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I’ve not made money from Nollywood – Dayo Amusa laments

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Actress and filmmaker, Dayo Amusa has lamented over not making any money from Nollywood even after shooting 12 movies and still counting. 

Amusa in the interview with The Sun disclosed that she does other things that generate money for her but however expressed hope of making money from Nollywood someday. 

 “I do a lot of things that generate money for me. I have always done business even before I came into Nollywood and I am still in business. I came into Nollywood as an actress before becoming a movie producer and to date, I have shot 12 movies and still counting. Truth be told, I have not made money from Nollywood yet. After 12 movies I have not made the kind of money that I should make but I know I will make it. You see, there is a difference between making a huge profit and then, just getting your money back on your investment. I haven’t broken even” she said. 

She also disclosed that her major challenge is that her movies are not yet being shown in cinemas.

“I love doing good movies and putting up good content. I think my major challenge now is that my movies are not showing in all cinemas in the country like I hoped and it saddens me. Their excuse is that my movies are indigenous and the titles are local but I am like ‘we get to watch foreign movies indigenous to different parts of the world yet subtitled and these movies are been shown in our cinemas so I ask the question ‘why can’t we encourage our local content?’ I want to believe that even if a movie is 100 per cent indigenous, that does not stop it from showing in cinemas as long as the movie is well subtitled.

“It has greatly affected me as an independent film maker, I do most of my productions from my purse. It is not like I get grants and it really eats moviemakers up when we don’t get the opportunity to showcase what we have.

“Even if they feel we are not getting it right, there is a way they can inform us that this is what you need to achieve this and that. But they just label it local content, indigenous this and indigenous that, giving what we do all sorts of names but the fact is, when you preview a job and story wise you have it, picture wise you have it, quality wise and artistic whatever you have it, then why the barrier? Why can’t such a movie be seen in all cinemas across Nigeria.

“But they are giving excuses that when cinema going audiences hear the title, they will not like it. Who says so? Yes, a title could have a very positive impact on a production but a title is a title, be it local or English or what have you. An indigenous title cannot stop a good film from flying at the box office,” she adds with emphasis.

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Yahoo Boys Emptied My Bank Account – Asa

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Queen of Soul and international music star, Bukola Elemide, popularly known as Asa has revealed how she was once duped by Yahoo boys.

Speaking in a recent interview with Cool FM’s program #TheRoadShow, she claimed that the Yahoo boys made a mess of her by emptying her bank account.

She said “Yahoo Boys emptied my bank account, but we won’t go into that,”
Asa has also identified with Naira Marley’s movement and she is no ashamed of being called a Marlian.

“I think I’m a Marlian. I love him, I think he is awesome,” she declared.
She further said she will vote for him if he ran for any Governorship election.

The Nigerian-French singer also disclosed that she had a rap career (or not) before the jazz and guitar but called it quits because she wasn’t good enough.

Asa is currently promoting ‘Lucid’, her latest work which is a follow-up to ‘Bed of Stone’ which was released in 2014. Early this year, she released two singles, ‘The Beginning,’ and ‘Good Thing.’ She released ‘Beautiful Imperfection’ in collaboration with a French composer, Nicolas Mollard.

Asa has won the prestigious French Constant in Award in 2008 after the release of several albums, including, “Asa’’, which charted radios across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Her music influence grew from her father’s music collection built up for his work as a cinematographer, with records featuring American, Nigerian and African soul classics such as Mavin Gaye, Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Sunny Ade, Diana Ross, Miriam Makeba.

Meanwhile, controversial hip hop artist, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, on Wednesday, cautioned his fans, whom he calls ‘Marlians’, against destroying their future.

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Burna Boy loses to Angélique Kidjo at Grammys

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Damini Ogulu, Afrofusion sensation better known as Burna Boy, has lost out in his category to Angelique Kidjo, a Beninese singer-songwriter, at the 2020 Grammys.

She was announced the winner of the ‘Best World Music Album’ category at the the 62nd Grammy awards, held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, in the early hours of Monday.

Kidjo, who secured the win with her project titled ‘Celia’, also gave a shoutout to the ‘African Giant’ crooner while making her speech.

The award ceremony started with a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant, popular basketball star, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

With the nomination, Burna Boy joins the likes of King Sunny Ade, Seun Kuti and Femi Kuti, who had been selected for that category at the Grammy Awards.

Below is the list of winners mentioned so far:

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

Best Pop Vocal Album

“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” Billie Eilish

Best Rock Performance

“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr.

Best Rock Song

“This Land,” Gary Clark Jr., songwriter (Gary Clark Jr.)

Best Rock Album

“Social Cues,” Cage the Elephant

Best Alternative Music Album

“Father of the Bride,” Vampire Weekend

Best Metal Performance

“7empest,” Tool

Best R&B Performance

“Come Home,” Anderson .Paak featuring André 3000

Best R&B Song

“Say So,” PJ Morton, songwriter (PJ Morton featuring JoJo)

Best Urban Contemporary Album

“Cuz I Love You (Deluxe),” Lizzo

Best R&B Album

“Ventura,” Anderson .Paak

Best Traditional R&B Performance

“Jerome,” Lizzo

Best Rap Performance

“Racks in the Middle,” Nipsey Hussle featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy

Best Rap Song

“A Lot,” Jermaine Cole, Dacoury Natche, 21 Savage and Anthony White, songwriters (21 Savage featuring J. Cole)

Best Country Solo Performance

“Ride Me Back Home,” Willie Nelson

Best Country Album

“While I’m Livin’,” Tanya Tucker

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Popular Mount Zion Film Actor In The 90s Evang. Israel Ore- Adewole is Dying, Needs Help

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Veteran actor of the popular Mount Zion Films, Evangelist Israel Ore- Adewole earnestly requests financial assistance from Nigerians and government at all levels. In the 90s, Ore- Adewole was so prominent in the Mike and Gloria Bamiloye led Mount Zion Faith drama Ministries as he featured in many of its popular home movies like Agbara Nla (Ultimate Power), Ayamatanga, Ide Esu, Captive of the Mighty, One Careless Night, Just A Little Sin, Apoti Eri and Blood On The Altar among others.

Unfortunately, Evangelist Israel Ore -Adewole urgently needs Nigerians help as the prolific Thespian and Film Producer’s health was challenged in 2015when he was diagnosed with Retrosternal Goiter in a London hospital when he was there to shoot a movie.

Alas, his vocal cord was damaged during the corrective surgery to remove the goiter. Consequently, he needs $60,000 (Sixty Thousand US dollars), about 22 million naira to fund another corrective surgery at Cleveland Hospital, Ohio, USA.

His account details are: Account Name: Ore-Adewole Israel Account Number: 0042002161 Bank: Access Bank Domiciliary Dollar Account Name: Great Light Film Productions Account Number: 2082002326 Bank: Eco Bank For further enquiries, please contact: 08037285467 Please no amount is too small to #get Israel Ore-Adewole back to action#.

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