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Nigeria: Julius Agwu Declares Intent to Run for Rivers State Governorship Seat

[Vanguard]Perhaps the 2015 election will turn out to be the most dramatic in the history of the country as notable Nigerian celebrities are ready to set the political turf ablaze. Matinee has gathered that ace comedian and entrepreneur just declared his intention to run for the governorship position in Rivers state. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Why I Want to Be Next Governor of Rivers - Julius Agwu

[Vanguard]The success story of comedy in Nigeria cannot be complete without the mention of great comedians like Julius Agwu.The Choba-born comedian, actor and musician has joined pantheon of intending gubernatorial aspirants warming up to take the reins of power from Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State. In this chat with Potpourri, the diminutive entertainer talks about his political intent, his career and other things. Excerpts: (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Miss Curvy 2014 Crowned

[The Herald]Kariba -Sheila Chikengezha from Harare was crowned Miss Curvy 2014 at a colourful ceremony held at Caribbea Bay Hotel in Kariba on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Duale Tells Jubilee Governors to Stop Referendum Calls or Face the Music

[The Star]Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale on Saturday warned governors in Jubilee coalition to stop supporting the referendum push or face stern. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Police 'Ban' Screening of 'Sensitive' Kumasowe Film

[New Zimbabwe]POLICE last Thursday blocked the screening of a highly anticipated low-budget movie, 'Kumasowe', at Alliance Francaise De Harare saying the film dealt with a "sensitive issue", the producers have revealed. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Kili Music Gig Thrills Mbeya

[Daily News]THE Kili Music Tour sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager has left major talk in Mbeya City following a ground shaking performance by some of the top local artistes. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Serengeti Fiesta Mesmerises Mwanza

[Daily News]Mwanza -THE world-class Super Serengeti Fiesta featuring top entertainers from all over the country at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza over the weekend rocked fans of the second biggest city in Tanzania. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Kavuludi Fights Terror With Sound of Music

[The Star]KENYA National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo have partnered with the Kenya Music Foundation office to help fight terrorism. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Bebe Cool's Sh5 Million Show Silences Critics

[Observer]When Bebe Cool (real name Moses Ssali) announced that he would charge Shs 5m a table for his concert, the naysayers predicted doom. (AllAfrica)

Eritrea: Preparations for National Festival 2014 At Stage of Finalization

[Shabait]Asmara -The National Coordinating Committee pointed out that preparations for the National Festival 2014 which is due to be conducted from 15th to 23th of this month at Expo grounds here in the capital has reached finalization stage. (AllAfrica)

East Africa: East Africa Get Ready for Swahili Reality TV On Maisha

[The Star]With the exciting launching of the 24/7 Swahili TV channel by M-Net dubbed Maisha, audiences should get ready for the best programming made by East Africans for East Africa. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: I'm Confident of Winning PGGSS 4 - Jay Polly

[New Times]Hip- Hop star Joshua Tuyishimire aka Jay Polly is confident that he'll emerge as the winner of Primus Guma Guma Super Star season 4 during the grand finale on August 30 at Amahoro stadium, Kigali. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Black Tie Soya Gala to Be Devolved This Year

[Capital FM]Nairobi -In the spirit of the new devolved system of Government Mombasa, Eldoret and Nakuru are being considered to host the 11th Sports Personality of the Year Awards (Soyas) black tie glamorous gala in December according to organisers. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Patience Jonathan's Amazing Dress Sense

[This Day]In every epoch, there are fashion enthusiasts who discover all of a sudden that a particular trend has become outdated and thus incongruent with the times. Many attempt to rebel and gloriously establish themselves as trend-setters; however, more often than not, the latter divide end up muddling trendsetting with a personal problem or shortcoming - which leads them to commit what many fashion buffs would readily identify or label as a fashion faux pas. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: Calling All Choirs

[Namibian]THE NAMIBIA Gospel Music Trust (NGMT) is calling for choirs all over the country to take part in the national competition. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Listening to Sweet Melodies of Rwandan Birds in Bugesera

[New Times]Bird-watching? What for? This is the sort of mentality with which I approached this particular assignment. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: A Good Producer, Not Expensive Equipment, Will Make That Song a Hit

[New Times]Timothy Twishime Nsengiyumva is a budding music producer who lives in Norway, where he is also studying music at Hedmark University College. He is currently in the country for summer holidays. Richard Mugarura caught up with him and talked about his career. (AllAfrica)

Rwanda: Art Jam Icing On the Cake for Nkuranga's Harvest Expo

[New Times]It was a fun filled Saturday evening as art lovers and artists flocked Inema Arts Centre for the grand closing of the Harvest, a solo art exhibition organised by visual artist Emmanuel Nkuranga. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Angolan Writer Releases New Book

[ANGOP]Benguela -The Angolan writer Ana Paula de Jesus Gomes sold and signed autographs on her latest book entitled "Na pele de Zito Maimba", in an act that took place at Benguela online library. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: What It Takes Maheeda to Go Nude

[Vanguard]This is the concluding part of our exclusive interview with the controversial singer, Maheeda who says sex is like food to her. Read on... (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Marechera and Airbrushed Frames of Africa

[The Herald]ZIMBABWE'S "hardcore" novelist Dambudzo Marechera is the object of routine post-mortems. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: 'My Lady' Comes to Town

[The Herald]A new film "My Lady" is set to première in Harare on August 22 at Eastgate and Borrowdale. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Chimanimani Fest Ignites

[The Herald]Chimanimani -The two-day Chimanimani Arts Festival ended on a high note on Saturday with over 5 000 strong crowd being treated to a mixed bag of theatre, film and music. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Chirere Exudes Versatility in New Poetry Offering

[The Herald]MEMORY Chirere is one of the few versatile authors ever to come out of Zimbabwe with the ability to effortlessly criss-cross the usage of Shona and English in their creative works covering a wide range of subjects and issues. Chirere's versatility is aptly illuminated in his latest inaugural poetry offering titled "Bhuku Risina Basa; Nekuti Rakanyorwa Masikati" set to be soon available in the country. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: All Set for Film Festival

[The Herald]All is set for International Images Film Festival which will be running from August 15 to 23 with guests from as far as China, UK, and Denmark confirming their presence. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Soul Jah Love Snubs Freeman's Birthday Gig

[The Herald]Controversial dancehall chanter Saul Musaka aka Soul Jah Love failed to turn up for Freeman's birthday bash at Super label on Saturday. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Comedian Doc Vikela Wows Alliance Francaise

[The Herald]DOC VIKELA, real name Victor Tinashe Mpofu, brought the roof down at the Alliance Francais on Thursday as he gave a flawless act, and even gave "priceless" advice to the MDC-T.With the motto, "Trust me, I am a Doctor", Doc Vikela, though not consulted, prescribed the best way for the MDC-T to win an election. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Busi Ncube Pays Tribute to Chiwoniso

[The Herald]Norway-based songstress and former Ilanga lead vocalist Busi Ncube paid tribute to the late iconic Chiwoniso Maraire at her show over the weekend at The Book Café. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Internationally Renowned Actress, Golda John Turns 60 Today

[Guardian]IF you watched television and visited the theatres to see stage plays around the 80's up until the early 90's, you certainly wouldn't have missed the inimitable Golda John. She was a regular visitor to most homes on screen and she lit up a number of stage productions way back then. She moved to the United Kingdom in the 90's where she has continued to work as an entertainer. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Udoka Oyeka - New 'Poster Boy' of Nigerian Cinema

[Guardian]IF the list of 'Poster boys' of the Nollywood industry is to be compiled, one filmmaker who will undoubtedly be listed among those who have by their cinematic accomplishments emerged as the reason why the Nollywood industry is talked about in positive light outside Nigeria, is the young and talented filmmaker Udoka Oyeka. The well built actor and director is considered one of Nollywood's talented and highly ambitious young filmmakers. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Ijaw Music Maestro, Ebizimor, Dies in Car Crash

[This Day]The foremost Ijaw musician, King Dr Robert Ebizimor, was on Thursday evening killed following a ghastly motor accident along the Warri/Ughelli highway. (AllAfrica)

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