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Catch your favourite African teams at the World Cup on Kwesé

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NewsPaper PrintCaptureIt’s World Cup season and as the whole of Africa gears up to rally behind its representatives at the global showpiece in Russia, there is no better place to catch all the excitement, belief, cheers, boos, pain and joy than Kwesé, Africa’s newest trusted source for the best in all things entertainment and sports. Having secured the full rights to the World Cup, Kwesé is set to deliver fast paced sporting action from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, July 15, 2018 when the tournament ends. The broadcaster will deliver all 64 World Cup matches, including the group stages, round of 16, quarter finals, semi-finals and the finals, all live and in HD. In a bid to ensure that its viewers never miss any of the action, Kwese is offering coverage on all its platforms. Customers who have the Kwesé decoder will get to watch all the 64 matches on its World Cup pop-up channel, 300 which went live from Thursday, June 7. Kwese iflix, its video-on-demand will also show both the 64 matches (paid) and 32 for free for subscribers. Active Kwesé TV subscribers who download the Kwesé TV App will be able to enjoy extended viewing on up to four mobile devices at no extra cost. To ensure far reaching coverage, Kwesé’ s free-to-air platform, Kwesé Free Sports will also provide coverage of 32 selected games. The channel is available through digital terrestrial transmission (DTT) on all FTA set-top-boxes. In a move that will delight Ghanaians, the media network has also given sub-licenses to GTV and Metro TV. Leading up to football’s most prestigious tournament, Kwese has unveiled a campaign which will feature its newly signed brand ambassador, John Mikel Obi, captain of Nigeria’s Super Eagles.  Aptly titled Africa Unite, the campaign is a dynamic call-to-action for the continent to stand together and support its own in the quest to bring the World Cup trophy back to Africa. The campaign is also a charge to football fans to unite behind the skill, passion, resilience, narrow defeats and glorious victories of the Super Eagles (Nigeria), The Pharaohs (Egypt), The Carthage Eagles (Tunisia) and Lions of the Atlas (Morocco) as one Africa. Having become known for its innovative programming, the broadcaster has already introduced a number of shows to excite customers. FIFA: Road to Russia, an exciting preview show that provides a build-up to the greatest sporting event of the year has started showing. The show recaps how the various teams qualified for the biggest sporting event, and the players to look out for during the tournament.  Viewers can also relive historic moments with FIFA World Cup classic matches between 1966 and 2014. When the tournament kicks-off, viewers will be able to enjoy shows such as Kwesé Game Day, a daily review show which unpacks the highs and lows, venues, people and players that make the 2018 FIFA World Cup the colossal event it is expected to be. In line with the Kwesé Free Sports Tagline ‘For The Fan’, Kwesé has created a magazine show devoted to fans called Fan Fest. The show will provide a round-up of the week’s games, look at fan predictions, favourites, and throw forward to the week ahead. When the players take a break, Kwesé Timeout will keep viewers up-to-date with the latest from players, and fan experiences of the tournament. With all these on offer, Kwese is surely the best place to experience the 2018 FIFA World Cup. To stay up to date with all the action, simply renew your Kwesé TV subscription or visit a Kwesé dealer near to subscribe to Kwesé’ s satellite TV service. Subscribing to Kwesé TV is as simple, as purchasing the Kwesé kit (Ghc 145) – complete with a decoder, dish, installation service and one month’s free subscription – from your selected dealer and get connected to a whole new world of world-class programming, including premium entertainment viewing for the whole family.]]>

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Showmax confirms The Real Housewives of Nairobi, slated to begin production in September

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African streaming service Showmax, in partnership with NBCUniversal Formats, is bringing The Real Housewives to Nairobi.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi, which will debut in 2023 as a Showmax Original, is the 22nd international version of The Real Housewives format and the sixth to be adapted in Africa.
The Real Housewives of Nairobi builds on the success of other African franchises like The Real Housewives of Johannesburg, which was one of the 10 most streamed domestic series on Showmax in 2019, as well as Durban (RHOD) and Lagos (RHOLagos), which both broke records on Showmax and were trending #1 on Twitter in their respective countries.
Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said: “As an African streaming platform, Showmax is dedicated to telling diverse African stories, and celebrity reality TV remains a genre that excites our viewers across Africa. We love to watch other people’s lives, and The Real Housewives of Nairobi is a chance to get a much closer look at Nairobi’s elite.”
The Real Housewives of Nairobi is being produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios (formerly Young Rich Television), the production company behind Kenya’s biggest docu-reality shows and Showmax favourites like the 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family; the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love; 2022 reality series Kyallo Kulture; 2018 Kalasha nominee Stori Yangu and 2019 Kalasha winner Our Perfect Wedding.
“The team at D&R Studios is very stoked about the opportunity to produce The Real Housewives of Nairobi,” said Mbugua. “We’ve had a long and good relationship with Showmax, and are very excited to now be working together on an international format. We’ve gone through a very rigorous process of being shortlisted and are now geared up and ready to start production.”
“D&R Studios already has a portfolio of celebrity reality content like Sol Family, This Love and Kyallo Kulture under their belt. They understand the structure, and are willing to work hand in hand with our local teams and NBCUniversal to bring the Nairobi franchise to life,” added Denise Mwende.
On what the audience can expect with Nairobi, following the success of other African franchises, Mbugua said, “There’s quite a bit of pressure from the audience to deliver a stellar show but if what we’ve seen in the casting process is anything to go by, Nairobi promises to hold its own. Fans can expect surprises in everything, from the choice of the cast to the storylines. The Real Housewives of Nairobi is going to be the show to watch.”
As you wait for The Real Housewives of Nairobi, you can binge-watch these African franchises on Showmax: The Real Housewives of Lagos, The Real Housewives of Durban S1-2 and The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S1-2.
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This Week On Miss Malaika Ghana – Our Culture, Our Heritage!!

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In an immature society culture is an import; for a mature one it is a native manufacture which eventually becomes an export. – Northrop Frye. (more…)

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Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio features K.O this Friday !

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This Week’s Episode Features a Conversation With K.O, the 5 Hottest Tracks of the Week, Africa Rising and Dadaboy Ehiz’s Favourite Track of the Week! (more…)

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Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa taps Preyé for September

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Preyé, Nigeria’s emerging soul powerhouse, has been selected as Spotify’s Fresh Finds Africa artist for September. (more…)

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022

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Showmax titles were the biggest winner at Emmys 2022
Showmax is the best place in Africa to stream international series, according to the Primetime Emmy Awards. Content on Showmax won 27 Emmys, including Outstanding Drama (HBO’s Succession) and Limited or Anthology Series (HBO’s The White Lotus, the Emmys’ biggest winner this year with 10.)

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Al Jazeera English is proud to announce its end of year slate of new international documentaries

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Al Jazeera English (AJE) is home to some of the best, most diverse and unique documentaries from around the globe. The Internationally aclaimed  broadcaster showcases a wide range of stories, storytellers, perspectives and genres, in films which offer insight, understanding, information and empathy, to complement its global news. AJE airs over 300 documentaries a year, in regular strands and stand-alone slots.

AJE’s latest slate premieres several themed series as well as powerful single documentaries. In ‘Bollywood Dreams’ audiences  follow some of the thousands of ‘strugglers’ across India, who pin their futures and hopes on Bollywood. In the USA, Colombia, Finland and Australia’s Torres Strait Islands we observe First Nation communities reclaim their heritage, combat environmental disaster and fight to sustain their lives and livelihoods. The award-winning ‘Africa Direct’ returns for a second series, with African filmmakers telling African stories in immersive, first-person short docs. AJE’s flagship strand Witness premieres several new films including from Ukraine, India, Iraq, Armenia, South Sudan, Algeria, Spain and Lebanon.

Beyond the premieres, AJE will show some outstanding environmental and football films again in November and December. Witness Australia’s bushfires up close, and experience the permafrost during COP. And while the world is glued to football fields, AJE goes off the pitch to understand six football clubs in the popular series ‘The Fans Who Make Football’.

AJE’s Documentaries unit accounts for around a quarter of the Channel’s total output. From immersive, character-led stories to issue-led exposures, the films prioritise the human lived experiences behind news stories. They aim to challenge prevailing narratives about people, places and power by elevating seldom-heard voices and featuring people telling their own stories.Its documentaries present a range of experiences, lives and views to help viewers think, understand, feel and connect with the world around them.

Our award-winning documentaries provide great range, depth and nuance to our daily news coverage,” said Giles Trendle, Managing Director of Al Jazeera English, “and we are lucky to have a talented and diverse team which works with a wide array of filmmakers from around the world.”

Ingrid Falk, Manager of Programmes said  “Stories are hugely important in shaping our understanding of the world, so we in the Documentaries unit focus as much on how we tell stories, and who tells them, as the subject matter itself. We try to shift the power of the storytelling itself towards those who have experience the events – we have the space to move away from presenters and reporters as authoritative voices towards first person narratives. Our philosophy is that when we see and hear from people directly, confidently, centred in their own stories, only then can we reimagine notions of authority and power. And in this very unequal world, that is an important thing to do.”

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