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Lagos govt allocates ₦4.64bn to upscale tourist sites – Commissioner



Lagos govt allocates ₦4.64bn to upscale tourist sites – Commissioner

The Lagos State Government says it has allocated ₦4.64 billion to upscale tourist sites within the state for this year.


Toke Benson-Awoyinka, the state’s Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, disclosed this on Wednesday during the groundbreaking ceremony of the 100 million dollar Lagos Film City in Ejinrin-Epe.


Benson-Awoyinka said that some of the sites upscaled so far were the J.Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and Agia Tree project.


“The Lagos state government has been deliberate in its various steps in this sector, it has committed huge sums to upscaling the various tourist centres across the state.


“For this year 2023, a total amount of ₦4.635 billion was specifically allocated for this purpose.


“Among the list of beneficiaries are the recently commissioned J.Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture, and the Agia Tree project,” she said.


The commissioner noted that collaborations with notable players in the entertainment sector like Ebonylife Academy, Delyork and Ogidi Studios, had provided the platform for so many budding talents to hone their skills in acting, directing, scripting, cinematography, editing, photography and more.


She noted that the various decisive steps taken by the current administration in the tourism and creative space had started to contribute significantly to the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) through various sources.


Commenting on the Lagos Film City, Benson-Awoyinka said that the project had been designed to serve as an all-in-one facility, with leisure, entertainment, and learning infrastructure.


She said the project would sit on a 100-hectare of land with accommodation and numerous state-of-the-art studios to support television, radio and film, ranging from pre-production, production, post-production, distribution and more.


“The Lagos Film City will be the biggest in Africa, not in name only, but also in the content and quality of its offerings to the creative industry.


“The fact that a project of this magnitude is being undertaken via a public-private-partnership initiative is an excellent testament to the integrity and robustness of the Lagos state government economic policies and finance.


“The coming on stream of the Lagos Film City is a further testament of the commitment of the Gov. Sanwo-Olu administration to invest in infrastructure, and create an enabling environment, for the global ‘new economy’ to thrive in Lagos state,” she said.


Earlier, the Elejirin of Ejirinland, Oba Babatunde Balogun, expressed excitement over the development brought into his domain, as he sang in praise to God and prayed immensely for Gov. Sanwo-Olu.


He said the groundbreaking ceremony marked the dawn of a new horizon in the Ejirin community.


“After the establishment of the first post office in Nigeria in this community in 1947, the state government has remembered the community for good again,” he said.


The traditional ruler assured the state government of the community’s cooperation and support as construction of the film city began.


Also, Wale Anomo, Executive Chairman of Ikosi-Ejinrin Local Council Development Area, appreciated Gov. Sanwo-Olu for sitting the film city in Ejinrin.


Anomo said, “We are so excited today and we appreciate Mr Governor for this, this will bring infrastructural prosperity to us, enormous job opportunities for our women and youths. We want you all to know that we are expecting more of this investment.”


Linus Idahosa, Founder, Delyork Group, said that the film city upon completion would accommodate a creative university to help bridge the gap between academia and practitioners.


In his remarks, actor Femi Adebayo said that Sanwo-Olu’s unwavering support for the creative industry gives artists more confidence in the industry.

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Ruger’s ‘Asiwaju’ reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023



Ruger's 'Asiwaju' reigns supreme: Most streamed song in Sub-Saharan Africa on Spotify in 2023

In a resounding celebration of the global dominance of Nigerian mainstream music, Afrobeats has emerged triumphant on Spotify’s list of the most streamed songs in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023. Notably, eight Nigerian songs have claimed spots in the top 10, underlining the genre’s continuous ascent on the international stage.

Leading the pack is Ruger’s chart-topping single ‘Asiwaju,’ a smash hit that has resonated across the continent and secured its status as the most streamed song in sub-Saharan Africa for the year. The accomplishment highlights Ruger’s prowess and the widespread acclaim his music has garnered.

Following closely at the second spot is Ayra Starr with her sensational track ‘Rush,’ a global hit that propelled her into the international spotlight and earned her a Grammy nomination for Best African Music Performance. The recognition affirms Ayra Starr’s rising influence in the music industry.

Claiming the fourth spot is the award-winning superstar Asake with ‘Lonely At The Top,’ a compelling single from his sophomore album ‘Work of Art.’ Asake’s ability to blend impactful lyrics with infectious beats has solidified his position among the musical elite.

Omah Lay, one of the most streamed artists in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023, secures the fifth spot with ‘Soso.’ His consistent chart presence reflects the profound impact he continues to have on the music scene.

Notably, Davido makes a double appearance on the list with ‘Feel’ and ‘Unavailable’ claiming the sixth and seventh spots, respectively. The versatility and popularity of Davido’s music are underscored by his dual presence in the top 10.

The complete list of the most streamed songs on Spotify in sub-Saharan Africa for 2023 is as follows:

1. Ruger – Asiwaju
2. Ayra Starr – Rush
3. Tyler ICU – Mnike (feat. DJ Maphorisa, Nandipha808, Cecka RSA & Tyron Dee)
4. Asake – Lonely At The Top
5. Omah Lay – Soso
6. Davido – Feel
7. Davido – Unavailable ft. Musa Keys
8. Libianca – People
9. Burna Boy – Last Last
10. BNXN – GWAGWALADA ft Kizz Daniel, Seyi Vibez

This remarkable achievement not only underscores the influence of Nigerian artists but also highlights the diverse talent and global appeal of Afrobeats. As the genre continues to dominate international music charts, artists like Ruger, Ayra Starr, and Davido are at the forefront of shaping the contemporary sound that resonates with audiences across the world.

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Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot’s crime thriller “No Way Through” premiering on Amazon Prime Video



Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka headline inkblot's crime thriller "No Way Through" premiering on Amazon Prime Video

Inkblot Productions, a trailblazer in the Nigerian film industry, has unveiled the much-anticipated crime thriller, “No Way Through,” set to exclusively premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video this December. The star-studded cast includes Nollywood luminaries Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, Chioma Chukwuka, Ikechukwu, Nengi Adoki, Seun Ajayi, Jnr Pope, Eso Dike, Roberta Oroma, and Sheggz Olusemo.


Directed by Inkblot CEO Chinaza Onuzo, the film explores the intricate balance between family, survival, and the risks taken in the pursuit of freedom. The storyline revolves around Jolade Okeniyi, a single mother employed as a driver for a local drug cartel. When confronted by the authorities, she faces a dilemma—become an informant against the cartel to secure her freedom and protect her daughter, risking deadly consequences.


Onuzo, who also penned the screenplay, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “I loved making No Way Through because it was an opportunity to explore the lengths people will go to for the people they love. In the film, we see this through the lens of a mother’s love for her daughter.”


The director commended the cast for delivering exceptional performances, especially highlighting the trio of Funke Akindele, Chidi Mokeme, and Chioma Chukwuka. Onuzo extended appreciation to collaborative partner Film One Studios and acknowledged Amazon Prime Video for providing a global platform for the film’s premiere.


Inkblot Productions, known for its commitment to storytelling excellence, has enjoyed recent success with critically acclaimed titles like the romantic comedy “Big Love” and the gripping thriller “A Weekend to Forget,” which recently concluded its successful cinematic run.


As “No Way Through” gears up for its Amazon Prime Video debut, audiences can anticipate a compelling narrative that delves into the complexities of love, sacrifice, and the unyielding spirit of those facing the challenges of life in the bustling cityscape of Lagos. Inkblot’s legacy of producing captivating stories continues to captivate audiences globally, cementing their reputation as a cinematic powerhouse in Nigerian cinema.

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‘Get some rest, King’ – Davido throws support behind Rema amidst health concerns



'Get some rest, King' - Davido throws support behind Rema amidst health concerns

In a heartwarming display of camaraderie, international music sensation Davido has extended his support to fellow artist Rema, who recently announced a break from performances in December 2023 due to health concerns.


Davido took to his Instagram story on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, sending words of encouragement to Rema. In the post, he acknowledged the physical and mental challenges of the industry, praising Rema’s outstanding contributions to African and global music. Davido urged the rising star to prioritize his well-being, stating, “The Job ain’t easy physically and mentally!! … You’ve done Africa and the world proud .beyond expectations… get some rest King @heisrema come back stronger.”


Rema’s decision to take a break was revealed through an Instagram story post on the same day, where he candidly shared the importance of prioritizing his health. The announcement left fans expressing mixed emotions on social media.


“Breaks my heart to say that I won’t be performing Anywhere this December, been years of touring I’ve ignored my health & I need time to recuperate. 2024 we go again,” Rema expressed.


The young artist has enjoyed an exceptional year in his career, achieving milestones such as selling out the prestigious O2 Arena and completing successful tours across Europe, Asia, and North America. His mega-hit, the Calm Down remix, further solidified his global presence by becoming the first by a Nigerian Afrobeats artist to feature on Spotify’s top 10 chart of most streamed tracks globally.


While acknowledging the necessity of the break, the news of Rema’s absence from December performances has left many Nigerian fans disheartened, as they had hoped to celebrate the festive season with his electrifying performances. However, the overwhelming outpouring of support from fellow artists like Davido emphasizes the importance of prioritizing health in the demanding world of entertainment. The music community rallies behind Rema, wishing him a swift recovery and anticipating his return in 2024.

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