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Il Maurice, more than just a resort getaway.

May 03, 2016 When many think of Mauritius; idyllic beaches, turquois waters, romantic sunsets and 5-star resorts probably spring to mind, and while it is all of those things, it’s so much more… Think dolphin diving, walking with lions and feeding giraffes. Think of tasting the world’s finest sugars and premium rums. Imagine ornate temples and towering Hindu statues. Discover natural phenomena like the 7 Colour Earth and giant water lilies. Picture an exotic island founded by seafarers and explorers… Visiting Mauritius will unveil a whole new way of thinking of this paradisiac jewel in the Indian Ocean.

EbonyLife TV has teamed up with Wakanow, a one stop travel portal, to produce an upmarket travel show, designed for the African traveller, highlighting the continent’s top tourist destinations. The 30 minute, 12 part series premiers with an episode on MAURITIUS on EbonyLife TV DStv channel 165 on Saturday, 7 May at 20:30 Central African Time. Join Roshan Hassamal and Arit Okpo as they guide you through il Maurice.

What sets this travel series apart? We explore our own backyard the way the African traveller would experience their ideal vacation. Each episode features a Nigerian personality who meets a local host and together they explore the country’s top-end attractions, rich history, authentic treasures, culinary delights and some unexpected gems.

The featured destinations include: Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Ghana, The Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria.

Speaking on the partnership between EbonyLife TV and Wakanow, Mo Abudu, EbonyLife TV  CEO said, “It is an honour to be partnering with an organisation who have become the bridge between the traveller and the destination, they are becoming the one stop travel shop for Africans at home and in the diaspora.”

Wakanow MD, Obinna Ekezie expressed his delight, “The DestinationsAfrica show points out that Wakanow is poised to become a key player, in not only Africa but the world, with an undying passion to change the way people travel. The program is an avenue to showcase the best of what Africa has to offer as well as the added value of getting well-priced travel packages made possible by the very extensive partnership that Wakanow has with Airlines, Hotels partners and tourism stakeholders in Africa.”

Travelling opens our eyes to a world much bigger than ourselves. When we explore other cultures, we find that the things that make us similar are greater than the things that make us different.

 

First photos: Denrele Edun, Denola Grey, Zina Anumudu, Bayo Oke-Lawal, and more at the 'eXploring' launch hangout in Lagos

Apr 10, 2016 Guests were yesterday hosted to an evening of fun, food and good music ‎‎at the ‘eXploring’ show launch hangout held at the Oasis Medspa, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The hangout, hosted by Denrele Edun, had several guests including Bayo Oke-Lawal, ​Bidemi Zakariyau​, Toyin Poju-Oyemade, Wale Gaffar, Remi Ogunkayo, and more in attendance, while artiste, John Bethel provided the music.‎

Hosted by Denola Grey​, ​Zina Anumudu​ and Biodun Laaro​, ‘eXploring’ is a 30-minute series showing on ONTV built on interesting interview topics that provides an in-depth look into the sights, sounds and realities of living in Nigeria – with discussions on stories, issues and events targeted at young Nigerians.

#eXploring hosts, Denola, Zina and Biodun at the formal launch of the show 2

Zina Anumudu at the #eXploringHangout in Ikoyi

Wale Gaffar, Denrele Edun and a guest at the #eXploringHangout

 

Toyin Poju-Oyemade, the director, at the #exploringHangout in Ikoyi

John Bethel serenades Tracy at the #eXploringHangout

John Bethel serenades the audience at the #eXploringHangout

 

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Denola Grey, Toyin Poju-Oyemade, Remi Ogunkayo, Red Media Acting MD, Zina Anumudu and Biodun Laaro

Bidemi Zakariyau, Bayo Oke-Lawal at the #eXploringHangout

(L-R) Bayo Oke-Lawal, Nobo Ezeala and Denola Grey at the #eXploring Hangout

#eXploringHangout's host, Denrele Edun with John Bethel at the launch in Ikoyi

#eXploringHangout's host, Denrele Edun at the launch in Ikoyi 3

 

D'banj, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Phyno and other A-list celebrities lived their music at the just concluded #HeinekenGidiFest.

Mar 30, 2016 – The highly anticipated 3rd edition of the #HeinekenGidiFest went down on Saturday, 26 March 2016 with performances by several A-list artists and the first ever Heineken ‘Live Your Music’ – THE TAKEOVER session in West Africa.

The event which held at the Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, had performances from D’banj, Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Phyno, Timaya, Adekunle Gold and others.

Fans were treated to THE TAKEOVER, a unique music experience which allows them to ‘takeover’ from the music DJ using customized wristbands provided by Heineken Nigeria.

“Heineken is as into live music experiences as their fans are.That’s why it celebrates, encourages, and enables music fans to be more active music live-rs,” said Ngozi Nkwoji, Senior Brand Manager, Heineken Nigeria. “Because to fully experience music, it’s not enough to just listen to it, you have to live it.”

The event was hosted by Nigeria’s Sensei Uche and South Africa’s Nomuzi, while Heineken ‘Live Your Music’ – THE TAKEOVER session was hosted by David Jones David.

Heineken also provided free transportation for music ‘live-rs’ as part of its commitment to the ‘Don’t Drink & Drive – Enjoy Heineken Responsibly’ message.

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An African City: Dirty Thirty

Showing March 28 | Episode 9 | Dirty Thirty

In this episode, the five ladies celebrate Nana Yaa’s 30th birthday and they all plan on bringing dates to her 30th birthday bash. Sade’s date is a Caucasian man, Herman, who Sade is embarrassed about dating openly. Zainab’s date is a revolutionary, always complaining

 

 

An African City: Things Fall Apart

Showing March 21 | Episode 8 | Things Fall Apart

In this episode, the five ladies explore whether when things in life are perceived to be falling apart, are they really falling apart or rather coming together? With Zainab, she battles malaria all while concerned about being unable to find a qualified assistant. With Sade, she is enthusiastic about being introduced to “twi porn”. For Makena, things in her relationship with her African-American boyfriend Stephan appear to be falling apart when she is not as enthusiastic as he is to find out his “African roots” on ancestry.com. For Nana Yaa, things seem to really be falling apart with Edem considering a reoccurring issue regarding his ex- wife. For Ngozi, has she finally met her future husband?

 

An African City: A Life of Expectations

Showing March 14 | Episode 7 | A Life of Expectations

In this episode, the five ladies take stock of the expectation of men that they date. With Zainab, she dates a man who does not “come” in women, afraid of his dates getting pregnant. With Nana Yaa, concerning her household, she has certain expectations of her new love interest Edem. With Makena, rather, she is not meeting the expectations of her African- American boyfriend Stephan who expects her to be just as interested in historical slave monuments as he is. With Ngozi, she is done having expectations about dating and has now decided to pour her attention into volunteering throughout the city of Accra. Once she does that, she gets what she least expects. With Sade, she expects to have bigger breasts than her dates, an expectation that is not met when she starts dating a man with “man boobs.”

 

The “it” guys of EbonyLife TV – Lamide Akintobi

I’m sure you recognize this beauty from EbonyLife TV’s hit show, The Spot…it’s none other than Lamide Akintobi who is a journalist, TV personality and aspiring documentary maker with a love for gadgets and “techie stuff”, travel, music, books and food. Lamide Akintobi has a B.A in Broadcast Journalism from Texas A&M University- Commerce,  where she became a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She also has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University, London.

Lamide would consider her life well lived if it includes a lot of laughter, good food, good friends, a fantastic playlist, and interesting, challenging experiences. She doesn’t have a favorite food, but she can’t do without her “carbs”. Her family is the most precious thing to her in the world.

 

An African City: The ISMs

Showing March 7 | Episode 6 | The ISMs

When Sade is called “entitled” by a complete stranger, the whole concept of the “entitled returnee” is brought to light – as well as several other “isms” such as nepotism, feminism, sexism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, classism, traditionalism. For Zainab,  the  constant power outage leads her to engage in a “generator war” with her next door neighbor, an elderly man who does not have time for Zainab and her “entitled generation”. For Makena, her traditional aunt and uncle find it hard to warm up to her African-American boyfriend, especially when their servant addresses the uncle as “master”. For Nana Yaa, she explores the “pull out method” with her re-kindled flame Edem, with Zainab pointing out that the “ims” in that poor decision. For Ngozi, she has no “isms” on her mind. The only thing on Ngozi’s mind is the fact that her nipples keep getting hard several times a day – in public.

 

An African City: Got Goat Meat

Showing Feb 29 | Episode 5 | Got Goat Meat

Nana Yaa, Sade, Makena and Zainab teach anxious Ngozi how to cook a meal for her new love interest, an endeavor she hopes will secure her position as wife worthy. Things change, however, when religious, innocent Ngozi finds this same love interest in an interesting position in the bathroom. For Makena, she finds that she only “comes” in the missionary position and refuses any other sexual position, much to the dismay of her boyfriend Stephan. For Zainab, her fascination with the crime channel (especially, “Scorned: Women who Kill”) may be the reason she is scaring off some of her potential dates. For Sade, bumping into her married boyfriend’s wife does not rattle her, but something else about the encounter…does. For Nana Yaa, we begin to see life through her mother’s eyes.

 

 

An African City: The List

Showing Feb 22 | Episode 4 | The List

Nana Yaa, Sade, Ngozi, Makena and Zainab explore their “dream guy list.” Zainab’s dream guy has a thing for armpits. Sade’s dream guy is a famous Ghanaian boxer who has to be celibate during training season. Stephan is Makena’s dream guy, but he appears to be the dream guy of every other woman at the office. Ngozi’s dream guy is a development specialist with an offensive view of working in poverty reduction, offensive to Ngozi at least. And Nana Yaa begins to date an IT professional named Edem, but he appears to still be way too familiar with his ex-wife.