Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tony Elumelu Foundation announces shortlist for their entrepreneurship program

31st March 2015 Some time ago we shared with you a report on the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s call for a thousand African entrepreneurs to be part of their training, with a budget of one hundred million dollars. The foundation has picked an inaugural 1,000 African Entrepreneurs to participate in the initiative which aims to discover and support ten thousand African entrepreneurs over the next decade, with a target of creating one million new jobs and ten billion dollars in additional revenues in the process.

More than twenty thousand African entrepreneurs from about fifty two countries applied to the programme, but this first 1,000 selected for the 2015 class are a special group of entrepreneurs who are evidence of the ability of Africa’s own entrepreneurs to spearhead the growth of this continent.

Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Tony Elumelu, is quoted as saying “The selection of these 1000 entrepreneurs brings us closer to our ultimate goal – to drive Africa’s economic and social transformation from within and to radically intensify job creation in Africa. Though I have never met or spoken to any of the winners, I am confident that due to the rigorous criteria and selection process, these entrepreneurs are Africa’s hope for the future. I will continue to invest my experience, time, influence, and resources to see them succeed. I am embarking on this journey with these entrepreneurs hopeful and inspired.”

The winners from different walks of life and backgrounds are expected to impact sectors such as education, fashion, agriculture and information computer technology. Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Ghana had the highest number of entrepreneurs selected, but the selection panel ensured that the continent was properly represented.

Those selected will continue through the programme cycle over the next nine months, enjoying an intensive online training curriculum, mentoring, and participation in a two-day entrepreneurship boot-camp and the Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum. Those who did not get selected, still have the chance to be invited to join the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Network where they will be able to further hone their entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.


Traditional marriage set to become lawful in Namibia

31st March 2015 Namibia’s new Attorney-General Sacky Shanghala, has announced that one of his first missions in his new position will be to have traditional marriages recognized. He has said this will be a remedy to end family quarrels around an estate, especially in cases of a customary or traditional marriage when a couple breaks up or one of them dies.
Attorney General Sacky believes the Legal recognition will also see children born from traditional marriages especially in the northern parts of the country, legitimized and receiving their rights. A customary marriage takes place in terms of the customs of a community, while a legally recognized civil marriage takes place in a church or in front of a
magistrate. Some people in the country observe traditional customs and also get married in a church.

A Local women’s rights activist Rosa Namises in the country said she is excited about the prospect of having customary marriages legalized, but is worried that it might open the door for polygamy. According to her, legalizing customary marriages has been long overdue and needs to be addressed quickly in order to solve inheritance challenges, and bring peace to innocent children. She also stated that it would end the sufferings of women who are ousted in the event of divorce or the death of a partner by his family on grounds of being illegally married.
Rosa Namises is quoted as saying “Especially where people have been living together for very long and when the customary marriage ends, the woman and children suffer tremendously, because they are not recognized,”

She said the new development will bring relief to communities and equality among children from different mothers.


Chinese restaurant reported for rejecting African customers has been shut down

31st March 2015 A controversial Chinese restaurant in Nairobi Kenya, gained recent popularity and sparked a media outcry when it came out that the restaurant denies African patrons entry after 5pm. Reprisals have come swiftly, as the restaurant has been shut down. The owner has also been arrested for operating the restaurant without a valid license. He faces up to 18 months in jail or a fine of about one thousand dollars if found guilty.

Governor of Nairobi, Evans Kidero in a statement, explained that the owners of the restaurant do not have documents to show that the building was no longer being used as a residence. He stated that the restaurant also lacked a valid liquor license and failed to abide by public health requirements on food handling.

According to him “We have established that the restaurant did not have the licenses and I have ordered it closed until the management complies, the restaurant will remain closed until they comply with all set rules and regulations.”

The restaurant proprietors have attempted to defend themselves, saying the scare of Al Shabaab terrorists made them implement the law.


Stephen Keshi returns

31st March 2015 Stephen Keshi appears to be the proverbial cat with nine lives, especially in his relationships with the bosses of Nigerian Football, which have attained the status of a telenovela in 2014.  After long discussions on his contract, he has finally been confirmed for another 2 years as Coach for the Nigerian Super Eagles. This development has been confirmed by Nigeria’s Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick.

Amaju Pinnick is quoted as saying “The NFF executive committee met on Wednesday and finally approved the recommendation of the technical committee for Keshi to continue as the country’s coach. We believe he deserves to continue and we expect him to sign this new contract in the coming days.”

There have been heated arguments about Keshi remaining as coach of the country’s national teams from many quarters but Pinnick made sense when he added that “We all need help to excel in what we do and Keshi will get all the support he needs to succeed with the team,”.

According to inside sources, Keshi has however been asked to sign a code of conduct and tasked to meet several targets, with the conditions that all deals are off if he does not meet up.

All the best to all parties involved.


New music alert: Kcee – “Limba”

31st March 2015 And make way for Limpopo singer Kcee’s latest single titled “Limba” which dropped a few days ago, swiftly followed its video.

In the video, the Five Star Music singer and his pretty partner go on a hot air balloon ride and end up at a gathering, where Kcee drops to his knees and pops the question.


New video alert: Ice Prince – “Mutumina”

31st March 2015 Late in January Nigerian star rapper Ice Prince Zamani dropped a 6-tracker EP titled “Thrash Can”, with one of the tracks titled “Mutumina”, which means “My personal person” in Hausa.

Now, the star rapper has dropped the video to “Mutumina” which is loaded with effects.

Making a silent appearance in the video are Ice Prince’s goons, including M.I Agaba, VJ Adams and others.


New video alert: Diamond Platnumz Ft Khadija Kopa – “Nasema Nawe"

31st March 2015 Still on Diamond Platnumz, the Tanzanian superstar has dropped a new video titled “Nasema Nawe” featuring veteran Tanzanian singer Khadija Kopa.

The song, produced by Thomas Tudd has the video directed by Hascana with Diamond interchanging Arabian and Indian outfits.

The video, laden with a whole lot of twerking, tells the story of a jealous housewife who sets up the woman her hubby flirts with.


Diamond Platnumz and his girlfriend Zari expecting baby girl

31st March 2015 Over to Tanzania, Tanzanian Bongo Flava singer Diamond Platnumz’s Ugandan socialite girlfriend Zari aka Zari the boss lady has revealed the gender of the baby she is expecting with Diamond.

Zari, who is in her second trimester hinted that she is expecting a baby girl as she put up a picture of a pink baby-dress on her Instagram account with the word “Princess” boldly printed on it.

Rumour has it that Zari recently moved in with Diamond Platnumz after she left her home in South Africa for Diamond’s place in Tanzania.


Denrele Edun confirms that he is getting married soon

31st March 2015 There has been rumour going round that TV personality Denrele Edun is getting married, but no one has been able to confirm this until Denrele himself opened up to confirm that he is indeed getting married soon, according to Global Excellence tabloid.

Denrele has it that he in fact has his wedding suit ready but he is neither going to reveal the date of the wedding nor will he reveal the identity of his bride-to-be until the last minute.

Now all we can do is wait to find out if Denrele is messing with us or not.


Desperate Housewives Africa set to take drama to scandalous new heights as it launches on April 30th.

LAGOS, NIGERIA (31st March 2015 ) Desperate Housewives Africa, the local adaptation of the multiple award-winning ABC television drama hit series, is set to launch on April 30, 2015, exclusively on EbonyLife TV, DStv Channel 165. This launch is to be preceded by a premiere in Lagos on April 28 where the new Desperate Housewives of Africa will be introduced in person along with the all-African suburban ‘Wisteria Lane’ neighbourhood where the series will be based.

Whilst the set location is still under wraps for the time being, it can be confirmed that Desperate Housewives Africa will closely reflect the original multi-award winning American version with a uniquely African flavour. Viewers can look forward to an enthralling and spell-binding homegrown pilot that takes the Desperate Housewives format as you once knew it to scandalously new dimensions.

When an outwardly successful neighbour Rume Bello, played by Marcy Dolapo Oni, succumbs to death, her friends continue to deal with their everyday lives and, as seen through Rume’s eyes, the story mysteriously unravels in a dramatic, comedic whirlwind which will have you at the edge of your seat calling for more.

Michelle Dede portrays the character, Tari Gambadia. Her ultimate desperation is unknown at first as she competes for the attention of a new hunky neighbour who has his own ulterior motives?

Nini Wacera, portrays Ese De Souza, a housewife who struggles with maintaining the perfect family … but will her outward impression of perfection successfully mask the disturbing dysfunction in her household? Kehinde Bankole, as Kiki Obi, continues a rather sordid and sleazy love affair; will her husband catch her in the act?

And Omotu Bissong, who stars as Funke Lawal, copes with life as a stay-at-home, fatigued mother of four boisterous and rambunctious children. What possibly could be her desperation?

All these mysteries will evolve in each episode of Desperate Housewives Africa.

According to Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa comments, “We are very excited that one of ABC’s hit television series is being made for African viewers.  This is a first for the continent of Africa and we could not be more proud of what we have seen so far of Desperate Housewives Africa.”

Mo Abudu, Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, has this to say about the production. “Once again, I am pleased to say that we are extremely excited to bring this rich, thrilling and captivating drama to our local and global audiences. We have put in a lot to maintain our premium homegrown quality of  production and our viewers can absolutely look forward with great delight to watching a most riveting adaptation of the multiple-award winning version from Africa; one with a uniquely African essence that closely mirrors the format and storylines of the multiple award winning American version.”

For Director of Scripted Programming, Quinty Pillay, “No stone has been left unturned in ensuring that we worked with the best in every facet of the production. We have taken the multiple award-winning original version and given it a distinctly African twist, from the storytelling, to the ‘look and feel’ of the entire production, without compromising on the global appeal. Viewers in Africa and indeed the rest of the world will hate to miss a second of every episode of it!”

Headline sponsors for the production include Airtel, leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa; Snapp, Diageo’s unique apple-flavored alcohol drink for independent female consumers; Oral-B, worldwide leader in the brushing market; and Ariel, the marketing line of flagship laundry detergents made by Procter & Gamble.

Desperate Housewives Africa is supported by CMB Property Developers, a leading and award winning all-encompassing real estate development organization with an objective to revolutionizing the sector for the purpose of engendering participation from every segment of the populace; Universal Furniture, dedicated to helping people express their unique sense of style by developing fashionable, customized and innovative home, office and industry furnishing at great value; MAC Cosmetics, globally acclaimed professional and quality makeup artist quality cosmetics, offering more than 100 shades for eyes, lips and face, indeed, everything a makeup addict can’t live without.

Others include Inagbe Grand Resorts and Leisure, a rustic, luxurious, elegant and first of its kind resort developed by Gran Imperio Resorts Ltd, a subsidiary of Gran Imperio Group and a formidable real estate development consortium; Designers Foundry, the first fashion focused business support programme for emerging designers from Nigeria and Africa; VP Grasse, Nigeria’s number one artificial grass company installing premium quality synthetic grass to homes, garden, commercial building, play grounds and school and for sporting activities; and SilverPitch Sounds, a leading sound and music composition company based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Since 2006, five different versions of Desperate Housewives have been produced for EMEA and Latin American audiences. These are “Umutsuz Ev Kadinlari” a Turkish production which launched 2011; Amas de Casa Desesperadas,” the Argentinean version (in Spanish, for broadcast in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay); the Colombian/Ecuadorian version (in Spanish, broadcast in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, and also sold to Japan); the U.S. Hispanic version (for broadcast in U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic); “Donas de Casa Desesperadas,” the Brazilian version (in Portuguese, for broadcast in Brazil).

The original Desperate Housewives won both the 2005 and 2006 Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and was created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios. The series is broadcast in more than 200 territories around the world, where it has been one of the most popular U.S. TV shows in recent history with its eighth and final series concluding in 2012.