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Port Harcourt To Host Bollywood, Nollywood Stars

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If reports reaching us is anything to go by, Bollywood of India, the largest producers of movies in the world and Nigeria’s Nollywood the second largest producers of movies in terms of titles will for the first time meet in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital between December 9th-12th, 2009.
It was gathered that the meeting of these great movie industries will be made possible by the producers of IONIFF Port Harcourt ’09 Omcomm who is said have appointed perminder Vir OBE as programme consultant to produce the section of the programme on connecting Bollywood to Nollywood.
Perminder Vir OBE according to our source is an award winning film and television producer of drama, documentary, current affairs and entertainment with over 20 years of experience who has worked with BBC, ITV, channel four and Carlton television.
In a chat with the press, she said, “I am always amazed at the ease with which Nigerians will recall the names of the Bollywod stars, the dialogue and even sing the songs, given that this is not their language or culture. “Over the years, I have become a great admirer of the Nollywood film industry which is very similar to the Bollywood film industry with their “can do” attitude in the absence of government support. Both have created an industry which contributes substantially to the wealth of the nations”.
As part of the programme for the IONIFF it was disclosed that leading Bollywood producers will be invited to share their experiences in the industry, its cultural and economical value and explore collaboration opportunities for Nollywood producers to work with the Indian film industry. There will also be a panel discussion on new models of financing media in terms of developing creative and financial partnerships and accessing new markets.
It was further gathered that the synergy between both movie industries will also be buttressed by celebrating the stars of the world’s largest film industry by inviting a major Bollywood celebrity to attend the festival as guest of honour.
There will also be a 3-day workshop which will be led by internationally recognised instructors in the world of cinema. It is open to film makers, students and creative minds from all over Nigeria. The workshop will focus on screen writing, digital cinematography, lighting, sound composition, budgeting, networking and financing.
Attendees will learn among other things how to develop story from an idea and shape into screen play, the basic technique of digital cinematography and lighting. The role of an Art director, the function of music in film in creating an atmosphere, examining the step-by-step on how to create a budget and how to develop a strategy to obtain finances for the films.

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Guns Should Be Legalised In Nigeria – Iyabo Ojo

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Popular Nollywood actress, Iyabo Ojo has stressed the need for guns to be legalizeds in Nigeria to deal with child molesters.
The mother of two made this known while reacting to a video posted by comedienne, Princess, on her Instagram page.
Princess, whose foster daughter was allegedly sexually abused by Yoruba actor, Baba Ijesha, shared a video of a four-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by her teacher.
Alongside the video, Princess wrote: “Abuse of minors has become the new trend in Nigeria and only a few people are speaking up. Even in the animal kingdom, it’s not this bad. Our society stigmatises, even threatening victims and their parents, while the perpetrators like Baba Ijesha walk freely.
“Our children are being destroyed daily and most people see it as cruise.”
Reacting, Iyabo Ojo made it clear that anyone who messes with her children will be dealt with.
The mother of two wrote: “Can they just legalise guns because some demons need to be taken out as soon as possible?

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Comedian AY, Wife Welcome Second Child After 13 Years

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Popular Comedian, Ayodeji Makun, also known as AY, has welcomed his second child after13 years.
He announced this in a video shared on his Instagram page.
The birth of their second child is coming thirteen years after they had their first child, Michelle.
Alongside a video, AY wrote: “Our prayers in the last 13 years has been answered. Ayomide, thank you for making Mabel and I ‘Mummy and Daddy’ again.
“Thank you for making Michelle a big sister. Thanks to everyone who kept us in their prayers and never stopped feeding us with positive vibes.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight.
“God’s time is the best.”

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Living In Nigeria Becoming Crazier – Basket Mouth’s Wife

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Elsie Okpocha, wife of popular Nigerian comedian, Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basket Mouth has called out President Muhammadu Buhari’s government over the increment in prices of groceries and foodstuffs.
Basket Mouth’s wife, in a recent post said is unfair that Nigerians have to constantly deal with the regular increase in prices.
According to her, it’s getting ‘crazier trying to survive in the ‘Giant of Africa’.
She urged the Buhari-led government to help Nigerians by making life livable.
On her Instagram story, she wrote: “Our dear government, do you want us all to leave this country for you.
“It’s unfair how we constantly have to deal with the regular price increment of foodstuffs and groceries.
“It’s getting crazier trying to survive in this country that’s supposed to be the giant of Africa.
“Abeg you people should help us and make life in Nigeria livable .”
The Tide source gathered that the prices of foodstuffs in the past few months have continued to increase in markets across the country.
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to lament the cost of eggs, bread, beans and other foodstuffs.

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