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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Fashion is a universal tradition and some top celebrities have taken the bull by the horn. Genevieve Nnaji has joined the league of celebs who own a fashion line. She shared the pic below.
The beautiful actress also shared a pic from the premiere of Kunle Afolayan most anticipated movie. She posted the pic with the caption: "at the premiere of 1st of October by Kunle Afolayan.”
Actress Rita Dominic was busy with some humanitarian assignment. As she graced the launching of the Keystone wheel chair accessible ATM machine. She shared the pic with the caption: "with Mrs Yvonne Isichie, Executive Director and Operations; and Mrs Teju Phillips, Director Keystone bank earlier today at the opening of its new branch with the first accessible wheel chair ATM in the country. #keystonebank #marylandbranch #pinkaccount #ambassador"
"Repete" crooner Black Magic, shared a picture with Alhaji Orezi with the caption: "HipTV chilling with the hommie @alhajiorezi #basedonshoki"
Ace singer and legend Sound Sultan doesn't seem to be resting on his ores, since the release of his recent album he has featured in numerous singles. He posted the pictures below with the captions: "pre show rituals never leave the house without my PS #BeatNationIs5 concert tonight. Come out and support.
"They started the new trend, they made noise about the Nigerian music industry, they made noise about it till people started listening. They made it look glamorous. Shout out to @krnnyogungbe and @dayoadeneye
The Brain behind "white exodus" Dencia shared a picture rocking the Minnie Mouse look with the caption: "#makeupfree #filterfree #iwokeuplikethis #chanelhaterblockers
Right from time, soap operas have been one of the defining television moments for an average viewers, just like the endless Mexican soaps which captures us like magnet with their intriguing story lines.
However with utmost pride, we can at least state that the Nigerian film industry has improved tremendously, leading to better quality soaps and movies. Today we give you the most talked about series in Nollywood which has got Nigerians at the edge of their seats.
The Johnson Family
Everyone needs a good laugh at some point of their lives – ‘The Johnson’s family’ gives the maximum excitement needed to change a person’s mood. Despite the fact that the sitcom was premiered some months back it has spread like wild fire making it one of the most talked about TV series today. The Jonhsons which features top comic actors like Chinedu Ikedieze (Efe), Charles Inojie (Lucky) and Ada Ameh (Emu) tells the story of an average Nigerian family - The sitcom central action is on Efetobore Johnson, a normal 15-year-old boy, struggling like every kid his age, with the challenges of being a teenager and on top of all that Efe has one other challenge that is completely unique to him – He’s only two feet tall.
The Lekki Houswives
If you fall under the category of people who are tired of seeing the regular Nollywood faces every time, then Lekki Housewives will be an interesting watch for you. Not only do viewers refer to it as Africa’s ‘Real Housewives’ and ‘Basketball Wives’ but it has all the “guilty pleasure juiciness” of your favorite reality TV shows. The Blessing Effiom Egbe production has captured the heart of movie loving Nigerians with the brilliance and technical suitability of the story.
Starring the likes of Adaora Ukoh-Miranda, Keira Hewatch-Peace,Katherine Obiang-Uju,Kiki Omeli-Loveth, and Chinonso Young-Cleopatra. Lekki is a high brow location in Lagos synonymous with wealth, power, and ostentatious lifestyles. Everything seems picture perfect for the Lekki wives on the outside, but behind the glitter and glamour they parade is the toughness and the struggle to live life on their own terms.
Ojo's in D' House
It is not a surprise anymore that comedy movies or TV programmes are one of the most watched; Ojo's in D' House is one of the most talked about sitcoms at the moment since it started airing on one of pan African’s TV station, EbonyLife.
The TV drama centers on the flamboyant excesses of Mrs. Elizabeth Ojo, the matriarch of a nouveau riche family who recently moved from a lower middle-class neighborhood into a new, upper-class vicinity. The comedy drama features the likes of Najite Dede as Elizabeth Ojo, Jude Chukwuka as Tafaa Ojo, Taiwo Arimoro as Samuel Ojo, Odenike Odetola-Odeleye as Nicole Ojo, Funmi Eko as Mrs. Williams and Bassey Ekpenyong as Bitrus Pambot Nankut.
Today the Internet has become an omnipresent medium for everything related to the media, and that includes how people get their T.V. Since it appears easier to sign up for a YouTube account than a cable contract (for a multitude of reasons), Gidi Up is the leading web series drama in Nigeria - this series is already into its second season and has garnered a healthy following.
The series whose title is culled from the popular term "Las Gidi", a nickname for Lagos city focuses on the lives of four young adults (Obi, Tokunbo, Eki and Yvonne) who are pursuing success and independence in the city of Lagos, revealing the challenges they are faced with at every step of the way in their quest to achieve their dreams. The series parades the likes of OC Ukeje, Somkele Iyamah, Adeyemi Okanlawon, Titi Sonuga, Bimbo Manuel, Iretiola Doyle just to mention a few.
As part of the drive to curb the spread of HIV as well as create awareness for AIDS, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base Africa has dedicated a TV series, Shuga to spread the word. The Shuga series has been around for three seasons now, with the third one shot in Nigeria for the first time.
The season three consist of 8 episodes which capture the essence of a lot of young people today in the diversity of Lagos. The third season of the hit series returns with a star-studded cast like Chris Attoh, Tiwa Savage, Lupita Nyong'o , Ikubese Emmanuel, Okezie Morro etc. and a good storyline to match.read more
Nominees for the annual Tush Awards has been announced with Happenings Magazine, fab Magazine, Bovi, Yemi Alade, Dolapo Oni, Zainab Balogun, Phyno Davido and many more making it to the nominee list.
The award ceremoney is set to take place on Saturday, November 29. Voting starts on Wednesday, October 1.
See full list of nominees below:
NEXT RATED ACT (COMEDY)
BEST YOUTH COMEDIAN
BEST NEW ACT (MUSIC)
REVELATION OF THE YEAR
NEXT RATED ACT (MUSIC)
BEST YOUTH ACT (MUSIC) DIASPORA
Mano – US
Emmy Gee – SOUTH AFRICA
MYA K - UK
Dizzy VC - UK
May7ven - UK
BEST YOUTH ACT (MUSIC) MALE
BEST YOUTH ACT (MUSIC) FEMALE
ON AIR PERSONALITY
Cute Kimani – Unilag fm
Rolake (Ib) - Star fm, Ibadan
Jimmy – Beat fm
Timi Kay – Rainbow FM
Dotun – Cool fm
ON SCREEN PERSONALITY
Ehiz - MTV Base
Zainab Balogun (The Spot) – Ebonylife
Dolapo Oni - Moments With Mo
Adams – SoundCity
Vixen Ekwerre - Stv
BEST YOUTH ACT (MOVIE) MALE
Gbenro Ajibade (Soji Tinsel)
Iyke Okechukwu (Chuks Tinsel)
Deyemi Okanlawon (Gidi Up)
BEST YOUTH ACT (MOVIE) FEMALE
Linda Ihuoma Ejiofor (Bimpe Tinsel)
Dorcas Shola Farpson (Shugar)
YOUTH MAGAZINE OF D YEAR
Links and Glitz Magazine
BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
@GidiTraffic – Twitter
@NigeriaNewsDesk – Twitter
@Questionneir – Twitter
@Chxta - #HistoryClass
@4lah - #DearArtiste
BEST USE OF ADVOCACY/CAUSE
Adedayo Lawal - Delivering Solar Lighting in Rural Areas
Olafare Alexander - The Green Flag Project
Olamide Olabisi - Konami
Shugar - AIDS/HIV
BEST NIGERIAN DJ
DJ Xsmart (RayPower)
16. TDA TV MODEL/VIDEO VIXEN
MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
BEST YOUTH DESIGNER
Yetunde Bamgboye– Yetroselane Couture
Eseoghene Odiete - Hesey Designs
Femiwa Adepegba - Kobo Fashion
Toyin Lawani – Tiannah Stylings
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Sunkanmi Ola - Digital Marketing Agency (Syracuse Digital)
Bilkiss Adebiyi-Abiola - CEO WECyclers
Rasheed – UNRASHION
Bankole Cardoso - EasyTaxi
YOUTH FRIENDLY BRAND OF THE YEAR
BEST CLUB HOUSE
BEST OUTDOOR HANGOUT PLACE
Ebevande Beach Bar
YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Chioma (Happenings Magazine)
Maupe Ogun (CHANNELS TV)
YOUTH RAP ACT OF THE YEAR
From a distance the spotlight might seem overwhelmingly frightening; you know, unapproachably intimidating as feelings of uncertainty and fear of rejection tends to confine the average individual to settle for the norm.
However, painful as it might sound, truth is, although they say there’s enough space in the clouds for everyone, the spotlight isn’t that accommodating. No doubt, the celebrity world totally reflects this; as “payment” for the spotlight, life continually expects celebrities to up their game but once they fall short, they get dumped and forgotten regardless of their previous feat.
Today we present an extinguished music icon, a true entertainer in every sense of the word, he is one of Africa’s finest talents who has managed to remain relevant in the music scene for 30 years and amazingly instead of fading out over the years, he’s influence seems to be spreading with an undaunted zeal like wild fire all over the world, we present none other than the pioneer of the genre “Tecno Soukous”- Awilo Longomba.
The international award winning recording artiste Awilo, hit the spotlight with mega songs like; “Coupe Bimbama”, “Cache Cache”, “Gate le Coin”, “Teckno Soukous”, ”Abidjan Debout” and many other tracks and also has not less than five successful albums to his credit- “Moto Pamba”( 1995), “Coupe Bimbamba” (1998), “Kafou Kafou” (2000), “Mondongo” (2004), “Superman” (2008 ). In return, the outstanding artiste has also grabbed a jaw dropping number of over 200 awards.
Notably, Awilo was honored with the African Diamond Award (U.S.A) and in 2011 he was also dubbed by World class Magazine- “Forbes” as been one of Africa’s Most Influential Celebrities.
Commendably, after the release of his second CD, Coupe Bibamba (1998) the world embraced the entertainer who has now become a known name throughout Africa, Europe and America, constantly leaving an impression on his audience with his unique genre of music tagged - “Techno Soukous‘.
Presently, after a short break from the music scene the music king is back to mount his throne. Undoubtedly with the release of his latest single- “ Bundelele” which is blazing the airwaves like crazy, Awilo Longomba has once again reaffirmed his title.
The Equalizer is not a superhero movie in the traditional sense, but it might-as-well be. Denzel Washington doesn’t play a character with super powers, unless you count “being really good at killing people” as a super power. But the film has the structure and function of what amounts to a superhero origin story, or a somewhat lengthy television pilot. That’s not a criticism (many franchise-starters feel like two-part television pilot episodes), merely a statement of purpose as Sony clearly has franchise designs for a character that is basically “generic Denzel Washington killing machine.” The film spends as much time establishing his world and his supporting cast as it does setting up its core hero. Of course “generic Denzel Washington killing machine” remains a pretty entertaining and compelling screen presence, which meansThe Equalizer is rarely less-then-engaging even as it’s checking off boxes.
The film is based on the 1985-1989 television series that ran on CBS and starred Edward Woodard as a former US spy who spent his down time helping people in distress in an often violent fashion. The word “equalizer” is never uttered in this feature film nor (sadly) does Denzel Washington’s “Not Home Depot” employee turned righteous avenger exclaim “You’ve been equalized!” at a key climactic moment. It is only Hollywood’s obsession with having some kind of known brand name even if that brand name is all-but-worthless that prevented this from being just “Denzel Washington as The Handyman.”
The story, about a retired spy with a secret past who finds himself in over his head after standing up for a victimized child prostitute, is as generic as unsalted butter. But director Antoine Fuqua presents a stylish and character-driven drama that only periodically chooses conventional action over contemplation and brief bursts of violence. Despite her heavy presence in the marketing, Chloe Grace Moretz has limited but unquestionably effective screen-time as said teenage prostitute whose mistreatment at the hands of her Russian mob handlers sets the otherwise peaceful former painter-of-death on a tear. Woman-in-refrigerator issues aside, the film spends a surprising amount of time establishing Robert McCall’s routine and his budding friendship with Moretz’s Teri before things go bad.
Before blood is spilled, we see nearly an entire act of Washington playing something of a reluctant mentor not just to Teri but to his fellow employees, including one (Johnny Skourtis) who has aspirations of being a security guard. Even when the so-called action begins, as Washington explodes in a room of baddies and then must deal with the repercussions, the film feels relatively restrained for most of its running time. Obviously said violent incident gets the attention of the higher ups in the Russian mob, and it is at this point where the maniacal Teddy (Marton Csokas) shows up as an enforcer/investigator of sorts, as he is clearly meant to be the Joker to Washington’s would-be Batman.
But even though this is an Antoine Fuqua film, Teddy doesn’t burn down an orphanage or shoot up a hospital to get McCall’s attention. The violence is brief and relatively restrained right up until the protracted action climax, which sadly goes too long and (being vague here to avoid spoilers) makes our lead character appear somewhat foolish while robbing some supporting characters of their hard-fought dignity. This isn’t the first action thriller/superhero adventure which revolves around a man becoming a would-be hero by basically cleaning up his own mess, but there is a moment late in the film where a non-violent solution is referenced and you can’t help but mentally smack Washington on the head for not taking the path of least resistance.
The film doesn’t end as promisingly as it starts, but it is still a solid and well-crafted bit of mainstream pulp. Washington can do this in his sleep, so it is to his credit that he remains utterly committed to the hokum. And, as all good franchise-starters must, the film teases potential for some fascinating supporting characters, highlighted in a terrific “purely for character development purposes” sequence with Melissa Leo and Bill Pullman (how I love “purely for character development purposes” scenes in action movies). The action, when Fuqua and writer Richard Wenk choose action, is polished and sharp, and the actors do their best to elevate the pulp material to something attempting to resemble art.
I appreciated the human moments, such as when Washington realizes that he didn’t think things through in terms of his initial attempts to aid said battered prostitute and when a corrupt cop (David Harbour) realizes with sadness and exasperation that he has no way to escape a web of his own making. The film looks gorgeous, which makes sense since director of photography Maurio Fiore has plenty of experience shooting polished action pictures. I’d recommend an IMAX showing (in glorious 2D) on principle if finances allow even if I don’t think the movie itself cries out for the IMAX Experience. I would frankly speculate that Sony’s move to release this in IMAX was more about denoting that this was a major league release more than the gritty, street-level crime drama actually being the kind of sweeping epic that typifies the format.
The Equalizer is indeed a franchise-starter, warts and all. It establishes a would-be heroic character, gives that character a first major challenge while introducing at least a few worthwhile supporting characters who will hopefully parade around the edge of his adventures in a would-be sequel, and establishes the general template for which said hero will be called into battle. At the very least, the notion of an R-rated, adult-skewing action franchise is incredibly exciting as it’s the kind of thing that went the way of the dinosaur after the Columbine shootings 15 years ago. We probably won’t get a sequel to David Fincher’s way-too-expensive remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, so this (and Fifty Shades of Grey) is the best shot we have at an honest-to-goodness adult-skewing franchise.
Denzel Washington is in fine form in The Equalizer, and the film shows off the very specific qualities that make him among our last true-blue movie stars. In a world of softened around the edges and cut to PG-13 action thrillers, The Equalizer is refreshingly R-rated not because it is drenched in gore and nudity but because it is an adult film with adult content and adult themes and thus deserves an adult rating. The Equalizer, or whatever Robert McCall ends up actually calling himself in The Equalizer II, has earned a chance to further prove that he is a cinematic hero that we both need and deserve.
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