An inspiring documentary series that celebrates bright young Nigerians who are rising stars, unsung heroes, do-gooders and achievers that break the mould of adversity. It’s these unique individuals who are making waves in their personal capacity and triggering positive changes in the lives of others.
At EbonyLife TV, we are towing a different line by putting the spotlight on the true Nigerian celebrants – everyday people who have done something to change and challenge positively, their situations, men and women who in their circles continue to be a source of inspiration, and by doing so have contributed to the growth of Nigeria. These people are our Naija Diamonds.
EbonyLife TV travels across Nigeria to over nine different states to meet 18 extraordinary people with beautiful, inspiring stories. They come from various fields including entrepreneurs, social activists, health-care workers, philanthropists, on-air personalities, farmers and corporate professionals.
Our presenter, ‘Debayo Rotilu, is a photographer who has the privilege of meeting each of our Diamonds to hear their stories and glean valuable life lessons. What makes them shine as Diamonds is their commitment to empowering those around them.
Each moving story is an affirmation of the indomitable Nigerian spirit and how each of us has the capacity to make a positive change in our society. From a paraplegic on-air-personality that defies his disability, a nurse that provides free health care to the less privileged in Jos to a team of selfless women improving the lives of widows and orphans in Katsina, the list goes on in this brand new season of Naija Diamonds.
It is a celebration of Nigeria’s everyday people who have done something to change and positively challenge their situations. No one notices them, they are never celebrated by the media or the majority but they exist. They are the people who stand up and take a positive stand. They represent the core essence of life that lives in each and every one of us.
Showing every Saturday at 8am CAT, and a recap follows at 8pm CAT.
Friends and family rush to join couples celebrating the season of love with fine dining and fun activities at the luxury resort in Lagos5 February 2019, Lagos, Nigeria – It seems that everyone wants to celebrate love, whether they are coupled up or not. New luxury leisure resort, EbonyLife Place, has noticed an unexpected difference in the enquiries they were expecting for their first Valentine’s LoveFest. Friends, sisters and mothers & daughters are joining couples to take advantage of a variety of luxury experiences to celebrate Valentine’s weekend (14-16 February). As a result, spaces for some packages are already limited; especially The LoveFest, an ultra-indulgent, all-inclusive experience comprising 2 nights at the White Orchid boutique hotel, champagne, chocolates and flowers on arrival, a romantic 7-course dinner, cocktails, movies and other entertainment. Only 15 places remain, so guests are advised to book early and avoid the usual desperate Valentine’s rush that often ends in disappointment. Aside from the hotel, EbonyLife Place is the only location in the city able to offer 3 restaurants, 3 VIP lounges, a poolside bar, rooftop lounge and 5-screen luxury cinema. All 5 storeys of this gorgeous building will be totally dedicated to the celebration of love for 3 whole days. Guests can indulge in an all-inclusive weekend getaway, without leaving Lagos, and still feel completely secluded from the hustle and bustle outside. For those who prefer to visit for a day or an evening, a number of different packages have been designed for every taste and budget. For couples, relatives or friends ready to celebrate the season of love with a difference, a number of activities have been designed especially for their enjoyment. From karaoke with a live band, to a chocolate buffet, champagne bar, love-themed cocktails, classic movies and gourmet food fantasies with wine pairing, there is more than enough to satisfy anyone looking for a fun way to spend time with loved ones or a significant other. Book now to guarantee your place at this once-in-a-lifetime Valentine’s experience. You can choose one of the packages or have it all! The Valentine’s LoveFest 14th-16th February 2020 at EbonyLife Place
- The LoveFest – An all-inclusive package with the best of everything
- Indulgence- at The White Orchid hotel, EbonyLife Place
- The Love Lounge - Rediscover your naughty side
- The Cocktail Club - Lubricate your spirits
- Food Fantasies - Experience the food of your dreams
- Movie Magic - Relive your favourite romantic movie moments
- The Bollinger Bar - Add some sparkle to your evening
- Starstruck - A serenade under the stars
Funke Akindele-Bello and Akin Lewis are hilarious in new trailer for EbonyLife’s blockbuster, Your ExcellencyLagos, 8 November 2019 – EbonyLife Films, producer of Fifty, The Wedding Party movies and Chief Daddy has just released a very funny trailer for its latest feature film, the social-media-driven political satire, Your Excellency. As usual, Funke Akindele-Bello is in fine comedic form, as the other half of Akin Lewis who plays presidential aspirant Chief Olalekan Ajadi, giving just a hint of the hilarious antics in store. The star-studded cast also gets a chance to shine, suggesting a barrel of laughs from every angle, as they poke fun at Nigerian politics and society at large. They include (in alphabetical order): Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Eku Edewor, Emmanuel ‘EmmaOMG’ Edunjobi, Alexx Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Aletile ‘Seyi Law’ Lawrence, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones. Also, it seems that a cameo from Falz is in store, as he reprises his ‘AK Famzy’ role from last year’s mega-hit, Chief Daddy. Your Excellency tells the story of a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who becomes a credible contender when his dance moves and gaffes ignite social media. Could a three-time loser pose a serious challenge for the presidency? Directed by Funke Akindele-Bello, the movie is funny and touching, as it shows how politics and social media are shaping Nigerian society in equal measure. Executive Producer Mo Abudu is happy to share the trailer with the world. “With just 5 weeks to go, this trailer will show moviegoers the funny, feel-good, family movie we have in store for them. Your Excellency has Nigeria’s funniest woman as both lead actor and director, with an amazing cast who deliver wonderful performances. I can’t wait for everyone to see the entire film,” she said. Director Funke Akindele-Bello is ecstatic. “As the release draws closer, it’s great to feel the excitement building within the audience. I think this trailer shows how much fun we had making this film, and how much joy and laughter we want to spread this holiday season.” For the lucky guests invited to the premiere on Sunday 8th December, they will be the first to see the movie, enjoy delicious cuisine and premium drinks from Johnnie Walker, Cîroc, Baileys and Bollinger, and have the chance to win a trip, courtesy of Dubai Tourism. Your Excellency is in cinemas from 13 December 2019 across Nigeria. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Trailer now available for viewing ahead of cinema release in 202031 October 2019, Lagos, Nigeria – EbonyLife Films today announced that its latest film, Òlòtūré, has been selected for an official screening at the world-famous Carthage Film Festival. Created in 1966, to bring African and Arab filmmakers together and to recognise their work, the festival takes place annually in the historic city of Tunis in Tunisia. Many of Africa’s most respected filmmakers, such as Sembene Ousmane, ‘the father of African cinema’, and Med Hondo, got their initial exposure at Carthage. They went on to win prizes at Cannes, Berlin, Moscow and other leading international film festivals, paving the way for later generations of filmmakers. Set in Nigeria, Òlòtūré is the story of a young, naïve Nigerian journalist who goes undercover to expose the shady underworld of human trafficking. Unused to this brutal environment, crawling with ruthless traders and pimps, Òlòtūré finds warmth and friendship with Blessing, Linda and Beauty, the prostitutes she lives with. However, she gets drawn into their lifestyle and finds it difficult to cope. In her quest to uncover the truth, this rookie reporter pays the ultimate price - one that takes her to the verge of no return. The premiere screening of Òlòtūré took place at Le 4ème Art Cinema, Avenue de Paris, Tunis on Thursday 31st October at 6:00 pm. In attendance were director Kenneth Gyang, executive producer Mo Abudu and lead cast, including Sharon Ooja, Omoni Oboli and Omowunmi Dada. The trailer will be available from today, 1st November 2019, as the film begins its festival run. Cinema release is scheduled for the end of the first quarter 2020. Be the first to see the trailer here. Ends - Notes for editors: The director, Kenneth Gyang is an AFS Fellow at University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, a graduate of the prestigious EAVE European Producers Workshop and co-founder of the film production company Cinema Kpatakpata. His first film, Confusion Na Wa (2013), won Best Film and Best Nigerian Film at the 2013 African Movie Academy Awards, as well the Jury Prize at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. The Lost Café (2017), his second feature, was the Audience Prize winner at the Africa International Film Festival in Nigeria and Golden Palm winner at the 2018 Mexico International Film Festival. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5763427/ Executive producer, Mo Abudu launched EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network in 2013. In her quest to change global perception about Africa, Mo created EbonyLife Films. She is the Executive Producer of Fifty, the no.1 Nigerian film of 2015; The Wedding Party (2016), the most successful Nollywood film ever at the Nigerian box office; The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai (2017), the highest-grossing Nollywood film of all time; and Chief Daddy (2018), the third-highest grossing Nigerian film. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5801801/ Òlòtūré is a viscerally depicted, sobering thriller that highlights a major international crisis. Human trafficking is a global problem, but it's a local one too. Trafficking networks are flourishing across Africa through the exploitation of hundreds of thousands of migrants. According to the UN, more than 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders annually — often duped with promises of a better life overseas, then sold into forced labour, domestic servitude or sexual slavery.
Funke Akindele-Bello and Akin Lewis head all-star castLagos, 7 October 2019 – EbonyLife Films, producer of Fifty, The Wedding Party movies and Chief Daddy has kicked off the promotional campaign for its latest feature film, the social-media-driven political comedy, Your Excellency, with the official cinema poster. The colourful artwork features Akin Lewis as Chief Olalekan Ajadi, Funke Akindele-Bello as his wife, Kemi, and some of Nollywood’s most popular actors, including (in alphabetical order): Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Eku Edewor, Emmanuel ‘EmmaOMG’ Edunjobi, Alexx Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Aletile ‘Seyi Law’ Lawrence, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones. The poster’s images depict the hilarious antics of the characters, as they vie for social media significance. The tagline, ‘What’s politics without a party?’, hints at the irresistible music and dancing that makes the movie perfect for the holiday season. Your Excellency tells the story of a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who becomes a credible contender – all through the power of social media. As the drama unfolds, it seems possible that even a perpetual loser, written off by everyone, can pose a serious challenge for the presidency. Directed by Nollywood’s queen of comedy, Funke Akindele-Bello, the movie is funny and touching in equal measure, as it shows the importance love and loyalty play in facing life’s challenges. Executive Producer Mo Abudu is already excited about the film. “Every Christmas, we aim to deliver a feel-good, family movie for our viewers, and Your Excellency is no exception. This time, we have Nigeria’s funniest woman as both lead actor and first-time director, and she delivers on both counts. The audience is in for a treat,” she said. Funke Akindele-Bello takes the compliments in her stride. “Your Excellency already had a great script by Yinka Ogun, a wonderful cast and experienced producers, so all I had to do was provide a guiding hand and make sure we keep the audience entertained from beginning to end.” -Ends- Your Excellency is in cinemas from 13 December 2019 across Nigeria. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Lagos, Nigeria 14 August 2019 – Premium African broadcaster, EbonyLife TV in partnership with Access Bank launches More Access to Market on Wednesday, August 14th.
More Access to Market is about helping business owners grow their businesses. EbonyLife TV will work with Access Bank SMEs to design, produce and broadcast 15-second adverts 3 times a week, that showcases their business to our audiences all over the world at a bargain. Currently, this service does not exist in the marketplace today. EbonyLife TV is here to help business owners promote their products and services to a new level by creating marketable ads with impact. This unique opportunity is guaranteed to help grow their business, retain customer accounts and loyalty.
EbonyLife TV CEO, Mo Abudu says, “For SMEs, More Access to Market is the most cost-effective television advertising that works to really grow your business. We are delighted to extend you an opportunity to take advantage of our high-value advertising. With the benefit of our Pan-African audience and high-quality content, we are offering unmatched value in the market place. We look forward to working with Access Bank on this incredible initiative!”
Ayo Olojede, Group Head, Emerging Businesses Access Bank says “Access Bank is always seeking for strategic partnerships that will help our SMEs grow their business. The partnership with EbonyLife will provide improved visibility/access to market for customers’ brand and business on TV within Nigeria and indeed Africa as they will be featured on Startimes and DSTV”. SMEs can sign up to the Annual, Bi-Annual and Quarterly Plans for as low as N37,500 per month and this will include the set-up cost to create the commercial and showcase the ads to EbonyLife TV’s prime audience. Businesses can look forward to Increased revenue and profitability; Reinforce online and social media marketing; Build authority and credibility; Improve brand awareness and recognition; and much more.
To take advantage of this opportunity, customers can visit the bank's website www.accessbankplc.com to apply.
About EbonyLife TV
EbonyLife TV is a ﬂagship channel on both DStv and Startimes, with a combined reach of more than 20 million households in 52 African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and Kenya. EbonyLife TV is also viewed and across the Caribbean on the FLOW network and online through EbonyLife ON, a global video-on-demand service.
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EbonyLife partners with Funke Akindele to direct and star in its latest December blockbuster, Your Excellency
Production begins on sizzling political satire with an all-star castLagos, 5 August 2019 – EbonyLife Films, producer of Fifty, The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai and Chief Daddy is delighted to announce that production has begun on its latest feature film, the social-media-driven political comedy, Your Excellency. To ensure that this movie follows in the footsteps of these previous blockbusters, EbonyLife has partnered with award-winning actress and content producer Funke Akindele to direct the film and act in a leading role. While this is Funke’s debut as a feature film director, she is an experienced producer of eight movies, including the widely acclaimed Jenifa and The Return of Jenifa. She parlayed this success into the immensely popular television series Jenifa’s Diary, which became the most watched family series in Nigeria. Your Excellency tells the story of Chief Olalekan Ajadi, a bumbling, billionaire businessman and failed presidential candidate, who is obsessed with Donald Trump. Just when his campaign looks set to be another disaster, Ajadi is anointed by a major party and becomes a credible contender – all through the power of social media. As the political drama unfolds, it seems possible that even the most inept candidate, with little to offer voters except viral soundbites and amusing antics, can mount a serious challenge for the presidency. Mo Abudu, the Executive Producer, is feeling good about the movie’s prospects. “EbonyLife Films is really excited to have Funke Akindele at the helm, directing her first feature. Her knack for telling a good story, her comedic instincts and an incredible work ethic make her the perfect choice for this film. Everyone will be able to relate to the characters and the way in which social media is shaping our lives and the country’s future,” she said. Speaking from the set, Funke Akindele was upbeat. “Your Excellency has a great script, excellent cast and an experienced production team, so I’m looking forward to making the best possible film. It’s great to be working with Aunty Mo again, so soon after the success of Chief Daddy, and hopefully, we can make another hit movie.” The cast is a star-studded ensemble of well-known Nollywood faces, including (in alphabetical order): Funke Akindele, Lala Akindoju, Shaffy Bello, Kunle Coker, Ekun Edewor, Alex Ekubo, Oreka Godis, Osas Ighodaro, Mike Iheuwa, Seyi Law, Akin Lewis, Bimbo Manuel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Ini Dima-Okojie, Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah, Emmanuel OMG, Ikechukwu Onunaku, Helen Paul and Toni Tones. The movie was written by Yinka Ogun, with Isioma Osaje and James Amuta producing. -Ends- Your Excellency is set for release on 13th December 2019 across Nigeria. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Lagos, 14 March 2019. The crew and star cast of the Chief Daddy movie, including Mo Abudu, Niyi Akinmolayan, Kate Henshaw, Funke Akindele, Ini Edo, Dakore Egbuson, Ajoke Silva, Taiwo Obeleye and other renowned guests celebrated the launch of the movie at the Netflix launch party, held in Lagos on Tuesday, 12 March.
“It’s always our pleasure to partner with Netflix” stated Mo Abudu, Executive Producer of Chief Daddy. With a partnership that started in 2015 with FIFTY, then in 2017 with The Wedding Party and now in 2019 with Chief Daddy, Mo Abudu says the EbonyLife Films team can’t wait for feedback from the diaspora – and comedy fans in general – to pour in from around the world. “This is our third film to find a home on Netflix – and it gets more thrilling every time,” she says. “We’re delighted to have such a powerful partner take this film global and we can’t wait to see the reaction to it, from around the world”.
Having dominated the West African box office in 2018, Chief Daddy’s heavyweight brand of comedy is available right now on the world’s most popular streaming service.
When Lagos-based billionaire Chief Daddy keels over suddenly at the dinner table, there’s a scramble amongst family members, household staff and mistresses for a slice of his fortune. But there’s a catch – a codicil to his will declares that they must find a way to work together to arrange his funeral, or risk losing everything.
Lagos, Nigeria, 12 November 2018 - Today, the University of Westminster awarded Mo Abudu, founder and chief executive of EbonyLife Media, an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts, in recognition of her outstanding services to broadcasting and enterprise in Nigeria. The presentation was made during the university’s annual graduation ceremony at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall in London.
The broadcaster and filmmaker attended Westminster in 1993, when she completed a master’s degree in Manpower Studies. After successful careers as a corporate executive and human resources entrepreneur, Ms Abudu entered the world of media as the host and producer of Moments with Mo, the first pan-African talk show. In 2012, she went on to found EbonyLife TV, which has grown into a media group, encompassing movie production and global video-on-demand (VoD).
Despite a challenging business environment, 2018 has been a landmark year for Mo Abudu, beginning in March with the announcement by Sony Pictures Television that they had struck a three-project production deal with EbonyLife. The media group celebrated its 5th anniversary in July with the launch of EbonyLife ON, its global VoD service. In October, Mo was included in The Powerlist, the top 100 most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage in the UK, alongside Meghan Markle, Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton. December marks the release of Chief Daddy, the fifth feature produced by EbonyLife Films, and Abudu will be hoping for a solid performance at the cinema box office, to close the year.
In her acceptance speech at the ceremony, an impassioned Mo spoke directly to the graduates from the School of Arts and School of Media and Communication. “The most important thing in life is to find your God-given purpose and passion. I mention God because I am a strong Christian and I truly believe he directs my every step. But, going back to purpose, please find that thing you are passionate about, that you feel you were born to do. Then, spend every day planning and carrying out that purpose. It’s not always easy to find - but if you persevere, it will never fail you. When things get tough - and they will - just keep forging ahead. Stay focused, be tenacious and, eventually, your purpose will multiply and become unstoppable!”
According to the Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Peter Bonfield, “Westminster University awards honorary degrees to those who have made outstanding contributions in their personal and professional lives.”
Abudu continues a proud tradition of accomplished Nigerians receiving honorary doctorates from prestigious universities abroad. These include Chinua Achebe, who received over 30 degrees from Harvard, Brown and other universities; Wole Soyinka (Yale, Harvard, Princeton); Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Yale); Chimamanda Adichie (Johns Hopkins, Edinburgh, London); Aliko Dangote (Coventry); and David Oyelowo (South Bank).
The University of Westminster began its tradition of academic excellence in 1838, as Great Britain’s first polytechnic. It was created to demonstrate new technologies and inventions to the public, and played a significant role in the popularisation of science. Fittingly, it was the venue for the first public moving picture show (movie) in the UK in 1896 and offered the first degree courses in Photographic Science, Photography and Media Studies in the 1960s and 1970s. Now with over 22,000 students spread over four central London campuses and thousands more in affiliates overseas, Westminster continues to be a leader in advanced education for architecture, law, languages and science, amongst other subjects.
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Registration now open for interested participantsLagos, 11 September 2018 – Serial entrepreneur and media personality, Mo Abudu, has announced that she is launching a mentoring programme, Your Dream Moment with Mo – The Power Series, for young women in Nigeria and a number of international locations, in January 2019. The pioneering scheme aims to boost the self-esteem and capability of women aged between 18 and 34 years old, enabling them to feel empowered enough to reach for their dreams. Anyone wishing to participate is being encouraged to apply now for this free series of events, the first of which takes place on 14th January in Lagos. Participants can look forward to learning about how to discover their passion and how to use it as a means of fueling their ambitions. Other sessions will focus on how to build a fulfilling career or business, using one’s existing tools and assets, and how to identify and remove obstacles to success in life. Mo Abudu is super-excited about the project. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time because I’m always being approached by ambitious young women who need guidance and support. Sometimes, all they need is that belief and self-confidence that they can turn their dreams into reality. I have gained a huge amount of experience throughout my life as an entrepreneur and I can’t wait to share some of it with these women.” Selected participants can look forward to spending a full day with Mo Abudu, learning powerful lessons for business and career success. To participate in Your Dream Moment with Mo - The Power Series, register now at: https://www.yourdreammomentwithmo.com - Ends -
Looking for love? EbonyLife TV launches Dating Game Nigeria to match singles in exciting show format
Call for contestants announced in a bid to find appealing love partnersLagos, 20 August 2018 – EbonyLife TV, is pleased to announce that applications for Sony Pictures Television’s hit format, The Dating Game, are now open in Nigeria. For the first time, African viewers will get to watch and participate in a show that has been an audience favourite since 1965, airing in over 25 countries. Dating Game Nigeria will give single contestants a chance to find love by asking three hidden suitors a number of questions. Whoever the contestant thinks gave the best answers is chosen and gets a chance to go on a date with the man or woman who asked the questions. In the following episode, the audience gets to see what happened on the date and whether the couple want to see each other again. EbonyLife is looking for participants who are attractive, confident and genuine in their search for the ideal partner. In an unusual departure from standard casting calls, viewers are being encouraged to recommend friends or relatives whom they think would be the ideal catch for another singleton. Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, is excited about the new television production. “Dating Game Nigeria is for anyone who is single and searching – it’s a fun way to meet interesting people and maybe find that special one. We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing people together, with lots of great ways to have a wonderful first date,” she said. Dating Game Nigeria is now calling for applications from interested, potential contestants, as well as recommendations from friends and family. The series will air later this year and culminate in the 2019 Valentine season. Dating Game Nigeria is brought to you with love from Airtel, the smartphone network. For full details, visit www.datinggamenigeria.com -Ends-
Nigerian entertainment and lifestyle channel to reach over 7 million new viewersLagos, 3 July 2018 – EbonyLife TV is proud to announce that from August 1, 2018, they will be broadcasting on the StarTimes network (Satellite 191 and Digital Terrestrial 107), thereby ending its exclusive arrangement with DStv. StarTimes is a leading multinational media company with a strong presence in Africa, operating in 30 countries and with over 10 million subscribers. The partnership with StarTimes is a bid to provide premium, homegrown content to a larger audience across Africa. In addition to expansion of its linear television audience, EbonyLife has launched a global, digital video-on-demand (VoD) service, EbonyLife ON, that allows Nigerian subscribers, who cannot afford expensive satellite TV, to watch its high-quality content for as little as N500 per month. Viewers in the diaspora have already been accessing the service for $2.99 per month. Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV is thrilled about the global expansion. “This is an exciting time for us. StarTimes is a force to be reckoned with in Africa. It is a privilege for EbonyLife to have an additional home with the network. Together with the global reach of EbonyLife ON, we will have the potential for millions more people to enjoy our gripping dramas, riveting talk and fun entertainment shows,” she said. Justin Zhang, MD of StarTimes, shares similar sentiments with Abudu. “EbonyLife TV is synonymous with quality, which is important to us. As one of Nigeria’s leading television networks, it made sense to include them in the StarTimes family and to continue delighting customers with engaging, original content,” he said. This collaboration is a win-win for both parties – StarTimes will improve its offering by providing an additional, first-rate channel to users and EbonyLife TV gets an opportunity to broadcast to an even greater number of viewers. EbonyLife ON is now available online to viewers in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. - Ends - For further information, please contact: Michael Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous lifestyle and entertainment brand marks milestone year and looks ahead to a bright futureLagos, 3 July 2018 – EbonyLife TV, Nigeria’s leading television channel proudly announces its fifth anniversary, on July 1. Launched in 2013, this is a significant achievement for the proudly ‘made in Nigeria’ company, which has become a major feature film producer as well. To celebrate, the growing media group will be launching a number of initiatives on July 1:
- Its global Video-on-Demand (VoD) digital service, EbonyLife ON, will be available in Africa
- Streaming movies and series via EbonyLife ON Mobile, in partnership with MTN, Airtel and 9 Mobile
- Its regular TV service commences broadcast in Africa on the StarTimes network (channels 191 and 107), in addition to DStv and Flow in 10 Caribbean countries.
- Africa’s first legal drama series, Castle & Castle, premieres on EbonyLife ON
- Launching a new brand identity
Lifestyle and entertainment media group launches colourful look across a range of new servicesLagos, 3 July 2018 – As part of its fifth anniversary celebrations, EbonyLife is changing its look, starting this July. The revamp includes a new logo for the parent brand, EbonyLife Media, and for other brands in the group, which are:
- EbonyLife TV (broadcast on DStv 165 and StarTimes 107 and 191 in Africa, and on Flow in 10 Caribbean countries)
- EbonyLife Films (producers of blockbuster movies, such as Fifty, The Wedding Party movies and Royal Hibiscus Hotel)
- EbonyLife Studios (a film production service for in-house projects and third-party clients)
- EbonyLife ON (our global Video-on-Demand (VoD) digital service for viewers who want to enjoy high-quality series and movies at their convenience)
Africa’s first legal series, Castle & Castle, debuts globally this July on EbonyLife ON – subscribe now!!!
New, original EbonyLife drama to be available via mobile-on-demand platform
Lagos, 21 June 2018 – EbonyLife TV is proud to announce that Castle & Castle, the first African legal drama series, will have its worldwide premiere this July on its digital service, EbonyLife ON.
Starring Nollywood heavyweights Richard Mofe-Damijo and Dakore Egbuson-Akande, the series is primarily about the story of a striking couple, ‘Remi Castle’ and her husband ‘Tega’ – lawyers who run a successful practice in Lagos.
A former law professor, ‘Tega’ is passionate about human rights. However, as the years have gone by and the nature of the firm has changed, he has had to fight extra-hard to get such cases. ‘Remi’ is a beautiful, brilliant woman who loves her husband, despite their different legal interests – she prefers commercial clients that pay huge retainers. They met 20 years ago when he taught her in law school. Their marriage is put to the test, as a host of family issues crop up and affect their work. Viewers will see the couple stand together against outsiders and fight each other when their individual desires clash. Will their relationship survive Castle & Castle or will it succumb to the pressures of work?
Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is thrilled about the series. “Castle & Castle is a project we are quite proud of. The first of its kind in Nigeria or even Africa, we look forward to presenting it to the world. Sharing it on our globally available, digital platform is an added reason for our excitement. It will be accessible to everyone with a mobile device, for them to enjoy on-the-go, at their convenience,” she said.
Produced by Isioma Osaje and Temidayo Abudu, the series features a star-studded cast and three outstanding directors, Niyi Akinmolayan, Tope Oshin and Kenneth Gyang. Each episode will give a unique take on the legal world and show what happens when there is a collision of family issues, personal desires and business. Viewers will be kept at the edge of their seats with the drama that unfolds every week.
To subscribe, visit ebonylifeon.com, with monthly prices starting from as little as N500 (Android app), N700 (Apple app) in Nigeria, £2.24 in the UK and $2.99 in the US.
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Digital platform to be available globally for instant access to original, dynamic contentLagos, 21 June 2018 – EbonyLife TV is excited to introduce EbonyLife ON, its video on-demand service, to an international audience from July 1st. Initially targeted to viewers in the Diaspora, the mobile, video-on-demand tool is now for anyone who wants access to authentic, well-made programmes that highlight positive and dynamic stories from Africa, regardless of their location. Part of the exciting content that will be available on the platform is a new EbonyLife original series – Castle & Castle, Nigeria’s first legal drama. Starring Nollywood heavyweights Richard Mofe-Damijo and Dakore Egbuson-Akande, audiences will get the chance to enjoy this quality show that tells stories about complicated family dynamics and the legal industry. The CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, is thrilled about this new development. “As important as it is to positively change the African narrative outside the continent, we need to start being champions of our own stories, right here in Africa. Making EbonyLife ON globally available is our way of doing that,” she said. Other hit dramas will be accessible via EbonyLife ON, such as The Governor, an account of the struggles of the first female governor in Nigeria; Fifty, a series adaptation of the 2015 Nollywood hit movie, about four women in mid-life going through various challenges; and Sons of the Caliphate, a drama about feuding between powerful, political families in northern Nigeria. For glitz, glamour and gossip, VVIP Events, showcases some of Africa’s biggest celebrities on the red carpet and EL Now, offers the latest celebrity buzz. To subscribe, visit ebonylifeon.com, with monthly prices starting from as little as N500 (Android app), N700 (Apple app) in Nigeria, £2.24 in the UK and $2.99 in the US. -Ends- For further information, please contact: Eunice Omole: email@example.com
Star-studded comedy supported by Keystone Bank, Johnnie Walker, Airtel and BollingerLagos, 21 June 2018 – EbonyLife Films, producers of Fifty, The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, is thrilled to announce that Keystone Bank, Johnnie Walker, Airtel and Bollinger are sponsors for its upcoming movie, Chief Daddy. Obeahon Ohiwerei, Managing Director Keystone Bank, reiterated the bank’s commitment to supporting the film. “The Nigerian entertainment industry is driven by SMEs and is growing exponentially, positioning the nation globally and positively impacting our GDP. We are pleased to be a part of this film, as it aligns with our corporate objective of supporting SMEs and empowering enterprising women, like Mo Abudu, through our PINK network." Adenike Adebola, Marketing & Innovation Director, Guinness, Spirits & Reserve, added, “We are proud of our continued association with EbonyLife Films. Like Johnnie Walker, Chief Daddy is a delightful, quality production. We expect it to be a hit with audiences.” Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is grateful for the strong lineup of corporate backers. “We are humbled that such respected brands, some of whom we have worked with in the past, are interested in supporting this new movie. It would have been very hard to put this production together without them. We appreciate their assistance,” she said. Directed by the respected Niyi Akinmolayan and set in Lagos, Chief Daddy tells the story of Chief Akinwale Beecroft, a billionaire benefactor with a large extended family of relatives, household staff and diverse mistresses. One day, he dies unexpectedly and the cash flow stops, creating confusion over who will inherit his fortune. Speaking for Airtel, Opeyemi Lawal, Senior Manager, Digital, Media & Brand Sponsorships, is glad to be supporting the project. “EbonyLife Films is committed to changing the narrative about Africa and Chief Daddy represents the sort of positive communication we wholeheartedly support,” she said. Paul Wilson, Managing Director of Brian Munro Limited, distributors of Bollinger Champagne in Nigeria, said “Chief Daddy is set in a world of affluence, so it should be no surprise to see that Bollinger is the champagne of choice. As always, we are excited to continue our relationship with EbonyLife.” Chief Daddy is a family-friendly film with funny and unexpected plot twists. The cast is a star-studded mix of Nollywood veterans and newer actors, including (in alphabetical order): Bisola Aiyeola, Funke Akindele, Zainab Balogun, Shaffy Bello, Lepacious Bose, Ini Edo, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Linda Ejiofor, Folarin 'Falz' Falana, Mawuli Gavor, Kate Henshaw, Ayo Lijadu, Jude ‘MI’ Abaga, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Beverly Naya, Chinedu ‘Nedu’ Ani, Uti Nwachukwu, Taiwo Obileye, Chioma 'Chigul' Omeruah, Rachel Oniga, Beverly Osu, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor and Joke Silva. -Ends- Chief Daddy will be released in cinemas across Nigeria in December 2018. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Romantic comedy from EbonyLife is a hit with audiences outside AfricaLagos, 8 June 2018 – EbonyLife Films, producers of Fifty, The Wedding Party and The Wedding Party 2, is excited to announce that its latest production, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH) has been viewed for over 100,000 hours in only 11 weeks on the Amazon Prime online network. This is a good performance for the film and shows that Africans in the diaspora and others outside the continent are eager for quality, interesting content from the motherland. Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is thrilled about this development. “We had an early indication that audiences abroad would be interested in watching the movie when we sold out all three screenings of RHH at the Toronto International Film Festival last September. We are proud of it and I’m glad that Amazon Prime users are enjoying a delightful film, made in Nigeria for the world,” she said. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a charming story of ‘Ope’, a struggling Nigerian chef in London who moves back to Lagos and discovers that life can be a journey of surprises. Its themes of love, family and not giving up on your dreams have made it an easy point of connection for people of different generations and cultural backgrounds. -Ends- The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is available on Amazon Prime, a paid subscription service from Amazon.com that gives viewers the opportunity to watch videos and listen to music for a monthly or annual fee.
Moviegoers will be delighted with star-studded dramatic comedy this festive seasonLagos, 3 May 2017 – After weeks of blood, sweat and tears, EbonyLife Films, producers of Fifty, The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel gladly announces the end of the filming period of its newest movie – Chief Daddy. Directed by the renowned Niyi Akinmolayan and set in Lagos, Chief Daddy tells the story of billionaire business man Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a very extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses. He lives large, like there’s no tomorrow, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘gravy boat’ seems to dry up. What’s in his will and who gets all the money? Audiences will be thrilled with the unexpected plot twists. Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, looks forward to commencing the next stage of the filmmaking process for Chief Daddy. “It has been a gratifying filming period and we’re thrilled to start the post-production phase; seeing all the hard work come together on screen is quite satisfying. We look forward to putting the finishing touches to the film and getting it ready for moviegoers to enjoy when it’s released in December,” she said. Some of the elements that characterize this stage are top-to-bottom editing of the film; colour correction and the addition of light and sound. Based on the images and short clips that have been uploaded online with #ChiefDaddymovie, it appears to be a high-quality film – not surprising for an EbonyLife production. Fans have begun anticipating the movie, which already looks like it’ll be a pleasant cinematic experience, filled with laughter and loads of family drama. They will also enjoy seeing some of EbonyLife Films’ signatures – stunning outfits, good-looking actors and gorgeous locations. -Ends- Chief Daddy is set for a December release across Nigeria. For mor information visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Latest Nollywood blockbuster from EbonyLife gets digital release on June 1Lagos, 4 May 2018 – EbonyLife Films, producers of Fifty, The Wedding Party and The Wedding Party 2, is excited to announce that its latest production, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH) will be available digitally, on the MTN network, via MTN Shortz, from June 1. Using a short code, subscribers will be able to access the film at their convenience, for a significantly reduced cost – less than the amount needed to get airtime and mobile data. The film’s release on other networks will follow in the coming weeks. This is good news for the millions of MTN customers without access to a cinema. Starting in June, they will get the chance to enjoy a high-quality, romantic comedy like no other in Nollywood. Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is elated about this development. “The digital debut of RHH is an exciting step for us and we are glad to have a second Nigerian release – scores of moviegoers have already watched and enjoyed it in theatres. However, making it easily accessible on mobile networks, starting with MTN, gives more people the opportunity to see it, at a fraction of the cost of a cinema ticket or two,” she said. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a heartwarming and charming rom-com that people of all ages can relate to. It tells the story of ‘Ope’, a struggling Nigerian chef in London who moves back to Lagos and discovers that life can be full of surprises. The film stars Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, Toni Tones and O.C. Ukeje, with veteran actors Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva. Judging from the reviews it has received since its cinema release in February, audiences who decide to watch the movie on their mobile devices are sure to be delighted. There are storylines guaranteed to make them laugh, cry or cheer for their favourite characters. -Ends- For more information about The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Upcoming dramatic comedy promises to be this December’s hit movieLagos, 18 April 2017 – EbonyLife Films, producers of Fifty, The Wedding Party, The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai and The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH) is delighted to announce that production has begun on its newest movie, the intriguingly titled Chief Daddy. Set in Lagos, Chief Daddy tells the story of billionaire industrialist Chief Beecroft, a flamboyant benefactor to a large extended family of relatives, household staff and assorted mistresses. Chief lives large, like there’s no tomorrow, until the day he dies suddenly and the ‘bullion van’ stops. The plot is loaded with surprises, including what’s in his will and who gets all the money. In the end, Chief Daddy has the last laugh from beyond the grave. Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is excited about this new project. “We are thrilled to have begun production on this film – so far, so good. Chief Daddy is a fun, family-friendly movie we believe will appeal to a variety of moviegoers. We look forward to giving Nigerians an amazing film experience in time for the end-of-year holidays,” she said. The cast is a star-studded mix of Nollywood veterans and newer actors, including (in alphabetical order) Bisola Aiyeola, Funke Akindele, Zainab Balogun, Shaffy Bello, Lepacious Bose, Ini Edo, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Linda Ejiofor, Folarin 'Falz' Falana, Mawuli Gavor, Kate Henshaw, Ayo Lijadu, Jude ‘MI’ Abaga, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Beverly Naya, Chinedu ‘Nedu’ Ani, Uti Nwachukwu, Taiwo Obileye, Chioma 'Chigul' Omeruah, Rachel Oniga, Beverly Osu, Nkem Owoh, Patience Ozokwor and Joke Silva. The movie was written by Bode Asiyanbi and is being directed by Niyi Akinmolayan, with Temidayo Abudu and Queen Martins producing. -Ends- Chief Daddy is set for a December release across Nigeria. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Romantic comedy wraps up successful celebration of International Women’s Day
Lagos, 29 March 2018 – In celebration of this year’s International Women’s Day, EbonyLife Films, producers of Fifty, The Wedding Party and The Wedding Party 2, screened its latest movie, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH) on March 28 at an event themed, ‘Finding your Passion and Purpose’. The occasion took place to honour 300 women who were nominated by the public for their dedication, sacrifice and inspiration in different industries.
Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife Films, who was unavoidably absent, was nevertheless excited at the turnout and what appeared to be a delightful evening. “We are grateful to the women who attended the event. It was our way of encouraging them to keep up the good work. We hope they had a lovely time. Loads of gratitude go to our sponsors and partners for collaborating with us on this programme,” she said.
During the evening, audiences heard briefly from guest speakers Nimi Akinkugbe, CEO of Bestman Games, and Yewande Zaccheaus, CEO of Eventful Ltd. Drawing from their personal stories, they spoke in alignment with the theme. They encouraged the women to “seize the moment,” “surround yourselves with the right support system” and “dream big.”
The attendees also enjoyed delicious finger-foods, an assortment of drinks courtesy of Johnnie Walker and delightful performances by Kaliné and Jolly J. The programme was organised in collaboration with WimBiz, First Bank of Nigeria and Access Bank (the ‘W’ Initiative).
The night was brought to a lovely end with the screening of EbonyLife’s newest film, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, which tells the story of Ope, a struggling Nigerian chef in London who moves back to Lagos and discovers that life can be unpredictable. Judging from the laughter and heartfelt sighs from the audience, it was evident once more that RHH is a special movie with something for everyone.
For more information about The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Newest romantic comedy from EbonyLife gets international releaseLagos, 29 March 2018 – EbonyLife Films, producers of Fifty, The Wedding Party and The Wedding Party 2, is excited to announce that its latest production, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH) will be available on the Amazon Prime platform from March 30. This is good news for Africans outside the continent. Starting this month, they will get the chance to enjoy a high-quality, heartwarming film, made in Nigeria for the world. Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is elated about this news. “The digital debut of RHH is an exciting step for us and we are glad to have another release outside Nigeria and the continent. It is thrilling to know that millions of people will get the opportunity to watch and enjoy this special movie,” she said. The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is a charming romcom that tells the story of ‘Ope’, a struggling Nigerian chef in London who moves back to Lagos and discovers that life is quite unpredictable. Its universal themes of love, laughter, following your dreams and connecting with family, make it easy for people of all ages and cultures to connect with it. EbonyLife Films plans additional digital, widespread releases of RHH in the coming months. Audiences will be delighted with the various ways they can view this delightful production. Amazon Prime is a paid subscription service from Amazon.com that gives viewers the opportunity to watch videos and listen to music for a monthly or annual fee. -Ends-For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Three exciting new scripted TV projects including TV series based on the lives of the Dahomey Warriors
London, March 29, 2018 – EbonyLife Ltd, owners of Africa’s first global Black TV network and producers of premium, original content and Sony Pictures Television (SPT), today announced that they will co-develop three exciting new scripted TV projects, with SPT set to distribute internationally.
The three-project deal, the first of its kind between SPT and a Nigerian production company, will also include a TV series inspired by the Dahomey Warriors. The action-packed series, inspired by true events that took place in the West African Kingdom of Dahomey, will tell the empowering story of the all-female Warriors and show the ultimate strength of women coming together, fighting to protect and honour their people. Development on the Dahomey Warriors project will start immediately with further details of the two additional projects to follow.
Mo Abudu, Chief Executive Officer, EbonyLife Ltd said: “Ever since our launch in June 2013, our vision has always been to change the narrative about Africa and to tell our stories from our perspective. We have invested in the creation of quality programming and the development of our people and their ideas. It is this ethos that has given us the opportunity to partner with a world-class organisation like Sony Pictures Television. Now we have the opportunity to bring the fascinating story of The Dahomey Warriors, and many others like it, to audiences around the world. It has been hard work getting here, but that’s what we are known for at EbonyLife. As I always say, ‘If you can think it, you can do it’.’’
Wayne Garvie, President, International Production, Sony Pictures Television said, “Mo Abudu is one of the most formidable and creative figures in Nigerian television, and with EbonyLife her and the team are creating something that is truly ground-breaking and extraordinary. Our aim is to help EbonyLife create a portfolio of African content that will fulfil their aim of being one of Africa’s prime creators of premium content.”
The news follows EbonyLife’s recently announced unscripted deal with SPT, where they will be exclusively adapting the hit game show ‘The Dating Game’ for Nigerian audiences.
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Launched in 2013, EbonyLife TV is Africa's first global Black TV network. The channel continues to grow exponentially across the globe with premium scripted programmes available on numerous platforms. EbonyLife TV annually produces over 1000 hours of premium, original and homegrown Anglo-African entertainment programming of which 80% belongs exclusively to the network. This makes it one of the largest self-owned libraries on the continent. www.ebonylifetv.com
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Iconic, entertaining programme now to be enjoyed by African audiencesLagos, 27 March 2018 – EbonyLife TV is thrilled to announce that internationally popular show The Dating Game will have its African debut, thanks to a partnership with global content provider Sony Pictures Television (SPT). EbonyLife will produce the adaptation this spring, ahead of its planned premiere later this year. This collaboration is a significant milestone for African television and viewers will get to appreciate this hilarious format, which has been an audience favourite since 1965 and has aired in over 25 countries. The Dating Game gives single contestants a chance to find love by asking three hidden suitors a number of questions. Whoever the contestant thinks gave the best answers is chosen and gets a chance to go on a date with the hopeful singleton. In the next episode, the audience gets to see what happened on the date and hear if the couple want to see each other again. Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV, is excited about the new television production. “We look forward to our global viewers enjoying this world-famous and highly entertaining programme, thanks to the incredible support from Sony Pictures Television. The Dating Game show is for anyone who is single and searching – it’s a fun way to meet interesting people and maybe find that special one,” she said. Mark Young, Senior Vice President, UK, Iberia & Africa Distribution, Sony Pictures Television said: “The Dating Game has been a staple format in unscripted entertainment, enjoyed by viewers around the world. We are very excited for EbonyLife TV to be bringing the series to Nigeria in this landmark commission, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them on future projects”. Such a globally significant collaboration is not limited to The Dating Game format. Audiences will be able to enjoy a variety of indigenous variations of international programming from EbonyLife TV in the coming months. The Dating Game is distributed internationally by SPT. -Ends-
Digital platform delights international audiences with laughter and romance this FebruaryLagos, 2 February 2018 – EbonyLife TV continues to thrill fans in the Diaspora with a variety of premium, African shows via its mobile, video-on-demand service – EbonyLife ON, available via ebonylifeon.com or the mobile app. As a means of viewer appreciation, one lucky couple will win tickets to the after-party of the Lagos premiere of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel – EbonyLife’s newest romantic comedy, as well as a private screening of the movie. Viewers should visit ebonylifeon.com to register for their chance to win. (more…)
- Biggest single-day opening for a Nollywood film in UK cinemas - £16,000 (N7.8 million);
- Top 10 film in the UK on Boxing Day, along with Star Wars, Jumanji, Pitch Perfect 3, Ferdinand and Paddington;
- Biggest advanced screening for a Nollywood film in the UK - £11,000 (N5.4 million);
- Biggest Nollywood release in the UK - £48,000 (N23.4 million), breaking the record previously held by The Mirror Boy (2011).
Lagos, 1st January 2018 – During a record-breaking Nollywood box-office reign as one of the producers of The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai, EbonyLife Films announces the cinema debut of its new movie, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel (RHH), on February 9. Set in Lagos and London, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel tells the story of a passionate Nigerian chef, ‘Ope’, following her dream of opening an African restaurant in London. Frustrated by her lack of progress, she returns to Nigeria and discovers that going home can bring pleasant surprises.
Successfully screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), RHH was identified as a ‘Hidden Gem’ by the panel, and was the only Nigerian movie and one of just three African titles featured at the festival. The cast includes Zainab Balogun, Kenneth Okolie, Deyemi Okanlawon, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and O.C. Ukeje, with veteran actors Rachel Oniga, Jide Kosoko, Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva. It was directed by Ishaya Bako.
Mo Abudu, Executive Producer, is thrilled about RHH being shown to audiences in Nigeria. "The Royal Hibiscus Hotel has been a special project – it is a beautiful story of love, sprinkled with delightful comedic moments. We hope it resonates with the young and young-at-heart, and reminds them of what it’s like to fall in love. We are proud of this film and anticipate it being enjoyed in cinemas across the country,” she said.
An additional source of enjoyment for moviegoers will be the RHH soundtrack. It features a score by award-winning musician Cobhams Asuquo and songs by leading Nigerian artistes, including Romeo and Juliet by Johnny Drille, Chemistry by Falz and Simi, Skintight by Mr. Eazi and Tonight, Ocean and Radio by Nonso Amadi.
This Valentine’s season is gearing up to be a memorable one, thanks to the imminent release of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel in movie theatres. Its feel-good plot and touching scenes are set to melt hearts and inspire audiences to chase their dreams and never give up on love.-Ends- The Royal Hibiscus Hotel will be released in cinemas on 9th February 2018, following an exclusive premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on February 4th. For more information, visit www.ebonylifefilms.com
Nollywood heavyweights, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Dakore Egbuson-Akande lead one-of-a-kind production, scheduled to air in 2018
Lagos, 16 November 2017 – The shooting of a new television show, Castle & Castle has begun. Starring two titans of the Nigerian film industry, Richard Mofe-Damijo and Dakore Egbuson-Akande, it is largely about the story of a gorgeous married couple, ‘Remi Castle’ and her husband ‘Tega’ – lawyers who run a successful practice in Lagos. (more…)
Spotlight shines on outstanding Nigerian women in business, creative and charity sectors
Lagos, 16 November 2017 – Hundreds of women converged at Eko Hotel and Suites this week for the annual Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WimBiz) conference, to be empowered and inspired by outstanding speakers and role models. The climax of the 2-day event was the EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards, in special partnership with WimBiz for the second year. The awards recognises women who have made a significant contribution to their respective fields.
Nollywood’s most anticipated sequel hits cinemas on December 15
Lagos, 15 November 2017 – Eager moviegoers are excited that the long wait for the sequel to Nigeria’s biggest ever movie, The Wedding Party is almost over. With only one month to go, fans are hoping to be among the first to snag tickets on opening weekend.
Outside of Nigeria, the ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, is gearing up for worldwide release including key markets such as the UK, USA, Canada, east Africa, South Africa and francophone African countries. (more…)
VVIP tables snapped up as anticipation for the sequel of Nollywood’s biggest movie reaches an all-time high
Lagos, 13 November 2017 – The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios is excited to announce that tables at the Grand World Premiere of The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai have sold out, one month before the event on December 10th. The few tickets remaining are those being sent to specially invited guests of the ELFIKE Collective. (more…)
The party just got bigger, the drama just got crazier – fans relish new trailer and poster for The Wedding Party 2
Vivid image and video heighten audience anticipation for upcoming movie
Lagos, 1 November 2017 – The ELFIKE Film Collective, a partnership between EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, released an official trailer and new artwork for The Wedding Party 2 on November 1st. While it is no secret that the cast is returning for another wedding – in Dubai, this continuation of the original Nollywood smash hit promises to be doubly colourful and funny, with spectacular views of one of the world’s most breathtaking locations.
Mo Abudu, CEO, EbonyLife Films, is excited about the official trailer and new poster release. “We are thrilled to be able to give eager fans a bigger taste of what they can expect from the movie. Without question, the wait will be worth it in December,” she said.(more…)
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 successfully sponsors first international diversity awards at MIPCOM with A&E Networks and Viacom
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 Excellence Awards 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.To see the complete list, click here: https://goo.gl/Xghfas - Ends - For further information, contact: Oluchi Ezeugo firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
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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
Doyinsola Abiola Tobun and Mo Abudu
World premiere of Nollywood’s most anticipated sequel expected to be ‘lit’ and memorableOctober 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 sequelOctober 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 TVOctober 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…)
EbonyLife TV in need of talented drama producersOctober 3, 2017 Lagos, Nigeria – Over the last five years, we have worked with the best in the industry to bring the most exciting films and series to life. We brought you Desperate Housewives Africa, The Governor, Sons of the Caliphate, DERE, Fifty, Married to the Game and more. We are now on the hunt for talented producers to work with us on our new slate of scripted programming. Calling on all experienced drama producers to send their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
Media mogul celebrates birthday two days after successful international premiere of her new film
September 12, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – Founder and chief executive officer of EbonyLife TV and EbonyLife Films, Mo Abudu was a year older yesterday, September 11th. She enjoyed the day with lunch at the CN Tower and dinner at TOCA Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton hotel, Toronto.
She was joined at dinner by the cast and crew of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, and a number of special guests, including Cameron Bailey, Creative Director, TIFF; Kiva Reardon, Programmer, TIFF; Masai Ujiri, President, Toronto Raptors; Moses Babatope, COO, FilmOne; Foli Coker, DG, NTDC; and Funa Maduka, Content Acquisition, Netflix.
This is an extra-special birthday for the woman called ‘Africa’s Oprah’ by CNN and ‘super woman’ by Nigerian celebrity photographer, TY Bello. A new production from EbonyLife Films, The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, had its world debut on September 9th at Toronto International Film Festival. Following its successful opening night, Variety magazine wrote a positive article about the movie, saying, “Mo Abudu’s Royal Hibiscus bears the hallmarks of the EbonyLife brand, with its crowd-pleasing polish and an all-star cast.”
She expressed her gratitude on the morning of her birthday, via her Instagram page. “Waking up to this review of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel is the best birthday present ever! As I celebrate my 53rd birthday today, I am so grateful and I continue to give God all the glory. I cannot but thank him for his grace in my life; for his love, his favour. Today, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has, in one way or another, been there for me, supported me, helped me, advised me, encouraged me, celebrated me. As I always say, ‘If you can think it, you can do it’.”
Here’s wishing the media and business powerhouse a very happy birthday and many more amazing years ahead.
See pictures of Abudu’s birthday lunch and dinner, below.
Mo Abudu and Eunice Omole
Priscilla Nwanah and Guest at Mo Abudu's birthday dinner
Mo Abudu's birthday dinner
Cameron Bailey and Mo Abudu
Cameron Bailey and guest at Mo Abudu's birthday dinner
OC Ukeje and guest at Mo Abudu's birthday dinner
Moses Babatope, Jide Kosoko and Ishaya Bako
Mo Abudu and Zainab Balogun
Mo Abudu and Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju
Mo Abudu and Foli Coker
September 5, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – On Wednesday, August 30th, 2017, Johnnie Walker welcomed some of the cast of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel to a drink reception held at their Ikeja, Lagos office.
The cast in attendance were Zainab Balogun, Deyemi Okanlawon, Rachel Oniga, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju and Toni Tones. They were joined by Maria Zeron (Senior Brand Manager, Johnnie Walker), Adenike Adebola (Marketing Director, Guinness Nigeria PLC- Spirits and Guinness) and (Bodam Taiwo- Reserve Customer Marketing Manager, Diageo Nigeria). Some EbonyLife executives were also in attendance – Michael Williams (Head of Marketing & Media Sales), Eunice Omole (Chief Strategy Officer) and Uzor Onwuchekwa (Executive Director).
The cast spoke about their passion for the movie, their excitement about the upcoming premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and their gratitude to Johnnie Walker for being part of the production. The executives of Diageo expressed similar sentiments and reiterated their commitment to the movie.
Lastly, guests were treated to a signature ‘Royal Hibiscus’ cocktail, created and prepared by Kelvin Oduntan, “Winner Regional World Class Bartender Competition.”
See pictures of the event, here:
L-R: Zainab Balogun, Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju, Kelvin Oduntan, Rachel Oniga, Toni Tones and Deyemi Okanlawon
Uzo Onwuchekwa (Executive Director, EbonyLife), Maria Zenon (Senior Brand Manager, Johnnie Walker), Adenike Adebola (Marketing Director, Guinness Nigeria PLC- Spirits and Guinness), Zainab Balogun and Eunice Omole (Chief Strategy Officer, EbonyLife)
Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju
Toni Tones and Rachel Oniga
Toni Tones and Kelvin Oduntan
Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju, Toni Tones and Zainab Balogun
Teaser of new movie from EbonyLife Films gets an astounding 100,000 views in one day
August 16, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – A 60-second video teaser of The Royal Hibiscus Hotel, a new movie from EbonyLife Films, was revealed on Instagram yesterday. It received over 100,000 views in only 24 hours. Such was the interest that the full trailer of 3 minutes and 40 seconds has now been released.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment:
Ceremony will celebrate notable achievements of unsung Nigerian women
August 8, 2017
Lagos, Nigeria – The annual EbonyLife TV Sisterhood Awards will take place on Tuesday, November 14th, at 6:30pm, at Eko Hotels and Suites. The awards acknowledge significant but mostly unrecognized accomplishments of women in Nigeria, in categories such as business, arts and entertainment. The event will be hosted in partnership with Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), as part of their 16th annual conference.
Successful nominees will be selected by 10 industry experts, influencers and an independent auditor. Nominations for award recipients will be accepted until Saturday, October 1st.
Mo Abudu, founder and CEO of EbonyLife TV, is looking forward to this year’s ceremony. “Recognizing women who have excelled empowers other women to work together and accomplish great things. The Sisterhood Awards is a way of thanking them for their contributions
to society. Any woman who has accomplished important and meaningful things should be nominated,” she said.
Aishah Ahmad, chairperson, WIMBIZ Executive Council, is also excited to be part of another Sisterhood Awards. “At WIMBIZ, our focus continues to be on female empowerment and on encouraging women to thrive in spite of obstacles on their path. With these awards, we honour women who have made a mark in their respective sectors, women who are positive role models for the younger generation – we remind them that their efforts do not go unnoticed,” she said.
Past award recipients include Mosunmola Umoru (Entrepreneur), Chioma ‘Chigul’ Omeruah (Comedian), Aisha Augie-Auta (Photographer), Crystal Chigbu (Philanthropist), Ema Edosio (Film and TV Director), Ifeyinwa Ojekwe (Made in Nigeria Product), Mai Atafo (Man of the Year), Bisola Adeniyi (Fashion Designer) and Chief Nike Okundaye Davies (Lifetime Achievement).
More details about the Sisterhood Awards can be found at http://www.ebonylifetv.com/tsa
Fans are anticipating juicier storylines and wilder antics, with the YouTube release of On the Real, season 2, scheduled for August 4th at 4 p.m. The television premiere was on August 2, 2017, at 8:30 p.m. (WAT). This edgy show is about five young and beautiful Nigerian reality-TV stars (Faridah, Wana, Efosa, Amaka and BJ) who lie, cheat and swear their way to fame and fortune, as their foul-mouthed producer, Lolu, struggles to keep their reality show at number one. .
The series blurs the lines between reality and their on-screen lives and shows what people are capable of doing for fame and fortune. In the second season, viewers will be reintroduced to ‘Auta’, the scheming girlfriend of ‘Efosa’, and will meet ‘Chidinma’, loyal wife of ‘Lolu’, the ill-tempered producer who is cheating on her with ‘Faridah’, the star of his show.
Producer Temidayo Abudu is thrilled with the new season. “On the Real is a unique series which millennial audience will connect to in different ways. With characters constantly getting involved in outrageous and illegal activities, there are no dull moments in the show - it is a must watch every Wednesday,” she said.
In anticipation of the August television premiere, fans are being teased with posters and trailers that show the characters’ worst traits and give a glimpse into what viewers can expect from the dysfunctional relationships in this weekly drama.
On the Real is part of the ‘GenZ’ Wednesday lineup on EbonyLife TV, designed to connect with the young and young at heart.Visit our YouTube channel - EbonyLifeTV
Last Thursday, the much-hyped Fifty television series made its debut on EbonyLife TV, complete with trending chatter on Twitter and live online interaction with the stars of the show.
So, was it worth all the noise?
Coming on the back of a blockbuster movie – the highest-grossing Nollywood drama of all time and the top film of 2015 – expectations were high for this series sequel. I’m happy to say that it did not disappoint. Right from the opening scenes, I was intrigued to know the identity of Lizzie’s new (and very young) husband. The other characters, Tola (Dakore Akande, Maria (Omoni Oboli) and Kate (Keira Hewatch), all played a role in the buildup to this unusual matchup. (more…)
Be prepared for ‘more crazy’ with season two of On the Real – it’s like nothing else on television
Fans are anticipating juicier storylines and wilder antics, with the television premiere of the second season of On the Real, scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2017. This edgy show is about five young and beautiful Nigerian reality-TV stars (Faridah, Wana, Efosa, Amaka and BJ) who lie, cheat and swear their way to fame and fortune, as their foul-mouthed producer, Lolu, struggles to keep their reality show at number one.
The series blurs the lives between reality and their on-screen lives and show what people are capable of doing for fame and fortune. In the second season, viewers will be reintroduced to ‘Auta’, the scheming girlfriend of ‘Efosa’, and will meet ‘Chidinma’, loyal wife of ‘Lolu’, the ill-tempered producer who is cheating on her with ‘Faridah’, the star of his show. (more…)
‘On the Real’ season two reveals controversial characters in exciting new campaign.
A new promotion for the second season of On the Real kicks off today, July 19, and reveals the flawed characters at the heart of this much-talked-about series. With the premiere scheduled for Wednesday, August 2, 2017, fans are anticipating juicier storylines and crazier antics from their favourite reality TV stars.
New posters and video trailers on social media bring out the characters’ worst traits and give a glimpse into what viewers can expect from the dysfunctional relationships in this weekly drama. Viewers will be reintroduced to ‘Auta’, (more…)
All-time top five Nollywood movie spawns weekly series about the complex lives of four women.Lagos, Nigeria ─ On July 27th, 2017, a new drama series, Fifty, will premiere on television. Set in the ever-bustling megacity of Lagos, it follows the lives of four women (Tola, Elizabeth, Maria, Kate) as ambition and betrayal threaten their relationships.
‘Tola’ is a reality TV star whose marriage falls apart, thanks to an unpleasant family secret. ‘Elizabeth’ is an accomplished and celebrated obstetrician whose appetite for younger men causes a strained relationship with her daughter. ‘Maria’ has an affair with a married man that results in an unexpected pregnancy. ‘Kate’ battles with a life-threatening illness which plunges her into religious obsession. (more…)
The unique show is back for a juicier and more exciting second season, with its television premiere scheduled to air on 2nd August, 2017, as part of Gen-Z Wednesdays. The second season will be bigger, better and filled with more tantalizing storylines.
The edgy series follows the lives of five young and beautiful Nigerian reality TV stars who get involved in crime, illicit sex, revenge and blackmail, in their pursuit of fame and fortune, as their ill-tempered producer struggles to keep their reality show at number one.
It incorporates running commentary by all cast members and tells stories of what people are capable of doing for constant fame and fortune. On the Real will draw fans to the complex tales of these young people as they show unpleasant parts of themselves throughout the season.
After weeks of shooting in Dubai, The Wedding Party 2 is now in post-production, with many weeks ahead of editing footage, sound and special effects, before it can be screened at its first film festival.
The cast and crew worked amidst jaw-dropping scenery and spectacular venues. 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.
After long days on the set, both cast and crew were able to unwind at fascinating attractions, such as IMG Worlds of Adventure, The Dubai Mall, and The Qasr Al Sultan, before retiring to sumptuous accommodations at Atlantis The Palm, Palazzo Versace, Armani and Ghaya Grand hotels.
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 highly anticipated television premiere of Fifty (the series) is a few weeks away and is scheduled to air on July 27th, 2017.
Set in the ever-bustling and vibrant megacity of Lagos, the series follows the lives of four women (Tola, Elizabeth, Kate and Maria) who are forced to take mid-life inventories, as ambition and betrayal threaten their relationships.
Tola is a reality TV star whose marriage falls apart thanks to an unpleasant family secret. Elizabeth is an accomplished and celebrated obstetrician whose proclivity for younger men causes a strained relationship with her daughter. Maria’s affair with a married man results in an unexpected pregnancy. Kate battles with a life-threatening illness which plunges her into religious obsession.
The series premiere took place during the just concluded EbonyLife TV & Film Festival and was met with rave reviews. We know fans will have exhilarating, emotional rollercoaster rides guaranteed to leave them eager for more.
On June 30, 2017, EbonyLife TV marked its 4th anniversary with a free TV & Film festival, which featured the series premiere of Fifty, second season debuts of shows like Sons of the Caliphate, On the Real and screenings of its record-breaking movies, Fifty and The Wedding Party.
Celebrating EbonyLife TV's 4th Anniversary
The EbonyLife team having a good time during the celebration
Mo Abudu, Heidi Uys and Eunice Omole
Celebrating EbonyLife TV's 4th Anniversary
Kaline Akinkugbe and Ruby Gyang
At the 2017 EbonyLife TV & Film Festival
Mo Abudu and the VVIP Events team
Mo Abudu, Funmi Victor-Okigbo and Tosin Odunfa
Sola Shobowale, Mo Abudu and Debola Williams
Some members of the team L-R: Heidi Uys, Michael Williams, Eunice Omole, Mo Abudu, Temidayo Abudu and Quinty Pillay
Mo Abudu and Sola Sobowale
Oc Ukeje and Adunni Ade
Mo Abudu and Debola Williams
Pat Faniran, Mo Abudu and Vivienne Chiologi Shittu
The production team of VVIP Events, celebrating and looking forward to covering many more events.
Cyril Laryea, Mo Abudu and Debola Williams
Mo Abudu and Niyi Akinmolayan
Ebuka Obi Uchendu and Enyinna Nwigwe
Wale Ojo and Iretiola Doyle
Zainab Balogun and Lamide Akintobi
Michael Williams and Eunice Omole
Temi and Mo Abudu
Mo Abudu, Uche Jombo and Kene Mkparu
Uche Jombo and Mo Abudu
It was a well-attended event with fans, cast of the screened shows and movies, as well as other celebrities showing up to enjoy the screenings and celebrate the channel’s fourth anniversary.
Special moments of the evening were the premiere of the Fifty series, a ‘lit’ after-party with DJ Neptune and the cake cutting, complete with a colourful confetti shower.
Since 2013, the channel has created over 4,000 hours of quality, original content and the festival was an opportunity to show appreciation to everyone who has been part of the EbonyLife TV story for the last four years. It also provided a platform to remind supporters and partners of the channel’s vision of telling unique and beautiful African stories – made in Nigeria, for the world.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|4pm||Life 101||Campus drama about four childhood friends trying to keep their dreams and relationships on track.|
|4pm||Dere||A young lady encounters a sudden turn of events that will shape her life forever. A gripping fairy tale with an African twist.|
|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.
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…)
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…)
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|
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
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!
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”
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’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!
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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvVznglZgII
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.
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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWO0fAojUgI
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
Any man that can give an answer to this question that would satisfy just 50% of women deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. That man is one step closer to discovering world peace and it’s really as serious as that.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRG2f1HIyTk&list=PLB1Uvqrn0ORGwyndBwdi1vo0MJM0W40ny
Women always wonder why men never seem to know what they want but for men, it’s like playing football while the goalposts keep moving. When we come close to answering the question women all over the world seem to retreat to this secret group chat on WhatsApp and agree to disagree with the brotherhood of men.
There was a time when we thought women just wanted a man who cared for them was affectionate and showered them with gifts, any gift would do, we thought. A Shoe was a shoe just let it be fine. These days there are shoes and then there is Louboutin. Make no mistake about it, they are not the same thing.
Sure there are general rules and principles that women claim men must obey and abide by. At least that’s what they claim. Ask any married man, he will tell you it’s a lie. Your girl can tell you her problems, you take the initiative and attempt to solve it and your girl is mad at you. Truth is she never wanted you to solve it. She just wanted you to listen. That’s what you’ll think till the next time you listen and sit on your ass.
For heaven sakes, if Albert Einstein got divorced and couldn’t E=mc2 his way to answer what a woman would want, can women cut us some slack.
If you don’t believe me you can undertake further studies by catching Men’s Corner at 23:00 CAT on EbonyLife TV DStv Channel 165.
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.
EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black entertainment and lifestyle network, turned 3 on Friday, July 1st, 2016 with an in-house staff party held at the EbonyLife TV HQ in Ilupeju, Lagos. The evening celebrated the dynamic team of people who have helped to create over 3000 hours of premium quality homegrown programming since the 2013 launch.
Some notable faces at the event include Mrs Victoria Akintunde (Mo Abudu’s mother); other special guests - Nkiru Anumudu, Ruth Osime, Pat Faniran, Ndidi Atuegwu, Marian Omatsone, Ebun Adeniyi, Debbie Ogene, Bola Ayeni, Ijeoma Nwogwugwu amongst many. Temidayo Abudu, a producer at EbonyLife TV, organized the intimate affair.
Other guests caught having a good time include producers and presenters, most notably, Toke Makiwa, Zainab Balogun, Tosin Odunfa, Arit Okpo and Bolanle Olukanni. Executive Directors, Lanre Olusola and Uzo Nwochekwa were also spotted.
It was very much an in-house affair as Mo Abudu wanted to celebrate and say thank the entire EbonyLife Family without whom none of this would be possible. According to her, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our viewers, sponsors, advertisers, partners, the EbonyLife TV team and most importantly I give God all glory for the favour. To anyone whom has ever watched, streamed, recorded, shared, tweeted about any of our shows. Please keep watching EbonyLife TV (Channel 165 on DSTV)”.
In 2016, EbonyLife TV expanded its operations to Lagos where all daily and entertainment shows are now produced. Calabar still remains home to EbonyLife TV largely as the drama production hub. Fans of great TV entertainment have reasons to celebrate EbonyLife TV this July. Viewers can enjoy a new bouquet of shows including The Governor, On The Real, Dere, Sons of the Caliphate, FIFTY the Series, Men’s Corner, The Boot and MOMENTZ; these additions are part of EbonyLife TV’s way of thanking viewers for welcoming them into their homes and making them part of their lives.
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May 26, 2016 Following the screening of EbonyLife Films' acclaimed movie "Fifty", a winner has emerged for the grand prize of "Win With Fifty" giveaway, courtesy of Skymit Motors.
Make way for the winner of Mercedes Benz B Class who only had to watch the movie "Fifty" at a participating Nigerian cinema to secure her winning raffle.
We meet the psychotic Mr Angel and his accomplice. Kay takes Eli out to their old school to share something personal with him. Benjamin Abaddon agrees to be interviewed by a notoriously tough TV journalist, but who is in control? Meanwhile Eli and Maya head out to Kay’s birthday party. Ziv uses the opportunity to his advantage.
May 25, 2016 Controversial South African rapper AKA recently openly declared his opposition to the Democratic Alliance political party by tweeting that he has turned down every request of the party to perform at their events.
However, AKA declared his allegiance to the ANC political party, stating that he believes it is the only political party with the credentials and policies to lead South Africa.https://youtu.be/PEN-gJ2f03k
May 25, 2016 The maiden edition of “The Space Legend Series” concert went down at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos on Saturday May 21, bringing to the stage legendary Nigerian musicians such as King Sunny Ade, Sir Ebenezer Obey, Onyeka Onwenu and Orlando Julius.
Other performers include Timi Dakolo, Terry Apala, Gloria Ibru, Dede Mabiaku while the host was veteran actor Patrick Doyle.https://youtu.be/PEN-gJ2f03k
May 25, 2016 South African rapper L-Tido drops the video for his first single of the year 2016 titled "Oh No" featuring South African group WTF.
The track is expected to be in L-Tido's upcoming album scheduled to drop later this year.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF5uXlGs0G8
May 25, 2016 Ghanaian X-Factor UK finalists Reggie ‘N’ Bollie drop the video of their debut single titled "New Girl".The duo finished second at 2015 X-Factor UK and went on to sign a record deal with Syco record label. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8LOlrPUv_U
May 25, 2016 "Destination Africa", a 12-part 30 minute travel series brought to you by EbonyLife TV and WakaNow.com is taking us to Tanzania this week by Saturday May 28 at 8:30 PM CAT with repeats on Sunday 9:30 PM CAT and Tuesday 10PM CAT.
Come experience Tanzania's glorious wildlife, magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro, Swahili delicacies and the mysteries of Zanzibar together with Nigerian musician Wale Davies and his host, Basia Kitundu.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_oUJ7nuDM0
May 24, 2016 After Sony Music Entertainment signed up OBO Davido as the first African artist on the label in January, the music giant has signed up two other African artists - Tanzanian Bongo Flava singer Alikiba and South African soul singer Mobi Dixon.
The Tanzanian star, who is expected to drop his anticipated sophomore album under Sony Music later this year, has already dropped a new Meji Alabi-directed video titled "Aje" under Sony Music.
May 24, 2016 Nollywood star and entrepreneur Doris Simeon spoke with EL Now about the humanitarian side of her that most people don't know.
The Nollywood actor and producer who is also a scriptwriter spoke about her next project in the pipeline – a comedy TV series at pre-production stage.https://youtu.be/gk_XgFU4dZ4?t=1m52s
May 24, 2016 Nollywood stars, Mike Ezuruonye, Bimbo Manuel, Uti Nwachukwu and others star in Charles Uwagbai's new movie titled "Breathless".
The movie, scheduled to hit cinemas on July 1, was shot on location in the upscale Lekki area of Lagos.
May 24, 2016 Celebrated South African House DJ, Black Coffee, drops the video for his new single titled "Come With Me" featuring Mque.
The video, directed by Stacey Lee, brings three emerging New York dance crews together at a Brooklyn Warehouse party.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osQUJTBGCMs
May 23, 2016 Veteran Fuji star Obesere is reportedly being accused of breach of contract by Solid Worth Entertainment boss, Taofeek Bello Abefe who has it that Obesere leaked the video of his collaboration with Olamide titled "Ebelesua" on YouTube, threatening to sue the Fuji Star.
According to online publisher TheNet.ng music marketer and promoter Taofeek Bello Abefe had approached Obesere to record a pop album, whereby the promoter was to release videos from the album on a CD and not online.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS5TPXJY13o
May 23, 2016 With the 2016 Bet Awards set to go down at Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, on June 26, the anticipated nominations list has been unveiled.
Battling for the prestigious Best International Act: Africa category are 8 African heavyweight musicians namely South African rappers AKA and Cassper Nyovest, South African DJ Black Coffee, Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz, Ghana's songstress Mzvee, Nigerian pop stars Wizkid and Yemi Alade, and Cote D'ivoire's Serge Beynaud.
May 23, 2016 EL Now had a chat with Cool FM's presenter and fashion personality Kaylah Oniwo who spoke about the fun of discussing controversial topics on radio with her controversial colleague Freeze.Kaylah also spoke about her interactive project called "Beauty Day Out" where she hangs out and connects with a few of her lucky fans.
May 23, 2016 B.O.B Entertainment's singer and rapper Blackmagic drops his first video for the year 2016 for his single titled "Wonder".
"Wonder" is the lead single of Black Magic's forthcoming album titled "Version 3.0"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKY6joggszk
May 23, 2016 Ghanaian afro-beat and dancehall singer Edem drops the video to his previously released single titled "Kpordawoe".
The track was produced by Shatta Blinq while the video was directed by Abstrakte.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA8wjB7mSzk
May 20, 2016 In a chat with multi-talented comedian Bovi, EL Now gathered that the funny man has an upcoming movie in the works titled "It’s Her Day".
While we await the release of the movie, Bovi is set to hold his annual comedy show "Man on Fire" in the UK as well as in Lagos, Nigeria.
May 20, 2016 Award-winning Nollywood film maker Kunle Afolayan proudly shows off his new mansion located at Magodo, Lagos, which he has named "Ire".
The "October 1" movie producer who is warming up for the release of his latest movie titled "The CEO" says the reason he is showing off his mansion is to inspire hard-working Nigerians to achieve their goals.
(Video courtesy instagram.com/kunleafo/)https://www.instagram.com/p/BFhV-VemoWB/?taken-by=kunleafo
May 20, 2016 Fast-rising afro-pop singer Teehigh clears the air about his relationship with the HKN Gang.The XBuff Entertainment signee shared his experience working with Davido on his latest single titled "Zero Smello”.
May 20, 2016 "Johnny" singer Yemi Alade drops a colourful video for her Masterkraft-produced track featuring highlife star Flavour.
The track "Kom Kom" is off Yemi Alade's recently released sophomore album "Mama Africa".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0M6ie1DWfw
May 20, 2016 This week, EbonyLife TV and WakaNow.com's travel series "Destination Africa" takes us to Zambia come Saturday May 21 at 8:30 PM CAT and then again on Sunday 9:30 PM CAT and Tuesday 10PM CAT.
Join Nigerian media personality Oreka Godis and Zambian TV star Waddy Michael as they explore the 1700 meters wide Victoria Falls, water rafting at the mighty Zambezi River, classic African safari, bungee jumping, premiere dining, live music and so much more.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EinCGOjXrU0
May 19, 2016 YBNL's Urban Highlife singer Adekule Gold, who is warming up for the release of his debut album titled "Gold” in June, may be leaving YBNL to focus on his own record label which will be called "Gold" records, according to online publisher Thenet.ng.
This way, Adekunle Gold would be following in the footsteps of YBNL boss Olamide and Lil Kesh who set out to name their record labels after their debut albums.
May 19, 2016 Self-acclaimed king of South African rap AKA finally declares his love for media personality Bonang Matheba in public via his Twitter page.
Over the weekend, the couple jetted out of South Africa on vacation to Mauritius, where AKA performed at Hunter's Cider Thirst Party in Paradise.
May 19, 2016 EL Now caught up with multitalented RnB star Banky W who disclosed that he is putting finishing touches to his next album titled "Songs About You" and all about his upcoming single featuring Ghanaian dancehall star StoneBwoy and EME's signee Shaydee.
The EME boss also revealed why traditional wears are his favourite.
May 19, 2016 Over to new music videos, "German Juice" singer Cynthia Morgan drops the video to her recently released single titled "Olowo".
The party track gets a Clarence Peters-directed video featuring Nollywood stars Ruth Kadiri, Beverly Osu and Tosin Pedro.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPsuVF29ht4
May 19, 2016 Afro-pop singer Sean Tizzle enlists Blaq Jerzee on a new track and video titled "Like to Party".The Difference Entertainment act is gearing up for the release of his sophomore album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0V2XpIj7Ow
Eli goes missing for several days. When Kay eventually tracks him down, Eli shares his belief that his father was murdered for reasons other than what the police suspect. We meet Benjamin’s mentally ill sister and ruthless girlfriend and discover that the Abaddon family are being investigated for a string of crimes. Eli shows Kay what his father left for him and what he is now able to do.
May 18, 2016 One Nation singer Ayo Jay is the latest addition to America based Sony Music label, RCA Records, joining International stars such as Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Pink, Tailor Swift and others on the record label.
Ayo Jay, who excitedly made the announcement on his Instagram page, started getting international fame with his collaboration with American hip hop star Fetty Wap on the track titled "Your Number".
May 18, 2016 Pop star Davido becomes the first African artiste to be featured on the cover of “African Heat Playlist” of Swedish online music streaming platform, Spotify.
Spotify recently launched its "African Heat Playlist" to cater for African users of Spotify as well as to connect with music and sound from Africa.
May 18, 2016 South African, CashTime Life's act Ma-E is back with the video of his recently released single titled "Lie to Me" featuring self-acclaimed South African king of rap AKA.
"Lie to Me" is off Ma-E's upcoming album titled "Township Counsellor".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG_n0akXvik
May 18, 2016 EbonyLife TV and WakaNow.com's travel series "Destination Africa" takes us to Zambia come Saturday May 21.
Join Nigerian media personality Oreka Godis and Zambian TV star Waddy Michael as they explore the 1700 meters wide Victoria Falls, water rafting at the mighty Zambezi River, classic African safari, bungee jumping, premiere dining, live music and so much more.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EinCGOjXrU0
May 17, 2016 Is Burna Boy about to join the throngs of celeb baby daddies? If there's any truth in Uju Stella's Instagram rants, then Burna Boy might be a father soon, as the mystery lady alleges that she is carrying the dancehall star's baby.
However, Uju Stella alleges that Burna Boy threatened to send assassins after her!
May 17, 2016 kudos to Ghollywood actress Juliet Ibrahim who donated the proceeds of her Celebrity Soccer Match to kidney disease patients at Msuites hotel, Accra, Ghana recently.
The celebrity charity football match took place between Ghanaian and Nigerian celebrities including Caroline Danjuma at the Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra.
May 17, 2016 Esteemed bespoke fashion designer Mai Atafo debuts as a movie producer with his star-studded movie titled "Stay With Me", which bears the same title as his new song featuring Waje and Praiz.
The movie "Stay with Me" stars celebrated actors and media personalities such as Adesua Etomi, Tayo Faniran, Wole Ojo, Sika Osei, Bolanle Olukanni, Emmanuel Ikubese, Linda Osifo and Kelvin Godson.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kd77bs7m3WI
May 17, 2016 Igbo rapper Phyno teams up with his usual partner in crime Olamide Baddo in the video of his latest single titled "Fada Fada".
"Fada Fada" sees Phyno and Olamide giving thanks for the great life they are living after making it out of the ghetto.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F53UQ_2L_I
May 17, 2016 RnB singer Darey unleashes the video of his acclaimed collaboration with celebrated Soweto Gospel Choir titled "Pray for ME".
The video, directed by Mex, features veteran Nollywood couple Olu Jacobs and Joke Silver.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS-Iv2PaV8s
May 16, 2016 G-Worldwide Entertainment's act Kiss Daniel unleashes his anticipated debut album titled "New Era".
The "Woju" singer's 20-track album only features fellow record label mate Sugar Boy, as the record label only permits collaborations with in-house acts.
May 16, 2016 Veteran Nollywood actor Martins Njubuigbo aka Elder Maya is fighting for his life as he suffers from liver failure.
According to Nollywood actor Ernest Obi's Instagram page, Martins Njubuigbo requires a million naira donation for an urgent operation.
May 16, 2016 Walt Disney releases the official trailer of the anticipated biographical drama starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o as well as British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo.
The movie, which tells the story of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi is scheduled for cinema release on September 30.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4l3-_yub5A
May 16, 2016 X3M Music singer Simi releases the video for her latest single titled "Love Don't Care".Here, the award-winning video director Clarence Peters takes his craft up a notch by shooting the entire video with just one take. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YthMTby33d8
May 16, 2016 A couple of weeks after dropping a new single featuring highlife star Flavour, Timaya puts out the video of the track titled "Money".
The Young D-produced track gets its video directed by prolific video director Clarence Peters.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W2FDUQ99BU
May 12, 2016 We start off by congratulating Nollywood actor Kenneth Okonkwo and his wife Ifeoma who welcomed their first child after 9 years of marriage.Ifeaoma was delivered of a baby boy named Kenneth Junior at the University of Maryland, St. Joseph Medical Center, USA on Saturday May 6.
May 12, 2016 Weeks after South African TV personality Boity confirmed the end of her relationship with her superstar rapper boo Cassper Nyovest, Boity reportedly has a new man - her photographer and media influencer Anele Papu, according to Drum Magazine.
Boity who recently bought herself a new home for her 26th birthday reportedly has Anele Papu staying with her.
May 12, 2016 Veteran afro-beat star 2Baba has received an honorary Master of Arts in Music degree at Igbinedion University, Okada, Benin on Tuesday May 10, courtesy of the founder of the university, Esama of Benin Kingdom, Gabriel Igbinedion.
Excited about the honorary degree, 2Baba has it that he thought he was being punked when told he was being honoured with the degree.
May 12, 2016 One half of Psqaure, Paul Okoye aka Rudeboy makes his debut as music video director with the video of RudeBoy record's signee Muno titled "Slow Slow".
"Slow Slow" is Muno's second single since he was signed to Paul Okoye's RudeBoy record label.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfb5cEqmx2A
May 12, 2016 Triple MG star Tekno unleashes the video for his first single of the year tilted "Where".The track was produced by Triple MG producer Selebobo while the video was directed by ace video director Patrick Elis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooFAF18L5wQ
May 11, 2016 It’s no wonder it’s on CNN, National Geographic and Conde Nasts’ list for ‘World’s TOP Beach.’ It’s the jewel in the crown of East Africa’s islands and a heavenly holiday haven. Nestled against lush hills, granite boulders and protected reserves lies Seychelles, an eco-lover’s paradise visited by many celebrities, including Prince William and Kate Middleton. Join Miss Seychelles 2014, Camila Estico and Nigerian TV personality Mimi Onalaja as they guide you through Mahé and La Digue’s beaches, Rum tastings, shopping, nightlife and eco highlights, in beautiful Seychelles.
May 10, 2016 Cross-continent collaboration is in the works as Nigeria's pop star Wizkid hits the studio with South Africa's award-winning group MiCasa together with DJ Maphorisa of Uhuru.
The African superstars put up pictures of their studio session on their Instagram pages with Mi Casa's page stating that it is an honour working with Wizkid.
May 10, 2016 Veteran afro-beat star 2Baba is set to be awarded with an honorary doctorate degree by University of Igbinedion tomorrow Tuesday May 10.
The "African Queen" singer made the announcement via his Instagram page recently, inviting his fans to come celebrate with him.
May 10, 2016 On entertainers getting national recognition, comic Nollywood actor Ime Bishop Umoh aka Okon Lagos announces his appointment as Akwa Ibom state Governor's Special Assistant on Ethical and Social Reorientation.
With this appointment, Okon Lagos joins Ini Edo who is Special Adviser on tourism in the state.
May 10, 2016 Award-winning South African rapper Cassper Nyovest drops a new video dedicated to the victims of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.
Directed by Kyle Levwis, the video features footages from the recent "Fees Must Fall" protest against high tuition fees in South Africa.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nj5TcxW_lQ
May 10, 2016 Five Star Music act HarrySong warms up to the release of his sophomore album titled "Spontaneous" as he drops the video to his latest track "Baba for the Girls" featuring fellow label mate Kcee."Baba for the Girls" was produced by Dr. Amir. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6yEcriu0kA
May 09, 2016 Former YBNL act Lil Kesh drops the video of his collaboration with 2015 Rookie of the year Ycee, titled "Cause Trouble".
The Mex-directed video is the first video of Lil Kesh since he kicked off his own record label called Yagi.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGWJD5Strxc
May 09, 2016 On a lighter note, Nollywood actor Ayodele Badmus, who went off the radar for a while, has revealed plans to make his debut as a movie producer, during a chat with EL Now.
The "Dazzling Mirage" actor also revealed veteran film maker Tunde Kelani as his source of motivation.
May 09, 2016 Over to DRC – the late Congolese legendary singer Papa Wemba has been laid to rest on Wednesday May 4.
The late king of Congolese rumba slumped on stage to his death while performing during a concert in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on April 24.
May 09, 2016 StarBoy boss Wizkid who won the prestigious Best African Artiste award at the 17th edition of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in Ghana on Sunday announced Starboy's signing of Ghanaian stars R2bees, Efya and Mr. Eazi onto StarBoy record label.
While making the announcement on stage, Wizkid mentioned the Ghanaian acts and himself as members of the record label, leaving out his first signee L.A.X even though L.A.X recently stated that he is still signed onto StarBoy in a recent interview with EL Now.
May 04, 2016 The premiere of Michael Asuelime's anticipated movie "Entreat" went down at the SilverBird Gallaria, Victoria Island on Friday April 29. Showing up for the event were cast members of the movie and their well-wishers such as Zainab Balogun, Lamide Akitobi, Bolanle Olukanni, Wale Ojo, Sadiq Daba, Bryan Okwara, Funlola Aofiyiebi-Raimi, Kehinde Bankole, Eku edewor, Adunni Ade, Shaffy Bollo, Isaac Geralds, IK Osakioduwa and several others.
May 04, 2016 It looks like South African rapper AKA and his supposed girlfriend Bonang Matheba recently had a big argument, if AKA’s Instagram post is anything to go by.
But Queen B seems to know how best to coax her man as AKA says his girl got him a pair of sneakers waiting for him by the time he got home.
May 04, 2016 On the heels of launching his anticipated new album titled "After the Storm", Ghanaian dancehall star Shatta Wale drops the video to his hit single "Kakai".The video was directed by Xbills Ebenezer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdrtyt5SxaM
May 04, 2016 "Destinations Africa" a brand new travel series is set to premiere exclusively on EbonyLife TV on Saturday May 7.
In conjunction with Wakanow.com, "Destinations Africa" takes you on an adventurous journey that embraces the very best of Africa's getaways, natural wonders, undiscovered gems and delicious delicacies.
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.
EbonyLife TV has teamed up with WakaNow to produce an upmarket travel show, designed for the African traveller, highlighting Africa’s top tourist destinations. In its first season, the show will include twelve episodes and twelve destinations covering all angles of Africa and some of its neighbouring islands which are territorially African.
The show serves as a travel show for Africa, by Africa, embracing the very best of our beautiful continent. Countries featured include Kenya, Mauritius, Zambia, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal.
Destinations Africa the 30 minute, 12 part series premiers on EbonyLife TV DStv channel 165 on Saturday, 7 May at 20:30 Central African Time. Each episode explores the country’s top-end attractions, must-sees, rich history and takes you on a journey of romance, shopping, adventure, beach holidays, cuisine and safari, not forgetting the undiscovered natural wonders. The travellers explore magical moments as they go sugar tasting in Mauritius, embark on the heart-racing adventures of the River Zambesi in Zambia, tackle one of the longest zip-liners in Africa which is situated in Ghana, and we finally put the never-ending war to bed of “who makes the best jollof rice?” and so much more.
Speaking on traveling, the EbonyLife TV CEO said, “Africa is extremely rich in history and culture and Destinations Africa shows Africa in its glory and at its best. We hope that the show will encourage Africans to discover and explore their countries as well as stir up a sense of patriotism. We also hope that it’ll inspire Africans in the diaspora to visit home, at the very least.”
So, what makes the show unique? There is no presenter. Instead each episode features a Nigerian traveller who tells the story! We get to watch a genuine, authentic travel experience through the eyes of a Wakanow customer. It makes it real, it makes it truly Nigerian.
Arit Okpo, one of the Nigerian travellers in Destinations Africa had this to say about travelling, “Travelling opens your eyes to a world much bigger than yourself. When you explore other cultures, you find out that the things that make us similar are much more than the things that make us different.”
Why opt for Africa as opposed to the rest of the world?
"Africa is insanely beautiful and largely untapped; each country has totally different offerings, so why not go on a journey of discovery with guaranteed awesome results?!"-Omowunmi Onalaja, traveller.
Still not convinced? “Sampling the rich tapestry of cultures on the content of Africa is something that should be on everyone’s bucket list.”-Oreka Godis, traveller.
Travel in Africa has never been easier. WakaNow have developed DestinationAfrica.com which is a one stop travel shop and booking portal where you can find specialised packages and competitive deals where travellers can even pay for their trips in instalments and even obtain an international sim card absolutely free.
LAGOS, NIGERIA Apr 27, 2016 EbonyLife Films announces ‘The Wedding Party’. The romantic comedy is directed by award-winning filmmaker and New York Film School alumni, Kemi Adetiba. ‘The Wedding Party’ will be in cinemas nationwide in December 2016.
Set in Lagos, Nigeria, The Wedding Party is a riveting tale of the complexity of love. It is the story of Dunni Coker, a 24 year old art gallery owner and only daughter of her parents about to marry the love of her life, IT entrepreneur Dozie. The couple took a vow of chastity and is looking forward to a ground-breaking first night together as a married couple.
The date has been set and the bride’s parents, who have recently enjoyed a surge in their fortunes, are going all out to make this the wedding of the century. Dunni’s about to be mother-in-law, Obianuju is having second thoughts about allowing her son marry into a family she considers as beneath them.
Between matchmaking attempts on the bridal train, a wedding planner on a mission to succeed, the unruly behaviour of some ‘village’ guests and the groom’s ex-girlfriends looking to make their mark, it is clear the Wedding Party will be the talk of the town.
Will it all be too much to bear for the bride or will true love stand even the most chaotic of wedding celebrations? This romantic comedy is set to tickle, challenge and resonate with moviegoers nationwide.
Written by playwright, Tosin Otudeko, ‘The Wedding Party’ is a collaboration by some of Africa’s leading film powerhouses - EbonyLife Films, FilmOne Distribution, Inkblot Productions and Koga Studios, respectively.
‘The Wedding Party’ is the second offering from EbonyLife Films after last year’s FIFTY. FIFTY was the undisputed cinema experience of 2015 as the biggest premiere in the history of the Nigerian Movie Industry and the top grossing Nigerian film of 2015.
Apr 26, 2016 Congratulations to celebrated singer and guitarist GT Da Guitarman who tied the knot with his fiancée, Annie, in a traditional wedding in Anambra state on Saturday.
GT who once said he didn't have luck with love and relationships proposed to Annie in January and then held a marriage introduction two months later in Ebonyi.
The night before his wedding, the former Storm Records' signee dropped a new track titled "Dobale", which he dedicated to Annie.
Happy married life guys!
Apr 26, 2016 Ace music producer K. Solo is a father, as he welcomes his first child with his wife, Matop, a few days ago.
Following rumour that K. Solo already had a child with his ex-wife, the music producer set the record straight, saying he is not the father of the child his ex-wife had.
Celebrating the coming of his son, K.Solo took to Instagram with a post that says "Overwhelmed by God's wonder. Help welcome my little better me. #Omobaksolo”
Apr 26, 2016 Afro-pop duo Bracket, made up of Vast and Smash, take over the streets with energetic dancers in the video of the latest track titled "Shoe Size".
The Avalon Okpe-directed video follows the adventure of a lover boy who pursues a pretty lady that caught his eyes.
The dance tune was produced by Triple MG's singer and music producer Tekno Miles.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKCZNkxxsH8
Apr 26, 2016 Watch out for brand new episodes of EL Now coming your way from Monday May 2 here on EbonyLife TV, as EL Now moves to the entertainment capital of West Africa - Lagos.
The all new EL Now comes with a sleek brand new set and a spanking new co-host all making EL Now bigger, better and more fun.
Watch out for more celebrities and more fun segments coming up from next week Monday.
Mark the date.
Apr 25, 2016 Legendary Congolese singer Papa Wemba has died after slumping on stage while performing in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Saturday April 23.
Footage of the 66 year old king of Congolese rumba shows him fall to the ground while his dancers continued to dance for a while before noticing he is down.
Papa Wemba did not make it to the hospital before giving up the ghost.
May his soul rest in peace.
Apr 25, 2016 Nollywood star Clarion Chukwura has revealed that she is married again.
The 51-year old veteran actress and mother of award-winning video director Clarence Peters shared the news via her Facebook page by putting up pictures of her quiet wedding ceremony as she tied the knot with her fiancé Anthony Boyd in the United States in March.
This is Clarion Chukwura's third marriage.
Apr 25, 2016 "Right Now" singer Seyi Shay drops the video of her collabo with Olamide titled "Pack and Go".
The video, directed by Meji Alabi for J Films, has Seyi Shay showing us her streets side.
The track, off her debut album "Seyi or Shay" was produced by ace music producer Pheelz.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNhUkpjkpaE
Apr 25, 2016 South Africa meets Tanzania as Mafikizolo teams up with Diamond Platnumz and DJ Maphorisa in the video of Mafikizolo's latest single titled "Colours of Africa".
The track is a celebration of Africa's diversity, as Mafikizolo sings in Zulu and Sotho while Diamond Platnumz sings in Swahili.
The video was styled by various African designers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctTlvrcooBA
Apr 18, 2016 Billionaire wife Dabota Lawson, who filed for divorce from her billionaire hubby Sunny Aku earlier this year, seems to have kissed and made up with him as the former Miss beauty queen put up a lovey-dovey birthday message for Sunny Aku on her Instagram page as he turns a year older.
Dabota Lawson who once deleted all of their pictures from her Instagram page now put up a number of them as she celebrates Sunny Aku on his birthday.
The beauty entrepreneur had previously accused her hubby of being technically married to another woman while he got married to her in 2014.
Apr 18, 2016 Over now to the recent Linda Ikeji and Wizkid beef, the celebrity blogger has dragged the pop star to Lagos state Police Commissioner for threatening to have her beaten up.
This is following Wizkid's social media response to Linda Ikeji when she reported that Wizkid has been served quit notice from his Lekki home after failing to pay up his rent.
Linda Ikeji says she dragged Wizkid to the police because she wants young men to know it is wrong to threaten to raise their hands on women and also to encourage other women to report to the authorities when threatened by men.
According to TheNet.ng Wizkid has been issued an invitation letter summoning him to report to the police.
Apr 18, 2016 South African, celebrated rapper HHP announced via his facebook page that he was off to the rehab for 10 days to clear his system of antidepressants.
This comes shortly after HHP declared that he has been depressed and had attempted suicide three times last year, during an interview with media personality Gareth Cliff.
HHP has it that he the rehab therapy is to prepare him for his forthcoming "Life For Zoe" concert slated for May 7 to raise funds for little Zoey Kubheka who has been diagnosed with dyskinetic cerebral palsy.
Apr 18, 2016 Ghana's top rapper Sarkodie drops a new track and video titled "Take it Back".
Here, Sarkodie raps about the top dogs of the hip hop world.
The track was produced by Magnom Beatz and MikeMillzOnEm while the video was directed by Alexx Adjei.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxKox9MgDDE
Apr 18, 2016 YBNL's Adekunle Gold's latest single "Ready" now has a video featuring Lola OJ who plays the role of Adekunle Gold's romantic interest.
The track was produced by Pheelz while the video was directed by Adasa Cookey for Squareball Media.
Adeknule's debut album is expected to drop in a few months.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLJPnV0dg2k
Apr 14, 2016 The second edition of MC Abbey's comedy show "I Laff with MC Abbey" attracted the crème de la crème of the entertainment industry at the prestigious Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos on Sunday April 10.
Hosting the red carpet was Denrelen Edun and Ariyike.
Cracking up the crowd with hilarious performances were comedians such as Seyi Law, MC Abbey himself, Lepacious Bose, Basket Mouth among others.
And serenading the crowd was Korede Bello, Humble Smith, Nikki Laoye, and many more.
Other celebs at the event include, IK Osakioduwa, EmmaOhMyGod, OJB Jezreel, Funny Bone, AY Makun, Gordons, MC Shakara, Ali Baba, Sammie Okposo, Patrick Doyle, Timi Dakolo, and several others.
Apr 14, 2016 HKN boss OBO Davido is busy constructing a new home in an undisclosed location in Lagos in a bid to get away from his Lekki home which continuously gets hounded by various people, including those waiting to beg him for money, upcoming artistes and well-wishers.
Via his social media accounts, the pop star shared images of the new property under construction.
The property, which Davido calls “OBO Palace”, would be his third home, as he has a holiday home in Atlanta in addition to his current Lekki home.
Apr 14, 2016 Veteran Nigerian hip hop star Sound Sultan goes inspirational in a lighthearted hip hop track and video titled "Kuku No Worry".
Here, veteran multi-talented Sound Sultan claims he knows the music industry in and out and would put anyone through.
The track is off his upcoming album titled "Out of the Box".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wjSGxrku4s
Apr 14, 2016 And 9ice keeps waxing stronger as he releases an entertaining video for his new single titled "Aunty".
The track and video has 9ice lamenting about his romantic interest who has been giving him a tough time.
The video was directed by HG2Films.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmAQALtwPKs
Apr 14, 2016 Exactly two years ago today, 276 school girls were kidnapped from Government Secondary School Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria by notorious terrorist group Boko Haram.
Turning out to be the most talked about news in 2014, the incident brought about the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign.
Today, we remember the heartless act that left several parents in agony as well as numerous Boko Haram victims, as we continue to call for ways to Bring Back Our Girls.
The Chibok girls' abduction had attracted sympathy of various celebs and personalities all over the world, including the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Apr 12, 2016 History is about to be made as French-Nigerian indie-pop singer Asa is set to hold her first ever concert in Nigeria at "Asa Live in Lagos Concert" come Sunday May 1 at Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotels, Victoria Island.
The "Eyo" singer will be performing hit tracks from three of her albums including her latest album "Bed of Stone".
Asa recently headlined the Etisalat Prize for Literature Grand Finale in Lagos, stealing the show with a bunch of sensational performances.
Apr 12, 2016 Over to Ghana, Ghanaian rapper and hiplife sensation Kwaw Kese is off the market as he ties the knot with his longtime girlfriend Ghollywood actress Doris Kyei Baffour at East Legon Accra Ghana on Saturday.
The couple had their traditional wedding in Kumasi on Thursday April 7.
This is Kwaw Kese's second marriage, after his first marriage his American wife crashed in 2012.
Photos courtesy ameyawdebrah.com
Apr 12, 2016 HKN Music boss Davido unveils his new signee Mayorkun as he drops the video to his debut single "Eleko" under HKN Music and Davido Music Worldwide.
Mayorkun who is the first artist signed under Davido Music Worldwide was discovered by Davido when Mayorkun posted a 10 second video of him singing the chorus of Davido's track "The Money" where he features Olamide on social media.
The video of "Eleko" was directed by Director Q while the track was produced by PuffyTee and mixed by Suka Sounds.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQTE2vWk7RE
Apr 12, 2016 Make way for the Kenyan-Nigerian collaboration of Papa Dennis and Korede Bello in Papa Dennis' latest track and video titled "Wonder".
The video, directed by Mr. Moe Musa tells grass to grace story of a boy, which is based on true life events.
The track is off Papa Dennis' debut album of the same title "Wonder".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoX7A1m-VyQ
Apr 11, 2016 EL Reports is very excited by all the wonderful things happening on the African literary scene in recent years.
From adaptation of African books into blockbuster films to the global recognition of African literary egg heads, the world is indeed getting familiar with African Literature.
In recent weeks, there has been quite a buzz about two really great events on the scene.
One is the UK launch of Cassava Republic Press, one of Africa’s leading publishing houses.
The other, as you might have guessed is the Etisalat prize for literature awards; the biggest and most prestigious literary award on the African continent.
If you missed the event, this is the perfect event for a flashback Monday. The award ceremony was…
CEO of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, gave us a little background into the establishment of the annual award.
“We are here to celebrate a tremendous wealth of literary talent, not just in Nigeria, but in Africa as a whole…it was launched originally in 2013”
Then the prizes! Nigerian writer Modupe Kuti, smiled home with a cash prize of 1000 pounds after winning the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature in the Flash Fiction Category.
And the winning novel for this edition of the awards was originally written in French by DR Congo born poet and novelist, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Tram 83 revolves around the life of an idealistic writer sucked into the dystopian world of his gangster friend, who reigns supreme in the debauched nightlife of a secessionist City.
Tram 83 was later translated into English by Roland Glasser and published by Deep Vellum.
It is the first novel by a DR Congo writer to be translated into English in over two decades.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila had previously received several awards including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophone in Beirut as well as the Best Text for Theater in 2010.
The award comes with a very impressive £15,000 cash prize, an engraved Montblanc Meisterstück and an iphone 6S.
Apr 11, 2016 Judges at the International Criminal Court recently threw out charges of post-election violence against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto.
In a complex ruling, the judges declared that there was no case for Ruto and his co-accused, Joshua Sang, to answer.
Speaking at a news briefing in Nairobi, Kenya's post-election victims' lawyer Wilfred Nderitu said that the court’s ruling came as a disappointment to his clients. However, the absence of an acquittal in the Ruto and Sang cases means the ICC is free to bring fresh charges in future.
"It's a decision that we must respect. Of course there is no doubt that it will come as a disappointment to the victims but it is my hope if not anything else to ensure that the highest authority at the court has dealt with it. It is my hope that there will be an appeal by the prosecutor."
Some residents of the capital expressed their happiness at acquittal. Stephen Gitau said:
"We don't want anything else, we should be given a holiday tomorrow, the whole of tomorrow we should celebrate, we should not go work. The president should announce today that tomorrow is a holiday and can even continue for the whole week, because we are very happy, even my heart is busting with joy. We are very happy."
Apr 11, 2016 U.S. first lady Michelle Obama recently hosted her last annual garden planting event at the White House.
Students from nearby schools came over to help with the planting, which is her last season before her husband leaves office early next year.
The event brought back some of the children who originally helped the first lady create the garden seven years ago.
The students, now in high school, assisted the other children as they planted several garden beds with various vegetables.
"But I want to take this time to thank all the kids here and all the kids around the country who have been a part of this garden. This is my baby. And hopefully, this will not be the last planting. Hopefully, there will be other administrations who come in, and they take up this project and continue to make this a part of the White House tradition."
Among the guests at the White House was NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, who planted a bed of Chinese cabbage which will be taken to the International Space Station.
Apr 11, 2016 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently moved to defend Russia's efforts in ending hostilities in the Middle East.
“…in the case of President Putin, he says that he is prepared to be part of the solution with respect to Syria. Now, everybody doubted whether Russia would play any constructive role whatsoever with respect to the cessation of hostilities…"
Ahead of a new round of negotiations in Geneva, Kerry reiterated his belief that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would ultimately need to step down in order for peace to be achieved.
"The war will not come to a complete ending, closure, if Assad against the wishes of the opposition, unless there's some agreement that I'm not aware of that gets reached with the opposition somewhere in time, you can't end the war, because the opposition will not fight -- end fighting because of what he is deemed to have done to their people, to the people of his country. And the opposition is a determined opposition that has survived even the Russian bombing and even the toughest onslaught of Assad for five years. They're not going to suddenly disappear."
Apr 11, 2016 Former NBA player Yao Ming, who was recently selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson, said he is considering setting up a Hall of Fame for China's sports.
As an A-list sporting icon, Yao Ming opened up China to the NBA in his nine seasons with the Houston Rockets. He finished his career as an eight-time All Star and averaged 19 points and 9.2 rebounds in 486 games after being picked No. 1 in the 2002 NBA draft.
"Firstly, I'm very grateful for such a high honour awarded by the committee of the U.S. Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame," Yao told reporters in Beijing. "I didn't expect that, I dared not expect too much. I was also very shocked but I still want to express my deep appreciation. As for a deeper (meaning of the award), actually I have always hoped that someday China can establish its own sports Hall of Fame."
He went on to comment on other athletes like Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson, saying:
"Basketball is great because of them. The value of basketball comes from the players and teams who are the real heroes on the basketball court. People may have forgotten that Kobe (Bryant) will just have a couple of games (before his retirement), he will definitely be a member of Hall of Fame in four years,"
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.
Apr 8, 2016 On Google Hot trends this week, we bring you the top entertainment news stories trending on Google Nigeria for the week.Hot on this week’s list is April Fool as Nigerians took to Google probably in search of pranks to play on their folks to mark the Fool's Day.
Apr 8, 2016 Trending on Google this week was Wizkid and Linda Ikeji whose beef sizzled when Linda Ikeji broke the news that Wizkid has been served eviction notice from the Lekki home Wizkid had claimed to be his.
In Response, Wizkid attacked Linda Ikeji via Instagram saying he Googled Linda at 25 and found nothing, shading her for allegedly being dumped by his director, only for Linda to deny this.
Apr 8, 2016 Hot on Google this week is YBNL's Urban Highlife singer Adekunle Gold who dropped a new single titled "Ready" as he warms up to the release of his anticipated debut album titled "Gold".
The track, "Ready" is expected to be the last single Adekunle would be dropping before the release of the album sometime between May and June.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co21IZDWADk
Apr 8, 2016 Moving on, former Kennis Music's singer Jaywon has dropped his 3rd studio album titled "Oba Orin", which means "King of Music" in Yoruba.
The 21-tracked album features heavyweights such as Tiwa Savage, Reekado Banks, Oritse Femi, Reminisce, Obesere, Olamide, Phyno, May D and more.
Producer credits go to celebrated music producers such as Young John, Black Jersey, Weird One and others.
Apr 8, 2016 Nollywood actress and movie producer Omoni Oboli premieres her latest movie titled "Wives on Strike" at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas in Lagos on Sunday April 4.
Supporting Omoni Oboli at the premiere were stars such as Uche Jombo, Kehinde Bankole, Bovie, Julius Agwu, Alexx Ekubo, O.C. Ukeje, Monalisa Chinda, Annie Idibia, Mimi Onolaja and several others.
"Wives on Strike" which hits Nigerian cinemas today Friday April 8 is about wives who go on strike against their husbands in attempts to twist their arms into standing up for a young helpless girl.
The movie was produced by Omoni Oboli and her husband Nnamdi Oboli.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gy4rzd3fPU
Apr 8, 2016 Sprisal Entertainment's afro-pop singer Orezi drops the video for "Double Your Hustle" off his celebrated debut album "The Gehn Gehn Album".
In the video, directed by Paul Gambit, Orezi flashes back on his hustling days before becoming a star.
Making cameo appearances in the video are stars such as HarrySong, Kcee, SolidStar and Uti.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76eDQvasMWw
Apr 8, 2016 The seaside city of Cape Town recently played host to the 17th edition of the famous International Cape Town Jazz Festival, which attracted over 37,000 revelers from all over the world.
The five-stage festival, which is also the fourth largest in the world, featured celebrated local artists as well as international musicians.
Highlight appearances included American bassist Victor Wooten, Malian duo Amadou and Miriam and Cuban pianist Roberto Solo Foncesca, as well as several popular South African acts like Mafikizolo and the legendary Abigail Kubeka.
With a mix of artists from different regions and decades, accompanied with more ticket sales than ever before, the 2016 edition lived up to its title of “Africa's Grandest Gathering”.
One of the fans, Matt Ramphele, said:
"The jazz festival is amazing, all kinds of amazing acts, Christian Tiger School, who else?, Angie Stone, Felix Laband, your boy, Mick Jenkins, that's the man. The jazz festival is amazing, I love it every year and I love it this year,"
Another fan, Dumisa Msweli, said;
"I think it's one of the biggest jazz festivals that's happening in South Africa you know? You can go all over, you won't find something like this, and it’s the best,"
The Cape Town Jazz Festival has been applauded by many in South Africa for boosting Cape Town's reputation as a city for arts and culture. According to organizers, the festival is expected to contribute more than 522 million Rands to the economy of Cape Town and the Western Cape.
Apr 8, 2016 Thinking about a vacation in Africa? Then we’ve got great news for you.
Ebonylife TV, in partnership with Africa’s leading online travel concierge, Wakanow are getting set to premiere a unique travel show called “Destinations Africa” in May 2016.
Each episode of the show will feature a Nigerian personality teaming up with a local host and together they will explore the country’s top-end attractions, authentic treasures, culinary delights and some unexpected gems.
From visiting the world’s biggest Basilica in Cote d’Ivoire to walking with cheetahs in Zambia and sugar tastings in Mauritius, the show promises to re-define the African tourism experience.
Apr 8, 2016 In light of a massive document leak from a Panamanian law firm showing several financial misdeeds via the offshore company structures, New Zealand's Prime Minister recently moved to defend the country's tax system.
Opposition Labor Party Leader Andrew Little had accused Prime Minister Key of letting people use the country due to its low tax jurisdiction.
Responding to this, Prime Minister Key said:
"New Zealand is not a tax haven. Tax havens don't have the disclosure regimes that New Zealand have," Key answered, later adding that "we're signatories to 40 double tax agreements and 11 tax information sharing agreements. It's not like we're trying to operate in some black hole."
According to John Nash, international revenue strategy manager for New Zealand’s Inland Revenue, the tax agency is working closely with its tax treaty partners to obtain full details of any New Zealand tax residents who may have been involved in any financial crime.
Apr 8, 2016 International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde recently called for stronger action in boosting global economic growth. She also warned that without decisive action, downside risks were increasing.
Speaking at Frankfurt's Goethe University, Lagarde prescribed several ways to circumnavigate the situation.
"We are actually growing and that is good news indeed. The not so good news is that that recovery is too weak, too fragile and its durability is at risk. Now of course we have made progress since the great financial crisis. But because that growth has been too slow, too fragile a lot of people are just not feeling it."
She went on to point out China’s effective business model.
"China, as I said, is shifting its business model and as a result, is having good growth. You know, 6.5 (percent growth) is nothing to be ashamed but it's significantly lower than what they had experienced and what their suppliers and the supply chain had experienced. Russia and Brazil are experiencing significant downturns, more so than what we had expected. And that is also true for the Middle East which is the prime region which is suffering from the low oil prices. There are also quite a few African countries that are suffering as much as the Middle East countries and that are less talked about. India by contrast, in that category, remains a bright spot with strong growth and rising real income."
Apr 8, 2016 Olympic authorities in Rio de Janeiro recently reiterated that sporting venues will be delivered on scheduled for the 2016 Olympics, despite an on-going investigation into supposed irregularities at some of the venues.
Speaking to this effect, Roberto Ainbinder, director of the Municipal Olympic Company said:
"The issue is being looked at by the legal sectors of both the city and the company. I don't know how to answer here now. But, the fact is that the service has already been done. There will not be any standstill that can impact the schedule of the project because the Deodoro projects, the vast majority of them anyway, are done,"
State lender, Caixa Economica Federal, also confirmed that it had suspended payments to a consortium building Deodoro, where 11 sports including rugby sevens and BMX Biking will be held.
"We made it essential to have an equestrian test event at Deodoro which was a great success. And there were things that were not completed for the test event because they were not necessary for the test event. For the Olympics, what is needed is the construction of the Handlers' Village, which are three residential buildings. There is no mystery here. It is underway and will be done in May. The Veterinary Clinic, which is also a very small, very simple building also wasn't ready. It wasn't needed for the test event. It is being completed now. So everything is on schedule,"
Apr 8, 2016 Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley recently arrived in Las Vegas ahead of their third fight at the MGM Grand Garden.
Bradley defeated Pacquiao when they first met in 2012. However, Pacquiao gained revenge in their 2014 re-match, scoring a unanimous win to regain the WBO welterweight title.
Speaking about the match, Pacquiao said:
"It will be a good fight because I believe that Bradley he has a new coach and he brings more action in the ring with his new style. I believe on Saturday the fans will be happy,"
Elsewhere, Bradley said:
“This is the happiest I've ever trained. Honestly, I feel like I haven't trained for this fight, honestly, that's how fresh I feel. I did the right amount of work this time, I didn't over train, I'm ready to go no excuses. Saturday night should be a great night for us,"
Apr 7, 2016 We start off with the star-studded OnoBello.com Cover Editorial Release party aimed at creating awareness on the new direction of the digital magazine section of Onobello.com
The event which happened at the rooftop of Maison Fahrenheit in Victoria Island, Lagos last week Wednesday March 30 was graced by top celebrities including EbonyLife TV's CEO Mo Abudu, soul singer Waje, Lynxxx, Lanre DaSliva Ajayi, Vimbai Mutinhiri, Bolanle Olukanni, Kemi Lala Akindoju, Faith History, Stephanie Koker, Tosin Odunfa, Michelle Dede, Charles Aigbe, Ono Bello, and several others.
The event was supported by UBA, Maison Fahrenheit, Moet & Chandon, Belvedere, Insignia Media and online retailer Swank which presented designer handbags and leather goods.
Apr 7, 2016 In the music world, Afro-soul singer Aramide drops the much-anticipated video for her track "Love Me" featuring YBNL singer Adekunle Gold.
The track gets a romantic video shot by Stanz Visuals where Adekunle Gold plays the role of Aramide's love interest.
The track was produced by Tintin.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhZRs_3xdTw
Apr 7, 2016 11 year old Nigeria's Got Talent Winner Amarachi unleashes a new track and video titled "Te Quiero".
The video has salsa dancers dancing to the salsa song.
The track was produced by Kelly Lyon while the video was shot and directed by ace video director Clarence Peters.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KivPeht4ubo
Apr 7, 2016 EbonyLife TV in partnership with Nigeria's leading online travel company Wakanow.com brings you "Destination Africa", a brand new show that highlights Africa's top tourist destinations.
Each episode of “Destination Africa" explores an African country's top-end attraction, rich history, authentic treasures, culinary delights and unexpected gems.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dETDHRclTy0
Look out for the world's biggest Basilica in Cote d'Ivoire, walks with cheetahs in Zambia, sugar tastings in Mauritius, Nigeria's party scenes and cruises of River Gambia.
"Destination Africa" is set to premiere exclusively on EbonyLife TV on Saturday May 7 by 8:30PM Central African Time.
Apr 7, 2016 "I laff with MC Abbey" season 2, a family comedy and music show is set to go down at Muson Centre, Lagos on Sunday April 10.
The star-studded show features RMD, IK, Basket Mouth, Tee A, Lepacious Bose, Ali Baba, Gordons, Buchi, Kenny Blaq, Igos, Dan D Humorous, Shey Law, Emma Oh My god, SLK, Forever, Uwa Idahosa, Humblesmith, Mike Abdul, Korede Bello, Samsong, Henrisoul, HarrySong, Nikki Laoye, Eben, Koker and Majek Fashek.
Hosted by Denrele and Ariyike, cocktail and red carpet kicks off by 4PM while the main show stars by 5PM.
Apr 7, 2016 Google recently opened a new technology center in west Havana with the aim of providing Cubans with free and high speed Internet connection.
Located at the studio of Alexis 'K'cho' Leyva, the center is stocked with 20 Chrome books along with 100 Google Cardboard virtual reality visors and two cameras capable of transmitting video from a YouTube channel.
The center also has a capacity to contain 40 persons and is open 5 days a week.
Commenting on the initiative, Dayron Manresa said he hopes the service will be spread throughout the country.
"I wish this experience weren't just here but throughout the country so that it's not just two or three people enjoying it but that someday, we can wake up and have it as a common occurrence that it would be normal to connect, search and find out about things as it is in other country."
Although there are public Wi-Fi areas in the country, however none of them comes with the latest technology and speed offered at Google's center.
Another Cuban citizen Yailin Fuentes said internet accessibility was particularly important for children and young people.
"Well, I think this is very good for all the young people. You can see all the enthusiasm here. And it's good for children too because, in this way, they increase their knowledge. It's the best thing that has happened and we need it to continue increasing."
Cuban artist and co-creator of the center, Kcho said:
"It has been complicated because they (Google) have lots of traps. This country has been able to develop despite these traps. They (Google) thought the traps didn't exist and the traps are real. They're traps because, well, in the rest of the world, you pick up a telephone, you get on a computer, and there are dozens of supports, of applications, of things with which Google moves the world but here in Cuba they can't be used; it's impossible because of the blockade (embargo). For them to be here, many of these things had to be unblocked so they would be viable to use in this space. It's the first step."
Apr 7, 2016 Nigeria's National Bureau of Statistics recently revealed that the country’s informal sector accounts for 48 percent of the country’s economy.
In a bid to offset a slump in oil revenues, President Muhammadu Buhari wants to squeeze the sector to boost tax revenues by 33 percent this year.
However the government faces a big challenge as most entrepreneurs have poor accounting practices.
Speaking on this, Jaiyeola Laoye, CEO of Nigerian Economic Summit Group, said:
"The common agreement among all economists is that explore the tax base, not the amount you charge but the base so that at least you bring more people to the tax net so that it can generate more revenue for the nation,"
According to Nigeria's National Bureau of Statistics, there are over 37 million informal sector businesses in Nigeria, which employs 60 million people.
"The bulk 85 percent of employers of labours are in this MSMEs so they are the ones growing in number. Now and unfortunately, most of them are not captured in our database. In fact, if you want to go and register a corporate name you know how long it takes? The processes are long, the cost is unreasonable, if you want to do permits, there are too many bottlenecks, 13 different processes you go through,"
Yemi Kale, chief executive at the statistics bureau, explained the tax calculation formula saying:
"So the way we calculate it is that we conduct household based surveys, so we go to a house, we select households strategically, we go to their houses we get an idea of the businesses - the small businesses they run and we get an idea of the resources that they use in conducting those businesses it is from that there that we get this information to estimate the size of the informal sector, which we include in our GDP projections,"
Apr 7, 2016 New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key recently threw his support behind his predecessor, Helen Clark, following her decision to run for United Nation secretary-general.
New Zealand had earlier submitted a letter to the president of the 193-member General Assembly formally nominating Clark as a candidate to succeed Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general.
United Nations secretary general’s job has always been held by a man, since the body's inception 70 years ago, and there is a strong push for a woman to be elected.
Speaking to reporters in Wellington, Key said:
"There are major global challenges facing the world today and the United Nations needs a proven leader who can be pragmatic and effective. Having served as the prime minister of New Zealand for nine years and holding one of the top jobs in the United Nations for the past seven years, Helen has the right mix of skills and experience for the job. Coming from New Zealand, Helen is well placed to bridge divisions and indeed to get results. She has a vast amount of experience in international affairs, she is a great listener and a tremendous communicator,"
Prime minister Key went on to endorse leadership experience saying:
"If you think about the role of the secretary-general of the United Nations, it is the most important diplomatic role in the world. This is the body that shows leadership on behalf of the globe, and I think if you look at Helen Clark, it isn't just the time that she spent in New Zealand as prime minister where she was very dedicated to foreign policy or her time actually at the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), it's actually her entire life has been dedicated to foreign policy. That's been her area of great passion and interest. She is immensely knowledgeable and incredibly talented and I think there'll be a lot of people on, you know who ultimately will have to make a call, who will look at her and say this is a person that has great intellect and a deep understanding of the issues,"
Ban Ki-moon, a former South Korean foreign minister, will step down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms.
Apr 7, 2016 Chelsea Football club recently officially named Antonio Conte as the team’s manager on a three-year contract.
Conte, who is currently the head coach of Italy, will take over from interim manager Guus Hiddink after the Euro 2016 tournament in France.
The Chelsea website quoted the Italian as saying:
“I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League. Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.”
Chelsea has been led by Hiddink since December, when Jose Mourinho was dismissed.
Under the Dutchman, the Blues have not lost a Premier League match, but remain 10th with 44 points from 31 matches.
Apr 7, 2016 France recently carried out a security drill at a fanzone area in the city of Bordeaux to ensure that security and emergency rescue forces are prepared in the event of an attack during the upcoming Euro2016 championship.
The exercise was attended by the country’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Health Minister Marisol Touraine.
Bordeaux will host five matches at the tournament, four in the group stages and a quarter-final.
Lagos Nigeria, March 06, 2016 EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, and Pulse, Nigeria’s online news source, announce a partnership that will include content sharing and joint promotion of each network.
The far-reaching partnership will include PulseTV shows like Pulse VoxPop and Pulse Strivia running on EbonyLife TV in their various markets. EbonyLife TV shows will run online on Pulse’s Web site, YouTube channel and social media. The partnership also includes advertising and promotion of each company on each other’s channels.
Regarding the partnership, Head of Pulse Rich Tanksley said, “We are really excited to have Pulse content on EbonyLife TV’s satellite TV network. Now Nigerians and viewers across Africa can have access to engaging Pulse content from somewhere else besides their mobile phones and computer browsers.”
Mo Abudu, CEO of EbonyLife TV said, “People actively consume media from a broad spectrum of devices and partnering with Pulse will create a convergence model that will enable the African youth unlimited access to stories about Africa, told from an African perspective.” Part of the reason for the collaboration, according to Sandra Amadio, HOD Entertainment and Program Marketing for EbonyLife TV, is that “It will propel the continuation of inspiring a connected Afropolitan Consciousness.”
You should start seeing the content on both platforms within a few weeks.
Apr 4, 2016 News is going round that StarBoy boss Wizkid has been given an eviction notice from the Lekki house that he revealed as his own in 2013, after celebrated blogger Linda Ikeji broke the news of the quit notice on her blog on Saturday.
According to Linda Ikeji, Wizkid has been given until April 11 to vacate the premises of the 4 bedroom duplex, as Wizkid hadn't paid his rent after it expired in January.
Multiple reports have it that Wizkid's people have gradually started moving Wizkid's belongings out of the house.
And in response to Linda Ikeji's report, Wizkid attacked Linda via Instagram, calling her ugly, threatening to get her beaten up by his 16 year old cousin and he says his director slept with Linda and dumped her.
Linda Ikeji however denies having met Wizkid's director, claiming she has been celibate.
Apr 4, 2016 Nigerian female rapper Eva, who recently announced that she was quitting as a music artiste, has come around to say she is not quitting music after all.
In a letter she posted to her fans on her Instagram page, Eva says what she meant to say was that she was ending the chapter where she played the role of just being a music artiste and now she begins a new more fulfilling chapter as an all-encompassing creative artist.
She went ahead to say she will soon be releasing a book, a collection of short stories, along with her much-anticipated debut album "1960".
She's sure getting our attention with the Instagram letters after all.
Apr 4, 2016 And now for new jams, we start with that of Ice Prince Zamani who drops a new track and video titled "Seasons" under his Cool Cats record label.
The video, directed by rising director Shay UA, has Ice Prince performing in a café.
In the illKeyz-produced track, Ice Prince reveals a new and more mature side of him.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Xjwvp0cP0
Apr 4, 2016 Highlife singer Flavour Nabania drops a colourful video for his track titled "Dance" off his latest album "Thankful".
The Clarence Peters-directed video has Flavour in the company hot dancers giving beautiful choreographed dance moves.
Clearly the video seems to be inspired by that of Justin Bieber's "Sorry" with its colourful dancers.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHLGcbwVylY
Apr 4, 2016 "I laff with MC Abbey" season 2, a family comedy and music show is set to go down at Muson Centre, Lagos on Sunday April 10.
The star-studded show features RMD, IK, Basket Mouth, Tee A, Lepacious Bose, Ali Baba, Gordons, Buchi, Kenny Blaq, Igos, Dan D Humorous, Shey Law, Emma Oh My god, SLK, Forever, Uwa Idahosa, Humblesmith, Mike Abdul, Korede Bello, Samsong, Henrisoul, HarrySong, Nikki Laoye, Eben, Koker and Majek Fashek.
Hosted by Denrele and Ariyike, cocktail and red carpet kicks off by 4PM while the main show stars by 5PM.
Apr 4, 2016 The Media and Arts Faculty at Misrata University recently opened its doors to media professionals, artists and musicians in a week-long event aimed at showcasing its students' talents and accomplishments.
Established in 2014, the faculty caters to students looking to build a career in radio, television, photography, journalism, music and fine arts.
The open day event featured an art exhibition by the students, which attracted a lot of praises from professional artists.
Ruwaida al Sharkasi, a local artist, who supported the organization of a student exhibition, said:
"The faculty of Art and Media has provided the opportunity for students to pursue their passions and also gave an opportunity for those that are talented to showcase their talents, culturally, artistically. In Libya especially we need to change our outlook on arts and culture. We need to work to support these young students and their talents,"
Professors at the faculty said they were pleasantly surprised by the level of talent displayed by the students.
Speaking to this effect, Anwar al Teir, an arts professor said:
"A lot of the art work was praised by artists that visited the exhibition. One businessman who owns a hotel has even said that he would use some of the art work to decorate his hotel. That's a beautiful thing. Others have also approached us to ask if they could buy some of the paintings. Some paintings are going for 1000 Libyan dinars ($725 USD), and 1500 dinars ($1090 USD),"
For the students, the department has provided them an opportunity to pursue their chosen careers, despite the five years of conflict that has engulfed the country since the Arab Spring.
Aya Muftah Azouza, a first year student said:
"It was always a dream of mine since I was a child to become a journalist. When I graduated I heard about the opening of the arts and media college in Misrata, I worked hard and applied and registered,"
Apr 4, 2016 South African bodybuilding champion Tumi Masite is using exercise and bodybuilding to keep township youth busy and away from drugs and crime.
Reminiscing on his encounter with Arnold Schwarzenegger's former trainer Reg Park, Masite said:
"I was found by the late Reg Park, the former personal trainer of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was the guy that actually took me to Mornigside Virgin Active to actually teach me about excercising and he also taught me about nutrition and he also taught me about personal training,"
Masite, who owns Ikasi Gym, said he wants to pass on his knowledge and introduce poor South Africans to a healthier lifestyle.
"Lots of black people... they lack education about a healthy lifestyle, they lack education about nutrition. People believe that supplements are steroids,"
Ikasi Gym is currently helping around 50 people recovering from strokes as well as young South Africans, who have previously had run-ins with the law or drug problems.
"It's hard for me to sponsor them, you know and I am trying my best. Sometimes I use money from my child's pocket and have to help the guys because you can see they love the sport and if I'm not their last-man-standing in the township to help these guys, nobody will help them,"
Commenting on the initiative, the gym’s boxing trainer, Richard Khunou said they were seeking government support.
"I'm asking government to come put hands on this gym, see like we're doing good things for the community, maybe helping with another space, maybe lend - to build another gym, maybe equipment and you know and also give us more maybe workshops, knowledge about how to educate people about health in general,"
Apr 4, 2016 Solar energy company SunPower recently made public its plan to invest in Mexico’s energy sector.
With Mexico transiting to cheaper natural gas, the reform promises to add new sources of private generation with the development of a new wholesale electricity market.
Speaking during an interview, the chief executive of SunPower Corp, Tom Werner, said that the industrial power rates in Mexico will need to rise by as much as 20 percent to achieve significant future growth in solar electricity generation.
"You're going to see the commercial and industrial sector move pretty quickly already, but if you saw up to the numbers you gave, up to 20%, that would make a huge difference,"
As of 2014, Mexico's solar power capacity stood at just 64 MW according to the International Energy Agency.
However, with Mexico completing its first long-term clean energy power auction, seven companies including SunPower have won rights to build 1,720 megawatts of new capacity.
"We also expect our research and development investment to increase and bringing in suppliers because the scale has increased to the point where it makes sense for suppliers to co-locate and as a co-locate costs come down and then perhaps we become an export hub. First things first, grow, bring in some suppliers and then perhaps an export hub."
Apr 4, 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said that he is ready to work with whoever becomes the next U.S. president.
Trudeau made the comments at a breakfast forum with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
"You know I think there's a lot of people wondering how the U.S. got to the particular point they're at, you know, this particular week…I have tremendous confidence in what Abraham Lincoln referred to as the 'better angels of our nature'. And we're going to continue to understand that part this relations Canada and the United States goes far beyond any two personalities or individuals and the ties that bind our countries together and allow us to engage so for me to believe with the world together are our strong and continue to get stronger,"
Answering the question as to whether he would renegotiate the NAFTA agreement, Trudeau said:
"We always have to be apprised and ready for discussions around around after and around any trade deal. But NAFTA to has worked extremely well for our economies and as we all know as soon as you crack open a deal for one little thing you know the whole thing start to unravel. And we all know how important it is to be looking forward, and not try to turn back the clock to golden olden days that were never as golden as we thought,"
Apr 4, 2016 Sunderland’s defender Emmanuel Eboue was recently banned for one year by FIFA, following his failure to pay his former agent Sebastien Boisseau.
The former Arsenal and Galatasaray player was fined 30,000 Swiss francs in September 2014 for failing to comply with the decision and given four months to settle the debt.
However, FIFA said the ban on the Ivorian would be lifted if he paid the outstanding amount to the agent.
Apr 4, 2016 Philippine boxer, Manny Pacquiao, recently talked about retirement ahead of his fight with rival Tim Bradley.
Pacquiao, who is making a bid for a seat in the Philippines Senate in May, joined his trainer Freddie Roach for a workout in front of the media at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles.
Speaking during the session, the politician cum boxer hinted that his long and illustrious career will end after his upcoming fight.
"I'm not tired with boxing, But I made the decision to retire after this fight and focus on serving the people. If win in the senate it will be a big, big responsibility and hard work."
Commenting on his upcoming bout with five-time world champion Bradley, Pacquiao said:
"Im expecting a more aggressive Bradley because of his new trainer Teddy Atlas," explained Pacquiao, on Bradley's new style under Atlas, who formerly trained Mike Tyson. "We saw that in his last fight and I believe we can create more action in the ring compared to the last fight that we had."
Apr 2, 2016 Is Africa worth travelling…? We certainly think so! 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 on EbonyLife TV DStv channel 165 on Saturday, 7 May at 20:30 Central African Time.https://youtu.be/dETDHRclTy0
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. Whether it’s visiting the world’s biggest Basilica in Cote d’Ivoire, walking with cheetahs in Zambia, sugar tastings in Mauritius, Nigeria’s party scene or cruising The River Gambia - the show has something special for everyone. 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.”
The featured destinations include: Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius, Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, Ghana, The Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria.
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.
Apr 1, 2016 Mavin Records' Next Rated award winner Reekado Banks has been trending on Google after his Twitter followers caused a stir by trying to rate him against Wikzid while comparing their similarities.
Reekado Banks was quick to shut his fans up by asking them not to disrespect Wizkid whom he considers his mentor and one of Nigeria's greatest musicians.
Apr 1, 2016 20-year old American RnB singer Kehlani has been trending on Google after she attempted suicide.
The Atlantic Records' signee tried to kill herself in vain after she was accused of cheating on her boyfriend NBA star Kyrie Irving with her ex-boyfriend RnB singer PartyNextDoor.
Apr 1, 2016 Celebrated Beat FM presenters Toolz and Olisa Adibua showed up at the launch party of Beat FM London which took place at Love and Liquor Lounge at North West London on Monday.
Also present was Beat FM CEO Chris Ubosi, British-Nigerian music group Shiikane, and other celebs.
The Beat FM London, which takes over the management of Bang Radio in North London aims to project African music, Nigerian music, British music and Caribbean music.
Apr 1, 2016 Over to Nollywood, Desmond Elliot stars alongside Uche Jombo, Lydia Forson and others in the new movie titled "Reflections".
Directed by Desmond Elliot, "Reflections" tells the story of a woman who is accused of murdering her husband while she claims to be innocent, setting out in a bid to find the true killers of her husband.
The movie, shot three years ago in Sierra Leone recently premiered in Lagos.
Apr 1, 2016 Ghanaian rapper D-Black teams up with Nigeria's Sean Tizzle in new video titled "Say Yes".The track, off D-Black's upcoming album titled "Lightwork" was produced by DJ Breezy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-964d6U0kI
Apr 1, 2016 A mobile application in Egypt is currently offering a private valet service in a bid to resolve traffic congestion and parking issues in Cairo.
The application, which is labeled “Rakna”, is currently in its experimental phase, with 10 users and four valet drivers. However it is expected to launch within six months.
Operating in a similar way to the Uber online taxi service, smartphone users can submit a request for valet parking for their vehicle through the Rakna app.
Commenting on the service, Ahmed Zaki, co-founder of Rakna app said:
"The idea in the beginning was that people would exchange parking spots. If someone was leaving a spot they would exchange with someone who wanted the spot. Slowly the idea evolved until it reached a valet-on-demand service or when you are going to a place you use the application to meet someone in the place you are going. If you're going to the bank or going to work you will find our valet at the place you are going. The valet will take the car to a garage that we are contracted with,"
Valets are required to check the vehicle for any bumps and dents before presenting a security code for the user's assurance.
Maged Mokhles said:
"The client calls us at any place where we are located. We then go to any place they pinpoint. We go collect the car and check the exterior and interior of the car for any bumps or dents. We also check for any belongings in the car. After that there is a secret number that I have to give to the client so that they are assured, even though our names and information are in the application."
Traffic congestion has been a major issue in Cairo and parking is becoming increasingly difficult. So, users are increasingly turning to mobile applications for traffic updates and parking spots.
Apr 1, 2016 French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault recently called for the urgent set-up of a Libya unity government, in a bid to stabilize the country and to push back terrorist groups.
Libya is currently split between rival factions, one of which is controlling the capital Tripoli in the west and the other operates out of the east of the country.
Speaking at a news conference in Algeria, Ayrault said:
"Starting from there, we will be able to build a relationship with Libya and construct a solution that will help this country to reconcile but also rebuild itself and control this danger looming over it and looming over the powers in the region. And they are numerous, the countries in the region, meaning the progression of Daesh (Islamic State). This is our state of mind and also there is an urgency for this government to be set up,"
Islamic State militants have exploited Libya's security vacuum to expand its operation.
Ayrault went on to say that the only solution to the current challenge is a unity government.
"There is no other solution but a political one. We must learn our lesson from 2011, let us be honest. And so we should not do it again. Initiatives that do not bring any sustainable solutions and that on the contrary, create a state of chaos and disorder, which is detrimental to the Libyan people firstly, the main victims, but also that allows the expansion of terrorist groups like Daesh and threaten all the countries in the region,"
Apr 1, 2016 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently moved to defended loosening the limits of Japan's pacifist constitution on its military.
Speaking at a news conference, Abe said the law is expedient given the harsh global security conditions.
"The security situation surrounding our nation is getting harsher and harsher. I think many people may also have felt that even this year. Right now, around the world, no nation can protect itself alone. So this security law helps create a stronger deterrent and prevents wars before they happen,"
According to surveys, the populace is still divided over the security legislations, which will allow Japanese troops to fight overseas for the first time since the Second World War.
Critics have however said the change violates the pacifist constitution and increases the risk of involvement in foreign wars.
Abe also moved to defend the US-Japan Alliance said:
"Whoever becomes the next president of the United States, the US-Japan Alliance is (still) key to our foreign policy, and I believe we will cooperate closely with the United States to ensure the peace and security of the Asia Pacific region and the world,"
Apr 1, 2016 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos recently demanded a deadline for the complete disarmament of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, as the government and rebels work to end the country's protracted armed conflict.
Both parties had earlier failed to meet a self-imposed deadline to reach a comprehensive pact.
Speaking to this regards, President Santos said he wants to set an intermediary deadline, to wrap up the disarmament process.
"The government demands a set, precise and clear date to end the disarmament process. Under no circumstances can that date remain open,"
He then went on to insist that the rebels must give up their weapons in order to begin the transition into a political party.
Apr 1, 2016 French President Francois Hollande recently said that hosting the Euro 2016 soccer championship is a perfect response to for last year’s Islamist attacks on Paris.
President Hollande made the remarks after a visit to the French National Sports Institute to promote sports with young people.
"It is a great event because it is a sports challenge, but we wanted to make it into a cultural, social, economic and in a certain manner a political challenge, in the best sense of the word. That is to say a challenge of gathering, of unity, respect, tolerance and also find in the context that we live in, a form of answer to hate, division, fear and horror,"
Hollande, who was also at the Stade de France on the night of the Paris attacks, went on to say that cancelling the event was out of the question.
"And this Euro 2016, not only was there never the question of postponing it, of cancelling it, what would have been said about France? What would have been said about Europe? In the face of a threat, that exists, that we cannot put aside, deny, hide, we know what happened in Paris, in Saint-Denis, we were there Mr. President (Noel Le Graet, President of the French Football Federation) and many of those who are here gathered were there as well, at the Stade de France. We deny nothing of what happened in Brussels, but the Euro 2016 must precisely be one way to respond,"
Apr 1, 2016 Australian marathon runner, Pat Farmer, recently entered the last leg of his 4,500 kilometer “Spirit of India Run”.
Farmer, who is a former Minister for sports and youth in Australia, started his 60-day run to raise awareness and funds for the education of Indian girls.
"From the 26th of January I have been running approximately 80 kilometers per day, every single day. By the time my journey is finished here, a little bit later in this morning, I will have concluded approximately 4,500 kilometers,"
During the course of his run, Farmer passed through Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and New Delhi, where he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mar 31, 2016 We congratulate ace Nigerian blogger and entrepreneur Noble Igwe who is officially off the market as he ties the knot with his fiancée Chioma Otisi in a traditional wedding at Chioma's hometown, Abriba on Monday March 28.
The wedding was graced by the couple's celeb friends such as Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, M.I, Olamide Adedeji, Obiwon, Ifan and others.
Noble Igwe and Chioma Otisi are expected to have their white wedding in Lagos soon.
The 360Nobs founder proposed to Chioma December last year.
Happy married life guys!
Mar 31, 2016 Ace Nigerian comedian AY Makun held the 10th edition of his famous comedy show AY Live at Eko Hotel & Suites on Easter Sunday March 27.
The star-studded show, tagged “The Happy Ever Laughter” was attended by heavyweights such as 2 Baba and Annie Idibia, Sound Sultan, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Ramsey Nouah, Tiwa Savage and several others.
Performing at the event were AY Makun, Princess, Akpororo, Seyi Law, Kate Henshaw, Ajebo, John Agoha, Chigul, Falz, Majek Fashek, Raskimono, Helen Paul, Elunu, Godwin Strings, Styl Plus, Danfo Drivers, Cynthia Morgan, Humblesmith, Davido, Phyno and many more.
The show was hosted by Freeze.
Mar 31, 2016 Hip hop star AKA wants us to know that he is indeed dating media personality Bonang Matheba as he posts a picture of them together on his Instagram page with the caption "Kevin Hart show. Date night" even though Bonang has her back to the camera in the picture.AKA apparently had Bonang as his date to Kevin Hart's show which went down in Durban on Easter Monday as part of the American comedian’s "What Now?" South African tour. After AKA's baby mama DJ Zinhle broke up with AKA last year, allegedly for cheating on her with Bonang, AKA and Bonang have been keeping their fans wondering if these allegations were true or false.
Mar 31, 2016 "Bend Down Pause" singer Runtown drops the video of his collabo with StarBoy boss Wizkid titled "Lagos to Kampala".
The MaleekBerry produced track gets a video directed by acclaimed video director Sesan, shot in Los Angeles.
The track is off Runtown's 2015 debut album "Ghetto University".https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLYotsLtw78
Mar 31, 2016 As Next World singer Jaywon warms up to the release of his third studio album called "Oba Orin" which means king of music, he drops the video to his collabo with 9ice titled "Jolly Muke", off of the album.The video was directed by Unlimited L.A. The album "Oba Orin" is scheduled to drop in April. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J3u3dDu5Xk
Mar 30, 2016 Mavin Records' darling Reekado Banks is set to drop his debut album titled "Oluwa Ni".
The 18 track album features local and international artistes and includes Reekado Bank's hit singles such as Kataput, Sugar Baby, Corner, Tomorrow, Oluwa Ni and others.
However, the Headies Next Rated Award winner is yet to reveal a release date for the album.
Mar 30, 2016 Veteran Nollywood actor Richard Mode Damijo is certainly back to stay as he joins Yvonne Okoro, Joseph Benjamin and others in a new movie titled "Boxing Day".
The movie, directed by "30 Days in Atlanta" director Robert Peters is about a man whose desperate quest for fortune and success cost him his family.
"Boxing Day" was produced by Gift Joseph, Winstina Taylor and Tangi Miller.
Mar 30, 2016 Reekado Banks teams up with Ghanaian rapper and dancehall artist Edem on the video of Edem’s 2015 hit single titled "Nyedzilo", which means "My Heart".The video, which also features fast-rising Ghanaian female rapper Feli Nuna, tries to scare us with some Michael Jackson's "Thriller" zombies. The track was produced by Ghanaian producer Magnom while the video was shot by Phamous Films.
Mar 30, 2016 So, Nollywood actress and singer Tonto Dikeh aka Pokolee recently revealed in an interview with Golden Icons that she has parted ways with D'Banj's record label DB Records, where she used to be the first lady.
The new mom explains that even though she loves D'Banj so much, referring to him as a brother, they just couldn’t work it out businesswise.
Tonto Dikeh says she plans to pursue her music career independently through her new record label called Poko Entertainment.
Tonto Dikeh, who married Oladunni Churchill aka MR. X last year has it that former President Olusegun Obasanjo is her hubby's father.
Mar 30, 2016 Over now to Empire Mate Entertainment's boss Banky W who has hinted that he will be going on a break from music so that he can work towards getting married and raising a family.
Giving this hint during a recent interview with Channel's TV, Banky W who turned 35 years old on Sunday March 27 has it that the lifestyle of an artiste is tough for working on a relationship.
Banky W who is scheduled to drop a solo album, a joint album with Iyanya and a rap mixtape with DJ Xclusive all in 2016 just might be taking his break afterwards.
Mar 31, 2016 Engineers from Uganda's Kiira Motors recently unveiled Africa's first solar powered bus.
The automobile, which has been dubbed “Kayoola”, runs on two batteries that are charged using solar panels fitted on the vehicle’s roof.
On a full charge, the bus can travel a distance of up to 80 kilometers. Built by over sixty staff consisting of 12 major engineers, the vehicle manufacturer said they intend to start mass production in 2018.
Paul Isaac Musasizi, CEO of Kiira Motors highlighted some of the unique features of the vehicle saying:
"The Kayoola bus is the first electric and let alone first solar bus to be built in Africa. What makes this bus pretty different from the ordinary busses we have on the roads today is that it is an electric bus, it is a battery electric vehicle meaning that we use energy stored in batteries as charge which is converted into mechanical energy by a motor which is multiplied by a transmission to give us the propulsion we need at the differential unit. This particular bus has an architecture, a power train architecture which provides for a primary and secondary energy storage,"
With solar energy holding so much potential, the International Energy Agency has pointed that the sun could be the world's largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear.
According to Musasizi, the Kayoola produces no fumes, since it runs on clean energy and will create employment for thousands of Ugandans once operations start.
"Clean technology for propulsion is one of the top advantages of what comes with this vehicle as opposed to that but also in terms of running the bus, to charge this bus fully, you are going to consume 75 kilowatt hours and 75 kilowatt hours are about 750 shillings if you do the math there we are in the neighbourhood of just over 50,000 shillings to give you 80 kilometres and a range extension of twelve in a day. So when you try to compare that with your seeing that operating-wise this bus will be more energy efficient,"
Mar 31, 2016 The chairman of South Sudan's Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, Festus Mogae recently expressed concern over how long it is taking to establish a transitional government in the country.
After months of ineffective negotiations and failed ceasefires, the warring sides in South Sudan agreed in January 2016 to share positions in a transitional government. However there hasn’t been much done to that effect since.
Commenting on this, Mogae said:
"Very soon I will be reporting to the U.N. Security Council on progress in implementation of the agreement. I remain concerned at the ongoing delays and the ceasefire violations that continue and the deteriorating economic situation. Let us be reminded that formation of the new government will not in itself be a panacea. The term of the transitional government which should have begun months ago is rapidly elapsing. Therefore, once more, I urged the parties to be dedicated in every respect to the task of forming the new government and consider what will be the plan of action for the first months in office,"
A political row between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar sparked civil war in late 2013. Both parties then jointly signed a UN-brokered peace deal in August 2015.
"Let me be frank and tell you that the patience of international community as is my own has been tested. While I remain optimistic as must be all of us, now is the time to prove that the commitments that have been repeatedly made by the parties are genuine and sincere,"
Mar 31, 2016 Chinese President Xi Jinping recently arrived in Prague for a state visit to promote business ties and build a strategic relationship with the Czech Republic.
Being the first official visit by a Chinese head of state to the Czech Republic, the visit was widely received as a milestone in the history of Chinese-Czech relations.
During the visit, President Xi ushered in a new phase of bilateral ties that will offer mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields.
Currently, the Czech Republic is the second largest trading partner of China in the Central and Eastern European region, while China has been their largest trading partner outside the European Union for several years in a row.
Xi was accompanied by several high-ranking officials including Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, and State Councilor Yang Jiechias as well as a number of Chinese entrepreneurs and businessmen.
Mar 31, 2016 Military chiefs of staff from Muslim nations recently participated in the Counter-Terrorism Islamic Force alliance in Saudi Arabia.
The inaugural meeting, which was aimed at coordinating efforts of the Islamic coalition, was announced in December by Saudi Defense Minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The alliance includes Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Turkey, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Djibouti, Senegal, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Gabon, Guinea, Palestine, Comoros, Qatar, Cote d'Ivoire, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mali, Malaysia, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Yemen.
The coalition's formation was welcomed by the United States, which had previously urged a greater regional involvement in the campaign against the Islamic State militants, who control swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.
Mar 31, 2016 Carlos Mario of Brazil and Poland's Karolina Winkowska recently won the first round of the 2016 world championships held in El Gouna, Egypt.
Mario won the event with high jumps in the calm conditions to beat Netherlands competitor Youri Zoon into second place and Alex Pastor of Spain into third place.
In the women's event, last year's champion Karolina Winkowska of Poland emerged winner with Brazil's Bruna Kajyia coming second and Annabel van Westerop taking the third place on the podium.
The meeting, which lasted for seven days at the Red Sea resort, saw days with little or no wind. But the 2015 champions stood on the top step of their respective podiums when the meeting ended.
Mar 31, 2016 French Prime Minister Manuel Valls recently reiterated that the Fanzones will be under tight security for the Euro 2016 tournament.
According to him, Fanzones, which are public areas for thousands of soccer supporters to watch games on big screens, will be subjected to the same security checks as stadiums.
Speaking during a television interview, he said:
"We're expecting 7,000-8,000 people during the Euro, and that's only in the fanzones. These fanzones, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and I discussed it with all the mayors and notably the president of the cities organising the Euro, Alain Juppe, to make sure that safety is ensured, with the same number of forces, the same methods as we have in the stadiums. This means, secured areas that are closed, with pat-downs, bag checks, and at the same time the celebration can continue,"
In Paris, the fanzone will be situated on the Champs de Mars, below the Eiffel Tower and Valls said he hoped the tournament will encourage tourism, which has dropped since the attacks on the French capital.
"I hope that the tourists who have not returned (to Paris) since Nov. 13 will come back for this occasion, to celebrate, to share a moment, to watch matches on the big screen,"
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.
Mar 30, 2016 Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace recently met with the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko during an official visit to Japan.
The Zimbabwean first family travelled to Japan on the invitation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a bid to strengthen diplomatic ties between both countries.
After a brief meeting at the Imperial palace, Mugabe and Grace were treated to a luncheon by Emperor Akihito and his wife.
Later on, Mugabe sat down with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for high-level talks and dinner.
Mar 30, 2016 Stepping away from its traditional oil-based economy, Gabon is seeking to industrialize its wood industry with the creation of West Africa's largest economic zone.
Launched in 2011, the Nkok Special Economic Zone spans an area of 1,126 hectares and has brought in over 192 million USD and employs over 7000 people, according to government figures.
However, environmentalists have warned that there isn’t enough action from the government to protect trees and grow the industry in a sustainable way.
Despite the introduction of reforms such as export bans on unprocessed timber, Gabon authorities are still struggling to curb illegal logging, which often ends up as furniture.
Speaking at the launch of a wood processing factory, Gabon's president Ali Ben Bongo reiterated the government's commitment to regulate the wood sector, as well as the ban on the export of rare trees such as the Kevazingo, the Moabi and Douka.
"In order for industrialisation to play a big role in diversifying our economy, certain measures have been taken, especially in the wood industry. We have set up a national timber fund, which will play a role in ensuring that there is is fluidity and a good relationship between customers and suppliers, as well as other players in the industry. The fund will also ensure all wood for exports are certified with Gabonese timber label,"
Marc Ona Essangui, an environmental activist shared his opinion on the government’s revived interest in the sector saying:
"The industrialisation of the wood sector has in my opinion increased the illegal exploitation of wood. For example, today even though a law regarding forestry is being reviewed, we continue to see the exploitation of rare wood such as Kevazingo. We are currently experiencing levels of illegal logging that we have never seen before,"
As with many other oil countries, a sharp drop in the price of oil has forced the government to implement deep spending cuts.
However, Régis Immongault, the country’s minister of economy insisted that improving other sectors like the wood, manufacturing and tourism will help the country overcome its economic challenges.
"We are currently facing economic challenges, just like many oil exporting countries. We are struggling with a slump in oil prices, but this is where we need to be creative. This is where we need to come up with solutions, as we try to move towards industrialization, we want to put in place policies that will enable Gabon to diversify its economy,"
Mar 30, 2016 Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu recently held talks with Jordan's King Abdullah during his two-day official visit to the country.
Prior to the visit, Davutoglu had met with his Jordanian counterpart, Abdullah Ensour to discuss ways to deal with the influx of migrants and the stability of Syria, which is important to both countries.
Turkey recently reached a deal with the European Union to stop the migrant flow to Europe in return for political and financial concessions.
Mar 30, 2016 Members of Ireland's armed forces recently marched through Dublin to commemorate 100 years since the 1916 Easter Rising that ended centuries of British rule.
Tens of thousands lined streets as they watched the parade snake past strategic buildings seized by the poorly trained insurgents in their audacious attack on the British administration in the middle of World War I.
Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, oversaw the ceremony, during which he said:
"In this centenary year we honour the memory of those who died in 1916 with the respect and the dignity that is their due. And we cherish, 100 years later, the principles and the ideals contained in our proclamation for which they fought,"
Irish President Michael Higgins laid a wreath at the foot of Dublin's General Post Office, which had served as a center for the rebellion's leadership. This was followed by a moment of silence by the officials and onlookers.
Mar 30, 2016 Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently hinted at a move to the Premier League.
Speaking after a training session at the Friends Arena, the 34-year-old spoke candidly about his future.
"The league that is most talked-about is the Premier League, no doubt about it. That there is an interest? Yes, there is an interest... I can confirm that. We'll have to where it leads. When the moment comes, when all the cards are on the table, that's when I have to go through what I want, and then we'll see who wants it more."
Earlier in the season, the Swede had been linked to a move to Major League Soccer. But his blistering form has opened up other possibilities, including the possibility of playing for Sweden at the Rio Olympics in August as an over-age player.
So far this season, he has netted 35 goals in 40 games for PSG. He also helped Sweden secure their spot at Euro 2016 when he scored three out of four goals in a 4-2 aggregate win Denmark.
Mar 30, 2016 Jason Day recently continued his astonishing streak with an emphatic victory at the WGC-Dell Match Play in Texas.
The Australian dusted South African Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 in the afternoon final at Austin Country Club to clinch his sixth victory in his past 13 tournaments.
Day, who sank a 12-foot par putt at the final hole to beat defending champion Rory McIlroy one-up in a morning semi-final, was already assured of regaining his world number one ranking from American Jordan Spieth.
Day's victory, his ninth on the PGA Tour, was his second in three years. He also made it four wins in five weeks for Australian players on the PGA Tour, after Adam Scott won twice in Florida at the Honda Classic and WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Day's hot streak stretches back to last July, when he missed out on a spot in the British Open by one stroke at St. Andrews.
Mar 29, 2016 Eastern African, Tanzanian songstress Vanessa Mdee drops the video to her latest single titled "Niroge", off her upcoming debut album "Money Mondays".
The feel good video directed by Justin Campos was shot in Johannesburg South Africa.
The track "Niroge" which means "bewitch me" in Swahili was produced by acclaimed Tanzanian producer Nahreel.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li00wAc7dvY
Mar 29, 2016 Nollywood actress Ibinabo Fiberesima has been stripped of her position as President of Actors Guild of Nigeria by the Federal High Court as her 2015 re-election where she beat Nollywood actor Emeka Ike to remain president of AGN was declared null and void for being conducted against court order in 2014.
The former beauty queen who is currently serving 5-year jail term for manslaughter had challenged the nullification of her re-election in 2015, which meant she remained president until her appeal was heard.
Now with Ibinabo’s law suit struck out by the court, this leaves her top rival Emeka Ike as the legitimate president of Actors Guild of Nigeria.
In a recent interview with Punch Newspaper, Emeka Ike claims that even though he has beaten Ibinabo in court, he is not happy that she has been jailed for manslaughter.
But then again he threatens her with a second jail term for contempt of court.
Mar 29, 2016 Congratulations to Nigeria's Super Eagles striker Uche Kalu and his medical doctor wife Ada who welcomed their first child, a baby boy, recently.
Uche Kalu made the revelation via his Instagram account by putting up a picture of him carrying their new son who has been named Michael Uche Junior.
The couple was in the news when Uche Kalu proposed in April 2015 and then again when Ada put up pictures of her baby bump on her Instagram page last month; her Instagram bio stating that she is married to her best friend and mother to the sweetest little boy.
Mar 29, 2016 Nollywood actress and producer Ruth Kadiri who turned 28 on Thursday March 24 took to the slums of Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos to celebrate her birthday with the pupils of Whanyinna.
The Nollywood star donated items such as school bags, school sandals and food as well as cash to the pupils.
Ruth Kadiri runs a charity organization called Ruth Kadiri Foundation.
Mar 29, 2016 "Ibadi" singer Mr. May D drops the video of his latest single titled "I Wanna Know".
In the Lucas Reid-directed video, May D is a heartbroken hunter who tries to win back the affection of his love interest.
The track, which is May D's comeback track after he has been quiet for a while, was produced by Tyronne.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BAokKKOn5Y
Mar 29, 2016 In a bid to salvage the free fall of the Naira against the US dollars, Nigerians are gradually embracing a new mantra that says “Buy Naija and grow the Naira”
The initiative, which encourages Nigerians to buy made-in-Nigeria products, is aimed at reducing and discouraging rampant importation of good which are also produced locally.
The Nigerian senate recently adopted a motion seeking the amendment of the Procurement Act, which Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe said will greatly support local enterprises.
"The procurement act, which was passed by the National Assembly... there is a provision in section 34, 1, 2 and 3. There is provision for purchasing made in Nigeria goods. That one is there, but in that provision it says that the people doing the procurement may first look at made in Nigeria before looking elsewhere, and since the operating word there is 'may', what it means is that it now depends on the individual whether he would like to do it or not. So what we are going to do, and what we have proposed to do and we have sent to the National Assembly is to change that word from 'may' to 'shall.' In other words, the first option policy of buying a made in Nigeria good is mandatory, once it becomes the word shall. So its a very small amendment but the impact and repercussions are very very large."
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier promised to strengthen the agricultural sector to reduce the country’s reliance on imported food.
Elsewhere, Bolaji Okusaga, an economic analyst pointed out that the dividends of the initiate will definitely materialize, however not in the short term.
"I think government needs to be smarter about its options. The journey is not going to be... the fact that you are starting the journey now does not mean that you are going to see the destination immediately but at least let's have some kind of consistency in policies and actions that shows that we are truly walking the talk, you know in terms of helping to galvanize local energy towards... you know a local production and helping to raise local demands and creation of jobs,"
Mar 29, 2016 Gloria Kotente Mumeita, a medical student from Kenya recently spent 8 weeks working alongside renowned doctors at Suburban Hospital, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins, to fulfill some of her remaining university credits.
Although it is common sight to see young ladies train to become doctors, for Gloria it is a pretty big deal because she is a Maasai.
Commenting on her experience, Gloria said:
“My experience here has been great…ill love to start in the future”
The Maasai is an ethnic patriarchal tribe in Kenya and Northern Tanzania in which less than half of all girls attend primary school but only one percent end up in the university.
Speaking on her motivation, Gloria, whose internship in the US was made possible by the Maasai Girls Education Fund, said:
“A Maasai girl doing medicine in my country is a big deal. Most of the time I get that question... ‘you are Maasai, and you’re in med school, how did you get here?’ It’s been a great journey for me.”
Her journey started when she found out about the Maasai Girls Education Fund, a U.S-based organization which provides young Maasai women and girls with scholarships in Kenya.
Founded in 1999 by Barbara Shaw, the foundation seeks to educate girls, in order to empower them and lift them out of poverty.
Commenting on the vision of its founder, Tracey Pyles, President of MGEF and daughter of Barbara Shaw, said:
“It started with two little girls that she first met while on a photography project in Kajiado district of Kenya and staying among the Maasai in their village…Someone like this, who has the heart that Gloria has, and the desire to go back to her home and make a difference, needs in my opinion, to be invested in, supported, given every opportunity to make the most, because what she has the chance to do when she goes home…is incredible.”
Mar 29, 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently set his sights on Wisconsin after his wins in Alaska and Washington’s caucuses.
Bernie Sanders, who was aiming for a three western state sweep in a bid to overtake front runner Hilary Clinton, called on his supporters saying:
"So right now I am requesting, I am hoping, I am asking, people to help us in every way they can to make sure that we win here in Wisconsin. Thank you all very much."
Heading into the caucus voting, Sanders had energized the party's liberal base and young voters with his calls to rein in Wall Street and fight income inequality; a message that played well in liberal Washington and the other Western states.
With 2,382 delegates needed for a party nomination ticket, Hilary Clinton has amassed 1,690 delegates against 946 for Sanders.
Mar 29, 2016 Pope Francis recently led the world's Roman Catholic community into the Easter celebrations by urging them not to lose hope in a gloomy world.
As he led Catholics into the most important day in the Christian liturgical calendar, Francis said:
"May the Lord free us from this trap, from being Christians without hope, who live as if the Lord were not risen, as if our problems were the centre of our lives. We see and will continue to see problems both within and without. They will always be there. But tonight it is important to shed the light of the Risen Lord upon our problems, and in a certain sense, to "evangelize" them, evangelize the problems. Let us not allow darkness and fear to distract us and control us,"
Mar 29, 2016 British boxer Kell Brook recently retained his IBF welterweight title by defeating Canadian challenger Kevin Bizier in Sheffield.
29 year old Brook, who won the IBF title in 2014, knocked down Bizier twice in the second round before the referee stopped the fight.
Bizier's knockout victory over Frederick Lawson in November last year had set him up as the mandatory challenger for the title.
Mar 29, 2016 After his team’s victory over Germany in a friendly match, England’s coach Roy Hodgson recently advised his wards to stay humble. The 68 year old made the comment during a post-match news conference.
"We've got an awful long way to go before we can claim to be like the Germans with all that they've achieved over the last few years. But it was a good performance and I think you've got to take not only pride but encouragement from good performances,"
Earlier in the game, the Germans appeared to be heading for a routine win when they led 2-0 through Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez.
However Harry Kane changed the course of the game with an opportunist goal before Vardy produced a moment of brilliance just three minutes after coming on as a substitute.
Eric Dier then sealed the victory for England, scoring from Jordan Henderson's corner in the 91st minute.
“We are always encouraging them to show positivity, to be able to show that composure and be comfortable on the ball and don't panic every time someone comes to pressurise you and play it off first time, be prepared to hold on to things, be prepared to risk occasionally the more difficult passes, and I think they did that very well tonight."
Elsewhere, Joachim Loew, head coach for the German national team insisted that the English team deserved the victory.
"On the one hand it is definitely annoying to lose a game that you had been leading two-nil. On the other hand we have to be clear about it: it was not a completely undeserved loss because even when we were leading two-nil we were not in complete control of the game. We allowed [England] a lot of chances and our attacks up front were not up to our usual standard. We had problems from the beginning right through the game and we didn't follow through on very many chances to score. So it was not an undeserved victory for England."
Explaining the source of his new technique, he said:
"The idea of nails (art) is practised in Europe but it isn't that popular. In the beginning I used to draw portraits using colours and paint brushes but I wanted to do something new, a new way of drawing and a new form of portraits, not just simply drawing using hammer nails. I started drawing portraits for famous personalities such as Om Kalthoum, Ghandi, Guevara, Abou-Treika, Mohamed Mounir. It's something that exists, but is new and difficult, and isn't common,"
Depending on the material, Kotb either draws it with a pencil first or uses a special computer program to sketch his design.
"My method for the nail portraits... there are portraits like Abou Treika, or others that are made with drawing pins. They require computers more because it is based more on engineering than improvisational art that you do with your hands. There are other types (of art) that involve nails and thread that are similar to stencilling, where I first draw it with graffiti, and then it is placed on the picture and drawn with nails,"
In his portrait of Egyptian football player Mohamed Abou-Treika, he used about 7000 nails. However, Kotb has set his sight on a much larger ambition.
"In the Guinness records there is an Albanian artist who used 500,000 nails. I want to do something with 700,000 or even a million nails, but my problem is that I need help. I need a large wall so I can create a panorama image of the Egyptian military during the October 6th war and I can get in the Guinness records,"
Mar 28, 2016 During his inauguration, President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria promised to go all-out on corruption and he is making good his promises. He has given the country’s anti-graft agencies greater liberty to investigate and prosecute big name that were once dimmed untouchable.
Early this month, Nigeria and Switzerland signed an agreement that paved the way for the return of more than 300 million US dollars confiscated from the family of the former military ruler, Sani Abacha.
The recovery of the fund is only one side of the coin. Proper disbursement of the fund is the other.
Dike Jane, a resident of Lagos shared her thoughts saying:
"As far as it will be used for something good in the country then we want it. For Christ's sake we are suffering in my own way. So I feel the money coming in, if it will increase the GDP of the country, then we really need it. As you can see, things are really going rough in the country so it will really help us to an extent as far as it will not be abused by those who are recovering it because you can bring it down and this one will say because I was the one that helped bring it down, then I have ten percent,"
Ebun Adegboruwa, a Lagos-based lawyer, echoed Dike’s sentiments saying:
"When this money is recovered either from Abacha or from all our past leaders, let there be a declaration of openness. Let us know the amount recovered so far, that is the first step. The president should make a publication telling us how much has been recovered and then let a committee be set up to fashion out an agenda for the expenditure of the money collected along with the National Assembly. Otherwise so much money has been recovered in the past either from Abacha or any other head of state but we don't know what has happened, and then not just Abacha, since this government came into power, giving the declaration of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) about 2 trillion naira is said to have been recovered, you know from past government officials, a lot of people are said to have refunded money. There is so much secrecy about it and if you discover what is happening in Nigeria, if we don't monitor properly then there is a lot of possibility for this money to develop wings and fly,"
Mar 28, 2016 Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee spokesperson Salim Muslet recently spoke about the committee's positions compared with those of the Syrian government during the latest round of peace talks in Geneva.
Speaking during an interview, Muslet said:
"We diverge a lot with the government. We came to settle the Syrian crisis peacefully, but the government is still using air raids to strike the people. We represent the people, but the Syrian government only cares about the fate of one person (Bashar al-Assad), not that of the 23 million Syrians,"
Although the committee says it represents the interests of Syrians, however the fact that many of its members reside outside the war-torn country has elicited doubt on the legitimacy of the claim.
Muslet moved to defend this arrangement saying:
"Those who have emigrated overseas used to be in the government prison for many years. They were afraid of being purged after leaving prison, so they fled to other countries. Most of us, however, are still from within Syria. Although they (those who have emigrated) live overseas, they stay in touch with those within the border, and their families are in the country. So it is not the case that those residing overseas do not care about the people living within the country,"
The latest round of negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition forces is expected to continue in April.
Mar 28, 2016 Jason Day was recently among the winners on the opening day of the WGC-Dell Match Play, however he left the Austin Country Club course clutching his back heading for treatment.
The PGA Championship winner defeated former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland 3&2, catching fire with birdies on four of five holes from the fifth.
World number one and local favorite Jordan Spieth, who played college golf at the University of Texas in Austin, led from start to finish against Jamie Donaldson of Wales in a 3&2 win.
World number one and local favorite Jordan Spieth, led from start to finish against Jamie Donaldson of Wales in a 3&2 win.
Two-time Masters Winner, Bubba Watson, went to the final hole 1-up, but settled for a half when fellow-American Patton Kizzire birdied the last. Also halving his opener was Adam Scott, who led 2-up before birdies at 16 and 17 by Belgian Thomas Pieters.
World number five Rickie Fowler lost a duel against his friend Jason Dufner, who posted a 2&1 victory, while Englishman Paul Casey, twice a runner-up in the event, lost his match with 46-year-old Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand by the same score.
Mar 28, 2016 Several Russian athletes, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Sergey Kirdyapkin, were recently stripped of their medals and race wins, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IAAF's appeal against the Russian Anti-doping Agency.
Sergey Kirdyapkin is set to be stripped of the 50-km walk gold medal he won at the 2012 London Olympics while 2011 world silver medallist Vladimir Kanaykin is also set to lose her silver medal from the 20km walk race.
Australia's Jared Tallent, who has long campaigned for the Russian's Olympic title to be stripped, would receive the gold medal if it’s upgraded by the International Olympic Committee.
The IAAF had earlier said that Russia still had a significant amount of work to do for the ban to be lifted ahead of the Rio Olympics in August. However, more positive drugs tests have emerged in recent weeks involving Russian wrestlers and swimmers.
Mar 28, 2016 EbonyLife Films' debut movie "Fifty" has grossed over N400 million returns on investment, which includes almost N100 million in box office returns alone after a successful 4-month run in Nigerian cinemas.
The movie also generated income from global internet streaming provider Netflix, In-flight Entertainment deals, Video-on-Demand and many more.
Following the success of "Fifty", the movie is set to be made into a TV series.
While the preproduction of the TV series is already underway, production is expected to kick off in the fourth quarter of 2016.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65AUN3b2umA
Mar 28, 2016 Ace Nigerian female rapper Eva Alordiah, who got a surprise proposal by her boo while she was performing on stage at the Headies 2015, announced her exit from music via her Instagram account, saying her Saturday’s “One Nite: Live and Unplugged with Eva Alordiah” concert would be her last show as a Music Artiste, as she is ending another chapter in her life and ready for the next.
Eva, who has repeatedly failed to drop her much-anticipated debut album "1960" despite numerous teasing, did not give any reason why she is quitting music, keeping her fans wondering what she's up to.
Perhaps she’s only trying to get some attention?
Mar 28, 2016 Multiple award winning South African band The Muffinz is set to embark on an American mini-tour scheduled to kick off on April 27 up until May 31 this year to celebrate Africa Month.
During the tour, the 5-man guitar-inclined band would be performing in Washington DC, Atlanta, New York and Philadelphia.
The multitalented group, which is also involved in songwriting, composing and illustration, is expected to collaborate with selected Arts Projects aimed at building a US Tour circuit for African artists to plug into as well as create a cultural relationship with the US towards an annual project with various musicians.
In October 2014 The Muffinz performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York in a sold out event.
Mar 28, 2016 After dropping her much-anticipated sophomore album titled "Mama Africa", "Johnny" singer Yemi Alade drops the anticipated video of one of the single off of the album, titled "Ferrari".
In the Clarence Peters-directed video with village setting, Yemi Alade sings about love being shown only by actions such as being bought a Ferrari.
The video features Gulder Ultimate Search winner Remi Kunle who plays the role of Yemi Alade's love interest.
10% of the proceeds of "Mama Africa" album is expected to be donated to orphanages across Africa through the "Feed a Child" Project.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bj7F6p6kQU
Mar 28, 2016 Dancehall star Burna Boy drops the video for his 2015 track titled "Rizzla" off his sophomore album "On a Spaceship".
Here Burna Boy gets high in the club, his eyes playing tricks on him.
The track was produced by Jfem while the video was directed by Matt Max.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daMkeOtlDRY
Mar 24, 2016 Senegal recently held a referendum that is expected to usher in major constitutional reforms. The vote, which was proposed by President Macky Sall, has been viewed as a popularity test.
Amongst other things, the vote seeks to reduce the presidential terms to five years from seven, starting after the next election in 2019.
The vote also aims to limit the age of presidential candidates to 75 and allow independent candidates to run for presidency.
According to president Sall, the reforms are vital to bolster Senegal's already stable democracy.
In the capital Dakar, some voters lauded Sall for pushing for democratic reforms on a continent where many leaders try to hold on to power.
Aliouw Mara Apr insisted that Senegalese were strongly behind President Sall for his maturity.
"The people of Senegal are behind president Macky Sall. We have demonstrated our democratic maturity, and the people of Senegal have made a sober choice, because the people have understood that the 15 reforms put across by president Macky Sall for the referendum will benefit the people,"
Another citizen, Boubacar Manga, said:
"The president has responded to the call of the Senegalese people, and that is why he massively won against the opposition. For me personally, I voted yes because I have seen the ambitious projects that he has under taken for Senegal and especially fighting for the reinforcement of democracy in Senegal,"
As laudable as the referendum is, Seyni Ndiayem a political analyst expressed his reservations saying:
"All in all, democracy in Senegal was reinforced, but we must point out that some of these measures are limiting and could in the long run hurt our democratic reforms. One of the reforms that we hoped would change was a clear separation between a president leading a country and simultaneously being the head of a political party. From that point of view, that absence of separation in those two roles constitute a major disappointment in this referendum,"
Some of the other proposed changes in the new constitution include providing greater rights for the opposition, strengthening the National Assembly and boosting of independent candidates in elections
Mar 24, 2016 Farms in Tunisia are recently employing a new irrigation system to help boost the production of figs and other crops in the region.
The programme, which is run by ILO, is aimed at supporting the development of disadvantaged areas by stimulating local economic activity.
Mohamed Ali Belgacem, who studied food sciences at a local institution, recently returned to the village to plant a hundred fig trees on his family's land.
Commenting on his initial bottleneck, Belgacem said:
"One of the problems I had was water. Lots of water was lost. Since the system's installation we've lost less water."
The ILO programme also provided equipment to process the figs and other fruit into value-added products like jam.
Tliba Hana, another beneficiary of the ILO programme, spoke of the programme saying:
“We were trained in jam-making. Then we received training in management and accounting. With what I've learned, I can either develop my own business or stay with the association,"
Mar 24, 2016 Social networks have been flooded with condolence messages from celebs and fans of late Nigerian new highlife singer Olumuyiwa Osinuga aka Nomoreloss who was reported to have died in a Lagos hospital on Monday March 21 allegedly due to typhoid or chest infection, according to TheNet.ng.
Among the celebs who openly expressed their sadness over the loss of Nomoreloss is Nigerian comedienne Lepacious Bose who wants to know where Nomoreloss' fake celeb friends were when Nomoreloess was dying of pain and depression, especially when Nomoreloss had not changed his social media posts in 13 weeks.
In response to Lepacious Bose, veteran hip hop star Azadus says he won't tolerate anyone making him feel guilty about Nomoreloss's death, having it that people who knew about his deteriorating health and didn't speak up are the ones to blame.
Late Nomoreloss’s record label Ayeesha Music released Nomoreloss’s new music video titled “Beautiful Things”, which Nomoreloss had intended to drop this Easter.
Nomoreloss is expected to be buried on Friday April 1.
Mar 24, 2016 And after weeks of public dirty-laundry washing, the Psquare twins and their elder brother-manager Jude say it took their stupidity to realize that family comes first, in identical Instagram posts with a flying dove as a symbol of peace.
Can we safely assume that Psquare is back together under the manager of their brother Jude?
But then Peter Okoye still calls himself Mr. P on his social media account which still carries the contact details of his new manager.
Mar 24, 2016 The 2016 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) also known as the Golden Horn Awards, went down at Gallagher Estate in Midrand over the weekend.
This 10th edition of the awards was hosted by sultry actress Minnie Dlamini and ace singer and TV personality Katlego Maboe, with Katlego carting away the Best TV Presenter award for the second year in row.
Other winners include Mduduzi Mabaso – Best Actor in a Lead Role Feature Film, Nthati Moshesh – Best Actress in Lead Role TV DRAMA, Skeem Sam - Most Popular TV Soapie, Mom Nomhle Nkonyeni – Life Time Achiever Award and many more.
Spotted on the Red Carpet were eye candies such as Boity Thulo, Bonang Matheba, Khanyi Mbau, Mabatho Montsho, Vusi Kunene, Fumani N Shilubana and several others.
Mar 24, 2016 Moving on to new jams, Nigerian rapper and singer of the moment, YBNL boss Olamide unleashes a traditional video for his latest single titled "Abule Sowo".
The track, produced by Pheelz was released last week to coincide with Olamide's 27th birthday.
The video was directed by ace music video directed Asasa Cookey.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FIGjTF7yKw
Mar 24, 2016 And Wande Coal’s track "Superwoman" off his sophomore album "Wanted" has a video.
Shot in London, the video tells the tale of a man who will do anything for his superwoman.
The video was directed by Moe Musa.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbyuYi5vNeU
Mar 24, 2016 The annual Art Dubai fair recently opened in the Emirati city, showcasing works from across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, amidst global economic woes.
The fair, which is considered one of the biggest contemporary art events in the region, featured works from more than 40 countries and 92 galleries around the world.
The Nubuke Foundation from Ghana stood as the sole African representative at the fair.
Commenting on the event, Kofi Setordji, artistic Director of the Nobuke Foundation said:
"For the first time you are not labelled as African in a corner. Because we came as marker and they mix us all. You have to actually ask the gallery to be able to known where they are coming from. It's not like a place where they mark you as Africa and go. It's very simple. If it were to be Western world, by this time, I would have to go and make a line and to prove how much I have in my account and all that to be able to come to this place. This place it was done on line and I have my visa and here I am,"
Despite the lack of African galleries, Modern African art was well represented with works from over 17 artists such as Uganda's Geoffrey Mukasa, Senegal's Soly Cisse, Abdale Glover from Ghana and Abdoulaye Konate from Mali amongst others.
Mar 24, 2016 Art Basel Hong Kong recently announced details of its fourth edition, which features 239 spaces from 35 countries and territories from Asia and Asia Pacific.
Speaking at a news conference, Art Basel's Global Director, Marc Spiegler, said that although art was increasingly seen as a third class asset, he believed people should buy what they liked instead of as an investment.
"But I really think the best way to invest in art is to buy something you love. Because in the worst case, if it doesn't rise in value at least you had something wonderful in your life. I know that sounds like a politic answer, but it's actually true. If you look at the great collections they were built by people who had a little means and a lot of courage,"
Art Basel Hong Kong hopes to attract at least 6,500 people and will host a series of talks and events throughout Hong Kong.
Mar 24, 2016 During his recent visit to Nepal, Britain's Prince Harry played volleyball with locals in the Lamjung area of the country.
According to local media, the British royal's team, which included local children, defeated their opposing team led by a former Gurkha soldier captain.
Prince Harry visited Nepal to raise awareness that the country is still in need of aid materials after last year's earthquakes.
Mar 24, 2016 FIFA's ethics watchdog recently opened formal proceedings against six individuals, including soccer legend Franz Beckenbauer, over the awardof hosting rights to Germany for the 2006 World Cup.
Other individual includes former German soccer officials Wolfgang Niersbach, Helmut Sandrock, Theo Zwanziger, Horst Schmidt and Stefan Hans.
In an official statement, the investigatory chamber of FIFA's ethics committee said:
"In the cases of Mr Beckenbauer, Dr Zwanziger, Mr Schmidt and Mr Hans, the investigatory chamber will investigate possible undue payments and contracts to gain an advantage in the 2006 FIFA World Cup host selection and the associated funding,"
Prior to the official proceeding, Beckenbauer denied any wrongdoing in an affair involving the 2006 World Cup in Germany and said he knew nothing of a multi-million payment to a disgraced former FIFA official in Qatar.
Mar 23, 2016 Harry Redknapp recently took charge of his first training session with the Jordan national team at Amman international Stadium.
During the session, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, spoke with his predecessor Abdullah Abu Zema and a member of the technical team.
The 69-year-old Redknapp will combine his mentoring role at Derby County with managing Jordan, as they prepare for their World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking to reporters, Redknapp said he had agreed to help out at the request of Jordanian FA chief Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein.
The Jordanians currently trail Australia by two points in Group B in the second round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Mar 23, 2016 In recent months, the Nigerian movie industry has experienced a shift with the release of several movies with focus on unconventional topics.
One of such releases was the Ebonylife feature presentation “Fifty”, which was received with widespread praise and ovation.
In that same momentum, El Report recently attended the premiere of another paradigm-shifting movie “Remember Me” at Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
The movie, which was produced by Uru Eke, explored corporate greed while also profiling marital dynamics and a journalist’s quest for truth.
Speaking on the inspiration for the movie, the movie’s producer, said:
“It a series subject, I’m dealing with a very serious subject, I’m dealing with corruption. Really it’s a film about social change… and I’m saying, be the change that you want to see”
Commenting on her role in the movie, Chioma Omeruah said:
“I was very to be asked to play the role of Sisi…and I think we did a good job with it”
Another cast member, Victor Olaotan said:
“I’m not usually not the bad guy in movies…he makes sure he achieves what he sets out to do”
After the movie’s screening, guest were ushered in for an after party.
Mar 23, 2016 The United States recently closed out the world indoor athletics championships with a record medal haul while Ethiopia stepped into the spotlight by dominating the distance events.
Ethiopia's Yomif Kejelcha and Genzebe Dibaba took home gold in the men's and women's 3,000 meters race respective.
After that the Portland party shifted into overdrive with the U.S. closing out the four day meeting with victories in the women's high jump, men's 1,500 meters, long jump and 4x400m relays.
The Ethiopians arrived at the championships under a doping cloud after it was identified by the IAAF as one of five countries that are in critical care regarding their drug-testing systems.
The final day of competition began with Kejelcha holding off a hard-charging American Ryan Hill to take the men's 3,000m before Dibaba, indoor world record-holder in the 1500, mile, 3,000 and 5,000m, made it a clean sweep of the distance gold by leading a one-two
Mar 23, 2016 With over 19 million South Africans using minibus taxis every day, the government has found a multi-billion industry from it.
Even though most people describe it as a dangerous and unreliable mode of public transport, the industry is worth 2.6 billion US dollars, which is a valuable contribution to the country's economy.
Speaking about the industry, Milton Dube, a minibus taxi driver in Johannesburg said:
"This is what I call my office (his taxi), this is what puts food on the table, what sustains my children, my whole life is dependent on this office. The only thing I am missing is a pencil. But in short, what I can say is this job that we do requires one to be focused, you need to give it your all, because we work with different people, with different needs. It's up to an individual how they deal with those different situations they face but I am already used to it, it's my daily bread,"
According to analyst, the industry employs close to one million people
Speaking to this effect, Paul Browning, a transport analyst said:
"Taxi bosses are like racketeering landlords... with due respect to them. They don't have a great deal to do with the day to day reality of their customers. They are concerned only with the revenue coming in from day to day and it's mostly a cash revenue which is not very easy to not... account for. This leads to the problem of an industry where it appears that there's a lot of money and not a lot of accountability,"
Joseph Mkonza, a taxi owner in Johannesburg, said that currently has about 100 drivers on his payroll.
"It will differ from one person to another. The more you buy vehicles, the more you have more revenue, the more you have more income and again, at the same time, the more you have expenses. In terms of the drivers payment, we pay our drivers 20 percent of the turnover that they've have brought. Like in terms of taxis, if they, a taxi has managed to make about say R7000, R6000 per week then you pay 20 percent of R6000,"
Also sharing his thought about the industry, Bonisile Makubalo, director of corporate affairs at SA Taxi said:
"Currently the minibus taxis are accounting for about 68.8 percent of land based transport, which means they are bigger than the buses and trains put together. The industry transports on a day and average of about 19 million passengers, so it is a very sustainable industry but also has a huge impact into the South African economy as well as the local communities,"
Mar 23, 2016 A British artist, Tracey Emin, recently unveiled her new exhibition in two galleries in Hong Kong
According to her, the exhibition, which was dubbed “I Cried Because I Love You”, got its name from an old watercolor she found in her studio in France.
"And then I kept playing with it and then I realized 'I Cried Because I Love You' is really positive and is really good. And I think everybody's loved someone so much that it hurts. You just feel like if you don't see them you'll implode. Like it will kill you if you don't see them. It's more about that feeling, that feeling of love. And understanding love. But it's not unrequited love. It's an impossible love and that's what I am talking about,"
Emin, who came to prominence as an artist in the 1990s, is described as a modern day expressionist.
"And when people say that, I don't see it that I am being derivative of anything, I see it as being a compliment. Because art history and painting, there is very little you can do anymore in terms of painting, apart from really, really have this conviction and personal connection yourself,"
Mar 23, 2016 Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently dissolved both houses of parliament and called for an early election, if a parliamentary sitting next month fails to pass the government's labor reform bills.
The Senate had earlier passed voting reforms after a marathon session, clearing the way for Turnbull to call for an early election.
While addressing reporters in Canberra, Turnbull said:
"Today, I called upon His Excellency the Governor-General to advise him to recall both houses of parliament on April 18, to consider and pass the Australian Building and Construction Commission Bills and the Registered Organisations Bills and the registered organisation bill and he has made a proclamation to that effect. I make no apology for interrupting senators' seven week break to bring them back to deal with this legislation. This is an opportunity for the Senate to do its job of legislating, rather than filibustering. The go slows and obstruction by Labor and the Greens on this key legislation must end. The Senate will have an additional three sitting weeks to deal with the ABCC and registered organisations legislation, plenty of time to pass these important laws. If the Senate fails to pass these laws, I will advise the Governor-General to dissolve both houses of parliament and issue writs for an election,"
Mar 23, 2016 Jollof Muzik singer and rapper Lynxxx who has been out of the radar for a bit is warming up for a comeback as he announced via his Instagram account that he is set to drop two new projects.
Lynxxx who was scheduled to drop his sophomore album in November last year but failed to do so, has it that one of his two forthcoming projects is dropping soon.
The "Fine Lady" singer promises his fans that his upcoming music would be worth the long wait.
Mar 23, 2016 American superstar Nicki Minaj kicked off her PinkPrint Tour with a performance at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa last week Thursday.
Nicki Minaj passionately expressed her gratitude at the warm welcome she got from her South African fans who turned out en masse, saying she has been wanting to visit South Africa for the longest time.
The 33 year old rapper and singer took to her Instagram account to share pictures and moments she had with her South African fans, saying she can't wait to be back in South Africa.
Pictures and Videos Courtesy www.instagram.com/nickiminaj
Mar 23, 2016 And over to Ghana, Ghollywood actors Majid Michel and Kalybos star in a new Ghollywood comedy titled "Amakye & Dede", which is scheduled to premiere at the Silverbird Cinemas, Accra and West Hill malls on Easter Saturday 26 March.
The movie, which also stars Ahuofe Patri, John Dumelo, and many other stars is about two childhood friends whose friendship is threatened when they fall in love with the same lady.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9OU2E58bao
Mar 23, 2016 Veteran Fuji star turned hip hop singer Pasuma where he teams up with YBNL boss Olamide on the track titled "Action".
The Pheelz-produced track is a good blend of fuji and hip hop with Pasuma and Olamide singing about all the good things of life that they want.
The video was directed by Unlimited L.Ahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx-Eqy6tpGE
Mar 23, 2016 British-Nigerian singer, rapper and record producer Tinie Tempah drops a video for his new single titled "Girls Like" featuring Swedish singer Zara Larsson who doesn't appear on the video.Tinie Tempah got more popular in Nigeria after his photo shoot with TY Bello which led to the discovery of bread seller turned model, Olajumoke Orisaguna. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEiva3cMv6k
It’s a wrap! FIFTY, the Box Office Smash Hit from EbonyLife Films, will this week close its remarkable 4-month cinema run in Nigeria. The much-talked about story of a pivotal week in the lives of four successful African Women in 21st century Lagos has redefined return on investment metrics in the African Film Industry. It is estimated that through various revenue generating streams, the film has grossed over ₦400m.
In partnership with Film One Distribution, FIFTY made nearly ₦100m through Box Office takings alone. Premiere Sponsorship/ Partnerships; Private screenings; a first-of-its-kind deal with Internet streaming provider, Netflix; In-flight Entertainment deals and Video-on-Demand (VOD) are amongst the other revenue streams.
Speaking on FIFTY’s cinema run, Executive Producer, Mo Abudu said “we started our cinema run in early December 2015 and four months later the film continues to resonate with moviegoers across the country. We are extremely proud and it is testament that Nigerians do support their own”.
The movie’s revenue intake leverages on a unique business model not previously explored in the Nigerian Film Industry. This model serves as proof to various stakeholders – producers, directors and investors – an unorthodox promotional mix combined with high quality production yields measurable results.
FIFTY enjoyed tremendous support from The Lagos State Government, The Federal Government, Corporate and Social Nigeria. Industry captains - Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu, Herbert Wigwe amongst many attended the premiere; Music superstars Banky W & Waje surprised fans with Cinema ‘Meet & Greet’ in Malls across the country.
A ‘Win Big with FIFTY’ promo was run nationwide with audiences walking away with weekly prizes including WAKANOW holidays, SPAR vouchers, Flat screen TVs courtesy of KONGA and more. The Grand Prize of a Brand new Mercedes Benz B-class courtesy Skymit Motors will be presented to a winner in April 2016.
FIFTY has enjoyed rave reviews and international acclaim since it was first screened at The BFI London Film Festival 2015 including BBC, CNN, Vogue, and Essence and other national online and print titles.
The success of FIFTY has spawned a television series, the movie executives announced that they will extend the movie’s success onto the small screen. The TV show will continue the premise that the movie set up – a week in the lives of 4 African Women approaching the golden age of ‘Fifty’. Details of whether the lead characters will reprise their film roles will be revealed in due course. Season 1 of FIFTY: The TV Series is set for production in Q4 2016, writing has already commenced.
Reviews on FIFTY
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC
"Thank you so much for inviting me to the FIFTY premiere. Really enjoyed it and it was great to watch it with such an enthusiastic audience. It was funny, full of melodrama and disarmingly touching and courageous at the same time - a side of Lagos you don't often get to see and a really original film. I loved the cast and characters and it was so refreshing to see a film that gave a voice to the fifty something women of Nigeria. I'm sure it will be a massive hit!"
Jane Mote, VP Content and Creative at Turner Broadcasting (CNN parent company) says
"Cinema 2 at the Ritzy in Brixton was sold out and the audience LOVED it. It's celebratory of Lagos, strong women and African success. It's not high art, its popular entertainment that shows people and places in one of the fastest growing economies in a refreshing new light."
Ojoma Ochai, Director, British Council
"Thanks again for the invitation to see FIFTY. It was an amazing film - the music, costumes, story, and the elegance with which the plot was delivered. I loved it"
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism
"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 true 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'll recommend the film any day and I am ready to watch it 10 times"
EbonyLife Films will release its second feature title ‘The Wedding Party” in December 2016. More details to come.
Mar 22, 2016 Solid Star features Davido in the video of his single titled "Wait" which leaked online in January.The Avalon Okpe-directed video has Solidstar and Davido promising to be patient with their love interests until the ladies are ready for them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEKdNTEV9i8
Mar 22, 2016 Yet on South Africa, 23-year old Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has emerged as the new Miss South Africa 2016 at a glamorous pageant at Carnival City, Johannesburg on Saturday.
As Miss South Africa 2016, Ntando carts away prizes worth over 2 million rand, which include an SUV, 7 night international holiday as well as cash.
Ntando, a student of Education Honours from Mmpumalanga says she had always dreamt of being a beauty queen as a little girl, modeling around the house and practicing her speech in front of the mirror.
Mar 22, 2016 Eyinna Nwigwe is a troubled pastor in a new movie titled "Hell or High Water".
The movie, also starring Daniel K. Daniel revolves around sexuality, spirituality, exorcism and blackmail.
The movie put together by The Initiative for Equal Rights in conjunction with Asurf Films was directed by award-winning filmmaker Asurf Oluseyi Amuwa.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFs_tiH7TUw
Mar 22, 2016 Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, recently set a Serie A record by completing 930 minutes without conceding a goal.
The 38-year-old, who overtook Sebastiano Rossi's previous best of 929 minutes, achieved his milestone during his side's 4-1 win against Torino.
Although his run of form was ended in the 44th minute of the game, prior to that Buffon last conceded a goal in the 64th minute of the 2-1 win over Sampdoria on January 10.
Mar 22, 2016 South African TV personality Boity Thulo recently confirmed that the 5 month relationship between her and ace South Africa rapper Cassper Nyovest is over.
Last year December, Rumour broke out that the club 808 presenter had broken up with her superstar rapper boyfriend, Cassper Nyovest, after Cassper repeatedly cheated on her, but then Boity had rubbished the rumour, having it that they were in for the long run.
But now Boity’s story is different, as she opened up during an interview with True Love Magazine saying she and Cassper Nyovest indeed broke up in December and she cried about it.
However, Boity maintains that Cassper Nyovest never cheated on her and that the reason for the breakup was time management.
Should we expect more confessions with time Boity?
Mar 22, 2016 Karl Platt and his Bulls team mate Urs Huber recently secured the overall victory in the Cape Epic mountain bike stage race in Meerendal .
Twelve years after claiming his first Cape Epic title, Platt became the second person to win the event five times after he and Huber finished the seventh stage in fifth place, which was enough to seal the overall title in a time of 28 hours, 13 minutes and 28.4 seconds.
Speaking after his victory, Platt said:
“Emotions are all over the top, I can't describe it. I mean, we've been waiting now for four years and we tried hard in the last three years and it was, yeah, luck wasn't on our side but this year all of the hard preparation and everything just went in the right position and we took it,"
Elsewhere, Annika Langvad and Ariane Kleinhans of the Spur-Specialized team successfully defended their women's title after securing overall victory.
Kleinhans and Langvad finished the final stage in second place to clinch the overall title in a time of 33 hours, 30 minutes and 48 seconds.
Also speaking afyter the race, Langvad said:
"I must say that I am proud and very satisfied with this victory. This year we had the stiffest competition in the ladies category ever, it made for some fantastic and really hard racing and to come out of this week as the winner couldn't be any better actually,"
Mar 22, 2016 President Barack Obama recently paid Cuba a 48-hour historic visit, which has generated lot of enthusiasm among Cubans.
The visit, which is the first by a U.S. president in 88 years, was made possible after Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro ended an estrangement that began in 1959.
Most Cubans eagerly anticipated the visit, expecting it to usher in changes that they hope will improve the country
Commenting on president Obama’s arrival, 16-year-old Melanie de la Caridad Antunes said:
"This is an historic day because it has been many years since a U.S. president has come to Cuba and, today, after so many years of Cuban revolution, this president, who is near the end of his term, is coming and it is controversial because Cuba will receive him well after all the years of conflict we have had,"
Since rapprochement, the two sides have restored diplomatic ties, signed commercial deals on telecommunications and scheduled airline service.
Dalia Santana pointed that the changes were taking place near the end of Obama's term and hopes the next U.S. president will continue improving relations.
"It is important because it has been many years since a U.S. president has come to Cuba and hopefully this will serve for some good although his term is almost up. Hopefully, the next U.S. president will think a bit like him,"
Although the 54-year-old economic embargo on Cuba is still being upheld by the US Congress, President Obama has used his executive authority to loosen trade and travel restrictions.
"I think it is very important. It has been almost 90 years since a U.S. president has come and, besides, I think there will be many good changes, a lot of improvement for Cuba-- whether it is in the economy, tourism, entering and leaving the country," Mario Lazaro.
Mar 22, 2016 Kenya's Wildlife Service and Save the Elephants initiative recently fitted 10 elephant in Tsavo with hi-tech collars to investigate the impact of a multi-million dollar railway line that cuts across their habitat.
The tranquillized elephants were implanted with the advanced satellite radio tracking collars that will allow researchers to trace their movement through the Tsavo Park.
Commenting on the initiative, Frank Pope, Chief Operating Officer for Save the Elephants in Kenya said:
"This is the first time this is being done with respect to infrastructure. So what we are trying to do is figure out how elephants are responding to this new high speed railway line that has been put through, which is cutting between Tsavo east and Tsavo West national parks. They have been underpasses put under this railway and what we want to do is see how elephants are responding to these underpasses,"
The standard gauge railway network, which is part of a package of deals signed between Kenya and China in 2013, is an ambitious infrastructure project aimed at boosting trade and cutting transport costs across eastern Africa.
Conservationists say that they hope to understand the animals' migration routes to better manage the upcoming construction of another infrastructure.
KWS elephant programme director, Sospeter Kiambi said:
"Luckily enough Tsavo is still quite expansive. We have an area of more than 20,000 square kilometres, so a bit resilient in a way but still receiving a lot of pressure from human settlement and now things like the standard gauge railway, which has altered wildlife movement patterns in a way. So this brings a long human wildlife... increased escalation in human wildlife conflict cases, whereby you will find elephants crop raiding in areas that they didn't used to to begin with or just the total increase in conflict cases,"
Mar 21, 2016 Few days after releasing a new single titled "Asalamalekun" Baba Hafusa Reminisce drops a video for the track.
The Sarz-produced track gets its video shot in South Africa, directed by Jassy Generation.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0JbbTWolkM
Mar 22, 2016 The Egyptian ministry of antiquities recently unearthed new clues that a secret chamber exists behind the tomb of King Tutankhamun, which is believed by some to be the lost burial site of Queen Nefertiti.
Nefertiti, who died in the 14th century B.C, is thought to be Tutankhamun's stepmother and has been the subject of a lot of international interest. According to experts, confirmation of her final resting place will be the most remarkable Egyptian archaeological discovery of the century.
Speaking at a news conference, Mamdouh al-Damaty, Egyptian Minister of Antiquity, said an analysis of radar scans done on the King Tutankhamun’s burial site revealed the presence of two empty spaces behind two walls in King Tut's chamber.
"In the north wall of the burial chamber, exactly in the middle here, you can see, that you have already different results from the two sides of the wall, what it means, it means the wall here is different than this one, also behind the wall is different than this one, to compare with the first scan of the east side of the chamber, we can say here we have solid and here we have empty space,”
Damaty went on to say that a more advanced scan will be conducted at the end of this month with an international research team to confirm whether the empty spaces are in fact chambers.
"After the analysis of this photo in Japan, they tell us that we have here some different things behind the wall... that we have here some different materials, could be metal, could be organic,"
The discovery could be a win for Egypt's ailing tourism industry, which has suffered endless setbacks since an uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
British Egyptologist, Nicholas Reeves, who is leading the investigation, said he believes that Tutankhamun's mausoleum was originally occupied by Nefertiti and that she lies undisturbed behind a partition wall.
Mar 21, 2016 European Council President Donald Tusk recently insisted that he is more cautious than optimistic about the prospects of reaching a deal with Turkey to halt the flow of migrants into Europe.
Speaking after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker., Tusk said:
"Only if we all work together in a coordinated manner and keep our cool we will achieve success. I am cautiously optimistic but frankly speaking more cautious than optimistic,"
With more than a million people arriving in Europe in 2015, EU countries are looking desperately to Turkey to seal its coastline and stem the flow.
In Ankara, a senior Turkish official said countries like Cyprus should not be allowed to block progress, adding that Tusk's pre-summit visit to Ankara had not fully resolved issues over the proposed pact.
Tusk went on to say that the agreement must be acceptable to all 28 member states. He also said tbe deal must fully comply with EU and international law.
"And third, the agreement must effectively help to solve the migration crisis and contribute to our comprehensive strategy, which includes getting back to Schengen, ending the wave-through policy, humanitarian assistance to Greece, support to the Western Balkans and of course the reinforced cooperation with Turkey,"
Mar 21, 2016 The ongoing Psquare break-up saga continues to make the rounds as the twin pop stars keep us wondering if they have indeed broken up or not, especially after Peter Okoye put up on Instagram a poster of their forthcoming group performance slated for The Netherlands on Saturday March 26.
Well, it turns out that the twin brothers have decided to remain separate entities with separate managers who are available for group performances as Psquare only when their prospective clients get in touch with their separate managers.
Peter Okoye revealed this in a lengthy interview he had with online publication TheNet.ng.
In the interview, Peter Okoye revealed that Northside Music Inc signee Cynthia Morgan, who seems caught up in the family feud, would not be getting a Psquare-collabo because she had turned down his offer to sign her up on his P-Classic record label only for her to sign up with Jude Okoye's Northside Music Inc.
Mar 21, 2016 Nollywood actress and Actors Guild of Nigeria president Ibinabo Fiberesima who is faced with 5 year jail term for manslaughter due to her 2006 car accident that killed one Dr. Giwa Suraj has been denied bail by the Court of Appeal on Thursday.Ibinabo, who pleaded to be allowed bail to recuperate from the breast surgery she recently had, according to The Nation publication, had her bail application turned down because her lawyers did not include copies of the five-year jail sentence delivered by the Lagos High Court. The former beauty queen's bail application hearing has been adjourned to April 7 hence she was sent back to prison. Meanwhile, Northern Nollywood actors popularly referred to as Kannywood held a "Pardon Ibinabo Fiberesima" walk in Abuja on Thursday to raise awareness and beg for mercy on behalf of the Actors Guild of Nigeria president.
Mar 21, 2016 Gambian foreign minister Neneh MacDouall Gaye recently met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing, where they jointly signed a communiqué on the resumption of the diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The two sides agreed that resuming the diplomatic ties is the common wish of both countries.
Speaking to this effect, Wang Yi said:
"Sticking to 'One China' policy is the premise and political foundation for China to establish and develop diplomatic relations with any country. For more than two year, Gambia has demonstrated its sincerity and determination and has made the right choice on this matter,"
Also commenting on the accord, Neneh Macdouall Gaye said:
"The Islamic Republic of Gambia recognizes the importance and the reality of 'One China' policy and the national reunification, peaceful reunification. And the Islamic Republic of the Gambia, the president, the government and the people of Gambia will support this initiative and will support this policy,”
China established diplomatic ties with Gambia in 1974, however in 1995; Gambia cut its diplomatic ties with Beijing, shifting to Chinese Taipei.
The two sides both agreed to enhance communications at all levels and develop cooperation in six fields including agriculture and forestry, processing industry and manufacturing, investment and trade, infrastructure, human resources development and humanity.
Mar 21, 2016 The renowned Hard Rock Café International opened its doors in Victoria Island Lagos on Friday March 11. Over now to
The grand opening celebration of Hard Rock Café Lagos was hosted by Desperate Housewives actor Ozzy Agu; had live performances by EME stars Banky W and DJ Xclusive.
Tosin Odunfa caught up with the President and CEO of Hard Rock Café Hamish Dodds.
Hard Rock Café is set to offer music-inspired items, collect