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FG to support Nollywood against piracy

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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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Ogidi Day Festival: Yeyeoba Nike Okundaye to be Enthroned Oba Asa Obalufon

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A delegation of traditional rulers from across Yorubaland representing the Obalufon dynasty and senior councillors of Ile O’odua, Ile-Ife will be in Ogidi on Saturday, June 19, 2021 to conduct the enthronement of Her Royal Highness, Dr (Mrs.) Nike Davies Okundaye as the Oba Asa Obalufon.

The enthronement will hold during the Ogidi Day Festival holding on that day.

The Alayemore Obalufon of Ido-Osun, Olojudo Adedapo Aderemi announced this in a statement issued by his palace yesterday.

Oba Aderemi said Okundaye was being elevated to the exalted throne in appreciation of her untiring efforts at lifting up Yoruba culture.

Oba Aderemi said the appointment of the new Oba Asa had been announced during the recent events marking her 70th birthday in Lagos.

He said it was a mark of great honour for her and the Ogidi community that the enthronement would be holding in her home town.

The traditional rulers would be joined on the occasion by His Royal Majesty, the Obaro of Kabba and the Chairman, Okun Traditional Council, Oba Solomon Dele Owoniyi, His Royal Majesty, the Olujumu of Ijumu, Oba Williams Olusegun Ayeni and other royal fathers from across Okunland.

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FG to commence 2nd round digital roll over on 29th April, Lai Muhammed discloses

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FG to commence 2nd round digital roll over on 29th April, Lai Muhammed discloses 


The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has indicated that the Government will commence second round of roll out of Digital Switch Over (DSO) on April 29, 2021.
He made the disclosure in Abuja on Tuesday at an interactive session with Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation with the 13 Member Ministerial Task Force on DSO project.
The minister said:”We are kickstarting the new roll out in Lagos state on  April 29, while  Kano will be on June 3, and Rivers on July 8. 
“We will then follow up with Yobe State on July 15 and Gombe on Aug 12. 
“To date, we have rolled out the DSO in five states and Abuja,”

He said the DSO had gone live in the Federal Capital Territory, Kwara, Kaduna  Enugu and Osun states.
He said the  ministry considers the DSO  one of its priority projects, given its potential to create jobs, bring governance closer to the people through better access to information, provide quality programming to Nigeria’s estimated 24 million television households, with high fidelity pictures and sound. 
“Without mincing words, let me say straight away that for us, the DSO is about stimulating local content and empowering platform owners.”

He said the  manufacturing of Set Top Boxes or decoders alone was  capable of creating 50,000 jobs, while television  production could create 200,000 jobs .
“Film Production can generate 350 to 400,000 jobs,distribution, which entails supplying the market with Set Top Boxes,TVs and Dongles for the internet, will require at least 100,000 wholesalers.
“Advertising can create a further 50,000 jobs,”the minister said.
He said the ministry  had  taken some steps to create the enabling environment for the DSO to succeed, for local content to thrive, for indigenous producers to be more engaged and for the local advertising market to grow.
He also revealed that the federal government had carried out an unprecedented reform of the broadcasting industry, given the nexus between the reforms and success of the DSO. 
“The amendments were necessitated by the need to boost the local content in Nigeria, curb  anti competitive and monopolistic tendencies and boost advertising revenues.”
He said the code was ammended to curb monopoly and exclusivity of programme content in order to create room for the local industry to grow.
“For example, the pay TV sector of the broadcast Industry had been controlled by foreign interests, while indigenous efforts to compete have been frustrated or weakened by the established control of the big monopolies. 
“It will interest you to know that to date, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has licensed over 30  Nigerian pay tv companies, but only 1, is currently struggling to break through,this is not acceptable. 
“The monopolies exclude many Nigerians from enjoying or having access to premium content, especially in the area of sports and movies. 
“With the amendment to the code, anyone owning any sports rights must make such available to other parties in Nigeria, who may be interested in acquiring these rights.
 “We have amended the Code to stimulate growth in the Advertising Industry.
“Agencies and Advertisers to offset all outstanding invoices within 60 days related to advert placement and the barring of carriage of adverts of defaulters.
“This will significantly address the diversion of advert revenue to the wrong hands, address’ lack of accountability in the advertising industry, and ensure significant empowerment in terms of funding for content producers and channel owners in the Nigerian media industry. 
“Also, under the new amendment, for a programme to qualify as local content, it must be authored, directed and produced by a Nigerian.
“In addition, at least 75 per cent of the leading actors and major supporting cast must be Nigerians, a minimum of 75 per cent  of its program expenses and 75 per cent of post-production expenses paid for services provided by Nigerians or Nigerian companies. 
This initiative he said will considerably develop the skills, expertise and industry of the local content market. 
“This is a redefinition of the old regulation that 60 percent of all programmed aired during prime time must be local content. 
“As part of efforts to make the DSO proposition viable.
“I have directed GoTV and StarTimes to stop self carriage by the end of June 2021 and migrate to either Integrated Television Service (ITS) or Pinnacle Communication, which are the approved signal distributors in the country. 
“To stimulate growth and investment in the advertising sector, the code was further amended to the effect that all television and radio advertisements for airing on all broadcast platforms, pertaining to products and services manufactured, grown, processed, developed, created and originating from Nigeria, shall be wholly produced in Nigeria.”
 According to him, bills to amend the National Broadcasting Commission Act and the  Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) Act has been proposed to concretise reforms in the broadcasting and advertising sectors.
He, therefore, appealed to the  Senators to fast-track deliberations on the bills seeking to amend the acts.

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Actors Guild Of Nigeria Endorses Basement Search Reality TV Show

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Actors Guild Of Nigeria Endorses Basement Search Reality TV Show

*** Audition Train Hits Asaba On Saturday

By Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has endorsed the Basement Search Reality TV Show, saying the project when concluded will provide new stars that can take over from the big names in the industry when the time comes.

Speaking to the NatiknalUpdate the National President of AGN, Mr. Emeka Rollas, who was one of the judges at the Abuja audition, stated that over 300 persons showed up for the audition, adding that it was eventful.

His words: ”We closed Abuja audition at about twelve midnight. It was massive because this is the first reality TV show on film. They were not looking for musicians, dancers but were out looking for actors,”
He said it is a first-of-a-kind show.

He, however, indicated that the organizers are capable and have intensity to drive the project, as he called on the brains behind the project to continue to maintain standards.

Speaking further, he said: ”We are in it and anyone doing anything to promote our industry must be supported and that is why we are endorsing this.”

”Our members were at the audition. This project is a welcome development,” Roland said.

Meanwhile, he called on members of AGN and all actors to support the project anyway they deem fit.

Other judges at the Abuja audition are Ali Nuhu, Sam Dede and Real Warri Pikin.

Abuja audition took place on Tuesday at Grand Cubana, Abuja. The audition train is expected to go round a total of 10 locations to pick potential film makers where contestants will compete for the grand prize of a brand new car and 25 million naira worth of prizes.

According to the organizers, it is a reality show where 30 housemates will be elected to the house for 42 days and movie makers will be available to develop the movie making skills of the housemates.

The winner will emerge by votes of the viewing audience at home who are expected to vote for their favourite contestant.

NatiknalUpdate gathered that the essence of the programme is essentially to create fresh set of movie stars for the Nigerian film industry.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, 24th May, the audition for Asaba will hold, being the last of the 10 locations set aside for the exercise.

NationalUodate reports that Vienna Hotel, Asaba will be the venue.

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