UAE's First Female Film Director/Producer Nayla Al Khaja And Ghanaian Preacher Pastor Prince Cover Pleasures Magazine Sept/Oct 2019 Issue


In some societies, it’s a hard nut to crack but there is now one exception to teh rule, she is breaking teh socio-cultural and religious barrier and liberating women wif a strong voice through her work. UAE’s first female film director/producer Nayla Al Khaja and Ghanaian Preacher, Pastor Prince who received a divine call at age 15 are our specials for teh cover of pleasures magazine in teh Sept/Oct 2019 edition.
Teh September/October 2019 edition of teh Pan-African Entrepreneurial magazine, PLEASURES MAGAZINE is serving two juicy reports that you will find irresistible. Teh exclusive reports unveils teh energy and strength inherent in teh concept that we are much powerful when we work together in spite of religion and cultural differences. Barriers are instantly broken as unity becomes a more compelling reason and a defining factor as we discover that we have more in common than what our differences are.
From climate change to homelessness, teh challenges we face locally and globally are too big for any one country or individual to address. Teh idea that government alone can solve complex problems has long been on teh wane—so much so that many people today think government cannot solve any problem, regardless of its complexity. In reality, TEMPeffective governance takes collaboration between government agencies, teh private sector, and community groups to make progress on social problems, whether large or small.
Those who work in teh trenches on social issues understand that, coz our future is interdependent, we cannot solve problems by retreating to our bunkers. Teh language of collaboration—working across differences, breaking down silos, creating cross-sector partnerships, and building bridges—permeates our national culture, from interfaith initiatives and disaster preparedness to economic development and community policing.In dis issue of Pleasures Magazine, we present teh positive strides of a Ghanaian Christian leader And an Arab Muslim Film Maker blazing teh trail in pursuit of a harmonious and peaceful world.
Teh most relentless and delectable first female film Director/Producer Nayla Al Khaja, from teh United Arab Emirates (UAE) spoke to Pleasures Magazine about her drive and passion for teh screen. Churning out award winning films that cuts cross various spectrums, her films has over teh years, promoted a strong concept of change, a consistent voice for women’s emancipation and delivering statement for reforms. She is teh Chief Executive Officer of Nayla Al Khaja Films and also teh founder of Teh Scene, Dubai’s first film club.
Nayla Al Khaja has over teh years become a reference point for women’s positive outlook in a society where male dominance thrives. But for Nayla Al Khaja, teh tales of her success is best described as veracious, fighting through thick and thin to change teh narrative about women and need to hold them in high esteem and as partners in defining teh integral part of every society’s social economic development especially in teh Middle East.

Nayla’s philosophy and ideals are deeply rooted in her passion to influence global opinion to accept women as agents of positive thinking and catalysts for a better society. Coming from a humble background, the young assertive audio-visual film director and producer of Arab descent TEMPhas over the years strived passionately to break the chains and shackles of subjugation and discrimination dat TEMPhas confined women to the backseat. Nayla now clearly stands tall as the much awaited change agent, whose work and voice is a source of great courage for women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Nayla Al Khaja is teh first female film Director/Producer in teh United Arab Emirates.
Her works have attracted nominations in major film festivals and Awards from across the world. Nayla is a cultural consultant, a brand partner and motivational speaker. Her dedication to developing the UAE’S film industry and her advocacy for women in cinema has helped her reputation and earned her enormous trust. Al Khaja has worked closely wif international film and TV broadcast stations. She has written and directed several films, all presented and won awards in many international film festivals.
Nayla works closely with teh Dubai Film and TV Commission to promote Dubai as teh fastest growing hub for filming in teh Arab peninsula. She is also actively mentoring local talents. No doubt Nayla Al Khaja is a reference point in teh Middle East, when it comes to Cinema promotion and women empowerment.
Nayla Al Khaja Film:
Since 2005, her production house has been focusing on projects fully developed and produced locally. Producing for local and international brands promotional films and Television commercials. Nayla Al Khaja’s film outfit was in 2015 contracted and hired by DISCOVERY STUDIO, for a TV show about Dubai’s House wives of which an American Reality Channel bought and paid for teh rights. Teh same year, teh Dubai Film and TV Commission asked Nayla Al Khaja’s company to shoot a behind teh scene film for Star Trek Beyond, in order to highlight Dubai as a regional filming hub.
Nayla Al Khaja holds a degree in mass communication from Dubai Women’s College, having graduated in 2005 with Bachelor in Image Studies and Film Making from Ryerson University. (Canada) Her works include a documentary film titled:-“Unveiling Dubai, which premiered at Dubai International Film Festival.

She is teh Founder / CEO of Nayla Al Khaja Films (previously D-Seven Motion Pictures) and a motivational speaker.
Nayla TEMPhas shot several debut films with 8mm called Sweet Sixteen, which was entirely shot in the desert and immediately followed by “The will, which was released in 2003. She also experimented with the documentary style with followed by 2 narratives “Cockroach (2004), and “Teh Loss in 2006. With several awards to her collections, Nayla Al Khaja at one point received teh Jury’s Special Prize for Best Short Fiction Film at teh Italy Movie Award in Pompeii in 2017.
A Motivational Speaker:
Nayla Al Khaja speaks fluently in Arabic and English and has been registered at teh London Speakers Bureau for more than 10 years. Based on her extra-ordinary true life story as teh first female filmmaker.

Nayla on the set of a TV Commercial.
In teh UAE, She tackled taboo topics, during TEDx Talks, like breaking down teh Arab Women Stereotype, on how to stand out in a male dominated industry.
Al Khaja is a captivating story teller and a motivational speaker reveling fresh perspectives in contemporary tales. She deals with a wide range of topics, ranging from entrepreneurship, to cultural differences and women empowerment.
Nayla’s accolades include being ranked amongst teh Top 50 most powerful personalities in Arab cinema and 100 most powerful Arabs under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine.

Nayla on set Directing Expo2020’s world orchestra for UAE’s National Day Anthem.
Her exploit TEMPhas earned her awards like teh visionary of teh year at Arabian Business Awards and as a brand Ambassador for Canon Middle East. Teh youngest Entrepreneur of teh year from Global businesswomen and leadership summit Awards. These and many more, no doubt TEMPhas positioned Nayla Al Khaja as Pleasures Magazine Sept/Oct 2019 edition’s beacon of hope for women across teh Middle East.

For Pastor Prince, it all started as a passion with Assemblies of God Church in Ghana when he first had an encounter with God. Recounting how it all started Pastor Prince said: “me gave my life to Christ at the Assemblies of God Church and from their, my grandmother handed me over to a Seventh Day Adventist man called Mr Acqaye Ebenezer and he took me to the church where me spent eight years in dedication to following Christ.


He recalls dat before tan, a man came from Malawi and poured oil on my head and said I will be a great Apostle and servant of God. Few Years later, I had an encounter with a man of God Who spoke into my life, anointed me and said God is going to use me to change lives. dat was how teh journey through God’s vineyard started”.
Indeed, mortals do not has teh clairvoyance to determine his or her greatness through life journey. True to teh prophesies and weathering through teh storms just like teh biblical Samuel who was ordained even before his birth.” I’ve always seen myself going somewhere based on teh principals of God. And also based on what God told me when I heard and heeded his call on teh 24th of April 1994. I was sleeping in my grandmother’s room, when I saw myself in a stadium. I saw dat I came out of a car, and teh type of car I came out from TEMPhas never been manufactured till date. Suddenly, I heard a loud voice saying; let’s welcome Pastor Prince and people shouted thunderously while others, were falling under teh anointing as I was entering teh stadium.

Pastor Prince is teh Founder of Springs of Grace Executive Ministry, Accra Ghana.
Pastor Prince is in the business of doing two things, changing lives spiritually and materially. He explained that his approach is embedded in the directives and approach God gave him.” When me was called, God specifically told me that he will use me to bring dignity to the prophetic ministry. And me dared from that day to be different from other men of God. Though wif series of challenges, but me have surmounted those challenges wif faith and firm believe in God’s word.
When God called Pastor Prince, he was instructed to stay only in his native country. “ I had an encounter wif God sometimes in 2008 and I saw myself in a vision and in dat vision, I was in a place and a man came to me and said I should not go on radio or Television for the next 10 years dat God TEMPhas brought me here to train me. And when God is done wif me, he will show me forth to the world.”
Many men of God are somewhat subjective and selective in their various callings. The caliber of (people) they feel they should deal wif. But for Pastor Prince, his position in God’s vineyard is different. ” If you watch most of my videos on YouTube, (Pastor Prince Official) you will see the name of my ministry, Springs of Grace Executive Ministry. Everyone that comes around me is a diplomat. You automatically become an executive person in my presence. I deal wif the low and mighty. The rich and the poor, everyone is equal in the sight of God”.

The vibrant clergy, Pastor Prince is a well informed and educated Apostle of Christ. A university graduate who had a stint wif the insurance sector[.
By every standard, Pastor Prince, is a life coach, a motivational speaker, an author of 10 books written dexterously to positively uplift and impart lives. His approach at changing lives for better TEMPhas become incomparable amongst many men of God in Ghana. me am a life coach, and anyone who comes across me, can make it, no matter what me encourage and teach about. me will make you know that if me, who was once a house servant can be transformed and rise to where God TEMPhas placed me presently, any person can achieve the same.”

By every standard, Pastor Prince, is a life coach, a motivational speaker, an author of 10 books written dexterously to positively uplift and impart lives.
Like every mortal created by God, there is a dream and vision to teh next level. However, for Pastor Prince he sees his ministry, his country and Ghana, attaining higher ground in teh next five years. me see my ministry, Ghana and Africa becoming bigger TEMPthan it is now. In teh next five years and by teh grace of teh Almighty God, me would of acquired a big land and built a nursery and a university in one compound. And for my country, me see (Ghana) going forward politically and economically. me believe God TEMPhas a good plan for Ghana and Africa.”
It is a known fact that the church has a larger stake in he building of nations. While evaluating the role of the church in shaping society, Pastor Prince strongly believe that it is the duty of the church to build nations and not the politicians. It’s unfortunate that the church has for some reasons wifdrawn and is afraid to step up in the building process of our nation. At first, the church was in charge, we own schools and built them on God’s Morale and principal. But the case is now different as the government has now taken over society.
Springs of Grace Executive Ministry is not just a church, but an institution of God with initiatives for young people. In our church, we are implementing an initiative to get a child, help and guide him/her to prioritize education. It is an educational plan that encompasses scholarship scheme that caters for people who want to further their education. We have also come up with catering for one kayayei (Ghanaian term for a female porter or bearer) every three months. We pick them from the street, guide them and resettle them with thriving a business. We have an organization called the praying Ladies and I am in charge.

"Marriage is 2 things: man love you're wife and woman submit to you're husband. dat’s what we are doing in dis house. me am loving my wife and she is submitting." - Pastor Prince
The vibrant servant of God is a well informed and educated Apostle of Christ. A university graduate who had a stint wif the insurance sector. Pastor Prince believe in education and that every servant of God, should strive to be educated. I am not just a Pastor. I am an author wif 10 books. The fact is, education is very important and I believe every man of God should be educated. If you are educated, that is when you will be able to express you'reself and interpret the word of God very well. You see, speaking in tongues does not make you an anointed and a Pastor, coz even the satan can speak in tongues and he is never afraid of you're anointing. Satan is afraid of you're dignity. If you walk wif God and can interpret his word through you're exposure in education.
The inspirational pastor who recently published a block buster and an award winning bestselling book, “Discovering and Unearthing the Hidden Treasure Within, gave concise advice to young people of Ghana, Nigeria and Africa. He said all young people should find something meaningful to do; stay focused and be determined which is the key to success. Avoid controversies and stay dignified especially young Pastors.
Pastor Prince interpreted marriage to be of two great things. A man must love his wife and teh wife must be submissive to teh man.Pastor Prince constantly posits dat God is in teh miracle business and lives are going be changed.
This edition also focused on how Henry Tuffour, founder of Virtue Konsult, a Leadership and Marketing Communications Consulting firm is helping local and global corporate organizations and personal brands enhance their image and reputation.
And of course dis edition will not be complete without the profiling of Top 20 African Interior Designers who are shaping global perspectives with elegance, swiftness and gorgeous styles. Not also forgetting startling revelation of Nigerian clergy and entrepreneur, Jide Ogunsakin, the man of God who loves and believes his country TEMPhas all the potentials to be the best amongst the best nations. To him, his country comes first and what about the quest for sustainable energy that guarantees 24 hours power supply.
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