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Genevieve Nnaji, Akin Omotoso And Cynthia Erivo Named Members Of ‘The Academy’

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On Wednesday July 1, the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences released its list of new members, with 819 invitees, including Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, Nigerian film director Akin Omotoso, and British-Nigerian actress/singer Cynthia Erivo.

“The Academy is delighted to welcome these distinguished fellow travellers in the motion picture arts and sciences. We have always embraced extraordinary talent that reflects the rich variety of our global film community, and never more so than now,” said Academy president David Rubin said in a statement.

Next on the Academy’s agenda is Aperture 2025 to advance inclusion and representation in membership and the film community.

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson added: “We take great pride in the strides we have made in exceeding our initial inclusion goals set back in 2016, but acknowledge the road ahead is a long one. We are committed to staying the course. I cannot give enough thanks to all our members and staff who worked on the A2020 initiative and to our head of Member Relations and Awards, Lorenza Muñoz, for her leadership and passion in guiding us through to this point and helping to set the path going forward. We look forward to continuing to foster an Academy that reflects the world around us in our membership, our programs, our new Museum, and in our awards.”

Other notable mentions include Ladj Ly, Bernie Taupin, Matthew A. Cherry, Florence Pugh, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina

If the 819 members accept the invites which will most probably be the case, agent members of the 2020 class will be allowed voting privileges at the upcoming Oscars. In an effort to make its members more diverse, 45% of the new members will be women and 36% are people of colour. International make-up is 49% from 68 countries.

This will not be the first time Nigerian filmmakers are making the Academy membership list. In 2018, actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Tinsel producer, Femi Odugbemi and UK-based producerSimon Onwurah were extended invites.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 93rd Oscars will now hold on April 25, 2021, two months later than the initial February date.

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Olakira finally acquires a Maserati

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Olakira who released the catchy groundbreaking hit single last year June titled In My Maserati, a song which had him show off his wooing skills but unlike the cheesy pick-up line go-to used by other guys, Olakira flexed and simply asked the girl to “Hop in my Maserati”. The song even became more of a hit when Davido jumped on it, adding a verse to the remix, which was simplified as Maserati, instead of it’s original three-word title.

It is September of 2021, a year and 3 months since the original release of Olakira’s debut hit single and what better way to celebrate the blessings that came forth from it, than buy spoiling himself. Olakira does this by actually acquiring a Maserati car for himself.

The blue coloured speed beauty, a Maserati Lavante Hybrid 2021 model costs about $78,290 (USD) (according to car.usnews.com), an approximate 32,216,335.00 in naira; Olakira captions this “A dream come through, we rave in a maserati now!!

Since Maserati, Olakira has gone on to release other singles including his sophomore EP—”4play”—in May of this year. Congratulations to him.

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Burna Boy did not sellout the 02 arena, attendees claim

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Nigerian musician—Burna Boy—was the talk of the town on Friday, 27th of August for his energetic performance at the 02 arena, London which he confirmed via several posts on his Instagram that it was a shutdown event as advertised. Shortly after his very lively stage presence, Burna Boy wrote on his story: “I Sold OUT the 02 by myself. At the prices I wanted. The way I wanted. Never talk much, Just show Action !” (sic) in a bid to cancel the rumours circulating the internet about his ‘Space Drift Tour’ which held in the UK not being a sold out event.

Much to the surprise of many today, Diane, a violinist who performed at the grand show went on her Instagram and wrote that it was actually a total of 12,000 people who attended the show as opposed to the maximum 20,000 seat capacity in the 02. Diane’s post (probably unknowingly to her) has started an online trend where attendees and fans of Burna Boy have come out in support of her and agreed to the fact that the 02 performance by Burna Boy was not a shutdown event.

A user by the handle @shonibay attests: “I was there – the ahow was really good but it didn’t sell out” yet another writes: “Boxes were empty. Seats were empty but the vibe and energy was there. So you pipol keep screaming sold out. Like say you were there mctchewww.” (sic) per @TopeTops. The most confusing tweet of all and yet-to-be confirmed claim according to @RonxxO reads thus: “Getting into burna boy’s concert for free was actually the highlight of august [ROTFL emoji] Friday was too lit I want to rewind time bro” (sic).

In an effort to dispute Burna Boy’s brag of selling out the 02 arena, one thing stands out among his fans and that is the fact they all testify to the electric performance by the African Giant singer. A commendable attitude! As of the time of writing, neither Burna Boy nor his camp have come out to say whether the claims are true or false. So is Burna Boy or the attendees to be believed?

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“Question” by Don Jazzy and Burna Boy to be released tomorrow

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Don Baba J and Odogwu linking up might just be the collab of the year as both of them are confirmed to be on the their first collaboration ever titled Question which will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, 24th of August.

Don Jazzy and Burna Boy being on the same song was first teased last week when the Mavin boss posted a photo of him and Burna inside a drop-top car, giving hints that the video for Question have been shot already and now the food is finally being warmed in the microwave, set to be dished on a platter of platforms from Apple Music to Spotify to YouTube etc tomorrow.

Safe to say, Don Jazzy doesn’t go wrong when it comes to making beats—scratch that—hits, okay both and Burna on his part, ignites like the Human Torch from Fantastic Four whenever on a track, hence we should expect nothing but flames tomorrow when Question hits mainstream streaming platforms.

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