Saturday, April 29, 2017

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Father of New Lagos

Lagos is Africa's largest megacity with the highest GDP.

The name of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is written in gold as the "Father of New Lagos" , because of all the 14 state governors  since the creation of Lagos State in May, 1967, he is the one who accelerated the growth of Lagos state in the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa in the world.

How did Tinubu achieve this phenomenal transformation of Lagos state?
The following report by an international scholar explained it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jockey(R) Reveals New Campaign Featuring War Orphan Turned Ballerina Michaela DePrince

Jockey® Reveals New Campaign Featuring War Orphan Turned Ballerina Michaela DePrince

Her story of hope is the next chapter of the brand's celebrated Show 'Em What's Underneath, Show 'Em Your Jockey campaign.

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T.J.Maxx Teams Up with Laila Ali and Barbara Corcoran to Help Women Pursue the Dreams and Aspirations That Make Them Unique

T.J.Maxx Teams Up with Laila Ali and Barbara Corcoran to Help Women Pursue the Dreams and Aspirations That Make Them Unique
“The Maxx You Project” will help women across the country with inspirational mentors and immersive experiences

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 26, 2017 – .
T.J.Maxx believes that wonderful things happen when women let their individuality shine. So, last year when T.J.Maxx spoke to hundreds of women in stores across the country and discovered that 80 percent feel stereotyped by society into specific roles and expectations, the brand knew something had to change.

In response, T.J.Maxx is launching The Maxx You Project— aimed at helping women break those stereotypes by embracing the personal aspirations or lifelong dreams that make them each one-of-a-kind. T.J.Maxx has partnered with boxing world champion, TV host, author and speaker, Laila Ali and businesswoman, investor, speaker and TV personality, Barbara Corcoran — two women who have overcome adversity, defied expectations and pushed themselves beyond their comfort zones — to help 80 women to do the same.

Laila Ali:
“As a woman, I know there are ‘boxes’ the world might try to place us in and go-to labels often used to describe us: mother, sister, boss, friend, etc., but they don’t even begin to scratch the surface of who we truly are at our core,” said Ali. “From ‘Mom Boss’ to boxing world champion, entrepreneur to cooking enthusiast, author, speaker and TV host, there is no one role that defines me. That’s why I’m really excited to partner with T.J.Maxx to inspire others to break through those labels and pursue what’s inside them.”

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

George Clooney Sets Off On An Epic Journey To Experience A Cup Above in Newest NESPRESSO campaign, “COMIN’ HOME”

George Clooney Sets Off On An Epic Journey To Experience A Cup Above in Newest NESPRESSO campaign, “COMIN’ HOME”

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Clooney Seen in Some of Hollywood’s Most Iconic Movies Including The Muppet Movie, Psycho and Easy Rider to Showcase Just How Far He Will Go for Nespresso

NEW YORK, NY – April 26, 2017 – George Clooney — American actor, screenwriter, producer, and director — stars in Nespresso’s new advertising campaign “Comin’ Home,” his second as U.S. Brand Ambassador. Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium, single-serve coffee, extends its premiere 2015 campaign with Clooney and introduces a fresh iteration inspired by iconic Hollywood films. Set to Mel Torme’s celebrated version of “Comin’ Home, Baby,” Clooney can be seen on the road and alongside legendary characters in scenes from some of America’s most memorable movies on a quest for quality coffee. He is joined in the new campaign by friend, fellow actor, and director Andy Garcia. The advertising campaign will activate in the U.S. and Canada across television, digital, dedicated web films, social media and on the existing microsite.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

GAC Motor Brings Six Signature Models To Auto Shanghai 2017


Developed on GAC Motor’s G-CPMA (Cross-Platform Modular Architecture) with vigorous stance, comfortable large space, smart entertainment system and robust power control, the GS7 has inherited the excellent genes of GAC Motor family to carry the torch as a new generation blockbuster SUV.

99 Cents Only Stores Is Looking For Nine Lucky Moms To Win A Beverly Hills Makeover!

99 Cents Only Stores Is Looking For Nine Lucky Moms To Win A Beverly Hills Makeover!

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif., April, 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- 99 Cents Only Stores is looking for nine lucky mothers in the Los Angeles area deserving of extra special pampering this Mother's Day. The company is hosting a contest where customers can nominate a special mom to win a Beverly Hills makeover by filling out an entry form at All they have to do is tell us why this mom is special to them and why they deserve to win.

Linus Idahosa and Nigerian Governors at the Nigeria-China Governors’ Investment Forum in China

The CEO of Del-York International, Mr. Linus Idahosa.

Nigerian State Governors and Chinese Industry Leaders Gather for the first Nigeria-China Governors Investment Forum In China.

When top world industry presidents and national leaders who share similar passions gather for a time of presentations, discussions and exchange of ideas, magic always happens. In meetings such as this, with the right people connecting within a sphere of good intentions and available resources, the stage is often set for groundbreaking deals that positively impacts participating nations.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Artist to Watch Michelle Medoff Releases Follow Up Single to "Live Out Loud"

Artist to Watch Michelle Medoff Releases Follow Up Single to "Live Out Loud"

LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelle Medoff drops her newest single, Don't Want to Wait globally.

Michelle brings the big city beat of her hometown, New York City, to the table with her new single release. Michelle's first single as "Me'Chell" became popular in the community for its driving beats and multicultural influences, a product of her New York City upbringing. Her first single 'Live Out Loud' has become one of the most listened to songs in her genre. As a follow up, she will be dropping her new single, Don't Want to Wait through indie label New Muzik Order.

comScore's Top 12 Worldwide Weekend Box Office

1. Fate Of The Furious, The - Universal - $202.1M
2. Boss Baby, The - 20th Century Fox - $42.8M
3. Beauty And The Beast - Disney - $32.9M
4. Smurfs: The Lost Village - Sony - $26.2M
5. Going In Style - Warner Bros. - $9.6M
6. Mr. Pride vs Miss Prejudice - Multiple Chinese Distributors - $7.7M
7. Unforgettable - Warner Bros. - $6.5M
8. Born In China - Disney - $5.2M
9. Ghost In The Shell - Paramount Pictures - $4.6M
10. Gifted - Fox Searchlight - $4.5M
11. Shack, The - Multiple - $4.2M
12. Promise, The - Open Road - $4.1M

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of April 23, 2017

Navigating Lagos, Africa's Largest Megacity, Part 1

How can one describe Lagos in one sentence to an upwardly mobile entrepreneur or tourist?
Lagos is like a combination of New York and California; for booming business and entertainment.

LAGOS in MOTION: A Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity (Volume 1), distributed by Amazon is a colourful travelogue on Lagos, called Ìlú Èkó in Yorùbá
The photo book from a new tourist documentary film, "LAGOS in MOTION: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity" shows different locations visited by a group of young men and women touring the city from the mainland to the island. They started from the Magodo axis where there is a monument of the statues of three white cap chiefs. The statues are 21 feet by 14 feet and standing on a 7 feet pedestal welcoming visitors to Lagos.
The tourists drive on to Ojota; Maryland Bus Stop to Ikeja Bus Stop and Oshodi Bus Stop; passing every bus stop along the long Ikorodu Road to Yaba with the famous Presbyterian Church; University of Lagos in Akoka; Onike with the popular Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Church and the Ayodele Awojobi Memorial Park; Sabo with Yaba Baptist Church near the Ozone Cinemas on Tos Benson Avenue and the Herbert Macaulay Memorial statue near the Union Bank facing the Sabo Market and Police Station; Ojuelegba Bus Stop; Barracks Bus Stop and National Stadium in Surulere on the Western Avenue to Costain with the Funso Williams Memorial statue; National Theatre; Eko Bridge to the Marina; CMS Bus Stop with the famous Lagos Cathedral; Tinubu Square with the famous Madam Tinubu monument at the fountain; Balogun Market and they moved on to Tafawa Balewa Square; Kings College with the nearby skyscrapers of the Independence Building, NITEL Building and Western House opposite the General Hospital;  the  National Museum beside the City Mall in Onikan leading to Obalende Bus Stop to Keffi in South West Ikoyi along the Awolowo Road to Falomo roundabout and the Bourdillon Road leading to the popular Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge; Ahmadu Bello Way to the Bar Beach and Ajose Adeogun roundabout on Victoria Island, location of Eko Atlantic City under construction; The Palms Shopping Mall and ended their tour at the Elegushi beach.
See clips from the documentary film on Screen Naija YouTube channel.

The earliest incarnation of Lagos was an Awori Yoruba fishing community located on the islands and peninsula that form the modern state. The area was inhabited by families who claimed a semi-mythical ancestry from a figure called Olofin.
The modern descendants of this figure are the contemporary nobility known as the Idejo or "white cap chiefs" of Lagos.
Lagos was declared a colony on  March 5, 1862 by the British Empire The colony and protectorate of Nigeria were incorporated into Southern Nigeria in February 1906, and Lagos became the capital of the protectorate of Nigeria in January 1914.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, current Governor of Lagos State.

2017 is the Golden Jubilee year of Lagos state, because May 27 is the 50th anniversary of the establishment by the Federal Government of Nigeria on May 27, 1967 under the Creation and Transitional Provisions Decree No. 14 of 1967.
Lagos State is divided into five Administrative Divisions, which are further divided into twenty Local Government Areas, or LGAs. And the current Governor is Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of the national ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Nigeria's Orlando Martins and Ronald Reagan in The Hasty Heart

Watch Nigeria's first Hollywood star, Orlando Martins with Ronald Reagan, Richard Todd, Patricia Neal in award winning war film, "The Hasty Heart" for the first time on an African site.

The film received one Academy Award nomination and won two Golden Globes.

On the last day of World War II, Scottish soldier Lachlan MacLachlan (Richard Todd) is shot in the lower back and needs to be treated at the local medical unit in Burma before he can return home. His stay is lengthened, however, and when his nurse (Patricia Neal) asks why, she learns that his wound is fatal. With the help of an American patient (Ronald Reagan), the staff and other patients at the hospital try to make the Scot's final days happy. But things get ugly when he learns the truth.

Ronald Reagan – Yank
Patricia Neal – Sister Margaret Parker
Richard Todd – Cpl. Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan, the Scot
Anthony Nicholls – Lieutenant Colonel Dunn
Howard Marion-Crawford – Tommy, the Englishman
Ralph Michael – Kiwi, the New Zealander
John Sherman – Digger, the Australian
Alfie Bass – Orderly
Orlando Martins – Blossom, the African
Robert Douglas – Off-Screen Narrator (uncredited)

Initial release: 2 December 1949.

Africa's first Hollywood star, Orlando Martins as Blossom the African represents all the African soldiers who fought in Burma (including my father, Sunday Eke of blessed memory).

Adwoa Aboah of Ghana and Elizabeth Ayodele of Nigeria on the Runway

Adwoa Aboah, 24, is a Ghanaian-British fashion model and feminist activist. In March 2017, she appeared on the cover of American Vogue with Liu Wen, Ashley Graham, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Imaan Hammam, and Vittoria Ceretti. She has also been on the cover of Vogue Italia and i-D.
Adwoa is a proud feminist and creator of Gurls Talk, an Instagram account aimed at female empowerment. Gurls Talk encourages girls to use their voice and share their experiences with each other using the hashtag #letsgetgirlstalking.

Nigeria's fast rising international model, Elizabeth Ayodele, 18, is currently among the youngest black supermodels on the runway. She is also studying medicine.

Photos from the Fendi Fall/Winter 2017-2018.

~ By Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi |Amazon

#Adwoaaboah, #Fendi, #vogue, #Milan, #fashionweek, #Elizabethayodele, #supermodel, #Ghana, #Nigeria, #feminist, #black, #beauty.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aly Raisman To Share Her Secret Weapon for Better Sleep and Recovery

Aly Raisman To Share Her Secret Weapon For Better Sleep And Recovery - Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice

GENEVA, N.Y., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- World Champion Gymnast Aly Raisman is sharing one of her most important nutrition and wellness secrets as she partners with Cheribundi to educate people on the benefits of drinking tart cherry juice daily. Two years ago, the six-time medalist and now Sports Illustrated swimsuit model was introduced to Cheribundi Tart Cherry Juice as a natural, functional beverage that would support better sleep and faster muscle recovery. Raisman says, "It's become an important part of my daily routine. I drink Cheribundi after workouts and before bed which helps with recovery and sleep. I want people to know there is a natural option for both that also tastes great!"

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Big Chance for New Actors To Break into Hollywood in 2017

Want To Be A Successful Actor?
Learn what it takes at The Actor's Conference: A 2 day educational event designed to empower!
SAN MATEO, Calif., April 20, 2017  /PRNewswire/ -- The Actor's Conference is an educational event designed and dedicated to actors of all skill levels. Our mission is to inspire and encourage creative entrepreneurship.  Our inaugural event is set for May 20th and 21st at the San Mateo Marriott.  The itinerary will have a line up of skill building workshops, opportunities to learn through town hall discussion panels, and networking events.

Our Entertainment Professionals and Conference guests speakers include:

Celebrating Orlando Martins: First African Hollywood Star from Lagos

Orlando Martins in "The Hasty Heart", starring Ronald Reagan who later became a great President of the United States of America.

Celebrating Orlando Martins: First African Hollywood Star from Lagos

Orlando Martins remains the most accomplished Nigerian international star of both stage and screen in the last 100 years. No other Nigerian actor has matched the filmography of Martins.
He played the prominent role of Blossom in the 1949 film "The Hasty Heart", starring Ronald Reagan who later became a great President of the United States of America. The film was nominated for an Oscar and won two Golden Globes (Richard Todd for "Most Promising Newcomer – Male" and for "Best Film Promoting International Understanding.)
NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series is the first African publication to celebrate Orlando Martins with photographs that have not been published before in one volume for the historical legacy and for the benefit of posterity.

The tribute is in the second edition of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series in hardcover, paperback and eBook distributed by Amazon, Lulu, Barnes & Noble.

Martins as a young man in merchant navy of Great Britain during World War 1.

The great Orlando Martins (8 December 1899 – 25 September 1985) was a pioneering Nigerian film and stage actor. In the late 1940s, he was one of England's most prominent and leading black actors and in a poll conducted in 1947, he was listed among England's top 15 favourite actors.
Martins was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to a civil servant Brazilian father. He was related to the Benjamin Epega family. In 1913 he was enrolled in Eko Boys High School but dropped out.
Orlando Martins' family in Lagos, showing his mother and two of his sisters.
During World War I he served as a stoker on the RMS Mauretania to avenge German cruelty to his family. Following the end of the war, he moved to London; on arrival in 1919 he had no source of income and had to look for ways to earn money. Around the same time, the Lyceum Theatre was looking for 'supers' at the rate of three shillings per day. Martins joined the theatre and from there took on various theatre jobs to survive. In 1923, Sanger's Circus wanted to have someone to display pythons, Martins took the part starting his performing career in the circus. He also worked as a wrestler (known as "Black Butcher Johnson").

Year Film Role Notes
1935 Sanders of the River- Klova
1945 The Man from Morocco- Jeremiah
1946 Men of Two Worlds -Magole
1947 The End of the River -Harrigan
1949 The Hasty Heart -Blossom
1954 West of Zanzibar -M'Kwongi
1955 Simba -Headman
1956 Safari -Jerusalem
1957 Abandon Ship -Sam Holly
1957 Tarzan and the Lost Safari - Chief Ogonooro
1958 The Naked Earth -Tall Bearer
1959 Sapphire -Barman
1959 The Nuns Story -Kalulu
1960 Killers of Kilimanjaro Chief Chief
1963 Call Me Bwana- Chief Tribal Chief
1965 Mister Moses -Chief Chief
1965 A Boy Ten Feet Tall -Abu Lubaba
1973 Kongi's Harvest -Dr. Gbenga

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

See the Big Picture of the Future!

My greatest challenge with working with fellow Nigerians is that majority of them from the street to the internet and movie set are intellectually shortsighted.
You have a cast that is clueless about the raison d'etre of your film production. They are only there to be seen on the screen and collect the money.
They don't know and so cannot see the Big Picture. So, they see only the small picture and that is what they have.

From Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde to Linda Ikeji, they saw the Big Picture and that is what they have.
Linda in particular was only 17 when she came to see me in my office in 1997, 20 years ago, when I was the Editor of the rested Affections magazine on Shiro Street in Fadeyi, Lagos.
She said she wanted to be a fashion model and she did, because of her loyalty and tenacity.
She was loyal and obedient.
Sometimes, we walked from Mushin to Surulere and once she had to sit on my legs on a "Danfo" minibus when there was only one available seat.
I took her to her first time to eat at a fast food restaurant, the Mr. BIGGS on Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, near the Surulere Mall in Lagos. Then she had her first buffet as my companion to a conference hosted by Chevron Nigeria where the American MD gave her his card to contact him later. But she never did. She focused on our goals and in 1998 was catwalking on the runway of a big fashion show by the Silverbird Group.
She soon became the highest paid Nigerian model in Nigeria and graduated from the University of Lagos.
She launched her own Fashion, Modeling and Beauty (FM&B) magazine and I was the Managing Editor.
From modeling to publishing and to blogging. Then she said, "Let us have a media empire!"and "I want to be more popular than Bella Naija ." And I said she would be. And her vision of the Big Picture of herself is what the rest of the world is seeing now!
She has Linda Ikeji Blog; Linda Ikeji Social; Linda Ikeji Music and Linda Ikeji TV. And from the misery of poverty in the ghetto of Mushin, Almighty God JEHOVAH has lifted her and taken her to the luxury of prosperity; living in her own palatial mansion on the exclusive Banana Island in Ikoyi and with her office in the upscale business district of Lekki. A true life grass to grace story and the rest is history.

~ By Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi

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