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AML Nollywood News: Half-Of-A Yellow Sun Premieres in Lagos, Eniola Badmus Advocates for Capital Punishment For Wife Beaters, Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

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Half Of A Yellow Sun Movie Premieres In Lagos!

What has been the most anticipated movie for most Nigerians has finally premiered in its own home country! The adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s captivating novel ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’ has been premiered and released in other countries but just finally came to Nigeria.

The movie premiered at the Silverbird Galleria, Lagos on Saturday, 12th of April 2014 and had in attendance, The author- Chimamanda, The director-Biyi Bandele and members of the cast, including lead actor, Oscar Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor amongst Gloria Young, Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji, O.C. Ukeje.

The premiere was well attended by celebrities and media personalities but noticeably missing from the premiere was lead actress Thandie Newton, who has shown up for all the other movie premiers except this. To me, it does not really send a strong message when the lead actress and other international cast members do not show up for the premiere in the country in which the whole movie is about.

Anyway, I have read some great reviews on the movie and I really hope it is better than the book or at least as captivating as the book..can’t wait!.

(Watch a clip with Chiwetel having to defend himself on whether he is Nigerian at the premiere).

Eniola Badmus Advocates For ‘Capital Punishment’ For Wife Beaters
Eniola Badmus
Nollywood actress, Eniola Badmus, popular for her role as ‘Gbo Gbo Bigs Girl’ in the hit movie ‘Jenifa’ has joined the growing list of Nigerian celebrities using their voice to speak out against ills of the society.

In a recent interview (about one week), the actress revealed her thoughts on domestic violence against women. She had this to say; “African men are too harsh! They are too harsh. African men are harsh and violent. An English man would never beat his wife because their law forbids it. Then, I must say that if there is a penalty for it, stating that whoever beats his wife would be jailed, I’m sure this will reduce. But since there is no law and no one is preaching against it, everybody feels it is a normal thing. Even if we say there is a law, it is not being implemented as it should, because if it had, all these won’t happen. I think there should be a capital punishment for it because to me, it is a terrible act”

Now, I personally support celebrities who speak up against evils in the society but I believe when you want to raise your voice and speak on such matters, let your voice be strong and know what exactly it is you are advocating for. In this case, does Ms. Badmus know the penalty for women violence in the ‘English’ land? Does she know what ‘capital punishment’ is?.

Yes, she might have strong feelings on the issue but her statement above says nothing and passes no message across, it sounds more lika an opinion of someone who just wants to ‘talk’. I think if this is an issue she is serious about, she needs to issue a proper statement and clarify her stance on ‘capital punishment’.

Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award
Joke Silva Olu Jacobs
As part of the Nigerian Centenary celebration,the GLEEHD foundation which is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote Africa renaissance by fostering Good Governance and Democracy, Advancement of Economic and Entrepreneurial Development, Promotion of Human and Children’s Rights, and Advocacy for Youth Development and Participation in Africa, hosted Nigerians in the UK at a gala celebration.

The foundation honoured Nollywood living legends and couple, Joke Silva and Olu Jacobs. The award is to honour and celebrate Nigerians such as themselves for outstanding and exceptional achievement in their chosen field.

Congrats to them! I am happy they are being recognized for their talent and consistent impact in the movie industry over the years. Awards like this might just help to get the younger actors/actresses to stay focused and contribute positively to Nollywood.

Ojonoka Agudah

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Ojonoka Agudah

Ms. Ojonoka Agudah is an attorney licensed to practice law in Nigeria, West Africa, whose practice area focuses on Intellectual Property, Sports and Entertainment Law. A 2012 graduate of the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja, Agudah is also an Africa Music Law™ intern. Her articles will appear on Mondays and Wednesdays, now until May 2014. Comments and feedback on her articles are encouraged and highly welcomed.

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