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Nigeria’s Famuyiwa to direct upcoming ‘Star Wars’ series

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Abuja, April 15, 2019 Nigerian-American director, Rick Famuyiwa has been enlisted to work on the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ prequel.

The untitled prequel is one of two live-action Star Wars series in the works for Disney+, alongside Jon Favreau’s ‘The Mandalorian’.

The series, set to be released on 2021, is described as a “rousing spy thriller” as the series will follow Cassie Andor’s time with the Rebel Alliance.

It will revolve around at the beginning of ‘Rogue One’, where Cassian Andor had to make the difficult decision of dispatching with one of his sources before they’re found out by Stormtroopers.

According to a statement by Disney, Famuyiwa will be working on the series alongside other acclaimed directors including Dave Filoni (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Deborah Chow (Mr. Robot) and Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok).

Famuyiwa is a director, producer and screenwriter of productions including The Wood (1999), Brown Sugar (2002), Talk to Me (2007), and Dope (2015).

His 2015 coming-of-age film, ‘Dope’ premiered at Sundance Film Festival, winning the Best Editing award for the work of editor Lee Haugen. He went on to direct ‘Confirmation’.

In 2016, Famuyiwa was announced as the director for The Flash after Seth Grahame-Smith dropped from the project.

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BBNaija (S4): Khafi wins N7.6m car

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Housemate, Khafi Kareem has won a 7.6 million Naira IVM Fox car in the ongoing BBNaija season four.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the Khafi won the car prize during the ‘Proudly Nigerian’ challenge on Saturday.

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 passioned presentations on their Nigerian story, however, Khafi’s Excellent and inspiring presentation got viewers emotional.

At the end of the first round, housemates were asked to pull ribbons attached to the Innosson car. Those who dropped the ribbons were disqualified.

After some housemates were distracted by Pizza and noise, Khafi, Mercy, Cindy and Jackye were the last ones standing.

reports that the other women eventually dropped their ribbon, leaving Khafi to win the coveted prize.

Reacting to her win, Khafi said she loved the red colour and the car would be her first.

Fans have taken to social media to congratulate her and pass remarks about her moving speech.

@Juliet_ said, “Congrats Khafi, a win well deserved. Proudly Nigerian indeed.”

@Miracle tweeted, “She was the first that entered into that car and blow the horn of the car,she had one of the best speech,she is the deserving winner,kudus baby girl,I am happy u won.”

@Tessyme said, “She waz Determined from start.. And thanked God for her first car even before wining it. Am happy for her.”

@Chanty4 said, “Salute to the Nigerian spirit. Salute to Khafi. Congratulations to the last four. #BBNaijia #BBNaijaPepperDem.”

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Mr Nigeria bags 5 talent awards at the grand finale of Mr World in Philippines

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The 24-year-old  Mr Nigeria, Nelson Enwerem, late on Friday in Manila  in the Philippines  won  five talent awards in the  just concluded Mr World pageant. .

A correspondent  of the Nigeria News Agency correspondent, who monitored the contest on cable network  from Lagos, also reports that Jack Heslewood of England emerged the new Mr World 2019.

Heslewood defeated  71 other candidates during the grand  finale to become the 10th Mr World.

NAN reports that the  27-year-old model  also won  an award for his  impressive drumming, had now  succeeded India’s 29-year-old, Rohit Khandelwal, who had just completed his three-year-old reign

Enwerem, a model and fashion designer, who won the talent award of  being the best in graceful contemporary dance, told NAN from the  Philippines that he was grateful to Nigerians and his sponsors.

“I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported my journey. God bless everyone, I tried my best to represent our country which I’m very sure I did extremely well.

“Unfortunately,  I didn’t win but everyone who watched the show or was at the event and everyone who competed with us is very aware that the results ain’t fair,” he said.

According to him, all I can say right now is that I’m thankful to God, Silverbird organization, my family and friends and every Nigerian out there for making this experience worth it for me.

NAN reports that though Mr Nigeria did not make the list of  the first five  topmost contestants, but Fezile Mkhize, (black) from South Africa did.

Mkhize emerged  the first runner up and won the  Mr World Africa title.

The biennial event, which was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday, Aug. 23, had Mexico’s Brian Faugier, as  the second runner up.

Bet Saliva  from the Philippines went away  with  Mr World Asia title.

The five countries that made it to the finals were:  Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico, South Africa and current champion, England.

NAN also reports that Enwerem was one of the 13 young men that represented Africa at the Mr World competition in the  Philippines.

The other African countries with that featured participants are:  Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Ethiopia, Guinea Bisau, Kenya, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan and Nigeria.

This 2019 edition of Mr World held in the Philippines is the 10th.

The global  title holder is expected to travel around  the world as a charity  ambassador.

The Mr World  competition is a biennial  event  and the male beauty pageant sponsored by the Miss World Organisation.The competition was  founded in 1996 .

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BBNaija (S4): ‘Omashola TV’ steals the show

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Omashola Oburoh, a housemate in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality show, has stunned fans with his creative project, ‘Omashola TV’.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Omashola’s makeshift television was part of the wager presentation by his group, ‘The Icons’.

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Omashola designed the television entirely from scrap, waste material in line with the theme of the wager task.

The innovation earned him praise from other housemates, especially Mike who specially congratulated him.

Fans also shared their thoughts on Twitter.

@Halimasucre said, “Omashola’s Box Tv Dey burst my brain.He creatively thought out of the Box totally!

“We #TeamOmashola never saw this coming! I Re Stan my Stanship! I’m Very Proud of You Omashola! Go Icons #theicons.”

@Rainebe tweeted, “That is a strong exhibition of a true winner who is fighting so hard to win a deserving tittle and Price.

“It takes only people with genuine judgement to see how necessary it is to root, support and sponsor Omashola to win.”

@Egedec said, “Well Deserved victory icons. Very creative items ( ready to buy) omashola’s TV great prototype bill board for every shop in the streets. I learnt a lot. Items, presentation and good spirit. #BBNaija”

@MissBarosi wrote, “Omashola’s tv was mind blowing,unexpected. The fact that it changed channels, that was a Bomb.”

NAN reports that Ike’s handmade chess board was another highlight of the wager presentation.

He collaborated with Cindy and Khafi to paint and make chess miniatures from waste materials.

The team had their third win in a row on Thursday, following their last wager and nomination task win.

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19-year-old Nigerian visual artist showcases Fela’s ‘Beast of No Nation’

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19-year-old artist, Emediong Uko has turned Fela’s acclaimed ‘Beast of no Nation’ song into an expressive painting.

‘Beast of No Nation’ is the first song Fela wrote in 1986, after he was liberated from prison—serving two years from a five year prison sentence for trumped-up foreign currency violation charges.

In May, Emediong’s painting of music legend, ‘Lagbaja’ became the first African work to be displayed at the Cyprus Modern Art Museum.

The Akwa Ibom born artist is the youngest and only African artist to have her work exhibited at the museum, which is the largest in the Mediterranean region.

At her recent exhibition, Emediong also unveiled another Fela-inspired work, ‘Shuffering and Smiling’ to celebrate the strength of Nigerians.

In an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday, she said the painting is aimed at drawing attention to leadership lapses that need to be fixed in the country, while retaining Fela’s earlier message.

She said, “I decided to depict the essence of the song. It spoke about the leaders and how they need to do better at leadership.

“I did the painting in about a week this summer, 2019. I want the painting to spark conversations and I hope it inspires people.”

Emediong is known for using musical influences in her art and revealed that she loves every music genre with a message.

On Fela’s influence on new wave musicians, she noted that they are Fela-inspired in a way, from their sounds to lyrics.

She said, “These artists are Fela inspired in a way, especially Burna boy. His piece on the Beyonce album has some Fela-infused vibes.

“We are creating Africa and we are the ones reaching out. In this post colonial times, we are creating ourselves by ourselves.”

NAN reports that Emediong recently auctioned 17 paintings with themes on motherhood, music and nature.

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NIBCARD designs `Wan Wan Touch’ board game on street football

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Mr Kenechukwu Ogbuagu, Creative Director NIBCARD says the team has designed a new board game titled, `Wan Wan Touch” as part of the awareness campaign for street football in the Country.

Ogbuagu gained acclaim, in 2018, for leading the campaign and eventually, opening Nigeria’s first board games cafe with his team NIBCARD.

In an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Friday, he noted that the street football game titled ‘Wan Wan Touch’ was designed to help adults revisit their childhood memories.

“It can be played by two to four players and takes between 30-60 minutes to play and is suitable for anyone from the age of seven years and above.

“The game idea came up during a board game hangout we hosted. One of the players jokingly talked about the football game we usually played on the street when we were still younger.

“The process has brought back a lot of feelings from the past – memories I thought were forgotten. Also, this game has been a force for better design and production from everyone in the team.

“This is also our first 3D board game. And we are really excited about it. Really excited,” he said.

According to him, he wants the world to appreciate the growing board game community in Nigeria, especially through the ‘Wan Wan Touch’ game.

On the reason for setting up a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo, Ogbuagu said that he wanted backers to expand the Nigerian board game industry.

He said, “These successes has helped us introduced over 15,000 people to Tabletop Gaming directly and even much more through our online activities (and in different countries too).

“We have also handmade and distributed more than 7,000 games since 2016.

“With their backing, we hope to make better tabletop games and inspire more people in Nigeria to join the hobby, we can never do it alone,” he said.

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