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My list of 6 creative Ghanaians that are worth highlighting!

Hey everyone!

I made a recent video on my Youtube video, about 6 Ghanaians and organisations that are doing good works and creating things and trends in Ghana. I believe it’s important for one to celebrate one another and bring into recognition people as such!

Some of the people includes Mutombo da Poet, Rebekah A. Ofori, Mefiri Ghana and others.  If you dont know them, it’s a great way for you to, through the video!

Thanks for watching! 

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‘The Nana Churcher show Live’ short summary + Pictures

Saturday 1st of March 2014 was a day long – awaited and anticipated for those who follow ‘ The Nana Churcher show’ closely, a lifestyle TV talk show with multiple facets,  with celebrity interviews, fashion segments, entertainment and travel. At the core of the different themes , the objective which is  to make the viewer “get up on their feet and do wonderful things with their life” as the Ghanaian UK- based host Nana Churcher often puts it in the intros, is non- transparent , especially when one looks at the choice of guests chosen for the different episodes thus far , and the sort of angle that leads the different interviews and the subjects discussed on the show.

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‘The Nana Churcher show LIVE’ is the anticipating event which took place on the 1st of March in the heart of London. Literally translated, it’s designed as the live version of the original talk show, together with the host herself, and a live audience.

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If classified, the event stood as a special edition alongside the former episodes to commemorate Ghana’s 57th independence. The special edition which will air later on the respective channels the show usually airs on. The live event was also one to  start off the 3rd season of the ‘Nana Churcher show’,which was  formed in 2012.

The theme of the event was ‘Celebrating the stars’ , Nana, the host would interview individuals who are worth celebrating in our society today as they discussed their road to success, their career, and give way for exclusive details on their backgrounds and their humble beginnings.

I have watched numerous episodes of  ‘The Nana Churcher show’ , so as you can imagine, it did not take me long before   deciding to get my tickets for a chance to experience it live. I believe a show which aims to inspire its viewers in different aspects is one that is worth looking forward to. Seeing the show live would be a clearer reflection of what is seen on television. That’s what i believed.

And i was right, the event was entertaining, and of course inspiring.

The guests interviewed were Miss Ghana UK 2013 Janet Djan; Gospel singer Diana Antwi Hamilton; Renowned PR Mavis Amankwah and Nigerian actor Ikenna Obi.

The questions Nana asked the guests were non-cliches, which gave way for the guests to open up by sharing details about their backgrounds, their lives, their childhood. Often speaking about issues not talked about previously.

Listening to some of the stories the guests shared gave one a deeper understanding as to where their humility and down-to-earth attitude actually comes from.

One of the guests, Miss Ghana UK, Janet Djan  spoke about her experiences as a young girl growing up in Ghana, describing how her life then was very different from how her life is today. She talked about her journey to becoming Miss Ghana UK, and jokingly shared the background details  on one of the pictures she shared on a social networking site just after winning the Miss Ghana UK contest. Clue? A picture in which she is seen  indulging on a popular Ghanaian traditional dish. Ha.

Nana Churcher’ s interview with guest Mavis Amankwah during the event was probably one of the most insightful background interviews of the award winning PR.  She did not only share talk on her career, but openly shared some of her  difficult past.  An exchange between her and the host that surely inspired anyone watching to believe that them too can  achieve despite whatever circumstances, and proving that a person’s troubled past should in no way hinder their progress.

Actor Ikenna Obi  spoke about his switch starting from being a rigorous Law student to going into acting. As an actor, he spoke about the African movie industry, sharing his thoughts on what Nollywood and African movie industry as a whole needs  to succeed and grow more as a venture. His views and knowledge generated praise from the audience as many agreed with what he believed in. For an industry to grow, one has got to work with one another.  Love, trust and support for one another are keys for a successful industry.

And who knew Ikenna Obi could dance the azonto? I sure didn’t know before i went. Hm. But It would be surely difficult to show what i mean by typing, so you will probably have to watch the broadcast to understand where i’m coming from.

Musician Diana Antwi Hamilton was interviewed together with Oxford graduate Gillian Appau. As a student myself, I was very much inspired by Gillian Appau’s insightful background and appreciated her speaking openly. Gillian shared her experiences growing up in a ordinary family by becoming a daughter who attends one of the most prestigious universities in the UK.  She shared her experiences and same time struggles she might have experienced in the past fitting in among the crowd.

A live version of a show requires live performances, right?  Therefore, it is almost non surprising for Nana Churcher to have asked Diana Hamilton to sing a song live for the sake of the audience, the upcoming viewers, the listeners, who i believed were secretly awaiting the moment also. Including me.  Again,  i cannot show what i mean by simply using words or letters, so i guess you will probably have to watch  the pre-recorded broadcast  to understand where i’m coming from.

‘The Nana Churcher show’  airs on VOX Africa TV on sky channel 218,  and on DSTV Africa. You can subscribe to the show’s youtube channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/nanashowbest?feature=watch , to watch or re-watch past episodes, and follow ‘The Nana Churcher show’ on Facebook for more information.

Going to ‘ The Nana Churcher show Live’, i brought my humble camera with me, and  i managed to shoot some interviews, take pictures of the attendants before and after the event.

Check the pictures below!

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Watch the behind the- scenes here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPhnoihv3QY

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Nigeria Anti gay law bill :14 year sentence? What do some actually think?

photo Earlier this month, Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan passed a new legislation in Nigeria. The bill introduces a 14 year prison sentence for anyone in a same sex relationship, and anyone in supports of gays, or same sex associations, organisations and clubs could face up to 10 years imprisonment. Civil union was already illegal in Nigeria, but this new law brings penalties for anyone belonging in the other categories, such as gay rights activists, it also brings longer prison sentences for anyone who appears to be in a same-sex relationship and  bans any form of gay organisations, as stated previously. Despite the country’s prominent religious conflicts, and divisions between Christians and Muslims in the North, Nigeria still remains a religious country rich in culture and traditions. So it is fair to say that the new law against homosexuality was well- received by the majority of Nigerians. A few days after the anti gay law was adjusted, one of the interesting things I have realised by speaking to some of the Nigerians on the subject, is the fact that the legislation is somehow observed as a ‘win or lose situation’, it is as if many believe that if this law was not activated, same-sex relationships in Nigeria and homosexuality would somehow be acceptable. Even though the union of same-sex relationships was already illegal, some believe that this new law makes it official and ultimate. photo-6 A mass Communications postgraduate student i interviewed said ” It’s a good thing, Nigerians should never permit homosexuality.”  Out of curiosity, I went on to ask if she believed the prison sentences were justifiable and if it was the right thing to impose, unsure, she replied  “I don’t know.” This triggered something in my mind  ‘What do supporters of the new anti-gay law bill actually think of the actual punishment and the 14 year prison sentence against the main offenders? Do they all agree with it?’ When tapping on this particular aspect, the answers and opinions i received after varied. The sentences accompanied with the crimes may seem like nothing much compared to the stoning and the lashes facing offenders in the North,under the Islamic Sharia Law. But even so, is the 14 year prison sentence the best way to go against the offenders found to belong in ‘illegal ‘relationships? The rest of this article will look at the different views of some of the Nigerians i spoke to, who were mainly of Christian religion. It will also focus on the different aspects that may come up with the new legislation now in place. photo-5 “I support the law, but what are they going to learn behind bars??… Someone might even kill them in the prison, it could turn into a big issue, i don’t think that will solve the case.” – Kelechi 24- Kelechi who is currently a university student in the United Kingdom, came from Nigeria not long ago to follow her masters, she told me that back in Nigeria, she had a friend who because of low self esteem issues and finding herself ‘ugly’ and less pretty than other girls, started to spend more time with males instead of female friends, which ultimately changed the way she interacted and affected her preferences. Kelechi believes that there could also be occasions when a man becomes gay out of personal choice and past struggles: ” Girls kept breaking their hearts in the past.” Her concern is also what may happen once the offenders get inside prison. She believes homosexuality is an addiction and the people needs help and counselling, before actually being put behind bars. As Nigeria is a country respective of traditions and culture, she personally thinks that there should be a private meeting between the police, the suspect and the guardian or parent, as a form of warning and second chance before taking matters further. Anyway, Kelechi was not the only person who thought counselling should come first. A woman in her 30’s, told me that what she thinks is needed is :  “rehabilitation, rehabs, but there are not such things in Nigeria.”  And Blessing, who is a bio-medical student at a university thinks there should be “different cases and surveillance.” She believes that there should be different approaches depending on the individuals. Some offender(s) should be put on surveillance and strong maintenance, If after a while, the person is back in their old ways, she believes then. they should face the original process. Presidential Spokesman, Reuben Abati once said that the law “reflects the religious and cultural preferences of the Nigerian people.”  photo-6 One person i interviewed believes that in order for the sentences to be effective as it reflects the opinions and views on most Nigerians around the country, during the prison sentences there should be a religious leader or a counsellor often visiting the jails, in order for the offenders to change and at least learn something once their sentences ends. However, not everyone shared those views  Hope, who studies International Business Management said that because of this new legislation now in place , for the first time  she feels that “Nigeria has a voice.”  Medical student Blessing also strongly believes that the sentences are right appropriate for Nigerians who choose to continue their illegal acts, she believes that in Nigeria, when it comes to this case a person will not be arrested based on mere assumptions. She said: “In Nigeria, people in a same sex relationship would look obvious together, as these people are not prominent in the country.” Pastor C. who shared the same views  also said “Even though it wasn’t legal for same-sex couples to live in civil partnership and get married, people were still getting together in hiding.” He believes that now that it’s a crime and there are sentences that follows, nobody would dare to go against it. A young woman also told me “This legislation is to scare them, it’s a good thing. Now in Nigeria no one would be proud to say ‘ I’m gay’ [and go on to promote]” Under this new legislation, President GoodLuck Jonathan is facing extreme pressure from oppositions, something I believe the president was ready for. A survey done in 2013, found that 98% of Nigerians believed homosexuality should not be accepted in the society. Now, in 2014, why a controversy if the president had taken an initiative based on the thinking of the majority of Nigerians who voted for him as  president? Do people outside the country or even the minority have the right to disagree on an initiative taken for the majority? photo-3 Many would agree that Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan has shown a bright example by staying true to the people’s traditions and values,  but there are those even if happy with the legislation against same- sex relationships  believes there should be careful steps taking for this particular crime such as Blessing and Kelechi thinks so, and others who agree with the new law as well as the sentences put against the offenders, like Pastor C and Hope. However, there are also those who disagree with the new anti gay law bill system as a whole. One thing is for sure, in all situations, peace is key!  Thanks for reading! … 72dd24087b667a919483fd102476aee4

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Ghana movie Awards: The impact it has on the industry + list of 2013 winners

In some parts of the world exists ceremonies specifically designed to applaud and rewards excellence in cinema.

Such events brings recognition, and secondly encouragement to producers, directors and actors to get better as their work is been appreciated and recognised in their own country.

In the United States, there is the Academy Awards also known as ‘ The oscars’ , one of the many  ceremonies that already exists in the country with the same purpose.

In Nigeria, which holds  the 3rd largest movie industry in the world, there is the  ‘Nollywood Movie Awards’ as one of the award ceremonies in the country that aims to celebrates brilliance in the industry.

Now, this article is going to focus on the Ghanaian movie industry.

Movies have been produced in Ghana for a very long time, starting from home videos. The first ever Ghanaian film said to have been shown in the US is a 1984 movie called ‘Kukurantumi’.

The Ghanaian movie industry is one that has to crawl itself up over the years, before been fully recognised as a proper industry in Ghana.

As more creative filmmakers and directors made their way into the industry, better quality movies were produced, more productions were made, and stories were told in a better way featuring new and experienced Ghanaian actors. With hard work and dedication the industry eventually grew and expanded, gaining recognition.

In 2010, on December the 25th, ‘Ghana movie awards’  came to light.

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The first edition of the annual ceremony was well-received and attracted the majority of Ghanaians actors as well as actors in neighbouring countries, such as Nigeria.

It is an event specifically organised to reward and celebrate achievement in the Ghanaian film industry, celebrating both movies in the local language and English. Because of its initial purpose to showcase Ghanaian cinema, it was a big step for the industry. It is organised by Ghollywood Productions limited and was founded by Fred Nuamah.

” I’m happy that we’re doing something of out own, back here in Ghana.”  is what Ghanaian actress jackie Appiah said in 2010, as she attended the event.

During its second edition, in 2011, Ghanaian actor Prince David also expressed his satisfaction when asked about the ceremony “…it’s a way forward…We’re doing some quality movies in Ghana, Nigeria, in Africa so it’s an honour to be appreciated for your good works to be honoured,.. I think it’s a step in the right direction.”

Renowned actor, Van vicker in 2011 after attending the event for the first time in 2011 also said “ It’s very significant because things like this doesn’t come around here, …so it’s significant, it’s leaving its mark”

During the launch on December the 3rd, the minister for tourism, culture and creative arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofusu-Agyare went on to say  “Ghana Movie Awards has soon become the biggest annual event in the film industry, where the entire industry looks forward to ”

However, since its formation in 2010, the annual ceremony has also received criticism in many areas from the public, such as in the way the event is organised as well as important technical issues that have been noticed before and during previous ceremonies.

But despite it all,  the Ghana movie Awards still remains an event awaited every year by the majority of Ghanaians and people in the entertainment industry.

The 4th edition of the Ghana Movie Awards took place on the 30th December, held at the Accra International conference centre.

So, here is the list of winners alongside the categories for which they were nominated for:

Best Cinematography: Northern Affair

Writing- Adapted Or Original Screenplay: Contract

Best Production Design: The Pledge

Best Directing: Shirley Frimpong Manso (Contract) ; Leila Djansi (Northern Affair)

Best Costume And Wardrobe: George Atobrah (Akomfo Anokye)

Best Editing: Northern Affair

Music- Original Music (score) : House Of Gold

Make-Up and Hair Stylist: Jude Odeh (Barima Nye Sunye)

Best African Collaboration- Best Actor: Hloma Dandala (Contract) & Francis Odega (House of Gold)

Best African Collaboration- Best Actress: Patience Ozorkwor ( Slave Boy)

Best  Sound Editing: Northern Affair

A performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role: Kwadwo Nkansah (Lilwin) – (Movie: Time Changes)

A Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role: Joselyn Dumas (Northern Affair)

A Performance By an Actor In A Leading Role: John Dumelo (Northern Affair)

A Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role: Jackie Appiah (Cheaters)

Best Picture: Northern Affair

Short Movie: Galamsey

When it comes to public votes…

Best TV Series: Heartbreak Hotel

Best Actress TV Series: Maame Esi ( Chorkor Trotro)

Best Actor TV Series: Funny Face

Well done to all the nominees and winners!

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GUBA Awards: 4th Edition thoughts!

Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards known as GUBA is an awards ceremony founded by Dentaa Amoateng, it was launched in 2010 in the UK. It is an organisation which principal aim is to celebrate British Ghanaians and their achievements in society.

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In an interview with PANACHE-E Magazine, Dentaa Amoateng says “My inspiration came from seeing a large number of Ghanaians in this country (UK) doing exceptionally well..

The female entrepreneur had a vision, followed it and brought to existence the difference she wanted to see, the annual awards ceremony now recognises the raw talents of Ghanaian individuals, young entrepreneurs,organisations and more.

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GUBA Awards by recognising individuals is in turn being recognised by members of the community, Ghanaians and Non-Ghanaians alike, as a great platform for British Ghanaians and the African community as a whole.
The organisation has won numerous awards since its foundation, one of them been
‘The International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Award 2013.’
Mayor of London, Boris Jonhson speaking about GUBA says: “London’s diversity is its strength, and the GUBA Awards showcase all that is great about this city.
Member of Parliament, Adam Afriyie also says: “They (GUBA) is an inspired platform, a fantastic opportunity to highlight the significant and valuable contribution British-Ghanaians make to the UK.

GUBA is not only limited to its awards ceremony, it is currently working on the ‘Guba Foundation’, an organisation that focuses on addressing issues that has to do with disability, health, poverty needs and education. “We want to provide awareness, support and guidance to families, create strong connections encouraging community cohesion, and ensure that the community have access to the services that they require.
Autism is the area they’re focusing on now, creating awareness and breaking the ‘stigma’ usually put with people with the condition by bringing support,connecting and recognising the talents of people living with the condition in the Ghanaian community.

As a 19 year old adult, it’s my ultimate joy when i see common individuals, students, teachers, entrepreneurs working hard towards their visions, goals and bringing to life things they want to see happening, with the belief that them too can make and in fact be the difference.

I was there at the 4th edition of the GUBA AWARDS which took place at the prestigious Park Plaza Hotel in London. Despite hearing and knowing a lot about GUBA, i had not gone to any of the previous ceremonies, so it was very humbling to be there in person, speaking to the humble personalities that were present also.

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An event as such that celebrates achievements of individuals should also work as a reminder and inspiration for anyone to dream higher, wants more and works hard towards reaching their goals. Nothing is impossible.

How does the GUBA AWARDS go?

First of, the nominees are put in 3 different sections representing the different colours of the Ghana flag.
There is the BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE section in red
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Followed by ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS section in yellow or Gold
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And the COMMUNITY section in green
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To make it all complete, representing the black star inside the Ghana flag there is also the ‘Special Achievement Awards’ section, members of this category are not nominated but are awarded for their achievements.

Who were the winners at the GUBA AWARDS 2013?

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BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE:

Sustainable Business Award won by: Agro Mindset Organization.
The founder, David Asiamah had a dream about agriculture and the issue of agriculture with Ghanaians not being into the field as much, and that brought about the organisation.
Changing the face and perception of agriculture in Ghana by creating projects, equipping and also improving the skills of those wanting to get into agriculture.

The telecommunications company Vodafone won in the category of Corporate Business Of the Year.

RLG Development Award won by Edward Amartey Tagoe for his work in the IT field, and his software company Nandimobile founded in 2010, it creates innovative apps that focuses on improving the communication between organisations and their consumers.

Small emerging business award won by Sheabutter Cottage

Young entrepreneur award won by Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah.
Edwin Kwaku Broni-Mensah won for his work in “GiveMeTap ”, an entreprise he founded in 2010 while completing his PhD, it focuses on making available clean water to people in Africa and the world who have no access to it.

Efie Ne fie award won By Debra-Jane Nelson, the founder of Think| Mahogany,an event company that also focuses on communication, production and photography.

ENTERTAINMENT & ARTS:

Music Artist of the Year award won by Fuse ODG.

African Fashion Designer of the Year: Duaba Serwa

Young and Talented Award: won by Lewis Appiagyei, aspiring Formula 1 ‘champion’, we can call him ‘the next’ Lewis Hamilton

COMMUNITY:

Rising star award: Rebecca Amissah

Charity of the Year award: Lively minds, a charity that focuses on helping deprived children in rural areas in Ghana and in Eastern Uganda.

Ghanaian association of the Year: won by Merceyside Assiociations of Ghanaians.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

GUBA Exceptional achievement: Herman Chinery-Hesse

GUBA Outstanding Achievement: Prince Kofi Amoabeng

GUBA Community Champion: Archbishop Kwaku Manson

GUBA Enterprise Mogul: Kanya King MBE

Student Achiever Award won by Jason Ochere, who graduated with 2.1 honours in Philsophy, Politics and Economics at the university of Manchester university.

Congratulations to all the winners and persons nominated!

When i was younger, i used to think I could get inside the television if I took a shoe with a heel or whatever girlish weapon that were there and throw it into the TV screen until the television screen smashes, then i thought i could get inside it quickly and be part of everything that I saw.
Being present at the last edition of the GUBA Awards and seeing everything happening in front of my very eyes was a bit like i threw a shoe to get there, only difference is, i did not.

I promise. I chose the safest way.

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Nadia Buari takes on directing with new movie “The Diary Of Imogen Brown”

Popular Ghanaian actress Nadia Buari has recently finished directing her first movie “The Diary of Imogen Brown” which will premiere on the 23rd of December 2013 at the conference centre in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Earlier this year, Nollywood actor and close friend of Nadia Buari, Jim Iyke made fans curious as he gave hints on the Ghanaian actress’s new take on directing by posting detailed information about the upcoming Nadia Buari film

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Now, a few months later, on the 6th November, it seems like all doubts about the movie were cleared as the actress herself expressed her thrill and excitement on her official twitter page, revealing information about the premiere for her movie

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According to Nadia Buari’s twitter, alongside herself “The Diary Of Imogen Brown” will star Nollywood’s renowned face Jim Iyke.

As well as premiering in Accra on the 23rd December of this year, the movie will also have its premiere on the 24th of December in Takoradi and 26th December in Kumasi.

Details about the other co-stars of the anticipated movie are yet to be revealed.

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Credit pictures : @B5sNadiaBuari

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What are the TOP 10 Nollywood classics?

As a French-born Ghanaian, i grew up in an African home, my parents brought me up to know my roots and where i come from.
I traveled a lot to Africa; learnt how to speak Twi (Ghanaian language) at an early age and i grew up with a very strong love for my African culture.

For my parents, watching African movies were considered one of the major form of entertainment at home, not only were the movies entertaining but also because it was something that reminded them of ‘home’, Africa.
It’s almost like a remedy that made them feel closer to home.
The Nigerian movie industry known as the largest movie industry in Africa in terms of the number of movies that are produced every year, makes it non-surprising that as a young girl, Nigerian movies were the kind of movies that were played the most often in my home, we could watch as many as we could, of all different kinds, from a vast variety.

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The Nigerian movie industry- Nollywood has evolved enormously over the years, becoming the third largest movie industry in the world.
Nollywood movies are not only popular among Africans but also among non- Africans; Not only popular among locals but also among people living in the diaspora.
Nigerian filmmakers are often asked during interviews ‘What is the reason behind Nollywood’s success?’ a lot of their answers would be the fact that the stories told in Nollywood are ones the audience can relate to.
One successful Nigerian filmmaker, called Imasuen says during a CNN interview “People get in touch with Nollywood’s direct realism,…People are getting more and more interested, more and more involved in our productions because they can feel the pains, they can feel the excitement, it’s so real to them.

Nollywood movies even from the early beginning, starting from the 1992 movie ‘Living in bondage’ has been known to produce good story lines, ones that tells African and realistic stories. Ones that a mother, a child, an African could relate to.
Now. because of the success of Nollywood and the evolving pace of the industry over the years, means better quality movies are been made; High budget movies are being produced.
But the purpose stays the same as it has in the beginning : To tell African stories.
And filmmakers, directors are being pushed and inspired to tell even better stories for the mass and variety of audience that is growing everyday.

Now, in my opinion, using my own observations and experiences: ‘What are the TOP 10 Classic Nollywood movies?’
What is a classic movie first of all?
A classic movie is …
1- A movie you could watch over and over again and anytime you do, it only reconfirms the fact that it was and is in fact a brilliant movie.
2- A movie that opened doors for the industry to evolve and sets a barrier for better movies to be created following that lineage and example.
3- A movie that even until now (If an old movie) is considered one of the bests or even THE best.
If a movie has all these 3 qualities above or even 1 of them, then in fact it could be considered a classic movie.
A classic movie for me may not be considered a classic for you and vice-versa but one thing that is sure is the fact that a movie must be awesome enough to be considered a classic for anyone.

Going down memory lane, here are my TOP 10 list of Nollywood classics:

10- THE ORPHAN

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The movie stars Nkiru Sylvanus; Jim Iyke and Zack Orji to name a few.
The orphan. This movie is mainly about Jiji a newly orphan and pregnant young woman (played by Nkiru Sylvanus) who goes to the city from the village in search for Henry (Played by Jim Iyke), her boyfriend who impregnated her during his visit to the village.
In the city, She goes to Henry’s place, and is advised to abort the baby, she is disgraced and called many names by Henry’s mother. Pregnant, With no money and no place to go, abandoned, until a compassionate woman notices her and decides to take her into her home until she gives birth. Only when Jiji thinks all her troubles are now gone that unexpected events unfolds.

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This movie was one of the most emotional, heartfelt movie I had watched during that time.
The character Jiji played by Nkiru Sylvanus was played extremely well and portrayed so accurately that in fact she became one character that the audience i believe could not help but feel pity and extreme compassion for.
The acting of the actors were extremely believable and the on- screen chemistry between Nkiru Sylvanus and Ji Iyke was faultless.
This movie was also the first I have watched with one actor playing 2 characters at the same time, in one scene.
The soundtracks and camera work in this movie brought an intimate and personal feel which made it perfect for the audience to feel like they were part of it.
This movie all in all is one I could watch over again and still appreciate it anytime I do, for that reason I call it a classic.

9- CHURCH BUSINESS

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The movie stars Genevieve NNaji, Ramsey Nouah and Shan George to name a few.
This movie is about a family man named Jimmy (played by Ramsey Nouah) married to Chioma (played by Genevieve Nnaji) who out of desperation decides to join the church ministry by becoming a pastor after going through months of misery trying to find a career that will help him and his family to get out of poverty.
Jimmy eventually becomes a pastor but faces tribulations and spiritual welfare during his ministry which leads him into a complete change in behavior that leads him into rejecting his own family. Until eventually, the power of the almighty God delivers him and his family from the hands of the enemy.


I remember watching this movie with my parents when I was younger, and it was one of the first ever movie I had watched that dealt with Christianity and spirituality. It was a very insightful movie and very different from the lovey-dovey, dramatic kind of movies that were out there at the time.
As a Christian, watching this movie was really inspirational as it demonstrated the power of God and many lessons could be taking from it. The acting in this movie is also superb. A classic.

8- WIND OF GLORY

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The movie stars Desmond Elliot ; Genevieve Nnaji & Yul Edochie to name a few.
This movie is about a village girl Juliana (played by Genevieve Nnaji) who became blind at the age of two and has been living with her handicap all her life. A city man named Clark (played by Desmond Elliot) sees her and they both start forming an intimate bond and relationship, despite Jiji’s handicap.
Clark gives her hopes, happiness and changes her life around. But they also go through challenges and trials that will strongly test their relationship and love for one another.

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As I’m typing this I have just re-watched the exact movie and the first thing I said after the movie ended just recently, I recall is ‘ Wow, this movie is a cl-a-ss-ic’. I cannot recall how many times I had watched it, but re-watching only reconfirms the fact that this movie was produced perfectly.
The story line is the heart of the movie, not a costume, makeup or the imagery.
The story speaks for itself and is told in a simple and realistic way. It is also movie that also deals with the tragedy of life such as Death, Loss, Illness.
WIND OF GLORY Is a love story told in a non-cliché way, you would relate to every character, their pains, their joy.
A classic among the classics.

7- WORLD APART

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The movie stars Ini Edo; Kenneth Okonkwo; Liz Benson & Hilda Dokubo to name a few.
This movie is about a humble but wealthy and well respected King called Promise (played by Kenneth Okonkwo) who falls in love with Uli, a poor girl from the village, (played by Ini Edo) who is the complete opposite of him.
They fall in love but faces numerous obstacles and tribulations coming against their relationship because of their different social backgrounds.

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When we think Romantic movies in Nollywood movies history, it is quite impossible to not include the movie WORLD APART.
This movie does not only hold a great cast with some of the well respected veteran actors such as Liz Benson and Hilda Dokubo but it is a movie that no matter how many times I watch, It doesn’t get tiresome. Many would say the same thing.
This movie does not only have a remarkable story line but it is also apparent that a lot of work has been put in the making of this movie. During the time the movie was made, Nollywood producers were yet to have such great facilities as they have now but nevertheless from the sounds, to the soundtracks added and the locations in which some scenes were shot, all that contributes in making WORLD APART an enjoyable piece, even today.

6- BABY POLICE

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The movie stars Osita Iheme; Chinwe Owoh & Francis Odega to name a few.
This movie is about a young boy (played by Osita Iheme) who gets sent to the city from the village, to go and live with his uncle because of his stubbornness, his family thinking living in the city would mature him, but little did they know that him living in the city would actually create more trouble for everyone around him.

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This movie is one of the most funniest Nollywood movie I have ever watched. The acting of Osita Iheme portraying the stubborn boy makes the movie what it is. This movie is one I could watch over and over again.
A Nollywood classic.

5- OSUOFIA IN LONDON

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The movie stars Nkem Owoh as the main character.
This movie is about a villager and a family man (Played by Nkem Owoh) who travels to London, UK for the first time to receive his share of inheritance left for him by his late brother who was a rich man in London.

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It would be a big mistake to not include the movie OSUOFIA IN LONDON in my list of ‘Nollywood Classics’.
This movie was the highest selling movie in 2003, year of its release in Nigeria. OSUOFIA IN LONDON also known to be one of the very first Nollywood movie to have gained International success.
OSUOFIA IN LONDON is a movie that proved that a movie could be of a comedy genre but still come out as professional and well directed. A very funny movie with great acting from the cast.

4- MR IBU

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The movie stars John Okafor , Osita Iheme as the two main characters.
This movie is all about a father and his son’s journey through life. Their personalities are very similar and their view on life is different from the norm, this pair reacts to certain things in both hilarious and unique ways.

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Does the movie even need an introduction? For anyone who watches Nollywood movies, even if not a regular viewer, would at least be familiar with the movie MR IBU.

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MR IBU Is one movie I have watched numerous times and still makes me laugh anytime I do. An hilarious movie.
The movie’s popularity became so huge that even until this day John Okafor is nicknamed Mr Ibu, his character’s name in the movie. I believe the movie is a Nollywood classic.. for many.

The first 3 that follows below, on this list are also my TOP 3 favourite Nollywood movies even til date…

3- PROPHECY

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Cast: Genevieve NNaji; Charles Okafor, Patience Ozokwor..
A story about a strong christian family whose christian faith and relationship is perturbed when passing through trials and various temptations, but not for long.

Why is this movie a classic? Because it is a movie that cannot be easily forgotten, a movie you would remember even a while after watching it.
This movie for me is definitely somewhere on the list of ‘most emotional Nollywood films’ also.
The amazing acting of each and every member of the cast made the amazing plot and story line justice.
A must watch.

2- CHRIST IN ME

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Cast: Tony Umez; Pascaline Edwards; Ngozi Ezeonu…
The movie is about a newly married woman whose married relationship becomes in danger when her own best friend starts showing interest in her husband.
But who can fight against fate and put asunder two people that God has ordained to be together?

From the story line, to the characters; the acting and the way in which the movie goes about telling its story is fantastic and makes this movie a Nollywood favorite and a classic of mine.
A movie i could watch and re-watch anytime.

1- HOUR OF GRACE

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Cast : Hilda Dokubo, Liz Benson, Justice Esiri..
The story is about Amadi (played by Justus Esiri) and Azuka (played by Hilda Dokubo),a couple who have been married for over 10 years but are yet to have a child of their own. Azuka turns into pleading her best friend Helen (played by Liz Benson) to be a second wife for her husband so that her husband would finally get the chance to become a father. But little did Azuka know she was making the biggest mistake of her life by trusting her best friend and introducing her into her marital home.

HOUR OF GRACE. my all time favorite Nollywood movie.

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The first time i watched HOUR OF GRACE, i was around 9 years old.
As a french born, even though my English speaking and listening skills were limited at that time, or should i say almost non-existent, this movie touched me in a way that even movies that are of my native language could not.
I might have not go through what some of the characters in the movie went through, but I could relate to the characters’ pains. The plot; the characters and even the soundtracks distinguish this movie from any other movie.
HOUR OF GRACE, no doubt an ultimate Nollywood classic, for me.

CONCLUSION:
So, here we have come at the end of this article, telling you about my TOP TEN’s Nollywood classics, from my own perspective.
And all the movies i mentioned, i would gladly recommend to watch also.
Hoping that Nollywood movies that comes out now would also be considered ‘classics’ for future generations.
But a classic movie does not necessarily have to be an ‘old movie’. Therefore, i’m hoping that filmmakers would be inspired to write even better stories, ones with morals and lessons to learn from. And for producers and directors to tell those stories, the best way possible.
For any reader, I hope this article was useful and has let you know a bit more about the fruits of Nollywood.
Don’t hesitate to leave comments 🙂 Thanks for reading!

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List of the full winners of the 2013 African movie academy awards! (AMAA)

The African movie academy awards is an event that aims to honor,celebrate and acknowledge the talents and people in the African movie industry, which includes actors, directors as well as writers. It is one of the most anticipated and most important events when it comes to the African movie industry.
The 9th edition of African Movie academy awards(AMAA) took place on the 20th April 2013,it was held at the Glory Land cultural centre in Yenageoa,Bayelya State capital in Nigeria.
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Here is the FULL LIST OF WINNERS of the 9th edition of AMAA’s :

Prize For Best Short Film: Kwaku Ananse (Ghana)

Prize For Best Documentary: Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria)

Prize For Best Diaspora Feature:Stones In The Sun (Haiti/USA)

Prize For Best Diaspora Documentary:Fan Do Brasil- (Brazil/Guatamela)

Prize For Best Animation:Adventure Of Zambedia- (South Africa)

Prize For Best Film By An Africans Abroad:Last Flight To Abuja- (UK/Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Production Design:Elelwani (South Africa)

Prize For Achievement In Costume Design:Blood And Henna (Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Makeup:The Meeting (Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack:The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)

Prize For Achievement In Visual Effects:The Twin Sword (Nigeria)

Prize For Achievement In Sound: Nairobi Half Life (Kenya/Germany)

Prize For Achievement In Cinematography:Uhlanga, The Mark (South Africa)

Prize For Achievement In Editing:Hereoes And Zereoes (Nigeria/Ghana)

Prize For Achievement In Lightning:Moi Zaphira (Burkina Faso)

Prize For Achievement In Screenplay:Hereoes And Zereoes

Prize For Best Nigerian Film:Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)

Prize For Best Film In An African Language:Moi Zaphira

Prize For Best Promising Actor:Belina Effah- Kokomma

Prize for Best Actor In A Supporting Role: Gabriel Afolayan- Hoodrush

Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role: Hermelinda Cimela- Virgin Magarida

Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role: Justus Esiri- Assasins Practice

Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role:Florence Masebe- Elelwani

Prize For Best Director:Niji Akanni- Hereoes And Zereoes

Prize For Best Film:Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)

Lifetime Achievement Awards: Tunde Kelani, Chief Eddi Ugboma, Sir Ositadinma Okeke Oguno (Ossy Affason), Ayuko Badu and Chief Pete Edochie

Special Recognition Of Pillars Of Nollywood @ 20:
Eem Isong, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Kenneth Okonkwo and Film/ Video Producers And Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN)
Special Jury Award: Ninah’s Dairy (Cameroon)

What a successful event! Congrats to all the winners!

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What you need to know before going (traveling) to Ghana!

Hello everyone! So like every country has its ow culture and customs/traditions they might follow, whether it’s in Korea where bowing as a way of greeting is important or French culture where they kiss at the cheeks as a way of greeting “la bise”. Ghana is no different and also has its own culture and things that differentiate it from other countries and other cultures. So. i made a video talking about some few things one need to know before traveling to Ghana to be able to adjust faster and impress fellow Ghanaian neighbors when in the country.
One thing i forgot to mention in the video though is the most common form of greetings in Ghana: Handshake, male and female , handshake is everywhere. And the click of fingers while handshaking in Ghana is also very common.
In the video i mention about the use of left hand in Ghana/ the car horn sounds and more. So, if you want to know more about Ghana and customs you need to know about the country that would help you on your way. Check this video out 🙂

And also here is the link to my Ghanaian channel on Youtube where i have many videos talking about things that makes Ghana unique including Ghana news updates 🙂
My goal for my channel is knowing someone has learn something they did not know before watching my video & for people to know more about Ghana.
Check my channel out! (The link below)
MimiOnliine
Ghanaian channel