Thursday, April 19, 2018

John Boyega's "Nigerian Test" and His N9 Billion Nollywood Movie

Fast rising Nigerian born English Hollywood star John Boyega is poised to make the most expensive Nollywood movie so far with a budget of N9 billion!
He said he grew up watching Nigerian movies and the film will be produced by UpperRoom Productions, he cofounded with a fellow British Nigerian, Mr. Femi Oguns, MBE.

John Adedayo B. Adegboyega (born 17 March 1992), known professionally as John Boyega, is an English actor known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film of the Star Wars series, and its 2017 sequel Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role as Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block.

John Boyega and Femi Oguns are two Nigerians among the producers of the new #Hollywood blockbuster movie Pacific Rim 2: Uprising.

Boyega as "Ugwu" in the film adaptation of the celebrated award winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun directed by Biyi Bandele.

Boyega's other credits include historical drama film Detroit (2017), the science fiction film Pacific Rim Uprising (2018), four episodes of the television series 24: Live Another Day and the drama Imperial Dreams (2014). Boyega received the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2016.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Miral Announces Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi Will Open 25th of July 2018 on Yas Island

Miral Announces Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi Will Open 25th of July 2018 on Yas Island

ABU DHABI, UAE, April 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
Park tickets available now at

Miral, Abu Dhabi's creator of destinations, announced today that Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, an indoor theme park, will open its doors to the public on 25th of July 2018. When the highly-anticipated Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi opens this summer, it will feature six immersive lands including DC's Metropolis and Gotham City, as well as Cartoon Junction, Bedrock, Dynamite Gulch and Warner Bros. Plaza. Tickets available now at

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"The launch of Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is yet another milestone in the Emirate's journey to further enrich its tourism offering, and help establish it as one of the world's leading tourist destinations. The park is another great addition to Yas Island's immersive experiences and award-winning attractions," said His Excellency Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral. "It gives us great pride to have partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to launch the world's largest Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park right here in Abu Dhabi. As part of our fulfillment to Abu Dhabi's ambition to drive increased visitors and enhance the UAE's appeal as an international destination, we are thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the outcome of this partnership and the massive, fun and engaging park offerings in a few months," he continued.

The 1.65 million sq ft park promises to deliver guests with captivating experiences this July, bringing together some of the world's most iconic characters and stories under one roof for the first time in the region. Featuring a total of 29 state-of-the-art rides, interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment, as well as a variety of authentically themed dining and shopping outlets, the park's incredibly immersive environments, unique thrill rides and fan-favorite characters will create a truly unparalleled experience for all who visit.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gwen Stefani Fans Celebrate New Las Vegas Residency,

Gwen Stefani Fans Celebrate New Las Vegas Residency, Welcome Pop Icon With Elaborate Event At Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Tickets on sale now at "Gwen Stefani - Just A Girl" shows start Wednesday, June 27, 2018

LAS VEGAS, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of adoring fans came out to the famed Las Vegas Strip in front of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino today to welcome multi-platinum recording artist Gwen Stefani to Las Vegas. Caesars Entertainment President and CEO Mark Frissora and Live Nation Las Vegas President Kurt Melien greeted the global pop star and fashion icon, who will launch her residency show, "Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl" inside Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

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Lands' End's New Sunrise Swimsuit Collection Shines on the Horizon

Lands' End's New Sunrise Swimsuit Collection Shines on the Horizon
Latest Swimwear Collection Features Trend-Relevant Prints and Silhouettes

DODGEVILLE, Wis., April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- This season, Lands' End is introducing the Lands' End Sunrise Collection, swimsuits that are both sophisticated and fun for women that are confident, comfortable and looking for trend-relevant swim styles. The full swimwear assortment of the Lands' End Sunrise Collection is now available at

"Each year, Lands' End offers beautiful, high-quality swimsuits at an exceptional value that interpret each season's latest swim trends," said Chieh Tsai, senior vice president of design, Lands' End. "This year we are introducing the new Lands' End Sunrise Collection which continues to build upon the company's long-standing expertise in swimwear fit, but also features the newest fashion silhouettes, color combinations and eye-catching prints representative of the latest runway trends."

The Lands' End Sunrise Collection offers this season's trends, from sophisticated to fun with plunging to high necklines, flounce ruffles, minimal silhouettes and lace up details. With many reversible fabric options, beach-goers will find bikini tops and bottoms can perform double duty in style. Here are some of the latest swimwear trends found in the collection:
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How To Use Nollywood To Develop Film Tourism in Nigeria

There are awesome opportunities for film tourism in both Nollywood and Kannywood of the fast developing Nigerian film industry.
I have already elaborated on the potentials in my article on @Indiewire.
Nollywood Can Turn Nigerian Tourism Into a Billion Dollar Industry | IndieWire and how to use Nollywood for film tourism on
A NOLLYWOOD Library Can Generate N1 Billion Annually for Lagos State

The Organisers of film festivals in Nigeria have not included tours of movie locations in their programmes like #Makoko and Balogun Market, the locations of "Gidi Blues" of Femi Odugbemi.
One famous Italian filmmaker said it would be exciting to see Makoko!
"Black Venice of Africa!"
No Nollywood movie has really explored the awesome location of Makoko for a thriller.

Film festivals can include tours of the movie location of Tunde Kelani's "Arugba" in Osun State and other locations I selected for the Hollywood screenwriter and author, Emma Forrest and published in the Wings inflight magazine of Arik Airline in 2016.

There should be film museums for both Nollywood and Kannywood like the Hollywood Museum and Bollywood Museum.
The Nollywood Museum should be located in Lagos and the Kannywood Museum should be located in Kano.

Let's make film tourism a top priority in the Nigerian film industry.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

The "Naked Beauty" of Patricia O'Callaghan and My Film Project

The "Naked Beauty" of Patricia O'Callaghan and My Film Project

12 years ago in 2006, Irish born Canadian beautiful singer Patricia Mary O'Callaghan said it would be great for her song "Naked Beauty" to be the song and soundtrack of two scenes of my proposed first feature of the same title.
Patricia and I coincidentally have two things in common:
1. We are from Roman Catholic backgrounds and 2 as a teenager I was wondering if I should be a rock star or a Roman Catholic priest whilst she wanted to be a rock star or a nun.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Yaba Rag Trade Street Market in Lagos City

Lagos in Motion Series

The Yaba rag trade street market is directly opposite the new Tejuosho ultramodern market located along the Ojuelegba-Itire Road in Yaba, a suburb in Lagos State south-western Nigeria.

Both new and second hand clothes are sold every day. The rag trade market is over 40 years old.
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LAGOS in MOTION: A Photo Album of Africa's Largest Megacity distributed by Amazon.

This is a colourful travelogue on Lagos, called Ìlú Èkó in Yorùbá
The photo book from a new tourist documentary film, "LAGOS in MOTION: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity".

Click here to order from Amazon with free shipping offers.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Omeudo’s Mother Bows Out in Glory


The world is a stage. We all play our roles and bow out when the ovation is loudest. Mrs. Regina Nnamjide Obidike, (Omeudo’s Mother) had arrived on the stage of life, taken up her roles like a grand amazon and delivered a perfect finish by all standards. Now she has bowed out for the next generation to carry on. She has left solid foot prints in the sands of time, a record to guide and direct future generations in virtue, diligence and excellence.

Born the year 1948 in Ifite Aguluzoigbo in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra state, as young Regina Iloka, she led an exemplary life of focused diligence and chastity until she met and married her husband Mazi Jonas Obidike and the union was blessed with several illustrious children among whom is Chief Chiaka Obidike.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sir Tony Ezenna's Day in Owerri

When Ezenna Shone in Owerri
~ By Ingram Osigwe

The Imo state capital, Owerri came alive on Saturday, April 7, 2018 when Nigerians from all walks of life poured into the serene and beautiful city for the 30th convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO).
The highpoint of the convocation ceremony was the conferment of Honorary Doctorate Degree of Management Technology (D.M.Tech) of the institution on the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Orange Drugs Group, Chief (Sir) Tony Ndubuisi Ezenna.

The FUTO award is an addition to the legion of such awards Tony had received from other institutions of higher learning, corporate organisations, religious bodies, social organisations among others in recognition of his philanthropic and community development efforts.
The D.M.Tech conferment on Tony, coming from one of the nation's prestigious federal universities, may not be unconnected with Orange Drug's numerous Corporate Social Responsibility, CRS, interventions thereby helping the government shed some governmental responsibilities, especially in the areas of provision and rehabilitation of infrastructures and social amenities.

Hollywood Can Wait for Me

Hollywood Can Wait for Me

I was only 21 when I had a recording contract for the production of my single on Sunset Blvd and I could afford a return ticket to any country overseas.
I was a well paid scriptwriter for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Channel 10, Lagos and also a public health illustrator for the Johns Hopkins University's Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS) on a family planning project for Nigeria.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

STOMP Out Bullying: Celebrities Call on Students To Stop Culture of Cruelty, Discrimination and Hate

Celebrities Call on Students to Shock the Culture of Cruelty and Eliminate Hate, Discrimination, Bullying

NEW YORK CITY, April 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, April 10, STOMP Out Bullying will host Culture Shock, a livestream event with Nick Cannon, Logan Browning, J.J. Totah, and Sarah McBride. Culture Shock serves as the launch event for National Culture Week, a new annual campaign to authentically engage young people, encourage them to take a hard look at society today and commit to ending hatred, discrimination and bullying.