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Jeremiah Gyang to host a literary reality television show

Award-winning guitarist, musician and song writer, Jeremiah Gyang will host the inaugural edition of The African Poet reality television show. According to Silas Joseph Onu, the executive producer of the show, the Jos-born artist was chosen for his artistry and wide acceptance.

“He is a great lyricist and a master of spoken words,” Onu said. “His songs reflect his poetic nature and above all, his strong connection with the youth and Nigerians.” Speaking on the show, Onu revealed that it is aimed at improving young Africans’ interest in literature.

“The African Poet reality TV show is a conscious drive towards reviving the African literary heritage,” Onu explained. “It is aimed at empowering African youth through creativity and exceptional presentation and communication skills which rewards excellence.” The winner of the show will cart away N5 million while other contestants will also receive consolation prizes ranging from N50,000 to N1 million depending on how far they go in the competition. The African Poet will be a 15-week long reality show with 32 participants and will hold in Abuja. Auditions will begin in August and will cut across the six geopolitical zones holding specifically in Enugu, Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Kaduna, Jos and Abuja.


Julius Agwu to host NEA

Producers of the annual entertainment event, Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) on Monday, June 20, 2011 announced that 2011 edition of the show will be hosted by Nigerian comedian Julius Agwu also known as D’Genius.

A press release from the producers of the awards ceremony revealed that this will be Julius’ second time hosting the show. The release also states that voting for the show will close on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

“Voting is online at our official website and runs through to August 27, 2011 after which the polls will be closed. Online voting provides international participation in the NEAs by providing fans from various parts of the world the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists, actors, producers, DJs etc. For those on the go, the NEA producers have included a mobile option that allows fans to log on and cast their votes using their mobile devices,” the release reads.

The Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA), annually held in the United States of America, is already in its sixth season. The awards target excellence in the various section of the Nigerian entertainment industry including mainstream music, Nigerian movies and television, radio, comedy and Nigerian fashion.


Green Lantern” falls short at box office

The costly superhero movie “Green Lantern” flickered at the weekend box office in North America, while “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” exceeded low-ball forecasts. According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, “Green Lantern” earned about $52.7 million — at the lower end of expectations — during its first three days of release across the United States and Canada.

The Warner Bros. 3-D release will need to make up ground overseas to recoup its reported $200 million production budget and its $125 million worldwide marketing tab. The studio said those numbers were too high, but declined to give its own figures.

Ideally, the picture would have opened to about $55 million, said Dan Fellman, the president of domestic theatrical distribution at the Time Warner Inc unit. But it was too early to get an accurate picture of its prospects, he added.

Critics mauled the picture, which stars Ryan Reynolds as an intergalactic space cop. The relatively obscure character originated in a DC Comics book, and is the latest superhero to invade theaters in recent weeks following “Thor” ($65 million opening) and a fifth “X-Men” movie ($55 million).

Somewhat ominously for the 3-D fad, just 45 percent of the “Green Lantern” haul came from engagements where moviegoers paid a premium for the extra dimension. Big movies usually do about 60 percent of their business in 3-D. But the novelty has faded in recent months as moviegoers question the merit of paying more for an experience often considered underwhelming. 3-D accounted for 55 percent of the opening tally for “Thor,” and 46 percent for the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel.

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