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US Open Tennis: Djokovic Gears Up For 2021 Grand Slam Clean Sweep

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Tennis fans can look forward to exclusive coverage of the fourth and final tennis Grand Slam of 2021, the US Open, live from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York from 30 August to 12 September exclusive to SuperSport on DStv.

 

The major narrative from the US Open is whether Novak Djokovic can win the Men’s Singles tournament and claim a clean sweep of the Grand Slams in 2021 – having already taken the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles. This feat has not been achieved in men’s tennis since the legendary Rod Laver in 1969, while the latest player to do it was women’s great Steffi Graf in 1988.

 

The Serbian missed out on the chance to win a ‘Golden Slam’ (all four majors and an Olympic Gold Medal) when he was ousted in the singles at Tokyo 2020 by eventual champion Alexander Zverev, followed by a withdrawal from the Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal match due to injury.

 

“The consequences physically hopefully will not create a problem for me for the US Open, but that’s something that I’m not sure about right now,” said Djokovic. “But I’m not regretting for giving it all because at the end of the day, when you play for your country, that’s necessary.”

 

Djokovic then chose to skip the recent Western & Southern Open ATP event to rest and recover, meaning he should be fresh for New York. However, he will face a stiff challenge from the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Zverev, fellow veteran Roger Federer (while Rafael Nadal has withdrawn due to a foot injury), and especially Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is still hurting from losing the Roland Garros final earlier this year.

 

“It’s not easy to erase that from my memory. It’s all in the past now, but it’s not easy to get it through. Also, I can not change the outcome, and the only way is to go further and turn that frustration into something positive next time,” said the Greek star.

 

On the Women’s Singles side, Switzerland’s Belinca Bencic and Italian Camila Giorgi bring momentum from their Olympic Games and Canadian Open triumphs respectively, but all eyes will be on Ashleigh Barty, who won her first Wimbledon title earlier this year, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka. The WTA’s top-ranked trio are the clear favourites for the final major title on offer in 2021.

 

Osaka is the defending US Open champion and recently made headlines with her generosity, donating her winnings from the Western & Southern Open to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, the Caribbean nation her father hails from.

 

“Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break,” Osaka said on Twitter. “I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors’ blood is strong we’ll keep rising.”

 

Our viewers on DStv can see all their favourite tennis stars dominating courts across the world. Visit www.dstv.com to subscribe or upgrade, and join in on the excitement. And while you’re on the move, you can stream matches on the DStv App.

 

US Open 2021 broadcast details- All time in GMT

 

Monday 30 August

3pm: Day 1, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 1, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 1, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 1, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Tuesday 31 August

3pm: Day 2, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 2, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 2, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 2, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Wednesday 1 September

3pm: Day 3, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 3, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 3, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 3, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Thursday 2 September

3pm: Day 4, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 4, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 4, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 4, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Friday 3 September

3pm: Day 5, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 5, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 5, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 5, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Saturday 4 September

3pm: Day 6, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 6, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 6, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 6, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Sunday 5 September

3pm: Day 7, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 7, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 7, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 7, Round of 16, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

Monday 6 September

3pm: Day 8, Round of 16, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 8, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

3pm: Day 8, Third Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Variety 1

11pm: Day 8, Round of 16, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Tuesday 7 September

3pm: Day 9, Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 9, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

11pm: Day 9, Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport

Wednesday 8 September

Tennis

4pm: Day 10, Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals, Day Session – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

3pm: Day 10, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

11pm: Day 10, Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals, Night Session – LIVE on SuperSport

Thursday 9 September

Tennis

3pm: Day 11, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

11pm: Day 11, Women’s Semifinals – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Friday 10 September

3pm: Day 12, Second Feed – LIVE on SuperSport Action

4pm: Day 12, Men’s Doubles Final – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

7pm: Day 12, Men’s Semifinals – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Saturday 11 September

4pm: Day 13, Mixed Doubles Final – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

8pm: Day 13, Women’s Final – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

Sunday 12 September

5pm: Day 14, Women’s Doubles Final – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

8pm: Day 14, Men’s Singles Final – LIVE on SuperSport Tennis

 

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Dede, Big Brother Naija among most-watched titles in Ghana in 2021, according to viewing statistics

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Ghanaian telenovela Dede and Big Brother Naija S6 were among the top 10 most-watched African titles on Showmax in Ghana in 2021, according to 2021’s viewing statistics from Showmax.
Ever since it premiered in March 2021, Dede, which follows the tortuous romance between a girl from humble beginnings and her rich employer’s son, has been one of the most popular shows among Ghanaian viewers on Showmax.
Now in its 230th episode (and counting), Dede is directed and produced by the award-winning filmmaker Shirley Frimpong-Manso, known for Ghana’s box office hit The Perfect Picture (and its sequel) and the ground-breaking drama series Shampaign.
Speaking about the popularity of Dede, Shirley said, “I had hoped the show would be a home run, but it has certainly exceeded my expectations with the overwhelming support and popularity it has gained.”
Dede is Shirley’s first-ever telenovela project. She says this was a daunting experience at first but she fell in love with the fact that it was a Cinderella story. “That was my favourite childhood story. Plus it was a female-led role, which was the icing on the cake for me.”
Big Brother Naija S6: The Buzz, the Showmax exclusive hosted by Toke Makinwa, also featured in the coveted list of 2021’s most-watched, alongside another Ghanaian title – the drama series To Have and To Hold.
To Have and To Hold, which wrapped up production of season 1 in November 2021, follows three women (played by Lydia Forson, Naa Ashorkor and Zynell Zuh) as they navigate relationships and their careers in Accra.
Naa Ashorkor, who plays To Have and To Hold’s humble housewife Enyonam, said, “It feels good to be part of the winning team. We put in a lot to make this project successful. We worked hard on this project! I am happy Ghanaians love it.”
Ghanaians also loved the Ghanaian-Nigerian star-studded Showmax Original comedy series Ghana Jollof; The Mrs. and the Mistress, starring beloved Ghanaian actress Jackie Apiah; and Cartel: The Genesis, the action thriller starring Adjetey Anang as a dedicated agent who leads an elite unit to take down a powerful drug syndicate.
Other titles that made the list include Ghanaian comedy drama Little Problems, starring Godwin Namboh; the Showmax Original film Rogue,starring Megan Fox as a mercenary leading a team trapped between merciless militants and a killer lioness; and Nollywood film A Thousand Ways to Break a Cheating Man, directed by Kayode Kasum and starring Bimbo Ademoye and Uzor Arukwe.
See below the full list of the top 10 most-watched African TV shows and movies on Showmax in Ghana in 2021 (in alphabetical order)
  • A Thousand Ways to Break a Cheating Man – Movie
  • Big Brother Naija S6 – Reality series
  • Big Brother Naija S6: The Buzz – Reality, Talk show
  • Cartel: The Genesis – Movie
  • Dede – Telenovela
  • Ghana Jollof – Comedy-drama series
  • Little Problems – Movie
  • Rogue – Movie
  • The Mrs. and The Mistress – Movie
  • To Have and To Hold – Drama series
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BBC Africa Eye investigates Kenya’s disturbing rise in cases of gender-based violence

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When the Covid pandemic hit Kenya, the number of cases linked to gender-based violence exploded as lockdowns forced many women indoors with their abusers.

In April 2021 Mary Mugambi was living as a single mother with her three kids. Her ex-husband wanted her back.

She says “He came in and when I awoke, he was holding a panga (machete). I asked him what the problem was as we had not argued. He started cutting me on the leg. He slashed my legs twice and once on my hand. My daughter heard the noise, and woke up. She saw that I was slashed and bleeding all over the house. When my daughter raised her head he struck her with the machete cutting her head and she died immediately.”

The life-threatening blows to Mary’s legs, arm and stomach left her unable to work, struggling to care for her remaining two children. Her two year old son witnessed the attack. Her ex-husband denies the allegations.

Authoritative statistics are hard to come by but according to Kenya’s Demographic and Health Survey 40% of Kenyan women, married or once married, have suffered physical or sexual violence.

Calls to a national helpline rose by more than 300% in the first two weeks of the pandemic. Within a year, Kenya had recorded over 5000 cases of gender-based violence.

It has been described as Kenya’s ‘hidden epidemic’.

But activists say that the true scale of the problem is far bigger, with a combination of fear, stigma and a lack of trust meaning only an estimated 3% of domestic attacks are ever reported to the police. Even when they are, many cases can take years before reaching court.

One organisation on the frontline fighting for survivors is Usikimye. It was co-founded in 2019 by Njeri Migwe and runs a safe house and a 24 hour helpline.

Njeri says “It’s terrifying. It’s scary. And the perpetrator will of course threaten you. And most people tend not to show up in court. So I wish there were a shorter time to finish the court cases, like let’s say 3 months, 6 months. So that these cases close when it is still fresh for the victims, and so that the victims can stop living in fear.”

In response to the rising number of cases, the Kenyan authorities have repeatedly stated their commitment to tackling gender-based violence, introducing a national tollfree helpline and allocating funding for one-stop support centres for survivors.

But among men, Gender based violence remains a largely taboo subject in Kenya. Africa Eye reporter Tom Odula investigates the deep-seated roots behind the crisis, discovers the trauma behind the shocking statistics, and explores the impact that Kenya’s sluggish legal system often leaves survivors with little hope of justice.

Watch the news piece (8:40 mins):

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-africa-60089165

Watch the full documentary on YouTube (26:32 mins):

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Big Brother Mzansi: Meet the colourful housemates

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2022 brought with it the revival of a reality television fan-favourite in the form of Big Brother Mzansi (BBMzansi) and the show seems to be a smash hit on social media.

The show began trending from the second the premiere episode aired on Sunday evening and it continued trending well into Monday.

The show’s new host, Lawrence Maleka, also seems to be part of the reason fans are so enamoured with the show. Maleka was recently unveiled as the show’s host, taking over from Lungile Radu.

Big Brother Mzansi is the modern version of Big Brother South Africa, which first aired in South Africa in 2001. The live shows back then were hosted by TV legends Mark Pilgrim, Gerry Rantseli (now Gerry Elsdon) and Zuraida Jardine.

After 13 years, the show rebranded as Big Brother Mzansi, with Radu in the driver’s seat as the show’s host.

Maleka is the new face billed to usher in a new era of Big Brother, which unveiled an interesting set of housemates on Sunday evening.

Meet the Big Brother Mzansi housemates:

Gugu Refiloe Bonga, aka Terry Treasure, is a 26-year-old from Johannesburg. Terry says she is honest almost to her own detriment. The OnlyFans adult content creator says she has a very big personality and stands for acceptance and non-judgment. She doesn’t like fake people and considers herself to be very open.

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Adindu Asuzu, aka Zino, is a 21-year-old from Johannesburg who is self-confessed mommy’s boy. This season’s youngest housemate describes himself as both bubbly and mellow. He reckons he won’t start drama – but will be the one to end it. He says his Nigerian side won’t let people take advantage of him.

Keamogetswe Motlhale, aka QV, is a 23-year-old from Mahikeng. Self-described as easy-going, Keamogetswe is a sharp-shooter and straight talker. She says she has no interest in keeping her annoyance to herself when someone gets on her wrong side. She describes herself as a tomboy.

Libo Njomba, aka Libo, is a 32-year-old from Johannesburg. Born in Uitenhage, Libo says he is an avid lover of life who enjoys the outdoors. He says people are his weakness and, as a result, he tends to befriend “strange characters” – but also considers himself a loner.

Gashwan Brandon Mthombeni, aka Gash1, is a 28-year-old from Pretoria. Having overcome a troubled past, Gashwan describes himself as a deep thinker with varied interests and talents. He’s deeply spiritual and enjoys giving people advice and motivation.

Luthando Mthembu, aka B.U, is a 31-year-old from Johannesburg. The aspiring musician says one of the highlights of his life was quitting his high-flying corporate job to follow his artistic dreams. A vegan, he is focused on centering himself.

Mvelo Ntuli, aka Mvelo, is a 28-year-old from Johannesburg. Describing himself as loud and lovable, Mvelo is a lover of people and passionate about education. Bubbly and candid, he hides a more complex side behind his infectious humour.

Naledi Mogadime, aka Nale, is a 24-year-old from Pretoria. A self-described “fine gyal, not a sad gyal”, the model is as much a firecracker as she is calm and zen. She considers her ability to understand and analyse people her strength. Naledi predicts that she might not be everyone’s cup of tea in the beginning of her time at the Big Brother Mzansi house.

Michelle Dimpho Mvundla, aka Mphowabadimo, is a 27-year-old from Daveyton. The sangoma describes herself as outgoing and kind, but says she has “zero tolerance for nonsense”. She is also a doting mom who considers herself to be a nurturer who loves cheering people up when they’re not feeling their best.

Norman Nhlapo is a 24-year-old from Johannesburg. The daycare worker says he has an adaptable personality and is a sporty person. Despite a tough upbringing, he says his life has been a “bundle of blessings”. He runs a non-profit organisation and daycare with his mother.

Rethabile Potsane, aka Dinkybliss, is a 29-year-old from Johannesburg. Rethabile describes herself as “loud and proud” and says she can transform people’s moods and lift spirits when she is around. More of a boys’ girl than a girls’ girl, she enjoys socialising and loves fashion.

Thando Mcopela, aka Acacia, is a 30-year-old Soweto resident who is family orientated and describes herself as a free spirit and a risk-taker. She also says she is a foodie who loves community and togetherness. She considers herself relatable and is as comfortable ekasi as she is in upmarket suburbs.

Tulani Madala, aka Tulz, is a 28-year-old radio DJ from Johannesburg. The velvet-voiced straight-shooter says he has a softness beneath his tough exterior. He also says he is currently single because he was “badly behaved” in the heyday of his career.

Thato Mokoena is a 28-year-old from the Vaal who says she is not one to limit herself. Thato is an accountant and TikToker who describes herself as a “world within worlds”. Bubbly and energetic, she’s bluntly honest and is comfortable with her transparent nature.

Themba Karabo Mabaso is a 30-year-old heavily-inked tattoo artist from Johannesburg. He describes himself as “simple”, “basic” and “normal”, and says despite his attention-grabbing looks, he doesn’t actively seek the spotlight. And yet he is a housemate on Big Brother Mzansi…

Thobeka Mtshali, aka Venus, is a 25-year-old from Richards Bay. In her own words, when it comes to her “you just never know what you’re gonna get”. She says she embodies creativity as she writes music, makes beats and plays the piano. She considers herself to be a layered person.

Ukho Samela, aka Sis Tamara, is a 25-year-old from Johannesburg. The multifaceted and bubbly Ukho goes by the pronouns he/ him/ she/ her/ they/ them. Known as “Sis Tamara”, they describe themselves as “a gender non-conforming experience”. They are also passionate about trans and queer representation.

Yolanda Glover, aka Yoli, is a 30-year-old from Durban who says she is outgoing and effervescent and describes herself as “Berocca without the medicine”. She loves being around people and says they are drawn to her infectious energy. She can sometimes be too honest and upfront and says she’s an open book.

There is also a daily highlight show on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161), Tuesdays to Fridays, starting on 25 January 2022 at 10:30pm.

Sunday eviction shows begin on 30 January at 6pm and will be broadcast on Mzansi Magic.

This season will also see the return of fan favourite segments such as Shower Hour at 10pm on Mondays to Thursdays on Mzansi Magic, Saturday night parties with Channel O (DStv channel 320) and Friday night games.

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Apple Music launches Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition with Ebro Darden and LootLove

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Apple Music today launches a new monthly on-demand African edition of Rap Life Radio, presented by hip hop aficionado, Ebro Darden and South African TV presenter and radio personality, LootLove (real name Luthando Shosha). Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition will serve as a companion to Apple Music’s flagship hip hop playlist, Rap Life.

 

“The Rap Life brand, playlist and radio show, is something we hope artists and fans of hip hop all over the world can connect through. LootLove stepping in for a special edition ‘Rap Life Africa’ helps us keep building that bridge. This is dope!” exclaimed Ebro.

 

“I’m super excited about the launch of the monthly African Edition of Rap Life Radio with Ebro on Apple Music. This is a phenomenal way to kick off 2022! It’s going to be magical! I’ve watched South African hip-hop grow from its infancy to a really commercial space here and it’s been a beautiful journey to witness. Watching it from a continental perspective has also been really exciting, African hip-hop is really taking up space! I’m excited about the likes of Blxckie, KashCPT and LucasRaps,” says LootLove.

 

During each episode of Rap Life, Africa Edition; Ebro and LootLove will chat about all the breaking news from the world of African hip-hop, while featuring some of the hottest new releases from across the continent. Ebro and LootLove will also discuss how African artists are shaping hip-hop and rap on the continent and around the world.

 

The first episode of Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition; launches on Friday 21 January and features new music from South African rapper A-Reece, Ghanaian rapper Amerado and Nigerian singer-songwriter LADIPOE.

 

Rap Life Radio, Africa Edition with Ebro Darden & LootLove will be available on demand on Apple Music every month, as well as the Rap Life playlist featuring the hottest new tracks and trends from across the African continent.

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Apple Music’s latest Africa Rising artist is FAVE

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Apple Music today announced the latest featured artist in its Africa Rising artist development program as 21-year-old Nigerian-born singer-songwriter, FAVE (real name Chidozie Godsfavour).

 

“Being on Apple Music’s Africa Rising program takes me one step closer to the dream: a gateway to the world stage. I’m proud to represent Africa with my voice and in my lyrics,” FAVE told Apple Music.

 

Having shown a penchant for singing from the early age of 6, it was only at the age of 19 that FAVE decided to embark on a career in music. Right off the bat her debut single “M.O.M.M.S.” (2019) showcased her impressive range and powerful tone, featuring in two of Nollywood’s most prominent TV series.

 

FAVE immediately followed this up with the reggae-infused single “DAL” (2020) and the Afrobeats-rooted “N.B.U (Nobody But You)” (2020), the latter of which was based off a freestyle that went viral on social media, before featuring on two tracks off superstar rapper Olamide’s 9th studio album, UY Scuti (2021).

 

FAVE’s debut EP, Riddim 5, is a fiery five-track release that fuses catchy Afro-pop melodies and groove-inducing Caribbean influences with a neo-R&B feel, anchored by the viral hit “Baby Riddim” which to date has racked up over 45 million streams across all platforms. With unique storytelling abilities, FAVE explores universal themes of love and heartbreak whilst making music that resonates deeply with her global audience.

 

The latest music from FAVE along with that of Africa’s hottest new artists, is available now on the Apple Music Africa Rising Playlist.

 

Apple Music’s Africa Rising, is an exclusive artist development programme and companion playlist geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent and introducing the next generation of African superstars. Africa Rising alumni to date include: Omah Lay, Manu Worldstar, Tems, Amaarae, Ayra Starr, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering and Buju. Africa Rising sees Apple Music select six artists every year who each receive a minimum of two months of editorial support across the Apple Music platform including a launch interview with Nadeska on Apple Music 1. Nadeska has also launched a new weekly Africa Rising feature on her show highlighting the hottest new artists on the continent.

 

Africa Rising is the latest of many Apple Music initiatives aimed at taking African talent to the world. Now available in 33 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, Apple Music 1 is home to Africa Now Radio with host LootLove which has featured interviews with some of the continent’s hottest artists such as Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, Cassper Nyovest, Mr Eazi, Patoranking, Rayvanny, Kiddominant, Mayorkun, Fireboy DML, Adekunle Gold, Master KG, Yaw Tog, Blxckie, Nikita Kering and Buju.

 

Apple Music also selected Nigerian Afrobeats singer-songwriter Tems as its Up Next artist in 2021, Nigerian Afropop star Rema in 2020, Grammy Award-winning Afrofusion superstar Burna Boy in 2019, and Nigerian singer and entrepreneur Mr Eazi in 2017. Up Next is Apple Music’s global emerging artist program.

 

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Assemblies of God Ghana Launches TV station – (AGTV)

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Assemblies of God, Ghana has launched a television station – AGTV – in a bid to widen the outreach of the gospel across the world.

Sunday’s launch at the Assemblies of God Headquarters in Accra attracted senior members of the clergy, church members and other invited guests.

The free to air television network would show a variety of programs including sermons, gospel music, Christine movies, news bulletins and sports highlights.

Launching the station, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Ghana, Rev. Professor Paul Frimpong-Manso, said the vision for the television station was hatched during initial variant of COVID-19 which necessitated the closure of churches and other public gatherings. According to him, a lot more souls can be reached through the power of television.

“With about 6,000 AG churches and almost 700,000 membership across the country, the TV station owned by AG was handy in reaching the entire nation for Christ. Rev Frimpong – Manso expressed the Church’s gratitude to all its pastors and members for their immense support in making the vision of the AGTV attainable.

The General Manager of AGTV Mr. Abraham Asare, emphasized that the objectives of the

channel are to be a point of reference as the leading Christian television station in Ghana,

and make the gospel of Jesus Christ common through the broadcast of life changing messages. They also seek to promote relevant AG church activities and programs, thereby presenting AG as the church of choice.

Whiles providing quality Christian entertaining programs and Broadcast programs

that give guidance and hope to the Christian youth, he further stated that

AGTV shall be the preferred destination for businesses with quick returns for their investments.

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