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Africa Movie Academy Awards announced: Nigerian wins Heart of Africa best film award

Kunle Afolayan led Nigeria on the filmmaking landscape of Africa by winning 13 out of the 24 main prizes at the 6th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony held on April 10, 2010 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Not even assault from a particulary strong Ghana, led by the apparently indefatigable Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Leila Jewel Djansi, could prevent Nollywood commanders Kunle Afolayan from reclaiming the territory he feels is rightfully Nigeria’s.

Jock of the cartoon-veld: early glimpses of South African 3D animated movie

The first snippets of South Africa's premier 3D animated movie, based on the classic book, Jock of the Bushveld, were revealed by producers. The movie is due for release in December but local paper The Times got an early glimpse of the beloved Staffordshire bull terrier in cartoon form.

District 9 star Sharlto Copley in talks for another alien film:”I Am Number Four”

Sharlto Copley, the South African actor who shot to fame as the ill-fated star of 'District 9,' is in talks to join the cast of 'I Am Number Four,' an adaptation of the upcoming young-adult science fiction book by James Frey and Jobie Hughes.

Nigeria: HiTv Naija's Mother of Reality Shows, Says Aka-Bashorun

Nigerian television viewers will witness what they have not seen in reality TV when pay TVstation, HiTV, begins the airing of its show tagged Naija, in the next couple of weeks.

CNN launches Marketplace Africa

CNN International, this week, launched its new programme CNN Marketplace Africa which looks at the dynamics of African business on and off the continent. Each week features major players affecting African enterprise and changing the commercial landscape.

CNN Marketplace Africa is hosted by Robyn Curnow, CNN's South African correspondent, and airs every Wednesday at 8.45pm CAT, as well as weekend repeats on Saturday and Sunday.

Mauritius – MBC uses its digital channels to offer more languages

MBC’s digital network Télévision Numérique Terrestre (TNT) will be offering new channels that are in several of the languages spoken on the island. The decision was approved by the Council of Ministers at the President’s request on Thursday 26 March.

The languages chosen for transmission are en tamil, télégou, urdu, marathi and mandarin as these are “taught languages”, according to the communiqué published by the Council of Ministers.

South Africa: Children's writer makes breakthrough onto television

A South African childrens writer has made a television breakthrough with his Toby the Tugboat children’s books. Leo Donaldson, 44, a father of two, has signed a contract with Johannesburg TV production house Ukhamba Communications Company to produce 260 episodes based on his stories for either M-Net or the SABC.

Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010: Ardman’s Sproxton visits animation academy

After ten days of screenings and events in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the Cape Winelands Film Festival came to an end on Saturday 27 March, with a screening of winner of the festival’s Grand Prix, Eyes Wide Open, which the Feature Film jury described as ‘a film whose excellence crosses all aspects of filmmaking’.

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- A new version of the D.H.Lawrence classic Women In Love will be filmed in South Africa and the locations for the film are still under wraps, but star Rosamund Pike will be playing the same part that won Glenda Jackson her first Oscar 40 years ago.

- The first Kenyan sci-fi film Pumzi was screened at the Sundance film festival from 22 to 30 January. The film was part of the New Africa Cinema Program funded by Focus Features’ Africa First short film program.

Namibia: No Porn Channel for DStv Viewers

Fans of adult entertainment who were eagerly anticipating a possible porn channel on DStv have been disappointed.

The pay-TV service announced on Friday that the majority of its viewers had indicated that they were not ready to welcome blue movies into their living rooms.

In a press statement, the company's South African head office said that it had studied the results of a subscriber survey to test responses to the issue of adult content on pay-TV channels.

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