‘Nollywood’ (Nigeria) Billion Dollar Movie Industry

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An ad from the 4th Annual ‘Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA)’

African people here in America in the movie industry (Hollywood), really need to take a page out of the big movie industry that’s big in Naija (Nigeria) known as ‘Nollywood,’ that’s the number 2 biggest movie industry around the world, that makes billions of dollars that’s exclusively run by Black people. There’s even an Award show known as the ‘Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA)’ that’s been going on annually here in America in Texas for the last 4 years now. “That was designed to celebrate the very best of African entertainment and rich culture through Filmography. This avenue will continually serve as a means to promote love, unity and harmony amongst Actors, Directors, Producers, Script-Writers, and Executive Producers of different background and cultures; and ultimately, expose and promote the best of African acts to the United States, and the Diaspora world at large. GIAMA’s concept is based on rewarding excellence and it is designed to resonate with African Movie lovers in the Diaspora, especially in the United States and Canada as well as lovers of African movies throughout the world.” I don’t understand why we here in America as Black people can’t do that. Instead of looking for CaucAsoid approval of being rewarded by them, how about rewarding ourselves and creating our own.

“Last year, data was released showing that Nollywood is a $3 billion industry. It is bigger than Hollywood by volume, and right behind India’s Bollywood.”

“in 2014, the Nigerian government released data for the first time showing Nollywood is a $3.3 billion sector, with 1844 movies produced in 2013 alone. Earlier this year, Nollywood Producer Kunle Afolyan reached an exclusive Netflix distribution arrangement for his latest film, October 1. This adds to the 10 Nollywood related titles already on Netflix and the U.S. media company’s recent $12 million movie rights purchase of Nigerian novel Beasts of No Nation, to star Idris Elba.”

“Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry, is now priced at $5 billion and makes more films than Hollywood in the U.S, but less than the largest film industry, India’s Bollywood, according to Al Jazeera.

Nigeria’s film industry has only 14 cinemas available to a country that is home to more than 170 million people. Each week, Nollywood creates as many as 50 original Nigerian films.

These films are created for a price range starting from $10,000 or below, and are later placed directly onto DVDs to be sold by movie hubs and hawkers in the street.

Nollywood is an industry that has high turnover and challenges the western mode of storytelling. It also employs an astounding number of citizens without government or foreign aid, making it also the second largest industry by number of employees in the country.”

“Films that can stop wars…for a few hours

Northern Nigeria has more than 1,000 screening centers or community cinemas, many of them, informal, even in someone’s living room. Armed groups such as Boko Haram terrorists and Ivorian rebels have been known to stop fighting to watch new film releases — not a bad reason to scale up local film funds, Ekenyerengozi said in a U.N. report.

Counting both professional and amateur films, Nollywood produces about 2,500 films a year. Over the years, it has consistently been ahead of other film industries in the world except for India’s Bollywood.

The Nigeria Bureau of Statistics estimates the industry’s share of Nigeria’s GDP at 1.4 percent. With budgets often less than $30,000, $1-video CD releases, and in spite of rampant piracy, Nollywood has managed to create countless media jobs, while offering Nigerians the chance to see their own people and cultures portrayed on the big screen.

So far, Nigerian film has not fared as well outside the country.

Initiatives such as the 2014 EAVE Lagos workshop help bridge the gap between local productions and the global film market. EAVE is a Europe-based film networking organization that holds workshops around the world to create opportunities for emerging talent.

Mariam Adams, an EAVE Lagos participant and a former child presenter on a local Nigerian TV station, told AFKInsider her interest in film sparked after she saw Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan in a Bollywood movie. She has since been passionate about film making, and she dreams of bringing the Indian star to shoot in Nigeria, connecting the worlds of Nollywood and Bollywood.

“There are many points in common between Indian culture and the Hausa tribes,” Adams said.

“Nollywood is talentopia,” she told AFKInsider, “a world full of natural talents, and it aspires to be the best from the actors to the production crews. A world that never sleeps or fails to showcase our rich culture and stories for a better understanding, against all odds, especially when it comes to funding.”

http://fortune.com/2015/06/24/nollywood-movie-industry/ (Meet ‘Nollywood’: The second largest movie industry in the world)

http://saharareporters.com/2015/07/30/nollywood-now-second-biggest-producer-films-world(Nollywood Now Second Biggest Producer Of Films In The World)

https://shar.es/1h65cN (Rising African Film Industries: The Nollywood-South Africa Axis)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28528396(‘Nigeria’s Netflix’ takes Nollywood to a global audience)

http://www.thisisnollywood.com/film.htm

http://goldenicons.com/awards/ (Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA)

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Oscar Micheaux ‘The African American Movie Maker’

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Wondering why most Black people in Hollywood in the movie industry can’t do what ‘Oscar Micheaux’ did ? During the early 1900s, 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, this brotha build an African Movie Empire here in America. Starting with so little that grew so big with most of him doing the work his self earlier on. Which was more challenging during that time for any Black person in America, then it is today. Most African Americans in the movie industry need to think more like ‘Oscar Micheaux’ and act on those plans instead of waiting for validation, acceptance and inclusion from Non-African people Award shows and etc. Because only a Slave thinks like that.

“Oscar Micheaux is one of the most influential figures in African American silent cinema. The most prolific filmmaker of the silent period, he remained in the industry longer than any other black director, producing forty-three films during his career. His achievements are remarkable considering the economic and artistic obstacles African American filmmakers faced. Micheaux used his filmmaking to challenge openly the racial injustices that African Americans faced at the beginning of the twentieth century: lynching, job discrimination, interracial rape, mob violence, and economic exploitation. From his first film, The Homesteader (1919), and throughout his cinematic career, Micheaux addressed sensitive issues that other filmmakers systematically avoided.”

http://www.albany.edu/jmmh/vol3/micheaux/micheaux.html

https://vimeo.com/10396511 (Oscar Micheaux-First Major Black Filmmaker (Part-1)

There Was Never A Black Man On The U.S. $2 Dollar Bill

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(UPDATED POST, JANUARY 14, 2016)

I would like to clear up an urban myth that has been floating around via online for years now and misinformation regarding whether or not a Black man was on the U.S. $2 dollar bill.

I know there are Black people who are in denial about this sensitive topic, just because you want something to be true that relates to us as Black people, but this unfortunately is not the case and never was. We as Black people have to deal with the truth for what it is and across the board. We can’t make a person or something real that never was real to begin with or make a person or something real that never was real in time in the past or present.

The image that’s shown on the U.S. $2 dollar bill is a depiction and life portrait painting by John Trumbull of “the five-man drafting committee” for the Declaration of Independence. This painting depicts when the first draft of the Declaration of Independence was presented on June 28, 1776 to the Second Continental Congress. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration was officially adopted, it was later signed on August 2, 1776. The original painting hangs in the US Capitol rotunda.

The man who’s assumed Black is not Black on the U.S. $2 dollar bill, but is an white man who was the senator of Pennsylvania Robert Morris, who was a financier, Superintendent of Finance of the United States, who also financed the American Revolution, and is one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence and etc.

My only guess the reason why “Robert Morris” appears a little darker than the rest of the other men on the U.S. $2 dollar bill, is because it was an error when this U.S. $2 dollar bill was originally printed out. But he was definitely an white man just like all the other men on the U.S. $2 dollar bill.

However as I have already reiterate more than once throughout this post, there was never a Black man on the U.S. $ 2 dollar bill depicted whatsoever at all, and neither was a man depicted by the name of “John Hanson Black or White” that appeared on the U.S. $2 dollar bill. They were rich European men only, who owned businesses and owned Slaves. Plain & Simple ! It’s simply an urban myth that’s been floating around online for years now. Anyone can verify this information just base on doing simple and smart research. Instead of ignorantly and arrogantly going by what has been put out there via online with misinformation.

I will only provide two main sources, because much of this information is easy to find if you look in the right places.

http://www.americanrevolution.org/deckey.php (Key To Declaration of Independence)

http://explorepahistory.com/displayimage.php?imgId=1-2-996 (Portrait of Robert Morris)

 

Declaration_independenceThe image that’s shown on the U.S. $2 dollar bill is a depiction and life portrait painting by John Trumbull of “the five-man drafting committee” for the Declaration of Independence. As you can see everyone there are no Black men to be found in this painting.

WG-$2-StampedThe image that’s shown on the U.S. $2 dollar bill is a depiction and life portrait painting by John Trumbull of “the five-man drafting committee” for the Declaration of Independence. http://www.wheels-in-motion.com/WheresGeorge/images/WG-$2-Stamped.jpg (If you click onto link provided you can see the photo more closer).

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The Black woman who’s pointing her finger in the photo at the man who she thinks is Black on the U.S. $2 dollar bill, is actually a White man and his name is Robert Morris.
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Robert Morris is the man who was assumed to be Black on the U.S. $2 dollar bill, is actually a White man. (A much blown up closer version) LOL ! You can’t have a Black face and white hands if your Black. This is another sign this was not a Black man, but simply an error.

 

1-2-996-25-ExplorePAHistory-a0h9u7-a_349This is the man who’s assumed Black on the U.S. $2 dollar bill. Which is Robert Morris as you can see everyone it’s nothing Black about him whatsoever in this life portrait. Simply another urban myth that’s been floating around online for years now. (Robert Morris, by Charles Willson Peale, after Charles Willson Peale, c. 1782.)

 

 

 

 

Black People “Hero Worshipping” Over Bill Cosby On Social Media

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LOL ! SMH ! Black people are showing their foolishness up and down the wall “Hero Worshipping” over Bill Cosby on social media. It’s quite funny, sad and disturbing to me at the same time. Just because he didn’t get found “Guilty” for a crime(s) in a ‘Court of Law’ for being a “Rapist” doesn’t mean he’s not Guilty. He’s guilty for the fact, because he’s been known to be a ‘Womanizer’ over the years, while being marry to his wife for the many years he was “Whoring” around. This is not Cliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” of the 80s, it’s Bill Cosby in real life and clearly Cliff Huxtable is not Bill Cosby. We came to find that out over the years. We have to learn as Black people how to separate the two people with logical sense and a sound mind. The only things that I would agree with most people on is why would most of these women wait 10 or more years to come out and say Bill Cosby sexually violated them ? Which clearly most of these victims may have clearly had a deceptive agenda behind what they were doing or was paid money to do so. Also I am not convince that all these women that Cosby who had allegedly supposedly sexually violated were telling the truth either. Other then that he’s not that innocent, and we need to stop portraying him as this so morally correct character he played on ‘The Cosby show’ known as “Cliff Huxtable,” because clearly that’s not who he is and never was in real life.

Some excerpts from Cosby Disrespectful “Pound Cake” speech (Towards Black people in particular poor Black people) at the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Brown vs Topeka Board of Education:

DR BILL COSBY SPEAKS

at the 50th Anniversary commemoration

of the Brown vs Topeka Board of Education

Supreme Court Decision

Transcript kindly provided by

Dr Bill Cosby’s public relations representatives.

(*Editor’s note: Please understand that there may be some minor typographical inaccuracies resulting from audio to text software resolution issues.)

http://www.eightcitiesmap.com/transcript_bc.htm (DR BILL COSBY SPEAKS at the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Brown vs Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court Decision)

“50 percent drop out rate, I’m telling you, and people in jail, and women having children by five, six different men. Under what excuse, I want somebody to love me, and as soon as you have it, you forget to parent. Grandmother, mother, and great grandmother in the same room, raising children, and the child knows nothing about love or respect of any one of the three of them (clapping). All this child knows is “gimme, gimme, gimme.” These people want to buy the friendship of a child….and the child couldn’t care less. Those of us sitting out here who have gone on to some college or whatever we’ve done, we still fear our parents (clapping and laughter). And these people are not parenting. They’re buying things for the kid. $500 sneakers, for what? They won’t buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics. (clapping)

A\Kenneth Clark, somewhere in his home in upstate New York…just looking ahead. Thank God, he doesn’t know what’s going on, thank God. But these people, the ones up here in the balcony fought so hard. Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged, “The cops shouldn’t have shot him” What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? (laughter and clapping). I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else (laughter) And I looked at it and I had no money. And something called parenting said if get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother. Not you’re going to get your butt kicked. No. You’re going to embarrass your mother. You’re going to embarrass your family.

If knock that girl up, you’re going to have to run away because it’s going to be too embarrassing for your family. In the old days, a girl getting pregnant had to go down South, and then her mother would go down to get her. But the mother had the baby. I said the mother had the baby. The girl didn’t have a baby. The mother had the baby in two weeks. (laughter) We are not parenting. Ladies and gentlemen, listen to these people, they are showing you what’s wrong. People putting their clothes on backwards. –isn’t that a sign of something going on wrong? (laughter)

Are you not paying attention, people with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up (laughter and clapping ). Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack…and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from? (laughter). We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans, they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail. (When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength and inspiration in the meaning of those names. What’s the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting and values backing it up).”

Jean-Jacques Dessalines Declared Haiti Independence on January 1, 1804

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jjdessalines-11Ceremony of Bois-Caiman, Painting by Dieudonné Cedor

Bois-Caiman (Kreyòl: Bwa Kayiman)

A Statue of Jean-Jacques Dessalines on a horse in Haiti and the Haitian Flag

“Painting Bois Caïman isn’t about painting the concrete details of what happened the night of the ceremony since, as noted earlier, that’s not possible. But what it can do it offer a representation of memory; a lens through which to see a moment that’s long gone but resonates still today. It can capture that “creative spiritual and political epic” even if it can’t glean from history’s undocumented moments the minutia of an August night on a Caribbean island in 1791.”

August 14, 1791 marks the beginning of the Haitian Revolution with the vodun ceremony of Bois Caiman. Presided over by vodun priestess Cecile Fatiman and priest Dutty Boukman, the ceremony served as a religious and strategic gathering for the enslaved African population in Haiti. The two spiritual leaders organized the assembly in the woods on the outskirts of Cap Haitien.

Boukman’s Prayer at Bwa Kayiman, the African, Vodun war council on August 14, 1791 that began the Haiti revolution launched on August 22, 1791.

“The God who created the earth, who created the sun that gives us light. The God who holds up the ocean, who makes the thunder roar. Our God who has ears to hear. You who are hidden in the clouds, who watch us from where you are. You see all that the White has made us suffer. The White man’s god asks him to commit crimes. But the God within us wants to do good. Our God, who is so good, so just, orders us to avenge our wrongs. It’s our good God who will direct our arms and bring us victory. It’s our good God who will assist us. We all should throw away the image of the white man’s god who is so pitiless. Listen to the voice for liberty that sings in all our hearts.”

Note: The White man’s gods would consist of Jesus, Allah, Yahweh, (Jehovah) and etc.

Note: The African gods would consist of Shango, Olorun, Ogun, Onyame, Ausar, Auset, Heru and etc.

Shortly following the ceremony on August 22, Africans and their allies led rebellions against the French colony starting in the north. Though not the first African led uprising in the Americas against slavery and empire, the ceremony is remembered for sparking the next thirteen years of resistance of the Haitian Revolution.

Generals Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, Alexandre Petion and Henry Christophe along with women warriors such as Sanite Belair, Marie-Jeanne Lamartinière and Toya Mantou led the fierce war against the armies of France, Britian and Spain. Dessalines successfully defeated the last French forces on the island on November 18, 1803 and declared independence on January 1, 1804.

Two centuries before the Revolution, when the island was called Santo Domingo by the Spanish Empire, historian Antonio de Herrera would say of the place, “There are so many Negroes in this island, as a result of the sugar factories, that the land seems an effigy or an image of Ethiopia itself,” quoted by Dr. Paul Farmer on page 61 of his 1994 book, “The Uses of Haiti.”

Haiti was the principal source of wealth for the French bourgeoisie. In the decade before the Boukman Rebellion, an estimated 29,000 African captives were imported to the island annually.

Conditions were so brutal and the work was so back-breaking that the average African survived only seven years in the horrific sugar factories.

“After 13 years of war, the Africans beat the French armies, the English armies, the Spanish armies and a US embargo and all their mercenaries to create Haiti.”

“223 years later, on this August 14, 2014, Haiti still fights off the return of the enslavers. The epic struggle for Haitian liberty and human rights continues in 2014. Haitians fight off the white invaders and their Black collaborators to keep their offshore islands, regain nation sovereignty. Fights off the taking of lands won in war after three hundred years of slavery, 147 years of paying an Independence debt (slave trade debt), first to France and then to the United States and in rivers of blood and pain for 210 years of European containment in poverty and trade blocking.”

Note: What is known as ‘Latin America’ is a misnomer, it actually is ‘South America.’

http://www.ezilidanto.com/zili/2014/08/celebrating-bwa-kayiman-2014/#.VK26j76LQj8.yahoomail (Celebrating Bwa Kayiman 2014)

http://sfbayview.com/2009/08/black-august-1791-bwa-kayiman/#.VK3Z2fBE-fc.yahoomail (Black August 1791: Bwa Kayiman)

http://www.journal509.com/a-la-une/17-octobre-jean-jacques-dessalines-le-heros-de-tous-les-haitiens-infos-ou-intox-1.html  (Source of Photo)

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001286/128631eo.pdf (SLAVE VOYAGES
The Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans)

http://bit.ly/147yfv2 (223rd Anniversary of Bois Caiman, Spark of the Haitian Revolution | News | teleSUR )

http://www.iacenter.org/haiti/embargoes.htm (U.S. embargoes against Haiti — from 1806 to 2003)

http://www.medalia.net/bio/haiti/cedordie.html (Dieudonné Cedor)

http://sites.duke.edu/blackatlantic/sample-page/storytelling-and-representation-of-bois-caiman/painting-and-bois-caiman/#_edn7 (Painting Mystery and Memory: Bois Caïman in Visual Art)