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The Nollywood Industry in a COVID-19 World

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The Nigerian Film Industry in a Covid-19 World

This is a sponsored post. In this episode of I Am Change Podcast, Korede Azeez chats with award-winning filmmaker, Imoh Umoren about how Nigeria’s film sector is faring amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who in the industry has been worst hit?

Could there be a plan to allow filmmakers return to set soon?

We answer these questions and more.

Resources:

https://www.midiaresearch.com/blog/how-covid-19-will-affect-the-media-industries/
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/04/coronavirus-cancellations-hollywood-entertainment-covid19-1202215596/

This is a sponsored post. Follow @iac_podcast on Twitter and @iamchangepodcast on Instagram

Find out more about our organization when you visit www.iamchange.org.ng

IAC podcast is a podcast by I Am Change Humanitarian Organization, a registered Non-Governmental Organization that aims to establish a community-based movement involving inclusion, social integration and economic and social empowerment for youth and vulnerable persons. We believe young people are valuable resources who can make a positive contribution to nation-building.

Our mission is to foster partnerships, strengthen alliances, ignite passion and bridge the socio-economic gaps among vulnerable Youth Groups and vulnerable neglected citizens through enlightenment and empowerment programs.

This is a Sponsored Post. To learn more about I Am Change Humanitarian Organization and the work that we do, visit our website iamchange.org.ng.

Music in this episode:

Inspired by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3918-inspired

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Ice Flow by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3898-ice-flow

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Wholesome by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/5050-wholesome

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Cold Funk by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3522-cold-funk

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Heartbreaking by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3863-heartbreaking

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Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod

Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama

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Omah Lay shares sad experience in Uganda after his release

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Omah Lay shares sad experience in Uganda after his release

Nigerian singer, Omah Lay has shared his sad experience in Uganda and how he was arrested and treated like a common thief.

Recall earlier this month, Omah was arrested for violating the COVID-19 rules in Uganda.

He explained to his Ugandan fans that he never intended to put them in harms way, and whatever action he took while in Uganda, was in the presence of the Ugandan Police.

He showed appreciation to his mom, fans and celebrities for showing him love during his arrest and making sure that he returns safely.

In his words;

“The past few days have been some of the toughest of my life that I wouldn’t wish them on anyone. Out in a new country with some beautiful people, the next thing I’m being treated like a common thief.

First off I want to thank all the amazing fans that came out to see me in Uganda, the smiles on your happy faces that evening would be one of my happiest memories. Also I wanna clarify that putting you in harms way was never my intentions!

Before we came out to Uganda, the show promoters confirmed and proved to us they’d secured all the clearances which of course included Covid 19 compliance….At that point, my sole obligation became to make myself available to be taken to the venue and entertain, which I did in the full glance and protection of the Ugandan police.

Secondly, to my mom, my family, my team, my fans, friends that I caused sleepless nights waiting and praying for me, I apologize for putting you through all that;…on the other hand I can’t thank you enough, I damned near lost my mind but your prayers and messages kept me going! Thank you so much!

Finally, big THANK YOU to everyone for your efforts, prayers, messages, tweets (Damn! Y’all went hard!).Big shout out to the musicians, the celebrities, fans (Again and again🙏🏾), my family, my friends, my Label, The Nigerian Mission in Uganda, The Presidency, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Madam Abike. Thank you all so much!I have put this behind me and back to what I know how to do best. One Africa ✊🏿Omah is home! 🤘🏾 Love,Omah 💜”.

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Guinness World Record: Marsai Martin Emerges the youngest Hollywood Executive Producer

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Marsai Martin Emerges the youngest Hollywood Executive Producer, breaking the Guinness World Record

Marsai Martin, 16, Emerges the youngest Hollywood Executive Producer, breaking the Guinness World Record for the youngest Hollywood Executive Producer.

She was only 14 years old when she executively produced the 2019 film “Little,” in which she also starred alongside Regina Hall and Issa Rae.

Marsai is Known for her role in the hit show Blackish, Marsai Martin (USA) has now earned the Guinness World Records title for youngest Hollywood executive producer for her breakout film Little (USA).

The idea for the movie began in her living room where she first brought the idea to her parents.

After workshopping the concept Martin took her proposal to Blackish creator, Kenya Barris, and in her own words, “the rest was history”.

“It feels crazy, honestly,” Martin said in a video of her certificate presentation. “A world record? That’s insane.”

Although Marsai is now 16 years old, she technically broke the record in 2019 but she wasn’t presented with this award and officially declared a record-breaker by Guinness until now.

“To be able to create a film, to star in it and be with your favourite stars, and actually seeing that entire experience was so amazing,” – Masai Martin said during the certificate presentation.

Marsai, who came to fame starring as Dianne on “Black-ish”, reportedly pitched the idea for the film herself to “Black-ish” producer Kenya Barris when she was 10.

After the pitch was accepted, Martin signed a deal with Universal Pictures, developing scripted projects, last year.

The record makes sure to note that she was only 14 and 241 days old when “Little” was released.

Martin will appear in the 2021 edition of the physical Guinness World Records book and in the meantime, her production company, Genius Productions, is currently working on another film, “StepMonster.”

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Tiwa Savage: CELIA makes Time Magazine’s top 10 album for 2020

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Tiwa Savage’s CELIA makes Time Magazine’s top 10 album for 2020

CELIA an album released in August by Tiwa Savage features Sam Smith, Naira Marley, Stefflon Do, Dice Aisles and Hamza.

Nigerian Female musician, Tiwa Savage’s “CELIA” has been selected among the top ten in 2020 album by Time Magazine.

Describing the album, Time Magazine says “the latest album from Savage, a Nigerian singer-songwriter who many call the “Queen of Afrobeats,” is characterised by an infectious buoyancy”.

“A veteran of the American, British and Nigerian music industries, Savage has an innate understanding of how various strains of music from the Black diaspora fit together, so R&B, rap, Afrobeats, and global pop coalesce seamlessly on the record.

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“Savage’s featherweight and precise voice, flips fluidly between English and Yoruba, while bright horn sections drift in and out.

“She also shows off an alluring chemistry with an array of artists, from Sam Smith to Davido to Naira Marley.

“Their inspired contributions make “CELIA” a Nigerian standout in a year of creative excellence from the country, with other releases coming from Burna Boy, Davido, Fireboy DML, Olamide and Wizkid.”

Tiwa in her reaction wrote on her official Twitter @Tiwasavage: ”I doubted many things but one thing I knew for sure was what a beautiful body [of] work myself and everyone involved created, we created magic.

“Soooo many projects dropped this year all over the world and TIME MAGAZINE picked #CELIA as one of their top 10 albums released this year. Ope ni fun Eledumare!

“I’m even more gingered to drop my next project, following my heart and stepping out of my comfort zone yet again.

2021, I’m ready for you.”

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