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7th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards Nominates Six Films In New Multichoice Talent Factory Award Category

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The 7th edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) in association with MultiChoice has nominated six films in the newly launched category, the MultiChoice Talent Factory Award. The category aims to reward excellence in storytelling and provide a platform for alumni of MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academies, MultiChoice Africa’s shared-value initiative, with academies in West, East and Southern Africa.

The films nominated are Life of Bim  (West Africa), DreamChaser (West Africa), Ensulo (East Africa), Promises (East Africa), Savannah Skies (Southern Africa) and The Painting (Southern Africa), which were produced by students of MTF’s class of 2019 and culminated the 12-month immersion programme, aimed at developing the next generation of African film and TV creatives.

In a live broadcast across Africa Magic channels on 6 February, Nollywood’s Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman announced nominees in all 28 categories of the AMVCAs. Seven of  the AMVCA’s 28 categories will be open to public voting and 21 categories, including the MultiChoice Talent Factory Award, will be decided by the AMVCA panel of judges, headed by award-winning filmmaker and MTF Academy Director for West Africa, Femi Odugbemi, who is making his return as Head Judge of the awards for the fourth time.

“I am excited about the new MTF category in the AMVCA because it showcases the AMVCA’s commitment to the importance of professional training as a critical factor towards enabling richer storytelling.” – Femi Odugbemi

Since inception in 2013, the AMVCAs celebrates contributions of African filmmakers, actors and industry specialists in the continued growth of the continent’s film and television industry and lives up to one of the MultiChoice Group’s mandates of being the most-loved African storyteller. Through launching the MultiChoice Talent Factory Award, the AMVCAs becomes a platform for MTF alumni across West, East and Southern Africa to build strong creative reputations and provide a springboard for their careers.

“This new category carries the hopes of many aspiring filmmakers and as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we are honoured to have played a role in unearthing this talent. We hope platforms such as the MultiChoice Talent Factory and AMVCAs will catapult them to greater heights,” says Reatile Tekateka, MultiChoice Africa Executive Head for Corporate Affairs.

The two West African MTF films nominated are Life of Bim, a film about an aspiring footballer whose dreams of becoming a professional athlete are threatened by family pressure, and Dreamchaser, which follows a young woman as she navigates the challenges of the music industry.

East Africa MTF nominations include Ensulo, a film about Princess Zuri, whose life dramatically changes after the death of her father, King Mfalme, and Promises, about a boda-boda driver who struggles to raise his children after the death of his wife during childbirth. Lastly, Southern Africa MTF films are Savannah Skies, a story about a young woman forced into marriage, and The Painting, a film about a struggling artist who finds a painting in her home, which brings a surprising twist to her career and life.

The 7th edition of AMVCAs brought to viewers across the continent by Africa Magic and is proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta will take place on Saturday, 14 March, in Lagos, Nigeria. Voting for the awards is now open and closes at 10pm GMT on Saturday, 7 March 2020. For more information about the 7th AMVCAs, please visit www.africamagic.tv.

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Guinness Unfolds An Incredible Story Of Black Shines Brightest With Incredible Zigi

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Guinness has, in a bid to tell compelling stories of pan African creatives, partnered with Afro and hip-hop Ghanaian dancer Incredible Zigi, for a campaign themed ‘Black Shines Brightest’.

‘Black Shines Brightest’ is a new Pan African campaign celebrating the iconic black liquid enjoyed all over the continent for over a century. This exciting new campaign is inspired by the bold and unique black beer of Guinness stout and brings together passionate and creative individuals to celebrate the spirit of Guinness and its home across African markets.

Incredible Zigi has been in the spotlight and worked with top-notch African musicians and record labels such as Mavin Records, P Square, Davido, Patoranking, Stonebowy, Shatta Wale, and a plethora of others.

Michael Amofa, popularly known as Incredible Zigi hails from the Eastern Region of Ghana and was born on the 17th of October. Incredible Zigi is one of the main pillars that have highly influenced the youth positively through dance.

Zigi has achieved quite a lot in his career as a dancer; He is the first Ghanaian Dance Artist to ever get featured on several articles including the famous Global Grind twice, booked in other countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Russia and UK respectively.

In telling the Black story, Zigi is partnering with Guinness to work with real culture makers from across the continent who demonstrate how Black Shines Brightest in a range of different ways. These individuals will create moments, events and content to be enjoyed by everyone.

Look out for more details about how you can be a part of the new Black Shines Brightest campaign and find out about Bright House Bars that are popping up in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale. Also, look out for activities on Guinness Ghana social media channels – @GuinnessGhana.

Just like Incredible Zigi, Guinness is bursting with life. It is a flavourful and bold and dynamic beer, sparkling and brimming with energy and exuberance A beer that has brought a dash of magic to millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years with boldness and vision to live life to the full.

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Juliet Bawuah Wins African Woman In Sport Award

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The Group Head of Sports at Media General (TV3, 3FM, Onua FM, Onua TV, Connect FM, Akoma FM), Juliet Bawuah has won this year’s African Woman in Sport award at the GSport Awards.

Held in South Africa on Tuesday August 31, Juliet beat off competition from South African footballer Ode Fulutudilu and Violet Jubane, a Zimbabwean football administrator.

“Honoured to have won the Imperial African Woman in Sport award at last night’s GSport Awards in South Africa. This is a win for all African women in sport putting in effort to achieve their set goals. Big thanks to the jury and fans who voted @gsport4girls #gsport16 #SheOwnsHerSuccess,” she posted on Twitter.

The GSport Awards was founded in 2006 by South African Cricket Presenter Kass Naidoo to celebrate and promote African women in sport.

This year marked the award’s 16th edition.

The GSport recognition adds to a tall list of awards and nominations Juliet continues to receive. It is coming on the back of her recent nomination in the 2021 EMY Awards Young Achiever of the Year category.

Her other professional recognitions include: Video Short Feature Shortlist and Video Athlete Profile Shortlist, 2020 International Sport Press Association (AIPS) Awards. Previously, in the same scheme in 2019, she was Top Ranked Entrant (Number 1 work in Africa, 7th in the World – Video Short Feature category); Finalist, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2020, Ghana), Winner, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2019, Ghana), Winner, Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA), Sports Journalist (2019) and Finalist, Sports Media Pearl Awards, Dubai, UAE, 2015).

Prior to TV3, Juliet worked at CITI FM, ETV, Metro TV, Goal, CafOnline, Euronews’ sister station, Africanews. She is also a Contributor for Premier League TV, LA Liga TV, BBC, Aljazeera, and the Turkish broadcaster TRT.

Juliet is Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) trained and an alumna of the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Her other professional affiliations cover Ballon d’Or (Women’s Category) – Member, Voting Jury, CAF African Footballer of the Year – Member, Voting Jury, FourFourTwo Awards – Member, Voting Jury, CAF Media Expert – Member, Panel, International Sports Journalists Association (AIPS) – Member, Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) – Member and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) – Member.

Juliet is Founder of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit, CEO of Sportted Ghana Limited, a boutique sports agency and also the immediate past Brand & Strategy Relations Manager at Ghana Premier League side Berekum Chelsea.

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BBNaija: Biggie Serves The Ultimate Twist As Jackie B And Jay Paul Emerge Heads Of House

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For this week’s Head of House (HoH) challenge, the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates were all gingered to bring their A-game after the triple eviction last Sunday night. In a shocking twist, Big Brother told the housemates that tonight’s HoH challenge and nomination process would be rolled into one.

The male and female to finish the fastest would become the ‘Heads’ of House and will share the lounge as well as receive joint immunity. At the end of the challenge, the other 15 housemates will be put up for possible eviction.

The first challenge required the housemates to drink whatever number they roll on the dice. The second challenge required the housemates to eat eggs soaked in a milky concoction before moving on to the next challenge. For challenge number three, the housemates had to enter the slimy pool and pick two keys, which they dropped in a bucket held by a skeleton. The fourth challenge required them to crawl slowly across a slippery path from one end to another. And for the fifth and final challenge, the housemates used a straw to transfer a reddish concoction into beakers.

Saga had the honour of starting the game, but luck wasn’t on his side as he didn’t find any of the keys. Nini took on the challenge, tried very hard not to puke and ended up without a key. WhiteMoney gave it his best but didn’t find a key as well. At the end of the grueling challenge, Jackie B and Jay Paul emerged winners of the double HoH whilst the rest of the housemates were automatically put up for possible eviction on Sunday, 5 September.

The voting lines opened on Monday at 8pm and will close on Thursday, 2nd September at 9pm.

Voting will be on the Africa Magic website and via the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps. Abeg is the headline sponsor of Big Brother Naija season 6, and the associate sponsor is Patricia.

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