When Ebonylife TV went live in mid 2013, it sought to be the global network for premium African entertainment. It became Africa’s first global black entertainment network and it opened doors of communication between itself and the youth. Four years down the line can it be said to be living up to expectation?
Since its inception in 2013, over 4000 hours of original Pan African content has been created and produced by Ebonylife TV. Talk about getting a jump on lost time. Like a postman running late, Ebonylife TV has expedited the process of production backed by a team of highly trained and qualified staff. Within this timeframe, TV series have been dished out to much critical acclaim. The first seasons of On the Real, Sons of the Caliphate, Dere and The Governor have been widely successful leading to an order of second seasons for the aforementioned.
O.C Ukeje, A Guest, Mo Abudu, Don Jazzy, Eunice Omole
Nonso_Ajufo, Don Jazzy, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu
Mo Abudu, Mako Alabi
Mo Abudu (centre) with ELTV crew
Heidi Uys, Michael Williams, Eunice Omole, Mo_Abudu, Temidayo_Abud, Quinty_Pillay
JOKE SILVA JACOBS
Omotola Jalade-Ekehinde, Wale Ojo, Mo Abudu
Toyin Lawani, Mo Abudu
In 2015, Ebonylife TV joined the fray of the movie scene with its first offering titled, Fifty. The movie went on to generate ₦400million return on investment shattering a litany of records in the process. Dissatisfied by the status quo and unrelenting in the ruthless pursuit of excellence, another movie was released in 2016. The Wedding Party would go on to break even more records, some set by the initial offering. It grossed a whopping ₦450million from the box office alone earning it the number one spot on the highest grossing Nigerian movies of all time. Both movies have led to much anticipated spinoffs. Fifty, would go on to be adapted for TV as Fifty: The Series which premiered at the recent Ebonylife Film and TV Festival while a sequel to The Wedding Party is billed to be released December, 2017.
Tosin Odunfa, Tiwa Savage
Mo Abudu and Ebuka
The potential of this precocious four year old might not even be fathomable by the most imaginative of us. Numbers do not lie; Ebonylife TV at four has only released two movies and has grossed nearly ₦1billion in funds. Maybe we could be talking of Ebonylife TV going toe to toe with global film production outfits in the next ten years or what may be said when Ebonylife TV turns 25? Your guess is as good as mine.
SCREENING OF FIFTY SERIES
Mo Abudu, Biola Mako Alabi
Cross section of guests during the screening of Fifty series
ABOUT EBONYLIFE FILMS: Ebonylife Films is the brainchild of media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu. Born out of a need to redefine movie production and an undying passion for home grown entertainment, Ebonylife Films has dished out critically acclaimed movies like Fifty & The Wedding Party.