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minjinNigerian afrobeats sensation, Minjin recengtly revealed how Ghana affected his latest single, ‘I Am’. But how well do you know? Check out these fun facts about him, including why he wishes to fight 2face Idibia, and have Iyanya as his brother!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEps4QYRttM My breakthrough I got my lucky break through 2 competitions in 2010 (Disney High School Musical Live and Centage Superstar after which I got signed to Kennis Music, where I had my first hit, ‘Turning Me On’. My Biggest Achievement yet Seeing my song top a chart in French speaking African countries showing that my song has conquered language barrier My biggest failure Not having an album out yet but that’s about to change this year!!! My best encounter with a fan When a fan played all my songs on his phone; including collabos I couldn’t even remember, and told me I am his source of inspiration. This has happened to me a couple of times though. Worst encounter with a fan When a fan entered my room in Equatorial Guinea after my show with her friends and asked if we could all….you know the rest   What I hate about social media

  1. a) Bad news spread faster than good news there
  2. b) People show fake love they rather wish their loved ones happy birthday there than actually calling or spending time with them
  3. c) Anyone can just come and write whatever they like, negative mostly just to demoralize you
  4. d) It causes beef amongst people easily like e.g. I post a picture with a quote and the other party feels I’m referring to him or her
What I love about social media
  1. a) It’s an excellent platform to promote yourself and your business
  2. b) It’s a good platform to learn new things
  3. c) It’s a good platform to reconnect with old friends and family
  4. c) It’s a good platform to connect directly with your favorite celebrities
  5. D) It’s a good platform for me to connect with my fans
  6. e) It’s a good platform to get information about things happening at the moment
My hidden talent I’m a comedian with too much sauce but fans don’t know that 5 things I must try before I die 1) Travel to at least 5 countries in each continent 2) Play at least 5 musical instruments 3) Release at least 10 albums 4) Build a house for my mom 5) Get married and have at least 2 kids   If I wasn’t a musician, I’d probably … Be playing football or acting full time Celebrity schoolmate No one Dishes I can cook very well 1) Jollof rice and fried chicken 2) Efo riro and seno 3) Agonyi beans popularly eaten in Benin Republic A celebrity I wish was my sibling Iyanya because he always treats me like his younger brother every time he sees me he advises and encourages me. A celebrity I wish to fight in a boxing match Tuface because he kissed my crush, Caroline Ekanem in the old movie, ‘Twisted’. I was a kid but mehn it hurt me to the marrow lol. How I have fun Playing soccer]]>

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On the opening day of The Joburg Film Festival, Showmax released an open commissioning brief to the African film industry calling for pitches for a slate of 10 live action films.
The African streamer has won the South African Film and Television Awards’ Made-for-TV Movie Award for two years in a row, first with Loving Thokoza and then with Boxing Day, the first two feature films from Mandla N. In addition, another Showmax film, Kelsey Egan’s debut feature, Glasshouse, was the most awarded feature film overall at the SAFTAs last year, with five Golden Horns.
The new brief, in partnership with the Joburg Film Festival, is aimed at finding new talent and opening up the industry. The proposals must have a first draft screenplay and be set in contemporary Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria or South Africa, with a first-time director attached who is a resident or citizen in those countries. All official Ghanaian, Kenyan, Nigerian and South African languages are welcome and the final films should be more than 40m, in line with the SAFTAs Best Made-for-TV Movie Award category.
“Showmax’s audience prefers local content, with seven of the ten most streamed titles in South Africa, eight of the top 10 titles in Kenya and Nigeria, and nine of the top 10 in Ghana last year being African,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of Showmax and Connected Video at MultiChoice. “Making your first film is a key turning point in any director’s career. So this brief is another way we are trying to empower local filmmakers to tell their own stories for their own communities in their own languages. We’re looking for authentic stories that will resonate with our local audiences. Popular genres like romcoms, family dramas and thrillers are always welcome.”
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Pitches should take the form of a video pitch in English of no more than five minutes. This video pitch should include short bios of the writer, director and producer; a concise summary of the story, including the ending; an introduction to your lead characters; and a discussion of your chosen genre and stylistic approach, with visual references.
For inspiration, watch Mandla N’s Showmax x Actor Spaces directing masterclass here:
For more about Joburg Film Festival, visit www.joburgfilmfestival.co.za.
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