Actress Yewande Adekoya, alleges movie marketer, Akeem Olatunji Balogun is after her life over N2m debt


Nollywood actress, Yewande Adekoya Abiodun, has made strong allegations against popular movie marketer, Akeem Olatunji Balogun who owns Olasco films. In a message she broadcasted on her BBM which was published online by her publicist, Emiralty Bello and regranned by her, Yewande alleged that the movie marketer is owing her N2million as royalties for her films which he has helped market. She says he is after her life and that if anything happens to her, he should be held responsible.





@Regrann from @emir_amofin - Part 1 "Pay my Royalties and leave me alone...Nollywood Actress and filmmaker, Yewande Adekoya calls out Olasco Films on theft and threat to life"- Emiralty Details below...as the said actress sent a broadcast message on BBM few minutes ago.. ............... " Good day Nigerians. My name is Yewande Adekoya-Abiodun. I am a happily married movie producer, screenwriter and actress. I have been practising since 2002 and i am presently a bonafide member of Tampan. I want to beg Nigerians all over the world to pls help me tell Akeem Olatunji Balogun (Olasco films) to leave my life alone. If anything bad happens to me, Nigerians, pls hold Akeem Olatunji Balogun responsible. He has marketed my movies for about six years now and i have nothing to show for it financially. I do not even have a car of my own. He sold igbodudu 1&2, omo elemosho1&2, kudi klepto1&2, Emere, Irawo meji and Kurukuru1,2,3. This man is presently owing me the sum of 2million naira and he has refused to pay because he feels no one can challenge him. He has been owing me since 2014. When he owes you, you dare not ask for your money, if you do, he will start war just like the one he has just started. He is also not the type that signs a contract due to his dubious character. He prefers verbal agreements. He is very influencial in the yoruba movie market, so it is almost a waste of time to report him to anyone there. I know this because i had earlier reported him to several marketers who have rapor with him, still no result. I called the president of the yoruba marketers association, he didn't pick my calls. I was eventually able to speak with his assistant who sympatised with me and then told me that little or nothing could be done about the matter. Olasco has humiliated and oppressed me for too long, and now, i feel it's time to speak up. The last business deal i had with him that really pissed me off was Kurukuru, a three part movie i wrote and produced while i was 8months pregnant in 2015. He released kurukuru online and on DVD in nov 2015, and then claimed we didn't make any profit from the 3 releases of the movie despite the huge success record the movie had." - #
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@Regrann from @emir_amofin - Part 2 @yewandeadekoya cries out ........ ". I decided to keep mute about everything since last year, because i do not like to fight anyone or make noise over anything whatsoever. He sent me an embarrassing sum of N300, 000 which he believes should serve as my payment for Emere, Irawo meji and Kurukuru part1,2 and 3. I quietly moved on with my life and faced my work squarely, but Mr Akeem Balogun will not let me be. He keeps oppressing and terrorising anyone i choose to do business with. He even went as far as influencing movie marketers and some movie producers to stop casting me for movie roles. Why? What exactly did i do to you? What exactly do you want from me? Mr Akeem Olatunji Balogun please leave me alone, i refuse to be enslaved by you, like you enslave some others. You don't pay them and you also won't let them do business with other people. Maybe it's because i refused to date you even after all these years, that is why you are strongly determined to destroy me. I serve a living God Mr Akeem and the God i serve will never allow darkness overcome light. Olasco films has refused to pay me my royalty for the three movies: Emere, Irawo meji and Kurukuru part1, 2, 3 and i have not yet taken him to court for that, and he is here, strongly advocating against me doing business with other marketers and film distributors of my choice. I know you are tough but my God is tougher than you. Don't try HIM. I still have the bounced cheque of 1million naira that you gave me in 2011. May my God reward you accordingly. My beautiful fans and fellow Nigerians all over the world, pls help me tell this man to leave me alone oooooooooo if he does not want the wrath of God to decend on his entire household." #Emiralty - #regrann
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" Good day Nigerians. My name is Yewande Adekoya-Abiodun. I am a happily married movie producer, screenwriter and actress. I have been practising since 2002 and i am presently a bonafide member of Tampan. I want to beg Nigerians all over the world to pls help me tell Akeem Olatunji Balogun (Olasco films) to leave my life alone. 
If anything bad happens to me, Nigerians, pls hold Akeem Olatunji Balogun responsible. He has marketed my movies for about six years now and i have nothing to show for it financially. I do not even have a car of my own. He sold igbodudu 1&2, omo elemosho1&2, kudi klepto1&2, Emere, Irawo meji and Kurukuru1,2,3. This man is presently owing me the sum of 2million naira and he has refused to pay because he feels no one can challenge him. 
He has been owing me since 2014. When he owes you, you dare not ask for your money, if you do, he will start war just like the one he has just started. He is also not the type that signs a contract due to his dubious character. He prefers verbal agreements. He is very influencial in the yoruba movie market, so it is almost a waste of time to report him to anyone there. I know this because i had earlier reported him to several marketers who have rapor with him, still no result. I called the president of the yoruba marketers association, he didn't pick my calls. I was eventually able to speak with his assistant who sympatised with me and then told me that little or nothing could be done about the matter. Olasco has humiliated and oppressed me for too long, and now, i feel it's time to speak up. The last business deal i had with him that really pissed me off was Kurukuru, a three part movie i wrote and produced while i was 8months pregnant in 2015. 
He released kurukuru online and on DVD in nov 2015, and then claimed we didn't make any profit from the 3 releases of the movie despite the huge success record the movie had. I decided to keep mute about everything since last year, because i do not like to fight anyone or make noise over anything whatsoever. 
He sent me an embarrassing sum of N300, 000 which he believes should serve as my payment for Emere, Irawo meji and Kurukuru part1,2 and 3. I quietly moved on with my life and faced my work squarely, but Mr Akeem Balogun will not let me be. He keeps oppressing and terrorising anyone i choose to do business with. He even went as far as influencing movie marketers and some movie producers to stop casting me for movie roles. 
Why? What exactly did i do to you? What exactly do you want from me? Mr Akeem Olatunji Balogun please leave me alone, i refuse to be enslaved by you, like you enslave some others. You don't pay them and you also won't let them do business with other people. Maybe it's because i refused to date you even after all these years, that is why you are strongly determined to destroy me. I serve a living God Mr Akeem and the God i serve will never allow darkness overcome light. Olasco films has refused to pay me my royalty for the three movies: 
Emere, Irawo meji and Kurukuru part1, 2, 3 and i have not yet taken him to court for that, and he is here, strongly advocating against me doing business with other marketers and film distributors of my choice. I know you are tough but my God is tougher than you. Don't try HIM. I still have the bounced cheque of 1million naira that you gave me in 2011. 
May my God reward you accordingly. My beautiful fans and fellow Nigerians all over the world, pls help me tell this man to leave me alone oooooooooo if he does not want the wrath of God to decend on his entire household.".
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“The Lord will answer you all a hundred fold” – Actor Kalu Ikeagwu says to Policemen & Bloggers following his Abduction Saga


Nollywood actor Kalu Ikeagwu is speaking out following his arrest/abduction. The movie star is unhappy with the way the Nigerian Police Force handled the situation and he is also not pleased with the media for the way the story was reported.
According to him, he was not arrested but rather abducted by five men.
In a post on Instagram he says:
The media has been awash with the ‘copy and paste’ story of my purported arrest by the ‘police’. Thanks media; you rock!Just to clear the air, I have this to say. I was literally abducted at gunpoint by earring wearing men purported to be policemen (they were five) in an unmarked Hiace bus with civilian number plates and fake identity cards. They first claimed to be working on an abduction Abuja case which changed to a robbery case, all while in transit. Even on getting to the police station I was not allowed to go
Just to clear the air, I have this to say. I was literally abducted at gunpoint by earring wearing men purported to be policemen (they were five) in an unmarked Hiace bus with civilian number plates and fake identity cards. They first claimed to be working on an abduction Abuja case which changed to a robbery case, all while in transit. Even on getting to the police station I was not allowed to go in to the premises but was held outside . I repeatedly asked to go into the station where I’d feel safer to ask whatever questions that were burning in my mind regarding my traumatic experience. It did not happen. Instead they told me a phone used for a kidnap was being sought for,later the story changed to robbery then back to kidnap.As I write this piece I have not written any police statement in any police station which strikes me as very odd. I’m still wondering why I was molested and kidnapped just because a purported phone no was supposedly tracked to
As I write this piece I have not written any police statement in any police station which strikes me as very odd. I’m still wondering why I was molested and kidnapped just because a purported phone no was supposedly tracked to phone. Why would they have to harass me when they already had details of the buyer and seller of the phone? In a legitimate situation,the seller of the stolen phone should be the key witness in this investigation, but in this case the police are till now very reluctant to meet the seller.
I know there are mysteries I need to unravel in this case and I will try to get answers to them. It’s so pathetic that one can get bad publicity from Nigerian media just because they’re so much in a hurry to copy that they forget the importance of confirmation from all the parties involved. Publishing a story based solely on a neighbour’s account isn’t true journalism, that’s pure gossip and slander.We need real facts from the media and we need protection from the police and not molestation.
We need real facts from the media and we need protection from the police and not molestation.
He also posted a video on IG telling bloggers and policemen that they will remember his name and that “the Lord will answer you all a hundred fold”. Watch the video below.
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Encomium magazine had first reported a kidnap and later updated to an arrest after reportedly talking to some of his neighbours.
Other movie stars have shown their support and shared their thoughts via his comment section.
Ivie Okujaye: It’s becoming unbearable!! Task force harassing women, so-called police harassing civilians! When will it stop? I’m so sorry for what you went through. @kaluikeagwu God isn’t asleep. They will pay for it sooner or later.
Chioma Akpotha: “God will answer them! Just you stand still! The Media will not stop their irresponsible attitude of reporting gossip and hearsay and tarnishing the image of celebrities just to sell their trash or drive traffic to their blogs till we start suing them for slander! Cos they have no idea how much damage these things do to our image and reputations. They write these things, get the attention and recognition they want and move on. We are now left to deal with the damaging effects and scars sometimes for life! Pitiful! “
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“Their actions are an embarrassment to Nigeria’s image” – Actor Kalu Ikeagwu narrates his Ordeal with the Nigerian Police


Yesterday there were reports about Nollywood actor Kalu Ikeagwu’s arrest and subsequent release by the Nigerian Police over a case that he was not involved in. In an interview with Sahara Weekly, he narrates the ordeal he and his family went through in the hands of the Nigerian Police Force
According to the actor, “Yesterday, 26th of September 2016, at about 3:40pm my daughter had just been dropped off at home by her official school bus while I opened the gate for her to come into the house, two men accosted and ordered that I should follow them, then I asked them who they are, instead they flashed an Identity card that only showed police written on it without any name. Meanwhile, these two men were in plain clothes and one of them had a black looped earring. At this point, I said I was not going to follow them since I do not know who they are. Suddenly a white unmarked bus pulled up in front of me and four more men on plain clothes appeared from the bus with one pointing an AK47 raffle at my fore head.”
Kalu Ikeagwu explains that the men over powered and handcuffed him while they drove to Pen-cinema Police station Agege, Lagos State. They drove past area G Police Station Ogba which is closer to Kalu’s residence. Arriving at Pen-cinema Police station, they held him outside the gate  until a man appeared wearing a black long coat who simply identified himself as Born Great Benin.
The actor says “I said to him I cannot answer any  question  from you,  unless I am taken  into the police station proper, it was this Born Great  Benin that later  ordered them to take off the cuffs  and asked them to bundled me into  the bus again and they  drove off to somewhere I later identified as area F,  police station Ikeja.  At this area F rather than take me into the station’s main building, I was held at a room when a certain gentle man identified as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Philips came in and showed me a telephone number and asked if I knew the owner of the number…”
The actor was able to sort things out with the police.
Talking about how the Nigerian Police handled the case he says “first I will talk about my wife, she is still in fear even till this moment she even stopped me from jogging this morning. I thank God at the way she handled the situation, the situation has made me remember I have a gift in her. For me, it only reminded me of what a movie director in Enugu told me, he said, he can forgive a man that takes away his wife, or a man that stabs him so long as he did not die, but can never lift a finger to help a dying police man. In my life I have never had dealings with the police but it’s unfortunate the way this episode ended.  Because their actions are an embarrassment to Nigeria’s image, the first skill of every intelligent police officer is his understanding of psychology but instead they chose to do otherwise”
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Actor Kalu Ikeagwu reportedly Arrested & Released over a Robbery/Murder Case involving his Personal Assistant


According to exclusive reports from Encomium magazine, Nollywood actor Kalu Ikeagwu was apprehended yesterday by unidentified gunman as he attempted to park his car at his Ogba residence in Lagos.
The soft-sell magazine had earlier reported it as a kidnap but after further investigation, it was revealed that the actor was taken in by the police for questioning and later released.
Kalu Ikeagwu was taken in for questioning for a case that had to do with his personal assistant. According to reports, his personal assistant had unknowingly bought a stolen phone from Computer Village in Ikeja. The people who stole the phone had reportedly killed one of the victims of the robbery and the case was under investigation.
The robbery occurred in Abuja and the phone was traced to Lagos by the security agents who later came for Kalu Ikeagwu since his address and name were used during the purchase.
One of the neighbours told Encomium.ng that his arrest was in the afternoon after he dropped his step daughter at home from school. He had parked his car at the gate, dropped the girl with her mother as if he was on his way out again. He was said to have received a call from one of the operatives who had been waiting for him. And as soon as he stepped out of the gate, he was asked if indeed he was Kalu Ikeagwu, and he confirmed his identity. He was politely invited, but was about arguing with them when they brought out their guns. Neighbours who had tried to step in, stood back as soon as they saw the guns. He was ferried away in a bus. By the time they left, his wife was crying. When he returned this evening, he went round neighbours to thank them and also explain what actually happened.
The actor is currently back in his home with his family.
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Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Linus, Richard Mofe-Damijo & More at the Star-Studded Premiere of AY Makun’s “A Trip To Jamaica”


The premiere for AY Makun’s highly anticipated movie “A Trip To Jamaica” held last night, September 25th, at the Filmhouse IMAX cinema in Lekki, Lagos.

The event was star-studded with several celebrities and entertainers spotted. Genevieve Nnaji, Funke Akindele-Bello, Stephanie Linus, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Gbenro Ajibade, Yvonne Jegede, Ubi Franklin, Faithia Williams, Uti Nwachukwu, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Helen Paul and many more were at the premiere.

See first photos below.
















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Norbert Young, Waje & More Star in Udoka Oyeka’s Short Film on Boko Haram “No Good Turn” | Watch the Teaser


Actor Udoka Oyeka has released his latest short film “No Good Turn” on the Boko Haram crisis in Northern Nigeria.

The film, which stars Udoka Oyeka playing the lead role alongside Norbert Young, Sani Muazu, Waje and more, seeks to create awareness while depicting the humanitarian and terrorism crisis that residents face in Northern Nigeria due to the Boko Haram insurgency.

Produced by Bolanle Austen-Peters, it tells the story of the immediate aftermath of a Boko Haram terrorist attack and is set in an overcrowded emergency room of the town’s deteriorating hospital.

The doctor, Dr. Gbenga, on duty has his hands full especially when one of the suspected terrorists is brought into the hospital. Dr. Gbenga must fight to keep everyone’s values in check, including his own.

Watch the teaser below.

         
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New TV Series “Hustle” starring Sola Sobowale, Afeez Oyetoro, Seun Ajayi, Stephanie Coker & More | Teaser


A new series called “Hustle” is coming to AfricaMagic Urban. The series focuses on the duality of living and hustling in Lagos City, Nigeria’s commercial hub.

Synopsis: Hustle tells the tale of Dayo, a gullible but optimistic young man who moves to Lagos with dreams of making it big. Dayo quickly learns that it is never as it seems as he comes to terms with hilariously catastrophic neighbours, an antagonistic landlady and a shady yet loyal roommate. All these characters nonetheless share an unwavering hope for tomorrow, and they are buoyed by the “Lagos spirit”, the spirit of the hustle.


Seun Ajayi as the lead character, and also features veteran Nollywood acts Sola Sobowale and Afeez Oyetoro popularly known as ‘Saka’. Also starring are Seyi Law, Stephanie Coker, Dorcas Fapson, Maurice Sam, Deborah Anugwa and John Joshua.

“Hustle” is set to premiere on Monday, 3rd of October at 21:30 on AfricaMagic Urban (153). Watch a teaser below.

            
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Nominate your Favourite Nollywood Film in the Homevida 2016 Call for Feature Films & Documentary for a chance to Win 2 Million Naira


Do you know any Feature film or Documentary that promotes Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance issues in Nigeria?

Then this is your opportunity give your favorite Nollywood Feature Film and Documentary a chance to win N1,000,000 (one Million Naira) in each category.

Simply visit www.homevida.org to nominate the film that best fits the criteria. Nominations end on Friday, 21st October 2016.

What are you waiting for? Start Nominating!
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Empress Njamah, Paul Sambo, Iyke Adiele, Happy Julian – Uchendu & More Star in ‘Fidelity’ | WATCH the Trailer


Take 7 Media, will be releasing an exciting new thriller, titled ‘Fidelity’. The movie was directed by Abimbola Olagunju, and it stars Empress Njamah, Paul Sambo, Iyke Adiele, Happy Julian – Uchendu, Gina Castel, and Pau Ramon.

It was shot in Nigeria and Spain. Fidelity addresses fraudulent practices in Nigeria, and it is about two friends who perpetrate Internet fraud for a living. The movie features brilliant acting from an impressive cast and movie lovers across the board will undoubtedly find it interesting and captivating.

The official synopsis of the movie, reads: “Michael and Dele are best friends who run an Internet fraud ring in Spain. When they are tracked down by Spanish police, Dele takes the fall for their crimes, and is sent to prison. Michael moves back to Nigeria, where he proceeds to live discreetly. After serving his prison sentence, Dele also returns to Nigeria. Dele proposes one last cybercrime, targeting a bank, which could give them their biggest payoff yet. Michael hesitantly agrees, and as part of the job, he has to seduce a staff of the bank, Sophia. In a twist of fate, Michael falls for Sophia, and becomes friends with her little son. Michael starts having second thoughts about the job, and begins to stall. This makes Dele uncomfortable, and things soon get out of hand.

The movie is Abimbola Olagunju‘s directorial debut. He holds a HND in Media Production from CEF in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and has worked extensively as a cameraman and content creator. According to him, his goal in life is to create powerful works that people can identify with, while passing on the message that all decisions have consequences. Fidelity was produced by Bem Pever and Chucks Chyke. It will be released in the last quarter of 2016.

Watch the trailer here:

        
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Ekene Mekwunye: This is Why You Shouldn’t Compare Nollywood to Hollywood

My name is Ekene and I am a filmmaker. Whenever I introduce myself like that, it elicits different reactions from people. Amongst Nigerians, you can see it on their faces when they smile and say, “oh! Those people who make those juju films”. Sometimes, they call them ‘substandard’ or ‘terrible quality’ or ‘poor story telling’ movies. I can understand what they are trying to say. That how I thought years ago until I got more information.

They are comparing our movies with the Hollywood movies, which is what they watch at the cinemas. About 90% of the movies screened at Nigerian cinemas are Hollywood movies. People ask things like, “when will you guys start making movies like the guys in Hollywood do?” I realized that a lot of people in the upper and middle class in Nigeria don’t watch Nigerian movies. This could be due to the fact that their only thinking of Nigerian movies comes from what they used to see years ago… without realising a lot has changed. They prefer to watch American series and movies and wonder why we can’t make it like the Americans do.

The American film industry is over 100 years old. They also had a time when they made movies that people felt were not that good. The average amount of money it takes a studio just to market a movie in Hollywood is about $40 million, without production cost. So, it’s not right to expect that a house built with that amount, and the one built with $20,000 would look alike. The reason why we can’t spend beyond what we spend now is also because we know how much return it would make. Isn’t it unwise to make a movie for $100,000 when the average amount a Nigerian movie makes in returns is less than $40,000? Americans did not start that industry by spending millions on a movie. They grew to where they are. Americans can afford to spend 100 million to make a movie because they know the movie would open in over 100,000 screens with different slots per day and about 200 seats per screen. Do the math, compared to about 20 + cinemas here.

We know we have a passion for filmmaking, but it’s also what we use to feed our families, send our kids to good schools and pay the bills. As they ask why we can’t be like Hollywood, what they fail to realise is that we don’t plan to be like Hollywood. It makes no sense for us to try and copy Hollywood. If there’s anything we want to be like that resembles Hollywood, it’s their distribution network and how they have been able to get their movies to all ends of the earth. This is responsible for how much money they earn each time they make a movie. Nothing else!

So why don’t I want us to be like Hollywood? Because we can never be as good as they are in their game, talk less of being better. Why should we try to play in a game we can never win? Imagine the Super Eagles (Nigeria’s football national team) about to play a match and we already know they have lost before the blast of the first whistle. Nollywood is not a product, but a system.

The word ‘Nollywood’ was coined by a foreign journalist who came to Nigeria and saw a group of people who were telling their stories in a unique way. People used little resources and a short time to make a movie that was being consumed by a large part of their population and in other parts of the continent. He was amazed at the turn around time of investment in our movies and saw how these ingenious people were able to make something out of nothing. So the ‘Nolly’ came from the word ‘nothing’ and ‘wood’ to have a semblance with the popular film industry, Hollywood.

That’s how the name ‘Nollywood’ came about. What makes us unique is how we have been able to tell our stories in a distinctive way and have gotten the attention of the whole world. If an American made a feature movie with $5000 in 4 days, he would have been on the front pages of their newspapers and magazines but because Nigerians did it, we don’t see anything special about it.

Hence, the skewed way they world see things. In this space, we would beat Hollywood any day and twice on Sundays. It is important to note that with these ‘rubbish’ and ‘low quality’ films, we have been able to get Africa and the rest of the world watching our movies. With this ‘lackluster’ way of making movies, we have been able to build a film industry that has grown to become the second largest film industry in the world currently. For the first time, about two years ago, it was captured in our GDP, the entertainment industry generating close to 1% of it.

It generated 1.47% the first quarter of 2016. I was in South Africa for a workshop a few days ago. I stayed with a family in a village called Makuleke. It’s beside Kruger National Park, just by South Africa’s border with Mozambique. I was amazed that when I returned by 8pm everyday till about midnight that they went to bed, they only watched Nigerian movies.

I was on a plane to Nairobi from Johannesburg and as I walked down the aisle from the toilet to my seat during the flight, I was surprised that most of the passengers including some white people, were watching Nigerian movies. My experience in Nairobi was amazing because at a time I felt I was in Nigeria. While we we’re here despising our movies, a Nigerian based in the UK came with a white partner to just deal with Nigerian movies. Based on his experience with Youtube and the lots of views, he started buying rights to them and started an online TV platform and within months was worth lots of millions of dollars. Our Nigerian actors are amazed at how they are treated as demigods when they visit other countries especially other African countries.

Some can hardly walk on the streets as everyone wants to catch a glimpse of them. Our films have penetrated into different parts of the world despite its poor distribution network. We see foreigners buying our movies at Alaba in bulk to take back with them when they come to Nigeria. It’s worthy to note that I am not saying there’s nothing to improve in our industry. We still have to look for more effective ways to generate our content and build a structure that would make distribution functional. One thing people talk about a lot of time when referring to Nigerian movies is quality. But you must agree that looking at our movies a few years ago and now, there are remarkable improvements. We have to realize that quality in itself is relative.

Like I learnt from Charles Igwe recently, there are two elements of quality in filmmaking. Picture quality and sound quality. Once we can take care of these two, we would be just fine to tell our own stories. If you played Mr. Bean side by side with Mr. Ibu in Sweden, the Swedish people might prefer to watch Mr. Bean and you would say it’s because of its quality and universal appeal; but let’s take the same scenario to Malawi or the Caribbean and see which they would prefer. We have to understand that how you choose to tell your story does not make yours inferior to the other person. Just like we are beginning to learn in Nigeria that English is a language and medium of expression not a measure of intelligence.

So, the fact that I can communicate effectively in English and the guy beside me can’t but can do it better in Igbo doesn’t mean I am more intelligent than he is. We can see this in our everyday life as we see Igbo traders who hardly went beyond primary 6 in school build businesses and understand that business better than some who went to business schools. So when a few of them come from abroad and tell us that they want to teach us filmmaking, we often tell them to first go and make a film with $10,000, finish it within the time we do and if it’s a better product, you can then teach us filmmaking. Nollywood was started by a group of people who just wanted to tell their story and one that their people could identify with.

Unlike our other African brothers (especially the Francophone countries) who would not be able to make a film until they got grants from Europe or America who will then dictate how the film will look. These people were able to build the industry with the little money they had to where it is today without support from any government and NOT even the Nigerian government. It’s sad that the government has failed to realize the potentials and influence that the film industry has.

The number one branding tool of the United States today and has been for about a hundred years is Hollywood. What most people know of America comes from what they see in the movies. I think it’s high time we started appreciating what we have and see how we came make it better.

Article originally posted here.
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OC Ukeje to Star in Historic True Life Film on the First African woman to win an International Boxing Championship, Conjestina Achieng


OC Ukeje will be topping the bill in the story of Conjestina Achieng, the first African woman to win an international boxing championship and the movie is set to hit the big screen soon.

The movie which is set to hit the big screens soon and was produced by South Africa’s Terri Pheto who co-starred in the Oscar winning film ‘Tsotsi, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ (starring Idris Elba), A United Kingdom (starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike) and ‘Ayanda’. It will also be co-produced by ‘Rocque pictures’, ‘Story Republic’ and ‘The Polkadot Factory’.


The film will chronicle Conjestina’s meteoric rise to international boxing success and her subsequent struggle with her mental health which ended her career.

Commenting on his role, Ukeje said, 
I was moved when I heard Conjestina’s story and I said to myself that this is one story I would love to tell. The fact that it’s an international collaboration makes it even better.” 

The producers are now currently set on an open casting call in Cojestina’s native country, Kenya to find an actress to play the part of Conjestina and bring this powerful story of an incredible fighter to screen.
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Must Watch Trailer! RMD, Kehinde Bankole, Deyemi Okanlawon, Enyinna Nwigwe, Keira Hewatch, Okey Uzoeshi & More Star in “Dinner”


‘Dinner’, starring award winning Richard Mofe-Damijo, AMVCA’s 2015 Best Actress in a Drama – Kehinde Bankole, Iretiola Doyle, Enyinna Nwigwe, Keira Hewatch, Deyemi Okanlawon, Okey Uzoeshi and more is a dramatic thriller that will change whatever perspective you have of relationships. In between teasing text messages, hook ups and one night stands, silent taboos never discussed are blown wide open in the movie.

‘Dinner’ is set to begin showing in cinemas nationwide from the November 11th, 2016 and will get you hooked from the beginning and throughout its runtime. Here’s a synopsis of the movie; Mike Okafor is invited by his childhood friend and buddy; Adetunde George Jnr, to have DINNER and spend the weekend with him and his fiancée Lola Coker as they plan for their upcoming wedding. Mikey decides to come along with his girlfriend Diane Bassey, as he plans to propose to her.









Things get out of hand when they arrive at Adetunde’s house and they get to find out secrets about each other’s relationship and the one person in the middle of it all. Dinner was written, directed and produced by Jay Franklyn Jituboh, director of the short film “Once” selected at the 2015 Durban International Film Festival.

Get your first look at the trailer

         
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Must Watch! Weruche Opia, Udoka Oyeka, Oreka Godis, Enyinna Nwigwe & More are BACK in “When Love Happens Again” | Trailer & Poster


Seyi Babatope’s 2014 hit movie “When Love Happens” which starred Nigeria’s hottest stars like Weruche Opia, OC Ukeje, Gideon Okeke, Beverly Naya, Desmond Elliot, Oreka Godis, Wale Ojo, Bukky Wright, Bassey Keppy Ekpeyong, Helen Paul and Shaffy Bello is back with a sequel called “When Love Happens Again
When Love Happens was the story of Moduroti Bankole–Smith, a twenty-eight-year-old events planner that has always been unlucky in love. She was reminded at every turn about how wonderful love was with proof to substantiate the case. Events took a bizarre turn when she was hired to plan a long time friend’s upcoming wedding. This ignited a change and a chain reaction in Moduroti. She was now determined to open herself to new ways to explore dating and finding romance. This led her to a series of misadventures in finding romance. At the end of the day, she found love with Tobe.


The sequel, “When Love Happens Again” follows the story of Moduroti.
Having established stability in a relationship that took many long hard years of waiting in silence, Tobe and MO are in a good place. She has ventured out into business for herself by starting her own company,MBS Events Consulting’ and has landed a major account with Diamond Global’s billionaire Demilade Adenuga. Everyone seems to be telling Tobe he has something to worry about but confident in his relationship, he sees nothing to be concerned about.
Mo has to travel overseas for a merger she is putting together for Mr. Adenuga in Washington DC. At the same time an old college friend calls Mo and Tseju that her relationship is in dire need of an SOS. Tseju tags along to DC and Mo goes on dual business and personal obligations.
Enyinna, being out of work, has been spending a lot of time in Tobe’s apartment and seems to have a lot of time on his hands surfing all through the social media chatter especially his favorite siteBellaNaija. He makes it his personal mission that Tobe sees what is beneath the obvious which is that Billionaires and Pretty girls are a combination that every man must be weary of.
Enyina must convince Tobe that the truth is best uncovered when it is discovered and Trust is not a commodity Pretty girls understand when an Option as dangerous as Demilade Adenuga is around. This leads us on an adventure into a little bit of chaos or much ado about nothing but love is the underlining motivator.
Written by Diche Enuwa, Temitope Bolade and Seyi Babatope, the sequel stars Weruche Opia (as Moduroti), Enyinna Nwigwe, Oreka Godis, Udoka Oyeka, Funnybone, Diana Yekini, Marie Humbert-Droz and more.

         
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Actress Omoni Oboli talks Selling Nollywood to Nigerians at #TIFF16 | Watch

In this clip shot at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival, actress and producer Omoni Oboli talks about the need to push homegrown Nollywood cinema in Nigeria.

Watch below.

        
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Must Watch! Tope Tedela, Julius Agwu, Odunlade Adekola & More star in Live-Action Film “Dognapped” | Teaser


For their first feature-film collaboration, KayKas Studios, Drama King Productions and Reel Laif Productions present Nigeria’s first live-action animated comedy film titled “Dognapped”.

“Dognapped” is a family comedy about the life of an upcoming comedian Andy who forms a relationship with a talking dog Bruno. Join them on their roller-coaster ride as they conquer their fears, battle their enemies, fall in love and rise to fame.

“Dognapped” stars Julius Agwu as the voice of Bruno, Odunlade Adekola, Tope Tedela, Lota Chukwu, Senator the Comedian, Funnybone, WofaiFada, Comedian Ebiye, Brutus Richard, Paul Utomi, Olive Amaechi, Aisha Sanni-Shittu, Promise Williams and Tunji Centric.






The movie was produced by Temilola Adebayo and written & directed by Kayode Kasum. It is expected to hit movie theatres in the first quarter of 2017.

Watch the teaser below.

          
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What Happens when a Man Decides to marry for Money instead of Love? WATCH Toyin Aimakhu, Funsho Adeolu & More in the “Marriage Contract” Trailer


Love goes wrong when a man decides to marry for affluence in this startling movie titled ‘Marriage Contract’.

Produced and directed by Adeyemi Adegbonmire, ‘Marriage Contract’ is about a man, who after his wife’s death resolute to spoiling his only daughter silly, as a symbol of love to the late wife. He realises afterwards that the child was becoming useless at the passing of each day and decides to make a turn around by introducing a born again Christian young man into her life.

The movie also depict the life of a young born again Christian who was confronted with the challenges of life and was determined to compromise. Shot in Lagos Nigeria, the movie stars; Toyin Aimakhu, Funsho Adeolu, Adeyemi Adegbonmire, Joke Muyiwa, Poju Oparanti, Yetunde, Sumbo,Jumoke Elegbede, Oluwasanmi Sknington, Bidemi Afolabi and a host of others. .

Watch the trailer below:

            
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They are Young, Clueless & Newlyweds! Watch Episode 1 of LowlaDeeTV’s “This Is It”


LowlaDeeTV, the producers of the multiple award winning short film ‘Brave’ have released the first episode of “This Is It” starring popular Kenyan actor Nick Mutuma as Tomide and introducing Nigerian actress Chiagoziem Nwakanma as Dede.

It also stars Stan Nze, Bimbo Ademoye, Bukola Oladipupo, Teni Aladese and Chisom Ofor, with Olumide Oworu, Joyce Maina, Linda Osifo, Ben Touitou, Kunle Coker, Tosan ugbeye, Asa’ah Samuel, as exciting Guest Stars. The series, created and directed by LowlaDee (Dolapo Adeleke), follows the first year journey of the young, clueless newlyweds Tomide and Dede. Season One documents the first 6 months.

In this episode, Dede and Tomide are still in the honeymoon season. While Dede attempts a sexy move on Tomide, her friends barge in uninvited!

Watch the First Episode Below

               
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Blossom Chukwujekwu re-proposes to his wife, Maureen


As part of activities to celebrate her birthday, actor Blossom Chukwujekwu, on Sunday re-proposed to his wife Maureen. They are married traditionally. In her post on IG, an excited Maureen blessed God for making her path and that of her husband cross.

To Everyone who Wished Me/Us Well... Calls, Msgs etc Thank You❤️... Sunday Remains my Very Best Birthday Ever.... Still Overwhelmed at the Many Events/Surprises of that Day... @colepeter @colelaracole thank U for gifting me First❤️❤️.... To my Siblings @omenwa1 @g_nade @fitwitmark thanks for being Awesome... My God Dad.. I Love you to the Moon and Back.. Dnt think cos you are far away i wont still bug u wen u return.. But thank you for making out time to make me feel loved and special... @paditaagu thank u for the wAy you love me.... Thank u for being the perfect bestie... My friends.. Thank you for working out the surprise Party n fooling me lol.... @omardavie_collection bless ur kind heart, i cant love u enuf... To You... You... You Mr Chukwujekwu... A Year ago, You asked that i be ur Wife which was a major shocker to me and a Year Later You Re-Propose to mark Our Anniversary.. You got my friends to do me birthday Videos, even people i wud never hav expected them too.. How in God's Name did u get GodDad to do me a Video?????? It teared me up... All day you kept on surprising me.. I cried, screamed, jumped, sat on d ground even begged u to stop that i was literally exhausted. Blossom Chukwudi Echezonachukwu Chukwujekwu, I bless the day our Paths Crossed. I bless my Ex for leaving Me, I Bless Mofe Duncan for introducing Me to You and I bless You for Loving Me More than I Love Myself.... I Place a Rare Blessing On you Today that everything You lay Ur Hand, Heart, Voice, Soul On will Turn to Gold and For that Reason Your Many Generations will feed on Ur Wealth. That they ever Worked, will be Only for Pleasure...And So Shall it Be.... Amen @blossomchukwujekwu
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‘You are God’s custom-made for me, specially reserved’ – actor Blossom Chukwujekwu celebrates wife Maureen


Actor Blossom Chukwujekwu celebrated his wife Maureen on her Birthday, Sept 11th.




The couple who had their traditional engagement back in Dec 2015, are getting married this year #BloRed2016, they released some of their pre-wedding photos via their respective Instagram pages. Celebrating Maureen, Blossom wrote:

I love you to forever and back and I will even after eternity. Your storms I will ride with you to bring you rainbows cos that what you've brought to my life, COLOURS!!! In my mistakes and wrongs, you have found and brought beauty with the sweetness of your soul. You have stood by me in trueness of spirit. Its really not so much what I say but what I DO, so all I ask God is to make me a BETTER MAN for you. To LOVE you like my life depended on it, 'cos it actually does. To help you fulfil your CALLING, PURPOSE and DESTINY in Christ for the Kingdon of heaven. To ALWAYS make you smile. Unusual they say we are but REAL we KNOW we are. You got me, and I got you. To you Bubba I'm SOLD OUT, INFINITELY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY WIFE, MY BLESSING, MY SUPERSTAR. You are God's CUSTOM-MADE for me, specially reserved. THANK YOU RED FOR NEVER LEAVING. I LOVE YOU @redvigor #ECHE♥ #MyBlessing #GodsReserved #MyGoodThing #GraceChild #Proverbs30 #MySuper★ #Lovem
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His wife Maureen, also posted on her instagram page saying:

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