National Film and Video Censors Board says Nigerian movies generated nearly
between N6.4bn and N6.7bn at cinemas nationwide in 2019.
The NVFCB, which is the
Federal Government agency responsible for classifying and approving the release
of movies, further stated that this was evidence that the entertainment sector
however, told our correspondent that the money generated from DVDs could be
much higher but the statistics are not available.
He said the number of
Nigerians that watch movies at cinemas is still not up to 20 per cent of the
The NVFCB boss said most
Nigerians watch movies on DVD.
Thomas added, “The box office
generated almost N7bn in 2019. Between N6.4bn and N6.7bn was generated. But
from information at our disposal, money generated from DVD sales may have been
“This is because less than 20
per cent of the population is watching cinema.”
Some of the movies that
generated over N100m at the box office last year included Living in Bondage
which generated N160m; Merry Men 2: Another Mission, which has generated N141m
so far; and Bling Lagosians which garnered N120m.
Sugar Crush, which was
released on December 25, 2019, but has since been suspended by the NFVCB, had
generated about N150m as of January 9, 2020.
to the suspension of the movie from the cinemas, Thomas said that it had
nothing to do with the movie’s plot which some say mocked the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission.
He explained that Sugar Rush
did not have full approval before hitting the cinemas.
The NFVCB boss said the movie
was given a temporary approval pending the classification and final approval of
the movie, adding that the period within which the temporary approval could be
used had lapsed.
Thomas said he had met with
the producers of the movie and he was hopeful that things would be resolved
Chika Ofili, a 12-year-old Nigerian boy based in the United
Kingdom, has received the ‘TruLittle Hero Awards’ for discovering a new
‘TruLittle Hero Awards’ is an annual ceremony that recognizes, celebrates, and
rewards outstanding achievements of remarkable children and young people under
the age of 17 years all over the UK.
At the 2019
edition of the award, which held over the weekend, Ofili secured an award for
discovering a new formula with which to test for divisibility by seven.
Chika’s math teacher, who is also the head of the mathematics department at the
Westminster Under School, said he discovered the new formula while solving a
reportedly given the young boy a book, which contained several divisibility
tests used to quickly work out if a figure is exactly divisible by the numbers
2 to 9, but the book had no memorable test for checking divisibility by 7.
Chika was said to have solved this by devising a new formula,
which involves taking the last digit of any whole number, multiplying it by 5
and then adding it to the remaining part of the number to get a new number.
scholar also worked out an algebraic proof to back this up. If this new number
is divisible by 7, then the original number is divisible by 7, he found.
the only Nigerian in the diaspora to have earned the accolades for a phenomenal
achievement in recent times.
Sadio Mane and Divock Origi helped Liverpool
brush aside fierce rivals Everton with a 5-2 win at Anfield.
Origi scored twice either side of strikes
from Xherdan Shaqiri and Michael Keane, before Mane struck towards the end of
the first half.
Richarlison’s first half injury-time strike
gave Marco Silva’s men hope, but they failed to build upon any lifeline offered
by a superior Liverpool, who wasted multiple chances towards the game’s end
before Georginio Wijnaldum struck at the death.
And the win meant the Reds maintained their
gap of eight points at the top of the league, as well as extending their
stunning unbeaten league home run to 49 matches.
A blistering start by the hosts set the scene
for a stunning night of Premier League action, on a night where they were
missing Mohamed Salah, Alisson and Roberto Firmino among others.
Less than two minutes were on the clock when
Mane headed an early chance from Andrew Robertson as Liverpool fired a warning
In the sixth minute, Jurgen Klopp’s men led.
Mane’s pass dissected a five-man defence and picked out Origi, who rounded the
onrushing Jordan Pickford and slotted home.
Less than ten minutes later, the hosts
doubled their lead and again Mane was at the heart of the move.
With a brilliant, disguised reverse, the
Senegal forward picked out the run of Shaqiri who nonchalantly rolled the ball
beyond Pickford once more.
The heat of this derby had the additional
spice of the hosts gunning for Premier League glory while the visitors were
struggling to maintain their status in the top flight.
As a result, the first six shots of the match
resulted in as many goals – the most ever scored in the opening half of a
Premier League Merseyside derby.
pulled a goal back midway through the half with a clever finish after a scuffed
clearance from Alex Iwobi’s cross handed him a close range chance.
Ten minutes later, it was 3-1 with another
piece of brilliant from Origi – who, it seems, only scores important goals for
The Belgian striker, who proved the hero of
the last home league derby, received a quarterback-esque ball over the top from
Dejan Lovren, brought it down with his first touch and clinically dispatched it
over Pickford with his next.
Everton, in a sign of pure desperation, took
off Djibril Sidibe and replaced him with Brazilian playmaker Bernard in a
bid to change things.
And they did. Just not immediately.
Richarlison almost picked out Dominic
Calvert-Lewin with a brilliant cross-shot which required Lovren to toe the ball
behind, and not long after, Liverpool had a fourth.
A whirlwind counter attack saw Mane fouled
outside his own penalty area, but picked out Trent Alexander-Arnold who burst
into space as the hosts broke with men over.
The Liverpool star striker made a
lung-bursting run to collect a return pass from the England right-back and
clinically dispatched a left-footed first-time strike past Pickford.
The visitors’ hopes were seemingly dead, but
they pulled another goal back in stoppage time when Richarlison headed past
Adrian from a delightful Bernard cross.
It left Silva’s men with some hope to cling
on to, but Origi looked determined to bag a third and almost did just that when
Robertson picked him out and his wonderful swivel-and-strike was blocked at the
Just after the hour mark, though, Richarlison
might have truly hauled his side back into the game when he headed straight at
Adrian under minimal pressure.
Mane, the man of the night, should have put
the result beyond doubt on 80 minutes after bringing down a delightful diagonal
pass, but slid wide of the post with the goal gaping.
He had another gilt-edged opportunity in the
85th minute when he rounded Pickford only to be denied by a combination of the
England goalkeeper and Mason Holgate.
The hosts were almost made to pay immediately
as Moise Kean threatened to reduce to deficit to one goal but contrived to
slide the ball just past the post at the other end.
though, the game was put to bed when Wijnaldum picked up the ball some 12 yards
out and hammered into the far corner.
Defeat for Everton leaves the Toffees in the
relegation zone and means manager Silva faces further scrutiny after already
being under intense pressure ahead of the match.
Jose Mourinho suffered his first defeat as Tottenham boss
at the hands of his former club.
Two Marcus Rashford
goals, one at the beginning of each half, gave Manchester United a 2-1 win at
Old Trafford and eased the pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The home side were
more than worth the three points and put in an assured performance, while Spurs
were lacklustre from start to finish with only a moment of brilliance from Dele
Alli offering a glimmer of brightness on a damp night in Manchester.
Mourinho made two changes to the side that beat
Bournemouth, with Harry Winks and Lucas Moura replacing Tanguy Ndombele and
meanwhile, made four changes to the team that drew with Aston Villa at the
weekend. Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Mason Greenwood and Scott McTominay were
all brought in, at the expense of Anthony Martial, Brandon Williams, Juan Mata
and Andreas Pereira.
Mourinho’s return to the Old Trafford dugout did not start
as he would have liked. His Spurs side began sluggishly and failed to keep hold
of the ball. As a result, United’s first real attack brought with it the game’s
Marcus Rashford was
fed on the left of the Spurs box and shot from a tight angle. Paulo Gazzaniga
in the Tottenham goals should have saved comfortably at his near post but it
bounced up and went in off the post.
Ten minutes later the England striker nearly doubled his
own and his team’s tally. The 22-year-old, who looked particularly lively in
the opening exchanges, had a central free-kick 20 yards out but his effort went
just wide of the left post.
And Solskjaer’s side
continued to impress. A tidy move started from the back eventually found Daniel
James wide. His cutback found Lingard who laid the ball off to Mason Greenwood,
but Gazzaniga was equal to his low drive.
Two minutes later, Rashford crashed an effort back off the
bar, with Gazzaniga getting the faintest of touches. The Argentine had to save
again from Rashford moments later. Nearly half an hour gone and the home side
had utterly dominated.
approaching, the first moment of quality from a Spurs player brought about
their first goal. Serge Aurier’s shot was parried up in the air and Alli took
the ball between Ashley Young and Fred with a wonderful first touch before
dispatching a strike past David de Gea’s right-hand side.
world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have landed in the city of
Gioania, Brazil, where the team will tackle Hungary at the Estadio Olimpico in
the opening game of Group B of the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup finals on Saturday.
Players and the officials were received by FIFA and local
organizing committee officials at the airport and they were ushered into the
bus that took them to their hotel at the Metropolis area of the city.
The Eaglets have been in the football –passionate South American
country since October 10, in the city of Sao Paulo, where the team had their
training camp and played three warm up games against Sao Paulo U 17 side, which
they lost 1-2, before defeating South Korea 4-2 and then losing by the odd goal
record holders of the title had their first training in Gioania Tuesday evening
by 4.00pm local time.
Nigeria, champions in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015 will
tussle with Hungary, Australia and Ecuador in Group B of the three –week, 24
Meanwhile, ahead of Saturday’s FIFA U-17 World Cup opener
against Hungary, Golden Eaglet Coach, Manu Garba took his team to the classroom
as they bid to clinch a record 6th crown.
The 2013 World Cup winner, who is very much determined to see
Nigeria excel in Brazil, gave the players a dose of what to expect in the
competition following their 1-0 loss to Japan in their final preparatory game
for the World Cup.
The 25th anniversary of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Abuja on Thursday night witnessed splendour as Nigerian singer Davido and the Cape Verde’s Mindelo Carnival troupe thrilled fans.
Newsmen report that delegates of EXIM Banks from across Africa countries, other stakeholders and music lovers were held to series of electrifying performances by the artistes at a concert held at the Eagles Square. The concert, sponsored by Ecobank Pay, was a night of glitz and glamour, in colourful and festive ambience, which characterize carnivals. The visiting Mindelo Carnival group, reputed to be one of the most beautiful carnivals in the world, opened the floor with a parade across the arena, adorned in colourful and artistic costumes.
It was thereafter followed by series of other performances by the group, made up of about 70 members, which kept the audience fixed to their feet in admiration. The Mindelo’s masterpiece was followed by performances by several upcoming artistes before Davido came on stage. The “Assurance” crooner was then ushered on stage amidst ovation by the marmot crowd, and then the ‘party just began.’
Davido, who recently won the Best International Act at the 2018 BET Awards, performed alongside Peruzzi, his latest artiste signed to his record label Davido Music Worldwide (DMW). He performed his popular tracks “30 Billion”, “FIA” and others, amidst cheers by fans. Newsmen report that Nigeria is hosting the 2018 Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM2018) and 25th Anniversary celebrations from July 9 to 14.
Buzzing new kid on the block Teni who recently turned heads with a new single ‘Fake Jersey’ that aptly captures the mood of Nigerians in light of the ongoing world cup competition joins MTV Base’s Ehiz on a new episode of the weekly music countdown show dubbed “Official Naija Top Ten”.
This week, Phyno maintained his hold on the 10th spot with the Olamide assisted fan-inspired video for “Onyeoma”. Kizz Daniel also continued to chart with his 2018 debut “4 Dayz” which sat on the ninth spot. Fan favourite and Nigerians preferred world cup theme song “Issa Goal” by Naira Marley ft Olamide and Lil Kesh landed on the eight spot. Frequent charters; Ah Blem Blem by Timaya, Suh Different by Patoranking, Bobo by Mayorkun, Soco by Wizkid and Jogodo by Tekno held the seventh to third spot.
Pop veteran Duncan Mighty displaced Davido’s two-week chart leader “Assurance” and held the number one spot with the Wizkid assisted “Fake Love”.
Singer Chris Brown was arrested for battery following a concert in Florida, authorities said Friday, the troubled star’s latest brush with the law. Chris Brown Police seized the R&B star shortly after he left the stage Thursday night in West Palm Beach. He was booked on a charge of felony battery and released after he paid a $2,000 bond, the sheriff’s office said.
The Palm Beach County sheriff’s office said that Brown was arrested on a warrant from Tampa but did not give specifics. The celebrity news site TMZ said the warrant was related to an incident last year when Brown punched an in-house photographer during a paid appearance at a nightclub.
The singer was due to return to Tampa on Friday for a concert as part of an ongoing tour. Brown, 29, has a long history of violence. In May, a Los Angeles woman said she was lured to the singer’s house and repeatedly raped by him and a rapper. Prominent lawyer Gloria Allred called it “one of the most horrific cases involving alleged sexual assault that I have ever seen.” Most notoriously, Brown in 2009 was convicted of beating fellow singer Rihanna, who was then his girlfriend and was forced to miss the Grammy Awards due to her injuries.
In 2016, he was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a standoff with Los Angeles police, after a woman said he threatened her at his home. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting a fan in Washington in 2014 and was accused of violence by a woman in Las Vegas. Brown was discovered by record label scouts when he was a boy working at his father’s gas station in Virginia. First identified as a rapper, he quickly found success with his rich singing voice but he has been in the news more often in recent years for his legal troubles.