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Airtel Hosts Start Studded Exclusive Screening of The Voice Nigeria



(L-r): Erhumu Bayagbon, acting head, Corporate Communications & CSR, Airtel Nigeria; Segun Ogunsanya, managing director/CEO, Airtel Nigeria and Opeyemi Lawal, senior manager, Brand Activation & Sponsorships, Airtel Nigeria at the exclusive Live Show screening of Airtel The Voice Nigeria in Lagos.

Following the successful session of the battle rounds, Airtel Nigeria, sponsor of The Voice Nigeria in partnership with DStv hosted a star-studded executive screening of the first Live Show in Lagos last weekend.

The live screening which was anchored by Ozzy Agu, had in attendance season one finalists: Patrick, Cornel, Viveeyan, Chike and Bassey who performed the popular “Till the World Hears Your Voice”; bringing back the memory of the first edition.

The night also saw comedic acts from Funny Bone and Akpororo.

The Live Show commenced with an electrifying performance by #TeamPatoranking’s KessyDriz. He performed Tina Tuner’s “What Love Got to Do With It.” Afolayan then took over the stage to perform P-Square’s “E No Easy.”

The third performance was from Hightee, who performed Lauryn Hill’s “That Thing.” Concluding the performances from Team Pato was Voke with Sean Tizzle’s “Ladies and Gentlemen.”

Patoranking saved Hightee, which means KessyDriz, Voke and Afolayan need public votes to remain in the competition.

Chris Rio kicked off the Lives for #TeamYemi with his rendition of Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches.” Up next was Jahnomso, who delivered a rendition of Robin S’ “Show me Love.” The third act was Ifeoma with her rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up.” Finally, Bunmi performed Yemi Alade’s “Want You.” Coach Yemi Alade chose to save Ifeoma, putting Chris Rio, Jahnomso and Bunmi up for possible eviction.

Leading #TeamWaje was Efezino. She delivered a rendition of Clean Bandit’s “Rock A Bye.” Glowire delivered her rendition of Yemi Alade’s “Hello” while Favour, who was stolen by Waje during the Battles performed Tiwa Savage’s “All Over.” Wow performed Kool and The Gang’s “Get Down on It.” After their performances, Waje saved Glowire. This means that Wow, Favour and Efezino need public votes to remain in the competition.

The night ended with performances from #TeamTimi. Bada kicked it off with his rendition of Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls.” Amarachi, who was stolen by Timi from #TeamYemi, performed ‘No’ by Meghan Trainor. Another talent stolen from #TeamYemi, Wolei delivered his rendition of Brymo’s classic, ‘Ara’ While Precious wrapped up the first Live show with Whitney Houston’s “I have Nothing.”

At the end, Coach Timi saved Precious. Wolei, Amarachi and Bada are currently up for possible eviction and need public votes to remain on the show.

You can watch the show every Sunday on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv Ch151) and Africa Magic Urban (DStv Ch153) by 7pm Nigerian time.

The Voice Nigeria is proudly sponsored by Airtel, the smartphone network.


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Reps Mull New Broadcast Law



House of Representatives on Thursday sought the enactment of a new broadcast law for the country to incorporate digital broadcasting.


Principally, the House wants the new law to clearly define the “roles and responsibilities of the Federal, State, Local Governments and the private sector.”


Innovations expected include legalising Digital Access Fee and Conditional Access Fee.


The recommendations were contained in the report of an ad hoc committee of the House, which investigated the “Process of Digital Switch Over in Nigeria.”


The House considered and approved the recommendations at its session presided over by Mr. Yussuff Lasun, deputy speaker, in Abuja.


The report was laid by Mr. Sunday Katung, committee chairman..


The report also sought the amendment of the National Broadcasting Commission Act to strengthen its regulatory duties and “develop a standard regulatory documentation for digital broadcasting, as contained in the White Paper report.”


The House added, “The NBC and the Ministry of Information should develop the proposed National Media Content Policy for Digital TV era, covering a media content Master Plan.”


On the manufacturing of Set Top Box for the operation of the switch over era, the House asked the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to monitor compliance with standards, “to avoid a situation where the country is turned into a dumping ground for sub-standard and obsolete equipment.”


It also recommended the withdrawal of the licences awarded to manufacturers to produce the boxes if they fail to establish plants in the country.


The House noted that the idea of establishing plants in the country was to generate employment opportunities for its army of unemployed youths.


The House called for a thorough supervision of the ongoing implementation of the DSO in phases and directed that “at least 80 per cent of an assigned state” should be covered before moving to another state.


It also directed that “analogue broadcasting should not be switched off until 95 per cent DSO coverage is achieved in the country.”

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Somkele In A New DStv Explora Commercial



By peter oluka

MultiChoice Nigeria has unveiled a brand new campaign for itsdecoder, the DStv Explora 2 which features its latest brand ambassador, AMVCA 2017 Trailblazer award winner, Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama.

The 60 second video highlights the featuresof the all new sleeker decoder model, which Somkele animatedly discloses through different scenes; revealing that with the instant replay, pause and record features, the Explora gives her more flexibility and the ultimate home entertainment control.

With other features such as the BoxOffice and Catch Up Plus, customerscan conveniently rent and watch latest blockbuster movies on their Explora decoders. Theycan get instant access and double the number of amazing lineup of the latest and greatest shows and movies once their Explora is connected to the internet.

Martin Mabutho, the general manager, Marketing and Sales, MultiChoice said: ‘’The DStv Explora gives customers more control over their viewing experience. We believe in delivering value to our customers by shaping the business to respond to our customers’ needs. The new decoder is poised tochange viewing experience with more options and features with a click of a button’’.

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Kwesé TV, TV One Sign 3-Year Exclusive Broadcast Deal



Kwese TV Africa’s Dynamic satellite TV network, has signed an exclusive broadcast deal which will see the addition of TV One content to its programming.

With a brand promise to represent the best of African American culture and entertainment, past, present and future, TV One content soon will be available to Kwesé TV viewers across the continent.

The addition of TV One programming adds a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series and movies.

Econet Media President and CEO, Joseph Hundah, comments on the deal: “We are always looking for fresh, rich and entertaining content to add to our line-up, thus the addition of TV One to our bouquet is great feat,

“The network’s compelling and distinctive programming will help broaden and strengthen the diversity of our international content offering. We are confident TV One’s high-quality and well-rounded content will captivate viewers across the continent.”

The three year partnership will see in excess of 25 of TV One’s most popular titles and series, including When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Mikki Howard Story, The Black List and sitcoms Born Again Virgin and  Love That Girl.

Michelle Rice, TV One’s Interim General Manager and EVP, said “We thank Kwesé for its partnership and commitment to offering their consumers an opportunity to experience the best in African American culture and entertainment,”

 “We are delighted thatKwesé TV viewers will now have access to TV One’s robust slate of informative and entertaining original programming created with the urban audience in mind.”

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