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Three Nollywood films selected for Hollywood exhibition

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Three Nigerian films, Lionheart, King of Boys and Up North, are selected for showcase at the 2019 edition of ‘Nollywood in Hollywood’ slated to hold on March 22 and 23 in Hollywood California, USA.

The event is organized by O2A Media, Inc. in partnership with the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and The American Cinemateque, operators of the historic Egyptian Theater.

According to the organisers, the two-day event will begin with a red carpet and a screening at the prestigious American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre and at the World’s Premiere Film Education Institution of USC.

As a testament to the growing feat of Nigerian women in the film industry, women directed the selected films, all produced in 2018.

The event’s director of operations, Maceo Willis, reportedly said: “That’s simply amazing, in Hollywood, we struggle with diversity and inclusion.

“These powerful female voices from Nigeria are showing Hollywood how it’s done.

“We believe these remarkable films will be great representatives of Nollywood.”

‘Lionheart’, a directorial debut of Nollywood’s top actress, Genevieve Nnaji, is a Nigerian drama film produced by Chinny Onwugbenu, starring Pete Edochie, Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh and other Nollywood icons.

It premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada, and was acquired and released worldwide by Netflix on January 4, making it the first Netflix original film produced in Nigeria.

Lionheart is a story of Adaeze, a young lady who steps up to the challenge when her father, Ernest Obiagu, is forced to take a step back from his company due to health issues.

‘King of Boys’, directed by Kemi Adetiba, follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a checkered past and a promising political future.

As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she was drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear.

‘Up North’ is written by Naz Onuzo and Bunmi Ajakaiye, directed by Tope Oshin Ogun and produced by Anakle Films and Inkblot productions.

Shot in Lagos and Bauchi, the film follows the tale of a young rebellious heir whose National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year does not go according to plan, as he is sent Up North to Bauchi State.

The film explores love, friendship, family politics and the tourism value of Northern Nigeria.

NAN reports that ‘Nollywood in Hollywood,’ now in its second edition, is an initiative of Ose Oyamendan, Nigerian-American filmmaker, to showcase some of Nigeria’s best films on global stage.

The event is designed to introduce Nigerian cinema to Hollywood, bridge the gap between the two film industries and create a platform for collaborations and trainings.

The inaugural edition which held in 2018, featured the screenings of acclaimed Nollywood films ‘Isoken’, ‘93 Days’ and ‘The Bridge.’

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Lagos flood sacks popular actor, Pa James from home

The house of veteran actor, Ajirebi Kayode Olasehinde, popularly known as Pa James of Papa Ajasco was affected by flood that occurred in Lagos State after the heavy downpour on Sunday.

His son, Samuel Ajirebi, who confirmed the sad development, shared some pictures and videos showing the terrible state of his father’s compound on social media.

He wrote:

“Seriously sad right now, I get to think at times that, are we sure we have a government in this country?

“Look at what I met on going to visit my family today, a flooded house due to the overflowing canal behind our street.

“To make matters worse, no one was at home save my dad, so the old man and I had to be saving properties and scooping water out of the house!

“This year makes it ten years of repeated and consistent occurrence of this with severe damages done annually to properties, at times leading to temporary displacement!

“Letters have been written, appearances made, press releases written, still no significant step taken by the government to channel the overrunning canal.

“We need governmental intervention in Oke Isagun Community of Oke Odo LGA.

‘’We lose properties! We lose rest whenever we see rain signs! Tonight is going to be a partial prayer moment for families, because it must not rain tonight…. No house for us to sleep in anymore!

“This is sad and heartbreaking.

“This is not a sympathy plea for anything, but a call to the state and local government authorities of Lagos ( @akinwunmiambode and @jidesanwoolu ), Oke Odo LGA respectively to please wake up to your responsibility and stop making citizens suffer in neglect.”

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‘Yahoo Yahoo’: Zlatan Ibile chides fans in new single titled 4nights in Ekohtiebo

Nigerian artist, Omoniyi Temidayo, popularly known as Zlatan Ibile, has dropped new single few days after he was released by the EFCC.

Recall that Zlatan and Naira Marley were arrested by the EFCC over their alleged support of internet fraud also known as ‘yahoo yahoo’.

While Zlatan was released, Afeez Fashola aka Naira Marley has remained in custody of the graft agency.

But Zlatan has now taken to the studio to release a single entitled ”4nights in Ekohtiebo”

In the single, Zlatan chided those he tagged ‘fake friends’ who turned their back on him while he was in detention.

The song composed in Yoruba is translated thus: “Pretend you were dead, see who will shed tears over your death. Pretend to be broke and see who’ll ignore you.

“We eat and drink together. Just four days and you can’t hide your hatred for me. You guys didn’t expect me to return. Nobody is holy and don’t be quick to judge”.

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Hollywood actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Attacked In South Africa



Arnold Schwarzenegger, popular Hollywood star has been attacked by a man at a show in South Africa.

The incident happened on Saturday at a sporting event.

The AFP reports that the former politician was conversing with fans at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg when a man took a flying leap and kicked him high in the back.

Schwarzenegger confirmed the incident on Twitter saying “Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about.

“I thought I was just jostled by the crowd, which happens a lot. I only realized I was kicked when I saw the video like all of you. I’m just glad the idiot didn’t interrupt my Snapchat.”

Schwarzenegger was in Johannesburg for the annual Arnold Classic Africa, an international multi-sports festival.

“He was sadly and unexpectedly attacked by a crazed fan as he was doing a walk-through to support athletes,” the organizers said, adding the attacker — who was immediately apprehended — was known to police for similar incidents in the past.

Schwarzenegger told organizers he would not press charges.

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