Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Cartier Releases Three Short Films on Love, Marriage and Red Box



Cartier puts love in the online spotlight with three short films in cinema-mode by Luca Guadagnino:

Jardins du Palais-Royal,
Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré,
Place de l’Opéra



Paris, 25th November/PRNewswire/ — Cartier is releasing three short films, three marriage proposals, exclusively on Facebook and on YouTube. Love, the proposal, and the red box are the three themes Cartier has entrusted to the Italian director Luca Guadagnino (2011 Oscar nominee for the Best Foreign Film: “I Am Love”).



Working with the American screenwriter Xan Cassavettes, the director shows three proposals of marriage, three iconic love stories involving Paris and jewellery, each set in a different part of the city: the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, the Opéra and the Palais Royale.

Shot in cinema mode, these original stories show how romance affects three generations of lovers in turn:



On a night tinged with nostalgia, the wonderful Aurore Clément, best known for her performance in Louis Malle’s Lacombe Lucien and her appearance in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, stands in evening wear on the steps of the Opéra Garnier.

During a light, playful afternoon in the gardens of the Palais Royal; two actors off-camera find new roles to play and are filmed from the side-lines of their affair. With the Italian actress Valentina Cervi (The Portrait of a Lady, directed by Jeanne Campion).



Two guests escape from a grand reception in a mansion on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, ending up together in the intimacy of a room overlooking the roofs of Paris. With the new French star Marine Vacht and Hugo Becker, who made his mark as the Frenchman in the American series, Gossip Girl.

For this international production, Cartier has brought together a wide range of talents with European actors, an American screenwriter, an Italian Director: a myriad of personalities that give life to these stories which are both unique and universal ? like many romantic declarations.

As if true love had a colour and a name…

Cartier, Rue du Faubourg St Honoré:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV_XfRFWm4I

Cartier, Jardins du Palais Royal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzC3YJzO4Yc&feature=relmfu

Cartier, Place de l’Opéra:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smfckNYz6OU&feature=relmfu

Related Links
http://www.cartier.com/

Youtube :True Love has a Colour and a Name
Cartier, Rue du Faubourg St Honoré
Cartier, Jardins du Palais Royal
Cartier, Place de l’Opéra

Synopsis English
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Justin Bieber is the Most-Searched Person on Bing in 2011



Top 10 Most-Searched Persons of the Year

1. Justin Bieber

2. Kim Kardashian

3. Jennifer Aniston

4. Lindsay Lohan

5. Jennifer Lopez

6. Britney Spears

7. Katy Perry

8. Megan Fox

9. Lady Gaga

10. Miley Cyrus


Bieber fever was contagious this year, making Justin Bieber the most-searched person on Bing in 2011, compared with his No. 6 ranking in 2010. Sandra Bullock, Jesse James, Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, Barack Obama and Kate Gosselin fell off the list this year, while Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Megan Fox and Miley Cyrus were newcomers to the top 10. Biggest gains year-over-year belonged to Jennifer Lopez, who didn't crack the top 50 last year and rocketed to No. 5 in 2011; Katy Perry, who went from No. 26 in 2010 to No. 7 in 2011; and Selena Gomez, who jumped from No. 50 in 2010 to No. 11 this year.


Kim Kardashian's wedding to NBA player Kris Humphries on August 20, 2011 in Montecito, California, lasted only 72 days and Grammy nominated saxophone Dave Koz, one of the performers at Kardashian’s wedding, said the whole event was fake.

Other Top Search Results.


Top News Stories

1. Casey Anthony trial
2. Osama Bin Laden death
3. Hurricane Irene
4. Japan earthquake and tsunami
5. Amy Winehouse death
6. Joplin Tornado
7. Michael Jackson–Conrad Murray trial
8. 9/11 10th anniversary
9. Republican primaries–Herman Cain, Rick Perry
10. Haiti anniversary


Top Sports Stars

1. Maria Sharapova
2. Tiger Woods
3. Serena Williams
4. Brett Favre
5. Caroline Wozniacki
6. Kobe Bryant
7. LeBron James
8. Lamar Odom
9. Hope Solo
10. Carmelo Anthony


Top Musicians

1. Justin Bieber
2. Katy Perry
3. Jennifer Lopez
4. Britney Spears
5. Lady Gaga
6. Selena Gomez
7. Nicki Minaj
8. Rihanna
9. Beyonce
10. Taylor Swift


Top Celebrity Events

1. Royal wedding
2. Final "Harry Potter"
3. Kim Kardashian wedding
4. Beyonce baby bump
5. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson dating
6. Demi Moore–Ashton Kutcher scandal
7. Kate Hudson baby bump
8. Lady Gaga coming out in the egg
9. Lindsay Lohan arrested
10. Russell Armstrong suicide


Top Consumer Electronics

1. Xbox and Kinect
2. Kindle
3. PlayStation
4. iPhone 5
5. iPad
6. Wii
7. iPad 2
8. Nook
9. Windows Phone 7
10. Macbook Pro


Top TV Shows

1. "American Idol"
2. "Dancing With the Stars"
3. "Glee"
4. "Jersey Shore"
5. "Family Guy"
6. "Chelsea Lately"
7. "The Young and the Restless"
8. "True Blood"
9. "Audrina"
10. "Big Brother"

More details and additional categories of top 2011 searches from Bing are available at http://www.BingTrends.com. For the latest on all things Bing, check out http://www.bing.com/community, http://www.facebook.com/Bing and twitter.com/Bing.

About Bing

At Bing, we believe that as the Internet evolves, so should search. Bing takes the world's information and services on the Web and makes them more useful by delivering an innovative and intuitive search experience, visually organizing results and bringing in social signals from your friends. The end result? A search engine that takes you from searching and finding to searching and doing. Try it for yourself at Bing.com.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft's Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

CONTACT: press, Rapid Response Team, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, +1-503-443-7070, rrt@waggeneredstrom.com, or entertainment and sports press, Andrew Stein or Melissa Baer of Sunshine, Sachs & Associates, +1-212-691-2800, bingpr@sunshinesachs.com

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Who is Afraid of Captain Idris Wada?


Captain Idris Wada

Who is Afraid of Captain Idris Wada?

~ By Ibrahim Usman

Americans have a perfect word for it, they call it a ‘cop out’, it is a perfect loser’s way of turning tail rather than stand up for a fight! An incompetent amateur who happens upon a pair of boxing gloves by accident, wants to impress his girlfriend and family members by signing up for a bout in the ring! But unfortunately (or should we say fortunately for him?) before the fight, somebody tells him the bitter truth which is he might end up with a permanently broken jaw. So how does he avoid self destruction, he says the other boxer is not good enough for him and walks away! In a way it is a manner of eating the humble pie and admitting one’s inabilities and facing the truth. But at the same time, it is also very annoying for the spectators who have spent their hard earned money to come see a fight, only to be fed that arrant nonsense! For such crowd, the lily livered fool deserves nothing but a lynching!

No matter the number, variety and complexity of under-hand, illegitimate and intriguing methods that people may employ in playing politics, the fact remains that the real game is played at the polls; that is the real arena; the real turf, that is the real boxing ring! Every other method is just a shameless and gutless shenanigan and should be booed by those whose time and money is being wasted. Some people go into politics just to have it recorded in their curriculum vitae! Just so that they will be described as onetime gubernatorial aspirants; just so they will be qualified to rub shoulders with the real players; that is a shenanigan, a way of insulting the intelligence of the masses and taking them for granted. There should be a punishment for such activities because it is deceptive and very dangerous. If an incompetent fool drums up enough sympathy for his shameless self by painting the others in bad colours and misleads the people into voting him into office, the effects is usually disastrous for the electorate. It is such a fool that finds a reason to point an accusing finger at someone else for all the failures of his governments! By their precedents you shall know them. An aspirant who fights free and fair will administer a fair government. But a fool who abandons his campaign to go and smear his opponents name and pedigree in court in order to have an unavailable injunction will most likely abandon his duties as governor to gallivant abroad with loot from state treasury and leave the poor masses to suffer.

For having the guts to take the people for granted like this, this Mr. Emmanuel Abalaka and all his cohorts should be banned from politics! How can you be so treacherous as to go and exhume the medical records of a man that dates back as far as 1976 in order to use it against him in the polls? The disgusting thing is the cheapness and obviousness of it all. In the process of digging into Wada’s background, he must have found a whole lot more good things than bad things about him. If indeed Abalaka’s motive was to educate the electorate by telling them the truth and protecting them from the wrong candidate, why not go to the press and display Wada’s good qualities as well as his bad qualities and let the masses whom he will rule decide whether they want him or not? Why go to court and try to prevent the masses from having the opportunity of electing a man with a pedigree and proven capabilities that are so great that he is obviously the only worthy candidate for the governorship of Kogi state, a candidate for whom other states envy Kogi State.

If Wada has a psychological problem, why does it have to be revealed before people know of it? Why does it have to be dug out of 35 year old records? Does one go mad for one year and be sane for 35 years? Can the doctors that examined him be brought to court to testify about what they observed and the true implications; as different from the grossly overblown and maliciously implied lies of Abalaka and his cohorts? How does a man have psychological problems and still go ahead to become a first class pilot, with credentials such as: Nigerian Airline Transport Pilot License No.992, British Airline Transport Pilot License No.1 04990, USAlFM Air Transport Rating No.2223411, Rated on B737, B727, B707, DC8, F28, HS-125, and BAC1-11 Jet. NCAA designated Type and Instrument Rating Examiner? If a man is diagnosed as having psychological problems by a Nigerian doctor but was conferred with first class flying certificates by Both British and American Pilot Training institutions, then are we saying that both the British and Americans are fools? Didn’t Wada undergo psychological tests in both countries before he was conferred with flying certificates in both countries? Little minds like Abalaka are ignorant of the fact that Physiological and Psychiatric tests are constant checks and balances in lives of Pilots and aviators.

Are we now saying that a faceless and obscure Nigerian doctor in a then newly established UCH has a superior diagnosis to that of two Pilot Training institutions in the two countries that invented airplanes and dictates the standards of airlines travel and technologies? This Abalaka really takes Kogi Indigenes and the Nigerian masses for fools!

Sometimes in life, geniuses who have records like Wada, which can easily be misread and misinterpreted: 1. Albert Einstein was ‘culled’ from school by his own father after the school teacher described him as ‘unstable and unteachable’! The same Albert Einstein went on to invent the mathematical laws that forms the basis of nuclear physics and atomic technology today. 2, C.S. Lewis was said of by his tutor: ‘I don’t know what can be done with him; I don’t think he will amount to much’. But C.S Lewis became the greatest bible philosopher of all times, explaining biblical principles in contemporary times better than all the apostles of old.

Jerry Rawlings is the only pilot we know in West Africa who ascended into government. Now Ghana as we know it today was transformed by Jerry Rawlings’ efforts. Where at one time Nigerians were pursuing the Ghanaians out of our country, today the reverse is the case with Ghanaians restricting Nigerians who are rushing into their country to do business because of the excellent economic atmosphere created by Jerry Rawlings, a pilot’s efforts. The time has come for Kogi people to appropriate for themselves the blessings that God has deposited in their hands through the virtues in Wada. Let us not be deceived; let’s shun petty politics and politics of blatant foolery; let us not allow any baboons to pull the wool over our eyes; let us rise en masse and vote Captain Wada as the next governor of Kogi State. The time has come for Kogi to rise and shine like Ghana under Jerry Rawlings; Capt, Idris Ichalla Wada is the way and the key, he holds all the promise.


Ibrahim Usman writes from Okene, Kogi state.

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There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe


Chinua Achebe

There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe

The news of the much awaited Chinua Achebe’s magnum opus on the Nigerian civil war of 1967 to 1970 really excited me in the midst of the mourning for the passing of Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojuwku, the heroic and symbolic secessionist leader of Biafra, the raison d'être of that catastrophic uncivil war that claimed over a million lives of mostly helpless children who died from kwashiorkor caused by starvation which was used as a weapon of war by the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The late warlord himself promised to write his own authentic book on his leadership of the ill-fated Biafra, but till his death on Saturday November 26, 2011, there was no information on the fulfillment of his promise. Achebe’s Biafran war memoir would have been the kind of book Ojukwu should have written, but was either reluctant to do so or lacked the genius. Because the only published account of his historical role in the war is Because I am Involved which is more of a romantic cursory autobiography of how and why he was the Phoenix of the Sphinx of the Biafran dream and won the heart of the former Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) Bianca , the daughter of his childhood friend, the late Chief Christian Onoh, a former governor of Anambra State in Southeastern Nigeria, and was in fact her godfather at her christening and over thirty-four years her senior when they married in 1994 against the best wishes of her father and family. Was Ojukwu waiting for his friend the famous British novelist Frederick Forsyth to write it for him after Forsyth wrote his biography Emeka in 1982?

Without any doubt whatsoever, I can vouch for the genius of Achebe to write a truly great book on the Biafran war that would be an authentic documentary of the darkest period of the history of Nigeria by an eye witness who survived the horrifying and terrifying scourge of the tragedy.

But why has it taken Achebe so long to write this book that will now be published in the twilight of his great life? Was the delay deliberate or caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond his control?

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima









The Trouble with Nigeria



Things Fall Apart



Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays



Chike and the River



Arrow of God



A Man of the People



The African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God (Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics)



The Education of a British-Protected Child: Essays



Anthills of the Savannah



Home and Exile



No Longer at Ease



Girls at War

The following are books by Frederick Forsyth.


The Shepherd



The Dogs of War



The Afghan



The Deceiver



The Phantom of Manhattan



The Negotiator



The Devil's Alternative



Frederick Forsyth: 3 Complete Novels



The Fourth Protocol



Devils Alternative



The Fist of God



The Day of the Jackal



The Cobra



No Comebacks



Avenger



The Odessa File



Icon



The Veteran: Five-Heart Stopping Stories





Sunday, November 27, 2011

Leap International Film Festival Relaunches in Aba



The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), Western Region 1 will host an international conference for Content Owners from December 8-10,2011 at Enitona Hotels, Aba, Abia State, South East Nigeria.



The conference will be a sidebar to Nollywood's biggest and oldest film festival; Leap International Film Festival (LIFF)(formerly Lagos International Film Festival). This announcement followed the meeting of Regional Secretary, Western Region 1, Madu C. Chikwendu with Major stakeholders around the country.


Madu C. Chikwendu

Mr Chikwendu who is the Founder and Festival Director of Leap International Film Festival (LIFF), while addressing stakeholders noted that; "There are various problems plaguing Nollywood content.These include, but are not limited to ; Underpricing, Price war amongst distributors, Low bargaining power, General ignorance, Resale of movies by Licensees,Absence of Minimum Pricing,Weak Regulatory environment,Absence of Technical Standards and more. We propose to address these problems by hosting a technical workshop that will climax in a communique to be presented at a World Press Conference on December 10,2011. However some Producer/Marketers noted that the conference appeared tilted. towards television licensing.

"It is important to note that this is a major intervention by FEPACI in an area of strenght. FEPACI is the only organisaton of its kind in Africa representing cinema professionals at the level of the African Union with over eighteen regional secrtetariats around the world. FEPACI acknowledges that piracy is still a major problem,we feel very strongly that our greatest strenght lies in the international arena.The national associations are very well equipped to tackle the local issues.We are always there to provide expertise. Interestingly the conference will hold roughly a week after the meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright SCCR of World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO in Geneva Switzerland. The FEPACI conference will be coordinated by Uzochukwu Ezeanyache CEO Solid Movies.
2011."

LIFF is presented by Thud Worldwide Consultants Ltd in partnership with MCL TV (Aba) with support from National Film and Video Censors Board, Nigerian Film Corporation, National Lottery Regulatory Commission,Trend TV, Galaxy TV, Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI). It will hold from December 7-10 2011 @ Cinema Hall, Binez Hotels in Aba, Abia state.

Contacts:

Madu C. Chikwendu
CEO, MCM Group
Suite 4, Left Wing,
5ft Floor,
Oshopey Plaza,
17/19 Allen Avenue,
Ikeja.
Tel: +234 1 8975887,
Fax: +234 2557693
Cell:+234 8055402164

Onyinye Okafor (08055402164)



Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Lion of Biafra is Gone?


Photo of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu as the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.

The Lion of Biafra is gone?
And no comets seen?
The sun has set in the land of the rising sun.
And not even an echo of the sound of a gun?
Alas! For the great man passes on and leaving behind all he has done.

Now that the last true leader of Indigbo is no more, who will now be worthy of the mantle of his greatness?



Deutsche Welle-Point (DW-Punkt) opens at Goethe-Institut in Lagos


Deutsche Welle-Point (DW-Punkt) opens at Goethe-Institut in Lagos

Germany's premier international broadcaster Deutsche Welle Saturday afternoon opened the first Deutsche Welle-Point (DW-Punkt) in Nigeria at the Goethe-Institut in Lagos as the Lagos Island was celebrating another cultural ritual of the Adamu Orisha Eyo Festival with white-clad Eyo masquerades parading the streets.


Marc-André Schmachtel, the Director of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria.

The Deutsche Welle-Point (DW-Punkt) is a multimedia information terminal offering students, journalists and visitors of the Goethe-Institut a unique platform to receive the DW-TV, DW-Radio and DW-World De Live simultaneously on a single monitor and thus bridging the digital communication gap between Nigeria and Germany.

The event was attended by a senior official from the Consulate General of Germany in Nigeria who opened the DW-Punkt, Mahaman Salissou Hamissou and his crew from Radio France Internationale (RFI) among other journalists, students and other invited guests.


Thomas Mösch with his colleagues from DW-Radio and others at the event.

Marc-André Schmachtel, the Director of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria said the launching of the Deutsche Welle-Point (DW-Punkt) continues the long lasting cooperation between the Goethe-Institut and Deutsche Welle for the promotion of German and Nigerian relations as it brings Germans and Nigerians closer to share vital information and interact through the DW-Punkt multimedia information hub.


Thomas Mösch talking about the DW-Punkt.

The significance of the DW-Punkt at the Goethe-Institut office in Lagos and its important benefits to the centre were outlined by Thomas Mösch and his colleagues from DW-Radio.


~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima



Wetin, Wetin, What Is Happenning? And The STF Soldier Shot And Killed Him


Nigerian soldiers of the Special Task Force (STF) on patrol.

"Wetin, wetin, what is happening?"
Asked the harmless student in the group protesting students of the Plateau State Polytechnic, Barkin Ladi in Jos, and a soldier in the Special Task Force (STF) on security in Jos shot him in the chest and killed him.

The full report is on page 4 of today's Saturday Punch newspaper.

Nigerian youth full of dreams of a New Nigeria murdered by a heartless law enforcement officer paid to protect him and other innocent citizens, because the indignant student in angst only asked the right question on what is happening in Nigeria! Echoing the the burden of the late Marvin Gaye's song What's Going On?

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today - Ya

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today




Friday, November 25, 2011

Book of the Week: The Darwinian Delusion



The Darwinian Delusion

25 Nov 2011 14:45 Africa/Lagos


Darwinism Is a Delusion, According to New Book
Author rebuts The God Delusion by evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins

PR Newswire

TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2011



TORONTO, Nov. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the 2006 best-selling non-fiction book The God Delusion, author Richard Dawkins wrongly advocates the belief that God almost certainly does not exist and those who do believe this are deluding themselves. The delusion, says author Michael Ebifegha, is within the scientific community and revolves around the Darwinian paradigm of evolution as a preferred philosophical choice. In his book, The Darwinian Delusion (published by AuthorHouse), Ebifegha provides the most detailed rebuttal to Dawkins' book both scientifically and philosophically. Dawkins' objective is to promote atheism through science while the objective of Ebifegha is to exonerate Albert Einstein's assertion, "Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind."

Ebifegha says, "The creationist worldview is a revealed fact that God confirmed historically in a speech before an audience on ancient Mount Sinai. Modern science, through discoveries such as DNA, supports the creationist worldview. Thus, the evolutionist worldview is a delusion resulting from materialism, the dead end to all scientific investigation."

The author extensively researched the subject matter for this book over the course of three years. In particular, Ebifegha is critical about the use of ambiguous terms such as microevolution and macroevolution and proposes new terminologies that lead to correct interpretation of the scientific evidence. Filled with relevant quotations and facts, the book will be a valuable addition to libraries of those who opt for scientific integrity and the truth about human origins.

This book is available for purchase online at http://www.Amazon.com and http://www.BarnesandNoble.com.

About the Author

Michael Ebifegha is a science and mathematics instructor at the Toronto District School Board. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in physics and a Bachelor of Education degree in science and mathematics. Additional qualifications include: MSc. in physics from Carleton University, Canada; MSc. in applied geophysics from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria; and a certificate in religious studies from the Toronto Catholic School Board. He is the author of The Death of Evolution, The Darwinian Delusion and Creation or Evolution?

The Darwinian Delusion by Michael Ebifegha
Publication Date: September 30, 2011
Price: $19.95; 320 pages; ISBN 978-1-4634-0385-0
Price: $29.95; 320 pages; ISBN 978-1-4634-0384-3

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, you may contact Mary Clark at BookWhirl.com by phone at (877) 207-1679 or by email at Info@BookWhirl.com.

This press release was issued through eReleases(R). For more information, visit eReleases Press Release Distribution at http://www.ereleases.com.



SOURCE BookWhirl.com

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Photo of the Week: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade



source: TIMES SQUARE AD COALITION
headline: TIMES SQUARE ADVERTISING COALITION MACY'S THANKSGIVING PARADE
caption: Saluting 85 years of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in Times Square. (PRNewsFoto/Times Square Advertising Coalition, Fred Rosenberg)
byline: FRED ROSENBERG
media contact info: George Lence, 917-270-0080, george@nicholaslence.com.
release date: 23 November 2011
release time: 13:01 EST
industries: ENT
city: NEW YORK
state: NY
country name: UNITED STATES
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photo identifier: 20111123/NY11866
credit: PR NEWSWIRE



Two Brides And A Baby, Changing Faces And Imala Are Must Watch This Season



The top three must watch Nollywood movies before the end of this year are the following.

1. Two Brides and A Baby by Teco Benson
2. Changing Faces by Faruk Lasaki.
3. Imala by Andy Amenechi.

Two Brides and A Baby is one of best new movies out of Nollywood and done professionally.

The thrilling story focuses on keche and Bankole, on what they thought was a perfect union. They planned for a beautiful wedding ceremony and hoped for a blissful life thereafter. , until the unexpected happens. Now they must together fight for what they believe in or forever lose their hope of a happy life together.



Changing Faces is the first Nigerian movie dubbed in French to be shown in France and at the Cannes Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Africa Diaspora Film Festival in New York, Ecrans Noirs Film Festival in Cameroon, Zuma Film Festival in Abuja and at the Eko International Film Festival in Lagos.


Nollywood diva Alex Lopez as Franca and Marc Baylis as Dale in "Changing Faces".

The romantic thriller features popular Nigerian and British stars like Alex Lopez, Keppy Ekpenyong, Marc Baylis rated as the hottest foreign actor in a Nigerian movie and Rachael Young the black and sexy actress.

Imagine how you would feel if you caught your darling born-again Christian husband having raunchy sex with your housemaid.


Marc Baylis and Rachael Young in "Changing Faces".

You can see how the whole romantic drama played out when Changing Faces opens at the Silverbrd Cinemas and other cinemas on December 16, 2011.



Imala has been rated as one of the best movies to come out of Nigeria after premiering in London and Dublin.

The movie centres on the story of Segilola a teenager who fell in love with Bankole, a 27-year old undergraduate. Segilola's naivety and lack of sex education put her in a life and career threatening situation. She was rejected and had to chart a new course for herself completely impervious of life's challenges. The movie tackles the issues of unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and HIV/AIDS. While addressing these serious topics, the movie uses comic relief, popular music, and a strong story line to draw teens' interest.

Filmed in Yoruba and subtitled in flawless English, IMALA would be dubbed into Hausa, Igbo, and French.



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Workshop on the African Cultural Renaissance


African Cultural Map - Science News.

24 Nov 2011 05:35 Africa/Lagos

Workshop on the African Cultural Renaissance and launching of African Cultural Renaissance Campaign for Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states

ADDIS ABABA, November 24, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Invitation to representatives of the media to attend the opening ceremony and press briefing


WHAT: Two-day workshop on the African Cultural Renaissance and launching of African Cultural Renaissance Campaign for the SADC region. The launch is jointly convened by the African Union Commission and the Government of the Republic of South Africa.


WHO: Statements will be delivered at the opening ceremony by:

• Advocate Bience Gawanas, Commissioner for Social Affairs of the AU

• H. E Rosa Maria M. Da Cruz e Silva, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Angola

• H.E. Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa


WHEN: Opening ceremony starts on 30 November 2011, 09:00-10:50 am followed by a press briefing from 10:50-11:15 am


WHERE: Premier Hotel in Arcadia, Pretoria, South Africa


OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this activity is to popularize the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance in the fourteen (14) Countries of SADC to enable better understanding of this continental tool and promote its ratification.


The specific objectives of the launch are to:

a) Popularize the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance;

b) Disseminate the Assembly Declaration on Cultural Renaissance and Shared Values (Assembly/AU/DEcl.2 (XVI)) as well as decisions of the 18th Session of the Executive Council on Cultural issues to ensure their implementation;

c) Advocate for cultural and judiciary ministerial experts to promote the ratification of the Charter;

d) Reflect on best ways to expedite the process of ratification and the entry into force of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance by 2012;

e) Popularize the Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries;

f) Present and discuss cultural continental activities for 2012.


SCOPE OF THE LAUNCH:


The Launch will be conducted as follows:


Part One: Workshop on the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance and Campaign Launch:


3.1 Charter for African Cultural Renaissance


This session will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance to enable participants to engage with this important tool and to become more aware of its potential in order to promote the contribution of culture to socio-economic development;


3.2 Procedures for Ratification of AU Instruments


This session will look closely at legal issues related to the ratification and domestication of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance;


3.3 Campaign for African Cultural Renaissance


This session will provide an opportunity for participants to know about the AU Campaign for African Cultural Renaissance and its achievements and constraints so far. The Campaign will increase Member States awareness on the potential of the Charter to be used as a tool to promote the Pan-Africanist Spirit and continental integration.


3.4 Dissemination of Assembly Declaration and Decisions and Notes verbal dispatched to Member States


This session will look at the Assembly Declaration on Cultural Renaissance and Shared Values of its 16th Session and 18th Session of the Executive Council Decisions as well as note verbals dispatched to Member States on the above to ensure their implementation at national level.



Part two: Launching of the Campaign


3.5 Ceremony to Unveil the Plate on the Launch of the African Cultural Renaissance Campaign


For the launching of African Cultural Renaissance Campaign for the SADC region, a plate will be unveiled.


PARTICIPANTS WILL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:


Participants from the following sectors will be represented at this event:


• Ministries of Culture;

• Cultural Experts;

• Ministries of Justice;

• Ministries of Foreign Affairs;

• African Union Commission – Department of Social Affairs (DSA);

• Legal Counsel Office; and

• UNESCO Regional Offices.


BACKGROUND:

The Charter of the African Cultural Renaissance was formally adopted at the 6th Ordinary Session of the Assembly held in Khartoum, Sudan on 24th January 2006. Since its adoption, the Charter has been ratified by three (3) Member States, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal and signed by twenty (20) Member States. The Charter will come into force immediately upon receipt by the African Union Commission of the instruments of ratification and adhesion from two-thirds of the total membership of the African Union. This slow move towards the ratification of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance has led the Assembly to renew its determination to ensure that this important Charter enters into force by 2012 through the Campaign for African Cultural Renaissance.


Within the framework of the Campaign for African Cultural Renaissance (2010-2012) the AUC has embarked on a series of activities aimed at popularizing the Charter to ensure its expedious ratification by the Member States. The African Cultural Renaissance Campaign was launched at the continental level during the 3rd Session of the African Union Conference of Ministers of Culture held in Abuja, Nigeria from 25 to 29 October 2010. The campaign is being carried through an interactive programme which includes:


• Advocacy and sensitization activities for the ratification of the Charter;

• Press Releases / Conferences;

• Development of regalia / memorabilia;

• Essay competitions on Pan-Africanism;

• Workshops with the Regional Economic Communities;

• Development of a practical guide for the implementation of the Charter;

• Art Exhibitions and creation of a Cultural Space within the African Union Commission new building which will be a place to display and showcase the diverse cultural artefacts of the Member States;

It is imperative that AU Member States sign, ratify, accede and internalize this cultural legal instrument, as well as report on its implementation at national level. The implementation of the Charter will strengthen our socio-economic, cultural and political rebirth and a re-orientation of the African psyche, leading to a redefinition of Pan-Africanism as well as contribute to the promotion of the role of culture in sustainable development of the continent.


Source: African Union Commission (AUC)

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Al Jazeera Uncovers Large-scale Corruption in Timber Export in Sierra Leone




Journalists working for Al Jazeera English have uncovered corruption in the office of Sierra Leone’s Vice-President Samuel Sumana. The detailed undercover investigation features in the documentary Timber!, broadcast at 22h30 GMT on Wednesday 23 November 2011 as part of Al Jazeera’s Africa Investigates series.


Illegal timber export is big business in Sierra Leone

A 2006 European Union report identified logging as the leading cause of environmental degradation in Sierra Leone. According to the Sierra Leone Forestry Ministry, unless immediate action is taken against logging, all of the country’s forests – as well as the many endangered animal and plant species they support – could disappear by 2018. The President, His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, has made no secret of his concern about logging and his desire that it should cease. The government of Sierra Leone has officially outlawed the practice several times.



Emmy award-winning Sierra Leonean journalist Sorious Samura discovered illegal felling of rare hard wood in several parts of the country. In a number of meetings with illegal loggers, Samura posed as a businessman interested in illegal timber exporting. Despite laws prohibiting felling of trees without license, he found illicit logging taking place in all the forest areas he visited. He also met local officials all too willing to supply him with illegal wood. In one instance a local Paramount Chief not only offered to sell him several tons of illegally cut wood, but also to introduce Samura to high level contacts within the Sierra Leonean government to help him breach the ban on timber exports.


In the second half of the investigation, Samura¹s colleague, the multiple-award-winning Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, visited the Vice-President¹s office undercover. Anas and a colleague, again posing as businessmen, met with His Excellency The Vice-President Samuel Sumana and two of his friends, who claimed to be official advisors.


Later the two men, Alex Mansaray and Momoh Konte, sought and accepted cash payments from the Œbusinessmen¹, which they claimed would help secure the Vice-President¹s support for a timber export business that the undercover reporters wished to establish.


Vice-President Sumana later admitted to Al Jazeera that he knew the men but said their claims to be his advisors were false and that he hadn¹t received any money solicited by them on his behalf.


Of one attempt by Alex Monsaray to extract $50,000 from the undercover team, Vice-President Sumana said, ³Alex was acting solely on his own accord without any prior discussion with me.²


His statement did not explain how Mansaray and Konte came to be using his office to secure bribes in the first place.


Commenting on the outcome of the investigation, Samura said, ³As in many parts of Africa, timber has become the new diamonds. The country¹s forests are at risk of being completely wiped out. For unscrupulous foreign investors their ultimate goal is getting their wood and making maximum profit. For the corrupt Sierra Leoneans, it¹s about lining their pockets without any care for the future consequences for the innocent people who will have to pay the price.²


Timber! is the third of six investigations in the Africa Investigates series that puts flesh on Al Jazeera¹s ambition to give voice to the voiceless.


In a world-first, Africa Investigates gives some of Africa¹s best journalists the opportunity to pursue high-level investigative targets across the continent ­using their unique perspective and local knowledge to put corruption, exploitation and abuse under the spotlight.


Africa Investigates can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Wednesday: 22:30; Thursday: 09:30; Friday: 03:30; Saturday: 16:30; Sunday:
22:30; Monday: 09:30; Tuesday: 03:30; Wednesday: 16:30. For more details,
please go to www.aljazeera.com/programmes/AfricaInvestigates
.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

PR Newswire Stockholm Holds Seminar on the Emerging Social Media Landscape



PR Newswire Stockholm Holds Seminar on the Emerging Social Media Landscape

PR Newswire Stockholm presents a seminar and debate about the changing communications landscape and the effect of social and emerging media.



Stockholm, 15 November /PRNewswire/ — PR Newswire, the global leader in content and news distribution, recently held a two day event themed around ‘Emerging Media Today and Tomorrow’ hosted by Michael Pranikoff, Global Director of Emerging Media.

The communications landscape is constantly evolving and as a result the way you communicate and engage with your target audience needs to be continually reevaluated.

Both journalists and consumers have changed their media consumption patterns and as more and more content is uploaded every day it becomes increasingly harder to get your message out there and engage with your target audiences.



Michael discussed this ever changing environment and how to embrace these changes. He was joined over the two days by representatives from over 50 leading Nordic companies. The debate was followed by a champagne reception and a selection of canapés prepared by Stefan Eriksson (Swedish chef of the year 2005).

The response to the seminars was extremely positive and the demand to attend so high that many were left disappointed. As a result we decided to film the second day and make this available to everyone. You can find the presentation in five parts at www.youtube.com/PRNnordics

* Part 1 – Michael talks about engaging opportunities everywhere, the Swedish internet population and the content revolution. He also discusses the vast amount of content being uploaded and shared, as well as the complexity of new communication channels.

* Part 2 – Michael shares his thoughts on reach versus control when it comes to owned, paid and earned exposure, the complexity of the new marketing funnel, digital and traditional media, push and pull of content.

* Part 3 – Michael considers the new currency of trust over attention, where news consumers go to first for news about companies. He also talks about the long tail of corporate content and the importance of continuous communication. He also considers Twitter and the four types of Twitter users.

* Part 4 – Michael discusses the importance of search and context as the cornerstone of any successful communications strategy, and discusses how to adapt your content and news releases for search engines and how they affect the availability of your stories online. He also gives some best practice advice on how to write your news release to ensure internet visibility, keyword brainstorming ideas and the increasing importance of multimedia content.

* Part 5 – Michael analyses customer case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of multimedia assets in news releases, which type of information people share online and how to connect your various communications channels for enhanced search engine optimisation.



This was PR Newswire’s first event in the Nordics and given the extremely positive response will be the first of many.

“PR Newswire is the market leader globally within the content and news distribution markets because of our unparalleled network of news agencies, journalists, bloggers, websites and social media platforms. Our clients have to embrace an ever changing media landscape and Michael’s global experience really helped them understand how to take advantage of these new channels of distribution and the changing skill sets needed to be successful,” commented Johan Cohen, Nordic Director for PR Newswire.

He added, “We have been at the forefront of understanding and embracing this media revolution and have worked with our clients to develop a set of products that enable them to be successful in these spaces. As a result we have seen massive growth in the Nordic Region resulting in a move to our new offices by Stureplan in Stockholm where we hosted the seminars”

He continued, “The feedback we have had from clients who attended these events has been hugely positive and we are planning further events in the New Year where we will continue to listen and learn from our clients, working collaboratively to ensure our products and services continue to evolve in an ever changing media landscape.”

PR Newswire would like to thank all our guests who helped make these events such a success. We would also like to thank Vela who let us use her song Painkiller in our promotion video and lastly Able Film who made an excellent video that really captured the essence of the event.

PR Newswire is the global leader in innovative communications and marketing services, enabling organisations to connect and engage with their target audiences worldwide. Providing multimedia news targeting, distribution and monitoring products, PR Newswire helps you promote your brand, generate awareness, drive sales and increase revenue.


Media Contact:

Johan Cohen
Nordic Director PR Newswire
+46(0)8-1200-1301
Johan.cohen@prnewswire.se

Emerging Media Today and Tomorrow

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* www.ablefilm.se
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Two Nigerian NGOs Win Ford Foundation's Jubilee Transparency Awards



22 Nov 2011 05:04 Africa/Lagos

Ford Foundation Announces Jubilee Transparency Award Winners

LAGOS, November 21, 2011/PRNewswire via African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Grants Honor Good Governance and Citizen Engagement in Nigeria, Mark Ford's 50 Years of Work in West Africa

The Ford Foundation today announced the winners of its Jubilee Transparency Awards, a special set of grants that mark Ford's 50th anniversary in West Africa by supporting organizations committed to transparency, good governance and citizen engagement in Nigeria.

The two award winners, announced Monday at a ceremony in Abuja, are:



- Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, a

human rights advocacy organization that empowers citizens to address

environmental justice issues in their communities.

- Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance/Theatre for Development

Centre, a network of organizations that uses performing arts as a means

to help improve the participatory development process.



Each organization will receive $500,000 to enhance the scale and impact of its work.

"These exemplary organizations demonstrate the pivotal role that citizen involvement and good governance play in securing a just, sustainable and democratic future for Nigeria and West Africa," said Dr. Adhiambo Odaga [http://www.fordfoundation.org/regions/west-africa/team/adhiambo-odaga ], the representative for Ford's West Africa office. "They are a shining example of the potential for West Africa to leverage its extraordinary human and natural resources for the common good."

The Transparency Awards, a one-time program marking Ford's anniversary working in the region, were launched to achieve two objectives: first, to recognize innovative projects and programs that promote transparent, effective and accountable governance at the community level in Nigeria; and second, to showcase the impact of these projects as models for deepening democracy, good governance and anti-corruption across the country.

The winning organizations were selected through an open call for nominations. The nomination process for the awards was managed by the Development Initiatives Network (DIN), a development organization working on public interest issues in Nigeria and a respected Ford Foundation grantee.

A nine-member National Awards Committee [http://www.fordfoundation.org/regions/west-africa/transparency-awards/committee ] , chaired by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, worked with DIN to screen the nominations. More than 70 organizations were nominated and considered. The Ford Foundation emphasized that the National Awards Committee conducted its work independently and recommended the organizations to be named awardees. The winners will receive the grants directly from the Ford Foundation.

Other members of the awards committee are:



- Dr. Bola Fajemirokun, Awards Committee Secretary and

Executive Director of Development Initiatives Network (DIN)

- Victoria Aiyeyemi, Founder of the Victoria Aiyeyemi

International School

- TY Bello, Musician, Photographer and Director of LINKACHILD

- Chude Jideonwo, Creative Director for RedSTRAT/The Future

Project

- Honourable Justice A.G. Karibi-Whyte, Pro-Chancellor of Rivers

State University of Science and Technology

- Muhammad Nurudeen Lemu, Assistant General Secretary of the

Islamic Education Trust

- Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf, Executive Director of AdvocacyNigeria

- Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, Verification Committee Chair and

Research Professor at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies



About the winning organizations:

Environmental Rights Action (ERA) operates on the tenet that "environmental rights are human rights." Founded in 1993, ERA has two key priorities: campaigning to change governmental, nongovernmental and commercial policies that are not in the best interest of local communities, and helping people access the legal system to defend their environmental human rights. ERA has been at the forefront of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), helping to underscore the need for transparency and accountability in oil revenue management to stem the effects of the "oil curse." By protecting the environment and seeking the democratization of development, ERA is bringing transparency and accountability to bear on Nigeria's political and economic systems. ERA is the Nigerian chapter of Friends of the Earth.

The Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance (NPTA) has been working throughout Nigeria on good governance issues, including citizen participation and democracy monitoring, since 1999. It emphasizes that for a development project to truly benefit a community, the voices, aspirations and involvement of local people are essential. The Theatre for Development Centre (TFDC) was established as a research and training unit of the alliance in 2000. The center is affiliated with Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, which played a central role in establishing its approach as an academic field in Nigeria. NPTA is conducting Participatory Governance Training to help women's groups, community-based organizations and local elected officials to promote and demand transparent governance in their communities and states in order to strengthen democratic practice.

The foundation's investments in West Africa today build on a half-century of work in the region and an unwavering commitment to social change in even the toughest of times. Ford supports people and organizations that are committed to building a new culture of transparency, effectiveness and excellence across institutions and to fostering democratic participation and equal opportunity. The foundation's grant making focuses on projects that promote democratic values and engage citizens in advocating for their social and economic rights. Ford also funds improvements in government, with a focus on openness. We believe these approaches will lead to an environment favorable to development.

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Source: Ford Foundation

Joe Voeller, Senior Communications Officer, Ford Foundation / New York, +1-212-573-5128


Source: Ford Foundation

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Lest We Forget Darfur


Darfur - George Galloway by inet

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Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief

EL FASHER (DARFUR), November 21, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- UNAMID Media Brief / 20 November 2011


UNAMID supports sports competition in North Darfur

In its continued efforts to engage the local community, UNAMID presented today sports equipment to five secondary schools from Abu Shouk, Al Salaam and Zamzam internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in North Darfur, which will participate in the Back to School Tournament. The kits included balls, nets, footwear and clothes for female and male volleyball and football teams.


UNAMID Director of Communications and Public Information Kemal Saiki said that “UNAMID has been very active working for the community, essentially for the youth. We are keen to see the youth engage in activities that promote competition in a peaceful way”.


On behalf of the Principals of the schools and the Umdas (community leaders) from the three camps, Ibrahim Alkheed Shekhadeen, Camp Manager for Abu Shouk and Al Salaam camps, stated that this donation will strengthen relations between the IDP community and the Mission. “We will continue to work with all youth in the camps, by uniting we build peace,” he said.


The tournament which begins on 21 November will run for three weeks between the secondary schools in Abu Shouk, Al Salaam and Zamzam IDP camps.



UNAMID patrols

UNAMID military conducted 139 patrols including routine, short-range, long-range, night and humanitarian escort patrols covering 78 villages and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. UNAMID Police advisors conducted 101 patrols in villages and IDP camps.


Source: United Nations - African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID)


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