Author: Efeturi

With the 2nd edition of the African Magic Viewers Choice Awards AMVCA just concluded loads and loads have been said about the fashion hits and misses, the categories and their winners. With movies like “Contract” and “Nairobi Half Life” dominating the show with 4 awards each, it boils down to the fact that we still have much to do in our industry, but I digress. Having to watch the show at home was one of the things that totally sucked for me, but what’s a girl got to do, I took a sit on my most comfy chair, made myself a…

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I ran into this on the CNN website about Ghana, happy reading…In Ghana — where the Golden Age of movie posters during the 1980s and 1990s produced these lurid, vibrant and outlandish originals — the movie poster may be a dying art form but it has since become big business. Western collectors now pay thousands for prime examples of the genre and the artists who once churned out the posters to fill Ghana’s dilapidated cinema clubs are finding a new lease of life reproducing them for art aficionados. Jeaurs Oka Afutu, 39, began painting the posters when he was 14 years old…

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I have never really been exposed to a theatre festival or heard of one. So, last weekend, I eagerly looked forward to the Lagos Theatre Festival which took place from Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March2. It was held at the Freedom Park, Old Prison Road, Lagos Island, Lagos.The rain was almost a stumbling block on Saturday, March 1 – my first day at the three-day festival. I couldn’t go on Friday because of work. Eventually, the rains gave and after battling in a queue for fuel, I made my way to Freedom Park off Broad Street.In awe of historyFour…

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Nigerian filmmaking should not be reduced to a mere copying of foreign styles of shooting and editing. Rather, keeping in mind the cultural aspect of films, the Nigerian filmmaker should be able to produce films that are not only technically well-made but also reflect the cultural milieu in which they were made. These ideas were put forward by Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun, the producer/director of Tango With Me, while speaking as the guest at the February 2014 edition of the Filmmakers’ Forum of the GTBank Nollywood Studies Centre. Mr. Ali-Balogun, who spoke on the topic, “Enhancing the Cinematic and Production Values…

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After watching 13 episodes of Season 1 and reviewing it, (click here if you missed it) I was of the opinion that the only way they would have a season 2 was if Blessing the writer, director and producer pulled a hat-trick and I believe she did. Now there is an addition to the main cast in the person of Joselyn Dumas the Ghanaian bombshell, who joins the other cast staring Chinonso Young, Katherine Obiang (She died in season 1), Kiki Omeli Adara Ukoh and Keira Hewatch. Looking forward to this? Here’s the teaser, tell me what you think?

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Product placement in Hollywood dates back to the silent film era and it was everywhere. It wasn’t until E.T. craved those colorful little candies that brand marketing really took off. Now, 32 years later, it’s so pervasive we hardly even notice it – a Pepsi can here, an iPhone there. We use both in real life, so why shouldn’t they appear on the big screen? What’s the point of this, product placement in Nigerian movies! Is it necessary? While I feel it is, in fact extremely as we use some of these products on a regular basis, there’s no harm in having…

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The 2014 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards nominations were announced last year, below are the various nominees and categories.As usual, xplorenollywood (@xplorenollywood) will try to bring you the scope from the event.Vote for your favorite nominees using the codes below or visit www.amvcaawards.dstv.com. Voting closes soon. Best Movie 2013Obi Emelonye – Last Flight to AbujaUdoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living FuneralShirley Frimpong-Manso, Yvonne Okoro & Ken Attoh – ContractMichelle Bello – Flower GirlJames Omokwe – AwakeningBest Movie DramaObi Emelonye – Last Flight to AbujaEdwin Maina Kariuki – Nairobi Half LifeUdoka Oyeka & Orode Ryan – Living FuneralFrank Rajah Arase – The Groom’s…

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  Lagos are you ready? One of the largest ever theatre festivals – The Lagos Theatre Festival – is set to hit the City of Excellence courtesy of British Council. The event is a 3-day experience of part theatrical performances, part real life and part city journey and will transform Freedom Park, born out the ruins of a colonial prison, to a theatre. Plays showing include: “Make We Waka” by Look Left Look Right ( 2Pm, 4PM, 6PM Daily) “Waiting For A Lottery” by Oxzygen Koncepts ( 3PM & 5PM Daily) “Diagnosis” by Imagine Nigeria ( 2:15PM & 5:15PM Daily) “Queen of the Night” by Renegade Theatre (3:15PM & 6:15PM Daily) Date: Friday 28th February – Sunday 2nd March 2013 Time: 1PM Daily Venue: Freedom Park, Old Prison…

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Director – Charles Novia Written By- Charles Novia Cast- OC Ukeje, Okey Uzoeshi, Beverly Naya, Sylvya Oluchy, Belinda Effah and Kemi Akindoju Genre- ROmantic Comedy Run time- 1:49:37 I’m going to do everything within my power to crumble Miss horti torti, goody two shoes… Alan Poza. I remember my brief twitter exchange with Charles Novia, during the publicity of this movie and it been a youth romantic comedy. I felt it shouldn’t be classified as youth as it could be watched by all but he went on to state the fact that Hollywood had teen movies, so why can’t it be a youth romantic comedy.…

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British Council Nigeria presents the largest ever outdoor theatre festival at the Lagos Theatre Festival 2014.The event which will run for three days will be part theatrical experience, part real life and part city journey. The festival aims to transform the historic Freedom Park, a public space born out of the ruins of a colonial prison and reconstructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigeria.At this festival, theatre will be in non-theatrical/ unconventional spaces.Plays showing are;‘Make We Waka’ by Look Left Look Right | 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM Daily‘Waiting For A Lottery’ by Oxzygen Koncepts | 3 PM & 5 PM Daily‘Diagnosis’ by Imagine Nigeria | 2.15 PM & 5.15 PM Daily‘Queen of the Night’ by Renegade Theatre | 3.15 PM & 6.15 PM DailyDate: Friday 28th…

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