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Chika Ike releases new calendar

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Nollywood actress, Chika Ike, has released a new calendar that is full of pictures of her dressed for different themes.

page from Chika Ike's calendar

page from Chika Ike's calendar

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Michael Ezuruonye – Nollywood’s Hearthrob

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 15, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Michael Ezuruonye is one of Nollywood’s leading men that has women swooning on sight.  Spotted at a gas station by Ruke Amata of the Amata Dynasty, he has gone on to build his name and cement his reputation as a solid actor. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Actor in a Leading Role, at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008 and 2009.

His big break came in the movie “Broken Marriage“, but it was his role in the movie, “Critical Decision“, that helped launch his career and make him famous nationally and internationally.  Fair Mike, as he is popularly known has acted in over 30 movies including “Endless Passion”, “Occultic Kingdom”, “Unforeseen”, “Ropes of Fate”, “Clash of Twins”, “Forest of Tears”, “Jealous Friend”, “Lost Mogul of the League”, “League of Gentlemen”, “Missing Child”, “Native Son”, “Prince of the Niger”, “Testimonies of Pain”, “Act of Faith”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Desire”, “Don’t Wanna Be a Player”, “Feel My Pain”, and “Beyond Reason.”

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Beyond The Ocean [Apres l'ocean] and other African Films in Maryland

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland is offering a wonderful array of beautiful films.    The 2011 New African Films Festival began on March 10 with a screening of  ‘The Athlete [Atletu]‘ which tells the powerful story of Abebe Bikila, who won the Olympic gold medal in 1960 while running barefoot.  Actor Rasselas Lakew co-wrote, directed and produced this film, and he does a great job of portraying Bikila.

Djédjé Apali (Otho)

Djédjé Apali (Otho)

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‘Outside The Law (Hors La Loi)’ – A movie about a fight for independence

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 11, 2011 | Leave a Comment

With all the news that has been going on about the recent uprisings in Algeria, Egypt and Libya, we at Jamati Online thought it would be fitting to highlight a film that has flown under the radar, that showcases in great cinemagraphic form, the fight for independence in Algeria.

Roschdy Zem

Roschdy Zem

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‘Togetherness Supreme’ – championing the fight against tribalism

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 9, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Togetherness Supreme‘ is the the story of Kamau, an artist, Otieno, a hustler, and their shared love interest for Alice, a preachers daughter. All three live in Kibera, east Africa’s largest shantytown and home to a million people in Nairobi, Kenya. All three are from different tribes but are searching for tribal unity. The film follows these three characters in their quest for change in the community they live in. It highlights their fights, challenges and victories.  After the Kenyan presidential elections, Kibera is torn apart by conflicting tribal loyalties, as are the three characters. It features music from Juliani, Yunasi, A Boy Landlord, Onechot and others.

Togetherness Supreme poster

Togetherness Supreme poster

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Inale – An African musical fairytale

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 4, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Inale is an African fairytale set to music.  Produced by Jeta Amata, it tells the story of Inale, the beautiful daughter of the great King Oche, of the Idoma people in Idomaland, Nigeria. According to tradition, her beloved Odeh must win the wrestling tournament to win her hand in marriage. A stranger appears, who challenges not only the tradition of the village but the strength of Odeh and Inale’s true love. The story of how Odeh works to win his love’s hand-in-marriage back unfolds in this well-filmed movie.

Caroline Chikezie (BBC’s Footballer’s Wives, Aeon Flux, Eragon) is Inale and Hakeem Kae-Kazim (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Hotel Rwanda, Black Gold) is Odeh, Ini Edo (Battle for Pride, Darkest Day, League of Gentlemen) is Omada, Mbong Amata (Amazing Grace, Black Gold) is Keke, Dede Mabiaku (Black Gold) is King Oche.

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Black Gold – Struggle for the Niger Delta

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 4, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The Niger Delta is a region rich in gold and filled with a very poor population. It is apparent that the money is not invested in the community where the resource comes from.  Renowned Nollywood director, Jeta Ama comes up with a film, based on a true story, that shows how the people rose up to fight for their rights.

Black Gold - Struggle for the Niger Delta

Black Gold - Struggle for the Niger Delta

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Gilbert Ndahayo shares his pain on screen

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 3, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Jamati Online: You lived in such a pivotal time in Rwanda and suffered a horror that many can’t even begin to fathom. In many interviews you talk about forgiving and forgetting, and the intricacies that are involved. How has making movies helped/not helped with this process?

Every year in April it rains in Rwanda. Rain is used metaphorically in the Rwandan proverbs such as ‘Ak’imuhana kaza imvura ihise’ (what comes from overseas arrives when the rain is over), and at the same time ‘Umugabo arigira yakwibura agapfa‘ (a man who can’t find himself dies). 2006 coincides with the re-exhumation of my parents’ bodies and those that died with them in our courtyard due to the government policy of taking the genocide victims to the nearest memorial site. Looking at the entire village coming over to my home, digging and removing the dead from the unrest grave, I was stuck. Where are the killers? Who did this to them? These were the first images I filmed.

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Nollywood’s ‘Paparazzi’ Premieres in the States.

Written by 'Seun Johnson, Jamati Entourage, Nigeria | March 2, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Syr Law has recently graced the pages of Jamati since her latest role in the Nollywood film, “Paparazzi – Eye in the Dark.” Since January 2011, red carpet premieres for the movie have been showcased around the United States. People sighted at these premieres include Syr Law, Van Vicker,  J.J. Bunny, Koby Maxwell, Bayo Akinfemi – the Director, and a host of Nollywood patriots, fans and well-wishers.

The premiere which has taken place in cities like Washington DC and Chicago, was viewed by both Nollywood and Hollywood audiences with over 250 people respectively.  The Paparazzi team have been getting exciting feedback so far, especially from people who can’t believe it is a Nollywood film and can’t wait to have it in cinemas.

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Green October unveils latest mixtape

Written by Shirlene Brown | February 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Green October Volume 6

Green October Volume 6

Every year Tribe X Entertainment provides a free download of Nigerian artists who provide some of the hottest contemporary music on the African continent.

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Idris Elba is a controversial Heimdall in ‘Thor’

Written by Shirlene Brown | February 10, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The casting of Idris Elba as Heimdall (described as the whitest of the gods who who can hear the sap flowing in trees and look across time and space)  has raised the hackles of devoted Marvel comic fans and white supremacist groups.

Idris Elba (Photo: Brian J. Ritchie/Rex Features)

Idris Elba (Photo: Brian J. Ritchie/Rex Features)

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