Storytelling school

Multichoice rewards excellence in storytelling by bringing to light more authentic African stories and nurturing new talent

LR: Executive Director, Marketing, MultiChoice Nigeria, Tope Oshunkeye; Academy Director, West Africa, MultiChoice Talent Factory, Atinuke Babatunde; Managing Director of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe; Dr Busola Tejumola, Executive Director, West Africa Content and Channels, MultiChoice Nigeria, and COO, MultiChoice Nigeria, Ayo Ajala at the MultiChoice 2022 Media Showcase.

Before the start of the streaming wars in the African market, MultiChoice was already supporting the entertainment industry in Nigeria, supporting content creators through training programs, streaming access and awards in recognition of excellence. The broadcast company is not resting on its oars and instead has stepped up its commitment to service excellence with a wide plethora of innovative products and services including the streaming service – Showmax, while being the same reliable brand that brings high-end entertainment.

Since the launch of DStv in 1996, MultiChoice Nigeria has consistently created more opportunities than any Nigerian pay TV service provider and through the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCA) they celebrate the best talent in the entertainment industry on the African continent. They have trained several filmmakers through the MultiChoice Talent Factory and continue to support Nollywood with their resources through the films and series they commission every year.

At its annual media showcase, held this year in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, September 15, 2022, MultiChoice reconfirmed its commitment to bringing the best entertainment to its customers. Executive Director of West Africa Content and Channels, MultiChoice, Busola Tejumola, said: “We are constantly looking for new ways to excite our customers by improving our products and services and bringing them the most entertainment. top of the line. We’re a brand dedicated to telling authentic African stories, which is why we have thousands of hours of new content from shows new and old coming to our platforms over the next few months.

To prove how serious MultiChoice Nigeria is about its commitment to bringing the best authentic African stories to its customers, Dr Tejumola unveiled a host of content that viewers can expect to see over the coming months, ranging from films, telenovelas, series and reality TV.

Perhaps the most exciting of all is the FIFA World Cup which begins in November. Viewers can expect to enjoy all 64 games broadcast on DStv, GOtv and Showmax Pro. An added feature this season is the Preferred Language option which gives customers the option to watch matches with commentary in their preferred language in English, Pidgin, Yoruba, Hausa or Igbo. On top of that, there will also be five different dedicated World Cup channels available to customers ensuring the promise of the best seat in the house is delivered.

Multichoice’s commitment to best-in-class entertainment was further reinforced at Showcase by announcing a first-of-its-kind expansion of its flagship and Africa’s biggest reality series, Big Brother. , which will return in 2023 with the most unexpected twist. In what MultiChoice calls the ‘Clash of the Titans’, Nigerians and South Africans will fight for the title of ‘Big Brother’ winner – in one house. The broadcast company is also moving its other hit reality series, The Real Housewives of Lagos Season 1, from Showmax to Africa Magic. The show will premiere on Africa Magic Showcase on October 3 and Africa Magic Urban on October 4, 2022.

With over 1000 hours of brand new content and 50 titles slated to premiere in the coming months, MultiChoice tells African stories through movies, animations, series, reality shows and more. In October alone, three new shows will air on DStv and GOtv.

Femi Odugbemi’s Covenant will premiere on October 3 alongside James Omokwe’s Itura. Both series have 260 episodes each and will pick up the Dilemma and Venge timeslots currently airing on Africa Magic as they come to an end. Ace producer, James Omokwe also has another title, Diiche, launching only on Showmax on September 29, 2022. Showmax will also premiere an exclusive documentary about the Super Eagles, Super Eagles Doccies and Crime and Justice Lagos. Diane Russet’s series Ricordi is also set to premiere on Africa Magic soon with the final season of the series Halita airing, the second season of The Rishantes and Lahira also airing on the movie channel later this year.

There will also be new seasons of fan favorites like Come Play Naija, Tinsel, Our Perfect Wedding, Flatmates, Turn Up Friday, and a Multichoice-commissioned new season of YouTube sensation, Off Air with Gbemi and Toolz. There will also be a new season of The Johnsons honoring the memory of Ada Ameh, who sadly passed away on July 17, 2022. The annual holiday channel will also return in November to give viewers the best seats at the biggest end-of-season events. ‘year. like Calabar Carnival and experience.

Beyond content, MultiChoice remains committed to helping build the economy by fostering viable ecosystems on each of its production sets. On the next epic telenovela series – Itura alone, there were over 350 crew members who together built – from the ground up – the fictional kingdom of Ibaokuta that forms the backdrop to the story of the equality, love, justice, prosperity and peace. SuperSports with Super Picks continues to offer its keen watchers the chance to win N50 million if they can successfully guess the outcome of 6 Premier League matches. Through the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), the company is also helping to create new entrepreneurs who will secure the future of the Nigerian creative industry through intensive 365-day training and practical internships in art and business. the cinema. The school currently has a 100% completion record with 68% of graduating students enrolling/starting their business after MTF courses.

Founded in May 2018 to boost Africa’s TV industry and train the people who will create the future, the factory has graduated 40 students, with the next batch of 20 graduating in October. MTF welcomes 20 students per year. Registrants are equipped with tools and materials to support their learning and provide accommodation while paying them a stipend throughout the one-year program.

A brand strongly invested in value, MultiChoice is always looking to improve the quality of service its customers receive. To this end, they have created a fun feature in the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps as well as a live chat feature that allows customers to easily upgrade or downgrade their subscription packages without leaving the comfort of their own homes. To access 100% Premium subscriber class membership, customers must use all compliments available to them – use upgrade to DStv Premium package, Explora PVR, activate DStv app and use services at added value – box office and Showmax films – enjoy better value by receiving gold remotes indicating membership in this class and priority access to invitations to the most exclusive MultiChoice events, and one free film per month via the box office among other unique benefits.

With the theme “The greatest season in entertainment”, Multichoice was able to show that the best entertainment can be enjoyed via DStv, GOtv and Showmax for the whole family – from children’s entertainment to Nollywood and Hollywood blockbusters, and series. Customers are the big winners because they will be delighted in the months to come.

For more information on the juicy new content coming soon to DStv, GOtv and Showmax, visit www.dstv.com/africamagic and www.showmax.com. Or follow the various social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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