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ex-BBNaija BamBam to star in Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim’s play, ‘Jagagba’

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Bamike Olawunmi alias BamBam

Jagagba‘, an award-winning play by Beeta Playwrights Competition, is billed to hold on July 19, July 20 and July 21, 2019, respectively, at the Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Starring Kunle Coker, Mawuyon Ogun, Bamike Olawunmi “BamBam”, Ese Lami George, Olarotimi Fakunle, Eden Attai and Kelvinmary Ndukwe, ‘Jagagba’ captures the conflict of a traditional society with interplays of political metaphors and social contradictions.

The play explores the quandary familial ties, the complexity of policy iteration and the perceived gap between evolving cultures including relevant social issues such as the societal value of women, female inclusion, security, and co-existence.

The play is an outcome of the Beeta Playwrights Competition national call-outs for play entries in August 2018. After five weeks and 348 entries received from 30 states, a panel of six judges, led by the former Director General of the National Theatre, Prof. Ahmed Yerima, selected 10 finalists. All 10 finalists attended a one-day playwriting workshop by Yerima, which was followed by the grand finale with Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim’s play, ‘Jagagba’, emerging the winner.

After a one million Naira prize and a publishing deal, Abdul-Qudus’ play is set to hit the stage.

Abdul-Qudus Ibrahim is a native of Kogi State with a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from Covenant University.

“I can’t believe this is happening for me,” said an excited Abdul-Qudus.

This is the second edition of the Beeta Playwright Competition (BPC) owned by Bikiya-Graham Douglas’s Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF). Bikiya, who is also the producer of the play, created the foundation based on her love for the performing arts and as an avenue to create opportunities for young people to develop their talent and tell original Nigerian stories.

“I’m so pleased I get to produce this amazing play by @qudusib the cast and crew have been so generous with their talent, time and I’m humbled by their commitment and sacrifice, #JAGAGBA is coming,” says Bikiya

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Uzo Aduba sets to star on ‘Fargo’ season 4

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Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, currently filming the FX drama series Mrs. America opposite Cate Blanchett, is expanding her relationship with the Disney-owned network, signing on for a lead role in the upcoming fourth installment of its anthology series Fargo, headlined by Chris Rock.

The anthology series’ upcoming season takes place in Kansas City, Mo., in 1950 (per the official logline) “at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the U.S. at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York and Chicago, and African Americans who left the South in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities.”

In that tumultuous town, an Italian crime organization and an African-American one have forged a tentative peace by trading the eldest sons of each family. Saturday Night Live alum Chris Rock will play Loy Cannon, the head of one family.

Aduba’s character, Zelmare Roulette, is described as “ruthless” and aligned with the Cannon family.

Aduba is best known for her breakout role as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, which earned her two Emmys and a SAG Award. She is repped by UTA, Management 360 and attorney James Adams.

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Chibok Girls-based movie wins best virtual reality story at Venice

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Kachi Benson’s film, ‘Daughters of Chibok’ has won best virtual reality story at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

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The film is a story of the April 2014, abduction of 276 female students from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.

Following government negotiations with the terrorists, 107 of them were eventually released. But 112 remain missing.

The Virtual Reality (VR) documentary, which also had its premiere at the festival, tells the story of Yana Galang, whose daughter was among the kidnapped girls.

‘Daughters of Chibok’ represented Nigeria and Africa, alongside 12 other Virtual Reality (VR) films selected from around the world.

The film’s director, Joel Kachi Benson in his acceptance speech, said, “With this VR film, all I wanted to do was to take the world to the women of Chibok.

“Who five years after their daughters had been kidnapped, are still living with the incredible pain of their absence.

“I felt it was wrong for us to forget or even doubt and move on,” he said.

Benson, who runs a virtual reality film studios, VR360 in Lagos, also shared more thoughts on the award on his Instagram page.

He wrote, “I still can’t believe this. It’s like a dream….our VR film #daughtersofchibok won a Lion Award in the VR category of the Venice biennale!!!!! Somebody tell me it’s a dream!!!!”

In 2018, Benson made his first Virtual Reality film, ‘In Bakassi’, a short film that captures the plight of children living with PTSD in Internally Displaced Persons Camps in the northeast region.

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