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Amaechi tasks film makers on quality to boost economy

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The Minister of Transportation,  Rotimi Amaechi, has advised film producers to strive for quality that would make them compete favourable internationally and boost the nation’s economy.

Amaechi gave the advice in Abuja, while receiving the Chief Executive of Native Media, Mr Rogers Ofime and his crew members on a thank you visit.

The minister reiterated his resolve to always support movie makers when they needed train service for their shootings.

He said that the facility would be provided to the movie producers at no cost to enable them do their shooting.

Amaechi pledged support for the shooting of “Conversations in Transit”, a contemporary gritty romantic comedy and other movies.
The minister said that this would promote the good image of the country.

According to him, approving train service for the shooting of the film was to show the world the exceptional infrastructure development going on under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“We have to do this because what the president is doing in infrastructure should be shown to the world.

“The president has improved on infrastructure and railway is one of them. We have to grant them that approval of using the train. So that the world we know that we are delivering on our campaign promises,” Amaechi said.

The minister said that approving the train services for movie producers to use for shooting at no cost was the government contribution to boost the sector.

“We will continue to improve our infrastructure to make the society grow. Road and railway deal with issue of logistics, even if you manufacture you need better infrastructure.

“The film project is a beautiful idea; it will engage the people meaningfully, provide entertainment and grow the economy.

“We are happy they are doing it and that is why we will be willing to always grant them approval of the train anytime they wish to use it.

“Film makers should improve on what they are doing. The quality of anything you are doing is essential. They have continued to grow with time.

“Improving to become world best is not rocket science. They can be the best in the world with much commitment,” he said.

Speaking, the CEO of Native Media, Ofime, thanked Amaechi for approving free train services for the shooting of the film, “Conversations in Transit”.

Ofime said that the production of the film was informed by his experience of train ride from Lagos to Ibadan, which he described as fascinating.

“When I came to Nigeria from Canada, what actually fascinated me was the train ride from Lagos to Ibadan and that actually informed the project I am doing.

“One is to showcase the achievement of the administration and also to let people know of another means of transportation which is very wonderful.

” People have been taking the train ride and the feedback has been really great,” he said.

Ofime said the film “Conversations in Transit” was a contemporary gritty romantic comedy that takes one into lives of three couples navigating their way through near divorce, finding love and a complicated love triangle.

He noted that it would be the first in the Nigeria film industry that would be filmed entirely on a train.

Ofime said that Native Media was a multi award winning television Production Company with ten years existence and has carved a niche in producing quality and original African stories for an ever-dynamic television audience.

 

(NAN)

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Davido, Chioma Welcome Twins

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It’s a double blessing for Afrobeat star Davido and his wife Chioma, who have welcomed a set of twins.

The couple, who lost their son Ifeanyi in a tragic accident last year, welcomed twins on Monday.

According to an inside source, the twins arrived at 9pm.

The news was further confirmed by Evangelist Gospel Agochukwu on Tuesday morning.

The cleric uploaded his chat with Davido on the official Facebook page of his church.

According to the chat, Davido confirmed to the cleric that the prophecy he made last year had come to pass.

Agochukwu had in November last year revealed that God told him that Davido and Chioma will welcome twins after the death of Ifeanyi.

Davido and Chioma haven’t announced the arrival on social media, but congratulatory messages have continued to pour.

 

 

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Ilebaye Crowned BBNaija All Stars Winner

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Ilebaye Odiniya is the winner of BBNaija All Stars, the eighth season of the reality television series.

She took the highly coveted top spot at Sunday’s finale, leaving 2019 winner Mercy Eke, 33, in the number two position.

Ilebaye goes home with a cash prize of N120 million, a weekend getaway for two, and an SUV, among other rewards.

The 22-year-old was evicted from 2022’s BBNaija Level Up season after only three weeks.

Cynthia Nwadiora aka CeeC, who was the runner-up of the third season Double Wahala in 2018,  came in at number three behind Ilebaye and Mercy Eke.

Adekunle Olopade, 28, was revealed by host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu as the third runner-up on Sunday.

Pere Egbi, 38, and Cross Okonkwo, 33, were named the fourth and fifth runners-up, respectively.

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Portable In Police Net After 72-Hour Ultimatum

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The police in Ogun State have arrested singer, Habeeb Okikiola, commonly called Portable after a 72-hour ultimatum given to him to honour police invitation.

In viral videos on Tuesday, the musician was seen raining curses on and rough-handling some policemen deployed to the recreational centre he owns in Ogun State.

Portable’s actions have since been condemned by the police authorities with the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, saying the artist exhibited irrational behaviour and hurled insults at police officers carrying out their legal duty.

However, after the expiration of the ultimatum for the singer to honour the invitation, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed that Portable has been arrested.

He told Journalists on Friday that the musician is at the State Headquarters of the police in Eleweran, Abeokuta.

The PPRO said as soon as the investigation is concluded, the artiste will be charged in court.

 

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