Friday, December 28, 2018

"An Orchestra of Minorities" By Chigozie Obioma: An Epic Masterpiece of Forbidden Love


The new novel, An Orchestra of Minorities is a heart-breaking and mythic story about a Nigerian poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves, by Man Booker Finalist and author of The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma.

A contemporary twist on the Odyssey, "An Orchestra of Minorities" is narrated by the chi, or spirit of a young poultry farmer named Chinonso. His life is set off course when he sees a woman who is about to jump off a bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, he hurls two of his prized chickens off the bridge. The woman, Ndali, is stopped in her tracks.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Video: Why Film Tourism is A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry



Courtesy of AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International). Film commissions now compete for a global film industry worth $88.3 Billion, while international tourism revenue grows beyond $1 Trillion. Over 1 Billion people travel internationally for pleasure each year. Recent studies indicate up to 1 in every 5 tourists are motivated by the movies or TV programs they’ve seen.


Photo Credit:
Film tourism – Evolution, progress and prospects - ScienceDirect.

The Untapped Potentials of Film Tourism By International Film Festivals in Nigeria


The Untapped Potentials of Film Tourism By International Film Festivals in Nigeria

The awesome opportunities for film tourism in both #Kannywood and #Nollywood have been elaborately exposed in my popular article on
"Nollywood Can Turn Nigerian Tourism Into a Billion Dollar Industry" published over two years ago in the Welcome To Nollywood column on | IndieWire
https://www.indiewire.com/2016/04/nollywood-can-turn-nigerian-tourism-into-a-billion-dollar-industry-2-287791/. But the potentials remain untapped by the major stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry, especially the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). There are no excuses. They have just failed to explore the opportunities of all the possibilities of film tourism with all the awesome movie locations in Nigeria which I have listed in my article on the best movie locations in the country and cited in the feature on tours of movie sites by the famous Hollywood screenwriter, Emma Forrest for the Wings in-flight magazine  of Arik Airlines.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas and Going On Forward To A Happy New Year 2019!


Merry Christmas and Going On Forward To A Happy New Year 2019!

This is my busiest season since I started working as a professional scriptwriter for Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) at the age of 18 and among the highest paid. I am approved to organise big Nigerian premières of two award winning international documentary films by a popular Canadian filmmaker and American filmmaker whose film co produced by famous Hollywood diva, Sharon Stone is a must do early 2019 with a celebrated female Nobel Peace Prize laureate as the Special Guest Speaker.

Monday, December 24, 2018

"Aquaman" Tops Global Box Office



Comscore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of December 23, 2018
-- Comscore is the Trusted Industry Partner of Film Exhibitors and Distributors Across the Globe -


LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Comscore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of December 23, 2018, as compiled by the company's theatrical measurement services.

I Thank You!


Psalm 68:11:
The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

The Rhema Blog
https://therhema.blogspot.com/
Since 2005

I thank everyone who has supported my ministry directly and indirectly in 2018.
I thank our Almighty Father God for granting you and I the abundance of His infinite grace to do as much as we can for all those we put smiles on their faces; the motherless twin girls and others.
We thank Almighty God JEHOVAH NISSI for all His answers to our prayers, abundant blessings, favours and testimonies of His awesome miracles; for making us triumphant overcomers and victorious champions of the Kingdom of God in the world.
He has told me to do more for this is what He has sent me to do.  According to Corinthians 13, Charity is our greatest ministry and that is the heart and soul of true Christianity without which we cannot please God.

Psalm 68:19:
"Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah."

Psalm 100:
1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Highest Grossing Nollywood Movies and Other Stories


The highest grossing movies in #Nollywood may flop in Kenya and South Africa where the producers and distributors cannot take advantage of the Showtimes at the cinemas.
Is it not funny that they are only box office hits in Nigeria, but flop where they cannot fix the showtimes? Box office hits in Nigeria, but end up rated as only good enough for TV and VOD. Because, at the major film markets, over 90% of Nollywood movies and also #Kannywood movies are classified for TV and not cinema. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2019 Will be the Year of Glossy Lips in Top Fashion Trends


2019 will be the Year of Glossy Lips.
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Color Shine 5-Piece Lip Gloss Gift Set 0.11oz Each


The 10 Biggest Beauty Trends of 2019, According to Pinterest - Glamour

December, social media is flooded with end-of-the-year recaps and retrospectives (top nine, anyone?). But every year around this time, Pinterest gives us something far better—and more useful—than a goofy video reel: a look ahead at what we'll be wearing, buying, eating, and doing next year.

The company just released its 2019 forecast, called the Pinterest 100 list, which collects data from the 250 million pinners around the world who scour the site for fresh ideas in fashion, travel, food, and—apparently—god-parent proposals. In terms of beauty, the top-10 trends are a mix of things we've seen bubbling up on the runway (glossy lips), on the red carpet (baby bangs), on the shelves at drugstores (dip powder nails), and on each other (embracing natural gray hair).




Refreshingly not on the list: unicorn anything (we've finally reached a saturation point), but that doesn't mean bright or pastel colors are dead. Read on for the biggest beauty trends of 2019, according to Pinterest.

See 10 Slides On
https://www.glamour.com/gallery/biggest-beauty-trends-2019-pinterest.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

36 Simpler Ways to Be Happier in 2019


36 Simpler Ways to Be Happier in 2019
Ted Larkins' newly-released Get To Be Happy Companion Guide helps people create new "happiness habits" that stick.


ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Want your New Year to get off to a good start? Ted Larkins wants that for you too—only he says wishing alone won't do it. Instead, the author of Get To Be Happy The Companion Guide®, the follow-up to his award-winning Get To Be Happy® title, says you need to create a happiness plan and stick to it for at least 30 days.

Memories As Earnest Gems Clocks 60


Memories As Earnest Gems Clocks 60

- By Ingram Osigwe

All is set for Reunion and Diamond Jubilee celebration of Earnest Gems, Grammar School, (EGGS) ( now renamed Akokwa High School). The school, one of the pioneer post primary schools in the defunct Eastern Region was founded in 1958 by the late Professor Elechukwu Nnadibugha Njaka.

BOOK REVIEW: THROUGH IT ALL - KOLA OLUGBODI


BOOK REVIEW:
Through It All: Memoir of my many Trials and Triumphs: Kola Olugbodi

In a challenging and inspiring manner, Kola Olugbodi, the founder and CEO of the first and foremost background screening firm in Nigeria, Background Check International (BCI), details his life from early childhood until his present age. When Kola was just a year and three months, he suffered from polio which resulted in the loss of the use of his left leg. At the age of eight, he made a resolve not to wallow in self-pity because of his disability nor let it limit him in life. Defiling his disability, he drove a manual car against his father’s firm conclusion that he won’t be able to and later on in life didn't give up on marrying the 'best-of-best' lady though suffered rejection from her for four good years.

Monday, December 17, 2018

The Two Highest Priced Nigerian Books in 2018


The Two Highest Priced Nigerian Books in 2018

Two of my books, the first edition of the #NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series and The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream became the highest priced contemporary Nigerian books by book traders in the world, selling for more than US$2, 300 and US$2, 200 respectively per copy for the paperback version on Amazon Mexico with 90-94% positive ratings by over 2, 000 sellers.

Video of First Lady of Ghana, H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo's Speech During the 5th Merck Africa Asia Luminary



Video of First Lady of Ghana, H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo (née Griffiths-Randolph), Speech during Merck Africa Asia Luminary.


H.E.REBECCA NAA OKAIKOR AKUFO-ADDO said:
“I along with Rebecca Foundation will work closely with Merck Foundation to empower women and adolescents; we will tell women to value themselves, as they are more than just mothers, they are productive members of the society.”
Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck Germany conducted the 5th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” under the patronage of The President of The Republic of Senegal, H.E. MACKY SALL and in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Senegal.

More than 58 countries participated in the Luminary, the list included: Angola, Benin, Burkina Fuso, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burundi, Canada, Cameroon, Cambodia, Chad, Central African Republic, Cote D’Ivoire, DR Congo, Congo, Brazzaville, Ethiopia, Egypt, France, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Conakry, Gabon, Ghana, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia Mali, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Malaysia, Nigeria, Niger, Nepal Philippines, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Togo, UAE, Uganda, USA, UK, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.



Sunday, December 16, 2018

Book On President Buhari Sold For ₦797, 400 Per Copy


Tomorrow December 17, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR will celebrate his 76th birthday with thanksgivings to Almighty God for protecting and saving his precious life to continue his work of examplary leadership in the nation building of a New Nigeria for our commonwealth.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

NEXT LEVEL #NOLLYWOOD: See the Big Picture of the Future!


NEXT LEVEL #NOLLYWOOD
See the Big Picture of the Future!


I am now focusing on helping local Nollywood filmmakers to go global by participations in international film festivals outside Africa. Where the directors of selected films get all expenses paid trips and opportunities for grants. And also to help them to break into Hollywood and Bollywood.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Working Title and Universal Pictures Begin Principal Photography on "CATS" from Academy Award Winner, Tom Hooper


WORKING TITLE AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES BEGIN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON "CATS" FROM OSCAR®-WINNING FILMMAKER TOM HOOPER
Starring James Corden (Bustopher Jones), Dame Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy), Jason Derulo (Rum Tum Tugger), Idris Elba (Macavity), Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Sir Ian McKellen (Gus), Taylor Swift (Bombalurina), Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots) and Introducing Francesca Hayward (Victoria)


Cats Arrives in Theaters December 20, 2019

NEWS PROVIDED BY
Universal Pictures
17:10 ET
LONDON, Dec. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Working Title and Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Cats, the groundbreaking new musical film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's global stage-musical sensation and the poems from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Video: The Untold Story of "Lagos in Motion" Tourist Documentary Film



A beautiful scene from my documentary film, "Lagos in Motion" which was completed and edited in 2016. But I was not satisfied with the editing and it was later sabotaged to delay the première which I planned to have at the Eko Hotel & Suites on Victoria Island, Lagos.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Wakanda Style African Yoruba "Buba" and "Sokoto" for Alpha Males


Original Brand New WAKANDA STYLE Royal Blue African Yoruba "Buba" kaftan and "Sokoto" trousers for tall Alpha Male designed by Orikinla OSINACHI and made in Lagos, Nigeria.
US$500 only including shipping to any destination reachable by express courier service within 7 working days.


Up to 25% discounts for bulk orders .

Orikinla OSINACHI is a popular Nigerian artist and poet, the author of both fiction and nonfiction books distributed worldwide by Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other international booksellers. He is also the Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series, the first book series on Nollywood and the Nigerian film industry.
You can view his profile on
https://www.amazon.com/author/ekenyerengozimichaelchima

The Most Powerful Books in My Life


The 6 Most Important Powerful Books I Have Read

I cannot count the numbers of the books I have read since I started reading books of both nonfiction and fiction. I have read all of William Shakespeare in one big collection, most of Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Elechi Amadi, Isdore Okpewho, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Ben Okri and other Nigerian authors. I have read many books by English authors in my teens and twenties in the 1980s when we had a vibrant reading culture in Nigeria. Reading was a competition among Nigerian youths with the popular African Writers Series of Heinemann, Drumbeat Series of Longman and Pacesetters Series of Macmillan, including several books by Evans and University Press. I also read books by several African authors, including Camara Laye, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Steve Biko and others.  Reading western novels of Harold Robbins, James Hadley Chase, Nick Carter, Barbara Cartland and others  was a popular addiction for us. And presents of new books were among the best gifts we exchanged. I was known for giving books to girlfriends. Reading books also made many of us to start writing our own books, inspired by our famous award winning writers: Amos Tutuola; Prof. Wole Soyinka, the first black Nobel laureate in Literature; Chinua Achebe; Cyprian Ekwensi; J.P. Clark; Christopher Okigbo; Gabriel Okara; John Munonye;  Mabel Segun, Flora Nwakpa, Buchi Emecheta, Nkem Nwankwo,  Onuora Nzekwu, T M. Aluko, Elechi Amadi,  Kólé Omotosho, Eddie Iroh, Isdore Okpewho, Festus Iyayi and others. Among the new generation of outstanding Nigerian writers, Ben Okri, the youngest winner of the highly coveted Booker Prize, published his first novel, "Flowers and Shadows" at 19 in 1980 and won the Booker Prize at the age of 32 in 1991.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Video: Tomi Adeyemi Wants To Kick Somebody's Ass?




The sensational Nigerian American author,
Tomi Adeyemi, winner of the Goodreads Best Debut Author of the Year Award for her awesome first book,
Children of Blood and Bone.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Top Fashion Trends for the Christmas and New Year



Let us go on a fashion shopping spree for the season! For the #Christmas and #NewYear.
Check out the top trends from Amazon Fashion.
Save 80.0% on select products from LOVINLAND with promo code 801VMVH3, through 12/15 while supplies last.

Every lady with class and style deserves the classic black Channel bag.



Video:Exclusive Interview with Tomi Adeyemi, Author of "Children of Blood and Bone"



Video:Exclusive Interview with Tomi Adeyemi, Author of "Children of Blood and Bone"


I think we just all love good stories. I think, especially if you come into a place like Comic-Con, you see every type of person, you see every age, and when the story is good, it doesn’t’ matter where you’re from. Because at the end, we’re all humans, which sounds very kumbayah, but it’s just true. If you can tell a very human story, people are going to connect with that. If you can tell a human story with like really cool magic, then people are going to connect with that and really love it. And that’s why we have a whole generation named after Harry Potter. I think that’s really what it does – it’s very human, and that’s what I always try to do, too, because when I’m reading a book – I actually have a very short attention span and I’m a slow reader, so I know I have to feel like I’m really in it and really connected and so I try and write for that person.

Yes, you’re going to have a lot of magic and you’re going to have a lot of complicated stuff, but you don’t even need to see most of that stuff. And I hate reading about it, so I’m not going to tell you about it until you absolutely need to know. It’s this big fantasy, but it’s not so up its own butt with being a fantasy. It’s still a very human story. It just happens to take place with really cool magic and giant lions. ~ Tomi Adeyemi, Bestselling author of the children's fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone. The novel was an instant #1 on The New York Times Bestsellers List for Young Adult Books.
"Children of Blood and Bone" has been acquired for film adaptation by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Productions in the United States of America (USA).

Source:
The Fandom.



Tomi Adeyemi Wins Goodreads Best Debut Author of the Year Award


Tomi Adeyemi Wins Goodreads Best Debut Author of the Year Award


With 70,984 votes, Nigerian American author, Tomi Adeyemi won the highly coveted Best Debut Author of the Year Award of the 2018 annual Goodreads Choice Awards for her first book, the sensational children's fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

CNN Africa: New Generation of Nigerian Filmmakers Taking Nollywood To the Next Level




Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima's Books On Amazon






Monday, December 3, 2018

AFRIFF 2018: "Azali" Did Not Deserve The Award For Best Feature Film


2018 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF): "Azali" Did Not Deserve The Award For Best Feature Film

Jahmil X. T. Qubeka's "Sew the Winter to My Skin" should have won the award for the Best Feature Film in addition to the award for Best Director.
Kwabena Gyansah's "Azali" cannot be compared to "Sew the Winter to My Skin" in all the requirements for Best Picture, except for Best Original Story.
"Azali" looks more like a good #Nollywood home video while "Sew the Winter to My Skin" can compete with the best films in #Hollywood.

Did Genevieve Nnaji's "Lionheart" Get A Good Deal From Netflix?


Did Genevieve Nnaji's "Lionheart" Get A Good Deal From Netflix?

Nollywood diva, Genevieve Nnaji was the talk of the town when her directorial debut, Lionheart was announced as the first Nigerian movie to be acquired by Netflix and she also became the first Nollywood filmmaker, whose directorial debut feature made the Official Selection in the Discovery section of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada. The world premiere of Lionheart was held on the opening day of the film festival on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

TALK OF THE TOWN: LIVE: Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa



LIVE: Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in South Africa



LIVE from Johannesburg, South Africa at FNB Stadium on 2 December 2018 at 2PM SAST / 7AM EST / 12PM GMT.

Performances by Beyoncé & JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D'banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Kacey Musgraves, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams & Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid.


This year would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, and we’ve rallied Global Citizens to take up his call to #BeTheGeneration to end extreme poverty. Our Mandela 100 campaign culminates today with a spectacular celebration featuring a once-in-a-lifetime lineup of global music artists, and leaders from Africa and around the world making unprecedented commitments. The event will show the world that we CAN be the generation to end extreme poverty.

On YouTube, presented by Johnson & Johnson.