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Our Perfect Wedding set to premiere on Africa Magic Showcase



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MultiChoice Nigeria, Africa’s leading video entertainment company, today announced that a new reality television series titled “Our Perfect Wedding” will premiere on Africa Magic Showcase starting 24 February.


The company which prides itself as the frontline entertainment provider in Africa is bringing the show which has established a presence in other African countries to Nigeria.


The announcement was made today by company’s Chief Customer Officer- Martin Mabutho.


Our Perfect Wedding is the first of its kind in Nigeria and follows the life of intending couples as they plan their “perfect wedding”.


Viewers will be entertained and enlightened by all the drama as the couples go through tears, laughter, anxiety, love, and decisions that come with pulling off the perfect wedding.


Vanessa Emikhe-Williams aka Vandora, ex-housemate of Big Brother Naija 2018 has been tipped to host the show.


According to her “this is an exciting opportunity for me, and viewers can expect to be completely entertained by this show and they should expect nothing less than the best from the leading home of entertainment in Africa”.


The reality show which has been hugely successful in: South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, will make its debut in Nigeria.


Martin Mabutho, Chief Customer Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, said “The show has been successful in other African markets like South Africa and Kenya, we’re elated to bring it to Nigeria.


“Viewers will experience the magic and celebration of love.  Of all the awesome wedding shows we’ve had on DStv, this without a doubt holds a lot of drama, fun and excitement for the viewers and we are delighted to bring this truly interesting show to Nigeria, I think that viewers will enjoy every minute of Our Perfect Wedding”.


Our Perfect Wedding first started in South Africa in 2011 and is considered to be one of the most popular reality TV shows in the country.


Viewers can watch the first episode on Sunday 24 February on Africa Magic Showcase at 6:00 P.M.

Ugo Onwuaso is an ICT enthusiast. He believes technology should be used for general good. He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the Lagos state University.

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Air Peace Set to Begin International Flights



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Nigerian carrier, Air Peace says flight operations to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and other international flights will commence in the next few days.

The airline made this known in a statement signed on Wednesday by its Communications Manager, Mr Chris Iwarah, in Lagos.

Iwarah said in preparation for its long-haul flights, Air Peace would be deploying its B777 aircraft to service its Kano-Abuja and Abuja-Kano and Abuja-Port Harcourt and Port Harcourt-Abuja routes on May 3.

According to him, the airline is desirous of having members of the public make their contributions to its international offering. “We want them to own the high-quality service we hope to provide to give Nigerians, Africans and other members of the flying public a great alternative on some important international routes.

“In few days, we will be announcing a firm date for the commencement of our Sharjah, United Arab Emirates service.

“Dubai, Johannesburg, London, Houston, Guangzhou and Mumbai will join our international route network soon after the launch of our Sharjah service. “We are sparing no effort to deliver a long-haul service members of the flying public will truly be proud of,” he said.

The morality of economic privilege: The birth of ‘anything for the boys’ Iwarah said the airline had so far acquired four B777 aircraft for its long-haul operations with three already delivered ahead of the international operations.

He noted that the decision to deploy the B777 aircraft for the domestic routes was to give passengers a foretaste of the airline’s long-haul service.

Iwarah recalled that Air Peace had gotten wonderful reviews from passengers on the Abuja-Port Harcourt routes when it deployed the same aircraft on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

He said: “We are riding on the huge success of the Good Friday and Easter Monday operations to give many more members of the flying public the exceptional experience we delivered on the Port Harcourt-Abuja route.

“This time we are moving up North to give our esteemed customers on the Kano-Abuja-Kano route an opportunity to experience the wonderful service we plan for our long-haul operations.

“As an airline that listens to its customers, we are repeating our B777 operations on the Abuja-Port Harcourt route in response to the pieces of feedback we received after our hugely successful Good Friday and Easter Monday operations.”


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AfDB Board Approves $4.8M Grant to Accelerate African Free Trade



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The Board of the African Development Bank has approved an institutional support grant of $4.8 million to the African Union (AU) to accelerate the momentum of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), which received its 22nd ratification  recently, bringing the agreement into force.

The AfCFTA is a major force for continental integration. It will expand intra-African trade by up to $35 billion per year and usher in freedom of movement for goods, services and people across the continent’s internal borders, with a regime of reduced tariffs and non-tariff barriers to cut the cost of doing business on the continent. It will also boost agriculture and industrial exports by up to $66 billion per year.

The Bank’s grant is targeted at laying the institutional foundations for the AfCFTA implementation secretariat and the roll out of the implementation programmes.

“The momentum is now in full swing”, said Andoh Mensah, Manager, Trade and Investment Climate Division at the African Development Bank, “It is now crucial to establish a robust, efficient, purpose-driven secretariat, capable of addressing improved stakeholder engagement, inclusiveness and ownership in the AfCFTA implementation”.

The grant will also assist efforts towards full ratification of the agreement by all AU member states including the application of tariff reductions and related commitments, while generating stakeholder support for the AfCFTA to ensure inclusiveness and common ownership.

This is a decisive response to the call by African political leaders for the Bank and other partners to support the AU Commission and work assiduously towards the realisation of AfCFTA objectives.

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FG Seeks Private Investors for Aircraft Leasing Venture



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Nigeria plans to set up an aircraft leasing company to help domestic and African carriers obtain new planes and is seeking private partners for the venture, the government said.

Most airlines in Nigeria want to expand their fleets, but high financing costs and currency risks have hampered growth. Nigerian airlines’ revenues are in naira, while most of their costs are in U.S. dollars.

The government said in a statement the new company would initially lease aircraft from international lessors and sub-lease them to domestic operators.

It wants the partner to be a consortium of international lessors, financial institutions and investors, and said bidders had until May 20 to show interest. The government will own a minority stake.

Medview Airline said it had been in talks with some financial institutions to raise capital and that a lack of infrastructure as well as dollar shortages was complicating its operating environment.

The company added its short-term growth prospects were limited after posting losses.

The government has said it plans to hand over airports to private managers to attract investment and overhaul aviation infrastructure that has suffered decades of neglect and under-investment. It also plans to set up an aircraft maintenance facility in Lagos or Abuja with private operators.

The government had been considering launching a national carrier, but suspended that project in September, without giving a reason.


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