Author: Ikeade

Emerging filmmaker Orire Nwani wins Best Director prize at the New York Tri-State International Film Festival for Naked Woman, a short film now headed to the 11th edition of the African International Film festival (AFRIFF). ‘The Way Things Happen’ Review: “Cinema as Therapy” The short film about an intricate mother-daughter relationship premiered at the Smithsonian National Museum for African Art DC. Naked Woman stars Roberta Orioma and Ejovwoke Obas in the two-person short that has amassed about 40,000 views since its release on YouTube. From Festival Outings to YouTube: Chiemeka Osuagwu’s Short Film ‘Samaria’ Sets Release Date Short Film Review:…

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Chude Jideonwo, the host of #WithChude – a network of media products across TV, Radio, Podcast, Newsletter and Blog – recently announced, officially, his Factual and Unscripted Film/Series studio, Chude Jideonwo Presents, and the release of their debut project, Awaiting Trial, a police brutality and justice system-themed documentary set to screen at AFRIFF and will be available online this week. Question of Memory: Inside Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and Nigeria’s EndSARS Protests Official poster. Via Chude Jideonwo Presents. Awaiting Trial is a documentary film that follows the lives of 3 central families caught by the injustice…

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Marking a grand entrance into Nollywood and looking to gain momentum against Netflix, their streaming rival, Amazon Prime Video has ticked several items off its newcomer’s to-do list. From post theatrical licensing deals with Anthill Studios and Inkblot Productions, operating social media accounts, snagging a couple of older titles off the shelf, signing Nemsia Films to an exclusive 3-picture deal, unveiling their Nigerian executives Kemi Lala Akindoju and Mike-Steve Adeleye, hosting a couple of industry events, to announcing Jade Osiberu’s highly anticipated crime drama Gangs of Lagos as an original film to stream globally on their platform. It doesn’t end…

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Izu Ojukwu’s period drama, 4:4:44 (Four Four Forty Four), starring Richard Mofe-Damijo and Nse Ikpe-Etim will be available to stream globally on Amazon Prime Video on a yet to be announced date in November. Everything We Know About ‘Breath of Life’, Prime Video’s First Commissioned Nigerian Film Official poster. Inspired by true events, 4:4:44, a psychological drama set in the early 1940s, chronicles the true stories of two perfect individuals who will have their world rattled after a harrowing event on their wedding night. In a series of occurrences that unfold the ugly head of social prejudice against mental health,…

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Obara’m and Inside Life were our Critic’s Picks in September. Following a packed September, new releases will slow down a bit in October. 2021 Kayode Kasum-directed film Soole and new workplace series Becoming Abi arrive on Netflix in October. Foreign movies also available on Netflix are Tom Holland-led Uncharted and 2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon. In cinemas, Beverly Naya stars in the romance drama The One for Sarah alongside Uzor Arukwe, Bucci Franklin and Daniel Etim-Effiong; Odunlade Adekola, Erica Nlewedim, and Racheal Okonkwo star in James Amuta’s comedy Win Or Lose. See the full highlight of movies and TV…

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Kayode Kasum, Korede Azeez and Okwong Fadamana have been announced as the jury at the Inaugural Ibadan Indie Film Awards 2022, set to take place on the 26th of November, 2022.  From Festival Outings to YouTube: Chiemeka Osuagwu’s Short Film ‘Samaria’ Sets Release Date The award event will be hosted by New Culture Studio, welcoming filmmakers to celebrate, recognize and reward exceptional storytellers and showcase the works of Nigerian independent filmmakers both at home and abroad. Submissions for the IFA have opened and will close on October 30th (late deadline).  The jury is made up of a group of experienced…

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Covenant is a new Africa Magic original series that tells the tale of a family in turmoil, quest for power, vengeance and forbidden secrets. The political series will also be available to stream on Showmax every weekday. With the finale of Dilemma and Venge in September, Covenant is one of two new telenovelas to replace the concluded shows. Covenant will star Clarion Chukwuka, Anta Laniyan, Linda Ejiofor, Funsho Adeolu, and Shaffy Bello. Behind such yearlong telenovelas are writers who make up the story creative team, referred to as the writers’ room, breaking down ideas and scribing plot lines that will…

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Nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan is known for regularly casting non-actors and first-timers in key roles. Right from Demola Adedoyin’s performance as a serial killer prince in October 1 to music artiste Niyola’s performance in period film Swallow. While half of these first-timers are primarily music artistes, some boast a familial connection to Afolayan and another has trained in film. It is a tricky task because they have mostly given mixed to unconvincing performances in their roles. It should be less of a surprise that the level of these performances does not differ by much. This is a constant debate amongst…

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Samaria, a 15-minute film that spotlights the struggles an average girl child faces in Nigeria, is set to be released by Chiemeka Osuagwu and Ruby Igwe on October 11 after an impressive international festival run. From Festival Screenings to Cinemas: Ebuka Njoku’s ‘Yahoo+’ Sets July 1st Release Official poster Written by Chiemeka Osuagwu who also makes his directorial debut with the project, Samaria was shot in Lagos, featuring Baaj Adebule (Country Hard) and new faces such as Ifeoluwa Eninla, Judith Ochasi and Gbemisola Oluyemi. While the 44-sec trailer opens and ends with no dialogue, it conveys several emotions and intentions…

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Coming off his sports drama, Rise, on Disney+, South African-based Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso follows with a 6-episode fantasy series on Netflix. Based on his original idea and helming the directorial effort of the first episode, The Brave Ones thrusts viewers in the centre of a government vs indigenes land drama, battle against modernity, and the anticipation of the reborn of a supernatural being that will fulfill a prophecy. Stirring the plot are the several interested parties who are unknowingly stimulating the arrival of the supernatural being and those hoping to use the powers of this being referred to as…

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