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Zigi, BTL Africa To Launch Afrozig Dance Fiesta

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Award-winning dance sensation and choreographer, Incredible Zigi, in partnership with BTL Africa, will on Saturday, June 11, launch the maiden edition of dance festival dubbed ‘Afrozig Dance Fiesta’ at the UPSA auditorium.

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This maiden edition of Afrozig Dance Fiesta seeks to celebrate dance in Ghana and provide a platform where dancers can always look forward to expressing themselves through their craft.

Afrozig Dance Fiesta is an all-inclusive dance concert to be held annually, and it shall feature communities/dance groups and individual dancers in the country.

As part of the fiesta, a section has been created themed ‘The Diva Dance Competition’. Its purpose will be to unearth a female dancer that would be groomed for a year by Incredible Zigi, and enrolled on Afrozig Dance Movement.

This is to encourage more female dancers and recruit them into the Ghanaian dance scene. This shall be judged by former world dancing champion, Adjetey Sowah, and legendary highlife singer and dancer, Akosua Agyapong.

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According to Incredible Zigi, the goal of Afrozig Dance Fiesta is to provide a platform where dancers will be groomed and held under a big umbrella where they can thrive. It will also serve as an avenue to offer huge inspiration and nurture upcoming dancers and empower existing ones.

There shall also be a masterclass during the dance fiesta where these dancers shall be taken through branding, staying relevant and monetisation of the dance craft, among others, with Adjetey Sowah and Akosua Agyapong leading the session.

The power-packed event will see performances from various dance icons including revered pioneers, who will provide support and direction. There will be a mix of musical performances from your favourite musicians such as Joey B, Medikal, Sefa, Kelvyn Boy, among others.

Afrozig Dance Fiesta is proudly sponsored by Guinness – Black Shines Brightest, with support from Bel-Aqua and Abrantie the Gentleman, and MX24 as the official media partner.

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The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project

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Author-Filmmaker Tunde Leye and Director Femi D. Ogunsanwo are reuniting for the production of an action thriller. The duo’s last project; a film adaptation of Tunde Leye’s viral blog series “Finding Hubby”, was described as delightful.

According to Femi Ogunsanwo, the director of the upcoming project with a working title of, “The Naija Job”, the film explores the Heist, Action & Crime genres set against the backdrop of big city politics.

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The script was written by Dare Olaitan and based on a story by Femi D. Ogunsanwo, with Olaitan, Leye & Ogunsanwo all serving as Story editors.

“With an array of talented cast that includes Bimbo Manuel, Joselyn Dumas, Antar Laniyan, Baaj Adebule, Ade Laoye, Daniel K. Daniel, Omowunmi Dada, Teni Aladese, Frank Donga, Nonso Odogwu and a host of others, the cast and crew that we have put together are some of the best the African film industry has to offer”, Femi Ogunsanwo says.

The film’s Executive Producers are Adedayo Amzat, Tunde Leye and Femi D. Ogunsanwo. Cinematography is by UK-based DoP (Charlie) Charles Oleghe.

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, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire

, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire

, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire

, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire

, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire

, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire

, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire

, The Naija Job: Femi Ogunsanwo & Tunde Leye reunite towards an upcoming Movie Project, GlitzEmpire


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Exclusive: Elma Mbadiwe on Her Role as Carmen in Netflix’s Young Adult Series “Far From Home”

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BellaNaija has been following Elma Mbadiwe since her breakthrough role in the short film “Without You,” which established her as a Nollywood star to watch. Over the last year, the actress has steadily been featured in outstanding Nollywood titles such as Tosin Ibitoye’s short film “Blast,” “Rattlesnake: The Ahanna Story,” Ndani TV’s “F.O.MO.” and “Rumour Has It,” and now she is playing the role of a teenager, Carmen, in Netflix’s first Nigerian Young Adult series “Far From Home,” produced in partnership with Inkblot Productions.

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In this interview, Elma gives insight into her role as Carmen, her favourite memory on set, and what the audience would love about the forthcoming series.

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Elma! Welcome. This is your first Netflix series, right? How did you land the role of Carmen?

Thank you. It’s quite a funny story, but a fun fact. The casting director called me to suggest actors who could play teenagers. And I’m like, “Hey, what about me? I’m an actor.” And he says, “Nah, they want someone young.” So I send him my pictures, and after a strong convincing pitch, he agrees and sends my picture to the team. It was an instant hit. I guess the team liked what they saw… So I’m asked to send in some self-tapes, about 4, which I did, and here we are.

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Who is Carmen Wilmer-Willoughby, and why should we root for her?

Carmen is the only child of Feyi and Mabel Wimer-Willoughby (excellently played by Bimbo Akintola and Richard Mofe Damijo). She’s in dire need of validation from anyone—her folks, her friends, and even her foes. Carmen is a sweet-at-heart kind of girl, but life has dealt her some tough cards, and she’s not mentally resilient enough to deal with them. But there’s a bit of her in all of us. She’s human. That’s why I think we should root for her.

, Exclusive: Elma Mbadiwe on Her Role as Carmen in Netflix’s Young Adult Series “Far From Home”, GlitzEmpire

Playing Carmen must have been tough; what was most challenging about being Carmen?

I would say the most challenging thing about playing Carmen is becoming a teenager all over again. I am not a teenager and I’m kind of set in some of my ways. However, acting is learning, unlearning, and remembering. And that’s exactly what I did with Carmen. Try to remember what being a teenager was like and juxtapose that with who I think the character Carmen is because I was nothing like her as a teenager (laughs).

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The shoot lasted 82 days—that is a long time! How did you manage to stay connected to Carmen for such a long time?

Yes, it was quite a long commitment, but the upside was that all the teen cast members were together in the same space, and we did stuff together. that constantly put me in Carmen’s shoes. And oh, the uniforms. It’s hard to forget who you’re supposed to be when you’re wearing those.

, Exclusive: Elma Mbadiwe on Her Role as Carmen in Netflix’s Young Adult Series “Far From Home”, GlitzEmpire

What was your favourite on-set memory?

To be honest, I have many, but I would say the fun times with cast members. We ate together, played games together, and shared many early mornings and late nights. It was an enjoyable set.

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Why will audiences love “Far From Home”?

The audience will love FFH because it’s young and fresh, and we have all lived every character’s life at one point or another. There’s someone everyone can relate to. Ishaya, Atlas, Frank, and, of course, Carmen.

When Elma is not on set, how does she spend her typical day?

When I’m not on set, I spend my time at home with my family. It’s really hard to get me outside my home to do something else when I’m not working. So I Netflix, cook, and take care of my plants.

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