For perhaps the first time in its chequered history, Nigerians would be served a home movie depicting the sad happenings in the country in 1976.
It was the year one of Africa’s finest and the nation’s most loved icons, General Murtala Muhammed, was toppled and assassinated in a military coup.
Titled ’76, the movie already has rave reviews by the likes of the BBC and others following sold out screenings in September this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, and at the 60th BFI London Film Festival this October.
The African premiere is in Lagos on November 3, while it will open to the public on November 25 across Nigeria.
The historical film, which principal photography was concluded in July 2012 at Mokola Barracks, Ibadan, features the likes of Ramsey Nouah, Chidi Mokeme, Rita Dominic, both Africa Movie Academy and Viewers Award for Best Actor In Leading Role in 2016 – Daniel K. Daniel and Ibinabo Fiberesima.
It comes 40 years after the actual events, and follows seven years of work by the multi-award winning Director Izu Ojukwu and the production teams of Adonis Production and Princewill’s Trust.
Ojukwu said, “We wanted to show audiences who were not there, what it was like and the impact of the army on the people’s psyche. A lot of water has gone under the bridge over 40 years. This is a filmmaker’s small contribution to some of that healing.”
According to the producers, the movie “is a story told from a dual point of view –the soldier’s patriotic perspective accused of being involved in the 1976 military coup and assassination of General Murtala Muhammed, and from that of the officer’s wife.” The film also pays homage to the strength of soldiers’ wives.
“Our objective was to show audiences, amongst other things, what the wives of officers had to go through. Military coups are our legacy. In some ways, we are still trying to recover from this. Everyone sees and hears the perspective of the officers. But the woman’s story stays silent. We wanted to highlight the strength and the vulnerabilities of the typical African woman and to do so through the eyes of officers’ wives. This is a filmmaker’s tiny contribution to raising their volume,” stated Executive Producer Adonijah Owiriwa.
The film shoot enjoyed the full approval and endorsement of the Nigerian Army and the Murtala Muhammed family.
Former Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, who succeeded Murtala, also endorsed the movie, describing the story line as “the best view of one of the worst times in our nation’s history. A must watch and an insight that was long overdue.’’
The film reflects rumours of foreign involvement and also portrays inter-tribal marriages, being set six years after the Nigerian Civil War.
‘76 has also been invited to screen at the Dubai Film Festival 2016 and Berlin Film Festival 2017.
4 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE NIGERIAN ARTISTES ON COKE STUDIO 4
Africa’s number one music show, Coke Studio Africa is currently showing on tv. This time, the show features 9 amazing Nigerian artistes who are currently making a huge impact on the nation’s music scene.
Placing them in two categories, the regulars who have featured on previous shows: Flavour, Yemi Alade, Waje, the newcomers (those featuring on the show for the first time), Patoranking, Falz, Kiss Daniel, Cynthia Morgan and Simi are featuring along other talented artists from across Africa to produce 76 beautiful songs on 11 exciting shows.
While the show offers some interesting parts of these artistes’ lives, here are 4 things you can also learn about them.
All Round Stars
These artistes are the real deal. They are not the just run-of-the-mill kinds; all of the artists on CS 4 are award-winning musicians; who have won some of the industry’s most contested awards some of which include, Mobo Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards, Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA), City People Entertainment Awards, Hip Hop World Awards (The Headies), BET Award, World Music Award, Kora Awards, MTV Europe among several others.
A Crop of Forward-Looking Artists
These ones don’t just follow trends, they place diversity as a major deal to moving ahead. These Nigerian artistes are some of the “realest” in the industry, considering that besides their landslide achievement in the music industry, they are doing even more, by making significant impact in other sectors. For instance, Waje runs a school, 2Face (who is also known as 2Baba) has other businesses like real estate and hospitality, Yemi Alade who is a graduate of the University of Lagos has a fashion label called House of Tangerine, a jewellery collection named Bland2Glam and even recently announced a desire to launch a shoe line. Falz falls into the clothing line category, as he released branded T-shirts, “Ello Bae” and “Marry me” under the Falz edition.
They All Have Beautiful Love Songs
Love is a beautiful thing, and what better way to enjoy it than through music. Some of the most memorable love songs on the Nigerian music scene are from the Nigerian artists on the line-up for Coke Studio 4. Interestingly, artists like 2Baba and Flavour have also shown that they are not one-song artistes, and have since positioned themselves as living pop legends of Nigeria’s music industry.
Some of the memorable love songs they have released have remained anthems on the lips of many. Starting from 2face’s ever-green “African Queen”, to Flavour’s “Oyi” which is a beautiful song that has since become a wedding anthem, to Patoranking’s “Girlie o”, Waje’s powerful song “I wish”, Falz “Celebrity Girlfriend”, Yemi Alade “Johnny” which gave her, her major break and Simi “Jamb Question” featuring Falz.
Stage Name or Real Name, They’re Cool Like That
Typical to most musicians they go by their stage names, but also have interesting real names. Flavour’s real name is Chinedu Izuchuwku Okoli, Patoranking is Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, TuBaba is Innocent Idibia, Waje is Aituaje Aina Vivian Ebele Iruobe, Falz is Folarin Falana, Kiss Daniel is Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, Simi is a shortened version of a longer name: Simisola Bolatito Ogunleye.
In the list of the ones who go by their real names is, Cynthia Morgan, whose full name has an interesting middle one: Cynthia Ikponmwonsa Morgan and Yemi Alade, whose middle name unveils her part-Igbo origin. Yemi Eberechi Alade.
Ebenezer Obey Hails Adenuga Over Ghana’s Award
Music legend, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, has described the recent award conferred on the Chairman of Globacom Limited, Dr Mike Adenuga Jr. by Ghana president John Mahama has a worthy honour and a confirmation that he is competent in transforming not only Nigeria, but Africa and the entire globe.
While congratulating the business mogul, Obey said that the award reflected the commitment of Adenuga to the growth and development of telecommunication across Africa by providing employment to many youths in sports, culture, entertainment, among others.
He said that, “The highest national award tagged: ‘The Companion of the Star Ghana (CSG),’ is a testament that Dr Adenuga is a proud nationalist, philanthropist and a prudent businessman. I am confident that this recognition will enhance his desire to do greater things for Nigeria and Africa at large. Nigerians are proud of him. Personally, I am delighted to see Ghana appreciate him with the prestigious award towards his contributions to the growth of economy.
“As an artiste, I am one of the beneficiaries of his good works and I am happy that this is happening in our time. I pray that God will continue to keep him and grant him long life to achieve all his aspirations and accomplish all his good plans geared towards lifting Africa to a greater level in the entire world,” he added.
Obey, who also described Dr Adenuga as a man who is always thinking of the progress of Nigeria, empowering Africans and also creating communication-made-easy environment for Africans, charged other well-meaning Nigerians and Africans to take a cue from Adenuga’s vision to collectively transform and make Africa a place of pride.
Big Bob, Majek Fashek, Others For Mandators’ Reggae Festa
Reggae music fans from Nigeria and all over the globe are in for a spectacular and fun-filled time as the 3rd edition of the Africa Meets Reggae & World Music International Festival berths on November 26 in Lagos.
Slated to hold at the hockey pitch of the National Stadium, the festival will parade stars from across Africa such as Nkulee Dube, daughter of South African legend, Lucky Dube, Sierra Leone’s Big Bob, Redfyah and Illest Nana, both of Ghana. Other headliners and artistes to grace the event include living legends such as Majek Fashek, Victor Essiet (The Mandators), Malaika, Oritse Femi, Presh, Sweet Reggae Band, Patoranking, and Pasuma Wonder.
According to the organisers, Mr Mandator and his World Music group, the show will witness a mixed crop of stars and upcoming artistes in order to raise fresh awareness about reggae music particularly, as well as expose musical talents, both young and old. Essiet said the forum is also a way to give back to the society that made him despite current harsh economic climate.
Stressing benefits of the show, he however bemoaned the decline of reggae music in Africa, saying he was out to resuscitate it on the continent as well as help boost Nigeria’s economy.
‘‘We won’t stop until we get there,’’ he promised, even as he appealed to the government to intervene, especially by providing funding for the music industry.
Beauty Queen, Zainab Amoo, Donates To Destitutes
First runner up in the prestigious Mr and Miss Nigeria Int’l (MMNI) beauty pageant 2016, Miss Zainab Amoo, may have unconsciously taken the first steps in preparation towards her pet project due to take off early next year.
Despite the glamour of her position as Miss Nigeria Int’l Africa 2016, the black-complexioned beauty queen who picked up her diadem just last month, showed there is more to her role as queen than wearing the crown.
In an unusual and surprising show of concern, Miss Amoo in the bid to celebrate her birthday stormed the Okobaba Destitute Home in Ebute Metta to present them with gifts of Indomie, cooking oil, salt, fruits and some cash, among other items.
The 200-level Unilorin student was accompanied by the very stylish Miss Nigeria Int’l 2016, Miss Silver Ezenezi, and representatives of Brendance and Crusaders Ltd, organiser of MMNI pageant.
After presenting the items to chairman of the grossly-indigent community, Ado na Amadu, to loud cries of deep appreciation, she modestly said the gesture was to give back to the society.
The demure beauty, whose pet project centres round fashion, agriculture development and youth empowerment, also strongly condemned domestic violence that is currently ravaging the society. She described it as ‘‘weird, not proper, unmanly, and what guys just must not do.’’ She also promises that while her reign lasts, she will continue to seek ways of enriching the lives of those around her, especially the vulnerable and indigent.
Atela Set To Release Kekere Visual
Benue State born act, Francis Atela better known as ‘Atela’ by his teaming fan is one of the newcomers in the music industry who sure set to make an impact with his distinctive voice. Having started as church choir at a tender age of 14 where he develop skills as a musician and songwriter.
Signed on Squeeze Record, Atela is set to release his first major debut single titled ‘Kekere’ which is expected to be released any moment soon alongside the visual as produced and directed by DJ Coublon and Unlimited LA respectively.
Singing out, “Who is in the garden / a sexy fine girl / can I come and see her, a sexy fine girl,” the new single is just what the lover in you needs.
Reminiscent of an old rhythm song, “Idi ore mi” is here to get you prepared for what cuffing season can fortunately and unfortunately bring forth.
Highlight of Jonathan Mannion’s visit to Nigeria by Hennessy Artistry
Hennessy Artistry dedicated a week to the Hip Hop culture in Lagos as it welcomed legendary Hip Hop photographer; Jonathan Mannion to Nigeria.
The one of a kind project kicked off on the 25th of October and ended on 31st, October 2016. This had Jonathan Mannion touring symbolic places and meeting influential people in the Visual and Hip Hop industries in Lagos.
The week kicked off with Mannion shooting the Hennessy VS Class Alumni at Studio 24, The Hennessy VS Class Alumni are the winners of a yearly Hip Hop initiative created by Hennessy.
The next day, Jonathan had a private ‘meet and greet’ with some key representatives of the media. During the meeting, he conveyed the aim of his tour to Lagos which was to authenticate and celebrate the Nigerian Hip hop culture; he also shared his works, experiences and ideas with them. Up next was the official opening ceremony at Red Door Art Gallery where the energetic Jonathan walked a selected guests of 100 through a collection of his most iconic works which were curated in collaboration with Lagos Photo Festival’s Azu Nwagbogu and Wunika Mukan. The exhibition was shortly opened to the public and featured musical performances and cocktails by Hennessy.
On Friday, 28th October, Mannion had a private lunch with four top Photographers in Nigeria to include Lemi Gahriokwu; the album cover artiste for Lt. Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Yetunde Babaeko; an established photographer in Nigeria, Jenevieve Akeni; popularly known for her thought provoking photography exhibition in various photo festivals, and Nigeria’s leading album cover photographer; August Udoh. A selected work of Jonathan Mannion was also auctioned at Lagos Photo Festival to raise funds to encourage the Photography industry in Nigeria. These activities were followed by Jonathan Mannion and Nigeria’s hip hop star Olamide, kicking off Hennessy Artistry Club Tour at Club 57 to celebrate Jonathan’s 20th anniversary in the business.
On Saturday, 29th October, at Red Door Art Gallery, Jonathan had a Talk Presentation with a cross section of Nigeria’s Hip Hop/music and photography influencers. Issues such as the history of Nigerian Hip hop, the quality of the musical content produced, as well as the way forward in the Nigerian music industry were some of the things that were discussed during the presentation. On the panel of discussion were, Obi Asika, Show Dem Camp, Azu Nwagbogu and Classic FM’s Buki Izeogu moderating. Other guests in attendance were Naeto C, RuggedMan, Osagie Alonge, B Elect, Sasha, Ill Bliss, Jesse Jagz, Leriq, Ajebutter.
The next day, Sunday, 30th October, in conjunction with Lagos Photo Festival, he held a photography workshop for young and upcoming Professional Photographers at the Red Door Art Gallery where he shared his works, knowledge and upcoming projects with the enthusiastic minds. The same day, Jonathan Mannion shot Nigerian leading Rap Duo Show Dem Camp.
Pre his departure, which was Monday, 31st, October, Jonathan shot top A-list Artiste Olamide A.K.A King of the street for his upcoming album cover at Studio 24, Allen Avenue Ikeja. Styled by Zed Eye, the Artiste witnessed hundreds of fans show up to support him. It was the most breathtaking experience for all who witnessed Jonathan Mannion bring his immense depth of experience and professionalism into play as he manipulated the scene to create the most unexpected results.