Friday, April 16, 2021




"The Union of Bollywood and Nollywood will benefit World Cinema." 

- Ashok Tyagi, 

Secretary General, 

International Chamber of Media And Entertainment Industry (ICMEI),, India. 

The International Chamber of Media & Entertainment 8ndustry (ICMEI) has formed the Indo-Nigeria Film & Cultural Forum with the High Commission of Nigeria in India. 

The High Commission of India in Nigeria is supporting a partnership between Nollywood (Nigeria’s movie industry) and Bollywood (India’s movie industry): that “India can use its more than 100 years of experience in Bollywood to assist Nigeria” and to promote cultural bilateral relations of the two countries and international co-productions in the global entertainment industry.

The first Bollywood To Nollywood Filmmaking Workshop by the Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT) is coming up in 2021 in Lagos State.

It is in partnership with the High Commission of India, AAFT of India and Wakaati Network of Nigeria It is supported by Dolby and SecurityRisk Brokers. NTA2 is the official news media partner.

It is for three days on Directing; Costume for Storytelling in motion picture, Film Score,  Soundtrack and Sound Design for film production.

The workshop will be directed by Ashok Tyagi, the Secretary General of ICMEI.

The workshop will cover the methodology of converting an interesting story into a gripping screenplay and the conversation of that screenplay into an entertaining film with the help of visual and sound design. 

The filmmaking workshop will be concluded with the production of a short film for international film festivals, cable TV and OTT streaming video channels.

Registration is by a letter of application for participation.

The participation fee is N100, 000 per participant for the three days duration of the workshop (including buffet and workshop kit).

ICMEI is an organisation belonging to Asian Education Group which owns, controls and manages the day to day activities of AAFT. ICMEI was formed in 2014 to fulfil the dream of the Respected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to establish friendly relations with all the countries of the world through art, culture and cinema.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Saint Laurent French Water


Saint Laurent
French Water - A Film by Jim Jarmusch

Published: April 2021
All people in this campaign:
Anthony Vaccarello - Designer
Jim Jarmusch - Director
Sydney Rose Thomas - Fashion Editor/Stylist
Ward Stegerhoek - Hair Stylist
Erin Parsons - Makeup Artist
Samuel Ellis Scheinman - Casting Director
Maki Sakamoto - Manicurist
Charlotte Gainsbourg - Actor
Chloë Sevigny - Actor
Indya Moore - Actor
Julianne Moore - Actor
Leo Reilly - Actor

Monday, April 12, 2021

Majority of the Movie-goers in Nigeria Are Yoruba

Majority of the movie-goers in Nigeria are Yoruba who were the first movie-goers in the country since 1903 when the first films were shown at the Glover Memorial Hall on the Lagos Island and followed by the Aláàrìnjó Yoruba traveling theatres that influenced the cinema culture in south western Nigeria. And  "Kongi's Harvest", the (first feature film by a Nigerian  filmmaker was done in 1970 by Francis Oladele, the Father of Nigerian cinema. 

Yorubas love drama from stage to the silver screen. The longest queues at any cinema in Nigeria were Yoruba movie-goers at the National Arts Theatre in Lagos city as they trooped to watch Yoruba films by Dr. Ola Balogun, Chief Hubert Ogunde, Moses Olaiya , Adeyemi Afolayan, aka Ade Love) and Abiodun Babajide, aka Jab Adu in the 1970s and 1980s.  And the highest grossing movies in Nollywood have been made by Yoruba filmmakers, Funke Akindele-Bello @funkejenifaakindele (Omo Ghetto, The Saga), Kemi Adetiba @kemiadetiba (The Wedding Party 1) and Niyi Akinmolayan (The Wedding Party 2).

- By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,



247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) / Twitter

Why Majority of Nigerians Are Ignorant of the Achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari and RT. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Federal Minister of Transportation.

Why Majority of Nigerians Are Ignorant of the Achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari 

President Muhammadu Buhari is performing well in his administration. But many Nigerians don't know a lot of his achievements, because of either lack of good public relations or poor public relations of his Ministers and DGs. 
RT. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is the Honourable Minister of Transportation, but he seems to prefer to be the DG of Nigerian Railways. Railway transportation is just one of the sectors of the Ministry of Transportation. Can he tell us what his ministry is doing in air transportation, road transportation and water transportation? 

Majority of Nigerians are ignorant of the achievements of the Federal Ministries, because of poor public relations. 

President Buhari is blamed for the failures of even local governments! Because of the failures of the state governors who cannot even clean up their streets. They are often showing the commissioning of both completed and uncompleted constructions of roads and flyovers in their states in the midst of dilapidated streets with heaps of stinking refuses and surrounded by  poverty-stricken destitute children and women begging for alms by the roadside.
Construction of roads and flyovers are not the fundamental needs and priorities of majority of Nigerians. Projects to tackle poverty and unemployment should be the priorities of state governments. 

The administration of President Buhari has created more new jobs for Nigerians than the previous administrations of the Nigerian government. But ignorant Nigerians still blame him for the failures of their incompetent state governors and incompetent local government administrators.  
One Igbo man even blamed President Buhari for his own impotence when his wife insulted him for failing to give her orgasm!

 - By EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima, The CEO, International Digital Post Network Limited, Publisher/Editor, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series 247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) / Twitter, 

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Over 58 Million Nigerians Can Pay Subscriptions To Netflix, DStv and StarTimes

Over 58 Million Nigerians Can Pay Subscriptions To Netflix , DStv, and StarTimes 

There are over 58 million people in Nigeria with enough disposable incomes to afford regular subscriptions to cable TV and OTT streaming services. They can pay for subscriptions to Netflix , DStv, and StarTimes.

Nigeria Disposable Personal Income in June 2020 Actual 17270557.89 NGN Million 

- By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima.


According to Digital TV Research, at the end of last year, collective OTT revenues in Africa reached $392 million and are set to rise to $1.7 billion by 2026. The bulk of the market is, and will continue to be, Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) packages.

An insatiable hunger for programming and digital technology has led to an explosion of Over-The-Top (OTT) channels. An African perspective. 

- By Paula Slier

Monday, April 5, 2021

Hon. Simon Uzama Okpalaeke: When A Good Man Takes A Bow

Hon. Simon Uzama Okpalaeke: When A Good Man Takes A Bow

By Ingram Osigwe

When a good man departs, hearts quake, eyes become teary and many become inconsolable.

The above are exactly the case with the people of Azia community in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state following the death of one of their illustrious sons, Hon. Barrister Simon Uzama Okpalaeke ( Ikenga Azia).

It was with profound sense of loss and shock that friends and associates of the family far and wide learnt of the untimely death, Hon. Barrister Simon Uzama Okpalaeke.

The Okpalaekes and indeed Azia community are at loos as to why their illustrious son had to depart at this time.

Every one who knew Simon is saddened and devastated by his departure not because he would have lived forever but because no one imagined Simon would be gone so soon.

During his life time, Simon was always full of wits and candour, very resourceful and devoted to humanity and to the things of God

For the entire Okpalaeke family and Azia community this is  an irreparable loss.

It is only with equanimity and calmness of heart that one can overcome this grief, knowing that Simon has ran the good race and is now resting in the bosom of the Lord.

The Okpalaekes, having amassed tremendous goodwill over the years, have been receiving  outpouring of words of encouragement  since Simon left. So,assuredly the family is not mourning alone.

Azia as a community and Anambra as a state mourn with the Okpalaeke family and grief with them too over the transition of this great son of theirs for he worked tirelessly for the upliftment of his community  and state.

Simon was a patriot whose love and passion for his people was unparalleled and unwavering.As a member of the Anambra state House of Assembly, as a lawyer, as corporate czar and as an international businessman, Simon left an indelible print on the sands of time in terms of attracting rapid development to Azia.

As a lawmaker representing Ihiala 11 state constituency, he left a salutary imprimatur of quality and people oriented leadership.

Simon was a selfless leader who gave his all, sacrificing his comfort and pleasure just for the good of his people.

His demise has indeed left a great vacuum in Azia for he was one of the beacons of hope for the community.

Surely, this is a painful loss and one can only  pray that God's abiding love be with the family and give them strength and comfort during this time of deep sorrow.

Though we grief and mourn because we would have loved that Simon stayed with us a little longer, one is consoled by the fact that his elegant virtues are acknowledged and applauded by those who knew him and what he stood for, for in the words of Abraham Lincoln, "in the end it is not the years in your life that counts, it is the life in your years".

Born in 1957, the young Simon attended Lafiaji primary school, Fegge, Onistha from where he proceeded to St. Anthony secondary school, Azia.He was to finish his secondary education at Uli Boys High school, Uli in 1979, obtaining Grade one in his WASC Examination.

Simon would later study law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, graduating in 1986.

After Law school in 1987 and Youth Service in Ede, Osun state, the following year, he, in partnership with some colleagues, set up a law firm, Duru, Okpalaeke and co at 103 Awolowo way, Ikeja, Lagos. It was a successful practice as the firm handled many landmark cases and won.

The expansion of the family business, GINPAT Aluminium soon required Simon's legal expertise and he was made Head of the company's legal Department and Director as well.He held these positions in the company till his demise on February 1, 2021.

Notedly,  GINPAT is a pioneer aluminium company founded by three unique brothers namely Chief Godwin Okpalaeke(the Onowu Azia) the late Chief Pat Okpalaeke (Omezilibe Azia) and  now late Hon.Barr. Uzama Okpalaeke (Ikenga Azia).

Indeed, the Okpaleke family of Azia community, through Uzama was able to show Nigerians that three brothers can live in one compound, cook in one pot and show love.

In-between the periods of his law practice and positions at GINPAT, Simon shuttled abroad for international businesses and was at a time a force to reckon with in the importation of refrigerators and air conditioners.

He also worked for Dozzy oil Ltd as MD of one of the company’s subsidiaries.

Being a very popular, humble and grassroots person, Simon in 2007 contested and won election into the Anambra state House of Assembly to represent Ihiala  constituency 11.

It was to Simon's credit that during his representation, he attracted the construction of the road leading to Nkwo Okija from the St. Anthony Catholic church junction.

He also gave Ebonesie community the ring road from  Azia through Mbosi to Orsumughu.Infact, during his time in the House, the Ihiala constituency 11 never had it so good in terms of quality representation.

A knight of St. John International, Simon was a caring husband to his lovely wife and heartthrob, Chinyere (nee Enendu)  whom he wedded in 1992, and a dotting father to their six wonderful children who are all successful in their various fields today.Some are IT gurus, pilot and lawyers.

A man filled with milk of human kindness, as an individual, Simon introduced Full page to some prime accounts. He also extended similar gestures to so many other friends.

The late Ikenga Azia belonged to so many clubs e.g Diamond fitness club, G 21 etc and he was never passive in any of these clubs.

Hon. Barrister Simon Uzama Okpalaeke, Ikenga Azia, the people's person, the humane, the kind hearted, a man with a heart of Gold, will sorely be missed.


Ingram Osigwe is the MD/CEO, Fullpage Communications Ltd.


The Princess and the Daughters of The Caliphate

 ©All rights reserved. EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima. 2021.

Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,



247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) / Twitter

Sunday, April 4, 2021

The New Beauty Queens of Nollywood and Kannywood

Dorcas Shola Fapson.

In the second edition of the 

NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series published in 2014, I featured 34 beauty queens of Nollywood and Kannywood. Since 2014 to date, new outstanding female actors have emerged and among them are the most beautiful women on the silver screen who should be recognised and published as the new beauty queens of the Nigerian film industry. Nancy Isime is red hot in romantic roles. She is hotter than summer. 

From Nollywood to Kannywood I selected some of them and the complete list will be published in the third edition of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series focusing on the leading Nigerian female filmmakers in Nigeria and the Diaspora. The photos that will be published will be in high resolution images.

Adesua Etomi- Wellington

Adunni Ade

Nancy Isime

Sharon Ooja Egwurube

Lilian Esoro

Halima Yusuf Ateteh 

Aisha Aliyu Tsamiya

Hafsat Idris

Fati Shu’uma

Fatima Abdullahi Washa

The NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series is the first book series on Nollywood and the Nigerian film industry published since 2013. It is printed in Raleigh, North Carolina in the United States of America and distributed in Amazon Kindle version, paperback and hardcover versions in full colour. 

- By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor, NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.

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Happy Easter Sunday!



Happy Resurrection Day!

JESUS has Risen!

John 20

1 The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

5 And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.

6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,

7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.

8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.

9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.

11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre,

12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God

Friday, April 2, 2021



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