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NCC Board Adopts New Operational Strategy



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The new Governing Board of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has affirmed its commitment to the management of dynamic operational strategies to reposition the Commission for effective discharge of its statutory mandates pursuant to the Copyright Act.

Addressing newsmen during the maiden meeting of the Board in Abuja, Dr. Tonye Clinton Jaja, the Chairman, disclosed that in a bid to revitalise the regulatory and enforcement thrusts of NCC, the Board has approved various programmes and activities of the Commission in that regard.

Dr. Jaja pledged the readiness of the Board to partner with the Director-General of NCC, Mr. John Ohi Asein and the Management team to evolve policies that would fast-track the growth of the Commission and ensure the sustainable development of the copyright-based industries in Nigeria.

Earlier at a welcome dinner organised for the Board by the NCC, the Chairman expressed satisfaction with the Board’s composition which he observed was representative of the creative sector as provided under the Act. Assuring that the Board would not interfere in the routine administration of the NCC, Dr. Jaja underlined the need for the Board to cooperate with and support the Director-General in the administration of the Commission to enable him bring his experience of over 30 years to benefit the copyright industry.

“I speak for the Board; we will work together with the Commission to make a positive impact on the fortunes of the creative industries,” the Board Chairman stated.

In his remarks, the Director-General expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for giving the Commission a Board with seasoned and committed stakeholders with proven interest in their respective sectors as envisaged by the Act.

While expressing confidence that Board members would deploy their wide experience towards strengthening the Commission and the creative sector, Mr. Asein assured that the Commission under his watch would continue to partner with all stakeholders in order to complement the Federal Government’s economic policy on ease of doing business.

He expressed concern on the widespread challenge of piracy and assured that the Commission would step up regulatory and enforcement interventions to check both offline and online piracy of copyright works across the country.

The Director-General indicated that the fight against piracy would be intensified across the copyright industries. He reiterated the Commission’s resolve to provide safe corridors for the distribution of genuine books and warned that henceforth, booksellers, proprietors and school authorities that patronise pirated books would be prosecuted.

He stated that the Commission was already addressing the neglect of the artistic sector of the copyright industry, adding that measures would be put in place to activate the provisions of the Copyright Act to enable authors of artistic works benefit from the resale of their creative works by auctions.

In his remarks, a Board member representing sound recording on the Board, Rev. Bayo Awala, assured that the Board would rise to the challenge of paucity of funds hindering the fight against piracy. Noting that piracy has the ability to cripple the creative industry, Rev. Awala said the Board would devise creative ways of overcoming the challenges of the industry to enable right owners enjoy the benefits of their works.

Comrade Salihu Uthman Isa, a Board member representing cinematograph films, remarked that it was a new dawn for the copyright sector as the Board sets to work to change the face of the creative industries positively.

In addition to the Director-General NCC and the Chairman, other members of the Board include Sir Jesse U. Odu, representing literary works; Mr. Marie Towo Austin-Odigie, representative of Federal Ministry of Justice; Comptroller Gagiyo Mohammed, representing Nigeria Customs Service and Mr. Okon Udo-Udo Umoh, representing Federal Ministry of Education; Mr. Bongos Igwue, representing musical works; Mr. Danjuma Ladan Muhammad, representing broadcasts; Dr. (Mrs) Alewai Jidai Mamza, representing artistic works; and Mr. John C. Abang, representating Nigeria Police Force. It would be recalled that the NCC Board was inaugurated by the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN on 28th May 2019.

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UBA’s REDTV to Light Up #UBAmarketplace 2019 With Creative Panel Sessions, Others



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Youths and adults alike are in for a great time at the #UBAMarketplace2019 as UBA’s award winning online network, REDTV has lined up a number of exciting acts to keep visitors and participants entertained during the two-day event which will take place on July 26th and 27th 2019.


The UBAMarketplace2019 will be held on the sidelines of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum – the largest gathering of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa.


The over 20,000 expected guests will be treated to a lot of  entertainment, panel sessions, fashion, fun, comedy, relaxation and will have the unique opportunity to meet with some of their favourite stars and celebrities.


Africa’s star boy Wizkid will sit with UBA’s GMD, Kennedy Uzoka, in a fireside chat with the theme ‘Stars & Suits: Afropop meets High Finance’ as Richard Mofe Damijo, the top Nollywood icon, will sit in a movie panel session with Cynthia Nassardine, Cote D’ivoire’s darling; top Movie producer/director, Tunde Kelani to discuss the theme ‘The Big Picture: Business of film making’ and how entrepreneurs from Africa can benefit from the enterprise. The panel will be moderated by REDTV’s Executive Producer and Group Director for Communciations at UBA, Bola Atta.


The music industry will not be left out at the UBA marketplace as Dj Cuppy, Dj Neptune and Pheelz the Producer will discuss on the theme ‘Booth to Bank: How the beat becomes the profit’.


Uzoka who spoke about the event, stated ‘UBA has always been at the forefront of entrepreneurship across Africa, undertaking many projects aimed at contributing to and supporting Africa’s growth and economic integration. The birth of the UBA marketplace and this entrepreneurial fair is a testament to our commitment to African SMEs’


Uzoka added that with the fair, UBA seeks to touch base with small business owners and to continue to positively affect the lives of entrepreneurs doing business in its countries of operations and beyond’.  “I think everyone realises that we need to prioritise the private sector. We need to encourage entrepreneurship and the youths. This is the driving factor and the major reason why we are organising an event of this magnitude’ he said.


Other side attractions at the Redzone will be the screening of the Lion King Movie and Bling Lagosians; fashion shows; treasure hunts, Kiddies corner as well as a Founder’s Day pitch event, where beneficiaries of the Tony Elumelu Foundation will be presented a platform to pitch their businesses with a grand prize of a grant, courtesy of UBA.


REDTV is UBA’s dynamic online lifestyle channel that puts the spotlight on Africa with a distinct global appeal. Its award winning series, The Men’s Club Season 2, is currently airing on YouTube.



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Glo-sponsored African Voices Celebrates Three Disc Jockeys



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The Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices will this weekend celebrate a new generation of the continent’s disc jockeys, including Amine K from Morocco, DJ Avneesh from Mauritius and Senegal’s DJ Dollar.

The 30-minute-magazine programme comes up on CNN at 9.30 a.m., with repeats on Saturday at 12.30 a.m., 4.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. Other repeat broadcasts come up on Sunday at 5.00 a.m., 9.30 a.m. and 8.30 p.m. with more repeats on Monday and Tuesday at 5.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. respectively.

DJ Amine K from Morocco commands wide followership across the continent for his dexterity on the jukebox. His performances always get clubs filled, with his fans dancing to good house music.

He has played for audiences at electronic music festivals around the world, with his music focused on quality dance floor experiences.

In the course of his disc jockey career, he has performed in different music festivals across Europe, sharing the limelight with other notable disc jockeys including Mandy, Nick Warren, Lee Burridge and Gui Boratto.

The second guest, DJ Avneesh, is one of the most successful and respected DJs in Mauritius. He understands the art of combining instrumental sounds to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion which eventually earned him a residency at Supperclub Singapore in 2008.

He is an artiste that has succeeded in making his music heard, through his deck-spinning maneuvers, whether in his homeland or to far reaching horizons by pulling down geographical boundaries.

One of the highlights of his career is the performance on the Great Wall of China.

The third guest, DJ Dollar, is from Senegal. He delights Africans by bringing excitement to events across the continent. His access to the latest trends in music productions and performances gives him an edge over others in the industry.

DJ Dollar is backed by many years’ experience through which he has serenaded his admirers with beautiful mix of lyrics and blasting international airwaves with his electronic hits.

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IDS Africa Inks Deal for Broadcast Services on AMOS-17 Communications Satellite



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Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has announced that Nigeria-based IDS Africa is the newest broadcaster to sign up for broadcast services on the AMOS-17 satellite. The satellite is scheduled to be launched to its 17°E orbital position in August 2019.


IDS Africa will use the satellite to broadcast Channels TV news programming throughout Nigeria as well as to the Nigerian diaspora in Europe.


Spacecom worked closely with local partner INTERTEL Nigeria Limited to bring this deal to fruition.


Specifically designed to meet Africa’s fast-moving communication demands, AMOS-17’s advanced digital payload will be Africa’s most technologically advanced satellite.


It will provide extensive C-Band HTS capabilities, Ka-band and Ku-band to a range of markets and will combine broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams to maximize throughput and spectral efficiency to connect Africa,the Middle East and Europe.


“We are very much looking forward to using AMOS-17’s beams to broadcast Channels TV to our audiences here in Nigeria and abroad. The satellite’s power will enable our entertainment and messages to be easily picked up and enjoyed by our audiences.” Toyin Ogunlade of IDS Africa said.


Jacob Keret, Spacecom Senior VP Sales and Marketing stated, “AMOS-17 will service Nigeria as well as the rest of Sub-Sahara Africa. One of the prime markets we are targeting is that of broadcast. We are looking forward to broadcasting IDS Africa’s content and to working closely with their team.”

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