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Film festival to highlight Odugbemi’s work



A Nollywood film festival which the Program of African Studies’ Nollywood Working Group and Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art will cosponsor on October 26–27, will highlight the work of acclaimed Lagosian filmmaker Femi Odugbemi.

Long recognized as a film industry leader in Nigeria and beyond, Odugbemi has served as president of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (from 2002 to 2006) and chaired the Lagos International Forum on Cinema, Motion Picture, and Video in Africa.

He has been an Emmy Awards juror and served on film festival boards and juries in South Africa, Uganda, and Ghana.

Born in Lagos in 1963, Odugbemi traveled to the United States in 1979 to study film and television production at Montana State University.

After receiving his BS in 1984, he worked as a producer at a local TV station but grew increasingly uncomfortable with the derogatory representations of Africa and African culture that he saw in US media. Determined to counter these misrepresentations, Odugbemi returned to Nigeria, convinced that he must “live [the African] experience, not just carry its identity.”

His return coincided with the economic devastation of Nigeria’s structural adjustment policies that, ironically, spurred resurgence in grassroots cultural production—including the birth of the Nigerian film industry that came to be known as Nollywood.

After his mandatory year in the National Youth Service Corporation, Odugbemi joined the staff of the Nigerian Television Authority, gaining experience in producing and directing a wide variety of programs.

Since 1999 he has worked as an independent producer and director, and in 2008 he cofounded and coproduced Tinsel, a long-running Nigerian TV drama that remains one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most popular programs.

He has also produced commercials and noteworthy Nollywood films, including Maroko (2006) and Gidi Blues (2016). Odugbemi has carved a niche for himself among Nigerian filmmakers with his documentaries.

Works including Ibadan— Cradle of Literati (2009), Bariga Boys (2009), and Literature, Language, and Literalism (2013) range widely across the Nigerian cultural landscape, from the intellectual production of Ibadan-based writers and publishers, to Lagosian street performers, to the Yoruba novelist Daniel O. Fagunwa.

Odugbemi’s documentaries have won numerous accolades, including best film at the 2009 Abuja International Film Festival and the 2010 US National Black Programming Consortium’s AFROPOP Prize for documentary.


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Khloe, Kbrule disqualified from BBNaija



Khloe and Kbrule, housemates in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality TV show, have been disqualified from the show.

This makes them the first set of people to leave the show.

Both were disqualified after they got three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike on Sunday for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

Kbrule then got his third warning strike for using “strong threatening words and attempting to physically harm a fellow housemate”.

Dee One also got his first warning strike for his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his strategic partner.

The first eviction show is supposed to hold on Sunday evening.

18 housemates have been put up for eviction except KSquared, who have now been disqualified, and LeoLex.

Big Brother had told housemates that almost all of them had been nominated for possible eviction because of their repeated failure to adhere to the rules of the house.

Since the housemates are in pairs, two of them may possibly be evicted at the weekend during the live show.



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BB Naija: Miracle, Nina allegedly having sex, Nigerians react



Nigerians are currently reacting to Big Brother Naija housemates, Miracle and Nina who appeared to be having intercourse while others were asleep.

Their actions have since elicited different reactions on social media with some saying it is wrong for them to have gone the extra mile while others see nothing wrong in the act labelling those criticising them hypocrites.

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Hot bespoke Asoebi styles




Have you noticed that the traditional ‘Asoebi’ styles of skirt and blouse has eventually fizzled out? Everyone wants something ‘bespoke”.


At weddings bride and guests have become even more tasteful in their choices. Everyone wants to stand out; they want their outfits to have that egoistic personality!


The bespoke ‘Asoebi’s’ have enchanting features that make them unique.


So come with detailed sleeves and freaky designs that set you apart even if the fabric is an ‘Asoebi’ for a party where every other person invited to the occasion is likely to come with the same fabric.


Bespoke outfits are clean with sophisticated appeal. Floral details, ruffles, feathers and embroidered outfits are some of the major highlights of Nigerian traditional weddings and we love as ladies slay in these hot ensembles.

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