Monday, October 22, 2018

We Are Still Waiting for the Great Nigerian Film


I pray that waiting for the great Nigerian film will not be like Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot ". Who never arrived.

We have been making films in Nigeria since  Geoffrey Barkas' Palaver of 1926, shot in northern Nigeria; Sam Zebba's "Fincho" (1957), the first film to be made in colour in Nigeria and Adamu Halilu, the first Nigerian indigenous filmmaker who made films in Hausa language with, "Baban Larai" in 1954. He also made "It Pays to Care" (1955), "Hausa Village" (1958), "Mama Learn a Lesson" (1963), "Child bride" (1971) and "Shehu Umar" (1979).

The great Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe looking into the camera during the film adaptation of his classic novels, "Things Fall Apart" and "No Longer at Ease" produced by Francis Oladele and directed by Hans Jürgen (Jason) Pohland in 1970. I have the production notes with photographs for anyone or organization that needs them.

The great stories are waiting.
The great actors are waiting.
The great locations are waiting.
But the great directors are missing.
We have good directors. But none of them has made a great Nigerian film in #Nollywood and #Kannywood.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

South African Western Thriller Tops 2018 AMAA in Kigali


Critically acclaimed South African western thriller, "Five Fingers for Marseilles" directed by Michael Matthews won the most coveted award for the best film and four other awards to top the 2018 annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held Saturday night at the Intare Conference Arena in Kigali, Rwanda.


Synopsis:
Twenty years ago, the young 'Five Fingers' fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, freedom-fighter-turned-'outlaw' Tau returns to Marseilles, seeking only a peaceful pastoral life. When he finds the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. Can he free himself from his past? Will the Five Fingers stand again?

Friday, October 19, 2018

No Box Office Hit in #Nollywood in 2018?


No Box Office Hit in #Nollywood in 2018?

PS: Any movie grossing less than the production and marketing budget in Nigerian cinemas is a flop.


Many Nigerian movies that were called called box office hits in Nigeria actually bombed ( flopped). I will not list them, because the filmmakers and film distributors don't like making the facts public.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

AT&T's First-ever Untold Stories Film 'Nigerian Prince' Debuts In Theaters And On Demand October 19


AT&T's First-ever Untold Stories Film 'Nigerian Prince' Debuts In Theaters And On Demand October 19

The First Film Funded and Distributed by Ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Program from AT&T and Tribeca


(PRNewsfoto/AT&T) (PRNewsfoto/AT&T)
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Presents: Untold Stories is proud to bring the program's first-ever film – NIGERIAN PRINCE – to audiences nationwide on Friday, October, 19. Untold Stories is a film initiative created by AT&T and Tribeca to ensure diverse voices in storytelling are heard and seen in theaters and living rooms across the country. Written and directed by newcomer Faraday Okoro, and filmed in Lagos, Nigeria, the film is a heist thriller about a Nigerian-American teenager sent to visit relatives in Nigeria against his will, later to join forces with his internet scammer cousin in an attempt to return to the United States on his own.

Kicking off the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Okoro was one of five aspiring directors who participated in a live pitch to a panel of celebrity and industry judges that included AT&T's chief brand officer Fiona Carter to win $1 million to make their film utilizing the Untold Stories program grant, mentorship and distribution commitments. Okoro's film, NIGERIAN PRINCE, had its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews and packed theaters in New York City. Now, delivering on the program's promise to ensure that underserved artists' work is not only created but seen, NIGERIAN PRINCE will be available to millions of movie enthusiasts in select theaters across the country as well as on DIRECTV, U-Verse and a range of on-demand platforms.

"Untold Stories is the rare project that unites AT&T's commitment to equality with our passion for delivering exhilarating new experiences for our customers. Like our friends at Tribeca, we appreciate quality storytelling that entertains, challenges and transports us to places we've never been with a creative vision we've never seen – that is NIGERIAN PRINCE," said Fiona Carter, chief brand officer, AT&T Communications. "We are thrilled to help Faraday and his incredible team live their dream with the debut of this film, but we're equally excited to bring a wonderful and completely unique film to a national audience."

Click here for the rest of the news release.

SOURCE AT&T

CONTACT: Alison.deknatel@pmkbnc.com

Telecoming To Distribute Adamu Waziri"s "Bino & Fino" in South Africa


Telecoming Promotes African Edutainment in South Africa



MADRID, October 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The European Carrier Billing specialist closes an agreement for the distribution of Bino & Fino's complete episode selection in South Africa.
Telecoming monetizes digital content in the region since 2015 in partnership with the main mobile operators and the best local content producers.
Telecoming, the European technology company specialised in direct carrier billing technologies, consolidates its position in South Africa's digital edutainment market with Bino & Fino's show.

I Believe in God 100%


I Believe in God 100%.

Today is exactly one month I had an important and significant appointment in the highest government office in our beloved country Nigeria and I was welcomed with smiles of cordiality from the gates to the office of Her Excellency.

Monday, October 15, 2018

TALK OF THE TOWN: Trendsetter Cat Eye Oversized Women Sunglasses


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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Women Who Wear Eyeglasses Are Hotter!


Women who wear eyeglasses are hotter.


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Are Nollywood Divas Losing Their Glamour?

Nollywood trendsetter, Rita Dominic.

Glamour comes with class and style.

One of the most celebrated Nollywood divas, Rita Dominic is known as the numero uno trendsetter in Nollywood for her unique fashion style and class and a role model to young fashionistas in the Nigerian entertainment industry.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Update On the Production of "I Saw Her On Orlando Martins Street"


The production of my second documentary film, "I Saw Her On Orlando Martins Street" has been on hold since May, because of the questions of honesty and integrity of the crew I wanted to use. A cameraman I asked for his showreel has not been able to show me any since May and this is someone I took to the Bank of Industry (BoI) to access the NollyFund.


Except for @denrele_edun and one other person, everyone else wants to be in the big picture, for very selfish reasons and not for the primary objective of the documentary film on the legacy of the great Orlando Martins, the first Nigerian Hollywood star who had the record of being the black actor with the longest acting career in Britain, from being an extra in "If Youth But Knew" in 1926 to 1971.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Toxic Behaviour in Nollywood


Many Cases of  Acrimonious Acts of Petty Jealousy, Envy and Stupidity in Nollywood.

I have seen many cases of acrimonious acts of petty jealousy, envy and stupidity in the Nigerian film industry, and more pronounced in Nollywood of southern Nigeria than in the Kannywood of northern Nigeria. And these often childish and foolish acts of idiocy have resulted in different cliques among the filmmakers, marketers, actors and actresses. We have instances of what they call "beef" between them on Instagram, Facebook and other social media networks.

JCI Brings Smiles To Mushin; Excites Residents


JCI Brings Smiles To Mushin; Excites Residents

Residents of Idi Olowu, Idi Oro, Mushin, Lagos, trooped out in their numbers on Saturday, September 28, 2018 to avail themselves of free eye screening and distribution of free eye glass, as well as medical talk undertaken by a non Governmental Organization, Juinor Chamber International ( JCI), Lagos Coral.The medical outreach was line with JCI’s commitment to the United Nations, UN, Sustainable Development Goals.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

New Short Film Release: "ELLA"



New Short Film Release: ELLA


“I realized I wanted to tell a coming of age story featuring Asian American characters growing up in the Midwest, with their unique pressures and perspectives.” — Dan Chen.


"ELLA" a new short film directed by Dan Chen, cinematographer Philips Shum, and producer Eric Cook. A successful Kickstarter project shot with a large-format camera, this indie film brings you an experience unique to epic action movies. Also featured on Short of the Week, Ella is an American coming-of-age story in the Midwest. Left behind by the same loved one, two Asian American youth search for connection in their small Midwestern town. Curious about how the film was captured?

See the details on
https://blog.123rf.com/short-film-release-ella/.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

How To Make The Best Showreel of Your Works


Posted by StarNow on 25 Sep, 2018.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Happy 58th Independence Anniversary Nigeria!


Happy 58th Independence Anniversary Nigeria!

Makeup By Chidinma Ezenwelu with beautiful model Mgbakogu Blessing.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The 3 Most Expensive Books on Nollywood


1. Nollywood: Pieter Hugo, Chris Abani, Stacy Hardy, Zina Saro-wiwa: Amazon.com.mx: Libros
US$13,917.00
US$23,189.23


2. Nollywood, Manipulation and Social Reality Perceptions by Adnan Ali Adikata (2014-07-17): Adnan Ali Adikata: Amazon.com.mx: Libros
US$4,843.65.


3. Nollywood Mirror by Ekenyerengozi, Michael Chima (2013)
Amazon.com.mx: Libros
US$2,343.31

See others on
https://www.amazon.com.mx/gp/aw/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?k=Nollywood.

The NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series is currently printed in the United States of America and the Art Editor is Ms. Juvelin Aripal from the Philippines.
It is available in hardcover, paperback and Amazon Kindle tablets with the following features:
Text to Speech: Enabled
Text-to-Speech is available for Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, Kindle (2nd generation), and Kindle DX.
They are also distributed in the USA by Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Tower Books, eBay and other booksellers.








Saturday, September 29, 2018

Branwen Okpako, One of the Most Outstanding Nigerian Filmmakers



One of the most accomplished Nigerian female directors is the beautiful Prof. Branwen Okpako.
She is featured in the top 20 Nigerian female filmmakers in the third edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series, focusing on Nigerian female filmmakers in support of the #shareherjourney project of @tiff_net


Researching for the best Nigerian female filmmakers has taken me three years and delayed the publication of the third edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series, the first book series on the Nigerian film industry fully funded by me without any form of grant or support from anyone or organisation.
The book design is by Juvelin Tadle Aripal in the Philippines and printed in America.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Lagos in Motion: A Busy Wednesday in Sabo


A very busy Wednesday on the street leading to Onike, Iwaya and Makoko from Sabo and Yaba on the mainland of Lagos, Africa's largest megacity.


Produced by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.
Directed by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.
©2018. EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima.

Film Tourism: Stay the Night at Popular Movie Locations!

The Plaza
Movie: Home Alone 2
New York, United States.
"A pleasure to visit the famous Home Alone 2 hotel!"


Film Tourism: Stay the Night at Popular Movie Locations!
TripAdvisor shows the romantic and exotic  hotels that appeared on the big screen – ready to check in?

Taj Lake Palace Udaipur
Movie: Octopussy
Udaipur, India.

Le Bristol Paris
Movie: Midnight in Paris
Paris, France.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

HURRAH! Google's 20th Birthday is Here!


Congratulations to #Google for the internet revolution in search engines started in 1998.
Can anyone imagine what our world would be like without Google?
I wouldn't have been here blogging and chatting with you now!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Power of Red Lipstick


The Power of Red Lipstick


Truth: You have the power to create who you are and who you want to be, at any moment. #COVERGIRL #IAmWhatIMakeUp


“But the biggest (learning) was that makeup was seen as a cosmetic, mostly… but we weren't actually giving it enough credit for what it really does for people, because the more that I listen to our consumers, I realize that it was really for them a very powerful tool of self-expression.”

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Nollywood: Between Quantity and Quality


Nollywood: Between Quantity and Quality

In filmmaking, you cannot compromise on the quality of the art and craft regardless of the format of the media.
~ EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima,
Publisher/Editor, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series on the large quantity of Nollywood movies produced without much regard for the quality of the content.

What is the benefit of bragging that Nigeria is the second largest producer of movies in the world after India, but these movies have failed to qualify for the Official Selections of @festivaldecannes and nominations for @theacademy awards?

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Full List of Winners at the 2018 Annual Toronto International Film Festival


The 43rd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) closed on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The coveted People's Choice Award was won by Green Book, directed by Peter Farrelly.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Top 20 Fast Rising Stars of Nollywood

Fast rising Nollywood stars, Daniel K. Daniel and Nkiruka 'Kiki' Omeili.

Top 20 Fast Rising Stars of Nollywood

The top twenty fast rising stars of Nollywood will be featured in the much awaited third edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series with special focus on the best twenty Nigerian female filmmakers to support the #shareherjourney campaign of which Nollywood diva, Genevieve Nnaji is the cover story star for her groundbreaking directorial debut film "Lionheart" as the Nigerian Director of the Year. Her outstanding success for making "Lionheart", the first @netflix original film from Nigeria is worth celebrating.

One of the New Supermodels on Earth is Not A Real Human

Visual artistry by Cameron-James Wilson, styled by Philippa Moroney and Erica Matthews, Vogue Australia, September 2018.


Meet Shudu, the digital supermodel who is changing the face of fashion one campaign at a time.

Click here to read the full report on VOGUE Australia.