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Boxx Culture Releases List of the Most Entertaining Personalities and Brands During the Covid-19 Lockdown.

The entertainment industry is undoubtedly one of the worst hit by the Coronavirus
pandemic. Despite the restriction of events and public activities, entertainers and
entertainment brands have found creative ways to keep Nigerians happy.

YouTube concerts to Instagram live shows, consumers of entertainment content have
depended on these innovative acts to stay out of boredom while staying home.

BOXX 45 is a list of the most entertaining personalities and brands during the
COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, compiled by talent management agency, BoxxCulture.

The selection process relied largely on audience response from a wide-reaching survey.
Some of the names that made the list include; Iyabo Ojo, Kunle Remi, Don Jazzy, Lilian
Esoro, Toke Makinwa, Wofai Fada and Toni Tones for their comical TikTok mimic
videos. Others include Broda Shaggi, Woli Agba, Mr Macaroni, Oli Ekun, Mayorkun, Basketmouth, Josh2Funny, Taaooma, Nedu and Juliana
Olayode for their rib cracking Instagram skits and short-form videos.

DJ Neptune, Simi, Blaqbonez, Chike and music producer Kiddominant are also othernames that appeared on the list for using social media competitions and challenges ascreative tools to promote their music while keeping people entertained.

These names are potentially championing a new normal for entertainment in variousforms and
we will be looking out for them in the coming months post-COVID.

See full list on www.boxxculture.

Netflix SA Releases Trailer For African Horror Movie “8”

Netflix SA is ready to give us a deep dive into the world of African horror with the release of it’s first African original horror film, “8.”

The movie, which is set to premiere globally on Friday, 19 June, stars Garth Breyetenbach, Inge Beckmann, Keita Luna, and Tshamano Sebe.

8 tells the story of an unaccomplished William Ziel who returns to the farmhouse he inherited from his estranged father with his wife, Sarah, and their adopted niece, Mary. Soon after moving in, they meet a mysterious local outcast Lazarus. Lazarus persuades William to hire him in spite of Sarah’s reservations and successfully forges a kindred bond with Mary, who, like him, still aches for her lost kin. But among the locals, Lazarus is an unwelcome menace who carries a dark secret in his sack: a demon reincarnation of his deceased daughter with an insatiable appetite for human souls.

What happens when reality and superstitions meet?

Watch the trailer below:

Fashionomics Africa Debuts Webinar Series To Discuss Opportunities & Threats In The Industry.

The African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa initiative on Tuesday launched its first webinar series to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry. In total, 136 fashion entrepreneurs, digital innovators and creative minds joined the discussion. The theme of the first episode of the series was: “What does the COVID-19 disruption mean for Africa’s Fashion Market? Opportunities and Threats for Fashionpreneurs and Investors.”

“Supporting investment for the micro, small and medium enterprises in the creative and cultural industries, creating the right environment for the financial sector to play its full part in powering growth, lies at the heart of the African Development Bank’s agenda,” said Vanessa Moungar, Director of the Gender, Women and Civil Society Department at the African Development Bank.

The participants exchanged ideas and shared lessons learned on how to take advantage of online tools to strengthen businesses. Panelists included representatives from supply chain giant Maersk, the HEVA Fund for financing creative industries, the founder of made-in-Africa online brand Tongoro, and Afrikrea – an African e-commerce platform specializing in fashion and crafts.

“African fashion is rising right now. African designers need to develop their unique business model and have to be innovative. To do so, digital is key,” said Sarah Diouf, founder of Tongoro. “It’s a tool that we can truly leverage to our advantage. Africa has many stories to share and tell.”

Wakiuru Njuguna, Investment Manager and Partner at the HEVA Fund, said sustainability was going to be key to the future of fashion. “Going forward, sustainable fashion is going to be the way to go. The African fashion brands need to be ready to answer the questions they will be asked,” she said.

Subsequent Fashionomics Africa webinars will be available on the Fashionomics Africa Digital Marketplace and Mobile App (available both on IOS and Android). The platform aims to help Africa’s fashion designers, textile and accessories professionals connect with regional and global markets. Sign up on Fashionomics Africa here. Registration is free.

Fashionomics Africa leverages data and communication technologies to help entrepreneurs access business skills, finance and other tools.

Text excluding title courtesy Bellanaija

Banksy Supports Black Lives Matter With Latest Artwork

Banksy has shown his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying “people of colour are being failed by the system”.

The graffiti artist wrote in an Instagram post: “At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem, it’s mine.

“People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t, no one will let them in the apartment upstairs.

“This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in.”

Alongside the post is a painting of a vigil candle burning a US flag.

Banksy’s identity has long been a closely guarded secret, but that has not stopped him from becoming one of the most prolific artists of the 21st century, gaining attention for his politically charged works.

Source: The Guardian

GeorgeFloyd: David Oyelowo Relives Racism Experience

Racism is a burden every black person has to bear, and British-Nigerian actor, David Oyelowo in an emotional video, shares how racism affected his father, brother and him.

In the video, he shared how his father had faced racism in the 60s, how his brother (a health provider) was told to go back to Nigeria because of his race, and how he (David) had always faced racial discrimination in the movie industry.

He disclosed that Academy members called the studios saying they would not vote for the film “Selma” at the Oscars because the cast protested the death of Eric Garner by wearing ‘I can’t breathe’ shirts.

He said: “I remember at the premiere of Selma us wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts in protest. Members of the Academy called into the studio and our producers saying, ‘How dare they do that? Why are they stirring S-H-I-T?’ and ‘We are not going to vote for that film because we do not think it is their place to be doing that’.

“Selma”, which is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches, was a huge critical success and earned two Oscar nominations, for best picture and best original song.

Sharing the emotional video, he wrote:

Let’s create a better future together.

This video is 8 mins and 2 secs long. Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck for another 44 seconds longer than that. Think about that.

Garden Theatre’s Visual Poem, “Lockdown” Is A Reminder Of Our Present Reality.

The Garden Theatre, inspired by our ongoing reality presents, a visual poem titled “Lockdown“, mixed, mastered and produced by TJ Dairo, with voice-over performance by Eric Hollaway, written by Tosin Otudeko.

Check out the poem below:

CKay Shares A Musical Short Film, “Alien”

Chocolate City’s CKay puts a spin to a musical short film titled “Alien“, a romantic fantasy based on a true story.

The short film stars CKay alongside, Nuerki Nortey, Titilope Adesanya, and directed by Makere Thekiso.

Watch the video below:

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