Author: Wilfred Okiche

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Wilfred OkicheOctober 26, 2020

Lovers Rock, Night of the Kings, Beginning…The most notable films of #NYFF58

In keeping with the non-competitive nature of the New York Film Festival (NYFF) which ran from September 17 to October ...

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Wilfred OkicheOctober 26, 2020

7 People who should have resigned following the #EndSARS protests and #LekkiMassacre

After two weeks of sustained protests led by young people demanding the end of police brutality, President Muhammadu Buhari finally ...

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Wilfred OkicheOctober 19, 2020

#EndSARS and the limits of celebrity activism

In the film One Night in Miami which had its North American premiere in September at the Toronto International Film ...

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Wilfred OkicheOctober 17, 2020

Film Review: From climate change to mental health, Sema Stori films feature narratives of impact

In the instantly arresting short film, Footsteps in the Dark a richly rendered opening animation sequence gives way to a ...

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Wilfred OkicheOctober 1, 2020

Profile: Why Akinwunmi Adesina is the real deal

“The future beckons us for a more developed Africa and a much stronger and resilient African Development Bank Group. We ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 29, 2020

Nomadland, City Hall, Night of the Kings…The 20 best films at #TIFF2020

The 45th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) ploughed ahead this year albeit under socially distanced conditions from the 10th to ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 23, 2020

#TIFF2020: Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome in Concrete Cowboy

Concrete Cowboy has a most interesting premise. A classic coming-of-age drama set within the very real backdrop of Philadelphia cowboy ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 23, 2020

Profile: How Erica Nlewedim lost and won Big Brother Naija at the same time

“I’m the star of the show, with a few supporting characters of course.” On any other person not named Genevieve ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 22, 2020

#TIFF2020: David Oyelowo’s ‘The Water Man’ is a modest charmer

After delivering indelible performances in films like Selma and A United Kingdom, British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo appeals to the child ...

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Wilfred OkicheSeptember 21, 2020

#TIFF2020Review: ‘I am Greta’ is an intimate yet puzzling profile of courage

2019 was the year that sixteen-year-old Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg became a global icon. From inspiring climate change ...

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Wilfred OkicheAugust 21, 2020

Book Review: Othuke Ominiabohs’ Aviara affirms his place in Nigeria’s literary canon

In 2016’s Odufa, first time author Othuke Ominiabohs spun a disturbing tale of the toxic nature of love and the ...

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Wilfred OkicheAugust 20, 2020

We attempt the impossible: A ranking of the videos in Beyonce’s Black is King

On the last day in July, Beyoncé’s unveiled her new visual album Black is King on Disney+. Designed as a re-imagination of the ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 31, 2020

EP Review: Omah Lay takes the Burna blueprint and elevates it with ‘Get Layd’

Contemporary Nigerian music witnessed a change of guard from one generation to the next the moment Wizkid’s Holla at your ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 28, 2020

Profile: How Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became Africa’s biggest policy superstar

On the 15th of July 2020, Nigeria’s candidate for Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was at ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 27, 2020

Film Review: Rita Dominic and Kalu Ikeagwu find their way through a marriage crisis in Light in the Dark

Light in the Dark opens with what may be becoming cinematographer Muhammed Attah Ahmed’s signature flourish. The camera, placed upside ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 26, 2020

Saworoide, The Meeting, Walking with Shadows…20 Nigerian films that should be on Netflix (but aren’t)

In the last one year, streaming giant Netflix has doubled down on its Nollywood engagement, increasing the number of Nigerian ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 22, 2020

Book Review: The Mechanics of Yenagoa by Michael Afenfia is a page turner

The Mechanics of Yenagoa, the latest title by Canadian based Nigerian author Michael Afenfia is something of a guilty pleasure. ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 21, 2020

LONG READ: Why Instagram Live has been such a hit in Nigeria

You hate to see it. Or love to. Depending. To possess an Instagram account in the year 2020 is to ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 8, 2020

Exclusive: Netflix Africa executives Dorothy Ghettuba and Ben Amadasun tease projects in the pipeline for Netflix Naija

In February, a high-profile team of Netflix executives including chief content officer, Ted Sarandos visited Lagos to meet with filmmakers ...

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Wilfred OkicheJuly 8, 2020

Film Review: The triumphs and layered questions of Daniel Etim Effiong’s Skin

 Skin, the buzzy documentary produced by Beverly Naya and directed by Daniel Etim Effiong is the kind of well-intentioned project ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 28, 2020

Obituary: Abiola Ajimobi was a career politician, who undermined progress with tyranny

After a period of morbidity, former senator of the federal republic and governor of Oyo state, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi passed ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 22, 2020

LONG READ: Face masks are the new condoms: How a public health preventive measure will save us (yet again)

Only six months ago, a young man walking into a bank, demanding to withdraw money at the counter would have ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 19, 2020

Obituary: Dan Foster, the American who changed the face of Nigerian radio forever

In the afternoon of 17, June, news would begin to filter in from unconfirmed sources that popular Nigerian based, American ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 16, 2020

Obituary: Ibidunni Ighodalo found her purpose in bringing joy to women

Circa 2007, the city of Lagos, at the time under the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola began to pursue a ...

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Wilfred OkicheJune 4, 2020

Obituary: Majek Fashek was many things, a rainmaker, a cultural icon, a cautionary tale

Majek Fashek, singer, songwriter, superstar, reggae icon, hero, prophet, rainmaker and eventual cautionary tale passed away in New York on ...

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Wilfred OkicheMarch 8, 2020

Has there been a Nollywood film like La Femme Anjola?

Director Mildred Okwo, is putting finishing touches to her long-awaited project, La Femme Anjola and Nollywood land have been buzzing ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 19, 2020

#Sundance2020: Winston Duke does career best work in Nine Days

In Nine Days, the ambitious, life-affirming debut by director Edson Oda, which premiered at Sundance in the U.S Dramatic Competition, ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 15, 2020

Obituary: Victor Olaiya, the mercurial genius of high-life

On the 12th of February, at exactly twelve noon, Victor Abimbola Olaiya OON, iconic highlife maestro, trumpeter and vocalist breathed ...

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Wilfred OkicheFebruary 7, 2020

Minari, Nine Days, The 40-Year-Old Version….The 20 best films at #Sundance2020

The Sundance film festival may have come and gone but the memories still linger thanks to the several impressions left ...

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Wilfred OkicheJanuary 5, 2020

Concert Review: 2Baba is 20 Years a King

The most important performer in contemporary Nigerian music needs no excuse to hold a live concert. Matter of fact it ...

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