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2017 Movies that were shot in “the abroad”

As you know the year us gradually drawing to a close and there is need to take stock of the activities and happenings witnessed from January to December. A lot of movies premiered in 2017, some were to the delight of movie enthusiasts while some just made us weep for Nollywood. Let it be known that some production houses did exceptionally well this year, they went the whole nine yards in providing us with quality content for consumption. This led some of them to produce and package their film outside the country (they will tell you it’s because of the script, hehehe. Na so). I saw a couple of these movies and I enjoyed sitting at the cinemas watching; so, I put together a list of some of 2017 films that were shot in ‘the abroad’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Wedding party 2 (Destination Dubai): We all know that Nigerians love to party and at weddings especially, the owambe is always on point. Wedding Party brought us the joys and thrills of having a typical Naija wedding, so it only makes sense to have the experience again but this time in a foreign land, thus Wedding Party 2 was shot in Dubai (shot in 3 locations but most of it in Dubai). The romantic comedy is currently showing in cinemas not just in Nigeria but in major cities around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Accidental Spy: Ayo Makun, aka AY is famous not just for his jokes as a comedian, but for his ability to shoot an entire Nollywood flick in another man’s land. He started with 30 days in Atlanta, 10 days in Sun City, A trip to Jamaica and now The Accidental Spy. He teams up again with Ramsey Nouah and other comedians to make this movie a hit. The movie which stars Hollywood actor Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Ali Baba, Emma Oh my God, Rahama Sadau and a host of other talented acts was shot in the United States and is showing in cinemas nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Wives on Strike 2 (the Revolution): The 6th highest grossing movie in Nigeria that talked about issues bordering on child marriage, women empowerment and equal female participation into elected office is back with a sequel. Shot in Nigeria and London with a star-studded cast that includes Sola Sobowale, Toyin Abraham, Omoni Oboli, Ufuoma McDermott, Odunlade Adekola and many more. The movie was written and produced Omoni Oboli. Omoni is gradually making a strong name for herself not just as an actor but also a fantastic writer, director and producer. Wives on Strike 2- The Revolution will premier in cinemas nationwide on the 29th of December 2017.

 

Can you think of any movie that was fully or partly shot outside the country this year? Or what do you think about my picks? Let me know, I’ll be in the comment section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Aso: Nigerian Movies Showing at the 2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

Music/Comedy lovers get in here

Hey guys, it’s Christmas and I’m so excited because it’s a season of giving, sharing and expressing love. The movie industry has witnessed significant growth within the last 9 months and I must confess that they are indeed doing great things.

I’ve said it that some of the movies that came out this year were just spot on while others didn’t quite make it to my list of favorites, you can check the article I wrote on that here. 2017 witnessed a crossover from guys in the music industry testing out their acting skills in Nollywood, and even those in the comedy business were not left out. It was a year of experiments as far as the film industry is concerned, some did well and others left us asking who on mother earth convinced them they could act.
The likes of Frank Donga, Woli Arole, Emma Oh my God, Banky W, Ikechukwu, Falz the bahd guy, Seyi Law are some of the artistes and comedians that thrilled us this year. From social media to the big screen and from radio to television, 2017 was a hit for these guys. Wedding party 2, The Accidental Spy, Hankunde and many other movies displayed the unique acting sides of these creative minds. It’s safe to say that it’s not just those who studied theatre arts that have what it takes to make it to the big screen, the industry is changing drastically and what used to apply in the 90s are not obtainable in today’s digital world, as long as you know your craft and can entertain, that’s all you need.

 

Nollywood movies 2017

 

There are talents in abundance right here in Nigeria, I think there are some singers and comedians that will do well in front of the camera, acting that is. The question is, why are they not doing it? Are there no roles for these guys, do producers not see the potential, are they not Nollywood material? These are questions I find myself asking. What about you, which Nigerian music artiste or comedian would you love to see in movies come 2018? Share your comments, let’s talk.

Our List of Favourite Movies in 2017

As the year 2017 draws to a close, I look back at the progress Nollywood has made, this year has been good in the industry I must confess. We witnessed growth in the industry in some areas, though there is still much work to be done, I believe we are not where we were a few years ago. Fantastic movies were produced that gained international recognition and all I can say is that Kudos to the practitioners, you guys are doing well.

I thought about writing about the movies that made me smile and laugh this year, movies that got me thinking like Yes, we’re doing something good. Unfortunately, I can’t mention all, though there are not so much, still there are quite a number of them. I’ll only mention a few. Suffice it to say the list is my list, but I ended up adding some movies from my friend Vera who also had a thing or two to say while I was compiling the list. Vera feels my list was too biased (being that almost all are comedy related) and that I didn’t take into cognizance there are some society conscious movies and movies that address real-life issues.

The reason for my pick is not farfetched, I love comedies, they make me look at the brighter side of life and with all the many issues going on in the country I think we all a little bit of laughter in our lives. Not that I’m saying films that tell serious stories are not appreciated, I just didn’t watch most of them. At the end of the day, it’s usually different strokes for different folks. I love watching comedies so I stuck with what gives me joy, she is kind of a blend in the mix; can’t say if she loves comedies or serious movies but I do know she’s a good critic.

So, here’s our list of our favorite movies of 2017.
Osa’s List
Excess Baggage
Celebrity Marriage
Banana Island Ghost
Alakada 2
Potato Potahto
Vera’s List
Omoye
Idahosa
Roti
Isoken
Cath:er
Alter Ego

 

What do you think guys? Share your thoughts on our choices while you put up your own list in the comment section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Also: 2017 Movies that were shot in “the abroad”

 

 

 

EXCESS LUGGAGE

Excess Luggage is a comedic but compelling story of Douglas and Eyinnaya, two cousins separated by physical distance and financial status, but on a road trip from the village to the metropolitan city of Lagos, Eyinnaya and his archival wife Ugomma and son encounter a breakdown in their car and decided to stop over at Douglas’s estate for a one night visit.

The new comedy film titled “Excess Luggage” which was produced by IK Ogbonna and Nikky Ufondu and shot by Damijo Efe Young stars Award-winning actor; Mike Ezuruonye, IK Ogbonna, Fred Amata, Queen Nwokoye, Shaffy Bello also starred by Omorodion, Fashion Freak Denrele Edun among others.

 

No more insensitive and absurd movie titles/productions

Some of the keys to making a great film include a good script, fantastic crew and in most cases, research. It’s annoying when you are confronted with movies that you know have nothing to offer. Nollywood has over the years produced good films, but they have also done some inappropriate and unimaginable flicks as well. Whether it’s all in the quest to stay relevant in the market or it’s just for profit purposes (cashing in on the rave of the moment) I must confess that this puts the industry back several years, when others are moving forward.

I Wrote a piece about weird and crazy movie titles in Nollywood some months ago, but it seems the industry is still practicing such. ”EVANS” is the name of a recently released movie which stars some known faces in the movie scene. When I saw it I was in total and complete shock, it’s barely 2 months since the dreaded and notorious kidnapper Evans was captured by the Nigerian police and viola, there’s a movie about him. Why will a producer put his money on such a production? Without proper research and getting all the facts together, that movie as far as many film lovers will agree, is a lost cause, a shame on the industry. Even the actors themselves, why will any of them want to be associated with such a shabby flick? They forget that their names are at stake and people might not take them as serious and or professionals as they claim.

evans the Kidnapper movie

It is worthy of note that some production houses and producers are doing their best to make good movies that involve painstaking research, especially when the film has some sort of real life happenings. But some on the other hand are making it difficult for the local and international community to take Nollywood serious with stunts like this. This has to stop- we’ve seen this happen time and time again. I remember when the Ebola virus broke out some years ago, it didn’t take them long to produce a movie bearing such name, it was appalling; not until last year when a proper movie was done about the incident based on proper and thorough research that we all heaved a sigh of relief, saying truly there’s hope for the industry.

To all the practitioners in the film industry, you must stand together in weeding out people that tarnish the image of Nollywood with such movies. It’s a collective effort, for Nollywood to be great such movies should not be allowed, we condemn it and place premium on quality and well thought out productions.

 

Credits – Mikky Anyangbeso

B.E.M (BLACK EMANCIPATION MOVEMENT)

A revolutionary leader, Shakur Jahim  is caught in a tragic web of murder of his girlfriend, Olivia Tosa (Divine Edi), but the mystery is unravelled by the Counter Intelligence Operations Department ( C.I.O.D) as the former, before her death, possessed vital information that could clamp down on the activities of a highly organized drug syndicate.

 

 

Cast: Hanks Anuku, Pascal Amanfo, Divine Edi,  Channy Bismark,  Aondohemba Orya, Evan Eghan,Azeez Aligbo,  Faustina Oluluaboe Degbe, Gifty Gakpo

 

Directed by Aondohemba Orya

 

Genre: Action

Location: Ghana

Year: 2017

PICTURE PERFECT

Picture Perfect is a romantic comedy movie which tells the story of a fashion designer who meets a notorious area boy when her car breaks down in his hood. What seems to be a distressing situation, turns out to be a blessing, only to go completely sideways when he sets up home beside her shop.

The movie stars Bolanle Ninalowo, Mary Remmy Njoku, Bisola Aiyeola, Ronke Oshodi-Oke among others.

Directed by Tope Alake

Produced by  Biodun Stephen

Date Released: July 2017

Language: English, Yoruba, Pidgin

I couldn’t attend University because I couldn’t afford it – Bisola, former BBN contestant

 

Former Big Brother Nigeria contestant Bisola Aiyeola disclosed that she couldn’t attend university because she couldn’t afford education. In an interview with Naij.com, the single mother spoke on her life wasn’t easy for her before the Big Brother Nigeria reality show and her plans to keep working to maintain her fame.

 

“I wrote Jamb and I was jammed… It’s not that I wasn’t passing the exams. It was a problem of not getting funds. I did not have money to pay for certain things. I was even duped when I tried to enter LASU. That pulled me back and all this just made me discouraged. I also tried National Open University (NOUN) and you know it is very easy to get into NOUN, and at certain times you needed to pay certain fees. Believe me; it was difficult to raise N15,000 at that time. I just decided that all of my energy let me use it into using my talent to feed myself.”

She talked about how she would go to her neighbour’s house in the guise of visiting, just so that they can get food to eat.

On her future plans, she said: “I have so many things lined up. Obviously, I want to do more movies and music too. I did get into the entertainment industry via music but I put it on hold for a couple of years so I’m going to revamp that access. I also want to make my own films in future and I‘m an ambassador for the One Campaign Poverty is Sexist so I will be pursuing that as well.”

She advised her fans to keep working and continue improving, stressing that she is all about improving and working to get better. “In everything you do you have to improve yourself…”

 

Funke Akindele, Rita Dominic at ”ISOKEN” movie premeire

The movie “Isoken” Premiered on the 11th of June, 2017 at the Landmark Event centre Lagos, Nigeria.

Isoken is a romantic movie that tells the story of an unmarried 34 year old lady who is to choose between two men. One the perfect catch and preferred choice of her family and the other, an Oyinbo whom is her ideal man.

The movie features Dakore Akande, Funke Akindele, Joseph Benjamin, Lydia Forson, Marc Rhys, Patrick Doyle, Tina Mba, Ngozi Nwosu, etc. See photos from the Premiere.

 

 

 

 

Isoken premieres in lagos

Kechi Okwuchi wows crowd at Americas Got Talent

Do you remember that Sosoliso Plane Crash that claimed the life of 107 passengers?? Kechi Okwuchi one of the two survivals of the fatal crash is doing great stuff. “I was in a plane crash when I was about 16 years old back in Nigeria. It took the lives of a 107 out of 109 passengers, and I was one of the 2 survivors”.

This was part of what she said before she sang and later wowed the audience and the judges with her beautiful voice at the America’s Got Talent (AGT) 2017. She also got a standing ovation from the audience, including the judges at the America’s Got Talent 2017. It was such an emotional performance.

Kechi Okwuchi was treated in Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa as of 14 December 2005 and at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston, Texas, the United States as of 6 September 2007.

Her rendition of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking out Loud’ will touch your heart and move your soul. Let give it up to???????? the amazingly strong beauty who has overcome all odds and is shining the light.

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