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Women in TV: Elizabeth Ampka

“Competition and any challenge excite me. I become more creative when I am faced with a challenge.”
Elizabeth Ampka

Continuing Content Nigeria’s month-long focus on women in the Nigerian TV business, we put the spotlight on Elizabeth Ampka, Kwesé TV’s general manager.

Elizabeth Ampka

Elizabeth Amkpa began her career in the banking industry despite her degree in communications from the University of Cross Rivers State. A few years after her graduation in 1989 she became an officer at the Great Merchant Bank, where she worked for seven years before moving on to become deputy manager of marketing and private banking at FCMB in 2001.

In 2006, Amkpa obtained her masters degree in business administration from the University of Sunderland in the UK. However, upon gaining that degree she veered away from the banking industry to launch a career in media, due to her passion in communications.

She joined MultiChoice has its national head of sales in 2007, helping to develop and implement sales and ensure the growth and reach of one of its pay TV offerings, DSTV.

In 2012, she became the general manager of GOtv, MultiChoice’s DTT platform, aiding in the launch of the pay TV service across 45 cities in Nigeria and also helping to manage the digital switchover transition in collaboration with the federal government.

However, in 2016 she became the general manager of Kwese TV Nigeria, which launched in Nigeria in November 2017.

Amkpa is a firm believer in mentorship, she believes that everyone has something to offer once their talents have been harnessed and directed correctly. With this in mind, she encourages organisations and individuals to mentor young people, some of whom she mentors herself.

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Kwesé returns to Jabu’s Jungle

A fourth season of Jabu’s Jungle is already in the works

African Animated kids’ TV series Jabu’s Jungle is set to enter its third season on African broadcaster Kwese TV.

Produced by South African production company Pixcomm and distributed by Irish company Monster Entertainment, Jabu’s Jungle will be in production on its fourth run while its third season airs on Kwese.

The show’s second season is currently broadcast every weekday at 10.30 on Kwese’s children’s channel Kwese Kids. It is an animated kids adventure series with an African perspective and was commissioned by SABC in South Africa.

Jabu’s Jungle aired its first season in 2016 and has since been aired in 22 African countries, including Nigeria, through Kwese, a subsidiary of Econet Media. As well as Kwese, the show has been licensed to Africa Channel and Africa on Demand.

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Marathon Messiah’s Praise to air

The Redeem Christian Church of God’s sixth Marathon Messiah’s Praise, the world’s longest non-stop annual gospel musical event, will air this month.

This year’s Marathon Messiah’s Praise is announced

The 76-hour event programme has the theme The Great Redeemer and was announced by music director Pastor Kunle Ajayi.

The first marathon was held in 2012 and this year’s is set to begin at 11.00 on Monday February 26 and end by 15.00 on Thursday March 1.

It will air on Dove TV, via DSTV channel 349, Kwesé TV channel 800 and PlayTV channel 940.

According to Ajayi, the live event will reach 10 million viewers, locally and internationally.

“This is a giant step in our quest to bring Marathon Messiah’s Praise to the doorsteps of every living being on the planet. As we are adding more countries this year, our mode of operation has a new touch. We will have two separate stages this year, for Nigeria and the diaspora,” he said.

Marathon Messiah’s Praise will be held in 15 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Spain, UAE, Cameroon, Kenya, Netherlands, Sweden, Malaysia, South Africa and Ireland, as well as Nigeria.

The event will be aired live but Dove TV will be the only network airing a mix of content for the diaspora and Nigeria.

One hundred and fifty ministers and choral groups will take part, with 100,000 people in attendance.

The event will also be shown on other TV channels, yet to be disclosed, and via YouTube.

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Kwesé TV gets to work in Taraba

Pan-African cable network Kwesé TV has commenced operations in Jalingo, Taraba State, reports Gabriella Opara.

Emeka Chinweokwu, a Kwesé TV dealer in Taraba, said: “The official inauguration is an attempt to keep Taraba’s people abreast of the competitive digital world, which offers a lot of opportunities. Kwesé TV offers customers a unique package where they can pay for three days, seven days or 30 days.’’

Mazeli Joseph, Kwesé TV’s head of sales, said the move ensured that customers are guaranteed all-round entertainment from the convenience of their home.

Kwesé TV, which is owned by Econet Media, launched in Nigeria in October and has since added more channels to its platform and collaborated with MTN Nigeria to offer more of its services to subscribers.

Kwesé Free Sports holds exclusive free-to-air rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia and the UK’s Premier League. It is also a broadcast partner of the National Basketball Association in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Kwesé inks alliance with MTN

Econet Media-owned pay TV platform Kwesé TV has entered into an agreement with mobile operator MTN Nigeria to sell its decoders throughout Nigeria.

Elizabeth Amkpa

This collaboration brings Kwesé TV closer to Nigerians, ensuring that costumers who would like to purchase Kwesé TV decoders or packages can do so at any MTN store. There are MTN stores located in Y’ello City Service Centre, Ikeja Service Centre, Palm Connect and Matori Service Centre.

The Kwesé TV kit, comprising a dish, decoder and installation services, retail at N10,960. Customers can also get two months’ free subscription this Yuletide season if they pay an additional N1,590 before December 31.

Commenting on the partnership, Elizabeth Amkpa, general manager of Kwesé TV, stated: “Following the recent launch of our pay TV service in Nigeria, this partnership extends our distribution network and makes our products accessible to even more Nigerian consumers.

“We are currently operating in selected flagship stores in Lagos, and we will soon be available in other major cities across the country in 2018 in partnership with MTN.”

Amkpa also announced that the partnership goes beyond having Kwesé TV decoders at MTN stores as it extends to offering Kwesé TV as mobile video content to MTN subscribers exclusively as part of a video data bundle.

Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka, general manager of enterprise marketing at MTN Nigeria, added: “We are working with Nigeria’s newest pay TV provider to offer premium TV and video content to our consumers.

“This is part of our efforts to continue to deliver innovative services to Nigerians through our wide distribution network across the country, in consonance with the MTN vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world.”

Kwesé TV offers premium content of more than 70 channels with a diverse mix of news, entertainment, kids programmes, movies and live sports. Kwesé TV also offers its services on-the-go via the Kwesé TV app.

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Youth net Hip TV joins Kwesé

Nigerian contemporary music and lifestyle channel Hip TV has been added to the line-up of entertainment channels on pay TV platform Kwesé TV.

Elizabeth Amkpa

Available on channel 610, the youth-focused net joins a bouquet of exclusive entertainment channels on Kwesé TV. This includes Box TV, Trace Africa, Trace Gospel, Trace Mziki and Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs’ music channel Revolt TV.

Hip TV, owned by Smooth Promotions CEO Ayo Animashaun, is known for its exclusive interviews with Nigerian celebrities, entertainment news and red carpet moments.

Speaking about the addition of Hip TV, Elizabeth Amkpa, Kwesé TV Nigeria’s general manager, said: “Kwesé TV is Afrocentric and youthful so we are happy to have Hip TV, a home-grown channel for a youthful audience, on our platform.”

“Whether you are in the mood for the distinctly Naija beat, hip hop, R&B or gospel from around the world, you will find them all on Kwesé TV.”

Hip TV adds to the varied list of more than 70 channels that are carried by Kwesé TV, which is part of Econet Media. The Hip TV channel is also carried on Multichoice’s DStv platform.

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Kwesé TV strikes TV One deal

Pan-African broadcast network Kwesé TV has agreed an exclusive deal with US cablenet TV One to bring the latter’s content to African viewers.

Joseph Hundah

Kwesé TV, part of Econet Media, will add 25 titles from TV One to its schedule as part of the three-year deal, spanning real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series and movies.

This includes When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Mikki Howard Story, The Black List and sitcoms Born Again Virgin and Love That Girl.

“We are always looking for fresh, rich and entertaining content to add to our line-up, thus the addition of TV One to our bouquet is a great feat,” said Joseph Hundah, Econet Media’s president and CEO.

“The network’s compelling and distinctive programming will help broaden and strengthen the diversity of our international content offering. We are confident TV One’s high-quality and well-rounded content will captivate viewers across the continent.”

Michelle Rice, TV One’s interim general manager and executive VP, content distribution and marketing, said the cablenet’s programming represented “the best in African American culture and entertainment.”

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