Nollywood actress, Moji Olaiya has been appointed as a Global Ambassador for Peace by the founders of US-Based Arts4Peace Awards the popular actress was decorated and officially unveiled at the official Inauguration Of The Global Peace Festival at a colorful ceremony held at the D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori Ogun State on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Founder of the Arts4Peace Awards, Her Majesty, Queen Munni Ironne of Beverly Hills, Carlifonia in the US and her partner, Pepper Jay ( an American Music producer, public speaker, Author and Coach) flew into Nigeria and were joined to the event by the Global Peace Leader in Nigeria, HSM, Emperor Alafia Adeola Shalom and other dignitaries.
Part of the activities held at the official unveiling of the Global Festival was the official planting of the Global peace Tree on the campus of the ICT Polytechnic.
The event conceded with the 2016 convocation ceremony of the institution and it was well attended.
Apart from Moji Olaiya, the royal father of Itori, HRM Oba Fatai Akorede Akamo (Olu of Itori, Egbaland), Alhaji Abdulmalik Ejarune, the Founder and CEO of Al-Malik Air Services Limited and the Rector of D.S Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Dr. Olufemi Alfred Fatade. They were all decorated and presented with their official certification by Queen Munni Irone.
While speaking at the event, HSM, Emperor Alafia Adeola Shalom declared 10th of November every year as World Peace Day by the Arts4Peace movement. This declaration will not just be observed in Nigeria, but globally.
In her speech, the founder of Arts4Peace Awards, Queen Muni Irone who revealed felt so much at home in Nigeria and with Nigerians, said the basic aim of the movement is to seek and encourage peace globally through the means of arts. “Religion, politics and so much more have divided us so badly, the world needs peace right now and we must find means of bridging the gaps that have existed among us. We are promoting peace across the world through series of activities and I am very glad that we have come to Nigeria.
The Nigerian Ambassador for Peace of the Arts4peace Awards, Mr. Philips Theophilus Olanrewaju corroborated what the Queen said and expressed satisfaction at the rate the mvement is going in Nigeria.
Alhaji Ejanure, who was officially unveiled as the Diplomatic Peace Ambassador also expressed his happiness for being a part of the movement. He believes that the impact of the activities of Arts4peace Awards in Nigeria will no doubt bring positive developments through peace. Ejanure’s company, Al-Malik Air Services bankrolled Saturday’s event and was in charge of the movement of the team from US down to Nigeria.
Moji Olaiya, who also could not hide her joy said she saw her appointment among the multitude in the entertainment industry in Nigeria as a big privilege. She expressed her joy at being tasked with the responsiblity of promoting peace not only in her native country, but also globally. “I can’t hide my joy over this new responsibility, and I am more than willing to give my best to help the team achieve the target goals”, she said.
This event is coming just a few weeks after the Arts4Peace grand event held in California, USA in August.
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Nollywood acts have proven to be extra ordinarily outstanding this year 2016, some of these young talents have graced the screen and entertained their audiences through widely acclaimed movies that made waves this year in cinemas and film festivals across Nigeria, Africa and around the world. In no particular order, starting off with;
She was born Tolulope Adesua Etomi in Owerri, a town in Imo State of South Eastern Nigeria to a soldier father and an engineer mother. Etomi is the youngest of three siblings. She is a native of Esan in Edo State, South-South Nigeria and her mother is Yoruba. She also attended Corona Primary School, Victoria Island, Lagos State and began her Secondary School education at the Queens College, Lagos then moved to the United Kingdom at age 13 and continued her education at the Harris Girls Academy (formerly Waverely School) before moving on to City College, Coventry. She obtained Diplomas in Performing Arts and Musical & Physical Theatre. Etomi holds a Bachelors of Arts, First Class Degree in Drama & Performance from the University of Wolverhampton. Upon graduation in 2009, she was awarded the Foursight Theatre Award for the Best Performance in A Devised Piece of Work.
Her film credits include Falling; a feature film from Closer Pictures which opened in theaters all over Nigeria in September 2015, her performance in Falling earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Best Actress in A Drama Award. Others include; A Soldier’s Story by Frankie Ogar released in October 2015, InkBlot’s Out of Luck released in December 2015 and Lord Tanner’s Couple Of Days, which was released in February 2016. Adesua Etomi has also starred in MTV’s HIV/AIDS Edutainment show Shuga as Sheila and stars as undercover police officer; Amaka Obiora in Yemisi Wada’s police procedural drama series; LasGidi Cops, which debuted in June 2016 on Television.
Nollywood Actress Adesua Etomi has had a tremendous year with two of the biggest movie this year “The Arbitration” and ”The wedding Party” where she acts the leading role in both movie, she is one actress with great works.
Dewole Ojo popularly known as Wole Ojo was born on 6 June 1984 in Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos. He commenced his professional acting career at the tender age of 9-years-old when he featured in childrens series Kidivision 101 and hit family sitcom One Big Family both which aired on Nigeria Television Authority NTA. He broke into the Nigerian scene in 2009, after winning the fourth edition of the Amstel Malta Box Office reality show.He recently won an award for Best Student Actor at the 2010 Peak Awards and is the brand ambassador of Amstel Malta. Wole Ojo currently features on M-Net’s hit series, Tinsel. He has acted alongside amazing actors and actresses like Adesua Etomi, Yvonne Jegede and others.
Also known as Iyamah, was born in Delta State but went to school in Lagos. Her sisters are Oby and Dumebi. After finishing school she went to university in Ottawa in Canada. She played a fashion designer named Yvonne in NdaniTV’s series Gidi Up with Titilope Sonuga, Deyemi Okanlawon, OC Ukeje and Ikechukwu Onunaku. Her sister Dumebi is a fashion designer. Iyamah is married and had a son in 2014. In 2016 she was invited with OC Ukeje to attend the Toronto International Film Festival as “rising stars”.
At the 2016 Afriff Globe Awards special recognition by the Jury for my role in 93days, she has had a major success this year with block buster movies like The Arbitration, 93days and The Wedding Party, Somkele Idhalama is one star to look out for.
Born Chukwudi Echeloned Chukwujekwu on November 4, 1983 in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria to Dr. I.E and Evangelist J.C Chukwujekwu. Blossom Chukwujekwu is the first of two sons. He is a native of Toole, Newel North in Anambra State, Southeast Nigeria. He attended Greater Tomorrow Primary School and Greater Tomorrow Comprehensive College both in Benin City, Edo State. For his tertiary education, Blossom opted to study Mass Communications.
In 2009, after several auditions Chukwujekwu landed the lead role in the yet to be released Nigeria soap opera; Portrait Of Passion. That same year he was cast in his first feature film, Vivian Ejike’s Private Storm alongside Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and Ramsey Nouah. Blossom was profiled on Africa Magic’s Nollywood show, Jara, as one of the top 5 actors to watch out for in 2013. He was number 4 on ace Nollywood director, Charles Novia’s list of the best actors of 2013, In 2012 Chukwujekwu landed a role in Flower Girl which was his breakout movie. Released in 2013, it achieved critical and commercial success in Nigeria, Ghana, the United Kingdom and film festivals in the USA and Canada. Chukwujekwu’s next block buster feature film, Finding Mercy, was one of the most anticipated and successful movies of 2013. It was the closing film at the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF 2013).In 2014 Knocking on Heaven’s Door opened in cinemas nationwide on April 18.
Chukwujekwu’s performance as the abusive and emotionally volatile “Moses” earned him the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice 2015 Best Supporting Actor award. Blossom’s most notable film credits include Flower Girl (2013), Finding Mercy (2013) alongside Rita Dominic, Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2014) with Majid Michel, The Visit(2015) with Nse Ikpe-Etim, A Place Called Happy (2015) and Ghana Must Go (2015) with Yvonne Okoro. He has featured in a handful of TV dramas & series, such as Tinsel on MNET, where he played Mr. Akinlolu Hart, MTV BASE HIV themed Shuga, CATWALK by Emem Isong and Monalisa Chinda, Greg Odutayo’s My Mum and I, About to Wed and Married. Chukwujekwu plays the lead role of Kelechi Pepple in Nigeria’s first indigenous Telenovella; Taste of Love.
Real name is Olayode Juliana a.k.a Toyosi baby (nickname picked from popular TV series, Jenifa’s Diary) never believed that she would one day act alongside her screen idol, Funke Akindele. She won the hearts of so many Nigerians with her outstanding performance in Jenifa’s Diary and has also started landing major roles in forth coming Nollywood movies and we can’t wait to see them.
Most well-known for his television roles as Tari in the Africa Magic series The Johnsons and as Weki in MTV’s Shuga, he also has notable film credits in 8 Bars and a Clef, A Soldier’s Story, Stolen Waters and The Room. He was already modeling and doing radio voice-overs before he started acting at the age of six in the popular Nigerian TV Soap Opera Everyday People as Wole Johnson. He had done a lot of modeling in the corporate and fashion world before his big break in acting.
Ejiofor was born in Lagos, Nigeria and she is the second of five children. She is a descent of Isuikwuato in Abia State, Nigeria. She attended Ilabor Primary School, Surulere. She then furthered her studies at Federal Government Girls’ College, Onitsha, and studied sociology at the University of Port Harcourt.
Linda Ejiofor (born Linda Ihuoma Ejiofor) is a Nigerian actress and model known for her role as Bimpe Adekoya in M-Net’s TV series Tinsel. She was nominated in the category Best Actress in a Supporting role for her first feature film, The Meeting (2012), at the 9th Africa Movie Academy Awards. Tony Ogaga Erhariefe of The Sun Nigeria listed her as one of the 10 fastest rising Nollywood stars of 2013.
These Nollywood stars have proved themselves worthy of admiration and we expect many more works from them in the coming year.
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With our top Nollywood stars giving their fans on Okiki first class access to news about them, behind the scene footage and on-going projects to expect from them, these fans also get to chat with their favorite Nollywood celeb.
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Nollywood stars have been entertaining their various audience for so many years and these stars are good at what they do most especially together, below are the top 10 nollywood couples and movies you can find them on screen. Without any hierachy
Funke Akindele and Falz
Funke Akindele known as ‘Jenifa’ in a 2008 Nigerian comedy-drama film titled JENIFA. The film received 4 nominations at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008. After the highly acclaimed movie, she went on with “Jenifa’s Diary”, this time paired with a perfect character match Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz, he is a Nigerian rapper, actor, and songwriter. These two stars have won the hearts of so many Nollywood audience with their comic acts, Funke and Falz are perfect together.
Ramsey Noah and Genevieve Nnaji
Ramsey Noah, winner Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2010 and Genevieve winner Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005. Both started acting decades back and have ever since entertained their audience with countless movies together, you should see a movie of both acting together, they are certainly good.
Ini Edo and Mike Ezuruonye
Richard Mofe Damijo and Stella Damascus
Richard Mofe Damijo popularly called Rmd – a beard gang Nigerian actor and politician. He as addressed so many women that lust over him but yet, his acting is never complete without his onscreen Nollywood partner ‘Stella Damascus’ they both are Nollywood sweethearts till date, so many people will kill to see them together on screen again.
Jim Iyke and Tonto Dikeh
Jim Iyke, nollywood actor that seems to have something for fair ladies is being paired with Tonto Dikeh, nollywood actress who seems to be an adviser on relationship matter. These two have won the hearts of so many over the years, acting alongside each other in so many nollywood movies. Watch ‘The King’s search’ movie of this 2 for free on Okiki App
Nkem Owoh and Patience Ozokwo
Pete Edochie and Rita Edochie
Due to the similarities in their last names, after acting so much together, people started speculating they were married, but no these two Nollywood stars have so many fans itching to see them in a movie again.
Desmond Elliot and Rita Dominic
Desmond Elliot is a Nigerian actor, director, and politician who has starred in over two hundred films and a number of television shows and soap operas alongside with Rita Dominic, one of the most talented and gorgeous women Nigeria and even the world has ever encountered. She is the definition of a sexy African woman considered a fashion icon in her own way. Desmond and Rita has played the role of a couple so well one would wish they were married in real life.
Yul Edochie and Tonto Dikeh
Mike Ezuruonye and Mercy Johnson
Mike, the ladies man again and Mercy have so many movies together and they play the role of a couple so well that so many movie producers love to use them, these two certainly make Nollywood exciting to watch.
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Theater in Nigeria have had a long, slow but steady growth over the years, before the existence of contemporary theater, audience have been entertained right from the 14th century in Oyo kingdom with the help of masquerades, festivals, and storytelling. Different cultural group practiced the traditional theater as a means of socializing and entertainment in the olden days. The theatrical traditions of the northern Hausa, still practiced today, include the performances by traditional masquerades, Puppet theater, acrobatics, dancing, and music.
The Yoruba people have had greater development in this aspect as they are seen as the fore runner for modern theater in Nigeria. Hubert Ogunde is considered the father of modern Yoruba folk opera, he created the genre by combining music, dance, and mime. In 1945 he founded a professional theatrical group to perform his own plays, including Tiger’s Empire (1946), an attack on colonialism. Other notable Yoruba theater troupes were founded by Duro Ladipo, whose work explored aspects of Yoruba myth and history, and Moses Playa Ademujo, known for comedies that parody social pretensions. Today several professional theater companies thrive in Lagos, Ibadan, and other major cities.
Additionally, many performances reach audiences via television, in English as well as in the leading Nigerian languages. Other great story tellers like, Wole Soyinka, JP Clark, Ola Rotimi and so on were great with the stories they were telling, issues of societal significant affecting the country at a time.
Even though Film making in Nigeria wasn’t as developed as other parts of the globe, due to poor funding and distribution, television was a major tool for story telling in Nigeria, One of the best-known Nigerian films is Oladele’s ‘Kongis’ Harvest’ – 1971, a political drama about an African dictator’s abuse of power, all these had a long but gradual growth. Over the years so much effort have been put into both theater and into the film industry, storytelling have taken a different turn with the age of technology and exposure gained, Nigeria has a massive growth with theater production with the presence of events like the Lagos Theater Festival among others giving opportunities to storytellers to showcase their talent in Nigeria and beyond in other parts of the world, this has reshaped theater in Nigeria.
The increased collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana from the mid-2000s led to the resurgence of Ghana’s film industry and also massive growth for films in Nigeria. However, many Ghanaian productions are copyrighted to Nollywood and distributed by Nigerian marketers due to Nigeria’s bigger market. In the Western region, viewers often confuse Ghanaian movies to be Nigerian movies just because these films has attained a major height in Nigeria
The Nigerian movie industry ‘Nollywood’ has had a profound influence on African culture, since its emergence at the turn of the 21st century, The Nigerian accents, style of dress, and behaviors of the people, all of which are Nigerian cultural practices which are now being transmitted as images around the globe. In Nigeria the role of the film industry is still evolving. However, certain factors might as well be affecting the country’s culture either negatively or positively, while the film industry itself is undergoing a crucial transition. The use of songs and oral literature, festivals, rituals, the traditional religion, performing arts, music, dance, and indeed, the entire range of aesthetic which are represented in Nigerian movies has formed an integral part in the spreading of the Nigerian culture across the globe.
Nollywood has not only affected the Nigerian Culture but the culture itself has affected the movie industry over the years. For the sake of this article, the Nollywood industry will be divided into two stages; The Early Nollywood Era and the New Nigerian Cinema.
Right from the very beginning as dated far back as 1926 when the first feature film made in Nigeria ‘Palaver’ was produced by Geoffrey Barkas. The film was also the first film ever to feature Nigerian actors in a speaking role. Movies produced by this time basically were maintained on the cultural practice of the Nigerian people and the core values that upheld the traditional Nigerian Society. During the early Nollywood Era, movies were made mostly with cultural song and also core value traditions of the Nigerian society was used to pass across vital information to the audience, even as far back as 1988 when Soso Meji, the first film produced on video in Nigeria was produced by Ade Ajiboye. The film was screened at the few available theaters at that time.
Subsequently, Alade Aromire produced Ekun 1989 on video, which was screened at the National Theater, Iganmu, Lagos. However, the boom experienced in this era is generally believed to have been kick started by Kenneth Nnebue’s – ‘Living in Bondage’ 1992. Storytelling at this time was something of passion and a means of projecting and propagating the culture of the Nigerian Society to the outside world.
Nollywood later-on, experienced a draft change as the years went by, during the early 2000’s movie production were solely based on copying the culture of the western world and influencing the indigenous cultural practices. This as a result had massive influence on the youths in the society, movies like ‘State of Emergency’, ‘Isakaba’, and ‘High way to the Grave’, ‘Diamond’ amongst others started forming basis for movie production and at this point the diminishing effect on our indigenous tradition was eating deep. The emergence of the New Nigerian Cinema has brought a bit of hope to the Nigerian culture, movies such as ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, ‘Figurine’, ‘October 1’, ’30 days in Atlanta’ amongst others have tried to localize the Western Culture and blend it with Nigerian Culture, hence, giving an Afrocentric side to movie production in Nigeria
Nollywood industry is one of the fastest growing section in the Nigeria economy. Over time, there have been release of 50 movies or more weekly, the Nigeria movie industry “NOLLYWOOD” makes tons of cash for the economy but just like every other sector the current recession affecting the Nigerian economy is also affecting the movie industry in Nigeria. That the Nigerian film industry is growing is not a doubt, but another issue that requires greater attention is the problem of piracy, which has been a major set-back that has eaten deep into the industry and may grind it to a halt. Although, the Nigerian government has laws against piracy and to that, there is a body to regulate the activities of movie producers and nollywood marketers in Nigeria, it remains a thriving business partly due to poor implementation of copyright laws, proper prosecution of offenders, and corruption in the governing agencies.
Over the years, movie makers have resulted in different targeted ways such as loans from banks, in-built movie adverts, brand marketing and PR services by big companies to generate cash to produce movies but the fear of piracy is still a big problem as some much is lost at the end of the day. During the Toronto International Film Festival, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji pointed that distribution is one of the major challenges that the Nollywood industry is faced with, and also, lack of adequate viewing cinemas and lack of investors coming into to the Nollywood industry.
At the midst of this challenges, so many movie marketers still maintain that the Alaba International Market, founded in the 1970s, located along the Lagos – Badagry expressway is the biggest threat to in the Nigeria movie market. It is by far the biggest electronics market in West Africa and thousands of people flock around it every day. People come from as far as Ghana, East Africa, Togo and Benin Republic. The market has a mixture of individual customers and retailers who buy in bulk to resell across West Africa. They buy a wide range of items — including computers, televisions, broadcast equipment, household appliances, video games, generators, security equipment, CDs and DVDs. The Alaba International market is where the basis of piracy starts from with illegal movie sellers’ mass production of movie content and selling them to the public, this has caused major loss to movie producers.
Similarly, the revolving face of technology in the world today has also brought about various ways in which movie content can be distributed on platforms like the “Okiki App” where movies can be kept by the content owners and yet be rest assured that the movies would not be pirated. This gives audience direct access to movies on their mobile phones and by so doing it will go a long way to ease distribution problems in the Nigeria movie industry and get Nigerian movies to a wider reach across Africa and around the globe.
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