Friday, 25 July 2014
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.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.
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.
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
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
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 verité, interviews, and hidden camera footage – and with unprecedented access – God 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)
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
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.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Nigeria reality TV show star, Uti Nwachukwu will be host the country's biggest talent reality show.
This honorary son of Kenya - thanks to Biggie's Sheila Kwamboka - will on July 19 host ‘Star The Winner Is’.
The unusual show which saw thousands of hopefuls audition in 5 cities in Nigeria for a chance to step on the big stage is now set to deliver a nail-biting and exciting 3months as it will infuse the performance of a singing competition show and the strategy of a game show into a thrilling series.
“The contestants have to believe in themselves because as much as performers need confidence, they also have to be objective and say, I wont win this round, that is where the mental warfare begins,” adds Uti.
"Uti is a versatile, seasoned host and we are thrilled to be working with him," said Tokunbo Adodo, Marketing Manager Star, Goldberg and Export.
"With Uti at the helm on air introducing surprising and competitive twists, viewers are sure to be immersed and entertained," adds Adodo.
The first ever season of the show is set to air from July 19 on Saturdays African Magic 10:00pm, Sundays AIT Network 10:30pm, Sundays WAP TV 10:30pm, Thursdays ONTV 10pm and other stations nationwide.
The reality TV show is shot by Star Lager in partnership with creators of global singing show, The Voice, Talpa International B.V.
The Chair of Judges, Jackie May MBE, announced Okwiri Oduor as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held on Monday, 14 July at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
‘My Father’s Head’ explores the narrator’s difficulty in dealing with the loss of her father and looks at the themes of memory, loss and loneliness.
The narrator works in an old people’s home and comes into contact with a priest, giving her the courage to recall her buried memories of her father.
Jackie Kay praised the story, saying, “Okwiri Oduor is a writer we are all really excited to have discovered. ‘My Father’s Head’ is an uplifting story about mourning – Joycean in its reach. She exercises an extraordinary amount of control and yet the story is subtle, tender and moving. It is a story you want to return to the minute you finish it.”
Okwiri Oduor directed the inaugural Writivism Literary Festival in Kampala, Uganda in August 2013.
Her novella, The Dream Chasers was highly commended in the Commonwealth Book Prize, 2012.
She is a 2014 MacDowell Colony fellow and is currently at work on her debut novel.
Monday, 14 July 2014
Friday, 11 July 2014
The UK citizen who is also the boss at Virgin Group that includes Mahali Pazuri, a high end luxury safari camp, said in a blogpost that no country should ever post travel advisories to warn its citizens against visiting another country.
In a blog post Thursday, Richard Branson cited the recent example of British authorities warning against travel to Kenya due to the threat of terrorism.
"They are giving the false impression that Kenya is too dangerous to visit," Branson wrote.
"This is effectively a ban on travel, rather than leaving people to make up their own minds, having been given all of the information."
He continued: "Travel advisories urging people not to visit countries are exactly what terrorists want. They destroy economies, creating the dire circumstances and resentment where extremism is more likely to thrive. No country should put out advisories against countries that suffer terrorist attacks. Instead, they should continue to support them through tourism and trade."
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
This broadcast event is an important step for African filmmakers and African stories taking centre stage for a full week of broadcasting.
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 AfriDocs Film Week will connect the largest film festival in Africa through a ‘film festival at home’ featuring documentary films from thirteen countries in Africa – D.R.C., Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.
“So many documentary films have been shot in Africa, but very few have been seen by African audiences”, says AfriDocs Executive Producer Don Edkins from Steps in Cape Town, “this heralds a new era of distribution for the continent.”
The other filmmaker who will join Kibinge in showcasing their film include Idrissa Guiro, Sani Elhadj, Licinio Azevedo, Rehad Desai, Andrey Samoute Diarra, Osvalde Lewat, together with filmmakers Mika Karismäki, Thierry Michel, Roger Ross Williams, Abby Ginsberg and Göran Olsson amongst others.
These African documentaries tell a range of stories; from films about great African artists, such as singer and activist Miriam Makeba (Mama Africa) and the Malian photographer Malik Sibidé (Dolce Vita Africana), to political / historical films on leaders Patrice Lumumba and Liberian President Sirleaf Johnson, as well as films about revolutionaries, farmers, gangsters, illegal immigrants, and activists.
This season promises to take the show to a new level with Mozambique joining the bandwagon to bring more diversity into the production.
The one-of-a-kind teen centric music show brings together artists from different genres and regions to create a modern, unique and authentic African sound.
Popular artistes from Nigeria including Burna Boy, Flavour, Seyi Shay, Chidinma, Phyno, Iyanya and Olamide – together with Waje from last season – will come together to participate in Season Two.
East African artists will include Kenya’s Fena Gitu, Rabbit, Victoria Kimani and Jay A.
Tanzania’s Joh Makini and Shaa will be representing their country while neighboring Uganda will present Navio and Jackie Chandiru as well as Lillian Mbabazi who took part in the maiden season.
Neyma and Jose Valdemiro will represent Mozambique.
“Music is one way Coca-Cola brings Africa together regardless of race, religion, economic status, language or gender. Through Coke Studio, we have the rare opportunity to not only bring Africa’s artists together, but also create a modern sound that will appeal to teens,” said Ahmed Rady, Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa Business Unit Marketing Director.
“We hope to connect with our teens and provide them with a firsthand unforgettable music experience,” he explained.
Speaking at the contract signing and unveiling session, popular Kenyan musician Rabbit, said that he was excited to be part of the Season 2 show. “It is a privilege for me to be chosen by Coca-Cola to be part of this great music production. I hope to make it worthwhile for both myself and my fans.”
Season One saw 24 artists from 8 countries create over 46 songs. They included Grammy award winners such as Salif Keita from Mali and King Sunny Ade from Nigeria.
Other popular artists who took part were MI, Waje, Jimmy Jatt and Bez from Nigeria; Octopizzo, Miss Karun and Just a Band from Kenya; Hip Hop Pantsula, and Tumi from South Africa; Boddhi Satva from the Central African Republic; Diamond Platinumz and Lady Jaydee from Tanzania; Joel Sebunjo, Qwela and Lillian Mbabazi from Uganda; and the Culture Music Club from Zanzibar.
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Leading Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, is calling on her fans to be part of an amazing opportunity to spend a fun-filled day with her.
The Amstel Malta brand ambassador and award-winning actress, is inviting fans to join the exciting online competition “Act The Part”, and showcase exceptional acting skills with the golden opportunity of a fantastic experience with her.
To take part in the online competition, fans are expected to act any role from a selected movie of their choice in just 2 minutes and upload here.
Genevieve Nnaji, who was announced as a brand ambassador alongside Nigerian Chelsea mid-fielder, Mikel Obi at the 2nd edition of the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards in February 2014, has promised a very splendid experience for the lucky winner.
Entries close 12 midnight on Wednesday, the 9th of July 2014.
Thursday, 3 July 2014
Burna Boy’s new single which was produced by award winning producers Spellz has shown that the duo means business.
Don Gorgon which is patois for “Respected individual”, saw its Mp3 version released on the 27th June after the music video teaser dropped jaws.
Burna Boy has become one of the hottest and sought after artists in Africa, hailed for his base voice and reggae influenced flow, he is a force to be reckoned with.
Shot in South Africa, it this is another work of art and complements his previous work which has been leaving marks on in fans and music lovers.
Burna said: “I’ve been quite for a bit, but I never stop working. You know I love the summer. I had to give the fans something to groove to and I hope they love it”.
The track premiered last week in Nairobi, Kenya, where Burna is currently recording for Coke Studio Africa.
Wednesday, 2 July 2014
It was a night full of electrifying performances, emotional speeches and unforgettable moments at the "BET Award '14" - also known as the "Black World Cup," according to hilarious host Chris Rock -- which took place at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE last night (Sunday 29 June).
Young Money and Beyoncé both took home three awards, as did acclaimed film "12 Years A Slave" which swept the film award categories. Pharrell Williams and August Alsina each won two awards, while Nigerian phenomenon Davido bought home the trophy for Best International Act: Africa.
Presenter Kerry Washington, making her first television appearance since giving birth to daughter Isabelle in April, got in on the night's fun with co-presenter Kevin Hart, who tried to convince the crowd that he was, in fact, Oliver Pope, a reference to Kerry's alter-ego Olivia Pope on her hit show "Scandal".
Pharrell Williams opened the show with an energetic rendition of "Come Get It Bae" surrounded by a bevy of cheerleaders, and was joined by surprise performer and fellow Virginia native, the amazing Missy Elliott, who brought the crowd to their feet to "Pass That Dutch."
Williams became a familiar face on the stage after winning both "Best Male R&B/Pop Artist" and "Video of the Year," and again coming on to present music icon Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chris Brown also made a triumphant return to the "BET Awards" stage that drew a standing ovation.
He proved he hasn't missed a beat delivering an incredible performance of "Loyal", which was amped up even more with appearances by Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker.
Taking a cue from Ellen DeGeneres' pizza delivery at this year's Oscar® Awards, Rock provided the audience with a delivery of Roscoe's Chicken 'n Waffles, which they accepted with enthusiasm.
Rock had the crowd laughing throughout the night, thanks to his riffs on a range of hot topics, from Donald Sterling to Jay-Z and Solange to Dr. Dre and the Beats/Apple deal.
A taped performance of Beyoncé and Jay-Z of "Partition" capped the epic night, which delivered on its promise to be the hottest ticket in town.
The "BET Awards '14 drew the biggest names in music, entertainment and sports, with appearances by Gabrielle Union, Keke Palmer, Regina Hall, Larenz Tate, Bow Wow, Keshia Chante, Eva Marcille, Terrence Jenkins, Keyshia Cole, Mike Tyson, Nick Cannon, Zendaya, DeSean Jackson, Boris Kodjoe, Gary Owen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chadwick Boseman, Tyrese and Nate Parker.
Tim King (Founder, President and CEO of Urban Prep Academies) and Denzel Thompson (a 19-year-old founder and manager of a successful community urban farm and garden) were recognized as the 2014 Shine-A-Light recipients.
The "BET Awards" is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The "BET Awards" franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET's #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers and athletes in 19 categories.
After a successful and exciting episode one, the VS Class Episode 2 is ready for take off!
Last episode, The Chairman, MI, multiple award lyricist, Mode 9, Rap diva, Sasha P, Rap Duo Show Dem Camp and a number of top MCs came together in April to launch The VS Class, the first of its kind hiphop radio show in Nigeria.
The first episode, which was hosted by OAPs, Olisa and Jimmie at the Beat FM featured ten underground MCs who showcased their skills by dropping sixteen mind-blowing bars for the opportunity to be named Nigeria's biggest MC. At the end of the show, underground rapper, Eclipse emerged winner of episode 1.
M.I, Mode9, Show Dem Camp, Sasha P, Eva and performed breath-taking freestyles non-stop that got everyone in the studio screaming with excitement.
The VS Class episode 2 will hold next Thursday, July 3rd at the Beat 99.9FM studios and will have the next set of judges including Illbliss, Reminisce, Falz and Yung6ix!
The show, which is sponsored by Hennessy features three episodes in 2014 and has guest judges including veteran rappers and DJs in the Nigerian music industry. The show will also honour rap icons in the Nigerian rap scene. These rappers will be placed on The VS Class Wall of Fame.
When it comes to Hip-Hop and modern-day R&B, the relationship between artistes and Hennessy is a full-blown pop culture phenomenon: artistes like 2 Pac, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, MI, Naeto C, eLDee, among many others.