Thursday, April 24, 2014

Is "Half of a Yellow Sun" A British Film, Nigerian Film or British Nigerian Film?


I know that many people in Nigeria are hailing Biyi Bandele's first feature "Half of a Yellow Sun" as the best thing to happen to Nollywood since "Living in Bondage" and the Nigerian executive producers are celebrating it as the most expensive Nigerian film that cost them US$10 million. But in the US and Europe, it is reviewed as a British funded British film, because to them it is a British film by a British director Biyi Bandele, lead actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton are also British.
‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ explores UK colonial legacy in Nigeria

While ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ has been praised as one of just a handful of British films that engage with Britain’s post-imperial legacy in Nigeria, critics say it doesn’t do the book justice describing it as "a diverting but surface-level saga".
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/22/half-of-a-yellow-sun-explores-uk-colonial-legacy-in-nigeria/

Photo: Joseph Mawle, director Biyi Bandele, Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet. Photo Credit: Daily Mail of UK.
Half of a Yellow Sun, backed by the BFI Film Fund, is in cinemas from 18 April 2014.
http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/interviews/roots-manoeuvre-chiwetel-ejiofor-half-yellow-sun 
Chiwetel Ejiofor: 'I find racial concepts fascinating'
He spent a large chunk of last year banishing family demons in Nigeria, where he filmed the British-financed Half of a Yellow Sun, based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's brilliant book about the Biafran war. The conflict prompted his parents to flee the country, emigrating to London, where they had Chiwetel, along with his elder brother and two younger sisters. The fighting also uprooted his grandfather, a story Ejiofor captured on tape a few years ago.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/chiwetel-ejiofor-i-find-racial-concepts-fascinating-8468418.html





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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Day in France


A Day in France
Enacting French Style Wine Presentation and Tasting On Nigerian Soil


It was a gathering of class and dignity with the top of the cream of Abuja society in attendance. Venue was at the Cross Rivers/Imo /Rivers Hall at the second floor of the Prestigious Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja on Saturday the 12th of April 2014. Guests which included A-List members among the titans of the world of business and politics were treated to the finest of refined French Wine Culture at a special presentation by Wine and Things Vineyard Collections. It was an occasion in which the company (Wines and Things Limited) had in a most class distinguishing manner, an expose of their most exclusive wine collections, showcased to prospective and established clients, wine collectors and connoisseurs.


Highlight of the unforgettable event was classy complementary foods put together by Hilton’s top French chef that was specially chosen to create traditional French food pairing for the wines on show, in water-tight French Culinary standards. There were also natural French goblets for the wines as well as real French wine tasting ambience specially created at the venue.


There was also classy music, cool camaraderie and a perfectly relaxed atmosphere at the venue while guests tasted the wines and gourmet foods, mixing it with business networking discussions as always, in a stress free manner. It was an evening of fun, food, wine and pleasurable connections all the way.


Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Executive Officer of Wines and Things Limited, Mr Nzekwe Iheanyi Ken explained that the company will host wine tasting events at regular periods to better educate the Nigerian public about wines to enhance their appreciation of wines. Their focus is to create delightful wine experience via knowledge and information sharing about wines. Wines and Things Limited aims to use periodic events and targeted activities to properly inform and educate personnel involved in selling and serving wine in the hospitality industry amongst others.


The events will create a class distinction for the collection of wines distributed by Wines and Things Limited by associating it with pure French wine culture on Nigerian soil. The CEO explained that the wines distributed by Wines and Things Limited, were of a most exclusive collection, hard to come by, even in France itself! However, the company also purveys wines from other great wine regions of the world especially Spain, Italy as well as USA. In starting the tasting experience with French wines, the company aims to establish the fact that France is the source of most wine making vines, grown all over the world and therefore the primary home of the world’s best wines.


The premium selection of wines tasted at the event were chosen by very experienced wine merchant , Michael Berkowitch and supported by Romain Montognac , a major wine producer, both of whom flew in from France for the occasion.


Among the 12 exclusive wines tasted and showcased at the event were:
Chateau Grand Pey Lescours, (Saint Emilion Grand Cru) a soft, generous wine with great finesse. TASTING: Grand-Pey-Lescours presents very perfumed notes of black fruits and undergrowth. Very fine and supple on the palate. FOOD & WINE PAIRING : Risotto with truffles & mushrooms, Coq-au-vin, grilled rib steak, duck magret, Cheeses : Brie de Meaux, Camembert Dessert : chocolate pie, peach melba.


Cabernet Sauvignon Vin De Languedoc, TASTING, This wine has a very deep and dark colour. It is full-bodied, ample, solid and quite massive. Tannins are abundant without being too hard. It reveals a character of intense red fruits, delicate spices and a great sweetness. This wine can be enjoyed for immediate drinking; it will soften if cellared during one year. FOOD & WINE PAIRING: Main course : Quail with grapes or figs, roast lamb, rib roast, osso bucco. Cheeses : Maroilles, Livarot, corsica cheeses,Dessert : Black cherry clafoutis, chocolate pie.

The Wine and Things Company is a wine merchant based in Nigeria. The company is focused on sourcing exceptionally fine wines from all over the world, thus putting together a robust collection from the best wine regions around the globe, for the Nigerian Market. Located at plot 2 Oriwu Street Lekki Phase-I Lagos, the company is staffed with a team of highly experienced and consistently attentive professionals who are passionate about giving true value to customers.


~ By Mr. Ingram Adichie Osigwe
MD/CEO Fullpage International Communications Limited






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