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Olevya and Qwabyna evicted from MTN Hitmaker

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mtnIt was all cheers and noise throughout the performances but at the end of the night, fans of Miguel Oduro Daniels known on stage as ‘Qwabyna’ and Olevya Aba couldn’t cheer anymore as they saw their hitmakers evicted. The two become the second batch of evictees after they were found to have the least number of public votes and could not score high marks on the judges score sheets. This leaves just eight contestants in the competition and some two more would be evicted by the same criteria next Sunday. This Friday, organizers of the competition, Farmhouse Productions and title sponsors MTN would put together a celebrity status eviction party for Olevya, Qwabyna, 2 Pesewas and Mila. MTN and Farmhouse Productions have announced that the final winner would get a recording and artiste management deal worth GH¢100,000.00 while the first-runner-up gets an amount of GH¢50,000.00 for the same purpose. The third and fourth-placed winners will also receive some handsome prizes. Qwabyna entered the MTN Hit-Maker 2 with high hopes of becoming the overall winner. He lives on his own at Lapaz in Accra and has been living on his own for 19 years. He does music professionally and owns a studio, Krucyfyx, with his cousin. “I know this is a competition and so I was prepared for anything. I believe this is not the end for me. I am going back into the studio. My fans shouldn’t be worried because I will be releasing hits very soon,” he said. Olevya also lives at Nungua with her parents and is a student at the Regent University, studying Human Resource and IT. She has her own style called ‘New Pop or ‘New Soul’. She writes well and will put Ghana on the international music market. It is not yet clear whether MTN and Farmhouse Productions would create an opportunity for the evictees to be voted back into the contest. Ghana’s ‘Rap Doctor’, Okyeame Kwame, was guest judge alongside the three regular judges for the competition – Bessa Simons, a seasoned producer and keyboardist who is also the vice president of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA); Ofie Kodjoe, a renowned singer and composer; and Zapp Mallet, Ghana’s celebrated sound engineer and producer. Okyeame Kwame said he was impressed with what he has seen on the night. “These guys are great performers and I urge them to continue with the good work.” To the evicted duo, he advised them to go out and make hits out of the songs they have performed on the hitmaker stage.]]>

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House of the Dragon S2 is coming express to Showmax and M-Net in 2024

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HBO released the official teaser for the second season of House of the Dragon during its CCXP23 panel in São Paulo, Brazil. The eight-episode second season debuts summer 2024 on HBO and will be coming express from the US to M-Net and Showmax.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, the HBO Original series is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen.
The first season is up for nine Emmys in January 2024, including Outstanding Drama Series – a category it won at the 2023 Golden Globes.
Matt Smith is back in his Critics Choice-nominated role as Daemon Targaryen, as is Emma D’Arcy in her Golden Globe-nominated role as Rhaenyra Targaryen. Olivia Cooke, Eve Best, Steve Toussaint, Fabien Frankel, Ewan Mitchell, Tom Glynn-Carney, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans also return.
New cast this season include Clinton Liberty as Addam of Hull, Jamie Kenna as Ser Alfred Broome, Kieran Bew as Hugh, Tom Bennett as Ulf, Tom Taylor as Lord Cregan Stark, and Vincent Regan as Ser Rickard Thorne. Previously announced new season two cast includes BAFTA nominee Abubakar Salim (Father in Raised by Wolves) as Alyn of Hull, Gayle Rankin as Alys Rivers (Sheila the She-Wolf in GLOW), Freddie Fox as Ser Gwayne Hightower, and two-time BAFTA winner Simon Russell Beale as Ser Simon Strong.
While you wait, binge the first season of House of the Dragon on Showmax here:
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Best blockbusters on BoxOffice, M-Net and M-Net’s Movies Channels this festive

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Blockbuster hit Oppenheimer is coming to BoxOffice.

This festive season viewers can indulge with double helpings of the best blockbusters with DStv, as BoxOffice, M-Net and the M-Net’s Movies Channels present a special curated selection of festive viewing for the whole family.

Kicking the festive season off on BoxOffice is Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed hit film Oppenheimer, available for rental from Thursday, 7 December at just R60. The epic biographical thriller film stars multi-award-winning Cillian Murphy as the titular character J. Robert Oppenheimer and follows the scientist credited as “the father of the atomic bomb” as he works on the historic invention, and the tragic events that follow.

Other popular titles on the platform this festive season include:

On M-Net Movies, viewers can look forward to a special curation of festive family viewing. M-Net Movies 1 (DStv Channel 104) returns with the popular Animania festival for viewers favourite animated classics. M-Net Movies 2 (DStv Channel 106) brings Best of the Best, a selection of unparalleled blockbusters. M-Net Movies 3 (DStv channel 107) presents Familiar Favourites where viewers can look forward to feel good classic holiday movies for the whole family. Then, M-Net Movies 4 (DStv channel 108) presents Kids Klub, a fun filled line up of classic kids animation and adventure movies.

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More info on the M-Net Movies offering:

 

M-Net Movies 1 (DStv Channel 104) – Animania Festival – For more details check the DStv guide schedule.

  • The Despicable Me Series & Minions Saga
  • The Super Mario Bros Movie
  • The Secret Life of Pets Series
  • Trolls & Sing 2
  • How To Train Your Dragon
  • The Lorax

M-Net Movies 2 (DStv Channel 106) – Best of the Best – For more details check the DStv guide schedule.

  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • The Woman King
  • The 355
  • The Northman
  • Last Seen Alive
  • Blacklight
  • Uncharted

M-Net Movies 3 (DStv Channel 107) – Familiar Favourites – For more details check the DStv guide schedule.

  • The Nutty Professor & Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • Little Fockers
  • Unaccompanied Minors
  • Pups Alone
  • Kung Fu Panda Series

M-Net Movies 4 (DStv Channel 108) – Kids Klub – For more details check the DStv guide schedule.

  • Dennis the Menace
  • Problem Child and Problem Child
  • Shrek: Forever After and Puss in Boots
  • Wild Child
  • 3 Ninjas Kick Back and 3 Ninjas Knuckle Up

Then, the Sunday night blockbuster movie (Sunday’s at 20:05 on M-Net, DStv Channel 101) is back by popular demand, following a short break as the channel made way for the action-packed local crime thriller Devil’s Peak. If you missed Devil’s Peak, you can binge on DStv Stream or DStv Catch-up.

 

December Sunday Night Blockbuster line up:

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  • Fast X – Available on DStv Catch Up
  • 65 – (10 December 2023)
  • Super Mario Bros. – (17 December 2023)
  • Magic Mike’s last dance – (24 December 2023)
  • Maggie Moore – (30 December 2023)

Catch them all this festive season on M-Net Movies. You can also stream it on DStv Stream, and DStv Catch Up after broadcast. Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

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12 years old Ghanaian Nicholas Boamah premieres first TV show

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U.S.-based Ghanaian, Nicholas Buamah Continues To Wow Audience

12-year-old Nicholas Buamah has recently set the internet ablaze with the premiere of his new TV show, “Nick’s House.”

 The much anticipated pilot episode lived up to expectations, delivering both a blend of humor and wholesomeness. Nicholas, whose father hails from Ghana, infused elements of the Ghanaian culture into the TV sitcom, evident in the incorporation of the Twi language. Hollywood actor Som Aidoo, portraying Nicholas’s father on the show and a native of Ghana, seamlessly embraced the Ghanaian dialect, contributing to the authenticity of ‘Nick’s House.’

Nicholas’s journey into the world of storytelling began at the age of 7 when he published his first book, “Kayla & Kyle: The Walking Dictionaries, Election Day.” This marked the inception of a passion that led him to publish two additional books. As his love for writing blossomed, he envisioned creating a scripted show. Collaborating with his mother, Danielle, Nicholas enlisted the expertise of professional writers and producers to bring this remarkable project to life.

Although presented with offers from different platforms to feature “Nick’s House,” Nicholas and his mother opted to release it independently, ensuring accessibility to a global audience. Nicholas says that he’s looking forward to filming an episode or two of “Nick’s House” in Ghana in 2024.

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Nicholas is credited as the creator, writer, and star of the show. He invites everyone to watch the pilot episode on MotherHubbard.TV or YouTube.com.

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Nat Geo: “Bobi Wine: The People’s President” To Premiere On GOtv The man, the music, the movement

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In Uganda’s 2021 presidential election, music star, activist and opposition leader Bobi Wine, together with his wife Barbie, rallied his people in a dangerous fight for freedom from President Museveni’s oppressive 35-year regime. Documenting his presidential run, National Geographic’s Bobi Wine: The People’s President, premieres across Africa on DStv 181 and GOtv 201 this Sunday, 3 December at 7pm.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leqt5JhRa5A 

Born in the slums of Kampala, Bobi Wine, Ugandan opposition leader, former member of parliament, activist and national superstar musician, risks his life and the lives of his wife, Barbie, and their children to fight the ruthless regime led by Yoweri Museveni. Museveni has been in power since 1986 and changed Uganda’s constitution to enable him to run for yet another five-year term.

Running in the country’s 2021 presidential elections, Bobi Wine uses his music to denounce the dictatorial regime and support his life mission to defend the oppressed and the voiceless people of Uganda. In this fight, he must also take on the country’s police and military, which are not afraid to use violence and torture in a vain attempt to intimidate and silence him and his supporters.

His characteristic enthusiasm for democratic discourse and the popularity he had earned from his prior artistic and philanthropic endeavors successfully endured his transition to politics. Bobi Wine continues to lead the NUP, the largest political opposition party in Uganda and has become the main opposition leader to President Museveni’s rule.

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More information about the documentary is available here: https://films.nationalgeographic.com/bobi-wine-the-people-s-president  

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Best series to binge this December on Showmax, from Poker Face to The Winter King to World On Fire

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Here are some new shows on Showmax to add to your watchlist this December.
1st seasons of Poker Face, The Winter King, Blue Lights; new World On Fire, How To With John Wilson
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POKER FACE S1 | Binge from 11 December
Four-time Emmy nominee Natasha Lyonne (Russian DollOrange Is The New Black) is on the case in Poker Face, a Peacock Original mystery from Oscar-nominated creator Rian Johnson (Knives Out, Glass Onion, Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi).
Lyonne plays Charlie Cale, a casino worker with an extraordinary ability to detect lies. After a close friend is murdered, she hits the road in her Plymouth Barracuda. At every stop, she encounters a new cast of characters and strange crimes she can’t help but investigate and solve.
The all-star cast includes Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Oscar nominees Hong Chau (The Whale), Nick Nolte (Warrior) and Chloë Sevigny (Big Love), Emmy winners Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception), Ellen Barkin (Animal Kingdom), and Cherry Jones (Succession), and Emmy nominees Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order), Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Judith Light (The Menu, Shining Vale).
Poker Face is the 10th best-reviewed series of 2023 on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 98% critic’s rating, and is up for four Emmys, including Lead Actress (Lyonne) and Guest Actress (Light).
WORLD ON FIRE S2 | Binge from 20 December
Four years after its acclaimed first season (thanks to Covid-19 delays), the World War II series World on Fire is back for a second season.
Starring Jonah Hauer-King (Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid and Laurie Laurence in Little Women), Oscar nominee Lesley Manville (Mrs Harris Goes to ParisThe CrownPhantom Thread), and an ensemble cast, World on Fire Season 2 is set between 1940 and 1941, taking us from the war-torn streets of Britain and the start of The Blitz in Manchester deep into Nazi Germany, the resistance within occupied France, and the brutal sands of the North African desert, including the Siege of Tobruk and Operation Compass.
Season 2 has a 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with The Guardian’s calling it, “totally gripping” and saying, “This hugely ambitious attempt to show the war through the lives of ordinary people has an immaculate grasp of tension and character. To watch is to be fully invested in these peoples’ fate.”
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THE WINTER KING S1 | First On Showmax | Mondays from 4 December
Before Britain, there was King Arthur…
Set amid the brutality of the 5th Century in a land of warring factions and tribes, The Winter King follows Arthur Pendragon (BAFTA Scotland nominee Iain De Caestecker, aka Leopold Fitz/The Doctor in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as he evolves from outcast son to legendary warrior, leader and ultimately, legend.
An epic revisionist take on the well-loved Arthurian legends, The Winter King is based on The Warlord Chronicles trilogy by Bernard Cornwell, and has an 82% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As the critics’ consensus says, “Action-packed and sprawling in scope, The Winter King compensates for its lack of fidelity to Bernard Cornwell’s books with sheer entertainment value.”
The cast includes award winner Valene Kane (Gangs of London) as Morgan, Olumide Olorunfemi (Venom: Let There Be Carnage) as Lunette, award winner Tatjana Nardone (DevilsMedici) as Ladwys, Ken Nwosu (Christopher RobinThe WitchesKilling EveThe Letter for the King) as Sagramor, and award winner Nathaniel Martello-White (CollateralDeceitI Hate Suzie) as Merlin, with former Cape Town model Jordan Alexandra (Surprised by Oxford) as Guinevere. Also look out for Screen Actors’ Guild Award nominee Daniel Ings (The CrownI Hate Suzie) as Owain, Ellie James (Girl/HajiI May Destroy You) as Nimue, and Billy Postlethwaite (Silo1917) as Cadwys, with Teen Choice nominee Eddie Marsan (The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe) as Uther.
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SHINING VALE S2 | First on Showmax | Binge from 4 December
Season 2 of Shining Vale promises a Phelps family reunion like no other. The story picks up four months later, with Pat (Emmy-nominated Scream queen and Friends star Courteney Cox) being released from the psychiatric hospital early and returning home, determined to pick up the pieces of her broken family. But she quickly finds out her children (Gus Birney from Dickinson and Dylan Gage from PEN15) don’t need her, and her husband Terry (Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear from As Good As It Gets and Little Miss Sunshine) doesn’t remember her – thanks to that little brain injury.
To make matters worse, Pat’s new neighbour looks uncannily like Season 1’s resident spectre, Rosemary (Oscar winner Mira Sorvino from Mighty AphroditeRomy and Michele’s High School Reunion), and the house is starting to reveal the shocking secrets of its dark past…
Four-time Emmy nominee Judith Light (tick, tick…BOOM!TransparentUgly Betty, and Who’s the Boss?) returns as Pat’s mom, Joan, with Screen Actors’ Guild Award nominee Merrin Dungey (Big Little LiesAlias) as her editor, Kam. Emmy nominees Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks) and Allison Tolman (Why Women KillFargo) are also among the cast this season.
Shining Vale won the 2022 Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Television Series, with nominations for Best Actress and Best Performance by a Younger Actor for Cox and Birney respectively. Cox was also named Best Actress in a Comedy at last year’s Women’s Image Network Awards, where the show won Outstanding Comedy Series.
Created by Emmy-nominated writer and executive producer Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters) and Writers Guild of America Award nominee Jeff Astrof (Trial & ErrorThe New Adventures of Old Christine), Shining Vale is once again helmed by an all-female line-up of directors, with Cox producing.
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BLUE LIGHTS S1 | Binge from 11 December
Set in Belfast in Northern Ireland, Blue Lights follows three rookie police officers who find themselves up against criminal gangs, undercover agents, their own communities and even their own police force as they work to complete the last two months of their probationary period.
Blue Lights has an 89% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with five-star reviews from both The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, with the latter calling the series “well-crafted, fantastically tense, thrilling stuff,” and “one of the best shows of the year”.
The BBC police procedural is led by award nominee Sian Brooke (GuiltGood Omens) and newcomers Katherine Devlin and Nathan Braniff, with the likes of Irish Film and Television Award winner Martin McCann (Last SentinelThe Survivalist), Screen Actors Guild nominee Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), ​​and award winners Valene Kane (Gangs of LondonThe Winter King) and Andi Osho (I May Destroy YouThe Sandman) co-starring.
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HOW TO WITH JOHN WILSON S2 | Binge from 20 December
The third and final season of the zany, hilarious, and widely acclaimed HBO Original docu-comedy series How To With John Wilson follows documentary filmmaker and self-described “anxious New Yorker” John Wilson. Continuing his heartfelt mission of self-discovery, exploration, and observation, Wilson films the lives of his fellow New Yorkers while attempting to give everyday advice on six new deceptively simple and wildly random topics, from how to find a public restroom to how to work out to how to clean your ears. Obviously.
Nominated for a 2022 Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program, How To With John Wilson boasts a consistent 100% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes across all three seasons, with the Season 3 critics’ consensus saying, “Still subversive but taking on new layers of emotional resonance, John Wilson’s opus demonstrates exactly how to bring a labour of love to a satisfying finish.”
The Guardian calls it “miraculous”, saying, “Every episode of this visual essay is an absolute masterpiece – like nothing else on television… One of the finest shows to come out of the US in years… A complete modern reinvention of the visual essay form, something funny and profound and head-spinningly human, a glimpse of New York City from an angle it’s never been seen before, at grubby street level and round freakish little corners.”
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MultiChoice Ghana Staff Bring Akwaaba Magic’s ‘Nana Akoto’ to Life

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Walk-in customers to the MultiChoice Ghana HQ in Accra were thrilled to see staff transform the office into a colourful display of the rich Ghanaian culture depicted in the Akwaaba Magic epic, ‘Nana Akoto’ on Friday 24th November 2023. 

Barely a month into its premiere, ‘Nana Akoto’ has already become a household name for many viewers of Akwaaba Magic. However, the extra attention garnered from the staff activation added another layer of excitement and anticipation from viewers and those yet to watch the series.

The epic story of ‘Nana Akoto’ is inspired by true events; it tells the story of a young prince of the ancient Kwaaman kingdom, whose life takes a turn when he is sent to the powerful Denkyera Empire as a tribute. After years of indoctrination and a loss of identity, Nana Akoto must rediscover his identity and find his way back to his people. 

The team at MultiChoice Ghana were able to bring the story of Nana Akoto to life in the Ghana office, dressing in traditional costumes with its accompanying accessories as exhibited by the characters in this series. Participation was “massive” as staff brought on their A-Game as they stood the chance to win a shopping voucher amongst others. 

Commenting on the activation, Human Resource Manager at MultiChoice Ghana, Matilda Asare, said she was impressed with the high participation from staff. “This has been one of the most successful campaigns we’ve run this year. This is a true testament that we do not only promote our Ghanaian series on Akwaaba Magic to external customers, but internally, we consume our content as well,” she noted.

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The excitement transcended to our GOtv and DStv customers as staff shared their colourful pictures on their social media handles. Juliet Fianko from our Customer Value Management team confirms she received several messages from her followers enquiring about the show.  Juliet adds “I wish we could do this again because the feedback we received from customers has been encouraging, and the attention helps to promote local content on Akwaaba Magic.” 

Nana Akoto airs every Monday to Friday at 20:00 GMT on Akwaaba Magic on DStv Ch. 150 and GOtv Ch. 102. 

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