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South African drama, ‘Of Good Report’ stirs controversy at Africa International Film Festival

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of-good-reportA South African film, ‘Of Good Report’, directed by Jahmil X. T. Qubeka has left an indelible mark on the minds of film stakeholders at the 3rd African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Calabar Nigeria. The film opened the festival last Sunday night with a lot talks among participants. Though everybody unanimously agreed it was a technically good film, some stakeholders were not comfortable with its controversial graphic nature. But others believed the level of exposure was tastefully done.

Earlier this year in July, the film was planned to open 34th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). But it was not screened as a result of the refusal for classification by South Africa’s Film and Publications Board.
However it was subsequently cleared on appeal and screened at the last day of the festival.
Eventually the director of the film was honored at the DIFF with a new award for artistic bravery.
The film, tells the story of introvert and seemingly gentle high teacher, Parker Sithole, who is posted to a new school in rural South Africa as a man of good report. In local bar, Parker meets a mesmerizing young woman and falls for her -but the next day, she walks into his classroom.
The film is currently stimulating worldwide discussion and highlighting important issues in South African society and beyond.
It sparked a lot more discussions on salient African issues among delegates who attended the AFRIFF opening ceremony on Sunday.
 “Let me commend the organizers of AFRIFF. They started off yesterday with what I believe was a very powerful, emotional, slight controversial and graphic movie but a beautiful way to open the festival,” Silverbird TV’s Michael’s described the film.
“The movie was absolutely brilliant in my opinion. I love it for many reasons; one, it had nothing to do with communism, slavery or racism or any of the traditional issues that we know. It just presented a complex theme in a complex situation and somehow the filmmaker simplified everything so you really have his idea of character.  It was controversial to some; I don’t know why it would be controversial. The subject matter, I don’t want to give anything away but it happens every day in Africa, in America. It is a real thing and so we have to look obviously at complex and complex circumstances in life, which are our various lives. I really was inspired as an artiste by the movie,” Hollywood actress, Lynn Whitfield said at a press conference on Monday.
Nollywood actor and producer, Desmond Elliot was of the opinion that, though the film is technically good, it won’t break commercial barriers in Nigeria, because it was just made for festivals.
But Rita Dominic, an actress and producer, who is also an AFRIFF ambassador, thinks otherwise. She said the controversy surrounding the film had great potentials of making it a commercial success.
The ongoing AFRIFF will end on Friday. It is a weeklong world class film showcase under the theme, “Africa Unites.”
Its vision is to raise awareness in Africa about the vast potential the entertainment industry holds and the impact it can generate in the African economy and establish bridges for partnership with international counterparts to ensure quality, expertise and global standards access the local industry, accelerating its sustainable development.
Sunday opening was attended by top filmmakers from around the world. Notable among them were recognized actors and producers Kunle Afolayan, Uche Jombo, Desmond Elliot, Segun Arinze, Rita Dominic, Ghana’s darling girl, Lydia Forson, Chioma Akpotha, Omoni Oboli, Hollywood’s Lynn Whitfield and a host of others.
A lot other top African movies were screened at the festival as well as workshops and seminars. Ghana’s actress Lydia Forson gave a talk about acting at one of the seminars. There were also acting classes and a number of parties as part of the festival.
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Lagos police arrest gay gang of criminals, who raped their male victims

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The police in Lagos have recorded a breakthrough by arresting eight members of a vicious gang of criminals that specialize in subjecting their victims to several hours of anal sex after dispossessing them of their properties and cash.

The arrest, said to be one of the biggest successes of detectives recently, under the watchful eyes of Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade so far, was made in the highbrow areas of Lekki, Ajah and Ikoyi areas of the state and efforts are in top gear to round up fleeing members of the dreaded gang made up of young men between the ages of 23 and 40.

Giving details of the operational strategies of the gang, police sources said the young men usually perpetrate their evil acts by renting living apartments in the highbrow areas of the city after which they embark on search for their victims.

It was learned that they normally place notices in strategic areas of the city, advertising job vacancies and acting as estate agents.

Sources said desperate job and accommodation seekers who respond to their adverts would be taken to their apartments usually situated in one of the booming estates where they are subjected to all kinds of torture with a view to forcing them release their account details after which they would be forced into several hours of anal sex by members of the gang.

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According to sources, their operational method is to roam around with exotic cars including high flying SUV’s. They place fake advertisements in strategic areas of Lekki, Ajah, Banana Island and even Ikoyi after which they also scout around, looking for fine and healthy-looking men.

As soon as they succeed in getting a victim, they drive the person to their apartment where they torture him for hours. While torturing their victim, they would extract all information about him including his financial status.

“As soon as they are in possession of those personal facts, they swing into action by proceeding to his house or banks to empty his money and other valuables. The second round of their operation is to subject their victim to hours of anal sex which they take turns to have their fill. They usually record their exploits on video and later relax to view it while enjoying their loot.”

It was gathered that their criminal exploits were blown open after they succeeded in cornering and maltreating a relation of a mobile police officer. The enraged officer was said to have gone to one of the police stations at Lekki to lodge the report.

Based on this development, the Commissioner of Police, Adegoke Fayoade gave marching orders to his special squad to round up the criminals without delay.

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The Special Squad, it was learned, succeeded in penetrating the gang and rounded up seven of their members including their oldest member said to be a lawyer.

Crime Guard learned that during interrogations, members of the gang who were looking unruffled stated boldly that their victims were healthy looking young and old men that will satisfy their sexual urge through the anus.

“They reportedly shocked detectives when they confessed that they had been operating for over three years and that they choose highbrow areas where they could easily track well nourished and endowed men.

Police sources said: “They were boasting to us about how many healthy looking men they have abused through the anus. They said they reject men that are not looking health, stating emphatically that they have no business with women. After their arrest, we confined them in separate cells so that they would not descend on our male suspects inside the cell.

“However, few days later, one of them raised alarm that the oldest member of the gang who claimed to be a lawyer was having same affair with a member of the gang. When we accosted him, he said the relationship had been going on since they have been operating as a gang.

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“Our greatest problem now is that some members of the devilish gang have escaped and we strongly suspect that they must be carrying on with their devilish criminal acts wherever they are.

“We are spreading our dragnets and we are sure that very soon, we will round all of them up. I must state that if not for the swiftness with which our Commissioner directed the operation, many men in Lagos state would have been endangered species by now.”

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Joyce Dzidzor to release Tatata featuring Freddy Meiway

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Former Aids Ambassador and actress Joyce Dzidzor is gearing up for the release of her latest single Tatata featuring Ivorian Legendary musician Freddy Meiway.

Scheduled for release on April 10 the song recorded by King Dee, mixed by Donguy and mastered by Franz talks about broken heart and how to come out of it. Speaking in an interview with Joyce she said Freddy will not just jump on any song if he is not okay with it “How many musicians have been able to feature him on a song. It was not easy getting him on the song but finally we did and I am so grateful for that.

Asked why she went in for Meiway she said she has so much respect for him and even got a tattoo of him at her back said that her latest tattoo at her back.

“Meiway songs helped me her come out from depression. His music was a therapy for me when I was going through severe depression in 2019 in Hamburg and I tattoo him at my back to celebrate his achievements as an artiste for the past 35 years” she said Asked about her next project and collaboration with other Ghanaian musicians Joyce said that will only depend if this project goes well.

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“ I have a lot of plans for my music career but that will depend on how my latest single goes. If it goes well and accepted by Ghanaians it will give me the energy to continue my music career and feature other musicians” she said. Joyce has been doing music for more 15 years now and has backed musicians like Highlife musician Gyedu- Blay Ambolley and singer Sherifa Gunu.

She was also a member of Dela Hayes Women of Colour band. She pleaded with musicians in Ghana to acknowledge backup singers for their contributions they play. “It is only few musicians who come out to acknowledge who backed them in a studio but I have backed a lot of musicians in the past and they know it. It is just right that they acknowledge our contribution we play so that we can do fill happy for a good work done. When that is done, other musicians who probably liked what we did on other songs can employ us on their projects. That has been my worry for sometime and I wish it could be addressed” she said

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Henry Fitz and 2 others being sued over Serwaa Amihere video

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Serwaa Amihere has filed a suit at the Dansoman circuit court against Henry Amponsah popularly known as Henry Fitz, Edem Saviour Ketti and Candylove Kwaykewaa Ababio. (more…)

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‘Jenifa’s Diary’ actress Aderounmu Adejumoke is dead

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Nigerian actress, Adejumoke Oreoluwa Aderounmu, popularly known for her role as ‘Esther’ in popular TV series Jenifa’s Diary, is dead. (more…)

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Nyantakyi admits $100,000 payment to Anas to suppress corruption documentary

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Former Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi has confessed to paying a hefty sum of $100,000 to journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in an effort to halt the release of the Number 12 documentary. (more…)

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‘7 armed men invaded our residence, demanding proceeds from Efya’s UK show’ – Sleeky Promotions

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Sleeky Promotions, the organizers of Efya’s recent show in the UK, has issued a press release addressing a distressing incident. (more…)

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