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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THE FATHER, a Swedish play to be staged in Abuja

The Father, as Swedish stage play by August Strindberg is to be performed in Abuja by the Arojah Royal Theatre.
A statement from the group’s Artistic Director/Producer, Om'Oba Jerry Adesewo, said it is part of the third edition of its Cultural Diplomacy Initiative.
The statement said it is in honour of the Ambassador of Sweden to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mrs. Inger Utvedt.

Date is Saturday, November 26, while Time is 3pm at the Grand Ballroom of the Barcelona Hotel PLC, Blantyre Street, Wuse II, Abuja.
What is more, admission is free courtesy of the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria (Abuja).

“There is no better place to spend your Saturday/Weekend than the theatre. Come have fun with us at no cost,” said the statement.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

RMD leads cast in THREE WISE MEN

Those who still doubt that veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mofe-Damijo is back to the industry after a hiatus that took him to politics in his home state of Delta need to do a reality check. What with the number of films he has been involved in since his return barely two years ago.   
The latest is the forthcoming 2016 comedy-drama Three Wise Men, scheduled for release on December 9 for which RMD has been announced as the lead actor.
The 55-year-old actor will appear alongside co-stars Zack Orji and Victor Olaotan.
RMD portrays the character of Irikefe a modern day Don Juan, who after three failed marriages retires and is determined to squander his entire retirement funds before his death so as to preclude his three children from their inheritance.

Zack Orji depicts the character of Timi, a retiree and friend of Irikefe who is married to Regina (Tina Mba) a frigid woman with strong religious beliefs. Victor Olaotan, on the other hand, portrays the character of Tobore, a loving husband who takes care of his bed-ridden wife – out of boredom; Tobore joins Irikefe and Timi as they embark on streaks of hilarious escapades.
Directed by Patience Oghre Imobhio and produced by Opa Williams, Three Wise Men features Ebere Okaro, Thelma Nwosu, Uche Nwaefuna, Akunna Nworgu, Stanley Edirin Isokoh and a host of others.

The movie will premiere on December 4.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Selimax releases video for ‘Roma’

Selimax is back with the brand new music video for his latest single titled ‘Roma’. Following the single release and its viral dance video, which was released earlier in the year to rave reviews, the London-based Nigerian singer has linked up with Link Up TV and video director Ade OG to deliver the massive new music video for ‘Roma’.
PR for said that having already shot and directed visuals for UK stars such as WSTRN, Section Boyz and Ratlin among others, “Ade OG collaborates excellently with Selimax to deliver a lush and captivating visual for ‘Roma’, and brings the record further to life”.

Selimax is working on a soon to be released single ‘Sumo Mi’.

Naomi Mac celebrates birthday with new photos

Naomi Mac                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ore007 Photography                                                                                        
Fast rising singer Naomi Mac turned a year older yesterday, November 13 and has been celebrating this year's birthday with awesome new photos.
Styled by herself and photographed by Ore007 Photography with make up by June 21 Signature, Naomi Mac decided to depict the look of a young aspiring lady who's not overshadowed by the worries of the market square, yet so sure she'd make it and excel, thus sparkling, even when the market is faced with its own fair share of troubles.

This theme can also be recalled in Naomi's latest song 'Ori Mi' featuring YBNL's producer Pheelz, where she plays the role of a fast-rising fashion designer struggling to make a name for herself, encountering a number of setbacks but remains undaunted through it all.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

AFRIFF begins today with BIRTH OF A NATION

The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) will begin today, Sunday, November 13 with Birth of a Nation as the
AFRIFF Founder/Executive Director Ms. Chioma Ude                                                photo: AFRIFF
opening film.
The film is co-written, co-produced and directed by Nate Parker (in his directorial debut) and stars Parker as Turner, with Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller and Gabrielle Union in supporting roles.
The annual event of screenings, workshops and film-related business will close on November 20.
The festival’s schedule lists the film as screening at Filmhouse IMAX Cinema, Lekki, Lagos this evening.
Among the movies that will screen are 93 Days (Nigeria) by Steve Gukas, The CEO (Nigeria) by Kunle Afolayan, Vaya  (South Africa) by Akin Omotoso, The Cursed Ones (UK) by Nana Obiri, The Wedding Ring ( Niger) by Rahmatou Keita and Kati Kati (Kenya) by Mbithi Masya.
Others are: If Tomorrow Never Comes (Ghana) by Pascal Amanfo, Remember Me (Nigeria) by Izu Ojukwu. Incidentally, 76 also directed by Izu Ojukwu, will close the festival on November 18 at FilmhouseIMAX Cinema, Lekki, Lagos. 

Court Upholds Pretty Okafor’s election as PMAN president

A Lagos court has dismissed the motion filed before it by Chris Mba seeking the nullification of the National Election of the Performing Musicians and Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) held on October 4, 2016 in which Pretty Okafor emerged president.
Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip of the National Industrial Court, Lagos Division, dismissed the suit with no. NICN/LA/632/2016 on Friday, November 11, 2016. 
He held that in the absence of any law empowering the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige and the Registrar of Trade Union, Mrs. N. Mborgu to appoint a Caretaker Committee to run and manage the affairs of a registered Trade Union like PMAN, that the application lacks merit and was therefore dismissed accordingly.
A statement from PMAN’s Secretary General, Dr. Kenny A. George said that by “this development the legitimacy, legality and authenticity of the Current PMAN executive led by Mr. Pretty Okafor as President, which was elected at the last PMAN Biennial National Delegates Conference held on the 4th October 2016 in Lagos is no more in question and therefore stands on a sound legal footing”.
The statement explained further that all PMAN aggrieved members are enjoined to seize this opportunity to embrace peace and concord by returning to the union as the ruling of the court is victory for truth and justice for all.

“Especially now that the new executive is poised to bring good times for musicians and usher in an era of economic prosperity for our dear country, Nigeria,” George stated.
Okafor, flanked by delegates at PMAN's Biennial National Delegates Conference                                                                                                     photo: PMAN  

Sister Act musical will now be staged Easter 2017

It has emerged that Sister Act, the popular Broadway musical that was supposed to be staged in December this year will now take place at Easter time early next year.
In a letter signed by one of the promoters of the show, Soji Akinkugbe and made available to this blog, Akinkugbe apologised for the delay and promised a bigger and better show next year.
“We apologise for this delay, therefore, we would like to assure you that next year’s show will be bigger and better,” the letter reads in part.
Previously scheduled for an eight-day run in December at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, it is from a hugely successful 1992 film of the same title.
Auditions for the show’s cast that is to be purely Nigerian took place early this year in Lagos. 
The companies involved in the novel production are Colours of Africa Productions, Waterfront Theatre Company, Cape Town, South Africa and 2wice as Nice Productions.
Dalia Sainsbury of Waterfront Theatre Company, who is the co-ordinator of the production has been working with Elvina Ibru of 2wice as Nice Productions, who is the producer and Akinkugbe of Colours of Africa Productions, the executive producer, whose dream it was to bring the franchise to Nigeria.   
Sister Act is the story of Delores Van Cartier a former singer who witnesses the murder of her beau and subsequently has to take refuge in a convent while disguising as a nun for her protection.
The story gathers pace as Delores is told by the mother superior that the church is in need of funds, which triggers a series of warm, comedic and inspiring drama wrapped in some of the most memorable and soul stirring song and dance.
Ibru, Akinkugbe and Sainsbury                                                                                                                                                                    photo: courtesy producers