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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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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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Soundcity MVP Awards 2020: Burna Boy, Naira Marley, Davido Win Big As Wizkid Loses Out

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Burna Boy, Davido , Rema and Naira Marley on Saturday took home awards at the 2020 Soundcity MVP Awards

The award ceremony held at the Eko Convention Center, Lagos Nigeria, hosted by South Africa’s finest media personality Bonang Matheba.

Artistes like Joeboy, Tiwa Savage, Diamond Platnumz performed their hit songs as they thrilled the audience.

Some of the winners of the night included Burna Boy, Prince Kaybee, Rema, Naira Marley, Joeboy, Fireboy, Davido etc.

However, Wizkid despite being nominated for Best Male MVP, Digital artists of the year was not given any awards.

See the full list of 2020 Soundcity MVP Award Festival winners below:

Best New MVP
FireBoy DML (NG)
JoeBoy (NG)
Marioo (TZ)
Rema (NG) – Winner
Simmy (SA)
Wendy Shay (GH)

Best Collaboration
Blow My Mind – Davido [NG]
Daz How Star Do – Skibii [NG]
Gugulethu – Prince Kaybee [SA] – Winner
Jama – DJ Mic Smith [GH]
Killin Dem – Burna Boy [NG]
Inama – Diamond PlatNumz [TZ]

Best Pop
Innos B [CG]
Nandy [TZ]
JoeBoy [NG] – Winner
Otile Brown [KE]
Kizz Daniel [NG]
Teni [NG]
Mayorkun [NG]
Rayvanny [TZ]
Naira Marley [NG]

Best Hip Hop
BlaqBonez (NG)
Falz (NG)
KHALIGRAPH Jones (KE) – Winner
Kwesta (SA)
Medikal (GH)
Shinski (KE)
Sarkodie (GH)
Reminisce (NG)
Ricky Rick (SA)
Zakwe (SA)

Best Duo
Black Motion (SA)
Blaq diamond (SA)
DopeNation (GH) – Winner
Ethic (KE)
Show Dem Camp (NG)
Toofan (TG)

African Producer of the Year
Cracker (NG)
Prince Kaybee (SA)
Jay Synth (NG)
Kel P (NG)
MOG (GH)
Ozedikus (NG)
Pheelz (NG)
Rexxie (NG) – Winner
S2Kizzy (TZ)

Best Female MVP
Betty G (ETH)
Daphne (CMR)
Nandy (TZ)
Sho Madjozi (SA)
Teni (NG) – Winner
Tiwa Savage (NG)
Yemi Alade (NG)

Best Male MVP
Burna Boy (NG) – Winner
Davido (NG)
Diamond Platnumz (TZ)
King Promise (GH)
Sjava (SA)
Wizkid (NG)
Zlatan (NG)

African DJ of the Year
DJ Creme De La Creme (KE)
DJ Kaywise (NG)
DJ Neptune (NG)
DJ Spinall (NG) – Winner
DJ Vyrusky (GH)
DJ Zinhle (SA)

Digital Artiste of the Year
Cassper Nyovest [SA]
Davido [NG] – Winner
Diamond Platnumz [TZ]
Kizz Daniel [NG]
Mr Eazi [NG]
Yemi Alade [NG]
Wizkid [NG]

Listeners’ Choice
Baby – JoeBoy (NG)
Dumebi – Rema (NG)
Fetch your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)
Jealous – Fireboy DML (NG) – Winner
Jama – DJ Mic Smith (GH)
Kainama – Harmonize (TZ)
Killin Dem – BurnaBoy (NG)
Kpo K3K3 – StoneBwoy (GH)
Oil & Gas – Olamide (NG)

Viewers’ Choice
49-99 – Tiwa Savage (NG)
Able God – Chinko Ekun (NG)
Banomoya – Prince Kaybee (SA)
My Level – Shatta Wale (GH)
On The Low – Burna Boy (NG)
Soapy – Naira Marley (NG) – Winner
Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)
Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)

Video of the Year
49-99 – Tiwa Savage by Meji Alabi (NG) – Winner
Dangote – Burna Boy by Clarence Peters (NG)
Jericho – Simi by Adasa Cookey (NG)
Ngwa – Blick Bassy by Tebego Malope (SA)
Ohema – Kuami Eugene by Rex (GH)

Song of the Year
Jealous – FireBoy DML (NG)
Killin Dem – Burna Boy (NG) – Winner
Malwhede – King Monada (SA)
Soapy – Naira Marley (NG)
Tetema – Rayvanny (TZ)
Zanku (Legwork) – Zlatan (NG)
Baby – JoeBoy (NG)
Case – Teni (NG)
Dumebi – Rema (NG)
Fetch Your Life – Prince Kaybee (SA)
Jama – DJ Mic Smith(GH)

African Artiste Of The Year
Burna Boy (NG) – Winner
Davido (NG)
Diamond Platnumz (TZ)
Shatta Wale (GH)
ShoMadjozi (SA)
Tiwa Savage (NG)
Wizkid (NG)
Yemi Alade (NG)

Excellence in Philanthropy: DJ Cuppy – Winner

Excellence in Sports: Anthony Joshua – Winner

Excellence in Social Entrepreneurship and Digital Influence: Bright Jaja – Winner

Community and Socio-Political Development: Adebola Williams & Jude Jideonwo – Winner

Excellence in Music: Innocent Idibia (2Baba) – Winner

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‘I wish I knew how to relate with death’ — Kunle Afolayan mourns Alabi Yellow

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Kunle Afolayan, a Nigerian movie star and film producer, has joined other celebrities to mourn the death of Samuel Akinpelu, veteran actor better known as Alabi Yellow.

The veteran actor reportedly passed away at his home in Ikorodu area of Lagos state on Sunday.

His death came months after he was diagnosed with stroke following the demise of his wife.

Esther Ajayi, a philanthropist better known as Iya Adura, was said to have placed the actor on N10 million lifeline in April, to aid his recovery.

His death has, however, drawn tributes from several celebrities, with many commending him for his various roles in the development of Yoruba movies.

Joining others to mourn the veteran actor, Afolayan took to his social media page to pen an emotional tribute, saying he had always wanted to feature alongside him in movies.

“I just wish I knew how to relate with death and human demise but the honest truth is that, I don’t,” he wrote on his Instagram page.

“I have always wanted to work with the veteran Alabi Yellow since TK and I discussed having him in a film titled ‘Dog on a lion’s trail’ over 15 years ago.

“However, the project didn’t take off for some reason. Reconnecting and working with the veterans in the industry is something I am passionate about, hence my featuring the likes of Papalolo, Baba Eda, Baba Gebu, Aderupoko and the late Alabi Yellow in Mokalik. I believe his sojourn in life has fully fulfilled the essence of why he was created.

“On behalf of the entire Golden Effects team, we hope the Almighty grants his entire family the grace and fortitude to bear this huge loss. Ki Olorun fi orun ke won. Ase.”

Alabi Yellow had a remarkable career in the country’s film industry before his death, featuring in several movies. He was also the author of ‘A ba Oko Ku’.

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