GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Tuesday February 11, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Ghanaian actor, Gloria Osei Sarfo has stated that her recent nomination at the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) has been long overdue.According to the ‘Efie Wura’ actress, it took her 2 decades to finally get the recognition.
” I have not just been eyeing the AMVCA, I’ve been aiming at it. Its one of the biggest and hugest award schemes in the world especially in Africa. And every actor wishes to be a winner or a nominee of the scheme.” Gloria said in a recent interview with MzGee.
Gloria, who has been nominated for her role in Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s sequel film ‘The Perfect Picture: 10 Years Later’ added that she has been ignored and sidelined for long in the industry.
“This has been long overdue. Its been over 2 decades in the industry. It has been tough on me. Its been a roller coaster journey. I have been neglected, I’ve been ignored, I’ve been sidelined, I’ve been blacklisted, I’ve been called names over the years. And by Gods’ grace, my talent has been recognized now.”
The Angel TV presenter also expressed gratitude to CEO of Sparrow Production, Shirley Frimpong-Manso.
(By: Zeinat Erebong Issahaku/Ameyaw Debrah)
The Best Post-Apocalyptic Movies To Stream Right Now
From desert wastelands to far-future dystopias, these are the 5 best post-apocalyptic movies to stream right now. Whether it’s zombies, monsters, or a climate disaster, movies have been tackling the apocalypse for decades.
Although sometimes outright terrifying, post-apocalyptic tales, in particular, often seek to show us a glimpse of what the future might look like. They can offer ideas – even warnings – as to what we might become. During these times of Covid-19 and worldwide lockdowns, the mind has been on overdrive thinking about such scenarios.
Here’s a compilation of 5 post-apocalyptic movies to stream right now.
I Am Legend
After a biological war, Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the last healthy human living on Earth, but he is not alone. The other humans have become vampire-like mutants, and all are hungry for Neville’s blood. By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
28 Days Later
This is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Alex Garland, and starring Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Megan Burns, and Brendan Gleeson. The plot depicts the breakdown of society following the accidental release of a highly contagious virus and focuses upon the struggle of four survivors (Murphy, Harris, Burns, and Gleeson) to cope with the destruction of the life they once knew while evading those infected by the virus.
World War Z
World War Z is a 2013 American post-apocalyptic action horror thriller film directed by Marc Forster based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. The film stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a former United Nations investigator who must travel the world to find a way to stop a zombie pandemic. The ensemble supporting cast includes Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Ludi Boeken, Fana Mokoena, David Morse, Peter Capaldi, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ruth Negga, and David Andrews.
The Book of Eli
The Book of Eli is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic neo-western action film directed by The Hughes Brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, and Jennifer Beals. The story revolves around Eli, a nomad in a post-apocalyptic world, who is told by a voice to deliver his copy of a mysterious book to a safe location on the West Coast of the United States. The history of the post-war world is explained along the way, as is the importance of Eli’s task.
Mad Max: Fury Road
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman (Charlize Theron) rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max (Tom Hardy).
(By: Ray Maota/Zkhiphani)
South African Film ‘MOFFIE’ is Screening Amid COV!D-19 Pandemic
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen South Africa and other countries undergo a lockdown, production companies and other businesses are looking for alternative methods to conduct business. The production team behind the recently released South African film MOFFIE announced an alternative method to distribute the film after cinema screenings were affected by the lockdown.
A few weeks ago, the film’s producer, Eric Abraham, as well as director Oliver Hermanus, started a process of creating a Plan B as an alternative means for people to watch the critically acclaimed film at home. The film’s director Oliver Hermanus was quoted as saying in a press release:
“We really want you all to see Moffie, and over the last few weeks set up a system to bring our film to the safety of your home. You may be stuck indoors, so hopefully we can keep you entertained.”
Tickets go for R150 per viewing. Your ticket will be valid to use for 24 hours from the time of purchasing. The film can only be watched once from start to finish – but you can press pause at any time during the 24-hour period. However, if you navigate away from the current viewing (e.g. close the tab or browser, refresh the page, restart your computer) your session will be lost, and your ticket invalid.
MOFFIE is a critically acclaimed South African film that was released in March. It follows the story of a young conscript who battles to survive compulsory military service in apartheid-South Africa while coming to terms with his sexual orientation. The film received positive reviews from both South African and foreign publications.
Watch the MOFFIE official website to watch the film.
ORGANISED CHAOS/ Actor Buju Mahogany Casts In New Hilarious Tv Series
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Tuesday March 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – After going off the screens of Ghanaian movie and tv show lovers, celebrated actor and Event MC, Yao Elkannah Seddoh popularly known in the creative arts and culture industry (Movie) as Buju Mahagony, stars in a newly outdoored hilarious tv show that will be airing on leading entertainment tv network, Joy Prime.
Titled “Organised Chaos” Buju Mahogany will be playing role of a “house help” in what can be described as a home of sarcasm show. Produced by Shark Entertainment Ghana, the tv series will be airing every weekday from 5:00pm on the 24 hours of non-stop, real entertaining action channel transmitting in Ghana and across Africa with programmes from the world’s best studios.
COV!D-19/ The Best Nollywood Films To Stream On Netflix Right Now
While European and American streets are empty due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, Lagos streets are still vibrant and alive. Oshodi market is operating at full capacity with customers feeling the lace and Ankara fabrics before buying and clothes sellers dragging passersby to their shops. Perhaps it’s a matter of time, but for now things are mostly as normal. But for our brothers and sisters in the diaspora, holed-up in their homes waiting for a resolution to the crisis, Netflix is an excellent distraction.
The Nollywood-Netflix romance is still new, but growing stronger. In 2015, the streaming platform acquired Kunle Afolayan’s October 1 and Biyi Bandele’s Fifty. The relationship blossomed to a newer level in 2018 with the acquisition of Genevieve Nnaji’s dramedy, Lionheart, ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), making it the first Netflix original film from Nigeria.
Since then, Netflix has acquired over 40 Nollywood films, from blockbusters like King of Boys, Chief Daddy, and Isoken to less popular pictures like Kasala! and Taxi Driver (Oko Ashewo). With the increased number of Nigerian films on Netflix, it might be a daunting task to select the best ones to watch. To help, we have picked the 10 best Nollywood films currently streaming on the platform.
Just like the real-life story it’s based on, Steve Gukas’s 93 Days is a rare mark of Naija excellence. It is a film Nollywood will always look back at with pride in the same fashion Nigeria will always be proud of preventing the outbreak of the viral Ebola disease. The film documents the triumph against Ebola and salutes the heroes of that battle, but it is not great because of what it stands for, but how well it told that story: beautifully shot, well-acted—with lead Bimbo Akintola delivering an excellent performance—and brilliantly helmed by Gukas.
Back when Kunle Afolayan’s filmmaking brand was ambition and excellence, he made October 1, his best film yet and one of the best from the last decade. Set against the backdrop of Nigeria’s independence, October 1 is mainly about solving a series of gruesome murders that’s been happening in Akote, a remote town in Western Nigeria. But after a more in-depth look, it’s more; the film continually poses questions about colonialism and its long term effects on the fragile democracy of young Nigeria. Working with trusted collaborators, Yinka Edward (cinematographer) and Pat Nebo (production designer), Afolayan creates a gorgeous picture reminiscent of ’60’s Nigeria.
In its early part, Jade Osiberu’s colorful romantic comedy, Isoken, is about the biggest sin a Nigerian woman can commit: be single and successful at 34. In the later part, the film embraces the trappings of its genre. Two men are after the titular Isoken’s heart. The first, Osaze, is charming and perfect, but wrong for her. The second, Kevin, is also lovely, but imperfect; however, he seems to be the right one. But what distinguishes Isoken from most Nigerian romantic comedies is its feminist leanings, it is precisely the rom-com a career woman like Osiberu would write and direct.
There is something about the current crop of Nollywood female filmmakers and strong female protagonists, this is evident in Isoken and Lionheart, but those ladies were sweet, and their brush with patriarchy was soft. Kemi Adetiba’s King of Boys is a more aggressive feminist story, one in which violence is the weapon that obliterates patriarchy. The ambitious story follows Eniola Salami (played competently by Sola Sobowale), a woman who has conquered the men of Lagos underworld and now wants to conquer a different set of powerful men: the gatekeeper of Nigerian politics. Inspired by the Godfather trilogy, King of Boys is the ambitious crime drama Nollywood did not know it needed.
Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart proves that simple can be effective. The screenplay by Nnaji and her co-writers – C. J. Obasi, Ishaka Bako, etc. – keep things simple, maybe too simple that the story becomes safe, but it works. The film, which revolves around a woman on a mission to prove her capability in handling her father’s bus company despite having a proven track record, is a love letter to Eastern Nigerian. It is set in Enugu. It features mostly Igbo actors, and it captures the strange patriarchy in an Igbo household, where a woman is given the best education, but not trusted to handle affairs related to business competently.
Lagos is brutal and peppered with shady people; at night, its brutality and shadiness are increased in ten folds. Daniel Oriahi’s Taxi Driver tells a tale about Lagos nights and its players—prostitutes, gang lords, and assassins—through the eyes of a taxi driver. Inspired by Martin Scorsese’s films, Oriahi’s tells a neo-noir story that’s unique to Lagos, he washes the city with high contrast lighting to give it the stylish look of noir films. And while the picture is gorgeous, the more impressive part of this film is the dramatic performances from Odunlade Adekola and Hafiz Oyetoro, two actors Nollywood have often reduced to caricaturist roles.
Hakkunde is an inspiring story about the resilience of the Nigerian youth amidst adversity. It explores, with humor and warmth, what it means to be young and unemployed in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos. The film approached the unemployed Nigerian trope differently; here, the lead character, Akande, leaves Lagos, the land of opportunities, for a remote village in Kaduna in search of greener pastures. It’s usually the opposite. Akande is played by Frank Donga (real name: Kunle Idowu), in a terrific debut performance that showed he is more than just an Instagram comedian. Hakkunde is also unusual in that it is a Nollywood film that celebrates Northern Nigeria and shows its plenty, unharnessed potential.
Ema Edosio’s Kasala! is a film many Nollywood fans cry for, but seldom get. A story about Lagos and its young people that’s true to the average Lagosian. It’s gritty, authentic, and raw, just like Lagos. Four boys entered Kasala! when they crashed a borrowed car, and they must find a way out of this wahala before the day ends or risk the wrath of the crazy owner.
Kasala! is enjoyable thanks to the leading cast, the awesome foursome of Chigozie Imo, Mike Afolarin, Emeka Nwagbaraocha, and Tomiwa Tegbe, who embodied being Lagos boys. One of the film’s successes is its skillful melodramatic acting, which never feels out of place. If you want to know what a group of Lagos boys do to escape kasala, Edosio’s debut is an excellent start.
The Wedding Party is about two things, everything that could go wrong in a big Nigerian wedding and the ethnic tension between the Igbo’s and Yoruba’s, but it is more about the former than the latter for obvious reasons: the movie wants to entertain! You can find faults in the film’s acting, unneeded scenes, and its lack of narrative surprises, but you can’t deny its charm. A thorough crowdpleaser. It features an enjoyable cast, with a rapturous Sola Sobowale, the standout performer.
Tope Oshin’s Up North is a bit opposite of Hakkunde. In the latter, an unemployed young man seeks greener pastures in Northern-Nigeria; in Up North, a rich heir is thrown into the North. And while Hakkunde focuses on the people, Up North explores its places and beauty. What may be lacking in the bland story is more than made up for by the sheer beauty of the North—its culture and landscapes—that the film showcases, and there’s a marvelous masculinity contest between father and son that’s all too common in the average Nigerian home.
(By: Daniel Okechukwu/Okay Africa)