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    Wole Ojo, Sharon Ooja, others nominated for TINFF 2024 Awards



    Wole Ojo, Sharon Ooja, others nominated for TINFF 2024 Awards

    Pete Edochie, Sharon Ooja, and Wole Ojo are among the actors nominated for the 2024 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival (TINFF) Awards.

    In a recent blog post, the award organisers announced the nominees for the eighth edition.

    The TINFF is a multicultural music and film festival. With a focus on diversity and inclusion, the festival aims to recognise and empower filmmakers who champion equality, social justice, and understanding.

    It features competitive categories, live screenings, and an annual awards gala in Toronto, typically held between August and October.

    Edochie, Ojo, Uzor Arukwe, Jimmy Odukoya, Bimbo Manuel, Eso Dike, and Ayo Makun are the Nigerians nominated in the ‘Best Actor: African Film’ category.

    The ‘Best Actress: African Film’ award will be keenly contested by Ooja, Osas Ighodaro, Ireti Doyle, and Bukunmi Oluwashina.

    This year’s award ceremony will be held in Toronto between September 8 and 15.

    Below are categories that feature nominations for African actors and films:


    Best Actor – African Film

    Emmanuel Ilondior – Foreign Path 2 – Canada

    Emmanuel Kabongo – Sway – Canada

    Pete Edochie – Nnewi The Land Of Gold – Nigeria

    Ayo Makun – Merry Men 3 (Nemesis) – Nigeria

    Wole Ojo – Ego Nworji – Tender Hedges – Nigeria

    Jimmy Odukoya – I Am Nazzy – Nigeria

    Bimbo Manuel – My Name Is Misan – Nigeria

    Eso Dike – Why We Never Were – Nigeria

    Uzor Arukwe – The Subterguge – Nigeria – UK

    Floyd Igbo – Shaping Us – Nigeria – UK

    Mamadou Moustapha – Des Le Debut – Canada

    Emmanuel Sabinus Chukwemeka – Dead Serious – Nigeria

    James Gardner – Devil Is A Liar

    Isaac Odeniran – Angry People Of God – UK – Nigeria


    Best Actress – Nollywood Films

    Tope Olowoniyan – Depth Of Us – Nigeria

    Bukunmi Oluwasina – White and Black – Nigeria, Uk

    Ireti Doyle – Merry Men 3 (Nemesis) – Nigeria

    Nadia Buari – Merry Men 3 (Nemesis) – Ghana, Nigeria

    Tana Egbo-Adelana – Ego Nworji – Tender Hedges – Nigeria

    Omowunmi Dada – L.I.F.E. – Nigeria

    Chinonso Arubayi – I Am Nazzy – Nigeria

    Blessing Jessica Obasi – The Subterfuge – Nigeria, UK

    Kambilia Ofili – Shaping Us – Nigeria

    Osas Ighodaro – Love, Lust & Other Things – Nigeria

    Sharon Ooja – Dead Serious – Nigeria

    Nancy Isime – Move Like A Boss – Nigeria

    Yvonne Jegede – Sunset In The North – Nigeria


    Best Film – Nollywood



    Dangerous Mission



    The Subterfuge


    Broke and Proud

    Tarella” Princess Of The Nile

    Jagun Jagun (The Warrior)

    Shapin Us


    Off The Edge

    Tienes 24 Horas (24 Hours Left) – Spain

    07.03 (7th of the 3rd)

    Wole Soyinka

    Love, Lust & Other Things


    Best African Female Filmmaker

    Cordelia Emeh and Biodun Stephen – The Subterfuge – Nigeria/United Kingdom

    Claret Onukogu – Dangerous Mission – Nigeria

    Doyinsola Ajayi and Linda Marrick – Maki – Nigeria

    Chinonso Ngozi Arubayi – I Am Nazzy – Nigeria

    Tana Egbo-Adelana – Ego Nworj – Tender Hedges – Nigeria

    Lolo Eremie – Tarella: Princess Of The Nile – Nigeria

    Chika Sally McKay – Patted Lie – Nigeria

    Chinwe Eboh – Nnewi The Land Of Gold – Nigeria

    Roberta Orioma 0 Why We Never Were – Nigeria

    Pamela Tendayi Nyeke 0 Burns and Song – Zimbabwe


    Best Music Video

    Illusion of Ego – China

    Italia – Italy

    Shania Twain – Giddy Up – USA

    25 Ifedola Street – Nigeria

    Mother’s Love – AAMA KO Mamata – Nepal

    Hair – Canada

    New Me – USA

    Heading For The Light – United Kingdom

    Ahora (It Is Now) – Spain

    Coyote – Pocho featuring MC Magic – USA

    Mama Said – Germany

    Me. You. The Sea – Austria

    Dobriy Zloy – Sirotkin – Uzbekistan

    Raindrops – USA

    Gethsemane – Canada


    Best Experimental Film – Short

    Chekhov – Syria

    Wrong Direction – Germany

    Blue – China

    There Is Fire – France

    Barbie, My Angel! – Vietnam

    Release Nuclear Contaminated Water – Hong Kong

    Olga’s Eyes – Belgium

    Tear Of Ixora – Nigeria

    Blessed By Sunlight – Kenya & Poland

    Repercussions – Netherlands

    Elegy – Belgium

    Rever – Germany

    Paired – Canada

    Serial Hunters – Angola

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    54 African Nations military set to storm Abuja as Nigeria hosts 2nd Africa Military Games – DHQ



    54 African Nations military set to storm Abuja as Nigeria hosts 2nd Africa Military Games – DHQ

    The Defence Headquarters(DHQ), Friday said it has concluded arrangements to host the 2nd Africa Military Games scheduled for November 2024.

    The 2 weeks military games is expected to have 54 African Nations militaries in attendance including Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso who had announced their exit from ECOWAS.

    The Director Sports Defence Headquarters Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Abidemi Marquis who made this known at a media briefing said despite the tension in ECOWAS over the exit of some countries from the body, military athletes from Mail,Niger,Burkina Faso and Guinea have indicated their interests to participate in the game’s scheduled for November 5-18, at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

    Marquis said the event with the theme “enhancing military cooperation in Africa through sport” will afford african countries opportunity to interact with one another towards sustaining good relationship built over the years, just as he noted that the events will feature both male and female athletes participating in 19 sporting events.

    He said President, Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the grand patron for this second African military game is the president, while the minister of Defense, Mohammed Badaru is the Patron with the chief of Defense Staff General Christopher Musa will serve as the Chief host while the service chiefs serve as co hosts

    While noting that the games is aimed at cementing the camaraderie and cooperation that is existing among african countries and enhance security on the Continent, Marquis, said that about 43 nations have already submitted their first primary agreement to participate in the games such as Badminton, boxing, basketball, combat swimming, football, golf, judo, kickboxing, obstacle crossing, shooting, Squash, table tennis, lawn tennis, taekwondo, volleyball and wrestling etc.

    He noted that the benefits of hosting the games are enormous ranging from boosting tourism and steering up the economy.

    “So for Nigeria, while hosting these games is going to increase tourists to our. it will project Nigeria to the world. Nigeria will be visible. So when tourists come to your country, they are coming to spend money on accommodation, food, transportation, souvenirs and other goods and services. So hosting these games is a positive force multiplier with respect to economic growth”.

    He said the games will also spur infrastructure development such as hotels and others there by improving the life of the citizens.

    Also speaking, President, OSMA Major General Abdullahi Maikano said OSMA being a non political organization strives to unite all African military through sporting activities.

    He said Nigeria was granted the hosting right after 24 years due its capability and believed the event will be a success.

    He said “We at the OSMA headquarters, we gave the hosting right to Nigeria, we’re expecting nothing but to have the best and we believed Nigeria has the capacity. Nigeria has all it takes to host. They have been hosting other events but this is a unique event because it involves the armed forces of Africa and by implication, some of our friends from Russia, Germany, United States of America also come”

    He further stated that the athletes from other African countries like Ghana have already entered camp and indicated interests to participate.

    He also said that the Ambassador of Burkina Faso has also assured that the military athletes will be participating in the event.

    “Our aim is to have the 54 member nation of Africa and the motto is peace in Africa. And Nigeria is going to give us that way and fair ways to get peace in Africa. You see, the aim of this our event is to bring peace to Africa. The military are the ones to be in the forefront for fighting and we want to also be in the forefront to bring peace to Africa”.

    General Abdullahi stated further despite crisis,the Sudanese military has indicated interest to participate,adding that he’ll continue to campaign for more countries to participate.

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    Nigerian film “Kimono Kid” debuts at Toronto Film Festival



    Nigerian film “Kimono Kid” debuts at Toronto Film Festival

    Nigerian filmmakers, Seyi Akinlade and Josef Adamu have set the international stage alive with the first screening of “Kimono Kid” at the 49th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Akonitv reports that the Toronto International Film Festival starts on September 5 to 15, 2024, in Toronto, Canada.

    The film ‘Kimono Kid’ marks its feature directorial debut as it tells the story of a young man who turns to martial arts as a means to process grief and overcome self-doubt following a personal loss.

    Akinlade and Adamu, known for their previous short film “Mind Matters” which explored themes of mental health from a youth perspective, are enthusiastic to unveil this new project to audiences.

    Speaking at an event in Lagos on Saturday, Adamu stated that the film demonstrates their ongoing commitment to crafting stories that uplift communities and facilitate important discussions.

    Adamu added that one of the most memorable aspects of making the film was witnessing young martial artists in Nigeria demonstrate their advanced skills on set.

    He said, “It was truly inspiring to see up close. I’m glad we were able to provide a platform to share their talents with the world.”

    The film’s underlying message of finding inner strength to rise above life’s challenges reflects the filmmakers’ dedication to empowering and motivating viewers through their art.

    TIFF is a prestigious platform, and having the Nigerian representation provides an incredible opportunity to share our work with a global audience, opening doors for further collaborations and projects. It’s a proud moment for everyone involved in the film, showcasing the talent and creativity coming out of Nigeria.

    The Nigerian premiere of Kimono Kid is set for the end of the year.

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    HMCA 2024 to gather Tourism Minister, 400 African hoteliers, 15 African countries in Lagos



    HMCA 2024 to gather Tourism Minister, 400 African hoteliers, 15 African countries in Lagos

    The stage is set this week for the opening of this year’s annual Hotel Managers and Conference and Awards (HMCA) 2024, with Lola Ade-John, Nigerian Tourism Minister, leading delegates from over 15 African countries and 400 participants across Nigeria to Lagos for the hospitality industry gathering.

    It will be held from July 13 -14, 2024 at the Lagos Continental Hotel, with the theme; Innovative Strategies: Nurturing Resilience and Excellence in Guest Experience in African Hospitality.

    Ade-John is the chief host and is expected to deliver an address to the August gathering on Nigeria’s agenda for the industry, while over 400 participants from across Nigeria are signed up for the two-day gathering. For the first time, the event will attract delegates from African countries with over 15 countries registered for the event.

    The countries include; Kenya, Botswana, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda. Also, attending the event are delegates from the United Kingdom.

    It is the sixth edition of the yearly conference convened by Olugbenga Omotayo Sunday, director general, Hotel Managers Conference – Africa.

    According to Sunday, ‘‘The Hotel Managers Conference and Awards was envisioned for hotel managers in Africa for skills upgrade, networking and hotel job opportunities.

    ‘‘It recognises the important roles hotel staff play in sustaining standards in Africa and globally. Hence, the conference seeks to upgrade hotel business operations in Nigeria and Africa to match what is obtainable in other hotels internationally.’’

    “Our core focus is building capacities in the human resources across hospitality brands in Africa both international and Indigenous brands, in administration and general operations standards.’’

    On the choice of the theme for this year, Sunday, who is also lead consultant at Tojum Hospitality, noted, “In the dynamic landscape of hospitality, innovation becomes the cornerstone for fostering resilience and achieving excellence in guest experience. This conference will unravel groundbreaking strategies that go beyond conventional approaches.

    ‘‘From harnessing cutting-edge technologies to cultivating a resilient mindset, attendees will explore how innovation becomes the catalyst for elevating guest experiences to unprecedented levels.’’

    Some of the speakers expected at the conference’s panel sessions include; Karl Hala, group general manager, Continental Hotels in Nigeria; Olufemi Abayomi, CEO/founder, Nethermentor, regional chairman, Institute of Hospitality (UK) Nigeria Region; Lydia Akuna, lecturer, Department of Hotel and Hospitality Management, Moi University-Eldoret, Kenya; Michael Pinder, general manager, JS Signature Hotel, Port Harcourt; Ekene Nnabuihe, group chief executive officer, Boulevard Hotel Group Lagos; Justina Ovat, national president, Women In Hospitality Nigeria; Molly Apion, chairperson, Hotel General Manager’s Association, Uganda and general manager, Arch Apartments and Hotel, Uganda; and Amir M. Adamu, founder and executive director, Hospitality Innovation and Leadership Forum, Cameroon.

    The conference, which will climax with the Hotel Managers Awards Night, on the second day of the event, has as headline sponsor; LG Electronics Nigeria and idsnext as co-headline sponsor as well while other sponsors include; Lagos Continental, Providus Bank, Radisson Hotel Group, Wakanow, Old English, BusyRooms, Nigerian Bottling Company, Ikogosi Resorts, Presken Hotels Group, Eko Hotels and Suites and Bizedge.

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