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Iyabo Ojo/Nkechi Blessing TAMPAN Saga: Prince Jide Kosoko Makes Clarifications

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Veteran actor and Director, Prince Jide Kosoko has made some clarifications on the controversies surrounding a press briefing held by the Theatre and Motion Picture Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN). The Lagos prince has been in the eye of the storm since the press briefing over an alleged threat to frustrate the duo of Iyabo Ojo and Nkechi Blessing out of the movie industry.

However, Kosoko, who is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of TAMPAN, in a video he posted on his Instagram page on Thursday, said the press conference was not in support of Lanre Omiyinka (Baba Ijesha), neither was it against him. He also clarified that neither he nor the Association in any way support rape or sexual molestation, which they already made clear in time past and at the press briefing.

Speaking further, Kosoko revealed that the alleged threat was no threat at all but a way to soften the two actresses to soft-pedal on their now-famous abuses and derogatory statements against TAMPAN and the Yoruba movie industry, from which he noted they got their newfound fame.

In the video, which had insertions of the TAMPAN press briefing and a video of Nkechi Blessing threatening to come after him, the former President of the Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners of Nigeria (ANTP), counseled Nkechi Blessing to seek clarifications for whatever she does not understand and not resort to name-calling or tethering towards rascality.

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“Expect different film genres from me”- Akorede Alli

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American trained filmmaker, Akorede Alli has said that his debut film ‘Ran Mi Lowo’ has the capacity to initiate global conversations among filmmakers. According to him, he is sure of this based on the energy and commitment put into the production. 

Born to the Akinsemoyin royal family, Akorede Alli is one of Nigeria’s new actors, directors and filmmakers with international affiliations whose production outfit is set to release its debut Yoruba Language film, Ran Mi Lowo.
Read his thoughts on this exclusive interview with him.

Please introduce yourself to us and what you do for a living

Answer: I am Akorede Alli, I’m a film director, an Actor, a Producer, An Executive Producer and a business man.

How did acting start for you?

Acting started for me when I was a boy growing up in Chevron Estate Satellite Town, where they used to hold children acting programs and I was always chosen as the one to play lead.

How challenging has it been sustaining your interest in acting abroad?

It’s never a challenge because I love what I do, I learn a lot and get to meet new people on every set that I have been blessed to work on

Akorede Alli Setting Camera Angle at a Movie location

Where did you grow up and Which schools did you attend?

I was born and raised in Lagos State Nigeria
I grew up in Chevron Estate Satellite Town.
I attended Kings High School Satellite Town
Pefti Film Institute Nigeria The School of Visual Art in New York City.

 Do you have plans for a cinema project any time soon?

Absolutely. I have a couple of scripts I’m reading and am excited about them and when I feel that way about a script, that’s a good sign.

 

 Nollywood has become the second-largest film industry in the world in terms of the number of movies produced. Do you think our industry can someday compete in terms of the quality of films produced?

 

Nollywood has already started making quality films, to be the largest film industry in the world.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, the people making those films you’re talking about worked their way up there, so for me, nothing is impossible.

 

 Most film industries of the world have built infrastructure to an enviable level, yet Nigeria cannot even boast of a film village. Whose responsibility do you think this is, the government, the practitioners or independent investors?

That’s a good question. I think it’s everyone’s responsibility because at some point those bodies you mentioned benefit from the industry. If the notion of
“I am the only one doing great things” can be replaced with “Let’s come together to do great things” in people’s minds then those infrastructures can come to play.

Akorede Alli directing a movie

 Nollywood thrives on drama and many times we don’t explore too many diverse genres, can we expect some of these previously ignored genres from you, like fantasy, adventure, action…?

My new movie is a Thriller. So it’s safe to say. You can expect different genres from Akorede Alli.

 

 

 Movies like Black Widow, No Time To Die suffered COVID-19 related delays and many other films like it took more than a year or two to make, yet we see some Nigerian movies shot, edited and released in the space of weeks. As a producer who has trained outside the shores of Nigeria and now operates in Nigeria, how long do you think it should take for a good movie to be produced?

There are stages to producing a quality film and all stages are very important and have their own time frame. Respect the craft. I’ve found that producers and investors often focus on profit over product and lose both in the process. A few years back, I walked away from investors because of their insistence on a quick turnaround and I patiently waited until I was able to executive produce my own film and could take the time necessary to produce a quality film

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Stop The Rumour!!! Veteran Actor Olu Jacobs Not Dead

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Report making the rounds that Veteran actor Olu Jacobs is dead is totally false. Confirming the authenticity of the story, His wife Joke Sliva told journalists that; her husband is hale and Hearty and the news about his demise should be disregarded as there is no iota of truth in it. 

 

The rumor is coming after Joke Sliva celebrated her 60th birthday a few days ago after Olu Jacobs made a surprise visit to her in a movie location, from the footage, Olu was looking frail and lean. The video generated mixed reactions as some averred that he is looking sick while some are worried about his shrinking look.

 

I would be recalled that last year, the same rumor of his demise was making the round but was quickly debunked by members of Nollywood and his family members.

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GOD NO GO SHAME US! OFFICER WOOS SHARES HIS JOURNEY AS HE COVERS THE OCTOBER DIGITAL EDITION OF SIMPLE MAGAZINE

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The Nigerian online comedy industry is making tremendous waves as one on its own.

Oladapo Gbadamosi popularly known as Officer Woos is a part time officer, actor, comedian, content creator and entertainer.

 

In an interview with SIMPLE, he talked about his journey, influences and his “God no go shame us story.” The interview is also premiered on SIMPLE TV YouTube channel

 

For more, check out the full interview here;

 

https://bit.ly/officer-woss-simple-mag

 

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