SHANTY TOWN: A Review by Uche Agbo

Trust me since the days of the crime thriller ISAKABA made by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen this 6-part mini crime thriller – SHANTY TOWN by Dimeji Ajibola has been the most anticipated series from Nollywood for me.

Partly because the Producer, Chichi Nworah is my friend and I followed the production processes. I saw Chidi Mokeme in the movie and his make up made me even more expectant, plus the fact that it’s been long he hasn’t shown what he is made of in excellent acting.

When the trailer was released, I was amazed by the pace, the thrilling impact and my curiosity was highly aroused.

I have eventually seen the series and I must say, in many ways than one, it didn’t completely meet my high hopes but it didn’t also completely dash them away.

The story line is a simple plot with hydra-headed attempt which softens the entire supposed thrilling impact it should have. Character developments are quite shallow, even Chidi’s role couldn’t go beyond first layer of unveiling. The basic element of HUBRIS which often leads to a protagonist downfall was not properly exploited.

I agree, the director was audacious with nudity, something we try to avoid in most Nollywood movies, but trust me, I commend the use of nudity to expouse the decay in the imagined SHANTY TOWN.

It’s a star-studded series, and of course you would expect everyone to be on top of their game. They did made very beautiful effort at that, sadly the material or the direction most times didn’t allow for the very best.

Pace is one element I emphasize in movies, even for drama or comedy which are my Forte. So, I was increasing becoming impatient at some slow burner scenes. The director indeed tried  to use split screen techniques to enhance pace, but too much of it becomes distracting at some point.

I must commend sound score, it heightened the emotions at many times. Lighting is practical, and I love it. You could see most light sources and it looked very natural, except a few places where they allowed flair on the lens, but it’s a great technical work. I love it.

I also love the fact that beyond Igbo and Yoruba vernaculars, Ibibio is utilized heavily to establish relationship. It’s a bold step in promoting indigenous language and I am a big fan.

All in all, SHANTY TOWN did showed lots of positives but also carry the burden of admitting some failings which putting the budget in context, one could say, would have been better.

UCHE AGBO Founder/Creative Director at OKIKE MEDIA, Founder at Coal City Film FestivaL

Daalụ kwanu

THE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR NOLLYWOOD MOVIE ‘DOUBLE DEKOI’

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR NNAMDI ODUNZE

Nnamdi Odunze, Director of DOUBLE DEKOI, Multimillion Dollar Nollywood Film

You must have heard about the multi-million dollar star studded film Double Dekoi. But you may not have heard about the director behind it.

Nnamdi E Odunze is n ot new in the Nigerian film industry . he started his entertainment career at The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), trained as a core Script Supervisor & Director by the best hands on television and films.

He created the first reality TV show in Nigeria after the Big Brother Africa in 2004,”Next Nollywood Star” a TV Talent Hunts Show. He has directed over a dozen movies/TV programmes. He has also packaged and managed several premiere deals for Nigerian international Diaspora filmmakers.

Odunze has a vast knowledge of organizing road shows of any standard.

He has to his credit, Assistant Director: “Sakobi Returns” (A ZebEjiro Production), Director: “Adaeze” (1st Igbo soap opera in Nollywood), Director: ‘Enu Ofe’(Igbo soap opera), Director: ‘Crossed Road’(Golden Pyramid Productions Ltd.), Director: ‘Comfort Zone’(Golden Pyramid Productions Ltd.), Director:

‘Adamma ’(FAD Productions Ltd.), Director: ‘Ikpe Omuma’ (TV Series-Golden Pyramid Productions Ltd./Africa Movie Magic), Director: ‘Secret Pain’(TV Series-Golden Pyramid Productions Ltd./Africa Movie Magic ),Director: ‘Diary of a Hood’(Heavy Metal Studios Ltd.), 1st Assistant Director ‘Sweet & Sour’ (ZebEjiro Productions (on The NTA Network Service), 1st Assistant Director & Script Supervisor: ‘Mortal Sin’ (ZebEjiro Productions Ltd), Assistant Director: ‘Extreme Measures’ (Zeb Ejiro Productions Ltd), Director: ‘Ice Cold’ (MacMillan Productions), Director: ‘Sweetest Goodbye’ and ‘Paradise of Shame’ (Monarch Productions), Production Designer & Script Supervisor:

Slave Masters’(New-Vision Productions, London), Producer: A Queen For Domingo(A Live Musical Drama Makeli Multi-media Productions Ltd), Assistant Director: ‘with God’ (O’King Productions Ltd.),Unit Director: Black Night In South America(African Oasis Productions, Brazil ), etc.

In the last few years, Odunze has established good reputation in producing and directing movies, organizing and management of events, stage plays in partnership with Nigerian Television stations.

Nnamdi’s experience spans beyond theatre and the shores of Nigeria as he can be considered as a world Citizen by being involved in productions “12 Ayilara Street (on tour) in the Republic of Benin by the Embassy of France/French Cultural Center (Lagos –Nigeria) and the Republic of Togo.

This flowing experiences made it easy fir him to gather top veterans like KOK, Sola Sobowale, Hijda Dokubo and a host if others in the criss cultural feature film Double Dekoi.

NnamdiE. Odunze is the creator of“Millionaire’s Mansion” reality TV shows.

Nnamdi E Odunze is happily married to his beautiful wife and blessed with lovely children.

LIST OF WINNERS AND NOMINESS UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS 2022

LIST OF WINNERS AND NOMINESS UNIVERSAL MOVIE AWARDS 2022

BEST PICTURE CATEGORY                                                          

EAGLE WINGS (Nigeria)  by Paul Apel Papel – WINNER

CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE (Uganda) by Leonard Amanya  – Nominee

KUNGFU  GIRL  (China)  by Kenny Gage, Devon Downs -Nominee

OCTOBER 22  (Singapore) by Nauwroz Khan – Nominee

KAPANA   (Namibia) by Philippe Talavera – Nominee

NOT TO FORGET (USA) by Valerio Zanoli – Nominee

STAY  (USA) by Oluyinka Davids -Nominee

NEXT TUESDAY (Nigeria)  by Mercy Manuels – Nominee

 BEST ACTOR MALE CATEGORY

ENYINNA NWIGWE   EAGLE WINGS (Nigeria) – WINNER

ABIGETE EDISON (CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE)  Uganda – Nominee

LOUIS GOSSETT JR NOT TO FORGET (USA) -Nominee

A PANNEEIRCHELVAM OCTOBER 22  (Singapore) -Nominee

BEST ACTOR FEMALE CATEGORY

OLYMPIA DUKAKIS (NOT TO FORGET) USA  – WINNER   

MIKIROS GAROES (KAPANA)  Namibia – Nominee

CLEO KABUYE  (CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE ) Uganda – Nominee

YIXI TAO (KUNGFU  GIRL)  China – Nominee

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE CATEGORY

FEMI JACOBS  (EAGLE WINGS )Nigeria – WINNER

GEORGE CHAKIRIS (NOT TO FORGET) (USA) –  Nominee

JOSHUA EMMANUEL  (NEXT TUESDAY)  Nigeria  – Nominee

JOSEPH BENJAMIN (STAY)  USA – Nominee

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR FEMALE CATEGORY

KATOOKO SUSAN (CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE) Uganda – WINNER

STELLA DAMASUS  (STAY)  USA – Nominee

KAREN GRASSLE (NOT  TO FORGET) USA  –  Nominee

SITHIRA THEVI  (OCTOBER 22 )Singapore – Nominee

BEST DIRECTOR CATEGORY

PAUL APEL PAPEL (EAGLE WINGS) Nigeria – WINNER 

VALERIO ZANOLI  (NOT TO FORGET) USA – Nominee

 LEONARD AMANYA  (CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE) Uganda – Nominee

 NAUWROZ KHAN  (OCTOBER 22 )Singapore – Nominee

BEST SCREENPLAY CATEGORY

NOT TO FORGET (USA) – WINNER

OCTOBER 22  (Singapore) – Nominee

KAPANA   (Namibia) – Nominee

CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE (Uganda) – Nominee

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY CATEGORY

NOT TO FORGET (USA) – WINNER

EAGLE WINGS (Nigeria) – Nominee

STAY  (USA)  –  Nominee

OCTOBER 22  (Singapore) –  Nominee

BEST STORY CATEGORY

CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE (Uganda) – WINNER

NOT  TO FORGET (USA) – Nominee

EAGLE WINGS (Nigeria) – Nominee

 OCTOBER 22  (Singapore) – Nominee

BEST ORIGINAL SONG CATEGORY

EAGLE WINGS (Nigeria) –  WINNER

NOT  TO FORGET (USA)- Nominee

CRYSTAL COUNTLESS MISFORTUNE (Uganda) – Nominee

OCTOBER 22  (Singapore) – Nominee

SHORT FILM CATEGORY

JOSEPH (Nigeria) by Efa Iwara, Ifeme C.S  – WINNER

WASHERWOMAN (UK) by Obi Ejikeme – Nominee

UNDERWATER (Switzerland) by Nicolas Seguel – Nominee

EMI (I AM MY DEMON) (Nigeria)  by Barbara Babarinsa – Nominee

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM CATEGORY

ASYLUM LOVE HAS NO BOUNDARIES (UK) by Anastasia Charalambous Barnfather – WINNER

WHERE LUNA LIVES (Belarus) by Aliaksandra Markava – Nominee

SWIMMING AGAINST THE CURRENT. (USA) by Aminah Salaam – Nominee

BLACK DADDY THE MOVIE (USA) by Damon Jamal Taylor – Nominee

THE CONDEMNED FREE (USA) by Bethel Bates – Nominee

SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM CATEGORY

AMERICAN JUSTICE ON TRIAL: PEOPLE V. NEWTON (USA) by Andrew Abrahams, Herb Ferrette – WINNER

ROMEO YUSUPOV (New Zealand) by Romeo Yusupov – Nominee

IN A WHOLE NEW WAY (USA) by Jonathan Fisher – Nominee

RAPE OF JUSTICE (Nigeria) by Willie Workman Oga – Nominee

ANIMATION FILM CATEGORY      

LION HARE & HYENA (South Africa) by Sheldon Christopher Noble – WINNER

HOW MUCH FOR THE EXAMS (Croatia) by Ivica Valentić – Nominee

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM CATEGORY

ITLU AMMA  (India) by Umamaheswara rao C  – WINNER

KIAPO (OATH) (Kenya) by Amos Mwaki  – Nominee

JUYIN SARUATA ( PALACE COUP) (Nigeria) by Falalu A. Dorayi – Nominee

AFREXIMBANK, SILVERBIRD SIGN MOU TO CONSTRUCT WORLD CLASS FILM, STUDIO COMPLEX IN NIGERIA

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Silverbird Group have signed an MoU in an agreement to construct a state-of-the-art and Africa’s largest film and studio studio complex in Nigeria.

The Partnership was signed by Mrs. Helen Brume, Director Project & Asset-Based Finance, Afreximbank and Mr. Ben Murray-Bruce, Founder of Silverbird Group.

The Ben Murray-Bruce Studios and Film Academy (BMB Studios and Film Academy), will transform the 32,725 square meter land area in Eko Atlantic City into two purpose-built sound stages, a Digital Hub with music and broadcast studios, editing bays, screening rooms, Studio backlot, Production Offices and a Film Academy designed to meet the aspirations of today’s and tomorrow’s content creators.

The development of the BMB Studios and Film Academy is in line with Afreximbank’s Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) Initiative, a programme established by the Bank to support Africa’s creative and cultural industry.

Courtesy Vanguard Newspaper : Read more  (https://www.vanguardngr.com/2022/11/afreximbank-silverbird-sign-mou-to-construct-world-class-film-studio-complex-in-nigeria/)

MAIDEN EDITION OF AFRICA’S FUTURE EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE (AFEC)

Rudolf Brenyah Launches the Maiden Edition of Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference (AFEC)

Rudolf Brenyah – a Dutch-born Ghanaian – is set to launch a revolutionary Africa’s Future Empowerment

Conference on October 8th, 2022, in Lagos, Nigeria.

Rudolf Brenyah, through Rudolf Brenyah International, presents the first edition of Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference (AFEC), slated for 8th October 2022. The event, designed to empower, inspire, and prepare African youths for leadership, will take place at D’podium International Event Center, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.

Rudolf Okyere-Brenyah is an author, award-winning digital entrepreneur, and motivational speaker.

Despite being born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian parents and spending most of his life in the West, Rudolf has always focused on African Youths, which is his motivation for launching AFEC.

According to a publication from UNICEF, three out of five people are under the age of 25, and half of Africa’s population is between 3 and 24 years old, making Africa the youngest continent. Rudolf Brenyah believes this population should be leveraged and utilized for Africa’s development. When he was asked the reason he started this conference, Rudolf said;

“Africa has a very young population. So, the reason why I started the Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference

(AFEC) is because I want to ensure that I play my part in preparing this young population that we have for

leadership and consequently, position them for greatness. We do not always have to depend on the government for

everything. I believe in taking actions not complaints. And this is what AFEC is all about – taking actions that will impact Africa positively.”

AFEC is Rudolf’s way of contributing to Africa’s development. AFEC is a mega-conference! The conference aims to educate African youths on self-development, financial education, entrepreneurship, purpose discovery, unleashing potentials, tech skills, and equipping them for leadership.

Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference is not just a conference but a movement. AFEC is projected to take off in Nigeria and move on to every African country! And it gets better. AFEC will feature a section called ‘Pitch and Win’, where people (especially young minds) can present their business ideas and win prizes like grants and mentorship.

Entry into the event is free, but registration is compulsory.

You can register for the conference here.

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“It was an extremely toxic environment” Chioma Ikokwu speaks on her time on The Real Housewives of Lagos #WithChude

Serial Entrepreneur, Chioma Ikokwu, widely known as Chioma Good Hair sits with Chude Jideonwo, host of #WithChude to discuss being on the reality TV show – The Real Housewives of Lagos, her expectations before she joined the show, and her experiences.

“I enjoyed some parts of RHOL, like the fun activities. But in most parts, I didn’t. If you are having fun, you are having fun, and anyone who knows me knows that I like to have a good time. For a lot of the activities we had, I actually genuinely enjoyed it. I felt like I met one or two amazing people and that was interesting. Also, It challenged me, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.

“But, it was a very toxic environment and my real life is not toxic at all. I don’t have anybody around me that is negative or jealous or has an unsolicited opinion. I don’t have people like that around me. To be subjected to that kind of thing day in and day out, where I can’t avoid you is very toxic, it is unnecessary.

“I went there quite naive, thinking, ‘be yourself, have fun with it’. I didn’t even realize that reality TV dramas sell, that when you have issues people gravitate towards you, whether they hate you or love you and you become popular. So, some people have that strategy and that is why they were probably acting crazy from the start. With other people, I feel like you can’t really hide your persona, like they say, a character is like pregnancy, you can’t hide it for long”.

Reacting to the meanness on the show and the drama that follows, she shared, “for me, it was just embarrassing. Looking at the person that I am, and the family that I came from, this is not something that I have ever even engaged in. I was never even on Twitter. The last time I was on Twitter was when I was in Lebanon because I had a desktop but after that time I never really went back. I just felt like it was such a violent space to be in, seeing all that was so new to me “.

“All the back and forth could have been avoided. What did we teach young girls? People come to me, and say things like, “Oh my, you are so inspiring”, but I know how much more I would have offered to the situation to actually genuinely inspire people, to want to be better and do better but I don’t want to be seen on TV as someone who is fighting or arguing. That is not the legacy that I want to leave. I don’t want the tagline to be insults, I want it to be something you can use to empower yourself and I never really liked the fact that they pushed more negativity. At the end of the day, of course, drama sells on TV, but it could have been mixed a little bit more”, she added.

When asked if she regretted being part of the show, she mentioned that she has mixed feelings about it, “some days I will just wake up and wonder what possessed me to be in the show, where even when there is the violence they don’t mind. Other times, I see that it also gave people an opportunity to see

different sides of me, before that it was just pictures on Instagram, and people kind of thought that I was so stuck up.”

Courtesy Joy, Inc.

NEW ALBUM “TIMELESS’ BY AUSTRALIAN BASED SINGER ‘CHRIS RUFUS’

Chris Rufus’ new album, “Timeless”, reflects on the sovereignty of God and the efficacy of His power, His goodness and unending grace. Artists featured in the Album are Rionbee and Lex.
Chris Rufus is addicted to creative sounds; he makes music sound beautiful and his songs inspire change.
Chris Rufus has written several songs cutting across many genres such as Afro-pop, Country, Inspirational, classical and hip-hop. This is based on his belief in creative diversity that is not restricted by borders, beliefs, traditions and philosophies. Consequently, his songs are inspired by, and embrace a universal diversity. 
According to Chris, his mission is to create songs that will be timeless, transcend many generations, and inspire and change lives. 
Mma Mma (Chris Rufus Feat. Rionbee)
Mma Mma is one of the hit songs in the “Timeless”  

Album  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PbSP4kJ_lA

“Mma Mma” is a song of praise, thanksgiving and worship. Words alone, are not enough to express God’s goodness over my life. This is very personal and deep for me and everyone who understands and acknowledges God’s Love and mercy in their Lives.
LINKS TO LISTEN TO THE ALBUM
Click to view the “Timeless” Album on the various platforms below: 
Website:  https://www.chrisrufus.com

Sound Cloud https://soundcloud.com/chris-rufus-18

Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxMPFQtBB-Ald1nt7FXaaDQ

SPOTIFY https://open.spotify.com/album/24fqCSn552AG7AxzkvU7gO
APPLE MUSIC https://music.apple.com/au/album/time
itunes music https://music.apple.com/au/album/time
Amazon music https://music.amazon.com/albums/B0B4B

DEEZER MUSIC https://www.deezer.com/en/album/32854

Chris Nwankpa aka Chris Rufus

ABOUT CHRIS RUFUS

Christian Nwankpa, whose stage name is Chris Rufus, was an executive Producer of various Movies, one of which was an award-winning Action Thriller, “Dangerous men” directed by Gugu E Michaels. He is also the Author of “ABC of True Love” ( https://www.amazon.com.au/CHRISTIAN-NWANKPA/e/B096RMY51G/ref=kwrp_li_aut ) , (https://www.amazon.co.jp/-/en/Mr-CHRISTIAN-NWANKPA/dp/B097X5VTPG) a singer, song writer, pianist, music instructor and music producer (https://www.chrisrufus.com ). 

He is a Business Strategist and an Entrepreneur who served as Pioneer Board Member and Treasurer of the Association of Strategic planning, Australia. He holds a bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and also holds double master’s degrees in Business Administration and Professional Advanced Accounting from the prestigious University of Lagos and Torrens University, Adelaide, South Australia.

Chris Nwankpa a.k.a Chris Rufus

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Hope Obioma Opara

UNIVERSAL AWARDS HOLDS NOVEMBER

The second edition of the Nigerian domiciled Universal Movie Awards (UNIMA) is scheduled to hold in Lagos on November 26.

Founder and President of the yearly international award, Hope Obioma Opara, disclosed that UNIMA is geared towards presenting a platform through which the Nigerian film industry Nollywood will host filmmakers all over the world.

“The primary vision of UNIMA is to add value and creatively enrich the entertainment industry through excellent work in film and television,” Opara said, adding that the 2022 edition will feature some activities such as workshops, a master class and industry interactive session proceeding the awards night.

“The workshops will engage young men and women in more meaningful ways to look inside themselves to rediscover their potential. We are looking forward to having in attendance foreign invitees including members of the diplomatic corps, our Nollywood film industry practitioners and all the nominees in different categories and other local invitees. We also look forward to partnerships with the government and corporate organizations, who can leverage our platform to showcase their products and bring brand loyalty to their organization.” At the first edition held in 2021, filmmakers from different countries around the globe won awards.

“The movie from Nigeria Voiceless by Robert Peters won the Best picture and best director, others are movies from USA Ghana, Kenya, Cameroun, Brazil, Russia, Zambia and Best TV Commercial Awards,” Opara disclosed, adding, “UMA is currently receiving entries for the different categories of the 2022 edition. The categories are Feature & Short Film. Feature and Short Documentary, Foreign Language & Indigenous Film (Subtitled in English), Best TV Commercial.” 

Guardian Newspaper: Shaibu Husseini PhD

BERLINALE IS ALARMED AT THE ARREST OF GOLDEN BEAR WINNER JAFAR PANAHI IN IRAN

The Berlin International Film Festival is dismayed and outraged to hear of the arrest of another Iranian filmmaker. On Monday, the renowned and multiple award-winning director Jafar Panahi was arrested. Jafar Panahi’s films have been shown at the Berlinale many times, and in 2015, his film Taxi was awarded the Golden Bear. Panahi was arrested when he sought to inquire with the prosecutor‘s office about the directors Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Al-Ahmad, who were arrested on July 9. A critic of the Iranian government, Jafar Panahi has been the victim of repression for many years.

“The arrest of Jafar Panahi is another violation of freedom of  expression and freedom of the arts. We ask the Iranian authorities to release the detained filmmakers immediately,” say the Berlinale directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.

Courtesy Shaibu Husseini Phd