2019 AFRIFF: Tanzania Film Board woos Africa movie investors  



Dr Kiagho Kilonzo, the Acting Executive Secretary of Tanzania Film Board, on Monday urged filmmakers across Africa to invest in the Tanzania’s creative industry.

Kilonzo made the call during the Actors Master Class segment at the 9th Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) held at Film House Cinemas, Landmark Village, Victoria Island, Lagos.

He said that Tanzania  was well-endowed with natural and artificial tourist attractions capable of rendering films marketable and attractive to viewers.

According to him, the country is endowed with the highest mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, green natural sites, historical sites, deserts, rok arts dating back to over 50,000 years ago, cultures and more.

He said all the aforementioned attractions would add value to the films shot in Tanzania.

“Tanzania is a fantastic place to shoot movies because of the natural and beautiful sites the nation is blessed with.

“We call on filmmakers and investors to explore Tanzania terrain, we have the population to make businesses thrive and the environment is conducive,” he said.

Kilonzo said that the Tanzania Film Board was founded in 1930 before the nation gained independence and had been functioning effectively since then.

He said that the Tanzanian film industry produced over 1400 films annually, 116 films monthly, 29 weekly and four daily.

He said that the industry employed 1,232,000 people in 2018 compared to 289 in 2010 as film companies increased to 250 in 2018 from four in 1960.

“Today, there are 10 film theatres in Tanzania, each with an average of four screens and 300 seats.”

The executive secretary said these achievements were possible through the services the board offered to filmmakers ranging from advice, preview and approval of scripts, film grading and more.

He said the country had zero tolerance for pornographic films or such that depicted lesbianism, bad language, war, crime or breaking of law and order.

“We do not encourage the production of films that can change people’s mindset or distort good relations among the citizens, we uphold our culture and guide it,” he said.

Kilonzo said that the film industry was thriving, but had challenges in the areas of piracy and incompetent film production.

He said the Tanzanian Government was, however, working on upgrading the quality of movies produced as original films had been differentiated from pirated copies with the use of special stamps.
Editing by Oluyinka Fadare/Tajudeen Atitebi



Artist urges colleagues to do more research



A visual artist, Stanley Arinze, on Thursday urged colleagues to do more research on their act to scale it up with something new and educate the people.

Arinze told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that when artists carry research, they would come out better and with something new to impact on youths and the society at large.

Arinze spoke on the backdrop of some artistes not doing enough research on their works, especially on visual, performance, films, music theatre among others before coming out for show.

’ “When an artist does research, he or she will be able to tell a story better with his or her works.”Nigeria is a country with rich cultural values, resources and political history that can be highlighted through works,” he said.

The artist, who noted that research, involved a lot of money called on government to assist artists with funds to enable the achieve the desired result in such endeavour.

Arinze said that a well researched work was capable of giving the producer uniqueness that people would marvel about.

It will attract a very good prize or attraction to whatever work created; something new will always attract and make impact on people.

Research increases public awareness on things that people do not have in depth knowledge of and we use it to educate and inform the public.

The visual artist called on colleagues to use their sense of curiosity to scale up their works for better understanding by the public.

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

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Cleric advises Christians to imbibe Jesus Christ virtues as they celebrate Christmas



Pastor Emmanuel Zakari, President Media Christian Fellowship, has advised Christians to imbibe the virtue of Jesus Christ in their daily lives and to live in harmony with their neighbours as they prepare for Christmas.

Zakari who is also a Pastor in Living Faith Church, Gwagwalada, gave the advice on Wednesday in Abuja, at the 2019 Nigeria News Agency Chapel Carol Service in commemoration of Christmas.

He described Christ in the lives of Christians as the hope of the world, adding that they must emulate Him to live a fulfilled life.

The cleric further said that Jesus Christ was born to give light to the world, saying that those who believed in Him and work according to His words, would not have darkness, represented by life challenges.

According to him, absence of Jesus Christ, the light of the world in a family will lead to crisis, stressing that Christians should search for the light He represented.

“By redemption as a Christian you are light, search for light because when light comes, darkness gives way.

“It is the potency of the light you carry as a Christian that determines your speed in life.

As a Christian, your life should be a compass, set a plan for your life and also mend your ways,’’ he advised.

The cleric further admonished Christians to live a Christ like life in their places of work and businesses, adding that it was the light of Christ in them that would distinguish them as individuals.

He, therefore, advised Christians to embrace Jesus, urging them to be good ambassadors of Christ in all of their endeavours.

NAN reports that Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Chapel of Restoration Choir thrilled audience at the event with songs as well as the NAN chapel choir.

NAN Chapel also showed special appreciation to some less privileged members with gifts for their resilience in their service of God at the end of the service which was attended by some other media organisations.

Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Reality star, Khafi Kareem receives car prize “Lady Foxy’ Innoson vehicles



Khafi Kareem, BBNaija season four ex-housemate, has recieved her Innosson Motors car prize.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the excited reality star shared the news on her instagram page @acupofkhafi.

Khafi, who is also an author and actress, wrote, “Guess who is the newest car owner in town. I finally got my car and I couldn’t be happier.

Thank you so much Innosson vehicles. I will be calling her lady foxy so if you see me drive by, Holla at your girl,” she said.

NAN recalls that in August. Khafi won the Innosson IVM Fox car during the ‘Proudly Nigerian’ challenge on the show.

The challenge, sponsored by Nigerian brand, Innosson Motors, tasked housemates to present their Nigerian stories and highlight the beauty of being Nigerian.

During the first round, housemates gave presentations on their Nigerian story, however, Khafi’s excellent and inspiring presentation got viewers emotional.

NAN reports that following BBNaija, Khafi has hosted major events including The Future Awards and Nigeria Legal awards.

The talented YouTuber speaks French, English, Italian, Chinese, Yoruba and British sign languages.

Khafi has featured in many movies including, ‘The Evolution of U.S.’, and ‘Lost in London’ among others as well performed on stage at the Royal Opera House.

Edited by: Ese E. Ekama

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Nigeria needs to groom people to be creatively grounded, says artist



The President, Poets In Nigeria (PIN), Eriata Oribhabor ,on Wednesday said that Nigeria needed to groom people who would be creatively grounded for the country to grow.


Oribhabor told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that people, stakeholders and government should be able to support creativity in all forms.


Creativity is the foundation for everything we do in our lives for the growth of our country.


A society cannot develop well without exploring its creativity; if we cannot find new ideas that can later be turned into innovative solutions; then we are not ready to grow.


Creativity starts from the mind and putting it into perspective, for it to grow into something tangible,” he said.


He said that government should continue to support the creative industry and should encourage the organised private sector to do so too.


For creativity to thrive, it is all about money, support, empowering and equipping people especially, the young people from the grassroots by keeping  them busy,” he said.


He said that the society also needed to reach out to primary and secondary schools and encourage them to be creative in writing and reading.


He said that creativity was not getting the support needed for it to thrive and help creative minds grow in the country.


Oribhabor, however, said that in poetry, words are usually put together to form sounds, images and ideas that might look somehow complex.


He said that they, nevertheless, had been helping to develop the human minds.

Poetry is important because it helps us to understand and appreciate the world around us.


“It sheds light on the world so that the truth can be known,” he said.

Edited by: Peter Dada

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FCT residents hopeful of exciting, memorable Christmas



Some Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have expressed hope of an exciting and memorable Christmas celebration this year.

Some of them, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja, said that although preparations appeared to be slow-paced, expectations were that “things will eventually pick up’’.

Faith Ekeh, a lawyer told NAN at the Millennium park, Abuja that it was her firm belief that Christmas would be “blissful and crazy’’.

She said that although the park looked nice and conducive the place still needed a lot of work.

There ought to be a pool here. It might get really hot and you might feel like diving in just to cool off.

Coming here often I realised that we have only one mobile toilet. We shouldn’t buy mat coming too, there should be mats available for people to use.

There should be better vendors. This place used to be a place you can get candies and other good stuff but now you can only get soft drinks and other petty stuff,’’ she said.

Nonye Chukwu, also a lawyer, said that she was also looking forward to an amazing time at the park during the yuletide.

I love Christmas because it’s always a colourful period with lots of love to give and to receive.

It’s a time for family and friends to reunite and once more reconnect after a very busy year.

A lot has happened during the year. So it’ll be time to unwind.

I love being with my family during Christmas because I miss them so much in the course of the year.

This is my first time coming here actually. From my observation I think there should be chairs in strategic places in the park where people can sit.

People don’t have to bring their mats here,”she added.

Another fun-seeker,Tolani Abubakar, a student said she wished to have fun too even though she’s not Christian.

Christmas is not about only Christians. I am a Muslim but I really look forward to the festive holiday.

I can’t wait for it to come. I need to eat Christmas rice and have fun with family and friends.

It’s my best time of the year and I am already getting impatient,” she said.

Jerome Elaigwu, a technical personnel at the park told NAN that the park management was looking forward to a lot of patronage during the yuletide.

People are already coming in to book for business space. Some are coming with their ideas to share with the management on how things should be done this Christmas period.

“We are gradually putting everything in place to make sure the park is conducive for visitors during the festive season.

(Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim)

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