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Sola Sobowale tears up over huge announcement, lands first Bollywood role

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The Nigerian movie industry is no doubt soaring higher daily and one can’t help but be proud of the actors and actresses.

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One of Nollywood’s most sought-after actress, Sola Sobowale is going international.

The “King of Boys” actress made a special announcement on her Instagram page recently.

Sola revealed that she would be going to India to join record-breaking Director, Hamisha Daryani Ahuja for her latest project.

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Sobowale also said that she would be surely going to India to film and she would be playing a very dynamic role in the project.

“I am so excited to announce that I will be working with record breaking Director/Exec Producer @HamishaDaryaniAhujaon her upcoming project! And….get this…we will be going to India to film! I will be playing a very dynamic role in this project and cannot wait for you to watch it”.

Sola Sobowale had held a special thanksgiving at the St Peter’s African Church, Lagos where she danced like the Biblical David to honour God for being so good and kind to her. It was reported that the veteran actress and King of Boys star, Sola Sobowale showed up in a wine and white lace mix with wine headgear.

After dancing with joy, Sola Sobowale went on her kneels at the altar and received special prayers from the clergies.

Sharing photos from the special thanksgiving on her page, Sola Sobowale wrote “We thank God for all his mercies. ALLELUIA! Thanksgiving Sunday… May all our thanksgivings be accepted in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.”

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Toyin Abraham celebrates as husband inks first endorsement deal (Video)

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Toyin Abraham is the happiest woman at the moment as her husband and colleague, Kolawole Ajeyemi, bags his very first endorsement deal.

The huge deal is coming weeks after Kolawole Ajeyemi reacted to the alleged marital crisis with actress Toyin Abraham.

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It was earlier speculated that Toyin and her husband, Kolawole Ajeyemi, had been having an in-house crisis arising from Toyin’s attitude towards certain issues that revolves around their family.

According to popular, controversial blogger, Gistlover, Toyin Abraham’s husband has been complaining about Toyin’s attitude towards him, her refusal to follow him to church and her skipping to sleep at home for a few days.

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Taking to his Instagram page, Kolawole Ajeyemi posted a video to assure fans that all was well with the union.

He shared a video of him, the actress and his daughter from a previous relationship dancing.

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He captioned his post with the hashtag, fake news, make money and greatness.

Now announcing his new ambassadorial deal, Toyin Abraham via Instagram moments ago, wrote “Congratulations Oko mi @kolawoleajeyemi on your endorsement”

Also announcing the deal, Kolawole Ajeyemi on his page wrote “Signed, Sealed and Protected! I’m officially a brand ambassador of @kemsan_acres I am so excited to be part of the @kemsan_acres family. Can’t wait to show you what our partnership holds.”

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Tony Elumelu’s Fund To Empower Emerging African Storytellers

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Africa No Filter, a donor working to transform stereotypical narratives of Africa, has launched the Tony Elumelu $30,000 Storytellers Fund, aimed at empowering emerging African creative talents.

Named after African business leader and philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu, the Fund will award grants to emerging artists and storytellers, whose work shines a light on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in Africa.

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The $30,000 fund is sponsored by Heirs Insurance and Heirs Life Assurance, the insurance subsidiaries of the pan-African investment group, Heirs Holdings.

Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holdings and Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, has led the championing of entrepreneurship in Africa and has empowered over 15,000 young African entrepreneurs across the continent through a $100 million commitment made by his Foundation.

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The Tony Elumelu Storytellers Fund is a standalone initiative and an extension of his commitment to catalysing a redefined African success story, powered by Africa’s youth and their creative ideas.

The Fund calls on journalists, filmmakers, content producers, and visual and performing artists to submit multimedia creative ideas, that tell the stories of inspiring entrepreneurs and showcase the true and positive spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa.

Applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 years, living on the continent or in the Diaspora. They must have a platform or portfolio of work that shines the light on entrepreneurship in Africa.

Speaking on the Fund, Tony Elumelu said: “I have always believed in the potential of young African entrepreneurs to transform Africa. This initiative aligns with our belief and extends the work that we do at the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Empowering young creative entrepreneurs and the creative sector provides a channel for us to project Africa’s positives globally. We need their voices to tell our often less-told stories of triumph, resilience, hard work and innovation.”

Source; TheCultureNewspaper

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Exclusive: Funke Akindele rakes in close to almost N1billion in two years (Top 100 movies)

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Funke Akindele with husband, JJC Skillz

The task of a movie director is to direct the actors and other staff members to convey the desired theme behind a script, basically bringing it to life. This is why their role in film production is critical to how it is embraced by the viewers.

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Although attending theater or film school might be very helpful, becoming a filmmaker in practice is not an easy undertaking. Nollytrailers believes the trick is to just get started producing movies with whatever tools you have. Some of the most well-known directors in this era started like this. Greats like Walt Disney, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Katherine Howe, David Fincher, Guillermo Del Toro, Stanley Kubrick, John Cassavetes, Wim Wenders, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles, and Martin Scorsese evolved from turning meager ideation into enchanting viewership experiences.

For many aspiring actors, directors, photographers, designers, make-up artists, editors, costume designers, set designers, authors, screenplay writers, and other artists, the film industry is a dream worth throwing their entire existence to. Making a movie is laborious and expensive in terms of the concept and budget. The duration of the process ranges from months to years, usually because good filmmakers are literally meticulous ‘dream weavers’ – they are skilled in projecting fantasies as reality and creating an entire culture and cult-like community out of their act.

Nollywood’s rapid expansion in the last two decades has seen the rise and rise of great filmmakers, who are creating captivating work pieces that attract billions of naira in screening revenues every year. From the legendary Ejiro brothers, Jeta Amata, and Tunde Kelani to Kunle Afolayan, Kemi Adetiba, Omoni Oboli, Niyi Akinmolayan, Ishaya Bako, and densely-followed Funke Akindele and others, Nigeria’s filmmakers have continued to produce money-spinning films stealing attention from Hollywood blockbusters across the African continent with the biggest spend coming from the huge Nigerian market (see our analytical article on Africa’s box office here).

Nollytrailers.com highlights the top-performing filmmakers and how much their works have commanded in revenue. The ‘I need to know’ teenage actor turned filmmaker and producer, Funke Akindele led the pack (by weighted average performance and combined volume) with two of her works, Omo Ghetto: The Saga and Your Excellency, in the top 11, grossing a combined revenue of 822million naira in two years. Niyi Akinmolayan follows, with four of his works grossing combined revenue of about N1.2bilion in the last 6years.

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See below a list of the 100 top-grossing Nigerian movies ever to be shown in Nigerian theaters, the producers and the filmmakers behind them. This gross sum does not include earnings from special screenings, DVD sales, online streaming, or theatre showings outside of West Africa’s English-speaking region. Since their box office totals were not adjusted for inflation, movies released before 2008 are also not included on this list.

Nollytrailers Highest Grossing Nollywood Filmmakers of All Times

References
Top 20 Films Report 9th-15th April 2021″. Nigeria: CEAN. Retrieved 10 August 2021.
Top 20 films 27th December 2019 2nd January 2020″.
Top 20 Films Report 12th 18th November 2021″.
Top 20 Films Report 17th 19th June 2022″.

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