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Britney Spears may never perform again says manager



American Singer Britney Jean Spears is not going back to Las Vegas for another residency and may not be able to perform again in the near future says her manager Larry Rudolph.

The 37 year-old McComb, Mississipi born singer is not in mental or physical shape to resume rehearsals for the series of line up shows which were suppose to kick off in February 2019, according to TMZ, .

Spears manger Rudolph said, “as the person who guides her career and based on the information I was told she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency.

“She would not be going there in the near future and possibly never again,’’ he said.

Rudolph, a talent manger and former entertainment lawyer is not involved in the actress, songwriter, dancer’s conservatorship; he was only given medical information that directly impacts Spears’ career.

“It was the perfect storm. We had to pull her show because her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad’s illness.

“The residency, which was supposed to kick off February 13, was put on ice.

“Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn’t called me in months. She clearly doesn’t want to perform now,’’ Rudolph said.

As for the future, Rudolph says, “I don’t want her to work again till she is ready, physically, mentally and passionately.

“If that time never comes again it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again.

“I am only here for her when she wants to work. And, if she ever does want to work again, I am here to tell her if it is a good idea or not,’’ he said.

Rudolph had also represented other artists which include DMX, Toni Braxton, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Swizz Beats, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and many others.


We need more investments, not fashion weeks, says Nigerian Designer



Ace designer, Bayo Oke-Lawal, has called for more direct investment in Nigerian fashion industry to grow the sector.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Creative Director of leading brand, The Orange Culture, expressed dissatisfaction at banks and other corporate bodies taking the easy route of organising fashion events.

Orange Culture was selected in 2015 by Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy for their first ever LVMH prize as one of the 20 finalists selected from over 1221 brands all over the world in Paris.

It was also selected by L’Uomo Vogue and GQ Italia to present at The Latest Fashion Buzz in Florence and then by The International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative.

According to Oke-Lawal, events such as fashion weeks, frequently organised by banks were welcome but the industry needs growth-directed investments in certain areas.

NAN recalls that in the just concluded Fashion Week season, at least four banks hosted their own Fashion Week shows, designer meet ups and pushed conversations.

These events, although fun, had limited designers to showcasing their products and networking without tackling the investments needed to transform the cottage-level industry into billion-dollar movements.

Speaking via his twitter handle, @TheOrangenerd, Oke-Lawal advised corporate bodies, especially brands to assist the industry holistically.

“Nigerian banks, what the fashion industry does not need is more fashion weeks!

“The fashion industry needs so much more support in clothing manufacturing, fashion education, labour acquisition.

“We also need help in textile manufacturing especially developing our indigenous techniques and creating sustainable fabric creation spaces.

“Grants for designers not loans with high interests, all the flight money to bring in designers you do not need, could be given as grants to Nigerian designers.

“And the list is absolutely endless. It is so hard working as a designer in Nigeria! People will never understand just how difficult it is.

“So, if banks really want to help, stop wasting money flying designers in from countries that would never fly us out and work on funding platforms that are developing the industry or invest directly in the industry,” he said.

His tweets sparked a conversation on social media among designers who agreed with him.

They added that the corporate world had not taken time to understand the peculiarities of the Nigerian fashion industry.

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Expert urges dancers to seek knowledge to improve skills




Lagos, Dec.5, 2019 A professional dancer, Muyiwa Osinaike, has advised Nigerian dancers to seek knowledge that will  help them improve on their skills.

Osinaike gave the advice late on Wednesday at The Lagos Dance Summit (TLDS) 2019 organised by the Guild of Nigerian Dancers (GOND), Lagos State Chapter, in Lagos.

According to him, knowledge is very important for them to become professional dancers

He said, “It is a pity that that there is no specialised institution for dancing in Nigeria.

“One reads Theatre Arts in the universities and majors in Dance.

“’Dancers should go the extra mile of acquiring knowledge in Dance Science, Dance Management and Dance marketing.

“’Dancers need to know the directives of their bodies while performing and understand the problems of a dancer which are: the knee and ankle issues,” he said.

Osinaike said that they should seek professionalism as dancers and performers.

He said that dance was an essential tool for media communication, adding that if one communicates properly with dance, it could take one far.

Also, Dr Cornel-Best Onyekaba of the University of Lagos said that dancers should look responsible by dressing decently and conducting themselves with dignity in the public.

Onyekaba, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Creative Art, said that nobody would like to discuss serious business with dancers if they did not package themselves well.

He said that they should also acquire marketing spirit, adding that they should be ready to submit themselves to managerial structure.

Hilary Johnson and the Gang at the event.

Similarly, Ms Ugo Obiayo, the chairman of GOND, Lagos Chapter, said that the summit introduced to the dance and creative industry would be an annual programme.

“It will act as the magnifying lens to look into matters affecting dance as a practice, the practitioners in relation to their responses to evolving demands.

“It will also see how dance can come to be reckoned with in the creative industry,” she said.

According to her, dance as an art, is one of the most unique theatre elements used during productions for interpretation, beautification and communication.

Obiayo said that dance as a profession should be capable of standing alongside its contemporaries such as: comedy, drama, music, fashion and painting.

The GOND president, Mr Victor Thompson, said that it was time for dancers to repackage their arts for the future.

He said that the days and platforms were changing, and as such, dancers needed to change and move with the trend.

Thompson said that the summit had provided an opportunity for dancers to discuss issues pertaining to them.

He added that they should be encouraged to go ahead and do what they know how to do best.

The Nigeria News Agency   reports that there were dancing and musical performances by Oworo and Bariga Dance Communities  as well as by  Hilary Johnson and The Gang and others

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Go for skills to be self-reliant, Sculptor urges graduates



A sculptor, Mr Efiok Effiong, has urged the youth, especially graduates, to acquire skills in different areas to be self-reliant and add value to the society through job creation.

Effiong made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Kula, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers.

He said that with the unavailability of white-collar jobs for all employable graduates, skills acquisition was necessary to be economically independent.

“Youths that are graduates need to look beyond their formal education and be engaged in different skills that can enable them to feed themselves and meet other needs.

“Irrespective of the qualification you have in the University, Polytechnic and Colleges, there is need to be skilled and add value to it,” he said.

The sculptor called on the three tiers of government to provide opportunities for the youth to be trained in different skills.

“Sculpture has taken me round to different countries to work, and by God’s grace, I do not beg to eat or take care of myself.

“Some of us could be engaged in the training of youths in different skills and distract so many of the idle youths from the temptation of partaking in atrocities,” he said.

The sculptor said he was in Kula to mould a lion for his host and that was already an attraction in the community.

He said communities, aside government, could establish sculpture gardens as recreational centers for tourism and generate revenue.

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Burna Boy leads Apple’s 2019 top 10 streamed songs



Afro-fusion artist, Damini Ogulu aka Burna Boy, has topped the 2019 list of Apple Music most streamed artists.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the data, recently released by Apple Music, featured Artists in sub Sahara Africa whose songs were streamed via the platform.

In the heavyweight list, Burna Boy had five songs leaving the other five top slots to other artists including Davido, Wizkid, Joeboy and Rema.

Burna Boy’s songs ‘On the low’, ‘Gbona’, ‘Dangote’ and ‘Anybody’ occupied top five alongside his heavy collaboration with Zlatan ‘Killin Dem’.

The Grammy-Nominated artist has had a stellar year, leading in every musical front culminating in his 2020 Grammy nomination in the World Music category alongside Angelique Kidjo.

The list also featured Joeboy’s ‘Baby’. The young artist has been on a steady rise since the release of this song. The Empawa artist just released his new album, ‘Love and Light’.

NAN reports that Rema was another young artist that made the list with his song, ‘Dumebi’. The catchy tune garnered air play in the first half of the year and shifted same enthusiasts to streaming platforms.

Wizkid, Beyonce and Blue Ivy’s collaboration, ‘Brown Skin Girl’ was the number one motivation song for black women around the world. This showed in its streaming numbers on Apple Music.

David ‘Davido’ Adeleke appeared twice on the list in two interesting collaborations.

The first, ‘Blow My Mind’ with Chris Brown and ‘One Ticket’ with Kizz Daniel. Both songs have remained fan favourite till date.

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ZUFF 2019: 4000 film entries submitted from 40 countries -Organiser



 Mr Edmund Peters, Festival Director of ZUMA Film Festival (ZUFF), has said that over 4,000 films from 40 countries were submitted for the 2019 edition of the annual film fiesta.

Peters told the Nigeria News Agency at the ongoing 10th edition of ZUFF with the theme “Content Connectivity; Everyview, Everywhere”, holding from Dec. 1 to 7, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to him, the submission was remarkable, the last edition of the festival had 3,000 film entries.

He noted that the increase in number of films submitted for this year’s edition was an indication that filmmakers across the globe were identifying with ZUFF.

“Remarkable progress has been made since ZUMA Film Festival was revived two years ago and film entries have cumulatively increased to over 4,000 from 40 countries across the globe.

“The quality of entries have also improved with renowned filmmakers now using the festival to either premiere or exhibit their films.

“It was therefore an onerous task to pre-select these films for screening, however, we congratulate those whose films made it to the screening level and the eventual winners in the competitive categories,” he said.

Peters explained that the organisers had also included a 6-hourly (4pm-10pm) daily screening of films at the Silverbird Cinemas, Jabi Lake Mall, to accommodate all the films selected for screening.

He added that the categories of the awards for the festival had also been expanded to cover: Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editor and Best Foreign Picture.

Others include Best Indigenous Language Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Director and Best Picture.

Also speaking, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Chairman of the Festival Organising Committee, said that 60 per cent of film entries came from other countries, including 36 non-African countries from Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Maduekwe, Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), organisers of ZUFF, added that the theme of the festival  intends to  explore the digital space as an alternative exhibition of Nigerian films.

“We have chosen the theme of the festival for 2019 considering the opportunities that abound in the global digital space and how Nigeria can benefit from such opportunities.

“It will definitely serve as the ‘lightening rod’ for another  national policy outcome, focusing on the economic imperative of lower tariff for content distribution on digital platforms.

“As the world is being driven by digital technologies, film making in Nigeria and indeed around the world, should equally be moving with these inventions and innovations,” he said.

He explained that the bouquet  for the week-long fiesta include Master Classes, Seminars, Round-table Discussions, Investors meetings and an Emerging Talent Workshop, to be undertaken by industry experts.

NAN reports that stakeholders in Nollywood, international filmmakers and investors, government functionaries and Diplomats were present at  the 10thZUFF.

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Abuja Arts/Crafts Village to re-open soon – Runsewe



Chief Segun Runsewe, Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), on Wednesday disclosed that the Abuja Arts and Crafts Village would soon be re-opened.

Runsewe, who disclosed this in an interview with Nigeria News Agency , in Abuja, said the renovation of the village had reached 80 per cent completion.

NAN reports that the Abuja Arts and Craft Village was engulfed by fire in 2017 and more than 20 shops filled with artworks worth N400m were destroyed.

He said that the organisation had to speed up work at the village not only for the sole purpose of renovation after the fire incident, but because of some alleged illegal activities going on at the site.

Runsewe also disclosed that shops at the village were being subsidised because of government’s commitment to the economic development of ordinary Nigerians.

He, however, decried the situation where an individual would own between 10 to 15 shops, leasing them at exorbitant rates to traders.

The DG said the NCAC was determined to reverse the trend because government’s intention was to have more Nigerians benefit from the gesture.

“Government wanted to use the village to help the ordinary man on the street, but where one person will own three or more shops and turn himself to a landlord on government property is unacceptable.

“The place became full of criminals and a lot of dangerous activities were going on there, we cannot allow that to continue so we had to take a firm decision.’’

Runsewe, however, said the issue had been tabled before the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, and it was looking into it.

According to the DG, some persons have also tuned the village into a place of accommodation, noting that it was against the Abuja Master Plan.

“It is not an accommodation; it is a market place for cultural activities.

“We have been able to at least see for ourselves that we need to take some actions which we have by renovating the place.

“When we re-open, there must be standards; there must be some kind of guide and strict adherence to rules.

“For Instance, there is no sleeping there; the market must close and open at a certain time and cars will not park over night.

“Everything to do with the market must be in accordance with global acceptable standards.’’

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