The Big Search realities show judges include Pauline Long, Evelyn Obahor and Sinazo Yolwa. It’s a TV reality show where media personality, Evelyn Obahor is in search of a TV presenter of African descent in the UK. The judges will pick 12 finalists and send them into a house for a month to drill and task them in different areas of TV presenting such as news reading, reporting and talk-show hosting among others.
The winner gets to have his or her own show, a weekend away to an exotic resort as well as £1000 in cash. Evelyn got the idea of the show, while watching one of the mainstream breakfast shows some time ago, and all the presenter did, according to her, was sit and laugh her way through the whole show, she said that this was really annoying.
“Being a presenter myself, I thought she did a poor job and I thought to myself, our people have the talent and the flair to do these and ever better, but they are not given the chance,” she said.
She decided there and then to come up with a show, where the mainstream media could use them as a reference and prove a point that Africa has the presenters and that ‘we are just as good.’ It will be shown on BBC, Channel 4 Mainstream and Vox Africa, but it won’t come to Nigeria until this year’s summer.
Evelyn Obahor is a young woman from Croydon in the UK, who has passion for the entertainment industry. She has done this all her life and she enjoys inspiring people through the work that she does. The delectable beauty of the famous Nightshift on DBN Television back in the 90s is the owner of Justeve Show, a show where celebrities and inspirational people are interviewed. She also owns Hey Lets Talk which is a talk show, where she talks about relationship issues such as ‘why men cheat,’ and ‘why men can’t handle successful women,’ a highly controversial relationship issues.
Pauline Long is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, philanthropist and TV presenter. She is the CEO and founder of BEFFTA awards (the global brand), presenter and executive producer of BEFFTA TV show. She is also popularly known for her philanthropic work with charities through her beauty pageants Mr East Africa UK and Miss East Africa UK pageants. The former fashion editor of the popular UGpulse.com is also the managing editor of Miss East Africa UK magazine. She is currently writing her first motivational book called Pauline Long’s Daily Motivation. The book has a page on facebook with plenty of motivational quotes. She manages one of London’s largest film studios; East End Studios. Crowned the most innovative Kenyan in the UK at UKAA awards, Pauline Long is now the face and ambassador of UK Kenyan Achievers awards and Africa International Achievers awards.
Evelyn Obahor, a British citizen was born in Croydon and has loved every bit of the entertainment industry. She has become a mentor to young people and offers training to those who want to come into the Broadcast industry. She is the delectable beauty of the famous Nightshift on DBN TELEVISION back in the 90’s.
Evelyn is the CEO of Floodlight Broadcasting Network Ltd, one of the leading African programmes production companies in the UK with branches in Nigeria and Ghana is set to make a difference in broadcasting. The company manage shows such as The Justeve Show, where she interview celebrities and inspirational people, Hey Lets Talk where she treats highly controversial issues such as why men and women cheat. She’s the publisher of HEY! Magazine. And of course THE BIG SEARCH a reality show where she’s currently searching for a Television Presenter of African descent in the UK.
She started her career in Jos where she worked at NTA JOS, and NTA KADUNA, she has also worked at NTA BENIN where she was a continuity announcer before moving to Lagos, Nigeria on the invitation of TUNDE KELANI to walork in MAINFRME PRODUCTIONS.
She came to limelight on DBN TELEVISION where she produced and present shows, which include NIGHTSHIFT, LUNCH DATE, AMTV and HOME VIDEO REVIEW. She has also been privileged to work on three HOLLYWOOD MOVIES.
The UK base broadcaster, Evelyn will die a fulfilled person when she has been able to impact the world by making a change and giving hope to all suffering and struggling people because of her passion for children and is in the process of setting up a charity to help all suffering children in Africa.
Sinazo Yolwa is a South African model, actress, MC and television presenter best known for hosting the SABC3 entertainment variety programme The A List, in 2010. It was her first television presenting gig.
As of 2012 she is the entertainment correspondent for the SABC1 lifestyle magazine programme The Link.
In 2013 she made her debut as the host of the third season of dance reality show So You Think Dance on SABC1. In November 2013 she replaced Pearl Thusi on the SABC1 entertainment show The Real Goboza.
Sinazo grew up in the Eastern Cape. She has featured in television commercials for Vodacom, Sasol, Ackerman’s and Brut, with Candice Boucher and Kerry McGregor. Her acting portfolio includes M-Net’s The Wild (as Victoria), and PEP’s radio drama series, Impilo (as Sindi).
In 2011, she presented an environmental show for Tshwane TV called Water is Life. She also joined the SABC3 magazine show Top Billing as a part time presenter in November 2011.
She joined The Link in 2012 and was also a presenter for online video site Zoopy.
More Incriminating Evidences Presented Against Tonto Dikeh + Why She Is Still In Dubai Prison
Latest information about the embattled Nollywood star actress, Tonto Dikeh, who was reportedly arrested by the police in Dubai, revealed that she had not been deported to Nigeria, but that she was still in Dubai Prison.
The stylish mother of one was said to still being held in Dubai detention cell for further investigation.
While little has been officially heard from Tonto on social media except for some few postings from her best friend, Idris Okuneye aka Bobrisky, it was gathered that Tonto and Bobrisky were trying very hard to cover up their tracks.
Tonto was reportedly arrested recently, when she attended an event in Dubai.
She was said to have been denied entry by security personnel and she allegedly called them untoward names.
She was said to have spent the night in prison.
Tonto, who was in Dubai to attend the One Africa Music Fest and Bamteddy wedding, could no longer attend these events since she was in detention.
“Yes, she hasn’t been released but still in detention,” a source close to the Nollywood actress revealed.
But Tonto was said to have released a video debunking any news of detention or deportation through Bobrisky.
Sources explained further that:
“First, Tonto is not the type to use that kind of video to debunk allegations of detention and deportation.
She would have used a more beautiful background wearing gorgeous clothes and displaying affluence. That was a damage control video she shared through Bobrisky. Tonto was looking like a tart! She wasn’t wearing make-up and looking like a prisoner in one small room! Anyways, in the video, there was no address about or her arrest. The Tonto we knew would have tore whoever wrote that story into shreds.
“Moreover, the attempts by Bobrisky to prove that Tonto Dikeh is still in Dubai and vacationing are not adding up.
Imagine the sudden disappearance of Tonto’s phone! Tonto’s phone lost its password and she opened another new page @king_wigocharity, on Instagram! Sharing a video to that effect, Tonto, who was not gorgeously dressed like her usual old self wears a funny make-up and explains what went wrong with her old IG account.
Who is fooling who? She said she is still in Dubai but her password is still in Africa! In this IT age? The video looks so stupid!
Meanwhile, before the new page, she had posted many photos from Dubai on the old page @tontolet which has over 5million followers.
It was on her old page she posted her ‘fake gift’ from Timi Frank. She even bought a new phone to run the new page! As a matter of fact, she removed the nylon seal from the cover of the phone!”
Wondering what went wrong with Tonto and Dubai security personnel?
“After her arrest and her hotel room was searched, they found out that she came to Dubai with hard drugs which she must have been taking,” sources alleged.
The worry is now her little boy, King Andre, who is said to be in the care of a nanny in Abuja.
Already, Bobrisky is taking the pains to upload on the new page that has been created.
We were informed that there was no hope that the actress would be released soon.
AFRIFF 2019: Edem Dotse wins Best Student Short Film
The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) 2019 came to an end yesterday as Linger by Edem Dotse wins the Best Student Short Film category award.
At the beginning of the eight edition of the popular festival, TECNO Mobile — as part of its commitment to developing and encouraging mobile cinematography and storytelling in Nigeria — partnered with Kiki Mordi and Nora Awolowo to deliver a masterclass on the use of smartphone for film making & storytelling.
The grand finale was the Awards Night, a colorful ceremony that was attended by A-list movie personalities from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. The ceremony played host to a number of big names in Nollywood, including Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Ini Edo, Uche Jombo, among others.
Cross-section of dignitaries and celebrities at the AFRIFF 2019 Awards Night
Apart from the lecture series, TECNO also sponsored and presented the best Student Short Film category award, won by Edem Dotse’s Linger, at the glamorous AFRIFF Globe Awards.
Mr. Chidi-General Manager Transsion holdings Presenting the cheque to the winner of the Best Student Short Film Category in AFRIFF 2019
As the theme of this year’s award is Sheroes, the organizers and their partners are using this edition to celebrate the extraordinary women in the film industry, those stellar personalities who enable us to dream and celebrate storytelling, thus, impacting the society.
The Awards Night also included the recognition of The Ghost & The House of Truth as the Best Nigerian Film, with the Best Director won by Akin Omotoso for the same movie. The Best Documentary award went to In Search by Beryl Magoko, while the Best Actress category award was won by Kate Henshaw, who acted Officer Stainless in The Ghost & House of Truth.
On that high note, this year’s edition of AFRIFF 2019 came to an end, bringing to a conclusion an event full of fun, glitz and glamor.
You’d have to kill me to stop me from Coming to South Africa – Burna Boy
Nigerian singer, Damini Ogulu, popularly called Burna Boy, has said that nothing would stop him from going to South Africa for his scheduled performance at the ‘Africa Unite Concert’.
The concert is billed to hold in Pretoria on November 24.
“Lol. I’m coming and you and anyone against it are gunna have to kill me to stop me,” the 28-year-old music star tweeted on Saturday.
On Thursday, some South African artistes and showbiz personalities called for a boycott of the concert because of Burna Boy’s inclusion.
Burna Boy and a South African artiste, Kwesta, are billed to headline the two-day concert.
Said to be powered by Channel O, ‘Africans Unite’ is a collaborative project which aims to rebuild trust and respect by changing the current narrative about the continent.
The opposing parties said they won’t allow Burna Boy step into their country if he fails to apologise for the comments he made during the recent xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.
Spearheading the opposition is South African star, AKA Worldwide, who has insisted that he (Burna Boy) must apologise.
On another hand, Tshwane Entertainment Collective, a group of South African showbiz experts have also questioned Burna Boy’s inclusion and the exclusion of artists and event organisers from Tshwane.
Shortly after the news broke, South Africa’s firebrand opposition politician, Julius Malema tweeted to reassure Burna Boy of his safety.
Burna Boy, who has not reacted to any of the tweets, broke his silence on Saturday when he quoted a tweet asking him not to be deceived by the offer of protection from Mr. Malema.
Burna’s tweets read, “Please my people, there should never be a South Africa vs Nigeria war or any African country vs African country war ever. We must unite by any means for the future of our children and their children. I want a united African passport that will be as powerful as the passport.
“Saying I mislead people? And I made up the xenophobic attacks and I should apologise. Really? Lol. In 2015 Even I was a victim of the misguided hate so I know. Go and demand apologies from your REAL Enemies. I am not your Enemy. I will not be called “foreigner” I am AFRICAN. I love South Africa. I love Africa more”.
AKA has also reacted to Burna Boy’s tweet.
The South African rapper who also took a swipe at Malema told his countrymen not to allow politicians to hijack the campaign against Burna Boy.
Check out Burna Boy’s tweets below
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