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Nigerian government needs to invest more on filmmaking –Doyin Aggrey



Nigerian government needs to invest more on filmmaking –Doyin Aggrey




Resourceful Nollywood actress and producer, Doyin Aggrey has called on the Nigeria government to invest more in filmmaking, as the sector is obviously capable of turning the country’s economy around.

Nigeria is one of the countries in the world currently going through economic recession, and this has resulted in a series of heated debates and protests from members of the public. But Doyin Aggrey believes that if the government at all levels can intensify their support to the entertainment industry, more fortune would smile on Nigeria.

She noted that though the entertainment sector has always exhibited the capacity of being Nigeria’s biggest export, recent feats recorded by Nollywood movies on international platforms like Netflix is enough evidence.

“The international community has identified Nollywood as a viable source of revenue, and they’re investing in it massively now. With the investment of platforms like Netflix and Prime Video, the standard of our filmmaking has tremendously improved, and it is a win-win situation for all parties. If the government can also take advantage of this, I’m sure Nigeria’s economy will bounce back because entertainment is our best export at the moment,” Aggrey stated.

She however advised aspiring actors to embrace a career in acting, only if they genuinely have the passion to do so. “Like I always tell people, acting is not a career you will choose simply because you see how rich and famous the practitioners are and you want to emulate their lifestyles. It doesn’t work like that, and trust me; it’s those who come into the industry with such motives that usually lament.

“If you don’t have passion for acting, surviving or enduring the challenges of the industry before becoming a celebrity would be impossible,” Aggrey warned.

Meanwhile, the Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State born filmmaker and producer of ‘Italian Gold’ is currently warming up to hit location for the shoot of another movie from her stables.


Nigerian government needs to invest more on filmmaking --Doyin Aggrey


Hollywood actor George Clooney, others withdraw support for Biden



Hollywood actor George Clooney, others withdraw support for Biden


What if Hollywood, a key Democratic financial pillar, cut off Joe Biden’s campaign funding? That possibility now looms large after actor George Clooney and other wealthy donors urged the US president to withdraw from the White House race.

“I love Joe Biden. But we need a new nominee,” Clooney wrote in a column in the New York Times on Wednesday, after Biden’s disastrous performance in a televised presidential debate against Republican rival, Donald Trump rekindled fears around the 81-year-old’s fitness for office.

The statement dealt a serious blow to Biden, coming just three weeks after Clooney headlined a major fundraiser in Los Angeles for his reelection campaign.

At the gala, the president was able to raise more than $30 million in one evening, a record amount that showcased the industry’s might in financing the American left.



“If all these big donors pull out, he’s sunk,” said Steve Ross, professor of history at the University of Southern California who wrote a book on the influence of Hollywood on American politics. “Hollywood is still the one shop stop for candidates.”

Clooney is not the only one worried. In recent days, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, Walt Disney’s granddaughter Abigail and Hollywood mega agent, Ari Emanuel, whose brother, Rahm served as Barack Obama’s chief of staff — said they would not be financing Biden citing concerns over his age



Even though the millions generated by the American entertainment industry are essential to both parties, Hollywood’s hearts and wallets have predominantly leaned left for decades.

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton relied on Hollywood support in their respective White House bids. In 2007, Obama famously benefited from the “Oprah Winfrey effect,” receiving a boost to his profile after the star TV host organized a dinner to promote the man who was then still only a senator.

During the presidential race in 2020, the entertainment industry gave $104 million to Democrats compared to $13 million to Republicans, according to Open Secrets, a nonprofit that tracks campaign financing.

It wasn’t always that way.

In the 1980s, Republican president Ronald Reagan, himself a former actor, enjoyed the support of stars like Frank Sinatra and relied heavily on Hollywood’s coffers.

“Hollywood started as a conservative base for the Republican Party,” Ross told AFP.



“When Louis B. Mayer took over MGM Studios in the late 20s, he turned it into a fundraising publicity wing for the GOP, and he raised enormous amounts of money,” Ross said, referring to the Republican party.



The four Warner brothers, on the other hand, supported Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s with their studio and their stars.

It was the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 that marked Hollywood starting to shift to the left, as the era of blacklisting actors for suspected communist sympathies came to an end.

“It was a new era of free speech for movie stars who weren’t going to be blacklisted if they said anything deemed too radical,” the expert said.

Just hitting pause?

But even with its cultural and financial prowess, does Hollywood have the power to axe Biden from the race?

Clooney’s New York Times op-ed “is another pressure point, for sure,” said Steven Maviglio, a Democratic adviser who worked with former California governor Gray Davis.

But Maviglio believes the panic of certain donors to be “a temporary phenomenon.”



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After Successful Cinema Exhibition of “Blacksmith,” Jaiye Kuti Celebrates Her Birthday



After Successful Cinema Exhibition of “Blacksmith,” Jaiye Kuti Celebrates Her Birthday



Nollywood’s radiant star, Jaiye Kuti, is basking in the euphoria of her triumphant cinema exhibition of “Blacksmith” as she celebrated her birthday on Wednesday, July 10.


The exquisite actress, who has carved a unique niche for herself on the global cinematic stage, expressed heartfelt gratitude to God for the blessing of another 365 days. “It’s not my making or being perfect; it’s just the grace I have received from Almighty God. I can’t thank Him enough. This year’s celebration is special—special because it marks the successful exhibition of my project ‘Blacksmith.’ It was a dream I asked God to let me see through to success, and it came to pass. This birthday is unique in so many ways, and I can’t stop acknowledging all those who were part of ‘Blacksmith’s’ success. The triumph of this project granted me a special reason to celebrate, even though I kept it low-key.”


Jaiye Kuti, renowned as one of the highest-rated actresses not only in Nigeria but across the world, has transcended borders with her compelling performances. Her films resonate with audiences globally, epitomizing the power of storytelling and cultural exchange.

Happy Birthday, Jaiye Kuti. Here’s to many more years of inspiring performances, groundbreaking projects, and unending grace. The world eagerly awaits your next masterpiece, standing alongside you in celebration and admiration.

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Gen Z Takes the Stage: ‘Chatter that Counts’ Premieres July 12




The highly anticipated TV show “Chatter That Counts” is set to premiere on July 12, bringing a refreshing take on entertainment and meaningful dialogue. The show features five vibrant Gen Z hosts who engage in inspirational conversations, dance, games, music, and much more. “Chatter That Counts” promises to be a standout in the world of television as it delivers an unusual mix of fun and inspiration.


“In a world where so many shows and podcasts are full of noise, ‘Chatter That Counts’ is set to bring a breath of fresh air,” says Seyi Banigbe, the show creator & executive producer. “We aim to showcase the capabilities of Gen Z folks, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with and can host a show that actually shapes society.”

The unique format of “Chatter That Counts” sets it apart from other programs. Despite the many fun segments on the show, each episode will showcase an exceptional SME founder who will share details of his/her business growth journey. The combination of engaging conversations, energetic dance routines, fun games, and vibrant music, creates an entertaining and insightful viewing experience.

Viewers of Chatter that Counts can look forward to learning from distinguished SME founders who are driving economic transformation through their innovative efforts, providing inspiration and business insights.

The show’s focus on genuine dialogue and entertainment reflects the diversity and talent of our Gen Z generation. “We want to affirm that Gen Z folks, despite many doubts, are a formidable force,” Banigbe states. “They offer a fresh perspective and are fully capable of hosting a show that distinguishes itself from the rest.”

“Chatter That Counts” is not just another TV show; it’s a platform that empowers young voices, SMEs and brings meaningful conversations to the fore. Tune in on July 12 for the premiere and join the hosts as they embark on this exciting journey of entertainment, enlightenment, and engagement.

New episodes of “Chatter That Counts” will be posted on YouTube weekly and will air on TV Stations Nationwide.


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Click HERE to watch the Show Teaser

Chatter that Counts will air weekly on these TV stations:


■NTA Network: Saturdays at 10.30AM

■Silverbird: Saturdays at 1.30PM

■Views Channel: Saturday 6:30PM; Repeat: Mondays at 9:30PM; Wednesdays at 9PM


■Africa Magic Family: Sundays at 3.30PM: Rpt:Wednesdays 1.30PM

■TVC: Sundays at 5.30PM

■NTA2: Sundays at 5.30PM

■Wazobia Max: Sundays at 5.30PM; Rpt Mondays 7PM

■Wazobia TV:Sundays at 5.30PM;Repeat:Mondays 7PM


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