Why I Fell In Love With Chimamanda’s ‘Americanah’ – Lupita Nyong’o


Kenyan Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o says she’s in love with writer, Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, ‘Americanah’.

Nyong’o who is set to play a major role in the screen adaptation of the novel explained that she fell in love with the book because of Chimamanda’s unique ability to bring the characters to life.

“I was awestruck by her ability to capture such exquisite character in a way that made me laugh but also made me feel seen,” the actress said on Saturday, while addressing an audience in Lagos, Nigeria.

– My Ideal Man –

According to her, she had read other books by the writer – Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus and “both of them were incredible”.

This fueled her anticipation for the next book Americanah, which she pre-ordered long before its release in April 2013.

“I remember finishing the book and falling madly in love with Obinze… at this point, he’s like the standard man that I’m still looking for, but I just felt like this is a character that I would love to embody on screen because what I do is act and her characters were just so actable”.

Speaking further, Nyong’o noted that one of the things she feels privileged to do is to bring specificity to the African story.

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For her, the vague and generalised representations of Africa is a trend she hopes to see less of and that’s one of the reasons she’s excited to be among the cast of Americanah, as it is expected to be set in Nigeria.

“So, I’m here (in Lagos) to immerse myself and learn as much as I can in order to do the story justice,” she added.

The Black Panther actress said she “appreciates the warm welcome” so far in the country, among other things.

She was also excited to share some of the Igbo Language and Pidgin she had picked up in the course of her brief stay.

“Daalu o” (meaning thank you) .. she said, expressing her gratitude as the audience cheered her on.

Oscar-Winning Actress Lupita Visits Lagos For Adichie’s ‘Americanah’

Lupita Nyong'o (L) and Chimamanda Adichie greet guests at an event in Lagos on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Lupita Nyong’o (L) and Chimamanda Adichie greet guests at an event in Lagos on Saturday, February 22, 2020.


Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o on Saturday was hosted by novelist Chimamanda Adichie in Lagos.

Nyong’o, famous for her roles in critically-acclaimed movies such as 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther, is in Nigeria to promote her screen-adaptation of Adichie’s novel, Americanah.

American subscription video-on-demand streaming service, HBO Max, gave a straight-to-series order for the Americanah project in 2019.

Nyong’o is set to star and also act as Executive Producer of the show.

Nyong’o’s Black Panther co-star, Danai Gurira, wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner on the 10-episode limited series.



How I Felt Working Alongside Boseman, Lupita In Black Panther – Sope Aluko

Nigerian-born Hollywood actress, Sope Aluko, one of the cast in popular Marvel Movie, Black Panther said it was exciting seeing the script of the movie and she calls co-actor Chadwick Boseman, ‘My brother.’

Directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is a movie with historical importance as first Marvel film with cast of all Black Heroes. It feature over 80% Blacks, even as it has set pre-sales records as Marvel’s fastest-selling movie in the first 24 hours.

Aluko, on Saturday, when she appeared as the artiste of the week on Channels Television Programme, Sunrise, said it was really exciting being a part of the movie as it depicts Africa positively as a rich, royal country.

“For so long, I have seen Hollywood depict Africa in a way it shouldn’t be depicted. (But in Black Panther) we are talking about a fictitious country that has mineral resource that is sought after by westerners. A rich country full of Kings and queens, these were all the elements of Africa that we don’t normally have in the narrative out there that we have in the script.

“So, it was not only me but all the cast and crew excited to be part of it. We were like we are getting something and we wanted to make sure we honoured it correctly.

“I call Chadwick Boseman my African brother because everytime he calls me ‘my sister’ and I respond ‘my brother’. I tell him you are so African and I asked him where are you from and he says South Carolina. And we talked about the fact that the slaves ships landed in South Carolina, and so that’s why there is more of that feel that he is from the Western part of Africa. Everybody (the cast) was phenomenal).

American director Ryan Coogler (L) and American actor Chadwick Boseman pose on arrival for the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ in central London on February 8, 2018. PHOTO: Tolga AKMEN / AFP

Chadwick Boseman features in the movie as T’Challa, king and protector of the technologically advanced fictional African nation of Wakanda while Aluko features as Shaman, a powerful primal leader who calls upon nature spirits for aid or guidance.

Aluko has a degree in Engineering and Masters’ Degree in Marketing as her parents never wanted her to be an actress. She explained her exploits in the corporate world before transitioning into Hollywood.

“It’s a strange story, my parents never wanted me to be an actress. They didn’t think it will bring in any money. So I did the course, I studied and I worked in corporate America.

“I have always wanted to be an actor but when I went to my parents and told them, this is what I want to do full-time. They said, ‘No, you are not doing that, we paid for you to go to the best schools and have the best education.

“So, I followed the course, I did engineering and then did Masters’ in Marketing and I worked in Corporate America for about 15 years. I decided to transition into acting nine years ago. What really made me happy was not the lot of money which I was (when in the Corporate world) but by following my dream. So I prayed about it and gave it (the money) all up and started from the scratch.”

She has however featured in Hollywood Movies including Pitch Perfect 2, Identity Thief, Army Wives, 96 Minutes, and then Black Panther. She has plans to feature in more and revealed her other movies you should watch out for.

“I’m also in another upcoming Marvel Movie which is coming out very soon. I’m also in another movie with Taraji P. Henson that is coming up this year.”

Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o poses on arrival for the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ in central London on February 8, 2018.

To successfully tell depict the African story in Black Panther, Aluko told Channels Television that the Producers and the Production team of the movie made their research and traveled to different countries in Africa. This she said reflected in the costumes and content of the movie.

Sope Aluko on the ‘Purple Carpet’ during Premier of ‘Black Panther’ in London on February 8, 2018.

Dencia Releases ‘African Energy’ Video

denciaCameroonian-Nigerian singer, Dencia has released the visual interpretation of her latest single – African Energy.

In the video, Dencia sizzles in several eclectic costumes as she performs the song in honour of the African spirit.

She also celebrates global icons and successful Africans including Didier Drogba, Lupita Nyong’o, late Afrobeats legend, Fela Anikulapokuti and Nelson Mandela.

What You Missed This Weekend

The entertainment scene was abuzz over the weekend,starting from Lupita’s stolen dress that was later recovered to Toyin Lawani’s pool birthday party,Toyin Aimakhu’s statement on PDP,Yemi Alade’s tour, Sharon Osbourne’s exit from Fashion Police.

Below is full gist of events:

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o’s Dress Returned

Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl-studded dress to the 2015 Oscars Award ceremony made news during and after the event as it was stolen from her hotel room a few days after. The dress which was estimated at $150,000 was stolen from her hotel room but what was more interesting was…

The thief returned the Calvin Klein custom dress because the 6000 white Akoya pearls on the dress were FAKE!

The thief, on Friday afternoon said he took 2 of the pearls down to the Garment District in L.A. and learned they were fake and also declared that the $150,000 Calvin Klein dress made of over 6,000 pearls is almost worthless.

That was when he returned the dress to the scene of the crime.

Toyin Lawani Pool Birthday Party

Toyin Lawani’s Swarovski bikini

Fashion entrepreneur Toyin Lawani’s had her birthday on Sunday and to celebrate, the mother of two showed off her custom made two piece bikini made of Swarovski stones.

Aimakhu Can Die For PDP?

Toyin Aimakhu

Actress Toyin Aimakhu has taken her support for PDP to the next level. The actor told a gathering of youths on Sunday that “she can die for PDP”.

Lots of twitter users who watched the event also affirmed the statement.

Luda’s Baby On The Way

Ludacris and Eudoxie

Rapper, Ludacris and Eudoxie have a baby on the way.

The couple who married recently, announced they were expecting their first child together with a beachy baby bump pic.

The couple are expecting a baby less than three months after their Christmas Day wedding.


Yemi Alade - March 2015 - BellaNaija 03Yemi Alade Took New Photos 

The ‘Johnny’ singer is best known for her catchy tunes and unique style.

Her braided hair is becoming a signature, and she wears it well in this new photo shoot by Efe Lopez Fotography.

Over the weekend, Yemi thrilled her fans in both Germany and Fans.


Sharon Supports Daughter Kelly Osbourne For Quitting Fashion Police

Sharon and Kelly Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne has weighed in on daughter Kelly quitting Fashion Police following the Zendaya race row.

Taking to Twitter on Friday, Sharon wrote: “I am so proud of you. You can never be bought. You always wear your heart on your sleeve. #ProudToBeYourMum.”

Lupita Nyong’o’s Pearl-studded Oscars Dress Stolen

Lupita Oscars dressHollywood actress Lupita Nyong’O was a stunner at the 87th Oscars Awards ceremony last Sunday as she dazzled in a gown encrusted with 6,000 white Akoya pearls, which has now been reported stolen.

The $150,000 custom Calvin Klein pearl-studded gown was stolen Wednesday from her hotel room in West Hollywood, California.

Detectives are now investigating the theft at the London, a luxury hotel just off Sunset Boulevard, said Lt. William Nash of the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was so much fun to create this dress,” Lupita said, adding that “We talked about it being fluid and liquid. I wanted it to be an homage to the sea.”

The dress had landed Lupita on many best dressed lists.

In a statement, representatives for the London hotel said, “This is a terribly unfortunate situation and we are working with law enforcement on their investigation.”

Lupita Nyongo To Produce And Star In Adaptation Of Chimamanda’s Americanah

The 51st New York Film Festival - "All Is Lost", "12 Years A Slave" And "Nebraska" PremieresThere’s is no doubt that Lupita Nyong’o is smiling to the bank at the moment and there’s more to come.

The Oscar winning actress is to star in and produce an adaptation of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel Americanah.

It will be made by Brad Pitt’s Company Plan B, producers of 12 Years a Slave which won Nyong’o an Oscar in February.

Americanah centres on two Nigerians who fall in love, but find themselves separated by immigration issues.

In a statement, Nyong’o said: “It is an “honour to bring Ms Adichie’s brilliant book to the screen. Page after page I was struck by Ifemelu and Obinze’s stories, whose experiences as African immigrants are so specific and also so imminently relatable. It is a thrilling challenge to tell a truly international story so full of love, humour and heart“.

Americanah, which follows lovers Ifemelu and Obinze, won the prestigious US National Book Critics Circle Award in 2013.

It was selected as one of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, the BBC and Newsday.

Nyong’o became an overnight star with her performance in 12 Years a Slave, winning this year’s Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

Earlier this week, it was announced that she was to join the cast of the latest Star Wars film.

Davido, Mafikizolo To Perform At The MAMAs

davido2MTV Base has announced multiple MAMA nominees, Davido and Mafikizolo as the first performers at the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal supported by Absolut & The City of Durban (MAMA).

Popular Omo Baba Olowo crooner, Davido and South African Afro-pop duo, Mafikizolo are both tied with Uhuru as the most nominated artistes in this year’s MAMA, notching up 4 nominations each, and going directly head-to-head in Song of the Year, Artiste of the Year and Best Collaboration. Additionally, Davido is nominated for Best Male, while Mafikozolo leads the contenders in Best Group.

The 2014 awards are set to feature stunning performances from African and international artistes, including the awards’ signature collaborations between artistes of different genres and cultures – a high point of every show.

Nominees from the length and breadth of sub-Saharan Africa are represented in the nominations for this year’s music categories, including 2Face, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Clarence Peters, Danny K, Davido, Diamond, Don Jazzy, Dr Sid, Efya, Fally Ipupa, Flavour, Fuse ODG, Ice Prince, KCEE, Mafikizolo, Olamide, P Square, Professor, Phyno, R2bees, Sarkodie, Tiwa Savage, Uhuru, Wizkid, Zakes Bantwini among many other local and international acts.

In this year’s newly introduced lifestyle award categories, Chimamanda Adiche, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong’o and Yaya Toure are nominated for Personality of the Year. Clarence Peters, Leti Arts, Rasty and Anisa Mpungwe are nominated in Transform Today by Absolut. The nominees for the MTV Base Leadership award and Best International are still to be revealed.

EN Shines Spotlight On ’12 Years A Slave’ Actor, Adepero Oduye

Adepero OduyeThe tales of the critically acclaimed 12 Years A Slave movie has always been around the unassuming Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and the director, Steve Mcqueen.

However, on that same set is another Nigerian actor, Adepero Oduye, whose highly emotional role as Eliza was quite impressive. Entertainment News casts its spotlight on the under celebrated actor.

In this exclusive interview, Oduye speaks about her rise in Nollywood as well as her thoughts on Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood.

Oscar 2014: I Wouldn’t Pick Lupita As My Winner – Nigerian Writer

Rubbin minds - Ifeanyi DikeNigerian Writer and Actor, Ifeanyi Dike (Jnr) says that he would have given the 2014 Oscars ‘Best Supporting Actress’ award to somebody different from Lupita Nyong’o, based on performances during the year in review.

He, however, admitted that the Kenyan lady and star of the movie ‘12 years A Slave’ was indeed a talented actress who deserved the honour, also considering the hype surrounding her leading to the awards. He admitted it was her time.

Dike was on Nigerian youth programme Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television where he discussed the Oscars and the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.

Speaking about other key personalities at the Oscars, Dike believes that British born actor of Nigerian origin, Chiwetel Ejifor, missing out on the ‘Best Actor’ honour at the 2014 award should not be seen as a loss as he was sure he would still get it.

He explained that not winning in 2014 could be seen as a good thing, as this would serve as a good build-up to the time when he eventually clinches the award.

While referring to the 2014 Oscars as “the most predictable Oscars in recent years” with no surprises, he noted that Nigeria missing out on nominations in the foreign language category has nothing to do with how big its movie industry – Nollywood is. Although he admitted to not being able to explain why the country had been overlooked having seen the quality of movies recognized in the past, he expressed optimism that the country’s movies would soon get the recognitions they deserve.

Dike added that Lupita leading the way for other Africans was a about a deserved recognition of good acting and not about nationality. He was proud of her and it didn’t matter to her if she was Nigerian or not.

He also commended what he called the fantastic performance of Ellen DeGeneres as the host of the event; “I am sorry for whoever has to host the award next year because that was just insane. She was good for young people, she was good for old people, it was really interesting.”

On the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, Mr. Dike was very much in agreement with the judges in their decisions; especially on the choice of Tope Tedela as the Best Actor in a Drama (A Mile From Home) despite being relatively an underdog competing with big names in the category.

He, however, had reservations about the general production of the event, saying that he preferred the 2013 edition of the award. “There were too much going on”, he said.

Lupita Nyong’o Nominated For MTV Movie Awards

MTV on Thursday announced the nominees for the “2014 MTV Movie Awards,” setting the stage for an epic showdown between critically-acclaimed films The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle, comedic hits We’re the Millers and This Is The End, blockbuster franchises The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and more.

Kenyan Oscar winner and red carpet darling, Lupita Nyong’o, takes her place among the nominees for this year’s show – a fitting tribute for the actress, who got her first professional on screen acting break on the MTV Base HIV & AIDS awareness drama, Shuga.  Lupita will be going up against A-listers and Hollywood veterans Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Anniston for a coveted Movie Awards trophy in the Best Female Performance category.

Fans can get in on the fierce competition by casting votes for their favorite nominees at www.MovieAwards.MTV.com beginning on Thursday, 6 March, until Saturday, 12 April in categories you’ll never see in any other awards show, including Best Comedic Performance, Best Villain, Best Kiss, Best Scared-As-S**t Performance, Best Musical Moment, #WTF Moment, Best On-Screen Duo, Best Fight, Best Shirtless Performance and more.

This year, the “MTV Movie Awards” has the distinction of being the only Awards show to nominate cinematic legend Robert De Niro, Kanye West and Joan Rivers in the same category (Best Cameo), see Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto take on Ice Cube and Kevin Hart (Best On-Screen Duo) and pit Jennifer Aniston against some of the hottest men on the planet (Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sam Claflin) for the coveted Best Shirtless Performance category.

The show will once again officially kick-off the summer blockbuster season, promising to deliver yet another epically funny, explosive, over-the-top show that features fan favorite films, actors and musicians. In addition, the show will honour the best films and performances from the past year, while featuring exclusive, never-before-seen moments from some of the most highly-anticipated summer films.

The show, hosted by Emmy Award winning comedian and late night host, Conan O’Brien,  will take place on Sunday, 13 April at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California.


MOVIE OF THE YEAR 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Steve McQueen
Producers:  Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Anthony Katagas, Bill Pohlad, and Arnon Milchan

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Director:  David O. Russell
Producers: Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: Peter Jackson
Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Zane Weiner

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producers: Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik

The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producers: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Riza Aziz


·      Amy Adams – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

·      Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)

·      Sandra Bullock – Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

·      Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)

·      Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)


·      Bradley Cooper – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

·      Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

·      Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

·      Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)

·      Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)


·      Liam James – The Way Way Back (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

·      Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)

·      Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)

·      Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

·      Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now (A24 Films)


·      Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

·      Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson – Don Jon (Relativity Media)

·      James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens – Spring Breakers (A24 Films)

·      Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now (A24 Films)

·      Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)


·      Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures) – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear

·      Identity Thief (Universal Pictures) – Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy

·      The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs

·      The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin vs. Mutant Monkeys

·      This is the End (Columbia Pictures) – Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen


·      Kevin Hart – Ride Along (Universal Pictures)

·      Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

·      Johnny Knoxville – Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)

·      Melissa McCarthy – The Heat (20th Century Fox)

·      Jason Sudeikis – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)


·      Rose Byrne – Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict)

·      Jessica Chastain – Mama (Universal Pictures)

·      Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring (New Line Cinema)

·      Ethan Hawke – The Purge (Universal Pictures)

·      Brad Pitt – World War Z (Paramount Pictures)


·      Amy Adams and Christian Bale – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

·      Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

·      Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 (Universal Pictures)

·      Ice Cube and Kevin Hart – Ride Along (Universal Pictures)

·      Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)


·      Jennifer Aniston – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)

·      Sam Claflin – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)

·      Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

·      Zac Efron – That Awkward Moment (Focus Features)

·      Chris Hemsworth – Thor: The Dark World (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


·      Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

·      Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek into Darkness (Paramount Pictures)

·      Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

·      Mila Kunis  – Oz The Great and Powerful (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

·      Donald Sutherland – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)


·      Christian Bale – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

·      Elizabeth Banks – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)

·      Orlando Bloom – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)

·      Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

·      Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)


·      Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
Spoiler alert! Backstreet Boys reunite in heaven to perform “Everybody” with signature boy band moves and flair for this unforgettable apocalyptic ending

·      Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Lawrence cleans and dances her frustrations away as she mouths the words to 70s classic “Live and Let Die”

·      Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
During his wedding reception, DiCaprio’s fraudulent Jordan Belfort pops and locks it to Bo Diddley’s “Pretty Thing”

·      Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief (Universal Pictures)

To ease the tension of stealing Sandy’s identity, McCarthy’s Diana shows her musical range as she attempts to sing along with the car radio — and even hits that high note in “Barracuda”

·      Will Poulter – We’re the Millers (New Line Cinema)

With eyes wide shut, Poulter’s Kenny Rossmore throws it back to the 90s with a hilarious rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls”


·      Robert De Niro – American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

·      Amy Poehler and Tina Fey – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)

·      Kanye West – Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)

·      Joan Rivers – Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

·      Rihanna – This is the End (Columbia Pictures)


·      Henry Cavill as Clark Kent – Man of Steel (Warner Bros. Pictures)

·      Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man – Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

·      Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)

·      Chris Hemsworth as Thor – Thor: The Dark World (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

·      Channing Tatum as John Cale – White House Down (Columbia Pictures)



British Born Nigerian Actor, Ejiofor Bags Oscar ‘Best Actor’ Nomination

Film industry in the United States is counting down to the Oscars coming up in March, and the nominations are out.

Con drama, ‘American Hustle’, and space movie, ‘Gravity’, have received 10 nominations.

Stars of ‘American Hustle’, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have been shortlisted in four categories, so are Director, Alfonso Cuaron and Sandra Bullocks in ‘Gravity’.

Making the list is ’12 Years A Slave’, which has nine nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture.

Stars from the movie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Micheal Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o, have also been nominated for Best Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

Ejiofor has been nominated for his performance as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s harrowing drama. The actor plays Northup, a black New Yorker who is kidnapped and sold to a New Orleans plantation, run by Best Supporting Actor nominee, Michael Fassbender.

Should he win the ‘Best Actor’ at the Oscar, Ejiofor who is of Nigerian origin, would be the first black British actor to receive the accolade.

The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.