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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We can admit that Nollywood is over flogged with actors who aren’t as good as projected but still they make it to the spotlight one way or the other. Without pointing out or disputing the hard work and talent of many already up there, the spotlight today is on Kalu Ikeagwu; a prolific actor who surprisingly isn’t as big a deal as he should be.
Born in England to a father who encouraged him to read, Kalu was soon immersed and rooted in the world of literature. His passion for the art however ignited his interest in acting, leading him to bag a degree in English from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka – he later on returned to England.
Throughout his first degree, Kalu was always involved in one theatre production or the other, as an actor. Upon his return to Nigeria, Kalu proceeded to pursue his passion for acting in Nollywood. Three home videos later, he was casted for the role of Jeny, a loving and very supportive husband to Ada in the TV soap ‘Domino’ which showed on AIT every Sunday.
After his exceptional performance as David Salako in the movie “For Real”,an Emem Isong production, Kalu was in high demand. He has gone on to feature in the movies “30 Days”, “The Wrong Woman”, “Distance Between”, “Between Two Worlds”, “Games Men Play” and the Irish film production “Rapt In Éire”. He was also a key feature in ‘168’, “Circle Of Three “and MNET’s classic “Doctors’ Quarters” to mention but a few.
Having received a few award nods including the 2014 Best of Nollywood awards (BON) for best supporting actor for his role in ‘Blue Flame’, he was also nominated for the 2013 African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) for best supporting actor for his role in “Two Brides and a Baby”. Kalu is definitely set for greater heights.
Most recently Kalu joined the cast of ‘Tinsel’ and has since been entertaining Africa as Alhaji Abubakar aka Masters.
It is always a delight to watch him really become a character that’s why it’s rather surprising that after all of these incredible potentials and beaming talent, he is not spoken of and rated as a big deal. It’s very obvious that given the chance, Kalu would do way more than we expect. We hope to see more of the handsome actor ruling the screens.
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Almost on a daily basis new acts are churned out; some we love, others, we think should wander into a different career. Blakemon definitely doesn’t fall into the latter, rather the former.
Born Mosope Adebayo, Blakemon turned his music hobby into a career and started developing his act seriously when he had a 2/3 year wait for admission in 2002. He eventually had to take a rain check, putting his passion on hold to focus on getting his Economics degree.
Just one look at the young talented artiste, one would expect a deeper even rap sound but the dark skinned vocalist will blow your mind away with his R&B/soul sound fused with the occasional African flavour. Also a song writer, his songs focus more on love and inspiration.
Talking more about his kind of music, Blakemon tells Happenings Magazine in a brief chat, “I do a lot of frictions, made beliefs and true stories. I try to express and advocate for love and togetherness”.
While pushing his music career, the evergreen artiste started his own record label, "BIGG BUNNY ENTERTAINMENT". At the moment, he is the first and only act signed to this label.
In 2012, Blakemon finally dropped his debut single “Toto Ri Me” which was produced by Timon. He went on to shoot a video for his single. He has since dropped other singles including “Koma Roll” which has enjoyed massive airplay since he dropped it earlier this year.
Currently working on his album, the artist reveals that it’ll be out soon, “Am seriously working on it right now, hopefully, before the end of year, it should be released”. During the chat, he reveals some challenges he has faced while breaking into an already competitive industry, “my number one challenge is finance, it is a necessity with my promotion. Another is making my songs suit the market demands for upbeat &dance tracks”.
Still a newbie, the talented act has performed alongside big stars in a number of shows in Nigeria, Ghana and Cotonou. He still has a couple of shows lined up.
Still putting his degree to use, Blakemon confesses that “I have a professional job I do on the side now, because music doesn’t pay the bills yet.
So much love seems to follow this rising artiste and we’re sure he is set for greater heights; great talents like him have done well, his case wouldn’t be any different as we look forward to more awesome tracks from Blakemon the R&B star with Soul.
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Cody McClearly wrestles a steer to the ground during the Frontier Days Rodeo in Walla, Walla, Washington.
A mechanical horse-dragon made of wood and steel is presented to the public in Nantes, western France. The 'animal', created by the French artist Francois Delaroziere of Les machines de l'Óle (The Machines of the Isle), is the hero of the show Long Ma which will be presented in Beijing on October 17, 2014 as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the relationship between France and China.
A nearly complete skeleton of a mammoth that died 20,000 to 40,000 years ago has been excavated near Dallas, Texas. A North Texas family were gathering materials from a gravel pit on their property in May when they found a 6-foot (1.8 metre) tusk. The family has decided to donate the remains to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg mixes a pan containing vegetables at a community kitchen during his visit to a Sikh temple in New Delhi, India.
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A riot policeman is set on fire by a molotov cocktail thrown by a small group of anti-government protesters during clashes in San Cristobal, Venezuela.
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Delegates at the Eurofurence, 'Europe's biggest furry convention', pose for a picture in front of the conference hotel in Berlin. Furry friends attended the conference and the organisers describe themselves as 'a collection of artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kind. Membership is open to any and all who like to imagine what it would be like if animals could walk and talk as we do'.
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War and violence have become the order of the day in recent times. Untold cruelty and inhuman treatment of humans is now becoming normalized all around the world, as the victims resign to their fate helplessly, tortured by their very own.
The Syrian government rather than protect her people has become her greatest terrorist, committing crimes against humanity which has resulted in the loss of many lives.
The Syrian military utilizes improvised barrel bombs to carry out their atrocities and in this footage you are about to see, the Syrian military through helicopters drop improvised "barrel bombs" on Darayya in South Damascus during the Geneva II peace summit.
As the terrifying explosion occurs, debris can be seen flying around the cloud of smoke and after it clears, we see remains of buildings all shattered by the force. The aftermath of destruction forever remains in the hearts of the victims.
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Emotions are a common feeling shared among human beings and music communicates so many of these emotions that everyone can understand without having to speak a word. From the shores of Kenya to the whole of Africa, this musical act has touched the lives of almost every youth; thereby making his nation proud. He is born Kevin Waire but popularly known as Wyre.
Wyre is one of the leading Kenyan dancehall and R&B artists who was fascinated from an early age by Michael Jackson and spent most of his time imitating him. He is second child in a family of three and credits his success to his family in addition to Ted Josiah, his friend and producer.
As a student in “Dagoretti High School”, he joined the choir and started a group of five named Soul Pac. They performed at many Nairobi-city schools but parted ways after school, following which he furthered his career by joining Institute of Communication Studies and Development in Kenya.
While in college, Wyre, Bamzi and Nazizi formed another group called “Necessary Noise”. Then, Wyre got an internship and later a job at Ted Josiah's production house. The group launched their CD in April 2001 but later broke up after Nazizi and Bamzi had to go to Malaysia for further studies. The group later joined up again but this time without Bamzi; they launched Necessary Noize II. Wyre’s career was propelled when he featured in GidiGidi MajiMaji and collaborated in one of Kenyan Dancehall musician, Redsan's song. The duo then joined Ugandan musician Bebe Cool to form the award-winning East African Reggae Bashment Crew and released singles like Fire anthem, Kube, and Africa Unite and also collaborated with Tanzanian T.I.D. and many more. In October 2004 Wyre and Nazizi broke up to pursue their own solo careers.
Wyre's debut album, 'Definition of a Love Child' was released in 2006 and his singles continue to top charts. He was nominated within the Best Group Category in the first MTV Africa Music Awards 2008 (MAMA) in Abuja, Nigeria as part of the East African Reggae Bashment Crew alongside other Pan African superstars like P Square (Nigeria), Freshly Ground (South Africa), Jozi (South Africa) and The Parlotones (South Africa).
His other accolades include several Best Ragga awards won at the Kisima Music Awards and nominations for Best East African Male Artist, Best Kenyan Male Artist and Best Afro Pop Video across the KORA Awards, Channel O Awards and Pearl of Africa Music Awards.
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