9janimi Channel Founder, Soltesh Iyere Fights Piracy Through Platform

online-music-streaming-9janimiA Nigerian online streaming platform, 9janimi Channel, is hopeful of tackling piracy by bringing to listeners, legally licensed contents from content owners.

The platform is also creating a win-win relationship with various partners, according to a co-owner of the online streaming platform, Soltesh Iyere.

Mr Iyere said that the platform provided users a seamless experience to listen to unlimited music on-the-go to match the growing demand of Nigerian music and movies.

“Either on desktop or on their mobile devices.

“The industry is rapidly growing, and there’s also this growing demand
for Nigerian music and movies, so it was more or less like building a platform that will offer two services – music and movies – on one App, and apparently a catalogue with High Quality songs and HD movies to search from, stream, download and share.Soltesh-Iyere

“We aim to make listening to music and watching movies enjoyable again, replacing the days of clumsy compact dick collections, complicated file transfers between computer and mobile devices, and low quality, virus-infected downloads,” he said.

Future Of Digital Content

9janimi Channel is not the first streaming service in Nigeria, or Africa, but the owners believe it is the future of digital content consumption.

Despite scepticisms about the survival chances of online streaming service in the face of piracy, 9janimi says the platform is ‘users and product focused’, an ideal they believe would ensure growth.

“The service is made in Nigeria, and being the first legal music service, built in Nigeria, the name represents our core values; a brand that matter, with digital contents that resonates and a platform that excites,” Mr Iyere said, optimistic of the growth of the streaming platform.

Faze Releases ‘Common Sense’

common senseFaze has released a socially-conscious afrobeat tune titled Common Sense.

The song, produced by Kuk Beat, is taking account of the current political climate in Nigeria.

Faze urged the people in his immediate environment to face challenges that come their way and not shy away from all kinds of challenges

He further cited examples of people blaming the government for their predicaments. Be it Farmer, Barber or Carpenter, what is expected of them is hard-work rather than lamenting.

Common Sense is not a political song but reality as said by Faze.

“If you don’t work, you can’t be rich, you have to stand up to something before you rise to stardom,” said by Faze.

Moroccan City Aims To Be Animation Film Hub

Moroccan film FestivalThe 13th edition of the International Festival for Animated Films (FICAM) opened in the Moroccan city of Meknes, hoping to make the city a global destination for the cinema genre.

The six-day festival that ends on March 26 (Wednesday) will show more than 60 animated short and feature films, besides holding workshops, conferences and exhibitions.

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Meknes hosts the only festival of its kind in the continent and in the Arab World.

Since its inception in 2001 as an educational activity, the festival has grown to include several competitions.

Last year’s winner of the festival’s main competition, Abdellatif El Ayyadi got a chance to spend one month in the French town of Samure where he worked on his short film called “Feast”.

One film that was very well received by the audience was “Aya of Youpougon” by Margerite Abouet, a script writer and producer from Ivory Coast, who now lives in France.

The film tells the story of Africa without the stereotypes of war and hunger. It won the first prize at the Angouleme international festival for Comics in 2006.

Abouet said that filmmakers needed financial backing to find success.

“You need the right structures for this kind of media. You need partners and sponsors who could finance these productions because they are very expensive. You also need the places and cinema theatres where you could play all this, very simply,” she said.

This year, the award went to Jihad Eliassa, who was chosen from among 73 candidates from various schools and institutes of fine arts and cinema studies in Morocco.

Eliassa said that the event would help in generating more production of animation films in Morocco, where the art is relatively new and opportunities limited.

“This win is only the beginning of more production in animated cinema because Morocco does not have this art. I hope that this festival will discover more talents who could shine in this field,” he said.

Among those who attended the festival were filmmakers not only from Europe, Asia and Africa but also from studios in Hollywood.

The festival’s artistic director Mohamed Beyoud, said that the strategy to attract students from fine art and cinema institutes had paid off.

“We may have some very illustrious foreign guests but to do so, we should have spectators. This is why we concentrated on training young people not only in Meknes but also students we bring from schools of fine art and cinema institutes from all over Morocco. We organised workshops and films screening to generate interest in animated films. We are proud of our success because we managed to attract an audience to the cinema genre,” said Beyoud.

The opening ceremony was attended by the French and Canadian ambassadors to Morocco.

The event gets its financial backing from the Aicha Foundation, which became joint promoter in 2003.

The foundation’s Chairman Mardochee Devico, said that the body wants to promote the event in Meknes, so that it becomes as popular as the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and the International Comics Festival in the French city of Angouleme.

Funke Akindele, Desmond Elliot, Others Shine As Nominees Of AMVCA

Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCA) is less than a month away and nominees of the prestigious and well-celebrated awards have since been announced to the delight of fans, who still have the opportunity to vote for their favourites.

The 1st edition, which held in 2013, had the likes of O.C Ukeje, Mercy Johnson, Tunde Kelani and other notable movie stars as winners of different award categories.

According to organisers, this year promises to be even more exciting as there are speculations as to which celebrities will win in the different categories.

 

Nominees List:

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA

Stephanie Wilson – Living Funeral (3A)
Veronica Waceke – Higher Learning (3B)
Nse Ikpe-Etim – Journey To Self (3C)
Nkiru Sylvanus – Kiss And The Brides (3D)
Ivie Okujaye – The Volunteers (3E)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA

Juma Rajab Rashid – Siri Ya Mtungi (2A)
Majid Michel – Somewhere in Africa (2B)
Hlomla Dandala – Contract (2C)
Majid Michel – House of Gold (2D)
Tope Tedela – A Mile from Home (2E)

BEST MOVIE (DRAMA)

Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to Abuja (6A)
Edwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half Life (6B)
Udoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living Funeral (6C)
Frank Rajah Arase – The Price (6D)
Frank Rajah Arase – Groom’s Bride (6E)
Chris Eneaji &  Jumafor Ajogwu – Murder at Prime Suites (6F)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

Hlomla Dandala – Contract (7A)
John Okafor – Return of Sheri Koko (7B)
Osita Iheme – The Hero (7C)
Osita Iheme – The Fighter (7D)
Chinedu Ikedieze – The Hero (7E)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

Funke Akindele – The Fighter (8A)
Funke Akindele – The Hero (8B)
Funke Akindele – The Return Of Sheri Koko (8C)
Mary Ogbonna – Clinic Matters (8D)
Jackie Appiah – Cheaters (8E)
Yvonne Okoro – Contract (8F)

BEST MOVIE (COMEDY)

Uche Jumbo – Lies Men Tell (9A)
Shirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh – Contract (9B)
Elvis Chucks – A Wish (9C)
Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Fighter (9D)
Martins Onyebuchi Onyemaobi – The Hero (9E)

 

 

Tunde Kelani’s ‘Dazzling Mirage’ Gets New Trailer Ahead Of Premiere

As the countdown to the premiere of the movie ‘Dazzling Mirage’ continues, veteran director; Tunde Kelani has released a second trailer and new photos for the movie.

In the movie, Lala Akindoju leads as a sickle- cell sufferer who strives to overcome social stigma, prejudice and low self-esteem, determined to achieve success, marriage and motherhood.

The movie also stars Kunle Afolayan, Taiwo Ajayi Lycett, Tosyn Bucknor, Bimbo Manuel, amongst others and was written by Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare.

Watch the trailer and see photos below.

Actors Meet Jonathan, Call For Censors Board Sack

The Actors Guild of Nigeria has called for the sack of those at the helm of affairs of the Nigeria Film Corporation and National Film and Video Censors Board.

The call was made by the President of the guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima, when they paid a solidarity visit to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Fiberesima is the first female President of the guild since its inception 15 years ago with about 5 million members nationwide.

Fiberesima urged the President to review their appointments and employ those with passion for the job to instil purposeful leadership in the film industry.

She said that those who have been appointed to run those agencies have shown lack of capacity to put the industry on the path of growth, especially in this transformational period. She implored the President to review those appointments and appoint administrators with passion, zeal and total dedication to the development of the film Industry.

She also said that Nollywood was in dire need of a modern, responsive legal environment for it to continue to thrive and remain relevant to this administration’s transformation agenda.

In his response, President Jonathan promised to look at the requests put forward by the guild  for the donation of a piece  of land, stating that the land was guaranteed, but that he would meet with the FCT Minister to help them build a secretariat.

Noting that actors nationwide have touched the lives of Nigerians even to the grassroots, the President said that Nollywood was the tool that would be used to redefine Africa.

The Information Minister, Labaran Maku, promised that their request that needed executive assent would be presented to the Federal Executive Council next week.

The Culture and Tourism Minister, Edem Duke, also urged the guild to sustain the positive value of the country, as well as the unity of the country in every story they tell.

Nigerian Filmmakers Should Focus On Africa, Not Hollywood – Charles Novia

A Nigerian movie maker, Charles Novia, has defined his target market as 1 billion Africans who can relate to stories about the ‘Black man,’ adding that, the desire to break into Hollywood will only lead to a struggle for recognition.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Novia spoke about the interrelationship between the top three film industries in the world: Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood.

He advised local film makers to concentrate on the ready market available in Africa rather than aim to attain recognition by Hollywood which will amount to a struggle to be known.

Novia, who made a comparison between plots in Nigerian movies versus plots in Hollywood movies, said that Hollywood filmmakers have been able to make the concept of ‘magic,’ which is tagged ‘voodoo’ in African movies, appealing.

Film festivals such as the African Film Festival currently holding at Tinapa in Calabar is a platform on which film makers and actors from the different sides of the divide interact.

Novia commended the organisers of the event which has attracted both the international and Nigerian community to the centre.

He also spoke about Tinapa and the reason why it is yet to achieve its potentials.

He explained that the original plan for building Tinapa was to encourage the film industry and advertising agencies to shoot films and commercials locally but there was a mistake along the line.

He pointed out that as at the time Tinapa was built, the structures were ahead of times and movie professionals were not consulted.

“The grandiose idea of the structure wasn’t really made with the local industry in mind,” he said adding that the error was the reason why the structure ‘remained fallow’ until recently, when Ebony Live TV started using it.

If the structures were to be built now, there would be more input from filmmakers.

Novia also said that Calabar is a good location for film makers because of the ambience and serenity but wondered why most film makers are not using it as a film base.

He credited this to a ‘bandwagon mentality’ which causes stakeholders to emulate each other.

He commented on the visit by international movie makers and actors to events in Nigeria and said there is a disconnect somewhere as to the intent of such visit. He tagged it as a good PR mechanism.

Lala Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan Lead In New Kelani Movie

One of Nigeria’s famed thespians, Kemi Lala Akindoju, and award winning movie maker, Kunle Afolayan take the lead in the latest Tunde Kelani movie ‘Dazzling Mirage’, which is now in post-production.

Mirage is the story of a talented, beautiful young sickle-cell sufferer who overcomes social stigma, prejudice and her own low self-esteem, to achieve success, marriage and motherhood.

Kemi Lala is known mostly for her work on stage with plays like The V Monologues and Ola Rotimi’s The Gods are not to Blame. This year, she made her pivot to the screen with box office hit ‘Alan Poza’ and a steady role on MNET Series, Tinsel.

Lala is also Casting Director for GTBANK Ndani’s ‘Gidi Up’.

Photos from the movie set below.

Government Officials Involved In Piracy – Nollywood Actor

Veteran actor, Paul Obazele, revealed activities of some government officials who he said are major sponsors of the movie pirates.

Speaking about the early beginning of the Nigerian film industry, he said that the stakeholders were abandoned by the federal government, in their fight against piracy.

“Some big people in government are involved in this act” of piracy, he revealed.

He alleged that some government officials have replicating plants. Some government officials receive ‘settlement’ in exchange for apprehending the culprits.

He explained that pirates take copies of Nollywood movies abroad to London and Peckham to re-produce and distribute, without the producer’s authority.

He said the money made by pirates is enough to take them on shopping sprees, lodge in a three star hotel.

The replicating plants don’t work during the daytime but at night and will be taken across Nigerian borders at dawn.

He added that each replicating plant can produce up to 300,000 copies.

Nollywood is the third largest movie producing industry in the world.

Full interview:

Why ICPC, EFCC Should Not Be Merged

A social commentator and Managing Consultant of the Anti-Corruption Observatory group, Ivie Richards on Wednesday kicked against the Federal Government approval to merge two anti-graft agencies, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Mr Richards, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said these agencies were established for different purposes.

He said, “The ICPC came into force via an act in June 2000. If you look at that law, it was directed primarily at the everyday occurrences and corruption issues in the public sector; things like embezzlement, clientilism, bribery, victimization and things like these.
He said the ICPC law hinders the agency from going out to seek information and from protecting informants.

“Section 27 of that law says that the ICPC must receive petition from the public before it can act. A subsection of that law also says that someone who is an illiterate for instance want to volunteer information to ICPC, a staff of the ICPC orally takes down you statement and then you have to thump print. In other words, the ICPC cannot protect informant and they cannot go seeking for information,” he said.

Mr Richards said this is different from the law setting up the EFCC.

“Section 38 and 39 of that law says that the EFCC can go seeking for information and they are not obliged to reveal their sources of information. In other words, they can protect their informant,” he said.

The Federal Government had on Monday approved the merging of the ICPC and the EFCC.

The merger of the two commissions comes as part of the government’s decision to implement the recommendations of the Steve Oronsaye-led Presidential Committee on the rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies.

The EFCC was established in 2003 to investigate financial crimes such as Advance Fee Fraud (419) and money laundering. Its establishment by the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration was seen to be an urgent response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, which had named Nigeria as one of the 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community’s efforts to fight money laundering.

The ICPC was also inaugurated by the Obasanjo administration to, among other functions, receive and investigate reports of corruption and prosecute the offender[s]; and to examine, review and enforce the correction of corruption-prone systems and procedures of public bodies with a view to eliminating corruption in public life.

Both agencies were set up by enabling laws.

Nigerian Travellers Still Groan Despite N1.414 Trillion Spent On Road

Nigeria has about 35, 000km of federal roads in its network. However despite N1.414 trillion expended on their maintenance since 1999, the roads remain death traps.

From Shagamu-Ore to Benin, Onitsha to Owerri, Gombe to Potiskum, Abuja to Lokoja, Ibadan to Ilorin among others, travellers suffer untold hardships as greater portions of the road network are in deplorable condition. These roads are ridden with potholes and gullies.

Watch the video below and share your thoughts by dropping a comment on how Nigeria can improve the state of its roads and other infrastructure.

Expert Lists Factor Responsible For Building Collapse

The President, Building Collapse Prevention Guild, Kunle Awobodu on Thursday said the frequent collapse of building in the country is “an aberration that has dented the image of construction professionals in Nigeria.”

Mr Awobodu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, one of the major problems with buildings in Nigeria is that owners of structures do not conduct soil test before commencement of construction work.

The spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South west zone, Ibrahim Farinloye had on Wednesday confirmed to Channels Television that about 36 deficient buildings in Lagos have been reported to them.

In the video below, Mr Awobodu listed some other factors responsible for collapse of building and what the government, construction professionals and individual property owners can do to prevent building collapse.