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Chinedu 'Aki' Ikedieze Gets National Honour Award

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The Federal Government recently released the list of recipients for 2009 National Honours Awards. There are twenty two awardees for Members of the Federal Republic (MFR).

Among the recipients is Nollywood actor,Chinedu Ikedieze aka Aki,a graduate of Mass Communication from the Institute of Management Technology (IMT).

“I see my name on the list of Nigerian for the award of Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria [MFR]. It's Gods way of repaying me for all my effort towards and contribution to the growth of Nollywood in the country and the world in general,” Aki Said

What a lot of people in Nollywood don't understand was how Chinedu made the list when several veterans who started the race before him have not even been considered for the honours.

But that is not where I am coming from.It's not how long,but how well,right?Congratulations!!

Linda Ikeji asked on her blog if it's fair for Government to have given Chinedu National Honour while ignoring Osita, (Paw Paw)? They started their careers same time, featured in the same movies, won many why ONLY Aki? Read more »

Chineze Anyaene debuts with IJE: The Journey

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Award Winning Movie Director and Producer and Nigerian born Chineze Anyaene is set to hit the big screens with the debut of her world class movie titled; “Ije: the journey”. Although the dates of the world premiere have been closely guarded, the movie has been a star at recent screenings as well as recipients of several awards.

Chineze Anyaene & Omotola Jalade during the premiere of Ije The Journey

The movie which was shot on 35mm in Nigeria and the USA has a star line up of Nollywoods finest actors including Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Clem Ohameze and is a collaboration of top Hollywood film producers, directors and actors. Below is a trailer of the movie:

IJE: The Journey - Starring Genevieve Nnaji & Omotola Jalade. (Click here to view the video page)

In a brief chat with Chineze, she revealed that Ije: the Journey was a product of her dissertation from the New York Film Academy where she spent years training on in-depth subjects in the movie industry. Unconfirmed sources reveal that the movie budget runs in the Millions of dollars making it one of the most expensive films directed by a Nigerian. Chineze Anyaene is set to receive her seventh award shortly.

SNAPSHOTFormat: 35mm. Directed and Produced by: Chineze Anyaene. Produced by: Paula Moreno. Director of Photography: Keith L. Smith. Starring: Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Odalys Garcia, Ulrich Que, Jeff Swarthout, Clem Ohameze.

Genevieve Nnaji in Ije The Journey movie
Chineze Anyaene: director/producer of Ije The Journey  
Genevieve Nnaji in Ije The Journey

Omotola Jalade in Ije The Journey
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Mercy Johnson To Get Married Soon

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What started off like rumors initially, can now be confirmed by HVP. Mercy Johnson is getting married and any moment from now the screen queen will walk down the aisle with her heart throb in a marriage many believe will be the most talked about in the movie industry in recent times.

Mercy, we reliably gathered has fixed the traditional wedding on her birthday 17th of August and efforts are geared toward achieving this date. Our source however declined to make further comment about the marriage

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Guinks Investment,one of the producers based in Asaba, Mr. Uzo Godson Nwaosu has frowned at the frequent negative reports against Mercy, describing such reports as Read more »

Ghana goes against Nollywood?

by NMN (Staff) / 1,123 Views

Ghana goes against Nollywood? Well, this perception is based on the story reported by Samuel Olatunji where he narrated the beef between the Nigerian movie industry 'Nollywood' and the Ghanaian movie industry 'Ghollywood', especially in relation to film-making.

In the story titled "Ghanaians Move Against Nollywood", here's how Samuel Olatunji reports the story:

The relationship between Nigerian movie industry otherwise known as Nollywood and Ghanaian movie industry popularly known as Ghollywood is strained now due to a resolution by Ghollywood that Nollywood is “dim, insulting and retarded”.

The Ghana Actors’ Guild penultimate week reached a resolution that henceforth any Nigerian producer that wants to work in Ghana must pay $5000 while Nigerian actors must pay $1000 per movie. Producers must also pay $300 for every Nigerian crewmember on set. What is however not clear is whether it is the actor that must cough out the $1000 or the producer using the actor?

The move SBN learnt, did not go down well with stakeholders in Nollywood who feel Ghanaians are biting the fingers that fed them. “How in the world can Ghanaians ever think up such idea? We taught them our way, make their actors popular, put food on the table of their stars, show them the way to go in movie making, established interesting collaborations with them and even gave them awards and recognition they would not have gotten anywhere.

Our company endorsed their stars, and we are part of the reason their economy is working. This move is retarded. Ghanaians are ingrates and are becoming greedy. We will show them we are ten steps ahead of them” a Nollywood stakeholder who does not want his name in print told us. Factional president of Actors Guild of Nigeria, Mr Segun Arinze said “we are meeting to review the situation and I will let you know our decision”.

However, a source told us that Nollywood has already reached a decision which might finally put an end to the working relationship between Ghanaian and Nigerian actors. Nollywood has also resolved that every Ghanaian actor will pay $2,000 while producers will pay $7,000 and the resolution will be effective from July. AGN has also agreed to persuade all corporate bodies in Nigeria to stop employing Ghanaians . “Whether it is endorsement, invitation to event or anything at all, all patriotic corporate bodies must as a matter of urgency stop patronizing Ghanaians because they now see us as enemies”, they said.

Another Nollywooder who doesn’t want his name in print points out that Ghanaians are becoming increasingly anti-Nigeria. “I have reasons to believe that Ghanainas are becoming increasingly anti-Nigerian. The other time they came up with a resolution that it is only one Nigerian movie that should be released in Ghana per week. We felt that they were trying to develop their market. Then when Globacom entered their market, they sent people out to vandalize their equipment and now we have to pay $5000.

This is crap and very unbecoming of Ghanaians”, he said.

The deteriorating relationship SBN learnt, has sent jitters down the spine of Ghanaians working in Nigeria among them Van Vicker, Nadia Bhuari, John Dumelo, Jackie Appiah and Majid Michael. The actors are against the move and many of them felt members of the guilds who reached the decision without their (actors) input are jealous and jobless. “If they are working, they won’t reach that kind of decision. They are jobless lots who are inspired by boredom to always stir the hornet’s nest unnecessarily” a Ghanaian actress told us.

When SBN spoke to Van Vicker, he said he was not in a position to talk. “My guy, I can’t talk on that o since I wasn’t there and I don’t have much information now. Moreover I’m not president of Ghana’s Actors Guild” he said.

Nadia Bhuari we learnt, might also be affected as she is presently the face of Devon Soap which is manufactured by Orange Drugs.

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Nollywood Film: The Fake Prophet Premiere in UK

by NMN (Staff) / 2,149 Views

The Fake Prophet is a ground-breaking Nollywood film that examines many major child rights issues that Nigerian children face today, including child witchcraft accusations, child trafficking and child abandonment. It is an action-packed tale of drama suspense and intrigue, which aims to counterbalance other Nollywood films that have intensified the belief in child witches and the subsequent abuse and abandonment of innocent children.

It has been produced by Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN) a UK- based child rights organisation dedicated to protecting and upholding the rights of children in the Niger Delta. They have harnessed the international reach of Nollywood film and are using it to raise awareness about the importance of upholding child rights in Nigeria. Gary Foxcroft the Director of SSN stated that 'given the projected reach of The Fake Prophet and the power of the Nollywood film industry we anticipate that this film will go a long way to help challenge deeply held attitudes, values and beliefs and will ultimately prevent the abuse of children. As such we are massively excited about its potential'.

The screenings at the Odeon Greenwich are hosted by Nollywood Focus – a publishing and film marketing style of Eastern Light EPM International. The event is managed by Nnorom Azuonye Entertainment Projects. Nollywood Focus is a hardworking outfit keen to work with Nollywood film producers to get Nigerian films into giant strides, and competing with the world's best at the highest international levels.

Nollywood is a grassroots industry and its growth is testimony to the entrepreneurial initiative shown by Nigerian's. Unlike many other African films which are usually produced by Francophone West African directors and funded principally by European bodies, Nollywood's low budget entertainment is self funded and doesn't rely on any governmental backing. It has grown to become the third largest film industry in the world following Hollywood and Bollywood, and has developed from nothing into an industry that employs thousands of people each year.

Nollywood films, often known for their low production quality and back room screenings seem to be erupting into new cinematic landscapes, bringing a new and unique cinematic culture in to the fore.

This event follows a number of different screenings which are gradually taking Nollywood films into mainstream cinema, including the London premiere of Mirror Boy which took place in the Empire Cinema, Leicester Square earlier this year.

The Fake Prophet is well-positioned to set the Nollywood industry alight and inspire a new wave of innovative and creative film making. The high standard of film- making together with its unique capacity to be used as an advocacy tool, means that this event is going to be an evening of great entertainment and is a must see for any cinema lover.

Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of June were the first London cinema screenings of the Nollywood film, The Fake Prophet. This film made by the internationally acclaimed director Teco Benson and produced by the child rights organisation Stepping Stones Nigeria (SSN), is due to be screened at the Odeon Cinema, Greenwich.

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