Fashion, Celebrity Gist

Movies Ease Stress from Recession –Producer

A Movie Producer and Director, Mr Kingsley Agubom, has said that entertainment was a strong tool that could be used to douse the challenges of the recession being experienced in the nation.

Agubom spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos at the Artists’ Village, National Theatre, on his movie shoot for his on-going soap opera, “Sparkle: Season 4’’.

The movie director, who has produced numerous films to his credit, said Nigerians needed absorbing movies more than ever to keep them entertained.

African Filmmakers Revive Old Films

The Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) has resolved to resuscitate 50 African films in a bid to restore the lost glory of the art from the continent.

The filmmakers unveiled the plan on the occasion of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival in Ouagadougou (FESPACO), which ends on Saturday, APA said.

FEPAC launched its new project for the restoration and preservation of 50 films, to safeguard African cultural heritage.

Fashion: Nigerian gets Vogues’ Attention

Popular UK -based Nigerian designer, Duro Olowu, has showcased his latest Autumn/Winter designs at this year’s London Fashion Week (LFW).

The fashion week which commenced on Feb. 16 is set to close on Tuesday (February 21).

The collections released by , are colourful and energetic ready to wear clothes.

Vogue’s Suzy Menkes described Olowu as “a one-man band’’ and “a designer who interacts with his customers’’.

Menkas said Olowu understood the needs and desires of his customers.

BOI to Invest ₦1.7b in Modern Arts

The Bank of Industry (BOI) has earmark N1.7 billion for the development of modern arts and crafts in Niger State, says Mr Emmanuel Zhiri, the Acting Executive Director, Council for Arts and Culture.

Zhiri told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Tuesday that the gesture was aimed at boosting tourism in the state.

“Our efforts in the development of arts and crafts in Niger State have attracted the BOI to collaborate with the state government.

Creative Industry is Recession-Proof

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said in Uyo at the weekend that “the only sector that is recession-proof is the creative industry.”

The minister stated this at the closing of the 2016 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) hosted by Akwa Ibom with the theme: “Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries.”

Represented by Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Director-General National Council for Arts and Culture, the minister said the successful hosting of the festival at a period of recession attested to his assertion.

Presidential Ovation for King Sunny Ade

President Muhammadu Buhari has warmly congratulated music legend, Sunday Adeniyi Adegeye, otherwise known as King Sunny Ade, as he turns 70 on Thursday 22 September.

Buhari, who is now in New York for the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, noted in his birthday message that  Sunny Ade  has over the years brought pride to Nigeria and  joy to many hearts and homes through his music.

Sunny Ade, he said has  mastered his art against all odds, taking the African musical genre to the global stage, and serving as an inspiration and a mentor to upcoming artistes.

D’Banj’ Unveils Talent Hunt Reality Show

Top Nigerian artiste, Dapo Oyebanjo, better known as D’banj, had rolled out his latest project tagged ‘CREAM’, aimed at hunting for young talents for Nigeria’s creative industry.

Oyebanjo did the unveiling at the Federal Palace Hotels in Lagos, Victorian Island, on Friday.

The musician told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that “CREAM means Creative, Reality, Entertainment, Arts and Music.

“It is an all encompassing arts platform to help grow the creative ingenuity of the youths in the country.

FG Welcomes Japanese Offer to Develop Nigeria Animation, Children Films

The Federal Government on Thursday accepted offer by the Japanese Government to assist Nigeria to develop capacity in production of animation and children films.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed disclosed this in Abuja at a meeting with Mr Sadamotu Kusaoke, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan in Nigeria.

Mohammed said the government also welcomed the offer by the Japanese Government to accept Nigerian movies in Japanese film houses, in particular at the annual Tokyo International Film Festival.

Lagos to Take Centre Stage at Toronto International Film Festival

The Lagos State Government has said that the state’s tourism and entertainment potential would be showcased at the 2016 Edition of Toronto International Film Festival.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde said this at a news conference in Ikeja.

He addressed newsmen alongside his counterpart in Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, and the Artistic Director, Toronto Film Festival, Mr Cameron Bailey.

Ayorinde said that eight films produced in the state would be selected to feature at the festival.

Association to Organise Trainings for Comedians on Best Practices

Abuja Body of Comedians (ABC) said that it would organise training for stand-up comedians in the FCT to ensure proficiency and best practices as professional entertainers.

ABC’s President, Mr Sosthenes Ayuba, said, ``Training is very important in any profession, and this is what we are set to do for comedians in Abuja to make them more competent as professionals.”

``Besides being a talent, there is the need for periodic self-development to ensure one does well wherever he or she goes.