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…South Africa’s Shekhinah, DRC’s Maître Gims, emerge most nominated artists for 5th AFRIMA

…as Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz, Ethiopia’s Betty G, Nigeria’s Simi, and South Africa’s Nasty C join the AFRIMA Nominees top contenders

…Public voting to commence Saturday, September 1

Democratic Republic of Congo-born international recording artist and rapper, Maître Gims and South Africa’s fast-rising songstress and songwriter, Shekhinah, have received seven nominations each to emerge highest nominated artistes for the 5th edition of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA.

This was made known when the African Union Commission, AUC, and the International Jury of the All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA released the highly anticipated full list of the Regional and Continental Categories of the annual awards ceremony to the public on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 via the media and on the AFRIMA website,

Closely following the top contenders are Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz and Ethiopia’s Betty G who each earned six nominations; while Simi (Nigeria) and Nasty C (South Africa) got on the 5th AFRIMA nominees list with five nominations apiece.

Morocco singer Saad Lamjarred

In its position as the biggest awards event on the continent, AFRIMA rewards the continent’s music professionals in 36 Regional and Continental categories including four new awards categories namely African DJ of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year and Best African Act in Diaspora, introduced in June 2018 by the African Union and the International Committee of AFRIMA to give room for expansion and inclusiveness in the African music industry.

The Regional Category, which consists of Best Female artistes and Best Male artistes in the five regions of Africa, features 79 nominees while the Continental Category which honours exceptional work in different African music genres, boasts of 260 nominees with both categories making up a total number of 339 music professionals and songs nominated for the 2018 edition of the continental awards.

This year, through the 8,009 entries submitted by African music professionals across the globe and the painstaking work of the International Jury of AFRIMA embodied by 13 renowned African music and culture professionals assessing the submitted entries, the 5th AFRIMA Nominees List has remained true to the AFRIMA tradition of discovering authentically fresh African voices and music while also recognising the hard work and diligence of consistent chart topping music makers.

Commenting on the final nominees list for the 5th AFRIMA and how the jury arrived at finding the best musical works within the year under review, AFRIMA Juror representing Eastern Africa, Mr. Tabu Osusa, said, “This year, AFRIMA registered a record number of entries in its competition. We were very pleased to notice that mostly new talents have entered the competition. The 13 jurors had a hard task going through over 8000 talented and creative entries. It resulted in heated sessions and far from unanimous decisions. Being an odd number of jurors revealed to be a blessing allowing us to make decisions by the majority. After a lot of sweat, long discussions and late hours, the jurors designated the best artistes in each given genre. It is now up to the public to go through this process and help to find the new African talents!”

We are convinced that these new artists with unique capabilities are stamping their mark in the various genres. They are and will definitely continue giving the established musicians a run for their money”, the veteran music producer from Kenya concluded.

Leading the nomination pack, Maître Gims’ has received nods for Album of the Year (for his March 2018 released ‘Ceinture Noire’ album); Artiste of the Year, Best Artiste in African Pop, Song of the Year, Song Writer of the Year, Best African Collaboration and Best Male Artiste in Central Africa.

Similarly, Shekhinah’s seven nominations also gave her a slot each in the Album of the Year category and Producer of the Year (for her October 2017 released ‘Rose Gold’ album); these are as well as Song Writer of the Year; Best African Dance/Choreography; Best Artiste in African RnB & Soul; Revelation of the African Continent; Producer of the Year; and Best Female Artiste in Southern Africa.

Diamond Platinumz gets an Album of the Year nomination for his 2017 compilation titled ‘A boy from Tandale’, in addition are his nominations for Artiste of the Year; Best Artiste in African Contemporary; Best Artiste in African Reggae, Ragga & Dancehall; Song Writer of the Year and Best Male Artiste in Eastern Africa.

Betty G, Ethiopia’s jazz artiste, is amongst the top nominees with six nominations including, Album of the Year (for Wegegta, June 2018); Artiste of the Year; Best Artiste in African Jazz; Best Artiste in African Rock; Revelation of the African Continent and Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa.

Nigeria’s Simi has earned five nominations namely: Album of the Year (For Simisola’ released in September 2018), Artiste of the Year, Song Writer of the Year, Best Artiste in African Pop, and Best Female Artiste in Western Africa.

South Africa’s rap artiste Nasty C received five nominations from the categories of Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, Best African Collaboration for his song featuring the Nigerian artiste, Runtown, Best Male Artiste in Southern Africa, and the Best African Lyricist/Rapper of the Year.

Many of the continent’s music chart toppers who are also previous AFRIMA winners and nominees such as Davido (Nigeria); Fally Ipupa (DRC); Tiwa Savage (Nigeria); Cassper Nyovest (South Africa); Wizkid/Starboy (Nigeria); Daphne (Cameroon); Saad Lamjarred (Morocco); Sauti Sol (Kenya); DJ Arafat (Cote d’Ivoire); Charlotte Dipanda (Cameroon); Angelique Kidjo (Benin); DJ Maphorisa (South Africa) and more, have received nominations for the 5th AFRIMA. They are joined by AFRIMA nomination debutantes and fresh music faces such as Kuami Eugene (Ghana); Aya Nakamura (Mali); Shane Eagle (South Africa); Betty G (Ethiopia); Rash (Kenya); Afrotronix (Chad); L’Algérino (Algeria); DJ Enimoney (Nigeria); Nadia Nakai (South Africa); Teni (Nigeria) and others.

Public voting will commence on the AFRIMA website on Saturday, September 1, where both continental and regional nominees in the 36 AFRIMA awarding categories will compete against one another for the coveted 23.9 carat gold-plated AFRIMA Trophy. Nominees will depend on their fans and followers spread across the globe to vote for them in an open voting process via the AFRIMA website,

In its fifth year, AFRIMA, is scheduled to hold in late November 2018, other activities scheduled for the main awards events include the Africa Music Business Summit, a combination of musical conference and trade expo where stakeholders in the creative and arts industry come together to discuss the business of music in Africa. There is also the AFRIMA Music Village, a music concert and cultural festival which accommodates over 40,000 music lovers across the continent who will witness live performances from their favorite African artists.

See the full list below:



  Name of Artiste Country Album title
1 Betty G Ethiopia Wegegta
2 Bombino Niger Deran
3 Diamond Platnumz Tanzania A Boy from Tandale
4 Lartiste Morocco Grandestino
5 Maitre Gims DRC Ceinture Noire
6 Mr. Leo Cameroon Love Original
7 Shekhinah South Africa Rose Gold
8 Simi Nigeria Simisola



  Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Betty G Ethiopia Wegegta
2 Daphne Cameroon My Lover
3 Davido Nigeria FIA
4 Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Sikomi
5 Kwesta South Africa Spirit Ft. Wale
6 Maître Gims DRC La Meme Ft. Vianney
7 Nasty C South Africa Jungle
8 Saad Lamjarred Morocco Casablanca
9 Starboy Nigeria Soco Ft. Terry, Spotless, Ceeza Milli & Wizkid
10 Tiwa Savage Nigeria Ma Lo Ft. Wizkid & Spellz



Name of Video Director Track Title (Artiste) Country
1 Armsdeal Let It Flow (Shane Eagle) South Africa
2 Cedrick Kayla Affairage (Toofan) Togo
3 Clarence Peters Melanin (Sauti Sol) Nigeria
4 Felicite Ben Rejeb Price Django (Dadju Ft. Franglish) Congo
5 Jacob Bain Nterini (Fatoumata Diawara) Mali
6 Lebogang Rasethaba Money Calling (Nadia Nakai & Franck Casino) South Africa
7 Meji Alabi Ma Lo (Tiwa Savage Ft. Wizkid) Nigeria
8 OneMovie Nosso Momento (Bruna Tatiana) Angola
9 Sasha Vybz Freedom (Bebe Cool) Uganda
10 Sesan Gringo (Shatta Wale) Nigeria
11 Walid Ayoub Ya Mraya (Hamza El Fadly) Morocco



Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Afrotronix Chad OyO Ft. Seydina
2 Aya Nakamura Mali Oumou Sangare
3 Chick Nick Cameroon Contrôler
4 Dadju DRC Bob Marley
5 Franglish DRC Elle
6 Hazel Mak Malawi Jaiva Ft. Roberto & Tay Grin
7 L’Algérino Algeria Va Bene
8 Oudy 1er Guinea Tourner Kabato



Names of Artistes Country Track Title
1 Balti Ft. Hamouda Tunisia Ya Lili
2 DJ Moh Green Ft. Magasco Algeria/Cameroon Por Favor
3 DJ Spinall & Wizkid Nigeria Nowo
4 Fally Ipupa Ft. KeBlack & Naza DRC Mannequin
5 GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo Ghana/Nigeria Akwaaba
6 Maître Gims Ft. Vianney DRC/France La Meme
7 Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa Ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna US/South Africa/Nigeria Particula
8 Nasty C & Runtown South Africa/Nigeria Said
9 Revolution & Magic System Cote d’Ivoire Kelly
10 Sauti Sol Ft. Patoranking Kenya/Nigeria Melanin
11 Tiwa Savage Ft Wizkid & Spellz Nigeria Ma Lo


Name of Artiste Country Track Title
1 Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon Sista Ft. Yemi Alade
2 Davido Nigeria FIA
3 Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Sikomi
4 EXQ Zimbabwe Tsvigiri
5 Ferre Gola DRC Premiere Classe
6 Josey Cote d’Ivoire Jour J-O
7 Kidi Ghana Odo Remix Ft. Mayorkun & Davido
8 Kizz Daniel Nigeria No Do
9 L’Algérino Algeria Va Bene
10 Mafikizolo South Africa Love Potion
11 Nandy kivuruge Tanzania
12 Tekno Nigeria Jogodo
13 Wande Coal Nigeria So Mi So


Name of Artiste Country Track Title
1 Black M Guinea Bodyguard
2 Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ksazobalit
3 Fally Ipupa DRC Ecole
4 Ferre Gola DRC Premiere classe
5 GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo Ghana Akwaaba
6 Mr P. Nigeria Ebeano
7 Olamide Nigeria Science Student
8 Rouge (Rudi Smit) South Africa Arumtumtum
9 Rythmz Cameroon Fedeti
10 Shekhinah South Africa Please Mr.
11 Toofan Togo Affairage



Name of DJ Country Track Title
1 Afrotronix Chad OyO
2 DJ Arafat Cote d’Ivoire Dosabado
3 DJ Enimoney Nigeria Diet Ft. Tiwa Savage, Reminince & Slimcase
4 DJ Maphorisa South Africa Midnight Ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly
5 DJ Moh Green Algeria Por Favor Ft. Magasco
6 DJ Oudy 1er Guinea Tourner Kabato
7 DJ Spinall Nigeria Nowo Ft. Wizkid
8 DJ Zoumanto Cameroon Do Like I Do Ft. Ko-C & Mimie
9 Van Morocco Live Your Dream  Ft. Dub Afrika



Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Afrotronix Chad OyO
2 Aminux Morocco Ghanjibo
3 Babes Wodumo South Africa Jiva Hezkombhede Ft. Duma Ntando & Mampintsha
4 Distruction Boyz South Africa Omunye Ft. Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
5 DJ Enimoney, Tiwa Savage, Reminince & Slimcase Nigeria Diet
6 DJ Maphorisa South Africa Midnight Ft. DJ Tira, Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly
7 Gold Fish South Africa Talk to Me
8 GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo Ghana Akwaaba
9 Lartiste Morocco Mafiosa  Ft. Carolina
10 Master KG South Africa Skeleton Move  Ft. Zanda Zakuza
11 Mr. Real Nigeria Legbegbe
12 Patoranking Nigeria Available



Name of Duo/Group/Band Country Track Title
1 4Keus DRC Mignon Garçon Ft. Naza, Keblack & Dry
2 Distruction Boyz South Africa Omunye Ft. Benny Maverick & Dladla Mshunqisi
3 Fnaïre Morocco Siri Siri
4 H-Kayne Morocco Do What You Can’t Ft. Khaoula
5 Mafikizolo South Africa Love Potion
6 Mi Casa South Africa Nana
7 Revolution Cote d’Ivoire Kelly Ft. Magic System
8 Rythmz Cameroon Fedeti
9 Sauti Sol Kenya Melanin Ft. Patoranking
10 Toofan Togo Money



Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Black M Guinea Mama
2 Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ksazobalit
3 Falz Nigeria Next Ft. Maleek Berry & Medikal
4 Khaligraph Jones Kenya Rider Ft. Petra
5 Kwesta South Africa Spirit Ft. Wale
7 MHD Guinea Bodyguard Ft. Sidiki Diabaté
8 Muslim Morocco Aji M3aya
9 Nadia Nakai & Frank Casino South Africa Money Calling
10 Shane Eagle South Africa Let it Flow
11 Sofiane Algeria Arafricain Ft. Maître Gims


Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Alune Wade Senegal African Fast Food
2 Anabela Aya Angola I Love You Bue
3 Betty G Ethiopia Mengedegna
4 Fadhilee Kenya Afirika
5 Sibusiso Mashiloane South Africa Niza



Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Cassper Nyovest South Africa Ksazobalit
2 Falz Nigeria La Fête
3 Khaligraph Jones Kenya Rider Ft. Petra
4 Muslim Morocco Aji M3aya
5 Nadia Nakai South Africa Naaa Meeaan Ft. Cassper Nyovest
6 Nasty C South Africa Jungle
7 Rouge South Africa Dololo Ft. Bigstar
8 Shane Eagle South Africa Let it Flow





Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 2Baba Nigeria Amaka Ft. Peruzzi
2 Abu Egypt 3 Daqat Ft. Yousra
3 Ammara Brown Zimbabwe Akiliz
4 Fally Ipupa DRC Mannequin  Ft. KeBlack & Naza
5 Kuami Eugene Ghana Angela
6 Lyna Mahyem Algeria Bye Bye Ft. Medi Meyz
7 Maître Gims DRC La Meme Ft. Vianney
8 MHD & Wizkid Guinea Bella
9 Simi Nigeria Joromi
10 Toofan Togo Money
11 Vanessa Mdee Tanzania Wet Ft GNako


Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Burna Boy Nigeria Heaven’s Gate Ft. Lily Allen
2 Diamond Platnumz Tanzania Hallelujah Ft. Morgan Heritage
3 DJ Moh Green Algeria Kondo Ft. Locko & Axel Tony
4 Jah Prayzah Zimbabwe Angel Lo Ft. Jah Cure
5 MzVee Ghana Sing My Name Ft. Patoranking
6 Patoranking Nigeria Suh Different
7 Roberto Zambia Contolola Ft. Patoranking
8 Sauti Sol Kenya Melanin Ft Patoranking
9 Shatta Wale Ghana Gringo
10 Stonebwoy Ghana Hero
11 Van Morocco Live Your Dream Ft. Dub Afrika


Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Asikey Nigeria Dark
2 Banky W Nigeria Love You Baby
3 Bruna Tatiana Angola Amo-te
4 Dadju DRC Bob Marley
5 Djodje & Patoranking Cape Verde Be Mine
6 Emtee South Africa Me and You Ft. Tiwa Savage
7 Locko Cameroon Je Serai La
8 Patty Monroe South Africa Reminiscing
9 Praiz Nigeria Champagne and Flowers
10 Shekhinah South Africa Please Mr.


Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Angelique Kidjo Benin Once in a Lifetime
2 Bebe Cool Uganda Freedom
3 Betty G Ethiopia Ere Manew
4 Fokofpolisiekar South Africa Komma
5 Hoba Hoba Spirit Morocco Jnouni
6 Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh Egypt Ekaa Maksour
7 Rash Kenya Nitachange Ft. Ruff


Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Bombino Niger Tehigren (The Trees)
2 Fatoumata Diawara Mali Nterini
3 Harouna Samake Mali Try Voice
4 Irene Namatovu Uganda Nsambila Nyuma Nga Janzi
5 Raina Ray Morocco Zhar
6 Stephane Akam Cameroon Che Woue
7 Teni Nigeria Fargin
8 Themindofay Nigeria Sasa
9 Wally Seck Senegal Mirna
10 Wutah Ghana Bronya



Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Amanda Malela DRC Kumama
2 Charlotte Dipanda Cameroon Sista Ft. Yemi Alade
3 DJ Lee Ethiopia Etege
4 Gloria Muliro Kenya Narudisha
5 Janet Otieno Kenya Narudi
6 Ogecha Nigeria Ufedo Mi
7 Ruby The Pigeon Namibia Rorisang
8 Sandra Nankoma Uganda Kaddugala



Name of Artiste Country Track Title
1 Cobhams Asuquo Nigeria One Hit
2 Degg J Force Guinea Fale
3 Falz Nigeria Child of the World
4 Macky2 Zambia Umutima Wandi Ft. Ephraim & Njamba
5 Mr. Leo Cameroon Pray
6 Ochu Sheggy Tanzania Mabusu Ya Yuda
7 Prosper Menko Cameroon Belle Weh Ft. Protek Illasheva
8 Sarkodie Ghana Glory Ft. Yung
9 Stephane Akam Cameroon Che Woue
10 Wazih Cameroon Be Happy



Name of Artiste Country Track Title
1 Amanda Malela DRC Kumama
2 Blanche Baily Cameroon BonBon
3 DJ Zoumanto Cameroon Do Like I Do Ft. Ko-C & Mimie
4 Gaz Mawete DRC Paulina
5 Kidi Ghana Odo Ft. Mayorkun & Davido
6 King Promise Ghana CCTV Ft. Mugeez
7 Ko-C Cameroon Bollo C’est Bollo
8 Kuami Eugene Ghana Confusion
9 Lily Malawi Bad at Love
10 Lyna Mahyem Algeria ByeBye Ft Medi Meyz
11 Tamy Zimbabwe Beautiful Ndozvandiri Ft. Takura & Dobba Don



Producer Country Track or Album Title
1 David Scott, DJ Maphorisa, Shekhinah and Luke Goliath South Africa Rose Gold
2 DJ Kore Morocco Casablanca
3 Fresh VDM Togo Fia
4 GuiltyBeatz Ghana Akwaaba
5 Killertunes Nigeria Nowo
6 Laizer Classic Tanzania A Boy from Tandale
7 Makwa 6eats South Africa Spirit
8 NorthBoi Nigeria Soco
9 Renaud Rebillaud DRC La Meme
10 Yamiu Mola Ethiopia Wegegta




Name of Artiste Country Track title
1 Ammara Brown Zimbabwe Akiliz
2 Aya Nakamura Mali Djadja
3 Betty G Ethiopia Ere Manew
4 Dadju DRC Gentlemen 2.0
5 Iyenga DRC Sorry
6 Mayorkun Nigeria Bobo
7 Mimie Cameroon Je m’en Fous
8 Shekhinah South Africa Please Mr.
9 Soul Bangs Guinea Kameremba
10 Vegedream Cote d’Ivoire La Fuite Ft. DJ Leska



Artiste Track Title Country
1 Daphne My Lover Cameroon
2 Davido FIA Nigeria
3 GuiltyBeatz, Mr. Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo Akwaaba Ghana
4 Kwesta Ft. Wale Spirit South Africa
5 Maître Gims Ft. Vianney La Meme DRC
6 Major Lazer & DJ Maphorisa Ft. Nasty C, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna Particula South Africa
7 Nasty C & Runtown Said South Africa/Nigeria
8 Saad Lamjarred Casablanca Morocco
9 Sauti Sol Ft. Patoranking Melanin Kenya
10 Starboy Ft. Terry, Spotless, Ceeza Milli & Wizkid Soco Nigeria
11 Tiwa Savage ft Wizkid & Spellz Ma Lo Nigeria



Name of Songwriter Country Song Title (& Artiste)
1 Cobhams Asuquo Nigeria One Hit (Cobhams Asuquo)
2 Daphne Nije, Salatiel Cameroon Jusqu’à la Gare (Daphne)
3 Maître Gims, Vianney, Renaud Rebillaud DRC La Meme (Maître Gims Ft. Vianney)
4 Nandy Tanzania kivuruge
5 Nasibu Abdul Juma Issaack Tanzania Sikomi (Diamond Platnumz)
6 Saim El-Hadj Algeria Ya Mraya (Hamza El Fadly)
7 Shekhinah Donell, Amon Taulo Chibiya II South Africa Different (Shekhinah Ft. Mariechan)
8 Simisola Nigeria Complete Me (Simi)
9 Venancio Angola Amo-te (Bruna Tatiana)



Name of Artist Country Track title
1 Afro B Cote d’Ivoire Drogba (Joanna) Ft. Wizkid
2 AKA South Africa Fela in Versace Ft. Kiddominant
3 Aminux Morocco Ghanhibo
4 Hardy Caprio Sierra Leone Best Life Ft. One Acen
5 Heavy K South Africa Indie Ft. Bucie & Nokwazi
6 IAMDBB Angola Shade
7 J Hus Gambia Dark Vader
8 Kojo Funds Ghana Stallin’
9 Maleek Berry Nigeria Pon My Mind
10 Nedy Music Tanzania One and Only Ft. Ruby
11 Not3s Nigeria My Lover
12 Ommy Dimpoz Tanzania Yanje featuring Seyi Shay
13 Phyno Nigeria N.W.A.  Ft. Wale
14 Winky D Zimbabwe Ngirozi Ft Vabati VaJehovah
15 Yxng Bane Angola/DRC Vroom



Actress Faithia Williams Calls On Nigerians To Stop Glorifying Fraud.



…… Denounces Fake Page Using Her Image To Defraud People

Nollywood actor, Faithia Williams calls on Nigerians to stop glorifying fraud, encouraging it or supporting it weeks after an attempt of impersonation of her by a certain page on Instagram identified as @gra_ce657.

The Instagram page, @gra_ce657 which is currently making use of the actress’s image as her profile picture continuously posts pictures of the actress and her giveaway transactions in order to impersonate her and defraud people of their hard-earned money.

Reacting to this, the actress took to her Instagram page to speak on fraud, the negative impact on victims and also denounce knowing the account using her page to perpetuate this evil act, she wrote “I have been informed of @gra_ce657 using my image to scam people all their hard-earned money, let me state this clearly that I do not have anything with this account, scheme or anything that tells people to bring their money. Please beware of this account or any other account using my name or face for any illegal business. Let me state this unequivocally, I know the country is hard and I know a lot of us are trying to survive but please we need to stop doing fraud, encouraging fraud and defending those who do fraud simply because they flash money or they have talent. Fraud is a fraud, it is illegal and it hurts other people. Many have been sent to early graves because of some people’s fraudulent activities, it is bad when we use celebrity image or status to scam people. Please note that fraud has consequences and let us not encourage it.”

Faithia Williams is a talented Nollywood actress who is well known for her amazing role interpretation skill and for her impact on taking Nollywood to the next level.

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American Internet Business School Organises ‘Digital Survival Workshop’ For Entertainers



American Internet Business School (AIBS) has announced a free seven days workshop for artistes, musicians, comedians, producers, and entertainment executives.

Dr. Ope Banwo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of AIBS unveiled the workshop from his base in America, as part of a digital business empowerment and awareness initiative for the entertainment industry.

The one of a kind free workshop targeted at operators of the entertainment industry will hold from Monday, June 29th to Saturday, July 4th.

Tagged ‘Digital Business Survival Workshop’, the online training will avail attendees the opportunity to learn digital business strategies that any creative artiste or executive can tap into to create multiple streams of additional income for their brand, creative works and fan base.

Explaining the rationale behind the workshop, Dr. Banwo said: “The American internet business school recognise that even before the COVID-19 pandemic came and decimated the finances of many individuals and companies in virtually every industry, many creative artistes have struggled to understand how they can generate extra income from their talents, artistic catalog and huge fan basee without the investment of capital, technical skills or digital business experience.

“While most serious creative artists, entertainers, and executives do have some impressive presence online, most have barely scratched the surface of the amazing potential of the internet to multiply the returns on their creative assets and brand and create sustainable levels of income that will far outlast their active days as creative artistes.

“This first of its kind seven days ‘Digital Income Survival Workshop’, complete with real time case studies of how some of the strategies have been successfully applied in the global marketplace, will provide a simple step by step blueprint that creative artistes, actors, actresses, musicians, producers, and executives can follow in using the internet to create multiple income streams for themselves through their talents, catalog, brand and fan base,” Dr. Banwo said.

Highlighting the schedule of the workshop, Training Director at AIBS, Nancy Hicks described the workshop as a special post-COVID-19 economic survival palliative program to provide the much needed strategies for digital monetisation to the highly resourceful and talented members of the entertainment industry.

According to her, AIBS invites all members of the entertainment industry to attend the seven days free breakthrough workshop and get introduced to some very simple streams of digital income that have been specially customized for members of the entertainment industry.

“Every day, for three hours, during the seven days conference, Dr. Banwo and a team from the American Internet Business School will be breaking down one digital business income stream peculiar to the entertainment industry and providing attendees with the blueprint on how they too can get started in monetizing their skills, creative assets, and fan base as entertainers or entertainment executives.

“The seven days workshop is free for all Musicians, Actors, Actresses, Producers, Comedians, Executives and anyone connected with the entertainment industry, but everyone must pre-register to lock down their spot since the digital training room they would be using can provide access to 100 participants only.”

Training areas during the seven days workshop include: Affiliate Marketing Income Stream For Creative Industry, Info Marketing Income Stream For Entertainers, Freelancing Income Stream For Creative Artistes, Celebrity Dropshipping Income Stream, Celebrity Membership Sites Income Stream, and Social Media Income Stream For Entertainers.

Affirming the fact that there is indeed a lot to be benefitted from the workshop, Dr. Banwo said: “This is the time for all members of the creative industry to take the ability to generate multiple income streams from their talents, creative assets and fan base to the next level. We encourage everyone involved in the industry to come and benefit,”
The primary objective of American Internet Business School (A.I.B.S.) is to provide modular internet-based training in the form of Online and Live Training; Recorded Training and Home Study courses for doing business on the internet.”

The American Internet Business School (AIBS), is renowned for equipping businesses and individuals on how to maximize their productivity and profitability on the internet. Over the years, AIBS has also provided training on key areas of internet business such as brand building, communication, marketing and sales.

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The smell is a new movie produced by Free Gift International Film and theatre Ministry scheduled for release on their YouTube channel FREEGIFT TV on 12 July 2020.

The movie directed by Ayotunde Yoloye is a bold initiative to delve into the many realms of an issue that many are involved in but few people want to talk about. Sex! If ever there was an issue that people need to talk about it is the issue of sex, their sexuality and dealing with sexual pressure (from within and without). The smell talks about it. The movie which was shot on location in Lagos in 90 minutes chronicles the lives of the members of two families that are connected and intertwined by a series of bizarre but yet not uncommon circumstances.

Kate played by Banke Amole-Adams, is a sexually dissatisfied Christian wife that has never really enjoyed sex with her husband but has not been able to communicate this to him. She can share her problems with her close friend Judith (played by Moyo Ola-Oludiya) and leaders in church but not with her husband. In a bid to address this issue she considers using pornography to spice up her sex life. An unplanned pregnancy further complicates her life as she struggles between doing what she knows is right and the easy option of an abortion that will make the problem go away.

Kate’s husband Fred played by Eric Amole Adams is unemployed. He is a spiritually sensitive man with a strong passion for evangelism and soul winning. However, he is somewhat inhibited by his weakened financial position and therefore sometimes finds it difficult to put his foot down on issues in his family, particularly when dealing with his wife who is the bread winner of the family.

Mary aged 15, is Kate’s daughter played by Deborah Agboye in her first appearance on screen. She is under pressure from her peers to lose her virginity like them. Mary struggles internally not to bow to the pressure but deep down is curious to learn more about and experience the pleasure of sex. Her parents are not talking to her about it so the closest people she has to give her guidance are her friends and Akpan, her parent’s houseboy played by Francis Olorunyomi who is constantly looking for young girls he can sleep with. His gentle mien makes him the ultimate (unsuspecting) sex predator.

Kate’s neighbor, Deaconess Mary played by Favour Abraham, is a woman who is on fire for the Lord, always actively involved in one programme or the other for the church or ministry. She appears to be in full control of her life, has a happy marriage and a reasonably good relationship with her husband. She is the go to person for many believers for counsel on marital issues particularly on sex related matters. Her husband played by Chester Osagie, is a respected elder in the church. He is a strict disciplinarian who keeps his children and indeed all young people around him on a tight leash, a role his wife really appreciates since her commitment to ministry takes a toll on the time she has available for her children.

Deaconess Mary and her husband have two children – Tony and Feyi each, with personal struggles of their own. Tony played by Lanre Sodipe is a handsome sexually active young man who just must have his regular dose of sex. He doesn’t see any problem with having multiple sex partners as long as he takes the right precautions to avoid any unwanted pregnancy. His philosophy is simple: learn how to use your sexual apparatus in your youth so you can enjoy a sexually fulfilling life in future. Once he sets his sights on a woman, he doesn’t stop until he has slept with her. His sights are now set on Kemisola (played by Busola Onabanjo in her first appearance on screen), the pretty prude amongst her friends, committed to a life of sexual purity and determined to go to her marriage bed as a virgin. Kemisola is always standing for Jesus in spite of the efforts by her friends to ridicule her or get her to compromise in relationships with the opposite sex. Tony knows this but is still determined to sleep with her anyway.

Feyi played by Josephine Alabi in her first appearance on screen, seems to know a lot more about sex than girls her age. She craves for the attention of her mother who is just too busy working for the Lord to give her the time she needs. Though both her parents are ministers of the gospel she has her doubts about Jesus and his love for her.

As these characters interact with each other some soon get entrapped in a web of lies and the snare of Soul ties and are gradually thrust into the murky waters of sex abuse, Lesbianism, masturbation, pornography, sex outside marriage and the challenge of dealing with sexual pressure in an increasingly sexually permissive world.. Unknowingly they begin to carry unusual smells around and the odour they exude progressively becomes more offensive. Events finally compel them to confront the root cause of the strange smell that follows them.

This movie is a must watch for both the young and old who are sexually active but unmarried, have been sexually abused or are struggling to deal with sexual pressure or deviance. It is a movie for married couples dissatisfied with their sex lives and especially for teenagers and youths under the onslaught of peer pressure for sex. It is an eye opener for parents, church leaders, school teachers and leaders of young people to the multifaceted dimensions of sex and sexuality amongst the youth in today’s world. It is a movie for all who seek to be able understand and give sound counsel on the sexual realities and challenges we all face today. It is a movie for all who desire to live sexually compliant lives before God

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