RIMA OPENS NEW OFFICE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Record Information Management (RIMA) Foundation has announced the establishment of a new branch in South Africa (RIMA SA).

President of RIMA, Mr. Oyedokun Ayodeji Oyewole, said in a statement sent to Starconnect Media that the registration of RIMASA was part of RIMA Foundation strategic expansion drive in Africa being a pivotal objective for which the Foundation was established in propagating the awareness for proper management and security of records and information and the overall development of the Records and Information Management (RIM) Industry in Africa, informed by the several achievements and growth the foundation has so far attained since inception in Nigeria.

He further explained that this will present tremendous opportunities in term of career and investment in Africa, noting that the strength of the African RIM market is yet to be fully exploited by the international RIM community and RIMA is ready to assist in showcasing these opportunities to the whole World through the various outreach programs planned for the coming years.The management of RIMA also noted that establishment of branch offices will be a continuous exercise as the foundation will be establishing it presence in other Africa Countries in accordance with its strategic plan to cover the whole of Africa for a developed RIM Industry.

Oyedokun said: “Nigeria is an extremely important Country in Africa. It has always played a pivotal role in the development of the continent and whatever happens in Nigeria usually gets replicated positively in other parts of the Continent”.“The opening of this branch by RIMA Foundation is a positive development for South Africa RIM Industry and a testament to the importance of South Africa within the continent of Africa.” RIMA President further stated that “We are quite pleased with the generous support we have received from the people and government of South Africa for making this possible. This has been quite encouraging and we fully intend to extend the various laudable programs we have been running here in Nigeria to professionals in South Africa.

MCSN FILES SUIT TO STOP COSON FROM DISTRIBUTING ROYALTIES

Orits Wiliki, Chairman, MCSN

The Musical Copyright Society(MCSN) says it has filled a First Class suit before an Ikeja High Court, Presided by Justice Mohammed Idris against the Musical Copyright Society(COSON) from distributing the N100 million to musicians pending  the determination of the suit.

Lawyer to the plaintiff, Dr. Ope Banwo is quoted in the press statement to Starconnect Media that that some of the royalties to be distributed belonged to members of MCSN. Explaining the import of the suit Banwo said in the statement that the case will on determination put to rest who among the two has right to collect royalties for musicians. “MCSN is seeking to put an end once and for all the issue of who has rights to collect, and be paid for exploitation of musical works in its repertoire of works in Nigeria, by suing COSON and ALL copyright users as represented by the Defendants in the suit (i.e TV Stations; All Radio Stations; All Hotels; Clubs etc.) in ONE Class Action lawsuit”, the statement said. See Features for full text.

DISTRIBUTION OF N100M TO MUSICIANS WILL GO ON SAYS COSON

Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has assured musicians operating within her fold that management of the society will go ahead to distribute N100 million as royalties to musicians as scheduled. A statement sent to Starconnect Media by General Manager of the society,  Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji assured benefiting musicians that a statement purported to have originated from Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria(MCSN) that the event will not hold owing to a court injunction is not true.

“The attention of Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON) has been drawn to a spurious press release presently circulating on the internet purporting that an application has been granted the unapproved Musical Copyright Society Nigeria (MCSN) in a ‘class action suit’ preventing COSON from carrying out its legitimate functions including the distribution of copyright royalties to right owners. COSON wishes to state unequivocally that there is no such decision, ruling or directive by any court of law in Nigeria or elsewhere”, the statement said, adding that the distribution will take place as scheduled in an atmosphere of peace and harmony. See full text of the statement in Features.

Banky W, one of the musicians to benefit from the N100 million to be distributed by COSON

FILMMAKERS HONOUR LAGOS STATE CENSORS BOARD

Yoruba Video Film Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria(YOVIFPMAN)

Chairman YOVIFPMAN, Hon. Shola Awoleye and presenting the plaque to Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Otunba Dapo Awobotu

have conferred an award on the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board (LAFVCB) for diligence and for operating an open door policy. Chairman of the marketers, Hon. Shola Awoleye presented the award to the board at a film forum entitled, “standardisation of the Movie Industry through promotion of professionalism and quality” put together by the Lagos board.

He said the marketers opted to honour the board for giving them a listening ear and coming to their aid whenever they are in need. The marketers equally gave an award in recognition of the efforts of the legal department of the board for offering free legal advice to the marketers.Speaking at the event, Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Censors Board, Otunba Dapo Awobotu called on practitioners to engage the right personnel in their productions adding that there must be a minimum standard of content for distribution. He explained that if all practitioners are aware that quality is a prerequisite for film distribution they will be forced to embark on production of only quality films.“So we must decide if it is standard Video Home System or High Definition”, he said.

 

 

 

 

GIVE US FILM FUND, FILMMAKER TASK FASHOLA

 

Executive Secretary, Pan African Federation of Filmmakers(FEPACI)

Filmmakers in Lagos have called on Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State to set up a film fund for the motion pictures industry.Executive Secretary Pan African Federation of Filmmakers, Mr. Madu Chikwendu made the remarks at a film forum, put together by the Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board in Lagos. According to him, the governor can do this by channeling

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola

both entertainment tax, radio and television tax charged by the local governments into a film fund for the purpose of film production and distribution

Chikwendu explained that the many film festivals in the state have further reinforced the image of Lagos as Nigeria’s cultural capital, promoting Lagos as the true centre of excellence and called on the state government to advance loans to the industry the way funds were made available to members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme.

The secretary called on government to provide a housing estate for the film industry the way it is doing for other professionals. He said Lagos is not only the birthplace of Nollywood but was also the centre of pre-independence and post-independence Nigerian Film Industry, adding that the industry has contributed positively to development of the entire Lagos  state by providing employment for thousands who are resident in the state.

 

 

 

MARKETERS HIT TOWN WITH THIRTY ONE FILMS

A total of thirty-one(31) films were pushed into the market by the Film and Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) with effect from Monday, November, 26th, 2012.The films, which are all in English Language include Blood Rage, Rejected Sacrifice, Sexual Healing, Seven Days Rain, Before the Throne, Ladies Charge, and Journey of Tears. Details in New Films. Please join us for live broadcast on Thursday at 1:15 PM on Radio One 103.5 FM

RUMOUR OF CAPSIZED BUS IN LAGOS LAGOON, BASELESS SAYS LASTMA

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority((LASTMA) has dismissed as untrue, reports that a fully loaded bus on the Bus Rapid Transit(BRT) scheme operated by the Lagos State Government heading towards Lagos Island fell off the every busy, Third Mainland Bridge into the Lagos Lagoon this morning.

Although the said report was allegedly credited to the Tweeter account of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Public Relations Officer LASTMA, Ms. Adenike told our correspondent that the rumour is unfounded and advised all to ignore the story. Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps has also dissociated itself from the said report.