KENYAN ACTOR PHILIP MUCHIRI SIGNS AS NABA LIFE FOUNDATION AMBASSADOR

Philip Muchiri

 

Philip ‘Mentor’ Muchiri, an ambitious, energetic and career minded film producer cum actor who strives to excel in the role he is assigned to, has signed as the Kenyan Ambassador for NABA LIFE FOUNDATION, a registered non-governmental organisation in Ghana.

“I am happy to join NABA Life Foundation as they are implementing great initiatives to help the less privileged in Ghana. I want to be part and will do my best to support an organization that seeks to help the under privileged in the society”, he stated.

Apart from the acting career, Philip Muchiri has developed the passion in giving back to his people, creating a hope for a better today and an even better tomorrow for people especially children.

He said “I will use my influence in Filmmaking to show together we can rise for the better and together we can change the world in our own small deeds of helping each other and caring for the less privileged in our society”.

Philip Muchiri has passion in acting and was involved in script writing, directing, editing and playing lead roles. He also studied digital editing as well and has experience in production and holds a brown belt in Karate.

He has featured in movies like GICAGI, Mtaani, Street Game, The Blessed Child and Boda Boda, among others. He has won several awards including Best Cinematography in Gicagi Film 2014, Best Lead Actor in Boda Boda, Riverwood Academy Award 2015, etc.

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African Celebrity Profile: Lydia Forson Covers Glitz Africa Magazine’s 12th Issue

Ghollywood actress Lydia Forson is the cover girl for the 12th issue of Glitz Africa Magazine.

Tagged ‘The Confidence Issue’, Lydia Forson is tapped for the cover because she embodies the idea of confidence.

According to the magazine, ‘From the potently confident Lydia Forson, to the image that expresses power in doing what you love – in the person of Anita Erskine, to the representation of women in higher places, as represented by the brilliant Maidie Arkutu, to our man of style, who oozes style both inwardly and outwardly – Lexis Bill. This 12th issue is an excellent issue by all standards.’

Congrat to Miss Lydia Forson.

Read more here: http://www.bellanaija.com/2015/08/11/the-confidence-issue-lydia-forson-covers-glitz-africa-magazines-12th-issue/

Photos: Vicky Minassh releases smashing photos to mark birthday

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Fast-rising Ghanaian actress cum model, Victoria Lebene Mekpah also known as Vicky Minassh is one actress to look out for in 2015 and beyond.

The 2015 Next Movie Star Ghana Rep who is extremely hardworking takes her job seriously and possesses an impeccable gift to interpret whatever role she will be given easily and is extremely unpredictable in her deliveries.

Vicky has starred in many movies and tv series including; Jackie Goes To School , Broken Mirror , Deadlly Deal , The Storm , The Miser and lots more.

The actress is celebrating her birthday today, July 30, and to mark it she has released new stunning photos .

The pretty actress showed off her sexy body in a number of poses in the studio looking stunningly beautiful and incredibly sexy.

See her new pictures below!

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Source: http://newsghana.com.gh

Photos: Top Ten Outstanding Male Musicians in Africa

Music has been an integral part of the entertainment sector in Africa aside filming. Most of the musicians in
Africa have performed spectacularly in their respective countries, in other countries and world wide with the idea of selling Africa.

The genre of music they do include High-life, Hip-Life, “Dance-hall”, Afro-Pop, Hip-Hop, Gospel, reggae, and among others. Apart from the several awards they have won, they have also produced several songs, inspired so many young people, and have grown to promote the music career in Africa.

Below, are the top ten outstanding musicians in Africa that we have compiled based on how they have extremely worked hard to take African music far.

1. SONNIE BADU

Sonnie Badu is a multiple award winning Gospel singer, songwriter, philanthropist, producer, TV presenter and author. He is arguably the most successful gospel export to emerge out of Africa in recent years. His unique blend of intimate worship, high class visuals, and his energetic style of ushering congregations into the presence of God is affecting lives worldwide.

In 2009, he received numerous honors and accolades for his contribution to the gospel community, winning a BEFFTA (Black Entertainment Fashion and Film Award) in the category of Best Gospel Artist. He was also the recipient of three awards at the Gospel Music Awards Italy in the categories of Best Gospel Artist in Europe, Best Worship Artist of the year and Best Worship song for the smash hit single ‘Covenant Keeping God’ and to crown the year, he was decorated the Best Gospel Male at the British Gospel Music Awards.

In 2008 he launched the annual ‘Sonnie Badu Worships’ program. So far the event has been held in London, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New York, Maryland, Atlanta, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Ghana and Canada and its reputations continues to spread with more nations coming on board in the new year.

2. D’BANJ

Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D’banj, born 9 June 1980) is a Nigerian singer-songwriter, harmonica player, and businessman. He has won several music awards, including the awards for Best African Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007, Artist of the Year at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2009, Best International Act: Africa at the 2011 BET Awards, and Best-selling African Artist at the 2014 World Music Awards.

He adopted the stage name D’banj, a combination of his first name Dapo and his surname Oyebanjo. D’banj is currently best known internationally for his 2012 summer hit “Oliver Twist”, an uptempo dance fusion of Afrobeat and electronic dance music that topped the African charts 2011 and was a top 10 hit in the UK singles chart in 2012 reaching No. 2 on the UK R&B chart. Apart from the music career, D’banj is the founder of Koko Foundation for Youth and Peace Development and also Nigeria’s first United Nations Youth Ambassador for Peace.

3. SARKODIE

Michael Owusu Addo, popularly known by his stage name Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop and hip-life recording artist from Tema. He won the Best International Act: Africa category at the 2012 BET Awards, and was nominated in the same category at the 2014 BET Awards.In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e-TV Ghana.He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance and often named as one of Africa’s greatest Hip pop artists.

On July 13, 2013, Sarkodie launched “The Sarkodie Foundation” which is tasked with the mission of supporting underprivileged children. He has also established himself as a successful entrepreneur and owns “Sark by Yas clothing line”, which was launched on April 27, 2013.

4. AYUB OGADA

Ayub Ogada was born in 1956 in Mombasa, Kenya. He is a descendant of the Luo people of western Kenya and was influenced by their musical heritage by his parents who were musicians. They performed Luo music to Kenyan and US audiences. Ayub’s experience of travelling with his parents to the US and his exposure to both western and African cultures had a profound effect on his music and outlook.

Ayub was invited to take part in one of the ‘recording weeks’ at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire. In 1993, he recorded his first album En Mana Kuoyo (Just Sand) at the studio and he toured extensively with Peter Gabriel and WOMAD.

Ayub’s music is on the soundtracks of films such as ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ (2000), ‘The Constant Gardener’ (2005) and ‘Samsara’ (2011). His music was also used in the soundtrack for Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman’s BBC series Long Way Round and Long Way Down.

5. STANLEY ENOW

Stanley Ebai Enow is a Cameroonian rapper who is best known for his 2013 single “Hein Père”.He has received several nominations and subsequently won the Best New Act category at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.
Enow was born in Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest Region of Cameroon. He started writing rap lyrics and break-dancing while in high school and has since become a very great musician in Cameroon and in Africa as well.

6. AKA

Kiernan Jordan Forbes (born 28 January 1988), better known by his stage name AKA, is a South African rapper originally from Cape Town. AKA ventured for a solo career with hits like “Mistakes”, “In My Walk” and “Do It” with the latter making it to number 1 on the South African 5FM Top 40.

He won Metro FM Music Awards for “Best Newcomer”, “Best Hip Hop” as a solo act and “Best Produced Album” for his debut Altar Ego. He was also dubbed “Prince of South African Rap” by one of the national newspapers and won “Best Dressed man” during the GQ Awards in South Africa alongside Oscar Pistorius. He is very talented, determined and a;ways bring the best rap for his fans.

7. HARRY KIMANI

Harrison Mungai “Harry” Kimani (b. ca. 1982) is a Kenyan musician and composer. Kimani grew up with music, teaching himself to play the guitar by watching an older brother perform. He attended Kirangari High School in Nairobi, where he already showed a great interest in music; he sang, composed songs, participated in music festivals and, at one time, conducted the school choir.

His first love in high school inspired him to compose a song called “African Woman,” which was well received among his friends; they urged him to record the song. In 2005, he won Kisima Music Awards for Best Music Video & Best Song and was nominated in the same year for Kora Awards – Most Promising Male Artiste.

8. 2FACE IDIBIA

Innocent Ujah Idibia (born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria), better known by his stage name 2face Idibia, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. He officially discontinued the use of the name Tuface and selected Tu-baba as his stage name. He is one of the most decorated and successful Afro pop artists in Africa. He is also one of the most bankable artists in Africa.

2Face has received one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, five Headies Awards (Hip-hop award), four Channel O Music Video Awards and one BET award for his musical work, four MTV Africa Music Awards, one MOBO award, one KORA award, and numerous additional nominations.

9. DADDY LUMBA

He was born as Charles Kwadwo Fosuh in Nsuta near Mampong in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. In the early 1980s, he debuted on the highlife scene with his massive hit “Yeeye Aka Akwantuo Mu” with Nana Acheampong (known together as ‘Lumba Brothers’).

In 1999, he won three awards including best album and the most popular song of the year at the Ghana Music Awards. Before the year 2002, Daddy came out every year with a hit album. Daddy Lumba has won several Ghana Music Awards and other excellence awards and continue to appeal to the young and old. He is old, but with passion and talent at heart, his music career is still growing and always bring out the best for Ghanaians and Africans.

10. SUNDAYGAR DEARBOY

Michael Davies (born July 20, 1972), popularly known by his stage name Sundaygar Dearboy, is a Liberian hipco singer, songwriter and record producer from District 2, Grand Bassa County. He records primarily in Bassa and Liberian English; he has released several contemporary gospel songs. Dearboy has released several studio albums, including See Boyee, Don’t Live With Woman (2007) and Rebirth (2012). He was named the Liberian Musician of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

He revived his music career by releasing “Bayjay”, a song endorsed by the Liberian populace. The song won the Song of the Year award at the 2005 Liberian Entertainment Awards

Source: Compilation by AllAboutAfrica

World News: James Horner, Titanic film composer dies in a plane crash

Academy Award-winning composer James Horner also worked on the movie "Avatar."

Academy Award-winning composer James Horner, known for his impressive body of work spanning multiple movie genres, is feared dead after a small plane belonging to him crashed in central California on Monday, killing the pilot.

It is not known whether the 61-year-old Horner, best known for scoring the movie “Titanic,” was the person flying the plane.

But the Hollywood Reporter reported his death, attributing the confirmation to Sylvia Patrycja, his assistant.

“A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal,” Patrycja posted on her Facebook page.

“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road. Love Sylvia.”

Horner’s lawyer couldn’t confirm his death, but said he hadn’t heard from the composer since the crash.

“He is an experienced pilot. He owns several planes. We have not heard from him,” Cooper told CNN.

To work with James Horner was one of the biggest moments of my life. He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) June 23, 2015

Condolences pour in

Horner won two Oscars for his work on the 1997 blockbuster”‘Titanic” — best original dramatic score and best original song for the Celine Dion classic, “My Heart Will Go On.”

He was nominated for an Academy Award 10 times and has scored numerous blockbusters, including “Braveheart,” “Apollo 13,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Avatar.”

Reaction to his reported death was immediate, with celebrities who worked with him posting messages of condolences.

“Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones,” tweeted Ron Howard, who directed “Apollo 13.”

Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015

Leona Lewis, who worked with Horner, on the theme for “Avatar,” said working with the composer “was one of the biggest moments of my life.”

“He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened,” she tweeted.

To work with James Horner was one of the biggest moments of my life. He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) June 23, 2015

Crash circumstances

The single-engine S312 Tucano crashed under unknown circumstances near Cuyama, about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, on Monday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The debris field from the crash was scattered across a roughly one acre area in a dry riverbed, said Mike Eliason, a spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The aircraft caught fire upon impact, and the flames spread to the surrounding vegetation, he said.

Firefighters who arrived on the scene were able to quickly put the fire out, but the occupant of the plane had died on impact, Eliason said.

The pilot was the only occupant on board, the FAA said.

The name of the victim will have to come from local authorities, the FAA said. CNN has reached out to Ventura and Santa Barbara counties for information, and left messages for Horner’s agent.

A person answering the phone at Horner’s house asked for privacy, the Los Angeles Times reported.

More than 75 films

Horner was born in 1953 in Los Angeles, but he grew he up in England, studying piano at London’s Royal College of Music. Horner moved back to the U.S. to attend college, earning a music degree from the University of Southern California, and then his master’s and PhD from UCLA.

Horner composed songs for more than 75 films, making his feature-film debut in 1982 for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.”

In addition to the accolades he earned for “Titanic,” Horner earned Grammy Awards for “Somewhere Out There” from “An American Tail” in 1987 and “Glory” in 1990. Horner also composed the music for such 1980s classics “Field of Dreams,” and “Cocoon.”

Horner leaves behind a wife, Sarah, and two daughters.

Source: CNN
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/22/living/feat-james-horner-titantic-plane-crash/index.html?sr=cnnitw

One-on-One Interview: Award Winning Kenyan Actor and Filmmaker Phillip Muchiri soaring high in Africa

Award Winning Kenyan Actor and Filmmaker Philip Muchiri known for his nickname as “Mentor” is one of the great Africa actors who are making impacts in the lives of people through the use of movies. Apart from acting and making films, Philip is a choreographer, martial artist and a stunt man as well. He is very young, handsome, hard working and determined to achieve the best.

Below is the full interview that ensued between us and him.

1. Tell us about yourself: where you come from and what you learnt in college?
Am Phillip Muchiri, nicknamed ‘Mentor’; a Filmmaker, an Actor, Producer, Editor, Action Choreographer, Martial Artist and a Stuntman, I hail from Kenya. I studied a Diploma in Bio-Medical Engineering, and later enrolled to study Digital Editing since I had an interest in filmmaking.

2. Where do you see African Films in the Next 5 years?
I believe Africa has some of the Best stories to tell. We are talented, gifted and Blessed. We need to embrace our own stories, culture and teach the future generations of our way of Life in a good, entertaining but educative way.
We need to tell the World of our own stories that they will learn about us and embrace our way of Life. Through the film, we can bring Africa and Africans together since the film has no boundaries. I see African Films taking over the world in the next 5years.

3. Where do you see yourself as an Africa Action Actor in the Next 5 years?
I see myself as the Biggest Action Product in Africa. I want to be the guy any filmmaker comes to when they seek an African action actor, thus am researching, learning and developing some action techniques from my African Heritage that will show that Africa we had a history in combat. Use the same in my films and other films. Am also growing as an Action Choreographer.

4. Where did you get interest to act martial arts?
While growing up, we used to watch Wrestling, later I got to watch a Martial Arts film played by Mathias Hues and another by Jean Claude Van Damme then tried coping the moves by hitting banana trunks back at home in the village, the movies I can say had a big impact on my interest in Martial arts. So I self-taught while growing up, then in 2003 joined the MeanSharks Karate Club in Kerugoya.

5. How far have you progressed in your acting career – like mention some of the movies you have acted?
I recently was voted as Best Lead Actor in Riverwood Academy Awards 2015. Last year my film Gicagi won Best Cinematography in the inaugural of the same awards.
After clearing college in July 2010, I came back to the village and my only mission was to do a movie. In August 2010 I did GICAGI, the 1st ever karate film in Kenya. It was in Kikuyu dialect.

Other films are ‘Mtaani’, ‘Street Game, The Blessed Child’ and now Boda Boda.
I have been involved in some short works like ‘Nairobism’, which is still in progress.
For now am currently concentrating on making a T.V series called Boda Boda. Boda Boda Swahili name for Motorbikes: a T.V series, the story of ‘Mentor’ as he ‘survives’ through the day to day struggles in his line of duty as a boda boda (motorbike) operator in the city. When things get out of hand, he has to use his skills to survive and save himself and others.

6. How do you finance a movie production?
I can say through believing in my Dreams/visions, Passion, Dedication, Hardwork and most important Prayers. When starting off, I did with the guys of my club who for many years knew that I always wanted to be in movies, I borrowed a camcorder shot one scene, the owner of the camera loved it and agreed to shoot for me then I would pay later through DVD sales since I had no money. Film Production can be expensive, so assemble a Team that believes in your vision…
For now I try to use whatever finances I save or soft loans from family where I pay back after sales

7. Have you started selling your movies?
I used to hawk my films, home to home, village to village, town to town, and sell a lot through Facebook for those who have seen the Trailers. I give copies to my actors/Actresses who sell at discounted rates.
Am in the process of setting up a website so I can sell online to people in the whole of Africa and Diaspora who love to see what is happening back at home.

8. How do you plan to improve your career and make more money?

Am improving myself through research on how the best is done and learning more every day. Through continued Martial Arts training with own creativity, thus a better action choreographer/director thus more marketable.
I plan to make more money by first marketing myself, having a brand name which is very important to any artist, once I have the market and make quality films, my name will sell. I also plan to have a T.V series before the end of the year and get into advertisements too.

9. Who is your role model?
Truth is I have no role model. This is because I tried to get someone to help me achieve my dream of making films and most people thought it’s not possible since no one had done such films in Kenya. I had no option but to Mentor my own self and just believe that my dreams are real and practical… that’s where the nickname ‘Mentor’ came from. I Mentor my own self, am my own role model. All I do is ‘ Try To Be Better Than I Was Yesterday’… with that I keep on improving myself. Call it self-Motivation.

10. Favorite Quotes?
a) 1st is one that I created that says: 5 Minutes of Constructive Criticism is Better Than an Hour of Praise When You Finally Make it
b) A progressive lifestyle is My Lead
c) Be water, be formless
d) Try is The Only Way To Succeed
e) To be a good Fighter, Fight one more Round
f) Live Life Love Life
Bible verse that drives me: {Jeremiah 29:11 and Proverbs 16: 1-3 }.
Mentor -The Actor.

Visit the trailer of Boda Boda below:

Photo of the Day: Nana Ama looks hot in her outfit

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Gloria Sarfo, known in Ghanaian entertainment circles as Nana Ama is a beautiful actress, an entrepreneur and voice over artiste.

She is humble, God-fearing and always do her best to make her fans happy.

Beautiful and decent Nana Ama looked stunning, awesome, adorable and hot in her black dress she wore at the Golden Movie Awards Nomination night yesterday.

See her amazing pictures below:

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Photos: Massive turnout at “DumsorMustStop” vigil

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The ‘Dumsor Must Stop’ vigil which started at exactly 4pm on Saturday May 16, 2015 at the University of Ghana overhead Bridge in Accra to highlight the energy crisis in the country popularly known as ‘dumsor’ witnessed massive turnout.

The vigil started with a peaceful procession from the Legon overhead bridge through streets where the celebrities and their fans were holding candles, torchlight, placards, fridge and lanterns to express their concerns and sentiments about the situation.

“Dumsor Must Stop” campaign which started on social media not long ago by Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson, has indeed reached out to more Ghanaians resulting in the massive turnout of the vigil.

The over 1, 000 people present shared their concerns and sentiment on their placards and held other items with messages to the President to put in ways to stop the ongoing power crisis in the country.

Most of the people engaged in the vigil who were seen in their black and red dresses explained that the ‘dumsor’ situation has caused more harm to Ghanaians as most have lost jobs, lost relatives through the use of generator, among others.

Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, Prince David Osei, Wanlov Kubolor, Efya, DKB, Barima Sidney, Afia Schwarzenegger, D-Black, who were championing the vigil were all present to make it successful.

Even though the vigil triggered disagreements between the La Traditional Council and the Ga Traditional Council over the postponement of the vigil due to the ban on noise; but the La Chief Priest gave the green light since the venue will not affect the ban.

Greater Accra regional police PRO, Efia Tenge together with over two hundred police officers ensured a tight security for participants as well as the celebrities to ensure safety.

Ghana is currently enduring a serious power rationing that has persisted for the past three years; hence the celebrities were using the vigil to call on the government to find ways to end it.

The peaceful vigil successfully ended at the park near the Tetteh Quarshie Interchange in Accra.

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Pictures and story by Dorcas Aba Annan (dorcasabaa@gmail.com)

Photos: See what Beyonce, Kerry, Jennifer Lopez and others wore at MetGala 2015

This year’s Met Gala was awesome and extraordinary as most of the international celebrities wore amazing outfit to grace the event.

Some of these of celebrities wore simple but beautiful dresses to grace the red carpet and others also chose to rock the night with a different outfit to make a headline in the fashion news.

See pictures below:

Jennifer Lopez

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Beyonce

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Kerry Washington

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Anne Hathaway

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