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Ethan & Harriet to launch range of educational toys and Nigerian-themed puzzles

Ethan & Harriet to launch range of educational toys and Nigerian-themed puzzles

Nigeria’s leading educational toy company, Ethan & Harriet, has announced it will launch a range of educational toys and Nigerian-themed puzzles at an event in Lagos. The company seeks to champion the preservation of the country’s cultural heritage through fun and games. Among the toys to be launched is the Nigerian-themed jigsaw puzzles, which is


D’banj partners MTN to launch new venture to promote creative industry

D’banj, a Nigerian musician (popularly called Bangalee) and entrepreneur, has signed a partnership with MTN, Nigeria’s biggest telecoms company, to launch a new venture to promote Nigeria’s creative industry. Known as The Cream Platform, it will provide creative minds (those unsigned hypes) the opportunity to win the following: a song & video recording session, ‘collabo’ with artiste


Econet Media signs agreement to bring NFL content to Africans

If you’re a lover of the National Football League, this one’s for you. Econet Media, a subsidiary of the Econet Group, has signed an agreement to broadcast NFL content in a number of markets in sub-Saharan Africa [1]. The agreement, which was brokered by ESPN Media Distribution, sees Econet Media become the exclusive linear TV


SA VOD service, ShowMax reaches 10 million views

ShowMax, a South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, has announced that its TV shows and movies have been viewed by its customers over 10 million times. In total, more than five million hours of content have been viewed on the platform, the equivalent of more than 500 years if played back-to-back. “We knew we had a


YouTube adds live streaming to mobile

YouTube has announced that it is adding a live streaming option to its mobile platforms that will allow users to broadcast live video from their mobile devices — initially limited to web only. The video-sharing site which has been offering live streaming since 2011, including the streaming of the Royal Wedding of Britain’s Prince William


TRACE acquires Buni.tv, set to launch VOD service

TRACE, an international media group that provides contemporary music and sports entertainment content to a large and predominantly young audience, has acquired Pan-African video-on-demand platform, Buni.tv for an undisclosed amount. Launched in 2012 as one of the first ever VOD platform to focus on the African market, Buni.tv is recognized as one of the 3 largest SVOD services


SociaLiga Members Can Now Pay Using Paga

Members and fans of the SociaLiga, Nigeria’s fastest growing social football league, can now pay for games using Paga, a leading mobile payment platform, as both companies have announced a partnership. The partnership will allow Social Liga fans and members use Paga for events as well as for their daily transactions. Paga offers not only a fast


YouTube outs VR app to give users truly immersive video experience

Google’s video-sharing platform, YouTube has announced the launch of a virtual reality (VR) app to give users a truly immersive video experience. Known as YouTube VR, the app will allow users experience events they ordinarily wouldn’t engage in such as swimming with sharks, or events they don’t have the opportunity of participating in such as riding


Skype To Give US$20,000 To The Winner of Its Shoot The Future Competition

Skype in Media has announced it will be giving out US$20,000 to the winner of Shoot The Future, a competition designed to discover new entertainment concepts that are truly innovative and inclusive. Not only must these concepts/ideas be creative, innovative and inclusive, – all the values that Skype embodies – they must also incorporate the power


ShowMax now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa

South African subscription-based video-on-demand service, ShowMax is now available in 36 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in 2015, Naspers-owned ShowMax has the largest video entertainment catalogue in Africa with over 20,000 episodes of hit TV shows and movies. These countries can now access this humongous catalogue – which includes approximately fifteen thousand TV show episodes and


Nigerian Newspaper, The Guardian Launches Online TV Platform

The Guardian, Nigeria’s most trusted newspaper, has announced the launch of an online TV platform, Guardian TV. Guardian TV will provide exclusive video interviews, as well as up-to-the-minute videos from across the world. The platform will provide viewers the best in news entertainment and sport from partners such as Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters, CNBC Africa,


African Startup TV Launches To Tell Stories Of African Entrepreneurs

African Startup TV, an indigenous web-based TV, has been launched into the Nigerian media industry, with the aim of telling the stories of African entrepreneurs. The web TV will feature news, interviews, how-tos, stories and interesting articles about the African Entrepreneurship spirit. According to the CEO of the startup, Roberta Edu‎, the initiative became necessary


Spotify Is The Exclusive Playback Partner of the Billboard Charts For 2016

If Spotify, a digital music service, is your favourite and you’re always checking the Billboard music charts to keep up with the hottest songs, then this piece of news might interest you. Billboard has announced Spotify as its exclusive streaming partner for 2016, a partnership that allows the streaming service to power playback of more


ShowMax vouchers now available in almost 500 outlets across South Africa

Incredible Connection and HiFi Corp are the latest retailers to offer ShowMax subscription vouchers, bringing to almost 500 the outlets where the vouchers can be purchased. The vouchers enable the large chunk of the population who don’t have credit cards and/or PayPal accounts to subscribe for ShowMax and enjoy its services. The vouchers will be