By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has kicked against filmmakers producing movies glamorizing evil, saying it was against the Nigerian culture and humanity.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the board, Mr Adedayo Thomas, said this while speaking at the opening of a five-day capacity building on Censorship and Classification for Selected University of Calabar Students in the Department of Theatre and Media Studies.
He harped on the need for filmmakers in the country to churn out films that depict Nigerian cultures positively, and not otherwise.
According to Mr Thomas, ”Nigerian films and movies should not depict reality but also give out moral lessons at the end. Our films should identify a societal problem, go into action, and at the end of the day, show what happens to perpetrators of evil in the film.
“But when you produce a particular film and you glamorize or celebrate someone who has done terrible things against the culture or humanity without punishment, we don’t approve such films.”
He, thereafter, said that the purpose of the five-day workshop was to establish the understanding of the government regulatory agency that has been put in place to regulate scripting to ensure that films are morally right and protect the young ones from societal ills.
“Even though we are aware that some defaulters still produce movies without passing through NFVCB, we want to make students understand the activities of the board so that it becomes part of them,” the NFVCB boss noted.
The training will give the participants the opportunity to delve into the real practice of what they have studied. They will also be trained by the NFVCB on theories and practical aspects of filmmaking beyond what they have been taught in classrooms.
In addition, the workshop would look into hate speech in movies, as well as on video streaming site YouTube, search engine Google, and script development into movies.
NFVCB is the regulatory body set up by Act No. 85 of 1993 to regulate the films and video industry in Nigeria.
Empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally, its core role is to license a person to exhibit films and video works as well as premises for the purposes of exhibiting films and video works.
The board is also charged with the duty to censor and classify films and video works and to regulate cinematographic exhibitions.
UniAbuja Student Wins N1.5m in Boomplay Campus Music Star Season 1
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A 200 level student of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Ms Emmanuella Adejoh, has emerged as the winner of the Boomplay Campus Music Star season one.
The Guidance and Counselling budding singer won the grand prize of the competition, N1.5 million, due to her outstanding performance, according to the judges.
She defeated the other contestants, especially those that made it into the top three, to clinch the coveted prize.
The first-runner up was Iroenyenwa Nzubechukwu, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, studying Mass Communications; and the second runner-up, Godswill Sarah Iruoma, a student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, studying Hospitality Management.
It was gathered that the music hunt contest had the trio of Teni, OAP Do2dtun, and a renowned music producer Philkeyz as the judges.
They were involved in accessing the several entries received for the completion and pruned them to 10, who made it to the finale.
The rookie artistes underwent a series of activities, including a master class training session, a team bonding exercise, press conference and community display of their talents.
The Boomplay Campus Music Star competition was created to discover loads of talents in the country and provide them with a platform to showcase their skills.
The official partners of the programme were SHAREit Lite and Vskit, while the media partner was Trace TV.
Legendary Singer Dayo Kujore Dies at LASUTH
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
A legendary Juju musician in Nigeria, Dayo Kujore, has died at the age of 63 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.
The singer, according to reports quoting his daughter, Ayinke Kujore, died on Monday morning at the hospital.
The Soko Extra crooner, who started playing the guitar at 10 and rose to become popular for creating a new tune from the Juju genre called Soko music, gave up the ghost after a brief illness.
However, his family is yet to formally state the actual illness that claimed the life of the veteran Juju musician today.
The report of his death is already generating reactions from stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry, with friends, colleagues and fans sending their condolences.
Dayo Kujore serenaded lovers of good music during his lifetime with albums like Soko Xtra, Joy, Easy Life, Wisdom, Elevation and Superjet, which turned him into a household name in 1991, though his first album was released in 1977 and was titled Ha! Jesu Mbe.
Veteran Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko is Dead
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A veteran actress in the Yoruba movie industry, Sidikat Odukanwi, otherwise known as Iyabo Oko, has passed on.
One of the children of the deceased, Ms Bisi Aisha, who is military personnel, confirmed the death of her mother.
“May ur soul Rest In Peace mummy,” she posted on one of her social media pages.
Also, one of the colleagues of Iyabo Oko in Nollywood, Mrs Foluke Daramola-Salako, posted on Instagram the death of the prolific actress, who reportedly breathed her last Wednesday evening.
Iyabo Oko died after battling with an illness, which kept her away from movie locations. She finally succumbed to the illness yesterday.
“And finally, we lost her.. rip Iyabo Oko, we did our best but God knows best,” Foluke Daramola-Salako wrote.
In 2021, when one of the daughters of the late actress, Olamide, revealed that her mother was diagnosed with ischaemic stroke about five years ago but kept her health issues away from the public, some thespians rallied around with financial assistance to get her back on her feet.
Pictures of her on the internet showed the state of her health and spurred more reactions from fans and colleagues. She was treated and later discharged from the hospital. Thereafter, not much was heard about the 61-year-old actress until her death on Wednesday.
Iyabo Oko was born on November 15, 1960, in the Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State. She acted in several films before bowing out the stage.
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