Wednesday, November 2, 2011

In Abuja, language films rule



The result of the competition segment of the 2011 edition of the Abuja International Film Festival has underscored the fact that quality is not determined by the language in which a film is made. Put differently, movies made in indigenous languages can favourably compete with those produced in English once professionalism is established.

This is, for instance, the case with the Documentary Category in which Africa, The Rising Sun, produced by a Lagos-based broadcaster and film maker, Daniel Moore, beat entries from China and The Netherlands. Similarly, Iyabo Ojo’s ‘Yoruba movie’, Omo Gomina, emerged as the Best Feature Film Nigeria, beating Myideen Ayinde’s Eku Meji and Efe Young’s Ese.

Other winners include Best Feature Film Foreign - An Uninvited Guest; Best Short Foreign, Canopy Crossing (Malaysia); Best Short Film (Nigeria) – Uzoamaka; Best Animation – The King of Mi Lu Dee (China); Outstanding Impact – Hwang Seon Hwan’s An Uninvited Guest; Best Female Act Zhou Xun in An Uninvited Guest; Best Director Seghwa Lee, whose An Uninvited Guest also got the Golden Award.

The festival was declared opened by the Minister of State, Olajumoke Akinjide, while the Director-General of the National Film and Video Censors Board, Mr. Emeka Mba; the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation, Mr. Afolabi Adesanya; and members of the diplomatic community from the US, UK, Cuba, India, China, Hungary, Bulgaria and Mexico joined film producers, marketers, actors and actresses in attendance.

The Festival Director, Mr. Fidelis Duker, expressed satisfaction at the progress recorded at the event.

While The Rising Sun documents the beauties of Africa from the environmental perspective to politics, culture and economic potential, Omo Gomina is the story of the only daughter of the governor, Isola (Akin Lewis) who lives a very reckless life. All efforts to make her change her attitude proves abortive. Not until she comes in contact with Muyiwa, does her destiny begins to take another shape. It features Bimbo Akintola, Femi Adebayo, Iyabo Ojo, Bukky Ogunote, Fathia Balogun, among other stars.

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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

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At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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