Friday, September 30, 2016

Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is The Most Beautiful Nigerian Actress Since Independence

In 2013, I wrote the topic that
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde Is The Most Beautiful Actress In The History Of Nigeria and it was a hot debate on Nigeria Films.

It is three years now and I still repeat it as we celebrate the 56th Independence Day anniversary of Nigeria.
Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde is the most beautiful Nigerian actress since Independence.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Boy Who Walked for Miles To Learn from Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

The Boy Who Walked for Miles To Learn from Taiwo Ajai-Lycett

I won the first prize in the popular Pop magazine national essay competition for secondary schools with my essay "What I Liked Best About Nigeria" in 1976 when I was a junior student at the famous St. Gregory's College in Obalende- Ikoyi on the Lagos Island and that made me an instant national child celebrity. It was an outstanding achievement, because I was the son of a poor "Babalawo" IFA priest in Obalende who did not even know that I competed in the national essay contest and beat Elizabeth Banjo, the daughter of the famous Prof. Ayo Banjo of University of Ibadan. She won the second prize.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Golden Tulip Festac is the Best Hotel in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area

The prestigious Golden Tulip Hotel is the best hotel in Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos State in south west Nigeria.
It is rated one of the best hotels in West Africa with unique architectural design and layout that makes it look like a paradise in the densely populated Amuwo Odofin.
The hotel staff are among the most courteous in Nigeria.

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Amuwo Odofin and Badagry, just find your way to the Golden Tulip and you will enjoy the tranquility of the hygienic environment and world class hospitality.

Golden Tulip Festac Lagos places you 6.2 mi (10 km) from National Arts Theatre and 8.8 mi (14.1 km) from Iga Idunganran. This 471-room, 4-star hotel has 2 outdoor pools along with a full-service spa and 2 restaurants. Balogun Market is also 8.9 mi (14.2 km) away.

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There is Scarcity of Good Taxi Cabs in FESTAC Town

There is scarcity of good taxi cabs in Festac Town located in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, the commercial capital of Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with more than 177 million people.

Festac Town is a federal government housing estate located along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway leading to the Republic of Benin. The name is derived from the acronym FESTAC, which stands for Second World African Festival of Arts and Culture that was held in Nigeria in 1977.
Festac Town is densely populated from lower class to upper middle class urban settlements on seven avenues.

The lower class residents live in blocks of tenements of storey buildings called "civilian barracks".
The middle class residents live in three bedrooms bungalows and one storey buildings in gated streets.
The upper middle class residents live in mansions of duplexes in gated estates.

There are several "Danfo" minibuses, "Okada" motorbikes and "Keke Marwa" tricycles, but few taxi cabs for public transport.
Many of the residents in the middle class areas have regular visitors who need to use taxi cabs for convenience whenever they don't come with their own cars or SUVs. But they often have to wait for more than ten minutes to get a taxi cab. And that means there are not enough taxi cabs in Festac Town.

Taxi cab business is very profitable in Africa's largest megacity with a teeming population of more than 22 million people and increasing daily by thousands.

The best routes for taxi business in Lagos city are the following:
1. Victoria Island.
2. Ikoyi.
3. Ikeja GRA.
4. FESTAC Town.
5. Magodo GRA.

Taxi cabs on these routes make more money without stress. But taxi cabs in the ghettos make less money, because they cannot get regular commuters who can afford to pay well. And police officers in these areas are not as disciplined as those in the upper middle class and upper class areas of Lagos city.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Twitter's Monthly Report for @247Nigeria

Top Fashion Designer Nikki Lund Prepares to Set the Fashion World on Fire With New Television

Top Fashion Designer Nikki Lund Prepares to Set the Fashion World on Fire With New Television

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Happy Birthday King Sunny Ade

Happy 70th Birthday  King Sunny Ade.
We wish you many happier returns of the day with long life and more prosperity with thanksgiving to our Almighty Father JEHOVAH God in Jesus Christ our Lord, Saviour and Messiah. Amen.

Keep dancing your funky Juju music style.
Keep playing your Synchro System guitar.
Keep singing your enchanting Juju music songs.
Keep smiling to your millions of fans.
Keep swinging happily to the glory of Almighty God!
Cheers all the way!

You’re Still Hooked and Netflix Knows Why

You're Still Hooked and Netflix Knows Why
Netflix Unveils When Global Fandom Begins for The Get Down, Narcos, Stranger Things and more

BEVERLY HILLS,  Calif., Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix releases the latest set of hooked episodes* and it turns out nothing brings the world together like thrilling mysteries, young love, family drama and criminal behavior. Also, dogs...

Peace Day Challenge Engages Millions to Reduce Violence

Peace Day Challenge Engages Millions to Reduce Violence

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Major Awards At The Annual Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) of Canada was founded in 1976. And it is now one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a dynamic centre for film culture that offers film lovers a world-class cinema experience including new releases, live one-of-a-kind film events and an interactive gallery.
TIFF is rated the second most important international film festival in the world after the annual Cannes Film Festival of France which is the numero uno or I prefer to call the "Queen of all film festivals" on planet earth.

There are laurels to be won by filmmakers.
Apart from the major non-juried Grolsch People’s Choice Award given to a feature-length film with the highest ratings as voted by the TIFF-going populace, there are other laurels to be won and they are the following.
Canadian awards
Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Film
Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film.

TIFF also presents seven other awards for People's Choice Best Documentary, People's Choice Best Midnight Madness film, Best Canadian First Feature, Best Canadian Short Film, Best International Short Film.

The International Federation of Film Critics ( FIPRESCI) Awards for the Discovery Program, Special Presentations and NETPAC for world or international Asian film premiere.

In 2015, the Festival introduced Platform, the juried programme that champions director’s cinema from around the world.

The 2016 City to City program of TIFF focused on Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria and Africa's largest megacity
“Vital, complex and inspiring, Lagos is entirely unique,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival and curator of the City to City program. “The city of Fela Kuti’s music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries."

This is the 8th year for the City to City program, which showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programs include London, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Athens and Seoul.

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~ By Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi | IndieWire
Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima is the Publisher/Editor of the Nollywood Mirror®  series and producer/director of the "Lagos in Motion: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity" documentary film with the photo book edition distributed worldwide by Amazon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Call 112 for Emergency Rescue of Victims of Domestic Violence

Call 112 immediately for emergency cases of domestic violence anywhere in Nigeria.

Emergency Cases Hotlines in Nigeria.
Ministry of Women's Affairs, Lagos State.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Ngozi Onwurah , The Most Accomplished Nigerian Born Female Filmmaker

Ngozi Onwurah, the Most Accomplished Nigerian Born Female Filmmaker from Top 10 Nigerian Female Film Directors by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima in the Third Edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® SERIES.

Onwurah made "Welcome II the Terrordome", the first independent Black British feature film to be released.

Coffee Colored Children:
1st Prize- Short Feature Category, BBC, UK.
Prized Pieces Award- National Black Programming Consortium, US.
Golden Gate Award- San Francisco Film Festival, US.
Films de Femmes- Creteil, France.
The Body Beautiful:
Best Short Film- Melbourne Film Festival, Australia.
Best Documentary- Montreal Film Festival, Canada.
Shoot The Messenger:
Prix Italia 2007.

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2307: WINTER'S DREAM Secures Distribution Deal at Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF: ULTRAMEDIA and SC Films Sign Latest Distribution Deal for New Sci-Fi from the Writer of BLUE VALENTINE - 2307: WINTER'S DREAM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, Santa Monica-based ULTRAMEDIA and London's SC Films, signed a distribution deal with Nettai Museum in Japan for the new sci-fi, 2307: WINTER'S DREAM, written and directed by Joey Curtis. The deal was negotiated by Fumie Suzuki Lancaster for the sales team and Fumiaki Ikeda for the distributor.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kim Kardashian and other Celebrities Collect YouTube Promotion Fee from $187,000

Kim Kardashian published a video clip on Instagram in association with the hair vitamins provider Sugar Bear Hair.

San Francisco based Captiv8 said internet “influencers” with a following of three to seven million people could also make $75,000 on average for a promotional post on Instagram and a native advert on Twitter cost about $30,000 on average, it added.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Who Says Nollywood Produces 1000 Movies and Makes US$1Billion Annually?

Who says Nollywood produces 1000 movies and makes US$1billion annually?
Where are the verified facts and figures from the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Top 10 Must Watch Nigerian Movies of The Month

Top 10 Must Watch Movies At Cinemas in Nigeria will be published every week on selected popular blogs, online forums and social networks and also on TV shows with the posters and trailers.

Selection of the Top 10 Must Watch Movies will be based on  recommendations and reviews by  proven film critics in Nigeria, especially for the Top 10 Must Watch Nigerian Movies category.

Gradually, we will end up with the Nigerian Weekend Box Office rankings based on box office returns.

Many movies have been released without public knowledge of them, because of lack of publicity. Filmmakers, film distributors and film exhibitors lose millions of naira daily due to low patronage caused by lack of publicity for their movies.

There are special buzz words and sound bites for promoting movies and pulling crowds to the cinemas.
Hyping a movie can attract thousands of movie lovers every day.
They will be excited to experience the unique romance of going to movies for friends, lovers, spouses and families.

The Top 10 Must Watch Movies List will also be publicised at campuses, clubs and other popular rendezvous to attract audiences.
We will also select Movie Stars of the Week and audiences with tickets will compete for prizes like movie T-shirts and mugs, etc.

This weekly publication is for the promotion of cinemas in Nigeria and to attract more people to the cinemas to boost box office returns and support the sustainable development of the Nigerian film industry.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,
Publisher/Editor, Nollywood Mirror series, @247Nigeria on Twitter, Nigerians Report Online, Talk of the Town By Orikinla, Nigerian Times and other blogs and publications.