Monthly Archives: August 2017

Be the first to see full-length trailer of romantic comedy – The Royal Hibiscus Hotel

Teaser of new movie from EbonyLife Films gets an astounding 100,000 views in one day

August 16, 2017

Lagos, Nigeria – A 60-second video teaser of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, a new movie from EbonyLife Films, was revealed on Instagram yesterday. It received over 100,000 views in only 24 hours. Such was the interest that the full trailer of 3 minutes and 40 seconds has now been released.

Here is the trailer for your enjoyment:



EbonyLife TV announces 2017 Sisterhood Awards

Ceremony will celebrate notable achievements of unsung Nigerian women

August 8, 2017

Lagos, Nigeria – The annual EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards will take place on Tuesday, November 14th, at 6:30pm, at Eko Hotels and Suites. The awards acknowledge significant but mostly unrecognized accomplishments of women in Nigeria, in categories such as business, arts and entertainment. The event will be hosted in partnership with Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), as part of their 16th annual conference.

Successful nominees will be selected by 10 industry experts, influencers and an independent auditor. Nominations for award recipients will be accepted until Saturday, October 1st.

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO of EbonyLife TV, is looking forward to this year’s ceremony. “Recognizing women who have excelled empowers other women to work together and accomplish great things. The Sisterhood Awards is a way of thanking them for their contributions

to society. Any woman who has accomplished important and meaningful things should be nominated,” she said.

Aishah Ahmad, chairperson, WIMBIZ Executive Council, is also excited to be part of another Sisterhood Awards. “At WIMBIZ, our focus continues to be on female empowerment and on encouraging women to thrive in spite of obstacles on their path. With these awards, we honour women who have made a mark in their respective sectors, women who are positive role models for the younger generation – we remind them that their efforts do not go unnoticed,” she said.

Past award recipients include Mosunmola Umoru (Entrepreneur), Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah (Comedian), Aisha Augie-Auta (Photographer), Crystal Chigbu (Philanthropist), Ema Edosio (Film and TV Director), Ifeyinwa Ojekwe (Made in Nigeria Product), Mai Atafo (Man of the Year), Bisola Adeniyi (Fashion Designer) and Chief Nike Okundaye Davies (Lifetime Achievement).

 More details about the Sisterhood Awards can be found at


CNN highlights upcoming EbonyLife film about forgotten Africans in Nazi Germany

EbonyLife Films is making a film based on the horrific treatment of Afro-Germans and the covert mission to castrate hundreds of their children during Hitler’s regime. The film is titled ‘Ava and Duante’ and is scheduled for release in the later part of 2018. This fascinating project caught the attention of international news network CNN, resulting in an insightful article that was recirculated by other news media.

Based on real-life events, the film tells the fictional story of a mixed-race couple, one of African descent and the other, a white German, whose love blossomed amidst the hate, fear and suspicion that defined their lives. Ava is the daughter of a rich German businessman and Nazi supporter. Duante is a Cameroonian who’s employed in her father’s factory. They have a child and need to get her out of the country, or face her possible sterilization and internment in a concentration camp.

Mo Abudu, executive producer and CEO of EbonyLife Films, talked to CNN about the reason why they decided to make a film about such a terrible time in history. “Ava and Duante is an example of stories that have never been told, stories a lot of people are unaware of. The film will expose some of the appalling things that happened to Afro-Germans during the Nazi regime. It will provide a significant account of those happenings and will shed light on parts of history that have been in the dark for decades,” she said.

The initial stages of the filmmaking process were difficult – many potentially helpful records had been destroyed years ago and there are very few survivors from that time. Thankfully, Theodor Wonja Michael, an Afro-German who lived through the Nazi era, wrote an autobiography. His story helped with the historical context for the film and was instrumental in its script development.

Despite the unpleasant subject matter, ‘Ava and Duante’ is about hope, love and survival in the midst of unspeakable cruelty towards an entire community.

Read the CNN article, here –


Be prepared for ‘more crazy’ with season two of On the Real – it’s like nothing else on television

Fans are anticipating juicier storylines and wilder antics, with the YouTube release of On the Real, season 2, scheduled for August 4th at 4 p.m. The television premiere was on August 2, 2017, at 8:30 p.m. (WAT). This edgy show is about five young and beautiful Nigerian reality-TV stars (Faridah, Wana, Efosa, Amaka and BJ) who lie, cheat and swear their way to fame and fortune, as their foul-mouthed producer, Lolu, struggles to keep their reality show at number one. .

The series blurs the lines between reality and their on-screen lives and shows what people are capable of doing for fame and fortune. In the second season, viewers will be reintroduced to ‘Auta’, the scheming girlfriend of ‘Efosa’, and will meet ‘Chidinma’, loyal wife of ‘Lolu’, the ill-tempered producer who is cheating on her with ‘Faridah’, the star of his show.

Producer Temidayo Abudu is thrilled with the new season. “On the Real is a unique series which millennial audience will connect to in different ways. With characters constantly getting involved in outrageous and illegal activities, there are no dull moments in the show – it is a must watch every Wednesday,” she said.

In anticipation of the August television premiere, fans are being teased with posters and trailers that show the characters’ worst traits and give a glimpse into what viewers can expect from the dysfunctional relationships in this weekly drama.

On the Real is part of the ‘GenZ’ Wednesday lineup on EbonyLife TV, designed to connect with the young and young at heart.

Visit our YouTube channel – EbonyLifeTV


Scandalous women of Fifty sparkle on opening night


Last Thursday, the much-hyped Fifty television series made its debut on EbonyLife TV, complete with trending chatter on Twitter and live online interaction with the stars of the show.

So, was it worth all the noise?

Coming on the back of a blockbuster movie – the highest-grossing Nollywood drama of all time and the top film of 2015 – expectations were high for this series sequel. I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint. Right from the opening scenes, I was intrigued to know the identity of Lizzie’s new (and very young) husband. The other characters, Tola (Dakore Akande, Maria (Omoni Oboli) and Kate (Keira Hewatch), all played a role in the buildup to this unusual matchup. (more…)