Just like in the preparation of a meal; if all the necessary ingredients required to make a pot of soup are available but no skilled cook is present to effectively assemble and blend these ingredients, there will be no meal? So also is the process of making a movie.
The absence of a skilled director in movie making is like taking away a very important ingredient without which the movie will amount to virtually nothing.
The importance of a director cannot be over emphasized as he is the driving creative force in a film's production and acts as the crucial link between the production, technical and creative teams. Directors are responsible for creatively translating the film from a script to the images and sounds on the screen. He or she must visualize and define the style and structure of the film, then act as both a storyteller and team leader to bring this vision to reality.
One of Nigeria’s veteran director’s Teco Benson has over the years shown immerse skill, talent and expertise in his continuous delivery of films. He debuted into the Nigeria movie industry as an actor in 1994 and later went into script writing in 1995 after which he began his directing career in 1997. He has since maintained a very strong track record in the Nigerian Movie industry.
Originally a civil servant, the 42-year-old father of five prides himself as being a change agent. In 2011, Benson in collaboration with Stepping Stones directed a movie ‘The Fake prophet’ which was produced as an advocacy tool by the UK-based child rights charity.
The talented director’s wish for the Nigerian movie industry is to turn Nollywood into something better than Hollywood. Already, hundreds of people are coming from Hollywood to Nigeria to learn how to work. With his wealth of experience, Benson coordinates projects and workshops stationed in the rural and urban areas of the continent.
According to www.naijarules.com, he has been known to finish a movie in at least three months compared to some Nollywood movies that get released every two weeks.
Since 1997 after he quit his civil service career, Benson has written and directed about 50 films, which has made him a familiar figure in Nigeria. He directed his first Yoruba movie titled 'IKU DORO' in 2011.
As part of the federal government delegation via the Nigerian Film Corporation, he represented Nollywood in Ghana in 2005, as well as being a part of the five men delegation that represented Nigeria at the 32nd Cairo International Film Festival. In 2006, his movie Explosion was chosen to represent Nollywood in Israel.
Some of the movies he has directed are: High Blood Pressure, Mission to Nowhere, Silence of force, etc. He has become a force to reckon with in directing with his twist in movie production through the incorporation of modern technology that enables his movies to contest at international level. This is evident in his new block buster movie “Red Hot” starring, Bimbo Manuel, Uti Nwachukwu, Bukky Wright, Akin Lewis, among a host of others.
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If there was any word cooler than hip, Joanna Levesque aka Jojo was definitely it. At a young age, the American ‘Pop/R&B singer-songwriter and actress, was as famous as any kid could get and had reached undeniable A-status, there was no denying that a diva had been born.
Sometime in 2003, Jojo auditioned for America’s Most Talented Kids but didn’t win however, after a short period, spotlight shone proudly on the singer in 2004 when she released her world class hit- Leave (Get Out) , and Baby it’s you ( featuring kid sensation rapper, Bow Wow) which claimed the number one spot on countless billboards.
Instantly, the singer became certified as the youngest solo artiste to have a number one song blazing the charts in America, under the umbrella of Blackground Record label at the age of 13. In 2006, Jojo released her second album titled- “The High Road” which contained three singles including the lead single- Too Little Too Late”.
Jojo once again swayed the audience grabbing the third spot on the Billboard Hot 100, selling millions of copies worldwide and was dubbed platinum by the RIAA, this became her first Platinum selling single. However, after year 2006 although Jojo remained constant in the music scene dishing out tracks like; “How to touch a girl and “Anything (2009), “Can’t take that away from me (a debut mixtape- 2010), “Agape” (second mixtape- 2012), she however sunk into none existence as she none of her later tracks received massive airplay and many totally forgot about the once irresistible diva.
Alongside side singing Jojo also put acting in the mix, featuring in television series like; The Bernie Mac Show” “American Dreams” “Hannah Montanna” and others.
Presently in 2014, high hopes have been expressed by the 23 year old singer who was the buzz of every girl, as she plans once again to capture their hearts. Signed unto a new platform and feeling a lot more reassured with her new record label- “Atlantic Records”( after legal drama with her former label) Jojo released a four track singles #LoveJo dedicated to Valentine’s day and is getting beefed up to stage a massive comeback and getting her third album on the way.
Awards she’s won include; Best Video That Rocks Leave- (Radio Disney Music Awards 2004), Best Artist Or Song Your Teacher Likes Too Little Too Late (Radio Disney Music Awards),
National Female of The Year with Too Little, Too Late (Boston Music Awards) and others.
The question one understandably asks is- Does the once famous singing sensation still have what it takes to woo her fans back?- Guess only time would tell.
Single – Searching (Remix)
Artiste – OJB Jezreel ft. Ice Prince
Producer – OJB Jezreel
Running Time – 4mins:24secs
In music, there are songs that can never fade or go out of circulation no matter what - be it Hip-hop, R & B or Afro Pop -these evergreen songs cannot fade out due to their originality, lyrics and production. Ojb Jezreel is one household name which stands when it comes to the production of good music that can get you through a lifetime.
He has not just been applauded for his singing ability but for his prowess in producing hit songs with danceable beats. The veteran music producer, OJB Jezreel recently remixes one of his previous singles “Searching” with rap sensation, Ice Prince.
It is said that “Only the talented make great things happen”, we didn’t expect less in this tune; Iceprince is one of the 'sickest' rapper in Africa at the moment with dope punch lines – he brought his wealth of talent producing some mind-blowing lyrics for the slow tempo song. He reminded us of Wyclef Jean in “Sweetest Girl”- which makes us appreciate his flexibility in this recording.
Ojb Jezreel didn’t have much to do but his expressiveness was felt throughout the track, he might not be “Searching” in real life but his emotions in this track brought the his feelings out like he was really “Searching”.
This is indeed a better outing that the original ever-green tune.
We rate this track, “Searching remix” 8/10.
Legends didn’t materialize already seated on a throne but with hard work, determination, disappointments – more hard work, determination and of course success, a point successful Ghanaian singer and song writer, Bisa Kdei is always apt to mention with his popular quote: “slow motion, at least it’s better than no motion”.
Born Ronald Kweku Dei Appiah, Bisa Kdei is one of those voices one hears and can’t get enough of; especially it’s soothing, relaxing and inspiring rhythm.
Despite his attractive tenor-based singing, Bisa Kdei wasn’t always a singer, he in fact started his music career as a rapper in a group called BISA (Boys in Serious Action). All these changed when he realised he was better at singing – he eventually went solo and has since made huge and massive hits.
He burst into the music scene with “Azonto Ghost”, a movie sound track he wrote and sang; making him the first Ghanaian artiste to break into the limelight with a movie sound track.
For this track he has received “best movie soundtrack of the year and the “Kumasi Based Movie Awards” in 2012. He has since released other hit singles, “Give it to Baba”, Over, Madanfo and Love Letter before finally releasing his maiden album; “Thanksgiving.”
Singing and adding his special soft feel to tracks of other top notch artists isn’t just the bane of Bisa. The 28 year old Larteh artist is also a sound engineer and composes and sings sound tracks for movie producers including; “A.A Productions, Paul Gee, Miracle Films and Pat Thomas.
Bisa Kdei’s talent and reputation got him numerous nods and still does; he was nominated in the category of Best Hiplife Song at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and also had four nominations at the MTN 4syte Music Video Awards in the categories of Best Storyline Video, Best Hiplife Video, Best Highlife Video and Best Discovery Video.
As far as music in Africa is concerned, Bisa Kdei has come a long way in the few years since he joined the industry. His tireless efforts in inspiring and transforming Africa with his music is a feat that can’t go acknowledged and celebrated.
There you have it, raising our flags up to celebrate one of Africa’s finest; Bisa Kdei.read more
Nigerian TV, OAP and radio personality, Olowu Bardia Adebola, popularly known as ‘ILLRymz,’ has been announced as the co-host for Star Gist.
Star Gist is Africa’s premier entertainment and showbiz programme which airs on Africa Magic Showcase.
StarGist, which gives viewers a daily dose of exclusive star profiles, behind-the-scenes features, and continental and international headlines, will now have ILLRymz co-host the show alongside Zimbabwean celebrity and former Big Brother Africa housemate, Vimbai Mutinhiri.
Explaining the choice of ILLRymz as co-host, the Regional Director, M-Net (West), Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said: “Star Gist is Africa’s resource for star profiles, continental and international headlines, and behind-the-scenes features. ILLRymz has an established presence on the African entertainment scene and is a perfect fit for co-hosting the show with Vimbai. He brings to bear a good mix of passion, wit and knowledge of the local entertainment industry. Our viewers are definitely in for a treat.”
Star Gist features the best of daily African entertainment news and exciting programme segments. Fashion enthusiasts can also watch red carpet events, whilst also getting the details on who wore what and where.
The show which was previously hosted in South Africa will also henceforth air from Nigeria. “As the show begins to air from Nigeria, viewers across the continent can expect to get even more first class entertainment and up to the minute news from the continent’s entertainment industries,” added Mba-Uzoukwu.
StarGist airs on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151) Monday to Friday at 20:00 CAT (7pm Nigerian time).
Tick Tock, Tick Tock… time is an important factor when it comes to growth. It is amazing how far the Nigeria movie industry, Nollywood has come in terms of popularity, box office grossing and the accommodation of wealth of talents. To say that the performance of Nollywood actors has hit a milestone globally is an understatement. It is estimated that there are over 100,000 Nigerians in the creative industry. Some even say talent flows in the blood, and that blood runs everywhere a Nigerian is or has been to.
Be it short films or documentaries, home videos or soaps, some Nollywood actors have stood out of the lot with their exceptional acting skills and professionalism over the years – which have earned them a spot in the biggest movie producing industry, Hollywood. Here are some of the talented actors who had been introduced to the world stage.
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Keep Away)
Omotola Jalade has steadily and continuously climbed the ladder to fame in all ramifications, not only is she known for her acting prowess which has made her the famous sweetheart that she is today, she is known for her motherly and wife roles too.
On June 24, 2013, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde made her US TV debut when she starred in the VH1 American drama television series ‘Hit the Floor‘. Starring in the fifth episode (titled ‘Keep away‘) of the first season, the Nigerian star actress made a five-second appearance mid-way in the drama series when she waltzed past pop star Akon who also made a star guest appearance. Omotola acted as Akon‘s date for the event they attended in the show.
Akon had however had an earlier appearance where he gave out his diamond earpiece to charity while flirting with one of the series’ regulars – Kyle (played by Katherine Bailess). In her five-second appearance, Omotola was complimented for ‘looking beautiful’ by Kyle while walking down with Akon.
Stephanie Linus Okereke (Boonville Redemption)
Sometimes we lack words to describe someone or qualify an object and other times there are words but nothing better describes our object of admiration. It is “fascinating” and a delight to watch this scintillating actress do her stuff.
Nollywood actress Stephanie Okereke-Linus has not just reigned as a screen diva but also for her gentility, intelligence and spontaneity on set. On the 23rd July 2014, the beauty shared pictures from the set of movie she worked on, ‘Boonville Redemption’, where she played the role of a slave girl named Doris.
The actress who hasn’t featured in any movie recently, extended her trade to the shores of Hollywood. The movie was shot in Los Angeles, USA. The movie is a faith-based Western movie set in 1906, and is about an angry young girl trying to find out what happened to her father. Stephanie Okereke played a maid of Nigerian heritage during the second generation of the slave trade in America.
Jim Iyke (And Then There Was You)
You shouldn’t expect less from Nollywood’s “Bad Boy” Jim Iyke, with his distinctive looks, personality and his style of acting which has earned him a movie role in Hollywood. This apparently handsome man of Igbo decent is known for his dictions and fluency, which might have landed him the role in the first place.
The actor/singer acted in “And The There Was You” along with some American stars like Kate Nauta of Transporter 2, Leon of Above The Rim, Brian White of Stomp The Yard, Garcelle Beauvais of Wild Wild West, and Lynn Whitfield of Redemption. The movie was directed by Leila Djansi.
Are there any great Nigerian actors we missed on this list who have played a role in a Hollywood movie? Kindly share with us in the comment section below.read more
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