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AY Emerges Richest Nigerian Film Producer

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Nigerian comedian Ayo Makun popularly known as ‘AY’ has emerged as the richest Nigerian film producer with four movies in top 10 highest grossing Nollywood movies. It is on record that Nollywood produces thousands of movies year with most of these movies yielding very low returns.
However, in the midst of these low yielding movies which comfortably rank above the 100 million naira high grossing mark and these movies make up our list of top 10 highest grossing movies in Nollywood.
Nollywood stands out as the largest movie industry in the world in terms of production rate, however, it is ranked third on the money and due to the huge disparity between the top quality (high grossing) movies and the relatively (low grossing) ones which by a long stretch dominate Nollywood.
The Top 10 Highest Grossing Nollywood
These movies have been ranked (from lowest to highest) based on generated revenue from online streaming, DVD/CD sales and cinema views among others.
Fifty: This is a Nollywood classic produced and released in 2015 and ranks 10th on the list. Since 2015, it has grossed close to 95 million naira and the only movie on the list with less than 100 million naira gross revenue produced and directed by Mo’Abudu and Bamidele Biyi respectively. Among the casts are Omoni Oboli, Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson – Akande, Nse Ikpe Etim and Wale Ojo among others.
It is distributed by film one and released to the cinemas across the country on December 18, 2015.
30 Days In Atlanta: This movie was produced and released in 2014 and has gross approximately 138 million naira on Nollywood box office revenue chart. The romance – comedy movie was produced by Ay, it became the highest grossing movie in Nollywood, and parades the following costs: Ramsey Nouah, AY, Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Desmond Elliot, Omoni Oboli, Juliet Ibrahim and Majid Michel. It was shot in Lagos, Nigeria and Atlanta, United States of America (USA) .
10 Days In Suncity: Another ingenuous production by AY released on June 17, 2017. Since then, it has generated close to 177 million naira in revenue shot in Suncity South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria. Its casts are: AY (lead character), Adesua Etomi RMD, Falz Falana, Mercy Johnson, 2 Face Idibia Gerno Ajhibadi, Fathia Balogun and Alexx-Ekubo, among others.
A Trip To Jamaica: Another thriller from AY released in September 25, 2016 and went on to displace 30 days in Atlanta as the highest grossing movie, it was later displaced by the wedding party that same year just after one month of dominance.
A trip to Jamaica has so far grossed approximately 180 million naira in revenue. The casts include: AY, Funke Akindele, Eric Roberts Nse Ikpe Etim, Chris Attob, Olamide, Pat Ranking etc.
Merry Men: The real Yoruba demons: This is AY’s 2018 production and arguably the best and highest grossing movie released last year with a gross earning of 230 million naira in revenue. The four main cast in the movie are Ayo Makun (Ayo) Folarin Falana (Falz) as ‘Remi’ Martins’ Jim Iyke (as Naz) and Ramsy Nouah. Others are Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD).
Ireti Doyle, Lilian Esoro, Damilola Adegbite Jide Kosoko etc.
King Of Boys: A though provoking political thriller, written directed and co-produced by Kemi Adetiba, released on October 2018 and has so far grossed in excess of 231 million naira. The cast include Sola Sobowale (Alhaja Salami) the lead character, Adesua Etomi (as Kemi Salami), Jide Kosoko (Alhaji Salami) etc.
Chief Daddy: The highest grossing movie in 2018 with a current domestic gross of 386 million naira, produced and directed by Mo’Abudu cast: Zainab Balogun, Falz, Linda Ejifor, Patience Ozokwor, Funke Akindele etc.
The Wedding Party: Directed by Kemi Adetiba with current domestic gross of 453 million naira the prominent cast of the movie are Adesua Etomi, lead actress and Bankole Wellington (Banky W) lead actor, Sola Sobowale, Ali Baba, RMD, Daniella Down, Zainab Balogun, Beverly Naya, and Ikechuwu.
The Wedding Party 2: First Nollywood movie to reach the 500 million naira mark. It is the highest grossing movie in Nollywood, it has the same cast as the wedding party !. it stands head and shoulders above other Nollywood movies.
Lion Heart: The Lion Heart is the first and only Nollywood movie to hit the billion nair mark after the $300,000 + (over one billion naira acquisition by Netflix).

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Managing Director Advises Hotel Owners on Security

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Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, particularly Eagle Island axis was agog on Sunday as White House Hotel officially opened for use.

 

The ceremony was well attended that saw notable Rivers people, including non indigenes and people from all works of life, gathered at No 5 Chief Okwu Thomas Street, Eagle Island to witness the official opening.

 

Speaking to the Managing Director (MD) of the Hotel, Jack Ibinabo Haniel, expressed joy over the successful official opening of the hotel, saying that the reason of going into hotel business was basically to provide a conducive environment where people can relax and enjoy themselves after the day’s job.

 

He stated that it is important for every human being to have time for relaxation, as it will make human live a healthy life.

 

According to him, the building was initially built for residential but thought it wise to use for hotel hence he does not base in Port Harcourt.

 

” Honestly I am very happy and excited to today as my dreams came to reality, you can see yourself as the place is. This is a place where people can come and relax with your friends and family, because there are comfortable apartments and rooms.

 

“Of course the hotel was well fashioned and equipped with modern facilities and affordable” Sir Jack said.

 

He further use the forum to advice hotel owners to be security conscious and ensure that their hotels were used to commit crime.

 

“Hotel is a place to relax and enjoy oneself and not to commit any crime.

So I want to advice hotel owners to be security conscious and make the environment comfortable customers” he stated.

 

Tonye Orabere

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Alliance Française Organises Exhibition For Students

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The Alliance Française, Port Harcourt has organized an exhibition programme tagged ‘The Endless World’ to mark the 2024 World Environment Day held at its Premises at Herbert Macaulay Street, Amadi Flat, Old GRA.

The Director, Alliance Française, Mrs Marina Lacal who disclosed recently said that the exhibition tour was part of activities mapped out to mark the ‘Day’.

According to her, the initiative was made possible by the *Embassy of France to Nigeria, a major sponsor of the initiative and Institut Français Paris, which provides the exhibition to its network to raise public awareness of the challenges of ecological transition.

She stated that the Exhibition “The Endless World,” is an Educational Visual Adaptation adapted from the graphic novel “Le Monde sans fin” by Jean-Marc Jancovici and Christophe Blain (over 800,000 copies sold in France in 2022), the exhibition illustrates the in-depth dialogue between the two authors. Jean-Marc Jancovici, as the guide, and Christophe Blain, in the role of the innocent, explore themes of energy: its historical use, the rise of fossil fuels, and humanity’s impact on the environment, particularly the climate. This exhibition calls for action by addressing essential questions such as non-carbon energy, food, transportation, and urban planning, while proposing concrete solutions.

She noted that in line with this year’s UN theme, ‘Generation Restoration’, about 165 students, ranging from wards from 6 primary schools in Port Harcourt, as well as students from the French department of both the University of PortHarcourt and those from the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education participated in the exhibition tour.

The UN theme, this year, ‘Generation Restoration’, is based on the premise that while we cannot turn back time, we are the generation capable of restoring our relationship with the Earth, saying that the exhibition offers a selection of content that illustrates and questions the major issues of the environmental crisis, while providing avenues for solutions to reduce our impact.Activities and Target Audience.

The Alliance Director, further said that the programme which is educational was aimed at creating awareness, foster connectivity of cultural propagation and proffer solutions to climate crisis affecting the earth with French Language.

“The Alliance Française, Port Harcourt has planned guided tours and mediations around the proposed solutions, aimed at primary and secondary school students, French department students, and learners at the Alliance. The goal is to raise awareness among the generation that will be active tomorrow. About 165 youths already booked their tour of the exhibition. An Educational and Cultural Opportunity The exhibition, provided by the Institut Français, is a boon for the Alliance Française. It fits into its cultural projects and idea debates, which aim to reconcile cultural dissemination with the learning of the French language,” she explained

“The Endless World” combines the aesthetics of a French comic book with the expertise of two ecological figures, offering a unique opportunity to work on vocabulary related to eology.Ecological and Sustainable Solutions,” she said.

The Tide reports that the exhibition was printed on flexible PVC banners, a material that is both durable and lightweighted. Also, to avoid waste production, accessories such as bags, pouches, and keychains were made from these banners and distributed to participants. These accessories will also be used by the Alliance Française teachers for their professional needs. Seats were made for permanent installation at the Alliance. Additionally, the exhibition was mounted on wooden panels, thus reducing its ecological impact.

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Kizz Daniel Set To Drop Two  New Singles

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After kicking off 2024 on a strong note, Kizz Daniel is set to continue his fine form with the release of two new singles titled ‘Double’ and ‘Baby Sha’.
Kizz Daniel made this revelation on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in a post of him and his wife in what seems like a video shoot for the new single ‘Baby Sha’.
The new singles were expected to be released yesterday, May 2024, and they will come off the back of the release of his hit-filled EP ‘Thankz Alot’.
Kizz Daniel has been in fine form in 2024 first releasing the Davido-assisted remix of his hit single ‘Twe Twe’ before sharing a 4 track EP that packed the hits ‘Showa’, ‘Too Busy To Be Bae,’ and ‘Sonner’.
The  Tide Entertainment reports that the award-winning sensation recently marked a high point in his career after a sold-out show at the OVO Wembley Arena in the UK where over 10,000 fans filled up the hall to see him perform his hit single.
Since revealing his marital status, Kizz Daniel’s wife has been a recurring figure in his promotional videos on social media.
Kizz Daniel’s new singles can be expected to convey the groovy signature that combines Indigenous elements with pop music and relatable writing that makes him a brilliant songwriter.

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