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StarTimes to crown Queen of Nollywood

StarTimes TV has partnered with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) to exclusively broadcast forthcoming reality show Queen of Nollywood.

Tunde Aina

The “acting competition” series aims to highlight Nigerian culture in the entertainment industry and will feature 36 female contestants, representing each state in the country.

The participants will compete in various activities as they are whittled down to a top six who stand a chance to win prizes including cash, a one-year film contract and the chance to become a brand ambassador of the show. The top three will be sponsored to travel to the European country of their choice.

According to Frank Ikegwuonu, creator of the show and president of the Nollywood Executives & Leadership Awards, the activities will include talent hunts and impressions. “These contestants will be expected to mimic four of Nollywood’s most outstanding actresses – Mercy Johnson, Patience Ozokwor, Funke Akindele and Queen Nwokoye,” he said.

“The show is an acting competition where every contestant must have a basic knowledge of the Nigerian culture and language. Each contestant representing each state will have to study the norms and values peculiar to the state she is representing.”

StarTimes Nigeria chief operating officer Tunde Aina said the show portrays local arts and culture positively, with the company planning to “use the network’s public relations machinery to promote and publicise the show in line with best practices in the broadcasting industry.”

He added: “The show aims at displaying our cultural values as a people as well as discovering budding talents that will continue to perform excellently in the entertainment industry.”

Although the organisers are yet to disclose exactly when the show will commence, it is scheduled to begin airing next month.

In partnership with NTA, China’s Star Communications launched StarTimes TV in Nigeria in 2010. The pay TV company currently operates nationwide.

StarTimes recently reduced the rates of its Classic bouquet, dropping the price from N2,600 to N1,900 for all of September and October. Channels in the Classic package include EbonyLife TV, Fox, ST Nollywood Plus and Discovery Family.

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StarTimes feels the Love

Nigerian pay TV platform StarTimes has added another channel, LoveWorld Plus, to its bouquet at no extra cost to subscribers.

Qasim Elegbede

LoveWorld Plus, a religious channel, will offer programming based on Christian teachings, as well as drama, music and other related content. It will be broadcast on channel 465 on StarTimes’ digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform.

Qasim Elegbede, StarTimes Nigeria’s brand and marketing director, said: “LoveWorld Plus is a channel we are especially proud of because part of our core values at StarTimes is to show love, care, and affections towards our customers during the Yuletide season. This we have done with the debut of Love World on Channel 465.”

China-owned StarTimes TV is one of Africa’s leading pay TV platforms with more than 80 channels offering all-round entertainment for families. StarTimes also has the exclusive rights to broadcast the 2018 Fifa World Cup Russia.

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StarTimes, VOE bring Youth Cup

Pay TV platform StarTimes TV Nigeria is working with the Abuja-based VOE Foundation to host the FC Bayern Youth Cup.

Qasim Elegbede

The football tournament, organised by German club FC Bayern, is for U-16 males born between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2003. It is scheduled to begin on January 13 and conclude March 10.

The competition will be held in eight locations across Nigeria in two stages, the national qualifiers and the national finals. It will then progress to the world finals in Germany.

The locations of the Nigerian tournament include: Kaduna, Kano, Jos, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Lagos Island and Mainland, and Abuja.

According to Qasim Elegbede, brand and marketing director at StarTimes Nigeria: “The national qualifiers will commence on January 13 in Abuja and end on February 25 in Lagos, while the national finals will be played on March 10 and 11 in Abuja.”

After the national finals in Nigeria, the best 10 players selected by a FC Bayern representative will represent Team Nigeria at FC Bayern Youth Cup world finals in Germany. This marks the first time an African country is taking part in the competition.

Speaking about the tournament to be held in Nigeria, FC Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “The FC Bayern Youth Cup is a great platform for young players from all over the world to showcase their talent.

“The chance to win a trip to Munich and take part in a five-day training camp with FC Bayern is unique. The young players from Nigeria will meet FC Bayern first team players, visit the last Bundesliga match of the season and play the final tournament just one day afterwards in the Allianz Arena.”

The FC Bayern Youth Cup has had teams from Asia, Europe, North and South America participate since its inception in 2012. Registration for the tournament will end on January 5.

StarTimes TV is one of the leading pay TV platforms in Africa with over 80 channels. StarTimes TV also has exclusive rights to broadcast the 2018 Fifa World Cup, to be held in Russia.

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StarTimes adds channel trio

Pay TV platform StarTimes TV Nigeria has introduced three new channels to its digital terrestrial bouquet.

Qasim Elegbede

The company has this month launched two indigenous channels, Ngbati and Arewa TV, which are in the Yoruba and Hausa languages, respectively. It has also debuted comedy channel U-laff TV.

These channels will air on the pay TV platform on channels 137, 138 and 131, respectively.

Speaking about this new development, StarTimes Nigeria’s brand and marketing director Qasim Elegbede said: “We are very excited about our new channel offerings and the role of StarTimes in promoting local content and cultural values.

“It is a true testament of our vision to transform the pay TV landscape in this country and make digital television services a must-have for all Nigerians. Subscribers can now look out for more interesting movies and series in Hausa and Igbo languages and local English comedy.”

StarTimes TV is one of the leading pay TV platforms in Africa, offering diverse entertainment with over 80 channels cutting across movies, news, sports, TV drama series, kids entertainment, documentaries and indigenous channels.

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StarTimes to broadcast in Maiduguri

StarTimes TV, one of Nigeria’s leading pay TV companies, has announced it will begin broadcasting in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, reports Gabriella Opara.

Qasim Elegbede

The move comes after the firm pledged to deliver affordable and quality entertainment to every home in Nigeria.

Qasim Elegbede, StarTimes’ brand and marketing director, said the company’s latest location marks a significant milestone for the growth of its business, adding: “Maiduguri is an important market for us as we expand our offering across the globe.”

Users in Maiduguri can now purchase a StarTimes decoder for N7900, with one month’s subscription being offered for free. The package includes more than 100 channels that cover sports, news, entertainment and kids’ programmes.

In partnership with the Nigeria Television Authority, Chinese media company Star Communications introduced StarTimes TV to the Nigerian market seven years ago. The service is now available in 60 cities.

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Telly 4 Africa set for Natpe trip

Lagos-based broadcaster Telly 4 Africa will travel to Miami in the US next January for the Natpe conference and market.

Bayo Adebiyi

Telly 4 Africa is the parent company of TV station AwaTV, an indigenous Nigerian entertainment channel broadcast on channel 123 via pay TV platform StarTimes TV.

Bayo Adebiyi, CEO of Telly 4 Africa, aims to acquire content and explore coproduction opportunities for the company’s TV station when he joins the 5,000 executives at the event, organised by the US National Association of Television Program Executives.

Adebiyi told Content Nigeria: “One of the major reasons why Telly 4 Africa will be attending Natpe 2018 is to source new content. Also, we will be networking in the hope of moving into coproduction. Above all, we are going there to learn and exchange ideas with creative minds.”

Natpe 2018 will be held at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Eden Roc hotels from January 16 to 18, featuring 200 speakers and more than 80 exhibitors.

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StarTimes bags World Cup rights

StarTimes TV Nigeria has picked up broadcast rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup football tournament, which takes place in Russia next summer.

StarTimes TV will, for the first time, exclusively broadcast live World Cup fixtures across Sub-Saharan Africa – except South Africa – from June 15 to July 16.

The matches will be carried by five of the pay TV operator’s sports channels; Sports Premium, World Premium, Sports Arena, Sports Life and Sports Focus.

Jay Jay Okocha, Simi and CEO Justin Zhang at the StarTimes event

The local broadcast rights to the 2014 World Cup, which saw hosts Brazil lose to Germany, were held by Nigerian broadcaster Optima Sports Management International.

StarTimes’ deal with Fifa covers the rights to broadcast not only Russia 2018 but all of Fifa’s other tournaments. The pay TV company confirmed the news to business partners and advertisers at an event on Friday.

Held at Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos, the exclusive event was attended by staff and managers of StarTimes TV and movers and shakers in the TV business, sports and entertainment industries.

Guests included Nigerian ex-footballer Jay Jay Okocha and top artist Simi, who performed at the launch.

In celebration of its Russia 2018 World Cup broadcasting partnership, StarTimes TV handed out prizes ranging from StarTimes LED TVs to smartphones and half a year’s worth of subscription bouquets.

Hosting the event was Lolo of Wazobia FM. Many attendees added their signatures to the StarTimes banner placed on the gray carpet.

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