‘Afia Attack’ Is A Chance For Dialogue About Nigeria’s Past, Fays Film Producer, Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor

Joining influential African filmmakers for the seventh edition of the Lights Camera Africa!!! Film Festival held at the Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos between 20 October and 1 October, 2017, the producer of the Biafra-focused documentary ‘Afia Attack’, Ujuaku Akukwe-Nwakalor, emphasized that the “film is another chance for Nigerians to discuss the history of the country, and heal the wounds from the civil war”.

The film festival, a 3-day cultural event organised to celebrate independent African cinema, returned this year with the theme ‘RESET’ – to encourage conversations about issues and experiences in politics, science, arts, culture, and tradition with family-friendly programming.

Speaking during the deliberative session with guests at the event, Akukwe-Nwakalor stated that the impact of the Nigerian Civil War should serve as a lesson to citizens about coming together to proffer solutions to problems in the country.

“During the war, many children were killed; women were raped while their husbands died on the battlefield. No matter how we look at it, war should not be the means to determine the strength of our unity or country. With everything happening in the world, it’s a time for reflection about our pasts and to heal one another,” she said.

The documentary film ‘Afia Attack: The Untold Survival Stories of Women in the Nigeria-Biafra War’, produced and directed by Akukwe-Nwakalor and Chris Odili, is a story about women who often undertook very dangerous journeys during the war, going beyond enemy lines to trade and bring back supplies.

Addressing guests at the event, Ugoma Adegoke the Co-Founder of the Festival said it will continue to recognise trending issues for logical conversations, while also using the platform to acknowledge impactful content rooted in African experience.

“33” Export Celebrates Nigeria’s Independence Day With Consumers In Port Harcourt, Uyo

“33” Export last weekend gave consumers in Port Harcourt and Uyo another reason to create new memories as the brand thrilled residents of the cities with its Experience Parties.

The Friendship Experience Party which is Nigeria’s biggest friendship platform to engage consumers has been held in major cities across the country. Over the past few months, thousands of consumers and lovers of the brand have been hosted in popular clubs and bars to the best of music, games and comedy experiences.

Following the recent friendship parties in Onitsha and Lagos, friends in Port Harcourt and Uyo came out in numbers to enjoy “33” Export while celebrating Nigeria’s Independence Day.

Speaking during the event in Port Harcourt, Portfolio Manager – Mainstream, Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Emmanuel Agu asserted that the parties show the bond and unity in friendship among Nigerians.

“No matter where we are, the essence of friendship is always strengthened by the recognition that the bond people share needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. Nigeria is fortunate in its diversities, and a lot of our consumers are here today to celebrate one another and to recognise the indispensable quality of friendship and unforgettable experiences,” Agu said.

With interesting activities at the event, consumers in Port Harcourt and Uyo won lots of amazing gifts such as generators, standing fans, refrigerators, branded T-shirts – as friends shared and made bids with the “33” Export currency.

Peter Apologises To Fans, Says PSquare Back Together

Peter and Paul Okoye of the popular pop-group, PSquare, are reportedly back together after a brawl that ensued between the duo this week.

In a short video posted on social media on Thursday, by Peter, he said: “We have resolved our issues and we beg for your forgiveness. I will take full responsibility of everything that has happened and I promise you that our problems are behind us now.”

The duo’s lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN), also appealed to the public to refrain from jumping into what he called uninformed conclusions about the musicians’ disagreement.

His words: “All the various incidents that happened in our chambers (some as late at 12 midnight and 2a.m. and one of which was captured in the online video) arose out of various meetings that were genuine attempts at resolving their differences.

“None of these talented brothers is at fault. None of them is also wholly justified and correct in their individual positions. We also wish to state categorically that, contrary to widely held opinions, none of their wives is at fault. In fact, the wives have kept their respectable and dignified distances from all the issues involved. They have never interfered in any way.”

Game Of Thrones Stars Kit Harrington And Rose Leslie Are Engaged

Game of Thrones stars, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie have formally announced their engagement.

An official announcement was published in The Times newspaper, which said: “The engagement is announced between Kit, younger son of David and Deborah Harington of Worcestershire, and Rose, middle daughter of Sebastian and Candy Leslie of Aberdeenshire.”

While the pair have kept their relationship mostly private, Harington told L’Uomo Vogue last year that it was “easy” to fall in love with Leslie and confirmed speculation that they were dating.

He said his best memory of Game of Thrones was filming in Iceland for three weeks during rthe second season in 2012.

“Because the country is beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love,” he said.

“If you’re already attracted to someone, and then they play your love interest in the show, it becomes very easy to fall in love.”

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“33” Export Is Back In Lagos This Weekend With Its Friendship Parties

The Friendship Party, hosted by “33” Export Lager Beer, is set to hold in the Epe and Surulere axis of Lagos on Saturday, 23rd and Sunday, 24th of September respectively. This follows the success of the recently held parties in Abia, Uyo and Onitsha.

Within the past few months, consumers and lovers of the No. 1 Friendship Beer have been treated to unforgettable fun experiences by the brand through the ‘City of Friends’ event held in July to celebrate the World Friendship Day, and the “33” Friendship Experience Party held in Abule Egba in August.

In his remarks, Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Brands, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Emmanuel Agu, stated that the brand is thrilled to bring the friendship party back to the city of Lagos.

“”33” Export Lager Beer is focused on sharing the values of friendship while creating opportunities for its numerous consumers to bond and create memorable moments. The brand will continue to build on this great platform to allow consumers experience great moments with their friends,” he said.

The event will feature the finest Nigerian DJ’s and MCs, Comedian Bash, Shakara, Ajebo, DJ Kentalky, DJ Real and many more. Gifts will be awarded to guests during various activities.


“33” Export Thrills Consumers With Friendship Party In Onitsha

“33” Export Lager Beer took its Friendship Experience Party to Sweet Garden Hotel, GRA, Onitsha as consumers were treated to the most amazing music, fun, and games.

This follows similar parties organized by the brand in Lagos, Ibadan, and Uyo where consumers trooped-in in their numbers to enjoy “33” Export while being entertained by top music DJs and comedians including Comedian Bash, I go save, Shakara, Ajebo, DJ Kentalky, DJ Real and others.

Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Nigerian Breweries Plc., Emmanuel Agu stated that “33” Export Lager Beer is focused on highlighting the time-tested values of friendship hence its decision to create an atmosphere for which these values can be expressed.

“Building on creating experiences, the brand is leveraging on the Friendship Experience Parties to engage with its customers and deepen its relationship with friends of the brand across the country,” he said.

With auctions and other interesting activities, friends in Onitsha were rewarded with gifts such as generators, refrigerators, standing fans, T-shirts and many more.

Wizkid Cancels Music Tours After Falling Ill

The international music tours planned by Nigerian music star. Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, will no longer hold, the singer has said.

The singer took to his Twitter page on @wizkidayo to make this known, while urging his fans to pray for him.

He wrote”Sad I’m typing this but I’ll be moving dates on my tour to get my health up. I appeal to my real fans to understand and pray with me.”


“33” Export To Celebrate Friendship With Aba Consumers This Weekend

The “33” Export Friendship Experience Parties, a platform to provide friends and lovers of the No.1 Friendship Beer the opportunity to connect, bond and share moments continues during this holiday weekend, as friends in Aba, Abia State will be hosted on Sunday, September 2, 2017 to another unforgettable experience.

Headlined by top DJs and comedians in the Nigerian entertainment industry such as DJ Real, DJ Kaywise, DJ Kentalky, MC Shakara, Ajebo, Omobaba and Comedian Bash, the brand has consistently treated consumers across the country every weekend during the campaign to the best of music, games, and comedy.

Friends in Agege, Lagos witnessed the event last Sunday as consumers and friends had memorable experiences with their friends while getting rewarded.

“My first experience was at the party held in Festac in March and it was totally great,” said Abiodun Majekodunmi, a guest at the event. “Personally, It’s a wonderful concept that a brand is building on friendship to engage Nigerians, especially its consumers. These events have become an interesting way for people like us to celebrate each other and relax.”

The Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, Nigerian Breweries, Emmanuel Agu, emphasised the brand’s reputation as the No. 1 Friendship Beer, evidenced by the testimonials and immense interests of the consumers in the friendship parties across Nigeria.

Speaking during the event, Agu said, “The Friendship Experience Parties are opportunities for us to directly engage and connect with our consumers.  The brand will continue to build on this exciting platform to allow our consumers create and experience great moments with their friends.”

“33” Export Set For National Takeover With Friendship Experience Parties

Coming off the just concluded ‘City of Friends’ campaign, which was a first of its kind experience that paraded the best of Nigerian acts with consumers who were hosted for three days in commemoration of the World Friendship Day, the undoubtedly No. 1 Friendship Beer in Nigeria, “33” Export will be sustaining the momentum by hitting major parts of the country with the ‘Friendship Experience Parties’, as the first event is set for this Sunday, 27th of August, 2017 in Agege, Lagos State.
The initial phase of the Experiential Parties kicked off in March 2017, covering cities across the country such as Calabar, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Jos, Uyo, Benin, and many more, as thousands of consumers and lovers of the brand were hosted by several top DJs and comedians such as MC Shakara, Comedian Bash, Ajebo, DJ Kentalky, DJ Real, DJ Kaywise and others in the entertainment industry.
According to the Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, Nigerian Breweries, Emmanuel Agu, “33” Export is fulfilling its promise of providing unique friendship experiences whilst creating opportunities for its target consumers to bond, party and create memorable moments.
“We are also emphasizing the brand’s commitment to the moments that matter to our consumers, no matter where they are,” Agu added.
Over the next few months, thousands of consumers and lovers of the brand will again be hosted in popular clubs and bars across the country by some of the biggest DJs and comedians, all thrilling consumers with the best of music, games and comedy experiences.

220 Students Set To Graduate From Africa Film Academy’s “So You Wanna Act” Owerri Workshop

The city of Owerri is set to play host to the graduation ceremony of this year’s edition of its “So You Wanna Act” workshop organized by Africa Film Academy.

The graduation event scheduled for the 24th of August, 2017 marks the end of a highly educative and interactive workshop for the participants and is billed to take place at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the project and graduates, the host, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu emphasized the need for refining creative skills and showcasing local talents. “We started the workshop on the 25th of April and concluded it on the 10th of May 2017. In a class that featured hundreds of students and some of the creative maestros from eastern Nigeria, you can be certain that they will not only surprise the film industry with their productions but also with the quality of content and messages that will follow.”

The Africa Film Academy continued by explaining the rationale behind a myriad of activities scheduled for the graduation, most notably the unveiling of Eastern Heartland Film Festival and the launch of the Africa Film Academy Eastern Heartland Film Fund. “We have found a formula that works, and this is consistent with our vision at Africa Film Academy. It is to empower indigenous talents like we have done with the students at the “So You Wanna Act” workshop; empower them with the Africa Film Academy Eastern Heartland Film Fund so they can access resources to execute viable creative projects and showcase their works through the Eastern Heartland Film Festival.”

“Nigeria, Africa and the world should brace for the impact we are about to make” Owelle Rochas Okorocha is quoted as saying during the commencement of the training.

At the graduation ceremony as special guest of honour will be his Excellency, the executive governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha alongside illustrious guest speakers ,Other notable figures from the creative space across Nigeria are also expected to be in attendance.

‘Women Are Crested To Rule The World’ – Reni Folawiyo

When Nigerian businesswoman Reni Folawiyo decided to launch the first ever luxury fashion destination for Nigerians and Westerners alike she had several hurdles to overcome.

The idea was not only bold and unheard of, but she also had to contend with naysayers who said her ideas were too far fetched.

In this episode of Against The Odds with Peace Hyde, she shares with Forbes Woman Africa, just how powerful the resolve of a woman can be and how to achieve your passion now matter the difficulties.

Watch Full Episode below:

Sosoliso Plane Crash Survivor, Kechi, Wows Again On America’s Got Talent [Video]

Two months after earning the standing ovation of judges on America’s Got Talent, Kechi Okwuchi, a survivor of the Sosoliso plane crash, has advanced to the live show of the competition.

On Tuesday when she earned her qualification to the next round, she also received another standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

An excited Kechi took to Instagram to share the news and to thank everyone that helped make her “dreams come true”.

“Tonight was overwhelming… I got to watch the show with all the @shrinershospitals kids, fellow burns survivors, and it was just so fulfilling…and now. Live shows,” she wrote in part.

“I’m just so grateful to God, guys, for allowing me to get this far, and I’m eternally grateful to Seal and Simon for saying the words I needed to hear: that I deserved to be on the show based on my voice, not just my story.

“And thank YOU all, for being with me through this journey.”

Okwuchi was one of two survivors of the plane crash that killed 107 passengers in 2002.

Here’s the performance that got her into the next round of America’s Got Talent.


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