Award-winning South African Film ‘Influence’ Is Now Available In Nigeria
Richard Poplak and Diana Neille‘s award-winning film ‘Influence’ is now available in Nigeria.
Based on the rise and fall of London-based PR firm Bell Pottinger, the film can now be accessed by Nigerian film lovers on the film’s website.
Produced by Neil Brandt of Storyscope (South Africa) and Bob Moore of EyeSteelFilm (Canada), the film serves as a terrifying reminder of the dangers that lurk within the post-truth era, in which masters of disinformation use new digital tools to wage ancient propaganda wars — undermining the very fabric of democratic societies.
Nigerians have firsthand experience of this info war, with President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration recently facing off with activists and free-press advocates over the banning of Twitter.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the film, South African journalist and co-director Diana Neille shared:
“After following the story deep into the roots of modern geopolitical spin-doctoring, we discovered the fingerprints of Bell Pottinger’s founder, Lord Tim Bell, on many of the world’s most formative political campaigns.
“We felt that if our viewers comprehensively travelled Bell’s journey since the 1970s, we would end up telling the story of influence and how it helped establish what we now call the post-truth era. It’s the context in which so many democracies around the world are now floundering.”
Co-producer Neil Brandt added: “As storytellers from the Global South who have always tried to speak truth to power. INFLUENCE puts a uniquely African narrative at the centre of a global debate around the nature of truth in a world in which fact and fiction appear interchangeable. As Leonard Cohen put it, ‘there are cracks in everything — that’s how the light gets in’.”
‘Influence’ is an official South African/Canadian co-production, with backing from the Blue Ice Docs, Hot Docs Partners Fund, the Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles, the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, and Canada Media Fund. Broadcast rights are currently held by Arte (France/Germany), documentary Channel (Canada) and eTV (SA). Cinetic Media is handling world sales.
JUST IN : Mr Eazi Launches Scholarship Fund To Support Students
International music sensation and business man, Oluwatosin Ajibade, popularly known in showbiz circles as Mr Eazi has instituted a scholarship scheme to support needy undergraduate students at the C. K. Tedam University of Technology and Applied Sciences (CKT-UTAS). The scholarship scheme, which started with an initial seed money of GHS200,000 is expected to cover the full fees of 100 students of CKT-UTAS every year.
The gesture comes in the wake of recent difficulties encountered by many students in the payment of their fees and thereby disrupting their education.
Who can apply for Mr. Eazi Students Fund?
It is the hope of Mr Eazi and the University that beneficiaries of the Fund will be able to complete their studies despite their economically challenged background. Eligible candidates for the scholarship can apply by downloading the application forms from the students portal @ https://mis.cktutas.edu.gh/.
Mr. Ajibade is the CEO and founder of emPawa Africa group of companies that has a corporate presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Dubai, and London. emPawa Africa has grown to become one of the biggest wholly African-owned entertainment companies on the continent, which leverages Mr. Ajibade’s vast experience and network to provide a gateway for upcoming and established acts across the world.
In addition, Mr. Ajibade performs under the name Mr Eazi – a household name across Africa and growing in international prominence. He has performed numerous shows, including headlining the Ghana Music Festival and performing sold-out shows around the world. He is also a recipient of several prestigious international awards. Prior to launching a huge career in showbiz, Mr. Ajibade had enrolled at the Coventry University in the UK where he studied and obtained a Master of Science in Engineering Business Management (M.Sc. Engineering Business Management) in 2015, having obtained a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Kumasi, Ghana in 2011.
BREAKING NEWS: Tonto Dikeh’s Ex, KpoKpogri Cries Out As FCDA Demolishes His N700m+ House In Abuja
Nollywood screen goddess Tonto Dikeh’s ex-boyfriend, Prince Kpokpogri has posted a video capturing the moment Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA destroyed his mansion.
He cried out bitterly during an his Instagram live session while showing the aftermath of the demolition of the gate and fence to his house.
The Nigerian politician said he does not know the motive behind the demolishing of his over N700million mansion.
Adding that his building was brought down as there was no prior notice to that effect.
The businessman further lamented that his children were still inside the house while they were bringing it down.
The viral video has garnered a lot reactions on social media with many netizens reaction to the disturbing video.
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Our Family Is Not In Support Of His Actions – Yul Edochie’s Elder Brother
The elder brother of Yul Edochie has revealed that their family is not in support of the actor’s decision to marry a second wife and father a child with her.
According to Uche Edochie, the family advised him not to go through with his plans, but he ignored them.
“Have you ever tried controlling an adult when it comes to relationships? Good luck with that. Yul is an adult who feels marrying a second woman is the best way to own up to his mistakes and make things right,” he wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram.
Uche Edochie stated that it is unfortunate his first wife, May, has been roped into this.
She did not agree to a polygamous marriage with Yul Edochie when they tied the knot, he wrote, adding that the current situation is not fair to her.
“So I feel for Mary…My family are not in support. This is not what we do and we are trying our best to console Mary. What else can we do?” he quizzed.
This comes days after Yul Edochie surprised many fans and followers when he revealed on Instagram, that he had married another woman and they share a son.
Meanwhile, Uche Edochie believes that his brother does not deserve the condemnation he is facing now explaining that if a Muslim had married a new wife, the world would not have made a whiff about it.
He stated that “maybe Yul should become a Muslim and shut this circus down. It is said that life is what happens when we are making other plans.”
Uche also added that people should also not be too quick to judge the actor, especially since women throw themselves at actors all the time it gets “suffocating”.
“If the average person walks in Yul’s shoes for one year, they will get five or more women pregnant. So don’t be quick to judge if you have not lived that life. Most people will do worse,” he added.