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Nse Ikpe-Etim Outlines plans for a Major Comeback.

For 12 years Nse Ikpe-Etim was a top ranked Nigerian actress, dominating screen and challenging stereotypes about Nollywood. But she had more in common with the women she embodied on screen than her audience realised. A hiatus from creative work and announcement about her personal struggles showed a vulnerable side to her.

Over the trolls who tried to use her private life as internet fodder and hungry for new opportunities to reinvent herself, Nse Ikpe-Etim sits with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on “Rubbin Minds” to clear the air on her status in Nollywood and her plans for her film comeback.

Nse reveals she’s very professional with her work, she lives her roles and she never goes on set to be friends with other actors. There should be no blurred lines, and hopefully other actors in Nollywood get it.

Watch her interview below:

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Bimbo Akintola, Antar Laniyan star in ‘Last Request’

Two of Nigeria’s biggest names in Nollywood, Bimbo Akintola and Antar Laniyan team up together to give a very superb performance in the movie ‘Last Request.’ [MosesOlufemi]
Two of Nigeria’s biggest names in Nollywood, Bimbo Akintola and Antar Laniyan team up together to give a very superb performance in the movie ‘Last Request.’ [MosesOlufemi]
Wach the trailer of Bimbo Akintola and Antar Laniyan’s outstanding performance in the movie ‘Last Request.’

Two of Nigeria’s biggest names in Nollywood, Bimbo Akintola and Antar Laniyan team up together to give a very superb performance in the movie ‘Last Request.’

The movie which was shot in Lagos gives an in-depth of how a very beautiful family’s life gets flipped overnight. A loving husband is diagnosed with a brain tumor that threatens his life. He has a last request that sends his family into disarray.

‘Last Request’ has already won several awards internationally which includes Best Director African Film Awards 2019, Best Producer African Film Awards 2019 and Best Supporting Actress African Film Awards 2019.

It has also been selected to premiere at the West African Film Festival Houston, Texas, 2020. The movie was directed by Moses Olufemi and directed by James Abinibi. It also stars Yomi Blaq, Linda Osifo and a host of others.


New Podcast Targets The ‘Crap’ On WhatsApp

The phone messaging app WhatsApp is beloved by millions but infamous as a platform for hoaxes. We speak with the co-host of the new South Africa-based podcast, “What’s Crap with WhatsApp?”


WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging phone applications in the world, with millions of daily users. It’s also infamous for being a platform where hoaxes and rumors are easily spread far from public view. But a new African podcast called “What’s Crap On WhatsApp?” is trying to debunk some of the disinformation. The show is recorded as a voice note and shared on WhatsApp like this.


KATE WILKINSON: We saw a message which said that apricot seeds can kill cancer cells, but that’s not true.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: And then there was the advice to use salt or white toothpaste to test if you’re pregnant. This doesn’t work.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: Kate Wilkinson is a co-host of “What’s Crap On WhatsApp?” And she joins us now from Durban in South Africa. Welcome.


GARCIA-NAVARRO: So tell us what role WhatsApp plays in Africa and why you chose this particular app to air your podcast.

WILKINSON: Well, WhatsApp plays a huge role in Africa because it is a way that normal people who live in Africa, like me, my friends, my colleagues, my family – it’s the way that we communicate. And we just realized that the existing fact-checking that we were doing and have been doing for a number of years on Facebook, on Twitter – we’d rarely been getting that right and covering all our bases. But we knew there was this big, black box that was WhatsApp. And we needed to try and get in there and see what was being spread, if it was dangerous and if we could help set the record straight.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: The original intention behind this show was to uncover misinformation about South Africa’s election last year. But it quickly turned into something else. What happened?

WILKINSON: Yeah. So we partnered with Volume, which is a startup that’s based in Johannesburg. So we’re on WhatsApp, where we collect the misinformation that people want fact-checked. We produce the show and then distribute it back on the platform. And we launched it just before our national elections last year. And we really did expect that we would see mostly political misinformation; we would see people trying to sway voters; we’d see maybe political parties planting mis- and disinformation on the platform.

But to be honest, that’s not what we saw. For the most part, the clue’s in the name. We see a lot of crappy hoax messages being sent to us. But people often get very concerned and are worried about them because they play on our very human fears.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: But what hoaxes are we talking about? Give us some examples.

WILKINSON: So they start from the very silly, you know, messages that if you find a Coke can outside your garage, it’s because criminals are marking your house for robbery. We also see sometimes dodgy medical advice about how to do a pregnancy test with toothpaste.

But then we also saw probably what could have been the most dangerous misinformation. We had an outbreak of xenophobic violence in the country, which saw foreigners and migrants targeted. And WhatsApp went wild with videos and very disturbing images. And through the fact-checking that we did on the platform, we were actually able to determine that most of these videos were actually unrelated to the latest round of xenophobic violence. These misleading images, these misleading videos, which were unconnected to the situation, could have really riled up an already tense situation.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: As you probably know, misinformation is a big deal in the United States. You may have heard. As information debunkers, what kind of tips do you have for us here?

WILKINSON: So the first thing to do is – when you get a message – is to ask yourself, you know, who created this original message? Can you try figure out a motive or an agenda? Secondly is to think about whether it plays with your emotions. Is it something that’s likely to make you angry? Is it something that’s likely to make you scared or cross? And is that an emotion that is fueling you to share it? And then thirdly, really, is just to ask, you know, could I be being misled? And when in doubt, don’t share.

GARCIA-NAVARRO: I say this a lot. Everyone should become a fact-checker of their own feed.

Kate Wilkinson is a co-host of the podcast “What’s Crap On WhatsApp?” Thank you very much.

WILKINSON: Thanks, Lulu.


Recognizing Diversity At the 2020 AAFCA Awards (Plus Winners List)

The African America Film Critics Association Awards rolled out the red carpet Wednesday night in Hollywood at the Taglyn Culture Complex and it was a diverse star-studded event.

Monique Loveless got to speak to iconic costume designer Ruth Carter, Michael Cherry, Garcelle Beauvais and many more about diversity, black girl magic and what they were most excited about for the night.

“I am excited about presenting Jamie Foxx’s Best Supporting Actor Award.” Beauvais says, “I think he really deserves it, in Just Mercy, he’s so good all the time and I feel he doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves.”

Really giving us advice on how we can continue to be recognized like we should as a community and support one another was Gil Robertson, founder of AAFCA.

“We can support the movies and projects that come out instead of getting on Twitter and talking about why a person shouldn’t see a movie or support a performer.” Roberston goes on to say, “We should come together and support and find out reasons why people should go out and support.”

But the true highlight of the night goes to Hair Love creator Michael Cherry received the Breakout Filmmaker Award for the evening. Cherry has also been nominated for his first Academy Award this year after the #oscarssowhite again controversy.

“It’s insane.” He smiles and answers the question of being nominated, “Obviously it’s a weird year because there’s not a lot of us being honored at that award show but I’m just as happy to be here representing with my folks.” Cherry concludes with, “It’s like a dream it doesn’t even feel real.”

Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Jordan Peele (Us), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Debra Martin Chase & Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Melina Matsoukas & Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim), Matthew Cherry (Hair Love), Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Waves), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name), Warner Bros executive Niija Kuykendall (Just Mercy), Director Kenny Leon and legendary music executive Clarence Avant all received awards for the night. Showing recognition and support for the amazing creative work they put out this year.

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