The Screening Room: Top Five (5) Nigerian/Nollywood TV/WEB Series


There are so many web/TV series in Nollywood at the moment and even more springing up by the day, that's why I decided to create my own list of personal favorites.

I will be updating the list as we go along into the year but for now, here's a list of my Top 5 Nigerian TV/Web series; in no particular order.

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“I don’t want people to see my films and just laugh, I want them to see my film and discuss it” – Kunle Afolayan covers Guardian Life Magazine


Known for his outstanding work in the film industry, Kunle Afolayan stands out as one of the most important film directors of our time. His resume includes directing as well as acting in the films October 1st, Phone Swap, CEO and The Figurine, which won five major Africa Movie Academy Awards.

The movie producer covers Guardian Life magazine and he talks passionately about his love for culture, which is evident in most of his work, particularly October 1st.

Guardian Life had a few words with Kunle Afolayan on his journey to fame. See excerpts below.


On how he got into directing: When I was going to start, I was actually going to start as a filmmaker, then I reached out to some people who worked with my father in the past and some of them just thought I was a joke. Filmmaking is something you have to learn. Yes, it is an acquired skill but you can’t say, “Oh I have talent of being a filmmaker.” You have to learn, and with the camera you have to learn how to operate all these gears. It is a lot of processes. Going to them I was barely 20. I went to Tunde Kelani, I went to a few people. They told me, for you to be a filmmaker you have to learn it. You go to school but you look like you have a good face for camera, why don’t you start as an actor just like your father? Then he said we are working on Sunday, you can come for audition and I was picked. We did the film Saworoide in ’98. The production values were really good, it made a hit, I played a prince. It was a very good film and it gave me a lot of mileage. I was already working in a bank when we shot that film. After that it was difficult for me to do a lot because of my bank work.

On his creative process: I love culture. A lot of times, my heart skips when I remember that some of these things are going. I remember we don’t archive things in this country. I remember that in the nearest future my children won’t be speaking our language. So I said I want to do a small film set in a small location about a particular tribe. They don’t speak Yoruba, they don’t speak Igbo or Hausa, they speak a minority language. It was pretty difficult. Tunde Babalola who wrote the film gave me the synopsis for October 1st, that was not what I was looking to do, I was looking to do a small budget film, anything period of course will increase your budget. In re-enacting the period you need to spend a lot of money especially in a country where you don’t have archives. It was a bit difficult to shoot, because we had to travel to Ondo to all these places that depict what we were looking for but in the end we pulled it off.

On his type of movies: A lot of people are doing the wedding parties and trips to Jamaica and they are very commercial. I don’t make films for commercial reasons; I don’t want people to see my films and just laugh, I want them to see my film and discuss it. It doesn’t make those other films anything bad, it is just their style, my style is different.

Read more here.

Creative Team
Photography: Jerrie Rotimi
Styling: Henry Uduku
Makeup: Jumoke Tychus
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NdaniTV’s “Gidi Up” is BACK with Season 3! It’s Sexier with More Drama & Bigger Scandals – Here’s Your First Look

NdaniTV’s “Gidi Up” is back! After a long 3 year break, we are so excited and can’t wait for the season to begin.

This season 3 looks like its going to be really interesting as we can see some familiar faces and a few new faces like Bobrisky and Odunlade Adekola! We wonder what Tokunbo and the Gang have been up to.

Here’s the first look of season 3!

            
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Is it Too Late To Say Happy New Year? ..


Hey guys!!

It's incredible how life happens and suddenly your almost perfect routine is turned into chaos. That's exactly what happened when my macbook pro crashed and would not function properly for 3 weeks.. All through the holidays, I could not do much because my computer was down.

Anyway, it's up and running now (57k later)..lol.. I explained more in the video below.

Happy new year!!

           


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“Can we start all over again? Can we correct the mistakes?” – Yvonne Nelson Pays Tribute to her Late Father

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Ghanaian Actress Yvonne Nelson reportedly Loses Dad


Ghanaian actress, Yvonne Nelson has lost her father on Monday, January 23.

The actress confirmed the sad news early Tuesday, January 24 to Ghanareporter.com but she has not disclosed further details about the unfortunate incident. According to reports,

Yvonne Nelson did not have a close relationship with her father growing up as her mother always occupied that father space in her life. She never really mentioned his name or shared any image of her dad publicly.

May his soul rest in peace.



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Victoria Inyama, Daniel K Daniel & Belinda Effah Star in a New Romance Drama | Get the Scoop on “Talking Dolls”


‘’Talking Dolls’’ is an unpredictable kaleidoscope of drama, thriller, and suspense, carefully built up to a climactic epic finale and has a breath-taking build up that sees two colorful, but opposite characters become love birds, losing far beyond their expectations.












The movie was produced by Marc Adebesin, directed by Sukie Oduwole and it features Daniel K. Daniel, Belinda Effah, Tamara Komboye, Mofe Duncan, Mike Olaribigbe , & veteran Nollywood actress Victoria Inyama & more Talking Dolls’ was shot in the heart of London, Kent, and Essex and is to be released in U.K, Ghanaian and Nigerian cinemas in the second quarter of 2017.
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African version of "SCANDAL?" New Ghanaian Drama Series “The Republic” Starring Joselyn Dumas, Andrew Adote, Ewvdzi Yamoah & More


The Republic is a drama, set in Ghana, starring Joselyn Dumas. The pilot episode follows Joselyn Dumas’ character, political fixer Amerley Oquaye Mitchell, as she and her savvy team are brought out of early retirement to solve the case of all cases.

The formidable cast includes Maame Adjei, Jasmine Baroudi, Briggitte Appiah, Mawuli Gavor, Andrew Adote, Ewvdzi Yamoah, Prince Amatey and Reks Brobby.

Watch

         
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“I asked for a princess and God gave me a queen” – Ik Ogbonna to his Wife Sonia on her Birthday


Ik Ogbonna‘s wife Sonia Ogbonna is celebrating her birthday today and the Nollywood actor took to Instagram to write a sweet message to her. Talking to the mother of his son, he spoke highly of her and how things have gotten better in his life as a result of Sonia’s presence.

See his post below.

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY QUEEN I asked for a princess and God gave me a queen, a woman with the most beautiful soul, a heart of gold, a smile that makes the sun blush, words that create stars in my heart. You have held me through rough times and good times, you have encouraged me in times when I felt like giving up. The truth is I don’t only celebrate today Coz it’s ur birthday but it marked the beginning of the rest of my life. Since I met you I have only experienced growth, blessings, favor, magical grace, and peace. Thank you for bringing our son into this world, thank you for embracing my culture, family, and friends. I cherish you my bebolinna and if I was to die and come back to this life .. I will still choose you over and over again. I am sorry for times I failed u but I promise I will live my life making you happy and doing all I can to keep a deserving smile on ur face. Thanks for always believing in me baby. Can I just marry you everyday 😘😘😘😘😘 Happy birthday to my darling wife."
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Ifunanya Maduka teams up with Uzodinma Iweala for an Intriguing New Film on the Chibok Girls |‘Waiting for Hassana’


Author of ‘Beast of No Nation’ Uzodinma Iweala has teamed up with Ifunanya Maduka to tell a very interesting story in a short film called “Waiting for Hassana” which will premiere at Sundance this Friday, January 20th. The film, which is in Hausa with no subtitles, tells the story of Jessica.

In 2014, 276 teenage girls came together for exams in Chibok, Nigeria—by dawn, nearly all had disappeared, and their school was burned to the ground. Jessica, an escapee, shares her haunting account of a friendship violently interrupted by Boko Haram.



Uzodinma shared the news of the film on Instagram a couple of hours ago saying:

"So I haven’t told anyone but Funa Maduka and I made a film called Waiting for Hassana, and that film premiers at #sundance Friday January 20th, 2017. Over a year and a half ago my mom called me into her study and said “Uzo some stories just need to be told,” and she spoke about the trip she made to the school in Chibok where almost three years ago 276 young women were kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. My mom introduced me to a local journalist and her husband, a doctor, who helped to facilitate contact with a number of these brave young women who escaped during the first day of captivity and who have committed to continuing their education as a way of paying tribute to their still abducted friends. I teamed up with my friend Funa Maduka (who directed this marvelous work) and Victor Okhai (our amazing cinematographer) and together we made a film that I hope speaks to the strength and resilience of not just these wonderful young women, but also their community and our country, Nigeria. A film like this is the result of so much team work and intense passion. My hope is that it adds to an important and ongoing conversation about a crisis in a country we love. Thank you to the young women who shared their stories and the crew, producers, and everyone for the hard work and dedication in making this happen. Thank you especially to Funa for your perseverance and creative vision. Director, screenwriter, and co-producer of the film, Ifunanya Maduka also says “A year ago today, filming commenced on a short documentary that aimed to tell the story of loss and resilience in the wake of the brutal kidnapping of 276 school girls from #Chibok in northern Nigeria. Today, I’m happy to share that WAITING FOR HASSANA (my directorial debut ) will world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2 weeks! This was a passion project that quickly took on a life of its own.”
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Omoni Oboli Expresses Her Frustration on Instagram Over Hoodlums


Nollywood actress, Omoni Oboli, took to Instagram to express her frustration over hoodlum who keep disturbing and extorting money from her at her film set.

She narrated in her caption that one of the hoodlums broke bottle to stab one of her crew member and seized her van keys. She pleaded with the Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to please step in the situation and enforce security for film makers.

See her post below.
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Must Watch Trailer! Rita Dominic, Femi Jacobs, Somkele Idhalama & Chika Chukwu Star in “The Guest”


The Audrey Silver company in association with Banner Films and Christain Olayinka Films presents “The Guest” Staring Rita Dominic, Femi Jacobs, Somkele Idahlamah and Chika Chukwu.

In this film, Rita Dominic Plays a temptress who is everything but the perfect guest!

Watch the intriguing trailer below.

           
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Watch the Trailer To Onyinye Anyaeji’s Movie “ATLAS” starring Desmond Elliot, Blossom Chukwujekwu & More


The movie “ATLAS” explores themes of love, friendship, strife and strength. It was directed by Onyinye Jessic​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​a Anyaeji and produced by Emeka Duru.






The movie was shot in Nigeria and stars the likes of Blossom Chukwujekwu, Bolanle Ninalowo, Eberechukwu BayRay Mcnwizu, Ada Ameh, Enyinna Nwigwe, Desmond Elliot, Lillian Efegbai, and more. Synopsis: Atlas is about Jamie, who is married to TJ and they have a 6 year-old child, Soji. They live in low income housing as they have hit bad financial times; Jamie in her attempt to save Soji ends up loosing more than she bargained for.

Watch the trailer below...

              
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Odunlade Adekola, Ayo Mogaji, Ada Ameh & More Star in New Film “A Million Baby” | See Photos from Behind the Scenes


There is a new comedy drama that will keep you laughing all through its entire viewing. “A Million Baby” features Odunlade Adekola, Ada Ameh, Ayo Binta Mogaji, Tony Akposhere, Moradeke Adegboyega and more. The film was shot by Jeleel Adegbite, directed by Sunshine Olawore and it was produced by Moradeke Adegboyega and Olakunle Oni.

The movie follows Janet (Moradeke Adegboyega) who is a comfortable family woman that loves to give and help the needy. A simple mechanical issue lands her in the company of Morufu (Odunlade), Mama Oyinye (Ada Ameh) and Johny (Tony Akposhere).

However, Janet falls victim of her goodwill.

See photos from behind the scenes below










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If you sleep with other people's husband, when you get married don't be angry if karma comes - Tonto Dikeh's bestie, Shakar El


Tonto Dikeh's one time best friend and rapper, Shakar El seems to be throwing shades at the actress. In his latest post on Instagram, he wrote,


'Karma is a Bitch that all Bitches out there should respect because it will always come and show you pepper. My advise to young girls out there, if you are sleeping with other people's husband and breaking homes, when you get married abeg don't be angry if karma comes knocking at your door. 

Turn a Blind eye and enjoy your husband's money and that is if you re lucky enough to marry a rich one sha. Don't Fight nor break things in the house oh because that is Domestic Violence. Always put yourself in the position of your Victim and their Children while you re in the act. I know a celebrity wedding Guest of a Lagos Society Wedding 3 years ago that Started Sleeping with the Groom just few days after the wedding, that was Brutal nwanne, no remorse for the newly wedded bride haba. And for Men,no need to talk about Us because like they do say in Nigeria 'Men are Scum' Shakar Nwa Mama is not a Saint in fact I am serious Sinner but I will only use the name of God when I truly mean it..God is Merciful and may He Forgive us all'.


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Tonto Dikeh Removes Husband’s Last Name “Churchill” from her Instagram Bio amidst Rumors of Marriage Troubles


Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh, following rumors of her marriage being in trouble, has removed her husband’s last name “Churchill” from her Instagram page which she added 15 months ago when they got married.

The actress also took down “Mrs” and “Yummy Wife/Mom” which she had displayed on her Instagram bio.
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Tonto Dikeh Apologizes to Mercy Johnson-Okojie for Insulting Her Child | Mercy Wholeheartedly Accepts


In the wee hours of the day Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh took to her Instagram page and shared a picture of her colleague Mercy Johnson-Okojie and apologized for an ill statement, she had made towards her child a long time ago. 

Due to the buzz surrounding Tonto Dikeh and her marriage, after she removed her husband’s surname – Churchill – and “Yummy Wife/Mom” from her Instagram page, she saw this as the perfect opportunity to give Mercy the long overdue apology. 

She shared a photo of Mercy, and wrote:



Good morning world Since I have your undivided attention I better make good use of it and not miss the blessing in this lesson!!!
@mercyjohsonokojie Ever since I had my baby I have been reminded constantly about an ill statement I made about one of your kids a very long time ago.I want to use this media to say I am so sorry,I sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart.I had no right to say what I did,I totally disgraced myself with that.
As a mom I do realize a lot of things I take in because of the love of my son and I know you only took my insult because of that same love..
I am sorry MJ,I am sorry to your lil’ girl or boy..
We don’t have to love each other to realize when we are/went wrong
I have/had no excuse for my behaviour and I also apologize to the fans I hurt/Let down with my words that day many years ago ..To Err is human but to forgive is divine!!!
Am not trying to be the better person,You deserve this apology for your Child for the Love I have for God..I found God and everything in my life changed,Let me tell you about him sometime..
God bless you and yours!!! Happy new year…
Take your time with the process of forgiving my ill mannered words to your infant but pls eventually do!!
#2017 Amending All my Wrongs
#2017my year of positivity #Long over due apology #MAMAKING”


Mercy Johnson-Okojie, of course, saw Tonto’s post and in turn replied by sharing Tonto’s picture on her Instagram page, saying she accepts her apology.


“@tontolet am shaking and in tears as I read your post.I have learnt the more this morning that the holyspirit is true,cus by him you were in my prayers last night and this morning.am in shock. I always heard of what an Angel you are.
Please,I forgave you immediately King came because I knew that u would have understood how it hurt me. I Love you and I am short of words now but thank you and trust me I wish so much happiness and peace.am already hugging you so tightly. it is well and Purity is Blowing you a kiss too. My God Will Bless You and Keep you Ahead always. MAMAPURITY”
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