Monthly Archives: April 2015

Desperate Housewives Africa premieres with private screening

April 30, 2015 What’s up folks!

And so this Tuesday, Ebonylife TV held a private screening of the most anticipated TV series this year at the Muson Center, we’re talking about desperate housewives Africa.

The new series which puts an African sin on the award-winning hit TV series has been met with an incredible amount of interest.

Speaking on the red carpet, Ebonylife TV CEO and executive producer for the show Mo Abudu threw light on the channel’s partnership with Disney and the international leverage of the show.

The exclusive event drew celebrities, star cast and crew for the first look at the show thought to be the most watched TV series in Africa.

After months of hard work and sheer grit, join us as history once again is made on Ebonylife TV with the first episode of Desperate Housewives Africa airing tonight 10pm Central African time and 9pm West African time on Ebonylife TV. As always, do let us know your thoughts on twitter @el_nowtv

 

Ekeng Bassey set to launch debut album with live and unplugged concert

April 30, 2015 And behold! Our very own EL Now host and singer Ekeng Bassey is set to launch his debut album titled “Live & unplugged” at Liberty House, Lekki, Lagos by 4PM on Sunday.

The album lunch also includes a free Unplugged Concert featuring top Nigerian inspirational artists including Nikki Laoye, Wole Emmanuel, PITA, Onos and many more.

 

New video alert: Asa – “Eyo”

April 30, 2015 Celebrated French-Nigerian indie-pop singer Asa drops the video to her acclaimed track “Eyo” off her 2014 album “Bed of Stones”.

Boasting of dramatic camera angles, the video captures a typical hustle and bustle of the heart of Lagos through the eyes of Asa. The video was directed by ace director Meji Alabi.

 

New video alert: Tonto Dikeh – “Sugar Rush”

April 30, 2015 And here comes Nollywood actress cum singer, DB Records’ first lady, Tonto Dikeh playing the role of a mischievous lovesick waitress in the video of her single “Sugar Rush”.

Making cameo appearance is DB Records’ boss D’banj as well as fellow DB records artists 2Kriss and DeeVee.

 

Sudan concludes presidential elections

April 30, 2015 2015 is election year for many African countries; one of them is Sudan. Elections held on Monday the 27th of April and saw incumbent President Omar Hassan al-Bashir win a landslide election victory for himself and his ruling party. The National Election Commission announced that Bashir took 94.05 percent of votes in the presidential election, while his National Congress Party (NCP) won 323 of 426 parliamentary seats.

The President gave a victory speech after the results were announced, and said

“We salute the observers who came to us and testified that the elections were fair, transparent, free and civilized, a model to be presented to others, especially the colonial powers in Europe,”

“We thank those who voted for us and those who voted for others because it is their right and they exercised it to the fullest,”

Sudan’s opposition has rejected the results.  The deputy chair for the opposition National UMMA party, Meriam Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi said

“We don’t recognize this election and we don’t recognize its results. We will continue the campaign and work for a popular uprising to change the regime, because the current regime represents the greatest risk to peace in Sudanand its unity. We are going ahead to unify our ranks and to look for an alternative programme for a transitional period and bringing an end to the war through our daily work with the people,”

A Political analyst, El-Tayeb Zain Al-Abdeen is of the opinion that the government is likely to re-invent itself and seek investment from new partners to help recover the economy.

“The government will try to present itself in a new look or frame. Firstly, it reformed its relations with the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia in particular. The government would say that the elections will lead to a new stage in which it will be committed to do this and that in the constitution and to protect human rights. That means the government will do its best to present itself in a new shape and it is keen to continue the national dialogue, affirming that it will complete it whatever the participants are. The government is in need of support from the international community especially in regard to the economy and foreign relations,”

Election turnout was placed at between 30 and 35% by AU monitors but the National Election Commission states it was closer to 47%.

A voter, Muhannad Ali said

“We participated in the elections and it passed safely and the process was very smooth despite the controversy in the social media on the boycotting. It is our right to vote and we did so,”

 

Immunization drive for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

April 30, 2015 With the threat of Ebola considerably abated, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia are commencing nationawide immunization campaigns for childhood diseases. The routine immuniations were put on hold while health workers and authorities focused on addressing the Ebola crisis.

Guinea launched a nationwide measles campaign on April 18 targeting 1.3 million children aged six months to nine years. Liberia is planning a campaign to provide measles and polio vaccinations to over 700,000 children under five years old.

Training is necessary because of residual fears about Ebola. Sarah Kaba, head of a village health center in Gueckedou, says

“Because of Ebola, the community is wary. People are afraid to go to a health center because they think they might be suspected of having Ebola. But today, thanks to the sensitization that has been done, they have come to receive their vaccinations,”

And Teno Farasekouleno, a health worker in Guinea says

“People are afraid because of Ebola. But, with sensitization, they can understand why vaccination is important,”

UNICEF is supporting the campaign and  has supplied over 750,000 doses of measles vaccines. It is also helping to train more than 3,000 vaccinators and county health officials and is working with the government on nationwide social mobilization efforts to raise awareness for the campaign.

 

Kenya’s Safaricom plans big push

April 30, 2015 In Kenya, telecommunications company Safaricom has its sights set on mobile financial services and Internet access as the next big areas of growth after calls. To this effect, the company’s chief executive has announced that it is building up its 3G and 4G networks.

Bob Collymore says

 “Customers’ needs are changing rapidly, customers behavior is changing rapidly. You know at the beginning of last year if you would have asked me when exactly will we roll out 4G and how quickly would we do it, I wouldn’t have been able to say to you that by the end of the financial year which was end of March we would have rolled out two hundred and thirty something LTE base stations. So that technology is changing rapidly and we have to respond to it and so constant tweaking of the strategies is important,”

The executive told Reuters the company has fitted about 6 percent of its 3,700 base stations with 4G technology, which gives users faster speeds and eliminates buffering when downloading video clips.

However, since many people lack 4G enabled handsets, Safaricom will extend 3G coverage from 57% of its network to 75 percent by year-end.

The additional 3G network will be rolled out in rural areas.

Bob Collymore says

The demand for data in rural areas is much higher than people would have assumed a couple of years ago so wherever we have voice we want to have data now and of course you know you will always have some areas where its just going to be voice because the commercial payback is never going to be there but you know 75% of the population covered by 3G is going to be pretty impressive. I mean it will always be the biggest footprint,”

 

Asisat Oshoala nominated for BBC Women’s footballer 2015

April 30, 2015 Five ladies have been shortlisted for the inaugural BBC Women’s footballer of the year award and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala will be repping the continent for the award. She is up against contenders such as Veronica Boquete from Spain, Scotland’s Kim Little,  Brazilian forward Marta and Nadine Kessler from Germany.

The winner will be revealed on BBC World Service on the twenty sixth of May after votes are collected from the public, so get your votes in for our girl, guys. You can vote online through the BBC website or by text messages until the eleventh of May.

Oshoala has reacted to her nomination, saying “I worked hard last year but I am surprised to be nominated and I feel very appreciated. This award is a very good thing for women’s football. It can really help us by encouraging other countries to support their ladies more and treat them the same way they treat the men.”

The women were selected by a panel of experts – including administrators, journalists, coaches and former players.

 

Net newspaper names top 15 most powerful women in Nigerian entertainment

April 29, 2015 What’s up El Now Fans!

So, prestigious Nigerian Entertainment Today newspaper has named the top 15 most powerful women in Nigerian entertainment industry and topping the list is our very own EbonyLife TV CEO Mo Abudu.

Also on the list is founder of the prestigious African Movie Academy Award Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of African International Film Festival Chioma Ude and celebrated Nollywood star Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, ace Nollywood film maker Emem Isong, Actors Guild of Nigeria President Ibinabo Fiberesima and others.

 

Burna Boy & AKA failed to turn up for Di Don Gordon concert in Ghana

April 29, 2015 Over now to the anticipated performance of Nigerian dancehall star Burna Boy and South African rapper A.K.A which never happened at the Di Don Gordon Concert that went down in Accra International Trade Fair Centre, Ghana on Friday.

The two top African stars were expected to headline the Di Don Gordon Concert, but they failed to show up, to their fans’ disappointment.

Many angry fans took to twitter to vent their anger, demanding for ticket refunds.

Burna Boy, who had earlier held an autograph signing session in Accra alongside A.K.A, equally took to his twitter to express his anger at the organizers of the show.

The “Don Gorgon” singer says the organizers violated him and his fans, and that the fans should get their refunds.