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Canadian mayor seeks Nollywood collaboration to do business (Photos)

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Brampton is a regional municipality of Peel, southeastern Ontario, Canada, located on Etobicoke Creek, just west of Toronto and founded in 1830. The city is blessed with people and stunning landscapes perfect for movie making.

Its Mayor, Patrick Brown, was in Nigeria to exchange ideas and knowledge on new ways of doing business with the one of the biggest movie industry market in the world, Nollywood and also find a way of building a lasting and beneficial relationship with the country.

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The interactive session, which was held at the popular Terra Kulture in Lagos and facilitated by Pertinence Limited, witnessed the presence of industry stakeholders and members of the press.

It was a successful event as the Mayor was exposed to many obstacles being witnessed by the stakeholders, which discourage them from visiting or shooting in Canada, which include visa acquisition and tax incentives among others.

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“The trauma of acquiring visa for Canada is really a put off and this is not so with United Kingdom with whom we enjoyed great relationship. It will also go a long way if the visa is made affordable too,” Bolanle Austen-Peters, a celebrated Nollywood producer and director, said.

Ufuoma McDermott wanted to know about the cinema culture in Brampton to encourage a Nigerian production company to move its set there.

Other stakeholders who also contributed in the discussions included Samuel Olatunji, Bayo Adebayo, Zack Orji and Ayo Badmus.

In his response, Brown explained that all the issues raised would be given proper attention. He also noted that with the presence of the Canadian Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ryan Ward, at the event, he was certain timely resolution.

“Movie production is cheap in Brampton as there is practically no language that is not represented in municipality. Besides, if we have the list of of your needs sent to me or the High Commission, it would be looked at and considered.

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“The Deputy High Commissioner is also here and I can assure you, we would work together in ensuring that visa acquisition is easy,” he said.

Pertinence Limited, which put together the event, is an enterprise development and people empowerment company with interest in real estates, business consultancy and financial advisory.

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Rita Dominic allegedly debunks reports she gave birth to twins

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Veteran Nollywood actress, Rita Dominic, has debunked reports that she welcomed a set of twins with her husband.

Reports made the rounds on Wednesday that the Nollywood star who tied the knot with her husband, Fidelis Anosike, a few months ago, welcomed a set of twins.

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Reacting to the report, many social media users trooped to the actress’ social media pages to express their immense joy and congratulate the couple.

However, in an apparent reaction, Rita Dominic took to her official Twitter handle to affirm that the claim was false.

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Taking to her Twitter handle on Wednesday night, she shared a GIF displaying a surprised look while reading through a publication with the headline, “FAKE NEWS.”

See her post below,

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Lancelot Imaseun makes powerful cinema return with Gbege

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The audacious movie producer and actor, Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, has made a big comeback to the cinema with the release of Gbege.

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Known for his love for cultural preservation and projection in his works, Imaseun was able to creatively infuse tradition in his new film that would be released on October 7, 2022 in cinemas near you.

Gbege is a story of a troubled man, whose father died while he’s serving a life imprisonment. All he wants is a chance of release to perform his father’s burial rite, but the law is no respecter of tradition.

According to the award winning producer and master storyteller, the twists in the storyline are so captivating, moviegoers are assured a worthy time at the cinemas.

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Gbege parades some top Nigerian thespians like Jide Kosoko, Ebele Okaro, Sam Dede, Mercy Aigbe and Ini Edo.

Others include Zubby, Sanni Muaizu, Charles Inojie, Harry B, Broda Shaggi, Nosa Rex, Junior Pope, Angela Equeavoen and so on.

Imaseun, who also doubles as a director, has worked in the film industry since 1995 and his films feature unexplored aspects of the African experience including tribalism, witchcraft, crime, poverty, religion, and folk beliefs.

In 2008 a Canadian documentary Nollywood Babylon co-directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal, and produced by AM Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada in association with the Documentary Channel, followed Imasuen while he was shooting his 157th film Bent Arrows.

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Ada Ameh: Benue community, Nigeria lost an entertainment colossus – Abba Moro

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Benue South Senator, Abba Moro has described the death of Nollywood actress, Ada Ameh, as a monumental loss to the Idoma people and Nigeria at large.

Moro said Ada lived an eventful and impactful life in her 48 years sojourn on earth.

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The lawmaker stated this while paying his last tribute to the actress at her funeral service held in Ogobia, Ugboju in Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State on Friday.

Moro urged her family to take solace in the fact that Ada made everyone happy and the world would continue to watch her.

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He said, “This is a very sad day for all of us. For us, the Idoma people, for us in Benue State, and for Nigeria.

“Ada Ameh was a colossus in the entertainment Industry.

“Many of us who listened to the pastor’s sermon earlier, what would you be remembered for when you leave this earth?

“I watched Ada Ameh yesterday night and I know we will continue to watch her after now.

“Ada Ameh was a very effective ambassador of the Idoma people in the entertainment industry.

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“For us, this is a very monumental loss, a colossal loss. But as it is said all the time, God has configured for every person a time to be born and a time to die. And this time it is the time for our sister to die.

“But I dare to say, that in this life, it is not how long you stay on the surface of the earth here but how effectively and how impactful you have lived.

“And all of us will agree with me that Ada Ameh had lived a very effective and impactful life, so, all of us here, both the family, young and old, it is a clear testimony that Ada Ameh had lived an eventful life and that is supposed to be a consolation for the family because I do know that when beggars die there are no comets seen. The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes. And so Ada Ameh, goodbye until we meet to part no more.”

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