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NETFLIX LAUNCHES IN NIGERIA

Netflix has launched in Nigeria and across many other African countries, and already it has seen impressive reception by a wide audience of film lovers in the country who have long been lovers of the subscription-based video streaming company.

Ventures Africa reports that this is a welcome development for Nollywood because Netflix “might begin streaming more African content”, thereby providing the needful visibility for Nollywood films to be portrayed to a wider global audience. Netflix boast 69.17 million active subscribers from across the world, and has often been regarded as the biggest cinema conglomerate in the world.

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Telecoms giant Etisalat has already become the first among its competitors to provide Netflix services to Nigerians with a subscription package called VideoPak. People can enjoy two hours of uninterrupted, ad-free online TV moments with just 400 naira.

CHRISTINE LAGARDE MEETS WITH NIGERIAN FEMALE CELEBRITIES, EXECUTIVE WOMEN

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde was in Nigeria for four days on a working visit during which time she met up with a number of high-powered women in the country. Talk show hostess and founder Ebony Live TV Mo Abudu first posted a picture of her and the IMF boss alongside Nigeria’s Finance Minister on Instagram, writing that “it was in a bid to see how we as women, ALL women can help each other achieve our desired goals.”

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credit: Mo Abudu

Meanwhile Nigerian actress and business woman Genevieve Nnaji also met with Ms. Lagarde. She first Instagrammed a picture of herself dressed in a luxury suit which she captioned “#day1 with the madam.” She then posted more pictures one of which has her posed with the French woman with both of them dressed in beautiful gowns. Ms. Nnaji said that she was honoured to be in the same room “with strong, inspiring and impactful women.”

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Credit: Nnaji

Nairaland reports that the actress attended the event in honour of Christine Lagarde alongside other business-savvy Nigerian women. It doubled as a dinner and a business event of some sort.

FIRST 2016 NOLLYWOOD FILM SET TO PREMIER

Nollywood has begun on a good note this 2016 with an interesting film set to hit cinemas soon. The film under review is Elephant in the Room, a romantic comedy starring Ramsey Nouah who also doubles as the executive producer. The film tells the story of an aging man with lots of money whose life changes upon a chance encounter with a desperate young woman who is in search of a job after relocation from Europe.

Elephant in the Room stares a former Big Brother Africa house mate Zainab Sheriff, and it is set to premier on cinemas across Nigeria such as Film House Cinema today January 8th, 2016.

Ramsey Nouah has noted that the film was shot in Sierra Leon and that he had immense fun executive-producing it. Let’s hope the film doesn’t disappoint expectations. It should be noted that this is Mr. Nouah’s first time executive-producing a Nollywood film.

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Meanwhile, also set to screen on January 8th and 9th as in Accra is Shampaign, a political action drama series set in Ghana and featuring some of West Africa’s best actors. Some of the stars in the TV series [including Blossom ChukwuJekwu and Joslyn Dumas] have been promoting the show on Instagram by posting interesting sneak peeks as well as headlining promotional events.

The series was created by Shirley Frimpong-Manso and produced by Sparrow Entertainment. According to http://www.moviemarkers.net, “the political drama series follows the lives of a young political campaign team who work tirelessly to make political history by getting a single mother elected as the first female president of the country while dealing with their own personal demons.”

-Reporting by Emmanuel Benson

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