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This Week In(side) Nollywood — Issue 3
Amazon might be slacking with marketing but they’ve locked hiring. Who did they hire and what are the other biggest surprises in Nollywood this week? Read on.
This Week in(side) Nollywood is a witty recapitulation of the significant events in the industry this week. While you were busy chasing the bag during the week, Nollywood was cooking! Here are the things you missed.
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Lala joins Amazon Studios: Nollywood actor and producer, Kemi Lala Akindoju, has japa-ed to Amazon Studios as Senior Movies Creative Executive (Nigeria). Unlike their American sibling, Amazon studios is appointing creatives who have proven themselves in Nollywood to make the executive decisions around their original projects. This is good, very good!
Did Diiche kill this guy?: Showmax, our very own African streamer, has dropped the trailer for its first non-reality (thank God!) show this year. It is a whodunit with old Nollywood vibes. Somebody died and they don’t know who killed him and a dibia is being consulted. Will you be watching?
Did Passport shock you too?: Demeji Ajibola’s Passport, which stars Nollywood powerhouses like Jim Iyke, Mercy Johnson, Zubby Michael, Jide Kosoko and many others, surprisingly grossed 19M naira in its first weekend. The film has been billed as a 100M hit by industry experts. Will it hit the mark?
Anthill Studios has an Orisha film: Anthill Studios has been doing a lot of juju-fied stories lately and rumors have it that CEO Niyi Akinmolayan is working on a documentary about holding rain. Abi is it juju that’s making the company progress recently? You know they just signed a mega deal with Amazon Studios and a film they co-produced is the highest grosser this year. Show us the way, Anthill.
Anyway, they have this exciting animation coming up about orishas. Enjoy the trailer below.
Nollywood gbas gbos continues: On Sunday morning, Nollywood royalty Jade Osiberu made a long thread about a certain group of filmmakers who talk and don’t do. This encouraged so many other filmmakers to air their bottled grievances to the many non-existing enemies of Nollywood. One may wonder to what end? But you can’t deny that you were entertained.
Adesua Etomi is a doctor now: Nollywood superstar, who recently became a chart-topping musician, is now Dr. Adesua Etomi-Wellington. Our very own Susu was awarded an honorary doctorate by her alma mater, the University of Wolverhampton, for her triumphs in the arts.
Just look at!
Inside Nollywood Film Journalism Fellowship Begins: It is not like we are trying to insert ourselves into the story but our Fellowship, aimed at breeding an army of passionate journalists to cover the industry, kicked off this week. The students are excellent and the future of Nollywood coverage is bright!
We are looking forward to coming back with great news next week. Nollywood, please give us something to smile about.
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