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Frank Rajah Breaks Silence On 2018 African Movie Academy Awards {AMAA}

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Movie director Frank Rajah Arase has been adjudged best director at the 2018 edition of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in Kigali.

He beat a long list of other influential African directors, some of whom are Oscar nominees to win the award. They include Jade Osiberu, Michael Mathews, Safia Djama, Oluseyi Siwoku, Shemu Joyah, Darrell Roodt, Akin Omotosho, Peter Kofi Sedufia and Kenneth Gyang. Frank won with the movie, ‘In My Country’.

In a statement, he described his win as a “very loud one.”

He said he is even more honoured and proud to pick the award because of the jury of the AMAAs which “comprises some of the most formidable film critics, curators, academics and film festival founders on the continent, nay, the world. Several of them are jurors on the boards of the most renowned film festivals in the world. They’ve written texts on African film that are veritable sources for research and have received high acclaim for their personal works in cinema.”

“It is, therefore, difficult to fault their judgment on film. More so, they have never pandered to Nigeria which is the founding and most times host nation of AMAA. As several times, filmmakers from Kenya, Congo and far-flung African countries have won in categories with Nollywood nominees,” he said.

“I’m grateful to AMAA for organising an award that adds a wonderful feather on the cap of African filmmakers. I’m grateful to Peace Anyiam-Osigwe for the vision to have found this great event and to have stayed the course through the years. I’m grateful to my team, the superb crew and indefatigable cast for bringing a hundred percent of their A-game,” he added.

Frank is currently one of Africa’s renowned directors who has directed over 50 movies both in Ghana and Nigeria. He is also known as the father of the new generation of Ghanaian actors like Majid Michel, Jackie Appiah, Yvonne Okoro, Nadia Buari, John Dumelo, Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, Martha Ankomah, Juliet Ibrahim and a host of others.

He has won several awards, including Best African In Drama at 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Awards (AMVCA), Best African Film Art Director (AMVCA 2016), Best African Film Director at Nollywood African Critic’s awards (NAFCA 2011) USA, Best African Film Director, Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA 2012) USA, Best African Film Director at Zulu African Film Awards (ZAFA 2011) London and a host of others.

Below is Frank’s full statement:

MY STATEMENT – AMAA 2018 WIN FOR BEST DIRECTOR.

It happened on the 21st night of October, in the quaint and enchanting city of Kigali in Rwanda.

It happened in the presence of a storied gathering, in a hall lit with the regal glitz of Africa’s finest filmmaking talent from within and beyond the continent.
It happened before millions of fans, critics, entertainment lovers, film buffs and dreamers who aspire to tread this path we’re on, who tuned in to watch the live broadcast of the AMAA 2018 awards.

It isn’t the first time I received an AMAA nomination. I was honoured with the Best Director nomination in 2014 for Princess Tyra, and subsequently, my movies Beyonce’, Somewhere in Africa and Iyore, received multiple nominations and wins in other categories.

In my career as a filmmaker, I have won several Best Director awards and have been nominated more times than I can count.

But this AMAA win, in Kigali, before my colleagues in the confraternity of film and many more watching across the continent, and possibly, the world, was a loud one. Considering the class and caliber of films I was competing with. It is good enough to be excited about.

Even as I write, I’m still giddy with bone-tingling excitement.

To start with, this is AMAA. The jury selection team comprises of some of the most formidable film critics, curators, academics and film festival founders on the continent, nay, the world. Several of them are jurors on the boards of the most renowned film festivals in the world. They’ve written texts on African film that are veritable sources for research and have received high acclaim for their personal works in cinema.

It is therefore difficult to fault their judgment on film. More so, they have never pandered to Nigeria which is the founding and most times host nation of AMAA. As several times, filmmakers from Kenya, Congo and far-flung African countries have won in categories with Nollywood nominees.

Ayuko Babu executive director of the Pan African Film Festival [PAFF], Keith Shiri, June Givanni, Dorothy Wenner, Hyginus Ekwuazi and Shaibu Husseini are just some of the minds who make up the jury, and have made us know truly great African movies like Otelo Burning, Viva Riva, iNumber Number, Vaya and the masterful Timbuktu, by awarding them the top accolades.

You can understand then when I say I attended the event not minding if I win or not. My category was formidable, tough to say the least. I was in competition with movies such as Michael Matthew’s “Five Fingers for Marseille”; Kenneth Gyang’s “ Lost Café”; Akin Omotoso’s “A Hotel Called Memory”; Charles Shemu Joyah’s “ The Road To Sunrise”; Darrell Roodt’s “The Lullaby”; Sofia Djama’s “Les Bienheureux”; Oluseyi Siwoku’s “Cross Road”; Jadesola Osiberu’s “Isoken” and Peter Sedufia’s “Sidechic Gang”.

Folks! Nollywood has upped its game and increased its global viability, I was shoulder to shoulder with some of Nigeria’s finest as well as some of Africa’s great minds. Forgive my lack of faith but I was content to have been nominated. My efforts on “In My Country” had been validated by the Africa movie academy awards {AMAA} with prideful nominations… Sam Dede: Best Actor in a leading role; Okawa Shaznay: Best Actress in a leading role; Austine Enabulele Best young/promising actor; Best Film, Best Nigerian Film, Best Achievement in production design and Best overall film Director and that was good enough for me, so I came to have wine, mingle with my friends and colleagues, and strike up conversations with prospective business partners. Some of these films are also nominated and are in competition for the Oscars, which is the dream of every focused filmmaker.

But then… I won. And I am grateful.

I’m grateful to AMAA for organizing an award that adds a wonderful feather on the cap of African filmmakers. I’m grateful to Peace Anyiam-Osigwe for the vision to have found this great event and to have stayed the course through the years. I’m grateful to my team, the superb crew and indefatigable cast for bringing a hundred percent of their A-game.

A captain is only as good as his crew, and the reason I won is you guys. And to my family for their constant prayers and support, to my fans and lastly, to my partner, the best human I have ever met in my life, an amiable personality, a gentle soul to say the least, Mr Kwame Boadu. You have proven to me that you are not just a friend but a brother. Thank you for all the support, the technical advice and contributions to Raj and Heroes Films.

You are truly the best friend I have ever met. May the almighty God continue to bless and favour your dreams and visions. Thanks a million Mr K Boadu.

Thank you.

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UBA Ghana Donates African Literature Books To Four Senior High Schools To Mark Internatonal Day Of The African Child

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UBA Ghana has donated boxes of various African Literature Books to four Senior High Schools to commemorate the 2021 International Day of the African Child

The beneficiary schools were Accra Academy Senior High School, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Teshie Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra region and St Paul’s SHS in the Volta region.

The International Day of the African Child, is a day set aside to by the United Nations to celebrate Africa children on the 16th of June every year.

This donation is in line with the UBA Foundation commitment to the education of African Youth through the Read Africa Project.

Presenting the books to the various schools, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Henry Nii Dottey, said UBA is committed to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.

“The passion for reading informative and educative books is fast eroding due to the advent of materials on the internet and media content and this is part of the ills we want to correct in the continent’s educational sector”, he said.

He added: “Having identified the need to curb the trend across the continent, the UBA Foundation through the Read Africa has been donating books to encourage reading among junior and senior secondary schools students across Africa”.

Mr. Dottey also used the opportunity to call upon the schools to actively participate in this year’s National Essay Competition. He noted the National Essay Competition provides funding of up to US$10,000 annually and encourage all students to participate in order for them to enhance their chances of living the dreams of tertiary education in any part of Africa.

He added that the vision of Tony Elumelu through the Africapitalism project which seeks to use African resources to develop Africa can only start with the education of our people.

Mr. Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, Headmaster of Accra Academy and Mrs. Gifty Andoh, Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High Schools both expressed their gratitude to UBA for the kind gesture demonstrated towards their schools.

They both assured UBA that the schools will put the books to good use and ensure students read them while encouraging them to start preparing towards this year’s National Essay Competition.

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Sidney Williams tells Hammer, “You Know Too Well Not To Kiss Shatta Wale’s Ass.”

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Sidney A. Williams, a Ghanaian entertainment critic and former radio producer for Y107.9FM in Accra, is dissatisfied with the recent words of renowned music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as “Hammer.”

Sidney’s dissatisfaction comes at the back of Hammer’s recent utterances about Ghanaian journalist Arnold Asamoah Baidoo who described dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as the most “inconsistent and confused” artist.

In a post, Hammer shared a different opinion saying;

“I can’t believe people are celebrating you for being so disrespectful to another human being in the name of what, opinion?” You people live quietly behind closed doors with your imperfections and just because someone’s life is public you think you can have an opinion?

In a new video shared on YouTube, Sidney who feels disappointed at Hammer’s utterances is heard saying;

“The attack on Arnold is so unfair.  It’s so uncalled for. Knowing who Hammer is and the kind of things he’s doing can only be equated to ass-kissing. When people go wrong, it’s only right you allow them to be straightened than to jump behind them for whatever reason.”
He went ahead to advise Hammer to protect his image than speak to kiss ass which will eventually open him up for attacks and insults.

“You only need to be protecting your legendary status and achievements at this time than opening yourself up for attacks for actually saying things that lacks credence.”

Watch Sidney Williams speak out on the Shatta Wale, Hammer and Arnold debacle.

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Kida Kudz Celebrates 2pac’s Birthday In Epic Tribute Video For ‘Makaveli’

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Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz shares an unbelievable tribute video for ‘Makaveli’, his sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur.

Referencing the Hit ‘Em Up (Dirty)’ video, the Biggie & Tupac Doc by Nick Broomfield, the iconic NY Times cover alongside Snoop and Suge Knight, his appearance in Juice and more – it’s a perfectly executed tribute that was conceptualised and styled by Kida himself.

A track that he recorded at home in the UK where he was speaking about how he and his people move in life, ‘All my jigga’s anti-social’, it naturally progressed into being quite inspired by Makaveli and Tupac’s spirit and attitude – one of his biggest influences.

Following the lyrically potent first single Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Smhurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall, ‘Makaveli’ is the third single taken from his highly anticipated new mixtape TOP MEMBA out July 9th and available to pre-order now.

Speaking on the video, Kida said: “Makaveli was shot by my friend Visionnaire Pictures. The idea came from both of us putting our heads together to think of the best 2Pac images and recreate them on a budget in the studio. I styled myself using vintage pieces and a lot of clothes I already owned as I love 90’s fashion… I got the pieces from my wardrobe, ordered some, and got my family members to help out with styling …The thought was to bring 2pac back to life, trying to get it as close as possible…. It’s an energised video from head to toe.”

Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles this Spring, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.

Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university.

Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.

No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.

TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:

  1. Animalistic
  2. Makaveli
  3. Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaz
  4. Nobody Ft. Tanika
  5. Problem
  6. Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
  7. Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
  8. Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
  9. Never Saw Us
  10. Redemption

WATCH: ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli-video

STREAM/SHARE ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli

PRE-ORDER TOP MEMBA: https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-Memba

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