QuramoWritersPrize Entry -‘‘A Cluster of Petals’ by Oluwaseyi Adebola
‘‘A Cluster of Petals’ by Oluwaseyi Adebola makes the shortlist of 15 for this year’s #QuramoWritersPrize
Here’s an excerpt from the shortlisted manuscript.
Thwack! The first feel of the hardwood against my buttocks convinced me that I had just lost use of my legs. A sharply delivered second blow to my back immediately killed any sensory nerves I had so I did not know when I had received the rest of the six strokes. My hands seemed to lose the urge to live. My grip on the pole loosened and I sunk to the ground. Never in my twelve years of existence had I felt so much pain. I must have drifted into a swift doze because by the time Peter shook my shoulders, Joseph had flogged twelve of us and gone to his room.
Announcement of the winner for this year’s #QuramoWritersPrize will be made on Sunday, December 15 , 2019 at Qfest 2019.
TEFFEST 2019; Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Craig Fenton, Ali Baba, Ayo Subair to lead TEFFEST speakers on November 29th
“TEFFEST IS CALLING!” Register now for the most important Entertainment Business Fair and Festival of 2019
Africa’s first entertainment business festival of its kind berths. The Entertainment Fair and Festival is the industry’s most important event of the year. The annual festival envisioned to merge possibilities in the business of entertainment and opportunities with the showcase of the very best of African Entertainment and innovation to the World and present current world-class innovations around entertainment to and in Africa.
TEFFEST tagged “Entertainment is Life” is scheduled for the 29th of November, 2019 at the Podium, Lekki Lagos Nigeria with a line-up of activities to include panel discussions, fair/exhibition, pitches for investment/mentorship, the summit for younger and older entertainers, award ceremony and a closing concert.
Furthermore, the programming throughout the event will be consistently reminiscent of the elements highlighted above: of the entertainment industry’s growth and current ability to take both social and financial command. Such motivations will not be in limited quantities, and they would set the tone for a serious unpacking of Black excellence and its prime hallmark: opportunity.
TEFFEST’s exhibitors and stakeholders are leaders and innovators in their business categories and various industries with over twelve (12) speakers, three (3) moderators including TEFFEST special guest and Google’s Director of Strategy and Ops Craig Fenton, African star actress and filmmaker Omotola Jalade- Ekiende; ace comedian Ali Baba; Lagos state tax boss Ayo Subair, AGN President Emeka Rollas, label executive Idris Olorunnimbe, actor Alex Ekubo and a host of others.
“Now more than ever we need to own our entertainment and culture, even with recognition from across the globe from the likes of the Oscars and Grammys” said Chief convener Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
“At TEFFEST, we will empower young people with sessions on the issues they care about. From entrepreneurship and economic empowerment to social justice, we’ll have the provocative conversations not happening anywhere else. With the support of industry and friends, we will provide perspective on entertainment that could only come from industry veterans committed to our future.”
Awards will be handed to game changers in the creative and business space. TEFFEST is indeed the hub of business for African Entertainment.
Fair and networking
The Fair will include a mix of expert-led seminars, interactive panel sessions and peer-to-peer networking conference designed to equip attendees with relevant use cases and best practices on a variety of business-impacting issues and trends in engagement, customer acquisition and retention, investor communications, public relations and more.
It begins with essential seminars, sessions with key players beyond the entertainment industry. Speakers and moderators include Malik Afegbua, bISOLA aiyeola, Preety Okafor, Ali Baba, Ayo Subair, Uzoma Onwuchekwa, Jude Odinkonigbo, Uche Nwuka, Simeon Okoduwa, Idris Olorunnimbe, Kenneth Erikume, Captain E, Emeka Rollas, Alex Ekubo and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde.
Pitch: Mentorship and access to Finance
With the November 27th deadline for pitch deck submission from enterpreneurs, TEFFEST will provide the opportunity for entertainment entrepreneurs to secure funding from angel investors, providing a once-in-a-lifetime mentorship and essential support for growth and expansion. Pitch decks are expected on or before the 27th of November via email to: email@example.com
Exhibition: access to Market
Five thousand festival attendees are expected, providing a market for vendors and exhibitors who want to showcase their Business or Product to About 2000 Diverse Fun Loving people,
The day will come to a crescendo at a silent disco party with Captain E, DJ Casper Sandra and Benie Macaulay helming the affairs and providing feel-good music to dance and set the mood.
More information about the event and registration can be found on the TEFFEST website: www.teffest.com
To enter the event, register for free at teffest.com/registration.
Date: 29th November
Kick off time: 8AM
Venue: The Podium Lekki 124 T. F. Kuboye Rd, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
TFAA Winners List: Burna Boy emerges winner of the TFAA 2019 music prize
Burna boy’s luck is definitely holding out.
From his many-firsts as an artist to his recent thrust into global recognition.
Without a doubt, it is definitely the year of the Burna.
I mean, which other artiste has the boldness to unfollow everyone on instagram without getting dragged for it.
See my point?
The TFAA definitely thinks so too. They recently awarded him the winner of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) prize for music.
This is coming less than 24 hours after he secured two awards alongside 2Baba, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage at the 2019 African Music Awards (AFRIMA).
TFAA — which celebrates outstanding young talents, innovators, entrepreneurs, and community advocates breaking boundaries in various industries — staged its 2019 edition on Sunday at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Burna Boy bagged golden plaque for TFAA ‘Prize for Music’, having competed in the category against Falz, Teniola Apata, Johnny Drille and Wurld. The ‘African Giant‘ crooner similarly snagged the ‘Young Person of the Year’.
The 2019 edition of TFAA, themed ‘Nigeria’s New Tribe’, witnessed the presence of Rotimi Amaechi, a former minister of transportation, and Jumoke Oduwole, the special adviser to the president on Ease Of Doing Business.
It also featured performances from Timi Dakolo, Johnny Drille and other talented singers as the show event itself was hosted by popular Falz and Toni Tones, Nollywood actress.
See the full list of winners below.
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ACTING
Timini Egbuson (32) WINNER
Bimbo Ademoye (28)
Bandele ‘Baaj’ Adebule (30)
Sharon Ooja (28)
Fatima Washa Abdullahi (26)
Moshood Fattah (28)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR AGRICULTURE
Emmanuel Maduka (24)
Chiamaka Ndukwu Theresa and Kenneth Okonkwo (25/25)
Uka Eje (29) WINNER
Divine-Love Akam (24)
Rotimi Olawale (29)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ADVOCACY
Hamzat Lawal (32) WINNER
Bright Jaja (29)
Uchechi ‘Ucy’ Rochas (27)
Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti (30)
Funke Adeoye (27)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR ARTS (VISUAL and APPLIED)
Arinze Stanley (26)
Ken Nwadiogbu (25) WINNER
Dipo Doherty (28)
Olarinde Olayemi Ayanfeoluwa (22)
Olabanke Subair (28)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR COMMUNITY ACTION
Abdulazeez Kaltumi (27)
Yetunde Fadeyi (27)
Kelechukwu Nwachukwu Lucky (25)
Tony Joy (27)
Akpobi Elvis (31)
Isaac Success (28) WINNER
Stephen Teru (29)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR FILM-MAKING
Kayode Kasum (28)
Dare Olaitan (28) WINNER
Chinney Love Eze (31)
Rahama Sadau (26)
Uche Odoh (30)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR LITERATURE
Akwaeke Emezi (32)
Ijeoma Umebinyuo (30)
anaire Aderemi (20)
Oyinkan Braithwaite (31)
Otosirieze Obi-Young (25) WINNER
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MEDIA
Peace Itimi (24)
Paul Alasiri (27)
Edirin Edewor (28)
Samuel Ajiboye (28) WINNER
Tosin Olaseinde (31)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR MUSIC
Teniola Apata (26)
Damini Ebunoluwa ‘Burna Boy’ Ogulu (28) WINNER
Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana (29)
John ‘Johnny Drille’ Ighodalo (29)
Sadiq ‘Wurld’ Onifade (32)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Bukky Akomolafe (31) WINNER
Adesola Ade-Unuigbe (28)
Yinka Iyinolakan (30)
Onoriode Reginald Aziza (27)
Peter Tega Oghenejobo (32)
THE FUTURE AWARDS AFRICA PRIZE FOR OAP (VISUAL and AUDIO)
RMD, Hollywood Actor Ntare Mwine To Star in Kenneth Gyang Blockbuster
Award-winning director Kenneth Gyang is set to shoot his fourth feature film.
The new film, which will be produced by Gyang’s outfit Cinema Kpatakpata, will follow his ground-breaking debut Confusion Na Wa, the Nigeria-Norway co-production Lost Café and Oloture, his 2019 picture which received its African premiere at the prestigious Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia.
The new picture is currently in pre production under a working title and has been described by insiders as an Indiana Jones-type adventure set in one of Nigeria’s many beautiful towns.
Nollywood great, Richard Mofe Damijo (popularly known as RMD) is one of the film’s stars.
He would be working alongside Ntare Guma Mwine, star of the Oscar nominated film Blood Diamond.
Mwine was also in the 2016 box office success Queen of Katwe, which featured Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
The forthcoming project has been in development for several years while Gyang worked on a series of projects, including documentaries and workshops for aspiring Nigerian filmmakers.
Shooting will commence towards the end of the first quarter of 2020.
“I am excited about the possibilities of this project,” the acclaimed director said. “We have a good mix of respected actors and new ones and I think the story serves both well. It is very nice having a celebrated figure like RMD come onboard and I am looking forward to Ntare’s appearance on set.”
RMD expressed his admiration for the young director, who has previously worked with established actors Ramsey Nouah and Ali Nuhu.
“I have had the rare pleasure of working under his direction and I can attest that he is one of the brightest lights in this new generation of directors,” he said.
“We should get ready for what is coming. I won’t be able to give specific details of the project but Kenneth and his team are going to give our audience a great ride. I am happy to get on it.”
The director was, however, tight-lipped on rumours of his next film being a Nigerian homage to the Indiana Jones films, the swashbuckling action-packed series made by Steven Spielberg, the revered American director of other hit Hollywood movies such as Jaws and Jurassic Park.
“I love Spielberg,” Gyang said. “But I can’t say anything about the film, except that it is a film by Nigerians and for the world. Let’s just wait till next year. We are putting finishing touches to the script and intend to give this beautiful country a film it deserves.”