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Nigerian music industry is `fantastic and booming’ – American showbiz consultant

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David Enie, an American based Entertainment Consultant popularly known as “Gabriel Da Vinnie” on Thursday applauded the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Enie, who is also the Managing Director, Cranium Records Incorporation, while speaking with Newsmen in Lagos, described the sector as `fantastic and booming.’

He said this was evident as some genres of Nigerian indigenous music were being exported and embraced in foreign countries.

According to him, Afro-beat which was indigenous to Nigeria had become internationally recognised, giving kudos to the musicians who made remarkable contributions to the successes recorded so far.

“The Nigerian music industry is fantastic at this point, I have lived in the states for 20 years now, just coming back into the country to explore the entertainment industry.

“I have heard a lot about Nigerian entertainment chain but I came to see it myself and I must confess it is great, it is in good shape.

“From Atlanta, New York and Houston, I hear people talk about Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and a host of others, I commend them for their hard work,” he said.

Enie urged the Federal Government to create a functional censoring body for proper scrutiny of Nigerian music before being released into the market locally and internationally.

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He said that music censoring was important in order to sieve vague and immoral musical scenes and content.

According to him, this would guide against children and the youths imbibing negative habits from such obscene music and give the musicians a sense of direction on what to produce.

He explained that even with people’s negative perception of the U.S, the country still upheld music censoring, urging the Nigerian government to do the same.

“A functional censoring board should be created for the good of all,” he said.

The consultant urged the government to create policies friendly enough for the upcoming musicians to thrive in the industry.

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He said such policies should enable upcoming musicians to market their music on different media platforms available in the country.

According to him, such musicians trying to carve niches for themselves in the industry had no financial capabilities to market their songs after expending their resources hugely on music production.

“With my observation in the entertainment industry, upcoming musicians need to be assisted to get up there like their role models who are known today.

“This assistance should be from the government, who should assist in marketing their songs or albums in the different media outlets in Nigeria.

“This had been their challenge for years now, the radio and television stations demand a huge amount of money from them, the government should be able to encourage them with this,” he said.

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BBNaija’s Nina Ivy and husband welcome baby boy

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Former BBNaija housemate turn reality star, Nina has welcomed a son with her husband Tony in the United States.

The excited father who shared news of their baby’s arrival on Instagram disclosed that they named their son Denzel Kelechukwu.

Tony wrote;

Sometimes the smallest things take up the whole room in our heart. Look who dropped in, our bundle of joy has arrived….DENZEL KELECHUKWU A. I love you son

Recall that Nina got married earlier in the year back in February in a very private wedding ceremony in Imo state.

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She also showed off her baby bump some months back where she complained about getting fat.

Congratulations to her.

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I am fashioned for real queens and kings, it’s a new beginning, Wunmi Toriola reveals

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Nollywood actress and mother of one, Wumi Toriola who added another year over the weekend, has revealed her new year resolution.

Wumi Toriola in her statement lashed out at those in her clique who hurt her off line and form matured online.

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She wrote,

“So someone asked me what my NEW year Resolution is and i told the Person jokingly that, this new year,’ I smell a rat, I fumigate”

I am that person who wont harbour hates, hurt, depression, or sadness in the name of acting ‘MATURED’
If we are cool, awww bless God, if there is a rift, i show my displease, i show my hurt and i don’t play the victim.

I try to settle it if need be and if need NOT be,i just watch ,don’t mistake my identity,I am fashioned for Real queens and kings,i am not some of your “MATURED”souls if Maturity is about playing the victim and always looking for sympathy,we all have what we go through in life,don’t hurt people off line and form maturity online…

The intelligent ones can relate..Its a new beginning for me and its all Love from this end..”

 

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John Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston dies from breast cancer aged 57

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American actor, singer and dancer, John Travolta says his wife Kelly Preston has died from breast cancer.

The actor wrote on Instagram:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer.

“She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.”

The actress had chosen to keep her diagnosis private.

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A family representative told US publication People that she died on Sunday morning and

“had been undergoing medical treatment for some time, supported by her closest family and friends”.

Preston appeared alongside Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger in hit films Jerry Maguire and Twins.

She also starred several times with her husband, most recently in mob flick Gotti in 2018.

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The couple were married for 28 years and have two children, a 20-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son.

Their first child Jett died in 2009, aged 16, after suffering a seizure on holiday in The Bahamas.

Preston’s last post on Instagram was in June when she shared a Father’s Day picture of her family alongside the caption:

“Happy Father’s Day to the best one I know, we love you.”

Travolta said he would be “taking some time to be there for my children”, adding:

“Please know that I will feel your outpouring of love in the weeks and months ahead as we heal”.

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