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Crime Thriller “Orah” To Open AFRIFF 2023

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The 12th edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in November 2023 will kick off with “Orah“, a revenge thriller by Nigerian-Canadian filmmaker, Lonzo Nzekwe.

The film revolves around a Canadian taxi driver seeking vengeance against a Nigerian drug-trafficking ring responsible for her son’s death.

Lonzo Nzekwe, the writer and director, developed “Orah” over 11 years, with the story shifting to a revenge thriller after his brother was killed by a stray bullet from a now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) officer in 2016.

“I had to travel to Nigeria to get to the root of how my brother was killed. That’s when the rage I had inside, and the pain I saw on my mother’s face led to revenge thoughts, to getting my pound of flesh. I realised the only way to deal with that was to channel it through a film, and I poured everything into my script.” 

His journey to Nigeria to understand his brother’s death fueled the film’s creation.

“Orah” aims to provide an authentic glimpse into the main character’s life and her quest for vengeance, creating a gripping crime thriller.

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Co-produced by Floyd Kane and Amos Adetuyi, the film will premiere at AFRIFF’s opening gala night on November 5, supporting indigenous projects as part of the festival’s vision.

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Chioma Ude, the founder and director of AFRIFF, highlighted the festival’s commitment to promoting African filmmaking and storytelling on a global scale saying,

“Filmmaking is evolving rapidly in Africa with Nigeria at the forefront of the renaissance and this year’s edition is designed to continue to reiterate the opportunities for African films and storytelling to reflect ‘global’ perspectives for the sustained success of more local films globally.

“We intend to continue to empower our storytellers to explore ideologies and techniques that connect with the larger global audience. Orah is positioned as the opening night film to drive this expectation.”

The lead role of Orah is portrayed by Oyin Oladejo, with support from talented actors like Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama, O.C. Ukeje, and others.

“Orah” was filmed in Canada and Nigeria in late 2022 and was screened at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September.

The film’s production involved Circle Blue Entertainment, Freddie Films, IronFlix Inc., Telefilm Canada, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), ONCreates Film Fund, and Level Film as the Canadian distributor.

AFRIFF’s theme for this year is “Indigenous 2.0 Global“, and the festival will run from November 5 to November 11, showcasing numerous films from diverse storytellers.

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John Cena Opens OnlyFans Account Promising “SPICY Pics And Vids”

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Through a link shared on his Twitter account, John Cena promises fans a different side of himself, linked to his character in the R-rated dramedy. On his OnlyFans page, fans find content related to Cena’s character in the film, described as a versatile figure with various roles and experiences.

In “Ricky Stanicky,” Cena portrays the titular character, an X-rated impersonator hired by friends to embody their fictional friend. The film blends humour and drama, with Cena taking on daring stunts. The OnlyFans account is free to subscribe to but has an age restriction, requiring users to be 18 or older due to the platform’s adult content nature.

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The account cleverly uses OnlyFans’ associations with adult content for movie promotion, incorporating age restrictions and credit card requirements. Content on the page includes teasers from the film, such as Cena dressed as Britney Spears in a provocative scene.

This unconventional marketing approach has intrigued Cena’s global fanbase, generating excitement for the film’s release. John Cena’s venture into OnlyFans demonstrates his versatility as an entertainer and willingness to engage with fans in innovative ways. Fans, especially those in Nigeria, are eagerly anticipating more surprises from Cena’s OnlyFans page and the release of “Ricky Stanicky.”

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Beyoncé Launches New Cécred Hair Brand

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Amidst the multitude of celebrities entering the beauty industry with their lines of cosmetics and skincare products, Beyoncé’s followers have been eagerly anticipating her debut with Cécred. For years, numerous stars have dabbled in this field, leaving many to wonder when Queen Bey herself would finally make her mark in the beauty aisle with her products.

Nine long months after hinting at something extraordinary on Instagram, Beyoncé’s highly anticipated brand, Cécred, has finally arrived. Back in May 2023, she sent her devoted fans, the BeyHive, abuzz with excitement by announcing the creation of “something special” that she was eager to unveil. And now, the wait is over!

Cécred has been launched and is ready to be explored and enjoyed by all.

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Arriving on the scene with a bang, the new haircare brand unveils its Foundation Collection, a powerful eight-product lineup dedicated to transforming hair tresses.

From gentle cleansing to deep conditioning, each formula has been promised to work its magic to visibly repair and revitalize hair, leaving it looking and feeling its absolute best.

The iconic singer behind the smash hit “Halo” has always held a deep love for haircare. Her passion blossomed while she was young, diligently sweeping floors in her mother’s bustling salon.

This early exposure to hairstyling undoubtedly sparked an enduring flame, making her involvement in this exciting project a perfect fit. Tina Knowles proudly steps into the role of vice chairwoman for Cécred, armed with four decades of valuable knowledge as a hairstylist, salon owner, and savvy entrepreneur.

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In a stunning cover feature for ESSENCE magazine’s March/April edition, superstar Beyoncé echoed the sentiment of self-discovery, delving deeper into her exciting new business venture.

She highlighted the profound impact her childhood spent in her mother’s salon had on her growth as both an individual and an artist.

This formative experience is beautifully captured in stunning photographs by renowned photographer Andre D. Wagner.

The photo shoot included a particularly touching image featuring her, her mother, Ms. Tina, and her daughters, Blue and Rumi.

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Beyoncé Shares Why She Cut off Her Hair After Becoming A Mom

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Music legend Beyoncé, whose influence extends far beyond the stage with initiatives like BeyGOOD and fashion line IVY PARK, is venturing into the world of hair care. Her brand new line, Cécred (a clever combination of her name), launched on February 20th. This exciting addition to her empire comes with a rare interview in Essence Magazine, where the “Renaissance” star shares a glimpse into her personal journey with hair, particularly after motherhood.

In a recent interview, Queen Bey shed light on the powerful emotions behind her dramatic hair transformation in 2013. The iconic singer, known for her cascading tresses, surprised fans by chopping off her hair into a daring pixie cut. This wasn’t just a style change—it was a symbolic shedding of expectations and societal pressures.

According to Beyoncé,

“I remember the day I decided to just cut all my hair off, I didn’t have a particular style in mind. It wasn’t an aesthetic choice, but it was a very big emotional transformation and metamorphosis that I was going through. So much of my identity as a performer has been connected to flowing hair. Cutting my hair off was me rebelling against being this woman that society thinks I’m supposed to be.”

Newly a mother, the singer remembered feeling a powerful urge to break free from societal expectations. She felt motherhood had granted her the freedom to shed those burdens. Beyoncé recalled her friend and hairstylist, Neal Farinah, feeling surprised at her decision, especially since she had long, thick, and healthy hair.

” It was a physical representation of me shedding the expectations put upon me,” she said.

“I just got the scissors and chopped it off. It was very intentional. And it was what I needed to do.”

For Beyoncé, this bold step sparked a newfound bravery and led her to make many other daring decisions in her life and career. This decision has shaped her into the person she is today.

The celebrity revealed glimpses of her childhood spent observing her mother, Tina Knowles, weave magic with hair in her salon. This experience, she shared, instilled in her a deep appreciation for haircare, a tradition proudly carried forward within their family.

“I saw her shampooing and trimming hair, transforming women, leaving them feeling really good,” Beyoncé recalled.

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