“I love what I do” Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde in Houston

Time Personality/Award Winning Actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde arrived Houston Texas for the premiere of the blockbuster movie; “Blood in the Lagoon”. Our Executive Editor Chibuzor Okonta engaged her in an interactive and informative session.

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ABOUT THE MOVIE: Born into abject poverty and thrust deep into to the drudgery fate has dealt him, our protagonist ekes out a living in the treacherous murky waters of the waste deluged Lagos Lagoon. Just like thousands more kids in the many slums of Nigeria, his life story is already written and sealed by fate, even before he came into the world. And this is not of his making. The chances of getting any education and maybe clawing his way out of the situation is zero to unlikely, at best.

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Desmond Elliot, Omoni Oboli grace DVD launch of “Jump and Pass”

Popular writer/producer Uduak Oguamanam launched her new movie ‘Jump & Pass‘ recently at her newly opened African hub /lounge ‘Afriville’ which is situated at 4 Eric Moore Road, Surulere, Lagos. The event was well attended by members of Nollywood’s glitteratti namely Desmond Elliot, Emem Isong, Bobby Michaels, Susan Peters, Omoni Oboli, Belinda Effah and many more.

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Desmond Elliot, Emem Isong, Bobby Michaels

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Uduak Oguamanam, Anietie, Emem Isong

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Uduak who is the younger sister of Emem Isong, shows that talent runs in the family in this latest offering. The writer/producer who has a perchant for producing commercial comedies (Okon Lagos, Desperate House girls, Okon Goes To School etc)  does not disappoint in this latest offering ‘Jump & Pass’ that includes Nollywood funny man Imeh Bishop Umoh, Belinda Effah, May Owen, David Azeez etc. Directing was by Desmond Elliot. The dvd is is on sale nationwide in major video stores in the country.

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MOVIE: Pound of Flesh premieres in Houston

HOUSTON – “Pound of Flesh”, directed and written by Don Okolo and produced by Nkem DenChukwu is an incredible screenplay, inspired by an actual event that happened in Houston, Texas some twenty years ago. The story traverses the full spectrum of emotions. It unfolds with tasteful sentimentality, driven by a powerful score from a proven film composer.

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As the film opens, twelve-year-old piano prodigy, Chinelo (aka Nelo) Olisa, takes delight in the amazement on the faces of shoppers who hear her playing, and believed Mozart has returned from the grave. That same night, Nelo again reincarnates Mozart, as the featured pianist in concert with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra. She and the Orchestra play to a packed house. It is her last performance.

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On their home from the concert, an accident happens and Nelo is trapped in the family’s burning car. It is quickly obvious that she will not escape…and is destined to burn to death. A man on the scene, unable to allow the twelve year old to die such a horrible death, provides her the only escape possible…death from a single gunshot. What happens next will blow your mind away!

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Actors include; Curtis Von, Joe Grisaffi, Merlisa Determined, Perez Egbi, Eva Cotton, Ashley Sparks, Carl Payne, JP DeStefano, Alexis Anderson. The Premiere which attracted a huge audience held at the AMC Lowes Fountains, Houston, Texas.

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Premiere documentary exclusive to Trendy Africa was coordinated by Executive Editor Chibuzor Okonta, Raliat Akinlolu and Ifeoluwa Ojo.

Lancelot Imasuen’s ‘invasion 1897’ set for World premiere

Iceslide Films in conjunction with Wells Entertainment Limited presents the release of the epic historical film, ‘Invasion 1897’. The historic epic is based on the invasion of the great Benin Kingdom by the British in 1897, who then carted off Benin arts and artifacts which till date, still adorn museums around the world. This is the most ambitious film in Nigeria since it’s independence as the film makers seek to give an accurate, historical account of the event and make a statement as regards the right of the West to continue to hold on to these artifacts using the platform of the 1897 invasion of the Benin Kingdom.

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A scene from the film

‘Invasion 1897’ has been endorsed by the Benin monarch, Oba Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopolo Erediauwa 1, Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa, Edaiken N’Uselu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to Italy and of the Benin Royal Dynasty Trust, Sir. Chief (DR) Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, the Esama of the Benin Kingdom, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) and the Obong of Calabar, HRH Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi-Otu V, The Association of Movie Producers of Nigeria (AMP), Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Association of International Theatre Critics, Society for Nigerian Theatre ‎Artistes (SONTA), Association of International Theatre Critics (AITC), Nassarawa State University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Richard Landers Society and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, USA. The movie was produced and directed by award winning director Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen.

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The movie which has taken over four years to shoot and edit was shot in Benin city, Edo state as well as London, England, using a well trained cast of over three hundred people, all in period costume of the 1900s with the props of that era. The film stars veteran Nigerian actors Segun Arinze, Charles Inojie, Nosa Ehimwen, Paul Obazele, Leo Mezie, Mike Omoriegbe as Oba Ovonrawmen, Idiata Otiagbe and the late Justus Esiri in a cameo role. Famous British actors involved in the production include Rudolph Walker, Charles “Chucky” Venn, Annika Álofti, Garett Mort, Hannah Raehse-Felstead, Tim Robinson, Rob Spackman, Patrick Thompson and Keith Davinson.

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Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen – Producer/Director

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The United States premiere of the movie will hold at the famous Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C on September 17th 2014.

For more info, visit; www.invasion1897movies.com

Majemu America Premieres in Dallas

Majemu America (American Covenant ), a movie by Ola Ogunkoya is a story of love betrayal and destiny featuring …Saidi Balogun, Dele Odule, Murphy Afolabi, Rasak Ajao [Araosan] Ola Ogunkoya, Esther Nwafor and others. The event held at the Park Inn Raddison in Dallas.

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“I’m back”; Yvonne Jegede

Actress Yvonne Jegede who hails from Edo state became popular when she was introduced in Tuface Idibia’s video ‘African Queen’ (2004) but had actually started off acting in several TV series namely; ‘Blaze of Glory’, ‘Behind the Siege’, ‘Everyday People’ and ‘Edge of Paradise’ (MNET). She also featured as singer Djinee’s love interest in the video of the hugely popular song “Ego” (2005).

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Certainly not a green horn in the film business, Yvonne has featured in movies like: ‘Missing Angel’, ‘Money in the Bank’, ‘My Future’, ‘World of Loneliness’, ‘Tears of a Saint’, ‘Under the Sky’, ‘African Baby’, ‘Last Dance’, ‘One More Man’, ‘Italian Deal’, ‘Blood Sisters’, ‘Daughters of Ages’, ‘Wicked Times’, ‘AIDS Patient’, ‘Wealth Aside’, ‘Emotional Blunder’, ‘Hitler’, ‘Broken Pieces’, ‘Mountain of Evil’ etc.

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In 2007, she decided to take a break to pursue further studies and went to Cyprus to study International Relations at the American University there. Armed with her degree and the necessary exposure, in 2012 she came back to the country and entered the industry and started acting in several movies such as, ‘Haunted Souls’, ‘Twitter Babes’, ‘Village Babes’, ‘Yagazee’, ‘Don’t Cry For Me’, ‘Transformers’, ‘James Town’, ‘See Through Me’ (Shot in Uganda) etc.

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Styling was by Yolanda Okereke,

Hair by Cynthia Omorodion of ImagineUrHair,

Make up by Moji Adeoti for Alice McCrown,

Photography was by Tobby Maguire of TCD,

Publicist is Bola Aduwo for Dreamflite P.R.

Omotola features in Marketplace commercial

The official Konga.com Marketplace television commercial features star actress Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde. Some of you already know about Konga’s marketplace; a place where sellers can reach a nationwide audience with their products. The TVC was recorded in Lagos and follows the transaction of a Konga Marketplace seller.

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“Darima’s Dilema” by Mbong Amata

The DVD Launch for Mbong Amata’s movie ‘Darima’s Dilemma’ was held recently at the prestigious Civic Centre on Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos. In the movie, Darima is happily married to the love of her life, Josh, but harbors a secret that is capable of crashing her perfectly created home. Will love hold up?

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Mr & Mrs Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, Mbong Amata & Emem Isong

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Mbong Amata with Agatha Amata & her children


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The cast include Mbong Amata (who also executive produced the project) Majid Michel, I.K Ogbonna, Ihuoma Nwigwe and Diana Yekini. It was directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen and Consulting producer was Emem Isong.

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Sunshine, Emem and Bola Aduwo

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Emem & Frederick Leonard

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Susan Peters

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IK Ogbonna

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Ihuoma Nwigwe

Guests in attendance included entertainment notables; Susan Peters, Agatha Amata, Chico Ejiro, Frederick Leonard, Uru Eke, Elvis Chuks, Uduak Oguamanam, I.K Ogbonna, Lancelot Imasuen, Padita Agu etc.

Photos: Collins – Debbin Photography