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Gala Night Part 2: Knock Knock (Episode 13)

Gala Night Part 2 (2)Gala Night Part 2 is episode 13 of the hilarious web series, Knock Knock (directed by Tolulope Ajayi). It stars OC Ukeje, Zainab Balogun, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Bayray McNwizu. In this episode, Hauwa’s (Zainab Balogun) night is ruined when she runs into an old flame.


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Gala Night Part 1: Knock Knock (Episode 12)

Gala Night Part 1Gala Night Part 1 is episode 12 of the hilarious web series, Knock Knock (directed by Tolulope Ajayi). It stars OC Ukeje, Zainab Balogun, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Bayray McNwizu. In this episode, Badebo (Deyemi Okanlawon) runs into complications as he tries to plan his Friday night.


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“Knocking on Heaven’s Door” Hits Cinemas April 18

Knocking on Heavens DoorThe romantic drama, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, will open in Nigerian cinemas on April 18, 2014.  The movie was produced by Emem Isong and Ini Edo-Ehiagwina. It was directed by Desmond Elliot, and it stars Majid Michel, Ini Edo-Ehiagwina, Blossom Chukwujekwu, and Adesuwa Etomi. Also in the movie are Robert Peters, Leelee Byoma, and Evaezi.

Story Outline

Knocking on Heavens Door is an emotional story on domestic violence, betrayal, passion, faith and love. Debbie (Adesua Etomi) is a beautiful singer with a heavenly voice, married to the handsome and charismatic Moses (Blossom Chukwujekwu), she is the envy of many. Debbie however harbours a dark secret that she tries to keep hidden within the confines of her perfect world; she is being physically and emotionally abused by Moses and the strain of it threatens to break her. Can she be saved by a knight in shining armour, Tom (Majid Michel) or will she be consumed by the machinations of Brenda (Ini Edo-Ehiagwina), Moses’ scorned lover who will stop at nothing to see that she extracts her pound of flesh?

Set in a church community and woven in the tapestry of music and song, Knocking on Heaven’s Door promises to be an unforgettable story, showcasing the amazing talent that abounds in Nigeria.


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‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ Debuts in Nigeria – Official Release Date 25th April 2014

Half of a Yellow SunShareman Media, the Nigerian producer, and FilmOne Distribution, the Nigerian distributor of the feature film Half of a Yellow Sun, are pleased to announce that the highly anticipated film will be released in Nigerian cinemas on Friday, the 25th of April 2014. The public release will be preceded by the African premiere, to be held in Lagos prior to the release date.

Half of a Yellow Sun had its world premiere at the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada to great applause, and subsequently premiered in Europe at the BFI London Film Festival, London. The Film will be released in cinemas in Australia from 27th March, in the UK from 11th April, and in the US in the early summer.

Directed by the Nigerian playwright, Biyi Bandele, Half of a Yellow Sun stars the BAFTA Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and BAFTA Award-winning actor Thandie Newton. Genevieve Nnaji, Onyeka Onwenu, O. C. Ukeje, Tina Mba, Zack Orji, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle and John Boyega led the supporting cast. The Film is a beautifully crafted adaptation of the international bestselling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Set in 1960s Nigeria, Half of a Yellow Sun is an epic love story, weaving together the lives of four people caught up in the turbulence of the Nigerian civil war. Half of a Yellow Sun is set to strike a special chord with movie-goers nationwide.

Attending the VIP premiere will be the BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), accompanied by Nigeria’s jewel, Genevieve Nnaji, O. C. Ukeje and the doyenne of Nigerian entertainment, Onyeka Onwenu. The Film’s director Biyi Bandele, Producer Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland), Associate Producer Sandra Obiago, Executive Producers Yewande Sadiku and Muhtar Bakare and D’Banj, whose “Bother You” was inspired by the Film, are also expected at the star-studded premiere. Our very own Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of the international best seller, is scheduled to lead this cream of world-class talent.

The Nigerian Premiere is proudly sponsored by Etisalat, the Wheatbaker Hotel and Arik Air.

Half of a Yellow Sun was largely funded by Nigerian investors, including the Bank of Industry and Cross River State Government. It was shot in the Tinapa Studios in Calabar and in various locations in Creek Town, and employed several hundreds of local residents as paid extras and artisans in the course of its production.

The technical quality of the film demonstrates that it is possible to make a high quality production in Nigeria with the appropriate budget and technical input. The film was officially invited to screen at several high-profile international film festivals in recognition of its ground-breaking quality.

The film is directed by a Nigerian and based on a book written by a Nigerian about events that occurred in Nigeria. The bulk of the funding came from Nigeria, and the film was shot in Nigeria, with large numbers of Nigerian cast and crew. The success of the film will require the support of all Nigerians, to ensure that many more projects that “tell our own stories” can access the required quantum of funding.

The producers humbly request all Nigerians to support this film by watching it and encouraging their friends around the world to watch it.


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Joseph Benjamin, Kate Henshaw Star in Ejiro Onobrakpor’s ‘A Few Good Men’

1 - Kate Henshaw + Joseph BenjaminJoseph Benjamin, Kate Henshaw, Anthony Monjaro, and Oreka Godis, star in a new romantic drama, titled A Few Good Men, directed by Ejiro Onobrakpor. The movie was shot on location in Lagos, and principal photography was completed on March 16, 2014. Also in the movie are Uru Eke, Deyemi Okanlawaon, and Shawn Faqua.

In the movie, Joseph Benjamin plays Fred, a successful banker who gets dumped on the night he had arranged to propose to his love interest, Ivie (Uru Eke). She says he was “too nice.” Fred goes into a depression and wrestles with why being good and nice should be a disadvantage in a relationship. Ada (Kate Henshaw) who herself has been through a break up for being “too successful”, and Toks (Oreka Godis) try to help Fred get back on his feet.

The movie was produced by Femi Jacobs and Tolu Sholanke. Femi Jacobs is an actor and singer, who is perhaps best known for his role as Makinde Esho in the romantic drama, The Meeting. Tolu Sholanke is a lawyer and photographer. He is also a co-founder of the production company, Xtertainment Network.

A Few Good Men will be released in cinemas across Nigeria, online, as well on DVD.

Shawn Faqua, Kate Henshaw, Joseph Benjamin, and Oreka Godis

Shawn Faqua, Kate Henshaw, Joseph Benjamin, and Oreka Godis

Joseph Benjamin on location

Joseph Benjamin on location

Kate Henshaw on location

Kate Henshaw on location

Kate Henshaw and Ejiro Onobrakpor on location

Kate Henshaw and Ejiro Onobrakpor on location

Shawn Faqua on location

Shawn Faqua on location

Deyemi Okanlawon in a scene from

Deyemi Okanlawon in a scene from ‘A Few Good Men’

Onye Ubanatu

The D.O.P, Onye Ubanatu

Tolu Sholanke and Bankole


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Accidental Boyfriend: Knock Knock (Episode 11)

Accidental BoyfriendAccidental Boyfriend is episode 11 of the hilarious web series, Knock Knock (directed by Tolulope Ajayi). It stars OC Ukeje, Zainab Balogun, Deyemi Okanlawon, and Bayray McNwizu. In this episode, Chike (OC Ukeje) suffers from a case of mistaken identity at a friend’s wedding.


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List of Winners: Afrinolly Short Film Competition 2014

Afrinolly - Daniel Etim EffiongThe Afrinolly Awards took place at the MUSON center, Lagos, on February 22, 2014. Winners in the Afrinolly Short Film Competition were announced at the award ceremony. A total of eleven awards were handed out on the night. Following is a full list of the award winners.

  1. First Prize Winner (Short Film): Florian Schott for Everything Happens for a Reason
  2. Second Prize Winner (Short Film): Daniel Etim Effiong for Crimson: Your Cup of Tea
  3. Third Prize Winner (Short Film): Gbenga Salu for 10:10
  4. First Prize Winner: Victor Okoye for Creative Minds
  5. Second Prize Winner (Documentary): Ronke Ogunmakin for Awele’s Diary
  6. Third Prize Winner (Documentary): Ng’endo Mukii for Yellow Fever
  7. Komla Dumor Prize for Storytelling: Daniel Etim Effiong for Crimson
  8. Best Cinematography: Ejim Fortune for The Strangers
  9. Best Use of Animation: Abiola Sobo for In Iredu
  10. Best Picture: Frank Orji for Busted
  11. Best Performance: Michael Asuelime Jr. for Big Man


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The Glitz and Glamour of the AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards

Rita Dominic

Rita Dominic

The Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards 2014, took place on March 8, at Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event was attended by filmmakers, actors, and celebrities from all across Africa. 28 awards in 26 categories were given out on the day. It was a night of glamour and glitz, which was broadcast live across Africa. Some of the celebrities who graced the event include Rita Dominic, Chidi Mokeme, Rukky Sanda, Chika Ike, Mike Ezuruonye, Osita Iheme, and John Okafor.

Biola Alabi

Biola Alabi

Chika Ike

Chika Ike

Jackie Appiah

Jackie Appiah

Joselyn Dumas

Joselyn Dumas

Rukky Sanda

Rukky Sanda

Fatima Jabbe

Fatima Jabbe

Shirley FrimpongManso

Shirley FrimpongManso

Bikiya Graham-Douglas

Bikiya Graham-Douglas

Chioma Ude

Chioma Ude

Gloria Doyle

Gloria Doyle

Linda Ejiofor

Linda Ejiofor

Michelle Dede

Michelle Dede

Sola Sobowale

Sola Sobowale

Osas Ighodaro

Osas Ighodaro

Chidi Mokeme

Chidi Mokeme

Bimbo Manuel

Bimbo Manuel

Osita Iheme

Osita Iheme

Imoh Umoren

Imoh Umoren

Okey Uzoeshi

Okey Uzoeshi

 Sunkanmi Omobolanle

Sunkanmi Omobolanle

Antar Laniyan

Antar Laniyan

Mike Ezeruonye

Mike Ezeruonye

Kalu Ikeagwu

Kalu Ikeagwu

Segun Arinze

Segun Arinze

Wole Ojo

Wole Ojo

John Okafor

John Okafor

 Pascal Amanfo

Pascal Amanfo


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The Lagos Premiere of “Brother’s Keeper”

Yvonne Jegede, Chioma Akpotha, and Omoni Oboli

Yvonne Jegede, Chioma Akpotha, and Omoni Oboli

The Lagos premiere of the movie Brother’s Keeper took place on in February, at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos. Some of those at the premiere were Okey Ezugwu, Omoni Oboli, Majid Michel, Chioma Akpotha, Desmond Elliot, Emem Isong, Moyo Lawal, Beverly Naya, and Yvonne Jegede.

Brother’s Keeper was directed by Okechukwu Onyeka, and produced by Okey Ezugwu. It stars Majid Michel, Omoni Oboli, Beverly Naya, Barbara Soky, and Moyo Lawal. It is still showing in some cinemas in Nigeria.

 

 

Ikechukwu Onyeka and Okey Ezugwu

Ikechukwu Onyeka and Okey Ezugwu

Omoni Oboli

Omoni Oboli

Majid Michel

Majid Michel

Barbara Soky

Barbara Soky

Desmond Elliot (left) and a guest

Desmond Elliot (left) and a guest

Moyo Lawal

Moyo Lawal

Jennifer Eliogu

Jennifer Eliogu

Bryan Okwara

Bryan Okwara

Yvonne Jegede

Yvonne Jegede

Mary Lazarus

Mary Lazarus

Olori Wendy

Olori Wendy

Pearl

Pearl

Majid Michel and Omoni Oboli

Majid Michel and Omoni Oboli

Majid Michel and Bolaji

Majid Michel and Bolaji

Okey Ezugwu with Dr & Dr Mrs Davis Iyoha

Okey Ezugwu with Dr & Dr Mrs Davis Iyoha

Emem Isong, Charles Onwochei, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, and Chioma Akpotha

Emem Isong, Charles Onwochei, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, and Chioma Akpotha

Chioma Akpotha, Emem Isong, and Omoni Oboli

Chioma Akpotha, Emem Isong, and Omoni Oboli

Majid Michel, Beverly Naya, and Yaw

Majid Michel, Beverly Naya, and Yaw

Kachi Onubuogu and friend

Kachi Onubuogu and friend

Mr and Mrs Onubuogu and friends

Mr and Mrs Onubuogu and friends

Sylvya Oluchy, Belinda Effah

Sylvya Oluchy, Belinda Effah

Ikechukwu, Chris, Emma, Oakfil, Lancelot,Emem Isong, Paul, and Nobert Ajaegbu

Ikechukwu, Chris, Emma, Oakfil, Lancelot,Emem Isong, Paul, and Nobert Ajaegbu


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The Lagos Premiere of ‘Apaye’

Desmond Elliot

Desmond Elliot

The Lagos premiere of the movie Apaye : A Mother’s Love took place on March 7, at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos. Some of those at the premiere were Desmond Elliot, Emem Isong, Clarion Chukwurah, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Belinda Effah, Majid Michel, and Uche Iwuanyawu. Also at the premiere were Joseph Benjamin, Frank Edoho, Uche Iwuanyawu, Elizabeth Daniels, and Memry Savanhu.

Apaye: A Mother’s Love is a drama directed by Desmond Elliot, and produced by Emem Isong. It stars Clarion Chukwurah, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Belinda Effah, and Mbong Amata. The movie is a biopic of the life and times of Elder Irene Yepayeye Uriah-Dieah, a prominent community leader from Bayelsa State. It is currently showing at Silverbird Cinemas across Nigeria, and it has been well received by movie-goers.

Emem Isong

Emem Isong

Clarion Chukwurah

Clarion Chukwurah

Kanayo O. Kanayo

Kanayo O. Kanayo

Belinda Effah

Belinda Effah

Dabota Lawson

Dabota Lawson

Jibola Dabo

Jibola Dabo

Daniel K Daniel

Daniel K Daniel

Ngozi Nwosu

Ngozi Nwosu

Emem Morgan

Emem Morgan

Bobby Michaels

Bobby Michaels

Enyinna Nwigwe

Enyinna Nwigwe

Memry Savanhu

Memry Savanhu

Uche Iwuanyanwu

Uche Iwuanyanwu

Elizabeth Daniels

Elizabeth Daniels

Juliet Ibrahim

Juliet Ibrahim

Ejike

Ejike

Belinda Effah and Uche Iwuanyawu

Belinda Effah and Uche Iwuanyawu

Bola Aduwo and Joseph Benjamin

Bola Aduwo and Joseph Benjamin

Emem Isong and Memry Savanhu

Emem Isong and Memry Savanhu

Desmond Elliot (second from left) with guests at the premiere

Desmond Elliot (second from left) with guests at the premiere

Majid Michel

Majid Michel

Bobby Michaels (left) and Frank Edoho (right) on the red carpet

Bobby Michaels (left) and Frank Edoho (right) on the red carpet

Ushers

Ushers

Julius Agwu

Julius Agwu

A cross-section of guests at the premiere

A cross-section of guests at the premiere


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