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BB Naija Returns For Its 5th Installment With An Online Auditioning

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LAGOS STATE – Thursday, May 21, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Following the success of the fourth installment which saw Mercy Eke winning the top most prize, and with the gradual but cautious reopening of the economy, MultiChoice Nigeria announced that it will bring back its popular reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, for its fifth season which has arguably become one of the popular shows on the continent.

Audition for the season began May 20 and will run till Saturday, May 30 is limited to online and eligible to persons who are of Nigerian nationality with a valid Nigerian passport and must be 21 years of age by June 1, 2020. Potential contestants are expected to record a two-minute video of themselves stating why they should be picked to be a housemate in season 5 of Big Brother Naija.

Following this, they are to log on to www.africamagic.tv/BBAudition to fill out the online registration form and upload their videos. The online audition is free and open to interested male and female participants.

Last year, the show fetched 240 million votes, the highest for the company since the show made its return in 2017. It also marked the first time a female emerged winner. Mercy Eke, the winner and Tacha, another female contestant who was later disqualified were the highlights of that season. The fifth season, according to the organisers, will deliver more drama.

In a news statement signed by Chief Executive Officer – MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, Big Brother Naija has been widely regarded as one of Africa’s biggest entertainment exports, being the biggest showcase of Nigeria’s diversity outside of core Nollywood. According to him, this fifth season promises to be more adventurous, exciting and entertaining, and will undoubtedly be the biggest thing on African television in 2020.

The company explained that, the timing of the show is also particularly important, given the dominance of the COVID-19 pandemic; auditions for the fifth edition will now hold online and viewers and stakeholders alike can rest assured knowing that global best practices, precautions and preventive measures will be followed throughout the show, even as we guarantee the premium entertainment BBNaija is renowned for.

As the new edition draws near, fans and viewers can get ready for the excitement and entertainment this season will bring as they enjoy weeks of unending drama, intrigue, romance, Friday night games, the famous Saturday night parties and an overall battle of wits as the housemates vie for the ultimate prize.

Big Brother Naija, formerly known as Big Brother Nigeria, is a Nigerian reality competition television series, based on the Big Brother television franchise, in which 12 to 21 contestants live in an isolated house and compete for a large cash prize worth $171,428.57 equivalent to 60,000,000 Nigerian Naira, and other material gifts, at the end of the show by avoiding being evicted from the house by viewers. The first season of the show first aired on DStv Channel 37 from March 5 to June 4, 2006. The voting results were verified by the auditing company of Alexander-Forbes.

The Big Brother Naija reality TV show continues to produce some of the country’s biggest TV personalities and pop culture influencers since its maiden edition in 2006. Some of these personalities include Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Gideon Okeke and more recently, Mercy Eke, Mike Edwards, Miracle Ikechukwu, Tobi Bakre, Cynthia “Cee-C” Nwadiora Bamike “BamBam” Olawunmi, Tunde “Teddy A” Adenibuyan, Efe Ejeba, Bisola Aiyeola and Tokunbo “Tboss” Idowu

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Ghanaian Politician, Gabby Otchere-Darko, Reigns Priceless Accolades On Shatta Wale

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GREATER ACCRA – Tuesday, June 2, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) strongman has, in contemplation, reigned priceless accolades on multiple award-winning Ghanaian born reggae/ragga & dance-hall artiste, Charles Nii-Armah Mensah – Shatta Wale for establishing an exemplary demeanor in these trying times of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In a tweet sighted by Gerrard-Israel – an Entertainment Journalist, the politician acknowledged the “Reign Album” crooner’s vigorous and determined attempt to ameliorate government’s effort towards the containment of the outbreak of the virus. He explained that, he is impressed about the apparent growing maturity of Shatta Wale for recognising his influence on young people and seems determined to exploit it for positivity.

On April 4th, Shatta Wale thrilled over 130,000 virtual fans from and around the world during its broadcast.with ecstatic live band music at the maiden edition of “The Faith Concert. The solo concert which was streamed from Shatta Wale’s ship house residence inside East Legon, saw the dancehall act performed with a live band for over an hour.

According to Shatta Wale, Faith Concert is to show his concern over how the novel Coronavirus has locked down everyone in their homes, therefore, the need to entertain them in their abodes. The “My Level” singer also added that the show was to bring hope to the people, that with God, Ghana and the world will come to normal again.

In a bid to fulfill a promise he made, Shatta Wale donated some coronavirus relief items to inmates to help fight the pandemic in the country. Though he didn’t reveal where he did the donation, he shared photos from the event on his Facebook page with the caption, “Just surprised these inmates in these difficult times. Let’s continue to stay safe and think about the vulnerabilities in society and lend our little support any way we could. God bless us all! Keep your faith alive, all these shall pass.”

Also in these trying times, Shatta Wale and his Shatta Movement team on Friday 17th April 2020 made a donation to the James Camp Prisons located at Roman Ridge in Accra. The assorted items donated by the team included food items (bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, sacks of sugar, boxes of spaghetti, boxes of frozen chicken wings, canned tomatoes), boxes of biscuits, laundry and bath soaps, boxes of toilet tissue, cartons of soft drinks, dental care kit and copies of the Odyssey of Shatta Wale book.

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‘VERZUZ’: Kirk Franklin & Fred Hammond Turn Battle Into A Much-needed Healing Session

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Gospel singers Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond turned the latest ‘Verzuz’ battle into a much-needed healing session amid a painful week.

After the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have followed, Franklin and Hammond — wearing coordinating “I Can’t Breathe” and “I Can’t Breathe Again” statement shirts — went live with their uplifting music Sunday night (May 31) on Instagram. Franklin also left fans looking forward to his new music video, which he said will drop Monday.

Bishop T.D. Jakes opened the music event with words of hope.

“Darkness everywhere, seemingly everywhere,” he said. “Today we pray for light because we have seen too much darkness, from Trayvon to George Floyd. From 100K people dead from Covid … Lord knows we’ve seen too much darkness.”

Jakes continued, “I don’t know about you … but sometimes I feel like that knee is on my back and I can’t breathe. But let everything that has breath praise the lord.,” and led viewers with a prayer: “We pray back the darkness, we pray back the dark clouds … the injustice, the immorality … We pray it back out of our country, out of our world … out of minds, out of every crevice, out of every shadow, we cast you out! … Oh God, whereever there is pain, giving healing … Where ever there is despair, give hope … The joy is coming in the morning. I can hear the ticktock on the wall … We are getting closer and closer … To the morning … It will not be long until joy comes into your heart, our communities, our lives, our homes our churches. Joy is coming in the morning. And we will breathe again. Amen.”

Before the tracks were played, Franklin said, “It’s been a painful week. It’s been a difficult week. We want to make it a moment of healing for you. We have 42 songs to give to you. We know the pain, we see the pain.”

That impressive song list even included a surprise appearance by Tamela Mann for a live rendition of “Take Me to the King,” with Franklin on keys.

By the end of Sunday night’s ‘Verzuz,’ Franklin kept moods high with an announcement: “To all the first responders, to everyone working on the frontline, I did a video I’m gonna put out tomorrow.”

The music video for “Strong God” off of his Long, Live, Love album will be released tomorrow, and with it, Franklin said he wanted to “salute the people that are standing on the frontline on so many levels during this pandemic — we have several pandemics at one time.”

– Billboard

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Actor And “Foodie,” Lucia Mthiyane, To Premiere Her Debut Cookbook

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Television personality and chef Lucia Mthiyane is set to release her new cookbook titled ‘Kitchen Queen’. The foodie has, for the past decade, been a fixture in the culinary industry and has built a brand as a credible cook and celebrity chef. In Kitchen Queen, Mthiyane will be sharing her favourite and most reposted recipes, while weaving together her life story and her unique take on food.

“My culinary journey has been truly amazing, full of highs and my name is well known and respected in the culinary streets. The greatest experiences will have to be when I had to cook live on e.tv for the first time. It was nerve-wracking because anything could go wrong and it’s all live, but I got the hang of it and became a pro.

“Another highlight in my culinary career is when I became a food editor for a lifestyle magazine. I pioneered cooking classes when no one else was doing it and I have since collaborated with the biggest food brands and I have gained a lot of respect from being a judge for some prominent TV cooking competition shows like KFC TASTE and Top Chef South Africa,” she said.

Speaking about her new cookbook, Mthiyane said it has always been in her head, that one day she would share her colourful culinary journey with the world. “I didn’t really have a defining moment regarding writing a book, I had all these dishes I had been cooking over the years and being enjoyed by my family and friends and I had always known in the back of my mind that one day I will pen down a cookbook.

“If you have a look at my book cover you will see that I am wearing a pair of wooden African earrings, it was a gift from a dear friend Soleil, inside the box was an engraved note written; ‘To Lucia Mthiyane African Queen’. That was an aha moment and my publisher (Lindy Samery) both agreed that we would call the book ‘Kitchen Queen’. Plus a few of my social media followers were already calling me the kitchen queen when they were begging me to share my recipes,” she said.

Mthiyane said they have used really cool illustrations in all the book’s chapters. She has also included a few chapters that will surprise her readers like foods that benefit your skin and hair and also the intersection of music and food. The ‘Kitchen Queen’ cookbook will be available next month and will retail at a price of R375 per copy.

Scan on the QR Code or click here to place your order on Loot.co.za for R279.

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[IN-VIDEO] – Timbaland Teaches Producing and Beatmaking

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Grammy-winning music producer Timbaland takes you behind the boards to teach you his process for creating iconic tracks with artists like Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Aaliyah. In his first-ever online class, learn how to collaborate with vocalists, layer new tracks, and create hooks that stick. Step into Timbaland’s studio and learn from one of the industry’s most innovative hit makers.

Watch full lesson HERE

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