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A chat with a Nigerian filmmaker in Italy


08.February.2011 · Posted in culture

"I love sharing my view on people’s ways of life, particularly the Nigerians and the Benin people". This is what Prince Frank Abieyuwa said in an interview to journalist Ewanfoh Obehi Peter. ...

Prince Frank Abieyuwa was born and raised in Benin, southern Nigeria. In 2002 he came to Italy where he studied video editing and camera shooting. For some years now he has been trying his hands on music and film production. He is the managing director of I.G.B films and music industry, based in Brescia, southern Italy. This Saturday, 5th February 2011, he told me why he has remained creative, even in a foreign land.

Frank Abieyuwa, Nigerian film maker in Italy

Frank Abieyuwa, Nigerian film maker in Italy

As an African migrant in Italy you have chosen to be a filmmaker, why this career?

“Well, this is the means I have chosen to communicate with the audience. Ever since I was much younger, I have always loved acting and video making. I love sharing my view on people’s ways of life, particularly the Nigerians and the Benin people. My storylines are mainly in this direction in such that our integrity as a people can be protected”.

In 2007, a film of his, “The Only Way After Home…” was presented to a large audience at the Verona’s African film festival, Italy. Although it was not a blockbuster film, the romantic drama which captured the lifestyle of some Nigerian migrants in Italy was good enough to entertain the audience. And as Frank is concerned, the film was a success.

“I’m currently working on a film project which I titled: “It Omo Sexy”, he told me.

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As he explained to me on Saturday, his new title, “It Omo Sexy” has to do first of all with a location, Italy, which is the setting of the story. It’s about the bad attitude of some Nigerian women who for some reasons of irregular activities have gotten a sort of upper hand over their men counterparts, especially in terms of money.

And thinking money is everything, some of these young women often use their monetary power to intimidate their fellow Nigerian boyfriends, many of whom are not working and so do not have their own source of income.

Contributing to the above situation are two main reasons and they have been clearly identified over the years. One is that the young men in question are usually illegal migrants in Italy and therefore do not have the permit to work.

The other, a rather shameful one is that some of these boys just do not want to work and provide for themselves.

Although Italy is not entirely to be blamed for this, the immigration situation in the country is a harsh reality on many African migrants. Even for those who have the permit to stay and work in the country, their own stories, except for some few are equally miserable and frustrating.

I have heard, for instance, from some legal African migrants who have often said that they are tired of the system, and that they want to return to Africa. Even though I do see them staying back after their lamentations, I know that they are not out of their minds. Some other things are responsible.

Many African migrants in Europe practically face a lot of discriminations, both from some local people and the institutions. I did not say that some efforts are not being made to correct this trend. Even then, the unfavourable climatic condition is no longer news.

There are the language impediments and some other countless limitations on the basis of cultural differences. There are also the regular fat bills to pay, the real demons that are socking out the little earnings from poor migrants. Some don’t even have works to do; yet, they must pay the price of living in the European paradise.

In the middle of this suffering is the alluring pressure from family members and friends, back home in Africa. Some just don’t want to know how the money is made in Europe. They want their own piece of the cake and that is all. Then, there are a set of African migrants who are unable to draw a clear line between the reality of living in Europe and what they should transmit to the people back home.

These are the people Frank is talking about; an army on the crossroad.

Some have joined the sinister gangs or their so-called fast lane in order to make quick money. They do this not only because they want to satisfy their personal egos, also because they want to have a pass mark back home.

And the judges are no other people than few locals who have been counting days and months since their fellow Africans travelled to Europe. One day they would make a telephone call to them in Europe and remind them of how many years they have stayed away from home. This is also the time they usually pass their unbending judgments, so the pressures are prettily real.

Asking Frank about the reaction from his audience, especially from the Nigerian community, he told me that it has been very cheering to him.

“Some of the most encouraging feedbacks are the calls I often get from different people. They would ask me how I managed to know what has happened to them. So I think that the audience will surely respond if the film is good.”
There is no doubt that trying to correct a discouraging attitude can be quite complex. But let everybody plays his or her little part; if only we can try then we can as well triumph.

Ewanfoh Obehi Peter

Sudan: To Be or Not To Be

06.December.2010 · Posted in news

Sudan is one of the countries that will always remain indispensable in the African continent. It’s not just because a most renowned African civilisations, the ancient Nubian society once flourished there, or that it is the biggest African country; Sudan is of special important to Africa, both due to its strategic position and what it ...

Sudan is one of the countries that will always remain indispensable in the African continent.

It’s not just because a most renowned African civilisations, the ancient Nubian society once flourished there, or that it is the biggest African country; Sudan is of special important to Africa, both due to its strategic position and what it represents, historically and culturally. It’s equally important as a major destination for African scholars and historians who must dig up the remains of ancient Nubians, in order to authenticate the histories of African people.

Yet, Sudan is one of the countries in Africa that have hardly known peace, especially since these last few decades. Civil wars, genocides, religious scheming; some have even documented what they called “the Sudanese ethnic cleansing”, and those who claim to be the (international) watchdog for human rights have said it will never happen again.

Now the cloud is gathering once more and the indications are spreading both fear and deep apprehensions about the future of this African country.

“The upcoming 2010 elections and 2011 referendum in Sudan are the culminating events of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the National Congress Party and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement.  However, looking at 2011 and beyond, there is increasing concern that Sudan may revert to violence rather than move forward toward the sustainable peace envisioned by the CPA…”

At October 2009 when the United States Institute of Peace made the above report, some people would have concluded that it was still too early to judge. The vast African country is now a month and few days away from facing one of its most vital moments as a country, the referendum to decide the independence of southern Sudan.

“As January 9 approaches tension continues to escalate with accusations of voter intimidation, disputed bombings along the border and a wave of aggressive rhetoric stoking uncertainty on both sides of the still contested north-south border…,” Reuters, last Saturday, 4th December, 2010.

Below is an appeal by a Sudanese artist and advocate, Emmanuel Jal. He was a child soldier during the last Sudanese civil war, between the north and south of the country.

“My country is on the brink of war. On January 9, Southern Sudan will vote for its independence to be free from a government who has slaughtered and displaced our people for 43 years. The country is currently led by a regime bent on controlling oil resources.  80% of Sudan’s oil fields are in the south, making it a prime battleground to displace our indigenous people.  Both north and south are preparing for war, leaving innocent people at grave risk of major human rights violations. The last civil war between North and South claimed over 2 million lives, including my own mother. I have firsthand experience as a war child, forced to fight in the conflict and torn from my family. The time to prevent another genocide is now. I have a written a new single called “We Want Peace”.  It is a call for peace, protection and justice for all in my land, and also for an end to conflicts affecting innocent people all around the world. Thank you for joining me in my struggle.”

Come to think of it; what does independent Sudan or the united Sudan really mean?

Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader while serving as the head of African Union last years was advocating for the united states of Africa. Whether his proposal was merely political or he truly meant what he said, especially that he latter called for the partitioning of Nigeria along ethnic or religious lines, people must understand that no singular African country is too big or so culturally complicated that it cannot be governed by one central government.

Instead, in Sudan, like Nigeria or Congo, there are enormous natural resources that there is no easier way to reap off those natural resources for the benefit of the capitalist Europe and America without playing ethnic and religious politics in those African countries.

In essence, whether Sudan remains one country or end up divided into one hundred countries, few questions will remain central. Are the local leaders truly ready to defend the interests and survival of their own people; are they willing to make little sacrifices, to shun the alluring proposals of moneybags western politicians and businessmen so that the local resources can be use to develop the local community? This is where the argument lies.

The problem of Sudan, like in many other African countries is not the geopolitical or cultural complicity of the country; it’s rather more of a leadership problem and the non-accountability of the leaders to the local people.

So, since it’s usually the failure at the central entity which causes its components to disintegrate, African leaders should defend the interests and survivals of their own citizens, irrespective of their ethnic origins, then those same citizens will reciprocate by protecting their national unity and collective aspirations as a people.

Ewanfoh Obehi Peter

Photos: T U R K A I R O, futureatlas.com

Underdevelopment in Africa-interview with Ewanfoh

04.December.2010 · Posted in culture, Ewanfoh Video Projects

UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA-My Hands Are Clean – interview with author Ewanfoh Obehi Peter Interview with Ewanfoh Obehi Peter about his research “UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA-My Hands Are Clean” available online on lulu.com, unibook.com and amazon.com ...

UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA-My Hands Are Clean – interview with author Ewanfoh Obehi Peter

Interview with Ewanfoh Obehi Peter about his research “UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA-My Hands Are Clean” available online on lulu.com, unibook.com and amazon.com

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Ken and Sankara: Africa should demonstrate its Innocence

01.December.2010 · Posted in African countries

This is the last extract from the research, “UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: My Hands Are Clean”, as it relates to the role of local Africans in sustaining their own underdevelopments. The next extract to be (this) released at the public domain, though might have a different bearing on this argument is for the purpose of balancing ...

This is the last extract from the research, “UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: My Hands Are Clean”, as it relates to the role of local Africans in sustaining their own underdevelopments. The next extract to be (this) released at the public domain, though might have a different bearing on this argument is for the purpose of balancing the discussion. I hope you do enjoy reading these series of clips from the research, and I hope we can agree even to disagree. For the complete argument and evidences to support this line of thought, please see the book for yourself. (more…)

Nollywood, Example Of Feasible Local Initiatives And Self-Reliability Among Africans

01.December.2010 · Posted in African countries

This is an extract from the research, “UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: My Hands Are Clean”. Except for the footnotes and the images, this extract (Nollywood Film Industry (Nigeria) As An Example Of Feasible Local Initiatives And Self-Reliability Among Africans) is exactly the way it was presented in the research, (page 200). A sub-heading under the discussion: ...

NollywoodThis is an extract from the research, “UNDERDEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA: My Hands Are Clean”. Except for the footnotes and the images, this extract (Nollywood Film Industry (Nigeria) As An Example Of Feasible Local Initiatives And Self-Reliability Among Africans) is exactly the way it was presented in the research, (page 200). A sub-heading under the discussion: “CONCLUDING” (page 189) (more…)