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I need supports, Eniola Badmus cries as actress ventures into new business

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Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus is spreading her wings as she ventures into the interior decoration world.

The actress took to Instagram to show off her skills as she revealed that she has stepped into the interior decoration world.

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Showing off her first project which was done on her house, Eniola Badmus announced her new business as she pleaded with her fans to patronize her.

She wrote, “I live here… Interior designed and done by me @eniola_badmus I try small nau make una bring interior work ooo”.

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Kemi Filani news recalls Eniola Badmus was in the news over her transformation body and her glamorous look to the AMVCA.

Since her body transformation, Eniola Badmus never ceased to leave many of her fans in awe of her new look.

The actress stepped out in style for the AMVCA season 8 edition and many noted the huge difference between her former AMVCA red carpet look and the present.

Taking to comment section, fans hailed her for the new change.

emmawizofficial : Omo….na this kind transformation we need for this our country

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dechydon : She did something

sheddyoflagos : Saw her yesterday and she’s now hotter than ever

lores_mum : Truth be told she did a good job on her body

aliuolatunji_ : Wow!!! Anything is possible!!!

_goodybae : Wow

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janeblinky : Too good to be true”.

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OSCARS: Members Resign From Nigerian Selection Committee As Bad Blood Deepens

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Two key members of the Nigerian Oscar Selection Committee (NOSC), Mildred Okwo and Dr. Shaibu Husseini, have left the body charged with selection of films that will represent Nigeria each year at the Oscar Awards under the International Feature Film category.

Okwo, a lawyer-turned filmmaker and Husseini, a culture journalist, artiste and film scholar, resigned their positions as voting members on the controversial committee within a week of each other.

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Both offered little or veiled reasons for their sudden exit from the body comprising 15 top motion picture industry professionals.

Okwo, a frontline female director announced her resignation on twitter on September 29, 2022 with the message: “this is my last year working on the Nigerian Official Selection Committee. I am proud of those in the Nigerian film space working hard to make films good enough to travel the world and to make it to the Academy’s foreign language category competition. We will win this award some day.

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“Thank you to members of the committee who through the years have championed us putting our best foot forward. It’s time for me to move on and serve the industry I other ways,” the director of La Femme Anjola stated.

Similarly for the Kogi-born Dr. Husseini, the announcement of his resignation from the NOSC also came in a terse message posted on his twitter account on Sunday evening, October 2.

The message, in which he copied the Academy of Motion Pictures of America, read:

“I have formally notified the Chairperson of the NOSC of my resignation as a member of the Nigerian Official Selection Committee for the Academy Awards IFF Submission. I wish the other members of the committee well in their quest to serve the film industry well.”

With their resignation, Okwo and Husseini have become the third and fourth members who have left the committee since inception in 2013.

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First to leave was filmmaker, writer and record label owner, Charles Novia, ostensibly on personal grounds.

Also, the founder of African International Film Featival and a director of Envivo, Chioma Ude, exited the Committee a couple of years back.

However, the two latest resignations came on the heels of the committee’s controversial decision not to recommend any film for the Academy’s consideration this year.
The curious decision was reached last month after eight members out of 15 voted that none of the three films under consideration was eligible to compete in the much-coveted IFF category, which used to be known as Best Foreign Language Film.

The three films rejected by the committee are: Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman by the late Biyi Bandele; Kunle Afolayan’s Anikulapo and Femi Adebayo-produced Agesinkole (King of Thieves). All are epic films shot substantially in Yoruba language.

In rejecting the films, the NOSC had argued that “Although the committee received three epic films following its call for submissions in August, it turned out that none of them will advance to the next stage owing to the voting patterns of members.

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“Our filmmakers are (however) implored to get more acquainted with Oscar-nominated films in the IFF category to achieve the needed internationsl recognition and put our films in its acclaimed level of creative discourse.”

Although it was reliably learnt that Dr. Husseini was among the seven members who voted in support of having a submission, TCN could not at this point establish that his resignation is in any way linked to the fact that none of the film was recommended simply because more people voted “non-eligible.”

The voting pattern showed that five of the members voted in favour of Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman; while Anikulapo and Agesinkole had one vote each.

It was also gathered that even if all the seven members had voted for the same film, it would still not have gotten such a film recommended since eight members voted not to have any film sent. By Oscar policy, the simple majority rule applies with members not allowed to change their votes after result has been announced.

Our reporter learnt that the outcome of the vote created hot arguments and bad blood among NOSC members, with those in favour of a film to be submitted holding the view that the Committee has not been convincing in the specific reasons, technically and artistically speaking, on why none of the films is considered Oscar-worthy.

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It was learnt that the bad blood that the controversial decision generated has continued with a member of the committee allegedly petitioning the Academy in Los Angeles, USA to remove the committee’s chairperson, Chineze Anyaene-Abonyi for “high-handedness and personalising the running of affairs of the committee.”

Our reporter reliably gathered that two top executives of the Oscar Academy are scheduled to visit Nigeria in November for larger industry-related activities but are being expected to address issues that will also include eligibility of submission; composition and tenure of a local selection committee.

Since the NOSC was inaugurated in 2013, it has only managed to present a film for Oscars’ consideration only once when Desmond Ovbiageli’s ‘The Milkmaid’ was selected in 2020, although the film failed to make it to the nomination stage.

Nigeria’s entry in 2019, Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’ was disqualified by the Academy after it was submitted by the NOSC. Before then, between 2013 and 2018, it found no Nigerian film worthy of consideration.

With these resignations, the committee still has 13 members left, which include those added to the fold this year.

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On the NOSC line-up are film directors Stephanie Linus and Keneth Gyang; actors John Njamah and Meg Otanwa; Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and director Izu Ojukwu.

Others are filmmakers Mahmood Ali-Balogun; Ego Boyo; Adetokunbo ‘DJ Tee’ Odubawo and Yibo Koko as well as the Managing Director of FilmOne Entertainment, Moses Babatope and CEO of Legend Box Office, Bruce Ayonote.

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Terra Kulture Receives Netflix Support For Its Creative Industry Programmes

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Leading educational and recreational organisation, Terra Kulture, has received a financial donation from the global streaming platform, Netflix.

A statement on Friday by the Lagos-based firm said the donation follows the recent announcement by Netflix to extend the Creative Equity Scholarship Fund for film and television students to select West and Central African countries to study at partner universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Gabon.

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The donation received will further the organisation’s effort to promote the richness and diversity of the Nigerian arts and culture sector.
“The support fund will be directed to industry and community-focused areas of engagement which include academic training, theatre, gallery, and bookstore. It is also intended to ensure cultural programming in Nigeria while promoting the various artistic and cultural projects led by Terra Kulture,” the said.

Commenting further on the philanthropic gesture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Kulture, said: “We’re delighted to receive this donation from Netflix. It would be helpful to take our ongoing projects to the next step.”

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According to her, since 2003, Terra Kulture has been at the forefront of promoting Nigeria’s art and culture through exhibitions; indigenous restaurant; and storytelling through its award-winning plays and movies. “Over these years, we have developed an in-depth understanding of arts, culture, and languages to impact the next generation most effectively. With the financial support received, Terra Kulture Academy for the Arts aims to fulfil its mission to support, upskill and inspire Nigeria’s creative youths through educational and recreational programs that will yield multiplicative benefits to themselves, their families, communities, and the overall Nigerian creative economy.”

Terra Kulture has trained more than 2,000 youth in theatre lighting design, sound design, costume design, batik, tie and dye, makeup, hairstyling, production, acting, directing, production management, props management, and set design, animation, choreography, and motion graphics for stage plays.

In a bid to formalize the skilling efforts, the organization launched Terra Academy for the Arts (TAFTA), which is a free-to-attend training created to formally empower young creatives with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre. The programme is designed to provide training on key technical production skills for the creative industry as well as an entrepreneurial module for students to learn about the industry’s business side.

Quoting a new report on Nigeria’s creative industry, the statement said the creative industry is now positioned as Nigeria’s second-largest employer of labour and has the potential to produce 2.7 million additional jobs by 2025. Also, it is projected to contribute 5 trillion Naira to the country’s GDP, thereby making the sector a significant contributor to the economy of Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest economy.

According to the statement, the intervention is aligned with Netflix’s commitment to supporting artistic and cultural projects, and a part of their creative industry support fund in Nigeria.

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Recently, the global streaming giant extended its Creative Equity Scholarship Fund to include academic institutions in Central and West Africa. The CESF will be distributed to various initiatives over the next five years to build a strong, diverse pipeline of creatives around the world.

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We Started Nollycasting For Anyone Who Wants Be in Nollywood – Stephanie Linus

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Celebrated Nollywood star Stephanie Linus who is currently in the United States of America said she started her popular casting website, Nollycasting first to open doors for anyone who wants to become a successful actor and actress in Nollywood and also act in international movies.

“So anyone who wants to make it in acting like me, can have direct access to me and other top actors and directors in Nollywood without falling into the wrong hands of charlatans in the Nigerian film industry. And Nollycasting has been attracting casting directors from Hollywood and other film industries like Sky Italia came to Nollycasting for a young upcoming actress in Nollywood Onyinye and she went to Rome to act in a big crime thriller.”

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The young Nollywood actress, Onyinye Odokoro said:

“i had registered on Nolly Casting. I have been registered on there for like two years and had done two short films for Stephanie Linus, for her gender-based violence initiative. I think she took notice of me from those shoots. And according to the casting director of the Sky Original Unwanted. She said they were looking for original African actors, so she googled and came upon the Nolly Casting website and she sent an email to Stephanie. Stephanie put it on the website but sent it to me personally. She told me to do the audition and send it back to her. And so I did the audition. I was actually on the set of Dilemma when I got the call to do the audition. I did the audition and sent it to her and a few weeks later, I got a call from Stephanie and she told me I had gotten the job. That was it. Next thing I knew I was applying for Visa. I was going to Rome and I was shooting on this very big project. And it was exciting. Yeah.”

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Stephanie Linus, who is a multiple award winning actor, model, brand ambassador and director, starring in movies and TV series in Nollywood and Hollywood and TV commercials such as in the popular GREE air conditioner advert said there are on going casting calls for roles in new movies, TV series and modelling in Lagos London, Paris and other cities in the world.

Nollycasting is open to all actors and models of all ages and races worldwide for new and old actors and models including roles for established actors.

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