The EbonyLife TV & Film festival is almost fully booked

Seats are still available for the series premiere of Fifty

The EbonyLife TV & Film Festival is only a couple of weeks away and seats are already filled, with the exception of Fifty (the series). However, the spaces will be filled up in no time, as celebrities begin to book and cast members confirm their availability. Fans who haven’t booked yet are running out of time.

The highlight of the evening will be the premiere of Fifty (the series), a spin-off from the 2015 hit movie, starring the original lead actresses, Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Omoni Oboli, with Keira Hewatch, Wale Ojo, Kachi Nnochiri, Timini Egbuson and Chris Attoh completing the star lineup. Guests can also look forward to a ‘lit’ after-party at the exclusive Signature Lounge, with music by DJ Neptune.

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO, is looking forward to the event. “This festival is a way for us to celebrate with and stay connected to everyone who has been part of the EbonyLife story. We are so grateful for the support we have received over the years and look forward to celebrating with everyone on June 30th.”

The festival takes place at Filmhouse IMAX cinema in Lekki, from 3 – 11 p.m. Visitors must register for free tickets at www.ebonylifefestival.com, as all seats will be reserved for registered and invited guests only.

 

Filming wraps on The Wedding Party 2 in Dubai

Eager fans are one step closer to enjoying the sequel to Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie

After a couple of weeks of shooting in the ‘Jewel of the Middle East’, The Wedding Party 2 is now in post-production, with many weeks ahead of editing footage, sound and special effects, before the film can be screened at its first festival.

The cast and crew worked amidst jaw-dropping scenery and spectacular venues, thanks to Dubai Tourism and a host of local partners. By all accounts the movie will be a visual treat. The director, Niyi Akinmolayan, enjoyed shooting in Dubai and is excited about the next stage. “It has been a remarkable opportunity to film in Dubai – it was magical and the team was awesome. We are thrilled to create something special for viewers and we are sure that they will be impressed with the movie,” he said.

A behind-the-scenes shot in Dubai with Somkele Idhalama and Ikechukwu Onunaku

A behind-the-scenes shot in Dubai with Somkele Idhalama and Ikechukwu Onunaku

Mo Abudu, Executive Producer for EbonyLife Films, was also delighted about being in Dubai. “We had a really tough schedule, but we are happy to be moving to the next phase. We are really grateful for the support we received from Dubai Tourism and everyone else in the destination who worked so hard to make it possible. We collaborated with some remarkable partners who treated us warmly and were extremely professional,” she said.

After long days on the set, both cast and crew were able to unwind at fascinating attractions, such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Mall and desert-based restaurant Qasr Al Sultan, before retiring to sumptuous accommodations at Atlantis The Palm, Palazzo Versace, Armani and Ghaya Grand hotels. Some of these locations are featured in the movie but moviegoers will have to wait to see which ones make the cut.

For fans eagerly anticipating The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, this dedicated team effort is a reminder of what they can expect – a hilarious, high-quality film that simultaneously entertains and raises the standard of filmmaking in Nollywood. The film will have its Lagos premiere on December 10, with cinema release in time for the Christmas holidays.

The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai is a production of The ELFIKE Collective (EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios) and is supported by Dubai Tourism, Wontra Travel, Tour Brokers International, Guinness Nigeria, and Atlantis The Palm, Palazzo Versace, Armani and Ghaya Grand hotels. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com.

 

EbonyLife celebrates 4th anniversary with free TV & film festival

Africa’s champion of high-quality original content to showcase hit movies and new season premieres at exclusive event

Lagos, Nigeria – EbonyLife TV is celebrating four years of success on June 30, 2017, with a free festival featuring new season premieres and a screening of its record-breaking movie, The Wedding Party, amongst others.

The EbonyLife TV & Film Festival will give viewers a glimpse into why this start-up channel has risen so quickly to become one of Africa’s premium entertainment platforms. The highlight of the occasion is the debut of Fifty (the series), a spin-off from the hit movie, featuring the original lead actresses, Ireti Doyle, Dakore Akande, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe-Etim. Highly-rated series, Sons of the Caliphate and On the Real, will premiere episodes of their second seasons, while popular campus drama, Life 101, will be screened also. The full schedule is shown below:

Time Screening
4pm Life 101 Campus drama about four childhood friends trying to keep their dreams and relationships on track.
4pm Tiannah’s Empire Reality show featuring serial entrepreneur Toyin Lawani and her daily drama to balance family and business priorities.
5pm Fifty (the movie) The pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers.
5pm The Wedding Party Committed bachelor Dozie and virgin bride Dunni head down the aisle, amidst personal and family chaos, in the biggest Nigerian movie of all time.
7pm The Governor Nigeria’s first female governor, battles political enemies, fights corruption and tries to keep her family together.
7pm On the Real (season 2 premiere) This edgy drama follows the lives of five young Nigerian reality TV stars, coming to terms with their fame and its pitfalls.
8pm  Sons of the Caliphate (season 2 premiere) Three rich, entitled and ambitious young friends get caught up in the quest for power, grappling addiction, forbidden love, family loyalty and the craving for revenge.
9pm Fifty (the series) premiere (IMAX screen) Serial spin-off of the hit film, with the original cast, follows the lives of these four women as ambition and betrayal threaten their relationships.

This high-quality lineup underscores the value of over 4,000 hours of original content produced by EbonyLife TV since 2013. During the same period, EbonyLife Films has managed to create two of the top five highest-grossing films in the history of Nollywood with Fifty (2015) and The Wedding Party (2016). Both have spawned highly-anticipated spin-offs – Fifty, the television series, and The Wedding Party 2 – Destination Dubai, which will land in cinemas in time for Christmas.

Mo Abudu, founder and CEO, is justifiably proud of all that has been achieved in such a short time. “So many people have worked really hard to make EbonyLife a success – our talent, producers, crew and support staff. Corporate partners have been equally important and DStv has been amazing. We are so grateful that our viewers in Nigeria and across Africa have embraced our vision and appreciate the quality programmes we create for them. We are looking to the future with faith, confidence and renewed vigour.”

To attend the festival, being held at Filmhouse IMAX cinema in Lekki, visitors must register for free tickets at www.ebonylifefestival.com, as all seats are reserved for registered and invited guests only. Successful attendees can look forward to complimentary popcorn, drinks and a chance to win VIP tickets to the premiere of The Wedding Party 2 – Destination Dubai.

 

Stars of The Wedding Party sequel head to Dubai for shoot

Nollywood’s biggest-ever movie ups the stakes with gorgeous locations in one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting destinations.

May 11, 2017

Lagos, Nigeria – The rumours that have been swirling around for months have finally been confirmed – Nigeria’s highest-grossing film, The Wedding Party, will be shooting scenes for a sequel in Dubai. Stars of the hit film begin arriving in the emirate on May 11 for a two-week schedule.

For hundreds of thousands of fans, the news is a dream come true, as they anxiously await the next adventure. And, with the recent engagement of Banky W and Adesua Etomi, who got married as Dozie and Dunni (more…)

 

Nollywood’s biggest-ever movie, The Wedding Party, now available on Netflix

Lagos, Nigeria – After a record-breaking run at the box office, Nigeria’s first million-dollar movie, The Wedding Party, has come to Netflix due to growing demand from Nollywood fans worldwide.

When it was first released in cinemas in December 2016, no one knew whether this much-hyped romantic comedy would live up to expectations. However, within two weeks, it had smashed the Nollywood box-office record of N178.5 million and kept cinemas full until well after Valentine’s Day. By early March, it had added over N270 million and become the highest-grossing Nollywood film in history with N453 million. (more…)

 

EbonyLife TV announces exciting new programme line-up to premiere April 3

Movies and scripted series dominate the schedule as viewers demand more stories, more drama and less talk

Lagos, Nigeria – EbonyLife TV announced today its new programming line-up beginning 3rd April 2017, including a slate of Nollywood’s best films, EbonyLife original series and new shows that meet viewer demand for more story-driven content. The changes are a direct response to changing audience viewing patterns, which show that drama series such as The Governor and Sons of the Caliphate are the most popular programmes on the channel.

Viewers will enjoy the more streamlined programming that gives each night a completely different and more immersive experience. For example, fans of Nollywood movies can watch back-to-back films on a Monday for up to six hours, featuring some of the best titles the genre has to offer. On Wednesdays, a new college drama, Life 101, leads the line-up for the young and young-at-heart, including Moments Z, a fresh and trendy chat show and reality-based drama, On the Real. While for those hooked on the big, glossy drama series that EbonyLife is known for, Thursdays is a non-stop feast, featuring Desperate Housewives Africa, The Governor, Sons of the Caliphate and the much-anticipated, Fifty, the serialised sequel to the biggest film of 2015.

Founder and CEO, Mo Abudu, is upbeat about the changes. “After nearly four years of quality broadcasting, we wanted to refresh our programming and shake things up. With our best ratings coming from the landmark drama series we have been producing, plus the amazing response in cinemas to our movies, The Wedding Party and Fifty, we’ve come to realise that our viewers want great African stories more than anything else. This new schedule reflects this demand, while retaining the best of our reality, talk and entertainment shows.”

In the run-up to the schedule change, more announcements will be made about new content. See below for a look at the new line-up:

Mondays Nolly Nights Kick-start the week with homegrown high drama and local stories that make you gasp in disbelief

 

Tuesdays EL True Stories Love Lounge, Men’s Corner, plus ground-breaking human-interest stories and documentaries from around the world

 

Wednesdays Gen-Z Life 101, On the Real and Suga, the highly-acclaimed series on the realities of sex and HIV

 

Thursdays EL Dramas Premium homegrown series, Desperate Housewives Africa, The Governor, Fifty and Sons of the Caliphate

 

Fridays Fab Fridays EL NOW, VVIP Events. WW&W, and The Boot, with Denrele and Frank Donga

 

Saturdays Bingefest  Catch up on all your favourite shows

 

Sundays Bingefest New movies and series catch-up
 

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
Blog; Read More about Roku here

 

CELIBACY

Celibacy, for those who don’t know, means zero sex. Zero fun in the sheets, only hand holding, staring into each other’s eyes and dropping bae off at their door. In this society we live in where the legal age for sex is 16, my 12 year old cousin looks 25, skirts are shorter than ever and in some cultures some 14 year olds are on baby number two how are we expected to stay celibate?

Oreka Godis dives into this controversial topic with Sade Ladipo outspoken TV Personality and Chizoba Ofeogu Emotional Confidence Coach with differing opinions. On team celibacy rocks, Chizoba (who is celibate) says that Christians should not fall into the trap of adopting the “Assistant Holy Ghost role” just because you are celibate does not make you a pastor or give you access to the book of life. She says to be celibate you should know why because if you have decided to go on strike and your partner is still working you will go from being the main plate to a side dish very quickly. If you want to be celibate find somebody who will grab.

On team no celibacy Sade says celibacy is unrealistic in today’s day and age. She says we should aim for sexual discipline, not just jumping from person to person. The saying is too much of a good thing is bad for you. But if you are celibate is it only in marriage that you get to have sex? So if you don’t marry will you be a virgin till you die? Scary thought right?

 

To watch the whole episode and weigh in on this controversial topic, Tune in to EbonyLife TV and Urban 96 FM Love Lounge on Mondays at 10pm WAT or Friday by 10:30pm WAT.

 

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!