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AMVCA 2024 nominees revealed

MultiChoice channel Africa Magic has revealed the nominees for the 10th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs).

Dr Busola Tejumola

The award categories include Best Actor and Best Actress in a leading or supporting role, Best Short Film, Best Movie, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Indigenous Language (West Africa), Best Unscripted Series, Best Leading Actress and Best MultiChoice Talent Factory.

The nominees in the Best Lead Actor category are Wale Ojo (Breath of Life), Stan Nze (Afamefuna), Marc Zinga (Omen), Gideon Okeke (Egun), Daniel Ezekiel (Blood Vessel), Richard Mofe-Damijo (The Black Book), Lateef Adedimeji (Jagun Jagun – The Warrior) and Gabriel Afolayan (This is Lagos).

Up for Best Lead Actress are Segilola Ogidan (Over the Bridge), Lucie Debay (Omen), Omowunmi Dada (Asiri Ade), Ireti Doyle (The Origin: Madam Koi Koi), Adaobi Dibor (Blood Vessel), Evelyne Ily (Mami Wata), Kehinde Bankole (Adire) and Funke Akindele (A Tribe Called Judah).

The Best MultiChoice Talent Factory category nominees are Grown, Her Dark Past, Somewhere in Kole, Full-Time Husband, The 11th Commandment and Mfumukazi.

In Best Unscripted Series, Lol Naija (S1), Nightlife In Lasgidi, The Real Housewives of Lagos (S2), GH Queens (Season 2) and Mutale Mwanza Unscripted (S1) have all received nominations.

The nominees in the Best Indigenous Language (West Africa) category are Mami Wata (CJ Fiery Obasi), Jagun Jagun (Femi Adebayo), Ijogbon (Kunle Afolayan), Orisa (Odunlade Adekola) and Nana Akoto (Kwabena Gyansah).

Dr Busola Tejumola, executive head of content and channels, West Africa, MultiChoice, said: “The quality of entries received was simply outstanding and the jury had their work cut out for them in shortlisting the nominees. This year’s line-up is exceptional, reflecting the diversity and creativity prevalent in African cinema and television, and we can’t wait to celebrate them.”

The AMVCA ceremony will take place on May 11 in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Africa Magic asks What Will People Say?

What Will People Say?

MultiChoice-owned channel Africa Magic will debut a new reality dating series this weekend.

What Will People Say? is a show that helps singles find love with the help of a live audience. It is filled with passion, vulnerability and the universal desire to find that one person who completes us, according to the producers.

The show will bring together a colourful cast of characters from wide-ranging demographics, varying professions and different socioeconomic backgrounds who are all seeking love.

They will get the opportunity to find their perfect match from the selected admirers, who will do all they can to charm their way into their affections. With the help of the audience, the seekers will either follow the popular choice or take destiny into their own hands.

The chosen admirer will then have a romantic dinner date with the seeker in a “dream garden,” where their final fate will be decided.

What Will People Say? debuts today, June 16, on DStv Africa Magic Showcase channel 151.

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Africa Magic unveils new gameshow

MultiChoice-owned entertainment channel Africa Magic has unveiled a new gameshow titled Come Play Naija.

Come Play Naija

The 60-minute gameshow format involves two teams competing against each other for a chance to win millions of Naira and other surprise prizes such as a new car.

The show is divided into five segments with different games, namely a trivia game, three obstacle courses and a contest called Spin the Wheel. Each segment will require one or more team members to participate in the games which are valued from N400,000 to N2,000,000.

Subscribers to MultiChoice’s pay TV platforms DStv and GOtv will also have the opportunity to take part in the home play edition on the Saturday live show to win cash prizes.

Busola Tejumola, executive head of content and West Africa channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, said: “The new show is an entertainment package that will further affirm Africa Magic’s position as a leading local entertainment provider, ranging from reality shows to movies, drama series, and now family gameshows.

“We are very excited about our latest show which happens to be a first-of-its-kind family gameshow in Nigeria. We know how much our viewers enjoyed the Big Brother Naija’s Friday night games, so we decided to create a show where they get to participate in light-hearted, fun, entertaining and fast-paced games to win amazing prizes.”

The show will be hosted by media personality Hero Daniels and will premiere on March 3 at 9pm on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153 and GOtv SUPA channel 6) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 and GOtv channel 2).

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Africa Magic trio set for new seasons

Entertainment channel Africa Magic will launch new seasons of Date My Family Nigeria, My Siblings & I and Unmarried this month.

My Siblings & I

Reality dating show Date My Family Nigeria will be back for a third season. In the show, a singleton goes to dinner with three different potential partners’ families, making their choice based on these encounters. It will return on January 9 at 18.00 WAT on Africa Magic Showcase.

Comedy series My Siblings & I, meanwhile, will enter its fourth season. Following the lives of a family through the eyes of its siblings, the new run will debut on January 10 at 20.30 WAT on Africa Magic Urban.

Finally, drama series Unmarried will be back for a third season. Viewers will get to see life through the eyes of three friends as they move from heartbreak to divorce, family interference, childbirth, infidelity, love, trust, defiance and more. The new season will launch on January 12 at 21.00 WAT on Africa Magic Showcase.

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The Next Titan S8 seeks participants

Nigerian entrepreneurial reality show The Next Titan has commenced registrations for its upcoming eighth season.

This year’s edition is subtitled ‘The Uncaged,’ and producers are on the lookout for talented young Nigerians who have great and innovative business ideas that can transcend all circumstances, barriers and limitations.

Nigerians aged between 21 and 35 can register here.

After auditions, the top 80 participants will take part in an online boot camp while engaging in different tasks, which will narrow them down to 50 hopefuls who will take part in a physical boot camp. Subsequently, 16 finalists will be selected to prove their entrepreneurial acumen through various businesses challenges on the 10-week show.

The winner will be awarded N15m (US$36,500) for the support of his/her business idea, while the top 1,000 contestants from auditions with good business ideas and with registered businesses will automatically qualify for N3m funding. Unregistered businesses will qualify for N250,000 funding from the Nigeria Investment Youth Fund.

The Next Titan will air on Africa Magic on DSTV channel 154/GOTV channel 25, as well as TVC (DSTV channel 418) and other channels. Debuting in 2013, the show is produced by Lagos-based Bravopoints International and sponsored by Heritage Bank.

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Accelerate, Morafa team on drama series

Digital lifestyle and entertainment platform Accelerate TV and award-winning Nigerian director Yemi ‘Film Boy’ Morafa are working on a new drama series scheduled to debut in the next couple of months.

Yemi Morafa

The as-yet untitled series is written by Cheta Chukwu and Dami Elebe and directed by Morafa and stars Mawuli Gavor, Joke Silva, Ibrahim Suleiman and Theresa Edem.

Although there is little information about the series, Nigerian streamer Accelerate TV said on Instagram: “Accelerate Drama Series… Coming soon.”

Moraya is best known for his work on original film Africa Magic’s Battleground and Something Wicked, a feature released in 2017. In 2018, his short film ENO was screened at the Africa International Film Festival and he directed thriller City of Bastards in 2019.

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Nigerian Idol S6 host, judges named

Nigerian Idol host IK Osakioduwa with judges Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Obi Asika

Music reality show Nigerian Idol has revealed the host and judges for its forthcoming sixth season.

The new season will be fronted by award-winning host IK Osakioduwa, while music stars Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Obi Asika will be the judges.

The show, which is back following five years off-air, will be shown on MultiChoice-owned channel Africa Magic via DStv 198 and GOtv 29.

The premiere date of the show has yet to be announced.

The show is based on the globe-trotting Idols talent format from TV producer Simon Fuller and production group Fremantle and debuted in Nigeria in 2010.

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Africa Magic cooks Jollof with Isime

MultiChoice-owned movie channel Africa Magic has launched a cooking show hosted by Nigerian actor and media personality Nancy Isime.

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.”

The new show airs every Sunday.

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Africa Magic launches local telenovelas

Riona stars Elvina Ibru, Najite Dede, Frank Konwea and Thelma Nwosu

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.

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Laycon crowned Big Brother Naija winner

Big Brother winner Olamilekan Agbeleshe, aka Laycon

Olamilekan Agbeleshe, also known as Laycon, has been declared the winner of the fifth edition of reality TV show Big Brother Naija: Lockdown.

The series began on Africa Magic channel on July 19 and held virtual auditions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Out of 30,000 contestants, 20 finalists were selected to enter the Big Brother house. Laycon took home the grand prize of N85m.

BBNaija S5 was hosted by TV presenter and former housemate Ebuka Obi-Uchendu. The show is based on the reality format owned by Banijay subsidiary Endemol Shine Group and aired on Africa Magic channel.

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Edo-based series set for DStv

MultiChoice channel Africa Magic is lining up a new series that has been filmed in the Nigerian state of Edo.

Ukinebo Dare

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.”

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Next Titan online auditions kick off

Entrepreneurial reality show The Next Titan has begun online auditions for its seventh season.

Kyari Bukar

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.

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Smart Money Tribe coming to TV

The series will comprise 13 episodes

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).

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Africa Magic awards hosts named

AMVCA hosts IK Osakioduwa and Amina Abdi Rabar

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.

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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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Africa Magic unveils reality series

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).

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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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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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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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