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BBC Focus on Africa radio celebrates 60th Anniversary

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BBC Focus on Africa radio launched in 1960 and by 15th August of the same year it had become a permanent slot on the BBC World Service airwaves.

The BBC’s first African news and current affairs programme started as a 15 minute programme broadcast three times a week.

 

Focus on Africa was born at a time when only 17 countries on the continent had gained independence with many more fighting for liberation. Dorothy Grenfell Williams and Ugandan Israel Wamala played pivotal roles. Wamala was one of the early presenters before becoming the first overall editor of the programme.

As Focus became popular, it changed transmission times in order to reach new audiences and became essential listening for people all over Africa eager to know what was happening in their own countries and beyond. Focus quickly endeared itself to the audience as a trusted source of news about the continent. It earned a reputation for holding power to account in young African nations, during civil wars, military coups and crisis. Its presenters were revered for asking probing questions everyone wanted answers to. The programme frequently received hundreds of letters from its growing base of listeners in Africa and other parts of the world.

 

One of the key factors in the success of Focus on Africa was the network of reporters were recruited locally. During those days in the 1960s through to early 1990s, the reporters would file their stories via telex or over the telephone.

 

The power of Focus on Radio brand on the continent paved the way for the successful launch of a daily TV bulletin about Africa. Focus on Africa TV bulletin was launched in 2012 on the BBC’s global channel World News.

 

Over the past 60 years, the programme has covered all the key moments in the continent’s history; the independence of more than 30 countries including the birth of Zimbabwe and South Sudan, the rise and fall of Uganda’s dictator Idi Amin, Ethiopia’s famine, the first elected female head of state in Africa, Nelson Mandela’s release and the end of apartheid, the outbreak of Ebola, major African cultural & sporting events including hosting for the first time ever the World Cup finals and much more.

 

Known largely for its staple of hard news, Focus on Africa was keen to tap into the world of humour to the tickle the ribs of its audience. Thus, The Resident Presidents, an outrageous comedy sketch depicting stereotypical African heads of state was added to the menu with a weekly serving.

 

The media landscape has evolved from the early days of shortwave radio to digital revolution, thanks to internet technology and the advent of mobile phones.  The way audiences consume media has changed enormously. Days of appointment listening or viewing are fast fading away. Audiences now consume content on the go or on demand.

 

Focus on Africa reaches audiences globally around the world on digital platforms as well as radio.

 

The programme has also reinvented itself with the launch of Africa Today podcasting, providing its audiences with daily news about the continent. In addition, the FOA Radio team have built on the fact that Africa is the world’s youngest continent with an average age of 19, and have recently launched The Comb podcast to engage younger audiences.

 

The rapid increase of fake news and misinformation has meant that Focus on Africa provides a reliable reference point for trusted news and reporting.

 

Solomon Mugera, Head of Journalism Africa says: “It is a privilege that we are celebrating Focus on Africa Radio’s Diamond Jubilee. This is the one programme that truly connects the continent with trusted news and information about events that matter most to the audience. It’s about their daily achievements, challenges and aspirations. Behind the programme is a talented team that’s passionate about Africa, its story and place in the world. I congratulate the team.”

 

Bilkisu Labaran, Head of Africa News & Current affairs says: “Focus on Africa radio continues to do what it has always done best, covering news & current affairs for an African audience. As new technology evolves, we are moving with the times and are available not just on Radio but also via digital/social platforms which is helping us to reach new and younger audiences. Our new logo truly reflects what Focus is about: Warm, vibrant and powerful.”

 

To mark the 60th anniversary audiences will be able to enjoy specially commissioned birthday features including:

 

  • Collection of archive material charting the great moments from Focus on Africa radio
  • Digital illustrated timelineshowcasing the history of Focus on Africa over 60 years by highlighting the major technological changes for listeners and journalists and includes the major events/moments of African history that Focus covered
  • How Focus on Africa radio started Paul Bakibinga reports on its origins
  • Match the Focus presenters- interactive game – w/c 17th Aug
    A selection of 6 short sound clips of different presenters with the audience selecting the photos to match the presenter
  • The listenerstalk about their relationship with focus, when they first started listening
  • Insights from reporters and editors as they discuss the poignant, history making interviews
  • Podcast – special footage bringing together clips and interviews – w/c 17th Aug

  • Special edition of Resident Presidentswhich pokes some fun at stereotypical African heads of state and their relationship with Focus on Africa –w/c 17thAug

 

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Kwaku Manu ready to host Onua TV’s Odo Fever Season 2

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GHANAIAN actor and Kumawood superstar, Kwaku Manu will host the second season of the smash dating show “Odo Fever” on the Media General owned and operated television station Onua TV.

The station has announced that the much awaited season 2 of the relationship and dating show will take off from Saturday October 16, 2021 at a launch that would feature some of the top celebrities and music artistes.

The show which will run on the popular local language television channel will see Kwaku Manu interacting with potential seekers of love on national television with the intention of creating a match for a date over the next eleven weeks.

“Imagine trying to pick someone you have not seen physically except you have heard her voice and seen her silhouette in a transparent box,” Kwaku Manu noted. “There will also be a lot of good music, dance galore and a lot of jokes to spice up your Saturday evenings.”

Kwaku Manu said he was very confident that the audience would love what would be his great performance as host of the new “Odo Fever”, but even more so they will love the new twist that has been added to make the show very exciting.

 The first season of “Odo Fever” saw two men competing over three months’ period to eliminate each other to choose one out of ten ladies eventually to go on a date and possibly get into a relationship. At the end it was Kontomire who stayed to the end and chose Shattiah out of the remaining ladies in the competition to go on a trip and to receive many prizes available for the winners.

“It was the first time the show was airing and it proved to be a good one for the channel that was barely one-year-old at the time,” said Francis Doku, General Manager of MGTV at Media General.

“This time we are adding a new twist to “Odo Fever” that would wow viewers of Onua TV. Can you imagine falling in love with just a voice, a silhouette or someone you cannot see but only had a conversation with? This and many other attractions are the twists and turns that would define the second season of “Odo Fever,” Doku noted.

To make the show even more engaging, entertaining and exciting is the addition of the funny actor and comedian Kwaku Manu as the host of the show with the view of him bringing his process in the industry to drive up the entertainment value of the show.

“Everybody knows how good Kwaku Man is and we are very hopeful that adding him to the show as the presenter would ensure that he brings his very respectable experience in acting to bear on making the second season even more exciting,” Doku said.

The launch of the new season of “Odo Fever” will take place from 8pm on Saturday 16th October, 2021 and will air every Saturday from 9pm and repeated on Friday at 9pm on Onua TV.

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Kennedy Agyapong, Selorm Adadevoh, Adjetey Anang & more share career advice in new show Time with HR

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Their stories like you’ve never heard them before, now on Showmax

What does it take to have a successful career in Ghana? Join 12 notable Ghanaian professionals as they share their journeys to the top in Time with HR.

Now streaming on Showmax, Time with HR is a brand-new 13-part talk show that follows Human Resources director Yasmin Boama as she interviews high-profile personalities from different industries in Ghana on career development, sustainability and progression.

Armed with years of experience, these guests share the entrepreneurial skills, life lessons and tips that have shaped their careers, their success stories, their failures and regrets.

In episode 1, we meet ace actor Adjetey Anang, who shares insight on career longevity using his exemplary acting journey. He also sheds light on how to build a career legacy. In his own words, he gets to speak about “things he’s never spoken about before.”

During his sit-down with Boama, Anang reveals, “Every role for me is A, and I need to really bring out my best. That’s not to say that I’ve always brought my best game to every production. There are productions that I might take part in and I feel like I could have done way better.”

We also get to hear more from Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, who shares his journey on how he started as a hawker and went on to build an empire, the challenges he’s faced along the way, his ultimate regret, career tips and more.

Offering more business insight is former CEO of Jumia Ghana, Diana Owusu-Kyereko, who speaks about maximising business growth and accelerating your career, and Selorm Adadevoh, CEO of MTN Ghana, who provides a guide on how to ascend the career ladder.

Other personalities featured on Time with HR include singer-songwriter Adina Thembi; Ghanaian fashion designer and founder of Chocolate Clothing, Kwaku Bediako; one of Ghana’s finest broadcasters, actress Anita Erskin; the CEO and organiser of Miss Ghana Beauty Pageant, Inna Patty; renowned entertainment and lifestyle blogger Ameyaw Debrah; Ken Agyapong Jr, co-founder of one of Ghana’s biggest art festivals, Afrochella; and beauty guru and brand owner of SO Aesthetics, Sacha Okoh.

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T20 World Cup – All 45 matches live and all on a dedicated SuperSport 24-hour channel

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24-Hour World-Class cricket action is what awaits viewers when SuperSport’s coverage of the T20 World Cup, taking place in the UAE and Oman, begins on Sunday and continues until the final on Sunday 14 November.

Commentators for the World Cup include many of cricket’s biggest names, among them Dale Steyn, Dinesh Karthik, Michael Atherton, Wasim Akram, Ian Bishop and Shane Watson. SuperSport’s in-studio analysts read like a Who’s Who of local cricket with Shaun Pollock, Eric Simons, Morne van Wyk, Kruger van Wyk, Neil McKenzie, Paul Harris, Geoff Toyana and Robin Peterson adding their expertise to the mix.

There will be preview and review shows for all matches, plus additional content like highlights, World Cup features, lifestyle and entertainment features, and updates from a SuperSport news gathering team.

They will supply news updates, pre- and post-match interviews, match-day stories, plus behind the scenes and colour features. With 36 cameras focused on the action itself, all angles are sure to be covered.

The T20 World Cup will comprise two rounds. Round one will include a dozen matches between eight teams (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman and Papua New Guinea), four of whom will progress to the Super 12s.

The Super 12s, which begins on Sunday 24 October, will consist of 30 matches between the four teams from Round one and the top eight ranked T20 teams, South Africa among them. Those teams will be split into two groups of six each.

Digital focus

SuperSport will also have a full digital offering that will take in various content pieces, including a focus on the big stars, key clashes and statistical pieces that will set the scene. Player and team profiles round out the pre-tournament coverage.

There will be live coverage of all the big games on web, app and social, plus all the wickets, big moments and highlights videos. This will be supplemented by comprehensive news and inside stories from the UAE, live scores, commentary and highlights within the app and on the website, highlights packages from every game and analysis from our top TV pundits and in-depth analysis from experienced writers such as Neil Manthorp.

On SuperSport.com web and app, there will be super-fast live match data and all the fixtures, results and log info to go along with the comprehensive news and video coverage. Video will include match and innings highlights, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the UAE and insights from our studio experts. Fans won’t miss a thing with SuperSport’s in-depth online offering.

* Download the SuperSport app and add the Men’s T20 World Cup as a favourite to receive all your notifications.

* Listen to top tier analysis on the SuperSport podcast page.

* Follow SuperSport on social media for an overview of all the available content on our various platforms

Warm-ups

SuperSport’s immediate programming will include two warm-up matches: versus Afghanistan on Monday 18 October (SS Action, from 9:50am) and against Pakistan on October 20 (SS Action, 1:50pm).

Other warm-ups being broadcast are Pakistan v West Indies (October 18), NZ v Australia (October 18), India v England (October 18), England v NZ (October 20), India v Australia (Oct 20) and Afghanistan v West Indies (October 20).

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Mandy Rose next to challenge Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship

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Fans of the WWE can gear up for another thrilling week of action on SuperSport, with live airings of the NXT, SmackDown and Raw shows running from Wednesday 13 to Tuesday 19 October 2021. The action begins on the morning of Wednesday 13 October with WWE NXT Episode 638. The 2.0. brand of NXT has seen Mandy Rose rise as a potent challenger to Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez, while Tomassa Ciampa also faces an assault from the ambitious Bron Breakker.

 

Saturday 16 October brings Episode 1156 of WWE SmackDown. ‘The Scottish Warrior’ Drew McIntyre was a major signing for SmackDown in the recent WWE Draft, and the two-time WWE Champions has set his sights on a new goal now that he is joining the blue brand.

 

“I’m so proud of everything I was able to achieve on Raw,” said McIntyre. “I’m also thinking about the past, the present and the future. I started on SmackDown a long time ago, a young man in his early twenties… I was so young, so immature, full of hopes and dreams, the ‘Chosen One’. It didn’t work out.

 

“I’ve never forgotten about that and it’s always felt like unfinished business on SmackDown. That’s the past, let’s talk about the present: there’s a dark cloud that looms over SmackDown. They hide behind their family, they hide behind their blood [referring to the Bloodline alliance of Roman Reigns, The Usos and council Paul Heyman]… SmackDown’s been waiting for someone to step up and flip the damn table on them, and by god, I am here!”

 

Tuesday 19 October will feature Episode 1482 of WWE Raw. The legendary Goldberg has promised that he will take down Bobby Lashley: “Let’s talk man to man here: I’m a father, you’re a father. For your kids’ sake, I hope you are a better father than you are a liar. Because when you put your hands around my son’s neck at SummerSlam, and choked him unconscious, leaving him in the middle of the ring, you had the gall to come out and say that it was a misunderstanding,” said the Hall of Fame superstar.

 

“You hurt my son, Bobby Lashley. And now I will fulfil a promise: I am going to hurt you real bad. Hell, if I’m lucky enough, I’ll even kill you. One thing people seem to forget about Goldberg is that during that process I’m going to enjoy every single second of it.”

 

Now GOtv viewers can also enjoy some world-class WWE action every Wednesday evening on SuperSport GOtv Select3, with a past Pay-Per-View (3pm), WWE 205 (7pm) and a documentary (7:30pm).

 

Don’t miss out on all the WWE content on DStv. Visit www.dstv.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream the action on the DStv App.

 

WWE weekly programmes broadcast details, 13-19 October 2021

All times GMT

 

Wednesday 13 October

12am: WWE NXT Episode 638 LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and WWE Channel 128

 

Saturday 16 October

12am: WWE SmackDown Episode 1156 LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and WWE Channel 128

 

Tuesday 19 October

12am: WWE Raw Episode 1482 LIVE on SuperSport Variety 3 and WWE Channel 128

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Introducing DStv add Movies for customers to enjoy DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers are in for a treat!

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This year DStv has continued its efforts to enhance the lives of customers through value-adding products and amazing content across several local and international channels. The latest addition being DStv Add Movies, a functionality that allows select customers the option to “Add Movies” to their existing DStv subscription using the MyDStv App or visiting the DStv.com website.

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From Friday, 1st October DStv Add Movies will be available to DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access customers, making more thrilling content available to additional DStv customers at a fraction of the price.

 

“Movie lovers across our packages can now enjoy the best in straight from the cinema blockbuster movies, with DStv Add Movies, there is a movie to suit every mood and age group. So, whatever you package, you can now add movies onto their bill,” 

 

With Add Movies customers get one month of a variety of movies available on DStv premium Movie Channels; M-Net Movies 1, M-Net Movies 2 and M-Net Movies 3. DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access Customers will also have the option to add movies monthly. 

 

For more on these and other exciting value-added products and services please visit www.dstvafrica.com

 

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MX24 TV and Harold Amenyah team up for New TV Show – Coffee Break with Harold Amenyah

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Ghanas  new lifestyle TV and online sensation  MX24 TV, yesterday unveiled a new partnership with Harold Amenya and Virtual Hub, that kicks off the airing of a new TV show Coffee Break with Harold.

The 30 minute show hosted by actor and entrepreneur, would see Harold Amenyah in a candid but hearty chat with some of Ghanas beloved celebrities and budding talents. The show was unveiled during the live viewing on 7th October 2021, at the studio premises of MX24 at Silicon Square East Legon.

The Production team expressed their excitement about the new partnership that would make MX24 home to the exciting new talk-show. The first season of the show posts of a-list guests including Naa Ashorkor, Kidi, Elikem The Tailor, Kalybos and more of your favourites. The show will air each Thursday at 8pm and also stream live via the MX24 social media pages (@mx24gh).

This partnership marks the first of several which will see a bouquet of several new shows rolled out on MX24 TV/ Online  as the station marks its 1st anniversary.

The station already boasts of an array of exciting programs- The fun filled #Amclub with a classic duo of Godwyn Nambo and Edmar, Early Jam with the peerless DJ Vyrusky, Mx social with content king Kwadwo Sheldon, the chart show with Charismatic Jason Ela, and Moments with the versatile Mz Dru

Dont miss out on the fun, Scan your DVB-T2 Compatible TV or Multi TV Decoder to MX24 or catch the live stream on any of the social media platforms.

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