Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AfroBeats Festival 2011 Press Conference

Factory78 was recently at the press conference of the first ever Afrobeats festival featuring African acts such as P-square,Wizkid and Iceprince. P-square the headliners acts used the opportunity to clear a few misconceptions about international collaborations on their album as well popular beliefs about their manager and video director Jude okoye. Watch the entire press conference here on Factory78tv


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Tim Godfrey – Champion ft. Banky W

Tim Godfrey, a part of the Gospel group Xtreme brings some new eargasm to us with his new joint which features Banky W. Produced by Masterkraft, Champion is an easy listen with a pretty sound message.


Tim Godfrey and the Xtreme Crew just released their long awaited album SoundCheck including their hit single “AGIDIGBA” (making waves in Nigeria’s most celebrated top 10, music Tv show) to the public, its a product that has been thoroughly diagnosed to meet international standard yet meet the needs of our immediate environment and most minor people even in deep remote areas.

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Exclusive Photos from the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards Nomination Event in Lagos

Uti Nwachukwu
Here are exclusive photographs from the Nomination announcement event in Lagos. (2011 Channel O Music Video Awards )
As always celebrities from the music industry were joined by their colleagues from the fashion and movie industry to find out who had been chosen as the “Most Gifted” nominees in 2011. On-Air personality, Toolz was the host while her Beat FM colleague DJ Caise held down the fort in the DJ booth.

Cobhams, Bez, Dr SID, Noble Igwe, Ohimai Atafo, Uti Nwachukwu, Retta, Waje and Nse Ikpe Etim are just a few of the celebrities who attended the event.

Check out photos from the event below.

Dolapo Oni
Noble Igwe
Eku Edewor
Eku & DJ Caise
DJ Caise
Photo Credit: Kola Oshalusi for Insigna
Photo Credit: Persnickety Media
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Check Out the Nominees for the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards

The nominees list for the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards have just been announced. Want you guess who is on the list? No need, you can find out if your favourite African music stars were nominated by scrolling down.

Nigeria was well represented as always! 2Face Idibia, D’banj, Banky W, Waje, Wizkid, Samklef, Tiwa Savage and many others grabbed noms.

You may vote by SMS, by Web –, by WAP and the MXit service.

1. D’Banj ft. Snoop Dogg- Mr Endowed (Remix)
2. Professor ft. Speedy – Lento
3. Navio – Keep Moving
4. Cabo Snoop – Windeck
5. Zakes Bantwini – Wasting My Time

1. Waje ft. Muna – So Inspired
2. Lizha James – Gotta Move On
3. STL – Lookie Lookie
4. Lira – Phakade
5. Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love

1. Wizkid – Holla At Your Boy
2. Keiko – How We Do
3. AKA – Victory Lap
4. Ice Prince/Brymo – Oleku
5. Zone Fam – Shaka Zulu On Em
6. Kwesta – Take That

1. HHP, Teargas & Liquideep – Born For This
2. Samklef ft. Wizkid, D’Prince & Ice Prince – Molowo Noni
3. Slikour ft. Various Artists – Dubala (Remix)
4. Ay ft. Ms Triniti – Good Look
5. Jozi – Electric Avenue
6. Paul G ft. Akon – Bang It

1. Oskido presents Black Motion/ Jah Rich – Banane Mavoko
2. STL – Lookie Lookie
3. DJ Cleo – Bhampa Side To Side
4. Darey – Ba Ni Ki Di
5. Black Coffee ft. Hugh Masekela – We Are One
6. Lizha James – Gotta Move On

1. Samini – Dadiekye
2. Wyre/ Cecile – She Say Dat
3. Black Dillinger – Volcano Erupt
4. Nazizi – Take The People Away

1. Theo – Ukhona
2. J-Martins ft. Fally Ipupa – Jukpa (Remix)
3. Shaa – Crazy
4. Jaziel Brothers – Woza
5. Flavour – Nwa Baby (Remix)

1. Brickz ft. Various Artists – Uzo’Gowala
2. The Dogg – This Is My Time
3. Howza – Hustler
4. Professor ft. Speedy – Lento

1. Jamali- Incurable
2. G2 ft. Trez Agah – Anti Chula
3. Loyiso ft. Khuli Chana – World Of Mine
4. Banky W. ft. M.I. – Feeling It
5. Leanne – Deal With It

1. Jesse Jagz ft. M.I. & Ice Prince – Nobody Test Me
2. ProVerb ft. Lungelo – The Beginning
3. Navio – Keep Moving
4. Collo – Chini Ya Maji
5. AKA – Victory Lap

1. Liquideep – Settle For Less
2. Cabo Snoop – Windeck
3. Khuli Chana – No More Hunger
4. C.R.I.S.I.S – The Fire Inside
5. L-Tido ft. K.O – We Rolling

1. Naeto C – 10 Over 10
2. Flavour – Nwa Baby (Remix)
3. D-Black ft. Dr. Cryme – Get On The Dance Floor
4. Asa – Why Can’t We
5. 2Face – Only Me

1. P- Unit/ Mimmo – Kare (Acoustic version)
2. Jaguar – Kigeugeu
3. Ay ft. Ms Triniti – Good Luck
4. Radio and Weseal, Keko – How We Do It (Remix)
5. Cpwaa ft. Various Artists – Action

1. Khuli Chana- No More Hunger
2. Samklef ft. Wizkid, D’Prince & Ice Prince – Molowo Noni
3. Zakes Bantwini- Wasting My Time
4. STL – Lookie Lookie
5. D’Banj ft. Snoop Dogg – Mr. Endowed (Remix)
6. AKA – Victory Lap
7. 2Face – Only You
8. Liquideep – Settle For Less
9. Navio – Keep Moving
10. Lira – Phakade
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Beyonce Knowles: Pregnant!!!!!

It was so alarming when Beyonce pop in with a surprising and marvelous looks.....Beyonce Knowles...Pregnant!!!

How was it confirmed?

The 2011 MTV Movie Awards got off to a rousing start before Lady Gaga even took the stage,  Beyonce revealed a baby bump on the red carpet and her rep later confirmed:

The singer is pregnant!

The father, of course, is husband Jay-Z, as the couple wed in 2008. Earlier this summer, Beyonce told Piers Morgan about her plans for parenthood and her career.

Well We wish nothing but the best to this new, growing family!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monalisa Chinda is Exquisite Magazine’s August 2011 Cover Star

The August 2011 issue of Exquisite Magazine features Nigerian actress, Monalisa Chinda as the covergirl! Monalisa chats with Exquisite about her career as an actress including how many movies she has featured in (Over 80!), how she got her big break (In the 1996 flick, “Pregnant Virgin”), her Glo endorsement and her next big project – “A sizzling soap opera titled CATWALQ“. Check out excerpts from the magazine below.

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Watch the African Queens’ interviews at Miss Universe 2011

The 2011 Miss Universe pre-finale competition is still on.
All the contestants are attempting to distinguish themselves from their competitors. One of the opportunities for the ladies to excel or flounder is the interview segment. Before the grand finale, the contestants all sit down for a taped interview.

Check out the interviews for all the African queens.
Nigeria’s rep – Sophie Gemal and Angola’s rep – Leila Lopes were our favorite interviews.

What do you think?

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Stephanie Okereke is the Kanekalon Hair Brand Ambassador

Nigerian star, Stephanie Okereke has been chosen as the new brand ambassador for Kanekalon hair in Nigeria. The synthetic brand of hair extensions is owned by Kaneka Corporation of Japan. According to Stephanie, “The African woman is legendary for her beauty and her strength, her style and grace; she is an epitome of beauty, and unmatched quality and a style icon. All this I hope to promote as (the) Kanekalon ambassador.”

You can read the press release below and check out campaign images as well.

    The endorsement will see the award winning actress promoting the company’s product and participating in the marketing campaigns which include Kanekalon’s Brand Building campaign, Kanekalon ‘Salon Storm’ Activation, Kanekalon ‘Night of a Thousand Braids’ event and other brand promotional activities. Stephanie will be the major face of Kanekalon in Nigeria, visiting some selected salons (VIP Beauty Centre, Cynosures Salon, dsalon Downtown and Salon d’eve) in Lagos during the Kanekalon ‘Salon Storm’ project, towards educating consumers and hairstylists on the benefits of the brand. Her presence in Kanekalon Salon Storm print adverts, currently running in the media is unique and distinct. She is an ideal fit for the brand.

    Stephanie has just concluded Kanekalon’s brand building television commercial that is engaging and effective, the 100% Kanekalon way with her hairstyles showing sophistication, class and glam on television screens. She will also be the star celebrity at the Kanekalon annual party designed to thank its customers for their patronage, coming up in November this year.

    Speaking on the endorsement deal, Hideaki Nakamura, Manager Marketing Kanekalon Division for Kaneka Corporation, noted that the agreement between Kaneka and Stephanie was an indication of the Company’s commitment to expand business interests in Nigeria. According to him, “In line with Kaneka Corporation’s corporate philosophy and strategic direction to promote the beauty of the African woman through the provision of high quality hair products, Kaneka desires to play a more prominent role in the economy by investing more in the Nigerian market.” Hideaki Nakamura further stated that “the deal with Stephanie is consistent with Kaneka’s policy of using the best talents everywhere the company has presence, to promote our product and Stephanie came highly recommended in this area.”

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Kanye West makes a surprise appearance at the Koko Koncert

Last night, the Mo’Hits crew rocked London at the Koko Koncert. With or without any “special guests”, it was definitely an amazing show with performances by the entire Mo’Hits crew – Don Jazzy, D’banj, D’Prince, Wande Coal, Dr. SID, K Switch and guests including Tiwa Savage.

Then, the clanger.

Kanye West who just a few hours before he surfaced at the Koko Koncert performed with Jay-Z at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, hit the stage with D’banj at the Koko Koncert. The crowd went WILD and social media was buzzing as those who missed the concert were sighing in regret.

After Kanye’s appearance both Don Jazzy and D’banj at the star.

Did you attend the Koko Koncert? How was it?

Photo Credit: Liz Yemoja | VAPR – Twitter – All rights reserved by the photographers
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Miss Universe 2011 – Meet the Dazzling African Queens

Sophie Gemal
Country: Nigeria
Hometown: Abuja
Age: 22
Some days back i talked about the MBGN Universe 2011 Sophie Gemal heads to the Miss Universe pageant in São Paulo, Brazil, well all things in there going well and here are more info and photos of our African Queens..

The Miss Universe pageant is gearing up for the 2011 grand finale in São Paulo, Brazil on the 12th of September 2011.
There are 6 beauty queens from Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa and Botswana), 1 beauty queen from North Africa (Egypt) and 1 beauty queen from the island of Mauritius at the pageant.

So far the beauty pageant pundits and experts have rated Angola’s representative – Leila Lopes as the top African beauty queen at the pageant.

Nigeria’s Sophie Gemal seems to be blossoming at the pageant! We totally love her profile, evening wear and bikini shots!

To vote for Nigeria Sophie Gemal, Head over to the Miss Universe Website to vote for Sophie Gemal

To vote for your favorite African Queen, head over to the Miss Universe website – Click HERE

Sophie Gemal
Country: Nigeria
Hometown: Abuja
Age: 22
Sophie Gemal
Sophie Gemal
Sophie Gemal
Larona Motlatsi Kgabo
Country: Botswana
Hometown: Gaborone
Age: 25
Larona Motlatsi Kgabo

Sara El Khouly
Country: Egypt
Hometown: Alexandria
Age: 23
Sara El Khouly

Erica Nego
Country: Ghana
Hometown: Accra
Age: 26
Erica Nego

Laetitia Darche
Country: Mauritius
Hometown: Flic en Flac
Age: 20


Bokang Montjane
Country: South Africa
Hometown: Johannesburg
Age: 25

Bokang Montjane
Nelly Kamwelu
Country: Tanzania
Hometown: Dar Es Salaam
Age: 19

CREDITS GO TO: Miss Universe Organization

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A Nigerian builds Multi-million photo studio with N5, 000 | Be Inspired |Be Motivated

A young Nigerian Matthew Ibadin sets out to discover the few remaining secrets in our world today in photography. Matthew Ibadin (a.k.a. Mattson), the Ace photographer is no doubt an artist with a difference based on his passion for photography and his widely travel tours around Europe. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Mattson Creation, a popular multi-million photography studio in Lekki, Lagos. he made history as the first photographer to start motion pictures at both University of Lagos (Unilag) and Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH).

Although a graduate of Political Science from University of Lagos, Mattson has been into photography for 14 years. He has built a complete ultra-modern photo clinic which is first of its kind in the country with a state-of-the-art equipment with wardrobe assistance, make-up and training rooms for auditioning models, for cat-walk with just a starting capital of 13 thousand Naira to purchase an analogue camera.

In an exclusive interview section with Worldstreet reporter while inspecting round the multi-million studio, the Edo State born photographer disclosed, “'Ours is a one-stop photo gallery where you can buy your taste of photography, because we use our creativity in photography to create happiness in homes and offices.”

Mattson’s work has been published in numerous Magazines in Nigeria both as a contributor and as his biographic article. He has since organized various aesthetic photography exhibitions across the country and has acquired other professional photographic training in various training institutions in America and Europe.

How did your photography started?
My studio/ photography started about 14 years ago at the University of Lagos(Unilag) precisely. I started with N5, 000 which I bought an analogue camera with. Then I just found myself taking motion pictures those days and from there I was given a place in Unilag by the school authority because of my hard work by then the Vice chancellor Professor Omotola may his perfect soul rest in peace. And from there I moved to Adeniran Ogunsanya in Surulere I spent almost 7 years there before I moved to Island. And I’ve been on Island for the past 7 years, its something really good. As you can see my studio today, it’s the first cotemporary studio in West Africa. It’s a multi-million naira studio. It is where everyone just wants to be.
Your Motivation?
It is self driven, it is what I love to do, I love photography. Photography made me what I am today. When I was growing up, I told myself I want to do a business, to render a service that the poor, the average and the rich will need it and that's my passion.
What impressed me most is, after taking the billionaire pictures and after the payment they tell me, “thank you”, “thank you for that job”. You know seeing my job in peoples house, In Park View, Banana Island, VI, Abuja just to name a few. When I see my job on their wall it makes me to have a sense of belonging.
Your Prospect?
This is just the beginning, we have not even started. I'm in Lekki Phase 1 and by God's grace, I want to have something on VI – a photo home, a photo recreation center. And I intend to go to Abuja to have a real national portrait gallery like the one you have in London. I want use photography to rebrand Nigeria. I want to use photography to attract foreign investors because I don't have another country and that is the continuity of the policy of governance we have in Nigeria. Using photography to develop culture and tourism.
How do you rate your studio?
I will rate my studio, AA studio; its a studio to be. There is no studio like this in the country. If there is any other name I can use to qualify it, I can call it, “AA super studio” where you have state-of-the-art equipments, director of photography, in-house makeup room and makeup artist with wardrobe assistance. This is what you can find in Manhattan, New York in United States. That is how I will describe my studio. And it's a place where you can also train as a photographer, buy your photo because we have an in-house photo gallery/ lounge.

Future of photography in Nigeria?
The future is bright if people like us begin to invest money with symposiums and lectures on photography then the industry will be revived. The opportunity in photography has never been touched in Nigeria because it is a very lucrative business. If somebody like Ali Baba can rebrand the comedy industry I think I can do better. That is what I want to do and if I don't achieve it then I won't rest.

My dream is that I want us to have photographic institution in Nigeria. I want billionaires instead of saying, “I want my son/ daughter to be a lawyer”, and I want them to say, “I want my daughter / son to be a photographer”. But thank God today people are resigning from banks to train as a photographer in our photo academy and this is only possible because of the level of achievement I have built in this industry.
Secondly, we need to pass a bill to the National Assembly on photographer intellectual property can be protected.
My friend in United States are billionaires in the industry with choppers/ Helicopters with which they use for coverage. But in Nigeria, how many of us can live on Island with photography? Just because the right of usage of our products are not protected.
Advice for those taking up photography as a career?
Those taking photography as a career, the earlier the better. We have an academy with incentives where serious people are trained on photography. Even the state government should realize the best way to impact people is to give them intellectual training and not buying them okada. Thats is not empowerment. So they can come over so we can train some of the youths in their neighborhoods so they can be empowered with professional photography skills.

And to those thinking of dropping photography for other fields, they should rethink. They can come to Mattson creations and see what I have created in the industry.


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