MOVIE REVIEW- LIONHEART “GENEVIEVE IS SO TRIBALISTIC!”

MOVIE REVIEW- LIONHEART “GENEVIEVE IS SO TRIBALISTIC!”
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“Genevieve is so tribalistic” That was what I heard someone who had watched this movie say. So I asked “In what way?” and the person’s reply was “All the characters are Igbos” and my reply “Mtchew”
Funny how someone would watch this movie and call the brain behind it “tribalistic” So this is it, I need to make some people understand. In Nigeria, there are three major tribes, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa and these tribes do movies in their languages. In order to feature in any of their movies you have to have knowledge about the language and must be able to speak the language even if not fluently.
Same applies to the movie Lionheart. I can’t fully call it an Igbo movie because 80 percent of the Language spoken was English. Moreover, the movie has an Igbo setting (South East), hence, speaking the dialect as well as gathering cast that can speak the language was not only a necessity but made the whole film look real. I however have an issue of their refusal to translate the movie to English and any other foreign language may be French or Spanish for a movie that was on Netflix; somehow though

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So moving on, the movie Lionheart was about a young girl Adaeze (Acted by Genevieve Nnaji) who was eager to occupy the seat of the Managing Director- Mr. Obiagu (Acted by Pete Edochie) of the Lion heart transport company who was also her father when he fell sick. She was however shocked when her daddy put his brother- Godswill Obiagu (Acted by Nkem Owoh) instead to manage the company till he fully recovered. Less than 48 hours after Godswill took over as the temporary managing director of the Lionheart transport company, he found out that his brother- Chief Obiagu had acquired too many loans that threatened the existence of the company. Banks wouldn’t give them extension for the payment of loans. They took lots og shits from people as they scampered for help. Adaeze’s male friend- Arinze (Acted by Peter Okoye aka Mr.P) seemed ready to give the money but only conditionally and their major competitor in the transport service- IG Motors owned by Pascal Igwe (Acted by Kanayo. O. Kanayo) is close by waiting to take over Lionheart company in order to wipe off their history. Godswill and Adaeze became restless as they sought ways to uncomplicate the complicated issue Will both be able to save the company? Find out here…

 


I love everything about this movie. The whole cast really interpreted their roles perfectly. Infact I have to give the best acting to Adaeze’s mum-Abigail Obiagu (Acted by Onyeka Onwenu). She was so motherly; he acting was spontaneous in the sense that she acted like there was no camera in front of her. Wherever she spoke their dialect, suited the occasion; she was flawless.
I like the fact that it was easy to tell the number of days, months, years that had passed after a particular scene. I love the fact that they made use of “Morning-Afternoon and Evening scenes” unlike some films where all their scenes only tell that is morning, despite the fact that they go out and return later in the day.

 


My best scene happened to be their dining table or should I say round table discussion @ 1 hour 2 minutes. I mean courtesy demands that there should be no talking while dining. But no doubt, the scene “di(is)” very interesting and funny. Ninety percent of their discussion was done in Igbo Dialect, unfortunately, they did not translate it. To really get the whole dining gist you may have to look for someone who understands the language to explain it to you. Again, that their discussion made me laugh, starting from where Adaeze’s aunty (Ngozi Ezeonu) who asked Adaeze’s mum- Abigail Obiagu (Onyeka Onwenu) if Adaeze was eating at all because she was too slim. Also Mr. Obiagu was funny when he was talking about those that love sagging and asked Adaeze not to marry such people. Also, Godswill was funny when he told Adaeze not to run out of the market of men when being too choosy about a man to settle down with. Also, he got my 32 teeth shining when he called Obiora (Chibuzor Azubuike aka Phyno) “Ifuna ki di dika mili oku omugwo”
Also, Obiora’s (Acted by Phyno) look was funny when his father wanted to mock him and asked him what he was doing for a living when he knew he was into music. Obiora already knew where his daddy was going with the discussion so he did not worry himself about it.
Also, another scene I really liked was that Peter’s scene, perhaps listening to that old jam “Omoge mi by Psquare” is the reason, don’t know…
SOME OBSERVATIONS
If Mr. Godswill Obiagu is the MD of the Lionheart transport company @Owerri headquarter, why bring him to head the Enugu branch, so who would manage the Owerri branch when he is away@ 13 minutes.
I am confused, they collected loans from different banks with one property- the Lionheart transport company, so which bank would eventually claim ownership if they eventually had not been able to meet up.
Mr. Obiagu secured millions of loans when the contract was yet to click. It is somehow securing millionsof loans already for a contract that lots of transport services are vying for and has not been awarded to anyone.
Listening to that psquare tune again, mhen, I really loved it. But why did Genevieve use that tune…
How come it is the external auditors of Lionheart Transport Company that is giving them 30 days ultimatum to pay back the loan they were owing. It shouldn’t come from them but the bank directives. They employed the external auditors and not the other way round.
They obtained loans from different banks and I am sure it was not the same time, so how come all the banks have the same payment deadline.

 


BEST QUOTE
God never gives you a burden that he has not equipped you to carry. @ Onyeka Onwenu @ 57 minutes 20-25 seconds of the movie

 


FUNNY SCENES
Chief Obiagu (Acted by Pete Odochie) just had to make me laugh in the 9 minutes 30 seconds of the movie when his son Obiora (Acted by Phyno) entered his room, he just shook his head. I know he had be like “Is this a son?”
Mr Godswill expression when he told Samuel (Acted by Kalu Ikeagu) “I am impressed @ 14 minutes 41 seconds. Also@ 19 minutes of the movie when he was told that Obiora stays more in the studio because of his music career, and he sarcastically replied “All na work” .Also, when he also said he will go and be resting with his brother.
Costume wise
Just costume
Sound wise
Good
JUST WONDERING
I don’t know o, the constant phone ringing in that their office; was it basically to show that it is truly an office or that they were always busy or their company “di” hot?
How come those three men discussing business did not know that there was an intruder in their midst. I mean from where Mr. Godswill stood, even a partially blind person would have sighted him. Also, wondering how Adaeze was able to locate her uncle @51 minutes 52 seconds of the movie, because, where he passed in was quite different

 


Why external auditors are the ones giving Lionheart transport company 30 days ultimatum to pay back loans. Who should be talking about loan payment, external auditors or the bank management?
The voice over seemed like it was done by Kanu Ikeagwu @ 6 minutes 12 seconds
I hate this blackout @ 7minute 6 seconds
There should have been a follow up on that heart attack chief had (hospital scene or better still a nurse attending to him in their house not just him watching television), like a continuity rather than quickly introduce another character in person of Kanayo the owner of IG motors. @ 7 minutes 12 seconds
I don’t understand why the female auditor couldn’t complete her speech, it made it look like she was suffering from Amnesia. I mean she was talking about an appointment scheduled for a particular time, but the other auditors were the ones including the time for her. @25minutes. Somehow, is that a display of boss or what? Or perhaps they wanted to be funny? That was not funny at all
I don’t understand @ 26 miuntes, I thought they were the ones that employed the auditors, how come they said they owed them 950 million naira.
Are these auditors from the bank or from the company, because they look more like the bank. If they work for Lionheart transport company, then their dialogue is wrong @27 minutes
@ the 32 minutes of the film, why did the owner of IG motors say he did not want to be disturbed, both Adaeze and mr. Godswill were not coming to see him
@39 minutes, I wonder why he- Kanayo O Kanayo was shining his eyes like that

 


CONFUSING SCENE: NIL
Overall rating for the movie Lionheart
STRUCTURE: Good Beginning, Good Middle, somewhat Ending
SOUND: Good
DIALOGUE: Good
CHARACTERS: Familiar faces and new faces
SCREEN PLAY: Good
SHOTS: Bright shots
LOCATION: Nigeria- Kano and Enugu.
REMARK: It is not one of those movies one may be interested in watching again after the first view. It has no action and was not translated. Nothing intriguing about the movie
RATE: 6/10

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CAST
GENEVIEVE NNAJI ACTED AS ADAEZE; NKEM OWOH ACTED AS GODSWILL OBIAGU; PETE EDOCHIE ACTED AS CHIEF ERNEST OBIAGU, ONYEKA ONWENU ACTED AS ABIGAIL OBIAGU; PETER OKOYE ACTED AS ARINZE, NGOZI EZEONU ACTED AS CHIOMA OBIAGU; KALU IKEAGWU ACTED AS SAMUEL AKAH; CHIBUZO AZUBUIKE AKA PHYNO ACTED AS OBIORA; SANI MUA’ZU ACTED AS ALHAJI DANLADI MAIKANO; YAKUBU MOHAMMED ACTED AS HAMZA MAIKANO; KANAYO.O.KANAYO ACTED AS IGWE PASCAL; JEMIMA OSUNDE ACTED AS ONYINYE; NANI BOY ACTED AS THE DRIVER FOR PEACE TRANSIT; NGOZI OKONKWO ACTED AS THE PASSENGER FOR PEACE MASS TRANSIT

 


WRITERS: GENEVIEVE NNAJI; CHINNY ONWUGBENU; C.J OBASI, ISHAYA BAKO; EMIL GARUBA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: GENEVIEVE NNAJI; CHINNY ONWUGBENU
PRODUCERS: CHINNY ONWUGBENU; CHICHI NWOKO; OLIVER ALEOGENA
DIRECTOR: GENEVIEVE NNAJI
DURATION: 1 HOUR 34 MINUTES
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(+BIOGRAPHY) “TONY ELUMELU” OGEFASH BLOG CELEBRITY FOCUS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH “A FORCE TO RECKON WITH!”

(+BIOGRAPHY) “TONY ELUMELU” OGEFASH BLOG CELEBRITY FOCUS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH “A FORCE TO RECKON WITH!”

Our celebrity focus for the month of March is one of Africa’s 20 Most Powerful People according to “Forbes” Magazine. He is also 100 most influential Africans in Business according to “New African” Magazine. He goes by the name Anthony Onyemaechi Elumelu fondly called Tony Elumelu.
Tony Elumelu is a well known name in Nigeria and overseas. He is a mentor, investor, economist, philanthropist, africapitalist and entrepreneur. He is a leading and a very successful entrepreneur not only in Nigeria, Africa but worldwide.

He is one business mogul one would gladly miss a three-day meal (Which can be likened to a 3-day-fast) just to have an encounter with him cause surely that encounter with him is certainly an encounter with greatness. A day with him and you will surely acquire vast amount of knowledge on entrepreneurship and networking.
He is an entrepreneur that wastes no time in putting huge sums of money in anything concerning entrepreneurship likewise in investing in entrepreneurs. He has the interest of entrepreneurs at heart. Typical of Aries, he is very supportive of entrepreneurs and gives them a push in all ways.

He is the brain behind Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). TEF is an African-based/funded philanthropic foundation that on a yearly basis empowers not only Nigerian entrepreneurs but African entrepreneurs that have brilliant business ideas with 100 Million US Dollars making each of the beneficiary receive at least $5000 seed capital, business training, access to mentors and opportunities to network and share a global stage. Tony Elumelu’s reason for setting up the foundation is to drive Africa’s economic development as well as prove that the African private sector can be the major initiator of economic development.

His excellence in matters relating to businesses cannot be overlooked; little wonder he has risen to top ranks over time. His excellence is also evident in his role as chairman of several establishments such as Heirs Holdings (A company that invests in financial services, energy, real estate and hospitality, agribusiness and healthcare sectors), Transnational Corporation of Nigeria aka Transcorp (A publicly quoted conglomerate that has business interests in the agribusiness, energy and hospitality sectors) and one of the leading banks in Africa- United Bank for Africa aka UBA (He transformed UBA from a single country bank to Pan-African institution)


Although Tony Elumelu hails from Onicha-Ukwu in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State, he was born to the family of Dominic and Suzan Elumelu in Jos, Plateau, Nigeria in the year 1963, three years Nigeria gained its independence. Born with the Zodiac sign Aries -22nd March, the intellectual entrepreneur would be 55 in few days’ time. He is married to a woman with ingenuity and beauty- Dr. Awele Vivien Elumelu. Dr Elumelu is a medical doctor and she and her husband have seven children together.

Tony Elumelu is the originator of the term “Africapitalism”. He says Africapitalism is an economic philosophy that embodies the private sector’s commitment to the economic transformation of Africa through long term investments that create both economic prosperity and social wealth.

He is a great personality with no controversies surrounding him despite how influential he is.
He is very imaginative and he is one personality you would wish to be infected with his kind of entrepreneurship skills and accomplishments. His unshakable focus has earned him his stance today.

SOME CREDITS…

The Federal government of Nigeria granted him the title of member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR)
2008 African Banker of the Year by African Banker Magazine
Awarded National Honour of Commander of the order of Niger (CON) in 2012 for his service in promoting private enterprise
Awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree from Benue State University and an honorary doctorate of business administration from the University of Nigeria Nsukka
Received the Leadership Award in Business and Philantrphy from the Africa- America Institute (AAI) Awards
Named African Business Icon t the 2013 African Business Awards

BOOKS
How to excel at work (By Bili A. Odum but inspired by Elumelu’s work ethics)
Power of vision

TONY ELUMELU’S TOP TEN RULES FOR SUCCESS
1. Stay focused 2. Have a vision 3. Read & Execute 4. Seize the opportunities
5. Be disciplined 6. Work hard 7. Impact others: 8. Don’t disappoint
9. Create good service 10. Think about your legacy
Indeed you would agree with me that while studying at both Ambrose Alli University (Bachelor’s degree) and at the University of Lagos (Masters of science degree), as well as under Professor Porter at Harvard Business School (Professor Porter is the founding Patron of the Tony Elumelu Foundation) the schools passed through him and not just the other way round

References
Wikipedia
Evancarmichael; TEF SUCCESS RULES- https://www.youtube.comwatch?v=pgsWYiA96ak

#UBAUK @UBAGROUP #UBAGROUP #AFRICASGLOBALBANK@tonyelumelufoundation http://www.ubamali.com @tonyElumelu #tonyElumelu

(+SYNOPSIS) THROWBACK MOVIE: MORE THAN A SECRET 1-4

(+SYNOPSIS) THROWBACK MOVIE: MORE THAN A SECRET 1-4

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THROWBACK MOVIE- MORE THAN A SECRET/100 PERCENT SECRET

Wowi, this is more than a secret, a 100% secret.  Just that it is a throwback movie, a lot to really critique…

It is a 2012 movie and has four parts. Parts 1 and 2 are titled 100% secret while Parts 3 and 4 are titled More than a secret

Anita’s (Jackie Appiah) first sexual attempt in secondary school resulted in pregnancy. Unfortunately, the guy- Collins (Fredrick Leonard) that slept with her already left her secondary school so she was unable to tell him. Anita dropped out of school to have a child and after giving birth, her parents took care of the baby girl- Bridget (Acted by Christabel Ekeh (Senior) and Adedoyin Tolulope (Junior). Bridget grew up taking Anita as her elder sister.

Years later,  Anita met a new guy – Greg (Acted by David Osei). However, Greg after promising Anita marriage for years immediately absconded after his uncle promised him a better life Abroad. He left Anita alone with the sole responsibility of taking care of their grown up child and unborn child. Disheartened Anita returned to her parents house who had warned her to stay away from Greg because he was not taking any step to marrying her.

Moving on with her life, Anita decided to keep the birth of her children a secret. She either flogged them or insulted them anytime they called her mummy. Her supposed sister- Bridget, though younger hated her for the way she treated her own children. Anita lived  a very secretive life.

One day, she came across Collins again and they both married oblivious that they have had an encounter together when they were smaller. Anita kept on being secretive about the children.

Soon Anita’s whole life started crumbling when Bridget discovered the truth about her birth; that Anita gave birth to her. She hated her mother Anita and sought ways to get back at her. She decided to start out with Anita’s husband, oblivious that he was her father…Would Bridget regret her actions? Find out below

CAST

JACKIE APPIAH- ANITA, PRINCE DAVID OSEI-GREG, FREDRICK LEONARD-COLLINS, KEN ODURUKWE- AMADI, FLORENCE SUNDAY OTIH- NDIDI, CHRISTABEL EKEH- BRIDGET, AMANDA EBEYE- TARRIS, NKEM IKE-MITCHELL, SAM SUNNY-FRED, ADEDOYIN TOLULOPE- JNR BRIDGET, BUCHI JEFEREY- HARRIET, PEGGY LENSHALIN- SHEVGET, BETH NJOKO- LILLIAN, KINGSLEY BASSEY- EDWARD, EBUBE HALIM-ROSA, YETUNDE JOHNSON-RITA, MAUREEN GINIKA-MABEL; CALISTA OKORONKWO-MITCHELL JUNIOR, EMEKA DURU- JUDE, PRECIOUS OKEKE-COLLINS JNR, UGONNA CHINEYE-ANITA JNR, VICTORIA ADESEYE-ROSA JNR, MONYE WANDA- TOBI, UCHENNA MBUNABO-HOTEL MANAGER

PRODUCERS

Amarachukwu Umeh, Blessung Umeh

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Okechukwu Umeh

A GREAT LIGHT MOVIE PRODUCTIONS- 2012

STORY BY PRINCE KINGSLEY UGOCHUKWU

SCREENPLAY- UBONG BASSEY NYA

Pt 1- 1 hour 4 minutes; Part 2-  56 minutes

Part 3-1 hour 8 minutes; Part 4- 1 hour 2 minutes

IMAGES FROM THE MOVIE “MORE THAN A SECRET”

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I WANT TO SPEAK HAUSA TODAY (CLASS 160)

I WANT TO SPEAK HAUSA TODAY (CLASS 160)

 

Do you have an Hausa friend or customer, and you feel like surprising them by speaking their language? Ogefash’s blog has got you covered. Put down a word, and we will translate it in Hausa for you.

For the next few months we would be learning numbers in Hausa. Today’s words…

ENG/HAUSA: BOOK/LITTAFI

ENGLISH

HAUSA

ONE

DAYA

TWO

BIYU

THREE

UKU

FOUR

HUDU

FIVE

BIYAR

ENG: I HAVE ONE BOOK

HAUSA: INA DA LITAFFI DAYA