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Nigerian Short Film, ‘Lizard’ Unveiled at Sundance Film Festival

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Nigerian filmmaker, Akinola Davies Jr. has unveiled his short film, ‘Lizard’ at the ongoing Sundance film festival.

The Sundance Film Festival – formerly Utah/U.S. Film Festival, then U.S. Film and Video Festival – is an annual film festival organised by the Sundance Institute.

It takes place each January in Park City, Utah, Salt Lake City, and at the Sundance Resort, and is the largest independent film festival in the United States.

It includes competitive categories, documentary and dramatic films, both feature length and short films, in which awards are given, as well as out-of-competition categories for showcasing new films.

‘Lizard’ is the only Nigerian film showcasing at the ongoing 2021 edition of the Sundance film festival.

The filmmaker Davies Jr. , who said he was grateful for this great achievement, took to his Instagram page @akinoladaviesjr to announce it to film lovers and fans.

“A ton of gratitude after a period of internally SCREAMING! Upon learning that we’ll be in competition, from over 9,000+ submissions.

“I am thrilled for all the cast and crew to announce that our World premier of🦎 LIZARD 🦎 is @sundanceorg 2021 Sundance Film Festival 👀 .

“#sundance is doing things differently this year with online screenings via festival.sundance.org and satellite screens across the pond.

” So you can access it on your screens or in your community! JAN 28 – FEB 3 Tix in sale JAN 7.,” he wrote.

The short film which had its world premiere at the festival is Nigeria’s only submission this year.

L’Lizard’ tells the story of an eight-year-old girl, who gets ejected from Sunday school service for her unusual ability to sense danger.

The film , which was set in Lagos in the 90s, starred child actor, Pamilerin Ayodeji alongside Osayi Uzamere, Charles Etubiebi and Rita Edward.

The short film is co-written by Akinola Davies and Wale Davies(The Davies Brothers).

Wale Davies is interestingly one of the members of rap duo, Show Dem Camp and he doubled as co-producer alongside Rachel Dargavel.

The Sundance Festival Film which started on January 29 would end on February 3.

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Banky W, Adesua Etomi Welcome Baby Boy

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Nigerian musician, actor and political hopeful, Bankole Wellington (Banky W) and his star Nollywood actress wife, Adesua Etomi have welcomed a baby boy.

Banky W revealed this on his social media page where he appreciated God for their new bundle of joy.

The couple have been receiving congratulatory messages across social media platforms.

The two lovebirds got married in 2017 a few months after their engagement blew up the internet.

The Wedding Party, arguably the biggest movie of the couple’s acting careers is one of Nigeria’s biggest box office movies.

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#14th Headies: Wizkid Emerges Artiste of the Year as Fireboy, Omah Lay Win Big

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Wizkid was awarded as the Artiste of the Year at the 14th edition of the Headies Awards as Fireboy DML won four awards from his total of nine nominations.

The YBNL-signed artiste, Fireboy won an award each for his two albums, “Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps” and “Apollo”.

Omah Lay took home the Next Rated Award which is arguably the headline award every year as it comprises new artistes who have earned grand entries into the Nigerian music industry. Omah Lay was nominated alongside Bella Shmurda, Tems and Oxlade.

Wizkid, alongside his Artiste of the Year gong also won the Headies Viewers’ Choice Award.

Nominations for the 14th Headies were released in December 2020 with Fireboy DML picking up most nominations. Wurld, Burna Boy, Wizkid and Davido were next as they had six nominations each.

The award which was hosted by comedian, Bovi and actress, Nancy Isime sprang up to life when Wizkid surprisingly made his way to the hall to the excitement of his fans.

See Full Winners of the 14th Headies Awards:

Producer of The Year
Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni

Best Vocal Performance (Female)
Niniola – Addicted

Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Praiz – Under The Sky

Best Street Hop Artiste
Mayorkun – Geng

Rookie of The Year
Bad Boy Tims – MJ

Best Pop Single
Nobody – DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi

Best Collabo
Ladipoe and Simi – Know you

Best Alternative song
Moelogo – I wonder

Best Rap Single
Falz – Bop Daddy feat. Ms Banks

Best R&B Single

Fireboy DML – Tatoo

Best R&B Album
Fireboy DML – Laughter, Tears and Goosebumps

Best Alternative Album
Roots – The Cavemen

Next Rated
Omah Lay

Headies’ Viewer’s Choice
Wizkid

Songwriter of the Year
Simi – Duduke

Best Pop Album
Fireboy – Apollo

Lyricist on The Roll
Ilbliss Goretti – Country

African Artiste Recognition Award
Master KG

Headies Hall of Fame
King Sunny Ade

Headies Revelation of the Year

Fireboy DML

Best Rap Album
God’s Engineering – AQ

Artiste of the Year
Wizkid

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Davido’s “IF” Earns Gold RIAA Gold Award in the U.S.

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Davido’s “IF” has hit gold status in the United States, after he sold 500,000 records of the solo single.

The Gold award, given to songs and albums that sell 500,000 records is Davido’s second and are the only two afrobeat songs from Africa to hit the landmark.

The artiste took to his Twitter page on Wednesday to announce his new achievement.

The certification was done on the 12th of February, less than a year after his “Fall” single also earned the gold status.

If, which was produced by Tekno is one of Nigeria and Africa’s biggest hit songs in the last decade.

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