REDTV, a dynamic online lifestyle channel that puts the spotlight on Africa with a distinct global appeal, in conjunction with The Naked Convos has premiered a new web-series titled, ‘Our Best Friend’s wedding’. REDTV is supported by the United Bank for Africa’s (UBA Plc)
The impressive gathering which held this past weekend, attracted a good number of A-list dignitaries and business leaders, from different industries across Nigeria including: the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Chairman of United Bank for Africa Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Group Managing Director, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka and players in the entertainment and film industries
Speaking at the premiere, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was visibly impressed with the quality of the movie spoke glowingly about the unrelenting support of UBA towards the growth of the creative industry in Nigeria, noting that UBA is no doubt one of the very few organisations that truly understands the far reaching impact the creative industry can add to Nigeria’s economy.
The minister applauded the high quality of the television series, attesting that Nigeria’s television production and creative industries have come of age with capabilities to contribute significantly to the country’s socio-economic development. This, according to the minister is part of the objectives the recently signed pact between the Federal Ministry of Information and The Tony Elumelu Foundation hopes to achieve. The Tony Elumelu Foundation is founded by the Chairman of UBA Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu.
“I recall that before the MOU we signed with the Tony Elumelu Foundation, we identified a plethora of problems in the Creative Industry ranging from systemic failure, lack of monitoring of intellectual property and lack of capacity. Having said that, I am particularly delighted to tell you that after organisations like the Tony Elumelu Foundation and the British Council came to the rescue of the creative industries, the story has now changed for good”, the minister said.
Reiterating why the MoU is important for Nigeria’s creative industries, he explained that the film industry, best known as Nollywood, is the most energetic in the world and has a total estimated value of over $500 million per annum. It also provides jobs for thousands of people but sadly, an estimated $200milion is lost to piracy annually because of the absence of formal, legal distribution systems.
Also speaking at the premiere, the Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications, UBA Plc and executive producer of the television series, Mrs. Bola Atta appreciated the critical interventions by the government in creating an enabling environment for the creative industry to thrive, whilst noting that the series, made by Nigerians in Nigeria is of world class standard. According to her, in just a few days of its release, the series garnered over 130,000 views on the YouTube channel. .
The movie, Our Best Friend’s Wedding is a romantic dramedy of a young man who panics and buys an engagement ring on a whim. He recruits his two female best friends to help go through a list of potential candidates and sets off a series of events that lead to a wedding.
The series stars Adebola ‘Illrymz’ Olowu, Oreka Godis, Gbemi Olateru-Olagbegi, Chris Attoh, Timi Charles-Fadipe, Unamka Marycolette, Yewande Lawal, Sarah Boulos and Theo Lawson.
REDTV is a digital online television network that features the very best of entertainment, news, design, travel, fashion, music, sports, comedy and much more. The channel is available on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
BREAKING: BON Awards 2019, 2020 Hosts Announced!
The Best of Nollywood Awards has confirmed the host and date for this year’s event.
Last year, the prestigious awards took place at the Kakanfo conference center in Ibadan, Oyo State with the former Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, as the Chief host.
According to the BON 2019 Media coordinator, Victor Ojelabi, aside from this year’s event being slated for December 14, 2019, in Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Dr. Kayode Fayemi have been announced as Chief Hosts for 2019 and 2020 editions of the awards respectively.
Dr Ganduje, the Executive Governor of Kano State, stated that the center of commerce is more than excited to host this year’s edition.
“We are happy BON Awards will be bringing the nation’s movie industry to Kano to feel the beauty and tranquility that our God-given land is known for.
“Kano, which is the second-largest industrial center after Lagos State in Nigeria and the largest commercial center in Northern Nigeria, also boasts of several tourist centers for our guests to feed their eyes on,” the governor said.
He also assured the organizers of the state’s full readiness to host the awards.
“While preparations are already in top gear to ensure a hitch-free and grand event, Kano people are happy to embrace the Nollywood industry,” he concluded.
In a related development, the Chief Executive Officer, Best Of Nollywood Awards, Seun Oloketuyi, said that the Government of Ekiti State has also declared to host next year’s edition of the event.
“For the year 2020’s edition of the awards, the people of Ekiti would be opening their doors to the popular players in the Nigerian movie industry by the special grace of God.
“Ekiti government, under Gov. Kayode Fayemi, has in its quest in putting the state on the tourism map of Nigeria, made the state a destination for entertainment.
“We can categorically state that the efforts of Mr. Governor in terms of changing the narratives about the state is yielding great results, and BON Awards is excited to bring the whole Nigeria, through the Nollywood industry, to experience his great strides without being told,” Oloketuyi stated.
Best of Nollywood Awards is an annual industry event honouring outstanding achievements in the Nigerian movie industry.
The first edition, hosted by the then Lagos State government, was held in 2009 and so far, the events have held in 9 states across the country since inception.
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Media Personality And Publisher of MetroNewsNg, Otunba Femi Davies Set To Make Come Back To The Movie Industry
The well known Lagos based journalist,who has spent well over 25years transversing Lagos Television/Radio Lagos, Ogtv,Magnet Media,Oricom Advertising,Today’s Choice Magazine,Hearts Magazine,Ace Weekly,Global Excellence And City People Magazine,before serving under the government of Otunba Gbenga Daniel in Ogun State as Media Consultant to the governor and Director of Organization for Peoples Party Of Nigeria (PPN) before returning to his first love, journalism to berth Ultimate Magazine and later MetroNewsNg a digital news portal.
According to the Ogun State-born music/movie and events, promoter, his return to the movie industry is borne out of the realization that the industry is more sanitized now with the advent of social media tools and increment in avenues to recoup the money invested in the industry. He opined that income from investments was hitherto limited to whatever the marketer was willing to pay coupled with pirates who were milking the industry dry.
With the advent of social media, producers can exhibit movies at various cinema halls spread across the country, organize professional premiers, enter into contracts with digital platforms, broadcast platforms, and the likes to also make income. He also raised the fact that the standard of productions including use of state of the art equipment is so encouraging now that good and quality standard is now the measurement and expectation across the industry unlike what obtains in the past.
To this end, he is set to produce movies that will hit the market from the end of the year and the first quarter of 2020.
Asked if he is quitting journalism for movie making, the very jovial and mentor to many journalists said “ As a graduate of Mass Communication, I’m rather going back to the part of what I studied which is the use of mass media to communicate to a large audience with the intent to cause positive changes.
With the movies,I seek to entertain, educate, reorientate, and influence positive attitudes by positively projecting our culture and values. In one word, i will seek to tell our stories our own way, not the way foreigners want us to see ourselves”.
Otunba Femi Davies in the past was the brain behind notable Yoruba movies like “Owo Ale”, Ago Meje -7 ‘O Clock’, “Temi Ni Nkem”, “Pink Ladies”, “Alabarin”, “Mase Magbe” “2010 Odun Ayo Mi” shot in Suncity, South Africa amongst other movies.
He has managed top-rated acts like Sir Shina Peters, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma and promoted K1 D Ultimate, Adewale Ayuba, Wale Thompson, Dele Taiwo, Lanre Teriba, Musiliu Haruna Ishola, Q.Dot, Small Doctor, Remedies and a long list of others.
He is set to hit location for new sets of movie production from next month which incidentally is his birthday month.
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