Author: Foluke Adarale

Maybe the Hollywood writers’ strike is what the industry needs to value originality and stop exploiting the human brain to grow AIs. The Hollywood writers’ strike  has entered its 100th day. The drag on is mainly because the the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and major studios haven’t been able to come to a conclusion.  The events leading up to the strike include residual payments in the streaming era, and concerns about artificial intelligence potentially replacing creative input and finally exploded into a fully blown strike on May 2nd. The effect of this strike is massive and evident in declining…

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You might remember Olateju Oyelakin, also known as Teju Baby from The Teju Baby Show, but we at Xplorenollywood remember him for his role in “The Diamond Ring.” It’s been wonderful to watch him transition from a young actor to establishing a flourishing career as a comedian and MC. Even after the conclusion of his Teju Baby Show, you can still engage with his insightful mind through his podcast, “The Teju Babyface Deep Dive Podcast.” In his most recent podcast episode, he featured Joseph Benjamin as his guest. Joseph Benjamin has always been a prominent figure in the Nollywood film…

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Netflix, the global streaming platform, has set the stage for a remarkable evening of celebration and recognition in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria. The much-anticipated Gala Event, is themed “Lights, Camera…Naija.” It is scheduled to take place on August 13, 2023.  A highlight of the event is the announcement that the charismatic Nigerian entertainer and comedy maestro, Basketmouth, will assume the role of host. With a noteworthy career spanning an impressive 25 years, Basketmouth has firmly established himself as a leading figure in Nigeria’s entertainment landscape. His renowned stand-up comedy special, “Basketmouth Uncensored,” has graced prominent stages both on the…

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The collaboration between the United States and Nigeria in the creative industry has been a cause for celebration. This collaboration brings the two nations closer together through music, film, fashion, arts, tech, and educational exchanges. The U.S. Mission has praised this partnership for fostering strong bilateral ties and promoting cultural exchange. During the 16th annual awards ceremony, U.S. Consul General Will Stevens commended the growing connections in the creative sector between the U.S. and Nigeria. The prestigious Headies award has made a return to Atlanta and the influence of this symbolizes the dynamism, creativity, and global influence of the Nigerian…

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It’s a delight to see that London and Lagos-based filmmaker, Ibidunni Oladayo, gaining international recognition for his debut short film, “IT HAPPENED AGAIN. On every level, the movie is deserving all of the recognition it’s currently getting. The gripping narrative is based on a true story that follows the heart-wrenching journey of a young man seeking answers to his parents’ mysterious murder. “IT HAPPENED AGAIN” made its debut just at the beginning of the year, in January 2023. This successful debut story has been nominated in five categories at the 2023 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival: Best Movie Director (Africa),…

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Are you someone who prefers to binge-watch complete series rather than waiting for weekly episodes? If so, you’re in for a treat! The recent airing of the final episode of Bimbo Ademoye’s “SIBE” means that you can now enjoy all 8 captivating episodes at your leisure. In this latest episode, viewers can expect to be entertained by a stellar cast, including familiar names like Elesho and Emeka Okoye.  But what exactly is “SIBE” all about? This side-splitting comedy creation by Bimbo Ademoye revolves around the life and adventures of its main character, Sibesibeoluwanbepelumi Adio-Alaka. The show features an ensemble…

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You can watch African Movie Channel (AMC) premium Nollywood FAST channel, Nolly Africa HD on the widely popular entertainment platform, Plex. This new partnership comes as a result of a joint distribution deal with Amagi, a cloud-based pioneer in the FAST, CTV, and broadcast space. With 17 million monthly active users, Plex offers a diverse range of free ad-supported TV shows, movies, FAST channels, and live TV channels that can be streamed in over 239 countries and 81 languages. Nolly Africa HD can now be accessed on the globally accessible Plex mobile app, Plex’s free-to-stream website, and the Plex app…

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Buckwyld Media Network and BHM have joined forces to present a series of international showcases that will delve into the rich culture and creativity of Nigeria, the birthplace of Nollywood and Afrobeats. The collaborative effort aims to counter prevailing narratives about Nigeria and Nigerians and provide a platform for the diverse aspects of Nigerian lore, culture, and experiences to flourish globally. Titled ‘Naija To The World,’ this exciting exhibition will make its debut at the renowned Apollo Theatre in New York City on September 16, 2023, after touring various Nigerian cities, including Lagos, Port Harcourt, Benin, Abuja, and Jos. The…

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Director: Ebuka Njoku Writer: Ebuka Njoku Produced by: Anegbu Achalla, Lorenzo Menakaya, Ebuka Njoku Starring: Echelon Mbadiwe, Ken Erics, Somadina Adinma, Ifeoma Obinwa, Keezyto, Lorenzo Menakaya Where to watch: Netflix  In the bustling world of Nollywood, where big-budget productions often dominate the spotlight, “Yahoo+” stands out as a hidden gem that showcases the power of creativity and storytelling over lavish financial resources. The film’s tightly woven script, talented small cast, and the director’s ingenious approach to overcoming budget constraints make it a prime example of how less can be more in the world of cinema. The simplicity and focus on…

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In the fast-paced and fiercely competitive world of box office releases, two movies, “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” have made an extraordinary impact after just two weeks since their release. “Barbie” stormed the box office with an exceptional opening weekend earning of $337M, outshining “Oppenheimer’s” $174M by nearly double the amount. This remarkable difference in box office performance can be attributed, in large part, to the brilliant execution of Warner Brothers’ marketing campaign, known as “Operation Barbie Summer.” The success of these movies not only demonstrates the potential of effective marketing strategies but also sheds light on the significant influence marketing can…

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