Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Second Run of "Ijé" Can Still Pull Crowds at the Cinemas

When "Ijé: The Journey", a 2010 Nigerian drama film directed by Chineze Anyaene was released, there were long queues at the few cinemas in Nigeria. The film starring the most celebrated Nollywood divas, Genevieve Nnaji as "Chioma Opara" sister of "Anya Opara Michino" played by Omotola Jolade-Ekeinde who gave a stellar performance pulled crowds to the cinemas.

The film produced by Xandria Distributions with a budget $2.5 million was the highest grossing Nigerian movie until the emergence of Filmhouse Cinemas that launched in 2012 and has become the biggest and largest cinema chain in West Africa with 15 cinemas so far.

A second run of "Ijé" in all the 133 screens of the 29 cinemas in Nigeria can even attract more people than seven years ago.
There are more movie-goers now and thousands of them could not see "Ijé" in 2010-2011.
But hundreds of thousands of people bought the copies on DVD, millions of others watched it on cable TV and on the internet. Yes. But watching movies at the cinemas is a different experience of the romance of movie culture.

One of the most successful Bollywood movies so far, Sholay became Bollywood's most successful re-run product even after more than 40 years since it was released in August, 1975 and played at Minerva until August 1980 and reissued for reruns over the years in different regions for the entertainment of new generations of movie-goers in India and other countries.

"Ijé" can be reissued for a second run at the cinemas and I can bet a million naira on it making millions of naira at the box office.
I challenge Filmhouse Cinemas to rerun it.

Synopsis of "Ijé"

Transporting the audience from the lush countryside of Nigeria, to the intensity and seductive power of Los Angeles, IJE: The Journey tells the story of two sisters with unbreakable bonds of loyalty and the power of the human spirit. When Anya, the eldest of the two, vows to chase her dreams of glamour in the Hollywood Hills, her younger sister—Chioma—warns of her of the dark side of the American Dream. Now, years later, and in a world away from the life she knew, Anya is charged with the murder of three men, one of them her powerful husband. Chioma travels to her sister’s side to battle not only a flawed justice system with the aid of a young and disillusioned attorney, but the very notion of “truth” as the cultural values of two worlds collide. Weaving a melodic and beautiful score through rich visuals in Los Angeles and flashbacks on location in Nigeria, IJE captures the viewer from the very first scene and delivers a powerful message through the moving conclusion.


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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Western Lotto Partners Linda Ikeji's Blog - Gives Out N2m Worth Airtime To Readers of LIB

Western Lotto Partners Linda Ikeji's Blog - Doles Out N2m Worth Airtime

LAGOS, Nigeria, August 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Nigeria's wave-making gaming brand, Western Lotto Nigeria Limited, has entered into a partnership with Nigeria's leading lifestyle blog, Linda Ikeji's Blog to reward visitors to the blog as well as its fans.

Linda Ikeji.

Western Lotto will give customers N2m worth of airtime across networks in collaboration with Linda Ikeji's blog as part of its Thank God It's Friday giveaway. The event would be held on Friday, August 25, 2017.

To participate, visitors to Linda Ikeji's Blog would log on to and register using the promo code LIB2017+preferred network (for example LIB2017GLO or LIB20179MOBILE or LIB2017AIRTEL or LIB2017MTN).

This TGIF giveaway promo is open between 9am to 9pm daily until the draw. Only the first 2000 persons to register would get the N1000 free airtime.

Mr.Elvis Krivokuća, Managing Director, Western Lotto, said the TGIF giveaway promo aligns with its plans to change the landscape of gaming in Nigeria and empower customers.

The World's First Geisha Cafe Opens in Osaka, Japan

The World's First Geisha Cafe Opens in Osaka, Japan

OSAKA, Japan, Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Maikoya Osaka, a high-end Japanese cultural experience venue, recently introduced the world's first geisha themed cafe and restaurant in Osaka. Here, visitors can meet and chat with an apprentice geisha, any time of the year. The building was constructed on a property where an actual geisha house stood until the mid-1980s. Located in Shinmachi, Maikoya Osaka is at the center of an area that served as an entertainment hub and had many geisha houses during the Edo period.

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From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Girls Trip

From Universal Pictures Home Entertainment: Girls Trip





UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The year's biggest R-rated comedy and runaway hit with audiences and critics alike, GIRLS TRIP, arrives on Digital October 3, 2017 and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on October 17, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Follow four best friends on an adventure of a lifetime as they reunite for a weekend of fun, festivities and outrageous adventures only to learn they are not as strong apart as they are together. With over an hour of exclusive UNRATED bonus content, GIRLS TRIP Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital versions feature even more of the group's outrageous shenanigans with deleted and extended scenes, gag reel and more that will have everyone laughing again and again!

When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

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The 2017 Best New Cars for Teens

The 2017 Best New Cars for Teens

Cars and Price Range

2017 Toyota Corolla
$20,000 and under

2017 Chevrolet Cruze
$20,000 to $25,000

2017 Hyundai Elantra
$25,000 to $30,000

2018 Chevrolet Malibu
$30,000 to $35,000

2017 Toyota Avalon
$35,000 to $40,000

SUVs and Crossovers Price Range

2017 Honda CR-V
$25,000 to $30,000

2017 Subaru Outback
$30,000 to $35,000

2017 Kia Sorento
$35,000 to $40,000

Floyd Mayweather Returns to the Ring in Fabulous Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (PRNewsfoto/Hublot)

Floyd Mayweather Returns to the Ring in Fabulous Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, August 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -
Hublot and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are back together for his unprecedented "Money Fight" against Conor McGregor

Hublot, the iconic Swiss watch brand representing the Art of Fusion, is thrilled to announce its second partnership with boxing greatFloyd "Money" Mayweather, the undefeated, 12-time world champion, for his fight against UFC® mega-starConor McGregor. The bout will take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in an event produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV®.

Training session with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (PRNewsfoto/Hublot)

Floyd Mayweather Jr during the press conference. (PRNewsfoto/hublot)

Following the brand's first partnership with the unbeaten all-time great for the 2015 "Fight of the Century", in which he defeated Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision, Mayweather will once again sport Hublot across the waistband of his boxing trunks as he enters the ring this weekend.

How Much Money Do I Need To Retire?

State-by-State Comparison: This is How Long $1 Million Will Stretch In Retirement

How Much Money Do I Need To Retire?
How long will my retirement savings last? Here's the answer depending on where you live

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mississippi is the state where your dollar will last the longest amount of time in retirement, while Hawaii is the state where your dollar will last the shortest, a new study found.

Monday, August 21, 2017

South Africa is the Largest Wealth Market in Africa

South Africa Wealth Report 2017-2026

DUBLIN, August 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

The "The South Africa 2017 Wealth Report" report has been added to Research and Markets' offering.

South Africa is the largest wealth market in Africa. This report provides a comprehensive review of the wealth sector in South Africa, including HNWI trends, prime property trends, luxury trends and wealth management trends in the country.


- Demographics including age, city, suburb and sector breakdowns of local HNWIs.
- Spending habits of SA HNWIs, including: collectables, prime real estate, travel, luxury clothing and luxury cars.
- HNWI asset allocations across 10 asset classes.
- Detailed review of local wealth management sector, including major players by AuM.
- Details on HNWI offshore funds and where they are held.
- Independent market sizing of local HNWIs across five wealth bands.
- HNWI trends from 2006 to 2016, with forecasts to 2026.
- Insights into the drivers of HNWI wealth.
- Second home hotspots for HNWIs in SA.

Key Highlights

- The average South African individual has net assets of approx. US$11,300, which is the 2nd highest level in Africa, behind Mauritius.
- SA is home to 40,400 HNWIs, with combined wealth holdings of US$171 billion.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Big Brother Naija 2017 Star Efè is the Next Nollywood Star

Based on logistics, Efè Ejemba Michael, Winner of Big Brother Naija 2017 is rubbing shoulders with top Nollywood stars and poised to be the next Nollywood star.

We caught him with former beauty queen, model and film maker, Christabel Momodu who is set to release her new romantic comedy, "When Marriage Sucks" starring Binta Ayo-mogaji, Ebele Okaro, Anthony Monjaro, Emma Ayalogu and others.

The #BBNaija star is starring in "Wawu" with popular Nollywood comedian, Mr. Ibu and comedienne, Helen Paul.

Friday, August 18, 2017

KIA STYLE360 at New York Fashion Week Draws Another Lineup of Powerhouse Designers September 11 -

Over the past 13 years, STYLE360 has grown to be the premier New York Fashion Week destination for trending and renowned fashion designers to collaborate with corporate brands and come face-to-face with industry tastemakers, celebrities, top musical artists, media, and fashion fans during the Fashion Industry’s biggest week in the USA. This September 2017, STYLE360 welcomes back Kia Motors America as Title Sponsor to the program.

Each day, the sexy, fast-paced atmosphere of New York Fashion Week is revealed in a series of morning, afternoon and evening fashion shows. In between shows, KIA STYLE360 serves as a hospitality destination for press, models and celebrities, with scheduled press junkets, photo shoots and other media events taking place.

By night, the red carpet festivities continue with celebrity-hosted after-parties at Kia STYLE360’s exclusive nightclub venues featuring world-class DJs and musical acts. Models sport looks from Kia STYLE360 designers as VIPs mingle alongside fashionista guests, enjoying free-flowing cocktails in design-centric settings. Admission is by invite only and press and social media influeners are encouraged to register here
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For more information on this season's designers, to get inside access, view runway trends, special promotional offers, and watch behind the scenes celebrity interviews, please visit Twitter @NYFWSTYLE360 and Facebook @STYLE360. Official hashtag this season is #KiaSTYLE360NYFW.

Why Good Grooming is Important for Men on Tips on TV

Entertainment Lifestyle Expert Josh McBride Tackles Why Good Grooming is Important for Men on Tips on TV
Whether a Man is Going for a Rugged Look or a Metro Hipster Vibe, Discovering Some Simple Grooming Tips That Can Make a Big Difference

ATLANTA, Aug. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- For lifestyle and entertainment expert Josh McBride, it is one of his life-long goals to help men improve their appearance. McBride believes that in modern society it is not acceptable to become scruffy, smelly and ungroomed. McBride gives some expert tips on Tips on TV blog for guys this National Men's Grooming Day, which this year is Aug. 18 — a day to encourage males everywhere to purchase and employ grooming items, and to proactively manage their appearance. From lumberjacks to hipsters, these tips are essential for good grooming.

Josh gave expert tips for men's grooming month.


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Fally Ipupa, Runtown, French Montana, Wizkid, Davido, Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Seyi Shay and Others Battle for #AFRIMA2017

Fally Ipupa, Runtown, French Montana, Anselmo Ralph, Wizkid, AliKiba, Davido, Hugh Masekela, Sarkodie, Seyi Shay and Others Battle for #AFRIMA2017

• AUC-AFRIMA Releases Final Full List of Nominees
• Public Voting Opens August 21

Angolan RnB star, Anselmo Ralph, traditional music star from Mali, Oumou Sangare and Nigerian pop-star, Wizkid lead the pack of highest nominated African music talents on the just unveiled 2017 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) Nominees List with six, six and seven nominations respectively.

This was revealed on Thursday, August 17, as the African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA released the full AFRIMA 2017 Nominees while also disclosing that public voting on the AFRIMA website, has been scheduled to open on Monday, August 21.

Hugh Masekela
Fally Ipupa


Seyi Shay

French Montana


The full nominees list of 33 categories comprising of the Regional Category which covers the five African regions and the genre-based Continental Category was revealed to the media and on AFRIMA digital media platforms.

Angola's Electro Music Diva, Nsoki and Tanzania's RnB musician, Ali Kiba both garnered five nominations. Nigerian pop-artistes Davido, Runtown and Seyi Shay, as well as Moroccan-American star French Montana, Cameroon's Daphne and Uganda's Eddy Kenzo have earned four nominations each in the jostle for the for 23.9 karat gold-plated AFRIMA trophy.

Anselmo Ralph

From August 21 – November 11, music lovers across the continent will be empowered to vote for their favorite artistes in Regional and Continental categories during the voting period that will be ongoing for 11 weeks on the AFRIMA website. The works that were reviewed and assessed by the AUC-AFRIMA's 13-man are strictly within the year in review (August 1,2016 –July 17,2017).

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Charlize Theron, the Highest Paid African Actress in the World

Charlize Theron, the Highest Paid African Actress in the World

The highest paid and richest African actress is Charlize Theron of South Africa.
She is currently among the highest earning female actors in the world in the 2017 rankings by Forbes at the sixth position with US$14 million.

She became the first and only African actress so far to win an Academy Award for her outstanding role as "Aileen Wuornos" in Monster, the 2003 crime drama written and directed by Patty Jenkins.
Her critically acclaimed performance also won her the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress among several other top awards.

Charlize Theron with Nelson Mandela on March 11, 2004, in Johannesburg, South Africa after winning the Oscar for Best Actress at the 76th Academy Awards in February, 2004.

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