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MultiChoice Talent Factory: Meet the future of Africa’s creative film and TV industry



According to UNESCO, Africa’s film and audiovisual sector is estimated to account for roughly five billion USD in revenue on the African continent and employs millions in various capacities and skills.

Stories on the continent are abundant and over the years, perceptions of Africa’s creative film industry have changed. There’s now an even hungrier market for films made in Africa and about the continent, homegrown film academies all over the continent have stepped forward to train the next generation of African filmmakers in response.

Access to the very best while learning behind the scenes

For Zambian filmmaker and producer Masuzyo Mwale, the idea of making films started in 2014 while in India, hospital-bound after heart surgery. It was in the birth country of Bollywood that the spark to become a filmmaker was ignited. He quickly faced an obvious challenge he had no idea of how and where to begin.

Despite Zambia’s established film industry, film and training academies are few, and the pipeline that should be channeling trained film graduates towards local film and TV opportunities isn’t working as well as it should be. So, it was by chance that Masuzyo came across the pan-African MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) film training programme’s call to entry in 2020. He was then accepted to join 19 other young filmmakers at the programme’s Lusaka hub for the full-year and all-expenses-paid training programme. 

Founded in 2018, the MTF shared-value initiative was born to provide world-class training to young creative professionals in Africa’s film and TV space. To date, the initiative, through its MTF Academies in Johannesburg, Lusaka, Lagos & Nairobi, has trained over 200 filmmakers and to date they have produced 30 movies for M-Net local channels and Showmax. Its three MTF Academy hubs in Lusaka, Nairobi and Lagos can altogether accommodate 60 emerging film and TV creatives each year from Southern, East and West Africa.

With zero skin in the game, Masuzyo had an opportunity to work at SuperSport, the continent’s top sports channel during the MTF Class of 2020’s immersions and additionally shot TV commercials, music videos and short films. This kind of access to world-class industry producers and technicians is extremely rare, and the additional experience gained is unparalleled.


As part of the Class of 2020, Masuzyo and his classmates have now been absorbed into their local film and TV industry and work as technically-skilled filmmakers. This is thanks to MTF’s focus on empowering students with the necessary skills to be economically active in the industry once they graduate.

“The world of film saved my life,” says Masuzyo. “As I kept watching TV from my hospital bed, I longed to get better to one day make a movie or a documentary that people would watch. I began to have hope in my healing so that Icould become a filmmaker.”


Establishing a multidisciplinary spirit

Like Masuzyo, Ugandan filmmaker Cissy Nalumansi’s career in film and TV was also a result of MTF’s empowerment of students to be economically active in the industry. She won a paid internship experience at Africa Magic studios in Nigeria after graduating from the MTF Academy in 2019. Cissy has taken her skills even further as an MTF alumnus by establishing her own film production company Jungle Rains Productions.


She now sits front and centre when it comes to telling homegrown stories, and her skills as a multidisciplinary have been paying off since graduation: her documentary Creatives Under Quarantine, which she shot during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, has received international funding and was nominated at the Uganda Film Festival, and her other film Namuddu currently airs on DStv’s Maisha Magic Movies. Her short film Kela, which she also wrote and directed, is currently competing at several international film festivals and is backed by Hollywood executive producers.

The funding, international film festival mileage and hefty backing are part of the major head start that the MTF initiative provides through its Academy partnerships, which include the New York Film Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA), the Henley Business School, Dolby and Canon among others.

What’s more, is that Cissy is one of many African women filmmakers who received their big break from MultiChoice, the biggest commissioner and licensor of local content. Advancing the agenda of women has always been at the heart of what we do as MultiChoice and we are proud that the MTF initiative has ushered in a new era of filmmakers who are eager to sway the narrative and engage in a dialogue that tells original African stories. Women have a harder time breaking into the industry as a result of the film and TV industry’s significant gender divide, where men outnumber women 2 to 1 in films, according to a 2021 report by the San Diego State’s Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film in America.

The gender divide is also why the MTF initiative always aims for 50% and above split in favour of women.

From the start, the MTF Academy’s curriculum makes a point of equipping students towards becoming multidisciplinary creatives through its tailored masterclasses, which are a core part of the MTF Academy’s tailored curriculum.

All MTF Academy alumni have since been exposed to the initiative’s industry masterclasses in Documentary, Lighting, Sound, Casting, Acting, Production Management, and the Business of Film, among others.

These masterclasses have been taught by some of the best in the industry, including celebrated Nigerian film, TV and storytelling multidisciplinary Tunde Kelani, Kenyan film and TV producer Appie Matere, and Christian Epps, international lighting expert for productions like the 2014 American film Selma, and American TV series Lovecraft Country.

It’s no wonder then that come graduation, multidisciplinary visual creatives like Cissy can hit the ground running with connections already formed during their training at the Academy, due to MTF’s curriculum partnerships. All MTF alumni can therefore begin their careers as highly-skilled creatives that can keep up with the production demands of world-class film and TV storytelling.

Africa’s film future is safe in skilled hands

In a mere three years, the MTF Academy’s alumni have collectively produced 30 full-length films, 16 short films for broadcast, and eight public service announcements for the United Nation’s Verified #PledgetoPause and #OnlyTogether campaigns.

Many alumni are still rooted in producing local content. Ghanaian filmmaker and TV producer Godfred Dela Duvi, for example, is pulling the strings as a producer for one of Ghana’s most-loved shows Showbiz 360.

In Tanzania, alumni from the inaugural MTF Academy year Wilson Nkya and Jane Moshi respectively produced the 2021 Maisha Magic Movies film FRIDA under their digital media production company Four Creations Entertainment.

As time goes by, the MTF Academy alumni will be the fuel behind the continent’s ability to take Africa’s films to the world stage.

The alumni are young, vibrant and have sharp talent and expertise that will continue to sustain authentic African stories through video entertainment.


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Hollard Ghana and Melcom extend partnership online with e-commerce



Insurance and commerce partners Hollard Ghana and Melcom have announced the extension of their “Shop and Insure” collaboration beyond the current in-store Hollard on-the-go booths in select Melcom stores, to e-commerce on This move will enable more Ghanaians to conveniently use digital means to access financial security on their purchases and lives.

The existing partnership between the unconventional insurance group with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance, and the retail giant, Melcom, enables customers who enter selected Melcom stores to sign up for insurance on their appliances, electronics, and families while they shop. With this e-commerce addition, customers can also navigate Melcom’s online shopping portal to access Hollard’s general and life insurance products.

Speaking on the announcement, Group CEO of Hollard Ghana, Patience Akyianu, said: “As an innovative company, we seek ways to make insurance more accessible. Consequently, with this move to e-commerce, we have elevated our pioneering partnership with Melcom by adding digital to the conventional brick and mortar store distribution channel. We are proud to acknowledge that this aligns with our purpose of courageously pursuing a better way to improve the lives of Ghanaians.”

“Our goal at Melcom is to be a one-stop-shop for all our customers. Recently, there has been a surge in e-commerce since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a forward-thinking company, it is only prudent to add insurance to the variety of products available in our online shop. Customers can now log on to to enquire about the unique insurance products as they shop for their groceries and home essentials online. We believe it will deepen our partnership with Hollard while increasing insurance penetration in the country”, said The Directors of the Group.

The Hollard general and life insurance policies available on Melcom’s e-commerce platform are motor, electronics and appliances, home, travel, life, funeral, and investment. Hollard is poised to answer all related customer enquiries.

About Hollard Ghana

Hollard is the country’s favourite insurance group, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life Assurance. The group combines its deep local knowledge of the market, having operated in Ghana for 25 years as Metropolitan Insurance, with the world-class expertise of an international insurance brand in 18 countries worldwide. With feet firmly planted on Ghanaian soil but headquartered in South Africa, Hollard delivers innovative insurance solutions customized to Ghanaians’ unique risks. Hollard offers various life and general insurance products, including funeral, personal accident, motor, business, travel, home, and more, and can be reached via the following means: 0501603967 (Hollard Insurance) and 0501533698 (Hollard Life).

Beyond various nationwide office branches and Hollard 2U franchise shops, Ghanaians can find Hollard at Shell Fuel Station Welcome Shops, Melcom stores and online at and for all their insurance needs.


About Melcom Limited.

Melcom Limited is West Africa’s Leading Organized Retail Chain and is a true local home-grown Retail Super Brand. Established in 1989, it has footprints across Ghana with 55+ retail stores and 10+ Cash n Carry outlets, making it a preferred shopping destination. Melcom has been adjudged a SUPER BRAND and rated as one of the Top Business Houses in Ghana year after year.

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Kwahu Summit Launched – Ghana To Host Africa’s Prosperity Dialogues



The Africa Prosperity Network has launched the Kwahu Summit for Africa’s prosperity.

The launch which featured top African business leaders, political leaders, and local and international media occurred at the Accra Marriot Hotel on the sidelines of the African Development Bank’s annual meeting currently happening in Accra, Ghana.

Speaking at the launch, His Excellency Wamkele Mene who is the Executive Secretary of the AfCFTA Secretariate emphasized the need for Africans to have impactful dialogues about Africa’s trade relations with the rests of the world in light of the state of intra-Africa trade. His Excellency Wamkele Mene declared AfCfFTA Secretariate’s support for the Kwahu Summit and urged that the Summit would effectively engage the full range of sustainable development actors, governments, and businesses to explore how to accelerate the AfCFTA implementation as well as the explore the kind of economic development vision Africa must have for decades to come.


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On behalf of the Government of Ghana, Honorable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Ghana’s Minister of Information, spoke about the government’s support for the thought leadership platform the Kwahu Summit creates for Africans to leverage opportunities and resources on the continent to achieve more.


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Mr. Yofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) emphasized the need for Africans to proactively direct global discourses and collaborations on Africa’s development, given the share of global natural resources the Continent possesses and the potential of the Continent’s demography for consumerism, leadership, and labor force.


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The maiden edition of the Kwahu Summit on Africa’s prosperity will take place at the Rock City Hotel in Kwahu on 28th and 29th October 2022. The partners of the Summit are AfCFTA Secretariat the Government of the Republic of Ghana, and the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).


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RIOHS Announces The Rebrand Of Riohs Originate To RIOHS College Of Design Ghana



Riohs is excited to announce the rebrand of our foundational fashion design and illustration institution. Riohs Originate, is now the Riohs College of Design with the tagline “Create. Make radiance.” on the new value proposition; Unearthing potential, making seasoned professionals.

Over the last decade, the institution has existed with the aim of glowing talents. Our rebrand is closely aligned with our ultimate goal of becoming the leading institution in fashion and creative design training in Africa.

The College will be offering a wider range of Creative design courses in:


Graphic Design

Digital Fashion

Creative Thinking

Concept Development


Pattern Making

Fashion Design (Clothing & Construction) and many more.

In this new phase, we will continue to identify and nurture fresh potential and prove over and over again that one can learn how to think creatively to attain a concept, sketch and design, create patterns, design and sew a collection in 6 months.  Offering morning, evening and weekend options, our classes offer practical guidance. Our training transforms students into conscious smarter decision makers with an eye on the sustainability of the fashion industry.

Many of our global alumni have gone on to create well acknowledged brands, such as Naddia Ibrahim,ZaQi Africa, Elikem the Tailor, Royalty by Nanasie, Gallant Belle, Maud by Dianne, Avonsige, Sera Ban, Cosma gh, Mayase gh, kojo Boadi Ghana, Sara the Dress Maker, and a host of other creative minds taking on the global fashion space. Beyond creating and sustaining an industry of fashion entrepreneurs, Riohs alumna are working as professional pattern makers, sketch and digital illustrators, fashion designers and atelier managers. Some have even been honoured in Vogue such as the wildly successful – Ajabeng.

Riohs alumni have graced International Fashion Weeks like; London Fashion Week, Denmark Fashion Week, Arise Fashion Week Lagos, Durban Fashion Week, Glitz Africa Fashion Week, Accra Fashion Week, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. 

Mr Richard Ohene Sika, founder and talent manager, had this to say – 

“Everyone has a touch of creativity hidden inside them, they just need a little Riohs in them to unearth their potential. The world always needs more people who are creating, so consider joining us. We can help you, realise your vision.”

Boilerplate ( Short description of Riohs) 

The Riohs College of Design is a creative design service and training college in Accra, Ghana that was birthed in 2010 with only 3 students. Since then, it has gone on to graduate more than 1,500 students across Africa and globally, who come to it’s Dzorwulu campus for the 6-month program. RIOHS is the pioneer and creator of the 6-month program in Fashion Design and Fashion Illustration in Ghana. The course was designed to offer practical instruction through learning by doing. Riohs offers a functional fully serviced atelier that serves as the center of it’s campus. The College intends to keep transforming lives through giving an opportunity to talents who seek to express their creative talents, under the guidance of professional artists from all over the world. Apply at

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How Imyfone Magicmic is a real time voice changer



There have been numerous advancements in voice changer technology over the times. Real- time voice changer software allows druggies to make different sounds and make adaptations in real time with a variety of options handed. They come with several preset sound types and will enable you to change the sound by changing the pitch, frequence, tone, and other aspects of the sound. Making fun of musketeers, neighbors, classmates and cousins is one reason why people use voice- changing software. Gamers and pennants are more likely to change their voice as part of the fun. This can help them epitomize their characters and add further fun. Voice changer tools can also be useful when creating vids for a variety of purposes. If you want to get the voice changer for zoom then we have the best option right here as the iMyfone MagicMic.

There are numerous uses, but with so numerous options, it’s hard to choose the right real- time voice changer tool. MagicMic voice changer is one of the most used and trusted coffers moment. So in reviewing this MagicMic voice changer, I’ll look at what it offers and its advantages and disadvantages.


Is MagicMic the stylish free real time voice changer?


There are numerous voice changers on the request, but MagicMic voice changer is unique. Its one-click function allows druggies to snappily change their voices. All you need is a mouse click. This tool comes from iMyFone, which is a leading inventor of colorful useful tools like MagicMic, Filme Video Editor, MarkGo etc.


The stylish free real time voice changer for PC


MagicMic comes with several sound pollutants. Minion, Echo, Robot, and Monster are just a many of the options that can be used. It can be used for online converse, voiceover, or streaming. MagicMic voice changer can also act as Skype call voice changer and discarded voice changer.


MagicMic features


  • Real time voice pollutants.
  • You can choose from over 200 available sound goods.
  • Use voice Impersonator in games and other apps.
  • In real time, just one mouse click can change your voice.
  • Windows 7, 8,8.1, 10, and 11 are completely supported.


The software is incredibly intuitive. Anyone from freshman to expert position can start changing their voice incontinently. The one-click function helps it stand out from the competition. To use this voice changer you have to choose the affair and input. The input device must be your microphone. The affair device will be your headphones. You can always pierce this section under the Settings tab if you need to change anything. It will be the one as the best and right at the top so if you are interested in voice changer for zoom then visit here.


MagicMic settings


Still, choose a sludge and speak into the microphone, If you want to hear how your voice sounds. You can use the tool on Twitch, Skype, PUBG, Fortnite, Discord and other platforms. Then is what you need to do, Start your asked program. Also go to the Voice Settings menu, Elect “Microphone” (Voice Changer Virtual Audio Device, or WDM) as the input device. The sound in the named program can also be converted in real time. Your changes will be heard by other druggies.


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Jadarls Group Powers ‘Make A Wish!’ By Purple Angels Kids Foundation



Purple Angels Kids Foundation in its 3 years of existence has focused on the wholistic well-being of children, by gifting sick and or needy children beautiful memories to inspire hope and teach them that they can be anything they want in the future if they put their minds to it.

Babies in jail, Help! , Chalewote Giveaway, School Supply Drive by and the newly introduced Make A Wish are the projects we undertake all year round.

The maiden edition of Make A Wish kicked off last Saturday the 21st of May. Make A Wish essentially is granting one wish of a child who is terminally ill. Three children had their wishes granted, and laptops and tablets were handed over to these children who are currently fighting cancer at the Korle-Bu pediatric oncology unit.

“Jadarls group of companies powered this edition of the Make A Wish project and we couldn’t be more grateful. One of the children Lucy had just had surgery the previous day, and to be able to give her the one thing she never thought she will have the privilege of having, was a blessing.We are in this with you and we hope to help you grant more wishes,” comments the Group CEO of Jadarls Group of companies.

Purple Angels Kids foundation wishes to thank the Jadarls Group and hope that a lot more individuals, institutions, and companies will come aboard this project.

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WATCH: 24-Year-Old Who Farms To Pay Fees In University



Perry Appoh a 24-year Geography student at the University of Ghana hails from Ziave in the Volta Region of Ghana and practices farming for survival.

He started farming at the age of fifteen when he and his siblings used to follow their father Mr.Francis Appoh who won the second-best farmer award in their district in the year 2017.

It got to a time he realized that his father don’t do any work apart from farming and with it, he was able to cater for the family of eight without any support from any source. He got the inspiration from there, and has since  been able to farm on large scale which has helped him to pay his fees in University  watch his story in the following interview with Multicdb

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