Africa Magic, Nigeria’s leading content provider of premium African entertainment, has ended its lifestyle magazine show, Studio 53 Extra, which has been on air for 10 years from July 1, 2010 and ceased broadcasting on April 20.
Studio 53 Extra — the 53 in the coinage representing the 53 countries that forms the African Union, showcased the best of Africa in fashion, food, destination travels, décor, music and the whole nine yards of lifestyle.
It was created as a spin-off of Studio 53, which was hosted by the dapper IK Osakioduwa and talented Kemi Adetiba, and each 30-minute episode offered a lavish serving of the finest things Africa has to offer.
A statement from Africa Magic quotes Channel Director, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu as saying: “It has been said that all good things must come to an end, and it’s been 10 great years of adventure.
“It brings us great sadness but as a business we continue to evolve and innovate in new directions.”
Studio 53 Extra was draped with a double dose of girl power with Dolapo Oni and Eku Edewor as co-pilots at its launch and featured all the most wanted glitz, glam and gists.
It also beamed its spotlight on the brightest shining stars and celebrities of the African fashion, music and showbiz arena.
The show was later revamped to ‘53 Extra’ a season after and continued to push its mandate in delivering the best of premium lifestyle on the continent and dish the inner scoops on the people and places making great impact in the world of African entertainment both home and abroad.
“We would like to thank everyone who worked on this production to make it a success, especially all the hosts, we appreciate the efforts and sacrifices made every week to turn in awesome episodes. And not leaving out the audience who tuned in every week,” Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu further said in the statement.
Over the years, new additions were added to the 53 Extra family with new co-hosts; Sika Osei and Ozzy Agu in 2014; Mawuli Gavor, Torah Olaiya and Amira Ibrahim Alfa in 2017 and Simi Drey in 2019.