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NCC installs music legend, Bongos Ikwue Special Copyright Inspector

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The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has installed Nigerian legendary singer Bongos Ikwue as its Special Copyright Inspector (SCI) as part of its anti-piracy campaign.

Mr John Asein, Director-General of the Commission, presented Ikwue with an investiture letter and also decorated him during a courtesy visit to his residence on Tuesday in Abuja.

Asein explained that the commission was working with relevant stakeholders in the creative sector to make its anti-piracy enforcement efforts more effective.

According to him, NCC has recently installed its board members as its first set of Special Copyright Inspectors (SCIs) pursuant to section 38 of the Nigerian Copyrights Act 2004, as Amended.

“We are privileged to have Bongos Ikwue as a board member of the Nigerian Copyrights Commission, and his investiture as one of its first set of Special Copyright Inspectors (SCIs) is a good development.

“This is long overdue because for a legend like him to lend his voice against piracy is a major boost to our collective fight against it.

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“His music has been used as sound track of many Nigerian movies, including the legendary ‘Cock Crow at Dawn’.

“The first duty of the commission is to ensure that rights owners enjoy the rewards for their creativity and ensure that the creative sector grows and contributes adequately to national economy, ”he said.

The DG further explained that although the SCIs were not employees of the commission, they would serve as volunteers in fulfilling its mandate.

He said that they were to complement the anti-piracy operations of the commission, especially in intelligence gathering and public enlightenment on copyrights issues, among other functions.

In his remark, Ikwue , commended the DG and his management team for the opportunity and recognition given to him and pledged to lend his voice in the collective fight against piracy.

He noted that piracy had remained a menace to the growth of the Nigerian creative industry over the years, and had deprived artistes of their entitlements.

He however called for citizens engagement and awareness to ensure that piracy was seen as a ‘common enemy.’

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“I am happy for this honour , and want to appeal to everyone to join the Nigerian Copyrights Commission in the fight against piracy.

“Let us talk to them so we can work together in a harmonious way against piracy for the country to grow,

“It breaks my heart whenever I hear that some of my colleagues have passed-on because they could not take care of their medical bills after working so hard, he said.

The 77-year-old Bongos Ikwue is one of Nigeria’s foremost singers of Idoma extraction.

He was known for for his soulful, folk songs, including the classics “Cockcrow At Dawn”, “Still Searching” and “Otachikpokpo,” among others.

His music is well loved by a vast majority of Nigerians, with a fan base that cut across language barriers and ethnic divides.

He is acclaimed for his dedication to the promotion of Africa and African values by his continuous use of his native Idoma language in his songs.

The septuagenarian was the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Film Corporation, and currently a member of the board of Nigerian Copyright Commission

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Nollywood Produces 541 Movies in 2022 First Quarter – NFVCB

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Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, Executive Director/CEO, National Film and Video Censors Board(NFVCB), says the board received and censored a total number of 541 movies produced by the Nigerian film industry in the first quarter of the year 2022.

He made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, the figure was made available by the Department of Film Censorship and Classification of the board in its First Quarter Report for the year, which captured all films submitted to the board from across the country.

The report is for onward submission to the relevant Federal Government authority for the compilation of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter (GDP) Q1, 2022.

The first quarter report indicates a sharp increase in the number of movies produced from 382 in the last quarter of 2021 to 541, representing 42 percent increase.

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“We are happy that the industry is beginning the year on a good note as indicated in the increase in the numbers of films that the board received for censorship and approval in the first quarter.

“There is no doubt that our film industry is a key contributor to national economy as the films being produced is a clearly reflection of the direct and indirect jobs the sector is creating.

“NFVCB as Federal Government agency is committed to providing enabling environment for filmmakers, we therefore urge them cooperate with us my ensuring that they submit their films for classification”, he said

According to the statement, Lagos State has the highest number of movies produced for the period with 179, while Abuja followed with 164 movies and Onitsha is behind with 121 movies.

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The analysis by censorship location further shows that Kano has 42, while Port Harcourt is 26, as Jos and Benin recorded six and three movies respectively for the period under review.

NFVCB is a Federal Government body that regulates the films and video industry in Nigeria. The Board is empowered by law to classify all films and videos whether imported or produced locally.

It is also the duty of the Board to register all films and videos outlet across the country and to keep a register of such registered outlets among other functions.

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BBNaija S6: Cross Broke Down in Tears After Nini Called Him Dumb

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An heated argument that ensued between Cross and Nini broke him down in tears after Nini, a fellow housemate called him a dumb person.

This argument ensued between the housemates on wed Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, on Wednesday morning after a prior argument between the both housemates in the bathroom which escalated into them throwing insults at each other.

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Nini said Cross is a dumb person who she just tries to be cool with just to massage his ego.

Angel intervened afterwards by consoling Cross, stating that Nini didn’t say all she said intentionally.  “I’m sure Nini didn’t mean all she said, I’m sure she didn’t mean all that. “You’re smart and your brain is not small,” Angel told Cross.

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Mercy Johnson In Emotional Video To Fans As She Makes Google Most Searched Star

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Nollywood star Mercy Johnson almost shades tears in a video expressing her gratitude to her fans for the show of love and support to her brand.
 
this came shortly after she was named google most searched star and recognized as one of the 100 most influential African women among the likes of Aisha Yusuf, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and so many others. 
 
“I just wanted to say thank you so much to 11 million of you. You guys rock, you guys push my brand forward every step of the day. I’m so grateful, there’s no me without you, and don’t you ever think for one minute think that I take you guys for granted, I’d never. Don’t stop loving My brand, don’t stop supporting, and don’t stop pushing. You guys rock.” 
 
Reacting to her video of appreciation, fans applauded the mother of four with words while others assured her of their support and love. 
 
Chachaekefaani: “SUPER WOMAN .” Chiefpriest_dr.ezemou: “You deserve more.” 
Vera_nnadi: “We love you mami.” Angel.ohill: “Love you mama .” Nice one. 

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