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George Quaye hosts The Challenge season 5

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goerge quau14 years ago when he made an appearance in the hit TV comedy series, Taxi Driver which also featured Mikki Osei Berko as his Uncle, Master Richard, little did many know that the man widely known as Aboagye had made his debut television appearance 4 years earlier in 1995, when he played Ghana’s former president, Jerry John Rawlings in George Laing’s classic kids TV show, Kyekyekule. His real name is George Nii Armah Quaye, born October 7th with a dream of becoming a rapper, a lawyer, a marketer, even a DJ, but never an actor. In 2001/2002, George played the lead role in his first international movie alongside top UK stars Maynard Eziashie (The Contract, Ace Ventura), Jimmy Akingbola (Holby City, Habibti), Naomie Harris (Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean,) and a host of others in “Anansi”- a dramatic Odyssey of three young men and a lady surviving a perilous stowaway expedition from Ghana to Europe. It was produced by Germany’s Avista Film and Brainpool with support from the media program for the European Union and shot on locations in Ghana, Morocco, Germany and Spain. “Kyekyekule was what got me acting back in Mfantsipim school, but taxi driver made me drop the music and lawyer dreams…who knows, I just might pick up the law bit again…as for acting, ermmm I’m waiting for a script as good as Anansi” George Quaye. 13th February 2006, this Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) degree holder from the University of Ghana, Legon would leave his high flying and enviable Technical Director Position at Village Communications to take up a much lower copy writer role with the Multiple Concepts Group/Charterhouse Ghana. A group he never regrets as it set his life in the right direction. Having hosted and produced a few corporate events, wedding receptions, parties and other small events here and there, George will step up to his biggest show yet, when he  hosts Charterhouse’s night of 1004 laughs and music at the National Theatre. “I was so scared I had to call my big sister to come pray with me before the show started…I laugh at myself every time I look at that  video and see what I wore wearing. OMG! We have come far…” he says with a quirky smile on his cheek. Between 2006 and 2012 George would go on to host and produce all editions of the comedy show alongside the team at Charterhouse, discovering Ghana’s funniest man today, Funny face along the way. He also produced award winning shows like it takes two, Agoro, stars of the future, the Goodlife game show and a host of other events including the ever prestigious Ghana Music Awards. With such rich experience it came as no surprise when Charterhouse in collaboration with the British Council and TIGO, in 2009 placed its biggest, first and only educational reality TV show, the Challenge, in his hands to produce. Working diligently and perceptively with teams from the British Council, Tigo and within, George has managed to keep the standards of the Challenge high from day one, pushing it a notch higher every season. “He is attentive, smart, always ready to learn and not afraid to try new things. Yes we have a lot of producer’s in house, but George is one of the most reliable when it comes to programs like the challenge” Nii Ayite Hammond, Director of Productions at GHOne Entertainment TV. The Challenge, when it first premiered in 2009 had joy fm’s man in the morning, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as host. In 2010, Kojo returned to host the show for a second season running, but lost the slot when he got signed on to MTN by the time season 3 was ready to roll. Eric Don Arthur from TV3 got the job but was replaced with Louis Sakyiamah, aka Lexis Bill in the fourth Season. By this time the show’s producers and sponsors were inundated with the public outcry to inject some fun into the show. The planning for a total overhaul before the launch of the fifth season started with a crunch 3 day brainstorming meeting at the Movenpick hotel. Several reforms were made to the show structure and the search for a host begun in earnest with this simple benchmark for would be presenters: intelligent, must hold at least a first degree from a reputable tertiary institution, bold, articulate, TV experience would be a plus, knowledge of the show would even be better and most importantly, a great sense of humour. After weeks of auditions at the studious of GHOne, the Communications Master’s Degree holder from the School of Communication Studies, University of Ghana Legon, Producer of the show from the very beginning, intelligent, bold, articulate, great knowledge of the show, great sense of humour with a lot of stage and television experience, George Quaye was given the nod to produce and host the show. “It’s a new arena for me; scripting, hosting and producing. But I have a great team from GHOne, TIGO and the British Council to count on. I think it’s gonna be fun…” He says shyly, but proudly. So George Nii Armah Quaye is host of the Challenge Season 5 and if what we saw on the premier episode is anything to go by, then we can boldly conclude that this is going to be the most exciting season yet. The Challenge Season 5 is produced by GHOne with support from IPMC, Beige Capital, VitaMilk, the University of Salford, Northampton and the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen Scotland. It is a British Council Ghana Initiative and proudly sponsored by TIGO. The show airs this and every Sunday at 5:30pm on TV3 and at 8pm on GHOne entertainment TV. Visit www.thechallengeghana.com for more info.]]>

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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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This Week On Miss Malaika Ghana – Our Culture, Our Heritage!!

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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio features K.O this Friday !

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With K.O, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week! (more…)

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Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa taps Preyé for September

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Preyé, Nigeria’s emerging soul powerhouse, has been selected as Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa artist for September. (more…)

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022
Showmax is the best place in Africa to stream international series, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards. Content on Showmax won 27 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama (HBO’s Succession) and Limited or Anthology Series (HBO’s The White Lotus, the Emmys’ biggest winner this year with 10.)

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Al Jazeera English is proud to announce its end of year slate of new international documentaries

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Al Jazeera English (AJE) is home to some of the best, most diverse and unique documentaries from around the globe. The Internationally aclaimed  broadcaster showcases a wide range of stories, storytellers, perspectives and genres, in films which offer insight, understanding, information and empathy, to complement its global news. AJE airs over 300 documentaries a year, in regular strands and stand-alone slots.

AJE’s latest slate premieres several themed series as well as powerful single documentaries. In ‘Bollywood Dreams’ audiences  follow some of the thousands of ‘strugglers’ across India, who pin their futures and hopes on Bollywood. In the USA, Colombia, Finland and Australia’s Torres Strait Islands we observe First Nation communities reclaim their heritage, combat environmental disaster and fight to sustain their lives and livelihoods. The award-winning ‘Africa Direct’ returns for a second series, with African filmmakers telling African stories in immersive, first-person short docs. AJE’s flagship strand Witness premieres several new films including from Ukraine, India, Iraq, Armenia, South Sudan, Algeria, Spain and Lebanon.

Beyond the premieres, AJE will show some outstanding environmental and football films again in November and December. Witness Australia’s bushfires up close, and experience the permafrost during COP. And while the world is glued to football fields, AJE goes off the pitch to understand six football clubs in the popular series ‘The Fans Who Make Football’.

AJE’s Documentaries unit accounts for around a quarter of the Channel’s total output. From immersive, character-led stories to issue-led exposures, the films prioritise the human lived experiences behind news stories. They aim to challenge prevailing narratives about people, places and power by elevating seldom-heard voices and featuring people telling their own stories.Its documentaries present a range of experiences, lives and views to help viewers think, understand, feel and connect with the world around them.

Our award-winning documentaries provide great range, depth and nuance to our daily news coverage,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, “and we are lucky to have a talented and diverse team which works with a wide array of filmmakers from around the world.”

Ingrid Falk, Manager of Programmes said  “Stories are hugely important in shaping our understanding of the world, so we in the Documentaries unit focus as much on how we tell stories, and who tells them, as the subject matter itself. We try to shift the power of the storytelling itself towards those who have experience the events – we have the space to move away from presenters and reporters as authoritative voices towards first person narratives. Our philosophy is that when we see and hear from people directly, confidently, centred in their own stories, only then can we reimagine notions of authority and power. And in this very unequal world, that is an important thing to do.”

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