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Five Nollywood Movies Nominated For Paris Awards

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Five Nigerian movies have been nominated to compete for the “People’s Choice Award” at the 2017 edition of Nollywood Week Paris Film Festival.
The movies include award winning “’76″ directed by Kemi Adetiba and ‘Dinner’, directed by Jay Franklyn Jitubah.  Others are ‘Gidi Blues’ and ‘Green White Green’ which were directed by Femi Odugbemi and Abba Makama and The Wedding Party.
The prestigious People’s Choice Award is sponsored by Angenieux, a leading manufacturer of high quality optic cinema lenses for the broadcast and film industries.  The company will gracefully put its optics at the disposal of the winner of the award giving them a chance to combine their creativity with French technical knowhow during their next shoot”.
Nollywood week Paris Film Festival started in 2013 and is organized by Okada Media, an organization based in Paris, France, which show cases the best of the Nigerian film industry with the aim of finding a larger audience and more sustainable distribution system for quality films.
The festival offers festival goers a chance to discover a dozen movies selected by a Jury of professionals.  Nigerian film makers are encouraged to submit short films, animations and Nigerian television series for consideration.  Also, musical performances as well as seminars and workshops dedicated to the African Cinema industry have been lined up to enrich the industry.
The annual event which is scheduled to hold from Thursday, May 11 to Sunday, May 14 at Cinema L’Afriequin in Paris France, ends with the traditional presentation of the Nollywood Week People’s Choice Award which rewards some of the best talents of African Cinema.
Nigerian movies have not won any international, especially the Oscar and this has been attributed to poor quality of     production and bad subtitles.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, recently, announced a tripartite partnership involving the ministry, United Nation (UN) World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and global news leader, CNN to leverage on Nollywood to promote tourism in Nigeria.
Lai Mohammed, who announced the plan at the Annual general meeting of the Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) held in Lagos last Tuesday, said talks were at the advance stage to forge a very strong and effective partnership to use the country’s comparative advantage in film production through Nollywood to promote tourism in Nigeria.
“This is a path we have not trodden before, but we are sure will go a long way in making it possible for us to push tourism from the back burner to the mainstream of the economy”, he said noting that government set up a presidential council on the ease of doing business as part of its efforts to improve Nigeria’s ranking on the tourism competitive index of the World Travel and Tourism Council.

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Reno Omokri Writes Open Letter To BBNaija Enthusiasts

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Reno Omokri has written an open letter to BBNaija enthusiasts.
In his letter, the former presidential aide asked ardent followers of the reality TV show to campaign for their businesses as much as they campaign for housemates who do not know them.
His letter reads
‘’Dear #BBNaija enthusiasts,
You see how you campaign for that housemate? Good. Campaign for your success like that. Instead of selling a housemate you don’t know and who does not know you, to me, use that time and energy to sell a product you can profit from to me. Do not be afraid of business or think that it is wrong to make a profit. It is not wickedness for lions to kill and eat antelopes. It is life’s natural order. Don’t be sentimental in business. Set your price competitively. Make your profit. Don’t exploit customers. But dont cheat yourself. A lion that does not kill will itself be killed!’’

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A review Of Tiwa Savage’s Water & Garri EP

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Nigerian multiple award-winning artist Tiwa Savage returns with a brand new extended play “Water & Garri. This comes less than a year after the release of her critically acclaimed third studio album “Celia”.
Water & Garri, a five-track body of work features Grammy Awards winner and veteran rapper, Nas, singer Brandy, the Nigerian underground artist Rich King and Alte singer and soul music stunner, Tay Iwar.
Since her return to Nigeria in 2012, Tiwa Savage has raised the bar for female artists. She embodied the almost frowned on sex symbol attribute in the music industry, her music is filled with flirting words and expressions. No wonder when she called herself African bad gyal, no one disputed the assertion.
Garri is a staple food among Nigerians, water is used to take or make Garri. The title as used in this context refers to her mashed style and global collaboration. She sticks to her heartfelt style in the course of making this album.
Tiwa Savage infused Rnb/Soul with Afro-fusion. The end product is a 19 minutes run of music with themes detailing heartbreak, love, hard work, perseverance, etc.
Nas and Rich King were on the opening track “Work Fada”, the pensive and reflective song preaches hard work and perseverance with Nas almost going preachy in his thought-provoking verse.
The six minutes long track is the perfect opener to the avarde garde album, who opens an EP with this type of lengthy play? Only Tiwa Savage could do such, the theme is distinct and it’s a well-calculated risk.
In 2016, Tiwa Savage’s marriage with talent manager Teebliz hit the rock. Five years later, she seems set to speak her truth. She reveals a little on the Interlude on her last album—Celia. On Water & Garri, Tiwa Savage dedicates two tracks to that ugly incident.
Ade Ori is a soft-light take on past relationships/marriage. She is now independent while she is hopeful about future handling. The lyrics drip with pain and regretful lines.
Tale by Moonlight was a popular weekly storied program on national television. Tiwa Savage details her fairy tale love expectations on this soulful 90s house music. Even though she flirts and gushing about the guy, she is cautious. Amaarae’s whispery vocals compliment Tiwa Savage’s flirt takes.
Seven years ago, American artist Brandy visited Nigeria. At a press conference before her performance at Classic FM Valentine show, she revealed she loved Tiwa Savage’s vocals, she liked it to a 14-year-old. Unknown to her, Tiwa Savage considered the Grammy Winner her role model and one of the reasons she is into music.
When they finally collaborate on “Somebody’s Son”, it is a perfect blend of two songstresses.
They complement one another, Brandy even sings in Yoruba. This track is one of the up-tempo songs on the EP. Its production is filled with Drums and mellow strings. Somebody’s son retains the themes of Ade Ori: it pleads for reciprocal love.
Tay Iwar and Tiwa Savage jointly closed the EP with a rollercoaster of deep expressive expressions. The horn-filled disco makes it sounds like a potential track for a Friday night out.
Veteran producer Pharell Williams called this project a classic but the fans failed to realize his caveat of it not becoming commercially viable. Tiwa Savage is unbothered if her recent promotional talks are anything to go by.
Water & Garri explores Tiwa Savage Rnb/Soul forte with an infusion of Afro-fusion, the EP is a dart between hope and despair. The production is pristine, however, the songwriting is underwhelming.
The featured artists almost overshadowed her. Although it’s obvious that this project is destined for the international market, the collaborations could have been lesser.

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Wizkid Makes History As ‘Essence’ BeComes Most Shazam Song In US

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Nigerian singer, Wizkid has made history in the United States.
The Grammy award-winning superstar made the history with his hit single ‘Essence.’
The 31-year-old father of three registered his name on the book of musical history when ‘Essence’ was announced the most Shazam song in the United States of America.
Apple-owned Shazam, through its Instagram account, announced Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ as the most Shazamed song in the country.
The app, which is used to identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio, posted a pictured Wizkid with the caption: ”Big Congrats to @wizkidayo!! #Essence is now the most Shazamed song in the United States.”

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