The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, hasreceived the report of the Implementation Committee for Post-COVID-19Initiatives Committee on the Creative Industry, with a pledge toimplement the recommendations of the committee.
Receiving the report in his office on Thursday, the Minister assuredthat the Government will not disappoint the stakeholders in theCreative Industry.
“I can assure you that we will study the report and commence itsimplementation in earnest,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed commended the Committee for its wide consultation witha broad spectrum of stakeholders in the Creative Industry in order tosecure their buy-in and ensure inclusiveness.
He commended members of the committee for their painstaking work thatculminated in the report.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Committee and the Director Generalof the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe,said the Implementation Committee set up 14 clusters to collate theviews of all the players in the Creative Industry, with a view todrafting immediate, medium and long time implementation plan for theturnaround of the Creative Sector, which was badly hit by the COVID-19pandemic.
Otunba Runsewe, who thanked the Minister for his foresight in settingup the committee, said this is the first time any government willengage the entire spectrum of the Creative Industry in order to charta course for the development of the industry.
The Minister inaugurated the Committee on August 18th, 2020, to designan implementation plan on immediate and short-term relief for theCreative Industry, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (Short Term);design a Policy Framework for Tax Relief for the various sectors inthe Creative Industry, if it is identified as one of the measuresaimed at achieving immediate and short-term relief for the Industry,and to work out a detailed implementation plan for a long-termintervention for the overall development of the Creative industry inNigeria (long term).
Other members of the Implementation Committee are Ali Baba (DeputyChairman), Anita Eboigbe, Baba Agba and Joe Mutah (Secretary).
Blair Underwood ends 27-year-old marriage
Popular American actor, Blair Underwood, and his wife, Desiree DaCosta, have divorced after 27 years of marriage.
The “Quantico” actor and his spouse, who got married in 1994, stated that they’ve parted ways and would remain “the best of friends and co-parents” to their children.
Newsmen write that the couple is blessed with three children –daughter Brielle, 22, and sons Blake, 19, Paris, 24.
The couple wrote on Instagram: “After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago. It has truly been a beautiful journey. Our proudest achievements are our three incredible children.
Three souls to which God entrusted us. We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting. We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark upon this new chapter of our lives, separately.
“We thank you all for all your support throughout the years & we humbly ask for privacy & understanding during this new season of change. Blair & Desiree Underwood.”
THEARTER: Daniel Kpodoh thrills Port Harcourt with a new spin of Ola Rotimi’s ‘Gods Are Not to Blame’
Frozen from months of COVID-19 lockdown warmth is returning to theaters, galleries, stages and other venues as restrictions continue to be eased.
Famous comedian Angel ‘d’ laff, warmed the hearts of the audience followed by a serving of sonorous music supplied by the drama group as Ola Rotimi ‘s The Gods Are Not to Blame took the center stage in the Garden City of Port Harcourt on the 13th and 14th May 2021, at the prestigious The Arena event center.
The stunning adaptation of Ola Rotimi’s classic The Gods Are Not to Blame by Daniel Kpodoh gave the ageless story a new spin with a fresh perspective, keeping the theater lovers on the edge of their seats as the drama rolled out.
Daniel Kpodoh’s rendition is infused with a generous display of Yoruba culture in costumes, parables and incantations combined with the musical style to keep pulses racing across the theater.
With unique dance steps created by the director, the play placed the spotlight on the rich Yoruba culture with an emphasis on deities like Sango, Orunmila, Ifa, and Ogun –as King Odewale, King Adetusa (Odewale’s father), Queen Ojuola (Odewale’s mother), Aderopo (Odewale’s brother), the Chiefs and other characters in the book refer to them often.
Odewale’s character as acted by Amaebi Ekiye who experienced different phases of confusion, almost painful in its helplessness, that the viewers will become sympathetic to his plight, cursing fate for dealing him with such a heavy hand.
Odewale was in touch with his supernatural side, and was quick to call on Ogun, swearing on the deity which eventually led to his downfall.
It was also an interesting play to see how Odewale’s destiny led him back home, especially when he turned out to be a good ruler of his people. The Gods Are Not to blame is full of irony, despair, and disillusions. At the end, one is left with a ringing conclusion – one can never outrun fate.
The play the God’s are not to Blame as acted by DAl productions and the theater clan was a massive success with every act on stage giving a very good account of themselves.
Some dignitaries who graced the event include Pastor and mrs Olawale Arije, Pastor &mrs Abayomi Akinwole, Micheal kpodoh (art lord gallery), Michael Ogolo, Endy Ojo Abas, Deborah job, Kio London, Angel attah (angel the laugh), Kunle Tatafo, Dr Ovunda Ihunwo(NANTAP chairman rivers state), Iyowuna Obomanu, Clarizza Tammy, clarizza Tammy (KAFRICODIP ), Sunday Edum,and Florence Ekiye
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