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Wedding Party 2 Gulped N300m Production Cost …Grosses N500m In Six Weeks

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Nollywood’s acclaimed movie, The Wedding Party 2-”Destiantion Dubai” production gulped N300 million excluding publicity, said one of the producers, Kene Mkparu. The movie released in December 15, 2017 has raked in over N500 million within the six weeks of its release in cinemas, making it the highest grossing Nollywood films ever in such a short time of release.Kene Mkparu, the Managing Director (MD) Film one distribution company disclosed this in a recent interview. The film maker is one of the resource persons at the ongoing consumer forum of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) at the Yankari Games Reserve in Bauchi State. “Wedding Party I cost us over N150 million to make plus publicity and the Part 2 cost us N300m”, he said.
Mkparu further explained that the partnership with relevant stakeholders especially in tourism in Dubai added colour to the Glitz and Glamour of WP2. He therefore urged relevant stakeholders in Nigerian tourism and film making sector to initiate such partnership for the growth of the industries.
“We pay for some far locations and then entered into partnership with Dubai tourism which made available a lot of tourism facilities and hotels in Dubai for us, we could shot anywhere we wanted as long as the script said so and we lived in top hotels in Dubai, film making is not just for entertainment but to promote and develop tourism as well”, he noted.
According to Mkparu, the Wedding Party project has positively changed the narratives of the Nigerian movie industry both within and outside the country. The Wedding Party 2 has generated over N500 million as at today and is now in cinemas across different countries including England and Holland and some French speaking African countries.
The idea of the film is to show that it is possible in Nigeria today to create a movie that can entertain, sell and make money. We wanted to prove that it is possible to make money from all the value chains in the industry even in the midst of piracy threats, the producers looked at what the audience enjoys in cinema and we created a script of a topical issue that people can identify with and have fun identifying with those things”, he stressed.
The producer explained that although the movie was raking in huge returns for its investors, it was highly capital intensive. He therefore urged film makers to develop good scripts as business plans to attract financiers as adequate funding was logical to making sellable movies. It was gathered that the Wedding Party is a signature title by Elfike film collective, a partnership between Ebony Life Films, Film and Distributions Inkblot production and Koga Studios.
The Wedding Party 1 was premiered in cinemas across Nigeria in December 2016 and reportedly grossed N203 million in just two weeks topping the 2016 Nigeria box office. Sequel to the Wedding Party 2, Destination Dubai was then released in cinemas exactly one year after and it grossed N73 million within the first three days of its opening.

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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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