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Overview of Nigerian entertainment industry



BARELY few days to enter the ember months, National Light deems it necessary to bring to our readers a brief overview of the artistic and fun filled activities that happened within the past seven months. In no particular random arrangement, we will highlight the events as they happen.

We were welcomed with Netflix franchise purchase of the screen diva, Genevieve Nnaji’s ‘Lion Heart’; a project that lined up the best of Nollywood legends and A-list artists. It wasn’t just a normal story; it was a story of glory, grace and honour.  Lion Heart marked Genevieve’s directorial debut and also marked her triumphant entry as the first African-Nigerian actor to hit a billion naira worth.

As if Lion Heart broke a jinx, Netflix visited us with another mind-blowing ideation from the Nollywood. It was Akinmolayan, “Chief Daddy’ (‘before you talk to me, tell me who’s your daddy’). This was another massive celebration of a Nigerian movie busting its way to international level. It won the hearts of movie lovers on the globe. Interestingly, the movie hit over #500million at its first premiere. Its story was creatively intertwined of a family with diverse interests.

Aside these ones, the country also experienced a differential equation in movie production and directorship. For example, before the elections, there was a short film, ‘Choice’ featuring OlumideOworu. A story centered on electioneering activities and seeks to discourage vote buying and corruption. Viewers were treated to loads of interesting stories ranging from Epic to action, crime and romance. We had the Africa Magic’ Ojukwu series that trails the successful exploits of a warrior; ‘Moms at War’ that shone light on a mother’s undying love and protection. AY’ Merry Men (‘The Agbada Challenge’) that set the trend for the costume in Lagos and environs. And we can’t forget the Upper Iweka marketer’s production of, ‘The Billionaires’, featuring the popular twin brothers Aki na Paw Paw and YulEdochie serving us with every bit of dramatic action that makes one laugh out loud.

Surprisingly, the music side experienced a new level with the arrow tilting high. While singer Waje talked about giving up on music to focus on other sources of income, we saw reggae artist, Burna Boy trending and shaking the walls to stay atop. It surprised every art lover to the core because no one could imagine Burna Boy reigning especially with his kind of music. To add to his glory, he was also the star artist for the Super Eagles in respect to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Another terrific performance from artists was the Rude Boy with his singles especially the song of consolation, ‘Reason with Me,’ that has become the new anthem for most Nigerian male youths. His brother, Mr. P is also giving us the best with his electrifying dance moves.

I will say fans were treated to the shock of their lives when the news of Simi quiet wedding to the man with the golden heart hit the internet. That sent tongues waggling and dissuades the claims that she and Falana Falana were dates. It didn’t just end there. The songstress served us a new spice of her sonorous voice when she released her latest album,’ Omo Charlie Champagne’in celebration of her 31st birthday sometimes in April.

Meanwhile, all hands were clasped as DMW boss David Adeleke seems to be quiet until last week when he set the internet abuzz with his record breaking song, ‘Blow my Mind’ featuring top American RnB act, Chris Brown. It is acclaimed to be the most popular song in the world and had hit over a million views in less than 24 hours. Nonetheless, much is expected of his private life in regards to his love-life with the chef, Chioma, otherwise referred to as Assurance by fans.

The ex-plaintain seller, Mr.Timaya is still mapping his feet in the sands of time with his dance hall numbers. How about his counterpart, Duncan’ Wene’ Mighty doing so much with spicy inspirational lyrics in his songs and collabos. Even our soul singer, RicHassani is doing us proud with his extraordinary award-winning numbers as his colleague, NonsoAmadi.

Ayo’ Wikzid’ Balogun and Tiwa opened the scenery groping in ‘Inferno’ and setting the internet abuzz. The Daniel with a Kiss continued to increase in grace, Wedding Party star actor and RnB singer, Banky W trying politics while his gorgeous wife plays Ninja in new upcoming film set to hit the cinemas soonest.

Lil Kesh and Small Doctor seem to be quiet as a cat. On the other hand, YBNL boss, Olamide seems to be the Man of the Year unleashing numbers with special dance moves e.g. Science Student.

We were also perturbed by The Tonto Dikeh and Churchill saga. The former, lousy mouth, yet getting massive endorsement deals worth over a million naira while, Churchill is left to grapple between love and reality. I believe he would be asking himself, how could a one minute man’s sperm produce a bouncing baby boy? Well, that’s left for him to ponder.

How could we forget the dramatic Afeez ‘Naira Marley’Fashola who experienced the cancerous venom of the EFCC on release of the single, ‘Am I a Yahoo Boy?’

The culture freak, Umuobiligbo is blazing the trail alongside beautiful Flavour and Phyno. Thumbs up to Chibuzor ‘Phyno Fino’ Azubuike for his committed professionalism in the industry since his phoenix entry in 2011. We respect Falana ‘Falz’ Falana for spicing the fields, movie and music with his special social quotient skills.

What do we say of Mark Angel, Denilson Igwe and Emmanuella giving us comic relief inspite of the stress of being a Nigerian? On same note, the true son of Shina and Clarion Chukwuka Peters, are changing the course for future cinematography.

Excess love singer, Mercy Chinwo is blessing our spirit with uplifting numbers which includes, ‘Chinedum’, ‘Omekanaya’, etc. Rich boy is rocking the nation proud all over the continents with his latest singles, ‘wetin I gain’, ‘one song’ and many others. How could we not mention Joe Praise, spreading God’s Word with his music,’ Joy Overflow’?

More on the gospel scene is Tim Godfrey bridging the gap with ‘Nara Ekele’ and ‘Akaah’ video recently. Dramatically, the defunct and most popular couple in the Yoruba movie scene, Fathia Williams and Saheed Balogun. However, the government is heavy on Augustine ‘Tekno’ Kelechi for his nude video, Agege.

Lyrically, the two ladies from the Apatas, Teni ‘the entertainer ‘and Niniola are definitely a wonder with their soul catching songs. If you feel there is something I missed, you may do me the favour to fill the blank gaps. After what are friends for?

Interestingly, the city of Awka experienced a touch of difference as it bubbled at ‘The Oblivion’ movie premiere. Of recent, the state has peaked as the entertainment hub in South East. All thanks to the support of the legacy-driven leadership of Gov. Willie Obiano.

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