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Recent Deaths In Nollywood Rob Nigeria Of Legendary Filmmakers – NFC Boss, Ali Nuhu

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The Nigerian film industry is in mourning after the recent deaths of two respected figures. Ali Nuhu, the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), expressed his deep sadness over the passing of two actors: Saratu Gidado (known as Daso) and John Odonwodo (known as Junior Pope). He has said that recent deaths in the movie industry have robbed the nation of legendary filmmakers.

He described their deaths as “heart-wrenching” for their colleagues and everyone involved in Nollywood.

“Their deaths, which occurred within the week has left Nigeria’s movie industry in a state of mourning.

“Stakeholders have been pained by the frequent recent losses robbing the country of legendary filmmakers, who have impacted and contributed greatly to the growth of Nigeria’s film industry.

Their footprints within the development of the Nigerian film industry will not be forgotten,” he said.

The NFC statement also paid tribute to actress Saratu Gidado. The statement highlighted her captivating presence on screen, particularly in leading roles for Kannywood films like “Linzami Da Wuta” and “Gidauniya.” These movies helped her win the hearts of many Nigerians.

“She was a Zuma Film Festival (ZUFF) 2023 Life Time Achievers Awardee but sadly succumbed to death in the early hours of Tuesday, April 9.

“Odonwodo’s role in showcasing the professional competencies and screen delivery by actors is remarkable, as can be found in Honey Money, Blood Affair and Wrong Initiation movies that the late actor acted.

“Mr Ibu evoked laughter and comic reliefs, leaving behind a gap to be filled, the refined gentlemen shall be greatly missed,” he added.

The NFC also acknowledged the importance of safety in the film industry moving forward. Nuhu pledged the NFC’s continued support for policies that create a safe working environment for actors and filmmakers. This includes advocating for health insurance, medical benefits, and life insurance for everyone involved.

Ali Nuhu offered his deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of both Gidado and Junior Pope. He also extended his sympathies to the Actors Guild of Nigeria. He offered prayers for peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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Banky W Elated After Undergoing 4th Successful Surgery For Skin Cancer

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Nigerian singer and politician Banky W is celebrating a victory! After successfully battling skin cancer for over 10 years, he recently underwent his fourth surgery for the disease.

On May 23rd, 2024, Banky W shared a heartfelt message on his Instagram.

The singer posted a video showing glimpses of his recovery journey. His wife, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, was like a pillar of support by his side. In a lengthy message alongside the video, Banky W encouraged anyone facing challenges. He expressed his faith that things would ultimately work out.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Reacts To Ban On Ritual Scenes In Nollywood

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Nigeria’s entertainment industry is buzzing with criticism over the government’s new rules for movies, music videos, and comedy skits. The government puts limitations on what can be shown in these forms of entertainment. This includes things like “money rituals,” “ritual killings,” and the use of tobacco products.

Big names in Nigerian entertainment are not happy about these rules. Renowned actor Kanayo O. Kanayo slammed the move as “arrant nonsense.” He questioned why the Minister of Arts and Culture, Barrister Hannatu Musa Musawa, would support such restrictions on creative freedom for filmmakers.

Veteran musician Mike Okri even suggested the government might be trying to hold back the entire film industry with these new regulations.

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I Was Collecting N4000 For A Lead Role – Lateef Adedimeji

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Nollywood actor Lateef Adedimeji recently appeared on comedian Teju Babyface’s podcast, “Deep Dive.” He reminisced about his early days in the Nigerian film industry. He openly shared some of the financial realities he faced as a budding actor.

Lateef Adedimeji revealed that early on, in 2014, he was offered a lead role for a mere N4,000. This low payment reflected his position as a newcomer still trying to establish himself. However, things started to look up for him the following year.

By 2015, Adedimeji’s experience and talent began to be recognised, and his pay rose significantly. He mentioned roles in that timeframe that commanded fees between N100,000 and N200,000—a substantial increase from his initial starting point.

This discussion on the podcast highlights the challenges faced by many aspiring actors, who often have to accept lower pay until their talent and experience are recognised by the industry. Adedimeji’s story offers a glimpse into the perseverance and dedication it takes to navigate the early stages of an acting career.

“If I tell people that I wasn’t collecting N100,000, N200,000 until 2015/16, a lot of people would not believe me. Before then, the highest I collected for a lead role was either N4,000, N5,000, or N10,000. I was paid that low back in 2014 because it was more like a learning process.”

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