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FAD rides higher as UNESCO WH names astute Nigerian filmmaker jury member

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The celebrated Nigerian Filmmaker and CEO of FAD Media Group, Fidelis Duker, has been appointed alongside other eminent African filmmakers as jury for the final 10 African Female Filmmakers, who will be joining the acclaimed film director and Cannes Film Festival winner, Naomi Kawase, in the beautiful village of Tawara, surrounding the spectacular city of Nara, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Japan for a unique opportunity to work, discover, exchange, create ideas around film making.

It will be recall that the residency initiative was a fall out of one of the presentation at the JAPAN/AFRICA summit where Duker was a speaker from Nigeria.

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The residency has funding from the Government of Japan, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Nara International Film Festival who will be Organizing the 2 week film making residency (29 March to 12 April 2020) for 10 young African women filmmakers from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa.

The core objective of this transnational workshop is to facilitate exchange, to share experience, and to create a productive working environment for women filmmakers. It also aims to offer artistic guidance and to put in place a genuine platform for experimental creation.

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It will foster artistic renewal for artists and writers by giving them access to a new and stimulating cultural environment, contribute to the formation of durable ties between artists from Africa and Japan, promote the work and career development of female artists internationally, develop new networks for artistic creation, production and dissemination.

According to the grateful Duker, this was an honour he is really excited about.

“I feel honoured and excited that I was found worthy to be chosen amongst some of Africa’s best as a member of the evaluation/selection committee,” he said.

The selection committee is saddled with the responsibility of choosing the 10 finalists from the over 500 applications received from of some of the Africa’s outstanding female filmmakers.

He said, “The quality of application was very high, however, the committee has to select the best amongst best for the residency.”

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Mr. Fidelis Duker, who has a robust profile in the media and movie industries, is also the founder of Abuja International Film Festival, which is the longest running film festival in anglophone West Africa. The festival is in its 17th edition.

The other members of the Evaluation/Selection committee include Ardouma Soma, Director General of Fespaco from Burkina Faso, Timothy Owase, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Film Commission, Hugues Diaz, Director of cinematography, Ministry of Culture from Senegal and Makhosazana Khanyile, CEO, National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa.

According to a statement from UNESCO, filmmaker Naomi Kawase and the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will be together at UNESCO HQ (Paris) on 13th February 2020 announce the results of the selection committee during the Intergovernmental Committee of the 2005 Convention on the promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.

Also in attendance will be UNESCO Ambassadors from the 5 selected African countries.

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Mosun Filani blows hot, says she’s about to lose it

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Nollywood actress Mosun Filani Oduoye has hinted at causing havoc on social media.

The Yoruba actress, who always stays out of controversy, took to her Instagram page to vent out.

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Mosun Filani noted how she doesn’t look for trouble and is a peaceful person.

She added that she was about to loose her peace if the issue wasn’t addressed.

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“Everyone knows am a peaceful person and I don’t go looking for trouble…. But pls can English tell us why there is letter D in Fridge and there is no letter D in refrigerator….. bcos am about to loose my peace.

Our English Teachers/Lecturers come and defend ur career o…cos am about to cause trouble”.

Recall that Mosun Filani slammed those who didn’t support her when she was getting bodyshammed for being fat.

The actress who now claimed to be slim took to social media with claims that people were saying that they preferred her chubby look than her slimness now.

Mosun Filani wrote:

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“Flash back to this look. You all got used to my fat/chubby looks. Give it time, u will also get used to my trimmed looks again. You all didn’t use this same energy to always come to my defense “all those times I was being called fat and shapeless….. Now that I shocked u with my slim looks. Now you are quick to say we prefer ur chubby looks.
Chubby looks koor…. Orobo looks nii.
Awon alabosiaun gbogbo. You all are not ready walahi
If I hear pim…. Ijoba blocking”.

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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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