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Heritage Bank Promotes Creative Industry With Support For “Rita Dominic Acting Challenge”

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Heritage Bank Plc has further reiterated its commitment to the growth and development of the creative and entertainment sector by supporting the “Rita Dominic Acting Challenge.”

Heritage Bank in collaboration with a foremost Nigerian Actress and Co-Founder of the Audrey Silva Company, Rita Dominic launched an acting challenge for aspiring actors to recreate a scene in a new film “La Femme Anjola,” produced by the latter.

Respectively, the winners carted away cash prizes- ; the Prize winner, Jasmine Howson-Wright received N1million, Chioma Okafor, 1st runner-up got N300, 000, whilst the 2nd runner-up grabbed N100, 000 consolation prize for recreating a scene from La Femme Anjola in the acting challenge.

Speaking at the presentation of the cheque to the winners, the Divisional Head, Corporate Communications of the Bank, Fela Ibidapo explained that as the institution’s name implies, Heritage Bank has continued to make efforts in supporting creativity, ideologies, and talents like these, where arts are used as a tool to promote cultural awareness and to help younger Nigerians form a strong sense of national identity.

“As a bank, we look for creativity, ideas, and talents to support. We are called Heritage Bank for reasons, which involves putting our money where our mouth is, being that art and entertainment space are platforms where we considered being an opportunity for us to leverage our supports.

“It is a privilege that we are here today to celebrate the movie and the success achieved thus far and to the winners” he stated.

He assured that the bank would always be driven by cultural heritage in delivering distinctive financial services to create, preserve and transfer wealth.

According to him the bank is proud of the entertainment industry and will continue to stand by operators in it by supporting them and watch them grow.

The Foremost Actress, Dominic thanked Heritage Bank Plc for believing in her dreams and for helping and recognizing the need to support young talents in Nigeria.

“I have been eager to make my dream a reality, luckily Heritage Bank came on board to partner with us this year. I consider this as a fantastic opportunity to get my lifelong dream to have actors,” she said.

According to her, the acting challenge is an opportunity to help young aspiring actors to find their feet in the industry because of how difficult it can be in the industry.

She noted that there were enormous aspiring talents to harness; as it was difficult to nominate the winners amongst participants in the Rita Dominic Acting Challenge.

She advised the winners to remain unwavering, focus their eyes on their visions and goals if they desire to succeed in the entertainment industry.

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Kizz Daniel Apologises To Fans, Promises Free Show On Friday

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Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel, has apologized for failing to perform at a show in Tanzania on Sunday.

Daniel was arrested in Dar es Salaam on Monday for failing to perform at the show. Fans had earlier trashed the venue in anger at the non-appearance of the singer.

At a press conference on Tuesday night streamed on the show promoter’s Instagram page, #str8upvibes_, the ‘Buga’ crooner explained his side of the story, apologized, and promised a free show for Friday.

He said, “This Friday, a free show, by the way, I will be partnering with Straight Up Vibes to make that happen.

“I must apologize to the fans. None of this was intentional.”

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Eniola Ajao Splashes 52m On ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ, Drags Sola Sobowale To Oyo Forest

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Nollywood movie lovers are in for a big treat as Award-winning Actress and Producer Eniola Ajao has raised her game with the production of what many expect to be a masterpiece judging by the quality of minds on the project.
The just-completed project “Beast of two worlds – ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ” is the story of a powerful lady, ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ, who is both human and an animal.
She bestrode the forest at night, making lives difficult for hunters, killing and maiming some of them. She destroys crops and cripples the economy of the town.
The king, Towobola went into the forest to confront ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ, after an epic battle, the king and ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ reached a pact to marry each other with the hope that ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ would bear male children as all kids borne for the kings are females.
True to hope, ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ gave birth to a son but threw the boy, who is now the hope of the continuation of the lineage of the king into the fire.
The move led to twists and turns that made the plots of the movie entertaining, daring, and suspense-filled.

ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ features notable actors such as:

Sola Sobowale
Bimbo Akintola
Odunlade Adekola
Ibrahim Chatta
Adedimeji Lateef
Femi Adebayo
Faithia Balogun
Mercy Aigbe
Eniola Ajao
Peju Ogunmola
Yinka Quadri and a whole lot of other great actors.

Beast of two words “ÀJÀKÀ’JÚ” was directed by highly respected directors, Adebayo Tijani and Odunlade Adekola and respected Cinematographer Idowu Adedapo, the man who shot Wedding Party, King of Boys (1), Chief Daddy, Dear Affy, Oloture, and many other notable movies.

According to Eniola, “I am not sparing anything to make this movie a hit and it will surely hit the cinema this December”

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Made Kuti Releases New Single ‘No More Wars’

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Grammy nominee and Africa’s rising Afrobeat singer, Mádé Kuti, has released a new single entitled ‘No more wars’ via Partisan Records off his forthcoming album.

The single, which was composed, arranged, and authored by the young Mádé Kuti, was produced by GMK and Sodi Marciszewer, who recorded, mixed, or produced Fela’s last six albums.

Speaking on the release of ‘No more wars,’ Mádé says, “No More Wars is entirely about temper, control, and focus. It’s about experiences I’ve had that taught me to reflect intentionally before I react.”

Continuing, he said, “The lyrics are inspired by my father’s consistency in following his path despite dealing with an overwhelming amount of harsh, untrue, and deliberately cruel people inside and outside of his circle.”

The song features an impressive vocal performance from the multi-instrumentalist, who preaches the need to embrace peace and re-awakening of true values during trying times.

The young Kuti returns to the scene with the new single after the completion of the tour of the U.S. with his dad, Femi Kuti, and the Positive Force.

The record is coming after the success of ‘For‘e’ward, Mádé Kuti’s first album that was jointly released alongside his father’s album and titled Legacy+.

Mádé Kuti’s new music draws from a deep well and understanding of the insecurity and global wars and the Afrobeat storytelling tradition to fuse soulful Afrobeat chords, horns and voices in creating a unique sound that will be a hit among young and older Nigerians and international audiences alike.

With the release of this single and his forthcoming album, Mádé Kuti is set to once again remind Nigerians and his international audience of his lyrical prowess, vocal dexterity, and multi-instrumental abilities.

Over the years, this graduate of London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance has been honing his musical prowess in the music industry – learning from his father and the legacies of his grandfather, Fela Anikulapo Kuti – before starting his Movement band to release his first album while still performing with his father’s Positive Force band.

“No more wars,” is now available on all streaming platforms

Praise for Mádé + ‘Legacy +’:

“Mádé Kuti is a one-man studio band…[he] merges the slow-simmering rhythm and implacable horn riffs of vintage Afrobeat with a looping, prismatic, multilayered production, doubling back toward psychedelia.” – New York Times


“Giddy and transcendent” – Paste

“With one listen through ‘Legacy +,’ it’s clear that the late Fela Kuti’s musical family tree remains both strong and fruitful.” – American Songwriter.

“A fresh take on the Afrobeat sound that Fela pioneered in the 1970s and ’80s. Made carries the torch for his family’s Black consciousness and activist politics.” – SPIN

“Throws Afrobeat to the future” – The Observer

“The dynasty continues” – Uncut (8/10)

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