P.M. NEWS Nigeria » DSTV http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:44:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Africa Magic Launches Igbo Channel http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/20/africa-magic-launches-igbo-channel/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/20/africa-magic-launches-igbo-channel/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 11:32:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=233695 Funsho Arogundade

In line with its ongoing development strategy, Africa Magic, has announced the launch of a new channel, Africa Magic Igbo.

The new 24-hour general entertainment channel, following the success of the Africa Magic Hausa and Yoruba channels, is designed to showcase the rich Igbo culture of Nigeria.

Africa Magic Igbo will go on air from 2 April and will be available on DStv channel 159.

The launch of Africa Magic Igbo, which brings to eight the total number of Africa Magic channels, follows the redefinition of the Africa Magic channels in 2014 and the recent refreshing of the Africa Magic Urban channel.

Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional Director, M-Net (West Africa), speaking on the launch said the company was thrilled to announce the launch of the new channel.

“Igbo language entertainment content has always played a prominent role in the Nigerian film and television industry and we are glad to offer a platform where this rich content can be showcased to the rest of Africa and the world. With the launch of Africa Magic Igbo, we have once again proven our commitment to providing content made for Africa by Africans,” she said.

On his part, John Ugbe, Managing Director, Multichoice Nigeria, said with the launch of Africa Magic Igbo, the company has once again provided a platform for African talent to shine and viewers can definitely expect to see the best of Igbo culture and talent on display.

“The channel will appeal to audiences in and outside Nigeria, as the Igbo language is also spoken in a number of other African countries like Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon. Our viewers can expect to see the best from renowned and exciting Igbo talents,” Ugbe said.

The first Africa Magic channel was launched in 2003 and more than 10 years later, the brand has expanded to include content dedicated to world class African entertainment programming.

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MTV Base To Send Nigerian Couple To London For Vals Treat http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/04/mtv-base-to-send-nigerian-couple-to-london-for-vals-treat/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/02/04/mtv-base-to-send-nigerian-couple-to-london-for-vals-treat/#comments Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:32:36 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=228860 Funsho Arogundade

Courtesy of MTV Base, one lucky Nigerian couple is set to enjoy a special treat this Valentine and get a trip to the city of London and exclusive access to see the Basketmouth Live in concert on Saturday, 14 February.

The lucky couple will be flown to London, courtesy Virgin Atlantic to witness the concert holding at The Apollo Eventim, London. At the gig, fast rising Nigerian acts Wizkid, Patoranking and Olamide will also be performing.

Already, MTV Base has set up promo tagged #FromBaseWithLove for participants. To get a chance of winning this trip, viewers are to look out for the Basketmouth hosted promo on MTV Base (Channel 322 on DStv), take a kiss selfie with it in the background and send to @mtvbaseafrica on Twitter & Instagram with the  Hashtag #FromBaseWithLove. The best kiss selfie will be selected and the lucky couple will get a chance to attend the London concert and also feature in the programme, “A Day in the Life: Basketmouth”, which will premiere on Tuesday, 17 March on MTV Base.

The #FromBaseWithLove competition, which started running from 28 January, will end on 10 February and a winner will be announced on 11 February.

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Zee World Debuts On DStv, GOtv http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/30/zee-world-debuts-on-dstv-gotv/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/30/zee-world-debuts-on-dstv-gotv/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:07:40 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=228286 Bolatito Adebola

India-based content giant Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is set to debut in Nigeria with its new channe known as ZEE WORLD.

The channel is launching on GOtv Plus and DStv on 3 February and will offer a range of scintillating shows, which will grow in variety by the end of 2015.

Dr Subhash Chandra, ZEEL Chairman, in a message stated: “We want you to become a part of our growing family. Our aim is to bring authentic and entertaining content to the world stage. And that’s not an exaggeration – ZEEL’s 33 channels reach more than 730 million viewers across 169 countries. Zee World’s content is for everyone.”

Same sentiment was echoed by John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria.

“We want to keep giving our customers more entertainment choices. Zee World is a great general entertainment channel filled with shows from India, which will appeal not only to our Indian customers but our broader DStv customer base.”

The channel will offer nail-biting reality TV, bittersweet Bollywood dramas and kiddies shows.

Kicking off the Zee World launch will be four award-winning series: Saloni, Laali, Married Again, The Promise as well as a myriad of blockbuster Bollywood movies.

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ARISE NEWS launches on DSTV, GOTV http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/24/arise-news-launches-on-dstv-gotv/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/01/24/arise-news-launches-on-dstv-gotv/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:35:17 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=227706 MultiChoice has announced the launch of a new global news and entertainment channel, ARISE NEWS on DStv and GOtv.

ARISE NEWS will be on DStv channel 416 and GOtv channel 44 respectively, and will join other global news channels such as CNN, BBC, SKY News, CCTV, Al Jazeera, CNBC and Bloomberg on the MultiChoice platforms.

ARISE NEWS will deliver international news and entertainment to global audiences, 24 hours a day, seven days a week across all platforms and celebrates diverse communities in all continents including all that is African
and Afropolitan, according to a statement by Multichoice and Arise News owners.

Managing Director, MultiChoice, John Ugbe said on the launch of ARISE NEWS, “We are glad to welcome ARISE NEWS to our bouquet of news channels on both DStv and GOtv. We have demonstrated over the years our support of ‘Africanness’. And what better way to prove this than to celebrate as ARISE NEWS comes home to Africa through
our network. We have no doubt that uptake will be immediate, owing to its success across countries and continents for their immediacy in breaking news about world events.”

Nduka Obaigbena , Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of ARISE NEWS said: Today ARISE NEWS comes home to Africa by launching for the first time on African platforms following on its very successful launch in over 80 countries and territories including the United Kingdom, West, East and Central Europe, Middle East, North Africa and the United States telling the stories and experiences of underserved communities especially of the African continent while covering issues of the day and world events that matter.

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Lilian Afegbai Emerges Face Of Multichoice http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/19/lilian-afegbai-emerges-face-of-multichoice/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/12/19/lilian-afegbai-emerges-face-of-multichoice/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:19:08 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=223400 Bolatito Adebola

Lilian Afegbai, one of the Nigerian reps at the recently held Big Brother Hotshots, has emerged the Face of Multichoice West Africa.

Sources disclosed that the actress and model, who starred in some episodes of Tinsel and one of Diamond Bank’s campaign, would be endorsing some of the top campaigns of Multichoice as well as M-Net, GoTV and DsTV.

When confirming the deal, Lilian said:  “It is a great thing to have been chosen as the Face of Multichoice West Africa. My contributions during the Big Brother Hotshots must have played a key role in this move. But I can tell you there are more things which I’m working on at the moment.”

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EPL Content Sharing: Fans Wants Nigeria To Emulate Kenya http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/epl-content-sharing-fans-wants-nigeria-to-emulate-kenya/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/17/epl-content-sharing-fans-wants-nigeria-to-emulate-kenya/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 19:22:37 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=216507 Diego Costa

Football fans in the country have urged authorities in Nigeria to take a cue from Kenya where there is sharing of the exclusive rights to air English Premier League (EPL) with local high-end games.

More than ever before, the need to break the EPL right owner’s monopoly in Nigeria for a free-to-air arrangement has arisen. The Kenyans would readily explain how beneficial the steps they took in this direction have been and “this can also happen in Nigeria if the government through Nigeria Broadcasting Commission, NBC, could yield to the yearning of the people, at least by allowing it to be on free-to-air channels,” said Mr. Biodun Owoeye, a sports consultant in Lagos.

To the Manager of Glory Babes Football Club of Ibadan, Oyo State, Mr. Femi Akinoye, “it will be cheering news if there is healthy competition in the broadcast of EPL matches by both DStv and the local broadcasters; the market is lucrative because we have a large numbers of followers of English football in Nigeria. I’m sure everybody will have its share of the expected profit and more importantly breaking some unwarranted monopolistic tendencies which will be a great service to the Nigerian economy.”

Mr. Lekan Sorungbe also shared the sentiment of Glory Babes’ manager, he said: “If the rumour making the rounds that La Liga and other leagues will soon be on free-to-air channels in Nigeria, it would be healthy for EPL to follow suit”.

It is on record that EPL teeming fans in Nigeria were able to watch some of the previous EPL matches courtesy of the free-to-air deal. This is a pointer to the fact that, if EPL is not careful if would lose its viewers to other leagues.

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The variety that make GOtv contents tick http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/01/the-variety-that-make-gotv-contents-tick/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/10/01/the-variety-that-make-gotv-contents-tick/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:54:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=214218 GOtv

The longing of most Nigerians, particularly low–income earners, for premium television programmes, with clear visual and audio was fulfilled with the introduction of low-cost digital terrestrial pay television (DTT) service providers over three years ago.

In October 2011, GOtv was launched using the more modern digital video broadcast technology II, known as, DBV-T2, prescribed by the regulator for the digital migration. A year after, the exotic channels offered on GOtv platform and enhanced by high picture quality and clear audio made the brand very popular with Nigerians. This translated into a rush for GOtv boxes across the country.

In a bid to make its services accessible by different categories of people in the mass market, two bouquet types – GOtv with 28 channels, and GOtv Plus 41 channels – were introduced. The bouquet types meant that more channels than the initial 27 channels had been created without any price increase.

These choices, while increasing the volume of indigenous programmes subscribers can watch on the two bouquet types, made GOtv a favourite brand for family entertainment on the digital terrestrial pay-TV platform.

The suite of AfricaMagic Channels is an example. Nollywood movie buffs are treated to a variety of programmes that promote culture and tradition with the five AfricaMagic channels, namely Africa Magic Family, Africa Magic (Hausa), Africa Magic(Yoruba), Africa Magic Epic Movies, and Africa Magic World. These channels have so far become the most veritable culture export for Nigeria and Nigerian films.

Apart from movies, sports, a popular content to a wider audience, enjoys huge prominence on the GOtv channels menu. GOtv’s sporting content is distinct for its SuperSport channels. The innovative state-of-the-art Supersport studio which offers pre, interlude, and post-match analysis from seasoned sports personalities is second to none and part of GOtv’s winning ways.

Studio guests, including ex-football players, like Victor Ikpeba, Daniel Amokachi, Dosu Joseph, Peter Rufai, Etim Esin, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, Mutiu Adepoju, to mention but a few are a delight to watch on GOtv SuperSport channel.

By this alone, subscribers on the GOtv platform have access to superb off-field excitement, with scintillating dialogue from some of Nigeria’s cherished football idols. As feature guests, viewers are reunited to their favourite football stars, some of who have become shorn of public attention, in a rather affectionate way.

Telemundo, another exclusive 24-hour Telenovela channel on GOtv, has grabbed a large audience among the female folk. Launched in August 2013, this channel has taken Nigeria by storm, including notable celebrities. One of such is popular on-air-personality of Cool FM in Lagos, Freeze, who confessed to have been captivated by this channel.

Freeze couldn’t be quiet about it, as he recounted episodes of Forbidden Passions, one of the Telenovelas aired on GOtv earlier this year.

Subscribers with fervour for secular and gospel music are not unlikely to have them in sufficient doses. GOtv’s six local and international music channels make the brand the only DTT pay-TV to offer the most channels in the programme genre.

Revolutionary music channel, Channel O, has helped indigenous music artistes gain considerable mileage across African countries, just as the Africa Magic channels to actors and film producers. The rise from local stardom to international superstars of a few of Nigerian singers, including red carpet reception by heads of government in few African countries where they have performed, will not go without a mention of how vigorously Channel O publicises their music across the continent.

Something for the kids? GOtv offers four entertaining and educative kiddies channels, namely Nickelodeon, Disney Junior, JimJam and Channel ED. Channel ED comes as a knowledge enhancer for teenagers, dwelling on new developments in science, technology, and general interests.

While GOtv’s foreign news channels, like CNN and Aljazeera, keep viewers informed with up-to-date news and happenings around the world, documentary channels like NatGeo Wild and Discovery World, have spurred a bond of sorts with subscribers. Other channels, like Mnet Movies Zone, PRTV, Sony Entertainment, BET, E! Entertainment, MTV Base, HipTv, TBN, Islam channel among others, show GOtv’s gravitas as a choice family entertainment pay-tv.

In its belief of being a prime aggregator of premium television content, the GOtv brand has confidently invited scrutiny and attestation from subscribers, journalists and industry experts through various fora initiated by it.

One of such was the content showcase held last year to commemorate GOtv’s second anniversary in Nigeria, and through which the brand publicised its rich content to the admiration of the attendees, largely journalists.

Delightedly, GOtv General Manager, Elizabeth Amkpa, at the event, lauded the brand for “bringing subscribers television that is all about quantity and quality.”

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I’m Not Gay, Says BBA Winner http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/im-not-gay-says-bba-winner/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/21/im-not-gay-says-bba-winner/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:15:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207995 The 2010 winner of Big Brother Africa (BBA), Uti Nwachukwu, has said that he is neither gay nor in relationships with older women.

Nwachukwu, who is also a co-presenter of ‘Jara,’ a showbiz programme on Multi-Choice’s Dstv, said this on NET, an online entertainment platform and described such stories as “nothing but bad press.”

“In Nigeria, once you are young in the entertainment industry and you are doing well, the next thing they tag you with is that you are either dating an older woman or that you are gay,” he said.

•Uti Nwachukwu

•Uti Nwachukwu

He, however, admitted that he was in a relationship but with a young lady and said, “I am a very passionate person; when I love, I do more than the average person.

“I could be a bit possessive and all that.”

On his experience in Big Brother All Stars, he said that the reality show was a platform that helped to correct the mistakes he made in BBA 3, in which he was a contestant.

“Big Brother Africa 3 was easy but I was lucky to get a second chance. For BBA All Stars, they didn’t just bring back anybody; they brought back the best from Seasons 1- 4.

“These were people who had come out of the show and people had pointed out their mistakes to them.

“I won’t lie by saying I didn’t have my own strategies,” Nwachwukwu said.

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GOtv Extends Signals To Ilesa, Ede, Iseyin http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/16/gotv-extends-signals-to-ilesa-ede-iseyin/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/08/16/gotv-extends-signals-to-ilesa-ede-iseyin/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:38:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=207251 Funsho Arogundade

GOtv Decoder

GOtv Decoder

During its recent launch in Abeokuta, Ogun State, GOtv announced that it will be embarking on a rapid roll-out across Nigeria in readiness for the digital migration.

Living up to this promise, the company on Monday 11 August, switched on its signals in Ilesa and Ede in Osun State, and Iseyin, Oyo State, further deepening its penetration in those South West States.

“With GOtv now live in Ilesa, Ede and Iseyin, TV lovers in 24 major cities across Nigeria now have a trusted partner in GOtv to enable them join in the digital TV revolution. Using the latest DVB-T2 technology, GOtv delivers digital quality sound and a crystal clear picture, enhancing viewing,” said Elizabeth Amkpa, general manager GOtv.

GOtv is a digital pay television offering on the Digital Terrestrial Television platform with its services provided by the subscriber management company MultiChoice.

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Helen Paul bags a brace with Globacom, Multichoice deals http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/25/helen-paul-bags-a-brace-with-globacom-multichoice-deals/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/06/25/helen-paul-bags-a-brace-with-globacom-multichoice-deals/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:10:26 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=200249 Helen Paul

Helen Paul

Versatile and multiple award winning entertainer, Helen Paul, has joined the brand ambassadors of telecommunications giant, Globacom.

She signed a mouth-watering endorsement deal worth several millions of naira in May, but was only made official this week.

Helen, who is famously known as Tatafo on radio, also signed an endorsement deal with GoTV, a cable television station owned by Multichoice.

Bayo Adetu, her publicist, confirmed that she signed the two endorsement deals, but declined to give further details.

“Yes, Helen Paul is now a Globacom ambassador and she is extremely happy about it, just as anybody in her shoes would be. Glo is a massive brand everybody loves to be associated with,” Adetu stated.

The petite and pretty comedienne is also reputed for her singing, acting and dancing prowess. She also does compere, playwright and journalism flawlessly.

Best known as a stand-up comedienne and also as Tatafo. As Tatafo her style is quirky and spontaneous but most staggering is she speaks like a 10-year old kid.

Helen Paul is a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Lagos. Currently she co-hosts M-Net Africa Magic’s “JARA”, a programme that provides fans and viewers generally with inside scoops of Nollywood –the movies, the actors/actresses, directors, producers, interviews, countdown of different categories of the who-is-who in the Industry and behind-the-scenes clips.

She also doubles as the anchor of two radio programmes; Tatafo Gist on Naija FM and Comedy Drive Time With Tatafo on Metro FM every Fridays and Mondays respectively.

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Osas Ighodaro, IK To Host 2014 AMVCA http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/02/14/osas-ighodaro-ik-to-host-2014-amvca/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/02/14/osas-ighodaro-ik-to-host-2014-amvca/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:54:29 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=186184 As the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) approaches, the trio of IK Osakioduwa, Osas Ighodaro and Vimbai Mutinhiri have been announced as anchors of the proposed event billed to hold in Lagos on Saturday, 8 March 2014.

The event will be aired live on DStv and GOtv to over 50 countries on the continent.

•Osas Ighodaro

•Osas Ighodaro

Biola Alabi, M-Net Africa’s managing director said IK and Vimbai did a tremendous job of hosting the inaugural AMVCA and the company is confident that with the addition of Osas, this dynamic team will once more keep the exciting and fast-paced live event running smoothly.

She added that with more viewer voted categories, the new launch of the New Era Awards and sensational new stage, the latest edition of these awards should be bigger and better.

Scores of African film and TV stars are expected to add glamour to the glittering industry showcase.

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Nick Mutuma Joins Mashariki Mix http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/01/24/nick-mutuma-joins-mashariki-mix/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/01/24/nick-mutuma-joins-mashariki-mix/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:45:50 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=183339 Things are undoubtedly looking great for Nick Mutuma this year as he lands yet another job as a host for Mashariki Mix, a popular lifestyle show aired on DStv’s Africa Magic.

•Nick Mutuma

•Nick Mutuma

Nick is no stranger to the camera and to the industry. He has featured in the popular MTV series Shuga, Tabasamu a local Kenyan drama series, Changes, an M-Net series, and is also a radio presenter.

“I am grateful to M-Net for giving me this opportunity to speak to a Pan African audience. I have always looked up to M-Net and I am very excited to be a part of the family,” he said.

Mashariki Mix is a 30-minute weekly lifestyle series that takes viewers on a spectacular journey: Holiday destinations, exciting places to shop, access to VIP parties, updates on the leading fashion brands, state-of-the-art tech gadgetry to trendy hotspots and dynamic lifestyles.

The contemporary magazine show also profiles personalities in the East Africa region and beyond with a wide range of activities from musicians and models to television divas and business icons.

Mutuma will now join gorgeous Sarah Hassan for the latest in the entertainment scene across the continent.

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Calabar Carnival Goes On Air Live In 40 African Countries http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/12/22/calabar-carnival-goes-on-air-live-in-40-african-countries/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/12/22/calabar-carnival-goes-on-air-live-in-40-african-countries/#comments Sun, 22 Dec 2013 15:50:14 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=180519

Calabar Carnival, one of Nigeria’s cultural showpiece events, will be beamed to over 40 countries on the continent this December courtesy of Multichoice Nigeria.

P.M.NEWS learnt that MultiChoice will be screening the Carnival, considered the biggest multi-dimensional tourism and entertainment programme in West Africa, to DStv subscribers across the continent via the dedicated channel 199 from Thursday 26 to Tuesday 31 December.

John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, said that DStv is the place to be this festive season for non-stop entertainment.

Illustration: participants at Lagos carnival. Images like this in Cross Rivers to go live on DSTV

Illustration: participants at Lagos carnival. Images like this in Cross Rivers to go live on DSTV

He explained that DStv’s coverage of the showpiece event follows its long line of partnership with host communities to promote local initiatives with the underlining theme of exporting the best from Africa to the rest of the continent and beyond.

“We choose this festive season to remind Nigerians of their roots and to serenade them with some indigenous and special centrepiece events that are packaged to leave lasting memories in their hearts. Of course, our support for initiatives of this nature underline our commitment to the promotion of the best that Nigeria and indeed Africa, has to offer,” Ugbe said.

MCN boss added that a magazine-style package of the best moments from previous editions of the Calabar Carnival spiced with live coverage will be on the cards for the benefit of viewers on DStv Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium subscribers.

The Annual Calabar Festival, tagged “Africa’s Biggest Street Party”, is a month long celebration when the city plays host to the world, welcoming visitors to sample its culture and seasonal festivities.

It began with a tree lighting ceremony on the 30 November and will culminate with an interdenominational service on 1 January 2014.

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I Started Hip Hop World With N1000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/11/22/i-started-hip-hop-world-with-n1000/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/11/22/i-started-hip-hop-world-with-n1000/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:56:27 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=178158 Ayo Animashaun, CEO of Smooth Promotions, the mother company to The Headies, Hip On TV and Hiphopworld, has added another brand to his stable: HipTV, a new 24 hours cable channel on DStv and GOtv. In a chat with FUNSHO AROGUNDADE, Animashaun spoke about the newest channel 

Congrats on the final launch of HipTV.

Thanks so much. It is a dream come true. We have been planning and doing this consistently for over seven years now. This whole project started with N1000 a long time ago. So I can say I am a happy man. HipTV is a channel that will do Nigeria proud, and make us all proud to be Nigerians. It will offers rich content on news, events, documentaries, rotations, red carpet events, features, interviews and many more. HipTV will not just be about our own local content. Wherever things are happening, we will be there because we are going to be showing in over 40 countries in Africa. Even though we know that when the subject is music in Africa, Nigeria dominates. But we will respect other countries that will tune in to see us. You wouldn’t want to hold or buy a good picture and not see yourself, if you have a good picture the first thing you want to see is yourself.

How would you describe the channel?

It is a music and lifestyle channel. It is also an urban contemporary channel.

Including a bit of sport?

You are not going to see soccer matches and all that on HipTV but we are going to be showing content about celebrities and things that fit into the profile of what we are trying to do. But we will also be doing behind the scene of a lot of sporting events. For example, we were at the last Nations Cup not to cover the matches but all the fun and entertainment surrounding the matches. We did more of the behind the scene. And come next year by the grace of God we are going to be at the next World Cup in Brazil and we will be showing a lot of behind the scene at the world cup.

•Ayo Animashaun

•Ayo Animashaun

What then would be your unique selling point?

We have put in a lot of work and I love what we have done when I watch HipTV and I hope people out there are going to say we have done a good job.  We are not going to be playing music videos, there is going to be more to it because a lot of people are already doing that. There is a programme called “Flip Sides”. In this programme, we reveal the other sides of our celebrities. There are so many things you won’t believe our artistes do apart from music: For example, not many people know that Banky W is a fantastic cook. He goes to the market and shops for everything by himself. We didn’t find out this other side of him until we were in Brazil together. M.I is a fantastic basketballer. He played in high school. There are so many other things that some music video channels won’t reveal to you, and that is what HipTV is all about. We are going to give you a lot of behind the scenes of music videos. Even when we play music videos, they are always going to be different because we are not just going to show you the videos, you will have to see something different and refreshing.  I hate talking too much, but I hope that at the end of the day people will like the channel.

Who are your core target?

We are a servant in the industry and there are many other servants serving the industry.  We have chosen our own market and tested our own means. The people in the age bracket of 16 to 35 are our core target.

How much has this project cost you?

Like some people would say that Nigerians don’t like discussing figures and I won’t be an exception. But to tell you, I would say we have invested a lot of money, time and energy into this project. To me figures are not important; sometimes you will even have a lot of money and not know what to do with it. So it is not about figures to me but about the passion, the drive the dream being able to deliver on such a huge platform. We have invested in other areas especially the time, energy and focus that we share as a company, and by extension, our partners. The chances and opportunities we have had over the years, all these mean more to us than the figures. Anybody can just put money on the table to go and deliver and you won’t be able to deliver without your partners.

What are the challenges you faced bringing the channel on air?

I can’t be telling you the obvious challenges everyone faces here in Nigeria which majorly is power issues. We have been running online for over a year now but no matter how well you prepare, something will always crop up. For example, we have two generators and an inverter to support it, but you would be shocked that sometimes both generators and the inverter would not work. It can get that crazy, so one can’t be too prepared. So you just have to put in everything and be strategic in your preparation. That is one of the reasons why our main server is not stationed here in Nigeria.  Our main server is in London, which is where we are operating from. In the U.K you hardly experience power failure. What we do here is to mostly schedule our content and work flow, even when we run live content; it goes straight to our server in London and stream from over our server to different homes. We also know that cost is the major element in making sure we produce good programmes. You will hire people, pay their salaries and all that, we want to be able to drive this project through.

How have you been coping running all these brands under Smooth Promotions?

I have to be sincere with you, it is not easy. But what I have learnt over the years is to trust people. I have a workforce that is so dedicated and so focused. I noticed that when other people share in your dream and passion, and are able to make a living out of it, they wouldn’t let it suffer because if it suffers, we are all going to suffer.  So what I have done is not to make myself the Alpha and Omega of everything that is happening here. I can’t definitely do everything. All I can do is to supervise, train my people to know the dos and don’ts, understand the values and ethics of the company, create a manual for them and believe they are going to do the job. I correct them once in a while when they make mistakes and try and bring the passion and vision to them, so that they can take it serious.

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HipTV Launches 24-Hour DSTV Channel http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/06/hiptv-launches-24-hour-dstv-channel/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/06/hiptv-launches-24-hour-dstv-channel/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:32:14 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=171325 •Ayo Animashaun

•Ayo Animashaun

Smooth Promotions, the producers of Hip TV, the urbane music and lifestyle show, has announced the launch of a full-fledged 24-hour channel on the DSTV platform.

Ayo Animashaun, founder and executive producer of Hip TV, said the launch of the new channel will be a major development for the popular entertainment brand. And on its launch, the new channel will broadcast to over 40 countries in Africa.

“We have worked on this for years and I am humbled, grateful, excited, nervous, and fulfilled that we are finally going to deliver our own channel, a 100 percent Nigerian property to the world.  At Smooth Promotions, we have a mandate to deliver the best possible content to our audiences on all platforms…And after six years, it’s gratifying to be able to say you will soon be able to tune in to our own proudly Nigerian channel,” he said.

Animashaun, who set up the Hip Hop World brand in 1995 at age 25, explained that the coming of Hip TV Channel is more than a dream come true. The channel, he added, will combine news, trends and lifestyle reporting, with the regular programming Hip TV has come to be known for.

His words: “We’re keeping all the regulars, all the segments like Dead Curious, Hip TV Specials, I thought you knew, Caught Out there, and many others. But we’re also working day and night to finish out new concepts that will titillate.”

Hip TV was founded in 2007, as a broadcast platform for Hip Hop World Magazine, the most respected music magazine on the continent. It is expected to go live later this year, after a launch event with details to be announced soon.

The core target of the channel ranges from 16-40, and its studios will be located in Lagos and London, with roving reporters and analysts around the world.

–Funsho Arogundade

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M-Net Launches Silver Screening http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/04/m-net-launches-silver-screening/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/09/04/m-net-launches-silver-screening/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:04:00 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=171150 M-Net Movies, the popular movie channels on DStv, is taking the subscribers’ movie experience beyond their home couch to the cinemas as the channel recently launched the Silver Screening at the Filmhouse Cinemas, Surulere, Lagos, with the movie, We Are The Millers.

In partnership with Filmhouse Cinemas and Silverbird Cinemas, M-Net Movies will be giving away tickets to the pre-screening of newly released Hollywood blockbuster movies in Nigeria.

And this means that before some big Hollywood titles are screened in Nigerian cinemas, lucky movie-lovers and their companions will be able to view them first.

Pierre Cloete, Director, M-Net and M-Net Movies Channels, said: “The M-Net Movies Silver Screening aligns perfectly with M-Net Movies’ mission to provide exciting and entertaining movie experiences to viewers. We trust that these events will become a compulsory monthly calendar highlights for fans of the movies,” Cloete said.

The M-Net Movies Silver Screening is open to DStv subscribers on all bouquets, reinforcing its position as the home of movie firsts in Africa.

M-Net Movies Silver Screenings will be held at least once a month, depending on the number of big titles released in a particular month.

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Satellite Broadcast Pirate arrested in Kano. http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/27/satellite-broadcast-pirate-arrested-in-kano/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/08/27/satellite-broadcast-pirate-arrested-in-kano/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:32:26 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=170659 Ayo Oluokun/Abuja

Operatives of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have arrested a man in Kano, northern Nigeria, over his alleged involvement in digital satellite broadcast piracy.

The man, identified as Tope Ajayi was picked up by operatives of EFCC from his apartment located at 26 Link Bawo Road in Hausawa area of Kano following intelligence report.

Over 100 decoders and other computer gadgets were recovered from his server room by operatives of the Commission during a search on his apartment.

Ajayi who claimed to have worked with Skye Bank Plc is said to be a major digital satellite broadcast pirate. He is alleged to have a server that links up with a server in China and an unknown Internet Service Provider, ISP, somewhere in Europe or the United State of America.

The suspect is also alleged to be engaged in illegal importation, selling and distribution of pirate devices popularly known as Dungle which enables subscribers to have free access to Multichoice satellite signals across West and Central Africa.

According to Mr Frikkie Jonker, Senior Anti-Piracy Manager, Multichoice, Ajayi’s server is considered strong as it controls its counterpart server in China and distributes satellite signals to a host of West African and Central African countries including Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya Uganda and Benin Republic .

It was also revealed that the suspect had been extracting control words from multichoice cards in Nigeria and sending same to a server in China which is connected to an ISP server placed somewhere in Europe or America.

Jonker, who expressed his gratitude to the EFCC for the arrest, described the scam as one of the biggest in recent time.

Ajayi will be arraigned in court when investigation is concluded.

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Omotoso, Jacobs, Blecher’s Otelo win Big at AMVCA http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/10/omotoso-jacobs-blechers-otelo-win-big-at-amvca/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/10/omotoso-jacobs-blechers-otelo-win-big-at-amvca/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 13:28:26 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=156811 Olu Jacobs, middle, with his award

Olu Jacobs, middle, with his award


Nigeria’s Akin Omotoso may not have earned recognition from the Jury in the Best Movie Overall category, but he was a big winner on Saturday night as his movie “Man On Ground” claimed four awards, including “Best Movie Director” at the inaugural AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards ceremony held at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.

Omotoso’s flick, which is based on the xenophobic riots that broke out in South Africa in May 2008, also picked up gongs for Best Cinematographer (Paul Michelson), Best Picture Editor (Aryan Kaganof) and Best Sound Editor (Michael Botha and Joel Assaizky).

South African Sara Blecher also shared the honour as the night’s big winner with four awards as her drama film “Otelo Burning” walked away with the coveted Best Movie Overall, a repeat of her feat at the African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, last year. The film she claimed took her eight years to produce also bagged the awards for Best Art Director, Best Make-up Artist and Best Lighting Designer.

Nigeria’s Obi Emelonye trailed with three awards for his 2011 movie “The Mirror Boy”. He walked home with Best Movie (Drama), Best Writer (Drama) and Best Costume Designer (Ngozi Obazi).

South African director Tim Greene’s second film “Skeem’ walked away with two awards-Best Movie Comedy and Best Writer Comedy.

Other winners include Mercy Johnson (Best Actress-Comedy) for her role in Dumebi-The Dirty Girl; Hafiz Oyetoro (Best Actor-Comedy) for “House a Part”.

But the king and queen of the first-ever AMVCAs were OC Ukeje and Jackie Appiah, who won Best Actor and Best Actress respectively for their individual roles in “Two Brides And A Baby” and “Best Picture”.

Accomplished actor Olu Jacobs was recognised as the first ever recipient of AMVCAs “Industy Merit Award”.

In his acceptance speech, Jacobs, accompanied to the event by his wife, actress Joke Silva, said with the award presented to him by his old friend and veteran actress, Taiwo Ajai-Lycet, he was now convinced that he has been doing things right in his career. The 71 year old actor recalled how he left Nigeria without the blessing of his parents for Britain in the 1960s and his struggles through the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, England.

Also recognised was fast rising young actress, Ivie Okujaye who was named the ‘Trailblazer of the year”.

The glamorous ceremony had Diezani Allison-Madueke, Minister for Petroleum Resources, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan and two other ministers- Edem Duke (Tourism and Culture) and Olusegun Aganga (Trade and Investment).

In his goodwill message at the event, President Jonathan appreciated the organisers of the awards ceremony, MNet Africa and MultiChoice, for putting up such wonderful ceremony to reward and celebrate talents from across the length and breadth of Africa. He assured all of his administration’s continual support for the creative industry to attain its full potential of providing entertainment and employment for millions of people in Nigeria and Africa.

One of the highlights of the night was when ace filmmaker, Tunde Kelani mounted the podium to receive the award for Best Local Language Yoruba, which he won with his latest film “Maami”. In his acceptance speech, kelani, expressed delight for the category that recognised that of ‘indigenous African expression’ especially Yoruba language spoken by over 35 million people in Nigeria, Africa and those in the Diaspora. He said as a matter of fact, it is erroneous to described it as a local language. “Who said Yoruba is a local language? Local Ko, local ni,” Kelani said to the bemused audience.

Speaking with P.M.News after the event, Biola Alabi, MD, M-Net Africa, said it has been a night of huge excitement and emotion. “It’s been a true celebration of African film and television, a fitting platform for the stars of our continent, both in front and behind the cameras,” she said.

It was indeed an outstanding night of celebration with fantastic performers from some of Africa’s best, led by Femi Kuti who opened and closed the ceremony, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Iyanya and Kenya’s Sauti Sol. Also on stage was London-based Congolese stand-up comedian, Eddie Kadi.

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M-Net Africa Loses Studios To Strange Fire http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/03/m-net-africa-loses-studios-to-strange-fire/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/03/03/m-net-africa-loses-studios-to-strange-fire/#comments Sun, 03 Mar 2013 01:24:10 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=156066

The multi-million naira state-of-the-art MNet Africa studios in Ojota Lagos, Nigeria was gutted by a strange fire Saturday.

The fire, P.M.News gathered, started at around 3p.m and it destroyed all the equipment and studios including that of massive Tinsel, Supersports, Jara, Studio 53 and the live audience studio normally used for the Glo Naija Sings, all located within the Phillip Building before the arrival of men of the Fire Services.

The cause of the fire could not be ascertained. However, no life was lost during the incident.

MNET Studios: gutted by strange fire

MNET Studios: gutted by strange fire

Witnesses said the fire started at about 3 p.m in one of the studios and spread to three other studios owned by Multichoice and DSTV.

Mr Felix Awogu, the General Manager of Super Sports, told NAN that some of their workers were in the studio preparing to transmit live matches from Europe to some parts of Africa when the fire started.

“The fire incident would affect production of super sports to some African countries. We thank God that no life was lost. We appreciate the timely presence of the fire service from Lagos State.

“Four studios were affected. All equipment in those studios were all gone. It is most unfortunate, but nothing anybody could do about it. Thank God no life was lost,’’ Awogu said.

A Director with Phillips Company, the owner of the building, Mr Biodun Dickson, also told NAN that facilities destroyed by the fire would cost millions of dollars, stressing that about 1,000 jobs would be affected by the incident.

On his part, the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Rasak Fadipe, said that they got information about the fire at about 3.05pm, stressing that he immediately sent some men to the scene with tanker.

“When my men came, they discovered that employees of the companies affected have been trying to fight the fire, and it has gone beyond them before calling the service.

“I ordered for more men from Ilupeju, Isolo and Alausa. We had five trucks of water, including one with chemical. Each of the tankers contains about 10,000 litres of water. We have put out the fire.

“The fire was difficult to put out due to free burn materials used to build the studios. The facility has no hydrant point in the premises. There was no casualties or injuries recorded. We will investigate the possible cause of the fire,’’ Fadipe added.

But the magnitude of the loss, we learnt, actually dampened the spirit of the top executives of the multinational cable and satellite content company who are in the thick of preparations for the highly anticipated debut edition of the AfricaMagic Viewers Choice Awards, coming up next Saturday 9 March.

An official of the company who spoke to P.M.News last night gave an assurance the fire would not affect the continental awards.

.With additional reports by News Agency of Nigeria.
Updated 08.27 a.m Sunday

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AMVCA: Emelonye’s Mirror Boy Leads The Pack http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/02/01/amvca-emelonyes-mirror-boy-leads-the-pack/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2013/02/01/amvca-emelonyes-mirror-boy-leads-the-pack/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:30:37 +0000 http://pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=153211 By Funsho Arogundade

This year is off to an exciting start for the United Kingdom-based Nigerian filmmaker, Obi Emelonye, as his 2011 hit movie, Mirror Boy, led the way with 11 nominations at the first-ever AfricaMagic Viewers’ Choice Awards, AMVCA. This was revealed on 28 January during a special hour-long edition of lifestyle series, 53 Extra, held at the Porsche Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Though Mirror Boy leads other Nigerian productions on the nominations chart, the focus on the night was South African hit flick, Otelo Burning, which garnered 14 nominations, the highest.

Man on Ground, another Nigerian offering trailed with nine nominations, just in front of other titles scoring multiple nominations. These included Perfect Picture (8), Two Brides and a Baby (7), Maami (5) and Skeem (5).

Some of the most eagerly awaited categories also featured high profile nominees.

In the Best Actress In A Drama category, the nominees are Bubu Mazibuko, Genevieve Nnaji, Nolwazi Shange, Funke Akindele and Jackie Appiah. The Best Actress In A Comedy has Funke Akindele, Lilian Esoro and Mercy Johnson in the running. In the Best Actor In A Drama category, the nominees are Fabian Adeoye Lojede, O.C Ukeje, Kenneth Uphopho, Edward Kagutuzi and Jafta Mamabolo. Nominees for Best Actor in a Comedy are Hafiz Oyetoro, Kunle Bamtefa, Bovi Ugboma, Francis Odega and Ikhide Isaac.

In total, there were 110 nominees for 28 awards in 26 categories, chosen from 43 different productions from  Cameroun, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Viewers are expected to vote for winners, while others in 18 more technically focused categories will be selected by a panel of industry experts. The panel will also select the TrailBlazer of the Year, and the Industry Merit recipient, meant for a veteran industry professional whose long term contribution will be honoured.

Members of the panel are Femi Odugbemi, AMVCA Executive Judge; Allison Triegaardt, Armand-Guy de Beer, Bongiwe Selane, Deborah Odutayo, Ebou Waggeh, Eileen Sandrock, Njoki Muhoho, Phad Mutumba and Richard West.

The selection team will be joined by a South African accounting firm, SizweNtsalubaGobodo, which will also verify all winner results.

Biola Alabi, M-Net Africa Managing Director, said the organisers want the AMVCA to be transparent.  “We know that everyone associated with these awards must be diligent and conduct themselves with integrity during what are challenging, tough processes. At this time, I must also say that we are truly delighted with the list of nominees and we wish them all well. Roll on March, we couldn’t be more excited about the big night and promise TV audiences an event to remember,” she said.

Held in association with MultiChoice, and headline sponsor Amstel Malta, the AMVCA will recognise and reward excellence in African film and TV.

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