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Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen: An Icon among the Best

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-Shaba, Omonaijablog

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The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The aphorism indicated above aptly captures the successful trajectory of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen in carving a nitch for himself in the very interesting mellieu of the Nigerian Movie Industry.

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It is not a surprise that Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen is being honoured as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, by the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigerian Film and Video Censor Board (NFVB), in an award tagged 60 Icons that have shaped the Nigerian Film and Video Industry.

It is an Award well deserved as Lancelot Imasuen is the only Edo Person alive on the list The other Edo lite ,the very impressive Sam Loco Efe has ascended to the great beyond .

Nollywood has had its share of the best and within the best Lancelot is among the best of the best.

So It was a Hollywood Director that came to Lagos to observe the process of making a Nigerian Movie .Seeing the cut and nail nuances at display he simply said “Not Hollywood- Nollywood”.That is the etymology of word “Nollywood,”.But for Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen ,making one blockbuster movie to another has made him acquire an unravilled image of distinction and excellence ,for which he is aptly dubbed “De Guv’nor”.

It is said that madness is doing a thing the same way and expecting a different result. And for Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen ,his selling point is departing from the established norm in making Nollywood Movies.

Some times, when you depart from the norm ,you transcend to excellence. It was not a surprise ,that Lancelot Imasuen has to his credit, perhaps the most acclaimed Epic in Nigerian History Invasion 1897, where my mentor ,the Debonair Pastor Mike Osakpolo Omoregbee-the CEO of Standard Schools, Benin City played the Lead role of Oba Ovoranmen Nogbaise.

Personality Profile of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, popularly known as De Guv’nor is a Nigerian film producer, director, and scriptwriter with over 25 years of experience. He is the CEO of Lancelot Imasuen Media Network (LIMN), a public speaker, and founding member of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria (DGN).

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen was born on the 20th of June 1971, to the family of Chief and Mrs Godwin Imasuen. He hails from Urhokuosa town of Uhunmwonde Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria. He had his primary education at Oguola Primary School, while his Secondary education was at Eghosa Grammar School, Benin City, Nigeria.

After his Secondary education, Lancelot proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), where he studied Theatre Arts. As a child, Lancelot already had passion for the arts, and this was evident in his involvement in his secondary school’s drama society, and the literary and debating society.

He was also involved in the productions of his church drama group. Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen is married to Aimua Imasuen, and they are blessed with three lovely children.

Lancelot joined a professional theatre company called Earthpot Kulture in Benin at a young age. His career as a director started with Evangel Theatre, a TV Gospel Drama Series, at age 19.

From 1988-1991 when Lancelot relocated to Lagos, he worked as a casual staff of the Bendel Broadcasting Service (BBS). In 1994, he got a job as the Production Assistant of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

Lancelot rose to the limelight at the age of 26, with the film ‘Yesterday’.

Thus far, Lancelot has been featured and interviewed by CNN, BBC, America Public Radio, South Korean Broadcasting Service, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Service, Nigerian Television Authority, African Independent Television, Channels Television, Silver Bird Television, African Journal Online, Washington Post, Guardian of Ottawa and several other International Broadcasting Network. He was the first African filmmaker to be a guest on CNN (Screening Room) in 2009.

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuwen is currently the Honorary Academic Chair on Filmmaking, Theatre and Mass Communication of the Department of Mass Communication, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Nigeria.

Filmography
Yesterday – 1997
The Soul That Sinneth – 1999
The Last Burial – 2000
Issakaba – 2000
Private Sin – 2003
Enslaved – 2004
Moment of Truth – 2005
Family Battle – 2005
Games Women Play – 2005
Behind Closed Doors – 2005
Games Men Play – 2006
Yahoo Millionaire – 2007
Sister’s Love – 2008
Nollywood Babylon – 2008
Entanglement – 2009
Reloaded – 2009
Home in Exile – 2010
Bent Arrows – 2010
A Private Storm – 2010
Adesuwa – 2012,
Udeme Mmi – 2012
Lonely Heart – 2013
Invasion 1897 – 2014
ABC’s of Death 2 – 2014
The Insider – 2015
Enslaved – 2015
ATM (Authentic Tentative Marriage) – 2016
Darima’s Dilemma – 2017
Love Upon the Hills – 2017
Based on Principle – 2017
Idahosa – 2017
Shadows in the Dark – 2017
Crushed – 2018
Love Birds – 2018
Benin Fruit Seller (Documentary) – 2018
Wede – 2018
Rant Queens – 2019
The Wrong One – 2019
Sacrosanct – 2019
The Fall of Nekighidi (Stage Play) – 2019
Love or Quest – 2019

As A Public Speaker,
He delivered a lecture at Howard University Washington DC.
Lancelot delivered lectures at the Igbinedion University Okada, Nigeria, Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Nigeria, Benson Idahosa University, and Kwara State University.
He delivered a seminar paper on Piracy in Nollywood on the 27th of March 2011. The seminar was organized by the African students of Columbia University, Washington DC.
Guest speaker at the African series of African/Caribbean Society of the St. Andrews University, Scotland during the African student’s event.

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen Awards And Nominations
Recipient of the Prestigious University of Port Harcourt Alumnus Award
Africa Movie Academy Award nominee for Best Director – 2006
Nominee for Best Feature Film at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) – 2010
Nominated at the Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Director – 2012
Nollywood Movie Award nominee for Best Director – 2012
Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Nigerian Film – 2012
Nominated at the Nollywood Movie Award for Best Director – 2013
Audience Choice Award nominee at the Chicago International Film Festival – 2014
See Also: Biography, movies, and net worth of Omoni Oboli, an enterprising actress

City People Movie Award for Movie Director of the Year (English) – 2015
Best Comedy Film at the Abuja International Film Festival – 2016
City People Movie Special Recognition Award – 2018
Award of Excellence at the Edo Talent Awards – 2018
Best Film Award at the Lekki International Film Festival – 2019
National Council for Arts and Culture Awards for propagating the Benin Cultural Heritage – 2019.
The Creative Industry Group’s Distinguished Veterans Recognition Award – 2019.

This expose’ will be inchoate if I do not give one of the Immortal Sayings of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen ,which is not only inspiring but reassuring :

Locate your dream, then light up your passion, let the light burn as you keep doing what is right that you believe in and trust in your efforts. I tell you, one day, your candle will light up the world and time will celebrate you

Lancelot Imasuen is indeed a gift to this Generation.

Congratulations sir !

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REVIEW OF, ‘THE LEGEND OF BURATAI 2’ By Hannatu Lot Dickson

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AMBASSADOR (LT. GENERAL RTD) TUKUR BURATAI, WOULD BE AN INVALUABLE ASSET TO THE GOVERNMENT OF PRESIDENT BOLA AHMED TINUBU. By Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi

REVIEW OF, ‘THE LEGEND OF BURATAI 2’

By Hannatu Lot Dickson

The Legend of Buratai Volume 2 is authored by General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the former Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army. The book was Published by Sprezzatura Publishing Ltd. Cover design by Mereo Books. It was published October 13, 2021 in English Language. It has 125 pages with ISBN-10: * 186151915X and ISBN-13: * 978-1861519153.

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The author Tukur Yusuf Buratai CFR psc(+) NAM GSS ndc (BD) was born 24 November 1960. He is a retired Nigerian army lieutenant general, former Chief of Army Staff appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2015, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Republic of Benin. He was commissioned into the Nigerian Army in 1983 and has had multiple command, administrative, and instructional appointments.

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The Legend of Buratai 2 is a novel base on true-life story of General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the former Chief of Army Staff. It is a novel of eight (8) chapters and has one hundred and twenty-five (125) pages. Each of these chapters and pages is so richly engaging and informative from start to finish.
Just a recap of the plot summary, the book is the enthralling true-life story in his own words, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, the Chief of Staff of the Nigerian Army, who rose to legendary status by dint of hard work, bravery, diligence, excellence and honesty. His journey through life is presented as an exemplary story for all who would aspire to follow his path. His childhood and formative years were also captured.

 

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The preliminary pages of “The Legend of Buratai 2” begins with the titled page where the titled of the book was boldly written and the author’s name. Then followed by the cover page design which contains the cover photo which was taken in Ngamdu. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai is clearly seen in the picture with troops during operations against Boko Haram terrorists at the Nigerian Army Special Super Camp Ngamdu, Borno State in April 2020. He was practically leading the combat operations. Them followed by the content page which outlines the book’s structure, listing chapters, which helps readers navigate the book’s organization and content.

 

The Photographic Acknowledgement section credits the sources of photographs used in the book, acknowledging photographs taken from the personal album of the author. Followed by a heartfelt message dedicating the book to all young people in Nigeria, and especially those of the Nigerian Military School and the Nigerian Defence Academy.

 

The Publisher’s Note and acknowledgement pages expressed gratitude while the Forward was written by Major General Paul Tarfa mni (Rtd), who described General Buratai’s records of service as Chief of Staff of Nigerian Army as legendary and cannot be surpassed. ‘He is a General who inspires his subjects by leading from the front’. He further, provided context, endorsement, and insights into the book’s significance.

 

 

The author begins chapter one by talking about the beginning which captures the lineage, nuclear family and the journey of Yusufu Buratai especially when he joined the RWAFF. Chapter four depict the miraculous escape from the pond as a child, Dr. Gidado Kumo and John Atanda spoke in chapter three and four, while chapter five and six described the author’s encounters with Snakes and Ghost respectively. chapter seven followed with matters bordering on patriotisms and chapter eight list several principles guiding Lt. General TY Buratai, a few out of those principles are: Do not bother about what people say,; Commit to improving yourself to the extent that you do not have time to compete or criticize others; Let excellence be your trademark anywhere you find yourself; Do not be too proud to retrace your steps back to the right path; Listen more and say less; Always lead with courage or not at all; Honour your words as your bond and never make a promise you can’t keep…
The plot is set in Buratai town, Biu Local Government Area of Borno State to Potiskum, Yobe State. The genre is non-fiction.

 

The book, ‘The Legend of Buratai 2’ is the best pick for young minds in need of inspiration and mentorship. It is a captivating and fascinating masterpiece, rich in original history, military tactics, strategies and important life lessons with a touch of spirituality straight from the mind and experiences of true and pragmatic General TY Buratai.

 

 

The Legend of Buratai 2 has the potentials to recoup reinvigorate patriotism to our fatherland Nigeria. It also has the capability and potentials to make a young mind dream and do everything in their powers to live their dreams just like Lt. General TY Buratai.

 

 

The book is so real, it’s not a conventional love story with a perfectly Happy-Ever-After. It was infused with strong themes, I love how Lt Gen. TY Buratai recollected his childhood and formative years, how he was educating us on how to be patriotic and how he described ‘the wretched rustic life of a terrorist’ infused in a poem titled, ‘ARE YOU A TERRORIST?’
The themes in “The Legend of Buratai: Volume 2” include

– Hard work: General Tukur Yusuf Buratai’s rise to legendary status is attributed to his diligence and hard work.

 

– Bravery: General Buratai is known for his bravery and military tactics.
– Excellence: General Buratai’s journey to excellence is presented as an exemplary story for all who would aspire to follow his path.

 

– Honesty: General Buratai’s honesty is one of the key characteristics that contributed to his legendary status.

 

– Patriotism: The book is capable of reawakening patriotism to one’s fatherland, according to Moses A. Uyang, author and humanitarian.

 

– Diligence: Buratai’s diligence is another factor that contributed to his success.

 

The book is practically a handbook or a catalyst for youngsters who dear to dream, who wants to love and serve their country whole heartedly, be patriotic and serve humanity in all earnest and honesty.

 

The book offers a wide range of literary appreciation and acceptance, historical sources, and educative values. It is a foundation for historical and otherwise critical evaluation.

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Saturday Faaji : The Much Anticipated Neon Night With Osupa Saheed Is Here

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Saturday Faaji : The Much Anticipated Neon Night With Osupa Saheed Is Here

 

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For some time now, the teeming fans of the undisputed King of Fuji Music, Saheed Osupa have been longing to see him back on stage on home soil due to his long absence oversee on tour.
Now, the much anticipated show, Neon Night with Osupa Saheed is here, the date is Saturday 18th May 2024, at prestigious RM Hall Magodo, Lagos.

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Saturday Faaji : The Much Anticipated Neon Night With Osupa Saheed Is Here

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Saheed Osupa would be thrilling his fans live on stage this time in another dimension, as all necessary things have been taken care of, including maximum security for this much anticipated event.

In the uniqueness of this Neon Night, with Osupa Saheed, the Lord of music will not be alone on stage as other fast rising artiste, Suave, The Omalicha’s crooner will also be performing on the same stage with Saheed Osupa alongside some other popular artistes.
It’s going to be a Bomb as this is the first show he would be doing in Lagos since he came into Nigeria.

A large percentage of his fans have been calling to register their joy that their favorite Fuji king would be performing that day. According to LAWBELL Manager in Nigeria ,OLABANJI ADELANA, he said the Canadian entertainment company packaging the show is fully prepared for the event and no stone would be left unturned

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Ogun Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Oludotun, Conferred Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers In Abuja

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Ogun Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Oludotun, Conferred Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers In Abuja

 

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The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has conferred the prestigious honor of Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) on Engr. Taiwo Oludotun, the Ogun State Commissioner for Forestry.

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Ogun Commissioner for Forestry, Engr. Oludotun, Conferred Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers In Abuja
The conferment ceremony took place in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, and is a testament to Engr. Oludotun’s dedication and expertise in the field of engineering.

Our correspondent reports that Engr. Oludotun, popularly known as Twinny, has had a distinguished career in engineering and public service.

The Forest Commissioner is also a registered engineer with the Council of Registered Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) and has held various leadership positions, including General Manager at Unistar Hi-Tech Systems Ltd and Commissioner for Rural Development in Ogun State.

His experience in policy development and leadership has driven inclusive and sustainable development in rural areas, improving the quality of life for residents and promoting social and economic progress.

The conferment of FNSE on Engr. Oludotun is a well-deserved recognition of his achievements and commitment to the engineering profession.

Engr. Oludotun is actively participated in various technical and management trainings, workshops, seminars, and conferences, both locally and internationally.

The Commissioner’s contributions to humanity have been recognized by various NGOs, and he has earned several outstanding awards and accolades.

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