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Bianca Ojukwu, Finesse, Others Top Searches by Nigerians in March

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By Dipo Olowookere

The ugly incident that happened during the swearing-in ceremony of Prof Charles Soludo as Governor of Anambra State on March 17, 2022, involving Mrs Bianca Ojukwu and Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano was among the top searches by Nigerians last month.

While the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was letting the citizens of Anambra know how he plans to make their lives better, Mrs Ojukwu and Mrs Obiano were involved in something else.

Mrs Obiano, the former First Lady of the state, had walked to where the wife of the late Biafra warlord, Mrs Ojukwu was seated at the event. One thing led to another, the widow of the late statesman and politician, Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, was seen in a viral video dashing out a slap at Mrs Obiano.

Nigerians rushed to Google to search for the footage to feed their eyes and according to the tech giant, this put Bianca Ojukwu among the top five searches in March.

This was not the only thing that grabbed the attention of Nigerian netizens in the past month as the International Women’s Day (IWD) marked on March 8 also topped the searches because of the involvement of corporate organisations, religious bodies, the government and members of the public, which used the day to discuss the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and the challenges they face. This year’s theme, #BreakTheBias resonated with Nigerians, as the message for gender equality was clearly passed on.

Another top search for the month was Kemi Afolabi, a popular Nollywood actress, who revealed that she has only five more years to live. The actress disclosed that she has been diagnosed with lupus, an incurable inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. This caught the interest of her fans and the general public and caused a spike in the search for the term, “Lupus” and the question, “What is lupus?”

Pheelz and Buju, were also among the top names searched by Nigerians in March. They are both Nigerian musicians who collaborated to release a song titled Finesse. The song has gone on to become an anthem and has got Nigerians searching for the lyrics of the song as well as the meaning of the word “finesse”.

Interesting questions that Nigerians asked in the month of March included, When is Mother’s day in 2022? and When is APC’s National convention?

Nigerians were interested in the anticipated All Progressives Congress (APC) elective national convention that was held from March 26 to March 27 in preparation for the coming 2023 general elections.

Below is the list of the top trending terms and questions that captured the interest of Nigerians in the month of March.

TOP TRENDING SEARCHES BY NIGERIANS IN MARCH 2022

  1. Winter Paralympics

  2. Lupus

  3. Finesse, finesse by buju, finesse lyrics, finesse meaning

  4. Kemi Afolabi

  5. Bianca Ojukwu

  6. Valdimir Putin Russia Ukraine War

  7. International Women’s Day 2022

  8. Kumama Papa

  9. Thomas Partey

  10. Ebonyi State Governor

TOP TRENDING QUESTIONS BY NIGERIANS IN MARCH 2022

  1. What is lupus?

  2. How to buy shares?

  3. When is Jamb 2022 registration ending?

  4. When is Mother’s day in 2022?

  5. What is intersex?

  6. How to validate NIN?

  7. Who is Chelsea’s new owner?

  8. Who is Bianca Ojukwu?

  9. When is APC’s National convention?

  10. Who is the Governor of Anambra State?

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Davido, D’Banj, Others for YouTube Africa Day Concert 2022

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By Dipo Olowookere

Music stars from five countries (Congo, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Tanzania) will perform at the YouTube Africa Day Concert 2022 slated for Wednesday, May 25.

The annual concert is a musical homage to Africa, showcasing the vibrant African music stars who are making headlines across the world.

The programme, in its third edition, will be anchored by Hollywood star, Idris Elba and streamed exclusively on YouTube via https://goo.gle/AfricaDayConcert at 19:00 CAT/18:00 WAT.

It will bring together Africans, the Diaspora, and people from across the world together to celebrate a continent that is home to more than 1.5 billion people.

The highly anticipated event will showcase musical performances from D’banj, Davido, CKay, Yemi Alade, Reekado Banks and Mayorkun.

Also performing from the West African region is popular Sierra Leonean recording and performing artist, Drizilik; singer-songwriter and poet, Busiswa Gqulu; and singer and dancer, Kamo Mpela; both from South Africa. They are known for hit songs, SBWL and Nkulunkulu respectively.

Tanzanian singer, songwriter and WCB (Wasafi Classic Baby) artist, Zuchu will be performing her hit songs at the concert while Congolese singer-songwriter, Innoss’B, the Naomi Campbell crooner rounds out the lineup of artists performing this year at the Africa Day Concert.

The Managing Director, Emerging Markets, YouTube EMEA, Mr Alex Okosi, while speaking ahead of the concert, disclosed that, “YouTube as a platform has been mainline for connecting African artists to people all around the world and the Africa Day Concert is an opportunity to reaffirm YouTube’s support for African artists as they showcase the vibrant sounds and culture that makes Africa truly unique.”

The concert is aimed at commemorating the foundation of the Organisation of Africa Unity on May 25, 1963, by using music as a platform to showcase African culture.

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Progress Emerges Nigerian Idol Season 7 Winner

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Budding singer, Progress, has won the seventh edition of the popular music talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol.

Progress was announced as the winner of the programme at a live event held on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

He defeated another contestant, Zadok, to become the Nigerian Idol Season 7 winner, after raking in the higher number of votes between the pair.

When the host of the reality show, IK Osakioduwa, announced the winner, Progress was shocked and could not hide his emotion.

The announcement was made shortly after Progress and Zadok performed a song with D’Banj, one of the judges.

The winner of Nigerian Idol 6, Kingdom, was also on stage to thrill the audience as well as Pheelz, who performed his hit song, Finesse.

The winner of this edition won prizes worth N100 million.

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We Need Entrepreneur-friendly Policies—Daniel Adewoye Olamide

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Former Mr Universe 2018, Daniel Adewoye Olamide, is a filmmaker, creative designer, content developer, journalist and among other entertainment engagements, He is also the global head of media for Gtext Homes, a leading real estate firm in Nigeria. In this interview, he talks about his career in the industry. Among other issues, he talks of his plans for the future, and more.

How did you start filmmaking as a journalist?

Well, I didn’t start filmmaking or journalism at first, although I had started building the skills. I joined the creative industry as a model and won Mr Universe Africa and then transitioned full time into filmmaking. It started with always wanting to put ideas and scenarios in my head into motion, bringing it to life and being behind the camera.

What inspired you to go into filmmaking and how did it all begin?

It’s only in the film industry you can be God and create your scenarios and outcomes. Basically, being the author and finisher of the actor’s fate. I like to create my worlds and scenarios that likely won’t be something you see in real life at the same it lets you create awareness about important matters and topics.

Did you actually learn it somewhere or how did you start?

No, I didn’t intern under anyone as a filmmaker. I am a self-taught filmmaker. Most of my learning resources were from the internet and also I did one or two courses in and outside Nigeria to back up my knowledge and craft.

What is your goal in the film industry?

I want a name crested in the hall of fame, but above all, I want to make an impact with my work, influence and change lives positively.

Apart from being the global head of media at GText Homes yourself, you are also a filmmaker, content developer and graphic designer. How do you handle all of these at the same time?

It all flows together, that’s what makes you a manager or supervisor; having an idea of all these things and how they blend into one and work together.

You have continued to remain relevant in GText Homes. What does it take to accomplish that?

Honestly, value plus dedication equals relevancy; so, I think that answers it.

On what platform are you selling yourself?

By selling, I guess you mean promoting. My Instagram page has some of my works. My website is coming up soon with all of my work on there.

Daniel Adewoye Olamide filmmaker

What are your hobbies?

I don’t have many friends that really hang around me physically. Most of them are creatives and content creators so they are mostly working as well. I watch movies a lot, then music too. I have a very nice set of playlists for different moods. So, yeah, I don’t do much, to be honest.

Since you started filmmaking, will you say it has given you some financial independence?

Well yes, it has, but in Nigeria, you don’t get rewarded as much as the skill you have.

Like in a month when the business is good, how much do you make?

It depends on your clientele really and the kind of project you do, it’s relative.

Where do you hope to take this filmmaking venture to?

The plan is to pass on what I know to the coming creatives. I didn’t have it all starting up. I didn’t have access to major information starting up. So, I intend to make this easier for those starting up and trying to self learn filmmaking.

What is your plan for growing the brand?

Well, I hope to work with more major brands and create my own piece of ideas and thoughts.

Like how many people do you have working for you?

I have quite a team of skilled photographers and cinematographers, they are partners really because we mostly collaborate to create. There’s no boss or employee in the creative field, in my opinion.

How many films have you produced so far?

Technically none, but I have been part of major TV shows and commercials. One of them is The Investment chat in a Rolls Royce, I worked on it as a co-producer and senior editor, and others are coming out soon as well.

What project are you working on currently?

I have a story or should I say a short film I wrote I’m working on with my team. The production is set to start soon, ceteris paribus.

What would you describe as the best aspect of your career?

The fact that you get to put your own imaginations into writing then onto the screen and people can see and feel your work, sometimes even have a different view and spinoff from what you created.

Would you say you have attained some level of perfection now?

To be honest, I am better than I was yesterday. With filmmaking, you can’t always be perfect but you can be the best at what you do, there are new things to learn every day.

Daniel Adewoye Olamide Mr Universe 2018

Who is/are your role model(s) in the film and entertainment industry and why?

I don’t have a role model, I have pacesetters; people that set the pace in terms of their creative prowess and thinking capability, and delivery as well.

What brands have you worked on?

I’ve worked with BBnaija Housemates, Koko by Khloe, Whitemoney, Tega, Jackie B just to mention a few. I handled some of their brand ambassadorial commercials. I did Kennyblaq’s UK tour video campaign, Destalker UK tour as well as Seyi Law’s recently I got in a fight in UK Tour, Telesoftas, a Lithuania tech company. I have done something for Cantu as well and Dunnie.

I’ve also worked with Kanayo O Kanayo, Korede Bello, Cosmas Maduka, MD of Coscharis, Aare Dele Momodu, Dr Stephen Akintayo, and Taylor Live magazines, Sanni Danja and Mr Macaroni. My work has really put me in places with a lot of known personalities. These are the few I can remember really.

You directed the ‘Sacrifice’ commercial that trended, what was it like working with Kanayo O Kanayo?

Well, it was one of those projects that really tested how far I can stretch and deliver under a short timeline. It wasn’t till after the shoot I realised what I had just done. I just directed a commercial and it was a veteran I had on set. He was sceptical when he found out I was the director, but in the end, he wasn’t disappointed, I guess.

You have been a filmmaker for years now. How far would you say Nigeria’s film industry has gone?  

There has been a major improvement even though Nollywood has shitty movies and films that will make you puke, lol but the most important is we are getting better and we have directors that are changing the narrative.

To what extent do you think the film industry has contributed to the economic growth of Nigeria?

I would say it has contributed more to Nigeria socially than it has financially, considering piracy is still at large in Nigeria.

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Do you agree that the government doesn’t patronize the film industry?

Well, they don’t because the people in government don’t care about your film, it takes creative and innovative leaders to know the importance of the film industry, our leaders are not informed even the minister of information is not as well, according to news.

What do you think the government can do to promote entrepreneurship?

They need to give the space and create more schemes that allow entrepreneurs to have access to platforms that support what they do and collaborate with industries outside Nigeria that can help entrepreneurs and their establishment and at the same time make entrepreneur-friendly policies, so you don’t get frustrated as well.

What is your advice to upcoming filmmakers as well as those with acting potential or intentions?

Don’t be about the money first, be about how much knowledge you can acquire. Filmmaking is a straightforward craft, you bill what you can deliver because you can’t cut corners; it will always show in your delivery. If you’re an actor as well, you need to work on your delivery and be better at it, especially with the expression of emotions. You also have to be versatile. The internet has made it easy to be detectable, you just have to be smart and don’t be desperate.

In simpler words, acquire knowledge, build relationships and don’t pursue money

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