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Commissioner Tasks Movie Producers On Good Scripts

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In a bid to boost movie
production in Rivers State, the Rivers State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Tonye Briggs Oniyide, has assured members of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) Rivers State chapter of the ministry’s  willingness to partner  the Association and take the industry to the next level.
The commissioner gave the assurance during an interactive session with members of the association in her office on Wednesday, The commissioner who stated that she is a lover of the movie industry, said she is jealous of Lagos, Enugu and Asaba where the movie industry thrives, and that she keeps praying and hoping that one day the movie industry in the state will get to that stage or even beyond.
She noted that the ministry would also help by calling on hotel owners and other hospitality operators to give a rebate to the movie producers to help cut down on their cost of production, provided they have a good script and marketable storyline.
On the issue of film village, the commissioner disclosed that the state government is interested in establishing a film village to boost the movie industry in the state. She however urged them to always come with good ideas to the ministry for them to look at as to know the areas to assist. She commended the Association on their efforts toward the growth of the industry despite the daunting challenges they face in the process. She called on members of the association to encourage their colleagues in Lagos, Enugu and Asaba to come back home as there is adequate security and enabling environment for film making in the state.
Also speaking, the permanent secretary, Mr. Micheal Ejihuo disclosed that he has a passion for the movie industry and that the ministry is ready to partner with the association. He noted that all over the world the movie industry is in vogue because it is a money spinner. He however noted one of the areas the ministry is ready to come in, is through regulation in order to protect the intellectual rights of the producers against pirates.
The permanent secretary noted that Rivers State is a heterogeneous state with several ethnic nationalities. Therefore the association should try to bring all together so as to achieve a greater height. According to him, the Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba promote their culture through their film, Rivers State should also do so if we must be a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
The permanent secretary also urged the movie producers to write good scripts with interesting storylines which they could take to the banks, if the script is good, the banks will invest in the production of the film because both the producers and the bank would be sure of getting back their money with profit.
Earlier in his address the Chairman Association of Movie Producers, (AMP) Rivers State Chapter, Mr Fisim Lawson Young Arney noted that the association had done a lot on their own to keep the flag flying even when most of their colleagues had left the state to other cities like Lagos, Enugu and Asaba to seek for a greener pasture as movies are shot in such cities almost on daily basis.
According to him the association has approached most of the multinational companies and organisations to come to their aid, but to no avail, hence the decision to approach the ministry. which happens to be their parent body to partner with the association to save the industry from decline.
He appealed to the ministry to reach out to hotel owners to cut-down their charges to enable the association use their facilities. He said other hospitality outfits should also give them rebate to enable them meet other challenges.
He stressed that movie making is capital intensive and the producers takes the risk of financing the movie, they bear the financial burden of the cast the crew, logistics etc at the end they may not be able to recover their capital.
He disclosed that over areas of concern include the nefarious activities of pirates who rob them of their profit by pirating their movies as well quacks who go about producing sub standard movies thereby killing the image of the industry in the state.
He therefore called on the ministry to regulate the industry in order to flush out the pirates and quack producers which is the only way to move the industry forward and give it a pride of place in the Nigerian movie industry.

Mrs Tonye Briggs Oniyide

Mrs Tonye Briggs Oniyide

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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.

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Kizz Daniel Makes History On Boomplay

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Nigerian Afrobeats maestro Kizz Daniel has made history on Boomplay by becoming the first artist to reach 300 million streams on the platform.
Kizz Daniel
This feat makes Kizz Daniel the most streamed artist on Africa’s leading music streaming platform. The announcement was made on Wednesday 13th July 2022 on Boomplay’s social media accounts.
This sensational feat is a testament to Kizz Daniel’s fame and acceptance across different demographics. It also captures the impressive increase in streaming culture in Nigeria which is a positive for stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry.
Kizz Daniel is enjoying a stellar 2022 with his collaboration with Tekno ‘Buga’ enjoying huge domestic and international success. The sensational singer is currently on a 10-city tour of the United States and fans have turned out impressively for his shows. And with talks of an album on the way, Kizz Daniel is likely to retain his crown as the king of Boomplay.

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