– The Mauritius Chronicles –
And here he is ladies and gentleman, Mr. Willem Snyman!
The announcement was unexpected and caught me completely off-guard. I had just discovered (and of course had a picture taken of) my STAR OF FAME complete with my full name and surname while walking with the other Namibian media delegates down the African Walk of Fame to the red-carpet.
At the sound of my arrival being declared on a microphone a horde of “papparazi” (resort staff waiters dressed up to look the part and armed with cameras) descended on me as their multitide of camera’s flashed in blinding unison amid loud applause!
Not to be outdone, I decided I was going to live in the moment! I strutted down that ruby road like a true celebrity for a photo finish.
We had arrived the day before, on Monday the 31st of August, and the evening’s welcome dinner at the Outrigger Resort’s Beach Marquee was the official start of the 2015 MultiChoice Africa Content Showcase Extravaganza.
I just knew it was going to be a magical night filled with #OnlyTheBest of African entertainment given the star-studded guest list that read like the who’s who of Africa’s entertainment. The event, dubbed ‘Night of a Thousand Stars’ saw all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood.
The guests that included Genevieve Nnaji, Rita Dominic, Desmond Elliot and Ramsey Nuoah were given full movie-star treatment. Flavour, Stonebwoy and The Mavins kept guests on their feet with their popular hits while the night’s MCs IK and Eku kept the glamorous proceedings running smoothly. IK had also brought his popular TV show, ‘High Lites with IK’ to the stage with a delightful interview with Nigerian crooner Banky W alongside music by DJ Sousa.
MultiChoice Africa CEO, Tim Jacobs, delivers his welcoming speech
(Photo courtesy of MultiChoice Africa)
MultiChoice Africa’s newly appointed CEO, Tim Jacobs, welcomed the 100 + VIP guests with a promise that the video entertainment service provider will do everything it can to make only the best content available to its subscribers on any platform, on any device and at any time. “We believe television is an extremely powerful tool that can educate, entertain and inform. The evolution of this medium has become fast and furious and as a business we are constantly evolving to stay ahead,” said Jacobs at the glittering ‘Night of a Thousand Stars’ celebratory event. “MultiChoice’s business is built around three key pillars: people; content – in the form of great entertainment, news and sport – and the latest cutting-edge technology. Our mission is to ensure that our subscribers do not miss out on any of the stories, events or moments that are shaping our future.”
Jacobs lauded the success of MultiChoice’s GOtv DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television) offering, which currently operates in 8 countries, bringing low-cost digital television to homes and supporting governments in freeing up vital broadcast spectrum by switching from analogue to digital signal.
He also acknowledged the challenges which the business faces and thanked viewers for their support“Our growth over the last 20 years has been a result of massive investments we have made in people, content and technology – but as with any business, not all of these investments or changes have hit the spot…. so we have from time to time re-evaluated our position and made changes to our strategies. At the end of the day however it is really our subscribers we have to thank for staying with us, trusting us to deliver the best television experience and customer service to make their experience world class” said Jacobs.
M-Net Regional Director West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu
(Photo courtesy of MultiChoice Africa)
Looking fabulous, M-Net’s Regional Director for West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, reminded the media VIP and other invited guests that M-Net has a near 30-year history on the continent, where it started with a daily 12-hour broadcast on a single channel. Now, having changed the way TV is viewed across the continent, the broadcaster leads the way in producing, acquiring and showcasing the best entertainment content in Africa. “Our first broadcast in 1986 led to other firsts like the launch of SuperSport and the Mzansi Magic, Zambezi Magic, Jango Magic and Africa Magic channels; and with the creation of exciting, genre-defining and iconic content like Carte Blanche and Tinsel, M-Net continues to shape cultures, build bridges and empower talent across Africa even as we remain synonymous with all things entertainment on the continent,” said Mba-Uzoukwu.
She echoed Jacobs’ sentiments about the need for constant evolution, to stay ahead of the video entertainment service provision field. “We are launching and redefining channels and we continue to expand our content offerings to viewers across the continent. Our ongoing and significant investments in local productions have positioned Africa on the entertainment global arena and with new technology we continue to reach even more people, ensuring that no one ever misses the M-Net Magic. Our investment drive remains geared not only towards the industries in which we play, but also in the people who power them,” she said.
All in all the night was a smashing success, providing a brilliantly entertaining start to the week long 2nd MultiChoice Africa Content Showcase.
Catch your favorite Namibian television news and entertainment station, One Africa Television, on DStv Channel # 284 and GOtv Channel # 91. Catch the “News on One” every week night at 19h00 with a repeat at 23h00 the same evening, and if you missed it, a repeat at 06h30 the next morning.
About MultiChoice Africa
MultiChoice Africa Limited (“MultiChoice Africa”) is the leading video entertainment service provider in sub-Saharan Africa, having launched the first digital satellite service in the 1980s. MultiChoice Africa provides multi-channel, multi-platform digital video entertainment services containing channels from Africa, America, China, India, Asia and Europe. The company has over twenty years’ experience as a video entertainment provider in Africa, offering cutting-edge digital technology to provide premium video content for subscribers in 49 Sub-Saharan African countries and its adjacent Indian Ocean islands. MultiChoice Africa provides its digital satellite television service – DStv – to subscribers’ homes from two different satellites, namely: the Intelsat 20 (“IS 20”) Ku BAND and Eutelsat 36B (used to be called W7) Ku Band. The GOtv offering is on a DTT (DVB-T2) network, which was established in 2011 and currently covers nine countries. This low cost mass-market offering provides great family entertainment at a price everyone can afford. For more about MultiChoice Africa, please visit www.dstv.com and www.gotvafrica.com.