Here are the top stories from yesterday and others that unraveled while you slept – and are still buzzing this morning.
’76 bags multiple nominations as the 2017 AMVCA nominees list is revealed
Nigerian filmmakers, actors and actresses gathered Wednesday night for the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) nominees announcement event held at Intercontinental Hotel.
The movie 76 produced by Izu Ojukwu bagged for itself 13 nominations including Best Overall Movie, Best Movie West Africa and its contributors for Best Actor (Ramsey Nouah), Best Actress (Rita Dominic), Best Cinematographer (Yinka Edward), Best Writer (Emmanuel Okomanyi) and Best Art Director (Pat Nebo) among others.
Coming closely behind is the Ebola movie, 93 Days which got 12 nominations in categories including Best Overall Movie, Best Movie West Africa and Best Actress (Bimbo Akintola).
The nominee announcement aired live on all Africa Magic channels and voting has begun. See full list here.
John Legend slams Kanye for meeting Donald Trump, calls it a publicity stunt
In a video interview published on Rollingstone.com, American singer, John Legend described Kanye West’s highly publicized meeting with US president-elect, Donald Trump as “very disappointing”.
The All Of Me singer who is friends with Kanye said, “I think Trump has been corrosive, his message has been corrosive to the country. I think the things he’s promised to do have been very concerning for a lot of people, and for Kanye to support that message is very disappointing. Whatever’s in his mind, I disagree with him“.
John Legend also added that Kanye West was used as a “publicity stunt” and he’ll never allow himself to be used as such.
Kanye again took to his Twitter to share a photo of his copy of TIME Magazine given to him and signed personally by Donald Trump during their meeting earlier in the week.
Trump called Kanye “a great friend”.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 14, 2016
Comedian MCAbbey reacts to criticism against comedy in church
Earlier in the week, Evangelist Mike Bamiloye shared his thoughts on comedy in church and how it was unnecessary especially when comedians use the scriptures as basis for their jokes.
Comedian MCAbbey took to his Instagram to defend gospel comedy and called it a “great mistake” to insult or discredit the craft. He also added that gospel comedy is not jesting and people should not confuse both terms.
Read his post:
I read all this ungodly write-ups against gospel comedy in church by respected people and I just wonder .. 30yrs ago that’s how drama was condemned in the church by people who like to box God and play God until they saw the light. There reasons to them were valid bcos the alter is sacred so nor drama acts should be on the alter… Did it hold?… U can’t fight what God has blessed, yes there is need to caution some comedians likewise musicians and preacher who do erroneously but Pls do not insult or discredit the place of gospel comedy in church cos u will be making a great mistake… I take out time in prayers and fasting to prepare bfr climbing and alter for inspiration and I get it and u are there trying to discredit my relationship with God vis-a-vis my ministry as a comedian cos u don’t understand it and later u say the Holy Spirit told u plssssss just shut up ! Wch Holy Spirit, the one that I get inspiration from or another or do we now have two Holy Spirit setting confusion in the body of Christ or just some people with shallow revelation of our faith sounding spiritual … Don’t get things and people confused gospel comedy is not jesting, jesting means coarse and vulgar, we don’t do that so stop quoting scriptures out of context…eph5:4(amp version) Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God]…now that’s jesting and authentic gospel comedians don’t Jest… #beenlightened #enoughsaid
However, the comedian has returned to Instagram this morning to apologize for some of the words used in the previous post and to explicitly declare that he “wasn’t referring to Evangelist Mike Bamiloye”.
First of all I want to apologize for the words I used wch was wrongly perceived. I wasn't referring to Evangelist Mike Bamiloye but to other reports that u all were not privy to see, where the said people based on what Evangelist said started calling my gift evil, demonic and voicing that as the voice of the Spirit wch I find not right hence I said shut up pls! But obviously misunderstood .secondly I decided to speak bcos it was my joke that was referred to and whiles some people even men of God laughed cos they understood, some people didn't and even said it wasn't funny, well u can't please everyone cos our sense of humor capacity varies. Thirdly I got fed up of Christians quoting the scripture on jesting out of context whereas it means "vulgar " and that's not what I did neither did I mock God I just cracked a joke wch was suppose to be taken as one nothing more.. I am totally against erroneous messages either via comedy ,music ,drama or preaching those that know me know what I stand for and lastly let's not criticize what we don't understand nor build a doctrine from a dogma.. Once again I mean well and I hope I have cleared the air… We know in part we prophesy in part… God bless us all. 🙏