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Love Castle, next big Nollywood movie hits Cinemas Sept. 10 – Ogunmola

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A culture-laced Nollywood movie, “Love Castle” is set to hit cinemas across the world on Sept. 10, the Movie producer, Beatrice-Funke Ogunmola has said.

The movie is produced majorly in English but sparingly utilising Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages.

The Movie, ‘Love Castle’ which featured late Rachael Oniga among other Nollywood Stars including Desmond Elliot, is a captivating story of culture interwoven with disability.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, Ogunmola said ‘Adetutu had to leave her husband and daughter back in Houston Texas, U.S.A. against her wish and that of her husband to become a Regent in Nigeria at the death of her father.

“The cascading events that follow result in secrets being revealed. Regent Adetutu is trapped in the web of emotions and culture, with deadening taboos staring her in the face.”

Ogunmola, popularly know as BFO, who also wrote the movie and featured in its cast, noted that the movie concept had played in her head for over 10 years before she put pen to paper in 2018 to write the first draft.

She said that it took her over a year of several drafts, revisions, and research to finally get the script ready in 2019.

Love Castle was shot in Ibadan, Nigeria in November 2019 and in Houston Texas in February 2020. The U.S.A. filming was completed just two weeks before the pandemic lockdown of 2020 began.

Also speaking about the movie after her filming role in Ibadan, Nollywood star, Kehinde Bankole described the story as exciting.

“The route the movie producer went in telling this story is different. It is entertaining, it is rich in culture. I enjoyed every bit of the filming,” she said.

According to Ogunmola, the late Rachael Oniga after reading the script, sent her a message on WhatsApp saying: “This is a wonderful story and well scripted. I am in love with it.”

For the movie director, Desmond Elliott, he said that culture was well captured in the story. “I love the way the story transitioned from Western to Eastern Nigeria.”

Love Castle is Star-studded with seasoned actors like Kehinde Bankole (in the lead role), Jide Kososko, Lateef Adedimeji, Zack Orji, Rachel Oniga, Desmond Elliott, Femi Adebayo, Halima Abubakar, Jumoke George, and Beatrice Ogunmola.

It is an official selection of Toronto International Women Festival and Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival in 2021.

The movie is set for release Sept. 10 after being premiered in Lagos on Sept. 4. (NAN)

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FG bans money rituals, other vices in Nollywood movies

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The Federal Government has placed a ban on money rituals and glamourizing of vices in Nigerian movies.

The Executive Director/CEO of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Dr Shaibu Husseini, disclosed this at a National Stakeholders Engagement on Smoke-Free Nollywood in Enugu on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

Movie producers, directors, and actors drawn from different parts of the country, as well as leaders of various guilds and associations in Nollywood were present at the event.

Husseini said: “We are facing an industry emergency requiring bold and ambitious actions from all parents, guardians and stakeholders.

“When my predecessor approached the former Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, on the need to make subsidiary legislation to curtail the display of smoking in Nigerian movies, he saw the need to include money rituals.

“Others included in the regulation are ritual killings and glamourizing other crimes in order to further sanitize the film industry.

Nigeria’s cinemas generate N2.25bn revenue in Q1 2024

“Today, I am delighted to announce to you that the Minister of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, pursuant to section 65 of the NFVCB Act 2004 has approved the regulation.

“The minister has approved the Prohibition of Money Ritual, Ritual Killing, Tobacco, Tobacco Products, Nicotine Product Promotion and Glamorization display in Movies, Musical Videos and Skits Regulations 2024.”

“We have also forwarded the approved copy to the Federal Ministry of Justice for Gazette.”

The NFVCB boss added that the sensitization programme was to educate stakeholders on the danger inherent in smoking in Nigerian movies.

According to him, besides the health implications, glamourizing smoking in films poses a negative influence on teens and young adults who constitute the largest segment of Nigerian movie viewers.

He noted that the board was set to undertake detailed enlightenment programmes in secondary schools, tertiary institutions, local communities, religious groups, and other institutions.

It is the duty of the NFVCB to register all film and video outlets across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

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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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