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Daniel Adewoye Olamide

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

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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YouTube Announces New Ways for Creators to Make Money

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$100m YouTube Grant

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

YouTube has introduced an improved monetisation system for creators to boost their earnings through the video-sharing platform.

At the inauguration of Made on YouTube, the company said content creators could make more money through an initiative it called the YouTube Partner Program (YPP).

The firm said from early 2023, beginning in early 2023, it would move from a fixed fund to a unique revenue-sharing model for Shorts for both current and future YPP creators.

It stated that Shorts-focused creators could apply to YPP by meeting a threshold of 1,000 subscribers and 10 million Shorts views over 90 days.

These new partners will enjoy all the benefits YPP offers, including ads monetisation across Shorts and long-form YouTube videos. This is in another option to the existing criteria where long-form creators can still apply to YPP when they reach 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours.

Creators can choose the option that best fits their channel, while YouTube maintains the same level of brand safety for advertisers.

To support creators in their early journey to YouTube, YouTube will also introduce a new level of YPP with lower requirements that will offer earlier access to Fan Funding features like Super Thanks, Super Chat, Super Stickers and Channel Memberships, the platform explained.

“Over the last three years, YouTube has paid out $50 billion to over 2 million creators, artists and media companies through its Partner Program – more than any other platform; that’s $45 million a day, $1.9 million an hour, $528 a second.

“Today’s announcements prove that YouTube is continuing to lead the way in its commitment to creators everywhere,” YouTube creators Colin and Samir, said.

The CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, while commenting on the new initiative, stated that, “The YouTube Partner Program was revolutionary when we launched it back in 2007, and it’s still revolutionary today.

“Over the last three years, YouTube has paid creators, artists, and media companies more than $50 billion. That $50 billion has changed the lives of creators around the world and enabled new voices and stories to be told. But we’re not done yet.

“When we introduced the YouTube Partner Program, we made a big bet: we succeed only when our creators succeed. And today, we’re doubling down. We’re introducing the next chapter in how we reward creativity on our platform by expanding access to our YouTube Partner program.”

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Top Trending Housemates of Big Brother Naija Season 7 on Google

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Now in its seventh season, the Big Brother Naija reality show known as Big Brother Naija: Level Up which premiered on July 23 and 24, 2022, is already thrilling viewers with twists and intrigue.

The show has also seen people turning to Google to find out more about their favourite housemates, the house and where to watch the show.

When the show started airing in July, a total of 28 housemates were originally admitted into two houses, Level 1 and Level 2 to compete for the grand prize of N100 million.

So far, there have been 12 evictions, two fake housemates leaving and a housemate who was ejected from the competition.

Still, as the interest of the show remains high, there are housemates who are dominating when it comes to online searches with different regions across the country showing clear favourites. Bella, Beauty and Khalid lead with the most searched interest, followed by Hermes, Daniella and Amaka.

Bella, who is in a relationship with fellow housemate Sheggz, has been trending for confrontations with her housemates, getting a strike from Big Brother for disobedience and provocation, causing reactions over her culinary skills and recently- having a brawl with fellow housemate and head of House (HOH), Phyna.

Former Miss Nigeria, Beauty, also made it as one of the top trending Big Brother Season 7 housemates. She was ejected just two weeks into the show following a physical argument with a housemate, Groovy.

Khalid, who was the second level 2 housemate to be evicted, also featured as a trending housemate because of his on-screen romance with a housemate, Daniella. While Bella, Hermes and Daniella have received the most search traffic overall, Daniella has generated the biggest search spike so far.

Specific questions asked about the Big Brother Naija reality show have also revealed the level of interest of netizens in Nigeria.

Some of the top questions asked online are, “What channel is BBN on GOtv?”, “Who is Big Brother Naija in person?” and “How old is Diana’s big brother?”

Below is a list of the top questions that have sparked the curiosity of Nigerians online with regard to the Big Brother Naija Season 7 reality show.

Here are the lists of the top trending Big Brother Naija Level Up housemates:

Top Trending housemates who are still in the Big Brother Naija Level Up Show

Top Trending housemates who have left the Big Brother Naija Level Up Show

Bella

Beauty

Hermes

Khalid

Daniella

Amaka

Doyin

Deji

Groovy

Phyna

Chichi

Sheggz

 

Top Trending Big Brother Naija Season 7 Questions

What channel is BBN on GOtv?

Who is Big Brother Naija in person?

How old is Diana’s big brother?

Where is Hermes BBN from?

Who is the head of house in BBN this week?

How old is Chichi BBN?

Where can I watch BBN live on my phone?

Who won the head of house in BBN today?

Where is Bryan BBN from?

Where is Big Brother Naija house located?

Top trending questions and terms for the top trending housemates

Bella

Beauty

Daniella

Khalid

How old is Bella BBN?

Why was Beauty disqualified?

Daniella and khalid

Khalid and Daniella

Bella Okagbue siblings

Ilebaye and Beauty fight

Khalid BBNaija tribe

Daniella BBN biography

What is the meaning of Bella?

Where is Beauty Tukura from?

BBN tonight eviction Khalid and Ilabaye

Daniella and Dotun

Where is Bella BBN from?

Beauty and Phyna fight

Meaning of khalid in Yoruba

Why was Daniella crying after yesterday 3 of september 2022 BBN party?

Who is Bella BBNaija brother

How old is Beauty BBN?

Which State is Khalid BBN from?

Meaning of Daniella

Who is Bella Okagbue’s father?

Watch how Beauty was disqualified

What is the meaning of Khalid?

What did Khalid say about Daniella BNN?

 

Hermes

Doyin

Groovy

Phyna

Hermes big brother

Doyin bbn biography

Groovy bbn biography

Phyna BBN biography

Throwback pictures of Hermes BBNaija pictures when he was younger

Doyin and Cyph

Does Groovy have mouth odour?

How old is Phyna BBN?

Where is Hermes bbn from?

How old is Doyin BBN?

What happened between Groovy and Phyna?

Groovy and Phyna

Hermes and Allysyn

Does Doyin of BNN have any siblings?

Video of Beauty fight with Groovy

Dairy sessions for Phyna BBNaija

Hermes two girlfriends

Why was Doyin crying in the diary room?

Groovy and DJ Cuppy

Phyna BBN net worth

Hermes pronunciation

The problem between Bella and Doyin

What tribe is groovy?

Where is Phyna BBNaija from?

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Winner of 2022 Hi-Life Fest to Receive N50m

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2022 Hi-Life Fest

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The winner of the 2022 Hi-Life Fest will smile home with N50 million worth of prizes, the organisers of the music competition, Life Continental Lager Beer, have disclosed.

The theme of this edition is Celebrating Life, Celebrating Culture. Already, entries for the contest commenced on Monday, September 5 and will run through September 25, with auditions to be held in Enugu, Onitsha, Awka, and Owerri.

Winners from these regions will camp in Enugu for a week of mentoring by some of the leading acts in the Nigerian music scene before the grand finale.

The Hi-Life Fest will air on ONtv from 9:30 pm-12 am and Soundcity TV from 7 pm-12 am for two weeks. Also, viewers can catch episodes of Hi-Life Fest on Sound City FM, Lagos, Abuja, PH, Enugu and Aba from 9 pm-12 am, from September 22 to October 6, 2022.

Since its inception, Hi-Life Fest has provided a platform for consumers to showcase their talents in order to progress in their musical careers.

Singers, dance troupes and musicians alike have realized their dreams owing to Hi-Life Fest and consumers cannot wait to be thrilled with show-stopping performances across the various audition centres.

The Senior Brand Manager of Life Continental Lager Beer, Ms Aishat Anaekwe, while speaking about Hi-Life Fest, said that the annual competition was created to identify and harness highlife talents resident in southeast Nigeria.

“Life Continental Lager Beer has identified music as one of the avenues to promote the Igbo culture. Hence, Hi-Life Fest is designed to ensure that homegrown talents are given the needed motivation to progress in their musical journey.

“For us, the aim is to showcase highlife music talents to the wider public so that they can develop their talents and become highlife music icons like Flavour N’abania and other legends,” Ms Anaekwe said.

She added that Hi-Life Fest has been one of the most beloved experiential platforms, noting that, “This is one of the ways we connect with our consumers and celebrate our shared love for Hi-life music. After four editions which produced remarkably talented individuals, we have decided to take this competition a step further and showcase these talents to the whole of Nigeria.”

Life Continental Lager Beer, a leading alcoholic brand among consumers in the South-Eastern parts of Nigeria, has continued to demonstrate its affinity for the creative sector.

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