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Movie Review On LIONHEART: “It Was Genevieve’s Directorial Debut And She Totally Nailed It” : Anoke Adaeze

It’s better stale than not at all, aye?

I’ve been up to my neck with a million and one things to do since the inception of this delightfully new year, but I know this girl wouldn’t quite forgive herself if she totally failed to give her two cents on Netflix’s latest original, LionHeart.

First off, the LionHeart cast couldn’t have been better selected.

Something about seeing Nkem Owoh, Genevieve Nnaji, Phyno, KOK, Onyeka Onwenu, Kalu Ikeagwu, and the man after my own heart, Pete Edochie threw together in a classic mix which steadily gravitated to a rich creamy blend- warmed me all the way to my toes.

I low-key expected that, like the typical Nollywood movie plots where conspiracy theories are woven from even the most innocuous of situations, Godswill Obiagu would seek to oust his brother and niece from the family business.

My Nollywood movie prediction skill was put to shame and it felt good to be wrong this once.

There were hilarious scenes, like when Madame External Auditor said she went for teeth-whitening and then proceeded to display dentition that reminded me of blighted maize.

I was absolutely chuffed with the infusion of culture in such a way that was somehow, neither intrusive nor painfully cliché to watch.

The way Adaeze’s mum interrupted a serious conversation to chip in a characteristically maternal ‘don’t slouch’ mild reprimand, is very typical of Nigerian mothers. Mine, very inclusive.

Be it a Nollywood classic or a Nollywood Awkuzu film, Nkem Owoh never fails to bring his own vintage flavor to the table.

I found myself instinctively smiling whenever he appeared on the screen.

Yeah, I dubbed the category of Nollywood movies that try in vain to mess with my IQ, Nollywood Awkuzu and the twenty-first-century sort, Nollywood Classic.

No offense meant to the Awkuzu people.

The movie was pleasantly indigenous and even though it was subtitled, I don’t think non-Igbos got the real essence from the Godswill Obiagu character as the subtitling did not almost do justice to the character.

I could barely take my eyes off the screen when Adaeze was on it. It’s no news to anyone who knows me that Genevieve Nnaji can do no wrong in my sight.

LionHeart managed to meld Nollywood Awkuzu and Nollywood Classic in an even delightful blend. Didn’t think the day would come when I would think that. Yeah.

The story of LionHeart is an impressive tale of leadership, mentorship, and succession.

It is the ultimate wish of a responsible father to groom his children to succeed him when he is old, frail or gone.

The comic moments were very natural.

It was Genevieve’s directorial debut and she totally nailed it. I’m glad she hit pay dirt with this one. It was totally deserved.

I hope her next movie leaves this one in the dust.

LionHeart in three words. Quaint. Refreshing. Hilarious.

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Footsteps Ghana Is Hunting For The Next-Rated Female Musical Talent: Lady With The Mic

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Footsteps is teaming up with a recognized label like BBNZ and music distribution and marketing portal such as Aftown to prepare a wholesome package for the winner of the maiden edition. Also, an additional mouthwatering package is the chance for the winner to grace one of the biggest musical stages in the United Kingdom, Ghana Party In The Park. A festival organized for Ghanaians and other Africans living in the United Kingdom with big-name acts, the festival has a track record of exposing African entertainers to the UK audience.

At the launch on April 16, 2019, at the premises of BBNZ headquarters in Accra, Footsteps Ghana gave the criteria to qualify one for the audition as starting from age 16 and above, two auditions have already been held with more to roll out in the coming weeks. When selected, organizers will take the ladies through camping and grooming to understand every aspect of music before competitions will be held for the public to vote the winner.

Watch videos of the launch below.

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Keche Pens Managerial Deal With Golden Empire Legacy – A Career Booster

Often at times, the challenge for most musicians is the availability of money to execute the various project they have in mind both short and long term.

Music duo, Keche, a composition of Joshua Kojo Ampah and Andrew Kofi Cudjoe can let go a huge sigh of relief after the group penned a two year managerial deal with Golden Empire Legacy, a company founded and operated by Joana Gyan.

The aspect of the contract revealed to the gathering of media executives, pressmen and the business people from the business industry include, the company handling over a cash amount of 500,000 Ghana Cedis, one brand new Elantra cars to each member of the group and also two three-bedroom houses.

Speaking to the group after the signing, with a lot of excitement written all over their faces, both Joshua and Andrew were emphatic in their submission, stating the deal will go a long way to help carter for the several unreleased projects they have in their warehouse. Also, help stage international shows that will expose the brand more to Africa and the rest of the world.

Watch the interview below.

Nothing really changed from their previous management as the head of George Britton Records, George Britton will continue to handle their day-to-day activities but, will now have to work under Golden Empire Legacy.

 

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It’s Finally Here! Kidi Releases Official Trailer For ‘Sugar’ With Fella Makafui, DBK, Adjetey Anang, Mr Eazi, Others

Kidi is preparing to release a new album called ‘Sugar‘ but, the twist to this project is, he is picturing a bigger destination for it.

He has shot a movie bearing the same title in partnership with Fella Makafui, DKB, Adjetey Anang, Mr Eazi, Stonebwoy, the list is endless.

Signed unto Lynx Entertainment, the entire production looks in-house. He has released several hit songs including Adiepena, Say You Love Me, Thunder, Odo, Mr Badman et al.

Watch the trailer for Sugar below.

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