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Africa Magic pop-up channel returns

Africa Magic’s Nollywood Stars pop-up channel is set to return between October 6 and November 6 on DStv and GOtv.

The channel will offer DStv and GOtv Max and Plus customers uninterrupted Nollywood entertainment, including movies starring Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Rita Dominic, Majid Michel, Deyemi Okanlawon, Blossom Chukwujekwu and Lydia Forson.

Africa Magic channels director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said: “The return of the channel will be a treat for DStv and GOtv customers this October, offering uninterrupted Nollywood entertainment at no extra cost. Africa Magic is undoubtedly the home for first-class movies and series from Nollywood.

“We have curated the biggest Nollywood movies – both new and epic – that have featured on our channels and will air them for one month with no repeats.”

The pop-up channel will be available on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29.

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UK cop under fire for BBNaija appearance

Khafi Kareem has appeared in recruitment campaigns for the Met police in London

Nigerian-born British police officer Khafi Kareem is being investigated for taking part in Nigerian reality TV show Big Brother Naija without permission.

According to the Metropolitan Police in London, Kareem was granted unpaid leave for an unrelated reason but was not granted permission to be on the show.

It said in a statement: “The Met is aware that the officer has since appeared on the show without authority. The Met does not support the officer’s appearance nor does she represent the Met whilst appearing on the show.”

Kareem is now the subject of an inquiry by the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards. “Any officer found to have breached police standards of professional behaviour could face misconduct proceedings,” the force added.

Her romantic relationship with fellow contestant Ekpata Gedoni in the Big Brother house has raised eyebrows.

Television channel Africa Magic said: “Police officer Khafi Kareem believes that you can have it all if you believe in yourself.

“She is not only hoping to win the prize money but she wants the exposure that being in Big Brother Naija House brings so that she can do societal good.

“What people don’t know about her is that she is secretly talented in spoken word, singing and dancing. She is an Ekiti native who resides in London.”

Kareem has previously appeared as a poster girl for the Met alongside commissioner Cressida Dick to encourage black and female recruitment and celebrate 100 years of women in the force.

A Met source said: “She’s a serving British police officer – it’s outrageous. She asked permission to go on the show but, when her request was refused, she went anyway. Her out-of-office email reply blatantly says that she is away from work, yet no one does anything.

“Other officers working with her are furious that she can just disobey orders then swan off Africa and tarnish the reputation of the force.”

Kareem started as a PC in the London borough of Lambeth in 2015 after four years as a part-time special constable.

Another Met spokesman said: “All officers have a duty to behave with professionalism and in a manner that does not bring the Met into disrepute whether on or off duty.”

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Interswitch SPAK contest winner crowned

The winner of the first televised Interswitch SPAK national science competition has been announced.

Akachukwu Anumudu receives his Interswitch SPAK prize

Sixteen-year-old Akachukwu Anumudu of Apostolic Faith Secondary School, Anthony, Lagos beat eight other contestants to take the prize.

After coming top in various levels of the competition, Akachukwu won the grand prize of N7.5m worth of tertiary education scholarship spread over five years, a laptop and a monthly stipend during the course of the scholarship.

He said: “Whenever I see people win at competitions, I always wondered if I could ever get that lucky. But now I know it’s beyond luck and I am glad that all my sleepless nights and hard work paid off. I am very grateful to Interswitch because they made me who I am today. Before now, I was very shy and reserved, but my whole experience at the Interswitch SPAK 1.0 has helped build my confidence and prepared me for the future.”

Mitchell Elegbe, group MD and founder of pan-African electronic payment and digital commerce company Interswitch Group, said: “You have emerged winner of this competition and that makes you a very special person. However, you must remember that although having a high IQ is necessary, it is not sufficient for success in life. We hope you will take all you have learnt during this competition and apply it where necessary. We wish you greater success in life and we will be with you every step of the way.”

Henry Umunna of the Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja was the first runner-up who won N4m-worth of scholarship spread over three years, while Onyedikachi Kanu, from Dority International School, Aba, won N1m for one year.

The innovation challenge was won by Team Neptune, made up of nine SS2 students who developed a technology solution that provides Nigerians with easy access to National Health Insurance.

They were given a medal and a laptop each as well as a chance to take part in a two-week internship programme at Interswitch’s head office in Lagos.

Other prize winners were awarded N500, 000 each as consolation prizes for being in the top nine, while the last woman standing, Glory Okoli, was given an additional N250, 000.

The initiative was spearheaded by Interswitch and the show aired on DSTV’s Africa Magic Channel 154.

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Interswitch SPAK quizshow debuts

The maiden edition of the Interswitch SPAK national science quizshow will air tomorrow with N12.5m worth of scholarship up for grabs.

Mitchell Elegbe

The initiative is spearheaded by pan-African electronic payment and digital commerce company Interswitch Group and the show will air on DSTV’s Africa Magic Channel 154

Eighty-one contestants were selected to compete out of more than 11,000 applicants from private and public secondary schools.

This competition is mainly for students in SS2 aged between 14 and 17 and is aimed at promoting and rewarding the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics  among senior secondary school students across Africa.

Mitchell Elegbe, group MD at Interswitch, said: “The Interswitch SPAK is a huge investment by Interswitch and we are very passionate about it. With this project, we are breaking boundaries, we are going outside the box, we are equipping African youths with the capacity to solve problems.

“The TV quizshow, which will debut on Saturday October 27, promises to be very interesting as the students will be expected to collaborate to provide solutions to social problems and at the same time compete for the title of Best Science Student in Nigeria. I am looking forward to it and urge Nigerians to tune in.”

The first prize winner will be awarded N7.5m worth of scholarship in tertiary education spread over five years, while first and second runners-up also receive cash prizes in the form of scholarship.

There will also be an innovation challenge to further test the students.

The competition will air at 7pm and will be repeated the following Tuesday at 3pm.

The other stations set to carry the show are AIT, TVC Lagos, STV Jos, NTA Kano, EBS Edo, NTA Port-Harcourt, DBS Asaba and OSRC Akure.

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Yanga! acquires Omotoso movies

Yanga! TV has acquired network premier rights within the UK and Ireland to air Akin Omotoso’s award-winning films Man on Ground and Tell Me Sweet Something in November.

Akin Omotoso

Nigerian director Omotoso hails from Ibadan and has acted in several movies, including Blood Diamond and Shake Hands With the Devil.

He has also directed several short films and his first feature was God is African in 2003. He has directed series like Jacob’s Cross and Fifty, which now airs on Africa Magic and M-Net. He also helmed Jesus & the Giant, A Hotel Called Memory and Vaya.

Yanga! CEO Lindsey Oliver said: “We could not be prouder to broadcast acclaimed director Akin Omotoso’s work on Yanga! TV, further cementing our goal to be the best broadcaster of African content to the diaspora, bringing brilliant and vibrant auteur voices from Africa directly to viewers in the UK and Ireland.”

Tell Me Something Sweet is a story centering on a Johannesburg woman who falls in love with a male model, setting off a complicated love rollercoaster. Funded by the African Women’s Development Fund, this film has won two awards at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

Man On Ground, meanwhile, is a crime drama about a young Nigerian refugee in Johannesburg who goes missing amidst rioting by immigrants. It premiered in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival and won two AMVCAs.

Yanga! will air the films in the UK in November and is available on Sky channel 453 and Freesat channel 171.

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Lara & the Beat movie set for TV spin-off

Lara & the Beat follows two sisters who have to rebuild their lives after a financial scandal

The producer of Nigerian movie Lara & the Beat, released in July, is creating a TV spin-off featuring characters from the film.

The TV series will focus on two female characters from the movie, Lara and Dara, in a new story. It will be produced by Biola Alabi and directed by Tosin Coker, the duo behind the movie.

Biola Alabi

Biola Alabi, CEO of Lagos production company Biola Alabi Media (BAM), said: “We are creating another world around them so we are not just leaving them in the film; we are creating a television series around them.”

Regarding other characters in the movie,  she said: “You will see younger versions of them in books and TV series, even in educational formats, so you might be using them for health campaigns.”

Described by BAM as “a coming-of-age movie,” Lara & the Beat follows two sisters caught in a financial scandal around their late parents’ media empire. They are forced out of their privileged bubble and must learn to build their own future and salvage their family’s past.

Former M-Net chief Alabi has also previously produced BAM food/travel series Bukas & Joints, which airs on AIT, Africa Magic and The Africa Channel in the US, as well as the 2017 movie Banana Island Ghost.

Lara & the Beat’s cast includes Chinedu Ikedieze, Bimbo Manuel, Chioma Akpotha, Lala Akindoju and Uche Jombo. Although the release date for the TV spin-off has not been disclosed, it is already in development.

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Africa Magic returns to Hustle

Hustle

Africa Magic’s Lagos-set comedy series Hustle is set to return for a third season with new characters and fresh storylines.

The show features Seun Ajayi in the lead role, supported by Afeez Oyetoro, Seyi Law, Sola Sobowale and former reality TV star Tobi Bakre, who appeared in the third season of Big Brother Naija.

It follows a Lagos hustler who will do anything to make his dreams come true, as well as those of his neighbours, in the Nigerian city.

Africa Magic channel director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said: “We are delighted to bring season three of Hustle this October. Since it premiered in 2016, it has continued to receive positive reviews for its depiction of the vibrant and never-die spirit of the average Lagosian.

“It is our mission to keep Africa entertained with the best local content, and in this season of Hustle, fans will be in for more tales of city life as the series promises to be more hilarious.”

Launching this evening, the show will air on weeknights on Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) at 18.30 WAT.

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Africa Magic names AMVCA hopefuls

Best TV Series nominee Professor Johnbull

The countdown to the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) has begun with the announcement of nominees in the various award categories.

Nigerian comedian Bovi and Ghanian actress Joselyn Dumas unveiled the nominees on Africa Magic channels available on DSTV and GOtv.

Papa Ajasco Reloaded

The 27 award categories include Best Short Film or Online Video, Best Movie East Africa, Best Movie Southern Africa, Best Overall Movie and Best Television Series.

The nominees in the Best Television Series category are Gina & Friends, Professor Johnbull, Papa Ajasco Reloaded, This Is It and Relatives.

Other nominees include Bolanle Olukanni for her documentary God’s Wives, actor Toyin Aimakhu for her role in Tatu and Ik Ogbonna for his role in Excess Luggage.

Voting has begun and will end on August 24. Voting can only be done via the Africa Magic website.

The sixth edition of the AMVCAs is set to be held on September 1.

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AMVCAs attract 3,000 entries

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu

The 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) have received more than 3,000 entries from across Africa, with the shortlist of nominees to be revealed later this month.

Ghanaian actress Joselyn Dumas and Nigerian comedian Bovi will unveil the nominees in each category on June 30. The AMVCAs are organised by MultiChoice-owned African broadcaster Africa Magic.

The number of entries was revealed by Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, director of MultiChoice division M-Net West Africa, who added that the event’s judges had reviewed each entry thoroughly before making selections for the shortlist.

The nominees will be announced live on all Africa Magic channels on DSTV and GOtv at 19.00, West African time.

The annual AMVCAs celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians to the African film and TV industry. The sixth edition will be held on September 1 this year and will be broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels.

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LFA stages first writing masterclasses

The Lagos Film Academy (LFA) has concluded its first TV writing masterclasses, which featured scribe Chris Ihidero (Fuji House of Commotion, Hush) sharing his wisdom about the TV business.

Chris Ihidero

According to the writer/director/producer, being a TV scriptwriter entails more than just talent. “In TV, there’s never enough time or money. What is crucial is to know, as a writer, when to compromise and when not to. Learn not to give excuses,” he said.

Other coaches at the masterclasses included script editor Ijeoma Ogwuegbu-Uduma and TV producer and director Olufemi Ogunsanwo.

Ogwuegbu-Uduma has edited scripts for various TV shows, including Tinsel and MTV Shuga. Ogunsanwo is one of the directors of Africa Magic’s Ajoche.

The masterclasses were concluded with First Fridays, an event that provides a platform for Nollywood professionals to network.

The LFA aims to equip aspiring scriptwriters with the necessary skills and information to succeed in the TV industry.

Ihidero has directed over 100 hours of TV, including Fuji House of Commotion, Shuga, Now We Are Married, VIP and Hush.

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NGO to launch reality show

An information and communication technology (ICT)-themed reality TV show is set to launch in Nigeria.

Geek or Guru will begin broadcasting this year, after being unveiled at the 10th anniversary of non-governmental organisation SEITAC Initiative.

The show will feature 15 contestants competing for a prize of N10m in seed funding, sponsored training abroad and other cash prizes.

The contestants will live together in a house for eight weeks and the show will air on TV channels including Africa Magic, AIT and STV. It will also be available on social media platforms

Geek or Guru is geared towards discovering the talent and enthusiasm in Nigerian youth that will help revolutionise the country’s ICT industry.

“Over the years, we have carried out ICT trainings and empowerment for young men and women in various ways. We tutor them on how to become independent in certain businesses,” said a representative of SEITAC Initiative.

“We also partner with other NGOs to teach our youth how to be more creative through the use of technology. The whole idea is about providing indigenous solutions to the decline in technology adoption in the country.

“Instead of going across the Mediterranean to seek greener pasture abroad, our youths can now look inwards to realise their dreams. We have lost so many talented people to other countries, to the detriment of our economy.”

The launch date of Geek or Guru is yet to be announced.

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Nwachukwu to focus on presenting

Uti Nwachukwu, winner of Big Brother Africa season five and host of Africa Magic’s entertainment show Jara, has said he would rather present TV shows and emcee events than take up a “low-paying” acting job in Nollywood, reports Gabriella Opara.

Uti Nwachukwu

In a recent interview with Nigerian newspaper Punch, he said that despite the pizzazz and glamour of showbiz, Nigeria’s film industry proves the adage “all that glitters is not gold,” because there isn’t much money to be made in the industry.

“I haven’t been in the country [for a while] but I am back now,” he told Punch. “I took a break from acting because it doesn’t pay much and I am not ready for that kind of life. I don’t want to pretend about it, so I am only focusing on what brings greater remuneration, which is television presenting and hosting of events.”

Nwachukwu said he would prefer to take up acting as a sideline, as he believed producers can’t afford to pay what he would charge to act in a movie, saying: “Acting would just be a hobby because, honestly, producers can’t afford to pay what I want to earn.

“But I will not stay away from movies totally; I will pick only exceptional movies instead of featuring in all the ones I am invited to partake in. I don’t have so much time for little money. I am not here to pretend all is well. I am in the industry to make money; I am not in the industry to play.”

Nwachukwu has signed up to appear in the sequel to 2015 Nollywood flick Mummy Dearest.

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Nollywood star unveils reality show

Nollywood celebrity Jim Iyke, star of award-winning 2012 movie Last Flight to Abuja, has launched a TV gameshow, The Adventurer.

To be aired twice weekly on African TV channels Africa Magic, TVC Entertainment, AIT and Silverbird TV, as well as via its own app, the reality show is about testing the endurance levels and IQ of competitors with epic tasks and challenges.

To qualify for selection as a contestant, members of the public between the ages of 18 and 30 should download The Adventurer app from Android or Apple stores, the show’s producers said.

Using the app, wannabe contestants can purchase a code for N1,000, play a game and wait to be selected as one of the top 50 semi-finalists – from over 300,000 players – who will head to boot camps in Abuja and Kaduna.

After going through a training process, 16 competitors will be selected as finalists. Each will be taken to Cape Town, South Africa, where they will stay for 22 days and compete more vigorously for a cash prize of US$10,000, which will be awarded to the last one standing.

The Adventurer also aims to address major issues of unity in Nigeria and xenophobia in South Africa, Iyke said. The film star will host the show, which comes after his reality TV debut in Jim Iyke Unscripted in 2013.

Regarding his new reality show, Iyke said: “Basically, we take people from different diverse backgrounds and just pose their ideas and perspectives together.

“In that effort, we hope that we force some sort of conversations that our country hasn’t started to lead. At the end of the day, a new narrative, hopefully, will be forced out of them.”

The Adventurer is being produced and packaged by Abuja-based Pixelator Multimedia. The company said: “This show has been created specifically to produce a high-quality media property that can stand toe to toe with the best of the First World’s reality competitions.

“Chances are that if you’re impressed by Amazing Race, Survivor and The Bachelor/Bachelorette, you will be blown away by Adventurer.”

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