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How Music, Films Highlight Nigeria, Ghana’s Rivalry

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Nigeria and Ghana are two West African countries that always seem to be in keen competition over various issues ranging from who cooks the best jollof, whose ladies are the prettiest, whose men are most caring , among otherss. Although both countries have a lot in common, they are actually different in many ways that one can imagine.
Ghana gained independence from the British colonial master in 1958, arguably, the first African nation to actually gain independence, while Nigeria gained hers in 1960. Ghana has relatively lower population of about 25 million people compared to Nigeria’s that boasts of over 180 million people.
In the area of entertainment, it cannot be over-emphasised that the Nigerian music industry has been extremely successful in penetrating the international music scene and gaining global recognition from the streets of Lagos to various parts of the world.
A recent report has it that in Ghana alone, the number of times Nigerian music is played at parties, beaches, university hostels and clubs would surprise any one. Nigerian music videos, are also well patronised as they are usually stimulating and exciting, but the support Ghanaian music gets from Ghanaians is very admirable. As much as they love Nigerian music, they hold their own music closely to heart.
Ghanaians love their music because of how raw and unrefined they are the music is usually sang in their local languages among which are Asante, Twi, Ga and Fante and are characterised by the use of their traditional instruments and tunes to give it the African flavour they really enjoy. Such music gives them the chance to express how good their dance steps are:
Although many Nigerian artistes sing in their local languages, majority of Nigerian music is in pidgin and English languages. Also the Nigerian idea of having fun is very different from that of the average Ghanaian.
Nigerians like likes to ‘flex’ or show the good life, they are very social people who enjoy being live parties. For those in the mega cities like Lagos and Port Harcourt, clubs are a very much preferred destination to just unwind and have fun.
In contrast, Ghanaians seem to be a bit different, Ghanaians are more laid back compared to Nigerians, they love going to the beaches to enjoy the ocean view, while sipping on coconut water straight from the coconut itself as there are numerous toasted cities in Ghana. Although Ghanaians enjoy going to parties as well to groove and get down, Nigerians are believed to do this at a higher level.
Another area of entertainment where both countries compete is the area of film production. As Ghanaian film production slowed down due to poor funding, Nigerian film makers thrive based on combination of oil money and the transition from expensive and laborious celluloid to cheap are easy video cassettes.
In the past decade, the distribution of Nigerian films recorded huge success in Ghana. Producers in both countries saw an opportunity to join forces, people started watching a lot of Nigerian films as both countries went further from including actors from both countries to having crews and writers from both countries collaborating.
Some of the Ghanaian movie stars who have found their way into Nollywood include Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah, Joselyn Dumas Yvonne Nelson, Yvonne Okoro, Juliet Ibrahim and Martha Nkoma. Others are Trank Artus, Majid Michel, Van Vicker, Chris Attoh and John Dumelo among others.
On the whole, although both countries may bicker about which is the better country, it is merely a healthy completion. Both ways, both countries remain historically interwoven and each is shinning in her own way. In the light of all these differences, they are the ‘ying’ to each others ‘yang” and compliements one another.
This is evidenced by the successful collaboration between both countries in the areas of music and films which has helped to revolutionalise entertainment in West Africa.

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Movie Production: Filmmaker Decries Activities Of Street Urchins In Lagos

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A Nollywood film producer,Mr Ralph Nwadike, says activities of street urchins in Lagos State remain a great concern to film makers, as they disrupt film production on locations.
Nwadike said this while speaking with the The Tide source yesterday, in Lagos.
He said that street urchins often demanded to be paid land fee (Owole), before any film production would commence.
According to Nwadike, this had become a thing of great concern to him and his colleagues in the industry.
He, however, suggested that the Lagos State government could empower registered film makers with some form of documentation to be presented to street urchins while on location.
Nwadike said such documentation would deter the street urchins and enable hitch-free movie production.
It is not only me, a number of my colleagues who are film makers in Lagos State experience disturbance from these street urchins.
“This has always discouraged most film makers in Lagos.
“These street urchins usually impose some amount of money on us to pay, if not, they threaten to destroy our cameras. They are always armed with knives and other harmful objects.
“They threaten to attack us viciously, this is so scary and it is affecting the tourism industry growth.
“I call on the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the Lagos state Film and Video Censors Board to wade into this issue because it is really affecting film makers’ business in Lagos.
“It is a sad development. Filmmakers should be given some documentation, which would enable us operate freely without being interrupted or disturbed by these so called street urchins,” Nwadike said.

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Lagos Assures Tourism Investors Of Taxes Harmonisation

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Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Mr Solomon Bonu, has assured investors in the tourism, arts and culture industries of taxes harmonisation.
Bonu gave the assurance on the side-lines of the commemoration of the World Tourism Day on Tuesday in Lagos.
The event was jointly organised by the Lagos State Government and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria.
Bonu said the Gov. Sanwo-Olu was currently working on how the numerous taxes tourism investors paid could be streamlined for their businesses to thrive.
“We are aware that so many investors have been complaining about multiple taxation. The governor is currently working on that to see how the taxes can be harmonised.
“There is a lot of hope for investors and we are also doing this to woo more investors into the state to take the tourism industry to an enviable height.
“We are aware of the enormous benefits the state and individuals in the state can derive from the growth of tourism; it is an industry with inexhaustible opportunities,’’ he said.
The aide urged Nigerians to critically evaluate this year’s theme of the World Tourism Day and embrace the industry for wealth creation.
Bonu advised individuals to be creative while exploring the different value chains in the industry to create employment opportunities.
According to him, Nigerian youths need not wait for government at different levels to create jobs.
“Lagos State has invested a lot in the growth of tourism to enable people to latch onto the opportunities in the industry.
“Individuals can invest in the food aspect, hotel, culture, transportation and more; the opportunities are enormous and tourism is all about inclusiveness.
“Government, whose responsibility is to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive, is doing a lot on that.
“Recently, the Lagos State tourism master plan was launched; this will guide those who want to embrace the industry in areas to invest in,’’ he said.
The Tide source reports that the theme of the 2021 World Tourism Day is: “Tourism and Inclusive Growth’’.

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D’banj Releases New Album, Stress Free

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Nigerian pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as “D’banj”, has released a new album titled, Stress Free.
The album came following his four-year break from the music scene and its release coincided with Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
The “Koko Master” in a statement disclosed that he collaborated with Seun Kuti on the project to tint it with Afrobeats innovation mode.
“While embodying a successful career, “Stress Free” shows a polished artist who is not only experimenting but having fun, along with slick production values, featuring the spectacular skills of music producer Rexxie.
“I went back to legacy which is why I got Egypt 80, led by Seun Kuti, on all seven tracks and then eased into a realm of zero anxiety after the turbulent period that the world has been through.
“We had a lot of fun in the studio and hopefully this all shows up on the record,” he said.
In “Stress Free,” he  slipped into Afrobeats innovation mode, visible in the multi-layered fusion of horns, saxophones and futuristic synths across tracks.
“The Egypt 80 brings the horns on the Afrobeat fusion, “Zombie,”, and the Afro-meringue mix of ‘Welcome To Lagos’ as well as the free-wheeling “Stress Free” and “Banga.”
“Ikebe” is a gentle, uplifting prayer while “Big Vibe” incorporates the Amapiano sound into a pan-continental dance special and “Avocado” featuring Burna Boy leads you into a glorious sense of Afrobeats utopia,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the video, directed by Clarence Peters, is pure entertainment, complete with D’Banj’s tongue in cheek lyrics, stylish fashion and indomitable swagger.
The Tide recalls that the artiste had in 2017 released an album titled, “King Don Come.”

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