Thursday, March 22, 2018

Prof. Jonathan Haynes Presents His New Book on Nollywood at the 2018 iREPRESENT Documentary Film Festival

The famous American scholar known for his writings on the sociocultural phenomenon of Nollywood and film studies, Prof. Jonathan Haynes spoke on the emergence of Nollywood from the first Igbo language Nollywood hit movie, "Living in Bondage" of 1992 and the first English language Nollywood movie, "Glamour Girls" of 1994 at the 2018 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival going on from March 22-25, at the Freedom Park on Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
His comprehensive book, Nollywood: The Creation of Nigerian Film Genres was officially presented with special acknowledgment of important contributors to the sustainable development of Nollywood.
See the videos on Instagram @Orikinla.

He also met Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher and Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series who started writing on Nollywood in 2006 with THE BEST OF NOLLYWOOD for the Black Filmmaker magazine published in the UK.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Nigerian Première of Akin Omotoso's "Colour of Wine" at iREPRESENT 2018

Nigerian Première of Akin Omotoso's "Colour of Wine" at the 2018 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival

The Nigerian première of Akin Omotoso's "Colour of Wine" takes place Wednesday night at 8pm as a special prelude to the 2018 iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival opening tomorrow from March 22-25 at the Freedom Park on the Lagos Island of Africa's largest megacity.

About the documentary film:
In “The Colour of Wine,” a documentary directed by director Akin Omotoso, the viewer is shown the changing face of the South African wine industry. Following four young, black (and mostly women) winemakers, “The Colour of Wine” not only tells the story of South African winemaking as we currently know it but it also tells the story of how we got here.

Three of the featured winemakers, Ntsiki Biyela, Dumisani Mathonsi and Unathi Mantshongo, had no intentions of inclination that they would end up in the world of winemaking. One way or another, due to funding obstacles, all three found themselves offered scholarships and bursaries by different institutions to study aspects of winemaking and all three were among the first black students to study at Stellenbosch University.

The film shows all the spaces wine touches, from vineyards to wine cellars. Omotoso and the producers also expertly pull in wine experts and lovers to add to the flavour of the film.

What is The Colour of Wine? – KAYA FM

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival Begins On Thursday

The eight edition of the annual iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival will take place at the Freedom Park, Lagos, from March 22-25.
The biggest documentary film festival in Africa will host filmmakers and enthusiasts from around Africa and parts of Europe and the West, converging for the 2018 edition of the yearly I-Rep International Documentary Film Festival. The 2018 festival is set to build on the momentum from past editions; especially last year’s and will explore the theme: ARCHIVING AFRICA II: Frontiers and New Narratives.

A three-day training programme will precede the formal opening of the festival and set the mood for a memorable experience. This takes off on Monday March 19, with a focus on storytelling, conducted by Mr. Yinka Ogun, a well-known television/radio content provider/consultant and producer, whose film credits include Abeni, directed by Tunde Kilani; Prince of the Savannah, directed by Bayo Awala, and Maroko, directed by Femi Odugbemi.

Femi Odugbemi and Prof. Jonathan Haynes.

Ogun’s selected television credits include Doctor’s Quarters, and Edge of Paradise, both MNET productions. He is the creator of the award-winning MNET soap opera ‘Tinsel’, and the multiple award-winning ‘Dear mother’.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Take a Chance or Fly Air France

Take a Chance or Fly Air France
Air France launches campaign to remind travelers that flying economy can be a joy

Take a Chance or Fly Air France
NEW YORK, March 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Air France launches a new advertising campaign "Take a Chance or Fly Air France" promoting the inclusive benefits of the airline's competitive economy fares: in-flight entertainment, warm meals, and champagne.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ekulo Shines at Enugu International Trade Fair with Gino Beauty Soap

Ekulo Shines at Enugu International Trade Fair with Gino Beauty Soap

~ By Ingram Osigwe

Ekulo Group, Nigeria’s leading household manufacturing and commodities distribution conglomerate, does not believe in mere sloganeering. That is why one of its subsidiaries, Evans Industries Limited has always strove to live out its Motto: “We are Proud of Nigeria; we want Nigeria to be Proud of Us”.This, it has done through production of high quality, 100 percent made in Nigeria household items with international standard.

In appreciation of their trail blazing blitz in the manufacturing sector, Ekulo and its subsidiary companies have in their kitties, legion of awards and recognitions from individuals, organizations and the government. And there is no doubt that effusive praises will once again rain on Ekulo as it storms the South east city of Enugu for the 29th Enugu International Trade Fair holding at the permanent site, International Trade Fair Complex,G R A Enugu between 16th and 29th March, 2018.

At the fair Ekulo, will make Nigeria proud and Nigerians will in turn be proud of the Group when it showcases its classy brands. One of the Centre points of the fair will be the unveiling of Gino range of beauty soap, a new world class brand produced by Evans industries.

Gino range of beauty soap comprised of Royal, Vintage, Care, Charisma and Moringa. The idea behind launching Gino within the frenzy of the fair is strategized to achieve maximum brand visibility for the Gino range, using the accumulation of visitors and media at the international trade event and engender a strong expectation from Nigerian consumers. It is also designed to create a strong niche mark for the brand within the Nigerian beauty brands consuming demography, being modern top quality products and coming from the stables of Evans Nigeria Limited known for beauty and medicated soap brands.

Beside Gino range of soap, Evans also produces the soar away Eva and Meditol medicated Antiseptic range of soap, internationally acclaimed but with 100 percent Nigerian content brands. The company also manufactures Hawaii range of Whitening soap consisting of Hawaii Papaya and Hawaii Carrot. Evans also has in its stable, Eva Baby soap, Blossom Light Soap, Unik range of soap (Unik prickly Heat Soap, Unik baby Soap and Unik four Seasons Herbal Whitening Soap).
The Meditol variants are Meditol Original with Avacado extractsMeditol Classic with Shea ButterExtracts, Meditol Gentle with Olive Oil, Meditol Cool with Menthol, Meditol Herbal with Aloe Vera Extracts. Meditol Medicated and Antiseptic range of soap protects heals and beautifies.
Eva range of Complexion Care soap comprised of Eva Herbal, Eva Romantic, Eva Gold, Eva Classic, Eva Forever, Eva Ivory, Eva Pearl, Eva Fresh, Eva Moringa and Eva Natural fairness.
Evans family of soaps comprising all the soap ranges will be exhibited at the Trade fair.Other Ekulo brands that will adorn the Group stand at the fair include JIMBEAM BOURBON WHISKEY, SIR EDWARD WHISKEY, GOVA EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, BARON DE VALLS, WORLD FAMOUS TITUS SARDINE, BOCA DO LOBO Wines from Portugal.

According to Emeka Oramadike, Marketing Manager of the Ekulo Group, Ekulo brands are market leaders as they dominate shelves in stores and supermarkets across Nigeria and beyond and their presence at the Enugu International Trade exhibition will only reinforce such leadership.

Odenigbo Loses Father

Odenigbo Loses Father

Chief Tony Chukwubuikem Ezeani (Odenigbo Ukpor) is bereaved. Death has occurred of his beloved father, Nze Gabriel Okoli Ezeani, (Ezeani Onye Akana Nwanneya Ahu).Nze Okoli changed immortality to mortality on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the age of 87years.He translated into glory in peace after a protracted illness. While alive, Nze Ezeani was a devout Catholic, a philanthropist, community leader and one of the earliest business tycoons  in his home town, Ukpor, Anambra state and South east in general. He died a happy man; having served God faithfully and raised his children (6 sons and 4 daughters) graciously. Though his family, particularly wife and children, and many who benefited from his fountain of wisdom and large heartedness are in tears mourning his exit, they nonetheless are happy that Nze Gabriel lived a fulfilled life. For them, Like a theatre stage, having played his part in life’s script beautifully to the admiration of his appreciative audience, Nze Gabriel Okoli Ezeani has bowed out, leaving behind enchanting memories. The late Ezeani served his community and other humanitarian organizations diligently for over 60 years of his 87 years on earth.

His admirers describe him as a soldier in the Lord’s vineyard, who did tremendous good for his community, his country, and the entire humanity. Thus, when his creator recalled him home on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, after an eventful 87 years on earth, though a painful exit, Nze Gabriel's children, wife, family, friends and associates agreed that the great man has ran a good race and now having a deserved rest in the Lord’s bosom.

Surely, those Nze Gabriel left behind are consoled by the fact that he surpassed the Biblical life span of three scores and ten. Though his exit is a great loss to his children and darling wife as well as all those who were close to him, they celebrate Nze Gabriel’s salutary life and sincerely thank God. His immediate community, Ukpor, Nnewi and the entire Anambra state will sorely miss Nze Gabriel. Indeed, his children are proud to survive him at his death. They are grateful to God for coming to this beautiful world through him. Spokesman of the family and his first son and eldest child, Chief Tony Chukwubuike Ezeani said theirs was a father every child would wish to have.

The family earnestly request the honour of the presence all as the remains of their heroic father, Nze Gabriel Okoli Ezeani is laid to rest on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in his compound, Umume-Ojiaku, Ehim-Umunuko, Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government area of Anambra state.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Nunnsi Ojong: Yes, She is Beautiful and a Wonderful Actress

Nunnsi Ojong with Celina Ideh at the Elegushi beach location in Lekki during the making of "Lagos in Motion" romantic tourist documentary.

One of the fast rising young actresses in Nigeria is #Nollywood beauty, Nunnsi Ojong from Ikom , the town of the famous Ikom monoliths in Cross River state.
She wants to be among the Nollywood stars with the ambition to break into Hollywood.

Nunnsi who has a twin brother is also a model and presenter. The pretty bride in MC Galaxy's hit music video “Hello“ has played prominent roles in more than 30 movies and TV series, including, "Ojo's in the House" and "Have A Nice Day" on Ebonylife TV; "When Love Happens" and "Life's Like That" on WAP TV; "Chronicles of the Bull", "Crossed Fingers", "Hotel Prostitutes", "Rev Sister Ibu", "Joy At Last", "Son's Love", Eastfarm TV series, "Wetin Lawyer Dey Do Sef" TV series, "Family Forever" TV series, "Jobless Boys", ‎"Oga Landlord" TV series, "The Jonathans" TV series, "The Will", "The Real Don" TV series, "The Connector", "Haunted Beach", "The Last Girl Standing", "Itohan Untold", "After the Vow" and "Go Slow".

She was named the "Lagos in Motion" Actress of the Year 2016 reported on many websites. And she is one of the winners of the 2017 Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Awards.

Nunnsi has thousands of fans and followers on Instagram.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

THIRTEEN Presents the U.S. Broadcast Premiere of GI Jews:Jewish Americans in World War II

THIRTEEN Presents the U.S. Broadcast Premiere of GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II Wednesday, April 11 on PBS in Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day
Features original interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Henry Kissinger, the late Bea Cohen and others

NEW YORK, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II is a feature-length documentary spotlighting the little-known story of the more than 550,000 Jewish Americans who served their country in all branches of the military during World War II. Filmmaker Lisa Ades (American Experience: Miss America) brings the struggles of these brave men and women to life through first-hand experiences that reveal their fight against fascism, as well as their more personal war to liberate loved ones in Europe. After years of battle, these pioneering servicemen and women emerged transformed: more profoundly American, more deeply Jewish, and determined to continue the fight for equality and tolerance at home. GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II premieres nationwide on Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 12). The film will be available to stream the following day via and PBS apps.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Girl Rising, David Oyelowo, Andra Day and Others Join Forces To End Global Gender Inequality

Girl Rising, David Oyelowo, Andra Day and Others Join Forces To End Global Gender Inequality
In partnership with Intel, Vulcan Productions and Citi this International Women's Day

LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This International Women's Day, Girl Rising, the global campaign for girls' education and empowerment, debuts the film Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition. This special edition commemorates nine incredible girls whose lives have been changed by the power of education. Acclaimed actor David Oyelowo narrates this edition, which features voice performances from a host of actresses including Meryl Streep, Salma Hayek and Kerry Washington.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai: Two Activists On How Empowering Women Begins With Education

Famous British Hollywood star, Emma Watson earlier interviewed Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in November, 2015. She is a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign #HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality. You can click here to view that interview. And the following interview comes more than two years later.

Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai: Two Activists On How Empowering Women Begins With Education - Vogue Australia

Just a day after Vogue's guest editor Emma Watson helped launch the #TimesUp campaign at the Golden Globes, the UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador and Brown University alumni spoke with Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, currently studying at Oxford University, about the importance of education.

Emma Watson: “Thank you for doing this; I’m sure you’ve got a million things to do and essays to hand in.”

Malala Yousafzai: “No worries! Thank you for asking me and I’m really happy to do this. Also, I just followed the news about [the] Golden Globes and it was amazing, seeing all these women coming together, and it is just incredible, and you can see the change. You can actually witness it, it’s there, it’s happening. I was so happy to see that and thank you to you and all those other women who stood up. It made me so happy.”

EW: “Oh, thank you, I really appreciate that. It really felt that way in the room. You could feel the change. It was remarkable, and Oprah’s speech was amazing.”

MY: “Yes, you know when you start watching a video and watch it for two seconds and then—this was like, no, I can’t stop, I have to finish it. It gives you goose bumps; tears were coming to my eyes and I just thought: ‘Wow!’”

EW: “It felt like a really big moment. It really did. We’re doing it, it’s happening, Malala! We are making progress, we’re making small steps, but they’re steps, even in these slightly difficult and trying times. Last night was very heartening. I think you have to celebrate the wins at the moment. We have to celebrate when we do make a win in this climate. Today we are celebrating! So, you’ve recently started university. Yay!”

MY: “Yes!”

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