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AFCON 2024: Cote d’Ivoire Beats DR Congo, Heads To Finals

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Shortly after the intense game between Nigeria and South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire battled it out with DR Congo at Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan, and emerged successful.

The hosts secured their place in the ongoing AFCON tournament with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo. This win is a remarkable turnaround for the host nation, whose journey has been one of resilience and dramatic comebacks. After a shaky group stage that saw them nearly eliminated, Cote d’Ivoire entered the knockout rounds with a renewed sense of purpose. They defied the odds, overcoming Senegal in a penalty shootout and producing a last-gasp equaliser and extra-time win against Mali in the quarterfinals.

DR Congo also played some impressive football throughout the tournament, notably coming from behind to win 3-1 against Guinea and secure a place in the semi-finals. However, they were unable to unlock the Ivorian defence and will have to settle for a third-place playoff.

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The encounter between Cote d’Ivoire and DR Congo proved equally tense. Both sides displayed moments of brilliance. However, chances were few and far between in the opening half, with neither side able to truly test the goalkeepers. It was in the 35th minute that the game became more intense. Cote d’Ivoire found spaces in the DR Congo defence, and the match gained more acceleration. They became more dangerous and even reached the sixth shot in the first half.

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It was an intense match in midfield, and the duel remained goalless at the start of the second half. However, as the second half proceeded, there was a shift in momentum as Cote d’Ivoire began to press forward with more urgency.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 65th minute when Sebastian Haller rose to meet a pinpoint cross and head the ball past the goalkeeper and into the DR Congo goalpost. Haller received a pass from Gradel inside the small area and jumped the bomb to open the scoring for the home team.

Despite late pressure from DR Congo, the Ivorians held firm, their defence marshalled by the experienced Serge Aurier, to secure a hard-fought victory.

Cote d’Ivoire’s journey to the final has been captivating. Now, they will face their opponents, Nigeria, in the grand finale on Sunday, February 11th.

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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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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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