#360TvSeries : ‘American Odyssey’ Won’t Be Coming Back For Season 2

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Sergeant Odelle Ballard’s story has indeed been cut short by NBC

Executive producer Peter Horton shared the “heartbreaking” news on Twitter late Tuesday, two days after the season finale:

#AmericanOdyssey Heartbreaking. But you all have been the best. xo

On a personal note am quite disappointed at NBC’s cruel decision. Season one was fantastic and I was already getting set for sophomore season.

I hate you NBC, no I don’t.

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Popular TV Series “Suits” Renewed For Season 6

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Great News for all those who love Harvey and his weekly quotes of wisdom

USA Network has today renewed popular TV series “Suits” for a 16-episode Season 6.

USA Network’s President Chris McCumber said in a statement

“Suits has set the bar high in every way and continues to be a strong performer and marquee property for USA, “From the incredible on-screen performances and brilliant writing to the aspirational lifestyle portrayed, we look forward to continuing to bring viewers into the world of Suits every week.”

Aaron Korsh, Executive producer of the show says there are great surprises for the audience at the end of Season 5 that should really set future seasons on an exciting new course.”

Suits opened Season 5 last Wednesday.

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USA Is Bringing Back ‘Suits’ For A 6th Season!

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USA Networks has revealed that hit show Suits will be coming back for a 6th  season.

The 5th season of the show premiered last week, and the 3.4 million viewers that watched it was all the reason USA needed to confirm a sixth season.

“‘Suits’ has set the bar high in every way and continues to be a strong performer and marquee property for USA,” said USA president Chris McCumber.

Jeff Watchtel, the chief content officer for NBC Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Prods. added: “(Showrunner) Aaron Korsh has some great surprises for the audience at the end of season five that should really set future seasons on an exciting new course.”

Suits revolves around two main characters, Harvey Specter, played by Gabriel Macht, and Mike Ross, played by Patrick J. Adams.

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Marc Jacobs Accidentally Posts Nudie On Instagram. Look Here To See, If You’re Interested Of Course

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Marc Jacobs might remind you of high class labels all the time, but he is about to remind you of something else in the next few days (at leas)t and it’s got nothing to do with clothes.

In fact, it’s got to do with him without clothes.

The popular designer who wanted to send the image via his direct message, posted it on Instagram for the world to see.

And even though it was deleted almost immediately, like most of the things that go online, it was documented.

Marc Jacobs

Nice ass though.

 

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iREP Film Festival Gains more International Recognition

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The iRepresent Documentary Film Festival, whose fifth edition took place in March, 2015, continues to soar higher as it gains more global recognition.  Recently, iREP was the Co-Host of the Dok.Network Africa programme at the 30th edition of the Dok.Fest Munich, one of the prime documentary film festivals in Europe.  Femi Odugbemi, Co-founder and Executive Director of IREP was a featured Speaker.  He also presented Miners’ Shot Down on behalf of South African director, Rehad Desai.
he collaboration has also yielded another opportunity as DOK.Fest has asked iREP to send in one of its operation staff to once again undertake a six-week internship starting in November, 2015.  The cooperation between iREP and DOK.Fest was midwifed by the Goethe Institute, Lagos, which had also been the intermediary of the relationship between iREP and the Ag-Dok – the highly influential German association of independent film producers, which in the past four years, has brought groups of German film-makers to every edition of the yearly iREP festival.

 

Shortly after staging this year’s iREP festival in March at the Freedom Park, Lagos, iREP received gladdening news from Cape Town in South Africa that it should send a representative to the Encounters Documentary Film Festival – a highly competitive international documentary film workshop and industry gathering for a three-week training and internship that will usher in collaborative programming.  iREP 2015 Festival Manager, Lanre Olupona, went to South Africa on that attachment, where he worked and understudied the programming team of Encounters Festival over an intensive 3-week period with a view to learning best practice in festival operations and management.  It will be recalled that 2 years ago, another IREP Festival Manager, Toyin Poju-Oyemade, was in Munich, Germany to understudy the operations of the Dok.Fest Documentary Festival as well.  All of these exchanges have strengthened IREP’s global network and enshrined global best practice in its operations.

Earlier in June, 2015, at the prestigious Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, UK, Femi Odugbemi also spoke on the subject of “Imperialism or Inquiry – How fair is Foreign Filming?”, a major panel of the Documentary Campus Industry Conference.

In July, Odugbemi will also be attending the People2People Conference scheduled for the 2015 Durban International Film Festival in South Africa.  Odugbemi is on the Advisory Board of the People2People Conference and iREP is a founding signatory to the Documentary Network Africa, DNA, an influential documentary platform; featuring film-makers from over 45 countries in the continent.
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Nigerian student turns vintage volkswagen into $6000 solar-powered car

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Segun Oyeyiola, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, in Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, has converted a Volkswagen Beetle, using mainly scrap parts donated by friends and family, into a $6000 wind and solar powered car. He describes his creation as “Nigeria’s future car.”

The reinvented vintage Beetle comes fitted with a giant solar panel on the roof—exploiting Nigeria’s abundance of sunlight—and a wind turbine under the hood that takes advantage of airflow while the car is in motion. Also, to ensure the car does not clasp under the added weight of the installed technologies, it comes with an extra-strong suspension system.

The car is still in the early stages of design, and still requires a lot of work to reach the optimal target (the batteries for the solar panel take four to five hours to charge). However, now that Segun has succeed in building a working prototype, he plans to take his final university exams and then get straight back to working on the eco-friendly car.

His concern for the environment has always been his motivation, this has helped him dedicate much of his time and resources to creating the automobile despite many critics labelling his pursuit ‘a waste of time’. “I wanted to reduce carbon dioxide emission[s] going to our atmosphere that lead to climate change or global warming which has become a new reality, with deleterious effect,” he said. “Seasonal cycles are disrupted, as are ecosystems; and agriculture, water needs and supply, and food production are all adversely affected.”

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#Nollywood Movie Review: Jimmy Goes to Nollywood

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Jimmy Jean Louis, the Haitian-born actor lands in Lagos in April, 2012 to co-host the Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, and decides to record his experiences in the documentary film, Jimmy Goes to Nollywood.

In telling his story, Jean Louis combines interviews with clips from many films – from the serious to the funny and the downright ridiculous.  He interviews Leila Djansi, in whose film, Sinking Sand, he stars.  Djansi makes a profound statement on how African film-makers strive to survive the harsh economic realities of doing the motion picture business in this part of the world.  She says, “When we push, the wall moves.”

Jean Louis also interviews Tony Abulu, the producer of Doctor Bello; Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda, Inale, Last Flight to Abuja), Akin Omotoso (director, Man on Ground), Isaiah Washington, Majid Michel, Ebbe Bassey, O. C. Ukeje and Chris Ikejimbe.

The beauty of this film is that Jean Louis not only identifies the right people to speak with, but also asks the right questions.  It is cheering to know that despite the fact that Jean Louis had only spent a short time as an actor in Nollywood before undertaking the project, he understands the industry’s challenges and accomplishments.  Most importantly, the film is engaging and entertaining.

Jimmy Goes to Nollywood beats Dayo Balogun’s Project Rebranding Nollywood, another documentary which treats a similar issue, but fails to tackle its subject appropriately.  The disconcerting thing about Balogun’s film is that it is very easy to see that he did not carry out ample research before embarking on the project.  Whereas Balogun is of Nigerian parentage and is currently studying Film-making, which necessitated the documentary, Jean Louis is an actor, who has only featured in a few Nollywood films, but must have taken out time to study the art and business of Film-making in Nigeria; culminating in a better executed project.

Consequently, the place of research in Documentary Film-making cannot be overstated.

 

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Live Theatre on Sunday announces Triple Treat Fiesta

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Every Sunday in July is Theatre day

Davidhouse Multimedia Limited, promoters of Live Theatre on Sunday has announced Wole Soyinka’s King Baabu, Dapo Adelugba’s, That Scoundrel Suberu and Adelarin Awotedu’s What Men Want for her 2015 Inaugural Theatre Season which will take place every Sundays in July at the Unity Centre, 28, Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, Ikeja, and on Ramadan Monday, July 20, 2015 at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The need for resurgence in the appreciation of the theatre arts inspired the Live Theatre on Sunday project which started in 2008.  Live Theatre on Sunday have worked with notable talents in the Nigerian entertainment industry such as Yinka Davies, Gabriel Afolayan, Omoye Uzamere,Matse Uwatse, Igos, Omonor Somolu, Ego, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett (OON), Toyin Oshinnaike, OC Ukeje, Omoye Uzamere Brown, Marcy Dolapo Oni, Bimbo Akintola, Nedu, Manny, Ben Ogbeiwi, Igos – the Prince of Wazobia 95.1, Abiodun Kassim etc in plays by Wole Soyinka, Dapo Adelugba, Femi Osofisan, Zulu Sofola, Ola Rotimi and scores of new Nigerian playwrights.

This July, drama enthusiasts will be served to a plethora of amazing theatre presentation including Wole Soyinka’s King Baabu, an African epic which traces the rise and fall of a vicious dictator.  It’s obviously a story many Nigerians can relate with. Adapted from the play – Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, Soyinka has employed much humour to place the action in an African context, characterizing the despotism and lust for power of an African ruler who he calls BASHA BASH (a name which perhaps is easy to confuse with that of the last Nigerian military dictator Abacha).

 

The play chronicles the debauched rule of General Basha Bash who takes power in a coup and exchanges his general’s uniform for a robe and crown re-christening himself King Baabu. In the manner of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Soyinka develops a special childish language for his cast of characters who have names like Bibabae, Potipoo and General Uzi. Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess and storytelling, King Baabu has already been coined as a pet name for Africa’s despot par excellence Robert Mugabe. Generally, ‘King Baabu’, a naked satire on the use of power and jumped-up officialdom, is a parody of Africa’s past and present dictators.

 

King Baabu is directed by Toyin Oshinnaike, who is assisted by Ajibola Fashola. The cast of the play includes Toritseju Ejoh, Tessy Brown, Ahide Adum, Femi Durojaiye, Bola Akinde, Seun Kentebe, Fakunle Olarotimi, Kalu George, Emmanuel Nwaodu, Segun Dada, Kevin Osato Umweni, Okechukwu Egbemuche, Tunbosun Shadare, Franklin Bob-Chike and is

 

Late Professor Emeritus, Dapo Adelugba authored That Scoundrel Suberu which is an adaptation of Moliere’s That Scoundrel Scapin. The play which premiered in 1966 at the Arts Theatre, University where it was put up by Dramatic Society of Ibadan, is a tale of love, parental control and hidden agendas. The central character, Suberu is a crafty, witty old butler who becomes the orbit of the love affairs between Segun and Adora and Wole and Simibiatu simultaneously. Coming a few steps behind Cupid, Suberu is not only a joiner of hearts but also a registrar of marriages, who makes wedding dreams come true, despite overwhelming hindrances. The play features Samsideen Adesiyan who also directs the play. The cast include Sotonye Amachree, Tayo Akusu, Owumi Ugbeye, Martin Iwuagbu, Gideon Oluwamonure, Charles  Etubiebi, Emeka Nwachukwu and Shola Adenugba.

 

Many issues face the modern day man but what does man really want that makes the world such a serious place. What makes a man leave all he has achieved in search of a new visage? This is the question that Adelarin Awotedu seeks to uncover in What Men Want which parades Rita Edwards and MaryAnn Eziekwe and is directed by Abiodun Kassim.

Live Theatre on Sunday is produced by Adenugba Oluwanishola, a brand director with Nigeria’s number one creative advertising Agency, DDB Lagos, for Davidhouse Multimedia. MTN, Nigeria’s Telecom giant, and AfricaMagic are the proud headline sponsors of these productions which is also supported by Virgin Atlantic Airways, Daviva Textiles, 95.1 Wazobia FM, 96.9 COOL FM ,99.3 Nigeria Info, 360Nobs.com, 99.9 Beat FM, 102.7 Naija FM, Fuse NG, EbonyLifeTV, Bella Naija, YNaija, 98.1 SmoothFM, Red Media Africa, RomanceMeetsLife, Tumalad Photography, Maestro Media, WanaWana, eStarTV, eGistonline, TheNetNG and City People Magazine are also sponsors of the show

 

LIVE THEATRE PRESENTS WS KING BAABU, DAPO ADELUGBA THAT SCOUNDREL SUBERU AND WHAT MEN WANT2

Tickets to the shows are available online at www.livetheatreonsunday.info, www.naijaticketshop.com and at TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island at N2,000 and N5,000 respectively. Buy a ticket to the any of the shows and you could win a return ticket to London courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways. Kindly follow, Live Theatre on Sunday @livetiataonsun on Twitter and @Livetheatreonsunday on Instagram for more information.

 

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CBN Adjusts Naira-Dollar Exchange Rate As Traders Predict Currency Shrink

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Nigeria’s Apex Bank, CBN, has on Tuesday lowered the Naira peg to 196.95 against the Dollar from 196.90, it set last week.

According to Reuters, this is the fourth time the CBN will be adjusting the peg since it was introduced in February.

Information gathered also suggests that the development has led to the recent fall of the Naira to 228 against the Dollar at the parallel market.

The yield on the Federal Government’s 2024 bond in the JP Morgan Government Bond Index also rose by 40 basis point to 14.74 per cent.

Traders said the move might indicate that CBN is beginning to think about how to loosen its currency regime.

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INEC: Photos Of Wali Handing Over To Zakari Following Appointment By Pres. Buhari

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President Of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has substituted the person, Prof. Attahiru Jega handed over to as Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Amb. Ahmed Wali with another national commissioner, Mrs. Amina Bala Zakari.

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Prof. Jega, who had earlier boasted about Wali when he handed over to him that the future of the country and the Commission were in safe hands, was later ruled out of order by President Buhari.

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Here is a photo (above) of Wali handing over to Commissioner Zakari following her appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Meanwhile, here are 10 things you don’t know about the New INEC Boss.

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Ndani TV Launches The Ndani Series Bouquet

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Online content provider Ndani TV, creator of hit TV shows; ‘Gidi Up’, ‘The Juice’ and ‘The Interview’ with Frank Donga, today in a press release announced its new online content bouquet ‘The Ndani Series Bouquet’, set to launch in July 2015.

 

The content bouquet, according to the GTBank Plc. powered media company is said to contain four new shows; ‘Real Talk’ with Cornelia O’Dwyer, ‘Skinny Girl in Transit’, ‘One Chance’ and ‘African Dream’, The new bouquet also features an all-new season two of its popular series, ‘Officer Titus’, which tells the story of a traffic law enforcement officer in the boisterous city of Lagos.

 

The new content bouquet on Ndani TV will appeal to a wide audience demographic, as the content on offer covers a variety of genres from comedy, thriller, drama to inspirational and entertainment talk shows; the new Ndani Series bouquet has something for everyone. The new Skinny Girl in Transit’ series tells the story of a plus size young woman’s struggle with her weight and the pressure from her family and friends to not just lose weight but find the perfect partner. One Chance’ on the other hand shows what happens when a group of friends get on a bus that is hijacked by a group of petty criminals; they don enter one chance!  ‘African Dream’ is an inspirational and factual show that takes an in depth look into the lives and dreams of some of Africa’s most successful and influential personalities.

 

Speaking on this direction, Head of Production, Ndani TV, Agnes Marquis said “At Ndani TV we don’t just want to tell these stories, we share them with the rest of the world in ways we know best”.

 

The bouquet tagged ‘The Ndani Series Bouquet’ (#NdaniSeriesBouquet) will launch with four great series and can be watched on the Ndani TV website from July 2015.

 

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#Nollywood Movie Review: Silver Rain

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Ajoa (Jocelyn Dumas), a homeless young lady meets Bruce (Enyinna Nwigwe), a young man from a wealthy background, who takes a liking to her.  Eventually, they fall in love, but the gulf in their backgrounds proves overpowering.

There are countless films in Nollywood that tell a similar story and so, Juliet Asante’s movie could be said to be derivative.  Yet, it is a captivating film enhanced through stimulating dialogue, quality acting and plants, whose pay-offs never really came.

Mark (Chumani Liberty Pam) is immensely talented and a delight to see throughout the film; same for Bruce’s mum.  Enyinna Nwigwe does not also disappoint as the playboy, Bruce.  Uru Eke (Loreal) is true-to-type as a relentless social climber and, of course, Ajoa (Dumas) elicits a lot of emotional response from the audience as a poverty-stricken young lady.

Thrilling dialogue is an indispensable element in a screenplay and film expected to engross an audience and Silver Rain deploys it to commendable ends.  In fact, one almost forgets that the film tells an all too familiar story.

Why do all the mothers in films like Silver Rain behave the same way?  Can’t the women show their disdain for their sons’ lovers in a more subtle way instead of the nasty verbal and, at times, violent confrontations to which they subject the ladies?

Is the Chief-of-Staff in a democracy supposed to be a military man or did they mean to say Chief-of-Defence-Staff?  How come the Chief of Staff (Elikem Kumordzie), a military man, plans a violent attack on visiting foreign dignitaries, at all, and then why does he plan it with civilians?

Ajoa’s make-up as a poor woman is funny.  She looks extremely dark, even burnt.  Then, all of a sudden, she becomes fair-complexioned.  What happened?  Why is Bruce attracted to her?  She refuses his money initially, but on further promptings, she collects the money.  She is neither sensible nor frugal; she usually requests those expensive meals yet has no roof over her head!

How unrealistic of Bruce to ask Mark to go look for a needle in a haystack for that is what asking him to find Ajoa, with the description he gave, entails?  Furthermore, how idealistic of Mark to set out on that wild goose chase?

Weren’t the people who stood at the sidelines to watch the traders being chased away not supposed to be on the run themselves?  Were they engaged in some kind of legitimate activity that conferred, on them, the right to be spectators?  I mean, wasn’t the whole area supposed to be rid of its inhabitants and street traders?

Despite its gaping holes, Silver Rain is entertaining.

 

Click here to get more engaging #Nollywood Movie Reviews and the latest happenings in Nollywood from the author, Amarachukwu Iwuala

 

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#BeingFemaleinNigeria: How social media sparked a necessary conversation about feminism in Nigeria

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It was only a few years ago that Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie’s now globally recognized TED Talk ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ called for citizens around the world to understand the necessity and significance of feminism. However, while Chimamanda’s address was to the world, within Nigeria her speech was met with almost an indifference that illuminates the challenges of talking about feminism or issues affecting women in Nigeria. This may be odd to some, expecially considering some of the realities for women and young girls in Nigeria. Like Boko Haram’s crusade against women, and the continued kidnapping of women and girls throughout Northern Nigeria. Or the fact that Nigeria has some of the highest rates of FGM and child marriage in the world.

So when the Warmate Book Club, decided to create a hashtag #BeingFemaleinNigeria (or alternatively #BeingAWomaninNigeria) to share their first hand stories of sexism in Nigeria- it was somehow surprising yet also welcome, when thousands of women joined in on the conversation. Now over  20,000 tweets later, it’s encouraging yet depressing to hear the tales of what it means to be a woman in Nigeria.

What Nigerian women face before and during marriage:

Just how many different ways women’s rights are violated: 

Then of course, there’s the man who felt the need to tell women to simmer down:

But he was appropriately silenced, albeit by another man:

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‘Creed’ Features A Ripped Michael B. Jordan & An Old Sylvester Stallone, Watch The Trailer

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The ‘Rocky’ franchise seems not to be ending anytime soon as a seventh installment has been churned out and it’s simply known as ‘Creed’.

The Flick has on it Michael B. Jordan who stars as Adonis Johnson Creed, the determined son who never got to know his father but still plans to trace his legacy in the ring. As he fights his way up the ranks, the inevitable happens and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) steps in to train him.

Wood Harris, Tessa Thompson, Tony Bellew round out the cast.

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