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Indian-Nigerian movie set for release

Namaste Wahala was both produced and directed by Hamisha Daryani Ahuja

Indian-Nigerian movie Namaste Wahala, which should have launched in cinemas last April but was delayed due to the pandemic, will now be released this April.

Details of the streaming platforms that will carry the movie have yet to be announced.

The romantic comedy is produced by Indian-born businesswoman-turned-filmmaker Hamisha Daryani Ahuja and revolves around a cross-cultural love story between an Indian and a Nigerian.

Ahuja, producer and director of the movie, took to Instagram to drop the big news. “A lot of you have been asking where Namaste Wahala, a Bollywood/Nollywood love story, is. A movie produced and directed by yours truly,” she wrote.

“The experience has been magical and I am happy to say that this baby is getting a chance to see the world, or more accurately be seen by the world. Can’t wait to share this magic with you.”

Namaste Wahala features actors from both countries, including veteran Nollywood star Joke Silva plus Richard Mofe Damijo, Ini-Dima Okojie, Ruslaan Mumtaz, MI Abaga, Broda Shaggi, Segal Sujata, Adaora Lumina, Ibrahim Suleiman and Big Brother Naija’s Frodd.

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Blocknolly TV aims to support talent

A Nigerian entertainment network that distributes ad revenue to its content’s creators via blockchain technology is set to launch.

Nicholas Lawrence Onumara

Blocknolly TV founder Nicholas Lawrence Onumara told Content Nigeria: “Blocknolly TV is a decentralised streaming platform built on the Ethereum blockchain, to distribute royalties to entertainers using a smart contract.

“I know a lot of us have this belief that most onscreen superstars are multimillionaires, but the truth is that they are trying so hard to keep up to that status. This is why after they get old and sick they find it difficult to fund their transplant trips overseas.

“These same actors end up seeking public aid to finance their medical bills, but in reality they have done jobs that should afford them 10 kidneys if they so desire.

“To solve this great problem, as well as the piracy issue, I have decided to bring this awesome blockchain technology to the industry. It is a technology that distributes all ad revenue generated from a video to everyone in that video as well as all the viewers watching from their comfort zone.”

Onumara believes the introduction of blockchain to Nollywood will greatly impact the lives of Nigerian talent.

“This innovation is one of the best things that can ever happen to actors globally as they can now earn money from their work anytime, and from anywhere they are, even after their retirement or death. Nothing can be more promising to our celebrities,” he said.

Blocknolly TV will air movies, music videos, comedies and skits. With it, content creators will be rewarded for having their content aired while viewers will also be rewarded without being stakeholders in the movie industry.

“I am happy to see Africa take the lead for the first time in this space. Thanks to Nollywood for embracing this innovation, and we hope other countries worldwide embrace this technology too, because our entertainers deserve more than they get for their good works,” he added.

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Nwachukwu to focus on presenting

Uti Nwachukwu, winner of Big Brother Africa season five and host of Africa Magic’s entertainment show Jara, has said he would rather present TV shows and emcee events than take up a “low-paying” acting job in Nollywood, reports Gabriella Opara.

Uti Nwachukwu

In a recent interview with Nigerian newspaper Punch, he said that despite the pizzazz and glamour of showbiz, Nigeria’s film industry proves the adage “all that glitters is not gold,” because there isn’t much money to be made in the industry.

“I haven’t been in the country [for a while] but I am back now,” he told Punch. “I took a break from acting because it doesn’t pay much and I am not ready for that kind of life. I don’t want to pretend about it, so I am only focusing on what brings greater remuneration, which is television presenting and hosting of events.”

Nwachukwu said he would prefer to take up acting as a sideline, as he believed producers can’t afford to pay what he would charge to act in a movie, saying: “Acting would just be a hobby because, honestly, producers can’t afford to pay what I want to earn.

“But I will not stay away from movies totally; I will pick only exceptional movies instead of featuring in all the ones I am invited to partake in. I don’t have so much time for little money. I am not here to pretend all is well. I am in the industry to make money; I am not in the industry to play.”

Nwachukwu has signed up to appear in the sequel to 2015 Nollywood flick Mummy Dearest.

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Nollywood star unveils reality show

Nollywood celebrity Jim Iyke, star of award-winning 2012 movie Last Flight to Abuja, has launched a TV gameshow, The Adventurer.

To be aired twice weekly on African TV channels Africa Magic, TVC Entertainment, AIT and Silverbird TV, as well as via its own app, the reality show is about testing the endurance levels and IQ of competitors with epic tasks and challenges.

To qualify for selection as a contestant, members of the public between the ages of 18 and 30 should download The Adventurer app from Android or Apple stores, the show’s producers said.

Using the app, wannabe contestants can purchase a code for N1,000, play a game and wait to be selected as one of the top 50 semi-finalists – from over 300,000 players – who will head to boot camps in Abuja and Kaduna.

After going through a training process, 16 competitors will be selected as finalists. Each will be taken to Cape Town, South Africa, where they will stay for 22 days and compete more vigorously for a cash prize of US$10,000, which will be awarded to the last one standing.

The Adventurer also aims to address major issues of unity in Nigeria and xenophobia in South Africa, Iyke said. The film star will host the show, which comes after his reality TV debut in Jim Iyke Unscripted in 2013.

Regarding his new reality show, Iyke said: “Basically, we take people from different diverse backgrounds and just pose their ideas and perspectives together.

“In that effort, we hope that we force some sort of conversations that our country hasn’t started to lead. At the end of the day, a new narrative, hopefully, will be forced out of them.”

The Adventurer is being produced and packaged by Abuja-based Pixelator Multimedia. The company said: “This show has been created specifically to produce a high-quality media property that can stand toe to toe with the best of the First World’s reality competitions.

“Chances are that if you’re impressed by Amazing Race, Survivor and The Bachelor/Bachelorette, you will be blown away by Adventurer.”

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