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It was decades in the making but the long-awaited film based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography is finally here.

Starring British actor Idris Elba as the beloved South African icon, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” had its South African premiere Sunday in a buzzing Johannesburg cinema.


“During the preparation for ‘Mandela,’ I was very nervous about my abilities, my capabilities as an actor,” Elba told CNN.


“But then it came to me as I was playing a 70-year-old man (that) if you put your mind on something you can actually do it,” added Elba, famous for his role as a drug kingpin in U.S. TV series “The Wire.”

Mandela, 95, did not attend the premiere as he remains in critical but stable condition in his Johannesburg home, where he is being looked after by a team of military doctors.


Yet relatives, friends and former freedom fighters all joined the movie’s cast and crew in what was an exciting and emotional gathering.

“It’s going to evoke a lot of sad memories for me,” Ndileka Mandela, the former President’s granddaughter, said at the red carpet before the film’s screening. “His incarceration was not a good time for me as his grandchild and for the family as a whole.”



Based on Mandela’s autobiography, also called “Long Walk to Freedom,” the biopic follows Mandela’s life journey from his childhood growing up in a rural village, through the anti-apartheid struggle and prison years, to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.


The film’s producer, South African Anant Singh, says he first started corresponding with Mandela about the movie’s rights when the iconic leader was still behind bars.


“It began almost 25 years ago to try and get this story and to bring it to the big screen,” Singh told CNN earlier this year. “I have letters in his handwriting modestly saying, ‘will people actually want to see a film about my life?'”


It’s going to evoke a lot of sad memories for me.
Ndileka Mandela



Singh announced Tuesday that the film will be screened at the White House on November 7.


“It is an exceptional honor to have the film screening hosted by President Obama at the White House as it is the first for a South African film,” said the movie producer. “It is also of special significance as it connects Madiba and President Obama as statesmen who were responsible for major paradigm shifts in their respective countries and who have special places in the hearts of their people.”


The movie is directed by Justin Chadwick (“The Other Boleyn Girl,” “The First Grader”) and also features fellow Briton Naomie Harris (“Skyfall”) as Mandela’s second wife, Winnie.


“This is the biggest film ever to be made in South Africa,” added Singh. “We have two foreign actors and the (other) 143 are all South African. What we’ve tried to do is make a South African film and make in a way that it can engage audiences everywhere.”


“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom” will be released in South Africa on November 28 and one day later it will premiere in in New York and Los Angeles.

Source: CNN


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Yesterday, I came across  this piece on the net. The words in the piece were very profound and thought  provoking. The insightful words got me thinking. Obviously the writer hit right home with all his assertions about the movie industry in Nigeria. He had done a very  cumulative  and comprehensive breakdown of why Nollywood is no more being dominated by its own and  the majority of Ghanaian acts were flocking to the 2nd largest movie producing country in the world.  Could it be that the majority of Nigerian film connoisseurs were tired of their own  or could it be that Ghanaian acts are  generally better than their own . Find out why?

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Nollywood has been known to be a major force in the movie industry worldwide. The Nollywood is also the third highest producer of movies in the world with heavy presence of Nigerian acts. But recently, the opposite is the case as Ghanaian artistes are gradually taking over the industry.

Ghanaian actresses have taken over Nollywood as the Nigerian movie industry is gradually being taken over by foreigners.

It was revealed that over the past seven months, Ghanaian actors, producers and directors have grabbed over 60 per cent of the total market share.

Taking a cursory look at the movies on the shelves, a large chunk have Ghanian artistes featured. Out of 184 movies featured between April and August, 2013, Ghanaian actresses have led in at least 93 productions. Almost the same result is obtained if you check through iRokotv, ibakatv and

At retail stores, one will also find that films with Ghanaian actresses are getting more patronage than the ones with Nigerian acts. It was revealed that different customers have different preferences, but recently, a lot of them always ask if Yvonne Nelson or Jackie Appiah have new films out. Then some of the ladies always like to buy a John Dumelo or a Majid Michel movie. Yvonne Nelson and Nadia Buari have become household names in the Nigerian movie industry and have also become very much sought after by top Nigerian producers and directors. Juliet Ibrahim another rising star, is now a popular face at most Nigerian events.

Only a decade ago, Ghanaian movies hardly sold in Nigeria while Nigerian movies were blockbusters in Ghana. Today, the Ghanaian movie industry has come a long way parading some of the most beautiful actresses in Africa. At the first-ever Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, AMVCA, Ghana’s Jackie Appiah took home the coveted award for the ‘Best Actress in a Lead Role’. Appiah again on September 14, was awarded ‘Best Actress’ at the Nollywood and African Film Critics’ Awards (NAFCA).

In the last few years, it seems that the established Nigerian actresses are more interested in chasing Hollywood pipe dreams than featuring in indigenous movies, while their Ghanian counterparts are more serious in getting more roles and continuing making names for themselves.

In the last one year, some of the established acts have reduced the number of films that they appeared in to an average of three in a year, when on the other hand, their Ghanaian counterparts would have done an average of eight and sometimes produce too; like Yvonne Nelson has done with ‘Single and Married’ and ‘House of Gold’.

Actresses of Ghana origin have somehow capitalised on this gap to win the hearts of movie lovers. Their industry has already identified them for the appeal they have in Nigeria and have used that as leverage to push their movies into the homes of movie loving Nigerians.

Apparently, Nollywood is much renowned worldwide and so it is understandable for the average Ghanaian actress, after achieving much in her industry to aspire for recognition in Nollywood which is ranked as the second largest film industry in the world in terms of number of annual film productions. Talented new actresses have been lacking in the last few years, many pundits say; with many saying the focus has been on building celebrity rather than capacity and skills.

If you ask an average Nigerian who his or her best actress is, they will still mention the likes of Genevieve Nnaji and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, whereas these actresses hardly have new movies out.

More Nigerian actresses are looking beyond Nollywood to survive, as their take home pay is abysmal. So many are turning down roles and using their new found fame to focus on personal businesses. While many are surviving on brand endorsements, some now run fashion houses and a few unconventional businesses, not forgetting a few who have also tried to diversify into the music industry.

Whatever happened to the new comers you may ask? Is it that they lack the talent and the appeal? A movie critic and consultant opines that Nollywood as an industry in recent years has failed to create an enabling environment for new talents to grow. ‘There’s so much nepotism in the industry. People don’t get role by credit anymore, how can real talents then be discovered? Now it seems like only those involved in scandals that seem to make the headlines. We know the likes of Nuella Njubuigbo, Anita Joseph and Susan Peters more for the scandals they have had than for movies they have acted’.

Many at times, producers have been accused of having preference for pretty faces rather than talent in their choice of actresses. In most cases, these pretty faces are nothing but just pretty faces with little or no talent.

It can be recalled that the essence of reality shows like Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) and Next Movie Star were to discover the next Nollywood stars but sadly not many of the products of these competitions have made it to the mainstream. The reason isn’t far fetched. They are not serious about doing the right thing, giving the Ghanians the express way to take over.

Besides OC Ukeje who was named ‘Best Actor in a Lead Role’ at AMVCA 2013, other AMBO winners; Azizat Sadiq (2005) (who has now turned to music), Bhaira McWizu (2007), Wale Ojo (2008) and Ivie Okujaiye (2009) are still finding it hard to make a strong presence in the highly competitive industry. Same can be said of the Next Movie Star winners and contestants who apart from enjoying the largesse that were doled out to them when they participated in the show and the attendant movie role, have not made any significant mark.

So what makes the Ghanaian actresses tick? Ghanaian actresses are a lot sexier and talented as well. Apart from enjoying a good movie, the fans want to see their stars looking good and trendy.

Are the Ghanaian over-celebrated more for their good looks than for their acting? For some time now, the industry has been plagued with internal wrangling. Intra and inter association bickering and tribal sentiments which has left the industry divided into Nollywood, Kannywood and the Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (ANTP)-led Yoruba movie industry- all following tribal etymology. These intrigues have denied Nollywood the capability to function as one strong united front.

In many cases, viewers look out for much more from a movie than a good actor and a good story. ‘When I watch a movie, I want my favourite actors to not only be able to act, but to also look great and that is why I would still love Genevieve, not because she’s the best actress in my book, but she certainly knows how to keep it trendy,’ says, an ardent movie lover.

Yvonne Nelson has transformed into a household name in Nollywood. When her movie ‘House of Gold’ premiered in Nigeria, it was definitely a huge success. The success was also replicated when fans troop to the cinemas in the following weeks to watch the movie.

Not only has Jackie Appiah been clinching many of the prestigious awards, she has starred in over 20 Nollywood productions in the last few years making her the most featured Ghanaian actress in Nollywood with movies like ‘Victim’ and ‘Passionate Liar’.

Talented and sexy Nadia Buari has the highest fan base in Nigeria and that’s as much as what it takes to score a lead cast in much of Nollywood’s production. The 31-year-old actress who is currently enjoying a controversial romance with Nigeria’s Jim Iyke, in the last few years has managed to maintain her place at the top.

Whether they be over-celebrated or not, one thing that cannot be in doubt is that these Ghanaian ladies have left a lasting impression in the hearts of Nigerians and for one reason or the other, movie lovers have come to love to see their faces on their TV screens.

Watch: Kevin Hart in new trailer ‘About last night’

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The little man  is almost at the peak of stardom if he isn’t already there. The comic actor has been paying his dues ever since his memorable appearance in “The Forty Year-Old Virgin” and this summer scored a surprise box office hit with his standup special “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain.” And with big roles such as”Grudge Match,” “Think Like A Man Too” and “Ride Along” coming  his way , we’re going to be see a lot more of Kevin Hart, including in the upcoming remake of the ’80s nugget “About Last Night.” Co-starring Paula Patton, Michael Ealy and Regina Hall, the film centers on the ups and downs of modern love and life, refreshingly told via an all black cast. But whether or not it can be anything more than your standard movie will depend on the script by Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette“) and director Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine“), and this could doubtless go pretty wildly either way. Fingers crossed though. Anyway if you are feeling the Kevin Hart  check out the trailer. “About Last Night” asks you out on Valentine’s Day.


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It seems like this year is the petite star’s year. Kerry Washington has somehow wormed her way into the hearts of  people with her stellar portrayal of Olivia Pope in Scandal and has also unknowingly gotten hitched with Nigerian American ,Nnamdi Asomugha.

The sweet looking actress has managed to get a nod from  PEOPLE magazine as their Best Dressed Woman of the Year. She is got everyone’s approval and an Essence endorsement too.

This is what Essence wrote on their site about her

The annual list places Washington atop more than two-dozen of Tinseltown’s favorite fashion mavens—including ESSENCE Festival alumna Solange Knowles, who makes the list for her confident risk-taking style.

The 36-year-old actress has had a number of breath-taking red carpet looks this year including the sparkling embellished Miu Miu dress she wore to the Golden Globe Awards (above) that had everyone saying, “Wow!”

Even as Olivia Pope in the ABC hit series, Scandal, Washington is setting fashion trends.

When talking fashion inspiration, Washington has a simple recipe: just be yourself. “For me the goal is to feel comfortable, event-appropriate and to be an elevated, more special version of myself or to feel like the best version of myself in that context and just be in the moment,” she told PEOPLE.

Being the elevated version of herself has taken Washington far this year even earning her an Emmy nomination as the leading lady of Scandal. It looks like Washington, who is newly married to San Francisco 49ers cornerback ,Nnamdi Asomugha has much to celebrate.

We can’t wait to see what Kerry has prepared for the Emmy award red carpet this Sunday.

We’ll be watching!

Yes, we can’t  wait ,what do you think about their Kerry Washington looks this year? Did she score high scores for you?


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So, it is the latest movie in town I hear. I am also hearing great things  about the story and the  cast .  The movie  is soaked with  a “hot” ensemble of cast members( of course what will a movie be without the hotties .Baggage Claim stars Boris Kodjoe, Taye Diggs, Djimou Hounsou Derek Luke, Trey Songz, ( it is getting hot in here already) Tia Mowry, Paula Patton, Jill Scott, Lala Anthony and many more. Luckily, everyone gets at a chance at getting a free ticket.

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