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EeZee Conceptz Global Launches Esther Oji’s ‘Aka Ngozi’ Music Video

EeZee Conceptz Global has officially released another soul-lifting sound by the awesomely talented Minister Esther Oji.

 

The music video is a single gospel track, titled: ‘Aka Ngozi’, a celebration of the grace and mercies of God excellently created and delivered by the grace of God to bless the lives of all music lovers all over the world.

The thrilling music video, which is a sonorous blend of dance and instrumental display, also featured a comic cameo by popular Ghanaian comedian, actor, and TV presenter, Akwasi Boadi, a.k.a Akrobeto.

According to the anointed singer, the ‘Aka Ngozi’ music video was spiced with a unique production approach adopted by her record label EeZee Conceptz Global. “It’s definitely something unexpected. Crafted with excellence and spirituality. Not the regular approach but exceptionally away from the usual. Trust me it’s beautiful and most of all it would bless you, “she said.

Minister Esther Oji, – who recently joined the big EeZee Conceptz Global family, said the experience has been that of growth and expansion, which will propel her to achieve more goals in the gospel music space. She said: “I’ve been with EeZee Conceptz Global for almost 10 months now. The journey so far has been a great experience and a growth and expansion phase. It’s a whole new phase for me. It’s like I’m on a football field and there’s no stopping, I have to keep moving, and score as many goals for the Kingdom.”

The anointed music minister was unveiled with a maiden album – on the EeZee Conceptz Global label in 2022. The seven-track album titled “Sound of Heaven”, contained hit tracks such as ‘Mighty Chorus’, ‘Emmanuel’, ‘More Than Enough’, ‘Dependable Jesus’, ‘Worthy Jesus’, ‘Idi Ebube’ and ‘Highest Praise’.

The enthusiastic Minister Esther Oji hinted that she has more music loading. “A lot is cooking. Tracks are loading. So much to bless the world,” she said.

The new ‘Aka Ngozi’ music video is available for live streaming and download

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AMVCA 2023: Top Female Nominees to Watch Out for

The Nigerian film and movie industry and the continent at large are gearing up for another exciting edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) organized by MultiChoice. This year’s nominees list is a testament to the growth of the film and movie industry in Nigeria. Among the nominees are some A-list female acts who are no strangers to the AMVCA stage. Listed in no particular order, here are four female nominees to watch out for.

 

Funke Akindele

Funke Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa, has made her mark on the big screen. She won the Best Actress in a Comedy award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards for her lead role in the show Jenifa’s Diary. She repeated the feat in 2020 and earned nine nominations in 2022, including Best Actress for her movie ‘Omo Ghetto’. This year, Funke Akindele’s ‘Battle on Buka Street’ has garnered ten nominations, surpassing her previous record.

 

 

Mercy Johnson

Mercy Johnson’s career in the Nigerian film industry speaks for itself. She has been recognized for her onscreen talent with multiple AMVCA nominations, dating back to 2013 when she was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy, alongside Funke Akindele. In 2022, she was nominated for her role in the movie ‘The New Normal’ as Best Supporting Actress. This year, she is a contender in the category for Best Actress in a Comedy/TV Series.

 

 

Osas Ighodaro

Osas Ighodaro, a former beauty queen and winner of the Best Actress in a Drama Series at the 8th edition of the AMVCAs, has been in the acting industry since 2014. She also co-hosted the 2014 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards. This year, she is gunning for a consecutive grab. Osas is a contender for the Best Actress in a Drama, Movie, or TV Series category for her performance in the movie ‘Man of God’.

 

Bimbo Ademoye

Bimbo Ademoye is a rising star in the Nigerian movie industry, known for her versatile acting skills and ability to take on multiple roles. She has been nominated for three awards at the 9th Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA), including Best Actress in a Comedy, Best Online Social Content Creator, and Best Actress in a Drama. She began her acting career in 2014 with the short film ‘Where Talent Lies’ and was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy/TV Series at the AMVCA in 2018 and 2022 for her roles in the films ‘Backup Wife’ and ‘Breaded Life’, respectively.

 

Other returning AMVCA nominees to watch out for include Sola Sobowale, Ini Edo, Nse Ikpe-Etim, and Toni Tones. Voting has commenced. Visit Africa Magic website – www.africamagic.tv/amvca to vote for your favourite nominee(s).

The AMVCA 9 will be a three-day event from May 18-20, 2023, celebrating the talents of African film production, culture, fashion, music, and more. The awards are proudly brought to you by Africa Magic in Association with Multichoice and sponsored by Amstel Malta and Zagg Energy Drink. Join the conversation using the hashtag #AMVCA9 and follow @africamagictv for live tweets.

 

 

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The Real Housewives of Abuja Premieres, Meet The Socialites That Stepped Out For It

It was a night of glamour and style as Showmax premiered its latest original, The Real Housewives of Abuja at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, on the 11th of February, 2023.

 

Hosted by Media Personality and Content Creator, Hawa Magaji, the event had in attendance diplomats and top executives across various sectors, as well as celebrities and influencers. Some of the guests in attendance included The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Thami Mseleku; ex-BBNaija housemate, Jackie B; entrepreneur and influencer Oby Ohakim; and actress Ivie Okujaye among others.

 

The Real Housewives of Abuja which is set to debut on Showmax February 17, 2023, follows the luxurious lives of six influential women in Abuja – Arafa, Comfort Booth, OJ Posharella, Princess Jecoco, Samantha Homossany and Tutupie as they navigate their opulent lives, relationships, family and businesses in the powerful city of Abuja.

The South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Thami Mseleku, OJ Posharella and other guests

Speaking at the premiere, Opeoluwa Filani, General Manager, Showmax Nigeria said, “We are thrilled to introduce our latest Showmax Original, The Real Housewives of Abuja, which is the second installment of NBC’s The Real Housewives Franchise in Nigeria. At Showmax, we pride ourselves on delivering the best entertainment to our viewers, and this show isn’t any different. The fans are definitely in for a treat and we cannot wait for everyone to see it.”

 

The Producer of RHOAbuja and Creative Director of Delmedia Productions, Delmwa Deshi-Kura spoke on the work that was put into producing the show. According to her, “it took a village to make the Real Housewives of Abuja. In casting for the show, we ensured to put together the best cast that will deliver the drama and authenticity that this franchise has come to be known for, as well as bring their individual fabulousness into the show. And I daresay they delivered on all fronts.”

Opeoluwa Filani, John Ugbe, Steve Babaeko and Shumani Gereda

RHOAbuja is the latest in Showmax’s slate of original content for the year. The show will premiere exclusively on the streaming platform on the 17th of February, with a  new episode dropping every week.

 

Fans can join the conversation on social media with the official hashtag, #RHOAbuja

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Meet The Real Housewives of Nairobi

Shortly after announcing The Real Housewives of Abuja, which marks the second Nigerian instalment of the smash-hit franchise, Showmax has revealed the cast for The Real Housewives of Nairobi (RHONairobi), premiering on Showmax on 23 February 2023, with new episodes dropping every Thursday.

 

First announced in September 2022, The Real Housewives of Nairobi will follow five influential and successful women as they navigate their lavish lifestyles, relationships and careers in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

RHONairobi joins a library of other successful African adaptations such as Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban, with the latter now into its third season; Lagos, which was among the top 10 most-watched shows of 2022 on Showmax in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa; and Abuja, which premieres on Showmax on 17 February 2023.

 

And the housewives are:

Susan Kaittany is a serial entrepreneur and owner of Posh Palace Hair Studio and Spa and Polished, with the latter being a luxury fragrance and skincare shop. The mother of two left her law profession behind to pursue modelling and travelling before venturing into lifestyle and beauty entrepreneurship.

Vera Sidika is a media personality and entrepreneur. Married to singer Brown Mauzo, she is one of Kenya’s most talked about celebrities and alongside her entrepreneurial ventures into the Spa and Herbal Tea industries, Sidika has more recently expanded her talents to music. She has one daughter, with one more child on the way.

Sonal Maherali is a luxury influencer, fashion collector and entrepreneur. She established her niche through luxury vlogging in 2010 and the mother of four has since founded Simba Maharani, a luxury clothing and shoe line. Maherali is also an advocate for mental health awareness.

 

Minne Kariuki is an actress and entrepreneur, she is also married to Jaguar’s former manager and businessman Charles Muigai with whom they have two daughters. The youngest of the five housewives, Kariuki is sassy, bold and unapologetic about who she is. Currently, she is also starring in the Showmax Original drama series Single Kiasi.

Minne Kariuki is an actress and entrepreneur, she is also married to Jaguar’s former manager and businessman Charles Muigai with whom they have two daughters. The youngest of the five housewives, Kariuki is sassy, bold and unapologetic about who she is. Currently, she is also starring in the Showmax Original drama series Single Kiasi.

 

Lisa Christoffersen is an interior designer, author, business owner, rally driver and luxury safari curator. Christoffersen is the founder of Lioness Rally, the first women-only rally team in Kenya, and Lifestyle Nairobi, an artisanal space in Nairobi’s diplomatic hub of Gigiri, featuring an art gallery, restaurants, a spa, organic shops and fashion houses.

 

Speaking about why these women were selected and why they’re the embodiment of The Real Housewives of Nairobi, Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa said, “Each of the ladies has a strong personality and sure identity of themselves. They are hardworking, affluent, influential and unapologetic women who are not ashamed to live large and live well because they have earned it. They’re also a representation of the diverse communities we have in Kenya.”

The Real Housewives of Nairobi is produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television) and is part of The Real Housewives franchise licensed as a format by NBCUniversal Formats, which is part of Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group.

 

Watch the teaser trailer here: https://youtu.be/aJb-iZbbAyY

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Yemi Alade Expands Spotify’s EQUAL Universe, Emerges First to Join Programme in 2023

Nigerian artist and Africa’s female Afro Pop artist,Yemi Alade has joined the list of accomplished artists featured on the EQUAL Africa playlist and the Spotify’s EQUAL Africa programme, emerging the first artist for 2023 to be listed.

The Spotify EQUAL Africa programme seeks to provide female artists with the support and resources to grow their craft and reach worldwide audiences through multiple playlists. The beneficiaries also receive off-platform guidance and tools to help take their music careers to even greater heights.

“It’s a great time to be alive, female artists have quadrupled in number compared to a decade ago. The only thing we ask now, in this male-dominated industry, is for equal opportunities. Equal opportunities to be seen, for our talents to be showcased, because in the ‘universe of music’ there is no gender, only potential, creativity, and pure magic,” Alade says.

Alade is no stranger to the spotlight. With four albums, an EP and hit singles such as Johnny, Shekere, Africa, oh my gosh, and Bum Bum under her belt, she is part of the Afro Pop elite.

Her performances have lit up stages across Africa, Europe and the USA performing for among others, the British Royal Family, but this singer-songwriter is also a hit on the small screen. Alade is the first African female Afro Pop star to hit over 100 million views on YouTube and VEVO with her smash hit single Johnny, which is now the most viewed video from an African female pop star ever.

Alade is also a multi-award winner, taking home the 2015 and 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards for best female artist and has been nominated for multiple BET and MOBO Awards. She is a featured artist on the track Don’t Jealous Me, which appears on Beyoncé’s compilation album “The Lion King: The Gift”, alongside Mr Eazi and Tekno, and guests on the lead single on Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy winning album, “Mother Nature”.

Outside of her music, Alade is an actress and a UNDP Goodwill Ambassador who operates her own charity, the James and Helen Pathway Foundation.

“Yemi is such a talented artist who has already carved out a solid place in the music industry. Spotify is looking forward to showcasing her talent to an even wider audience, and working with her to further map out her success,” says Spotify’s head of music for Sub-Saharan Africa, Phiona Okumu.

Check out Yemi Alade’s track, Baddie, on the EQUAL Africa playlist.

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Five Ways to Show Up for Your Loved Ones This Festive Season

The holiday season is upon us!

 

From hangouts and concerts to carnivals and get-togethers, December is, indeed, alive with colourful events. With the festive season before us, here are five ways you can make this holiday season a special one for you and your loved ones.

 

Spend Time Together

Rather than rushing around shopping for your loved ones, why not spend time with them? Attend a Christmas play, bake cookies, attend a concert or simply have a fun game night. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and your regular routine to simply be together. Those memories last longer.

 

Perform an Act of Kindness

A nice way to celebrate Christmas is to express love to your family and friends through an act of kindness. Having a grateful mindset is essential to enjoying the holiday season. You can show kindness by giving a variety of gifts during the Christmas season, from fancy items to thoughtful and personalised presents, money, or even a year-long Showmax subscription.

 

Make your favourite meals

Christmas would not be complete without special meals prepared at home. Making your favourite meals with your loved ones will lift your spirits and make for a joyous Christmas celebration. You can also use this opportunity to finally learn how to make something that reminds you of them.

 

Take on a Christmas movie marathon on Showmax

Christmas movie marathons have become a popular holiday activity among loved ones. Why fight the urge when you have everything you need right at home? To stay warm, all you need is a streaming service, a bowl of popcorn, and a cosy blanket. Streaming on Showmax, allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones. With the streaming platform’s “Have a Showmax Festive” campaign, you can be sure to enjoy a variety of entertaining content.

 

Take a trip

Travelling during the holiday season can be an excellent way to spend quality time with those you care about. It’s the ideal time to disconnect from daily stresses and reconnect with the things that really matter in life: family, friends, laughter, love, gratitude, and spreading warmth. Discuss places you’d like to visit, restaurants you’d like to try, events you’d like to attend, and unusual places you’d like to visit. It is an excellent opportunity for you and your loved ones to try something new.

 

Have a swell time this holiday streaming the best of Showmax originals such as Flawsome, Crime and Justice Lagos, Diiche, The Real Housewives of Lagos, and many more award-winning local and international shows from as low as ₦‎1,200. Sign up on www.showmax.com to get started.

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5 Top Bimbo Ademoye Movies to Watch This Weekend

If you are as crazy about Bimbo Ademoye as we are, you should absolutely read this. The 31-year-old beauty is a delight onscreen and offscreen. When she’s not giving us rib-cracking moments on Instagram or slaying the red carpet, she’s putting on AMVCA-worthy performances in a range of roles.

 

We went on a search for some of her best movies this week and we found not one but five stellar ones on Showmax. So if you’re looking for a healthy dose of The Bimbo Ademoye Brilliance, here are five titles you should absolutely check out!

 

 

  1. The Real US

This drama also features other stars such as Alexx Ekubo and Timini Egbuson. It’s the story of two slum friends whose friendship is tested by fame. Nnamdi, played by Alex Ekubo, a common gateman, rises to stardom with the help of his female best friend Simi, played by Bimbo Ademoye, and must now choose between friendship and his newfound fame.

  1. Aviva

Aviva features Bimbo alongside Kunle Remi and Melvin Oduah. It’s about a young lady who treats everyone she meets with disdain. When Aviva, played by Bimbo Ademoye, hurts her spurned love interest, Kelechi, he plots with Sylvester, to get revenge. It turns out that Aviva is not only egotistic but has other cans of dirty secrets she must do everything to shield.

 

  1. Kiki’s Dilemma

Directed by Saheed Apanpa, the 2021 drama follows a young man who returns from the UK to Nigeria to get married to a lady, Kiki, prearranged for him by his parents. Her uncouth behaviour forces him to rethink his decision. Would Kiki have a change of attitude for love?

Kiki’s Dilemma stars Bimbo Ademoye, Okey Uzoeshi, and Jide Kosoko, among the other actors.

 

  1. The Reset

The Reset focuses on the only child of a single mother, Ego, who is misled by her boyfriend as they engage in all manner of criminal activity. She tries to fix her mistakes after her mother falls into a coma because of her incessant swindling and overbearing behaviour but it might be too late. The movie also features Baaj Adebule, Bimbo Akintola, and Jemima Osunde amongst others.

 

  1. Long Night

The story of The Long Night follows Vera, played by Bimbo, who is denied marriage to Vincent (played by Eso Dike), by her mother. Vera’s mother is adamantly opposed to her daughter’s engagement until she repents of her heinous lifestyle.

 

Watch all these and more premium entertainment for as low as ₦1,200 every month on Showmax. Visit www.showmax.com to sign up and get access to premium HBO shows, thousands of kiddies’ content, Nollywood shows and Africa Magic series, documentaries, blockbuster movies, reality shows, and more.

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OffAir with Gbemi, Toolz Is Coming To The Big Screens This November

A new season of the OffAir show with Gbemi and Toolz will launch on DStv and GOtv with never-before-seen episodes starting on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 9:30 pm on Africa Magic Urban (Ch153).

 

The OffAir show is a casual talk show/vodcast featuring the most hilarious and frank conversations about hot topics from entertainment to parenting and everything in between. Award-winning media stars Gbemi Olagbegi-Olateru and Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru-Demuren are the show’s beloved hosts. The duo created the talk series in response to demands from fans who had listened to Gbemi and Toolz’s daily engaging handover sessions on Beat (99.9) FM for almost a decade.

 

Toolz and Gbemi decided to take the conversation from radio to podcast and now television on DStv & GOtv, where they will engage in their signature cheeky banter and blunt repartee on every trending topic.

Commenting on the new development, Multimedia host Gbemi Olagbegi-Olateru said, “It hasn’t been easy being an on-air radio host for more than 14 years. We began this journey from radio, then moved the conversation to podcast/youtube, and now, the time is right to expand our territory to the big screens to reach more talk show lovers. Words cannot express how thrilled we are to see devoted fans supporting the show and us; and we are excited to continue this journey with the MultiChoice team. We are confident that this action will result in a mutually beneficial relationship, help us connect with our intended target audience and help the brand realise its objectives.”

The show, which officially launched in October 2019, racked up nearly a quarter of a million views on YouTube, over 25 thousand listens on the audio podcasts and almost 7,000 subscribers in just three months into the show. With over 25 thousand subscribers on YouTube now, the show has increased its audience reach and introduced more celebrity guests to drive more talkability.

Executive Head of Content and West African Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola, added, “We are more than willing to embark on this journey with the OffAir team. We will continue to strive for greater excellence and reach our primary objective, which is to provide premium entertainment to every African. We know people are never tired of entertaining content, and we believe we will work harder to offer them more value for less.”

The show had earlier premiered on DStv with reruns of old episodes available on YouTube. However, the new season premiering on DStv and GOtv this November only features new, never-before-seen Off-Air content. So, fans should prepare for more controversial discussions, progressive comments, superstar celebrity guests, and the most exciting banter between Gbemi and Toolz.

On the show, the ladies discuss various fiery topics from entertainment, dating, relationship, marriage, lifestyle and fashion. For more information about this show, visit https://www.dstv.com/en-ng/ or follow DStv on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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Bisola Aiyeola, Ini Dima-Okojie, Sharon Ooja, Enado Odigie Star in Upcoming Showmax Nigerian Original Series, Flawsome

Showmax has released the trailer for its latest Nigerian Original drama series, Flawsome, which debuts exclusively on the streaming service on 10 November 2022.

 

Flawsome revolves around the lives of four friends, portrayed by Bisola Aiyeola, Ini Dima-Okojie, Sharon Ooja and Enado Odigie, as they navigate their personal and professional lives while bound by the flawed yet unbreakable ties they share.

 

Winner of the 2018 AMVCA Trailblazer Award, Bisola Aiyeola takes on the role of Ifeyinwa, a hard-working heiress who has spent all her life preparing to become the CEO of her father’s company after his demise only to find out she isn’t her father’s choice candidate. Ini Dima-Okojie is Ramat, who has a seemingly perfect marriage, a perfect middle-class life and a great career, but her reality isn’t as rosy as it seems.

 

Sharon Ooja plays Ivie, a wide-eyed young woman who abandoned medicine and surgery for a career in fashion design with hopes of living the big city girl life. Enado Odigie plays Dolapo, a career-driven woman who continues to beat the odds as she moves steadily up the corporate ladder with the biggest clients in her portfolio.

 

Compelling, flawed and heartbreakingly human, these young women work hard, scheme, fall in and out

of love and nurture dreams both big and small. As their individual circumstances shifts, one thing

remains constant: their loyalty to one another and their devotion to the hustle.

The 13-part drama series, created and directed by Tola Odunsi, also stars Gabriel Afolayan, John Dumelo, Baaj Adebule, Iretiola Doyle, Toyin Abraham, Chris Attoh, Ali Nuhu, Joselyn Dumas and Shine Rosman.

 

“Flawsome explores friendship, relationships, career and some of the most important issues that affect young women across the world, and particularly in Nigeria, today,” said Dr Busola Tejumola, executive head of Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria.

“Flawsome’s lineup of stellar cast and its intricate but relatable storyline makes it a really solid series, one that I’m confident that the viewers will thoroughly enjoy,” Tejumola added.

Film producer, Tola Odunsi, who is popular for the hugely acclaimed web series The Men’s Club, takes the reins on Flawsome, and will be bringing the ingenuity that he has come to be known for into play in the Showmax Original.

“With Flawsome, it was important to create not just a glossy show but one with real depth that the audience would find very relatable,” said Odunsi.

Shot in the metropolitan city of Lagos, Flawsome comes hot on the heels of Diiche, Showmax’s first Nigerian Original limited series and joins the growing line-up of local content on the streaming platform.

Flawsome premieres 10 November 2022 on Showmax.

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/s9b5Il06X10

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Five Inspiring Nigerian Movies That Champion Girls’ Child Rights

The Nollywood industry has been at the forefront of telling African stories, especially Nigerian stories, as authentic as possible. This authenticity has led to the production of movies that speak about girl child rights in Nigeria to spotlight and raise awareness of problems facing the average girl child in Nigeria.

 

Here are five inspiring Nigerian movies that champion girl-child rights.

 

1. Dry

 

The 2014 film produced by Jane Lawalata and Stephanie Linus, explores themes like child marriage, Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) and the importance of education for women in a community. With the story of 13-year-old Halima, we went through a rollercoaster of emotions as she overcame her ordeal with the help of a female doctor, Zara.

 

2. Samaria

 

Samaria, a short film written by Chiemeka Osuagwu, is another film that addresses child rights and education. The film, which has received nominations at the 2022 Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival for Best Short Film – Nollywood and Best Short Film – International, peeks into the dangers young girls face in Nigeria and how society helps to derail their dreams and aspirations. See the link to the movie HERE.

 

3. Lionheart

 

In Nigeria, women are not exactly given a seat at the table until they fight for it and Lionheart, a 2018 film directed by Genevieve Nnaji, explores the subject. The movie is centred around Adaeze Obiagu (Genevieve Nnaji), who steps up to the challenge of running her father’s business because of his health issues.

 

4. This Lady Called Life

 

Aiye (Bisola Aiyeola) was a young lady whose family abandoned her because she got pregnant after being raped. Her mother, not believing her story and living her struggle through life while on her journey to becoming a chef, brought to life how young girls are automatically thrown to the cubs after one misstep or a traumatic experience. Kayode Kasum directed the 2020 romance movie.

 

 

5. MTV Shuga

 

MTV Shuga is a drama series that explores themes of gender-based violence, female empowerment, teen pregnancy and safe sex. The series, which has eight seasons, were directed by filmmakers like Biyi Bandele, Angus Gibson, Teboho Mahlatsi, Tolulope Ajayi, Tope Oshin and More.

 

Which other movies do you think should make the list?

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