Thursday, May 31, 2018

If Nobody Wrote a Word, None of Us Would Be Here Now

If nobody wrote a word, none of us would be here now.

Almighty God wrote the first book and it was in fact on a touch screen with his fingers.  He gave the first copy to  prophet Moses.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Amazing Facts About Amos Tutuola, the First Phenomenal African Novelist

9 Surprising Facts About Amos Tutuola and His Work | Brittle Paper

Who has the film rights to The Palmwine Drinkard? Did Tutuola like to write at night or during the day? What does Tutuola have in common with D. H. Lawrence? Find out!


1. The Mystery of Numbers: Tutuola had 11 children by four women and published 11 books in four decades.

Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joop Berkhout and Akin Ajose-Adeogun Receive the Inaugural Tutuola Palm for Poetry Awards

Famous Nigerian actress, Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, OON, foremost book publisher in Africa, Chief Joop Berkhout and legal luminary Akin Ajose-Adeogun of the famous Ajose-Adeogun family became the first recipients of the inaugural Tutuola Palm for Poetry. Awards at the "Profiles at the Lagoon" event on Wednesday morning in Lagos.
In spite of the rain, many people, including leading elites of the Nigerian literary class,  Aficionados of arts and culture, top journalists and others gathered at the Art Gallery Kongi Harvest of the popular Freedom Park on the Broad Street of  Lagos Island.

The  event sponsored by the Delta Book Club of Delta Publications (Nigeria) Limited of Enugu was chaired by highly esteemed communications consultant, Mr. Akin Fatunke. The immediate former First Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola also graced the occasion with Mr. Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo, Executive Director of iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival, Programme Chair of Committee For Relevant Arts (CORA), Executive Director of Culture Advocates Caucus (CAC) and former Editor, The Guardian on Sunday (2003-2013); Shaibu Husseini, foremost writer of Nollywood and the Nigerian film industry who is Chairman of the College of Screeners and Head of Jury Board of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and Segun Adefila, Co-founder and Artistic Director/Choreographer of Crown Troupe of Africa.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

MAXWELL JONES, A Contemporary American Drama

What binds an African American cop and a Nigerian immigrant in New York City?

MAXWELL JONES is a down to earth good cop with a good family. But he is an alcoholic. And only his best buddy, Ugo is always there for him whenever he drinks too much..

An original story by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, prize winning cosmopolitan Nigerian writer and aspiring filmmaker telling an untold story of contemporary American drama about the realities of life.

"Yes. Cops also get drunk."

"You don't really know a woman until after your wedding. That's when she shows you her true colours."

"Who is Rosanna?" Asks the gunman.
"I am Rosanna," she replies.
"But you said you don't know him?"
"He is crazy. Can't you see that he is crazy?" She says with a hiss.
"Yeah! That's what she also called me," says the gunman. "And that's why I shot her to shut her mouth...forever."

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), in 2015, 15.1 million American adults (6.2 percent of the population) had an alcohol use problem.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, 3.3 million deaths every year result from harmful use of alcohol.

©2018. Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima. All rights reserved.

Happy Children's Day!

We must do our best to give the best things in life to our children.
We must secure the future of our children.

If you cannot take care of a child, please don't have a child.
Don't bring an innocent child into the world to suffer.
No child asked to be born poor.
So, it is best not to have children in poverty.
It is not by force to have a child.

Anyone who cannot provide three square meals a day should not have children.

Our children deserve good food, safe house, health care and good education.

Beggars who have children and use them to beg on the street are insane and should be arrested and taken to mental health centres to protect and save their innocent children from being harmed and from the risks of infections and other dangers.

Please, let us protect and save our children.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Indo Nigerian Film Association Moves Further Under ICMEI

Indo Nigerian Film Association Moves Further Under ICMEI

NOIDA, India, May 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
INFA-Indo Nigerian Film Association is one of the first organizations created by Marwah Studios in international relations chapter, ample has been done since that time. It has given opportunity to Sandeep Marwah, President AAFT, to visit Nigeria twice as a state guest and he visited Lagos, Abuja, Jos and Kano state during these visits.

The Holy Land Tour with Pastor Chris: A Major Success for the Christ Embassy Church

The Holy Land Tour with Pastor Chris: A Major Success for the Christ Embassy Church

LAGOS, Nigeria, May 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Christ Embassy's Man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has concluded the 2018 Holy Land Tour. The church planned out the trip meticulously for the benefit of believers of Jesus across the world.

Hundreds of the Pastor's followers joined him on this spiritual visit to Israel and Jordan. Each day on the itinerary was filled with sightseeing of holy places, to both Christians and Jews. The tour followed the journey Christ took in the Bible and scripture, allowing participants to walk in His footsteps and learn from His glory.

LoveWorld incorporations were overwhelmed by the warm welcoming they got from the Jewish Land. Jews and Christians alike were delighted for the visit of Pastor Chris, highlighting the close connection Evangelicals have to the Holy Land and its people.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Nollywood Film Week at the University of Port Harcourt

Time Table for the University of Port Harcourt's Nollywood Film Week.

Morning Session:
Tuesday, May 22.Lecture:
History of Nollywood - by Dr. Uwah. 9am. Introduction to Speech Techniques by Magret Ukwu. 1Oam.
Acting Techniques by Columbus Irosoanga.1O: 3Oam.
Rudiments & Basic Principles of Film Directing by Dr. Chika Onu. 11am.
Directing Actors on Set by Andy Amenechi.
12 noon.
Speech Acting Techniques by Dr. Clive Krama. 12 noon.

All these are the major courses taking place in various venues.

Afternoon Session:
Non Verbal Acting Techniques by Dr. Ovunda Ihunwo. 2pm.
Syndicate Courses in costume, makeup, set, film lighting, screenplay, camera/editing.

- By Dr. Chika Onu, Chairman, LOC.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Gwen Stefani's "Just a Girl" Begins on June 27

Gwen Stefani's "Just a Girl" Begins on June 27

Just a Girl is a concert residency headlined by Gwen Stefani. The residency will begin on June 27, 2018 and will take place at the Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Click here for the details on Gwen Stefani | Official Site.

Linda Ikeji's Gift From Heaven

Linda Ikeji's Gift From Heaven

"This is my greatest blessing. My gift from heaven.
Dear God, thank you so much for this gift!
~ Linda Ikeji, most popular African celebrity blogger and media entrepreneur.

Linda should welcome her first baby and Okpara with a book with the title " My Gift from Heaven" which she can write as a daily dairy on her awesome experience of pregnancy to the childbirth.
This book will be the best gift for him.

Oprah Winfrey will love it too.
Cheers all the way!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hirokazu Kore-eda Wins the Palme d'Or at the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival closed this evening with Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters” winning the highest prize of the Palme d’Or.

Congratulations to the most phenomenal African American filmmaker,
Spike Lee whose critically acclaimed "BlacKkKlansman" won the Grand Prix.

The List of Winners:
Palme d’Or: “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda

Grand Prix: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

Jury Prize: “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki

Special Palme d’Or: “The Image Book,” Jean-Luc Godard

Queen Elizabeth II Honours Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

“The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Harry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel,” a statement from The Queen read.

“Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is taking place this morning at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Photo Credits:
VOGUE Australia.

Friday, May 18, 2018

South African NGO Khulisa Wins Gold Award at the UK South African Chamber of Commerce Awards

South African NGO Khulisa Wins Gold Award at the UK South African Chamber of Commerce Awards

Lesley Ann van Selm: Gold Award Winner in in the ‘Play Your Part’ Category.

Acknowledged, in her personal capacity as the leader and key influencer Lesley Ann van Selm, Founder and Managing Director of Khulisa Social Solutions last night received the Gold Award Winner for 2018 at a glittering event at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington.

Recognised for her time and skills at contributing to the lifting of the spirit of South Africa, ensuring a better future for all, Lesley Ann was recognised for the work done through Khulisa, which she founded 21 years ago.

3D Interactive Blockchain Game 'CryptoBarons' Partners with WAX and OPSkins Marketplace

3D Interactive Blockchain Game ‘CryptoBarons’ Partners with WAX and OPSkins Marketplace

ENUGU, Nigeria and GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- CryptoBarons and Worldwide Asset eXchange™(WAX) today announced that the company's Crypto Collectibles™ will be available on OPSkins™, the world's leading marketplace for online video game assets, and will be tradable with WAX Tokens, Bitcoin, ETH, US dollars, Euros and dozens of other currencies.

CryptoBarons is a decentralized application built on the Ethereum Network and is one of the few massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) based on blockchain technology. In CryptoBarons, a variety of unique in-game assets, such as animals, potions, farms and armies are owned solely by the user. Players use these items, such as armies, to engage in battles to protect their kingdoms. Blockchain technology, which publicly records and displays each transaction, allows players to buy, sell and trade their items safely.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Facts You May Not Know About Me

Notable Facts You May Not Know About Me

First Prize in National Essay Competition at 13.
Profile interview in Times International news magazine as a young stage director, playwright and poet at 17.
Youngest professional scriptwriter for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 10 in Lagos at 18.
Represented Nigeria at two international Children's books fairs in Japan at 20 and the youngest book illustrator at the book fairs.
Youngest Member of the UNESCO Book Development Curriculum workshop for Yaba College of Technology in Nigeria at 19.
Public Health Illustrator for the Johns Hopkins University's Population Communication Services at 21.
Featured for my "Captain Santana" comic series in the West Africa news magazine at 21.
Art/Features Editor of Kiddies World magazine at 24.
National Program Consultant for UNICEF Nigeria at 25.
First Book "Children of Heaven" published at 25 and with news broadcast on NTA News  by the famous Ms. Siene Alwell-Brown and on Radio Nigeria with reviews in The Guardian and Punch newspapers of Nigeria.
Curator of the first Arts Against AIDS Exhibitions in Nigeria at 30.
World Health Organisation (WHO)/Africare trained HIV/AIDS counselor at 30.

" In The Name Of Your Daughter"

Giselle Portenier recently completed what she says may be her most important film yet. In The Name Of Your Daughter is a documentary that gives a voice to some of the most courageous girls in the world: Tanzanian children who risk their lives to stand up for their human rights and avoid female genital mutilation and child marriage.

"Parents have no right to cut their daughters.
They only have the right to educate them and help them to fulfill their dreams.”
- Janet, 13.

Stevie Wonder Announces "The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music"

Stevie Wonder Announces "The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music" Concert Series
-- Las Vegas, NV - August 3, 4, 8, 10, 11

-- Atlantic City, NJ - August 25 & 26

-- National Harbor, MD - August 29 & 30

-- Springfield, MA - September 1


LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2018) – Singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder announces “The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music,” a limited engagement concert series taking place this summer in ...MGM Resorts International (PRNewsfoto/MGM Resorts International)
LOS ANGELES, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Singer, songwriter, musician and producer Stevie Wonder today announces "The Stevie Wonder Song Party: A Celebration of Life, Love & Music," a limited engagement concert series taking place this summer.

Stevie will bring "The Song Party" to four cities including Las Vegas, Atlantic City, National Harbor and Springfield where fans will enjoy an immersive, participatory experience during this run.

The announcement follows Stevie's epic private event last week in Los Angeles of the same title that was designed to give guests a sneak peek of what is in store for attendees of the concert series.

Click here to read more.

Monday, May 14, 2018

World Premiere of "SOLO: STAR WARS STORY" in Cannes

Tuesday 15th of May is the World Premiere of "SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY" at the 71st Cannes Film Festival


Tuesday, 15th May
Grand Theatre Lumiere/Red Carpet:
16.00 EN GUERRE (AT WAR) Dir: STÉPHANE BRIZÉ / Starring: Vincent Lindon
19.15 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Dir: RON HOWARD / Starring: Alten Ehrenreich,Thandie Newton, Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, Woody Harrelson
22.30 UNDER THE SILVER LAKE Dir: DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL / Starring: Jimmi Simpson, Riley Keough, Sibongile Mlambo
Events & Parties, 15th May:
Travolta/Gotti Event
Solo - A Star Wars Story After Party with Cast, Jury and VIPs
DeGrisogono party.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

It is an International Embarrassment that Nigeria Does Not Have a Film Commission

It is an international embarrassment that Nigeria does not have any film commissioner and no film commission. And states hosting international film awards and festivals have not realised what to do with them beyond displaying the emblems and logos of the state governments at the venues.

It is an anomaly that Nigeria brags that Nollywood is the second largest video film industry in the world after the Bollywood of India, but has no single film commission and no film market .

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jamski, DECENTplatform, Nollywood, Blockchain Banking and Orlando Martins

Yesterday on Victoria Island, I had another meeting on blockchain technology for the Nigerian entertainment industry and Corporate Nigeria at Jamski, the best Jamaican restaurant in Nigeria.
We discussed #Nollywood, @decentplatform, Fintech and how blockchain banking will advance financial services and enhance efficiency.