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Nollywood needs government’s support to prevent it from going into extinction – Idowu Phillips

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Veteran Nigerian actress, Mrs. Idowu Phillips fondly known as Iya Rainbow, on Saturday declared that the only way to prevent the Nigerian film industry from going into extinction is for the government to support actors and actresses with financial aids.

Phillips who said that the advent of social media, internet and modern technology has negatively affected practitioners in the industry, maintained that it is worrisome that most producers and film makers run at a loss after producing home videos, because most of the films have been on the internet even before they are out for sale.

The octogenarian made these assertions while speaking with journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital shortly after the kickoff of her 77 birthday ceremonies expected to take place in October.

At the event were the Chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) Oyo state chapter, Mr. Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye who chaired the occasion, Nollywood actors and actresses among whom are Saheed Balogun, Peju Omobolanle-Ogunmola, Toyin Adegbola, Razak Olayiwola, Yemi Sonde and Mr. Olusegun Davies and Mrs. Juliana Afonrinwo of Gulf Platform which organised the event.

Phillips while thanking the organisers for recognising her, appealed to the federal government to “save film industry from going into extinction because of the adverse effects of internet and the social media.”

She added that the introduction of internet has reduced the patronage for home videos which has made many actors, actresses and producers to be in “debts after producing home videos.”

She said, “I want the government to support us, to give us money that we can be making use as loans. It is the marketers that are borrowing us money and we don’t get our money back again. You will see a situation when someone spent two million for a film and he get six hundred thousand naira in return because the film has been on the internet before it is even out for sale.

“I appeal to government to support us to avoid this profession going into extinction. I don’t want it to go into extinction. We are begging the government, we are urging them to look at our side. The marketers are the ones giving us money in the past, but we don’t get what we spend on the films now, that is why we don’t get support again. Before a film is out, it is already in the internet.

Philips while speaking on the attitude of young actors and actresses, maintained that it is only those who are not wise that are showing up their wealth on the internet.

“It is those who are not wise that are showing their wealth on the internet. How can you be showing that you have fifteen million when you don’t have five million. Those who are still exoisinf their bodies, we are still talking to them at the locations because I don’t like it. I don’t want them to go array. God said that we should covert our body.

“Lack of role models and masters is another issue. In the past, we have masters who train people and many upcoming actors and actresses will be under that person, but now, someone with money will just come without enough training, that is one of those things killing the industry.

Davids and Afonrinwo while speaking, added that the organisers decided to celebrate the octogenarian because of her contributions to the theater industry in Nigeria.

“Today, we are kicking off the 77th birthday of Iya Rainbow. We are gathered here to appreciate her contributions and that is why we are honoring her as she turns 77 on October 16th.”

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BBNaija: What I’ll do to any male housemate who makes move at Mercy – Ike

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Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Ike has threatened to deal with any male housemate that tries to get close to Mercy.

DAILY POST recalls that Ike again on Saturday night professed his love for Mercy.

But, Mercy, also reassuring him of her love maintained that although she loves him, he needs to know that his parents love him more than she does and he has to open up his mind to love them in return.

Ike speaking with Mercy and Esther on Thursday said he would deal with anyone who tried to come close or have a relationship with Mercy if he’s evicted on Sunday.

“If I get evicted and any guy comes close to Mercy, I will run the guy down outside the house.

“There are no rules outside the house, if you do anything, when you come out, I’ll face you,” Ike said.

Ike alongside Tacha, Cindy and six other big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemates have been selected for possible eviction this week.

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Adeniyi Johnson reacts as Ex-wife, Toyin Abraham welcomes baby

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Toyin Abraham’s ex-husband, Adeniyi Johnson on Thursday congratulated her on the arrival of her baby boy.

DAILY POST had reported that the actress welcomed a baby boy on Wednesday.

The development followed pictures of her wedding to a colleague, Kolawole Ajeyemi, which surfaced some weeks ago.

The 34-year-star was previously married to Nigerian actor, Adeniyi Johnson, from 2013 to 2015.

Friends and colleagues have congratulated her on the birth of her son by posting photos from her baby shower.

Reacting, Adeniyi on Instagram wrote, ”Congrats on the arrival of your baby. Mr &Mrs Ajeyemi . He shall be a source of joy to you. God bless the baby, the mother and the dad.

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Fans Want DJ Arafat’s Funeral Held Inside Stadium

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Thousands of heartbroken fans of late Ivory Coast musician, DJ Arafat, have signed an online petition asking the country’s Ministry of Culture to use their biggest stadium to hold his funeral service.

The 33-year-old artistes died on Monday morning after a motorbike accident in Abidjan, the country’s capital.

Originally known as Ange Didier Huon, DJ Arafat was famous for his energetic dance steps and scintillating brand of coupé-décalé sound that left fans begging for more.

Over 65,000 people have signed the petition on change.org asking for the Félix Houphouet Boigny Stadium to be used for the funeral, according to a BBC report on Wednesday.

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