One of Africa’s landmark cultural events, the Lights Camera Africa!!! Film Festival is returning in 2017 with the theme “RESET.” The groundbreaking film, “An Opera of The World” by Manthia Diawara will be making its African premiere at LCA 2017.
This year’s festival will present a series of films and conversations that examine contemporary issues that affect our lives and world in various ways –politics, science and the arts. This year’s programme, will provide a forum for open discourse as well as entertainment for all the family over its three-day run from Friday, 29 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Recognising the fractious times that we live in – the Lights Camera Africa!!! 2017 brings to its audiences a selection of films that it hopes will support us in identifying the error of our trajectories and retracing our steps through a common contemplation of opportunities that would facilitate a RESET of the weakening world order. This is imperative at a time when Nigeria is tackling perennial sectarianism.
Speaking on this year’s programme, Ugoma Adegoke, Festival Director of LCA, said: “This year’s programme demonstrates the festival’s commitment to its mission of exposing African and global audiences to good quality independent African cinema with a view to stimulating discourse on issues and experiences rooted in the African experience. We are proud to continue what has become an enduring partnership with the African Film Festival, New York. This partnership has at its core a mission to expose African and global audiences to good quality independent African cinema with a view to stimulating discourse on issues and experiences rooted in the African experience.”
“The Lights Camera Africa!!! Film Festival appreciates the support of LEKOIL, Zircon Marine, The Wheatbaker, and numerous partners for its 2017 edition and look forward to new and equally committed support from culture loving institutions and individuals.”
“We also celebrate our alliances with scholars, directors, artists and personalities like Tunde Kelani, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, John Akomfrah OBE, Manthia Diawara, Awam Akpa, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Pascal Ott, Ego Boyo, Kunle Afolayan, Biola AlaTam Fiofori, Odia Ofeimun, Victor Ehikhamenor, Emeka Ed Keazor, Femi Odugbemi, Chika Anadu, Remi Vaughan-Richards, Kene Mkparu, Shaibu Husseini, Mildred Okwo, Adebola Williams, Lala Akindoju, Aduke Gomez and Jahman Anikulapo.”
“We remain excited at the opportunities for cultural exchanges with our friends at the French and German diplomatic missions, long-time enablers of cinema and culture in Africa.”
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10-year old girl launches two books
L-R: Toni Kan, guest speaker; Munachi Mbonu, author of the books title “ Concealed and The Child of Destiny”, her mother Ify Mbonu, and Nicolas Okoye, president/CEO, Anabel Group, during the books presentation in Lagos.
It was a gathering of A lists authors, book aficionados, and captains of industries at the Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos to launch two books written by 10-year old Munachi Mbonu.
The books, Concealed and Chidubem: A child of destiny were products of leisurely exercises by the Year Six pupil of Grande Oakbridge Montessori School, Osapa London, Lekki, which she wrote to entertain her cousins until her mother, Ifeoma, urged her to seek a wider audience.
Munachi said Concealed, centered on a group of young friends in school learning what is valuable and love, was inspired by TV drama series, Friends; while Chidubem, which features a boy adapting to city life after relocating from the village, was influenced by her interactions with her cousins who had similar experience.
“When the house is noisy, my Mummy tells us to go to our rooms and read and do book reviews. She doesn’t like us watching the TV for long periods. I started writing stories and giving them to my cousin’s to read.
“The first book was from TV drama shows; the second book was inspired by my cousins who moved from the village to Lagos. They did not like some things we liked here but were willing to learn new things and adapt,” she said.
Munachi’s Mum said the girl started writing at seven.
“She’s been writing from seven. I got her first laptop at five. So she would sketch some things and write about them. At age seven, she started writing. During the holidays I buy a lot of books and tell her to do a book review. She has written about five or six books.
Ms Mbonu said she thought the books were ripe for publishing because she enjoyed reading them as an adult.
“When I read Chidumbem, it was really funny. I was laughing. I told her that older people needed to read her books, not just her cousins. She was scared at first but I encouraged her. We met with an editor who saw the manuscript and she was impressed,” said Ms Mbonu.
Advising other parents, Ms Mbonu urged parents to invest in their wards.
“I will advise parents to invest in their children first before investing for their children. Expose a child to multiple activities and through that you know what the child likes,” she said.
Guest of honour at the launch, Tony Kan, popular writer and poet, who started writing at 11, urged Munachi’s parents to support her.
He shared how he ended up studying English at the University of Jos after three failures to get in for Medicine. He also said his love for writing had taken him all over the world.
“I wanted to study Medicine at the University of Jos. I was admitted for Chemistry, the first time, then Biochemistry, then Microbiology. My uncle then asked what I wanted to do, and I opted for English. In the first year, we had a reading list of 48 books. I had read 47 of them.
I want to say to Mum and Dad, this girl is doing something great; encourage her. I have traveled all over the world but I have never bought a ticket in my life. I get invitations from people because of my books,” he said.
Singer, Wizkid booked till 2021
NIGERIAN singer Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has revealed that he has been booked for shows for the next three years.
‘Soco’, in which he featured Ceeza Mili, Spotless and Terri, is a fast-paced Afro-beat tune that has grown to become the most favourite song for the ‘Shaku Shaku’ dance.
In February 2014, Wizkid became the first ever Nigerian musician to have over 1 million followers on Twitter.
The 27-year- old recently sold out the O2 hall in London and is set to release a much-anticipated album later in 2018.
Revealed! How Apostle Suleman foretold Lagos explosion (Video)
Two months ago, precisely on 29th of April, 2018, servant of God and senior pastor at Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle (Prof.) Johnson Suleiman, prophesied of the tanker explosion that occurred in Lagos on Thursday, 28th of June, 2018.
Revealing the Lord’s message during the Sunday service, the ‘Oracle of God’ told his congregation of a fire incident to happen between Lagos and Ibadan highway. “I see fire on the highway, between Lagos and Ibadan. I see a newspaper talking about 100 people being feared dead in the inferno. I see one vehicle hitting the next and the next hitting the next,” he prophesied and asked that people pray.
What proof do we then need to identify a true God’s Prophet.
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