Fashion, Celebrity Gist

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.

Angelina Jolie to Teach at London School of Economics

Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday, according to Reuters.

The LSE said the course which begins in 2017, is the first of its kind globally and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

The body was inaugurated last year by Jolie and Britain's former foreign Secretary, William Hague.

Artiste Commends Producers who Release Films on Celluloid

A multiple award-winning Nigerian artiste, Susan Peters, on Thursday commended producers who released their films on celluloid.

Peters told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the effort was a good way to check piracy.

She said films first go online after being on cinemas, before such films were relayed on DVD and VCD.

``In the process, the producer must have recouped his money.

``I hope as time goes on, there should be a way to curb piracy, because it is stealing,’’ she said.

Nollywood Filmmakers Urged to Embrace Modern Technology

Nollywood filmmakers have been advised to proactively employ alternative film-making formats, to satisfy viewers in the fast developing digital society.

Ezeroum Ugwu, a movie producer gave the advice in an interview in Lagos.

He stressed that filmmakers would be more relevant if they imbibed ``technical savvy initiatives’’ that could entice viewers to purchase movies.

According to him, the film-making business had been highly influenced by technology and practitioners must take advantage of it to improve the standard of movie production.

Global Happiness Ranking: Nigeria Drops to 103 in World, 6th in Africa

Nigeria has been ranked the 103 happiest nation of the world, and 6th in Africa in the World Happiness Report.

The World Happiness Report 2016 update, which ranks 157 countries by their happiness levels, was released in Rome on Wednesday, in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20th.

As indicated by the report, Nigeria dropped from its 78th position in the World and 2nd in Africa in the 2015 happiness ranking.