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Oscars body launches new initiatives to support women filmmakers

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The organisers of the Oscars announced a string of new initiatives on Thursday aimed at encouraging female filmmakers.

Called “Action: The Academy Women’s Initiative,” the program will include a one-year fellowship for women filmmakers and executives, a lunch that will bring together women across the industry, and a directory aimed at improving female networking and hiring opportunities.

The announcement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed pressure from women in the movie industry for stronger voices, better pay and more jobs behind and in front of the camera.

“As we continue to advocate for inclusion, we are honored to bring Academy members and the filmmaking community together to support women in all stages of their careers,” Academy Chief Executive Dawn Hudson said in a statement.
The Women of the Academy lunch will take place in London and Los Angeles later this month.

The one-year fellowship will be awarded to an emerging woman filmmaker in the United States, and in Britain.

The Academy, whose 8,000 members vote on the annual Oscars, has made efforts in the past two years to diversify its mostly white, old, and male-dominated ranks by inviting hundreds of women and people of color to join its ranks.

In 2016, the Academy vowed to double its number of women and diverse members by 2020.

According to a June report by the Directors Guild of America, only 16 percent of the 651 movies released in the United States in 2017 were directed by women. (NAN/Reuters)

Everything We Learnt From ‘An Evening With Chimamanda Adichie’ Hosted By Workstation

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Chimamanda Adichie was in Lagos recently for a hangout tagged ‘An Evening With Chimamanda’ hosted by Workstation.

A couple of attendees went to social media to share everything the learnt. Adichie shared her thoughts on feminism in Nigeria and Africa as a whole and everything in between.

Unfortunately, we were not able to attend the event but in curated content from attendees, here is the crust of the discussion.

Equal Opportunities for Both Men and Women

In a world where, you are ridiculed and asked to step back in diverse scenerios because you are a woman, equal opportunities for both men and women is what feminism should really be about. We often misconstrue feminism as the fight for whether women have the right to walk naked on the streets or not. Sadly in Africa, feminism is the fight for equal opportunities for girls and women like the teenagers who are sold into marriages in Beecheve community, Cross River.

Female youngsters who are told not to go into certain careers because they are not men. Young ladies who face sexual harassment and obligatory conditional advancement because they are women. These are the people feminism is and should fight for.

Male Children are Human Too

Male children are born with too many expectations that often defy logical thinking. Men are not expected to cry, men are expected to bear the brunt of ever responsibility “like a man” they will say. Why is it that we often forget that they also have emotions. Masculinity is not being ashamed of vulnerability

Bride Price Should Be Symbolic Exchange Not Exchange of Actual Cash

Adichie insisted that bride price should be symbolic, not exchange of actual raw cash. I completely agree with her. We have to abolish this mentality of after all, we paid your bride price, that means we own you. The husband’s family should be made to understand that bride price is a symbolic exchange doesn’t mean, you have come to buy a slave.

Dear Pretty Mike, Sex Has Nothing to Do With Women Empowerment

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In a recent Instagram post, Club owner, Eze Nwalie Nwogu popularly known as Pretty Mike wrote

SEX is one way women can keep controlling men. That’s why you see a 19 year old girl causing a 45 year old man to behave like a 13 year old boy.
Sex has done well for women empowerment because women are the gatekeepers of companionship, sex and satisfaction.

Men condone very disrespectful behaviors from very young girls of their daughter’s age because they are hoping to have sex.
So many beautiful and smart women have benefited uncommon favours and placements from powerful men who would do anything to have sex.
Meanwhile, men are expected to hustle and die for half the benefits being handed to sexy girls for nothing🙈😂.
No thanks to men’s high sexual drive and the steady overration of sex, women have managed to make the world believe that men want and enjoy sex more than women.

A woman can manipulate a man’s attention, kindness and obligations through smart adjustments and rationing of sex. That’s why a guy will keep chasing the girl he is yet to sleep with.

There is a growing number of emotionally strong and mentally commanding young girls who have mastered the game of sexual consenting and rationing and they are using that knowledge to empower themselves.
Sexual consent propaganda is a powerful weapon women have used to bring men down. It’s crazy but I think sex has unimaginably helped women empowerment and the fight for equality.

Here is a fact, women using sex for conditional advancement is not a form of empwerment.

Women empowerment is not using a body part to acquire things or move forward in life.

The main principle of women empowerment is empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.

All The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards 2018 Dresses We Loved

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The Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in televisionn and film, voted on by the general public.

The 2018 edition which was hosted IK and Minnie Dlamini was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites.

Cobhams, Falz, Adekunle Gold also dazzled the audience at AMVCA 2018 Stage.

Here are a few dresses we loved at the AMVCAs 2018.

 

Bisola Aiyeola

Nancy Isime

Ngozi Nwosu

Toyin Abraham

Fathia Williams

Stephanie Coker

Here is a list of nominees and winners.

Best Sound Editor

Tatu – Kolade Morakinyo and Pius Fatoke WINNER

Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare

Alter Ego – Zezom Gnawni

Ojukokoro – Dayo Thompson

Hakkunde – James Coon Falcon

Best Picture Editor

Idemuza – Aloaye Omoake

18 Hours – Mark Maina WINNER

Alter Ego – Moses Inwang/Tunde Bakare

Hakkune – Asurf Oluseyi

Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Lighting Designer Movie/TV Series

Tatu – Akpe Ododoru, Tunde Akinniyi WINNER

Kada River – Godwin Gata

Hidden – Agbo Kelly

Lotanna – McBaror

Children of Mud – Sunday Olalekan

Best Cinematography Movies/TV series

Tatu – Akpe Ododoru

Idemuza – Dickson Godwin

T-Junction – Lester Millado

The Torture – Rwamusigazi Kyakunzire

Okafor’s Law – Yinka Edward WINNER

Alter Ego – Bishop Blunt/Adeoye Adeniyi

Best Costume/Designer Movie or TV Series

Tatu – Yolanda Okereke

Isoken – Jade Osiberu

Potato Potahto – Christie Brown

Hakkunde – Joan Gbefwi

The Bridge – Ngozi Obasi and James Bessinone WINNER

Best Short Film/Online Video

The Housewife – Jay Franklin Jituboh

Tolu – Nadine Ibrahim

Penance – Micheal Ama Psalmist’ Akinrogunde WINNER

Lodgers – Ken Ogunlola

Tanwa, The Child We Wanted – Adenike Adebayo

Best Documentary

The Flesh Business – Dennis Wanjohi WINNER

Nightfall in Lagos – James Amuta

God’s Wives – Bolanle Olukanni

Omidan, Styles Defunct by Ayaworanho3d – Aderemi Davies

Calabar Carnival: What the People Think – Oghenefego Ofili

Best Make-Up Artist Movie/TV Series

Tatu – Thelma Ozy Smith, Hakeem Effect Onilogbo WINNER

Ojukokoro – Sandra Oyiana

What Lies Within – Cynthia Ububa

Disguise – Hakeem Effect

Lotanna – Nnenna Emekalam

Best Art Director

Isoken – Jade Osiberu

Tatu – Don Omope, Yolanda Okereke, Segun Arinze, Tolu Awobiyi

Children of Mud – Imoh Umoren

Lotanna – Tunji Afolayan WINNER

Idahaso Trails – Stanlee Ohikhuare

Hidden – Jibril Mailafia

Best Soundtrack Movies/TV Series

M0 – Tom Koroluk

Banana Island Ghost – Enyi Omeruah and Funbi Ogunbanwo

Bella – Andrew Ahuura

Tatu – Evelle WINNER

Idahosa Trails – Oriri Osayamore

18 Hours – Jacktone Okore

Janet Jackson Made for Now Yoruba Intro at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Was Lit

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Janet Jackson performed her hit single Made for Now at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Daddy Yankee and the performance was lit.

Why,because the intro was in yoruba and the 5 sec drums and sound was everything about that performance.

The drummers sang “Asiko Ope, Janet ti de,” which translates Let us rejoice, Janet is here.

Music is universal and the sound is embedded in our heart.

Here is the video

Janet Jackson scored her 41st entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated Sept. 1) as her collaboration with Daddy Yankee, “Made For Now,” debuts at No. 88.

Accordin to Nielsen Music, 3.7 million U.S. streams and 20,000 downloads sold in its first full tracking week (ending Aug. 23).

 

Linda Ikeji’s Love Letter to Her Unborn Son is a Must Read for All Millennial Women

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The popular blogger wrote an instagram post on her love for babies and her expectations for her unborn son. The happy mother to be who is currently in the United States of America is awaiting the birth of her son has been sharing her joy on social media.

She mentioned her babysitting years and the joy she felt when her siblings started having babies and how she is still finding it hard to believe that her own baby is almost here.

I love children so much. I’m particularly obsessed with babies. I grew up in a compound with a lot of neighbours and believe it or not, as a teenager/young woman, I was the unofficial resident babysitter. I swear, ask my siblings. I literally carried all the newborn babies born in that compound at a period of time until they grew up to a certain age. Their mums used to come drop the babies at our house whenever they were tired or wanted to go out, this was, of course, to the annoyance of my family..lol. .

The first baby I carried was a boy named Makoba (wonder where he is now, this was about 20yrs ago). From the first day I carried him, I didn’t want to let him go. So every time I had free time, and his mum hadn’t brought him to me, I would walk two floors up, knock on his family’s door and ask them if they wanted me to take the child off them for a while. I was always happy when they said yes. After him other mums started dropping their kids with me. .

Back then my sisters and I used to take turns to cook every day of the week. So whenever it was my turn to cook and I was babysitting and they insisted I go cook, I’d tell my sisters to either hold the baby for me so I could go cook or they go cook. They always chose the latter. Lol.
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Then my siblings started having children & I started to feel more joy. These were no longer neighbours’ or friends’ children, these were my nephews and nieces. My family! And carrying them brought me even more joy. If I was planning to go out and I heard my beautiful nephews and niece were coming over to the house, most times, I change plans and just stay home with them. There’s no greater joy for me than being around them .

So now imagine soon I will look down at a baby, and it won’t be a neighbor’s child, a friend’s child, a sister’s child, but my own child, my own flesh and blood, carried in my womb. My own son. It’s surreal. I can’t get over it. .
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Dear son, you are my greatest dream realized and I can’t wait to meet you! I plan to be one of the best mums the world has ever seen. Thanks for choosing me ❤
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Sometimes I wonder what he will look like. His dad is tall, dark and handsome and I’m cute too so fingers crossed 😍😂

Tiwa Savage’s Rant About Being A Millennial African Woman is Spot On

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Being a Millenial African woman has a lot of downsides. Even celebrities feel the brunt. No achievement is enough, you are measured on the same scale. Making history or remaking it doesn’t cut it.

Millenial African Women have to bear the brunt of judgement on scales of marital life and having a “man over your head.”

Tiwa wrote “tired of proving me,” who wouldn’t be. While people celebrate her success, they also reprimand her marital life. We hear rumours like she is dating Wiz Kid. On one of the biggest nights of her career, the news still had to be about her husband, Tunji Balogun popularly known as Tee Billz.

For the Millenial African Woman, fame and fortune are never enough, there has to be a man linked to your success or else that success will be misconstrued by the society.

Amongst ourselves, we have to deal with the haters who point out how many times you have been single and how your inability to find a smart, intelligent caring man you can spend the rest of your life with is your fault.

Haters remind you, they compare you, each and every single day. As an unmarried Millenial African woman who is also an entrepreneur, I have had to deal with neighbours asking me when I am getting married, clients teasing me about getting a man.

It is never enough that you are successful in your career, the only justification for success if having a husband.

I know a couple of Millenial African women who cannot buy a car even when they can afford to buy three because according to societal standards, a woman who has a car and isn’t married won’t get a husband.

Tiwa Savage Selling Out O2 Arena is a Triumph for African Female Musicians

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Tiwa Savage sold out the Indigo at the O2 Arena, in London, United Kingdom. It was a classic night of savage music and dance.

Tiwa even perfomed while holding her son Jamil on stage. The Savage Tour had tickets sold out hours before the event.

The Indigo is 3k capacity and the event had opening acts from the mavin family  from Don Jazzy to Reekado Banks, D’ija and Dr Sid.

In recent times, this is the first time a female African artiste will be headlining a tour that attracts this kind of crowd.

It’s an incredible win for every female artise coming out of African hoping to thrill the world with her brand of music.

Girls are not sex objects, says ex beauty queen, Chioma Obiadi

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Immediate past Miss Nigeria, Chioma Obiadi, has advised young girls and women to flaunt their gender with dignity to protect them against being used as sex objects.

Obiadi spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos on her pet project, “Green Girl”, which projected decency and dignity of the female gender.
She said that it was wrong for young girls and women to be seen as sex objects by the men folks in the society.

“I think it is completely wrong for women to be seen as sexual objects by the men folk in the society, it is totally degrading and terrible.

“Those men who see girls as sex objects are opportunists who capitalise on the weakness of female gender and use it for their selfish interests,” she said.

According to her, many girls fall victims out of desperation for wealth or positions which can be avoided through self-development and achievement.

The 24-year-old beauty queen reminded girls that their bodies were meant to be the temple of God which must not be defiled but accorded some respect.

Chioma, a Geography student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra, frowned at the manner some girls threw themselves at men who capitalised on their weaknesses.

“It is really disheartening to see the way some of our girls flaunt themselves on men just to get one favour or the other from them.

“Those who go into such acts are not good representation of the female gender and as such I advise ladies to display serious mindedness.

“There is no situation you cannot overcome through self-achievement, no need to look for short cut with selling of your God made temple, we must stop it,”she said.

She noted that if ladies could carry themselves with dignity, no man would be able to abuse them or bastardised their womanhood.

“In all of these, I think women should say ‘no to nudity’ and then the men would have no choice than to follow suit in maintaining a sane relationship with women,” she said.

On her pet project, Chioma said she had gone round schools where she spoke with young girls and boys on keeping themselves and their environment clean, decent and disciplined. (NAN)

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