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SOMETHING BRAND NEW IS HAPPENING AT EBONYLIFE TV

Diarise 01 April. Exciting new changes are coming to Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, EbonyLife TV, DStv channel 165. The channel is elated to unveil its plans for a sensational new programing line up with scripted dramas taking the lead. Africa loves a good story after all, and EbonyLife TV is giving its viewers more of what they love and crave.

The sizzling new schedule is hotter than hot with a chocca-block indulgence of premium drama, engaging scripted programs, series, movies, Nollywood and glossy international features. As if  that wasn’t enough, the channel will still continue to lift the velvet rope on the very best of homegrown, African entertainment. EbonyLife TV is forever keeping things fresh and progressive, delivering what appeals to its African audience.

Every night caters for an exciting and unique experience. What can we expect?

Monday nights are Nolly nights! Do you love high drama and local stories that make you gasp in disbelief? Then kick-start your week with top homegrown movies.

Tuesdays get really real with EL True Stories, featuring ground-breaking human-interest stories and documentaries from around the world and talkshow favourites, like Love Lounge and Men’s Corner, starring Ebuka Oni-Uchendu, for those ‘Uh-oh, they didn’t just say that!!’ moments.

Generation Z – the stage is all yours every Wednesday with the imaginative, youth, Nigerian campus drama, Life 101 and Suga – the highly acclaimed, sexy series that delves into the tricky twists and turns of sex and HIV. Also, have your say on teen-talkshow, Moments Z, for gob-smacking discussions.

Thursdays’ EL Dramas, is a big night of dazzling and brilliant blockbuster dramas! Enjoy EbonyLife TV’s most exclusive, premium, homegrown stories like ‘The Governor’, a political drama about Nigeria’s first female governor. Sons of The Caliphate, a Northern Nigerian drama about feuding families and the Disney adapted, Desperate Housewives Africa.

Friday’s EL Entertainment rolls out the red carpet on Africa’s finest, glittering entertainment and celebrity buzz with EL NOW and VVIP Events. LOL on the best of the web with WW&W, and climb into The Boot for zany, crazy celeb interviews with Denrele and Frank Donga.

Plus! There are tons of never-been seen premiers including the launch of EbonyLife TV’s reality series, Tiaanah’s Empire, starring Toyin Lawani, tracking the life of this highly dynamic entrepreneurial one-woman-show!

And if you missed anything during the week, fear not – you can binge on your favourites over the weekend!

On the decision to introduce a fresh new line-up to EbonyLife TV, the broadcaster’s CEO, Mo Abudu, was ecstatic “This move is in response to what our audiences wants! Africa is a continent of stories. Africa is on the move! They want glittering African entertainment and above all, drama and scripted programing that speaks to them. Our audience is savvy, sophisticated, ambitious and true to their roots. They have their feet firmly on the ground in Africa and are propelled towards global awareness and connectedness. And we’re giving them just that! It’s a breath of fresh air and we’re very excited!“

 

Popular EbonyLife TV shows now available on Roku

Beginning on February 28, some of the most popular series produced by EbonyLife TV will be streamed on Roku for audiences in the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, and France. This is an exciting development for fans of hit series such as, The Governor, Sons of the Caliphate, Dowry, Married to the Game, and On the Real. The move is in response to requests from Africans living abroad, who are unable to view EbonyLife TV on regular broadcast channels or who would prefer to be in complete control of their viewing.

The complete first series of each show will be available, satisfying the longings of binge viewers who like to watch several episodes at once, rather than waiting to see what happens in the following installments. All five series tell modern African stories, infused with high production values. The Governor delighted viewers across the continent with its realistic portrayal of the personal challenges and political intrigue faced by Nigeria’s first female state governor; while Sons of the Caliphate looks behind the veil of Nigeria’s secretive northern elite, as three friends become rivals to achieve high political office. With just hours to go before his wedding, a groom disappears, in Dowry; in Married to the Game, newlyweds have their dreams shattered when they run over a stranger on the way from their wedding reception; and On the Real shows the real-life adventures of a group of young reality TV stars.

EbonyLife TV commenced in 2013 on the DStv Network, broadcasting to 49 African countries, including South Africa and other southern African countries. We have expanded to include Flow Networks in the Caribbean, with viewers in Antigua, Barbados, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. The channel continues to grow exponentially across the globe with some of our premium scripted programmes available on Amazon and now Roku.

Roku offers a number of digital media player set-top boxes and televisions with the capability of streaming over 350,000 movies and TV shows from all over the world. A Roku streaming device gets data via the Internet and the device can be connected to any television set (or other video display device) with the right connections.

To view EbonyLife TV shows on Roku, go to the Roku Channel store; install EbonyLife TV and watch our programmes: How it works.
For viewers new to Roku, visit: Roku here
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EbonyLife TV brings your favourite drama series to Amazon

EbonyLife TV Launches Five All-New Shows on Amazon Video giving the Diaspora new access to homegrown African content!

LAGOS, NIGERIA, JANUARY 26, 2017

EbonyLife TV is thrilled to announce the release of five drama series on Amazon. Amazon Video offers a rich streaming program that lets users watch programming when and where they want. Watch Amazon Video from your phone, tablet, games console, Smart TV and the Web.

EbonyLife TV commenced in 2013 on the DStv Network, broadcasting to 49 African countries, including South Africa and other southern African countries. We have expanded to include Flow Networks in the Caribbean, with viewers in Antigua, Barbados, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. The channel continues to grow exponentially across the globe with some of our premium scripted programmes now available on Amazon.

From February 1, 2017, audiences in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan will be able to watch ‘On the Real’, ‘The Governor’, ‘Sons of the Caliphate’, ‘Married to the Game’, and ‘Dowry’ on Amazon Video:

 

On the Real’ will give viewers a look at a reality-drama, incorporating running commentary by all cast members, which includes five young Nigerian reality TV stars and an obnoxious television executive. The series stars Ini Dima-Okojie and Nancy Isime.

 

The Governor’ tells the story of a deputy-governor who emerges upon the death of her predecessor and becomes Nigeria’s first female governor. She works to prove that a woman can handle the job. Stars include Caroline Chikezie and Bimbo Manuel.

 

‘Sons of the Caliphate’ is based on three privileged young men, all friends, who are looking to fill the governorship seat of the northern Nigerian state of Kowa. The series stars Yakubu Mohammed, Paul Sambo, and Mofe Duncan.

 

In ‘Dowry’, two fighting families must make peace upon the impending marriage of their children. Suddenly, the groom disappears just before the wedding and secrets emerge. The series stars Deyemi Okanlawon, Ivie Okujaye, and Linda Ejiofor.

 

In ‘Married to the Game’, the honeymoon fantasies of a newlywed couple veer into a long nightmare when they run over a mysterious stranger, moments after leaving the altar.

These five series are just a few of the quality programmes available from EbonyLife TV, including drama, reality, lifestyle, talk, entertainment, and factual. Watch out for more releases soon!

 

Binge Fest on BOX SET!

Overindulge this festive season and catch the 3 African glossy EbonyLife TV exclusive series, on DStv Catch UP PLUS and DStv NOW.

Premium subscribers of DStv will have access to the full series of the following 3 premium African shows, as a box set on DStv Catch Up, between mid Dec and mid Jan, just in time for the holidays!

The Governor – A glossy Nigerian political drama about Nigeria’s first Female governor

Destinations Africa – A breathtaking travel series, for the African traveller, featuring 12 majestic destinations on our continent.

Chefrican – A cooking show preparing African dishes with a modern twist

“When you unwrap this box over Christmas, you’ll be able to enjoy hours of free, uninterrupted, high-end African entertainment – in your own time’, said Sandra Amadio, Head of Marketing for EbonyLife TV, “It’s an affordable and fun way to spend quality time with your family”

 

All Roads Lead to the Most Anticipated Fashion Industry Event in Africa

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On Sunday December 11, 2016
all roads lead to the highly anticipated fashion industry event. Nigeria’s Largest Financial Institution, First Bank of Nigeria is a Solid Gold Sponsor of the 2nd edition of the semi-annual fashion sales and exhibition event tagged Cocktails and Dresses: The Largest Gathering of Made in Africa’s Best taking place in the Fashion Capital of Africa-Lagos this December. The full day shopping rave event is themed “Season’s Greetings: Everything Luxury & Quality Made-In-Africa”.

The Grand Ball Room of the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos will set the perfect stage to showcase the rich and diverse culture and the economic wherewithal Africa has to drive the emergence of a global fashion power and the event space will be transformed into a fashion exhibition gallery. Collections from established African fashion designers and beauty brands such as: Ejiro Amos Tafiri, Trish O’ Couture, Tiannah Styling, Ariaba Jewelry, Divine Endowments, Morin O, Oriki’ , Kui Care, Lily and Taylor, Blingshiki, Miss Lax, Terre Lagos, Emmy, Muji Lagos, Mobos Fashion and many more will be showcased at this luxurious event. Cocktails and Dresses will be hosted by the delectable award winning TV Host Mimi Onalaja. This event is an opportunity to buy high-quality, trendy and affordable fashion and beauty products this yuletide season. Dressmeoutlet.com the organizers of this luxurious event is also giving out 500 free shopping vouchers redeemable at the venue of the event. Guests will be thrilled with music from the best Disc Jockey, networking opportunities, free items to be won, overflowing cocktails and edible provided by Amarula, Smoothie Queen and Your Delicious Designs and more.

Attendance is FREE + Free drinks to be given to the first 500 attendees proudly sponsored by Distell Nigeria.

First Bank of Nigeria (FBN) is recognized as one of the strongest supporters of the made in Africa movement. FBN is reputable for delivering gold standard of value and excellent- level financial services to customers across Africa.

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DUBAI TOURISM ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINE SPONSOR OF THE GRAND WORLD PREMIERE OF ‘THE WEDDING PARTY’

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Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), a corporate entity which works to plan, supervise, develop, and market Dubai’s Tourism industry has today officially announced its collaboration with ELFIKE FILM COLLECTIVE’s The Wedding Party.

Arguably the most anticipated social event of the year, The Grand World Premiere of ‘The Wedding Party’ was selected by Dubai Tourism as part of its Vision 2020 initiative. The Vision was approved in May 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, as a strategic roadmap to attracting 20 million visitors per year by 2020, doubling the number welcomed in 2012.

Speaking on the partnership, Executive Producer, Mo Abudu said “Nigerians have a warm affection for Dubai. It is a favourite for destination weddings, family holidays and business trips. We are proud of this partnership and we look forward to treating some lucky cinema goers to an unexpected discovery of a city that we all love. We also look forward to hosting the representatives of Dubai Tourism in Lagos this November”.

“Africa is a key source market for Dubai, We firmly believe that there is a wealth of talent within the African community. We are pleased and honored to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with ELFIKE FILM COLLECTIVE which aligns with our objective and commitment to supporting and nurturing young filmmaking talent.” said Stella  

The Grand World Premiere will hold on Saturday, 26th of November 2016 at The Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Guests can walk away with amazing prizes including luxury accommodation courtesy Arabian Falcon, theme park passes courtesy IMG Worlds of Adventure, and helicopter rides courtesy Alpha Tours Helicopter Rides. That’s not all; Dubai Tourism will be giving away other VVIP gifts to lucky premiere guests.

The Wedding Party is poised to be the premiere that keeps giving. In the unique “Win with The Wedding Party Promo” real life couples-to-be can win anything from Bridal Make-Up by Zaron Cosmetics, Cakes by Tosan, KOTS Catering, Complementary venue hire courtesy of Dorchester Events Centre, Grooms’ Styling by Mai Atafo to Invitation Design by The Wedding Store.

The Wedding Party promises to be the event of the year!

Book your tables now!

 

EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards 2016, nominate NOW!

There’s nothing we like to do more than give praise where praise is due! EbonyLife TV is proud to announce this year’s EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards, which will be hosted in special partnership with the Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

“This year’s Sisterhood Awards are truly a cause for excitement!” said Mo Abudu, CEO and Chairwoman of EbonyLife TV, “As we empower women to work together and accomplish great things, we celebrate those women who have excelled in their fields. If you know a sister—young, old, Christian or Muslim— from any part of Nigeria, who is making a difference in our society, please visit our website and nominate them now. We want to recognize them as our way of showing thanks for all they do for us.”

The first EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards took place in 2014 as part of the 50th birthday celebration for media entrepreneur Mo Abudu. The inaugural event set the precedent for an awards ceremony that continues to honor women who have accomplished achievements in their areas of expertise and have yet to receive recognition for their excellence.

The ten award categories include Film and TV Director of the Year, Fashion Designer of the Year, Philanthropist of the Year, TV Personality of the Year, and more. The recipients of the 2014 awards were Mosunmola Umoru, Entrepreneur of the Year; Chioma Omeruah (Chigul), Comedienne of the Year; Aisha Augie Auta, Photographer of the Year; Crystal Chigbu, Philanthropist of the Year; Ema Edosio, Film & TV Director of the Year; Ifeyinwa Ojekwe, Made in Nigeria Product of the Year; Mai Atafo– Man of the Year; Bisola Adeniyi, Fashion Designer of the Year; and Chief Nike Okundaye Davies, Lifetime Achievement Award. According to EbonyLife TV, criteria for award recipients is based solely on excellence, dedication, innovation, impact, and integrity.

EbonyLife TV is proud to partner   with WIMBIZ for the 2016 awards. WIMBIZ seeks to inspire and

Empower women to excel in leadership positions in business, management, and public service. “At WIMBIZ, our focus continues to be on female empowerment and encouraging women to thrive in spite of the obstacles we may face. In light of this and in celebration of our 15th anniversary, it is with much delight and anticipation that we welcome this year’s Sisterhood Awards; we honor women who have made a mark in their respective sectors, women who stand tall as positive role models for girls everywhere today. As we continue to push boundaries and break glass ceilings at national and international levels, these awards serve to remind women in management, business and public service that their efforts do not go unnoticed,” said Aishah Ahmad, CFA, Chairperson, Executive Council, WIMBIZ.

The EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards will be held at the grand Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 4, 2016. Nominations are currently being accepted and will be closed on Saturday, October 1, 2016. More information can be found at http://www.ebonylifetv.com/

 

ELFIKE FILM COLLECTIVE’s ‘THE WEDDING PARTY’ TO PREMIERE ON OPENING NIGHT OF THE 2016 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced Elfike Film Collective’s ‘The Wedding Party’ will premiere on its prestigious opening night as a selection of the Spotlight City to City programme.
The Kemi Adetiba directed romcom stars some of Africa’s biggest stars led by Richard Mofe-Damijo, Sola Sobowale, Alibaba, Iretiola Doyle, Banky W, and Adesua Etomi, with the stars of the film expected to attend the premiere.

We are pleased to welcome The Wedding Party by award-winning filmmaker Kemi Adetiba to the Festival, and are proud to present it to a global audience,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Adetiba has delivered an exciting character-driven film on a grand scale, while putting her own unique spin on a familiar genre.”

According to Executive Producer, Mo Abudu “This will be the second time an EbonyLife movie is selected to screen at an International Film Festival of great repute, TIFF’s selection of ‘The Wedding Party’ is a true honour. I can’t think of a better place, or a better global audience for the film’s festival Premiere.”

Written by playwright Tosin Otudeko and Kemi Adetiba, ‘The Wedding Party’ is an Elfike Film Collective production – a first of its kind initiative designed to raise the bar in African storytelling through unrivalled technical achievement in filmmaking and creative media arts. Elfike Film Collective is a collaboration of Africa’s leading powerhouses – EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios. It is the first time industry giants will partner on a film project and with TIFF’s recognition is proving that Collectives can grow and prosper the continent’s film community.

Set in Lagos, Nigeria, The Wedding Party is the story of Dunni Coker (Adesua Etomi), a 24 year old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie (Banky W). The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple.

Alibaba and Sola Sobowale play the role of Dunni’s parents while Iretiola Doyle and Richard Mofe-Damijo play Dozie’s parents. Other notable names in the stellar cast include Zainab Balogun, AY, Beverly Naya, Emma OhMyGod, Lepacious Bose, Somkele Idhalama, Daniella Brown, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Ayo Makun, Enyinna Nwigwe, Kunle Idowu, Sambasa Nzeribe, Hafiz Oyetoro amongst others.

The Wedding Party’ will take guests on a journey to the rockiest wedding day in Nigeria’s history. Wedding guests will have to take their seats and see whether the wedding planner succeeds or if the groom’s ex-girlfriends will disrupt the day’s proceedings. One thing is certain ‘The Wedding Party’ will be the talk of the town.

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from the 8th to 18th of September, 2016. The Lagos International Premiere of ‘The Wedding Party’ which will hold at The Landmark Centre in November 2016 and promises to be an unforgettable night of pomp and pageantry.

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Take the Ride of your life with the Talk of the town, it’s The Boot!

The exclusive setting all celebs insist on: Red carpet, Chauffeur and 2 chrome exhaust pipes. Prepare for insanity, madness and rolling around with laughter as EbonyLife TV launches more belly-aching entertainment that’ll have you questioning your sanity! Comedy meets talk as Derenle Edun and his sidekick, Frank Donga hijack unsuspecting celebrities on the streets of Lagos.

The thirteen part, 30 minute series will premiere on Sunday 14th August at 21:30 CAT and features the following favourites: Lax, Adunni Ade, Toyin Aihmaku, Lil Kesh, YCee, Dj Sose, Gbenro Ajibade, Nedu, Chigul, Praiz, Muna, Banky W, Brymo.

What makes The Boot different to anything you’ve seen before?

Come on, do we have to spell it out? Anything with the eccentric Denrele is bound to be new, innovative and refreshing…this time he throws on his signature BOOTS and has the hilarious Frank Donga roll out the red carpet to their ‘VIP’ ride, as they jack top Naija stars into a roadside chat that they would never see coming. The conversations are uncensored, unchecked, unconstrained and what’s more? They all takes place in a PIMPED OUT KEKE!

 “The Boot is going to redefine reality TV and talk shows in Africa.”- Frank Donga

 

Producing Nigeria’s future Oscar Winners

First Stars is a competitive reality show where young Nigerian filmmakers battle it out, under the mentorship of Nollywood’s best, to see who gets the converted opportunity to produce their very own feature film! The 6 part series is made possible by FirstBankNigeria who is committed to promoting the creative arts industry. First Stars will premier on EbonyLife TV DStv165, Africa’s premiem entertinament channel, on Wednesday the 20th of July at 21:00 Central African Time.

It should be everyone’s responsibility to leave a legacy whereby a country’s youth is uplifted, and it is this that strikes a chord in the hearts of FirstBank and EbonyLife TV. Under FBN’s First@arts strategic initiative, First@arts fosters arts and preserves cultural heritage, and in partnership with EbonyLife TV will produce ‘FirstStars’, a reality TV show and a feature length movie. ‘FirstStars’, is designed to recognize and support the discovery and management of talented Nigerian youth in the film industry.

The highly engaging series is hosted by Zainab Balogun and Tosin Odunfa and features EbonyLife TV CEO Mo Abudu, Award winning director Walt Banger, FBN executives, Producers Tolu Ajayi and Tosin Otudeko, renowned architect Theo Lawson and Nigerian Actors Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Iretiola Doyle and Deyemi Okanlawon who will guide and mentor the participants through a series of exciting creative challenges as well as a string of tense and teary eliminations. Ultimately the show will identify the brightest talent in five categories: Director, Producer, Art Director, Script Writer and Actor.

The winners will receive a cash prize and funding to produce their very own feature film, which will be screened at theatres across Nigeria. And who knows… for the lucky few that crack the judges nod, perhaps this could be their first stepping stone to being Africa’s future Oscar winners.