By Iminza Keboge
Published February 3, 2017
A new quiz television programme that accords lovers of African cinema the ‘chance to wine and dine with with their favourite African cinema crush’ is set to begin on Africa Magic Showcase on February 4, 2017.
The show, known as The Movie Buff, is written and hosted by a Nigerian journalist and TV presenter known as Isabella Akinseye.
“The Movie Buff Show,” explains Akinseye, “is for the true fans of African cinema. It is a show that celebrates our African movie stars. Each episode a contestant answers questions on an actor they are crushing on for the chance to wine and dine with them. At the end of 12 episodes, the person with the highest score wins the date which will be shown on the finale show.”
Lamenting that “There is a dearth of information when it comes to our industry,” Akinseye says “we need more books, journals, videos, websites and magazines documenting the progress of Nollywood and African cinema in general.”
She calls upon movie actors “to play their part by having functional and well maintained websites” and says it “also helps if they are active on social media.”
The Cambridge University-trained Akinseye says contestants will answer questions on actors such as Iretiola Doyle, OC Ukeje, Kehinde Bankole, Odunlade Adekola, Rita Dominic and Ibinabo Fiberesima during the first season of The Movie Buff Show that is scheduled to air every Saturday at 4:30 PM (Nigerian Time) and 5:30PM (South African Time) on Africa Magic Showcase, Dstv Channel 151.
Isabella Akinseye says she started her film journalism career with writing movie reviews for magazines while still a student.
“I followed this up with articles in newspapers before starting my online film and television magazine, Nolly Silver Screen.”
Akinseye’s programme hosting credits include The Clapperboard Show, a magazine TV programme that features African movie reviews and interviews with key players in Nigeria’s film industry; The FrontPage on Radio Continental; Africana Literati on Africa Magic Family; Bookaholic with Bella on Silverbird Television; and Rubbin Minds on Channels Television.
Akinseye says the new programme is a collaborative effort between her company, Yellow Tamarind Productions,and GCue Studios.
Anyone interested in The Movie Buff Show may watch a trailer on Youtube or follow the action of The Movie Buff Show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on The Movie Buff Show website.