Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tiwa Savage Opens Up On Being Bullied, Depressed And Momma's Love

Africa's shinning super star, Tiwa Savage has just opened up about her life in high school.

She posted a long note on her Instagram page detailing how her charm did not come easy back in her school days.

The Onye hitmaker details how she was bullied because of her skin colour and deep Nigerian accent in a London school.

However, her mother was always there to make her appreciate who she was and that moulded the icon that Tiwa is today.

Tiwa wrote:
"During my high school days I was bullied for several years, I would get jumped on the bus, head flushed down the toilet and so on, it got so bad that I did something drastic and life threatening because I was so depressed. My mother was called to school on several occasions and each time she came she would ask to see the other students bullying me and would always pray for us all. Of course they would joke and laugh but my mother was always so calm and reserved and she would take me home, cook me Naija food (we were living in london at the time) and she would make me realize how loved I was and how rich my culture is, how beautiful I am being a nigerian girl (I was bullied for being African, skinny, dark and I had a strong naija accent) what my mother didn't do was fight, shout or argue with the other girls or their parents (who were at times very rude and disrespectful) Instead she showered me with love and reminded me where I was from. One of the many reasons why she is my hero, my role model, biggest inspiration, my best friend, my mummy @celiasavage I celebrate you today on your birthday. Anyone that has met you has experience what a calm, shy, gentle but very hip mummy you are. The only doromegasupermummy on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook , keek etc lol I love you mummy, I love you with my soul. Thinking of what you have done for me brings tears to my eyes. I only pray I can be half the mother you are to me to my children. I prayed to God this morning to grant us a couple more forevers. Happy Birthday Sexy mama."

Silvastone Talks Endorsement And New Music Projects

Silvastone was in Kenya recently for a coupla' projects. He spoke to Hot Secrets about his trip.

What song were you shooting the music video for?
I was shooting a forthcoming video for a song called "Loving Ma Baby". Its scheduled to be the third single off my upcoming 9 track EP entitled 'Transitions'. 

What is the song all about?
The song can be related to whatever you passionately love and willing to compromise for. With regards to the video concept I am serenading my beloved Africa. 

Where was the location for the shoot?
We shoot the video over two days in Watamu and Malindi with director Tedd Josiah. Having been to Nairobi so many times it was my first time to coastal Kenya and I loved it. 

You have a new single and video, "Bus Ma Head" and another song with Kanja that was released recently.  How are they being received by fans?
The reaction for both has been fantastic on everywhere - TV, radio and online. The video for "Bus Ma Head" has just been released so I am very excited about the fan feedback and airplay its already getting. Equally reaction to Kanja's "Lose Control" that I produced and feature on has been very similar to the early days when we released our first collaboration "Lights Out". I am pleased and thankful with the reaction from everyone. 

Any others exciting collabos or remixes you are working on?
I recently featured on the Davido "Skelewu" UK remix that is floating around out there. Also did a remix for Wayne Marshall's "Stupid Money" that producer/artist Damain Marley invited me to do. Also got a big remix I produced for a big UK pop artist called Dan Croll. My fellow Ethopians should listen out for what I did with girl band Yegna called "Abet" which I am told is huge club hit there too. Also listen out for my renditions of Will.I.Am's "Birthday" and Kid Ink & Chris Brown's "Show Me". And there is more collabos to come including with the biggest African hiphop artist that will be featured on the EP. In the meantime you can get a free download of my mixtape - The Resume, featuring my some of previous productions and remixes on my website. 

You will also be in the new season of CokeStudio Africa . How was the experience like?
It was fun and fantastic. A great experience working with not only 2 very talentend artists - Waje from Nigeria and Navio from Uganda, but also a great crew who really impressed me. Look out for CokeStudioAfrica series2 on your TV screens starting next month. I can't wait for guys to see it. 

And congrats. I hear you have an endorsement deal with AfricaMagic to be their brand ambassador. Tell me about it.
Yes. Thank you. Because of my constant presence across Africa I have been selected to help promote the AfricaMagicGO service that is now launching in the UK where I am based. 

Anything else you would like to add?
The future is bright, the future is Silva. Look out for the recently released 'Bus Ma Head' video online and your TV screens. Request it on your favourite show and buy it on iTunes etc. My debut EP "Transitions" will be out end of September and I promise you that you will love it. There is a video for every song including another I did earlier this year in Karuma, Northern Kenya. The second single from the EP is incidently entitled "Show Me (Someting)" and will premiere somewhere very soon. I love Kenya! Follow me on twitter, @silvastonebeats and check my website for much more info, videos and some free music, www.silvastonemusic.com

Vanessa Obura's Tribute To Robin Williams Starts Depression Project

Project One Of One is a project by Women Of Wonder aimed in creating awareness on depression and fighting against it.

In this video by singer Vanessa Obura, they seek to create awareness against the mental condition that is reported to have caused legendary Robin Williams to commit suicide.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mafikizolo To Headline Malawi's Lake of Stars Arts Festival

Mafikizolo, will headline this year’s Lake of Stars Arts Festival which returns to Sunbird Nkopola Lodge on Lake Malawi from 26 to 28 September 2014.

Having just returned from performing at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards in Los Angeles, 2014 has been a massive year for Mafikizolo.

After sweeping the South African Music Awards earlier this year, they took home Best Song of the Year and Best Group at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Fellow South Africa acts John Wizards and Christian Tiger School will make the trip from Cape Town, bringing their electronic sounds to Lake Malawi.

In 2014 John Wizards played UK festivals including Glastonbury and Field Day, while Christian Tiger School have just returned from performing at Amsterdam’s Appelsap and South Africa’s Oppikoppi festivals.

Other international artists on the lineup include Reason (SA), Zone Fam (Zambia), DJ Jack Rooster (Kenya), Raj El Rey (Kenya), Tariro neGitare (Zimbabwe), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Pearl Natasha (Zimbabwe), Band Tower (Zimbabwe), Cable Street Collective (UK) and Stanley Odd (UK).

They will perform alongside an amazing line up of Malawi’s biggest artists including Peter Mawanga, Sally Nyundo, Mafilika, Skeffa Chimoto, Agorosso and Piksy.

Festival director Will Jameson says, “We’re thrilled to have been able to secure one of Africa’s biggest acts right now, Mafikizolo, to headline this year’s festival. Furthermore, with the support of Creative Scotland, the festival will build on the connections between Scotland and Malawi by hosting 12 creatives from Scotland including poet Michael Pedersen, writer Martin MacInnes, filmmaker Matt Hulse, painter Rabiya Choudhry, hip-hop act Stanley Odd and Knockengorroch festival director Katch Holmes.”

“Festival-goers can expect an intimate festival set in an unbelievable location on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi where you can enjoy an eclectic programme of music, comedy, visual arts and poetry and family activities.”

“I would like to thank our 2014 supporters and partners that include DHL Express, TNM, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe, Creative Scotland, Intercape, Live Nation, Proflight Zambia, Kenya Airways and Malawian Airways,” says Will.

Tickets can be bought online as well as locations around Malawi.

For more information and to buy your tickets, visit http://lakeofstars.org/index.php/tickets/

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

These Kenyan Artistes Want To Eradicate Malaria

Kenyan musicians have lend their voice to a malaria anthem under the Malaria No More campaign. The aim is to end malaria deaths.

The artistes are lead by gospel acts Daddy Owen and Size 8, Afro Soul diva Dela and rapper Octopizzo.

In the new malaria education campaign, the top Kenyan personalities will encourage families to use mosquito nets and other tools to save lives.

Speaking during the launch of the campain, Daddy Owen said, "I thank God for the opportunity as a young man to help people. There is a saying that we are the leaders of tomorrow but I believe we are the leaders of now. The only difference between a politician and a leader is that the politician is keen on the next election but a leader is keen on the next generation. It is not about an NGO involving celebrities in this campaign, this is something I’m passionate about and I will use my social media standing and good rapport with my fanbase to send the message across."

Check out the music video...

Akon Talks About His Lighting Project And Africa

Akon was in Washington DC this week for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where he caught up with POLITICO’s Mike Allen to talk about how he is “Lighting Africa” and why celebrity activism is on the decline.

“I think the United States probably may take the value of Africa just a little bit for granted. I think with the right partners, the right neighboring allies and the right support, Africa could be dominating,” he said.

“Because it has all the natural resources you can imagine, and if all the other countries actually got together and created unity, the dollar would be humongous.”

Akon will be in Kenya this September to launch his project.


TPF Darlings Are Back With Smile!

“Smile” is the debut single by Amos & Josh, East Africa’s latest and youngest afro pop act.

The golden duo rose to fame in 2013 after participating in Tusker Project Fame season six, music reality TV Show, where they emerged first runners up.

Amos & Josh are really excited and glad to present to East Africa and their fans, the first of their recordings.

“Smile” is a groovy African love song that boasts the duo’s story-telling lyricism, harmonious vocals and synchrony.

“Smile” has been performed and written by Amos & Josh and co-written by Bien Aime Alusa.

Produced by Cedric (Cedo) Kadenyi. Executive Production: Sauti Sol Entertainment.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Lupita Is Vanity Fair's Best Dressed Celeb! Whoop Whoop!

For their September issue, Vanity Fair has released its 2014 International Best-Dressed list.

On it are winners from this year's awards season as well as European royals, sports stars and businessmen. 

Lupita Nyong'o is joined by Cate Blanchett, both Oscar-winning actresses on the magazine's annual list.

Other celebrities who also make the list include Emma Watson and Emmy Rossum, Neil Patrick Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba. 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Jazz Stars In Nairobi For Jazz Under the Stars!

The Jazz Under the Stars event is here once again. This time with a special treat to the new and returning guests; artists Julian Vaughn and Phil Denny from USA.

Kenyan veteran guitarist Eddie Grey and the Ensemble, June Gachui and the Kenya National Youth Orchestra  will also be on stage!

Do not miss this year's event which will be at Nairobi Club on Ngong Road this weekend, August 2.

Purchase your VIP ticket today that will give you access to the exclusive VIP only section.

VIP tickets are Ksh 5,000 each and include a welcome Chivas cocktail and some hors d'oeuvres.

General Admission tickets are also available at Ksh 3,000.

Ice Prince Unveils His Line Of Cool Eyewear: Superfly

Nigerian rapper Ice Prince in association with The Keltop Group presents a new brand of eyewear dubbed Superfly.

Superfly by Ice Prince is a multi dimensional merchandising franchise, debuting with a premium eyewear line designed by a special team of designers.

The eyewear line will be introducing both a male and female line, as well as a more upscale line tagged “The Deluxe edition”.

In manufacturing this product, time and dedication was put into every detail.

Superfly classic is that urbane design crafted with finesse for both sexes.

The Cat-woman sunglasses were designed to fit the stylish chic, giving her an upscale look.

The sunglasses will be available for sale on all fashion retail outlets including www.konga.com and www.jumia.com.

Here Is One Bebe Cool Song You Will Love Every Day

Friday, 25 July 2014

South African Actress Xolile Tshabalala Appointed AFRIFF 2014 Ambassador

South African actress, Xolile Tshabalala has been appointed the ambassador  for the Africa International Film Festival.

In a press release, Xilole said, "I’m excited about anything that brings Africa together.”

She continued, "When Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF, called me, I had no choice but to jump at the offer-perhaps, it is also because it’s woman power. Yes, the festival is being run by an amazing woman.

"So, I feel excited about an opportunity for me to share my experience and belief about the beauty of Africa. More importantly, I am excited because it will also offer the opportunity to show that AFRIFF has demonstrated that she can hold a film festival equal to internationally acclaimed festivals.”

The South African actress, met with the AFRIFF team at the ongoing Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), where she held talks with the Project Director Afie Braimoh and the Artistic Director Keith Shiri who joined the team from London.

The actress, whose short film, Through Her Eyes, is screening at DIFF, was excited to join the team, having been eager to lend her voice to the much-publicised 4th edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)set for November 9 to16.

“I’m very excited as an artiste and as a female filmmaker. Also, as an African, I am so happy about anything that brings Africa together and puts us on the world map. I’m overwhelmed with joy for being a part of the AFRIFF team,” she said to reporters at the festival.

The star of Mnet’s Jacobs Cross and SABC1’s soap, Generation, alongside Nollywood actress Rita Dominic, will be the ambassadors for the festival.

Interestingly, Tshabalala resumed duty immediately, talking to people at the ongoing DIFF about the qualities that differentiate AFRIFF from other festivals.

AFRIFF holds at the popular Tinapa Business Resort in Calabar, Cross River State.

The event will feature daily film screenings, workshops, master classes, exhibitions, film premieres, glamorous opening and closing ceremonies. It will round off with an award night that will celebrate winning film entries.

Remember This Face: Genevieve Just Endorsed This Starlet!

Genevieve Nnaji has announced that an 18-year-old aspiring actress, Bola Suru, is the winner of Act The Part, an online contest.

Bola, a university admission seeker exhibited undeniable acting skills which shot her to the frontline in the contest amidst thousands of contestants who sent in videos re-enacting a role from a Nollywood movie of their choice.

The young aspiring actress could not contain her joy when she received the news.

“I have practically been praying about this since I emerged one of the three finalists. My sister actually found out about the competition and encouraged me to be a part of it. I am so excited about this”, says Bola.

 “Genevieve inspires me so much and I really can’t wait to meet her and ask all the many questions I need answers to as it concerns acting as a career”, she adds excitedly.

From the numerous entries received for the contest, three acts made it through the tough selection process and were announced as finalists last week: Bola Suru, Michael Akan and Chioma Okoye.

Bola emerged winner via popular votes. Bola came tops for re-enacting a role from the movie, Broken Heart; Michael’s re-enactment of his role from the movie Ije, which features Genevieve Nnaji earned him the second position while Chioma came third for her role from the movie Mirror Boy.

The Amstel Malta brand ambassador, Genevieve Nnaji also expressed her delight over the passionate participation from her fans.

“I started off my career at the age of eight, so seeing young talents very keen about what they do gives me so much pleasure because I can relate to that really well. I’m very thankful to Amstel Malta for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to meeting Bola Suru. We are definitely going to have a fun day together,” she said.

As winner of the competition, Bola will spend a fun filled day with the superstar actress and also win a fab makeover courtesy of Amstel Malta.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Kenyan Filmmakers May Submit For Africa International Film Festival

Kenyan filmmakers now have a chance to submit their films for the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) taking place in Calabar, the tourism hub in Nigeria.

The submission deadline is July 24, 2014.

“For your film to be considered for the 4th Africa International Film Festival, please include a DVD copy of the film, plus a synopsis and/or press kit as soon as possible. You can also send an online screener via dropbox to info@afriff.com. We also require you to complete our entry submission form,” Artistic Director, Keith Shiri stated.

Shiri added, "Guidelines and entry forms can be found on the festival website on  and other platforms such as Facebook, FB Group, Twitter and Instagram.

Shiri, an advisor for the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival (LFF), noted that eligible films must have been produced after January 1, 2013, while preference will be given to films which are yet to be screened globally or in Africa.

Shiri described the film festival as “a platform that seeks to give expression to African cinema, by recognising and rewarding excellence in the industry.”

According to him, categories for entry will include Feature, Short, Documentary and Animation, with monetary award prizes ranging from $3000 to $6000. Urging interested filmmakers to ensure that they read the rules and regulations thoroughly before submitting their films for the award segment of the festival, the artistic director disclosed that Short films must be of 40 minutes or less, while Feature length films must exceed 40 minutes.

The event, will feature daily film screenings, workshops, master classes, exhibitions, film premieres, glamorous opening and closing ceremonies, and will round off with an award night that will celebrate winning film entries, as well as their cast and crew.

Although the festival started four years ago, it made its debut in Calabar, last year, with American actress Lynn Withfield and Nollywood star Rita Dominic as ambassadors of the festival.

Shiri, in a recent interview assured that this year’s outing will be more glamorous and resourceful.

Sauti Sol Serenade Pretty Women In New Jam

At the stroke of midnight, Sauti Sol released their latest single tiled Sura Yako.

The single is an ode to a beautiful soul that has captured the heart of the Sauti Sol boys.

Sura Yako Swahili for your face is the fourth single off the group's third album, Live and Die in Africa set to drop this year.

Sura Yako is written and produced by Sauti Sol under Sauti Sol Entertainment.


Waje And Tiwa Savage Get Cheated On By Hot Boyfie

Remember when Nairobi women almost lynched newspaper columnist, Njoki Chege for her article?

The article that blamed ladies, claiming they are the reason why men cheat on them?

Well, Waje and Tiwa Savage tackle that same issue in their newest musical project, Onye.

The storyline follows model and Mr Nigeria title holder, Brian Okwara as he double deal both Waje and Tiwa.

The two ladies pull all the stops to keep Brian interested including pounding yam in sexy lingerie and throwing expensive gifts his way.

But there is the woman who owns his heart and pocket. Brian walks off with an even richer sugar mummy played by singer Omawunmi.

Watch the video below, the storyline is excellently executed.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Jua Cali's Facebook Verified! Curbs Online Identity Theft

Genge master, Jua Cali is a happy man. He has been validated as an online force to contend with.

Jua Cali's Facebook page boasts over 200,000 followers and counting has just been facebook-verified.

He joins the well-known public figures and pages with large followings who are verified by Facebook as having an authentic identity.

According to apress statemnet for Jua Cali's label, Calif Records, "This will go a long way in curbing fake identity thieves who have been using pseudo Calif and Juacali Facebook profiles to perpetrate illegal activities and ride on the popularity of the brands."

Davido: I Never Thought I Would Win The BET Award

The reigning Best International Act in this year's BET Awards never thought he would win the award.

Nigerian rapper, Davido spoke during an upbeat event, which was held at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa’s office in Ikoyi, Lagos, saw media treated to a luxurious breakfast as they mingled with the BET awards returnees as well as VIMN Africa’s Colette Otusheso, and many others.

Talking during the media chat, Davido said, “When I was hanging out with the other nominees before the awards in LA, I never thought I would win because I have worked with almost everyone on that nomination list, and they are amazing artists."

He added, "The African category of the Best International Act was a tough one so when I was announced as the winner, I was absolutely stunned and elated!”

A congratulatory Ice Prince also commented on Davido’s win. “I was really excited when I heard them call Davido’s name… he is a really talented artist and it’s encouraging to see African artists being recognized for their hard work.”

Monday, 21 July 2014

Ricky Na Marafiki Goes Swahili

Ricky Nanjero na Marafiki band would like to invite you to AN EVENING OF AFRO JAZZ at alliance francaise Nairobi.

An evening of afro jazz is a monthly show that happens every last Tuesday of the month and its always soldout This month’s theme is Swahili Edition.

It will get to showcase Ricky na marafiki band and Juma and the Tutu band while indulging the audience in Swahili jazz from Kenya's best Afro jazz sensations.

The event will take place at the Alliance Francaise, in the Wangari Maathai Auditorium. A vibrant, passionate audience is expected.

Lupita Looks Exquisite In Elle France

Acting darling Lupita Nyong'o has landed another magazine cover.

Check her out on the Elle France. The Kenyan actress and Oscar winner is decked out in a canary yellow, asymmetric Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown on the cover for the summer issue.

Lupita talks about life after her breakthrough success in her role as Patsey in 12 Years A Slave among other things.

Anyhow, watch out for this silver screen star in other productions like Star Wars: Episode VII and as she lends her vocal talents to "The Jungle Book" opposite Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba.

Intimate Details And Photos From WizKid's Hennesy Birthday Party

Premium cognac, Hennessy brought some of the biggest names in the music industry last week to celebrate Nigeria’s youngest StarBoy, Wizkid.

The event which held at the newest club in Lagos, Escape in Victoria Island Lagos, had Wizkid party with close friends, family and colleagues throughout the night as he turned a year older on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Wizkid who came to the party with his girlfriend, Tania Omotayo and his EME colleagues Banky W and Shaydee received a massive 3 litre bottle of Hennessy from Moet Hennessy Brand ambassador, Sam Okwandu as well as free Hennessy drinks for his friends and well wishers.

Other faces at the Hennessy party include Timaya, D’Prince, Ice Prince, Skales, TeeBillz, Seyi Shay, Moet Abebe, Stephanie Coker, Kay Switch, Fade Ogunro, Maria Okanrende, DJ Spinall, DJ Caise, Eniola Badmus among many others.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Kenyan Story Featured In Week Long Documentary Screening

A Kenyan story will be features in what is termed as a world first where a full week of African documentary films are broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65).

This unique film event will see a diverse and exciting range of films screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa, to coincide with the Durban International Film Festival, the largest film festival in South Africa that takes place from July 17th – 27th.

The diverse range of stories from east Africa provide both historical and current insights into our amazing continent.

Coming of Age – Kenya

This coming of age story from Judy Kiginge depicts the three ages and stages of democracy as seen through the eyes of a girl growing up. The Kenyatta era, a time of great optimism and post-independence euphoria is reflected in the innocence and naivety of the young girl.

As Kenya enters its next era, of dictatorship under Daniel arap Moi, the gloom of oppression and confusion is reflected by teenage turmoil and finally, all grown up, we find ourselves in Kenyas third stage of democracy under Mwai Kibaki and wondering if democracy, with all its free speech and openness can ever really come of age.

Coming of Age will screen Monday July 21st at 19:30 (GMT + 2)

Open Heart – Rwanda

An Oscar-nominated documentary of eight Rwandan children who leave their families behind and embark on a life-or-death journey to receive high-risk open-heart surgery in Africa’s only free-of-charge, state-of-the-art cardiac hospital, the Salam Centre.

Open Heart will screen on Thursday July 24th at 21:00 (GMT + 2)

War Child - Sudan

War Child is an award-winning documentary that chronicles the shocking, but inspiring odyssey of Emmanuel Jal.

A former child soldier of Sudan’s brutal civil war, he is now an international hip-hop star sharing a message of peace for his war-torn land.

War Child will screen on Monday July 21st at 19:30 (GMT + 2)

Concerning Violence – Pan Africa

Concerning Violence is a bold and fresh visual narrative from Africa based on newly discovered archive material covering the most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule.

This powerful footage is combined with text from Frantz Fanon’s landmark book The Wretched of the Earth - written in 1960 and still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today, as well as the unrest and the reactions against it.

The film describes the uprisings that led to Africa’s decolonisation. Once again, Olsson concentrates on archive material filmed in Africa by Swedish documentary filmmakers and television journalists between 1966 and 1984.

Footage of liberation movements in Angola, the Frelimo in Mozambique and the struggle for independence in Guinea-Bissau are juxtaposed with documentary images of Swedish missionaries in Tanzania and a strike in a Swedish mine in Liberia.

Musician Lauryn Hill brings to life Fanon’s polarising texts which structure and provide commentary on the film’s visual material.

A glimpse of today’s smouldering conflicts along the old colonial borders shows that, even 50 years after Fanon’s death, Africa is still dealing with the consequences of centuries of European raids and interventions.

Concerning Violence will screen on Tuesday July 22nd at 18:00 (GMT + 2).

Coach Zoran & His African Tigers – South Sudan

As South Sudan approaches its third anniversary as the world’s newest nation, it is apt that one of the films to be screened takes a unique perspective on the country.

Coach Zoran & His African Tigers follows the country’s ambition to re-enter the world football stage with a newly formed national team.

South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011, following almost 50 years of civil war. Although still steeped in the memories of countless victims of violence, the new nation is seeking to make a place on the international soccer stage by forming its first national team.

The man called in for this task is the Serbian Zoran Djordjevic, a dynamic and hugely ambitious veteran coach.

The film follows the team over its first year, from the hunt for new players to buying a sheep called Champion as its mascot and the first international games.

Zoran’s aggressive and even dictatorial style soon leads to conflict with the chair of the soccer federation and several senior politicians.

As the euphoria of independence subsides, the team finds itself hit by bitter infighting, malaria and a financial crisis that threatens the state itself.

What follows is a darkly comic and original portrait of the birth of a nation.

Coach Zoran & His African Tigers screens on Tuesday July 22nd at 21:00 (GMT + 2).

God Loves Uganda - Uganda

The film follows evangelical leaders in American and Uganda, along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

Through verit̩, interviews, and hidden camera footage Рand with unprecedented access РGod Loves Uganda takes viewers inside the evangelical movement in both the US and Uganda.

God Loves Uganda records the culture clash between enthusiastic Midwestern missionaries and world weary Ugandans.

God Loves Uganda will screen Thursday July 24th at 18:00 (GMT + 2)

Basketmouth To Perform At Just For Laughs Comedy Festival In Canada

Nigerian King of Comedy, BasketMouth will be flying the flag for African comedy as he becomes the first ever Naija comedian to perform at the annual "Just for Laughs" comedy festival in Montreal, Canada.

Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) and DStv will be flying BasketMouth and South African comics John Vlismas and Mpho Popps off to Montreal, Canada this month to participate in the legendary Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival (20-27 July).

BasketMouth will make his Festival debut at various clubs during the week, while veteran South African comedian John Vlismas returns to Just For Laughs to perform in Talk of The Fest, one of the Festival's premiere club shows.

Vlismas's performance is being taped as part of the Just For Laughs: All Access television series, and will air onComedy Central later in 2014.

Commenting Evert van der Veer, Channel Director, Comedy Central, Africa, "African comedy has the potential to be one of the African continent's most powerful cultural exports and we are very proud to have John, Mpho and Basketmouth representing Comedy Central in Canada. We are delighted to facilitate their presence at Just For Laughs – one of the world's most important international comedy events."

Expressing his delight, BasketMouth says, "I am extremely humbled by the opportunity and I intend to give it more than my best shot and the best of me; it is certainly a dream come true."

John Vlismas added, "I am so excited to be going back [to Montreal] after about nineyears… I'm going back a lot more experienced, more divorced, more tattooed and more focussed than ever. I'm going determined to make an impression this time: I'll take hostages if I have to!"

"Just For Laughs is thrilled to welcome Comedy Central Africa back to the Festival for a third consecutive year." said Bruce Hills, C.O.O., Just For Laughs.

Follow BasketMouth's progress at the Just for Laughs festival by following their regular tweets from Montreal using the hashtag #CCLive.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Techie's, iPhone 5 Lands In Nairobi

Airtel Kenya in partnership with Apple Inc., makers of the iPhone range of smartphones, has today launched the iPhone 5s on the Airtel network.

With this announcement, Airtel will officially stock the iPhone 5s handset in its outlets. The partnership will offer mobile phone customers across the country an opportunity to purchase the smartphone in Airtel outlets.

Speaking during an event to unveil the iPhone 5s this morning, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi described the company’s partnership with Apple as the coming together of two great brands, saying the partnership is a demonstration of Apple’s trust in Airtel. Mr. Youssefi added that the collaboration ensures that customers can easily get the smartphone in Airtel’s shops as they also experience Airtel services.

He further said that, “iPhone 5s is believed to be one of the highest quality smartphones in the world. A smartphone of this nature is best used on a network that offers high speed internet services, out 3.75G network which is fast and available in major cities and towns in Kenya. Customers can enjoy all the multimedia services on the iPhone 5s on Airtel network: make clearer calls, access high speed internet and enjoy live streaming at high speeds. At Airtel, we believe that the future of mobile telephony is mobile Internet and so we are repositioning to revolutionize this landscape with innovative value offerings and strategic partnerships. Our partnership with Apple is a testimony to our desire to lead with Internet. This will provide us a leverage to empower our customers to enjoy high-speed Internet services on their devices and mobile phones on our network.”

Mr. Youssefi reiterated that Airtel believes in offering the best products and services to its customers and will continue to go to great lengths to partner with world class service and product leaders such as Apple to ensure highest levels of service and latest generation technology.

Customers who buy the iPhone 5s which goes for Ksh. 86,500 from Airtel get 10GB internet bundle for 3 months period after purchase.

This is in addition to a 1 year Apple warranty supported by the official apple distributor in Kenya, EMS.