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‘Shanty Town’, ‘Herdsmen’, ‘Underbelly’ Dominate BON Nomination List

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Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards has officially released nominations lists and categories for the 2023 Nollywood award ceremony. Stylised as BON Awards, the annual film event honors outstanding achievements in the Nigerian movie industry.

In the just-released nominee list, Shanty Town, Herdsmen, and Underbelly dominate the line-up of various categories.

Shanty Town, a 2023 Nigerian crime thriller created by Xavier Ighorodje, Chichi Nworah and produced by Chinenye Nworah, bagged 15 of the total 29 categories of the BON Awards.

The six-part series released to Netflix on 20 January 2023 featured series stars Chidi Mokeme,

Ini Edo, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Sola Sobowale, Nancy Isime, Shaffy Bello, Ali

Nuhu and a host of other actors brought their A-game to make the series one of the most wattheir and talked-about in the year under review.

Also leading with 11 nominations is Herdsmen produced by Chloe Coko and directed by Toka Mcbaror. The movie which was shot in Kaduna is based on mix fiction and first-hand experience, takes a look at the herdsmen-farmer crisis in Nigeria.

The movie which boast of stars like Efe Irele, Ali Nuhu, Nura M.C Khan, Colins Baror, Chuks Chyke, Broda Shaggy, Perry, Ime Bishop Umoh and others as it talks about the the misconception about herders and how evil people have used the good name “Herdsmen” to perpetrate crimes.

Nonetheless, Underbelly also takes the stage with 11 nominations. The movie is produced by Tunde Aina. The movie is a thrilling and suspenseful epic that explores the themes of love, betrayal, and survival in a harsh and unforgiving environment.

Underbelly is the story of two friends who travel from the western part of Nigeria to the north in a pursuit of greener pastures. Things Fall apart when one of them falls in love with the wrong woman.

BON Awards which was first held in December 2009, in Ikeja, Lagos State has continued to be a creative strata for the Nigerian movie industry. Every edition of the award ceremony is usually hosted by different states in Nigeria including Ogun, Oyo, Kogi, Kano, Ekiti, Delta, Abia amnig others. The host state for the 2023 edition will be unveiled soon.

This year’s edition of the annual award ceremony will hold on December 22. A full compilation of the award ceremony is listed below.

BEST CHILD ACTOR (FEMALE)

Nominees

1. Princess Kosi (The Other one)

2. Angel (Here Love Lies)

3. Fisayomi Amodemaja (Keji)

4. Darasimi Nadi (Obara’m)

2. BEST SOCIAL MESSAGE Nominees

1. Black Harvest

2. Asa

3. Sister

4. Herdsmen

5. SHANTY Town

3. BEST SHORT FILM

Nominees

1. Za

2. Agogo

3. A Playboy’s nightmare

4. She was not at war, I was

5. Tales of the browbeaten

4. DOCUMENTARY

Genius in Disguise

5. SPECIAL EFFECT

Nominees

1. Underbelly

2. Herdsmen

3. Shanty Town

4. Ite

5. Inadvertence

6. SOUND TRACK

Nominees

1. Obara’m

2. The other one

3. Underbelly

4. Herdsmen

5. Inadvertence

7. SOUND

Nominees

1. Shanty Town

2. Here Love Lies

3. House of Secrets

4. Herdsmen

5. Obara’m

8. BEST USE OF COSTUME

Nominees

1. Dice

2. Herdsmen

3. Underbelly

4. Ite

5. Shanty Town

9. SCREENPLAY

Nominees

1. Afamefuna

2. Asa

3. 50/50

4. Here love lies

5. The other one

10. USE OF FOOD

Nominees

1. Ifedichie

2. Time Travel

3. Inadvertence

4. Here Love Lies

5. 50/50

11. BEST KISS

Nominees

1. Kiki Bakare/Mimisola Daniels (Egun)

2. Efe Irele/Shawn Faqua (House of Secrets)

3. Olu Adebamowo/Kiitan Bukola (Square One

12. BEST USE OF MAKE UP

Nominees

1. SOJ

2. Shanty Town

3. Underbelly

4. Herdsmen

13. EDITING

Nominees

1. House of Secrets

2. Shanty Town

3. Black Harvest

4. The other one

5. Keji

14. PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees

1. Underbelly

2. Herdsmen

3. Black Harvest

4. House of Secrets

5. Shanty Town

15. CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees

1. House of Secrets

2. Shanty Town

3. Ite

4. Herdsmen

5. Underbelly

16. MOST PROMISING ACTOR

Nominees

1. Smart Conrad (Underbelly)

Nura Mc Khan (Herdsmen)

3. Olu Adebamowo (Square one)

4. Olaiya Temitope (Inadvertence)

17. MOST PROMISING ACTRESS

Nominees

1. Tierny Olalere (Inadvertence)

2. Chinelo Enemchukwu (Ifedichie)

3. 50/50 (Funke Tanimola)

4. Olusola Adeola (Time Travel)

18. BEST INDIGENOUS

Nominees

1. Afamefuna

2. Obara’m

3. Ifedichie

4. Underbelly

5. Herdsmen

19. IGBO FILM

1. IFEDICHIE

20.BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (YORUBA)

Nominees

1. Ibrahim Yekini (SOJ)

2. Jide Awobona (Square one)

3. Funsho Adeolu (Asa)

4. Olaitan Jewola (Alebu Ara)

5. Muyiwa Ademola (Time Travel)

21. BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (YORUBA)

Nominees

1. Kiitan Bukola (Egun)

2. Habiba Jinad (Alebu Ara)

3. Damipe Adekola (Ite)

4. Jumoke Odetola (Square One)

5. Regina Chukwu (Adaba)

22.BEST ACTOR IN A YORUBA MOVIE.

Nominees

1. Rotimi Salami (Adaba)

2. Ibrahim Yekini (Igboro)

Kiki Bakare (Egun)

4. Niyi Johnson (Time Travel)

5. Mustipha Solagbade (50/50)

23. BEST ACTRESS IN A YORUBA MOVIE

Nominees

1. Mercy Aigbe (Romola Alakara)

2. Damilola Oni (Ite)

3. Anike Ami (Igboro)

4. Mimisola Daniels (Egun)

5. Debbie Sokoya (Keji)

24. BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE ENGLISH

Nominees

1. Stan Nze (Underbelly)

2. Ali Nuhu (Herdsmen)

3. Zubby Michael (SHANTY Town)

4. Kalu Ikeagu (The Other one)

5. Femi Jacob (House of Secrets)

25.BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE ENGLISH

Nominees

1. Princess Nwokoye (Strained)

2. Omowunmi Dada (Here Love Lies)

3. Jasmine Naza Onyia (Ifedichie)

4. Nse Npe Etim (SHANTY Town)

5. Lillian Amah (The Other One)

26. BEST ACTRESS IN AN ENGLISH MOVIE

Nominees

1. Tracy George (Strained)

2. Lucy Ameh (The Other One)

3. Ini Edo (SHANTY Town)

4. Najite Dede (House of Secrets)

5. Chinelo Enemchukwu (Ifedichie)

27. BEST ACTOR IN AN ENGLISH MOVIE

Nominees

1. Chidi Mokeme (SHANTY Town)

2. Kelechi Udegbe (The Other One)

3. Tim Shelburne (Here Love Lies)

Shawn Faqua (House of Secrets)

5. Smart Conrad (Underbelly)

28. DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Nominees

1. Biodun Stephen (Sista)

2. Dimeji Ajibola (Shanty Town)

3. Tope Oshin (Here Love lies)

4. Toka Mcbaror (Herdsmen)

5. Kayode Kasum (Obara’m)

29. MOVIE OF THE YEAR

Nominees

1. Shanty Town

2. Underbelly

3. Here Love lies

4. Herdsmen

5. Black Harvest

 

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JUST IN: FG Bans Production Of Movies Featuring Money Rituals

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The federal government has prohibited the production and distribution of any movies or cinematography that feature money rituals and glamourising vices.

Shaibu Husseini, CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) made this known at an event in Enugu State on Wednesday.

The event was organised by the NFVCB and Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA).

Movie producers, directors, actors from different parts of the country, and leaders of various guilds and associations in the Nigerian film industry were present at the event.

Husseini said, “Today, we are facing an industry emergency requiring bold and ambitious actions from all parents, guardians, and stakeholders. When my predecessor approached the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, on the need to make subsidiary legislation to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies, he saw the need to include money rituals.

“Others included in the regulation are ritual killings and glamorising other crimes in order to further sanitise the film industry. Today, I am delighted to announce to you that the Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004, has approved the regulation.”

He added, “The minister has approved the ‘prohibition of money ritual, ritual killing, tobacco, tobacco products, nicotine product promotion and glamorisation display in movies, musical videos and skits regulations 2024’. We have also forwarded the approved copy to the Federal Ministry of Justice for Gazette.”

Mr Husseini said the sensitisation programme was to educate stakeholders on the danger inherent in smoking in Nigerian movies.

According to him, besides the health implications, glamorising smoking in films poses a negative influence on teens and young adults, who constitute the largest segment of Nigerian movie viewers.

He said the film board was set to undertake detailed enlightenment programmes in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, faith groups and other institutions.

The NFVCB boss said, “As you all know, the film industry occupies a central position in the entertainment and creative sector, and it is imperative that we continue to place the highest premium on the progress of the film industry.

“The NFVCB supports smoke-free movies and supports smoke-free Nollywood, and we therefore seek your collaboration to develop creative content that discourages smoking and promotes positive health messages.”

He noted that after a series of engagements, the NFVCB, in collaboration with the CAPPA, decided to make “subsidiary regulations” to address smoking in movies since this aspect was not expressly spelt out in the extant law.

(c) News Agency of Nigeria.

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President Tinubu Appoints Shehu Mohammed As FRSC Corps Marshal

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Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has appointed Shehu Mohammed as the corps marshal and the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

Segun Imohiosen, director of information in the office of the secretary to the government of the federation (AGF), announced the appointment in a statement on Wednesday.

Imohiosen said the appointment is for an initial period of four years with effect from May 20.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, has approved the appointment of Assistant Corps Marshal Mohammed Shehu as the Corps Marshal/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC),” the statement reads.

“President Tinubu tasks the appointee to bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment.”

Mohammed will succeed Dauda Biu as the FRSC corps marshal.

In December 2022, former President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Biu as the substantive corps marshal of the FRSC.

Before the appointment, Biu was the acting corps marshal of the commission.

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JUST IN: Verydarkman Remanded In Police Custody For Cyberbullying, Hearing To Hold Next Wednesday

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The controversial social media critic Martin Otse, also known as VeryDarkMan, has been placed under arrest till his next hearing, which is scheduled for this Wednesday of next week.

Otse reportedly entered a not guilty plea to five counts of cyberstalking involving the Nigerian police, Nollywood actresses Iyabo Ojo and Tonto Dike, when he was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.

The police prosecuting team told Judge Mobolaji Olajuwon that they needed more time to react to his lawyer Deji Adeyanju’s bail plea, thus the court postponed the bail hearing to May 29.

The prosecution sought to have the blogger remanded in prison custody, but his lawyers successfully argued for his remand in police custody instead.

The court granted this request, and Verydarkman was subsequently taken to the National Cybercrime Centre.

The charges against him read, “1. Posting a video on October 29, 2023, on his Instagram handle ‘verydarkblackman’ that contained offensive, pornographic, or menacing information, falsely alleging that Iyabo Ojo had an indecent sexual relationship with her daughter, violating Section 24 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act, 2015.

“That you Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja on or about 29th October 2023, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of a computer system on your Instagram handles ‘verydarkblackman’, which video contained information that is grossly offensive, pornographic or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character wherein you stated that one Iyabo Ojo is having an indecent sexual relationship with her daughter knowing or having reasons to believe that the information in the video you posted on your Instagram handle is false and you thereby committed the offence of Cyberstalking contrary to and punishable under section 24 (1)(a) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) ACT, 2015.

2. Posting a video on January 19, 2024, on Instagram, falsely accusing King Tonto Dikeh of criminal conversion of crowdfunding proceeds and being behind the Gistlover blog, intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and other harm, in violation of Section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime Act.

“COUNT 3 That you Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja on or about 19th January 2024, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of a computer system on your Instagram handles ‘verydarkblackman’ containing the information you know or had reasons believe to be false, wherein in the video you falsely published that King Tonto Dikeh is accused of criminal conversion of the proceeds of crowdfunding for Justice for Mohbad Movement, and being the person behind the gistlover blog, for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or needless anxiety to the person of the said King Tonto Dike and you thereby committed the offence of Cyberstalking contrary to and punishable under section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) ACT, 2015

3. Posting a video on March 19, 2024, alleging that senior police officers and lawmakers were involved in sexual activities with Bobrisky, intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and other harm, in violation of Section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime Act.

“COUNT 4 That you, Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja, on or about 19th March 2024, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of computer system on your Instagram handle ‘verydarkblackman’, containing information which you know or had reasons to believe to be false, wherein you stated the following, ‘I put it to you say the DIGs of the Police dem dey knack Bobrisky. The senators for senate house dey knack Bobrisky…I dare the Nigeria Police, I said what I said, the DIGs are knacking him, the Lawmakers, the Senate are knacking him in the National Assembly’ which statement you made for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, ill will or needless anxiety to the persons of the DIGs of the Nigeria Police Force and members of the National Assembly and you thereby committed the offence of Cyberstalking contrary to and punishable under section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) ACT, 2015.

4. Posting another video on March 19, 2024, claiming that Bobrisky was pimping young boys to senators and senior police officers, intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience, and other harm, in violation of Section 24 (1)(b) of the Cybercrime Act.

“COUNT 5 That you Martins Vincent Otse (A.K.A. VERYDARKBLACKMAN) ‘M’, 29 YRS of Supreme Court Estate Karu, Abuja on or about 19th March, 2024, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court knowingly and intentionally posted videos, by means of computer system on your Instagram handles ‘verydarkblackman’ containing information you know or had reasons to believe to be false, wherein you stated that Bobrisky is pimping young boys for Senators and Senior Police Officers to sleep with, which statement you made for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience, danger, insult, injury.”

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