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“The After” Wins Best Short Film At AAFC Awards

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The After,” produced by Misan Harriman, a British Nigerian photographer and filmmaker, has won the Best Short Film category at the 2024 African-American Film Critics Award (AAFCA).

The award winners and their top ten films of the year were announced by the organizers on Monday, January 15, 2024. The selections were made based on the “outstanding achievement” in cinema during the relevant period. AAFCA’s 100+ members voted for the winners, who will be honoured at the 15th annual AAFCA event on February 21, 2024, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.

“The After,” co-written by Harriman and John Julius Schwabach, narrates the tale of a ride-share driver, portrayed by David Oyelowo, who discovers solace through an unexpected encounter with a passenger. The cast also includes Jessica Plummer, Sule Rimi, Ravi Singh, and Amelie Dokubo.

In a press statement, Gil Robertson, the president and co-founder, highlighted that the past year has seen increased acceptance of showcasing a diverse array of African stories.

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According to him,

It’s become a tradition to announce our winners on MLK (Martin Luther King) Day. And what a great year for cinema showcasing the vibrant tapestry of Black storytelling, where diversity is not a trend, but an imperative. This year’s winners have inspired, challenged, and moved us and we are delighted to celebrate them and their cultural impact.”

Additionally, the film has earned a spot in the Live Action Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards.

Since its premiere on October 25, 2023, “The After” has continued to be available for streaming on Netflix.

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Omoni Oboli Reveals Her Favourite Thing About Being An Actor

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Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli is currently generating buzz for her upcoming Netflix series “Òlòtūré: The Journey.” As part of the promotional push, Oboli participated in a series of quick-fire interviews.

One such segment, titled “Hot Minute with Omoni Oboli,” was posted on the streaming giant’s Instagram page on June 24, 2024. In this fast-paced video, Oboli answered a variety of questions within a limited time frame.

One of the questions was about her background. Sharing details about her upbringing, she said, “I grew up in Delta Steel Company in Delta State.”

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Biodun Stephen’s “Muri and Ko” Leads Nollywood Films At The Box Office

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The Nigerian box office witnessed a power shift this week, with Nollywood’s “Muri and Ko” making a surprising climb to the top. Let’s take a closer look at how these films are performing.

Debuting at number six, “Muri and Ko” defied expectations by surging to the coveted second-place position.

This heartwarming story follows the unexpected turn of events for a thief named Muri. After stealing a car, Muri discovers a child inside. Forced to go on the run from the police with a bounty on his head, an unlikely bond begins to form between Muri and the child.

This unique premise and strong performances seem to resonate with Nigerian audiences, propelling the film to financial success.

Hollywood’s action-comedy juggernaut, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” continues its reign at the top of the box office chart for the third week. This highly anticipated sequel to the popular “Bad Boys” franchise continues to rake in the big bucks. It grossed an impressive ₦100.8 million this week. With a total haul of ₦216.5 million so far, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

After holding the top spot for three consecutive weeks, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti,” a biographical drama chronicling the life of the famed Nigerian activist, has been dethroned by “Muri and Ko.”

This week, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” only managed to secure ₦15 million. The movie dropped down to fourth place with a total gross of ₦156.5 million. While it seems to have lost its initial momentum, “Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti” still holds a respectable position at the box office.

The action thriller film, “Criminal,” took a hit this week. It experienced a significant drop in its position on the charts. Falling from fourth place to sixth place, “Criminal” brought in only ₦8.2 million this week. This brings its total gross to ₦45.7 million. The reason behind the film’s decline in popularity could be due to a combination of factors. These factors can be competition from new releases or negative word-of-mouth.

The Nigerian box office is a dynamic landscape, and these rankings can fluctuate from week to week. However, the success of “Muri and Ko” demonstrates the potential for Nollywood films to capture the hearts and wallets of Nigerian audiences. This can happen with captivating stories and strong performances.

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Kanayo O. Kanayo Vows To Disrupt Any Film Set That Engages The Service Of Actress Angel Unigwe

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Veteran Nollywood actor Kanayo O. Kanayo is raising a red flag about working with young actress Angel Unigwe. In a recent Instagram video, Kanayo expressed his frustration with Unigwe’s mother, who he believes is managing her daughter’s career unprofessionally.

Kanayo admitted hearing rumours about unprofessional behaviour but didn’t take them seriously until he had a personal experience. He had apparently cast Unigwe in a film and reached an agreement with her mother, the details of which weren’t mentioned. However, the agreement wasn’t honoured, prompting Kanayo’s public warning.

Furthermore, Kanayo urged other movie producers to avoid working with Angel Unigwe.

He went as far as saying he would disrupt filming sets if he saw her working on a production. This is a serious move in the Nollywood industry. Also, it highlights the level of Kanayo’s frustration and his desire to protect other producers from similar experiences.

He stated,

“I am making this video to protect the entertainment industry in Nigeria. A particular woman has been holding producers to ransoms and it is unfortunate it has happened to me. Unfortunately, she is Angel Unigwe’s mother. A contract is breached by every producer, orally or written and it’s all respected but I found out that immediately this woman takes money from you, everything changes. She took her daughter at 9 pm when the particular date that we agreed hadn’t expired. She came at 9 pm and took her daughter.

“I have gotten reports from people before it happened to me. This is a Clarion call to producers, I beg you in the name of professionalism, from this moment to the first day of July 2024 any set that employs the services of Angel Unigwe, I will come to that set and make sure filming doesn’t hold. Her mother has been threatening many producers.”

 

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