Nollywood Movies News

We Want To Make People Cry And Laugh -Uche Jombo

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First from Royal Arts Academy Productions were movies like, Guilty Pleasure and Nollywood Hustlers, which starred notable actors and actresses, such as Ramsey Nouah, Majid Michael, Nse Ikpe Etim, Uche Jombo, Susan Peters, Charles Inojie, Monalisa Chinda and many others.

                                            In this photo: Uche Jombo

Now, it is Holding Hope and Bursting Out from the movie cauldrons of Emem Isong,  Desmond Elliot and Uche Jombo. The trio, who seem to have mastered the art of giving double treats as premiere, are toeing same path they did last year when they showed two movies, Guilty Pleasure and Nollywood Hustlers to a select crowd.
Holding Hope and Bursting Out will be premiered on August 8 at the Silverbird Galleria, Lagos, before doing rounds at Read more »

Why I produce films in Edo language

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Foremost Nollywood producer and director, Lancelot Oduah Imasuen has many creative works like Yesterday and recently Home in exile to his credit. The Edo State Lagos-based director has continued to strive for excellence in his chosen career.

As a child, Imasuen had the dream of becoming a lawyer, but he later followed his passion when he ventured into movie making. Today, he is content and fulfilled with his achievements after fifteen years in the motion picture industry. But, he still believes that the industry can be better if film-makers get their priorities right.

While speaking to Daily Sun at his Surulere studio, Imasuen revealed that his recent foray into language movies is aimed at reaching out to Nigerians through their mother tongue. This would help preserve African culture aside achieving the re-orientation of people in indigenous languages. He also spoke on issues affecting Nollywood, his most tragic moment on set and his project 101 among other issues.

      In this photo: Lancelot Imasuen

Making language movies
I tag my language movies Celebrating and sustaining the Edo language, it signifies a cultural initiative and rejuvenation for me. I discovered that there is so much in our indigenous languages that is not being tapped and there is a general decline of our culture and language, hence the need to reach out to viewers through indigenous language. If you cannot speak your mother tongue in Africa, you are considered lost and the speed with which we imitate western values is very alarming.

As a talented filmmaker, I have decided to embark on cultural re-orientation with Language movies so as to give something different to viewers. I still do English movies, but I feel I owe it to the Edo Kingdom to document films in our indigenous languages. Another reason is to reach out to those in Diaspora, as an avenue to connect Nigerians to their motherland. The movies deal with topical issues that affect us as a people such as greed, human trafficking, prostitution and the roles families play in encouraging these social vices. Some of them are Ebuwa and Obama.

My experience as a film-maker

I have been in the industry for 15 years as a movie producer and director. It has been a wonderful experience for me and very interesting too. I can Read more »

Many People Have Bad Impression of Me - Segun Arinze

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Segun Aina Padonou also known as Segun Arinze is one of the stars in Nollywood. Arinze has put in over 25 years in acting and is currently the factional president of the Actors Guild of Nigeria. He spoke with Tope Olukole, a journalist on a number of issues.

                                                                                   In this photo: Segun Arinze (AGN President)

You have been around as an actor for quite a while, when exactly did it all start?
It started way back in the 80s when I was introduced by a friend called Ayo Orowale and ever since, I haven Read more »

New Movie:

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The trailer for eagerly anticipated Nollywood movie, "Holding Hope" has just hit the web. The Royal Arts Academy production was written by Uche Jombo, Emem Isong, and Uduak Isong Oguamanam.

One of the reasons the movie has elicited so much buzz is because this is the dramatic role which Uche Jombo lost a significant amount of weight to play. There has been some talk that Uche delivered Read more »

Interview with Chineze Anyaene - Producer of Ije: The Journey

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From her undergraduate days as a Theater Arts student at the University of Abuja, Film-maker Chineze Anyaene has always been fascinated by the intricacies of the motion picture craft. Now, armed with a master's degree in Directing from the New York Film Academy (NYFA), the 26-year-old producer makes her feature film debut with IJE (The Journey), which stars Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji.

The movie, shot in America and Nigeria, follows the lives of two Nigerian sisters, Chioma and Anya. The latter relocates to the United States in search of the American dream, but ends up in jail on charges of murder. This compels Chioma to travel to the US to help secure her sister's freedom, with the help of a young, unproven attorney.

With IJE, produced by Anyaene's production outfit, Xandria Productions', the ambitious and tenacious director - the first student in the history of the NYFA to shoot a feature film while still in school - is determined to leave a lasting impression in Nigerian cinema and home video. In a discussion with NEXT, Anyaene shared her film-making experiences especially in relation to IJE. Click here to watch the trailer.

What's the inspiration behind IJE-The Journey?

I wanted to tell a story about love and immigrants in the US. Most of the time immigrants in the states are accused of crime and so I wanted to tell a story about love - not the usual boy/girl love but a relationship between two sisters.

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