NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®, the most beautiful and most colourful publication on Nollywood in 2013, a celebration of the best of Nollywood is now in hardcover!
The hardover edition released yesterday in the US will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other international booksellers.
There is 50% discount for bulk orders from 500 copies.
NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® showcases the best of Nollywood; from the accomplished filmmakers to the accomplished actors and hottest actresses and also includes special commendations of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for his unprecedented financial and morale boosting support for Nollywood with the N3 billion grant for Project ACT-Nollywood and the $200 million Entertainment Intervention Fund and Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State for his generous life saving interventions for notable Nollywood actors and actresses; sponsoring the production of "Champions of Our Time", the best family movie in Nollywood and the Nollywood Upgrade Fund. There are also comprehensive features on Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCA), Nollywood and the Global Film Market, Silverbird Cinemas, The Coming of IMAX To Nigeria and so much more in 104 pages in full colour. And the cover celebrates the "Man of the Moment in Nollywood", Kenneth Gyang, winner of the Best Film Award and Best Nigerian Film Award at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for his first feature “Confusion Na Wa”, that also won four more awards for Best Screenplay, Movie with Best Production Design, Director of the Year and Movie of the Year at the recent 2013 Best of Nollywood (BON) Awards. The cover is in the beautiful symbolic green and white colours of Nigeria, the home of Nollywood and green also means abundance of fertile land, rich harvest and success.
The publication includes articles by Shaibu Husseini, the foremost Nigerian film critic, member of International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI); Chair of the AMAA College of Screeners and author of “Moviedom, the Nollywood Narratives: Clips on the Pioneers” and Femi Odugbemi, multiple awards winning filmmaker, writer and photographer. Trained in Film and TV Production at Montana State University, Bozeman, United States; former President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN) when he convened the popular Lagos International Forum on Cinema, Motion Picture and Video in Africa, the first Nigerian international film festival that attracted participants and professionals from across the world; a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Media and Communications (SMC), Pan African University, Nigeria; Provost of the Orange Academy Lagos, Nigeria's first practical school of Idea and Brand Management; Co-Founding Executive Director/Festival Director of iRepresent International Documentary Forum and CEO of DVWORX Studios Lagos.
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About Kenneth Gyang:
I have been following the captivating career of Kenneth Gyang as an ambitious young filmmaker since he was 19 when I interviewed him in 2006 for the highly esteemed Black Film Maker magazine, the foremost publication on blacks in the film industry, published in the UK and that interview “Young At Art” is still distributed widely by HighBeam Research and followed by my special focus on THE BEST OF NOLLYWOOD in the same year.
Kenneth Gyang is a young filmmaker in Nigeria and was born in Barkin Ladi of Plateau State, Nigeria. He studied Film Production at the National Film Institute in Jos and screenwriting at Gaston Kaboré's IMAGINE in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Two of his short films as well as a script titled "Game of Life" were selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus 2006 and "Mummy Lagos" was well received as an official competition entry. "Mummy Lagos" was also selected for the Sithengi Talent Campus as part of the Cape Town World Cinema Festival in South Africa.
His film "Omule" won Best Documentary Film at the 1st Nigerian Students International Film Festival in 2006 and "Mummy Lagos" also won Best Film at the Nigerian Field Society Awards organized by the German Cultural Centre, Goethe-Institut, in Lagos as well as the Jury Special Mention at the ANIWA Festival in Ghana.
Kenneth has worked with the BBC World Service Trust, directing their high quality TV drama "Wetin Dey", which was presented at the International Emmy World Television Festival in New York City, USA.. He has also worked with Communicating For Change as an Associate Producer on "Bayelsian Silhouettes", a series of seven short films on HIV/AIDS and he also co-wrote, produced and directed "Finding Aisha" TV series for the Nigerian production company Televista.
Kenneth Gyang on the definition of Nollywood:
I think this whole issue of ‘Nollywood, no, not Nollywood’ is being stretched to its breaking point so much so that at this year’s FESPACO, the prestigious film festival in Africa, Professor Wole Soyinka presented a paper about it called “A name is more than the tyranny of taste”. He talked about how in Yorubaland a name may mould a child so you don’t find any Yoruba parent giving their babies names that embed evil meanings.
Personally I’ll say this, Nollywood followed in the Bollywood/Hollywood bandwagon. When the Indian film industry in Mumbai was tagged Bollywood, no-one cut it some slack. A whole ton of look-alike films were churned out in overwhelming quantity but with time, they started raising their game. In the opposite direction, France is synonymous with art films but you still have tons of popcorn movies emanating from there. For me, the totality of films coming from Nigeria make up what is known as Nollywood and I’ll rather spend my time making films that matter than worry myself with the name of industry.
~ From Weekly Trust.