Nigerian marketers ban the sale of Ghanaian movies

The aegis of Film, Video Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) has placed  an embargo  on Ghanaian films with effect from the end of this month.

The  FVPMAN chairman, Onitsha branch, Mr. Uzo Godson Nwosu who confirmed this development,  said the decision became necessary following the position taken by their Ghanaian counterparts who have banned the distribution of Nigerian films in their country long time ago.

According to him “starting from the first week of August, no Ghanaian film will be allowed to enter the Nigerian market again. We have resolved that no Ghanaian film will be distributed within our controlled market. Our Ghanaian counterparts have long stopped distributing our films in their country, and given this development, we have no choice than to reciprocate the gesture.”

Nwosu who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Guinks Investment said any of  their members who failed  to compile with this new order will either  be prosecuted or have his goods confiscated by the association.

The marketer said the association is finalising plans to storm Ghana any moment from now, particularly to confront those local  television stations who are illegally airing Nigerian films without obtaining permission from the right owners.

Also, given the problem associated with “second tier market”(where a producer is compelled to observe a three-month  grace before releasing his film into the market in a large quality), Nwosu said the association has decided to reversed the trend.

Film owners, according to him, are now free to release their films into the market without necessarily observing the mandatory  three months grace before doing so.

They will also be required  to obtain censors’ board and copy right commission’s documents in addition to registering the film with the sum of N10,000 with the FVPMAN.

“In order to move the association forward, we have resolved to address the problem of second tier market.” FVPMAN boss further stated.

Nollywood dedicates “Last Flight to Abuja” to victims of the Dana crash

Producer of the award winning movie ‘Mirror Boy’, Obi Emelonye, has dedicated the premiere of his aviation inspired film “last flight to Abuja” to the victims of the June 3rd Dana Air crash.
The premiere which is set to take place on June 8, 2012 in London at the Troxy Cinema will start at 9pm.
According to a statement signed by the movie organizers ‘It is quite unfortunate that the plane crash occurred before the premiere of the movie. The movie is dedicated to all who lost their lives in the two ill fated crashes that involved Allied Air and Dana Air in Accra and Lagos.’
The organizers further said ‘ The movie is to express our solidarity with the feelings of everyone affected by both tragic events, especially those who have lost their loved ones. A minute silence will be observed before the film screens and the movie will be used as an advocacy tool to highlight the issues of air safety in Nigeria and Africa at large.’
‘Last flight to Abuja’ was inspired by the series of plane crash tragedies that rocked the Nigerian aviation sector in 2006.

9ice to play ‘lead role’ in Yoruba movie

Ace singer, Abolore Adegbola Akande, aka 9ice, is about to make a foray into Nollywood, following his acceptance to play a lead role in a new Yoruba movie titled “Jejere’.

The ‘Gongo Aso’ singer, who is famed for his rich musical lyrics in Yoruba language, in an interview with NET expressed his first experience in the make-believe world, saying ‘being the first time on set, I have to act, cry when nothing is actually wrong with me, laugh when nothing is really funny. I also have to depict this character in the presence of others.”

“It is a privilege to be part of ‘Jejere’ and I look forward to the premiere” he said.

When asked if he would like to take on acting as a new career, “if the pay is right with good content and the standard is on point, why not” he replied

The ‘Jejere’  movie which deals with issues plaguing the country, such as insecurity issue, corruption, mass unemployment, robbery and kidnapping and menace of bad leadership, proffers the way forward.

The film is produced and will be released by Sim Line International, (formerly Front Row Productions), owned by Nollywood actress, Laide Bakare.

According to Laide Bakare, “the movie is about an African hero that saved his environment.”

Other actors in the movie include Emeka Ike, Oby Alex O, Fathia Balogun, Akin Lewis, Ebun Oloyede, and Bakare herself.

Nigeria’s duo, Ola and Chris exit Big Brother house

Nigeria’s representative in the on-going Big Brother Africa StarGame, Ola and Chris have annonuced their ‘voluntary exit’ from the reality television show, on health grounds.

Ola sought the exit based on his high blood pressure which the medical team has urged him to seek better treatment.

When asked in a dairy room by Big Brother what their predicament were, Ola stated that he will like to quit the Big Brother due to health issues.

He said that he has thought about it and since the medication he is on does not seem to be taking well, he will like to seek medical attention outside the Big Brother House.

His second running mate Chris also added that health is wealth and he completely agrees with Ola. “Yes, this is a game however, we can’t play with our lives” he said.

They were both instructed by the Big Brother to go and explain their situation to the other housemates.

Chris and Ola, who both entered the competition as friends will have to leave the house immediately.

The exit of the duo leaves Goldie as the only Nigerian in the BigBrother House.

Goldie, Nigeria’s pop princess is housed in the Upville residence of the BigBrother StarGame with six other stars from the continent.



Funke Akindele to walk down the aisle

It appears that ace actress cum movie producer, Funke Akindele aka Jenifa has finally found her Mr right.

For those of you that would love to attend, their  engagement ceremony will hold May 26th 2012 in Lagos, while the  wedding proper will hold in December.

In an interview wit, Funke Akindele’s manager confirmed the news saying “the actress will indeed be getting married this year but that of ‘May 26 is only a family-traditional introduction. We however want it to be as private as possible”

There are unconfirmed reports that the 35-year-old bachelorette is engaged to a politician.

Akindele who has had a very successful career so far with her movies especially ‘The Return of Jenifa’ recently bagged two of the ZUMA films awards.



Ini Edo speaks on movies, career and personal life

One of Nigeria’s leading female actors Ini Edo stopped to have a brief chat with our entertainment crew on Saturday May 5 2012 at the nominees’ party for the new Nollywood Movie Awards body.

The sultry actor who has recently dipped her hands into movie production with the critically acclaimed ‘I’ll Take My Chances’ expresses excitement at the entrance of a new awarding body in the industry.

She also spoke on why the industry isn’t leaving its comfort zone of dramas and romantic narratives as well as share how she strikes a balance between her career and personal life.

Watch interview below.


Nollywood a secret gold mine!

Nollywood touted to be the third largest movie industry in the world after Hollywood and Bollywood.

In recent times, it has even been referred to as second to Hollywood after many argument that it is now producing more movies than its Indian counterpart. Quantity alone is what Nollywood has got to show almost two decades after its redefinition
Until recently, the industry as presumably large as it is still remains obscure to the international market that matters.

Outside Africa it is almost non-existent, Hollywood actors who have visited the country including Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover and Morris Chestnut have all admitted knowing next to nothing about this supposedly world movie power house until a little before their arrival in the country.

Having experienced the industry firsthand, albeit peripheral, these Hollywooders all admit that the industry is living way below its potentials and they have all shown interest in wanting to be a part of the industry.

However while some of them are talking the talk, Hollywood top actor, Isaiah Washington and Vivica Fox and a few others are already walking the walk.

In what appears to be the first authentic Hollywood meets Nollywood project, Washington and Fox alongside Jimmy Jean Louis, Bern Cohen and Victor Browne will be teaming up with Genevieve Nnaji, Stephanie Okereke and Desmond Elliot for a Tony Abulu flick titled Dr. Bello.

While most of these professional moviemakers feel excited about testing new career waters, they didn’t mince words sharing that knowledge of the potentials of Nollywood is also super convincing.

Washington told pressmen in Nigeria that the American government is already looking to explore the sleeping giant called Nollywood for economic reasons.

Nollywood promising producer dies

One of the directors and co-writer that produced the hit movie Jenifa alongside with Funke Akindele, Taiwo Bello is dead.

Taiwo has been bed-ridding for months after being diagnosed of Cancer.

He is survived by wife and children.

He has been buried according to Muslim burial rights.

Rubbing Minds: Looking at Nollywood through generations

Watch today’s episode of Rubbing Minds on Channels Television. In this edition of the show, host Chude Jideonwo looks at Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry, through the generations.

Guests include veteran actress and film producer Joke Silva who shares her wealth of knowledge of the industry. She is joined by TV/radio presenter Omoye Uzamure and actress Lala Akinjodu.

Rubbing Minds also makes Oscar predictions. Guests, Emem Ema, Joy Bewaji, Chris Ihidero join Akinjodu on the set of Rubbing minds and they have Osars on their minds.

Watch, enjoy, join the conversation and don’t miss the next episode. Photo from the set below:

(L-R) Chris Ihidero, film producer; Lala Akindoju, actress; Joke Silva, actress/film producer; Joy Bewaji; Chude Jideonwo, host; Emem Ema; Omoye Uzamure, TV/Radio presenter