Nollywood is currently raving about Netflix’s acquisition of Genevieve Nnaji’s yet-to-be released movie titled “Lion Heart”.
The likes of Richard Mofe- Damijo, Mo Abudu, Uche Jombo, Rita Dominic and Osas Ighodaro have all taken to social media to express delight in response to the feat.
Netflix announced it had acquired the worldwide rights for the film on Friday, the eve of its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival.
Netflix, Inc. is one of the largest providers of streaming television and movie content on the Internet. It currently boasts over 117.6 million subscribers and partners with content providers to license streaming rights for a variety of TV shows and movies.
They include Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, BoJack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and many more. These productions are called Netflix originals.
The deal is a significant milestone for Nollywood, which was recently named the world’s most prolific film industry by the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations. Its widely known that when Netflix brands a movie as a Netflix Original, for example, it puts a lot more marketing behind it. This includes billboards and heavy promotion in the press
While Lionheart is not the only Nigerian movie listed on the American movie streaming platform, it is the first original Nollywood film to be bought by the American movie streaming platform.
Some Nollywood films currently showing on Netflix include The Wedding Party, Fifty, The Visit, When Love Happens, Road to Yesterday and Dearest Mummy.
While the exact figures haven’t been made public, streamingmedia.com (a leading authority on online video for entertainment) stated that Netflix might pay $3 million to own exclusive rights to a production.
“Deals vary, but in general, Netflix pays two-thirds more than studios. One reason Netflix and Amazon are willing to pay more is because they often want exclusive rights in perpetuity. They want worldwide distribution so movie lovers who hear about a certain indie film can only see it on their platform. They’re award-eligible, that doesn’t always happen,” the website noted.
The movie is Genevieve’s directional debut, and features, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie and Onyeka Onwenu.
Genevieve was also a guest on CNN’s Richard Quest on Quest Means Business on Tuesday night. During the interview, she shared details about the movie including how it was funded.
”For money, we had to self-fund unfortunately. We don’t have adequate funding for movies that we actually intend to go global, there isn’t that provision yet. Nollywood stands a good chance of going global anytime soon, but language is the only problem that stands as a barrier.”
She also added that her movie, ‘Lionheart’, appealed to Netflix because the production team focused on the quality of the movie.
“I think the authenticity of the story which was what I loved about it. It provided an environment where I could showcase the things that made me proud of our culture, our talent and our values. We focused on quality this time.”
Lion Heart premiered at the TIFF festival on Saturday. The movie captures the challenges of a female in a male-dominated industry.
It is a story of Adaeze, a young lady who steps up to the challenge when her father, Ernest Obiagu, is forced to take a step back from his company due to health issues.
She works with her crude and eccentric brother to save the family business in dire financial straits resulting in crazy and often hilarious results.
The Nigerian stars joined renowned movie practitioners that include Danny Glover, Ryan Gooslin, Quincy Jones, Steve McQueen at the film festival.
Speaking on the implications of Genevieve’s feat for Nollywood, Filmmaker, Charles Uwagbia, said on Wednesday that “It’s a good sign.”
“It means that we have indeed captured the attention of Hollywood and the world at large. What this means is that we need to churn out more quality movies, which are worthy of such recognition. I am proud to belong to Nollywood and even happier that I’m witnessing this in my time. Don’t forget that some Nigerians were recently inducted into the Oscars jury, so this means that Nollywood’s Oscar dream is here,” he noted.
Pasuma Headlines 3rd Asa Wa Day In Manchester
After two fantastic seasons of unparalleled success at hosting one of United Kingdom’s socio-cultural reference points, all is now set for the third edition of the much touted event reputed for its brand affinity and value.
Tagged Asa Wa Day 2019, the event is a creation of Buklad Concepts, one of UK’s leading socio-cultural advocacy outfit renowned for its leading and impressive giant strides in cultural promotion of the Yoruba race.
Billed to hold on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the prestigious Banquet Hall, Cheethamhill, Manchester, United Kingdom; all efforts towards making the day another success story are in top gear especially in terms of protocols, logistics and activations.
According to Oluwabukola Shittu popularly known and referred to as Buklad, “Asa Wa Day 2019 is a reflection of our continuous passion and commitment to the promotion and upliftment of the Yoruba race. Our various successes and challenges constitutes our propeller to remain focussed and committed to this. In reality of the support and encouragement from our diverse publics, we have decided to take advantage of the evolving opportunities”.
Continuing, Buklad disclosed that “Our mission of multi-cultural arts promotion, ethnic diversity, and positive image remain strong, and we are proud to continue to make new changes. The entire production has been revamped to make every participant feel like a front row seat. Modelling opportunities, Awards, Community volunteer positions, Business networking and other initiatives shall feature in this year’s edition”.
“Contrary to various erroneous impression of Nigerians, Asa Wa Day 2019 is billed to exemplify and celebrate the rich cultural values and heritage embedded in our country. Therefore, In this third edition, we are introducing new elements to making this year’s edition one that goes down in history as our best”, she said.
Besides the various innovations being introduced by the planning committee, Buklad further revealed that Asa Wa Day 2019 will be headlined by one of Nigeria’s leading entertainer. “Yes, we have the support of Manchester based artistes who have all expressed and indicated their love and participation. The icing on the cake will be the grand performance by my brother; and a staunch supporter of Asa Wa Day since its inception, Alhaji Wasiu Alabi Pasuma”.
Buklad further disclosed that deserving awards will also be given out to outstanding personalities and organisations for their individual and collective contributions to the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom; while the event won’t be complete without the crowing of Miss Asa Wa 2019.
I faked my death because people didn’t see beauty in my talent – Skiibii
Skiibii recounted how far he has come and what made him fake his death in 2015, in an interview on the midday oasis with OAP Dotun.
Barely a year after he left Five Star Music in 2018 to set up his own record label, Skiibii said he faked his death because he was ready for everything but people never saw beauty in his talent.
“I was ready for this. For everything. What I feel is that people don’t know what I’m capable of. They don’t see the beauty in my talent. More bangers coming. Na dem say na hit me I no know say na hit sef” he said.
On the backlash he faced after the stunt took a negative turn, Skiibii said;
“I was down. I picked up myself. You can’t be like this. You know the truth. Fight for it.”
With his break-out hit with Reekado Banks and a back-to-back hit, the More Grace Music boss said he always knew he was going to be successful.
Kizz Daniel slams N100million lawsuit on Vanguard for ‘malicious publication’ (Photos)
Nigerian popstar, Kizz Daniel through his recrod label Fly Boy Inc has slammed a 100 Million Naira lawsuit on Vanguard Newspapers over what it calls a ‘malicious publication’.
Last week, the singer had called out the newspaper and also denied granting an interview which stated that he attacked celebrities for protesting against COZA pastor, Biodun Fatoyinbo, who is currently enmeshed in a rape scandal.
Several media reports claimed that he granted an interview where he called celebrities ”Brainless” for attacking and protesting against Fatoyinbo.
In a letter written to Vanguard through his lawyers, Kizz Daniel is demanding a public apology and withdrawal of the publication, a written undertaking not to publish anyhting about him without confirmation and the sum of 100million naira to cover for reputational damage he has already suffered.
See the full letter below….
e reacting to the development saying, ‘Fulani herdsmen are the 4th most dangerous terrorist group in the world, putting them in our passport means we are the headquarters of terrorist. Nigerians should arise and say no to fulani and cow images in our passport. We are not terrorists’.
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