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Nigeria is proud of its Arts and Entertainment Industry as talented citizens continue to show and exceed world-class performance standards.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this while receiving the cast of Wakaa: The Musical  on Friday  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that the industry has proved clearly that “without anybody, even government coming to their aid, they can hold their own.”  But that the Buhari led government would lend its support in “whatever way we are able.”
Professor Osinbajo recalled that he had seen some of the performances of the group, and that it was absolutely amazing and extremely professional.

The Vice President commended the work of Nigerian actors, artists and performances, especially in the creative industry.

“We don’t even need to compare ourselves. The Nigerian entertainment industry is in a class by itself. Absolutely incredible, real talent. There is no real comparison what our people are doing,” Professor Osinbajo added.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Wakaa Musical performance, which has been staged in several places including London, was writing the name of Nigeria in gold, all over the world.

Alhaji Mohammed said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led government recognises and applauds the success of the country’s creative industry.

He said that government’s diversification of the economy was not restricted to the agriculture and solid minerals sectors but includes the creative industry where Nigeria also has comparative advantage.

The Wakaa cast was led by Producer and Director Bolanle Austen-Peters, an actor, Bimbo Manuel.

Austen-Peters commended the Vice President for receiving the group, noting that such gesture at short notice was very encouraging.

Vice President Osinbajo has been invited as Special Guest of Honour at a Command Performance of Wakaa on October 2, 2017, during the grand finale of the 9-day performance of the musical in Abuja.

Wakaa: The Musical is a play about the trials, successes and experiences of 6 young graduates with varied backgrounds, revealing the struggles and challenges of young Nigerians at home and abroad. It is a production of BAPS Productions.

Mr Isiah Chijioke, Chief Executive Officer of Sky Music, South Africa, says he will promote the music of two young Nigerian musicians in that country.

The artistes are Ifeanyi Nwadialu, alias` Fakia Large” and Jesam Etim Michael whose stage name is “J Prince.

Chijioke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday that the musicians had great potentials and were doing very well.

“We have started working together. Fakia Large and J Prince have great potentials. They play hip hop and Afro-music.

“We are working as one family under my record label and I am proud to be associated with them. They are doing a lot to promote the image of our country through music,” he said.

The manager said that since he started work with them, they had featured in a lot of shows in different places.

“At the moment, we have released a song titled “Malowo” by J Prince.

“We are working on a project now. It is a collaboration by the two artistes and a South African, DJ Duckz. We have finished everything, the video and audio will soon be released,” he said.

The promoter urged aspiring and young Nigerian artiste to be hardworking, obedient and show humility while working with their managers.

Nwadialu, 27, a native of Ihiala, in Anambra, said that working with their manager had been great fun and good.

“I am happy working with my manager, we work as brothers. It has not been easy breaking into the South African music industry but through hard work, we will make it,” he said

He said that their collaboration had started to create fan base in South Africa as people had started to appreciate their music.

Michael, 28, a native of  native of Yakur Local Government of Cross River, said that he was happy working with his manager.

“ I play Afro-music and hip hop.  I am presently working on a new single title “ money lover”.

“ Our manager has been good. We are making waves in South Africa and Nigeria. My role models are R Kelly, Bruno Mars and Tu Face,” he said.

Michael urged aspiring musicians to work hard because Nigerian music was beginning to get a trend at global level.

Friday, 15 September 2017 21:27

Majek Fajek Releases New Album

Nigerian reggae icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke, known with his stage name, Majek Fashek, has released a new single after years of exiting the music scene for more than three decades.

The ‘Send Down The Rain’ crooner relaunched his career after many years of reportedly mental instability and poor health caused by addiction to hard drugs and alcohol.

Meanwhile, The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has been elected Vice President of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly.

Alhaji Mohammed, who represents Nigeria, was elected by acclamation to speak for Africa, alongside Cape Verde, at the 22nd General Assembly of the world tourism body which ic hokn, China.

His election followed the country’s unopposed nomination by the UNWTO Commission on Africa (CAF).

China was elected President of the Assembly.

Monday, 11 September 2017 05:31

Tekno In Trouble For Insulting Kenyan DJ

Augustine Miles Kelechi known by his stage name Tekno, has incurred the wrath of Kenyans after he blamed the country’s ace DJ, DJ Creme De La Creme, for his wack performance at a show he headlined.

The Kenyan DJ who revealed this in tweets he shared, disclosed that the Nigeria’s slim daddy didn’t show up for rehearsal and wasn’t in sync with his band.

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has received Nigeria’s leading and Celebrity Pencil Artist Alesh Akeem who is currently on tour for his project "Celebrating 10 Kings".

The Celebrating 10 King’s Project which is an initiative of Alesh Akeem and his management- “The RedAce Company” is aimed at recognizing 10 traditional rulers in Africa with outstanding excellence, and by extension showcasing the Nigerian monarchical system to other parts of the world.

According to Alesh Akeem’s Management representative, Olubunmi Adeyera, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III is been recognized in the project for his continuous effort in maintaining peaceful co-existence between the citizens of the Yoruba Nation and other cultural denominations in Nigeria.

Alesh Akeem aadded that the Kings are the Custodians of culture who have taken it upon themselves to ensure that cultural heritage is being transferred from one generation to another, therefore they deserve to be celebrated globally.

During the visit to the Palace, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III did not only bless the Pencil Artist and his works but also took him down the line of history being a ‘Professor of Ancient and Modern history’.

The Alaafin noted that as Africa continues to re-write its history and stride into the Millennium, there is urgent need for leaders in the continent to begin a systematic documentation of what they have in the name of cultural property. These he pointed out should include objects made by forefathers, the monuments of the land and things created by us today that would become of historic importance tomorrow.

"Africa is opening up herself to the world in a way that she had never done in the past. We are no longer 'the Dark Continent' and Africans are no longer 'the primitives’. The civilizations that once flourished in Africa have become the issue in the Art world today. Hence, the head-count of our cultural property should be properly and fully documented in this regard", Oba Adeyemi emphasized

Alesh Akeem also disclosed to the Press that a light of Celebrating the Monarch, a Life-Size Hyper-Realistic Pencil Masterpiece will be drawn and presented to the office of His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III as a monument.

Monday, 04 September 2017 05:17

Veteran Actor Kasimu Yero Dies At 70

Veteran actor Kasimu Yero died in Kaduna on Sunday at the age of 70.

The deceased’s eldest son, Mansur Kasimu Yero, said in Kaduna that his father died at his residence in Magajin Gari, Kaduna, after a protracted illness.

Yero, who was buried at Bachama Road Cemetry in Kaduna, is survived by eight children.

He would be fondly remembered for his role as ‘Uncle Gaga’ in the now rested ’80s situational comedy, Cock Crow At Dawn, and as one of the lead characters in Abubakar Imam’s TV series, Magana Jari Ce.

The deceased was one of the early popular northern faces in Nigeria’s entertainment industry and had the flair of interpreting humorous scripts.

Although Yero was born in Zaria, he moved to Kaduna when he became of school-age to live with his grandfather, Malam Mohammed Sambo, who held the traditional title of Magajin Garin Kaduna.

The Lagos Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous-Cole, has made public the telephone number of the new Lagos Police Commissioner, Ag./CP Edgal Imohimi for the purpose of distress and emergencies.

Ag./CP Edgal Imohimi was Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations until last week when he replaced CP Fatai Owoseni as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

Famous-Cole while he released the CP’s number- 0809 999 0483, also encouraged the public to explore other nearest avenues of reporting incidents or situations in the chain of command such as DPOs, Area Commanders, RRS (767 & 112) at any time of the day before calling the Commissioner of Police.

The PPRO, however expressed his appreciation to Lagosians for their peaceful nature in this festive period as well as their trust in the Nigeria Police Force especially the Lagos Command.

Saturday, 26 August 2017 12:22

Buhari’s Daughter Debuts Photo Exhibition

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described a Photo Exhibition by Hanan Buhari,  daughter of President Muhammadu Buhari, as a “game changer’’ for the creative industry.

The minister stated this on Friday evening in Abuja at the opening of a 3-day photo exhibition titled “Vangi and Hanan’’.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari also attended the event.

The minister said the exhibition“is an endorsement from the highest quarter that the creative industry is not for the dropouts, the less opportuned in the society, but an industry that attracts only the talented’’.

He noted that it is quite rare for a young girl coming from a traditional conservative family to choose photography as a profession and way of life.

“This particular exhibition is a game changer in the sense that it is going to help to change the perception of our people towards the creative industry.

“For my generation, and even the generations after me, our parents wanted us to be Lawyers, Doctors, Engineers or Accountants.

“It was very unusual to see a parent that will encourage his or her son or daughter to take to creative industry.

“I am using the words creative industry in a very elastic manner to include films, music, photography, theatre, interior decoration, fashion designing, architecture, publishing and the likes.

“The truth of the matter, however, is that this is where the future of the country and the world is.

“This is the only industry in the world, that appreciates, there is never a period where a work of arts would lose value: on the contrary, it appreciates in value everyday,’’ he said.

The minister added that the sector employed more people than even the petroleum industry and it is more rural based.

He said that the Federal Government was committed to moving the sector to the front burner of the nation’s economy.

“The Federal Government recently granted a Pioneer Status to the creative industry which means that if you invest in photography, studio production, films and others you will be entitled to a tax holiday and other incentives.

“The creative industry contributes 1.34 per cent to our GDP. We are moving towards a situation where in the next couple of years it will be able to contribute about five per cent to GDP,” he said.

The president’s wife said that Nigerians and children in particular are “highly talented” and parents should support them in whatever profession they choose to actualising their dreams.

She said that government at all levels must ensure they give the support and create the enabling environment for those that have passion in special skills like arts.

She said that governments should not concentrate on conventional schools but develop vocational schools to end the search for white collar jobs by the youths.

Ace photographer and musician, TY Bello, who was also at the event said parents must allow their children to have their own voices and encourage them to express themselves.

“The exhibition is key, being a pointer to the fact that art is not just on the side, art is just as important as medicine and other professions people placed priority on,” she said.

Bello said she was impressed by the talents and boldness of the young photographer and found her works “really amazing”

The Curator of the exhibition, Prof. Jerry Buhari said that Hannan was influenced by “hope and confidence’’ which reflect in her works.
The Professor of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said Hanan’s parents wanted her to read medicine or information technology but she chose to read photography.

He commended the parents for accepting her choice of profession. .

“As a teacher, many of my students have derailed because they could not cope with what their parents chose for them to read.

“The challenge of cultism and drugs that we are experiencing in school is because children are frustrated when their parents do not allow them to read the course they have passion for.

“We must begin to allow our children to develop self confidence,” he said.

On the exhibition, the Curator said Vangi means innovation in Fulfude and it is Hanan’s way of breaking away from stereotype.

Hanan in a remark said her work is “unique, stands out, has a different definition and style and sends different messages to different people around the world”.

She thanked her parents for supporting her to be what she love to be.

The Artist also challenged the youths to stand for themselves and always let their parent know what they want to be in life.

Yvonne Orji, the sex-drunk character Molly in HBO series Insecure, is proud to be a 33-year-old virgin, even though she is currently playing the sexy role.

The Port Harcourt-born star said she is keeping herself for her husband.

“She is keeping it locked.

“I wasn’t going to hide it just because I’m on TV,” the Nigerian star told People. “I’m grounded in who I am.”

And to show just how much she is dedicated to keeping her virginity, she created a clothing line to promote abstinence. “I have a clothing company called Rock Your Stance, and we sell shirts that say ‘Keeping it locked till I get that rock’,” she said, adding, “Entertainment chose me. Before any of this happened, I sat down with myself and with God. I said, ‘I know why I’m here. It’s to make you proud.’”

Yvonne Orji went further to speak about her career as an actress, adding that her parents, like most Nigerian parents, wanted her to be a doctor.

“It sounded noble,” she said. “But then I took organic chemistry and I was like, ‘Well, maybe not.’ I ended up getting my master’s degree in public health and then working in war-torn Liberia to stall from crushing my parents’ hopes and dreams.”

She continued, “’It would take me eight years to become a doctor, but give me eight years to make it in entertainment,’” she recalled telling her family. “And I’m happy to say, I did it in seven!”

She did it, and is promoting abstinence until marriage.

Her belief has invoked social media comments with spurious comments on twitters.

Morqos‏ said: “ Why do people think Yvonne Orji is lying about her virginity? That’s such a stupid thing to lie about.”

Morgan‏ said “Yvonn Orji has said she’s a virgin like 100 times and y’all are just now finding out today and making a big deal about it.”

“Yvonne Orji is goals mate. Not because she’s a virgin but because she’s unashamed to speak about it & link it to her faith in this day & age,” says king woman, in her tweet.

Orji emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria at age 6. “It was the traditional immigrant story of my parents wanting the best for us and bringing us here,” she says. But life in Maryland wasn’t always easy.

“I was bullied because I have this thick Nigerian accent,” she recalls. “My mom would say, ‘We didn’t come to America for you to be popular.’ Which is fair, but as a kid, you’re just like, it would be really nice to have this thing that everyone else has.”

Later, after graduating with a master’s degree in public health from George Washington University, Orji says she shocked her family (who had always hoped she’d be a doctor), by announcing she wanted to move to New York to pursue stand-up comedy.

The Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board has seized over 50 million Naira worth of illegal pirated films after a weeklong raid at Alaba international market in Lagos.

The head of the board, Adebayo Thomas said the raid was the first in a series of more to come.

“This is a subtle signal to persons distributing unclassified films and video works not registered and all persons profiting from the sweat of film and video creative without proper rights that, under my watch, we will not rest until we get rid of them from our industry, and equally ensure that they are prosecuted,” Mr Thomas also stated.

He told newsmen that they have arrested lots and also seized number goods.

“All the law enforcement agents including police, custom, legislators and judiciaries are ready to wage war on unlicensed production of movies and privacy in Nigeria.

“The fight is not theirs alone but of the entire film industries and other practitioners,” Mr Thomas stressed.

He pleaded with the citizens to abstain from buying pirated works.

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