Author: Ikeade

Juju Stories is the first film Oge Obasi has steered to cinema as a producer. Over the years—and even beyond, in a career spanning over a decade, previously as a production manager (Desperate Housewives Africa; The Figurine) and production coordinator (Shuga; October 1)—she’s formed a partnership with C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi, resulting in feature films like Ojuju (2014) and O-Town (2015) and shorts like Visions (2017) and Hello, Rain. In 2022, she hopes to guide the release of Mami Wata (a C.J. Fiery-directed fantasy-thriller), a project that’s been 6 years in the making, to a cult audience of thrilled followers who…

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Relatively still unknown in Nollywood, Tunray Femi’s work in For Maria Ebun Pataki, an effort that has toured festivals globally, and currently receiving rave reviews from viewers and critics alike, has certainly put her name out there, for a script she penned with director Damilola Orimogunje. “Screenwriter and retired poet”, her Twitter bio says. Femi has worked in the TV sphere on released projects— a Ghanaian series, Eden, as well as another in post-production, a Nigerian series set for 2022, The Anomalous. But in this latest Netflix-licensed co-writing with Orimogunje, how much of the heart-wrenching story did she have in…

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Many admit that Meg Otanwa has been a silent powerhouse in Nollywood, as industry colleagues and fans come out to heap well-deserved praises on the actress who recently starred in Damilola Orimogunje’s feature debut—For Maria Ebun Pataki— leading to critical success and ranking at the top of Netflix’s chart days after its debut on the streamer. Starring as Derin, a nursing mother who undergoes postpartum depression, Meg Otanwa once again—as known and celebrated—silently leads the drama which is not short of other believable performances, found in her on-screen husband, played by Gabriel Afolayan and her impatient mother-in-law, played by Tina…

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Richard and Raymond Yusuff, representing The Critics Company, sit down to answer all of our questions regarding their field and role—which they feel is still yet to be fully understood— in Nollywood. From working on the set of King of Boys and critically acclaimed Juju Stories to their own personal projects, The Critics Company representatives discuss their Nollywood experience that has spanned both a blockbuster and an indie environment. They further discuss creating their own space in the industry, being mistaken as film critics, and their future as filmmakers who want to leave a legacy behind. Going into the interview,…

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Directed by Michael ‘Ama Psalmist’ Akinrogunde (Ghost and the Tout Too) and narrated by Teniola Aladese (Superstar), the King of Boys documentary is another exclusive Netflix title co-produced by Kemi Adetiba. Making of a King features a number of interviews with players involved in the project from idea conception to screening of the original KOB, and its eventual successor, The Return of the King on Netflix. They include industry colleagues like BB Sasore (God Calling), Mimi Bartels (head of production FilmOne); cast members like Sola Sobowale, Deyemi Okanlawon, Illbliss, Toni Tones, Richard Mofe-Damijo, and crew members like Remi Adetiba, Colette…

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Speaking on a CNN segment “Empowering the next generation of African creatives”, Editi Effiong prides himself on telling the next generation of African stories under his production banner, Anakle Films. Editi Effiong, who has worked in the past as a producer on Up North, calls The Black Book his biggest project yet. After making a trip across 30 states in 2015, mostly in the North, he was inspired to tell the first film he was ever involved in, Up North, starring Banky Wellington. In collaboration with Naz Onuzo, one of Inkblot’s co-founders whom he met on Twitter, he was able…

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While there are not so many movies to look forward to in January, there are two artistic Nollywood titles to be excited about, and quite a number of returning TV shows. Highlight of New Films in January Chief Daddy 2: Going for Broke; sequel to 2018 Niyi Akinmolayan’s Chief Daddy directed for EbonyLife. Release date: January 1, on Netflix.The Tender Bar; Directed by George Clooney, Ben Affleck stars in this coming-of-age small town drama. Release date: January 7, on Amazon Prime Video. The Making of the King; AMA Psalmist directs this documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of Kemi…

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We are not robots, we are also humans. Thank you for 2021! What we did for the first time in 2021: Expanded to a team of four. Opened our doors to three interns. Organized a special summer intern program Increased our social media presence. Got blocked by two directors on Twitter. That we know of, at least. Attended two film festivals. Conducted interviews. Debut being with Taiwo Egunjobi. Our future plans: Publish more socially and politically aware reviews and essays. Expand our team. Open our doors to more interns. Educate younger ones on film. Promote cinema culture in various ways.…

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