Profiles

Nollywood’s Must-Watch Director

Nollywood’s Must-Watch Director

Published by OZY

The red carpet is out at the historic Elgin Theatre. It’s opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Kemi Adetiba is about to step onto the stage and into the spotlight. But the Nigerian director is growing increasingly nervous, having suffered a nightmare in which only 10 people appear for the world premiere of her new movie. At one point she confesses, “I didn’t want to attend.” Yet a sold-out crowd of some 1,400 moviegoers has turned up and wrapped around...

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The Contenders: The Canuck Who Became Ralph Nader’s Spokesman

The Contenders: The Canuck Who Became Ralph Nader’s Spokesman

Published by OZY

Toby Heaps lives in Canada. So how'd the magazine publisher end up as a presidential candidate's press secretary? Click here to read more from this article. – Neil Parmar Published in OZY...

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The Phenom Behind Finland’s Big-Screen Rise

The Phenom Behind Finland’s Big-Screen Rise

Published by OZY

It’s the denouement of our four-course meal, and dinner is settling into a lull — until, that is, Selma Vilhunen starts poking her brownie. The Finnish director perks up, growing giddy over her next passion project: Hobbyhorse Revolution. We’re seated in a special screening room on the second floor of Toronto’s Montecito Restaurant, surrounded by a film library, an old cinematic camera and images from classic comedies like Meatballs and Animal House, and she’s fiddling with the Wi-Fi...

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A Nation’s Most Tragically Hip Farewell To Its Favorite Band

A Nation’s Most Tragically Hip Farewell To Its Favorite Band

Published by OZY

Wearing his electric green suit, with a feathered hat and the lyrics to one of my favorite songs laser-etched onto the soles of his boots, The Tragically Hip’s frontman commanded the stage for 26 straight songs. There was no opening act, no fancy pyrotechnics. Just Gord Downie, firing up yet another sold-out crowd of 20,000 in Toronto with his quirky, energetic dance moves while rocking his heart out. Hard to believe this is a man with terminal brain cancer. But there were reminders at Sunday...

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This Woman Pushed Her Party to Reform. And It Worked.

This Woman Pushed Her Party to Reform. And It Worked.

Published by OZY

Diane Russell was nervous. By the time she crossed the Democratic National Convention stage for her big moment, disgruntled delegates had already booed many of the speakers who went before her. Russell identified herself as “a proud delegate for Bernie Sanders” at the outset of her 13-minute speech — here, she relished the cheers and standing ovations— but then she dug into the tough stuff: trying to unify the divided Dems by backing Hillary Clinton for the White House. This Maine state...

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A Refugee’s Fight For Olympic Gold — And Citizenship

A Refugee’s Fight For Olympic Gold — And Citizenship

Published by OZY

The final freestyle wrestling match is about to begin, and to set the stage at this particular Summer Olympics, a CBC broadcaster explains that no Canadian wrestler has ever won gold. “If you don’t know the story of Daniel Igali,” he says. “He came to Canada back in 1994 to wrestle in the Commonwealth Games for Nigeria. He finished 13th that year. There was unrest in his country. He decided to stay.” The one word the announcer doesn’t use during the six-minute match? Refugee. Plenty...

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A Former Prime Minister on Promoting Female Leaders

A Former Prime Minister on Promoting Female Leaders

Published by OZY

Way before there was talk of President Hillary or President Carly, there was Kim. As Canada’s first — and, so far, only — female prime minister, Kim Campbell saw her approval rating soar after coming to power in 1993 to the highest level for a leader here in 30 years. But within less than six months, Campbell’s Progressive Conservative Party suffered a crushing defeat, she failed to win her own home riding, and ultimately left office. Today, after having also served as attorney general...

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The Tech Titan Making a Splash in Canada’s ‘Shark Tank’

The Tech Titan Making a Splash in Canada’s ‘Shark Tank’

Published by OZY

Maybe it’s Michele Romanow’s youthful exuberance about tech — or her bubbly demeanor — but the 31-year-old sometimes seems an easy target on the set of the Canadian reality-TV show Dragons’ Den. During Romanow’s primetime debut, the angel investor endured relentless ribbing by her costar judges for asking the founders of the Vancouver-based Daily Delivery service more questions after almost everyone else had dismissed their pitch. “We haven’t got time,” the eldest dragon, Jim...

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An Ex-CIA Chief on Clinton’s Greatest Global Threats

An Ex-CIA Chief on Clinton’s Greatest Global Threats

Published by OZY

In this special election series, OZY has been looking at Hillary Clinton — including her past, a key player from her inner circle and what could become her most influential domestic policies. In this installment, we explore the global issues that could disrupt her push for the Oval Office. Chat with John McLaughlin, the former deputy director and acting director of the CIA, and he’ll methodically take you through the alphabet soup of foreign issues that could scald Clinton’s campaign....

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Inside the World Economic Forum

Inside the World Economic Forum

Published by WSJ.Money (www.wsj.com/money)

KLAUS SCHWAB WAS just 32 when he chaired a fateful meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in 1971 that pushed European business leaders to be accountable to all stakeholders—employees, customers and governments—instead of just their shareholders. Since then, Schwab's little nonprofit has grown into the World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based organization where, over the years, heads of state, corporate executives and top economists have converged to help expand the Organization for Economic Cooperation...

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How Was Your Day… Presidential Candidate Stalker?

How Was Your Day… Presidential Candidate Stalker?

Published by OZY

In this occasional series, OZY takes to streets and neighborhoods across the globe to ask a simple question: “How was your day?” Brian Grodman, certified financial planner Manchester, New Hampshire I work two blocks from where you have state police and Secret Service setting up for all the candidates coming. Every four years it’s a madhouse. But there has never been an election since I’ve been in New Hampshire like this, where you have well over a dozen primary candidates, so I took...

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Continental Resources CEO: Harold Hamm

Continental Resources CEO: Harold Hamm

Published by WSJ.Money Magazine

There are humble beginnings—and then there's Harold Hamm. Before becoming chairman and CEO of Continental Resources, a petroleum producer that has made him one of the richest men in America, Hamm grew up in Oklahoma as the youngest of 13 siblings, scraping to get by on their family farm. "I've been working since I could walk," says Hamm, 67, whose net worth Forbes estimates to be $11.3 billion. Here's how he turned from a farm boy to an oil tycoon, in his words... Click here to read the rest...

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Idled Toy Inventors Find a Sweet Niche: `Novelty’ Candy

Idled Toy Inventors Find a Sweet Niche: `Novelty’ Candy

Published in The Wall Street Journal and republished in The Asian Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK CITY// While many 70-year-olds busy themselves with golf and travel, Larry Jones spends his days creating gummi worms that glow, constructing containers for candy gel and building mouth-shaped machines that spew out gumballs. Mr. Jones, who toiled for four decades at toy companies including Hasbro Inc., Mattel Inc. and Playmates Toys Inc., now finds that his tinkering talents are of little use in that industry. Instead, he has discovered a sweet tooth for the world of novelty candy.
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A band of heroes for region

A band of heroes for region

Published by The National

DUBAI// Nobody loves hearing a story of business struggle-and-success more than an entrepreneur. But while many builders of fledgling brands may be familiar with Naif Al Mutawa - the Kuwaiti creator behind The 99 comic book franchise - few are likely to have heard about his business strategies for the venture. Mr Al Mutawa's latest chapter started once he ended his career as a clinical psychologist working in Kuwait with former war prisoners and in New York with survivors of political torture. He...

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Madhur Jaffrey: Sweet Remembrances

Madhur Jaffrey: Sweet Remembrances

Published by Psychology Today Magazine

NEW YORK CITY// From sweet chutneys to spicy curries, best-selling cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey has introduced food lovers around the world to home-cooked Indian cuisine. But her rise to gourmet fame came only after she conquered her first passion: acting. When we caught up with Jaffrey, in her 70's, she was in the Broadway musical Bombay Dreams, set in Bollywood, the Tinseltown of India, where fantastical musicals with over-the-top dancing and dazzling costumes reigned supreme. ... Click...

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From son of war to king of the hill

From son of war to king of the hill

Published by The National

DUBAI// Don't let his computer science degree fool you. Samer Ramez Abu-Ltaif's academic training may seem like a cliche technological precursor to becoming the regional general manager for Microsoft Gulf, although little about the executive's background is typical. Take the four years he spent working on his bachelor of science at the American University of Beirut in the late 1980s. Every day, after class wrapped up, he would rush home before gunfire broke out in the night. "This was at the...

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A Conservative Icon on Donald Trump — And Other Threats to World Peace

A Conservative Icon on Donald Trump — And Other Threats to World Peace

Published by OZY

As conservative voices go, Kim Campbell is one of Canada’s most iconic — she was the country’s first female prime minister, after all. But don’t get the former attorney general and justice minister started on Donald Trump, who’s walking out of this week’s Republican National Convention as the GOP’s presidential nominee. Previously, Trump warned that the U.S. should rethink its involvement in NATO because it pays “a lion’s share” to safeguard member nations (a claim that The...

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