Africa media and tech investment increases as Ethiopia telecom privatization leads new wave of deals for 2019
Telecom, media and tech investment and consolidation activity in Africa is predicted to reach a record high for 2019.
Esther Dumbiri put her talent with words and colors to good use by starting a publishing firm over a decade ago, a firm that has grown in leaps and bounds.
Adspace Africa in partnership with Eskimi DSP have shortened the gap between outdoor buying and online advertising by allowing you to advertise offline and online at the same time.
[South Africa] Naspers to separately list MultiChoice and unbundle its shares to Naspers shareholders
Naspers has announced of its intention to list its video entertainment business separately on the JSE as MultiChoice Group and simultaneously unbundle its shares in this business to Naspers shareholders.
The sectors are revving up to keep up momentum as the 2019 opens new doors for Nigeria’s stride toward economic balance.
Sub-Saharan Africa is forecast to add more than 16 million pay TV subs between 2018 and 2024 to bring the total to 45.63 million.
Dubbed ‘Step Up’, MultiChoice Nigeria Chief Customer Officer, Martin Mabutho, said the offer reiterates the firm’s commitment to give more value for money to loyal customers.
Known as StarTimes ON, the online video streaming service will be dedicated to providing ultimate entertainment and enriched experience enabling subscribers to access the pay television company channels on the go.
Naspers has announced that its shares have been approved for inclusion in the list of qualifying equity securities to be traded on A2X with effect from 27 December 2018.
Vubiquity, has announced a deal with Discover Digital to provide new international content in Africa starting with TelOne DEOD, Digital Entertainment On Demand, in Zimbabwe.
Elanco Animal Health and Farm Radio International have partnered to produce a 13-week series of radio programs to educate small-scale livestock farmers in North Tanzania.
Response Architects has announced the launch of Shopex TV, the first international TV shopping business in Nigeria.
With the year winding down, Cell C customers will be able to get twice the data for Cell C’s revolutionary mobile service that combines connectivity and entertainment in a unique and great value package, MediaPlay.
Intertrust has partnered with moTV, a provider of a complete OTT/IPTV/HYBRID platform, to bring a complete solution for the African market.
Job Mutai is the Co Founder and the Creative Director of New Age Media agency, a marketing, communications and media company based in Nairobi, Kenya.
A far-reaching in-depth study, led by Nielsen, of television reception throughout Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast, has positioned Eutelsat as satellite market leader within these countries.
In the recent years, South Africa has continued to prove that it is one of the most diverse and promising emerging markets in Africa. The country has become a key global hub for investment, innovation and research.
As Kenya continues to cement its position as East Africa’s economic powerhouse, it has been on a charm offensive targeting African and global public and private players.
The South African filmmakers who returned from the United States of America today are optimistic that their mission will yield positive results in the near future and see them working with the Hollywood companies.
Video entertainment firm, MultiChoice Kenya has announced its membership into the Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK) association which aims at influencing Information Communication and Technology (ICT) policy.
The South African filmmakers who are in the United States of America on an Outward Film and Television Investment Mission told American studios that utilizing the services of black filmmakers for their productions was not tantamount to compromising quality, lowering the standards and diminishing excellence.
Boomplay, African music streaming and download service and Universal Music Group (UMG) have today announced the signing of a landmark licensing agreement covering multiple markets within Africa.
The tech startup fever has been spreading across the globe like bush-fire and Africa has not been left out in this bandwagon. More and more people are entering into the tech space because technology never gets old and new inventions keep evolving.
Blockchain technology came into being in the early 2009. This invention was faced with a lot of backlash as most people lacked prior information about it and were therefore not ready to risk investing in it.
Naspers has announced the executive leadership team for the newly formed MultiChoice Group (formerly Naspers’ Video Entertainment business).
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) will lead a group of filmmakers to Los Angeles in the United States of America to attend the popular American Film Market (AFM) from 30 October – 7 November 2018.
MultiChoice has appointed Nkateko Mabaso as the CEO of M-Net in Sub-Saharan Africa, effective immediately. Mabaso succeeds Yolisa Phahle who has stepped into the role of CEO of General Entertainment for the Video Entertainment segment.
Vista Group International company Vista Entertainment Solutions (‘Vista Cinema’) and Vivendi’s CanalOlympia have signed an agreement to roll-out Vista Cinema’s Veezi across all their cinema venues.
Nestlé Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Diamond Awards for Media Excellence (DAME) Trust Fund to institute a ‘Nestlé Prize for Nutrition Reporting.’
Africa’s entertainment and media industry has entered a dynamic new phase - a third wave of convergence.
Naspers has announced its intention to list its Video Entertainment business separately on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and simultaneously to unbundle the shares in this business to its shareholders.
Opera and Worldreader, the global nonprofit that believes everyone can be a reader, announced on the International Literacy Day that African mobile users have spent more than 4 millions hours of reading books on their mobile phones in 2018.
Global music and video streaming platform, TIDAL and Uganda ‘communications operator in offering mobile & fixed telecommunications, MTN Uganda, have announced a first-of-its kind collaboration.
Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Uganda, NBS Television and National Environmental Management Authority have developed and launched an environmental campaign
The Voice of America has officially opened its newest FM radio station in the Republic of Congo.
Universal Music Group (UMG), the global music-based entertainment company has announced a significant expansion of operations within Western Africa, with the launch of Universal Music Nigeria.
Africa.com has completed its acquisition of iAfrica.com, South Africa’s oldest news portal from South African media giant, Primedia (Pty) Ltd and telecom, MTN (Pty) Ltd
Universal Music Group (UMG), the global music-based entertainment, has announced a significant expansion in French-speaking Africa, with the launch of a new strategic division within French-speaking Africa markets.
African digital TV operator StarTimes together with global security device provider SMIT will launch and promote CI Plus 1.3 Conditional Access Modules (CAMs) with the operator profile function to African markets.
“Quest’s World of Wonder can be summed up in one sentence: We’re going to interesting places to meet fascinating people,” says Richard Quest.
A job to promote the blockbuster movie Black Panther may have been one of Osborne Macharia’s greatest breakthroughs, but it also embodied the long and adventurous journey for this Kenyan photographer and digital artist.
Opera News reached 10 million downloads in Africa in just six months since its launch in January 2018. The news app experienced a spike in downloads after its recent update included a football World Cup channel.
Peace Hyde has opened another branch of her innovative entrepreneurship development and skills acquisition non-profit, Aim Higher Africa in Lagos.
Kwesé iflix, a joint venture between Econet Media, Africa’s leading pan-regional media company, has announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria, in partnership with telecommunication company Airtel.
WorldRemit, a digital money transfer service, has signed a deal with Pan-African broadcaster Kwesé TV to use the power of football to scale up its global operations and help more people save money on international transfers.
Kwesé TV, a provider of premium and exclusive sports and general entertainment content has partnered with the furniture retail giant to distribute Kwesé's Direct-To-Home hardware.
Econet Media's dynamic content business, Kwesé TV, has launched in Liberia.
Africa Business Communities is lauching a Tech Platform and is looking for African Startups for both Interviews and Columnists
Kenyan operator Safaricom is piloting a social messaging app that will link to its mobile money platform in an attempt to move the company into the application business.
Tanzanian businessman Ali Mufuruki is seeking to take over control of Wananchi Group Holdings by acquiring a 50 percent shareholding.
Africa Business Communities will be developing a Tech Platform on its website and is therefore looking for a freelance journalist/webmaster
Avid®, the platform that powers media and entertainment, has announced that RTS, a public news broadcaster in Senegal, has transformed its infrastructure by standardizing on the Avid MediaCentral® platform in combination with Avid newsroom and graphics tools.
Telecommunication company Orange and Vivendi have joined forces to meet the expectations of the fast-growing African continent, keen to consume cultural goods and rediscovering, after three decades in which cinemas had all but disappeared.
Azuri Technologies, the first company to launch a complete pay-as-you-go solar TV package in Kenya, has announced a partnership with StarTimes to bring wider choice of content to its off-grid customers.
Angola and the National Geographic Society are preparing to sign, in the short term, a cooperation protocol in the biodiversity conservation segment.
The Africa Channel and Côte Ouest have announced they have signed a broad-ranging strategic alliance in which the parties will jointly pursue distribution, licensing and production opportunities across the globe.
The Magnifi TV sync platform was launched in South Africa towards the middle of 2017 in a partnership with Mobilclicks, a leading mobile media company and its technology partner Silverpush.
France 24 becomes first international news outlet to launch a digital free-to-air English channel in Kenya
France 24, a global media outlet, has launched in Kenya, become the first international news channel to be on a digital free-to-air platform in the country.
British Council in partnership with YNaija.com has launched the West Africa Arts Exchange (WAArtsExchange), a community of the talented artists from West Africa and arts lovers across the world.
MultiChoice Africa and ROK are excited to announce the launch of two brand new channels ROK 2 and ROK 3 on DStv and GOtv on Thursday, 5 April 2018.
A growing number of smallholder farmers in Kenya and Uganda continue to boost household incomes, improve nutrition and ease pressure on forests, thanks to interactive radio programmes.
International commodity price reporting agency Argus continues to expand its global operations, opening a new office in Cape Town, South Africa, this month.
An urgent requirement for new investment into telecom and broadband infrastructure in Africa is driving a fresh flurry of mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, investment and financing activity.
Weber Shandwick, a global communications and engagement firm has opened a fully owned office in Nairobi, Kenya, to meet growing demand from domestic and multinational companies for marketing and communications expertise in the region.
[Kenya] Safaricom partners with iflix to give customers two months of unlimited entertainment access
Iflix, a global entertainment service for emerging markets has partnered with Safaricom to give the firms’ customers up to 60 days of unlimited access to iflix’s service with thousands of the world’s best TV shows, movies and more on every device they own.
Kenya’s top comedian Daniel Ndambuki, aka Churchill, brought the giant flower producer Oserian to a standstill when he visited the farm in preparations to shoot his weekly comedy show Churchill Show.
CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) and Dangote Industries are expanding their long-term partnership by renewing Dangote’s sponsorship within CNN Marketplace Africa, launching a new brand campaign on CNN TV and Digital.
A24 media announces $1milion investment fund targeting disruptive technology developers across Africa
Africa’s content creation and aggregation company A24Media, has announced a $1 million technology investment fund.
Kenya’s mobile network operator Safaricom has launched a new all-inclusive music streaming service offering a wide variety of music to consumers as well as an additional platform for artistes to sell their music.
The global head of TMT for Africa’s largest bank, Standard Bank, is predicting continuing deal flow and increasing investment in Africa’s flourishing telecom, media and technology sector in 2018.
Opera News reaches 1 million downloads in just four weeks and becomes the number 1 news app on Google Play Store in Africa
Available in 38 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and already broadcast in Senegal on Canal+ offer, Africanews is stepping up its presence in the land of Teranga, thanks to the partnership with the new media outlet L'Obs TV
Kirusa, a global leader in communication solutions over data networks for consumers and enterprises, has announced the launch of its InstaVoice Channels Service in partnership with Moov, a leading telecommunications operator in Benin.
With more Kenyans consuming digital content, five Kenyan bloggers have come together to start 24BIT, a Kenyan technology podcast.
TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in TRACE, the afro-urban music and entertainment media.
Ibijoke Maxwell is the Nigerian/British host of the Jo Maxwell Show, a show designed to give exposure to the African community in the UK media.
Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service announce successful integration and scale-up of telemedicine program
Today the Novartis Foundation and Ghana Health Service are announcing the successful integration and scale-up of telemedicine services across Ghana.
Ringier Africa Digital Publishing has entered into a digital content license agreement with The New York Times News Service and Syndicate, the licensing and syndicate division of The New York Times further expanding its news and media portfolio.
Rob Stringer, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment has announced that Daniel Lieberberg has been named President, Continental Europe and Africa, Sony Music Entertainment.
The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation [GBC], has been directed by its Governing Board not to pursue any prosecution of people who may default on the non-payment of TV license fees.
Opera Software has launched of Opera News, a new AI-powered app which enables people to access their favourite news articles and hottest trending videos.
[Côte d'Ivoire] M6 Group acquires 33 per cent stake in in Life TV in deal to open broadcast market to foreign entities
M6 Group has announced that it is participating in the creation of the Life TV channel in the Ivory Coast through the acquisition of a 33% stake in the share capital of the Ivorian company of the same name.
MultiChoice Ghana has directly contributed over $23million towards Ghana’s GDP in the last three years, according to the Board Chairman Richard Darko.
Renowned Kenyan journalist Larry Madowo has described to CNN’s African Voices programme his journey to success and the business of news gathering.
Triton Digital®, the technology provider to the global audio industry has partnered with South Africa’s digital publisher solutions company, 365 Digital, with 365 Digital leveraging the industry’s leading programmatic audio marketplace.
ToLet.com.ng, Nigeria’s leading online property classifieds portal, has in conjunction with their existing investors, Frontier Digital Ventures, acquired Jumia House Nigeria, a competing property portal, for an undisclosed sum.
Orange Botswana will soon deliver world-class video content to its customers across the country thanks to its partnership with recently launched pan-Africa, multi-platform Pay-Tv broadcast network Kwesé TV.
Adisa Amanor-Wilks is an international journalist and communications professional with over 17 years’ experience. She is founder of Abjel Communications, a media and public relations agency keen on positioning Africa on the global stage.
Cinema management software for the global motion picture market and founder of the Vista Group International Vista Entertainment Solutions has signed an agreement with Filmhouse Cinemas in Nigeria.
Envivo Communications Limited has announced plans to launch a new OTT streaming video service, nVIVO TV, powered by the Cisco®Infinite Video Platform, to offer its subscribers access to more ‘Nollywood’ and international video content on more devices throughout Africa.
Xceedia Media has completed the testing and launch of a new, online broadcast station called "Hot Okro Radio."
[Nigeria] Heineken unveils its first Africa inspired fashion collection co-created with African designers
In collaboration with Africa’s emerging design talent, Lulu Mutuli and Azra Walji, global beer brand, Heineken® has launched its first-ever African fashion collection.
Facebook has launched its Nigerian SME Council, the first of its kind on the continent. The council is made up of a combination of 15 startups and established SMEs from a range of industries.
Pan-African broadcaster Kwese TV has launched mobile television service Kwese TV Everywhere (TVE) in Zimbabwe, enabling customers to tether their decoder channels to their phones.
4Sight Holdings Limited has listed in Non-Equity Investment Instruments sector of the JSE's AltX board aimed at small and medium-sized companies.
VICE Media and Econet Media have announced an expansive new joint venture to fully launch VICE into Sub-Saharan Africa.
African media company Kwesé and Netflix, internet entertainment service, have launched a long-term partnership for Sub-Saharan Africa, leveraging Kwesé’s pan-African reach to help make it easier for African consumers to enjoy Netflix.
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Significant shifts are underway in how Africa’s E&M companies compete and generate value, as the quality of the experience they deliver to consumers becomes their primary basis for strategic differentiation and revenue growth.
African Union member states endorse draft statute of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission to boost cinema industry
Ministers of Youth, Culture and sport of the African Union member states meeting in Nairobi have endorsed the Draft Statute of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC).