Friday, August 22, 2014

WOW! Win N25, 000 To Shop On Dealdey and Get 15% Off On Lulu

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Grammy Award Winner Miranda Lambert to Perform at 2014 Belk Bowl

Grammy Award Winner Miranda Lambert to Perform at 2014 Belk Bowl
13th Annual Belk Bowl kicks off on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, N.C.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Belk Bowl is thrilled to announce the Grammy Award winner Miranda Lambert will be the featured act at the 2014 Belk Bowl this coming December. The 13th annual Belk Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. and will feature a matchup of the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"I'm excited to be a part of the Belk Bowl this year," says Lambert, the reigning Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy Award winner. "It's always a fun time in Charlotte and it will be a great way to end the year!"

"Miranda Lambert is a tremendous addition to this year's Belk Bowl Fan Fest," says Jon Pollack, Belk's executive vice president of sales promotion, marketing and eCommerce. "She is an icon of Modern. Southern. Fashion., and is the perfect artist to help us celebrate the first year of our SEC/ACC football match up. We are thrilled she is joining us this year."

This year's FanFest event is free to the public and will begin at noon with Miranda Lambert scheduled to begin her performance at 4 p.m.

Individual tickets for the 2014 Belk Bowl will go on sale in early October and will be available through Ticketmaster and the participating schools. Fans can visit the official website, www.BelkBowl.com, for more information about the game and surrounding events.

About Miranda Lambert
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning five-time ACM and reigning four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Her last album, Four The Record, made history when it debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, making Miranda the first country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1. All four of those albums have also been certified Platinum.

Miranda's highly-anticipated fifth album, Platinum, debuted at the top of the all genre Billboard 200 as the #1 album in the nation. Her lead single "Automatic," written by Miranda, Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, is an autobiographical song that reflects on the days of pay phones, learning to drive a stick shift, driving to Dallas to buy an Easter dress, recording the country countdown on her cassette recorder and more. Miranda's current single, "Somethin' Bad" is a duet with Carrie Underwood that is racing up the charts.

In addition to her award winning music, Miranda also dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation. The Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million to aid organizations and entities whose purpose is to build animal shelters for better care; increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship; rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals; fund spay/neuter programs; reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Its belk.com website offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.

About Belk Bowl
The first college bowl game to call the Carolinas home, the Belk Bowl has averaged nearly 60,000 fans each year, with three sellouts. In addition, the 2011 game was viewed by more than 15 million people. In 2003, it was named one of the five best start-ups in sports over the past five years by the Sports Business Journal, behind only the NFL Houston Texans and ESPN The Magazine. Ticket packages for the 2014 Belk Bowl are available at www.belkbowl.com.

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SOURCE Belk, Inc.

CONTACT: Jessica Graham, Belk, Inc., Vice President, Communications and Community Relations, 704-426-8333, Jessica_Graham@belk.com

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Two Young Nigerian Filmmakers To Receive Internship Awards In Vienna

Two young Nigerian filmmakers between 24 and 29 years old and and either be enrolled at a university or have graduated not longer than two years ago in July 2015 are eligible for the first ever "Time for Africa!" Film Collaboration between Europe and Africa by Makido Film in Vienna, Austria and Eko International Film Festival of Nigeria.

Makido Film of Vienna, Austria and Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) of Nigeria have signed an MoU in the first ever film collaboration between Austria and Nigeria to bring African film making talents and European film producers together.

Makido and EKOIFF are launching the "Time for Africa!" film competition in Nollywood, the biggest and largest film industry in Africa, exclusively for young upcoming Nigerian.filmmakers to enter a short documentary on ”a European woman, who lives and works in Nigeria”. The film should be of a maximum length of 7 minutes.

The target audience is the wider public. There are no specific technical requirements. The film must be compatible with Makido’s ethical guidelines and not compromise any Christian ethical values.
Applicants should be between 24 and 29 years old and either be enrolled at a university or have graduated not longer than two years ago in July 2015.

An international jury of film experts will award the prize to the filmmakers, who best display excellence in style, substance and approach to documentary film making.

Mr. Hope Obioma Opara – EKOIFF, Nigeria
Ms Joana Adesuwa Reiterer–Human Rights Award 2009, Austria/Nigeria
Mr. Golli Marboe–makido, Austria
Makido Film Vienna offers exciting internships to the two winners! - See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2014/08/time-for-africa-new-film-collaboration.html#sthash.TbJGkG5d.dpuf.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Love Gives Us the Reason To Live in Peace: My Essay on Love for Peace on Earth

Don't make me wait even a second to show you how much i love you.
Because to love you is the reason for me to live. So i want to love you with every breath.

Where there is no love there is no peace.
The most violent people are often those who have never been loved. So, they hate to love, because they have not known the beauty of true love which is the true essence of life.
Children born in love are happier, healthier and stronger than those born without love.
The innocent children born from unwanted pregnancies by lovers in lust and not in love.
Abandoned innocent children by mothers who did not love to have them.
Führer Adolf Hitler came from such precarious circumstances and grew up with more bitterness than happiness.
It is best not to have any relationship with someone you don't love and cannot be happy with.

You see parents screaming and swearing at their innocent children who never asked to be born only to be suffered gladly.
If you cannot give the best you have to children, why bring them into your world to suffer them?
No child should be born in the misery of poverty, because most of the children born in such precarious situations have ended up in horrible circumstances with terrible consequences.

The worst is to murder an innocent unborn child who did not ask you to get pregnant?
Once you are pregnant, you have signed a contract with fate to have a child, and you must have that child come what may.
If you know you cannot take good care of the child, don't abort or abandon the child, but make sure you protect and save the child since you have already brought the child into your precarious world. And there is no excuse on planet earth to abandon your child with anyone else and later deny that you have one as many people have done by abandoning their children and then later begging and praying for children and not confessing the truth to their ignorant husbands that they once abandoned their children somewhere.
God will ask you what you did with the first one you brought into the world.

It is better to have one child or two children you can provide the best for than have more children you cannot even give three square meals a day and cannot pay their school fees.
Don't gamble with the fates of these innocent children.

You can love and love truly without sex until you are ready to have children.
So, it is foolish to have sex in lust without love and then get a girl or woman pregnant and then say you are shocked by the pregnancy.
Don't start the beat you cannot dance to.

Most of the criminals on earth making the innocent lives of others a nightmare in the world were children of parents who failed to raise them well in love. So, these ill bred children end up twisted in behaviour and character. And then turn their frustration into rebellion against the society.
A stitch in time saves nine.

To say "I love you" to someone and you cannot prove your love is one of the worst crimes on earth.
And the only way you can prove your love has nothing to do with sex or money.
The only way you can prove your love is by sharing whatever will make you live in peace with each other.
That is why you cannot starve anyone you love.
Therefore, don't expect anyone you deprive of good things and you starve to love you.
You cannot say I love you to your lover or spouse and then suffer him or her to impress another person.
Anything that will not bring peace is not love.
Even if you love someone and the family is against your relationship, they cannot stop you from loving the person as long as the person loves you.

Love is not by force, but by peace.
You can never force anyone to love you.
And you can never force yourself to love anyone.
Love is as natural and free as the air we breathe.
And when it is not so, it is not love but something else.

If you love someone, and the person does not love you, let it go and look for someone who will love you too.
The greatest love is the love that brings you the greatest happiness.

Happiness lives in the heart filled with love.
For where there is no love, there is no happiness.
There is no love in a heart filled with bitterness.

If you are not happy in a relationship, then know that love is missing.

Love brings happiness and happiness opens the doors of success.
You can never fail in any venture you love and that makes you happy and makes others happy too.

Those who hate good people do not know love.
For good people are the children and messengers of love.

When you are depressed, look for someone or something to love.
And you will never be lonely again.
Love increases with more people you love.
The most precious moments are the moments we share in love.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka "Orikinla Osinachi", author of The Language of True Love and other books.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Eze Festus Odimegwu

—Eze Festus Odimegwu at the age of New Beginnings.

~ By Ingram Osigwe

Many people go through life without attaining the purpose of their existence. Yet within the bounds of time and chance, limiting the ability of man to determine his own destiny, some people by mere dint of hard work, diligence integrity and depth of vision, manage to elevate the gift of natural intellectual endowment given to all men in varying measures, to the echelon of genius thus attaining a level of actualization and achievement that is almost superhuman. Festus Odimegwu is one such rare genius. As he celebrates his 61ST anniversary this year, one could not but marvel at the life of this super achiever.

Eze Festus Odimegwu was born on August 6, 1953, in Aba, currently in Abia State of Nigeria. He started his primary education in Christ the King School, CKS, in Aba, but it was interrupted by the Civil War, for three years. His parents had to relocate back to his village, Umuoka Ubirielem in Orsu Local Government Area in Imo State of Nigeria. After the war, his father was not sure that there would not be another civil insurgence, so they stayed back home and young Festus had to complete his primary education at St. Mary’s Primary School, Umuoka Ubirielem. He earned his First school Leaving certificate, making him the only Grade-I distinction at St.Mary’s then.
He enrolled into Community Secondary School Awo Idemmili in Imo State. His stellar performances in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics earned him the title of “Prof”. from admiring teachers and students. He proceeded to University of Nigeria Nsukka from whence he graduated with a first class Honours in Chemistry and joined Nigeria Breweries PLC.

Within a career that spanned 26 years and five months, he progressed from Trainee Brewer 1980-1982, Shift Assistant Brewer in Training April-July 1982, Shift Brewer I/c Bottling 1982-1984 Brewer I/c Brewing 1984-1985 Technological Controller 1985-1987 Production Manager 1987-1988. From 1988 till 1989, he proceeded to Heriot Watt University Edinburgh for his MSc and coming back home, he resumed as Brewery/Senior Technical Manager 1989-1992, Sales Director 1992-1993 Food Coordination AMEG Unilever London 1993-1995 Marketing Director Lever Brothers Ghana 1995-1997 MD/CEO Nigerian Breweries 1997-2006 .
He also attended Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Wharton Business School and Unilever Four Acres Training Centre. Apart from his basic background in Chemistry and the Natural sciences, he has amassed a panoply of knowledge and certifications in Business Strategy, Business Planning, Change Management ,Turn Around Management, Leadership, New Business Development Strategy, Strategic Planning, Team Building, Entrepreneurship Management, Negotiation and Marketing Strategy.

In 2006, he left the management of Nigerian Breweries PLC. He was billed to proceed to a new appointment with the Heineken Company in Germany, but he elected to stay back in Nigeria to pursue other personal business interests. He then set up the Royal Lifestyle Services Group of Companies Ltd and other strategic business units of the group like Quintessentially Nigeria, Recherché signature Events and Gifts and Palatially sole marketers of Angel champagne, for which he now acts as a non Executive Director.

On Tuesday 26th June 2012, Eze Festus Odimegwu was appointed Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), by President Goodluck Jonathan. In appointing Odimegwu to the head of the NPC, the president went for a twin goal of diligence and integrity, both choices that characterize Eze Festus Odimegwu. He was the spirit behind the partnership that resulted in one of the world’s biggest breweries, and which made Nigerian Breweries PLC, the most capitalized company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. His modernization programme at NB PLC, lengthened the gap between Nigerian Breweries and its competitors. An uncompromising stickler for excellence and a goal getter, Odimegwu distinguished himself as a primus inter pares within the role call of Nigerian corporate czars, serving on the boards of other companies such as Dangote Cement PLC, Union Bank of Nigeria as well as Transnational Corporation of Nigeria, as a Director.

President Jonathan in entrusting the sensitive position of Nigeria’s Chief Population enumerator unto Odimegwu was undoubtedly guided by the brewer’s solid foot prints in the sands of corporate management.

The National Population Commission, NPC, was created to give life to the nation’s population policy, thereby assisting in the achievement of sustainable development and a higher quality of life for the people and to promote policies to meet the needs of the current generation, while not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Upon the appointment of Eze Odimegwu as the new NPC chairman, President Jonathan also charged the Commission to spearhead efforts towards the issuance of a national identity card to every Nigerian by 2015. Thus immediately rising to the task, the new NPC chairman, proposed a new biometric data capturing process for the country’s next census. According to him, the new biometric capture process will save the country billions of Naira by unifying similar projects, being conducted by various agencies of government. Already approved by President Goodluck Jonathan, it will also help in better economic planning for national development.

The new NPC Chairman needed no clairvoyant to tell him that the task of conducting a country-wide acceptable census in a diverse and politically charged country like Nigeria was no mean one. The President who appointed him also knew this. The importance of a credible census to an emerging economy like Nigeria can’t be over emphasized; A population and housing census is the total process of collecting, compiling, evaluating, analyzing and dissemination of data on demographic, economic and social conditions of the people as well as the conditions under which they live at a specific period of time. Censuses are primary sources of basic benchmark statistics on the population and housing characteristics of the nation. They provide information on population size, age and sex composition, geographic distribution and housing characteristics and facilities that have bearing on the social aspects of the housing.

The fundamental purpose of the census is to provide the facts essential to government for policy-making, planning and administration. The characteristics of the population drive the decision-making that facilitates the development of socio-economic policies that will enhance the welfare of the population. Additionally, the population census provides important data for the analysis and appraisal of the changing patterns of rural/urban movement and concentration, the development of urbanised areas, geographical distribution of the population according to such variables as occupation and education, as well as the socio-economic characteristics of the population and the labour force. These variables also provide the basis of questions of scientific interest that are of importance both to pure research and for solving practical problems of industrial and commercial growth and management.

The findings of the census are also critical in the decision-making processes of the private sector. Population size and characteristics influence the location of businesses and services that satisfy the needs of the target population. Population censuses also constitute the principal source of records for use as a sampling frame for the household surveys during the years between censuses. Population Census is an important exercise because it provides the most comprehensive picture of the social and living conditions of the people.

The appointment of Eze Festus Odimegwu as the nation’s chief enumerator is a perfect fixation of round peg in a round hole as his versatility as a strategist and his excellent qualifications and experience will ensure a state of the art census and demographic information management for the country.However,Odimegwu, principled and a believer in thoroughness had his tenure as the NPC boss abbreviated by his insistence on bringing to bear on the 2016 census, certain far-reaching re-inventing of the process.His principled stand on the issue ruffled political feathers in a part of the country, threatening age-long vested ethno-religious and demographic interest. Rather than stay on as the boss of the NPC and pander to the above interest, Odimegwu in October last year chose the honourable part of resigning his appointment.He thus left the NPC with his head unbowed.

On Saturday 27th of July 2013, Eze Festus Odimegwu CON, was honoured with a Professional Leadership Award at the 2013, Leadership Awards, which took place at the Civic centre, in Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island Lagos. The Prestigious award, named the ‘Zik Prize in Leadership Awards’ after the legacies of one Africa’s greatest and foremost post-colonial leaders, journalists, publisher, and independence crusader, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Owelle of Onistha, second and last Governor-General of Nigeria, first President of Nigeria as well as a foremost Nigerian Nationalist, Pan-Africanist and publisher of the West African Pilot Newspaper, was an inimitable platform, for the acknowledgement of leadership merit to deserving Nigerians.

The Award to Eze Festus Odimegwu, was not only perfectly deserved, but also perfectly timed. It offers tremendous hope to millions of Nigerians whenever it is brought to light, the fact that the country still has a crop of superlative achievers, sitting quietly in strategic positions within the country’s socio-economic machinery, ensuring that all ramifying advancement is wrought in the country’s civilization system, despite every appearance to the negative.

Some notable past recipients of the awards include former Ghanaian President J.J. Rawlings (1995); President Nwalimu Julius Nyerere of Tanzania (1997); former Secretary General, Organisation of Africa Unity, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim (1998); Zambia President Sam Nujoma (1999); former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa (2000); President Yoweri Museveni (2003); the late Ghanaian President John Kuffour (2008); President Seretse Lan Khama (2009); Senator David Mark, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed and Otunba Subomi Balogun (2010); President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia (2011).

History is made by the passage of time and events, but certain men hold the wheels and steer its course. They champion the events that mark the epochs, they define the defining moments. The list is endless: from Tutankhamen and Moses, to Achilles; from King David to Julius Caesar; from Oliver Cromwell to George Washington; from Winston Churchhill to Mahatma Gandhi; from chairman Mao Tse-Tung to Ben Gurion; from Martin Luther King to Nelson Mandela to Barack Obama. These are men who by their genius and destiny, were depended upon by the rest of humanity to foster form and direction in a formless directionless situation; Odimegwu is a man within this cadre of history makers.

As he marks his 61 birthday, the world attests to the brilliancy,sagacity and shrewdness of this first class brewer and illustrious son of Imo state as he continues to avail the nation his energy and experience in the spheres of social,economic and political development of his fatherland.

Ingram Osigwe Consults for Quintessentially Nigeria.

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Christ Embassy: Where is the Love?

I have promoted Yookos professionally and I am happy that it is fast becoming Africa's largest social network site. And in appreciation, I have the link to Yookos on my popular blog Nigerian Times. But Christ Embassy must prove that it is a true Christian church beyond the media hype. Because, I have seen strange cases of neglected members of the church.

The church that is happy to collect offerings and tithes should also be happy to help and support their members in need as Jesus Christ clearly preached and practiced and written in Matthew 7 and 25 of the Holy Bible. True Christians practice what they preach. But is it not strange that Christ Embassy could not provide temporary accommodation for a member who eventually found a kind Muslim elder to accommodate her in Lagos?
And another regular member of Christ Embassy in Apapa who is ill complains that none of the members of the church is coming to help him even though they know that he has just started work and is yet to be paid. I am the one who sent him credit to make urgent calls.
His phone number is 08123819230.

When a member of Christ Embassy cannot find any fellow member of the church to accommodate her whilst she was on holidays in Lagos and only an elderly Muslim man allowed her to stay with his family, then something is definitely wrong with the church.

1 Corinthians 13 King James Version (KJV)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mary Millben Live in Concert

Live in concert at the VIP Club in Zagreb, Croatia February 27, 2013. Hosted by U.S. Ambassador Ken Merten & the US Embassy Zagreb for Black History Month. Photo by Renato Pejkovic. (PRNewsFoto/Mary Millben).

In his Los Angeles studio, Mary Millben is captured by iconic photographer Paul Smith (Paul Smith Photography). (PRNewsFoto/Mary Millben).

Source: Mary Millben
Media Contact: Allyson Stone, Marketing Director,
City Winery NYC, (646)723-6474, Allyson@citywinery.com.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pay US$20 To Watch 20 New Nollywood Movies and New Music Videos Daily

On iPost Nigeria, everyone who knows how to use a GSM phone or tablet can record videos of events and incidents happening everyday in their respective locations and upload their videos instantly live to show and share their videos with millions of others.
Users will pay as little as US$1 (for those outside Nigeria) or N100 (for those inside Nigeria) to view each video monetized on the Pay-Per-View Channel of iPost Nigeria.
The users simply pay with their recharge cards on all GSM mobile networks with their mobile phones and tablets or with their credit cards on PCs.

The content providers and owners keep 70% of whatever amount they make from the daily views of their videos straight into their Paypal accounts. Users have the rights to monetize their videos or make them free for public viewing on iPost Nigeria. - See more at: http://www.nigeriansreport.com/2014/08/ipost-nigeria-will-make-more-nigerians.html

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Nollywood Can Turn Nigerian Tourism Into A Billion Dollar Industry

Nollywood Can Turn Nigerian Tourism into a Billion Dollar Industry

No one can deny the huge impact of the film industry on tourism and the best example is Hollywood, the film capital of the world where film tourism is a billion dollar industry.

Hollywood attracts millions of visitors each year as confirmed by the American Tourism Association. Millions of people travel from different parts of the world to visit Hollywood; to see the famous Hollywood Sign overlooking Hollywood live; to visit the major studios such as 20th Century Fox, Buena Vista, Walt Disney Studios and Miramax/Dimension Films, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)., Warner Bros., New Line Cinema.and Universal Studios.; to see the awesome Oscars of the annual Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy Awards and also the film festivals. Millions of tourists visit the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame that is made up of more then 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood. The stars are monumental tributes to the icons of Hollywood; the famous actors, actresses, directors, producers, musicians, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Hollywood Walk of Fame attracts over 10 million visitors annually. And Hollywood has made tourism the largest industry in Los Angeles County.

The following Hollywood blockbusters have attracted millions of tourists to their famous film locations as reported on Hollywood movies bring a boom in tourism in Thailand, New Zealand by The Times of India.

The Lord of the Rings: Middle-earth was recreated in New Zealand for the film franchise, which led to a boost in the tourism revenue in the country, with visitors planning tours just to visit locations where the films were shot. Since 2004, an average of 47,000 international visitors have visited these locations each year. Last year, 8.5% tourists surveyed in NZ cited The Hobbit movies as a factor in their interest to visit the country. Once in the country, 13% reported taking The Hobbit-inspired adventures such as the theme park, Hobbiton, near Matamata in the North

Harry Potter: Visitors to Alnwick Castle, Northumberland - Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films - have jumped 230% since 2011, pumping an extra £9 million (approximately `91,35,06,957) into the local economy, said a tourism marketing agency in the UK. Film-induced tourism contributed £1.9bn to the UK economy in the year 2009, according to a survey.

Mission Impossible 2: The release of the film in 2000 coincided with the doubling of visitors to Sydney, with 200% increase in visitors to national parks in the city. Ghost Protocol became a major promoter of tourism in Dubai.

The Beach: The film was shot in Koi Phi Phi in Thailand, which saw a 22% increase in young visitors looking for idyllic getaways in 2000.

Four Weddings And A Funeral: The popularity of the film led to the Crown Hotel in Amersham, home to the suite where Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell spent their first night together, to be completely booked for three years.

Brave Heart: Mel Gibson's turn as William Wallace in the 1995 blockbuster war film turned the 1869-erected Wallace Monument in Stirling, Scotland, into a iconic tourist spot, even though the film wasn't shot there, says a travel journal. The tourist spot wasn't an economically successful one earlier, but the film's release sparked a 300% increase in visitors.

Saving Private Ryan: Normandy, France saw a 40% increase in American tourists after this film, though it was primarily shot in Ireland.

Troy: Canakkale, Turkey, saw a 73% increase in tourism after the Brad Pitt film. This is another example of film-induced tourism where the place benefited from a film despite not being the location for filming.

Pride And Prejudice: According to UK's Film Council, 2006's Pride & Prejudice boosted Chatsworth's visitors by 10% and Basildon Park's by 75%. At Lyme Park in Cheshire - the scene of Mr Darcy's appearance in a wet shirt in Pride and Prejudice on TV - the number of visitors increased from 32,852 in 1994 to 91,437 in 1995.

Crocodile Dundee: According to the Tourist Office of Queensland, Crocodile Dundee turned Australia into a popular spot. In the three years after its release, the number of visitors doubled.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Iceland garnered tourist attention like never before from this Ben Stiller movie. "Ben Stiller became an advocate for visiting the country, publicly declaring his awe of its beauty," said Holte. Die Another Day was also shot in Iceland.

Eat, Pray, Love: Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book had already fuelled a boom in tourism in Bali, and it increased further with the release of the film. More than 1.8 million foreigners arrived in Bali each year prior to the suicide bombings that killed 202 mostly foreign tourists in 2002, but in 2012, about three million people visited the island.

The following is a report from the American Tourism Association.
Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest industries (2013 data)
• Generated $2.1 trillion in ECONOMIC IMPACT with $887.9 billion spent directly by domestic and international travelers that spurred an additional $1.2 trillion in other industries.
• Directly generated $133.9 billion in TAX REVENUE for local, state and federal governments.
• Each household would pay $1,093 MORE IN TAXES without the tax revenue generated by the travel and tourism industry.
• Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.4 billion a day,$101.4 million an hour, $1.7 million a minute, and $28,154 a second.
One of America’s largest service exports (2013 data)
• $180.7 billion in travel exports (including traveler spending in the U.S. and international passenger fare payments to U.S. carriers) and the...
• $123.6 billion in in travel imports (including U.S. residents' spending abroad and international passenger fares paid to foreign carriers) creates...
• $57.1 billion in BALANCE OF TRAVEL TRADE SURPLUS for the U.S.
One of America’s largest employers (2013 data)
• Supported 14.9 million JOBS, including 7.9 million directly in the travel industry and 7.0 million in other industries.
• $209.5 billion in travel-generated PAYROLL for those employed directly in the travel industry.
• 1 of every 9 U.S. jobs is created directly or indirectly is induced by travel and tourism.
• Travel is among the TOP 10 INDUSTRIES in 49 states and D.C. in terms of employment.

In view of the comprehensive report with facts and figures on how much Hollywood contributes to boost American tourism, the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) and Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) should take advantage of the international popularity of Nollywood to use it as a vehicle for the promotion and appreciation of Nigerian tourism. But several critics have said that unlike Hollywood, there is no specific location for Nollywood. But the critics are wrong, because the entire Nigeria is the location of Nollywood. There may not be any big film studio, except Tinapa and no Nollywood Walk of Fame at the moment and no awesome movie sets, but Nollywood film producers can see the big picture!
The big picture of using the best tourist attractions in Nigeria as locations of their movies as I have listed them on the Best Film Locations in Nigeria

Presently the NTDC has nothing to show on Nollywood as the page for Nollywood on the official website is empty http://tourism.gov.ng/category/tourists-information/locations/cinemas-theaters/nollywood/.
Does this mean, Nollywood has no tourist attractions?

Nollywood has tourists’ attractions that can attract millions of tourists every year. Lancelot Imasuen’s epic “Invasion 1897” can attract millions of visitors to visit the great Benin Kingdom to see the awesome Iya, the Walls of Benin, regarded as the largest earthwork in the world; see the palace of the Oba of Benin and also see the sites of the great bronze artworks.
The film adaptation of Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka’s "Ake The Years of Childhood" in Abeokuta is another epic that can boost international tourism by attracting tourists to Abeokuta in Ogun state.

Nigerian filmmakers should use the exotic tourist attractions in Nigeria for their film locations as we have seen in many Hollywood movies and Bollywood movies.
So, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) and Nollywood filmmakers should synergize in cooperation and support to produce movies that will boost the Nigerian film industry and tourism.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® SERIES, Nollywood Digital, and other publications.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Most Viewed Nigerian Music Video: D'Banj's "Oliver Twist"

The current most viewed Nigerian music video is for the hit song "Oliver Twist" by Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, aka D'Banj. The video has received over 27,729,930 views so far on YouTube and still counting 24/7.
D'Banj is among the most celebrated Nigerian musicians of the new generation and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards.

The second most viewed Nigerian music video on YouTube is P-Square's "Personally" with over 22,868,780 views so far and the third is also from P-Square, "Beautiful Onyinye" featuring the popular African American rapper Rick Ross with over 18,809,950 views so far.

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