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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Banky W, Soundsultan, M.I, Yaw, Mr Raw, Lil Kesh, and Cynthia Morgan, are some of the many stars shinning at the on-going Star Music Trek Gig happening right now at Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event kicked off a few hours ago with a glamorous blue carpet reception for guests. Music artistes, DJs, hosts & cities for Star Music Trek 2015 would be revealed later.

Report has it that five lucky guests will go on an all expense paid trip to Star Music Trek concerts in different regions.

See pictures below.

FIRST PHOTOS: Banky W, M.I, DJ Neptune, Cynthia Morgan, Sound Sultan & Others live at ongoing 2015 #StarMusicTrek Artiste Sign on Party

Banky W, Soundsultan, M.I, Yaw, Mr Raw, Lil Kesh, and Cynthia Morgan, are some of the many s...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

It was an emotional moment for many at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference 2015 held at Eko Hotels and Suites, when Audu Maikori CEO of Chocolate City Music announced his plans to retire come June 2015.

According to him, his decision was based on the need to further strengthen the company and allow for the injection of new ideas into the system. He however did not reveal who will replace him.

‘I have headed Chocolate City for the past 10 years and its been the most amazing period of my life despite the many challenges that came with it. There were times, I would get home and wished I wouldn’t have to go to work the next day. Some other times, artistes will need money and even though unavailable, we still have to find a way. 

At this point I have decided to step down as CEO of Chocolate City to allow for the younger generation to steer the ship. My resignation takes effect from June, but I wont disclose who will take over from me until then’, he said.

His announcement came shortly after one of the label’s super stars, MI had spoken explicitly about why record labels will continue to operate in the industry for a long time to come,

‘At Chocolate City, we have adopted what I will like to call the "360 deal" approach. This caters for the artiste as a brand in totality and seeks to promote and better his craft, sales, management, endorsement as well as appeal to fans, rather than just sell his albums’

MI later announced the merger of his Loopy Music with Chocolate City and a compilation album which will be released exclusively on STAR Music App.

The record label has had Maikori chair its affairs since it was founded in 2005 and presently boasts well over 10 artistes including MI, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Ruby Gyang, Nosa, Victoria Kimani, Loose Kaynon, DJ Caise, DJ Lambo and others.

Audu Maikori Announces Resignation As Ceo Of Chocolate City Music At Neclive 2015

It was an emotional moment for many at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference 2015 held at Eko H...

‘Talent is never enough’, this was the unanimous conclusion reached by movie makers Chris Ihidero, Kemi Lala Akindoju and Wole Olagundoye, panelists at the session on Teaching and Training Tomorrow’s Talent of Nollywood at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference held on April 22, 2015 at Eko Hotel and Suites.

The three while fielding questions from the moderator, Dayo Odulaja of NET took turns to buttress the points raised by the speaker, veteran actress, Joke Silva about the need for actors to constantly re-invent themselves by getting the right training.

Ihidero compared the industry to a marathon and not a dash, as widely believed and advised upcoming actors to be wary of quick fame which he says never lasts.

Lala-Akindoju added that only good training and constant development will help actors remain relevant and not sink into the pit of mediocrity,

‘Training is key. An actor who doesn’t constantly train him or herself will be forgotten after a few years, because whatever knowledge they had in the past may not be relevant at that time. Another thing is humility. At different times, I have had to go and buy food for my senior colleagues even with my two degrees. Acting is a profession that requires you to be a thousand persons throughout your career and to do this, you need to make sure your ego and personality doesn’t get in the way’ she said.

Olagundoye on his part agreed with the need for training and also clamored for participation and support from government. According to him, the government needs to put in place structures to facilitate these trainings, citing a few examples like the Molete Film Village in Kwara State and a few others.

Rounding up the session, Silva cleared the air about the expectations actors have of their trainers as regards securing roles. She described it as inappropriate and advised that actors look out for roles and attend auditions rather than rely on their trainers.

 ‘A trainer helps you get ready for the job and doesn’t find you the job. That is one thing a lot of new actors need to know and it is what my teachers at the academy hammer on. We also advise that they be a part of the industry, observe the trends and network.’ Silva said.

She also mentioned the need for actors to surround themselves with professionals in whom they can entrust their management, accounts and all, so they can focus on fine-tuning their artistry, as it should be.

The conference also had eLDee, Mo Abudu, Davido, Mai Atafo, Ifeoma Williams, Bolaji Okusaga and others as panelists and speakers.

Why Training Is More Important Than Talent – Chris Ihidero, Kemi Akindoju, Joke Silva, Wole Olagundoye Speak At Nec Live 3

‘Talent is never enough’, this was the unanimous conclusion reached by movie makers Chris Ihide...

Veteran actress, Joke Silva says proper and regular training is the only factor that can guarantee longevity in the business of acting.

In a session at this year’s Nigerian Entertainment Conference held at the Marquee of Eko Hotels and Suites, the Nollywood icon emphatically stated the need for budding and professional actors to get proper training in order to better their craft.

Silva who kicked off the Teaching And Training Tomorrow’s Talent session with a very practical speech, affirmed that training is as important as performance itself.

According to her, this training can take the informal form as in the case of Yoruba Traveling Theatre or a formal, like University courses or at institutes such as Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, which she co-founded with her husband, Olu Jacobs.

‘It is very important for actors to get the right education and not only once but throughout their career. If we don’t do this, what we will get is nothing but mediocrity’, she says.

To further corroborate her point, she cited an example of when she had a problem understanding a character she played in the stage play, For Coloured Girls and had to resort to help from popular director, Ifeoma Fafunwa for some direction.

‘I have spent about 34 years as an actor, I have trained several people but I realized that for me to properly understand the character, I needed some extra training. So, I went to someone I was sure understood exactly what that character needed’, she said.

The full text of Joke Silva's speech at NECLive will be published by NET shortly.

Training Is Key To Longevity In Nollywood - Joke Silva

Veteran actress, Joke Silva says proper and regular training is the only factor that can guaran...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

After having garnered local and international recognition with a stellar career in journalism and filmmaking, one of Nigeria’s most influential entertainment industry personalities, Chris Ihidero has released a new book titled “Wanderings Of A Rapidly Degenerating Mind”. The respected writer who is currently the Chairman of the NET editorial board, made the announcement at the 3rd edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference on Wednesday April 22, 2015 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The book is a compilation of 100 of the best articles from his weekly column ‘Chris Ihidero Unedited’ and it is a six-part epic divided into sections which are Music & Showbiz, Books, People, Music, Issues of the Heart and Daring the Heavenlies,

Featuring the trademark sharp-tongued wit, sarcasm and self deprecating humour of Chris Ihidero, Wanderings has gathered rave reviews from a number of frontline Nigerian literary personalities. Speaking on the release of the new book, the Director of Arts of the British Council Nigeria, Ojoma Ochai said, “You would be hard pressed to find anyone with as much knowledge and insight into the history and inner workings of Nigerian film and TV and indeed the whole Nigerian entertainment scene as Chris Ihidero.”
Also speaking on the new book, Tolu Ogunlesi said, “There’s the compelling humor (Chuckler-in-Chief?), and then the rare breadth of knowledge. Indeed whenever I need to find out about the history of television and film in Nigeria, it’s Ihidero I turn to, because he knows the stuff; has spent time reading, researching and doing it.”
Chris Ihidero, on his part while speaking at the launch remarked, “Writing a weekly column is hardest thing to do in life, second only to birthing a child. You do not always want to do it but when you have a waiting audience, you have to deliver, come hell or high water. When I was informed that the editors had picked about 100 from my articles for this book, it suddenly dawned on me that I had written enough articles from which a hundred could be picked. It was a humbling moment.”
NET publisher and NECLive convener Ayeni Adekunle congratulated the award winning writer on an exciting new chapter in his literary journey while announcing the launch of NET Books. He said, “Today we are kicking off a sojourn into books with the NET Book Series and ‘Wanderings’ is the first of this. This is a careful collection of Chris Ihidero’s works which showcase him at his page-turning, toe-curling, infuriating and fascinating best. Chris is such a character!”

Chris Ihidero Offers Insight With New Book, “Wanderings Of A Rapidly Degenerating Mind”

After having garnered local and international recognition with a stellar care...

…Reveals Compilation Album Release Featuring MI, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Others On STAR Music App.

... Audu Maikori Steps Down As CEO

Rap superstar MI Abaga has announced the grand business merger of his Loopy Music record label and Audu Maikori’s Chocolate City. The grand announcement was made at the 2015 Nigerian Entertainment Conference on April 22, 2015 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Revealing the rationale behind the move, the rapper said that the trend of top music record labels globally is toward consolidation. In a move reminiscent of Jay-Z and Damon Dash where they sold Rocafella Records to Island Def Jam, MI revealed that the merger is a union to improve their business efficiency and respond more effectively to change in the music business sector.

The new label will have Audu Maikori step down as CEO of Chocolate City Music effective June 2015, followed by the announcement of a new CEO. The move brings together MI, Jesse Jagz, Ruby Gyang, Loose Kaynon, Ice Prince, Nosa, DJ Caise, Dice Ailes, Victoria Kimani and DJ Lambo under one business umbrella.

MI also took the opportunity at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference to announce a compilation album featuring all the artistes under the newly merged label which will be exclusively available on the STAR Music app soon. 

MI, Audu Maikori Announce Chocolate City And Loopy Music Merger

…Reveals Compilation Album Release Featuring MI, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, Othe...

Folorunso Philips, popularly known as Fliptyce is no doubt one of the most patronized music producers in the country having worked with top acts like Omawumi, Oritsefemi, Yemi Alade and produced hits like May D’s Many Tins, P Square’s club banger, Chop My Money which had US singer, Akon on it and Yemi Alade’s kissing.

Things weren’t always this good for the soft-spoken music maker. While sharing his story on a recent #MySuperStarStory interview, he narrated his journey to stardom.

Unlike many others, Fliptyce knew what he wanted to do shortly after his secondary school but that didn’t make it an easy journey. He revealed ‘I remember at some point after much rejection, I walked into a computer store and asked to use their computers to make beats but they refused me.

Eventually, he used his school fees to buy musical equipment, which made people doubt his sanity. Things eventually picked up after much struggle and he gradually rose into prominence, ‘The turning point for me as a record producer was when I made Chop My Money, the remix version and it became the biggest thing that ever came out of Africa’, he said.

You can watch Flipyce’s #MySuperStarStory video here

#MySuperStarStory aims to celebrate and recognize stories of triumph over adversity and thus inspire young Nigerians to be successful. There is a STAR in everyone. You can join the conversation and share your own superstar story on social media using the hashtag #MySuperStarStory.

#MySuperStarStory: I Bought Music Instruments With My School Fees - Fliptyce

Folorunso Philips, popularly known as Fliptyce is no doubt one of the most patronized music pro...


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