Half of a Yellow Sun: Most Expensive Nollywood Movie

Half of a Yellow Sun

In case you don’t know, transcendent novel of many descriptive triumphs – Half of a Yellow Sun, a book written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been adopted into a movie.

The movie was shot at Tinapa Film Studio, Cross River State, and in the United Kingdom.

The yet to be released film, directed by Biyi Bandele, has most of its cast and crew flown from abroad. The cast comprised Britons and Nigerians such as Chiwetel Ejiofor of Kinky Boots, American Gangster, 2012, Salt; Thandie Newton (Mission: Impossible II, Crash, The Pursuit of Happiness); Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, For Coloured Girls); Joseph Mawle (Women in Love, Game of Thrones); John Boyega (Attack the Block); Onyeka Onwenu, Nigerian singer and actress; Genevieve Nnaji and Zack Orji.

Before the emergence of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ ‘Tango with Me’ produced by Mahmoud Ali-Balogun, ranked the most expensive film. Shot with the latest Kodak 35mm camera, ‘Tango with Me’ costs over N50 million to make, says Ali-Balogun. In a bid to make a difference in an industry populated by poorly produced films, Balogun travelled to Bulgaria to master film technology. The end product of the trip was an outstanding film that ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ has rivalled.

The movie is said to become the most expensive Nollywood movie ever worth about N1.27billion in production cost, new reports claim.

 

 

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Airtel alleged illegal lottery: Court joins NCC as defendant

Airtel ScamA Federal High Court in Lagos has joined the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as a defendant in a suit seeking to revoke the operating licence of Airtel Nigeria Limited for allegedly operating an illegal lottery.

Trial judge, Justice Saliu Saidu, in a ruling on a motion filed by the initiator of the suit, Benjamin Owiadolor, also joined the National Lottery Regulation Commission, NLRC; Consumer Protection Council, CPC, and Secure Electronic Technology Plc, all as defendants to the suit.

Justice Saidu equally ordered Airtel to provide the call logs of Owiadolor in court.

Owiadolor, who is a lawyer, had filed the suit urging the court to mandate Airtel to refund all sums expended by subscribers who participated in the competition known as “wake up a millionaire promo” by way of credit, which should be done under the supervision of the NCC. Continue reading

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Ikeja Computer Village to be relocated to Katangua Market

As a follow up to the story on the relocation of Ikeja Computer Village, our correspondent, during a visit to Katangua Market, along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, gathered that Katangua is the proposed site where the Ikeja traders may be resettled.

In terms of size, Katangua is bigger than the Computer Village, as the market covers about 26 hectares of land with most of the traders dealing in second-hand clothes. Katangua shows a vivid picture of a disorganised setting. While the major entrance to the market from Lagos-Abeokuta expressway is almost taken over by street traders, a large portion of the market has been overtaken by refuse. Continue reading

Onasanya, FirstBank Boss, wins EMEA’s ‘CEO of the Year’ award

EMEA Award...Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), Mr. Bisi Onasanya has emerged the winner of the 2012 EMEA Finance “CEO of the Year Award”. At the well-attended ceremony, organised under the aegis of Annual African Banking Awards, now in its fifth edition, First Bank of Nigeria Limited also won the “Best Local Bank in Nigeria for 2012”.

FirstBank had won two previous editions of the award in 2009 and 2010. The African Banking Awards is regarded as the industry standard for banking excellence. Individual nominees are judged by their ability to deliver shareholder returns and gain strategic advantage in terms of market visibility and positioning, while institutions are appraised based on the performance of their critical fundamentals. Continue reading

Proposed Joint Venture between Flour Mills and Niger Mills

MergingThe management of Flour Mills Nigeria Plc has announced its merger with subsidiary Niger Mills Limited.

According to a statement released by the company last Friday, the merger is intended to create a more efficient company, reduce costs,particularly administrative costs related to running the two entities as distinct companies.

“The board of Flour Mills believes that the enlarged entity will consolidate its position in the flour milling industry, accessing positive economies of scale and realising significant synergies through enhanced operational and administrative efficiency and a unified product delivery platform, thereby providing immense benefits to the shareholders and customers of Flour Mills,” the statement partly read. Continue reading