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Movie Stars Battle For AMAA Top Prize…As Winners Of Oscars 2010 Emerge

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Top Nigerian actresses, Stephanie Okereke, Bimbo Akintola and their Ghanaian counterparts, Jackie Apia, Lydia Farson, Naa Ashoku and Mensa Doku are top nominees for the Best Actress Category in this year’s African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) to be held in Ghana next month. This is as a result of their movie roles in ‘Nnenda,’ “freedom in Chains and “perfect Picture.”

In the Best Actor category are Ramsey Noah, Lucky Ejim, Majid Micheal, Odera Ozoka and John Osie Tutu for their roles in ‘Tenant’ Sin of a soul,’ “The Figurin,’ Soul Diaspora’ and I Sing for a Well.”

While Kunle Afolaye (Figurin), Shemu Joyah, Shirley Frimpong Manso, Leila Juwel Djansi, Jude Idada and Lucky Ejim will slug it out for the Best Director category.

Kunle Afolayan’s ‘Figurine’ and Izu Ojukwu’s ‘Nneda’ were among 30 films that made the nominations for the 2010 Awards out of the over 280 entries received across Africa.

This was announced by the Awards-Chairman of College of Screeners Shuaib Hussein at a colourful ceremony at Mensvic Hotel, East Legon Accra Ghana on March 6, 2010.

Speaking at the event, the CEO of AMAA, Peace Anyiam Osigwe explained the symbolism of holding the nominations in Ghana on the eve of the country’s 53rd Independence Anniversary, stressing that with the awards, Kwame Nkuruma’s quest for oneness of Africa through the Pan African Ideology is being realised.

She noted that the motion picture has projected Africa positively to the world, adding that film makers from the continent should use their works to tell the African story in a more positive and meaningful way.

Meanwhile, Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock won the best acting Oscars last week. Bridges won for country music film ‘Crazy Heart’ while Bullock was victorious for the ‘Blind side’ at the 82nd Academy Awards.

Bristish Actress, Dame Helen had been nominated for the ‘Last Station,’ while Carey Mulligan was in the race for “Coming of Age film. An Educationist, Colin Firth had been nominated for the best actor, Oscar for a single man but all three lost out.

Kathrine Bigelow made Oscars history after becoming the first woman to win the Best Director award. The film maker also won the ‘battle of Exes’ at the ceremony with her Iraq war film ‘The Hurt Locker’ also winning Best  film and a total of six awards compared with three for former husband James Cameroun’s 31 epic ‘Avatar.’

Bigelows best director gong was greeted with loud cheers from the star studded audience in Los Angeles. Fighting back tears, she thanked the academy for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.

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Sound Creation, A Major Challenge In Music Production-Producer

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A Rivers State-based music producer, Barisuwa Odoh Melubari, puporlarly known as Rimshot has said that sound creation is a major challenge expected  in his line of work.
Melubari disclosed this yesterday in an exclusive interview with Tide Entertainment in Port Harcourt.
According to him, creativity is the watch word in his line of business as they strive to create new sounds every time to stay current and relevant in the business.
“ The major challenge in music production is to make sound creation, and that is key, if you could have your way around that creation as a producer you are good to go,”  he added
Melubari, who is a Rivers-born producer said that  he is into music as a whole, Gospel, contemporary and cultural, saying that he has produced  many artistes in and outside the State.
He noted that, he has produced Artistes in the likes of Samsung, Chioma Jesus,  Sensational Bamidele, Mr 2K and many more.
He explained that  he is very passionate about his job, saying that  music  production is a profession he loves so much and does for living.
“ I  am into everything music, that is the work l do. Right now, l am working with two Artistes in the studio, they have been around for a long time, but not popular, but good at what they do,” he said.

By: Nancy  Briggs

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Big Brother Naija 2022 Kicks Off, July 23, 24

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On Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, the most watched Nigerian reality TV show, Big Brother Naija will kick off for a seventh edition. The show would get fascinated Nigerians talking again and produce the next coterie of superstars before they are put aside for another set of reality stars, then the cycle continues.
While the reality show has given former contestants the opportunity of a lifetime to see beautiful cities across the globe and travel beyond the shore of Nigeria, more-often-than-not, once the buzz dies, they are left to fend for themselves and rediscover their steps.
Should a prospective reality star go into the house without a proper plan for himself or herself once the show comes to a conclusion, they would be back to square one.
The pampering and fending in Big Brother’s House is only for two-three months, then the media team of the reality show takes care of their image and publicity for the next calendar year before they are allowed to dip their feet into the sea immediately after the reunion show of that season comes to a conclusion.
Once they are back to reality, they have to begin to struggle for endorsement deals, creating a more resourceful career path and becoming a person of value which was their initial aim and objective prior to heading into Big Brother’s House. However, they get lost in the excitement of being talked about for several weeks then fade away into obscurity.
It’s barely a year since WhiteMoney emerged winner of the 2021 Big Brother Naija Shine Ya Eyes edition, albeit, his music career is yet to take off. Life outside the ‘kitchen’ is a different reality, when the fans are no longer watching, it is onerous to carve a career for oneself.
Also, she has continued to remain relevant on social media due to her value. Should she be able to evolve, she would attain her utmost potential.
Meanwhile, housemates such as JayPaul, Arin, Tega Dominic, Beatrice, Adeniyi Lawai, to name a few have been unable to carve a niche for themselves. As a matter of fact, they fizzled out prior to the conclusion of the show. Moreover, they had no storylines during the recently concluded BBNaija Shine Ya Eyes show; collectively, the show was weak.
This is why you do not enter the Big Brother competition with a ‘dream’, most times, it ends up being a ‘pipe dream’. The winner of the 2020 BBNaija Lockdown edition, Laycon showed the world what he was made of with his content and strategy.
Nobody saw him coming, he delivered a gauntlet attack on Nigerians. Gave Nigerians and viewers across the globe a fascinating show on television, then his music projects did the magic outside of the house.
In 2020, you could not escape Laycon. He was everywhere and won the show by a fine margin. The prospective housemates should learn from him, going into the competition means you are building on a foundation you already designed for yourself, your team and most importantly, the brand
Alot of reality stars go into the competition with a ‘vague dream’, abstract to say the least, then they are surprised when nobody buys into their agenda or ploy.
What prospective housemates need to know?
On Saturday, July 23, Nigerians will be introduced to a new set of reality stars. The number of housemates is yet to be confirmed, however, by Sunday night viewers would become more familiar with the direction of the new sea

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Sensational Bamidele, Others Perform At Rivers United FC’s Reception In PH

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It was an exciting moment for players of Rivers United FC, as  the Rivers State Governor  Chief Nyesom Wike  announced $20, 000  largesse  and  two weeks trip to  Madrid to members of the team  at the , Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday.
This follows their(team’s)  victory as they emerged Champions of the 2022 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) Champions and winning the Continental ticket for the  Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) competition.
The occasion witnessed  entertainment  by   Sensational   Bamidele and  the  Abara Cultural Group  of Bonny with their colourful performance.
Wike  who rewarded the players  during a grand  reception commended the team for their outstanding performance and commitment to  their chosen career.
According to him,  the trp to Madrid would further prepare the players for the task ahead, saying that winning the league is good but there is a bigger challenge ahead of them which they must double their efforts to achieve.
“ The  government is ready to give its full Support  and the necessary motivation to  enable them achieve  the  desired results when the chips are down,” he added.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Sports, Barr. Christopher Green had said that Rivers United has broken  records by winning the highest goal scorer award and best Coach of the season, saying that the victory is possible due to the support and motivation given to the team by  the State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.

By: Nancy Briggs

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