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Funke Akindele’s ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ becomes first Nollywood film to hit N1bn

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Funke Akindele’s latest film, ‘A Tribe Called Judah,’ has achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first Nollywood movie to surpass N1 billion in box office revenue. The film reached this remarkable feat within three weeks of its release.

The CEO of FilmHouse Group, Kene Okwuosa, announced this historic accomplishment in a statement on Thursday, highlighting that the success of ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ signifies a golden era for Nigerian cinema. The statement also emphasized that the film has not only captivated audiences but has demonstrated the resilience of Nigerian cinema in the face of global streaming giants like Netflix and Prime Video.

Upon its release on December 15, 2023, ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ became the first Nollywood movie to gross over N113 million in its opening weekend. This achievement underscores the film’s widespread popularity and success at the box office.

It is noteworthy that Funke Akindele’s previous film, ‘Battle on Buka Street,’ grossed N650 million at the box office in 2022. However, the recent success of ‘A Tribe Called Judah’ has surpassed this previous record, marking a significant milestone in Nollywood’s box office history.

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Bob Marley’s granddaughter picks Burna Boy for ‘dream’ collaboration with late legend

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Zuri Marley, the granddaughter of the late Jamaican reggae icon Bob Marley, has expressed her admiration for Grammy-winning Nigerian artist Burna Boy, stating that he is the only artist she would have wished to see collaborate with her grandfather.

She shared this sentiment while speaking at the premiere of the movie ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ in London recently. Marley explained that after careful consideration, she concluded that Burna Boy’s collaboration with her grandfather would have been the most cherished.

She stated, “The person who I would want my grandpa [Bob Marley] to collaborate with is Burna Boy. I had to think about it. I went backstage and I was like, ‘Burna Boy. Africa Unite.” It’s worth noting that two Nigerian artists, Wizkid and Bloody Civilian, were featured in the soundtrack EP of the music biopic ‘Bob Marley: One Love.

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I’ve never received gifts – Davido appreciates Atletico Madrid star for gifting him wristwatch

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Nigerian musician Davido expressed delight over receiving a Rolex wristwatch gift from Atletico Madrid player Memphis Depay. The striker reportedly presented Davido with the luxury watch, worth millions of naira, following Davido’s performance at his 30th birthday celebration.

Confirming the news on his Instagram story, Davido mentioned that it was a rare occurrence for him to receive gifts, despite having received cash gifts from Nigerian celebrities during past birthdays, which he later donated to charity. Davido also remarked that he has typically been the one giving gifts to others and expressed gratitude to Depay for the gesture. He wrote, “He bought me a Rolex on his own birthday! I’ve never received gifts; I’ve always been the one to gift people. I love and appreciate you @memphisdepay.”

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2024 Grammys: Four buzz moments, defining events of award show

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The 66th edition of the Grammys, held on Sunday, February 4, 2024, was marked by significant events, spanning from the pre-show at the Peacock Theatre to the main event at the Crypto.com Arena.

One of the memorable moments was the controversy surrounding rapper Nicki Minaj. The Recording Academy initially announced ‘Barbie World’ by Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice as the winner of the Best Rap Song category, only to retract the statement and declare Killer Mike’s ‘Scientists & Engineers’ as the rightful winner. This mishap left fans of Nicki Minaj disappointed, as she has yet to win a Grammy despite her illustrious career.

During the ceremony, hip-hop icon Jay-Z voiced his discontent with the Grammy organizers. While accepting the Dr. Dre Global Impact Award, he criticized the Academy’s judgment, particularly highlighting Beyoncé’s Album of the Year snub despite her numerous accolades. Jay-Z accused the organizers of unfairness and questioned their decision-making process.

In another unexpected turn, rapper Killer Mike was arrested shortly after winning three Grammy awards. He was taken into custody for misdemeanor battery but was released later in the evening.

The Nigerian music scene faced disappointment as well, with prominent artists like Burna Boy and Davido missing out on Grammy wins. This led to accusations of deliberate snubs and calls for a boycott of the awards. Many, including Davido’s hypeman Special Spesh and media personality Adesope Olajide, criticized the Recording Academy for its handling of African music and urged Africans to take a stand against perceived injustice.

Overall, the 2024 Grammys were marked by controversy and disappointment for some, overshadowing the celebration of musical achievements.

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