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Shuaibu Amodu is Buried amidst Shock and Grief

The burial rites of the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Coach Shuaibu Amodu, have commenced today in his hometown, Okpella in Edo State

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The burial rites of the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Coach Shuaibu Amodu, have commenced today in his hometown, Okpella in Edo State.

Shuaibu Amodu will be buried today. This is coming just four days after the death of a former coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi.
The deceased who had paid a condolence visit to the family of the late Keshi and signed the condolence register on Thursday, had a medical history of High Blood Pressure. He died in his sleep.
Shuaibu Amodu

Shuaibu Amodu

The football community and indeed the entire country are still in total shock at the death of former Super Eagles’ coaches in the same week.
“The ‘Big Boss,’ you live good life and ran a good race. Adieu, my brother”‎ were the words Amodu wrote in Keshi’s condolence register roughly 48hrs before his own demise.

May his soul rest in peace!

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Chimezie Imo Speaks On Actors Playing Stereotypes In Nollywood

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Nollywood star Chimezie Imo tackled two common hurdles actors face in the Nigerian film industry. One challenge Imo addressed was the tendency for actors to be typecast in similar roles. While acknowledging the frustration this can cause, Imo offered a surprising perspective.

He suggested that being stereotyped isn’t always a negative thing.

Perhaps he feels it can provide stability and recognition. Also, it allows actors to hone their skills in a particular genre. The interview piqued viewers’ interest in learning more about his unique perspective.

He said,

“I’m of the opinion that stereotyping is not really a bad thing, especially in the movie scene, because it only means that you’re really good at something, and everyone can tell, and it’s okay to be good at one thing. But there’s so much an actor has that you don’t want to be kept in a box.”

Chimezie Imo argues that actors can find ways to bring something fresh to their performances even when cast in roles that seem repetitive.

“Sometimes, even when you get those stereotyped roles, you can have conversations to tweak it a little bit. For example, there was a script that I had and it was supposed to be emotional and I said, ‘Okay, can I be emotional without crying?’ I didn’t shed a tear in that film. There are other ways you could be emotional without shedding tears.”

He also discussed the challenges actors face during auditions.

Placing the blame on the casting directors, Imo said,

“Auditions challenge you. One of the worst things is getting a ‘No’ or getting in front of some people and losing all your lines and whatever; that is also because of most of our casting directors here.”

Chimezie Imo didn’t shy away from discussing the pressure actors experience during auditions. He even pointed out that some audition environments can feel cold and unfriendly. In his own words, he said,

“I think we also need to do better. We don’t know how to make people comfortable and warm, just a bunch of straight faces looking at you like they’re about to stab you, and that line you’ve been rehearsing for 3 weeks just flies.”

See the full interview below.

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Charly Boy Apologises For Comparing Tinubu’s Fall To The Fall Of Naira

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After facing backlash on social media, Nigerian singer Charly Boy has apologised for his insensitive comment about President Bola Tinubu’s recent fall at the 2024 Democracy Day ceremony.

On June 12, 2024, Charly Boy posted an apology on Instagram, admitting that his earlier comment was misguided and acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes from time to time.

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Filmmaker Cheta Chukwu Selected For 2024 Torino Film Lab’s Writer-Director Program

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Nigerian filmmaker Cheta Chukwu has been chosen for the 2024 Torino Film Lab’s (TFL) Extended Writer-Director Programme in the Netherlands for his new project, “Love is a Deeper Shade of Red.” This recognition strengthens his position in the global film industry.

The TFL, based in Turin, supports filmmakers working on their first and second fiction feature films. It focuses on four main areas: training, development, funding, and distribution. TFL also provides networking opportunities through events like the TFL Meeting Event and other co-production markets.

The TFL workshop will be held in Amsterdam from June 20 to June 25, 2024. Also, subsequent online sessions over the next two months will follow.

Chukwu first gained fame with his comedy film “Payday” (2018). It is about two friends, Paul and Ortega, whose landlord dies just before their rent is due. They decide to use the rent money for fun until the landlord’s daughter, Yemisola, threatens eviction unless they pay within 24 hours. Nigeria received this film well, as did nine Francophone countries. Furthermore, it was distributed on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Chukwu’s upcoming romantic comedy “Strawberry Chinny” will be featured in the Cultural Connections section at the Essence Film Festival from July 4 to July 7, 2024. The film follows Chinny, a Nigerian makeup artist. She moves in with her childhood best friend, Ifeanyi, after her boyfriend dumps her.

Chukwu recently completed “Adam Bol,” a comedy filmed in Kazakhstan and Nigeria. This move showcases his talent for creating cross-cultural stories.

Also, participating in the TFL Extended Writer-Director Lab offers Chukwu a significant opportunity to collaborate with other talented filmmakers. The programme includes notable script tutors like Anne Feinsilber (France), Ayman El Amir (Egypt), Chiara Laudani (Italy), Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten (Sweden), and Isabella Weber (Italy).

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