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Shirley Frimpong Manso, Adjetey Annan and Lydia Forson Nominated For 2018 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

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Screen Shot 2018 07 01 at 11.14.10 PMThe 2018 AMVCA nominees in all 27 categories were announced on Saturday, 30 June by the duo of popular Ghanaian actress and TV presenter, Joselyn Dumas, and comedian/actor, Bovi via a syndicated broadcast on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv. The full rundown of categories and nominees are below:

CATEGORYNOMINEE
BEST SHORT FILM OR ONLINE VIDEO 
THE HOUSEWIFEJAY FRANKLIN JITUBOH
TOLUNADINE IBRAHIM
PENANCEMICHAEL ‘AMA PSALMIST’ AKINROGUNDE
LODGERSKENI OGUNLOLA
TANWA.. THE CHILD WE WANTEDADENIKE ADEBAYO
  
BEST DOCUMENTARY 
THE FLESH BUSINESSDENIS WANJOHI MAINA
NIGHTFALL IN LAGOSJAMES AMUTA
GOD’S WIVESBOLANLE OLUKANNI
OMIDAN, STYLES DEFUNCT BY AYAWORANHO3DADEREMI DAVIES
CALABAR CARNIVAL: WHAT THE PEOPLE THINKOGHENEFEGO OFILI
  
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – HAUSA 
MANSOORALI NUHU
UMAR SANDAKAMAL S ALKALI
DADIN KOWA SABON SALOAREWA24
UWAR BARIHAMISU LAMIDO IYANTAMA
RASHINSANITIANA JOHNSON
  
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – IGBO 
BOUNDLILIAN AFEGBAI
OFUOBIVICTOR IYKE
UWA NA EME NTUGHARITIANA JOHNSON
OGE NKEMTIANA OBOYI JOHNSON
EGO MALAYSIAIYOOH JAMES CHIDOZIE
  
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – YORUBA 
ALAKITIABIODUN JIMOH, JUMOKE ODETOLA
ADABAADEBAYO SALAMI
ETIKO ONIGEDUFEMI ADEBAYO
EGUN IRAN KINNIOYINDAMOLA AWOTIDEBE
OSUN SENGESEIBIRONKE OJO
  
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – SWAHILI 
SUPA MODOSARIKA HEMI LAKHANI
T-JUNCTIONAMIL ISSA SHIVJI
KERUVICTOR GATONYE
MKAZA MWANATELLYRENCE WAYONGO
PETU NA GARUSYLONE MALALO
  
BEST MOVIE SOUTHERN AFRICA 
DESCENTAWAL ABDULFATAI
THE ROAD TO SUNRISESHEMU JOYAH
SALUTE!PHILIPPE TALAVERA
JOMAKO BLACK DEMOCRACYABRAHAM KABWE
NYASALANDJOYCE MHANGO CHAVULA
  
BEST MOVIE EAST AFRICA 
18 HOURSPHOEBE RUGURU
DEVIL’S CHESTHASSAN MAGEYE
THE FORBIDDENKIZITO SAMUEL SAVIOUR
RAINMATHEW & ELEANOR NABWISO
BELLAMATT BISH
 
BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
TATUAKPE ODODORU, TUNDE AKINNIYI
KADA RIVERGODWIN GATTA
HIDDENAGBO KELLY
LOTANNATOKA MCBAROR
CHILDREN OF MUDSUNDAY OLALEKAN
  
BEST OVERALL MOVIE 
POTATO POTAHTOSHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO
ALTER EGOMOSES INWANG/ESTHER EYIBIO
18 HOURSPHOEBE RUGURU
DEVIL’S CHESTHASSAN MAGEYE
DESCENTAWAL ABDULFATAI
THE ROAD TO SUNRISESHEMU JOYAH
  
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
TATUTOYIN ABRAHAM
BANANA ISLAND GHOSTDORCAS FAPSON
TATUFUNLOLA AOFIYEBI-RAIMI
BLACKROSEEBELE OKARO
ISOKENLYDIA FORSON
ALTER EGOEMEM INWANG
  
BEST WRITER (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
IDEMUZAALOAYE OMOAKE
SOUL TIEKEHINDE JOSEPH
IDAHOSA TRAILSSTANLEE OHIKHUARE
18 HOURSNJUE KEVIN
THE TORTUREMULINDWA RICHARD
ALTER EGOPATRICK NNAMANI/KOYE O/MOSES INWANG
HAKKUNDETOMI ADESINA
  
BEST TELEVISION SERIES 
GINA AND FRIENDSPAUL IGWE
PROFESSOR JOHNBULL – CHILDLESS WIVESTCHIDI CHIKERE
PAPA AJASCO RELOADEDWALE ADENUGA
THIS IS ITDOLAPO ADELEKE(LOWLA DEE)
RELATIVESTUNDE ADEGBOLA
  
BEST PICTURE EDITOR MOVIE/TV SERIES 
IDEMUZAALOAYE OMOAKE
18 HOURSMARK MAINA
ALTER EGOMOSES INWANG/TUNDE BAKARE
HAKKUNDEASURF OLUSEYI
HIDDENJIBRIL MAILAFIA
 
BEST MAKE UP ARTIST MOVIE/TV SERIES 
TATUTHELMA OZY SMITH, HAKEEM EFFECT ONILOGBO
OJUKOKORO (GREED)SANDRA OYIANA
WHAT LIES WITHINCYNTHIA UBUBA
DISGUISEHAKEEM EFFECT
LOTANNANNENA EMEKALAM
  
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
BANANA ISLAND GHOSTSAIDI BALOGUN
BANANA ISLAND GHOSTTOMIWA EDUN
NEW MONEYFALZ
IDAHOSA TRAILSKUNLE IDOWU
OKAFOR’S LAWGABRIEL AFOLAYAN
BETRAYALWALE OJO
  
BEST ART DIRECTOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
TATUDON OMOPE, UZOMA MIKE EBUKA, EBUNOLUWA FATOGUN
ISOKENJADE OSIBERU
IDAHOSA TRAILSSTANLEE OHIKHUARE
CHILDREN OF MUDIMOH UMOREN
HIDDENYUSUF HASAN
LOTANNATUNJI AFOLAYAN
  
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
TATUAKPE ODODORU
IDEMUZADICKSON GODWIN
T-JUNCTIONLESTER MILLADO
THE TORTURERWAMUSIGAZI KYAKUNZIRE
OKAFOR’S LAWYINKA EDWARD
ALTER EGOBISHOP BLUNT/ADEOYE ADENIYI
  
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
BACK UP WIFEBIMBO ADEMOYE
EXCESS LUGGAGEQUEEN NWOKOYE
THE BIG FAT LIERITA DOMINIC
10 DAYS IN SUN CITYADESUA ETOMI
AUNTIE BOSSNYCE WANJERI
ISOKENDAKORE AKANDE
  
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
THE TORTUREAGABA JOAN
WITNESS BOXKEIRA HEWATCH
CHILDREN OF MUDMIRIAM KAYODE
BELLACINDERELLA SANYU
ALTER EGOOMOTOLA JALADE EKEINDE
BLACKROSELILIAN ECHELON
BEST DIRECTOR MOVIE 
ALTER EGOMOSES INWANG
IDEMUZAALOAYE OMOAKE
HAKKUNDEASURF OLUSEYI
TATUDON OMOPE
ISOKENJADE OSIBERU
THE TORTUREMULINDWA RICHARD
POTATO POTAHTOSHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO
  
BEST SOUND EDITOR MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
TATUKOLADE MORAKINYO
IDAHOSA TRAILSSTANLEE OHIKHUARE
ALTER EGOZEZOM GNAWNI
OJUKOKORO (GREED)DAYO THOMPSON
HAKKUNDEJAMES COON FALCON
BEST SOUND TRACK MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
MOTOM KOROLUK
BANANA ISLAND GHOSTENYI OMERUAH AND FUNMBI OGUNBANWO
BELLAANDREW AHUURA
TATUEVELLE
IDAHOSA TRAILSORIRI OSAYAMORE
18 HOURSJACKTONE OKORE
  
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER MOVIE OR TV SERIES 
TATUYOLANDA OKEREKE
ISOKENJADE OSIBERU
POTATO POTAHTOCHRISTIE BROWN
HAKKUNDEJOAN GBEFWI
THE BRIDGENGOZI OBASI AND JAMES BESSINONE
  
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
ALTER EGOWALE OJO
BENEVOLENCEKALU IKEAGWU
THE TORTURERUSHABIRO RAYMOND
KETEKEADJETEY ANANG
SIDECHIC GANGADJETEY ANANG
ESOHECHRIS ATTOH
  
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES) 
DR MEKAMKALU IKEAGWU
THE BIG FAT LIEBLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU
EXCESS LUGGAGEIK OGBONNA
GUYNMANJIMMY ODUKOYA
POTATO POTAHTOOC UKEJE
A MILLION BABYODUNLADE ADEKOLA
  
BEST MOVIE WEST AFRICA 
POTATO POTAHTOSHIRLEY FRIMPONG-MANSO
ALTER EGOMOSES INWANG/ESTHER EYIBIO
ISOKENJADE OSIBERU
TATUDON OMOPE, YOLANDE OKEREKE, SEGUN ARINZE, TOLU AWOBIYI
CHILDREN OF MUDIMOH UMOREN
LOTANNAIFAN MICHAEL
  Voting for the AMVCAs open from 8:30pm (WAT) on Saturday, 30June 2018and closes Sunday, 24August 2018.All terms and conditions apply and are available on the Africa Magic website. Viewers can join the conversation using the hashtag #AMVCA2018 and follow @dstvng, @gotvng and @africamagictv on Twitter for more updates. To find out more about the AMVCAs and the nominees for the 2018 edition,]]>

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All You Should Know About Showmax’s First Nigerian Original Limited Drama Series, Diiche!

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Showmax’s first-ever Nigerian original limited drama series, Diiche, premieres exclusively on the platform today, September 29, 2022. (more…)

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African fantasy series Blood Psalms premieres on Showmax with glowing reviews

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Khanya Mkangisa as Nymph in Blood Psalms
The first two episodes of Blood Psalms, the first Showmax Original fantasy series, are now streaming. Early reviews are glowing, withTVMzansi calling it, “Without doubt, the best TV show ever created in Africa”; Leon van Nierop “the biggest and most spectacular production of a local series yet” and TimesLive “African fantasy at its finest.”
Set in ancient Africa, the action-packed epic follows Princess Zazi (Bokang Phelane) as she battles a world-ending prophecy to navigate her people through ancient curses, long-standing tribal vendettas and the wrath of the gods.
“Watching it feels as thrilling as being an astronaut exploring new worlds,” says Genevieve Terblanche from tvplus. “The sheer scope of Blood Psalms is breathtaking.”
On TVSA, Movies And Things With Tha-Bang writes, “What Jahmil XT Qubeka and Layla Swart have achieved with Blood Psalms is something that will go down on SA TV history books like the Yizo Yizo and Intersexions of the world, series that came and changed the game when folks least expected it.”
Swart and Qubeka were responsible for South African Oscar entries Knuckle City and Sew The Winter To My Skin. Qubeka also directed Of Good Report, which won seven SAFTAs, including Best Film and Best Director, and Stillborn, which won the SAFTA for Best Short Film.
They’ve assembled an incomparable cast, with nine SAFTA winners – Bongile Mantsai, Hamilton Dlamini, Hlubi Mboya, Mothusi Magano, S’dumo Mtshali, Siv Ngesi, Thishiwe Ziqubu, Warren Masemola and Zolisa Xaluva – and all your faves, from Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa to Lemogang Tsipa, Faith Baloyi to Faniswa Yisa, Mandisa Nduna to Niza Jay, Richard Lukunku to Sello Maake Ka Ncube, Thabo Rametsi to Thando Thabethe, Thembikile Komani to Zikhona Sodlaka, and many more.
We caught up with the most ambitious filmmakers in Africa to find out more about Yellowbone Entertainment’s first Showmax Original, which is already topping the charts on Africa’s homegrown streaming service:
Where did the idea for Blood Psalms come from?
Qubeka: I was just always extremely curious about our continent. The question mark around the history of Africa, and where we come from, has been a great platform for us to be able to build this world.
Swart: I think Blood Psalms is a yearning more than anything else. It’s a look at a history that has never been depicted before, that we always wanted to see.
When is Blood Psalms set?
Qubeka: 11 000 years ago. Blood Psalms is an action adventure series that invites us into a world that no longer exists, a time before the Great Flood changed the world.
Swart: Blood Psalms draws from elements of a multitude of African mythologies and looks at various different tribes in Season 1 – the Akachi, the Uchawi, the Ku’ua, the Chini, and Great Nziwemabwe – as they migrated south from Kemet, which is now Egypt, and formed their cultures.
Qubeka: These tribes moved southward, running away from the calamity that was happening in Kemet and Kush, which is what we now know as northern Sudan. There are remnants even today that show that there was a great civilization and a great culture that comes from that space.
Which tribe do you focus on the most?
Swart: The tribal focus in season one is House Akachi, run by the eccentric King Letsha [four-time SAFTA winner Mothusi Magano].
Qubeka: We look at this world through the eyes of his daughter, a young Akachi princess by the name of Zazi [Bokang Phelane], as she goes on her own quest to find a sense of self in a rapidly evaporating world.
How do you feel about the inevitable Game of Thrones comparisons?
Qubeka: If they want to call it the African Game of Thrones, I’ll take that mantle on. If you love Game of Thrones, you’re gonna love this show.
But what we really want to do is create heroic archetypes for the African child. If you look across the entire landscape of cinema and television, there are no archetypes for the African child.
Swart: It’s a pioneering show that attempts to redefine our very perception of our identity as Africans. What we’re trying to do is to reclaim the continent’s history from an African perspective. The goal, for us, is to ensure that the golden thread of Africa’s stunning history really shines.
Qubeka: If we don’t start to project an image of how we see ourselves, someone else is going to do that for us.
There are very few references for Africa 11,000 years ago. Was this freeing or challenging? 
Swart: Building a world that doesn’t exist has been enormously creative. Doing something set 11,000 years ago has really given us all collectively the scope to just play.
But it’s also enormously challenging. Every single costume, every single piece of the set had to be conceived and made from scratch.
Qubeka: I’m very excited to see how audiences engage this world. There’s a lot of things that people are going to look at and be like, ‘What are you talking about? Did they have guns in that time? Do they have electricity?’ There’s all sorts of things that we challenge in terms of conventions, of what people understand of our glorious past.
Where did you shoot in the Eastern Cape?
Qubeka: So the Akachi Citadel actually sits above the Hole in the Wall but we shot parts of the Citadel in different locations. For example, the big dam in Graaff-Reinet is incorporated as the Citadel dam, situated at the back end of the city.
What I really loved about shooting in the Eastern Cape is that it just brought a whole other dimension to what we were intending to achieve.
The epic scale of places like Coffee Bay and the Valley of Desolation – just the size and scale of these places – makes you feel so insignificant, so small, so we’re able to get an essence of what it could have been like 11,000 years ago on this continent.
Why should audiences watch your show?
Qubeka: It’s a sweeping epic adventure that doesn’t hold back. It is definitely a large canvas, one that I personally have not seen from this continent. This thing is big.
Now streaming, first on Showmax
Shot in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and North West provinces, Blood Psalms is a Showmax Original in partnership with CANAL+, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the Eastern Cape Economic Development Corporation (ECDC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, which supports South Africa’s most exciting entrepreneurs, enabling them to bring their unique, innovative and creative business ideas to life.
Showmax will drop new episodes of Blood Psalms every Wednesday until the end of November 2022.
Join Swart for an InstaLive on producing as part of the Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclasses at 6pm on Thursday, 29 September 2022 at https://www.instagram.com/actorspaces/.
Watch Layla Swart’s Showmax x Actor Spaces masterclass on producing:
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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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