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Kenya Upholds Ban On Groundbreaking Lesbian Romance Film ‘Rafiki’.

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NAIROBI, KENYA, April 30th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ A screening ban on the award-winning Kenyan film, Rafiki, has been upheld in the country.

The High Court of Kenya ruled that the ban by the Kenya Film Classification Board on the 2018 film, “does not in any way violate Artistic Freedom of Expression, but instead protect the society from moral decay.” Adding that the filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu had failed to prove that ban placed a limitation on her freedom of expression in her petition.

The movie, which centers a young lesbian couple in Nairobi, was considered controversial in the country where gay sex is considered a criminal offense.

Rafiki was a major success outside of Kenya, it was the first movie from the country to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France, and was considered groundbreaking for its LGBTQ storyline.

Kahiu expressed disappointment in the court’s decision. “We are disappointed of course. But I strongly believe in the constitution and we are not going to give up,” she told Reuters. “I think it is very important for us to define what freedom of expression means in Kenya as per our constitution. We are going to appeal. The ruling today is not a true reflection of what the constitution says.”

She added that the fight to get the movie shown in Kenya isn’t over and added that she’s prepared to take the case to the court of appeals and the Supreme Court if necessary.

The ban was temporarily lifted for seven days in 2019 in order to allow the film to be submitted for Oscar consideration. The movie also earned a 2020 GLAAD nomination. OkayAfrica spoke with the filmmaker last May about the inspiration behind the film and the ongoing challenge to get the ban lifted in her home country. Revisit the interview down below.

Source: Okay Africa

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Laycon Set To Return To Screens For ShowMax’s First Nigerian Original Series

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Winner of Big brother Naija Season 5, Laycon will be back on screens for streaming service Shomax’s first original Nigerian production reality series ‘I Am Laycon’. Showmax in expanding its investment in Africa is employing the service of the rapper to thrill fans across the continent.

The reality show premiering in February 2021, will show Laycon’s life after emerging winner of the fan-favourite show. It will also give an exclusive insight into the rapper’s personal relationships and growing music career.

Coming from humble beginnings, the 26-year-old musician and philosophy graduate had to hustle his way through life before landing a spot in Biggie’s house, where he wormed his way into the hearts of fans across the continent with his wit and lyrical genius.

“I am excited to continue my new life journey and embrace the new responsibilities of evolving not just myself but everyone around me. I want you to come along for the ride as you get to see the growth that you have supported and loved.” Laycon said.

Laycon beat 19 other housemates on 27 September 2020 to emerge as the winner of BBNaija S5, winning 85 million Naira worth of cash prizes. Following his BBNaija triumph, Laycon already has 2.4m followers and growing. He is now working on his first album.

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Golden Movie Awards 2020: All Nominees

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The nominees for this year’s merit based film award organised by NMJ Ghana – Golden Movie Awards have been announced by the Grand Jury ahead of the awards ceremony slated for 5th December, 2020 at the Grand Arena, Accra International Conference Centre. The Nomination Announcement of the sixth edition of the awards ceremony came off at The Underbridge on Thursday 19th November 2020.

In March 2020, the scheme announced entries for the 2020 edition where it accepted films of all genres and lengths, which were be screened by the Grand Jury made up of experienced filmmakers and film industry practitioners of different nationalities for possible nomination in the various categories. Only films made between 1st January 2019 and 31st January 2020 were considered eligible for the awards.

In all, outstanding films and film makers across Africa were nominated in twenty (20) competitive categories. In addition to the competitive categories, five legends of the African film industry; Pascaline Edwards, Nana Ama McBrown, Akwasi Boadi, Akofa Edjeani and Kalsoume Sinare who will be inducted into the Golden Movie Walk of Fame at the main event were also unveiled

For six years running, the event has brought actors and actresses, filmmakers, seasoned film critics, representatives of the Arts, Culture and Tourism ministries as well as other stakeholders in the African film industry together to celebrate and honour the industry’s most outstanding achievements within the year under review, while discussing the best ways of improving on it

Below is the full list of nominees:

Golden Editor – Video

Diba Blerk (The Fisherman’s Diary)
Kweku Kacou (Gold Coast Lounge)
Patrick Ovoke Odjegba (Merry Men2)
Eddie Nartey/Enoch Opoku Obiri (The New Adabraka)
Holmes Awa (The Foreigners God)

Golden Actor In A Drama

Ramsey Nouah (Merry Men 2)
Alphonse Menyo (Gold Coast Lounge)
Kang Quintus (The Fisherman’s Diary)
James Gardiner (The New Adabraka)
Henry Coxe (The Foreigners God)

Golden Costume

Ifan Michael (The Foreigners God)
Edoow House ( Julor)
Vivian Adjetey (Gold Coast Lounge)
Yolanda Okereke (Merry Men 2)

Golden Discovery Actor

Raqule Ammah (Gold Coast Lounge)
Angela Bamford (A Woman’s Scorn)
Uche Obunse (Diary Of The Damned)
Faith Fidel (The Fisherman’s Diary)
Bimbo Ademoye (Last Days)

Golden Soundtrack

Iam Mccheryl (Merry Men 2)
Pascal AKA (Gold Coast Lounge)
Kulanen Ikyo (The Foreigners God)
Cina Soul (Julor)
Ewube (The Fisherman’s Diary)

Golden Movie (Indegenous)

The Fisherman’s Diary
The Foreigners God
Gold Coast Lounge
The Last Days
Cast Away

Golden Editor – Sound

Kang Quintus (The Fisherman’s Diary)
Kweku Kacou (Gold Coast Lounge)
Kulanen Ikyo (The Foreigners God)
George Sedzro (The New Adabraka)

Golden Art Director

Olatunji Afolayan (The Foreigners God)
Julius Elikem (Gold Coast Lounge)
Olatunji Afolayan (Merry Men 2)
Nkanya Nkwai (The Fisherman’s Diary)

Golden Most Promising Actor

Raquel Ammah (Gold Coast Lounge)
Angela Bamford (A Woman’s Scorn)
Jessica Larny (2 Days After Friday)
Anthony Woode (2 Days After Friday)
Faith Fidel (The Fisherman’s Diary)

Golden Make Up Artist

Florence Owoo (Gold Coast Lounge)
House Of Tara (Gold Coast Lounge)
Nana Akua Amakoah Adinkrah (The New Adabraka)
Jude C Odoh (The Foreigners God)
Wawuyo Michael Snr. (Kony Order From Above)

Golden Director

Pascal AKA (Gold Coast Lounge)
Enah Johnscott (The Fisherman’s Diary)
Moses Inwang (Merry Men 2)
Ifeanyi Ifan Micheal (The Foreigners God)
Eddie Nartey (The New Adabraka)

Overall Golden Movie

Gold Coast Lounge
The Foreigners God
Merry Men 2
The Fisherman’s Diary
The New Adabraka

Golden Supporting Actor – Drama

Sam Dede (The Foreigners God)
Adjetey Anang (Gold Coast Lounge)
Richard “Kalybos” Asante (The New Adabraka)
Cosson Chinepoh (The Fisherman’s Diary)
Jim Ike (Merry Men 2)

Golden Short Film

Red October
Cracks
The Myth
You Are Not Alone
Christian Village

Golden Cinematography

Rene Etta (Fisherman’s Diary)
Isreal Delike (Gold Coast Lounge)
Adekunle “Nodash” Adejuyigbe (Merry Men 2)
Alfred Chia (The Foreigners God)
Abiola Ladipo (Last Request)

Golden Actor In Comedy

Richmond Xavier Amoah (3 Idiots And A Wiseman)
Anthony Woode (Julor)
Jeffrey Nortey (Julor)
Akwesu Boadi “Akorbeto” (Mad House)

Golden Actress In A Drama

Ini-Dima Okoji (The Foreigners God)
Raquel Ammah (Gold Coast Lounge)
Ufuoma McDermott (Merry Men 2)
Faith Fidel (The Fisherman’s Diary)
Stella Anarkwa (The New Adabraka)

Golden Screenplay Drama (Movie)

Pascal AKA (Gold Coast Lounge)
Kehinde Joseph (Merry Men 2)
Xavier Ighorodje (The Foreigners God)
Eddie Nartey (The New Adabraka)
Enah Johnscott & Buh Melvins “Baba Prox” (The Fisherman’s Diary)

Golden Supporting Actress

Zynnell Zuh (Gold Coast Lounge)
Beverly Afaglo (Cast Away)
Ndamo Damaris (The Fisherman’s Diary)
Toni Tones (The Foreigners God)
Keira Hewatch (Diary Of The Damned)

Golden Story Drama

Eddie Nartey (The New Adabraka)
Pascal AKA (Gold Coast Lounge)
Ifeanyi Ifan Micheal/Xaviar Ighorodje (The Foreigners God)
Ayo Makun (Merry Men 2)

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Tom & Jerry Take Their Cat-and-mouse Game To The Big Screen; Watch The Trailer For The New #TomAndJerryMovie

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The film, rated PG for cartoon violence, rude humor and brief language, Tom and Jerry is set to be released on March 5, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will make it the first theatrically released film to feature the Tom and Jerry characters in 29 years since the release of Tom and Jerry: The Movie in 1992.

One of the most beloved rivalries in history is reignited when Jerry, a mischievous mouse who has taken up residence in New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of “the wedding of the century,” forcing the event’s desperate planner, a young employee named Kayla, to hire an alley cat named Tom to get rid of him. However, the ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises: a diabolically ambitious staffer conspiring against all three of them.

An eye-popping blend of classic animation and live action, Tom and Jerry’s new big-screen adventure stakes new ground for the iconic characters and forces them to do the unthinkable… work together to save the day.

“Tom & Jerry” stars Chloë Grace Moretz (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” “The Addams Family”), Michael Peña (“Cesar Chavez,” “American Hustle,” “Ant-Man”), Rob Delaney (“Deadpool 2,” “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”), Colin Jost (“How to be Single,” “Saturday Night Live”), and Ken Jeong (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Hangover,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”).

The film is directed by Tim Story (“Fantastic Four,” “Think Like a Man,” “Barbershop”) and produced by Chris DeFaria (“The LEGO Movie 2,” “Ready Player One,” “Gravity”).

It is written by Kevin Costello, based on characters created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Serving as executive producers are Tim Story, Adam Goodman, Steven Harding, Sam Register, Jesse Ehrman, and Allison Abbate. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Alan Stewart, production designer James Hambidge, editor Peter S. Elliot, and costume designer Alison McCosh. The music is composed by Christopher Lennertz.

A Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group presentation, a Tim Story Film, “Tom & Jerry” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Olu Jacobs And Wife Joke Silva Celebrate 35th Wedding Anniversary

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Oludotun Baiyewu Jacobs, known professionally as Olu Jacobs, and wife Joke Silva, MFR; a Nigerian actor, director, and businesswoman are celebrating 35 years of marriage. Jacobs married the Nollywood actor since 1989 and has two children (Olusoji Jacobs, Olugbenga Jacobs). The couple met in 1981 at the National Theatre, Lagos during the 21st Independence anniversary.

Asked why his wife still bears her maiden name, Jacobs answered: “She is her own individual. When I met her, she was an actress known as Joke Silva so why should marrying me now deny her and her audience her name. She is Miss Joke Silva who is Mrs. Joke Jacobs. It is as simple as that. People now begin to say what they like. They have even written that we are separated and all sort of stuff. When she is working, she is Joke Silva but she is Mrs. Joke Jacobs at home.”

Despite their stardom and individuals roles, they managed to protect and build a formidable marriage which still looks like they married a few years ago.
Ajoke Silva took to her Instagram verified account to share a photo of themselves to celebrate a union well lived. They wear a traditionally designed African print with their faces full of smiles.

“totally forgot.35 years together…thank you Lord. Here is to many more. Happy wedding anniversary Omo boy @_olujacobs”, she posted

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