18 Dec

Oyinbo Princess, the Nollywood actress with a difference

first_imgCD AndersonA young British actress is fast becoming one of Nigeria’s top film stars. Nicknamed “Oyinbo (white) Princess” by her growing legion of fans in Nigeria and the wider African diaspora, Claire Edun is using her love of African culture and proficiency in pidgin English to give Nollywood a more global appeal.Edun became familiar with Nigerian culture while growing up in the Peckham area of London, where there is a large community of African expatriates.She got her love of Nollywood films from her friends, and soon mastered the pidgin dialect – a mix of English, indigenous African languages and street slang – used in the popular films.She had always had a passion for acting and drama, and had starred in local theatre productions while still at school.Nollywood’s Oyinbo Princess, British actress Claire Edun is proving popular with Nigerian audiences. (pic: Oynibo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/NRLa6uOb88— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016As an adult working as a flight attendant, Edun fell further in love with Africa and its people during her flight stopovers on the continent. She took to Nigeria in particular, where she enthusiastically embraced the music, art and culture.She married a Nigerian expat, Richard, who taught her more about Nigerian culture, including the complexities of pidgin English.In 2014, Edun posted a video online of herself speaking pidgin and was spotted by one of Nollywood’s top producers, Lancelot Imasuen, who offered her the opportunity to star in one of his films.Authentic Tentative Marriage, with Alexx Ekubo & UK actress Claire Edun a popular Nollywood romantic comedy (pic: Oyinbo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/Emmf5SoW0c— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016ATM: Authentic Tentative Marriage is a romantic comedy with a subtle political edge. In the film Alexx Ekubo, one of the country’s most popular heartthrob actors, plays a man who wants to escape Nigeria by marrying a white English woman. But he soon rediscovers a love for his country and culture, thanks to his new wife’s audacious – and often hilarious – assimilation into Nigerian life. Critics praised Edun’s comedic zest in the role, her command of the often intricate and rapidly fluid language, as well as her sensitivity in portraying the clash between two different cultures.A scene from the Nollywood film ATM, featuring UK actress Claire Edun (pic: Oyinbo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/Ir792KCzWZ— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016Edun told the UK’s Daily Mail that the film had good, strong messages: “(It’s all about) having pride in where you come from rather than thinking the grass is always greener elsewhere.”The film has been a hit with Nigerian audiences, who responded enthusiastically to Edun’s role. The producers plan on taking the film to the UK and Europe not only to gain a wider audience in the large African diaspora in the region, but also to show traditional Western filmgoers that the two worlds of cinema can meet in a good, positive way.Meanwhile, Edun, dividing her time between the UK and Lagos, is hoping to capitalise on the success of her first role and her growing popularity with film fans, and land more roles in Nollywood productions.Watch the trailer for ATM: Authentic Tentative Marriage:Source: BBC AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

30 Nov

Lucky 13: Lyceum clinches Final Four seat, remains unbeaten

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’ll just continue to be humble and blessed to be in this position,” he said.Prince Eze carried Perpetual (4-8) with 26 points, 20 rebounds, and seven blocks, while Gab Dagangon had 17 markers and four boards in the loss.The Scores:LYCEUM 94 – Perez 21, Jv. Marcelino 15, Nzeusseu 15, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 11, Ayaay 8, Caduyac 4, Cinco 3, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Ibañez 0, Liwag 0.PERPETUAL 83 – Eze 26, Dagangon 17, Sadiwa 13, Singontiko 9, Pido 8, Coronel 5, Ylagan 4, Cabiltes 1, Casas 0, Hao 0, Lucente 0, Mangalino 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.ADVERTISEMENT Quarters: 16-19, 43-40, 67-63, 94-83. Read Next “It’s really something that we are not accustomed to, but part of the journey is making it here,” said coach Topex Robinson.CJ Perez scattered 21 points, nine assists, and five rebounds, while Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double of 15 markers and 15 boards in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTS WATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayvee Marcelino added 15 points and four rebounds, while twin brother Jaycee Marcelino got 11 markers and three boards, including the game-sealing triple from the left corner with 41.5 seconds left to give Lyceum a 92-81 lead.Robinson said that though the first bullet in the Pirates’ checklist has already been crossed, it’s still important for his side to sustain their groove coming into the postseason. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum continued on Thursday its historic run in NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, clinching its first Final Four spot since joining the league in 2011.The Pirates remained unscathed with their 13th straight victory as they hacked out a 94-83 victory over Perpetual at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong03:41PDEA chief: Albayalde asked me not to implement dismissal order vs Pampanga cops01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Gareth Barry: Record-breaker, great Premier League survivor MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

27 Nov

Can’t believe we won Pro Kabaddi League: Abhishek Bachchan

first_imgBollywood actor-producer Abhishek Bachchan, whose Pro Kabaddi League franchise Jaipur Pink Panthers won the final match against U Mumba, says the victory feels like a dream.”Last night feels like a dream. Can’t believe that we won the Pro Kabaddi League. All the hard work of the boys, coach and staff came through,” Abhishek posted on Twitter Monday.Abhishek enjoys the moment of victory.”Thank u all for the unbelievable support!Any sport is made by the fans and Kabaddi has awesome fans! Thank u for supporting @JaipurPanthers,” he added.His team won against Ronnie Screwvala-owned franchise U Mumba, 35-24 in an enthralling final of the eight-city franchise-based Pro Kabaddi League here Sunday.Abhishek seems to be taking a keen interest in the country’s sports scenario. He was also recently unveiled as the team owner of the Chennai franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) during the official launch of the glamorous football league.last_img read more

15 Oct

Condé​ Nast drops photographer Terry Richardson after misconduct claims

first_img Facebook Condé Nast International says it is severing ties with Terry Richardson, the U.S. fashion photographer who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct.The company’s magazines include Vogue, GQ, Glamour and Vanity Fair.In an email published by the Daily Telegraph, executive vice president and chief operating officer James Woolhouse told Conde Nast country presidents that the company “would like to no longer work with” Richardson. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Terry Richardson has faced numerous allegations of sexual assaultIMAGE: REX FEATURESHis career took off in New York in 1994IMAGE: REX FEATURESHe has worked with hundreds of stars, including Rihanna – IMAGE: EROTEMElast_img read more

28 Sep

Did The Referees Ruin The Mens NCAA Championship

FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Apr. 4, 2017), we say goodbye to March Madness and break down the women’s and men’s NCAA championship games. Next, we investigate why NBA teams are resting their players early and often. Plus, a significant digit on Madison Bumgarner.FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris argues that Mississippi State earned every bit of their upset over UConn.Mississippi State ultimately lost the women’s championship game to South Carolina.Neil Paine notes that even though the men’s championship was tough to watch, UNC played ugly enough to win.That was not a good national title game, writes ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman says it wasn’t UNC players who won the night — it was the referees.NBA teams are resting players earlier and earlier, Todd Whitehead writes for FiveThirtyEight.Significant Digit: 16.5, the average number of at-bats that San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner takes between hitting home runs, since 2014. Last Sunday, Bumgarner hit two home runs and became the first pitcher to hit more than one on Opening Day. read more

28 Sep

Mens Basketball B1G 100 No 13 Ohio State has a chance vs

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) works his way into the paint in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 11 in the Schottenstein Center. Dakich made three of four three point attempts in the first half aiding Ohio State to a 91-69 win. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 13 Ohio State (18-4, 9-0 Big Ten) has survived a few scares. On Jan. 17, it came within four points of losing to Northwestern in the final minute in an eventual 71-65 win and was trading leads with Nebraska Monday, until pulling away late to a 64-59 win.Now it welcomes a struggling Penn State (13-7, 3-4 Big Ten), which has lost four of its past six games, to the Schottenstein Center at 8 p.m. Thursday, with eyes set on a 10-0 start to Big Ten play.Projected StartersPenn State:G — Jamari Wheeler — Freshman, 6-foot-1, 170 lbs., 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apgG — Tony Carr — Sophomore, 6-foot-5, 204 lbs., 18.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Shep Garner —Senior, 6-foot-2, 196 lbs., 10.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.4 apgF — Mike Watkins — Redshirt sophomore, 6-foot-9, 254 lbs., 13.3 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Lamar Stevens — Sophomore, 6-foot-8, 226 lbs., 15.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 7.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting Penn StateThe Nittany Lions have been involved in plenty of close games this season. Nine of their 21 games have been decided by single digits, and two have gone into overtime.Part of the reason they are in so many close games has been their defense. Penn State has the 43rd-best defensive efficiency in the country and has held opponents to just a 47 percent effective field goal percentage (37th-best), according to the advanced statistics website KenPom.com. It also ranks in the top 25 in blocking and steal percentages.However, this defense matches up poorly against Ohio State. It typically plays man-to-man, a type of defense Ohio State has flourished against this season. The best way to slow down Ohio State’s 31st-best offensive attack has been to run a zone defense. Penn State’s offense also will not match up well against Ohio State’s defense. Though the Nittany Lions have shot 37.4 percent from the 3, they generate 54.4 percent of their offense from inside the arc, the 57th-highest rate in the nation.Teams that have been able to beat Ohio State do so from long range, with 36.4 percent of opponents’ points coming from 3-point range, 36th-highest in the country. Opposing teams have mustered only the 257th-highest 2-point percentage in its point distribution at 46.9 percent.Monitoring Kaleb Wesson’s minutesOhio State has relied heavily on freshman center Kaleb Wesson this season. After sophomore center Micah Potter injured his ankle in the fourth game of the season, Wesson took over as the starter and has not let up.As a starter, Wesson has averaged 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. While the numbers don’t jump out, Wesson has become a better defender and has avoided foul trouble more. He has fouled out three times as a starter, but only once in his past 10 games.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said that even though Wesson has shown improvements and has been a key cog in the team’s success this season, he still does not want to put much pressure on his young big man by playing him too much.“It’s a lot to expect a kid of his size as a freshman really even to play 20 minutes,” Holtmann said. “I think his minutes are probably where we’d like for them to be. I think sometimes he could play a little more, sometimes a little less depending on how he’s playing. He’s done a very good job with the minutes, but I wouldn’t want to put 30 minutes on him right now as a freshman.”Wesson’s conditioning has improved, but it is clear after five minutes on the court that he gets worn out. He starts to breathe heavily and is slower to post and seal, meaning the team needs to bring in a fresher defender to maintain solid interior play. As he continues to develop and adjust to the workload, Wesson will turn his raw tools into game skills and be able to keep using those tools later into games, Holtmann said.“He’s so gifted with his hands and I think his feet can get better,” Holtmann said. “They’re not bad right now, but they’ve got to get a lot better in the offseason. His explosiveness, his movement. But I think that you can tell pretty early on when he’s [tired].” read more

18 Sep

Di Francesco opens up about Malcom

first_imgAS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco has opened up about losing out to Barcelona on the race to sign Malcom.Di Francesco has revealed that the Italian club have accepted their fate after missing the chance to sign the Brazil winger from French club Bordeaux.The Giallorossi defeated the Spanish champions 4-2 in their International Champions Cup friendly in the United States despite Malcom scoring his second goal in as many games in a Barcelona shirt.During the post-match conference after the game the Roma gaffer was questioned about losing the signature of Malcom to the Catalans, and he said, according to Calciomercato:“I experienced the whole saga surrounding Malcom’s transfer with great tranquility.”What is wrong with Sampdoria? Taimoor Khan – September 3, 2019 Things just aren’t going the way Sampdoria had planned with the club now having conceded 7 goals in the opening two games of the…“He is a fantastic player and if Barcelona were also after him, it shows we scouted well. I wish him all the best with them.”“I’m happy with the players I’ve and we can’t do anything about the fact that the player has chosen to play for another team.”Roma continue preseason preparations in the International Champions Cup in the USA, with their next match coming against European champions Real Madrid.The Rome based club have already added nine players to their squad this summer as they prepare for another season of Champions League football after making it to the semis last season.last_img read more

18 Sep

Neville discusses contrast in media coverage for players

first_imgGary Neville has been discussing the contrasts between the media coverage of white and black players of England.The Manchester United legend went on to explain the difference between the coverage of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling during in the Euros hosted in France in 2016.“Directly in that tournament, Harry Kane, who is the blue-eyed boy of English football, he’s a sensational player, we love him to bits,” Neville said, according to Daily Mail.“He was having a difficult time in that tournament and it was portrayed because he was on corners.”“Raheem was having a difficult time and it was because of other reasons and more personal reasons at times, and the language used towards him was difficult. I don’t think he could understand. I think he was asking me why this was happening.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Post-tournament, we got knocked out and obviously it was bad from a football point of view. The abuse that he received, particularly in the media, beyond that tournament, and the language that was used against him, I’ve not seen it before, and I played closely with David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, I played with Paul Gascoigne at Euro 96. I’ve seen a lot over the years.”“I look back on that time now and think was I really walking by on the other side and not dealing with the real issue, is that the right reaction? He was willing to continue playing, he has continued to play at an outstanding level. But he’s been carrying this now for years. This is not just on Sunday, not just a Chelsea fan.”“This has been going on for years about him, and I’ve known about this for years because he came to see me in 2016, so was it happening before that even?”“It’s a really difficult situation where you think how would I deal with that again? How would I try and help him? Because he’s a tough lad, he really is, to come through everything he’s coming through and the scrutiny he’s faced with. To perform like he has done is a miracle almost,” Neville concluded.last_img read more