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Private Screening Of Kunle Afolayan’s Mokalik Enthralls Audience

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For Kunle Afolayan, a prolific film director, the movie, Mokalik’ is an ambitious film project that tells a story which is unique and relevant to our society. It beautifully highlights diversity while distinctively addressing the issues of choice.
Enthralled by low crispy picture quality, it meets a director’s interpretation of an intriguing story of love and ambition in a typical Nigerian mechanic workshop. It oscillated between giggle, laughter and outright applause during the private press screening of Kunle Afolanyan’s anticipated movie “Mokalik” (mechanic) which held last Tuesday at the film house theatre, Twin waters, Civtoria Island Lagos.
Supported by Canon Central and North Africa and shot on Canon Eosc 300 Mark 11 with a range of Canon Cine Lenses, the film stars award winning singer, Simi, alongside other prominent actors like Femi Adebayo, Charles Okocha, Fathria Williams, Lateef Oladimeji, BBNaija Tobi Bakare and comic actors like Wale Akorede (Okconu), Ayo Ogunshina (Papa Lolo) and Dayo Akinpelu (Alabi Yellows.
‘Mokalik’ follows the career of an 11-year-old boy, Ponmile, from the middle class suburbs who spends the day as a lowly apprentice at a mechanic workshop in order to view life from the other side of the tracks. When his father arrives to take him home, Ponmile has to make up his mind if he wants to return to school or take up his apprentice work full time .

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Edochie Is A Bad Actor – Illustrator

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Lotanna Odunze, who is widely referred to as Sugabelly, referred to Pete Edochie as a bad actor on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.
“Pete Edochie is a really bad actor,” Sugabelly tweeted.
Odunze made the statement in a series of tweets, where she gave the reasons for her opinion on the acting abilities of veteran actor, Pete Edochie.
“…He’s been playing the same role his entire life. Acting isn’t quoting proverbs. But Nigerians live and die by seniority so the older he gets, the less anybody is able to point this glaring elephant in the room out,” she opined.
The Sugabelly, who runs an online platform where the Igbo language is being taught for a fee, went on to criticize filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan and veteran actor, Joke Silva.
A U.S. based illustrator, SugaBelly says Pete Edochie is a bad actor who churns out proverbs rather than acting.
The illustrator said Afolayan’s recent effort, ‘Mokalik’ is ‘nonsense’.
‘Kunle Afolayan needs to refund me the over 1 and a half hours of my life I wasted watching his nonsense film Mokalik,’ she tweeted.
Though Sugabelly said Joke Silva is a pretty good actress, she chides the old actress saying she overacts.
“Joke Silva is a pretty good actress but she overacts a lot. Not through her movements but through her voice. She always sounds as if she’s reciting Shakespeare when she’s meant to be chatting with her adult child at breakfast. Also, she doesn’t have much variation in roles,” she said.
Fans of the Nigerian movie stars – especially Pete Edochie – won’t have any of Igwe-Odunze’s take on Nollywood and they are gunning for her head.
The illustrator maintains that Hollywood actors like Leonardo Di Caprio and Brad Pitt rank high as versatile and good actors.
However, a fan has declared that calling Pete Edochie a bad actor is ridiculous and here’s why.
It is clear that not every actor will have the adjective ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to qualify their ability to interpret roles but calling Pete Edochie a bad actor is laughable.
American film writer, Lee Daniels once said, ‘Most actors want the audience to like them, and that leads to bad acting’. Pete Edochie has reached great heights in his career. He enjoys doing what he does best without waiting for the audience to cheer him on. At least not at the age of 72!
The Academy For Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had, on November 4, disqualified Genevieve Nnaji feature film, ‘Lionheart’ from potentially getting nominated in the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category at the 2020 Oscars.
‘Lionheart’ was Genevieve’s directorial debut and she also starred in the film alongside popular Nollywood names like Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Nigerian rapper Phyno. [Instagram/GenevieveNnaji]
The news got several Nigerians and non-Nigerian agitated over what should have been Nigeria’s first representation at the widely accepted movie awards.
As the dust was clearing off, the seething anger in Nigerians was re-ignited when a tweet claimed Edochie’s acting abilities is poor in a bid to point out that most Nigerian films are bad and couldn’t make it to the Oscars. The Twitter user went further to berate some Nigerian filmmakers saying there’s no visible film ready for Oscars in Nollywood.
In the heat of her rant, the Twitter user opined that Pete Edochie was a bad actor because he’s been playing the same role his entire life – a statement which is in its entirety wrong and false.
The same personality insisted that all Edochie does is dropping proverbs in his dialogues and this made me wonder if the old man decides what dialogue he gets for any movie role. Obviously no. If the script requires him to make use of proverbs in interpreting roles, it’s only professional that he does just that. If his ability to use these proverbs well sits with his age, well, it’s just an added advantage and he should not be held responsible for neither his age or the good use of proverbs in interpreting roles as demanded of him.
Zulu Adigwe and P`sete Edochie on the set of Forbidden Land
Was the criticism right?
Every individual has a right to his or her opinion on any issue irrespective of how vast the individual is on the subject matter. Hence, the right to an opinion or submission of who and what makes a good actor.
Again, some of the points raised for this submissions are largely hinged on being stereotyped and remained complacent having done the same thing for more than three decades.
Pete Edochie in ‘Things Fall Apart’
The submission was further backed up with the suggestions that at his (Edochie) age and his level of acting seniority, he has the luxury and power to cherry-pick his roles yet he keeps acting the same old tired chief with no personality variation whatsoever shows that he’s lazy and mostly talentless.’
This, I find disrespectful to a man who defined his career at a young age by playing the role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all-time best selling novel, ‘Things Fall Apart’.

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BBNaija’s Tacha Back On Instagram …Bags Endorsement Deal With Get Fit

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After one week of going Missing In Action, Tacha is back on Instagram with a bang, we guess.
Lovers of Tacha and even critics of the reality TV star will all have one thing to celebrate today which is her return to Instagram.
The reality TV star’s Instagram page was reactivated on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The latest post on her page indicates that she only started using the page Thursday.
Tacha will be in Rivers State soon for what she themed a ‘Home Coming.’ Well, it looks like her titans will be pretty excited about her return to the social media platform. The happy fans will be the ones waiting for her in Port-Harcourt.
It would be recalled that about a week ago, it was observed that the former BBNaija housemate’s Instagram page had been deactivated.
It is not clear if she actually deactivated the account herself or it was done by the social media platform.
The reality TV star left her almost one million Instagram followers in shock after she deactivated her page on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. As usual, no prior notice was given before the action. Don’t bother searching for Tacha on Instagram as the only page/pages you’d come across are fan accounts.
Fans and followers of the reality TV star have been left puzzled as to the reason behind their favourite super star’s decision to go MIA.
For some, this won’t come as a surprise as this is not the first time Tacha would leaving her social media followers in a state of confusion. Recall that a few weeks ago she deleted all her photos on Instagram which we all later got to understand was for rebranding purposes.

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Oscar Disqualifies Genevieve Nnaji’s Lion Heart …Film Producer Reacts

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The entire Nollywood is to be blamed for the disqualification of Nigeria’s Oscar choice “Lion Heart’’, a movie producer, Chima Okereke, said on Wednesday
‘Lion Heart”, directed by Genevieve Nnaji, was Nigeria’s first-ever Oscar submission for best international feature film.
It was disqualified on Monday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for not having “a predominantly non-English dialogue track”.
Films for the must have a predominantly non-English dialogue track but the 95-minute Lion Heart is largely in English, with an 11-minute section in the Igbo Language.
Okereke, the Managing Director of the Fresh Talent Production, a movie company, told The Tide source that the structure was flawed.
”In the opinion of the screeners, the film should have used majorly the Igbo language than the English language, and the blame game started flying.
“It is important to understand that profit considerations cannot allow a big film of that status, shot in Nigeria, to be shot majorly in Igbo or any other Nigerian language.
“It will most likely lead to loss of capital investment; people might not want to watch because it was done in a local language; sentiments, politics and ethnic nuances will kill its potential patronage no matter how great the film is in terms of theme, interpretation, value and impact,’’ he said.
He said that the committee that nominated “Lion Heart’’ did not want an opportunity to slip by.
The Academy For Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had, on November 4, disqualified Genevieve Nnaji feature film, ‘Lion Heart’ from potentially getting nominated in the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category at the 2020 Oscars.
‘Lion Heart’ was Gene-vieve’s directorial debut and she also starred in the film alongside popular Nollywood names like Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu, Kanayo O. Kanayo and Nigerian rapper Phyno. [Instagram/GenevieveNnaji]
The news got several Nigerians and non-Nigerian agitated over what should have been Nigeria’s first representation at the widely accepted movie awards.

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