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THE NUMBER ONE FILM IN NIGERIAN CINEMAS, One of the VERY BEST FILMS in the HISTORY of NOLLYWOOD

GENERAL ADMISSION: http://culturalconfidence.eventbrite.com/

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/724260264310397

WEB: http://nollywood.filmseries.co

Purchase All Access Pass, Saturday Pass or Email nollywood@filmseries.co to reserve OCTOBER 1 Tickets.
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OCTOBER 1 FILM by KUNLE AFOLAYAN will have it’s US Debut at ‪#‎CULTURALCONFIDENCE‬

THE NUMBER ONE FILM IN NIGERIAN CINEMAS, One of the VERY BEST FILMS in the HISTORY of NOLLYWOOD

Come and see one of the best movies ever out of Nigeria, and meet NOLLYWOOD’S #1 FILMMAKER, Kunle Afolayan.


GENERAL ADMISSION: http://culturalconfidence.eventbrite.com/

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/724260264310397

WEB: http://nollywood.filmseries.co/

Purchase All Access Pass, Saturday Pass or Email nollywood@filmseries.co to reserve OCTOBER 1 Tickets.

Critically acclaimed ‘THE SUPREME PRICE'—a Village Voice Critic's Pick—about the legacy of MOSHOOD ABIOLA, is told through the eyes of his wife Kudirat & daughter Hafsat. The film was just released in theatres for $15+, but you get to see it AND meet the filmmaker at ‪#‎CULTURALCONFIDENCE‬ for less. Shows TONIGHT at 8PM at NYU Kimmel Center.

Q&A with Filmmaker Joanna Lipper AND Khafila Abiola (Daughter of Moshood & Kudirat Abiola) - Moderated by Busayo Olupona

Tickets: http://culturalconfidence.eventbrite.com

"Once upon a time, there was a country. Growing up in the West, the most dominant narrative of Nigeria had to do with poverty, sickness, corruption, greed and more poverty. Going home was like playing Russian roulette with your life…"

Read more: http://filmseries.co/2014/09/abiolas-legacy-country/

The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series is pleased to present it’s second annual forum, themed Cultural Confidence: Acquiring and Negotiating Authentic Cultural Identity in a Globalized World. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of Nigeria and 54 years of Nigerian independence, NDFS will screen world-class films of New Nollywood and host panel discussions on pertinent issues facing Nigerians at home and abroad.

Event Info:

Nollywood Diaspora Film Series [Authenticity. Texture. Beauty.]
Presents
CULTURAL CONFIDENCE [Acquiring and negotiating authentic cultural identity in a globalized world.]


** On the 100th Anniversary of the formation of ‘Nigeria’ *

GET UPDATES WITH HASHTAG #CULTURALCONFIDENCE


FRIDAY OCT 10:

THE SUPREME PRICE Film. Doors open 7:30PM
Film screening and Q&A with award-winning Filmmaker Joanna Lipper and Khafila Abiola–activist & daughter of MKO Abiola.
Moderated by Busayo Olupona.

LOCATION: NYU Kimmel Center. 60 Washington Square South.



SATURDAY OCT 11:

Doors open at 11AM
FILM SHORTS – 11:15AM
CULTURAL CONFIDENCE PANEL 12PM
COUTURE CULTURE PANEL 1:30PM
MOTHER OF GEORGE FILM 3:30PM
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN FILM 5:30PM
OCTOBER 1 FILM 7:30PM { BUY ALL-ACCESS PASS ON EVENTBRITE TO GUARANTEE SEATS OR RESERVE TICKETS BY EMAILING NOLLYWOOD@FILMSERIES.CO }
Q&A WITH KUNLE AFOLAYAN

LOCATION: NYU Kimmel Center. 60 Washington Square South.



SUNDAY OCT 12:

11AM – 2PM
Yoruba, Igbo and Efik Workshops

LOCATION: NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor. Manhattan. (6 train to Astor Place, N/R to 8th St. NYU)



Are you ready? Are you ready? This is going to be an AMAZING weekend! You might just walk away from it with ridiculous amounts of CULTURAL CONFIDENCE. You might walk taller, prouder, more sure of who you are. JOIN US.



Sponsored By:

VLISCO, Holland Textiles, Sonna, Yoruba Cultural Institute, NYU Africana Studies, Institute of African American Affairs, AFRICA MAGIC GO!


Partners: Applause Africa, Liberated People, Panla USA



A PORTION OF PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE JOYFUL JOY FOUNDATION, committed to eradicating malaria in Africa.


FOR MORE INFO:
WEB: nollywood.filmseries.co
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/events/724260264310397/731001200302970
Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/nollywood-diaspora-film-series-cultural-confidence-tickets-13129341213

What is CULTURAL CONFIDENCE ?

The Nollywood Diaspora Film Series is pleased to present it’s second annual forum, themed Cultural Confidence: Acquiring and Negotiating Authentic Cultural Identity in a Globalized World. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the creation of Nigeria and 54 years of Nigerian independence, NDFS will screen world-class films of New Nollywood and host panel discussions on pertinent issues facing Nigerians at home and abroad.

WEB: nollywood.filmseries.co
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/events/724260264310397/731001200302970
Tickets: eventbrite.com/e/nollywood-diaspora-film-series-cultural-confidence-tickets-13129341213
#CULTURALCONFIDENCE

Promo featuring:
Adepero Oduye (‘Twelve Years a Slave’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘Pariah’ and others)
Gbenga Akinagbe (‘24’, ‘The Wire’, ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3’ and others)
Andrew Dosunmu (Director of ‘Mother of George’, ‘Restless City’)

Film footage courtesy of Golden Effects Studios & Real Livin Films
Music and Production by SIJI

Nollywood Diaspora Film Series Presents CULTURAL CONFIDENCE [Acquiring and negotiating authentic cultural identity in a globalized world.]

PANELISTS:
Busayo Michelle Olupona
Creative Director, Busayo 
@busayonyc

Ibiwunmi Olaiya 
Recording Artist, Fashion Designer
@akawunmigirl

Adepero Oduye
Actor, Director 
@adeperoOduye

Loza Maléombho
Creative Director, Designer
@lozamaleombho

Gbenga Akinnagbe 
Actor, Producer 
@GbengaAkinnagbe

Kukua Odoi
Founder, African Prints in Fashion 
@MsK_NY

Awam Amkpa
Africana Professor, NYU
@amkpa

Panels - “CULTURAL CONFIDENCE: Acquiring and Negotiating Authentic Cultural Identities” AND “Couture Culture: What Makes Fashion African” will take place Saturday 10/11 at NYU Kimmel Center 60 Washington Sq South between 12PM and 3PM

DON’T miss these culturally confident forces as they share their stories with you. 
TICKETS http://culturalconfidence.eventbrite.com/

Website: http://filmseries.co

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Eleda Mi by Olamide

Eleda mi o, mi o, mi o (My creator, my creator, my creator)

Ori iya mi o, mi o, mi o (My mother’s Head/Crown)

Won fe ko bola mi o(won fe koba ola), mi o, mi o ( They want to destroy my wealth)

Ma ma je k’won ja mi o, mi o, mi o (Do not let them destroy me)

Ma kole, ma rale (I will build houses, I will buy land) …

- See the full lyrical translation here: http://yorubaculturalinstitute.org/main/yoruba-music-translated-eleda-mi-olamide/

Yoruba Music Translated: Mukulu – Skales

CHORUS
Ma lo nogede, ma lo slow (Do not dull yourself, do not go slow)
Sun mo mi je k’a jo (Move closer to me and let us dance)
J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)
J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)

Ma lo nogede, ma lo slow (Do not dull yourself, do not go slow)
Sun mo mi je k’a jo (Move closer to me and let us dance)

J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)
J’a mukulu, j’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)
Mo ni k’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (I said let us vibe and dance)
K’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (x3) (Let us vibe and dance)

Mo ni k’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (I said let us vibe and dance)
K’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)

Mo ni k’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (I said let us vibe and dance)
K’a mukulu, k’a mukeke (Let us vibe and dance)

- See more at: http://yorubaculturalinstitute.org/main/yoruba-music-translated-mukulu-skales/#sthash.ztSU4iJU.oueYG3rK.dpuf

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Independence Day…#Nigeria

(via numbla)

In April of 2013, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan hosted a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Nollywood, the world’s third largest film industry. As more and more members of the African Diaspora become consumers of Nollywood films, it is imperative that the boom of Nollywood be taken seriously by Nigerians everywhere, especially those positioned towield tremendous strategic influence over the industry. 


Film can be a powerful tool for shaping a people. As Studio Museum director, Thelma Golden has noted, “art gives shape to cultural change”. The arts—especially film and television—influence the way we think, speak, behave; what we do with our time, what we value. Motion pictures play a major role—albeit underrated—in the development of any modern nation. 

Join us as we re-define Nollywood, celebrating and re-shaping her influence on the African Diaspora; while enjoying the best of Nigerian cinema, cuisine and networking

There will be three (3) film screenings, a panel discussion and Nigerian cuisine and wine & networking.

4:00PM - Screening of True Story Nollywood by Ihuoma Atanga

4:20PM - Short Film Screening

4:40PM - Q&A with first two filmmakers

5:00PM - Screening of Phone Swap film by Kunle Afolayan

7:00PM - Panel discussion & networking & food served


Panelists include: Stella Damasus (Nollywood Veteran), Awam Amkpa (NYU, Nollywood),Oluchi Enuha (Iroko TV), Tambay Obenson (Shadow and Act.com)


Hosted by: Yoruba Cultural Institute & MediAfritiQ
Supported by: Studio Museum, Applause AfricaIROKOtv, Panla, BUKA

"Happy Birthday, Nigeria"
A message from the YCI President 

Dear Changemakers,

I salute you.

Today I am so proud to be “Nigerian”*. Most Independence Days I mark with silence, or with chastising my government and my people. Even though I have lived outside Nigeria for over 20 years, and only last year was reunited with my first love, first soil after 21 years, I still feel the river Niger running through my veins. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

It is because of an intense love of my grandmother’s tongue, my red soil, my Atlantic ocean, my fried dodo, my egusi, my wide-mouthed laughter, my aso-oke, my afro-juju, my kuli kuli, my suya, my market women, my boli and epa (Oh! sweet Jesus, boli and epa), my ikokore, my Chinua Achebes, my Wole Soyinkas, my Funmilayo Ransome-Kutis, my owambes, my masquerades, It is because of my intense love for everything that makes us powerful, beautiful, formidable that I go to such lengths to create and support initiatives that make us better people. The only way to change Nigeria is to change ourselves. We can’t change ourselves unless we have a vision of a better self. We can be anything we can see.

They say “Nigerians” are the happiest people on the planet. No mystery there. Either it is the emu, the music or the soul of the people. No matter the suffering, we find a way to smile.

I am proud to be “Nigerian” today because I know with absolute certainty that I am part of the generation that will change Nigeria—and Africa—drastically and permanently for the better. My own passions are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the amazing work that Africans of this generation are doing to renew the Continent where man, religion and science originated. I am inspired by so many who sacrifice their comforts to make ripples that will be felt by our children’s children.

May we keep the fire burning. May we look back one day and say, “It was all worth it.” May our children’s children thank us.

,

Ololade Siyonbola


*The borders that make up Nigeria were imposed by greedy foreigners, but the historic bonds that have tied us are very real. I still think we should focus on regional and continental advancement and erase the strangers’ borders.

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