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Moving Tourism forward is everybody’s business, says FTAN



Alhaji Rabo Saleh, the National President Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria(FTAN) says that every Nigerian and stakeholders in tourism sector should make efforts at developing the sector.

Saleh made the observation on Thursday during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

He also said that the government had to come up with good policies in tourism sector that would help in building the economy.

According to him, government needs to develop infrastructure, create securities for tourism to flourish in the country.

“All these are roles to be played, so the private sector will join force with the government to package the tours.

“The tourism operators needs to come up with good packages with good prices so that people can be able to afford them.

“If these things are done, if there is good accessibility, good roads are created by the government, private investors will invest in tourism sites .

“They will create conveniences, create restaurants around public sites and bring in local people to sell souvenirs to make money.

“So, this is a collective things that everybody needs to put their hands together to move it forward,” he said.

The FTAN president appealed to Federal Government to take a critical steps in bringing stakeholders together to do the needful for tourism sector to flourish in the country.

Edited by Kayode Olaitan


Creative industry set to build practitioners’ capacity



The Creative Industry Group (CIG) says the 2019 National Entertainment Training Summit and Awards will help to build the capacity of practitioners in the industry.

Its President, Mr Felix Duke, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Monday.

Duke said that the event scheduled to hold on Dec. 7 in Lagos would serve as a networking programme for the industry.

He said that the summit with the theme: “Driving Entrepreneurship in Entertainment’’, would feature stars that had made the Nigerian creative industry strong in Africa.

“Legends such as Emeka Ossai, Paul Obazele, Ngozi Nwosu, Lillian Bach, Azuka Livon and Eedris Abdulkareem, among others, are expected to attend and speak at the occasion.

“The event which will hold in Ikeja, Lagos, will serve as a networking, business expositions and capacity building for practitioners in the creative industry,’’ he said.

According to him, the summit will feature many side attractions, entertainments, fresh alliances and reunions.

Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi

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Imo Commissioner commends teenager on pet project on rape



The Commissioner for Information in Imo, Mr Emeka Ebiliekwe, has commended Miss Ezichi Nwulu who won the 2019 Most Beautiful Girl in Imo for her pet project on rape victims.

The commissioner gave the commendation when Queen Ezichi and organisers of the Imo Beauty Pageant 2019 paid him a courtesy visit in his office on Monday.

He observed that rape is associated with a lot of consequences like emotional trauma, fear of the unknown and fear of the opposite sex, while the victim could get pregnant, contract HIV or other sexually transmitted disease.

Ebiliekwe commended Ezichi for taking the bold step to campaign against rape which he described as one of the social vices in the society and promised to support her in any way possible to enable the project succeed.

The commissioner also commended the organisers of the 2019 Imo Beauty Pageant for being fair to all the contestants and also the committee on the upcoming launch of the pet project.

Queen Ezichi in her remarks, described rape as a very serious vice in the society.

She said she took up the pet project on campaign against rape and its associated stigmatisation to empower young girls who were victims.

Ezich used the opportunity of the visit to invite the commissioner to the launch of the project slated for Nov. 23 at Imo State University (IMSU) Auditorium.

Earlier, Mr Clinton Briggs, the Chairman of the Most Beautiful Girl Beauty Pageant in Imo, said Ezichi emerged winner through a rigorous process in spite of being the youngest of the 17 other contestants in the second edition of the pageant.

He said Ezichi possessed rare qualities of self confidence, boldness and brilliance, adding that her choice of rape as her pet project was a welcome idea.

Briggs described rape is an epidemic that had affected most homes in the country and called on well-meaning Nigerians and Imo people to come out and support the project.

He said part of the project launch was to give the succour to rape victims in their various areas of need.

Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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NELAS Awards to promote celebrity networking, profesionalism — Organisers



The upcoming 2019 Nollywood Entertainment Leadership Awards (NELAS) would help promote networking among celebrity artistes and enhance professionaism in the industry, the organisers have said.

Prof. Tobe Enebe, Spokesman for NELAS awards, told the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Lagos that the 34 category event would hold in London on Dec. 7.

According to Enebe, the award-winning celebrity event is in partnership with Nollywood Actors Guild of Nigeria (NAGN), Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) and the Nigeria High Commission in the UK.

“This year a number of entertainers from across the globe will be present at the annual event in London on Dec. 7.

“The NELAS Awards is open to all, especially celebrities, to network and share ideas on how to grow the entertainment industry.

“We have in past two editions given awards to a number of top celebrities, some of whom are British actresses, Nollywood actors and actresses.

“Others are the National President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Nigerian singers, Ghanaian artistes and many others,’’ Enebe said.

He said that the NELAS team had lined up top celebrity guests to attend this year’s event.

Among categories to feature in the awards are Best Movie of the year (Africa and Diaspora), Best Actor/Actress and recognition of outstanding personalities in the entertainment industry.

Edited by Abdulfatah Babatunde/Wale Ojetimi

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Nigerian Film corporation trains 130 youths on cinematography in FCT



The  Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has trained 130 young and upcoming creative artistes in film, video production and photography in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT).

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the young artistes were handed certificate of participation on Saturday night at the closing ceremony of the workshop tagged “Special Cinematography Training for Youths and Emerging Talents.”

The three-day event had veteran industry players, scholars from the academia, as well as top officials of the NFC as resource persons and  facilitators for the young thespians.

Participants were taught the basics and rudiments of Production Management, Digital Cinematography, Acting and Directing for the Screen, as well as Set Design/Special Effects.

Other modules included Film Production (Shooting and Editing), Intellectual Property Protection and Marketing and Exhibition Strategies, among other topics.

Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director of the corporation, in his closing remark, commended the youths for painstakingly going through the training.

He then urged  them to apply what they learnt in the pursuit of their careers, adding that the aim was to equip them as emerging professionals in the motion picture industry.

“There is no doubt in my mind that indeed within the past few days, we have all learnt something new in film production.

“I am assured that you will effectively deploy the new or additional skills gained here, so that you will add value to the quality of films and creative works undertaken by you.

“I closely monitored and at some point watched you engage in the film shoot and other activities of this training workshop.

“Impressively, we have watched what you have been able to produce under 48 hours, and it confirms that given the resources and opportunities, you will excel beyond expectation,” he said.

Mr Bako Iliya, President of Students Union Government (SUG) of the National Film Institute (NFI), expressed gratitude for the training opportunity on behalf of the participants.

He noted that the skills and experience garnered   from the workshop would spur the emerging filmmakers and actors to always strive for excellence.

NAN reports that highpoint of the ceremony was the screening of a short film and a documentary, written, directed and produced by the participants at the end of the training.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole

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Review: Joeboy makes a lazy entry with his debut EP ‘Love and Light’




Abuja, Nov.17, 2019 Fast rising Nigerian singer and song writer, Joseph Akinfenwa Donu, popularly known as Joeboy recently released his debut extended play( EP) titled ‘Love and Light’ and it fell below expectations.

The Afropop and R&B singer had announced to excited fans that his first ever EP was dropping, leaving them eager to hear what the maestro had in store.

On his Instagram page @joeboyofficial, he wrote, “Ladies and gentlemen!! My first ever extended playlist is out!

“Thankful to everyone that has been part of my journey so far! Now let’s spread LOVE and LIGHT!

“Lets get it to number 1! When you send #LoveandLight to loved ones, send my EP”.

The recording artist,  who came into lime light when he released his Ed Sheeran ‘Shape of You’ cover,  which was well-accepted both in Nigeria and worldwide is now one of Nigeria’s hottest upcoming artiste.

This was made obvious when he was nominated alongside Fireboy DML, Zlatan ibile, Victor AD,Rema for next rated at the recently held Headies award 2019.

However, the EP which comprises of five tracks titled ‘Baby’, ‘Beginning’, ‘Don’t call back’, ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’, is all about love and relationship.

The problem with the EP was not the theme but the clear laziness with which it was assembled. Only two, out of the five tracks, were new songs and they did not quite hit the mark.

The first track, which was released over a month ago “Baby” is known to be the hit track among all the tracks he later dropped to form the EP because of its melodious signature, appealing lyrics and dancehall vibes.

This was affirmed by some of his fans, who took to their twitter handles to express their love for the music.

@Prettysync1 “Keep it up joeboy, I love your music.

@Youngcrown said, “This is a banger, much love for the song Baby”.

Subsequently, Joeboy released another track titled ‘Beginning’, which was more like a continuation of the love story he was telling with the earlier song titled ‘Baby’.

This was more appreciated by his fans because both songs had the same storyline but a different sound and lyrical content.

On the flipside, the five tracks lacked diversity as all the tracks except for ‘Blessing’, centred on love/ relationships.

Joeboy also featured only one artiste on the project, that is, DMW star Mayorkun on the track ‘Don’t call me back’.

In fact, this song, which was the last he dropped before compiling the EP, was termed as ‘the last good music’ by fans.

This is because the other two new songs did not match up in lyrics and production.

The new songs were viewed by his fans to be less entertaining and more like a “rush work” according to a post on twitter by a fan @Cashflow23.

Furthermore, the fourth track on the EP, ‘All for you’, was described by an instagram fan @Zanks11 as being too boring because of the repetition of its chorus and having only one verse.

Generally, the EP lacks freshness as some of the tracks have been on air for over a month before the official release date thereby making the EP fall below the expectation of his fans.

It should be noted that the singer did not put in all his time and energy to create his debut EP.

Instead, he put together his previous singles and added two more tracks which were not up to par and relaunched them as his official debut extended play.

This fiasco could be as a result of his upcoming album, which is said to be dropping next year according to the singer.

Nonetheless, Joeboy made some of his fans proud with his debut EP but other fans expected that, majority of the songs on his debut EP should be a combination of newly released songs and not songs that had been on air for quite some time.

Realistically, the two last songs added to the EP ‘All for you’ and ‘Blessings’ were not really appreciated by his fans.

This was not only because of its low production quality but Joeboy essentially created an EP for two underrated songs.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole

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NANBox Office Review: ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ brought old Nollywood with a successful modern take



There was a reason old Nollywood thrived, with audiences religiously following film characters. ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ brought the feeling back.

The modern retake on the classic 1997 film that birthed Nollywood as a formal industry took no prisoners in serving pure, nolstagic entertainment.

Directed by Ramsey Nuoah, the film follows the son of Andy Okeke (the lead of the first film). The young man, Nnamdi Okeke is lured into a secret society for wealth and looses peace when asked to sacrifice his love interest.

The film, produced by Play Network and Native FilmWorks, does not really score points for the newness of its storyline. In fact, it is the predictability of the story that adds to the flavour.

Audiences at the cinemas already knew where the story was headed but it gave a sort of satisfaction to be able to relate with the classic Nollywood ‘money ritual’ trope.

It was refreshing to watch audiences react genuinely when events happened to the characters. It felt like watching home videos, on video tape, lying around the house.

It was the type of Nollywood home video that the average Nigerian grew up invested in.

The type that although you knew the ending, you would ask someone to narrate what you missed and sit on the edge of your seat till it was over.

Nuoah and his crew completed the throwback effect by including the ‘original money ritual lords’ in the cast. From Kanayo O. Kanayo to Kenneth Okonkwo.

These actors were complimented with the great acting of the fresh-faced lead, Swanky JKA, who embodied his character to the teeth. Also, Eyinna Nwigwe and Ramsey Nuoah deserve praise for their excellent acting.

Classically, every ritual lord has a love interest and Nnamdi Okeke was not left out. However, Munachi Abii, who played his girlfriend, was as refreshing as their on-screen relationship.

While the film scored all these points for picture quality, acting, story, costume and direction, there were moments that reduced its perfect score.

‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ had a number of unnecessary scenes and some unnecessary actors. It is still hard to figure out Nancy Isime’s role and the relevance of her two scenes.

Also, Kalu Ikeagwu is an excellent actor and deserved more screen time and well-expanded dialogues, other than the hint dropping he was relegated to.

For a movie that thrived on being predictable, there were some unnecessary dialogues and scenes that did not enrich the story but where on the verge of boring the audience.

More so, the lead actor did not have enough motivation to join the ritual cult. He was broke, not poor and did not convince the audience enough in that regard. It was expected that he would join but why?

The instant layaway of the lead actor’s family immediately after he got rich did not serve the story. Except there were deleted scenes, it made no sense that we never saw them again.

Regardless of these flaws, ‘Living in Bondage: Breaking Free’ is a movie to see. The excellent mix of Igbo and English dialogue made it very Nigerian.

More importantly, the opening scene where Eyinna Nwigwe’s character brutally sacrifices his child deserves its own awards.

Everything in that scene, from the writing, acting and the production properly welcomes you into the film.

It was a film that needed to be made and the producers deserve praise for making it well, with all the Nigerian flavour and little westernisation.

Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole

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