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Okuapemann School to meet Mawuli School at The Sharks Quiz, defeats T.I Amass en route to the quarterfinals

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The excitement at The Sharks Quiz has turned up a notch since the onset of the knockout stages. In the previous weekend Mawuli School pipped Pope John Senior High in a contest which was determined by the very last question. 65-55 points it ended in favor of Mawuli School.

It was the turn of Okuapemann School and T. I Amass this past weekend. These two schools had during the preliminaries showed promise scoring 90 and 60 points to qualify among twenty two schools. No one could predict which school had the upper hand and the schools lived up to the billing.

Okuapemann School started the stronger side in the first round – Right Corner Round, where questions focus on students’ appreciation of General Knowledge on Ghana and Africa.

T. I Amass gathered momentum in the second round – R cubed round (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic) and the STEM round, closing the gap to fifteen points. In the end, it was the One on One round where students are paired individually against each other where Okuapemann School cemented their victory. The final scores, Okuapemann School:100 – T. I Amass:85.

Okuapemann School will move on to meet Mawuli School at the quarterfinal. At the Juniors level, Burma Camp JHS defeated St. Kizito JHS in another pulsating contest.

Next Saturday, former finalist St. Thomas Aquinas will meet St. Peters Senior High in what is expected to be a thriller. Do make a date every Saturday from 2.30pm on tv3 or DSTV channel 279.

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Wizkid and Tems score win at the 2021 Soul Train Awards presented by BET

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The Soul Train Awards hosted its annual celebration in the historic Apollo Theater in New York and aired on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) on Monday 29 November at 02:00 WAT / 03:00 CAT. Presented by BET, the award show featured performances by prominent stars in R&B and gospel.

African stars, Wizkid and Tems scored a win at the Soul Train Awards in the ‘Best Collaboration’ category for hit song Essence. WizKid and Tems were the third highest nominees with five nominations each, in iconic categories such as ‘Song of the year’, ‘Album of the year’, ‘Video of the year’, ‘Best R&B Artist’, ‘Best Collaboration’.

Hosted by Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell, the award show aims to celebrate the best in African-American culture, music and entertainment.

The 2021 edition of the awards show featured performances by Silk Sonic’s Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak, Ari Lennox, Lucky Daye, Fred Hammond, Tone Stitch, Musiq Soulchild, Ashanti, Leon Bridges, ELHAE, Summer Walker and Maxwell.

Singer Jazmine Sullivan notched two trophies by winning both Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and ‘Album of The Year’ forHeaux Tales. Normani won her first award for ‘Best Dance Performance’ and honoured other female artists in her speech. Later, Ashanti was decorated with the ‘Lady of Soul Award’ before performing onstage with Ja Rule and Fat Joe. Maxwell emotionally accepted the ‘Living Legend Award’ and thanked Don Cornelius and the R&B community during his acceptance speech.

You can catch repeats of the Soul Train Awards on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) on Saturday, 4 December 2021 at 19:00 WAT / 20:00 CAT; Sunday, 5 December 2021 at 09:00 WAT / 10:00 CAT; Wednesday, 8 December 2021 at 11:00 WAT / 12:00 CAT and Saturday, 11 December 2021 at 11:00 WAT / 12:00 CAT.

For more information on the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa.

See the full list of winners highlighted by category below.

Best Collaboration 

Wizkid feat. Tems – “Essence”

Song of the Year 

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”

Album of the Year 

Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales 

Video of the Year 

Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic) – “Leave the Door Open”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist 

Jazmine Sullivan

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist 

Giveon

Best New Artist 

Yung Bleu

Certified Soul Award 

Charlie Wilson

Best Dance Performance 

Normani Feat. Cardi B – “Wild Side”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award 

Kirk Franklin

The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award 

“Leave the Door Open” – written by: Bruno Mars, Brandon Anderson, Dernst Emile II, Christopher Brody Brown (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic)

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Showmax and CANAL+ confirm production of season 2 of hit Kenyan procedural Crime and Justice

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It’s official: Filming has begun for the second season of the hit Kenyan police procedural and legal drama Crime and Justice.

Crime and Justice, which is Kenya’s first Showmax Original and the first co-production with global broadcaster CANAL+ Group, follows detective duo Makena (Sarah Hassan, Famous, Just In Time) and Silas (Alfred Munyua, Nafsi, The First Grader) as they investigate one-ripped-from-the-headlines case per episode.

The first of its kind in Kenya, Crime and Justice Season 1 was praised by fans for addressing difficult topical issues in the country such as femicide and domestic abuse, terrorism and radicalisation, while also exposing the limits of the justice system in Kenya.

 

Recently, Crime and Justice was nominated for three Kalasha awards across all the TV Drama categories: Best TV Drama, Best Lead Actor (Munyua) and Best Lead Actress (Hassan).

 

KenyaBuzz hailed it as “the perfect Kenyan Original… intensely satisfying” while Quartz credited it with “keeping real-life crimes from being buried… reviving debate and discussion around controversies that might have otherwise faded from the news.”

 

Crime and Justice was also the most popular show among Showmax subscribers in Kenya when it premiered in February 2021, and remained in the top spot for nine weeks straight. The show was also the most watched content in Kenya for the first three months after its launch in terms of both unique users and profiles.

Hassan and Munyua will reprise their lead roles as detectives Makena and Silas respectively in the second season, which is coming to Showmax and CANAL+ Premiere in 2022. Also returning is Maqbul Mohammed (Makutano Junction) as DCI Boss Kebo, Paul Ogola (Kati Kati, Sense8) as the no-nonsense prosecutor Sokoro, Brian Ogola (Lusala, Poacher) as the resident pathologist Caleb, and Koome Kinoti as Makena’s troublesome teenager Yaro.

Crime and Justice is directed by Adam Neutzsky-Wulff (All The Little Things We Kill, You Are Here) and Kenyans Likarion Wainaina (Supa Modo, winner of over 50 international awards, including a Special Mention at Berlin), Tosh Gitonga (AFI Audience Award Breakthrough winner Nairobi Half Life) and Edwin Kamau (40 Sticks).

Speaking about the decision to renew the show for the second season, Timothy Okwaro, MultiChoice Channel Director, East and Southern Africa said, “Crime and Justice was a major milestone, not only as Kenya’s first Showmax Original but also as a representation of the industry’s growth, evidenced by the production quality and positive feedback from our audiences. Fans have been calling for a second season since its debut, so it’s only right to give our viewers what they want.”

He added, “Season 2 promises more compelling crime stories, deep dives into Makena’s mysterious background and also answers whether Silas is still conflicted about what his moral decisions mean for his shifty networks.”

Fabrice Faux, Chief Content Officer of CANAL+ INTERNATIONAL, said, “We are very pleased to offer our subscribers a second season of Crime and Justice, our first African police and procedural TV series under the CANAL+ Original label. We are also very proud to partner again with Showmax to produce together the best premium series for the continent.”

Crime and Justice Season 2 adds to Showmax’s impressive slate of over 150 Kenyan titles – the most extensive for any streamer in the country. Showmax also recently announced Baba Twins, its first Original movie in Kenya, and the second original title after Crime and Justice.

Showmax also continues to expand its investment across Africa with a diverse slate that includes the recent launch of Ghana Jollof, its first original comedy series in West Africa; the upcoming Showmax Original reality series The Real Housewives of Lagos, the first Nigerian instalment of the global hit franchise The Real Housewives; its first original telenovela The Wife, inspired by Dudu Busani-Dube’s bestselling novel Hlomu the Wife; and the epic fantasy series Blood Psalms set in ancient Africa, another co-production with CANAL+, with much more coming up in 2022.

 

Since 2018, CANAL+ has produced 10 CANAL+ Original TV series in different African countries with African talents, such as Invisibles, Agent, Cacao, Dead Places, and Mami Wata Le Mystere D’Iveza. CANAL+ now looks to expand its production of Originals in Africa to gradually increase to ten series per year.

Crime and Justice Season 2 will premiere on Showmax and CANAL+ Premiere in 2022.

 

Watch Crime and Justice Season 1 on Showmax at: https://www.showmax.com/eng/tvseries/mj8xgkzr-crime-and-justice

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Gyakie and other African artists to feature in Soul Cypher Sessions at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”

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Celebrating 50 years of the iconic “Soul Train” legacy from the world-famous Apollo, the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” is coming to Africa Monday, November 29 at 02:00 WAT/ 03:00 CAT exclusively on BET Africa, DSTV Channel 129

 

The 2021 ‘Soul Train Awards’ celebrating over 50 years of iconic soul music, is set to air on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) on Monday, November 29 at 02:00 WAT / 03:00 CAT, with a repeat same day at 19:00 WAT / 20:00 CAT. In celebration of all that is Soul this year, an exciting lineup of artists are to feature in the Soul Cypher which will be aired at the awards. In addition to the star-studded lineup of performers, such as Summer Walker and Fred Hammond, BET also announced that the 2021 Soul Train Awards will have Jasmine Sullivan, Normani and casts of Sistas and The Game as presenters.

The cypher will explore predominant themes in Soul music, broken down into four pillars of Black Love, Black Power, Black Joy and Black Pride, with some of the biggest names in Black culture and entertainment who have embodied the poignant genre with great vocal embellishments and intense feelings.

Performing in groups of four and five, the artistes will give soulful renditions of freestyles and original songs that nod to and showcase the impact of soul from the 70s to date.

The Black Love theme will feature thrilling performances by Nigerian sweetheart, Ayra Starr; South African R&B Singer-Songwriter, Fila lah lah; Cameroonian Afro-pop/afrobeat artiste, Magasco; and Ghanaian musical artiste, Moliy.

Nigerian singer-songwriter, Mayorkun; Nigerian Queen of Afro-fusion, Goodgirl LA; Rwandan uber-talented artsite, Yvan Buravan; and Angolan heartthrob Rui Orlando will perform under the Black Pride theme.

Exploring the Black Joy theme will be Nigerian superstar, Buju; Ghanian afrobeat singer, Gyakie; South African musicologist, Manana; Cape Verde’s Soraia Ramos and Tanzanian bongo musician, Lava Lava.

Angola’s Gerlison Insrael; Nigerian lover boy, Johnny Drille; South African singer cum songwriter, Langa Mavuso and The Republic of Benin’s Ankaa will perform songs that nod to Black Power.

Commenting on the lineup of artistes, Monde Twala, SVP, General Manager ViacomCBS Networks Africa & Peer Lead at BET International said, “I am excited to witness the pure ingenious lines and performances that these artistes will drop on stage. Each of them has, in their own space, crafted beautiful music that has kept our souls moving to the rhythm. This is culture at its best. We are proud to bring the Soul Train to all our international audiences and lovers of soul music.”

The “Soul Train Awards” annual Soul Cypher is a tradition started by former show host Erykah Badu that features a group of artists freestyling. The cypher will bring together some of today’s top vocalists for what promises to be an electrifying performance. International participants in the cypher this year include D-Nice, Musiq Soulchild, Jac Ross, Koryn Hawthorne, Elle Varner, and Tone Stith. As a nod to the 20th Anniversary of her self-titled album Aaliyah, the late R&B great’s hit single “Rock the Boat” provides both theme and instrumental for the cypher.

BET announced that the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” will showcase an even bigger lineup of performances, special moments, and appearances, by some of the biggest stars in R&B, Gospel, Urban Adult Contemporary and Soul. On the heels of her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 Chart for her second studio LP, Still Over It, R&B singer-songwriter Summer Walker joins the exciting line-up of performers at this year’s Awards. Fred Hammond, and BET Amplified artists Elhae and Marzz will take the stage, along with Soul of Justice honorees Ciara and Russell Wilson and Marley Dias. Rap legends Fat Joe and Ja Rule as well as R&B icon El Debarge will make special appearances. Additionally, BET announced the second group of presenters who will take the stage: Jazmine Sullivan, Normani, Hosea Chanchez and Wendy Raquel Robinson from The Game, a Paramount+ Original series, Devale Ellis and Crystal Hayslett from the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas on BET.

Previously announced performers include the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” Legend Award honoree Maxwell, Lady of Soul honoree Ashanti, R&B super duo Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak of Silk Sonic, R&B/Soul songstress Ari Lennox, soul singer-songwriter and producer Leon Bridges, R&B singer Lucky Daye, and more.

Previously announced presenters include Mack Wilds, and Parker McKenna Posey, from BET series Games People Play and Paula Patton from BET+ Original series, Sacrifice.

H.E.R. leads the 2021 “Soul Train Awards” nominations with an impressive eight nods for ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award (x2)’, ‘Best Collaboration (x2)’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Jazmine Sullivan and Chris Brown garnered the second most nods with six nominations each. Jazmine Sullivan’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Female Artist’, ‘Song of the Year’, ‘Album of the Year’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award’, ‘Best Collaboration’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Chris Brown’s nods include ‘Best R&B/Soul Male Artist’, ‘The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award’, ‘Best Dance Performance’, ‘Best Collaboration (x2)’, and ‘Video of the Year’. Wizkid and TEMS are the third highest with five nods each, followed by Blxst with four nods. Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic, Doja Cat, and Yung Bleu each have three nods.

Three-time GRAMMY® award-winning singer-songwriter and producer Maxwell will receive the Legend award at the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”. Award-winning and multi-platinum singer/songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and author, Ashanti, will be the recipient of the Lady of Soul honour.

Dynamic best-friend duo Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold will return as co-hosts of the 2021 “Soul Train Awards,” bringing their irreplaceable energy and hilarious comedic talents to this year’s show.

The Soul Train Awards from the Apollo will air on Monday, 29 November on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) at 02:00 WAT / 03:00 CAT with a repeat at 19:00 WAT / 20:00 CAT same day.

For more information on the 2021 “Soul Train Awards”, visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa.

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M.anifest To Feature On Apple Music’s ‘Africa Now Radio’ This Sunday

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A week after the release of Madina To The Universe, M.anifest is set to join South African television presenter and radio personality LootLove on Apple Music’s ‘Africa Now Radio’ this Sunday, November 28, 2021.

On the show, M.anifest will talk about one of the hottest songs on the album, Game Over, featuring Adekunle Gold. He will also discuss other songs on Madina To The Universe; collaborations with his creative comrades; the changing dynamic between African artists and the West; and the rise of the Ghanaian drill scene.

Tune in and listen to M.anifest’s conversation with Lootlove this Sunday at 2pm (Ghana time) at apple.co/AfricaNow.

You can also listen to Madina To The Universe via this link.

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Messi, Lewandowski, Jorginho: who will take home the 2021 Ballon d’Or?

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It’s that time of the year where football fans hold their breath to find out which one of their favourite players will win the most prestigious individual prize in football, the Ballon d’Or. The award ceremony finally makes its return this year after the 2020 Covid-19-related cancellation.
An absolute favourite for football fans around the world, the 65th ceremony will be broadcast on 29 November and Showmax Pro subscribers are set to catch all the action live. With all of the favourites for the award being regulars on local TV screens, fans will be eagerly waiting to see who will claim the most prestigious individual award in football.
Fans can catch Jorginho’s Chelsea, who currently sit at the summit of the EPL, weekly live on Showmax Pro, as well as Lionel Messi’s PSG and Robert Lewandowski’s Bayern Munich, who can also be seen in action during UCL games live on Showmax Pro.
After winning the trophy in 2019, Lionel Messi is the current holder of the award and now 2021 front runner alongside Polish striker Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s midfielder, Jorginho. Messi’s 2019 win came after he played 48 games, scored 40 goals and led Argentina to their first Copa America title since 1993.
In 2021, Messi scored 41 goals, made 14 assists, and won Copa America and Copa del Rey. Lewandowski scored 63 goals, made 10 assists, and won Bundesliga, Club World Cup and DFL-Supercup, while Jorginho scored eight goals, made three assists, and won Euro 2020, Champions League and UEFA Super Cup.
Here’s the full list of nominees: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Gianluigi Donnarumma (Paris Saint-Germain), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Jorginho (Chelsea), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Simon Kjaer (AC Milan), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Pedri (Barcelona), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)
Showmax Pro subscribers can catch the ceremony live on 29 November at 20h30 (West Africa Time), 21h30 (Central Africa Time) and 22h30 (East Africa Time).
Why Showmax Pro?
Showmax Pro is a streaming service available for Showmax subscribers in Africa that bundles the existing Showmax entertainment offering with music channels, news and live sports streaming from SuperSport.
Subscribers can live stream the 2021 seasons of the English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, UEFA Europa and UEFA Conference leagues, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and more.
The platform also offers a wide range of other live sports events including athletics, professional boxing, and the world’s biggest marathons.
To learn more and join the Pros, visit  www.showmax.com to subscribe to Showmax Pro.
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Showmax launches 2 for 1 Black Friday deal in Ghana

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Streaming service Showmax has announced a limited time offer for subscribers

From 25 November until 9 December 2021, Showmax, the streaming service that bundles the best of African and international entertainment with live sport from SuperSport, is offering new and existing subscribers a Black Friday 2-for-1 deal. Customers will pay for one month of Showmax and receive an additional month at no extra cost.

The offer is available across all packages including Showmax, Showmax Mobile, Showmax Pro and Showmax Pro Mobile, from 16.99 cedi per month.

The streaming platform recently released Ghana Jollof, the first Showmax Original comedy series shot in West Africa, produced by Basketmouth and starring Funnybone and Akah Nnani as two Nigerians who move to Ghana in search of greener pastures. Bringing the Ghanaian flavour are Joselyn Dumas, Mawuli Gavor, James Gardiner, Jacinta Ocansey, Portia Freelove and Kalybos.

Also popular on Showmax are the latest episodes of Akwaaba Magic drama series Dede starring Adomaa Adjeman, Adjetey Anang and Dean Amegashie, To Have and To Hold starring Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor and Zynnel Zuh and Inside Out starring Roselyn Ngissah, as well as My Flatmates, Gulder Ultimate Search and My Siblings and I.

Showmax Pro subscribers have access to everything on Showmax as well as live sport from SuperSport including Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, and DStv Premiership games. Key matches coming up include Round 5 of the UEFA Europa League on 25 November, as well as the Premier League game between Arsenal and Newcastle United on 27 November.

Showmax will continue to bring the best of HBO and international series to Africa first. This includes HBO’s Gossip Girl reboot, taking place eight years after the conclusion of the original series. The full Gossip Girl boxset is also available to binge-watch from 1 December. HBO’s Scenes From A Marriage, underground cult comedy What We Do In The Shadows S3, Insecure S5 and the final episodes of Billions S5 are all coming to the platform in December 2021.

The Black Friday deal is available at https://www.showmax.com/

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