“33” Export Lager Beer Set to Thrill Consumers in Jos, Uyo and Port Harcourt

“33” Export Friendship Experience parties is set to hit Port Harcourt, Jos and Uyo on Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of June 2017 respectively.

“33” Export connects and engages with its target consumers by celebrating friendship and friends across the country. It would be recalled that the brand commenced this year’s Experiential Parties in March, and has hosted several top DJs and Comedians in the entertainment industry to thrill consumers with the best of music, games and comedy experiences. The experiential parties are targeted at bringing to live the values of the brand, and deepening the bond that exists between the brand and its customers.

Speaking after last weekend’s friendship party in Abuja, Abba Cornelius, a winner and guest at the event expressed satisfaction saying: “My friends and I have not attended an event this interesting in a while. It’s not just about the party, but the ambience of friendship, memories, and wonderful stories that we can share from this.”

This week, the experiential parties will hold in Uyo, Jos and Port Harcourt. Lovers of “33” Export Lager Brand outside these cities need not feel left out, as they and their friends in those other cities across the country will definitely have a taste of this remarkable experience.

According to the Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, Nigerian Breweries, Emmanuel Agu, the parties are part of the brand’s commitment to creating memorable experiences for consumers of “33” Export Lager Beer wherever they are.

“In line with the brand positioning as “Your No. 1 Friendship Beer”, the brand has continued to create consumer experiences that bring our consumers together, recognising that those moments are memorable to our consumers,” Agu said. “We have successfully created an opportunity for them to connect, and we can promise our dedication towards a more engaging and memorable experience for all our consumers across the country.”

Consumers are encouraged to attend any of these experiential parties with their friends to celebrate each other while experiencing the quality taste of “33” Export Lager Beer.

NollywoodWeek Film Festival announces partnership with United Bank of Africa’s REDTV

he NollywoodWeek Film Festival has today announced a strategic partnership with UBA’s REDTV ahead of the 5th edition of the festival which takes place in Paris from May 11-14th, 2017.

“We share a common vision,” says Bola Atta, the Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications at UBA Group. “Our aim is to showcase a positive Africa throughout the world and the NollywoodWeek festival does just that”.

As this partnership grows, REDTV is expected to join the ranks of other major strategic partners of NollyWood Week such as Total, Air France and Angenieux who have supported the festival for several years now.

Nadira Shakur, Co-founder of NollywoodWeek adds that “this is just the beginning of what we expect to be a strong and mutually beneficial partnership, when we look for partnerships we think long term and that is what we envision for our partnership with REDTV as well.”

As a direct consequence of this partnership, the Parisian audience will have an opportunity to get familiar with REDTV’s productions during a special session on web-series scheduled for Saturday, 13th May at 11:00am. Boutique Hotel, REDTV’s francophone web-series, will be screened and presented by Alexandra Amon, producer of the series and a leading actress.

This new partnership is without a doubt a step in the right direction for the future of the NollywoodWeek Film Festival and for the African creative industries in general.

Femi Kuti Breaks Kenny G’s Saxophone Record

Afrobeat front-liner, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, on Sunday evening broke the world record for the longest single note played on a saxophone.

Femi played for a record 46mins 38secs to beat jazz musician, Kenny G’s 45mins 37 secs, set in 1997.

He broke the record at the Sunday Jump event at Africa Shrine, Agidingbi, Lagos.

The record was broken in the presence of a large audience that included Sen. Ben Murray-Bruce, the deputy high commissioners of Netherlands and The United Kingdom, reports Femi’s sister, Yeni.

“Femi did it at 55 years old,” his sister, Yeni said on Instagram.

She also said the “Sorry Sorry” crooner would be attempting the feat again in two weeks time in the presence of the Guinness World Records officials, so it can go into the books.

Afrobeat buffs and fans have flooded Femi’s twitter timeline with messages of congratulations.

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Spotlight On The 5th Edition Of The Nollywood Week Festival – 2017

The Nollywood Week Festival returns to the cinema L’Arlequin in Paris for its 5th edition from Thursday May 11 to Sunday May 14, 2017.

Since 2013, the Nollywood Week Festival, an initiative of the Okada Media Association, has offered the Parisian public the opportunity to view the gems of Nollywood cinema (the world’s second largest film industry) and has provided access to its popular actors and its talented directors at only 39 euros for the 4 day pass.

This year’s selection reflects the diversity of genres that now make up this industry. Festival-goers will discover the record-breaking comedy, “The Wedding Party” from Kemi Adetiba, “The Diner”, a drama from the director Jay Franklyn Jituboh, and also “Catch[dot]er”,  a film from the newly styled NollyNoir genre, directed by the British-Nigerian film-maker Walter Taylaur. “Catch[dot]er” will premiere at the closing night of the festival on Sunday, May 14 at 20:30.

This year’s competition has 5 movies in the running to win the prestigious People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Angénieux, one of the leading manufacturers of high quality optic cinema lenses for the broadcast and film industries. Angénieux will gracefully put its optics at the disposal of the winner of the People’s Choice Award, giving them a chance to combine their creativity with French technical know-how during their next shoot.

Big Brother Naija Housemate, Debie-Rise Storms Kogi 

Kogi-born Big Brother Naija housemate, Deborah Olurise popularly known as Debie-Rise on Wednesday 26th April, 2017 stormed Lokoja, where she was received by the First Lady of the state, Hajia Rashidat Bello and other stakeholders in the state’s entertainment industry.
In a chat with our correspondent, the initiator of the “Rising Nation” highlighted her home-coming plan as it pertains to the entertainment industry in the state.
According to her, it is payback time for the massive supports shown her by the majority of Kogi people while she was in the Big Brother game.
“I’m already starting on Friday by 4pm at Reverton Hotel Lokoja. I want us to make noise in this Kogi. Entertainment is one platform where you pull crowd, and you can pass a lot of messages.
“Thank God for the platform I got through Big Brother. On Friday, I’m going to be promoting Kogi talents by suggesting them through their performances, to dignitaries,” she said.
While identifying with her background, she stated that talents abound in Kogi which must be tapped.
“I’m a full Kogi girl and in fact, I can exchange pleasantries with the three major languages in the state. I grew up in Okene because I attended my primary school in Itakpe, secondary school in Kabba, and I have lots of Igala friends.
“In Kogi, we are so talented that when we stand out there, we do it well. My passion is for talented girls to be seen and be heard. The parents must understand that their girls are safe with me,” she stated.
The optimistic musician revealed that she is working towards her first Grammy, adding that some record labels in the industry have indicated interests in her, but she is keeping it on the low key before she gives a nod to her choice label.

Faraday Okoro And Biyi Bandele’s ‘Nigerian Prince’ Wins $1million Grant At Tribeca Film Festival, New York

A proposed new movie on Nigerian email scammers, Nigerian Prince, written and directed by Faraday Okoro and produced by Biyi Bandele and Oscar Hernandez-Topete, has won a $1million AT&T grant at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Nigerian Prince was announced winner on Thursday, April 19 at the film fiesta after a hard-fought pitching session tagged ‘AT&T Presents: Untold Stories’ featuring scripts from four other talented filmmakers.

The winning movie script swayed a Greenlight committee led by Fiona Carter, AT&T Chief Brand Officer, after listening to a pitch on its story idea, budget and film script. Also listed in the committee were Hollywood actors Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Mackie, Josh Deutsch (Chairman and CEO, Downtown Records), Lee Daniels (Film Producer), Len Amato (President, HBO Films) and Frida Torresblanco (Film Producer).

The session was the first edition of the AT&T and Tribeca new film initiative.

AT&T will provide funding of up to $1 million for Faraday Okoro and Biyi Bandele to create his film, and Tribeca will provide mentorship from seasoned industry professionals. In addition, AT&T plans to distribute the winning film across several of its video platforms, including DIRECTV NOW, AT&T’s streaming over-the-top service.

Nigerian Prince is based on the notorious email scams that have proved a plague to both local and international law authorities. The plot centres around a stubborn Nigerian-America teenager who is sent to Nigeria against his will. Things take an unexpected turn when the protagonist joins forces with an internet scammer, in order to return to the United States.

 Biyi Bandele is a famous Nigerian filmmaker, novelist and playwright. His trajectory into the creative sphere began in 1987 where he studied drama at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

Spending the first 18 years of his life in Northern Nigeria, Bandele harboured a strong desire to be a writer from a tender age winning his first award at the age of 14.

Since moving to London in 1990 at the age of 22, he has worked with Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Talawa Theatre Company, Royal National Theatre Studio, Bush Theatre and University of Cambridge at different times.

As a playwright, Bandele has published several works including The Man Who Came in from the Back of Beyond (1991) and The Street (1999) and Burma Boy (2007) which earned acclaim.

He made his directorial debut film Half of a Yellow Sun which was screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and Fifty which screened at the London Film Festival, both of them earning international critical-acclaim in Nigeria and the UK.  The director signed with the Temple Management Company in January.

Faraday on the other hand is a New York City based Nigerian-American filmmaker. He attended Howard University and NYU Graduate Film School. Faraday’s films have screened in numerous film festivals worldwide, including Tribeca, LA Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International Shortsfest. In 2016, Faraday was included in MovieMaker Magazine’s 25 Screenwriters to Watch.

Kogi Govt to Hold First Entertainment Stakeholders Meeting

The Kogi State Government has concluded plans to host stakeholders in the entertainment industry across the three senatorial districts of the state in a meeting scheduled to hold on Wednesday 26th, 2017.
The Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson made this known while emphasizing the need to bring all stakeholders to the table for critical discussions bothering on reviving the industry.
According to her, the meeting which has been scheduled to hold by 5pm at the Banquet Hall of the Government House, will give stakeholders who have been waxing the industry an opportunity to bring to bare, the associating problems and ideas.
“Stocks of potentials and talents abound in Kogi, and because of so many factors beyond their control, the effect is visible in the staggering nature at which the industry grows in the state, hence the need for the government to wade in,” she said.
While enjoining the entertainers to take the meeting which is the first to be held by the Yahaya Bello led government, she reiterated her commitment towards delivering the New Direction blueprint on entertainment, arts and culture.

Nollywood’s Biggest Movie “The Wedding Party” Gets Part 2

According to multiple online sources, Nollywood’s highest grossing movie, The Wedding Party is getting a reboot.

Reports have it that the writers of the sequel are done with scripting and editing and principal photography is set to kick off, in Dubai, later in the year.

The Wedding Party 2 will follow the story of a different couple and will also get a different title.

The initial movie is a romantic comedy written by Tosin Otudeko. The first film grossed close to 0.5billion naira at the box office.

It stars Adesua Etomi as Dunni Coker, Banky W as Dozie, Alibaba and Sola Sobowale as Dunni’s parents, and Ireti Doyle and Richard Mofe-Damijo as Dozie’s parents.

Released in December 2016, The Wedding Party is a collaboration between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Koga Studios and Inkblot Productions

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Drake Missing As Wizkid Drops Video For ‘Come Closer’

Wizkid has done it again, well without Drake, dropping the much anticipated video for the single, ‘Come Closer’. And it is already generating rave reviews, attracting accolades such as ‘it’s a dope’, ‘a game changer’, ‘it’s fire’ and so on.

The video which was released on 6 April, has already raked over 400,000 views on You Tube and over 3,000 on Wizkid Evo account. The audio on You Tube, has closer to 1.5million views.

In the video, according to a report by MTV Base, a new blonde haired Wizkid is seen sporting an all-white outfit with some swamp green boots in the opening scenes.

The video itself was wonderfully shot in the studio with dancers who are clad in African-face paint and African prints. And that even ignited more admiration for Wizkid for projecting African culture.

Notably however, Drake did not feature in the video, even though the single was touted a collabo between Drake and the Nigeria international star. The Canadian rapper’s voice is heard though.

One music buff, @soldier especially noticed this in a tweet and contrasted this with Wizkid missing from the playlist recently released by Drake.

Wizkid himself explained Drake’s absence in the well choreographed video when he tweeted that the Canadian was on tour during the shooting of the video.

In another tweet, the Starboy appeared to have played down the relevance of Drake in the video:

The artist maintained the position on his Instagram Page:

 

‘Come Closer’ which is available on Apple Music and Spotify was released two weeks ago.
The single was initially leaked as ‘Hush Up the Silence’, but when officially released, it was renamed as “come Closer’.

See the video:

Iyanya Shuts Down Lagos At Signature EP Unveiling Concert

…Singer Sets A Marker For New Sound And Career Direction

 

Iyanya was at his waist-twisting and torso-baring best on Wednesday night when he unveiled his new EP, Signature. He rolled back the years by performing live songs from the highly anticipated 7-track album on stage at Hard Rock Café, Oniru, Lagos in an Industry Night Special.

Dressed in a colourful camouflage-jacket, the Mavin Records artist mounted the stage at midnight and left no one in doubt inside the packed hall that he was well and truly back. Like an artist with a blank canvas spread out before him, Iyanya jumped, whined and crooned on the big stage fully aware that it was his night for the taking, and he owned it.

On the same night, his seven-track EP was released online to a global audience and has since dominated discussions on social media. Entitled ‘Signature,’ the body of work was produced by Mavin Records founder, Don Jazzy assisted by Altims and Baby Fresh.

Iyanya has been on a new lease of life since being backed by leading talent agency, Temple Management Company and Mavin Records. As if by celestial conspiracy, the Lagos weather even attested to Iyanya’s new found mojo as it gave way to heavy rainfall that poured while his performance continued safely inside the comfort of the walls of Hard Rock Cafe.

His performance was a medley of songs from his new EP such as Odoyewu, Hold On, Baby Answer, Not Forgotten, Celebrate, Nobody Has To Know, Bow For You and bonus track Up 2 Sumtin featuring Don Jazzy and Dr Sid.

Attesting to Iyanya’s new found vigour, Dr. Sid told the audience something many have never heard about Iyanya. The We Up crooner had joined Iyanya to perform the hit, Up 2 Sumtin. To buttress his point further, Dr. Sid went on to reveal how Iyanya is having a healthy influence on his Mavin Records colleagues.

“Iyanya is the best thing to happen to Mavin Records. He has made the rest of us look lazy with his work rate and I am not saying this because he is here. Iyanya has recorded over 50 songs in less than three months!” Dr. Sid exclaimed.

The most emotional moment of the night came when he performed a sober tune, Not Forgotten, the most introspective song off his EP and inarguably his most personal to date. For a moment, it seemed as if the singer would break down in tears.

At his request, Mavin Records producer, Altims played the piano in the background whilst Iyanya stood still, eyes shot and lost in his own thoughts for what seemed like forever. Iyanya is an orphan having lost his parents two years apart in 2008 and 2010.

For Iyanya’s Mavin Records colleagues, the night was a karaoke session as they sang ever song line-by-line with the musician. Iyanya would later describe the Don Jazzy founded group as a “happy company” and expressed how “blessed” he was to be a member of the biggest record label in Nigeria.

The late evening of fun also witnessed brilliant performances by two Temple Management artists, Gongo Aso crooner, 9ice and ex-winner of MTN Project Fame West Africa, Jeff Akoh. Jeff sang to a live band and served as a more than capable foil to Iyanya whilst 9ice performed his smash hit Living Things.

From a corner occupied by Mavin Records artistes, Don Jazzy danced and sang along happily through Iyanya’s performance. Virtually all the artistes on the label were present including Tiwa Savage, Korede Bello, D’Prince, Dr Sid, Dija, Reekado Banks, Poe and DNA Twins. Other artistes and celebrities who came to support Iyanya include Tekno, Sheyman, Reminisce, Uche Jombo and Ebi Onome among others.

Court Grants Omoni Oboli Go Ahead To Release Movie ‘Okafor’s Law’

Nollywood actress, producer and director, Omoni Oboli has been granted permission to go-ahead with the cinema release of her film, Okafor’s Law by a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi.

Justice Ibrahim Buba gave this ruling moments ago after considering the arguments of the plaintiff (Raconteur Productions) and the defendants (Omoni Oboli, Dioni Visions Entertainment and FilmOne Distribution).

The judge, in doing this, removed the interim injunction stopping the release of the film as filed by Raconteur Productions. He said that the film can be released as planned into Nigerian cinemas tomorrow, Friday, March 31, 2017 but that the parties involved should choose a date for continuation of the hearing between April 3 and 4, 2017.

 This definitely comes as good news to Omoni Oboli and her people as she had yesterday presented, through Oluwatomi Adeoye – the Project Manager of Dioni Visions, a counter-affidavit in which it was argued that an estimated five hundred million (500m) Naira which she had planned to realise would be lost if the film was not released as planned.

Oboli was absent in court today, just like yesterday, and her representatives declined to make any comments after the ruling.

Jude Idada was present and the case involving him and Oboli will begin formal hearing on April 6, 2017. It will be recalled that Oboli had been accused of stealing Idada’s intellectual copyright for the controversial film, Okafor’s Law.

Iyanya Headlines Industry Night Special At Hard Rock Cafe

Mavin Records artiste, Iyanya will officially unveil his new EP to fans and industry stakeholders at an Industry Night Special event holding at the Hard Rock Cafe, Victoria Island, Lagos on Wednesday March 29, 2017.

The EP is entitled Signature and will feature eight tracks including the lead single, Hold On which features Don Jazzy and Dr. Sid.

Iyanya will perform songs in the EP with a live band set and dazzle the audience with dance moves and amazing vocals.

The event is packaged by organizers of Industry Night in collaboration with Mavin Records, Temple Management Company and Hard Rock Café.

On what fans should expect, Iyanya said, “It is a fusion of the old and the new Iyanya. I have worked with new producers. There is reggae, highlife and R&B. I have Tiwa Savage on it and we have about 12 tracks. The album is entitled Signature EP.”

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