With a mandate to produce 18 movies a year, seasoned and experienced team of advertising communications and content professionals, Audio Visual First (AVF) has launched the 50 Naira Story Initiative.
According to AVF, this will create a structure where movies are produced with a model quite reminiscent of a factory production line.
“We have assembled personnel working on the project. Our mandate is to produce 18 movies each year, with an aim of discovering new talents and creating more job opportunities for industry practitioners, as well as positioning the country’s vast people and resources in a positive light to the rest of the world,” AVF said.
And to actualize this,AVF recently staged a premiere of the 50 Naira Story Initiative Movies at the Film House Cinema, Apapa Mall, Lagos with the first four movies namely: Beneath Her Veil, Night for Sex, Where Does Beauty Go? and One Minute Man.
The event was attended by some of the cast and crew of the movies.
As good as they come, the movies are quite interesting. In Beneath Her Veil written by Tomilola Coco Adeyemo, directed by Adeyinka Oduniyi, Dede Okosun tries to get her husband to agree to a divorce at the same time her former flame and best friend’s ex husband, Toni Akinbami is trying to ensure a friendly relationship with her best friend, post divorce. Nothing goes well on both ends and the night ends in pure disaster. The morning after is worse as Dede watches her husband get shot brutally right in front of her.
Free from her troubled past and determined to seek love and forgiveness from the people she has hurt in the past, she begins to look for a way to get back in her best friend’s good books. This plan is easily foiled when her former flame and best friend’s ex husband comes back for her, refusing to let her go, thereby making her quest harder. Her best friend’s mother and former guardian also decides it is time to make Dede pay for her sins from years before. She goes after her life and everything else she believes she is owed by Dede. Overwhelmed by the drama and troubles around her, Dede almost gave up but the light at the end of her tunnel is lit when her best friend offers her the most needed help. Now, would she take the help and the man?
Beneath Her Veil which was produced by Oyeronke Orijajogun features Olumide Bakare, Kalu Ikeagwu, Wole Ojo, Peggy Eloho Ovire, Tina Mba, Moyo Lawal, Yeni Kuti, et al.
Also premiered the same day (Sunday, May 10, 2015) was Where does Beauty Go.
“Faced with the stark reality of being an old maid at 40! Barbie’s decision to remain relevant in social circuit amidst her dwindling popularity as a highly sought- after actress is first to bleach her skin whiter, lift a sagging breast and marry a dashing 29 year old fashion photographer. Complications arise when she realizes that the other woman she needs to wrestle Tim from is her little niece the world must never know is her daughter!” read its promotional synopsis. Written and directed by Abiodun Williams and also produced by Oyeronke Orijajogun, Clarion Chukwura,Tony Umez, Abiola Segun Williams, Aderonke Shittu,Benjamin Lugo starred in the movie. AVR also has two other intriguing love stories like Night For Sex and One Minute Man.
ELVINA IBRU CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY
One of the Ibru sisters, Elvina staged a birthday bash at D’Place by Papas (Lekki, Lagos) on Friday, May 22, 2015. Attended by top celebrities, the acute fuel scarcity that paralyzed movement and economic activities across the country, however, nearly marred her celebration.
MIKE EZURUONYE REPAINTS RANGE ROVER
Star actor, Mike Ezuruonye has changed the colour of his Range Rover. Formerly black, it’s now red. We spotted the dude in the ride on the night of Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Lekki Phase I (Lagos).
UTI NWACHUKWU AND FRIENDS CLOSE DOWN D’PLACE
Former Big Brother Africa winner, Uti Nwachukwu practically closed down D’Place by Papas last Thursday night. Arriving around 1am, with his friends, they rocked the lounge until 4:15am.
OLU MAINTAIN HIT BY FUEL SCARCITY
Yahooze crooner, Olu Maintain was forced to buy petrol at black market rate around TBS, Lagos on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 night. The artiste who quietly parked his red Lincoln Navigator actually sent out his boys to search for the essential Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
And nobody even knew he was the one in the posh automobile.
ABIY KARIB-WHYTE ALSO STRANDED
On Thursday, May 21, 2015 night, at about 10pm, spotted Abiye Karibe-Whyte on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, negotiating for black market petrol with a seller.
Until we left the vicinity, he was still bargaining with the guy.
CHIEF OKUNOWO ESCAPES LAGOS TRAFFIC
On the morning of Tuesday, May 19, we sighted Chief Funlola Okunowo, the husband of Sony Music boss around Igbosere area of Lagos Island. Driven in a black Prado jeep with registration number MM09KEY, he managed to escape the traffic building up that particular time.
CELEBS DISCOVER CONVERGENCE HOTEL & SUITES
There’s a new celebrity hangout in town. It’s Convergence Hotel & Suites. On Acme Road, Ogba, Ikeja, Lagos, the hospitality facility boasts of party venue, business centre, swimming pool, pool side bar, A-class restaurant, live band, among others.
Said to be owned by a mogul, the place is managed by top rated hands in the hospitality sector.
TUNDE AHMED JETS OUT
Youthful designer and boss of Tunex Fashion, Tunde Ahmed has jetted out to Italy. Learnt he’s attending a two-day fashion exhibition in the city of Milan. He’s expected back in two weeks.
OLU SHANKO SHOOTS HOT MUSICAL VIDEOS
Johnson Olumide Joseph (Olu Shanko) has just finished shooting the video of his hit singles, Je Kin Je and Ala Kan. The videos were shot by Godfather Productions.
Spotted the artiste and Ayodeji Martin Laurent at the Silverbird Galleria on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at about 6pm, discussing before both entered their different rides and drove off.
MC GALAXY PICKS PRADO JEEP
Rave of the moment, MC Galaxy has added another ride to his auto collection. He just acquired a silver Prado jeep. He flaunted his new ride on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 night at D’Place by Papas, Lekki, Lagos.
FRANK OKAMIGBO HOSTED
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, king of night life, Frank Okamigbo was hosted in Ikeja, Lagos by a millionaire club owner who operates on Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos.
The club still under wraps, would soon be unveiled.
SAMUEL ODUYEMI JETS OUT
Samuel Oduyemi has jetted out of the country to the UK. Mr. Sammy, as he’s fondly called, has been in the country for about a month. The dude resides in the UK and only visits his mother who runs Bethel Ministries, his late father’s church.
Sammy left our shores precisely on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
MONDAY IGBINOVIA OPENS COACHING SCHOOL
Monday Igbinovia, elder brother of Jonathan Igbinovia, African lawn tennis champion, has opened a lawn tennis coaching school at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Ground, opposite TBS, Lagos.
He has since started his coaching classes.
MEI GROUP BOSS BACK TO TOWN
Chairman of MEI Group of Companies, Prince Michael Enyinnaya, just returned from the US this week (Wednesday, May 20, 2015). He was abroad to write his final exam for a professional business course he registered for in the US.
Spotted the business mogul on Thursday, May 21, 2015 night, at about 11pm, as he drove into D’Place Restaurant to buy some juice and take-away food in his white G-Wagon Benz.