The Quest For The Gem Of Arubia : Available On Amazon Kindle!

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The Quest For The Gem of Arubia is available on Amazon kindle. The beatifically crafted African story which tackles issues faced by the ‘Child Albino’ is spun around riddles, thrives in locations that indeed would trigger off one’s imagination and set the young minds on course for an exciting adventure. The story takes children on a journey of self- discovery, to know who they really are and the greatness that lies within waiting for expression.

Children learn that irrespective of the Nature of their birth, or what society, friends, families have tagged them as, they can achieve their dreams. Interestingly, Adults will find the book to be a reading delight as well.

“In The Quest for the Gem of Arubia Augusta Mmakamba Okon offers us a spell-binding African sci-fi that would fascinate children and adult readers as a parable of courage, hope, and redemption. The folktale-like narrative bristles with teeming characters, fantastic episodes, and the triumph of the human spirit represented by Omorege, the rejected Albino and The Odd One who becomes the cornerstone and avatar of his community. Laced with mystery, riddles, and suspense, the didactic tale encourages the reader to confront their worst fears, and to recognize that “Danger wiggles her waist delighted to see the one who dares her.”
— NdukaOtiono, award-winning writer and professor of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

So what are you waiting for? click now on the link below to purchase a copy on Amazon Kindle and kindly leave a review:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I878U2Q

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I878U2Q

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AMAA 2016 Nominees !

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The AMAA 2016 nominees were unveiled at the Protea Hotel, Ikeja by this year’s AMAA Jury President, Husseini Shaibu. The event will hold on 11th of June 2016 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Please see list of nominees below :

EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
1. Encounter – Nigeria
2. Le Chemin – Cote De Voire
3. Blood Taxi – Nigeria
4. Meet The Parents – Nigeria/Canada
5. Nourah The Holy Light – Burkina Faso
6. Ireti – Nigeria
7. Life of Nigerian Couple – Nigeria

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION
1. The Pencil – Burkina Faso
2. The Peculiar Life of a Spider – Ghana
3. Funsie Fast Fingers – Nigeria
4. Lazare Sie Pale – Burkina Faso

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
1, My Fathers Funeral – Cameroon
2. Nollywood – Nigeria
3. Tchindas- Cape Verde
4. The Fruitless Tree – Niger
5. Runs ‘I too Seek The Horizon’ – Nigeria/UK
6. Camera/Woman – Morocco

OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
1. Brotherhood Eye – Mali
2. Bala Bala Sese – Uganda
3. Missing God – Nigeria
4. Cursed Treasure – Ghana
5. Wako – Uganda
6. Daggers of Life (Agbe Fe Akumehewo) – Ghana

MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
1. Lambadina – Ethiopia/USA
2. Skinned – Liberia/USA
3. LAPD African Cop – USA/Nigeria
4. Boxing Day – USA/Nigeria
5. MONA – Nigeria/UK

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT
1. Lines – USA
2. Raptors – USA
3. Across The Track – USA

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
1. Can You Dig This- USA
2. America’s Blues – USA
3. Spirits of Rebellion – USA

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
1. America Is Still the Place – USA
2. Ben & Ara – USA
3. Luv Don’t Live Here – USA

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
1. The Cursed One – Ghana
2. Soldiers Story – Nigeria
3. Ayanda- South Africa
4. Missing God – Nigeria
5. Out of Luck- Nigeria

AMAA 2016 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
1. Eye of the storm
2. Oshimiri
3. The Cursed One
4. Ayanda
5. Soldiers Story

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
1. Oshimiri
2. The Cursed One
3. Missing God
4. Soldiers Story

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
1. O-Town – Nigeria
2. Tell Me Sweet Something – South Africa
3. The Cursed One – Ghana
4. Hear me Move – South Africa
5. Le Pagne- Niger

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT
1. Hear me Move – South Africa
2. Oshimiri – Nigeria
3. Stupid Movie – Nigeria
4. House Arrest – Uganda
5. Soldiers Story – Nigeria

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
1. Eye of the Storm- Burkina Faso
2. Fifty – Nigeria
3. The Cursed One – Ghana
4. Behind Closed Doors – Morocco
5. Falling – Nigeria
6. Rebecca- Ghana

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. The Cursed one
2. Eye of the Storm
3. Ayanda
4. Tell me Sweet Something
5. Fifty

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
1. Behind Closed Doors
2. Rebecca
3. The Cursed One
4. Eye of the Storm
5. Hear me Move

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY
1. The Cursed One
2. Tell me Sweet Something
3. The Visit
4. Eye of the Storm
5. Beyond Blood

AMAA 2016- RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT ENDOWED AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM
1. Beyond Blood
2. Dry
3. Fifty
4. Missing God
5. Falling
6. O’Town

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR
1. Nyanso Dzedze – Hear Me Move
2. Ophelia Klenam Dzidzornu – The Cursed One
3. Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge – Dry
4. Ifu Ennada – O’Town
5. Eve Esin – Oshimiri

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Joseph Otsiman – The Cursed One
2. Uti Nwachukwu – Breathless
3. Abidine Dioari – Eye of the Storm
4. Adeolu Adekola – Taxi Driver
5. Kenneth Nkosi – Ayanda
6. Thomas Gumede- Tell Me Sweet Something

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Thishiwe Ziqubu – Tell me Sweet Something
2. Maureen Okpoko – Missing God
3. Ijeoma Grace Agu – Jimi Bendel/ Taxi Driver
4. Bontte Modiselle – Hear Me Move
5. Nthati Moshesh – Ayanda
6. Linda Ejiofor– Out of Luck

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Oris Erhuero – The Cursed One
2. OC Ukeje – Ayanda
3. Fragass Assande – Eye of the Storm
4. Masego ‘Maps’ Maponyane – Tell me Sweet Something
5. Daniel k. Daniel – Soldiers Story
6. Biuferi Yakoubi – La Pagne

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Zineb Odeib – Behind Closed Doors
2. Adesua Etomi- Falling
3. Fulu Mugovhani – Ayanda
4. Maimouna N’Daiye – Eye of the Storm
5. Iretiola Doyle, Dakore Egbuson, Nse Ikpe Etim, Omoni Oboli – Fifty
6. Nomzamo Mbatha – Tell me Sweet Something

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR
1. MONA – Anthony Abuah
2. Beyond Blood – Greg Odutayo
3. 8 Bars and a Clef- Chioma Onyenwe

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
1. Nana Obiri-Yeboah – The Cursed One
2. Biyi Bandele- Fifty
3. Sekou Toure- Eye of the Storm
4. Sara Blecher- Ayanda
5. Moussa Hamadou Djingarey- La Pagne
6. Stephanie Linus – Dry
7. Akin Omotoso – Tell me Sweet Something
8. Mohammed Ahed Bensouda – Behind Closed Doors

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FILM
1. The Cursed One – Ghana
2. Fifty – Nigeria
3. Eye of the Storm – Burkina Faso
4. Ayanda – South Africa
5. La Pagne- Niger
6. Dry – Nigeria
7. Tell me Sweet Something- South Africa
8. Behind Closed Doors- Morocco

Can you predict who’ll win?

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Short List : Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction 2016!

The Short list for the Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction has witnessed the emergence of three debut authors on to the block. A total of six books made the list : baileys

Cynthia Bond: Ruby

Anne Enright: The Green Road

Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies

Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen

Hannah Rothschild: The Improbability of Love

Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

According to the chair of judges, Margaret Mountford “After a long and often passionate debate we are proud to present our 2016 shortlist…Our choices reflect a really diverse mix of brilliant writing from new and established authors around the world and we hope that everyone will find much to enjoy in them.”

What can we say, may the best woman win… and we’ll know the winner, come June…

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The Quest For The Gem Of Arubia: Fantastic!

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The Quest For The Gem of Arubia by Augusta Okon has been set for release on April 28th 2016 at the Goethe Institut, Lagos. Interesting activities have been lined up for the event. The Children’s fantasy story book celebrates Albinos (persons living with Albinism) and inspires them to live their dreams…

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April 2016 : Films In Nigerian Cinemas!

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The Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau and produced by Walt Disney Pictures is based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous collective works. The film has the voices of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken.

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Eddie the Eagle directed by Dexter Fletcher, it stars Taron Egerton as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping.

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Barbershop: The Next Cut (formerly known as Barbershop 3) was directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It is a direct sequel to the 2004 film Barbershop 2: Back in Business and the fourth film in the Barbershop film series, following the 2002 original Barbershop film and the 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop.

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Omoni Oboli aka The First Lady will see her film “Wives On Strike” being released in cinemas across Nigeria. A comedy based film, starring Uche Jombo, Chioma Akpotha, Ufuoma Mcdermott, Kehinde Bankole, Kalu Ikeagwu, Julius Agwu, Kenneth Okonkwo, Wives on strike is gunning to beat her previous record set for The First Lady.

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RIOT
Jack Stone intentionally orchestrates a bank robbery in order to be thrown into prison with the notorious Russian kingpin Balam. Balam is a dangerous lord who controls the police force from behind bars. He controls the city from his privately built well lavished cell. Many fear to cross his path. Surrounded by his loyal henchmen and guards in his sectioned off fortress, Balam doesn’t know Jack is coming for vengeance, one he has sworn Balam must pay for with his life.

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War
Is the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, based on the characters from the German fairy tale “Snow White” compiled by the Brothers Grimm, as well as “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. It stars Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Nick Frost and Sam Claflin.

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The Cellar
The story centers on a young woman who wakes up in a bizarre cellar following a horrific accident. The cellar belongs to a mysterious man who tells her that the world outside is no longer safe after a deadly chemical attack has rendered the Earth uninhabitable. As tensions rise between them, the woman must plan an escape, no matter what terror awaits her on the outside.

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Grimsby (released in the United States as The Brothers Grimsby) was directed by Louis Leterrier and stars Baron Cohen, Mark Strong, Rebel Wilson, Isla Fisher, Annabelle Wallis, Gabourey Sidibe, Penélope Cruz, and Ian McShane.

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Wives On Strike Opens in Cinemas!

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Omoni Oboli of “The First Lady” fame has released Wives On strike across Nigerian cinemas starting today.

The comedy film which promises to be exhilarating and rib cracking is certainly your money’s worth. Head to the cinemas this weekend and let’s know what you think about the film?

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Omoni Oboli’s “Wives on Strike”

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Omoni Oboli aka The First Lady will see her film “Wives On Strike” being released in cinemas across Nigeria come April 8th 2016. A comedy based film, starring Uche Jombo, Chioma Akpotha, Ufuoma Mcdermott, Kehinde Bankole, Kalu Ikeagwu, Julius Agwu, Kenneth Okonkwo, Wives on strike is gunning to beat her previous record set for The First Lady.

Fingers crossed that it ends up being highly entertaining…

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Fiston Mujila Wins Etisalat Prize For Literature!

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila is the 2015 Etisalat Prize for literature winner from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The £15,000 prize money for his debut novel, “Tram 83” is officially in his kitty.

The prize money was keenly contested by two South Africans; Penny Busetto, for “The Story of Anna P as Told by Herself”, and Rehana Rossouw, for “What Will People Say?”

Fiston will attend the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia under the mentorship of Giles Foden. We say a big Congrats to him and wish him well as he lights up the literary stage with his subsequent works.

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2016 Long List : Baileys Women’s Prize For Fiction!

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Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction, the most prestigious award platform for female novelists is at it again. The longlist of twenty books from the authors have been unveiled, but only six will make the short list to herald the winner who will be unveiled at the Royal Festival Hall on 8th June 2016.

The longlisted books are as follows:

Kate Atkinson: A God in Ruins

Shirley Barrett: Rush Oh!

Cynthia Bond: Ruby

Geraldine Brooks: The Secret Chord

Becky Chambers: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

Jackie Copleton: A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding

Rachel Elliott: Whispers Through a Megaphone

Anne Enright: The Green Road

Petina Gappah: The Book of Memory

Vesna Goldsworthy: Gorsky

Clio Gray: The Anatomist’s Dream

Melissa Harrison: At Hawthorn Time

Attica Locke: Pleasantville

Lisa McInerney: The Glorious Heresies

Elizabeth McKenzie: The Portable Veblen

Sara Nović: Girl at War

Julia Rochester: The House at the Edge of the World

Hannah Rothschild: The Improbability of Love

Elizabeth Strout: My Name is Lucy Barton

Hanya Yanagihara: A Little Life

Wonder who will take the day?

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Films In Nigerian Cinemas For March 2016!

Check out the list of Films in Nigerian Cinemas for the month of March 2016:

London Has Fallen (4th)
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In London, the British Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances and his funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the Western world. What starts out as the most protected event on Earth turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart), his formidable US Secret Service lead agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), Vice President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), and a British MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one

Kung Fu Panda 3 (18th)
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Kung Fu Panda 3 is a 2016 computer-animated action comedy martial arts film directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni. The film is a sequel to the 2011 film Kung Fu Panda 2 and the third installment in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. The film features the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, J. K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, and James Hong. Jean-Claude Van Damme and Randall Duk Kim reprise their roles as Master Croc and Oogway from the previous two films.

Zootropolis (4th)
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In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Divergent Series : Allergient (18th)
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After the earth-shattering revelations of The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice.

Ip Man 3 (11th)
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Ip Man 3 is a biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip, produced by Raymond Wong and written by Edmond Wong. It is the third in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster Yip Man and features Donnie Yen reprising the title role.

Zoolander 2(11th)
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Zoolander 2 (also known as Zoolander No. 2 and 2oolander) is a comedy and the sequel to the 2001 film Zoolander and stars Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Kyle Mooney, and Cyrus Arnold

Batman V Superman : Dawn of Justice (18th)
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Following the events of Man of Steel, Gotham City-based vigilante Batman travels to Metropolis to preemptively combat Superman, while another threat endangers humanity

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a romantic comedy film directed by Kirk Jones and written by Nia Vardalos. The film stars Vardalos, John Corbett, Andrea Martin, Ian Gomez and Elena Kampouris. It is the sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which was released in 2002

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