Popular film maker, Lancelot Imasuen, may not have known his ‘true worth and greatness’ as a film maker. But after rolling out the drums recently to celebrate his golden age, the Edo State-born cultural advocate now knows better.
The quintessential film maker is known to be the rallying point for the propagation of the customs and traditions of the Benin race using the medium of the tube.
Over the years, the ‘Guvnor’ as he’s fondly called by his colleagues and fans has produced classical films that not only drew from the rich repertory of Benin culture, imagery, music and dance but such that stressed the need for the sustenance of our dying indigenous languages.
As a matter of fact, his epic films including 2014 “Invasion 1897” and “Adesuwa” produced in 2012, are still being held in high esteem as a reference point in most institutions of higher learning and cultural establishments across the globe.
Perhaps, it was not out of place therefore, when the drums were rolled out recently to celebrate the man and his achievements. Following the numerous accolades he has garnered from different quarters since he made his directorial debut in Nollywood, Lancelot’s month-long celebration of his 50th birthday was no less a testament to his true worth and greatness as a foremost film maker from Benin race.
He turned 50 years last Sunday. But activities marking his golden age started way back in May, after he was first hosted by the Directors Guild of Nigeria,DGN, in what was tagged ‘One on One with Lancelot Imasuen. Since then, it has been a potpourri of events spanning more than a month.
However, besides interesting activities that preceded his 50th birthday, the high-point of the celebration was a colloquium held in his honour by the management of Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO), Edo State. The event, held at the institution’s auditorium last Thursday, not only set a new priority for the celebrant, but also, witnessed the launch of the institution’s Nollywood masterclass programme for students pursuing career in arts disciplines to improve their skills in the industry.
Earlier, in his address, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, lauded the contributions of the movie icon, noting that there was no amount of recognition or honour bestowed on him, while he’s still alive, that should be considered too great.
Prof Ezemonye said the event provided a unique opportunity for the institution’s Threatre Arts students, to not only come face to face with veterans of creative arts, but also profit from the masterclass that will follow as a major outcome of the colloquium.
Speaking on the theme, “Cultural Revival through the Screen,” guest speakers including, Irene Isoken Agunloye, Professor of African Drama, Gender, Women and Film Studies, University of Jos and Professor Barclays Ayakoroma, Head of Department of Theatre Arts, University of Africa, Bayelsa, collectively emphasised the need to embrace, promote and sustain Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage.
Dean, College of Arts and Social Sciences, IUO, Tunde Agara, said the colloquium was another great feat of the institution that would positively impact and inspire the students.
Meanwhile, shedding tears of joy, while appreciating the honour bestowed on him, Lancelot pledged his support in the area of collaboration to drive excellence in the institution.
He described his 50th birthday celebration as a monumental event that he would take to his grave.
His words: “I feel very young at heart, I am very grateful to God for keeping me alive to celebrate my 50th birthday. It started like a joke. When I realised I was going to be 50, I told my wife that I would like to celebrate it even though I have no money. I’m used to celebrating my birthdays, but this one is significant and I needed to mark my golden age. I was conscious that it is a milestone age”.
I also need to know how I am being perceived by people. So, this is another great taste of my personality and public acceptance of what I represent in the movie industry.
“The celebration has been mind-blowing with activities starting from the 25th of April when the Directors Guild of Nigeria, Abuja chapter hosted me in what was tagged ‘One on One with Lancelot Imasuen.
“On the 16th of April, I held my movie premiere in a church. I have always hoped that I will be able to grow my ministry called The Gospel Entertainment Network. So, my first movie in that direction was premiered in the church. But what was uppermost in my mind was to give back to the society that made me. I had a desire to cut my birthday cake with the less privileged people. This is because I believe that we should not judge a man’s future with any situation he’s facing today. So, I visited two orphanages in Benin and the third orphanage in Abuja.”
Interestingly, having groomed so many top entertainers from Edo, it was not unexpected that they decided to pay back their mentor for his good deeds. Comedians from the state also organized a night of comedy with Lancelot Imasuen, which had in attendance the Deputy Governor of Edo state, Mr Philip Shaibu.
According to Lancelot, the Deputy Governor had to defy the heavy downpour in order to honour him.
“It was unbelievable. I got the shocker of my life when the Deputy Governor of Edo State stormed the venue, while it was raining heavily to honour me as a role model to the Edo youths,” he said.
The film director, however, said he was using the occasion of his 50th birthday to preach peace and unity in the country, adding that he had, as a fallout of his birthday celebration, instituted an Entertainment Clamp Award, which has received the nod of the Edo Deputy Governor. .
He also called on the government to institutionalize role modelling in the country, saying “it is what has destroyed our social family.”
According to him, “my 50th birthday opened many doors for me. Having been showered with so much love, I see my 50th birthday as a re-dedication of my life to the service of humanity. I want to use this medium of my golden age to preach peace for humanity, commitment to humanity, love for one another and togetherness. I am calling on Mr President and all the state governors to be our leaders and not our rulers.
Lamenting the deteriorating state of the nation, the popular film maker said “Nigeria failed me about 38 years ago, when I enjoyed dividends of good governance. When I was in school, they gave me books, paid my school fees and we were even fed in schools. But today, it’s a different story with the Federal Government totally disconnected in supporting its citizens.”
A film director, screenwriter and producer, Lancelot Imasuen is best known as one of the founding figures of the Nigerian film industry who has spent over 25 years of his life making stars and bringing happiness to many homes across Africa and beyond.
Tiwa Becomes Ambassador Of Smart Phone Brand
Before her official unveiling, the smartphone had teased its followers to guess who their latest ambassador by sharing a foggy image of the singer.
Officially welcoming her to their fold via its Instagram, as their ambassador for ‘Camon19Launch’, Tecnomobileng wrote: “Queen of Afrobeats! Mama Africa! Multitalented singer! Superstar extraordinaire and confirming the news in the comment section, the “Koroba” singer wrote: “The sexiest phone ever.”
Taking to her social media pages, Tiwa announced to her fans that she is the newest brand ambassador for smartphones.
Sharing an advert snippet of the brand, Tiwa wrote: “This one is highly approved by the No1ABG, Your girl is on board with one of the coolest brands ever – TECNO!
Jungle Justice: Police Order Portable To Report Himself
The Tide source reveals that Portable was seen in a viral video accusing a young man of sending a message to his ‘wife’, asking her to advise him to stay away from his friends for they had no glory.
In the video, the ZaZu Zeh crooner asked the young man to name his friends whom he was accusing of having no glory.
Without allowing his victim to say a word, the singer asked his boys to beat the helpless guy.
As they pounced on the victim, Portable was heard in the Yoruba language, saying “e luu pa”, that is, “beat him to death.”
Reacting, the Portable was asked to report to the Ogun State command as the incident happened somewhere within the state.
The Ogun State police spokesperson, Abimbola Oyeyemi, while describing the act as unbecoming and barbaric, asked the singer to surrender himself or be declared wanted.
“The attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media, where a popular hip hop musician, Habeeb Okikiola (a.k.a Portable, the Zazu crooner), was seen organising some youths to beat up a young man and inflict bodily injury on him. The incident was said to have taken place somewhere within Ogun State about two days ago.
“Such unruly and violent behaviour is not only barbaric, but unbecoming of somebody who is supposed to be a role model for the youths and therefore should not be tolerated.
“In view of this, the Command is using this medium to advise Okikiola Habeeb, a.k.a Portable, to report himself at the nearest police station in Ogun State, failure of which his arrest will be ordered.
“The flagrant display of impunity by Portable in the viral video is condemnable and if not checked, it will send a wrong signal to the youths who are looking up to him as a role model.
“Jungle justice has no place in our laws and whoever embarked on it must be made to feel the weight of the law, no matter the status of such person,” Oyeyemi said. statement on Monday.
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Reports indicate ticket purchasers would go online to search for ticket prices using sites such as SeatGeek’s Deal Score Function which ranks tickets by value and shows buyers how good a deal they are getting when purchasing tickets.
While speaking with Trevor Noah, the daily show on the tour, Davido stated that his main aim of the North American tour was to showcase Africa in its entirety and to carry everyone along, especially Africans.
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Despite getting such an impressive result, Suleyman has been sitting at home due to lack of funds to sponsor his education at the tertiary level.
Fortunately for him, Davido heard about his condition and has promised to sponsor him through school and also take care of his allowance and accomodation. Davido tweeted: “We have contacted Suleyman who lives in Ghana and he has been given a full 4/5 year scholarship to Adeleke university.. accommodation and allowance included ! God bless y’all ..”
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