Mr. Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), has made a public presentation of the Film/Video authentication seal and a new Certificate of Censorship to curb distribution of unclassified and pirated films and videos works in Nigeria.
Thomas made the presentation at a conference organised by the NFVCB in collaboration with the Department of Theatre Arts and Music of Lagos State University (LASU) held on Thursday in Lagos.
The one-day event with the theme, “Film Distribution and Regulation in Emerging New Markets in Africa”, brought together filmmakers, distributors, officials of the board, investors and members of the various guilds in the Nigerian movie industry.
According to Thomas the seal was produced to distinguish every film or video that was classified by the NFVCB from those ones not classified and approved.
He noted that the seal has several unique security features that cannot be forged or manipulated.
“While it will aid the NFVCB to differentiate between classified and unclassified films, it will also reduce the incident of piracy to a large extent.
“When a film is classified and approved, the owner or distributor will apply for the label after payment of approved fees.
“He or she would be issued the authentication labels for the number of copies to be replicated as ascertained by the NFVCB.
“We, therefore, need you to buy-in on this laudable project which hopefully will clear the market of unclassified, unapproved and, of course, pirated films/video works.
“The NFVCB, among its other functions, is empowered to censor and classify all films and video works to be distributed and or exhibited in Nigeria, and license all film and video distributors and exhibitors in Nigeria,” he said.
The executive director said that the conference was organised to bring both the practitioners and the regulator together to discuss salient issues that technology had brought to the fore in movie distribution.
According to Thomas, there were emerging trends in film and video distribution which has necessitated the board to initiate measures including introduction of the authentication label in line with global best practices.
He added that the new set of certificates printed by the board has unique security features to make them difficult to forge.
“The change of certificate is necessary because over the years, we have had many incidents of forgery of these documents,”he said.
Thomas added that the board would soon begin stakeholders enlightenment campaign on the new seal and certificate to ensure quick acceptance and compliance, before it begins enforcement drive.
Ola Olajide, Business Development Manager of DelaRue, producers of the new seal and certificates, made a technical presentations on the new documents.
According to her, the seal cannot be removed from genuine items and added to counterfeited ones,with several other authentication features.
Mr Raph Nwadike, National President of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP), expressed support and readiness of its members to comply with the NFVCB in its reforms towards repositioning the film industry.
“We are going to mobilize and enlighten movie producers and distributors to accept this new innovation by the NFVCB towards sanitising the industry to ensure that piracy is curbed,” he said.
My strategy in BBNaija house was just being original, says Alex
Alexandra Asogwa, popularly known as “Alex Unusual”, recently evicted housemate of the Big Brother Naija “All Stars” Reality Show, on Friday said that the only strategy she adopted to win the show was just by being herself and original.
The 27-year-old Content Creator during a zoom interview in Lagos said that even before going on the show, she had decided to be original, unusual, positive and peaceful.
According to her, she had the premonition that she will be evicted.
“My strategy in the big brother house was just being myself. I said I was going to be myself and protect my peace.
“This is because I know that Alex is not somebody that people can walk over.So, I was sure that if anybody ever got a point where they constantly poke me and I have to react, of course, I will.
“I will definitely stand up for myself, this was what I did in the house and that is what I also teach all the young boys and girls that are looking up to me in any school I go to.
“I am like do not let anybody take your silence, peace and positivity for weakness. I am always peaceful and positive,” she said.
Alex noted that the show had made her understand more the kind of power her personality holds.
“I am proud to realise how much presence my personality carries because before I was like why is it that when I walk into a place everybody always like to see how to take me out, even if I have not said anything.
“So, now I understand the kind of power I carry, I am proud of it,” she said.
When asked who she is currently rooting for as the winner of the show, she said “I am rooting for either the one with God’s grace or the best game player or the person that they want to win or the person that the people vote for to win.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Alex is an ex-housemate from BBNaija Season 3 and one of the five finalists.
Friends Who Did Not Celebrate Mohbad On Their Profiles Whilst He Was Alive Have Turned Their Profiles Into Shrines When He Is Dead – Reno Omokri
Former Presidential aide, Reno Omokri has lambasted those he accused of showing fake love to late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad since his passing.
The activist opined that friends of the singer who did not celebrate him on their profiles whilst he was alive, have turned their profiles into shrines now that he is dead.
Reno stated that despite the late Mohbad crying out about his sufferings on social media, he was ignored but now that he is dead, people are now mourning him and showing fake love.
I Told You One Day The ‘Fake’ In You Will Be Televised – Iyanya Slams Oxlade
Popular Nigerian singer, Iyanya has taken a swipe at his colleague, Oxlade.
Iyanya referred to Oxlade as “fake,” then reminded him that he was told he would one day be exposed for ’who he is’ and it would be televised.
Iyanya also called Oxlade out for restricting Mohbad on Instagram, only to post the late singer’s chat after he died.
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