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The EL Showcase Hour

EbonyLife TV is Africa’s First Global Black Entertainment Channel.

We are a Platform that Gives ALL Africans an Opportunity to Give Expression to their Gifts and Talent.

We are using this opportunity to reach out to film makers, producers, directors, artists and all other creators of content.

We have Created Special EL Showcase Hours just for you to present your work to a Pan African and global audience.

All you need to do is send us a screener of your completed work for our consideration to:

The EL Showcase Hour

EbonyLife TV

Media and Entertainment City Africa

Studio Tinapa

Calabar

Nigeria

Or

The EL Showcase Hour

EbonyLife TV

VLA House

Plot 1646 Oko Awo Street

Victoria Island

Lagos

Nigeria

Please remember, only send a screener for your completed work.

If you require further clarification, please send an email to

ELShowcase@ebonylifetv.com

Thank you.

 

Moments with Mo co-Hosts: Marcy Dolapo Oni and Bolanle Olukanni officially unveiled.

Marcy Dolapo Oni and Bolanle Olukanni have been unveiled as the much anticipated co-Hosts on the long-running programme, Moments with Mo, Africa’s first and only syndicated and internationally acclaimed daily TV Talk Show, now sitting exclusively on EbonyLife TV, Channel 165 on DStv.

L-R: Newly unveiled co-Host, Bolanle Olukanni; Queen of Talk & CEO EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu; newly unveiled co-Host, Marcy Dolapo Oni.

L-R: Newly unveiled co-Host, Bolanle Olukanni; Queen of Talk & CEO EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu; newly unveiled co-Host, Marcy Dolapo Oni.

 TINAPA, CALABAR (JULY 19, 2013) Both finalists emerged from one of the widest and most keenly contested searches ever seen on the continent. Spread over an intensive 7-day period of stringent but fun auditions designed to throw up the ideal talents, the elaborate search saw co-Host hopefuls from many parts of Africa, including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, the UK, the US and many parts of the world, swarm into the Eko Hotel & Suites venue of the Auditions in April 2013.

 The announcement means that Oni and Olukanni are now favourites to share the hot seat with the globally celebrated Africa’s Queen of Talk and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, as the exciting threesome now continues to make the popular Talk Show the platform to discuss interesting, engaging and topical issues and human interest stories; interviewing Global Black citizens of the world; entrepreneurs and achievers in their own rights; ordinary people doing extraordinary things that affect the lives of people around them positively.

 Set to start on Monday July 22, 2013, the new season of Moments with Mo is one of the many exciting, homegrown, glossy polished and sophisticated programmes that can be seen exclusively on the newly launched EbonyLife TV, Channel 165 on DStv.

Dolapo and Bolanle both come on board with impressive resumes that are bound to elevate the Moments with Mo brand equity and personality, commanding and reinforcing pan African followership and global reviews.

Dolapo Oni, who started her African Television career as the anchor on the MNET show, 53 Extra, and who soon became a force to reckon with, brings her alluring countenance and bubbly, effervescent personality to the Show. The Nigerian-born actress and television personality received her Primary education from the Lebanese Community School in Lagos. She had her secondary education at Headington Girls Independent School in Oxford in the UK where she became the first black head girl. She went on to attain a Degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol.

Following her passion for the arts however, Oni finally pursued and received a postgraduate degree from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts in London, proceeding from that point to become a seasoned presenter, actress and style icon known across Africa.

Dolapo has worked with classical and contemporary material across all mediums – from stage and film, to radio and TV, crafting her expertise in entertainment. Oni has played key roles in numerous plays, including William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Walking Waterfall by Nii Ayikwei Parkes; In Time by Bola Agbaje; God is a DJ by Oladipo Agboluaje; ‘Iya-Ile’ (The First wife), a play produced by Soho Theatre/the Tiata Fahodzi Company, to mention a few. She has received rave reviews from seasoned theatre critics for her lead roles. Recently she became a new addition to the cast of the South African TV Series, ‘Jacob’s Cross,’ where she played ‘Moremi Omotoso’ – a woman who is passionate, liberated, strong and fights for what she believes in.

Dolapo has also played host at many high class events of which the groundbreaking EbonyLife TV launch remains clearly memorable.

“I’m so excited to be part of history in the making with EbonyLife TV,” said the ever so cheerful Oni. “It’s an amazing team and the perfect new venture for me. Mo Abudu has always been a mentor to me and I am very excited to start this new chapter.”

Bolanle Olukanni, on the other hand, is a double degree graduate of The Loyola University, Chicago, with Bachelors of Arts in both Communications and International Studies. Raised in Nigeria, Israel, Kenya and the USA, Bolanle Olukanni has seen a fair bit of the world but finds there is no place like home.

A National Qualifier for Competitive Monologue Acting in America, a study in the power of the human voice through social action inspired monologues, Bolanle worked briefly in the US before returning home to Nigeria for her NYSC, a period during which she co-founded ‘Girls For The Future’, an empowerment training workshop which empowers Nigerian girls through education.

Her favourite maxim being “No one is powerless; each person has their own voice”, Bolanle is a strong believer in the importance of one’s voice. Being a co-Host on Moments with Mo is therefore a wonderful platform where her voice could be heard through inspiring TV. Bolanle loves writing poetry, reading and making Black Tea with Lemon.

“I look forward to being part of this new and exciting season in Television,” says Bolanle. “It’s a privilege to have emerged as a finalist in the keenly contested Search. It’s even a greater privilege to be part of Moments with Mo and the EbonyLife TV movement.”

 For Yvonne Adefajo, Producer, Moments with Mo, “Moments with Mo re-emerges with three times the fun, the action, and all the glam it has been known for over the years. It’s been great working on the show, and we are excited about creating content that is relevant and celebrates the greatness in Africa. It has been an honor to work alongside some of the most talented and creative people in the industry.”

A pleased and satisfied Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, could not hide her sense of fulfillment. “The search for my co-Host was an intensive and exhilarating process that involved series of demanding auditions and tasks. Moments with Mo now sits exclusively on EbonyLife TV, which is a channel designed for young people. Our objective for the Search process, therefore, was to come away with two hot, fresh, brilliant and young people who would be sitting in the spotlight with me in the New Season of the Show, discussing topical issues from the younger person’s perspective. We are happy to have achieved this aim with Dolapo and Bolanle. Africa can now sit back, relax and expect a more revved up New Season of Moments with Mo, on EbonyLife TV.”

Moments with Mo is Africa’s first and only syndicated daily talk show airing now across 48 African countries and on cable TV in the United Kingdom. In over 7 years of its existence, Moments with Mo has transformed the face and flavor of African TV. The show has been able to achieve this feat by constantly seeking to build and project a new, stronger, more independent and confident Africa. One that speaks for itself, celebrates its people and achievements, and solves its own problems.

 Over the past 7 years of its existence, Moments with Mo has hosted an impressive list of guests. From Presidents to Nobel Laureates; celebrities to Governors; and even the US Secretary of-State, Mrs. Hilary Rodham-Clinton on her visit to Nigeria, and of recent, Christine Lagarde, the Managing Director of IMF.

 

Nigerian woman launches entertainment TV network

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed into nearly every country on the continent with programs showcasing its burgeoning middle class.

Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu wants EbonyLife TV to inspire Africans and the rest of the world, and change how viewers perceive the continent. The network’s programming tackles women’s daily life subjects — everything from sex tips to skin bleaching.

“Not every African woman has a pile of wood on her head and a baby strapped to her back!” the glamorous 48-year-old told The Associated Press from a hotel’s penthouse floor against a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and high-rise buildings flanked by palm and almond trees.

“We watch Hollywood as if all of America is Hollywood,” she said. “In that same vein we need to start selling the good bits of Africa.”

Months of work to provide original content includes the flagship program “Sistaz!” about two Greek-Nigerian sisters and a British-born Nigerian friend who check into the Eko Hotel for a holiday reunion and rediscover the passion of sisterhood and the vibrant city of Lagos.

“It helps show that you can go to Africa for a holiday, you can go to Nigeria on holiday, you can go to Lagos” and enjoy a vacation, Abudu said of the much-maligned Nigerian financial capital that is much improved since the country transitioned from military dictatorship to civilian rule in 1999.

The characters are as cosmopolitan as Abudu, a tall and elegant woman with sculpted cheekbones. She was born in London, came to Nigeria when she was a youngster and returned to Britain after her father died when she was 12. She returned to settle when she married a Nigerian at age 28.

Once her children were in their teens, Abudu, a former executive with the oil giant Exxon-Mobil, abandoned a 20-year career in human resources in 2006 to become a self-taught television talk show host. “Moments with Mo” became the first syndicated daily talk show on African regional TV and also is aired in Britain on a Sky TV channel.

She has interviewed celebrities from Hillary Rodham Clinton, former African presidents F. W. de Klerk of South Africa and John Kufuor of Ghana, former England soccer skipper Rio Ferdinand, musician R. Kelly and American fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg.

A telling moment for Abudu came she was standing at London’s Marble Arch and decided, on a whim, to ask people what came to their minds when they heard the word Africa.

The answers ranged from Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s dictatorial ruler of 33 years, the British charity Oxfam and famine to babies with flies on their faces. “The nicest thing I heard was ‘sunshine,'” said an appalled Abudu.

Years later, she is setting out to transform that vision by shining a bright light on the so-called “dark continent’s” riches — its super-talented young entrepreneurs, fabulous art scene, up-and-coming fashion designers, provocative authors and sassy musicians.

One program is hosted by rhythm and blues artist Banky W and singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage. Their first program discusses why more and more Nigerian women are bleaching their skins and whether men prefer lighter-skinned black women.

So the network will not ignore some of the darker sides of Africa’s realities, though Abudu promises “a different reality.”

It will feature a specially commissioned movie, “New Horizons,” from award-winning filmmaker Tope Oshin Ogun that bares the plight of women across the continent subjected to domestic abuse, a prevalent crime that is not often addressed.

And radio host Oreka Godis stars in “Love Lounge,” where she will ask the cheeky questions for which she is known of sexologists, life coaches and psychotherapists.

While Nollywood movies also are notorious for often poor quality, though this is improving, Abudu aims for the highest quality in a network she hopes will eventually be broadcast beyond Africa to the millions in the diaspora.

“What we say is ‘Everything you think you know about Africa is about to change,'” Abudu said.

 

Yahoo news

 

Africa’s Oprah? Brit-Nigerian launches first black entertainment TV network showcasing Africa

LAGOS, Nigeria — A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed into nearly every country on the continent with programs showcasing its burgeoning middle class.

Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu wants EbonyLife TV to inspire Africans and the rest of the world, and change how viewers perceive the continent. The network’s programming tackles women’s daily life subjects — everything from sex tips to skin bleaching.

“Not every African woman has a pile of wood on her head and a baby strapped to her back!” the glamorous 48-year-old told The Associated Press from a hotel’s penthouse floor against a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and high-rise buildings flanked by palm and almond trees.

“We watch Hollywood as if all of America is Hollywood,” she said. “In that same vein we need to start selling the good bits of Africa.”

Months of work to provide original content includes the flagship program “Sistaz!” about two Greek-Nigerian sisters and a British-born Nigerian friend who check into the Eko Hotel for a holiday reunion and rediscover the passion of sisterhood and the vibrant city of Lagos.

“It helps show that you can go to Africa for a holiday, you can go to Nigeria on holiday, you can go to Lagos” and enjoy a vacation, Abudu said of the much-maligned Nigerian financial capital that is much improved since the country transitioned from military dictatorship to civilian rule in 1999.

The characters are as cosmopolitan as Abudu, a tall and elegant woman with sculpted cheekbones. She was born in London, came to Nigeria when she was a youngster and returned to Britain after her father died when she was 12. She returned to settle when she married a Nigerian at age 28.

Once her children were in their teens, Abudu, a former executive with the oil giant Exxon-Mobil, abandoned a 20-year career in human resources in 2006 to become a self-taught television talk show host. “Moments with Mo” became the first syndicated daily talk show on African regional TV and also is aired in Britain on a Sky TV channel.

She has interviewed celebrities from Hillary Rodham Clinton, former African presidents F. W. de Klerk of South Africa and John Kufuor of Ghana, former England soccer skipper Rio Ferdinand, musician R. Kelly and American fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg.

A telling moment for Abudu came she was standing at London’s Marble Arch and decided, on a whim, to ask people what came to their minds when they heard the word Africa.

The answers ranged from Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s dictatorial ruler of 33 years, the British charity Oxfam and famine to babies with flies on their faces. “The nicest thing I heard was ‘sunshine,’” said an appalled Abudu.

Years later, she is setting out to transform that vision by shining a bright light on the so-called “dark continent’s” riches — its super-talented young entrepreneurs, fabulous art scene, up-and-coming fashion designers, provocative authors and sassy musicians.

One program is hosted by rhythm and blues artist Banky W and singer-songwriter Tiwa Savage. Their first program discusses why more and more Nigerian women are bleaching their skins and whether men prefer lighter-skinned black women.

So the network will not ignore some of the darker sides of Africa’s realities, though Abudu promises “a different reality.”

It will feature a specially commissioned movie, “New Horizons,” from award-winning filmmaker Tope Oshin Ogun that bares the plight of women across the continent subjected to domestic abuse, a prevalent crime that is not often addressed.

And radio host Oreka Godis stars in “Love Lounge,” where she will ask the cheeky questions for which she is known of sexologists, life coaches and psychotherapists.

While Nollywood movies also are notorious for often poor quality, though this is improving, Abudu aims for the highest quality in a network she hopes will eventually be broadcast beyond Africa to the millions in the diaspora.

“What we say is ‘Everything you think you know about Africa is about to change,’” Abudu said.

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