Thursday, December 5, 2019

First Dolby Forum for Nollywood and the Nigerian Entertainment Industry Held in Lagos

The first Dolby Forum for Nollywood and the Nigerian entertainment industry held yesterday at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel on Victoria Island, Lagos.

The forum was successfully endorsed by Chioma Ude, Founder and CEO of the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) and Cofounder nvivo TV and iCinema.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Caverra World Celebrates Teenagers

Caverra World Celebrates Teenagers

All is now set for the 2019 Mr and Miss Teens Ambassador contest.The event which holds on Saturday, December 7 at TFC Place, Festac Town, Lagos, is put together by Caverra World in Collaboration with Amuwo Odofin local government area.
Caverra World a brain child of a motivational speaker and counselor, Mrs Roseline Anijekwu will feature
beauty pageantry , Teens Ambassador Award presentation, Special Recognition(Caverra Man and Woman of the year, Brain and Beauty), Artiste performance,Fashion show and Red Carpet, the organisers say a lot of goodies, including prizes await participants.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Dolby Presents Dolby Atmos Music and J Balvin, Exploring How Colors and Culture Define His Music

Dolby Presents Dolby Atmos Music and J Balvin, Exploring How Colors and Culture Define His Music
J Balvin shares how he transcends barriers through music and pulls in a global audience with his vision of music as a color palette for all to feel

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB), a leader in immersive entertainment experiences, is unveiling the second commercial of its first Dolby Atmos Music campaign featuring the LATIN GRAMMY® award-winning and global chart-topping Colombian reggaeton artist, J Balvin.

Friday, November 29, 2019

When the Most Prolific Nigerian Filmmaker, Chico Ejiro Met Prof. Robert Hurst at AFRIFF 2019

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Chico Ejiro and Prof. Robert R. Hurst.

The famous Nollywood director, Chico Ejiro,  the most prolific filmmaker in the history of filmmaking in Nigeria was at the 2019 annual African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) held from November 10 -16 at the Landmark Retail Blvd on Victoria Island.
We met on the opening day for the Nigerian première of the opening film, the critically acclaimed award winning documentary film on the Syrian war, FOR SAMA of the young brave Syrian woman, Waad Al-Kateab and British filmmaker, Edward Watts. The film won the "L'oeil d'or", the best documentary movie award at 2019 annual Cannes Film Festival.  Before, the screening, I introduced the famous American documentary filmmaker and scholar, Prof. Robert R. Hurst to Chico Ejiro and we discussed the phenomenon of Nollywood from the mass production of home videos on VHS of the 1990s to the present digital format of DVDs, cinema and OTT streaming video platforms with the attraction of Netflix. Chico, who is one of the pioneers of the first indie film industry in Africa summarised the emergence of Nollywood to Prof. Robert R. Hurst, popularly called Bob who came from the Department of Film & Media Studies of the University of Kansas, U.S A. He conducted a Masterclass on documentary filmmaking at the film festival. The popular Hollywood director, Philip Noyce conducted a Masterclass on directing. I met him later before the screening of the closing film,"The Ghost and the House of Truth" produced by Ego Boyo and directed by Akin Omotosho on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Birthday To Top Nollywood Filmmaker, Dr. Chika Christian Onu

"The road to the phenomenon called Nollywood has been exciting and awesome."
~ Dr. Chika Christian Onu, famous pioneer of Nollywood.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Christian Chika Onu, one of the outstanding founding fathers and trailblazers in Nollywood.
He is famous for directing the part two of the first Nollywood blockbuster movie, "Living in Bondage" in 1993 and the bestselling "Glamour Girls" in 1994, which the famous film scholar, Prof. Jonathan Haynes called the first Nollywood romantic comedy.

Dr. Christian Chika Onu who has a PhD from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria also studied filmmaking at the highly esteemed Colorado Film School in Denver, United States.

Photo: Dr. Chika Onu with Chima and a friend at the 4th edition of the   Nollywood and African Film Critics Awards (NAFCA) held on September 13, 2014 at  the Saban Theatre, Beverly Hills, California, USA.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

SEVEN, The Best Nollywood Movie of the Year

Rich and irresponsible Kolade Shobowale (Efe Iwara) is given the unthinkable task to survive seven days in the notorious Lagos ghetto of Ajegunle or lose his inheritance. There, he will go through events that will either make or break Iwara.

The top stars of the crime drama, include Sadiq Daba, Bimbo Manuel, Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD), Uche Nwaefuna and Ajegunle’s human rights activist and hiplife singer, Daddy Showkey.
The official soundtrack, "Everyday" is by the popular Nigerian Yoruba rapper, Olamide.

SEVEN is a production of Lavida Studios in collaboration with Remote Pictures and Envivo. It is distributed by FilmOne.
The movie opens in cinemas nationwide from November 29, 2019.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Dolby Launches Dolby Atmos Music Celebrating the Deep Emotional Connection Between Artists and Fans

Dolby Launches Dolby Atmos Music Celebrating the Deep Emotional Connection Between Artists and Fans
Lizzo shares with her fans how Dolby Atmos Music is a game-changing experience

SAN FRANCISCO and LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB), a leader in immersive entertainment experiences, is unveiling its first consumer campaign to mark a new era for music, redefining how it is created and experienced. The campaign is based on the insight that people want to feel a deeper connection with their favorite artists through music.1

Go deep into the creative mind of the GRAMMY-nominated artist and fan favorite, Lizzo, as she experiences Dolby Atmos Music for the first time and invites you to an intimate conversation on what drives her as an artist.

Lizzo takes viewers behind the scenes in her two-minute short film produced by Dolby.

“Artists are rallying behind Dolby Atmos because it brings together the strongest bond possible between their stories and fans,” said Todd Pendleton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dolby Laboratories. “Together, we are embarking on a journey to change the future of music.”

Click here to read the complete news release.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Dr. Ola Balogun: Is Nigeria Going To Cannes To Fry and Sell "Akara"?

Dr. Ola Balogun: Is Nigeria Going To Cannes To Fry and Sell "Akara"? by Orikinla(m): 7:06pm On Apr il, 29, 2009.

As we were waiting to buy fuel at the filling station on the Commercial Avenue in Sabo, Lagos, Nigeria, I exchanged greetings with Nigeria’s foremost filmmaker, Dr. Ola Balogun and the author of the travelogue, "The Magic of Nigeria".

Orikinla: Nigeria is going to Cannes.

Dr. Ola Balogun: To do what? To fry and sell Akara?

Orikinla: Our magazine is going there to report the truth about what Nigeria is going to do at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dr. Ola Balogun: Nigerians don’t like to hear the truth.

We smiled.

Nigerian administrators of the film industry like the Nigerian Film Corporation and others have been making an annual pilgrimage to the Cannes Film Festival to display their audio-visual products at a pavilion and have never been able to make any film that has qualified for the Official Selection and Competition. Notable Nigerian director and Founder /CEO of the Abuja International Film Festival, Fidelis Duker said it is an annual jamboree for Nigeria to go to Cannes and waste millions of naira to display their ignorance.


PS: Orikinla is the popular pen name of Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, the Publisher and Editor of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series, the first book series on the Nigerian film industry since 2013.