New boost for Nollywood

first_imgDirector Bond Emeruwa and crew shoot a scene for the film This Is Nollywood, a Nigerian documentary about the country’s multimillion-dollar film industry.Nicky RehbockFind out more about using materialNigeria’s film industry, the second largest in the world after Bollywood, is about to be taken to another level with the building of an ultra-modern film studio and entertainment complex with a Disneyland-style theme park.Because Nollywood – the popular nickname for Nigeria’s film industry – is often criticised for poor production standards and sub-standard acting, the proposed new development aims to shake things up and turn the country into a world-class filming destination.According to the Abuja Film Village International (AFVI), the company in charge of the project, the development plans to provide a place where local and international filmmakers can flock for pre-production planning, production, post-production and the premiering of their films.Although still in the early stages of planning, developers envision the project to also offer retail and residential areas along with the elaborate theme park.Abuja ideal locationThe film village is the dream of AFVI managing director Segun Oyekunle, who lived and worked in Los Angeles, US, for almost 30 years and relishes the idea of a Nigerian Disneyland. “We want to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure for film, music, television, as well as a theme park,” he said.The project will be financed by the administration body overseeing Abuja, local developers, as well as Nigerian and international investors.AFVI has teamed up with the Landmark Entertainment Group, which has overseen a range of impressive entertainment-based real estate developments across the world, including theme parks for Universal Studios and design work for many Las Vegas casinos.The development will also boast environmental friendliness, with part of the village running on solar and hydro-electric power.Landmark president Tony Christopher is upbeat about the plans. “A few reasons to put the project here in Abuja [as opposed to Lagos or other locations in Nigeria] would be based on the large land site, the fact that Abuja is a tourist-friendly city, as well as the need to develop the capital into an entertainment and cultural destination,” he said.“In my opinion Nigeria needs to offer more support to the creative people making films. They need education, more professional facilities, and the infrastructure to build the talent pool in the country. This is exactly why the Abuja Film Village is being created at this time … it will allow more opportunities for Nigeria to compete with films internationally.”In addition, the AFVI plans to run workshops in all areas of filmmaking before construction of the village actually starts.Oyekunle says that, “50% of our vision is geared towards improving and developing Nollywood but we also aim to provide equipment such as cameras and editing suites on a rental basis, or even take a stake in certain projects – this is strictly business you know”.Besides providing film-production and entertainment facilities, AFVI will also produce its own films with the first one called Seeds of Nationhood: The Sokoto Caliphate Story. Before colonisation, Sokoto Caliphate was one of the most powerful Islamic empires in sub-Saharan Africa.With a mainstream Hollywood production costing as much as US$100-million (R811-million) to produce, Oyekunle says the Abuja village will offer a more cost-effective filming location.“We aim to provide a modern alternative and hope they will seriously consider producing their films in Abuja … we want to stop films that are set in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa – such as Tears of the Sun – being produced in Hawaii.”A multimillion-dollar industryThe Nigerian film industry emerged in the late 1970s amid the country’s crumbling economy. Due to many financial obstacles, public funding of movies and original television programming collapsed, and spiralling crime made cinemas too dangerous to visit.European and American shows soon dominated television, but the absence of an African flavour irked the country’s fledgling filmmakers, who soon began screening vibrant tribal productions. By the early 1990s filming on celluloid became too expensive and production shifted to video.Today, the $250-million (R2-billion) industry produces about 1 500 feature films a year, many shot only in a week on a shoestring budget of between $17 000 (R138 000 ) and $23 000 (R187 000). Because of the low number of cinemas in Nigeria, films go straight to DVD or video compact disc (VCD) and are snapped up at outdoor markets for $2 (R16) to $3 (R24) a piece.Traditionally Nigeria’s movie videos are shot on location throughout Nigeria with hotels, homes and offices often being rented out by their owners for filming purposes. The most popular film locations are currently Lagos, Enugu and Abuja. Most of the movies are in English, allowing for the widest-possible reach.The quick turnaround in making a Nollywood movie allows directors and producers to make films with plotlines that reflect the ever-changing political and cultural climate, and often include aspects of current events. Storylines revolve around corruption, prostitution, folklore, HIV/Aids, romance or slavery and civil wars.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Nicky Rehbock at [email protected] articlesNigeria’s Lagos State to growAfrican film awards honour SACape Town: Africa’s HollywoodUseful linksTradeInvest NigeriaNigeria Nigerian film industryAbuja Film Villagelast_img read more

Forever Young 6 Piece 18″ Clip in Human Hair Extension Blue Hi-Light – all good.

first_imgReplacement great no squabbling Soft hair and easy to manage. Clips in with minimal effort for a great look. My 15 year old daughter wanted to dye her hair blue, i bought her these as a compromise and she is over the moon with them. They are very realistic and blend in with her own hair. All her friends thought she had dyed her hair as they look so realistic. Highly recommend, really good quality, have lasted me for months and blend really well with the hair. Really worth the money great extensions. My 8 year old daughter loves these hair clips and wore them on holiday. They stay in really well and give great flashes of colour. She swam and played in the pool with them in and they dried really well. Will definiely look to buying different colours. Geat price for a great product. Lovely clip in hair extensions. Great for fun to change up your look or to add abit of colour to plain hair. I love these, they feel lovely and soft and natural. I have straightened mine a few times, you can style any way you like. Im going to be buying more colours ☺. Sent me replacement as first time seemed defective. Replacement great no squabbling. My 15 year old daughter wanted to dye her hair SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-09-09 20:31:02Reviewed Item Forever Young 6 Piece 18″ Clip in Human Hair Extension Blue Hi-LightRating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  14  reviewscenter_img It’s a nice blue colour and the delivery was really quick. The only down side is the extensions are extremely thin. Delivered really promptly and seem exactly as pics bought for a charity event so only tried a couple on. My only observation would be they are quite fiddly/hard to get out of your hair without taking several strands of your own with it. They’ll be great for my event tho. I cut them abit and straightened them abit, all good. Here are the specifications for the Forever Young 6 Piece 18″ Clip in Human Hair Extension Blue Hi-Light:6 pieces streaks 18″ long REAL HUMAN HAIR cliping extension to add highlights, extra volume and length.The hairs are silky and soft, specially selected for European market.The hair can be dyed, curled or treated just like your own hair.The colour is blue. Wore to a birthday party everybody loved lush. Great price for the quality. The only annoying thing is that the clips are white and my hair is black, but if you place them just right they are invisible. Reviews from purchasers :Fantastic ☺ Posted on September 9, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags Forever Younglast_img read more

Former ICC chief Ehsan Mani advises PCB not to follow BCCI blindly

first_imgFormer International Cricket Council(ICC) chief Ehsan Mani has advised the Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) to refrain from blindly following the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI).The BCCI has invited Pakistan for a three-match One-Day International(ODI) series in December, ending the five-year hiatus.While it was PCB’s turn to host the series, the Pakistan board refused to go into the debate of revenue-sharing, saying its first priority was to revive cricket with India.The BCCI is expected to earn millions of dollars from the short series, gauged from the fact that television rights will be sold at an estimated 25 million dollars. The PCB, which is facing a budget deficit, will not get a share for the series.However, Mani added that the PCB should have been involved in decision making as well.”It is concerning to see that the BCCI solely took the decision. Their working committee discussed it and their board decided it on their own without consulting the PCB.They blindly followed what the BCCI conveyed to them. The officials showed a lack of competence by saying yes without putting forward the board’s point of view,” Mani said.”However, as far as the resumption is concerned, it will be good for world cricket, fans and help in bridging gaps between the two countries,” he added.last_img read more

‘My relationship with Madrid is finished’ – Di Maria

first_imgReal Madrid v PSG ‘My relationship with Madrid is finished’ – Di Maria Dejan Kalinic 12:22 2/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Angel Di Maria Sochaux PSG Coupe de France 06022018 Getty Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid PSG Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División UEFA Champions League Despite his history with Los Blancos the Argentine said his relationship with the club is over and he would consider a move to their rivals Former Real Madrid star Angel Di Maria revealed he would have no problem playing for their La Liga rivals Barcelona.Di Maria spent four seasons at the Santiago Bernabeu, winning a La Liga crown and Champions League title among numerous other trophies.The Argentina international spent a campaign at Manchester United before arriving at his current club Paris Saint-Germain in 2015. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Despite his history at Madrid, Di Maria, 29, said he would play for Barca if the opportunity presented itself.”My relationship with Madrid is finished because my cycle there ended,” he told So Foot .”Frankly, I wouldn’t have a problem to play at Barca, to the contrary.”While playing for Barcelona wouldn’t be off limits for the Argentine, who turns 30 on Wednesday, he does still have some loyalty to one of his past clubs. Di Maria played 35 times at senior level for boyhood club Rosario Central and claims he couldn’t bring himself to turn his back on the team that raised him. “The only club I couldn’t play for is Newell’s Old Boys because I am a fan of Rosario Central,” he said. Di Maria and PSG will face former club Madrid in the premier tie of the Champions League round of 16. The first leg is set to take place Wednesday, with Di Maria having staked a strong claim for a starting spot with a hat-trick in a 4-1 smashing of Sochaux last Tuesday.last_img read more

66 Students Receive School Supplies from Administrator General’s Department

first_img Sixty-six students, who have done well academically, were presented with school supplies by the Administrator General’s Department (AGD) on Thursday (August 31). The students, who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CAPE), received packages containing thumb drives, geometry sets, notebooks, and rulers, among other things. Story Highlights Sixty-six students, who have done well academically, were presented with school supplies by the Administrator General’s Department (AGD) on Thursday (August 31).The students, who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CAPE), received packages containing thumb drives, geometry sets, notebooks, and rulers, among other things.Of the recipients, 57 are beneficiaries of estates being administered by the Department, while the other nine are children of employees.Addressing the Department’s third staging of its Educational Awards Ceremony at its downtown Kingston offices, Administrator-General, Lona Brown, extended congratulations to the students on their success.She also lauded the guardians of the beneficiaries for their continued support.“We are pleased that we are here for you although we cannot replace those you have lost, but we consider you all a part of the AGD family and we thank God that he has placed us together,” she told them.To the parents who are staff of the AGD, Mrs. Brown noted that she had knowledge of “what they all went through” and heard of their “triumphant shouts of joy when they heard the results of the examinations”.She wished for the students continued success throughout their academic life. Of the recipients, 57 are beneficiaries of estates being administered by the Department, while the other nine are children of employees.last_img read more