Showing posts with label Supple magazine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Supple magazine. Show all posts

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Top Nigerian journalists parley for Changing Faces

Top Nigerian journalists parley for Changing Faces

Faruk Lasaki’s romantic thriller Changing Faces attracted top journalists from the leading newspapers, TV channels and news websites Friday morning at the popular Ojez Restaurant and Entertainment Centre inside the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos.

The news media parley commenced the publicity for the forthcoming screening of Changing Faces at the Silverbird Cinemas and other theatres in Nigeria, Ghana and other African countries from December 23, 2011.

Victor Akande, the Group Entertainment Editor of The Nation facilitated the event.

The Editors and Senior Reporters of the following Nigerian newspapers and TV Station were present.

1. The Guardian
2. The Punch
3. The Nation
4. This Day
5. Galaxy TV
6. Vanguard
7. Supple Magazine
8. Nigerians Report

Only four of the invited journalists were absent

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nokia meets local bloggers in Lagos

It was an informal social networking affair in the afternoon of Thursday 24th February 2011, when the Nokia office in Nigeria hosted some local bloggers at a luncheon in the Zen Garden on Isaac John Street in Ikeja, Lagos.

The meeting was organized by the Quadrant Company coordinated by Oreoluwa Etti.
Mr. Osagie Ogunbor, the head of communications, Nokia West Africa discussed the latest developments from the world's leading mobile phone company and how a rapport with the bloggers would be highly appreciated.

Notable bloggers at the event were Yomi Adegboye, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of
Mobility Nigeria, Hope Obioma Opara, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Supple magazine, representatives of Bella Naija and Linda Ikeji among other invited guests.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

EKOIFF Unveiled at Cannes, Gets KODAK Support

Hope Obioma Opara, the president and co founder of the forthcoming Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF), just returned from the recently held 63rd edition of the annual Cannes International Film Festival, France. He shared his experience with us and further spoke on his plans and preparations for EKOIFF, which he also unwrapped at the global film gathering. “I attended this year’s Cannes in my capacities as the president of EKOIFF and also as the publisher of Supple magazine. But unlike last year’s, Nigeria did not have a pavilion and only a few Nigerian journalists were there.

The Lagos state government sent the Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Inter-Governmental Affairs and the Censors Board. Also Mr.
and Mrs. Fashola, the amiable parents of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State were there. The Lagos state delegation came to Cannes to promote the Lagos Film City project, which is to be located in Badagry.

The Lagos Film City will be the Hollywood of Nigeria when completed. And we met with top executives of KODAK at an exclusive party on a luxury yacht, where the Lagos state delegation publicized the Lagos Film City project and I also informed the international guests about the EKOIFF, coming up in Lagos this July. I had a very important meeting with KODAK executives on how we can improve the quality of Nollywood cinematography.

We also talked about them supporting EKOIFF.” Speaking on the major attractions at Cannes, Opara said Senegal and South Africa competed for the top prizes and one of the most moving and touching films was “Life, Above All", a movie on the stigma and trauma of AIDS in South Africa. “Many of the viewers left the theatre in tears after seeing it. But the big question at the festival was where is Nollywood? We need to work harder to compete with the best in the film world. I am very confident that we have all it takes in terms of ambitious directors, daring producers, outstanding actors and actresses to pitch in every film festival in the world. And that is why we want to use EKOIFF to bring the film world to Lagos every July and attract thousands of tourists to Nigeria.” On the number of films that had been submitted so far for EKOIFF, Opara further disclosed thus: “We have received over 33 films so far and 21 of them are by filmmakers from Europe and other parts of the world, including a Spanish film that has won over 100 awards, and one film called “Made in Japan”. We are excited that many foreign filmmakers are willing to come to Nigeria for EKOIFF.

We are doing our best with able members of the Organizing Committee and our European media partners who have publicized EKOIFF to over 4,000 filmmakers and over 77, 000 film festival media agencies in the world. We need the cooperation and support of the Lagos state government since this is the host state, the federal government, the local and multinational companies and everyone to do their best to join us to make the inaugural outing a success. Nigerian filmmakers and others should go to our website for accreditation details.”

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fashola’s Parents Accompany Lagos State Delegation to 63rd Cannes Film Festival

Fashola’s Parents Accompany Lagos State Delegation to 63rd Cannes Film Festival

The parents of Babatunde Raji Fashola,SAN, the governor of Lagos state accompanied a delegation of top officials of the state government to the 63rd Cannes Film Festival from May 12-23, 2010. The Cannes Film Festival holds annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France.

The mission of the delegation is to meet with experts on the development of the proposed Lagos Film City in Bagagry. They met with top executives of KODAK at an exclusive dinner on a luxury yacht last Wednesday. The successful hosting of the 6th ION Film Festival in Port Harcourt by the Rivers state government last September, and to use the global popularity of Nollywood to boost tourism in Lagos motivated the state government to include a Hollywood style film city in the Eko Mega City Project.

There is already an active Lagos International Film Festival founded and organized by Nollywood top player Mr. Madu Chikwendu, Regional Secretary of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), but poor funding and lack of government support have made it unattractive to most people in Nigeria and abroad. The poor management, poor mileage and patronage challenged Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, a Lagos based publisher and producer to create the new Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) last August and he got the support of M21 Entertainment of Italy as the media partner. M21 Entertainment publishes the leading Pro film and festival sites, and the French online community And Eko International Film Festival has been duly registered by Supple Communications Limited, a Lagos based media company owned by Mr. Hope Obioma Opara, the President/Co-founder of the film festival and Publisher of Supple mamgazine, the first African magazine covering film festivals since 2008 to date.

The Lagos state government can use any of the two film festivals in Lagos for the promotion of tourism and making Lagos the haven of filmmakers and lovers of movies in Africa and the rest of the world.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps at 63rd Cannes Film Festival

Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar®-winning role as one of the screen’s most notorious villains, Gordon Gekko. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter Winnie, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiancé Jacob (Shia LaBeouf). But can Jacob and Winnie really trust the ex-financial titan, whose relentless efforts to redefine himself in a different era have unexpected consequences.

One of the most anticipated Out of Competition films at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival is Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel to his 1987 Academy Award-winning film Wall Street. Famous actor Michael Douglas returned to reprise his role as Gordon Gekko, but Shia LaBeouf is not actually another Charlie Sheen of the first Wall Street. The film is highly rated as one of the seven films to watch out for at the prestigious film fiesta. Supple magazine will join others at the Cannes on Friday where the Publisher Hope Obioma Opara is already expected to promote our inaugural Eko International Film Festival (EKOIFF) as we prepare to host the film world in the mega city of Lagos this summer.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Supple Magazine from Rotterdam to Berlin

The Publisher of Supple magazine returned from the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) and has gone to the 60th Berlinale in Germany. The complete reports of the last IFFR and 60th Berlinale will be published next weekend. Supple magazine will also cover the Babylon International workshops. The offline edition of Supple magazine with a special cover story on Angelina Jolie at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival is now available. You can purchase copies by e-mailing the and international distributors can contact the publisher.

At the recent IFFR, Paz Fábrega’s Agua fría de mar (Cold Water of the Sea) was one of the winners of the three VPRO Tiger Awards, followed by Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Mundane History (Jao nok krajok) and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s Alamar (To the Sea). Anocha Suwichakornpong also won the prestigious Prince Claus Fund Film Grant for her CineMart project By the Time It Gets Dark .Each prize is worth €15,000.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Avatar Pirated in Nigeria!

Avatar Pirated in Nigeria!

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

I was busy in our office going over my review of James Cameron’s billion dollars grossing sci-fi epic Avatar when a young friend came in to ask after the Publisher of Supple magazine.
He saw my review on the homepage of Supple magazine online edition and smirked.
“Have you seen Avatar?” I asked.
‘Yeah. In fact, my family is watching it right now at home,” he replied me.
I opened my mouth in disbelief.
“The DVD?” I asked.
“Yeah,” he replied.
‘Where did you get it?” I asked.
“I bought it from a street vendor for N150 (about 99 cents),” he replied.
“Must be pirated,” I said.
‘Of course,” he concurred.
I sighed in disappointment.
Avatar is already being pirated on the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. And I bet that both the famous director and 20th Century Fox do not know this!


Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima is the author of Avatar is Triumphant!.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

See You in Cannes 2

See You in Cannes 2

I have just seen the Publisher of Supple magazine off to France at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport in Ikeja, Lagos. He and Justice from This Day newspaper will be on the Air France to Nice from where they will go to Cannes to join the thousands of accredited journalists, filmmakers, movie stars, film aficionados and others from all over the world for the 62nd Festival de Cannes.
Faruk Lasaki the director of Changing Faces, the most successful Nigerian movie so far left for Cannes last Tuesday accompanied by his sister Kemi Lasaki and one of his office workers. Fidelis Duker and his amiable wife Temitope left for Cannes last Night. The delegation of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) will be at the Nigerian pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, but I do not know if any Nigerian movie has qualified for screening or the competition. Going to Cannes is not a big deal, but competing for the highest honours is the real deal. Nollywood buffs boast that it is the third largest “film” industry in the world, but unfortunately none of the Nollywood movies has even qualified for official screening and the competition at the Cannes Film Festival. The last Nigerian delegation to Cannes turned it into a jamboree and became the laughing stock of the Cannes Film Festival for their extravagant party.
What were they celebrating?
Were they celebrating their failure to qualify for screening and competition?
I have addressed the celebration of Nigerian mediocrity in the emphasis on quality than quality in Nollywood in Mirror of Beauty and the Mirror of Nigerian Ignorance of the Cannes published on Kisses ‘n’ Roses in May 2008.

Nigerians love celebrating mediocrity and as shown in their disorganized music industry and film industry, most Nigerians careless about professionalism in entertainment.
I hope that the Nigerian delegation to Cannes would not be disgraced again.

~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
Michael Chima is the Media Consultant of Supple magazine in Nigeria and he is also a producer and scriptwriter who is currently working on his first feature film.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Untold Story of Distributing Newspapers and Magazines in Nigeria

Nigerians reading newspapers at a news stand.

Distributing newspapers and magazines in Nigeria is not an easy task, because there is no good infrastructure for the distribution of newspapers and magazines in the 36 states of the most populous country in Africa. With a population of over 140 people, Nigeria is the largest market in Africa and there are over 65 million users of GSM phones in Nigeria spending over $78 million weekly on phone calls. This awesome population of millions of people can afford to read newspapers and magazines if you know how to reach them daily, weekly or monthly.

We can attract some millions of the over 65 million users of GSM phones to buy newspapers and magazines if we can convince them to appreciate the fact that buying and reading more newspapers and magazines will be of great benefit to sustainable development of the Nigerian press and very important to nation building. It is possible.

I have been in Lagos city since last August, working with the Publisher of the new Supple magazine and following him to supply thousands of his magazine to distributors and vendors

We have to wake up early at 5 am and drive to the office of the Newspapers and Magazines Distributors Association of Nigeria on the Marina in Lagos, where scores of distributors and vendors gather everyday by day to share and circulate newspapers and magazines of all sorts.

They get to their workplace at dawn and I have seen them using candle lights in their large warehouse when there was a power outage. I have seen many young women among the young and old men carrying and sharing newspapers and magazines with total professional concentration. These conscientious Nigerians make me proud of being a Nigerian whenever I see them at work even in the dim candlelight. I wonder if some of them have taken their bath before leaving their various houses and rushing to their daily workplace before 5 am!

After supplying to them, we move on to Ikeja to supply to our distributors in the state capital. We also supply hundreds of copies of Supple magazine to the other distributors and vendors in other states through the distribution network of the National Daily newspapers.

Until you have handed your publications to the vendors you will not rest, because without these vendors your newspaper or magazine will not be well distributed all over Nigeria.

The Punch is the largest circulating newspaper in Nigeria and believe it or not, the circulation is not up 100, 000 copies daily in a country with over 140 million people! The irony is the fact that The Punch was circulating over 200, 000 copies daily when the population of Nigeria was less than 120 million people. Why?

Many reasons have been given for the gradual drop in the figures of copies of newspapers and magazines sold in Nigeria. But the truth is the figures of the readers have not dropped over the years. In fact, the readers have been increasing, but the majority of them do not buy the copies of newspapers and magazines they read daily. They have been sharing the copies bought by their colleagues in the workplace or neighbours and thousands more actually pay less to the vendors to read the newspapers on the spot and then drop them and many of these copies have been returned as unsold to the publishers.

If you are in Lagos city or other urban towns and cities in Nigeria, you will notice small crowds of people milling around news stands of vendors and gazing at the covers of the displayed newspapers and magazines. Many of them read the headlines and first paragraphs on the front pages and others pay less then the cover price to read more pages of the newspapers before leaving the spot. The vendors have nothing much to lose if the copies of these newspapers passed round among so many “on the spot” readers are returned unsold, because they make extra money from these passersby on each copy of the various newspapers and also collect their daily commissions from the distributors or publishers. In fact, some publishers use shortcuts to bypass the major registered distributors and engage the vendors to sell their newspapers and magazines directly to the readers on the street. The publisher of the Castle real estate and property newspaper employs his own vendors. The Guardian and The Punch also have their own vendors.

Millions of Nigerians will prefer to pay less to read fewer pages of newspapers and magazines than to pay more for more pages, because most of them will read only what attracts them and skip or glance over the adverts and other uninteresting things before dropping the newspapers and magazines. Most of them are interested in reading sensational breaking news on politics, crime and social gossip of romantic or erotic scandals and the millions of applicants prefer to look for vacancies and that would be all. Therefore, I can bet that newspaper of only 10 pages on these topics selling for as little as N50 will sell more thousands of copies than The Punch or The Guardian of 50-100 pages. In fact, they regard most content as garbage and the less garbage or page fillers the better for them.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima is the Media Consultant of Supple magazine and the President/CEO of International Digital Post Network, LLC.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Nigeria, A New Dawn

Nigeria, A New Dawn

Friday April 10, 2009
4.35 am

The Publisher of Supple magazine woke me up whilst I was asleep and enraptured in my dream. a dream that was more of a vision of a new Nigeria.

I saw the former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo speaking at a world press conference in Nigeria, with a mammoth crowd of journalists and publicists.
I saw a foreign newspaper report with the headline Nigeria in a Dawn and then I saw two wide palms lifting up Nigeria in the sunrise with green foliage in the background and wind blowing.

I believe this dream is a vision of the re-branding campaign for a new orientation for the reformation of Nigerians in the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa in the 21st century.