Author: Edwin Okolo

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Edwin OkoloMarch 24, 2020

Should Nigerian oil marketers be punished for hoarding fuel in Corona times?

Last week, the federal government announced, in line with crashing oil prices, that it was lowering the financial peg for ...

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Edwin OkoloMarch 19, 2020

Yahoo boys are evolving: Love scams are out, fake news is in

From Naira Marley to President Buhari, everyone has been talking about online fraud and how intertwined with Nigeria’s public image ...

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Edwin OkoloMarch 9, 2020

Maybe something good will come out of the Nigerian Premier League tragedy last weekend

Last weekend, during a routine Nigerian Premier League match between the Nassarawa United team and Katsina United, a Nassarawa United ...

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Edwin OkoloMarch 6, 2020

Is it too early to petition for Ifeoma Chukwuogo to get her own Netflix Naija series?

This week on the media blog has been all about Netflix. But can you really blame us? Ever since the ...

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Edwin OkoloMarch 3, 2020

#ZikokoBlindDate is our new guilty complicated pleasure

Is it really a surprise that many people are drawn to Zikoko’s new show ‘Blind Date‘. We love the Bachelor, ...

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Edwin OkoloMarch 2, 2020

Almajiri bans are not what Sokoto or any other state in Nigeria needs

If there is anything that seems consistent about Nigerian governments at the federal and state level; its the reality that ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 26, 2020

It took them long enough but Netflix Naija is finally here

The next big battle for the future of media is the streaming wars. Its a war already 30 years in ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 26, 2020

Tim Omotoso will go on trial today, as will organized religion which aided & abetted him

Over the last year, religious Nigerians had to contend with the outsize influence religious organizations within the country have had ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 18, 2020

Castle & Castle moving to Netflix marks a shift in streaming for Ebony Life

You’ve probably already heard about it from the grapevine, but two years after Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart broke the mold for ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 14, 2020

Coronavirus: As expected, Nigeria has failed its citizens in Wuhan

When it was announced in December 2019 that a new virus, the Coronavirus had started to affect citizens in Wuhan ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 13, 2020

Going platinum is just the beginning for Davido, the US is next

Davido has had a phenomenal last 12 months. After a few missteps in 2017, Davido returned to the drawing board ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 12, 2020

Plan B winning several AMVCA nominations is a breakthrough for streaming in Nigeria

The nominations for the 7th Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards were announced last weekend, and there were quite a number ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 11, 2020

Here’s how to market a best selling album, according to Fireboy DML

Yesterday, Fireboy DML released the music video for ‘Vibration’, one of the more popular singles from his genre defining debut ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 10, 2020

Will Ultimate Love succeed where the Koko Mansion failed?

Can you really talk about Multi-choice’s new non-scripted reality show Ultimate Love without referencing the O.G dating show of them all, Koko Mansion? ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 4, 2020

The new Trump travel ban will allow you visit America, but not live there

Over the last week, a number of opinions have been expressed about the newly announced expansion of the ‘Trump Travel ...

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Edwin OkoloFebruary 4, 2020

‘Queen Sono’ is Netflix’s first South African original

We are entering a new era of content in Nigeria. For far too long, a handful of gatekeepers have controlled ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 29, 2020

Mohamed Yahya wants to accelerate development in Africa & he wants Nigeria’s biggest stars to help out

“People tell me I have a high tolerance of risk,” Mohamed Yahya tells me as we sit to have a ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 27, 2020

Sanwo-Olu shows he is a true Lagos governor by banning kekes & okadas (again)

When Nigerian governments have a problem they cannot solve by ignoring it, they choose instead to ban it instead. We ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 27, 2020

Ifeoma Chukwuogo is tackling Biafra with her new series ‘No Victors’

Ifeoma Chukwuogo has had an interesting few years. Her first major short film after film school, ‘Bariga Sugar’, the heartbreaking ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 24, 2020

A new collaboration between the Nigerian Film Corporation and the CNC will bring new life to Nollywood

The National Film Corporation is really on a roll this 2020. Last week we announced that the corporation which is ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 23, 2020

Tarkwa Bay makes it 24 beachfront communities illegally evicted by Lagos state

I start this article with Olutimehin Adegbeye’s TED Talk, Who Belongs In A City, because with each month it becomes more ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 21, 2020

More wins for @KikiMordi as she & Fisayo Soyombo receive the 2019 PJP Awards

As with many media based professions, journalists often have to deal with the misconception that they suddenly achieved fame. In ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 20, 2020

Dj Juba wants to show you the reality for women Djs in Nigeria with ‘Assurance’

Dj Juba might not be a name you know in the Nigerian media scene, but perhaps you should, especially because ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 17, 2020

Another win for Nnedi! Binti is coming to the small screen

Finally, I can be public about it! We are adapting Binti into a TV series at @hulu. I’m co-writing the ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 15, 2020

The results are in! Multichoice won the 2019 Pay TV wars

Remember when cable tv was a luxury only the rich could afford? Thankfully fierce competition in the market has made ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 14, 2020

A little late to the party, but Nigeria is finally getting in on media propaganda

Every year Hollywood churns out a good number of ‘war dramas’. You know, those films with a tragic protagonist signs ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 13, 2020

The Nigerian police raises an important question about Amotekun

Who has the right to bear sophisticated arms? That is the question the Nigerian police representatives in Ekiti, Ogun and ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 9, 2020

Another day, another arrest of suspected homosexuals by Kano’s hisbah corps

As part of its ‘enforcement’ of Shari’a laws, the Kano state’s para-law enforcement agency, the Hisbah Corps has been instrumental ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 9, 2020

Branding: the difference between Ghana & Nigeria’s ‘Year of Return’ campaigns

Last week on Twitter random users began to tweet about a poster that had surfaced, announcing a Nigerian ‘Door Of ...

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Edwin OkoloJanuary 8, 2020

The United Methodist church is splitting from its African branches over gay marriage

Religion is a powerful catalyst for social change. Its power to unite people around a singular cause and inspire selfless ...

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