Saturday, September 30, 2017

Who is the Best Nollywood Actress from 2007 to 2017?

Who is the best #Nollywood actress of the last decade since 2007 to date?

The most accomplished Nollywood actresses of the last decade are the following.

The Nollywood diva Genevieve Nnaji is the most celebrated Nigerian actress since 2007 to date and commands awesome stardom across the African continent and among millions of Africans in the Diaspora for her outstanding award winning roles in scores of movies making her the quintessential Nollywood actress and applauded by the famous Oprah Winfrey who called her the "Julia Roberts of Africa" on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009.
She is the first actress to win the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the inaugural event in 2005.
She also received the honour of Order of the Federal Republic by the Nigerian government for her contribution to Nollywood.

The TIME celebrated Omotola Jalade Ekeinde as the "Queen of Nollywood" on the list of 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2013.

She won the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the inaugural edition in 2005 and many other awards since her breakthrough role as "Kemi" in the 1996 Nollywood classic "Mortal Inheritance" directed by Andy Amenechi and produced by Zeb Ejiro, made her a household name in Nigeria.
She received the honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic from the Nigerian government in 2014.

The Nigerian Queen of Comedy, Funke Akindele, aka "Jenifa" has won most of the awards for best actress for comedy in Nollywood.

She has won the popular Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) for Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Jenifa" in 2009 and other awards.
She leads the pack for her successful TV series, "Jenifa's Diary" for which she has won the highly coveted Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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Cinema For Humanity”: The First Edition of El Gouna Film Festival Launches with Huge Aspirations For MENA and Worldwide Cinema

The First Edition of El Gouna Film Festival Launches with Huge Aspirations For MENA and Worldwide Cinema Under The Slogan “Cinema For Humanity”

GFF Founder Naguib Sawiris - مؤسس مهرجان الجونة نجيب ساويرس

El Gouna, Egypt – September 29, 2017 — The first edition of El Gouna Film Festival inaugurated earlier this week with a star-studded red carpet event that took place in the coastal city of El Gouna, on the 22nd of September and ran for a period of eight days until the closing ceremony which took place on the 29th of September. International celebrities, including Forest Whitaker, Dylan McDermott, Michael Madsen, Emmanuelle Béart and Vanessa Williams attended the festival along with Egyptian and Arabic stars and filmmakers. Also in attendance in the festival was inspirational filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Actor Adel Imam - الفنان عادل إمام

GFF Co-Founder Bushra Rozza - المؤسس المشارك في المهرجان بشرى رزة

Actress Yosra El Lozy - النجمة يسرا اللوزي

Superstar Yousra - النجمة يسرا

Actress Yasmine Al Masry and Producer Karim Botrous Ghaly - الممثلة ياسمين المصري والمنتج كريم بطرس غالي

Attending Stars - نجوم الحضور

The festival launched under the slogan “Cinema For Humanity” which was also reflected on its overall theme and activities. El Gouna Film Festival was established to underscore the role film plays in promoting cultural interaction and in fostering an awareness of different cinematic voices. It also aims to generate opportunities for development and support for all contemporary forms of creative expressions in the MENA region, especially between young generations from the Arab world and their international counterparts. This came to fruition through El Gouna Film Festival’s filmmaking business development and industry creative arm, CineGouna Platform, Springboard and Bridge.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Daria Kasatkina Becomes the New Brand Ambassador for InstaForex

The Rising Tennis Star Daria Kasatkina Becomes the New Brand Ambassador for InstaForex

MOSCOW, August 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

International Forex brokerage company InstaForex announced one of the most talented tennis players in the world, Daria Kasatkina, as the new Brand Ambassador. Daria is only 20 but she is already a holder of the "Kremlin cup" in doubles and junior, the "Roland Garros". She also has 2 WTA and 7 ITF titles. Sports Illustrated wrote in 2015, "Daria is the best player of those whom you have not heard about yet, however, soon Kasatkina will be much more popular", and that was true - now Daria is famous across the globe.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Venue of the First Annual Focus On Nollywood at the FOCUS 2017 in London

FOCUS 2017

The Business Design Centre, London, UK. 5-6 December, 2017.

The Business Design Centre, the venue of the 2017 FOCUS for International Production is located in the heart of Islington with easy access to and from Central London by public transport.
The first Annual Focus On Nollywood will be held at the FOCUS 2017 from December 5-7.


Registration for FOCUS 2017 is completely free and gives you access to a packed session programme, meeting scheduler and networking events.

FREE entry. Registration is open to all professionals working in the creative screen industries, including film, television, advertising and interactive entertainment.

Register now and discover a world of filming incentives, locations and services for your future projects.

Registration also gives free access to a packed session programme featuring over 100 industry experts, developed in consultation with leading industry bodies, including Advertising Producers Association, Animation UK, BFI, BFC, Creative Skillset, Games London, Pact, PMA and WFTV.

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Nigerian film producers and film distributors, advertisers and others who want to showcase their film productions, international products and services at the first annual Focus On Nollywood @ FOCUS 2017, Contact Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima by sending email to:

kweliTV Officially Launches Its Streaming Platform with Top Nollywood Movies

kweliTV Officially Launches Its Streaming Platform
The Video Streaming Platform focuses on the Global African Voice with Award-Winning Video Content from all over the World

DeShuna Spencer, Founder/CEO of kweliTV.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- kweliTV (, a video streaming platform that curates independent content of the global black community, has officially launched out of beta. Today's announcement comes with the unveiling of a fully updated website, new film releases, original short-form programming, viewer contests and the kweliTV app.

Some of kweliTV's award-winning titles.

kweliTV focuses on the African Diaspora experience through documentaries, films, web shows, children's programming, news and more, bringing content from North America, Europe, Latin America, The Caribbean, and Africa. 98 percent of the films featured at film festivals around the world and more than 65 percent are award winning. kweliTV also features independent filmmakers of color from across the globe to showcase their content after their film festival runs.

Farewell To Hefner, the Unforgettable Playboy

American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner, Has Passed On

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones. He was 91 years old.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

GAC Motor's Signature SUV GS7 Takes Road Trip: Quality First Strategy Leads to Premium Models

GAC Motor's Signature SUV GS7 Takes Road Trip: Quality First Strategy Leads to Premium Models

GUANGZHOU, China, Sept. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- GAC Motor, China's fastest-growing automaker, has completed a 5,100 km journey through cities with the hottest weather in China to demonstrate the premium quality of its SUV lineup. Joined by new mid-sized SUV GS7, flagship model GS8 and GS4 PHEV. the one-month journey ended at the high temperature test center in the Turpan Depression in Xinjiang where its new and classic SUVs passed a range of extra tests against the tough weather and environment.

Started in Guangzhou, the SUVs drove all the way toward the far west of China through Xi'an, Lanzhou, Dunhuang and other ancient "Silk Road" cities. Their final destination, the Turpan high temperature test center ("the Center"), is located in the Turpan Depression, which is known as the hottest and driest area in China. The high temperature from June to August can reach 53°C and the relative humidity is a mere 6 percent.

After trekking through the burning summer weather, the GAC Motor SUV lineup was still in good shape and took on a series of tests for performance and reliability at the Center. The new GS7, which has been praised as "A New Generation Blockbuster SUV" by The New York Times and an "Impressive Worldwide Debut" by Forbes, took a gravel road test in 43°C temperatures. After a 4.4km cross-country run, the GS7 proved that it was able to endure high temperatures and maintain high performance levels.

Yu Jun, president of GAC Motor at GS7/GS3 release event.

Designed for the young generation, the GS7 is powered by the brand new GAC G-series 320T engine that offers a maximum power of 148kW (201.28 horsepower) at 1,750 RPM and peak torque of 320N·m. GAC Motor's G-CPMA (Cross-Platform Modular Architecture) provides a vigorous stance, a large, comfortable space, a smart entertainment system and robust power control.

Emem Isong-Misodi, The Most Accomplished Nollywood Producer of the Decade

Emem Isong-Misodi, The Most Accomplished Nollywood Producer of the Decade

The best and the most accomplished Nollywood producer of the decade from 2007 to 2017 is Emem Isong Misodi, CEO of the Royal Arts Academy in Lagos, the film capital of Nollywood.
She is a genius in film production, but does not make noise about it. Her narratives have awesome perspectives in the nuances of human dramas of life which she has not failed to capture in motion picture since her first production Jezebel in 1994 that she produced with only N60, 000 with the support of one of the greatest directors in Nigeria, Tunde Kelani and Niger Films' Femi Aloba of blessed memory. It was co-produced with Francis Agu of blessed memory. Two years after Agu became a Nollywood legend from playing a major role in the Nollywood classic, "Living in Bondgae". Then she produced "Breaking Point" in 1996. Read her interview, How Emem Isong emerged Nollywood’s most prolific filmmaker published on December 28, 2015 by Encomium magazine.
She has produced many bestselling and award winning videos listed in the African Video Collection of the Harvard College Library and other film libraries.

Her favourite movies, include "Games Women Play", 2005, starring top Nollywood stars, Zack Orji, Stella Damasus, Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Bob Manuel Udokwu and Desmond Elliot; "Reloaded", 2009, starring Ramsey Nouah, Rita Dominic, Desmond Elliot, Stephanie Okereke, Ini Edo and Nse Ikpe Etim; "Guilty Pleasures", 2009, starring Ramsey Nouah, Majid Michel and Nse Ikpe Etim; "I'll Take My Chances", 2011, starring Ini Edo, Bryan Okwara, Jide Kosoko and Sam Loco-Efe of blessed memory; "Apaye", 2014, starring Kanayo . O . Kanayo, Clarion Chukwura, Belinda Effah, Mbong Amata and Caro Michael; "Knocking on Heaven's Door", 2014, starring Blossom Chukwujekwu, Adesua Etomi, Majid Michel and Ini Edo and "Ayamma" 2016, starring Adesua Etomi, Wale Ojo, Majid Michel, Ime Bishop Umoh, Theresa Edem and Moses Armstrong.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kerry Washington, Owen Wilson, and Chris Cooper Headline 2017 Voice Arts® Awards Nominations

Kerry Washington, Owen Wilson, and Chris Cooper Headline Voice Arts® Awards Nominations Ahead of November 5th Awards Gala at Lincoln Center's Fredrick P. Rose Hall

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Society of Voice Arts & Sciences (SOVAS™) announced the nominations for the 2017 Annual Voice Arts® Awards honoring the best talent in the voiceover industry. The Voice Arts® Awards Gala will be held this year on November 5th at Lincoln Center's Fredrick P. Rose Hall in New York City. Kerry Washington, Owen Wilson, and Chris Cooper are all nominated in craft categories. Famed O.J. Simpson trial prosecutor Marcia Clark is also a nominee in the audiobook category. Other nominees for this year include Neil Degrasse Tyson, John Rhys-Davies, and Cheech Marin. The Voice Arts® Awards feature nearly 100 categories across multiple genres. Previous award winners include, Jon Hamm, Kate Winslet, James Earl Jones, Katy Perry, Lena Dunham, and William Shatner. "We are thrilled to bring the show to Lincoln Center. This year's Voice Arts® Awards includes many of the top names in entertainment and there is no better venue to showcase their amazing accomplishments in voiceover," says Emmy® Award-winning producer and SOVAS™ CEO, Rudy Gaskins. In addition to the craft category awards, Bob Bergen, also known as the voice of Porky Pig, will present Lily Tomlin with this year's Voice Arts® Icon Award for lifetime achievement. The Voice Arts® Awards also celebrates the power of the voice to impart change in the world. Three-time Emmy® winner Keith David, who's currently starring in Oprah Winfrey's hit show "Greenleaf" on OWN, will present the second annual Muhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honor to acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Good Morning America called the Voice Arts® Awards, "The Oscars of voiceover acting."

Human Nature Sign to Legacy Recordings, To Release their Hit Album "JUKEBOX"

Australian Pop Vocal Group Human Nature Sign to Legacy Recordings Ahead of The Release of Their Hit Album JUKEBOX: The Ultimate Playlist on Friday, November 3, 2017

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Human Nature have earned their place as one of the world's finest pop vocal groups of the modern era and Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment will release their new CD, "JUKEKBOX: The Ultimate Playlist," on Friday, November 3, 2017.

A collection of some of the most-loved hit songs from the best vocal artists and groups of all time, Human Nature "JUKEBOX" features such classics as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Stand By Me," "Unchained Melody," "Be My Baby" and "Under The Boardwalk," reinterpreted with the group's stellar sound as well as two original songs. "JUKEBOX: The Ultimate Playlist," (CD and digital configurations) is available for pre-order now:

Since their debut in Australia back in 1996, Human Nature have gone on to become known around the globe for their distinctive harmonies and stellar live shows, riding waves to the top of the charts, and have winning over fans all over the planet. The foursome - Toby Allen, Phil Burton, and brothers Andrew and Michael Tierney - recently celebrated their 28th anniversary as a group since forming in high school.

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Variety Launches Variety500: 500 Global Leaders Shaping the $2 Trillion Entertainment Industry

Variety Launches Variety500
An index of the 500 global leaders shaping the $2 trillion entertainment industry

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Variety, the iconic entertainment business news media company, announced today the launch of the Variety500. The website and journal features an unranked list of the top 500 global leaders in the entertainment industry. Updated annually, this "index of influence" reflects the accomplishments of its members over the last 12 months. The 500 professionals are selected by Variety's esteemed editorial board, which conducted extensive research.

Monday, September 25, 2017

When Marriage Sucks, The Official Trailer

When Marriage Sucks

This is a down to earth Nigerian romantic comedy produced by Christabel Momodu and directed by award winning #Nollywood filmmaker Charles Uwagbai, features award-winning and seasoned stars like Ebele Okaro, Binta Ayo-mogaji, Anthony Monjaro, Emma Ayalogu and others.

The movie, "When Marriage Sucks" captures the possessive love of a mother for her only son and child, Ade. Ade is ready to cling to his new bride, but can't stop ducking under his mother's skirt. The battle is drawn as the bride's mother tries to intervene. Frustration sets in and Ade is left in a dilemma over whom to choose between the two women in his life. Who would he choose? His mother, the only love he has ever known or his new bride who loves and wants him to herself alone? His final decision will shock everyone.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Having a New Volvo XC40 Will be as Hassle Free as Having a Mobile Phone

Having a New Volvo XC40 Will be as Hassle Free as Having a Mobile Phone

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, September 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, is inventing a new model of car access with the launch of the new Volvo XC40 and the new 'Care by Volvo' subscription service. This will make having a car as transparent, easy and hassle free as having a phone: a national, ready-negotiated monthly fee, combined with getting a new car every 24 months.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The 15th Annual Lucie Awards: ART SHAY 2017 Honoree, Lifetime Achievement

2017 Honoree, Lifetime Achievement

“Art Shay’s photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass.” Roger Ebert

Art Shay was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1922. During World War II, he was lead navigator on 30 missions in the Eighth Air Force. His service, which also include 23 combat supplies missions, earned him five Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre. He is credited with shooting down one Focke Wulf 190, a German fighter plane.
Shay has pursued photography since his teens, and he took his first Leica to war with him. His first published photographs—documenting a mid air collision over his English Air Base—were printed in a September 1944 issue of Look magazine. Upon returning to civilian life, Shay wrote Sunday features for the Washington Post before becoming a staff reporter for Life magazine. In San Francisco at age 26, he became Life’s youngest bureau chief. His specialty was story ideas and he wrote text and captions for photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Stackpole, Wallace Kirkland and Francis Miller.
Shay moved to Chicago in late 1948. A longtime fan of literature, he befriended novelist Nelson Algren, the winner of the first National Book Award for Fiction. Throughout the 1950s, they wandered Chicago documenting Algren’s “rusty heart” neighborhoods. In 1951, Shay left his staff position at Life magazine and became a freelance photographer. He found success shooting for major magazines including Life, Time, Fortune, Ebony, Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post and The New York Times Magazine. Shay earned a reputation for getting the shots editors wanted. As former editor of Lifeand Fortune Roy Rowan put it, “Art Shay’s extraordinary talent lies in capturing the human spirit of all those who come before his lens.”