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Nollywood Plays A Vital Role In Nigerian Economy Says Finance Minister

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The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun on Friday said the Nigerian movie industry otherwise known as Nollywood, played a very important role in the country’s economy.
She said this in Abuja at the film industry stakeholder’s workshop aimed at restructuring and reinvigorating Project ACT Nollywood.
The Project ACT Nollywood is a N3 billion grant programme set up by the Federal Government to address challenges impeding the growth of the Nigerian movie industry.
The workshop was to examine outstanding areas of the programme that was yet to be implemented and review them to ensure that they were still appropriate for the industry.
The minister, however, said that the problem of the industry was not in the quality of movies produced but in the structure of the industry.
She said that it was regrettable that pirates were the main beneficiaries of the industry, adding that they waited for creative talents to create a product while they claimed the profit.
According to her, most of those who create the value do not actually get the value in terms of returns.
The minister said that to improve distribution to ensure that the investments actually got the expected return, there was need to evaluate the entire value chain from the tax system to the enforcement system.
She said that there was also a need to ensure sustainability in the industry, adding that a committee would be inaugurated to look into issues raised at the workshop.
“Today, we will inaugurate a committee to review the programme, restructure if necessary and come up with implementation plan.’’
She said that the plan would establish measurable and demonstrable deliverables that would ensure maximum value for the industry’s stakeholders and Nigerians generally.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed at the workshop, said that proper distribution of movies was very important in the industry.
Represented by Mrs Grace Gebe, the minister said that without proper distribution channels, piracy would continue to thrive in the country.

“It is our hope that very soon the N1.9 billion that is meant for the distribution fund will be given to the beneficiaries that had been interviewed and selected.
“If this is done, we are very sure that piracy will be curbed in Nigeria,’’ the minister said.
He added that piracy strives in the country because there was no genuine product in the market, “thus people buy whatever that is available on the streets’’.
According to him, if there is a proper channel for distribution of creative products, nobody will want to buy fake products on the streets.
He, however, expressed satisfaction that the capacity building and the film distribution components of the programme had been successfully completed.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, while giving an update of the project, said that it was being implemented under three grand schemes.
He said that the schemes included capacity building fund, film production fund and innovative distribution fund.
He said that the capacity building fund got an allocation of N300 million and was at 80 per cent completion.
He said that the film production fund with an allocation of N800 million was also being concluded while the innovative distribution fund which got a N1.9 billion was the main crux of the workshop.
He said that for the first component capacity building funds, 247 practitioners had so far been sponsored to attend specialist training.
Isa-Dutse said that several private training institutes were being supported to help enhance their capacities.
“For the film production funds, we have so far co-financed 113 film projects through grants and awards.
“So far, the Project ACT Nollywood has implemented specialist training programmes in Nigeria and abroad in which 247 practitioners have been trained.
“The training is to improve their technical and professional capacities in the entertainment industry thereby employing 2,436 people,’’ he said.
He said that for the innovation distribution fund, 383 completed applications were received out of which 348 were prequalified applications, while 150 of them have been interviewed.
The Project ACT Nollywood, was being implemented by the Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigerian Film and Video Censors` Board (NFVCB) and the Nigerian Copyrights Commission (NCC) .

 

 

 

 

 

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Watch Ayra Starr’s “Rhythm & Blues” Video

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The “Rhythm & Blues” video is out and Ayra Starr‘s fans can now take pride in their music as the video of the song sweeps everyone off their feet with sweet romance and chills.

The beautifully voiced and talented Ayra Starr is a signee to the Mavin Records record label, and her musical journey has been exceptional, with each song giving out its dose of vibe to every listener.

“Rhythm & Blues” is her latest single, and the video has just been released, making waves in the music scene.

This track, produced by Sparrq, offers a blend of rhythm and blues that will captivate your ears and heart. Ayra Starr’s soulful vocals and lyrical coordinates shine through in the “Rhythm & Blues”, making it a must-listen for everyone everywhere.

To bring this musical masterpiece to life visually, Ayra Starr has unveiled the official video for “Rhythm & Blues”,

The video, directed by the Earthboi, complements the song’s essence perfectly, providing a visual narrative that enhances the overall listening experience.

In this captivating video, Ayra Starr’s artistry is on full display as she takes you on a visual journey that matches the rhythm and blues of the song. From the romance to the swift moves with her partner in the video, every element has been carefully crafted to create an intense pleasure.

In the video, Ayra Starr is seen singing and making loving moves around her partner, further showing how much he is her “Rhythm & Blues”.

To establish herself as one of the music industry’s rising stars, “Rhythm & Blues” stands as a testament to her exceptional talent and dedication to her craft.

So, if you’re ready to engage yourself in some romantic vibing and groove, this video has all the view you need.

Watch the video below.

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All You Should Know Before Skipping Breakfast

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Skipping breakfast is a common practice, with up to 25% of adults regularly skipping the meal. While it is often believed that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there is increasing evidence to suggest that skipping breakfast may actually have some health benefits.

These health benefits are numerous and should be taken seriously if you want them effective for you. This is not to say that you should starve yourself or deprive yourself of healthy morning food. It just means that skipping breakfast sometimes can be beneficial for your health.

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What are the benefits of skipping breakfast?

1. Weight loss:

Skipping breakfast can help you reduce your calorie intake for the day, which can lead to weight loss. A study found that people who skipped breakfast lost more weight over a 16-week period than those who ate breakfast. So, if you are among those trying to loose weight or burn down calories, you should consider skipping breakfast sometimes.

2. Improved blood sugar control:

Skipping breakfast can help to lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. This may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. It has been discovered that people with type 2 diabetes who skipped breakfast had lower blood sugar levels throughout the day than those who ate breakfast.

3. Increased growth hormone levels:

Growth hormone is a hormone that helps to build and repair muscle tissue. Skipping breakfast can lead to an increase in growth hormone levels, which may be beneficial for people who are trying to build muscle mass or lose weight.

You wonder how this is possible when you think you need food to build the body and body tissues, right? Growth hormones do not necessarily need food especially when they can get whatever nutrients they need from the body reservoir.

4. Improved cognitive function:

Skipping breakfast can improve cognitive function, such as memory and attention. Sometimes eating in the morning makes you very dull through the day especially when it is a heavy meal. So when you skip breakfast, your body becomes more aware of what is happening and coordinates better.

5. More time to sleep:

This is for the leisure and relaxation folks. You find that the time you would use in making breakfast can buy you sleep if you skip that breakfast. Thank me later. Skipping breakfast can give you more time to sleep in the morning. If you are short on time, it may be a good way to get a few extra minutes of sleep or whatever.

We have talked about what not eating breakfast sometimes can do to us positively. What about what it does to us when we indulge too much or excessively? While we should skip breakfast sometimes, it is highly advised that it should not come off as a habit because it has its side effects.

21 Side Effects of Skipping Breakfast — Eat This Not That

What are the side effects of not eating breakfast regularly?

Do you skip breakfast for any of the reasons stated above? We all have our reasons for forgoing breakfast in the morning. However, keep in mind the things you are about to read below just as a guide to not overdo it.

1. Deficiency of vital nutrients:

Skipping breakfast means missing out on essential nutrients like fibre and vitamins that are crucial for sustaining your energy throughout the day. Consistently skipping breakfast can lead to inadequate intake of these nutrients, potentially leading to long-term health issues.

2. Adverse effects on energy levels and mood:

If you’ve been making a habit of skipping breakfast daily and have noticed increased irritability and decreased energy levels, your breakfast-skipping habit could be to blame. In other words, the side effects of breakfast omission can manifest as reduced energy levels and mood swings. So, the next time you find yourself feeling fatigued and irritable without an obvious cause, consider whether you’ve had breakfast.

3. Impacts on cognitive functioning:

Regular breakfast consumption has a positive influence on cognitive functioning. While it is true that skipping breakfast could help you perform better cognitively because it makes you more aware, scientific research has shown that individuals who skip breakfast on a regular basis exhibit worse cognitive performance compared to those who just skip sometimes.

4. Slowing down of metabolism:

Can you function without food indefinitely? Certainly not. Food provides the energy necessary to sustain us throughout the day. Consequently, if you neglect to nourish your body with breakfast, the first meal of the day, your body’s functioning may be compromised.

5. Encourages unhealthy cravings:

Skipping breakfast means your body hasn’t received any energy or nutrients since your last meal, which could have been 12 to 14 hours ago. Worse still, this can lead to poor dietary choices later in the day. Who can resist the allure of doughnuts when hunger strikes? Even if you’re not particularly fond of breakfast, your organs require it to function effectively. Breakfast, whether it’s a quick bowl of oatmeal or a hard-boiled egg, provides essential nutrients early in the day and helps maintain steady blood sugar levels. So with this, do not skip breakfast on a regular basis.

6. Skipping breakfast can trigger migraines:

Secret Side Effects of Skipping Breakfast, According to Research — Eat This Not That

One of the potential consequences of forgoing breakfast regularly is an increased susceptibility to migraines, particularly if you are already prone to them, probably because you have gotten used to not eating in the morning. Skipping your morning meal regularly can lead to low blood sugar levels, which may elevate blood pressure and raise the likelihood of experiencing a migraine attack. This is why it is advised to skip breakfast sometimes, not regularly.

7. Weakened immune system:

When you skip breakfast on a daily basis, your immune system can be compromised. This is because breakfast omission can adversely affect your immune cells. The body relies on consistent nutrition to maintain a healthy supply of immune cells capable of combating illnesses and enhancing the function of T-cells.

Having gone through the benefits and side effects of skipping breakfast, you should consider what to eat on the days you decide to eat breakfast. This will help your balance the equation.

What should I eat for breakfast?

The list of healthy foods to be eaten as breakfast goes on and on as it is endless, but let us see a few of them below:

  • Eggs
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Oat meal
  • Fruits
  • Cheese
  • Tea
  • Nuts
  • Protein shakes
  • Smoothies

Any of these foods eaten as breakfast is good for your health, but be mindful not to overeat or indulge all the time.

21 Side Effects of Skipping Breakfast — Eat This Not That

It is also needful to listen to your body and eat breakfast if you are hungry. But, if you are not hungry in the morning, there is no need to force yourself to eat.

To be sure that you are on the right track when skipping a breakfast, check out these tips below:

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep the night prior.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Eat healthy snacks throughout the day, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and processed foods.
  • If you are taking any medications, please and please again, do not skip breakfast. If you must, talk to your physician first.

What are your final thoughts?

The bottom line is that eating a healthy breakfast is essential to living a healthy life. Skipping breakfast sometimes is very good to the body, but… Not when you do it regularly or on a daily basis. If you do it daily, the side effects will put you at the risk of many health concerns.

So, go for a breakfast that is full of nutrients and DON’T SKIP IT REGULARLY!

After the knowledge you just got, you definitely want to check out more of our articles on health. Check here.

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“I Do Not Come to You by Chance” Film Adaptation – Everything You Should Know

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Ishaya Bako, the director of “The Royal Hibiscus Hotel” and “Road To Yesterday,” will direct the film adaptation of Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani‘s award-winning 2009 novel “I Do Not Come to You by Chance.

Below is everything you should know about the adaptation.

 

  • The film is set to star Paul Nnadiekwe, who makes his debut appearance on the big screen, alongside Blossom Chukwujekwu. Joining them are Jennifer Eliogu, Sambasa Nberibe, and Beverly Osu. It follows a struggling Nigerian graduate whose seemingly sole option involves assisting his dubious uncle’s fraudulent email scam.

 

  • The film presents its story in both English and Igbo, with Femi Awojide taking on the role of Director of Photography.

Speaking on the Centrepiece program, Nataleah Hunter-Young, the TIFF International Programmer for Africa and Arab West Asia, said,

“It’s been an extraordinary year for African cinemas on the international festival circuit, and that continues to be reflected in this year’s exciting line-up of 9 African titles (8 features and 1 short) representing 9 different countries, more so when you include the directors of African descent living and working in the diaspora (Ladj Ly, Noura El Hourch, Mehdi Fikri, Sally El Hosaini).”

 

Photo: Courtesy of TIFF

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