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From the votes of viewers across Africa straddling the Internet and SMS, and judges, Modesinuola Ogundiwin, a 22-year-old Oyo State native, has been adjudged winner of the 2016 Next Movie Star Super Charged edition.

She beat six other finalists Davies Kpoyi (Nigeria), Chinonso Ukah (Nigeria), Anabel Orumbie (Nigeria), Susan Echa (Nigeria), Nofisat Saad Tomiwa (Nigeria) and Kobby Acheampong (Ghana) to the coveted prize in reality television shows.

Thus, Modesinuola would be rewarded with a brand new SUV, cash prize and movie roles. Chinonso Ukah, Kobby and Davies Kpoyi who emerged first, second, and third runners up respectively would also get cash prizes and movie contracts for their efforts.

To announce the winner was veteran actress, Stephnora Okere, who was also one of this edition’s judges. She was joined by a successful entrepreneur and media guru, Mr Kingsley James popularly known as KJV in the announcement.

An Intelligent and Security studies graduate from the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti. Modesinuola was beside herself with joy as she muttered repeatedly, ‘Thank you God, Thank you God’.

She described her victory as an act of God because “I wasn’t expecting this at all. I just threw myself into the show believing that God’s will shall be done. Now, God’s will has been done. I am just too excited to say much now,” she said.

The Next Movie STAR 2016 tagged ‘SUPER CHARGED’ which is the 12th anniversary edition of the show is the only privately run reality show in the whole of Africa, powered by Digital Interactive Media, and proudly supported by Coca Cola…..

The next Movie Star has over the years produced many stars and the reality TV show is still waxing stronger. Those who have passed through the platform include Tonto Dikeh, Annie Idibia, Kevin Chuwang Pam, PortiaYamahan, Uti Nwachukwu, Lydia Forson, Karen Igho, Tamara Eteimo, Tomiwa Kukoyi, Halimat Aitsegame, Boma Mac Ake, Zerziyia Wilson and others….

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BON Awards 2019: Sadiq Daba, Iya Rainbow, Ngozi Ezeonu Announced Special Recognition Awards Recipients

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For the eleventh consecutive year, Best of Nollywood Awards, BON, has again chosen to recognise and celebrate the Nigerian movie industry practitioners with awards focusing on their hard work, tenacity and steadfastness over the years in ensuring that the Nollywood, as the movie industry is popularly known, is at the forefront and at par with same industries around the world.
Recognising the contributions of some veteran thespians, the organisers of the prestigious industry award would be specially recognising Sadiq Daba, popularly known for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in October 1; Idowu Philips, whose stage name is ‘Iya Rainbow’, and Ngozi Ezeonu, a popular actress with over 150 movies to her credit.
The award-winning actor, Daba, who once worked as a broadcaster for Nigerian Television Authority, came to prominence in the late 1970s, starring in Cockcrow at Dawn.
Iya Rainbow was a nurse in general hospitals in Nigeria for several years and occasionally acted in theatre. She went full blast after the demise of her actor husband, Augustine Ayanfemi Phillips. She has featured in several Nigerian films, including Apaadi, Eru, and Aje Ni Iya Mi among others.
Ezeonu starred in Adesuwa, a role that earned her the Best supporting actress nomination at the 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards.
The 2019 edition of BON Awards, slated for December 14 promises to be memorable.
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Media Personality And Publisher of MetroNewsNg, Otunba Femi Davies Set To Make Come Back To The Movie Industry

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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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14 Facts To Know Before Naira Marley Reappears In Court Tuesday

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Nigerian musician, Azeez Fashola, aka Naira Marley is set to appear before the Lagos high court on Tuesday, October 22.

He was arrested on May 10, 2019 alongside rapper, Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, Guccy Branch and one other.

· He was arrested for alleged money laundering.

· Marley, known for his single “Issa Goal”, was slammed with 11- count charges.

· Marley stands risk of spending 7 years in jail if found guilty in accordance with Section 33 (2) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015.

· Naira Marley who claimed to have been arrested 124 times in the UK appeared before a Lagos high court, May 20, 2019.

·Some of the counts in the charges filed against Naira Marley includes:

“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.

“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015.”

· Naira Marley pleaded not guilty before Justice Nicolas Oweibo.

· The judge adjourned until May 30 for hearing of his bail application.

· Justice Oweibo ordered that the musician be remanded in prison custody until his bail application is determined.

. Naira Marley appeared before High Court in Lagos on Thursday, May 30

. He was granted bail for N2millon with two sureties in like sum.

. Justice Nicholas Oweibo ruled that one of the sureties must be on Grade Level 10 in the Federal or state employment.

. The other surety must have a landed property within the court’s jurisdiction.

. The judge adjourned until October 22 for trial.

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