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AZUIKE | The strength of your back

One of your fears is that you will grow up to be your mother, that her beauty- the movement and pride of it, has long been encased in your bones.

As a child you see your mother’s back

Azuike

How life has taught her bones to be stubborn

One of your fears is that you will grow up to be your mother, that Her loudness- all her ehs, and ohs, her chinekes and her chi, has been stitched on your tongue.

But it is also one of your greatest fortunes: to be born by your mother, to live by your mother, to become your mother. That your mother lives inside of you, that the choruses she sings will be heard by your daughters from your mouth, with your mother’s voice.

You carry a suitcase as you journey. What you do not know is that it is of your mother, and whenever you stop in pain, whenever you stop to dance, whenever the business of living gets too tiring, you stop to unpack your mother.

You find the smell of her, and you remember when your whole face disappeared into her breasts; when you were a little girl and did not know you were turning into your mother.

That you were packing up your mother for moments like this,
That your mother is the ocean you can carry

You think of her first, as lightning
and then as thunder
and then sun
but you realize she is not one, not three,
that she is the whole and source of it all, that she is the earth in woman’s form

You have seen your mother in worship, her rumpled face in communication, the sharp edges of her nchafu as she jerks, as she demands from God, her chi, only to give back to you.

You have seen the brokenness of her, the smashing, the pestle hitting against mortar,
you witnessed the scattering of seeds
the harvest and rottening

her back bent into the labor

Azuike

you have seen beauty silently find its way back home to the silent curves of her body.

Now, there is a knitting of times,
the past is tumbling into the future.
It is coming to you suddenly, in the form of a surprise: this is your mother speaking to you, your mother is your chi, she is communicating in sighs, in the tongue of men and cries of babies

She is the sound when your lips smacks, the breath and width of them red as you beautify yourself, as you prepare to resemble her

She is the hands finding their ways through your body, leaving fine scents of cocoa against your back

Your back
The spaces between your fingers
Your prominent forehead
The sides of your thighs
Your back

She is hands leaving you with the strength in which you carry your family, each of your children, from your womb, to the cradle or your arms, to the back of your spine.

Your back

Azuike

So whenever you find that you are your mother, you will hold yourself with your hands, tightly,

Spread straight your back,

Azuike

Your strength,

Then you will give into the miracle of the moment…

and exhale.

Vince Young | Legends Never Die

”Those of us that hold true to our moral compass will see the greatest success”

55Media presents a new and inspiring series capturing the lives and stories of NFL players. Aptly called, the NFL series. These stories will highlight players careers, their setbacks, hardships, victories, and their many accomplishments. The goal of these stories is to humanize these NFL players by detailing such a competitive and aggressive sport with a emotional and uplifting undertone.

The series will be a collection of short films by Uche Aguh in collaboration with Jeremy Hills at The Factory and special assistance from Onnit Gyms.

Cinematography by Dennis Schmitz.

Vince Young- Saskatchewan Roughriders

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/VPYjr
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vinceyoung10

 

Media coverage:

The Comeback: Vince Young Posts Workout Hype Video

http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/college/big-12/university-of-texas/article144535069.html

Golden: Did you see the Vince Young hype video?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/video-shows-riders-vince-young-1.4069584

http://cjme.com/article/1224459/legends-never-die-vince-young-posts-workout-hype-video

http://www.620ckrm.com/2017/04/13/rider-qb-hopeful-vince-young-releases-youtube-workout-video/

Pour Vince Young, les « légendes ne meurent jamais »

Marquise Goodwin | This is your time

“In all human affairs there are efforts and there are results… and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result. Chance is not.”
– James Allen

55Media presents a new and inspiring series capturing the lives and stories of NFL players. Aptly called, the NFL series. These stories will highlight players careers, their setbacks, hardships, victories, and their many accomplishments. The goal of these stories is to humanize these NFL players by detailing such a competitive and aggressive sport with a emotional and uplifting undertone.

The series will be a collection of short films by Uche Aguh in collaboration with Jeremy Hills at The Factory and special assistance from Onnit Gyms.

Cinematography by Dennis Schmitz.

Marquise Goodwin- San Francisco 49ers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marquisegoodwin
Twitter: https://twitter.com/flashg88dwin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marquise.goodwin

Americanah – Full Concept Film [Update]

**Disclaimer** (This is not meant to be a real film)

This is merely a series of scenes chosen from the brilliant book, Americanah which was written by the incomparable Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. These scenes are a part of a concept package/pitch for the producers behind the screen adaptation of this book.

Scenes:
1: Lagos, Nigeria ~1995- Ifemelu and Obinze meet at a school party in Lagos. They fall madly in love immediately afterwards.

2. Princeton, New Jersey ~2009- After many years of living in America, Ifemelu finds herself unsettled in her new life and in her relationship with the college professor, Blaine. She must find a way to resolve this issue.

3. Lagos, Nigeria ~ 2010- Now back in Lagos after fifteen or so years apart, Ifemelu and Obinze rekindle their love. But the newness in both their lives, will only prove difficult to their undeniable love.

4. Lagos, Nigeria ~ 2010- Chanced with the rare opportunity of falling back in love with the woman he never fell out of love with, Obinze must take matters into his hands as he plans to move forward with Ifemelu.

These scenes were adapted (written and directed) for screen by Uche Aguh, and produced by 55Media.

Americanah tells the tale of a young love torn apart by the perils of migration and the constant search for greener pastures. It is a deeply moving and profound story that challenges the idea of race, class, nationality, and socio-economic status. For its protagonist, Adichie, has written a marvelous character in Ifemelu- A young girl, brilliant and unapologetic, uprooted from her home in Lagos, Nigeria and transplanted, in North America. Her identity becomes questionable, when she realizes suddenly that she now bears the label of a Black-American.

This concept package is a direct pitch to the producers (Plan B, Lupita Nyong’o, Potboiler) of the feature film currently in development, for consideration in the areas of writing and directing (Uche Aguh) and cinematography (Dennis Schmitz) as well as the featured actors involved in the production.

This concept was shot over a period of seven days, on location in London, on no budget.

Cast:
Isio Esiekpe- Ifemelu
Damola Adelaja- Obinze
Jamila Wingett- Kosi
Uche Aguh- Blaine
Freddie Scobey- Curt
Winston Sarpong- Kayode
Daniel Annoh- Dike (Teenage)
Jinmi Onabolu- Dike (Child)
Fatima Hernandez- Ginika

Cinematography: Dennis Schmitz
Editing: Dennis Schmitz and Uche Aguh
Music arrangement: Uche Aguh
Music composition:
– Toni Braxton: Another love song
– Junior Mafia: Get Money
– Onyeka Owenu: Iyogogo
– Rihanna: Unfaithful
– Nina Simone: Black is the color of my true love
– Chopin- Prelude in E-Minor (op. 28 no.4)

Thanks to cast and crew involved!

[Update]
Media coverage:
The Huffington Post
Bella Naija

Black Joker

Watch the trailer to our proudest and definitely best work now:

Directed and Written by- Uche Aguh
Cast- Jamila Wingett, Riad Chehabeddine
Cinematography by- Dennis Schmitz
Set Design, Costume and Produced by- Andrew Gourlay
Hair and Makeup- Babs Forman

Shot on Location in London

Sambisa – Main trailer online now!

“Sambisa”, written and directed by Uche Aguh, is the first narrative film to be made about Boko Haram. The short film, based off the stage play “Into the Sambisa”, also written by Uche Aguh highlights the Chibok School-girl abduction scandal which occured in Borno state, Northern Nigeria, in 2014.

The 273 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram Soldiers, were taken into the Sambisa Forest. Some have escaped, while many remain in captivity.

Now, more than two years passed, these girls are still no where to he found.

The rest of the world may forget about these girls, but we will always remember them.

#BringBackOurGirls

Starring:
Shardiah Ssagala
Ejiro Okorodudu
Josh Okusanya
Tomi Sunmonu
Uche Aguh

Cinematography:
Dennis Schmitz

Production Company:
55media

Sambisa – First look

Sambisa

On April, 14, 2014, two hundred and seventy three girls are captured and abducted by Boko Haram soldiers, in Chibok, located in Borno, Northern Nigeria. The girls are taken into the Sambisa Forest. Some girls escape. The majority remain in captivity.

This is a fictional account of a historical event.

It is now forty days later.

‘Sambisa’, a short film based off the Stage Play ‘Into the Sambisa’  is set in the midst of the Chibok School girl abduction scandal, which occured in Borno State, Nigeria, in 2014. The story chonicles the difficulties faced by three girls captured among the two hundred. These three girls are chosen selectively, by the faction commandant, Abubakar who brings them into his house to serve as wives and concubines. The girls are taken in by the commandant’s wife, Mariam as she teaches them what it means to become a woman. Along the way, one of the girls is married to Abdul, the young son of the commandant. The Nigerian army, now charged with the task of destroying Boko Haram, and rescuing these girls, a war breaks out in the Sambisa. The complexities of war, disorder, chaos and the arrangement of a forced abduction, marriage and abuse, confronts each of the school girls, individually as they fight to discover a way out of the Sambisa Forest; the hiding place of Boko Haram.

Cast

Shardiah Ssagala

Ejiro Okorodudu

Tomi Sunmono

Joshua Okusanya

Uche Aguh

 

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