P.M. NEWS Nigeria » DSTV http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:19:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 2015 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Competition Now Open http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/14/2015-dstv-eutelsat-star-awards-competition-now-open/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/14/2015-dstv-eutelsat-star-awards-competition-now-open/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 07:44:42 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=246094 Funsho Arogundade

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards in 2013

The 2015 edition of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is now open. The Awards, for all learners between the ages of 14 – 19, is open to all students from secondary (high) or combined schools in Africa where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations.

The participants are expected to write an essay or design a poster on how satellites have helped them to understand and take care of the planet. Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centres, the nearest MultiChoice office or copies can be downloaded from www.dstvstarawards.com. Entries may be prepared in English, French and Portuguese. The awards collateral will also be made available in 3 languages (English, French and Portuguese).

The competition closes on 5 November 2015 and only entries submitted on the prescribed entry form will be eligible.

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards comprises national and international adjudication. The first assessment of entries is at country level with a panel of local judges selecting country winners and runners-up who go through a round of preliminary judging which culminates in the selection of the final winners. A regional panel selects the top four entries. Last year the panel was chaired by the inspirational European Space Agency Astronaut, Paolo Nespoli, assisted by a panel of industry experts who commended the standard of the competition.

Country winners will receive exciting prizes and go on to compete against each other for the overall continental awards. The overall essay and poster winners are eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with the essay winner travelling onwards to witness a live rocket launch.

Runners up will win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice Africa. Schools attended by the overall winners will also receive a DStv installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in February 2016.

The Awards is part of the ongoing partnership between MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat since 1999. This pan-African collaboration has over the years created meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world.

Since its inception, the competition has drawn over a 3000 entries across the continent and has invigorated a passion for science amongst the younger generation.

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Celebrities grace launch of Do-Good, African Magic new sitcom http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/celebrities-grace-launch-of-do-good-african-magic-new-sitcom/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/07/08/celebrities-grace-launch-of-do-good-african-magic-new-sitcom/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 05:51:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=245405 Funsho Arogundade

Basorge Tariah, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Kate Henshaw and John Ugbe

Basorge Tariah, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Kate Henshaw and John Ugbe

On the night of Monday, 6 July, the Old Ballroom of the Oriental Hotel in Lagos buzzed with an extravagant display of colour, glitz and glamour as the entertainment industry’s finest came out to celebrate the launch of Africa Magic’s new sitcom, Do-Good.

Speaking at the launch, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional Director, M-Net West Africa, said Africa Magic is dedicated to creating and showcasing the best content made by Africans for Africa, in line with their investment strategy and long lasting relationship with the African entertainment industry.

“It is also in line with this that we are launching Do-Good, a first of its kind Pidgin-English sitcom airing on Africa Magic Urban, which promises to be a hit with comedy lovers across the continent,” Mba-Uzoukwu said.

She added: “It is an exciting time for Africa Magic as Do-Good marks a return to television for Kate Henshaw and Basorge Tariah Jnr. Many of you remember when they previously acted as Emem and Do-Good respectively in Candlelight, and the launch of Do-Good introduces these characters to old and new audiences alike, by telling an exciting and funny story of ambition and finding love. Our viewers should make sure to tune in and catch all the fun and humour that Do-Good brings to the screen.”

Do Good cast

Do Good cast

The show is the latest in the line of exciting content on Africa Magic channels like The Johnsons; Highlites with IK; Hotel Majestic and other viewer favourites like Tinsel, Jara, and 53 Extra.

Do-Good is a spin-off of the popular 1990s Nigerian drama series, Candlelight, and features the exploits of the titular character Do-good, played by Tariah, who returns from his travels abroad to woo his sweetheart Emem, a character played by popular Nollywood actress Kate Henshaw.

The launch which was anchored by popular stand-up comic and actor, Bovi. Other celebrities in attendance are Nollywood stars like Kate Henshaw, Emem Isong, Basorge Tariah Jnr., Charles Novia, Ini Edo, Funlola Aofiyebi-Raimi, Funmi Holder, Segun Arinze and Toyin Aimakhu amongst others.

Monday’s show featured performances from rave of the moment musician Kiss Daniel, who thrilled the audience with his hit tracks, and stand-up comics Mong Kals and Don Okiemute Iruvwe, who also featured as recurring cast members on Do-Good.

Do-Good airs weekdays at 8.30pm Nigerian time on Africa Magic Urban (DStv 153).

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Basorge Tariah, Kate Henshaw Reunite In Do-Good http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/19/basorge-tariah-kate-henshaw-reunite-in-do-good/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/19/basorge-tariah-kate-henshaw-reunite-in-do-good/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:54:24 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243360 Funsho Arogundade

Renowned Nollywood actor, Basorge Tariah Jnr. alongside actress, Kate Henshaw are set to return to the small screen as Africa Magic premieres its new Pidgin English sitcom, Do-Good on Monday, 6 July.

The new sitcom, which also features appearances from other popular comic actors including Tony Akposheri and Yibo Koko, will be available on the Africa Magic Urban channel.

Do-Good, a spin-off of a popular Nigerian drama series of the 1990s, features the exploits of the titular character Do-Good, played by Basorge, who returns from a sojourn abroad to woo his sweetheart Emem played by Kate Henshaw.

Basorge Tariah and Kate Henshaw

Basorge Tariah and Kate Henshaw

Speaking on the new show, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, Regional Director, M-Net (West Africa), said Africa Magic continues to lead the way in creating and showcasing the best content made by Africans for Africans.

She noted that Do-Good is the latest in a line of exciting content that continues to appear on their channels.

“Besides being a stellar comedy series, Do-Good also tells a story of love and ambition and focuses on the struggles of the ordinary man. It is a humorous depiction of real life situations and definitely promises to be a hit with all lovers of comedy and good television,” Mba-Uzoukwu said.

John Ugbe, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, said Do-Good is a great example of his company’s ongoing partnership with the Nigerian entertainment industry, and “it expands our already impressive list of exciting and fun programming for viewers to choose from.”

Do-Good is the latest addition to the thrilling content line-up which recently launched on the various Africa Magic channels in 2015 including the telenovella, Hotel Majestic, and the popular late night talkshow, Highlites with IK.

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Michelle Dede Becomes The Face Of Emmaus Beauty http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/19/michelle-dede-becomes-the-face-of-emmaus-beauty/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/06/19/michelle-dede-becomes-the-face-of-emmaus-beauty/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:15:51 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=243326 Funsho Arogundade

•Michelle Dede

•Michelle Dede

Michelle Dede, actress, multilingual TV presenter, events host and voice-over artist, has been announced by the luxury skincare line, Emmaus, as its new brand ambassador.

P.M.NEWS Entertainment Cafe learnt that Michelle was chosen by the brand because of her appealing beauty and creative talents.

“Michelle Dede is a well travelled, sophisticated talent, one of a kind beauty, delicate, yet exuding strength,” said Aminah Sagoe, CEO, Emmaus Beauty.

Emmaus Beauty, Nigeria’s new skincare line, derives its vitality from the use of natural ingredients, without exposing the skin to toxic ingredients.

Speaking on her choice by the beauty brand, Michelle said: “I’m a big advocate for products with natural ingredients, the Emmaus products are luxurious, fantastic for my skin and I’m honoured to be the new face of the brand as they roll out their first campaign.”

Michelle became a household name as the co-presenter of the first ever Big Brother Nigeria, the hit reality TV format from Endemol, broadcast live across 40 African countries.

Her recent body of work include co-hosting the hit lifestyle TV show, Glam Report TV on DSTV and currently playing one of the lead roles, Tari Gambadia (original character Susan Meyer) in Desperate Housewives Africa, an EbonyLife TV’s African adaptation of Disney/ABC hit series, Desperate Housewives.

Michelle is also a new co-host of EbonyLife TV’s pan-African Talk Show “Moments”.

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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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