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2017 Entertainment In Retrospect



A lot happened in the entertainment industry in the last one year. In this report, ANTHONY ADA-ABRAHAM and SAMUEL ABULUDE, take a look at the major events that happened in the entertainment industry in 2017.

The creativity industry, which encapsulates the entertainment industry and other related fields, has become one of the sectors that the federal government is looking to drive the economy. The industry, which has faced neglect in the past, is now getting the required attention as the need to fund and structure it has suddenly come to the fore.

Farewell to Henrietta Kosoko, Moji Olaiya, Obi Madubuogwu as they took a bow:

Aside the demise of Yoruba actress, Mrs Majekodunmi, who is the wife of veteran actor, Baba Kekere, Frontline actor, Jide Kosoko, also lost his wife, Henrietta Kosoko (nee Onovosa) to diabetes related condition. A celebration service was held in her honour at the Blue roof of LTV 8 and friends and colleagues showed up. Every time an entertainer dies, noise is being made about the lifestyle of the actor or singer and the absence of a comprehensive health insurance package for persons in the industry. What about the sudden death of Moji Olaiya in Canada after delivering a month before? The King of Musanga, Obi Madubogwu, aged 48, died due to kidney failure after having a relapse in August 28. A Celebration Nite was held in his honour at Ojez, National Stadium, Surulere in October as encomiums were poured on him by Fred Amata, president of Directors Guild of Nigeria; Emeka Rollas, president of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Gabosky, Zik Zulu Okafor. Producer of the movie, Battle of Musanga, Gabriel Okoye aka Gabosky to name a few, reminisced on how he met Obi Madubogwu and felt strongly he was the one fitted for the role of the King of Musanga. “Obi is a honest man and one who was bold to speak out about issues in the industry. I met him about 15 years ago when I was auditioning for my movie. Obi was a huge man and had the qualities but I had to train him to be fierce and authoritative and it delivered well for him. We’ve lost a gentleman to the movie industry. He was buried at his country home in Nkwere Ogidi in Anambra State on November 10.

Davido, Wizkid Feud Thickened, reunited at Davido’s 30billion dollar concert:

Fans of the hip hop star, Davido and Wizkid, may have fuelled the rival on social media. It appears there is no love lost between the two artistes who are in a battle of supremacy. Davido won the MOBO Best African Artiste award while Wizkid clinched the Best Int’l Act proving to his rival perhaps that he was a step ahead of him. Both artistes released more than two hit songs this year and have held music tours. At One Fest in Dubai, it was reported that a fight broke out between aides of both artistes and even Pana singer, Tekno got into the mix.  After all the diss in the industry Davido finally reunited with Wizkid in his 30 billion dollar concert, ending their long quarrel bringing the year to an end on a brighter note.

Banky W Gets Married At Last, Oritsefemi Too

Like the ‘Wedding Party’, R&B singer, Banky W finally realised his dreams by getting married to his love and co-lead cast, Adesua Etomi in a two-part ceremony held one week apart. Supported by 21 grooms dressed in wine Agbada, the traditional marriage was colourful. The white wedding was held a fortnight ago in Capetown. As the white wedding was being held in SA, the musical Taliban, Oritsefemi Majemite, wedded his heartthrob, Nabila in Lagos and there were comparisons on the number of celebs that graced both events.

Minister Assembles Industry Stakeholders For Policy Formulation

One thing you can’t take from the honourable minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is his passion to fix the loose ends in the entertainment industry. Before the widely publicised Creative Summit held at Eko Hotel in July 2017, the minister brought stakeholders from the music and movie industry, government regulatory agencies and lawyers to a roundtable session with the aim of creating a policy framework that will resonate within the industry. Coordinated by Kene Mparu of Filmhouse, the roundtable should yield fruits if the reports from the different sessions were put to use. Tony Elumelu also graced the roundtable session and got a grasp of how funding should work for the industry. He promised then to assist the delegation from the group visit the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, and he did. The Creative industry was aimed at seeking ways of financing the Film, Television and Music Industries.

Discordant Tunes On MOPPICON Bill

The film industry, seen as the fulcrum of the entertainment industry and called Nollywood, has made giant strides in the last two decades, becoming the second largest after Bollywood to churn out movies in their quantities. Stakeholders in the movie sector have applauded government initiative for creating a Nollyfund and entertainment fund with the aim of tackling the challenge of access to funds. Project Nollywood, created during former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, helped in no small measure to train moviemakers and create capacity-building. One of the major cries of moviemakers was the effect of piracy and lack of a policy guiding all aspects of the movie industry. The federal government, through the Nigeria Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB), a couple of months ago, created an anti-piracy unit made up of movie makers, marketers and the Nigeria police force. The group, made up of largely film makers, who know where it pinches, swung to action and have made arrests at Alaba market international and in Abuja.

The bill, set to regulate the movie industry, is still under review. The motion picture council of Nigeria (MOPICCON) Bill, which had been drafted a long time ago by seasoned practitioners in the movie industry and submitted to the Ministry of Justice during the former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, had gathered dust, but was now brought out and is now under re-evaluation, removing the unworkable sections of the bill. The MOPICCON bill, if well reviewed and properly handled under the chairmanship committee of Ms Peace Anyiam Osigwe, the founder of African Film Academy, will create the working document that will allow practitioners to thrive in the industry and expose charlatans and promote excellence and discipline. One of the contentions in the bill is that it is positioned to force the different guilds on everyone in the movie industry and a lot of actors, especially the new generation actors, have kicked against the move.

Funke Akindele Loses Pregnancy

This is not a happy moment at the home of Funke Akindele and her hubby. She is one of the most hardworking actresses in the movie industry. The actress and movie producer is one, most people cherish her skills and determination to make it in the make-believe industry. Having crossed over from featuring in Yoruba movies, the ‘Jenifa’ babe has made a success of her career. This, she also transferred into her private life by giving marriage a second shot. Her marriage to entertainer, JJC Skillz, held quietly in London last year, was commended by not a few. Many looked forward to the official announcement of their bundle of joy-baby or twin babies as was spread in the social media. After all the prayers and well wishing, it was saddening to hear from Funke that she had lost her babies. The actress announced the sad tale midweek and the story went viral with greetings and messages flying everywhere. OAP, Omotunde Lolo1, had weeks ago hinted on the pregnancy loss posting: ‘It is well’.

P Square Empire Crumbles 

Finally the pop duo, P Square, made up of twin brothers, Peter and Paul Okoye, broke up after series of blame, which went back and forth. The break-up is a mixture of family feud and indifferences on how the artistes, Mr P and Rudeboy want their career to go. Peter initially wanted to go his own way in 2016, now the ‘rich and established upcoming artiste’ is geared up to build a solo career from scratch.