Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Best Friends of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

The best friends of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan are not the sycophants flattering him with half-truths and outright lies, but those who are not afraid to report and tell him the bitter truth. For only the truth can help him and not lies.

 ~ Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mobile Cloud Market Worth $46.90 Billion by 2019

The report forecasts the market sizes and trends for mobile cloud in the following sub-markets:
On the basis of applications:
  • Gaming
  • Entertainment
  • Utilities
  • Education
  • Productivity
  • Business and finance
  • Social networking
  • Healthcare
  • Travel and navigation
  • Others
On the basis of users:
  • Enterprises
  • Consumers
On the basis of regions:
  • North America (NA)
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC)
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
  • Latin America (LA)

DALLAS, August 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
The report "Mobile Cloud Market by Application (Gaming, Entertainment, Utilities, Education, Productivity, Business & Finance, Social Networking, Healthcare, Travel & Navigation), & by User (Enterprise User, Consumer) - Worldwide Market Forecast and Analysis (2014 - 2019)" by MarketsandMarkets, defines the global Mobile Cloud Market based on applications with an in-depth analysis and forecasting of market sizes. The report also identifies the factors driving this market, various restraints, and opportunities impacting it along with the adoption trends.
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With the rise in demanding times, cloud computing has evolved to give space for the upsurge in the mobile cloud era which provides continual access to the cloud-based applications and services merely through one's mobile device such as Smartphone and Tablets. The Mobile Cloud Market has significantly amalgamated the comprehensive offerings from the cloud vendors, telecom network operators, and application developers and merchants to substantially benefit its users comprising enterprises and consumers. The escalating demands from the users and the ease in provision of competent mobile cloud-based apps are in turn driving the growth in the Mobile Cloud Market. Major vendors of the global Mobile Cloud Market are Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com, Google, Inc., Apple, Inc., and Microsoft Corporation. The major forces driving this market are the manifold usage of Smartphone, enhanced network connections, evolving needs for centralized data management and the rising use of HTML5 technology.

The rapid advancements in the mobile cloud-based applications have been the prime reason for significant expansions in this market. Mobile cloud-based apps have leveraged the users with convenient apps that facilitate required vital information enhancing their productivity. This real-time information accessed through the apps on mobile devices can be used for personal or professional purpose, thereby, enabling flexibility in work. Hence, mobile cloud has substantially redefined the usage of mobile phones with the incorporation of cloud services to provide users with an enhanced experience through the provision of varied favorable applications.

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MarketsandMarkets broadly segments the Mobile Cloud Market by regions: North America (NA), Europe, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Latin America (LA); by applications: gaming, entertainment, utilities, education, productivity, business and finance, social networking, healthcare, travel and navigation, and others; and by users: enterprises and consumers.

MarketsandMarkets forecasts the global Mobile Cloud Market to grow from $9.43 billion in 2014 to $46.90 billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 37.8%. In terms of regions, Europe is expected to be the biggest market in terms of market size, while Latin America (LA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) are expected to experience increased market traction, during the forecast period.

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Two Nigerians in Contest for $75,000 Anzisha Prize for Young Entrepreneurs

 Chukwuwezam Obanor.

Two young Nigerians Chukwuwezam Obanor, 22, working in Nigeria and Chineye Okoro Onu, 19, working in Ghana are among the 12 finalists shortlisted for the 2014 Anzisha Prize sponsored by African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation.

 Chineye Okoro Onu.

The following is a detailed report on the 12 finalists.

$75,000 Anzisha Prize for Young Entrepreneurs Announces 2014 Finalists

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, August 26, 2014/ -- For the first time ever, African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation are delighted to have Anzisha Prize finalists from Togo and Ivory Coast (http://www.anzishaprize.org), revealing strong growth in entrepreneurship activity amongst youth in West Africa. Five young women are among the 12 finalists in the running for the $75,000 prize money that will be awarded on 23 September 2014, and will fly to Johannesburg from DRC, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria.

Photos (file name contain name of each country):https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hoaswlejkdcy4zi/AABJBh2_HBFrL56von3XGGK3a

The Anzisha prize scours the continent seeking to find entrepreneurial youth between the ages of 15 and 22, who have identified opportunities to better their communities and done so inclusively. This year’s finalists have started ventures in a diverse range of economic sectors including energy, health care, tourism and hospitality.

Sam Kodo (Togo), 22, began designing robots at the age of eight and now runs an IT hardware company that assembles low cost computers that he sells to students. He has six employees and plans to expand the rest of Togo and neighbouring countries. Gabriel Kombassere (Ivory Coast), 17, runs a farming association geared to eradicated poverty in his community. Annually, he produces maize and cassava feeding the association’s 30 members and their families.

“2014 has been an exciting one for the Anzisha Prize search team. We brokered partnerships with key local organisations enabling them to play a primary role in evangelising the Anzisha Prize in their country. This has led to not only a stronger pool of applications but also more female applicants than ever before.” said Chi Achebe, Program Manager, Anzisha Prize. 

"We are excited to see such a talented cohort of innovative and entrepreneurial young people join the Anzisha prize community," said Deepali Khanna, Director of Youth Learning at The MasterCard Foundation.  "This Pan-African prize has had tremendous success over the past four years and is inspiring other young entrepreneurs across Africa to develop their own businesses or social innovation ventures."   

Now in its fourth year, the Anzisha Prize received 339 applications this year from 32 countries for Africa’s premier youth entrepreneurship award.

The 2014 finalists are:

-       Benedicte Mundele, 20, DRC. Founder of Surprise Tropical, an organic local produce canteen to promote a healthy lifestyle in her community.
-       Gabriel Kombassere, 17, Ivory Coast. Founder of Rible Neda, a farming association that produces 20 bags of maize and 1 cargo of cassava per year feeding its members and their families.
-       Noah Walakira, 21, Uganda. Founder of Namirembe Sweater Makers, a community based organization that provides school uniform sweaters to over 40 schools across the country.
-       Nteff Alain, 22, Cameroon. Founder of the gifted Mom project, an e-content platform for pregnant women to combat the high mother and infancy deaths.
-       Winifred Selby, 19, Ghana. Founder of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative, a bamboo bike making technology to manufacture affordable multi-purpose bikes suitable for the Ghanaian terrain.
-       Tom Osborn, 18, Kenya. Founder of Greenchar, a clean energy project that produces smokeless charcoal briquettes and distributes clean cook stoves throughout Kenya.
-       Martha Chumo, 19, Kenya. Founder of Nairobi Developer School, an institution that provides the youth with computer programming knowledge and skills to build sustainable solutions using technology.
-       Chineye Okoro Onu, 19, Ghana. Founder of the Mosaicpiration Project, an initiative that uses recycled material to create art and impact entrepreneurial skills to young people through training and mentorship.
-       Chukwuwezam Obanor, 22, Nigeria. Founder of Prepclass, an online platform that provides study content (past tests, answers etc.) for local Nigerian schools in preparation for national exams. 
-       Thato Kgatlhanye, 21, South Africa. Founder of Repurpose Schoolbags, an initiative that designs school bags made from up-cycled plastic shopping bags that integrate solar technology, charging up during the day and transforming into light for learners to study after dark.
-       Jeffrey Mulaudzi, 22, South Africa. Founder of Mulaudzi Bicycle Tours, a lifestyle tour in Alexandra township that engages members of the community by telling their stories and enveloping them into the business, creating a socio-economic transformation.
-       Sam Kodo, 22, Togo. Founder of LC-COM (Low cost-Computer) / Infinite Loop, a company that produces low cost personal computers for students.

The Anzisha Prize is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation. Our 12 finalists will be flown to Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2014 Anzisha Week taking place from 18 – 25 September where a panel of judges from across the entrepreneurial sphere will convene to select the grand prize winners. They will receive training from African Leadership Academy’s renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership faculty and engage with industry leaders, mentors as well as engage with change agents from across the continent.

The Anzisha Prize team is running a social media campaign where members of the public can rally behind the young entrepreneurs and offer words of support and encouragement on their Anzisha journey. For more information on the Anzisha Prize and the campaign, go to:

 Twitter: @anzishaprize

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the Internet Corporation for the Anzisha Prize.

Media contact:
Lydia Byarugaba - lbyarugaba@africanleadershipacademy.org or +27 84 375 1222
Should you write an article using this press release, Anzisha Prize would like to link to the article on its website. Please email any articles to lbyarugaba@africanleadershipacademy.org    


About the Anzisha Prize
The Anzisha Prize is managed out of African Leadership Academy’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which was established through a multi-year partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. Through the Anzisha Prize, the organisers seek to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship among youth across the continent.

About African Leadership Academy
African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of entrepreneurial leaders who will work together to achieve extraordinary social impact. Each year, ALA brings together the most promising young leaders from all 54 African nations for a pre-university program in South Africa with a focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and African studies. ALA continues to cultivate these leaders throughout their lives, in university and beyond, by providing on-going leadership and entrepreneurial training and connecting them to high-impact networks of people and capital that can catalyse large-scale change. For more information, visit http://africanleadershipacademy.org.

About The MasterCard Foundation
The MasterCard Foundation is an independent, global organization based in Toronto, Canada, with more than $9 billion in assets.  Through collaboration with partner organizations in 49 countries, it is creating opportunities for all people to learn and prosper.  The Foundation's programs promote financial inclusion and advance youth learning, mostly in Africa. Established in 2006 through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide when it became a public company, the Foundation is a separate and independent entity. The policies, operations and funding decisions of the Foundation are determined by its own Board of Directors and President and CEO.  For more information on the Foundation, please visithttp://www.mastercardfdn.org.

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I Have Worked with the Best in Nollywood - Chris Orioha-Marcus

Chris Orioha-Marcus, the first Assistant Director of Lancelot Imasuen’s epic “Invasion 1897” is one of the few good directors in Nollywood and he believes more in his works speaking for him than making noise about them.
 “All works have their peculiar interests. Creativity is exciting when one overcomes its challenges,” he said in a chat with him after the press preview of “Invasion 1897” on Thursday 14, 2014, at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos.

“The excitement about co-directing ‘Invasion 1897’ was the cross-cultural creativity I impacted since I am from the Igbo tribe working on an Edo historical film.  Though it was done in English language, but the cultural understanding of the job was quite challenging, but I pulled through.

 Chris with Lancelot Imasuen at the news media unveiling of "Invasion 1897" on Thursday August 14, 2014, at the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
"As a director, ‘Connecting the Dots’ was challenging. An ExxonMobil job dealing with professional security issues as related to the job. I barely did have a technical professional idea of the job, but I scaled through consultations and research."

"Moreover, the most outstanding challenge was working with a cast of forty non-artistic professionals whose primary concern was their desk office assignment than the film ‘Connecting the Dots' which to them at that time was a secondary work. Squeezing out that needed artistic juice out of them was challenging, but I pulled through successfully. And at the end, my greatest joy was when the management honoured all the participants with awards and cash rewards in appreciation of their artistic excellence on the job."

"Another challenging work was the stage play ‘Victims of Cultism’, a story that exposed the dangers of cultic initiation on campus. Parents actually shed tears, knowing the deadly implications and the realities of cultism.”
“I have worked with the best actors and actresses in Nollywood, including Genevieve Nnaji, Nonso Diobu, Mike Ezuruonye, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha, Charles Inojie, Victor Osuagwu, Hanks Anuku, Olu and Joke Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola and the late veterans Sam Loco, Justus Esiri and Enebeli Enebuwa. And the best cameras I have used so far are Red and Canon digital cinema cameras. '

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuition Free Universities in Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany and Sweden


 Tuition Free Universities in Finland »

Since university education is funded by the State through the Ministry of Education, students enrolled in regular degree studies pay no tuition fees with exceptions.  If you are enrolled as a non-EU/EEA degree student in a Bachelor’s or Doctoral level programme, the higher education institution will not charge tuition fees.  However, students in both universities and polytechnics have to pay for their books and other materials, plus their accommodation and living expenses.
Most Master’s level programmes are free of charge as well, however, a number of them may carry tuition fees for non-EU/EEA students during a five-year trial period 2010–2014. Depending on the programme, tuition fees may be collected starting from autumn 2010, 2011 or 2012.
Update: The tuition fee trial period in Finland 2010-2014 is drawing to a close.  After this trial period, it is likely that most universities will not charge tuition fees in Finnish higher education degrees starting in autumn 2014, regardless of the level of studies and the nationality of the student.  Please note that this might change in the future and some universities may decide to still charge tuition fees. You are advised to visit studyinfinland.fi for updates and follow what the individual higher education institutions say about tuition fees in their programmes by checking the info on their own Admissions pages.
Cost of Studying in Finland: Estimated living expenses of a single student in Finland average around 700 Euros per month.
See the list of all Finnish institutions of higher education

Tuition Free Universities in Austria »

If you are an non-EU student, federal/public universities in Austria only charge about 726.72  Euros for tuition fees plus 17.50 Euros for the Austrian Student Union and insurance fee per semester.
If you are a citizen of a least developed country, you are exempted to pay tuition fees at public universities in Austria and only need to pay 17.50 Euros per semester for the student union fee and insurance.
Cost of Studying in Austria: The cost of living for students in Austria is approximately 800 Euros per month which covers accommodation, food, and personal expenses.
See the list of Universities in Austria
Also see the Austria Grants Database

Source: http://www.oead.at/welcome_to_austria/education_research/study_in_austria/universities/tuition_fees/EN/

Tuition Free Universities in Norway »

Norwegian state universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, students will need to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 ($50-100) each semester.
This is applicable for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programmes and Ph.D. programmes. Note that some state universities and university colleges may have tuition fees for a few specialized programmes. Typically these programmes are at the Masters level.
Most private institutions have tuition fees for all their programmes and courses. But the fees are usually significantly lower than those of comparable studies in most other countries. Also, foreign students don’t pay higher tuition fees than Norwegian students.
Cost of Studying in Norway: You should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.  Living expenses would amount to 89.000 NOK ($15,000) per year.
See the list of Universities and Colleges in Norway

See also the list of  Scholarships in Norway for International Students

Tuition Free Universities in Germany »

For many years, higher institutions of education in Germany usually do not charge any tuition fees for undergraduate studies.   But after the Constitutional Court of Germany lifted the ban on tuition fees in January 2005, a number of Federal states now charge tuition fees for undergraduate students.  Postgraduate studies such as most Master’s or PhD charges tuition fees for some time now.
Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Programmes
Since the winter semester 2006/07, German universities are now allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programmes. As of October 2013,  only 1 out of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to 500 Euros per semester. All other federal states only request a certain amount of money as a semester contribution (about 50 euros) but charges no tuition fees. You should check this page for updated information on tuition fees in different federal states in Germany.
Tuition fees for Graduate Programmes
In most cases, you need to pay tuition fee for Master’s programmes. The fees vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester. Aside from the tuition fee, each student has to pay a certain amount as a semester contribution to the university (about 50 Euros).
Cost of Studying in Germany: On average, German students spend about 500-800 Euros for accommodation, transport, food, and miscellaneous expenses.

Tuition Free Universities in Sweden »

Up until 2010, Sweden has been one of the few countries in Europe that has not charged any types of fees. All students—regardless of nationality—have been funded by Swedish taxpayers.  In 2010, the Swedish parliament has passed a law that charges tuition and application fees for students from non-EU/EEA countries starting  2011/2012 academic year, to be supplemented by scholarship programs.
Thus, application and tuition fees apply for students who are not citizens of an EU/EEA/Nordic country or Switzerland. The tuition fees apply only to bachelor’s and master’s programmes and courses, while PhD programmes are tuition-free. All students who are studying at the doctoral level in Sweden are not required to pay tuition fees.
A significant number of Universities still offer full and partial scholarships in the form of tuition waivers for international students.

Online Tuition-Free Universities »

Nowadays, you need not to leave your country to benefit from an international education.  All you need is a computer and internet connection.  Moreover, there are now a number of Universities offering online courses/degree for free.
The first such University is University of the People which is a tuition-free, non-profit, online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally.    University of the People offers online Associate Degree in Management and Computer Science.
This was followed by an initiative of MIT and Harvard called edX which is a learning platform that gives students from any country the opportunity to take free online courses offered by three premier Universities in the US – Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley.  Online learners can earn a certificate of completion after completing the course.
Following this trend, a social entrepreneurship company introduced Coursera which is an online learning platform that partners with the top universities in the world to offer online courses in many fields of study for anyone to take, for free.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Femi Kuti with Supermodel Alek Wek and other Stars on the Gold Carpet in America

Femi Kuti, Alek Wek and other African celebrities and trailblazers arriving on the gold carpet for the 2014 FACE List Awards. Face2face Africa honored six African pioneers at the annual FACE List Awards which recognizes pan-African achievement. 2014 Honorees included Mo Ibrahim, the famous Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire, Masai Ujiri, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu and Dr. Boachie-Adjei.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Federal Government Should Give Full Scholarship To All Medical Students

Every literate person knows that we don't have enough medical doctors in Nigeria, because the doctor-patient ratio of 1:6400 in Nigeria falls short of the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 1:600.

Confirmed reports say medical schools in Nigeria graduate between 2,500 and 4,000 new doctors annually and almost all of them are self-sponsored and study under pressure of inadequate facilities and their hostels are an eyesore. And the few available doctors are not well paid and the public hospitals are scary, because they lack the most important life saving supplies in medical equipment.

“Over 100,000 applicants show interest in studying Medicine and Surgery annually but less than 5 percent are offered admission. Universities cannot admit more than a certain quota, based on Nigerian University Council (NUC) policy. This is due to lack of infrastructures in our universities. The onus lies on the Government to increase funding for education to put in place requisite facilities. This in turn would increase the number of applicants admitted to study medicine, increase the number of medical graduates and reduce the current Doctor-Patient ratio,” said former President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele.

The British National Health Service (NHS) fact sheet on the number of registered doctors shows that over 3, 936 Nigerian doctors are in active service in the UK.
There are over 71,740 Nigerian medical and dental practitioners, but only about 39, 000 are working in Nigeria. And reports have confirmed that Nigerians spend over N78 billion annually on foreign medical trips and the biggest spenders are members of the ruling class in the corridors of power, including the honourable Minister of Health.

In view of the national emergency in the health sector with underpaid medical doctors often going on strike and poor patients suffering and dying when they would have been saved, the government should know that the solution is to address the scarcity of qualified medical doctors and lack of modern medicare.

The fact that over 100, 000 Nigerian students apply for admission in the few medical schools is enough proof that Nigeria can meet the doctor-patient ratio of 1:600 of the World Health Organization (WHO). And the only way to do so is to give full scholarship to all medical students instead of wasting billions of naira on foreign medical trips. The billions are enough to train more medical doctors and improve the quality of health care in the most populous country in Africa.

There is enough money from the oil and gas sector that made over $73 billion in 2013 and projected to contribute $108 billion per year by 2030. The government can use just only 10 per cent of the annual revenues from the oil and gas sector to pay for full scholarship of all medical students to study in Nigeria and then spend at least a year in the best medical schools in the world.
Kebbi state government recently released N176 million (over $1.1 million) for the payment of tuition and registration fees for 62 students sponsored to study medicine in Indian and Sudanese universities. This is laudable and the federal government should able to do more than that for the common benefit of all Nigerians.

Wealthy Nigerians who are making billions of naira should also contribute to provide full scholarship to Nigerian students to study medicine and they should also donate world class medical equipment to public hospitals and medical centers in Nigeria.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cannes is Waiting for Nollywood

Cannes is Waiting for Nollywood

“I was gripped by a need to ‘discover’ Africa. Not just Senegal, but just about the entire continent… I became aware that I had to learn to make films if I really wanted to reach my people. A film can be seen and understood even by illiterate people – a book cannot speak to entire populations!”
~ Ousmane Sembène (1 January 1923 – 9 June 2007), at the 2005 Cannes International Film Festival.

Competing at the Cannes is as important as making the nominations for the Oscars.

"Cannes is a showcase for excellence. And when the spotlight is placed on me or Philippe Lacote here, it extends far beyond us…. It is important as far as Africa having a presence and having visibility and A place in the festival. Africa is very rarely visible on the world scene.”
~ Mauritanian-born, Mali-raised filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, at the 2014 Cannes,  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-african-filmmakers-enjoy-spotlight-706760

"African cinema will be very present at Cannes," said festival director Thierry Fremaux during a press conference for the 67th Cannes Film Festival last May.  And indeed Africa was well represented by Abderrahmane Sissako's "Timbuktu" that competed for the Palme d'Or and Philippe Lacote’s first feature film "Run" in the Un Certain Regard category.

Nollywood filmmakers have been attending Cannes Film Festivals, but more as mere spectators and not as competitors, except for the few Nollywood movies screened at the Nigerian pavilion, Marché du film and
"Cinemas du Sud" (Cinemas of the South) pavilion. No Nollywood movie has made the selection for the competition or out of competition at the annual Cannes Film Festival. But a Nigerian filmmaker Newton Aduaka’s acclaimed multiple award winning war film “Ezra” in 2007 was at the Cannes. Of course “Ezra” is not a Nollywood movie and the director is not a Nollywood filmmaker, but he is currently the most accomplished Nigerian filmmaker since the generation of Dr. Ola Balogun, Francis Oladele and Chief Eddie Ugbomah.  His first feature “Rage” in 2001 was the first indie film by a black filmmaker in the history of British cinema to make nationwide box-office and won the Carlton Television Multicultural Award.

“Ezra” won the Etalon d’or de Yennenga (the Golden Stallion of Yennenga), the highest prize at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in 2007. “Ezra” premiered in the world cinema competition at the Sundance film festival and was nominated for the Humanitas Prize and screened in a special section of the Critics’ Week in Cannes, 2007.  It was rated one of the most important anti-war films ever made and awarded the United Nation’s prize for Peace and Tolerance. This phenomenal film has won over 28 Awards, including 6 Grand Jury Prizes, including the Federation of International Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award. Aduaka’s new feature film, “One Man’s Show” was premiered at FESPACO 2013 and won the Critics’ Prize. Therefore if Newton Aduaka can make it, then other Nigerian filmmakers whether in Nollywood or any other wood can make it.

The presence of African filmmakers at the Cannes has been well documented over the years and the most recent ones are Cannes Oui? Part One: Sub-Saharan African Cinema at the Cannes published by the British Blacklist on http://www.thebritishblacklist.com/cannes-oui-part-one-sub-saharan-african-cinema-cannes/ and Cannes Oui? Part Two: African Diaspora Cinema at Cannes on
The African Diaspora Films That Have Won The Palme d'Or ... by Tambay A. Obenson of the popular Shadow and Act of Indiewire, May 20, 2014, on http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/the-african-diaspora-films-that-have-won-the-palme-dor-at-cannes-have-you-seen-them and Africa at the Cannes by Jean-Pierre Garcia, Editor of Le Film Africain & du Sud magazine published by the Cannes Film Festival on http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/article/58043.html

Many African films have been screened at the Cannes and among them were “Les Yeux Secs” by Narjiss Nejjar from Morocco, “Le Silence de la forêt” by Didier Ouenangare and Bassek ba Kobhio from the Central African Republic and Cameroon in 2003, “Khorma” by Jilani Saadi from Tunisia in 2003, “Heremakono” by Abdherrahmane Sissako from Mauritania in 2002, “La Saison des Hommes” by Moufida Tlatli from Tunisia in 2000, “La Genèse” by Cheick Oumar Sissoko from Mali in 1999, “Kini et Adams” by Idrissa Ouedraogo from Burkina Faso, “Le Destin” by Youssef Chahine from Egypt in 1997 and “Po di Sangui” by Flora Gomes from Guinea Bissau in 1996.
Egypt leads other African countries in number of films screened at the Cannes since 1946 to date. 22 Egyptian films have been screened with 14 in competition and one out of competition and 5 others screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight programme between 1973 and 1990.

The first and only African film so far to win the Palme d'Or was “Chronicle of the Years of Fire”, 1975 Algerian film by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina. And another African from Tunisia has also won the Palme d'Or, Abdellatif Kechiche, regarded as Tunisian-French.  His romantic drama "Blue Is the Warmest Colour" won the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. But it is a French film and not an African film.

“Yeelen” (“Brightness”), by the Malian director Souleymane Cissé was the first African film to win the coveted Jury Prize or Prix du Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. Idrissa Ouedraogo from Burkina Faso Ouédraogo won the Grand Prix for his film Tilaï (The Law) at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, and premiered at the 1990 Toronto Film Festival.. He also won the FIPRESCI Award for his 1986 film Yam Daabo (The Choice). His 1993 film Samba Traoré won the Silver Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. And in 2010, “A Screaming Man” (French: Un homme qui crie) by Mahamat Saleh Haroun also won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. And his 2013 film "Grigris" was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

South African films have also competed at the Cannes and Elaine Proctor's "Friends" won the Caméra d'Or at the1993 Cannes Film Festival. South African films "Beauty" (Skoonheid in Afrikaans) by Oliver Hermanus premiered in the Un Certain Regard in 2011 and "Life, Above All" by Oliver Schmitz.in competed in the same Un Certain Regard in 2010.

The following African films have won the top prizes in the Un Certain Regard.
"A Thousand Months" (Mille mois) by Faouzi Bensaidi of Morocco won Prix le Premier Regard in 2003.
"Moolaadé" by the Father of African Cinema, Ousmane Sembène of Senegal won the Prix Un Certain Regard in 2004.
"Delwende" by S. Pierre Yameogo of Burkina Faso won the Prix de L'espoir in 2005.
"Johnny Mad Dog" by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire of Liberia won the Prix de L'espoir in 2008.

Except for Newton Aduaka, Ngozi Onwurah, Andrew Dosunmu and Akin Omotosho, no other Nigerian filmmaker has taken up the challenge to compete on the world stage of the major international film festivals and until Nollywood movies can compete at the highest levels in the world, from the Cannes to the Oscars, then the best is yet to come in the biggest and largest film industry in Africa. Other African filmmakers who have competed and also won awards at the Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto and at the Academy Awards are not better than Dr. Ola Balogun, Francis Oladele, Chief Eddie Ugbomah, Afolabi and Adedeji Adesanya, Tunde Kelani, Mahmood Ali-Balogun, Lancelot Imasuen, Teco Benson, Tade Ogidan, Kunle Afolayan, Izu Ojukwu, Jeta Amata and other leading filmmakers in Nigeria, but they have proved to be more ambitious and have refused to settle for less. So, Nollywood filmmakers should be ambitious enough to fit into the big picture of Cannes and other major international awards competitions for motion picture in the world. And I hope they are ready to compete at the 68th Festival de Cannes: from 13 to 24 May 2015?

 ~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, Publisher/Editor of the NOLLYWOOD MIRROR® SERIES, Nollywood Digital, and other books.

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