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AMAA -StarTimes Short Film Festival encourages and empowers local filmmakers

Edmond Tawale from Uganda emerged winner of the special prize for a documentary with the movie titled Ateker. Edmond got prize money of $1000.

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This year the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has partnered with StarTimes, the biggest pay-tv company in Nigeria, hosted the AMAA-StarTimes Short Film Festival (The Shorts).

The Event is organized to motivate young and promising filmmakers on the African continent by providing a bigger platform for talented young people to succeed.

The festival has shortlisted over 200 short films. Selected from over 500 entries across Africa, the short films were aired daily on the ST Nollywood Plus channel on StarTimes at 8 pm. The pay-tv company has also added the films on the StarTimes-ON mobile app to run throughout the festival period.

Recently in June, StarTimes, in partnership with The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), rewarded outstanding short filmmakers across Africa. Held in Lagos, the award ceremony had industry experts in attendance, including Femi Odugbemi, Tunde Kelani, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe of AMAA, Femi Adebayo, alongside StarTimes team led by CEO, Alex Jian, and content Director, Viki Liu. 

Edmond Tawale from Uganda emerged winner of the special prize for a documentary with the movie titled Ateker. Edmond got prize money of $1000.

The outstanding short film winners are Frank Abasiekong from Nigeria as 2nd runner-up for his short film titled Room 10; Frank Dzikonu from Ghana as 1st runner-up for his animation movie titled Sad Story of Kojo; while Enobong Nkanta from Nigeria emerged as the winner for his short film titled Mama’s Song.

The 2nd runner-up got $1000, the 1st runner-up got $2000 and a mobile phone; while the winner got $3000 and a laptop.

Speaking at the Award ceremony, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Founder of AMAA said, “I’m delighted with this initiative to reward our young filmmaker and happy with the synergy StarTimes is having with the movie industry. Filmmakers need to understand the process of filmmaking. We approached StarTimes for partnership and StarTimes is willing to help us nurture these resourceful people. We have to clear the stage for young and upcoming filmmakers. If we catch them young and structure them properly, it will help the growth of having better films being made along the way.”

Also speaking, the CEO of StarTimes, Alex Jian said, “We are here to award excellence, creativity, hard work, and originality. It’s our goal to provide a bigger platform for talented young people to succeed on their dream roads. StarTimes has been deeply engaged with Nollywood since last year, starting with the production of Ile Alayo Season 1, a great work directed by our friend and ambassador Femi Adebayo.

During the process, we noticed the great potential of the whole industry, and we are surprised by many young content creators. They are passionate, hardworking, and full of inspiration. As a Pay-TV platform rooted in Africa, StarTimes aims at providing the best content to its audience. And we are very willing to support content creators in all kinds of ways because when they grow, the industry grows; if they succeed, we succeed.”

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Kizz Daniel arrested in Tanzania for failing to Perform at a Concert he was well Paid for.

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The popular Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel has been arrested in Tanzania for not showing up to perform at a concert he was paid to perform.
The singer neglected his job because he wasn’t wearing a particular gold chain of his that was not in his bag at the moment he was dressed and was supposed to go out and perform.

Kizz Daniel

According to the Owner/Organizer of the concert, he was begged to come perform and other gold chains were provided for him, but he stubbornly refused and that left the show in shambles as thousands of dollars was spent by the organisers and his fans who bought tickets for the show.

We are yet to hear from the Singer, but we’ll keep the updates coming as they come.

Kizz Daniel and his Bouncer

Here’s a video of his arrest and also of the organizer having a chat with Daddy Freeze about the matter.

Kizz Daniel being ushered to the police van
The Concert Organizer disclosing the ordeal to Daddy Freeze
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Photos from Mercy Chinwo’s Court Wedding

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The Nigerian gospel singer who has been carrying her fans along her journey to Marital Bliss with her heart throb known as Pastor Blessed, who is a pastor in the water Brookes church Just tied the knot legally yesterday.

The singer recently dropped a post about her Court wedding and as seen, She was full of smiles all through the process and that has made her fans gush so hard over her overwhelming happiness. Mercy Chinwo is indeed blessed. And even as we wait for them to tie the knot in church, We pray for blessings upon their union.

Here are some pictures from the marriage.

Mercy Chinwo and her husband Pastor Blessed
Mercy Chinwo and her husband
Mercy and Pastor Blessed signing
Mercy and her husband praying
Mercy and her husband very excited
Mercy embracing a guest
Mercy and her husband signing
Mercy and her husband
The beautiful Mercy
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9mobile Unveils 9TV to Delight its Subscribers 

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As part of efforts to provide Nigerians with quality and stress-relieving entertainment, the customer-friendly telecommunications company, 9mobile, has launched its innovative online entertainment platform, 9TV. 

9TV is a one-stop entertainment hub where 9mobile subscribers on pre-paid and hybrid subscriptions can watch their favourite movies, TV shows, children’s entertainment, and live events on the go.

Accessible on Android, and web platforms, 9TV offers free to air local and international channels, video-on-demand, reality shows, and live events streaming, all at affordable rates and on a variety of smart devices.

Unveiling the app on Wednesday, July 20, at its headquarters in Lagos, 9mobile explained that 9TV is a unique platform to give its subscribers refreshing content on various smart devices and help them keep abreast of happenings on smartphones and tablets. 

“We are happy to be introducing this new entertainment platform for the delight of our subscribers. 9TV will offer unlimited relaxation with quality entertainment content at prices that they can afford,” the Director of Product Innovation and Business Development, 9mobile, Kenechukwu Okonkwo, said.

On the various 9TV offerings, Okonkwo said movies would be available in categories including new releases, most-watched, blockbusters, children, and other genres. 9TV, he further explained, would be subscription-based, with subscribers getting exceptional value for their money.

Subscriptions for 9TV range from N50 to N2,500 depending on subscriber’s choice.

Commenting on some of the other unique features of 9TV, Okonkwo said that apart from having all the major features and services a media and entertainment app should have, it allows users to watch whatever they want/like at their convenience.  

“9TV’s ‘Timeshift’ feature on Live TV allows users to watch their favourite programmes with pause, rewind, and forward functionalities. Also, the ‘Catch-Up’ feature will enable users to watch programmes after they have been broadcast, or users who have missed a live broadcast will be able to view it on demand. 

“9TV allows users to watch & also download their favourite movies, which they will be able to watch later under ‘my downloads’ feature on the app. The downloaded movies will be available to users to view whenever they want, even with ‘No Network Coverage’ or when the device is on ‘Airplane Mode’.

Another unique offering on 9TV is Liv.9ja. This on-demand live entertainment streaming section allows users to watch live concerts, interviews, parties, and similar events.

Since entering the Nigerian market, 9mobile has consistently affirmed its commitment to customers with quality and affordable products and service offerings. The telco continues to transform lives with its consistent innovation, rolling out solutions that enable Nigerians to realize their full potential. 

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