Funke Akindele will make her directorial debut in collaboration with EbonyLife Films, a political comedy titled Your Excellency and driven by social media. Akindele has been one of the industry’s tastemakers in accessible comedy, so much so that it literally sticks to her real persona. With her popular television series Jenifa’s Diary which introduced her into the mainstream, Akindele’s upcoming debut only puts her squarely into her preferred genre of filmmaking.
I am so so happy to be on set this morning with the one and only super talented @funkeakindele, our lead actress and director – directing her first feature film – our Christmas special titled – ’YOUR EXCELLENCY’ 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾. pic.twitter.com/5S4V3VmXFk
— Mo Abudu (@MoAbudu) August 5, 2019
CEO of EbonyLife Mo Abudu enthused about the movie on Twitter, saying the studio is ”excited to have Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature.” The plot of Your Excellency tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who is obsessed with Donald Trump. Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, Ajadi is anointed by a major party and becomes a credible contender – all through the power of social media. As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate, with little to offer voters except viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for presidency.
Your Excellency from EbonyLife Films is very on-brand, bombastic and bloated with a star ensemble the mould of Chief Daddy and The Wedding Party. It will be interesting to see how the movie pans out with Akindele at the helm, with a December 13 cinema release.
Nigeria to deduct 5% VAT for every online transaction via bank cards from next year
OK. OK. OK. I’d like to give up on this country now. Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) Tunde Fowler in an interview with Premium Times stated that digital economy will be taxed with 5% in 2020. The digital economy is still a burgeoning space that includes finch startups an e-commerce platforms like Konga and Jumia. After pushing a cashless policy through the years, the government wants 5% on every online transaction done with cards. Mind you, the government hasn’t contributed to the growth of the digital economy. Brace yourselves, guys.
BBNaija 2019: Big Brother cancels eviction nomination for week 6
No housemate was put up for eviction this week. Instead, they were divided into two camps for which they will compete in games and activities in the coming weeks, where winners will be rewards and the losers punished. I think the housemates can let out a sigh of relief and enjoy this current evictionless window.
DSS says leader of Shiites Muslims Ibrahim El-Zakzaky can travel for medical attention
The Department of State Services has confirmed receipt of a court order granting the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky to travel to India for medical attention. This was revealed in statement by Dr. Peter Afunnaya, spokesman of the DSS.
Aisha Yesufu still don’t get it
Popular activist Aisha Yesufu rehashed her homophobia on Twitter in response to a Sahara Reporter story on Monday, about an Islamic teacher jailed for having ”anal sex” with thirty-five boys. The headline is misleading and disingenuous as it terribly fails at naming the act for what it is – rape and paedophilia. There’s no point trying to make Yesufu see the errors of her thinking, but at this point her views – and with the kind of platform she has – dangerous.
— Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) August 5, 2019
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.