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GOLDEN GLOBES JOINS HOLLYWOOD IN HOLLYWOOD SHOWCASE

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The prestigious Nollywood In Hollywood film showcase returns in-person to Los Angeles on September 23 and 24, 2022, after two years of virtual programming due to the COVID pandemic.

Then highlight of the 2022 edition is partnership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organizers of the one of Hollywood’s most influential and glamorous awards show, the Golden Globes. The partnership reflects the unique status of the event at the top of the African cultural pyramid.

“We are excited to have HFPA join us this year,” says Ose Oyamendan, the founder of the event. “It’s a great testament to the importance of the event and the growth of the Nollywood industry.”

GONE and JUJU STORIES have been selected as the featured films to be screened at the fifth anniversary edition of the event, which will take place at the famous Aero Theatre in Santa Monica and Norris Cinema Theatre on the campus of the University of Southern California.

“Nollywood in Hollywood is our annual opportunity to celebrate and dive into the evolving themes and narratives from the 3rd largest film industry in the world,” says Alex Ago, the director of Special Projects & Programming at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, the world’s premiere film institution. “

By introducing our film students to the rich and diverse stories being told by Nigerian filmmakers, we are fostering a longer-term dialogue between our two industries, one which is getting closer all the time as Nollywood production and distribution has become a global industry. Our hope is that audiences will be both entertained and inspired, and that the spirit of collaboration, so central to both the artistry and business of cinema, will help our students pursue greater international cultural exchange throughout their careers.

Nollywood In Hollywood is a showcase designed to showcase and celebrate Nigerian films in the center of the entertainment world in Los Angeles. Founded in 2018 by filmmaker Ose Oyamendan, the event is presented by American Cinematheque, operators of the prestigious Egyptian and Aero Theaters amongst others; the illustrious School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California; and O2A Media Corp. overseas and the Golden Globes’ appreciation of the Nollywood film industry.

This year’s event will kick off on Friday, September 23rd with a red-carpet, opening night screening of GONE, a family drama about an unlucky boxer trying to mend his life and family.

“After holding the event virtually for the last two years, it’s truly great we can have an inperson event again this year,” says Maceo Willis, the director of operations for the event. “Nollywood In Hollywood is designed as a social event where people can mix, discover our culture and have fun. But the pandemic did open us to new audiences around the world. We got people tuning in from Jamaica and Pakistan the last two years so we’re excited to combine both formats.”

The second night features JUJUSTORIES, a three-part anthology film exploring modern-day juju (magical) stories rooted in Nigerian folklore and urban legend. The film is co-directed by Abba Makama, C.J. Obasi, and Michael Omonua), Films screened during past editions of the event include KING OF BOYS, ISOKEN, UP NORTH, EYIMOFE, MERRY MEN 2, THE GHOST AND THE HOUSE OF TRUTH, 93 DAYS, THE MILKMAID, LIONHEART and LIVING IN BONDAGE: BREAKING FREE.

Some of the filmmakers and actors who have been part of the showcase include Kunle Afolayan, Dakore Akande, Steve Gukas, Akin Omotosho, AY Makun, Ramsey Nouah, Kemi Adetiba and Tope Oshin.

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BNXN TEASES UNRELEASED SINGLE ‘TRABOSKI’

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Afrobeats Superstar Singer, Daniel Benson ‘BNXN aka Buju’

Afrobeats superstar singer, Daniel Benson ‘BNXN aka Buju’ has sparked excitement from fans by teasing an unreleased single ‘Traboski’, less than two months after the release of his sophomore EP ‘Bad Since 97’.

The talented singer made this known in a tweet on Sunday, 2nd October 2022 with the caption ‘So you get the drift 😂 TRABOSKI’ as many fans were excited about the teaser.

BNXN sang in his usual melodic tune with a catchy hook and record produced by Young Willis.

On 25th August, 2022, BNXN FKA Buju released his sophomore EP ‘Bad Since 97. ‘

The seven-track project includes hit songs/ features with music superstars such as ‘Many Ways’ ft. Wizkid, Kenkele ft. Wande Coal and Modupe ft. Olamide.

‘Bad Since 97’ follows BNXN’s 2021 EP ‘Sorry I’m Late.’

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MARVEL UNVEILS “BLACK PANTHER 2” TRAILER

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Marvel Studios has released the official trailer for its long awaited sequel “Black Panther: #WakandaForever.”

A sequel to its 2020 blockbuster “Black Panther” the new film tells the story of the Wakanda People in a world following the death of their beloved king T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman).

As revealed previously, Boseman’s character was not recast, rather the new film is considered to be a tribute to his legacy.

In the first teaser for the film, the words “The King lives and the Panther… forever in us…” are painted in Wakandan on a mural of T’Challa in Wakanda.

This picture looks to be part of a segment from the teaser that also includes Wakandans dancing and performing music while wearing white ceremonial clothing.

The new trailer also includes fighting scenes as a new Black Panther is unveiled.

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BBNAIJA S7: FANS COMMEND ORGANISERS, CALL FOR IMPROVEMENT IN NEXT EDITION

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Some fans of the just concluded television reality show, Big Brother Naija season 7, have commended the organisers for an entertaining and educating show.

The fans who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos, gave divergent views of their assessment of the show, with some advice to improve on the next edition.

NAN reports that 25-year-old Josephina Otabor, known as Phyna, emerged the winner of the season 7 Level Up edition as she walked away with N100 million grand prize.

The grand prize comprises N50 million cash prize, a new SUV by Innoson Motors, a Dubai trip for two, a year supply of Pepsi, new techno phone-Camon 19, supply of Unik soap, and supply of home appliances from Nexus among other mouth-watering items.

Rachael Enem-Isaac, a presenter with Pulse Nigeria, described the show as entertaining and educating.

Enem-Isaac said that because the just concluded show was initially split into two level up houses, most fans lost interest in it, which accounted for the low viewership.

She said she also observed that the fans were not as engaging as the previous shows.

“In the previous shows, some of the housemates had already been verified on their social media platforms, while most of them were able to garner over one million followers, but this year, some of the housemates were only able to attract 300,000 followers,” she said.

Enem-Isaac advised the organisers to take a break in 2023, which is the election year, to look into the loopholes, get feedbacks from fans and design ways of improving on the show.

She said since plans were already on ground to merge Nigerian and South African housemates for the next edition, this must be thoroughly planned to present a great show.

“I advise that the organisers take a break in 2023, engage in working on the feedbacks gotten from fans, let 2023 be the election year so that the youth are not distracted from politics and come back in 2024 to present a great show,” she said.

According to a Chinese national, Kelly Lin, Marketing Officer for Oraimo, the show was loaded with vibes, real energy and series of drama which made it interesting compared to the previous editions.

Lin urged corporate organisations to come up with similar shows that will project Nigerian culture, artistes and fashion designers.

She said the show also tried to engage the youth positively in view of the challenge of unemployment experienced in the country.

Also, Uche Adigwe, an electrician, advised the organisers of the show to ensure that the housemates’ privacy was respected by earmarking different rooms for the male and female housemates.

He said this was to create some sanity and decency in the show.

Amanda Pelemo, a businesswoman, said she observed that the just concluded show had more sponsors than the previous editions which made it loaded with fun as each sponsor came up with series of games and tasks for the housemates.

Pelemo commended the process of auditioning for the show which revealed that the housemates were younger and real.

She advised that in subsequent editions, a single house should be maintained as against two houses.

According to her, the initial idea of two houses affected the viewership of the show. (NAN)

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