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Alex Eyengho, 51 Others Get Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund

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Alex Eyengho

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

A prolific Nigerian filmmaker, Mr Alex Eyengho, has been selected as one of the 52 beneficiaries of the Netflix Creative Equity Scholarship Fund (CESF) for movie producers in the West and Central African regions.

The fund will provide financial support to its beneficiaries, including access to quality tertiary education in film and TV-focused disciplines.

The scholarship fund for Sub-Saharan students is part of Netflix’s global Creative Equity Fund, launched in 2021, which is a dedicated effort to help build new opportunities for underrepresented communities within entertainment.

Through the initiative, Netflix supports external organisations committed to creating equitable opportunities in the TV and film industries, as well as bespoke Netflix programs that help us to identify, train and provide job placement for up-and-coming talent globally.

Speaking at the unveiling of the beneficiaries at a stakeholder event hosted by the National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB) in Lagos, the Director of Public Policy for sub-Saharan Africa at Netflix, Shola Sanni, said, “Netflix is on the cusp of taking Nigeria to the global stage.

“Beyond this, our goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem to assist talents, tell their stories. This is why we remain committed to the continent and Nigeria.

“We care for the growth of talents and are passionate about the future of the industry and want to enable Nigerian creators to access the global market.

“This is why today is all about celebrating the scholars who will be responsible for telling African stories, whether in front or behind the camera, it’s about putting Africa on the global map.”

Also, an executive director at NFVCB, Mr Adedayo Thomas, said the agency was “impressed that this initiative awarded 52 beneficiaries from the region with 27 from Nigeria alone.”

“We’ll continue to call upon companies like Netflix to work with us to position the country as a skilled manpower force.

“It is my strong belief that this initiative is proof that Nigeria has the talent and the ability to rise up to the global community, offering best-in-class quality content. It has also demonstrated the commitment of our partners to strengthening the pipeline of talent.

“Offering opportunities for job creation with creative youths willing to add value to their community and the overall creative economy,” he added.

Business Post gathered that all the beneficiaries would receive a full scholarship which includes – tuition, accommodation, a living stipend and education supplies.

The programme is currently being administered by Dalberg in partnership with the five institutions of higher learning in the region that will support the formal qualification and training of aspiring creatives from the region.

The trio of Alex Eyengho, Donatus Ekwuazi, and Nicole Emechebe will attend their training at the PAN-Atlantic University (Nigeria); 24 beneficiaries will be at the National film institute Jos (Nigeria), and they are Nanmet Dakup, Grace Lasisi, Nkemakonam Onejeme, Timchang Miri, George-Isaac Dadzie, Joseph Ogbe, Anothony Nnaji, Aduragbemi Ogundiran, Oluyomi Taiwo, Evelyn Inyang, Emeka Ikpechukwu, Collins Okorocha, McRoberts Metseyinor, Fatgan Agati, Aisa Zerubabel, Blessing Izang, Stephen Okoh, Nifuk Mafuyai, Lois Bewarang, Samson Alaba, Ezichi Okeke, Rukayat  Zubair, Mary Orjiakor, and Divine-gift Ibewuike.

Also, the duo of Thephor Koumou-Mba and Adriana Ndemby will be at the Institut Philippe Maury de l’Audiovisuel et du Cinéma (IPMAC) du groupe EM-Gabon Université (EMGU); while Samuel Laryea, Seth Aydin, Linda Amemordzi, Gilbert Carrey, Kakra Opare-Asiedu, Lydia Flika, Payin Opare-Asiedu, Magdaline Masopeh would be at the National Film and Television Institute (Ghana).

Furthermore, Sekinatou Bio, Belvina Djossou, Kate Djiwan, Mirabellel Tossa, Melvina Afanou, Lazarine Damando,  Imelda Batamoussi, Zigan Jean-Pierre Medegoun, Elfrid Benon, Franck Anikakpo, Irésan Bassaley, Milka Degan, Chrétia Vodounon, Nouriyath  Moussibayi and Claudia -Manuela Tanoh would be at the Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel (ISMA) (Benin).

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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Technology’s Impact on Fashion Manufacturing Industry

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Fashion Manufacturing Industry

The fashion industry is a very competitive one. There is always someone new designing clothing with a new look. Keeping a collection on the cutting edge and selling to customers is a problem. How can a fashion company track what products are selling well and which ones should be discontinued and replaced with better-selling items? Technology is the way to keep a company running smoothly and on the leading edge of fashion sales.

How Is Technology Used In Fashion Manufacturing?

The clothing manufacturers use technology such as a product lifecycle management system in clothing design, sourcing of materials, collaboration, and supply chain management. The technology available online can help manage stocking and manufacturing processes and tell a company where their product is being marketed and sold and how successful each location is. They can find out what population demographic is buying their fashion products. Companies can also manage their bookkeeping and finances with the software.

The footwear, accessory and clothing industries are dealing with complicated and ever-changing global markets. Customers are demanding smart, up-to-date, personalized, and sustainable products at competitive prices. Companies must also keep track of their competitors. Fashion trends change often, and what is selling well one month may not sell at all in a few months.

The advantages of using technology in the form of product lifestyle management programs include:

  • Product lifecycle collaboration with everyone in the design, production, and sale of the products. A single source of information for material supplies, size and measurement charts, designs, colour palettes, and other information brings unity to a company.
  • Reducing the need for the physical sampling of every material used in the fashion design and manufacturing process. Virtual collaboration and viewing of samples will save time and reduce mistakes.
  • Using this software can make it possible to shorten the time from initial design to getting fashions to the market and customers.
  • Centralization of a fashion manufacturer’s operations is easier. When one set of cloud-based software is used by all parts of a company’s manufacturing process, a company can run more effectively with all the parts having an easier time communicating.

The Impact of New Technology on Fashion

All areas of the fashion industry have been improved or affected by technology. Product production has been made easier, faster, and smoother. The new production methods using technology benefits customers as well as manufacturers. It helps with reducing manufacturing waste and costs.

With modern technology, clothing and fashion brands can increase their reach or influence and reach more markets than in the past. They can use websites and social media to get the word out faster and further when a new collection is being introduced.

Technology helps fashion companies research the market and find the materials to use in a new collection faster. Then, they can find out what their potential customers prefer and what trends are strong and which ones are ending.

Fashion manufacturers and retailers can have websites that let customers see new outfits and what they might look like on them using avatars on site. The software on websites can help customers customize their fashion choices from home. This is an advantage when many customers are shopping more from home because of the pandemic and other reasons.

Fashion retailers and manufacturers who embrace the new technology can keep up with today’s customers and grow their businesses.

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D’Banj in ICPC Custody Over Alleged N-Power Fraud

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

All seems not to be well with a Nigerian pop star, Mr Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’Banj, as there are reports that he is being held in the custody of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

In a report by Premium Times, which has not been independently verified by Business Post, it was alleged that the entertainer was detained for fraud involving the N-Power project.

The government came up with this scheme in 2016, just a year after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, to provide short-term jobs for youths in the country, especially graduates.

In the report, D’Banj was brought into the programme to leverage his popularity among young Nigerians, but he allegedly connived with some government officials to divert funds meant for the successful implementation of the initiative.

According to the report, he was invited by the agency to explain how funds meant for the scheme found their way into bank accounts linked to him, but he reportedly ignored it, giving different excuses.

However, when it seemed it was the end of the road for him, the singer reportedly surrendered himself at the headquarters of the commission in Abuja on Tuesday, and he has not been released despite making efforts to obtain an administrative bail.

Citing sources familiar with the arrest of D’Banj, the reputable platform disclosed that the ICPC is seeking a court order to keep the Kokomaster for a long period, pending when the investigation would be concluded and possibly charged to court for prosecution.

It was alleged that “D’Banj colluded with some compromised government officials to introduce ghost beneficiaries into the payroll of the scheme.”

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Filmmaker Okey Ogunjiofor Denies Praising Uzodinma for Transforming Imo

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A Nigerian filmmaker, Mr Okechukwu Ogunjiofor, also referred to Okey Ogunjiofor, has expressed dismay over a report linking him with a purported endorsement of the Governor of Imo State, Mr Hope Uzodinma, for transforming the state.

In a statement, the respected Nollywood icon, who produced the award-winning Amina, said he was not part of the movie practitioners, who visited Mr Uzodinma as reported by one of the leading newspapers in the country.

He described the report as “terrible journalism” and demanded a retraction of the story as he was not in the state as claimed by the reporter.

“My attention has been drawn to a news article circulating on various news and social media platforms in the public domain titled Nollywood stars heap up encoumiums on Uzodimma for Imo state transformation as published by Vanguard newspaper December 4, 2022.

“I, Okechukwu (Okey) Ogunjiofor hereby state as follows:

“1. That I, on behalf my Company Videosonic Studios, and the cast and crew entered our latest film Amina for various categories of the Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards 2022.

“2. That subsequently, BON Awards announced the nominations and Amina got 10 Nominations in various categories.

“3. That due to these Nominations the organisers of BON Awards extended invitation to us to come to Owerri, Imo state (the hosting state for 2022 BON Awards) slated for December 4, 2022.

“4. That although logistics were arranged by BON Awards for Okey Ogunjiofor to represent his office, cast and crew at the event, he was unable to make the journey.

“5. That a slight mix-up in the logistics planning caused him to miss his flight to the awards.

“6. That the organisers called to apologise for the mix-up and offered to make it good by booking another flight but I declined to travel to Owerri.

“7. That we are very shocked and surprised to see the published material stating that I was at the event.

“8. We are therefore stating categorically here that this is a PR job made without our consent or approval.

“9. This report is very unfortunate, and very unprofessional and in bad taste.

“10. That I wasn’t anywhere near Imo state on the said date, neither was I in Owerri for the show, yet the paper says I was among those who commended the Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma for his uncommon devotion to duty.

“11. This is terrible journalism and I hereby demand Vanguard to retract this statement and correct it adequately in their subsequent publications,” the statement signed by Mr Ogunjiojor stated.

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