Sunday, January 9, 2022

Official Trailer of "Aja Ala" NIgerian Igbo Epic Movie

 "Aja Ala"

Director: Obi Heart Okeke
Major Cast: Lord Frank, Dom Onu, Ogechi Obilo

There came a time in the history of Obizie kingdom when anarchy ruled.
Eze Mmaduiri the Noble king of this great kingdom was decieved by a strange native doctor - Ezedibia.
Ezedibia was brought  by a greedy Nze who wanted the throne by all means possible. 
Both connived to trick the king into believing that his gifted daughter, Olaedo was responsible for the calamity that had befallen the kingdom.
He killed his daughter as instructed by Ezedibia to maintain his stand as a noble man. This led to his death and evil rained in the land.... Ajala Festival.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Meritocratic and Topocratic Distribution of Content in Nollywood and the Nigerian Film Industry

Meritocratic and Topocratic Distribution of Content in Nollywood and the Nigerian Film Industry

A system is topocratic if the compensation and power available to an individual is determined primarily by her position in a network.
In the model, individuals produce and sell content, but also distribute the content produced by others when they belong to the shortest path connecting a buyer and a seller.

A system is said to be meritocratic if the compensation and power available to individuals is determined by their abilities and merits. 

In Nollywood and the Nigerian film industry, we have seen the monopoly of topocracy by certain powerful stakeholders, including the film distributors and exhibitors.
Filmmakers have pointed out that the film distributors and exhibitors have been giving the best showtimes at their cinemas to the movies they produced or co- produced which have become the highest grossing NIgerian movies since 2016 to date. They have also taken advantage of the acquisition of NIgerian movies by Netflix and Amazon by using the same topocratic model.

Only about 20 percent of the Nigerian movies accepted by NIgerian film distributors and exhibitors are based on meritocracy.

- By EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima,
247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) / Twitter

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

"Spirit of the Jungle" a Totally Different NIgerian Movie

"Spirit of the Jungle" a Totally Different NIgerian Movie


"Spirit of the Jungle" a new NIgerian supernatural action horror directed and produced by JLeo Uche is completed for international acquisition and distribution.

PGR 18+
Duration: 130 minutes.
Principal Cast:
Rykardo Agbor, Hakeem Raman , Delvin Stone , J Leo uche,  Beatrice ibizugbe, Onyeka Akeyno , Lydia Obidiaso


Agu the greatest warrior of Amaimo kingdom was the pride of his people and the warlord of the king who eulogized him for his bravery but wanted to have Agu's beloved maiden, Adaugo. So he sent Agu on a dangerous mission to the evil forest so that he would have enough time to woo Adaugo. As soon as he returned from the war victorious, the king banished Agu , and took Adaugo by force and tried to rape her, but she stabbed her self to death. Agu saw her die in the king's room and immediately killed the king, provoking the entire Amaimo kingdom to wage war against Agu and his five brave warriors. They pursued him into the evil forest where Agu was caught and trapped in the supernatural labyrinth of the evil spirit of the jungle.
They couldn't cross the barriers to capture or kill him.

The Leading Actor:
Rykardo Oke Agbor popularly known as Rykardo Agbor (born on February 4) is one of the most talented Nigerian actors who acts both Yoruba and English movies

Sunday, January 2, 2022

The Renaissance Man of 2022




My first selfies of the New Year 2022.

The Renaissance Man, Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima on 

Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Yaba GRA, Lagos, NIgeria.

Friday, December 31, 2021

2022 and the Big Picture of the Future of African Content



"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt.

Dreams are only for the living.
Dreams come true for only those who are alive to believe in their dreams; to run with their visions and to fulfill their destinies.

Our destinies are not in the stars.
Our destinies are in our hands.

I prayed all the way into the New Year 2022 with exaltations of praises and thanksgivings to Almighty God for the victory He has given us. Then I fell asleep and had a dream: my first dream of the Year.
I have been and I have seen the Big Picture of the Future of higher grounds of greater heights of success and victory.

The dream is about the globalization of the film industry and Lise Romanoff, the Managing Director/CEO of Vision Films of California.talked about what is the best content for the  continent of Africa and for the rest of the world; African content for Africans and African content for the world.
Have we done any survey of the audience in Africa?
What do Africans want to watch?
What are their choices and preferences?
Have we asked them or we have just been showing them what we assume that they want?
They say "Word of mouth is loudest in Africa" and how does that affect and reflect on the marketing of content in Africa?

Storytelling is the heart and soul of content.

We are telling our stories about our lives in Africa. For we are the best to tell our stories to the world and not by others. But how do we appreciate and evaluate ourselves? How we tell our stories will define who we are and how the rest of the world we see us as Hollywood has been telling the stories of America; as Bollywood has been telling the stories of India and as Nollywood has been telling the stories of NIgeria.

How we present our content will determine the value of the content.

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

Omo Ghetto: The Saga, The Highest Grossing #Nollywood Movie of All Time So Far


Omo Ghetto: The Saga, The Highest Grossing #Nollywood Movie of All Time So Far

Omo Ghetto: The Saga also known as Omo Ghetto 2[2] is a 2020 Nigerian gangster comedy film co-directed by Funke Akindele and JJC Skillz.[3] The film stars Funke Akindele, Chioma Akpota, Nancy Isime, Eniola Badmus, Bimbo Thomas, Deyemi Okanlawon and Mercy Aigbe in the lead roles. This was the second film in the Omo Ghetto franchise and it was also the sequel to the 2010 trilogy film Omo Ghetto

The movie grossed over ₦189 million in the opening week and it historically became the first Nollywood film ever to gross over ₦99 million in its opening weekend surpassing the previous record set by The Wedding Party 2. In its second week, the movie continued breaking box office records by grossing over ₦132.4 million and firmly staying at the top of the Nigerian box office and bringing its 2-week gross to a record breaking ₦322 million and placing it as the fourth highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time.

In its third week, despite seeing a drop of 43% from the previous week, Omo Ghetto still topped the box office and grossed ₦75.4 million bringing its total cumulative to ₦398.5 million just after three weeks. Omo Ghetto was so popular that it accounted for about 65% of the box office in Nigeria.Omo Ghetto kept dominating the Nigerian box office, raking up ₦45.9 million to top the box office. It brought the cumulative box office figure to ₦444.5 million placing it as the second highest grossing Nollywood film of all time after just four weeks, Omo Ghetto the saga is currently the highest grossing Nigerian movie of all time with ₦468,036,300 just over a month 

Omo Ghetto continued dominating the box office in its fifth week grossing ₦35.7 thus bringing its cumulative to ₦480.5 million and becoming the highest grossing Nollywod movie of all time despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The film continued to extend its record by becoming the first Nollywood movie to stay six consecutive weeks at the top of the box office, grossing an additional ₦31.5 million. It also historically became the first ever Nigerian film to gross ₦500 million in Nollywood box office.

The film remained top at the box office in its seventh week, grossing an additional ₦27.3 million.bringing its cumulative to ₦539.6. Omo Ghetto topped the box office in its eighth, ninth and tenth week respectively becoming only the second movie in English speaking West Africa to cross the ₦600 million mark after Black Panther.

Film, Television Industry Booming in Xiamen

34th China Film Golden Rooster Awards

Film, Television Industry Thrives in Xiamen

Statistics show that in 2020, the operating revenue of Xiamen’s cultural industry totaled 116.36 billion yuan ($18.26 billion), growing by 7.3 percent year on year

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XIAMEN, China, December 29, 2021/ -- The three-day 34th China Film Golden Rooster Awards is being held in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province from Dec 28 to 30, drawing a number of A-list stars and industry insiders.

The Golden Rooster Awards, which was launched in 1981 (the Year of the Rooster), is a national film awards event sponsored by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and the China Film Association. It has developed into China's most prestigious film awards event and has contributed significantly to the development of China's film industry.

As the host city of the Golden Rooster Awards, Xiamen has seen rapid development in the film and TV industry in recent years. Statistics show that in 2020, the operating revenue of Xiamen’s cultural industry totaled 116.36 billion yuan ($18.26 billion), growing by 7.3 percent year on year.

Xiamen, a coastal city with enchanting natural scenery and a pleasant climate, has been hailed as "a garden on the ocean,” and it also bears elements of Minnan (southern Fujian province) and Western cultures, both of which help the city win the reputation of "a natural studio" and is favored by many filmmakers and directors.

The city’s government has designated the film and TV industry as one of the engines to promote economic growth and has aimed to turn the city into a “film and TV capital” in China.

The city’s continuous efforts have proved successful. Official data show that as of the end of November, Xiamen had gathered 2,046 film and TV enterprises, of which 350 were newly established this year. More and more industry leaders are choosing Xiamen as their investment destination due to its healthy business environment for the film and TV industry. Xiamen has become a hotbed for film and TV production such as the hit TV series “Minning Town,” which was released earlier this year.

At the same time, the rapid development of the film and TV industry has in turn helped enhance the city’s cultural soft power and urban competitiveness, and the beautiful garden city continues to create perfect harmony between man and nature and has become a calling card for both tourists and investors.
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34th China Film Golden Rooster Awards

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Odu Obi Festival: Akokwa Comes Alive!

Odu Obi Festival: Akokwa Comes Alive

The ancient  kingdom of Akokwa will be agog today, 28 December, 2021 as Nigerians from all walks of life throng there for the epochal Odu Obi cultural festival of the kingdom's Monarch, His Royal Majesty Eze (Sir) Ikenna C Okoli (KSC) (MSI)(Okoli V.) Agbakwuruibe III. The 11th. Obi of Akokwa.

The 2021 edition of the prestigious Odu Obi festival is Eze Okoli's second since acesending the throne of his forefathers.

For the monarch, it will be a twin celebration as his second Odu Obi festival coincides with his 19th anniversary on the throne of his forefathers.

The 2021 Odu Obi festival will be graced by prominent Nigerians including His Royal Highness, Aseme-Alabo Duma Jack-Brown, KONGO XVI, Royal  Head  of the Buoye -Omuso (Brown) Royal/Major House, the paramount ruler of Finima, in Bonny local government of Rivers State, His Royal Highness, Igwe (Amb.) Lawrence Agubuzo, Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council among other monarchs and personalities across the country.

Deserving Nigerians will be conferred with chieftaincy titles by the Akokwa monarch during the festival.

Some of these include Ingram Adiche Osigwe ( Enyi Oha Akokwa), MD/ CEO, FullPage Communications Ltd,  Dr.Pascal Chigozie, member representing Ideato North/South in the House of Representatives, Dr.( sir) Daniel Nwanneka Chukwudozie, Chairman/ CEO, Dozzy Group of companies,  Mustapha Alhaji Tahir from Mubi, Adamawa, Dr Christian Odinaka Igwe, MD/CEO, Mailand Oil & Gas Ltd.

Others are Chief Chukwudi Ofoedu, a multi-billionaira industrialist and business mogul, Dr Anayo . M Ukeje, a renowned Biochemist, Chief (Sir) Kevin Uwanuakwa ( Agujiegbe Akokwa), Sir Ifeanyi Nwosu, MD/ CEO Mustang Group of companies, Sir Emeka Ifeacho, MD/CEO, Hyde Park Properties Ltd.

To also be honoured with chieftaincy title by the Obi of Akokwa during the Odu Obi festival are Mohammed Bello Mustapha( Kogunan Katagum), Head, Overseas Scholarship Scheme, Petroleum Development Technology Fund ( PTDF), Raymond Chidiebere Nwaigwe ( Obere Agu), Chief Uche Francis Offor, MD/CEO Ufrank Investment Ltd and IL Pelican International Ltd, Chief  Austine Chuma Ozuora, MD/ CEO, Chuzen International Investment Ltd, Nonso .C Osigwe, MD/ CEO, Gommend Gold Enterprises Ltd,  AIG Dasuki Danbappa Galadanchi.

Ijele & Ikenga Akokwa and Chairman, Orange Group, Sir ( Dr) Tony Ezenna will be the chief host of the festival.

Over 10,000 guests and culture enthusiasts across the globe, including Imo state Governor, His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma, are expected at the cultural fiesta.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2022!

We thank Almighty God for protecting and saving our lives in spite of the frightening challenges of 2021. 

We are more than conquerors and triumpant overcomers and victorious champions through our MESSIAH JESUS Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.

Romans 8:37- 39-

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Onyedum: Celebrating a Goldfish at 60

Onyedum: Celebrating a Goldfish at 60

- By Ingram Osigwe 

Goldfish has no hidding place. That is why at 60, Chief Evergreen Jude Ezeobi Onyedum (Onwa Mbosi) is being celebrated.

A man of the people, Onwa Mbosi at 60, according to his friends and associates, deserves fitting accolades and kind words due to a man who is faithfully serving God and humanity selflessly.

A touching  birthday eulogy rendered by his beloved children perhaps best summaries Chief Ezeobi's personage and unknots the nexus between ageing and goodness of the heart:

"Welcome to your Diamond Jubilee birthday ! You’re not old, you’re classic ! The sixtieth year in one’s life is a significant milestone, a memorable turning point, a touching reminder of the rich, mellowed life that would unfold in the years to come.  Life's milestones are not supposed to be counted, they're supposed to be celebrated. You've got more than half a century of accumulated knowledge and wisdom. May your 60th Birthday remind you of everything that you have done to better the lives of others, including us your children! May you know what a great example you have been to us! May you continue to set goals that change lives! Your 60th Birthday is only the beginning! May this time in your life be the start of new experiences! May you dream as big as you have, in the past, and look forward to the future with optimism ! As you celebrate your 60th birthday, know that life at this age can still be as exciting and fun as any other age. Have fun in your 60s. May your life be Evergreen and May you live long to see your great grandchildren. May you excel even more than you have already done . Age with grace Happy 60th Birthday !

"Lots of love from your Children"

Sixty years ago when he was born in his sleepy village, Umuezike, Mbosi, Ihiala local government area of Anambra state, his birth neither heralded stars nor caused rainbow to appear on the sky, yet, unknown to many a man who would change the narratives of the world around him, a star himself had been born.

Onyedum's journey to life started shortly after his higher education when he joined his brother in business and due to his can do spirit, later moved on to establish his own company, Bravo Products Limited (Bravo Foam) in 1991.

A shrewd business man and goal getter, Onwa Mbosi also went on to establish Evergreen International Services Limited, and Evergreen General Merchandise Limited.

A major player in the foam industry, Onyedum's foam depots  distribution, wholesale and retail outlets are situated in most parts of the country.

He also distributes for Mouka foam limited and has remained the number one distributor of Mouka Foam for 18 consecutive years.

A successful businessman, Onyedum has won several honors and recognitions in the foam Industry which is a testimony of his astuteness in business. Onwa Mbosi was rewarded with the title of “Onwa Platinum” of Lagos for winning the distinguished award of platinum for outstanding sales performances in 2014 from Mouka foams.

Chief Onyedum is a philanthropist who has contributed generously to the development of his home town and his environs has numerous awards and recognitions in Ihiala LGA, Lagos and beyond for his benevolence.

In 1997-2000 he was awarded the “Pillar of Development” by the Mbosi Town Development Union.

He is the President Emeritus of G21 Committee of friends club for 12 year and was indeed the founding President 

He has also been elevated to the position of High Chief Owelle Mbosi since September 2019 among numerous awards in the last few years

Evergreen as he is fondly called has also contributed immensely towards youth development, education and the society at large. In 2014 he received an ambassadorial award from the symbol of hope foundation (NGO) in recognition of his support to the organization. 

A devout Catholic, Onwa is happily married to Chief Mrs. Ogechi Onyedum (Lolo Onedo) and their union is blessed with children.

The sixth year in one's life is indeed a significant milestone, so it is in Onwa's 60th year on earth.


Ingram writes from Akokwa, Imo State