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Commissioner Tasks Movie Producers On Good Scripts

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In a bid to boost movie
production in Rivers State, the Rivers State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Tonye Briggs Oniyide, has assured members of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) Rivers State chapter of the ministry’s  willingness to partner  the Association and take the industry to the next level.
The commissioner gave the assurance during an interactive session with members of the association in her office on Wednesday, The commissioner who stated that she is a lover of the movie industry, said she is jealous of Lagos, Enugu and Asaba where the movie industry thrives, and that she keeps praying and hoping that one day the movie industry in the state will get to that stage or even beyond.
She noted that the ministry would also help by calling on hotel owners and other hospitality operators to give a rebate to the movie producers to help cut down on their cost of production, provided they have a good script and marketable storyline.
On the issue of film village, the commissioner disclosed that the state government is interested in establishing a film village to boost the movie industry in the state. She however urged them to always come with good ideas to the ministry for them to look at as to know the areas to assist. She commended the Association on their efforts toward the growth of the industry despite the daunting challenges they face in the process. She called on members of the association to encourage their colleagues in Lagos, Enugu and Asaba to come back home as there is adequate security and enabling environment for film making in the state.
Also speaking, the permanent secretary, Mr. Micheal Ejihuo disclosed that he has a passion for the movie industry and that the ministry is ready to partner with the association. He noted that all over the world the movie industry is in vogue because it is a money spinner. He however noted one of the areas the ministry is ready to come in, is through regulation in order to protect the intellectual rights of the producers against pirates.
The permanent secretary noted that Rivers State is a heterogeneous state with several ethnic nationalities. Therefore the association should try to bring all together so as to achieve a greater height. According to him, the Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba promote their culture through their film, Rivers State should also do so if we must be a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
The permanent secretary also urged the movie producers to write good scripts with interesting storylines which they could take to the banks, if the script is good, the banks will invest in the production of the film because both the producers and the bank would be sure of getting back their money with profit.
Earlier in his address the Chairman Association of Movie Producers, (AMP) Rivers State Chapter, Mr Fisim Lawson Young Arney noted that the association had done a lot on their own to keep the flag flying even when most of their colleagues had left the state to other cities like Lagos, Enugu and Asaba to seek for a greener pasture as movies are shot in such cities almost on daily basis.
According to him the association has approached most of the multinational companies and organisations to come to their aid, but to no avail, hence the decision to approach the ministry. which happens to be their parent body to partner with the association to save the industry from decline.
He appealed to the ministry to reach out to hotel owners to cut-down their charges to enable the association use their facilities. He said other hospitality outfits should also give them rebate to enable them meet other challenges.
He stressed that movie making is capital intensive and the producers takes the risk of financing the movie, they bear the financial burden of the cast the crew, logistics etc at the end they may not be able to recover their capital.
He disclosed that over areas of concern include the nefarious activities of pirates who rob them of their profit by pirating their movies as well quacks who go about producing sub standard movies thereby killing the image of the industry in the state.
He therefore called on the ministry to regulate the industry in order to flush out the pirates and quack producers which is the only way to move the industry forward and give it a pride of place in the Nigerian movie industry.

Mrs Tonye Briggs Oniyide

Mrs Tonye Briggs Oniyide

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I’m Eager To Find Love Again -Tiwa Savage

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Nigerian singer, Tiwa Savage, has declared her desire to find love and experience once again. The Koroba Crooner shared her deepest wish with her fans and followers via her instagram page. The number one African bad girl is highly optimistic that her prince charming will seek her out soonest as she is ready to be found and pampered with love.
Tiwa shared a picture of herself as she looked gorgeously dressed in a beautifully tailored pink dress for Toyin Lawani’s wedding reception. She captioned it ‘somebody’s son will find me one day.
Savage was married to Tunji Balogun popularly know as Tee Billz Balogun on November 23, 2013 the couple held their traditional marriage at the Ark in Lekki, while their white wedding was held on April 26,2014 at the Armani Hotel, Dubai.
In 2015, Tiwa gave birth to her first child with Tee Billz. However, in 2016 the singer announced the crash of her marriage as she accused her husband of financial recklessness, drug addiction and abandonment.

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Burna Boy Drinks From Grammy Award Plaque

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It is no news that Burna Boy was nominated by the organisers of the grammy awards event and won the award with his popular album Twice As Tall. The award remains a highlight for all the nominations, awards won and every other achievement so far in his musical career.
The self acclaimed African Giant was out clubbing with friends over the weekend and made sure to take along his grammy award plague. In the viral video which surfaced on the internet, the kilometer singer was seen in the club in the company of friends as they celebrated his taking receipt of his grammy win.
In the course of their celebration Odogwu held out the gold plague as champaign was poured into it after which he drank the entire content. The video has gone viral and got social media users talking and expressing diverse opinions, while a popular boy has criticised the Afro fusion singer for taking his plague to a club, noting he and his plague have begun a nation wide tour and may visit all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
Social media users have become defence ministers for Burna Boy and they have slammed the blog while hailing the artite, noting the grammy win was well deserved and he can celebrate and do whatever makes him happy with his plague.
Dansonko said: “Celebrate your wins, you worked for it, you deserve it and no one can tell you otherwise.

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Alibaba, Banky W, Others Attend Wizkid’s Debut Album’s 10th Anniversary

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On June 12, 2021, Grammy Award winning music star, Wizkid celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, ‘Super Star’. In a documentary shared on Wizkid’s insa stories, industry giants like Bankyw, Alibaba, Femi Kuti, Basket Mouth and others took turns to speak on the 30-year-old singers evolution since his successful debut.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the release of the album under BankyW’s Eme, Wizkid released a docu-series titled. “A super star’ made in Lagos on his you tube page and shared across his social media handles.
Speaking in the docu-series, wizkid reflects on his childhood, recalling his early days in Surelere and being the last child of his parents. Wizkid took time to share his experience in BankyW’s Enyire Maths Entertainment (EME) which signed him and released the album.
“Getting signed to Bankyw was one of the amazing things that happened to me, it was just an amazing moment for me, it changed my life,” Wizkid said.

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