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Thursday, July 24, 2008

D’Banj leads the game with The Entertainer


To further prove to music buffs and critics alike that he is still ahead of the game, Dapo Daniel Oyebanjo, famously known as D’ Banj, is poised to launch his third solo album sensationally entitled The Entertainer, this weekend. The elaborate event, which is already serenading the entertainment circuit, holds tomorrow, July 26, 2008 at the upscale Expo Centre of the Oceanview restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos. According to the Kokolet crooner, who is also the first Nigerian youth ambassador for peace, the ten-tracker effort, was mixed, mastered and produced in the UK by Don Jazzy. It also boasts of several hit tracks rendered in both Pidgin English and the core Nigerian languages. “This album is vintage me and also a potential mega hit with universal flavours like, Afrobeat, highlife, reggae, funk, dancehall, R n B, hip hop, techno, jazz and of course, the Koko styling,” hinted the No long thing crooner.

Meanwhile, as a musician with a very large heart, Dbanj is using the occasion of the launch to flag off his non-governmental organization, christened the Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development- KOFYPED. Its primarily designed to cater for the less privileged in the society, and has already employed 50 ICT youths.

Rev. Okotie adopts AY, the comedian

Pix-Rev. Chris Okotie and AY

Dandy man of God and the head pastor of the Household of God Church, Rev. Kris Okotie did two unique things on the occasion of his recently held 50th birthday celebrations. First, was the ‘unveiling’ and introduction of his would be pretty wife, Stephanie, a divorcee mother of three to church members and invited quests. As if that was not enough, the preacher turned politician went ahead to declare on the pulpit that he had adopted fast rising comedian Ayo Makun, famously known as AY, as his first son. The public announcement further elicited huge applause from those present at the occasion. However, our concern is that more than a month after the declaration, the cerebral comedian and compere, whose AY show, has been rated one of the best watched on TV, is yet to change his surname to reflect his new status. Meanwhile, some hoodlums recently burgled his wife’s car and left it thoroughly vandalized.

Nollywood bubbles at two-in-one premiere

Pix-Omotola Jolade-Ekehinde and Ramsey Noah

Another milestone achievement was recorded in the Nigerian motion picture industry globally referred to as Nollywood penultimate Sunday evening, when two blockbuster movies premiered elaborately in one big event.
The world premiere, which was attended by several leading names in Nollywood alongside celebrities and dignitaries from all walks of life, held with so much glamour and glitz at the upscale Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Both movies, When The Heart Lies, produced by Vivian Ejike, and Reloaded, packaged by Emem Isong and Desmond Elliot, collectively starred a total of 16 A- List stars.
First to premiere was the former, which had sexy actress Omotola Jalade, as the lead actress, and the latter starring handsome actor, Ramsey Noah as the lead.
Aside music, which was supplied by Hip hop star Paul Play and other performing acts in the house, Basorge Tariah, the Grand master of comedy, as the compere, further enlivened the house with good jokes and jibes. Radio presenter, Freeze, supported the River State born entertainer.
In their addresses, Ejike and Emem, who were looking angelic in their black and fushia pink free flowing gowns, thanked all for coming and promised to do more great things for Nollywood. They also thanked their sponsors for believing in them.
Also in attendance, was Chief Lucky Imasuen, the deputy governor of Edo State, a proud Nollywood enthusiast.

Davina launches the freedom album

Fast emerging contemporary musician Patience Achema, better known as Davina happily launched her debut album over the weekend at the Nu Metro Cinema hall, Lekki, Lagos.

Entitled the Freedom Album, friends and colleagues of the Kogi State born singer also graced the event.

The ten-tracker, which is already on the shelves nationwide according to the blonde, was hugely inspired by the society and events happening around her.
Powered by Rajcom and proudly supported by Longhorn energy drink, the gathering was beautifully anchored by wave making comedian D’Lectura.

Davina, also plans to embark on a nationwide tour in the next couple weeks, to further promote the album and her budding career.

O’Jez repositions for better deals

Pix-Joseph Odobeatu

Leading music label and celebrity hang out joint O’Jez, tucked inside the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos is gradually taking entertainment and hospitality businesses to the next level. Information at our disposal has it that in the next couple of weeks, all the new artistes on the label would be unveiled at a colourful ceremony holding at its Chinese restaurant section.
Another insider, further hinted that Joseph Odobeatu, the amiable boss of the high profile hang-out, has also up-graded the facilities on ground with more special orders coming in from the UK, in a fortnight. “In fact, Odobeatu has resumed fully at O’Jez, unlike before that he used to breeze in once in a while, he now has a corporate office and has completely turned around the running of the place”, hinted the source.

Njideka to honour late Oliver De Coque

Pix-Oliver De Coque

Even in death, more honour and recognition are still pouring in for Oliver De Coque, the highlife maestro and exponent of Ogene music globally.
All the way from London, princess Njideka Ndiwe, a great fan and admirer of the late bearded singer recently breezed in to honour and pay tribute to De Coque, in a very special way.
We reliably gathered that the international businesswoman, whom the late musician had sang her praises in some of his hit albums, has concluded plans to organize a night of tributes for De Coque in collaboration with some music and movie stars very soon.

Already, she is currently fine-tuning arrangements with most of the acts billed to perform at the show holding in Lagos, Anambra and Abuja respectively. An insider further squealed that Ndiwe, is doing this based on the cordial relationship she had with the late crooner, while he was alive. “Oliver was and still remains her best musician when it comes to highlife music, hence her reason for wanting to remember and honour him in a very unique way,” added the insider.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Econmium, Prest Lunch and Dinner Cruise groove stars and celebrities on the high seas+Photos

Photos-(1)Photo-Tony Prest, CEO, Prest Lunch and Dinner Cruise
(2)some celebrities embarking via speed boat

Gbenga Adeyinka opened the show
The fun-filled and memorable boat cruise was declared opened by the most visible Comedian of the Federal Republic (CFR), Gbenga Adeyinka the first. Adeyinka thoroughly thrilled guests with exhilarating jokes and jibes, while the luxury boat was getting set to sail. And to the consternation of many, he quietly disembarked before the boat was let off the anchorage.

Fast rising comedians, Seyi law and Emeka Smith later filled the vacuum created by Adeyinka, who was obviously rushing to another high profile event.

Seyi and Smith really dazzled the high net worth gathering at intervals and they kept asking for more.

Photos-(1)Gbenga Adeyinka (2)R-L, Yours sincerely, Essence, rocking with other celebs

Nollywood Stars and celebrities everywhere
The historic boat groove jointly organized by Encomium magazines and Prest Lunch and Dinner Cruises, aimed at exploring the Lagos waterways was well attended by top entertainers, celebrities and the glitterati. In fact, Several Nollywood stars, top musicians and comedians that attended had unlimited fun and mixed freely with other dignitaries from all walks of life.

Actresses, Uche Jumbo and Rukky Sandra doing their thing

Leading the pack of Nollywood stars were the trio of Omotola Jalade – Ekeinde, Saint Obi and Uche Jombo. However, Saint Obi later disappeared into thin air, before the well-secured boat could set sail. A bird later squealed that the action hero star was probably scared of grooving on the high seas. Other Nollywood stars in the house were: Chico Ejiro and wife, Joy, Uche Iwuji, Kunle Afolayan, Ruky Sanda, Nike Peller and others.

Photo-Weird MC, Muma Gee thrilling the audience

Musicians light up the cruise
The still talk of the town boat cruise reached a crescendo when some leading musicians on board teamed up with the in house Prest Live Band and thrilled guests to no end with good music. Among those that performed were: Tunde and Wunmi Obe (TWO), Weird Mc, Sasha, Mumagee, Kenny Saint Brown, Essence and Zaaky Adzee.

Photo-T.W.O performing

The joint session was so sweet and tempting that most guests on board the luxury cruise had to abandon the comfort of their seats for the jam-packed dance floor to wriggle their waists. Virtually all the invited guests were on their feet throughout the over three hours that the razzmatazz filled outing lasted.

Sasha, Solomom Kolade Olotun Wunmi Obe

Kunle Bakare, Tony Prest, the good hosts
The organizers of the glamorous cruise Mr. Kunle Bakare, the dandy publisher of Encomium Magazines and Awards Company and unassuming Tony Prest, the honcho of Prest Lunch and Dinner Daily Cruises did wonderfully well as the chief hosts of the high octane gathering.

They were both on their feet exchanging pleasantries and banters with guests and at the same time attending to their needs, while the cruise lasted. They also ensured that choice foods from local to continental and assorted drinks and wines flowed endlessly at the cool and breezy evening of enjoyment.

Photo-Cutting of cake

The high point of the event was when they gathered stars and celebrities to cut the beautiful cake. This segment was coordinator by ace broadcaster Soni Irabor. In fact, to show that he is a professional, in the marine business, Mr. Prest, lowered a special security speedboat with siren, to protect and guard the cruising boat, while it was getting dark. For your information, heavily armed security personnel were also on board, in case of any “invasion”.

Both hosts, who were obviously overwhelmed with the large turn out of A- list guests, later went round the double - decker boat, thanking guests for coming.

Omotola JOlade with Tony prest and Julian Bassey & Ijeoma Ir.

Omotola Jalade, the latecomer
Sincerely, a special award should be given to delectable star actress Omotola Jalade – Ekeinde for coming very, very late to the event.

The mother of four, who was looking ravishingly beautiful in her knee length gown, breezed into the venue, when the boat had already left and waited patiently for it to return. She was immediately ushered on board, the moment the boat anchored, to the consternation of many. Though, she came late, but thoroughly enjoyed herself before leaving.

Another late cover was actor, comedian and singer Sheddi Baba. The Igala, Kogi State born entertainer who sauntered in with his latest “handbag” also missed every bit of the high seas groove. He was however, smuggled in when the luxury boat berthed.

kunle afolayan, tony prest, weird mc & solomon kolade olotu

The Prests and The Irabors

One boat, three venues
Being a double decker luxury boat, invited guests sat comfortably in three different venues. While most of the entertainers and dignitaries sat on the ground floor, the upwardly mobile and urbane guests sat very relaxed on the first floor, while most of the entertainment journalists on board settled for the windy balcony, from where they thoroughly enjoyed the cool evening breeze and captured the cruise vividly.

The well-organized sitting arrangement made it possible for the boat not to witness any form of human traffic that could easily lead to a stampede on board the memorable cruise.

The red carpet groove and celebrities
Prior to the main groove, which took place on the high seas, several stars and celebrities spent time posing on the red carpet with paparazzi clicking away.

Leading the pack of dignitaries that posed and got interviewed on the red carpet is Dr. Doyin Abiola, who looked chic and very casual in her alluring eveningwear. She had a good companion in the person of princess Teni Aofiyebi.

Dr. Doyin Abiola, Tony Prest, Teni Afeyeni

Elkanah Mowarin, the honcho of E.O.M Business Network and Nonye Osi of MITV thoroughly enjoyed themselves separately on the red carpet before taking it to the next level on the cruising boat.

Lest we forget, ‘Admiral’ Tony Prest was on board the Nire Prest Cruise with his amiable wife and adventurous son.

Azubuike Oshimili and Tunde Braimih

Segun Arinze back to the altar again

Photo-Top Actor, Segun Arinze

Bad boy actor and one of the most creative and versatile entertainers in Nigeria today, Segun Aina Padanou Arinze, as you are reading this is already a happily married man. Whao! Arinze, quietly decided to say “I do” again, to another Igbo lady Julie Nsofor, from Oguta, Imo State, more than a decade after his first and whirlwind marriage to co movie star Ann Njemanze collapsed amid accusations and counter accusations of infidelity from both parties. The traditional wedding took place over the weekend at the bride’s village with some of Arinze’s pals and colleagues in the industry attending. We would definitely keep you darling readers posted on their forthcoming white wedding, holding in Lagos very soon. Meanwhile, Arinze’s new wife is a lawyer working with oil giant, Schlumberger, and closely related to the weird one, Charly Boy, thus making Arinze the latter’s in law. Congrats pal.

Producers battle over award-winning movie, Irapada

Photo-Poster of the movie, Irapada

The lingering and messy battle between actor Kunle Afolayan and John Izuchukwu over the real owner of the now controversial but very successful movie Irapada, has taken a new dimension. Aside the legal judgment, obtained at a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, in favour of the later, his outfit, Jonakchuks Productions Company limited, has also dragged Afolayan and his Golden Effects Services limited outfit, to the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB). As if that was not enough blow already, Izuchukwu, through his lawyers, Eagle Chambers, also wrote a petition to the management of Unilever Nigeria Plc, to desist from sponsoring or endorsing the movie, based on a fresh court injunction filed. In the documents made available to us, Izuchukwu’s anger stems from the fact that as the real owner of the story and co producer of Irapada, Afolayan, whom he contracted to originally star in the movie as his lead act, failed to carry him along in the
scheme of things, especially now that the flick is making waves nationally and globally. While, Afolayan on his own part, is accusing Izuchukwu, of destabilizing all his concerted efforts at getting corporate sponsors to buy into the project. Dear readers, we would definitely keep you informed, as more facts and figures emerge in this dirty and real life drama unfolding in Nollywood. Just be rest assured that our radar is everywhere and recording.

James Louis floats multi media studios

Photo-Actor, James Louis

London based Nigerian born moviemaker and singer James Louis has finally floated his long awaited multi media studios. The multi million Naira investment, which recently opened for business, is located adjacent to the newly commissioned national secretariat of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, in the heart of Surulere, Lagos. The outfit, known as Jalou Media Limited, boasts of both movie and music studios, and has also been upgraded to meet the demands of international standard works. In a chat with us at the formal opening, Louis, who just breezed in from the UK, disclosed that the desire to help develop the blossoming entertainment sector in Nigeria, necessitated the bold step. “We are into general entertainment and hope to discover new talents in both the music and movie sectors. “Already, we have signed two acts, Adaeze and Lamborghini, who we are releasing on our label, James Louis Records soon”. He further added that they would soon storm
locations for a big budget movie entitled Anaedo, to be directed by Izu Ojukwu.

Ugwunze celebrates Chime’s victory

Photo-Sillivan Chime, Enugu State Governor

Pioneer actor turned businessman Olisaemeka Ugwunze did not only fly down to Enugu to witness last Friday’s Appeal Court ruling, but has also not stopped celebrating since the election of his State’s governor, Sullivan Chime was upheld. Gathered that immediately the judge pronounced Chime winner, Ugwunze, who stormed the court’s premises with his pals, mostly from Lagos, started partying and celebrating the victory round the major cities of Enugu State. Our source further hinted that the groove lasted till the wee hours of the following morning and even continued in Lagos the day after. Confirming the story, Ugwunze, the honcho of Mescana Nigreria Limited said Chime’s victory was well deserved and that they looked forward to hosting him soon in Lagos. We just hope that the tested thespian is not thinking of abandoning business for politics, just like he did with Nollywood.

Vivian Ejike, Emem Isong set for historic premiere

Nollywood will be agog on Sunday, July 20, 2008 for the back-to-back premieres of two blockbuster movies courtesy of Vivian Ejike and Emem Isong, two leading female filmmakers in the industry.

Both big budget movies, When the heart lies and Games Men Play Reloaded would be premiered and presented to the world at the upscale Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, after, which they would be screened in other major cities of the federation before being released on VCD and DVD nationally and globally.

The high profile event, which is expected to attract dignitaries from all walks of life, is currently the talk of the town within and outside Nollywood.

Meanwhile, aside the cool evening double premiere, some top musicians and comedians have been billed to light up the anticipated night of fun with their scintillating performances.

On why they chose to organize a two-in-one premiere, Ejike, an ex senior banker, hinted that they decided to attempt a unique initiative, which has never happened in Nollywood and thus setting a standard. In her own words, Isong, who is also a seasoned scriptwriter, said the idea became necessary because of the quality of the films and the array of stars they both paraded. Tickets for the grand premieres are
currently on sales nationwide.

Ramsey Noah still grooving in the US

Photo- Actor, Ramsey Noah

Highly reliable trans-Atlantic gist filtering in from the US has it that mulatto Nollywood star Ramsey Noah is still holed up in the US, having a blast of a lifetime with pals and well -wishers.

Gathered that he secretly left our shores over a month ago and might not be returning soon.

Another insider hinted that the “Dangerous Twins” hero wants to tour the whole of the US and Europe before jetting back to base to be with his family and Nollywood.

Well, we are still looking for Emilia, his wife, to find out if her hubby took permission from her and the kids before the AWOL TRIP.

Something New From Elkanah Mowarin

Youthful and dandy Elkanah Mowarin, the creative mind behind the Proudly Nigerian Initiative is coming out with something new for the nation and those in the Diaspora any moment from now.

Entitled Love 4 Love, Mowarin, the honcho of EOM Business Network, boasted that it is going to be a new ground breaking, stylish, appealing and thought provoking Soap Opera ever to be shown on Nigerian TV stations.

In his words: “Love 4 Love is a Proudly Nigerian Initiative with the actors, producers, directors, scriptwriters and technical crew being Nigerians. It also comes with all the characteristics of an international TV drama series. We have also engaged the services of the best hands alongside state of the art technology to achieve this.” As a national project, Mowarin and his crew also seek to produce a standard soap as well as influence behavioural patterns and tendencies for the good of the country with the didactic drama.

“Our vision is to produce a unique, visionary and trailblazing Nigerian TV drama series of international standard”, Mowarin further reassured.

We would definitely keep you readers informed on more about this first indigenous production with a truly Nigerian appeal.

Editors Note-Pix coming shortly.Thanks

American soap, Next Of Kin hits Nigerian TV

Photo-Rahman Oladigbolu,US based Nigerian producer

TV buffs, especially lovers of quality programmes would soon have the opportunity of watching Next of Kin, a comprehensive drama specially shot to x-ray the American story and experience among immigrant basically from Nigeria and Africa.

The weekly, one-hour TV series would also deal with the struggle of immigrants in the US, thus depicting how their lives reflect the cultural diversity that makes up the nation. It would also take a critical look at the culture shock that usually greets the new residents, their coping capacities and strategies they employ for survival alongside the overall effect on both the immigrants and the nation.

According to its creator and producer, Rahman Oladigbolu, who is based in the US, Next of Kin, particularly explores the various experiences that African immigrants go through as they pursue the Golden Fleece and also try to settle in the unfamiliar land. “It also explores the inter-relationships of the immigrants with the African-Americans, white Americans, Latino Americans, native Americans and the rest of the world. It is basically the story and lives of four groups of families coming from four different backgrounds”.

Also embedded in the soon to debut family oriented drama are the themes of love, hatred, betrayal, ambition, hope, fear, friendship, enmity, deceit, passion and many others.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Wim Wenders, German filmmaker chairs Venezia 65


This is cheering news for all the Nollywood stars and stakeholders attending this year’s Venice international Film Festival taking place on the Venice Lido, Italy from August 27 to September 6, 2008. They would have the opportunity of meeting and interacting with Wim Wenders, the foremost German director and one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation, who has been appointed president of the international jury, for the competition’s 65th edition. Gathered that the board of Directors of the Venice biennale, has accepted the proposal of the Festival Director, Marco Muller, thus ratifying the appointment.

It would be recalled that Wenders appeared
at the Lido in 1972, with his feature film, The Goal Keeper’s Fear of The Penalty Kick, and won the Golden Lion, ten years later with The State of Things, the first in a series of important awards that have led him to the forefront of international cinema.
Meanwhile, Burn After Reading, written and directed by Academy award winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, will open this year’s festival. The festival will also celebrate Adriano Celentano’s return with the remix of his 1975 cult movie, Yuppi Du, with a world premiere on September 4, 2008. Also, the great Italian master, Ermanno Olmi will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement Award at the festival, for leaving a profound mark on the inventiveness of modern cinema. Adriano Celentano would specially present the award to him.

Vatiswa shows love from South Africa

Photo-Vatiswa Ndara, South African act

Despite the recent xenophobic attacks embarked upon by her South African people, unassuming Vatiswa Ndara’s love for Nigeria and the African continent in general is unequalled and unparalleled. Interestingly, Ndara who combines acting with radio broadcasting, and currently with Metro FM, began her professional career with Radio Transkei in 1994, as a newsreader and compiler. She has also traversed other major stations, including
Ndara, confesses that as much as she loves being a newscaster, her passion has always been for acting and performing. She finally kick started her acting career with a role in Generations and several others. In 2006, she won the South African Film and TV award, for Best Supporting actress, for her uncommon role in Home Affairs. Currently shooting a 52-episode TV drama entitled Shooting Stars with another movie, Cutting Silence. The multi talented mother of one, as a compere, has successfully hosted past editions of the Metro FM music Awards among other big shows. Surprisingly too, Ndara, who is set to storm Nollywood any moment from now, just finished shooting a music video with a popular South African singer alongside a forthcoming soap on M-Net. In a chat, she retorted thus: “ I don’t know what it is, but I have always believed that I can do it…” More on Ndara’s public and private lives on this column.

Comedian, I Go Dye plans peace in sight project for Niger Delta

Photo-I Go Dye

Having gone round the world entertaining and bringing joy, happiness and smiles to millions of homes through comedy, Francis Agoda, famously known as I Go Dye, is still not a happy and fulfilled man. The reason, according to the Delta State born comedian has to do with the rising cases of violence globally, especially in Africa and his Niger Delta, regarded as the hotbed. In his quest at finding a lasting solution to the unending violence, particularly in the Niger Delta region, the highflying entertainer, recently landed with a noble project, like an eagle.

Photo-Some Niger Delta Millitants

Tagged: “Peace in Sight”, the initiative he further posited is a huge responsibility to all, “ because some how we are all caught in the web of violence”, adding that he feels a strong sense of responsibility to contribute objectively in promoting peace to youths in Africa and all over the world. “I want to use my talent as a tool of service to reach out to millions of youths across
Africa. I want to use my God given talent to also add value and morals through entertainment,” he stated. Meanwhile, I Go Dye, is calling on both the private and public sectors to help make his lofty dream a reality, especially the NDDC and DESOPAEDC alongside the media.

Encomium set to fete stars on a boat cruise

Photo-Azuh Arinze, Editor, Encomium Magazines

One of Nigeria’s leading soft sell magazines Encomium, is poised for a historic boat cruise with celebrities, entertainment stars and the glitterati soon. Tagged: Exploring Lagos Waterways in Luxury With Encomium, the magazine and awards company, the unforgettable experience of a life time holds this Saturday, July 12, 2008, at the Prest Lunch and Dinner Cruise, Lekki Phase One, Lagos. Shedding more light, Mr. Kunle Bakare, the publisher of Encomium Magazine and organizer of the event, stated that it is going to be an evening of fine dining, music, comedy and dance for all the specially invited high calibre guests. “ Its an Encomium initiative powered by Tony Prest’s Lunch and Dinner Cruise. The dress code is classic, chic and casuals and our cruise boat leaves at 6.00pm,” Bakare maintained.

Chioma Toplis breezes in

Photo-Actress, Chioma Toplis

Dear readers, do you want to guess the actress that has been in town for more than a fortnight and quietly enjoying herself? Well, don’t bother guessing, its voluptuous Chioma Toplis, the London based Nollywood star. The Stolen Bible actress, who shuttles in between her base and Nigeria, is currently in town working and also hanging out with pals at major fun spots. Toplis, who is married to a Briton, as you are reading this is already on her way to Dubai, United Arab Emirates on holiday with her entire family and would jet back to base from there.

Uzodinma Okpechi moves into new studio, office

Photo-Uzodinma Okpechi, Video Director

After several years of hard work and perseverance, Oruka and other hit music videos director Uzodinma Okpechi, has finally moved into his new multi million Naira corporate studios and office. Located in the heart of Surulere, Lagos, the new production temple is well equipped and also boasts of modern day audio visual facilities that can compete favourably with global standards. In order to ensure that work goes on uninterruptedly with or without now comatose PHCN, Okpechi relies on three brand new generating sets for electricity. Can you beat that? In a brief chat with us, the award-winning director of the Glo Show on network TV revealed that he decided to raise the bar and move to the next level because he is a thorough bred professional and likes being on top of his game.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Odey, Utomi, Adesanya, Gbinigie, others for MORGON Nollywood Summit

Photo-Mr. John Odey

In its quest at repositioning the Nigerian motion picture industry, the Movie Reporters’ Guild of Nigeria, MORGON, has concluded plans to host what many, especially industry observers, tag the biggest summit ever in the annals of Nollywood.

Fittingly tagged: Nollywood, Our Nollywood, the summit holds on Thursday, August 28, 2008, at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos with several dignitaries as Guest Speakers. Secretary of the body Mr. Chibueze Okereke, in a press statement, reiterated that the Nollywood summit is among other plans being put in place by MORGON to reposition the thriving nation’s movie industry otherwise called Nollywood. “MORGON was established in the first place to assist in the repositioning process of Nollywood, now that we have successfully held the investiture ceremony of our Life Patron Mr. Andrien Gbinigie, the executives have come together to unveil our programmes for the year with the summit coming top on our priority”.

He further described movie reporters and Nollywood practitioners as “partners in progress”, stating that the forthcoming event would be the biggest in Nollywood.

Photo-Prof. Pat Utomi

Among the dignitaries already billed to deliver topical papers at the historic summit are: Mr. John Odey, the Minister of Information and Communication, Mr. Afolabi Adesanya, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation and renowned businessman, politician and academic Prof. Pat Utomi. Coming from the UK to also deliver thought provoking papers at the summit are the duo of Kene Mkparu, the first black General Manager of Odeon chain of Cinemas and Magnus Mbanu, a BBC trained film maker alongside Marc Wishengrad, a leading Hollywood filmmaker, coming from the US. Meanwhile, Mr. Andrien Gbinigie, the CEO of Atlantic Overseas and the Life Patron of MORGON, would be the Special Guest of Honour at the grand gathering.

Photo-Mr. AFolabi Adesanya

President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, popular actor Ejike Asiegbu could not hide his joy on the coming event. “I salute the courage and thoughtfulness of these young vibrant men and women. I think it would be a refreshing difference for people who have covered events in the industry for sometime, organizing something like this. I think it would go a long way in helping to redefine and reposition Nollywood. The Actors Guild of Nigeria is totally in support of the forthcoming Nollywood Summit” he said.

Grand reception for Kate Henshaw-Nuttal

Photo-Kate Henshaw-Nuttal

For her immense contributions to the growth of Nollywood and emerging the best Actress on the African continent at this year’s edition of the revered African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), star actress, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, would be hosted to a grand reception this Sunday, July 6, 2008.

Organized by the Seye Kehinde’s led City People Entertainment, the high-octane gathering holds between the hours of 4.00pm and 8.00pm at the newly opened Studio 868, Victoria Island, Lagos, with several dignitaries and her colleagues in Nollywood expected to attend .

Also, at the event, top fashion designer Frank Osodi would unveil his 2008 summer evening wear.

Meanwhile, the highpoint of the reception is the auctioning of Mrs. Nuttal’s ten designers’ attires with part of the proceeds going to some selected NGO’s.

KoldSweat celebrates another year

Photo-actor, Larry Koldsweat

Penultimate Sunday was a very memorable one for actor turned pastor, Larry Koldsweat and his entire household. The white beards spotting thespian, added another year on earth. And in order for the milestone event not to go unnoticed, his family happily organized a special birthday bash for him.

The groove, which held in his Lagos residence was well attended by his colleagues in Nollywood as well as family friends and well wishers.

The highpoint of the event was when the birthday boy, who is also a tested highlife musician, mounted the stage and rendered a special number for his invited guests.

Victuals were also in surplus at the shindig and all those that attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves before leaving.

Atlantic Overseas storms Venice Film Festival

Photo-Andrien Gbinigie, CEO, Atlantic Overseas

Andrien Gbinigie, the amiable boss of Atlantic Overseas, the producer of award winning Mirror of Beauty and co producer of Mission to Nowhere is stepping up preparations towards storming this year’s edition of the Venice Film Festival, Italy starting from August 27 to September 6, 2008. A reliable source hinted us that Gbinigie, who was at the Cannes Film Festival, France, where Mirror of Beauty, was screened at the Nigerian Pavilion, is already networking for Venice with his team. According to this insider, Gbinigie, is likely going to include a few movie makers and some entertainment journalists on his entourage. What is however, not certain, is if any of his films would be submitted for screenings at the world’s oldest film festival, which began in 1932. Organized by the Venice Biennale, it would take place on the Venice Lido. The aim of the festival is to encourage the awareness and promotion of all the various aspects of international cinema
as art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. Marco Müller will direct the forthcoming edition, thus continuing the job he began in 2004, alongside Enrico Magrelli, his right hand man for cultural programming. A total of sixteen consultants will participate in the selection and search process for the festival. Also, the line up for the 65th edition of the festival would be announced during a press conference taking place in Rome, at the end of July.

Actors Guild commissions Secretariat

Photo-L-R Pete Edochie, Arinze Ezeanyaeche and Ejike Asiegbu

History was made penultimate weekend when the leadership of the Actors Guild of Nigeria – AGN, under the stewardship of Ejike Asiegbu commissioned its multi million Naira national Secretariat. Located on Ajao road, Surulere, Lagos, several Nollywood stars, dignitaries from both the private and public sectors alongside the glitterati graced the epoch event. Speaking at the gathering, the honcho of Atlantic Overseas, Mr. Andrien Gbinigie, commended the visionary leadership of Asiegbu, whom he described as a goal getter and very hard working. The chairman of the occasion, Engr. Cyril Ajagu, who is also a patron of the guild, in his address, said he decided to bankroll the project because of belief and love for AGN and the nation’s entertainment industry in general. The minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), Ambassadors Musiliu Obanikoro, Segun Olusola and Senator Florence Ita Giwa, also added colour to the event
with their presence and brief remarks. Responding, elated Asiegbu, who also commissioned a bus for AGN, thanked all the invited guests for coming to support and assist in the repositioning of the guild. He further, pledged his commitment to a virile leadership at the AGN, adding that him and the executives are poised at moving the guild forward. The event held at Ojez, National Stadium and was well anchored by Segun Arinze.

Niteshift Coliseum to host Mike Okiro

Photo-Mike Okiro, Inspector of Nigeria Police

The nation’s number one cop and the Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro will be the special guest at the next edition of the Niteshift Coliseum’s Grand House Reception (GHR). The high profile event holds on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 6.30 pm prompt in Ikeja, Lagos. And as usual, the amiable police boss is expected to field questions about the activities of his men and the force in general, from patrons and friends of the elitist hangout. In the words of the honcho of the club, Ken Calebs Olumese, the event would have all the razzmatazz and glamour associated with the Coliseum’s tradition of excellence. “ Mind you, the GHR, is the highest honour accorded distinguished members of the public who have done exceedingly well, for the nation and themselves,” adding that invited guests must dress respectable to the high net worth gathering.