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Abuja Nollywood Film festival to boost creative economy

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he Nigerian creative sub-sector within the entertainment and tourism industry has matured significantly in its contribution to the Nigerian economy and the consolidation of its global gains for further growth has become imperative, veteran Nollywood actor, Nonso Diobi has said.

Diobi noted that it has become imperative to harness the full potential of the Nigerian creative sector considering its contributions to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over the years.

According to Diobi who is the Ambassador for the 10th International Film Festival & Awards (INIFFAA) organized by Inside Nollywood, scheduled to take place in Abuja from February 15-17, 2024, the event’s objective of enhancing the creative economy and fostering Federal government intervention.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday, during which the festival’s theme, ‘Celebrating 10 years of original expression,’ was discussed, Diobi emphasized that the festival provides a platform to exhibit and endorse the talent and potential of the Nigerian film industry on a global scale.

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Additionally, he highlighted the festival’s role in solidifying the global achievements Nollywood has accumulated over the years.

According to him, the festival and awards would help create a fertile ground for the Federal Government to develop and promote the creative economy,

He said: “We are creating grounds for the government to come in, the most important thing is how to get the government to understand what we are doing and with this festival.

“The festival is all about the celebration of original expression and with that, we have created a path for the government to come and make available facilities that will ensure the growth of the creative Economy.

“We have been seen by the world because we have been telling our story and we have inspired the world and I believe it’s time for us to sell out our business to the wider world.

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“We are bringing people from all over the world because we have proven to the world that we are great people.

“We are not doing this for self-aggrandizement but for the growth of the industry and to take the industry to the next level in terms of the creative economy, it’s our time we have a platform that will encourage everyone to be involved.

“It’s an entertainment summit and I guarantee you that the international world is ready for us. I’m so hungry to see us go to the next level. This festival is going to open up the creative economy in Nigeria”.

On his part, the founder and convener of Inside Nollywood, Muoma Obina, said the idea behind the festival is to maximize our coming of age of Nollywood.

“It is 10 years of original expression, promoting original content, and analyzing the quality of production across Africa and Nollywood as a whole.

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“It is not just about a movie festival but a celebration of our achievement in changing Nollywood. We have attracted investors that are ready to invest in Nollywood projects. The awards are in three categories; Hall of Fame,

practitioners award and Festival award”, he added.

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Nollywood full of evil people – Angela Okorie

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Actress, Angela Okorie, has said that the country’s entertainment industry is filled with evil people.

Okorie, who has been having a running battle with her colleague, Zubby Michael, stated that she would soon reveal all that transpired between them.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, she said, “Zubby did me evil, and he has done it many times. I am going to spill it all soon, so that people can know. A lot of things have been happening in the industry, and if God should open your eyes to see them, you will be shocked. That is why I keep telling people to pray and ask God to open their eyes to see the things happening around them; so they can know who is with them and who is against them.

“We keep hearing of many people dying from one sickness or another. But, most of those sicknesses are actually not the kind that should kill people quickly. But in recent times, if someone mentions that they are sick, before long, they would have died.”

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Okorie added that she only depended on God for her protection. She said, “I am protected by God Almighty.”

She also stated that she was aware that some of the people around her who acted as friends had wicked intentions towards her. She said, “Recently, a lot has been happening, and God has been revealing a lot of evil people that have been around me for a long time. Mind you, I have been poisoned before, but because my mission on earth is not done, God won’t let them kill me. Nollywood is a place where people come to showcase their talents, but evil people have turned it to their coven. There are a lot of things that they are doing that are taking innocent lives.”

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Sydney Talker calls for support as singer Khaid battles illness

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Nigerian comedian and social media influencer Sydney Talker has urged support and prayers for the ailing singer, Khaid.

The young rapper was rushed to the hospital due to complications from internal bleeding.

Videos circulating online depicted the singer being transported into a hospital room, surrounded by medical staff.

Taking to the popular micro-blogging platform X, Sydney Talker reached out to his followers, appealing for prayers for Khaid‘s recovery.

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Despite not providing any specific updates on the singer’s condition, Sydney emphasized the importance of collective prayers.

“Let’s pray for Khaid. He needs our prayers right now,” Sydney tweeted.

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Davido launches Nine+ Records with UnitedMasters

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Grammy-nominee, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, has partnered with a US distribution company, UnitedMasters, to launch a new label, Nine+ Records.

According to DMW label boss in an interview with Billboard, he aims to expand the label beyond Afrobeats to reach global audiences.

Davido also cited his passion for nurturing emerging talent and addressing the challenges of young artistes in the music industry as motivations for the partnership.

“Oh yeah, everything. R&B, trap, etc. Obviously, I am going to start in Africa, but I can see us going all the way,” he said.

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“There is one thing that I will always love, which is nurturing new talent…Sometimes, you do not have anybody to advise you on how to move and get good paperwork done.

“I just felt like that was one thing Steve Stoute represents, and that is helping the artistes and making sure they know the best option when it comes to business.”

The news of the partnership was also shared by United Masters via their official Instagram page in what they termed a “groundbreaking collaboration with Davido”.

In the press release, United Masters called the partnership transformative for the African music industry that will see one of the continent’s most influential figures propel the careers of emerging artists to unprecedented heights.

Although Nine+ Records has not yet unveiled any artistes, Steve Stoute, chief executive of UnitedMasters, disclosed that his inspiration for the label emerged during the 2023 UnitedMasters SelectCon, where he and Davido forged a connection.

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The music executive also emphasised his commitment to empowering Davido and the label’s future endeavors.

“We are here to bring that structure and funding so he can do what he has to do,” he said.

“If I can get him in the room with the producers and the artistes, and I can get it out the room, that is my job. To get in the room and to get out.”

Davido established DMW, his music label, in April 2016.

The label has served as home to music talents such as Mayorkun, Peruzzi, and Dremo.

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In March, Davido rebranded his label to DMW 2.0 and unveiled two new artistes — Morravey and Logos Olori.

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