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Afrinolly Now Available for Windows Phone and Windows 8

After a month in beta testing, African entertainment app MTN Afrinolly has announced the launch of its Windows App for Windows Phone and Windows 8. With the adding of a Windows phone app, Afrinolly is now available on all major mobile operating systems. Afrinolly scores a first with its Windows 8 (PC) app as the first African entertainment app developed in Africa on Windows 8.

Developed by the young folks at FansConnectOnline Limited working out of Lagos Nigeria, Afrinolly allows users to watch full length Nollywood movies, African movies, Trailers, Short films, Music videos and full length Bollywood movies on their Smart devices. On Afrinolly users get to watch the best of Nigerian movies and other African movies including Short films/Documentaries and comedy. Afrinolly also brings the latest African celebrity news plus gossip about movies, music and celebrities in Africa to users.

“Developing Afrinolly on Windows 8 has been an experience that was both challenging and interesting. Keeping our unified look and feel at the same time taking advantage of the key design principle of Metro; relying more on content and typography, was an interesting challenge. In the end we were able to build an app that is both clean and fast.” – Bobola Oniwura.

MTN Afrinolly is available for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8 PC’s. Afrinolly have seen a progressive growth rate in terms of downloads across Africa and beyond, with over 2.5 million downloads across its various existing versions: Android, Blackberry, iOS, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40 and Java. We are excited that more Africans with taste for the super smart devices will enjoy using the app on their Windows Phone and Windows 8 PC’s.

Download for Windows Phone from the Windows Phone Store at http://bit.ly/13FJglC

Download for Windows 8 (PC) from the Windows Store at http://bit.ly/1bJPOl8

Afrinolly for Windows Phone

Afrinolly for Windows 8 (PC)

Infinix Smart Devices Arrive With Afrinolly Preinstalled

Starting this June, Infinix Smartphones will come preinstalled with MTN Afrinolly; the biggest mobile entertainment application developed in Africa. With the brand spirit of challenging the norms, Infinix smart devices are designed specifically for young people who want to stand out, reach out and in sync with the world. Pre-installing Afrinolly; Android Developers Challenge Sub-Saharan Africa 2011 winner in the Entertainment category, stresses Infinix Mobility’s commitment to the growth of locally developed applications.

With over 2.3 million downloads across various operating systems MTN Afrinolly allows users to watch trailers of movies produced in the African movie markets (especially Nollywood) and short films plus music videos as they are released daily. Users can also follow upcoming movies, favorite Nollywood Celebrities and Entertainment events from across Africa. The app also provides latest entertainment news, celebrity gist and gossip as it happens.

Infinix offers a wide range of Android smart devices like Surf Smart, Race, Race Lite, Buzz, Race Bolt and Joypad (Tablet). Infinix Smart phones and Tablet run on Android operating system, support both 2G and 3G networks and are powered with 1GHz above processors to allow consumers explore more with innovative applications.

Afrinolly is a mobile phone app developed by FansConnectOnline Limited. The app is available for download on Android via the Play Store at http://bit.ly/11Ci1av


Afrinolly Launches First African Entertainment App For Blackberry 10

African entertainment app MTN Afrinolly announced the release of its Blackberry 10 App for Blackberry Z10 and Q10 last Thursday at the Blackberry 10 official lunch event in Lagos, Nigeria a few weeks after just announcing the Afrinolly app for iOS. With over 2 Million Downloads across its various existing versions namely Android, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40 Series, Java and Amazon Kindle, Afrinolly is the most downloaded African entertainment app built in Africa.

Winner of the Google Android Developers Challenge 2011 in the entertainment category Afrinolly allows you to watch trailers of movies produced in the African movie markets, most especially Nigeria’s Nollywood. You also get to watch African music videos, African comedy online, Bollywood trailers and full length Nollywood movies on your Smartphone.

Taking advantage of the new Blackberry Menu the user interface of the Blackberry 10 version is rich and different because the Blackberry 10 OS screen resolution allows for the apps new home screen where most viewed Trailers, Celebrity and Music Videos are celebrated plus News headlines.

The app is Compatible for both Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10. Afrinolly have seen a progressive growth rate in terms of downloads across Africa and we are excited that this Blackberry 10 version would allow more Africans with taste for the super smartphones to enjoy the app.

Download Afrinolly for BlackBerry 10 at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/25001876/


Winners Emerge In the Afrinolly Short Film Competition

The top three winners in the Afrinolly Short Film Competition have finally been selected. After the event was launched on November 1, 2012, over 500 entries were received from African filmmakers from 14 countries by the deadline of January 31, 2013. Following an initial screening that found only 214 eligible entries, an international panel of judges in the creative industries pruned it down to the best 10 films in both the Short and Documentary categories.

The jury, chaired by documentary filmmaker Femi Odugbemi, comprised acclaimed filmmakers Tunde Kelani, Emem Isong, Juliet Yaa Asante and Obi Emelonye; content producer Bongiwe Selane, New York African Film Festival’s Mahen Bonetti, The Black List’s Franklin Leonard, writer Tolu Ogunlesi, Carol Kathurima and Nmachi Jidemma.

The jury shortlisted 20 entries based on concept and execution i.e the story’s originality and imaginative force, clarity of purpose and its ability to captivate as well as how effectively the filmmaker reflected technical knowledge of acting, editing, sound, lighting, camera work et c.

A voting public then had three weeks from February 15 to choose their top three favourites for the $100,000 cash prize. Voting ended on March 8 and the following films took the top three positions in both categories. Check out the winning videos at afrinollyshortfilmcompetition.com/winners

Short Film

First Prize ($25,000): Dara Ju – By Anthony Onah

Second Prize ($10,000): The Promise – By Akin Okunrinboye

Third Prize ($5,000): To Serve With all our Strength – By Ishaya Bako (HomeVida)

Documentary:

First Prize ($25,000): Hustle On A Mile – By Bemigho Awala

Second Prize ($10,000): A short “DOCUMENTARY” – By Soji Oyinsan II

Third Prize ($5,000): Black and Gold – By Joseph Akwasi

The winners in the 4th to 10th positions in both categories will receive $500 each. The official awards presentation will take place at 6pm on Friday, March 22 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Afrinolly Short Film Competition is an initiative of FCO Limited, developers of the MTN Afrinolly Mobile phone app. Its aim is to digitally showcase African cinema talent and provide a platform to foster the production of African content and make same available online. The Competition was supported by MTN, Goethe Institut, Blackberry, IREP and Google as the social media partner.

WINNER IN THE SHORT FILM CATEGORY

WINNER IN THE DOCUMENTARY CATEGORY

FansConnectOnline Limited Officially Launches Afrinolly App for iOS

African entertainment app Afrinolly has announced the launch of its iOS App for iPhone and iPod Touch after just announcing that the Afrinolly app has crossed the 2 Million Download mark across its various existing versions: Android, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40 and java.

Winner of the Google Android Developers Challenge 2011 in the entertainment category Afrinolly allows you to watch trailers of movies produced in the African movie markets, most especially Nigeria’s Nollywood. You also get to watch African music videos, African comedy online, Bollywood trailers and full length Nollywood movies on your Smartphone.

The user interface of the iOS version launched today is a bit different with a new home screen where most viewed Trailers, Celebrity and Music Videos are celebrated. The app is Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for the iPhone 5.

Afrinolly have seen a progressive growth rate in terms of downloads across Africa and we hope that this iOS version would allow more Africans in Diaspora to enjoy the app.

Download Afrinolly for iOS at http://bit.ly/YGmFO4

Afrinolly Crosses 2 Million Plus Downloads. Thank You!

In August 2012 we announced that Afrinolly has crossed the million mark of downloads across platforms namely Android, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40 and Java. Today, we are excited to announce that Afrinolly has seen over two million downloads within the last 16 months thanks to you.

This announcement reflects growing customer demand for discovery, entertainment and social functionality on their favorite mobile devices. With MTN Afrinolly, MTN has shown its commitment to support the local apps community and has led and continues to lead the campaign to raise awareness among mobile subscribers who are still unaware of the full range of potential services they can enjoy via their Smartphones.

Winner of the Google Android Developers Challenge, Sub-Saharan Africa in the Entertainment categories in September 2011, Afrinolly have seen a progressive growth rate in terms of downloads across Africa. Nigeria has the largest share of download with over 70%, Ghana, South-Africa, Kenya and other African countries follow, USA, UK, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and India make up majority of the rest.

Afrinolly have also launched the MTN Afrinolly Short Film Competition; a unique, innovative and youth-focused competition, with singular concentration on the next generation of African film makers. This Competition is designed to expand the conversations on issues about the African continent by Africans, motivate and reward young and emerging filmmakers who exhibit exceptional narrative skills using short movies and documentary as a medium.

Thank you to all our 2,000,000+ friends, thank you for those feedback that has helped in improving the app. Thank you to all the super Producers, Directors, Film Makers, Actors and Artists from across Africa whose works have made the African entertainment scene exciting. We are excited with this growth and we say a big THANK YOU. Next stop 3 million… Let’s Do This.

Download Afrinolly at www.afrinolly.com

- The Afrinolly Team

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