“33” Export Thrills Consumers With Friendship Party In Onitsha

“33” Export Lager Beer took its Friendship Experience Party to Sweet Garden Hotel, GRA, Onitsha as consumers were treated to the most amazing music, fun, and games.

This follows similar parties organized by the brand in Lagos, Ibadan, and Uyo where consumers trooped-in in their numbers to enjoy “33” Export while being entertained by top music DJs and comedians including Comedian Bash, I go save, Shakara, Ajebo, DJ Kentalky, DJ Real and others.

Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout Nigerian Breweries Plc., Emmanuel Agu stated that “33” Export Lager Beer is focused on highlighting the time-tested values of friendship hence its decision to create an atmosphere for which these values can be expressed.

“Building on creating experiences, the brand is leveraging on the Friendship Experience Parties to engage with its customers and deepen its relationship with friends of the brand across the country,” he said.

With auctions and other interesting activities, friends in Onitsha were rewarded with gifts such as generators, refrigerators, standing fans, T-shirts and many more.

Wizkid Cancels Music Tours After Falling Ill

The international music tours planned by Nigerian music star. Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, will no longer hold, the singer has said.

The singer took to his Twitter page on @wizkidayo to make this known, while urging his fans to pray for him.

He wrote”Sad I’m typing this but I’ll be moving dates on my tour to get my health up. I appeal to my real fans to understand and pray with me.”


“33” Export To Celebrate Friendship With Aba Consumers This Weekend

The “33” Export Friendship Experience Parties, a platform to provide friends and lovers of the No.1 Friendship Beer the opportunity to connect, bond and share moments continues during this holiday weekend, as friends in Aba, Abia State will be hosted on Sunday, September 2, 2017 to another unforgettable experience.

Headlined by top DJs and comedians in the Nigerian entertainment industry such as DJ Real, DJ Kaywise, DJ Kentalky, MC Shakara, Ajebo, Omobaba and Comedian Bash, the brand has consistently treated consumers across the country every weekend during the campaign to the best of music, games, and comedy.

Friends in Agege, Lagos witnessed the event last Sunday as consumers and friends had memorable experiences with their friends while getting rewarded.

“My first experience was at the party held in Festac in March and it was totally great,” said Abiodun Majekodunmi, a guest at the event. “Personally, It’s a wonderful concept that a brand is building on friendship to engage Nigerians, especially its consumers. These events have become an interesting way for people like us to celebrate each other and relax.”

The Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, Nigerian Breweries, Emmanuel Agu, emphasised the brand’s reputation as the No. 1 Friendship Beer, evidenced by the testimonials and immense interests of the consumers in the friendship parties across Nigeria.

Speaking during the event, Agu said, “The Friendship Experience Parties are opportunities for us to directly engage and connect with our consumers.  The brand will continue to build on this exciting platform to allow our consumers create and experience great moments with their friends.”

“33” Export Set For National Takeover With Friendship Experience Parties

Coming off the just concluded ‘City of Friends’ campaign, which was a first of its kind experience that paraded the best of Nigerian acts with consumers who were hosted for three days in commemoration of the World Friendship Day, the undoubtedly No. 1 Friendship Beer in Nigeria, “33” Export will be sustaining the momentum by hitting major parts of the country with the ‘Friendship Experience Parties’, as the first event is set for this Sunday, 27th of August, 2017 in Agege, Lagos State.
The initial phase of the Experiential Parties kicked off in March 2017, covering cities across the country such as Calabar, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Jos, Uyo, Benin, and many more, as thousands of consumers and lovers of the brand were hosted by several top DJs and comedians such as MC Shakara, Comedian Bash, Ajebo, DJ Kentalky, DJ Real, DJ Kaywise and others in the entertainment industry.
According to the Portfolio Manager, Mainstream Lager and Stout, Nigerian Breweries, Emmanuel Agu, “33” Export is fulfilling its promise of providing unique friendship experiences whilst creating opportunities for its target consumers to bond, party and create memorable moments.
“We are also emphasizing the brand’s commitment to the moments that matter to our consumers, no matter where they are,” Agu added.
Over the next few months, thousands of consumers and lovers of the brand will again be hosted in popular clubs and bars across the country by some of the biggest DJs and comedians, all thrilling consumers with the best of music, games and comedy experiences.

220 Students Set To Graduate From Africa Film Academy’s “So You Wanna Act” Owerri Workshop

The city of Owerri is set to play host to the graduation ceremony of this year’s edition of its “So You Wanna Act” workshop organized by Africa Film Academy.

The graduation event scheduled for the 24th of August, 2017 marks the end of a highly educative and interactive workshop for the participants and is billed to take place at the Imo Trade and Investment Centre, Owerri.

Expressing his enthusiasm for the project and graduates, the host, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu emphasized the need for refining creative skills and showcasing local talents. “We started the workshop on the 25th of April and concluded it on the 10th of May 2017. In a class that featured hundreds of students and some of the creative maestros from eastern Nigeria, you can be certain that they will not only surprise the film industry with their productions but also with the quality of content and messages that will follow.”

The Africa Film Academy continued by explaining the rationale behind a myriad of activities scheduled for the graduation, most notably the unveiling of Eastern Heartland Film Festival and the launch of the Africa Film Academy Eastern Heartland Film Fund. “We have found a formula that works, and this is consistent with our vision at Africa Film Academy. It is to empower indigenous talents like we have done with the students at the “So You Wanna Act” workshop; empower them with the Africa Film Academy Eastern Heartland Film Fund so they can access resources to execute viable creative projects and showcase their works through the Eastern Heartland Film Festival.”

“Nigeria, Africa and the world should brace for the impact we are about to make” Owelle Rochas Okorocha is quoted as saying during the commencement of the training.

At the graduation ceremony as special guest of honour will be his Excellency, the executive governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha alongside illustrious guest speakers ,Other notable figures from the creative space across Nigeria are also expected to be in attendance.

‘Women Are Crested To Rule The World’ – Reni Folawiyo

When Nigerian businesswoman Reni Folawiyo decided to launch the first ever luxury fashion destination for Nigerians and Westerners alike she had several hurdles to overcome.

The idea was not only bold and unheard of, but she also had to contend with naysayers who said her ideas were too far fetched.

In this episode of Against The Odds with Peace Hyde, she shares with Forbes Woman Africa, just how powerful the resolve of a woman can be and how to achieve your passion now matter the difficulties.

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Sosoliso Plane Crash Survivor, Kechi, Wows Again On America’s Got Talent [Video]

Two months after earning the standing ovation of judges on America’s Got Talent, Kechi Okwuchi, a survivor of the Sosoliso plane crash, has advanced to the live show of the competition.

On Tuesday when she earned her qualification to the next round, she also received another standing ovation from the judges and the audience.

An excited Kechi took to Instagram to share the news and to thank everyone that helped make her “dreams come true”.

“Tonight was overwhelming… I got to watch the show with all the @shrinershospitals kids, fellow burns survivors, and it was just so fulfilling…and now. Live shows,” she wrote in part.

“I’m just so grateful to God, guys, for allowing me to get this far, and I’m eternally grateful to Seal and Simon for saying the words I needed to hear: that I deserved to be on the show based on my voice, not just my story.

“And thank YOU all, for being with me through this journey.”

Okwuchi was one of two survivors of the plane crash that killed 107 passengers in 2002.

Here’s the performance that got her into the next round of America’s Got Talent.


Kogi Movie Audition: Mercy Johnson Launches Talent Hunt For ‘Inikpi’

Poised to deliver on the “New Direction” mandate of placing Kogi State on the radar of development through the entertainment industry, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture, Mercy Johnson Okojie has commenced the “GYB Talent Hunt” for young actors and actresses to be featured in “Inikpi,” a folklore movie project from her office.
In a press statement signed by the veteran actress, the talent hunt scheduled to commence on 17th August, 2017 across five notable districts of the state, will help to launch the acting career of the youths in mainstream Nollywood.
It would be recalled that the Actress had hinted on the 26th April, 2017 during the first ever Kogi Summit on Entertainments, Arts and Culture that she would be shooting a movie based on one of the prominent stories of legends in the state.
She also revealed that she would shop for talents from the various tribes in the state as a panacea to unite the people.
“This is my way of giving back to the state that made me who I am. I have been incredibly blessed to have played my little part in the revolution, that is Nollywood, and it is now time that my brothers and sisters in Kogi state get the same opportunity,” she added.
The search for Kogi state’s future Nollywood stars is billed to commence on August 17th at the Civic Center in Okehi; August 18th in Kabba.
The team will also be in Ayingba on the 19th at the Theater Arts Hall, Kogi State University; and Idah on the 20th, at the Idah Local Government hall. The search ends in Lokoja on August 20th, at Reverton.
Joining Mercy Johnson-Okojie on the judging panel are some of Nollywood’s most reputable acts such as Bimbo Akintola, Francis Duru, and Movie Director Frank Rajah.
The first prize winner will be taking home 250,000 naira and a lead role in the upcoming movie, while the first runner up will receive 150,000 naira and a key feature in the movie. The second runner up will win 100,000 naira and a feature in Inikpi.
‘Inikpi’ is a Kogi folklore that tells the story of an Igala Princess ‘Inikpi’, who out of love for her father and her people, gave her life to save the Igala land from total annihilation in the hands of their enemy, the Bini Kingdom.

Justin Bieber Banned From Performing In China

Singer and songwriter Justin Bieber have been banned from performing in the Chinese capital for bad behavior.

Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Culture said “Bieber’s lifestyle overseas and his words and actions when he last performed in China had generated public dissatisfaction.

“Given efforts to purify the performing arts environment in China, it was not appropriate to bring in artists with bad behavior. We hope Justin Bieber will continue to improve his behavior as part of his growth, and become a singer truly loved by the public.”

Bieber performed in China in 2013 when media coverage centered on him stripping on stage in Beijing to reveal his bare torso, being carried up the steps of the Great Wall of China, and riding a Segway, again shirtless, through the streets.

The 23-year-old singer has become notorious for a string of indiscretions and scandals in recent years, shedding the clean-cut image he had when he burst onto the scene as a teenager.

Biber is currently on his third world tour, with Asian dates in Japan, India, Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

Several big name musicians have been blocked from performing in China, including Lady Gaga, Bjork and Bon Jovi.

Lagos To Celebrate Suya Carnival

Suya Stops, in partnership with the Lagos State Government has announced plans to celebrate a first-of-its-kind Lagos City Suya Carnival.

This according to Suya Stops, is part of activities to mark the Lagos at 50 celebrations.

Founder of Suya Stops, Kehinde Talabi disclosed that the carnival will hold on October 1, and that the idea was designed to celebrate a chop that has become an household name in Lagos.

“Suya as we all know didn’t originate from Lagos but you will all agree with me that the average Lagos Street or road has one Suya joint or one close by. Such is the love we have shown this delicacy that has seemingly become part and parcel of Lagos,” Kehinde said.

Some of the features of the carnival include a 50ft long Suya steak, chicken suya, Gizzard Suya and sausage suya.


Patoranking To Perform At Jamaica Reggae Festival

The 25th edition of the Reggae Sumfest will  stream Patoranking live from Catherine Hall Entertainment Center, Montego Bay, Jamaica on Friday.

According to the organisers, Patoranking will be the first African artiste to grace what they describe as the biggest Reggae festival stage.

They add, “It is a momentous occasion and Downsound Entertainment wants to share this with not just Patoranking fans but all of Africa. Patoranking’s song, ‘My Woman, My Everything’, topped dancehall charts on the Island and to show a diversity of culture the Nigerian star has been added to Reggae Sumfest’s international night.”

Other artistes performing at the festival include Canadian hip hop artiste, Tony Lanez;  Sean Paul, Alkaline, Sizzla, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Queen Ifrica, Sean Kingston, Beenie Man, Christopher Martin, Jah Cure and Stephen Marley.


FG Moves To End Shooting Of Movies, Music Videos Outside Nigeria

The federal government says it has taken steps to get the Nigeria Broadcasting Code (NBC) to discourage the production of Nigerian movies and music outside the country.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, made this known on Saturday in Lagos when he paid a visit to the headquarters of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON).

The minister decried the situation whereby films, reality TV shows and music were made outside Nigeria for consumption by Nigerians.

He said the situation had hampered empowerment of practitioners in the industry, the development of the sector and the nation’s economy in general.

“This government has agreed that henceforth, whatever we consume in Nigeria in terms of music and films, must be made in Nigeria,” he said.

“We cannot continue to go to South Africa or any other country to produce our films and then send them back to be consumed in Nigeria.

“The Broadcasting Code and the Advertising Code are very clear on this. For you to classify a product as a Nigerian product, it must have a certain percentage of Nigerian content.”

The minister noted that what was happening today was that Nigerian artists were often flown out of this country to go and make their recordings.

“When they get there, they will patronise the economy of that country and then bring the products back to Nigeria for us to consume.

“It is like somebody going to China or Japan to make a product that looks like palm wine and bring it back home to label it Nigerian palm wine.”

He stressed that “as long as we are not able to implement our own code to ensure local production of Nigerian music and movies, our young talents will not get jobs”.

“It is Nigerians that pay for the consumption of these products and therefore they must be allowed and encouraged to participate in their production.

“I am going to meet with the relevant stakeholders over this, to see that whatever amendment that is needed to be made to our Broadcasting Code in this regard, is done urgently,” he said.

To encourage local production of films and music, the minister said that Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission had put forward a proposal to classify the creative industry and grant it a pioneer status.

He said that with the pioneer status, the creative industry would be entitled to certain incentives and tax holiday.

The minister said that there would also be waivers for shipment of imported music and films production equipment.

He stressed that the federal government was committed to making the creative industry viable, dynamic and sustainable.

Mohammed said that as one of the key areas for diversification of the economy, the creative industry would be private sector-driven, while government would create the enabling environment for its growth.

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