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Here are some of the international series to watch in February.
1st seasons of Ted, Lawmen: Bass Reeves, Found; new seasons of Halo, The Rookie; box sets of The Office & Parks and Rec
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TED S1 | First on Showmax | Binge from 12 February
Ted (Oscar nominee Seth MacFarlane) is back in an all-new prequel series in which the foul-mouthed bear is forced to navigate high school alongside his best friend John (Max Burkholder, aka Max Braverman in Parenthood).
It’s 1993, and Ted the bear’s moment of fame has passed. He’s now living back home in Framingham, Massachusetts with his best friend, 16-year-old John Bennet, along with John’s parents, Matty and Susan, and cousin Blaire. Ted may be a lousy influence on John, but at the end of the day, he’s a loyal pal who’s always willing to go out on a limb for friendship.
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ Most Anticipated TV and Streaming Shows of 2024, Ted has an 8.1/10 rating on IMDb, where it’s one of the ten most popular shows globally right now. As The Daily Beast says, “The new Ted Series Is as filthy, offensive, and – God help us – funny as ever.”
You can also watch the two original films on Showmax from 22 February 2024.
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HALO S2 | First on Showmax | 2 eps on 12 February, then weekly
Based on one of the highest-grossing gaming franchises of all time, Halo is set amid an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.
Emmy nominee Pablo Schreiber (American GodsOrange is the New Black) stars as cybernetically enhanced super-soldier Master Chief John-117. In Season 2, John will risk everything to prove what no one else will believe – that the Covenant are preparing to attack humanity’s greatest stronghold. With the galaxy on the brink, John embarks on a journey to find the key to humankind’s salvation, or its extinction — the Halo.
People’s Choice winner Joseph Morgan (The OriginalsVampire Diaries) joins the cast this season, while Natascha McElhone (Californication) returns, having been nominated for a Women’s Image Network Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series as Dr. Halsey. Triple-Oscar winner Steven Spielberg is an executive producer on the series.
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LAWMEN: BASS REEVES S1 | First on Showmax | Weekly from 12 February
Emmy nominee David Oyelowo (SelmaSilo) was up for Best Actor at both the Critics Choice and Golden Globe Awards as Bass Reeves, a slave who became the first Black U.S. Marshal west of the Mississippi, arresting more than 3 000 outlaws during the course of his career.
Created by Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone), Lawmen: Bass Reeves has an 81% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In their 4-star review, The Guardian says, “this utterly distinctive western is a rare treat… a tense, thoughtful interrogation of what liberty means.”
The Paramount series’ stellar supporting cast includes the likes of Emmy winner Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) and Emmy nominee Dennis Quaid (Far From Heaven).
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THE OFFICE S1-9 | Binge from 12 February
Widely hailed as one of the best TV comedies of all time, The Office follows the everyday work lives and cringe-worthy antics of the staff at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company.
If the original British version made Ricky Gervais a household name, the American version did the same for the likes of Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski and Mindy Kaling.
The Office still holds a 9.0/10 score on IMDb, having been NBC’s highest-rated scripted series between 2005 and 2013. The Emmy-winning mockumentary was still claiming titles seven years later, becoming the most-streamed show of the year in 2020.
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THE ROOKIE S5 | Binge from 22 February
The LAPD’s oldest rookie, John Nolan (multiple People’s Choice Award winner Nathan Fillion from Castle and Firefly), is ready to take on a new role as The Rookie enters its fifth season. But first, he’ll have to face off once again with serial killer Rosalind Dyer (the late Annie Wersching from 24 and Star Trek: Picard).
Lisseth Chavez (Chicago P.D.’s Vanessa Rojas) joins the cast this season as rookie Celina Juarez. Also look out for guest appearances from the likes of Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson and a crossover event with The Rookie: Feds in episode 21.
The Rookie was nominated for its second Emmy for Outstanding Stunt Coordination earlier this year, and has maintained a consistent 8/10 score on IMDb, with Season 6 on the way.
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FOUND S1 | First On Showmax |  Stream from 12 February, with new eps on Thursdays
In any given year, more than 600 000 people are reported missing in the US. More than half that number are people of colour that the country seems to forget about.
NBC’s biggest launch on Peacock yet, Found centres on recovery specialist Gabi Mosely and her crisis management team as they work tirelessly to find missing people forgotten by the system. But this everyday hero is hiding a chilling secret of her own…
Created by Nigerian-American Nkechi Okoro Carroll (All American and All American: Homecoming), Found stars award winner Shanola Hampton (Veronica Fisher in Shameless) opposite the likes of Kelli Williams (Dr. Gillian Foster in Lie to Me, Lindsay Dole in The Practice), Teen Choice winner Brett Dalton (Grant Ward aka Hive in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Paul Johnson in Mixed-ish, Detective John Clark, Jr. in NYPD Blue).
AV Club calls the show “a compelling character study of how differently people heal (or don’t) from traumatic, life-changing events – all while shining a light on the real-life efforts of non-profit organisations such as the Black and Missing Foundation.”
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PARKS & RECREATION S1-7 | Binge from 12 February
From the exec producers of The OfficeParks and Recreation is set in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana and follows a relentlessly perky mid-level bureaucrat, Leslie Knope (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Amy Poehler), and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.
Parks and Recreation was nominated for 14 Emmys and won 25 awards, including a Golden Globe, a Peabody, and three Critics Choice Awards. Entertainment Weekly called it “one of the best TV series ever made”, with “TV’s funniest ensemble cast.”
That cast included the likes of Nick Offerman (The Last of Us), Aubrey Plaza (The White Lotus), Adam Scott (Severance), Rob Lowe (9-1-1: Lone Star), Aziz Ansari (Master of None) and Chris Pratt (aka Marvel’s Star-Lord and Jurassic World’s Owen Grady), with even Joe Biden and Michelle Obama making guest appearances.
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FUNNY WOMAN S1 | First on Showmax | Stream from 12 February, with new episodes on Thursdays
One of Rotten Tomatoes’ Most Anticipated TV and Streaming Shows of 2024, Funny Woman tells the story of Blackpool beauty queen Barbara Parker as she tries to make it in London at the height of the Swinging Sixties.
BAFTA nominee Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man) stars as Parker. Directed by BAFTA nominee Oliver Parker, the six-part series is based on Nick Hornby’s bestselling novel Funny Girl and adapted by British comedian Morwenna Banks (Slow Horses), who co-stars. The ensemble cast also includes Tom Bateman (Based on a True Story), BAFTA winner David Threlfall (Shameless), and BAFTA nominee Rupert Everett (NapoleonMy Best Friend’s Wedding).
As The Guardian says, “Gemma Arterton is absolutely captivating… The actor exudes star power in this take on the popular novel. It blossoms into a colourful romp through the swinging 60s… It’s TV as comfort food, and I was happily sated by it.”
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SAS ROGUE HEROES S1 | First On Showmax | Stream from 12 February, with new eps on Thursdays
SAS Rogue Heroes is a “mostly true” account of how arguably the world’s greatest special forces unit was formed under extraordinary circumstances in the darkest days of World War II.
Nominated for a 2023 BAFTA for its Sound, SAS Rogue Heroes has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian hailing it as “one of the year’s most emotional shows… This brilliant series from the Peaky Blinders creator might be a high-octane, action-packed riot – but it’s also tender, touchy and funny… A total triumph.”
As David Stirling, Sex Education’s Connor Swindells was nominated for Best Actor at the 2023 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. Emmy nominee Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones) and multi-award winner Jack O’Connell (Patrick Sumner in The North Water) co-star, alongside the likes of BAFTA winner Dominic West (The Crown) and Algerian actress Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service).
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ACCUSED S1 | Binge from 21 February 2023
Nominated for Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited Series at the 2023 Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards, Accused centres on the defendant in a different court case in each episode.
Already renewed for a second season, the legal drama anthology is developed by three-time Emmy winner Howard Gordon (Homeland24The X-Files), based on the Emmy-winning 2010 British series, which was created by multiple-BAFTA winner Jimmy McGovern (Time).
For his role as Detective Trent Douglas, Black Reel winner Wendell Pierce (The Wire) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Hollywood Critics Association Television Awards.
Also look out for the likes of Emmy winners Michael Chiklis (The Shield’s Detective Vic Mackey), Margo Martindale (JustifiedThe AmericansCocaine Bear) and Rhea Perlman (CheersBarbie), Oscar winner Keith Carradine (FargoMadame Secretary), Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Teen Choice winner Rachel Bilson (The O.C.), Emmy nominee Jason Ritter (MatlockRaising Dion) and IMDb 2022 STARmeter Fan Favorite Award winner Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead’s Connie).
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FULL CIRCLE | Binge from 1 February
Full Circle centres on an investigation into a botched kidnapping, which uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in New York City.
Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s 1963 classic, High and Low, the six-part series has an 81% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Steven Soderbergh’s assured direction and a stacked cast give this simmering noir plenty of intrigue.”
That stacked cat includes Emmy winners Claire Danes (HomelandRomeo + Juliet), Jharrel Jerome (When They See UsMoonlight) and Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan ShowPeter Pan & Wendy) and Emmy nominees Zazie Beetz (AtlantaDeadpool 2Joker) and Timothy Olyphant (The Book of Boba FettFargoJustified).
As Vulture says in their round-up of the best series of 2023, “In a sea of so much sameness this year… the dense Full Circle, about a kidnapping, a curse, family secrets, corrupt cops, and contemporaneous colonialism, was like absolutely nothing else.”
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KILLING IT S1 | First On Showmax | Stream from 12 February, with new eps on Thursdays
Killing It, from the creative team behind Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is a comedy about class, capitalism and one man’s quest to achieve the American dream. And also about hunting really big snakes.
As Craig, MTV Movie Award winner Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin in The Office, Doug Judy in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Ray in Mr. Robot) was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Series, Comedy, or Musical. Emmy-nominated comedian Claudia O’Doherty (Mary Bonnet in Our Flag Means Death) co-stars.
Season 1 has an 89% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As the New York Times says, “This isn’t one of those moody, barely-a-comedy dramedies; it’s gut-bustingly, grotesquely funny.”
BUPKIS S1 | First on Showmax | Stream from 12 February, with new eps on Thursdays
Bupkis is a heightened, fictionalised version of the life of People’s Choice nominee Pete Davidson, which has already drawn comparisons to Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and Louis C.K.’s Louie.
Four-time Emmy winner Edie Falco (aka Carmela Soprano) plays Pete’s mother, with Oscar winner Joe Pesci (The IrishmanMy Cousin VinnyGoodfellas) as his grandfather, alongside multiple-Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale (The Irishman) and Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano. Also look out for guest appearances from the likes of Al Gore, Jon Stewart, Method Man, Nathan Fillion, Steve Buscemi, and even J.J. Abrams.
With NPR calling it, “endearingly self-deprecating and reliably entertaining,” Peacock has already ordered a second season. As Variety puts, “Who doesn’t want a look at the inner workings of Pete Davidson‘s mind?”
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ALERT: MISSING PERSONS UNIT S1 | Binge from 27 February
As Detective Nikki Batista in Alert: Missing Persons Unit, Dania Ramirez (Sweet ToothDevious Maids and Heroes) was nominated as Best Actress – Drama at the 2023 Imagen Awards.
Batista joins the Philadelphia Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit after her son, Keith, goes missing. Along with her partner and ex-husband, Detective Jason Grant (Golden Globe nominee Scott Caan from Hawaii Five-0 and the Ocean’s trilogy), Nikki works tirelessly to help other people find their loved ones, even as she searches for her own.
Created by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (They Cloned TyroneDjango Unchained) and writer-producer John Eisendrath (AliasThe Blacklist), Alert: Missing Persons Unit was a ratings hit in the US, averaging over 3.2m viewers, and has already been renewed for Season 2.
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RUN THE WORLD S2 | Binge from 26 February
Run the World follows a group of successful Black women living in the Upper Manhattan district of Harlem.
The second and final season picks up with Whitney (Black Reel nominee Amber Stevens West from 22 Jump Street) anxiously awaiting the fate of her relationship, while Sondi (Corbin Reid from Blair Witch and How to Get Away with Murder) and Renee (Bresha Webb from Night School) are reminded that it’s never a bad time to choose yourself.
Season 1 scored a rare 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and won three Women’s Image Network Awards – for Outstanding Comedy Series; Outstanding Actress (Webb); and Outstanding Show Written by a Woman for series creator Leigh Davenport. At the Black Reel Awards, Run the World was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress (Webb), with Erika Alexander winning Outstanding Guest Actress.
The Hollywood Reporter says it’s “giddy, gossipy and gladdening… exactly the feeling you’d want while catching up with an old friend over cocktails.”
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MALPRACTICE S1 | Binge from 29 February
What happens if you can’t trust the people who hold your life in their hands?
A searing insight into the pressures and politics of hospital life, Malpractice stars BAFTA nominee Niamh Algar (Raised by WolvesPure) as the smart, battle-hardened Dr Lucinda Edwards, whose life is turned upside down when a nightmare shift ends in the death of an opioid overdose victim.
The five-episode British medical drama has an 86% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has already been renewed for a second season.
In their 4-star review, The Guardian says, “Intricately plotted and beautifully, leanly written by Grace Ofori-Attah… Malpractice plunges us into the unforgiving world that today’s doctors work in.”
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VICTORIA’S SECRET: ANGELS AND DEMONS | First on Showmax | Binge from 12 February
Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons tells the provocative story of the Victoria’s Secret brand and its longtime CEO, the larger-than-life, enigmatic billionaire Les Wexner. The underworld of fashion, the billionaire class, and Jeffrey Epstein are all revealed to be inextricably intertwined with the fall of this legendary brand.
Directed by Sundance and Venice Film Festival nominee Matt Tyrnauer, the true-crime documentary series has a 91% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Angels and Demons dresses down one of the world’s most iconic retail brands with some genuinely disquieting revelations, prompting viewers to question the company’s ethics and reconsider its effect on beauty standards.”
As Globe and Mail says, “There is much to glean from the series… some of it very sobering, and some of it formidably creepy.”
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HOME ECONOMICS S2 | Binge from 28 February
Home Economics returns for a hilarious and heartwarming second season following Tom (Emmy winner Topher Grace from BlacKkKlansman), Connor (YouTuber Jimmy Tatro from American Vandal) and Sarah (Caitlin McGee from Mythic Quest), three grown-up siblings fielding the ups and downs of life at different ends of the financial spectrum.
Season 1 had an 82% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, with the show nominated for four Women’s Image Network Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for Sasheer Zamata as Sarah’s wife, Denise.
Guests this season include maths guru Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper in the original series The Wonder Years) as the principal of Windmount Academy and Grammy-winning Cheech & Chong legend Cheech Marin as Marina’s father, Roberto.
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BUSCANDO A FRIDA (THE SEARCH FOR FRIDA) S1 | Binge from 12 February
Named Best Non-English Language U.S. Primetime Program at the International Emmy Awards, Telemundo’s Buscando a Frida (aka The Search for Frida) follows the Pons family, whose lives are thrown into disarray when teenager Frida is kidnapped at a club on the night of her father’s birthday, triggering a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers and unearthing the family’s darkest secrets.
Look out for Kenya-born multi-award winner Arap Bethke as Martin Cabrera.
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TV Personality Efya Stard Edna Launches “Eat Ghana Agenda” to Celebrate Ghana Month

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As Ghana celebrates its vibrant cultural heritage during the annual Ghana Month, esteemed TV personality Efya Stard Edna is proud to announce the launch of her innovative “Eat Ghana Agenda.” Through her popular shows, Fanzone and Chef’s Apron, Efya Stard Edna will lead a month-long celebration of Ghanaian cuisine, highlighting the richness and diversity of local dishes while engaging audiences in fun and interactive culinary experiences.

The “Eat Ghana Agenda” aims to promote Ghanaian cuisine and culinary traditions, showcasing the country’s diverse array of flavors, ingredients, and cooking techniques. As the host of Fanzone, a dynamic talk show that explores various aspects of Ghanaian culture, and Chef’s Apron, a popular cooking program that features delicious recipes and cooking tips, Efya Stard Edna is uniquely positioned to spearhead this exciting initiative.

Throughout the month of March, viewers can look forward to special episodes of Fanzone and Chef’s Apron dedicated to celebrating Ghanaian cuisine. 

From showcasing traditional dishes to exploring modern twists on classic recipes, Efya Stard Edna will take audiences on a culinary journey across Ghana, highlighting the country’s rich culinary heritage and vibrant food culture.

One of the highlights of the “Eat Ghana Agenda” will be interactive segments where Efya Stard Edna challenges viewers to test their knowledge of Ghanaian dishes. Through fun quizzes, trivia games, and cooking challenges, audiences will have the opportunity to learn more about their favorite Ghanaian foods while engaging in friendly competition and camaraderie.

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In addition to her television programs, Efya Stard Edna will also utilize her social media platforms to share mouth-watering recipes, cooking tutorials, and behind-the-scenes glimpses of her culinary adventures. By leveraging the power of social media, she hopes to inspire Ghanaians to embrace and celebrate their culinary heritage in their own homes and communities.

Commenting on the launch of the “Eat Ghana Agenda,” Efya Stard Edna expressed her excitement about showcasing Ghanaian cuisine to a wider audience and fostering a greater appreciation for local flavors and ingredients. She emphasized the importance of preserving and promoting Ghana’s culinary traditions as a means of preserving national identity and fostering cultural pride.

“I am thrilled to launch the ‘Eat Ghana Agenda’ as part of our celebration of Ghana Month,” said Efya Stard Edna. 

“Through this initiative, we hope to shine a spotlight on the rich diversity of Ghanaian cuisine and inspire people to explore and enjoy the delicious flavors of our country.”

The “Eat Ghana Agenda” is part of Efya Stard Edna’s ongoing commitment to promoting Ghanaian culture and heritage through engaging and entertaining programming. As Ghana continues to celebrate its unique identity during Ghana Month, Efya Stard Edna invites viewers to join her in celebrating the flavors, aromas, and traditions of Ghanaian cuisine.

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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.

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“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

YouTube: @B2GNetwork

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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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Africa Now Radio this Friday with YKB

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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.

Cover Star Interview
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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