Sunday, December 31, 2017

London Short Film Festival To Celebrate Ngozi Onwurah On January 17



The new year 2018 started with fanfares and vigils of thanksgiving in hundreds of thousands of churches all over the world followed by celebration and jubilation at parties on the streets and clubs.  After the holidays,  business resumes from tomorrow Tuesday with many upcoming events. And the first international film festival of the new year is the 15th London Short Film Festival (LSFF) taking place from 12th - 21st Jan 2018.
The film festival will celebrate the iconic genius of Ngozi Onwurah, the Nigerian born British filmmaker on January 17.


As the first Black British woman filmmaker to have a feature film released in UK cinemas the festival will celebrate Ngozi’s legacy with a screening of early works and panel discussion in Ngozi Onwurah: Short Films on Wed 17 Jan, 8:30pm at ICA.

Ngozi Onwurah was born in 1966 in Nigeria to a Nigerian father, and a white British mother, Madge Onwurah. She has two siblings, Simon Onwurah and Labour MP Chi Onwurah. As children, Onwurah's mother was forced to flee with her children from Nigeria in order to escape a Civil War. They fled to England, where Ngozi and Simon spent the majority of their childhood. During their youth, they endured much racial discrimination, which influenced many of her films.

Happy New Year 2018!


Happy New Year 2018 to you and your family! HALLELUJAH!
Cheers!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Blockchain Technology Will Secure the Future of Nollywood

Photo Credit: Steemkr.

From the third edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series coming out soon.

"The film industry of the 21st century can benefit from Blockchain technology, an innovation that can digitally support a dynamic and connected global network of content producers, distributors and audiences."
~ Paul Forrest.


Since 2013, publishing the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series by the grace of Almighty God has not made millions of naira, but it has been great to be the Publisher and Editor of the first and only series of books on the Nigerian film industry with versions in hardcover, paperback and @amazon Kindle, documenting the history of film production in Nigeria since 1926 to date and the first book to celebrate the beautiful and wonderful actresses in #Nollywood and #Kannywood; the first Nigerian #Hollywood star, Orlando Martins and the top 20 filmmakers in Nigeria.
The third edition has taken three years to produce, because I published two other important books; The Victory of Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Dream: My Testimony on the 2015 Presidential Election in 2015 and "LAGOS in MOTION: A Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity" in 2016, distributed by Amazon,
https://www.amazon.com/LAGOS-MOTION-Africas-Largest-Megacity/dp/1536934925.

"Lagos in Motion" is a colourful travelogue on Lagos, called Ìlú Èkó in Yorùbá
The photo book from my tourist documentary film, "LAGOS in MOTION: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity"
See the review on Amazon Books releases photo documentary on Lagos City — Arts — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria and World News
https://guardian.ng/art/amazon-books-releases-photo-documentary-on-lagos-city/.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

#SheDecides in 2017


#SheDecides in 2017


This year, 88,195 of you took action to call on global leaders to stand up for girls and women and support their sexual and reproductive health. Wow!

The results were phenomenal, with numerous governments announcing nearly US$500 million to make sure that girls and women have access to all of the care and services they need and want. And there is still much more to be done to get us to a world where every girl and woman has power over her own body, without question.

This July on the eve of the G20 in Hamburg, the Governments of Norway, Belgium, Netherlands and foundations committed over $172 million (USD) on the Global Citizen stage to ensure that women’s health is something She Decides. And later, the Government of Denmark stepped up and committed to double their funding for women’s health to a whopping $110 million USD.


This is where the SheDecides movement comes in, and we need you to join us!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

10 Facts About Prince Harry's Fiancée Meghan Markle

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1. Prince Harry's fiancée, Rachel Meghan Markle is 36-year-old American actress who acted the role of Rachel Zane on the USA network's legal drama series, "Suits," for seven seasons, from 2011-2017 in Toronto, Ontario where she met Prince Harry through friends in July 2016.

2. She is currently the most Googled actress since the news of her romance with Prince Harry became the talk of the town.

3. They kept their relationship secret for more than 12 months before making their first official appearance together in September at the 2016 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada.
On November 27, 2017, her engagement to Prince Harry, fifth in line succession to the British throne, was announced.
By then, she had met Queen Elizabeth II, Harry's paternal grandmother, several times.
Markle's first official public appearance with Prince Harry following their engagement was a walkabout in Nottingham on December 1, 2017.
The bespoke engagement ring given by Harry to Markle consists of a large central diamond from Botswana, with two smaller diamonds from the jewellery collection of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales


4. Markle was previously married to American film producer Trevor Engelson for nearly two years. They got married in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on September 10, 2011 and divorced in August 2013.

5. Markle will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding on May 19, 2018, at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.
After their royal wedding, they plan to live in London in the Kensington palace's Nottingham Cottage.

6. Markle's wedding to Prince Harry will be the first time an American has married a British royal since King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in December 1936 to marry Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced socialite.

7. Markle is biracial and was born on August 4, 1981 to Thomas Markle, an American Emmy Award winning Hollywood lighting director who separated from Doria Ragland, Markle's African American social worker mother when she was only 2 and divorced in 1988 when she was 6-year-old. She was raised in Los Angeles.

8. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in theatre and international studies in 2003.

9. Meghan Markle is committed to philanthropy like Prince Harry.
She is an advocate for United Nations' Women; working with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
She is also a global ambassador for World Vision and has done several humanitarian trips to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She also speaks out against the shame young women in developing countries feel because of a lack of education, sanitation and related supplies.

Missing my time in #rwanda and eager to go back soon (cc: World Vision) #takemeback #grateful #bethechange also, this guy on the bottom left....#swoon
left....#swoon

10. Markle closed her lifestyle blog, The Tig after 3 years, from 2014-2017.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

HALLELUJAH! Another Christmas Day is Here!


HALLELUJAH!
We thank Almighty God JEHOVAH for protecting and saving our life to welcome another Christmas Day!
We are glad and grateful to be alive and well.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!
Cheers all the way!



We wish you a beautiful Merry Christmas and prosperous Happy New Year 2018.



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Friday, December 22, 2017

Nigerian Film Industry, South Africa's Success Stories and Bragging Rights in Nollywood


Until Nigerian filmmakers in #Nollywood and #Kannywood make movies that #Fox, #WarnerBros, @Sony, @Disney, @DreamWorks and others will nod and bid to acquire, let us stop all the noise and bragging rights over our movies making ordinary US$1m at the box office after more than 20 years of Nollywood when South Africa's "The Gods Must Be Crazy" of 1980 made US$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars) the same year that popular celebrity gossip blogger, Linda Ikeji was born and I was just completing my secondary school education at St. Gregory's College in Lagos. Then came "District 9" of 2009, the science fiction action horror film directed by Neill Blomkamp of South Africa with a budget of US$30m and grossed US$210.8 million! And got four Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. Should I continue?
So South Africa is the biggest film industry in Africa with two Oscars in the bag and South Africa is still not among the top 10 countries in the global film industry. South African filmmakers are competing with the best in the world and not competing with themselves.


Until Nigerian filmmakers from Kannywood to Nollywood stop competing with themselves, they will never make it to the Official Competition at the Cannes or make the nominations for the Oscars. Not bragging about paying to show your movie at the Marché du Film at the Cannes when our counterparts from even other African countries are in the Official Competition!

Let us stop being shortsighted and see the Big Picture or keep quiet!
We must speak the truth and stop fooling ourselves competing for bragging rights in our backyard when our peers have billboards on the Hollywood Blvd.
Yes, it is @orikinla AGAIN!


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.
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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dame Amma Asante is Our Black Filmmaker of 2017



The black and beautiful Ghanaian multiple award winning filmmaker, Dame Amma Asante, MBE, is our Black Filmmaker of the Year for her outstanding historical romantic drama, "A United Kingdom" acquired by Fox Searchlight for North America. The screenplay was written by Guy Hibbert, based on the true-life romance between Sir Seretse Khama and his wife, Ruth Williams Khama. David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike played the leading roles of Seretse and Ruth.

In June, Amma Asante was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with the highly esteemed award of Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). She received the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) from Prince Charles at the Buckingham Palace in November.



"A United Kingdom" is a Pathé, BBC Films, BFI, Ingenious presentation with the participation of Canal + and Cine + of a Yoruba Saxon/Harbinger Pictures/Perfect Weekend/Film United production.




Amma Asante's Filmography

A Way of Life (2004)
Belle (2013)
A United Kingdom (2016)
Where Hands Touch (2018)

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

IFTA in Focus: Independent Films Get Nominated


Independent Films Get Nominated

Awards Season is officially underway and the independents are already garnering numerous accolades.

The following independent films have been nominated thus far for the Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and/or Independent Spirit Awards.

Ingrid Nilsen Joins Elizabeth Banks In Release Of Baobab Studios' Animated VR Film 'ASTEROIDS!'


Ingrid Nilsen Joins Elizabeth Banks In Release Of Baobab Studios' Animated VR Film 'ASTEROIDS!'
Highly Anticipated Film from the Creators of Madagascar and the Emmy Award-Winning VR Animated Film INVASION! Launches Today


SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Baobab Studios, the leading immersive animation studio, today debuted the highly anticipated VR animated film, ASTEROIDS! with Ingrid Nilsen as the voice of Peas. This role marks Ingrid's first foray into VR work alongside Elizabeth Banks.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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Monday, December 18, 2017

iflix Celebrates 10 Billion Minutes Streamed in 2017!


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iflix Celebrates 10 Billion Minutes Streamed in 2017!

Now available to over one billion consumers across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 18, 2017/ -- iflix (www.iflix.com), the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, is thrilled to share its latest milestone – 10 billion minutes streamed across its platform in 2017.


The achievement, equivalent to more than 19,000 years of content streamed, marks an incredible uptake in user engagement, with cumulative viewing minutes up well over 400% from three billion total minutes streamed at the end of 2016. iflix also maintains one of the highest active mobile viewing durations of any service globally, with an average of 2.5-2.75 hours per session.

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Most Popular Online Review of a Nigerian Film Festival


The Most Popular Online Review of a Nigerian Film Festival

The most popular online review of a Nigerian film festival is "5th Eko International Film Festival Ends With Maria Blumencron's "Jesus and the Vanished Women" written by Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima and published by Nigerians Report Online on
https://nigeriansreportng.blogspot.com.ng/2014/11/5th-eko-international-film-festival_24.html.

It has been viewed more than 40, 438 times and still counting.

The expository documentary film "Jesus and the Vanished Women" (Jesus und die verschwundenen Frauen) closed the 5th annual Eko International Film Festival Sunday night at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. It was one of the three special films from makido Film of Vienna in German and dubbed in English for English audiences. The other two makido films included "Diplomatic Liaisons - Mistresses of the Vienna Congress - Sex, Lies and Diplomacy"(Der Wiener Kongress und die Macht der Frauen) by Monika Czernin, Melissa Müller and The Righteous Among the Nations: Rescuers and Volunteers During National Socialism" (Die Gerechten unter den Völkern. Retter und Helfer im Nationalsozialismus), a very powerful documentary by Andrea Morgenthaler. A timeless memorial tribute to "honor those who stood by the Jews in their darkest hour" during the Holocaust. It followed the 1963 Yad Vashem worldwide program to find and pay tribute to those who had rescued Jews, calling them the “Righteous Among the Nations". 
The exceptional biographies of Dorothea Neff, Franz Leitner, Jaroslawa Lewicki, Esther Grinberg-Boissevain, and the Helmrich couple demonstrate how it was possible even under the most adverse circumstances to show humanity and sympathy.

Read the complete review on
Nigerians Report Online.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Angelina Jolie's Film for Foreign-Language Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards


Angelina Jolie's Film for Foreign-Language Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards


Hollywood diva, Angelina Jolie is Representing Cambodia for the Foreign-Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards.


Jolie's biopic thriller, First They Killed My Father is in competition for the final nominations in the Foreign-Language Film category at the 90th Academy Awards.
She is representing Cambodia, because she has dual U.S./Cambodian citizenship.
She filmed "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in Cambodia in 2001, where she adopted her first child Maddox Chivan from an orphanage in Battambang in 2002.