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AFRIFF 2023 Set To take Place In Lagos In November

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The organizers of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) announced on Thursday that the 12th edition of the festival is scheduled to take place from November 5 to November 11, 2023.

During a media briefing held in Lagos, Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF, unveiled the festival’s theme, “Indigenous to Global 2.0”, emphasizing its primary objective of showcasing and advancing indigenous content on a global scale.

Chioma Ude also revealed that the festival has already curated an impressive selection of 1,000 high-quality films to be showcased throughout the event. This diverse collection of films is expected to captivate and engage the festival’s audience while highlighting the rich nature of storytelling from Africa and beyond.

She said,

“This edition of the festival is important because creatives would be exposed to series of learning, cutting across filmmaking, makeup act, designers and more.

“We need to understand international policies and laws to be able to sell our indigenous content globally.”

The Consul General at the United States Consulate in Lagos, Will Stevens, also spoke on the previous edition saying,

“I am grateful to be here, the festival last year was so incredible, I’m looking forward to this year’s edition.

“This is all about building Nigeria for the world, America grew based on what people see about the nation and I think it is now Nigeria’s time.

“It has been amazing supporting AFRIFF for 9 years now in a row and we are grateful for the partnership.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, in his statement, conveyed the state’s eagerness and preparedness to collaborate with the AFRIFF organizers to ensure a smooth and prosperous festival.

He emphasized that the upcoming 12th edition of AFRIFF is poised to be the most extensive and impactful thus far. It will be strategically positioned to align with and contribute to the economic objectives and priorities of the state.

He said,

“We are excited to be part of this, we believe that it is when we tell our stories that we are better understood and well embraced.

“As government, we commit our resources and time to whatever that has to put the state and nation’s creative industry on the global stage.

“This is the time to work collaboratively to project our indigenous content for global acceptance.

“The creative industry is the only industry that can flog all the shortfalls that we have, an industry that knows no boundary.”

Busola Tejumola, the Executive Head of Content West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, discussed Multichoice’s role in promoting indigenous content, highlighting the company’s remarkable journey.

As Multichoice celebrates its 20th anniversary, she emphasized the company’s growth, which has expanded from a single channel to an impressive seven channels.

Busola Tejumola further underscored that out of these seven channels, three are dedicated to showcasing local content in indigenous languages, including Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa. This commitment to supporting and broadcasting content in these native languages reflects Multichoice’s dedication to cultural diversity and its role in nurturing and promoting storytelling in Nigeria and across West Africa.

She stated,

“We also have MultiChoice talent factory where we engage the up-and-coming artistes in training, this is in collaboration with the Pan Atlantic University and we usually produce excellent filmmakers who can tell authentic African stories.

“We equally recognise and reward excellence through the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA),” 

A Nigerian filmmaker, Femi Adebayo said,

“As a custodian and promoter of our culture, all my films are indigenous and have got global attention, we can only make our future better when we promote our local content more. We need this to take over the global film market.”

Charles Novia, a movie director, highlighted how the film industry has transcended boundaries and encouraged Africans to make the most of their indigenous content, recognizing its potential for global appeal and recognition.

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I Love Anything Afrobeats, I Love Burna Boy So Much – Shakira

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Shakira, the famous Colombian singer, dished out her love for African music, particularly Afrobeats. She described her musical style as a mix of many influences (eclectic), heartfelt (honest), and true to itself (real).

Shakira wasn’t shy about naming some of her favourite African artists. She gave a shoutout to Burna Boy and also mentioned her excitement about Tyla, a rising South African talent.

She said,

“If I could explain my taste in music in three words, I would say eclectic, honest and real.

I love anything Afrobeats. I like Tyla, I like Burna Boy, anything Afrobeats. But I love Burna so much.”

This isn’t the first time Shakira has shown appreciation for global music. Her career has been full of blending sounds from different cultures, so it makes sense that she would be drawn to the vibrant energy of Afrobeats.

Burna Boy is a heavyweight in the Afrobeats scene, known for his music style and energetic live shows. He’s been selling out stadiums worldwide and making history with his achievements. Tyla, on the other hand, is a new voice coming out of South Africa. Shakira’s acknowledgement of her potential shows that she has a keen eye for spotting rising talent.

Shakira’s love for Afrobeats is a great example of how music can transcend borders and languages.

It shows that good music is good music, no matter where it comes from. Afrobeats has been taking the world by storm in recent years. With artists like Shakira championing the genre, it’s sure to continue growing in popularity.

This love for Afrobeats could also lead to future collaborations between Shakira and some Afrobeats artists. It wouldn’t be surprising to see her team up with Burna Boy on a track. Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure: Shakira’s a big fan of Afrobeats, and that’s a great thing for the genre’s global exposure.

Shakira’s song “Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)” was the official song for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. She included a part of a different song in her music.

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Millionaire In Every Currency – Wizkid Celebrates 13 Years Of ‘Superstar’ Album

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Marking a musical coming-of-age moment, Nigerian megastar Wizkid, also known as Ayodeji Balogun, recently hit the rewind button on social media (on his former Twitter platform) to celebrate the 13th anniversary of his debut album, “Superstar.”

The chart-topping album launched Wizkid’s career into the stratosphere, and the anniversary clearly holds special significance for the artist.

In a heartfelt post, Wizkid expressed his deep appreciation to God, reflecting on the immense success that followed the album’s release. Beyond the musical accolades, he acknowledged the personal blessings in his life, mentioning his cherished family and the fulfilling path his life has taken.

He wrote, “13 yrs since superstar! First album! Thankful for all God’s blessings. Healthy family! Blessed life! Love God.”

This celebratory post not only highlights Wizkid’s enduring legacy as a musician but also offers a glimpse into his values and priorities.

Wizkid also mentioned that he’s a millionaire in “every currency.”

Beyond his wealth, this post is an encouragement for his fans to focus on achieving genuine success in their own lives, urging them to avoid pretending to be something they’re not.

“Millionaires in every currency!”

“Real-life winners! Make sure u win in real life, no deceive yourself! U deserve it,” he added.

Wizkid’s musical journey began in 2012 with the release of his debut album, “Superstar.” Banky W’s record label, Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), released the album. This album was a major success, launching hit singles like “Don’t Dull,” “Pakuromo,” “Tease Me,” “Holla At Your Boy,” and “I Love My Baby.”

Wizkid wasn’t afraid to spread his wings. After releasing his second album, “Ayo,” in 2014, he decided to strike out on his own. He established his own record label, Starboy Entertainment. This paved the way for the next chapter in his music career.

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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.”

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