Oscar Award winner Lupita Nyong’o to produce Africa’s first kid superhero animated series

KENYA – Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’o, has partnered with tech startup Kukua, to launch first kid’s animated series in Africa. “We’re super excited to announce that the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o joined us to produce ‘Super Sema’. Our new YouTube Originals series is Africa’s first kid superhero animated series,” read a statement on Kukua’s social media page. Kukua’s mission is to empower children of the 21st century with the skills and capacity to dream beyond what they think is possible and to imagine and create a better world. “This mission…

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Netflix appoints Ebi Atawodi as Director of Payments for the EMEA Region

EMEA – Netflix, a global movie streaming outfit, has appointed Ebi Atawodi as Director of Payments to lead its payments in Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Atawodi will oversee these payment dynamics to keep Netflix ahead of shrewd competitors in Africa’s streaming video on-demand market, especially Showmax. The Multichoice-owned service has been working to dominate the market by offering on-demand video streaming and live TV including football matches, music and news. This is coming on the heels of her spearheading Uber’s arrival and growth in West Africa, six years…

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Nigerian Digital TV service TSTV Africa re-launches three years after failed start

NIGERIA – Exactly three years after its launch, TSTV Africa, Nigerian indigenous Digital TV service, has fully relaunched its satellite broadcasting service. CEO/Managing Director of TSTV Africa, Bright Echefu during an interview with a local broadcasting house said that the three years in the woods gave the indigenous company a rare opportunity to restructure its operations. Echefu further said that the three breaks also gave the digital TV time to recreate a brand that would be loved by all, and also satisfy Nigerians demand for premium content as well as…

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American media company Netflix to introduce mobile-only subscription in Africa

AFRICA – American Technology and Media service giant, Netflix Inc has concluded plans to introduce cheaper, mobile-only subscription in Africa so as to strengthen its presence in the region. Netflix’s latest feature is in addition to commissioning more locally produced contents and shows that depict the cultures and experiences of ordinary Africans. Netflix Inc. became the world’s largest subscription-streaming service by flooding the market with popular content that’s cheaper than the competition. However, 5 years after it got introduced in Africa, the United States company is struggling to grow beyond…

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