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Theo Ukpaa, Others Empower African Filmmakers at AFRIFF 2021

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By Dipo Olowookere

The 2021 edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) may have gone and gone, but the memory of the prestigious lingers in the minds of participants.

It was a moment African filmmakers had the rare opportunity to hear directly from key stakeholders from the make-believe industry on the continent, including Mr Theo Ukpaa, an award-winning filmmaker and contract lawyer, who moderated one of the panels.

From Sunday, November 7 to Saturday, November 13, 2021, people from different parts of the continent converge on Lagos for the global event.

This year programme was themed Africans for Africa and it highlighted the journey of AFRIFF from its first year to the 10th anniversary, culminating in mutually beneficial partnerships with global film superpowers.

The roundtable panel discussed how filmmakers can access creative industry grants and those who spoke on this vital issue were Mr Madison Conoley, the Cultural Affairs Officer of the US Missions in Nigeria; and Mr Victor Mark-Onyegbu, the Grant Director at Africa no Filter.

The hour-long session involved in-depth discussions on the dos and don’ts of the grant application for filmmakers and key take always included how to apply for grants and how not to apply.

While moderating the panel, Mr Ukpaa asked the panellists some relevant questions, triggering the submission of relevant information by the guest speakers.

The session was very enlightening and engaging, covering aspects of accessing grants including the type of grants, who should access them, doing proper research before application and creative ideas that can pass approvals easily.

According to Mr Ukpaa, the session was aimed to empower and equip participants on the best ways to access grants, which is very vital to the creative industry.

He said every year, millions of dollars are made available for filmmakers through several grant programmes but a very few people are able to access them.

But he expressed optimism that through the session, a lot of filmmakers are now equipped with the necessary tools to scale this huddle.

AFRIFF was founded by Ms Chioma Ude and the platform is a world-class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of filmmaking.

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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UniAbuja Student Wins N1.5m in Boomplay Campus Music Star Season 1

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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.

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Legendary Singer Dayo Kujore Dies at LASUTH

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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.

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Veteran Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko is Dead

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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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