FG Grants Reliefs To New TStv

New pay Television operator, TStv Africa, has been granted three-year tax relief by the federal government.

The newly inaugurated television was also granted tax free dividends to all investors in the company.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced incentives on Sunday night in Abuja at a dinner to mark the official unveiling of the new company.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports TStv Africa is a wholly owned by Nigerian Pay TV operator with refined offerings of novel Unclassified Pay Per View subscription and complimentary internet services.

Mohammed who performed the official unveiling of the new company and its products said the tax reliefs were in line with the Pioneer Status recently granted
to the Creative Industry by the Government.

The Minister congratulated the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Dr. Bright Echefu and his team for liberalising and breaking the monopoly of Pay TV in the country.

“The important thing about what Echefu has done today is that he has redefined the pay per view television industry and from today, that industry will never remain the same again.

“What he has done is to democratise the media and entertainment industry and make it possible for even a peasant farmer to have access to the best entertainment and news in the world.

“It is a great opportunity for me to be the one to unveil TStv because just like a Nigerian made history by crashing the cost of telephony in Nigeria, I am glad that another Nigerian is now coming forward to crash the cost of Pay TV,” he said.

The Minister commended the courage of the CEO for coming from the Diaspora to invest in his country and for believing in the government’s seriousness about diversifying the economy.

He said the company had also demonstrated that government alone could not do all things but needed the participation and synergy of the private sector.

“I want to assure that this administration will continue to assist you and other investors in creating the enabling environment for businesses to grow, ” he said.

Specifically, the Minister said that the Government was aware of the huge contributions of the creative industry to the nation’s economy and would continue to support the sector.

He identified contents and the lack of objective audience measurement as major challenges that had retarded the growth of TV and advertising industries in the country.

“With the liberalisation of the industry. content has become very key because content determines which channels are being watched and which are not.

“Another major challenge is how to get an accurate measurement of which channel is being watched and which is not.

“Kenya and South Africa are about one third of our population but they do much better in TV and radio advertisement than us because of their robust audience measurement,” he said.

The Minister announced that the National Broadcasting Commission and his Ministry would organise a workshop on Nov. 28 to address the challenge of Audience Measurement.

Earlier, Echefu said that TStv Africa, which had gone through a lot of challenges, was birth to liberalise PayTV in the country, make it affordable to every Nigerians with added values.

He said for the first time, Nigerians could now enjoy Pay Per View because with TStv, “subscription runs as you watch and It has the facility to pause your subscription when you travel”.

Echefu said that TStv for a start has 70 premium channels model with the cheapest pay-TV in Africa with maximum subscription fee of N3000.

He said as a fully Nigerian brand with consideration for the masses, TStv is not classified and it has a model that accommodate subscription as low as N200 as N500 for a period of time.

The CEO said TStv came with PVR (Personal Video Recorder) Decoder which allowed viewers greater control over their viewing experience with functions like pause, rewind, forward, save and record of programmes of interest.

Echefu said that once you subscribe to TStv, you will also get complimentary internet service, enabled Wi-Fi, as well as video calls and video conferencing services.

“It has an array of amazing TV channels with premium entertainment, educative programs that cut across all genres.

“The genres included, News, Music, General entertainment, documentary, movies, religious, sports, health, kids, fashion and lifestyle that better define the uniqueness of Nigeria’s diverse culture and traditional values,” he said.

The CEO said TStv which was modelled for Nigerians had come to stay assuring that it would not fail and they would deliver on their promises.

NAN reports that the guests at the ceremony were entertained with live performances by musicians, comedians

Among the dignitaries at the event were Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos represented by the Permanent Secretary Lagos Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr Fola Adeyemi and the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Culture, MS Grace Gekpe.

Others were the Director-General of National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, Nollywood actors including, Emeka Ike. Adigwe Okafor, Zack Amata, Dr Opa Williams and Afeez Oyetoro aka Saka. (NAN)

P-Square Finally Part Ways

Nigerian Hip-hop twins, Peter and Paul Okoye of the popular stage name P-square,that dominated the Nigerian music industry for many years, have finally split.

According to a letter sent to their lawyer Festus Keyamo (SAN) by Peter, he demanded for a termination of the agreement as a group.

According to the copy of a letter in some media outlets on Monday, Peter based his decision on some serious allegations against his twin Paul and Jude their elder brother and manager.

He accused Paul of no longer willing to co-operate with him.

He also accused him of cancelling their scheduled music tour to the United States.

He added that Paul was also slandering his wife and children with lies on social media, and alleged that his family was being threatened with messages.

Peter further accused his older brother Jude of once threatening to kill him and shoot his wife Lola.

Peter stressed that he was tired of the “drama” and all he wanted was opting out of the Psquare group and contract.

Social media was set on fire after Peter posted a Snapchat video revealing that he is in Philadelphia on his own for a solo show – without his twin brother, Paul.

“My name is Mr P,” Peter said “As from today, guess what? It’s show time, I’m about to go on stage.”

This post came days after his brother, Paul wrote on Instagram saying; “Only a woman can come where there’s peace and destroy it”.

The Okoye brothers have been engulfed in war of words on the social media in recent times, and this development has confirmed rumours that there have been strains in their relationship.

IDYL, A Good Ambassador Of Bayelsa, Says Dickson

The Bayelsa State government has described the emergence of IDYL as the winner of the recently concluded singing competition, " the voice Nigeria in South Africa as a welcome development.

IDYL, an undergraduate student at the State owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma hails from Kolokuma in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of the state.

The state commissioner for Information and Orientation, Hon. Obuebite Jonathan congratulated the winner and described his victory as a morale booster for other teeming youths in the state.

He said IDYL with his scintillating performance has showed to the World that Bayelsa state is not and should not be seen as a place for militant activities.

Obuebite also extended his congratulations to IDYL’s coach while he was in the house, Timi Dakolo and other coaches – Yemi Alade, Waje, and Patoranking who at one point or the other helped him achieve this victory.

He also thanked the people of Bayelsa state particularly and Nigerians in general for voting for IDYL, and also the judges who were not political in taking the decision of announcing the winner.

The commissioner used the opportunity to call on youths in the state who have one talent or the other to always pursue their dream irrespective of whatever challenge they face on their way to achieving that dream.

It will be recalled that the state came third and fifth respectively in NECO and WAEC.

Also, St. Judes Secondary school female basketball team retained the trophy in the just concluded MILO basketball competition for secondary schools in Nigeria.

The Restoration government's huge investment in education sector particular the youths is continuing to yield desirable dividend.

Monarch Marries 14th Wife

Swaziland’s King Mswati the III has married 19-year-old Siphelele Mashwama, daughter of Swaziland cabinet minister, Jabulile Mashwama as his 14th wife.

According to sources this is coming after many weeks of speculation, Maravi reports.

The new bride for the Swazi King has been confirmed by royal festivities overseer, Hlangabeza Mdluli.

He made the revealed that the new bride is currently in New York in the United States, where the 49-year old King is attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Mdluli told local journalists on Sunday, while the King was about to board his flight to the New York, that the King has officially made his choice of the new wife.

Siphelele is King Mswati’s latest and youngest wife in terms of age.

His other wives include: Inkhosikati LaMatsebula, Inkhosikati LaMotsa, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, Inkosikati LaMagwaza (deserted), Inkhosikati LaHoala (deserted), Inkhosikati LaMasango, Inkhosikati LaGija (deserted).

Others are Inkhosikati Magongo, Inkhosikati LaMahlangu, Inkhosikati LaNtentesa, Inkhosikati LaNkambule, Inkhosikati Ladube and Inkhosikati LaFogiyane.

King Mswati, also known as Ngwenyama, “the lion,” is said to have over 13 children, which include his eldest daughter HRH Princess Sikhanyiso, Sibahle Dlamini, Makhosothando Dlamini, Majaha Dlamini, and Tiyandza Dlamini.

Others are Sakhizwe Dlamini, Saziwangaye Dlamini, Bandzile Dlamini, Lindaninkosi Dlamini, Mcwasho Dlamini, Temtsimba Dlamini and Temaswati Dlamini, among others.

It’s a common tradition for the Swaziland King to choose a wife every year. Last year, the Sherburne-educated King chose a new bride during the well-known Reed Dance ceremony, (also known as Umhlanga).

The Reed Dance ceremony is an annual Swazi and Zulu tradition held in August or September.

In Swaziland tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women travel from the various chiefdoms to Ludzidzini to participate in the eight-day event, and would-be brides are publicly checked to ascertain their virginity.

Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies.

It has, according to Unicef, the highest HIV/Aids prevalence rate globally.

Some 210,000 Swazis were living with the HIV infection.

Swaziland, with a population of 1.2 million, ranks 112 out of 131 on the 2016 Global Hunger Index.

About 77 per cent of the Swazi population relies on subsistence farming for their livelihood.

Vice President Lauds Nigeria Entertainment Industry

Nigeria is proud of its Arts and Entertainment Industry as talented citizens continue to show and exceed world-class performance standards.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this while receiving the cast of Wakaa: The Musical  on Friday  at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that the industry has proved clearly that “without anybody, even government coming to their aid, they can hold their own.”  But that the Buhari led government would lend its support in “whatever way we are able.”
Professor Osinbajo recalled that he had seen some of the performances of the group, and that it was absolutely amazing and extremely professional.

The Vice President commended the work of Nigerian actors, artists and performances, especially in the creative industry.

“We don’t even need to compare ourselves. The Nigerian entertainment industry is in a class by itself. Absolutely incredible, real talent. There is no real comparison what our people are doing,” Professor Osinbajo added.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the Wakaa Musical performance, which has been staged in several places including London, was writing the name of Nigeria in gold, all over the world.

Alhaji Mohammed said that the President Muhammadu Buhari led government recognises and applauds the success of the country’s creative industry.

He said that government’s diversification of the economy was not restricted to the agriculture and solid minerals sectors but includes the creative industry where Nigeria also has comparative advantage.

The Wakaa cast was led by Producer and Director Bolanle Austen-Peters, an actor, Bimbo Manuel.

Austen-Peters commended the Vice President for receiving the group, noting that such gesture at short notice was very encouraging.

Vice President Osinbajo has been invited as Special Guest of Honour at a Command Performance of Wakaa on October 2, 2017, during the grand finale of the 9-day performance of the musical in Abuja.

Wakaa: The Musical is a play about the trials, successes and experiences of 6 young graduates with varied backgrounds, revealing the struggles and challenges of young Nigerians at home and abroad. It is a production of BAPS Productions.

Obaseki Is An Achiever, Says Nollywood Star

Award-winning Nollywood star, Adesua Etomi on Thursday paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, at the Government House in Benin City.

The actress, who hails from Edo State, commended the Obaseki-led administration for the giant strides it has made in empowering women and caring for the less-privileged in the society as well as providing critical infrastructure and enthroning law and order in the state.

The multi-talented star said her visit was to show her solidarity for governor Obaseki and his team that are gradually transforming the state without making noise about it.

The first-class honours graduate of the University of Wolverhampton has featured in several films including Knocking on Heaven’s Door, The Arbitration, The Wedding Party and Falling, amongst other highly rated films.

Her star performance in Falling earned her the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama.

A Nasty Boy Fashion Magazine Accused Of Promoting Homosexual

Nigerians who say a new online fashion magazine promotes homosexuality by featuring men wearing makeup or clad only in miniskirts have misunderstood its agenda, according to its founder.

Homosexual acts are banned in Nigeria carrying a penalty of up to 14 years in prison and the magazine, called A Nasty Boy, has provoked strong reactions from some Nigerians since it started in February in the commercial capital Lagos.

“Nasty Boy is not a gay publication,” said Richard Akuson, its founder and editorial director. It is “an issue-based fashion publication that pushes for conversations around gender, feminism, masculinity”, said the 23-year-old law graduate.

Critics are sticking to rigid gender definitions that the publication seeks to subvert, he said. Opinions of A Nasty Boy were mixed in the capital, Abuja.

“They have a right to freedom of speech and the moment you start impinging that freedom then every publication, every media, is under threat,” said hotelier Stephen Ajayi.

Market trader Ayokanmi Otulano said the government should crack down on the website because it promoted homosexuality.

“These are abominations unto God,” she said.

A Nasty Boy is an example of the flourishing media scene and business culture in Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest democracy. It also reflects the growth of a more public debate in some parts of the continent about gender issues.

The magazine has been profiled in international fashion publications and that interest has sparked a plan to expand the team of five freelance writers, an editor and photographers and set up a twice-yearly print publication, Akuson said.

“I have realised that in Nigeria Nasty Boy would continue to be a niche publication but that is fine because we cater to a global audience,” he said.

The September issue includes an essay by a 17-year-old feminist poet, a profile of an agency that supplies androgynous models and photographs billed as “a visual story about Nigerian boys who wear dresses”.

Record Label Promotes 2 Nigerian Artistes In S/Africa

Mr Isiah Chijioke, Chief Executive Officer of Sky Music, South Africa, says he will promote the music of two young Nigerian musicians in that country.

The artistes are Ifeanyi Nwadialu, alias` Fakia Large” and Jesam Etim Michael whose stage name is “J Prince.

Chijioke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday that the musicians had great potentials and were doing very well.

“We have started working together. Fakia Large and J Prince have great potentials. They play hip hop and Afro-music.

“We are working as one family under my record label and I am proud to be associated with them. They are doing a lot to promote the image of our country through music,” he said.

The manager said that since he started work with them, they had featured in a lot of shows in different places.

“At the moment, we have released a song titled “Malowo” by J Prince.

“We are working on a project now. It is a collaboration by the two artistes and a South African, DJ Duckz. We have finished everything, the video and audio will soon be released,” he said.

The promoter urged aspiring and young Nigerian artiste to be hardworking, obedient and show humility while working with their managers.

Nwadialu, 27, a native of Ihiala, in Anambra, said that working with their manager had been great fun and good.

“I am happy working with my manager, we work as brothers. It has not been easy breaking into the South African music industry but through hard work, we will make it,” he said

He said that their collaboration had started to create fan base in South Africa as people had started to appreciate their music.

Michael, 28, a native of  native of Yakur Local Government of Cross River, said that he was happy working with his manager.

“ I play Afro-music and hip hop.  I am presently working on a new single title “ money lover”.

“ Our manager has been good. We are making waves in South Africa and Nigeria. My role models are R Kelly, Bruno Mars and Tu Face,” he said.

Michael urged aspiring musicians to work hard because Nigerian music was beginning to get a trend at global level.

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