In recent weeks, the debate concerning the billing model for the pay-television industry in Nigeria has shifted to the lack of implementation of the pay-per-view (PPV) billing model. This issue has, undeniably, dominated discussions in both the traditional and social media, particularly because of the profile of individuals that have expressed their position on the issue.
Some political office holders such as Hon. Unyime Idem, the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Communication and Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, have both advocated and insisted that pay-TV operators ditch the monthly bundling model for PPV. The duo alongside other advocates have claimed that the PPV model is in widespread use in various countries, adding that subscribers can select channels they prefer to view and pay for daily, weekly or bi-monthly packages, similar to the billing system the telecommunications industry. They also claimed that the advocated model would provide an affordable option for poor Nigerians and reduce money spent on subscription, even when the service is not used due to the erratic nature of power supply in the country.
But the claims of PPV advocates in Nigeria just barely scratches the surface regarding the issue. In the promotion of their agenda, the campaigners did not disclose the full implications of the PPV implementation on Nigerian subscribers. The PPV model cannot be and is falsely equated to the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) system operational in the telecommunications industry.
It is instructive to note that the PAYG model is not operational in the pay-TV industry anywhere in the world. Telephone users are being billed for the time used for a phone call, hence the usage of the PAYG model in the telecommunications sector. The claim that viewers are only billed for the amount of time when the television is switched on in other climes as preposterously declared by the PAYG advocates is nothing but a creation of false impression, thereby misleading the Nigerian public. This is because content, and not time, is the currency bought by pay-TV operators. Therefore, the pay-TV’s industry billing system, for all intents and purposes, cannot be equated to that of the telcos.
Furthermore, it is not difficult to grasp while timing is not used as a billing metrics in pay-TV. The technology used in Pay-TV broadcast transmits signal in one direction: directly to the decoder; not to the operator. What this means is the pay-TV operator is unable to know whether or not a subscriber is watching.
However, the real pay-per-view model that is intended to be advocated by the campaigners as is a billing system which allows subscribers to pay a ONE-TIME fee view the broadcast of high-priced programmes that include feature films, and one-off live sporting and entertainment events. It can be described as a la carte – a system in which customers subscribe to individual channels or programmes.
So, if subscribers in Nigeria want to get access to their preferred channels or programmes as it is done in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and some parts of Europe, they must pay a one-off payment fee. For example, the comeback bout between two boxing legends, “Iron” Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jnr., is billed to air on PPV in the US at $49.99, which is approximately N19,996 (using interbank rates).
The aforementioned amount is the premium price just for a single event, not a monthly subscription fee that the price bundling option provides! About 82.9 million Nigerians spend less than $1 on basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, health, education, electricity, and security. If the bout is to be broadcast via PPV in Nigeria, that price would be ridiculous for an average Nigerian subscriber to pay as it is ultra-expensive. And there is no guarantee that the two old men will even last the scheduled eight rounds of their anticipated clash in the US state of California on 12 September. The subscriber cannot request a refund even if he or she perceives that time spent on watching the forthcoming bout was underutilised or the value sought for was not attained.
Another example of the astronomical price of PPV was the heavyweight boxing title rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in February 2020. The bout was billed at $79.99 (High Definition), approximately N31,516; and $69.99 (Standard Definition), approximately N27,576, in the US. The bout also cost £61 (HD), approximately N30,683, and £53 (SD) N26,659, in the UK.
In 2017, the exhibition boxing bout between a former boxer, Floyd Mayweather, and retired Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Connor McGregor, was sold to PPV subscribers in the US at $99.99 (HD) and $89.99 (SD). Similarly, the blockbuster boxing clash between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was sold for $99.5.
Again, what the vociferous advocates of PPV failed to mention for a subscriber to view for an event via PPV, he or she must, first of all, have an active subscription with the pay-TV operator. For example, anyone who wants to watch a live football match or a boxing bout via PPV, such subscriber must, first of all, have an active DStv Premium or StarTimes Super Bouquet packages (the two leading pay-TV operators in the country) before viewing these events. Meanwhile, the three above-mentioned fights already held were watched on DStv in Nigeria at no extra cost to subscribers. What is more: the PPV bill is not included in the normal subscription bill, as the subscriber must an additional bill for the PPV.
The reasons for the expensive cost of PPV is not farfetched. Factors such as the quality of programming, the cost of production, content right buying, sub-licensing and content marketing and distribution agreements determine the cost of PPV broadcasts. These factors vary across various countries, yet the price remains steep everywhere.
The price of PPV, as seen from the aforementioned countries, is double the price of the highest packages of the two leading pay-TV operators in the country. It is, therefore, not cheap for the Nigerian populace as claimed by its advocates.
PPV is that fanciful service that a large number of working Nigerian adults would not be able to afford once implemented in the country.
Ntoka, a public commentator, writes from Lagos
Napoli have confirmed the arrival of highly rated Lille striker Victor Osimhen for an initial €60 million (£54.9 million) fee.
Osimhen has put pen to paper on a long-term deal and becomes the most expensive transfer deal of the summer so far.
The 21-year-old managed 13 league goals for Lille this season before the French campaign was ended early owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Osimhen had been regularly linked with a move to the Premier League and it reportedly took a lot of convincing for the youngster to accept Napoli’s offer.
The Nigeria international also changed agent midway through discussions with the Serie A outfit, which made the deal even more complicated.
However, Napoli have now got a deal for the youngster over the line in what could prove one of the most significant transfers of the summer.
With clubs trying to work out how much their players are worth following the Coronavirus pandemic, they will no doubt use the fee paid for Osimhen as a benchmark.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has debunked stories making the rounds that government and the corporation’s officials sold 48 million barrels of stolen crude oil as blatant falsehoods sponsored by a company, SAMONA SA DE CV.
The corporation in a statement issued on its behalf by its counsel, Afe Babalola &Co, on Thursday said the false publications replicated the content of a recent letter forwarded to the NNPC on behalf of SAMANO SA DE CV by its Solicitors, Messrs. Lords & Temple.
The statement reads:’The Management of the Corporation states emphatically that these publications are replete with falsehoods, offensive, gold-digging and a calculated attempt by the said SAMANO SA DE CV (SAMANO) working in concert with its local and international agents to intimidate, blackmail and extort money from the Federal Government of Nigeria and NNPC. Given the attention which these publications have generated, NNPC deems it necessary to make the following clarifications:
SAMANO first contacted officials of the Federal Government of Nigeria sometime in 2015 indicating that it had been approached by an unnamed group in the People’s Republic of China to buy 48 Million Barrels of Nigerian Crude Oil which they believed to have been stolen from Nigeria. According to SAMANO, this crude had been stolen and shipped to China before the inception of President Buhari’s administration in 2015.
⦁ SAMANO requested that it be allowed to purchase the stolen crude after its recovery by the Federal Government.
⦁ Shortly thereafter, SAMANO indicated that it was not interested in buying the said stolen crude as it only obliged the Federal Government with the information to assist the President Buhari-led administration’s fight against corruption.
⦁ The Federal Government and NNPC receive hundreds of spurious claims of this nature daily, and they always turn out to be false.
⦁ NNPC also believed that based on the operations and state of the international crude oil market in 2015, it was impossible to ship 48 Million Barrels of Crude Oil from Nigeria to China without any record or trace of same.
⦁ For context, as of 2015, the daily production of crude oil in Nigeria was below 1.6 million barrels. Therefore, 48 million barrels of crude oil would have been the total production capacity of the country for a whole month. It was and remains simply impossible for one-month crude oil production for the entire country to disappear without any record or trace from the shores of the country.
⦁ NNPC was also aware that as at the material time and considering the fact that the People’s Republic of China is one of the most regulated economies in the world, the export of Crude Oil from Nigeria to China was exclusively undertaken by four known companies approved by, under the control, ownership, and management of the Chinese Government. It would, therefore, have been impossible to transport 48 Million Barrels of Crude Oil from Nigeria to China without the active involvement of the said companies. Again, from an economic perspective, it made little sense that anyone would store that volume of Crude Oil in China for such a considerable period having regard to the attendant significant storage costs. It is noteworthy that the Chinese Government had, through its officials, stated emphatically in response to this allegation at different fora including the United Nations General Assembly that there was NO stolen Nigerian Crude Oil stored in any port or terminal or storage facility in China.
⦁ Despite these reservations and in view of the fact that transparency, accountability, the fight against corruption and the recovery of the country’s looted resources have been integral components of State policy under the administration of his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Government of Nigeria set up the Presidential Committee on Recovery of Stolen Nigerian Crude Oil in response to the claims made by several companies including SAMANO over alleged stolen Nigerian Crude Oil stored in China.
⦁ The said Presidential Committee requested that SAMANO furnish it with evidence in proof of its allegations to enable it to investigate and verify its claim. Still, SAMANO refused, neglected or failed to provide the Committee with any cogent and verifiable evidence in support of its allegations.
⦁ Notwithstanding the failure of SAMANO to produce verifiable evidence in support of its allegations, for completeness, relevant officials were mandated to pay an in-person visit to China and further investigate SAMANO’s claim.
⦁ During this fact-finding trip to China, it was discovered that SAMANO’s claim was false as there were no 48 Million Barrels of stolen Nigerian Crude Oil or any stolen Nigerian Crude Oil in any port, terminal or storage facility in China. It was also discovered that all the documents previously presented by SAMANO in support of its claims were not genuine. A report of this finding was issued by the Committee to Mr. President.
⦁ Consequently, the Federal Government terminated all communications with SAMANO as it became apparent that its claim was a hoax.
⦁ When SAMANO realized that the Federal Government was no longer interested in the non-existent stolen crude, it resorted to blackmail and intimidation of key officials of the Government. SAMANO threatened that it would publicize the fact that the non-existent crude had been recovered, sold and proceeds looted by senior government officials and other personalities when it knew this was absolute falsehood.
⦁ SAMANO made several demands including the demand that it be paid the sum of $125,000,000:00 (One Hundred and Twenty-Five Million United States Dollars) by the government officials to prevent it from disclosing this false information to the public. This demand soon metamorphosed into harassment as SAMANO embarked on a mischievous exercise to embarrass the Federal Government of Nigeria on international media platforms and before several international institutions like the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) all in a calculated bid to blackmail the Federal Government of Nigeria and NNPC into paying it a significant amount of money as compensation.
⦁ As a result of the constant harassment, NNPC was constrained to make a formal report to the Department of State Security (DSS) and Nigeria Police while other victims wrote petitions in respect of the same subject to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation.
⦁ After a thorough investigation by the Police and DSS and confessions by agents of SAMANO, it was discovered that the allegations of conspiracy, forgery, obtaining money by false pretence, blackmail and extortion were well-founded and that some of the fraudulent activities of one Mr Ramirez and Mr Jose Salazar Tinajero (both agents of SAMANO) constituted a threat to the national security of Nigeria.
⦁ During its investigation, the Nigerian Police discovered that SAMANO is part of a notorious crime syndicate that habitually intimidates, blackmails, and defrauds government officials and other high-profile persons. For instance, it was discovered that Mr Ramirez, SAMANO’s representative, was indicted by the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas as the mastermind of a scheme leading to the loss of several millions of dollars through various mail and wire frauds between 2010 and 2013. The Police became aware that Mr Ramirez fled the United States of America and settled in Nigeria where he continued his criminal activities in conjunction with SAMANO and its Managing Director. There is a subsisting warrant issued by the United States Government for the arrest of Mr. Ramirez. His wife has been convicted in the United States for her role in a visa lottery scam he masterminded.
⦁ NNPC is aware that this investigation led to the filing of Charge No.: FCT/HC/BU/CR/134/2019 between Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Marco Antonio Ramirez & 4 Others at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Some of the offences in the charge are criminal conspiracy, forgery, extortion and attempt to obtain money by false pretence.
⦁ NNPC also understands that Mr Ramirez and his cohorts are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for other unrelated offences at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja in Charge No: FCT/HC/CR/147/2016 and the Federal High Court, Lagos in Charge No: ID/2763/2016.
⦁ NNPC is convinced that the chameleonic posture of SAMANO as a potential buyer, then gratuitous informant and subsequently a whistle-blower demonstrates its desperation to hoodwink and defraud the Federal Republic of Nigeria by all means.
⦁ In its latest correspondence to NNPC, SAMANO claims that it is entitled to compensation for supplying information on the missing crude oil pursuant to the Federal Government’s Whistle Blower Policy. However, the information (which has proved to be pure falsehood) forming the basis of this claim was furnished in 2015 whilst the Whistle-blower Policy of the Federal Government only commenced in December 2016.
⦁ SAMANO also failed to follow due process or establish that the information it allegedly provided led to any recovery or that the information was disseminated through the proper channel – the Federal Ministry of Finance online portal or in writing to the Federal Ministry of Finance or the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit Unit. SAMANO’s actions were contrary to the laid down policy of the government on whistleblowing. Indeed, SAMANO does not qualify as a whistle-blower under this policy, particularly as no benefit whatsoever was derived from the piece of falsehood it provided at the time.
In view of the foregoing, NNPC urges members of the public to disregard the publications sponsored by SAMANO. They are at best diversionary and in furtherance of its scheme to fleece Nigeria. SAMANO’s attempt to shift attention from the on-going criminal charges against its Managing Director and agents will not fly. NNPC has instructed Counsel to take appropriate legal actions against SAMANO and its officers for the injury done to the Corporation and its officials by the falsehoods peddled by SAMANO and its agents.”
Cristiano Ronaldo has celebrated winning yet another league title by spending £5.5 million on a new luxury yacht.
Juventus were confirmed Serie A champions after a 2-0 victory over Sampdoria on Sunday and it’s the seventh league title of Ronaldo’s career.
The 35-year-old has decided to commemorate the victory by splashing out on the vessel, which boasts five cabins, six bathrooms, a large lounge as well as a kitchen.
His girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez shared images on Instagram to give fans a peek inside.
Ronaldo and Rodriguez set sail for the first time this week after the yacht caught the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s eye at the Azimut-Benetti shipyards in Viareggio.
The Portuguese international picked out the yacht himself and also took his four children along.
On the pitch, it’s been another scintillating season and Ronaldo has scored 31 goals in 33 league games this season.
Juventus fell to a 2-0 defeat against Cagliari last night and they face Roma on Saturday in what will be their fifth game in 12 days.
Manager Maurizio Sarri has vented his frustrations post-match and has threatened to play an under-23’s team this weekend.
“Conceding 40 goals this season might be a concern, but tonight’s game was not,” he explained per Goal.
“We had injured players and we came off a championship win 68 hours ago, so it was an atypical game that should be taken for what it is.
“We must become more solid. But we are the only ones in Europe who have played five games in 12 days, the league has created huge problems for us.
“Let’s see how we are tomorrow and if it is appropriate to deploy the Under-23s on Saturday against Roma to make the best recovery.”
When asked about starting Ronaldo with the league already wrapped up and Champions League looming, Sarri replied: “At times Cristiano and [Gonzalo] Higuain clicked because we did create chances, but we lacked a bit of class and ruthlessness tonight.
“Cristiano was very motivated, he wanted to play because he felt good and ready to play.”
It’s a long weekend and GOtv is making it extra special with quality video entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. Customers on GOtv Max will enjoy access to all the LIVE sporting events this long weekend including the grand finale of AM Owambe, Sunday Live Eviction show on BBNaija, movies on M-Net Movies Zone, and so much more.
Here’s your guide on what to watch on GOtv Max this weekend:
ESPN is back! (channel 38) Get full access to huge selection on live sports and other thrilling events such as, Major League Soccer: 2020, KF: Wedstrijd at 1:05am on Friday, 31st July, Scottish Premiership 2020 – 21: Aberdeen vs Rangers at 12:25pm on Saturday, 1st August and many more! Visit ESPN for broadcast details and follow @ESPNAfrica for updates.
On StarLife (channel 23), Shivaay airs on Sunday, 2nd August at 2pm. To unite his daughter Gaura with her Bulgarian mother Olga, Shivaay, an Indian man, travels overseas. On the way, a child trafficker kidnaps Gaura, causing Shivaay to pursue him.
Do you have a favourite housemate in BBNaija S5? Well, keep them in Biggie’s house by voting on the website and mobile site – www.africamagic.tv/bigbrother after Monday nominations. Also, via SMS by texting ‘VOTE’ and the ‘NAME’ of the ‘HOUSEMATE’ to ‘32052’. (SMS costs N30 for Nigeria only and available on the participating networks – Airtel, MTN and 9Mobile). Active GOtv subscribers will get more votes via the MyGOtv app; GOtv Max customers get 350 votes while GOtv Jolli customers get 200 votes. Stay tuned this Sunday, 2nd August at 7pm to find out which housemate (s) will be evicted!
This weekend join Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner in this explosive drama as FBI agents who travel to Saudi Arabia to investigate a terrorist attack on an American housing compound in the block buster, The kingdom. Airs on Friday, 31st July at 8:30pm on BET (channel 21),
The FA Cup Final between Arsenal vs Chelsea is here! Do not miss the conclusion of the match LIVE this Saturday, 1st August at 5:30pm. Catch all the action on SuperSport Select 5 (channel 36). Visit SuperSport for more details on this match and other LIVE sporting action.
On Investigation Discovery (channel 52), the debut season of Unmasked S1 airs on Saturdays 1st August at 7pm. On the episode ‘The Killer Clown’, Doreen Erbert answers the door to a trick-or-treater on Halloween, only to face a masked murderer. With no clear description of the killer, everyone is a suspect.
Don’t miss out the finale of AM Owambe Saturday With Indomie this Saturday, 1st August at 8:30pm!
The exciting three-hour-long show will see high levels of energetic performance by Laolu Gbenjo band and a guest appearance from Nigerian stand-up comedian, Kenny Blaq. Showing on AM Family (channel 2)
For movie lovers, catch Terminator Genisys on M-Net Movie Zone (channel 3) which airs on Sunday, 2nd August at 8pm. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns for this Terminator instalment. Fighters are sent back in time to protect Sarah Connor but are met with unexpected complications in the timeline.
Reconnect now on the GOtv Max package to have access to quality programming on channels such as Select 5, BET, M-Net Movie Zone and so much more for the price of N3,280! You can make use of the MyGOtv app from the comfort of your homes to upgrade or reconnect.
Follow GOtv on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find out more entertaining movies and TV series in July. Reconnect today! Visit GOtv or download the MyGOtv app from the iOS and Android store for other self-service options.
There are currently 285, 235, 850 connected Global System for Mobile (GSM) lines in Nigeria by the end of June 30, 2020.
This is based on the latest statistics released by telecommunications regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
This figure, according to the NCC, is lower than the figures obtained in the month of May. For instance, the commission recorded 286, 609, 803 connected GSM lines by May ending, 2020.
But out of the 285, 235, 850 connected GSM lines for the month of June, only 196, 039, 869 GSM lines are active, an increment over the 191, 934, 138 active GSM lines recorded for the month of May, 2020.
Besides the 196, 039, 869 active GSM lines for the month of June, there are 107,122 active Fixed Wired/Wireless lines, 232, 551 active Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), making a total of 196, 379, 542 active lines, which is higher than the 192, 267, 890 total active lines recorded by NCC for the month of May, 2020.
Also for the month of June, the NCC recorded 216,001 connected Fixed Wired/Wireless, 1,033, 240 connected VoIP lines, making a total of 286, 485, 091 connected lines in Nigeria. The commission also put total teledensity in Nigeria at 102.88.
The NCC is the independent National Regulatory Authority for the telecommunications industry in Nigeria responsible for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient telecommunications services throughout the country.
Over the years, NCC has earned a reputation as a foremost Telecom regulatory agency in Africa.
The Commission is hoping to catalyze the use of ICT’S for different aspect of national development.
The Commission has initiated several programmes such as State Accelerated Broadband Initiative (SABI) and Wire Nigeria Project (WIN) to help stimulate demand and accelerate the uptake of ICT tools and services necessary for the enthronement of a knowledge society in Nigeria.
- On that night, M-Net will also be available to DStv Compact Plus, Compact and Confam viewers!
M-Net, the MultiChoice Group’s flagship channel on DStv Premium, has acquired the rights from The Walt Disney Company to screen Black Is King across Africa. The film by Beyoncé is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift from last year’s release of Disney’s The Lion King. The teaser and trailer about this new visual album are already taking the world by storm.
More good news is that M-Net will bring Black Is King to the continent within 24-hours of its debut on Disney+. The M-Net screening is scheduled for Saturday, 1 August at 9:00 PM WAT. And, DStv customers who don’t have access to M-Net can shrug off any FOMO (fear of missing out). As a special treat for those subscribing to other DStv packages, the MultiChoice Group will open M-Net to DStv Compact Plus, Compact and Confam for two hours on the night that Black Is King arrives in Africa. Furthermore, DStv Premium customers will be able to enjoy it on DStv Catch Up for 30 days.
“Showcasing this landmark visual album and global television event to as many of our loyal viewers as possible, MultiChoice Group and M-Net yet again cement their reputation as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, “says Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice Group CEO: Video Entertainment. “We’re very excited to be part of this global event, but what makes Black Is King even more important for us is that it shines the spotlight on the many phenomenal African creatives who were involved in the project – both on-screen and behind the scenes.”
Christine Service, Senior Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Africa, adds: “Black Is King is a powerful, relevant and timely creative and celebratory expression of identity that we felt was important to be shared with fans across Africa as it launched globally on Disney+. We’re thrilled to continue the journey that started with The Lion King.”
Starring featured artists from the film’s music soundtrack as well as guest appearances, Black Is King tells the story of a young king’s journey through betrayal, love
, and self-identity. Guided by his ancestors, father, and childhood love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne.
Thus, it reimagines the lessons of last year’s The Lion King for today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns. The film was in production for a year, with a cast and crew that represent diversity and connectivity.
Black Is King features an impressive list of diverse voices on its creative team, including directors Emmanuel Adjei (the film Shahmaran), Blitz Bazawule (the film The Burial of Kojo), Pierre Debusschere (Mine and Ghost videos for Beyoncé), Jenn Nkiru (BLACK TO TECHNO film), Ibra Ake (creative director and producer on This is America video for Childish Gambino), Dikayl Rimmasch (CACHAO, UNO MAS film), Jake Nava (Crazy in Love, Single Ladies, Partition videos for Beyoncé) and co-director and long-time collaborator of Beyoncé, Kwasi Fordjour.
The list of additional co-directors and second unit directors adds to the crew’s global representation, including Dafe Oboro, Julian Klincewicz, Derek Milton, Meji Alabi, Joshua Kissi, Alexandre Moors and Deon Van Zyl.
Filmed in various locations, the film’s cinematography captures beautiful people and landscapes across continents, starting in New York, then Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London, and Belgium. From all those places came an extraordinary cast of actors and dancers that influenced the film’s rich tableau and vibrant choreography.
The new trailer provides a glimpse of some of the special guests in the film. They include models Aweng Ade-Chuol and Adut Akech, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Tina Knowles-Lawson, author and Academy Award®-winning actor Lupita Nyong’o, singer Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams, and JAY-Z, among others. Many artists featured on The Lion King: The Gift album also makes appearances.
Among the well-known Mzansi stars featured in Black Is King are Connie Chiume (Gomora), Nandi Madida (The Road), Nyaniso Dzedze (Binnelanders) and Warren Masemola (The River).
For more information on this new exciting special, visit mnet.tv. To join the conversation, follow M-Net on Twitter @Mnet (#BLACKISKING) or on the official M-Net Facebook page.
The past few weeks since the lockdown has been a sore touchpoint for Owambe lovers. Content creators have had to introduce new ways to get people entertained. One of such amazing creations is the Owambe Saturday with Indomie by Africa Magic. This has helped fill the void created by physical distancing and by extension there’s a drastic cut down on Owambe parties.
This Saturday 1 August 2020 will air the finale episode of the three-hour feature of Africa Magic Owambe Saturday and making a special appearance is the award-winning music comedian Kenny Blaq. Also, to end the show on a high note and get our feet dancing to very entertaining Nigerian music is Band Laolu Gbenjo.
The show which has been hosted by ace comedian, OAP and actor, Yaw has brought so much joy to the homes of Nigerians and for nine weeks have featured the best of music bands Owambe parties has to offer. The AM Owambe Saturday with Indomie will be sorely missed.
So, get your dancing shoes ready and tune in at 8:30 PM to a total package of entertainment, music, dance, and comedy on Africa Magic Urban (DStv Channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv Channel 154 and GOtv Channel 2) for that awesome party experience!
For more information on this show, visit www.africamagic.tv and follow the social media updates on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #AMOwambe.
Stay connected or reconnect on any of these DStv packages – Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam and Yanga; and GOtv packages – Max, Jolli to get grooving with these musical stars at home.
Big Brother Naija, BBNaija housemate, Nengi, has revealed when she started smoking weed.
The 22-year-old beauty queen on Thursday, said she started smoking weed when she lost her mum in order for her to get her mind off it.
According to her, weed helps you forget stuff.
Nengi revealed this during a conversation with fellow housemate, Tochi.
“Most people don’t really understand, there are some things that would happen to you that you just need to get your mind off it.
“When I lost my mum, that was when I started smoking weed, because I just want to forget, you know weed helps you forget and stuff.”
She, however, added that she stopped smoking after a while because she had Ulcer.
“Ulcer helped me to stop smoking,” Nengi added.
Ecobank Nigeria has unveiled a special loan package for female entrepreneurs in the country.
The Ecobank Female Entrepreneurs’ Initiative loan is specially designed by the bank to financially empower female business owners and entrepreneurs in the country.
According to the Head, Consumer Asset Product, Ecobank Group, Daberechi Effiong, the EFEI loan as conceived by the bank is targeted at boosting small scale businesses owned by women, adding that it is a further demonstration of the importance the bank attaches to the role of women in sustainable development and contribution to the nation’s economy.
Effiong, who is also the EFEI Coordinator, explained that prospective female business owners could access credit with interest rates as low as 1 per cent, noting that the process for accessing the credit facility is easy and stress-free.
She said: “The EFEI loan is one of our several ways of further encouraging female entrepreneurs in the country.
“As a bank, we believe empowering women will enable them play their role better in the society and the economy.
“This loan would position them for increased participation, validation and contribution to their communities.
“The terms and conditions for accessing the loan are simple and easy such that many female entrepreneurs could readily avail themselves of the opportunity and grow their business.”
Effiong advised the women business owners to approach the bank online through our social media platforms or send a mail to: Allengfirstname.lastname@example.org, for the loan to boost their business, assuring them of Ecobank’s support and assistance in growing their business.
EFEI was introduced by the bank to assist women business owners.
Earlier in the year, Ecobank trained over 140 female business owners through the EFEI platform on digital marketing skills in its state-of-the-art Academy.
This was a follow up to a two-day capacity building on cash flow management and EFEI business opportunities held last year.
The digital training drew participants from Lagos and its environs and they were exposed to seminars, networking events, loans, trade fairs and exhibition of customers’ products.