Last week Thursday, cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe destroying human and properties on its path. It is said to be one of the worst disaster to hit the south-eastern African region. According to statistics, over 2.6 million people are affected across the three countries. Subsequently, the cyclone led to devastating flooding. The cyclone hit the port city of Beira in Sofala province at over 177 km/h (106 mph). Consequently, the port city of Beira which was once home to 500,000 people is now an ‘island’.
The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday announced three days of national mourning. The official death toll as of Monday across Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique are 56, 98, and 200 respectively. However, many are still missing. President believes over 1,000 people may have been killed in the disaster. Consequently, the real death toll may remain unknown for many months as the disaster unfolds.
The urgent need for humanitarian services
There is an urgent need to rescue people still trapped within the devastated cities hit by cyclone Idai. Also, the survivors will be relying on humanitarian aid for survival. In the ‘new island’ people are clinging to trees and house roofs for survival. Speaking about the disaster, Manuel Rodrigues, Manica province governor, said,
“We saw people besieged and asking for help… on top of their roofs made up of zinc sheets. Others under flood waters. We can only imagine that they had been there for more than two or three days, without food and without clean drinking water.”
Several aid agencies in Mozambique are complementing government efforts in the distribution of food. Over 3,800 families are taking refuge in Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management.
Zimbabwe musicians rise for cyclone Idai victims
Veteran Zimbabwe musicians have taken to their social media pages to solicit for donations to assist the victims. They also used the medium to share their condolence with the victims. The hip hop icon, Ex Q, Jah Prayzah said,
“Let’s join hands and help those who have been affected by the cyclone Idai. No donation is too small to make a change. Anything you think can assist those in need right now in Chimanimani please bring it over… to 31 Hebert Chitepo in Belvedere.”
Michael Mahendere, a renowned gospel musician wrote,
“Our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by the cyclone Idai. The scenes are saddening but we know that there is Hope in the God we pray to. The relief that comes from Him is permanent and we stand with them during this devastating season.”
Check Out The Song That Took ‘Song Of The Year’ At The 2019 NAMA
It was a night of glitz and glamor on Saturday 13th April 2019 at the Harare International Conference Center for the 18th National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA). Celebrities and dignitaries were spotted at the center in scintillating outfits. There were musical performances by music stars like Enzo. However, the climax of the event was the award of plaques in different categories for outstanding works.
The music category always draws the most attention. However, this year had lots of surprise entries. The gospel sensation, Mai Patai was voted the best in the People’s Choice category. Patai recently broke the jinx in the Coca-Cola Radio Zimbabwe Top 50 by becoming the first woman to make it to the top three. Another female gospel musician whose hard work continues to pay off is Janet Manyowa. Manyowa won the Outstanding Female Musician award.
A Battle For Experience And Fame
One of the keenly contested categories at NAMA is the Outstanding Male Musician. Three superstars Baba Harare, Enzo Ishall and ExQ contended the award. However, many believe the ‘Nzenza’ crooner ExQ’s longevity and experience set him apart from his competitors. It was double honors for ExQ as his album ‘Tseu Tseu’ won the Outstanding Album. Although losing out of this category, Enzo’s hit track, ‘Kanjiva’ won the ‘Song of the Year’. Speaking to NewsDay Life & Style Enzo said,
“It is such a great honor to receive this award which I dedicate to my son and I would like to thank friends, family, and my fans as well as my producers for supporting me.”
Surprise Name On The Award List
One of the surprise names on the NAMA Award list was Long John, a rib-cracking comedian. Not many saw this coming. From John’s reactions, it is obvious he did not see it coming too. The vibrant comedian took to his Facebook to share his joy.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’m in shock. I’ve never won anything in my life. But today I am so happy to announce that I’ve just Won the Outstanding Comedian Award. This is so unreal. I even have a certificate and everything. Thank you so much, everyone, for your support #VillageBoy.”
List OF NAMA Award Winners
Spoken Words Award
- Outstanding Poet: Likhwa Ncube
- Outstanding Comedian: Learnmore “Long John” Mwanyenyeka
Literary Arts Awards
- Outstanding First Creative Published Book: Gather the Children by Batsirai Chigama (Ntombekhaya Poetry)
- Outstanding Children’s Book: The City Girl by Elisha July and Tendai K. Rudanda (Pass-Point Publishers)
- Outstanding Fiction: Mazai Emheni by Daniel Mutendi (DanTs Media Publishing)
- Outstanding Actor: Teddy Mangawa in Ukama
- Actress: Qeqeshiwe M’thembo in The Hostel
- Outstanding Theatrical Production: Ukama by Savanna Trust
- Outstanding Director: Lloyd Nyikadzino for Zandezi
- Outstanding Female Dancer: Vein N Alfazema in Black Sheep
- Male Dancer: Martin Chabuka in 100% Afro
- Outstanding Dance Group: Real Flex Dance Group directed by Martin Chabuka
- Outstanding Choreographer: Macintosh Jerahuni and Chaleen Chimara – Iwe Neni Tinebasa
- Outstanding 2 Dimensional Work: The Demolition by John Kotze
- 3 Dimensional Work: Zvirimudombo by Shelton Mubayi
- Outstanding Mix Media Work: The Watchman and the Fence by Greg Shaw
- Outstanding Exhibition: The Grotesque by Alan Sibanda and Talent Kapadza
Film and Television Awards
- Outstanding Actor: Eddie Sandifolo as Clive in Bhachi
- Special Mention: Admire Kuzhangaira – in Death and Other Complications
- Outstanding Actress: Tendaishe Chitima as Anesu in Cook Off
- Outstanding Music Video: Dzamutsana ft. Jah Prayzah produced by Vusa Hlatshayo (aka Blaq)
- Outstanding Screen Production (Television Series): Kuchina The Genesis directed by Blessing Gatsi
- Special Mention: Gaza directed by Ben Mahaka
- Outstanding Screen Production – Short Film: Bhachi directed by Shupai Kamunyaru
- Outstanding Screen Production – Full-Length Film: Cook Off directed by Thomas Brickhill
- Outstanding Journalist – Print: Fred Zindi – The Standard
- Television: Patience Nyagato – ZTV
- Radio: Babongile Sikhonjwa (aka uMrifiti) – Sky Metro FM
- Outstanding Online Media: Capitalk
- Outstanding Female Musician: Janet Manyowa
- Male Musician: Enoch “ExQ” Munhenga
- Outstanding Album: Tseu Tseu by ExQ
- Outstanding Song: Kanjiva by Stephen “Enzo Ishall” Mamhere
- People’s Choice Award Winner: Mai Patai
- Artist in the Diaspora: Danai J. Gurira
- Outstanding Promoter: Unplugged Zimbabwe
- Arts Personality Award of the Year: Mokoomba
- Arts Service Award: The Standard Newspaper
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Charles Mungoshi
Mo Abudu Is First African To Receive Prestigious Médailles d’Honneur
On 8th of April 2019, celebrities across the globe gathered in Cannes, France for the MIPTV ceremony. MIPTV recognizes and honors senior executives for their impact on the global television industry. Among those honored at the event is Mosunmola ‘Mo’ Abudu, the CEO of EbonyLife Media. This makes Mo Abudu the first African to receive the prestigious Médailles d’Honneur award.
Mo Abudu is one of the most prolific producers in the continent. However, she launched EbonyLife TV in 2013. The TV network became the first global network for black entertainment and lifestyle. However, EbonyLife TV is notable for a slew of original features and series including ‘The Governor’, ‘Sons of the Caliphate’ and ‘Castle & Castle’.
Recipients of the MIPTV Award
Congratulations, #MIPTV 2019 Médailles d’Honneur Mosunmola "Mo" Abudu @MoAbudu, EbonyLife Media; showrunner @ilenechaiken; Stéphane Courbit @scourbit, Banijay Group; and Jane @millichip, @sky_vision_. MIPTV was honoured to recognise your unique TV industry impact this evening! pic.twitter.com/VE32RizJs9
— MIP Markets (@mip) April 8, 2019
Mo Abudu is not the only media executive to receive the award. She shared the stage with Jane Millichip (managing director of Sky Vision), Ilene Chaiken (producer, writer, and showrunner), and Stephane Courbit (chairperson of the Banijay Group). While on stage to receive the award, the obviously emotional Abudu said,
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank MIPTV for this incredible award. My big dream was and still is, to change the narrative about my continent. As a continent, Africa has remained creatively silent for centuries. Our stories seldom told outside of our families and villages and often from the perspective of ‘someone’ looking in. It is therefore with great pride that we, at EbonyLife Media, bring our stories to the world with our TV series and our films.”
Mo Abudu’s Previous Recognitions
Mo Abudu is not a stranger to accolades and awards. CNN described her as “Africa’s Queen of Media who conquered the continent”. Forbes, on the other hand, labels her “Africa’s Most Successful Woman”. Consequently, she also featured on the 2018 Powerlist, a selection of the most influential people of Caribbean and African heritage.
In 2018, the convener of the Emmy Awards, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, named Mo Abudu as a director. However, in the same year, she was honored with the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by the University of Westminster. The honorary degree was in recognition of her contributions to the Nigerian broadcasting industry.
Achievements and Future Projects
Mo Abudu currently heads five divisions of the EbonyLife Media which encompass EbonyLife Productions Limited (UK), EbonyLife Studios, EbonyLife ON, EbonyLife Films, and EbonyLife TV. Consequently, she has produced Nigeria’s highest grossing movie including Chief Daddy (2018), The Wedding Party 2: Destination Dubai (2017), The Wedding Party (2016), and Fifty (2015).
Mo Abudu has international collaboration with Netflix. However, she recently entered a 3-project deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT). The deal is the first of its kind in the continent. A movie based on the women soldiers that served in present-day Benin over 200 years ago.
20 Most Influential African Actresses On Instagram
Fans are always clamoring for ways to interact with celebrities. The popularity of celebrities these days can be read from their social media reach and engagement. No doubt, the fame of African actresses have gone beyond the shores of the continent. Some of them have even featured in movies that were nominated for the Oscars Award. From Nollywood to Hollywood, here are the 20 most influential African actresses on Instagram.
Lupita Nyong’o (@lupitanyongo)
With over 6.8 million followers and average likes of 209,733 per post, Lupita is not only the most influential but also one of the most beautiful African actress on Instagram. Her performance in ’12 Years a Slave’ brought her to the limelight. She also played a lead role in Black Panther which bagged three awards in the 2019 Oscars. Lupita is the daughter of Anyang’ Nyong’o, a prominent Kenyan politician.
Funke Akindele (@funkejenifaakindele)
The dynamic Funke Akindele became popular for her signature accent in the TV comedy ‘Jenifa’s Diary’. Like Lupita, she commands over 6.8 million followers on Instagram but with average likes of 38,957 per post. The actress has also enjoyed endorsement deals by top companies including Jobberman, Globacom, 1960 Bet and more.
Genevieve Nnaji (@genevievennaji)
Veteran actress, Genevieve Nnaji has featured on the scene with the top actors and actresses around the globe. She recently tried her hands on directing with the movie ‘Lionheart’ which is now showing on Netflix. Genevieve has over 5.2 million followers on Instagram and her posts receive an average of 11,885 likes. She is also a member of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR). Some of her blockbusters include ‘Ije’, ‘Mirror Boy’, and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’
Ini Edo (@iniedo)
The pretty Ini Edo has 5.1 million followers on Instagram with average likes of 70,786 per post. Her popularity transcends social media as she is also among the richest actresses in Nigeria. Ini Edo has featured in over 100 movies since joining the Nollywood industry. She has also enjoyed endorsement deals from Slimtea Nigeria, Globacom, and many more.
Jackie Appiah (@jackieappiah)
At 5 million followers and 48,597 average likes per post, Jackie Appiah is the 5th most African influential actress on Instagram. The Canadian-born Ghanian actress has featured in several movies and received nominations and awards for some of her efforts.
Yvonne Nelson (@yvonnenelsongh)
Gorgeous Yvonne Nelson has over 4.9 million followers. Her Instagram posts get an average of 58,901 likes. The former Miss Ghana contestant has featured in both Nigerian and Ghanian movies. Yvonne is also an entrepreneur and CEO of YN Closet Fashion Shops and YN Productions.
Mercy Aigbe (@realmercyaigbe)
Glamorous Mercy Aigbe is an award-winning Nollywood actress and one of the most influential African actresses on set and on Instagram. Popularly known as Mercilicious, Mercy’s official Instagram account has over 4.7 million followers with an average of 23.768 per post. She is also an entrepreneur and filmmaker.
Rita Dominic (@ritadominic)
Stunning Rita Dominic is not only one of the most influential African actresses, but she is also one of the richest. Still dazzling in her forties, Rita has numerous endorsement deals including with Globacom, Nokia, and many more. Some of her past achievements include 2017 African Magic Viewers Choice Awards and 2013 ELOY Awards. She has 4.6 million followers on Instagram with an average of 39,921 per post.
Mercy Johnson (@mercyjohnsonokojie)
The beautiful Mercy Johnson has been in the movie industry since 2004. Her acting prowess has earned her a place as one of the most influential African actresses. The proud mother is also an appointee of the Kogi State government. Mercy has over 4.3 million followers on Instagram and each of her posts gets an average of 86,483 likes.
Tonto Dikeh (@tontolet)
Vibrant Tonto Dikeh is one of the most sought faces in the Nollywood industry. She once had a stint in the music industry. Her roles in numerous movies have earned her over 4 million followers on Instagram. Her posts have an average of 38,322 likes.
Charlize Theron (@charlizeafrica)
Ever smiling Charlize Theron is one of the most popular South African actresses. She started as a dancer and by 16 she nailed a modeling contract. Charlize later moved to New York first before making her way to Los Angeles. She has featured in various Hollywood movies including ‘Mighty Joe Young’ and ‘Monster’. Her role in the latter earned her the Golden Globe Award. Charlize has 3.9 million followers on Instagram but with a huge engagement of 267,993 average likes per post.
Juliet Ibrahim (@julietibrahim)
Often referred to as one of the most beautiful actresses in Ghollywood, Juliet Ibrahim rose to stardom in a short time. Juliet won the Best Actress in a Leading Role in the 2010 Ghana Movie Awards. Juliet is tailed by 3.9 million followers on Instagram and has an average of 26,598 likes per post.
Omotola Jalade (@realomosexy)
Known popularly by her moniker Omosexy, Omotola Jalade is a veteran Nollywood actress. She is also a brand ambassador of Knorr, P&G, and the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association. Omotola heads the One.org campaign which encourages the girl child to strive for greatness. She has 3.4 million followers with an average of 30,951 likes per post.
Danai Gurira (@danaigurira)
Gorgeous Danai Gurira may not have 6 million followers like Nyong’o but her 2.8 million Instagram followers give her an average of 143,690 likes per post. However, the Zimbabwean Hollywood actress is most famous for her role in Black Panther. Born in Iowa to a chemistry lecturer, Danai graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Uche Jombo (@uchejombo)
Actress Uche Jombo is also a screenwriter and producer. She has played myriads of roles since her acting debut. Uche is one of the most influential faces in Nollywood and her 2.7 million Instagram followers confirm this fact. Her posts get an average of 15,474 likes.
Pearl Thusi (@pearlthusi)
Pearl Thusi is a South African actress popular for are versatility. She plays the lead role as Queen Sono in the same named Netflix crime drama series. Perl is also a radio personality, TV host, and a model. Pearl’s 2.3 million followers, may seem little but her posts get an average of 20,982 likes.
Nomzamo Mbatha (@nomzamo_m)
Dazzling Nomzamo Mbatha is not only one of the most beautiful African actresses but she also earned her place as one of the most influential on Instagram with 2.1 million followers. She is a brand ambassador of Audi, Puma and the face of Neutrogena. Her post gets an average of 27,661 likes.
Yvonne Okoro (@yvonneokoro)
The dynamic Yvonne Okoro is an influential Ghollywood actress. Her stunning beauty is a burning topic among male fans. She has won four African Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. She commands 1.9 million followers on Instagram. However, she gets an average of 30,338 likes per post which is more than third-placed Genevieve Nnaji.
Nadia Buari (@iamnadiabuari)
The humble and shy nature of Nadia Buari endears hers to fans in Ghana and abroad. Nadia is not only among the top 20 influential African Actresses but also bagged multiple nominations. However, her big break in the movie industry came after her role as Beyonce in the movie, “Beyonce: The President’s Daughter”. She has 1.8 million Instagram followers with an average of 38,792 likes per post.
Omoni Oboli (@omonioboli)
Fan favorite actress Omoni Oboli is also a producer, director, and scriptwriter. She has been active in the industry from 2009 to date. She won the Best Actress Narrative Feature in 2010 at the Los Angeles Movie Awards. Omoni has 1.7 million followers on Instagram and her posts get an average of 19,784 likes.
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