Why We Are Hosting Big Brother Naija In South Africa – MultiChoice

It is tagged “Strictly Naija”, but the highly anticipated Big Brother Naija reality TV show kicking off on Sunday, January 22 is taking place in far away South Africa.

Twelve Nigerian housemates will be ushered into the Big Brother House by host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, on that day with one emerging winner of N25million and a brand new car after 11 weeks.

Ebuka was a contestant in the first incarnation of the show, named Big Brother Nigeria, held in Nigeria in 2006.

Speaking on the choice of venue of Big Brother Naija, Mimi Ucheagwu of XLR8, a communications management consultancy firm representing MultiChoice, told Qed.ng that the show is going to South Africa for the same reasons The Voice Naija was hosted in that country.

According to her, “the structure used for The Voice Naija is on ground. It will be a waste to host the show somewhere else when the facility is still available in South Africa.”

Hosted by IK Osakioduwa and Stephanie Coker, The Voice Nigeria was broadcast from April 10 to July 31, 2016 with 2face Idibia, Waje, Patoranking and Timi Dakolo as judges.

Addressing journalists at a conference in Lagos, M-Net Regional Director, West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said The Voice Nigeria was taken to South Africa for “business reasons”.

Her words: “The decision to shoot it in South Africa was based on business reasons which every business has to take.

“It was about commitment. It was about the best quality show in the most efficient manner to ensure that our sponsors and the coaches are happy.”

The business reasons, insiders say, include the cost of building a standard studio and engaging quality crew in Nigeria.

There is also the twin problems of poor power supply and insecurity.

Referencing The Voice Nigeria, Mrs Ucheagwu, however, said Big Brother Naija is 100 percent Nigerian content.

“It is a Nigerian show from the housemates to host,” she pointed out.

Comedian, AY Announces New Movie ’10 Days In Sun City’

Award-winning Nigerian actor and stand-up comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as AY, is set to release a new movie “10 Days in Sun City”.

AY who dropped the hint on his Instagram handled and shared a photo from his production wrote: “Production meeting is in progress for my new movie ‘10 Days in Sun City.”

He is yet to reveal more details about his upcoming movie.

The actor is still basking in the success and popularity of his movie, “30 Days in Atlanta,” with the highest domestic gross of N137m.

The comedy movie was also recognised by the 2017 Guinness World Records, as one of the films with the highest domestic gross in the territories of Bollywood and Hollywood, listed alongside “PK” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,”.

It was the first time that the Nigerian movie industry received such recognition by the ‘Guinness World Records’ since inception in 1955.

Thereafter, AY’s second movie titled: “A Trip to Jamaica” was premiered in Sept 2016, and grossed N168m at the box office within three months of its premiering at cinemas.

It surpassed the N137 million record set by Guinness World Record holder, “30 Days in Atlanta”, to become the highest grossing movie of 2016 in Nigeria.


Ambode Meets Top Artistes, Says Entertainment Will Boost Lagos GDP

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday revealed plans of his administration to leverage on the vast economic opportunities in entertainment, tourism and arts sectors, among others to grow the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the State and promote talents in the State to compete globally.

Speaking at Lagos House, Ikeja when he received artistes who performed at the One Lagos Fiesta (OLF), who were on a thank-you-visit, Governor Ambode said the creative industry remained a veritable platform to grow the economy, and that government would tap into it and use it to positively engage the bulging youths in the State.

The OLF, which is an annual end of the year revue put together by the State Government, held simultaneously in five different locations across the State from December 24, 2016 to January 1, 2017, and it was adjudged to be very successful with participation of a-list artistes from different genres of music.

The Governor, who thanked the artistes for their partnership with the State Government, said the OLF was a platform put together by his administration to majorly create awareness about the potentials inherent in the entertainment industry, especially in using it to grow the economy and positively develop talents that abound in the country.

He said according to statistics, the State recorded the lowest crime rate during the period of the OLF, saying that the artists contributed significantly in keeping the city secured and scale up the international rating of the State as a safe place.

He recalled the Project T.H.E.S.E (Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment, Sports for Excellence) which was part of campaign promises to Lagosians, saying that his administration remained committed to using the initiative as well as the OLF to grow the economy of the State.

He said: “We have a bulging youth population dynamics in Lagos. 66 per cent of our population are below the age of 35 and if two third are of below 35, it means there is an economy in that age bracket that government is not seeing. The OLF was used to test run how to bring people together.

“The issue now is beyond OLF, how do we now take that opportunity to become a catalyst for this partnership? On my part, I want to reiterate my commitment. This is an area I love which is underutilized for the societal development of the country.

“Government is now willing to use your industry to grow its GDP because so far entertainers are working, we would have more visitors coming to Lagos; they will stay in our hotels; they will buy clothes; they will go out in the night and buy our drinks and the ultimate thing is that more taxes come in for the state.

“So, there is a concentric cycle around the energy of entertainers and so what I want is a structured framework. What is it that we should do as government to grow the industry? Why should we go and be doing video shoot in South Africa for instance? I want a win-win partnership not just to use artistes and dump them till another December. I want a year-round partnership that is built around a framework,” he said.

Going forward, Governor Ambode tasked artistes to come up with a structured framework to grow the economy, while government will provide infrastructures and initiatives to help the sector.

“The challenge for our artistes now is to come up with a framework of how government can intervene. We are willing to support and we are willing to draw up a programme to support you but how do you want to fuse into that to make Lagos the entertainment hub in Africa? That is the challenge but I want to thank you for honoring us,” the Governor said.

Many of the big names in the entertainment industry including Queen Salawa Abeni, Adewale Ayuba, Tiwa Savage, Adekunle Gold, Sir Shina Peters, Sound Sultan among others, lauded Governor Ambode for the OLF initiative and his commitment to grow the industry.

Other notable names who were part of the delegation included Folarin Falana (Falz), M.I Abaga, Patoranking, Obesere, Tony Tetuila, Dr Sid, Idris Abdulkareem, Aramide, CDQ, Sulaimon ‘Atawewe’ Adio, Reekado Banks, Humblesmith, Dammy Krane among others.

Tiwa Savage To Perform At Grammy Event

Mavin first lady, Tiwa Savage, is set to perform at ESSENCE Black Women In Music, a Grammy award week event.

The 8th edition of ESSENCE Black Women In Music would celebrate the achievement of Grammy-winning singer, Erykah Badu, and also mark the 20th anniversary of her album, ‘Baduizm’.

“2017 is looking great already. Guess who is performing at the Official Grammy week Essence event,” Tiwa Savage wrote on her Instagram page.

ESSENCE president, Michelle Ebanks, said, “Our collaboration with The Recording Academy underscores the mission of our ‘Black Women in Music’ platform.

“Essence, like the Grammys, has always been at the forefront of recognising the genius of so many artists and influencers—from iconic legends to the next generation’s international rising stars, like Tiwa Savage.”

ESSENCE ‘s Black Women in Music, which was established in 2010, celebrates the achievements of black women in the industry.

Previous honorees include Jill Scott, Andra Day, Solange, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland and Janelle Monaé.

The event will take place Thursday, February 9 in Los Angeles, U.S.

Omawumi Releases New Single ‘Butterflies Under New Record Label [Watch Video]

Singer, Omawumi Megbele has released a new single titled ‘Butterflies’, produced by Ace producer, Cobhams Asuquo and the video for the single directed by Chris Hernandez.

The single is her first under a new record, the Cabal Entertainment, which she has just signed a record deal with

Cabal Entertainment is affiliated with Roc Nation, owned by Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, American hip-hop veteran.

“Starting the year at Cabal. Presenting our first and best @omawonder’s new video – Butterflies. Let’s go already,” Ubosi wrote on Instagram.

In a short video released to announce Omawumi’s signing, Ubosi described the soul singer as a “great performer” and one of the “most talented” in Nigeria.

He said: “Omawumi is one the most talented artistes we have here. She’s a great performer, works with bands and has a very strong stage presence.

“Omawumi is the only artiste signed to Cabal at this point in time.”

Also, Omawumi took time out to praise the producer of the song for a job well done.

“Thank you @cobhamsasuquo for such a beautiful song. I fell deeply in love with #butterflies when I heard the live strings for the first time,” she wrote on Instagram.

Don Jazzy To Set Up Music Industry ‘Structure’ In Mavin Records

Mavin Records, headed by Don Jazzy, is working towards building a structure by increasing its workforce from 55 to 120 in 2017.

The ace record producer made this known in his New Year’s message to Nigerians, Mavin business partners, fans and the media.

The structure, which is basically the presence and availability of all the components required for the production and sales of music; from the conception stage till it gets to the ears of consumers.

This year, Don Jazzy plans to employ a licensing specialist, touring and logistics specialist, talent management professionals, style and image experts, among others.

In part, Don Jazzy wrote: “A Mavin is someone who has exceptional talent and skill in their field. As part of our 2016 goals, we decided to increase our workforce to 50, which we surpassed by a slight margin as we have a workforce of 55.

“As you all know, the entertainment business is not complete without those who are skilled in the business, therefore we are seeking to expand our workforce to 120 in 2017 considering our forthcoming projects.

“We are reviewing portfolios for Business executives, Client servicing professionals, Style and Image experts, Digital Data and VAS Management executives, Government Liaison officers, CSR enthusiasts, Creative and Visual Production nerds, Talent and Catalog Management professionals, Content Developers, Retail, Sales and Fashion, Licensing specialist, Touring and Logistics specialist, Social Media Analyst and International Representatives in Accra, Nairobi , Abidjan, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Douala , New York , London and Paris.

“If you are Mavin and you have what it takes become part of a revolution in the music and entertainment industry, then send your CV with a detailed cover letter to info@mavinrecords.com for consideration.”

His message, obviously, comes across as a signal of intent that Mavin Records wants to build a solid structure.

If successfully executed, perhaps, in time, other labels would follow suit and before long, Nigeria will have a structured music industry.

Mavin Records is home to Tiwa Savage, Iyanya, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, Dr. Sid, D’Prince and DI’Ja.

Olamide Joins Artists Line Up For Alibaba’s #January1stConcert

Popular rapper Olamide has joined the long line up of A-list artists scheduled to perform at Alibaba’s ‘January 1st Concert’; holding on the 1st of January, 2017 at EKO Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The upcoming concert will mark the third edition of the ‘January 1st Concert’, which began in 2014 and has since become one of the biggest annual concerts in Lagos.

Alibaba has promised fans the upcoming edition will be significantly bigger than the previous as there are surfeit of surprises for attendees.

The comedy veteran also revealed the concert will not only involve comedy and music alone but dance as well.

Produced by Bunmi Davies, the concert will feature some of the biggest comedy names including Okey Bakassi, Akpororo, Omo Baba, AY, Senator, MC Abbey, Kenny Blaq, Funny Bone, Yaw, Short Family and several other highly sought—after comedians.

Fans will also witness music performances from other talented artists, including Harry Somg, Korede Bello, Reekado Banks, Omawumi, Yinka Davies, Cobhams, Simi, Waje and a host of others.

Like its previous edition, ‘January 1st Concert’ will also have in attendance; some of Africa’s most lauded personalities and celebrities.

The Wedding Party Breaks Nollywood Box-office Records

The Wedding Party, a romantic/comedy drama, has shattered multiple Nigerian box office records.

Directed by Kemi Adetiba, The Wedding Party has broken A Trip to Jamaica‘s record of grossing N35 million in its opening weekend.

Released in cinemas about twelve days ago, the movie has reportedly grossed over N120 million in total.

According to the producers, the movie centered around a typical Nigerian wedding, grossed N21.5 million on December 26 alone.

“After a record-breaking opening weekend at N36 million, The Wedding Party now holds the biggest opening week in the history of Nollywood at N66 million.

“The Wedding Party has set a new record across the nation. On the 26th December 2016, The Wedding Party gorssed N21.5 million in just one day.

“Revenues to date are now over N120m in total. This is unprecedented in the history of Nollywood. The Wedding Party’s official release date across all cinemas in Nigeria was 16th December, 2016,” the producers said in a statement.

A Trip to Jamaica, produced by Ayo Makun, was in November announced as the first film to make N35 million in its first weekend and also the first film to gross N62 million in its first week.

The movie was also the fastest film to rake in N100 million in 17 days as well as the fastest to make N150 million in six weeks.

The Wedding Party is now on course to break those records.

Cinema house, Film One, says “audiences nationwide” are in love with the movie which stars Banky W, Adesua Etomi, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Iretu Doyle, Sola Sobowale, among others.

“Nollywood doing great things. In a year of abundant downturns, the Nigerian movie industry has come out strong. The Wedding Party has proved to be the go-to movie this season. Audiences nationwide have fallen in love with the beautifully shot, casted, directed and produced movie,” said Film One.

The Wedding Party was jointly produced by EbonyLife TV, FilmOne, InkBlot Koga Studios.
Source: Thecablestyle

Olamide Drops New Album, ‘The Glory’

Rapper Olamide Adedeji has released a new album titled ‘The Glory’, making it the sixth since he debuted in 2011.

The album was released on Boxing Day to coincide with the third edition of his yearly concert, ‘Olamide Live In Concert (OLIC)’ which started three years ago.

The indigenous rapper will headline the concert which will also feature performances by over 30 Nigerian entertainers.

Funke Akindele, Jenifa star, and Ayo Makun, comic actor, will host OLIC 3.

The Glory contains songs like ‘Letter to Milli’, ‘Underground’, Symbol of Hope, ‘Sons of Anarchy’.

Burna Boy featured on 2 songs on the album which has a total of 16 tracks.

The album is available for download on Itunes, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, and MTN Music.

Ambode Flags ff One Lagos Fiesta

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday flagged off the One Lagos Fiesta (OLF), urging youths and entrepreneurs in the state to take full advantage of the N25billion Employment Trust Fund (ETF) initiative of his administration to grow their businesses and become self reliant.

Speaking at the Agege Stadium on day one of the annual end of the year revue put together by the state government, Ambode said the ETF was specifically designed to create greater opportunities for youths to be gainfully engaged and contribute meaningfully to the growth of Lagos.

The governor said over N6billion has already been earmarked to be disbursed annually through the ETF initiative, and that about N1billion of the fund will be pushed to the Agege division.

“I want to encourage all our youths because we are creating greater opportunities for all of you. I want you to take opportunity of applying for the Employment Trust Fund. We have monies already established to take care of your expertise.

“Those of you who are very creative; those of you who are artistic; those of you who are entrepreneurial in outlook; we have money that we will be ready to give to you to start your own business.

“We have earmarked over N6billion and we intend to push N1billion to this particular division. So, it is left for all of you to bring out your best. Whatever it is that you are doing, if you can’t get a white collar job, the ETF is there for you to help promote your business,” Ambode said.

While expressing the resolve of the government to use entertainment, arts and sports to promote tourism, the governor assured that his administration will continue to open up the tourism potential of the state with the view to getting the best from the youths.

To this end, the Governor said by 2017, government would construct an art theatre and a cinema in Igando and also build five new theatres in Ikorodu, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Badagry and Epe to give greater opportunities to the youths.

He, however, urged the people to remain peaceful and shun any criminal activity.

Explaining the rationale behind OLF, Ambode said it was a way of creatively engaging the youths to bring out the best in them, saying that the 2016 edition was arranged to be better, bigger and bolder than that of 2015, adding that a total of 40 shows would hold simultaneously for eight days in Badagry, Epe, Ikorodu, Agege and Victoria Island.

Earlier, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, commended Ambode for the initiative, especially for flagging the fiesta off in Agege, saying it was a thing of joy that people could have the best of fun in the area without having to travel to a far place.

He urged the people to maintain peace and say no to all forms of criminality.

Entertainers who performed on the opening day in Agege include Sir Shina Peters, Queen Salawa Abeni, Phyno, MI and Reminisce, with comedian, Omo Baba, anchoring.

Calabar Carnival ‘Power Week’ Kicks Off Today

The Carnival Calabar and Festivals which started at the beginning of the month has been building up gradually, with the biggest shows set to take place this week. Playing host to hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world, the Carnival will this week showcase some of the best costumes, artistes, dancers, acrobats, magicians and other entertainers from within and outside Nigeria.

Commencing tomorrow in what has been tagged the “Power Week” by organisers, there will be a Youth Carnival starting 10 in the morning, a Children’s Party hosted by the wife of the governor at noon and the Night of Kings andQueens which also doubles as the South Korean Culture day at the UJ Usuene Stadium from 7pm.

The Youth Carnival, which is a new concept, is meant to bring an academic bent to the carnival and encourage research, especially in interpreting the theme of the Carnival which is Climate Change.

On the 27th, there would be a Cultural Carnival for 8am, a Bikers Carnival at noon and a Street Party from 6pm.

Last year’s Biker’s Carnival played host to over 1,000 power bikers drawn from Nigeria, China, Canada, Australia, Germany, the US, Philippines, Togo, Ghana and Benin Republic. In a 12-kilometre ride, the bikers performed different types of stunts to the admiration of the ecstatic crowd that lined up along the carnival route to catch a glimpse of the extreme riders.Among the famous faces this year would be former Cross River Governor Donald Duke and Senator Dino Melaye.
A Governor’s Pre-Carnival Ball will be held at 9pm where attendees will be able to interface with the governor, sponsors and other dignitaries in a relaxed atmosphere.

The highlight of the carnival will as usual be the street parade on December 28, where five bands will compete and eight non-competing bands will strut their stuff. The parade is billed to start 10 am and expected to last well into the night and possibly the wee hours of the morning.

This year, there’s a new twist to the street parade. In the past, there was a particular take-off point where all bands congregated and proceeded one after the other. However, this meant the audience at the latter parts of the 12-kilometre carnival route had to wait until late in the evening to see the bands pass through.

This time, there would be five different take-off points for the five bands. The idea behind it is to get Calabar agog at the same time. There is also an increase in performance points in addition to the traditional adjudication points.

December 29 will be the day for the International Carnival which will kick-off 7pm. There will be representatives from about 20 countries participating.The next day, December 30, will be the Green Carnival, the Green Ball and Sponsors/Stakeholders Dinner as well as the unveiling of the 2017 Carnival theme. At Tinapa there will be the Dark Knight motor drift rally and stunt display, while the Calabar Rocks music concert with some of Nigeria’s leading entertainers will take place at the stadium.The climax of the Carnival party will be December 31, with a fireworks display ushering-in the New Year.

Snoop Dogg Reacts To Ooni Of Ife’s Otisese Carnival

Popular American rapper, Snoop  Doggy Dogg has commented on a video from the recently concluded Otisese Carnival which held at Ile-Ife, Osun State early December.

The 45-year-old rapper took to his Instagram page and posted the video with the caption “Mood” accompanying it.

A few stuntmen from Ile-Ife can be seen in the video performing some daring motorcycle stunts while surrounded by several cameramen and an enthralled crowd of young men and women.

One of the stuntmen in another perilous stunt, stood on his bike whilst on motion; sending the crowd into an instant frenzy as they bellowed with glee.

The post has since garnered over 900,000  views on Snoop Dogg’s page with over 3000 comments. Fans of the rapper can be seen commending the stuntmen in the comments section – one fan wrote: “Nigerians always got something for the people’’!, another wrote; “He doesn’t even need biking boots!”

The stunts were performed during the carnival parade in which thousands of attendees participated in.

Put together by Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi in collaboration with Achievas Entertainment and Mainstreet Promotions; the carnival was held to celebrate the Ooni’s meritorious reign since his ascendant to the throne.

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