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Nigerian-American Shoots $40m Movie …Says “Childhood Exploits In PH Inspired Me”

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Four Nigerians who grew up in the united states of America namely: Mr Muyiwa Babatope, Oris Erhuero (actor and producer) Christopher M. Anthony (Director) and Niyi Towolawi have come together to shoot a movie tagged “sole redemption” worth $40 million which will be 90 percent produced in Ekiti state.

 It was gathered that the Hollywood stars had initially penciled down some states in the country as setting to be used for the shooting of the film including Port Harcourt, but the plot experienced an alteration when these four Nigerians who grew up in the united states of America and Britain got to Ekiti state. Stunned by the Serene and Splendid topography of the state decided to use the state which is repository of natural habitat required in sole Redemption.

 According to the Director (Anthony), the state would be better off economically, stressing that movie making brings communities together, generates local business and brings significant revenue with it. It can allow other local business to flourish even after production.

 Anthony who had his childhood exploits in Port Harcourt, Rivers state said his journey into movie production was as a result of his upbringing in the state, adding “my inspiration came from the time I spent as a child in Nigeria where my father lived and worked. I was inquisitive and I enjoyed exploring and I found that the more I explored, the more beauty I found. As an adult, I realised from seeing Nigeria in the press and on the TV that there was too much focus on negative aspects and not enough on the beauty I experienced while there. I felt there was an opportunity to show Nigeria on the screen in a much more balanced light.

  He maintained that still within the narrative of a fictional story, he wanted to showcase some of these themes, but with a greater emphasis on what isn’t shown. Providing a contrasting and balanced news. He said, “we could have shot in South Africa, a nation far more established for handling Hollywood films, particularly 35mm. But in doing so we would miss out on the massive amount of positive publicity we could generate from shooting successfully in Nigeria. “If we didn’t do this now, another film maker would seize the opportunity soon. With my heritage, I felt if anyone was going to do this it would have to be me,” he said.

The director said that he is happy to say that it has been a smooth and natural transition, stressing that he has gained so much experience over the years in the industry and worked on films with some of the greatest directors who inspired him like Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas among others and has been responsible for the entire design of a sequence right through the cinema screen. 

Nigerian-American Shoots $40m Movie …Says “Childhood Exploits In PH Inspired Me”

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Four Nigerians who grew up in the united states of America namely: Mr Muyiwa Babatope, Oris Erhuero (actor and producer) Christopher M. Anthony (Director) and Niyi Towolawi have come together to shoot a movie tagged “sole redemption” worth $40 million which will be 90 percent produced in Ekiti state.

 It was gathered that the Hollywood stars had initially penciled down some states in the country as setting to be used for the shooting of the film including Port Harcourt, but the plot experienced an alteration when these four Nigerians who grew up in the united states of America and Britain got to Ekiti state. Stunned by the Serene and Splendid topography of the state decided to use the state which is repository of natural habitat required in sole Redemption.

 According to the Director (Anthony), the state would be better off economically, stressing that movie making brings communities together, generates local business and brings significant revenue with it. It can allow other local business to flourish even after production.

 Anthony who had his childhood exploits in Port Harcourt, Rivers state said his journey into movie production was as a result of his upbringing in the state, adding “my inspiration came from the time I spent as a child in Nigeria where my father lived and worked. I was inquisitive and I enjoyed exploring and I found that the more I explored, the more beauty I found. As an adult, I realised from seeing Nigeria in the press and on the TV that there was too much focus on negative aspects and not enough on the beauty I experienced while there. I felt there was an opportunity to show Nigeria on the screen in a much more balanced light.

  He maintained that still within the narrative of a fictional story, he wanted to showcase some of these themes, but with a greater emphasis on what isn’t shown. Providing a contrasting and balanced news. He said, “we could have shot in South Africa, a nation far more established for handling Hollywood films, particularly 35mm. But in doing so we would miss out on the massive amount of positive publicity we could generate from shooting successfully in Nigeria. “If we didn’t do this now, another film maker would seize the opportunity soon. With my heritage, I felt if anyone was going to do this it would have to be me,” he said.

The director said that he is happy to say that it has been a smooth and natural transition, stressing that he has gained so much experience over the years in the industry and worked on films with some of the greatest directors who inspired him like Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas among others and has been responsible for the entire design of a sequence right through the cinema screen.

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Seven Notable Moments In Late Baba Suwe’s Life

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Renowned Nigerian comic actor, Babatunde Omidina, popularly known as Baba Suwe, passed away on Monday, November 22 at the age of 63.
Baba Suwe’s demise was announced by his son, Adesola Omidina, on social media.
Here are seven key things to remember about the popular late Nollywood comic actor.
Birth
Baba Suwe was born on August 22, 1958.
State of origin
Baba Suwe was a native of Ikorodu, Lagos State.
He was born and grew up in Lagos Island.
Education
Baba Suwe had his primary and secondary education in Lagos and Osun States, in the South-Western part of the country.
Acting career
Baba Suwe was renowned for the comic role he played and featured in scores of movies – including those produced by him – such as Iru Esin, Ebi Olokada, Baba Londoner, Obelomo, Elebolo, Larinloodu, and Baba Jaiye Jaiye, among many others.
Baba Suwe’s health worsened as Tampan denied abandoning him
Omidina began acting in 1971.
He, however, came into limelight after he featured in a Yoruba movie titled ‘Omolasan’, which was produced by Obalende.
Demise of his wife
The comic actor was, married to comedienne Omoladun Omidina, who died in September 2009. It was one of the most devastating moments in the life of Baba Suwe.
Drug Trafficking accusation
In 2011, Baba Suwe was accused of cocaine trafficking by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) .
The allegation was later described as false and defamatory by a court in Lagos which ordered that Baba Suwe should be paid N25 million as compensation.
He, however, lamented that he did not receive any payment years after the ruling.
Death
The veteran actor died on Monday, November 22, 2021, after he was said to have battled an illness for a long period. He was 63 years old.

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ENIFF Showcases 50 Films From 15 Countries

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The Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival, ENIFF, last Wednesday, in Enugu commenced the showcase of 50 films from 15 global countries.
The four-day event features among other films, a Moroccan movie, “Ultimate King”, Nigerian best narrative movie, “Yahoo Plus” and other award-winning movies.
Co-founder of ENIFF, Obianujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor, who spoke with newsmen in Enugu at the commencement of the premiere, on Wednesday, disclosed that the film festival features the participation of major Nollywood actors such as Pet Edochie.
Akukwe-Nwakalor however regretted that Nollywood, which had its roots in the southeast has been taken away from the zone due to equipment deficit and support for the dwindling fortunes of actors and artistes, who are based in the east.
She also said that the development had forced most of the southeast-based actors and artistes to relocate to Lagos where there are better opportunities for the industry.
She said, “They (actors and artistes) are struggling because they don’t have the right equipment; they don’t have the right support; they don’t have money.
“To produce a film that can compete, that can at least be on NETFLIX, you need millions of Naira and the people here(East) don’t understand what it means to invest. If I tell you to invest N100 million into my film, you don’t understand and because you don’t understand how you are going to make N300 million from it, you are not going to invest”.
Akukwe-Nwakalor, with the co-founder, Mr Chris Odili, is hosting a film festival called Eastern Nigeria International Film Festival (ENIFF) in Enugu through the Eastern Nigeria Film and Arts Initiative, said the idea was to bridge and set up a creative hub in the southeast.
“We’re basically bridging the entertainment space or grid and set up a creative hub in the southeast part of Nigeria.
“Yes, we have pockets of things going on here. But, you will agree with me that we’re taking a back seat. We’re the backbenchers right now when it comes to entertainment space. Everything happens in Lagos.
“I came from Abuja and things as basic as finding a projector were very difficult. This is because people don’t use nor demand such here.
“We have forgotten that the Nollywood industry actually started from here in the southeast. But we have lost the steam”, Akukwe-Nwakalor said.
The idea of the festival, she explained, was to come back home, set up a space where the young ones, particularly those in the schools, could be trained to learn about film education, bringing in facilitators from different parts of Africa and the world so that they can learn from best hands what the creative space is about.
“We are starting from education. We are teaching them first to understand how this works. Until you understand, that will shift your mindset and when your mindset is shifted you can now begin to think of how to make money.

 

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Ramsey Nouah Accuses Directors Of ‘Mediocre Nollywood Production’

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Nigerian veteran Nollywood actor, Ramsey Nouah, has blamed directors in Nollywood of mediocre Nollywood production.
According to him, Nollywood needs a lot of improvements before it can be considered satisfactory for viewers.
Our source reports that Ramsey Nouah said, “I still find a lot of disconnect between the technicality and creativity in my industry right now. I see that the creative, which is the art part of filmmaking, is still not as deep as I want it to be.
“Performances from the actors are not deeply rooted. We have good quality techniques going on, but it’s almost like oil and water not mixing properly.
“If you can’t get an Oscar-winning performance from an actor the fault is not the actor, but the director’s. If you can’t deliver as an actor, the problem is the director that cast you”.

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