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.
Sol Mukasa is the founder and head of Brand Honcho, a marketing and advertising agency that is changing the rules of marketing through broadening the way agencies and clients interact with one another.
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).
NATURAL TV, a Turkish channel featuring health, agriculture, music and cultural content, is extending its reach to the West-African audience thanks to SES Video’s broadcasting services.
Streaming platform provider Roku, Inc. and African media company Econet Media, have announced that both companies have entered a Roku Powered license agreement for the launch of streaming TV service Kwesé Play.
TV5MONDE, one of the world's leading television networks, has signed a long-term distribution contract with SES to broadcast three major free-to-air channels to the French-speaking and Francophile public in sub-Saharan Africa.
Actis, a leading growth markets investor, and Genesis Group have signed an agreement to bring the premier cinema to Douala in Cameroon.
The Africa Channel, Inc is set to launch its new streaming video venture -- Demand Africa (DA) -- on October 1.
The ABN Group owners of Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa platforms have recently appointed Peace Hyde as its new Head of Digital Media and Strategic Partnerships.
Black Enterprise (BE) has released its latest exclusive report on African American representation on the corporate boards of 500 of America's largest publicly traded companies today at BlackEnterprise.com.
[Kenya]TVU Networks to avail hundreds of its pack mobile transmitters for the upcoming presidential reelection
TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions will provide comprehensive support to all media organizations in covering the upcoming Kenya presidential re-election vote.
Open Society Foundation launches South Africa Media Innovation Program to fund independent digital media
South Africa Media Innovation Program (SAMIP) to provide dedicated funding and capacity building support to independent media in the country, focused on digital innovation.
Tope Hassan is known as an African Tourist, bootstrapping through African nations to discover African Brands & Entrepreneurs. She founded ISOKO Africa a year ago as a dedicated media outlet for African brands.
Nena Okeke is synonymous with resilience and diversity. Having set up her startup in 2008, it took her six years to see it finally up and running.
P Live in partnership with Facebook will live-stream the Kenyan Presidential Debate that is scheduled to hold on Monday, 24th of July at 5.30pm.
The latest South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) for municipalities, conducted by Consulta, reports that City of Cape Town residents trust their municipality the most and are most satisfied with service delivery.
Sub Saharan Africa over the top content TV to account for 40 per cent of region's revenues by 2022, report
Sub-Saharan Africa OTT TV and video will still be a very immature sector by 2022, with movie and TV episode revenues reaching $640 million for 35 countries.
Though the story line on Africa has progressed – it is no longer about “saving” Africa, but how best to promote investments in Africa – there is still work to be done to tackle inaccurate information about Africa that persists in mainstream media.
As a digital B2B publisher, Africa Business Communities is dedicated to Africa Business News and to connecting Africa business professionals and entrepreneurs with each other.
Showmax, a South African digital entertainment service, has begun the production of it’s first original series. The mockumentary called Tali’s Wedding Diary will star Julia Anastasopoulos.
AfroZons is the first ever Afrobeat show on a major radio FM network in USA. It is a weekly showcase of the latest culture trends, topical conversations and music from Africa.
After an exceptional first season, that saw more than 10 million people in Cameroon and 9 million viewers in Ivory Coast alone tuning in every Saturday, for five months, Voxafrica TV has launched the second season of the highly rated flagship TV show, in French Speaking Africa.
CNN Marketplace Africa discusses new Mastercard digital payment services with Middle East and Africa President
Africa still remains a pivotal market for Mastercard’s global expansion as the company aims to reach 500 million consumers, Raghu Malhotra, President of Middle East and Africa for MasterCard has told CNN Marketplace Africa.
Pan Africa media content creator Orama Media Group (OMG) is set to launch an Africa wide business analysis programme titled This Week in Africa.
Fast growing strategic communications firm KG&A Advertising has secured a partnership with pan African broadcast content provider, Orama Media Group to manage its media space and offer strategic research across Africa for its soon-to-be-launched This Week in Africa business programme.
IFPI, representing the recording industry worldwide, and the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), have signed a landmark agreement that will enhance the rights of African artists and their music.
Econet Media has signed a multi-territory broadcast agreement with TURNER which includes some of its most acclaimed kids and news channels. This agreement is significant as it adds some of the world’s most loved broadcast brands to Kwesé TV’s diverse content offering which is premised on delivering premium programming for the whole family.
Forbes Woman Africa partners with Ecobank to Launch First Television Show, “Against the Odds with Peace Hyde”
FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, the continent’s first-ever women’s interest magazine from the highly-successful FORBES stable, launches its very first television show through FORBES AFRICA TV, in partnership with Ecobank.
Large scale datacentre investment opportunities are increasing in Sub-Saharan Africa as key commercial hubs benefit from the critical combination of high quality international backbone infrastructure (subsea cable) connectivity and mushrooming local demand for data, say investment leaders.
Telecommunication Safaricom has signed a distribution agreement with Econet Media’s Kwesé TV, Africa's newest multi-platform Pay TV network, to deliver premium video content to Kenyan consumers.
Facebook celebrated the achievements and products of its growing African developer and partner ecosystem at its annual F8 developer conference, held in San Jose, California, on 18 and 19 April.