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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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BON Commiserates With Baba Sala’s Family, Names Comedy Award Category After Him

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Following last week’s death of iconic Nigerian comedian, dramatist and filmmaker, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, the Best Of Nollywood Awards, BON has renamed its comedy category after the late legend.

A statement by the Head of the Best of Nollywood Jury, Niran Adedokun explained that the award will “henceforth be known as the Moses Adejumo Comedy of the Year Award in recognizing the contributions that the late veteran artiste made to the development of comedy in Nigeria.

Adedokun , who noted that Bala Sala was a total performer whose early investments in the alongside many of his contemporaries laid the foundation for the increasingly growing entertainment industry.

“Being Nigeria’s leading homegrown and home focused movie awards, the Best of Nollywood Awards honours the memory of this great man and have decided to name our comedy awards after him. It is the least that we can do as a Nigerian award even though we understand that he deserves much more and hope that our government will consider immortalizing him in some way, the statement offered.

He expressed the condolences of the organisers of the award to the Adejumo family urging them to take solace in the enviable legacy of the late filmmaker who started his career in show business as a highlife musician in 1964 with a group known as the Federal Rhythm Dandies and was noted to have tutored and guided the Juju maestro, King Sunny Ade, who was his lead guitarist at the time.

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BREAKING: Veteran Comedian, Baba Sala, Is Dead

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Veteran comedian, Moses Adejumo, popularly known as Baba Sala, is dead, The PUNCH is reporting.

According to the newspaper, Adejumo, who hails from Ilesa in Osun State, died on Sunday night at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex Annex (Wesley Guild Hospital) in Ilesa.

His Media Assistant, Isaac Haastrup, confirmed the development to The PUNCH in a telephone interview.

Hastrup said: “Baba has died.

“He died some minutes to 10pm on Sunday night.

“His remains had been taken to the morgue.

“He died of old-age related sickness.

“He came to church two Sundays ago and he was the one that said the benediction.

“Baba has gone to be with the Lord and he will be missed by many people, including his fans.”

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BON Awards 2018 Gets Date, Announces October 29 for Host State, Nominees Unveiling

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Best of Nollywood, BON Awards, the highly coveted award platform in Nollywood, has announced December 9, as the date for the 2018 edition of the ceremony, which also doubles as the celebration of a decade of the award ceremony, a press statement has revealed.

The statement was made public on Friday, September 28, and signed by the Chief Executive of BON, Seun Oloketuyi.

He revealed that the host state and unveiling of the 2018 nominees will be announced October, 29. Oloketuyi also assured that this years edition which is also the tenth year anniversary of the award will be the mother of all in Nollywood.

BON Awards is an annual film event presented by Best of Nollywood Magazine to honour outstanding achievements in the Nigerian Movie Industry.

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