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Let's rebrand Africa, says Akon.

Let's rebrand Africa, says superstar artist and producer Akon (Video)

“The number one brander in the universe is the United States, ” said Akon at the insightful, entertaining, applause-heavy talk he delivered at the recent YouthConnekt Africa Summit ’17 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Bob van Dijk, CEO, Naspers

Africa's largest company to start funding roadshow in the US and UK

Naspers Ltd. will approach investors in the U.S. and the U.K. this about a bond issue as Africa’s biggest company by market value continues its acquisition-hungry quest to expand its internet businesses.

The Wedding Party: Nollywood’s highest-grossing movie to date

From Hollywood To Nollywood: Nigeria's Walk Of Fame

Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria, has embraced the challenges of creating a film industry – Nollywood – that is markedly authentic, undeniably bold, and unapologetically true to its roots.

Wizkid

How Nigeria's Wizkid fashioned a new sound that won global appeal

He has a staggering seven nominations at the Billboard Music Awards and will come to the UK to headline festivals this summer.

Multichoice City, Johannesburg, South Africa

MTN in talks to buy MultiChoice Africa, says report

MTN is in talks on a potential acquisition of pay-TV provider MultiChoice Africa, MyBroadband reports citing industry sources.

Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. Credit: Ike Ude/qz.com

Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million).

Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO, EbonyLife TV. Credit: CNN

Mo Abudu: The Nigerian media mogul building a global empire (Video)

How do you get from a talk show sofa to boardroom chair? If you ask Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu, it’s being motivated by an eagerness to dispel ignorance – more specifically about Africa.

Who takes the throne? Credit: qz.com/HBO

ShowMax is stepping up its pan-African battle with Netflix by putting servers in Kenya

In the battle to become the preferred video content streaming service by a majority of Africans, content servers are the weapon of choice.

Bastian Gotter, Co-Founder, iROKO Partners

iROKOtv Co-Founder Bastian Gotter leaves the company to invest in African startups

Bastian Gotter is the Co-Founder of iROKO, the VC-backed African entertainment and tech company that has single-handedly changed the face of Nollywood content distribution.

Wizkid signed with Sony Music last year

Sony Music seeks Nigeria streaming growth to build on ringback market

Sony Music Entertainment sees big growth prospects for music streaming in Nigeria, thanks to falling internet data costs and a large, growing population, a senior executive told Reuters.

Rachel Maddow, Host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" on MSNBC

Rachel @Maddow's coverage of #ECOWAS and the #Gambia crisis, in particular, was pretty pathetic #ABCView

Typical ignorant and condescending coverage commonly associated with the Western media’s coverage of #Africa

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Strive Masiyiwa builds broadcast empire to challenge MultiChoice

Econet Group is building a broadcasting empire that could challenge MultiChoice’s dominance in the payTV market across the continent.

Midtown Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Credit: myplaydatacharts.com

We Don Blow! The African Music Wave: Lanre Dabiri, Founder, PlayData

I’m at a traffic light, downtown Atlanta last summer and I notice a car that has also stopped for the light beside me playing really loud music.

Yemi Alade and D'Banj with their awards at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Credit: businessoffashion.com/Getty

Why Africa's Musicians Are a Marketing Goldmine

Stylish, dynamic and extremely popular, Africa’s music stars are brand ambassadors for many multinationals in Africa but the fashion industry has yet to grasp their value.

Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix

A new Netflix server in Nigeria will deliver faster streaming and content to its African users

News of Netflix’s expansion to Africa (and pretty much the rest of the world) in January was met with excitement on the continent.

Kemi Adetiba

Nollywood's Must-Watch Director

It’s opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and Kemi Adetiba is about to step onto the stage and into the spotlight.

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

Africa Offers Big Potential for Streaming Video

When the pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv launched in 2012, the Nairobi-based company was one of the first to recognize the untapped potential of the online market on the continent.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

How iROKOtv's Founder built a Nollywood empire to rival Netflix

Seven years ago, when Jason Njoku moved back in with his mother into their public housing apartment in Deptford, southeast London, he felt like a failure.

Food for thought: Cover of ‘Longthroat Memoirs’ by Yemisi Aribisala © Cassava Republic

Publisher's expansion brings Nigerian writers to world stage

Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned in 2009 about the danger of hearing a “single story” about a person, country or continent.

Donald Trump, illustrated as a dictator. Credit: The Daily Show/Comedy Central

The US elections (and their aftermath): Covered as African elections are covered in the West

The US of A, a nation located in the center of the North American continent, is shaken by its latest electoral results.

Monde Twala, VP of Viacom Africa’s BET, Youth and Music portfolio

Viacom and Turner Targeting Africa's Millennials With Multi-Platform Offerings

With more than half the population of Africa under the age of 18, networks are looking for more ways to target young audiences with cross-platform content, hoping to grow today’s generation of increasingly connected African youths into tomorrow’s brand-loyal consumers.

Bob van Dijk, CEO, Naspers

Africa's most valuable company Naspers worth less than what it owns (Infographics)

Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested $34 million in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88 billion.

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa is the owner of Kwesé TV

Billionaire Strive Masiyiwa's Kwesé TV has signed deal to broadcast ESPN sports content in 19 African countries

Kwesé TV, a sports website owned by Econet Media, has partnered with American cable TV channel ESPN in a deal which will see Kwesé exclusively air hours of licensed content from ESPN including its iconic SportsCenter show across 19 countries in Africa.

Yemi Alade

The boom in Africa's music industry continues

Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in the continent’s thriving music industry.

93 Days: Movie honors Nigerian hero doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who helped stop spread of ebola

93 Days: Movie honors Nigerian hero doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who helped stop spread of ebola

As she lay on the hospital bed, weak and coughing, Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh wished her son a happy birthday over the phone. She asked him about his birthday presents and insisted his dad buy him a cake, after all, what’s a birthday without cake?

Green White Green (Movie)

Nollywood: Nigeria stands out at the Toronto International Film Festival

Nigerian filmmakers, producers and actors are hoping a spotlight on Lagos at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will open Nollywood up to the world.

The characters of "An African City". Credit: npr.org

An African City: A Charming, Witty, Fashion Forward African TV show

‘An African City’ is a television and web series that tells the story of five young, single and successful African women who have resettled in Accra, Ghana after living abroad for many years.

Chidi Mokeme (L) and Ramsey Nouah, in the Izu Ojukwu-directed movie '76

Nigeria's Nollywood showcases its massive potential at Toronto Film Festival (Video)

At times it feels like Nollywood has been around forever, such has been the Nigerian movie business’ impact on pan-African pop cultures and awareness around the world—and in Nigeria itself.

IrokoX

iROKO launches IrokoX online portal to showcase Africa's creative talent

Africa’s artists have a new online stage to showcase their talent. Nigeria based digital entertainment startup Iroko has launched IrokoX, a multi-platform Pan-African network for filmmakers, musicians, and other creative aspirants to produce, distribute, and monetize short-form content.

Wizkid: The Nigerian artist is set to sign the biggest record deal ever by an African artist

Wizkid is set to sign the biggest record deal ever by an African artist

Wizkid has pretty much cemented his place as top dog on the scene. The Nigerian star’s adding another notch on his belt with these new reports that he’ll be signing a multi-million dollar deal with a major record label imminently.

The Wedding Party (Movie)

Check out the 8 Nollywood movies taking this year's Toronto International Film Festival by storm (Photos & Videos)

“Lagos is entirely unique,” said Cameron Bailey the programme curator in a statement. “The city of Fela Kuti’s music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Disruptive technology is all about timing: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

I’ve lived back in Nigeria for six years now, fully entrenched in the ways, means and cultural idiosyncrasies of doing business in Africa’s largest economy. Or so I thought …

Davido: “Most music that comes out these days has our elements already in it, so why wouldn’t the people love African music?” (Tom Oxley/Washington Post)

Is this the year that African music will conquer the United States?

Whether it’s through hip-hop, R&B, Top 40 radio or Internet memes, Drake is a ubiquitous presence on our cultural landscape. Yet for all of his inescapable hits in the past few years, it was only in May that Drake finally topped the Billboard charts.

TV and Media in Nigeria - How changing consumer needs are creating a new media landscape: Ericsson

TV and Media in Nigeria - How changing consumer needs are creating a new media landscape: Ericsson (Report)

Increasing ownership of digital devices is prompting Nigerians to explore new modes of content consumption. They want freedom and flexibility and this is manifested in the popularity of digital media and online content.

Tony Allen

Lagos calling: Tony Allen opens up Nigeria's music scene

If you want a city that’s a modern musical powerhouse, you don’t need to think of London or Los Angeles or New York.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv: From 'Netflix of Nigeria' to 'Nollywood' producer

When 36-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur Jason Njoku talks about em­bracing failure, he is speaking from experience.

Wakaa! explores themes including emigration of young Nigerians. U.S. and British universities are very popular with Nigerian students, who often look abroad for better economic opportunities. Credit: Jermaine Sanwoolu/newsweek.com

Nigerian musical Wakaa! targets Broadway after successful London stint

As the curtain falls on the first Nigerian musical to make the leap to a London theater, its executive producer is setting her sights higher still.

They Want Us to Tell Our Stories . But Only In the Way They Want to Hear It

They Want Us to Tell Our Stories. But Only In the Way They Want to Hear It

If you’re a writer of African descent, and you’re plugged into the literary or media scene, you’re probably aware of the term ‘Poverty Porn’.

Kunle Afolayan at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos for the premiere of his new film, The CEO. Photograph: Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images

Premiere on a plane: How Nollywood is aiming mile-high

The world’s most prolific film industry may be beset by problems, but director Kunle Afolayan is hoping to help it take off.

Trace TV buys pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv

Trace TV buys pan-African VOD platform Buni.tv

Trace TV has announced the acquisition of pan-African VOD service Buni.tv, in preparation for the launch of its own VOD platform Trace Play, slated for later this year.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Akosua Adoma Owusu to Adapt Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Short Story

Another novel by acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is getting the film treatment.

Fela Kuti: A militant message couched in uplifting form. Photograph: Leni Sinclair/Getty Images

Here are the 10 best songs by Fela Kuti

A look back over a seminal career that encompassed political dissidence, UFO contact, chicken sacrifice – and some of the greatest dance music ever recorded.