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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Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, Misha Gabriel, Izabella Miko, Alyson Stoner, Adam Sevani, Stephen “Stev-o” Jones.
The franchise that launched Channing Tatum’s career limps its way to Las Vegas in “Step up All In,” where characters with bum knees and broken hearts compete for a shot at a three-year casino dance contract. With even less plot than in previous installments to get in the way of its inventive 3D dance scenes, this fifth pic delivers on spectacle — especially in its nine-minute, flame-throwing Caesars Palace finale — but lacks in chemistry, trying to pair the leads of the second and fourth films after their co-stars dumped them. Although the series’ box office has been slipping, this “all in” reunion (minus Tatum) could reverse the trend ever so slightly.
By this point, the characters have reached an age where dancing for fun doesn’t cut it, so they must find a way to make a living in the famously brutal field, whose humiliating auditions and frequent rejections make for a playful if out-of-sync credits sequence. It seems Sean (Ryan Guzman) and his crew, the Mob, moved from Miami to Los Angeles sometime after 2012′s “Step up Revolution,” but now, they’re all late on their rent and decide to leave Sean to fend for himself in L.A.
Sean’s romantic partner from the last movie has also lost interest, which leaves this cute but astonishingly uncharismatic guy to sit alone in his room, pondering whatever it is shirtless, expressionless guys ponder while pretending not to think about their strategically exposed eight-packs. Sean decides to Google dancing opportunities, which leads him to a reality-show contest called “The Vortex,” hosted by a glamazon (Polish dancer Izabella Miko) clearly channeling Elizabeth Banks’ “The Hunger Games” emcee.
So far, the common thread between the “Step Up” sequels — apart from watching sparks fly between a good girl and bad guy — has been goofy supporting actor Adam Sevani, aka “Moose.” Once the gangly sidekick, Moose has filled out and coupled up, even taking a grown-up job at an engineering lab that will make a convenient backdrop for their crazy-cool mad-scientist audition tape.
For whatever reason, Sean doesn’t think to ask the Mob to compete with him in Vegas (surprise: they turn up anyway), instead relying on Moose to recruit a new crew composed of dancers featured in the past three movies. Moose’s first stop: “Step Up 2 the Streets” star Briana Evigan, back as Andie, who needs no excuse to quit her fashion-industry gig — or to drop everything mid-shoot and battle Sean in a room full of giant yellow balloons.
Screenwriter John Swetnam (a tyro scribe also credited with next month’s “Into the Storm”) won’t win any awards for the clumsy scenes he inserts between first-time director Trish Sie’s stunning dance numbers. That said, the easily resolved dramatic conflicts — a blooming romance between Sean and Andie, a misunderstanding between Moose and his g.f. (Alyson Stoner, who played Tatum’s kid sister in the original “Step Up”), and bad karma between Sean and the Mob — are wisely kept to a minimum, even if, say, bringing back the lovebirds’ respective exes might’ve made things more interesting.
Besides, eager young dance fans will sit through stale storylines as long as the movie can supply fresh moves, and in that department, Sie and her team of three choreographers have it covered. Gone are the silly flash mobs seen in the previous film, going back instead to the idea of epic dance battles set to cutting-edge club music. In the L.A.-set, Vancouver-shot opening, Sean steps up to a guy named Jasper (Stephen “Stev-o” Jones), whose Grim Knights crew puts them to shame, busting moves that take full advantage of the 3D cameras. Naturally, Jasper will resurface in Vegas, with an ace up his sleeve that will make things virtually impossible for Sean and his new LMNTRIX team to top.
Given all the great international dance crews assembled for the “Vortex” competition, one has to wonder why we should care about Sean, who spends most of his time pouting about how life isn’t fair. A personality like that has no business being in Vegas, where the house always wins, though it’s high time “Step Up” arrived there. If anything, this series could actually work better onstage, where the franchise name would conceivably bring in younger audiences. Talk about a safe bet.
When someone refers to you by your first name and everybody knows who they’re talking about, you know you’ve made it. Lemar is one of the few British artists who have accomplished that feat, having smoothly made that transition from a nobody to a somebody within a short time he debuted into the music scene; he is now somebody whose name everyone is familiar with.
He was born Lemar Obika on the 4th of April 1978 in London, England but known professionally simply as Lemar. He is an English soul and R&B singer-songwriter and vocal producer who has had a run of chart success in the UK, Europe and Australia. Lemar rose to fame after finishing in third place on the first series of British talent show Fame Academy. Since then, Lemar has had 7 top ten UK singles and sold over 2 million albums. He is seen as one of the most successful artists to come out of a reality T.V show. Lemar has won two Brit Awards and three Mobo Awards.
Although Lemar Obika was born in London, England; he is of Nigerian blood as his parents are from the south eastern part of Nigeria. Just like most talented stars today, he used to sing at home with his brothers and sister, pretending to be The Jacksons. At 17, he had his first concert at the Junior Jam at the Temple in Tottenham supporting Usher and ever since, he had continued to ‘wow’ the world.
If There’s Any Justice
On 12 November 2004, Lemar released his first single from his second album “Time to Grow” titled “If There’s Any Justice”. The single reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, and has become one of Lemar’s most recognized songs. “Time to Grow” was released following the single and peaked at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart, and to date, the album has been certificated two times Platinum by the BPI. Two other singles were released from the album, “Time to Grow” and “Don’t Give It Up”. This album did two things for Lemar: it made him more popular (even in Nigeria) as it exceeded the success of the first album “Dedicated” and solidified him as a true RNB/Soul superstar.
50/50 It’s Not That Easy
Two years later, Lemar returned with his eighth single, entitled “It’s Not That Easy” on the 4th of September 2006 and it became his sixth UK top ten hit. A week later, his new album ‘The Truth About Love’ was released, which saw guest appearances from Styles P from The L.O.X., Mica Paris and Joss Stone. The album became Lemar’s highest charting album to date, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart and exceeding ‘Time to Grow’ (number eight) and ‘Dedicated’ (number sixteen).
Fast forward 7 years later, Lemar has become one of the most successful recording artists not just to come out of the TV show, Fame Academy; but also from the UK: with four albums to his credit. He returned with a new single "Invincible", which he performed for the first time at Stoke 2012 Live. The release date for the single was 12 August of same year, and was the first single to be taken from then yet untitled fifth studio album. However, after the release of the album he decided to take a break. In an interview with digitalspy he said "Everything just progressed naturally for me. I'd finished five albums with Sony, the option was then there to go and look around, or try to re-sign or do whatever you feel you need to do for you. I'd done eight or nine years of continuously being on the road, touring, performing, releasing album after album and I found it was pretty intense, so I naturally wanted to slow down for a second."
It’s two years now and nothing has been heard from the “Time to grow” hit maker. Having been one of the most successful British solo artists of the last decade, we hope he has not ‘resigned’ from the music industry as he said and wish he will return with more hits as usual.
No doubt, this recording act Oyindamola Johnson popularly known as Dammy Krane has made his presence felt in the Nigerian music industry.
He is a young energetic star known for his melodic voice, engaging lyrics and his exciting genre of African alternative music, which he calls “21st century fuji”. However, after numerous successful collaborations and the release of his hit singles “My Dear” and “Ligali” which featured Fuji star Pasuma Wonder: this Hypertek Digital / 960 Music Group artist is set to release his debut album, “The EnterKrainer”.
Furthermore, to increase fan anticipation of the album, Dammy dropped two new singles a few days ago but for this review, we’ll be looking at just one titled “Amin”.
“Amin” is a slow tempo, prayerful song that leaves listeners hopeful for the future. It stayed true to his Fuji musical influence and has the feel of a wise man from the Yoruba tribe praying for the betterment of the future.
Dammy Krane’s simple melodious lyrics and smooth delivery paid off for him again. “Amin” although is not a dance track but is a good way of keeping fans at the edge of their seats in anticipation of what the album would sound and feel like.
We’ll rate this track 7/10.
Eloquence, poise and confidence - these three attributes right from time have been the award winning Joke Silva’s best-selling qualities. The iconic actress started her acting career over three decades ago and has undoubtedly had a fulfilling career over the years. Joke Silva; an actress, performer, director and a producer has commendably built an enviable reputation in the movie world and beyond.
Amazingly, regardless of the years Joke Silva has been in the Nigerian movie industry, she still remains relevant unlike some of her counterparts who have faded unable to compete with the emergence of the New Nollywood actors.
Although married to an outstanding veteran like herself- Olu Jacobs, Joke Silva is every inch an independent woman in her own right, as her expressively engaging performance never fails to capture her audience. Commendably, Joke Silva is one of the very few actresses who have remained true to their roots as her intonation, gestures and therefore mannerism are purely natural and African, which endears her to her fans alongside her magnetic performance each time.
In addition, Joke Silva is the Director of Studies Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, under the leadership of her husband, Olu Jacobs who is the Executive Chairman. Evidently, Joke Silva and her husband have been happily married for 27 years and are “Nollywood’s most celebrated couple”.
The fifty three year old Joke Silva is regarded as a role model in the movie world and has appeared in movies like: “Women’s Cot” “Tango With Me” “Phone Swap” “The Secret Laughter of women” and others. Although Joke Silva has not appeared in many movies as she never goes beneath certain standards, her contribution in the Nigerian movie industry cannot be undermined.
Evidently, Joke Silva proudly projects her studied course- English with that clean diction as she studied English at the University of Lagos and later on went to study Dramatic Arts at the Webber Douglas Academy, England, which fine-tuned her already expressive performance.
In 2012, Joke Silva was named United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and she has been honored with various awards including; Best Actress, 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards (2006), Best Actress, 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards( 2008), Best Supporting Actress (2008) among others and has also been nominated for several other awards.
Undoubtedly, Joke Silva remains an ever green actress who has graced the screens with her magnetically vibrant performance.read more
You’ve heard his songs, and perhaps one of them is your favorite. Sidney Onoriode Esiri is one of the biggest artistes in the game presently with his dominance with hit songs like “Surulere”, “Baby Tornado” etc. After the release of two albums, one won’t expect a below standard performance from the Mavin star so far. Join us as we take a recap on his busy schedule in the past week.
Not only is he a recording artiste, the graduate of Dental Surgery is also known for his admirable entrepreneurial skills which has given rise to the birth of a production company and a chocolate line ‘Indulge’ - the first ever quadruple chocolate cookie invention by a creative fusion of music mastery and dough delight.
The Mavin Records artist, Dr Sid, who is also son to Nollywood veteran actor, Justus Esiri; shared the picture below with the caption: “Soulcity beach party #ibiza2014 #stagdo with @comeddiekadi”
So far his hard decision to choose music over dental medicine seems to have paid off with the recognition and several awards such as Hiphop World Awards ‘Best Pop Single’, ‘Hiphop World Revelation of the year’ and others he has won.
Talking about stage performance, an electric performance is always recorded for an artist who is considered to be the total package – attributes like being able to carry the stage along, good music delivery and good dance steps to go with it. He shared the picture below with the caption: “iamdrsid #Ibiza2014 #stagdo #turntup”
The eligible bachelor is on the verge of becoming one of the latest celebrity grooms in town, Dr. Sid is presently in Ibiza Island, Spain for his bachelor/stag party. He has been in Ibiza since Friday July 18th with his younger brother Andrew Esiri and close pals – Bizzle Osikoya & Eddie Kadi. They definitely seem to having a nice time out there.
The Delta state born star who has headlined major events and graced several read carpets prepares to walk down the aisle with longtime girlfriend Simi Osomo on the 27th July, 2014. We at Happenings Magazine wish them a blissful union together.
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