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Nollywood Not Structured To Feed Practitioners – Sam Dede

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Nollywood star, Dr Sam Dede, has called for workable policy that will enable all practitioners in the creative industry to have full benefits of their intellectual input.
Dede made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sidelines of a one-day workshop organised for Theatre Art students of University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), Choba.
The workshop had the theme: “Legal Perspective to Management of Creative Industry.”
According to him, the Nollywood industry is not well organised to enable the practitioners to reap the full benefits of their works.
“The creative industry in Nigeria is still probably not structured in a way that puts money in the pocket of the practitioners.
“There is a need for restructuring of the industry to ensure that all the crew members involved in film production benefit from their intellectual input in every project.
“We need to rejig the system in such a manner that practitioners, including those crew members that we overlook and ignore, get something reasonable from a movie project.
Dede, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre Art, UNIPORT, called on industry players and stakeholders to come together and see how they could improve remuneration in the industry.
He lamented that the nation’s poor economy had had adverse effects on the film industry.
“Consequently, there is a big drop in the number of productions; even the low budget ones are also finding it difficult to survive.
“We are hopeful however that government will steer the economy to growth, so that young people (theatre art students) can be part of the production process when they graduate.
“The energy and creativity of the students is huge.
“Now imagine when they leave school and cannot find a place to expand all that creativity; that becomes a loss to the country,” he said.
Addressing the students earlier, Mr Rockson Igelige, a legal practitioner, called on government to ensure enforcement of the Copyright Act, to enable art creators benefit from their work.
The industry, Igelige said, had potential to generate huge revenue for government as well as create job opportunity for millions of Nigerians.
“So, the industry cannot be fixed alone by the producers, Government’s encouragement from go through the Nigeria Copyright Commission (NCC) is needed.
“NCC, which is the regulatory body that is supposed to police the industry to prevent copyright infringements, is underfunded.
“Aside this, there are lots of international treaties that Nigeria has not domesticated when it comes to intellectual property matters, such as trademark, among others,” he noted.
Igelige advised that the proposed Nigerian Copyright Bill before the National Assembly should be updated to meet global standards.
According to him, crude oil would someday dry up but creative art would remain, hence the need for government to pay more attention to the entertainment industry.
The legal practitioner further urged government to come up with more suitable policies and programmes to improve the sector.
“We need to improve Nigerian music and movies because that is the only aspect that has given the country a good name,” he said.

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Guns Should Be Legalised In Nigeria – Iyabo Ojo

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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?

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Comedian AY, Wife Welcome Second Child After 13 Years

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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.”

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Living In Nigeria Becoming Crazier – Basket Mouth’s Wife

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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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