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BBNaija 2018: K-Brule fires back at Ben Bruce

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Big Brother Naija 2018 ex-housemate, K-Brule, has replied a comment about Nollywood by Ben Murray Bruce, Senator representing Bayelsa East.

On Twitter, Bruce, a media mogul, had advised the Nigerian film industry to take a cue from the success of box office record-breaking movie, Black Panther.

He wrote: “The movie #BlackPanther has just hit the $1 billion mark and is still growing. This is an almost entirely all Black movie.

“It shows the potential that Black movies have including and especially Nollywood movies.

“What Black Panther has done, Nollywood can and should do.”

Replying, K-Brule stated that Nollybwood was doing its best but needs support.

He tweeted: “No sir, they spent hundred of millions making it. Our country barely pays actors 10k a day.

“Help us fix our economy. Imagine we invest that 40 something million (dollars) found at Ikoyi in a movie?

“I’m sure the producers would still embezzle. I cry for my country”.

K-brule and Khloe had been disqualified after receiving three strikes for provocation.

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QUESTION: Did Davido flout NYSC bye-laws by campaigning for Adeleke?

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These past few weeks, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has been in the spotlight: from the forgery scandal faced by Kemi Adeosun , erstwhile minister of finance, to the ongoing revelations that Adebayo Shittu, minister of communication, never served at all.

These events have reignited the discourse on the importance of the mandatory one-year scheme.

When Afropop superstar, Davido, announced via photos shared on Instagram that he would be part of the latest batch of corps members, it did a world of good for the scheme’s relevance — but that only lasted for a few hours.

Davido, right after entertaining other corps members and camp officials with his songs on the first day, seemingly abandoned the orientation camp to continue his tour abroad, an action that enraged many commentators on social media, who attributed the development to his wealth and status.

Although it is not known for sure if the singer applied for, and was granted, an exemption from the 21-day camp to attend to his performance obligations abroad.

Davido would eventually cancel his world tour, citing ‘NYSC commitment’, but going by his activities of the past few days, ‘political commitment’ might also be another factor.

Of late, the entertainer has been neck deep in politics, aggressively campaigning for his uncle, senator Ademola Adeleke, who is running for the Osun state governorship on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform.

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OBO, as he is fondly called, deployed the full power of his superstar status to campaign for Adeleke, politically weaponising his celebrity and music as a bulwark against other gubernatorial aspirants.

Spotted at campaign rallies-turned music concert, Davido and his label mates took over the state of Osun, drawing huge crowds of potential would-be voters.

Going by the NYSC bye-laws, Davido’s political activities point to an illegality. The bye-laws clearly state that corps members should not participate in partisan politics, with an extension of their service year listed as the punishment.

The law states that: “Any member who takes part in partisan politics is liable to extension of service for a period not less than three (3) months without pay.”

From donning PDP garbs to prompting the electorate to vote for his uncle, Davido actively took part in the pre-election campaign trail of the Osun governorship poll.

The singer not only performed at rallies, but he also posted messages describing Adeleke as the “incoming” governor of the state.

That Davido took part in partisan politics while undergoing his NYSC programme is as clear as daylight, but what becomes of his law-flouting activities remains to be seen.

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Ras Kimono’s wife dies three months after music legend’s demise

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Efe Mena Okedi, the wife of late reggae icon Ras Kimono, is dead.

Okedi is said to have died in the early hours of Sunday at her residence in Magodo Isheri, Lagos.

Pulse reports that Okedi’s death was confirmed by Michael Odiong, project manager at Premier Music.

Okedi was also Kimono’s manager and a member of his band while he was alive.

Her death comes three months after the ‘Rhumba Stylee’ singer died on June 10 in a Lagos hospital.

Okedi was the third wife of the music legend.

She once described Kimono as “the most gentle and kind Rastaman I know”.

Following his demise, she took to Instagram to mourn him, writing, “It’s 2 weeks today that you passed, feels like yesterday. Rest on my lion, missing you”.

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Okedi, who once worked as a nurse in the US, is survived by her son, Onome.

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Report: Nigerian music sector growing strongly but Nollywood still struggling

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A new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers says Nigeria’s music industry is “growing strongly” as revenue continues on an upwards trajectory.

The PwC entertainment and media report described the country’s music scene as “vibrant and generating healthy revenue growth”.

According to the report, $35 million in revenue was made by the music industry in 2017.

The report, released on Wednesday, read: “Streaming accounts for a negligible share of music revenue in Nigeria, but it is a sector that is growing strongly and the country has several homegrown all-you-can-listen-to music services, which compete with the big overseas brands like Apple Music and Deezer.

“Total music revenue has been climbing since 2013 and will carry on doing so over the next five years at a 13% CAGR to increase from US$35 million in 2017 to US$65 million in 2022.

“Mobile dominates digital revenue. Digital music revenue overtook physical music revenue as far back as 2013, but mobile formats – essentially, caller ringback tones (RBTs) – account for virtually all of digital revenue.

“It is therefore a music industry dominated by mobile telecom operators, which also own some of the country’s biggest streaming and downloading full-track services.”

The PwC report, however, noted that Nollywood, Nigeria’s film sector, is struggling to grow due to insufficient cinemas.

“Nigeria’s 114 cinema screens service a population estimated, in 2018, at 198 million. With such a small number of venues, the sector will struggle to grow,” the report said.

“Although 2017 was considered a strong year, thanks to the runaway success of the rom-com The Wedding Party, released in late-December 2016, and continued to show well into the New Year, overall box office revenue from the industry was only US$12 million. This is a small figure given that Nigeria is Africa’s second-largest economy behind South Africa.”

“Films made in Nollywood at a crossroads. Nollywood remains hugely prolific, producing over 2 000 films a year, but these are generally straight-to-DVD affairs, which get minimal play in the cinemas. Local producers are trying to push more of their films into mainstream theatrical distribution.”

With 60 percent of Nigeria’s population under the age of 25, the report said the “challenge for local producers is to make films that capture the imagination of this demographic”.

According to the report, box office revenue is increasing but could grow faster.

“Box office revenue in Nigeria will reach US$18 million by 2022, up from US$12 million in 2017. There is obvious scope for further growth,” it said.

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