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CY  Dieyi Nigerian singer-songwriter CY Dieyi has just landed a life changing gig in the upcoming US series, ‘A Beautiful Mess Inside’ starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Taja V Simpson, former NFL player, Brandon Miree and big time Hollywood cinematographer, Zarian Hadley (known for TV hits such as: Hell’s Kitchen, The Gift, Gimme Sugar and Face Off). 

Cy Dieye will be singing the series’ theme song (“Live Your Life,” the series’ theme song, which will roll out in a stand­alone launch later this year)  while assistant directing the series alongside Tanee Osborne.
 
‘A Beautiful Mess Inside’ is a new series starring Taja V. Simpson as Tori Summers; a beautiful unconfident woman who is forced to find herself and a job when her fiancé dumps her. The series follows Tori on her journey as she tries to navigate her future and find her purpose as she goes through the wiles of living life as a single woman trying to get ahead. Despite crazy dates, a paranoid boss, and a client list that will make you cringe.
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MultiChoice Talent Factory set to premiere two feature films exclusively on Africa Magic this weekend

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West Africa’s leading film school for young, talented, and passionate filmmakers, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), is set to premiere two feature films – Grown and Her Dark Past on Africa’s most loved storytelling platform Africa Magic. The two compelling films which are the final projects of the MTF Class of 2023 students, will exclusively premiere on Africa Magic Showcase (Ch 151) and Africa Magic Urban (Ch 153) in the first two weekends this March.

Set in the 1990’s, Grown is a fantasy drama that explores the themes of adulthood, motherhood, love, fear and magic. It tells the story of an over-pampered teenager who resents her mother, wishes she was an adult and wakes up to a rude shock one morning as a grown woman with kids. Only then, does she realize that adulthood is a scam, regrets her wish and begins a fight to become young again. Written by Nosa Isibor and Boakye D. Alpha, directed by Ola Jegede and Empress Allen and produced by Desmond Ebuwa Ekunwe and Nosa Isibor, the film stars Efe Irele, Yemi Cregx, Bobby Ekpe, Najite Dede and Sarah Obiekwe among others.

In Her Dark Past, the life of an uber-successful social media influencer and life coach starts to crumble when the child she left for dead resurfaces years later, giving way to a complex spiral of drama that imperils her seemingly perfect life and unearths the trauma she fights daily to bury. Directed by Oluwatobi Deborah Ahmed and Samuel Oluwasegun Ogundeyi and produced by Elvis Damptey and Adeniran Wuraola, the film stars Linda Ejiofor-Suleiman, Daniel Etim Effiong, Iremide Adeoye, Ego Ihenacho and Fadekemi Olumide-Aluko among others.

Read Also: Meet the MultiChoice Talent Factory West Africa Class of 2024!her dark past 4

“Her Dark Past and Grown are two films that beautifully capture the pressures of young people living in this social media age, teaching them to relish their youth, be true to themselves and rely on the unwavering support of those who love them beyond the façade of social media” says MTF West Africa Academy Director, Atinuke Ngozi Babatunde. “They are authentic African stories, told by Africans for Africa and we are proud to bring them to audiences across Africa this March.

“Telling well-crafted stories and creating films of good quality, are the hallmarks of the 1-year these talented young filmmakers spend at the MultiChoice Talent Factory. The whole curriculum is designed to ensure that every student who goes through the programme graduates as a solid filmmaker who understands the art and business of filmmaking” says Babatunde. “For the class of 2023, these films were their opportunity to put all their learning into practice and I am super proud of what they have created and can’t wait for the rest of Africa to enjoy the magic as well.”

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Grown premieres on Africa Magic Showcase (Ch 151) at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 2 and on Africa Magic Urban (Ch 153) at 8pm on Saturday, March 9 while Her Dark Past premieres on Africa Magic Showcase (Ch 151) at 8.30pm on Sunday, March 3 and on Africa Magic Urban (Ch 153) at 8pm on Sunday, March 10.

MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) West Africa, is one of three academies on the continent committed to the growth and thorough development of aspiring filmmakers and the creative industry through deep theoretical and hands-on experience in cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling, amongst others. Visit www.multichoicetalentfactory.com and follow @multichoicetalentfactorywa on all social media platforms to learn more.

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Kojo Manuel hosts musical game show Play by Ear on Akwaaba Magic

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The reigning Ghanaian hype man of the year and Radio personality Kojo Manuel (real name Kojo Kusi Nyantakyi) is the host of the new exciting musical television show ‘Play by Ear’.

Play by Ear is a new show premiering on Akwaaba Magic on 22nd February at 7pm. It is a musical game show like no other that tests the musical knowledge of contestants. The contestants are made up of a blend of celebrity guests and music lovers.

Known as one of the finest hosts and hype men in Ghana, Kojo Manuel has grown his brand in the media space and is one of the most sought after talents now. He is the host of the drYve of your lyfe on Yfm, and has his own podcast on Lynx TV named ‘The Mile 7’. He also his channel ‘A Mad Network’, that focuses on covering some of the major events he hosts.

However, hosting Play by Ear is another major milestone in his career.

“It’s a MAD feeling to host a music game show on akwaaba magic that focuses on Ghanaian music. the most fun i’ve had in a while,” Kojo Manuel shared.

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Kojo Manuel radio show the drYve of your lyfe recently won the Late Afternoon Radio show at the RTP Awards. He was also named the best hype man by the Ghana DJ Awards. He recently launched his Merch collection – ‘Mad Merch’ that can be seen on the main cover art for Play by Ear.

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Daniel Etim Effiong, M.I, Kaffy, Captain Toba tapped for brand new TV show: Cooking With Gamechangers

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Nollywood’s Daniel Etim-Effiong, leading rapper, MI Abaga, Dancer extraordinaire, Kaffy Shafau; and culinary expert/Helicopter pilot, Captain Toba Abifarin, are bringing something exciting to your screens in March 2024. These exciting four will be revealed on Cooking with GameChangers, a brand new TV show that is a spinoff of the popular TV show Binging with GameChangers hosted and created by Seyi Banigbe.

The show follows the day-to-day lives of successful entrepreneurs and corporate executives who have excelled in their respective fields. They end up in a cook-off for the

“Ultimate GameChanger” title as they make delicious meals to be judged by M.I., Dr. Kaffy, and Captain Toba.M.I CWG

Daniel, who has a phenomenal time playing host to the GameChangers, Judges and audience said “ I love the novelty of the show format and can’t wait for viewers at home to watch and enjoy the show”.Capt. Toba Abifarin CWG

The show creator, Seyi Banigbe, thought it would be great to showcase the softer side of the GameChangers alongside their successful professional lives and considered food to be the one thing that binds every kind of person together irrespective of their profession, gender or job. This inspired her to get all of the featured GameChangers into a cooking competition.Dr Kaffy CWG

Seyi Banigbe said “a part of me wanted to give people more. On Binging with GameChangers, I speak with GameChangers about their growth stories but I wanted to deliver success stories this time in a way that would excite both the eyes and taste buds of the viewers”. 

Cooking with GameChangers is scheduled to premiere on the 7th of March. It will air on YouTube and TV stations nationwide.

You can watch the show teaser here: https://youtu.be/R9MKc_Qd9eQ

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Facebook & Instagram: @cookingwithgamechangers Threads, Tiktok & LinkedIn: @CookingwithGameChangersX: @CookingwithGame

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Folake Olowofoyeku talks cultural impact of ‘Bob Hearts Abisola’ as final season of the sitcom kicks off

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Folake Olowofoyeku, the charismatic actress at the heart of the popular CBS sitcom, ”Bob Hearts Abishola,” has shed light on the cultural impacts of the show, emphasizing the significance of authentic representation of African culture.

The show, which premiered in September 2019, follows the unconventional love story between Bob, a middle-aged sock businessman, and Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant nurse. Olowofoyeku’s portrayal of Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant navigating life in the United States, has become a cultural touchstone, breaking stereotypes and providing a nuanced perspective on the African diaspora.

Through the lens of Abishola, Olowofoyeku highlighted the difficulties of bridging cultural gaps, showcasing the challenges and triumphs of immigrants in a foreign land. The character brings forth a strong sense of identity, proudly displaying her Nigerian heritage while adapting to the complexities of American life. The series explored their unique relationship, blending humor, romance, and cultural clashes.

Read Also: Creator of The Big Bang Theory introduces new TV show about a Nigerian immigrant

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with Ameyaw TV, the multi-talented Olowofoyeku shared some personal highlights of the journey on the series, which is now its fifth and final season.

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“The Devil’s Hot Tub” – Abishola and Kemi’s friendship is pushed to the edge when Kemi wants to disregard Nigerian tradition and have a Las Vegas wedding. Also, Bob and the Wheelers have to avert a strike at MaxDot before it sinks the family business, on BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA, Monday, Feb. 26 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*. Pictured: Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola. Photo credit: Michael Yarish/2023 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

She said: ‘There’s been so much growth, this is the first time in my life I had a job longer than a month. Also, the impact that the show has had on the culture, I would say is one of the many highlights. It’s giving context to the Immigrant experience, not just in America but globally and not just for Nigerian immigrants, I think every kind of immigrant and it’s shown that regardless of what we look like and sound like, we all want love at the end of the day.

”And so this show was timely, considering the climate for the world globally I think it was something that uplifted folks and provided an escape. So I’m grateful for those being the highlights that this project is associated with and in terms of the impact culturally the awareness it created for African culture,” she added.

Olowofoyeku, who doubles as a musician averred that impact has been shocking as she never imagined that venturing into the series would make such an impeccable impact on the culture.

”The impact has been shocking because I didn’t realize venturing into this would mean so much to so many people. I was just the starving artist who had been in the game for a very long time, over 15 years before I got this job. One of the defense mechanisms was to just leave it on the table and forget about it. I did the same with this project and luckily it turned out to be the magnificent gift that has been so I’m filled with gratitude for it.”

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Oprah Winfrey and Folake Olowofoyeku behind the scenes at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards, airing live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, California, Sunday, Feb. 4 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming live and on demand on Paramount+.* Photo: Francis Specker/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Olowofoyeku also opened up about her NAACP Image Awards nomination in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series category. The annual awards ceremony, which is presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is held to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature.

”I felt like I was being recognized by my people and that meant a lot to me. The NAACP is responsible for the opportunity that I have in this country, and the work that they’ve done is the reason I can come to America and flourish the way I wasn’t able to do at home. I’m grateful for that acknowledgement it made me feel proud,’‘ she said.

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On how her achievements have translated back home in Nigeria in terms of work opportunities and acceptance, Olowofoyeku remarked: ”It’s bittersweet because the reason I left Nigeria was because I wasn’t able to do what I’m doing here. I had to leave the home that I love. I would happily have remained in Nigeria but fate would have it that, where opportunities lay for me would be in this country. It is also like a full circle moment because going back home the acceptance that I wanted now exists so many years later doing the exact same thing I was told not to do.

” I also feel slighted in a way. I feel slighted for having to leave my home but I think the bigger plan and the greater good and something cosmically was in play, because the fact that my mother on the show has my mother’s name in real life and all the characters of Yoruba descent on the show are from where my father is from, makes it feel like there was there was greater work outside of my comfort to be done and I’m grateful for that,’‘ she added.

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With YKB the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Nandi Madida’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Nandi Madida this Friday, February 16th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.

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Nigerian Afro-fusion star YKB joins Nandi Madida via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, ”high and sober.” He also discusses his new deluxe EP, ‘YUSFUL MUSIC (RELOADED),’ his creative process, and working with super producer and artist, Pheelz.

The Big 5
Nandi Madida shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Reekado Banks, Seyi Vibez, & Del B, Victony, Wizkid, Venom, Shishiliza & Yumbs feat. Ch’cco, Nomfundoh Moh & Baby S.O.N, and Ch’cco feat. ToooValid.

Africa Rising
Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter and entertainer BhadBoi OML is the latest artist featured from Apple Music’s Africa Rising playlist, a campaign which shines a light on the next generation of African superstars, and this week’s show features his singles, “Shkran Lak” and “Owereke.” Listen HERE.

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Nandi’s Song of the Week
Each week, Nandi Madida chooses her favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week she spotlights Grammy-award winner and South African sensation Tyla, and her single “Truth or Dare,” from Apple Music’s Afrobeats Hits playlist. Listen HERE.

Tune in and listen to the full episode this Friday, February 16th at 9a London / 10a Lagos/Paris / 11a Johannesburg / 1a LA / 4a NYC on Apple Music 1 at apple.co/_AfricaNow and broadcast on YFM Accra every Sunday at 2pm, YFM Kumasi on Saturdays at 3pm and YFM Takoradi on Saturdays at 6pm.

YKB tells Apple Music What Inspired a Deluxe Version of His EP, ‘YUSFUL MUSIC

With YUSFUL MUSIC, I feel like I was able to communicate a certain feeling of a young African creative in the times that we are, relating to how my parents treated my work… how I feel like I’m in a congested place where I feel like I need to make it out. Those are the things the EP communicated.

I personally feel like there’s more that I want people to feel from that, and also I just believe the EP didn’t reach as many people as I wanted because it was lacking some fun element.
What I’ve noticed with my people is that we gravitate towards fun records – records that say something about fun – or records that are deep and melancholy, so this is my attempt to add more fun to the project and have people pay attention like ‘ok you know what, let me listen to this whole thing this guy made’ and therefore get the feeling they’ve been missing out on.

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YKB tells Apple Music How Pheelz helped bring ‘YUSFUL MUSIC (RELOADED)’ to Life

We played Yusful Music for him when it was done, and he was like he likes the writing on the songs… [so] then when I wanted to make Reloaded as the deluxe version, I told him I wanted him to executive produce it – let’s rearrange the tracks, let’s add some production too, and direct me on like how you feel I should make these new songs. He was actually a huge part of the process. You know how you have your head and you want to add extensions? So he was very instrumental in helping me make the extensions, and how we can attach it

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Apple Music’s Love and Heartbreak Stations

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Love and Heartbreak spark passion and move people to create. It is the most universal and common subject in the history of recorded vocal music. This Valentine’s Day Apple Music is launching two brand new deeply personalized stations in the themes of Love and Heartbreak for its listeners.

The Love Station features songs about romantic love, falling in love, feeling amorous, and feelings that these experiences bring. Tailored to each listener’s taste, the Love Station will play songs and artists they know and love along with recommendations. Not exclusively ballads, these love songs are guaranteed to amplify the mood; whether they’ve got that rush of a new crush, or that fully grown long time love.

The Heartbreak Station features songs about heartbreak, unrequited love, breaking up, or sad love. Having your heart broken is awful. Sometimes during these moments, music is the only thing that can make sense of it all. The Heartbreak Station will play a blend of songs from artists listeners know and recommendations, to help them let it all out.

The Love and Heartbreak Stations follow the recent launch of the Discovery Station on Apple Music, and are deeply personalized stations that select the best music for each listener from Apple Music’s vast catalog of over 100 million songs. Love and Heartbreak Stations are always updating so listeners can enjoy an endless stream of music in the theme of love or heartbreak anytime they want.

Apple Music subscribers worldwide can begin enjoying their own personal Love Station and Heartbreak Station beginning today by going to the Stations for You section on their Listen Now page.

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Users can also celebrate Valentine’s Day with Apple Music Sing and serenade their loved ones by singing along to their favorite songs; and with Collaborative Playlists by creating playlists together, edit tracks, and add emoji reactions to specific songs.

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