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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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International Artist Urges youths to be forthright

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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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Ochacho Carnival lights up Otukpo as Xbizzy joins Davido, Mayorkun, others in a cliff-hanger

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Ochacho Carnival lights up Otukpo as Xbizzy joins Davido, Mayorkun, others in a cliff-hanger

By Treasure Orokpo

Orokam-born Benue talented and fast-rising crooner, Excellent Ejeh, famously known as Xbizzy, is set to thrill fans at the forth-coming biggest street party on the western flank of Benue Valley, Ochacho Carnival.

The vivacious artiste would be sharing the stage with other A-list singers such as HKN Music head-honcho, David Adeleke, otherwise known as Davido, Mayorkun at the carnival which would hold on December 25 and 26 at No. 7 Ochacho Avenue Otukpo, Benue State.

Xbizzy’s dint of work’s the organizers say is the reason the organizers
is only indigenous artiste that was picked to perform at the event, a development the organizers attributed to

The young man warmed his ways into the hearts of many music buffs in 2018 when he released his debut album entitled ‘Success Story’.

The release of Success Story, indeed kick started his journey into stardom in the highly-competitive music industry.

A graduate of Mass Communication, Xbizzy has a lot of head-banging tracks to his credit, amongst which is ‘O kpo kpo kpo’, a song dedicated to Ochacho Real Homes.

The rave of the moment, whose songs have enjoyed massive airplay on many radio stations across the country and the blogsphere, has worked with other top entertainers and producers, including Gabriel Oche Amanyi, also known as Terry G.

Signed onto iProSound Entertainment, a new record label that is out to hunt and hone raw talents in the Idoma enclave, the youngster has been described by music lovers as ‘the next to blow’ if he remains consistent and not carried away by spectators’ cheers.

“Xbizzy would sure prove his mettle when he mounts the stage in Otukpo this yuletide”, Mr. Inalegwu Ameh (Coxxy), his manager told our Reporter.

Ameh hinted that the event was being strictly organized in line with the federal government new COVID-19 guidelines, warning that attendance is strictly by invitation and with recommended facemask.

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NBC DG calls for structured policy framework on Creative Industry

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NBC DG calls for structured policy framework on Creative Industry

By Friday Idachaba

Director General, National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, has called on the Federal Government to come up with a structured policy framework, with clearly articulated vision for the creative industry.

He said that the structured policy should be able to also quantify in material economic terms, those benefits or the actual derivables and positively affect the economic well-being of the nation.

Idachaba made the call in his keynote address at a three-day TMJ Live Events Creative Conversation themed: “The Creative, His Productivity and the Economy” which ended on Sunday in Lokoja.

The NBC Director General suggested that alongside the policy, there was “strong” need for institutional collaborations between the Government, Private sector, Academia among others, to converse on the creative industry issues and bring them to the front burner.

“Serious countries deliberately create creative youth policies, creating avenues for them to experiment positively, to reconstruct some of their dreams and express themselves in very constructive manner.

“That way, they more or less re-identify some of their own personal aspirations and they are also more able to articulate what their value should be in the society as a culture generally.

Also in his keynote address, Dr Kashim Akor, Director General, National Productivity Centre, also in his keynote address called for participation of the Organised Private Sector in the promotion and sustenance of the creative industry in Nigeria.

Akor in the address titled, “The Creative Industry and Productivity: Implications for National Economy”, said talents for creative industry must be harnessed to create productivity as a way to address social vices adding, “If you create jobs and people are engaged, the vices will fizzle out.

He maintained that stakeholders in the Creative Industry should make concerted efforts to promote not only productivity and self-reliance but advance Corporate Social Responsibility exploiting the avenue to reach the general public.

Dr Babatunde Irukera, Director General, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) urged the youths to discover their talents and pursue it, be passionate about it and display acceptable character.

He said that the Commission was working with other regulators like the NBC to provide level playing ground and ensure that all entertainers who had content to air their content on pay-television stations and to protect their intellectual properties.

The Convener, Thompson Makolo Jr (TMJ), a creative artist who used the occasion to launch the Makolo Talents Foundation said the effort was aimed at providing a platform for the Youth in creative industry to maximise their potentials.

Makolo who centred his conversation on Talent, Passion and Character said without the right attitude driven by the three words, creative efforts would only amount to a waste.

He said that Nigeria was blessed with abundant human resources who could hold their heads high anywhere in the world but lacked the appropriate attitude to launch them to success and stardom.

The movie actor however appealed to the government, corporate organisations and individuals to invest in the creative industry saying it had the potential to generate “huge employment” to reduce youth indulgence in vices.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the occasion was chaired by Abdulrahman Khalifa Okene and graced by the state commissioner for Culture and Tourism, other present and former Commissioners in the state and youths from all walks of life. (NAN)

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