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AROUND AND ABOUT NOLLYWOOD


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AROUND AND ABOUT NOLLYWOOD

BY SHAIBU HUSSEINI

 

FOREIGN Demons, the Faith Isiakpere Film that has enjoyed screenings at international film festivals, including the popular FESPACO, in Ouagadougou, is set to hit the Nigerian cinemas. It will begin showing on Friday, September 16 at the Silverbird Cinemas around the country. Set in South Africa and Nigeria and shot in these countries, Foreign Demons addresses some of the xenophobia issues of the new South Africa against other blacks. The director of the movie, Faith Isiakpere, a Nigerian, co-produced the flick with his South African wife, Firdoze Bulbulia, to decry the suspecting attitude of the South African locals on foreigners through strong filmic lines. They find the songstress Yvone Chaka-Chaka an important centre to carry the all-important message of unity across the continent. Also starring is the veteran actor Justice Esiri, Yvonne playing the role of a God-fearing South African woman starts having nightmares and becomes violently sick. She seeks medical and spiritual attention, but is advised to go to a Sangoma (Zolani Mkiva) whom she is told will help her find the remedy. Reluctantly she goes and is advised that she needs to travel to the source of her troubles — where she will confront and overcome her illness. She travels to Nigeria where she encounters her nemesis, but is guided by kind-hearted man played by Justus Esiri. Though the main theme is triumph of good over evil, the filmmaker leaves the audience to decide whether the woman’s travail is real or all just a terrible nightmare. Foreign Demons is Chaka Chaka’s first foray into feature film and perhaps, the beginning of a very exciting new career.
AFA expands Film in the Box training initiative

THE African Film Academy (AFA) has expanded its Film in a Box (FIB) project to direct the creative energy of young men and women towards making a career in filmmaking. The project is part of AFA’s corporate social responsibility and capacity development programmes. Introduced four years ago as another flagship brand of the AFA alongside Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), FIB seeks to enhance opportunities for young people in Africa by using filmmaking and creative works to develop skills, which would eventually impact on the economy of countries apart from developing young players in the industry. The project, a 21-day intensive training in different aspects of filmmaking has taken place in three countries in Africa namely, Lagos, Nigeria; Johannesburg, South Africa; and is now starting in Banjul, Gambia. According to a statement by the chief operating officer of AFA (South Africa), Ms. Hamida Suleiman, the training is designed as an all-round course with modules taking the shape of team building and teamwork over a period of 21 days. The project started in July, this year in South Africa, with the first batch of 18 students graduated on August 21. FIB will help to balance the existing film training schools with an alternative programme aside from promoting excellence and professionalism in filmmaking through adequate knowledge and technical-know-how. Also the curriculum is designed to take students through core modules in screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing, acting, sound and production management. Speaking on the project, Suleiman said, “FIB bridges the gap between expensive film schools and those who want to start, but with limited resources to attend the mainstream tertiary education.”


Sam Loco Efe to be buried on October 21

THE family of the deceased veteran stage and screen actor, Samuel Arase Efeimwonkiyekie, popularly called Sam Loco Efe has announced that the late artist would be buried on October 21, in Benin City, Edo State. The family says the choice of October was to allow the rain to subside, so, as to give the rounded performer a befitting burial. However, to accord the late artiste a befitting burial, eldest son of the deceased, Bismarck Nosakhare Efe, said, the family has consented to the setting up of a 30-man Burial/Foundation Committee made up of local, national and international artiste.  The Committee will be chaired by Bismarck Efe while Mr. Peddie Okao and Mr. Ogie Ogedegbe, key cultural figures in Edo State would serve as coordinator and Secretary, respectively. Efe explained that though he was aware that the Actors Guild has set up a similar committee, he stressed that all activities concerning the burial of his late father would be coordinated from Edo State. He therefore urged all other committees to liaise with the 30-man committee, adding that the loss is ‘not only to his immediate family members but also to the movie industry and Nigeria. Meanwhile the Imo State government has reached out to the family of the deceased.  The Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, had through the Segun Arinze led Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), donated the sum of one million Naira, to cover the cost of carrying out an autopsy on the deceased as well as the cost of moving the corpse to his home town. AGN had earlier set up a high-powered 11-member burial organising committee, with the CEO of the African Movie Academy Award (AMAA), Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and Fidelis Duker as Chairman and Secretary respectively. Notable Nollywood and theatre personalities such as Obi Osotule, Hakeem Rahman, Stella Damasus, Paul Obazele, Iyen Agbonifo, Nobert Ajaegbu, Steve Eboh, Mufu Onifade and Amayo Uzor Phillips are members. Meanwhile the remains of the late artist have been transferred from Owerri, the Imo State capital where he died to Benin. An autopsy is being expected.

Madu Chikwendu’s LIFF is now LEAP International Film Festival
THE yearly Lagos International Film Festival (LIFF) run by the Madu Chikwendu Group will henceforth be known as Leap International Film Festival. This year’s edition holds between December 7 and 10 in Aba, Abia State with the theme The Youth, The Society; A Cinema of Peace and Development. The theme also determined the selection of the host city. According to Madu Chikwendu, “we are mindful of the rumours that the change of venue has been influenced by the refusal and/or inability of Lagos State government to honour the three year agreement signed with LIFF at Airport Hotel Lagos. Nothing can be further from the truth. The reality is that we pride ourselves as a dynamic organisation operating at the cutting edge of human and cinema development. Having critically studied the security challenges faced by this great country and the role of the youths, we feel it is only appropriate to focus on the promotion of developmental cinema. We will use film to heal the gaping wounds in this country. We will also jumpstart the reemergence of the various single screen cinemas in Aba." Founded since 1996, as the National Entertainment Conference, the event was re-launched in 2005 as the African Video Expo only to be rebranded in 2006 as Lagos International Film Festival. The 2011 LIFF will be formally unveiled on September 13, at Whitehouse Hotel, Toyin Street Ikeja. This year’s event is presented with MCL TV Aba as principal partners.

Shot from Del-York- NYFA … Instructor’s diary

‘It is great to be back in this lovely country.  Having been a part of last year’s Del-York/NYFA in Abuja Programme, I jumped at the opportunity to teach in Lagos.  Acting has been a passion for me, for over a decade. It brought me to New York City, where I have been living and working in film, TV and theater. I feel blessed to be able to Teach Acting abroad. In just one year, I am already seeing professional changes in Nollywood. Last weekend, I attended a commercial shoot in Lagos. I was impressed; dolly, professional lighting, generator, great cameras… etc.  A real set!  It was wonderful to already see results from last year’s programme. As an Acting Teacher, I am in search of the truth in a performance.  It’s what professional acting is.  The Truth once experienced is never forgotten.   I see the same mistakes here in Nollywood as I do in the US; young actors ‘pushing’ for emotional results.  So, I teach the tools, via lecture and experiential learning; how to find the truth in each moment.  After four weeks, my hopes are to help each student know the feeling of standing in at least one moment of truth and supply as many of these truth finding acting tools as possible.

Nigeria is a passionate country with a wealth of history.  With all these stories and such eager community, I have no doubt that Nollywood has a great Filmmaking future.  I have really enjoyed my stay here.  Loving Lagos is what I keep posting on all my social networking sites.  This tour has been nothing short of fantastic.  It has taught me that living in uncertainty is the proper way through life.  I look forward to returning and seeing the impact that this wonderful programme has made and spend time with my Nigerian friends.

 

 

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