Moving to the Movies

WE ARE YET TO SEE THE MOVIES 2019 PROMISED AND THE ANXIETY IS BUILDING.

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So January just ended like 2 days ago and February is beaming its light of love upon each one of us. However, 2019 is yet to start as far as I am concerned because it is yet to deliver on its entertainment promises. If you are movie lover you would immediately get where this is going.

In 2018 there was quite a buzz around movies to look forward, now this is 2019 and the anxiety is up to my gut and it’s about to jump out of my throat and I speak not for myself alone but for the love of Africans as we are still basking in the euphoria of the block buster movie – Black Panther.

There are so many movies to see this year and soon Africans would be moving to the movies. We would literally carry our blankets and water bottles to the cinemas as soon as these movies hit the screens.

These are the movies I remember and i’m looking forward to; so feel free to add the movie you are waiting for in the comment section below.

  1. Spiderman - Far From Home

2. Lion King

3. Game of Thrones - Season 8

4. Avengers 4 - End Game

5. Glass

6. Dumbo

7. Men in Black 4

8. Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw

9. Madeas Family Funeral

So are you with me on this one?

Trends of The Future

2019 IS NOW UPON US AND HERE ARE A FEW TRENDS YOU ARE SURE TO SEE ACROSS THE CONTINENT

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Before I begin this article I want to say a Happy New Year to all our faithful readers. We do what we do because we know that it’s useful to you, thank you for keeping us going. 2018 was definitely an amazing year but as it comes to a close it heralds the coming of an even more exciting year. Stick around while we walk through the year holding each other’s hand.

In this article we have put together 10 trends you are sure to see in 2019.

1. Female inclusion

2019 is surely going to see a huge influx of women into more and more facets of the African economy. The feminists have only just begun; more movements promoting women rights and inclusion are sure to take the airwaves.

2. Upped antae

What we saw in the entertainment industry in 2018 was a tip off the iceberg compared to what we are poised to see in 2019. Music and movies are going to take it up a notch with picture quality, story lines and everything else that contributes to putting out great work.

3. Worsened or Improved Traffic

We know the curse of developing countries (which nearly every country in Africa is) is terrible traffic; gridlocks here and there. In 2019, the governments are going to either take a deliberate action in getting rid of this problem or allow it plunge into utter chaos.

4. Technological advancements

In 2018 we saw the rise of artificial technology and financial technology; I can’t even to reveal to you the magnitude of things brewing in this sector. Guess I’d just let you see for yourself as they unfold.

5. Healthier dinning

In 2018 we saw the rise of the health conscious consumer. With that established, in 2019 we are set to see every consumer become genuinely health conscious and this definitely will sky rocket the sale of vegetables. So if you are into the veggie market, 2019 is going to be an explosive year for you.

6. Seriously fitfam

Beyond individual decisions to keep fit, organizations and schools are going to take this a little more seriously to cater for the physical and mental well-being of staff and students respectively.

7. Exploding marketing creativity

Creativity certainly tipped the scale in 2018 and 2019 is going to be much more explosive. Marketing communications will be a little more aggressive and creatives will be more exciting. Wait for it, you’ll see it in the malls, on the road, tv, radio, and everywhere else you go.

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8. Battle for influencer marketing

2018 saw many millennials open a new stream of income known as influencer marketing. Using social media platforms, a couple of individuals have given brands and marketers the ability to immediately engage with consumers. 2019 is going to see a ton of battles to attain such status in Africa and also maintain the large influx of cash.

9. Sporty action

This one is certainly my favourite and I don’t have to tell you why. In 2019 we are going to have the African cup of Nations (AFCON) and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Just so you know, South Africa qualified for the first time to this tournament; the Bayana Bayana are surely going to put up a fantastic show.

10. Increased middle class

No one wants to stay at a spot for too long; in 2019 we are going to see an increase in the middle class as many Africans are going to work tirelessly to improve their livelihood. This is good because we are sure to see new businesses spring up, which means more entrepreneurs, more employment, and income.

Well, there you have it, 2019 in focus.

If you TINK we missed out on any, kindly let us know in the comment section below and during the course of the year, if you spot a trend, kindly hit us up and we will publish it.

Have your best year yet!

8 Trends that Rocked 2018

2018 Was Undoubtedly A Great Year And Here Are Few Trends We Spotted That Really Gave The Year Some Oomph

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I particularly loved my job as a trend watcher in 2018, I saw quite a number of things unfold and happily brought them to your notice. As a result of these trends, people had different experiences in the year, some were good, other were bad, and some others were in-between. So without further ado, here are 8 trends that rocked 2018.

1. Music

Africa got tired of the norm and embraced a different genre of music – alternative music. It’s beautiful to listen to as the lyrics deals with the inherent experiences within the continent and sung in our beautifully refreshing accent.

2. Movies

The beauty about Africans is our quest to always do something better and Hollywood sparked that fire with the release of the Black Panther movie. This put some springs in our steps and increased our pride in our nativity. And so the indigenous movie industry; Nollywood went ahead to make history with the release of the movies King of Boys (currently Africa’s highest ever grossing movie), and Lions Heart (A movie by Genevieve Nnaji that made it to Netflix).

3. Mergers

2018 saw a trend that wasn’t just evident in Africa but globally. We saw quite a number of organizations consolidate in order to make greater impact in their respective industries by delivering value to their consumers.

4. Influencer Marketing

Marketing wasn’t left out of the speedy changes happening across the African landscape. We spotted a few more people attain the influencer status riding on the Instagram platform. Influencers have made it a lot easier for brands to immediately connect with their intended consumers.

5. Feminism

Oh this one shook the world and held Africa by the collar, as a result, Africa is strongly looking into women inclusion in every facet of the economy.

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6. Sports

So the world cup happened this year and we saw France clench the title, better yet we saw the technology – Visual Assistant Referee (VAR) used during the tournament. This technology disrupted the world of sports and enhanced decision making on and off the pitch and has been embraced in league games across the world.

7. Tech

Technology has been extensively helpful in 2018 as we saw the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially on mobile devices and financial institutions e.g Siri for Apple, Brixbi & Google assistant for Android, Neo for UBA bank, Ada for Diamond bank etc.

8. Global Citizen

There was many talks about how we are no longer distant but now interconnected as we are all global citizens. So no matter which continent of the world you live in, we are all citizens of one country – the World.

There you have it, these trends rocked 2018 and if you TINK we missed any, hit us up in the comment box below and we will be sure to update.

Oh and yes, thank you for sticking around all year round, we are going to have a trendy 2019 together.

Tease Me Before You Please Me

MARVEL UNIVERSE SPIKES OUR YEARNINGS WITH THE RELEASE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TRAILER

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Okay movie lovers get in here.

So you know how that Stan Lee (God rest is soul) and the Marvel Universe have been thrilling us with amazing block buster movies and keeping us at the edge of our seats. Well, that’s not about to stop anytime soon as they are yet to quench our yearning for the suspense they have left us in since the destruction of half the planet and the Avengers failing to destroy Thanos. Instead they have further spiked our yearnings with the release of the super hero movie Captain Marvel.

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Source: Comic Store

For all of us who have been comic book lovers for so long; you can say that it is about time we saw the super hero on our Tv screens, besides it is a way for them to usher her into our minds as she is speculated to be the savior of the world in the next Avengers movie. Don’t hold your breath though but keep your fingers crossed.

The trailer which was just released as of today has over 47 million views on Youtube and we aren’t done watching it yet. Can’t wait for the release date in Africa, we need to see what’s coming.

I also wonder if there will be yet another Stan Lee cameo in this one.

Politricks and Futuretainment

APPARENTLY, POLITICS IN NIGERIA HAS BECOME THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY ANNEX.

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Now it’s seemingly a no brainer; after spending sometime on the TV screens as a public figure, the next thing is to plan to occupy a public office. I must commend the courage even though the drive to make some good political money maybe one propelling factor –which they are likely to deny, but my point is, is this sustainable? Are we letting the right set of people lead? Just TINKing.

A lot of Nigerian artists in recent times have indicated interest in occupying political offices and some have even gone ahead to win. Some have done very well and some others, not so well. Amongst Nigerian entertainers who have vied for political offices at some point include, Bob Manuel, Kate Henshaw Nuttle, Desmond Elliot, Kenneth Okonkwo, Tony “One Week” Muanagor, and very recently Bankole Wllington a.k.a Banky W. there are speculations that Jude Abaga a.k.a MI is also saddling up for politics but we currently have no proof of this. We also saw A-List Nigerian musician, Davido get involved with politics while chairing the campaign for his uncle who was vying for political office in his home state.

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I do not think there is anything wrong with this trend as it is everyone’s wish to do something for the common good of the people and politics is one great avenue. However, my concern is the quality of individuals who occupy such offices. Otherwise it may just be a square peg in a round hole scenario. Politics in Africa is no stage where you come do your thing and go, whatever decisions you take there will affect the lives of people for a long time.

So dear entertainers, if you want to vie for political office in the nearest future, ensure you have added a lot more than twerk videos and lyrics that don’t mean anything to yourselves as we would require you to give us the best of you.

I just hope that very soon criteria for running election in Africa won’t be based on the amount of screen time you have and the number of followers on social media.