After having made it unto the BBC and several top media platforms, Nigeria’s Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde has sat down with CNN African Voices to talk about her childhood, career and the year’s ahead.
With Nollywood leading film-making in Africa and other industries fast falling behind, we should embrace ourselves for those Nollywood stars who work tireless day in and out to be recognized—and be given such vibrant platforms.
Omotola is said to have appeared in over 300 movies and became the first African celebrity to obtain 1 million fans (likes) on Facebook.
Check out the interview below (more…)
International gospel musician- Muyiwa of Riversongz fame managed to pull Ghana’s Joselyn Dumas and Nollywood heavyweight-Omotola Jalade Ekeinde from Africa to his Concert which took place yesterday at London’s Kentish Town…
The well attended Concert saw our African movie stars bringing out the best out of their wardrobes—and they both look GREAT.
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TIME has published its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, from artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons…
And notably in the list are; Nigeria’s Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kate Middleton, Barrack Obama and AC Milan football star-Mario Balotelli.
I guess Mario ‘Barwuah’ Balotelli is representing Ghana in there…LOL
This is what former Italy star Zola who manages England’s Watford F.C. had to say about ‘Barwuah’ Balotelli…
Mario has all the qualities to be a top player: power and athleticism, alongside a good understanding of the game — all positive.
I worked with Mario for a short period with Italy’s under-21 side. I liked him straightaway. I liked the way he handled himself and his composure and calmness in situations. Mario could shrug off things happening around him. Only the big players have that calm.
Mario can play the big games and handle the crucial moments, but he needs to keep control. That is vital for him.
From afar, people may think he’s a madman, but he isn’t. Mario is a lovely guy, very humble and very funny. I can assure people he has always been a pleasure to deal with. He has returned to Italy from England as the main man with lots of attention. Now he has to ensure he keeps control and keeps focus. Mario loves the pressure, but to succeed, it is about finding balance.
Star actress Jackie Appiah was the only Ghanaian actress courtesy her nomination in the ‘Best Actress in a Drama’ category from the movie ‘Perfect Picture’ to be present at the Cocktail party for the inaugural edition of the AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards, held last night in Lagos-Nigeria.
From the Nigerian’s movie industry known as Nollywood were crème de la crème of their industry. They include legendary Joke Silva, wife of actor Olu Jacobs, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Oge Okoye, ‘Anchor Baby’ star Omoni Oboli, Genevieve Nnaji and several other upcoming actresses. Karen Igho, 2011 winner of Big Brother Africa’s Amplified Edition was also in attendance.
And Director-Shirley Frimpong Manso & her man (Producer) Ken Attoh were there too…
Whose style are you feeling?
The 2013 Screen Nation Film and Television Awards took place today (17th February, 2013) at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London.
Ghanaian Actress-Ama Konadu Abebrse took home the 2013 International African Film Personality award by beating Jackie Appiah (Ghana), Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria), John Dumelo (Ghana), Joseph Benjamin (Nigeria) and Wale Ojo (Nigeria)…
Full List Of All The Winners Coming Soon…
The producers of Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s reality TV series-’The Real Me‘ have started airing the show…
Though the 1st episode is quiet boring to me (This is why I don’t understand who will be watching these African celebrities reality series because they will always be boring), it was shot in Ghana and as such, I have decided to bring it here for you guys to check it out…
Nigerian superstar ‘Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’ has jumped on the celebrity Reality TV badwagon and has released a trailer for her first Reality TV Show-The Real Me…
Filmed on location in Lagos, London, Ghana, Miami and Kingston (Jamaica), Omotola: The Real Me will be screened on AfricaMagic Entertainment, starting on December 6 and premiering a new episode every Thursday (5:30pm/8pm WAT) for 13 weeks.
Check out the trailer below
Hello Chris Vincent and Ghanacelebrities.com. My name is Leslie Berth Walker, a senior film student at the Georgia State University. Your website has been an immense help to me in my study of African Cinema. But today, I read with great disappointment the letter sent you by the AMAA regarding their flawed nominations list.
I have followed the award scheme for 3 years now and attended the one held in Bayelsa last year to cover it for my documentary class. I was quite impressed to see someone rose up to challenge the award nomination list, but to read their response was a great disappointment and a shame to the reputation of the awards.
3 years ago, the award nominated Perfect Picture’s three actresses as leads and all three ladies won. I am surprised that the AMAA are making such a lame excuse for relegating Omotola Jalade Ekeinde’s role in Ties That Bind, which I was privileged to watch at the WOCAF in Atlanta last week, to a supporting role.
The headline for Ties That Bind I believe is 3 women, 3 lives, 1 hope. Omotola did not play a supporting role in Ties That Bind, she is a member of the three women who make up the story. Ama Abebrese may have had more scenes, but that was made possible because of the presence of the clinic and her being a Dr.
Her story did not surround her job, the clinic. The clinic was part of the story as a character because it was used as an element of adumbrating. Each of the women had different stories but they all knew each other, a phenomenon that surely influenced the title, The Ties That Bind. (more…)
GhanaCelebrities.Com has received a release from the chair of the Africa Movie Academy Awards Screening Committee; Shaibu Husseini responding to an article captioned ‘AMAA 2012 Nominations Full of Errors’ which was originated written and published in the Flex Newspaper, a weekly Entertainment newspaper in Ghana.
Below are full excerpts of the release sent to us. (more…)
Whatever Ama Konadu Abebrese is eating has a lot of luck and she got to keep jumping on it… Scratch that! The lady is got talent and for the 2nd time, she has been nominated for AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE for her performance in ‘Ties That Bind’.
Ama K. Abebrese will be battling for the AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE Award with Yvonne Okoro (Single Six), Nse Ikpe Etim (Mr & Mrs), Rita Dominic (Shattered) Uche Jombo (Damage), Millicent Makheido (48) and Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai (Playing Warriors).
Majid Michel has also been nominated in the category-AMAA 2012 BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE for his role in ‘Somewhere In Africa’. His competitors are Menzi Ngubane (How To Steal 2 Million), Chet Anekwe (Unwanted Guest), Jafta Mamabolo (Otelo Burning), Karabo Lance (48), Wale Ojo (Phone Swap) and Hakeem Kae-Kazim -(Man On Ground).
Ghanaian movies ‘Ties That Binds’ and ‘Somewhere In Africa’ have received multiple nominations…
Africa’s most prestigious awards for filmmakers announced this year’s nominees last night in Banjul, Gambia. And guess what, The Ghana Movie Awards nominated/considered Omotola Jalade Ekeinde for her role in ‘Ties That Binds’ to be a lead role, however, the Africa Movie Academy Awards seems to be saying, that is a supporting role fetching her AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE nomination…Do you catch it? LOL!
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Most nominated films include South Africa’s Otelo Burning and How to 2 Steal 2 Million; Nigeria’s Adesuwa; Ghana’s Somewhere in Africa; The Nigerian-South African co-production Man on Ground; and Kenya’s Rugged Priest.
Nigeria received 52 nominations on 17 March 2012 in Banjul, Gambia for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Africa’s most prestigious awards for filmmakers.
South Africa was a close second with 45 nominations, followed by Ghana with 17, Kenya with 14, Uganda with 5, Tanzania with 3, and Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.
There were also nominations for films linked to the Diaspora in America, Canada, France, Germany, Guadalupe, Italy, Jamaica, and the UK.
AMAA received 328 entries from across Africa, up from 220 in 2011. This includes 134 feature films, 88 short films, 57 documentaries and six animations. 43 entries came from Africans in the Diaspora, with the other entries coming from 23 countries across the continent.
South African surfing film Otelo Burning scooped the most nominees (13), followed closely by South African film noir How 2 Steal 2 Million (11) and Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa (10). Ghana’s civil war filmSomewhere in Africa has seven nominations, as does the Nigerian-South African xenophobia-themed coproduction Man on Ground, while Kenya’s Rugged Priest has six.
Dr. Asantewa Olantunji, director of programming of The Pan African Film Festival, headed this year’s jury, which included June Giavanni, programmer for Planet Africa at The Toronto International Film Festival; Keith Shiri, founder and film curator at the London festival, Africa at The Pictures; Dorothee Wenner, a curator at The Berlin Film Festival; Shaibu Husseini, an actor, dancer and The Nigerian Guardian arts journalist; Steve Ayorinde, editor-in-chiefof The Daily Mirror; Ayoko Babu, executive director of The Pan African Film Festival; Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi, a film scholar and critic; and directors Berni Goldblat and John Akomfrah, OBE.
Only films produced and released between December 2010 and December 2011 were eligible.
The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on 22 April 2012, hosted by Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis. For the first time, the awards will be held in Lagos rather than Bayelsa in Nigeria.
“Our theme this year is Africa Rising,” says founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. “Africa’s economies are consistently growing faster than those of almost any other region of the world and our film industries are following suit. With the success of last year’s AMAA winner, Viva Riva!, all of a sudden there’s this great excitement about the potential of the African film industry, which isclearly demonstrated in this year’s diverse nominees.”
For more information, keep an eye on http://www.ama-awards.com
Check out the full list of the nominees below… (more…)