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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History will frown at you if you don’t mention this name in your record of the Nigerian music industry. They were not only the pioneers of the music in the country but also Nigeria’s foremost indigenous record label. Sure you have a glimpse of who we are talking about, but before we let the cat out of the bag; you need to read this:
- They discovered an opportunity to invest in the period of recession of the music industry and caused a Total Revolution in the industry in Nigeria
- They independently created job opportunities for hundreds of youth (its artiste, artistes staff and their direct workers) through their dream; there by contributing their quota to the Nigerian Economy and African Economy at large.
- They recorded over 70 award-winning albums like African Queen by 2face Idibia, My Car by Tony Tetuila, Eedris Abdulkareem, Jaywon, KSB, Goldie, Essence and more. Lagbaja, Onyeka Onwenu and good old Dele Ojo are its older artiste, while VIP, Tic Tac and Baba Dee are its foreign artistes. They have consistently cleared music awards from MTV awards, Channel O awards, Mobo awards, Kora awards, Ghana Music awards, SMVA awards, NMVA awards, FMA, AMEN, Global Excellent awards, City people awards etc.
- Now, the icing on the cake is that they hold the record for getting the first new school Nigerian act (Rapper Eedris Abdulkareem) to be paid N1,000,000:00 for one show at a time when the industry was just a growing baby.
Yea, let’s stop here for now and you should have a vivid image of who we are talking about – the almighty Kennis Music.
For those who don’t know, this company was the heavy weight of the Nigerian music scene in the early 90s and late 2000s. They practically promoted and established some of the great acts in the game today.
Since their operation in 1998, Kennis Music which was headed by Kenny ‘Keke’ Ogungbe, Dayo ‘D1’ Adeneye and ID Ogungbe has blossomed into a household name, being the pioneer of Hip Hop and R & B music in Nigeria. It saw a beaming light and a greater opportunity in the doom that characterized the state of the Nigeria music industry then and explored it as much as they could.
Kennis Music was a subsidiary of Kennis Communications Limited. They were the most popular leading music company that was involved in the discovery of young and talented artistes, music production, promotion, sales, distribution and a lot more.
Asides Eedris Abdulkareem, they were basically behind the success of 2face Idibia, Tony Tetuila, Jaywon, KSB, Goldie, Essence amongst others. We remember this company for the remarkable job they’ve done so far and believe they deserve all the applause they can get.
In Africa, we all are familiar with Reality shows. We love the thrill, the addiction that comes with it and the evictions; though often sad. It brings tears to our eyes when our favourite contestant leaves and joy when they win. The Grand finales always leave us at the edge of our seats with sweating hands and a heartbeat that pounds faster than a Bugatti sports car. Oh, we love all these feelings.
Now, the die has been cast, it’s about that time when we gear up for yet another season of one of the most coveted reality TV shows in Africa – The Big Brother Africa Reality Game Show. The very popular reality show is about to hit our screens with even more romance, deceit and drama. The show has attracted and kept viewers glued to their screen since the first season on the 25th of May 2003.
Not only has the show recorded some of the most hilarious and crazy moments since inception, it has also nurtured and channeled the creativity of the participants to greater causes regardless of their progress in the competition: and of course, stars like Pokello Nare from Zimbabwe, Dillish Mathews from Namibia; and Nigerian participants/winners like Karen Igho, Uti Nwachukwu, Beverly Osu and Melvin Oduah, can testify to this.
The concept and nature of this show didn’t entirely rest well with some of its audience who thought it rather degrading and appalling, saying it promoted non-African values, sex and nudity and as such it shouldn’t be encouraged but then again, some found it bold and daring and a totally cool initiative – in all, it garnered the needed traffic whether good or bad. As they say, no publicity is bad publicity.
According to Karen Igho, BBA Amplifed winner (2011) from Nigeria, “I know that God would always be with me. I could not defend myself but God defended me because if I had got out of the Big Brother House and did not win, I would have been the most hated housemate in Big Brother history. I thank God for making me win and making people see me for who I am.”
However, some feel the concept is for matured minds as Lukpe, a viewer said -“I don't understand the big problem with airing Big Brother Africa in Nigeria. Decoders have parental control[…]”
Aside from Karen, other Nigerians who have won the famous reality show are; Kevin Chuwang Pam 2010 (BBA The Revolution ) and Uti Nwachukwu ( All Stars) 2010.
Notwithstanding, The Big Brother Africa show has recorded tremendous success streaming live across Africa and also keeping fans within and outside the continent glued to their screens. Though, the reason for its continuous progress cannot be pinned down to one thing: it could have well been the drama, the suspense, the thrill of eviction, the innovative skills of the team behind cameras, the games/tasks of the housemates or maybe the romance and nudity of the show; but whatever the case maybe, it is definitely working.
This year’s edition is about to roll out and from the organizers, it promises to be better with an improvement to the housing facilities such as – the introduction of palm scanners and interactive LED walls, with the inclusion of Rwanda at the expense of Angola proves that the fame of the show has extended towards the sub-Saharan part of Africa. What kind of drama will Rwanda bring to the game this year?
The Entries for this year’s show-down is open to persons over the age of 21 years old in 14 countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
As usual, MNET Africa will be looking out for the most entertaining, passionate and driven individuals who have got what it takes to rise to stardom and of course bring them the much needed viewership. So from us at www.happenings9ja.com, we suggest that fans grab a soda and popcorn and fasten the seat belt as they get ready to be dazed when the 9th season of the show hits their screens on September 7, 2014. We will be right here to give you the low-down so no worries if you miss any episode folks.
Single – Onye
Album – W.A.J.E
Artiste – Waje
Featuring Artiste – Tiwa Savage
Producer – Spellz
Running Time –3:54
Label – WAJE Music
Talented and stunning Nigerian singer, Aituaje Iruobe popularly called Waje is one of Nigeria's leading female artist, best known for her massive hit "for a minute" and the famous duet with M.I "One Naira". Since her debut in the music scene, this Edo state born artiste has continued to rise: making her one of the most sought after female musician amongst Omawumi and Tiwa Savage.
Now, Tiwa is another breed on her own. She is a beautiful singer and a talented song writer. Tiwa Savage has a way of making any song she touches a hit. This could be just talent or maybe her years of experience as a backup singer and songwriter for most of UK’s high-flying artistes is paying off now.
When you have two of Nigeria’s biggest female singers join forces together for one song, then that song will have to be a big deal. So, ‘Onye’ by WAJE featuring Tiwa Savage is kind of a big deal.
The track is a highlife tune that talks about love and the extent we can go for the ones we love. ‘Onye’ was introduced by the solemn string instrument (guitar to be precise) before blending it with drums. The song is the second track off Waje’s self-titled album ‘W.A.J.E. In terms of the melody and harmony of the song, the duo did considerably well. They were able to understand and blend their unique sounds: Tiwa voice is slightly higher than Waje’s and Waje was able to maintain a cool melodious tune under Tiwa’s voice.
However, the visual for this track was released yesterday. Directed by Kemi Adetiba, the video is a hilarious take on the theme of the song ‘love’ and it features Bryan Okwara and Omawumi in a cameo.
The Producer, Spellz did a good job on the beat. It is a commendable effort in general. Therefore, on a scale of one to ten.
We’ll rate this track 6/10.read more
The trouble with "Million Dollar Arm" is not limited to its title, which suggests a cheesy horror thriller about an overpriced artificial appendage that is coming to get you. This supposedly uplifting true-life baseball tale never quite strikes the necessary emotional sweet spots that these types of inspirational sports movies shamelessly if effectively milk, despite a pitch with great potential: Opportunistic sports agent out to save his struggling company attempts to sniff out untapped baseball talent in far-off India by staging a reality TV-show contest.
The plot suggests an intriguing triple play that combines the outside-of-box thinking of "Moneyball," the can-do gumption of "Jerry Maguire" and the mass-of-humanity chaos of "Slumdog Millionaire" underscored with music by the Oscar-winning A.R. Rahman. And for about half the movie, it almost succeeds.
But there is a gaping hole where "Million Dollar Arm"’s heart should be that widens to crater-size in the second half. And that hole is named JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm), a self-centered, arrogant serial model-dater who exhibits a near-sociopathic lack of concern for the welfare of others. For some reason, we are asked to cheer for this exploiter of two sheltered teen athletes as he drags them from their small Indian villages, flies them to Los Angeles and then expects them to sit around his coldly contemporary high-priced bachelor pad in between training sessions for a major league tryout.
They don’t speak English. They know next to nothing about the game they are supposed to be playing at professional levels. They don’t even know how elevators work. Yet they remain steadfastly loyal to “Mr. JB, Sir,” a man who does little to help them to overcome their culture shock and homesickness save for tossing them a couple of power bars for breakfast every day.
By all rights, this movie should belong to Bernstein’s discoveries, the inscrutable Dinesh (Madhur Mittal, who was Dev Patel’s criminal brother in "Slumdog") and outgoing Rinku (Suraj Sharma, the star of "Life of Pi"). If the audience is pulling for anyone, it is these two brave strangers in a strange land. Although the 2008 sports drama "Sugar" already explored this fertile ground in its story of a Dominican baseball player, it still would be a more enriching account.
At least with his just-so jaw stubble and shark-like smile, Jon Hamm keeps us watching initially as he steps up to the plate and makes his case for a post-"Mad Men" career as a leading man on the big screen. In a way, it helps that his Bernstein is cut from the same smooth-talking seductive cloth as his ad whiz Don Draper.
I didn’t even mind the incredibly corny “a-ha” moment when Bernstein, feeling defeated after losing a major client, mindlessly flips through TV channels. He suddenly spies Susan Boyle performing her astonishing rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" on "Britain’s Got Talent" before switching over to a channel showing a cricket match. A couple back and forths with the remote, and he concocts the idea of inviting young Indian players to compete for a chance to become the next great MLB pitcher.
Just ignore the fact that Boyle’s 2009 performance aired a year after the "Million Dollar Arm" contest first came into being. Screenwriter Tom McCarthy–whose previous storytelling efforts such as "Win Win" and "The Visitor" were several steps above what he serves up here—certainly did.
The scenic trip to Mumbai and beyond that follows, including auditions right next to the Taj Mahal, proves diverting enough to mask most of Bernstein’s severest character flaws. It’s only when he is back home that he becomes nearly impossible to tolerate—until an implausible though entirely predictable third-act conversion suddenly has him turning into a patriarchal Mr. Sensitive.
It isn’t exactly a good sign that scene-stealer first class Alan Arkin grouchily naps through most of his early scenes as baseball scout Ray Poitevint, who assists with finding the fresh recruits. Still, a snoozing Arkin is better than most awake actors, and Poitevint’s ability to hear how fast a pitch is thrown turns into one of "Million Dollar Arm"’s better shticks.
Besides Arkin, the ever-reliable Bill Paxton shows up as Tom House, a rule-breaking Zen master of a coach. Asif Mandvi of "The Daily Show" plays Aash, the practical yin to Bernstein’s pie-in-the-sky yang as his American business partner of Indian descent. Pocket-size Bollywood star Pitobash is baseball fanatic Amit, who basically volunteers to be Bernstein’s unpaid intern, manages to not overdo the cute factor in what would have been called a "Bronson Pinchot Role" a couple decades ago. And, most importantly, there is Lake Bell, whose warm and inviting presence provides a much-needed female counter balance as Bernstein’s lissome med-student tenant next door.
What is the final score for "Million Dollar Arm"? It may earn a few runs early in the game, but is far from a satisfying grand slam of family entertainment.
This pretty Nigerian actress, Georgina Onuoha has got it all. She is immensely talented, well-to-do with a thriving career that is the envy of many in the Nollywood industry and a beauty that is almost timeless.
This fifth child in a family of six, she sure did bring joy and smiles to many homes within and outside Nigeria with her scintillating roles in home videos. In an interview with Nigeriafilms she said: "I want to change the world for the better through acting. My dream is to heal the sufferings and pains of the masses through my roles in movies"; and the International Relations and History graduate from Lagos State University (LASU) eventually achieved that.
Since her arrival on the set of ‘Cursed From Beyond’, in ’97, Georgina has not looked back. She practically rose from obscurity to popularity: staring in numerous hit and acclaimed movies like ‘Egg of Life’, ‘Runs’, ‘Valentino’, ‘Misplaced’ amongst others.
Her unique character interpretation was next to none. Georgina had a way of making her audience pass through the trails and travails of her character. Her in-depth understanding of her job made her stand out of the lot.
She was loved by many for this and was literally seen as the Nollywood good girl that couldn’t hurt a fly. Georgina as at the time, was getting all the attention she deserved as an actress and of course, as a pretty lady. There were nominations and awards to show for her hard work through the years: but it wasn’t all bed of roses for the actress who was also a model.
"My early days in the industry were very rough and tough. I went through many trials and tribulations. Even my dad who wanted me to be a police officer then felt disappointed when I turned down his request for Nollywood” – she said.
Well, you might say the struggle to the top is a natural phenomenon, which is true; but this lady made it to the top regardless of the odds.
In 2006, however, the wedding bells rang and the beauty from Ihite Uboma, Umuezibo Local Government Area of Imo State got married to her medical doctor beau, Dr. Ifeanyi Igwegbe. She relocated to the U.S. shortly afterwards and has been missing from the Nigerian movie scene ever since.
At some point, news making the rounds suggested that Georgina Onuoha had become a Health Information Specialist at the North American Healthcare Inc. and that the mother of two is actually a Medical Research Auditor.
Nevertheless, we miss her in the Nigerian movie scene. We are happy for her new life in the U.S. but secretly and selfishly would have hoped she stayed back to bless us with more of her great acting skills.read more
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