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Merry Men 3′ Dominates Nollywood Box Office With ₦33.4 Million

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Merry Men 3’ has soared to the top of the Nollywood box office charts, raking in an impressive ₦33.4 million in just one week.

The much-anticipated sequel in the Merry Men franchise, directed by AY Makun, has captivated audiences and set a high bar for Nigerian cinema in 2023.

The movie’s incredible success is evident in its earnings, with ₦18.6 million amassed over its opening weekend and an additional ₦14.8 million during the following four days, from Monday, October 16th to Thursday, October 19th.

‘Merry Men 3’ wasted no time in establishing itself as a crowd-puller, taking the industry by storm since its premiere on Saturday, October 13, 2023.

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The film’s plot revolves around three of the merry men, played by AY Makun, Ramsey Nouah, and William Uchemba, who find themselves pitted against a formidable adversary, Dafe, portrayed by Chidi Mokeme. Dafe’s thirst for vengeance stems from a mission gone awry in Russia, where he was left behind.

He takes the law into his own hands, targeting corrupt politicians, believing that the merry men have forsaken their duty to deliver justice.

Moses Inwang, the director of ‘Merry Men 3,’ skillfully guides the ensemble cast, which includes renowned actors such as Sam Dede, Segun Arinze, Bucci Franklin, Nadia Buari, Jide Kosoko, Ufuoma McDermott, Iyabo Ojo, Francis Onwochei, Regina Daniels, and Caroline Hutchings.

The Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria (CEAN) reported ‘Merry Men 3’ as the clear winner in Nollywood’s box office sweepstakes, with a seven-day gross of ₦33.4 million.

This impressive figure displaced ‘Expandables four,’ which held the second position with a seven-day gross of ₦14.6 million and a total gross of ₦97.9 million.

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In the fourth place, we find ‘Something Like Gold,’ with a seven-day gain of ₦11.5 million and a cumulative gross of ₦45.1 million. Following closely in fifth place is ‘A Weekend To Forget,’ which brought in ₦6.2 million over seven days and has accumulated a total gross of ₦44.1 million.

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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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