Nigeria: Dons seek investment in educational TV

If Nigeria can emulate South Africa by establishing an educational television channel, performance in public examinations could improve, some educationists have said.

This is coming as outgoing president of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN), Dr Prince Okorie, commended Mobil Producing Nigeria for funding the radio broadcast of the final of its science quiz competition nationwide.

Source: The Nation online

Investment News - In Brief

- In Uganda, Bukedde TV from the Vision Group has imported new equipment. The aim is to improve on the services and to have a wider coverage, according to Mark Walungama, manager Vision Group Television Stations. The equipment imported includes a transmitter, which will be able to provide clear TV signal. It has already been installed at a mast stationed at Kololo. Walungama said they imported the new equipment because they had a problem with the old ones. "In some areas, our viewers were experiencing poor signals," he added. (Source: The New Vision). 

StarTimes Enters Kenya Pay TV Market

Doubts over viability of the $75 Million investment where predecessors have failed miserably ,the Kenyan Pay TV market last week witnessed the entry of yet another player despite the evident unavailability of the market. 

Chinese firm, StarTimes launched in Nairobi Wednesday evening at a ceremony presided over by Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga and the Chine Ambassador to Kenya. 

Source: East African Business Week H. Liloba 6 Aug 2012

South Africa: Government issues RFP for digital TV

The request for proposals gives interested bidders just one month to respond. It also makes no specific mention of a return path for Internet access.

Prospective manufacturers of the set-top boxes that government will subsidise for as many as 5m poorer SA households to receive digital terrestrial television signals have just a month to submit their proposals to the department of communications. 


Nigeria: More Film Makers to Benefit as Nexim Bank Disburses U.S.$200 Million Fund

In line with the Federal Government's directive, the Nigerian Export and Import Bank (NEXIM) has announced plans to give more film makers the opportunity to benefit from the USD200 million fund meant to boost the entertainment industry in the country. The Managing Director of the bank, Roberts Orya disclosed this development to newsmen in Lagos, last weekend. 

Source: Vanguard Benjamin Njoku

Investment News - In Brief

- Akouma TV, a new pan-african web TV channel focused on African culture was born. A Vox Africa TV interview in French with Andrea Bomo, Akouma TV’s co-founder has been posted on Youtube here  Facebook:

African Metropolis’ short films supported by Goethe-Institut South Africa and the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam

African Metropolis will comprise seven short films from seven filmmakers from seven different cities in Africa. The initiative is presented by executive producer Steven Markovitz and the Goethe-Institut South Africa, with further support from the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

Each of the directors will each explore their own African Metropolis, the legendary cities of Abidjan, Cairo, Dakar, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos, and Nairobi.

Source: screenafrica 23 July 2012

Nigeria: Filmmakers to Access UTH Ibadan hospital facilities as a location

The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Ibadan has agreed to grant Nigerian filmmakers access to professional medical facilities and hospital scenarios that could be recorded in motion pictures.

In a statement by Dr. Tope Alonge, Chief Medical Director of the hospital, at the commissioning of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) Ibadan Preview Centre, said that the issue of accessing information, the manpower and professional medical scenarios, which hitherto was strained, could now be addressed by the hospital.

Source: Daily Trust - BY Adie Vanessa Offiong

Cinema investments in Burkina Faso and Mali

At a meeting held in Cotonou, film directors from Burkina Faso (photo) and Mali shared their views on the local film and cinema industry.
What is the state of cinema of Burkina Faso?

Source: images francophones

Investment News - In Brief

- A joint venture between local and Indian investors, Bharat Telecom Ltd has set itself the ambitious target of investing US$50 million to connect every home and office in Mauritius through a 2,900 kms fibre network. It will offer high speed broadband (100 mbps) and IPTV through a GPON network.

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