Kwesé and iflix partner to strengthen SVOD service in sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 21, 2018/ — iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, and Econet Media’s pan-African media company, Kwesé, are thrilled to announce an expansion of their ground-breaking partnership in sub-Saharan Africa.

Kwesé has acquired a significant stake in iflix Africa, which will now form part of Kwesé’s diverse broadcast offering, as the core vehicle to deliver seamless mobile experiences to millions of viewers in Africa. Having set up operations in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, iflix offers users the region’s most extensive collection of highly acclaimed local African and international series and movies, including first-to-market exclusive programming. This, in partnership with Kwesé’s broadcast operations and footprint, will create an exceptional mobile offering for consumers on the continent.

Both companies have committed extensive resources with local and international expertise in mobile entertainment to serve Africa’s diverse markets. Econet Group Founder and Executive Chairman, Strive Masiyiwa remarked: “We are thrilled to deepen our operating partnership with iflix to lead the transformation of media in Africa. Our companies share a mutual passion for innovation, along with a deep understanding of the culture and evolution of digital businesses. Mobility in content consumption has grown exponentially in Africa and by partnering with iflix Africa we are ensuring that we are not only taking part in the evolution, but are leading the movement.”

The partnership between iflix and Kwesé ensures the delivery of relevant and compelling content on the best possible platforms. iflix Group Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Britt said: “The strengthening of our relationship with Econet Group is a huge milestone for iflix. Following the initial phase of building our business in Africa, we have seen tremendous growth across our operating markets, far exceeding our expectations. Econet’s deep experience and success in media and telecoms, will be a huge advantage and enable us to continue to grow rapidly.”

The deal cements Kwesé’s commitment to deliver premium content through unrivalled TV programming, leading sports, up-to-the-minute news and the latest in entertainment. This coupled with iflix’s vast collection of international and African SVOD content, will offer users an unparalleled viewing experience, tailored to meet the needs of Africa’s diverse markets.

Kwesé is currently available in 13 countries with its ground-breaking pay-as-you-watch Pay-TV service, and has built the largest pan-African free-to-air broadcast network showcasing Kwesé Free Sport in over 25 countries. The operating partnership will see iflix drive Kwesé’s go-to-market mobile delivery in each of its territories.

Now available to over one billion consumers across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, iflix has established itself as the clear market leader in video streaming. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian and Middle Eastern regional, and local TV shows and movies, including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

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Nigerian Startup Becomes A Finalist At The 2018 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition

Nigeria’s digital publisher, Publiseer, has been announced as one of the 14 finalists of the 2018 Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition, taking place in Boston, MA, United States, on March 2, 2018. The Africa Business Club at Harvard Business School will be hosting the competition to showcase the diversity of entrepreneurs making a difference on the continent today. The competition will be held along with the 20th Africa Business Conference under the theme “Values And Value-Chains: Africa In A New Global Era”.

From the pool of applications, 14 finalists have been invited to pitch their business in front of approximately 700 attendees and receive feedback from a panel of experienced judges. The judges include Samuel Alemayehu of Cambridge Industries, Steven Koltai of Koltai & Company, and Josh Sandler of Lori Systems. The winner and the runner-up of the competition will be awarded cash prices of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Publiseer and other finalists will have the opportunity to participate in the Startup Lab, a workshop for early-stage entrepreneurs to solicit advice from conference participants. Conference participants and Harvard Business School faculty and students with experience in strategy, operations, finance, and other relevant business fields will be recruited to engage with the entrepreneurs and help them ideate and solve their problems.

Publiseer is a digital publishing platform for independent Nigerian authors and artistes. The platform distributes and monetizes the creative works of Nigerian writers and musicians worldwide. With over 130 writers and musicians under Publiseer, Publiseer is one of the largest independent digital publishers in Africa.

Photo: 2018 Conference Co-Chairs: Afua Ahwoi & Aminata Ly

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Big Brother Naija 3 Housemates K.Brule and Khloe Cuddle up

K.Brule and Khloe were seen exchanging some sweet to each other while cuddling up on one of the beds in the big brother house. Recall, Khloe tried to kiss K.Brule earlier, but unfortunately for her, it did not go as particularly planned. Could this be a growing love story?

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New Music: Phyno – Isi Ego

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Get familiar with Tadlife, a movement making the African dream a lifestyle

TADLIFE, a name created from ”The African Dream” and ”Lifestyle” originates from Ghana and is made up of young Africans who have developed so much passion in projecting the African continent is a very positive light.

According to the founder and leader Cecil Tsatsu Tamakloe, they realized that the only way by which Africa can attain great heights of development is by means of encouraging all Africans to make their efforts of building their individual dreams an everyday activity and to have it in their minds that whatever goal they achieve is a goal achieved for Africa and hence must make it a point to project it not only in their name but in the name of Africa for the world to know that it is coming from Africa.

He added that it will take a united Africa with harnessed brain power and skills to build Africa and tackle the challenges Africa is facing so they decided to form such a movement made up of youths of different backgrounds and skills from various field of expertise to help inspire others to join in to make that needed difference an redirect the focus of the youth towards something more proactive and beneficial to their community, the continent and the world at large and to also do more research to be able to educate those in their diaspora on the values, history, culture and heritage of the continent and her people for the world to know the elements of greatness that Africa possesses.

Last year, TADLIFE members together with representatives of other organisation such as GOKA (Go Kreative Africa) organized a candle light procession held in honour of the many lives that were lost in the mudslide disasters that took place in Sierra Leone and DR Congo.

Also, a group of students from Ashesi University were dressed in TADLIFE T-shirts as they represented Ghana and Africa together with Egypt in a competition that was held in the US where they won a couple of awards and on the 26th of December same last year, the team took to the street to reach out to the less privileged on the street with the theme ”TADLIFE MERRY STREET MASS” in which they spent time and interacted with the kids on the street.

This year they plan to do an official launch of the movement with a line up of activities to mark the event. We hope to see more of them and we also hope they come to stay as a strong force promoting Africa across the globe, we also hope other youths of Africa get inspired but then to join in.

Some of the members in a group picture

Students of Ashesi University at an event in the US

The founder in a picture with a group of kids

Members together with kids on the street

Members together with members of other organizations at a Candle light procession

You can follow them on social media @realtadlife on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Email: tadlifeworld@gmail.com

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New Music Video: Niniola – Oyin

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New Music: Kiss Daniel – 4 Days

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