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MNet celebrates the launch of JARA – The Nollywood TV Show hosted by Uti Nwachukwu & Helen Paul



The profile of Nigeria’s movie industry – Nollywood keeps rising. Nollywood stars have millions of fans across the globe. The industry certainly deserves media support and there is a strong demand from fans for every single detail on the stars and their movies.

MNet’s Africa Magic Channel has produced its first-ever original series – JARA – “The flagship new series is packed with fun news and information, direct from the thriving heart of Africa’s busiest film hub. Screening to DStv audiences every Saturday evening in primetime (19.30 CAT), JARA is hosted by two of Nigeria’s hottest stars…popular and sociable Big Brother All Stars winner Uti Nwachukwu and sensational entertainment personality Helen Paul.

On Sunday 27th February 2011 at the Genesis Deluxe Cinema in Lagos, MNet officially launched the show with a fun-filled event. Guests including Nollywood stars Desmond Elliot, Monalisa Chinda, Nse Ikpe Etim and Omoni Oboli enjoyed performances by Glo Naija Sings winner – Casey, Mo’Cheddah and Bez as well as jokes delivered by Koffi and Owen Gee. It was a dual celebration for MNet – the 1st year anniversary of Africa Magic Yoruba and Africa Magic Hausa Channels was also feted at the event.

For information on Jara, log on to or follow the show on Twitter and Facebook (jaratv). Jara is re-screened on AfricaMagic every Monday at 12.00 CAT and Wednesday at 23.00 CAT.
The JARA Launch

1st Year Anniversary of Africa Magic Yoruba & Hausa
MNet also used the event as an opportunity to celebrate the first year anniversary of Africa Magic Yoruba and Africa Magic Hausa. The stations went live on the 1st of March 2010

Performance & Giveaway

Red Carpet

Uti Nwachukwu

Tomi Odunsi

Olohi & IK Osakioduwa

Dolapo Oni

Olayinka Epega

Adora Oleh

Victor Olaotan

Biola Alabi

Olisa Adibua, Casey & Desmond Elliot

Helen Paul & Joseph Benjamin


Sylvia Udeogu

Joseph Hundah

Omoni Oboli with JARA hosts Helen Paul and Uti Nwachukwu

Damilola Adegbite

Koffi & Owen Gee

Dimeji Alara

Paul Obazele


Nse Ikpe Etim

Helen Paul

Funmi Victor-Okigbo, Dolapo Oni, Liza de Villiers & Junipa Musa

Maye Hunta


Chris Attoh & Damilola Adegbite


  1. one naira

    March 3, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    ….desmond got it ryt dis tym, chris attoh is lookin fyn as eva, but i dnt knw wats goin on with his outfit, and maye hunta just looks so wrng… did 4get to iron his clothes?

    • Victory aimiehinor

      October 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm

      Helo my lady i must say dat u nd uti re doing a great job i luv u two nd i luv jara so much

  2. Omogbaski

    March 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Nice picsss…..;)

    • Anya

      March 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Yes! Yes!!

      Top 3 Beauties on here:
      1. Dolapo Oni
      2. Adaora Oleh
      3. Dami Adegbite

  3. Omogbaski

    March 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    oh.. and the cake looks sooo fab.

  4. ogg

    March 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    ermm Funmi Holder,sorry but have u never heard of a bra? ok, strapless bra? damn woman, it’s cold and u don’t go out braless in d cold. things show!

    • chiko

      March 4, 2011 at 6:28 am

      tnk u i thot i was d only one who noticed it

    • storm

      March 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      ok, i thought twaz just me [cos it usually seems i’m d only 1 who notices such things around here].

  5. wienna

    March 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Dang…that guy wearing the glasses in the first pic is H-O-T. And Chris Attoh is just too fine.

    • Ready

      March 4, 2011 at 1:07 am

      The dude in the first pic in glasses is hot? Girl, tastes are so different…

    • didi

      March 4, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      that Onos girl did not try at alllllllllllllllllllllllll

  6. Elpee

    March 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Chill.. If the MNet, AFrica Yoruba and Hausa just launched in March 2011 how can they be celebrating a one year anniversary?

    Bella is there an error in dates?

    Monalisa looks nice

    • Ready

      March 4, 2011 at 1:11 am

      No…no error. The show ‘Jara’ was just launched. MNet Africa also took the opportunity to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Yoruba and Hausa movie channels.

      I love Helen Paul…she’s hilarious but her dress and hair are not the business.

    • Elpee

      March 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      K. Thanks for the clarification.

  7. ochella

    March 3, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    is funmi holder wearing a bra at all?
    beautiful cakes.

  8. Toriola

    March 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    two words…Chris Attoh!

  9. mzdiva

    March 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    The cake is tacky. That red dress that Helen Paul is wearing is sooo wrong.

  10. ihy

    March 3, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Why isnt Funmi Holder wearing a bra?

    • Miss Face

      March 4, 2011 at 3:08 am

      Because she’s too saggy-licious for you baby!

  11. ihy

    March 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Damilola looks really lovely, she’s the lady from tinsel right?

  12. miz curly

    March 3, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    i swear fo a second i thot d “victor man” was samuel l jackson!
    joseph benjamin is finnnneeee!

    • ochella

      March 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      as in soooooooooo fine. he looks like one Ofi Ejembi a new cast in Tinsel.
      my 2011 resolution was to stop dreaming of both of them

    • nkiru

      March 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      guess i wasn’t the only one who thought so too. 🙂

    • nkiru

      March 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      this is supposed to be on the Victor guy.

  13. Akos

    March 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Damilola: Wehu toffee a yedi a wrapper she hu – lol

  14. Iya

    March 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Funmi Holder is this your idea of getting noticed???Going BRALESS???Yes we have noticed u.Pls wear a Bra next time.Mschewwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!(Long Hiss).

    • D.O.T.M.H

      March 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Ahn ahn chill now. Do u think she’d have proudly stood for a picture if she knew her nips would show?? Relax abeg + BN u might want to consider taking the picture down seeing that this site does not encourage gossip and embarrasment.

  15. Ibo Omoge

    March 3, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Hmm Sylvia…those boobs eh? Be kiaful biko.

  16. Asake Tokyo

    March 3, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Joseph Benjamin- that bredda is smoked!!! and charming too , Chris Attoh is nice looking, without the belt of course.

  17. Kilonsparkles

    March 3, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Dolapo &Adaora are stunning!

  18. Zara

    March 4, 2011 at 12:15 am

    aunty funmi, please why did you leave ur bra at home?

  19. Toluh

    March 4, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Helen paul d dress is no no,2 much goin on…..btw wats on ur head?pls go and watch d jst completed academy awards

    • Dejo

      February 29, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Helen Paul? that girl raz no be small. lol…

  20. shuga

    March 4, 2011 at 12:46 am

    wrong clothes and hair-Helen Paul

  21. beezy

    March 4, 2011 at 2:41 am

    The Slyvia chic looks nice but as a rule of thumb *esp for day events/outing* u dont do both boobs/legs…. choose one and highlight just that…….

  22. NNENNE

    March 4, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Nice pictures.Monalisa,U look wonderful.Keep it up, gurl ! ! !! !

  23. Tiki

    March 4, 2011 at 8:15 am

    That Funmi Holder girl needs something to ‘hold them’…a boob holder!C’mon girl, nips are a no-no…and dem boobies aint the perkiest either…
    The cake is a masterpiece!
    Monalisa, did both sides of your weave quarrel? why are they so far apart? that first shot looks kinda weird, I think…
    The pic I love best – IK and Olohi…and is it me or is Uti getting hotter by the day?

  24. julit

    March 4, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Ik has done it again oooooooooooo! So I can see that aunty Funmi is soooo scared of caging her puppies. Madam keep it wrapped because u look madT. Helen u need help asap. Omoni baby but why? When will u learn and what is ‘the thing around ur neck? Tomi Odunsi look sweet.

  25. jules

    March 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

    hmmmmmmmm………………………… whats with casey? pls someone tell him he needs a stylist. it all about packaging abeg

  26. jules

    March 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

    and a little swag will help. casey u need direction

  27. swarovski

    March 4, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Helen Paul was just soo wrong…she should stop using cheap weavons….c’mon…her dress was horrible… there was something about the cake as well, it looked funny..

  28. hottie

    March 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

    l love what ONOS is wearing simple and classy,Bros Joseph Hundar is really looking sharp too ,great style lovly pictures

  29. Nezerem

    March 4, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Helen paul…seriously??? i get it..u re a comedian but WTH ! u are also a lady and expected to look elegant..

  30. Oma

    March 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

  31. wini

    March 4, 2011 at 10:02 am

    a bra funmi! a bra!………….you know those sexy contraptions used to Lift the bosom! up! up! honeyyyy why

    • storm

      March 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

      lmao…..i’m laffing so hard at this comment, evry1 at d office thinks i must be mad

  32. bobbydox

    March 4, 2011 at 10:05 am

    wow NIGERIANS are great people Nollywood are you ready

  33. Gosh!

    March 4, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Didn’t we all see Mo-Cheddah? Or we just decided to let it slide? OK,I’ll also allow it slide too..LOL. I think Onos looks like she’s wearing a basket. Olisa looks dumpy as always.
    I admire Biola Alabi a whole lot;aside her intelligence,she’s got a nice shape to go with it..

  34. Dazzle

    March 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

    All I can see is funmi holder’s girls

  35. stellas

    March 4, 2011 at 11:12 am

    1What was she (Funmi Holder) thinking???? Adaora, Damilola n Sylvia looks good.


    March 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Funmi, i can’t believe her last name is Holder and she did exactly opposite with the boobs!! Sylvia’s twin were almost jumping out of her that little cage called outfit. Olisa, seriously is that a coat or a suit? shirt button up to neck without a tie? Please take a clue from Mr Victor! Nse Ikpem looks like a hanger carrying unadjusted cloth. Well done Dolapo, Uti and Damilola.


    March 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    And Adora too. They look gorgeous.

  38. IfeanyiChukwu

    March 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I think we have some hairstylists in here. Please could you put up pictures of the hair(s) that you have done (styled) so far. 🙂 monalisa Chinda looks good and so does Helen Paul. The both of them look fantabulous.

    Muah!!!! 🙂

  39. Kathryn Cage

    March 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t care if funmi decides to show us her – but is Helen Paul not supposed to be the compere of a show on DSTV? MNET pls pay a stylist for her, what’s that weave on her head, it’ll give me nightmares! I’m sure Joseph Benjamin, Desmond Elliot, Uti and Chris Attoh were on the same queue when The Almighty was dishing out the good looks. As for Casey, whoever voted for that guy to win naija sings? get a hair cut bro and find a kind of style, you’re in the show biz for crying out loud; afro dread is not for everyone.

  40. Kathryn Cage

    March 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    I know what Maye’s problem is, not that he didn’t iron his cloth, he adding too much weight and when you are fat your clothes get creases from different folds, trust me, i know that. Monalisa is adorable but i am yet to see one hair style that is beffiting of a celebrity on her. we need a fashion police in this country so that our celebs can sit up and do somfin abt their looks.

  41. This gurl

    March 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    monalisa looks lovely
    and why is victor olatan looking like samuel l jackson..or is it just me?!


    March 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    sorry: shoulder

  43. makioba

    March 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    lwkmd…i can see Telema and Kwame (Tinsel) r they dating in real life too??

  44. mary007

    March 4, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Na wa for some people ooo, style is far from them and they are far from style i no fit name! however I love what Sylvia is wearing, who ever she is, the mini dress really suits her

  45. sisiekomi

    March 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Ik and Elohi!They look so good together.

  46. Holayinka

    March 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

    owen gee nice one, keep it up

  47. konti

    March 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    nice one shaa. me i no fit shout!

  48. uche

    March 6, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    i love bella naija. you guys rock!

  49. Brooke-Baby

    March 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Love Monalisa’s look. She’s stepped up. Love Nse Ikpe-Etim’s look. Simple and classy. Other’s looks nice. OMG Chris Attoh!!!

  50. fact police

    March 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    has anyone here seen the JARA show? its a bit of an embarassment to us – i tell u. i was shocked at the poor quality of presentations, etc. i wondered how they got sponsorship for it – now i get……… its MNET’s own. but seriously, u guys need to see that show. i stumbled on it one day, stayed tuned cos of UTI but was quite surprised at its poor direction, quality, etc. That show took Nigeria back several years………we don pass that stage, abeg…….anyway, nice pixs

  51. flakky

    March 7, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Dami Adegbite………….nice dress…………am proud of u……….keep it up

  52. gbekun

    March 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    abeg who/where is funmi holder? is she the one sitting next to monalisa? if so then i must be blind cos i don’t see anything really really wrong with her boobies. it’s probably the way she’s seated that’s making y’all think it looks somehow.

  53. D.O.T.M.H

    March 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Big hug BN

  54. de la rosa

    March 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    does Adora have a twin, the resemblance is 100%

  55. Bruno

    March 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    A lot of folks are just chatting classic prattle in here. Helen Paul’s outfit tops it for me (hair could be better anyway). Next are Biola Alabi, Adora, Joseph and a handful of other folks. Nigerians generally have a warped mentality. Always comparing their shows to Academy Awards, Oscars, Grammys and what not. Y’all need to be told that what suits the American or English folks would not necessarily suit you. And I doubt that y’all look any better, always quick to judge everything harshly but lacking anything better themselves.

    How could a right-thinking person say the Jara Show ain’t good enough? That’s one of the best shows on Africa Magic right now, much better than even Studio 53!

    Y’all should go get a life and quit weeping over other people’s successes. Sad sobs who never will celebrate their own. Nearly 90% of everyone in those pics looks good. But I guess sad folks never see anything good even in God Himself.
    And I’m referring to folks like swavroski, fact police, fashion police, kathryn cage, toluh, shuga, tiki, julit, jules, Nezerem,, and wini – yes, y’all should get a life.

    • Dejo

      February 29, 2012 at 12:25 am

      U must be blind, she looks the worst to me. Check out damilola adegbite.

  56. Bruno

    March 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I love Helen Paul’s dress … it’s my favourite, then Biola Alabi, Adora, Sylvia and a handful of others. Jara is a wonderful show, you guys rock!

  57. luch

    March 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Pls why is Mo-cheddah holding 2 microphones? one for rapping and the other for autotune- singing?and its like they’ve taken off the funmi holder pic cos i cant see it o!


    March 10, 2011 at 11:45 pm


  59. texsy

    March 18, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Didnt anyone see “salewa” of tinsel at all, OMG!, SHE SO CUTE!. so her real name is Tomi…

  60. daniel

    March 22, 2011 at 11:37 pm


  61. Kissa

    March 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I love the outfit Adora oleh you liking beautiful my girl.

  62. Eloho

    March 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    it seems everyone is ignoring MoCheddah! I don’t like what she’s wearing! she looks…. rough? lmao! Helen Paul that hair is so so so wrong! but the JARA show is not bad sha; the few times i watched it.

  63. hannah

    April 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    nice work

  64. David Wilson Ogbonna

    May 14, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I really appreciate you guys, the way you people showcase our actors, actresses, & musicians. Kudos to you all. Please, i will like to get an advice from you on the steps to take in building my records label, presently am working on setting up my recording studio by name earthquake studio in port-harcourt rivers state. Please i need your help.

  65. David Wilson Ogbonna

    May 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    How can i get some of your contacts. Thanks

  66. kevwe bob

    June 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Helen Paul look excellent on her dress & Omoni Oboli remember me of Africa Queen

  67. Femi Coker

    June 20, 2011 at 12:42 am

    African Magic Hausa and Yoruba what of Igbo?

  68. Bukola

    July 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Uti, i will be glad to see Halitin on your programme. I mean the one in big brother Africa last session.

  69. samson

    July 28, 2011 at 11:16 am

    nice work my people you are good keep it up oooooooooooooooooooooo

  70. ekene okolie

    August 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    hi uti i always watch ur tv show and like it. can ur program come to my comming marriege on 7 january2012. if is posible pls contact me on my email or call+27739681541.thanks.

  71. thandy okolie

    August 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    hi UTI

  72. thandy okolie

    August 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    hi UTI .Iam one of your fan from bigbrother house and also to jara i like the way you present the show.and i will be glad if you may come to proggram my coming white wedding on the 7 january 2012.your presents will be highly appriciated.thanks.

  73. judith okafor

    August 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

    hi Uti and Aunty Helen, i love your program and i also try my possible best not to miss it at any cost. please can you guys interview my favorite actress by name, Nkiru Slyvernus plzzzzzzz i beg of u. thanks

  74. mafor shaleen

    August 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Hi Uti-Helen, hurray!!! to u guys 4 the marvelous job u re doing. U really make my day each time i watch your show.
    From Cameroon.

  75. rissa86

    August 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Please Helen , I love you, but why are you desperately trying to compete with super woman, that dress is totally very unfit for TV. Don’t ever wear it again even in your house. Sylvia, you do not have the body for that dress, you are pretty and do not need to prove a point by exposing all your assets tubes/corsets is not meant to look so suffocating, abeg next time cover up. We don’t have to bare it all to look acceptable…….Uti looks on point and so do the others.

  76. gee

    August 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Uti and Helen……. waoooooo just cant stop loving them good jobs guys.. but i love Helen more by the way is she married?

  77. kathleen

    September 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    waho u guys are too mush ooh.i am kathleen from cameroon and i love ur program it is good keep up.i am a writer and i need an editor or director to help me out.pls just inform the actors and actresse who would like to hepl me,this is my emial write me if the is any [email protected].i will be waiting.once again keep it up with ur program.helen i love u even u otti.GOD bless u all.

  78. ijese alao

    November 3, 2011 at 1:52 am

    helen humm,pleasey ooo no even try get marry bcos i too like you.even if u born seven i go still marry you ooo..

  79. ijese alao

    November 3, 2011 at 1:56 am

    uti hope you neva finish that money wey dey give us.bcos during the program i dey follow you with prayer…gud jobs guys

  80. mara kenjy

    November 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    dese pics r jst too kul. uti nwanchukwu, joseph benjamin, helen paul, dami adegbite and sylvia udeogu, u guyz luk kul.

  81. TUNDESCO4u

    November 20, 2011 at 10:33 am


  82. Ekele Solomon

    February 4, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    hi jara am the award tallest boy i want to use this opportunity to showcase my life style. 08132073943

  83. okoye chisom

    February 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    hi jara,no comments.But hope to trade with u guyz someday.

  84. Chy joy

    March 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Dear uti nd helen, u 2 ar doin gud in jara tv. I misssssssss it soooooooo much. Jst wish i’ll hv a tv with cable station in skl hia so as 2 watch it. Cnt wait 2 go bk home… I miss u guys, kip it up. CHILUV

  85. sara fiadjo

    March 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    i will remember you

  86. nana ama

    March 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    jara is the best on the continent at the moment,keep it locked guys…..!

  87. posh

    April 18, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Whyyyy helen pls dnt eva wear that dress again…..I like d way uti parks his hair…d rest were just there jare

  88. zaynab

    June 23, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I lov u guyz,u oll luk so cute with ur outfit,I hop in da nx five years u patronise ma own boutique.

  89. Samuel Dinini

    July 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Hellen Paul u r too much I love ur style

  90. Samuel Dinini

    July 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Jara Team keep the show goning, u guys re doing a Great Job

  91. dewhite tawo

    August 18, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    you guys are really challenging and amazing, i will like to join the jara

  92. lashe gloria kaura

    September 10, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    i luv d jara crew.uti nd helen u guys r great

  93. lashe gloria kaura

    September 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    helen iluv dt outfit

  94. kaura gloria

    September 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    uti nd helen 9ice one

  95. Anonymous

    October 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Uti and helen want to comment on d great job u guys are doing,but want u guys to be more real in ur presentation,reason been that when you bring artist on air d whole essence is for viewers at home to watch. There real life,but oftentimes u don’t ask d real question, u ask things like Genevieve or Dominic ,plssssssssssss jara tv ask real life issues and not a nonsense question pls look into it

  96. junior fonsho Isaac

    November 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Hey Uti n Helen , in fact u guys toooo tooo much ohh. very great presentation.
    just to say congrats n keep up for ur fans look up to u.


    April 24, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    i would like to applaud the efforts of the jara team, because our movies need all the media support they can get especially on a platform like multi-choice to help push out our local content and set an expected standard of our movies.

  98. Studdy

    September 25, 2021 at 5:01 pm


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