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SIMS Movie Premiere, Musical Concert Draw VIP Crowd (Photos)

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It’s fair to say the palpable presence of the holy spirit was felt when the highly anticipated Christian Movie, STEPPING INTO MAGGIE’S SHOES drew VIPS from top Churches in Nigeria to the Ballroom of the Oriental Hotel, Lagos last December.

Titilope Oshunlalu covered the well attended Event which had in attendance VIPS like Dr Daniel Olukoya, General Overseer of Mountain of Fire And Miracles, and his wife,Pastor Mrs Folashade Olukoya . Also, the highly popular woman of God and philanthropist, Iya Aladura Esther Ajayi, Pastor Leye Adeboye, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo,Revd. Gbeminiyi Eboda,Dr Israel Kiristilere, Pastor Amos Fenwa, Dr Emmanuel among others.

According to Veronica Folorunso SIMS, executive producer, “This is probably the first of its kind. We are producing a Christian movie with content everyone can attest to, yet we’re doing it in such a relatable and delectable way.”

Stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe, SIMS, a DEEP THOTS FIILMS in conjunction with Opeyemi Akintunde Productions adapted from its namesake book also authored by Opeyemi Akintunde is directed by David Kola Okeowo, written & produced by Opeyemi Akintunde,D.O.P is Angel Alake,Light Designer is Sola Texas Eleazu,Sound Designer is Kafari Kadzai,Continuity is Seun Oni and Executive Producer is the hardworking Veronica Folorunso.

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SIMS is a love story that deals with most of the issues in the body of Christ, which aims to correct,heal,restore,direct and hopefully speak the mind of Christ to the church. It boasts an impressive cast that includes veteran actress Liz Aweye(formerly Benson), Euchariah Anunobi, Femi Jacobs, Opeyemi Akintunde, Veronica Folorunso, Mike Abdul and many more.
Virtually all the G.O and Senior Pastors of Nigerian churches were invited and those who could not make it were ably represented.

The concert featured top artists who lit up the stage vis Beejay Sax, DVG, Nonso, Bidemi Olaoba, Tope Alabi, Beulah Acapella and more. Other top showbiz celebs in attendance included Mama Rainbow, Liz Anjorin, Lanre Teriba AKA Atorise,Woli Agba, ID Ogungbe, Kenny Saint Brown and so on.

In her remarks, the producer and writer of the movie said she wants everyone that watched the movie to learn and be touched by the spirit.

Mrs Folorunsho Veronica emphasised why it is important to use three of the seven mountains of societal influence ( Religion, Media and entertainment) to produce good and positive platforms or else we blame ourselves.

She thanked sponsors who supported the project vis Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM), Esther Ajayi Foundation,Unilever,Coca-Cola,Wema Bank,Belinda Shoes, Marvin Shoes and Bambi Shoes who gave them several Shoes to give out at the Event. Also, Irin Ajo Travels who gave Tickets to London and Dubai for five Lucky guests. Yvonne Travels and the impressive Modern Properties who gave a Plot of Land to be given to a worthy winner.

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Dr Daniel Olukoya of MFM in his speech touched on how the film is not to condemn anyone but like the Prodigal Son we can retrace our steps into the warm embrace of our God as Jesus is waiting eagerly to restore us to the joy of salvation.

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Opeyemi Akintunde,the Producer and writer of SIMs Movie and Book

I am Opeyemi Akintunde, a gospel novelist, I write novel, I am also a faith based film maker, I make faith based film and you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram @opeyemiojerindeakintunde

Q: Can you explain the movie/storyline to prospective viewers?

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Stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe is a love story that teaches us basic things we need to know about Christianity. It is wrapped around the love story that happened in the church. Many wish to be in the pastor’s wife’s shoe but did not know what it was really like.

Q: What do you want the viewers to learn or gain from the movie.

To understand that, don’t wish to be in someone else shoes because you don’t know how it works.

Q: Word to your fans

Wow, to all my fans to all those who are reading my novels, I love you all. Thank you for pushing me into success, you know, when one novel is ended, they have a way of asking me when are we expecting the next?

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Q: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years

Making more movies for God.

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Iya Aladura Worldwide, Esther Ajayi

Q: Kindly introduce.

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My name is Rev. Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi from Christ Generation Church, Cherubim & Seraphim,where the glory of God showers.

Q: You have a signature natural smile, what is the secret behind it?

The Joy of the Lord is our strength, and is new every morning, every day Lamentation 3:23b.

Remark: We are proud to have a female like you doing so well in the ministry.

Thank you

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Q: What are the challenges you face as a white garment member and wearing your garment wherever you go?

It makes me feel as if they don’t know Jesus.John 3:16 says,for God so loved the world and He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life, Christianity is all about love,1st Corinthians 12 says,I don’t want you to be an ignorant.The body of Christ is not divided, it is because people are ignorant,that is why they do segregation,you understand what I mean?u.Until when the love of Christ is paramount in people’s heart,that is when they will understand that we are one.

Q: How do you relax?

Ha! I do relax o. I love exercise a lot,I do yoga,I love swimming,I just do my thing for Jesus.

Q: What can you say about the organisers of SiMs?

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Yes, It was Mrs Folorunso Veronica that came to me,I could feel the positive energy coming from her and if anything like this comes my way,I don’t relegate them.

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Liz Benson- Ameye

Q: Can you tell us your role in the movie?

I played the role of Mimi,Happy’s mum in the movie, stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe. Outside being an actor, I see the story line in the movie as a message of salvation as God was able to use Happy to bring the man of God, her husband back on track.

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Q: You have been in the Industry for decades now,what is the secret of your good looks?

Nothing else but God,the air that we breath, everything we own is all about God,I have nothing to say than to say it is only God,I can’t lay claim to nothing but God.

Q: What do you want viewers to learn in the movie?

The movie is about salvation,Jesus is the way,we are the light of the world and as children of God,being the salt of the earth by accepting Jesus and giving our lives to God,we need to show the light in our life which is what the movie, Stepping Into Maggie’s Shoe is all about

Q: A message for your fans.

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I love my fans so much and pray God’s blessing upon them,God’s will in their lives also as they step into their purpose of God’s will.

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List of winners at the 10th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

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The grand spectacle of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) unfolded on Saturday, 11th May 2024, at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos State. It was a night dedicated to honoring excellence and celebrating the remarkable talent within the African film and television industry.

Hosted by the seasoned master of ceremonies, IK Osakioduwa, for the remarkable tenth consecutive year, the event radiated with excitement and anticipation as the winners of the coveted awards were announced.

Among the highlights of the evening, Chimezie Imo was honored with the Trailblazer Award, a testament to his innovative contributions to the industry. Additionally, the esteemed Industry Merit Awards were bestowed upon two legends of Nigerian cinema: Richard Mofe Damijo and Idowu Philips, affectionately known as Iya Rainbow, in recognition of their profound impact and enduring legacies.

From Best Digital Content Creator to Best Lead Actor and Actress, the stars of the African entertainment scene shone brightly as they were recognized for their outstanding contributions to movie production and storytelling.

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Here’s the full list of the 10th edition of the AMVCA winners:

BEST DIGITAL CONTENT CREATOR

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

ISAAC AYOMIDE OLAYIWOLA ( LAYI WASABI)

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (WEST AFRICA)

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JAGUN JAGUN (THE WARRIOR)

FEMI ADEBAYO

BEST SHORT FILM

BROKEN MASK

KAGHO IDHEBOR

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BEST SCRIPTED MNET ORIGINAL

SLUM KING

CHINENYE NWORAH

BEST UNSCRIPTED MNET ORIGINAL

NWUYEE BEKEE (FOREIGN WIVES)

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NNODIM CHIGOZIE GEORGE

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (EAST AFRICA)

ORMOILAA OGOL (THE STRONG ONE)

LAVERA NDANUNGA

BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE (SOUTHERN AFRICA)

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MOTSHAMEKO O KOTSI

MOLEBOGENG MAPOTLAKELE MAMAKOKO & JOSEPH MERLIN TAFOU WAMBO

BEST MULTICHOICE TALENT FACTORY MOVIE

HER DARK PAST

 

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BEST INDIGENOUS M-NET ORIGINAL

IRORA IYA

ADENIYI JOSEPH OMOBULEJO & ALLEN ONYIGE

 

 

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Non – Voting categories

 

MOVIE CATEGORIES

SERIES/FILM
WINNER

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

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JAGUN JAGUN

LOLA AWE

BEST MOVIE

BREATH OF LIFE

BB SASORE, DERIN ADEYOKUNNU & EKU EDEWOR

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BEST WRITING MOVIE

FUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI

TUNDE BABALOLA

BEST MAKE UP

MAMIWATA

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CAMPBELL PRECIOUS AREBAMEN

BEST WRITING TV SERIES

VOLUME

MONA OMBOGO

BEST ART DIRECTION

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OVER THE BRIDGE

ABISOLA OMOLADE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

BREATH OF LIFE

ADEMOLA ADEDOYIN

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

OVER THE BRIDGE

KC OBIAJULU

BEST DIRECTOR

BREATH OF LIFE

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BB SASORE

BEST DOCUMENTARY

LOBOLA, A BRIDE’S TRUE PRICE?

SIHLE HLOPHE

BEST EDITING

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THE BLACK BOOK

ANTONIO RIBEIRO

BEST SERIES (SCRIPTED)

ITURA

JAMES KALU OMOKWE

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BEST SERIES (UNSCRIPTED)

GH QUEENS

AYEBEA ‘BZ’ DARKO

BEST SOUND DESIGN

BLOOD VESSEL

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GRAY JONES OSSAI & FISAYO ADEFOLAJU

BEST SUPPORT ACTRESS

BREATH OF LIFE

GENOVEVA UMEH

BEST LEAD ACTRESS

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ADIRE

KEHINDE BANKOLE

BEST LEAD ACTOR

WALE OJO

BREATH OF LIFE

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AFRIMA hosting rights: African Union writes Nigeria, South Africa

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The African Union Commission (AUC) has officially invited the governments of Nigeria and South Africa to take advantage of the hosting rights benefits of the next 2 editions of the prestigious annual All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA.

In a letter bearing reference number HHS/CUL/16/170.23 and signed by the AUC’s Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs, and Social Development, Her Excellency, Ambassador Minata Samate Cessouma, the AU said the call aligns with its policies for the strategic transformation of Africa through social integration, as outlined in AU Agenda 2063, the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance, and the AU Plan for Action on Cultural and Creative Industry.

The AU describes AFRIMA as a global platform for celebrating and developing Africa’s diverse musical talents and cultural heritage, highlighting the significant opportunities hosting the prestigious awards presents for the selected host country

“Since 2014, the African Union has been partnering and working successfully with AFRIMA to develop, celebrate and promote African music globally for integration/inclusivity, economic prosperity and world peace via its seven core pillars: (1) Music Awards, (2) Music Festivals; (3) AFRIMA creative Academy; (4) Talent Discovery and Promotions; (5) Music Business Hub; (6) Advocacy; (7) Advisory and Policy Debates,” the letter reads.

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“AFRIMA is the biggest and longest-running music award and platform in Africa, with a huge global appeal, diaspora audience, and youthful fans. The main event events of AFRIMA are usually broadcast live to over 84 countries around the world after a continental and global roadshow, with thousands of music artists, actors, celebrities, members of the diplomatic corps, professionals in the creative space, tourists, media and fans from all over the world converging on the host country.”

A letter received by the Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, on behalf of the Nigerian government, a copy of which was seen by our correspondent, reads, “Nigeria, as a beacon in African music with huge young population, should it accept to host AFRIMA, stands a promising chance in elevating the country’s positive global presence, bolstering artistic, tourism and economic growth, fostering cultural exchange and job creation, and reinforcing a positive perception of our continent’s rich cultural heritage on a global scale.”

The successful last edition of AFRIMA was hosted and partnered by the government of the Republic of Senegal in the city of Dakar. The hosting rights of AFRIMA are usually bestowed on a country that shows capacity and commitment to meet the requirements and conditions.

The Acting Director for Social Development, Culture, and Sports Division, African Union Commission, Ms. Angela Martins confirmed the invitation and request to bid for the hosting rights extended to the two countries.

She said that AFRIMA provides a unique opportunity for the host country to showcase its rich cultural heritage, develop its music sector, promote tourism, and stimulate economic growth.

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“This call to action comes as part of the AU’s commitment to promoting cultural exchange, unity, and economic development across the African continent. We urge the governments of Nigeria and South Africa to seize this opportunity to strengthen intra-African collaboration (in line with AFCTA) within the music industry and enhance their international visibility positively.

“AFRIMA serves as a premier platform for African artists in Africa and diaspora to showcase their talent, gain international exposure, and connect with audiences worldwide,” she said.

She added that as the bidding process is itching towards its deadline, the African Union remains committed to providing support and guidance to ensure a successful hosting of AFRIMA.

She also reiterated the AUC’s readiness to work closely with the selected host country to maximize the impact of the event on the African music industry, tourism, general economic growth, and socio-cultural landscape.

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After successful London premiere, Aiyefele Movie to screen in all major cinemas across lagos from May 3rd (Photos)

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On Friday 5th April 2024, Double Tees Productions premiered and screened the movie Aiyefele at the iconic Odeon Imac Cinema in Greenwich London.

The premiere red carpet was graced by hosts of Nollywood celebrities, from one of the lead actors Biola Adebayo, Bimbo Oshin. To celebrity guests Rykado Agbor and a host of others.

Aiyefele Movie (A Community on the Brink) is a riveting feature film that follows the journey of a community always on the brink of desolation; it struggles to find a cure for the plague killing its citizens as its beliefs and practices conflict with the new faith brought by missionaries. The people are threatened by a self-destructive culture,
assaulted by an endemic disease and oppressed by some evil forces until an unexpected visitor arrives to lead them from the drumbeats of sorrow to a vibrant tune of freedom.

Aiyefele features a respected ensemble cast in the industry, including Odun Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Femi Branch, Bimbo Oshin, Biola Adebayo, Rotimi Salami, Lara Aiyeomoni and Akinola Akano. It is directed by
the award-winning Seun Olaiya.

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Set in 18th Century Nigeria and England, Aiyefele takes its audiences on an emotional journey of sacrifice, reflection, and redemption.
Executive Producers are Toyin Moore and Omotayo Utomi.

Feedback from the Premiere in London has been hugely positive, with the audience describing the movie as interesting, funny, emotional, with a wow effect and an immersive experience.

AIYEFELE Movie will be showing at Bluepictures cinema in City Mall Lagos from Friday 3rd May 2024.

Check out pictures from the London Premiere below.

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