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The best movies to stream these holidays, from Dune to Top Gun: Maverick, Uncharted to Candyman, Licorice Pizza to House of Gucci

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Top Gun: Maverick, Dune, Licorice Pizza, House of Gucci, Get Out, Uncharted, Candyman, Respect, Kimi, Moonfall, The Addams Family 2, Together and more on Showmax this holiday season
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TOP GUN: MAVERICK | Stream from 23 January 2023
After thirty years, Maverick (Oscar nominee Tom Cruise) is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN’s elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.
The biggest box office hit of 2022 globally, Top Gun: Maverick is also one of the best reviewed films of the year, with a 96% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Independent calling it “as thrilling as blockbusters get”; Daily Telegraph hailing it as “unquestionably the best studio action film since 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road”; and Time/Out saying, “You will want to high five someone on the way out.”
Up for the People’s Choice Award for The Movie of 2022, Top Gun: Maverick co-stars Miles Teller (The Offer), Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful MindRequiem for a Dream), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Emmy winner Jon Hamm (Mad Men).
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DUNE | Stream now
Winner of six Oscars and five BAFTAs, Dune is now streaming on Showmax.
Directed by Oscar nominee Denis Villeneuve (ArrivalBlade Runner 2049) from Frank Herbert’s classic bestseller, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides (Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet). Paul must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people – as conflict grows over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence.
As Lady Jessica Atreides, Rebecca Ferguson (The Greatest Showman) won a Critics Choice Super Award for Best Actress In Science Fiction/Fantasy Movie. Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Emmy winner Zendaya, Oscar nominees Charlotte Rampling and Josh Brolin, Emmy nominees Oscar Isaac and Stellan Skarsgård, and the likes of Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista co-star.
Dune has an 83% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In their five-star review, The Guardian praises Dune as “blockbuster cinema at its dizzying, dazzling best… Dune reminds us what a Hollywood blockbuster can be.”
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LICORICE PIZZA | Stream from 9 January 2023
Nominated for three Oscars this year – Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay – Licorice Pizza tells the story of Alana Kane, a 25-year-old photography assistant, and 15-year-old actor Gary Valentine as they navigate first love in the 70s.
Licorice Pizza won a 2022 BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay for 11-time Oscar-nominee, writer, producer and director Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie NightsPhantom ThreadHard Eight). Grammy-nominated singer Alana Haim’s debut film role earned her a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress, with her co-star Cooper Hoffman (son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) nominated for Best Young Actor at the Critics Choice Awards, where Licorice Pizza won Best Comedy.
Licorice Pizza has a 91% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes and earned widespread critical acclaim for both its director – with Empire Magazine calling Anderson “a master at work” – and its fresh-faced leads, who hold their own alongside a supporting cast of heavy-hitters like Oscar winner Sean Penn, nine-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper, and Oscar nominee, Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Waits.
“There are two courtships unfolding in Licorice Pizza,” says Rolling Stone, “and only one of them is happening on the screen. The other is between us and the movie. Guess who ends up punch-drunk and smitten?”
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HOUSE OF GUCCI | Stream from 5 January 2023
Inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire, House of Gucci follows Patrizia Reggiani, an outsider from humble beginnings, who marries into the Gucci family. But her unbridled ambition begins to unravel their legacy and triggers a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and ultimately murder.
The all-star cast is led by Oscar winner Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) and two-time Oscar nominee Adam Driver (Marriage Story). Oscar winners Al Pacino (The Godfather), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Jeremy Irons (Munich: The Edge of War) co-star, along with the likes of Oscar nominee Salma Hayek (FridaDesperado), and Jack Huston (The IrishmanAmerican HustleBoardwalk Empire).
Directed by four-time Oscar nominee Ridley Scott (Gladiator), House of Gucci was nominated for British Film of the Year at the BAFTAs, best female actor (Lady Gaga) at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics Choice Awards, and best makeup and hairstyling at the Oscars this year, among other honours.
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CANDYMAN | Stream now
Don’t say his name…
For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood were terrorised by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror.
In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II from Watchmen and Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris from If Beale Street Could Talk and The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore the true story behind Candyman in his paintings, unknowingly unleashing a terrifying new wave of violence.
Yahya was named Best Actor in a Horror Movie at the 2022 Critics Choice Super Awards, where Candyman was also up for Best Horror Movie. Yahya also won at the 2022 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, Nia daCosta was named one of Palm Springs International Film Festivals’ Directors to Watch, and the horror was up for BET and Black Reel Awards, among other honours.
A number one box office hit, Candyman was the sixth best-reviewed horror film of 2021 on Rotten Tomatoes, with an 84% critics’ rating.
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UNCHARTED  | Stream now
The 11th-biggest box office hit of 2022 so far, Uncharted introduces audiences to street-smart Nathan Drake (People’s Choice winner Tom Holland, aka Spider-Man) and showcases his first treasure-hunting adventure with wisecracking partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg).
Inspired by the acclaimed video game series, this action-adventure epic spans the globe and follows Nate and Sully as they embark on the dangerous pursuit of “the greatest treasure never found” while also tracking clues that may lead to Nate’s long-lost brother.
Oscar nominee Antonio Banderas and Sophia Ali (Dr Dahlia Qadri in Grey’s Anatomy) co-star.
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RESPECT | Stream from 22 December 2022
South African Liesl Tommy (Mrs. Fletcher, The Walking DeadJessica Jones) directs Respect, a music biopic about the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson plays the lead role – after being recommended by Aretha herself after she saw Dreamgirls.
Respect was up for Drama Movie of 2021 at the People’s Choice Awards, where Hudson was up for Favourite Female Movie Star. The soundtrack was also Grammy nominated. Among many, many other accolades, Tommy was nominated as Breakthrough Creative at the 2022 Image Awards, while fellow South African Avril Beukes (Peabody winner David Makes Man, Queen Sugar, Yesterday) was up for Best Editor at the 2022 Black Reel Awards.
The cast includes Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (Godfather of Harlem), Emmy winners Audra McDonald (The Good FightThe Gilded Age) and Tate Donovan (ArgoRocketman), BET Comedy Award winner Marlon Wayans (White Chicks), Critics Choice nominee Marc Maron (GLOW), and nine-time Grammy winner Mary J Blige.
Observer says, “Jennifer Hudson as Aretha is the whole deal,” while The Hollywood Reporter calls Respect, “An intimate gift of love, rich in complexity, spirituality, Black pride and feminist grit.”
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KIMI | Stream from 9 December 2022
Multi-award winner Zoë Kravitz (Big Little Lies) was nominated for a 2022 Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress as Angela Childs, an agoraphobic Seattle tech worker who uncovers evidence of a crime.
Directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies and Videotape), Kimi was up for Best Streaming Movie at the 2022 Hollywood Critics Associaton Television Awards and has a 92% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
In their five-star review, Telegraph wrote, “Zoë Kravitz is magnificent in Steven Soderbergh’s techno-thriller about the dangers of letting technology’s tentacles wrap around our lives… Stylish, gripping and brisk.”
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MOONFALL | Stream from 12 December 2022
From “the master of disaster” Roland Emmerich (Independence Day2012GodzillaThe Day After Tomorrow) comes Moonfall, a sci-fi disaster romp that sees the moon hurtling on a collision course toward Earth after a mysterious force knocks it out of orbit.
Moonfall stars Oscar winner Halle Berry (John Wick 3BruisedMonster’s Ball), Emmy nominee Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) and John Bradley (Game of Thrones’ Samwell Tarly). The cast also includes the likes of Black Reel Award winner Michael Peña (Ant-Man’s Luis), Charlie Plummer (Looking for Alaska), Emmy winner Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games’ President Snow) and Nigerian-American actor Eme Ikwuakor (CounterpartInhumans).
New York Magazine/Vulture calls it “unapologetically absurd and so very fun,” while Associated Press says, “Emmerich’s latest is an absolutely bananas piece of big-budget filmmaking, a sci-fi-, action- and disaster-thriller that gets more crazy by the minute. It makes Independence Day look like Little Women.”
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THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2  | Stream from 2 January 2023
Everyone’s favourite spooky family is back in The Addams Family 2, which finds Morticia (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) and Gomez (Emmy nominee Oscar Isaac) distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and are totally consumed with “scream time.”
To reclaim their bond, they decide to cram Wednesday (Critics Choice nominee Chloë Grace Moretz), Pugsley (Javon Walton from Euphoria), Uncle Fester (Emmy nominee Nick Kroll) and the crew into their haunted camper for one last marvellously miserable family road trip. Their adventure across America to see Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and of course, Death Valley, takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, It (Emmy winner Snoop Dogg), as well as many new kooky characters. What could possibly go wrong?
As Morticia, Theron was nominated for a Kids’ Choice Award for Favourite Voice From An Animated Movie.
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TOGETHER | Stream from 30 January
In Together, multi-award winners James McAvoy (SplitX-Men) and Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) play a husband and wife whose relationship is tested by the COVID-19 lockdown.
Co-directed by three-time Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and written by BAFTA winner Dennis Kelly (Utopia), Together won the 2022 BAFTA for Single Drama, with McAvoy taking home a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor – Television.
The Observer calls it “an hour and a half of cinematic fury… at once suspenseful, provocative, funny and heartbreaking.”
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GET OUT | Stream from 26 January
Just named one of the top 100 films of all time in Sight & Sound’s once-a-decade critics’ poll, Get Out follows a young African-American who visits his white girlfriend’s parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him reaches a boiling point.
For Get Out, Jordan Peele became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as the first African American to be nominated for producing, writing and directing in the same year. Get Out went on to win over 150 awards internationally.
As Chris Washington, Daniel Kaluuya was nominated for an Oscar and BAFTA for Best Actor, with Lil Rel Howery (Judas and the Black Messiah) taking home the MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance as Rod. Critics Choice nominee Allison Williams (Girls), Oscar nominees Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) and LaKeith Stanfeild (Judas and the Black Messiah), Emmy winner Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale), Emmy nominee Stephen Root (Barry), and Critics Choice Super nominee Caleb Landry Jones (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) co-star.
Get Out has a 98% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus calls it “​​funny, scary and thought-provoking.”
Also look out for Peele’s similarly acclaimed horror Us, starring Lupita Nyong’o, back on Showmax from 26 January 2023.
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MOONSHOT  | Stream now
Moonshot follows Walt (People’s Choice winner Cole Sprouse from Riverdale) and Sophie (Teen Choice nominee Lana Condor from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before) as they join forces in order to be reunited with their significant others – a journey that winds up taking them both wildly and unexpectedly off course.
A romantic comedy with a twist, Moonshot also stars Emmy nominee Zach Braff (Scrubs), Lukas Gage (The White Lotus), and Mason Gooding (Scream).
The New York Times says: “Condor is note-perfect, and Winterbauer directs with a light, playful touch, giving the movie an energy that’s nimble and vibrantly sexy.”
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THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW | Stream now
In The Wolf of Snow Hollow, terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there’s no such thing as werewolves.
The film has an 89% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with nominations for two 2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards – Best Limited Release Film and Best Lead Performance for Sundance and SXSW winner Jim Cummings (who also wrote and directed the film), as well as a Fright Meter Award for the late Oscar-nominated Robert Forster (The DescendantsJackie Brown). The cast also includes Critics Choice nominee Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal) and Emmy nominee Riki Lindhome (WednesdayKnives Out).
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TOGETHER TOGETHER | Stream from 26 December 2022
In Together Together, a young loner becomes the surrogate for a single man in his 40s, but the two strangers soon realise this unexpected relationship will challenge their perceptions of connection, boundaries and the particulars of love. Teen Choice winner Ed Helms (The HangoverThe Office) and comedian Patti Harrison (ShrillI Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson) co-star.
The award-winning Together Together has a 91% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As The New York Times says, “Sweet, sensitive and surprisingly insightful, Nikole Beckwith’s Together Together fashions the signposts of the romantic comedy – the meet-cute, the misunderstanding, the mutual acceptance – into a wry examination of a very different relationship.”
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QUEEN BEES | Stream from 15 December 2022
In Queen Bees, fiercely independent senior Helen temporarily moves into a nearby retirement community, where she encounters lusty widows, cutthroat bridge tournaments and a hotbed of bullying “mean girls.”
Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream) leads the cast, alongside the likes of Oscar nominees Ann-Margret (Grumpy Old Men) and the late James Caan (The Godfather) as well as Emmy winners Jane Curtin (3rd Rock From The Sun), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), and Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost).
Helmed by Emmy-winning Friends director Michael Lembeck, Queen Bees was nominated for the 2022 AARP Movies for Grownups Best Buddy Picture Award, as well as the 2022 Humanitas Prize.
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DOWNTON ABBEY: THE MOVIE | Stream from 23 January 2023
Downton Abbey, the movie, continues the story of the beloved, multi-award-winning historical drama series as the Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives: a royal visit from the king and queen of England. But the auspicious occasion soon unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue, leaving the future of Downton hanging in the balance.
Written by series creator and Oscar winner Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park), and directed by Emmy nominee Michael Engler (The Gilded Age), the film sees the return of much of the original cast, including the likes of Emmy nominees Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery and Jim Carter, Oscar nominee Imelda Staunton and Oscar winner Maggie Smith, with BAFTA nominee Geraldine James and Simon Jones joining the cast as Queen Mary and King George V.
Nominated for two Critics Choice Awards, the film has an 84% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with Times (UK) calling it “utterly, ineffably, and often fabulously, Downton.”
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CHRISTMAS IS CANCELLED  | Stream from 19 December 2022
Showmax is counting down the days to Christmas, advent calendar style, with a new festive film every day until Santa comes.
Alongside classics like How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Stick Man, look out for Christmas is Cancelled, starring Hayley Orrantia (The Goldbergs), Dermot Mulroney (August, Osage County and My Best Friend’s Wedding), and Janel Parrish (Pretty Little LiarsTo All The Boys I’ve Loved Before).
When 29-year-old Emma finds out that her widowed, 52-year-old dad has been dating her high school nemesis, she freaks out and embarks on a hilarious, no-holds-barred mission to break them up during their annual family Christmas festivities.
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Lynx Entertainment to launch new TV channel

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Lynx Entertainment have hinted the launch of their own content network. This direction wouldn’t be too much of a surprise as the home of some of Ghana’s biggest acts like KiDi & Kuami Eugene, have been working out top tier TV and music video productions with their sister company, Tigon Creatives.

Fans of the label have noticed official Lynx TV accounts set-up across various social media platforms. We can only wait and see what the Lynx family have in store for Ghana’s entertainment industry.

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Joeboy Joins Apple Music’s Home Session in Spatial Audio

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Apple Music’s Home Session features reimagined signature songs and thoughtful covers and today, Nigerian-born Afropop tour de force Joeboy (real name Joseph Akinwale) releases his own stripped down versions.

 

“I selected these songs because they are really beautiful and they signify where I’m at mentally, one way or the other. What feels really special to me is the soul and the sincerity in the delivery of my vocals, the emotions it invokes. As a result, I think I am more mature, more precise, and more intentional with the way I go about my music,” Joeboy tells Apple Music.

 

The Home Session EP, available to stream on Apple Music in Spatial Audio, will feature four exclusive unplugged tracks from the smooth singer, smash hit singles “Sip (Alcohol)”,“Contour” and his latest release “Body & Soul”, as well as a cover of Sean Kingston’s summer earworm single, “Beautiful Girls”.

 

“‘Beautiful Girl’ by Sean Kingston was basically the soundtrack of my early teen years and reminds me of when I started crushing on girls. The song really influenced my writing ability and cemented my love for pop-dancehall love songs,” he explains.

 

After joining Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa platform in 2019, Joeboy’s career skyrocketed in the wake of a string of hit single releases, with “Sip (Alcohol).” And with his highly-anticipated album on the way, Joeboy is set to be a staple on playlists and screens for years to come.

 

Discover Joeboy’s exclusive Apple Music Home Session EP and his knack for weaving poignant stories with catchy lyrics to create pop-leaning R&B hits.

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DStv For Business Enhancing Customers’ Experience with The Right Mix of Entertainment

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At the heart of any business is the customer and at DStv Ghana, the goal is to evolve daily to meet the demands of the ever-changing and competitive market. In a bid to cater to its wide array of audiences, Africa’s number one Pay TV company, MultiChoice Africa has repositioned its commercial service “DStv For Business” with packages specially curated with the right edutainment content to suit various businesses.

According to the Acting Head, DStv For Business, Kelvin Kamasa, “our objective is to deliver a pay TV experience designed for your business. The content and packages are specifically curated to seamlessly fit into the way commercial customers consume it. Our solution for hotels for instance allows guest in different rooms to watch their choice of channels without the intervention of the front desk personnel. Your clientele can continue watching their favourite shows/channels whenever they are on the road for business or stop by your office, hotel, or pub. DStv For Business has a tailored package to suit your business size and pocket so you can have the best working moments with DStv.”

MultiChoice Ghana continues to improve its service offerings over time, with the addition of consultancy service for High-rise buildings, multiple user dwelling on how DStv can be installed. The DStv For Business unit can advise on countless options to ensure the incorporation of either our IPTV service or other alternatives to a seamless and cost-effective TV entertainment solution to your high rise or estate project. According to the Managing Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Alex Okyere, the business is all about the customer’s experience, and the greatest motivation for his team is to offer more value for money to not just our domestic users but commercial users.

DStv For Business has three main offers; DStv Work, DStv Play and DStv Stay. Each package is tailored to suit the needs of offices, bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and so on. The essence of this, Kelvin Kamasa explains, is to tailor content to specific customers to enhance their viewing experience. Instead of having to watch a wide array of content, these DStv For Business packages now give you what you want based on business customers’ needs and preferences.

The DStv Work package offers the latest news headlines from around the world, sports, weather updates and other work-related entertainment. The goal here is to set the tone for a stimulating work environment and keep everyone well informed. The Work packages are best suited for offices, banks, and other corporate organizations.

The DStv Play packages are best suited for businesses such as pubs, restaurants, bars, clubs, café, and betting houses. These packages enhance the guest’s experience and ensure that they are always entertained with their favourite sports programmes and other first-class entertainment.

The DStv Stay packages are suited for hotels, motels, lodges, resorts, Air BnB’s and serviced apartments. Giving each guest whether a kid, adult or elderly a memorable in-room experience during their stay.

One important feature is that these packages they can be tailored to customers’ budget. This means that customers can enjoy entertainment at a certain threshold which is a unique offer. For less than Ghs 170, one can enjoy several channels. For instance, the DStv Stay (Basic), offers customers an array of entertainment with more than ten channels spanning sports, news, kiddies’ channel, and music with just GHs77.

Businesses also have the flexibility of choosing a package that perfectly suits your business model without worrying about not having the popular channels needed by customers. From small entrepreneurs to 5-star hotels, multinational corporations and government agencies, every business has something that works for them.

For hotels, their customers get a mix of carefully selected movies, music, and sports channels as well as documentary channels. This is the same for a financial establishment where customers are more concerned about the latest updates from the financial sector and latest news over that of a music or movie channel like Akwaaba Magic Abusua and ROK Gh. Similarly,  fast-food joints, pubs and clubs will be in tune with Trace Jama, Akwaaba Magic, SuperSports channels over National Geographic Channel or News channels.

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Trevor Noah, Lupita Nyong’o, Wizkid, others noted for Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

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Nickelodeon has released the official list of nominees for the highly anticipated 2023 Kids’ Choice Awards (KCAs). Set to premier on Wednesday, 8 March at 16:10 on NickToons (DStv channel 308), the slime sludging award ceremony celebrates some of the biggest local and international media personalities and artists, as voted for by the fans.

 

Topping the list in the Favourite African Star category for Mzansi are former host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Trevor Noah, and the South African women’s national soccer team, Banyana Banyana. 

 

Last year, the Favourite African Star title was awarded to Limpopo pop star and 2022 South African Music Award winner for Best Music Video of the Year, Makhadzi, and it is set to be a highly contended category once more this year.

 

“The evolution of the African creative industry is being felt across all spheres of global entertainment,” remarked Dillon Khan, Vice President of Paramount Africa for Comedy Central Africa, Nickelodeon & Creative Services. “These nominations resonate with all of Africa, and we’re glad to see so much African talent being recognised for all the hard work they put into the global entertainment industry. This is just the beginning.” 

 

Some of South Africa’s favourite Kidfluencers are being recognised for having gained a considerable online following by creating child-centered content on social media through the Favorite African Kidfluencers categoryPreviously won by then four-year-old internet phenomenon Sbahle Mzizi, this year’s nominees are YouTuber Alakhe Mdoda, young prodigy Lethukuthula Bhengu, dancer, singer, and social media influencer Rethabile Mokgatla, social media sensation, Siba Bogopa, multiple-award winning and officially The World’s Youngest DJ, DJ Arch JNR, with Nigeria’s favourite ‘Unidentical Duo’ twin models Olianna and Olivia closing off the list.

 

Face of Nickelodeon Africa, Lerai Rakoditsoe will be heading out to Los Angeles to host the official 2023 KCA Nickelodeon Africa Special. She will be bringing all the home-grown action, celebrating children’s top choices in entertainment media.

 

“Lerai has been making waves since she became the first African host on NickMusic, it is incredible to see her soaring to even greater heights as the host of the Africa leg of the Kid’s Choice Awards on NickToons. As a platform partner to NickToons, MultiChoice is proud to be associated with a brand that nurtures and recognises talent, especially that of young artists on the African continent”, said Georginah Machiridza, Executive Head Content Strategy at Multichoice. 

 

“Hosting NFL Slimetime is always a blast, and I can’t wait to bring that same energy and slime as co-host of the iconic Kids’ Choice Awards! I grew up on Nickelodeon and my kids love watching, so we’re all ready for the stunts, surprises and superstars that await us at this year’s show”, said Nate Burleson, Host of American weekly television sports show NFL Slimetime.

 

“I got slimed at the KCA’s in 2021, saw my sister get slimed at last year’s show and now, no one is safe with me as co-host! I’m looking forward to making sure this year’s show is even slimier with epic dances and silly tricks along the way”, said Charli D’Amelio, Social media personality, Dancer, and reigning ‘Queen of TikTok’.

 

First-time nominees include Jenna Ortega, Jack Harlow, GAYLE, Joji, Nicky Youre and Letitia Wright, amongst others. Stranger Things leads the pack with six nominations, followed by That Girl Lay Lay, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series and The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder with four nominations each.

Musical performances will be announced closer to the day.

Fans across the globe can cast their votes across 31 categories on the official Kids’ Choice Awards website, KidsChoiceAwards.com, with an additional 32 international categories available in regions around the world.

 

Share it: @Nickelodeon @KidsChoiceAwards #KCA

 

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2023 is sponsored by Lunchables with 100% Juice, Nintendo Switch and Olive Garden®.  

 

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2023 will broadcast on NickToons (DStv channel 308) on 8 March 2023 at 16:10 CAT. 

 

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2023 nominees are: 

 

FAVOURITE AFRICAN STAR

Trevor Noah 

Banyana Banyana

Msaki 

Scorpion Kings

 

FAVOURITE AFRICAN KIDFLUENCER

Alakhe Mdoda

Lethukuthula Bhengu 

Rethabile Mokgatla 

Olianna and Olivia 

Siba Bogopa 

DJ Arch JNR

 

TELEVISION:

FAVOURITE KIDS’ TV SHOW

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

Ms. Marvel

Raven’s Home

That Girl Lay Lay

The Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

The Really Loud House

 

FAVOURITE FAMILY TV SHOW

Cobra Kai

iCarly

Obi-Wan Kenobi

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Stranger Things

Wednesday

Young Rock

Young Sheldon

 

FAVOURITE REALITY SHOW

America’s Funniest Home Videos

America’s Got Talent

American Ninja Warrior

Floor Is Lava

MasterChef Junior

The Masked Singer

 

FAVOURITE ANIMATED SHOW

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous

Rugrats

SpongeBob SquarePants

Teen Titans Go!

The Loud House

The Smurfs

 

FAVOURITE FEMALE TV STAR (KIDS)

Audrey Grace Marshall (Vivian Turner, The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder)

Imogen Cohen (Zina, The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder)

Olivia Rodrigo (Nini, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)

Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)

Sofia Wylie (Gina, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)

That Girl Lay Lay (Lay Lay, That Girl Lay Lay)

 

FAVOURITE MALE TV STAR (KIDS)

Brady Noon (Evan Morrow, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers)

Israel Johnson (Noah Lambert, Bunk’d)

Joshua Bassett (Ricky, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)

Tyler Wladis (Roy, The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder)

Wolfgang Schaeffer (Lincoln Loud, The Really Loud House)

Young Dylan (Young Dylan, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan)

 

FAVOURITE FEMALE TV STAR (FAMILY)

Hilary Duff (Sophie, How I Met Your Father)

Jenna Ortega (Wednesday Addams, Wednesday)

Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)

Miranda Cosgrove (Carly Shay, iCarly)

Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield, Stranger Things)

Tracee Ellis Ross (Bow Johnson, Black-ish)

FAVOURITE MALE TV STAR (FAMILY)

Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)

Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Obi-Wan-Kenobi)

Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler, Stranger Things)

Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson, Stranger Things)

Jerry Trainor (Spencer Shay, iCarly)

Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso, Cobra Kai)

 

FILM:

FAVOURITE MOVIE

Avatar: The Way of Water

Black Adam

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Hocus Pocus 2

Jurassic World Dominion

Monster High The Movie

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Top Gun: Maverick

 

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTOR

Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Thor: Love and Thunder)

Chris Pratt (Owen Grady, Jurassic World: Dominion)

Dwayne Johnson (Black Adam/Teth-Adam, Black Adam)

Jim Carrey (Dr. Robotnik, Sonic the Hedgehog 2)

Ryan Reynolds (Big Adam, The Adam Project)

Tom Cruise (Capt. Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, Top Gun: Maverick)

 

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTRESS

Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/The Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness)

Letitia Wright (Shuri, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)

Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever)

Millie Bobby Brown (Enola Holmes, Enola Holmes 2)

Natalie Portman (Jane Foster/The Mighty Thor, Thor: Love and Thunder)

Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah Sanderson, Hocus Pocus 2) 

FAVOURITE ANIMATED MOVIE

DC League of Super-Pets

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Lightyear

Minions: The Rise of Gru

The Bad Guys

Turning Red

 

FAVOURITE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE (MALE)

Andy Samberg (Dale, Chip N’ Dale: Rescue Rangers)

Andy Samberg (Jonathan, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania)

Chris Evans (Buzz Lightyear, Lightyear)

Dwayne Johnson (Krypto, DC League of Super-Pets)

Kevin Hart (Ace, DC League of Super-Pets)

Steve Carell (Gru, Minions: The Rise of Gru) 

FAVOURITE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE (FEMALE)

Awkwafina (Tarantula, The Bad Guys)

Keke Palmer (Izzy Hawthorne, Lightyear)

Salma Hayek (Kitty Softpaws, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish)

Sandra Oh (Ming, Turning Red)

Selena Gomez (Mavis, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania)

Taraji P. Henson (Belle Bottom, Minions: The Rise of Gru)

 

MUSIC:

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST

Adele

Beyoncé

Billie Eilish

Cardi B

Lady Gaga

Lizzo

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

 

FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST

Bad Bunny

Drake

Ed Sheeran

Harry Styles

Justin Bieber

Kendrick Lamar

Post Malone

The Weeknd

 

FAVOURITE MUSIC GROUP

5 Seconds of Summer

Black Eyed Peas

BLACKPINK

BTS

Imagine Dragons

One Republic

Panic! At the Disco

Paramore

 

FAVOURITE SONG

“About Damn Time”- Lizzo

“Anti-Hero”- Taylor Swift

“As It Was”- Harry Styles

“Bejeweled”- Taylor Swift

“Break My Soul” – Beyoncé

“First Class”- Jack Harlow

“I Ain’t Worried”- OneRepublic

“Lift Me Up”- Rihanna

 

FAVOURITE MUSIC COLLABORATION

“Bam Bam”- Camila Cabello, featuring Ed Sheeran

“Don’t You Worry” – Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, Shakira

“I Like You (A Happier Song)”- Post Malone, featuring Doja Cat

“Numb”- Marshmello, featuring Khalid

“Stay With Me”- Calvin Harris, featuring Justin Timberlake, Halsey, Pharrell

“Sweetest Pie”- Megan Thee Stallion, Dua Lipa

 

FAVOURITE BREAKOUT ARTIST

Devon Cole

Dove Cameron

GAYLE

Joji

Lauren Spencer Smith

Nicky Youre

 

FAVOURITE ALBUM

“Dawn FM”- The Weeknd

“GOD DID”- DJ Khaled

“Harry’s House”- Harry Styles

“Midnights (3am Edition)”- Taylor Swift

“Renaissance”- Beyoncé

“Special”- Lizzo

FAVOURITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR

Bad Bunny (Latin America)

BLACKPINK (Asia)

Harry Styles (UK)

Rosalía (Europe)

Taylor Swift (North America)

Tones and I (Australia)

Wizkid (Africa)

 

FAVOURITE SOCIAL MUSIC STAR

Bella Poarch

Dixie D’Amelio

JoJo Siwa

Oliver Tree

Stephen Sanchez

That Girl Lay Lay 

OTHER CATEGORIES: 

FAVOURITE MALE CREATOR

Austin Creed

MrBeast

Ninja

Ryan’s World

SeanDoesMagic

Unspeakable

 

FAVOURITE FEMALE CREATOR

Addison Rae

Charli D’Amelio

Dixie D’Amelio

Gracie’s Corner

Kids Diana Show

Miranda Sings

FAVOURITE SOCIAL MEDIA FAMILY

FGTeeV

Ninja Kidz TV

Ohana Adventure Family

The Bucket List Family

The Royalty Family

The Williams Family

FAVOURITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR

Candace Parker

Chloe Kim

Naomi Osaka

Serena Williams

Simone Biles

Venus Williams 

FAVOURITE MALE SPORTS STAR

LeBron James

Lionel Messi

Patrick Mahomes

Shaun White

Stephen Curry

Tom Brady

 

FAVOURITE CELEBRITY PET 

Dexter Lipa Hadid

Dodger Evans

Gino Chopra Jonas

Olivia Benson Swift

Piggy Lou Bieber

Toulouse Grande

 

FAVOURITE BOOK

Cat Kid Comic Club Book Series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Series

Five Nights at Freddy’s Book Series

Harry Potter Book Series

The Adventures of Captain Underpants Books Series

The Bad Guys Book Series

 

FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME

Adopt Me! 

Brookhaven

Just Dance 2023

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope

Minecraft

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

 

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2023 is produced by Nickelodeon Productions and overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Unscripted & Digital Franchise Studio; Paul J Medford, Vice President, Unscripted Current Series; Luke Wahl, Vice President, Unscripted Creative; and Jennifer Bryson, Vice President, Production, Tentpoles, Events & Music & Specials. Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager, and Barb Bialkowski serve as executive producers, with Harriet Cuddeford and Andria Parides serving as co-executive producers.

 

Nate Burleson is a co-host of CBS Mornings and an Emmy Award-winning studio analyst for CBS Sports’ NFL pre-game, halftime and post-game show, THE NFL TODAY. He is also the host of Nickelodeon’s NFL Slimetime

 

Charli D’Amelio is a digital superstar, crowned “the reigning queen of TikTok,” by The New York Times. She was the first on the platform to hit 100 million followers and is the current leading female TikTok creator. D’Amelio was named one of YouTube’s Top 10 Breakout Creators of 2020 and has earned her coveted spots on lists such as Forbes 30 Under 30, Fortune’s 40 under 40, AdWeek’s 2020 Young Influentials and Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood Impact List in 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

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GOtv Ghana: 10 years of Excellent Customer Experience

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A decade ago, GOtv appeared on the scene of digital pay TV in Ghana and has since transformed it with technologically advanced, easily accessible, affordable, and customer-friendly packages for Ghanaians. Currently available in over 25 cities across 9 regions, GOtv boasts of the widest privately owned digital terrestrial television (DTT) network in Ghana despite only being here 10 years.

Foremost on GOtv’ s agenda since inception is offering excellent customer experience, which is evident in its numerous tech innovations, self-service options, content quality, decoder functionality and quality, among others.

To ensure the best customer experience while pushing Ghana’s transition from analogue to digital transmission, GOtv began operations in January 2013 with the DVB-T2 decoder a second-generation technology regarded as one of the most advanced broadcast infrastructures globally and approved by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) as the standard for digital television broadcasting. GOtv was the first DTT provider in Ghana to use this infrastructure.

Asides from delivering a higher number of channels 20 per frequency when compared to DVB-T1 technology which allows 12 channels per frequency DVB-T2 technology gives access to free-to-air channels on the expiration of one’s subscription and delivers a far superior digital, audio-visual quality, all for the viewing pleasure of its customers at extremely affordable rates.

GOtv also has an Enhanced Decoder Notification (EDN) function which keeps subscribers abreast of information such as number of viewing days left before the next payment, latest special offers and discounts, campaigns, information on new content and upcoming celebrations to improve their viewing experience.

Tech innovations such as the MyGOtv app allows customers to use several self-service options to quickly resolve issues such as clearing error codes, checking account balance, subscription renewal, package change, etc., without having to physically visit a GOtv office.

Other self-service platforms by GOtv to resolve issues instantly for improved customer experience include the *759# USSD code; payment options such as mobile money services and bank apps; GOtv’ s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram) and the GOtv website; and a self-registration platform via a USSD string *759#.

Furthermore, in line with the company’s customer-centric tradition at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic presented over $100,000 dollars of PPEs to Ga East Hospital in Accra, the Okomfo Ankoye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi and the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in Cape Coast in September and October 2020.

 During this period GOtv Ghana introduced the ‘We’ve Got you’ offer to cushion customer from harsh economic effect of the pandemic on its subscribers.

During the lockdown period active and disconnected GOtv subscribers enjoyed discounts plus got upgraded to the next viewing package when they resubscribed for their current package so customers and their families during the lockdown could stay edutained.

In its usual way of keeping the family bond together with top quality entertaining content, on the 1st of November 2021, GOtv brought more lifestyle and entertainment channels/content from DStv to its GOtv subscribers with the introduction of a new package known as GOtv SUPA. Some of the channels included in the new GOtv SUPA package are: Akwaaba Magic, Honey, Africa Magic Urban, WWE, TL Novellas, Novella Magic, ROK, KIX, Nick Jr and Nick Toons amongst others.

Speaking of quality content over the years, GOtv has provided millions of households with entertaining, informative, and educative content across different sectors of the economy including sports, music, movies, business, fashion, etc.

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Showmax launches new 2-for-1 deal

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1 February 2023: Showmax has announced a new 2-for-1 deal for loyal customers and new streamers curious to get access to the biggest and best selection of first and exclusive local drama and reality, as well the newest and most talked about international programming. From 1 February 2023, subscribers who pay for one month of Showmax will receive a second month at no extra cost. This deal applies to Showmax and Showmax Mobile plans and is available to new and returning subscribers.
This deal comes as Showmax releases new seasons of some of its most popular Original series across Africa, including Season 3 of The Real Housewives of Durban, the luxury reality series following some of eThekwini’s biggest socialites, and Season 2 of the popular Kenyan drama series Single Kiasi which follows three women as they navigate the ups and downs of relationships and careers in Nairobi; and ongoing Originals like Ghanaian docu-reality series My
Perfect Funeral, the new Nigerian telenovela Wura, plus the upcoming reality series The Real Housewives of Abuja which premieres on Showmax on 17 February 2023.
For your convenience, Showmax also makes it possible for viewers to download episodes to mobile devices to watch offline, including the smash-hit telenovela The Wife, or entire movies, like Top Gun: Maverick, which has just
been nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture.
“We are making Showmax so people really can watch anytime, anywhere, at a great price. Plus, on Showmax, 1GB can last up to 10 hours on our lowest data setting,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of MultiChoice Connected Video. “This deal is our way of making world-class entertainment even more affordable and even more accessible
for streaming fans.”
Showmax’s stellar summer line-up includes the biggest series in the world right now, HBO’s The Last of Us, express from the US, as well as the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon and The White Lotus: Sicily, named Best TV Series: Drama and Best Limited Series respectively at the 2023 Golden Globes. Kids can enjoy new seasons of favourites like Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines.
The Showmax 2-for-1 deal is available at www.showmax.com.
The deal runs from 1 February to 3 March 2023 and excludes Showmax Pro and Showmax Pro Mobile. It is available in all African markets.
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