Joke Silva Unveils Debut Stage Musical ‘Heartbeat’

Joke silver, stage musical, heartbeatAn abstract tale of present-day Nigeria, erupted in a musical as actress, Joke Silva, unveiled her debut stage production ‘Heartbeat’, (a story of hope), at the Muson Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The stage play was produced by the Nollywood veteran couple, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva.

Family, friends and supporters came out in numbers to enjoy the night out.

This followed months of intensive rehearsals, as the play director, Najite Dede, laid out a stellar cast, including screen actor, Femi Jacobs, to the delight of guests.

AMVCA Full List Of Winners

AMVCAThe Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) took place on Saturday at the Eko Hotel Convention Centre, in Lagos.

The star-studded event which saw Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 cart away 9 awards!

 

 

Check Out Full List Of Winners:

Best Actor in a Comedy
The Interview (Frank Donga) – Kunle Idowu
Winner- The Meeting – Femi Jacobs
Meet the Adebanjos – Wale Ojo
Horn Free Day- Kelechi Udegbe
Fundi-Mentals – Gerald Langiri
The Last 3 Digits- Nonso Diobi

Best Actress in a Comedy
Folly – Joke Silva
When Love Happens – Weruche Opia
Winner- The Meeting – Rita Dominic
A Letter from Adam – Lydia Forson
I Come Lagos – Nse Ikpe Etim

Best Actor in a Drama
A Place in the Stars – Gideon Eche-Okeke
Honeymoon Hotel – IK Ogbonna
Unforgivable – Mike Ezuruonye
Devil In The Detail – Adjetey Anang
Brave – Wole Ojo
Confusion Na Wa – OC Ukeje
Winner- Secret Room – O.C Ukeje

Best Actress in a Drama
Make.A.Move – Ivie Okujaye
Iyore – Rita Dominic
A Place in the Stars – Amaka Mgbor
Love or Something like That – Joselyn Dumas
Winner- October 1 – Kehinde Bankole

Reflections – Aisha Kamara

Best Art Director (Movie/ TV)
Winner- October 1 – Pat Nebo
Secret Room – Crey Ahanonu/Simon Peacemaker
Veve – Ayako Bertolli
Verdict – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Prince of Barmah – Frank Rajah Arase

Best Cinematographer (Movie/ TV)
October 1 – Yinka Edward
A Place in the Stars – John Demps/ Harald Beeker/ Manuel Lapiere
The Antique – Dj Tee
Winner- Verdict – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Secret Room – Lukman Abdulraman/Simon Peacemaker

Best Comedy Writer (Movie/ TV)
Winner- The Meeting – Tunde Babalola
Clinic Matters Episode 203 – Adekunle Salawu
When Love Comes Around – Zynnell Zuh and David Amah
When Love Happens – Seyi Babatope/Diche Enuwa/Temitope Bolade
A Letter from Adam – Lydia Forson

Best Costume Designer (Movie/ TV)
Winner- October 1 – Deola Sagoe/Obijei Oru
Dazzling Mirage – Adebimpe Adebambo
Rush TV Series -Tiona Wangechi
Love or Something like That – Nana Akua Manso
Under Your Skin – Ngozi Jombo

Best Documentary
Winner- The Gift of the Nile – Yvonne Bassey
These Past Times – Katman
Shashamane Southern Ethiopia – Yvonne Bassey
Paradox Of Life – Katman Dayil
The Masai Mara Adventure – Yvonne Bassey

Best Drama Writer (Movie/ TV)
A Place in the Stars – Ita Hozaife And J.K. Amalou
Devil in the Detail – Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Iyore – Frank Rajah Arase
Yellow Cassava – Damijo Efe Young
Winner- October 1 – Tunde Babalola

Best Lighting Designer
Winner- October 1 – Lanre Omofaye
The Antique – Dj Tee
Verdict     – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Fundi-Mentals – John Wambugu
Tales of Eve – Caged Tajudeen Abdulazeez

Best Local Language Hausa
Winner Bincike – Hafizu Bello/Abubakar Bashir
Maja    – Abba Miko Yakassai
Shagun Doka – Andrew Ohio Ohiorenoya
Mai Farin Jini –            Uzee Concept
Ni Da Matata –            Abba Miko Yakassai

Best Local Language Igbo
B For Boy -Uche Nwa dili
Winner- Onye Ozi (The Messenger) -Obi Emelonye
Har Da Mijina – Uzee Concept
Olanma – Onyekachukwu Okeke
Saint Ossai – Collins Ezenwa

Best Local Language SWAHILI
Network – John Kallage
Winner- Veve – Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Mama Duka    – Njoki Muhoho
Almasi – Almasi
Mdundiko – Timothy Conrad

Best Local Language YORUBA
Olosa   – Temitayo Adeniyi
Dagbere – Oluwole Cole
Dada Oni Paki -Fidelis Duker
Alakada 2 – Alakada2
Winner- Iya Alalake – Faithia Balogun

Best Make-Up Artist
Winner- October 1 – Lola Maja
Verdict            – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Iyore – Matthew Alechenu Hyacient
A Place In The Stars – Chinwem Elevoh / Sandra Udoewah
The Meeting – Juliette Okoli

Best Movie (Comedy)
The Meeting – Rita Dominic
A Letter from Adam – A Letter From Adam
Winner- The Meeting – Mildred Okwo
30 Days in Atlanta – 30 Days In Atlanta
Jand Hustle – Ehizojie Ojesebholo

Best Movie (Drama)
Devil in the Detail – Devil in the Detail
Invasion 1897 – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Secret Room   – Simon Peacemaker/ Crey Ahanonu
Winner- A Place in the Stars  – A Place In The Stars
October 1 – Kunle Afolayan
Make.A.Move – Make.A.Move

Best Movie Director
Invasion 1897 – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
A Place in the Stars – Steve Gukas
Secret Room – Eneaji Chris
Verdict            – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Potomanto – Potomanto
Winner- October 1- Kunle Afolayan

Best New Media-Online
Verdict – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Ogas at the Top – Marie Lora-Mungai
Leeway – Eric Aghimien
Winner- Hard Times – Imoh Umoren
Between The Lines – Likarion Wainaina

Best Movie Of 2014
Invasion 1897 – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Yellow Cassava – Zeb Ejiro
Winner- October 1 – Kunle Afolayan
A Place in the Stars – A Place In The Stars
Iyore – Frank Rajah Arase

Best Short Film
Verdict            – Stanlee Ohikhuare
Not Right – Not Right
Brave – Lowladee (Adeleke Dolapo)
Winner- Oblivious – Kiki Omeili
The Throne – Jibril Mailafia

Best Sound Editing
A Place in the Stars – Susan Penington
Winner- October 1 – Kulanen Ikyo
Render To Caesar – Michael Ogunlade
Gidi Up – Muhammed Atta & Jadesola Osiberu
Love or Something like That   Kofi Boachie-Ansah
The Antique – Flo

Best Video Editor
A Place in the Stars – Antonio Ribeiro
Veve – Roselidah Taabu Obala
October 1 – Mike Steve-Adeleye
Devil in the Detail – Nana Akua Manso
Winner- Reflections – Victoria Akujobi

Best Supporting Actress
30 Days in Atlanta – Ada Ameh
Winner- The Meeting – Linda Ejiofor
30 Days in Atlanta – Mercy Johnson
Gidi Up – Iretiola Doyle
Confusion Na Wa – Tunde Aladese

Best Supporting Actor
A Place in the Stars – Segun Arinze
30 Days in Atlanta – Richard Mofe Damijo
Iyore – Yemi Blaq
Winner- Knocking On Heaven’s Door – Blossom Chukwujekwu
When Love Happens – O. C. Ukeje

Best Television Series
The Xyz Show – Godfrey Mwampembwa
Winner- Shuga
Rush TV Series – Rush Series
Gidi Up – Jadesola Osiberu
Maliposa – Mingeli Palata

Nigerian Entertainment Conference To Hold On April 22

entertainmentMo Abudu, Davido, Joke Silva, M.I, Jason Njoku, George Thorpe, others will speak at the third edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference which will hold in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday April 22,

This is according to a statement issued on Monday, by organizers, NET Newspaper.

The umbrella conference for the Nigerian entertainment sector which debuted in 2013, would see everyone come together again at Eko Hotels in Lagos, for a full day of deliberations, workshops, exhibitions and master-classes.

Past editions have featured renowned celebrities including 2face Idibia, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Amaka Igwe, Kenny Ogungbe, Jimmy JATT, Basketmouth, M.I, Don Jazzy, Kunle Afolayan, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Lagbaja, Tony Okoroji, Audu Maikori, D’banj and Ali Baba; as well as respected executives like Aina Kushoro, Emeka Mba, Chris Ubosi, Ayo Animashaun, Olisa Adibua, Colette Otusheso, Steve Babaeko, Ifeoma Williams, Efe Omorogbe, Frank Nweke, Gab Okoye, and Prof. Pat Utomi.

Speakers and facilitators for this year include acclaimed Nigerian actress and trainer Joke Silva; BET and MTV award winning pop star, Davido; Afrinolly’s Chike Maduegbuna, founder and CEO of Ebony Life TV, Mo Abudu; IT entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi; rapper and business executive, M.I Abaga; iROKO TV founder, Jason Njoku; music distributor, Uba Pacific; media administrator, Deji Awokoya; marketing icon, George Thorpe; entrepreneur Ayo Makun, founder of NotJustOk, Demola Ogundele and Quilox Chairman, Shina Peller.

Session moderators include Bukky Sawyerr-Izeogu (Classic FM), Zainab Balogun (Ebony Life), Osagie Alonge (Pulse), Oreka Godis, Dayo Odulaja (NET), Olamide Adedeji (Soundcity), Ehiz Okoeguale (MTV Base) and others.

The event will be hosted by Tee A for the third year running.

This year’s conference, according to NEC founder, Ayeni Adekunle is themed: ‘Buying And Selling Nigerian Entertainment And Everything In-Between’

PHOTOS: Tunde Kelani’s ‘Dazzling Mirage’ Premieres In Lagos

Tunde KelaniThe latest work of veteran movie maker, Tunde Kelani – Dazzling Mirage – starring fast rising actor, Kemi lala Akindoju, movie maker and actor, Kunle Afolayan, and Yomi Fash Lanso premiered on Friday.

Dazzling Mirage is the story of a talented, beautiful young sickle-cell sufferer who overcomes social stigma, prejudice and her own low self-esteem, to achieve success, marriage and motherhood.

Guests at the premiere included; the cast and crew of the movie, as well as top shots in the entertainment industry – Adewale Ayuba, Joke Silva, Iretiola Doyle and others.

The exclusive event which was hosted by Comedian Gbenga Adeyinka 1st held at the Muson Centre, Lagos.

Check out pictures from the event:

Ayuba Dazzling Mirage DSC_0418 Iretiola Doyle Ivie Okujaye and Tope Tedela Joke Silva Kemi Lala Akindoju Kunle Afolayan Seun Akindele Taiwo Ajai Lycett Yeni Kuti Yomi Fash Lanso and Joke Silva

VIDEO: Joke Silva And Olu Jacobs Speak On Nigeria’s Theatrical Scene

Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs
Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs

In this exclusive interview with Channels Television, veteran actors, Joke Silva And Olu Jacobs speak about the rise of theatre in Nigeria.

Education Is Everybody’s Business – Ezekwesili

Sunrise EzekwesiliFormer Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, believes that education has to be the business of everybody, as it is an investment rather than just a business.

While canvassing for a partnership between the Government and the private sector towards moving the Nigerian education sector forward, she noted that there were different levels of enormous returns that could be earned from investing in education.

Dr Ezekwesili recalled her time as the Minister of education, revealing how bad the state of the system was within the federal ministry. She referred to her project as “Crisis”, stating that quite early she “knew there was no way Government could solve the problem (alone).”

Speaking passionately on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily live from Abuja, venue of the Nigerian Economic Summit, which had been focusing on developing the Nigerian education sector, Dr Ezekwesili said “Education is a system” and it should not be handled like an element of politics but a major part of nation building.

While speaking about the current state of the sector in comparison to her time as Minister, she said that her investigations revealed that the results in the sector were nothing to smile about, emphasizing that the country’s investment had not produced the result commensurate with it.

She admitted, “We were not in a good place when I was there, and you reflect to 7 years after and it’s declined even further. Do we need any more indicators to discuss these issues?”

Speaking about the way forward, Dr Ezekwesili said that there was need to keep a track of what the Nigerian youths were doing with an emphasis on the available academic facilities in the country. She explained that this involved asking what students who are not in the universities or polytechnics were doing with their lives and creating alternatives to the existing academic system the country operates.

She spoke about the establishment of the Vocational Enterprise Institution and Innovation Enterprise Institution. These according to her, are schools set up mainly to train people with skills to drive innovation and ideas as the new paradigm in Nigerian education.

She said that the rationale behind this was to build a partnership that has the authority of industry practitioners as a means to earn the trust of Nigerian youths. She also said that this was to drive the value of innovation, productivity and self-employment.

In further describing how these would work, she revealed that celebrity filmmakers and veteran actresses, Hilda Dokubo and Joke Silva had been accredited to set up such Innovation Enterprise Institutions in their fields, because of the belief that they would be better trusted to offer practical knowledge and real inspiration in their schools rather than the usual government establishments.

She explained that a complete education package should be a combination of the ‘Mechanical’, which is about the skilled knowledge; the ‘Affective’ which entails the moral values; and the Cognitive, which refers to the quality of reasoning that should be deposited in students by the teachers.

The quality of teachers in Nigerian schools then came to the fore as she spoke about the need to retrain the teachers at a shared cost between the government and the private sector. She decried the presence of Grade 2 teachers still in the system without any upgrade in their knowledge as ridiculous in the current age, noting that many kids now knew better than their teachers.

She, however, said that this should be an initiative of the government. Emphasizing such regulatory part of the sector as being solely a role of the government, she said that the investment intervention would be more productive when the system had been made receptive to development.

Dr Ezekwesili also cited the quality of policy driven discussions that the young anchors of Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily  engage in as one of the key features that would add value to the development of Nigerian education. While commending the team, she admitted that the country had not had this high level of policy driven debates for a very long time, a situation she believed had contributed to the decline.

She also urged the current government to wake up to the situation, as she said that the government was missing out on an important part of its role.

 

Nigeria’s Stage Sweethearts To Star In ‘HEAR WORD’

Joke SilvaDirector of ‘V Monologues’ and Sefi Atta’s ‘Not my Affair’, Ifeoma Fafunwa has announced her new production – HEAR WORD starring Taiwo Ajayi- Lycett, Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Bimbo Akintola, Iretiola Doyle and Kemi Lala Akindoju scheduled for May, 2014 at the Muson Centre, Lagos.

Kate-Henshaw
Kate-Henshaw

HEAR WORD is an exhilarating performance art production which would showcase true stories of triumph from 20 different Nigerian women.

The production would combine artistry, social commentary and true-life stories of transformation delivered by some of Nigeria’s best known and most talented actresses. Fafunwa said “These superb actresses offer us an intimate view into the lives of women from all walks of life as the monologues shine a light on the hidden part of each woman’s soul. I believe that this play will stimulate discussion as well as warm and sadden the heart.”

Ifeoma Fafunwa - Director (2)
Ifeoma Fafunwa

The play, scheduled to show on various stages in May, 2014 in Lagos and Abuja, will take the personal stories of women from all walks of life, all corners of Nigeria, and weave them together to create a tapestry of truth. “HEAR WORD is a place where the highest quality of performance art comes together to express the potential of Nigerian women; it is a celebration of the Nigerian woman to be shared with the world, as the characters reveal themselves, you may recognise your sister, your mother, your friend, your wife and perhaps even yourself” Fafunwa added.

The Meeting finally premieres

The much awaited movie produced and directed by Rita Dominic  and Mildred Okwo premiered on Friday at the grand ball room of the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.

Gracing the occasion were the Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke, representatives from the Vice-President, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa amongst other dignitaries

Also on the role call were Nollywood actresses and actors including Genevieve Nnaji, Ego Boyo, Iretiola Doyle, Joke Silva and many others.

Some Nigerian artistes including Tuface Idibia, Tiwa Savage, Waje, Lami Philips and Weird MC also graced the occasion.
The movie starred Kate Henshaw, Chinedu Ikedieze, Jide Kosoko, Nse Ikpe-Etim, Tariah Basorge Jnr, Femi Jacobs, Bankole Kehinde, Rita Dominic and many others.

The storyline is about a Lagos-based corporate executive, Makinde Esho who works for The Audrey Silva Company(TASC) and finds himself at the mercy of political patronage, trying to adapt to the culture and routine, falls in love with a youth corp member when he embarked on a one day business trip to Abuja to secure a government contract.

 

Evolution of Nigeria entertainment industry

As Nigeria celebrates 52 years of Independence from colonial rule, one sector that has experienced tremendous growth is the entertainment industry.

The video report below chronicles the evolution of the movie and music part of the entertainment industry that started to grow and shows various levels of development in Nigeria.

The report also contains advices from veteran musicians and actors for upcoming professional in the entertainment industry.

Olu Jacobs is 70 today

Veteran actor Olu Jacobs turned 70 today.  Olu Jacobs  who was born in July 11th 1942, is one of the talented and respected actors in Nigeria.

The Veteran actor trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and his career has spanned stage film, and home video.

He has featured in several Nollywood movies including Pirates, Eagle’s Bride, 21 Days With Christ, Burning Kingdom, Mirror of Beauty, and The Return of Ogidi.

Olu Jacobs is a member of the National Theatre of Great Britain.

The star is married to popular actress Joke Silva and is fondly called Uncle Olu.