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In what is looking like a confirmation of its top-end status as Africa’s leading motion picture industry, Nigeria is set to play host to the first-ever Africa Cinematography Festival of Training, Production enhancement, Workshop Conference, Networking and Technology Expo.

The week-long event which comes up in the last quarter of the year in Lagos, Nigeria’s entertainment capital, will feature contemporary issues in filmmaking, networking, business opportunities and the general film economy which have impacted on the works of filmmakers, actors, film marketers, industry professionals, investors, viewers, cinema/studio owners/managers, the organized private sector, government agencies, art councils and funding agencies.

The Festival, which is in its debut year, is a platform designed to provide an overarching trajectory for relevant stakeholders in the filmmaking, entertainment and arts industry, to converge for the optimization of the inherent potentials and prospects through sharing of quality and insightful information and enhanced exposure on contemporary trends in filmmaking, networking for building of a more viable and competitive film business economy, exhibition of latest technologies in filmmaking, promotion of patronage and sustenance of cinemas and studios and driving a networking channel for the ease of acquiring modern technology for audiovisual and still productions.

Speaking about the Festival, the Project Consultant, Sunnie Odafe, disclosed that it is to provide a point of convergence for all stakeholders in the film industry spectrum with a view to creating specific platforms that will facilitate professional development for key players through knowledge sharing of trending expertise by renowned and inspiring industry leaders, enable hands-on workshop trainings and interaction with new film-making technologies and promote pitching for film content buyers and media brokers among others.

His words, “The Nigerian film-making industry has made tremendous progress, especially in the last decade. This is however a far cry from what is obtainable in the developed climes. The AfricaCinematographyFestival is designed to bridge this gap and make the industry comparatively competitive. It is an all-encompassing attempt to reposition the Africa film economy by promoting and providing support for professionalism and innovations while addressing head-on the technical, regulatory and financial ills that have plaqued film-making in the country through insightful knowledge sharing, bespoke workshop trainings, interaction with evolving film-making technologies and equipment and valuable network opportunities,” says Mr. who also is the COO of Tasy Yact Media.

The Festival will feature Conferences and workshops, exhibitions, open film expo, networking opportunities, film pitching, auditions for film roles, film unveiling and promotion, and film production funding.

Participants at the event will include filmmaking industry players such as directors, producer, students of Arts in Nigerian/African Universities, would-be young entrepreneurs, industry regulators, funding partners and investors and filmmaking equipment manufacturers and exhibitors.

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Gbe Body E! Gbenga Adeyinka Drags 2Baba, Other Music And Comedy Legends Plus Sponsors To Ibadan For Easter

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Grand Comedian of Nigeria, Gbenga Adeyinka the ‘first’ GCON, is at it again with LAFFMATTAZZ Loud in Ibadan season 9…

The “Gbe Body e EDITION”. 
Confirmed Musical Megastars for Ibadan include the industries finest 
– Tuface “Tubaba” Idibia – Ruggedybaba – Small Doctor -Terry G – Phizzle- Chinko Ẹkùn – Bois Ọlọ́run – Keanzo- Danny S  -Jhybo Comedians-Gbenga Adeyinka 1st – Omobaba number 1 – Dr Smile- Helen Paul  – Lasisi Elenu  – Akpororo  – Chiyoung @ – Pétérù  – Wòlíì Agba  – Madiba of Comedy  – Funnybone  – Dr whiteberry  – Remote- Arkbishop  – Baba Alariya  – Shete  – Lizzyjay Ọmọ Ibadan  – Stillringing  
DJs-Legendary Premium cool DJ Jimmy Jatt  and – King DJ Secxy 

Venue: Jogor center 

Time : 2:00pm 

Regular: 3,000 Naira Vip: 5,000 Naira Vvip: 10,000 NairaTables of 6:Silver :    150,000 NairaGold:       200,000 NairaDiamond: 300,000 Naira

Tickets go out on sale this weekend  and will be available at: – All Grandex Stores – All Ultima Restaurant outlets-  Filmhouse Cinema : Dugbe and Samonda- Viva Cinema Palms Mall- Taska Supermarket Akala Express- All Foodco Supermarket Outlets-Hairsense Palms Mall -Ace Supermarket Akoboand online at ariiyatickets.com

This year as never before you stand a chance to win a Toyota Corolla by simply buying a ticket from any of the ticket sales outlet or online
Laffmattazz is brought to fans by Maltina supported by FIRS, LIRS and Give Raffle

Radio Partners are IBADAN BROADCAST GIANTS… Beat FM @thebeat979fm, NAIJA FM @naija102ibadan, JAMZ FM @jamz1001fm, Thirtytwo FM  @thirtytwofm949, Inspiration FM @ifm1005ib, Fresh FM @freshfmibadan and R2FM @r2929fm.

While Television Partners are AFRICA MAGIC @africamagic, GOTV @gotvng, , VIEWS CHANNEL@viewschannel NIGBATI TV @nigbatitv, HIP TV @officialhiptv, ORISUN TV @orisuntv,  AMC TV @amctvnigeria, KraksMedia @krakstv, WAP TV @waptvchannel AND BCOS TV @bcostv.
Laffmattazz Loud in Ibadan 9… Oya! Gbe Body E!!!!

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K1 To Sponsor Kid Artist’s Education

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In what looks like a divine arrangement, Fuji Music Legend, King Wasiu Ayinde Mashal, popularly known as K1 De Ultimate has thrown his weight behind Oluwatobi Ilelolawa, the 12 year-old Primary Six pupil, who sketched President Muhammadu Buhari’s portrait with pen (Biro) without alteration few days ago.

Less than an hour after THISDAY Newspapers’ Brands and Marketing Editor, Raheem Akingbolu published the story of the boy on his Facebook page, K1, through his publicist, Kunle Rasheed, reached out to the writer. K1, the father of modern Fuji Music said he was touched by the story of the boy and offered to sponsor his post-primary education to the university level.

K1 described the boy as a raw talent that must be guided, supported and not allowed to waste.

“I was touched when the story was brought to my notice and I see it as one of those things one can do to impact the society. Education is key to success and who knows the boy we are talking about may be a governor or President in the making. He may become another Ben Enwonwu, Bruce Onobrakepya, Wole Soyinka or an international Artist of repute in the future. If the society fails to give him the needed support now, posterity will not forgive us. This is the time to lift a hand and groom a talent for posterity.”

Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to introduce the promising artist to his new benefactor and perfect ways through which his mentorship and sponsorship would be handled.

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Na Una Papa Get Stroke, No Be Me — Nollywood Actor Mr Ibu Blasts Rumor Peddlers

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Nollywood comic actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, has debunked trending social media reports that he has been plagued with stroke.

The new media was awash on Thursday with reports that the 57-year-old iconic actor was hit by a mysterious stroke shortly after he returned from a trip to Owerri, Imo State.

The President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, was even quoted as saying that “the actor was fast recovering”.

The sad news generated deep concerns from industry watchers, especially fans of the actor, calling for prayers and support for him.

However, in a latest video published on his Instagram Page, Mr Ibu, who is seen “loving up with his wife”, flayed the stroke report, saying he has handed those peddling the rumour to God.

He said: “Oh God! People are saying that I have stroke, that I am down with stroke. Why?

“How can you announce somebody’s sickness and you have many, you don’t even announce one.

“I don’t have any stroke please. This is my wife, my humble wife. Well, we hand over everything to God.

“I have been receiving calls from across the world, and I don’t know who is spreading this false news about me. I don’t know what they are saying. Na their papa get stroke.”

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