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Asaba Film Academy Is The Future Of Nigeria’s Film Industry?

Posted by: Wisdom O. Ogbor - Asaba, Nigeria
Sunday, March 18th, 2018 - 6:41 am
If you have been finding it boring to watch some movies produced in the Nigerian film industry popularly known as Nollywood, watch out for a few good producers working hard to bring your interest back to movies made in Nigeria. You can expect to find good storylines and digitally balanced productions from very few Nollywood producers like Teco Benson, Desmond Elliot, Tchidi Chikere , Ayo Makun, and a very few others. Now, add Hollywood trained film director John Chuka to that list, with new talents groomed from his own film school, Asaba Film Academy, with their upcoming school movie project entitled, Asia: The Love Covenant.

John Chuka told Real Roots magazine that he had to come to Nigeria to compete in Nollywood because of the shortage of basic technical know-hows in the Nigerian film industry at that time. During an interview with Real Roots magazine recently in his office at Asaba, the capital of Delta State in Nigeria, Chuka showed us some of the movie productions he has worked on since he graduated from a major film school in America, where students are trained for the American film industry, Hollywood. John Chuka’s film school production was entitled “The Fetus”. In that flick of just about 30 minutes, Mr. Chuka proved that he was ready to work successfully in any film market in the world.

John Chuka chose to return to his birth country Nigeria, where he set up a film school, Asaba Film Academy, training a brand new set of Nigerian actors and film support crew. He has trained many actors who are now employed and employable in the film industry in Nigeria. Virtually all of Mr. Chuka’s students are studying under an elaborate scholarship granted by Mr. Chuka who does not believe in turning away any deserving student because they lack money.

In 2017 Asaba Film Academy proposed to “crowd fund” a film project by their institution in collaboration with a few seasoned actors from the pool of Nollywood giants. Looking for a budget of about 5 million naira, (about US$15,000.00) for the film, the school attracted a lot of pledges from investors in Nigeria and outside Nigeria. Director John Chuka assured his supporters that unlike other crowd funded projects where people just donate their monies, every pledge redeemed with Asaba Film Academy, would make the pledger a part owner of the film Asia: The Love Covenant.

The project can already boast of support from a veteran Nollywood actor Tony Umez, who is already onboard with production. Director John Chuka shared with Real Roots magazine scenes from the scripts he was updating, and previews about the film. There is no doubt that when this film is released, it will alert other Nollywood producers to consider alternative ideas like John Chuka has done, and produce movies of high standards to compete in the world movie industry.

The film is expected to be released within a few months and John Chuka made it known that you can still make an investment and be a part owner of this film by contacting Asaba Film Academy in Nigeria at 0816 965 3405 and outside of Nigeria, at 011 234 816 965 3405

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How Do You Become A Model And Work in the Fashion & Entertainment Industry?

Posted by: Fashion Editor - Houston, Texas
Sunday, February 11th, 2018 - 12:39 pm

The fashion and modeling industry are two of the most difficult professions to break into. There is no definite talent that qualifies one to be a model or fashion spokesperson, except perhaps by chance or by the right opportunity calling at the right time.

"It's got to do with your attitude and inner self", says Isetemankh Nebetta Nefut Kang, a high fashion model from Belize, and owner of Kweenlyhood, a modeling and fashion agency in Houston, Texas. "At Kweenlyhood we consult and help women and men of all shapes, sizes and color to feel good in their own skin, and transform that into a modeling career, or work in the entertainment industry", said Isetemankh.

Many families are faced with conflicts and crisis when a family member is taking a shot at modeling. This is because modeling is a profession that has a very low success rate for those who join it. Only a very small percentage make it and those who fail to make it are faced with other crisis that can drag on and on in a family.

That is why Isetemankh recommends that parents and families should look for support when someone in their families express and show an interest in modeling.

Isetemankh Nebetta Nefut Kang herself has been modeling since she was eight years old. She would window model to attract a crowd to her grandmother's store in Belize when she was young. She would remain still by a store window, wearing traditional clothing while people are shopping or passing by. She is now an experienced model and fashion designer who creates a lot of fashionable outfits for herself, her natural medicine husband, and her numerous customers.

"Our focus now is to be global", said Isetemankh. "We can help so many people who are aspiring to be models and work in the entertainment industry from countries where there are no resources for them. We can offer advice and help people evaluate their intentions and expectations from a very informed perspective".

To contact Kweenlyhood for more information call during business hours at 1-409-210-9090


If Donald Trump Always Hits Back At His Attackers, Why Has He Not Hit Back At Eminem???

Posted by: Entertainment Desk - Miami, Florida
Posted on: Friday, October 13th, 2017 - 12:11 pm

It seems like it is becoming a cheap shot to always find something bad to say in attack of the 45th president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, but frankly, the president himself fuels the fire surrounding all the attacks against him. Even before he became a politician the list of people verbally assaulted by Donald Trump is long, including former Talk Show Host Rosie O’Donnell, and several others who have been involved in bad business deals with Mr. Trump. This is because it is claimed that the reason Trump attacks people is because he is a “counter puncher”; meaning that if you attack him, he attacks back, even harder.

Frankly, this strategy has worked very well for Mr. Trump, because many people in high places, who are in good positions to criticize Trump, now prefer to stay silent instead of speaking up, and risking being dragged in the mud in a verbal contest in high and low places against the great “counter puncher”. But that was not the case with American rapper Eminem, who once upon a time, was a friend of Donald Trump. During an appearance lately on BET’s Hip Hop Awards, Eminem debuted a freestyle rap in which he brutally attacked Donald Trump without mincing words, or trying to hide his attack in clever codes. And at the end, he dared to say to his fans to go f—k themselves if they love Donald Trump more than himself.

Now, there have been other rappers in the past that cleverly coded their disses against Donald Trump, but none has been as brazen and as widely publicized like this one from Eminem. So, the scariest thing about this is that it is now almost a week since this dissing, and not a counter punch has been dished out from President Trump, his office, or spokespeople. That brought about this question, that while President Trump has lashed out at TV presenters, Sportscasters, Athletes, politicians of the opposition and his own party, even his own cabinet officials, why hasn’t he lashed out at Eminem in this latest, bolder, and brutal attack?

Below is the full lyrics of Eminem’s rap attack:-

This is the calm before the storm right here.
Wait, how was I gonna start this off? I forgot. ...
Oh yeah.
That's an awfully hot coffee pot,
Should I drop it on Donald Trump? Prob'ly not,
But that's all I got 'til I come up with a solid plot.
Got a plan and now I gotta hatch it,
Like a damn Apache with a tomahawk,
I'm a walk inside a mosque on Ramadan,
And say a prayer that every time Melania talks,
She gets a mou— ah, I'm a stop.
But we better give Obama props,
'Cause what we got in office now's a kamikaze,
That'll prob'ly cause a nuclear holocaust,
And while the drama pops,
And he waits for s--- to quiet down, he'll just gas his plane up
And fly around 'til the bombing stops.
Intensities heightened, tensions are risin',
Trump, when it comes to givin' a s---, you're stingy as I am,
Except when it comes to having the balls to go against me, you hide 'em,
'Cause you don't got the f---ing nuts, like an empty asylum,
Racism's the only thing he's fantastic for,
'Cause that's how he gets his f---ing rocks off and he's orange,
Yeah, sick tan,
That's why he wants us to disband,
'Cause he can not withstand,
The fact we're not afraid of Trump,
F--- walkin' on egg shells, I came to stomp,
That's why he keeps screamin', "Drain the swamp!",
'Cause he's in quicksand.
It's like we take a step forwards, then backwards,
But this is his form of distraction,
Plus, he gets an enormous reaction,
When he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that,
Instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada,
All these horrible tragedies and he's bored and would rather,
Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.
Then says he wants to lower our taxes,
Then who's gonna pay for his extravagant trips,
Back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions?
Same s--- that he tormented Hillary for and he slandered,
Then does it more,
From his endorsement of Bannon,
Support for the Klansmen,
Tiki torches in hand for the soldier that's black,
And comes home from Iraq,
And is still told to go back to Africa,
Fork and a dagger in this racist 94-year-old grandpa,
Who keeps ignoring our past historical, deplorable factors,
Now if you're a black athlete, you're a spoiled little brat for,
Trying to use your platform or your stature,
To try to give those a voice who don't have one,
He says, "You're spittin' in the face of vets who fought for us you bastards,"
Unless you're a POW who's tortured and battered,
'Cause to him, you're zeros,
'Cause he don't like his war heroes captured.
That's not disrespecting the military.
F--- that! This is for Colin, ball up a fist,
And keep that s--- balled like Donald the b----,
"He's gonna get rid of all immigrants!"
"He's gonna build that thing up taller than this!"
Well, if he does build it, I hope it's rock solid with bricks,
'Cause like him in politics, I'm using all of his tricks,
'Cause I'm throwin' that piece of s--- against the wall 'til it sticks,
And any fan of mine who's a supporter of his,
I'm drawing in the sand a line, you're either for or against,
And if you can't decide who you like more and you're split,
On who you should stand beside, I'll do it for you with this: F--- you.
The rest of America stand up,
We love our military, and we love our country,
But we f---ing hate Trump.

(End lyrics)


Mayan Wisdom Fuels This Reggae-Rock Fusion Band In Mexico

Posted by: Wisdom O. Ogbor - Cancun, Mexico
Posted on: Sunday, October 8th, 2017 - 7:23 am

The story of the ancient Mayan civilization still continues to be told and taught in institutions of learning around the world up till today. The Mayans built magnificent pyramids in Mexico and Central America, from where they studied the stars, the moon, and calculated their own calendar to guide their civilization and protect their people from dangers of natural disasters. The invention of the number zero is credited to the Mayas, because they were the first to note that you could not proceed to the number one, unless you first began from the number zero. The abundance of wisdom from the Mayan civilization is so vast that it still attracts scholars and tourists to the remains of their ancient pyramids where the world continues to study every minute rediscovery of their artifacts.

I was one of the scholars and resident in the land of the Mayas. While I learnt and understood some of the mysteries and fortunes of this great civilization I was also adopted by their descendants, with whom I shared my African culture in music, folklore, and language. I learned from the young and the old, and to my greatest joy, some of what I shared in music has helped to form several musicians who have formed bands of their own and now play great shows all over Mexico. One of these bands is called Chan Santa Roots, a name borrowed from Chan Santa Cruz, the ancient name of the town known today as Felipe Carrillo Puerto, where we lived, and the roots which Africa shares with the Mayas.

I met Neto Chable, the lead singer of Chan Santa Roots during the early days after I had relocated from Tulum to Felipe Carrillo Puerto in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. He was one of the bold kids who came to hang around with me and ask me questions. He had heard that I am a musician and publisher, so he brought some of his writings, and we would sit and chat for long periods of time. Through him, the other kids soon found out that it was safe to talk to this black man who had just moved into their town. Neto likes Jim Morrison, and he talked about all types of music, like rock, jazz, metal, and reggae. His writings highlighted the fact that even though he was a kid of the Mayan civilization, he was still influenced by more music which he had some how learned from the influx of so many other world cultures that were constantly coming in contact with the modern day Mayas. I was quite impressed that a kid of about 12 or 14 like him, living in a quiet Mayan town like Felipe Carrillo Puerto at that time, knew as much as he did.

But Carrillo Puerto was full of its own history too. As the center for the resistance for the Mayans during their fight against colonization by the Spanish and Mexico, some Mayans had escaped from the Carrillo Puerto to Belize, about 150 kilometers away, to rest and regroup when they began to loose their war. While in Belize, many of them formed bonds that followed them back home eventually when it was safe for them to return. With this path paved, some of the contacts that these Mayan warriors of Carrillo Puerto had made with Belize, were with African slaves who were in Belize under the control of the British. Through this relationship, the people of Carrillo Puerto were the very few Mexicans who knew black people well, enjoying their music and culture from Africa. So it was no surprise that Neto’s parents were very familiar with music from Belize like Reggae, Soca, Calypso and Punta. And young Neto himself, and his friends grew up absorbing all these music together with their traditional Mayan folkloric music.

Together with Mario Chan, Saxophone player for Chan Santa Roots and other band members and friends, I was inspired to organize the first Carrillo Roots musical festival in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, where we invited another reggae group known as I & I, who are also a major influence for a lot of young Mayan musicians and youth in Mexico. It was right after that festival that I launched AFRICA FE, an African and Mayan cultural Center in Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Empowered by all these cultural activities, Mayan reggae groups like Chan Santa Roots, Vibrazion Natural, and several others sprang up from Felipe Carrillo Puerto and the neighboring Jose Maria Morelos.

Today, Chan Santa Roots has recorded several CD’s and music, including “Jaguar”, “Amor Paz Y Reggae”, and many more. Members of Chan Santa Roots include Neto Chable Berlin on Lead Vocals, Ginder Rashid Acero Ramirez on Guitar, Alberto Omar Novelo Mex on Keyboards, Mario Mex Novelo on Bass, Cesar Lechuga on Drums, Ruben Alberto Morales on Percussions, Mario Antonio Chan Magana on Saxophone, Jorge Timoteo Hau Galaz on Trumpet and others who have joined and left the group from one time to another.



Posted by: RAW Music - Asaba, Nigeria
Posted on: Monday, August 28th, 2017 - 9:58 am

Gospel music has been an undeniable musical genre all over the world for a very long time now. There are different types of gospel music. There are the ones that some gospel artists have hastily recorded because of greed in an attempt to take advantage of a spiritual audience that responds to anything labeled “gospel”, and there is gospel music that appeals to all across the board. A clear example of the latter category is the musical hit by the awards-winning group The Commodores, with their song “JESUS IS LOVE”, which appealed to lots of people, even if some were not religious.

Guided by this realization, our company has been venturing into the musical genre of gospel, with an eye out for good artists with uniquely produced materials. Since we are a very grassroots organization, we have naturally focused on the artists that are not getting a good break from mainstream production companies. We have also produced some tracks ourselves, like “Let Us Pray” by Roots And Wisdom, but for this write-up, we are focusing on Sister Joy James Nobea, and her gospel track, “I DIDN’T KNOW” .

This track is so prophetically relevant because as we present it now, so many people will find themselves really saying, Hmmmm…. “I didn’t Know that!” .

Many have heard this song, sang it, or even recorded it, without knowing the source of the song, like so many good gospel music. Congregations move with the Holy Spirit when they hear this song, and people immediately identify themselves with the song. Some may not even immediately connect that it is a song strictly recorded as a gospel song. .

As the composer of the song, Sister Joy is very proud at the length her song has gone all over the world. She is only directly connected to the song by a few who have seen her perform it in their churches in Nigeria, and have bought a CD directly from her after each performance. The song is part of a selection of songs in Sister Joy’s only CD release entitled “Identity Heaven”. .

According to Sister Joy, most of the artists who have copied the song do not include the verse in their recordings. Because the chorus is so powerful, that is only what most people remember: “I didn’t know He will answer me this way (3x), He will answer me this way, He will answer me this way…” Thank you Jesus! .

For a good listening of this song, please search for it today on YouTube!




Why Are Governments Around The World Legalizing Marijuana While In Africa, It Is Not So?

Posted by: W.O. Ogbor - Lagos, Nigeria
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 10:25 am
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Posted by: Wisdom O. Ogbor - Asaba, Nigeria
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If Donald Trump Always Hits Back At His Attackers, Why Has He Not Hit Back At Eminem???

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