Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Who Needs Libraries When We Have Amazon?

Who Needs Libraries When We Have Amazon?

Forbes stepped in it last week when it ran a “thought piece” by Panos Mourdoukoutas, a PHD and Chair of the Department of Economics at at LIU Post in New York, the TL,TR being "Amazon should open their own bookstores in all local communities. They can replace local libraries and save taxpayers lots of money, while enhancing the value of their stock.”, yes that is a direct quote.

The Internet went nuts, and Forbes pulled the article. It is still visible via Google cache, and I took the liberty of saving a snapshot to archive.is.

I know it’s not an exact analogy, but for some reason this incident reminds me of that scene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels where Michael Cain’s character says to the rich dowager he’s wining and dining (and about to con) “You were about to explain to us why the poor shouldn’t be allowed into museums”.

The snapshot:https://archive.fo/iDpmS

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" Tops Worldwide Weekend Box Office

Top 12 Worldwide Weekend Box Office estimates, listed in descending order, per data collected as of Sunday, July 29, are below.

1. Mission: Impossible - Fallout - Paramount Pictures - $153.5M
2. Hello Mr. Billionaire - Multiple Chinese Distributors - $129.5M
3. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation - Sony - $43.3
4. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings - Multiple - $42.9M
5. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - Universal - $41.6M
6. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $27.2M
7. Skyscraper - Multiple - $23.1M
8. Ant-Man And The Wasp - Disney - $19.9M
9. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal - $17.7M
10. Equalizer 2, The - Sony - $15.9M
11. Teen Titans Go! To The Movies - Warner Bros. - $11.5M
12. First Purge, The - Universal - $6.7M

SOURCE comScore

CONTACT: Paul Dergarabedian, Senior Media Analyst, (818) 917-9697, pdergarabedian@comscore.com


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Miss Teen Alabama International, "Georgia" Katherine Clark, Crowned Miss Teen International 2018

Miss Teen Alabama International, "Georgia" Katherine Clark, Crowned Miss Teen International 2018

Clark to promote good voting habits and education among youth during her reign

CHARLESTON, W.Va., July 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Miss Teen Alabama International, "Georgia" Katherine Clark, 18, of Dothan, Ala., was crowned Miss Teen International 2018, Saturday, July 28 at the Annual Miss Teen International Pageant held in Charleston, W.Va. The three-hour event took place at The Clay Center, featuring 30 contestants from around the world competing in four categories, including interview, fitness-wear, fun fashion and evening gown.

Friday, July 27, 2018

How #Africa Tweets 2018

How #Africa Tweets 2018

One of the more surprising findings from the study was the limited influence politicians had on the conversation. Rwanda was the exception, where 1 in every 3 influential handles was a political account – the highest figure across all elections analysed. This doesn’t mean politicians weren’t being talked about. Many of the top hashtags included references to politicians or political parties, including #UmaAngolaParaTodos in Angola, #Weah in Liberia and #Kagame in Rwanda.

This study demonstrates that people continue to seek out the voices they trust with established journalists and news outlets consistently ranked in the top three influencers across all elections. With fake news and bots influencing conversations on social media, people continue to search for traditional sources of verified, accurate information.

Therefore, influencing narratives now also requires “getting inside the loop” – going to where people are, rather than relying on them coming to you. While Twitter remains a platform that people use to access their news, the use of social media has evolved and Twitter’s influence, whilst still profound, has somewhat been diluted by the growth of closed networks such as Facebook messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram.

These closed networks may present an ever greater challenge to those seeking to effectively reach their audiences. As audiences across the continent become ever more connected, there is a growing need for organisations and businesses to communicate through a tailored multi-channel approach.

Click here for the details of the report.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Jockey Spotlights Dog Rescuer Zach Skow in New Chapter of Acclaimed #ShowEm Campaign

Jockey Spotlights Dog Rescuer Zach Skow in New Chapter of Acclaimed #ShowEm Campaign

After hitting rock bottom, Skow finds sobriety through his rescue dogs and discovers purpose in giving back

Click here for the complete news release with video.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Stephanie Linus' Make Me Fabulous! Season 2 Set To Premiere on August 12 on DStv

Stephanie Linus' Make Me Fabulous! Season 2 Set To Premiere on August 12 on DStv

The unscripted, love-filled and one-of-its-kind Reality TV Show created to rekindle the spark in marriages is back with a bang! After much anticipation, Nollywood star and producer, Stephanie Linus has announced the Season 2 of her show: Make Me Fabulous!

In the very successful run of Season 1, 13 couples were treated to a lavish and luxurious experience that ignited new meaning into their relationships. Season 2 is set to be even more exciting and would detail the journeys of 13 married couples.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Every Photographer and Filmmaker Needs the New Inrigo High-tech Waterproof Camera Bag

Every Photographer and Filmmaker Needs the New Inrigo High-tech Waterproof Camera Bag

The high-tech Inrigo waterproof camera pack calls your phone if it's damp inside.

The smart waterproof camera backpack is the first of its kind in serval ways:

• With waterproof material and an airtight zipper, Inrigo fully protects camera and gear from the outside environment.

• A Bluetooth humidity monitor alerts the owner if moisture is detected and also sends a message via smartphone if the owner walks too far from the backpack.

• Inrigo can also replace the dry boxes photographers are currently using, making it easier than ever to grab your camera and go.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Screen Your Film At the 2018 American Film Market

Screen Your Film At the 2018 American Film Market

AFM offers producers seeking worldwide sales representation an opportunity to expose their films to participating Sales Agents before, during and after AFM through “AFM Screenings on Demand”. This platform will enable producers to present films to the all of the sales companies with an AFM office.

AFM Screenings On Demand for Producers

Friday, July 13, 2018

Prof. Wole Soyinka is 84 Today!

Happy Birthday to Prof. Wo̩lé S̩óyinká, who was born on July 13,1934.

The lionised Nigerian playwright, poet, essayist, actor and film director was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Black writer to win the prize. He is regarded as the greatest African writer of drama.

He has narrated his growing up in Abeokuta, in the south west of Nigeria in his bestselling autobiography, Aké: The Years of Childhood.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WHAT’S HOT on Instagram?

WHAT’S HOT on Instagram?

What are the latest #Instagram trends?

Influencer Marketing: Influencer marketing is a fairly easy and budget-friendly (depending on who you’re working with) way to get the word out about your brand and products. Plus, people tend to trust social media Influencers and their recommendations over brand advertising because they are seen as trustworthy and relatable.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

'She-EO' Multicultural Women's Conference Slated for July 28 in Baltimore

'She-EO' Multicultural Women's Conference Slated for July 28 in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- She-EO conference, a series of highly successful, motivating events for multicultural women of color, will host its third event on July 28th at the University of Baltimore.

Monday, July 9, 2018

PHOTOS: Stephanie Linus Attends The 'Dialoghi in Spoleto' and Carla Fendi Foundation Event In Italy

PHOTOS: Stephanie Linus Attends The 'Dialoghi in Spoleto' and Carla Fendi Foundation Event In Italy

Stephanie Linus, Nigeria’s award-winning actress, director and producer recently attended the second edition of the “Dialoghi a Spoleto” and Carla Fendi Foundation event in Italy. The event is part of the official events of the Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto 2018.

The five-day event which was marked by six meetings of great female figures of the international scene ended yesterday, Sunday,  July, 8.

The Most Expensive Nigerian Novel is Cyprian Ekwensi's "Beautiful Feathers"

The most expensive Nigerian novel is Cyprian Ekwensi's "Beautiful Feathers", currently selling for a whopping US$15,181.95, the equivalent of N5, 465, 160 with current exchange rate of the dollar for the naira on Amazon Mexico.
The novel was first published in 1963.
This edition published by Heinemann was released in June, 1971.
ISBN-10 0435900846
ISBN-13 978-0435900847.
Amazon.com.mx: Cyprian Ekwensi

But you can get a copy for only US$243.91 on Amazon US
"Beautiful Feathers" (African Writers Series, 84) by Cyprian Ekwensi (1971-06-01)
Click here to order from Amazon.com before it becomes out of stock.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Pieter Hugo's Misrepresentation of Nollywood

I am always angry everytime I see Nollywood by Pieter Hugo, Munich: Prestel, 2009, with texts by Chris Abani, Stacy Hardy and Zina Saro-Wiwa.
Why? Because of the author's erroneous images of the true pictures of this awesome sociocultural phenomenon of the first indie film industry in Africa.

This book of horrifying photographs of Pieter Hugo's misrepresentation of Nollywood is the typical misrepresentation of African arts and culture by white people; as bizarre and primitive.
What Hugo has published as "Nollywood" is not Nollywood. It is a cannibalisation of Nollywood by a white South African photographer for the exploitation of the phenomenon for the promotion of his own kind of sensational photography. And it is a shame that two Nigerian writers contributed to Hugo's bastardisation of Nollywood as an African Hammer House of Horror celebrating Voodoos.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Birthday to the King of Nollywood, Richard Mofe-Damijo

The video was recorded for his 56th birthday last year, 2017.

Happy Birthday to the King of Nollywood, Richard Mofe-Damijo, popularly known as RMD, who is celebrating his 57th birthday today!

RMD, the "Dike Oha na Nollywood”, an Igbo title given to him which means hero of all in Nollywood is the epitome of the quintessential Nigerian Alpha Man on and off the silver screen since he became a TV star in the popular TV series Checkmate of the early 1990s and then became the most sought after leading man in Nollywood.
He has played leading and supporting roles in more than 47 highly rated movies and won several awards. He is the role model of the upcoming male actors who look up to him for inspiration and leadership among the millions of Nigerian youths.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Who is the King of Nollywood?

@TIME magazine called Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde "Queen of #Nollywood" when she made the list of the 2013 100 Most Influential People in the World alongside former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, Queen of R&B , Beyoncé, Kate Middleton, Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and other celebrities.
So if Omotola is the Queen of Nollywood, who is the King of Nollywood?
To be REVEALED tomorrow by the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series @Orikinla on Instagram and my profile link to TALK OF THE TOWN By Orikinla.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series

NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series: The only book series on the Nigerian film industry.