The chairman of the Asso
ciation of Movie Producers (AMP), Rivers State chapter, Engr. Reginald Orlu, has disclosed that the nefarious activities of pirates in Nollywood is now reduced with the return of cinemas in the State and Nigeria as a nation through premier of the movies.
The movie producer who stated this during an interview with The Tide Entertainment recently, disclosed that the way things are organised in the industry today is that after shooting a film you take it to the cinemas for premier here in the country after which you still go abroad and do the same thing, before you send the film to the market. He stressed that the good thing about this is that pirates will not see the film to pirate.
According to him, even before the movies go into the market the producers must have realised the money they spent, because in most cases through premier which is the showing of the film for the first time, they receive their money in dollars and before the film is seen in the Nigerian market, it had already entered the foreign market, so pirates find it difficult to pirate the films since it is already in the market abroad where the pirates sell their pirated copies.
Engr. Orlu explained that “Lost Number” a movie produced by Ifeanyi Dike, a member of the Association of Movie Producers, Rivers State which was premiered sometimes ago, is being premiered in London after which it will enter the London market and other foreign countries before entering the Nigerian Market, so the pirates are checkmated.
The chairman who reacted to the new trend of featuring Ghanaian actors and actresses in most Nollywood movies maintained that the Nigerian producers introduced movie in Ghana.
He noted that when he went to Ghana in 2006, there was no movie there as such and the few movie there were directed by Nigerians. He said the truth is that most of the Ghanaian actors and actresses have the zeal to act.
According to him, their coming to Nigeria is to make their Nigerian counterparts wake up and take their career seriously, because if they do not seat up, the Ghanaians may take over the profession. We taught them so their presence in Nollywood is not affecting the industry negatively, but positively.
On the recent grant of N3 billion naira to Nollywood by President Goodluck Jonathan, he said the federal government’s grant is a serious business for serious Nollywood stakeholders and not a jamboree He suggested that the money should be shared amongst the various Associations in Nollywood for distribution to their members particularly movie producers, so as to come up with good scripts as well as to improve on the standard of their movies. According to him, the conditions attached to the grant is stringent and may be difficult to meet.
It would be recalled that on Saturday March 2, 2013, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan honoured the Nigerian film makers with a dinner at the State House Marina, Lagos titled: “Nigeria Celebrates Nollywood” which was organized to celebrate 20 years of the movie industry.
At the occasion, the President who was represented by the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala promised a N3 billion intervention fund for the industry under a programme tagged: “Project Nollywood.” The fund is to promote the film industry in the country. Though the country’s film industry is older than 20 years, but the March 2 celebration marked the inception of the video and digital film making in Nigeria.
The fund is earmarked for grants for capacity building, infrastructural development and the commissioning of best scripts. It will be administered by the Ministry of Finance headed by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in alliance with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism headed by Chief Edem Duke.
A renowned film maker, Amaka Igwe, a veteran actor, Jide Kosoko, actress turned producer, Mrs Stephanie Okereke-Idahosa alongside other professionals from the finance, judiciary and education sectors are part of the committee picked by Jonathan for the project.
Guns Should Be Legalised In Nigeria – Iyabo Ojo
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?
Comedian AY, Wife Welcome Second Child After 13 Years
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.”
Living In Nigeria Becoming Crazier – Basket Mouth’s Wife
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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