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African Film City Project in Epe to Boost Nollywood Growth, Announces Governor Sanwo-Olu

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has unveiled plans for the development of the African Film City in Epe, a project worth $100 million that is set to significantly enhance the creative landscape of Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry. He made this exciting announcement during the 12th African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) Press Briefing held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House in Marina.
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This revelation brought joy to veteran filmmakers, movie producers, Nollywood actors, and celebrities in attendance, all of whom eagerly anticipate the groundbreaking for this monumental project in the coming weeks. The African Film City is expected to foster originality and innovation in content creation within Nollywood.

In addition to the African Film City project, Governor Sanwo-Olu affirmed that the State Government is committed to doubling its support for capacity building among young talents in the industry. This includes enhancing the skills of emerging filmmakers and doubling the grants provided to support the production of short stories.

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his government’s unwavering commitment to provide resources and opportunities to promote initiatives that showcase Lagos and Nigeria on the global stage. He emphasized the importance of nurturing local talent and leveraging creativity to tell authentic African stories to the world.

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Speaking at the event, Governor Sanwo-Olu stated, “We will be doing the groundbreaking for the African Film City before the end of this month. It is a $100 million project to be sited in 100 hectares of land in Epe. Lagos is taking the lead in promoting sustainable growth in the creative industry.”

He continued, “We are also going to be doubling the State Government’s support for the training of young industry players. We will also double the grants being given to creative young talents for the production of short stories. We have supported over 5,000 people in the creative sector with different kinds of capacity-building opportunities and film production grants to scale up the numbers in the sector.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu urged stakeholders in the creative industry to collaborate and produce high-quality content that reaffirms Nigeria’s position as a global player in filmmaking while attracting foreign investments.

In closing, Governor Sanwo-Olu called for the creation of original, content-driven, and Africanized narratives that change the socio-cultural narrative of the continent. He highlighted the 12th AFRIFF as a pivotal platform for achieving these goals and expressed the Lagos State Government’s excitement in being part of this transformative event.

The Consul General of the United States Consulate in Lagos, Mr. Will Stevens, recognized the impact of digital technology on the Nigerian film industry, emphasizing the need for practitioners to fully harness the potential of Nollywood. He also noted that African cinema is poised for significant growth in the second half of the 21st century.

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Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF, announced that the film festival would take place next month, celebrating African cinema and promoting original storytelling.

In summary, the African Film City project in Epe, combined with increased support for young talents, demonstrates Lagos State’s commitment to fostering growth and innovation in the creative sector, ultimately advancing Nollywood on the global stage.

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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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My rise to stardom was not “overnight success” – Asake

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Afrobeats star Ahmed Ololade, popularly known as Asake, has said that it is difficult to get a job in Nigeria with tattoos.

The artist, who has a neck tattoo, said he couldn’t work for any company or do business because of the stereotypes about tattoos in Nigeria.

Asake, who featured in the latest issue of GQ magazine, said: “In Nigeria, if you have a tattoo on your neck, you can’t work anywhere. I can’t work for any company. I can’t sell anything.”

He also spoke about his “sudden stardom,” stressing that his rise in the music industry was not an “overnight success” as it seems.

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“You have to understand: I got there in two years, but I’ve been working for years. People are counting the days you’re successful. They don’t count the days you’ve been working towards it. Nobody gives a fvck about that,” Asake said.

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Why I couldn’t continue with Jonzing World – Ruger on fallout with D’Prince’s label

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Nigerian Dancehall sensation Michael Adebayo Olayinka popularly known as Ruger, has revealed why he parted ways with Jonzing World, a label owned by D’Prince.

Ruger, said he appreciates that his former record label brought him to the limelight, but he could not renew his contract because the label did not push his brand as much as he wanted to be pushed.

He accused his former record label boss, D’Prince, of abandoning him and using his music earnings to hunt for new talents.

Ranting in a series of posts on X on Thursday, Ruger said he has more to say but scared that he might get stabbed if he divulged more about the record label.

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He wrote, “As much as I’m very appreciative of the fact that Jonzing world introduced me to the world, I just couldn’t continue with them because they got too comfortable with the money they were making from me and couldn’t push me further as I wanted to be pushed. Was supposed to renegotiate the contract but I couldn’t imagine 5 years more without action.

As much as I’m very appreciative of the fact that Jonzing world introduced me to the world, I just couldn’t continue with them because they got too comfortable with the money they were making from me and couldn’t push me further as I wanted to be pushed. Was supposed to…

“Dey use my money Dey fund new artist, leaving me in the dark, not being transparent. I just laugh. How e be now?

I complained, I got angry, some people tell me say no be so dem Dey do things. I still go back HQ go collect fake hugs and handshakes. Nothing still change. I wan mad

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