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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

Afrinolly To Dole Out $100,000 To Movie Makers In Africa

Budding and innovative film makers in the Nigerian movie industry have received a boost, as MTN Afrinolly, the premier Nigerian mobile phone app that enables users watch movie trailers, launched a short film competition on Thursday, November 1, 2012. The competition  is tagged – Afrinolly Shortfilm Competition.

The initiative is a video-based competition targeted at budding film-makers and documentary/animation content creators. Candidates are expected to submit a sub-15minute film that can be easily assessed on mobile devices. The competition will run for three months and submissions will be made online on the website – www.afrinollyshortfilmcompetition.com

Chike Maduegbuna, the CEO of FansConnectOnline Limited who developed Afrinolly, said:

With this competition, we aim at showcasing African talent online, and providing a platform to foster the creation of new online content produced by Africans,”

He also said:

The competition will target over 1,000 film makers across Africa and ultimately provide the right push to some of the most talented creators in the continent. Winners will be rewarded with prizes worth $100,000 in cash and kind; while top participants will be offered the opportunity to sign online distribution and content deals with Afrinolly.

Members of the panel of judges include renowned experts in the entertainment and ICT industry globally. Among them are award winning Nollywood movie producers – Tunde Kelani, Emem Isong, and Femi Odugbemi. Trained at the London Film School, Tunde Kelani has been in the movie industry for over two decades. He is the founder of Mainframe Film and Television Production and remains a firm advocate of reviving the cinema in Nigeria by ensuring that all his award winning movies are created first for the cinemas before adapting to home movies.

Former banker and now award winning movie producer and scriptwriter, Emem Isong, is currently regarded as one of the best in Nollywood and has contributed to the development of the industry. Femi Odugbemi is a movie producer, writer and photographer. Trained in Film and TV Production at Montana State University, USA, he is famed for his screen credits which include Nigeria’s most popular game show – Who wants to be a millionaire? His current works include another popular soap-opera, Tinsel.

Other members of the panel of judges, which is made up of experts from all over Africa, include professionals who have equally excelled and contributed immensely in their careers. Coupled with the prizes attached to winners, the competition has the potential of being the biggest promotional event for budding film makers in the continent.

A further breakdown of the cash prizes show that the overall winner will smile home with $25,000, the first runner up will get $10,000 and the second runner up will receive $5,000 in two categories namely Short movie and Documentary.

According to Maduegbuna:

This competition is the first of its kind in Africa. Given the high penetration of mobile devices, relative to desktop computers in Africa, the concept of the Afrinolly Shortfilm Competition was borne out of the need to create an ecosystem of short (sub-15minutes) film/movie content that can be easily consumed on mobile devices.

He explained that the competition is 360- degrees online and the plan is to shortlist 30 submissions for the two categories, and each judge will watch and select the best ten per category. Thereafter, the internet public will watch the 2 sets of best ten and vote online to determine the winners per category.

Afrinolly Short Film Competition is being partnered by MTN, Blackberry, iRep, Goethe Institut with Google as the Social Media Partner.

Afrinolly Hits Over 1 Million Downloads. Thank You For Making It Happen

Today, we are excited to announce that Afrinolly has seen over a million downloads within the last eleven months thanks to you. Precisely three weeks ago downloads of Afrinolly across all platforms namely Android, Blackberry, Nokia Symbian, Nokia S40 and Java crossed the One million mark.

Since emerging as the winner of the Google Android Developers Challenge, Sub-Saharan Africa in the Entertainment category in September 2011, we have seen a progressive growth rate in terms of downloads across Africa. Nigeria has the largest share of download with over 65%, Ghana, South-Africa and other African countries follow, USA, UK, Brazil and India make up majority of the rest.

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

On Afrinolly, customers discover upcoming movies via their trailers helping them to plan on seeing such at the cinemas, they are able to follow their favorite African movie celebrities and read entertainment news/gossips from across Africa right on their mobile devices.

Thank You, to all our 1,000,000 plus friends for your feedbacks 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 5 million… Let’s Do This.

- The Afrinolly Team

Download Afrinolly at www.afrinolly.com


Afrinolly In Top 10 African Mobile Apps


IT News Africa, the Technology News Leader in Africa published the Top Ten African Mobile Apps on 12th March 2012. Afrinolly, developed by FCO Limited, was among the top ten and got a great review:
“The app is well designed, loads quickly and is very easy to navigate. Users can also submit film reviews. The app also sports a Share button, so users can share interesting articles and movie trailers with friends. It is a great app for any movie lover — an African version of IMDb.com”

See full text at: http://www.itnewsafrica.com/2012/03/top-ten-african-mobile-apps/

“Films are a huge part of African culture, and a number of them have been shot and produced here as well. Nigeria’s film industry is one of the largest on the continent, affectionately known as Nollywood.
With the Afrinolly mobile app, users will be able to watch movie trailers of these films, with a strong focus on Nollywood. It also provides users with in-depth news and interviews with some of the biggest stars, not only from the movies, but music as well.
The app is well designed, loads quickly and is very easy to navigate. Users can also submit film reviews.
The app also sports a Share button, so users can share interesting articles and movie trailers with friends. It is a great app for any movie lover — an African version of IMDb.com”

To download Afrinolly: www.afrinolly.com

Android Development Training

Youth Empowerment & ICT Foundation a non-governmental organization, sponsored by The Jim Ovia Foundation invited FansConnectOnline Limited to train 250 young Nigerians in Android Development in January 2012.

The workshop titled Developing Nigeria’s Next Generation of ICT Entrepreneurs would be taking place from Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 3, 2012 at The Civic Center, Victoria Island, Lagos.

FansConnectOnline Limited would be facilitating on
- Core Android OS elements including its History, Architecture, Stacks and How it compares to other platforms and web-based applications.
- The Android Development Environment (Core Elements: Setting Up the Environment, Tools and Emulator)
- Creating, compiling and running a basic application that says “Hello World”
- Persistence – Using Shared Preferences and SQLite Database
- Connecting with Web Services using XML and or JSON
- Using Adapters and Broadcast Receivers

We would also be sharing the Afrinolly success story.

If you are a developer, if you have a basic knowledge of the following programming languages Java, CSS, PHP, HTML and if you are a Nigerian youth who wants to be an IT entreprenuer this Practical Mobile Web/App training is where you need to be.

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