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SA Series Kings Of Joburg Lands On Netflix In December

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Netflix has teamed up with a South African production company to create Africa’s next Original series, with Kings of Joburg premiering next month on the platform.

The upcoming six-part crime drama series is set in South Africa’s concrete jungle of Johannesburg.

According to Netflix, the series is poised to enthrall African audiences with its gritty setting, dark fantasy, and complex characters.

The series is helmed by local producers Connie and Shona Ferguson, in partnership with the US-based Visionary Media Inc.

What is The Kings of Joburg about?

The series explores life as a member of the Kings of Joburg (KOJ) brotherhood, following Simon “Vader” Masire. He is a successful entrepreneur, running a family business while acting as the head of his family.

With all the fame and success lies a dark, sinister secret.

Meanwhile, his younger brother, Mogomotsi “Mo” Masire, has to decide if he wants to continue with the way of life that landed him in jail and the responsibilities he has to his crime family.

With an ensemble cast of talented local actors, the series is led by Shona Ferguson playing Vader. He also serves as the series’ executive producer.

In a statement, Ferguson expressed his excitement over the opportunity to develop an African series for Netflix.

“When I created Kings of Joburg I wanted to root the show in elements of love, family, conflict, and power. The premise of the series is centred around the question, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ and this narrative is explored in all six episodes,” he says.

The series blends together action and drama with the African occult. The mystical side of the story is based on stories that Ferguson’s late father told him as a child.

Meanwhile, Connie Ferguson notes that the series will continue to bring South African stories to international audiences.

“With Kings of Joburg, we are taking South Africa and Africa to the world and bringing the world to South Africa. It’s a United States Of The World show, bringing together talent from America and the continent,” she says.

Produced by Shona and Connie Ferguson alongside Samad Davis of Visionary Media, Kings of Joburg starts streaming on Netflix on 4 December.

source : memeburn.com

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BREAKING: Golden Movie Awards Africa Rescheduled For Dec. 19

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The Governing Board and Grand Jury of the Golden Movie Awards Africa have, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the scheme, rescheduled this year’s edition of the event, which was scheduled for 5th December, 2020. 19th December, 2020 has been announced as the new date for the 6th edition of the event which remains Africa’s biggest awards scheme, helping to change the negative narrative of Africa through film.

“This has become necessary based on the upcoming general elections, which the scheme did not anticipate to be as intensive and sensitive as we are currently witnessing”, according to a news release signed by Wilhemina Andani Michaels, Dir. of African Affairs – Golden Movie Awards Africa

The news released also revealed that, the scheme intends to celebrate all nominees and honorees in an extra special way this year for defying all the challenges posed by COVID-19 to put Africa on the world map through film. “In view of this, the scheme is satisfied that it will be more expedient to do so in an atmosphere that is devoid of the anxiety and agitation that comes with elections”, it added

According to the scheme, this decision notwithstanding, all GMAA PASSPORTS bearing the old date still hold valid and will be accepted and the guests granted entry to the venue on the 19th of December.

Tickets application extended, visit: www.goldenmovieawards.com and their social media platforms @goldenmovieawards for more information on venue and time.

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Sitsofe Tsikor Signs Ambassadorial Deal With Rec Company Limited

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Ghanaian-Nigerian actress cum entrepreneur inks an ambassadorial deal with Rec Company Limited, suppliers of Medical devices and personal hygiene products in Ghana. The actress will be the face of the company’s lead product AST Medical Disinfectant Wet Wipes.

MK Content, management company of the actress disclosed that, the actress signed a year deal with the company and would appear on both print and electronic advertising media of the company. The manager also said “The company is a growing one and we are happy Sitso will grow with them. And the actress is happy about what she is been paid to be the face of the product”.

Sitsofe Tsikor is known for featuring in projects such as My Ghanaian Wedding, Chico Ejiro’s Open Marriage, It takes Two, Julor, Aloevera, Sadia, etc. She had her acting training at City Varsity in Johannesburg.

AST Medical Disinfectant Wet Wipes is approved by the FDA to be on the market and it is very friendly on the skin and harsh on germs. Unlike hand sanitizers, AST Medical Disinfectant Wet Wipes does not only kill the disease causing organism on your hands but also wipes the dirt off your hands. It is available at all pharmacies, Shell, Total and Goil shops.

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BET Africa Takes Daily Drama Beyond Borders By Adding Nigerian Family

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BET Africa’s original daily drama, “Isono” is set to go beyond borders when it expands its storytelling with the introduction of a Nigerian family.

In this week’s episodes, viewers will be introduced to the new additions from Pastor Abiola’s family featuring Anthony Oseyemi, Christine Osifuye and Chioma Umeala.

Pastor Abiola is desperate to prove himself as a worthy pastor intent on building a great church community.

Pastor Abiola is played by international actor Anthony Oseyemi. Oseyemi is no stranger to the small and big screen, his most recent work was on the successful local film “The Five fingers for Marseilles”.

On “Isono”, he plays a wandering Nigerian pastor who has never managed to settle into having his own congregation.

He then convinced the church to send him out to Vosloorus in South Africa as a stand-in following the previous pastor’s suicide.

Abiola’s wife, Titi, who is the heart of the family, is played by Nigerian actress, Christine Osifuye.

She is an interesting character, who battles depression, just like her late son Olufemi.

Christine is well known for her roles in ‘Fifty the series’ on Netflix and many more lead roles in a number of films.

Viewers will also get introduced to Ayo, Pastor Abiola and Titi’s headstrong daughter.

She is played by up and coming actress, Chioma Umeala. She’s a rebel who constantly challenges her parents, especially when it comes to Abiola’s reliance on faith to heal all ills.

source: iol.co.za

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“Creatives Are Disregarded By Politicians”, Lydia Forson Reacts To Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey’s Comment

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Actress Lydia Forson has reacted to comments by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. According to Her, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey’s utterances claiming Parliament is not for actors expose how politicians feel about them.

The Minister, whilst campaigning for NPP Parliamentary Candidate, Lydia Alhassan last Friday, November 27, 2020, at Ayawaso West Wuogon, threw shades at John Dumelo claiming that Parliament was serious business and not for actors.

Her comments however did not sit well with a lot of industry personalities especially those in the movie industry. Speaking in an interview with JoyNews’ Doreen Avio, Lydia Forson state that, she likes it when politicians speak like that because it exposes how they really feel about actors adding that they do not respect them.

“They respect the power we have, they respect the influence, they respect how much they are able to use us for. So what happens is, every four years they will use us to get votes but then they don’t give us a seat at the table because they don’t respect us.”

“They will come and call me Lydia Forson maybe to go and talk about social media because they think that is all you are worth but not to talk about policies or education. They don’t respect you,” she said.

Lydia Forson also assured that she will vote on December 7 and urged Ghanaians to go out there and cast their vote peacefully.

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