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2023: Funke Akindele’s A Tribe Called Judah contributes 14% of Nigerian cinemas’ earnings

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Recent data emanating from Nigeria’s Nollywood has indicated that Funke Akindele’s recent blockbuster flick, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’, was not only the first Nigerian movie to gross N1 billion but contributed more than 14% of Nigerian cinemas’ earnings for the year 2023. This is as Nigerian cinemas was revealed to have grossed more than N7.2 billion in 2023 from over 2.6 million admissions, with Nollywood averaging a 39 per cent market share. This data insight is coming from ‘The Industry’, a journal by film insights publication. The film was the first Nollywood film to hit one billion naira in cinema.

The new data insights showed that the earnings are over N416 million more than in 2022, with a seven per cent yearon-year increase in market share. However, while 2022 gross was earned from 64 locations, there were 70 locations in 2023. The journal noted that revenue growth, mostly hinged on increased ticket prices, is happening at a different pace than admissions growth, which still needs to be significantly higher. Despite the success of ‘A Tribe Called Judah’, Akindele’s previous film, ‘Omo Ghetto: The Saga’ (2020), currently holds the record for the most admissions recorded for a Nollywood film at 449,901. After the lockdown, the project primarily returned the audience to Nigerian cinemas and converted new audiences. “If released in the same period as ‘A Tribe Called Judah’, with an average ticket price at N3, 700, it’d have made over N1.6 billion, which raises the question of ticket prices and actual cinema habit growth, despite the yearly increase in gross revenues,” noted the insights. Ticket prices are at N7, 000 in most cinemas in city centres.

It continued: “In a similar context, the first ‘Black Panther’ movie, released in 2018, had over 200,000 admissions more than ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’. “The latter went on to break the record for the first film to gross one billion naira in West Africa, a feat aided by increased ticket prices and more screening locations. “The former grossed over N800 million at the time. In 2018, there were 48 locations, and the number grew to 64 by 2022,” the journal stated. It also stated that cinemas have been hanging on by raising prices at a wild rate, causing audiences to think through their decisions more intently than before. Adding that nine other films grossed over N5 million in cinemas in 2023. They are ‘Malaika’, ‘Ada Omo Daddy’, ‘Orisa’, ‘Merry Men 3’, ‘Kesari’, ‘Something Like Gold’, ‘The Kujus Again’, ‘Afamefuna’ and ‘A Weekend To Forget’.

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Actress Obey Etok Chima loses father on eve of husband’s funeral

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Nollywood actress Obey Etok Chima has sadly experienced the loss of her father, occurring just hours before the scheduled burial of her husband.

Taking to her social media platforms, the actress shared the heartbreaking news of her father’s passing.

On Facebook, Obey revealed that her father departed in the early hours of Thursday morning, lamenting the timing as it coincided with the eve of her husband’s funeral.

Expressing her grief, she wrote, “What a tragedy, 2024. I just lost my dad early hours of yesterday 11th April. Just a day to bury my husband. It is well.”

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Via her Instagram account, Obey further reflected on the sorrowful happenings, describing the loss of her father as “another blow” amidst the already sorrowful occasion of her husband’s burial.

“Another blow on me. I just lost my dad and I am burying my husband today. It is well oo,” she penned.

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VeryDarkMan denies rumorus of leaked sex tape

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Some time ago, rumours were circulating that VeryDarkMan was involved in a scandalous video of a homosexual nature, partly instigated by Bobrisky, with whom VeryDarkMan had previous conflicts.

VeryDarkMan took to Instagram to address the issue directly, sending a message to curious Nigerians.

“All the people when say them get video of me and man,till now none of them drop video 2 if anybody get video E for don leak by now.internet is a yeye place……one thing about me I will show you evidences Good evidences……them get video na hin them no leak am since • all those things was to make vdm not talk about evuuul again..there is a reason i confessed all my sins before starting this whole online fyghtyn against evulll in the society.”

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Junior Pope: Ini Edo mourns, calls for reforms in Nollywood

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Nollywood actress Ini Edo has responded to the tragic death of her colleague, Junior Pope Odonwodo, famously known as Junior Pope, who lost his life in a river while filming a movie.

Expressing her anger, Ini criticized the inadequate structure of the industry, which she believes was responsible for to such tragedies.

She mourned the loss of the actor and emphasized that his death should serve as a wake-up call for the implementation of proper regulations and structures to ensure safety during productions.

Ini trolled her colleague, Adanma Luke, who produced movie, urging those who are not qualified for such roles to refrain from undertaking them due to the negligence that can result.

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The actress, who is also a mother, described Junior Pope’s death as a sacrifice that should prompt significant changes within the industry.

She stressed the need for a comprehensive overhaul of the system, with the implementation of practical rules and regulations to address emergencies and safeguard everyone involved.

Reflecting on the untimely loss of Junior Pope, she lamented the departure of the “good ones” and expressed deep sorrow over his death.

“Jnr Pope did not have to sacrifice his life for nollywood to realize the need for a long and much needed regulatory structure that would safeguard an entire production . Yes .. every one is a producer now and all are guilty of negligence of some sort.. and this has to stop. This is one sacrifice too many and must count for something … The system has to undergo a total overhaul with practical rules and regulations that caters to everyone in cases of emergencies…. I will never understand why the good ones go so soon‍♀️

Rest on brother … This one cuts really deep.”

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