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Funke Akindele´s Movie Contributes 14% of Total Gross Earned in Nigerian Cinemas in 2023.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the earnings are over 416 million naira more than in 2022 with a 7% year-on-year increase in market share.

 

However, while 2022 gross was earned from 64 locations, there was a total of 70 locations in 2023. According to data insights from The Industry, a journal by film insights publication, In Nollywood, over 14% of the total gross was earned by Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’, which has become the first Nollywood film to hit one billion naira in the cinema.

The journal noted that the revenue growth mostly hinged on increased ticket prices, is not happening at the same pace as admissions growth, which is still significantly low. Despite the success of ‘A Tribe Called Judah’, Akindele’s previous film, Omo Ghetto: The Saga (2020) currently holds the record for the most admissions recorded for a Nollywood film at 449,901.

The project was largely responsible for bringing the audience back to Nigerian cinemas after lockdown and converting new audiences.

“If released in the same period as A Tribe Called Judah, with an average ticket price at ₦3,700, it’d have made over ₦1.6bn which raises the question of ticket prices and actual cinema habit growth, despite yearly increase in gross revenues. Ticket prices are at ₦7,000 in most cinemas in city centres.

“In a similar context, the first Black Panther movie, released in 2018, had over 200,000 admissions more than Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

“The latter went on to break the record for the first film to gross one billion naira in West Africa, a feat aided by increased ticket prices and more screening locations.

“The former grossed over 800 million naira at the time. In 2018, there were 48 locations, the number grew to 64 by 2022,” the journal stated.

It also stated that cinemas have been hanging on by raising prices at a wild rate, causing audiences to think through their decisions more intently than before.

NAN reports that nine other films grossed over 50 million naira in the cinemas in 2023. They are Malaika, Ada Omo Daddy, Orisa, Merry Men 3, Kesari, Something Like Gold, The Kujus Again, Afamefuna and A Weekend To Forget.

 

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Kylie Jenner Gets Emotional Over Negative Comments on Her Appearance

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By Cynthia Abah

American business mogul and fashion enthusiast Kylie Jenner, widely known from the reality TV series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” broke down in tears on this week’s episode of “The Kardashians” due to hurtful comments about her appearance. Kylie, who has faced negative remarks about her looks from an early age, opened up about the emotional toll these comments have taken on her.

“It’s a miracle that I still have confidence and I can still look in the mirror and think that I am pretty,” Kylie shared during the episode.

She revealed that she underwent a significant change last year by dissolving half of her lip filler. Despite her efforts to address her appearance in a way that feels right to her, she continues to be the target of online criticism.

“Why do people think it’s OK to talk about me? I’ve never cried about this before, but I guess it does affect me,” she admitted. “I hear nasty things about myself all the time. After 10-plus years of hearing about it, it just gets exhausting.”

Kylie also recalled seeing harsh remarks online about how she “f–ked up her face.” At 26 years old, she emphasized that discussing someone’s looks in such a negative manner is unacceptable, regardless of whether or not they have had cosmetic surgery.

“Even if I did get so much surgery, I still don’t think it’s OK to talk about someone’s looks,” she continued, highlighting the impact of the constant scrutiny she faces.

Kylie’s candid discussion sheds light on the emotional struggles faced by public figures who endure persistent criticism of their appearance, reminding viewers of the importance of kindness and empathy in online interactions.

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There’ll be No ‘All Stars Reunion’ – Mercy Eke

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By Cynthia Abah

Big Brother Naija star Mercy Eke has confirmed there will be no reunion show for the recent ‘All Stars’ edition, which saw Ilebaye win the grand prize of 120 million Naira. Mercy, addressing her fans during an Instagram live session, advised them to stop expecting a reunion for this season, stating clearly, “Stop dreaming, there will be no ‘All Stars reunion.”

This marks the first time the organizers have decided against holding a reunion after a season that brought together various reality stars. Mercy did not provide specific reasons for the cancellation.

Meanwhile, Multichoice, the show’s organizers, have announced auditions for the upcoming ninth season of Big Brother Naija, starting on March 27, 2024, at 8:00 pm, featuring a unique twist. Contestants will audition in pairs, which can include close friends, family members, romantic partners, or any other combination representing a “dynamic duo.”

This new audition format aims to bring a fresh dynamic to the popular reality show, ensuring an engaging and entertaining experience for both participants and viewers.

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Rema Declines to Pick Best Jollof Rice Country

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By Oratokhai Jesusemen O.

Nigerian singer Rema humorously sidestepped the question of which country makes the best jollof rice during an interview at the Louis Vuitton S/S Mens2025 show in Paris, France, on June 19, 2024.

In a video shared on Instagram by The People Gallery, Rema, showcasing his outfit, named LV, quipped about his attire, including a varsity jacket he had opted not to wear.

When asked by the host to name someone as talented as him, Rema playfully replied with “Black is safe.”

Expressing his love for jollof rice when prodded about his favorite food, Rema avoided getting into the debate over which African country prepares the best jollof rice, stating amidst laughter, “You know, that’s one discussion I really don’t want to have. The jollof rice battle is one I don’t want to be a part of.”

The conversation continued with inquiries about his current favorite song (“Charm” by Rema himself) and his star sign (Taurus, born on May 1).

The event also featured interviews with other African music stars like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Tems, Uncle Waffles, and Adekunle Gold. Social media buzzed with videos capturing the camaraderie among these artists at the prestigious fashion event, including Rema exchanging pleasantries with Jacob & Co-owner Jacob Arabo.

Rema’s humorous refusal to engage in the jollof rice debate showcased his focus on music and his ability to navigate lighthearted conversations with charm and wit.

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