By Abraham Achirga and Alexis Akwagyiram Reuters, Abuja and Lagos Nigeria's film industry is creeping back to work after lockdown, and one of the first productions to resume is a new television series about a highly infectious disease that has ravaged the world. Cameras stopped rolling weeks ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 300,000 people worldwide, including 200 in the West African country. Better known as Nollywood, the multibillion dollar industry churns out movies and TV shows at a rate second only to India's Bollywood and employs one million people. But productions have had to be stripped right back. Filming for the TV series Meadows, shot in Abuja, restarted in mid-May after being halted for two months. Its production team, excluding actors, has been cut back to around seven
Nigerian drummer and composer Tony Allen, who worked closely with musician Fela Kuti as a pioneer of the Afrobeat genre, died in Paris aged 79, his manager said. The Afrobeat sound, which rose to prominence in Nigeria in the 1970s, combined organ riffs with West African drum patterns and brass instruments. Allen's drumming was a key part of the rhythmic structure that underpinned the fusion of jazz, funk and West African melodies. Allen died on Wednesday evening in Paris of a heart attack, National Public Radio (NPR) cited his manager Eric Trosset as saying on Thursday. "Farewell Tony! Your eyes saw what most couldn't see. You are the coolest person on Earth! As you used to say, "There is no end," Trosset said in a tribute posted on Facebook. Allen recorded more
By Brenda Goh and Thomas Suen Wuhan, China Peng Jing stifles a laugh as she looks into the eyes of her tuxedo-clad fiancee, Yao Bin, who is in turn trying not to step on the long train of her white wedding dress. "Smile!", shouts the photographer as he snaps away. Weddings, birthdays and celebrations have been cancelled around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic but in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first appeared, they are finally resuming as authorities relax a strict lockdown that separated families, friends and lovers for over two months. Peng, a 24-year-old receptionist and airport worker Yao, 28, had been looking forward to getting married and carrying out wedding tasks including an elaborate photo shoot, when the epidemic abruptly put their plans on hold. "We were
By Sangmi Cha Reuters, Soul A South Korean K-Pop star on Wednesday pulled an April Fool's prank announcing that he had contracted coronavirus, and later removed the Instagram post after triggering a backlash. Kim Jae-joong, a member of boyband JYJ, posted on his Instagram account with 1.9 million followers that he was hospitalized after coming down with the virus. "I have been infected with COVID-19. It is a result of my negligence, disregarding the cautionary words of the government and my friends," he said. After several hours, the 34-year-old Asian pop idol edited the post to say he had gone too far for "April Fools' Day", but thanked his fans who had worried about him. "I don’t think of this as an April Fool’s prank...I wanted to tell you that protecting yourself is protecting the
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 meter of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands. To protect yourself, keep at least 1 meter distance from others and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently. Regularly clean your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose. The message spreading on social media that COVID-19 is airborne is INCORRECT. Help stop misinformation. Verify the facts before sharing. Source: APO Group on behalf of World
Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who had been hospitalized after being infected with the new coronavirus, has died, becoming the first Japanese celebrity to die of the virus. His death, late on Sunday, set off widespread grief among fans. Shimura, 70, one of Japan's best-known comedians with a career dating back to the early 1970s, reportedly had lung cancer surgery in 2016. He developed a fever and respiratory problems on March 19 and was hospitalized, media said. Dominating the television comedy scene in the 1970s and 1980s, one of his best-known acts was a clueless feudal lord with a face painted white with thick black eyebrows. Fans took to social media to lament his death, which some said should serve to highlight what a major threat the coronavirus actually is. "So very sad. It's
Grammy-winning country singer Kenny Rogers died late on Friday night at the age of 81, his family said on Saturday. The American singer "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family," a statement on the singer's website said. However, the mega star is going to get a very private funeral to the dismay of millions of his fans who would have loved to attend his funeral or at least see full coverage on television. But that may not be the case as his family has put the dangers of spreading coronavirus above the need to have a celebrity burial. "The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency." Rogers embarked on
By James Livingstone Just five years down the line, Jam Rock is topping the charts already. With persistence, perseverance and love from awesome Abuja people, the Jam Rock annual music concert that started just five years ago is now a sell out each time out. This year’s edition was indeed a pleasant and memorable one as two current chart toppers in Nigerian music, Fireboy and Rema were the main acts of this year’s event. The title Jam Rock truly defines what the event is all about. It all started with music blasting from different DJs with a lot of hyping to keep the atmosphere on a high. DJ Mobi was the first man on the wheels before DJ Barbie took over from him.