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FG Plans to Invest more in Entertainment Infrastructure

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The Federal Government says it will provide the needed facilities for the entertainment industry to thrive in the country.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, said this in an interview on the sideline of the 4th All African Music Awards (AFRIMA) 2017 in Lagos.

He said that the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari, would continue to support the entertainment industry by providing infrastructural facilities.

On the significance of the AFRIMA to Nigeria’s economy and entertainment industry, Mohammed said that in order to encourage the entertainment industry, government would partner with private investors to invest more in the entertainment facilities.

“The entertainment industry is overwhelming in the world right now and in Nigeria we need to do more in providing right atmosphere which is infrastructural facilities for the industry.

“We are not just talking about power sector or water, we are talking about entertainment. We need to be on purpose, build halls that will encourage our artists and musicians.

“We are talking about domestic tourism, domestic market where we can really expose our artists, so this will not only be about government but also private sector to provide the infrastructure.

“On the part of government, we will encourage more private sector and philanthropists all over the world because it is not something we leave to government alone,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that hosting of event such as AFRIMA was another way of generating income for the government because of the tourism factor which could bring more earnings.

“Nigeria is having this event now, AFRIMA 2017, and we are talking about bringing another way of improving our economy through other income.

“We must not forget that Nigeria hosted same award last year and we have to make another positive request for this year so that it can remain in Nigeria.

“We thank the African Union (AU) for this opportunity for accepting Nigeria to host it again this year. We are also grateful to Lagos State government for the support of this award.

“The positive thing about the award is that we have been able to move the music industry from the back corner to the front burner,’’ he said.

Mohammed said that the concentration would not be placed only on agriculture or oil and gas, but also on creative industry as a means of diversifying the economy.

“This means when we are talking about economy, we are not just talking about agriculture, solid mineral or construction but actually more in the creative industry.

“Nigeria already has a very high advantage, and we can see that recently with the awards Nigerian are getting in the industry and most recent of the Wizkid award in U.K.

“This shows the kind of influence we can have in the creative industry which can be positive to our economy,’’ he said.

The minister was the Special Guest of Honour at the Awards Ceremony.

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Kwesé TV Opens Ultramodern Customer Experience Centre in Lagos

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(L-R)Ekeno Eyo, COO, Noah’s Ark Communications; Dare Kafar, Kwesé Head of Marketing; Busola Adeogun-Phillips, Kwesé Strategic Partner; Elizabeth Amkpa, General Manager, Kwesé TV; Helen Ofili, Business Development Director, Advapro Ltd, designer of the Kwesé Experience Centre; and Lanre Adisa, CEO Noah’s Ark Communications, Kwesé’s advertising agency at the opening of the Kwesé Experience Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday.

Kwesé, Nigeria ‘s innovative and newest Satellite pay-TV network, has opened its first customer experience centre at Adeola Hopewell Street in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mr. Zachary Wazara, Econet Media Executive, speaking at the opening of the ultramodern customer experience centre, said that the centre will enhance Kwesé retail footprint in the country.

 

He noted that the opening was appropriately timed to join over 600 Kwesé dealers’ outlets across Nigeria, to manage the frenzy that comes with the FIFA World Cup.

Wazara, said that their aim is to be the first choice for viewers all over Africa by bringing them the best in programming, at an affordable price.

 

He added that Kwesé is focused around sports and entertainment, stressing that their 24-hour sports TV station is part of Africa’s largest free-to-air network operating in over 25 countries.

 

He said, “Watch Kwesé Free Sports by tuning to UHF channel 32 in Lagos or on your FTA set-top-box (FreeTV channel 732) with no subscription.

 

“Enjoy the Premier League live, NBA, various FIFA tournaments and leagues, boxing and more.

He explained that, at the Kwesé Experience Centre, consumers can purchase Kwesé TV decoders, renew their subscriptions, get assistance with Kwesé apps’ download and resolve queries.

 

Elizabeth Amkpa, general manager, Kwesé TV, speaking at the unveiling ceremony, said: “Our Experience Centre is a one-stop shop designed to support our multi-platform offering delivered via satellite TV, mobile and digital platforms.

 

“Whether you are interested in purchasing a Kwesé TV decoder, renewing your subscription or downloading the Kwesé TV or Kweséiflix apps, we are here for you”.

She added that “the first 10 walk-in customers who make a payment will be rewarded with a one-month Kwesé TV subscription, adding that Kwesé also offers convenient online customer service via live chat on the Kwesé website and its social media pages”.

 

The Centre was designed by integrated marketing communications agency, Advapro Ltd.

 

The Experience Centre’s look and feel combines Kwesé’s signature purple which is symbolic for its premium quality, with a touch of orange to represent its Kwesé Sports’ brands.

Beyond the physical design of the customer experience centre, Advapro’s in-store branding solution incorporates a customer satisfaction tool called “Do You Like Us” (DULU®).

 

DULU® is a turnkey solution for retail and service chain organisations, that provides continuous customer satisfaction and intelligent reporting services.

 

The solution is built to give real-time customer feedback to Kwesé TV.

The Kwesé Experience Centre is also equipped with an interactive area branded “FreeZone” where subscribers can perform self-service.

 

Also in the FreeZone, prospective customers get a feel of Kwesé TV’s over 70 entertainment and sports channels as well as other Kwesé products namely; Kweséiflix and Kwesé Play.

Kwesé is the continent’s fastest growing media business with a diversified offering that includes, a pay TV satellite network, Kwesé TV, Africa’s largest free-to-air channel, Kwesé Free Sports, mobile services and digital all under one roof.

Kwesé launched in Nigeria in October 2017, disrupting the market with its flexible subscription plans which give customers the option to pay for 3 days, 7 days or 30days.

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FAAN says Nigerian Airports Recorded 3.4m passengers During the First Quarter 2018

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Report released by Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), says about 3.4 million passengers travelled through Nigerian airports during the first quarter of 2018 as against the 2.6 million passengers recorded in 2017 first quarter.
According to the First Quarter Report obtained on Wednesday, in Abuja showed a 28.25 per cent growth from the same quarter in 2017.
The report indicated that 2.4 million passengers travelled within the country (domestic passengers), while a total of 950,292 passenger traveled out of and into Nigeria (international passengers) during the period.
It also said that 1.6 million passengers were recorded at arrivals while 1.7 million passengers were recorded at the departures during the period under review.
The monthly breakdown showed that 1.1 million passengers comprising 800,609 domestic and 355,176 international passengers were recorded in the month of January.
In February, 1.05 million passengers comprising of 790,196 domestic and 267, 222 international passengers were recorded while a total of 1.2 million passengers comprising of 892,087 domestic and 327,894 international passengers were recorded in March.
On airport by airport basis, Murtala Muhammed Airport recorded the highest number of passengers during the period with 1.5 million passengers comprising of 890,716 domestic and 678,839 international passengers.
Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport recorded 1.02 million passengers comprising of 822,109 domestic and 199,875 international passengers during the quarter.
The report further revealed that there were 55,031 aircraft movements during the period compared to the 44,997 aircraft movements recorded during the first quarter of 2017, showing a growth by 22.31 per cent.
The report showed that a total of 44,250 aircraft movements were recorded on domestic route while a total of 10,781 aircraft movements were recorded on international route.
In January, there were 17,112 aircraft movements, 18,224 in February and 19,694 in March.
The report further disclosed that a total of 43.9 million tons of cargo was recorded on international flights comprising 28.4 million tons on arrivals and 15.5 million tons on departures during the period.
It also showed a 6.05 per cent growth from the 43.9 million tons recorded in the first quarter of 2017.

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Startimes Launches Video Streaming Service in Nigeria

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StarTimes, Africa’s leading digital TV operator has announced that its App video streaming service has been officially launched in Nigeria.

 

To mark  the  launch of the new service, the first 40,000 users can enjoy a very attractive pre-order offer for watching World Cup on StarTimes App.

 

From 7th to 13th June, the first 40,000 subscribers will only need pay N450.00(Four Hundred and Fifty Naira) only to subscribe to “ON Sport” on StarTimes App in order to watch all 64 World Cup matches Live and in HD, including battles of Nigeria on the pitch. The original price of the “ON Sport” service is N1,500.00.

 

Besides live matches, full highlights, build-ups, interviews, analysis and magazine shows will also be available with the 5 StarTimes sports channels in the StarTimes “ON Sport” service.

 

Speaking on the new innovation, Tony Tuo, StarTimes OTT Operation director, noted that, “It is impossible to miss any moment of the World Cup with our App. There is absolutely no need to worry about the weather condition, signal quality, electricity or being in transit. Wherever you may be, with just a steady internet connection, the StarTimes App will get you fully entertained”.

 

The App, he also noted can be downloaded from various app stores, including Google Play, iOS Store and StarTimes website while the Pay-TV subscribers can also check and recharge their subscription online through the App.

 

“Over 70 channels covering movies, series, documentaries, music and sports, are currently open to all users for free in a limited time on the StarTimes App. Video streaming service is a future trend and StarTimes hopes our service will pioneer for African digital TV industry”, he added.

 

 

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