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Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, Kunle Afolayan attend the Unveiling of the 8th African International Film Festival



Organizers of the African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) officially unveiled its eighth edition with the theme, “The Many Faces of Woman” at a star-studded ceremony in Lagos. The well-attended event held at the latest outlet of film House Cinema, Twin Waters, Lekki, Lagos. AFRIFF also had the honour of screening the recently released ‘The Hate U Give’, starring Amandla Stenberg as the first film to show in the new Cineplex.

AFRIFF’s growing relevance in the pantheon of African cinema attracted partners who include Access Bank, TECNO, the American and French Embassies, Canon, DSTV, Africa Magic, Punuka, Lagos Fringe Festival, C3 Africa and the Nigerian Film and Video Censorship Board. Expectedly, the diversity of the Africa International Film Festival continues to witness a surge as it will be screening over 138 films from over 50 countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Afghanistan, France and the United States of America.

The event drew A-list Nollywood actors including Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, and Kunle Afolayan. On the roll-call were thespians such as Mildred Okwo, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Lilian Amah, Uru Eke, Deyemi Okanlawon and Osas Ajibade, and Charles Novia and many more. To underscore the theme of the year, Chioma Ude, AFRIFF Founder, noted, “The Many Faces of Woman”, is a visual exploration of the portrayal of women in cinema that raises discussions on a central question; What is Woman?

Opening with the visually arresting epic Western tale “Sew the Winter to My Skin” a tale that follows the myth of a South African bandit in pre-apartheid South Africa and closing with the highly anticipated “Nigerian Prince”, a Nigerian venture helmed by the capable Faraday Okoro, the Africa International Film Festival will take place from November 11, 2018 to November 17, 2018.  Jérôme Pasquier, the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, highlighted the immense contribution the French Embassy has given to the film festival, with hopes to continue with the very enriching partnership. Similarly, Laurent Polonceaux, the Consul General, commented on his enthusiasm with working with the festival.

Also lending his voice, Amaechi Okobi, Access Bank’s Group Head, Corporate Communications & External Affairs Manager, Access Bank harped on the devotion of the foremost African financial institution to the arts. To register, click here.

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  1. tt

    October 31, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    damn, Omotola needs to hit the gym….
    why does her mid section look that bulky

    • Anon

      October 31, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      Lack of photoshop. Tee hee!

    • Ada_ugo

      October 31, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      no, she does not need to hit the gym. she can hit the gym if she wants to, but it is not a necessity. In the real world, everyone does not have to be slim and toned at all times. In the real world, people need to be free to live and enjoy their lives without the unnecessary pressure that society places on women… and for those who are quick to say “oh, it’s for her health’s sake”, you and me both know that it is not. It is so that she can photograph and look better. Leave her health to her and her doctor. There are many slim people who are fat on the insides – organs clogged with cholesterol, etc, why don’t I see people carrying a chip on their shoulder about them? Please let us learn to live and let live

    • Richard Head

      November 2, 2018 at 1:32 am

      @Ada_ugo, sorry but Omotola is primarily in the SEXY and BEAUTY business (hence “Omosexy”). With all due respect, nobody is checking her out (and/or making her brand ambassador) for her rocket scientist brain. And like any other business or profession, she essentially “needs” to put in the work (just as footballers and athletes need to train, and clothes hangers aka model need to stay trim). When she is officially retired, and quit thrusting herself in front of every camera, she can let herself go.

    • Ada_ugo

      November 2, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Richard Head, and that is the problem with society – you see a beautiful woman perfecting her craft, and you believe she is there for your viewing pleasure. No, she is not. She is a hardworking actress who would be nowhere if she wasn’t as stellar of an actress as she is. She may not be a rocket scientist, but there is certainly more to her than her booty. Gosh.

    • Richard Head

      November 3, 2018 at 12:19 am

      @Ada Ugo, and it’s my “viewing pleasure” that puts money in her pockets and food on her family’s table. You make it sound as if physical attractiveness is somehow inherently mutually-exclusive (or otherwise incompatible) with professional craftspersonship, when in reality it is often the difference between scraping a living off one or two movies a year and the windfall of myriad mass-appeal movie (and brand ambassadorship) offers.

  2. Nelly

    October 31, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Yaaayyy! Omotola is pregnant!

  3. Bade

    October 31, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Names to faces, please.

  4. dee

    October 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    The wigs are atrocious.

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