GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, January 13th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – In 1923, the then British Colony of Gold Coast (now Ghana), saw the introduction of film making. Afterwards, there has been an increase in the number of stars since the 1950s, a process that has cemented the fate of the Ghanaian movie industry, popularly known as Ghallywood, across the globe. The legendary “Bob Santo”, Ama K. Abebrese, Majid Michel, Kalsume Sinare, Kofi Adjorlolo, to mention a few are the faces that have contributed enormously to the growth of this giant movie industry.
You can’t mention today’s crop of talented actors/actresses in the movie scene without mentioning this new sensation by name “Qwasi Blay Jnr”, popularly known as the “Most Wanted”. His sudden eruption has been a shock to many and an undeniable support from all perhaps demands that you should know some facts about the prolific actor.
Family: Born into a nuclear family of seven. Qwasi Blay Jnr, is the third born amongst five siblings; four males and a female.
Education: He obtained his early childhood education at Great Lamptey Mills (JHS), continued to the high school at Aburi Secondary Technical and finally to Koforidua Technical University (tertiary) in 2016, where he pursued a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Purchasing & Supply. During his high school days, he was the entertainment prefect for his school. In the University too he was a member of the organising team for his department and hostel.
Acting career: Qwasi Blay Jnr, had it coming during his early childhood days. Quite a number of instances and platforms exposed his love and passion for his today’s dream. Professionally, he’s been in the scene for 4 years and has been featured in about fifteen (15) movies: GREY DUST, GRILLED, 2DAYS AFTER FRIDAY, amongst others and also featured in four (4) TV series, FEEVA, DEJA VU amongst others.
Achievements: He won the best male entertainer during his tertiary education and best male entertainment act at the maiden edition of the social media entertainment awards. Also, the 9th edition of the Ghana Movie Awards recognised his tireless efforts with a two very important nominations that gave him a major image facelift in the industry.
Other hidden talents: “Most Wanted” is a born footballer. Surprised? Well, he used to play active “coast football” as a wing-forward, until acting found him. He was also a very good dancer as well, which he has described in recent times as his hobby. This has landed him a dance tutorial job with Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) where he teaches contestants dance moves as part of their performances. Lastly, he’s a model and a model coach.
We believe that these facts have well-informed you about this acting sensation. Going forward, some other facts will be revealed as we achieve greater heights with your usual supports.
(By: Leo Lyrix)
Late Actor Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kuluuya, And John Boyega Win Big At 78th Golden Globes Awards
British African actors and writers, Daniel Kaluuya, John Boyega and the late American African actor & playwright Chadwick Boseman have emerged winners in their respective categories at the just ended 78th Golden Globes took place this past Sunday. The coveted awards ceremony was held virtually from two different locations in New York and California amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Kaluuya, 32, was awarded a Golden Globe for his role as the best supporting actor in a motion picture for his performance in Judas and the Black Messiah. The actor beat out Sacha Baron Cohen (The Trial of the Chicago 7), Jared Leto (The Little Things), Bill Murray (On the Rocks) and Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami) for the award.
This is Kaluuya’s first Golden Globe win and second nomination. The actor was previously nominated in 2018 for best actor in a musical or comedy for his leading role in Get Out. Judas and the Black Messiah follows Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton (Kaluuya) and FBI informant Bill O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) leading up to Hampton’s death in a raid by the FBI.
Actor John Boyega won his first Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a television supporting role for his work in Steve McQueen’s acclaimed anthology series “Small Axe”. The “Star Wars” alum played Leroy Logan in the ‘Red, White and Blue’ segment of the series, about the ordeal of a young black Londoner set on helping to break the colour barrier at London’s Metropolitan Police Force in the early 1980s.
Boyega, who made headlines last June for his moving speech at the Black Lives Matter protest at the UK’s Hyde Park in the wake of George Floyd’s killing in the US, admitted he wasn’t expecting to win.
The late Boseman, who unfortunately lost his battle with cancer last year, was awarded Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his phenomenal (and final) role in the 1920s jazz drama, Ma Rainey. The actor’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, accepted the award on his behalf and delivered a moving and emotional speech saying
“He would say something beautiful, something inspiring, something that would amplify that little voice that tells you ‘you can,’ that tells you ‘keep going,’ that calls you back to what you are meant to be doing at his moment in history.”
David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut “The Water Man” Picked Up By Netflix & RLJE Films
David Oyelowo’s feature directorial debut “The Water Man” has acquired worldwide distribution. RLJE Films will distribute the film in North America, with Netflix handling the rest of the worldwide rollout.
RLJE, a business unit of AMC Networks, plans to release the project day-and-date in theaters and on PVOD on May 7, 2021, with Netflix set to release the film internationally later in 2021.
“While in some ways this film is a father and son story, at its core it’s also a love letter to mothers everywhere and is dedicated to my own,” Oyelowo said in a statement announcing the acquisition. “To be able to share my directorial debut, ‘The Water Man,’ with the world through the hands of RLJE Films and Netflix is a dream come true for me.”
“The Water Man” follows a young boy named Gunner (“This Is Us” star Lonnie Chavis) as he sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) with the help of a mysterious local girl (Amiah Miller). As the pair go in search of The Water Man, a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the more dangerous the journey becomes, and, eventually their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (Oyelowo). The film is based on a Black List script from Emma Needell, and Alfred Molina and Maria Bello round out the cast.
In addition to directing the family adventure film, Oyelowo also produced the project under his Yoruba/Saxon Productions banner. The film is also produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and ShivHans Pictures. Carla Gardini, Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson produced the film, with Winfrey, Darren M. Demetre, Connor Flanagan and Needell serving as exec. producers.
Oyelowo’s film made its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, where the first time director opened up to Variety about the project during a virtual conversation alongside his cast.
“The film is partly inspired by [the] films I grew up loving, like ‘E.T.’ A lot of them directed by the amazing Steven Spielberg,” he said. “But the truth of the matter is I didn’t see myself in those movies even though I related to those characters. So one of the amazing things for me is getting to make a film for a family that looks like mine, a boy who looks like I did and looks like my three sons get to be front and center.”
Explaining how important it is for people to see themselves represented on TV and in movies, Oyelowo added, “We all go to storytelling to see ourselves, to learn about ourselves or to learn about other people within whom we see ourselves.”
Ini Dima Okojie Hosted A Viewing Party For “Namaste Wahala” At Home | View Highlights
Since the global pandemic, at-home viewing parties have become quite popular, as people have been looking for new ways to create memories, spend time with loved ones, and celebrate important moments, and that’s exactly what Nigerian female actor, Ini Dima Okojie did for the release of her new movie, ‘Namaste Wahala’.
To celebrate, she hosted a few of her closest friends such as Mimi Onalaja and Nonso Bassey to an intimate event in the comfort of her home, where they were able to enjoy the romance movie, with a hint of comedy which was released exclusively to Netflix.
It was good vibes all night long with karaoke, dancing, catered canapes by Chef Daniel, Champagne flavoured popcorn, and the most iconic of all champagnes, Moet & Chandon, because what is a celebration without Moet & Chandon?
Universal Pictures Releases The Official Trailer For Fast & Furious 9
Universal Pictures has a thrilling new trailer for Fast & Furious 9 at the Super Bowl teasing the latest instalment of the high-octane franchise. In the teaser, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) adjusts to his new life as a father and husband to wife, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). It starts off with Dom sharing his love for mechanics with his son. It then transitions to him putting the child to bed. After telling Brian that he will “always be in his heart,” Letty walks into the room. When Letty enters, she gives her stepson the cross necklace that Dominic gave her.
“I have a gift for you. Your daddy gave me this, now I’m going to give it to you. It’s for protection from what’s coming,” she said.
The ominous conclusion to the teaser is bound to have fans anxious to see what will be revealed in either the movie. It also adds to the feeling that this necklace will hold major significance in the movie, as it’s also featured on the film’s poster.
Dominic Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob, who is being coerced by previous enemy, cyberterrorist Cipher. Dom has a choice: turn his back on Jakob or save him from being fully seduced into the wrong path.
This issue will be the first film since Fast & Furious 6 (2013) to be directed by Lin and the first since 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) not to be written by Chris Morgan, the film will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, and Charlize Theron. The film is scheduled for release on May 28, 2021.
F9 was originally scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on May 22, 2020 by Universal Pictures, but on March 12, the film was pushed back 11 months to April 2, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Watch trailer below;
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