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37 Nollywood Filmmakers Receive Interest-Free Loans From Sanwo-Olu

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has presented cheques worth N200 million to 37 filmmakers, who are beneficiaries of the special interest-free loan to filmmakers under the State’s Creative Initiative (LACI), an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
The initiative which is aimed at addressing the financial challenges that inhibit quality film production in Lagos and Nigeria is believed to be the first by any state government.
Represented by the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, during the presentation ceremony held at the Glover Memorial Hall, Lagos, Sanwo-Olu said the initiative and the presentation of cheques are a testament to the commitment of his administration to ensure the potentials of the entertainment industry are realised.
Speaking through Akinbile-Yusuf, Sanwo-Olu admonished the beneficiaries under the first batch of the revolving loan to make judicious use of the loan and pay it back at the stipulated time to enable others to be empowered also.
Earlier in an introductory address, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board (LSFVCB) Barrister Adebukola Agbaminoja noted that the agony of limited funding channels, has hitherto obstructed the full potentials of the industry.
The Executive Secretary, who observed that over eighty percent of the films produced in Nigeria were produced in Lagos State, noted that it was in consideration of film value chain in Lagos State in particular, and Nigeria in general, that the Governor of Lagos State, magnanimously promised to help the industry overturn the funding hurdles by providing ‘interest-free’ loans through the Lagos Film Fund.
According to the Agbaminoja, “the Lagos State Film Fund, as conceptualised by Mr Governor, is birthed to create stress-free funding stream for the industry and equally motivate private organisations to foster several of such funding streams for the full actualisation of the value chain of the Nigeria Film Industry.
“Today, as Mr Governor presents cheques to the first batch of the film fund beneficiaries, we are proud to say, this is yet another promise kept’’.
One of the beneficiaries of the fund and notable Nollywood veteran actor and producer, Prince Jide Kosoko thanked the Lagos State government for instituting the fund. Kosoko, noted that the fund came at the right time. ‘’It will definitely supplement the movie project I am embarking on and it will in no small measure help my creativity to be able to meet up as originally planned,’’ he said.

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Blood Sisters Hits New Milestone, Netflix’s Top 10 List Of TV Shows

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Nigeria’s debut Netflix original series ‘Blood Sisters’ has hit a major global milestone with a highly coveted spot on Netflix’s top ten global list of TV shows.
The series released on May 5 is currently number nine on the list with 11 million views recorded in its first week.
Confirming the series latest milestone, Executive Producer, Mo Abudu, wrote on Instagram:
“Blood sisters has made the netflix top ten global list of tv shows, with eleven million hours viewed in the last five days in our first week of launch.this is our time, a tv show made in nigeria for the world.
“From the analysis of this list, we have performed better than some shows made in the UK and the United States of America!!! Last but not the least, I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone that has taken time to watch. Thanks for taking Blood Sisters to the world.”
Written by Craig Freimond, ‘Blood Sisters’ follows best friends on the run after one accidentally murders the other’s abusive fiancé, hours to their wedding. The four-part limited series is directed by Biyi Bandele and Kenneth Gyang with creator credits going to Temidayo Makanjuola.
The series stars Ini Dima-Okojie and Nancy Isime in the lead with Kate Henshaw, Kehinde Bankole, Gabriel Afolayan, Daniel Etim-Effiong, Wale Ojo and Genoveva Umeh in supporting roles.
Since its premiere, the series has topped the charts in over 20 countries including the United Kingdom and France.

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We Know Nothing About Genevieve’s Condition -Actors Guild

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The Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, has reacted to rumours about the health status of actress, Genevieve Nnaji.
The star actress with about 8.5m followers on Instagram deleted her pictures and video on the platform after she shared some cryptic messages.
This has raised concerns about her safety.
Reacting to the development, the President of the AGN, Emeka Rolland, told The Tide source that he was not aware of Genevieve’s exit on Instagram.
“I will have to reach out to her since I am just getting this news from you now. I have not learnt of that.
“I’ll reach out to her to know whether she is safe or not after your call. I cannot just conclude with hearsay or rumour,” he said.

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Songs, Praises As Church Celebrates Mothers’ Day

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Last weekend witnessed harvest of songs and thanksgiving as the Baptist Convention Worldwide celebrated this year’s annual Mothers’ Day with the theme: ‘Women as Family Backbone’, amidst thanksgiving, praise and worship in all the Baptist Churches across the state.
In his sermon, at the First Baptist Church, Rumuche Emohua, Rivers State, the Clergy, Rev. Dr Paulinus O. Ezeonye, said, “The day is set aside by the Baptist Convention Worldwide to honour women globally for their numerous contributions towards maintenance of peace, upkeep of the family, well-being of the society and the propagation of the gospel of Christ across the world.”
The event featured gospel music fiesta, Coral rendition, Thanksgiving and Awards, among the awardees was Madam Justina Morrison Ehuruche who was elevated to the position of “Ezinne” which literally means Good Mother, Women Leader, one of the highest recognitions for women in the church.
The Vicar said the award to Madam Justina Morrison Ehuruche was based on her outstanding performance and selfless service to the growth of the Baptist Church in Emohua Community and the well-being of members of the church, among others.
The Reverend described Ezinne as a virtuous woman, as he maintained that the honour bestowed on her was well-deserved. To buttress the action of the church, Rev (Dr) Ezeonye quoted Proverbs chapter 3 vs 27-28 which states, “Do not withdraw your good to those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neigbhour go and come again tomorrow when you have it with you”. He also stressed that the divine gesture would spur other women to work harder in the Lord’s vineyard.
In her vote of thanks, Madam Justina Morrison Ehuruche thanked God and the church for lifting her up among women and promised to work more for the growth of the Christian faith in Emohua Community because to whom much is given, much is also expected.

By: Jacob Obinna &Nancy Briggs

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