Kajola, the most expensive film ever produced in Nigeria which was premiered at the Silver Bird Cinema, Abuja on Friday 30th July 2010 is a must watch as it is the first special effects block buster action movie to be produced in Nigeria. It is a timely warning for our leaders to be people centred to avoid the kind of future catastrophe that the movie suggests.
The movie jointly produced by Prince Tonye Princewill and prolific Nollywood producer Adonijah Owiriwa, was directed by foremost Nollywood Director Niyi “The Genius” Akinmolayan, the Founder and Creative Director of Anthill Multimedia; a post production facility based in Lagos and Port Harcourt. The whooping production cost of one hundred and thirty million naira (N130 million) also stands it out as the most expensive movie ever produced in the country. Equally of interest is the plot of the movie set in Nigeria 2059, which is expected to appeal to all Nigerians in the sense that it explores the implications of the continuous neglect of the poor and the widening gulf between the rich and poor and the ensuing catastrophic outcomes stemming from such neglect.
Kajola the title of the movie is the Yoruba word for commonwealth in the year 2059, Nigeria becomes a totalitarian state. After a second civil war, the rich relocate to the Island areas of Lagos State and turn it into an ultra modern city. The war torn mainland of Lagos state is disconnected and abandoned. A rebel leader, Allen learns of a plot code named Kajola to build cities on the mainland and eliminate the remaining survivors. He leads a rebellion against the government. And must be stopped by Yetunde, the police chief. Though mortal enemies, both discover that everything they thought they knew were nothing but lies. It’s a story of love and lust and it heightens the fact that if we don’t deal with the segregation and negligence issues facing the country today, then out future is quite predictable because TOMORROW IS TODAY.
Prince Tonye Princewill former AC Leader in Rivers state, who is also the Executive Producer of the movie, has described it as a must watch and most importantly a timely warning to our leaders to be people centred to avoid the kind of future catastrophe that the movie suggests.
Kajola is the second movie from the stables of Adoni Productions that Princewill is involved in, having been actively involved in the September 2009 premiere of Nnenda, a movie about the ills of orphanhood. It is commendable that his involvement with that movie has thrown light on this often neglected disadvantaged group thereby lifting the standards of the orphanages in Port Harcourt. Princewill was also involved in the October 2009 premiere of the Kunle Afolayan produced “The Figurine”, a delightful movie that has won both local and international awards and is said to be the second Nigerian movie to hit box office status after Stephanie Okereke’s ‘Through the glass’.
This politician of repute, who anchors his foray into politics on his need to engineer change sees his involvement in such projects as a way of acknowledging and supporting the contributions of people who like him have chosen to use their craft as a vehicle for change. To him life is nothing if we can’t impact on those who have little as opposed to those who have a lot. Prince Tonye is a vibrant force for change in the Niger Delta region with keen interests in youths empowerment and development. He is also a lover of entertainment preferring to help set high standards in Nigeria Entertainment by investing in laudable projects like the movie Kajola.
Starring in this movie that is poised to change the landscape of movie production in the country is hunky Nollywood actor Desmond Elliot as Ayub, a power drunk inspector General of Police with an eye on Keira Hewatch in the role of Yetunde, a police chief bent on bringing to justice a notorious rebel leader. One of the producers Adoniyah Owiriwa also stars as Allen.
Movie Production: Filmmaker Decries Activities Of Street Urchins In Lagos
A Nollywood film producer,Mr Ralph Nwadike, says activities of street urchins in Lagos State remain a great concern to film makers, as they disrupt film production on locations.
Nwadike said this while speaking with the The Tide source yesterday, in Lagos.
He said that street urchins often demanded to be paid land fee (Owole), before any film production would commence.
According to Nwadike, this had become a thing of great concern to him and his colleagues in the industry.
He, however, suggested that the Lagos State government could empower registered film makers with some form of documentation to be presented to street urchins while on location.
Nwadike said such documentation would deter the street urchins and enable hitch-free movie production.
It is not only me, a number of my colleagues who are film makers in Lagos State experience disturbance from these street urchins.
“This has always discouraged most film makers in Lagos.
“These street urchins usually impose some amount of money on us to pay, if not, they threaten to destroy our cameras. They are always armed with knives and other harmful objects.
“They threaten to attack us viciously, this is so scary and it is affecting the tourism industry growth.
“I call on the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and the Lagos state Film and Video Censors Board to wade into this issue because it is really affecting film makers’ business in Lagos.
“It is a sad development. Filmmakers should be given some documentation, which would enable us operate freely without being interrupted or disturbed by these so called street urchins,” Nwadike said.
Lagos Assures Tourism Investors Of Taxes Harmonisation
Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts and Culture to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Mr Solomon Bonu, has assured investors in the tourism, arts and culture industries of taxes harmonisation.
Bonu gave the assurance on the side-lines of the commemoration of the World Tourism Day on Tuesday in Lagos.
The event was jointly organised by the Lagos State Government and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria.
Bonu said the Gov. Sanwo-Olu was currently working on how the numerous taxes tourism investors paid could be streamlined for their businesses to thrive.
“We are aware that so many investors have been complaining about multiple taxation. The governor is currently working on that to see how the taxes can be harmonised.
“There is a lot of hope for investors and we are also doing this to woo more investors into the state to take the tourism industry to an enviable height.
“We are aware of the enormous benefits the state and individuals in the state can derive from the growth of tourism; it is an industry with inexhaustible opportunities,’’ he said.
The aide urged Nigerians to critically evaluate this year’s theme of the World Tourism Day and embrace the industry for wealth creation.
Bonu advised individuals to be creative while exploring the different value chains in the industry to create employment opportunities.
According to him, Nigerian youths need not wait for government at different levels to create jobs.
“Lagos State has invested a lot in the growth of tourism to enable people to latch onto the opportunities in the industry.
“Individuals can invest in the food aspect, hotel, culture, transportation and more; the opportunities are enormous and tourism is all about inclusiveness.
“Government, whose responsibility is to create the enabling environment for businesses to thrive, is doing a lot on that.
“Recently, the Lagos State tourism master plan was launched; this will guide those who want to embrace the industry in areas to invest in,’’ he said.
The Tide source reports that the theme of the 2021 World Tourism Day is: “Tourism and Inclusive Growth’’.
D’banj Releases New Album, Stress Free
Nigerian pop star, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as “D’banj”, has released a new album titled, Stress Free.
The album came following his four-year break from the music scene and its release coincided with Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary.
The “Koko Master” in a statement disclosed that he collaborated with Seun Kuti on the project to tint it with Afrobeats innovation mode.
“While embodying a successful career, “Stress Free” shows a polished artist who is not only experimenting but having fun, along with slick production values, featuring the spectacular skills of music producer Rexxie.
“I went back to legacy which is why I got Egypt 80, led by Seun Kuti, on all seven tracks and then eased into a realm of zero anxiety after the turbulent period that the world has been through.
“We had a lot of fun in the studio and hopefully this all shows up on the record,” he said.
In “Stress Free,” he slipped into Afrobeats innovation mode, visible in the multi-layered fusion of horns, saxophones and futuristic synths across tracks.
“The Egypt 80 brings the horns on the Afrobeat fusion, “Zombie,”, and the Afro-meringue mix of ‘Welcome To Lagos’ as well as the free-wheeling “Stress Free” and “Banga.”
“Ikebe” is a gentle, uplifting prayer while “Big Vibe” incorporates the Amapiano sound into a pan-continental dance special and “Avocado” featuring Burna Boy leads you into a glorious sense of Afrobeats utopia,” he added.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the video, directed by Clarence Peters, is pure entertainment, complete with D’Banj’s tongue in cheek lyrics, stylish fashion and indomitable swagger.
The Tide recalls that the artiste had in 2017 released an album titled, “King Don Come.”
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