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
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.
Zeb Ejiro (OON) is professional colleague and inspiration to
several younger generation. He has paid his dues in Nollywood and can
comfortably be referred to one one the fathers of second Generation nollywood.
For his Contribution the
president Obasanjo government conferred on him the highest National honour
conferred on any practitioner; the OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (OON) in
When most of us were
looking for an office space, he had an office in the 80’s tucked somewhere at
Olufemi Sokan st Aguda in lagos, when
many were looking at God for a car, he had this red coloured BMW that was a
cynosure of all eyes.
Domittila was a 1996
blockbuster movie that grossed millions and went on to win several awards. I
recall with nostalgia how the title of movie domitilla became another word for
prostitution. I will not forget to move
commercial in Pidgin …. Domitilla …… Domitilla …….Domitilla….. Ashawo noh be work
soooooo….. that heralded the voice of music producer and voice over artist
The movie starred some of
the best of that era Ann Njemanze, basorge Tarriah Real Offiong Kate Henshaw,
Achums Sandra, Sonny Mcdon-w Charles
Okafor, Ada Ameh, and late Enebeli Elebuwa amongst others. I have added a copy
of the 1996 poster.
Fast Forward to 2020, the
Sheik as we call Zeb Ejiro returns with DOMITILLA THE SEQUEL set for release in
2021 which I can confirm will have his master touch ….if you were old enough
to watch TV in the 80’s, you will recall the glamourous TV soap opera RIPPLES,
he subsequently teamed up with Ralph Nwadike, Tunji Bamishigbin and Charles
Owoyemi, to produce the popular Soap
Opera FORTUNES in the 90’s. Zeb has several blockbuster to his credit to include
NNEKA THE PRETTY SERPENT , SAKOBI, GOOD BY TOMORROW amongst others.
Our incisive investigative
check has revealed that this collaboration between Zeb Ejiro Productions and
FilmOne Entertainment owners of FilmOne Cinemas is a multimillion Naira movie
production deal starring some of the best cast across the African
We were reliable informed
that the 4 lead female cast has one of
Africa’s biggest female Musician cum actress with a a large following. Also the on lead cast list is a controversial
actress who featured in a TV reality show, the third member of the cast is one of Nollywood’s most
sensational actresses whose name is on the lips of every young actress.
Completing this assemble is another continental award winning actress who is a
mix of the old and new generation of African cinema.
There is so much
anticipation from the public for this sensational movie. When I asked zeb what
we should expect, he responded….
HOLD YOUR BREATH for DOMITILLA THE SEQUEL
scheduled to hit the BOX OFFICE in 2021 hopefully after COVID19.
The Management of the National
Film and Video Censors Board recently instituted a reward system in recognition
of staff commitment, performance, enthusiasm, leadership qualities and
initiative at work for the period covering 2018/2019. The award categories,
cutting across integral areas of the Board’s values, activities and mandate,
was initiated to spur the workforce towards better performance and productivity
for organizational efficiency and competitiveness.
Olawale Kayode of the Office of
the Executive Director, bagged the 1st position in the BEST OFFICERS category;
the trio of Martha Uweri, Mary Mathias and Maureen Uzozie tied in the 2nd
position; while Ejike Nwodo of the Abakaliki Centre occupied the 3rd position.
In the ENFORCEMENT AND
INTELLIGENCE category, Clement Ogbo secured the 1st position; Olusegun Francis,
the 2nd position; while Aisha Abiola secured the 3rd position.
Lisa Osilonya sealed the 1st
position in the MEDIA LITERACY OUTREACH category; Chioma Obasi stood in the 2nd
position, while Ann Ebi-Odeigah picked the 3rd position.
To recognize those that have so
far, with little or no motivation, taken up the gauntlet and huge risk involved
in motivating their team members to mop up unwholesome and unapproved films and
videos from open markets and sales outlets, in the CD SEIZURE category, the
management appreciated Eniye Asomba of Benin Centre with the 1st position;
Maryam Bako of Sokoto Centre/North West Liaison Office with the 2nd position;
and Blessing Akwash of Kaduna Centre with the 3rd position.
The awardees, who were selected
across all zones and centres of the Board, excluding officers on Grade Level 15
and above, also received cash awards. 50,000naira was awarded to those in the
1st positions, 30,000naira went to those in the 2nd positions, while those in
the 3rd positions received 20,000naira each. They also received written
commendations and were admonished not to rest on their oars.
The award-winning documentary “Poverty, Inc.” provoked a wide-spread debate, taking on tough questions about development practices in some African markets and what it means for those who remain economically excluded from the enormous potential Africa holds. The special screening will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion. Please join me, and others on the attached flyer, on the panel discussion, where we will be discussing “What lessons for Canada-Africa Trade and Investment” as scheduled below:
The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), regulator
Nigeria’ film industry has joined Nollywood stakeholders to appealed to Lagos
State Government to grant state pardon to actress Funke Akindele.
Alhaji Adebayo Thomas, the Executive Director of NFVCB, said
this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
According to Thomas, the board and other stakeholders in the
industry want the state government to grant state pardon to Funke Akindele on compassionate grounds
and by extension, her husband.
The NFVCB chief said that the
appeal became necessary for the conviction not to hamper her future engagements
and contributions as a stakeholder in the nation’s growing creative industry.
He said that the board had received a deluge of pleas from concerned stakeholders, including Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN) and the Association of Movie Producers (AMP) on behalf of Funke Akindele.
Eko International Film Festival (Ekoiff) stands today as the foremost and renowned international film festival in Nigeria. It is duly registered and was inaugurated in 2010 to position Nigerian film Industry and seek to imbibe international best practices by creating opportunities for international co-productions and distribution and thus introduce the world Film market to Nigeria.
Ekoiff has been endorsed by Lagos State Government
The 11th Edition is billed to take place March 08-12, 2021
The Eko International Film Festival is hosted annually in Lagos State, Nigeria which is fast becoming a premier venue for the exhibition and promotion of feature and short films, also one of the leading independent film festivals in Africa dedicated to celebrating and sharing with national and international audiences the absolute best in the world of films and screenplays, film scores, and some other genres. The festival features special presentations, retrospectives, workshops, media space panels, networking events, celebrities, a gala night awards reception and ceremony, and some of the world’s top independent film screening.
The Categories are:
Feature Film,Short Film.Fiction.Documentaries. Short Documentaries, Indigenous ,Film (Sub title in English) ,Animation