Friday, September 19, 2014

THE WORK AND PROPHECIES OF NOSTRADAMUS (FULL DOCUMENTARY)


       
             

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Popular Nollywood Star Actor Wale Ojo Birthday is Today.



Nollywood Star Actor Wale Ojo

Wale Ojo is a prolific actor in the Nigerian Film Industry and has featured in many films like “Half of a Yellow Sun”, “Phone Swap”, “Street of Calabar” and many others and currently featuring in popular TV soap Tinsel where he plays Nosa.

Happy birthday Wale.








          






Monday, September 8, 2014

HOPES RAISED AS EBOLA VACCINE PROTECTS MONKEYS FOR 10 MONTHS


Human trials underway aiming to prevent another outbreak of the virus which has swept through West Africa

Workers wearing protective suits in Monrovia in Liberia. Human trials are now underway to test a vaccine that may help to prevent future outbreaks.
Hopes for an effective Ebola vaccine have been raised after trials of an experimental jab found that it gave monkeys long-term protection from the killer disease.
Animals that received a first shot of the vaccine and a booster two months later were immune to the infection for 10 months, according to US government researchers. If further trials show that the vaccine works safely in humans, it could be used to protect health workers and contain future outbreaks by immunising villagers living next to affected areas.
The findings will encourage scientists in the UK and elsewhere who have just begun human trials of an Ebola vaccine in the hope of preventing another outbreak of the virus which has swept through Guinea, Liberia,Sierra Leone and Nigeria, claiming more than 2,000 lives.
The World Health Organisation warned last week that the total death toll in African states could reach 20,000 before it could be brought under control. The infection is spread by contact with bodily fluids and causes fever, vomiting and severe bleeding.
Researchers led by Nancy Sullivan at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland tested two different vaccines on macaques. The first was based on a harmless monkey virus which had been modified to carry a protein from the Zaire strain of Ebola, responsible for the latest outbreak. A single shot of the vaccine protected the animals from the virus for several weeks. The same vaccine, developed by the US NIH and GlaxoSmithKline, has just gone into human clinical trials in the UK, Mali and the Gambia.
The US researchers went on to test a second vaccine based on a modified cowpox virus. Monkeys that received the vaccine as a booster two months after the first vaccine were protected against lethal doses of Ebola for a full 10 months, according to a report in Nature Medicine.
The Guardian understands that UK researchers are keen to include the booster jab in future human trials.
Jonathan Ball, a molecular virologist at the University of Nottingham, said that a single jab that gave even a few weeks of protection could help to contain an Ebola outbreak.
"This is important as it would keep the dosing regimen simple and could still provide good protection in the sort of outbreak that we are seeing in western Africa at the moment," he said. "For longer-term protection to prevent future outbreaks one could envisage using the combination, the so-called prime / boost approach."
Martin Hibberd, professor of emerging infectious disease at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the study "gives hope for a successful trial in humans".
On Friday, the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, set the goal of stopping the worst-ever outbreak of the disease within six to nine months. The "next few weeks will be crucial," Ban said in New York, adding that this was an "international rescue call".
Meanwhile, authorities are ordering people in Sierra Leone to stay inside their homes for three days later this month as part of an effort to stop the spread of Ebola, a government spokesman said on Saturday. Abdulai Bayraytay said the government was telling people to stay inside their homes on 19, 20 and 21 September. The dates were chosen to give people enough time to stock up on food and other provisions before the ban on movement goes into effect, he said.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Abuja International Film Festival Names of the Nominees for Its 11th Edition





The Abuja International Film Festival has released the names of the nominees for its 11th edition scheduled for the prestigious Silverbird Cinemas Abuja Nigeria. The nominees were announced in 13 different  categories excluding nominations for animation and the viewer’s Choice awards that will be decided by the audience at the festival.
Two new categories were added to the list of categories namely outstanding music score and student film category. According to Fred Amata, the Acting Festival Director, these new categories were added to reward excellence in music scoring and student film production respectively.
Interestingly, the film festival attracted over 145 entries from around the world with entries from Nigeria attracting over 60% of the total entries.
The festival will open on the 23rd of September with the highly anticipated Nigerian film “Invasion 1897” produced by celebrated Nigerian filmmaker Lancelot Imaseun  and the Closing Night Film will also attract the presentation of Jackie Chan 3D film titled Chinese Zodiac which ironically is the last action thriller by the 60 years old Hong kong Filmmaker. The film Chinese Zodiac is an entry of the Chinese Government to the 11th Abuja International Film Festival.
Also, the Film Festival will as part of his honors list honor this year honor the President of Nigeria, President Goodluck jonathan with the highest honor of the festival amongst other Nigerians that will include the Governor ‘s of Benue state Hon. Gabriel Suswan, Mr. Ben Murray Bruce of Silverbird, Prince Chris Nnebe of Pharmatex, Mr. Andy Boyo of Diamond Pictures, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, High Chief Edem Duke at the closing ceremony.
According to Loius Okpoto, The Media Manager for the Abuja Film Festival, Other attractions at the festival will be the public presentation  of 4 Nigerian films centered on Agric/health related nutrition projects funded by the Harvestplus International based in Washington and this even will witness the presence of the Honorable Ministers of Heath Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu and his counterpart from         Agriculture minister                
 Dr.  Akinwunmi Adeshina respectively. The films are advocacy projects on the benefits of cassava vitamin A nutrients in cassava.


2014 ABUJA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NOMINEES LIST

BEST FEATURE FILM (NIGERIA)
1.      INVASION 1897 – LANCELOTT ODUWA IMASUEN
2.      BLOOD AND ROMANCE – DANJUMA DJ SAAID
3.      DREAM WALKER – NEVILLE OSSAI
4.      TWIST OF FATE – GBENGA BELLO
5.      WHERE TALENT LIES – IKENNA OGUIKE
6.      BLACK SILHOUETTE – CHARLES UWAGBAI
7.      IRUGBIN (SEED) – ADEBAYO TIJANNI


BEST FEATURE FILM (FOREIGN)
1.      CHINESE ZODIAC {CHINA}
2.      THE GRANDMASTER {CHINA}
3.      WALKING TO SCHOOL {CHINA}
4.      THE MAJOR {RUSSIA}
5.      THE SUPERSTITON {UGANDA}

BEAT SHORT FILM (NIGERIA)
1.      FROST BITE – SEUN AJAYI
2.      NEW HORIZONS – TOPE OSHIN OGUN
3.      NOT RIGHT – UDUAK OBONG PATRICK
4.      YAWA (NEMESIS) – DAMIJO EFE YOUNG
5.      LOVE AND WAR – TOPE OSHIN OGUN


BEST SHORT FILM (FOREIGN)
1.      JUST AFRIEND {EGYPT-LUXOR}
2.      AWAITING LAZARUS {UNITED KINGDOM}
3.      LA QUEUE (THE QUEUE) {FRANCE}
4.      THE SON OF THE SEA {SPAIN}
5.      THE JOURNEY(UAE)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
1.      UNBROKEN (The Story John Sumonu)  – Toyin Fajj - Nigeria
2.      PARADOX OF LIFE –  Katman dayil - Nigeria
3.      OMONONG (GIFT) – Katman Dayil – Nigeria
4.      THE RISE OF THE EAGLES –  Biola Kazeem - Nigeria
5. SOUND OF TORTURE – Karen Shayo - Isreal


BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM
1.      THE THRONE – Jubril Malafia - Nigeria
2.      WHEN IS TOMMOROW – Ayo Donadove - Nigeria
3.      SOULS UNDER SOLES – Oluwaseun Afolabi – Nigeria 

THE OUTSTANDING COMIC FILM
1.      TROUBLE SOME LANDLORD – LARRY ZUKA - NIGERIA
2.      I COME LAGOS – ELVIS CHUKS - NIGERIA
3.      YAWA – NEMESIS  - DAMMIJO EFE YOUNG - NIGERIA

OUTSTANDING MALE ACTOR
1.      KHING BASSEY        - BLOOD AND ROMANCE - NIGERIA
2.      FRANK ATUS           – TWIST OF FATE - NIGERIA
3.      ALEX AYALOGU      – WHERE TALENT LIESN - NIGERIA
4.      JACKIE CHAN          – CHINESE ZODIAC - CHINA
5.       MIKE OMOREGBE    – INVASION 1897 - NIGERIA

OUTSTANDING FEMALE ACTOR
1.      MARY UCHE                       – TWIST OF FATE - NIGERIA
2.      ABIMBOLA ADEMOYE    – WHERE TALENT LIES - NIGERIA
3.      JACKIE APPIAH                  – DREAM WALKER - NIGERIA
4.      IVIE OKUJAYE                    – BLACK SILHOUETTE - NIGERIA

BEST DIRECTING
1.      JACKIE CHAN                                   - CHINESE ZODIAC (CHINA)
2.      JIAHUANG PENG & CHEN PENG  - WALKING TO SCHOOL (CHINA)
3.      LANCEELOT .O. IMASUEN            – INVASION 1897 (NIGERIA)
4.      DANJUMA “DEEJAY” SA’ID          – BLOOD AND ROMANCE (NIGERIA)
5.      KAR WAI WONG                            – THE GRANDMASTER (CHINA)

BEST STUDENT FILM
1.      SOULS UNDER SOLES – NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE
2.      WHEN IS TOMMOROW – AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY
3.      TALES BY SUNSET – AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY
4.      FORLON – NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE
5.      BETRAYED – IYUA ALAH – NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE

OUTSTANDING MUSIC
1.      BLOOD AND ROMANCE - NIGERIA
2.      CHINESE ZODIAC - CHINA
3.      INVASION 1897 -NIGERIA
4.      IRUGBIN (SEED) –NIGERIA
5.      THE WINGS - RUSSIA


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Femi Odugbemi Digital Cinema production Workshop in Kampala Uganda


FEMI ODUGBEMI


About 60 young people at the Kampala Film School, University of Kampala Uganda, courtesy of the Uganda Film Festival to part in this workshop.
The workshop ran from 26th-29th August 2014.

Over the course of the few days they engaged the technology and technique of digital filmmaking and created, produced and edited 2 exciting short films as workshop projects.

He is excited by the possibilities of the Creative economy of Africa. The best part is that it is driven and owned by the future of the continent - the young, talented and restless!!

Femi Odugbemi is the Co-Founder/Executive Director,
i-REPRESENT Documentary Film Forum
         

Below are pictures of the workshop.