Alh. Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director of National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) ,Moses Babatope, GMD FilOne Cinema and veteran Nigerian filmmaker Peace Anyiam-Osigwe have been honoured at the 2019 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF).
The three Nollywood stakeholders bagged the awards at the Awards Night which marked the grand finale of the film fiesta held from September 7 to 8 at Brampton, Toronto, Canada.
Thomas and the GMD of FimOne both received the “Excellence Awards”,while Anyiam-Osigwe,founder of globally acclaimed film ceremony, Africa Movie Academy Awards, clinched the “Life Time Achievement Award.
In his remark, Thomas, who was appointed by President Buhari in 2017 to head the NFVCB, expressed delight that the award was an indication that the society was interested in whatever does.
“This recognition clearly shows that people are concerned and are watching how we do our work in building the industry.”
The Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) is a competition with live festival screening and an annual awards event in the beautiful city of Toronto.
It embraces diversity, with its Film Festival & Awards Night geared towards to providing support for independent film-makers through reviewing, judging, marketing, and distribution networking, and trying to overcome any other obstacles which potentially hinder the artist’s ability to create.
TINFF’s focus is to excel creative, independent film direction through diversity, innovation and uniqueness that captures the series of movements and experiences in a single film.
German-based oil Company Unveils Nollywood Actor, Pete Edochie as Ambassador
Speaking during the endorsement held in Enugu, Mr Okechukwu Benjamin, the Managing Director, of the company, said the deal was a multimillion Naira contract that would last for two years.
The managing director said the deal was renewable after its expiration in 2026.
He said the company chose Edochie because of his class and impeccable character in Africa and beyond as a reputable movie star.
He explained that 9th integrated Energy Solutions Limited was a German company that brought Rowe oil into Africa and owned the franchise for the whole of Africa.
“We are here today to officially unveil Chief Pete Edochie, as the brand ambassador of Rowe oil Nigeria and we are glad that he accepted the offer.
“Our product is a German premium oil that comes with a seal which makes it difficult to be adulterated in the market.
“We have different categories of the oil that would improve Nigerian vehicles, their engine efficiency and save fuel for them.
He added that they sold the oil based on specification of vehicles.
Reacting, Edochie thanked the company for choosing him noting that companies endorsed him as their brand ambassadors because of his reputation and impeccable character.
Edochie popularly known as “Okonkwo and Ebubedike” by his fans, said he had managed to live above board within a society marked with criminal tendencies, describing the offer as a “credible achievement”.
“I am glad to be here and to be made the ambassador of Rowe oil and I am stating my reputation on the quality of this product.
“I have enjoyed a very international marketable reputation for a very long time and I am glad to say that if you go outside this country, first thing they come across as a thespian is Pete Edochie.
“It is a not magic. When I did Things Fall Apart, I became so celebrated even before the Nollywood came into existence.
“There are some parts of the world I am being moulded and people lean on them to take photographs and pay,” Edochie said.
Speaking on his endorsement, the Nollywood actor, who expressed gladness over the organisation’s choice, said the Rowe oil was unique as it sustained the life of a car.
He said Nigeria had come of age to be introduced into things that were modern and scientific, hence, there was need for them to patronise the oil due to its quality and effectiveness. (NAN)
Grammys 2024: Davido Expresses Gratitude to Fans for Support
Nigerian Afrobeat star, David Adeleke, also known as Davido, has expressed gratitude to his fans for their show of love and support at the 66th annual Grammy award in Los Angeles on Sunday.
The Grammy-nominated singer, took to his Instagram page @davido to appreciate his fans, as well as the organisers of Grammys award @recordingacademy for their recognition.
The singer congratulated the winners of Grammys on their various categories that night, saying that ’Grammy week was a vibe’.
“Grammy week was a vibe! Thank you for all the love from my supporters and thank you to the @recordingacademy for recognising me.
Big congrats to the winners of the night,” he wrote.
Reports says that the 66th Annual Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles, on Sunday, brought a great disappointment to fans, due to the loss of Nigerian music sensations like Davido and Burna Boy, who failed to win in their various nominated categories.
The other three Nigerian artistes nominated that also failed to make the list of winners were Ayra Starr, Olamide and Asake.
The music stars failure to win in their nominated categories sparked great disappointment and frustration among fans, lovers of music, as well as the Nigerian music communities.
NAN also reports that the South Africa singer Tyla emerged victorious with her song, “Water” on the Best African Music Performance category
Also, in the much-anticipated Best Global Music Album category, Davido and Burna Boy fell short, with Shakti’s “This Moment” clinching the coveted award.
The standard-bearer of Afrobeat, Davido, earlier celebrated three nominations at the 2024 Grammys; Best Global Music Performance, Best Global Music Album and Best African Music Performance.
Nigerian music star, Burna Boy received four nominations in 2024: Best Melodic Rap Performance (“Sittin’ on Top of the World” with 21 Savage).
Others are, Best Global Music Performance (Alone); Best African Music Performance (City Boys) and Best Global Music Album (I Told Them). (NAN)
Star-studded Film, “Dead Serious” to Hit Cinemas Feb. 9
Comic Nollywood film, “Dead Serious” starring veteran Nollywood actor Nkem Owoh and ace comedian Oga Sabinus, is to hit cinemas on Feb. 9, its Director, Moses Inwang, has said.
Inwang stated this on his instagram page while sharing the official trailer of the comic film.
He noted: “We are dead serious about bringing you the most hilariously awkward romantic couple this Valentine’s! Prepare to laugh till your sides hurt and shed a few tears as well.
“Brace yourself for the mind-blowing movie, “Dead Serious,” the craziest romantic serious comedy of the year.
“This must-see film will hit cinemas nationwide on Feb.
The star-studded film also features, Sharon Ooja, Lillian Afegbai, Emem Inwang, Deyemi Okanlawo, and Saeed Mohammed, among others.
Popular skit maker, Lawal Bolaji, Popularly known as’ Nasboi’, also starred in the comic film. (NAN)
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