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Reach A Hand lines up Kyaddala S2

Kyaddala

Pan-African TV series Kyaddala, featuring actors from Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya and Rwanda, has been renewed for a second season.

The series is a project from Reach A Hand Uganda, a youth-centric non-profit organisation, in partnership with Emmanuel Ikubese Films and airs on Ugandan free-to-air broadcaster NBS. The 12 new episodes are set to premiere from August 2021.

The series is executive produced by Emmanuel Ikubese and Humprey Nabimanya and the new season will be shot in Kampala, Uganda. It will highlight young people’s sexual and reproductive health issues, topics central to Reach A Hand.

The first season focused on secondary school life and issues like rape, child marriage, domestic violence, teacher-student relationships and HIV/AIDS, which affect young people. The second run highlights challenges faced by young people at university.

Usama Mukwaya, the show’s producer, said the show is being written by a varied team including South African and Kenyan writers. “We have a diverse and inclusive crew of writers and cast, both seasoned and novices. We are also using this platform to nurture new talent,” he said.

Joe Kigozi, chairman of Reach A Hand Uganda’s advisory board, said the TV series is aimed at educating and empowering young people by engaging with them in a more exciting and appealing way.

“Kyaddala  was born out of the desire to connect with young people and to do this, you need to speak their language and engage them in ways that are more exciting and appealing,” he said.

“Over 77% of Uganda’s population is young and these need to be empowered with the right information. This TV show will go a long way in educating and empowering young people.”

Kyaddala’s first season featured a star-studded cast that included Martha Kay, Patrick Salvado, Harmonie Kyomugisha, Eleanor Nabwiso, Mathew Nabwiso, Anita Fabiola and Nigerian Emmanuel Ikubese.

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MTV Shuga drama returns to Nigeria

Drama series MTV Shuga, which recently premiered its new season in South Africa, is making its way to Nigeria and is in search of new talent.

Produced by award-winning producer Tope Oshin, MTV Shuga addresses issues affecting young people such as sexual health, gender-based violence, contraception, family planning and other social issues. In the show, participants who will be judged based on their originality and acting skills.

Auditions will be held on April 4 at the Classique Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos and registration can be done . Interested people must be Nigerian, aged over 18 and be ready to provide a valid photo identification and a headshot photo.

Georgia Arnold, executive director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, said: “We are excited to bring back the public auditions for the new season of MTV Shuga Naija.

“Our aim is to continue using relatable storytelling to educate and empower young people about social issues like contraception, sexual health, family planning and gender-based violence. We can’t wait to discover amazing new talent to join the MTV Shuga family.”

Over the years, youths have been able to make more informed decisions based on the viewing of this drama series, according to Alex Okosi, executive VP and MD at Viacom International Media Networks and BET International.

“MTV Shuga provides an important narrative for our African youth with socially relevant content that resonates globally. This call for auditions is a platform for young talent on the continent to open up the industry with diverse storytelling.”

Talent that has come out of MTV Shuga includes Timini Egbuson, Emmanuel Ikubese, Bukola Oladipupo, Helena Nelson and Jemima Osunde.

MTV Shuga, a long-running drama series and multimedia campaign that was pioneered in Kenya in 2009, is a multi-sectorial partnership led by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and is supported by MTV Base Africa, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund and other NGOs.

Set to be on screens in September 2019, the show is aired on Viacom international channels around the world. The content is also offered rights-free to third-party broadcasters and content platforms, and used as a teaching aid by educators, healthcare workers and grassroots HIV/AIDS organisations around the world.

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Celebs line up for reality show

A new Nigerian reality TV show, Celebrity Housemates, is set to launch on January 12 and air until February 11.

Celebrity Housemates will feature participants from across Nigeria

Described by its producers as the “convergence of culture, lifestyle and entertainment,” the reality show will have 12 celeb housemates from different sectors of the entertainment industry competing for a cash prize of N7m.

Promoting peace and unity, Celebrity Housemates will feature contestants from the six regions of Nigeria to showcase the nation’s strengths. The reality show is set to air around the clock online and will also include a one-hour daily show on TV nationwide.

The show’s broadcasters are yet to be announced but producers said it will air on 14 stations across Nigeria, plus via Dope TV, a dedicated YouTube channel and a mobile app.

The celebrity contestants will include Emmanuel Ikubese, Yomi Fash Lanso, Funky Mallam, Doris Simeon, Ruggedman, Muma Gee, Ada Ameh, Peggy Ovire, Eniola Badmus, Bolanle Ninalowo, Ogenna Ekwubiri and Frederick Leonard.

Sponsored by travel agent Fly for Value, Lagos Internal Revenue Service, Dope TV, Masters Entertainment, Royalsec Security and Amen Estate, the show is put together by Lagos-based management consultancy Heartlink Ventures.

The 30-day series will involve daily tasks and challenges, focusing on lifestyle, interpretation of culture, education and games. Other celebrities will visit the contestants weekly to share entrepreneurial and career-oriented ideas on whatever project they have in mind.

The contestant who wins the fewest viewer votes each week will be evicted. Every weekend, a party will be held to celebrate the end of the week and other guest stars will be brought in to celebrate with contestants.

The winner of the prize money will donate N2m to charity and N1m to selected viewers. Other contestants will go home with cash prizes too.

Kemi Otegbade, MD of Heartlink and executive producer of the series, said: “We are using this show to converge the Nigerian cultural values with the ideal lifestyle of celebrities and entertain Nigerians in an educating and exciting way.

“We have been working on the format and I can assure Nigerians of an engaging and exciting experience on television and online. We can also confirm it will be an annual event,” Otegbade added.

The team behind the show includes Danladi Bako, as co-executive producer, and Sola Fajobi, as consulting producer, with an advisory board comprising media execs such as Mayor Akinpelu, Funke Egbemode and Jahman Oladejo.

“Our celebrities are normal human beings. Although their fans adore them and grant them a larger-than-life perception, it is imperative that we create a platform for their fans to connect, engage and get a peep into their lifestyles, hence the creation of the reality TV show,” added a representative of Fly for Value.

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