Lupita, Victoria Kimani, Sauti sol Nominated For Africa Entertainment Awards

Lupita Nyong’o, Sauti Sol and Victoria Kimani are on the list of nominees for different categories of the African entertainment awards.

Victoria Kimani has been nominated for the best international artist (Canada edition) up against Tanzania’s Vanessa Mdee, Bucie from SA as well as Yemi Alade and Sheyi Shay from Nigeria.

Guest performances will be by Uganda’s Bebe Cool, Awilo Longomba from Congo and Bow bow from the USA.

The awards will held on the 5th of September at Living Arts Centre Mississauga in Canada.

The USA version of the awards has, Lupita has nominated as the most influential person, while Sauti sol have been nominated for the hottest group

The awards will be on the 31st of October and the voting lines close on the 10th of October.

Africa Entertainment awards are dedicated to honouring achievements in African entertainment and recognizing individuals who have had a positive impact on the African entertainment industry.

African Leaders Dressed In Traditional Regalia (Photos)

It has always been said that after colonisation Africans aped everything from the way the colonisers spoke, dressed and even some of their manners. How true that is I wouldn’t know.

Most African leaders like to dress in formal suits while other still maintain their African spirit in the outfits they wear.

Former Ghanian President John Koffuor and Queen Elizabeth -Photo/havasprpulse
King Zwelithini Marries Sixth Wife
South African President Jacob Zuma-
Fomer Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and U.S president Obama
King-Mohammed-VI from Morrocco – Photo/nationalhelm
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Former Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade – Photo/CNN

Check out Tina Kaggia’s top ten African tunes

Tina Kaggia’s love for African music can be seen through her selection of the finest African tunes.

The mix ranges from the traditional West African music with the likes of Wes and his tune Alane, She also seems to love a little bit of swahili from neighbouring Tanzania.

She is undecided about which song she loves most, here is the list of her top ten African tunes.

10.Ali Kiba – Mapenzi ya run dunia

9. Awilo – Cache cache

8. Kaberere – Just the way

7. Psquare – Beautiful onyinye

6. Davido – Skelewu

5. Ray C – Mama ntilie

4.Sam fan Thomas – Sitcha

3. Kando Bongo man – Sweet Elizabeth

2. Christina Shusho – Thamani ya wokovu wangu

1. Wes – Alane

Here is a list of Nick Odhiambo’s top African songs

In no particular order here is  a list of Nick Odhiambo’s favourite top ten African songs.

They range from the old school rhumba tunes of Franco to the much recent funky tunes of Sauti Sol.

10.  Koffi Olomide –   Skol

9. Sauti Sol – Lazizi

8. Franco – Mario

7.Wizkid – On top of the matter

6. Big Nuz ft Dj Tira – Umlilo

5. Mafilizolo – Khona

4. Davido – Skelewu

3. Dj Cleo – Mzimba shaker

2. Atumpan – The thing

1. Franco – Kimpakisa

Yaya Toure wins fourth straight African Player of Year award

Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfield star Yaya Toure on Thursday became the first player to win four successive African Footballer of the Year awards.

The 31-year-old beat off the challenge of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who plays for Lille in France.

Toure equalled Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o as a four-time winner, but he is the first to claim four awards in a row.

Photo Credits : AFP

New messaging service set to challenge WhatsApp in Africa

Mara Group the Pan-African conglomerate founded by Ugandan businessman Ashish J. Thakkar, plans to challenge the dominance of WhatsApp in Africa with the launch of a new messenger service targeted at Africans all across the world.

On Saturday, Thakkar announced the launch of the Mara Messenger which is set to shake-up the mobile technology space in Africa.

Speaking during an informal launch ceremony in Dubai, Thakkar said the new Mara Messenger App has been tailored to the needs of the African consumer, and will be a more localized mobile messaging application that allows people to connect with friends, family and colleagues around the world. He says Mara Messenger is looking to compete directly with the likes of WhatsApp, Viber and WeChat.

Mara might be late to the mobile messaging party, but Thakkar says his company plans to introduce a number of never-before-seen features to the messaging App to earn a competitive advantage and enhance user experience.

The App is now available on iOS, Android and BlackBerry and includes features that will allow users to instant message, share locations, doodle on images and broadcast information to groups, and will shortly include voice memos and video features.

Source : Forbes

BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 shortlist revealed

The five-man shortlist for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2014 has been revealed.

Title holder Yaya Toure has been nominated for the sixth consecutive year, along with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho.

The nominations for the five-man shortlist were drawn up by leading football experts throughout Africa, where the experts were asked to name their top five contenders in no order of preference.

Their selection was based on the following criteria: individual skill; technical ability; teamwork; consistency; impact on results and fair play.

The winner will be decided by fans of African football, who have until 18:00 GMT on Monday, 24 November to vote for their choice.

Votes can be cast online or via text which are limited to one vote per number.

The winners will be announced on December 1st as per the number of votes received from the public.

Source: BBC sport

Nominees for the African Player of the Year and African Player of the Year 2014 unveiled

The Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) on Thursday, 6 November 2014 announced the nominees for the 2014 African Player of the Year and the 2014 African Player of the Year (Based in Africa).

Twenty-five (25) players have been nominated for the topmost Player of the Year, and 20 for the Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category of.

African player of the year nominees include the Late South African goal keeper and Captain Senzo Meyiwa.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order);

 African Player of the Year

  1. Ahmed Musa            (Nigeria, CSKA Moscow)
  2. Asamoah Gyan         (Ghana, Al Ain)
  3. Dame N’doye           (Senegal, Lokomotiv Moscow)
  4. Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo, Tottenham)
  5. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting   (Cameroon, Schalke 04)
  6. Fakhreddine Ben Youssef     (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien)
  7. Ferdjani Sassi                    (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien)
  8. Yao Kouassi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire, AS Roma)
  9. Islam Slimani            (Algeria, Sporting Lisbon)
  10. Kwadwo Asamoah     (Ghana, Juventus)
  11. Mehdi Benatia           (Morocco, Bayern Munich)
  12. Mohamed El Neny     (Egypt, Basel)
  13. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund)
  14. Raïs M’Bolhi              (Algeria, Philadelphia Union)
  15. Sadio Mané              (Senegal, Southampton)
  16. Seydou Kieta            (Mali, As Roma)
  17. Sofiane Feghouli       (Algeria, Valencia)
  18. Stephane Mbia         (Cameroon,  Sevilla)
  19. Thulani Serero          (South Africa, Ajax)
  20. Vincent Aboubakar    (Cameroon, Porto)
  21. Vincent Enyeama      (Nigeria, Lille)
  22. Wilfried Bony            (Cote d’Ivoire, Swansea)
  23. Yacine Brahimi         (Algeria, Porto)
  24. Yannick Bolasie         (DR Congo, Crystal Palace)
  25. Yaya Toure              (Cote d’Ivoire, Man City)

African Player of the Year (Based in Africa)

  1. Amr Gamal              (Egypt, Al Ahly)
  2. Abdelrahman Fetori   (Libya, Ahly Benghazi)
  3. Bernard Parker        (South Africa, Kaizer Chiefs)
  4. Bongani Ndulula        (South Africa, Amazulu)
  5. Akram Djahnit          (Algeria, ES Setif)
  6. Ejike Uzoenyi            (Nigeria, Enugu Rangers)
  7. El Hedi Belamieri       (Algeria, ES Setif)
  8. Fakhereddine Ben Youssef   (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien)
  9. Ferdjani Sassi                    (Tunisia, CS Sfaxien)
  10. Firmin Mubel Ndombe          (DR Congo, AS Vita)
  11. Geoffrey Massa                  (Uganda, Pretoria University)
  12. Jean Kasusula                     (DR Congo, TP Mazembe)
  13. Kader Bidimbou                  (Congo, AC Leopards)
  14. Lema Mabidi                       (DR Congo, As Vita)
  15. Mudathir Al Taieb                (Sudan, Al Hilal)
  16. Roger Assalé                     (Cote d’Ivoire, Sewe Sport)
  17. Senzo Meyiwa                    (South Africa, Orlando Pirates)
  18. Solomon Asante                 (Ghana, TP Mazembe)
  19. Souleymane Moussa            (Cameroon, Coton Sport)
  20. Yunus Sentamu                  (Uganda, AS Vita)

The winners of the two categories will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF.  The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 8 January 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.

Ivorian Yaya Toure was crowned African Player of the Year for the past three years whilst Mohamed Aboutreika of Egypt was named African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) last year.


Wealthy Africans spending billions on London property

Wealthy African buyers are spending almost £4million on London property every week as they look to snap up exclusive investments in the UK, it has emerged.

Super-rich oligarchs are taking their vast resources and investing them in the safe haven of London property – with more than £600million spent in the capital in the past three years.

A mixture of traditional reasons combined with increased terrorism and the outbreak of Ebola is said to be behind the dramatic influx of African money to the capital.

Beauchamp Estates, which sells some of London’s most expensive homes, released a report on African buyers in the capital.

The up market estate agency said the buyers are coming from six countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and Senegal.

Nigerians are the biggest spenders, with wealthy nationals forking out £250million on London homes in the last three years.

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CNN African Journalist of the year Awards 2014 finalists

The finalists  for the 2014 CNN African journalism awards have been released by the Chair of the independent judging panel. The competition received entries from 38 countries and 28 people from 10 countries made it to the finals.

The event will take place on October 18th in Daresalaam Tanzania.

There are 7 Kenyan representatives are John Muchangi Njiru from The Star Newspaper, Evelyn Watta from, Bob Koigi from, Joseph Mathenge from The Saturday Nation , Anne Mawathe & Rashid Ibrahim from Citizen TV as well as Patrick Mayoyo- daily Nation.

The CNN African Journalist awards were established in August 1995 to encourage, promote and recognise excellence in African Journalism