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NAPTIP premieres movie on plight of trafficked persons



The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on Wednesday in Abuja premiered a movie titled “Pound of Heart” on the plight of victims of trafficking.

Speaking to newsmen after unveiling the film, the Director-General of the agency, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi, said that the movie was released in celebration of the 2022 World human trafficking day which comes up on Saturday.

Waziri-Azi said that NAPTIP would partner with sister agencies, CSOs and NGOs to move the movie into YouTube channels where Nigerians can watch it.

”With this film, many Nigerians particularly young ones who are desirous of going abroad for greener pastures by whatever means will learn a lesson of two.

“We hope to reach millions of people every day with the message that they should be vigilant.

“We are hoping when schools resume, we will have the opportunity to show this movie to them.

“Just like what was shared during the panel discussion, you find people trafficked out for cultural purposes, sporting activities underlining the reasons why they are taken out of the country, including for organ removal.

“The trafficking in person Prohibition and Enforcement Act, Section 20 criminalises any form of trafficking,” Waziri-Azi said.

She said NAPTIP has not recorded any case targeting punishment for organ trafficking/harvesting but called on Nigerians to caution in order not to fall, victim.

The director-general stated that NAPTIP has speculations about organ trafficking and that a lot of families had come to report issues to the agency, but the agency was still doing an investigation about that.

She added that on organ trafficking, the agency would need to do an autopsy report to be sure that what was alleged was the real sense of the crime, and to have evidence of what the agency does.

Waziri-Azi who described poverty as the root cause of migration in whatever form, called on Nigerians to always asked questions whenever they are been promised of travelling overseas.

She admonished them to always get the right information before they embark on such a journey.


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AGN holds candlelight service for late Nollywood veterans in FCT



The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) has organised a candlelight procession to pay tribute to late Nollywood actors John Okafor, popularly known as ‘Mr Ibu’, Amaechi Muonagor and Zulu Adigwe.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the thespians, alongside fans and friends of the late veterans, gathered for the procession at the Unity Fountain on Monday night in Abuja.

The procession was led by Emeka Rollas, National President of the AGN, alongside veteran actors Kenneth Okonkwo, Zack Orji, and Sidney Idiala, among others.

In a heartfelt display of respect and emotions, the attendees took turns to pay tribute to the fallen heroes for their contributions to the Nigerian film industry.

Mercy  Salma, FCT mayor of AGN, said the event was to show appreciation and honour for the life and times of the late actors.

“These are Nollywood veterans who put smiles on the faces of Nigerians during their lifetime, so we should celebrate their legacies and memories.

“They have both the young and the old Nigerians, and even across Africa and beyond as their fans.”

“So this procession is to show that we love them and appreciate their sacrifices and contributions to our industry and nation at large,” she said.

In his speech, Emeka Rollas said the procession was to demonstrate the solidarity that exists in the actors guild and to reflect on the moments they shared with the late thespians.

According to the AGN helmsman, the candlelight service was also an occasion for actors to reflect on how they want to be remembered at the end of their works.

“This is a season of sorrow for us at the AGN, our hearts are filled with grief over the loss of our three veteran members.

“But as the saying goes, when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

“The Late John Okafor, Amaechi Monaugor and Zulu Adigwe lived a life that exemplified brilliance and inspired emulation.

“They also lived a life that burned so that others’ paths were lit, and they made an impact on the society through their profession.

“Today we are here to honour them, not only by profoundly feeling and expressing our loss, but also to remember their amazing personalities.

“They all played unique and special roles in all of our lives and the acting profession and they were loyal colleagues and special friends to many of us.

“Today,  we honour these men as we recall special moments, they were living proof of how fine a person can be, with caring hearts to their friends and colleagues, loving and devoted fathers to their children.

They gave their all in their acting careers as they worked with passion, integrity and energy and our hearts and prayers are with their families at this most difficult time,” he said.


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Yemi Alade set to break music boundaries with “Rebel Queen”



Award-winning music sensation Yemi Alade says her highly anticipated sixth studio album, ‘Rebel Queen’, is poised to break musical boundaries and inspire a new wave of artists.

The album, her 10th musical project, is a testament to her innovative spirit and commitment to pushing the boundaries of African music.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Yemi Alade shared her vision for the album, stating, “I am a true rebel in words and in action.

“I’ve always charted my own course and walked the path less travelled. ‘Rebel Queen’ embodies this spirit, blending the new and old, the familiar and the unexpected.

“The 16-track album will take listeners on a sonic journey across Africa, showcasing diverse tempos and rhythms, with features from acclaimed artists from around the world,” she said.

The “Johnny” hit maker also revealed “Each song is a unique capsule of my thoughts, melodies, and a truckload of nostalgia.

“I’ve poured my heart and soul into this project, and I’m confident it will resonate with fans of all ages and backgrounds.

“ ‘Rebel Queen’ delves into themes of femininity, style, dance, motivation, liberation, and consciousness,” she said.

She emphasised, “I’m not afraid to explore new sounds and challenge the status quo.

“This album is a reflection of my growth, creativity, and passion for music that transcends borders and generations.”

“Get ready to experience the revolutionary sound of Africa’s Rebel Queen,” she concluded.


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Kizz Daniel releases new single “Double” dedicated to his wife



Renowned music sensation, Daniel Anidugbe, a.k.a Kizz Daniel, has released his latest single, ‘Double’, a heartfelt dedication to his wife, Marian

Marian stars as the vixen in the accompanying music video.

The Chief Executive Officer of Artmatazz Media, a media company to the superstar, Christian Agadibe, disclosed this in Enugu on Friday.

He said the new single, marks a significant milestone in Kizz Daniel’s career as he embraces themes of love and family while continuing to deliver chart-topping hits.

“‘Double, showcases Kizz Daniel’s signature blend of Afrobeat rhythms, infectious choruses and soulful melodies, creating a vibrant and romantic anthem that resonates with fans worldwide.

“The song is a celebration of love, partnership, and the double joy that comes from sharing life’s journey with someone special.

“The music video, set to premiere on the same day as the audio release, features intimate and joyful moments between Kizz Daniel and his wife, offering fans a glimpse into their beautiful bond,” he said.

He added that Kizz Daniel had been steadily evolving his musical narrative, and ‘Double’ was a testament to his dedication to family values.

“This single follows a series of successful releases that highlight his versatility and commitment to creating music that speaks to different facets of life and varying demographics.

“Recent hits such as ‘Twe Twe’, ‘Showa’, and ‘Too Busy to be Bae’ have captivated audiences with their relatable lyrics and infectious beats. Additionally, his latest EP, ‘Thankz a Lot’ has been praised for its heartfelt compositions and artistic depth,” Agadibe said.

He quoted Kizz Daniel saying, “I wanted to create a song that not only celebrates my love for my wife but also speaks to the beauty of partnership and family.

“Having her grace the screen with me makes this project even more special to me. I hope that ‘Double’ resonates with everyone who listens and reminds them of the importance of love and togetherness.”

Agadibe noted that with over four billion streams under his belt, two Shazam chart-topping singles, sold-out tours across Africa, North America, and Europe, and over 25 million social media fans, Kizz Daniel was one of the leading figures at the forefront of representing afrobeat on the world stage.

Describing him as an enigmatic musician, Agadibe, said he is the epitome of an all-round entertainer with a magnetic tone, captivating lyrics, alluring stage and screen presence.


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