Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Genevieve Nnaji cries foul over her movie ‘Lion Heart’

Nollywood actress and filmmaker, Genevieve Nnaji, is not happy as her globally acclaimed movie, ‘Lion Heart’, may not have the privilege of being shown in Nigerian cinemas.

In a message currently circulating on WhatsApp and posted on her behalf by Ugoma Adegoke, the CEO of Life House, the actress revealed that although getting to show her directorial debut to her fans has been giving her a mush feeling, unfortunately, not everyone shares her enthusiasm.

The statement describes as sad the fact that the very people who pose as Nollywood supporters and promoters of their content are the same people frustrating the efforts of film makers.

“Film One, one of the major film cinema distributors, has categorically refused to distribute Lion Heart, primarily because they have no stake in it. They are currently invested in a couple of movies showing in the cinemas and want to protect their assets at all cost. Monopolizing the market this season is their strategy to recouping their investment,” the statement reads.

The actress added that although pioneer cinema house, Silverbird agreed to exclusively exhibit ‘Lion Heart’ across their cinemas, as soon as the announcement was made about the release, the ‘powers that be’ of distribution and marketing proceeded to arm twist them into backing out of the agreement by threatening to boycott them in the future.

 

 Ogedegbe bags ‘Best Council Chairman in Edo State’

The chairman, Igueben local government council, Engr. Josie Ogedegbe, has been voted as the Best Local Government Council Chairman in Edo state by Papyrus Magazine at a ceremony in Abuja.

Ogedegbe was given the award by the magazine for the outstanding projects and programmes he has initiated for the people at the grassroots.

The publishers said Ogedegbe deserved to be given the award for ensuring the security of the lives of his people and for the numerous road and market projects since he was sworn into office as chairman this year.

Speaking on the award, the Onogie of Okalo, His Royal Highness Izebbhokha Egualona 1, said the award was well deserved owing to the number of projects in several communities in Igueben local government council.

“Our people are very happy with him because since he assumed office it has been one project after the other. You can come to Ebelle or Igueben and see for yourself. This chairman deserves the award and I know that those who gave him this award must have taken out time to see things for themselves,” the royal father said.

Egualona enjoined other local government chairmen in the state to see public office as public trust and to emulate Ogedegbe’s worthy example.

 

Also speaking, the president of a non-governmental organization, Esan Women Patriots, Hon. Queen Ekhator, while congratulating the chairman, said the local government has never had it so good.

She urged the chairman not to relent in his efforts, urging him to do more in order to promote the fortunes of the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections.

 

Mo Abudu joins Emmy Awards’ Academy directors

Media mogul, Mo Abudu has been elected as a director of the International Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences.

The Academy is responsible for staging the world famous International Emmy Awards which recognizes excellence in the television industry globally.

It is an organization of global broadcasters, with members from over 60 countries and over 500 companies.

According to reports, Abudu, who heads the trail brazing EbonyLife Media Group, announced the feat on Friday on her Instagram page @moabudu.

“I am pleased about this appointment because it will be an enabler for the recognition of our work in TV and film across the globe. And I mean “Our” as in our work from Nigeria.

“As a member of the board, I join a select group of about 100 Directors who are international executives from leading channels, production and distribution companies. “I am expected to attend board and members meetings three or four times a year. It’s time to change the narrative and get our stories told,” Abudu wrote.

 

I was once involved in public fight with bus conductor – Omotola

Veteran Nollywood diva, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, has revealed how she once got involved in a public fight with a bus conductor who physically assaulted an innocent girl.

The pretty screen diva made the revelation after watching a video where a group of brave women marched out to protest against the constant harassment they suffer at the popular Yaba market.

“I’ve seen school girls groped/touched in their uniforms on the street by conductors, area boys, hawkers.

“I once got into a public fight chased a bus, confronted the conductor who reached out and smacked a girl at Maryland! This awareness needs to yield results now”, she wrote on her twitter page.

She added that the Nigerian educational curriculum should include subjects and courses where women would be taught how to defend themselves against men who take undue advantage of them as weaker vessels.

“In a country like Nigeria, women should be taught self-defense from primary school, it should be part of the curriculum till University! Women should also be encouraged to carry pepper sprays! In the US, it’s normal in schools for girls to buy and carry one! Protect women”, she said.

 

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