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Tunde Kelani’s Ayinla records N70.49m in box office

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Tunde Kelani's Ayinla makes over 70m in a month

Ayinla’, the latest blockbuster by ace moviemaker, Tunde Kelani has recorded an impressive N70.49 Million in the Nigerian box office.


The movie produced by Jade Osiberu’s Greoh Studios, is currently in its fifth week, and it has grossed the astounding figure of N70,490,250.

According to CEAN, the movie in spite of its limited release (it was released in 35 cinemas) and language is currently on number 28 of the top highest grossing Nigerian movies.

The film premiered on June 13, 2021, in Lagos and was released to theatres on June 18, 2021.

‘Ayinla’ centres on the events leading to the tragic demise of Apala legend, Ayinla Omowura.

Ayinla tells the life story of Ayinla Yusuf popularly known as Ayinla Omowura, an Apala musician who was stabbed to death by his manager named Bayewu in a bar fight on May 6, 1980, at Abeokuta.

“Àyìnlá” features some of Nollywood’s finest stars including Adedimeji Lateef who plays the role of Ayinla Omowura, Kunle Afolayan, Bimbo Ademoye, Mr Macaroni, Omowunmi Dada, Ade Laoye, Jumoke Otedola and Bimbo Manuel.

Tunde Kelani’s last blockbuster was the 2015 film, ‘Dazzling Mirage’.

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Russian crew return to Earth after filming first movie in space

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A Russian actress and a film director returned to Earth Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit.

Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed as scheduled on Kazakhstan’s steppe at 0436 GMT, according to footage broadcast live by the Russian space agency. 

They were ferried back to terra firma by cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, who had been on the space station for the past six months.

“The descent vehicle of the crewed spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 is standing upright and is secure. The crew are feeling good!” Russian space agency Roscosmos tweeted.

The filmmakers had blasted off from the Russia-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in ex-Soviet Kazakhstan earlier this month, travelling to the ISS with veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov to film scenes for “The Challenge”. 

If the project stays on track, the Russian crew will beat a Hollywood project announced last year by “Mission Impossible” star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

The movie’s plot, which has been mostly kept under wraps along with its budget, centres around a surgeon who is dispatched to the ISS to save a cosmonaut.

Shkaplerov, 49, along with the two Russian cosmonauts who were already aboard the ISS are said to have cameo roles in the film.

The mission was not without small hitches.

As the film crew docked at the ISS earlier this month, Shkaplerov had to switch to manual control. 

And when Russian flight controllers on Friday conducted a test on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft the ship’s thruster fired unexpectedly and destabilised the ISS for 30 minutes, a NASA spokesman told the Russian news agency TASS.

But the spokesman confirmed their departure would go ahead as scheduled.

– 21st-century space race -Their landing, which was documented by a film crew, will also feature in the movie, Konstantin Ernst, the head of the Kremlin-friendly Channel One TV network and a co-producer of “The Challenge”, told AFP.

The mission will add to a long list of firsts for Russia’s space industry.

The Soviets launched the first satellite Sputnik, and sent into orbit the first animal, a dog named Laika, the first man, Yuri Gagarin and the first woman, Valentina Tereshkova.

But compared with the Soviet era, modern Russia has struggled to innovate and its space industry is fighting to secure state funding with the Kremlin prioritising military spending.

Its space agency is still reliant on Soviet-designed technology and has faced a number of setbacks, including corruption scandals and botched launches.

Russia is also falling behind in the global space race, facing tough competition from the United States and China, with Beijing showing growing ambitions in the industry.

Russia’s Roscosmos was also dealt a blow after SpaceX last year successfully delivered astronauts to the ISS, ending Moscow’s monopoly for journeys to the orbital station.

In a bid to spruce up its image and diversify its revenue, Russia’s space programme revealed this year that it will be reviving its tourism plan to ferry fee-paying adventurers to the ISS.

After a decade-long pause, Russia will send two Japanese tourists — including billionaire Yusaku Maezawa — to the ISS in December, capping a year that has been a milestone for amateur space travel.

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BBNaija: Instagram deactivates Pere’s account

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Social media gaint, Instagram has deactivated the account of ex-Big Brother Naija shine your eye contestant, Pere.

His management, in a statement, assured the public and fans of the ‘General’ that they were working tirelessly to ensure that the account is restored.

The statement revealed that all updates about Pere would be shared on his fan page, Twitter and Facebook accounts for the mean time.

“We encourage everyone to keep supporting the General on all social media platforms. Thanks for the love,” the statement read in part.

However, it’s unclear what led to the recent development as Instagram is known for deleting, suspending or deactivating accounts that flout its policy.

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BBNaija’s White Money lands in hospital

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Winner of the Big Brother Naija Season 6 Hazel Oyeze Onou, popularly called Whitemoney, has been hospitalized over an unknown illness.

This is coming two weeks after Whitemoney emerged the winner of the ‘Shine Ya Eye’ Edition with a 90 million Naira grand prize.

Taking to his Instagram story, Whitemoney shared a video of himself on a hospital bed and with a drip fixed on his hand.

According to Whitemoney, there is a break in transmission on his health and assured his fans and colleague that he would be back shortly.

He wrote: Good morning. Break-in transmission, we will be back shortly.

Reacting to this, some of his fans expressed concern for him and prayed for his quick recovery.

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