Eko Int’l Film Festival set for 11th edition, reward professionalism

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The Eko International Film Festival is an annual film festival that has spanned through the years with pump and pageantry attracting all entertainment razzmatazz.

The 11th edition slated for March 8-12, 2021 has attracted entries from over 55 countries globally. The film festival has also attracted collaboration over the years which includes the US, Consulate Nigeria, Makido film Austria, Polish Embassy Nigeria, Niger State Government (Niger State Book and other intellectual Resources Development Agency, Multichoice Nigeria Ltd Nexim Bank and Bank of industry (BOI) for their immense support during the festival 10th anniversary edition.

The festival is also grateful to the Nigeria Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) under the able leadership of Executive Director Alhaji Thomas Adebayo whose immense support cannot be quantified.

The Silverbird Group (Silverbird Cinemas) has sustained their support for the festival from inception to the present edition which we are eternally grateful.

The President / Founder of EKOIFF Mr. Hope Obioma Opara is also the founder of a new initiative in the global entertainment industry, The UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARD (UNIMAA).

The event is designated to run an academy for the development of contemporary talents among the youth brackets in the motion picture industry. The aims of the academy is to train and empower young people in film making, photography and music thereby creating job opportunities for Nigerian teeming youths.

He stated that these platforms are keys to increasing the development of the tourism industry for any state and country at large. He also reiterated the readiness of his team and their foreign partners to work and partner with any corporate organization and state government in Nigeria willing to host and leverage on these platforms for tourism and cultural exchange.

He said that the Universal Movie Awards is an annual international Award based in Nigeria, but with a global appeal and presence. The mission of Universal Movie Awards is: “the celebration of professional excellence in the Global Film/Television Industry.” It will also promote the appreciation of Arts and Culture through motion picture arts and sciences globally.

The first edition of UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS (UNIMAA) is slated to hold in August 2021. We are looking forward to all-encompassing partnerships as we drive and sail to greater height and destination.

Happy Birthday Stella D’lyte

Stella D’lyte is a Nigerian songstress who has carved an itch for herself in the Nigerian  music industry. She is now based in Unites States of America’

Today is her birthday  and this goes with her new Hit Song ”DEAR GOD” with wonderful lyrics “Oluwa bless us ooo . Do not forsake us ooo . I’m begging you pick up your phone cos I really need to talk to you . Do not forsake us o make you protect us all . I’m begging pls pick up your phone cos I really need to talk to you”.

Her new song dropped at the right time for the celebration of Christmas and new year ahead. Her Teaming fans are yearning for  watch her live performance after leaving the stage for some time.

We wish her a happy birthday and many more years to come. God bless you more Stella D’lyte.

THEO LAWSON, ARCHITECT, WORKS OUT OF LAGOS, NIGERIA.

Arc Theo Lawson

Studied architecture at the Architectural Association School, London between 1978 and 1985, where he experimented with both traditional African and High-tech design principles.

Back in the Fatherland (Nigeria) he studied earth construction techniques culminating in an invaluable invitation to design and build the Bauchi State museum in the year 1987, this availed him the liberty to use traditional Tubali brick construction.

In 1990, he established Total Consult, a design and builds practice, and worked on numerous commercial and residential projects. The firm also grew to become the leader in stage and set designs in the 80s and 90s; it also executed many cutting edge product launches and concert sets.

They designed TV studio sets for programmes and commercials into the bargain. Clientele include MTN, NB PLC, GTB, First Bank, MNET, inter alia. In the year 1999, Theo Lawson teamed up with other designers to form the “C.I.A.” (Creative Intelligence Agency), a collaborative venture to spearhead and streamline ideas for Lagos in the Millennium.

This led to his conception and realisation of Freedom Park, Lagos, now Lagos’ most engaging arts space.
He has equally worked on other public space projects including: Motherlan’ Performance Centre, University of Lagos Anniversary Park, Kalakuta Museum, Chimedie Museum and Art Gallery, Onitsha and the Kuti Heritage Museum, Abeokuta, to name just a few.

He is a formidable fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and he is on the advisory board of several Arts Foundation.

Let’s homage and honour this Epitome of Excellence

By Balogun Olamilekan

IKE AGU THE FAMOUS ALABAMA

IKE AGU aka ALABAMA

Ike Agu: A media cum music guru whose achievements in the United States speaks volume

One incontrovertible fact about the Igbo phenomenon is that, there is this natural inclination in every Igbo man that propels him to break unimaginable barriers and attain great heights; be it in business, medicine, arts and other stratum of human pursuit. The term ‘Igbo’ is synonymous to greatness and this burning desire to achieve success has made the Igbo man to have more foes than friends. Categorically, the story of modern civilization will be incomplete without referencing the contributions of the Igbo race

There is no country in the world one won’t find an Igbo tribe running all forms of legitimate business. Is it in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and down to the Middle East, the Igbo man is there waxing very strong. You can find the Igbo tribe in the boards of multinational corporations. They own and control large businesses across the globe. Mention some of the inventors, medical doctors and best economists in the world, an Igbo blood is there. The achievements of the Igbo tribe speaks so much volume about their peculiarity

It’s paramount to state comprehensively that this commentary is not designed in any way to whitewash any personality. It’s simply an attempt to commend the efforts of one of our own whose achievements in diaspora speaks volume

                        WHO IS IKE AGU?

Ike Agu, who is famously known as AllaBama is Nigeria’s International award-winning musician, songwriter, producer, businessman, a web developer, and award-winning Media Personality. The New York International Network is Ike Agu public notice board. Though, it is also known as AGU’s Center for Media and Music production/music Education.

Ike Agu who is an indigene of Imo State was the 1st Vice-Chair of PMAN, Lagos-Branch, and also served as the Chairman of the Anti-piracy group in Lagos, Nigeria. He has 4 albums to his credit and still actively plays music. Till date, Agu remains the first Nigerian musician who withdrew all his works from the Nigerian market and left the country on a self-imposed exile, due to tribalism and other political upheaval. Notably, he is a very outspoken man who started making headlines since he was a teenager. He is the founder of the Musicians of the Niger/NIGERIAN FM and the publisher of the NewsCap

Ike Agu was among the headliners that played at Obama’s inaugural ball in 2009. He performed his hit song “Obama: The Wind of Çhange” at the event celebrating the historic inauguration of President-elect. Ike Agu has won several awards in the United States. He is a man who cut his professional teeth in the late 80s. A man of few words but laced with staggering actions

Ndi Igbo are blessed with men and women of substance. The achievements of the illustrious sons and daughters of Ndi Igbo in diaspora keep re-defining the uniqueness of the Igbo race. However, Ike Agu presently resides in New York City and has remained a strong force to reckon with in the music and media industry

Kalu Nwokoro Idika is political analyst, investigative and freelance journalist

Kalunwokoroidika@yahoo.com

SIGN TO SAVE NEVERLAND : MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE TO MAKE IT A MUSEUM AND TOURIST SPOT.

Please Save Neverland. Make Neverland a Museum and Tourist destination for Michael Jackson fans and people all around the world . Neverland is not MJ’s property anymore and MJ fans are not allowed to visit it. Fans are sad and heartbroken. MJ estate should buy Neverland back from Santa Barbara county , and open it to public just like Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Kindly sign this petition if you want to visit Neverland and want to preserve MJ’s legacy .

SEE LINK TO SIGN https://www.change.org/p/mj-estate-buy-neverland-and-make-it-tourist-spot?

Another thing is that it is a very profitable investment and with this MJ Estate will earn millions every year so kindly cooperate. If someone else would buy Neverland ,we will never be able to visit our MJ’s beloved place and we will left with nothing . We can’t let this happen!! guys i need your support so kindly take it seriously cause we have NO TIME !! Thank You..!!!

Courtesy: Change,com

SOUTH KOREA CHURCH HIT BY COVID-19 SAYS MEMBERS TO GIVE PLASMA FOR RESEARCH

SEOUL (Reuters) – Around 4,000 recovered COVID-19 patients from a religious group at the centre of South Korea’s largest outbreak will donate plasma for research, an official said on Tuesday, a day after local officials filed a lawsuit against the church. In February and March, a massive outbreak among members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus made South Korea the scene of the first large outbreak outside of China.

At least 5,213 of the country’s total 12,484 cases have been linked to the church outbreak, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Church founder Lee Man-hee had internally advised recovered members to donate their plasma, which is badly needed for coronavirus research, Shincheonji media coordinator Kim Young-eun told Reuters on Tuesday.

Many of recovered church members wanted to donate to express thanks to the government and medical staff, she said. The city of Daegu – where most of the church infections were centred – filed a civil lawsuit against the church on Monday, seeking 100 billion won ($82.75 million) in

damages. Daegu authorities had previously filed a complaint against the church accusing it of not submitting a full list of members and facilities, and not cooperating with city health efforts.

Shincheonji says it fully complied with government efforts. The National Institute of Health said 185 people have so far come forward to donate plasma as of Monday and said they were in talks with Shincheonji for donations. South Korea health officials have said that in the absence of other treatments or vaccines, plasma therapy may be a way to lower the death rate, especially in critical patients.

At least 17 South Koreans have received the experimental therapy, which involves using plasma from recovered patients with antibodies to the virus, enabling the body to defend against the disease.

The Shincheonji Church of Jesus in Daegu, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, is firmly shuttered on March 10, 2020. Members of the church account for a large number of people who were infected with COVID-19 in the country. (Yonhap)

South Korea has reported 281 deaths from COVID-19. Health authorities said they were testing 176 people who came into contact with crew members on a Russian fishing vessel docked at Busan after 16 aboard the vessel were tested positive.

($1 = 1,208.4500 won)

Reporting by Sangmi Cha; Writing by Josh Smith; Editing by William M

WHY GOVERNMENTS SHOULD SUPPORT FILM FESTIVALS

Film festivals are not given prominence in the Nigerian Film Industry. Most of us film industry practitioners attend reputable Film Festivals outside the country. Our government sponsors some people that have attended Toronto, Cannes, Berlin e.t.c but find it too difficult to grow the local film festival. This is not the case in some of these countries’ whose Film Festivals we attend. For instance the French government supports French Cannes festival with 50℅ of the budget because of the tourism and growth of their film industry. 

The festival’s budget is about $22 million. Half of the funding comes from French taxpayers, the other half comes from corporate sponsors, according to france24.

Film festival is the only platform that attract most film industry practitioners to a particular country for some days, and the big ones last for two weeks and give opportunities for collaboration, film market etc.

Every government want to develop their tourism industry, and film festivals contribute so much in this area.

The population of California is less than 38 million but they have over 85 film festivals, including Hollywood and others, and generated $144.9 Billion in 2019 from tourism alone. These platforms attract over 250 million visitors annually. All their film festivals are under the California film commission that support and help them to flourish every year. Film festivals are too important for any country’s film industry to grow faster.