Nigeria Entertainment Roundup: No release date for Half Of A Yellow Sun

Terry G debunked hotel fight reports

The controversy surrounding the release of the highly anticipated movie, Half of a Yellow Sun (HOAYS), in Nigerian cinemas is yet to end as the Nigerian movies Censor’s Board is yet to approve it.

Half of A Yellow Sun did not premier at Nigerian cinemas in April 25 due to the producers’ inability to obtain public viewing certification from the Censor’s Board.

The Board has, however, said it has not banned the movie, but is yet to approve it for public viewing in Nigeria.

One of the media handlers of the movie, Bigsam Media, assured that a new cinema date will be announced as soon as regulatory issues are sorted out.

The $10 million movie has made history as the first African movie to get international release dates in the U.K., U.S., Australia, Portugal, Middle East and New Zealand. It is also the first Nigerian movie to be premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. It is already showing in the U.K.

The HOAYS Movie is an adaptation of Chimamanda Adiche’s bestselling and award winning novel of same title. It stars OSCAR nominee and BAFTA award winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, OC Ukeje, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, John Boyega, Wale Ojo, Tina Mba, Zack Orji and Hakeem Kae-Kazim.

It was directed by U.K.-based Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele, and was produced by winner of an OSCAR and three BAFTAs, Andrea Calderwood, and Yewande Sadiku, an investment banker.

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Naeto C picks Efe Omorogbe as manager.

Rapper, Naeto C, has pitched his tent with Efe Omorogbe led entertainment management company, Now Muzik.

The co-founder of World Famous Akademy, who already has two albums, released his first album (U Know My P) in 2007, which was later followed in 2011 by his second album, Super C Season, with hit singles -10 over 10 and 5 & 6.

The graduate of Biology has also released singles like I Gentle, Can u do it and Tony Montana (Bad Pass) featuring D’Banj. His newest singles, Finish Work and Limited Edition, off his forthcoming album is enjoying massive airplay.

“I believe so much in Now Muzik because of their pedigree. They are a seasoned management outfit, tested and trusted. I know I am in safe hands with them and we would soar higher together” the singer, son of PDP National women leader, Kema Chikwe, said.

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Dr Sid, Timaya, BankyW, Sound Sultan, others announced as new MTN ambassadors.

Telecommunication giant, MTN, has added new set of musicians to her brand ambassadors.

According to media reports, singers- Banky W, Dr SID, Sound Sultan, HarrySong, Sean Tizzle and ukwu master, Timaya, have all put pen to paper with MTN- who are known for generating millions through its ring back tone service.

Confirming Dr. SID’s deal, his record label boss, Don Jazzy, in an Instagram post wished Dr.SID a happy birthday and announced that SID is now an ambassador of MTN.

“Shout out to my bro @Iamdrsid as he celebrates his birthday today and activation as an MTN ambassador. Welcome to the Yello family bro. God bless” he said.

Banky, Sultan, SID and Harrysong were all featured on the last MTN Loud in Naija Tour which took place from November to December 2013 in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Ibadan.

The quartet’s songs were also included in the last two mixtapes – ‘#MTNLoudInNaijaMix’ and ‘Loud In Naija Valentine 2014 Mix’ that MTN released in December and February respectively.

MTN currently has Davido, Wizkid, KCEE, Don Jazzy, D’Prince, Iyanya, Praiz, Chidinma, iMyke and Tiwa Savage as their ambassadorz.

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Terry G debunks hotel fight reports

Popular Nigeria singer and entertainer, Terry G, who was reportedly involved in a fight in a hotel in the Abule-Egba area of Lagos has debunked the report.

The singer also expressed disappointment with bloggers who didn’t deem it fit to confirm the news before publishing.

In a brief statement, Terry G, who was recently unveiled as a Peace Ambassador, expressed shock that anyone would want to tarnish his image at this point of his career.

“Right now, I am not happy at the reports circulating on social media. Yes i do crazy hit songs, Yes i say am crazy, Yes i act crazy in my videos , I do all that for the money. In my saying, its better to be a mad man making money than a handsome nuisance. Why on earth at this point of my career will i be involved in such? I am not writing to convince anyone.

“Every lovely Nigerian is entitled to their own personal opinion. I might have a thick skin as a celebrity but am also human. I have blood flowing in me and not engine oil. Its only natural to feel bad when such stories are not true. Is it wrong for me to settle a misunderstanding between two parties without waking up in the morning to see such headlies and (not headlines)? Will i at this point swim at a public hotel without paying?” he asked rhetorically.

“My darling Nigeria bloggers, you have played a positive role in my career right from my R n B days to this day. Please always try, not only on my behalf, but to my other colleagues to confirm any story from both parties before publishing. My energy is for entertaining my fans worldwide and not for street brawls. Life is for the living. Make the best of every moment.”

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Donjazzy gives Tiwa Savage, hubby Prado jeep as wedding gift.

A Producer and Mavin records CEO, Don jazzy, reportedly presented a Prado Jeep to the recently wedded couple, Tiwa Savage and Tunji Balogun.

Tiwa Savage, a signee of Mavin Records, got married to her manager and husband, Tunji Balogun, last week Saturday, in Dubai.

The elated couple could not hide their joy as Tiwa beamed with smiles in pictures circulated on social media when Don Jazzy pointed at the jeep wheeled in by a truck.


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