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Dangote Optimistic On Nigeria’s Economic Growth, Says Recession Will End 1st Quarter Of 2017.

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Mr. Aliko Dangote, President Dangote groups, is optimistic that the Nigeria economy will take a complete U-turn out of the recession by the first quarter of 2017, if the government could get its priorities right and implement the right policies. He added that the government will need $20billion, fresh funds to revive the economy from recession.

He emphasized the need for government to address foreign exchange challenges if it wants private sector operators to increase their stakes in the diversification agenda. According to him, diversification from oil cannot be achieved if there is little or no foreign exchange available for private sector operators.

Besides, Dangote has unveiled plans to invest in dairy business to address dependence on import in the sector.According to him, 98 per cent of the country’s demand for dairy products is being imported, stressing that plans are on to turn around the nation’s milk industry over the next three years.

“We are already discussing ‎with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to kick-start this project. We believe we can do a lot to bridge the importation gap by developing local production of this product because we have the competitive and comparative advantages.”

He spoke during a courtesy visit by the Executive MBA students of the Lagos Business School (LBS) to his refinery in Lagos.Dangote who expressed optimism that the country would get out of the current precarious state, however, argued that this could only be achieved if the right support would be given to the Organised Private Sector (OPS) through adequate foreign exchange supply, infrastructural development as well as consistent and favourable economic policies.

“Nigeria has what it takes to be great again. I believe so much in the Nigerian economy and if the right things are done, we should get out of the economic recession by first quarter in 2017. The private sector is huge and I think we will get out of the recession ‎as soon as possible,” he said.

In his presentation tagged the “Role of business in driving sustainable development in Africa – The story of Dangote group,” he said the group had grown from a commodity trading company to a more diversified conglomerate over the last two decades.

The businessman added that the group’s operation was underpinned by five key pillars which are to provide basic needs, substitute imports and earn foreign exchange from exports, execute efficiently new plants and technologies, operate effectively by entering new markets with highest quality products, entering into strategic partnerships and investing in human capacity ‎development.

“We are top 10 in Africa and top 400 globally. We are globally competitive, growing local capacity, manufacturing quality products, rapidly transforming ‎from a Nigerian company to a dominant African brand and our revenues and profitability have continued to grow,” he said.

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Biodun Stephen’s “Muri and Ko” Leads Nollywood Films At The Box Office

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The Nigerian box office witnessed a power shift this week, with Nollywood’s “Muri and Ko” making a surprising climb to the top. Let’s take a closer look at how these films are performing.

Debuting at number six, “Muri and Ko” defied expectations by surging to the coveted second-place position.

This heartwarming story follows the unexpected turn of events for a thief named Muri. After stealing a car, Muri discovers a child inside. Forced to go on the run from the police with a bounty on his head, an unlikely bond begins to form between Muri and the child.

This unique premise and strong performances seem to resonate with Nigerian audiences, propelling the film to financial success.

Hollywood’s action-comedy juggernaut, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” continues its reign at the top of the box office chart for the third week. This highly anticipated sequel to the popular “Bad Boys” franchise continues to rake in the big bucks. It grossed an impressive ₦100.8 million this week. With a total haul of ₦216.5 million so far, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

After holding the top spot for three consecutive weeks, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti,” a biographical drama chronicling the life of the famed Nigerian activist, has been dethroned by “Muri and Ko.”

This week, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” only managed to secure ₦15 million. The movie dropped down to fourth place with a total gross of ₦156.5 million. While it seems to have lost its initial momentum, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” still holds a respectable position at the box office.

The action thriller film, “Criminal,” took a hit this week. It experienced a significant drop in its position on the charts. Falling from fourth place to sixth place, “Criminal” brought in only ₦8.2 million this week. This brings its total gross to ₦45.7 million. The reason behind the film’s decline in popularity could be due to a combination of factors. These factors can be competition from new releases or negative word-of-mouth.

The Nigerian box office is a dynamic landscape, and these rankings can fluctuate from week to week. However, the success of “Muri and Ko” demonstrates the potential for Nollywood films to capture the hearts and wallets of Nigerian audiences. This can happen with captivating stories and strong performances.

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Victony Drops Debut Album “Stubborn”

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Nigerian artist Victony, known for his global hit “Soweto,” has finally dropped his debut album, “Stubborn.” This highly anticipated release marks a turning point in Victony’s musical journey.

Victony collaborates with a star-studded lineup. This includes Afrobeats giant Asake, Shallipopi, American rapper Teezo Touchdown, and Guyanese-American star Saint Jhn. This impressive roster blends musical styles. Also, it showcases the rich tapestry of African music for the world.

Released on June 21st, 2024, “Stubborn” is more than just music.

The album is a testament to Victony’s resilience. Three years ago, he was in a near-fatal accident that tragically took his best friend’s life. Victony required extensive surgery and rehab to walk again. The title “Stubborn” reflects his unwavering determination to return to music stronger than ever.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Vows To Disrupt Any Film Set That Engages The Service Of Actress Angel Unigwe

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Veteran Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo is raising a red flag about working with young actress Angel Unigwe. In a recent Instagram video, Kanayo expressed his frustration with Unigwe’s mother, who he believes is managing her daughter’s career unprofessionally.

Kanayo admitted hearing rumours about unprofessional behaviour but didn’t take them seriously until he had a personal experience. He had apparently cast Unigwe in a film and reached an agreement with her mother, the details of which weren’t mentioned. However, the agreement wasn’t honoured, prompting Kanayo’s public warning.

Furthermore, Kanayo urged other movie producers to avoid working with Angel Unigwe.

He went as far as saying he would disrupt filming sets if he saw her working on a production. This is a serious move in the Nollywood industry. Also, it highlights the level of Kanayo’s frustration and his desire to protect other producers from similar experiences.

He stated,

“I am making this video to protect the entertainment industry in Nigeria. A particular woman has been holding producers to ransoms and it is unfortunate it has happened to me. Unfortunately, she is Angel Unigwe’s mother. A contract is breached by every producer, orally or written and it’s all respected but I found out that immediately this woman takes money from you, everything changes. She took her daughter at 9 pm when the particular date that we agreed hadn’t expired. She came at 9 pm and took her daughter.

“I have gotten reports from people before it happened to me. This is a Clarion call to producers, I beg you in the name of professionalism, from this moment to the first day of July 2024 any set that employs the services of Angel Unigwe, I will come to that set and make sure filming doesn’t hold. Her mother has been threatening many producers.”

 

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