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Best international series on Showmax this February, The Last Of Us, Young Rock S2 and more


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1st seasons of The Last Of Us, Julia, East New York, This England, Let The Right One In, American Gigolo & Bump; The Cleaning Lady S2, Gossip Girls S2
THE LAST OF US S1 | Binge episodes 1-2 now, with new episodes on Mondays at 10pm
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The most popular show on IMDb currently, with a 9.3/10 rating from over 100 000 fans, HBO’s The Last of Us is set 20 years after modern civilisation has been destroyed. Joel is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone. But what starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal journey as the pair cross the U.S., depending on each other for survival.
As Ellie, Tess and Joel respectively, Bella Ramsey (His Dark Materials and Game of Thrones), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Pedro Pascal (The Mandalorian, Game of Thrones) are currently the three highest ranked actors on IMDb‘s Starmeter.
Co-created by Emmy winner Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) and game creator Neil Druckmann, The Last of Us‘s cast also includes Emmy winner Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus), Critics Choice winner Melanie Lynskey (Yellowjackets) and Teen Choice nominee Storm Reid (Euphoria).
The Last of Us has a 97% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Empire proclaiming it “a masterpiece” and The Guardian giving it five stars and hailing it as “one of the finest TV shows you will see this year… Desperately moving… A phenomenal blend of horror and heart, with a cast that could no be more perfect.”
HBO has already ordered Season 2, after The Last of Us had HBO’s second largest debut, behind only House of the Dragon after one full week of availability, and Episode 2 had the largest week-two audience growth of any HBO Original drama series in the history of the network.
JULIA S1 | Binge from 24 February 2023
Julia is inspired by Julia Child, the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans think about food, television, and even women.
BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (Happy ValleyLast Tango in Halifax) plays Julia Child, with four-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce (Dr. Niles Crane in Frasier) as her husband Paul.
Julia has a 93% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As The Guardian puts it, Julia is about a successful woman’s rise to even more success, against the odds… Men tell Child what she can’t do, and she goes ahead and works out a way to do it anyway.”
Julia was nominated for Best Television Series: Drama at the 2023 Satellite Awards; Best Episodic Comedy at the 2023 Writers Guild of America Awards; and two 2023 Casting Society of America awards, among other accolades.
Also watch the documentary, Julia, which was nominated for two Critics Choice Documentary Awards, from 24 February 2023.
EAST NEW YORK S1 | First on Showmax | Mondays from 20 February 2023
East New York follows recently promoted police captain Regina Haywood, who leads a diverse group of officers and detectives, some of whom are hesitant to deploy her creative methods of serving and protecting.
Amanda Warren (NCIS: New Orleans) stars as Deputy Inspector Haywood, alongside the likes of Emmy winner Jimmy Smits (NYPD Blue) and Emmy nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Castle), and Screen Actors Guild winners Kevin Rankin (Breaking Bad) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Orange is the New Black).
Created by Emmy winner William M. Finkelstein (The Good FightNYPD BlueLaw & OrderL.A. Law) and Black Reel nominee Mike Flynn (Power Book III: Raising KananQueen Sugar), East New York has an 88% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As Variety says, “​​East New York sets a new course for the broadcast cop drama.”
YOUNG ROCK S2| Binge from 13 February 2023
Young Rock, the popular sitcom based on the life of Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock, aka Black Adam), is back for a second season, with the 2032 timeline (in which Dwayne is running for President) far more prominent this go-around, which means we’ll be seeing more of Dwayne himself.
Season 2 was nominated for three People’s Choice Awards: The Comedy Show of 2022, Comedy TV Star of 2022 and Favorite Male TV Star (both for Johnson himself), bringing the count to seven following Season 1’s four nominations.
Uli Latukefu (The Champion in Black Adam) steps into the spotlight early in the season to bring Dwayne’s doomed football career to a close, and look out for Oscar nominee Sean Astin (Stranger ThingsThe Lord of the Rings) and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (Star Wars’ Saw Gerrera, Bumpy Johnson in Godfather of Harlem) among the cast this season.
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THIS ENGLAND | Binge now
Co-written and directed by BAFTA winner Michael Winterbottom (The TripGreed, Welcome To Sarajevo), This England stars Oscar winner Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson and Ophelia Lovibond (Minx) as Carrie Symonds.
The six-part Sky Original drama takes us inside the halls of power during Johnson’s tumultuous first months as Prime Minister, as he grapples with Covid-19, Brexit, and a controversial personal and political life.
In their five star review, The Evening Standard calls This England “splendid television, history distilled on screen… Watch it and weep.”
THE CLEANING LADY S2 | Binge episodes 1-2 now, with new episodes on Thursdays
Based on the Argentine series La Chica que Limpia, crime drama The Cleaning Lady follows a whip-smart Filipina doctor (Elodie Yung from The Hitman’s Bodyguard and The Defenders), who comes to the US for medical treatment to save her son. When the system fails and pushes her into hiding, she becomes a cleaner for the mob and starts playing the game by her own rules.
Nominated for a 2022 Hollywood Critics Association Television Award for Best Broadcast Network Series: Drama, the series has been compared to Breaking Bad, with Paste saying, “The Cleaning Lady is a fast-paced portrayal of a woman pushed to the edge and forced to contend with hard decisions for the wellbeing of her family… Yung’s central performance is filled with warmth, determination, and grit.”
Adan Canto (Designated Survivor) and Teen Choice Award winner Oliver Hudson (Nashville) return, with Emmy nominee Naveen Andrews (The DropoutLost) joining the cast this season.
GOSSIP GIRL S2 | Binge now
It’s the second semester of junior year, and Gossip Girl is leaving no stone unturned in her effort to control the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite. She’s learned a thing or two from her first go-round, namely: what her audience wants, they shall get. It’s time for her to turn the heat up on what’s been simmering (Julien, have you met Monet?) as well as look at her own impact, and how she can make it more catastrophic than it was before. Even if that means lying to do it. Old enemies, new allies, constantly shifting sands — this semester, there can only be one queen, and by the end of the school year, everyone will know where the bodies are buried, and just who was holding the shovel.
Picking up with a new generation of New York private school teens at Constance St Jude’s, the reboot’s launch saw it trending at #1 on Twitter and generating over 15 billion total social impressions, pulling in a record number of viewers over Part 1’s first weekend on HBO Max in July last year.
Season 2’s cast includes Jordan Alexander (Sacred Lies), Eli Brown (Wrath of ManPretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists), Thomas Doherty (High FidelityLegaciesDescendants 2 & 3), pop-culture icon Tavi Gevinson, Young Artist Award winner Emily Alyn Lind (Doctor Sleep), model and surfing star Evan Mock, Zion Moreno (Claws), Ugandan actress Whitney Peak (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Savannah Lee Smith and Grace Duah. Guest star and Emmy nominee Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) reprises her role as Georgina Sparks from the multiple Teen Choice Award-winning original series, based on the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar.
Season 2 has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Wrap saying, “What this season does well is truly a delight.”
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RUN THE WORLD S1 | Binge now
Run the World follows a group of Black women who work, live, and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination, not just surviving but thriving together as they navigate relationships and the professional world.
The four best friends are played by Black Reel Award nominee Amber Stevens West (22 Jump Street) as Whitney, Andrea Bordeaux (NCIS: Los Angeles) as Ella, Corbin Reid (Blair WitchHow to Get Away with Murder) as Sondi, and Bresha Webb (Night School), who was nominated for a Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series for her role as Renee.
In addition, Erika Alexander (Shining GirlsWu-Tang: An American Saga) won Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy at the Black Reel Awards, where the series was also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for showrunner and executive producer Yvette Lee Bowser (Dear White People).
Already renewed for a second season, Run the World has a rare 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Hollywood Reporter saying, “Fizzy yet substantial, Run the World offers exactly the feeling you’d want while catching up with an old friend over cocktails: It’s giddy, gossipy and gladdening.”
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BILLIONS S6 | Binge now
New money means no mercy as Mike Prince takes the Axe Capital throne in Season 6 of Billions. Chuck Rhoades is convinced no one should have that much wealth – or power. As all the players seek out new alliances, only one thing’s for certain – wealth means war.
Following the Season 5 exit of Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis), Critics Choice nominee Corey Stoll (House of CardsAnt-Man) steps into the spotlight as his successor, Prince, along with Black Reel nominee Daniel Breaker (The Good FightMozart in the Jungle) as Prince’s right-hand man, Scooter Dunbar.
Also among the cast this season are Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Sakina Jaffrey (House of CardsSnowpiercer) and MTV Movie Award nominee Campbell Scott (Big NightHouse of Cards), with a guest appearance from Emmy nominee Wendie Malick (Young SheldonJust Shoot Me!).
Nominated for five Critics Choice Awards, Billions has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes for Season 6, and is already renewed for a seventh season.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN S1 | Binge from 27 February 2023
Inspired by John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel that has been previously adapted into two acclaimed films, Let The Right One In centres on Mark and his daughter Eleanor, whose lives changed 10 years ago when she was turned into a vampire. Eleanor (aka Ellie) leads a secluded life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to feed her the human blood she needs to survive. Now, they’ve returned home to New York City, desperate to find a cure.
Let The Right One In stars Oscar nominee Demián Bichir (The Hateful EightA Better Life) as Mark and America’s Got Talent breakout child star Madison Taylor Baez as Eleanor. Critics Choice nominees Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) and Nick Stahl (Sin City), Grace Gummer (Mr. RobotDr. Death), Kevin Carroll (The LeftoversBlindspotting), and Emmy winner Željko Ivanek (True Blood) co-star, with child actor Ian Foreman as Ellie’s friend Isaiah.
Critics are praising the performances, with Wall Street Journal saying, “Both of the young actors are remarkable, memorable and carry much of the story. Let the Right One In has a uniformly top-notch cast, but the kids happen to be terrific.”
AMERICAN GIGOLO S1 | Binge from 6 February 2023
Exonerated after 15 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, former gigolo Julian Kaye (Jon Bernthal from We Own This City) tries to pick up the pieces as the detective who put him behind bars works to unravel the mystery that led to his incarceration.
Screen Actors Guild winner Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk EmpireMozart in the Jungle), award winner Lizzie Brocheré (War of the WorldsAmerican Horror Story), and Gabriel LaBelle (The Fabelmans) co-star, along with Emmy winners Rosie O’Donnell (The L Word: Generation QRussian Doll) and Wayne Brady (The Good FightWhose Line Is It Anyway?)
Executive produced by 10-time Emmy winner Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun: MaverickPirates of the CaribbeanBad BoysCSI  and more), the 18-rated Showtime series is created by Emmy nominee David Hollander (Ray Donovan), based on the iconic 1980 film by Oscar nominee Paul Schrader (The Card CounterTaxi Driver).
BUMP S1-3 | First on Showmax | Binge from 6 February 2023
Because smart girls do dumb things too…
In the Australian series Bump, the lives of a professional mid-40s couple on the brink of divorce are upended when their overachieving 16-year-old daughter Olly has a surprise baby. As the life-changing consequences of an impulsive teenage hook-up ripple out across a high school and three families, the show takes on modern parenthood, kids who never leave, what happens when strangers accidentally become family, and the terrible and great things that come out of one little tiny mistake.
Season 1 nabbed an 86% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Time Out saying, “This show just gets that it’s the bumps along the way that make life so fascinating.” Bump has been nominated for nine awards in Australia, including Best Drama Series at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.
Young Australian actors Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson star alongside the likes of Angus Sampson (FargoOur Flag Means Death) and series co-creator Claudia Karvan (The Other Guy), who was nominated for Best Lead Actress: Drama at the AACTA Awards as Angie Davis.
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THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE S3 | Binge from 13 February 2023
Iris (Julia Goldani Telles from The Affair) relocates to London, leaving behind her family and a half-finished neuroscience degree. She begins a double life: working at a tech startup while providing the girlfriend experience at night.
The 18-rated series is executive produced by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and VideotapeTraffic), with Berlin International Film Festival winner Anja Marquardt (She’s Lost Control) directing this season. As LA Times says of this season, “The Girlfriend Experience predicted pandemic sex.”
S1 of the anthology series was Time’s second-best series of the year (and made Top Ten lists from Vulture and The Playlist to SlantCollider and Slate), with Newsday calling it, “TV’s most adult show,” while The Guardian called S2 “the most compelling drama on TV”.
CROSSFIRE S1 | Binge from 28 February 2022
From the makers of The ResponderCrossfire follows former police officer Jo, who takes her family on holiday to a resort in the Canary Islands, in the wake of her marriage falling apart. But their dream vacation turns into a nightmare as she and her family are thrust into a battle for survival when gunmen attack the hotel.
BAFTA nominee Keeley Hawes (The DurrellsBodyguardLine of Duty) stars as Jo, with Josette Simon (Anatomy of a Scandal), Anneika Rose (Line of Duty) and Lee Ingleby (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) among the cast.
In their four star review, Radio Times called the three-part BBC miniseries “gripping”, “harrowing” and “heart-wrenching.”
THE REUNION S1 | First on Showmax | Binge from 10 February 2023
Set against the idyllic backdrop of the French Riviera, the psychological thriller The Reunion centres on a high school reunion where three estranged friends reconnect. But the upcoming demolition of a school gymnasium wall is set to unearth the 25-year-old secret that binds them.
Ukrainian actress Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim Uprising), Teen Choice winner Ioan Gruffudd (HarrowAva), and award-winning French actor Grégory Fitoussi (Spiral) headline an international cast that includes award winners Rupert Graves (SherlockV for Vendetta), and Dervla Kirwan (Smother).
The series, based on Guillaume Musso’s international bestseller La Jeune Fille et la Nuit, is adapted by British Screenwriters’ Award nominee Marston Bloom (Marcella) and directed by Bill Eagles (PennyworthBeautiful Creatures).
I LOVE THAT FOR YOU S1 | Binge from 17 February 2023
Inspired by true events, I Love That For You follows childhood leukaemia survivor Joanna Gold (Emmy-nominated comedian Vanessa Bayer from Saturday Night Live and 2020’s Will & Grace) as she chases her lifelong dream of becoming a home shopping channel host.
Shedding her “cancer girl” label, Joanna moves away from her parents, starts a budding romance for the first time in her adult life and befriends her idol, the charismatic star of the network (Emmy nominee Molly Shannon from The White Lotus S1 and 2020’s Will & Grace, who is up for a 2023 Film Independent Spirit Award for the role). But when a little white lie to her boss (Critics Choice nominee Jenifer Lewis from Black-ish) turns into a big snowy avalanche, Joanna finds that living the dream comes with a hefty price tag.
The cast also includes Teen Choice nominee Jason Schwartzman (FargoScott Pilgrim vs. the WorldThe Grand Budapest Hotel) and Critics Choice winner Ryan Phillippe (Damages54Cruel Intentions).
The comedy has an 81% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus calls it “an overdue showcase for Vanessa Bayer.” As Globe and Mail says, “It’s a tight, tart comedy sending up the egos of the on-air hosts and mocking the greed of an outlet that sells gimcrackery with deeply serious intent.”
• HOUSE OF THE DRAGON S1Best Television Series – Drama, 2023 Golden Globes | Best TV Series, Best New Series, and Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series, Rotten Tomatoes’ Golden Tomato Awards
• THE WHITE LOTUS S2: Best Limited Series, 2023 Golden Globes and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Coolidge), 2023 Golden Globes and 2023 Critics Choice Awards
• EUPHORIA S2: Best Actress: Drama Series (Zendaya), 2023 Critics Choice Awards and 2023 Golden Globes
• HACKS S2: Best Actress: Comedy Series (Jean Smart), 2023 Critics Choice Awards
• BARRY S3: Best Supporting Actor: Comedy Series (Henry Winkler), 2023 Critics Choice Awards
To see everything on Showmax in February 2023, including first seasons of The Real Housewives of Abuja and Nairobi, S2 of the hit Showmax Original psychological thriller DAM, and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-nominated Elena Ferrante adaptation, The Lost Daughter, click here.
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It’s 1000 shows for Bliss and Jackie!



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Bliss Kingg and Jacquline Acquaye commemorated 1000 television episodes together as an on-screen duo, making a strong case as Ghana’s longest running television couple of this generation. Their on-screen chemistry is unmatched and their dedication and consistency to their craft has commanded respect from the Ghanaian media fraternity and the massive audience they have won over for the 1000 mornings they came together on TV.

The TV couple began their television journey on September 17, 2018 when they pioneered a lifestyle morning show which gradually gained popularity and unveiled a niche TV market in Ghana.

The debate will continue on first half of Oscar wilde’s infamous quote; ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’. If there is any truth to this, then Bliss Kingg and Jacquline Acquaye must be flattered by the proliferation of tv shows that have adopted this format and the many new school presenters who have clearly taken a page from their book; a proof of their dominance and consistency in Ghana’s television viewing culture.

Bliss and Jackie who were nicknamed ‘The rich kids’ by renowned media personality Dr. Randy Abbey during their first stint, gained recognition as the hosts of GMG+, the lifestyle morning program that was built to support ‘Good Morning Ghana’ and to boost MetroTV’s rebuilding process.

GMG+ became a sensation, delivering a new audience to the station, but after 23 months and 425 episodes, the duo shocked the public with their double resignation and said goodbye to their first ever home.

In what was considered by many as a blockbuster transfer, the power TV couple announced a big move and the first live episode of their current morning program ‘Xpressive’ aired on GHONEtv. Produced by Platinum Life Media, ‘Xpressive ‘ hit the ground running on September 7, 2020, going on to deliver some of the most viewed shows and interviews in recent times.

Continuing to deal with the rumors of their romantic connection, Bliss kingg and Jacquline Acquaye mostly look unperturbed and have truly demonstrated focus, consistency and team work.

Celebrating the milestone on their TV show last Friday; surprise guest Dr. Lawrence Tetteh acknowledged the duo for their persistence and commitment to excellence.

It was very happy moments as the champagne was flowing and they had a morning full of surprises as Imexco Ghana, Chezzy pizza, Turf and others came to the show to share a moment with them.

Wrapping up on their 1000th run, the television duo thanked Bola Ray and Nana Aba Anamoah for their support and promised their audience to get a 1000 shows more together.

Congratulations to Ghana’s longest running television couple, Bliss Kingg and Jacquline Acquaye.

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New BBC Africa Eye investigation shines a light on Seychelles’ heroin epidemic



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Known for its coral reefs and beautiful beaches, Seychelles, a tropical paradise located off the coast of east Africa, is visited by thousands of tourists. Yet, beyond the country’s multi-million dollar tourist industry, BBC Africa Eye shines a light on its heroin epidemic.

In a new investigation by BBC Africa Eye, Seychelles, Heroin and Me pieces together a complex picture of how political and socio-economic factors including poverty and a lack of rehabilitation centres, are contributing to what is now a drug epidemic.

According to Seychelles’ Government, based on population, Seychelles – which is made up of 115 islands – has the biggest heroin problem in the world, with around 10% of Seychellois dependent on the drug.

Presented by Joseph Fady Banane, the Seychellois support worker was one of the 10%. Now free of heroin, he uses his experience and role as a support worker to show viewers the true extent of the drug epidemic, whilst confronting his own painful past and reconnecting with the people he loves.

Meeting drug users, dealers, government officials and the communities caught in the middle, the film captures Fady’s journey as he gains first-hand access to their stories.

He told BBC Africa Eye how he was introduced to drugs: “I was 27 when I first took heroin. Business was not picking up, sitting outside Idecided to try my first couple of smokes, and that was it for five years. I still don’t know why I started smoking heroin, but part of it was just because I could – drugs were everywhere.” He added: “I became a stranger to my own mum, and my son was taken away.”

Throughout the film, individuals share details on the gruelling ripple effect of drugs in their communities and families.

Ravinia Jean, a mother, shares the impact of her son’s death Tony, who was heroin-dependent and a friend of Fady’s. “It is hard…it’s very painful.” She revealed her second son, Jude, is also using heroin and has been in and out of prison, where he is still able to buy the drug on credit. She said: “Parents have to pay for it because they will send people to collect the money…Of course you’re scared, they threaten you, they said they will kill him.”

However, there is still hope for drug-users like Jude. The documentary follows Jude’s journey towards recovery as he finally visits a councillor with hopes to recover from heroin-dependency.

The documentary also captures the common reality of drug-dependency passed from parents to children. Two brothers, Stefan and Roy (not their real names) are heroin-dependent – so was their mother. Stefan’s drug usage started from around the age of 12. He said: “I was looking after the drugs for somebody else… we said we were going to try it just for one day. We continued taking it until we ran out of drugs and that’s when I started getting sick. It was the drug withdrawal making me sick.”

Many people told the programme that drugs are used to escape the trauma of poverty. 25% of residents live below the poverty line, and in the last few years, use of crack cocaine in Seychelles has also increased. Latest figures show police seizures of cocaine have increased by almost 3,000% since 2018.1

Despite the scale of the problem, there is lack of support for heroin users due to the closures of all of the country’s residential rehabilitation centres which is contributing to the problem.

Revisiting the rehabilitation centre in Les Canelé that saved his life, which is no longer open to heroin users, Fady reflects on the consequences of the closures. “Back then, these rehab centres were helping hundreds of people. Rehab saved me from heroin, but with these programmes now closed – there’s not much help for anyone else, and many users have to fight their dependency alone.”

The only consistent support left for many users is a free methadone programme, a heroin substitute which can be used to detox.

The BBC Africa Eye investigation also revealed many women are resorting to sex work to aid their heroin-dependency. One woman told BBC Africa Eye: “No one will give you anything for free, so you have to do something.”

It is estimated two tonnes of heroin comes into Seychelles every year, which are mainly smuggled from Afghanistan via Iran through the Indian Ocean.2 In response, the government has resorted to a “war on drugs” approach, and the documentary explores whether this approach risks further alienating the drug-using community.

BBC Africa Eye obtained an exclusive interview with Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalalwan to understand the “war on drugs” approach. He said:  “Communities, villages cannot be controlled by the drug lords, by drug addicts. This is why we have we have taken the approach that we need to disrupt those activities. It’s an all-out war on drugs in order for me to save our people.”

On what was being done to address the lack of rehabilitation centres, he revealed: “We have received a grant from the UAE to build a proper rehabilitation centre. And, and so we are going in that direction.”

BBC Africa: Seychelles, Heroin and Me is available on the BBC Africa YouTube channel on Monday 6 March 2023, here.

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Ghanaian Movies on Netflix: 8 Must-Watch Films



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Apple Music celebrates Ghanaian Independence Day with Trotro Vibes campaign



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Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program as 21-year-old Nigerian-born singer-songwriter, FAVE (real name Chidozie Godsfavour).


“Being on Apple Music’s Africa Rising takes me one step closer to the dream: a gateway to the world stage. I’m proud to represent Africa with my voice and in my lyrics,” FAVE told Apple Music.


Having shown a penchant for singing from the early age of 6, it was only at the age of 19 that FAVE decided to embark on a career in music. Right off the bat her debut single “M.O.M.M.S.” (2019) showcased her impressive range and powerful tone, featuring in two of Nollywood’s most prominent TV series.


FAVE immediately followed this up with the reggae-infused single “DAL” (2020) and the Afrobeats-rooted “N.B.U (Nobody But You)” (2020), the latter of which was based off a freestyle that went viral on social media, before featuring on two tracks off superstar rapper Olamide’s 9th studio album, UY Scuti (2021).


FAVE’s debut EP, Riddim 5, is a fiery five-track release that fuses catchy Afro-pop melodies and groove-inducing Caribbean influences with a neo-R&B feel, anchored by the viral hit “Baby Riddim” which to date has racked up over 45 million streams across all platforms. With unique storytelling abilities, FAVE explores universal themes of love and heartbreak whilst making music that resonates deeply with her global audience.


The latest music from FAVE along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist.


Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising alumni to date include: Omah Lay, Manu Worldstar, Tems, Amaarae, Ayra Starr, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering and Buju. Africa Rising sees Apple Music select six artists every year who each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform including a launch interview with Nadeska on Apple Music 1. Nadeska has also launched a new weekly Africa Rising feature on her show highlighting the hottest new artists on the continent.


Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio with host LootLove which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Kiddominant, Mayorkun, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Master KG, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering and Buju.


Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Tems as its Up Next artist in 2021, Nigerian Afropop star Rema in 2020, Grammy Award-winning Afrofusion superstar Burna Boy in 2019, and Nigerian singer and entrepreneur Mr Eazi in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.

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Ghanaian Original drama The Billionaire’s Wife is now streaming on Showmax



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The Ghanaian Showmax Original drama series The Billionaire’s Wife is now streaming on Showmax with new episodes releasing every Thursday.

Watch the official launch trailer here:

The first episode, titled “Elopement”, introduces us to the world of our protagonist, 19-year-old Adepa (Andriana Akua Amegbor), who is just getting ready to marry the man of her dreams, the 55-year-old billionaire Bill Gyimah (Kingsley Yamoah).

But it’s not easy being a billionaire’s wife. It’s even harder when the man in question already has a family that is hell-bent on destroying you.

Adepa has had to fight her way from the streets of Ashaiman to become Bill’s new bride. On the other hand, Bill is a man so wealthy and so complicated that he’s almost too hard to please, but it’s a price Adepa is willing to pay to get the fairytale life she’s always wanted.

She doesn’t question him when they’re the only two people at their lavish wedding, or when he plans on shipping her to live abroad a day after their wedding. But one thing that Adepa wasn’t ready for is the dark secrets and scheming of the family she’s married into.

Then there are those from her past life who want to cash in on her newfound fortune, like Cool D (played by comedian Foster Romanus), Adepa’s ex-boyfriend, a proper area boy who’s well known in the streets, and who sees Adepa’s new marriage as his ticket to a good life.

Over the course of the 10 episodes, The Billionaire’s Wife will follow Adepa as she finds herself locked in an endless battle for survival, where backstabbers, schemers and faceless enemies will stop at nothing to prove she is a fraud and a gold digger.

Produced by Collins Amlalo and directed by Danny Adotey, The Billionaire’s Wife also stars Roselyn Ngissah (Fix Us), Ken Fiati (The Storm), Pascaline Edwards (The Case Study), Selassie Ibrahim (Baby Palaver), Helen Lois (Terminus), Lankai Quarcoopome (The Lankai Show), Ophelia Walker (Dirty Laundry), Godwin Kwesi Blay Ekra Jnr (Case Study), and newcomer Florence Nana Ama Agyei.

The Billionaire’s Wife is the third Showmax Original in Ghana, building on the success of the Shirley Frimpong-Manso drama ENO and the docu-reality series My Perfect Funeral, about Ghana’s unique funeral practices. Both titles were among the top 10 most-watched shows on Showmax in Ghana in 2022.

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Lojay tells Apple Music about the Making of His Album, ‘GANGSTER ROMANTIC’



Lojay tells Apple Music about the Making of His Album, 'GANGSTER ROMANTIC’

This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With Lojay, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week!

Tune in to Africa Now Radio with Dadaboy Ehiz this Friday, March 3rd 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.

Cover Star Interview
Nigerian singer-songwriter Lojay—Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising featured artist—joins Dadaboy Ehiz via FaceTime on Apple Music 1 to talk about his latest track, “AVALABU.” He also discusses the making of his new album, ‘GANGSTER ROMANTIC,’ and how it allows him to express his growth.


The Big 5
Dadaboy Ehiz shares the 5 hottest new African tracks of the moment. This week’s selection includes new tracks from Libianca feat. Ayra Starr & Omah Lay, Nkosazana Daughter feat. Murumba Pitch, Master KG and Lowsheen, Spyro & Tiwa Savage, Myztro feat. Dr. Peppa, Lady Du, ShaunMusiq, Ftears & Mellow & Sleazy.


Africa Rising 
South African amapiano star—and Apple Music’s latest Up Next: South Africa artist—Toss 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, the Young Stunna and Tyler ICU collab, “Tetema,” and the 9umba and Mdoovar collab, “Umlando (feat. Sir Trill, Sino Msolo, Lady Du, Young Stunna & Slade)”. ListenHERE.


Dadaboy’s Song of the Week
Each week, Dadaboy Ehiz chooses his favourite track from one of Apple Music’s African playlists. This week he spotlights Nigerian rapper Falz and his track, “Owa (feat. Tekno),” from Apple Music’s Naija Hits playlist. Listen HERE (and find a roundup of all Dadaboy’s selections on Apple Music’s Dadaboy’s Playlist, HERE).


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

Lojay tells Apple Music about the Making of His Album, ‘GANGSTER ROMANTIC’

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When I was creating the project, it was coming from a place of just having been through stuff in Nigeria, just being through streets of Lagos, especially with everything that’s happened in the last 12, 18 months, and I just wanted to express that.

In that time I’ve seen “shege,” and for me to survive the “shege” I’ve understood that I just can’t be a romantic romantic. In order to survive I need to toughen up in these streets and be a gangster a bit. This project is an expression of that, it’s an expression of everything that’s happened in the last 12, 18 months and it’s an expression of where I’m at right now, emotionally.

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