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Team Visa Athletes Launch Global Film for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018: "Resetting Finish Lines"

Team Visa Athletes Launch Global Film for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018: "Resetting Finish Lines"

Team Visa athletes give their followers a first look at their journey to PyeongChang 2018 and how Visa's innovative payment products are helping along the way

Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team:
Rock stars on ice
The Team Visa athletes are racing toward their first Olympic Winter Games as underdogs but soon-to-be crowd favorites.

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Lagos Wooden Tower Introduces Green Construction to Africa's Largest City

Lagos Wooden Tower Introduces Green Construction to Africa's Largest City

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hermann Kamte, young Cameroonian architect and the founder of company Hermann Kamte & Associates (HKA), is the driving force behind the famous sketch of Lagos Wooden Tower. Originally designed as a submission for Metsa Wood's City Above the City competition, Kamte's design looks to tackle the problem of poorly planned construction in many African cities by pushing the boundaries of contemporary architecture.

In the City Above the City competition, participants were invited to suggest solutions for new housing on top of existing urban buildings, using Metsa Wood's Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber) as the main material.

Kamte's highly innovative design used Kerto® LVL to construct an 87-metre high tower on top of an existing concrete building in the heart of Nigeria's capital city, Lagos. Mixed residential spaces, separated by open floors fea…

2018 Toronto Black Film Festival Announces Full Programme

2018 Toronto Black Film Festival Announces Full Programme


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TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The 6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival (TBFF), presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, announces the official program and events lineup running February 14 - 19, 2018. #TBFF18, Canada's largest celebration of Black History Month through films and more, is back stronger than ever with over 60 films from 20 countries. 5 World Premieres, 2 International Premieres, 2 North-American premieres, 21 Canadian Premieres and various Ontario Premieres are from South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Denmark, Barbados, Haiti, Brazil, Congo, UK, Canada, U.S.A. and more.

Global Movie Box Office Market Exceeded US$40 Billion in 2017

Global Movie Box Office Market Exceeded US$40 Billion in 2017

In 2017, the gross output of global pan-entertainment industry reached more than USD 300 billion, of which, the movie box office market exceeded USD 40 billion (the gross output in China and the United States accounted for 50%); the performing market exceeded USD 10 billion; the TV drama market exceeded USD 30 billion.

Among the global e-commerce markets with values up to USD 25 trillion, net economic benefits driven by the Internet celebrity exceed USD 15 billion.

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'The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour' Adds Over 100 New Dates

'The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour' Adds Over 100 New Dates Across North America, Europe, Australia And Asia

Massive Comedy Tour To Hit All New Major Cities Across the Globe Throughout 2018

- Tickets On Sale To General Public For Most Cities Starting Wednesday, January 31

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Kevin Hart announced he is expanding his widely successful and massively hysterical 'The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour,' adding over 100 new dates across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. Produced by Live Nation, the new dates will kick off March 23 in Baltimore, MD and hit all new cities including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto, Paris, London, Sydney, Auckland, Singapore, and more. See below for full routing and on sale details.

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Fox's "Maze Runner: The Death Cure" Tops Worldwide Box Office Weekend

comScore's Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian  commented, "Fox's 'Maze Runner: The Death Cure' takes over the top spot on the global chart this weekend with an $86.1 million worldwide debut.  The film is followed in the second spot by 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' which has now become Sony's fifth highest grossing film of all-time with an incredible $822 million worldwide total to date."

Okey Bakassi and other Celebrities At the Launch of Adonko Bitters in Lagos

When Adonko Was Unveiled

Tulip Hotel, Festac Town Lagos was on Thursday, January 25th, 2018, the takeoff point of the grand entry of world class Bitters, Adonko, into the Nigerian market. The Hotel hosted the unveiling of the brand to select media organizations, stakeholders and players in the marketing communication and Advertising industry.

The event was packaged by Adverting and Marketing Communication giant, Full Page International Communications limited which is the sole promoter of the brand in Nigeria. The ambience of the venue was boisterous and colourful as the compere, ace comedian, Okechukwu Onyegbule, popular as Okey Bakassi kept the audience reeling with laughter with his rib cracking jokes.

The Ekulo Group, one of Nigeria's biggest commodity marketing, distribution and manufacturing conglomerate and one of Ghana's leading conglomerates, the Angels Group are in partnership in the introduction of the brand into the Nigerian market.General Manager of the Angels Grou…

AFRIMA Celebrates the Legendary Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, the Father of South African Jazz


The International Committee of AFRIMA (All Africa Music Awards) celebrates the life of an African music icon and activist, Hugh Masekela as he passed on peacefully at his country home, Johannesburg, South Africa after a protracted battle with prostate cancer on January 23, 2018 at the aged 78.

Masekela was nominated for three nominations at the 2017 AFRIMA Awards in the categories of 'Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa' for his recent single 'Shango', 'Album of the Year' for his recent album 'No Borders' and for the 'Best Artiste in African Jazz'. These three nominations show that the legend waxed strong till his last breadth. Masekela was scheduled to be at the host city, Lagos, Nigeria, for the 2017 AFRIMA Awards in November but was unable to make it due to his ill health in spite all his efforts.

IFFR 2018 Opens with Women Leading the Way

47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Dates: 24 Jan 2018 – 4 Feb 2018
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Opening Film: "Jimmie" by Jesper Ganslandt.
Closing Film: "The Death of Stalin" by
Armando Iannucci.

Deborah Haywood's British film "Pin Cushion" opened the IFFR Live programme of the 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

All the 6 films for the 2018 IFFR Live programme were directed by women.
The films will be simulcast from the film festival to cinemas in more than 40 countries, including an African country for the first time.

The films are:
"Messie And Maude (La Holandesa)" by Marleen Jonkman, starring Rifka Lodeizen; Susanna Nicchiarelli’s "Nico 1988"; Olga Chajdas’s "Nina", Lisa Brühlmann’s "Blue My Mind", Gabriela Pichler’s "Amateurs"  and Deborah Haywood’s "Pin Cushion".

90th Academy Awards' Nominees

Mexican film director, Guillermo del Toro Gómez's American fantasy drama, "The Shape of Water" topped the nominees for the 90th Academy Awards with 13 nominations; for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress for Sally Hawkins, Best Supporting Actor for Richard Jenkins, Best Supporting Actress for Octavia Spencer, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing,

It was premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2017 and won the Golden Lion for Best Film in the competition. The film also won the Best Director and Best Original Score at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, on top of five other nominations.
The American Film Institute selected it as one of the top 10 films of the year. At the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the film received 12 nominations, including Best Film.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences …

The Popular Street Named After Orlando Martins, First Nigerian Hollywood Star

Orlando Martins Street on the Lagos Island of Lagos State in southwest of Nigeria is named after the first Nigerian Hollywood star, Orlando Martins who had an illustrious career as an actor in Britain, America and Nigeria from 1926 to 1971.

Orlando Martins Street (formerly Strachan Street) is located in the southeast of Lagos Island. It is about 212 meters long; in one of the busiest business districts and residential areas of Africa's largest megacity. It connects the popular Igbosere Road and the Tafawa Balewa Square beside the
Lagos State High Court, Court of Appeal and the old Federal Supreme Court. The beginning of the street is opposite the Lapal House with SCOA Motors Plc and a branch of FirstBank Plc beside the MRS filling station by the Lawson Street and Strachan Street. The end of the street from the Igbosere Road to the Tafawa Balewa Square is the military zone of the offices of Ministry of Defence and is cordoned off from vehicular traffic for security reasons.
The st…

First Nigerian Hollywood Star, Orlando Martins in "Abandon Ship!" Thriller

Seven Waves Away (alternate U.S. titles: Abandon Ship! and Seven Days From Now) is a 1957 British drama film starring Tyrone Power, Mai Zetterling, Lloyd Nolan, and Stephen Boyd. When his ship goes down, an officer has to make an agonizing decision on his overcrowded lifeboat.

After the massive luxury liner the Crescent Star sinks into the ocean, the ship's officer (Tyrone Power) must command a rickety life boat, built for only nine, that is stuffed with 20 desperate and injured passengers. As a hurricane approaches, and the many wounded passengers struggle for life, difficult life and death decisions must be made about who will remain on the boat and who must be cast to the sea in order to give others the chance to survive.

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Katy Perry Presents COVERGIRL's NEW! Katy Kat Gloss

Katy Perry Presents COVERGIRL's NEW! Katy Kat Gloss

Our favorite singer, songwriter, and chameleon keeps you guessing in new Katy Kat Gloss. 12 high-pigmented lip gloss shades. Endless experimentation. Watch more from COVERGIRL's #IAmWhatIMakeUp

Nollywood Movies in Indigenous Languages Are Better than Those in English Language

Nollywood Movies in Indigenous Languages Are Better than Those in English Language
Their story lines are more socially-relevant, the plots are more engaging and the interpretation of roles more mature than home videos in English.

This is especially true of Yoruba movies with rich tradition that goes back in time long before Nollywood.

- Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director, The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) has confirmed what I said over 10 years ago on December 2, 2006 and posted on Nairaland.

STARBREEZE Brings iNK Stories VR Experience "HERO" To the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

STARBREEZE Brings iNK Stories Virtual Reality experience "HERO" to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival January 18-28

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Starbreeze AB, an independent creator publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products, together with iNK Stories, will premiere the Vérité VR Experience HERO as a part of Sundance Institute New Frontier initiative. HERO will be featured during the festival January 18-28 at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, UT.

HERO comes from the award-winning studio iNK Stories that brought us 1979 REVOLUTION: Black Friday. iNK Stories, in partnership with Starbreeze Studios, have created an immersive, large-scale installation that explores humanity in our modern era of civilian warfare. When the world around you is shattered and you hear the cries for help, what do you do? Put on the headset and ask yourself – What does it really mean to be a Hero?

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