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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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Ivie: Opa Williams returns big with movie against rape

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The veteran producer, Opa Williams, is back with a refreshing movie, Ivie, which he intends to use as a tool to fight against rape.

And this is coming after a hugely successful 3 Wise Men, a 2016 Nigerian comedy drama film, he produced and directed directed by Pat Ogbere Imobhio.

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Ivie shot few months ago and also directed by Oghere will hit the cinemas on September 30th and already movie buffs are predicting a major outing for the production.

IVIE – Synopsis

A 12 year old student, Ivie, must come out to save her mum, Enado (who has been abandoned by husband) and her 13year old sister, Isoken, a rape victim from the claws of Sanko.

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For shame of stigma, fear of betrayal and economic inadequacy, Enado is unable to confront a terror, fearless hardhearted rapist named Sanko.

Ivie believes, in her little world, that the society should be polite to its citizens, and despite a corruption, culprits should be made answerable for their actions.

Can Ivie take on the all powerful and ruthless Sanko who has raped her sister and been a threat to mum singularly?

“The movie will do two things. It would entertain and also pass a strong message to the society on the evil of rape,” Williams disclosed.

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Collision Course: Excitement grows as Netflix debut approaches

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As its Friday September 1, 2020 Premiere date on Netflix approaches, excitement and anticipation are building up around Collision Course, the hard-hitting film by Bolanle Austen-Peters.

Last Saturday August 20 highlighted how much the movie is well-anticipated when actors and crew members on the film as well as select guests gathered in Lagos for a private viewing of the movie, which explores the impact of rogue law enforcement officers on Nigerian society and how their unenviable harsh personal lives is sometimes a factor in their official duties. inspired by the October 2020 anti-police brutality protests in Lagos, Abuja and many other cities in southern Nigeria, the film has only been shown to a privileged few last November when it premiered as the closing film at the All Africa Film Festival (AFRIFF), which held at Landmark event centre in Lagos.

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Echos of Year 2020’s #endsars protests reverberates through Collision Course as a reminder on how many Nigerian youths took to the streets to demand an end to what they called endemic police brutality. The protests, especially in Lagos, ended on a brutal and tragic note when armed soldiers reportedly opened fire on unarmed protesters on the night of October 20 2020.

Saturday’s special private screening brought back the import of the 75-minute film as a topical, intensely-detailed and well-acted film about a police officer struggling to make ends meet and his encounter with an aspiring musician whose worlds collide.

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Brilliantly played by Kelechi Udegbe, the police officer sets up a roadblock to extract gratification from drivers as troubles at home grew, only to encounter the frustrated young artist with a pregnant wife.

After accidentally shooting dead the musician, the plot sets in motion a chain of events that leads to emotional trauma, arrest and a note-worthy commentary on the state of affairs within the police force.

One of the guests at the screening, Catherine Bickersteth, an educationist and development leader, said the film’s director deserves an applause “for crafting a great production about an important social issue so brilliantly.

Collision Course is an indelible film on several levels:

The storyline: topical and emotive but balanced.
The script: delivered the multilayered messages in succinct language freely and smoothly flowing from good grammar to pidgin English and local dialect.
The Acting: superbly evoked both visceral and intellectual reactions from unforgettably skilled characterization.
The locations: perfectly enhanced the narrative. For local viewers because the locations were not made-up sets, they emphasised the reality of the lives the characters were portraying.
The music: heightened the rollercoaster of emotions of the film.

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Austen-Peters, who personally picked the Best Film (West-Africa) award for the film at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) earlier this year, said Collision Course seeks to show some of the underlying issues that forces someone to turn against the very same people he swore to defend.

“I found out that every single person in the story had a back story that we all needed to understand, and at the end of this when you watch this movie you begin to understand that we are all victims, we are all brutalized by the system that we live in,” she said.

Aside its AMVCA award, Collision Course also earned Udegbe the Best Actor award at last year’s AFRIFF and picked two out of the four it was nominated for at the last African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

The film hits Netflix for global streaming on September 2, 2022.

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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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