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Tiwa Savage Leaves Mavin, Joins Universal Music…Don Jazzy Pens Beautiful Tribute To Her.

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Tiwa Savage has left Don Jazzy’s Record Label, Mavins Record.. and she has signed a record deal with Universal Music Group.

Some of the facilitators present at the signing of the deal on Thursday, May 2, 2019, are Joel Katz, Efe Ogbeni, Vanessa Amadi (Stealth Management), Sipho Dlamini, Managing Director of Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa (English-speaking), Adam Granite, Executive Vice President, Market Development at Universal Worldwide and Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Worldwide.

As an effect of this contract, the singer has also left the Don Jazzy-founded, Mavin Records which she joined seven years ago during its transition from Mo’Hits Records. During her time with the label, she has transformed from just a talented singer to an A-lister, show headliner and multiple award-winner.

At the conclusion of the deal, Efe Ogbeni and Vanessa Amadi-Ogbonna say, “We’re very proud to be a part of this ground-breaking partnership between Tiwa Savage and Universal Music Group. “Tiwa is undoubtedly the most hardworking and talented female artist crossing over from Africa to the rest of the world, and UMG has demonstrated its commitment to the continent by placing its formidable machinery behind her amazing career. Partnerships like these symbolize the hopes and dreams of so many talented artists back home in Africa and it is an honor to be the executive producers of her project.”

Adam Granite, Executive Vice President, Market Development, Universal Music Group says, “We are looking forward to partnering with Tiwa and her team to help her music reach new audiences around the world. As one of Africa’s most successful, influential and dynamic singer-songwriters, Tiwa has truly global ambitions and UMG is committed to helping her in achieving them.”

Via his Instagram account, (@DonJazzy), Mavin Records head honcho, Don Jazzy has since sent out a farewell message to her and thanked her for amazing seven years with his label.

In the caption accompanying the post, he wrote, “Our darling Tiwatope. We at Mavin would like to say a very big thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us, a friend, a sister. It’s been an epic journey with you and we are very proud of what we have achieved together.

“As you start this new chapter in your life we want you to know that we are solidly behind you and can’t wait for the world to see what we have always believed you can be. Your jersey as the First Lady of Mavin will forever be yours as we do not intend to fill that position with anyone else.
“We love you from the bottom of heart and pray GOD’s blessings continue to follow you. Amennnn.”

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Give me a Quran and I will mess it up in 2 seconds – Etinosa says after using a Bible as an ashtray

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Etinosa has lashed out at her critics following the backlash that trailed report of her saying that Proverbs 22vs6 is a scam as she smoked and used the Bible as an ashtray. 

The Nollywood actress who was dared to try same act on a Quran, asked to be given the Islamic holy book which she claimed she will mess up in 2 seconds. 

She wrote via her Instastory; 

Give me a Quran and I will mess it up in 2 seconds - Etinosa says after using a Bible as an ashtray

In another Instagram post, Etinosa wondered how one can effect change by living in denial. She also urged those she claimed are worse than her to retrace their step and stop hiding behind a religion they know nothing about. 

She wrote “How do you effect change when u are living in denial? You are worse than me. Be honest and slowly retrace your steps. stop hiding behind religion you know nothing about. I poured out my heart all through last night pondering on the words of this song and asking God DEEP questions. Questions bring answers. Answers bring truth. The truth brings Freedom. I feel much better. @daddyfreeze I appreciate you but everybody should keep my name from their mouth. This race is Per Head. As for @tundeednut #EyanLegbegbe don’t worry yourself, I will call @oyemykke for you”

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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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Nollywood movies on ‘boy loves girl’ not helping Nigeria’s development, says ICPC chairman

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Bolaji Owasanoye, chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), says some Nollywood movies do not help Nigeria’s development because of the values they portray.

Owasanoye spoke during a national conversation on citizen ownership of constituency project themed “my constituency, my project” in Abuja on Thursday.

Referring to movies that focus on what he described as “boy loves girl” themes, the anti-corruption expert lamented that the wrong values about Nigeria’s cultural heritage are exported to other countries through these films.

According to him, such resources could have been put to better use by making films that portray ongoing development or influence the legislature into making better policies.

“Nollyood movies about boy loves girl not helping in the development of Nigeria. In Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, I don’t need to tell you, Nollywood is it (popular). People know the actors and actresses more than I in Nigeria because I don’t watch. Now, we portray the wrong values about fetish customs. We could have exported something else,” he said during a digression.

“We could have exported information about development, citizens working together to challenge something that is wrong. We could have molded the minds of the legislature. That’s what I want you guys to look at. That’s what ultimately would lead to development.”

The ICPC chairman also disclosed that several constituency projects are rotting away in the country because of bad politics.

The event was organised in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos state governor, had similarly urged practitioners in Nollywood to make movies that will add value to the society and help keep societal vices at bay.

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