Kunle Afolayan Cancels Planned Visit To South Africa

 

Nollywood actor and producer, Kunle Afolayan, has cancelled his planned visit to Durban, South Africa.

He was scheduled to visit the country along with some other partners on a fun tour.

The Nollywood actor said that he is cancelling his visit because of the current Xenophobic attacks on foreigners.

Mr Afolayan, while speaking in a video he made to apologise for the inconveniences the cancelling may have caused, said, “South Africa is not a safe place for people to go right now.

READ ALSO: Xenophobia: Tiwa Savage Cancels Scheduled Performance In South Africa

“And I don’t think anybody should go to South Africa until our brothers and sisters over there come to their senses”.

He further stated that the new destination for his tour will be announced in due course.

Mr Afolayan is joining other celebrities like Tiwa Savage, Wizkid, Burna Boy, to condemn the attack and also cancel their visits to the country.

Nollywood Rules 2017 AMAA Nominations

The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, once again dominated the African movie stage as it received the highest numbers of nomination for the 2017 installment of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.

In the general competitive categories, Nollywood earned 43 nods from a total of 136 beating its closest rival the South-African movie industry by more than fifteen nominations.

Nigerian films also recorded a surprising three nominations from four in the Best Animation category which had never been a strong genre within the Nigerian movie circle. The animations include Abiola Tayo-Afolabi’s ‘Gyrow’ about malaria.

READ ALSO: Full List Of 2017 AMAA Nominees

Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’, Kunle Afolayan’s ‘CEO’, Steve Goukas’ ‘93 Days’ and Curtis Graham’s ‘Oloibiri’ earned multiple nominations in various categories including in technical and acting classes.

Also, Nollywood provides two contenders for the coveted award for Best Film in Izu Ojukwu’s ‘76’ and ’93 Days’ about the dark days when Nigeria battled the Ebola disease virus in 2014.

Multiple Grammy Award winner Angelique Kidjo goes head-to-head with Somkele Idhalama from ’93 Days’, Taiwo Ajai Lycet from ‘Oloibiri’, Theresa Edem from ‘Ayamma’ for the Best Supporting Actress prize for her role as the enigmatic Dr Zimmerman in kunle afolayan’s ‘CEO’.

Nollywood, despite all its critical commendations and international recognition even at the world stage when it headlined a segment of the Toronto International Film Festival, failed to provide a worthy candidate in the cinematography category.

Shaibu Husseini, a member of the AMAA jury, explained that the category considered a combination of camera works and lighting to determine who deserved a nomination.

“For us cinematography is beyond drone shots,” Husseini said in a telephone conversation with Entertainment News on Channels Television.

“We found out that some of the movies didn’t do well when you consider camera and lighting as a unit. Some of them to many static shots, while the ones with beautiful camera movement lacked quality lighting”.

King Sunny Ade Joins Hard Rock Hall Of Fame

King Sunny Ade Joins Hard Rock Hall Of FameMusic icon, King Sunny Ade, A.K.A KSA, has recently become the first Nigerian to receive a special honour by Hard Rock.

KSA has consistently wowed many with his music and dexterity on the guitar as well as showmanship that has endeared him to many, both home and abroad.

His beautiful performance has earned him two Grammy award nominations and three features in Hollywood flicks.

The multi-instrumentalist, today stands as a world music legend in his own right, making his induction into the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, something of little surprise.

At the ceremony which took place in Lagos, Mark Redguard, a curator, giving his citation said: “KSA who came to Lagos in 1963, bought his first guitar from Victor Olaiya, also a legend musician, for one pound and nine shillings.

“The journey had continued for over 50 years and still soaring, Redguard stated.

Sunny Ade donated one of his world cherished acoustic instruments, a Fender Telecast guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame.

The guitar which is known for its commercial success dated back to the 1950’s.

According to him, he used the same guitar for his Synchro-System album in 1983, which nominated him for his first Grammy Awards.

Describing how priceless the instrument was to him, KSA said that he communed with it like a human and stated all musical desires to be accomplished by it.

Handing over the autographed vintage Fender Guitar to the Hard Rock Hall of Fame, he was supported by various Nigerian musicians such as Don Jazzy, Iyanya, Tiwa Salvage, film maker, Kunle Afolayan, and comedian, Bovi who equally eulogized him.

Redguard believes that all Sunny Ade’s past accomplishments landed him the first Nigerian to be honoured at the Hard Rock Hall of Fame among other notable mentions like Carlo Santana, Jimmy Hendricks, Michael Jackson, Elton John, and many more.

Kunle Afolayan Set To Relive ‘Ade Love’ Film Making Legacy

Kunle Afolayan Set To Relive ‘Ade Love’ Film Making LegacyThe Legacy of colonial era film maker, Adeyemi Afolayan, popularly known as ‘Ade love’, is set to return to mainstream, as his classic films including the Taxi Driver series and Kadara, get special screening, to celebrate the life and times of one of the pioneers of African cinema.

Leading the charge to bring back some of the his works, is prominent film maker and son of Ade love, Kunle Afolayan, who has earned many accolades as a film maker himself.

“Concerning the ‘Ade love’ 20 years remembrance, it is like a dream for me, because this man passed 20 years ago and we’ve never really celebrated him.

“Apart from the fact that he was my father, he has given some of us life,” he told Channels Television.

Furthermore, he said that he was looking forward to the event because “there were so many things we would reveal to people that they don’t know about, as far as film making in Africa is concerned, as far as cinema is concerned, as far as the guy himself is concerned”.

He also hinted that the Ade love family would put together a stage performance to entertain the audience on the big day.

According to Afolayan, the feedback so far from people, both those from his father’s generation and the younger generation, who don’t know so much about him, already shows him that the event is indeed one to look forward to.

The new generation film maker, who has equally continued to grace the Nigerian cinema with his unique productions, said this would be an opportunity for people to experience what film making really used to be way back.

No Good Story Line, No Good Movie, Tchidi Chikere Says

movie, tchidi chikere,It is not far-fetched that there is no good movie without a good story and this is also the idea of Nollywood Film maker, Tchidi Chikere.

He expressed this in an interview with Channels Television while explaining the process of good film making.

Mr Tchidi said movie making comprises content, performance and technicalities, in which the content is the most important aspect.

He also believes that story-telling is highly appreciated in Nigeria and largely across Africa, where there is a more folkloric culture.

Stressing on that, he said “everything starts with an idea before you start interpreting, which is the performance or acting part, while the technicalities involve the use of your equipment.

“Even if your equipment are not too standard, if you have a good story-line and performance, your movie will turn out well,” he added.

Although Nollywood films are yet to breakout into mainstream consumption in Europe and America, it is readily available at retail stores as well as some major online platforms.

The Nigerian movie industry, Nollywood, has continued to grow in leaps and bounds and is gradually getting the much deserved recognition beyond the country’s borders.

With directors such as Kunle Afolayan, Tunde Kelani, Lancelotte Oduwa, among others, churning out top-notch films, the sky appears to only be the limit for the industry.

Jazz Artiste, Kirk Whalum Talks About His Roots

Kirk WhalumJazz saxophonist, Kirk Whalum, started out as a band leader, performing in clubs before he joined the big league and went to on win 12 Grammy awards.

In the 80’s, he formed a band, having regular gigs in local clubs.

It was at this time he was discovered by jazz pianist, Bob James. That move proved to be his biggest decision as he went on to play for top artistes, including late soul singer, Whitney Houston.

The originator of ‘Gospel According to Jazz’ backed up for top artistes in America, including late singer, Whitney Houston, who gave him a slot in the song, ‘I Will Always Love You’.

Kirk recently visited Nigeria to celebrate the International Jazz Day and Entertainment News seized the opportunity to speak with him about his roots and music.

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The CEO Trailer: When Ambition Meets Deadly Rivalry…

the CEOMovie buffs across Nigeria have held a collective breath in anticipation of what renowned filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan will reveal in the first trailer of his biggest movie yet, The CEO.

The wait is over as Channels TV premieres the first trailer of the pan-African movie starring Grammy award winner, Angelique Kidjo; Nigeria’s Wale Ojo, and Hilda Dokubo; Kenyan actor, Peter King; American, Hollywood’s Jimmy Jean-Louis.

The trailer reveals cameo appearances by Nigerian singer, Adekunle Gold and Moroccan Afrobian artiste, Ahmed Soultan.

EXCLUSIVE: “I Was Just Bitter”, Kunle Afolayan On His ‘Igbo’ Tweets

kunle afolayan4Social blogging site, twitter went haywire when actor and film maker, Kunle Afolayan let loose some tweets about piracy and the role Igbos play in it.

Kunle, whose recent movie, October 1 won several awards at the AMVCA 2015, disclosed to his over 40 thousand followers that pirates of Igbo extraction were threatening to release the film in the market.

Well, his words did not go down well with a lot of his fans and his colleagues in Nollywood. So in this exclusive interview with Entertainment News, we find out just what Kunle was thinking when he tweeted.

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

Aderupoko Plays Comic Sergeant In October 1

Actors Sadiq Daba and Aderupoko ride bicycles as they perform during filming for 'October 1', at a rural location in Ilaramokin village, southwest NigeriaVeteran comedian, Kayode Olaiya, popularly known as Aderupoko, played the comic sidekick sergeant to the lead character in Kunle Afolayan’s big budget detective drama ‘October 1’.

The actor, who had many years earlier collaborated with Afolayan’s father, Ade Love, on many films, shared his experience on the set of  ‘October 1’ .

The story is based on a Nigerian Police Detective, Dan Waziri, who is sent to the trading town of Akote, by the British, to solve series of female murders.

He must solve the mystery of these deadly attacks before October 1.

 

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The Stage Is My Home – Lala Akindoju

Lala Rubbin MindsNigerian Actress, Lala Akindoju, says that it is difficult to choose which one is the better form of art between stage and screen acting as she enjoys both platforms for their uniqueness.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television youth programme, Rubbin’ Minds, she, however, admitted that the thoroughness and hard work that goes into stage productions make them unique and generally seen by many as the purer of the arts.

The actress, who shocked Nigerians by winning the Future Awards’ Actor of the Year in 2010 despite having been acting only on stage, spoke about her passion, her struggles and how she found her feet in the competitive Nigerian film industry after winning the award.

She disclosed that the award gave her confidence with which she faced the challenges of the business and decided to move on to the screen; a decision which has paid off.

Lala also shared her experience during the International Visitors Leadership Programme in the United States, where she claimed to have been exposed to valuable opportunities to drive her ideas, especially as a producer willing to make social impacts.

Again, her status as a Future Awards winner also played an important role in her selection for the programme with the recognition it enjoyed at the American Embassy in Nigeria, coupled with recommendations from the Future Project.

One of Lala’s social projects is the Open Mic Theatre, an innovative event that provides a platform for actors to showcase their abilities. She gave an insight into the tough beginning of the project in 2011 and how it gradually broke through, and recently securing a partnership with famous producer, Kunle Afolayan, who would be handling the multimedia production.

The Open Mic Theatre has grown into a one stop shop for acting talents in Nigeria, with several artistes having gotten jobs via the platform. The Open Mic Theatre YouTube channel has also become an opportunity for fresh actors to build a show reel and market their talents.

Since moving on to screen acting, Miss Akindoju has starred in a yet to be released movie by legendary filmmaker, Tunde Kelani. The movie, titled ‘Dazzling Mirage’ tells the story of sickle cell patients and offered Lala her first ever lead role on screen, and she described her joy at having such opportunity, as well as the research and hard work she had to put in to come out great.

Lala, having been on stage for 5 years, said that the stage had become her home but she had also become very comfortable on screen and her works would show this to her teeming fans.

For many who have been wondering what Lala has with good looking actor, OC Ukeje, as both have been an item for a long time, Lala says “I’m not dating OC Ukeje, never (did) actually and never even almost dated him.

“That ‘besto’ that you have; that’s the person that if you kill somebody you will call, you’re not afraid they’re gonna judge you, you’re just dawgs, that’s it, we are like two boys.”

On their individual relationship statuses, “I am single…and about his status, he will tell you when you see him”, she said, amidst laughter.

Sadiq Daba, RMD, Mo Abudu, Others Attend Private Screening Of October 1

Kunle AfolayanNigerian celebrities, business moguls, diplomats, and government officials were on Sunday night hosted at Terra Kulture for the private screening of Kunle Afolayan’s latest thriller flick, October 1.

The purpose of the exclusive event, which held at Intercontinental Hotel Lagos, was to pitch private screening to corporate organisations and individuals, as well as garner sponsorship for the major local and international premieres coming up later in the year.

The exceptional list, led by Kunle Afolayan, comprised renowned actors such as Sadiq Daba, Kenneth Okonkwo, Fabian Adeoye Lojede, Demola Adedoyin, David Baile and Kayode Olaiya.

Topmost fashion designer, Deola Sagoe who played the role of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Kehinde Bankole and Nick Phys was also part of the outstanding cast.

October 1 is a thought-provoking movie that isn’t solely about entertaining viewers but serves to communicate important national messages, Afolayan said. He added, “we want the younger generation to know where we are coming from and the older generation to see if we are moving in the right direction”.

Notable faces spotted at the event included art patron, Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, CEO Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Segun Awolowo, MD Standard Chartered Bank, Bola Adesola, MD, Leadway Assurance, Mr. Oye Hassan-Odukale, Consul-General Of France, Francois Sastourne, Consul-General Of South Africa, Ambassador & Mrs Mokgethi Monaisa, Executive Director, Bank Of Industry, Mr. Waheed Olagunju, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Mo Abudu, Ruth Osime, Noble Igwe among many others.

L-R Demola Adedoyin, Deola Sagoe, Kunle Afoloyan, Kehinde Bankole & Sadiq Daba Kunle Afolayan Kunle Afoloyan & Sadiq Daba  Noble Igwe 2 Noble Igwe

Richard Mofe-Damijo & Kunle Afoloyan Sadiq Daba, Tunde Kelani & a guest Seun Soyeda Tokunbo Durosaro & Folashade Ali Tunde Kelani, Kunle Afoloyan, Francois Sastourne, Bolanle Austen-Peters, Mahmoud Ali-Balogun & Sadiq Daba 2 Yemi Edeki & Bolajoko Odunowo