Friday, January 31, 2014

John Newman's "Love Me Again" Achieves Gold Status

31 Jan 2014 18:35 Africa/Lagos

John Newman's "Love Me Again" Achieves Gold Status


NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- JOHN NEWMAN 's breakout smash "Love Me Again" has just achieved gold certification by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 500,000. Moreover, early stateside champion SiriusXM Hits 1, which played the song before any major radio outlet, has officially spun the song over 1,000 times since first adding it into regular rotation late last summer. The value and reach of the satellite radio juggernaut has proven a major catalyst for breaking the UK singer, songwriter, and producer, consistently exposing him to a massive American audience before anyone. They also continue playing the single non-stop, fueling his fire even further.

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NEWMAN's debut full-length,  Tribute  [Republic Records], recently hit shelves in the U.S., and the rising soul pop impresario enjoyed a triumphant release week highlighted by a much talked (and tweeted) about performance on NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Meanwhile, the record peaked at #2 on the iTunes Pop Albums Chart and #5 on the Overall Albums Chart. He also recently enchanted The Ellen DeGeneres Show with another astounding live turn.
About the success of "Love Me Again"Republic Records Executive Vice President  Charlie Walk  comments, "SiriusXM Hits 1, the nation's most listened to Pop radio platform led the way back in August 2013 with the first spin. 1000 plays later, we thank Kid Kelly and team for believing when no one else did."
Acclaim continues to accumulate for the album.  The New York Times  penned a rave review of Tribute writing, "He may truly be the inheritor of the flamboyant piano-soul-man tradition, in the vein of Mr. Joel and Elton John (even if piano isn't really his instrument)," while  USA Today profiled him in a comprehensive  On The Verge  feature.
NEWMAN returns to the states for a full headline tour this Spring, performing at theaters and clubs across the country. The run commences on March 27 at 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., and it'll allow audiences the chance to feel that same energy in a close setting. The run coincides with his first appearance at  Coachella —April 13 and 20, respectively—where he'll play in front of his biggest North American audience to date.
"Love Me Again"  is a bona fide international smash already. It's accumulated over 74 million YouTube/VEVO views to date, and it's gotten the Internet buzzing in a big way as well as gaining steam at Top 40 radio. The track swings from bombastic orchestration to shimmering keys and a resounding horn section. Above the theatrical bounce, his striking voice takes flight. The entire record flaunts a similar swagger and soul, emanating genuine charisma and charm.

In the UK, the song stormed to #1 and remained in the Top 10 for a total of six weeks. Gold certification followed there as well as in eight other territories—Australia, Belgium, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Switzerland, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden, and New Zealand. Meanwhile, it's gone platinum in the Czech Republic, Norway, and Switzerland and double-platinum in Australia, Italy, and Norway. The track has now topped the iTunes charts not only in the UK but an impressive nineteen other counties, selling over 1,500,000 copies to date. It seems that everybody is succumbing to the sounds of NEWMAN.
Even before the success of "Love Me Again", he had won a legion of fans far and wide having co-written and sang Rudimental's 2012 hit "Feel The Love". This #1 summer smash has now been certified platinum and moved over 800,000 digital downloads in the UK alone.
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3/27/14 Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
3/28/14 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
3/29/14 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
4/2/14 New York, NY – Webster Hall
4/3/14 Montreal, QC – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
4/5/14 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
4/7/14 Chicago, IL – Metro
4/8/14 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
4/10/14 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
4/14/14 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/16/14 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
4/17/14 Vancouver, BC – Venue
4/18/14 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Joseph Carozza
Republic Records

A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Amy Winehouse, Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine, Godsmack, Gotye, Kelly Rowland, Of Monsters & Men, Owl City, among many others.

It is comprised of innovative imprints and digital business ventures including Brushfire (Jack Johnson, G. Love), Cash Money (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), Lava Records (Jessie J, Lorde), Loma Vista (Soundgarden, Damian Marley), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), NBC's The Voice (Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery), Republic Nashville (The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, The Eli Young Band), XO (The Weeknd), among others.

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Ndidi Obi, the First Queen of Nollywood

Famous Nollywood actress Ndidi Obi, the first Queen of Nollywood.

Ndidi Obi is the first Queen of Nollywood as the star of “Nneka the Pretty Serpent” directed by the famous Zeb Ejiro and produced by Okechukwu Ogunjiofor in 1992. The home video became one of the most bestselling movies in Nigeria and made her a household name long before the emergence of Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji, the current most celebrated queens of Nollywood.

“Nneka the Pretty Serpent” was about a mermaid in human form, who loved seducing and possessing married men and destroyed anyone or anything in her way.

Ndidi Obi was born in Lagos, but her parents came from Enugu state of Eastern Nigeria. She studied Banking and Finance at the University of Lagos and very fluent in English, Yoruba and her native Igbo language.

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10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 of 2014’s 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 of 2014
Rank Vehicle

1 2014 Cadillac ATS
2 2014 BMW 3 Series
3 2014 Audi A5
4 2014 Lexus IS
5 2014 Infiniti Q50
6 2014 Lexus ES
7 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
8 2014 Acura RDX
9 2014 Buick Enclave
10 2014 Volvo S60

The deals listed below are added information and were not taken into consideration in assembling the 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 list. The Editorial team chose the vehicles on their recommended list based on a vehicle’s overall attributes and value in comparison with other models in their segment and price class. Fair Purchase Price, which reports what other shoppers are paying for new cars this week, also was a factor in the overall analysis.

Top Luxury Cars That Won’t Break the Bank Determined By Kelley Blue Book Expert Editors

IRVINE, Calif., January 29, 2014 / PRNewswire / — Luxury transportation is now more attainable than the days of “Daddy Warbucks.” In the midst of the holiday season, new-car shoppers can step up into a luxury car without breaking the bank by checking the expert recommended list of 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 from Kelley Blue Book, the leading provider of new and used car information.

In the season when budgets are air tight, the Editors have hand-picked a selection of new cars they have recommend for those considering a luxury vehicle, but don’t want to end up in the red. The list includes both sedans and coupes, but also features three SUVs, all of which have a starting price under $40,000.

“In these days of escalating vehicle prices shoppers might be pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of affordable luxury vehicles on our 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 list,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book’s “The American market is now filled with a wide variety of luxury offerings, and many luxury manufacturers are venturing downscale while maintain their brand values. The 2014 Cadillac ATS took the No.1 spot with a compelling mix of bold style, surprising performance and a starting price in the low $30,000 range.”’s 10 Best Luxury Cars Under $40,000 of 2014

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thanks To Google for Making a Doodle To Wish Me Happy Birthday!

Thanks to Google for making a doodle to wish me Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday Pastor Adeolu Adeboye

Pastor Adeolu Adeboye and his famous father Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).

Happy Birthday Pastor Adeolu Adeboye and it is great that we are birthday mates.
God deserves all the Glory for great things HE has done and HE is still doing in our lives for the manifestations of the sons of God in our generation. I wish you many happier returns of the day with longer life and more prosperity in the abundance of the infinite grace of JEHOVAH GOD. Cheers.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
~ Romans 8:19, Holy Bible.

May I also thank all those who sent me Happy Birthday greetings, especially First Lady Mabel Habila, my bank and the best bank in Nigeria Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, my friends and fans on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, StumbleUpon and others.
May God also give you many happier returns of your own birthdays.

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Nigerians Report Online
Nollywood Mirror Series
CEO, International Digital Post Network Limited
CEO, Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema
Executive Director, Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema Project

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Gay Activists Convene in India After Anti-LGBT Ruling

28 Jan 2014 22:35 Africa/Lagos

Activists convene in India after anti-LGBT ruling

Out & Equal partners with local NGOs to advance LGBT rights in India

BANGALORE, India, Jan. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, India's Supreme Court upheld its ruling to criminalize sexual activities "against the order of nature," including same-sex relationships. The decision occurs concurrently with talks being held by Selisse Berry, Founder & CEO of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, in Bangalore to discuss workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

The purpose of the cross-organizational meeting was to share best practices and create an action plan for next steps for safe and equitable workplaces. After the law passed, several LGBT employee resource groups were rumored to have closed. Some people who are openly LGBT at work shared that they are now feeling unsafe.

"Multinational companies with operations in India are scrambling to find a response that upholds their international values of nondiscrimination and inclusivity, while also being sensitive to the local legal situation. Out & Equal, which blends a deep understanding of the corporate mindset and a strong commitment to the long-term struggle for LGBT equality, is an invaluable voice at the table," said LGBT activist Minal Hajratwala.

"While marriage rights for same-sex couples are advancing in the U.S. and around the world, the basic human rights of LGBT people are in danger in many countries across Asia and Africa. In the past sixty days, same-sex relationships have become illegal in Nigeria and India, and persecution in Russia and Uganda has become a grave concern," said Selisse Berry. "We have a duty and a responsibility as a community to stand up when we see injustice. I know that the partnership between Out & Equal, our corporate partners and local NGOs will advance equality for LGBT people here in India."

Berry is also meeting with senior executives from major corporations operating in India to advocate for the ongoing support of LGBT employee resource groups and inclusive policies. The cross-organizational meeting was planned by a group of corporate executives participating in the Out & Equal Executive Forum, a multi-day conference convening LGBT executives to discuss issues facing the LGBT community in multi-national corporations.

Twitter Handle: @OutandEqual | Hashtags: #LGBTworkers, #Sec377

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"We have a duty and a responsibility as a community to stand up when we see injustice." @Selisse_Berry

Founded in 1996 by Chief Executive Officer Selisse Berry, Out & Equal Workplace is the world's leading organization dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality and inclusion. The annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit will convene over 2,000 LGBT, HR and diversity professionals in San Francisco, CA from November 3 - 6, 2014. Learn more

Press Contact: Thom Lynch

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Miss Fair and White Gold Beauty Contest Takes Lagos by Storm


 ~ By Ingram Osigwe

A sublime and novel kind of pageantry is about to break in Lagos with a brilliance and surreal excellence that will create a new distinct class for itself among beauty contests. Powered by the Bozac Group, it is themed: “Miss Fair and White Gold 2014”.

Miss fair and White Gold is programmed to be an annual contest that will select the brand face for the Fair and White Gold Ultimate line of beauty products and cosmetics. Fair and White Gold comes in a complete line of 13 exceptional skincare, face and Body, day and night formulae for the contemporary Nigerian woman who desires the best skincare in the world. Manufactured in France by Labo Derma beauty research facilities, they are specially formulated for all African skin types, from light, to chocolate and ebony, cutting across all skin textures and ethnic systems. The line covers special beauty treatments and formulae for cleansing and exfoliation to, fading and brightening, as well as hydration and protective skincare treatments, to meet all skincare needs and challenges of the modern Nigerian woman.

To quote the managing director of Bozac Group, Mr. Patrick Chibueze “the essence of the contest is to showcase the ability of Fair and White Gold line of cosmetics to transform the average woman into a paragon of virtuous beauty and glamour and, and to sustain their beauty with the most naturally effective organic range of beauty care products, without any obtrusion into their God given skin biological profiles”.

According to him, the Fair and White Gold Range are all formulated with organic ingredients and natural emollients that cleanses, tones, rejuvenates and protects the African Woman’s skin, revealing its natural beauty and sheen and keeping it fresh and supple despite harsh weather conditions and ultraviolet radiation.

The Miss fair and White Gold who will serve as the brand ambassador will be unveiled to the Nigerian public on the 13th of February (Valentine’s eve) at the Civic Centre in an event that will lend a new definition to the words pomp and pageantry. The event will equally afford the company the opportunity to launch for the first time a complete line of 13 exceptional skincare, face and Body, day and night formulae .

 The pageant promises to showcase the most beautiful young women in Nigeria with three of them coming out tops to clinch the winning prizes.

 § The First prize is a brand new Nissan 2013 Rogue and a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch 

§ 1st Runner-Up will be a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch and N250,000 cash Prize 

§ 2nd Runner Up will be a Diamond Studded, Russian Jewel Crafted Swarovski Wristwatch and N150, 000 Cash Prize.

Application is hotly ongoing by lovely young women all over the country. 

Application is absolutely free. However; applicants are advised to use professionally shot images only. Contestants are to apply at with two pictures, one portrait and one full length

~ Ingram Osigwe is the media Consultant to Bozac Group

MD/CEO Fullpage International Communications Limited
Mobile: +2348034107643; +2348020553131; +2348073916641

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Monday, January 27, 2014

'JESUS,' The Most Viewed Film of All Time To Be Released in HD for 35th Anniversary

27 Jan 2014 17:00 Africa/Lagos

'JESUS,' the Most Viewed Film of All Time, to Release in High-Definition for 35th Anniversary

Original movie digitally re-mastered frame-by-frame with new musical score; Blu-ray edition hits stores in April

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of its 35th anniversary, "JESUS" – the most watched film in history, having been viewed billions of times – has now been re-mastered in high-definition with a complete new musical score in Dolby 5.1 surround sound.

Amid a wave of biblical theatrical movies releasing this spring, this classic film, re-titled "The JESUS Film," will have select theatrical showings around the nation beginning in March. Additionally, partnering with Cinedigm and Mission Home Video, the high-definition film will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and digital format in retail and online stores nationwide April 1.

"The JESUS Film" is a faithful depiction of Christ's birth, ministry, death and resurrection as told in the biblical account from the Gospel of Luke. Virtually every word Jesus speaks in "The JESUS Film" is quoted from Scripture, with 450 leaders and scholars having reviewed the script for biblical accuracy. Further historical accuracy was ensured using clothing, pottery and other props made with first-century methods to portray a 2,000-year-old Palestinian culture.

"When the original 'JESUS' film was released 35 years ago, it was ahead of its time," said Dr. Erick Schenkel, Executive Director of The JESUS Film Project®, a ministry of Cru. "Yet, while the film has introduced billions of individuals around the world to the person of Jesus, few in the U.S. have ever seen it. We believe this new re-mastered version will give audiences an accurate picture of who Jesus is and why individuals around the world have chosen to follow Him, shown with production values they have come to expect."

"The JESUS Film" has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Translated Film" in history, and is now is available in 1,197 languages. In addition, more than 200 million individuals worldwide have indicated a decision to follow Jesus after viewing "The JESUS Film." This story of the film's impact over the past 35 years will be shown through an exclusive new short feature narrated by actor Ernie Hudson and available on the re-mastered Blu-ray and DVD. Each disc will include "The JESUS Film" in a total of eight languages – English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Vietnamese, German, Korean and Arabic.

During the film's restoration, each of its 173,000 frames were individually and painstakingly re-touched and re-colored, and new sound effects were added. The quality of the re-mastered, high-definition version of "The JESUS Film" is equal, if not greater, to other re-released classic films from similar eras, including "The Ten Commandments."

"Unlike other religious films, which contain graphic violence or do not adhere to Scripture, 'The JESUS Film' script is taken directly from the Bible and shown in a cinematic style suitable for all ages," Schenkel said. "The new greatly enhanced video and sound quality elevates the emotional viewing experience of this 35-year-old film to a new level, making it fresh and appealing to a generation that may not be aware of who Jesus is."

In addition to being made available in retail and online stores, The JESUS Film Project has joined Cinedigm and Mission Home Video with Tugg, Inc., to offer a minimum of 35 weekly theatrical viewings in honor of 35 years beginning in March. For only the cost of a ticket, any individual can choose to host a one-time showing in his or her local theater.

For information about "The JESUS Film" high-definition release and theatrical showings in available localities, visit

The JESUS Film Project
The "JESUS" film was created by The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Cru, following founder Bill Bright's vision to take the message of Jesus to the world through video.

Cinedigm is the leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical and digital retailers, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target, iTunes, Netflix and Amazon. The company's library of over 32,000 titles and episodes encompasses award-winning documentaries from Docurama Films®, next-gen Indies from Flatiron Film Company®, acclaimed independent films and festival picks through partnerships with the Sundance Institute and Tribeca Films and a wide range of content from brand name suppliers, including National Geographic, Discovery, Scholastic, WWE, NFL, Shout Factory, Hallmark, Jim Henson and more. Cinedigm proudly distributes numerous Oscar®-nominated films, including "The Invisible War," "Hell And Back Again," "Gasland," "Waste Land" and "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory;" current and upcoming theatrical releases include Destin Daniel Cretton's highly acclaimed "Short Term 12," Godfrey Reggio's "Visitors," Penny Lane's "Our Nixon" and Shaul Schwarz's "Narco Cultura."

Mission Home Video
Mission Home Video, a subsidiary of Mission Pictures International ("MPI"), is a home entertainment distribution and marketing company that specializes in high-quality family and faith-based entertainment for mainstream audiences worldwide. Founded in 2008 by Cindy Bond and Chevonne O'Shaughnessy, MPI's primary focus and commitment has been to firmly establish and maximize its trusted and vibrant brand of entertaining and life-affirming feature film and television programming throughout the global marketplace.

For additional media information, visit .

A. Larry Ross Communications
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Chief Willy Obi (Odinanwa) Conferred With Agbarusia Ngele

Agbarusia Ngele, Chief Willy Obi addressing Akokwa Community after his conferment.

On Saturday, December 28, 2013 Chief Willy Obi, (Odinanwa), the Executive Chairman of Obison Homemate Explorers Limited & PANDA Events Centre Sabo – Yaba was conferred with a new title, Agbarusia Ngele of Akokwa, by His Royal Highness, Eze (Sir) Ikenna C. Okoli (KSC), Okoli V, Agbakwuruibe III, the 11th Obi of Akokwa.

The ceremony which took place at the palace of the Obi was part of the celebration of the Odu-Obi Festival 2013.

Guests of the new Agbarusia Ngele of Akokwa were hosted to a grand reception at Obison Villa at Owerre-Akokwa.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Chief Jude Onyebuchi (Akuenwebe), President Diamond Fitness Club 

Agbarusia Ngele and his lovely family.

Agbarusia Ngele sharing a royal banter with the Obi of Akokwa.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Ambassador Chief Chigozie Nwaolisa (Eselu), Grand Patron of Diamond Club.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Igwe Nkpume.

Agbarusia Ngele welcoming Ikenga Akokwa, Sir Tony Ezenna to his country home.

Akusinachi Akokwa, Chief Ifeanyi Ikejiaku and Chief Ifeanyi Okpara, Nnukwu Agu.

Akuzurumba, Chief Israel Orjiekwe, Charles Champagne and Chief Felix Ogbukagu (Eze Ojinkennaya.

Arrival of Igwe Nkpume Agwuna (Ojiofor Nri).

Arrival of Ikenga Akokwa, Sir Tony Ezenna, OFR, Executive Chairman Orange Group.

 Arrival of Obi of Akokwa, HRH Eze (Sir) Ikenna C. Okoli.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

"The Year of Pharrell" Coming To REVOLT

25 Jan 2014 00:24 Africa/Lagos

"The Year of Pharrell" Coming To REVOLT
Documentary reflecting on mogul's incredible year premieres January 26th only on REVOLT

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of its first-ever original documentary, "Wale: I am From," REVOLT announced their next documentary project, "The Year of Pharrell" Premiering in the wake of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, "The Year of Pharrell" will feature the immensely private music mogul sitting down for one of his most in-depth conversations to-date. In the hour-long special, Pharrell Williams reminisces about his remarkable success in 2013, his reputation as one of the hottest producers in music and his Academy Award-nominated song "Happy," from the hit film Despicable Me 2.

REVOLT was granted unprecedented access to the elusive hit-maker as he closed out his stellar 2013 with multiple Grammy nominations and announced his signing with Columbia Records. "The Year of Pharrell" celebrates music's brightest star with featured interviews from a number of his famous peers (including Rick Ross and Pusha T) weighing in on his unparalleled talent and his contributions to the music industry.

"We are honored that Pharrell allowed REVOLT to join him as he reflects on the biggest year in his career," said Val Boreland , executive vice president of programming and strategy. "With his Oscar and Grammy nominations, he has proven himself to be the one of the leading trendsetters in the music industry. Fans will love having such a rare, intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse of Pharrell's genius at work."

"Pharrell had an amazing year, arguably his most successful one since the start of his larger-than-life career," said Rahman Dukes, vice president of programming and news. "From his work with Jay-Z to Daft Punk to Robin Thicke in 2013, this REVOLT special is a celebration highlighting a true visionary who's consistently been at the forefront of shaping the culture."

REVOLT will televise the journey behind Pharrell's remarkable year on January 26 th. Visit to confirm local channel listings. Follow REVOLT TV in social media for continued artist interviews, music news, and programming updates.

To elevate the social TV experience, REVOLThas partnered with Shazam to deliver exclusive content through their platform. Starting with a trailer to the Pharrell documentary, REVOLT content will be available through the News Feed of Shazam.

To view the trailer, please visit:

Total Run Time: 30-minutes

Premiere: Sunday, January 26 th at 7-7:30 p.m. EST

Encore Airings:
Sunday, January 26: 10 – 10:30 p.m. EST
Monday, January 27: 1 – 1:30 a.m. EST and 9 – 9:30 p.m. EST
Wednesday, January 29: 8 – 8:30 p.m. EST
Sunday, February 2: 9 – 9:30 a.m. EST

CREDITS: Rahman J. Dukes, Executive Producer; Val Boreland, Executive Producer; Jason Arambulo, Co-Executive Producer; Bernald Rock, Producer; Peter Relic, Writer

REVOLT,, is the new #1 name in music. Available on Comcast's Xfinity TV and Time Warner Cable, the multi-genre, multi-platform music network delivers music news in real-time, and the best of the best in music programming. A "social by design" network built to play at the speed of social media, REVOLT is live, direct, and always on - anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Kai D. Wright
VP/Director of Communications
(212) 500-2235

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the Most Anticipated Home Entertainment Release of 2014

24 Jan 2014 15:00 Africa/Lagos


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Theatrical Release Has Generated Nearly $420 Million At The Domestic Box Office and over $850 Million Worldwide

""Spectacular in every sense of the word." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone"


SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The blockbuster second film of The Hunger Games franchise that took the world by storm ignites once again when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View Friday, March 7 from Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). Academy Award® winning Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence (2012's Silver Linings Playbook) headlines the all-star cast in this action-adventure which became the #1 movie of 2013 and the 12th highest-grossing film of all time at the domestic box office. The first film with a female lead to top the annual box office since 1973, the film has grossed nearly $420 million at the North American box office and over $850 million worldwide to date.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Annika Álofti and other Top British Actors in "Invasion 1897"

Annika Álofti is a British actress and director, known for "Mist" (2012), "Art Ache and Two Very Long Days" (2014) and she is playing a significant role in "Invasion 1897", the historical epic film by Lancelot Imasuen to be premiered in over 30 countries after the World Premiere in April 2014 in Benin City of the great Benin Kingdom in Edo State, Nigeria.

Annika Álofti in traditional Benin Dress.

Yvonne Hays and Hannah Raehse-Felstead on the set of "Invasion 1897".

Award winning British actress Hannah Raehse-Felstead known for "Terror on Volcanic Island" (2009), "Fallen Angels" (2013) and "Eva's Diamond" (2013) is a judge in "Invasion 1897".

Yvonne Hays is a fast rising Nigerian born British actress and model and the winner of the 2013 BEFFTA (Black Entertainment, Film, Fashion, Television and Arts) Award for Best Actress. She is popular for her roles in "Heartless Carer", "Purity of Heart", "Day One in London", "Diaries", "The Rubicon", "Ilu-Oba (The Queen's Land)", "International Games", "3 London Girls", "Urban Rhythm", "Shameful Deceit" and "Battered".

British actors Patrick Thompson and Charles "Chucky" Venn as Igie Ehanire in a scene from "Invasion 1897".

"Invasion 1897" is the most anticipated film to celebrate the Nigeria Centenary in 2014 (modern day Nigeria came into being on January 1, 1914), and to mark the centenary of the death of the great King of Benin, Omo n’Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi in exile in Calabar on January 14, 1914, Lancelot Imasuen had a world press conference in his Lagos office and studios on January 14, 2014.

"Invasion 1897" (Nogbaisi Ovonramwen) is perhaps the most daring film project in the history of the Nigerian film industry, because no previous movie can be compared to it, both in scope and perspective of the historical context. The epic is based on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire in 1897 and looting the priceless ancient artifacts of the Benin kingdom, including the famous commemorative head and pendant of ivory mask representing Queen Idia (from court of Benin, 16th century) who was the mother of Esigie, the Oba of Benin who ruled from 1504 to 1550. The commemorative head is at the British Museum, while the pendant is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. The film has an international cast of proven actors such as famous Caribbean born British Actor Rudolph Walker, OBE, Charles "Chucky" Venn, Annika á Lofti,Hannah Raehse-Felstead, Nollywood stars Segun Arinze, Charles Inojie, Nosa Ehimwen, Paul Obazele, Mike Omoreigbe who played the lead role as "Oba Ovoramwen" and the late Justus Esiri.

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