Excite TV drags Omotola, Genevieve to court

Excite TV drags Omotola, Genevieve to court The grudge between Omotola Jalade  Ekehinde, and Genevieve Nnaji, which sparked off less than a decade ago is taking on a new twist as Excite on TV, the latest entertainment programme on TV has dragged the screen deities to the ‘People’s Court’ on one of its flagship programmes called, Battle of Supremacy. Battle of Supremacy is an electrifying 30-minute programme that features celebrities in the same industry and category. The celebrities are pitched against each other based on their works, success, awards, appearance, and lifestyle, and a panel of judges made up of in house analysts, and street analyst attempting to rate and rank their favourites.

Expectedly, Omotola and Genevieve’s edition would generate lots of argument and excitement. The case is who is the better actress, and the ‘judges’ hold opposing views about the two divas, whose act, lifestyle, wealth, and beauty has caused thrilling division, everywhere.

Excite on TV, began broadcast ever weekday from Monday, April 27 on sixteen stations in major towns and cities across the country. It’s bouquet also includes other ‘blistering’ programmes like Excite Special, Who is in the Garden, Celebrity 101, Gorgeous, and a host of others.

Gorgeous enthralls for viewers for 30 minutes as it is packaged as magazine programme that celebrates outstanding people. It Genevieve Nnajishowcases their personalities, style, achievements and what makes them role models.

“Excite on TV is a one-stop platform that showcases lifestyle, entertainment and reality experience on television,” says Sola Fajobi, CEO Excite on TV.

“It promises to change viewers experience on TV with its array of exciting, interesting lifestyle, entertainment and reality TV programmes specifically designed as a touch point for different strata of television audience.” Selected viewers who have seen a premiere of Excite on TV’s programmes consent, “it is a revolution against the usual, out of the box, and entertainment-centric.”

Big bash for Genevieve @ 30

Call her the angel of Nollywood, you’re  not far from the truth. The sexy celeb, Genevieve Nnaji turns 30 tomorrow! There are indications that she’d never mind throwing the biggest bash ever in the list of celebrity birthdays.

Tomorrow at the Dream Plaza, Bishop Aboyede Cole, Victoria Island, venue of the bash, it is going to be an assemblage of movie buffs and Nollywood’s top-of-the-list celebrities. And for those who have been yearning to see the star actress show some talents in dancing, it is a date that has to be kept. But then, it is strictly by invitation.

Rita Dominic goes to Malawi

Count down to Rita Dominic’s historic visit to Malawi begins this week, even as Malawian premier daily, The Daily Times reports how expectations are high as her Malawian fans look forward to a grand -welcome  for their screen idol. Rita, according to the newspaper is expected to arrive in Malawi on May 12, and leave for Johannesburg, South Africa on May 16.

Performances by Black Missionaries and Lucius Banda is  to spice up Rita’s four day of dinning and winning with her Malawian fans.

The party, holding at College of Medicine in Blantyre on May 15 is said to be opened  to everyone while the two parties on May 13 and 14 in Lilongwe and Blantyre respectively are for winners of the promotion that MultiChoice of Malawi, the organizers of the event has been running for 10 weeks.

In an interview within the week, MultiChoice Malawi Marketing Manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda said, the party in Blantyre was meant to cater for those who did not enter the promotion.

“We wanted to give a chance to Rita (Dominic) fans who did not enter the promotion when she comes this month,” he said.
Nyirenda said each ticket for the College of Medicine party is selling at K1,000.

“We wanted it to be affordable to subscribers who have seen Rita on DStv to see her live,” he said. The Black Missionaries frontman Anjiru Fumulani said, it would be an opportunity for the group to perform before a huge crowd.

“A lot of people have always wanted to see us perform live but sometimes the venues are not convenient.
“This will be the best place to perform before Rita Dominic’s fans in Malawi,” he said.

The reggae group’s vocalist said the presence of international TV is what they have longed for. “It will be a chance to be seen on international TV which is a good thing for Malawian music,” he said. Nyirenda said, the best dressed couple in African attire will sit with Rita.

Rita’s visit to Malawi is part of Africa Magic promotion to enable the actress to meet and interact with some of her fans. Africa Magic is a 24 hour channel on DStv dedicated to Africa entertainment.

Heavensgate  back on air

A- thirty minute popular soap-opera, Heavensgate which previously ran on Silverbird before it was  later shifted to run on the now rested MBI last year is back on air again to keep the record straight. It is currently running on Silverbird.

The soap, starring such popular faces as Fred Amata, Alex Usifo-Omiagbo, Rita Dominic, Monalisa Chinda, Tosan Ugbeye, Lari Williams, Enebeli Elebuwa, Ayo Ojuronngbe Jnr., Chantel Caroline Johnson amongst others casts hit the airwaves last week in a manner that restates its desire to use the medium of the tube to disseminate the messages of hope and salvation to the viewers.

Produced by Zulu Films Productions, the soap resolves around Dan-Philips, an accomplished business magnate, whose inordinate ambition is to be the royal head of his village, Isu brought him in direct collision with his bachelor son, Kelechi Kennedy Dan-Philips. Initially, Kelechi, a bank managing director and notorious womanizer was strongly behind his father, and proved to be ready to exterminate any life that stands between him and the realization of his ambition.

But as fate would have it, Kelechi is desperately in love with Adora. But young Adora will not be willing to marry an unbeliever. And for the lover boy, he will not live to see another man take Adora away from him. The stage however become charge, as Kelechi dares to kill a guy he suspects to be dating Adora, only for him to walk into the arena of God, a turbulent situation that redefines his life and thus, set him at war with his father. The result has the fury of a volcanic eruption.

The soap also touches on such  issue as marital conflict. Femi Ajigbade, an only child and a Christian married to an Ibo girl, Uju. After seven years of childlessness, Femi’s mother and entire family are set to give Uju hell. The medical check-up, which confirms that Uju had an abortion that left a scar in her womb and that she may never bear a child again did not help matters. But soon, Uju’s God, a God she worships passionately, is watching and she may have cause to smile at last.

Mr Zik Okafor, CEO of Zulu Films, described the soap as “inspirational” adding that the TV drama is conceived to disseminate the message of salvation, not necessarily in a loud manner.

“It’s a story like any other TV drama, about marital conflict; problems between  mother-in-laws and their daughter-in-laws; about ambition and inordinate ambition.” Okafor remarked.  The soap, according to Okafor is sponsored by the City of David, a Christian society of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Portland’s first African filmfest debuts

The Maine African Film Festival – an ambitious, week of movies that explore and celebrate African culture which premiered forth night ago in Portland rounded off last Friday.

Organized by Kazeem Lawal, who lives in Greater Portland, most of the films were selections from the well-regarded New York African Film Festival Travel Series. Lawal told the Forecaster newspaper that he tried to pick movies relevant to Maine, where many political refugees from Africa have settled. African refugees in Portland include people from Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. Portland and Lewiston, Maine, are now two of the largest refugee resettlement cities in the United States, according to the World Affairs Council of Maine.

Lawal said, his goal is to show the diversity of African culture and move beyond the stereotypes of Africans portrayed by western media. The festival opened at 5:30 p.m, last Friday, with a reception and photo exhibition at The Language Exchange, in the historic Old Port.

A screening of “Africa Unite” followed at 8 p.m. at the Nickelodeon theater downtown. In all, 27 films were screened as panel discussions  followed several of the movies.

“Africa Unite” is a concert tribute to Bob Marley, and follows his family’s trip to Ethiopia in 2005 to commemorate the Jamaican reggae singer. Other films are the documentary “Come Back to Sudan,” about three boys adopted and raised in Colorado who return to their villages in war-torn Sudan; and Seeker, the dramatic portrait of a Nigerian struggling to find work in London.

The festival closed last Friday, April 24, with an Africa-themed party at the White Heart, 551 Congress St. At the party,  African music, food and dancing were dished out at no cost.

BY Vanguard