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FAB magazine gets a fabulous UK launch

Models wearing designs by Zekaryas Solomon at FAB magazine launch

Models wearing designs by Zekaryas Solomon at FAB magazine launch

What started just as an idea in 2009 has become Africa’s premier glossy magazine with a unique concept of double cover for both male and female readers. It’s almost like reading two different and creatively laid out magazines in one. FAB(Fabulous. African. Black) magazine launched in the UK at a glamorous event attended by top industry personalities Sola Oyebade of Mahogany models, New African Woman magazine chief editor Regina Malanda, tycoon and designer Alexander Amosu, BEFFTA founder Pauline Long and more.

The international magazine that currently sells in more than 8 countries which include UK, US, South Africa, Nigeria covers fashion, beauty and entertainment in Africa and beyond. Guests at the UK launch were treated to a fabulous catwalk show with top designers House of Jola, Nicol De Noir, Tina Lobondi, Zekaryas Solomon, Bestow Elan, Adjoa Osei, Ester Ndongala.

FAB magazine publisher Familusi Akin Babajide and editor-in-chief Sinen Bilen Onabanjo thanked fans for coming out in large numbers to support the magazine.

Pauline Long interviewing FAB magazine editor-in-chief Sinem Bilen Onabanjo

Pauline Long interviewing FAB magazine editor-in-chief Sinem Bilen Onabanjo

FAB Magazine publisher Familusi Akin Babajide and BEFFTA founder Pauline Long

FAB Magazine publisher Familusi Akin Babajide and BEFFTA founder Pauline Long

FAB Magazine assistant editor at FAB Magazine UK launch

FAB Magazine assistant editor Cindy Hudson at FAB Magazine UK launch

Choreographer Yvonne and BEFFTA Member Ethel Elaka

Choreographer Yvonne and BEFFTA Member Ethel Elaka

Models wearing designs by Zekaryas Solomon

Models wearing designs by Zekaryas Solomon

Top designer and mobile phone tycoon Alexander Amosu interviewed for BEFFTA TV

Top designer and mobile phone tycoon Alexander Amosu interviewed for BEFFTA TV

BEFFTA Member Ethel Elaka sharing a light moment with guests at FAB magazine launch

BEFFTA Member Ethel Elaka sharing a light moment with guests at FAB magazine launch

Fabulous design by Tina Lobondi at FAB UK launch

Fabulous design by Tina Lobondi at FAB UK launch

Bestow Elan design at FAB magazine launch

Bestow Elan design at FAB magazine launch

Bestow Elan design at FAB Magazine launch

Bestow Elan design at FAB Magazine launch

Beautiful design by Ester Ndongala

Beautiful design by Ester Ndongala

Design by Ester Ndongala

Design by Ester Ndongala

Design by Zekaryas Solomon

Design by Zekaryas Solomon

Design by Zekaryas Solomon

Design by Zekaryas Solomon

Design by House of Jola

Design by House of Jola

For more information on FAB magazine visit www.fabmagazineonline.com

Award Winning Nigerian/Canadian Movie ‘Anchor Baby’ Gets UK Cinema Release

Award winning movie Anchor Baby in UK cinemas from 2nd September

After various successful cinema releases in Nigeria, Ghana and Canada, Anchor Baby the debut movie by a Nigerian born/Canada based director Lonzo Nzekwe gets a theatrical released in the United Kingdom. It will be release initially in Odeon Greenwich, Lee Valley, Streatham, Surrey Quays and Manchester Printworks cinemas starting from September 2, 2011. Anchor Baby is starring the award winning Nollywood actress Omoni Oboli, British born/LA based actor/supermodel Sam Sarpong and Canadian actress Terri Oliver.

This will be the second time in UK history for a movie produced and directed by a Nigerian, and starring a Nollywood actor will be released theatrically in the UK cinemas. After the recent success of a Nollywood movie titled “The Mirror Boy” at the UK cinemas, Odeon cinemas in UK seem to be placing their focus on the emerging Nigeria Nollywood film industry by choosing to also release Anchor Baby in their cinemas. A spokesman from Odeon stated that the movie represents a new trend of high quality films coming out of the Nigeria film industry recently; that’s why Odeon UK feels comfortable booking it for a September 2 release. Anchor Baby is set to achieve a successful UK cinema release judging by it exceptional picture quality and great reviews from viewers and film critics around the world.

This is a movie that is somewhat controversial in nature, and will keep you glued to your seat and guessing for the entire ninety-five minutes of the film. BBC “Focus On Africa” editor Leslie Goffe, wrote a two page article on the movie in their July/September 2011 edition of the magazine; calling it “a movie with consequences… with roots in Africa”.

On the film festival circuit, Anchor Baby has won the “Best Film” and “Best Actress” awards at the 2010 Harlem International Film Festival. It has also won the “Best ScreenPlay” at the 2010 Los Angeles Movie Awards. Omoni Oboli who gave the performance of a lifetime also won “Best Actress” award at Los Angeles Movie Awards, adding to her win at the Harlem film festival. Anchor Baby won the “Golden Palm Award” and “Award of Excellence” at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival and Canada International Film Festival respectively. It was also an official selection at other prestigious film festivals around the world such as Pan African International Film Festival and San Diego Black Film Festival.

“A movie with a lot of heart and important social issues” is a quote from Dan Lyon; a Feature Film Unit Director for Telefilm Canada.

Synopsis:

Married, illegal immigrant couple Joyce (Omoni Oboli) and Paul Unanga (Sam Sarpong) have been ordered by the U.S. immigration to leave the country. They decide that they will leave, but only after Joyce, who is five months pregnant, delivers her baby in the U.S. This will guarantee automatic U.S. citizenship for their child. Ignoring the deportation order the couple goes into hiding. Later, Paul is caught and deported by a team of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

But bureaucracy keeps getting in the way of Joyce achieving her goal and just as she is about to give up hope, she meets Susan Backley (Terri Oliver), a married freelance writer who offers to help in the form of safe, free accommodation until the baby is born. With the help of her new-found friend, Joyce sets out to make the ‘American Dream’ come true for her unborn child.

Anchor Baby is a movie everyone need to see; especially anyone who is an immigrant or knows one. One cannot afford to miss it.

For more information check out their website at http://www.anchorbabymovie.com

For photos, videos and more info on the film, “Like” their Facebook fan page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anchor-Baby-movie/150384228305244

Follow Anchor Baby on twitter http://www.twitter.com/anchorbabymovie

Anchor Baby UK release in cinemas from 2nd September

BEFFTA Members revealed as the public nominate

With a record breaking number of public nominations streaming in daily, BEFFTA Members 2011 have their work cut out as they will be expected to present to the public the final BEFFTA awards 2011 nominees in September.

BEFFTA Members are professionals from different categories of entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts involved in the nomination process and are responsible for delivering the final list of nominees to go through the public voting. BEFFTA Members analyse and research on all nominees submitted by the general public as they too nominate in different categories. In addition to scouting raw talent, they are also good will ambassadors for BEFFTA awards ceremony.

Meet the BEFFTA Members 2011

Pauline Long - BEFFTA FOUNDER

Pauline Long - BEFFTA FOUNDER

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.

Pauline Long as a BEFFTA Member: “We are a community of very hard working and talented individuals, it is only right that credit is given where it’s deserved. A nomination alone can boost ones confidence to get to the next level; BEFFTA awards is here to inspire more and more personalities to achieve at the highest level. So many talented personalities go unnoticed and unrecognized but here at BEFFTA we are committed to reaching out to all creative talent whether known and unknown. At BEFFTA awards everyone putting in the hard work and passion in the industry is considered as somebody who deserves praise.”

www.eastendstudios.co.uk

www.shoutcampaign.co.uk

www.misseastafrica.co.uk

www.misseastafrica.co.uk/magazine

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pauline-Longs-Daily-Motivation/367560910498

SAMA DANGO - BEFFTA MEMBER

SAMA NDANGO - BEFFTA MEMBER

Sama is a certified celebrity coach, TV presenter, confidence trainer, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur providing world-class services. He founded the Ndango Success Coaching Group, Mora Moda Model and Talent Agency, a respected Judge in creative competitions, event organiser(Miss African Beauty and Face Of Mora Moda), renowned marketing and strategic consultant to distinguished International Organizations.  He is continually inspiring and changing countless people’s lives; a true gentleman and a rightful genius in his own field.

He is also popularly known in the media as “Mr Fix It” through his Celebrity Fix It boot camps, where he coaches numerous Celebrities, entrepreneurs, high profile talents eliminate mind blockages, discover their uniqueness (personal branding), establish a purpose for their life’s and unleash their true potentials.

Sama as a BEFFTA Member: “I look forward to promoting BEFFTA across my networks and scouting extraordinary talented individuals through my TV show(The Sama Ndango Show) to be recognised by BEFFTA. I see BEFFTA as an inspirational platform that uplifts, recognises and gives back to our community which is similar to what I do, so BEFFTA is family to me”.

www.thesamandangoshow.com

www.mora-moda.com

CHRISTINE KAYISHA - BEFFTA MEMBER

CHRISTINE KAYISHA - BEFFTA MEMBER

Script writer and producer Christine Rugurika Kayisha launched her career in production in 2005 with the play ‘Cinderella under the African & Caribbean Fever’, which toured in London for 13 dates.

She then producing radio shows on Voice of Africa radio. She co-hosted  The  Africa Jam show & the famous blind date, with Tomi and Chochoe, calling themselves The Ebony Angels.

Her latest script called ‘BREACH’ is currently being co-produced by Serena Nalty. So far, they produced the pilot entitled ‘THE TRAP’, an exclusive live production (play) of BREACH and are now finalizing the Episode 1 entitled ‘DILEMMA’.

Christine as a BEFFTA member: “I’m looking forward to bringing opportunities to ‘unseen’ artists to have a platform and be able to mingle around the ‘seen’ artists. I look forward to bringing new ideas to the awards. BEFFTA is important because it brings all the best that UK has to offer in the Black community. I think this award can also bring more encouragement to those who have been struggling in their passion”.

http://www.dsbcproduction.com

CHUKA ROYALTY - BEFFTA MEMBER

CHUKA ROYALTY - BEFFTA MEMBER

Chuka Royalty is a rapper, singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. The multi-talented star has collaborated with a number of high profile artists including including award-winning musician and Minister Sonnie Badu, Faith Child and more. He has worked on several projects with the world renowned producer Shabach who has now taken Chuka Royalty under his wing as part of Beautiful Sounds Label. Chuka is currently working on his EP due to release soon.

UKGospel.com hailed him as an artist to watch.

Chuka as a BEFFTA Member: “The inspirational thing about BEFFTA is the fact that they acknowledge raw talent and really gifted people who are not always in the limelight. I’m looking forward to bringing my fresh raw energy to BEFFTA this year and be part of the whole great experience”.

www.chukaroyalty.com

ETHEL ELAKA - BEFFTA MEMBER

ETHEL ELAKA - BEFFTA MEMBER

Ethel Elaka is an entrepreneur and artist, a proud owner of BEFFTA award winning company Effycom Productions, and double BEFFTA nominated pageant Queen Of Zambia UK and Effycom Productions, was established in 2008. Effycom Productions is a branding and marketing company, and thus far enabled Ethel to work alongside some great individuals and establishments like MTV, BBC1xtra, KISS100 and more. This elevated Ethel to a position where others seeking knowledge about the industry and how to start their businesses, seek advice from her for their career options and general motivation on coping within the industry and how to further their careers.

Ethel as a BEFFTA Member: “I look forward to exploring deeper into the entertainment industry and have the unsung heroes of the industry the recognition and credibility they deserve as well as ensuring they are aware of BEFFTA awards and what it stands for. The BEFFTA awards are important to me as I’m a woman of ethnic minority and I recognise how tough it is to try and get your business to succeed when people will not give you a chance just because you are not a well known brand; BEFFTA provides people like me and many others that window of opportunity”.

http://www.effycomproductions.co.uk

http://www.queenofzambiauk.co.uk

http://www.elaka.blogspot.com/

VERONA WHITE - BEFFTA MEMBER

VERONA WHITE - BEFFTA MEMBER

Verona White is a celebrity hairstylist who has styled many high profile professionals in the UK for 28 years. A keen business woman, Verona visits the US, China and Brazil to teach and to keep up to date with the latest trends for her clients. Her clients include Trisha Goddard, Michelle Gayle, Denise Lewis, June Sarpong and many more.

Verona as a BEFFTA Member: “I look forward to celebrating unknown talent. BEFFTA is very important to me because it is one of a kind ceremony where you do not have to be a celebrity to be a part of it; it’s about real people with real talent”.

www.veronawhite.com

Maxine Griffiths is finally united with her gong after 28 years

BEFFTA Creative Personality receiving her gong from Pauline Long on BEFFTA TV show

BEFFTA Creative Personality receiving her gong from Pauline Long on BEFFTA TV show

For one lady who started out in the fashion industry as a model assisting a designer with a collection at the age of 21 and ended up as a catwalk trainer and creative director for all forms of performing artists including dancers, actors, presenters and more, Maxine Griffiths did not know that 28 years down the line she would be recognised with a prestigious award as BEFFTA Creative Personality of the year at the second annual BEFFTA awards in 2010. The creative director finally picked up her gong on set of her BEFFTA TV interview with Pauline Long. The CEO of The Platform Artists of the Stage expressed her disappointment at lack of sophistication and elegance in the way in which current models present themselves. Find out why she decided to form the organisation and what she really thinks of the industry.

Full interview out soon on SKY  channel. Stay tuned…….

For more information on how to feature on BEFFTA TV show email us on befftashow@beffta.com

BEFFTA Awards 2011 public nominations are now open

BEFFTA Awards 2011 public nominations are now open

BEFFTA Awards 2011 public nominations are now open

Public nominations for BEFFTA UK Awards; the prestigious awards ceremony that celebrates and rewards the achievements of the known and unknown black personalities within entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts is now officially open to the public. The public nomination process is expected to end in July 2011.

The 3rd annual BEFFTA awards night is confirmed to take place in the Black History Month on 22nd  October 2011 at an exclusive prestigious venue with specially invited guests. Meanwhile, BEFFTA Awards USA 2011 debut in Antlanta was a success.

Even though the nominations are purely based on the public nominating, the final nomination list will be decided by BEFFTA members and revealed at the nomination and press launch. BEFFTA Members consists of a panel of professionals from the world of entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts.

This full red carpet glamorous event is set to be an amazing night with hardworking individuals from the industry celebrating their achievements in the heart of Europe’s busiest city, London.

Send in your nominations to: nominations@beffta.com

For more information on BEFFTA 2011 nominations and categories, visit:

http://www.beffta.com/news/?page_id=7