Posts Tagged ‘Lagos’

Daniel Ademinokan (Director) and Saheed A. Abolaji (Assistant Director/Continuity) oversee the script reading with Trybson (as Da Grin), Slip P (as Henry Hope) and Soji Jacobs (as Leo). Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Today, I visited the set on the sixth day of shooting of the much-anticipated Da Grin biopic, Ghetto Dreamz: Story of Da Grin. Executive producer Ope Banwo of  Stingomania Entertainment recruited Daniel Ademinokan (Guilty Pleasures, Bursting Out) to direct and to write the script. Stingomania Records recording artist Trybson plays the title role.

Trybson (as Da Grin), Slip P (as Henry Hope) and Soji Jacobs (as Leo). Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Saheed A. Abolaji (Assistant Director/Continuity) marks another take. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Yemi Awoponle (Director of Photography) and Daniel Ademinokan (Director). Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

The movie chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic death of the 23 year-old rapper. The production schedule covers 133 scenes in 14 days. Ghetto Dreamz is scheduled to be released in theaters in Nigeria, US, UK, and Canada in April 2011 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Da Grin’s untimely death.

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Above is the music video for I am waiting by Bantu feat. Nneka, the first song on the soundtrack for Andy Amadi Okoroafor‘s upcoming Relentless.

Based on the video, I am very excited to see the visual treatment of Lagos in this film. Many thanks to Bola Belo (Art Director, Relentless) for the heads-up.

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Screening of 'O le ku' at LTV. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Tunde Kelani screened his romantic classic, O le ku (1997), for eager audiences on Saturday and Sunday at the LTV Station in Ikeja. Based on the popular 1974 novel by Prof. Akinwumi Isola, the film follows University of Ibadan student Ajani as he attempts to choose among three love interests: Asaka, Lola, and Sade.

Audience members were encouraged to dress “old school” to pay tribute to the film’s setting in the 1970’s.

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Sandra Obiago (Founder/Director, CFC); John Momoh (Chairman, Channels Television); Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye (Head of the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos); Olufemi Ayeni (Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission); Ngozi Iwere (Executive Director, Community Life Project). Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Over 60 national broadcasters gathered at Terra Kulture yesterday for Communicating for Change’s (CFC) Broadcasters ’ Forum on the Role of Media in Successful Election. With support from the Ford Foundation, CFC premiered two short films–Game Over and One Voice is A Majority– that address such electoral issues as voter apathy and election poll violence.  (Click here for my on-location coverage of the filming of Game Over).  CFC created the storylines to address what its contracted professional research company uncovered about people’s views of the electoral process after conducting research groups and interviews in Kano, Enugu, and Lagos.

Sandra Obiago (Founder/Director, CFC) Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Sandra Obiago (CFC Founder/ Director) presented the two films to the broadcasters in attendance with a challenge:

…unless you continue to rise up and create strong platforms for these kinds of messages to guide Nigerians in the right direction–empower them to choose democracy and good governance over bribery, corruption, and dirty politics –unless you work in partnership with us–your VERY OWN survival is not guaranteed. We are in this struggle together and as the saying goes, ‘one hand washes the other’.

Obiago also stressed that the media that supports the education of the electorate ensures that they can continue to operate properly and fulfill their role in a democratic system that protects freedom of speech.

John Momoh (Chairman, Channels Television) and Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye (Head of the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos). Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

The event continued with a panel moderated by John Momoh (Chairman, Channels Television) and included Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye (Head of the Department of Mass Communications, University of Lagos); Olufemi Ayeni (Zonal Director, National Broadcasting Commission); as well as Ngozi Iwere (Executive Director, Community Life Project).

After demonstrating that only one person in attendance had read the federal voting law, Prof. Akinfeleye emphasized the media’s role in the interpretation and education of electoral legislation for the general public. Iwere highlighted the difference between “public relations journalism” and “investigative journalism” by encouraging journalists to “scrutinize the candidates”. Ayeni referenced the National Broadcasting Code in his entreaty for the media to pay attention to their generated content and to “avoid praise-singing and denying access to contrary political views.”

The CFC production team. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

CFC plans to hold similar Broadcasters’ Forums to screen the films in Port Harcourt, Kano, and Abuja in the coming weeks.

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Prof. Manthia Diawara (NYU) gives the keynote address at iREP 2011. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Today, I attended the first day of iREP 2011, the iREPRESENT International Documentary Film Festival at Terra Kulture and Freedom Park. The theme for this year’s edition is: Africa in Self-Conversation. The Documentary Film Intervention. Femi Odugbemi (iREP 2011 Executive Director) explains: “For Africa, the global information order presents a narrative of wars, death, corruption and diseases. Who is telling the story of Africa and its realities from what perspective? Can African filmmakers bring better understanding within and outside the continent with documentaries that give a more rounded definition of the African experience?”

Prof. Manthia Diawara (NYU) addressed this issue of ownership and representation in his keynote address: “The documentary has become the most important area for us in Africa today to make interventions that could go beyond the nation-state. Documentary is archival material that you can still go through…and define your own history.”

Afolabi Adesanya (MD, Nigerian Film Corporation) introduces Prof. Diawara's book, 'African Film (New Forms of Aesthetics & Politics)'. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

Jahman Anikulapo (Executive Director, iREP 2011), Segun Olusola, Brendan Shehu, Afolabi Adesanya. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu

After the keynote, the audience explored the concept of home-coming in Who’s Afraid of Ngugi? (2006), in which Prof. Diawara documents the author Ngugi wa Thiong’o and his wife Njeeri‘s return to Kenya after 22 years in exile.

Freedom Park, iREP 2011. Photo © 2011 Bic Leu


The Terra Kulture portion of the program ended with Jihan El-Tahri‘s look at the history of South Africa’s ANC party, Behind the Rainbow (2008). The Festival then moved to Freedom Park, where Remi Vaughan-Richards premiered Scent of the Street (2010)–in which she follows three “area girls” as they go about their daily lives in Ajegunle.

iREP 2011 will continue in Lagos until Sunday, January 23. Click here for the full schedule of screenings and events.

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Tunde Kelani oversees the editing process with Hakeem Olowookere (Editor). Photo © 2010 Bic Leu

When I stopped by Mainframe last week, Tunde Kelani treated me to the first nine minutes of the Ma’ami final cut. Since then, the production team has been working around the clock to finish the film in time for FESPACO submission. I checked back with TK yesterday, and he expects to complete the first hour today. In the meantime, work on the sound and original score are progressing with musician Siji and composer Udy Frank.

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Silverbird Galleria. Photo © 2010 Bic Leu

Last week, the production ventured to Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island. One of the several scenes that was shot at the cinema and shopping complex was one in which Jenifa is arraigned by the police after her arrest at the beach party.

Lekan Oropo (Director 2) oversees Funke Akindele (as Jenifa) rehearsing her lines. Photo © 2010 Bic Leu

Lekan Oropo (Director 2) oversees Funke Akindele (as Jenifa) rehearsing her lines. Photo © 2010 Bic Leu


The interrogation scene. Photo © 2010 Bic Leu




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