Good feature by CNN’s Vladimir Duthier who talks to aspiring Nollywood actress Uru Eke about her unconventional path to the Nollywood film industry. Uru Eke started in the IT industry and has now transitioned to Nollywood.
Nice documentary on the National Geographic Channel hosted by Diego Bunuel – about life in Lagos and what confronts a newcomer to the city. Of course, there is an obligatory visit to a Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos.
For those of you in the UK, the BBC will be showing a programme and law and (dis)order in Lagos – hosted by the ever humorous Louis Theroux. Louis somehow gets into the world of Lagos Area Boys.
Should be a fun show.
Sunday October 10, 9PM GMT – BBC2
Some of you might have grown up watching the US kids’ show Sesame Street. Well, Sesame Street is coming to Nigerian television screens. A locally produced version with Nigerian version called “Sesame Square” will be broadcast in Nigeria. It will feature Nigerian characters and voices, including “Zobi, a yam-eating taxi driver, and Kami, a talkative five-year-old living with HIV”.
This is a television programme about Chinese business involvement and investment in Africa. The focus of this video is Chinese business investment in Zambia.
Programmes about Africa coming thick and fast from the BBC. The latest one is called “An African Journey” – hosted by Jonathan Dimbleby. He goes on at odyssey of sorts from Bamako, Mali, to Ghana, then to Lagos in Nigeria.
The BBC’s blurb says that “In Lagos, Nigeria’s business capital, Jonathan Dimbleby sees a different take on a city that is often depicted as a hotbed of violence, crime and corruption. He is taken on a private jet by Africa’s richest man, then savours the creative talents of two of African music’s rising stars who are helping to cement Lagos’s place as the continent’s cultural hub.”
Full programme above, and clips below.
After the “Welcome to Lagos” fiasco, the BBC is running aoother programme tonight at 22:00 (GMT) on BBC4. The BBC says it will be a “film about elite young Nigerians returning to a burgeoning media world in Lagos”.
A link to watch the programme will be posted on here asap after the broadcast.
*Updated* April 30, 2010. Watch part 3:
The Guardian has also posted an interesting editorial article and debate about it:
*Updated* You can watch part 2 here:
For those that missed it, you can watch part 1 of the the BBC programme “Welcome to Lagos” here:
There is also a post by the show’s producer, discussing his experiences of filming in Lagos and the myriad characters he met.
Episode 2 is next Thursday: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s5x5w
Watch the documentary here: http://maxsiollun.wordpress.com/2010/04/15/watch-welcome-to-lagos-bbc2-tv-programme/
After “Blood and Oil” the BBC continues with another programme on Nigeria. The programme is on next Thursday April 15, 2010 at 21:00 on BBC Two (except Northern Ireland (Analogue), Wales (Analogue)).
It is a three part series of programmes on Lagos, Nigeria. The BBC’s synopsis of the programme says that the first episode will uncovers life in Olusosun rubbish dump. “Here, around 1000 people live on top of the rubbish in houses built from scrap. The film follows the daily lives of two men who have become skilled at turning rubbish into gold. Eric, aka Vocal Slender, is a musician, and every bit of scrap he finds brings him one step closer to his dream of launching his music career, but a serious fight nearly ruins his chances.
Joseph is a trader who works hard to provide for his wife and two small children, and who has filled his house with things he has found on the dump. ‘If there was a bigger, dirtier, stinkier dump where I could earn more money for my family, then I’d go there to work,’ he says.
With extraordinary access to some of the poorest parts of town, the series celebrates the resilience, resourcefulness and energy of Lagos’s 16 million inhabitants, and shows how successfully many of its slum dwellers are adapting to the realities of the world’s increasingly extreme urban future.
Thu April, 16 2010 – 21:00 GMT, BBC2
The Guardian and the BBC website also contain excellent summaries of what to expect from the programme.
Well it seems that Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua’s mysterious illness and 6 week absence from the country has been turned into an object of ridicule and comedy by the Nigerian media. American radio and MSNBC television personality Rachel Maddow presented this parody on Yar’Adua’s absence, and on the Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan.