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Celebs turn up for International Women’s Day screening of “FIFTY”

Mar 11, 2016 EbonyLife Films celebrated this year’s International Women’s Day with a private champagne screening of its debut feature film “Fifty” at the Genesis Delux Cinema, Lekki, Lagos on March 8.

At the event, bread seller turned overnight sensational model Olajumoke Orisaguna got the chance to meddle with a-list celebs including EbonyLife CEO Mo Abudu, stars of “Fifty” such as Ireti Doyle, Omoni Oboli, Nse Ikpe Etim, Kemi “Lala” Akinjodu and many other celebs.

Also present at the screening was soul singer Omawumi, Ruby Gyang, Desperate House Wives Africa actress Kehinde Bankole and others.

 

Nutritionist Ayo Van Elmar Share Top Tips on the Amount of Calories to Eat To Lose Weight

What are calories? How do you count calories? And do you know how much calories you eat on a daily basis? On the Episode 2, Season 1 of ‘Eat Right Africa’, watch fashion designer/nutritionist, Ayo Van Elmar share top health tips on everything you need to know about calories and the amount you need to eat on a daily basis if you are trying to lose weight.

Watch and enjoy.

 

FirstBank launches ‘FIRSTSTARS’, a filmmaking reality TV show, in partnership with EbonyLife TV

LAGOS, NIGERIA (Jan. 11, 2016)First Bank of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc and Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand has launched another first – a pivotal filmmaking reality TV show called FirstStars, in partnership with EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black entertainment and lifestyle network.

Set against the canvass of ‘passion’ and ‘people’, two of the core corporate values of FirstBank, FirstStars showcases the business behind the stars and the opportunities in the film industry, bringing attention to the knowledge, skills, talent and passion of the Nigerian creative mind.  This is in line with FirstBank’s support of the creative arts industry as a major contributor to economic growth.

EbonyLife TV, whose sister company, EbonyLife Films, produced FIFTY, one of the most successful and longest running cinema feature films in Nigeria, will be producing the FirstStars reality TV show. The channel is recognized globally as Africa’s media and entertainment powerhouse for its pristine production values, premium programming quality and creation of some of the most inspiring content with an African soul that showcase the best of the continent for a global black audience.

FirstStars is ready to take the audience on an intriguing and emotional journey of the filmmaking process, beginning with the electrifying process of selecting the most outstanding talents.  The talent hunt is open to all Nigerians through a sequence of auditions and contests which will attempt to identify the brightest talents in five key categories: directing, producing, art directing, script writing and acting.

The winners will be rewarded with cash prizes of 5 million naira and mentorship by notable professionals in the industry and will also be opportune to work together to create a feature length movie which will be premiered by FirstBank and shown on EbonyLife TV as well as in theatres nationwide.

According to Folake Ani-Mumuney, FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, “FirstBank is passionate about the arts, and is partnering with EbonyLife TV under the First@arts strategic initiative to produce FirstStars. FirstBank is committed to promoting the Creative Arts industry, and to promoting home-grown human capacity development across several art platforms. Through this strategic initiative, the Bank will foster the development of the arts sector and preserve the nation’s cultural heritage.”

For Mo Abudu, Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, “FirstBank continues to be a staunch supporter of the entertainment industry and we’re very proud and thrilled to be partnering with the institution on yet another first! We believe FirstStars will not only help our teeming youth population hone and develop their filmmaking skills and ultimately become some of Africa’s leading actors, directors, producers, script writers and art directors, we are also convinced that the initiative will help to inspire excellence in the industry.”

Call to auditions will last from February 3rd to March 9th 2016. Online application is open at http://firststars.firstbanknigeria.com and www.ebonylifetv.com. Entries will be screened and successful applicants will be contacted.

 

Chocolate City and EbonyLife TV set to launch ‘Chocolate City Unsigned’- in search of the next biggest music star. Sponsors to be unveiled by March ending

LAGOS, NIGERIA (January 28, 2016) Chocolate City and EbonyLife TV have announced a strategic partnership called ‘Chocolate City Unsigned’, a genuine homegrown reality TV show created to search for the next Africa’s biggest music star, spearheaded by Chocolate City, one of Africa’s biggest indigenous record labels, and EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment and Lifestyle network and production powerhouse.

This project was announced at a press conference which held on January 28, 2016, and which had in attendance the Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu; President of Chocolate City Group, Audu Makori; CEO of Chocolate City, Jude Abaga (M.I), as well as Victoria Kimani, and other key Chocolate City talents.

Chocolate City Unsigned is set to be the first ever indigenous pan-African talent hunt show created with the sole

aim of discovering, developing and supporting fresh artistes, giving them a platform to showcase their skills,

launching them into a professional career of instant music sensation, stardom and celebrity status.

The EbonyLife TV and Chocolate City partnership recognizes Africa as home to the highest concentration

of a rapidly growing, vibrant and young class of people who have an amazing penchant for the most

passionate and most fervent music culture in the world; a rising creative generation to watch and the next

wave of stars poised to take the African music industry by storm.

In view of this, Chocolate City Unsigned is a great opportunity for brands that not only wish to gain a foothold with Africa’s teeming new audiences, but who also understand just how important music is to these young target demographic, and who therefore wish to form stronger connections with them while introducing their brands to them through the new and innovative music talent hunt property. Sponsors for the show will be unveiled by the end of March, 2016.

Registration for the Chocolate City Unsigned competition will be opened to all interested participants across

Africa on March 21, 2016 while the competition proper is billed to commence in Lagos, Nigeria, in May 2016.

Chocolate City Unsigned will be televised on EbonyLife TV and other select TV channels.

According to Audu Maikori, “Chocolate City Unsigned is set to bring in something that no music reality TV has

ever had – artist discovery, developments and support from a team that has done so with some of Nigerians

biggest artistes. The competition is the first indigenous music reality Television show in Nigeria to discover new talents across the African landscape.”

For Mo Abudu, whose movie production, FIFTY, from the EbonyLife Films’ stable, is highly successful today as one of the longest-running cinema releases in Nigeria’s film history, “Africa is brimming with thousands of yet-to-be-discovered singing talents and this partnership of globally recognized brands, EbonyLife TV and Chocolate City, through Chocolate City Unsigned, is poised to create a truly indigenous platform that guarantees youths jobs for life from a record label that understands the African music scene more than anyone else; one that knows how to create stars and make them relevant to the African market. We are greatly excited about this platform, not only for the African youth, but also for brands that appreciate the power of an amazing music property to connect with the drivers of arguably the most vital segment of the economy.”

For CEO of Chocolate City, M.I (Jude Abaga), “In summary, Chocolate City Unsigned is about creating stars. I’m a living proof of this exciting reality and I and the team are now ready to take others on this amazing journey to stardom. Chocolate City have the recipe for making music stars and EbonyLife TV have the recipe for making TV stars. It’s a partnership like none other. We both create stars because we understand the local nuances of making stars; we find raw talent from nowhere and take them right to the top. Chocolate City Unsigned will do nothing less.”

 

The Emotional Brand Master Class

January, 2016 The Emotional Brand Master Class premiers its planned 2016 emotion based programs with the first of its kind workshop titled The Power of Emotions: Using positive emotions to build your brand on 27th February, 2016 at 10am.  This event which is set to hold in Lagos, will showcase four renowned speakers in the persons of Life Coach, Lanre Olusola, Brand Strategist & Coach, Charles O’Tudor, Star actress and Former WIMBIZ Chair, Dakore Akande and Osayi Allie respectively. Moderating the event will be Life Design & Business Strategist, Steve Harris.

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As the name implies, this first workshop is designed with the goal of understanding the human emotions and what, if any, role it plays in brand maximisation, especially for women. The event will focus on four focal aspects; how to Use your Emotions, how to understand The Power of Psychological & Emotional Branding with a perspective on the future of personal and corporate branding, what are Deadly Emotions and how to overcome them and finally, Women and their Emotions – A liability or an asset. Each speaker bringing a world of knowledge and experience will tackle each of these focal aspects with first a talk and then, a Q&A section moderated by the esteemed, Steve Harris.

A major part of the workshop will be a special 2-3 hours of hands-on group and one- on-one therapy sessions handled by a team of certified life Coaches and Therapists after every talk. This section is designed to further provide personalised solutions for attendees with emotional challenges.

One of the four speakers and co-organizer of the event, Charles O’Tudor, the renowned Brand Strategist, Public Speaker and Coach as well as Principal Consultant of ADSTRAT Brand Consultants, who was also widely celebrated as the Boss of The Intern – the first ever business reality TV show in Nigeria, sponsored by former Bank PHB, has said ‘your brand can be destroyed or sustained by emotions’, thus illuminating The Power of Psychological & Emotional Branding, one of the four focal aspects to be discussed at the workshop.

Stating the importance of this workshop on his acclaimed Saturday Morning radio talk show, Be All You Can Be, Africa’s premier Life Coach, Lanre Olusola, famously known as The Catalyst is quoted saying that ‘your external state is a reflection of your internal state’. Olusola is the Founder and head-coach at the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy, a Mind, Emotions and Behavioural Change coaching academy geared towards developing a deep awareness of self, potentials and achievable possibilities. He is also renowned for extensive array of works of Coaching, Publishing and Keynote Speaking with individuals and organisations, both national and internationally, some of which includes the World Bank, DFID and The British Council, Ericsson, Total, and EbonyLife TV. The Money Book being his latest bestselling publication and presently on Amazon’s digital Library.

Registration for the event is still on-going for a token fee of N15, 000 and will continue until February 19th, 2016. However, available seats are limited as the event is rapidly selling out and individuals and organizations are encouraged to sponsor participants.  Full details for the event are listed below:

Date: 27th February, 2016

Time: 10am Prompt

Venue: The Lekki Coliseum, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos

Speakers:  Lanre Olusola, Charles O’Tudor, Dakore Akande and Osayi Alile

Moderator: Steve Harris

Registration: Visit http://www.the-ultimatewoman.com/ or call 08077077000, 08055151504

 

Corporate Organisations end 2015 on a high note at the Unofficial Christmas Party

The Unofficial Christmas Party treated guests, clients and employees from over 50 organisations to a night to remember at the New Landmark Centre on Friday 12th December. The second edition of the event, showed companies a new meaning to the term “end of year party” with a James Bond inspired event and performances from A­list celebrities.

The tone of the evening with great attention to detail, from the opulent interior inspired by the 007 James Bond series to the very glamourous Red Carpet followed by a sit down dinner and a celebrity filled after party.

As guests were ushered into the glamorous dining room, complete with amazing decor and table centres provided by Newton and David, a superb 3 course Christmas meal prepared by celebrity chef Dr Robert (The Orchid Bistro) was served. Rising music star, Lolo kicked off the evening with Christmas carols, and A­list comedian Bovi entertained. The Award Winning Cobhams, and Nigeria’s female singing sensation Waje serenaded the crowd with amazing performances. There were prizes and contests for participating companies like the lip synching competition, awards for employees of the year, best dressed table and best dressed guest.

Commenting on 2015 TUCP ­ Funmi Victor Okigbo, Executive Producer of the event stated: “It has been wonderful to see how well The Unofficial Christmas Party has been received by SME’s, multinationals and individuals. This year was superb and exceeded myexpectations, Christmas is a time of merriment and cheer and that is exactly what the Unofficial Christmas Party set out to do. I am extremely grateful to all our partners and guests and I look forward to planning 2016 with them all again.

Olu Akpata, Partner, Templars said ​”This is my second year at The Unofficial Christmas Party, and this year I was extremely impressed by the entire event. The format of the event was compact and punchy, my team enjoyed the performances and it was a great opportunity to network and meet potential new clients. I highly recommend it to any organization looking for something different to do at Christmas”. He added.

Femi Odewummi, CEO, INK Business Designs said “We are very proud of supporting a unique and well attended event and look forward to what The Unofficial Christmas Party has to offer next year”.

The after party which carried on till the early hours of the morning hosted a CEO lounge with partners Moet & Chandon and had 007 inspired cocktails provided specially by Belvedere. Banky W, Toni Tones, Tomi Odunsi and DJ Jimmy Jatt all featured at the after party as special guests.

 

FIFTY, THE MOVIE, DEFINES MOVIE PREMIERE IN NIGERIA

Dec 16, 2015 Fifty, executively produced by Mo Abudu, has gone into the annals of history as the biggest film premiere in the history of Nigerian cinema.  The Oscar-deserving premiere was held at the Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Sunday, December 13, 2015, attended by the crème de la crème of Lagos society.

With a red carpet that stretched forever, the premiere was attended by faces from Nigerian film and music, senior public figures and dignitaries from business and politics.  Both the local and international media was present aplenty, including representatives of Vogue, Ebony and Essence.  Musical performances by the King of Juju, King Sunny Ade, Waje and Tiwa Savage sent dinner down nicely.

Following the movie showing which had the audience in stitches all night, the after-party featured an exclusive Mystique Lounge, where special guests and official sponsors received especial pampering, attention and gifting.

The night settled into an ‘Old Skool’ after-party, anchored by DJ Jimmy Jatt, who sent the dance party wild with excitement through the night.

With dignitaries from government including Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister for Information and Culture; Mr Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation; and Mrs Toyin Saraki, wife of the Senate President; and from the private sector, including Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest enterpreneur; Mr Tony Elumelu, Chairman, UBA Group & President Heirs Holdings; Mr Atedo Peterside, of Stanbic IBTC Bank; Mr Donald Duke, ex-Governor of Cross River State; Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, former Senator of the Federal Republic; the Fifty Premiere dripped with faces, personalities and celebrities.

Socialites Nkiru Anumudu and Ruth Osime; Mr. Folarin Coker, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture; Mr Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Lagos State; Mr Tonye Cole, CEO, Sahara Group; Dr Doyin Abiola; Mrs Bola Adesola, MD/CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria; Mrs Ibukun Awosika, Chairperson, First Bank Plc; Mr Phillip Udozua, CEO, UBA; Mr Segun Ogunsanya CEO, Airtel; Pastor Paul Adefarasin, House on the Rock; Mr Jimi Agbaje, a renowned Pharmacist and former gubernatorial candidate in Lagos, are some of the endless list of dignitaries from corporate and social Nigeria.

Following a fabulous night out, the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said of the night:  “In the first instance, the premiere of the movie was unparalleled in Nigeria’s history. It attracted the creme de la creme of the society‎, all of whom were treated to a first-rate pre-show dinner that set the stage for the main act. The movie itself is a bold move that reflects life in its truest sense.  The characters in the award winning movie were all flawed, but we love them all. We have no choice. We are all flawed. I recommend the film and I will myself be watching it over and over and over.  It is sheer entertainment.‎”

In commending Fifty to movie lovers, Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, reminded movie lovers across Nigeria that the movie will be released nationwide  on December 18, 2015.  Mo reiterated that cinema goers will get the chance to win great prizes, including a brand new Mercedes Benz B series, courtesy of Skymit Motors; a variety of home appliances, courtesy Konga; N50,000 in shopping vouchers from SPAR Park ‘N” Shop; and trips to Dubai, London, Kenya, Seychelles and Mauritius, courtesy of Wakanow.

Fifty has enjoyed rave reviews and widespread international acclaim and celebrity since it was first screened internationally, including from the BBC, CNN and leading local online and print publications.

The movie, from the stables of EbonyLife Films, Nigeria, will be in cinemas nationwide from this Friday, December 18, 2015.

 

EbonyLife TV consolidates on its Calabar operations; expands to Lagos and Abuja.

LAGOS, NIGERIA (December 8, 2015); As EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment and Lifestyle network moves into its third year as the channel of choice in the entertainment category, the outfit is now expanding its operations to more Nigerian cities, including Abuja, Lagos and Calabar. The channel’s purpose for this multi-location operations is to meet its goal of programme specialization as well as market inclusion.

In this regards, Drama, one of the most exciting genres on EbonyLife TV, will now be moved to Calabar, with major drama series set to be produced all year round from ‘the nation’s paradise’. Already, The Governor, Desperate Housewives Africa, Cinderella, Dynasty and Melrose Place are scheduled for production in Calabar. The latter two: Dynasty and Melrose Place are EbonyLife TV’s two new classic blockbuster series recently acquired from CBS Studios International (CBSSI).

The Governor, a riveting 13-part drama series, is currently being shot in Calabar. When Governor Peter Akala dies from an automobile accident, not only is his State thrown into paroxysms of mourning, the party hierarchy is also thrown into mighty disarray as well. The succession plan as enshrined in the constitution now faces a very harsh test in the face of severe machinations and maneuverings as the State is set, against all odds, to produce not only a political ‘outsider’, but also a woman, as governor!

To demonstrate EbonyLife TV’s firm commitment to Calabar as its city of choice, The Governor, an extensive production, is being shot in over 12 different locations in Calabar, Cross Rivers State, while approximately 40 local actors have been cast in Calabar.

Next in line to be produced in Calabar after The Governor, is ‘Cinderella- An African Tale’. This will be a 6 part mini-series modern African adaptation of the famous and absorbing fairytale set to be filmed in February 2016.

The filming of Cinderella – An African Tale will be followed by the production, also in Calabar, of the African adaptation of Dynasty and Melrose Place, compelling acquisitions from CBS Studios International (CBSSI). Adaptation scripting of these is to commence in early 2016.

On the heels of these will be the filming of Desperate Housewives Africa Season 2 in the latter quarter of 2016. The partnership between EbonyLife TV and the Walt Disney Company had brought about the production of Desperate Housewives Africa Season 1, based on the multiple award winning ABC Television drama hit series, Desperate Housewives. Desperate Housewives Africa has been the first drama format ever to be made in Africa.

As EbonyLife TV positions to meet the needs of its viewers by creating more drama from its world-class studio facility in Tinapa, Calabar, as enabled by its celebrated partnership with the Cross River State Government and the good, warm, hospitable and loving people of the tourist city, the company is also proudly expanding its operational tentacles to both Lagos and Abuja.

Whereas Calabar remains a most critical and integral aspect of the channel’s operations and will ultimately be known as its Home of Drama, Lagos will be known as EbonyLife TV’s home of Entertainment. Consequently, the channel’s rich daily entertainment portfolio is now set to move to its new studios in Lagos in order to allow for ease of production and accessibility to guests.

The channel has also expanded its operations to Abuja. In its bid to continuously champion the cause of its teeming youth viewership on the issues of politics and governance, EbonyLife TV now has a team of correspondents and production crew covering the Villa, bringing its audiences news and views in and around the centre of power in Nigeria, similar sentiments that inspired a number of its existing programmes, including Naija Politics (a panel discussion programme that seeks to bring insight into intricate political issues, while proffering answers to questions on the minds of viewers); EL Reports (latest headlines and positive news from around the continent), among others.

EbonyLife TV’s Abuja operations also transcend reporting from the Villa. Its recently commissioned 13-part drama series, Sons of The Caliphate, is currently being shot in the city. Sons of The Caliphate is a political drama set in the North of Nigeria about three rich, entitled and ambitious young men all caught up in the lust for power, addiction, love and desire, as well as the obligations of family loyalty and the craving for revenge in the deadly tussle for the governorship seat of the Northern Caliphate State. Personal conflicts and interest intertwine and cascade through the dark alleys of corruption, betrayals, assassinations, corporate crimes and palace affairs in this drama about the rich, cultural and flamboyant aristocratic Northern Nigerian lifestyle.

EbonyLife TV remains committed to being a global media player with a growing presence all over the world. Since its launch on June 30, 2013 and first broadcast on July 01, 2013 to a pan-African audience, via DStv, Africa’s largest Pay TV platform, the channel now distributes to 49 African countries, including South Africa and Southern African countries.

The channel also continues to expand exponentially across the globe. In the UK, it is now available to viewers on Lebara Play; and in Canada, viewers are served via the Ethnic Channels Group. By virtue of an agreement with Emirates Cable TV and Multimedia LLC (E-vision), EbonyLife TV is broadcast in the UAE via various cable networks and wireless systems through Etisalat, E-Vision and its affiliates. Agreement is also in place with CWI Caribbean Limited through FLOW TV to broadcast EbonyLife TV to a wide range of Islands in the Caribbean Diaspora markets, including Antigua, Barbados, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago, Cayman Islands and The Bahamas.

Technical checks are also ongoing with Virgin Media for further channel extension to the UK while EbonyLife TV’s VOD platforms are available for download by viewers across the US, Europe, Canada, Asia and the Middle East on Play Store for Android devices and on App Store for iOS devices, as well as at vod.ebonylifetv.com.

EbonyLife TV continues to attract local and international plaudits along the way for its leadership position in the African media and entertainment space. Today, the channel is ranked as one of the most watched channels on the DStv platform by its target demographics across the continent which consist of the youth (aged between 18 and 34) and women.

EbonyLife TV annually produces over 1000 hours of premium, original, and homegrown entertainment programming content to include Talk, Entertainment, Reality, Comedy, Drama, Lifestyle, Factual, among others, of which the channel boasts exclusive ownership of 90% of the content, conveniently making it the largest self-owned library on the continent.

 

Lagos State Govt. celebrates Mo Abudu & the movie ‘FIFTY’

The Lagos State Government and its Ministry of Culture and Tourism have announced their partnership with EbonyLife Films in the build-up to the film’s worldwide premiere on the 13th of December 2015.

The Lagos State Government confirmed its support for the film in an official letter to EbonyLife Films signed by the Honourable Minister for Culture and Tourism, Foli Coker. In the letter, the commissioner stated “we appreciate the rich showcase of our great city through FIFTY’s celebration of the pulse and energy of this fast developing metropolis and its people through the lenses of its four leading women. We can proudly say Lagos State is the movie’s fifth character.”

Speaking on the partnership, Executive Producer, Mo Abudu said “we are thrilled to have Lagos State endorse our movie. FIFTY is a celebration of all that is good in and about Lagos and Africa as a continent. Our hope is that our great city continues to be an iconic backdrop for many more stories in the near future.”

This endorsement is another great feat for the EbonyLife Films production which continues to rally local and international support. Earlier in the year, the film was selected to screen at the 59th BFI London Film Festival – the only Nigerian film and one of five African films – alongside some of the year’s biggest titles. As a result, the film has garnered rave reviews from the BBC, CNN and leading local online and print publications.

Directed by Biyi Bandele and executively produced by Mo Abudu, FIFTY, captures a few pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate are forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Lagos.

The movie stars Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe-Etim. The production is Mo Abudu’s quest to showcase African women coming of age, loaded with increasingly similar aspirations and dilemmas faced by their contemporaries everywhere, while yet navigating unresolved traditions and obligations.

‘FIFTY’ will premiere in Nigeria with a special grand Lagos premiere on the 13th of December 2015 at The Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos and will be released in cinemas nationwide on the 18th of December 2015.

 

MOMENTS SEASON 2

After a successful first season of Moments, the Moments co-hosts will be returning with thought provoking hot topics in the second season. Season 2 brings you inspiring stories from everyday people, exciting celebrity interviews, lifestyle tips and debates on topical issues recorded in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa!

Be sure to catch new episodes of Moments, Monday to Thursday at 8:00pm CAT on TalkTalk UK African Boost EPG 478

Starring: Michelle Dede | Bolanle Olukanni | Toke Makinwa | Ama K. Abebrese | Berla Addardey | Amina Abdi | Wanjira Longauer | Lerato Kganyago | Pearl Thusi