[Vibez] Dino Goes To Nollywood, Cynthia Morgan VS Jude, #MarlianDay + More

 

This week on Vibez, we take a look at some of the stories that shook the Nigerian entertainment space and the showbiz world in general.

Top on that list is the controversy surrounding Nigerian Dancehall Musician, Cynthia Morgan and her fallout with C.E.O of Northside Entertainment ltd, Jude Okoye.

Also in the news this week was the passing of Guinean singer Mory Kante, who helped introduce African music to a world audience in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, in the world of fashion, we got a glimpse of what the future would look like post-COVID-19, with the launch of Congolese Designer Anifa Mvuemba’s latest collection featuring 3D models.

Catch all this and more on this episode of the show.

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Halima Abubakar Called Out By US Mother For ‘Stealing’ Baby Photo

 

A few days ago, Nollywood actress, Halima Abubakar announced that she was a new mother after welcoming her first child.

Halima made her baby’s delivery public with an image of an infant hand holding an adult’s thumb.

The Nollywood star described the photo saying, “A gift from God And I will cherish you for life :weary::heart::heart::heart:Biggest miracle :heart:A Boy:pray::skin-tone-2: 3/4/20.”

However, days afterwards, the actress is now being accused of stealing a photo of another baby to pose as hers on Instagram.

Halima was called out by a mother in the United States who claims that Abubakar stole the photo from her page.

The photo which was shared on her Instagram page on Monday, April 6, 2020, by the actress following the arrival of her baby has been taken down.

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The disgruntled mom identified as @the_arielb on Instagram said, “I guess we are now famous in another country.” She then went on to write, “I will not edit, delete, or censor my page because of the simple mindedness of others.”

Ariel went on to share screenshots of conversations between herself and Abubakar where she appealed to the actress to take down the photo of her baby from her Instagram page.

Explaining that she posts her kids and life because she loves it and is proud of who they are, Ariel says having a baby is a private moment she decided to share. She opines that 2020 makes it look like having a baby is not personal but a screenshot crop and repost kind of comment.

The disparity in post times on Instagram shows that Ariel posted her photo on March 13 while Abubakar posted the same photo some weeks later, in April.

Screenshots of direct messages conversation between Ariel and the actress, shows Abubakar admitting that she only posted the photo to announce her child’s birth.

Apologising for the incovenience, the Nollywood star said she will delete the photo while congratulating Ariel on the birth of her child but the photo is still stayed up on Halima’s Instagram page after she said she will delete it.

Halima first hinted about being pregnant back in November 2019 when she said she is expecting a “Lil Minnie” and can’t wait for motherhood.

Nollywood Actress Nse Ikpe-Etim Self-Quarantines

Nse Ikpe-Etim won the Best Actress in a Drama award at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for playing "Nse" in Journey to Self. Photo: Nse Ikpe-Etim / Twitter
Nse Ikpe-Etim won the Best Actress in a Drama award at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for playing “Nse” in Journey to Self. Photo: Nse Ikpe-Etim / Twitter

 

Popular Nollywood actress, Nse Ikpe-Etim on Friday said she had put herself under self-isolation after arriving from the United Kingdom.

Nigeria’s health minister, Osagie Ehanire, has advised all visitors arriving into the country to self-quarantine for at least 14 days, in order to limit the potential spread of the deadly new coronavirus.

The self-quarantine is highly recommended especially for those arriving from coronavirus hotspot countries, including the UK.

“Yesterday, in the morning, I returned to Lagos from the UK – one of the countries listed as a COVID-19 hotspot by the Federal Ministry of Health,” Ikpe-Etim said on Twitter.

 

“I am presently in Self-Isolation according to the directives of the NCDC (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) and in constant communication with them.”

The actress, who came into prominence in 2008 for her role in Reloaded, said she was not displaying any symptoms of the coronavirus.

“However, I will maintain my isolation and keep people at bay till the coast is clear,” she said.

“I hope everyone is responsible enough to do the same.”

Ex-Minister, Fani-Kayode To Make Acting Debut In New Nollywood Series

 

Nigerian politician, Oluwafemi Fani-Kayode has made his Nollywood debut in a series titled ‘Silent Prejudice’.

He took to social media on Monday, to make the announcement, noting that he would be making a cameo appearance in the series.

The former minister who shared photos of himself on set along with veteran actors, Larry Coldsweat and Obi Idejimba, said “being a thespian is no mean feat”.

He also gave kudos to those who take up acting full time, saying: “my respect for them is boundless” as it requires total dedication and focus.

According to Fani-Kayode, the movie which is being produced by Chris Oge Kalu, will also feature his wife as well as his friend, Senator Dino Melaye, among others.

 

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I had the honor and privilege of joining some of the Nollywood greats like Larry Koldsweat, Obi Idejimba and T.T. Temple on set last Saturday and making a cameo appearance in my debut movie which is a series titled “Silent Prejudice”. We were on set the whole afternoon and, though gruelling, it was a great experience and tremendous fun! Many do not know just how hard actors work and the energy and discipline that goes into their craft. Being a thespian is no mean feat. It requires total dedication and focus and, having been through what I experienced on saturday, my respect for them is boundless. My friends, brothers, colleagues and fellow politicians Chief Dan Iwuanyawu and Senator Dino Melaye appear in the series as well, as does our respected and much-loved big brother Governor Chukwuemeka Ezeife, so I was not alone! Thankfully the producer, Mr. Chris Oge Kalu, guided us beautifully and taught us all we needed to know. My beautiful wife Precious (@snowhiteey) was also on set with us and encouraged me immensely. She appears in the movie too! Season 1 is already being aired on AIT on Wednesdays at 9.00pm and Season 2, in which I appear, will soon be aired. The series is about the evils associated with the Osu cast system and has the full.endorsement and participation of the Nigerian Human Rights Commission whose Executive Secretary, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, also makes an appearance. Please join us and find the time to watch it! See you then! @Obiidejimba @tt_temple001 @Larrykoldsweat @Chrisogekalu.cok

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BBNaija’s Sir Dee, Teni To Make Acting Debut In Rom-Com ‘Dear Affy’

 

Big Brother Naija 2019 housemate, Sir Dee and Nigerian singer and entertainer, Teni are taking new strides in their career as they make their acting debut in Nollywood’s latest romantic comedy, ‘Dear Affy’.

The movie tells the intriguing story of a career woman whose well-laid out plans to marry the man of her dreams is frazzled by life.

Other stars featured in the film include: Enyinna Nwigwe, Kehinde Bankole, BBNaija’s Anto Lecky, Odunlade Adekola, Bimbo Ademoye, Toyin Abraham, Chinedu Ikedieze, Bimbo Ademoye, Chiwetalu Agu, Ali Nuhu and Hafiz Oyetoro.

The movie is expected to hit cinemas on February 14, just in time for Valentine.

Enjoy the trailer below.

 

Comedian Actor Spiff Announces Engagement To His ‘Soulmate’

Samuel Ajibola (Spiff)

 

Comedian-actor Samuel Ajibola popularly known as Spiff has announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Sandra.

The Nollywood actor announced the news on his Instagram page on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

He shared some pre-wedding photos which he captioned with a loving message.

“S O U L M A T E: I’ve always been big on the kind of Soul I would be spending the rest of my Life with as Forever is a Long time to be Miserable with the wrong person. At some point in my adolescence, It became a fervent prayer request when I figured I couldn’t find you myself. God answered, and it didn’t take long to confirm you as the woman of my Dreams, My Best friend & the very one that would compliment me.

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S O U L M A T E : I’ve always been big on the kind of Soul i would be spending the rest of my Life with as Forever is a Long time to be Miserable with the wrong person . At some point of my adolescence , It became a fervent prayer request when i figured i couldn’t find you myself . God answered , and it didn’t take long to confirm you as the woman of my Dreams , My Best friend & the very one that would complement me . I’m completely certain that i have made the Right choice with you because since we met I haven’t spent a day without thinking of you (which is very rare of me) , and i can’t wait to spend the rest of our Lives laughing and Playing like we do Everyday . 📸 : @aristomixmultimedia #TheAdaAdeRoyals2020 #Adanna&Ademola #Sandra&Samuel #RoyalWeddings #Vision2020 #KingdomUnion

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It’s raining wedding proposals in the Nigerian showbiz world as the news of Ajibola’s engagement follows that of another popular comedian, Crazeclown.

 The Ukrainian trained medical doctor turned comedian took to his Instagram page on Monday, December 30, 2019, to announce his engagement.

In a simple message, the comedian revealed that his girlfriend had agreed to spend the rest of her life with him.

 

 

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… She said YESSSSS!!! 😩❤️ 💍 #BestWayToEndTheYear

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Living In Bondage, Bling Lagosians And Other Movies That Shaped Nollywood In 2019

 

 

2018 brought us the likes of King of Boys, Merry Men, New Money and Lion Heart, amongst others.

2019 on the other hand, has arguably been a far quieter year in movies for the Nigerian film Industry.

While the industry continues to churn out movies, up its game in terms of quality and consequently, global appeal, it still appears as though there was less publicity for most of the top movies of the year compared to years prior.

Channels TV’s Entertainment News, has, however, been able to pull up a list of movies that shaped the year.

From box office hits, to movies that people generally loved according to Google stats, here’s our top 10 movies for 2019 (by month).

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Light In The Dark

 

The challenges of life threaten to tear a couple’s marriage apart. But they struggle to seek the light that only true love can bring.

Starring veteran actors, Joke Silva, Rita Dominic, Ngozi Nwosu and Kalu Ikeagwu, the movie is centered on themes of love, betrayal and tribalism.

Directed by Ekene Mekwunye, it was released in January.

 

Nimbe

The movie tells the story of a teenager suffering from parental negligence, constantly being bullied by his peers but finds consolation, love and relevance in a street gang he is introduced to by an older neighbour who he meets by chance.

In this company, he is introduced to the dangerous world of drugs, hooliganism and thuggery where he experiences the accompanying challenges and consequences prevalent of such a life.

Starring Toyin Abraham, Chimezie Imo, Rachael Okonkwo and Doyin Abiola, the movie addresses issues associated with drug abuse, prostitution, cultism, some of the causes, and how to identify and avoid them.

It was directed by Tope Alake and released in March 2019.

 

Gold Statue

Starring Gabriel Afolayan and veteran actors, Sola Sobowale, Richard Mofe Damijo and Nobert Young, the movie tells a story of two young men, who try to locate a “Gold Statue,” which may have been a deity inherited by their generation.

After discovering that the statue is buried somewhere in a prison in Ilesha, Osun State, one of them decides to risk everything and end up in jail.

Produced by Tade Ogidan, and released in May 2019, the movie bagged several nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

 

Mokalik (Mechanic)

Directed by Kunle Afolayan, Mokalik tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who, although from a rich home, his life takes a different turn when he is sent to work as an apprentice at a mechanic workshop far from his home in the suburbs.

The comic-drama released in May features Femi Adebayo, Ayo Adesanya and Singer, Simi, amongst others.

It was also nominated for the Durban International Film Festival 2019.

 

Bling Lagosians

So we all know that Lagosians are generally known to love to party hard and it is no different for the Holloways.

A wealthy Lagos family, their mother Mopelola, is about to celebrate her 51st birthday party and she is bent on having a lavish celebration which could become the year’s biggest society event.

But the buzz about the party compels the Asset Management Corporation to foreclose on ST. IVES, the family business.

Drama ensues as Akin Holloway (her husband) makes efforts to cancel the party and maintain a low profile to get them off the radar and also save their business.

Released in June 2019, the Bolanle Austen-Peters film features Elvina Ibru, Toyin Aiyemakun, Osas Ighodalo among others.

 

Love and War

Imagine a couple running against each other in an election, weird right?

Well, that was the crux of the movie, Love and War, starring Richard Mofe Damijo and Omoni Oboli (Mr and Mrs Philips) who ran against each other for the position of governor in the same state.

The comedy-drama was released in September.

 

Kasanova

This romantic comedy is about a single dad who falls in love with the mother of his son’s crush. It is a story that highlights the importance of family, friendship and love.

Directed by Oluseyi Amuwa, the movie was released in September.

It features Iretiola Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Ruby Akubueze and Alvin Abayomi, among others.

 

Farming

The movie tells a story of a young Nigerian boy, ‘farmed out’ by his parents to a white British family with hopes of a better future.

A directorial debut by British-Nigerian actor, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Farming depicts the struggles of the young teenager, struggling with an identity crisis and eventually finding his place in life.

It was very surreal, very cathartic, at times very emotional but ultimately it was like the fruition of a vision that I had carried for so many years,” Akinnuoye-Agbaje had told Channels Television in an interview.

The film released in October features Genevieve Nnaji, Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, among others.

 

The Ghost and The House of Truth

A dedicated counsellor, Bola Ogun, facilitates reconciliation sessions between convicts and victims of their crimes.

But when her own daughter goes missing, her belief in forgiveness is tested.
The movie features Susan Wokoma, Kate Henshaw, Tope Tedela, among others.

Directed by Akin Omotoso, it was released in November and has been nominated for the Urban World Film Festival.

 

Living In Bondage: Breaking Free

If you watched Living in Bondage in the 90’s, then chances are, you might be excited to see how the film was re-enacted nearly 27 years after.

Living in Bondage: Breaking Free tells the story of an ambitious young man, Nnamdi Okeke, who, like everyone else, wants more out of life.

However, he can’t afford the kind of life he wants with his current income and an encounter with Chief Ibaka, a family friend with a notoriously dark past opens the door to his dream life.

It all comes at a great price, that could change his life forever.

Within three weeks of its release in November, the Ramsey Nouah film became a huge box office success grossing over 100 million.

It also became the highest-grossing Nigerian film in 2019 surpassing the record set by Bling Lagosians.

The film is also ranked eighth in the overall list of highest-grossing films in Nigeria.

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.”

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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”.