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Netflix invests N9 billion in Nigeria film industry, 2016 to 2022 – Official

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Netflix invests N9 billion in Nigeria film industry, 2016 to 2022 – Official

Global streaming service, Netflix, on Friday said it had invested nine billion naira in the Nigeria film industry from year 2016 to 2022.

Ms Shola Sanni, Director of Public Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, Netflix, made this known at the second Nigeria Digital Content Regulation Conference held in Lagos.

The two-day event had in attendance stakeholders in the local and international streaming services, independent producers, Free-To-Air, Pay TV Operators, Telcos, content creators and other operators in the film industry.

Sanni stated that this was done through converting local film titles, capacity building and infrastructure development in the industry.

She noted that Netflix had invested in over 200 local licensed titles, co-produced and commissioned original film content.
According to her, 125 films and TV series are available on Netflix as at November 2022.

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The Netflix official said the streaming service was investing heavily to ensure that all subscribers across the world enjoyed the same content at will.

“We love Nigeria and believe in it and that is why we are investing in the Nigeria film industry to entertain Nigerians and the world, with the best-in-class stories from the country.

“We are poised to tell stories that are not only interesting in Nigeria, but in other 189 countries where Netflix is present,” she said.

In his welcome address, Executive Director, National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Alh. Adedayo Thomas, said the conference was an avenue to discuss regulations in the film industry, with focus on streaming services.

Thomas stated that the conference which started in 2021, was geared toward beinging balance and equity to the ecosystem especially with the disruption of the digital era.

“The overall goal of this conference is to create a platform for robust dialogue between the government, through the regulator and the Video-on-Demand (VOD) platforms.

“This is led by the Over-The-Top Streamers, as the government strives to oversee, monitor, moderate and balance the digital phenomenon for all players.

“As the shift from traditional to digital content consumption and the operations of local and international Over-The-Top (OTT) streaming services continue to impact on the growth of the local film industry in Nigeria.

“It has become imperative to convene the second edition of this conference,” he said.
The NFVCB boss lauded its partners and sponsors, led by NETFLIX, for extending a hand of partnership to the industry.

In his goodwill message, Prof. Sunday Ododo, General Manager /CEO, National Arts Theatre, Nigeria, commended Thomas for his tenacity in pushing for a robust awareness on what the industry is doing.

Ododo said that the massive ongoing construction of over 100 million dollars at the National Theatre was geared toward making the venue super exotic for performances and exhibitions.

“Work has reached an advanced stage, and part of the facility ready. We will do test run between Nov. 14 and Nov. 18, 2022, ” he said.

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‘Olu Jacobs Is Alive,’ Son Dispels Death Rumours

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Nollywood veteran Olu Jacobs is alive, his family said Sunday amid raging social media death rumours and speculations.

The first son of the acting legend, Soji, told Channels Television that his octogenarian father is not dead as trumpeted online.

Soji shared a video with one of our correspondents wherein the iconic thespian was seen calmly seated while he had his greyed beards shaved.

During the activity, the older and frail-looking Jacobs was heard having a terse dialogue with his barber and those around him.

The “death” of Jacobs, 81, has been rumoured a number of times since November 2021 when his actress wife, Joke Silva, opened up on the health struggles of her husband. But the family has debunked such incidents at several times, posting videos and photos of their patriarch to discredit rumour-mongers.

Back in 2021, Silva, the 62-year-old respected actress and longtime wife of Jacobs, revealed that her husband has been battling with Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) for a couple of years, hence, his absence from movie screens.

“He is dealing with issues and it has been going on for a couple of years. It is known as dementia with Lewy Body. It is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and it is almost like a Parkinson’s type of disease, it affects the brain so you don’t see the shaking. It affects the person,” she had said in a Channels Television interview.

“It’s been hard on him because he doesn’t understand what is going on and also on family members as well. We have gone through it over the past couple of years and we thank God.

“We have gone through some times and situations recently that I wish I had the old you here so I don’t battle these times on my own but we are grateful for the moment of clarity. I miss the times we worked together,” she added.

The veteran actor, who won a lifetime achievement award at the Africa International Film Festival Awards in Lagos the same year, would later share a frail-looking picture of himself on his Instagram handle, attracting a cocktail of sympathy, best wishes and prayers from friends and fans.

The legendary actor has also been seen at selected social functions, aided by his loving wife while fans continue to hope for his recovery.

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My music career incomplete without Don Jazzy – D’banj

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Nigerian singer and rapper, Oladapo Oyebanjo, with the stage name “D’banj”, said his 20 years music journey would not have been complete without his business partner, Michael Ajereh, popularly known as “Don Jazzy”.

41-year-old D’banj took to his Instagram page on Tuesday with a display of a video to appreciate Don Jazzy and invite him to his 20th year anniversary dinner.

He described the two decades as years characterised by brotherhood, entertainment and that of unwavering support.

D’banj wrote: “My 20 year journey cannot be complete without It’s @donjazzy again! Giving him the invite to my anniversary dinner was a moment filled with nostalgia.

“As we both celebrate 20 years in the industry, I’m reminded of the countless memories and milestones we’ve shared together.

“Here’s to two decades of brotherhood, entertainment, and unwavering support. Love you always, Brother!.”

Don Jazzy also took to the comment section, saying: “Still finding it hard to believe it’s been 20 years bro. Feels like yesterday. Thank you for everything. Love you brotherLee. More blessings 🩶🐘.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Don Jazzy, a Nigerian record producer and Chief Executive Officer of Mavin Records, co-founded Mo’Hits Records with D’banj in 2004.

D’banj had earlier hinted of his plan to celebrate his 20 years on stage at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos, with the theme “D’banj live @New Afrika Shrine”.

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E-Money arrests man who accused him of sleeping with Jnr Pope’s wife

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E-Money arrests man who accused him of sleeping with Jnr Pope’s wife

Famous businessman and billionaire, Emeka Okonkwo, better known as E-money has successfully arrested one of his accusers.

Recall that on May 17th, E-money launched a search for some persons who accused him of sleeping with Junior Pope’s wife, Jennifer Awele and also having a hand in the actor’s death on Facebook.

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However, a few days later, E-money successfully apprehended a man who spearheaded the malicious claim with the help of the police.

The man had accused E-money of having some escapades with Junior Pope’s wife and being among those that caused the actor’s death.

He alleged that even while Junior Pope was alive, he was suspicious about his wife’s movements. He added that doesn’t E-money’s move to cater for Jnr Pope’s children till they are mature is due to his romantic affair with Jnr Pope’s wife.

In the video, the man further raged at E-money and his gang whom he accused of plotting Jnr Pope’s death, stating that he can now have Jnr Pope’s wife to himself hence he has succeeded in eliminating the actor.

Taking to IG to announce the arrest, E-money wrote:

“I’m relieved to share that one of the individuals responsible for the character assassination against me has been apprehended by the Nigeria Police Force and will face prosecution. This is a significant step towards ending the scourge of cyberbullying.

My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the diligent officers of the Nigerian Police Force for their unwavering commitment to justice.”

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