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Nollywood: Nigeria, France sign agreement on movie distribution

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Abuja, April 23, 2019 The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and the Alliance Francaise have signed an agreement to showcase and distribute the two countries movies through the “French-Nigerian Film Distribution Conference.”

The agreement was signed during a courtesy visit by Mr Jerome Pasquier, Ambassador of France to Nigeria, to the Headquarters of the NFVCB on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of the board and Mr Arnand Durnon, Director of the Institue Francaise signed the agreement on behalf of the two organisations.

Thomas, in his remarks, said that the collaboration was to present a platform where investors, producers, distributors and other stakeholders in the motion picture industries of both countries could meet for mutually beneficial deals.

He noted that the collaborative venture will, among other incentives, encourage and promote the distribution of Nollywood movies in France.

He explained that both parties have conceived ‘French-Nigerian Cinema Days’, to screen and showcase the two countries movies, as part of the distribution conference scheduled to hold later in the year.

“Our Nigerian distributors would be more than happy to collaborate with big time French distributors such as Pathe, Studiocan and Bacfilms as planned in the coming collaboration conference.

“The French distributors take delight in releasing movies from many different nationalities, whether big or small, as it is their belief that the French moviegoers love movies from around the world.

From L-R: Mr JEROME PASQUIER, AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE IN NIGERIA, MR ADEDAYO THOMAS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NFVCB AND ARNNND DURNON, DIRECTOR OF INSTITUE FRANCAISE AT THE SIGNING CEREMONY OF FRANCE-NIGERIAN MOVIE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT ON TUESDAY IN ABUJA.

France prides itself as a country of moviegoers with over 5,000 screens,while in Nigeria, we are proud to say that we have achieved 200 screens, from 39 in the last two years.

“Its film industry is acclaimed to be living ‘La vie en rose’ (life in roses), that its Nigerian counterpart would love to attain,” he said.

The Executive Director, however, decried the high rate of piracy as a major bane facing the evolving Nigerian moving industry, especially with the emergence of digital distribution platforms.

He, therefore, solicited for technical support from France to make the sector strive with piracy effectively nipped.

“Let me not pretend that all is well with the industry as we have serious piracy issue in Nigeria, though piracy is not directly within the regulatory purview of the NFVCB.”

France, no doubt, has experience in handling these issues and we therefore solicit technical support from you in tackling these issues,” he said.

In his remarks, Pasquier, the French Envoy, said he was delighted at the partnership, adding that it was a common ground for both countries to grow their film industries and also strengthen bilateral relations.

“The film industries in France and Nigeria are contributing a lot to their economies, and this agreement will further present opportunities for both countries.

“This will bring better relationships, not just between the two countries government, but between their citizens as well.

“Private investors of both countries will sure benefit from this collaboration, in terms of investment in distributions and marketing of films,” he said.

NNN reports that the NFVCB is a Federal Government body that regulates the films and video industry in Nigeria.

The board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos, whether imported or produced locally.

It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and videos outlet across the country, as well as keep a register of such registered outlets, among other functions.

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Actors Guild set to eradicate sexual abuses in Nollywood —- National President

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The National President of  the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Emeka Rollas, on Thursday said that he was comitted to eradicating all forms of abuses on actors in the Nollywood industry.

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Emeka Rollas, National President of AGN

Rollas told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that he had issued directives to Ronnie Dikko,

his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Sexual Harassment and Related Abuses, to open communication links on the issue.

“The recent revelation of alleged rape and sexual molestation on some individuals in the film industry is calling for serious attention and I must put an end to such an  abuse.

“It doesn’t speak well of us and of me  as the president of AGN, I must restore sanity into the Nollywood industry as part of my commitments toward  protecting my  members and the  image of this noble body.

“I have told my SSA to quickly open a special telephone line and an e-mail address through which the victims of this immoral act can reach out directly to the Guild.

” This wil  enable us seek redress and offer counseling process for complete healing to victims of sexual abuse,” he said.

He,  therefore , advised all victims of sexual abuse, molestations, financial demands and rape to make  the best use of the links to send their petitions and complaints to the guild.

He specifically directed victims to Ronnie Dikko who is the SSA and gave the  e-mail address as:

[email protected], or call 0705 397 5522 for direct information”.

According to him, the communication lines will be opened and all related matters will be treated with strict confidentiality and respect of victims.

Rollas also appealed to both seasoned and young  actors to feel free to speak out, promising that  their interests would  be protected.


Edited By: Josephine Obute/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: Film censors board adopts virtual censorship for Nollywood

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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), regulator of Nigeria’s film industry, popularly known as Nollywood, has adopted virtual platforms as part of film censoring and classification process amidst the Coronavirus(COVID-19) lockdown.

Mr Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, NFVCB, disclosed this in an interview  with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Thomas, the virtual operation is to present opportunity to classify movies and video works produced before the COVID-19 lockdown which has totally halted the motion picture sector.

“We understand it has been a challenging period for us as a nation with the advent of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I encourage our filmmakers to keep the spirit high and take all necessary precautions as advised and directed by relevant government bodies and agencies.

“However, in order to keep the system running so as not to jeopardise the business interest of stakeholders, the board now operates virtually from its headquarters here in Abuja.

“Should they have any finished film/video work for censorship during this period, they can get such works to us through an online process,” he said.

The NFVCB boss explained that after paying prescribed fees, a film producer can proceed to the Bank and generate a Remita payment receipt and the prospective film/video can be uploaded to Google Drive, Vimeo or any similar channel.

He explained further that the link and access password should thereafter be forwarded to the NFVCB, or such film/video work should  be sent to  [email protected]. for further directives.

The NFVCB boss regretted the harsh realities of the pandemic on global economy, including  the  creative sector and the motion picture industry in particular.

He, however, expressed hope that the tough time would soon pass in all aspects of national life, and urged Nollywood stakeholders to adhere to precautionary measures prescribed  by health authorities toward preventing Coronavirus.

He extolled the Federal Government, health institutions and governments of affected states, for being proactive and steadfast in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We must be hopeful and prayerful and at the same time be thankful to all the medical teams and other stakeholders battling the pandemic for the safety of all.

“We should always remember and support them in our prayers, especially the medical teams, the police and other security agents keeping the peace,” Thomas said.

NFVCB is a Federal Government agency that regulates the films and video industry in Nigeria.

The Board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally.

It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and videos outlet across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets, among other functions.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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Nollywood actress Emilia Dike is dead

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Nollywood actress, Emilia Dike, is dead.

She reportedly died on Wednesday in Enugu after slumping.

Mr Okechukwu Oku, a movie Director, who expressed sadness over the bad news, took to his Instagram page on Thursday @okechukwuoku to announce the death of the actress.

”Why is death taking the best people???? I’m confused oooo.

“Just filmed with Mama here on my 2 last projects, excited to release it and this horrible news today.

” A woman with a heart of gold, Aah noooo. Will miss you Mrs Dike.

“Nollywood has lost a gem in you. This is messed up’,’ he wrote.

Some Nollywood stars like Uche Ogbodo, Anita Joseph, Belinda Effah, Ken Erics and others have expressed shock at the news of her passing.

Dike featured in Nollywood movies such as “Ignorant couples”, “Dust of yesterday”, “Kings Guard”, “Where Money Never Sleep 1 and 2”, and many more.

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Yul Edochie decries ‘drop’ in quality of Nollywood movies

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Ace Nigerian actor, Yul Edochie, on Monday decried what he called the “drop”  in the quality of Nollywood  movies.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the thespian shared his thoughts in series of posts on his  Twitter handle.

He said there was need for seasoned actors to help revive the quality of Nollywood movies for the industry to retain its place on the global stage.

He said: ”The quality of our home videos has dropped so much. Lots of crappy actors/actresses,  crappy directors.

“We can’t continue like this. To all seasoned Nollywood practitioners, pls let’s revive it. People love our content all over the world.

” We just need to step up the quality.”

NAN reports that Yul Edochie, son of veteran  actor, Pete Edochie, made his Nollywood debute in 2005 when he featured in  “The Exquires” alongside the late Justus Esiri and Enebeli Elebuwa.

He, however, came to limelight in 2007 after starring alongside Genevieve Nnaji and Desmond Elliot  in the acclaimed movie, “Wind Of Glory”.

In 2009, he won the Best New Actor of the Year (English)  at the City People Entertainment Awards and later clinched the ‘Best Actor of the Year’ trophy of the same award in 2013 among other feats.

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Award winning Nollywood film, ‘The Delivery Boy” hits Netflix

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The Delivery Boy’, an award-winning film by Adekunle ‘Nodash’ Adejuyigbe, has premiered on Netflix.

The thriller, which  hit the streaming platform on Thursday, earned 12 nominations at the 2019 Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ‘The Delivery Boy’ eventually snagged the ‘Best Achievement in Visual Effects’ award at the 2019 AMAA.

Nodash, the film’s director and producer, says the movie explores the lives of terrorists and suicide bombers before terrorism, hoping to find out the reasons for their actions.

The film follows the story of a runaway teenage suicide bomber (Jammal Ibrahim) and his newfound ally, a young prostitute (Jemima Osunde), who must rely on each other to survive the night.

They search for answers to situations that made them who they are.

They are both running out of time and soon realise they need each other to achieve their goals.

Their journey takes them through the underbelly of the city exposing the hidden backside of the African society and its dangerous culture of silence in the presence of evil.

Nodash is an award-winning Film Director and Director of Photography known for his ability to create artistic pictures and deeply analyse stories especially in acclaimed film and television shows such as ‘Isoken’ and ‘Gidi Up’.

NAN reports that in the teasers for ‘Delivery Boy,’ the audience see a young suicide bomber explaining his dilemma, reminding people that he is just like them.

In another teaser dubbed ‘Nkem’s Prayer’, a young prostitute prepares to go out at night knowing that she might not make it back home. She prays solemnly.

In an interview with NAN, Nodash said, “‘The Delivery Boy’ is my own way of exploring what could make one young guy be a part of this group and decide he will blow himself up.

“And then finding that all of us are guilty at the end of the day.

“It’s not something that is far from us, we all contributed to make it what it is and it has now come back to haunt us.

“What if it’s not what everybody thinks? What if it is a symptom of a sickness we all have as a society and that we are all contributing to it?,” he added.

While the film focuses on exploring the back story of a terrorist, the addition of a prostitute as a second subject added a new twist.

Explaining the idea behind it, Nodash told NAN, “The Delivery Boy’ is not just about terrorism. Terrorism is like the canvass, it’s really about how relationships can create situations that make us go to the extreme.

“It’s really a love story beneath all of that.

“The film is like a mirror. When you put a terrorist and a prostitute in a film, people already have their minds made up.

“Because of that, people have a certain sense of openness to exploring these people’s worlds. Its showing them themselves but because it’s so far from their reality.

“It’s easy for them to just stay in that space and not judge. It’s easy for them to enjoy the movie,” he said.

The film has screened around the world in various festivals including the 25th New York African Film Festival, Lights, Camera, Action Film Festival and Nollywood Week Paris.

‘The Delivery Boy’ also screened at Jagran International Film Festival, Lake International Pan African Film Festival, Real Time International Film Festival and won Best Nigerian Film at the 2018 AFRIFF Globe Awards.

The film was recently picked  to represent Nigeria at the prestigious Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Nigerians commend Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, for humanitarian aid

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Nigerian fans have commended a popular Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, for her humanitarian aid to patients.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Dikeh in conjunction with her foundation disbursed food items in Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital in Abuja.

The fans, who appreciated the actress for her kind gesture, took to her Instagram page @tontolet to hail and prayed for her for helping others in this COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

According to them, this is not the first time she is doing such, so with that, they commended her good deed.

Below are their comments:

@flora.esther said” May the almighty God bless u as it is in the bible, a give never lacks may u never lack in jesus name amen”.

Some of the fans described in different ways including “she is a nice person “.

Meanwhile, Dikeh had earlier stated in her Instagram page that she and her foundation visited hospitals with relief packages.

She said that especially for hospitals that confined sick children and their families, adding that such package would be as a piece of token to them, to assist them in the face of this horrendous COVID-19 pandemic.

According to her, “In times like this, the parents of ill kids should be encouraged, because their task is one that tells of valor.

“They deserve every form of support, because they have proven their nobility through countless sleepless night by their sick children’s bed side praying, crying and most times loosing their self and finance.

“This relief package is limited to Sick children in different hospitals and different states; it extends to security officials that put their lives at risk to ensure that the lockdown is effective.

“The Tonto Dikeh Foundation is dedicated in doing anything possible to provide support for the fight against this pandemic,” she wrote.

Some food items like crates of eggs, rice, bread and other edible foods were distributed to people including women that just gave birth as they came on to receive these gifts on behalf of their kids.

The actress also used the opportunity to appreciate the doctors, nurses and caretakers for their good work.

“To you the amazing doctors, nurses and caretakers working tirelessly to achieve a better Nigeria.

“The Tonto Dikeh Foundation successfully distributed items to every Child in the Gwagwalada teaching hospital.

“Although we could not go into the emergency ward, but these beautiful matrons and nurses will be helping dispatch our items to the EMERGENCY WARD AND THE CONVID– 19 isolation centre…

“Thanks to the Management and Staff of the Gwagalada Teaching Hospital, thanks to @aishachildrenfoundation.

“We would like to say Thank you for receiving us and allowing us be a blessing to the Children and various families @t_d_foundation.

“To My Team, I say A BIG THANK YOU. You have been Amazing, Our reward isn’t in heaven Alone..it’s here on Earth, God bless you all for letting God use you to fuel his Love..,” she said.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Asiegbu describes death of Nollywood actress as big loss to movie industry

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Ejike Asiegbu, a veteran Nollywood Actor and Producer has described the death of Chizoba Boye, a renowned Nigerian Actress, Producer and Presenter, as a big loss to the movie industry.

Asiegbu. A Film Director, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday that the death of the actress was a sad and unfortunate one.

According to him, Chizoba was a wonderful actress, a committed and hardworking individual who brought professionalism to bear in all the roles she played.

“I am still shocked over the death of Chizoba. She has been in the movie scene and I have known her for over 30 years as a consummate artiste, always striving for perfection in all she did.

“She was a pioneer actress in popular ‘Living in Bondage’ and her role in that movie made her so popular. She will be remembered for that and other Nollywood movies,’’ he said.

She also featured as ‘Aunty Abike’ in the popular television series ‘Tinsel Town’.

Her Igbo comedy series ‘Ka Anyi Si Ebi’ was a star feature on DSTV Igbo channel; being, the first Igbo series in contemporary times.

“It is indeed another sad chapter in the Nollywood industry. My heart goes out to the husband, family, loved ones, fans and the movie industry at large.

“I pray for God’s grace and strength for everyone that is related or connected to her in one way or the other to overcome this great loss, Rest in Peace Chizoba,” Asiegbu said.

Late Chizoba Boye

NAN reports that the actress who died on Sunday at the age of 52 after battling diabetes and high blood pressure, was married to Sam Boye, a Movie Director.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Police rescue kidnapped Nollywood actor,Bilal Nosser

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The  Police Command in Rivers on Saturday said that  it had rescued a  Lebanese Nollywood actor, Bilal Nosser, from his abductors.

The command’s spokesman, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said in a statement that it took the swift intervention of operatives from Okehi Police Station led by the Divisional Police Officer to rescue the actor  on Saturday in Port Harcourt.

Nosser was kidnapped in the  early hours of Friday in Imo  and kept in a  thick forest of   Ndashi community in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers.

Omoni said, “Operatives from Okehi Police station led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) rescued Bilal Nosser, a Nollywood actor popularly known as ‘Mr B’, in a sting operation on Friday night.

“Nosser was kidnapped in the early hours of Friday in Imo  and taken to a forest in Ndashi, where he was rescued by the DPO and his team.”he said.

Omoni said that  the operatives arrested one suspect in the hideout while others fled on sighting the police team.

“The male suspect was arrested while he was keeping watch over Nosser. The suspect had confessed to the crime as well as named other gang members.

“Consequently, efforts have been intensified to arrest his fleeing members and recover their operational weapons,” he said.

The police spokesman also said that the team recovered  a Toyota Venza car belonging to the  actor from his abductors.

Omoni said that the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Joseph Mukan,  had appealed to  the members of the public to be vigilant and report suspicious movements and persons to the police.

He urged the public to contact the command by calling the following mobile numbers: 08032003514, 08103696460, 08033396538.

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Nollywood filmmaker, Mofe Duncan urges men to treat women better

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Popular Nigerian actor and filmmaker Mofe Duncan has urged men to treat women better, saying that real men do not hurt women.

The actor, who expressed his opinion of how a woman should be treated by her man, took to his Instagram page @mofeduncan to share a photo of him and his new girlfriend.

“A real man never hurts a woman. Be very careful when you make a woman cry because God counts her tear (drops).

“The woman came out of a man’s rib, not from his feet to be walked on, and not from his head to be superior, but from his side to be equal.

“They should be under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.

“Why did the bible say, “husbands love your wives” and not the other way around? THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND? Men generally need to treat women better, period,” he wrote.

According to him, his opinion will hopefully educate the men who do not know how to treat women and remind those who have forgotten just how women should be treated.

Duncan is a popular talented Nollywood actor, model, and film producer known for his role in a movie “Dark Past” alongside Chika Ike.

He began his career as a model at the tender age of five years when he modeled for Nestle and Maggi.

The actor went fully into acting after undergoing series of auditions and was picked for a role in his first movie.

His brilliant performance in his first movie earned him other roles in several movies, some of which are: ‘Dark Past’, ‘Just One Blood’, ‘Finding Love’, ‘Body of Evidence’, ‘Lies Men Tell’, ‘Sobis Mystic’, ‘Rough Patches’, ‘Swim’, and ‘My Angel’, among others.

Duncan’s co-associates in the movie industry have the cast of top Nollywood celebrities such as Chika Ike, Timini Egbuson, Bimboye Ademoye, and Bisola Aiyeola.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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