A new book, titled Ladies Calling the Shots, written by Niran Adedokun, was, on Monday, presented in Lagos.
The book celebrates 16 outstanding Nollywood female directors.
Adedokun said he focused on them to serve as an inspiration for upcoming directors and to highlight their contributions to the creative industry.
The ladies are Lola Fani-Kayode, Amaka Igwe, Remi Vaughan-Richards, Midred Okwo, Patience Oghre-Imobhio, Tope Oshin, Stephanie Linus, Adeola Osunkojo, Blessing Egbe, Belinda Yanga-Agedah, Ola Selhurst, Ena Edosio, Omoni Oboli, Grace Edwin-Okon, Funke Fayoyin, Vanessa Nzediegwu and Ronke Macaulay.
Speaking at the event held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, Adedokun commended the ladies for standing out among their peers.
He said, “Directors, by the nature of their work, call the shots. Everybody knows that men have been doing these things. There is so much focus on what men do without realising that there are women who do the same and are doing it well.
“I have chronicled the lives of the ladies – their trials and triumphs. There are certain things that influenced where they are today and that is what we have in the book.”
Commenting on the project, the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, said it would help to boost the interest of females in the film industry.
He said, “You have done a great job by recognising a special part of Nollywood. You deserve kudos too. The kind of support we (Lagos State Government) are giving to the creative industry is much. This is to say that salvation does not lie with agriculture only, but also in creative economy and that is why we are supporting the creative industry.”
One of the directors featured in the book, Okoh, commended the author for finding the 16 directors worthy.
She urged that more efforts should be made to document the roles of females in the creative industry.
A media executive, Toni Kan, who reviewed the book, described it as a tribute and celebration, handbook and moving history.
He said, “Nollywood actors have fared better than their peers in other parts of the world. This book is important, timely and ground breaking.
“There is a need to document the successes, nemesis and achievements of our creative directors. We must begin to write about people who are great.”
Noble Igwe, AY Makun Clash On Twitter Over Comedians Who Invite Politicians To Their Shows
Popular figures, Noble Igwe and AY Makun, have clashed on Twitter owing to the former’s tweet that comedians allow politicians to come to their shows and pay for expensive tables.
AY Makun, who is a stand-up comedian, then took it upon himself to defend himself and his colleagues. He replied Noble Igwe thus:
“A comedian was with d people at Lekki Tollgate while u were busy tweeting last night. Today is not d day to discuss a baseless tweet. I will still love you like a brother & educate you later on the principles of buying and selling. Gucci never asked hushpuppi his sources of income”
Noble Igwe also replied. He wrote:
“You know what’s funny? Same way I twitted about bloggers, musicians and comedians, the same thing I said about all of us taking power into our hands but you decided to tweet these things and still say ‘I still love you’ Carry on!”
See their exchange below:
‘Zero Accountability, Pure Wickedness’ – Banky W Lambasts Lagos Govt
Nigerian entertainer, Bankole Wellington, better known as Banky W, has accused the government of zero accountability and pure wickedness.
Saddened by the recent turn of events regarding the End SARS protests, the R&B singer cum actor took to his Twitter page to ask what the government is doing to fish out the perpetrators of the Lekki Massacre that took place at the Tollgate on Tuesday.
In his words:
“Who authorized soldiers to shoot at peaceful protesters? Why were the lights turned off shortly before they came? Why are so many warehouses being discovered filled with food meant for feeding our poor? Why were looters allowed to destroy our businesses? Zero accountability. Just wickedness.”
See his tweet below:
Actor Deyemi Okanlawon Reveals Next Strategy For #EndSARS Protests
Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon, has shared the better strategy for the ongoing End SARS protests. The actor took to his Twitter page to advise that it is better to challenge the government of the day without endangering the lives of people.
Information Nigeria recalls key players at the beginning of the protests identified as Feminist Coalition recently released a statement in which they state that they are no longer receiving funds for the protest.
The movie star now thinks it is necessary to avoid going out to the streets where there could be danger. In his words:
“What can online protesting achieve? The protests worked because we were able to hit the govt where it hurts – their pocket. What we shld be looking for are other ways to hit their pocket without exposing any more of us to the danger of an irresponsible, murderous govt #EndSARS”
See his tweet below:
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