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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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.

iROKOtv hopes to chill Netflix Africa plans (Infographic)

When Netflix announced its launch in Africa earlier this year, many assumed the $30 billion streaming juggernaut would steamroller local competitors on its path to global domination.

EbonyLife TV's Fifty

Hooray for Nollywood: 10 Must-See Films From Nigeria

Behind its better known competitors in the U.S. and India, Nigeria has the world’s third-largest movie industry.

A USB key with the logo of Netflix, the American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Naspers says it can cope with Netflix challenge in South Africa

Naspers, the largest listed company in Africa, said it was not worried about Netflix’s arrival in South Africa, adding it believed the market for video on demand was large enough to accommodate more players.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku sees huge potential for iROKOtv in Sub-Saharan Africa (Video)

With over 5,000 movie titles available, iROKOtv is the world’s leading provider of Nigerian movies, also referred to as Nollywood, online.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku: Bringing Nollywood to the masses

“I’ve been to Nigerian parties and one of the first things they ask you is: ‘Who do you work for? And ‘what level are you at?’”

Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile. Credit: qz.com

Media companies finally understand: The future of African TV is mobile

For a while now, media companies in Africa have been betting that the continent’s growing consumer class will pay for their premium pay-TV services.

Orange is the New Black. Credit: qz.com

Netflix is coming to South Africa next month, and it's got an ace up its sleeve

Netflix is set to go live in South Africa next month, according to various local reports—almost exactly a year after the online video service first hinted at debuting on the continent.

Justine Powell, Senior Vice President, iROKO Global, iROKO Partners

iROKO launches global content distribution and licensing division iROKO Global, appoints Justine Powell as SVP

Having conquered the African VOD market and grown into the world’s largest online distributor of African content, iROKO has launched a global content distribution and licensing division, iROKO Global.

Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO, EbonyLife TV

Mo Abudu's movie "Fifty" debuts at the BFI London Film Festival: Watch BBC interview (Video)

I’ve been following her various media moves since I first learned about her a couple of years ago, and have been updating you folks as new developments happen.

Jason Njoku. Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv - The Netflix of Africa: Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group

Behind a high-security gate on a side road off the frenetic Apapa Oworonshoki Expressway, in the Anthony Village district of mainland Lagos, stands a nondescript three-story concrete building.

Uzo Aduba stars as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black".

Nigerian-American Uzo Aduba wins 2nd straight Emmy for Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black"

Uzo Aduba’s winning streak is not over. The “Orange Is the New Black” star had a strong year last year, bringing home a number of awards for her role as “Crazy Eyes” on the hit Netflix series, and it looks like this year may be her year, too.

Scene from the HBO show “Game Of Thrones”

Africa's largest company plans to enable download of movies and TV shows like "Game of Thrones" across the continent

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s largest company by market value, plans to enable customers of its ShowMax service to download movies and TV shows such as “Game of Thrones” without having to use expensive live Internet streaming, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Vodacom has 64 million subscribers and runs mobile networks in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Lesotho. Photographer: Dean Hutton/Bloomberg

Naspers in talks With Vodacom to deliver video-on-demand services across Africa

Naspers Ltd. is in talks with wireless carrier Vodacom Group Ltd. about delivering video content to mobile devices across Africa as the media company seeks to compete with Netflix Inc. in offering movies and TV in the continent of 1 billion people.

When Netflix launches in South Africa, it’ll already have stiff competition

When Netflix launches in South Africa, it'll already have stiff competition

When it eventually launches in South Africa, the popular video-on-demand service, Netflix, will find a competitor waiting for it.

Ijé - The Journey

Nollywood is a mighty economic machine (Infographic)

Nollywood films have gone global. Movie streaming giant Netflix has dedicated an entire section to Nigeria‘s mega film industry, so rather than having to buy a DVD, viewers around the world can now get their fix of Nigerian drama straight to their computer screens.