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The multi-award winning veteran broadcaster and media consultant who is best known for her prime-time TV show Princess of Arize Princess ‘Deun Adedoyin-Solarin has been awarded the special honorary award BEFFTA Entertainment Icon. With a successful career in media and broadcasting for just over 35 years, the Nigerian born journalist, motivational speaker and media consultant started her career as a broadcaster on NBC TV in 1975.

Princess Deun, an extremely respected media personality in Europe was celebrity host for the Nigerian leading talk show Morning Ride on NTA2 Channel 5 before creating her current popular TV show Princess of Arize on BEN TV SKY channel 182. Princess of Arize show is positioned as the leading innovative and indigenous media programme that continues to break new grounds. The TV show celebrates and features businesses, individuals and special events within the African and Caribbean community in the Diaspora and beyond.

As personalities in showbiz prepare to walk on the red carpet in London on 27th October at the prestigious 4th annual BEFFTA UK awards, this will be a special night as Princess Deun will be picking the BEFFTA honorary award in the presence of an international audience from USA, Canada and Africa.

International celebrity make up artist to grace BEFFTA awards UK 2011

International celebrity make up artist Eryca Freemantle

International celebrity make up artist Eryca Freemantle

World famous celebrity make up artist, lifestyle guru, fitness specialist and brand consultant to top international beauty brands Eryca Freemantle who now semi resides in West Africa will be in attendance to present an award at the 3rd annual BEFFTA awards UK on 22nd October at the the Light House.

Eryca Freemantle sits on the panel of experts for London College of Fashion; one of the most prestigious universities in the world. She has been a recent case study for both South African and Nigeria governments for the beauty industry.

The BEFFTA award-winning international make up artist is now concentrating on new beauty reality TV shows for Africa and fitness and well-being campaigns for African women across West Africa. she hopes to embark on a new initiative and campaign which tackles obesity in Africa. She has also been approached to develop a new Creative Industry Academy in West Africa contributing her international accredited qualifications to students globally.

The motivational speaker has dedicated the rest of her life to empower African women as she believes in passing on the baton. She realises that Africa has so much to offer and wants to contribute and leave her legacy. where else than in Africa!

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.


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.

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Anchor Baby UK release in cinemas from 2nd September

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.

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BEFFTA Awards confirmed for USA

Supermodel Julius Reuben at BEFFTA awards UK at Hilton Metropole, London

With BEFFTA awards UK confirmed to take place on 30th October at the grand Central Hall, Great Hall Westminster London, 2010 is set to be an exciting year for black personalities within Entertainment, film, fashion, television and arts industries as USA is now preparing to grace BEFFTA Awards.

BEFFTA awards USA is set to take place in September 2010 brought to you by International Style Inc.  We will share with you more updates as they come on this great development, stay tuned!