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Bellanaija showcases 10 natural hair ideas from Cynthia Kamalu

Sep 8, 2015 In the fashion world, our very own Cynthia Kamalu of EL Now has been featured on Nigeria’s premiere lifestyle magazine BellaNaija.com under the Bella Naija Beauty column.

Showcasing 10 natural hair ideas from Cynthia Kamalu, Bella Naija describes Cynthia as a naturalista who promotes natural hair and a healthier way of living in Nigeria.


EbonyLife TV’s movie “FIFTY” set to premiere in London

Sep 8, 2015 The 21st century African women have come of age where they stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their contemporaries the world over.

This resilience and never-giving-up sprit is the theme of the Ebonylife TV movie “Fifty”, which is a riveting exploration of love and lust, power and rivalry, seduction and infidelity.

Set in Lagos, the commercial nerve center of Nigeria, the movie celebrates the pulse and energy of the city while exploring the diversity its residents from the view point of women.

Directed by Biyi Bandele and produced by Tope Oshin Ogun, “Fifty” stars Nollywood divas Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe-Etim.

The movie is scheduled to premiere on Saturday, 17th October 2015, at the Vue 7 Cinema, London.

The Nigerian crowd will however have to wait for the special grand Nigeria premiere on the 13th of December 2015 at The Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos, speaking of saving the best for last.


CNN tweets about EbonyLife’s debut feature film titled “FIFTY”

Sep 7, 2015  So, everyone is talking about EbonyLife’s debut feature film, “Fifty”, including CNN which tweeted about the film on Friday.

CNN highlighted that executive producer of “Fifty”, CEO of EbonyLife TV Mo Abudu, as well as Producer and Director of the movie, Biyi Bandele, want to show African women like never before.

The movie “Fifty”, selected to premiere at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival on October 17 stars Nollywood actresses Nse Ikpe-Etim, Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson and Omoni Oboli.

Set in Lagos, “Fifty” tells the story of four African women coming of age, with similar aspirations and dilemmas.

“Fifty” will be premiering in Nigeria at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos on December 18.


You’re invited to the EbonyLife TV Pop Up Studio Experience on the 20th of July.

3rd July 2014 And finally if you hadn’t heard, to celebrate ELTV’s first anniversary, we’re hosting a pop up studio experience where you get to see how your favorite shows are made live.

It’s happening on the 20th of July at the Tinapa Studios Calabar. And the best part is that you are invited!


Lights! Camera! Action! As EbonyLife TV marks 1st Anniversary with first-of-its-kind pop up activation

LAGOS (July 02, 2014) Known for its tremendously creative and high octane event activations, EbonyLife TV which stunned Nigeria and the African continent with its groundbreaking and hugely resounding launch in Lagos on June 30th 2013, has yet again announced plans for a riveting and fascinating event spectacle to mark the 1st anniversary of its broadcast and dominance on the media and entertainment landscape of the continent.

This time, the first Global Black Entertainment and Lifestyle network in Africa is set to celebrate its first anniversary with a brand new African first – a live Pop-Up activation titled “The Studio Experience”, designed to showcase the making of some of its favorite programmes in an interactive, captivating and entertaining way.

The Studio Experience, happening live at the Tinapa Studios in Calabar on Sunday July 20, 2014, is a must-attend and thrilling extravaganza where TV meets Art meets Music. Some of EbonyLife TV flagship shows will come alive right before the guests, giving them that unique and exclusive experience of witnessing how some of the channel’s major shows are put together, from pre-production to post-production.

This celebratory style studio experience will also present guests with the opportunity of meeting with the EbonyLife TV On-Air Personalities who anchor those enthralling shows that viewers have come to love in the last one year, as well as getting the chance to interact with individuals who make things happen behind the scenes – those who have contributed in one way or the other to making EbonyLife TV the preferred channel among its target demographic in Nigeria and in Africa.

A whole day of spectacular excitement, glitz, gloss and glam, The Studio Experience is poised to take guests on a unique journey of TV production, imaginative art and inspiring music. It promises to be an unprecedented mix of ‘tribute story lines’, klieg lights and special effects, an activation that offers a brand new experience for all lovers of original homegrown African entertainment.

Each show on the evening is set to feature its award winning presenters, set pieces and audience participation. The shows to be activated include pan-Africa’s first daily syndicated talk show – Moments with Mo; and the most laid-back show ever on TV where talk meets sitcom in the coolest hangout style – The Spot.

Guests will also get the unique chance of mingling with the crew & cast of EL Now, EL Reports, The Fattening Room, Love Lounge and EL R8D, creating a fresh and unrivalled fun experience for everyone to enjoy and relish for a long time to come.

A very jubilant and hearty Mo Abudu, Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, could not hide her excitement as she mixes fond reminiscences with an effusion of heart-rending gratitude. “On a night one year ago; June 30, 2013, we gathered together to celebrate. Some of us at the Eko Hotel in Lagos and others still at our Studios in Tinapa, Calabar for the unified purpose heralding the birth of brilliance and excellence in Global Black Entertainment Television. We celebrated the Launch of EbonyLife TV; Africa’s First Global Black Entertainment Network.”

She continues, “As we celebrate again, the first anniversary since our launch one year ago, let me express my deepest thanks and heartfelt gratitude to God and to everyone in the EbonyLife TV family. We have come this far because we stood together, worked together and believed in the dream to create what is today the envy of Entertainment Television in Africa, and beyond.”

She reflects on the challenges the channel has faced and also celebrates its achievements. “We have experienced our own fair share of challenges in this peculiar economic environment; but like a family, we have stayed together, believed in each other and trusted that the best days were closer than we thought. In truth, the commendations we have received from different parts of the world in admiration of the quality of our programming and the positivity with which we tell Africa’s story gladdens my heart and encourages us to dig deeper and aim higher. We are today one of the fastest rising channels on the DStv bouquet and we are working to become number one by God’s grace.”

In conclusion, she praises everyone who has been part of the journey so far. “To everyone, from our world-class Presenters and Producers, to our unstoppable production crew, Drivers, Accountants, Technical Staff, Cleaners, Camera men, Admin staff, IT, MCR, Editors, Sales, Marketing, PR, Management staff, our clients, sponsors, partners and everyone else who makes us proud to be Africa’s channel of choice, I congratulate you and I say thank you. Remember, everything you think you know about Africa is about to change forever.”

Since its launch in June last year, a highly glamorous and well attended event which featured Mr. Steve Forbes as special guest, EbonyLife TV has continued to grow from strength to strength, creating over 1000 hours of original, premium and inspiring African content, consolidating its position as the continent’s first and only Lifestyle and Entertainment channel, while celebrating the beauty of Africa with vibrancy and positivity, and telling the African story from a fresh and positive African perspective.

Driven by the tagline “Live the EbonyLife”, the channel continues to deliver a fresh new energy, perspective and experience of Africa to audiences across the globe, while celebrating style and success through all of its programmes which include its flagship talk-show, Moments with Mo, where Africa’s Queen of Talk, Mo, has since been joined by two new fascinating co-Hosts to make the show three times better; EL Now, the glitzy daily entertainment news show featuring the hottest global black news and all things ‘Africana Cool’ across music, movies, TV, fashion, beauty, design and the arts; The Spot, the exciting and youthful ensemble chit chat talk show; Love Lounge, the infectious late night romance and relationship clinic.

Other magnetic programmes on the channel include Screen Divas, featuring some of Nigeria’s biggest Nollywood Queens unleashing their star power in a way never seen before and producing a short film titled New Horizon, tackling the poignant issue of domestic abuse. Fattening Room follows six beautiful, feisty modern women from Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya as they embark on a journey of self-discovery by revisiting the legacies of the timeless Efik tradition. Culture Connects explores the intersection between the traditions of Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and America in a cultural odyssey that investigates the interesting values that both continents hold very dear.

Some more blockbuster shows that have continued to thrill audiences around Africa in the last 12 months include The Banky & Tiwa Show, Married to the game, Squatterz, AY’s Crib, Shop Naija, Deadline, EL Reports, EL Runway, Ojos in D’House, Sistaz, In My Shoes, Dowry, Naija Bites, and many more.

Rated in the top 25% of all channels watched on the DStv platform, EbonyLife TV celebrates style and success while broadcasting exclusively African original programming which is both inspirational and aspirational to over 15 million viewers in 44 African Countries.


EbonlyLife TV wins first film Award at AMAA for short film, ‘New Horizons’.

26 May 2014 Yessir, EbonyLife TV’s short film New Horizons has won the Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the AMAAs which took place on Saturday the 24th of May.

New Horizons which features Screen Diva’s Kate Henshaw, Rita Dominic, Funke Akindele and Uche Jumbo is the channel’s project in the fight against female abuse.

The film was produced and directed by award-winning director Tope Oshin Ogun-Ogun and written by award-winning writer Kemi Adesoye.

Now that’s what’s up!


Toke Makinwa to join Moments with Mo as guest host.

21 May 2014 So, is media personality and Lagos socialite Toke Makinwa the new presenter on the block for Ebonylife TV talk show Moments with Mo?

Turns out yes! The radio & TV host will be joining Mo Abudu, Dolapo Oni and Bolanle Olukanni as a host host for the new season for the show.

Toke spread the news on Instagram to her fans who from the number of likes can’t wait to see her on Ebonylife TV.


‘Africa’s Oprah’ Showcases Different Side of Continent

LAGOS — Sometimes called “the Oprah of Africa,” Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu is a leader in the African television industry.  She runs the only continent-wide television network and hosts its flagship talk show.  Her mission: to shed stereotypes and portray Africa in the same way Hollywood portrays America; as a dynamic, modern place that grapples with complex issues.

There is no shortage of glamour in Lagos, Nigeria’s financial capital and home to Nollywood, arguably the most prolific film industry in the world.

But there might be no one in Lagos more glamorous than Mo Abudu, who heads EbonyLife TV, which calls itself “Africa’s first Global Black entertainment and lifestyle network” and beams into nearly every country on the continent.

At her office in Lagos, she says that for her, media is not just entertainment.

“I think it is critical for Africa to tell its own story.  I was born in the U.K.  Went to school in the U.K.  I have been asked the most absurd questions about who I am.  And I think I felt that media was one of the most powerful tools to let the world know who we were,” said “Mo” Abudu.

Extreme poverty and underdeveloped desert land are the two images of Africa most often seen on television, Abudu says.

“The realties that you often see on television are not the only realities that exist.  So it is important for us to show the world that there’s another reality.  Also it is important for us as Africans to see a more positive side of Africa rather than that that is often reported, I am sorry to say, by the Western media,” she said.

These realities include a growing middle class and modern technologies impacting all aspects of life, she says.

The network’s flagship program, a talk show called ‘Moments With Mo,’ has led fans to dub Abudu as ‘Africa’s Oprah.’

Abudu says she has not met American media mogul and TV star Oprah Winfrey, but she wants to.

“This is someone I have looked up to all my life.  She is an unknowing mentor, black woman who is strong and powerful and made her impact felt globally,” she said.

In the meantime EbonyLife is sponsoring a new home in Lagos that is expected to house 100 girls that would otherwise be living on the streets.

Young African women face enormous challenges, she says, but she is living proof that it is possible for them to lead industries on the continent.

“What I would like to say to young women in Africa today that want to be like me is that you have to just work really, really hard.  You are going to get lots of knocks, people telling you can not do it.   Which is why its important for you to have that deep-seated belief that you can do it,” she said.

Abudu does not deny that some African stereotypes are part of life in Nigeria.  But Africa is changing fast, she says, and part of her mission is show that these stereotypes are not the entire picture.

Written by Heather Murdock

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20 Mar 2014 And finally, it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. Want to win a massive bunch of flowers for mum? Listen up!

To celebrate Mothers Day, EL Now will hand deliver to your mum one exquisite luxury bouquet courtesy Newton and David, premiere home of luxury flower arrangements and event set designs.

All you have to do is tweet in 140 characters, an original poem to your mother with the hashtag #lovemymum to @el_nowtv.

The winner of the best poem will be announced on Friday, and have their poem specially read out to their mum on EL NOW. So all yea Shakespeares, get creative and start tweeting!

Best of luck!



20 Mar 2014 Jazz lovers out there, cry out with joy for the time is nigh! The dates are official; this year’s Calabar Jazz Festival is locked down for the 18th to the 21st of April. The announcement was made yesterday at a press conference held in Lagos where the truck load of exciting events where listed. From music to art exhibitions to cocktails, concerts and after parties, this year is billed to be chock full of the best of entertainment.

And of course there’s the small matter of the star-studded line up which this year includes Timotha Lanae, Jimmy Dludlu, Salvador Sango, Dare Art Alade and Keisha Cole.

EL Now news gathers there are 3 other secret headliners to attend this year’s gig so as Ebonylife TV is closely collaborating with the event, it’d keep it down with El Now for all the exclusives on the 2014 Calabar Jazz Festival.