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Nollywood Nation Annual Conference Series Kicks Off in Port Harcourt

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To commence the conference, esteemed attendees paid a courtesy visit to Prof. A.O Georgewill, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt. The host institution, known for its academic prowess and commitment to excellence, provides an ideal environment for examining the thriving Nigerian film industry.

Distinguished guests and participants were then captivated by the opening keynote address delivered by Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma, the acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Africa, Bayelsa. Prof. Ayakoroma, a prominent figure in the academic and cultural realm, shed light on the essential relationship between movie stardom and national development. His thought-provoking speech set the stage for deeper discussions throughout the conference.

Among the lineup of notable speakers is Osezua Stephen-Imobhio, the founder of the African Indigenous Language Film Festival (Ailff) and an influential voice renowned for his expertise in film distribution and monetization within the digital ecosystem. Stephen-Imobhio’s presentation, titled “The Impact of Streaming Services on Film Distribution and Monetization in the Digital Ecosystem,” will explore the transformative influence of streaming platforms on the film industry and its implications for revenue generation.

Adding to the intellectual discourse will be Prof. Effiong Etim Johnson from the esteemed University of Uyo, who will present a paper entitled “Acting Principle: A Critic-Dialectical Thrust.” Prof. Johnson, recognized for his comprehensive understanding of acting techniques and their artistic relevance, will engage attendees in an analytical exploration of the role of acting in shaping the perception of Nigerian cinema.

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The Nollywood Nation Annual Conference Series, which commenced today, is scheduled to run from October 25th to the 27th, 2023. With a diverse array of expert speakers and participants poised to contribute to meaningful discussions, the conference promises to shed new light on the Nigerian film industry’s role in nation building.

Prof. Femi Shaka, a prominent scholar and advocate for the growth and development of Nollywood, serves as the esteemed convener of the event. Prof. Shaka envisions the conference series as a platform where industry stakeholders, scholars, and enthusiasts can come together to exchange knowledge, foster collaborations, and explore innovative ideas for elevating Nollywood on the global stage. Prof. Innocent Uwa chairs the local organizing committee, with Prof. F. Nwafor leading as the Host for the Department of Film & Multimedia Studies.

As the inaugural Nollywood Nation Annual Conference Series gains momentum, it is expected that the event will leave a lasting impact on the Nigerian film industry, sparking new initiatives and inspiring future collaborations that will further contribute to the growth, development, and recognition of Nollywood as a powerful catalyst for nation building.

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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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