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Comedian, Sabinus, reveals skit makers are discouraged over FG’s manipulation

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Nigerian skit maker better known as Sabinus, Chukwuemeka Ejekwu, has expressed concerns about the federal government’s view of comedians and the entertainment industry.

He said the government has not done enough to establish an enabling environment for the entertainment space to thrive.

“I think entertainment, in general, is the best thing Nigeria has right now. Entertainment is one reason for which I would say I’m proud of my country,” Sabinus said.

“But I don’t see the government looking into that aspect. They don’t see it as anything. Instead, they go against the entertainers, trying to manipulate us with some kinds of rules, regulations, the police, and all that stuff.

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“The government needs to calm down and come to terms with entertainment bodies because so many things are going on that they don’t know about. And these things can help this country. Content creation is a career now.

“It’s paying very well. Why many citizens in the country don’t know about it is because of the government. I wish the government can put an eye on it and invest. You’ll see massive talents that are still behind.

“To do an advert right now, I could get paid N1.5 million or N2 million for a post. In a month I could get five ads. That’s roughly N10 million on a very good month. A reasonable person should invest and put things in place.”

Sabinus, who admitted he would seize any opportunity to crack into Nollywood, stated that many Nigerian skit makers and content creators earn millions monthly but end up being typecast as people with questionable wealth.

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“Content creation helped many youths. There are people YouTube pays roughly N15 million to N20 million every month. Nobody knows. Later, if that person buys a house, people say it’s fraud. It doesn’t work that way,” he said.

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Earlier, Sabinus had revealed why he wasn’t at Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo’s meeting hosting skit makers.

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Dallas International Yoruba Movie Awards recognises Lateef Adedimeji for his role in Ayinla (Pix)

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The prestigious Dallas International Yoruba Movies Awards (DIYMA) has bestowed the special “award of excellence” on the multi-talented and cross-over actor Lateef Adedimeji for his outstanding performance in the movie “Ayinla”.

Mr and Mrs Kogberegbe, the CEOs of DIYMA, presented the award on Wednesday, 25th January 2023, during a “Meet & Greet” event organised in honour of the celebrity couple- Lateef and Adebimpe Adedimeji in Dallas, Texas, United States of America.

According to the organisers of the awards, “DIYMA recognises outstanding crafts and celebrates same as the opportunity presents itself. The interpretation and representation of late Ayinla Omowura (eegunmogaji) in the eponymous musical film presents a rare nostalgic experience that only the professionalism of Lateef and Dr Tunde Kelani can offer.”

Speaking further, the CEOs challenged the Yoruba indigenous filmmakers to do more in promoting the indigenous language film because language is critical to cultural identity. “On our part, we shall continue to support the Yoruba film industry in our little way. We believe strongly in the industry. We understand that promoting our language is key to preserving our culture. And our culture is the only undisputable commodity we can sell to the world’s admiration.”

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In his remark, Lateef Adedimeji expressed his happiness for the harvest of awards that “Ayinla” is attracting months after it was released. “I am proud and happy that ‘Ayinla” keeps getting the recognition and the accolades that it deserves. Thank you so much, Dallas International Yoruba Movie Awards (DIYMA). God bless you. Okay, guys, let us keep working; more to come”, he said. Adedimeji Lateef will be officially honoured at the DIYMA award night, set to take place on 25th June 2023 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Directed by the foremost cinematographer in Africa, Tunde Kelani, “Ayinla”- an eponymous musical genre film on the late Apala musician, Ayinla Omowura, was produced by Jade Osiberu and grossed 92 million naira from the cinema exhibition only.

The DIYMA awards, now in its third edition, celebrate the outstanding performances of actors, producers, and filmmakers in the Yoruba movie industry and provide a platform for recognition and growth. This year, DIYMA is proud to announce an increase in cash prizes, with winners receiving between N100,000 Naira and N300,000 Naira, depending on the category.

DIYMA invites producers, actors, and filmmakers to submit their movies for consideration before the closing date of 27th February 2023. Eligible movies for this award must have only been uploaded on YouTube in 2022.

For more information on the DIYMA awards, please stay glued to our Instagram page @officialdiymaawards.

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D’banj, Patoranking set to thrill as Vanguard Personality of the Year Award holds Today

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The Convention Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, is bound to be filled to capacity on Friday as celebrities, politicians, business moguls and creme-de-la-creme of the society gather for this year’s edition of the annual Vanguard Personality of the Year Award.

The awards ceremony, which honours distinguished Nigerians who have excelled in their chosen careers will be hosted by beautiful actress and TV presenter, Zainab Balogun alongside her male colleague, Deyemi Okanlawon, who’s best known for his role in Funke Akindele’s blockbuster movie, “Omo Ghetto:The Saga.”

The two movie stars will set the tone for the night by dishing out rib-cracking jokes and moderating the day’s proceedings. It will have in attendance the cream of the society, including Nollywood stars as they storm the event to support one of their own, Pete Edochie, who will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement award on the night.

Among them that have confirmed their attendance include,National President of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, Paul Obazele, Shirley Igwe, Fidelis Duker, Cossy Ojiakor, Angela Eguavoen, Nosa Rex. Others are top actress Etinosa Idemudia, Uche Elendu, Seyi Hunters, Bose Alao, Amaka Obi, Joke Lawal , Peju Johnson among others.

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Meanwhile, on the lineup to thrill guests tonight include, reggae-dancehall singer, Patoranking, Laolu Gbenjo, multi-talented singer, ,Eltee Skhillz and MC Remote.

Laolu Gbenjo and his Band will take the guests down memory lane, dishing out evergreen songs and bringing to the table live band experience like never before.

Eltee Skhillz, who’s the son of veteran actor, Jide Kosoko and his late wife, Henrietta will be making his first appearance at the awards show. He came to limelight last year, after he released his breakaway song ‘ODG (Odogwu Na The Spender)’ off his debut EP titled ‘Body Of Work.’The song emerged as the most Shazamed song in Nigeria at the time of release and trended on social media platforms.

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Iyabo Ojo’s step-daughter, Vanessa Onyinye marks 26th birthday in style

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Vanessa Onyinye, the step daughter of actress, Iyabo Ojo has penned a self note as she marks her 26th birthday today, January 25th, 2023.

The daughter of talent manager, Paul Okoye stuck to her usual birthday rituals by being grateful. Every year, Onyinye always pens a gratifying message to her family, friends, business associate and all.

Making this year’s own different, Onyinye penned a self note to appreciate herself. Onyinye highlighted several reasons why she is grateful to herself some of which includes, learning how to survive, listening to her father, among many others.

“This year like always I am thankful and grateful.

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I have lots of people in my family, my network and my circle of friends who love me, acre about me and support me. And I owe them the same love back.

But this year I want to also take a page from the book of @snoopdogg and thank myself.

I Thank me for not giving up.

I thank me for working hard.

I thank me for seeing the best in other people.

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I thank me for always looking at the future and bigger picture.

I thank me for learning how to survive in all conditions and circumstances.

I thank me for listening to my father.

I thank me for opening doors for others.

I thank me for putting my people on.

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I thank me for being there when people needed me.

Most of all I thank me for believing in God and never giving up.

Happy Birthday to Me +1″.

 

 

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