Monday, August 17, 2015

Nigerian Stars Kate Henshaw and Basketmouth in New Al Jazeera Series "MY NIGERIA"

Celebrated Nollywood diva Kate Henshaw and popular comedian Basketmouth are highlighted in a new six-part series "MY NIGERIA" by Al Jazeera that will start showing on Monday 24th August at 2230GMT.

Others in the series are IT guru Gbenga Sesan, famous fashion designer Deola Sagoe,  Femi Bamigboye of Remo Football Academy and Sandra Aguebor, Nigeria’s first Lady Mechanic.

This brand new series reveals the lives and stories of six diverse Nigerians who give us a glimpse of this vast country from a very personal perspective.   From a stand-up comedian to a tech entrepreneur; from a politico-actress to a rural football coach; from a lady mechanic to an elite fashion designer, each 30 minute episode of  My Nigeria pulses with the energy of Africa's leading economy.

Click on the links below for online promos to the series:

Basketmouth: Trash Talking

Monday 24th August at 2230GMT
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27th August 1630GMT |
28th August 0530GMT |
Stand-up comedian Basketmouth invites us to eavesdrop onto his street-smart Nigerian life. He is, arguably, Nigeria’s most successful stand-up comic. Born and bred in the notorious Lagos slum Ajegunle, he discovered his gift for comedy by chance and has never looked back. His take on Lagos, West Africa’s most vibrant city, is upbeat, irreverent and challenging. 
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Kate Henshaw: Playing a Part   

Monday 31st August at 2230GMT
1st September  0930GMT  |
2nd September 0330GMT |
3rd September 1630GMT  |
4th September 0530GMT  |
Kate Henshaw has always been known as one of the Nollywood stars with integrity. Having made over 70 films, Kate decides to leave the fictional world and run for a seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives. She wants to change how people are represented in her hometown of Calabar in Southern Nigeria, but politics in Nigeria is not for the fainthearted.
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Gbenga Sesan: Connecting a Million

Monday 7th September at 2230GMT
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9th September 0330GMT    |
10th September 1630GMT  |
11th September 0530GMT  |
As a pupil, Gbenga Sesan was denied access to the computer room at his Nigerian school and told he was not clever enough to operate one. Years later, he is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expert, with international awards and a successful consultancy business. He’s spreading his good fortune by teaching ICT and life-skills to young adults in Nigeria’s poorest neighbourhoods.
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Deola Sagoe: Top Drawer

Monday 14th September at 2230GMT
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16th September 0330GMT |
17th September 1630GMT |
18th September 0530GMT |
Nigerian fashion has gone international, gracing the catwalks of New York, Johannesburg and Monaco. Deola Sagoe was one of the designers who led this Nigerian fashion expansion. The House Of Deola Sagoe, on Lagos’ Victoria Island, caters for Nigeria’s fashionistas. Deola’s father, prominent Nigerian businessman Chief Ade Ojo,actively discouraged her from pursuing her dream.  He wanted her to take over his lucrative business, but Deola had other ideas.
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Femi Bamigboye: Local Man

Monday 21st September at 2230GMT
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24th September 1630GMT |
25th September 0530GMT |
Femi Bamigboye's Remo Football Academy has produced a series of young players who have represented their country at group age level - two will be in Nigeria's squad at the under 17 World Cup later this year.  Football coach and pastor, Femi, works and lives in a small Nigerian town of Iperu, he feels his job is not just to teach football; he wants to develop world-class young men, and inspire his loyal congregation every Sunday.
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 Sandra Aguebor: Lady Mechanic

Monday 28th September at 2230GMT
29th September 0930GMT
30th September 0330GMT 
1st October 1630GMT       
2nd October 0530GMT      
Sandra Aguebor, Nigeria’s first Lady Mechanic, grew up in Benin City. Her mother discouraged her from following her dream, sometimes beating her for tinkering with an engine rather than doing her kitchen chores. But Sandra responded to adversity by building a network of lady mechanics.  She trains ex-sex workers, orphans, and victims of trafficking to be mechanics.  Her Initiative has now spread to the north with its first project in Kano City, where the response from Muslim women has been unprecedented.
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