MultiChoice-owned movie channel Africa Magic has launched a cooking show hosted by Nigerian actor and media personality Nancy Isime.
Jollof With Me is a hybrid cooking show in partnership with global leading hand-wash brand Carex and dishwashing liquid company Morning Fresh.
In the show, Isime invites famous friends over for a meal and fun, light-hearted conversation. It also sees Isime making a cocktail that best describes the guest, who then tastes and rates the drink.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, channel director at Africa Magic, said: “It’s the season of celebration despite all that has happened in this interesting year. We all know how important food is during the festivities, and Africa Magic is always looking out for content to keep the subscribers entertained.
“This is why we have partnered with two important brands, Carex and Morning Fresh, to come up with this exciting cooking show to give our audience new cooking techniques while listening to relevant social conversations. Jollof With Me will really keep you entertained.”
MultiChoice-owned movie channel Africa Magic has launched two locally produced telenovelas, Riona and Enakhe.
Riona is set in pre-colonial Nigeria and tells the story of a wicked king and a village under siege. Its cast includes Elvina Ibru, Najite Dede, Frank Konwea and Thelma Nwosu.
Enakhe, set in modern-day Benin City, tells the story of a rebellious daughter who, after the sudden death of her father, is forced to become the leader of her family’s criminal empire. It stars actors including Alex Usifo, Ivie Okujaye, Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun and Lota Chukwu.
The new shows are “a demonstration of MultiChoice Nigeria and Africa Magic’s commitment to investing in the Nigerian creative industry and local talents while telling stories that will resonate with customers,” according to MultiChoice.
Africa Magic channel director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said: “Right on the back of Big Brother Naija, we’re very excited to be introducing Riona and Enakhe, two series we’re very confident our viewers will love – so confident that we are dedicating one whole hour on primetime TV to them.
“We went hyperlocal with these, just like Ajoche and all the other fan favourites from past years. Africa Magic is very committed to telling the African story and we can’t wait to show you what we have been cooking.
The shows are airing on Africa Magic Showcase and via MultiChoice streaming platform Showmax.
MultiChoice channel Africa Magic is lining up a new series that has been filmed in the Nigerian state of Edo.
Enakhe comes as part of Edo State governor Godwin Obaseki’s drive to boost creative industry in the region, with 90% of the show shot in Edo State.
This initiative is a product of the Edo Creative Hub, which was formed after a meeting between stakeholders in the industry who had asked for more robust and constructive engagement to boost the state’s status in the sector. Enakhe deals with family feuds and illicit business deals.
Ukinebo Dare, executive director of the Edo State Skills Development Agency, said: “This project is being supported by EdoJobs and is introducing creative talent in Edo to the world, as well as telling the world that Edo is poised to host first-class productions.”
Dare said Enakhe’s showrunner, Victor Aghahowa, was born in Edo and was one of those hosted by Obaseki on International Youth Day in 2018.
“The interaction was held with various illustrious sons and daughters of Edo in Nigeria’s creative industry,” Dare said of that day in 2018. “His Excellency’s message to them was one of encouragement to join hands in building the new Edo and take the state to its pride of place in the world, something they were all passionate about.”
Entrepreneurial reality show The Next Titan has begun online auditions for its seventh season.
Themed as The Unstoppable, the new season is on the look-out for business ideas that are immune to any pandemic, innovations that break boundaries and technologies that can survive any lockdown.
Production company Bravopoints International is seeking ambitious Nigerian entrepreneurs aged between 22 and 40 who can demonstrate their entrepreneurial acumen with unbeatable business ideas, commercial insights and business savvy. You can register by clicking here.
The top 50 contestants from the online auditions will be selected to take part in a two-week online bootcamp where they will use ‘dashboards’ to connect with one another and the bootcamp administrators and judges.
Then 25 of the 50 will be invited to Lagos for another two-week online bootcamp. The group also will be isolated in a resort or hotel and tested for Covid-19 by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
After their isolation, the 25 will have another physical bootcamp for both entertainment and final auditions before the top 16 are certified with a clean bill of health and moved to the Titan House for the main show.
They will live together for 10 weeks while facing a number of tough business tasks and avoiding eviction, with hopes of winning the cash prize of N10m and a new car to support their business idea.
The judges are top Nigerian business leaders and include board members Lilian Olubi, Chris Parkes, Tonye Cole and lead judge Kyari Bukar.
The show will air on Sundays on DStv Africa Magic channel 154/GoTV Channel 25 and on Saturdays on TVC and DStv channel 418. Previous winners were skincare entrepreneur Ogechukwu Alexis Obah and Amifeoluwa Yakubu.
The Next Titan is sponsored by Heritage Bank and its Lagos-based prodco Bravopoints is also behind other business-themed TV programmes such as The Proteges Nigeria, The Mavericks and Conversations With the Colossus.
A financial help book that shares the experiences of five young women in Nigeria is being adapted into a TV series set to premiere in September on Africa Magic.
The Smart Money Tribe: An African Woman’s Guide to Making Bank, was written by Arese Ugwu. It came soon after Ugwu’s previous bestseller, The Smart Money Woman.
The 13×30′ drama adaptation is being executive produced by the author, directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and coproduced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akintunde ‘Marine’ Marinho and Arcadia TV Africa
The show is described as a thought-provoking exploration of African millennials’ relationship with personal finance in contemporary Nigeria and how it affects their dating and personal relationships.
It stars Nollywood actors including Osas Ighodaro (Merry Men, Bling Lagosians), Toni Tones (King Of Boys), Ini Dima-Okojie (Sylvia, Who’s the Boss), Lala Akindoju (Your Excellency, Fine) and Eby Eno (Last Days).
Africa Magic has revealed the hosts for the seventh edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.
Media personality IK Osakioduwa and a new female co-host, Amina Abdi Rabar, will front this year’s event, which takes place on March 14 at the Eko Suites and Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Rabar is a top Kenyan TV and radio presenter who has worked on various shows on the DStv platform such as MNET’s lifestyle and entertainment show Moments on Ebony Life TV, Maisha Superstar on Maisha Magic East and currently The Turn Up on Maisha Magic East.
Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, channel director at Africa Channels, said: “We are excited to present Amina Abdi Rabar as the new female co-host of the edition of the AMVCAs. She is vivacious, full of wit and has a very cheerful personality. We look forward to her and IK bringing some magic on stage as we gather to celebrate the best in film and television.”
In addition, a new category, Best Dressed Award, has also been introduced aimed at celebrating the best of fashion and style at the glamorous event while honouring outstanding performances in film and television across the continent.
“We are excited about this new category because not only is the AMVCA a night when the best stars in African film and TV are celebrated, it is also famed for being the biggest showcase of fashion, glitz and glam on the continent,” said Uzoukwu.
“We look forward to this addition to the awards event and we urge celebrities and guests to make a bold statement on the red carpet and enter for a chance to win the inaugural AMVCA Best Dressed statuette. The award for the best dressed male and female at the event will be voted for on Instagram by fans and viewers across the continent on the awards day.”
“The event, which will host Africa’s top movie stars, creatives and filmmakers, will be broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv at 4pm WAT.
MultiChoice-owned movie channel Africa Magic is launching four new TV reality shows aimed at creating platforms for sharing Africa’s stories as well as investing in the development of local content and talent.
Date My Family, Confessions and Unmarried began airing on January 5, 6 and 8 respectively, while Dr Laser will debut on January 10.
Date my Family is a 45-minute dating show that features a suitor who has to choose a winning date based on his experience with three different families of three potential dates. It will air until April 26.
Confessions is a 30-minute show that enables viewers to witness real-life confessions between siblings, friends and love interests.
Unmarried is a drama series that follows the lives of three friends who encounter challenges in their relationships, careers and dating lives.
Dr Laser is a medical reality show that showcases people undergoing plastic surgery in Nigeria. It reveals what inspires human decisions to undergo such procedures and the aftermath of their decisions. It will show until April 3.
Channel director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said: “Reality TV shows are extremely popular because they showcase real people experiencing real-life circumstances and situations, thus connecting with viewers and fans on a more personal and relatable level. Following the success of Big Brother Naija, Date My Family, Dr Laser, Confessions and Unmarried have been curated to address and confront real-life issues from the African perspective.”
The shows are aired on Africa Magic Showcase (channel 151).
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.
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.”
The winner of the first televised Interswitch SPAK national science competition has been announced.
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.
The maiden edition of the Interswitch SPAK national science quizshow will air tomorrow with N12.5m worth of scholarship up for grabs.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.