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Religious groups in Senegal bans Rihanna from visiting the country

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Pop star Rihanna is due to appear at a high-level summit in Senegal tomorrow but a group of thirty different religious associations have declared her persona non grata.

Rihanna is billed to visit Senegal with French president Emmanuel Macron as part of a charity that provides funding for girls’ education. But the group known as ‘No To Freemasonry And Homosexuality’ is protesting her visit claiming that she’s a member of the ‘Illuminati’.

Rihanna will be visiting the West African nation in her role as an ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The organisation aims to help fund the teaching of millions of children and young people in developing countries.

However, Senegal’s interior minister has been quoted as saying he will ensure the safety of all conference attendees.

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France to Sign Film Production, Distribution Agreement with Nigeria

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Plans for a mutually beneficial working relationship in film production and distribution between Nigeria and France have reached an advanced stage.




This was disclosed at the French Day Roundtable — one of the industry sessions at the ongoing Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF).

Delegates from France and Nigerian filmmakers rubbed minds on how well they could leverage on several French platforms to distribute Nollywood films in France.

Though details of the treaty are being fine-tuned, however, Eric Garandeau, a former president of the French Government National Centre for Cinema and Moving Image (CNC), said that France is very open to co-productions with Nigeria.

With the over 5,000 screens available in the country, he noted that Nollywood films can be accommodated.

He pointed out that filmmakers must pay attention to the kind of stories they are telling, adding that: “Imagine the most original story with universal appeal that is rooted in culture. It is important that they tell a story that reflects your culture and has a universal appeal. You should never be shy of your culture; express it.”

Renowned filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, who shared similar thoughts, told the audience how he was inspired to explore other shores after witnessing a film festival in France.

This, he said, led to the sponsorship of his ‘The CEO’ film by two French multinationals: Air France and Peugeot.

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He encouraged young filmmakers to think or dream same, while ensuring that whatever project they are working on meets the standards.

“We have to meet the standards to put this movie on the available platforms,” he said.

It was generally accepted that international co-production is a good step in the right direction to promote Nollywood films.

Afolayan disclosed that he was already working on a film based on a book by Kenya’s prolific author Ngugi wa Thiong’O.

“The movie has been in the works since 2016 and it is a co-production of Kenya, South Africa, Congo and Nigeria,” he said.

A French film director Olivier Ayache Vidal, whose film ‘The Teacher’ was also screened, shared same sentiments, though his movie was shot in China.

During the ‘Content Circulation Between France and Nigeria’ session, Francis Nebot advised Nigerian filmmakers to ensure that they make an international version of their films if they aspire to distribute it in France.

He expressed optimism that there is a market for Nollywood films in France but it must meet the standards of the French.

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In Nigeria however leading cinema houses are already acquiring film distribution rights for French films.

Silverbird Film Distribution Company recently signed a distribution deal with Les Film 26, a French production and distribution service company, to release three French films in Nigeria, while Genesis Cinemas will be opening a cinema house in French-speaking country, Cameroon.

Garandeau further urged filmmakers to look for French filmmakers they can collaborate with as well as attend film festivals in France, notably the Cannes Film Festival, and leverage on platforms like the World Cinema Fund which was created to stimulate international co-productions.

When the treaty is signed, Nollywood fillmmakers will be able to apply for grant to make films for audiences in both countries.

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Michael B. Jordan Makes GQ’s 2018 Men of the Year List

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GQ revealed its 2018 Men of the Year winners on Monday and named the 31-year-old actor its Leader of the Year. 



It’s certainly been an exciting time for Jordan. Not only did he have a lead role in the box-office hit Black Panther, but he also starred in Creed II, which hits theaters this month. In addition, he’s set to appear in the 2020 film Just Mercy and balances it all while running his own production company, Outlier Society Productions. 

“I want to be worldwide,” the star told the magazine, listing off Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprioand Will Smith as some of his inspirations.

 Granted, this doesn’t leave him with a lot of time to devote to his personal life, especially dating. 

“My career is awesome. It is going great. There’s other places in my life that I’m f–king lacking at. I’m very mature and advanced in a lot of areas of life. Dating may not be one of ’em,” he said. “My personal life is not. I don’t really know what dating is.” 

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Instead, Jordan is more focused on “trying to work on myself and build this empire.”

ordan has been in the biz since an early age. As fans will recall, he landed the role of Wallace on The Wire at age 14. He then acted in a number of TV shows, including All My Children, The AssistantsFriday Night Lights and Parenthood. Still auditioning was never easy, especially when he was often going up against his friends for the same role.“You feel like you’re pitted against each other, in hindsight,” he said. “I was like, ‘Damn! Everybody should be able to, like, work and grow and eat together. We’re not. Well, then, I guess there’s not enough roles.”

As result, he knew there was only one solution.

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“I guess the only logical thing to do is to create more roles,” he said.

As Hollywood continues to become more diverse and underrepresented stories continue to be told, Jordan continues to aspire for greatness.

“I remember when it used to be like, ‘He’s the next Will Smith,'” he told the publication. “Now I’m the example of the next—they’re looking for the next me.”

Jordan isn’t GQ’s only cover star this year. The magazine also named Jonah Hill Director of the Year and Henry Golding Star of the Year. Serena Williams was also named Champion of the Year. 
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