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Friday, August 29, 2014

THE CHALLENGES OF MAKING A HISTORICAL FILM IN NOLLYWOOD- LANCELOT IMASUEN

What is an epic film? This is the question that the producer/director, Lancelot Imasuen, set out to answer as an introduction to the topic, "The Challenges of Making a Historical Film in Nollywood: Invasion 1897 as a Case Study." The occasion was the August edition of the Filmmakers’ Forum of the Nollywood Studies Centre. On that occasion, he spoke at length about his new film, Invasion 1897, a film based on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British.

According to Mr. Imasuen, the genre of the epic film is common worldwide, but the term is largely misrepresented in Nigeria. People erroneously see it as just “a style of filmmaking with large scale, sweeping scope and spectacle, often transporting the viewer to settings of old.” Those that hold this view consequently equate the epic to a showing of mud houses, large crowds, and people dressed in raffia palm skirts. But the true epic is not limited to this; rather, it deals with themes that are of historical, national, religious, or legendary importance and uses an elevated style to celebrate heroic accomplishments. Mr. Imasuen indicated that his desire to make epic style films is motivated by the wish to draw out important events from the past, and to relate the problems and solutions of the past to present realities.

Lancelot Imasuen then went on to speak about the challenges of making a historical film in Nigeria. In talking about such challenges, he said, one must begin by considering the general problems of the country and the common problems that face the Nigerian filmmaker. The Nigerian filmmaker has to contend with the lack of access to public places for shoots; the absence of funding from financial institutions; the drought of trained film professionals; and the non-existence of structures such as sound stages and film villages. All of these lacks make it particularly challenging to produce a historical film in Nigeria.

THE BEST BEAUTY LOOKS FROM THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL


Always one of the most glamorous dates on the Hollywood calendar, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has welcomed a true influx of stars to the Italian city. And aside from the seriously gorgeous frocks, the red carpet has also been awash with some downright stunning beauty looks. Hurrah!





First on our list is A-list babe and beauty maverick Emma Stone- check out that new bob! While it may be easy to get lost in the total amazingness of her Valentino Couture gown, the Amazing Spider-Man actress also mesmerised us with a stunning new, shorter hairstyle. Emma’s hair was inches longer when she arrived in Venice the day before with a shoulder-skimming bob, but has clearly now gone for the chop, and we’re just loving her new do! Perfectly choppy and just the right amount of texture for her naturally thick auburn tresses, Emma’s new style has given us some serious hairspiration.

Pictures credit: www.graziadaily.co.uk






PASTOR EMERGES NEW DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF ENUGU STATE


Reverend Ralph Ifeanyichukwu Nwoye has been named the new Deputy Governor of Enugu State. Nwoye, a politician and clergy, who was nominated for the post by Governor Sullivan Chime, was approved Thursday morning by the Enugu State House of Assembly following the impeachment of erstwhile deputy Sunday Onyebuchi, a few days ago.

Until his appointment, Nwoye was the Bishop and overseer of the Christ Ascension Church in Ugwuaji, Enugu.

He is from Isiogbo Nara in Nkanu East Local Government Area.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TONY ELUMELU BECOMES UBA GROUP CHAIRMAN


The Board of United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) Monday announced the appointment of Mr. Tony O. Elumelu as Chairman, succeeding Ambassador Joe Keshi. The announcement was made in a statement signed by the Divisional Head, Marketing and Corporate Relations, UBA Plc, Charles Aigbe.
Elumelu is Chairman/CEO of Heirs Holdings, the pan-African proprietary investment company he founded in 2010, which holds stakes in a number of leading African businesses, including Transcorp, Nigeria’s largest listed conglomerate by market capitalisation, as well as UBA.
Elumelu retired as Group Managing Director and CEO of UBA in 2010, following the introduction by the Central Bank of Nigeria of 10-year tenure limits for bank CEOs.

He had served as CEO of the UBA Group for 13 years, where he was responsible for the creation of today’s UBA, a financial services institution that built a reputation for innovation and the democratisation of banking services and now spans Africa, providing services to more than 10 million customers, across the continent and in London, Paris and New York.
Widely regarded as one of the most influential business leaders in Africa, Elumelu has developed a reputation for identifying value and bringing a long term investment orientation and discipline to sectors critical to Africa’s development, including financial services, power, oil and gas, agribusiness, real estate and hospitality. As the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropy, Elumelu is committed to the promotion of entrepreneurship in Africa, based on his championing of Africapitalism, the philosophy that the African private sector is the critical enabler of the continent’s economic and social transformation.

The Chairmanship of UBA will complement Elumelu’s existing positions with other Heirs Holdings’ portfolio businesses, including the Chairmanships of Tenoil Petroleum & Energy Services Limited and Seadrill Limited.




Monday, August 25, 2014

BETYL BAT STYLES ESSENCE IN NEW VIDEO- GIVING IT ALL

Essence Uwale Okoro

Fast rising fashion label,Betyl BAT, brain child of former City People Fashion Editor, Bola Akinboade-Bello recently styled music sensation, Uwale Okoro popularly known as Essence in her soon to be released video. She created the Angelic look for the video.
Bola Akinboade-Bello(CEO Betyl BAT Clothing)
Essence and Bola Akinboade-Bello
Tolu Meduna and Bola Akinboade-Bello
Essence dropped the new tune titled “Giving it all” on her birthday July 2014. Delta state born songstress  goes deep and soulful…..It’s a beautiful tune
The video was shot  by prolific video Director Frizzle of Frizzle n Bizzle films. The new song is  a wake up call to ALL that we are answerable to our creator.
 In her words: "The spate of recent untimely deaths and plagues that we are experiencing should bring us to the realisation that we should hold on fast to God'. While stating that she is not looking to be branded as a gospel singer, but rather a music-messenger who would sing about her convictions as they come.

On accusations by some fans that she sing songs that makes them think too deeply, instead of songs that they can dance to, Essence said, dancing won't cure Ebola neither will it take them to the next level.
"I decided to do another song that would cause more thinking because as much as dancing is therapeutic, thinking is very key."

ALL SET FOR GABRIEL IGBINEDION'S 80TH BIRTHDAY


The Esama of Benin Kingdom, Sir Gabriel Igbinedion will be joining the enviable club of octogenarians on September 11, 2014.
According to what bebeakinboade.com gathered, his children and grandchildren are said to be working round the clock to throw a lavish party in celebration of their patriach. Its going to be a month-long series of events that will be observed around the continents, beginning from his magnificient home in GRA, Benin City, Edo State.
The city of Benin is said to be in frenzy already. There are nine assorted invitatioons cards currently in circulation among the high and mighty, notifying them of the imminent party. A prominent Benin Cultural group has also been contracted to add color to the event.

FORMER KWARA STATE GOVERNOR, BUKOLA SARAKI TO HOST BIG 50TH BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR WIFE


Next month's 50th birthday of Toyin Saraki, wife of former governor of Kwara State, Senator Bukola Saraki is already a source of excitement among her friends and family.
Her husband is spearheading the plan to host his wife in a big event which promises to be a convergence of creme de la creme of Nigeria. Plans her already in top gear to make her 50th birthday a memorable event.
Toyin is the Founder/President of the Wellbeing Foundation of Africa, a pan-African maternal health and well-being charity organisation. The mother of four is the daughter of Chief Adekunle Ojora and his wife, Ojuolape.

NIGERIAN DOCTORS CANCEL STRIKE


The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Saturday night cancelled its 7-week-old strike directing all doctors to return to work immediately. The striking doctors agreed to cancel the strike after a delegates meeting of the association where 255 delegates were in attendance with 199 voting to call off the strike. The Abuja meeting started at 8pm and ended at 11pm.
The strike was cancelled following a deal between the association and federal government where Senate President David Mark was the “interface”. All sacked Resident Doctors will be recalled while the suspended Residency Programmes in teaching hospitals will be reinstated by the federal government as part of the deal. All their demands will also be met.

WALE ADENUGA PRODUCTIONS WON THREE AWARDS IN 2 WEEKS


This seems to be a harvest of awards for Wale Adenuga Productions, as it has just won three industry awards within a spate of two weeks.
It all started on Sunday, August 10, when Yinka Olukunga of Nnenna & Friends fame was awarded the Teens Favourite Entertainer of the Year. This was followed by wap TV's Kookoorookoo Morning Show that won the Outstanding Entertainment TV Programme of the Year at the Classic Africa Merit Award(CAMA). And then Xplosion Africa Award presented the Best Television Personality award to Omonla, one of wap TV's OAPs, on Sunday, August 17.
Wale Adenuga Productions Limited(WAP) is the creator and producer of several platforms, including the TV Dramas: Superstory, This Life, Papa Ajasco &  Company, Nnena & Friends, Brainpower Game, amongst others.

EBOLA UPDATE: ‎TWO NEW EBOLA CASES CONFIRMED IN NIGERIA


Two confirmed cases of the Ebola disease in Nigeria were Friday disclosed by Nigeria’s Health Minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu.  The two cases are spouses of two individuals that had direct contacts with Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American that brought the disease to Lagos.

The new cases are the first confirmed secondary ‎carriers of the disease in the country, the Minister said in a briefing, adding that they have been under surveillance for sometime. Their identities were however not disclosed.
 So far, 5 persons have been killed by the deadly disease in Nigeria since the outbreak in July. Nigeria has declared a medical emergency and approved over N1 billion naira to fight the disease.

The Federal Government, working with the Lagos State Government and other partners, will continue to maintain vigilance, continue to strengthen our containment activities, and wishes to reassure the Nigerian public and the global community that efforts will not relent until the very last case of the Ebola Virus Disease is seen in Nigeria.

Friday, August 22, 2014

GET A FLAT TUMMY IN 7 DAYS!


You've been missing your routine at the gym very often thanks to your busy schedule (or plain laziness) and suddenly you realize that in one week you have to attend a wedding.
You want to wear your favourite saree or figure-hugging dress but are worried about your flabby stomach bulging out. Well, you still have a last option. While you cannot reduce fat, you can lose belly fat by decreasing your total body fat percentage. And you don't have to completely alter your daily habits to get a flat stomach within 7 days!

STEP 1:
If you want to build muscle and burn fat at the same time, you have to perform circuit training, three days per week. How can you achieve this? Indulge in full body exercises like lunges, push-ups, and pull-ups, for one set of 15 repetitions. Don't forget to follow every exercise with one minute of jumping rope. You should be able to burn around 500 to 600 calories per workout.

STEP 2:
You have to work on your abdominal muscles three times in the week. Crunches and leg raises for three sets of 20 repetitions should be done. Also, do planks by holding your body in a push-up position on your elbows for 30 to 60 seconds for four sets.

STEP 3:
The kind of food you will eat in this period is vital in bringing about any change. Natural foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas, chicken, beef, fish and low fat dairy should replace processed foods full of sugar.

STEP 4:
To minimize water retention, lower your sodium intake. This means you need to avoid salt. You can flavour your food with other herbs and spices instead.

STEP 5:
Stressing and anxiety can cause the over-production of a certain hormone called cortisol, which encourages weight gain about the belly area. So try to keep your cool!


TKBSEXI HOSTS FRIENDS TO AN EXCLUSIVE EVENING


Tokunbo  Odedina aka TKBSexi,  naija international super model and one of the first entrants of the nollywood industry ;had an exclusive  party time with selected friends and family last weekend in an evening filled with a lot of fun and excitement. The event was hosted by Mr Charles, CEO of X-Factor Lounge one of the most vibrant club owner in the highbrow area of Adeniran Ogunsanya Surulere ,Lagos.

Guests in attendance include the likes of naija music finest Africa china with his crew,  El Phlex Mc Makati, Diggydor, 3-6teen, Nollywood stars, Gloria Mba, Princess Lady 2pee,Mc Shakara and other arid of stars. The event was anchored by Mc Makati. Energetic Tokunbo aka tkbsexi who has a track record in the modelling and movie industry surprised her fans with scintillating dance steps move with her guests all through the night.


THE EXTERNAL FORCES BEHIND BOKO HARAM


The Federal Government said on Wednesday that it is very clear that some foreign forces are behind the over five-year-old Boko Haram insurgency. Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, stated this in Gombe, the Gombe State capital.
He was speaking at an advocacy workshop on Dialogue and Peace in the Northeast organised by the National Security and Civil Defense Corps. Moro however related the Federal Government’s commitment to ending the activities of the insurgents in the North-Eastern part of the country.
“The Federal Government has been doing everything that is necessary to restore some level of confidence in the polity and you will also agree with me that recently there has been some level of more understanding between the Federal Government and the Governor of Borno State.
“We must build confidence among ourselves. We must also create an avenue for brainstorming and networking because this challenge is a national one because it affects people other than the people of the North-East alone and what affects the North-East affects the whole of Nigeria. Mr President is indeed determined to end the insurgency in the North-East. If anyone thinks Boko Haram and its activities are not linked to any external influence, the person is missing the point entirely. The sophistication and tactics being employed by the Boko Haram are certainly not ordinary, ” the Minister said.

Moro, who also spoke on the movement of troops within the affected zone, said the Nigerian Army and other security forces will never compromise their stand to defend the territorial integrity of Nigeria. He nonetheless urged the soldiers to be courageous in confronting the insurgents,advising their wives currently protesting the deployment of their husbands to the troubled zone to be optimistic.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CAMEROUN SHUT ALL BORDERS WITH NIGERIA


Cameroun has closed all its borders with Nigeria in a bid to halt the spread of the Ebola virus, state radio said on Tuesday.
 “The government has taken the decision to protect its population because it is much better to prevent than cure the Ebola virus,” Minister of Communications and government spokesman Issa Tchiroma Bakary told Reuters.

The Ebola virus has killed five persons in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic and financial hub, while 5 new cases were recorded Tuesday bringing the total number of cases to 12 in the city since the disease arrived Lagos from Monrovia through a Liberian-American man, Patrick Sawyer, who died four days later at an isolation unit of the Mainland Hospital in Yaba Lagos.
 Sawyer had contracted the disease from his sister and had flown to Nigeria knowing he was infected.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WHY KOJIC ACID PRODUCTS ARE THE BEST FOR SAFE SKIN LIGHTENING


 There are so many skin lightening products out there that if you’ve been doing your research, chances are your head is spinning from so many facts and figures. Not only are there a lot of different products by a lot of different manufacturers, there are also a lot of active ingredients used in skin lightening products – some of which have as many disadvantages as benefits.
For most people searching for a skin lightening product, safety is your number one concern, followed by how effective the treatment will be. If you fall into that group, you need to pick a product made with kojic acid as a main ingredient.

WHAT IS KOJIC ACID?
Kojic acid is an all-natural compound derived from fungi – sort of like mushrooms. That means that kojic acid is completely natural and not something that’s man-made in a laboratory by a group of scientists and dermatologists. It is safe to use topically on your skin, and it is effective when it comes to skin lightening.
Kojic acid can be purchased raw, but buying a pre-mixed topical skin lightening treatment that contains kojic acid makes more sense for people. Most pre-mixed topical treatments have other beneficial ingredients that can help kojic acid better do its job when it comes to lightening dark spots or your overall complexion.

KOJIC ACID WON'T DAMAGE YOUR SKIN
Unlike many main ingredients used in topical treatments designed to lighten the skin, kojic acid is very safe.
For example, hydroquinone, a common ingredient in dermatologist-prescribed skin lightening treatments can cause incredibly dry skin, severe rashes and even contact dermatitis –a type of short-lived yet severe allergic reaction. Kojic acid is not known to cause severe dry skin, rashes or contact dermatitis, even in people with sensitive skin.

HOW DOES KOJIC ACID WORK
Simply put, kojic acid works to stop the production of melanin in your skin. Melanin is the substance that gives your skin its pigment, and the more you have, the darker your skin will be. Age spots, sun spots and spots related to melasma and hyperpigmentation generally contain more melanin than the surrounding healthy skin.
However, you don’t have to have a skin problem for kojic acid to work. It will work on healthy skin and reduce the production of melanin, giving your skin an overall lighter appearance wherever you use the topical treatment.