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No more ‘money rituals’ Nollywood films, FG declares

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Dr Shaibu Husseini, Executive Director/CEO  of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), says the Federal Government has approved the prohibition of money rituals and glamourising of vices in Nigerian films.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Husseini disclosed this at a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood held in Enugu on Wednesday.

The event was organised by the NFVCB and Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA).

Movie producers, directors and actors drawn from different parts of the country, as well as leaders of various guilds and associations in the Nigerian film industry were present at the event.

Husseini said that today, we are facing an industry emergency requiring bold and ambitious actions from all parents, guardians and stakeholders.

“When my predecessor approached the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed on the need to make a subsidiary legislation to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies, he saw the need to include money rituals.

“Others included in the regulation are ritual killings and glamourising other crimes in order to further sanitise the film industry.

“Today, I am delighted to announce to you that the  Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu  Musawa, pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004 has approved  the regulation.

“The minister has approved the Prohibition of Money Ritual, Ritual Killing, Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Nicotine Product Promotion and Glamorisation display in Movies, Musical Videos and Skits” Regulations 2024.”

“We have also forwarded the approved copy to the Federal Ministry of Justice for Gazette,” he said.

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Husseini  said the sensitisation programme was to educate stakeholders on the danger inherent in consummation of smoking in Nigerian movies.

According to him, besides the health implications,  glamourising  smoking in films poses a negative influence on teens and young adults who constitute the largest segment of Nigeria movie viewers.

He said that the board was set to undertake detailed enlightenment programmes in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, faith groups and other institutions.

“As you all know, the film industry occupies a central position in the entertainment and creative sector, and it is imperative that we continue to place the highest premium on the progress of the film industry.

“The NFVCB supports smoke-free movies and smoke-free Nollywood, and we therefore seek your collaboration to develop creative content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.

“After a series of engagements, the NFVCB in collaboration with the CAPPA decided to do a ‘subsidiary regulations’ to cater for smoking in movies since this aspect was not expressly spelled out in the extant Law.

“The NFVCB is well prepared to take leadership in this regard and has planned and begun implementing innovative ways to achieve its mandate,” he said

NAN reports that the Board must register all films and video outlets across the country, and keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

Source: The Nation

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How I felt learning my wife was pregnant with triplets — Ali Baba

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How I felt learning my wife was pregnant with triplets — Ali Baba

Veteran stand-up comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, aka Ali Baba, has stated that when he learnt that his wife was expecting triplets, he felt a mix of emotions.

In an interview with Saturday Beats, he said, “I felt indifferent, but I was also happy.”

Expressing concern over the exclusion of the entertainment and creative industry from a five-year forecast of the Nigerian economy by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group two years ago, Alibaba said, “A booklet of about 200 pages containing a forecast of the Nigerian economy was done and the creative industry was not considered. I think the people who were in the Nigerian Economic Summit Group then were badly advised. But, they have started setting up sub-committees to look into it. It was a great oversight that should not have been allowed. And, it is because many of the sectors are overlooked. (How can) you overlook a sector that makes more money than some insurance companies, and advertising agencies? Even advertising agencies are part of the creative industry. It’s sad, but I believe all that is being corrected.”

The funnyman also noted that corruption was a far more serious issue in Nigeria compared to the moral controversies raised by skit makers and content creators. He said, “The thing is that your moral yardstick is not gauged by skit makers or content creators. It is based on parental control, government policies, and the educational systems. It is what the society does that is mirrored. For instance, the boy who is making skits about prostitution is not the one who caused it. That does not mean they should promote it all the time though. But, when you have people surviving in corruption and nothing is done to them, have any of those things being banned? No! But, morality is now the big issue when corruption is a bigger problem. Is the girl who is dancing naked on social media worse than the man who is stealing N2bn in office?”

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Burna Boy sets new highest-grossing tour record for African artiste in Canada

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Burna Boy has achieved another feat with his ‘I Told Them’ tour in Canada as he became the African artiste with the highest-grossing tour in the north American country.

According to a post shared by Touring Data, the Grammy Award winner grossed $5.7 million from 69,219 tickets sold over six concerts in Canada, setting a new African record.

Touring Data had earlier reported that the City Boy crooner grossed $1.725 million at the ‘I Told Them’ tour at the Capital One Arena in Washington on March 7, 2024, the highest ever by an African artiste in the US. This feat ensured Burna Boy broke his previous African record set at the TD Garden in Boston.

Burna Boy had made history earlier in the year as he became the first African artiste to perform at the Grammy main ceremony.

With his fusion of dancehall, reggae, Afrobeat, and pop, Burna Boy is one of Nigeria’s best-known stars. The LeriQ-produced 2012 single “Like to Party” proved to be his breakout track and paved the way for his full-length debut, L.I.F.E, a year later. Over the next five years, Burna released two more albums and collaborated with a variety of artistes, from J Hus and Skales to Fall Out Boy and Lily Allen. His international exposure widened with 2018’s Outside, which hit number three on the Billboard Reggae chart and won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Album of the Year. 2019’s African Giant and 2020’s Twice as Tall were both widely acclaimed and charted in several countries.

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I’m a hustler, not a billionaire, says Funke Akindele

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Filmmaker Funke Akindele has addressed the misconception surrounding her worth following the remarkable success of her movie “A Tribe Called Judah”.

The film’s box office gross of over a N1bn led to speculation that she had become a billionaire.

However, Funke clarified that this was not the case, stating that while the movie did indeed gross a billion naira, she did not personally take home the entire amount.

Funke’s response was prompted by a fan’s comment expressing desire to meet her in person, possibly with the assumption that she was now a billionaire.

She set the record straight, emphasising her continued hard work and dedication to her craft, earning her the title of a “confirmed hustler”.

“Thanks dear. I’m not a billionaire! My movie A Tribe Called Judah grossed over a billion naira. But I didn’t take the billion home o!!! I be confirmed hustler,” she said.

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Why I appeared on ‘Young, Famous & African’ reality show – 2Baba

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Why I appeared on ‘Young, Famous & African’ reality show – 2Baba

Singer 2Baba has opened up about his unexpected venture into reality TV, revealing that love was the driving force behind his participation in Netflix’s “Young, Famous & African” show.

In a recent interview with Amatel Softgel on the Gamechanger Series, he shared his thoughts on the experience, admitting that he had never been a fan of reality TV and had never envisioned himself on a show like that.

He said: “I don’t watch reality TV, I didn’t do any research before and I never pictured myself in any reality TV stuff,” 2baba responded. I never sat down to watch any reality TV show before, only maybe if someone was watching it when I walked into a place. I really never thought I’d be in one but love makes you do things.”

Despite his initial reservations, 2Baba found the experience to be “interesting” and was impressed by the intricate process of putting the show together.

He humorously acknowledged that he struggled to be anything but his genuine self, making him perhaps the most “boring” person on the show.

He quipped that he didn’t know how to separate reality from reality TV, which sometimes made the experience feel ridiculous.

He said: “Being on the reality TV show was interesting, seeing how they put all these things together is quite interesting. My problem is I don’t know how to not be real in a reality show so I think I was the most boring person in that whole setup. I don’t know how to separate reality from reality TV so it gets ridiculous sometimes.”

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The show, which debuted in 2022, features a diverse cast of African celebrities, including Khanyi Mbau, Diamond Platnumz, Annie Macaulay-Idibia, and more.

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Portable calls out Zlatan for attempting to ruin his relationship with Davido

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Portable calls out Zlatan for attempting to ruin his relationship with Davido

Nigerian singer Portable has accused his colleague Zlatan Ibile of attempting to create tension between him and Davido.

Portable claimed that while they were together in Atlanta, USA, Zlatan called Davido and warned him to “behave himself” around Portable.

He expressed his disappointment and frustration, stating that Zlatan’s call disrupted the positive atmosphere they had shared.

He also alleged that Zlatan told Davido that he and Dammy Krane had insulted him in a song, which Portable denied.

The singer, therefore, warned Zlatan to stay out of his business and stop any alleged attempts to create conflict.

Source: The Nation

 

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Popular Nollywood actor, Sule Suebebe is dead

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Veteran Nollywood actor, Dayo Adewunmi, popularly known as Sule Suebebe, is dead. The popular Yoruba actor died on Wednesday

Veteran Nollywood actor, Dayo Adewunmi, popularly known as Sule Suebebe, is dead.

The popular Yoruba actor died on Wednesday morning at an undisclosed hospital in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to Punch, news of Suebebe’s death was announced by a popular Ibadan-based cleric, Pastor Ademola Amusan, also known as Agbala Gabriel, who had been caring for the actor in recent months.

Announcing the death via a Facebook post, Agbala Gabriel wrote, “It’s a pity, Baba Suebebe died at the hospital this morning. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

It would be recalled that Suebebe became a sensation online in 2023 when he reflected on his past, admitting that he once led a reckless life during his younger years.

Gabriel, a young pastor known for his philanthropy, also provided the veteran actor a new home last year.

 

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