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Organisers Unveil Nominees, Honorees for 2023 Abuja International Film Festival

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The organisers of Abuja International Film Festival have announced the nominees for its 20th edition which is slated for October 30th to November 3rd, 2023.

According to a statement signed by the Festival’s Operations Officer, Fidelia Duker, the festival received an impressive 457 film submissions, out of which 101 were chosen as official selections. From these, 39 films have made it to the prestigious nominees’ list.

The festival promises an exciting lineup of screenings, panel discussions, workshops and trainings at various centers across Abuja, including Silverbird Cinemas, the French cultural center, the Chinese cultural center, the Korean cultural center, Abuja Continental Hotel, and several outdoor locations. These diverse venues create an immersive cinematic experience for both local film enthusiasts and international guests.

Ms. Duker said the 20th Abuja International Film Festival would honor 30 deserving individuals and organizations for their unwavering support during its two decades of existence.

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These honorees, according to her, have played a pivotal role in the growth and success of the festival, contributing significantly to the development of the Nigerian and international film industries.

See the full list of nominees for the 20th Abuja International Film Festival below:

• EXPERIMENTAL FILM

1. The Delectable Azeezah Sama – Nigeria

2. Its Just Business – New Zealand

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3. 18 – Nigeria

4. Rabbies – Spain

5. The Return of Abel Frances – Nigeria

6. Elamosi – Nigeria

• SHORT FILM – NIGERIA

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1. Circle of Poverty – Adeyinka Adetoyi

2. Ngarannam – Homecoming – Joel Kachi Benson

3. Rehab Clinic – Elizabeth Ayodele

4. Moist – Temitope Elijah Olaiya

5. Gbese – Adesola Aduragbemi Oni

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6. The Major – Chukwuka Kenechukwu Ndife

7. Bring Me flowers – Prince Daniel

8. Secrets of the Farm – Jato Ehijator

• FEATURE FILM – NIGERIA

1. Journey to Matyrdom – John Adayilor Moses

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2. The other one – Lilian Amah Aluko

3. Traditions – Maimuna AbajiYahaya

4. Abè Ni – Victoria Ivie Irabor

5. Dangerous Mission – Claret Onukogu

6. Saving Raymond – Fati Zana Bukar

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7. Ivie – Opa Williams

• SHORT FILM – FOREIGN

1. On Freedom Movement – UK

2. Suitcase – Iran

3. Set Lam – France

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4. Takbir – Spain

5. The Deal – S/Africa

6. Victim 30 – Uganda

7. Dojo – USA

• OUTSTANDING ACTOR

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1. Ike Ogbonna ​​​– Saving Raymond – Nigeria

2. Mona Sodje ​​​​– Clearly I see You – Nigeria

3. Adam Juma ​​​​– EOII – Tanzania

4. Jude Orhora ​​​​– Ivie – Nigeria

5. Wole Ojo ​​​​– Dangerous Mission – Nigeria

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6. Seun Akindele ​​​– Abe Ni – Nigeria

7. Kelechi Udegbe ​​​– the other one – Nigeria

8. Musa Isufi – The business of Pleasure – Macedonia

• OUTSTANDING ACTRESS

1. Synthia Emade – Silent Storm – Cameroun

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2. Sola Sobowale – Double Dekoi – Nigeria

3. Lucy Ameh – The other one – Nigeria

4. Binta Ayo Mogaji – Tradition – Nigeria

5. Bimbo Akintola – Dangerous Mission – Nigeria

6. Yama Dodge – Tibertan Hearts

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7. Slagana Vujosevik– The Business of Pleasure – Macedonia

• BEST FEATURE (FOREIGN)

1. Triple A ​​​​– Morocco

2. The Business Pleasure ​– Macedonia

3. Momo in Dubai​​ – India

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4. Loteria​​​​– USA

5. Silent Storm ​​​– Cameroun

6. Oasis of Frozen Water ​– Morocco

7. Tibetan Hearts​​ – USA

8. When the leaves Broke – Cameroun

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• OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

1. Mohammed Sebabi – Morocco

2. Teco Benson – Dangerous Mission – Nigeria

3. Eddie Mzale – EONII – Tanzania

4. Ubong Patrick Uduak – Clearly I see you – Nigeria

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5. Enah Johnscort – Silent Storm – Cameroun

6. Tola Balogun – Saving Raymond – Nigeria

7. Momo In Dubai – India

8. Ali Atshani – USA

9. Oasis of Frozen waters – Morocco

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• OUTSTANDING MUSIC SCORE

1. Tibetan Hearts – USA

2. Yan Uwa – Nigeria

3. Leaked – Nigeria

4. Since I been Out – USA

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5. Oasis of Frozen Waters – Morocco

6. Silent Storm – Cameroun

7. Ifediche – Nigeria

• OUTSTANDING STUDENT FILM

1. Winter Romance​ – USA

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2. Justice ​​​– USA

3. Timini ​​​– Nigeria

4. Suitcase ​​​– Iran

5. Revisit ​​​– Nigeria

6. Leaked ​​​– Nigeria

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• OUTSTANDING ANIMATION FILM

1. Winter Romance ​– USA

2. No way Out ​​– Uganda

3. Onirese ​​​– Nigeria

• OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FILM

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1. The Story of Freedom Park ​​– Nigeria

2. Robit & the Butterfly​​​ – Lithuania

3. Documentary of Ikorodu ​​– Nigeria

4. Discoveries of the Discover​​ – Norway

5. Ichi: Marks in Time ​​​– Nigeria

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• OUSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY

1. Tibetan Hearts ​​​– USA

2. Momo In Dubai ​​​– India

3. Oasis of Frozen Water​​ – Morocco

4. Triple A ​​​​​– Morocco

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5. The Business of Pleasure ​– Macedonia

6. Since I been down ​​​– USA

7. Loteria ​​​​​– USA

• OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY

1. Olola Aginju – Tunde Olaoye – Nigeria

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2. When the Leaves Broke – Musing D. Tenn – Cameroun

3. Momo in Dubai – Ashif Kakodi -India

4. Saving Raymond – Bright Wonder Obasi – Nigeria

5. Oasis of Frozen Water – Mohammed Raouf – Morocco

6. Tibetan Hearts – Dodger karicha – USA

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7. Ivie – Yinka Ogun – Nigeria

• AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

TO BE ANNOUCED AT THE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY

• GOLDEN JURY AWARD

1. Loteria​​​​​– USA

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2. Oasis of Frozen Water ​​– Morocco

3. Dangerous Mission​​​– Nigeria

4. Momo in Dubai​​​– India

5. When the Leaves Broke ​​– Cameroun

6. The Business of Pleasure ​– Macedonia

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7. Clearly I see you ​​​– Nigeria

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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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