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Lai Mohammed Asks Set Top Box Manufacturers to Give Nigerians Multi-Purpose TV



l-r: Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade; Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and the Group Managing Director of Gospell Digital Technology Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly Company, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa, at the commissioning of the production plant of the company in Calabar on Thursday.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, minister of Information and Culture has challenged the manufacturers of Set Top Boxes/Decoders in the country to produce a multi-purpose television set that will help in transforming the TV experience of Nigerians.


The Minister spoke in Calabar on Thursday when he commissioned the ultra-modern Digital Set Top Box manufacturing plant, owned by the Gospell Digital Technology.


He said the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in the country is aimed at giving Nigerians a total television viewing experience that will transform their lives and change TV viewing forever.


”I have continued to reiterate, and the quality of the service we launched goes to confirm, that our objective is not to just move Nigerians from analogue to digital in a simple technical sense, but to improve the viewing experience and give them increased variety of channels and services.


”The average home today – in order to have access to the various types of entertainment – will require a television, a Set Top Box and a VCD/DVD player. This era is about to end. I am challenging the industry to move to one device in the home –  the television. Give us a TV with a built-in decoder and the requisite middle-ware inside it, being able to access Nollywood releases with or without the internet, and with a remote control that can convert the TV into a computer.


”And please not for the rich, but for every Nigerian home. With that we will have succeeded in the reduction of the cost of access to television, information and education,” he said.


The Minister hailed Gospell Digital Technology for building the country’s largest electronic manufacturing and assembly plant, saying the investors and the managers of the manufacturing plant have exhibited absolute confidence, ”first in the future and economy prosperity of our beloved country, and of course in the Digital Switch Over (DSO) programme.


The plant, situated in the Calabar Export Free Trade Zone, has the capacity to produce 2.4 million Set Top Boxes annually, and has already provided 500 jobs.


”Going by its achievements in so short a time, the company’s vision of becoming the leading manufacturer of household electronic video, home entertainment and electrical appliances in Africa is very much within its reach,” Alhaji Mohammed said.


Also present at the commissioning were the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade; the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Information, Senator Suleiman Adokwe; Senator Shehu Sani, Senator Samuel Anyanwu; Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mala, Is’haq Modibo Kawu








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NCC Seizes N36.1M Broadcast Materials, Apprehends 2 Suspects in Delta



The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), said it had seized broadcast contrivance worth N36.1 million in Delta. Mr Augustine Amodu, the NCC Director of Enforcement, made the disclosure in Warri, while speaking with newsmen.

Amodu said that two suspects were also apprehended by the enforcement team and were currently detained at the facilities of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Warri.

He said the operation was carried out between March 13 and March 16, in Ughelli and Warri. The director of enforcement said the items seized included: several decoders, splitters, senders, boosters, adding that about two trucks load of wires were also destroyed in the operation.

“We conducted anti-piracy exercise in Ughelli and Warri between March 13 and 16, and we made a seizure of broadcast contrivance worth N36.1 million.

” Following the zeal of the NCC Director-General, Mr Afam Ezekude on the enforcement of the Nigeria Copyright Law, we got complaints from the Multichoice DSTV.

“We raided three stations in Ughelli on the 13th and seized a lot of broadcast items, but no suspect was caught.

” Between 14th and 16th, we raided more than seven stations in Warri, and seized contrivances and also apprehended two suspects who are currently detained at the NDLEA facilities,” he said.

Amodu said that there was the need to sustain the anti-piracy operations, particularly on broadcast items in the Niger Delta region because the perpetrators quickly come back to resuscitate them as soon as the enforcement team left. ”

Under the leadership of the DG, Mr Ezekude, the enforcement of the Copyright Law has come to its height, today NCC has recorded 58 convictions and over 150 cases in the Federal High Courts,” he said.

The director of enforcement warned perpetrators who indulged in the illegalities to desist from it and sought for a better means of livelihood before the law catches up with them.

Amodu who said that piracy was a cankerworm that had eaten deeply into the fabric of the society, noted that it was a setback on the diversification policy of the Federal Government because it discourages legitimate creativity.

He advised the public not to patronise the perpetrators who he said do not pay tax to the government, “if you do, it will be unfortunate that you will begin to have a problem with us”.

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CNN African Voices Profiles Talents Behind the Camera



African talents, who operate behind the scenes from the camera, are the guests on this week’s edition of Globacom-sponsored African Voices on CNN International. The episode has the theme: “Through the Lens”.

The 30-minute magazine programme will feature great African photographers like Gerald Rambert of Mauritius, Omar Victor Diop of Senegal and Adnen Chaouchi of Tunisia.

Globacom in a press statement in Lagos on Friday urged viewers to watch African Voices on CNN at 7 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Saturday and at 12.30 a.m., 4.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday. Further repeats will also run at 5 a.m. on Monday and at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The company announced that the CNN crew will go underwater with the Mauritian photographer, Rambert, as he introduces viewers to the world of deep sea photography. He will in the course of the interview  disclose how his big passion for the fish and the sea led him to spending hours in the water and finally to underwater photography.  Rambert today is the photographer for many acclaimed magazines.

The second guest is the Senegalese photographer, Omar Diop. He is a graduate of the Paris Business School and has worked in several multinationals before abandoning his corporate job to devote himself to photography. Viewers will find out how he is interchanging between photography and painting.

The final guest on the programme, Adnen Chaouchi, is a journalist and radio host who CNN said is changing the way news is consumed through mobile journalism. He is expected to talk about how he combines his job as a journalist with television production.

In the last edition of African Voices was dedicated to women across Africa who are driving the styles found on runways around the world including Ethiopia’s Anna Getaneh, Nafisa Hafiz of Sudan and Anita Beryl of Uganda.

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FBD‎ Holds 2nd Franchise Matchmaking Investment Forum



(L-R): Mr. Chukwuka Monye, Managing Partner of Ciuci Consulting and DG, Delta Economic Summit Group; Mrs. Tundun Adreribigbe, COO, House of Tara; Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, Convener and Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services; Mr. Kunal Malhotra, General Manager, First Choice Retailing Limited; and Mr. Emma Esinna of Curves Fitness during the recent Franchise Investment Forum at Oriental Hotel, V.I, Lagos.‎

Franchise Business Development Services (FBDS Nigeria) has said that its second (2nd) Franchise Matchmaking Forum will hold on Thursday 29th March 2018. ‎


Franchise Matchmaking Forum is a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and representative of World Franchise Associates (WFA) in Nigeria


The Forum according to the company is a quarterly franchise investor’s forum, where CEOs of franchise brands (Franchisors) pitch their franchise opportunities to an audience of prospective franchise buyers (Prospective Franchisees).


Mr. Chiagozie Nwizu, ‎Convener of the Forum, said that the forum is in line with the programmes in the calendar of the Nigeria 2018 Franchise Agenda, developed after a franchise industry stakeholders round table, which held in November 2017.


‎He said, the event offers the opportunity where the franchisor finds qualified potential franchisees who meet his brand’s criteria, and the potential franchisee meets the franchisor with a suitable proposition for his investment interest.


“Fund and support providers such as Nigeria American Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and commercial banks will be attending to provide support.


“The event holding at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos between 10am-6pm, will be attended by 20 local and international franchise brands like House of Tara, Experimac, ReMax, Avis, Meadow Foods, Chicken Republic, Studio24, BestChoice, among others, looking to expand in the lucrative Nigerian economy, and driven by the sheer volume of investible funds seeking promising franchising opportunities”, said Nwizu, the ‎Managing Consultant of Franchise Business Development Services‎‎.‎


‎The reputable and successful franchise brands operating various businesses of varying investment sizes and industry categories will be pitching and exhibiting their franchise prospectus to the prospective franchise buyers.


“Invited franchise buyers who are only required to register at a dedicated event website ( include potential start-up entrepreneurs; corporate workers seeking investment or retirement plans; institutional investors looking forward to investing in new portfolios.


“The participants will in addition, be learning how franchising works, and various support services they can take advantage of. They will also have the privilege of meeting franchise fund providers and learn how they can access low-interest fund for franchise investment,” the Convener explained‎.‎




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