30 cheers to Nollywood movie maker Tony Abulu and why he’ll be honored at USAfrica 20th Anniversary. By Chido Nwangwu
U.S-based Nigerian movie producer/writer/director Tony ABULU’s movie “Doctor Bello” featuring Nollywood superstars Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Okereke, Hollywood stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox, Jimmy Jean-Louis and other upcoming artistes Ebbe Bassey, Evan Brinkman, Bern Cohen etc is showing in 20 AMC cinema halls across the U.S. for 6 days of the final week of February.
It’s a first multi-ctiy, multi-cinema showing of a Nollywood movie here in the U.S. For the Nigerian and African communities, it is, understandably, a big deal; a modest but major march forward on the red carpet of the multi-billion dollar movies business.
Abulu serves as the CEO of Black Ivory Communications; he has 30 years’ experience in film production, entertainment, publishing, international marketing and African tourism development. He also serves as the President of Filmmakers Association of Nigeria, USA (FAN, USA).
With his latest work in harmony with an impressive cast of actors of diverse backgrounds, Abulu has proven, again, his professional worthiness with “Doctor Bello.”
When I asked Mr. Abulu: What next? He said, operationally, “Nollywood needs a lot of help…funding and especially in the fight against Piracy. I spent considerable amount of time establishing solutions for both.”
He added in our USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine interview that “After Doctor Bello movie, the Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) expects me to ‘greenlight’ more film projects for other Nollywood
Abulu’s latest movie was co-funded by the government of Nigeria by one-quarter-of-a-million U.S dollars (US$250,000).
He told USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine that among Nigerian/Nollywood creative folks I am so far the only producer/distributor who has mainstream U.S distribution.”
For those successes and other emerging roles, I have nominated New York-based Tony Abulu, one of Nollywood’s creative leaders, a versatile producer, prolific writer and movie businessman in the diaspora and inside Nigeria, an artiste who has stayed in the “game” for very tasking 30 years, a man with viable skills which he has used to elevate the African and Caribbean cultural expressions here in the U.S., to be honored at the special 20th Anniversary of USAfrica (BEST OF AFRICA Awards) on Saturday May 11, 2013 at the Hilton Towers at Westchase, Houston, Texas.
He has a realistic sense of the task ahead, as Mr. Abulu told me that “I have my work cut out. By God’s grace, we will succeed.”
And, to that we say, Amen….
•Dr. Chido Nwangwu, Founder & Publisher of Houston-based USAfrica multimedia networks since 1992, first African-owned, U.S-based newspaper published on the internet USAfricaonline.com; CLASSmagazine, the USAfrica-powered e-groups of Nigeria360, IgboEvents, UNNalumni, PhotoWorks.TV and recipient of several journalism and public policy awards, was recently profiled by the CNN International for his pioneering works on multimedia/news/public policy projects for Africans and Americans. http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/international/2010/07/29/mpa.african.media.bk.a.cnn
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About the movie
It tells the story of a traumatized cancer specialist Dr. Michael Durant who lost his 10 year old daughter to cancer. He was almost all about his work in the hospital — which kept him away from his family most times. For that, his wife blames him for their child’s death.
The film’s synopsis reveals “he forms an unlikely bond with a sick, loving, but rambunctious seven year old boy Sam, the son of a rich Jewish couple who are major contributors to the Hospital’s Cancer Research Fund.
Unfortunately, Sam’s health deteriorates drastically, and soon, he slips into a coma, with only a few days to live. Dr. Durant becomes desperate, willing to risk anything to save the child’s life. A surreptitious nigerian Nurse convinces him to seek the help of Dr. Bello, an uncertified Nigerian Doctor, known in the Brooklyn-African underground as a miracle worker.”
The story continues as “Bello, an introvert with a controversial past, secretly visits the child at night and administers a strange African potion, replete with incantations and by the next morning, miraculously, the child begins to recover, the Cancer speeding into remission.
The Hospital Medical Board immediately orders an investigation and soon the secret is revealed and Dr. Durant is suspended. Dr. Bello is arrested and charged with medical malpractice. Dr. Durant soon falls into depression after his wife leaves him. Meanwhile, Dr. Bello has fallen critically ill in jail and can only be saved by the ingestion of the same potion that can only be found in the mysterious Garden of Life,” which Abulu artfully describes as being “nestled on the peak of Nigeria’s sky mountains.”
Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica, USAfricaonline.com and the Nigeria360 e-group. http://www.usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/ : IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity. FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com http://www.usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/
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Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfricaonline.com and CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal
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Tunisia, Egypt . . . Is Nigeria next? By Prof. Rosaire Ifedi http://www.usafricaonline.com/2011/02/13/tunisia-egypt-is-nigeria-next-by-prof-rosaire-ifedi/
How and Why Romney beat Obama in first presidential debate. By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher of USAfrica. http://usafricaonline.com/2012/10/03/how-and-why-romney-beat-obama-in-first-presidential-debate-by-chido-nwangwu/
Related insight: USAfrica’s October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwu. http://www.usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html
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