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Dancer Jeffrey Page makes moves for Africa


Who is Jeffrey Page? While the name might not sound familiar, in the professional dance world Jeffrey Page is one of the most sought out stars. His resume includes work with Beyonce, Cirque de Soleil, Fatima Robinson, Debbie Allen, Bill T. Jones and the FOX reality series So You Think You Can Dance. More recently, many will recognize Jeffrey's talents from the Tony Award winning Broadway musical FELA! While the accolades are great, Jeffrey has a true passion and specialization in West African dance. He stresses authenticity in his choreography stating, “this will not be Hollywood Africa" when referring to his work on So You Think You Can Dance. Jeffrey will soon be traveling to Mali for a project celebrating one of the greatest dancers of all time, the legendary James Brown. Additionally, you can catch him on the FELA! World Tour in Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt. If you haven't seen FELA! on Broadway check it out and familiarize yourself with the talent of Jeffrey Page - check the above video for a taste.

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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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