November 17, 2016

One Africa Music Fest didn't disappoint in Houston

Flavour

One Africa Music Fest didn't disappoint in Houston

The highly anticipated African musical concert of 2016 took place at the Toyota center in Houston, Texas featuring the biggest acts in the African music industry. The event was met with fanfare as the turn up was unprecedented. Fans enjoyed the performances by Flavour, D' Banj, Reekado Banks, Skales, J Martins, Seyi Shay, P-Square, Olamide, Zoro and more.

Fans enjoyed a mixture contemporary Afrobeats and traditional sounds as well as R&B. They leaped and raved as their favorite heartthrobs dished out hit after hit for their listening pleasure. There was no dull moment in the house.
Zoro
Seyi Shay
D' Banj
Seyi Shay as the sole female headliner for the whole concert demonstrates the need for more female representation in the industry as only a handful is currently celebrated. One sole act was also noted at the sold out Brooklyn's Barclays Center venue by Tiwa Savage. By the singer's performance on that evening, she didn't disappoint performing some of her hits to include Murda, Irawo.

Highlight of the evening was SisQo. Serenading the crowd with greatest hits like Unleash the Dragon and Incomplete. He ensured crazed fans when he went into the fault for his all time smash hit Thong Song, they went wild for that one. Notable is the fact that the smooth crooner gets better with age. With his long hiatus from music, and watching him perform, it's like he never left, still able to burst his usual dance moves effortlessly. He recently dropped a new album titled The Last Dragon and is out on tour.

All in all, One Africa Music Fest was a success in both shows and have become an event a diverse fanbase will anticipate year after year. They are here to stay as OAMF chief organizer Mr. Peter Okoye received a proclamation by the city of Houston that would ensure they return every year.
SisQo solidifies his position in R&B with his triumphant return to the spotlight.
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October 12, 2016

One Africa Music Fest comes to Houston

The biggest African music concert comes to Houston, Texas this fall.

Featuring all of your favorite Afro Artists. If the first event at Barclay's center, Brooklyn New York was any indication, this is slated to be groundbreaking for Houston fans.

ONE AFRICA MUSIC FEST COMES TO TOYOTA CENTER ON OCTOBER 22nd. 

With Special Performances By 2Face, P-Square, and Dbanj alongside an exciting line up of Africa’s finest


Upfront and Personal Global Management Consultants (UPGMC) are a Media company and Nigeria's largest entertainment broker and integrated artiste management company. They are looking to harness their access and credibility with Nigeria's music talent to build Africa's Largest Musical platform.

One Africa Music Fest, presented by Upfront & Personal, is set to hit the U.S. for the second time on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The event will take place at Houston’s Toyota Center at 7 p.m. This unforgettable night will be hosted by Africa’s R&B King Banky W.

Guests will fill the Toyota Center to See live performances from Africa’s finest such as Nigerian afrobeats stars 2Face, P-Square, Dbanj, Olamide, Flavour, Kcee, Harrysongs, DR Congolese MTV award winner Fally Ipupa, South African duo Mafikizolo, East Africa’s Vanessa Mdee, Tekno, Seyi Shay, J Martins, Vector, Skales, Reekado Bank, Cabo Snoop, and many more.

To purchase tickets for the show, visit www.houstontoyotacenter.com (Search for “One Africa Music Fest”) or by calling +1-866-446-8849. Tickets are available at the Toyota Center Box Office at Toyota Center (if tickets are still available).

Chairman/CEO – Upfront and personal, Paul Okoye said “This is another historic event that will sustain the momentum behind African music taking over the globe, while many Africans in Diaspora and Americans get first class entertainment at the Toyota Center Houston, come 22nd October, 2016. We’re taking over HOUSTON”.

This night in music is one you won’t want to miss!

Follow @upfrontbookings, @Fuzengn and @oneafrica_music on twitter and Instagram; oneafricamusicfest on Facebook for all the details! Or simply use #oneafricamusicfest on social media.

September 17, 2016

Myra Maimoh's sophomore album is one of hope

MYRA MAIMOH HEALS THE WORLD WITH HOPE, AN EMPOWERING NEW VIDEO AND A VOICE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET


Myra Maimoh is like a flower in full bloom always radiating a sweet contagious essence. You just seem to always find a smile emanating from her mouth and the most inspiring words from her lips but altogether life has never been this picture perfect for her. In fact, Myra as she tells it has gone through a lot of experiences which have helped shape her to the positive person she is today. As they say with life, you can choose to be bitter or you can be better with your experiences and Myra Maimoh certainly chose the latter.

Myra Maimoh was born in Bamenda, the North West Region of Cameroon (in West Central Africa) where she grew up in an average Christian family home with her parents and siblings. With her mother being her greatest musical influence through the records she owned, Myra Maimoh grew up with artists such as Skeeter Davies, James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong. She was also heavily influenced by her Mother’s love for African blues through to Country music, traditional African music to Jazz and pop and it was no surprise that Myra started singing and dancing, while still in preschool at the age of 3.

Myra Maimoh was not only a high profile studio vocalist recording in some of the country's greatest studios for the biggest artists, she was among the most hired doing everything from background vocals, lead vocals to jingles for national and private radio stations.

When Myra Maimoh released her debut album “Answer’d Me” in 2010, she was ready to put aside all her negative experiences and to embrace hope. She was ready to inspire her audience to believe in themselves, to come out from their shadow by “sharing her generosity of spirit wrapped up into a perfectly packaged unit.” “This 11-track testament to the sheer joy of Myra's music is the perfect introduction to a young woman who uniquely combines the passionate music of her African roots with the pop, rock, soul and Jazz sensibilities of the West.” Stated Funk Sanctum Radio.

Myra Maimoh then took almost 5 years off to live life. During this period, she got married and had 2 children. Through 2015, Myra Maimoh was ready to get back to work and to focus on her music by embarking on her sophomore album Uniq. The album was recorded in the US and sent off to the UK and Cameroon to be perfected and immersed through mastering in the sounds which Myra and her team wanted to offer to her audience,

Uniq incorporates her RnB and African influences. On this 6 tracked album she brings to the table a plate full of positive inspiration and a cup filled with hope, patience and faith speaking to audiences battling terminal illnesses, depression or low self-esteem in the song Uniq which is also a girl power anthem with an empowering stance (link attached below). A message of encouragement is sent to fans to emerge with power from whatever crisis they may be in and not to be defined by their status quo as in the song Feh Vitavivi. Myra also adds some light entertainment and jiving as in On Va Danser which has a celebratory upbeat vibe.

You only have to listen to the unforgettable voice of Myra Maimoh to understand why Célia Faussart of Les Nubians stated she was inspired by Myra and also stated “Myra Maimoh, she’s like the Cameroonian Jill Scott, and Franck Biyong.”



        FIRST PUBLIC REVIEWS

The Uniq album is exactly what it says it is. Every track is different and unique from the one before. Love that it has so many different slants on life. Great music and great lyrics. Well done!” 
I got the album CD on the website and I can't stop playing the instrumental version of A No Go Tire. The music is Masterfully put together! A No Go Tire and Uniq for me; the former for the soul in Myra Maimoh's voice and the amazing musicality, the latter for its inspiration, hiphop jive and how Myra Maimoh stretched and showed her vocal prowess with adlibs.” 
Well done petite sœur. The whole album is wonderful but like my better half the song that stands out for me is Far Away. It’s very soulful and is very deep and uplifting at the same time. You are a true talent and l really hope this Uniq album propels you to the heights that you deserve.” 
The album as a whole takes you through life journey and various faces and stages of life. It's a Uniq mix of afro pop, afro soul, RnB. The diversity in the songs and use of languages and musical expressions shows the the level of exposure of the artist as one who has so many cultural influences. "Beau Parleur" is my personal favourite song on the EP. It has almost all the characteristics of a [hit] song, it has that catchy chorus. The beat is some good afro pop and it is appealing to ladies which is what they want to hear.”

Uniq is now released and available on all major online platforms

Connect with Myra 

August 26, 2016

MAZI CHUKZ WILL BE MENSWEAR BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR AFWL

MAZI CHUKZ

Mazi Chukz is an Afrobeats artist who resides in the UK, he introduced himself to the industry with his introductory song - Ebeano which was premiered by Link Up TV. Since then he has released singles, One In A Million, Hustle, Dem Hail and Down which have attributed greatly to his current success.

He has also collaborated with an array of international and national talent such as: L.A.X and Maleek Berry, Moelogo, Sona, Mista Silva and more.

He has a great interest in fashion and has previously collaborated with fashion brands, he mixes tailored sportswear with his Igbo, Nigerian heritage.


Mazi Chukz has also been previously featured on MTV IGGY, Link Up TV, Not Just Ok, MOBO Awards and Complex UK​. His most recent single 'Down' was also premiered by Red Bull Music. As well as his previous releases 'One In A Million' and 'Ifunanya' being play-listed on 1xtra an Capital Xtra​.

We chose Mazi to be AFWL Menswear Brand Ambassador because of his interest in fashion and his enthusiasm for African culture in all its forms.

"I'm excited to see some of the fresh talent showcasing their work on the catwalk, I have an interest in Nigerian fashion designers, there's a lot of talent coming out of Nigeria. I like that they infuse tradition with Western influence, I think it's dope how they mix bold colours with contrasting patterns. African Fashion Week London is a great way to highlight African Fashion. Everyone should come and see what's happening out of Africa."

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE, MEET MAZI CHUKZ DURING AFRICA FASHION WEEK 2016 IN LONDON 


Venue - West Hall Olympia London Earls Court W14 8UX


AFWL 2016 Will Include 5 Catwalk Shows | 60 Designers | AFWL Expo & Entertainment.

FRIDAY THE 9TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition

SATURDAY THE 10TH OF SEPTEMBER – Fashion Show and Exhibition

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW! SHOWCASE AT AFWL


August 14, 2016

TIWA SAVAGE on RED

Catch TIWA SAVAGE in the USA on her RED Tour coming to your town

Friday August 5th, Tiwa Savage graced her fans in Houston, Texas with her presence in what would be considered a highly energetic show. I personally have never been to any of her shows before so I have nothing to compere it to. This would be the Houston leg of her U.S. RED Tour at Ayva center. The Doro Diva was live with her cherry colored backup dancers, highly animated for the audience entertainment.

The show itself was quite animated as she and her dancers shimmied on stage in acrobatic twists and turns, hyping up the crowd in hit songs such as Girlie'o, Without my heart, Key to the city,  Eminado. It is the true mark for an artist to reach the high status, when fans know every word on the lyrics and sing along as the artist performs on stage. Tiwa truly has loyal fans. Worthy to note on this day however her many female fans. They lit up everytime she ushered in one hit song after another, their night was made when Dr. Sid, another Mavin label and crowd favorite turned up to perform their hit song If I Start to Talk out of her latest album R.E.D.

Judging from this event one thing is sure. Her fans love her. The gracious star took the time for a one-on-one selfie overload with as many as possible backstage.

Her trajectory is already high, she just signed on with Roc Nation, Jay Z' s label. I hope she remains as authentic as she is now with music that we've come to know and love her for. In her own words "we ain't done" she's fresh off another highly energetic show One Africa Fest at Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York. Concert dates include Atlanta, Ga. and Philadelphia, Pa.

Full photo album now available at www.facebook.com/msadaku

Watch Tiwa Savage's live event on YouTube


August 13, 2016

U.S-Africa Cultural and Business Expo 2016

U.S. - AFRICA CULTURAL EXPO AND BUSINESS MATCHMAKING 2016

OCTOBER 13 - 15, 2016 IN AUSTIN, TEXAS USA.


This three-day event will include professional opportunities such as, strategies for
growth, competitive advantage, and incentives for foreign investment. Participants will
enjoy entertainment activities, cultural shows, networking events and a marketplace of
local vendors.

The 3rd annual U.S.-Africa Business Matchmaking Conference is a high-level global conference. Throughout the conference participants will stay engaged through keynote presentations, panel discussions, business matchmaking and workshops. Networking receptions will facilitate effective partnership building for businesses, investors, and government entities. The U.S.-Africa Business Matchmaking Program affords conference participants and delegates the opportunity to meet with high-level business executives, exhibitors and sponsors on a one-on-one basis.

Breakaway Matchmaking Sessions with Business Owners

The Business Matchmaking is uniquely designed to target the right contacts and fulfill your market objectives in order to establish a long-lasting relationship in U.S. and African Markets.


Brought to you by AFTV5

AFTV5 is a 501c (3) non-profit. AFTV5 promotes the development of African and U.S.
businesses by sponsoring The Annual U.S.- Africa Business Matchmaking Expo. Africa
has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and African business owners
want to establish strong U.S. partnership during this historically high growth period.

The annual US-Africa Cultural Expo and Business Matchmaking is our marquee event, which
attracted a lot of business owners last year. These business owners from Africa and the United
States will meet to discuss existing and potential business opportunities in both markets.
The event is a high-level global conference that will combine keynote presentations, panels
expo, business matchmaking, gala and networking receptions to facilitate effective partnership
building for businesses, investors and government’s entities.
Facilitated panel discussions will engage the audience with topics such as:
  •  Business opportunities in Africa and in the US 
  • Incentives to ensure foreign investment and the establishment of global companies in Africa 
  • Access to finance for African businesses to include government incentives 
  • Strategies for growth and competitive advantage 
  • Social media and reaching the market
For more information on this event including the high profile speaker line up, visit their website.

Dallas Fashion Week 2016

4th Annual Dallas International Fashion Showcase

On September 4th 2016, the 4th Annual Dallas International Fashion Showcase Presented by the City of Dallas and Trendy Africa Magazine will hold at the magnificent and historic Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas.

Dallas International Fashion Week is set to be the most DIVERSE yet with lot's of culturally exciting inputs. The historically glamorous Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas will host up to 12 talented designers, more than 30 hot models and a host of presidential and diplomatic guests. It's time to make your reservation to attend and if you are a vendor; there is no better opportunity with the 3000 seat venue. Expect World Class Fashion, Music and Entertainment.


Click to learn more about Dallas Fashion Week

Courtesy of Trendy Africa
More, including ticketing information can be found here.

July 24, 2016

Cameroonian film WOMAN premieres in Houston Texas

July 16, 2016 was the US premiere of the highly acclaimed movie called "Woman", a film that underlines the strength of a woman as she deals with infidelity in a relationship. Film is exclusively shot on location in Cameroon. The Cameroonian film industry is on the rise with the advent of talented filmmakers that hail from the country. "Woman" has been well received by its London premiere, it will be making many more rounds in the USA as well as overseas.

The story of "Woman" continues poignant today and hits close to home for filmmaker Goretti, who plays lead in the film. It calls into question what it takes to be a woman in a slowly progressive society where she is still at the bottom of the food chain in terms of her rights. While cultural and sometimes religious norms protect  men who get a pass with infidelity and misogyny, it's not too kind to women.

This premiere doubles as a fundraising gala, benefiting The Dr. Fonya Foundation whose mission is to continue to aid widows and orphans in Cameroon.





Catch the trailer below


Check out photos of this premiere on www.facebook.com/msadaku.

July 11, 2016

The African Film Festival has established a landmark in Dallas

Last July 4th weekend was the longest day that I have had in a long time as the days ran into each other. It was a whirlwind at The African Film Festival in Dallas, a three-day marathon of events that included screenings of African films that terminated at the closing night Awards Gala. It was a non-stop meet and greet of filmmakers, special guests, attendees and volunteers that had me feeling like Bobby Fischer. I could tell that the attendees really enjoyed themselves by the look of satisfaction and happiness on their faces.  One patron said to me, "Wow! I wasn't expecting this, I am very happy I came." "I definitely will be coming back... With my friends!" They all applauded the effort and vision it took to put this together.

The city of Dallas became the epitome of cultural diversity. To put it in perspective, TAFF received almost eighty films this festival year and selected forty-two. Twenty-five countries participated to include filmmakers from non-African countries that told African stories. Now that is outstanding for a platform starting out its inception year. 
Kelechi shows a 10 minute preview of festival screenings after receiving a proclamation by the mayor from the city of Dallas and addressing the crowd, Regina Onyeibe stands by (above top l)
I also heard from many Dallas residents and film enthusiasts who were merely curious, when they learned the platform's mission to bring the African continent to this city, they were excited. Many wanted to lend their support however they could, we are still getting volunteer requests! Many wanted to buy our t-shirts as a way to support. The love had become overwhelming. In a conversation with a friend, I eluded to the fact that one can be busy putting things into place as part of one's vision not realizing the many lives that are being affected.

Friday, July 1st started out like any other normal day. Then in the late afternoon, filmmakers and guests all gathered on the 6th floor, in the flag room at Dallas City Hall. They were greeted by tribal dancers (Djeli Kunda West African Dance Company of Moussa Diabate Dance Group) that really turned the ambience and gave the feeling that Africa has come to town. We were all fascinated by the dance group as they beat their drums, sang and danced to the rhythm of their song. We all made long videos and took pictures. There was media presence, I met Greg Flakus, correspondent for Voice of America, my good friend Tosan Aduayi of Trendy Africa was there, as well as Victory media. We were all excited for this event that has finally crept up into our time.  Then came the ushering in of the guests of honor. Ms. Patience Ozokwo, who came straight from Nigeria for the event, our host for the gala—filmmaker and actress Uche Jombo, led by our Executive Director, Kelechi Eke just in the knick of time as West Africa Liaison for Dallas, Ms. Regina Onyeibe, began her speech and properly ushered in TAFF 2016 along with some of her friends and colleagues, notable was a Liberian businessman from JP Morgan and Chase. The Mayor of Dallas delivered a proclamation to Kelechi, The African Film Festival had become a Dallas landmark. The audience got a taste of the genius of Ben Amushie reciting some of his poetry. Finally Kelechi addressed the crowd giving them a little glimpse of his journey getting to this particular day and a taste of what the audience were in for in a 10 minute preview of films to be showcased at the festival. Looking into the audience, I could tell they had become enthralled, no one moved until the end of the clip, I heard whispers of wonderment under their breath. I realized then and there that peoples' lives were going to be affected.  Friday, July 1st left a big indication of what the weekend was shaping up to be.

The celebration continued on to Texas theatre for the Short films showcase. Eight short films were juxtaposed into a feature length showcase approximately 3 hours long. Films were from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa and South Sudan.
Clockwise from top L: Ms. Patience Ozokwo addresses the crowd after receiving TAFF African Legend Award, screening at Pan African Connection, Filmmakers Arthur Iyok, Arthur Musah and friend, Mr. Eke and Best Actress winner and filmmaker Constance Ejuma, TAFF Leadership recipient Yeharerwerk Gashaw and TAFF Host and actor Benjamin A. Onyango, representing Cameroon on the red carpet.
Saturday, July 2nd began early as patrons lined up at our various screening locations—Aldeez, Cardillac Dream Studios, Pan African Connection and Texas Theatre. Some of our filmmakers brought along their audience, our special guests had arrived from various parts of the country as well  as abroad, locals were there to take part of the movement after they learned about it on Kera art + seek: the Big Screen days earlier. Saturday was the feature length screening of 22 films from countries of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania; a combination of Narrative and Documentaries. Each screening was followed by a Q&A session and the audience had the opportunity learn more about the filmmakers.

It looked like a scene from an invitation-only exclusive African conglomerate party that evening at Kelechi's home. There they were, filmmakers from across the African continent and beyond. The likes of Ike Nnaebue, Honeymoon Aljabri, Mike Wargo, Jacqueline Farris, Deyemi Okanlawon, Tola Olatunji, Kang Quintus, Arthur Iyok, Claudio Oben, Uche Jombo; each came with their entourage. Mama G was the special guest for the evening and no one could get enough of her, (dare I say, #SelfieOvereload??). Everyone was honored by her presence. Kelechi and family graciously hosted the evening with never ending food and drinks. Guests had a good time, "gisting." In his true form, Kelechi's filmmakers dinner would turn into screening time, everyone settled into Uche Jombo's latest film "Lost in Us."
Sunday, July 3rd our filmmakers were hosted on a boat ride along Lake Travis where they enjoyed the camaraderie of their colleagues, BBQ and fresh air from the lake. Locals enjoyed more screenings  of what was left of Saturday. Not long after, Dallas City Performance Hall would be transformed into sheer elegance with red carpet and backdrop that welcomed guests into the closing night gala. Guests honored us for the evening in colorful pageantry of African regalia. DCPH is a venue no one would forget in a hurry—a state-of-the-art architecture made for performances, galas such as ours, encourages interaction from the outside in, guests were enveloped in a 750-seat proscenium theatre with multi-level seating that accommodates viewers at every angle, and an impeccable sound system.

"Wow! I wasn't expecting this, I am very happy I came." "I definitely will be coming back... With my friends!"

I learned a few things on July 4th weekend as a first time event organizer. The beginning is always rough, no matter how well or well-in-advance that you plan. Many of us are familiar with instances when things just won't work right or "corporate," like when you've spent countless hours working on media that won't finalize and render up till the day of event, losing movie files slated for a scheduled time and you're faced with patrons expecting a scheduled film to begin in the auditorium, specialty envelopes ordered with One-day shipping didn't arrive until 7-days later, winner cards designed to specifications that could not be printed by an office supply store after 24 hours of trying and wasted materials. My biggest challenge I'd say would be not being familiar with the City of Dallas, it took some extra time locating the addresses. Timing is everything. You have to be on top of your timing or events can start to unravel. Once the gala started, events went by in quick succession, a lot of preparation ahead of time is vital. I have my presenters and volunteers to thank for their assistance in moving things along, they all did their part in anticipating when they'd go on stage and making note to be ready, many assisted in carrying the trophies to designated areas backstage. They were a good sport even though they didn't have a copy of the program, they all congregated back stage to copy and screen shot my master copy. At first having all of them at the same time seemed overwhelming as they all asked questions at the same time and wanted answers, but it all worked out as we all figured it out together.  They were all just happy to be there and help wherever they could. Communication is absolute. Members of your team must be on the same page to be able to coordinate events in a timely manner. That way one could avoid sending out a presenter that was both one of the nominees in a category being presented and the winner! When I realized this at first (one day later) I was flabbergasted, but then I laughed. Mr. Eke came back stage to ensure we still had the same version of the evening program and I didn't quite understand why. Roll with the punches. You've got to. You've got to resort to the last resort up to plan Z, so have them. For me, there were presenters I had to send to the stage more than once to replace those that couldn't make it. I ended up using unscheduled presenters and they all graciously accepted the task. Not having winner cards prepared ahead of time, I had to improvise and it worked just fine. Not having the finalized visual program meant hauling a heavy equipment to the venue and guess what? It was perfect to operate from the source and not risking having a corrupted file or potential hard drive problem. The work was never done for Mr. Eke up till the last minute that day.
Listening in the Flag room
Still reeling from the now concluded TAFF 2016, the past year now seem like a blur. To think of the start of this journey from the beginning, I'm very proud of the outcome. TAFF received mostly positive reviews. I listened to the audience speak about how pivotal this platform is for Africa, a platform that unites not just the continent but with the rest of the world. African film art have been in existence for decades, yet it had been only a small part of international mainstream. I can echo the sentiment of many when I say the TAFF has been a long time coming, the magnitude is felt far and wide. TAFF managed to introduce me to other African cultures that now I'm looking forward to learning more about. TAFF is part of Texas Film Commission, Dallas Film Commission and Dallas Arts District.  I can't thank the city of Dallas enough for taking us in, Kera art + seek for propelling it further, Voice of America for opening its platform to us, Victory media and Trendy Africa for its exceptional photos and video coverage, many others that lent their support, and of course our many volunteers.

Congratulations to the winners of 2016 TAFF awards:
  • Papa'z song by Ror Akot Ft. Michelle Norbido for Best Soundtrack in ROR from South Sudan
  • The Shadow Boxer from South Africa for Best Cinematography
  • Rejected from Cameroon for People's Choice - Best Poster
  • Nico Piro as Best Emerging Filmmaker for Documentary Killa Dizez from Sierra Leone
  • Constance Ejuma as Best Actress for Ben and Ara from Cameroon
  • Okey Uzoechi as Best Actor for Lost in Us from Nigeria
  • Rob Schermbruker for Best Director in Good Business from South Africa
  • Alma from Cameroon for People's Choice - Best Trailer 
  • Nowhere to run from Nigeria for Best Documentary Short
  • Fakeh from Cameroon for Best Narrative Short
  • The Vanished Dream from Guinea Bissau for Best Documentary Feature
  • Aisha from Tanzania for Best Narrative Feature

Congratulations Mrs. Patience Ozokwo for receiving the African Film Legend Award for her many years contributions to the Nollywood industry. You deserve it Mama G! Franco Bonghan is a true pioneer who has used his platform to groom many young artists and aid in the fight for Ebola. His music video, Africa for Ebola Orphans harnessed great music talents from four African countries - Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guniea and Cameroon for an awareness initiative through music. The two phase initiative included making a music video and holding a musical concert in each country. The result is a moving musical tribute that became a vehicle that would bring support to children orphaned by the ravaging disease. Congratulations on your Humanitarian award! Yeharerwerk Gashaw have long been an activist for Africans for many years, advocating for education, the fight against drugs and injustice. Over the years, she single handedly raised money for schools and awareness campaigns. Her campaign against drugs led her to work with several Heads-of-State, notable is her meeting with Nelson Mandela and President Mobutu of Zaire. She is the first Black Model to grace the runnways of Christian Dior and Guerlain Paris, the first Black actress featured in Soap Opera Dallas. Congratulations on your Leadership Award.
Filmmakers and patrons enjoyed a festival full of activities
Kenyan Hollywood actor and filmmaker extraordinaire Benjamin A. Onyango held down the floor for us with Nollywood actress Uche Jombo, keeping our guests entertained throughout the night, ushering in the presenters. Between the dynamic duo, they wear many hats as filmmaker, comedian, actor, actress, masters of ceremony, the list would go on (I covered them here and here). I have to recognize the visionary who had the guts to put this together, TAFF Founder and Executive Producer, Filmmaker, Director—Mr. Kelechi Eke, watching your vision unfold is inspiring and gives us hope! Judging by the reception of TAFF this year, there's already anticipation for what next year will bring.

Well, "that's all folks!" (The famous words of bugs bunny) Until next year.

Pssst: The African Film Festival 2017 dates have been released: June 30 - July 3!

Images courtesy of Victory Media Pro

July 6, 2016

Houston International Hit DJs

Meet Houston's Hottest Hit DJs

At least once a month, the hottest Afro DJs in Houston are getting together to deliver the latest in hits and hooks they can muster. Stay tuned for updates on this conglomerate.

Where: Zanzibar, Houston
9003 Westeimer Rd, Houston, TX 77063

Zanzibar is an urbane lounge with contemporary decor featuring DJs, Comedians and happy hour in a laid-back locale.

January 30, 2016

Films on TAFF


Films on TAFF
Enjoy the progress we have made so far with TAFF with clips from some of the films we have received. We commend all the filmmakers from various countries involved as we work together to take African films to the next level.
Posted by The African Film Festival - TAFF on Friday, January 29, 2016
Enjoy the progress we have made so far with TAFF with clips from some of the films we have received. We commend all the filmmakers from various countries involved as we work together to take African films to the next level.

Submission Deadlines

Earlybird Deadline: November 1st - November 30th
Regular Deadline: December 1st - March 31st
Late Deadline: April 1st - April 15th

More info:

Website: www.theafricanfilmfestival.org
Facebook: facebook.com/TheAfricanFilmFestival
Twitter: @TAFFOfficial
Instagram: TheAfricanFilmFestival

Msadaku.

December 26, 2015

#AfropolitanHOU December 2015

December 18, 2015, the latest Afropolitan event took place at Q Lounge, Houston, Texas. Houstonians have slowly been warming up to this event since its inception, this time, it attracted a much younger crowd, more than likely heard the buzz from its soft launch.

The Afropolitan franchise is known for showcasing some noteworthy events like fashion shows, performances by some of our talents here in the diaspora, only time will tell what's in store for Houston.

A much more diverse crowd were noted at the December event, I got to interview quite a few. What brought them to this event? One common thread - social media and word of mouth. If you haven't heard yet, Afropolitan Houston will be taking place every 3rd Friday of the month, the first Houston event was November 2015. Afropolitan is known in cities like DC, Baltimore, New York and Maimi.

Enjoy the video below and I'll see you in one of the upcoming events.

Brought by Drumpulse entertainment, more info can be found at www.afropolitanhou.com, photos at Facebook.com/msadaku.


Msadaku.

November 28, 2015

Afropolitan Houston

November 20, 2015

Ever heard of the largest Afro-Caribbean mixer in the diaspora? Check out a new event in Houston.

#AfropolitanHou had a soft launch, attracting young African, African-American and Caribbean professionals to one place in Downtown Houston where they mixed and mingled over cocktails and unwound from their hectic schedules. Quite an impressive crowd turned up for this event.

Brought by Drumpulse Entertainment, Afropolitan mixers have been around a while in cities like New York, Miami, DC and Baltimore, serving up the hottest young professionals who want to network, some you won't find in your typical nightclubs. Folks I interviewed appreciate what this event had to offer, something different from the norm, these folks are tired of the same places like Belvedere and Zanzibar, they also appreciate the very diverse crowd from different parts of Africa and the Caribbean. There's nothing soft about this launch, I'd go ahead and presume this event is here to stay and would match the success of cities like New York and Miami.

Afropolitan Houston will take place every third Fridays of the month, be sure to check out their Facebook page and website to R.S.V.P.

More photos from November's mixer on www.facebook.com/msadaku

Keep it here. More in video below.


Msadaku.

June 20, 2015

Lagocians Expats Social (LES)

Thanks to my good friend, Jennifer Gentet, Brand builder, Author—6 Effective Steps to Your Better Self, founder of LES, I learned about a social event that can benefit a diaspora like me.  Lagocians Expats Social is a platform created to bring expatriates together right in the city of Lagos. Folks from all over the map were at this party recently (just watch the video), expatriates hoping to establish themselves in the country with their talents and ideas. While there's a lot of work to the done in the country by way of infrastructure, i.e steady electricity, running water, available and affordable fuel for vehicles, it has not killed the zeal of many in the diaspora or foreign expats. Nigeria provides for various business opportunities and these folks are jumping on those opportunities. Foreigners are ever so curious about the motherland, folks in the diaspora feel the nostalgia of home and realize there's no place like it. It's refreshing to know that amidst the chaos of disorder, there's a platform such as this one.
Poolside party was an opportunity to mix and mingle and connect, dance a little and enjoy the entertainment and good Nigerian food.  Folks got to contribute their two kobo on the current situation, state of affairs of the country and how they can contribute to make the country better. My guess would be this is a soft landing strip for folks trying to assimilate or re-assimilate back into the country, you still get the best of both worlds. The platform's mission is to bring folks together and interchange ideas, get to know the locals, they'e also involved in various humanitarian causes.

More on LES here.


Msadaku.

May 18, 2015

FAEA celebrates 10th anniversary, rebuild schools in Nigeria

The Friendship Association Education Assistance, Inc. invites YOU to join our 10th Anniversary Charity Golf Outing on June 6, 2015. This year’s event will tee off at the top-rated Blue Mash Golf Course in Laytonsville, Maryland with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. All golfers will receive lunch, dinner and invited to participate in different contests and a raffle to potentially win two tickets to the Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge in September. Register today!
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