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Face of Africa: Finalists Mingle with Naomi Campbell as Finale Nears

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The 12 M-Net Face of Africa semi-finalists impressed the judges and designers at Swahili Fashion Week during castings and early shows – but in last week’s tension-filled episode, they took to the catwalk for the Fashion Week Finale knowing they’re just one step
away from the Face of Africa Finale in Lagos this Saturday.
 
After a successful show for South African fashion icon David Tlale, the elated finalists were brought back to earth with a bump as they faced the final elimination.

Two models were sent home in a heart-stopping elimination process and as the top 10 finalists struggled to balance the joy of making it to the final with the sadness of losing two of their number, Face of Africa judge Juanita Daniel revealed that they will be treading the catwalk one more time – in a charity fashion show with international fashion icon and supermodel Naomi Campbell!
 
Campbell’s Fashion for Relief teamed up with the White Ribbon Alliance to raise funds for charity in Dar es Salaam and the Face of Africa Finalists were invited to join the charismatic supermodel on the ramp. This unprecedented opportunity left the finalists speechless – apart from their shrieks of delight when Campbell visited them and greeted them one-by-one!
 
After the show, the supermodel had nothing but praise for the M-Net Face of Africa Finalists. “I want to thank all of you beautiful women – you’ve done extraordinary work and you look like you’ve been walking the ramp for years,” she said. “I’m so impressed and I want to thank you all for giving your time – I’m really grateful and I’m so happy to have worked with you all.”
In last week’s episode, viewers also travelled home with Zimbabwean Rosanna (the feisty extrovert whose brother says she will set the bar for African models just as Oluchi did), Mozambique’s Ernania (whose mom says she cries every time she sees her on television doing so well on Face of Africa) and Marvis from Nigeria (the natural entertainer who is living her fashion dream through Face of Africa) to find out more about them.
 
The top 10 finalists made it through boot camp, did a high fashion calendar shoot, participated in fashion editorials for True Love East Africa and Dossier Magazine and wowed fashion experts at Swahili Fashion Week, where they shared the catwalk with a legendary supermodel – does it get any better than that for an aspiring model?
 The M-Net Face of Africa 2010 is set to be named – and she is guaranteed to walk away from the Finale this Saturday with a ready-made superstar model toolkit – a modeling contract from O Model Africa, $50, 000 in cash from M-Net, skincare products for 12 months from Iman Cosmetics and a trip to New York, courtesy of Arise Magazine, to participate in New York Fashion Week.

 

 


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Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

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Mai Mala Buni, governor of Yobe State has approved the appointment of experienced casual staff working at Yobe Broadcasting Corporation (YBC) and Yobe State Television (YTV).

Yobe Gov Approves Employment of Staff @ State Owned Broadcasting Stations

This is as part of efforts to ensure enough manpower for the on-going digitization of the two stations.

Abdullahi Bego, commissioner for Information, Home Affairs, and Culture revealed this when the officials of the Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers Union (RATAWU) paid him a courtesy visit at the office in Damaturu.

Bego said the governor had after approving millions of naira for the total overhauling of the two stations directed for formulation of all strategies that will ensure effective implementation of the digitization process.

The commissioner also said, “His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni is passionate about the digitization process of the media organizations in the state especially when it comes to equipment, staff strength and capability.

“The next step is the training and retraining of the staff of the two media organisations for efficiency in the execution of their job,” Bego disclosed.

He said the casual staffs billed for employment were serving at the stations for more than eight years while others five to six years without permanent appointment letters.

“We feel it is good to employ them taking into cognizance their experience in the system and dedication to duty.”

Bego commended RATTAWU among other members of the organization for their effort in informing, enlightening, and entertaining the public at all times.

Comrade Nasiru Illiya, chairman of RATTAWU, while speaking, said they were at his office to register their gratitude to the giant stride of Governor Mai Mala Buni, especially on the digitization of the two media organisations in the state.

“Sir, we are equally very grateful to note that within your short stay as commissioner of Information, we have started witnessing a positive transformation in the sector through the award of contracts worth millions of naira for upgrading YBC and YTV from analogue to digital transmission

“As I am speaking to you now, YBC is online transmission live,” Illiya disclosed


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FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its partnership with Arese Ugwu for the television adaptation of her best seller, Smart Money Woman.

FirstBank Supports Author on New TV Series

The weekly show – in its first season – is billed to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase this Wednesday.

The Smart Money Woman is a programme that shows the experiences, sacrifices, struggles and vigour of women in society as they carry out their day to day activities in spite of the gender imbalance in the society, especially in Africa.

The series is an adaptation of Smart Money Woman written to tackle debt, providing tips on inculcating the right savings culture of the African middle class (why don’t we say – every individual – as against limiting to African middle class), the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The half hour 13-episode series which is directed by Bunmi Ajakaiye and Co-, produced by Kemi Lala Akindoju, Akin Marinho and Arcadia Tv Africa would have viewers exposed to financial literacy nuggets. Its cast include; Osas Ighodaro, Toni Tones, Ini Dima-Okojie, Eby Eno, Eso Okolocha, Timini Egbuson, Karibi Fubara, Tope Tedela, Seun Ajayi and Temisan Emmanuel.

According to Arese Ugwu, author and executive producer, Smart Tribe Media; “The Smart Money Woman is a love letter to every modern and upwardly mobile African women who are exploring life opportunities and experiences to find that right balance in their day to day activities especially in their career, friendship, relationship and of course, family.”

“We thank First Bank of Nigeria Limited for being the first corporate sponsor to believe in my dream and take a chance on a first-time producer. This is a partnership we are pleased to reckon with, whilst we recognise how they have successfully empowered women across the geo-political zones in Nigeria through its various initiatives, especially the FirstGem product. They have provided mentoring, support and capacity building opportunities for all to create a new generation of financially literate women thereby contributing to the continued growth and development of the country.”

Speaking on the TV show, Folake Ani-Mumuney, group head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said: “FirstBank has been at the forefront of promoting female empowerment and we understand the role financial literacy plays in deepening financial inclusion, whilst promoting female independence.

The essence of the TV programme is to raise financial awareness to inspire every individual in the society, especially women, to make informed choices and take effective actions for their financial wellbeing, she concluded.”


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OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

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OurTV, a DTH free TV broadcast satellite service provider, has secured broadcast rights for Laliga matches in Nigeria.

OurTv Secures LaLiga Broadcasting Rights for Nigeria

OurTV will broadcast Laliga Santander matches live on its Sports Channel 120.

Commenting on the development, Olushola Peters, Head of Marketing of OurTV, said: “This is one major milestone for OurTv and we want to thank our esteemed users, who have always believed and supported us. We value your input and suggestions as it is a core culture in OurTv to listen and please our viewers as much as we can.”

OurTv is a Direct-To-Home (DTH) TV broadcast satellite service with onetime payment of set-up boxes that offers over 18 unique and exciting channels with the use of homegrown services.


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