Sunday, June 29, 2014

NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® The Second Edition is Out on Lulu and Amazon Kindle Store

The second edition of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®, the number one and most widely circulated publication on Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry is out!
It is now selling on Lulu and Amazon Kindle Store in both paperback and eBook versions.

On the cover is the montage of the top new movies by the most ambitious Nigerian filmmakers showing the impressive developments in the Nigerian film industry in 2014.
This edition is loaded with beautiful and wonderful features celebrating Lancelot Imasuen’s “Invasion 1897”, the Nigeria Centenary epic on the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire in 1897 with the capture and exile of the King of Benin, Omo n’Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi; The Beauty Queens of Nollywood; President Goodluck Jonathan’s unprecedented support for Nollywood; Special Effects in Nollywood movies by Geoffrey Gania; Orlando Martins, the first Nigerian Hollywood star with the great American President Ronald Reagan; “Palaver”, the first feature film made in Nigeria in 1926; the Evolution of Digital Film-Making in Nollywood; How To Break into Nollywood Without Stress; Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, the Quintessential Nigerian Actress and so much more.

The second edition is designed by the famous book and magazine designer Juvelin T. Aripal from the Philippines. And definitely, a must have for every lover of Nigerian movies, film students and scholars, journalists and all fans of Nollywood and Kannywood.

Click here to buy the paperback version.

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ISBN: 9781312199774
Copyright: Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima (Standard Copyright License)
Edition: Second Edition
Publisher: International Digital Post Network Limited
Published: June 27, 2014
Language: English
Pages: 154
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink: Full color
Weight: 1.41 lbs.
Dimensions:(inches) 8.5 wide x 11 tall

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Yvonne Okoro, African Beauty of Nollywood

Yvonne Okoro is one of the most beautiful actresses in the world and rocks both Nigerian and Ghanaian movies 24/7 and one of the 34 Beauty Queens of Nollywood and Kannywood featured in the second edition of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Equalizer Starring Denzel Washington To Be Released in IMAX® Theatres Worldwide September 26.

LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced that The Equalizer, the highly anticipated reteaming of Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington and acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua, will be digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® format and released in IMAX® theatres worldwide starting September 26.

Fuqua directed Washington in the critically lauded 2001 box office hit Training Day, for which Washington won the Academy Award® for Best Actor.

In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by – he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer. Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Written by Richard Wenk. Based on the Television Series Created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim. Produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Denzel Washington, Alex Siskin, Steve Tisch, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, and Michael Sloan.

"Antoine Fuqua is one of the most provocative filmmakers working today, and Denzel Washington is nothing short of being one of the greatest American movie stars," said Greg Foster, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp. and CEO of IMAX Entertainment. "We're excited to be working with our long time partners at Sony Pictures Entertainment to bring this exciting film to IMAX moviegoers worldwide."

Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, "The Equalizer is a visceral action-thriller, and Denzel's character – a man driven by a relentless pursuit of justice – is one that is compelling for everyone. It's the kind of picture that is perfectly suited for The IMAX Experience®."

The IMAX release of The Equalizer will offer consumers the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with its proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Audiences can learn more about The Equalizer by visiting the film's official site at

About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you've never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theatres to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX's network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with offices in London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. As of March 31, 2014, there were 840 IMAX theatres (707 commercial multiplexes, 18 commercial destinations and 115 institutions) in 57 countries.

IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, Experience It In IMAX®, An IMAX 3D Experience®, The IMAX Experience®, IMAX Is Believing® and IMAXnXos® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information about the Company can be found at You may also connect with IMAX on Facebook (, Twitter ( and YouTube(

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nigerian Censors Want Cuts To Half of A Yellow Sun

Nigerian Censors Want Cuts To Half Of A Yellow Sun

Nigerian censors say parts of the movie "Half of a Yellow Sun" could undermine national security and they want cuts to allow the film, partly set during Nigeria's 1960s civil war, to be ...

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Nollywood Goes To the Philippines

Nollywood Goes To the Philippines

Nollywood has gone to the Philippines on the platform of NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® with the second edition designed and packaged by Juvelin T. Aripal, from Quezon City, the most populous city in Philippines and part of Metro Manila where English is one of the official languages.

Juvelin T. Aripal

Juvelin is one of the foremost magazine designers in Asia, famous as Art Director/Magazine Designer for Best Friend Magazine based in Japan, a newspaper layout artist at Commuter Express and Alerto Filipino, Editorial Coordinator cum Layout Artist at New Day Publishers and as a large printer operator and graphic artist at EMCA Graphix with numerous clients from Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, United States of America and other countries.

NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® is introducing to Filipinos, the phenomenal emergence of Nollywood in the world of movies making the Nigerian film industry the biggest and largest in Africa and second largest in the world in numbers of features produced annually. And the next thing is show Nollywood movies in the Philippines. NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® is increasing the mileage and patronage of Nollywood worldwide and is currently the most widely circulated Nigerian magazine in the world.

Cinema in the Philippines (Filipino: Pelikulang Pilipino or Sine Pilipino) started with the introduction of the first moving pictures to the country on January 1, 1897 at the Salón de Pertierra in Manila. The same year of the invasion of the Benin Kingdom by the British Empire which has been made into the historical film "Invasion 1897", the Nigeria Centenary epic by Lancelot Imasuen, one of the most ambitious Nigerian filmmakers and pioneers of Nollywood.

Movies are one of the popular forms of entertainment among the Filipino people, directly employing some 260,000 Filipinos and generating around ₱2 billion annually, (US $1 = 43.7848 Philippines Peso). There are over 700 screens in the Philippines, including IMAX cinemas.
Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza won the Prix de la mise en scène for Best Director at the 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival for his film "Kinatay" (Butchered), a movie about murder and police brutality in 2009.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tunde Kelani To Release New Trailer and Poster for "Dazzling Mirage" on June 19

One of the most accomplished filmmakers in Africa Tunde Kelani will release a new trailer and movie poster of his new film "Dazzling Mirage" on June 19, 2014, for the World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.

The United Nations classified sickle cell anemia as one of the most gangrenous common genetic diseases in the world which can lead to death. It is most common in several African and Asian countries. Also, locally, statistics indicate that there is a high sickle cell anemia rate.

Dame Taiwo Ajai-Lycett and Tunde Kelani.

June 19th of every year was set to be the World Sickle Cell Awareness Day to increase awareness of this disease as being one of the most common health related problems. Moreover, it seeks to correct misconceptions about this disease, highlighting the importance of early before birth detection to know whether or not the fetus will be affected or if it is just a carrier. It should be noted that several treatment methods
were discovered and its symptoms were reduced through bone marrow transplantation.
Each year in Nigeria, 150,000 children are born with sickle cell disorder. Many die before they're five. Others live in pain with no hope of a cure. But Funmiwo will stop at nothing to have it all ...
"Dazzling Mirage" is the story of a talented, beautiful young sickle-cell sufferer who overcomes social stigma, prejudice and her own low self-esteem, to achieve career success, marriage and motherhood.

Kemi (Lala) Akindoju.

"Dazzling Mirage" features an all-star cast including Kemi (Lala) Akindoju, Kunle Afolayan, Yomi Fash-Lanso, Seun Akindele, Taiwo Ajai Lycett, Bimbo Manuel, Carol King, Khabirat Kafidipe, Bukola Awoyemi among others. The film is an adaptation of Olayinka Abimbola Egbokhare’s ‘Dazzling Mirage’. Kelani commissioned award-winning London-based and critically acclaimed Nigerian screenwriter Ade Solanke to bring this wonderful story to the screen.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fred Amata as the Festival Director of Abuja International Film Festival

I have known Fred Amata when there was no Nollywood.
It was in the 1980s at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Victoria Island, Lagos. A time I call the Golden Age of NTA when NTA was the Mecca of the entertainers and celebrities in Nigeria. I was there before Fred arrived. Even though I was only a prolific scriptwriter and puppeteer for a weekly puppet drama produced by Rowland Henshaw and Bimbo Odekunle between 1980 and 1985, I was earning more than many of the NTA actors, producers and others when I was only 18. 19 of the 25 TV puppet plays I wrote were produced and I could afford to fly to anywhere in Nigeria and overseas and was able to sponsor the participation of Nigeria in two international children's book fairs in Japan in 1983 when I was only 20.

Fred Amata, "Aje Butter" Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey and others were not celebrities then. And I have been following Fred's career since the late 1980s to date and you cannot help falling in love with his signature efficacious smile on and off screen. He is an accomplished actor and a good director. I actually respect him more as a director, but he has been humble about his genius in directing and has denied Nollywood of many masterpieces he would have made directing more movies. He is what I call a poetic director. Therefore, his appointment as the Acting Festival Director of Abuja International Film Festival does not surprise me, because as I told Fidelis Duker, the Founder/CEO of the film festival, Fred Amata knows movies and movies know Fred Amata. He would be more appreciated as the permanent festival director.

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~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Abdu Ali's Awesome Infinity Epiphanies Will Mesmerize You

Abdu Ali
Infinity Epiphanies
Araçá Recs
24 June 2014

Propelling out of Baltimore, Abdu Ali is a musical force who raps, sings, and screams over unorthodox beats for the creation of inspirational melodic poetry. Ali blends elements of club, punk, soul, noise, hip-hop, and ballroom into a beautiful fabric interwoven with crazed vocals complete with the twists and turns of his poetic designs following their slope. On stage, he fuses the punk aggression of Keith Morris with the soul of Nina Simone, alternating between launching himself into the crowd or gently touching each audience member bringing them closer into the experience. Energetic, blunt, and tangible… Ali's live performances are a must-see.

Abdu Ali has released two critically-acclaimed mixtapes (INVICTOS, 2012 and Push + Slay, 2013) and is featured on Cities Aviv's Come to Life LP (2014.) Infinity Epiphanies is his first vinyl release and includes production from left-field Baltimore club producer, Schwarz, and Houston noise giant, B L A C K I E... In All Caps, With Spaces.

Abdu Ali plays steadily on the east coast, has toured the Pacific Northwest, and was featured at Baltimore's ScapeScape Festival and the SXSW's GayBiGayGay showcase 2013. He has shared the stage with Rye Rye, Big Freedia, B L A C K I E, Cities Aviv, Le1f, DJ Uniiqu3, TT the Artist, Schwarz, Picture Plane, Butch Dawson, Black Sheep Dz, Hemlock Ernst (Sam Herring from Future Islands,) Cakes Da Killa, Jungle Pussy, Vjuan Allure, and Rizzla. Ali (in conjunction with True Laurels 'zine) curates the bi-monthly live party, Kahlon which has brought some of the region's finest performers to Baltimore. Kahlon was recently featured on Vice/Noisey's Kid Mero show!

Ali will tour the US with Chiffon in June/July 2014 as well as play select festival dates including Idapalooza (Tennessee) in late May and Stargayzer Fest (Austin) in early September. Plans are in the works for Abdu Ali to tour Europe in Fall 2014 or early 2015.

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Pierce Brosnan Came To Nigeria

Lest we forget.

Pierce Brosnan, the Irish actor, film producer and environmentalist who is famous for his romantic thrilling role as James Bond (1995–2005) in GoldenEye, 1995, Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997, The World Is Not Enough, 1999 and Die Another Day, 2002 was in Nigeria in 1990 to play a leading role as a British colonial officer "Harry Rudbeck" in Mister Johnson, an American drama film adaptation of a 1939 novel by Joyce Cary.
The film won the Silver Bear at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival (1991) for Best Actor for British Nigerian actor Maynard Eziashi as "Mister Johnson".

The film was shot in Toro, a Local Government Area of Bauchi State, Nigeria.

Read Roger Ebert's excellent review on



Maynard Eziashi as Mister Johnson

Pierce Brosnan as Harry Rudbeck

Edward Woodward as Sargy Gollup

Beatie Edney as Celia Rudbeck

Denis Quilley as Bulteen

Nick Reding as Tring

Bella Enahoro as Bamu

Femi Fatoba as Waziri

Kwabena Manso as Benjamin

Hubert Ogunde as Brimah (as Chief Hubert Ogunde)

Sola Adeyemi as Ajali

Jerry Linus as Saleh

George Menta as Emil

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