Author: Foluke Adarale

Funke Akindele, a renowned filmmaker and actress, recently shared her journey to success in Nollywood, shedding light on the challenges she faced along the way. The 46 years old Nollywood actress recounted how she encountered rejection and discrimination in the film industry based on her physical appearance. She revealed that she had been denied movie roles because of people’s negative judgments about her looks. These hurtful experiences took a significant toll on her emotional well-being. She recalled the harsh words and judgments she faced, saying, “While climbing the ladder of success, I met a lot of SHEs, bullies, people that…

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Nollywood actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has spoken out about the kind of leadership Nigeria truly needs. In her view, Nigerians yearn for servant leaders who genuinely love and support their fellow countrymen. Omotola, known for her roles on screen and her off-screen advocacy, shared her thoughts on Instagram. She believes in the aspirations of the Nigerian people, noting their diligence, street-smartness, and unwavering work ethic. Nigerians are willing to give their best to achieve their dreams, with the ultimate goal of leading fulfilling lives. Values like a love for community, culture, and camaraderie are close to the hearts of Nigerians.…

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Lagos State Government, in collaboration with EbonyLife Creative Academy, has undertaken the commendable task of training 123 young individuals in various aspects of film-making. This initiative demonstrates the commitment of both entities to nurture and develop talent in the thriving Nigerian film industry. Adebukola Agbaminoja, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, expressed her enthusiasm for the successful production of yet another batch of filmmakers through this partnership. Her words of encouragement to the newly trained individuals were filled with wisdom. She emphasized the importance of always striving for excellence and encouraged them to let…

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Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham recently shared her personal struggles during an interview with BBC News Yoruba. She revealed that she was introduced to drugs following the end of her marriage to actor Adeniyi Johnson. Toyin recounted how a female friend exposed her to drugs, promising that they would help her forget her problems and alleviate the pain of sadness. Coming from a Christian background, Toyin initially found it difficult to accept this new reality. She admitted, “I have done some certain things that are not really my fault because I came from a Christian home.” The breakdown of her…

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The unending buzz on the internet revolves around news of AIs like ChatGPT, Bard AI, and others potentially replacing writers in various industries. It’s not surprising that this was a significant topic of discussion on Tuesday, September 26th, when the WGA West and WGA East convened to make a unanimous decision regarding the 148-day strike. The contract now fights against the possibilities of replacing writers with AI. As per the updated agreement, AI cannot be employed for literary purposes or as source material. Also, it is prohibited to use a writer’s content for AI training. Additionally, writers have the option…

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Many people refrain from discussing their mental health these days due to the fear of being perceived as weak. Various awareness campaigns have been implemented to encourage individuals, reduce stigma, and emphasize that there is nothing to fear. Nollywood has played a significant role in raising awareness about mental health. Here are some noteworthy Nollywood productions that specifically address mental health: 5. I’m Not Fine (2022), produced by Lota Chukwu: “I’m Not Fine” is a mental health documentary created by Lota Chukwu, known for her role as Kiki in the Jenifa Diary series. The film delves into the mental health…

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As travel restrictions eased in 2021 and people began to venture out once more, a shift in Americans’ tourism habits became evident. Influenced by popular television and streaming series like “The White Lotus” and “Emily in Paris,” travelers started taking inspiration from pop culture when choosing their destinations.  Others turned their vacations into culinary explorations. Audrey Hendley, president of American Express Travel, noted that 2023’s trending destinations featured both perennial favorites like Paris and the Florida Keys, along with lesser-known spots like Woodstock, Vermont, and Montenegro. The post-pandemic reopening of borders also led to more bookings for destinations in Asia…

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There’s a new update on the lengthy writers strike. This might be a significant turn of events between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The two associations have reached a provisional agreement. This breakthrough, after 146 days of strikes, hints at a potential resolution. The news of this tentative agreement was first communicated to strike captains by the Writers Guild of America and later shared with all its members. The message conveyed that they had achieved an agreement in principle on all aspects of a new 2023 Minimum Basic Agreement…

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Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife Films is gearing up to showcase two thrilling new movies, ‘Iyawo Mi’ and ‘Her Perfect Life,’ during a special screening on Sunday, September 24th in Lagos. The venue for this exclusive screening is the glamorous EbonyLife Place located on Victoria Island, Lagos, adding an air of elegance and anticipation to the event. Although these films have sparked a lot of excitement among fans and movie lovers, it’s still unclear if they will be shown in theaters or go directly to streaming services. The first of these productions, ‘Her Perfect Life,’ boasts a star-studded cast including Pearl Thusi,…

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NEFT Vodka Nigeria has launched an impressive Short Film Competition called NEFT Emerging Film Talent International Short Film (NEFTi). They’re inviting aspiring filmmakers from all over Nigeria to display their talents on a worldwide platform. This competition offers an incredible chance for new filmmakers to get noticed, learn from experienced industry professionals, and have a shot at winning a $5,000 grand prize. There’s also an extra $2,000 available as the Audience Choice Award. The main goal here is to support and motivate young filmmakers, helping them bring their creative ideas to life on the big screen. Folake Steaze Johnson, Head…

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