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Nollywood Movies Produced In Pidgin English Can Now Win Oscars

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Nollywood Movies Produced In Pidgin English Can Now Win Oscars

Nollywood movies produced in pidgin English may now have a chance to be considered at the International feature film category of the OSCARS.

This is as a result of a recently approved letter written by film executive, Mo Abudu, to the Academy.

According to the ‘Oloture’ film director, Kenneth Gyang, top film executive, Mo Abudu helped Nollywood reach this feat after extended conversations with the Academy.

“Pidgin English is now considered a foreign language at the Oscars!”, Gyang tweeted. “Ms Mo Abudu has been in communication with the International Features section of the Academy about the possibility of entering our film (made in pidgin) through the Nigerian Oscar Committee”.

In the final stage of the extensive conversation, Abudu was requested to write a letter of justification which was approved by the Academy. The latest development has since been communicated to the Nigerian Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC).

Recall that Genevieve Nnaji’s directorial debut, ‘Lion Heart’ was disqualified by the Academy for violating the foreign language requirement.

This achievement is a turning stone for Nigerian made movies and might see Abudu’s latest film, ‘Oloture’ eligible for the 93rd Oscars.

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Fans Drag Tope Alabi For Criticising Song

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Popular gospel singer, Tope Alabi has become a subject of attack on social media, after criticising ‘Oniduro’, a song composed by Bola Are and popularised by Yinka Alaseyori and Sola Allyson.

In a viral social media video, Alabi said the song is not inspirational, as she claimed that it is wrong to call God a guarantor.

According to Alabi, the song is a misrepresentation of God, adding that if the composer was spirit-filled, she would understand God is more than a guarantor. “If the Holy Spirit brings it, you are supposed, to digest it, chew it and organise it, before bringing it out,” Alabi stated.

Alabi’s criticism of the song didn’t however sit well with fans, who took to social media to lambast her.

Amongst other things, the fans expressed their opinion that the gospel music star was particularly envious of Alaseyori, who appears to be her main contender in the gospel music industry.

Read what fans are saying below:

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Why I Quit Boxing For Acting -Itele d Icon

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Why I Quit Boxing For Acting -Itele d Icon

Nollywood actor, Ibrahim Yekini otherwise known as Itele d Icon has revealed that he quitted boxing for acting because of internal politics in the sports industry.

In an interview with Punch where he made this known, the movie star said at the time he was a ring boxer, he never lost any fight, adding that he stopped after a fan embarrassed him.

His words: “Yes, I was a skilled boxer before I joined the movie industry. I started boxing through someone who was like an elder brother to me. He liked me a lot and I often went to the gymnasium with him. At that time, all I wanted was to be a professional boxer. I once fought at Rowe Park in Lagos Island—a hub for boxers in those days. I fought at different tournaments because I wanted to be popular. I was a ring fighter though, not a street fighter. Unfortunately, I discovered that some people were engaged in internal politics and that spurred my decision to be an actor. When I started my acting career, I was still fighting but I stopped after a particularly embarrassing incident with a fan. My godfather advised me to stop and concentrate on acting. I had never lost a fight during my fighting days. I would have been a professional boxer if not that I was not earning enough money.”

When asked why he enjoys acting, Itele d Icon added: “Being an actor has some interesting advantages. Firstly, it gives one an identity. People trust me with contracts because I am a known face in the industry. Acting has opened many doors for me. However, everything with advantages also have disadvantages. My profession has made me very cautious of where I go and how I comport myself. It is so bad that when a motorist hits my car, I cannot argue because passers-by may recognise me.”

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Burna Boy: Unlike My Siblings, I Only Promised My Parents Grammy

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Burna Boy: Unlike My Siblings, I Only Promised My Parents Grammy

Afrobeats posterboy, Burna Boy, has received his Grammy award, which was delivered to him today (Thursday, June 10, 2021).

The African giant noted that all his siblings delivered on the promises they made to their parents.

The Wonderful singer won his Grammy award in the Best Global Music Album category at the 2021 Grammy Awards with his ‘Twice as Tall’ album.

On his verified Instagram account, the singer stated that while his sisters promised their parents a stellar result, he promised them a Grammy award and he has delivered.

Flaunting his plaque, the Odogwu singer wrote, “Early Morning deliveries from across the pond! My parents prayed for excellent children, not houses, cars or ‘things’.

“They asked my sisters for stellar degrees; one got a first-class in Finance, the other got a Distinction in Engineering. They asked me for a Grammy, and here we are. I am a product of sacrifice! Thank God and thank you all again!”

Hailing his achievement, A-list artistes in the entertainment industry took to his comment section to congratulate him. 

Legendary beatmaker, Don Jazzy, wrote, “Odogwu congrats again oooo.”

Also, popular disc jockey, DJ Spinall, lauded the talented singer. The duo has two hit songs together – Gba Gbe E , which was released in 2015; and Serious, which was released in 2018. 

While praising the singer for his achievement, the DJ wrote, “Congratulations again brother.”

More so, sonorous singer, Waje wrote, “Congratulations.”

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