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Nollywood: Star-studded movie ‘The Enemy I know’ hits Cinemas Oct.11

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A star-studded Nollywood  blockbuster ‘The Enemy I know’ , featuring Sola Sobowale, Jide Kosoko, is set to hit cinemas on Oct. 11 across Nigeria.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Rita Daniels, producer of the film, stated this at the Media Review of the movie on Thursday in Abuja.

She said the movie was directed by Ozoemana Nwakile with Ken Erics, Regina Daniels, Ninalowo Bolanle and Tana Adelena among others as cast.

Other stars featured in the movie are Woli Arole, Broda Shaggi, with singer Naira Marley on special appearance in the movie.

The producer said, ‘The Enemy I know’ seeks to advocate gender equality and a place for the girl-child, whether in family, leadership and society at large.

“It is a call to know that everybody, irrespective of gender, should be given a chance,” she said.

The movie was shot at various locations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and would be presented for world premiere on Oct. 4 (NAN)

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Greater Lagos 2020 festival begins Dec. 25 – LASG

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The Lagos State Government, on Sunday, said the Greater Lagos 2020 Festival will start on Dec. 25 and end in the morning of Jan. 1, 2020.

Mr Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to the state governor on Tourism, Arts and Culture, disclosed this during the 2019 Coconut Festival, held in Badagry.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the festival is: ‘Simply Unforgettable’.

Bonu said that the event would hold in all the five divisions of the state simultaneously.

“We are maintaining the status quo; it will last for eight days, like that of One Lagos Fiesta.

“We are going to engage our people who want to buy and sell as well as those who want to enjoy themselves.

“Let me correct the impression in some quarters that the event will be held for one day. No. It is going to hold for eight days.

“The grand finale of the festival will come up at Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island on Dec. 31 till the morning of Jan. 1, 2020.

“If you like, you can stay in your division and enjoy the festival, because as we are celebrating it in Eko Atlantic city, you will be watching and enjoying it in Epe, Badagry, Alimosho, Agege and Lagos Island,” he said.

According to Bonu, what will make this year’s festival unique will be the drum show “which has never happened in Africa before”, adding “there will be drones show too.

“We want to tell the world that we are capable; we want to let the world know that it is happening here in Lagos; you can live and do your business here if you are law-abiding,” he said.

The special adviser, however, said that the state government would not tolerate any form of carnival during the festival.

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U.S-based Nigerian musician involved in accident to undergo another surgery

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The U.S-based Nigerian musician, Folashade Akinboboye, popular called Folaship, who was involved in a fatal car accident in November in Los Angeles, California has been scheduled for another spinal surgery.

Akinboboye’s General Manager, Mr Victor Akinbobola of Westland Records, California, USA/Lagos Nigeria disclosed in a statement sent to the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Sunday.

Akinbobola said the condition of Folaship, who recently dropped a new Extended Play (EP) record titled: Motherland had been stabilised after his initial surgery.

“He has however been scheduled for another spinal surgery,” he said.

The General Manager explained that the musician would be undergoing another surgery because the accident affected his spine and that he had been unable to sit or walk erect.

“After the spinal surgery in a few weeks’ time, he would also be going for a physical therapy session for his full recovery.

“Meanwhile, his new EP titled `Motherland’ released on Oct. 25 before his accident is heavily rocking the airwaves with his previous songs as Afrika, Excuse Me Sir and You and I,” Akinbobola said.

According to him, Folaship also plan to release another new album in April 2020 after he must have fully recovered.

Akinbobola said the artiste would also be visiting Nigeria with his band to appreciate his fans after he has been medically cleared to embark on promotional tours and concert performances.

“Folaship, however, appreciates his fans and well-wishers for standing by him and showing him love at his trying time.

“We also urge everyone to continue to pray for him for a successful operation and also his rehabilitation after his surgery,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the musician was involved in a fatal car accident on Nov. 28 in Los Angeles, California, USA on his way home from a night club.

He was, however, rushed to the hospital for an emergency surgical operation following injuries he sustained.

Edited by: Edwin Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Music Review: Reekado Banks puts out unimpressive remix to hit song, ‘Rora’

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One of the major reasons for a remix is to improve a song from its original state by alternating, adding, removing or changing the elements of a song.

Unfortunately these terms were not considered properly by Nigerian award winning artist, Reekado Banks on his newly released single remix ‘Rora’.

Having said that, a remixed song should be refurbished in order to improve and replenish the original song so that it does not fade out easily. A good example is the Naira Marley ‘Is a Goal’ remix he released last year, which was well appreciated by his fans due to the increased energy on the song and unique vibe the artist added to the song through the artist he featured.

It is no doubt that the Afropop singer, Reekado has remained consistent in the music industry ever since he released his first single ‘Turn it up’ under his former record label Mavin Records back in 2014, but his consistency might not be relevant if he continues putting out lagging songs.

The newly released single ‘Rora’ remix features a British female singer, Estelle Lavaud, making the song an embodiment of Afrobeats and jazz sounds. The original song was considered a hit record by his fans who took to their various social media handle to commend the singer after its release. However, the remix did not receive much of the accolades expected.

Music is an artwork that involves creativity but it seems Reekado Banks has refused to acknowledge that. The newly released remix features the same lyrics, rhythm, sound and production on the side of the singer except for the second verse which was done by the featured artiste, Lavaud.

Although the UK based singer Lavaud was able to input her unique vibe into the song, the remix sounds too dry as every lyric by Reekado banks on the original version of the song was repeated. Thus the featured artist was unable to upgrade the song as expected.

On the newly released song, the singer was trying to express his admiration for a lady which is well accepted but using adult language like “baby this your yansh na shitor, if you gree me mo ma la tan”, sounds too vulgar especially considering the fact that the lyrics might not be censored and the audience are both old and young.

Admittedly, Reekado has always been a multi-talented musician, loved for his voice and rhyme. He might not have done well with the remix of ‘Rora’ which was more like a redundant job with little or no improvement. All hope is not yet lost as his fans looks forward to his forth coming studio album titled “Uncmn” expected to drop soon.

 

 

 

 

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Experts predict massive growth for Nigerian board game industry

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Board game experts have predicted large scale growth for the Nigerian board game industry in the coming decade, beginning from 2020.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the experts stated this as part of the panel discussion at the just concluded 2019 African Boardgame Convention (Ab Con) in Abuja.

Ab Con is an annual gathering of board game enthusiasts from around the world to discuss ways to improve the industry and network over gameplay.

Speaking on the topic ‘Analysing the growth of the board game industry in the last decade’, speakers Kenechukwu Ogbuagu and Joy Sani noted that the industry has achieved sizeable growth in the present decade.

Ogbuagu, who is the creative director of gaming company NIBCARD games, said that the Nigerian board game industry had been able to achieve great milestones such as producing more made-in-Nigeria games.

He also noted that the opening of the first games café in Nigeria by NIBCARD was another major highlight for the industry.

According to him, the next decade will see more players enter the industry in various capacities to contribute their quota to building it, adding that it will be massive because of the power of collaboration.

Ogbuagu advised guests to key into the sail of the industry, especially at this point where a lot of pioneers are needed in various sectors as the industry blossoms.

On her part, Sani said that the industry has thrived on the power of community and needs that same power to expand in the coming decade.

“The beauty of board games is its ability to build people together in some of the most amazing ways. It is easy to find a community with board games and this has added its expansion.

“I believe that we can do more with it and double the energy for the coming decade. It has been amazing to watch our growth up till this point,” Sani said.

NAN reports that the 2019 convention also featured the unveiling of some Nigerian games, children chess competition, and live game demonstrations.

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NAN BoxOffice Review: ‘Your Excellency’ is a bunch of Instagram skits, not a movie

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Everyday, at least ten of the millions of online content creators upload videos to make you laugh. It is silly and has no direction but the audience does not mind because it is meant to be laughable. It is just there to entertain and it is freely available on the internet.

No one wants the same lack of depth for a movie they have paid to watch. That conviction is shaken when ‘Your Excellency’ rolls onto the cinema screen. In the opening scene, we see this couple, jolly and sweet preparing to begin their day.

The Ajadis played by Funke Akindele-Bello (Kemi Ajadi) and Akin Lewis (Lekan Ajadi) know how to have fun and with the comedic duo, the film sets off. Mr Ajadi is a wealthy politician obsessed with Donald Trump. He is contesting in the presidential elections for the third time and absolutely adores Kemi, who is his second wife. This is it.

Every other thing that happens in the movie moves in zigzag fashion. It is only the love story between the Ajadis that stayed true. This is why it is the only plot line in the film that has what looks like a conflict – the return of Ajadi’s first wife weeks before her husband went to the polls.

Other than this, ‘Your Excellency’ lacked a story and some soul to go with it. The film introduces fresh characters as it builds on but they are quite irrelevant to the progression of the story. First, the recap of ‘Who’s your daddy’ by Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana and Beverly Osu who reprised their character from ‘Chief Daddy’ in a very tiny, inconsequential scene.

Second, there is the ‘wannabe’ blogger and celebrity who leads a fake life but goes about blackmailing other characters for irrelevant things. The character, played by Toni Tones is part of many insignificant additions to the movie. This is sad, following Tones’ amazing performance in ‘King of Boys’.

The chief of all irrelevant characters was Osas Ighodaro’s Candy who is married to one-hit wonder Kachi (Alexx Ekubo). The couple has a reality show together and Candy is ready to stake all she has for the fame and pay check. Somehow, it feels as though the writers included them as an afterthought.

On a closer look, audiences can assume that their lives were set as a parallel to the love story of the Ajadis who were real and honest with each other. Whatever the motivation for adding this was, it made no sense whatsoever.

In the midst of all these, there was an election bid that needed to be won. This means that a slew of presidential candidates were paraded on screen apart from Chief Ajadi. This is where Mr Idehen (Deyemi Okanlanwo) comes in.

He is supposed to represent the younger, smarter generation on their way to change the political landscape of the country. His character starts off on a high note but lost flavour way too soon when the focus became his love interest. Suffice it to say that his character was ruined by the social media antics.

The film looked as though Ebonylife asked its marketing team to write several social media campaign copies that will help the studio trend. It is not clear that the intention was to make a film, albeit a good one. This is because a lot could have been done with Deyemi’s character and the presidential debate scene showed that.

Viewers were deprived of what could have been an amazing political comedy, satirical enough to represent the current political landscape. Instead, what they got was a string of Instagram skit videos, retinue of unnecessary actors and underdeveloped characters that makes the ‘holiday film’ super hard to watch.

The film, which is Akindele-Bello’s directorial debut, brings in too much of everything and eventually ends up doing nothing. Maybe if the ‘Ajadi dance’ counts, it would not be a total drop.

Yet, it is clear that there were high hopes for what the movie could have been and audiences see it once they watch the movie that the diamond they thought they had found was mere shiny pebble.

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Don preaches against nudity in Nigerian films

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Prof. Abdulrasheed Adeoye of the Department of Performing Arts, University of Ilorin on Friday advised Artistic-Directors in the Nigerian film industry against promoting nudity in films.

Adeoye made the call in his paper presentation at the 186th inaugural lecture of the University of Ilorin entitled:”Poetics of Legislation and De-Legislation on play Directing”.

He said that in the post-colonial age, flaws remained a combatant or combination of illusion and the performing artists are not exempted.

According to him, this is so because nudism sells and indecent dressing through body exploitation brings money to some performing artists.

He stated that his studies on films showed that artistic directors who placed economic gain above other positive issues allowed the pressure from producers to override their beliefs.

He said that studies also showed there was dislike for actors and actresses who often act nude, half-nude or dress indecently.

“The culture of copying bad Western tendencies and behaviours should be discouraged,” he said.

The expert in performing art also pointed out that theatre could be used as a critical conveyor of culture because of its universality.

“Performing artists as philosophers of revolution and reality can use theatre to show societal ills such as armed militias, indiscriminate killing, Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, maladministration, unemployment and anti-democratic tendencies.

“The aim is to bring desired change. The performing artists are expected to use the current local, national and international issues for artistic creation, direction and production of performances,” he said.

Adeoye urged Performing and Theatre Arts Departments to include the multicultural society in the country to their art plays to foster unity and cohesion.

Edited by: Chinyere Bassey/Ismail Abdulaziz

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UNESCO inscribes Kwagh-Hir theatrical performance on representative list

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has inscribed the Tiv Kwagh-Hir performance on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity.

 

The Acting Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr Louis Eriomala, announced this in a statement issued through his Media Assistant, Mr Caleb Nor, on Friday.

 

He said that the nomination of the Kwagh-Hir was adopted on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the 14th session of the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage held in Bogota, Colombia.

 

Nigeria News Agency reports that this makes it the 5th of Nigeria’s inscription on the Representative List.

 

Eriomala, a leader of the Nigerian delegation to the ICH convention, expressed his profound gratitude to the UNESCO while applauding the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

 

According to him, the minister’s support and approval gives credence to the importance of culture in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

He also thanked members of the Bureau for supporting the nomination of Kwagh-Hir as well as the Evaluating Committee for the hard work and a job well done.

 

The Acting Secretary, further acknowledged contributions from colleagues in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and NICO for putting together the nomination file.

 

Eriomala expressed deep appreciation to Prof. Gowon Ama Doki, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Benue State University, Makurdi, who is an expert on Kwagh-Hir for being meticulous and diligent in preparing the element for eventual inscription.

 

The Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Ngunan Addingi, speaking on behalf of the custodians, thanked  the Governor of Benue, Dr Samuel Ortom, for ensuring a high powered delegation to the Convention.

 

While expressing satisfaction with the inscription, Addingi noted that it would not only increase visibility for the element but also enhance the dignity and pride of the performing community.

 

She, therefore, pledged Government’s continued support to the Safeguarding mechanisms of the element.

No fewer than 70 countries attended the convention to seek for various inscriptions and it was a big privilege and honour done to Nigeria.

 

By this inscription, Kwagh-Hir can now enjoy the support and protection of UNESCO.

 

Kwagh-hir is an intricately woven performance, comprising a congeries of atavistic communal events, expressed in the form of dance, mime, puppetry and masquerade.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

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Artist urges colleagues to do more research

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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

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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.

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