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It is a great achievement for ANY play to make it to the National Theatre and an even bigger achievement for a Black African play to feature and credit must be given to Bill T Jones and co- producers Jay Z (and I hear Will Smith) for having the courage and tenacity to push for it to come to the UK, in fact to even do the play at all.
After we all got to watch this great play on press night, there was a great celebration and after event and it was good to catch up with the cast including Sahr Ngaujah, who has played Fela for the past 4 years, Paulette Ivory & Melanie Marshall.
The highlight of the evening besides the play was catching up with old friends that I had not seen for many years like Atiti & Dele Sosimi of Afrobeat (he use to play for Fela as a youngster), Yeni & Seun Kuti as well as Femi Kuti who has taken over his fathers mantle and will soon start his UK tour for his new album Africa For Africa from the 27th November.
I was fortunate that as a youngster I was able to go to Shrine (this is the legendary place where Fela use to play in Ikeja, Lagos Nigeria) and as I was good friends with his late youngest daughter Sola (pronounced as written not like my name which is pronounced Sholla) I got to spend a lot of time both at Shrine and at his house and it was an experience I would never forget.
I do hope that the legal battle will be resolved sooner rather than later as the producers of Fela the musical are being sued by Carlos Moore an author who claims that they used his biogapghy Fela Fela, Cette Putain de Vie as the concept for the musical and not paying him the appropiate royalties. He is suing for £5m.
That aside I am hoping that it will find its way to Nigeria and it is rumoured that discussions are taking place with the Nigerian singer D'banz to play the role of Fela should it come to Nigeria.
This is a play that I very highly recommend that you go and see, I am aware that everyone is saying times are hard but it is worth the expenditure, so call the National Theatre and tell them that you wish to buy a ticket on Layaway!
Ariyo Expo organised a two day Culture and Tourism EXPO at the Hilton Olympia in London on 5th & 6th November and it culminated with an interview with some of Nollywood's top stars including Ejike Asiegbu actor and former president of Actors Guild of Nigeria and the first Lady of Nollywood "Omo Sexy" Omotola Jolade Ekeinde
Some of the audience included the likes of Charles Thompson CEO Screen Nation, Brenda Emmanus BBC presenter and Fatima Jabbe, producer and actress, Nigeria's Ambassor to the Court of St James and of course myself amongst many others and it was beautifully hosted by Henry Bonsu, presenter and journalist.
I was fortunate enough to be able to ask Omotola a question as to whether she would still do low budget films and she gave
She was also asked about her relationship with Genevieve Nnaji and she politely moved on to the next question without answering, but did give a plausible answer as to why she would not answer and this is because she has asked and answered this question too many times and she is TIRED ALREADY.
It was a great evening and a lot of credit must be given to the organiser Ola Wright on a job well done.
I do hope that Ola would be able to work with me and produce a real audience with some of Nigeria's Nollywood superstars here in the UKwith the UK celebrities.
Yet another fashion- fabulous weekend has passed at the luxurious desert "Oasis" Dubai, proving once again that Dubai can get really Haute in the summer.
Dubai Fashion Fiesta 2010 was held from 22nd to 24th July, bringing out the best of the region's fashion creations to a catwalk, and I couldn't help but share some of those stunning incredibly feminine designs with you.
The never- ending catwalk drama of Amato Couture by Furne One, the brand that has dressed the finalist of Heidi Klum 's "Top Model of Germany" for the second time this summer and not only that; Amato Couture is considered to be the "Dubai's Hottest & Most Luxurious" label to date. The designer's "fairytale" creative style can never be compared to any other and that could be the main reason behind the "Excellency" of his work that brought him well deserved clientele of local and international "High Profile Society" as well as couple of "Royal Houses".
Amato Couture is far from being an easy affordable fashion, but if you do get a chance to get your hands on it, I would suggest not to let go, as the only "tag" that could go well with this brand is "Priceless".
Not one of the local media favorites, but definitely one of the region's female society; Amber Feroz has marked the Opening of his new boutique in Dubai on DFF '10 catwalk, proving the critics that his "art" could be well wearable. Beginning his career with internship at Armani Prive, through the years we've been watching him creating amusing pieces with the simple cuts and seamless stitching, but this time the designer's vision has changed and finally those pieces could be worn by any woman irrespective of the age and size.
The best part of Amber's new Couture collection is that, the garments are simply gorgeous and do not only highlight the best features of one's body, but also effortlessly camouflage the flows of any figure, making the one who wears it feel like a goddess. And that is not all, each of the garments could be worn in several different ways that makes the size of our wardrobe smaller, but increases the number of special occasion outfits.
Fast fame- raising Indian designer Archana Kochhar, is the one to watch in this region. Having several Bollywood Celebrities' that comes to mind along with the Brand's name, such as Celina Jaitley (Miss India 2001 & Infamous Bollywood Actress).
Archana's work is concentrated on purity and femininity, wearing those haute couture garments does make you feel like a princess; taking you back in time of the far Centuries where the men remained Gentlemen and women had never had to open the door on their own.
I believe her dresses have been specially designed to bring out the emotional side of "Cinderella" in each one of us, and give the feeling of the magic childhood stories with only difference that now you can dress and really feel like one in one those gowns.
Aldwin Ornopia Guardiana is the designer behind the brand whose name does speak for itself. Aldwin is one of the up-and-coming or I would rather say "Rising" stars of the "Desert". His design inspiration comes from the life events and environment the combination of which transforms his imagination on the catwalk. However in my opinion Aldwin's creations are not only catwalk but more of a "Walk of Fame" material that takes my imagination straight to the Hollywood Red Carpet.
Incredible Haute Couture designs with a touch of Avant-garde and "hand-made" work of so not "echo friendly" details, and combination of Crystals, feather, lace and silk makes the garments a breath taking and phenomenal to look at, never mind wearing one. So the next time you're wondering "Who" to wear for a Red Carpet Gala or how to make an "Entrance", wonder no more as the only thing you have to do is to put on one of the gowns and the Art Fashion will do the rest.
A good friend of mine was kind enough to send me an article that appeared in the London Evening Standard Newspaper recently and it reported that officially Nollywood (the Nigerian film industry) is considered to be the second largest movie industry in the world.
Nollywood films are popular around the world, some for the right reasons but many times for the wrong reasons. They have been renowned for poor acting, badly written scripts, very long never ending scenes and more movie bloopers than has ever been seen in the history of film making (ok a slight exaggeration on my part) but I think for those of you that have watched Nigerian movies, you know what I am talking about.
However just as we have done with the music industry and are starting to do with the fashion industry (and as a fashion show producer I believe I am also contributing to the improvement of standards in the fashion industry), the movie industry has and is making some fantastic strides in producing better quality movies and the stereotypes of Nollywood movies being bad is well on its way to disappearing forever.
I attended the screening of the latest movie The Figurine – Araromire, produced and directed by Kunle Afolayan, a person who I was fortunate enough to meet when I spoke at the Flair Talent Seminar, in Lagos Nigeria. He is a very unassuming and down to earth actor/director and it is hard to believe that he is such a superstar.
Normally I would talk about all of the London celebrities that graced the red carpet but not today as the attention this time must not be taken away from the fantastic movie I watched.
As part of the Nigeria 50th Anniversary celebrations Lagos State Government and First Bank Nigeria sponsored the premiere movie screening of The Figurine – Araromire at the Greenwich Odeon cinema in London.
This is a movie that has a fantastic well written script and screenplay, the cinematography was like I have never seen before for a Nigerian movie and the acting by its four principles actors Kunle Afolayan, Ramsey Nouah, Funlola Awofiyebi-Raimi, Omoni Oboli was worthy of Golden Globe or OSCAR nominations.
I have no intention of giving you the synopsis of the film as I know if I do I won’t stop and would end up giving the whole story line away. But I would say this it was imaginative, creative and well acted. For the first time ever I am so proud to say that this is not about watching a Nollywood movie but about watching a great movie.
PS: There is also another great Nollywood movie that I highly recommend that you watch. It is called “IJE” that stars Nollywood heavyweights Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde and Genevieve Nnaji as well as Nollywood star Clem Ohameze alongside international actors such as Odalys Garcia, Jeff Swarthout and Ulrich Que, this movie was Produced and directed by Nigerian international filmmaker, Chineze Anyaene.
Trust me people alongside The Figurine - Araromire, this is another great Nollywood movie.
All I can say is watch out Hollywood as Nollywood is about to take over!
News In Brief:
Merit Award for Excellence...
I am pleased to say for the second year running I have been nominated for a merit Award for Excellence in the category of Most Outstanding Film/TV Director/producer. The awards ceremony takes places on Saturday 9th October at HMS president www.ogeyinka.com
Male TMC UK Finalist
The heats are over and all of the finalist have been chosen and their will be 30 female and 9 male models competing to be come the Top Model of Colour UK for 2010.
Adut Mawien TMC Holland 2010 (her own bag)
Adut Mawien Top Model of Colour Holland 2010 is well on her way to becoming a supermodel since winning TMC Holland - she now has her own bag with her picture on it - CHECK HER OUT