Monday, August 3, 2020

African Filmmaking On the Rise as Durban FilmMart Announces Programme and Opens Registration


African Filmmaking On the Rise as 11th Durban FilmMart Announces Programme and Opens Registration

Programme Announced as Registration opens for the 2020 Durban FilmMart Virtual Edition
Brave New Cinema

The Durban FilmMart Institute (DMI) has announced the programme for the 11th Durban FilmMart (DFM) Virtual Edition, which takes place from 4 to 13 September this year.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Riskcheck To Guarantee Your Safety and Security in Every Location


Riskcheck, a tech enabled security advisory service, is poised to impact positively on the situational and environmental awareness  of businesses,  NGOs, International organisations and the general public.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Soludo: 60 Thunderous Cheers for the Paragon


Soludo: 60 Thunderous Cheers for the Paragon

- By Ingram Osigwe

Sixty looks good on him just as Anambra looks up to him. As he turns 60, it is the fervent prayer of many Anambranians that he answers the clarion call to serve for they are ready to be led by him.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Using Photography for Art Therapy During the Trauma of COVID-19 Pandemic


#wednesdayvibes✌
Wednesday July 22, 2020
Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.


The Health Benefits of Art Therapy have been helping millions of people during the #lockdown  of the COVID-19 pandemic. And I have used my smartphone for Self-portraits in photos and videos on my moods at different times in self isolation showing my stream of consciousness.
The most appropriate photographs will be for the
publication of my new photo book, "SOLICITUDE in SOLITUDE: Overcoming the Trauma of COVID-19" which will be released after the lockdown and circulated worldwide by Amazon.
See my profile on https://www.amazon.com/author/ekenyerengozimichaelchima.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Can Instagram' s REELS Compete With TikTok?



The buzz of the week has been the launch of Instagram’s #TikTok Competitor, #Reels in India and I joined the discussion after I received the updates from Today in Tech by AngelList

I know that the overwhelming popularity of TikTok will rattle Mark Zuckerberg and others from Mountain View to Silicon Valley.

Lagos is the Most Resilient Megacity in Africa


Sabo area in Yaba, Lagos. From my "Lagos in Motion" documentary film on one of the most resilient mega cities in the world. “

"A Resilient City is one that has developed capacities to help absorb future shocks and stresses to its social, economic, and technical systems and infrastructures so as to still be able to maintain essentially the same functions, structures, systems, and identity." https://www.resilientcity.org › ...

The first interactive documentary film on the resilience of Lagos was "Lagos Wide and Close: an Interactive Journey into an Exploding City" produced in 2002 by Rem Koolhaas and The Harvard Project on the City. It was directed by Bregtje van der Haak.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

#ThrowbackThursday - From "Lagos in Motion" Documentary Film Location



#throwbackthursday

Alpha Man with my Production Manager, Felix Omokagbo Jegede at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas location in the Palms Shopping Mall in Lekki during the first phase of the principal photography of "Lagos in Motion: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity" in February, 2016.
My cast and crew had a great time of unforgettable moments of cinematic experience.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous




Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines (The MIT Press)

Happy Birthday Professor Wole Soyinka, Lion King of African Literature



HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE LION KING OF AFRICAN LITERATURE
Professor Akínwándé Olúwo̩lé Babátúndé S̩óyíinká; born 13 July 1934.
I celebrate you today with thanksgivings to our Almighty Father God who is the Creator of your genius to be a blessing to us.
Cheers to you Sir.
Faithfully,
EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima,
"Orikinla"

Thursday, July 9, 2020

I Need Your Support



URGENT APPEAL FOR SUPPORT 

Due to unforeseen circumstances and the emergency lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 
I have become very broke and homeless and still in self-isolation in a guest house in Lagos where I am owing thousands of naira. 
The guest house will be shutdown tomorrow, because of lack of business and I will be stranded in Lagos 

The lockdown worsened my precarious situation by stopping my sources of incomes in the Nigerian film industry. Debtors who are owing me have become unreachable and not responding to my calls and messages.

All I need is N500, 000.

I am desperate and it is better to be a beggar than be an armed robber. 

Please, I need the support of every kind hearted person who can contribute whatever amount you can give me to survive my present ordeal.
My GTBANK current account number: 0016426297
Account name: EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima

My foreign currency bank account:
Guaranty Trust Bank PLC
Address- 635, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Beneficiary name- EKENYERENGOZI MICHAEL CHIMA
Bank identifier/SWIFT CODE- GTBINGLA
SORT Code - 058152353
Account number- 0016426307

I will be grateful.

Faithfully 
Michael Chima,
Publisher and Editor,
NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series
247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) / Twitter





Wednesday, July 8, 2020

If Whites Can Make It, Blacks Can Make It Too From Mountain View To Silicon Valley


#BlackLivesMatter
If Whites Can Make It, Blacks Can Make It Too From Mountain View To Silicon Valley


Instead of Blacks to be whining about being underemployed and underrepresented in Silicon Valley and waiting for the tech giants to bridge the wide diversity gap for them to catch up with the privileged White in leadership, Blacks should breakthrough Silicon Valley by developing their own tech startups.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Dear Kemi "Lala" Akindoju: Actors Guild Of Nigeria Replies Lala Over Visit To Regina Daniels -

Kemi "Lala" Akindoju .

The Actors Guild of Nigeria AGN, have replied actress Kemi Akindoju, who earlier today blasted the leadership of the association after they paid a visit to actress, Regina Daniels, and her billionaire husband, Ned Nwoko to congratulate them on their new born. Kemi's posts are below in case you missed it.

In a statement released this night, Monalisa Chinda Coker, the Director of Communications of the AGN, said ordinarily the organization would not dignify Lala's ''repugnant and uninformed comment'' but it is compelled to explain the reason the some members visited Regina and her husband.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

My 4th of July #BlackLivesMatter Selfies



HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL AMERICAN FRIENDS & LOVERS.


Sweetheart SFC Bailey of the @usarmy and comrades I "Captain" MC Ekenyerengozi, I salute you all.


#BlackLivesMatter
#independenceday
#july4th





ALPHA MAN LIVE!
Saturday afternoon on July 4, 2020. Alpha Man is calm, cool and confident against all odds of these challenging times with absolute faith to continue to be articulate and resolute. I have the assurance of my one and only Father and Almighty  Father God JEHOVAH JIREH who is the Alpha and Omega, my Conqueror, Protector, Saviour and Victor in supremacy over all things in existence through our Lord, Redeemer, Saviour and MESSIAH JESUS Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever. AMEN! So, I can shout HALLELUJAH! Because it is written in Psalm 107:2:
"Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy."



Friday, July 3, 2020

A Simple Critical Analysis of Nigerians in Nigeria in the First Quarter of the 21st Century



A Simple Critical Analysis of Nigerians in Nigeria in the First Quarter of the 21st Century





#corruption
"Widespread intellectual illiteracy has done more collateral damage to Nigeria than political corruption.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Major Cause of the Perennial Flooding in Lagos City

KANTAR: Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2020




Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2020


 1 Amazon
 2 Apple
 3 Microsoft
 4 Google
 5 Visa
 6 Alibaba
 7 Tencent
 8 Facebook
9 McDonald's
10 MasterCard

  • Investment in marketing and brand-building critical for business recovery post-COVID-19 
  • Innovation and creativity key drivers of growth as BrandZ Top 100's total worth hits $5 trillion and delivers US$277bn in additional brand value growth
  • Amazon maintains no. 1 spot and accounts for a third of the Top 100 total growth
  • TikTok enters the ranking for the first time at no. 79.

Monday, June 29, 2020

WHO KILLED DR. ENOCH OKPARA?


WHO KILLED DR. ENOCH OKPARA?



“For murder, though it hath no tongue; will speak with most miraculous organ.”
- William Shakespeare

On June 13, 2020, a day after Nigeria’s democracy day commemoration, we were jolted to the sad news of the gruesome murder of our classmate and colleague Dr Enoch Okpara, a senior consultant obstetrician and gynecologist with Federal Medical Centre, Gusau Zamfara State at his Mareri area residence in Gusau.

Victor Osimhen Wins 2020 RFI-France 24 Marc-Vivien Foé Prize for the best African player in Ligue 1

Victor OSIMHEN (Nigeria) 
WINNER OF THE 2020 RFI-FRANCE 24 MARC-VIVIEN FOÉ PRIZE AWARDING THE BEST AFRICAN PLAYER IN LIGUE 1 

Lille’s (LOSC) Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen has won the Marc-Vivien Foé RFI- France 24 Prize for best African player in the French Ligue 1, the French football championship for the 2019-2020 season. 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Chief Tony Ezenna (Ijele Akokwa), Orange Group Chairman is Alive and Well


Press Release

Chief Tony Ezenna (Ijele Akokwa), Orange Group Chairman is Alive and Well.


This is to appeal to the general public to disregard the rumour about the death of Chief Tony Ezenna, Chairman of Orange  Group.

The rumour is malicious and the hand work of mischief makers as the Ikenga Akokwa is neither sick nor dead.

Investigations are on-going to unravel the source of this wicked rumour with the view to bringing the culprit(s) to book.

Chief Ezenna wishes to assure his friends, family and associates that he is hale and hearty.

Signed
Ingram Osigwe
Media Adviser to Orange Group.


NOLLYWOOD Producers Are In A Hurry To Make Movies


NOLLYWOOD Producers Are In A Hurry To Make Movies


#Nollywood filmmakers always rush to make movies to make ends meet.
- EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima
Publisher /Editor,
NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series
https://www.instagram.com/p/CB-K3ntF1pF/?igshid=tgn1dzgynixd


Nollywood starlets, Nunnsi Ojong and Celina Ideh in a scene from "Lagos in Motion" documentary film in progress in Lagos, Africa's largest megacity.

Is Nollywood a child of necessity or a phenomenon of ingenuity?
The guerrilla filmmakers in Nigeria who started the phenomenon of the first indie film industry in Africa were driven by necessity, ingenuity and opportunity.











Sunday, June 21, 2020

My Father's Day Selfies



MY FATHER'S DAY SELFIES
#fathersday


My uncles say I look like my great father, Sunday Eke, who was one of the brave Nigerian youths enlisted in the  Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF) who fought and survived the battles against the Japanese in Burma during the World War 2.
But I don't quite agree that I look like my father.
He was fairer
But I am taller
My father was built like the famous African American Academy Award winning actor,  Denzel Washington; with the same height; same dentition and same smile. Ladies loved him.
I never saw him lay a fist on my beloved mother. But one day he annoyed her and she sat outside on the payment. Then he came and lifted her and carried her with smiles into the room. I was amused.
My father loved movies only on the big screens of movie theaters and there were four in our locality on the Lagos Island of Lagos city in the south western region of Nigeria. He often took the whole family to see American #Hollywood western and war films, Indian #Bollywood films and Chinese action films at the Kings Cinema, Sheila Cinema, Plaza Cinema and Royal Cinema.
Franco Nero in Django (1966), Dharmendra in Sholay (1975) and Wang Yu in One-Armed Swordsman (1967) were  very popular movies in the 1970s. They attracted crowds in the cinemas . We must have seen over 200 movies before my father relocated us from Obalende on the Lagos Island to Morocco near Shomolu on the mainland of Lagos state.
My passion for movies came from my father and the unforgettable memories fill me with flashbacks of nostalgia on every Father's Day.


- By EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima
Publisher and Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR®Series.



Saturday, June 20, 2020

"Ezra", The Best Film By A Nigerian Filmmaker in the Last 20 Years


"EZRA":
THE BEST FILM BY A NIGERIAN FILMMAKER IN THE LAST 20 YEARS
Nigerian filmmaker, Newton Aduaka’s acclaimed multiple award winning war film “Ezra,” in 2007, was at  the Cannes Film Festival, @festivaldecannes .



“Ezra” won the Etalon d’or de Yennenga (the Golden Stallion of Yennenga), the highest prize at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in 2007.
“Ezra” premiered in the world cinema competition at the Sundance film festival and was nominated for the Humanitas Prize and screened in a special section of the Critics’ Week in Cannes, 2007.
"Ezra" won 28 international awards.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

"Lagos in Motion" Documentary Film in Progress


"Lagos in Motion" Documentary Film in Progress


Reviewing shots frame by frame of the production of my "Lagos in Motion" documentary film.
I have important locations left to shoot in Epe, Badagry and Amuwo Odofin.


This video clip and screenshots  show Franca Aide, former campus beauty queen, actress, model and lifestyle entrepreneur who graduated from the University of Calabar (UNICAL) and featured in the documentary when she was visiting Africa's largest megacity before graduation.
See more on Our Unforgettable Moments of 2016: Nunnsi and Celina at the Elegushi Beach in Lekki http://nigeriantimes.blogspot.com/2016/12/our-unforgettable-moments-of-2016.html.
Buy the photo book on Amazon.