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Nollywood Film Festival set to honour industry veterans, stakeholders

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Industry veterans, investors and other relevant stakeholder are to be honoured at the 2024 edition of Inside Nollywood International Film Festival & Awards (INIFFAA), its organisers have said.

Muoma Obinna, ace filmmaker and founder of Inside Nollywood told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the annual fiesta is dedicated to recognising the achievements of African creative minds in the entertainment industry.

The festival aims to foster collaboration, celebrate cultural diversity, and promote the advancement of African cinema on the global stage.

It provides a vibrant space for filmmakers from around the world, particularly those of African descent, to showcase their talent and connect with industry professionals.

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According to him, the 2024 edition of the annual film fiesta is scheduled to hold from Feb 15 to 17 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center, Abuja.

Obinna explained that Nollywood veterans and other industry players and watchers would be recognised and celebrated for their contributions to the progressive story of the nation’s film industry.

He said filmmakers, actors, executive producers were among those to be honoured at the festival alongside the festival competitive awards.

“INIFFAA 2024 is a testament to the growth and creativity of Nollywood over the past decades.

“It is is celebration of how Inside Nollywood has evolved and how the narratives of Nollywood over these years has shape our society as we honour those that have made these possible.

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“We are proud to announce that key stakeholders and investors are coming in from US, Germany, South Africa to come and listen to our producers who have great ideas that for investment opportunities.

“We have attracted a lot of investors that are willing to sponsor Nollywood projects to the next level and that is the message we have been preaching and we will keep preaching.

“INIFFAA 2024 promises to be a celebration of outstanding Nollywood films, providing a coveted platform for filmmakers, actors, and industry professionals to gain recognition for their remarkable contributions.

“We are not only celebrating our achievements but also embracing our cultural roots by partnering with Indigenous Sports Week Abuja to showcase the dynamic and traditional sport of Dambe.

“The festival will feature live Dambe fights, offering attendees a one-of-a-kind blend of entertainment and tradition.,” he said.

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He added that some of the competitive award categories for selected films include Best Short Film,Best Short Film ( Foreign), Best actor, Best Feature and Best Documentary, among others.

In his remark, Nonso Diobi, award-winning Nollywood actor and Ambassador of INIFFAA, said the festival was geared towards showcasing business opportunities that abound in Nigerian film industry.

“ I can say that the entertainment industry, directly and indirectly has provided employment to a lot of people, myself included, and it is time we got into the business of entertainment properly.

“This festival will present a lot of conversations concerning the creative economy and I implore the public and anybody that is interested in entertainment business to come join us at this event.,” he said.

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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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