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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Book your tables now!

 

EbonyLife TV’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.

 

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.

 

Mother's Day: In Nigeria, a Day for Reflection

This year, this Mother’s Day, I am conflicted.

On one side, my thoughts lie solely with the mothers of the missing schoolgirls, the victims of a heinous crime. Although terrorism is a tragic fact of life in today’s world — across all borders and all walks of life, when it hits home, it causes a unique type of pain. I believe that every Nigerian of conscience is carrying a heavy heart these days, sharing a communal distress for these innocent children and their families. As a mother myself, I can only imagine the agony.

There are certain rogue elements of our society that are determined to confine our women and our culture to their distorted interpretation of religious teachings. They aim to establish a system that will deny women education and meaningful participation in society, and their tactics are ruthless.

Yet, the other side is this: Although my country and my people are filled with grief over this recent incident and the other attacks that we have endured at the hands of terrorists, we are not defined by it. There is more to our story. I want the U.S. and the world to have a clear and multidimensional picture of my country — and especially its women. So I will use this occasion to celebrate the women of Nigeria, the women who give me hope, the women who cannot and will not be intimidated or subjugated.

There has been considerable media attention lately on the up-and-coming economic powerhouse that is Nigeria today. Yet, we ought not overlook the fact that many of the hands that have helped to build this thriving economy — both in the government and the burgeoning private sector — belong to women. In Nigeria, women are holding positions of power at the highest echelons of government, private sector, and civil society.

We are an integral and forceful element to our country’s growth and advancement. And we will not allow fringe elements, driven by intolerance and hatefulness, to determine our country’s future or our role in it.

This week, Nigeria is hosting the World Economic Forum in Abuja. We are connecting the entrepreneurs and innovators of Africa to the rest of the globe. And as those who are in attendance can surely attest to, looking around the room at WEF, many of these movers and shakers and these leaders of tomorrow are women.

The women of Africa refuse to be dragged down by the will of the despicable few. Even in the darkest of days, we will endure, we will march on. And we will continue working to forge a better, brighter tomorrow for our people.

God bless the women of Africa.

 

Mo Abudu joins hundreds of Lagosians in “Bring Back our Girls” Rally

Lagos, Nigeria (May 05, 2014) Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, joined Women for Peace and Justice, a coalition of civil society groups, human rights activists and other good spirited Nigerians in a sympathy rally on Monday, lending her super celebrity voice and status to the global call for the rescue and return of Nigeria’s missing children, the Chibok school girls.

Over 200 secondary school girls were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 15, 2014, by a suspected militant group, Boko Haram, a situation which has attracted huge international attention and outcry, especially in the United Kingdom and the USA.

In the one million-man march to the Lagos State Governor’s office organized by the coalition, the group called on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan; members of the National Assembly and all the security agencies to urgently rev up the nation’s security machinery, rescue the kidnapped girls and also forestall further mishaps capable of endangering Nigerians and jeopardizing the peace of the nation.

“These indeed, are trying times for us as a nation,” began Mo Abudu. “The abduction of the Chibok girls from their school shows the shocking abyss that we may be descending into as a nation. This is one national disaster too many and we must all rise to condemn the dastardly and unconscionable act. These girls are future mothers and nation builders and they cannot just disappear like that. They must be found! Everyone must do something; the government and we the people alike. It’s a Monday morning when we all should perhaps be at work, but it’s important to take a moment to let the world know that we stand with these girls, their families, their communities and the nation at large, at this grave moment.”

The demonstration, which had a large turnout of aggrieved protesters, took an enormous toll on the Monday morning traffic as it caused major snarl-ups and disruption on all roads leading to the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa.

However, the demands of the discontented Lagosians were clear and strident. Coordinator of the Lagos rally, Mrs Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, Executive Director of Murtala Muhammed Foundation had this to say: “We are making it a little uncomfortable for the people trying to get to work, but it is important for all of us to stop, pause and think about the pain and suffering of the girls and the anguish of their families who have suffered untold emotional trauma since the incident occurred.”

Continuing, she said; “The longer it takes to rescue our girls, the greater the dangers they are exposed to. The lack of action is unacceptable, the growing insecurity is worrisome and we as Nigerians demand an immediate end to the politicization of insecurity in this country.”

Another member of the rally, Ms. Yemisi Ransome Kuti of the Cosmopolitan Women’s club noted that everyone present at the rally was a concerned citizen that did not believe that those directly concerned had put in adequate effort towards rescuing the missing girls. “Today, we and millions of Nigerian women, men and children call on the Federal Government, members of the National Assembly and the security agencies to bring back our girls and the women living in captivity alive!” she said.

The group questioned many issues surrounding the globally condemned abduction including why security had not been beefed up around more vulnerable targets even after threats by the militant group; how terrorists could pass freely in an area that was supposedly under emergency rule; why insecurity was on the increase in spite of massive increase in military spending by government in the country; and why there was so much confusion about the exact number of the missing girls.

The protest march, which also had celebrities like BankyW, Tiwa Savage, Waje, along with secondary school children, market women and many well-meaning Nigerians, commenced at the Allen Roundabout Ikeja and proceeded towards Awolowo Way onto the Governor’s office, Alausa, where the coalition handed over its petition to the Governor for onward relay to His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan.

 

EBONYLIFE TV CEO MO ABUDU GETS HONORED AT THE CENTURY FOR AFRICAN WOMAN FORUM

10 Mar 2014 CEO of  Africa’s leading first Global Black Entertainment channel Ebonylife Tv Mosunmola Abudu added more springs to her steps as she was honoured Entrepreneur of the Year at the Century for African Women Forum which took place in New york City over the weekend in celebration of International Womens Day

The Century for African women forum, which brings together transformational women with global perspectives on modern issues announced their Women Werk 2014 honourees which celebrates the rich and positive contributions of African women across the globe.

In her acceptance speech the Channel Boss expressed her gratitude for the recognition and celebrated the Ebonylife TV team .

She was also honoured alongside Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, U.S former president Bill Clinton and other well deserving honourees.

Congratulations Ma’am, we at Ebonylife Tv are solidly behind ya!

 

Mo Abudu Speaks at Friends of Africa Lagos Social Media Week

LAGOS (February 18, 2014) Executive Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Lifestyle and Entertainment Network, Mo Abudu, will be speaking as a panellist at Friends Africa’s session at the 2nd Lagos Social Media Week tagged “THE POWER OF ADVOCACY: USING SOCIAL/OTHER FORMS OF MEDIA”, scheduled to hold on February 21st from 10:30 – 11:30am at Four Points by Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos.

This worldwide event explores the social, cultural and economic impact of social media and seeks to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.

Friends Africa is pan-Africa’s leading health advocacy organization which works to mobilize strategic political and financial support for the fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria through advocacy, technical assistance, documentation and capacity building. Its board consists of H.E Madame Jeannette Kagame, First Lady, Rwanda; Madam Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; H.E Gen. Yakubu Gowon and other captains of industry. Through the support and commitment of the board, Friends of Africa has raised over $50 million from African governments to support the fight against major pandemics and have also set the pace and spurred the private sector into action through their Gift from Africa Campaign that has raised over $5million towards Africa’s healthcare.

With recent happenings around the issue of HIV/AIDS, Anti-Gay Right Bills, Rape, Violence against Women and other socio-economic issues, the Friends of Africa session is designed to focus on the important role social media and other media platforms play in advocacy; drawing attention to a development issue.

According to CEO & Founder of Friends of Africa, Dr. Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba, “The session will attempt to highlight the ripple effect of these actions and how platforms such as EbonyLife TV can address these issues. It is expected to inspire change by sharing real life experiences and best practices from actors on the field who have successfully advocated for a cause using programmes and other media platforms to increase attention on the issue.”

In addition, Dr. Ikemba promises, “The session will also look into the role of government agencies, security personnel (the police, army), on air programs / personalities, social media outlets, (bloggers), celebrities and key influencers within society whose platform can be utilised to further advocate and ensure that civil society groups work endeavour that the right results are achieved.”

Mo Abudu will be speaking alongside very high level seasoned speakers to include Mr.  Aigboje I. Aig-Imoukhuede; Mr. Emeka Opara, Director Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel; Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, CEO, Women Arise for Change Initiative; and Mr. Gbenga Sesan, CEO, Paradigm Initiative. Also billed to attend the event are an array of guests to include Chief Executives and Directors of non-profits, human right organizations, on-site and virtual activists, civil society groups, media and outreach officers of non-profits and staff of grassroots NGOs to the General Public.

 

WomenWerk Announces “The Century of the African Woman” Forum and Gala on March 8th in New York City

NEW YORK, NY – WomenWerk announces “The Century of the African Woman” Forum and Gala in honor of International Women’s Day. The two-part celebration offers inspiring opportunities to learn, invest, and network on Saturday, March 8th in New York City, NY.   The Forum will take place from 10am to 4pm at 25 Broadway, 7thFloor in lower Manhattan, and the Gala will take place at 7:00pm at 524 West 59th Street, 6th Floor in midtown Manhattan.

The Forum brings together transformational women with global perspective on modern issues. WomenWerk is proud to host renowned author Taiye Selasi, CEO and inventor Jessica O. Matthews, fashion mogul Adiat Disu of Adiree and Africa Fashion Weeks, and Professor Abena Busia, among others.  Panel topics include: the successes and challenges women face, a debate about feminism, opportunities for collaboration and social impact, and an inter-generational roundtable. The Forum consists of four panel sessions outlined at www.womenwerk.com. Admission to the Forum is free with advance registration at http://womenwerk.eventbrite.com.

WomenWerk is pleased to announce its hallmark Gala celebrating the rich and positive contributions of African women across the globe. The event will feature a VIP cocktail reception, live entertainment, and WomenWerk’s most prominent international supporters. Opening remarks for the evening will be made by Mimi Alemayehou, Executive Vice-President of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the United State’s Development Finance Institution. Headliners for the event are Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, current Finance Minister and Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria and former Managing Director of the World Bank, President Bill Clinton and The Clinton Foundation headquartered in New York, Mo Abudu, Founder and CEO of Ebony Life Television, Africa’s first black-owned global entertainment network, and Dr. Mehret Mandefro, President of media house Truth Aid and winner of a 2014 Sundance Film Festival Award. Hosts for the evening are Ijeoma Genevieve Mbamalu, Founder of MUI-The PR Company and DJ Universe, leading Afrobeats DJ.  Tickets for the Gala are available at http://womenwerk.eventbrite.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

WomenWerk provides a platform for women to affirm and celebrate individual and collective success. Partners for the 2014 Forum and Gala include MUI-The PR Company, CUNY USS, Columbia African Students Alliance and Incognito Entertainment. Visit WomenWerk online at www.womenwerk.com. For press inquires and access to the media reception, email WomenWerk@gmail.com.

 

EBONYLIFE TV HOSTS “MEET & GREET” WITH INVEST AFRICA

EbonyLife TV, Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment Network, last Saturday hosted a “Meet & Greet” event involving many high flying and successful women in the society and representatives of Invest Africa, a UK based group and platform for business leaders, private investors and entrepreneurs.

The event, which held at Wheat Baker Hotel in Ikoyi at the behest of the CEO and Executive Chairman of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, was an opportunity for women entrepreneurs in businesses from different sectors in the Nigerian economy to network with each other and the Invest Africa team in order to learn how they can access foreign funds to start or expand their businesses.

The Invest Africa group is founded by Robert Hersov, a managing partner for Sapinda UK, with a focus on Africa and funding deal size ranging from $5m to $5bn. Members of the visiting delegation included Preston Haskell, a businessman from St Kitts whose area of interests covers natural resources, real estate and finance, with deal size up to $100m in mining and property.

Also present were Bence Katai, with a PE company deal size between $10m – $50m; Erik Wigertz with interest in Oil & Gas, with deal size exceeding $100m; Nouriel Roubini, an American businessman considered one of the best and most prolific macro-economists in the world and Tim Whyte whose area of focus is agriculture and coal mining, with deal size exceeding $100m, amongst other distinguished investors and entrepreneurs.

In attendance at the event included the Honourable Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson; CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Mrs. Bola Adeola; CEO of Stanbic Bank, Mrs. Sola David-Borha; Her Excellency, the First lady of Cross River State, Mrs. Obioma Imoke; Her Excellency, immediate past first lady of Cross River State, Mrs. Onari Duke, among myriads of successful and sterling celebrities, professionals, among others.

Rob Hershov, founder of Invest Africa, while introducing his team members emphasized the need to empower women and give them access to funding as women have increasingly larger roles to play in the economic decisions in African homes. He pointed out that on the average, women were more likely to pay back their debts than men, and hence were more credit worthy. On the development of business, economies and nation building, Mr. Hershov noted that “governments cannot build economies; entrepreneurs will”.

In her speech at the event, the Honourable Minster for Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson encouraged women to play more prominent roles in the ICT sector of the economy as she believes that there are many more women Steve Jobs and Bill Gates waiting to be discovered in the Nigeria ICT Sector.

Initiator of the Meet & Greet, Mo Abudu has this to say about the event, “As funding becomes increasingly critical to business growth and sustainability in Africa, it becomes highly imperative for women to begin to move from social networking to business networking. So during my last trip to the UK, I had meetings with the Invest Africa team and managed to encourage them to come and meet with Nigerian business women for the purpose of networking towards empowering them with knowledge about how to access funding for their business. I’m happy to see this happen and hopefully this blossoms into great results and even greater opportunities for us women.”

 

About EbonyLife TV:

EbonyLife TV is Africa’s first Global Black Entertainment Network showcasing the best of Africa for a ‘Global Black’ audience. The channel commenced broadcast on July 1, 2013 on DStv, producing and broadcasting to 44 African Countries, over 1000 hours of non-stop, original and premium programming with world-class production values.

Positioned to be the home of the best of African content available, EbonyLife TV brings together disparate African cultures via a shared class identity – a Global Black uniqueness that extends beyond geographical borders and links Africa with a Diaspora of international Global Black role models.

With the tagline “Live the EbonyLife”, the channel is proud to be broadcasting exclusively African original programming which is both inspirational and aspirational, celebrating style and success while motivating its audiences to dream and dream big. The EbonyLife TV channel is one in which every programme, from Reality to Talk, Drama to Entertainment and Comedy, leaves viewers with that cool, glossy, polished and sophisticated experience.