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Spacefinish Set to Bring Office Spaces of the Future to Africa

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Spacefinish a design and innovation company based in Lagos is set to redesign work spaces for both startups and established companies in Nigeria

 

Spacefinish recently worked on the Vibranium Valley project, a hub for technology and innovation startups commissioned by Venture Garden Group.

 

The space which was inaugurated by Vice – President, YemiOsinbajo, include a conference room, training room, six meeting rooms, three storage rooms, a skylounge, cafeteria, nap rooms, audio studio, and multiple alternative workspaces.

 

The 2500 square meter world-class office was fully furnished, equipped, designed, and built by Spacefinish to accommodate the needs of its employees.

The tech hub which is located at the former Concord Press office in Ikeja is now being described as the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Remi Dada, Chief Executive Officer, Spacefinish, beliefs that the productivity and creativity of a company can be boosted by reinventing their work environment.

He said, “Our goal is to redefine the idea of what an office space should look like, from the rigid spaces they currently are today into spaces that are more dynamic and supports the way the employees work.”

He added “When it comes to building innovative workspaces, similar to what you will find in tech communities like Silicon Valley, Spacefinish intends to continue providing the right office environment for local companies to become more innovative, productive, and collaborative.” He concluded.

 

Spacefinish have partnered with notable Nigeria companies to redesign their office.

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ICPC Quizzes Kawu, NBC Boss, Contractor over N2.5Bn DSO Fraud

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Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commissio (ICPC), is investigating the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), over the misapplication of N2.5 billion seed grant released to the agency by the Federal Government for its digital switch-over programme.

 

ICPC has so far quizzed Dr. Ishaq Moddibbo Kawu, director general, NBC, and other top management staff of the agency over their alleged involvements in the misapplication of the fund.

 

The Presidency had in 2016, released N10 billion to the Ministry of Information and Culture for the digital switch-over programme which entails migration of telephone lines from analogue to digital platforms and a White Paper was issued directing that the process be specifically handled by government-affiliated companies.

Dr. Ishaq Moddibbo Kawu

Based on the guidelines provided by the White Paper, two companies were nominated to handle the process, one of which was ITS, an affiliate of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

 

N1.7 billion was released to it as seed grant for the commencement of the switch-over. However, ICPC through investigation discovered that the process was fraught with alleged corrupt practices.

 

It was alleged that Dr. Kawu fraudulently recommended a private company called Pinnacle Communications Limited, to the Minister of Information and Culture, for the release of N2.5 billion against the guidelines contained in the White Paper.

 

The N2.5 billion was paid into the Zenith Bank account of Pinnacle Communications Limited in May/June, 2017 for the programme. The DG NBC during interactions with the Commission could not justify why the government White Paper was flouted leading to the release of money to an unqualified company.

 

However, Mr. Dipo Onifade, managing director of Pinnacle, during interrogation confirmed the release of the funds to the company.

 

He could not justify that the money was used for the purpose of digital switch-over.

 

The Commission through investigation discovered several suspicious transfers of large sums of funds from the account of the company into the bank accounts of several organisations and individuals.

 

It found out that N100 million of the fund was paid into the personal bank account of Mr. Onifade in Zenith Bank which he claimed was for legal services that he had rendered to the same Pinnacle Communications where he is employed.

 

Also investigation revealed that another N450 million was transferred into the account of Sabdat Investment Limited, a Bureau de Change, which then converted the money into dollars and handed it over to the Chairman of Pinnacle Communications Limited, Mr. Lucky Omoluwa, in his Kaduna residence as he usually did with other funds.

 

Omoluwa had repeatedly failed to honour invitations from the Commission to come and explain his role in the alleged fraud.

 

He had also sought the leave of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to stop the investigation as well as unfreeze the Zenith Bank account of the company that was frozen by ICPC, but was however ordered by the same court to appear before ICPC for interrogation before the next adjourned date of 3rd December, 2018 before his case would be heard.

 

In compliance with the court order, Mr. Omoluwa has appeared before the Commission where he made useful statements to investigators.

 

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StarTimes Secures 3-year Exclusive Media Rights for Coppa Italia

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Africa’s leading digital TV operator StarTimes and Lega Serie A reached a 3 years deal for the exclusive all media rights to Coppa Italia & Supercoppa Italiana in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the agreement, StarTimes claims the exclusive rights of the two Italian premier Cup competitions in English, French, Portuguese and African indigenous languages from 2018/2019 season to 2020/2021 season.

Coppa Italia is Italy’s single-elimination domestic Cup competition, and Supercoppa Italiana is the annual matchup between the winner of Italy’s Serie A versus the Coppa Italia champion.

The 2018/19 Coppa Italia is already well underway, with 16 teams from Serie A, Serie B and Serie C set to take on each other in December, before the eight sides to win their ties will join Serie A’s top eight outfits, who enter the competition at the last-16 stage.

“Italian football is one of the best in the world and we are so glad to offer the matches of Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana to our 20 million users in Africa,” said Shi Maochu, StarTimes Sports Director.

Shi said: “Consistent with StarTimes’ mission and values, our search for best sport contents is always at the heart of our commitment to service excellence. In this regard, our partnership with Lega Serie A will definitely help to serve up a football feast to African football fans in the coming days.”

“We are delighted to have closed this important 3 years partnership for the Sub-Saharan Africa” commented Marco Brunelli, Lega Serie A CEO “We deem that Coppa Italia and SuperCoppa Italiana deserve visibility all over the world and with StarTimes we will cover a wider part of the African continent, assuring the valorization of our properties.”

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Kwese iflix Leads Digital Entertainment Revolution in Africa

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Econet Media’s Pan-African broadcast network, Kwesé, has announced that it will grant loyal Kwesé TV subscribers complimentary access to Kwesé iflix for 12 months, aimed towards rewarding its loyal customers with game-changing, digital entertainment.

 

The company in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos stated that Kwesé TV subscribers with active subscription as at 31 October, can indulge in one year’s worth of uninterrupted access to a vast library of the best international, regional and local content programmes.

 

Joe Hundah, President & Group Chief Executive, Econet Media, said that “We have seen a noticeable shift in consumer viewing habits in recent years namely; increased video consumption on mobile phones, and growing popularity of OTT services across our markets.

 

“It is with these changes in mind, that Econet Media has taken the strategic decision to refocus efforts towards a digital product offering.

 

“We believe that the future of TV in Africa is the internet, and the home of the internet in Africa is mobile,”

 

“In making these changes however, we do not want to leave our loyal DTH customer base behind. We hope they will continue to support Kwesé well into the future, as we remain committed to providing the best sports and entertainment content.”

 

Since the launch of Kwesé iflix in June 2018, the business has quickly gained market share of over two million registered users in 4 countries.

As numbers continue to grow each day, Kwesé iflix is well on its way to becoming the number one mobile entertainment app in Africa.

 

In recent years, there were only two models of streaming video-on-demand services available to the African market.

 

The statement further stated that “Kwesé iflix found a niche in a third offering by expanding on the traditional video-on-demand model it introduced new, engaging, localised programming and features, providing a one-stop-shop for all generations’ preferences.

 

“With over 240 studio partnerships Kwesé iflix combines thousands of hours of top quality international and local movies and TV shows, with live sporting events, news programming, educational series and kids’ entertainment.

 

“It is the first app in Africa to provide mobile customers with standalone access to on-demand content (not connected to pay TV subscription), and a unique live sport and entertainment content offering through its our live content hub feature.

 

“Kwesé intends on growing its home-grown content offering, by commissioning ground-breaking originals to support regional media industries.

 

“November will mark the launch of Kwesé iflix original programming with a slate comprising of local scripted dramas.

 

“The first a riveting portrayal of life in the streets of Eastlands in Nairobi Kenya, and the second an exciting telenovela from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 

“In the coming months, Kwesé will double its original content catalogue with raw stand-up comedy, educational pieces, as well as the roll out of short form content.

 

“These innovative originals will encompass many firsts for African entertainment.

 

“Kwesé’s goal is simple; to bring the world’s best content, with a strong localised offering in each market, at a price everyone can afford with daily, 3-day, 7-day and a monthly subscription options.

 

“With exciting business changes, improved content offering and complimentary 12 month subscription to Kwesé iflix for qualifying DTH customers, there has never been a better time to be a Kwesé consumers.”

 

For more information regarding Kwesé iflix visit www.kweseiflix.com.

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