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The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu has assured the Actors Guild Of Nigeria of due protection for their intellectual Property.

The Federal Government had made commitment to help the motion pictures industry guard against intellectual theft and piracy since protection of intellectual property will improve the productivity of the Movie industry.

Onu spoke when the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Tuesday.

The minister also inducated that adoption of technology will enhance the technical outputs of the motion pictures industry, as well as improve the nation’s image and help in diversifying the nations economy.

The Minister described Nollywood as representing the very best ideals Nigeria can offer to the world, adding that Nollywood is a wonderful export and brand for Nigeria.

On deployment of technology to improve nollywood, the Minister said the production of satellite technology will help improve movie distribution, picture quality and other technical areas that will enhance Nollywood’s capacity.

He indicated that agencies of the Ministry such as National Office for Technological Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) and National Space Research Development Agency (NASRDA) would be on hand to develop appropriate technologies to boost the productivity of the motion picture industry.

Onu urged the practitioners to boost their increased creativity adding that such creative ideas will make nollywood the best in the world.

“We believe that if you improve on what you do, you will become more creative and enhanced, as the believe remains that Nollywood will be the best movie industry in the world”

He lauded the Actors Guild for contributing positively towards Nation-Building. “Supporting Nollywood is in the best interest of Nigeria, especially in revenue generation and creating employment opportunities for Nigerians”.

Earlier, the president of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Mr. Emeka Rollas said his guild was seeking for a mutual beneficial partnership with the Ministry so as to improve technological advancement of the motion picture industry in Nigeria.

Mr. Rollas acknowledged the role of technology as significant in modern film distribution adding that it will reduce the risk for piracy and intellectual theft.

He advocated for the Ministry’s technical assistance to create platforms that will aid movie distribution and showcase Nigerian movies to the world.

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Senator Adeyemi fetes constituents at Easter

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Senator Adeyemi fetes constituents at Easter

By Janet Samuel

The Senator representing Kogi West at the senate, Smart Adeyemi at the weekend celebrated the season with his constituents at his country home in Iyara, Ijumu LGA of Kogi State.
This was contained in press statement that wad signed and issued on Sunday by his Special Adviser on media
Adeleye Oluwafemi Godwin.
The statement indicated that Easter season is a time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which symbolises hope over despair.

In that light, the program  began since Saturday 3rd of April, 2021, with  distribution of 700 bursary forms to student leaders  of Kogi west from different  higher institutions of learning.
“It continued on Sunday 4th April, 2021 being Easter day with interaction with APC Women Leaders, Youth Leaders, Stakeholders,  Women, interest groups, opinion leaders and elders across the Senatorial District.”

The statemend explained further that the Senator distributed rice and cash gifts to his people.

“Indeed the Senator’s visit was characterized with a carnival like festive activities.

“He took out time to explain to his constituents on the progress made so far since he was elected.”
Adeyemi the statement sadi, acknowledged some of the constraints he is facing in the course of his legislative assignment and constituency obligations.
The Senator appreciated his constituents for their unwavering support for His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello and himself, and further enjoined them not to relent in so doing.
He described the Governor as a fair leader who means well for his people, assuring them that as their representative, he will strive hard towards meeting their yearnings and expectations.

The people in their various responses, commended the unique and qualitative representation by Senator Smart Adeyemi and his passion towards seeing the progress and development of his people.

There was a grand reception at the Senator’s residence and discussions with his constituents, party chieftains regarding the upliftment, progress and development of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Kogi State and Nigeria at large.

In attendance at his homecoming  was the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Dr( Mrs) Folashade Arike and many others.

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AS JERUSALEMA SWEEPS THE WORLD

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AS JERUSALEMA SWEEPS THE WORLD
How One African Act Broke Cultural and Racial Barriers in Unimaginable Ways .

By Frank Tietie

Can anything good come from Africa? Yes! Everything good, especially good music.

Master KG’s Jerusalema is presently the biggest trending music all over the world at the moment. In Europe, the hit track has reached top of the charts in Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Israel, Portugal, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Spain and France. The hit track also swept the cultural landscape in Latin America, North America, the Orients, the Carribbean, including the countries of Nicaragua, Panama, Jamaica, Japan, Canada, the United States and South Africa where it has its origins.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Jerusalema hit track is the accompanying world challenge which has inspired hundreds of videos on YouTube by a large number of groups and individuals from all walks of life including doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, school children, old people, celebrities, monks, nuns, Startrek fans, construction workers etc. A must watch, include the ones by a South African law firm and some Swedish hospital workers.

Amazingly, many international corporate organisations have also used the soundtrack for their adverts. The advert of the Austrian Airlines stands out. The airline featured the hit track in its latest promotion with a marvelous synchronicity of its pilots and air hostesses, in a spectacular choreography. The royalties to Master KG from the use of his sound track in those international adverts can only be left to the imagination. The YouTube views are in staggering millions.

Master KG is from South Africa. Recently, Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African President, in a national broadcast, encouraged South Africans not to be downcast in the midst of the ravaging Corona virus pandemic. With pride and a hushed smile on national television, the South African President urged his fellow South Africans to embrace a new wave of hope that comes from reflecting and dancing to the Jerusalema song, being the latest African sensation from South Africa to the whole world.

Scanning through scores of videos of the Jerusalema challenge, performed by people of all races and colours, from every continent of the world, it is easy to note how powerful the art form of music can break racial barriers. Nothing from Africa has been so widely embraced by the rest of the world in recent times.

Apart from an embarrassing handful and the association of Burna Boy with its remix, Nigerian acts are largely missing in the Jerusalema challenge. Nigerians are presently too battered by storms of economic instability, intractable insecurity and political upheavals to join the Jerusalema challenge with their usual gusto and abundance of talent.

The Nigerian government must realise the powerful role and influence of the various art forms, especially music, in uplifting the morale of a nation during times of national crises. The Nigerian presidency must move quickly to identify with star Nigerian acts like Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Davido, Whizkid, Olamide, Phyno, Teni, Flavour, and a host of others, to galvanise a very badly needed hope among the Nigerian people.

As Master KG’s Jerusalema, is presently celebrated all over the world, let it be considered that Gongo Aso by Nice of Nigeria also had the same heavy and highly rhythmic beats as Jerusalema but it didn’t make the world wave as the latter. There must certainly, be something of a distinction between the two hits.

Frank Tietie
Nigerian Human Rights Lawyer, Media Aficionado, Collector of Music of the 60s, 70s 80s & 90s and Founder of Lifetime Music NG, writes from Abuja

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Nigerian born music artist, Attih Ekpenyong popularly known as Attih Soul, who is currently based in Barcelona, Spain has urged youths to be hardworking and to shun all forms of social vices.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen recently in Abuja, Attih said, Music and the entertainment industry is capable of creating millions of jobs to engage the youths meaningfully.

He appealed to governments at all levels to support the entertainment and music industry by creating a conducive and enabling environment for the industry to thrive for more successes.

Attih indicated that in 2012, he developed the passion for music, when he debuted and participated in various singing competitions, like Voice of Cross River, Nigerian idol, among others.

Over the years, he said he gathered more experience from performing at various live events and in 2017, he traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa for his first international concert.
“After that I was called upon to write and perform the theme for Nigeria’s Democracy Day on May 29th, 2017.
He said the event which was held at the Presidential Villa gave him the privilege of being honored to performed before the President of Nigeria, his entire cabinet, and dignitaries from all over the world.

Attih Soul put together in 2018, a team of musicians (The A-Team) and performed at the ”World Music Day” music festival at the ”French Institute” in Nigeria.
”Attih Soul and the A-Team” were the obvious Crowd favorites and were voted the ”Best Performing Group” of the Festival, still in 2018, ”Attih Soul and The ‘A-Team’ were again invited to co-headline a concert at the French Institute with French Band ”Soft Machines”. Attih Soul has performed on the same stages as famous Nigerian artists such as ”Davido, Falz, Teni, Jesse Jags, Timi Dakolo, Styl Plus” and many more. He has so far had a promising music career.

Attih Soul moved to Barcelona, Spain in October 2019, to further pursue his musical career. He has since been reported to have performed at a lot of concerts, both as a solo artist and with his band: “The Blues Gamblers”, where he was the Lead Singer. Attih Soul has fast become a household name in Barcelona. In May 2020, Attih Soul registered for the International music festival: “Road to Yalta” and was among the final participants selected from all around the world.
In September 2020, Attih Soul performed at the finals of the Road to Yalta Music Festival, which was held in Yalta, Russia. His outstanding performance made him a fan favorite and caught the attention of Russian Music Legend, Lev Leshchenko, who gifted Attih Soul a Gold plated microphone, awards of recognition, and cash rewards. Currently, Attih Soul is reported to be working on his first studio album, which he has promised would be phenomenal.

Attih Soul was born on the 13th of February, in the city of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He attended Federal Government College Ikom, Cross River State, Nigeria. Upon completing secondary school, he enrolled in the University of Calabar, where he obtained a Bachelors’s degree in biochemistry. He always loved to sing from childhood and often listened to the likes of Mariah Carey, Boyz 2 Men, KC & Jojo, Celine Dion amongst others.

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