, and that the idea was designed to celebrate a chop that has become an household name in Lagos.

“Suya as we all know didn’t originate from Lagos but you will all agree with me that the average Lagos Street or road has one Suya joint or one close by. Such is the love we have shown this delicacy that has seemingly become part and parcel of Lagos,” Kehinde said.

Some of the features of the carnival include a 50ft long Suya steak, chicken suya, Gizzard Suya and sausage suya.

 

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Patoranking To Perform At Jamaica Reggae Festival

The 25th edition of the Reggae Sumfest will  stream Patoranking live from Catherine Hall Entertainment Center, Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday.

According to the organisers, Patoranking will be the first African artiste to grace what they describe as the biggest Reggae festival stage.

They add, “It is a momentous occasion and Downsound Entertainment wants to share this with not just Patoranking fans but all of Africa. Patoranking’s song, ‘My Woman, My Everything’, topped dancehall charts on the Island and to show a diversity of culture the Nigerian star has been added to Reggae Sumfest’s international night.”

Other artistes performing at the festival include Canadian hip hop artiste, Tony Lanez;  Sean Paul, Alkaline, Sizzla, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Queen Ifrica, Sean Kingston, Beenie Man, Christopher Martin, Jah Cure and Stephen Marley.

 

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FG Moves To End Shooting Of Movies, Music Videos Outside Nigeria

The federal government says it has taken steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Code (NBC) to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, made this known on Saturday in Lagos when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).

The minister decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music were made outside Nigeria for consumption by Nigerians.

He said the situation had hampered empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.

“This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said.

“We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria.

“The Broadcasting Code and the Advertising Code are very clear on this. For you to classify a product as a Nigerian product, it must have a certain percentage of Nigerian content.”

The minister noted that what was happening today was that Nigerian artists were often flown out of this country to go and make their recordings.

“When they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume.

“It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine.”

He stressed that “as long as we are not able to implement our own code to ensure local production of Nigerian music and movies, our young talents will not get jobs”.

“It is Nigerians that pay for the consumption of these products and therefore they must be allowed and encouraged to participate in their production.

“I am going to meet with the relevant stakeholders over this, to see that whatever amendment that is needed to be made to our Broadcasting Code in this regard, is done urgently,” he said.

To encourage local production of films and music, the minister said that Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission had put forward a proposal to classify the creative industry and grant it a pioneer status.

He said that with the pioneer status, the creative industry would be entitled to certain incentives and tax holiday.

The minister said that there would also be waivers for shipment of imported music and films production equipment.

He stressed that the federal government was committed to making the creative industry viable, dynamic and sustainable.

Mohammed said that as one of the key areas for diversification of the economy, the creative industry would be private sector-driven, while government would create the enabling environment for its growth.

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Revealed: SMS Messages Between Mercy Aigbe And Lanre Gentry Asking To Remove Violent Instagram Post

Mercy Aigbe, has again shared text messages between her and estranged husband, Lanre Gentry, begging for the removal of a post alleging domestic violence on her Instagram page.

In the conversation, the actress admitted to remove the post but reminded the estranged husband of his many failed promises not to beat her again.

According to her, the beating was too much to bear.

 

 

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Lanre Gentry Publicly Apologizes To Mercy Aigbe On Instagram

Lanre Gentry has publicly apologized to his estranged wife, Mercy Aigbe for all the Hiatus and drama he’s caused. The Hotelier in an Instagram post says he’s ready to bury the hatchet and break all the bone of contention between himself and his estranged wife.

He wrote:

“For peace to reign, I’m going to bury all hatchet and break the bone of contention between myself and Mercy Aigbe Gentry. I’m sorry to those who I’ve hurt with my action and comment/words.

“Mercy you claimed that I’m begging you behind curtains, OK here I am begging you openly. I’m sorry!!! This drama is exhausting and I’m done with it all.

“Despite all that’s been happening; I don’t love you less. I still see you as the mother of my children and I want to give you the respect to that regard.

“Thanks to each and everyone who’s preached peace; may God perfect all that is yours. Special thanks to Adeola Kujenya, Chief Alo Adeniyi, @laidebakare @iyaboojofespris @toyin_Abraham @sunnymelody1 @babakanran @deleodule_ @abamog @terryyenn I truly appreciate you.

“God bless you and God will grant all your heart desires. Also to my family members & my children thannks for the unending love and support. God bless us all!!!! Amen.”

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Music Star Jidenna Reveals What Heineken And Nigerians Have In Common In New Ad

Heineken is the world’s leading beer brand and the premium drink has been enjoyed by beer lovers in Nigeria since it was first launched. Its great taste and superb quality has earned it the title: Chairman. The brand has truly become a part of Nigeria and its people.

Heineken Nigeria has just launched an ad featuring the Nigerian-American singer, Jidenna which highlights the parallels between the world’s most international brand – Heineken and Nigerians. If you’re here wondering what we mean, here are three qualities Heineken and Nigerians have in common as highlighted in the ad:

World famous

Heineken can be found in 192 countries. Paris, Johannesburg, Madrid, Moscow, Cairo, Montreal… name it – the brand is there. Where you see Heineken globally, there’s an 80% chance you will find a Nigerian. Your favorite beer and country man in your favorite city? That is super cool.

Anywhere you go https://youtu.be/0pCWwEVVgWo

High quality

Nigerians have proven their mettle globally, and it’s not uncommon to see them breaking records in Ivy League institutions, or deploying innovative ideas in solving problems. They can boast of unmatchable brilliance, compassion and quality results.

Heineken’s quality is also largely unmatched. With a guarantee of the same taste and quality anywhere in the world made possible with the skill of a Master Brewer with 15 years of experience under his belt, you are sure with every sip of Heineken, you get quality.

Banter https://youtu.be/KcCrv9EPSbU

Value placed on family

Nigerians are passionate about family and what it represents. They will stop at nothing to keep their family closely knitted. Heineken is a family owned brand that understands the importance of family in the grand scheme of things. Despite the evolution of technology, Heineken remains in touch with its traditional roots.

With these similarities between Nigerians and Heineken established, it is not a surprise Nigerians love the premium beer brand.

Village https://youtu.be/TXOcpG9BMTI

Village 2 https://youtu.be/ojlGPmtFMgQ

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19 Year-Old Esther Benyeogo Wins GCGT17 N10m Cash Prize

On Saturday 24th June 2017, Esther Benyeogo the 19 year-old singer was crowned Season 7 winner of God’s Children Great Talent during a live television broadcast of the grand finale at Eko Convention Centre.  She received the show’s grand prize of a N250 million management contract, N10m cash and a brand new Kia Rio.

The winner’s prize was presented by Senior Pastor at RCCG City of David Parish, Pastor Idowu Iluyomade, Chairperson, GCGT Board of Trustees, Pastor (Mrs) Siju Iluyomade, Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank and Founder of The How Foundation, Dr. Herbert Wigwe.

Esther Benyeogo beat 9 other finalists, Joseph Odi, Damilare Bafunso, Anderson Peter, Deborah Oladipupo, Olawonuola Kehinde, Sophia Albert, Goodluck Enoch, Nengi Jaja and Emmanuel Osahor in a keenly contested final that saw a display of exceptional showmanship on stage.
A fans’ favourite, Esther has been a standout phenomenon on GCGT 7 since her very first performance and through the entire competition. Now as this season’s winner, Esther Benyeogo’s career is about to take off with the GCGT team providing close guidance.

The two-hour live television broadcast was the final performance of the season by the contestants. The grand finale also featured special performances by Nikki Laoye, GCGT season 6 winner Onome Enakerakpor, Darey, Frank Edwards and Enitan Adaba.

God’s Children Great Talent, Africa’s biggest gospel talent show will return in 2018 for Season 8 discovering new talents between ages 5 and 20 years to be nurtured for God’s glory. For more information on the show, please visit www.gcgt.org

 

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