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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Video editors work at the headquarters of iROKOtv in Lagos on March 27, 2014. iROKOtv announced $19 million worth of deals on Monday to triple its content production, which focuses on Nollywood films and TV series. Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images

Nollywood's biggest streaming service isn't afraid of Netflix

Following its expansion into 130 new countries earlier in January, content-streaming service Netflix is now available in all 54 African nations.

Nigerian businesses target 100% mobile-first market

Nigerian businesses target '100% mobile-first market' (Infographics)

In Nigeria, success for both tech start-ups and more conventional businesses such as banks and fast food restaurants means adapting to the age of what entrepreneurs have dubbed the “100 per cent mobile-first market”.

Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKOtv

Jason Njoku's iROKOtv raises $19M in series D financing

iROKOtv, an online entertainment platform that targets audiences in Sub-Saharan African countries, plans to strike more deals in Nigeria’s booming movie industry after securing $19 million in funding from French premium cable company Canal+ and Kinnevik, a returning investor.

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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.

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.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless Group

Pan-African broadband service provider Liquid Telecom eyes European IPO in 2016

Liquid Telecom, a broadband group controlled by African telecoms company Econet Wireless, is being lined up for a European flotation next year after approaches from potential buyers in recent months.

Will Smith in the trailer for the movie "Concussion". The actor plays real-life Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu. Omalu discovered that the hard hits received by American National Football League (NFL) players could cause serious brain damage.

The generic "African" accent: Why does every African movie character have the same accent?

Hollywood has an Africa problem. The latest manifestation of this is the trailer of Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, in which Smith plays the real-life Nigerian pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu.

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app

Why WhatsApp is South Africa's favorite app (Infographic)

As WhatsApp launches its web app for iOS – porting the 900 million-strong messaging service to allow iPhone users to send and receive messages through a browser – the top country it’s used in (South Africa) offers a timely reminder of just how good a messaging service it is.

John Momoh, Chairman & CEO, Channels Television

John Momoh is pushing to make Nigeria's Channels TV easier to watch around the world

Two women watching news on television in a flat in Abu Dhabi; a group of men clustered around a screen in an office in Vietnam; a young man in Newcastle upon Tyne, smiling as he watches a sports programme. All far from their homes in Nigeria — but all watching Channels TV.

Director Kunle Afolayan on the set of his new movie, which will be distributed on Netflix. Photograph by Kunle Afolayan

Meet Nigeria's Nollywood, the world's second largest movie industry

Last year, data was released showing that Nollywood is a $3 billion industry. It is bigger than Hollywood by volume, and right behind India’s Bollywood.

Nollywood cinema just became more accessible - iROKOtv inks deal with Netflix

Nollywood cinema just became more accessible - iROKOtv inks deal with Netflix

Netflix subscribers may have noticed the recent addition of Nollywood movies to the Netflix library.

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theBIGbox: Kenya's Safaricom launches video on demand (VOD) set-top box service

Kenyan telecommunications service provider, Safaricom, has announced the launch of a video on demand (VOD) service. The service will be available for purchase in all major cities across Kenya.

Tayo Oviosu, CEO, Paga

21 Nigerian tech CEOs at the top of their game

Here are 21 of the country’s tech entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game and are making serious waves in the tech space.

Supporters of presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari gesture in front of his election posters in Kano

How technology eased Buhari's path to power in Nigeria

Technology played a decisive role in helping Muhammadu Buhari become the first Nigerian to oust a sitting president at the ballot box, from social media campaigning to biometric machines preventing the widespread rigging that marred past polls.

Business men in a cigar club in Lagos, Nigeria

Africa's First City: Lagos, Nigeria

When he was 15 years old, David Adeoti worked in an Internet café in blue-collar Satellite Town, where it was almost possible to see the gleaming towers of Lagos Island less than ten miles to the east.

Jason Njoku, Founder and CEO, iROKO Partners

Failing all the way to success: Jason Njoku, Founder & CEO, iROKO Partners (Video)

Jason Njoku is the Founder and CEO of iROKO Partners. iROKO Partners is the largest distributor of Nigerian entertainment (movies and music) online.

iROKOtv could become a billion dollar company by 2020: Jason Njoku, CEO, iROKOtv

iROKOtv could become a billion dollar company by 2020: Jason Njoku, CEO, iROKOtv

On 1/12/11 we launched one of the first VOD platforms for Africa with Nollywood content at its core.

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LinkedIn usage grows 40% in South Africa

In a tough economy it may appear that South African job seekers are turning to online professional services network, LinkedIn, to connect with prospective employers.

Nollywood drives growth in Nigeria

The Nigerian film industry has finally been recognised as a key economic driver in what is now Africa’s largest economy.

Jason Njoku

Top 10 Tech CEOs In Nigeria

Drawing from statistics of Nigeria’s rebased GDP figures, information and communication technologies (ICT) and its sub-sectors are key drivers of Nigeria’s impressive economic growth.