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2001 Action Classic “Issakaba” Returns For A Sequel

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A sequel to the 2001 classic “Issakaba” is currently in development, as announced by actor Sam Dede on Instagram on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Lancelot Imasuen has returned as the director for this project.

Sam Dede, reprising his role as the lead character, shared insights about the production, stating, “ISSAKABA!!! The Myth returns. A RIVER DOES NOT FLOW through a FOREST WITHOUT BRINGING DOWN TREES. Men with evil minds lurk in the dark. But….. JUSTICE IS MINE.”

Released video clips have confirmed the commencement of principal photography, building anticipation for the sequel.

According to Shock Ng, Chidi Mokeme and former Big Brother Naija participant Unusual Phyna have joined the cast.

 

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“Issakaba,” an anagram for “Bakassi,” revolves around a community vigilante gang known as the Bakassi Boys, dedicated to combating crimes such as armed robbery and murder that instil fear in the community.

In the storyline, the Issakaba Boys, led by Ebube (played by Sam Dede), confront armed robbers terrorizing their community. These robbers are backed by mystical powers (charms), prompting Ebube and his Issakaba Boys to acquire their own powers to effectively combat them.

The well-known Nigerian action film “Issakaba” is making a comeback after 23 years since the release of the first release. It’s important to note that the upcoming project is a sequel and not a remake, adding a new chapter to the legacy of this iconic series.

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These African Countries Have Changed Their National Anthems

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Nigeria recently switched back to its original national anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee,” ditching the one used since 1978, “Arise, O Compatriots.” This change has caused a stir, especially among younger Nigerians who grew up with “Arise.”

President Bola Tinubu signed the bill on May 29th, 2024, sparking public debate. Many young people are questioning why the switch happened in the first place. Some prominent figures, like former Education Minister Oby Ezekwesili, have even said they’ll keep singing “Arise” despite the change.

While this is a controversial move, it’s not uncommon for countries to update their national anthems. Throughout history, many African nations have done the same. These changes often reflect shifts in a country’s politics, culture, or society.

The overall goal usually remains the same: to create a sense of unity, independence, and national pride. Let’s look at other of African countries that have changed their national anthems.

1. South Africa (1997)

The dismantling of apartheid in South Africa marked a new era for the nation. To reflect this spirit of unity and reconciliation, South Africa adopted a unique national anthem in 1997.

This new anthem cleverly combined elements from two existing anthems: “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” a hymn with roots in the anti-apartheid movement, and “Die Stem van Suid-Afrika,” the anthem previously used by the white minority government.

By blending these contrasting melodies, the new anthem became a powerful symbol of healing and the forging of a new national identity that embraced all South Africans.

2. Rwanda (2001)

The 1994 Rwandan genocide left deep scars on the nation. In the aftermath of this horrific tragedy, the country’s previous anthem was deemed too divisive, as it was associated with the pre-genocide regime.

In 2001, a new anthem, “Rwanda Nziza,” was introduced. This anthem specifically emphasises themes of national unity, reconciliation, and hope for a brighter future. The lyrics speak of Rwandans working together to rebuild their nation and ensure such a tragedy never happens again.

“Rwanda Nziza” serves as a constant reminder of the healing process and the country’s commitment to a more peaceful future.

3. Zimbabwe (1994)

Many African countries gained independence in the mid-20th century and adopted pan-Africanist anthems that celebrated the continent’s shared struggle for liberation. Zimbabwe was no exception, with “Ishe Komborera Africa” serving as their national anthem for a period.

However, in 1994, the country felt the need to establish a more distinct national identity. They replaced “Ishe Komborera Africa” with “Simudzai Mureza wedu WeZimbabwe,” an anthem that specifically celebrates Zimbabwe’s unique cultural heritage and its journey as an independent nation.

4. Democratic Republic of Congo (1960 & 1997)

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a complex history reflected in its changes to the national anthem. Upon gaining independence from Belgium in 1960, the DRC adopted “Arise Congolese” as its anthem.

However, in 1971, the country’s leader, Mobutu Sese Seko, renamed the nation Zaire and introduced a new anthem, “La Zaïroise.” This anthem served as a symbol of Mobutu’s regime. After Mobutu’s overthrow in 1997, the country reverted to its original name and national anthem, “Arise Congolese.”

This shift back to the original anthem symbolised a rejection of Mobutu’s dictatorship and a return to a sense of national identity rooted in the country’s independence.

5. Ghana (1957 & 1960)

Ghana’s path to independence mirrored its changing anthems. During British colonial rule, Ghana used the anthem “God Bless Our Homeland.” This anthem reflected the nation’s colonial status and its yearning for self-determination.

In 1957, Ghana finally achieved independence, and a new anthem, “Lift High the Flag of Ghana,” was composed by a Ghanaian musician. This new anthem celebrates Ghana’s freedom and national pride.

6. Namibia (1990)

For many years, Namibia was under South African rule. During this period, Namibia was forced to use South Africa’s national anthem, “Die Stem van Suid-Afrika.”

However, Namibia gained independence in 1990 and cast off the vestiges of colonial rule. To mark this momentous occasion, Namibia adopted a new anthem, “Namibia, Land of the Brave.”

This anthem celebrates the nation’s hard-won freedom and the bravery of those who fought for independence. The lyrics speak of Namibia’s vast landscapes, its rich cultural heritage, and its unwavering spirit.

7. Libya (1969 & 2011)

In 1969, Muammar Gaddafi rose to power in Libya. Gaddafi aimed to unite Arab nations across Africa and Asia, and in this pursuit, he replaced Libya’s existing anthem, “Libya, Libya, Libya,” with the pan-Arab anthem “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great).

However, Gaddafi’s regime was overthrown in a 2011 civil war, and the country descended into a period of instability.

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Nollywood Crime Thriller, ‘Shina’ Is Now Showing On Netflix

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Are you a fan of crime thrillers and Nigerian cinema? A new movie has just landed on Netflix that you won’t want to miss. “Shina” is set to take you on a gritty and suspenseful journey through the streets of Lagos. Muyiwa Adesokun and Lillian Carmen Ike-Okoro co-directed the movie.

The film centres around Shina Akanji (Timini Egbuson). He is also one of the movie’s executive producers. Shina’s past is a rough one—drugs, alcohol, and even cult involvement. But now he’s trying to turn over a new leaf and make a living as a humble taxi driver.

Just as his life seems to be settling down, his world is thrown into chaos again when his grandmother falls seriously ill. Desperate to save her, Shina embarks on a frantic search for a solution.

The answer to his problems might be closer than he thinks. On the eve of a crucial election, Shina stumbles upon something significant that has the potential to spark a movement in Lagos State. But what exactly does he discover? That’s the mystery that will keep you glued to your screen.

Timini Egbuson isn’t the only big name you’ll see in “Shina.”

Award-winning actress Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman joins him in a leading role. The film is also stacked with other talented Nigerian actors, including Akin Lewis, Segun Arinze, and Aleiru Idowukeji. Feyifunmi Oginni is the mind behind the production, ensuring a high-quality experience.

So, if you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping crime thriller with a touch of social commentary, “Shina” is worth checking out. It’s a captivating story about second chances, the power of family, and the potential for ordinary people to make a difference.

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Chimezie Imo Speaks On Actors Playing Stereotypes In Nollywood

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Nollywood star Chimezie Imo tackled two common hurdles actors face in the Nigerian film industry. One challenge Imo addressed was the tendency for actors to be typecast in similar roles. While acknowledging the frustration this can cause, Imo offered a surprising perspective.

He suggested that being stereotyped isn’t always a negative thing.

Perhaps he feels it can provide stability and recognition. Also, it allows actors to hone their skills in a particular genre. The interview piqued viewers’ interest in learning more about his unique perspective.

He said,

“I’m of the opinion that stereotyping is not really a bad thing, especially in the movie scene, because it only means that you’re really good at something, and everyone can tell, and it’s okay to be good at one thing. But there’s so much an actor has that you don’t want to be kept in a box.”

Chimezie Imo argues that actors can find ways to bring something fresh to their performances even when cast in roles that seem repetitive.

“Sometimes, even when you get those stereotyped roles, you can have conversations to tweak it a little bit. For example, there was a script that I had and it was supposed to be emotional and I said, ‘Okay, can I be emotional without crying?’ I didn’t shed a tear in that film. There are other ways you could be emotional without shedding tears.”

He also discussed the challenges actors face during auditions.

Placing the blame on the casting directors, Imo said,

“Auditions challenge you. One of the worst things is getting a ‘No’ or getting in front of some people and losing all your lines and whatever; that is also because of most of our casting directors here.”

Chimezie Imo didn’t shy away from discussing the pressure actors experience during auditions. He even pointed out that some audition environments can feel cold and unfriendly. In his own words, he said,

“I think we also need to do better. We don’t know how to make people comfortable and warm, just a bunch of straight faces looking at you like they’re about to stab you, and that line you’ve been rehearsing for 3 weeks just flies.”

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