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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.

Social media has become the media in Africa

Social media has become the media in Africa

Five years ago, when Social Media Week launched in Lagos, it was the first event of its kind in Africa on that scale. At the time, social media seemed mostly a fun and useful marketing communications platform.

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.

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.

Linda Ikeji Social

Linda Ikeji Social: Nigeria's super blogger Linda Ikeji launches social network and will share ad revenue with users (Video)

The name Linda Ikeji strikes fear into many a Nigerian celebrity. They’re often petrified their secrets are about be revealed in the powerful one-woman gossip machine that has dominated online media in Nigeria for the last decade.

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.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now. Credit: qz.com/EPA/University of California

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo.

Setting the record straight. Credit: qz.com/Reuters/James Akena

Africans on social media push a missionary group to take down offensive music video about life in Uganda

A music video released this month by Luket Ministries, an Oklahoma missionary group working in Uganda, features five white women in traditional Ugandan dresses dancing with plastic jerry cans, knocking back deworming tablets, and eating sukuma wiki, or kale, with their hands.

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.

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 …

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.

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’.

A black child and a white woman hold hands in Bamako, Mali

#LintonLies: Louise Linton just wrote the perfect White-Savior-in-Africa story

If there is one media narrative about Africa that refuses to be squashed, it’s the White-Savior-in-Africa bug.

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.

Africa Telecom and Tech IPO Pipeline Swells as Growth Companies Target Public Markets. Credit: sokopay.com

Africa Telecom and Tech IPO Pipeline Swells as Growth Companies Target Public Markets

From Nigerian fintech to East African fiber, several exciting and diverse companies are emerging as IPO contenders in Africa’s rapidly growing Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector, according to specialist news provider TMT Finance.

Netflix competitor ShowMax launches in 36 African countries

Netflix competitor ShowMax launches in 36 African countries

ShowMax, the video streaming service from emerging markets media giant Naspers, is launching its offering in 36 African markets.

Michael Ugwu, General Manager, West Africa, Sony Music Entertainment

Michael Ugwu is leading the Nigerian music revolution (Video)

Lagos is a city with a vibrant music scene and is, arguably, the music capital of Africa. When Sony Entertainment, one of the world’s largest record labels, decided to start operations in West Africa, the company turned to Michael Ugwu to be its General Manager.

Nollywood money is big money (Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye)

Nigeria's 'Netflix of Africa' iROKOtv made a 3,000% return for investors

As Nigeria’s tech space has matured over the last few years, it has drawn the attention—and money—of curious investors.

Nigerian pop star, D'banj has been one of the continent's biggest names over the years (Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)

The sound of young urban Africa is set to take over the world's pop charts

London has long been one of the world’s most influential pop culture centers, particularly with fashion and music.

A scene from the movie “Fifty” created by Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV

Nigerian Media Mogul Mo Abudu Making Most of EbonyLife TV Success

On a recent trip to Spain, Nigerian media mogul Mo Abudu seemed to be losing sight of what was meant to be a short retreat.

iROKOtv is the world's largest online distributor of African content and Africa's largest internet TV operator.

Nollywood's French kiss

Romance has blossomed between Nigeria’s iROKO and France’s Canal+, who have signed a multi-million-euro deal to distribute Nollywood hits in French via an app.

A scene from the Lagos set of “Walking Away”, a film from ROK Studios and Divine Touch Productions.

The Netflix of Africa Doesn't Need Hollywood to Win

Walter Taylaur, a gangly, gregarious Nigerian writer-director, needed a place to shoot his movie, Gbomo Gbomo Express, a low-budget “comedy-thriller.” In the movie, the head of a music label hits it off with a socialite while out on the town in Lagos.

The January marriage of radio presenter Tolu Oniru ‘Toolz’ and her pilot fiancé Tunde Demuren was said to among the most star-studded parties Lagos has yet seen. Photograph: Tolu Oniru. Credit: theguardian.com

'Go big or go home': Planning the perfect Lagos wedding

You can go to a wedding in Lagos every day between April and December – and you don’t even need to be invited, says Mo Dharrah Sage, editor of the Nigerian Wedding Blog.

Mo Abudu, who abandoned a high-flying career in the corporate world to run a television studio. Photograph: SundayAlamba/AP

The Lagos power list: 21 people in 21 million

Lagos, a megacity home to an estimated 21 million people, is Nigeria’s cultural and political powerhouse.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Making money in Nollywood: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv (Audio)

Nigeria‘s film and television industry, affectionately known as “Nollywood“, is booming. Now foreign investors are getting interested in funding locally-made content.