Sunday, 29 November 2009

Celebrity Takes 2 Reality show

Hostilities, intrigues and drama as celebrity artistes don their dancing shoes in the race to determine the best celebrity dancer in this year Celebrity Takes 2 reality show.

The battle lines have been drawn as contestants are not leaving any stone unturned to come up with their best performances as the competition entered its third week. Their zeal and determination to learn from their dance instructors became evident and their resolve to outperform each was very apparent.

For these celebrities, it is a prestige battle as the competition continues to generate hostilities between the Nollywood stars on one hand and the music stars on the other hand.

The contest is fierce and the stakes are high as the crews battle it out live on stage for dance supremacy. Each week, they’ll step up to the challenge and show off their skills, and each week, one crew will be eliminated until Nigeria’s Best Dance Celebrity is revealed.

The competition was stiff this week when all the ten celebrities gave their all in an attempt to win the dance trophy on “Celebrity Takes 2 Season 2”. Each of the contestants had to perform one dance, and the judges’ commendations were very high.

The contestants include Stella Damascus, Faithia Balogun, Yemi Blaq, Dakore Egbuson, and veteran actor, Fred Amata. From the music industry are Kel, Zaki Azzay, Yinka Davies, Obiwon, and Faze.

And guess what else? As the competition gets to the elimination stages, you’ll once again get to vote for your favorite celebrity! Yes, you’ll help decide their fate. Then, after all the votes are counted, the celebrity with the lowest score will be put up for eviction. The audience will need to send SMS to save their favourite celebrities and keep them in the show.

With everything on the line, they all must continue to do their best to impress the judges and you because only one can walk away a winner.

During season 1, Funlola Aofiyebi wowed the crowd week after week with her synchronized moves and signature carriage, nabbing the coveted title of Nigeria’s Best Dance Celebrity and a jeep from Sky Bank, the sponsors. But who will wear the crown this time around?

Friday, 27 November 2009

ROYAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE: UK GOSPEL CONCERT Featuring Prince Segun Adebayo & Others

In this day an age we have lots of Musicians coming up with different concept of music in the

Africa/Nigeria Entertainment Industry both home and abroad. A lot of them are going places with their talents and giftings and more importantly making positive impact in the lives of people worldwide. Furthermore, they all believe in what they do, the style and type of their music the produce and they stick to them.

There is one UK based musician I have a lot of respect for. He is has impacted the lives of both old and young generations with His music. He is one man that believes in what he does, stands by it and will not compromise! His style of music can be categorized as Gospel Contemporary. This man I am refering to is non other than PRINCE SEGUN ADEBAYO.

Prince Segun Adebayo is a gospel musician of repute and high integrity. He hails from a royal family in Ilesa, Osun State in the Western part of Nigeria. A self-taught keyboardist, the Prince - as his teeming admirers fondly call him, started composing songs at a very tender age. Since his first music album released in the nineties, he has succeeded in blending various genres of music - like Apala, Highlife, Succoss, Fuji, Eyo chant, dance Ballard, Afro beat, Dadakuada, Classical, Accapella, Funk, Jazz, Rap, Hip pop, Indian, French, Latino, etc. to form a rich and danceable style thereby breaking such barriers as of age, status, belief and race. He strongly believes in using African percussions.

Prince Segun Adebayo and his band have featured as guest musician in concerts, marriage receptions, birthday ceremonies, churches, radio and television programmes. He is the founder of Beulah Potential Music International (BPMI) whose vision is to be a One-Shop Place of Music - Ministry, Production, Promotion, Sales and helping people to bring out the musical talent in them.

He has been to almost all the cities and suburbs of the UK performing at events. Presently, he is studying music to maximize his gift and calling.

He has so far released 4 Albums that are till today the best selling Gospel Contemporary Albums. They are as follows:


Beulah Potential Music International (BPMI) in collaboration with Afrikan Kreations (subsidiary of Femtej Kreations Limited UK & Eleven 12 Animation Ltd present

EVENT:“ROYAL FESTIVAL DANCE” A “Red Carpet’’ concert is tagged 1 Peter 2:9 …A Royal Priesthood…that ye may shew forth the praise….

Featuring Prince Segun Adebayo Performing his hits

with Special Appearances & Ministration by NIRAN OBASA(GOSPEL JAZZ)
All the album released: S'ERU BOTA, MILLENNIUM GLORY, ENDLESS, PSA LIVE IN WHITEHALL LONDON will be available for purchase on the night.
Photo Opportunities

Date: 18th December 2009

Time: 7pm – 11pm (Prompt)

Venue: Christ the Ladder Ministries
777-787 Old Kent Road
London SE15 1NZ (On top of Carphone Warehouse, Opposite Toys ‘R’ us)

Dress Code: You have to be gorgeously dressed to the palace to dance with the King of Kings.

This Event is supported by:
Ben Television UK
Vintage Magazine
Femtej Kreations Consulting
Surprise FM
Popp Consult (Music and Sound)
Eleven 12 Animations
Christ the Ladder Ministries
Praise Room

GUEST LIST/VIP/INFO: 07904556678 and 07878202481


Reel Women, Stand to be Counted!

Filmmakers must be very intelligent and broad-minded, with strong skills. Liberal arts study is so important. It makes you a fairly well rounded person. It exposes you to the languages, ethics, philosophy, history, and social sciences. Films are all about research and continual learning. Temple Productions unveiled plans for a workshop for women in film and those who are trying to break into the world of film tagged Reel Women: a workshop for female film makers.

The one day workshop which will take place on December 3, 2009 was conceived as a way of creatively educating women on the practicalities of life in film production; looking at the challenges women face in the industry and finding ways to surmount them.
Managing Director of Temple Productions, Ego Boyo, described the workshop as “a passionate idea conceived to manage the challenges faced by female film makers.”

“Women have always been involved in various aspects of film making and are becoming more and more involved in production, and now more than ever opportunities exist because of the pioneering efforts of a few. There is a need to maximize these opportunities by creating a forum to enlighten and empower women interested in a career in film and for those already in the Industry," she said.
As woman with plan to pursue filmmaking as a career, we will use this opportunity to meet and work with other filmmakers to make film that will screen at the largest film festival, Mrs. Boyo said.

However, filmmaking funding increasingly scarce and competition grows equally fierce, Reel Women stands out in the crowd, as real stories are more important. In the past, stories were forcibly silenced, but today, unheard stories spin to make a different on notions like “traditional values”, gender equality, abortion, issues like same-sex marriage and immigration, these stories are also a source of healing the larger community, she said.

According to Mrs. Boyo, ”Reel Women Film Workshop is fast-paced and packed with instruction. “Every hour, there is something different. It is very hands-on. There is an assignment every day.”

The workshop will provide an invaluable opportunity for networking and possible mentorship by renowned directors, producers, financiers, scriptwriters, legal luminaries, and actresses in the industry at no cost. Throughout the day there will be discussions, break out and mentoring sessions and speeches that will range in topic from how to break into the industry to comportment, style, and everything in between.

Speakers at the workshop include Renowned Film Director and writer, Amaka Igwe, Joke Silva, the popular actress whose acting school Lufodo Academy recently held its formal launch, Ifeoma Williams, an image consultant, multi-talented Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Sandra Oyewole, Partner, Oyewole & Co among others. 

 Temple productions partners with a South African based production company, now working with international film consultants in its bid to reinvigorate the Nigerian film industry. With new equipment and value added services, Temple productions believe it can play a very pivotal role in producing internationally acceptable films in Nigeria


Entries for AMAA 2010 still open

The Africa Film Academy invites filmmakers to submit their Feature, Short, and Documentary works for consideration by the 6th AMAA, the Premier Africa film Awards. Each completed entry form must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, 10 DVD copies of the film and proof of the right to submit.

Only films produced and released between December 2008 and December 2009 would be entered for the 2009 celebration of African Cinema to be held in 2010. All films must indicate year of copyright. The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120 min run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 50 minutes.

The Africa Film Academy awards two major categories of short films and animation. This year the Academy announced a category for the Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and the Best Diaspora Short Film Awards. The deadline for all submissions is December 30, 2009; a late entry deadline is 7th January 2010. Nominations will be announced in Ghana in February 2010. AMAA will hold on April 10, 2010 and will be televised across the world.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

YORUBA ROMANCE: A Stage Play with a Difference!

YORUBA ROMANCE, a stage play with a difference! I can categorically say, Nigerians now have the chance of savouring the beauty of live drama. This classic stage play featured the Super star and the Award winning Actress Kate Henshaw-Nuttall, Yemi Adeyemi (Suara of the Super Story) and Chris Ubani-Robert. 

The Stage drama took place last Sunday, 22nd November 2009 at the AGIP RECITAL HALL, MUSON CENTRE. Lagos.
Speaking with the Star Actress Kate Henshaw Nuttall on the phone on Monday, 23rd November 2009, she explained how the place was packed for the two shows, the 3pm & 6pm. People really liked the play, the reception was high. Thank God for that.

Explaining the synopsis of the play, Terrence said Yoruba Romance is a hilarious comedy about the age old mating ritual between man and woman. The play employs the use of different kinds of humour to explore some of the deep-seated prejudices we have concerning intertribal relationships.

The play centred on three major acts, Chief Ladoja who is Yemi Adeyemi, Nneka Chilouzor, the role played by Kate Henshaw Nuttall and Chief Chibuzor, Nneka’s father who is Chris Ubani-Roberts.

Ladoja, an affluent middle aged farmer decides to take a new wife. His options or lack of options, narrow to the daughter of his neighbour Chief Chibuzor, a more affluent businessman. Everything looks good until a long buried land dispute between both families is unearthed. The marriage proposal takes an ugly turn and accusations and counter accusations fly.

Will they overcome their bigotry and tribal biases to celebrate the love brewing beneath the greed and intolerance or are the two families fated for a bitter and unending rivalry?

According to the Director of the play, the footing of the bills by Onga, a product of Promasidor Nigeria Plc made the play a success for international consumption.

Yoruba Romance according to the director takes us on a journey of love and laughter; and at the end the audience will learn a few hard lessons.

The play is the adaptation of a marriage proposal – the 17th century Russian play by Anton Chekhov, Terrence which brings out some inherited prejudices in Nigerian culture traversing various tribes.

“We packaged the play to dispel all these old prejudices and also we are out to make Nigerians enjoy the rich theatre culture which only stage plays can provide,” he said.

Lead Actress Kate Henshaw Nuttall said the stage play was more challenging movie to her, hence her involvement in the production. “Besides I am expected to cook in the play and this will educate most people who doubt my ability to cook. “People who come around would have a taste of my cooking seasoned with Onga,” she added.

The Head of Marketing Promasidor Nigeria Plc, Mrs Biola Inawo said that Onga’s involvement in the play was to restore the lost glory of stages play which used to dominate the theatre industry in the country.

She said that the involvement of Kate Henshaw Nuttall, who is equally the face of Onga further facilitated the company’s interest, as she supposed to be an image maker of the brand.

The Stage play, written and directed by Tyrone Terrence and packaged or let me say presented by Rosewood Theatre aims at restoring the dignity of live drama. I hope you all agree with me here....Have a nice day!