Battleman

By Ali Baylay

Starring: Van Vicker, Chika Ike,Queen Nwaokoye; Screenplay: Tchidi Chikere; Make up: Kingsley Godwin; Costume: Chinela Nwagboso; Editor: Nelson Joe; Director: Tchudi Chikere; Producer: Paul Ejike Afube; 124 mins C 2010.

Austin (Van Vicker) gets home from war torn Liberia amidst joy as he’s welcomed home by both his wife Laura (Chika Ike) and little son. He’s been gone two years now. His son has grown and Laura’s libido gone amok. In the bed room the first night after two years, Laura’s disappointed when Austin doesn’t want to have sex with him:

LAURA

(In shock)

It can’t be this bad…Can it? I’m your wife!

AUSTIN

(Begging but firm)

Not now.

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The AMAA 6th Edition Awards

By David Ajiboye

THE 6th edition of African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held last recently in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria saw Kunle Afolayan’s movie The Figurine emerged the top winner of the night, claiming all of five awards. However, Afolayan, who only yesterday returned from the New York African Film Festival to attend the event, did not get the coveted Best Director Award. Ghana’s Shirley Frimpong-Manso, director of The Perfect Picture clinched the award. Ramsey Nouah, who’s away in the US,  missed the event, but was able to give his acceptance speech (for winning Best Actor in a leading role) after Kunle Afolayan placed a call to his mobile phone and placed the phone on speaker.

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My Fantasy

By Ali Baylay

A DEVINE TOUCH PRODUCTION. Starring: John Dumelo, Tonto Dikeh, Jibola Dabo, Ashley Nwosu; Production Manager: Emeka Ojiafor; Story/Screenplay: Chisom Juliet Okereke; Editor: Okiki David; Continuity:  Winning Team; Executive Producers: Kingsley Okereke, Emeka Igwemba; Director: Theodore Anyanji. 130 mins. c2009

Even though My Fantasy is a movie based on phantasma, you’ll ask yourself where on earth such power in one person exists as in Sir Rufus, when he could imprison another citizen at will.  I guess this will only happen in Nollywood or Gollywood where conventional statutory law does not apply. But it’s all good to see strange bed fellows like Gollywood and Nollywood, team together on a project such as My Fantasy. Nollywwod has a trait of getting the job done in a record time before the sun sets, and Gollywood with a Knack for quality, to a large extent in shots.

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AMAA 2010: Malawi’s Flora Suya In Top Race for Best Actress Award

By David Ajiboye

Malawian top actress, Flora Suya, is a top contender in this year’s Best Actress category at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), scheduled to take place on Saturday,  April 10, in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital. Suya’s role in the movie, Season of a Life, earned her the nomination, alongside other A-list actresses like Ghanaian Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku, Stephanie Okereke and Bimbo Akintola, who just got her first nomination at AMAA for her excellent performance in the movie Bond and Fred Amata’s Freedom in Chain.

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Restore My Love

By Ali Baylay

Executive Image Movies &Franco Films: Starring: Emeka Ike, Juliet Ibrahim, Emeka Akolo, Charity Eke, Nora Ugo; Production Manager: Chininso Okoli; Producer/Exec. Producer: Kenneth Okonkwo; Editor: Ilo Collins E.; Director:Emeka Muangwu; Principal Locations: Ghana/Nigeria. 112 mins; c2009.

What if God grants you the most wonderful, beautiful, obedient, god-fearing , respectful and hardworking wife and because of  a preconceived notion about certain types of women, especially those who work in the banks, as planted in your  mind by a friend who has a philandering wife, you become suspicious of your own. Being pumped up you become impatient and jealous, and drives her out of the relationship. In exchange, you end up with the most crude, gross and unorthodox girl, who wouldn’t tolerate caress or foreplay in bed because, it is the work of the devil.

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Show Of Shame At ANTP’S Election

BY DAVID AJIBOYE

outgoing president,Jide Kosoko

If it were to be in a sane atmosphere, several members of the Association of Nigerian Theater Practitioners (ANTP) will have to adopt several methods to apologize to their numerous fans for their shameless acts during the botched national election of the association held at Ibadan last week.

Some members of the association had thrown caution to the wind and hurled abuses at each other, which degenerated into a level that the electoral officers had to invite mobile policemen to  bring the situation under control.

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The Followers

By Ali Baylay

Executive Image Movies and Franco Films Presents: Emeka Ike, Nadia Buari, Chika Ike, Fredo Arico, Emeka Ani; Production Manager: Ben Ayosinti; Producer: Kenneth Okonkwo; Editor: Nnoshiri Charles Brain; Exec. Producer: Kenneth Okonkwo; Director: Ugo Ugbor; Principal Locations: Ghana/Nigeria; 133 mins. c2009.

The Followers is a topic that invokes religious connotations as in ‘disciples’, but don’t be fooled brother, this is a film glorifying animism and devil worship with Christian church simply as a front. To a large extent however, the use of such plot device to carry the story to the finish line didn’t prove worthy at all. To be honest, I keep asking myself the essence of devil worship in the tract. Let me belabor the story here for you, but don’t feel disappointed if all the plot asides not useful to the story are not told. We simply pick the grains from the chaffs.

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