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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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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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AMVCA jury head announced

M-Net, the MultiChoice-owned TV channel behind the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), has announced the head of the jury for the 2018 event.

Deborah Odutayo

As the AMVCAs draw closer, taking place in September, veteran filmmaker Deborah Odutayo has been confirmed in the role for this year’s awards.

Commenting on the news, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, director of M-Net West Africa, said: “Debbie Odutayo is a respected and seasoned television professional who brings extensive experience and renown to the AMVCA judging process.

“Her appointment as head judge is in tandem with the AMVCAs being the biggest celebration of film and television talent in Africa. We are thrilled to have her with us as head judge, and we ask that our viewers stay tuned as preparations for the show enter the final stages.”

With more than 30 years of experience in TV, Odutayo was most recently president of the Electronic Media Content Owners Association of Nigeria, the umbrella body for corporate TV content producers in the country. She also co-founded the Royal Roots Communication Network.

Hosted annually, the AMVCAs celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in film and television. For the last five years, they have been hosted in March. However, the sixth edition will be held on September 1 this year.

Entries for this year’s AMVCAs began on March 1 and ended April 30. The 2018 AMVCAs will broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on MultiChoice’s pay TV platforms DSTV and GOtv.

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Women in TV: Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu

“I’m responsible for my own success and I have never limited my capabilities because I am a woman. I don’t see the gender factor because your performance and consistency will take you far in life.” Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu

March is recognised worldwide as women’s month. In view of this, Content Nigeria is celebrating women who have made an impact in Nigeria’s TV industry.

Today we profile Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, regional director for West Africa at M-Net, who has proven to be a constant innovator and achiever, inspiring everyone she comes across.

Mba-Uzoukwu has had a passion for broadcasting since she was a child, when she aspired to become a newscaster. After competing in a beauty pageant at 17, she went on to study political science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, forsaking her dreams of studying international relations and becoming a diplomat.

A few years after graduating in 1992, Mba-Uzoukwu started working at marketing agency Tequila Nigeria as its client service manager. She later went on to study direct marketing at the Institute of Direct Marketing in the UK, bagging a post-graduate diploma. Afterwards, she went on to work in the Nigerian offices of several multinational companies, such as British American Tobacco, Coca-Cola and Airtel.

Mba-Uzoukwu joined pay TV broadcaster M-Net Africa in 2012 as its West African regional manager, in charge of strategic planning, marketing and operations.

In 2014, she became the regional director for M-Net’s operations in West Africa, managing its various channels, including Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Family, Africa Magic Epic, Africa Magic Urban, Africa Magic World and three local-language channels: Africa Magic Hausa, Africa Magic Yoruba and Africa Magic Igbo.

She pioneered the launch of Africa Magic Igbo and the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, driven by her passion for the television and film industry in Nigeria.

According to Mba-Uzoukwu, her ideas are aided by the fact that she launched her career in strategic planning and marketing first. She once said that her husband persuaded her to go into marketing because she seemed to have a zest for it. For Wangi, content is key and the right kind helps to broaden minds.

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AMVCAs to be held in September

Pay TV operator MultiChoice has announced that the sixth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) will take place on September 1 this year.

John Ugbe
Entries for the AMVCAs will begin on March 1 and end on April 30. Only films or TV series that were broadcast or publicly screened during the period October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018 are eligible for entry.

This year’s award ceremony is sponsored by Konga and supported by Nokia and Heritage Bank.

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, director of MultiChoice-owned M-Net West Arica, said: “Nearly one year after the last AMVCAs, we are pleased to announce the call to entry for the 2018 edition.”

In all there will be 27 award categories, seven of which will be open to the public, the remaining 20 categories will be deliberated upon by the AMVCA panel of judges. The categories will include; best actor/actress, best director, best scriptwriter, best short film, best movie soundtrack and best costume design.

John Ugbe, MD of MultiChoice Nigeria, added: “We have been inundated by calls from filmmakers across Africa, with everyone asking when the AMVCAs would return for another edition.

“After a brief hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that 2018 will indeed mark the sixth consecutive year of MultiChoice and Africa Magic successfully hosting the AMVCAs and we remain proud of the improvements seen in the industry since the inception of the awards as we know that these cannot be ignored or overstated.

“Furthermore, our continued investment demonstrates our dedication in helping unearth and celebrate talent on continent. We believe the 2018 edition of the AMVCAs will leave an even bigger impact on the African film production industry than the previous five.”

The AMVCAs debuted in 2013, with the aim of celebrating the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry. It has since become a prestigious annual award event that the film and television industry look forward to.

According to an AMVCA representative, this year’s event is being held in September rather than March because of the ongoing Big Brother Naija show and upcoming Fifa World Cup, which would clash with its awards if they were held in March, as previously.

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Big Brother Naija auditions to begin

Auditions for the third season of Nigeria’s top reality show, Big Brother Naija, are set to take place across the country this weekend, reports Gabriella Opara.

The auditions are being held on December 9 and 10 in six locations, Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Enugu and Delta State.

The venues for the auditions are the Westown Hotel in Lagos; Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt; MultiChoice office, Maitama, Abuja; Mauve 21 event centre, Ibadan; Oakland Hotel & Park, Enugu; and Deluxe Garden Suites, Warri.

The producers of Big Brother Naija – which recently won a Nigerian Entertainment Award for best TV show of 2017 – believe the new season will be more exhilarating and entertaining than ever following the success of season two on MultiChoice-owned DStv and GOtv this year.

The increase in audition locations from three to six highlights the growing popularity and acceptance that Big Brother Naija gained with its second season, which came 11 years after the show’s first run.

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, regional director at broadcaster M-Net West Africa, said: “Around the globe, the Big Brother format remains one of the most popular genres of entertainment and this is also the case in Nigeria.

“Big Brother Nigeria was one of the most successful reality shows not just in Nigeria but around the continent, with a record number of votes [from viewers to evict housemates] and many of the housemates going on to pursue careers in entertainment. We are delighted to have the show return for a third edition and cannot wait for our audiences to once again tune in to experience all of the exciting entertainment  the show is sure to provide.”

Sponsored by Nigerian online shopping platform Payporte, Big Brother season three will see 12 contestants go through the emotional roller-coaster of sharing a house together, rewarding the last one standing with a cash prize and a car. The third season will premiere in 2018 after the selection process is complete.

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