Showing posts from April, 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Happy Easter!


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.

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:

• 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…

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).

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

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 loc…

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.

Video: Tomi Adeyemi, The Hottest Nigerian Novelist

when you are given a #carat control of the photoshoot playlist— Tomi Adeyemi (@tomi_adeyemi) April 3, 2019

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 leo…

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.