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The Film Blog: All You Need to Know about Kunle Afolayan’s New Title “Ijogbon”

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While we are still mulling over the success of the movie title, Anikulapo, and the announcement of the film’s upcoming series, Kunle Afolayan Productions in partnership with Netflix, has announced the release of its latest movie “Ijogbon”.

Written by Tunde Babalola and directed and produced by the award-winning Kunle Afolayan, Ijogbon is a culturally rich, family adventure movie set in the Southwestern part of Nigeria. The story follows four teenagers (Three boys and One girl), who stumble upon a bag of uncut diamonds and conceal it. However, they begin to suffer the consequences of their actions as others come looking for the bounty.

With a runtime of about 115 minutes, the suspense thriller explores the universality of human emotions, defined by peculiar cultural backgrounds and beliefs.

“Although the location is rural, the movie- “Ijogbon” is set in the present day and KAP Motion Pictures has delved into local folklore to better tell this story,” Afolayan said while speaking on the movie.

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He also mentioned that the movie depicts what life was like for teenagers in the rural parts and their aspirations for a better life, even if they have to“Japa”.

The movie title features a rich and robust cast including Bimbo Manuel, Gabriel Afolayan, Sam Dede, Tana Adelana, Yemi Solade, Yemi Sodimu, Femi Branch, Adunni Ade, Funky Mallam, Dorothy Bachor, Fawaz of the Ikorodu Bois among others.

Kunle Afolayan Productions (KAP) is known for its intentionality in producing amazing movie titles, including October 1st (2014), Citation (2020), A Naija Christmas (2021), Anikulapo(2022), and many others.

Its most recent title Anikulapo was nominated for four award categories in the 2023 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, winning two including the Best Indigenous Language-Yoruba and Best Overall Movie.

With the success of titles like Anikulapo, and Citation among others, Ijogbon is expected to follow in the same fashion, with movie enthusiasts reeling in anticipation.

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The movie is set to premiere on Netflix on October 13, 2023.

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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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