I Can’t Act In A Movie Without Royalties In My Contract – Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde

Leading actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, says the reason she has not been picking up roles in movies lately is because she cannot act in a movie where she will not get royalties in her contract.

Popularly known as Omosexy, she disclosed this in an interview on Rubbin Minds on Channels Television.

She also lamented that Nollywood industry is disorganised and lacks structure. She, however, added she is proud that alot of learned people are in the movie industry now and that the standard has increased.

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“It is really hitting me, how disorganised my industry is and how much we have not done structurally. I know there are people who are very intelligent in this industry but somehow, we have not just coordinated ourselves. Individually, some of us are doing very well but as a body we are not.

“So I have decided to fall back. I am not doing movies for now because most times when I talk to produces, I tell them since I acted ‘Ije’ every movie I have acted had royalties in my contract. So if you are not going to put royalties in my contract, I am not going to do your movie. You don’t just pay me off and go.

“If I die tomorrow, let my children to have something to hold on to,” she said.

Also known as the ‘Queen of Film’ Omotola said it is irresponsible that actors will allow themselves to be used and dumped by producers.

“I think it is irresponsible that we are doing this or that we are allowing people to do this to us.”

When asked if actors demanding royalties is sustainable in Nigeria’s entertainment industry. She expressed confidence that, “It is very sustainable.”

The actress also hinted at her new initiative called Teffest which according to her will change the face of entertainment in the country.

#Oscars 2020: Nigeria Announces New Selection Committee

In this file photo taken on March 1, 2018 Oscars statuettes stand on display during a preview for the Governors Ball during the 90th annual Academy Awards week in Hollywood, California. 
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has reconstituted a 12-man committee of Nollywood stakeholders, ahead of the 2020 Academy Awards, popularly called The Oscars.

Comprising old and young Nollywood stakeholders, the newly constituted Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC) is headed by pioneer member, Chineze Anyaene, with other members including, Mildred Okwo, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Ngozi Okafor, Charles Novia, Abba Makama, Bruce Ayonote, Ramsey Nouah, Chioma Ude, Shaibu Husseini, Adetokunbo “DJ Tee” Odubawo and CJ Obasi.

“We dont take this for granted. We hope the committee fulfils its original mandate, which is to give a platform to credible Nigerian films to compete at the prestigious Academy Awards annually,” Anyaene said.

“We couldn’t make any submissions in previous years due to unavailability of qualifying films, but things are looking hopeful… and we are actively working towards having an entry this year.”

Nigeria had joined 82 other countries contesting the ‘Foreign Language’ diadem, now called ‘International Feature Film’ category, after an approval and subsequent inauguration of the NOSC in February 2014.

However, Nollywood could not present any film for the Oscars as the few submissions did not meet basic criteria.

The ‘International Feature Film’ of the Oscars gives an opportunity to Nigerian filmmakers living in Nigeria and diaspora for a shot at the foremost creative industry award scheme globally.

Meet Nigerian Teens Set To Take Nollywood By Storm With Just Smartphones

 

A group of teenagers from Kaduna are on the verge of making a major break into the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood), and they plan to do this with just their smartphones. 

Following the massive social media attention which their short films garnered, the teens who call themselves ‘The Critic‘ might indeed find their way and take their place in scheme of things within Nollywood.

Using just a basic green screen, the student filmmakers have been playing around with the sci-fi movie genre and are beginning to get the attention of the world.

With basic tools and just smartphones, these students come up with rather surprising short films that have left a wow effect on many viewers.

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These crew of 8, is said to have short their first film titled ‘Redemption’ from visual effects skills which they learned through YouTube Tutorials.

According to one of the young filmmakers, Godwin Josiah, their aim was not just to go viral, but to show that kids within the north are doing something different.

Despite the various challenges they face, The Critics have continued to excel in special effects, making very commendable clips with a smashed mobile phone, a tripod made from a broken microphone stand and other equipment made from improvisation and thinking out of the box.

As often is the reward of creativity and hard-work, films by The Critics caught the eye of a well-known producer – who encouraged a fundraising campaign making them almost $6,000 which is enough to buy them new equipment which will see to the production of more qualitative films.

Nigeria’s Nollywood Reels In Foreign Investors

In this file photo taken on February 19, 2019, a customer stands in front of a shelf full of Nollywood movies in a shop at Idumota market in Lagos.

 

Nigeria’s film industry, dubbed Nollywood, has long kept viewers entertained with tales of romance and riches, and now foreign investors are increasingly looking for a part of the action.

US giant Netflix, France’s Canal+ and China’s StarTimes are among those making moves in the globe’s second-most-prolific film industry, which churns out more than 2,500 films each year and is topped only by India’s Bollywood.

At an event in Nigeria’s economic capital Lagos, this week potential investors from France mingled with local directors and politicians as they heard about the possibilities on offer.

“The revenues from the box office rose by 36 percent between 2017 and 2018 from $17.3 million to $23.6 million,” Chijioke Uwaegbute, an expert on the industry at PwC Nigeria, told those gathered.

“Nowhere in the world will you see this kind of opportunities and growth.”

Traditionally, Nollywood films have been low-budget productions, often shot in just a couple of days at a cost of several thousand dollars and marred by poor sound and image quality.

Rampant piracy and the widespread circulation of unlicensed copies has eaten into profits and put off investors from increased funding.

But higher quality Nigerian-made films have in recent years been having far more impact at the box office in a nation with a potential market of almost 200 million people.

The Wedding Party and its sequel Wedding Party 2 released by director Kemi Adetiba in 2016 and 2017 generated over $2 million, beating out US blockbusters for the first time.

Following up on that success the comedy Chief Daddy by Niyi Akinmolayan brought in some $600,000 last year.

The figures remain minuscule compared to the vast sums grossed by Hollywood hits, and the Oscars are a distant dream, but increasingly upper and middle-class Nigerians who can afford the tickets seem willing to pay to go see local productions.

And it is these films with a higher production value that are attracting the investors from overseas.

‘Real appetite’

Canal Olympia, a subsidiary of French media giant Vivendi, runs cinemas and entertainment venues across the continent and includes at least one Nollywood film in its programming each week.

The group will next year open two cinemas in Nigeria, a country with only one screen per million people where power shortages and high land-costs have made such ventures complicated.

“It is very important for us to be close to Nollywood,” Simon Minkowski, development director at Canal Olympia, told AFP.

“But beyond just distribution, there is a real appetite to produce the content made by Africans in Africa.”

Laurent Sicouri, head of acquisitions at Canal+, said he was in Lagos to “evaluate the production” of Nigerian cinema.

The chain has already upped its interest in films from the country and offers Nollywood TV to its subscribers in Francophone Africa.

While there is interest from Europe, most of the attention for directors and producers in Nigeria is focused on trying to attract Netflix.

The online entertainment provider has already acquired the rights to a string of Nollywood productions and in January released the first Netflix Nigerian original film, Lionheart by actor-director Genevieve Nnaji.

Those involved in the industry are hoping that the influx of foreign interest will help push their output to a new level.

But Serge Noukoue, founder of the Paris-based Nollywood Week film festival, warned that the industry needs to wise up to take full advantage.

“Now that Nollywood is attracting investors the Nigerians have to learn to better protect their interests so that there is not just pure exploitation of their content,” he said.

“At the moment, they sell to Netflix and that is the end of the story.”

AFP

Genevieve Celebrates 20 years In Nollywood

 

Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji recently celebrated 20 years in the industry.

The actress made the announcement on her Instagram page while reflecting on her achievements as a filmmaker.

“As 2018 comes to an end, I mark 20 years in the art of filmmaking.

“I’m grateful for my life, journey, and growth thus far.

“I’m happy I could celebrate with you through a product that embodied all of me, mentally and spiritually; for all of your pleasure”.

Top 10 Nollywood Movies People Loved In 2018

 

2018 was yet another big year for Nollywood as the industry continues to get better and better.

With a lot of movies increasingly hitting the big screens and receiving more recognition globally, many say the Nigerian movie industry is now truly coming into its own.

Here are 10 of the most liked and successful movies of the year according to Google’s viewer ratings, in no particular order.

“Merry Men”

 

This movie tells the story of four young men, considered to be Abuja’s most eligible, as well as notorious bachelors.

They have thriving businesses, fast cars, massive homes and the attention of women in no short supply.

While they are known as the Merry Men, the ladies call them the Real Yoruba Demons.

The movie stars, Folarin Falana, Ayo Makun, Ramsey Nouah and Jim Iyke.

Directed by Toka McBaror and produced by Ayo Makun, the movie was released in September 2018 and is liked by 98% of the viewers.

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“New Money”

Starring Jemima Osunde as Toun Odumosu, the movie tells the story of a young lady, who goes from being a shop girl to a billionaire,after her absentee father leaves her his empire to run.

Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie was released in March 2018 and liked by 92% of the viewers.

The star-studded movie features Folarin Falana, Osas Ighodaro, Wofaifada, Daniel Etim Effiong, Adeolu Adefarasin, Kalu Ikeagwu.

“Lion Heart”

Veteran actress Genevieve Nnaji stars in this flick as Adaeze Obiagu, a young lady who has to step up to the challenge when her father is no longer able to handle the company due to health issues.

Her father Ernest Obiagu (Pete Edochie), leaves the company in the hands of an uncle and both of them have to fight to save the company from a huge debt or lose it altogether.

An inspiring drama which addresses issues around family values, succession, and female empowerment, “Lion Heart” marks Nnaji’s directorial debut.

“It highlights the various challenges faced by women, particularly in male-dominated industries,” she told Women and Hollywood.

Online movie streaming platform, Netflix, also announced that it acquired the worldwide rights for the movie.

According to Google, 96% of viewers liked the movie.

“Up North”

This movie tells the story of a young rebellious heir, Bassey Otuekong (Banky Wellington), who is sent to Bauchi for his NYSC assignment as a punishment and as a way of humbling him, while also being groomed to take over his father’s company.

It explores love, friendship and family politics, all of which collide, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Directed by Tope Oshin, the movie features Rahama Sadau, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Adesuwa Etomi Wellington, Hilda Dokubo.

It hit cinemas in December 2018

“Wedding Party 2”

The romantic comedy starring Banky W as (Dozie) and Adesua Etomi as (Dunni) is a sequel to ‘The Wedding Party’, which became a monster hit after its release in December 2017.

The story is about two people genuinely in love and the unnecessary interference of family members as well as the hassles of inter-cultural marriages.

While the first movie explores the flamboyant Nigerian wedding culture, the sequel, which is also full of humour and warmth, captures the concept of destination weddings, which is gradually gaining ground among Nigerians.

The movie has remained a favourite for many, despite being released on December 15, 2017, and is one of the top trending movies of 2018.

Directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, it was liked by 93% of viewers according to Google.

 

“Royal Hibiscus Hotel”

In this romantic comedy, a disillusioned London chef, Opeoluwa (Zainab Balogun), visits Nigeria and struggles with her matchmaking mother as well as in restoring the family’s rundown hotel.

She’s heartbroken as she discovers her new lover, Deji (Keneth Okoli), is working on a deal to buy the hotel.

An Ebony Life Films production, the movie which was directed by Ishaya Bako had its world premiere on September 9, 2017.

It was then officially released in February 2018 and is liked by 94% of the viewers.

“Esohe”

Nigerian Immigrant Gary Barbar (Jimmy Jean-Louis), works as a teacher in the United States and is quite successful.

However, from time to time, he suffers violent flashes of visions and nightmares of a past that he knows nothing about.

His entire life and aspirations eventually hinge on finding the truth and meaning behind the nightmares.

In trying to find answers, he returns home to Benin City but is totally unprepared for the complications that await him.

Esohe, directed by Charles Uwagbai, is an epic film that explores themes of reincarnation, love and the supernatural.

It features Jemima Osunde, Chris Attoh and Toyin Aiyemakun.

“King Of Boys”

This movie follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami (Sola Sobowale), a businesswoman and philanthropist with a promising political future.

As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she’s drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear.

To come out of this on top, she is caught up in a game of trust and ruthlessness.

The movie was directed by Kemi Adetiba and is her second film after her directorial debut, The Wedding Party.

It was released in October 2018 and is liked by 97% of the viewers.

“Chief Daddy”

The movie tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses.

He lives extravagantly, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops.

“Chief Daddy” also explores the chaos caused by having numerous children from different women who were not aware of the existence of one another, until their father’s death.

Directed by Niyi Akinmoloyan, the movie was released on December 14, 2018.

According to Google, it is liked by 96% of viewers.

“God Calling”

This is a movie that explores themes of faith, spirituality, and self-discovery.

Starring Zainab Balogun, the story looks at the life of a young woman, Sade, her family, and her faith through the lens of an unconventional encounter with God in the modern age.

After suffering a personal tragedy, she is taken on a journey of self-discovery and faith which transforms the lives all those around her.

Directed by BB Sasore, the movie features Karibi Fubara, Nkem Owoh, Richard Mofe Damijo, Tina Mba, Onyeka Onwenu, among others.

It was released in December 2018 and is liked by 100% of the viewers.

 

“Lara And The Beat”

This movie tells a story about the young and beautiful Giwa sisters caught in the center of a financial scandal with their late parents’ media empire.

The sisters are forced out of their privileged bubble, and must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s past.

Produced by Tosin Coker, the movie was released in July 2018 and it is liked by 94% of the viewers.

Cast: Seyi Shey, Vector, Somkele Iyamma, Sharom Ooja among others.

Netflix Acquires Worldwide Rights To Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lionheart’

 

Online movie streaming platform, Netflix, has announced that it has acquired the worldwide rights for Nigerian actress, Genevieve Nnaji’s movie, ‘Lionheart’.

Netflix made the announcement in a statement on Friday, saying “Lionheart marks the first Netflix original film from Nigeria”.

Genevieve also confirmed the news via her social media handle.

 

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While she has remained a prominent player in Nigeria’s film industry (Nollywood) with her career spanning over 20 years, in recent years, she has ventured into film production, among other things.

Under her production company, The Entertainment Network (T.E.N.) in collaboration with other partners, she produced her first feature film in 2015, “Road To Yesterday” directed by Ishaya Bako – which has now ushered in her directorial debut, Lionheart.

The movie will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Starring herself, (Genevieve) alongside Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Nkem Owoh, amongst others, the film is an inspiring drama which addresses issues around family values, succession, and female empowerment.

“It highlights the various challenges faced by women, particularly in male-dominated industries,” Nnaji told Women and Hollywood.

Nollywood Mourns As ‘Omoge Campus’ Dies

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Aisha Abimbola

 

Various Nollywood celebrities have taken to social media to express shock over the death of their colleague, Aisha Abimbola, popularly known as Omoge Campus.

The popular Yoruba actress, died in a Canadian hospital on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

Abimbola’s death has thrown many into shock including her colleagues who have taken to social media to mourn her.

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Odunlade Adekola in a post on his verified Instagram handle @odunomoadekola wrote, “Omg, so sad.” Bisola Badmus, another Nollywood actress who is a close friend of Abimbola also posted “Gone so soon, RIP Omoge Campus,” on her Instagram page.

Toyin Abraham also on social media used prayer emoji and said “Goodnight,” while Ronke Odusanya in her post said she is still in shock over the news of Abimbola’s death.

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Deeply moved by the news of Abimbola’s death, Actor, Kunle Afod, likened this to the death of another Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya, who died last year also in Canada.

Afod also posted a short video of Abimbola acting the role of an old woman, with the caption, “Will really miss you.”

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Abimbola shot into limelight with her role in the movie, “Omoge Campus.” Produced in 2001 by Bola Igida. She has featured in other movies and Television series.

She died at the age of 42.

Nollywood Stars Storm Ibadan For Gabriel Afolayan’s Wedding

Nollywood celebrities on Thursday stormed the capital city of Oyo State, as actor Gabriel Afolayan tied the knot with fiancée, Amoke.

The colourful traditional wedding was held amidst pomp and pageantry even as their pictures and video form the wedding dominated social media with the trend #gbanks2018.

The ceremony was graced by top Nollywood artists including Adeniyi Johnson, Olasunkanmi Omobolanle, Tope Tedela, Wole Ojo and others.

Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, his wife Adesua, pop artiste Mo’Cheddah, ace comedian Woli Arole, among other celebrities were at the traditional wedding.

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The couple had begun their journey into matrimony with the introduction earlier held in Osogbo, Osun State.

Afolayan, a Nollywood actor cum singer is known by the stage name G-Fresh. In February this year, he released a single titled ‘Amoke.’

The church wedding is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 7.

Afolayan had earlier made the announcement of their wedding by posting their pre-wedding picture on his official Instagram handle @gabbyluccii.

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Lights, Camera, Action: Top Nollywood Movies Of 2017

There were many movie productions in 2017, from the excellent, the good, average and the not so nice – however, it has been described by many as one of Nigeria’s biggest year in movies.

From crashing the box office to bagging awards and international screenings, many have agreed that productions in the Nigerian movie industry (Nollywood), have evolved a great deal from what used to be – cliché-ridden, flat story-lined, poor dialogue stories, coupled with a lot of technical inadequacies, to more refreshing narratives and well put together productions in general.

With a lot of movies now hitting the big screens and receiving more international recognition, here are some of the most talked about and perhaps most successful movies of 2017 going by their overall reactions from the audience – in no particular order.

Roti

A kunle Afolayan production that explores the pain felt by parents who lose a child they waited 10 years to have.

The movie explores the idea of reincarnation when the couple, Kate Henshaw (Daine) and Kunle Afolayan (Kabir) lose their son (Roti).

After several days of grief, Daine one day, finds a replica of Roti and starts to believe that perhaps he returned to her.

Subsequently, she has to accept that Juwon is not Roti’s reincarnate and slips back into depression.

The psychological drama is an emotional analysis of grief, mental instability and the ability to find strength to carry on with life after losing a loved one.

Royal Hibiscus Hotel

In the romantic comedy, a disillusioned London chef (Opeoluwa) a role played by Zainab Balongun, visits Nigeria and struggles with her matchmaking mother as well as restoring the family’s rundown hotel.

She’s heartbroken as she discovers her new lover, Deji (Keneth Okoli), is working on a deal to buy the hotel.

An Ebony Life Films production, the movie which was directed by Ishaya Bako had its world premiere on September 9, 2017.

The Wedding Party: Destination Dubai

The romantic comedy film starring Banky W as (Dozie) and Adesua Etomi as (Dunni) is a sequel to ‘The Wedding Party’, which is currently the highest grossing Nollywood movie ever.

The story is about two people genuinely in love and the unnecessary interference of family members as well as the hassles of inter-cultural marriages.

While the first movie explores the flamboyant Nigerian wedding culture, its sequel which was full of humour and warmth, captures the concept of destination weddings, which is gradually gaining ground amongst Nigerians.

Isoken

The Jade Osiberu movie portrays the family and societal pressure most Nigerian ladies go through when they are getting older and are yet to be married.

Starring Dakore Akande as Isoken, many saw the movie as the perfect comeback for the actress since she has been away from acting for quite a while.

Isoken was a 34-year-old charming, beautiful and successful lady whose family members began to worry about when it seemed like no responsible man was coming to ask for her hand in marriage.

Eventually, she meets a man who everyone considers to be every woman’s dream and they get along fast. However, things take a different turn when she meets another young (Oyinbo) man and begins to doubt her love for Osaze, the character played by Joseph Benjamin.

Potato Potahto

The Shirley Frimpong-Manso movie is about a couple – Joselyn Dumas as Lulu and OC Ukeje as Tony, who decide to live together in their matrimonial home even after their divorce.

They split the compound and house into two to avoid running into each other. Things take a different turn after Tony brings in an attractive female house help. To get back at him, his ex-wife Lulu hires a hunky young man to help her out.

With so many dramatic twists and turns, the couple go through the phase of trying to figure out their feelings for each other.

Hakkunde

Asurf Oluseyi’s first feature film stars the popular internet sensation Kunle Idowu, a.k.a Frank Donga as Akande, who is on a journey to self-discovery.

The movie portrays the daily struggles of a job-hunting graduate and what they go through just to survive which in some cases involves doing menial jobs that do not commensurate with their qualifications.

While the movie is very inspiring and teaches a lot of lessons, it manages to weave in a good amount of comedy. Such is seen in Akande’s relationship with his sister, Yewande played by Toyin Ayimakun.

Slow Country

This action-thriller which stars Ivie Okujaye, tells the story of a homeless teenage mother, who gets herself trapped in prostitution and drug trafficking for seven years to secure a good life for her son.

She decides to quit but her boss who is a ruthless human and drug trafficker is not ready to end the contract.

One of the reasons for the movie’s high rating by majority of its audience is its unique genre which till date remains one yet to be fully tapped by Nigerian film makers.

The movie was directed by Eric Aghimien.

Banana Island Ghost

The comic movie directed by BB Sasore, tells the story of a ghost – Patrick, who doesn’t want to go to heaven because he doesn’t have a soulmate.

After convincing God to give him three days to fall in love, he meets Ijeoma (Chigurl) who is hard to love but they eventually get along.

The movie also showcases God’s relationship with his children as well his undying love. It scores high in its use of music, sound and graphic effects.

10 Days In Sun City

This comedy-drama by AY Makun which sees Akpos on another ‘adventure (to South Africa this time around), is one that some say merely rode on the box office success of the earlier series, ‘A Trip to Jamaica’.

Starring Adesua Etomi as Bianca and AY as Akpos, the movie shows Bianca as a campus beauty queen who Akpos sacrificed his livelihood to make successful.

After successfully winning a national beauty pageant, Bianca, is now an international celebrity rolling with the ‘high and mighty’.

Richard Mofe Damijo (Otunba) who has also invested in her, follows Akpos and Bianca to Sun city and tries to win her over with his wit and charm. He also offers Akpos a huge amount of money to give up his love.

The movie remains the third-highest-grossing Nigerian film by domestic gross and is liked by 96% of its audience, according to google.

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce To Star In Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

Beyonce is set to voice Simba’s childhood friend turned love interest Nala in the live-action remake of Disney’s “The Lion King,” the singer and studio announced Wednesday.

The 36-year-old pop megastar confirmed the long-rumored role in a Facebook post that showed headshots of the voice cast, also revealing that Keegan-Michael Key (“Why Him?”, “Storks”) will be playing a hyena named Kamari.

Alongside Beyonce and mostly previously announced will be Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones reprising his role in the 1994 animated movie as Mufasa, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as his nemesis Scar.

Comedian John Oliver was confirmed as Zazu, while other big names in the production – set for release in July 2019 – include Seth Rogan and Billy Eichner.

“It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” said director Jon Favreau, who helmed Disney’s hit live-action remake of “The Jungle Book” (2016), in a statement confirming the cast.

The production will build on Disney’s hugely lucrative reimagining of that movie and several other classics from its vaults — including “Beauty and the Beast,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” — for contemporary audiences.

“The Lion King” is one of the biggest animated films of all time, with a lifetime global box-office gross of just under $1 billion.

It won Oscars for the song “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John and Tim Rice, and for its score by Hans Zimmer, plus two Grammy Awards, with the soundtrack selling more than 14 million copies.

The stage production made its Broadway debut in 1997 and went on to win six Tony Awards.

Translated into eight languages, the film’s 23 global stage productions have been seen by more than 85 million people. The worldwide gross for the brand exceeds that of any film, Broadway show or other entertainment title in history.

Stunning early footage of the live-action version shown at Disney’s D23 fan convention in Southern California in July climaxed in the iconic moment when Rafiki introduces newborn Simba to the animals of the savannah.

“This is a story that belongs to everyone who grew up with the original film,” said Favreau.

“I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using new techniques and technologies.”

AFP

Omoni Oboli, Husband Celebrate 17 Years Together

Actress Omoni Oboli and her husband Nnamdi Oboli, are celebrating 17 years of being happily married.

The couple took to Instagram to express their love for each other as well as gratitude for how far they’ve come.

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Coupled with heart-warming messages, they shared throw-back photos of each other in what one can describe as their days of humble beginning.

17 YEARS LATER And you’re still the one I love ❤️ If it was easy, everyone would be doing it If it was horrible, no one would’ve done it If it was of man alone, success would be unattainable If it is of God, success would be inevitable We didn’t get this far because of our education or astuteness ‍‍‍‍ We didn’t build a beautiful home and raise lovely children because of our parental skills or resourcefulness We are two flawed people who accept that unless the Lord builds the house we labour in vain We know that if it were up to us alone, without God’s grace, none of this could we sustain I love you Mrs Oboli, my wife, my best friend, my love for life ❤️❤️❤️ I cherish you as God’s gift to me on this 17th anniversary of when God made you my wife ❤️❤️ #happyanniversary #MyWifeAndI #loveyouforlife

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The couple is blessed with three boys.