The Abuja International film Festival is coming!!! The Festival is affiliated to four major international festivals; DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, DAHLEGONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GEORGIA, ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AND COMMONWEALTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL.
The festival would be from the 25th of september to the 28th of September 2007. I know i'm telling you guyz a bit too early but i want to get you guyz prepared for it when it comes. Fidelis Duker is in charge of the team organising it. He used to be an actor i think cos i've heard the name before. The Dubai Film Festival just came and went and loads of big Hollywood stars attended. Hope ours will be bigger and beta. To find out more about the festival, visit www.nffo.org
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Our compatriot, 21-year old Iwuchukwu Amara Tochi was hanged in Singapore on Friday, January 26, despite pleas from the Nigerian Government, the international human rights lobby and the media. The Singapore authorities simply behaved true to type, demonstrating once again zero tolerance for drug trafficking. Tochi's death has filled all Nigerians with a feeling of compassion, and in some instances outrage: first, there was the expressed concern that the young man did not get a fair trial, second, it was felt that the Nigerian government interceded on his behalf rather too late (where were they when the trial was still going on?); third, it is generally believed that the trial failed the ordinary man's test; the case against Tochi was not proven beyond reasonable doubt, the Singaporean authorities were too rigid in applying the law.
In the eyes of the Nigerian public, the Singapore President, S. R. Nathan, the Prime Minister Lee Loong and the Chief Justice Yong Pung How, are too blood minded. Tochi was sentenced to death by hanging for being in possession of 727 grams of diamorphine. The trial court itself established that he was not aware that the capsules that had been given to him by a certain Mr Smith in Pakistan contained hard drugs; he was told that they contained African medical herbs.
This should serve as advice for people travelling to & from anywhere in the world. DO NOT collect packages from people. No matter who they are, so we can avoid things like this. I heard from someone that a girl who i knew right back when i was in naija got caught at Manchester airport with cocaine. I happen to know that this girl comes from a very well known family in naija and so for sure, she was not planning to sell the cocaine. As for if it was for her own personal use, i don't know. Just let's be careful. May Amara Tochi's soul Rest In Peace.
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Posted by chidi at 12:26 PM
The Future awards is an awards show aimed at celebrating & honouring young Nigerians who are making impacts in their various fields. The award took place on the 14th of January 2007 at the Muson Centre in Lagos.
ACTOR OF THE YEAR: Omono Imobhio
BEST USE OF GOODWILL: TELD
BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY: Lanre Lawal (Multimedia Guru)
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (BEAUTY & STYLE) : Bola Balogun & Yemi Akerele (Exclusive Styling and Imaging Consultants)
ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Funke Bucknor (CEO Zapphire Events)
JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR: Shina Oyetayo (TELL)
MODEL OF THE YEAR: Doyin Haastrup
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR: D'banj
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR: Juice
ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Ikponwusan Osakioduwa(WildChild)-Temptation Nigeria/Studio 53
PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: Modupe Adefeso- Director YDNX (Youth Dynamix)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR: Denrele Edun (Soundcity)
YOUTH ADVOCACY: Gbenga Sesan (Nigeria's Information Technology Youth Ambassador)
YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR: Tara Fela- Durotoye (Make-Up Entrpreneur; House of Tara and Orekelewa Makeup)
All the winners got a night for couples at the winners After-Party at the Miccom Golf Resorts in Ada, Osun State. They also got mobile phones from Ericsson & Celtel, goodie bags( from Tiger Tem), a free one year membership of the British Council, a choice of books from Farafina,an autographed copy of Kaine Agary's book " Yellow Yellow" and one full day of pampering at the Venivici spa. Lucky them!!!
Posted by chidi at 11:31 AM