Sunday, 24 July 2011

Keya Ce: A Perfect Movie.

We gathered around 9am at our meeting point that very day,Friday 22nd, fixed by the organisers for us to travel to Abuja for a movie premiere 'Keya Ce'.

The movie was shot in Kaduna, Abuja and Kano. Produced by Hajara Yusuf, MD of Alsram Ink Communication, Abuja. An able charismatic jovial staff of BBC Trust, Amina Aminu directed the movie. In fact, most of the crew members were women. Uhmn.. A lady's affair. This notion, caught the attention of several film critics especially the male.

After a four hours drive, we were warmly received by talented, legendary, hard working Al-amin I. Hassan, who happens to be the Co-director and also one of the premiere co'ordinator. He ushered us to our respective rooms and ordered food as well as refreshment to be served to us immediately.

An hour later, we gathered again at the restaurant. Looking at the smile on our faces, I got the feeling of amusement, happiness and contentment each one of us had. We ate our food; from Pounded yam with egusi to Fried rice and chicken and lots of other delicacies.

After lunch, we met with the producer. We exchanged pleasantries. She introduced us to Mena Amata, sister to the known family of Amatas. Hajara briefed us about the schedules and also programme of events. We bid our goodbyes at about 11pm, and all retired to our rooms for a pleasant night rest.(and I must say, I had a sound sleep so with the rest of my colleagues judging by the I saw them looking bright and hearty)

Interestly, security was tighted at the venue (Silverbird galleria). We arrived right on time, wisked in and walked graciously onto the red carpet where so many flicks of paparazzi dazzled us. Fans kept on cheering, delighted to see us, requesting autographs and so it was… LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

The premiere of the movie went well, audience really enjoyed it. Famous star of Nollywood Lilian bach commented about the movie very well. Legendary Saddiq Balewa (an icon film maker) also graced the occassion. Zack Amata was also present.

We granted interviews to press. Lastly, the event came to an end with photo session.

Keya Ce features Aisha Dankano, Bashir Nayaya, Aisha Mahuta, Kabiru Nakwango, Hafsat Sharada, Aminu Shariff, Fauziyya Sani, Isma'l Koli and Zainab Idris.

As for me, I was really impressed. As for you, log on to the market and get a copy.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Boko Haram: A Weep For My Relatives

I was about to say good bye to a dear friend i visited at the weekend, when suddely she appeared to our sight weeping hard in tears. She looks confused, even though she dressed elegantly but does'nt know where she's heading to.

Out of our curiousity, we attemped to stop her but she declined and keeps moving in tears. To me, personally i'am afraid of such scenarior considering the implications associated with such drama.

The girl probably was within the range of 16-18yrs of age, in fact she's a tennager. In my society, seeing somebody associating self at that particular time (10.00pm) is a taboo.

My very friend turns back a little bit, while i developed a courage by confronting her once again. This time she answered "Nothing happens". "What happen?, where are you going?" i asked her again. But she keeps giving me the previous answer, but craying.

From there, i made a decision with my mind. Help this little girl OUT! I offered her for a drive to her destination after she told me where she's going, which she accepted reluctantly.

On our way, she told me the terrable news. "Some one just called us from Maiduguri, my relatives were killed" narrating the sad story with tears keeps coming down to her cheek. "I lost control, does'nt know my route, i was in total devastation" she said. "How many are they?" i asked her. "They are five, two male and three women all student of UniMaid".

As the authourity of the university announced the closure of the institution some weeks back, hundreds of students remains stranded in there. Some are trying to get the chance of the cease fire people are yearning before they carry their luggages out, but some had already taken the risk of penetrating through the battle field.

But, as for this unlucky relatives, luck was not on their side. As they accidentally came out (as she narrated) from the university, they were shot dead. Reasons still unknown.

There's no honourable way to kill. They are just students not Boko haramites. This kind of actions are horrific. The dreams of these students was shattered just for uncalled reasons. Civilian casualties is growing in high number, yet no any sign of consideration from both parties.

As i made my u-turn (mission accompolished), i left her infront of their house standing still. I can still vividly see her through my mirror, though i forgot to ask her name. Leaving with a remorse heart, but i can see her weeping for her lost Relatives.