Minnie Dlamini to host the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

Minnie_Dlamini_013This is big news for Minnie Dlamini. The star will co-host this year’s Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice in Lagos, Nigeria next month. I’ve been at all three #AMVCAs and let me tell you, the show is a big deal and is fast becoming one of the most respected award shows on the continent. Dlamini, an actress in her own right and a revered presenter/ host, has taken over the reigns from StarGist presenter Vimbai Mutinhiri. Minnie will co-host along with the awesome and charming, IK Osakioduwa. Press release below:

Africa Magic and MultiChoice in association with Amstel Malta, have announced the two hosts for the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs). The multi-talented, fan-favourite IK Osakioduwa returns to host the awards for a fourth time and he will be joined by a new co-host, Minenhle ‘Minnie’ Dlamini.
Minnie might be new to a lot of Nigerians but she is referred to as the ‘Diamond girl’ in South Africa. Minnie was in Nigeria this past week shooting two covers and press pictures for the prestigious awards show
In April 2013, Minnie ventured into the world of sport, ultimately spearheading the current trend of merging sport, entertainment and lifestyle. In the eight months that followed, she has had the honour of co-hosting some of the biggest sporting and lifestyle events in South Africa – maintaining her girly side while showing off her sporty and funky style.
Speaking on the announcement, Minnie said: “I am very excited to be on the biggest platform for celebrating talent in Africa. The AMVCAs recognise and celebrate film and television talent across Africa, and as a proud African, I am truly delighted to play a role in this celebration.”
”Team Minnie is delighted with the fact that The Minnie Dlamini brand is expanding in the right direction at a very rapid rate. International expansion has been in the works for a while and we are very excited about up coming projects and the association with the AMVCAs” – Jarred Doyle, Publicist and Brand Strategist
On the 5th of March, 2016, Minnie will take the stage alongside IK to present the 4th edition of the AMVCAs to viewers across Africa and the rest of the world. The AMVCAs will be broadcast live on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv.
Nominees for the 2016 AMVCAs were announced on the 11th of December, 2015 and public voting closes on Friday the 26th of February, 2016. There are a total of 26 voting categories for the 2016 AMVCAs and viewers can vote up to a hundred times on multiple platforms including Wechat, mobile and web.
This is fantastic news. I’m really hoping to head back to Lagos this year. Let’s see what happens 😉

Your MAMA in review

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So the annual MTV Africa Music Awards took place in KwaZulu – Natal at the weekend and naturally the show attracted some of the biggest names in the game. Names like AKA, Sauti Sol, D’Banj, Bonang Matheba, Cassper Nyovest, Bucie and a whole heap more from the continent were there to be part of the celebrations, as were internationals like Ne-Yo, host Anthony Anderson and Jhene Aiko too.

So what was the show like? Here are a few of my 2015 MAMA moments to remember:

  • The kissing: Are Bonang and D’Banj dating? (I’ve coined them Bonanj). Well when D’Banj was announced as the winner in the category, the two shared a kissed that looked more coupley than it did friendly. They’ll keep us guessing I’m sure. The other kiss that had everyone talking was from the newly announced couple, Cassper and Boity. They’re clearly feeling each other. Shem, cute.
  • T Bo Touch… Oh Touch. Was he the talking point o the night or what? From ice creams to poor orphan, Twitter showed no backing down. Check this link to see what I mean. I cried I was laughing so much! Read this trending topic
  • Bucie is amazing… I love her, but can we actually take a minute to appreciate how banging her body is? The star looked amazing!
  • AKA showed his softer side, when he accepted his award and gave thanks to his queen, DJ Zinhle for what is arguably one of the best gifts a man can ever receive… a beautiful baby! All the bet to the happy couple and their bundle of joy!
  • Awkward presenter moments. From Khuli Chana pretending to understand French, to Boity waffling off and throwing shade, to a Top Actor star being too overenthusiastic, to boring government speeches, the pairings were um… questionable at times
  • Anthony Anderson was better than I thought. I still didn’t love him, but he was way better than last year’s host, Marlon Wayans.
  • Production at this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards was ON POINT. Besides some technical glitches with sound and a few out of sync lip-syncers, the show was great. MTV stays winning.

What were some of your favourite moments? Who stood out, performed well or stole the red carpet? Share your thoughts? Oh and here the winners in case you missed them:

Best Female: Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)
Best Group: P-Square (Nigeria)
Best New Act Transformed by Absolut: Patoranking (Nigeria)
Best Hip Hop:  Cassper Nyovest (South Africa)
Best Collaboration: AKA, Burna Boy, Da LES & JR: “All Eyes On Me” (SA/Nigeria)
Song of the Year: Mavins: “Dorobucci” (Nigeria)
Best Live: Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Video of the Year:  “Nafukwa” – Riky Rick; Director: Adriaan Louw
Best Pop & Alternative: Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
Best Francophone: DJ Arafat (Ivory Coast)
Best Lusophone: Ary (Angola)
Personality of the Year:  Trevor Noah (South Africa)
MAMA Evolution: D’Banj (Nigeria)
Best International: Nicki Minaj
Artist of the Decade: P-Square
MTV Base Leadership Award: Saran Kaba Jones & S’Bu Mavundla

 

Gallery: #PovertyIsSexist video shoot with Waje, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde and others

The ONE Campaign this week brought together some of the biggest female stars from the African continent for the #PovertyIsSexist drive. The campaign is calling for world leaders to put women’s empowerment at the front and centre of the new development goals this year and beyond.

Stars like Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Waje, Judith Sephuma, Arielle T, Gabriela and Selomor Mtukudzi, together with Nollywood superstar actress Omotola were all out and about in Johannesburg on Thursday for the shoot of the music video. Check out some of the pictures below:

The song is expected to drop on the 13th of May. Stay tuned for more.

#BBHotshots Hangouts with Esther, Sabina and Lilian

If you’re a Big Brother Hotshots fan, you may be surprised by not one, not two by the three evictions that went down on Sunday evening. Housemates Esther, Lilian and Sabina were all booted out of Africa’s most watched house, making them three of five Housemates now out of the game… All five are women too, so what is up Africa? Why you booting all the ladies out? Anyways it shows that you need to vote to keep your favourite in.

I’ve started by annual Google Hangouts with the Housemates again. The Hangouts happen every Monday between 12 and 1pm. If you missed this week’s edition, check them out below:

Esther and Lilian… The crazies who sang for me. Watch:

Want to see Nigeria’s Lilian twerking? Well I got her to:

Don’t forget to visit the official site for all the latest news, videos and views: http://bigbrotherafrica.dstv.com/ or watch all the action on channel 197 and 198 on DStv.

Big Brother Hotshots kicks off

The new season of the hit show, Big Brother Africa has arrived. It will be known as Big Brother Hotshots and for the next 63, you’ll get to see 26 Housemates battling it out all in the hopes of winning $300 000.00. Not too bad hey? Just before the Housemates made their way into Africa’s most-wached house, I got to sit down with all of them to find out a few last minute craziness, nervousness and what they would sneak into the house if they had the opportunity. Below is a link to one of the interviews I did. It will link you through to the playlist with all the Housemates. Check it out:

First impressions last right? Well the ones who stood out for me:

Goitse, Luis, Permithias, Idris, M’a Bea, Lilian, Sheilla, Laveda, Resa and Mr. 265… Let’s see how they get on!

#BBAfrica will return on October 5

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Last week producers of Big Brother Africa were unfortunately forced to push back the launch of the new season, following a fire on the premises where Africa’s most watched house was set to be staged. But because this is the biggest show on television and the demand for a new season is so high, the teams have been frantically working around the clock to find a new venue to stage the reality show. The good news that is all sorted out and the show is set to kick off on the 5th of October at 19:00. Check out the full statement below:
M-Net and Endemol SA are delighted to confirm that a new Big Brother house has been found in Johannesburg, South Africa following the devastating fire that demolished the original house on 2 September. The search was concluded after exploring all possible options both locally and internationally, for a suitable venue to produce the 9th season of Africa’s biggest reality show.
 
M-Net and Endemol SA are pleased to announce that Big Brother Hotshots will officially launch on Sunday 5 October 2014 at 19:00 CAT. As they countdown to the launch, fans across the continent can look forward to some pleasant surprises in true Biggie fashion.
 
The producers wish to thank fans far and wide for all the patience and continuous support over the past few days.
 
For more information, follow the action in the lead-up to the Premiere on social media by following @BigBroAfrica, liking facebook.com/BigBrotherAfrica or go to the official website at www.bigbrotherafrica.com
 

 

Winners at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards

Pic: Al Nicoll
Pic: Al Nicoll

Last night the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) returned to our screens. The show included performances from Africa’s finest like Davido, Dbanj, Tiwa Savage, Sarkodie and Mafikizolo, as well as a few internationals too like Miguel and Trey Songz. The show was hosted by American comedian Marlon Wayans battled his way through some of the names and had many people questioning his hosting duties. He had some high notes, but for the most part people were asking why no African comedians were included in the bill. Alas, it is what it is and the show was actually really impressive and enjoyable. Did you spot the ‘Kool Kardashian’ aka Khloe Kardashian? She was in Durban to show her man, French Montana support.

In case you missed it, here are the winners from the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards:
Best Male: Davido (Nigeria)

Best Female: Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group: Mafikizolo (South Africa)

Best New Act: Stanley Enow (Cameroon)

Best Live Act: Flavour (Nigeria)

Best Collaboration: “Y-tjukutja” – Uhuru Ft. Oskido, DJ Bucks, Professor and Yuri Da Cunha (South Africa/Angola)

Best Hip Hop: Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Alternative: Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)

Best Francophone: Toofan (Togo)
Best Francophone: Toofan (Togo)

Best Lusophone: Anselmo Ralph (Angola)

Artist of the Year: Davido (Nigeria)

Song of the Year: “Khona” – Mafikizolo ft Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Video: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)

Best Pop: Goldfish (South Africa)

Best International: Pharrell

Personality of the Year: Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)

MTV Base Leadership Award: Ashish J. Thakkar (Tanzania)

Transform Today Award by Absolut: Clarence Peters (Nigeria)

Mafikizolo score a BET Award nomination

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It has been an incredible year for South African duo, Mafikizolo. Not only did they win big at this year’s SAMAs, they’re also multiple nominees for this year’s MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs), they’re being booked for gigs all over the continent and now they’ve cracked a nomination for this year’s BET Awards!! Big up to them. They were nominated alongside Davido (Nigeria), Sarkodie (Ghana), Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) and Toofan (Togo) in the Best International Act category. I’m pretty sure they’ll be heading over to LA on the 29th of June to be rub shoulders with the music industry’s finest! Big up Africa!

Here are the rest of this year’s BET nominees:

 

 

Best International Act: UK

Dizzee Rascal

Ghetts

Krept & Konan

Laura Mvula

Rita Ora

Tinie Tempah

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AMVCAs … Awards season isn’t quite over

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It has been a busy couple of months. We’ve seen 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Jasmine and their respective cast and crew hitting it big at the Golden Globes, the SAGs and now the Academy Awards. And while many may believe that awards season is over, it isn’t quite over. The second and now annual AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards go down in Lagos, Nigeria this coming Saturday and I’m happy to be back for again to cover the awards.

I’ll be on the red carpet on Saturday evening and then backstage interviewing all the winners, so it’s going to be busy, but fun too. For the love of the game 😉 I’ll also be hanging with the hosts in the build-up to the awards and hopefully some of the musical talent too. You can keep checking back here for more details, pictures and clips… It’s going to be fun! #AMVCAs… get involved.

Broadcaster, Komla Dumor dies

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Last night, as I sat on my couch chilling and watching mindless TV, I decided to check up on Facebook and see what exciting things my friends were up to. Sadly, one of my updates was from a friend and former colleague Pumza, who now works at the BBC. Her update was about her colleague Komla Dumor, the host of Focus on Africa on BBC News, who had sadly passed on. I couldn’t actually believe what I was reading. I saw him just six weeks before this. He came to our office, where we did an interview with the man beyond the news anchor. This was the second time I did an interview with him and let me tell you he was a gentle giant.

He was friendly, professional, intelligent in his responses, engaging and captivating. He had a presence. One where you want to listen to him for hours on end. He wore his smart suits to both interviews and his strong, deep, but warm voice echoed throughout his responses. He loved the continent and it was for that reason why he was perfect for the role of taking her stories to the world. After this last interview we sat and chatted about a whole host of other, somewhat random topics, but that’s the sort of person he was. You could sit and talk for hours, compare notes and experiences and just hang with someone who could be a good mate. I remember some thirty minutes later or so, Komla together with his publicist from the BBC Jessica, decided they actually had to go now because they had another interview at another media house and off they went. I recall saying see you soon, thinking he’d be back in the country this year for another story and therefore an interview for us. Sadly, this is where we are now.

I’m still in shock. He looked in good health and showed no sign of illness whatsoever . It’s believed he suffered a heart attack 😦 Very sad news indeed, but to honour one of Africa’s greatest ambassadors, we strive to continue telling Africa’s stories in his memory. My deepest condolences to his family during this time and may Koma Dumor Rest In Peace!