People’s Choice Award category still open for votes until Nov 1
Lagos, 30 October 2017 – Nominees for the 2017 Sisterhood Awards are nothing short of remarkable and there is still an opportunity to recognize the achievement of one more individual – The People’s Choice awardee. Nominees have been named for ten categories, including Entrepreneur of the Year, TV Personality of the Year, Philanthropist of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award. Winners will be chosen by a committee of twelve (12) industry experts, influencers and an independent auditor. However, the public gets to choose its overall favourite from the complete list. (more…)
Last Thursday, the highly-praised drama and fan favourite aired its last episode of season one. So, how did it go?
Expectations were high for this series when it premiered in July, particularly because it was a continuation of Fifty, the highest-grossing Nollywood film of 2015. Everyone had their favourite characters and was looking forward to what would happen next. I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint. It has been an exhilarating ride, from the first episode to last night’s finale. (more…)
EbonyLife partners with global media powerhouses to celebrate diversity in television and film
Lagos, 24 October 2017 – Nigeria’s number one lifestyle and entertainment channel, EbonyLife TV, co-sponsored a two-day Diversity Programme at MIPCOM, the world’s largest market for entertainment content, where industry professionals converge to connect with like-minded colleagues and find out the latest in programming. This year’s gathering took place from October 16-19. The Programme included the inaugural Diversify TV ExcellenceAwards 2017, which took place on the 17th. (more…)
Founder and CEO of EbonyLife TV recognised as an influential woman in the media industry for the second time
Lagos, 13 October 2017 – The Hollywood Reporter has released its annual list of the ‘25 Most Powerful Women in Global Television’ and Mo Abudu is the only African woman listed, amongst those from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia.
The category recognises female executives from around the globe who are rewriting the rules of TV, during a time when ‘women have to work twice as hard for the same recognition’ as men. The article describes Abudu as a woman who ‘has been at the forefront of media innovation on the continent’ and whose goal for the coming year is ‘to successfully produce Africa’s first sci-fi TV series’. The first time she was included in this list was in 2013, immediately after the launch of EbonyLife TV.
Since those early days, EbonyLife TV has created over 4,000 hours of original, high-quality content, including landmark drama series The Governor, Sons of the Caliphate and Fifty (the series), along with the first pan-African talk show, Moments, with different versions hosted in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. EbonyLife Films made its debut in 2015 at the 59th BFI London Film Festival with Fifty, the highest-grossing Nollywood movie that year. In 2016, EbonyLife co-produced The Wedding Party, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to become the biggest movie in the history of Nigerian cinema.
Ms. Abudu does not take the recognition from the renowned entertainment magazine for granted. “It’s an honour and privilege to be acknowledged again by The Hollywood Reporter. I am proud to represent Nigeria and the thousands of women in Africa, striving to make their mark in a male-dominated industry,” she said.
The Hollywood Reporter publishes its list of Most Powerful Women in Global Television annually, with luminaries deemed by its editors to have made a significant impact on what audiences are watching worldwide and how women are represented on TV.
EbonyLife joins global TV partners in supporting diversity programme at entertainment content market in Cannes
Lagos, 13 October 2017 – Nigeria’s number one lifestyle and entertainment channel, EbonyLife TV, is sponsoring a two-day Diversity Programme at MIPCOM, the annual global market for entertainment content, where the world’s most influential industry players gather to discover the latest programming and find new partners. MIPCOM takes place from 16-19 October in Cannes, France, while the Diversity Programme begins on the 17th.
The Programme will include the inaugural Diversity TV International Excellence Awards 2017, which is dedicated to championing and promoting diversity in all its forms across the international television industry. This is an issue that has been especially important to Mo Abudu, the CEO of EbonyLife TV, as the channel has forged ahead in creating powerful images of African women succeeding in business, politics and corporate life, while striving for equality in their personal lives.
According to Ms Abudu, “EbonyLife has always sought to create content that tells a different story about Africa, forcing international audiences to rethink stereotypes and making Africans in the diaspora proud. From the mature women in our debut feature film, Fifty, to the ground-breaking Angela Ochello in TV series The Governor, we have changed the onscreen image of the African woman forever.”
EbonyLife joins global TV giants, A&E Networks and Viacom International Media Networks, and award-winning PR agency Franklin Rae, in sponsoring the Diversify TV International Excellence Awards. The awards seek to recognise producers of programmes that provide fair and accurate representation of Black and ethnic minority, LGBTQ and disabled communities, and stand out in terms of storytelling, casting and production values.
EbonyLife ON provides viewers outside Africa with online and mobile access to a variety of exciting and original programmes
October 12, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – As part of the mission to change the African narrative and continuously provide viewers with top-notch, new content, EbonyLife TV is excited to introduce EbonyLife ON, its video on-demand service. EbonyLife ON is for anyone outside Africa who wants to access authentic, well-made programmes that showcase positive and dynamic stories from the continent.
Some of the programmes that viewers can look forward to include the gripping, glossy dramas that EbonyLife is known for: The Governor, which chronicles the struggles of the first female governor in Nigeria; Fifty, a series adaptation of the 2015 hit movie, which follows four women in their fifties through the ups and downs of their lives in Lagos; and Sons of the Caliphate, a drama about feuding between powerful, political families in northern Nigeria. Also, viewers get to see Africa’s biggest celebrities on the red carpet with VVIP Events; enjoy the latest celebrity buzz with EL NOW; and enjoy heartwarming and inspirational stories of Africans achieving in all walks of life, with Hello Africa, Moments and Moments Z, the talk show for the millennial generation.
The EbonyLife ON service provides a fresh, on-demand viewing experience that can be enjoyed on ebonylifeon.com or via the mobile app. For a monthly fee of only $4.99, viewers can get access to gripping series, riveting Nollywood movies and unique documentaries. As part of an ‘early adopter’ campaign, anyone who subscribes before January 31st, 2018 will get an early bird discount of $2.99, monthly.
The CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, is optimistic about the opportunity to reach a larger category of viewers. “We are thrilled that our increasing audience in the diaspora can now enjoy our content, on the go. With this service, we are able to provide them with quality programmes, made in Africa, for the world,” she said.
Additional features such as live streaming, ratings and favourites will be added later in the year.
Fresh from a sell-out debut at TIFF, romcom gets encouraging feedback from media guests and industry stakeholders
October 6, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – On Thursday, October 5th, stakeholders and members of the press showed up for a screening of the charming new romantic comedy, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel. The event was well-attended, with executive producer Mo Abudu of EbonyLife Films, cast members Kenneth Okolie, Rachel Oniga, Deyemi Okanlawon and Lala Akindoju, and director Ishaya Bako. The special guest of honour was Dr. Doyin Abiola, the first female editor of a Nigerian daily newspaper.
Audience reactions ranged from, “The movie was perfect – it should be watched by hopeless romantics” and “I really liked it” to “Rachel Oniga’s character was my favourite.” Other comments about the technical aspects of the production were complimentary about the camera angles and how great Lagos looks in the film.
The event began with a brief speech by Mo Abudu, who expressed her gratitude and reiterated the need to keep telling positive African stories. She reminded attendees that Royal Hibiscus was the only Nigerian feature selected for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was highlighted as a ‘Hidden Gem’ of the festival.
It wrapped up with a Q&A session, interspersed with generous rounds of applause for the commendable efforts of the cast and crew.
Enjoy pictures from the evening, below.
Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju
Dr. Doyin Abiola, Mo Abudu, Dr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun
Mo Abudu and Eunice Omole
Deyemi Okanlawon, Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju, Ishaya Bako, Rachel Oniga and Kenneth Okolie
Prince Tonye Princewill
Colette Osho, Mo Abudu, Heidi Uys, Kemi Adetiba
Mo Abudu and Dr. Doyin Abiola
Prince Tonye Princewill, Dr. Doyin Abiola, Mo Abudu and Uzor Onwuchekwa
Dr. Doyin Abiola
Ope Ajayi, Kene Okwuosa, Dr. Doyin Abiola, Mo Abudu, Dr Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Moses Babatope
World premiere of Nollywood’s most anticipated sequel expected to be ‘lit’ and memorable
October 3, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios is excited to announce the date for the World Premiere of The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai. The event will take place on December 10, at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island. (more…)
Double celebration for eager fans with the release of a poster and video teaser for the blockbuster sequel
October 3, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, released a teaser and poster for The Wedding Party 2 – Destination Dubai on October 2nd. With the cast of the original film returning for another wedding, the sequel to the Nollywood’s biggest-ever movie promises to be even more colourful and twice as funny, with jaw-dropping scenes from one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations.
Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Films, was excited about the new teaser and poster. “Fans now have a taste of the awesome movie that’s coming. It has been a labour of love and we look forward to the release in December,” she said. (more…)
Reality series about five 20-something women to premiere this October, on EbonyLife TV
October 3, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – A new, fun reality show – Moving Up the Squad, will premiere on October 3rd, 2017, at 10:30 pm(CAT), on EbonyLife TV. The series follows five young ladies (Ajifa, Amiola, Kemi, Benita and Seyitan) who live in Lagos and work in the media & entertainment industry. (more…)