RMD, Kunle Afolayan, Jade Osiberu, others join Oscars’ Academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) on wednesday announced their invitations to 398 distinguished artists and executives to join the organization in 2023. According to them, membership selection is based on professional qualifications, with an ongoing commitment to representation, inclusion and equity.

5 filmmakers in Nigeria included;

  1. RMD — actor category
  2. Kunle Afolayan — writer category
  3. Shola Dada — writer category
  4. CJ “Fiery” Obasi — director category
  5. Jade Osiberu — producer category83223005_1105849176251978_511117000682574623_n“The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership. They represent extraordinary global talent across cinematic disciplines, and have made a vital impact on the arts and sciences of motion pictures and on movie fans worldwide,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang.

Congratulations to them!

Actor, Murphy Afolabi passes on

Barely 24 hours after the news of the death of Nollywood icon, Saint Obi, seeped into the air, the Nigerian movie industry has been hit with another tragic news.

Popular actor and filmmaker, Murphy Afolabi, is dead. He reportedly passed on after falling down in the bathroom at his house in Ikorodu, today.

The filmmaker who made his foray into the movie industry under the guidance of Yoruba movie icon Fasasi Olabankewin, fondly called Dagunro in 1998 celebrated his 49th birthday just a few says ago.

Murphy had a Diploma in Theatre Arts and Film Production from Osun State Polytechnic in Osun State and graduated in 2001. He was a father of three, two boys, and one girl. He has featured in more than 50 movies. His colleagues have also taken to their social media account to pay tribute to him.

May his soul find repose. Amen

RMD, Stephanie Linus pay tribute to late Nollywood legend, Saint Obi.

Nigerians are still reeling in shock over the demise of a Nollywood legend, Obinna Nwafor, popularly called Saint Obi. Tributes have not stopped pouring in for the Theatre Arts graduate who reportedly died at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) after a brief illness.


Nollywood greats, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Stephanie-Linus have also paid tributes.

Richard Mofe-Damijo recalled how he met and helped the widely-loved actor.
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Saint Obi hailed from Mbaitolu in Imo State and was, aged 57. 
May his soul find repose. Amen

Nollywood’s first-ever game app ‘AKI AND PAWPAW EPIC RUN’ launched.

Play Network Africa, an award-winning production company has launched a new game app, Aki and Pawpaw Epic Run’, based on widely-loved comic actors, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme, popularly called, Aki and Pawpaw.  The game which has been touted as a Nollywood’s first-ever game app became available for downloads on April 22, 2023. 

“We are happy to announce that in line with our exclusive exploitation rights to the brand ‘Aki & PawPaw’, we are at the final stages of the first ever Nollywood Game, Aki & PawPaw Epic Run, powered by @playnetworkafr and @playnetworkstudios. Available to download soon by all iOS and Android users.” Charles Okpaleke, the developer, and CEO Play Network Africa, once wrote on Instagram.

Pastor Adeboye, wife host cast and crew of ‘ENOCH’.

The cast and crew of ‘Enoch’, a biopic on the General overseer of the The Redeemed Christian Church Of God; Pastor E.A Adeboye, shot by Solid Rock Foundation, in collaboration with Mount Zion Films and directed by John Oguntuase, paid a courtesy visit to the clergy man and his wife, Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye.

The visit which was led by the Executive Producer of the movie, Kemi Sodeinde, took place at  at the Redemption Camp on April 7th, 2023. The couple shared their excitement about the success of the movie and prayed for them.





“The vision of Enoch started like a dream but today it has become a blessing to the entire world. I want to really render my sincere gratitude to God Almighty for committing such a huge vision into my hand and the grace given to a little ‘girl’ like me with no experience in the film industry. Indeed God does not call the qualified but qualifies those He calls.” Executive Producer, Pastor Kemi Sodeinde
She added, “In the film industry. Indeed God does not call the qualified but qualifies those He calls. My unreserved appreciation also goes to my Father and mother in the Lord Pastor and Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye for the privilege to make ENOCH_the movie and for the invitation to meet with the cast and crew of Enoch. It was indeed an honor to spend time with Daddy & Mummy G.O. and get such encouraging feedback from Daddy about the movie. He expressed his pleasure with the production and was especially fascinated with the role of ‘Folu’ played by Tomiwa Samson. Mummy G.O. was equally appreciative of the efforts put into the movie and the positive feedback from viewers. We do not take this honor for granted. This meeting will forever be an indelible memory that we will forever cherish, thank you sir and ma.”
Not watched ENOCH? The Movie is still showing on Youtube. Kindly watch on Solid Rock Foundation TV (YouTube)

Mercy Said NO! Gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo sues musician for N2bn

Famous gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo-Blessed, has sued a musician, Mr Obidiz Lawson, popularly called Obidiz for using her image in his music project.


The lawsuit was served through her lawyers, Law Corridors and they cited the use of “derogatory and defamatory use of the name and image of Minister Mercy in a secular music audio and video.”

This has however elicited reactions from her social media followers. While some consider it as a good move, some claiming too far when she could have easily ignored or called the artiste to order while others “praised’ her for giving the said artiste publicity.


He has been ordered to take down the song titled ‘Mercy Chinwo‘ from all digital platforms or face the full wrath of law.

It’s raining babies in the Nigerian entertainment industry!

We have been grinning from ear to ear. It’s all been good news from the entertainment industry. First, it was acclaimed  On-Air Personality, Gbemi Olateru Gbagi and her talent management specialist husband, Femisoro Ajayi announcing the birth of their child with pictures.

Next was award-winning thespian, Kemi Lala-Akindoju and her celebrity chef hubby, Gbubemi Fregene, on their baby bump announcement.

It got more glorious today. Actress Adesua Etomi and her musician/actor husband, Bankole ‘Banky W’ Wellington announced the birth of their son, Zaiah today which is the pretty actress’ birthday. Zaiah arrived 4 weeks ago.

Check out the beautiful pictures below. Congratulations to the new parents and parents-to-be.







Funke Akindele-Bello’s Omo Ghetto the saga is now the highest-grossing Nollywood film of all time.

Nollywood actress and producer, Funke Akindele‘s Omo ghetto the saga movie has become the highest grossing Nollywood movie of all time with N468 million naira. It surpassed 2016 Mo Abudu’s The wedding party movie which grossed N453+ million.

Omo Ghetto the Saga which features Funke Akindele, Chioma Akpotha, Nancy Isime, Eniola Badmus, Yemi Alade, Mercy Aigbe, Naira Marley and more was released on December 25, 2020. The first part of the Nigerian crime comedy drama film was released in 2010.

Check out the star actress’s reaction to the news below.

Stephanie Linus Appointed as National OPS-WASH Ambassador by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources.

Stephanie Linus has been recognized for her role in inspiring improved personal and community hygiene with an appointment from the Federal Government as the National OPS-WASH Ambassador. She was appointed on Thursday, 24th September by the Honourable Minister of Water Resources Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu at a special decoration ceremony in Abuja. This appointment is the highest form of recognition given by OPS-WASH (Organized Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) to any member of the private sector.

In his address, Engr. Adamu charged Mrs Linus to inspire behavioral change among Nigerians for people to take responsibility for their environment in her role as OPS-WASH Ambassador. While applauding her efforts with the Hygiene First campaign, he also implored her and her team to map out different activities that would encourage environmental sustainability across the nation.

Also present at the ceremony was Dr Nicholas Igwe, the National coordinator for OPS-WASH. The premise of OPS-WASH is based on multi-stakeholder collaboration. He thus expressed excitement at the involvement of the entertainment industry in the WASH sector towards creating behavioral change.

As the OPS- WASH Ambassador, Mrs Linus promised that she will use her role to challenge Nigerians to make good hygiene a culture, as well as inspire citizen participation and responsibility. This appointment comes as a public sector recognition of the Hygiene First campaign which she launched in May 2020.

OPS-WASH (Organised Private Sector in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is an umbrella body for private sector collaboration and multi-stakeholder innovation. It was inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with a goal to end open defecation in Nigeria by 2025 and alleviate other water-related challenges in Nigeria.

Nigerian film Eyimofe set for London premiere.

As part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day anniversary, a film, Eyimofe (This is my desire) (www.Eyimofe.film) is set to premiere in the United Kingdom, at the BFI London Film Festival on October 11. The film, which had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in February, is also billed to celebrate its U.S premiere at the AFI Fest on October 20.

Ahead of the London screening, which will create an opportunity for the Nigerian community in the United Kingdom to join in the country’s 60th anniversary celebration, Eyimofe has debuted its official trailer for the festival, which is already generating interest from the global film community.

A GDN Studios production, the 114 minutes film directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, features Jude Akuwudike, Temi Ami-Williams, Cynthia Ebijie, Sadiq Daba, Tomiwa Edun, Jacobs Alexander, Tomiwa Edun, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah and others.

Funded entirely in Nigeria and shot in 16mm and filmed across 48 locations in Lagos, the two chapter drama follows the stories of Mofe (Jude Akuwudike), a factory technician, and Rosa (Temi Ami-Williams), a hairdresser, on their quest for what they believe will be a better life on foreign shores.

A passport, photos and a visa form recurring elements. The characters’ misfortunes are part of their everyday life and they are sketching out the need to leave Nigeria at the same time. At the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, status, money, gender, skin colour and family structures are inextricably connected. The longing for another life is but one thread in this complex mesh, a promise that floats above things at once near and far away.

It would be recalled that Eyimofe is the 2020 official selection for Vancouver International Film Festival, an annual film festival held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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