Before Tuesday, the 12th of october, 2013, I always told myself that I wasn’t ever going to be impressed by any Nollywood actor or actress, even if I were opportuned to be in the same room with them. I convinced myself and those that would listen to me that I would just look at them calmly, with an unfathomable expression on my face, and feel nothing…I lied (unknowingly).
That day recorded the highest first times for so many things in my diary. My first time at Marina Resort,Calabar, my first time at Film House Cinema, my first time to be surrounded by real live, Nollywood actors and actresses, I sat by Lynn Whitfield for Christ’s sake!(she’s Hollywood by the way). We even conversed (okay, that’s going to far, she talked to me…and smiled!) Uche Jumbo stood three feet away from me in a prim but sexy red blouse on a black, penciled mouth, knee length skirt. I itched to talk to her, maybe tell her how her gold, designer’s sunglasses sooo suited her, but I was too overwhelmed to speak.
First among all firsts, I actually had a conversation with Charles Novia. A celebrity by all standards, but he took the time to talk to me about my scriptwriting, introduced me to his friends, such a nice guy and…tall in real live! OMG! I use to think he was like my-guy’s height (no offence Pete) but he seemed like a giant to me, I’m glad I told him so.
Okay, I’m going to stop my hero worshipping now and say that the INDUSTRY SESSION was tagged GOING INTERNATIONAL, and the paneled discussion moderated by Kene Mkparu (MD/CEO of FilmHouse Cinemas) did slice through my haze of awe; I, at that moment realized that this was a conscious act by the industry to better itself.
The panel was a league of experienced ‘big boys’ in the Film Business, they were; Richard Aseme (Director Theatrical Sales EMEA, Paramount Films…he is white with dreadlocks), Ayo Sewanu (GM, Silverbird Cinemas…cool guy, loved his socks), Moses Babatope (Operations Officer, FilmHouse Cinemas), and Dapo Oshiyemi (Talking Drum Entertainment…and he talked alright).
I’m quite sure I walked past Emem Isong, I almost talked with Okey Bakassi! (I know I said no more hero worshipping, but humor me). Njamah sat by me and spared me a brief glance, I took a hidden snap shot of Rita Dominic and Ugezu…that comical guy in the movie ‘When Kings Decide'(cable four), Lancelot Emasuen was there in all his regalia (a faded jean, t.shirt, 3D sunglasses…dangling from his neck, his “I don’t give a sh*t” attitude, a slightly protruding stomach and two model like babes). There was a certain prestigious looking man called Uncle Ralph (more like a Father Ralph). Chioma Akpotha impressed me with her hip ensemble (those red sneakers were to die for).
Hmm, this hallucination is the first of its kind.
By Emem Bassey
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