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Power moves on Isono as Mother Mary runs for councilor of Vosloorus

Election season is almost upon us again, and the electrifying build-up grows with each day. As the countdown to the ballot box begins, the anticipation is palpable. The wave of election excitement has not missed Mary Ndlovu in BET Africa’s Original Daily Drama ISONO that airs Monday to Thursday on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129, GOtv Channel 21) at 20:30 WAT/21:30 CAT.

Mary Ndlovu, popularly known as Mother Mary, has decided that she wants to join the local government elections and run for a councillorship position in her neighbourhood. This is no doubt one of her many underhanded schemes but will the community be able to see through her plans? Since the disappearance of the man she claims to love, Mary has been riding this wave in the eyes of Vosloo’s community and uses it as a ploy to get people’s sympathy and pity. She has a knack for dodging accountability but will it catch up with her eventually? Only time will tell where her path will lead.

The idea to run for council was sparked when someone mentioned that the community needs a leader like Mary Ndlovu to run for office. After careful consideration, she settles on the idea. She decides to centre her whole campaign around fighting crime, and herein lies the irony as she has been the mastermind behind the crimes in the neighbourhood. This is the perfect cover-up for all her shady dealings and deeds.

To effectively sell the idea to the community, she will need Lili as her right-hand support, so Mary comes across as a genuine, community leader that cares about the people of Vosloorus. Her campaign is in full effect as she continues to gain support from the locals. They are in the process of developing posters and conceptualising slogans for her campaign while running it from the church, so it further instils the perfect perception in the eyes of the public. She truly is a master of deception as we witness her plotting and scheming to make this her ultimate ploy and cover-up by using politics and religion as the veil she hides her evil behind.

As the elections draw closer, Mary continues to manipulate the public into believing that she is a woman of stature that is trying to clean up the streets of Vosloorus and make it a better place. She eagerly wants to rise to the top again and rub it in the faces of her enemies and in the end, the community will lose.

Love her or hate her, but you have to appreciate Mary for her tenacity and determined will. When she has set her sights on something, she makes it her sole purpose to achieve it. Her latest endeavour promises to be one that will be compelling and thrilling as we witness her journey to the ballot box.

Will she be able to win over the hearts and minds of the community and eventually win the elections? Will she eventually be exposed for the fraud that she is and pay for her sins? To find out tune in to ISONO exclusively on BET Africa DStv channel 129, where Dark Secrets Lead to Deadly Sins, Monday to Thursday on BET Africa (DStv Channel 129) at 20:30 WAT/21:30 CAT.

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MTV Base Musicology to explore state of Nigerian entertainment industry post-COVID

As part of its continued commitment to advancing Nigeria’s talents, music, lifestyle and entertainment, MTV Base will be airing another edition of its quarterly music discourse, ‘Musicology’ on Thursday, 5 August at 20:00 WAT / 21:00CAT, on DStv Channel 322 and GOtv Channel 72.

Centered on the theme, “The Entertainment Industry Post-Covid; Way Forward”, this quarter’s edition will explore different aspects of the music business and proffer workable solutions to the new challenges of the music industry brought about by the pandemic.

Hosted by ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA) Culture Squad icon, the enigmatic Dadaboi Ehiz, this Musicology discourse will feature gatekeepers and key players in the Nigerian entertainment industry, including – Joey Akan (Music Critic/Columnist and Pop Culture Commentator), Oyinkansola Fawehinmi (President, Digital Music Commerce and Exchange Limited), Lanre Shonubi (OAP, Hot FM), Motolani Alake (Editor, Pulse Nigeria), Titilope Adesanya (Project Manager, EMPIRE; Olamide, KiDi, Fireboy DML, Yaw Tog, Kizz Daniel, L.A.X).

“The pandemic has had a huge impact on businesses across every sector and the music industry is no exception. For this quarter’s edition of ‘Musicology’, our industry experts will be comprehensively exploring different aspects of the music business strongly affected by the pandemic and mapping out viable solutions,” said Solafunmi Sosanya, Senior Channels Manager, VCNA, on the forthcoming dialogue.

“We believe that through this conversation, entertainment industry practitioners across the continent will be armed with the requisite knowledge to take on the challenges posed by the ‘new normal’ and turn them into advantageous and indeed, profitable ventures” she concluded.

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ViacomCBS proffers solutions to issues of sustainability, profitability in Nigeria’s creative economy

The Nigerian creative industry is rich with avalanche of opportunities, but despite these opportunities, there are still several challenges faced by stakeholders.

In response to the prevalent uncertainties that exists within the industry, entertainment powerhouse, ViacomCBS, in conjunction with AfricaNXT, recently held a virtual panel session to educate creatives on how to build a sustainable and profitable career.

Themed: Is It Possible To Build Profitable And Sustainable Careers In Today’s Creative Economy In Nigeria? and moderated by media personality – Folu Storms, the conversation featured Country Manager, ViacomCBS Network Africa, Bada Akintunde-Johnson and Inya Lawal, CEO, Ascend Studios.

Starting off the conversation, Akintunde-Johnson said that a key to “matching profit with passion is not going solo,” adding that “Behind every super star that you see is a team.

“There are people with talents and skills in different areas that ensure that every relevant superstar stays relevant,” he stated.

With the creative industry teeming with opportunities, the entertainment powerhouse chief also encouraged young people to pick up relevant skills to take advantage of the viable opportunities.

According to Bada, part of having a plan is to solve some of the problems that plague the industry, as opposed to just acknowledging that there are problems with no move to solve those problems.

“You must understand that you have everything within you to solve some of the problems,” he said.

On her part, Inya Lawal, revealed that a lack of structure is the major problem that plagues the industry. She also emphasized that creatives should not hide behind the difficulties they face as a result of these challenges.

“You need to figure things out yourself. People have different trajectories of their careers that they need to align with. And rather than playing it by ear, it is good to have a plan,” she said.

For the participants in attendance, the conversation proved to be a wholesome experience.

Running with the vision to reimagine Africa, ViacomCBS is a multimedia entertainment network that offers the most comprehensive broadcasting portfolio on the African continent, reaching over 100 million viewers across 43 African countries.

ViacomCBS Networks Africa partners with Zero Malaria Starts With Me Movement ahead for this year’s Africa Day and Youth Month.

As an envoy for a reimagined Africa through content that is relevant and resonates with young audiences, ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA) understands and recognises the importance of creating an environment that supports the potential of the youth on the continent. It is with this in mind that VCNA continuously aims to collaborate with partner organisations to bring education and awareness to imminent social issues like the ongoing fight against malaria in the African continent.

To help in continuing the fight against malaria, VCNA through its brand channels has partnered with the Zero Malaria Starts With Me movement in support of the Draw The Line Against Malaria campaign. This partnership aims to raise awareness of the disease, drive education, and engage youth discussion about malaria throughout Africa Day in May and Youth month in June.

VCNA youth entertainment channels will amplify and curate educational and call to action messages and content to drive mobilisation in support of eradicating malaria in Africa. As a media partner for the global Draw The Line Against Malaria campaign, VCNA has committed to providing a voice through its platforms to the campaign, which is aimed at the youth on the continent.

The network as a media partner has stated that this is the generation to end malaria and, by collectively fighting the deadly disease, the collaboration will assist in creating a world that is safer for everyone. As such, the partnership campaign will be extended across the consumer brands, youth, and children’s channels, and social platforms throughout June, which is observed as Youth Month in South Africa.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa, has expressed VCNA’s reinforcement and the need for African collaborations: “As VCNA we are inspired to continue to drive initiatives through powerful partnerships that are committed to realising a reimagined Africa which showcases the continent’s talent and drives a strong message of hope and change. The Zero Malaria Starts with Me movement embodies the vision to create an Africa where youth can realise their best potential. We look forward to amplifying positive social impact across our MTV Base, Nickelodeon and BET Africa platforms during Africa month in May and Youth Month in June.”

Following the recent joint launch of the Draw The Line Campaign with Malaria No More, MTV Base through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with VCNA will drive awareness and education on how best to reduce malaria incidences across all its platforms.

Lilies Njanga, Africa Director at Malaria No More UK said: “Young people are the future of the fight against malaria. They are the generation to eradicate this disease. We are delighted to partner with VCNA who represent the energy and voices of the next generation. Together we represent a creative force as we draw the line against malaria, and we invite young people to join us.”

Abdourahmane Diallo, CEO of RBM Partnership to End Malaria said: “Together, we can end malaria, and today’s youth can be the generation that rids the world of this ancient and deadly disease and achieve a malaria-free future for all. Today, we must all draw the line against malaria and recommit to achieving zero malaria in Africa and around the world.”

MTV Base, the youth and music channel of VCNA, will host the Africa Day virtual Concert across VCNAs’ proprietor channels BET Africa, MTV and MTV Base. The performance line-up is expected to be an explosion of fresh talent with artists from across the globe.

Viewers from across the continent can tune into the Africa Day Concert 2021 experience this Africa Day, 25th of May, on MTV Base (DStv Channel 322) at 21:00CAT/20:00WAT. The show will also repeat on BET Africa (DStv Channel 130) on Wednesday 26 May at 12:00CAT/11:00 WAT and on MTV Africa (DStv 130) Thursday 26 May at 19:00CAT.

For more information visit mtvbase or betafrica and follow the journey to the Africa Day virtual Concert on Twitter and Instagram @MTVBaseAfrica and @BET_Africa.

Lipton and Knorr Surprise Nigerians Working Through the Holidays

There’s something super special about festive seasons. It is a time for giving – whether it’s that warm smile you flash a stranger, or the box of food you offer that hardworking woman who cleans the streets, or even the cute little present you give to friends and family – giving with love is right at the centre of the season. 

This Christmas, Knorr and Lipton captured the true essence of the season by putting smiles on the faces of essential workers who can’t help but be at work while others spend quality time with friends and family.

They visited selected locations across Lagos to distribute boxes filled with food items like rice, Knorr cubes, bottles of vegetable oil, and more to nominated essential workers, especially those who do not have enough to celebrate.

Both brands are doubling down on their 12 Days of Christmas #SeasonOfThanks give away campaign to bring cheers and happiness to people who have been specially nominated by consumers on social media.

The campaign offered consumers the opportunity to win a ‘thank you‘ gift for people who have been instrumental to their survival this year, by posting stories on social media using the hashtag #SeasonOfThanks.

These unique stories depict how the nominated individuals offered a hand of help at difficult times through the course of the year.

How is that for a true #SeasonofThanks celebration?

Access Bank wins 2019 Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award

Africa’s largest retail customer bank, Access Bank, has been announced as the ‘Outstanding Healthcare SME-Friendly Bank of the Year’ at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) 2019 held recently at the Eko Hotels & Suites, Lagos.

This represents a fourth consecutive win at the event, after winning the same award in 2016, 2017, and also emerged winner of the ‘Outstanding CSR Health Project of the Year’ in 2018.

The annual Nigerian Health Excellence Award is an initiative of the Global Health Project and Resources, in partnership with Anadach Group, United States. The awards recognise and commend institutions that have made laudable contributions towards the growth of the healthcare sector in Nigeria, and focus on improving policy framework for achieving global standards of healthcare while encouraging market leadership and inspirationalperformance in Nigeria.

Receiving the award, Omobolanle Victor- Laniyan, Head, Sustainability at Access Bank said, “Access Bank has an unwavering commitment to significantly improve the healthsector in Nigeria. Therefore, as a Bank, we have studied the health sector and identified inadequate financing as a causal factor for the poor healthcare system in Nigeria.”

This discovery, she maintained, has led the Bank to create products to solve the problem.

“An example is our MHSS product, which provides our customers with the support they need for special medical procedures. We have also formed strategic partnerships withinstitutions such as Medical Credit Fund (MCF), Hygeia and other medical organisations which have enabled us to provide financing to a larger base of health practitioners that our customers can benefit from as well. We are extremely honored to be receiving this award, and on behalf of Access Bank, we say thank you,” she stated.

Corroborating the statement, Ayodele Oloyede, Head, Emerging Businesses, Access Bank said, “Our Bank is notable for being at the forefront of sustainable partnerships for reforms and development of Nigeria. SMEs are one of the key drivers of economic growth by virtue of their contribution to employment and wealth creation, and we also know that good healthcare is important to productivity. This is why Access Bank supports Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises as part of its measures to help boost the Nigerian Economy.”

Through the Maternal Health Service Support, its healthcare financing product, Access Bank has helped over 107 families obtain a range of medical procedures including In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other specialized procedures as Myomectomy, Bariatric, Dental and Orthopedic procedures. This has led to the birth of more than 58 babies, successful infant bone surgeries, fibroid treatments and other maternal-related procedures.

The Bank remains proud of the impact it has recorded within the health sector, and has promised to continue to intervene at both the service provider level and consumer level, since its funding of these procedures improves the cash flow of the healthcare providers and ensures that customers enjoy healthy living.

WAMCO MD, Staff serve free Peak Milk breakfasts to masses

Ben Langat, Managing Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, management and staff volunteers of the giant dairy company recently took to the streets to serve nourishing Peak Milk breakfast to Nigerian masses amid fun and music as part of the June 2019 World Milk Day celebration.

Leading the Peak healthy dairy breakfast campaign, Langat, and his top team assembled and set up breakfast serving points as early as 8.00am at numerous bus parks and market places in Agege, Ogba, Lagos Island, FESTAC, Ajah, Mushin and Obalende among other popular locations on Saturday June 1, 2019.

Raising awareness on the health benefits of proper nourishment at the start of each new day, smiling FrieslandCampina WAMCO breakfast hosts and hostesses, while handing-out breakfast packs to people taught them the importance of eating healthy breakfast, which includes milk.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, FrieslandCampina WAMCO tagged the days leading up to the World Milk Day as “National Breakfast Week” and amplified the necessity of daily dairy based breakfast, which is often ignored by many.

FrieslandCampina WAMCO volunteers served Peak Milk breakfasts to over one million Nigerians across FCT Abuja, Lagos, Oyo, Edo and Enugu states thus gradually establishing a counterculture to prioritize breakfasts again.

In a statement to the media, Langat said the World Milk Day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of dairy in healthy diets.

He said, “As a socially responsible corporation, we are spreading the message on having a nourishing breakfast that includes milk to optimize our physical and mental potential throughout the day. Have a Peak breakfast today and remain unstoppable.

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and Peak, being committed to quality dairy nutrition since 1954 aims to revive the breakfast culture in Nigeria,” Langat concluded.

The National Breakfast Week, a first-of-a-kind initiative by Peak Milk also comprised of Children’s Day breakfast banquets across the country and a courtesy breakfast occasion with dairy farmers in Iseyin, Oyo state, who provide the raw milk purchased and used in the production of Peak Milk —- through the company’s Dairy Development Programme.

The Dairy Development Programme (DDP) initiated by FrieslandCampina WAMCO is a socio-economic driver that provides sustainable growth for dairy farmers and other stakeholders. It presents opportunities for local dairy farmers while significantly improving food and nutrition security in Nigeria.

World Milk Day is an international day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. Since 2001, it has been observed on June 1 each year and provides an opportunity to bring attention to activities that relate to the dairy sector.

Accelerate TV addresses gender stereotypes with new series ‘Brotherhood: The Ring of Fire’

Accelerate TV is set to premiere another thrilling show titled, ‘Brotherhood: The Ring of Fire’, with a scheduled global live showcase in partnership with international media giant, YouTube, today. 

Produced and directed by renowned filmmaker, Kemi Adetiba, the show connects inspiring guests across different industries and lifestyles on a relaxing platform, with the intent to debunk stereotypes and societal expectations, and support others through their personal challenges and experiences.

‘Brotherhood: The Ring of Fire’ builds on ‘King Women’, a collaborative project by Accelerate TV and the award-winning director which spotlights inspiring African women and their path to success.

“We can actually succeed in building a society where we can all thrive, but it is also essential that we provide platforms and a support system for the personal growth of every individual. Accelerate TV is extremely proud to share ‘Brotherhood: The Ring of Fire’ with our audience, and we believe that this is another an important step in our promise to constantly produce unique and life-changing content that inspires people,” said Colette Otusheso, Head, Accelerate TV.

Guests on the first episode which will be showcased at the YouTube Week include Managing Director, Real Livestock, Shola Ladoja; Founder, Club Escape, Richard Nnadi; Founder, Tech Advance, Edmund Olotu; Gbubemi Fregene (Chef Fregz); Executive Director, Tola Odunsi, and Blogger & Founder, 360 Group, Noble Igwe.

Speaking about the show, Kemi Adetiba said, “Brotherhood could not be timelier, especially when you understand the conversations surrounding gender equality of both sexes. By encouraging these discussions amongst the guests and the larger community, Brotherhood shows Nigerians new and personal stories about the strong and powerful men around us from whom we can all learn”.

Brotherhood: The Ring of Fire officially premieres on Thursday, 20 June, 2019, with subsequent episodes released every Thursday. New episodes of the show, including other amazing content can be watched by subscribing to Accelerate TV on YouTube.

Toke Makinwa storms Omawumi’s Exclusive Listening Party in hot red attire


Radio personality and author, Toke Makinwa was among the celebrities that graced the exclusive listening party of Omawumi’s new LP titled, ‘In Her Feelings’ which took place yesterday at Twin Waters, Lekki, Lagos.

Hosted by comedienne, Chigul, the event had in attendance Noble Igwe, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Nikky Laoye, Latasha Ngwube, Adebola Williams and others.

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First Photos: Chris Ubosi, Toke Makinwa, Sheyi Shay, Ebuka, Bisola Aiyeola, others attend Omawumi’s Exclusive Listening Party


Chris Ubosi, Toke Makinwa, Sheyi Shay, Ebuka, Bisola Aiyeola, were among the celebrities who attended the exclusive listening of Omawumi’s new EP titled ‘In Her Feelings’.

The EP which featured amazing songs addressing thematic issues like family, relationships, and domestic violence had the music royalty herself performing all the songs with her powerful vocal dexterity.

The event which held today at The View Rooftop, Twin Waters, Lekki, was hosted by comedian, Chigul.

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