Friday, May 3, 2019

Comscore Expands Box Office Measurement to West and Southern Africa


Comscore Expands Box Office Measurement to West and Southern Africa
Comscore's expanded reporting will now account for more than 95 percent of all revenue and admissions collected in nine African countries

RESTON, Va., May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR), a trusted partner for planning, transacting, and evaluating media across platforms, announced today that it will expand its box office measurement service into West and Southern Africa.

Monday, April 29, 2019

AFRICOBRA: Nation Time

Angela Davis, Gerald Williams, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 in. (122 x 122 cm), Courtesy of Gerald Williams and Kavi Gupta.

AFRICOBRA: Nation Time

Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

NORTH MIAMI, Fla., April 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- AFRICOBRA: Nation Time is an official Collateral Event of Biennale Arte 2019 (May 11th – November 24th 2019), in Venice, Italy. AFRICOBRA: Nation Time is presented by bardoLA, originated and supported by the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, and curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D.

Friday, April 26, 2019

A Documentary About Fela Kuti Opens The 16th Edition of Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival in Spain



A Documentary About Fela Kuti Opens The 16th Edition of Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival (FCAT)


This is the 16th edition of the Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival (FCAT), the only festival to take place simultaneously in Europe and Africa

The actress Rossy de Palma, Pedro Almodóvar’s muse, will present the opening ceremony, where she will be named Ambassador of FCAT.

Monday, April 22, 2019

We Are Going To Win The Academy Awards for Nigeria!


If you want to capture a dragon, don't waste your time chasing after a monitor lizard.
If you want to capture the big picture, don't settle for the miniature.
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

After 93 years of filmmaking in Nigeria since Geoffrey Barkas made his "Palaver" in 1926 and later won an #Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 1936 for his "Wings Over Everest", it is long overdue for Nigerian filmmakers to compete with the best at the highest level of the global film industry.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Challenges of Ava DuVernay and Mati Diop To Nigerian Female Filmmakers


The most accomplished black female filmmaker is without dispute, Ava Marie DuVernay, the outstanding award winning African American film director, producer and screenwriter. And following in her trail blazers' status is the French Senegalese Filmmaker, Mati Diop who just became the first black woman to make the Official Selection of the annual Cannes Film Festival in the competition for the Palme d'Or. You can read more about her on my previous updates or read Tambay Obenson's article on
https://www.indiewire.com/2019/04/mati-diop-atlantiques-first-black-woman-cannes-2019-1202059926/.

There Are More than 65 Million Men than Women in the World


The World is Full of Millions of Lonely Men

There are more than 65 million men than women in the world today.
So, you see why there are not enough women for men and that is why there is increasing global demand for women as commercial sex workers to serve the millions of men without girlfriends and without wives.
That is why a man marrying more than one wife is just greedy, inconsiderate and wicked. That is why we must use medical science to increase the births of more girls than boys before the end of the world.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Publisher/Editor,
NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series
https://www.amazon.com/author/ekenyerengozimichaelchima.



Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Video: Awesome Benefits of Baking Soda



23 Benefits and Uses for Baking Soda


Written by Ryan Raman, MS, RD on November 24, 2017.

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is widely used in baking.

This is because it has leavening properties, meaning it causes dough to rise by producing carbon dioxide.

Aside from cooking, baking soda has a variety of additional household uses and health benefits.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mati Diop: The First Black Female Filmmaker in Official Competition in the History of the Cannes Film Festival


Mati Diop: The First Black Female Filmmaker in Official Competition in the History of the Cannes Film Festival

Mati Diop is currently making headlines as the first African female filmmaker to be in the competition of the Official Selection of the annual @festivaldecannes. But France has claimed the credit for this Sengelese film, "Atlantique" which is her debut feature film.
This is the first time a black female director has made the Official Selection for competition in the history of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.
13 female filmmakers made the Official Selection.


The Official Selection for the 2019 Annual Cannes Film Festival



Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu will serve as President of the Jury.

Official poster of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival featuring Agnès Varda, while filming her debut, filming of her debut film "La Pointe Courte", (1955).

The 72nd edition of the annual Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 14-25, 2019.

Cannes Official Selection:
Competition:

• The Dead Don’t Die (dir: Jim Jarmusch) – opening film
• Atlantique (dir: Mati Diop)
• Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
• Frankie (dir: Ira Sachs)
• A Hidden Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
• It Must Be Heaven (dir: Elia Suleiman)
• Les Misérables (dir: Ladj Ly)
• Little Joe (dir: Jessica Hausner)
• Matthias and Maxime (dir: Xavier Dolan)
• Oh Mercy! (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)
• Parasite (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
• Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir: Céline Sciamma)
• Sibyl (dir: Justine Triet)
• Sorry We Missed You (dir: Ken Loach)
• Pain and Glory (dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
• The Traitor (dir: Marco Bellocchio)
• La Gomera (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu)
• The Wild Goose Lake (dir: Diao Yinan)
• The Young Ahmed (dir: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)

Monday, April 15, 2019

Adesua Etomi-Wellington's Good Education in the UK Contributed To Her Rapid Success in Nollywood


Adesua Etomi-Wellington's Good Education in the UK Contributed To Her Rapid Success in Nollywood

Adesua Etomi has become the fastest rising young actress in Nollywood since her role in "Knocking On Heaven's Door" in 2014. The following year, she played a leading role in the romantic drama, "Falling" and surpassed several of her peers when she won the highly coveted award for the Best Actress in a Drama at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).

Saturday, April 13, 2019

AFTER | OFFICIAL TRAILER - In Theaters April 12



"After" (2019)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Romance


A young woman falls for a guy with a dark secret and the two embark on a rocky relationship. Based on the novel by Anna Todd.

"After" is a 2019 American romantic drama film directed by Jenny Gage with a screenplay by Gage, Susan McMartin and Tamara Chestna based on the 2014 new adult fiction novel of the same name written by Anna Todd, which started out as a One direction fan fiction novel on the online reading and writing platform, Wattpad. The film stars newcomer Josephine Langford as Tessa Young, a college student who begins a turbulent relationship with "bad boy" Hardin Scott, played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin. "After" has had over 1 billion reads online on Wattpad and translated into different languages.

Cost of House Rent in Abuja


About Abuja:

Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria, in the middle of the country. The skyline of the city, which was built largely in the 1980s, is dominated by Aso Rock, an enormous monolith. It rises up behind the Presidential Complex, which houses the residence and offices of the Nigerian president in the Three Arms Zone on the eastern edge of the city. Nearby are the National Assembly and the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Area: 1,769 km²
Elevation: 840 m
Local time: Saturday 3:43 pm
Weather: 32°C, Wind SW at 11 km/h, 48% Humidity.



I have stayed in different locations in Abuja since my first visit in 1990 when I stayed in Wuse to my recent visit last year, 2018 when I stayed in Asokoro.
The following report on the costs of house rents for the different areas in Abuja is from Cotenant.com.

The average price of flats for rent in Abuja is ₦1,460,000 per year. The most expensive flat costs ₦12,000,000 per year while the cheapest cost ₦120,000 per year. we would be looking at some of these locations.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Boomplay Completes $20 Million Series A Funding





Boomplay Completes $20 Million Series A Funding


LAGOS, Nigeria, April 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Boomplay, the largest and fastest-growing music streaming service in Africa, today announced that it has raised $20 million in Series A funding led by Maison Capital and followed by Seas Capital and other strategic investors. The funding will be used to fuel Boomplay's continued expansion, with a focus on content acquisition, product optimization, recruitment, and a further consolidation of its position as the leader in the African market.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Video: Tomi Adeyemi, The Hottest Nigerian Novelist




With five starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

"A phenomenon." ―Entertainment Weekly

“The epic I’ve been waiting for.” ―New York Times-bestselling author Marie Lu

“You will be changed. You will be ready to rise up and reclaim your own magic!” ―New York Times-bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton

“The next big thing in literature and film.” ―Ebony

“One of the biggest young adult fiction debut book deals of theyear.” ―Teen Vogue

This title has Common Core connections.

#1 New York Times bestseller, March 14, 2018.





Onwe Press Acquires Rights to "Daughters of Nri" - The Debut Nigerian Fantasy Written by Reni K Amayo


Onwe Press Acquires Rights to "Daughters of Nri" - The Debut Nigerian Fantasy Written by Reni K. Amayo

LONDON, March 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent publishing house, Onwe Press, is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the rights to Daughters of Nri the debut young-adult fantasy book from Reni K Amayo, the first installment in "The Return of the Earth Mother" series. Daughters Of Nri will be released on August 27, 2019.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Akpos Lost in Miami


Akpos Lost in Miami
A fan fiction and treatment for a Nollywood romantic comedy.

Part 1

Akpos, a Nigerian stowaway landed in Miami beach in Florida of the United States of America without knowing anyone or anywhere else to go. So, he begged for money from passers by to call his family in Nigeria who had declared that he was missing. He told them he was not missing, but had stowed away to America and found himself in Miami. He called one of his buddies in Nigeria to ask if he knew anyone in America to call for help. The Buddy gave him the name of someone he claimed to know in New York city. But when he called him, the man who spoke in a Yankee' s accent yelled at him not to call him again.

Akpos found his way to a carwash center and luckily got a job to clean up cars. He used the bathroom and toilet to clean up after the working hours of every day.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Countdown To the 9th annual iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival


The final countdown to the ninth edition of the annual iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival holding Thursday March 21 to Sunday March 24 2019, at its traditional home, Freedom Park, by Broad Street, Lagos, and the Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi, Lagos, began this weekend.

General Idea:
The 2019 Festival is conceived on the traditional framework of Africa in Self-conversation.

Theme: STORYLINES – it arises from current realities about imagery and perspectives. Technology is constantly redefining the impact of human experiences and challenging us to tell our story as a means of engaging the world with our identity, individuality and personal experiences.
Every human being is a story and we are constantly in pursuit of tools to advance and promote alternative facts about ourselves; and how we wish to be seen. The contention between what is real and what is preferred is shaping the currency of human exchange.
The ability to construct and reconstruct stories by anyone with a social media account is challenging the traditional story form. How would people own their stories without compromising the truth? How would documentary films respond to this reality?

See the programme schedule on
https://www.irepfilmfestival.com.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Major TV Network To Adapt Best-Selling Nigerian Children's Book into Cartoon Series


Major TV Network is Slated To Turn Best-Selling Nigerian Children's Book Author's Book Series into an Educational Cartoon Series for Young Children
Dr. Peter Isikwe, author of Jack's Awesome Adventure gears up for his latest book tour

HOUSTON, March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Meet Dr. Peter Isikwe, author of the children's book series Jack's Awesome Adventure (www.jacksawesomeadventure.com). Peter introduces a unique style of education and imagination into his writing while splashing diversity and hip-hop into it as well.


Peter has recently finished his latest children's book in his educational book series, and now is turning it into a cartoon series for young children to view everywhere. Dr. Isikwe's book series is full of imagination and creativity for early readers. He's had a chance to tour across the US, Nigeria and even London for his last book while working with educators, teachers, and librarians amongst the few. Peter turned in my mortar & pestle and white coat to pursue his passion for writing children's book. For those who do not what that is, pharmacist use it to make drug products.

Click to read more.






Sunday, March 10, 2019

Obsession: The Love Affairs of Bolade, Nnana and Segun


Olu Balogun's novella, Obsession will be a romantic thriller as a telenovela.

Description
A short romantic Novel exploring deep feelings of attraction between the sexes. It features three stories, which finally fuse into one. Each story is about a different guy, his approach towards a girl he is attracted to, and experiencing how it unravels:

● Bolade has an uncontrollable desire for Nneka; his friend's girlfriend, even though he knows it's wrong to betray the trust. He discovers how amazing she is, only after he messes up his lucky chance with her.

● Nnana fell in love with Tope on the first day he met her and he was convinced she felt the same way but she continues to resist him. After enduring time away from her, he tries again to rekindle their love.

● Segun has had a crush on Titi; his close friend for years but he has never found a way to express his feelings. He decides to gamble on love and reveals how obsessed he is with her.

These three stories fuse into one and the a question you might ask yourself is: Which is lust, which is infatuation and which is love?

Get to uncover various unforgettable characters in 9 breathtaking chapters.



The Forbidden Love of Aisha and Father John


Have you read Aisha and John - by Olu Balogun?

Description
There is only a very thin line between romance and religion...

Aisha is a favored daughter of the Emir of Kano and Father John is a young Catholic Priest in the Lagos Archdiocese, but they share a history; one that is beckoning to be revisited.
Aisha never knew what love was until she met John, back when she was a teenager, however, things have changed now. John fell deeply in love with Aisha, back when he was still in University, however, things have changed now. Life drove them apart but what can one coincidental meeting cause?

From the Author of OBSESSION, comes this awesome, modern story, about two lovers who have become separated by a valley of religion and time.
Can they bridge this gap? Should they?

Features & details
Publication date: March 4, 2019
Language: English
ASIN: B07P7J51GR

Friday, March 8, 2019

Jann Arden and Aisha Alfa To Host the CTV Galas at the Canadian Screen Awards


Jann Arden and Aisha Alfa To Host the CTV Galas at the Canadian Screen Awards

Mar 07, 2019, 14:44 WAT
- Both galas to be streamed for free on CTV.ca on March 26 and 27 -
TORONTO, March 7, 2019 /CNW/ - The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (the Canadian Academy) announced today the hosts of the CTV Galas at the Canadian Screen Awards, and confirmed both will be streamed live on CTV.ca and associated platforms. Jann Arden (CTV's JANN) will host the Canadian Screen Awards: CTV Gala Honouring Excellence in Creative Fiction Storytelling on Wednesday, March 27, while Aisha Alfa (CTV's THE BEAVERTON) will host the Canadian Screen Awards: the CTV Gala Honouring Excellence in Non-Fiction Programming on Tuesday, March 26. Both events will be held at Heritage Court at Exhibition Place as part of Canadian Screen Week (March 25-31).

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Happy International Women's Day 2019!


Happy International Women's Day 2019!

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter


The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. How will you help make a difference?

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

9th iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival To Host Top Filmmakers and Scholars in Lagos


IREPRESENT INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL 2019: PUBLIC BRIEFING


The 2019 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival is the ninth edition of the popular annual festival, which is the biggest on the West African coast and it is scheduled to hold from Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th March 2019, at Freedom Park, Broad Street, Lagos, and the Nigerian Film Corporation, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Born On a Tuesday: A Gripping Story from Inside Northern Nigeria


From two-time Caine Prize finalist Elnathan John, a dynamic young voice from Nigeria, Born On a Tuesday is a stirring, starkly rendered first novel about a young boy struggling to find his place in a society that is fracturing along religious and political lines.

Who Will Win the #Oscar for Best Director?


Tomorrow, Sunday, February 24 is the biggest day for the celebration of the best in the global film industry at the 91st annual #Oscars by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U. S. A.

@imdb asked:
Who Will Win The #Oscar For Best Director?
Alfonso Cuarón for "Roma" or Spike Lee for "BlacKkKlansman"
Who Will Win? It's a two-horse race between Cuarón and Lee. The experts are picking Cuarón ... we're going with the upset: Spike Lee wins.
From all the reviews I have read, it is tough to predict who among the outstanding nominees will win the Academy Award for the Best Director.

Spike Lee
BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay
Vice

Paweł Pawlikowski
Cold War

Alfonso Cuarón
Roma

Yorgos Lanthimos
The Favourite
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Photo Collage Credit: Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Everything To Know About the 2019 #Oscars On Sunday



91st Academy Awards.
Date: Sun, 24 Feb • 5:00 pm GMT-8 (Mon, 25 Feb • 2:00 am WAT)
Location: Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States of America.


Everything To Know About the 2019 #Oscars- Vogue Australia


Preparations for the 2019 Oscars, arguably one of the most prestigious ceremonies on the awards calendar, have officially begun. With a date, location and host having been announced, the time to start taking note of the evening’s festivities is now.

Farewell the First Beauty Queen of Nigerian Models


Farewell the First Beauty Queen of Nigerian Models

I am speeches.
I don't know what to say. Words fail me now.
The time has frozen before my eyes.
One of my best, kindest and loveliest friends has passed on without saying good bye?
Did you decide to follow a day after Karl Lagerfeld passed on?
The fashion world lost two wonderful icons within three days. How can I say good bye to you?
Over two decades ago, you gave me an unprecedented honour by hosting my first ever solo salon art exhibition in your restaurant at 44, Falolu Street in Surulere on the mainland of Lagos.
All our guests dined and wined cheerfully and in the awesome Christian love of your beauty in dignity and humility of your nobility you served me in front of the guests happily.

Farewell Karl


Karl Otto Lagerfeld (10 September 1933 – 19 February 2019)

Farewell Karl

You cannot talk about House of Chanel without talking about Karl Lagerfeld. And you cannot talk about Karl Lagerfeld without talking about
House of Chanel. He was the signature of the haute couture of Chanel. His legacy will remain outstanding in the history of modern fashion from the 20th century to the 21st century.


The fashion world and his beloved white cat, Choupette will miss his signature hairstyle with white ponytail and dark shades.

* Karl Lagerfeld and the famous French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent
feuded for decades. Saint Laurent passed away in 2008.







Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Opening of the Berlinale Africa Hub 2019 at Martin-Gropius Bau


Opening of the Berlinale Africa Hub 2019 at Martin-Gropius Bau - Greeting by Minister of State Michelle Müntefering

BERLIN, 11 February 2019 / PRN Africa / -- I am delighted to welcome you today on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office to the 3rd edition of the Africa Hub at the European Film Market.

Love and Red Wine



"Red wine is good for the heart
The heart is good for love
Love is the red wine of life."
~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,
Coauthor and Editor of "The Language of True Love" and other books available @amazon , @barnesandnoble and other booksellers.


#redwine
#wine
#lovequotes
#healthyfood

Pour yourself a glass, and take a look at the ten ways wine benefits your health.
It contains antioxidants. ...
It boosts the immune system. ...
It increases bone density. ...
It reduces the risk of stroke. ...
It reduces the risk of heart disease. ...
It can lower cholesterol. ...
It reduces the risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

How Many Oscars Will "Roma" Win?



"Roma" tops all the predictions for the most likely winners of the 91st Oscars.


Academy Award winning director,  Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" just won the 2019 BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Direction and Best Cinematography held Sunday night of February 10, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Journalism 360: Creating the BBC's First Augmented Reality App



Journalism 360: Creating the BBC's First Augmented Reality App


BBC - Civilisations AR: Preview.
Creating for Augmented Reality
Civilisations AR brings artifacts of ancient civilizations to life, from Renaissance masterpieces to ancient Egypt. The project is a collaboration between BBC Arts, BBC R&D, Nexus Studios and about 30 museums and galleries in the U.K. The concept came, in part, from a 2017 BBC Two series called Civilisations, a 10-episode show looking at 5,000 works of art over the course of human history.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Stephanie Linus Gets Special Recognition for "DRY" for the Black History Month in America



Stephanie Linus Gets Special Recognition for "DRY" at the Black History Month Ahead of Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) Screening


"Dry", the film which was written, produced and directed by Stephanie Linus is in 2019 still making great impact around the world. The movie has been selected to screen for the second time at the highly coveted Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles, USA this February, and as a prelude to the festival, Mrs Linus was recognized at the first ever Blacks In Cinema presentation. The event took place at the Los Angeles City Council Chambers yesterday.

IFFR Closes Its 48th Edition and Zhu Shengze Won the Tiger Award



Last Sunday, after twelve days filled with the best of worldwide independent cinema, the International Film Festival Rotterdam closed.


  • 2019 festival’s motto was 'feel IFFR'
  • 500+ films - including 146 (festival) world premières.
  • 327,000 visitors
  • 2,400 film professionals
  • 337 directors


Zhu Shengze won the Tiger Award with her "Present.Perfect.", a film that – according to the jury – “takes audiences to places we’ve never been” and which “expands the cinema’s language with new grammar”. "Take Me Somewhere Nice" by the Dutch Ena Sendijarević won the Special Jury Award for “portraying a journey with a unique and exacting personal vision”. Aya Koretzky’s "A volta ao mundo quando tinhas 30 anos" won the Bright Future Award, Anna Eborns' "Transnistra" won the VPRO Big Screen Award, and Nadine Labaki’s "Capharnaüm" won the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award. Finally, a celebration of the power of short film in the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition. We presented three equal prizes to Wong Ping's "Fables 1" by Wong Ping, "Ultramarine" by Vincent Meessen, and "Freedom of Movement" by Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sanim, all of which take home the Ammodo Tiger Short Award.

And The Winners Are…

The juries have pondered, the votes are in and the winners of 2019 IFFR Pro prizes are: