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Stakeholders Criticise Wrong English Use In Films

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Stakeholders in the Nigerian movie industry have criticised the wrong use of English in sub-titles of indigenous films.

The Publicity Secretary, National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Mr Ozi Okoli on Sunday in Lagos said that indigenous films were usually put together in a hurry.

He said this was responsible for the poor English used in the sub-titles.

Okoli added that executive producers, who financed productions, always wanted the films to be out as quickly as possible.

“As a result of this, post-production work is hurriedly done without adequate editing to check errors.

“Again, illiteracy plays a major role in paraphrasing and translating Nigerian films.

“That the translator understands Yoruba language is not enough for him to also have a firm grasp of English language,” he said.

Okoli suggested that it was necessary to engage competent professionals in linguistics for a hitch-free translation of the films.

He argued that by so doing, Nigerian films would be saved the problem of “quacks and the shameful packaging of post-production.

“These films go out of the country for image making and some producers do not care,” he said.

Okoli urged Nigerian film producers to employ either English Language graduates or linguists to help them do a proper sub-titling.

He said that theatre artistes and other related holders of arts and humanities degrees should endeavour to do proper acting and speaking correct English.

“Mass communication too is a related field that must be included by the producers to get things right in this era,” he said.

Okoli said that the National Films and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), responsible for grading and rating the films, should also beef up its responsibility since it is in charge of quality control.

A Yoruba film producer, Deji Etiwe, said that professionals were there to do the job but poverty made the producers to cut cost.

“Most of them know what to do but if they see those they can pay peanuts, they go for them than pay a competent professional to do the job.

“They do not bother about the interpretation that would help educate the people, both at home and outside the country,” Etiwe said.

He expressed regrets that the film sector had become an all comers’ affair, where anybody could become a film producer overnight.

“There are no criteria for people to become movie producers and actors.

“If the National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP) and the National Film and Video Censors Board are doing much, all these would have been corrected since,” he said.

He said government did not act on the blue print submitted to the National Assembly on how the arts industry should be regulated to sanitise it.

Another film Producer, Ariyike Oladapo, said that as the censors board controlled films and screened them, they should do the same for the movies.

“If it gets to the board, they should take time to go through it and send back the badly-interpreted ones so that they can be corrected,” Oladapo said.

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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