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42 C002D5556 Sunday 04 March 2018 Entertainment Lions’ Den moves into Nigeria …As Ultima Studios, Sony Pictures Television sign production agreement MABEL DIMMA This world’s number one business reality television show, Lion’s Den is back to Nigeria, courtesy of Ultima Studios, leading reality television programmes producer in West Africa, best known for its flagship programs – ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ producing 14 seasons, along with 9 seasons of “Project Fame West Africa”, a music reality show in Nigeria. Today, most people will know the show as Dragons’ Den (UK) and Shark Tank (US). However, the format, created by Japan’s Nippon TV, originally aired in Japan in 2001 as “Money Tigers”. It emerged in the UK two years later, and the UK version has been the longest running adaptation, currently in its 15th season. In 2009, the Dragons became Sharks, and the US version, Shark Tank started. It has now been made in Australia, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Mongolia and Vietnam. The programme’s journey back to Nigerian TV screens took place in London; when Femi Ayeni, Chairman/CEO, Ultima, signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), UK, to produce the Nigerian version of Lions’ Den. Over the 17 years since it first launched, the show has become a global phenomenon selling into more than 35 territories across continents of the world. It has won multiple awards in every country in which it has aired, including the prestigious Emmy Award in America for Outstanding Structured Reality Programme (4 consecutive years); the Annual Critics’ Choice Award in America for Best Reality Series (3 consecutive years); and in MABEL DIMMA Sitting in the crowd sometime in December, I was captivated by the unfolding movie, the cinematography and sequence of scenes as I witnessed a first in Nigeria comedy industry, which has metamorphosed these past years. It was the debut of Nigerian rapper, actor, and songwriter, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz’s cinematic production, Falz The Experience, which turned out to be a huge success acclaimed by all who attended. And now, few months down the line, the experience which played out as a movie, has premiered and is available in cinemas nationwide since Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Explaining what “Falz Experience: The Movie” is about in an Chigul L-R: Mark Young, senior vice president Distribution, UK, Africa and Iberia; Femi Ayeni, MD-CEO, Ultima Limited and Kunle Falodun, vice president Distribution, Africa. the UK, the Royal Television Society North West Awards (5 times) in different categories. The basic format of the show is that entrepreneurs pitch bold new ideas and inventions to five millionaires- the investors- in search of investments to fund the growth of their business ideas. The entrepreneurs must convince one or more of the investors to invest a specific amount of their money – or they fail. Answering probing questions from investors, participants prove themselves with hard facts and figures. If the investors are impressed by a pitch, they negotiate aggressively to own the biggest possible share in the venture in exchange for cash. The show makes compelling viewing, especially when the investors start competing with Kaffy, Deji Mecury and Falz ons’ Den after his Reggae Reggae Sauce became a store cupboard staple. Big supermarket chain – Sainsbury’s was bowled over by the level of demand for the tasty condiment when it first went on sale, as it sold in a single week what it was expected to shift in a year! Ultima’s choice of Lions’ Den as its next venture is a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit which Nigerians are famous for. The programme will not only provide exciting viewing; but also provide an opportunity for serious entrepreneurs to attract much-needed investments, with viewers at home also benefitting from the comments made by the Lions. Mark Young, Senior Vice President, UK, Iberia & Africa Distribution, Sony Pictures Television said: “SPT already have a fantastic and longstanding relationship with Ultima Limited and we are thrilled to be working alongside them once more to bring Lion’s Den back to Nigeria. Ultima and SPT have had great success working together on Nigeria’s longest running reality show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ and we look forward to continuing to develop many more exciting projects in the future.” Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 21 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. SPT is a part of Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. Falz premieres first ever music concert movie interview with Pulseng, Falz said, “Preceding the event, I worked on a short film which was then showed at the event. That was prequel to the show. What happened at the event was all acripted. There was a storyline and everything- the event itself was a movie.” That was a fact witnessed by all and Falz took us from one scene through another, interspersed with musical renditions with some artistes he had previously collaborated with. “The movie is a follow-up to my last concert which was a massive success. It is also the first ever music concert movie adaptation produced in Nigeria where fans get to once again experience all the fun and excitement from the Falz Experience,” said Falz, while speaking during the announcement. In the movie trailer, Falz acts multiple characters, featuring in separate scenes as a preacher, a waiter, a lawyer, and a musician. In each scene, he appears to have run into some kind of trouble through which he provides comic relief to the viewers. “It’s the first of its kind; it has never been done before. I do not think any artist or actor has been able to successfully merge both each other to be the sole investor in a truly promising venture. Many entrepreneurs have made successes of their business ideas after appearing on the show. Two that come to mind are: the sponge company that has become the biggest ‘Shark Tank’ success story. Over the past 3 years, Scrub Daddy has brought in a total of $75 million in revenue. When Aaron Krause, founder/CEO, came on the show, the company had struggled to reach $100,000 in sales over 18 months. The Shark that invested saw great potential in the company and she helped Krause to expand his product line and exposed them to retail outlets where they’ve become best sellers. And in the UK, Levi Roots is widely considered the biggest ever success on Dragfilm and music in one experience,” said Falz. Falz is no stranger to the TV screens. He played the character of Segun in Jenifa’s Diary; a role for which he won the “Best Actor in a Comedy” award at the 2016 AMVCA and AFRIMA’s “Best Male in West Africa Award” 2017. Falz Experience: The movie is written by Damilola Elebe, and distributed by Filmone. According to Falz, meeting the Filmone crew and sharing the idea with them, I think that was the turning point- meeting with them, sharing ideas, we were able to conceive this concept. The movie features Falz alongside Bisola Aiyeola, Adunni Ade, and Frank Donga among others. “I wanted to cast people that I have personally always been a fan of, people I have worked with in the past, and people that I also believe will make this project worth watching. Judging by the trailer, the movie promises to deliver an exciting cinematic experience to millions of movie lovers across the country. This is just the beginning as Falz is ready to churn out parts two, three, four, etc. One thing he is sure about is that, “There will be more of this.” Q21 Solutions sponsor Ladies of Laughter comedy show ANTHONIA OBOKOH Get ready to laugh at the first ever all female comedy show night ‘Ladies of Laughter’ (LOL), a live comedy event, with women, to celebrate international women’s day. The maiden event sponsored by Q21 solutions is set to hold next week, Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. The evening will feature Chigal as host, Mandy, Helen Paul, Wofai Fada, Princess, Lepacious Bose, Lolo 1 and many more who will leave entertained and in stitches at the same time. According to the organizers, the idea behind the event evolved from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, which speaks of empowering women and achieving equality as an important key to the development of Africa. Speaking with the media on Friday, Eunice Adeyemi, managing partner, Q21 Solutions, said the African woman is faced with several challenges, from trying to break the glass ceilings in the workplace to the requirements of being a wife, mother and woman in a society that many times demands she sees herself as less than equal. “This would be a platform that serves as an enabler for women comedians; showcasing leading ladies in the industry from across the continent and assisting potential female comedians a chance to share the stage with their seasoned counterparts. “These ladies would entertain us by sharing from the joys of motherhood to ‘man problem’, no topic are sacred in this show. So get the ladies together, bring the men in tow and get set for a grand night of comic relief,” Adeyemi said. She further said the show holding on International Women’s Day was deliberately fixed, so that women’s voices can be heard through comedy. “I urge you all to come out and encourage us in doing what we love doing” said Chigal. Omotunde Adebowale also known as Lolo1 added that comedy is life and making out a craft for you. “Women are embodied with many talents, so we want to give ourselves the chance to be seen because stereotype on women needs to be changed. “Women multitask and that is what makes their work challenging,”Adebowale said.

Sunday 04 March 2018 Life&Living C002D5556 43 Best ways to enjoy your flight JUMOKE AKIYODE-LAWANSON Going on a holiday is definitely fun for most people but the journey to the destination is often dreaded, especially when one have to be cramped in an aircraft so high in the sky for several hours. In order to avoid getting frustrated before, during and after your flight, you might like to do the following; 1. Travel light If you can limit yourself to hand luggage, your journey through airports, particularly on arrival, will certainly be quicker. However, each airline and airport has its own rules governing the size and also the number of pieces you can take on board, so check first. Alterna- tively, have your luggage delivered to your destination for you. 2. Check in online Avoid the longer queues at the airport the obvious way to enhance the flying experience, particularly on longer journeys. While one of the double-bed suites on Singapore Airlines’ A380 might be prohibitively expensive, there are cheaper options, and with some flights, seats with extra legroom can be had for a surcharge of just £15. 6. Book a window seat As Nigel Tisdall the UK Telegraph travel writer reminds us, a window on the world from an aeroplane seat is a simple pleasure that can be enjoyed by the most seasoned travellers. 7. Sleep easy Make sure you get enough sleep before travel. A well-rested body and brain helps with feeling more relaxed and less nervous during your flight. If you usually feel air sick or have motion sickness you can try taking some pills to help you sleep easily through-out your flight. by checking in online (usually possible up to 24 hours in advance, but airlines’ rules differ, so check when booking your trip). Many enable you to select your seat when checking in online: first come, first served. 3. Pick the best airlines Different carriers offer varying amounts of legroom and standards of service. Check for airline reviews online to find out the best in service, airline entertainment, food and space. 4. Fly off-peak Avoid flying during school and bank holidays; mid-week flights are generally less crowded than those at weekends and Mondays (the busiest flying day of the week). 5. Upgrade Depending on your budget, this is 8. Be early It is always better to be early to the airport than to be on time. This is so that you don’t have to rush anything and in the process forget or lose something important. Most airports have lounges, so you a place to relax. 9. Try breaking long haul flights It might help to break long haul flights by transiting at a different destination for a short while before embarking on the last lap of your journey to your final destination. This will help you stretch your legs by walking around duty free shops at the transit airport and even buying some local souvenirs will add to the fun of travelling. Look out for palm reading Smartphones JUMOKE AKIYODE-LAWANSON Are you worried about having your whole DNA on a gadget? Well, smartphones and tablets are beginning to get even more intrusive, as your next phone may be able to read your palm. Fujitsu and Microsoft have teamed up to integrate a palm vein authentication scanner into their Windows 10 Pro computers, says Digital Trends. Tech industry watchers suggest that this innovation may make its way to our Smartphones in the near future. The latest iPhone series currently uses your face and finger print for Face ID and Touch ID respectively to unlock your device, while Samsung uses the Iris scanner as well as the Face and Touch ID to unlock devices. But Fujitsu’s palm scanner digs deeper. It is able to read the unique vein pattern under your skin, which is not too easy to replicate. According to reports, simply waving your palm over the scanner will be able to unlock your device. ‘This method may be more secure than Touch ID and Face ID, which hackers could theoretically get around with fingerprints and photos,’ says Digital Trends. Apparently, Samsung is also interested in this technology and had filed a patent for similar technology last year, with three major differences: You take a photo of your hand, it only reads your palm lines, and it just gives you a password hint. So, it won’t unlock your device. Keep in mind that this palmscanning technology is just a better way to lock your device. It would not protect you from malware. Experts say that if you are concerned about viruses, you should opt for an iPhone which is more secure than Android phones.

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