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The Best Indie Cooking Shows, Documentaries & Short Films

13.02.21
Streaming this month on Watch Africa Now (WAN)

Watch Africa Now (WAN) may be new to the streaming arena but its content is nothing shorter than impressive. WAN has quickly risen to become a one stop- shop for cinephiles seeking to stream a variety of fresh undiscovered African content. WAN’s current catalogue does well to cater to its own niche of film observers.

Here is your guide for February 2021

Master Chef South Africa Season 3 Finalist: Claire Allen

With all the time spent indoors during the COViD-19 pandemic, it might be the right time to learn a trick or two that will impress your family and loved ones. Claire Allen is a multi-talented food entertainer, entrepreneur and blogger who has combined a successful career in marketing with a love for food – a passion which was really ignited after she entered Master Chef South Africa. WAN and Master Chef celebrity, Claire Allen, have teamed up to bring its viewers a series of tasting, baking and making.

Streaming Date: February 21st
Streaming Platform: Watch Africa Now (WAN)
Starring: Claire Allen

Renowned Metal Sculptor: Dotun Popoola

Africa’s Iron Man is a short documentary focused on the art of upscaling by renowned metal sculptor, Dotun Popoola.

The documentary also highlights the problem of energy generation in Nigeria and how it affects business survival and the economy at large. This is an insightful eye-opening story of how Dotun Popoola is using his art to recycle everyday junk and trash into works of art.

Streaming Date: 21st February
Streaming Platform: Watch Africa Now (WAN)
Produced by: Akin Alabi
Cinematography: Akin Alabi
Starring: Dotun Popoola

Click to start streaming – WAN (vhx.tv)

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Watch Africa Now (WAN) Named one of UK’s Top Best BAME Startups

26.10.20
THE UK’S 50 BEST BAME STARTUPS AND BUSINESSES ANNOUNCED – TECHROUND’S BAME50 UNDER 50

26th October 2020 – London, UK – We are delighted to announce that Justin Beekye of Watch Africa Now (WAN) has been named as a finalist in TechRound’s BAME 50 Under 50, which ranks the top 50 BAME-driven and founded businesses and startups in the UK, praised for their innovation and contribution to the UK’s fast-growing startup scene, whilst smashing social barriers along the way.

The announcement follows over 500 applications and a week of judging from an expert panel including Linda Plant; successful entrepreneur and renowned interviewer on BBC’s The Apprentice, as well as Rajeeb Dey, co-Founder of Learnebly and Startup Britain, Kike Oniwinde, Former Team GB athlete and CEO of BYP Network and Bindi Karia, the UK’s ‘Queen of Startups.’

TechRound is the UK’s leading voice for startup news and opinions and the BAME50 Under 50 highlights the diversity and success in the UK startup and business sectors, with people from all walks of life and from all nature of backgrounds demonstrating their ingenuity and creativity. TechRound remains the best place in the UK to showcase the talent and progress in the startup and tech industry.

The judges commended the innovation and hard work of all the entries and the entrepreneurs. One judge reportedly said that she was ‘bloody impressed’ with the quality of candidates and their ideas, which is a huge credit to the BAME community living in the UK, who continue to work hard and thrive despite various social and economic challenges.

TechRound co-Founder David Soffer commented: “The UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a startup. TechRound’s BAME50 Under 50 goes to show that people of all backgrounds have thrived in the UK. The BAME50 Under 50 also goes to show that there are some wonderful businesses and ventures, started, run and sustained by the UK’s fabulous BAME communities, something we hope will continue.” 

“Part of what makes the UK such a huge global player when it comes to startups, tech and innovation is that there is such depth of diversity, with people bringing their different experiences and backgrounds into startups and business, which are both all about being creative.”

TechRound co-Founder Daniel Tannenbaum said: “ The BAME50 Under 50 is set to be a game changer and will promote those individuals who have fought harder than most to succeed and their stories will outline their journeys. As we are well aware, BAME entrepreneurs have historically been underfunded and underrepresented and this list’s purpose is to help change the status quo.”

“We want to celebrate people from all backgrounds and businesses of all sizes and this list will be a testament to those individuals who are diversifying the UK’s startup landscape.”

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Latest Movies Nigeria

October 2020
Get to know Nollywood through Watch Africa Now

Nigerian cinema has become one of the largest film industries in the world. Thanks to the ongoing commitment from the nations, talented movie makers, script writers, producers and actors.

Watch Africa Now (WAN) has an impressive collection of Nigerian movies ready to be streamed and watched online. In recent news, WAN recently partnered with one of Nigerian’s film production company to license 100’s of latest Nollywood movies and award winning film festival shorts, notably Kanso Ogbolu “The Therapist” which recently won the Black Star International Film Festival 2020 to their catalogue.

Online Nigerian Movies

Latest movies Nigeria can be found and on WAN. The platform also hosts a range of cultural animated content, in line with its vision to educate and entertain their audience through culturally relatable characters, such as ‘47 Proverbs Series’, by Akin Alabi, Nigeria – a series of creative animation of Yoruba and Igbo proverbs designed to help Igbos worldwide learn the proverbs that have been handed down from one generation to another, in attempt to conserve the rich Igbo culture and heritage.

Some of the best drama’s and laugh out loud comedies are also ready to be streamed on WAN. A Nigerian series episodes has made its way to Official Selection at 3 film festivals- AFRIFF (Africa International Film Festival), BAFEST (Born In Africa Film Festival) and the WRPN Festival in the US. Titled Relation Goals Created by Brian O. Wilson.

It’s an 11 episode comedy series targeted at young adults and adults. Every episode is based on the same simple premise – the lead character (Ochuko) is a foolish young man who goes through pre-marital counselling with the aim of settling down with a potential mate but keeps finding it impossible to navigate through his foolishness and their individual traits (or vice versa) and the seeming engagement is called off by the end of the counselling session. All episodes are streaming now on WAN.

WAN work with a number of independent content providers and has quickly emerged as the beacon of hope for undiscovered content creators not only in Nigeria but across the 54 countries in Africa.

Upcoming film creators House of Krest, at the moment have their latest Nigerian movies streaming on WAN titled “Purity” which is about a girl child with the desire to make an impact in the society, but is faced with the negative side of reality, down in a Nigerian slum where she grew up and the other titled “Chychu” which is about graduates with much hope and aspirations to landing their dream job in hopes to securing better lives. Only to be faced with the harsh reality of the countries fail system. Both films are streaming now on Watch Africa Now (WAN).

Another promising rising filmmaker House of Gold, release their second film on WAN “The Stone You Throw” which follows the live of a young man who wanted to make money quick only to end up facing illegal issues.

New subscribers qualify for a free 14 – day trial period before committing to a monthly subscription at £4.51 $5.88 per month.

Visit www.watchafricanow.com to start your trial today.
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Black History Month – Stream Award-Winning Films, Series and Documentaries this month with UK’s SVOD Streaming Service

October 2020

Stream Africa films https://watchafricanow.vhx.tv/, Animation, music & more this Black History Month on WAN

October is Black History Month and newly established streaming service, Watch Africa Now (WAN), is marking the occasion with a fantastic array of moving, insightful and educational programs for viewing this month.

WAN TV champions independent short-films, documentaries, children programmes, music and more from renowned African filmmakers and content creators.

The UK based streaming platform has distinguished itself by delivering dedicated award-winning and approved content from Africa to a global audience. Justin Beekye, CEO and Founder of WAN TV, said. “Black History Month is an all year celebration here at WAN….”

The collection includes ‘Accra Power’, a film by Sandra Krampelhuber, which provides an eclectic mix of perceptions of power in one of many thriving urban settings Africa’s. It outlines the creative and artistic strategies of young Ghanaians situated at the crossroads of tradition and various belief systems, high technological and economic growth, infrastructural deficits and current energy crisis.

The platform also hosts a range of cultural animated content, in line with its vision to educate and entertain their audience through culturally relatable characters and content, such as:

Akili and Me’, by Ubongo Entertainment, Tanzania – a preschool edu-cartoon that teaches three to six-year-olds numeracy, pre-literacy, English as a second language, art and socio-emotional skills, for holistic early childhood education.

‘47 Proverbs Series’, by Akin Alabi, Nigeria – a series of creative animation of Yoruba and Igbo proverbs designed to help Igbos worldwide learn the proverbs that have been handed down from one generation to another, in attempt to conserve the rich Igbo culture and heritage.

If you’re after things to stream and watch during Black History Month, Watch Africa Now presents an eccentric powerful list of feature short films, edutainment, documentaries, animations and more. These selections not only celebrate the black historical month it takes viewers on a new journey of film discovery, introducing the world to a pristine range of Award-Winning African Filmmakers for the first time on a streaming platform.

Here’s a range of short films, documentaries and animations throughout the Black History Month that the entire family can enjoy.

Purity by House of Crest – A girl child with the desire to make an impact in the society, but is faced with the negative side of reality, down in a Nigerian slum where she grew up.

Therapist by KansoWinner of 2020 Black Star International Film Festival” – A story of a therapist whose patients adore and worship her. However, everything may not be as rosy as it seems.

Jabu by Sipho Nuse “Winner of Young Filmmaker Award” A young South African boy has to take heavy responsibility and care for his ailing mother while suffering from his oppressive father’s abuse.

Turtle Taido “Multi Award Winning Animation Series Creator and Executive Producer Muyiwa Kayode” Adventures of Turtle Taido, a super powered African Turtle who travels to different cities on an adventure.
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Nigeria’s multiple award-winning animation series Turtle Taido premieres on Amazon Prime and Watch Africa Now (WAN)!

September 2020
Adventures of Turtle Taido, Nigeria’s multiple award winning animation series has now premiered on Amazon Prime and Watch Africa Now, WAN. Amazon Prime is the world’s second largest subscription streaming service with more than 150 million subscribers, while WAN is the newly launched UK based streaming service focused on African content. 

Turtle Taido
Now Streaming on WAN – Turtle Taido

Adventures of Turtle Taido is the story of a super powered, African turtle who travels to different cities on an adventure. On his journeys, he makes friends and learns about different cultures. His special power enables him get himself and others out of trouble. His experiences, through the amazing power of African storytelling, shows us the beauty of diversity and how to live with others in peace and harmony.

With this development, Turtle Taido becomes available to wider global audience, having been syndicated previously across more than 30 African countries.

Turtle Taido is the brainchild of leading brand consultant, author and producer, Muyiwa Kayode. He says “We are excited about the prospect of taking our African story global, because our vision is to develop a proudly African animation series that promotes the amazing power of African storytelling. We want African children to take pride in their cultural identity and understand diversity. It is both entertaining and educational and kids get to learn a lot about peaceful and friendly co-existence. With so much division and intolerance around the world, this indeed is a message the world needs right now. And this perhaps is why the series won the award for Best Message, at the Top Indie Film Awards, Tokyo 2020”.

The series was also nominated for Best Original Idea and Best Animated Short at the same film festival. In addition, Turtle Taido has picked up several other awards including; Best Children’s Short at Independence Short Awards, Los Angeles 2019 and 2020; Best TV Series at TBIFF India 2019; Gold Award Winner, Virgin Spring Cinefest, 2020; and Cult Critic Movie award Winner, 2020. In addition, the series has made official selection and nominee categories in several other film festivals including the Abuja International Film Festival.
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Talents unleashed on new African video streaming platform – WAN

September 2020
Watch Africa Now (WAN), UK’s SVOD streaming service is slowly emerging as the beacon of hope for undiscovered YouTube content creators across the 54 countries in Africa…

Nollywood Films
All new UK SVOD Streaming Platform Now Launched


The streaming service launched September 6th 2020 has champion independent short-films, documentaries, children programming, music and more from award-winning and up-coming YouTube content creators in Africa.

Over the past few years, YouTube has seen a wave of content creators streaming in from Africa. However, not all has had the opportunity to experience success through their channels in terms of views and followings. Another issue faced is the setup for advertising revenue on those videos that has become popular. In fact, over 90% of African creators will fall under that umbrella leaving a pool of undiscovered talent and unfulfilled dreams untapped.

WAN streaming offers a permanent infrastructure to house such talents. Content creators also receives an upfront licensing payment making it attractive and worthwhile unlike the YouTube model of payment per views over a period. The platform is also targeted to viewers across the world directly seeking for African entertainment, thus bringing the content creators to the forefront of their search.

Up-coming content creator, Aya Aya, better known as Mc MBakara who have licensed some short-comedy series on WAN, said:

“I just want my content to be seen around the world. I have a good feeling about this partnership and I also want to see WAN platform grow very big and I am glad I am one of the first set of content creators to be on this platform.”

MC MBakara is also set to produce one of the first WAN series original to be launched on the streaming service this year.

Founder and CEO, Justin Beekye, said:

The talent the team and I have witnessed across Africa is undeniable. The best part of our day-to-day job is the cinematic experience when reviewing extremely entertaining content that has been submitted

We believe we have created a viable solution that will help to propel such talented content creators into house-hold names and to enhance their chances of financially benefitting from their productions.”

Some of the content that you can expect to see on WAN Streaming have won multiple awards from Film Festivals such as, REVENIR (Winner “Jury Prize” – Document Human Rights Film Festival – Scotland), THE LAND BETWEEN (Winner “Best Film” – Lampedusa In Festival – Italy) and NOUS SOMMES DES MESSAGERS (Portobello Film Festival – London, U.K.) to name a few.

Award-winning Music Video Director, Akin Alabi in Lagos, Nigeria has created a string of successful edutainment content which will be available for streaming on WAN.

Watch Africa Now (WAN) is constantly on the search for talented content creators in Africa to help put their work on the map across the globe.

Content creators can get in touch with WAN Streaming by sending and email to: contactus@watchafricanow.com

Subscription is $5.80 (£4.51 per month) and customers will be able to gain access and streaming unlimited content. For more information prior to the launch visit www.watchafricanow.com. For up to date news information visit WAN’s Instagram page @watchafricanow