Film: @Kunleafolayan #October1Movie Release Announcement

The promo details for the Premiere and Cinema release of October 1, the movie by Kunle Afolayan has been released. Africa and the world,  hear hear! The official world premiere date is September 28 and it can be seen in Nigerian cinemas from October 1, 2014 (Nigeria’s independence day) While we await the official premiere which is exactly a month away, here’s a sneak peek of what to expect from the movie.

Synopsis

It’s September 1960, and with Nigeria on the verge of independence from British colonial rule, a northern Nigerian Police Detective, Dan Waziri , is urgently despatched by the Colonial Government to the trading post town of Akote in the Western Region of Nigeria to solve a series of female murders that have struck horror in the hearts and minds of the local community. On getting to Akote, more murders are committed, and with local tension high and volatile, Waziri has a race on his hands to solve the case before even more local women are killed.

Set against the backdrop of the national celebratory mood of the impending independence, Waziri is pulled into a game of cat and mouse as he and the killer try to outwit each other… leading to the climatic end in which the life of a popular local female teacher and village belle, TAWA, is held in the balance. Waziri has to race against the clock to capture the killer, save Tawa and solve the crime before the British flag is lowered and the Nigerian flag raised on Independence Day… October 1.

Official Movie Trailer

October 1 is directed by the well known, multi- talented Filmmaker Kunle Afolayan

Born Adekunle Ayodeji Afolayan in the mid 1970s, Kunle is a 2nd generation Nigerian filmmaker. Son of the highly respected Adeyemi Afolayan (Ade-Love), a passionate theatre artist who co-pioneered the movement from travelling theatre to the celluloid film format as introduced by Ola Balogun. Kunle grew up on a steady diet of the performing arts and audio-visual creativity. As an actor, producer, and director, Kunle’s work has transcended the boundaries of the ordinary and is producing a fresh crop of new Nigerian cinematography that raises the bar with regards to what the world expects of the Nigerian Film Industry. Beginning with his keen interest in the output of his father’s company, Ade Love Productions, Kunle showed an unusual ability to follow a plot through to the end while growing into an avid critic of the audio-visual medium for creative expression. His entry into film-making was both destined and co-incidental. Having trained as a business administrator, and with a career in banking, Kunle was cast into Tunde Kelani’s multiple award-winning movies “Saworoide” (co- starring with Bukky Wright and Kola Oyewo), and “Agogo Eewo” (with Kunle Bamtefa, Akinwunmi Ishola and Jab Adu), thereby earning him the first accolades from the industry for his portrayal of the trials of an estranged and endangered Yoruba prince. Other films followed with Kunle’s acting crossing the borders of language genres as he featured in both English and non-English language films such as; “Ololufe”, “Dark Days”, “Ti Ala Ba Ku”, “Oyin Ade”(also starring Pasuma Wonder and Iyabo Ojo) (also starring Zack Orji and Eucharia Anunobi) (also starring Yemi Solade) (also starring Bisi Ibidapo and Toyin Aimankhu). He also took part in movies as “Irapada” and “The Figurine- Araromire” which starred Ramsey Nouah, Omoni Oboli, and Funlola Aofiyebi- Raimi) The works of Kunle Afolayan and Golden Effects (his production studio) has garnered acclaim and set box office records to unprecedented proportions. Most recently, the blockbuster, and chart-topping movie “Phone Swap”, as well as other productions from his stables have been featured and showcased variously at international film festivals across the globe. culled from IMDB

October 1 cast

Sadiq Daba – Inspector Waziri
Aderupoko – Sergeant Afonja
Fabian Lojede – Corporal Omolodun
Demola Adedoyin – Prince Aderopo
Kehinde Bankole – Miss Tawa
Nick Rhys – Winterbottom
Lawrence Stubbings – Tomkins
Colin David Reese – Rev Dowling
Directed By Kunle Afolayan

For more info visit the website at http://www.october1themovie.com

Beautifully Dreaming…Positively Doing..

Tosinger

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Support These Four Organizations To Help Fight Ebola

I am sharing with you a member email  I received from One.org an international campaigning and advocacy organization of nearly 6 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa – about how we can be part of the solution to the deadly disease ‘Ebola’ that has already taken lives in its toll.

Dear Tosin,

Just days ago, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a global health emergency.

This virus is hitting countries with some of the weakest health systems in the world. Places that don’t have enough trained doctors and nurses. Clinics that don’t have enough supplies to run labs. Villages that don’t have running water or reliable electricity.

This outbreak is showing just how important it is to have strong health systems in place. And it shows why members like you continue to fight for long-term investments in health.

But we need to work together now to stop Ebola in its tracks. Yes, this is a scary and infectious disease – but it can be stopped. And although you may feel removed from the crisis, there are still ways you can help.

Read, learn the facts, and help dispel the myths. And if you’d like to support the courageous work being done in West Africa to fight Ebola, there are many partners who are doing tremendous work on the ground. Find out more about them here.

We’ll keep you updated with news and information – and thanks for your support.

– ONE

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Find out  in the article of how you can support,  compiled by , reblogged from the ONE blog.

…….In the face of the worst Ebola virus outbreak on record, the international community has rallied around critical efforts to stop the virus’ spread and care for those affected.

You can be a part of the solution by donating to organizations that are providing vital support to communities in Western Africa, including these:

MSF

From MSF’s website: “If contracted, Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people who catch it, causing terror among infected communities. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has treated hundreds of people with the disease and helped to contain numerous life-threatening epidemics.”

Catholic Relief Services

From the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) website: “Catholic Relief Services is working to stem the deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, educating people about how the virus is spread so they can avoid catching it. CRS is working closely with local partners, government health officials, and religious leaders so that information can be channeled through trusted members of the community with a deep understanding of local belief systems.”

Africare

From Africare: “Africare is a Four-Star Rated, African-American founded development organization that works to improve the quality of life of people in Africa. Operating currently in 17 African countries, including countries most impacted by Ebola – Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria, Africare is aggressively supporting the fight against Ebola. By providing medical supplies, mobilizing our in-country staff to work with local partners including ministries of health, county health advisors, community leaders and healthcare workers, Africare is working to spread culturally sensitive messages in especially rural communities about Ebola and how to avoid contracting it and access treatment.”

Samaritan’s Purse

From Samaritan’s Purse’s website: “Samaritan’s Purse is mounting an aggressive and coordinated response to the largest outbreak ever documented of Ebola viral disease” …

Looking for other ways to get involved? You can help by spreading facts about the Ebola virus to fight misconceptions, learning more about how the global health community is responding and sharing personal stories from the doctors on the ground. The Centers for Disease Control is a great resource for reliable information, including this fact sheet.

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@SIJIMUSIC on @ESSENCEMAG’s New & Next

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New & Next: Meet Nigerian Soul Singer, Siji (3:15) The British-born singer describes his music as “Yoruba soul,” a fusion of all his musical influences and life experiences in England, Nigeria and New York. Watch him perform the title track from his latest EP, “Children of the Sun.”

I had previously spotlighted Siji when he released his single ‘Lagos Lullabye’  –  see here  and it’s a delight to see him get some mainstream press attention with the release of his latest single ‘Children of the sun’

Watch the video below of the Essence ‘New & Next’ interview and the unplugged performance with on the acoustic guitar.

Siji on Essence New & Next

Click the image below to access the EP.

Connect and get updates on his music at SIJIMUSIC.COM

Beautifully Dreaming..Positively Doing…

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@yinksdesigns – Yinka Ilori Features at Africa Calling (Shake The Dust) Exhibition

Yinka Ilori is a London based up-cycled furniture designer who uses traditional Nigerian parables to tell stories through vintage furniture. It’s exciting to know that he will be a featuring designer at ‘Africa Calling’ curated by Kathy Shenoy (Shake the Dust) taking place in September as part of Africa Utopia 2014.

Africa Calling launches this September at Southbank Centre’s Africa Utopia festival (12th-14th Sept) with a showcase in the main foyer of the Royal Festival Hall alongside workshops and a pop-up shop. The showcase then tours to Design Junction for London Design Festival (18th-21st Sept) with a debate session and more interactive activities with our designers. The AC showcase is curated by Kathy Shenoy (Shake the Dust) & Liezel Strauss (Subject Matter Art), and highlights the work of new and established designers from Africa and the Diaspora, who are challenging ‘Africa Aesthetics’ and exploring new collaborations and cross-cultural connections.  This year’s exhibition will focus on designers, artists & collaborations from the southern tip & the UK including Heath Nash (South Africa,) Clinton Friedman (South Africa) and  2 specially commissioned collaborations between Yinka Ilori (UK) & Laduma Ngxokolo (South Africa) and Shake the Dust & Gone Rural (UK/Swaziland.)

Yinka Ilori Workshop

Africa Calling presents to the UK, the best of contemporary African design; from interiors to fashion accessories, opening up markets for creative goods from the continent and enhancing people’s understanding of a contemporary creative Africa.

Yinka Ilori will collaborate with South African textile designer Laduma Ngxokolo on an exclusive new collection for Africa Calling.

Yinka Ilori – FURNITURE | INTERIOR DESIGNER | ARTIST

He holds a BA (hons) degree in furniture and product design from London Metropolitan University and has since specialised in up-cycling vintage furniture inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that he grew up with as a child. Each piece of furniture he up-cycles tells a meaningful, yet humorous story which can be shared with people throughout the world.

Yinka Ilori

His design approach starts with the dismantling of the original components, which he then re- assembles into a new piece ready for use again. Deeply aware and passionately against the unnecessary waste of modern consumer societies in the western. Yinka Ilori also happily accepts unwanted or damaged furniture from private individuals, so that he can save, rehabilitate, and beautify them for future use, giving them a hint of Yinka Ilori’s signature Nigerian parables.

Yinka Ilori

 

Connect  with Yinka Ilori on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yinksdesigns | E: hello@yinkailori.com | Twitter :@yinksdesigns http://www.yinkailori.com

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@BinoandFino are here again! DVD 2 is coming out soon!

I initially came across and fell in love with these cute and warm African children cartoon characters about 3 or 4 years ago. I call them my little friends 🙂 – They are Bino and Fino. Bino and Fino is a cartoon series about a brother and sister who live with their grandparents ‘Mama’ and ‘Papa’ in a modern day city in Africa. In each episode of DVD 1, Bino and Fino, with the help of their friend Zeena the Magic Butterfly and their family, discover and learn things about the world.

It was a fresh welcome to childrens’ entertainment & media (and thankfully also culturally educative and informative) for everyone, both at home on the continent and especially in the diaspora for parents who want their children to be culturally aware and knowledgeable about their roots – Africa . I didn’t hesitate to get my sons the first DVD copy when it was we released. We just had to, hitting replay multiple times on the youtube video clips that were made available online wasn’t cutting it. It was that goooood!! 🙂

Here’s one

Directed By Adamu Waziri –  Bino and Fino was created in answer to an industry demand for more ethnically diverse children’s entertainment. Especially for viewers from a Black African heritage globally, whether residing on the African continent or in Diaspora.

Adamu Waziri

Importantly, it is an inclusive series for all children of Kindergarten and preschool age from around the world, from Africa, Latin America through to Europe, Asia and America. It is fun and educational. Bino and Fino will help to teach children about counting, colours, animals and will also help teach children major African languages.

And now to the great news! FINALLY! The Bino and Fino trailer for DVD 2 is coming out. New episodes of the cartoon will include aspects of African history – African culture – science – Math – Technology – African Geography – Nature – and more. Sign up  on the Bino and Fino email list to find out when you can get your hands on the new DVD.

View Trailer

Connect with Bino and Fino on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/binoandfino and Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BinoandFino.  Website is www.binoandfino.com

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