Monday, October 22, 2018
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 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
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.
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?
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
The First Film Funded and Distributed by Ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Program from AT&T and Tribeca
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."
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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%.
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
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Thursday, October 11, 2018
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
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
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
“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?
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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