This month as we turn 1, we reflect over the past year and there is indeed a lot to be grateful for. Having a wonderful team, committed contributors and of course, you, our readers has made this journey memorable and fun. Not without sleepless nights, endless cups of coffee and times when we wanted to call it quits, nevertheless, we are happy to celebrate this milestone with you.
This edition is testament to the vision we have for ourselves — to deliver quality and entertaining film journalism with an emphasis on Nollywood and Africa’s film industry. On our special anniversary double cover we have two women who are not just pace setters but trailblazers.
Destiny Ekaragha, an award winning director shares her inspirational story as a black female filmmaker in the UK. (p. 14). Her latest work Gone Too Far! is a must-see! Featuring Nigerian actor O.C. Ukeje and a host of others, it is a London film that would make you laugh but also reflect on the socio-cultural issues faced by black families living in the Diaspora. You can watch the film in cinemas across Nigeria and if you are not in the country, you can downlaod it online or purchase the DVD. And there will be a sequel — to be shot in Nigeria.
Our second cover star is Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, someone we came to know just over a year ago when she was promoted to the position of Regional Director, MNET (West Africa). She speaks to us about the 2015 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards which comes up on 7 March 2015 (p. 16). The night will celebrate and reward African filmmakers for their hard work and efforts.
In the run up to the 2015 AMVCA, we have an interview (p. 18) and a review (p. 25) with some of this year’s nominees. Also in this edition, is a special red carpet double spread (p. 30) from last year’s edition just in case you need some guidance and inspiration on what to wear.
Still in the mode of celebrating our first birthday, we went out on the street to find out what you liked and wanted in future edition for our Vox Pop section (p. 10). As we start our second year as a publication, we remain open to your ideas, suggestions and feedback. Remember, we are all in this together.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu Cover
Destiny Ekaragha Cover