…………Holds Nov. 14 – 15, Call for Exhibitors Now Open
Foremost financial institution Guaranty Trust Bank plc has confirmed that the 5th edition of Africa’s premier fashion event, the GTBank Fashion Weekend, will hold on Saturday, November 14, and Sunday, November 15, 2020. The two-day event will feature fashion-leaders and industry experts from around the world, whilst providing hundreds of indigenous small fashion businesses with the opportunity to expand their online presence, reach new markets, and position their businesses for sustainable growth.
Themed “The Future of Fashion Retail,” the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend event will feature a hybrid of online and physical experiences, including Online Master Classes, an Immersive Online Shopping Experience with Free Delivery Nationwide, and a Runway Show.
In line with its vision of Promoting Enterprise, the Bank will provide an e-commerce platform that will allow hundreds of small businesses to connect with thousands of online consumers, whilst providing fashion lovers with an immersive online shopping experience. The Bank will provide custom-built online retail stalls for free and, at the same time, fully sponsor all promotional activities to drive visibility and sales for all the fashion brands that will be a part of the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend.
In addition to its innovative fashion retail experiences, the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend will feature a series of online masterclasses facilitated by renowned fashion industry experts.
A “must-attend” for entrepreneurs and fashion enthusiasts, the masterclasses have been designed to deliver the same quality in content and engagement as previous years, through interactive webinars that will focus on exploring new and exciting ways to build and sustain fashion brands in these times and the future.
The Runway Show will also keep its place at the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend. Designed with current realities in mind, the Runway Show will feature a carefully curated ensemble of bold and enthralling fashion statements by Africa’s Finest Fashion Brands, delivered in a socially distanced environment.
Commenting on the 2020 GTBank Fashion Weekend, the Managing Director and Chief Executive of GTBank, Segun Agbaje, said; “Fashion is more than just art or endeavor, it is a way of life, and as we make adjustments to how we live in these new realities, we are also reimagining how we create value for small businesses, the local fashion industry and our customers through the GTBank Fashion Weekend. This year, key parts of our fashion experience will go online, but the focus remains the same; to drive the growth of our fashion industry by promoting enterprise for small businesses in the sector.”
He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to lend the full weight of our franchise to safeguarding lives and livelihoods not only by leading the fight to curtail the Covid-19 outbreak, but also creating and championing initiatives that help businesses and individuals thrive.”
It’s official, MTV will air the 2020 MTV EMAs on Sunday, November 8, 2020, across 180 countries. The show will celebrate the power of music and will feature performances from the hottest artists in 2020.
African viewers can catch the live broadcast on MTV (DStv Channel 130) & MTV Base (DStv channel 322) at 20:00 WAT (Pre-show TBC) & 21:00 WAT (Main-show) respectively.
The awards honour top artists from Europe and across the globe and will feature world-class performances by the biggest names in music. Be sure to look out for updates from MTV, which will announce additional details about the awards show spectacle soon.
Fans can stay up-to-date with all things EMAs by following the show on Instagram, Snapchat ,Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation using #MTVEMA. Bruce Gillmer and Richard Godfrey are Executive Producers for the 2020 MTV EMAs. Debbie Phillips and Chloe Mason are Producers.
Laycon, real name Olamilekan Agbelesebioba, has emerged winner of the fifth season of Big Brother Naija after polling 60 per cent of the votes in the final week. The 26-year-old was announced winner at the season’s grand finale on Sunday, the 27th of September.
The 26-year-old rapper beat 19 other housemates to clinch the prize after a fiercely competitive 70 days.
Dorathy, became the last woman standing in the competition and first runner up with 21.85 per cent of the votes. Nengi came in third place after polling 15.03 per cent of the votes, while Neo and Vee finished fourth and fifth with 1.94 and 1.18 per cent respectively.
Laycon joins Katung, Efe, Miracle and Mercy in the coveted list of BBNaija winners. Like the previous winners, he’ll no doubt leverage the opportunity the BBNaija platform has offered him to push his career.
The fifth edition of the BBNaija franchise will go down in history as the most successful iteration yet, having recorded an unprecedented number of auditions and broken social media engagement records. The success of this edition is particularly remarkable, given the prevailing global COVID-19 pandemic which led to innovative changes in the audition and production process.
The grand finale which aired live on DStv 198 and GOtv 29 featured live performances by Nigerian superstars Rema and Fireboy and dance group Imagneto.. A highlight of the night was a surprise performance by Mayorkun and Davido with renditions of hit songs ‘Betty Butter’ and ‘Fem’.
Betway is the headline sponsor of BBNaija Season 5, and Guinness is the gold sponsor.
After months of suspense, BET Africa (DStv channel 129) is thrilled to premiere the highly anticipated original daily drama ISONO.
BET Africa continues to do what it’s celebrated for as a black entertainment platform; amplifying and educating global audiences about the richness and nuances of black culture.
The BET Africa daily drama format, ISONO is a global first and tells a gripping tale about the secrets we hide and the many faces we wear. ISONO is set to premiere on Monday, 28 September on BET Africa (DStv channel 129) at 21:30 CAT.
Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa commented, 2020 has been a big year for BET Africa. “We kicked off the year with Black Tax, a locally co-produced comedy series, and a first for the channel. This was followed by BOITY: Own Your Throne, another first celebrity reality show for BET Africa.
“This is indicative of our co-production and industry collaboration strategy for continued investment in local content. And now in another global first for the channel, we are launching a gripping and sensational vernacular daily drama called ISONO. The co-production with Clive Morris Productions will really transform 21:30 viewing and we are excited for our viewers to enjoy this ground-breaking TV experience.”
Lala Tuku, Managing Director and Executive Producer at Clive Morris Productions added: “The ISONO cast and Clive Morris Productions is back on set this month following a production break. We are excited to continue production on the upcoming daily drama, and despite the challenges presented by the new normal we have definitely found our rhythm. We have an incredible team that is focused on delivering our highest standard of work to bring the continent a truly intriguing series.”
Africans are amongst the most passionate and dedicated viewers of daily dramas. BET Africa is proud to be able to contribute to this rich culture of authentic local storytelling. The daily drama will inspire, vividly entertain, intrigue, and also educate audiences with surprising twists and unexpected cliff hangers. Veteran actress, Nthati Moshesh, who forms part of the main cast alongside Rami Chuene, Bohang Moeko, Senzo Radebe, Didintle Khunou, Tokollo ‘TK’ Sebothoma, and Anga Makubalo, will be joined by legendary Charmaine Mtinta – the naïve Mother Mary loyalist, Mam Lillian, who helps Mary run the day-to-day business of the House of Grace church.
Natasha Thahane plays Millicent, a brazen social climber, and Mam Lillian’s daughter. Fezile Makhanya brings romance into Mary’s story and reminds us just how much an ambitious politician is willing to do on the way to the top. Khulu Skenjana will offer us a view into a different level of the criminal underworld as he plays Gazati, a drug syndicate overlord. Ayanda Nhlapo plays a budding business owner who is loved by many. The other regular location for ISONO is the church, run by Pastor Duma played by seasoned actor, Bongani Gumede, and SAFTA Award-winning actress Jo-Anne Reyneke who plays the Pastor’s wife.
Also joining the cast is the award-winning film and stage actor Hamilton Dhlamini, young and talented actors Kgosi Mongake, Tshepo Ledwaba, Mpho Sibeko, and Mpule Matlhola, seasoned stage and tv thespian Dumisani Mbebe and TV personality Lalla Hirayama.
The daily drama will be aired to audiences across the continent as a BET global first. Be sure to catch the premiere episode of this suspenseful new addition to screen on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129) on weekdays from Monday, 28 September at 21:30 CAT/ 20:30 WAT.
For more information on BET Africa’s new daily drama visit www.betafrica.tv, like and chat to us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BETinAfrica, or join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #ISONOBET #BETAFRICAORIGINAL
This Sunday, September 27, will mark an end to what has been a phenomenal season of Big Brother Naija ‘Lockdown’ and what better way to wrap it up than with some of the hottest names in the Nigerian entertainment industry.
The organizers of the show, MultiChoice Nigeria, have just announced that Rema and Fireboy will be performing at the finale of the fifth edition of BBNaija.
Rema is currently the toast of both local and international press. The 20-year-old has been getting major props from across the world with two of his songs even making it into President Barack Obama’s highly anticipated Summer Playlist. Fireboy has also been blazing the trail since his breakout single, ‘Jealous’ dropped in 2019.
The two stars will be joined by popular illusionist, Babs Cadini who will be performing some of his famous tricks on the finale stage, as well as dance group, Imagneto Dance Company.
Viewers can expect to be treated to these dazzling performances during the live show on DStv channel 198 and GOtv channel 29 where the winner of Big Brother Naija Lockdown edition will be unveiled.
Remember you can still help your favourite housemate win the grand prize by voting for him/her. Voting is still open across all platforms and closes at 10:00 pm tonight.
Betway is the Headline sponsor of BBNaija season 5 and the Gold sponsor is Guinness.
To keep up with all updates on the show, visit www.africamagic.tv/bigbrother. You can also follow the official Big Brother Naija social media pages for news and updates with the hashtag #BBNaija on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well as all verified social media pages of DStv Nigeria, GOtv Nigeria and Africa Magic.
Sign up on DStv today via www.dstvafrica.com or get GOtv Max or Jolli on www.gotvafrica.com You can also download or update the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps from the app store for more self-service options.
…Opening with Exclusive Wizkid Interview
Pan- African financial institution, United Bank for Africa, (UBA Plc), continues to lead in innovation with the launch of its dynamic and creative Online Radio channel – RED Radio.
RED Radio, powered by UBA is a lifestyle web platform that has been set up to inform, educate, entertain and to bring to the fore, the best of Africa. Much like its sister platform, REDTV, RED Radio is expected to showcase the best in lifestyle, entertainment, music, news, comedy, and fashion.
Speaking on the launch of RED Radio, Group Chairman of UBA, Tony O. Elumelu applauded the creative initiative, emphasizing that UBA is a financial institution always ready to support creativity and entrepreneurship. The 2020 Time 100 most influential person in the world who has committed USD100 million to empower young entrepreneurs across Africa said about RED Radio, “Creativity and innovation are a powerful combination and every detail in an art piece is important and meaningful. This applies to growing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. You will encounter challenges like I did, but each experience is a lesson that brings you closer to your goal. That is the beauty of creativity.”
Continuing, Elumelu remarked, “There are many ways to make something beautiful, to make a sound interesting, or to bring a story to life. You can define your expression, and today, as UBA’s RED Radio launches, I wish Bola Atta and her enterprising team many successes through this beautiful medium of expression.”
In appreciation of the support of UBA Group Chairman for the exciting creative initiative, UBA’s Group Head, Corporate Communications, Bola Atta, said ‘just like, REDTV which is Africa’s leading online entertainment network, RED Radio is positioned to fast become the foremost online radio platform in Africa.’
Also expressing his delight, UBA’s Brand Ambassador and star boy, Wizkid, said, “I am never too busy for my UBA family as he granted an exclusive interview on one of the station’s flagship shows ‘On the Street’ where he spoke extensively about his upcoming album and what his fans should expect from him in the coming weeks.
RED Radio promises to bring rich and engaging content that will keep its audience coming back constantly for vibrant and robust entertainment. Listeners can tune in to www.itsredio.com 24/7.
Onyeka Onwenu, an ace singer and actress, has finally opened up on her connubial relationship, revealing that she got married to a Yoruba Muslim in 1984.
The mother of two children, who had always kept her intimate life private, brought this revelation to light in ‘My Father’s Daughter’, her memoir, which will be released on October 1.
In the autobiography, the 68-year-old movie star revealed how they fell in love more than decades ago and how the union brought about the birth of her two sons — Tijani and Ibrahim.
“In this book, I am, perhaps for the very first time, setting the records straight with respect to my connubial relationship. Yes, I was married. I married a man I fell in love with in 1984,” she said.
“We have two children: Tijani and Ibrahim. (Ibrahim later changed the first letter of his name from I to A, and thus became Abraham.) My husband is Yoruba, and was a Muslim when we met.”
The autobiography also documents her life as a musician, activist, wife, mother, and politician as well as her formative contact with feminism.
The author shared how the war — between 1967 to 1970 — scalded her teenage life, the debilitating effects of successive realities, and how her family remained bound amid the frightening experience.
She also documents her years in America, the conflicts that were the products of being a migrant, her experience with workplace sexual harassment, and her decision to quit her job at the UN.
Speaking about the forthcoming book, Expand Press Limited, her publishers, described ‘My Father’s Daughter’ as a deeply personal account of Onwenu’s life spanning previously unknown details.
“On the marriage front, she explores challenges women face and how she refused to shrink herself to accommodate her husband’s insecurities about her fame,” it said.
“It’s a memoir young persons must read. Women especially will glean numerous lessons from her life experience since successful women in Nigeria rarely share their story in a candid manner.”
Onwenu’s memoir is available here for pre-order.
Here’s your ultimate guide to the best local shows this weekend on GOtv Max. Africa Magic and ROK GH will be serving some of the best series and movies that you can enjoy with your whole family, plus the LIVE Sunday finale show on Big Brother Naija season 5!
Caught Up airs on Friday, 25th September at 6pm on ROK GH (18). A couple’s dark secret must come to light as a mysterious woman wouldn’t rest until it’s revealed. Who is she and how does she know?
The Sociopath airs on Friday, 25th September at 7pm on AM Yoruba (channel 5). A geeky brilliant young lady thinks and believes she is in love with a widower to the extent things begin to get sour and dark.
Black Market airs on Saturday, 26th September at 7pm on AM Epic (channel 9). Four members in a community and church swear never to see anyone progress in their area.
The Message airs on Saturday, 26th September at 7pm on AM Yoruba (channel 5). Love, betrayal and regrets permeate the tale of two lovers who had to go their different ways. Fate will eventually bring them together.
Manure Umuasa airs on Saturday, 26th September at 8:20pm on AM Igbo (channel 11). A man is considered by all in the community as a ‘never do well’ until they discover that he has been badly trained by his mother.
The BBNaija Lockdown Finale is finally here!! Viewers get to witness which of the top 5 housemates; Dorothy, Nengi, Laycon, Neo and vee, will emerge as the winner of this Lockdown season. Will your favourite walk away with N85 Million worth of prizes? Tune in on channel 29 this Sunday, 27th September at 7pm to find out. Also, don’t forget to vote for your winner. Voting closes 10pm on Friday, 25th September. Active GOtv Max subscribers get a whopping 350 votes!
Dan Barau airs on Monday, 28th September at 4:40pm on AM Hausa (channel 4). This movie centers around a young man who harasses young ladies and causes problems for his struggling father. Now he is about to bite more that he can chew.
Halita S2 Finale airs on Monday, 28th September at 7:30pm on AM Family (channel 2). How does this epic battle of love and faith end? Tune in to find out.
Reconnect now on the GOtv Max package to have access to exclusive content on channels such as SuperSport SS La Liga, BET, M-Net Movie 4, Discovery ID, Cartoon Network and so much more for the price of N3,600! You can make use of the MyGOtv app from the comfort of your homes to upgrade or reconnect.
Follow GOtv on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find out more entertaining movies and TV series in September. Also, visit www.gotvafrica.com, or download MyGOtv app which is available to iOS and Android users to upgrade, reconnect or select the Auto-Renewal option to stay connected to quality entertainment without interruptions and for other self-service options and join in on the excitement.
Affordable digital TV operator, StarTimes has acquired rights to a vast array of combat sports, as part of its promises to add fresh and highly sought-after content.
Among the long list of premium combat sports on StarTimes are Bob Arum’s Top Rank boxing events, top boxing bouts held by WBO, WBA, and WBC and IBF as well as several mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions.
All these events are broadcast on the ST Sports Arena channel as well as on the other sports channels exclusive to StarTimes. ST Sports Arena channel is on Basic Bouquet at N1700 monthly and Smart Bouquet at N2200 monthly.
Recently, StarTimes acquired the exclusive broadcast rights for Bob Arum’s Top Rank boxing events. Top Rank stands as one of the world’s premiere boxing promotions. For nearly half a century, Top Rank has produced some of boxing most exciting bout and Top Rank’s current stable of champions represents the best the sport has to offer: Vasiliy Lomachenko, Terence Crawford, Oscar Valdez, Gilberto Ramirez, Jose Ramirez and Tyson Fury.
Cage Warriors is Europe’s leading and longest-running mixed martial arts promotion. It is the sport’s fastest-growing organization and has been home to some of the biggest stars of MMA’s past and present, including Conor McGregor.
One Championship is the leading Asian MMA event, quickly becoming a global powerhouse. Today, the very best fighting talents and prospects in Asia ply their trade in the fabled ONE cage, including 10 World Champions that represent the very pinnacle of the game. This includes global superstar athletes such as Angela Lee, Bibiano Fernandes, Eduard Folayang, Ben Askren, and Brandon Vera.
Fight Nights Global (FNG) is a Russian mixed martial arts organization that previously hosted K-1 and other martial arts events. It features the top-ranking fighters of the sport. The company’s shows featured Fedor Emelianenko, Batu Khasikov and many other eminent mixed martial artists.
Glory is the world’s premier kickboxing league. It signed most of the world’s top kickboxers such as Peter Aerts, Remy Bonjasky, Semmy Schilt, Gokhan Saki, Daniel Ghiţă, Albert Kraus, Giorgio Petrosyan, and Yoshihiro Sato.
Last but not least, the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) is an annual boxing tournament and brings the ‘best of the best’ fighters together to compete at venues around the world for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, named in honour of the “Greatest of all time”, Muhammad Ali.
Kristen Miao, StarTimes Sports Director, explains that “StarTimes is committed to bringing the widest and richest combat sports offering into Sub-Saharan Africa. Combat sports are among the most popular sports in Africa and we looking to give the best experience to our subscribers. To this end, we will continue to enlarge our portfolio with premium events such as Top Rank’s.”
Teni Apata, a Nigerian singer, has come under attack on Twitter after an old video wherein she referred to Erica as “Omo Igbo” resurfaced online.
At the beginning of this year’s Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) reality show, Erica and Laycon had dominated the headlines over the controversies trailing their friendship.
The drama had started when Laycon professed his love for Erica.
Erica had, however, turned down Laycon’s request, explaining that she was never attracted to him.
The development appeared to have taken a toll on the singer then, raising concerns among his fans.
Amid the drama back in August, the ‘Uyo Meyo’ crooner had released a video wherein she asked “Omo Igbo” — a term used to refer to people of Igbo extraction which Erica belongs — to leave Laycon alone.
In the clip, she also said that Laycon was under “spiritual love attack”.
“You Igbo people, leave Laycon alone. Erica has… They’ve laid a curse on Laycon. Laycon is under a spiritual love attack. He must be released. Every spirit of mumu, ode, oponu, be released,” she had said.
Erica would later be disqualified as the drama between the two reality stars assumed a dramatic twist.
Weeks after her disqualification, some Twitter users are now using the old video as reference to accuse the ‘Billionaire’ crooner of being tribalistic with her “dislike” for Erica.
A segment of users, however, rose to her defence, arguing that her remark was not derogatory.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say: