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PAOFF Maiden Award Ceremony Holds

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Pan African Online Film Festival (PAOFF), an initiative of Africa’s leading digital TV operator, StarTimes held its maiden award ceremony to honor all local professional African film and music video producers on its StarTimes ON platform.

The glamorous award which took place on Friday, 6th September, 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel, in Lagos. featured three award categories: music video category, Short film category and the favorite film category for all local professional film and music video producers.

Speaking at the ceremony, The Brands and Marketing Director StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede noted that ‘’PAOFF could be seen as a beginning for a brand-new road of the cultural development. And with a joint effort, there shall always emerge more local films and music that conveys the mystery and attraction of African culture to the whole world.

‘’At StarTimes, we have the believe that our audiences’ have access to our local films via StarTimes ON, which is now popular among 15 million users across Africa and enjoyed by them at any given time. The device is user friendly, favorable and very affordable, like a piece of ‘Puff Puff’.

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StarTimes ON platform is dedicated to providing ultimate entertainment and enriched experience for African online users. It provides live TV, VOD and short videos covering news, sports, movies, series, music, entertainment, documentary, kids and religion”. He concluded.

Top winners who bagged more than one award in each category were: Fun world, Emma Blaq, Emmanuel Akameh, Iyke Lawrence and Kunle Aluko.

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StarTimes is the leading digital TV operator in Africa, serving nearly 22 million users with a signal covering the whole continent and a massive distribution network of 200 brand halls, 10,000 convenience stores and 15,000 distributors in 30 countries. StarTimes owns a featured content platform, with 480 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, etc. The company’s vision is “To ensure that every African family can access, afford, watch and share the beauty of digital TV”. StarTimes achieves this by combining satellite and terrestrial DTV systems as well as OTT services to provide an open and secure digital wireless platform. The company provides a robust signal transmission service for public and private broadcasters, offers consumers outstanding Pay-TV programs, online video service, terminals, door-to-door service and flexible payment. In particular, The “StarTimes ON” App provides data-saving live TV and VOD service in high definition. Find out more about StarTimes ON at startimestv.com

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Nollywood Actress, Reveals Industry Biggest Secret With ‘Dry Tears’

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Actress, Anita Keyss, has revealed Nollywood biggest secret in her movie titled ‘Dry Tears’.
Set for release, ‘Dry Tears’ which is the third major production from Anita, having earlier produced ‘Beauty of the Mind’ and ‘Silver Spoon’ is indeed highly anticipated.
Speaking on the nudity in the industry, one of the issues addressed in her movie, the thespian said:
“It’s crazy, you don’t have to expose your body for you to be popular. It doesn’t make sense to me, If you believe in yourself you know you have the talent, you don’t have to expose your body just to get fame. Look at the likes of Omotola, the likes of Genevieve, they didn’t open their selves to get fame, they worked hard and its paying off, so I don’t think you need to expose your body when you just feel, “oh mehn I am not relevant anymore”, the next thing you do is just to stay nude on Instagram just to be popular, its crazy for me, that what’s they call depression. We call that attention seeking, that means you don’t believe in your talent, you believe in your nakedness to make it out there, to give you that fame.”
Anita also revealed that she dose not think that any celebrity should live their live for any fan. According to her, celebrities should do what they are comfortable with.
“I don’t think celebrities should live for their fans, its all about you doing what you feel you are comfortable with, it’s just about believing in yourself and you doing what you are comfortable with, in this world you can’t please people, so it’s about you pleasing yourself and doing what you feel yes this is good, I am comfortable with this am doing.  That is just it. Don’t live your life for anybody, live it for yourself.”

 

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UBA Supports Creative Industry with REDTV’s New Series Assistant Madams

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l-r: Executive Director, Urban Vision Akins Akinkugbe; Actress, Tana Adelana; Chief Executive Officer, Ebony Life, Mo Abudu; Actress, Osas Ighodaro; Executive Producer/CEO, Urban Vision, Tola Odunsi, during the Premiere of REDTV Series, Assistant Madams in Lagos yesterday

REDTV, the foremost lifestyle platform powered by the United Bank for Africa, has just launched its new and very much anticipated series, Assistant Madams. Creators of the hit series, The Men’s Club, REDTV has been engaging and providing opportunities for talented youths in the creative industry in Africa, since its inception.

The crème de la crème of the entertainment industry gathered at the prestigious and newly opened, Ebony Life Place in the bustling city of Lagos, to watch the premiere of Assistant madams. The story revolves around the life of three aspiring female Lagos socialites and their journey to ‘big girl’ status.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Producer of REDTV, Bola Atta said  “REDTV was birthed by the United Bank for Africa, to support the creative industry in Nigeria and also across the African continent. For about four years now, we have been creating employment through entertainment. The potential revenue that can be generated in this industry is often under estimated and it is only in recent times that more people have had the courage to leave traditional professions and embrace the creatives. We want to encourage talented and creative professionals to pursue their dreams and to confidently feel that they are contributing to economic growth’.

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‘The vision of UBA is to support entrepreneurship across Africa and through REDTV, the bank is connecting African talent to the world. REDTV will continue to harness these talents and to provide opportunities for those who wish to pursue careers in the creative industry’ Atta said.

Also speaking at the launch of Assistant madams, Co-producer and director, Tola Odunsi and Akins Akinkugbe expressed their delight at the reception which the new series is receiving. ’’We are pleased to partner with UBA and REDTV to create top quality content and jobs. Assistant madams alone employed over 120 people during the filming of the series and this is significant’.

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In attendance at the event, were Chris Ubosi, Mo Abudu, veteran photographer Kelechi Amadi Obi, Sola Sobowole, Patrick Doyle, Noble Igwe, Juliet Ibrahim, Toke Makinwa, Uru Eke, Obi Asika, Koye Sowemimo, Debola Williams, Sharon Ooja, Bollylomo,  Funke Babs Kufreji, Obi Asika, Bisola Aiyeola, Osas Ighodaro, Tana Adelana, Sophie Alakija, Taymesan Emmanuel, Ayo Ayoola, Efa Iwara, and many noteworthy entertainers.

Assistant Madams will premiere on Youtube @itsredtv on January 15, 2020.

REDTV is a fast paced lifestyle channel that puts Africa on the global stage. Proudly powered by the United Bank for Africa, the network is an entertainment platform with rich content that feature the very best of Africa.

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Banky W Explains Why ‘Sugar Rush’ Was Suspended From Cinemas

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Banky W has explained why highly anticipated movie Sugar Rush has been frozen from the cinemas.

According to reports, the movie was suspended from the cinemas for reducing the essence of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Penning a heartfelt note to movie lovers and fans of the movie, ‘Sugar Rush’ , Banky W said: “If you saw @sugarrushmovie and loved it, or if you planned to, please read our statements. We are very hopeful and optimistic that the film will be back on screens in a few days, so please don’t give up on us, and please stay optimistic with us.

“Your love and support means the world to us. Thank you to @nfvcb for helping us rectify any issues. Pls stay tuned, by God’s grace you will see our film again VERY SOON. Pls stay positive people!! Love you all’.

See his full statement below:

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