Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Keyamo commits to piracy fight in entertainment industry


The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has said the federal government would intensify efforts to fight against piracy in the entertainment industry.






Keyamo said this when members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, AGN, Abuja Chapter, led by its chairman, Mr Alvin Ahmed, paid him a courtesy.

He expressed concern for the rate at which intellectual property of artistes were lost through piracy, noting that if left unchecked, the scourge would affect the growth of Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry.

He assured the Nollywood members that the ministry would collaborate with other government agencies to tackle piracy.

Acknowledging the socio-economic importance of Nollywood to the nation, and its huge capacity to generate employment, the minister assured the AGN of government’s effort at promoting the industry.

He stated that government had made available funds for the industry and encouraged them to access the funds, urging them to meet the conditions attached.

According to him, other ways to grow the industry is for government to invest heavily in infrastructure, such as building film villages, providing state-of-the-art equipment and post-production studios, and making them affordable for young producers.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Ahmed, sought collaboration with government to promote the film industry.

“We are film makers, creative people, actors, producers. We want to have synergy with government. Nollywood wants a voice, a projection, while we need our voices to be heard,’’ Ahmed said.


Felabration 2019: Femi, Seun warm up to thrill Abuja fans

Ahead of flagging off this year’s Felabration,which was set up in memory of the late Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Yeni Kuti alongside his brother, Femi, have lined up impressive activities to make this year’s edition a memorable one.

The annual event hosted by his dynasty will kick off on Monday, October 14 and it is a traditional home of the New Afrikan Shrine, Ikeja, Lagos.

The week-long event is returning to Nigeria after holding its first-ever edition in London, back in July. It’s bringing with it a new theme, ‘From Lagos With Love’, inspired by Fela’s “Eko Ile” single but also acknowledging the international relevance of the musical festival.

Between October 14 and 20, concerts, a symposium will be held in honour of the Afrobeat legend and the ideals he believed in. There will also be a ‘Dress Like Fela Day’ on the 19th of October with the winner earning a cash prize.

Last month, the dance competition held at the New Afrika Shrine with the likes of Funke Kuti, Segun Adefila, Liadi Adebayo, Kunle Kuti and Jahman Anikulapo as judges.

According those in the know, novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Bobi Wine, Professor Akin Oyebode and London-based Black African musician, poet and political activist, Akala will speak at a symposium on the opening day at Neca Hall.

A secondary school debate on ‘Persons above 70 should not be allowed to contest for political position’ held during the week at Freedom Park as part of activities to herald the week-long festival.

During the week, Yeni Kuti confirmed that the rave of the moment, Burna Boy will be headlining this year’s Felabration. She has also confirmed on her Instagram page that curvy Botswana singer, Lorraine Lionheart, will be making guest appearance at the event.

WizKid, Davido, Burna Boy, Simi, Seun Kuti, Mr Eazi and other A-list Nigerian artists have graced the New Africa Shrine stage in the past.

This year promises to have these A-lists and their international colleges perform on the Felabration’s stage. Meanwhile, Femi and Senu Kuti, leader of the vintage Egypt ’80 Band of Fela Kuti are billed to perform together, at the Central Park, Abuja on October 26.


BBNaija Tacha deletes all posts on her Instagram page

Ex-Big Brother Naija 2019 season four housemate, Tacha has deleted all the posts on her Instagram page.

Tacha, who was disqualified from the Big Brother Nigeria, BBNaija reality show this year, may have decided to wipe out all her posts on Instagram to re-brand.

Recently, Tacha was also seen on Instagram with Mercy the winner the of the 2019 show, depicting that the duo had settled their dispute, as both of them giggled and hugged to the amusement of fans.

Before the BBNaija show, Tacha was a social media influencer and entrepreneur who used her platform to advertise and market several products to her followers.


Uche Jombo celebrates International Day of Girl-Child

As the world celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child this Friday, October 11, popular Nollywood Actress Uche Jombo joined the world to celebrate the important day.

With the theme is the GirlFrorce: Unscripted and unstoppable, Jombo celebrated the important day by sharing a post about it on her Instagram page with her girl squad.

The actress shared a photo of herself with other female actresses to celebrate the special day. The actresses in the photo all seemed to have started acting around the same as they have done many movies together.

These powerful and talented actresses, Stephanie Okereke Linus, Ini Edo, Rita Dominic, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, and Jombo herself have shown the movie industry that they are unstoppable from time to time as they continue to break barriers.

In her post, Jombo urged Nigerians to join millions of girls around the world to celebrate. She advised people to support girls for proving that they are unstoppable, adding that empowered girls today are tomorrow's leaders.

International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated every year on the same day with a different theme to challenge and advocate the issues surrounding the girl child.

The day of international observance is declared by the United Nations to educate people on issues concerning the problems the girl child faces.









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