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Tiwa Savage, Mike Afolarin & Jemima Osunde to Star in the Feature Film “Water and Garri”

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Acclaimed Nigerian singer and songwriter, Tiwa Savage, is set to make her feature film debut in “Water and Garri.” The film tells the story of Aisha, a successful fashion designer in the US who returns to her homeland to confront her past guilt. Tiwa Savage takes on the lead role of Aisha, while the supporting cast includes talented actors Mike Afolarin, Andrew Bunting, and Jemima Osunde.

“Water and Garri” is a joint production between Unbound Studios and JM Films, with Comfort Emmanuel as the writer and Meji Alabi as the director. This highly anticipated film marks the first feature-length project from the production companies.

In addition to starring in the film, Tiwa Savage wrote and performed the film’s original soundtrack and serves as an executive producer through her company, Everything Savage. The movie was filmed in the city of Cape Coast, Ghana, and principal photography has now concluded.

Speaking with Screen Daily, the singer spoke of her deep connection to the story and the chance to explore a new facet of her artistic expression.

“This project was a complete labour of love that has been a dream of mine for a number of years. Performing as Aisha allowed me to be totally vulnerable and pushed me to express myself in a way that I’ve never done before. It was an honour to share my debut as an actress with Meji whilst filming on the African continent with a cast and crew that I have immense admiration and respect for. I’m excited for the world to see this film.”

Meji Alabi, the director of the upcoming feature film “Water and Garri,” shares his experience working with Tiwa Savage and the team. Having collaborated with Tiwa on music projects in the past, Alabi says the “film was a perfect progression of our creative growth and shared vision of exploring beyond boundaries.” He praised Tiwa’s performance as a lead actress, and is excited to share the film with audiences.

Jimi Adesanya, the producer, said he’s proud to have worked with the talented cast and crew, including Tiwa Savage and Meji Alabi, on “Water and Garri.” “Our goal is to produce film and TV projects that will level the playing field to collaborate and build high-quality content with both indigenous and major players in succession. The Nollywood industry is very exciting right now with a continuing burst of talent and more distribution access, so we look forward to playing our part to move the needle even further.”

 

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Ruth Kadiri Raises Alarm Over Unavailability Of Vaccines For Children

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Nollywood actress Ruth Kadiri is raising awareness concerning the lack of essential vaccines for children in some Nigerian hospitals. Kadiri recently shared her experience on Instagram. She revealed that she took her daughter to the hospital for routine vaccinations but was turned away due to a shortage. The specific vaccines her daughter needed were for cholera, measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox).

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“My nurse just informed me that there are no vaccines for babies at the hospital!!! Mothers, are you facing the same Vaccination issues? Federal Government, please look into this. My daughter needs her immunization. One year and counting.”

 

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This encounter prompted Ruth Kadiri to use her platform to call on the Nigerian government to intervene. Vaccines play a crucial role in protecting children from preventable diseases, and their absence can have serious consequences.

By sharing her story, Kadiri is hoping to shed light on this public health issue and urge the authorities to take action. This will ensure these vital vaccines are readily available for all children in Nigeria.

The MMR vaccine is a superhero, protecting children from four nasty diseases: measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox). To make sure this protection is extra strong, it’s actually given in two doses.

The first dose is typically given to babies between 9 and 15 months old. Then, to ensure long-lasting immunity, a second dose is given when they are between 15 months and 6 years old. There needs to be at least a 4-week wait between the two doses for them to work best.

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Uzor Arukwe Says Actors Need To Learn To Accept Criticism

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In a recent interview with Top Charts Africa on May 27, 2024, Nollywood actor Uzor Arukwe opened up about the importance of criticism.

He emphasised that criticism, rather than being something to shy away from, is actually a valuable tool for self-improvement. Arukwe believes that constructive criticism can help us learn and grow as individuals.

I love criticism and feedback because it helps you to become a better actor. You can’t be an actor if you’re not open to criticism,” he said.

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“Nigerian Idol” Season 9 Heats Up With Top 10 Live Performances

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Nigerian Idol season 9 got even hotter yesterday! The remaining contestants battled it out on stage with live performances.

Remember the judges’ tough call last week? Lammy and Japh Kenti were tied for the final spot in the Top 10. Well, Lammy pulled ahead and joined the other nine singers who advanced.

Now, the competition is heating up with the official Top 10! Jennifer Ugomu, David Garland, Chima, Mira Clear, Gracia, Stevie, Chioma, Lammy, Lady Ruth, and Maio all took the stage.

They sang a mix of everything, from Harry Styles’ “Falling” to powerful hits like “Never Enough” and “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman.

The crowd went wild for their amazing vocals and stage presence! You can see all the performances yourself below. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite singer to keep them in the running!

1. Jennifer Ugomu

Jennifer absolutely stole the show! She belted out a powerful performance of Andra Day’s inspiring song “Rise Up,” a song that was nominated for a Grammy and is all about hope. Her vocals were incredible!

2. David Garland

David Garland turned up the heat with his performance. He took a surprising turn towards pop music and completely wowed the judges with his own powerful version of Harry Styles’ song “Falling.” It was an impressive and unexpected choice that left everyone speechless!

3. Chima

It was Chima’s night to shine! He took the stage and showed off his amazing vocal range with a soulful performance of Teddy Swims’ hit song “Lose Control.” This chart-topping song is a favourite online, and Chima absolutely nailed it!

4. Mira Clear

Mira Clear proved she’s a true songbird with her performance! She focused on every technical detail to deliver a powerful and controlled version of Sia’s inspirational song “Unstoppable.” It was a show-stopping performance that left everyone wanting more.

5. Gracia

Gracia brought down the house with her powerful vocals! She belted out an amazing cover of David Guetta and Sia’s hit song “Titanium,” a real dance floor banger from 2011. Her performance was energetic and unforgettable!

6. Stevie

Stevie delivered a beautiful performance! He showcased his smooth vocals, perfectly blending them with the gentle piano melody of “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. It was a sweet and touching rendition of the song.

7. Chioma

Chioma stunned the audience with her breathtaking performance of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. The song is a beautiful ballad, and Chioma wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable in her delivery. This raw emotion made her performance even more powerful and left everyone in awe.

8. Lammy

Everyone considers John Legend’s “All of Me” a must-have for any wedding playlist. It’s become a classic love song for couples everywhere.

On Nigerian Idols, Lammy delivered a show-stopping performance of the song, pouring his heart out with so much emotion that it captivated the audience.

9. Lady Ruth

Lady Ruth took on a huge challenge with her performance! She tackled Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love,” a song known for its high notes, powerful runs, and unique vocals.

Lady Ruth showed off her amazing technique as she hit all the right notes, from the high belts to the breathy whispers. It was a show-stopping performance!

10. Maio

Maio’s song choice was a bit different! He performed “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid. It’s a chill summer vibe kind of song, and Maio knew it was all about capturing the smooth, warm tone of the original.

He focused on staying perfectly on key and delivering a relaxed performance that had the audience swaying along. Even though there weren’t any high notes to hit, it was still a successful and memorable performance!

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Don’t forget to vote for your Nigerian Idol season 9 favourite performances here.

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