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DStv Mulls Pay-As-You-Consume Payment Option

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Multichoice Nigeria, operators of DStv said it may consider the so-called Pay-As-You-Consume payment option in the future if its business model and available technology would enable it.

 

The proposed pay-as-you-consume pricing scheme, would charge users according to their effective resource consumption excluding interference.

 

John Ugbe, managing director of Multichoice Nigeria, who spoke on the side-lines of the ongoing Digital Dialogue in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, said that “pay-as-you-consume is something we may consider, if it is technologically possible and the business model supports it, we will”

 

He said that the company currently allows subscribers to suspend their subscriptions twice a year in case they are not of Africa.

 

It would be recalled that most pay TV providers, had consistently argued that the model was not possible to implement in Nigeria on the grounds that they bought the contents they relay as a whole and not in bits.

 

If DStv goes ahead with the plan, they will replicate the revolutionary feat Globacom made in the telecoms industry through the introduction of per second billing (PSB).

 

Prior to the implementation of PSB by Glo, MTN and Econet (now Airtel) had insisted that it was not possible to operate the PSB until after seven years, but Glo made it possible immediately it hit the market in 2003.

 

 

 

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Channels TV Reporter Dies in Yobe

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Jonathan Gopep, Channels TV reporter in Yobe state, is dead. He died after a brief illness at Yobe State Specialist Hospital, Damaturu on Thursday.

 

Aged 47 years, the late Gopep was a graduate of Mass Communication from University of Maiduguri.

 

Late Gopep who was a reporter of Yobe State Television (YTV) joined Channels Television out of passion, at the peak of Boko Haram insurgency.

 

He was described by his colleagues as an excellent reporter and a perfect gentleman.

 

Our correspondent also gathered that he was managing himself for two weeks after being diagnosed with liver infection.

 

“Two days ago, his health condition continued deteriorating. He was rushed to the hospital this afternoon where he died few hours later,” his neighbour, Musa M Buba disclosed.

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Omoge Campus, Nollywood Actress Dies in Canada

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Aisha Abimbola, Nollywood actress

Aisha Abimbola, Nollywood actress, popular for her role in Omoge Campus, is dead, after reportedly battling with cancer.

 

QED which broke the news said that the 46-year-old died in Canada on Tuesday and that the death was confirmed by fellow actress, Bisola Badmus, on Instagram on Wednesday.

 

“Gone so soon RIP omogecampus,” Bisola wrote.

 

Abimbola shot into limelight with her role in the Bola Igida’s Omoge Campus.

 

Before then, she had featured in Eje Adegbenro, a film produced by Jide Kosoko.

 

She was also popular for her roles in TV series such as Papa Ajasco and Company, Super Story and Awerijaiye.

 

Aisha was a recipient of the City People Entertainment Award for Yoruba Movie Personality of the Year.

 

Her death comes almost two years after the death of fellow actress, Moji Olaiya, who also died in Canada on May 17, 2017.

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StarTimes, SOS Children’s Villages Join Forces to Empower African Youth

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Digital Television Company StarTimes Media and SOS Children’s Villages International have signed in Nairobi (Kenya) a Memorandum of Understanding (‘MOU’) that will see the two organizations partner towards supporting vulnerable families and children, with an emphasis on empowering youth in light of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’).

The MOU will see StarTimes support SOS Children’s Villages programmes in over ten African countries specifically in broadening local learning opportunities and extending diverse experiences to young people from SOS Children’s Villages programmes.

This will include technical and vocational skills training and mentorship, alongside driving access to digital television in SOS Children’s Villages programmes and benefitting from media exposure on the StarTimes platform.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Mr. William Masy, StarTimes Group Overseas Public Relations Director, noted that the brand made a commitment to empowering youth during the YouthConnekt Africa Summit in Rwanda in 2017.

The SOS Children’s Villages partnership represents a step forward towards facilitating the entry of youth into the job market and giving them the means to create a sustainable future for themselves and society.

“StarTimes Group is committed towards empowering youth and facilitating their entry, growth and development through availing themselves of mentorship and training opportunities. This partnership with SOS Children’s Villages is therefore very strategic, as we look forward towards imparting knowledge and skills to the next generation of our leaders,” noted Mr. Masy.

In this context, SOS Children’s Villages will share resources, skills and knowledge as far as youth employability and capacity building is concerned towards the implementation of the MOU.

For young people in alternative care, their first job is not only the first step towards independence. For them, their first job is a matter of survival – the difference between an independent life lived with dignity and a life plagued with further difficulty.

In Africa, 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of the total population. Demographic rates are growing fast, which will increase the pressure countries face in terms of job creation. Of this, youth make up 37% of the working-age population, but 60% of the total number of unemployed.

Ms. Shubha Murthi, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of SOS Children’s Villages International, commented: “Partnerships make our work possible. We can only accomplish what we do for children, young people and families thanks to the generosity, commitment and amplification of our message by corporate partners such as StarTimes.

In East and Southern Africa, SOS Children’s Villages works closely with a wide range of companies and partners who have a vested interest in improving the lives of the communities they are working in. As a result, the impact of our work is stronger and more sustainable.”

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