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Games, Intrigue, Drama Pervade Big Brother House

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Last week on Big Brother Africa tagged: The Revolution, viewers saw two completely different experiences – while the men could forget about eviction for the week and focus on their task, the women pampered themselves and pondered who would be evicted after just one week.
Big Brother had volunteered the male housemates to take part in a 3-day Bootcamp. The group splitted into two squads and selected squad leaders – for the red team, Leonel and for the green team, Jeremy. As part of the task, the bedroom was divided into two defensive camps. The squads must try to steal each other’s mascots, learn a marching song and sequence, have a watchman patrolling the house from dinner to breakfast.
The Twin Twist is still part of the game – but they had a lot to catch up with come switch time as a lot of events keep unfolding in the house. Edward couldn’t be too careful – he had to remember the most basic things like where he must sleep, since the room had been re-organised for the task. He had to remember who his teammates were for the task, new, old and fake alliances – all of this, and he didn’t even realize exactly how much some of his housemates were on to him!
Jeremy had heard female voices near the house – and let Big Brother know during his diary session that he thought he had figured out BB’s game!
As for the girls, Emma enthused over Jeremy’s muscles, telling Big Brother that she couldn’t wait to meet the boys. Rene also asked BB to let the men and women mix in the near future. Kristal used her diary session to tell Big Brother how she thought the existing cliques in the house had already turned into alliances and she said: “if you’re not in one, you’re out!” Liz told Big Brother that she saw a division in the house between the ladies who were ‘more westernized” and those with more traditional views.
As part of the 3-day Bootcamp, the men’s tasks included a bedroom inspection, with each team inspecting the other’s beds, a ‘rock on’ challenge where each team had to hold a rock in a net for as long as possible and ‘sawn off’, where the red and the green teams had to saw along the painted lines of a tree trunk, with the first team to produce the pieces individually winning the task. And as if there wasn’t enough physical exercise, the housemates had to ‘assume the position.’ Each housemate had to get into the position of doing a pushup and hold it for as long as they could, and at the end of the day, the green team won the ‘rock on’ challenge and the red team took the sawing challenge.
The ladies on also received their first task of their time in the house, having to make miniature Ndudas – representations of the housemates – just as they men had to last week. The task also seemed to give them the chance to get to know each other better.
As part of their Nduda task, the ladies had to present speeches about why they deserve to stay in the Big Brother Revolution house.  Rene told Africa she was doing it for Namibia, while Elizabeth burst into tears while telling the rest of the housemates about growing up without a father and having to take care of her family. Edna was optimistic, pointing out that she is in the house because of her work ethic. She promised to dedicate her work to educating the children of Angola. Mzamo spoke from the heart about being an ‘original Malawian’ and Maggie told Africa she is ‘full of variety.’ Liz dedicated her speech to "being real and fabulous” while Geraldine gave love to her home country, Nigeria .
Kevin and Itai discussed the alliances while lying in bed, and observed there were two distinct groups in the house – one consisting of Phil, Yacob, Eddie and Hannington and the other made up of Quinn, Leonel, Jeremy, Kevin and Itai.
The final day of the men’s Bootcamp task involved peeling as many potatoes as possible, as fast as possible. While getting on with the task, though, the two teams come under vicious attack from an unseen foe! Potatoes aimed at the housemates could be seen flying in from outside walls, but the troops valiantly stuck to their task! At the end of the afternoon, the buckets of peeled potatoes were delivered to Nobuhla Hostel and the Noah orphanage in Alexandra, Johannesburg – so the housemates’ hard work wasn’t in vain!
To end off the task, the housemates were provided with ingredients for a hearty dinner. Awards were handed out, acceptance speeches made and mascots honourably discharged. The evening was sealed with a reward of cigars and cognac – which led to a toast to evicted comrades Wayoe and Teddy.

 


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Netflix Moves Against Showmax with Cheaper Mobile only Subscription

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Netflix Inc, American Technology and Media service giant, has concluded plans to introduce cheaper, mobile-only subscription in Nigeria and the rest of Africa in order to strengthen its presence in the country and the region as a whole.

Netflix Moves Against Showmax with Cheaper Mobile only Subscription

This is seen as a move targeted at Showmax’s dominance in the continent.

This is in addition to commissioning more locally produced contents and shows that depict the cultures and experiences of ordinary Africans.

Netflix Inc. became the world’s largest subscription-streaming service by flooding the market with popular content that’s cheaper than the competition.

However, five years after it got introduced in Africa, the US company is struggling to grow beyond the wealthiest segment of the population, in a continent held back by poverty, piracy and limited access to broadband.

This is expected to greatly increase the competition for the African market with Showmax, the Multichoice subsidiary, which seems to be clearly ahead and has the majority of the market share because of its more local and African content.

It could also help increase its presence in the continent where it is struggling and is still a relatively small player.

According to Digital TV Research, the streaming service firm has only 1.4 million subscribers when compared to about 20 million customers that have been signed up to Multichoice Group Ltd, the leading African pay-TV firm.

With the rapid expansion of 4G mobile networks, the streaming service is given a new channel to get to audiences especially in a country like Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest economy and the heart of its TV industry.

Netflix plans to expand the mobile-only contracts permanently if the trials, which began in South Africa and Egypt, becomes a success.

It agreed to deals with South African wireless carriers to add subscriptions to people’s phone bills and offers pre-paid vouchers for those without bank accounts.

This is similar to the services that have been adopted by ShowMax, MultiChoice’s streaming service.

Netflix is offering subscribers N1,200 ($2.65) a month for its mobile-only service, well below the N2,900 it’s been charging for its most basic account. However, the offer is still more expensive than the N250 per month charged by Iroko TV, a streaming platform that has the largest online catalogue of Nigerian Nollywood content giving access to over 5,000 of such movies.

But the income from Iroko’s low-price plans hasn’t been enough to cover its costs and the company is now scaling back its African operation to focus on wealthier viewers in the diaspora.

Netflix’s has moved to avoid the low production values found in a lot of Nollywood output and channel the continent’s best talent to develop slickly-made shows across every genre just like its deal with well-funded producers like Nigeria’s EbonyLife TV.

 

 

 

 


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TStv Lures Subscribers with N5 Daily Subscription

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TStv, a local satellite television network, has said that it will on October 1, roll out pay-per-view services in 18 states to mark the country’s independence on October 1.

TStv Lures Subscribers with N5 Daily Subscription

Dr. Bright Echefu, managing director of the company, who said this on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the company had surmounted the challenges it encountered after its launch in October 2017 and was better positioned to deliver quality services to Nigerians.

He said that the pay-per-view entails the minimum of N3 and maximum of N5 daily subscription per channel.

According to him, the company since 2017 went back to the drawing board to address all lapses to give Nigerians value for money and that while services will begin in 18 states on October 1, the remaining states will enjoy services from October 10.

“While we were off the radar, we properly studied the business and we have created a model to fit every Nigerian’s desire. We have created the pay as you view model where Nigerians will pay only for the channels they want to watch.

“Nigerians will be able to choose their bouquet by themselves, by choosing only those channels that they want to watch and pay for with a minimal amount per pay; 108 channels are available on our platform and more than 80 of them are High Definition (HD),” he said.

Echefu also said that as a gift to Nigerians for their steadfastness and understanding, the company had made the Grande Sports Extra Channel and some other local channels free to all Nigerians for one year.

While saying that Nigerians would be able to enjoy the ability to pause the decoder when not in use for a long period, he however, said that to safeguard against abuse, genuine reasons must be given for pausing the services.

He also commended the Federal Government for giving the company the desired support to start again after the challenges that led to its failure when it was first launched.


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UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

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United Bank for Africa, (UBA Plc), Pan- African financial institution, has continued to lead in innovation with the launch of its dynamic and creative Online Radio channel – RED Radio.

UBA Launches ‘RED Radio’, New Online Entertainment Platform

RED Radio, powered by UBA is a lifestyle web platform that has been set up to inform, educate, entertain and to bring to the fore, the best of Africa.

Much like its sister platform, REDTV, RED Radio is expected to showcase the best in lifestyle, entertainment, music, news, comedy and fashion.

Speaking on the launch of RED Radio, Tony O. Elumelu, group chairman of UBA,  applauded the creative initiative, emphasising that UBA is a financial institution always ready to support  creativity and entrepreneurship. The 2020 Time 100 most influential person in the world who has committed USD100 million to empowering young entrepreneurs across Africa said about RED Radio, “Creativity and innovation are a powerful combination and every detail in an art piece is important and meaningful. This applies to growing businesses and budding entrepreneurs. You will encounter challenges, like I did, but each experience is a lesson that brings you closer to your goal. That is the beauty of creativity.”

Continuing, Elumelu remarked, “There are many ways to make something beautiful, to make a sound interesting or to bring a story to life. You can define your expression, and today, as UBA’s RED Radio launches, I wish Bola Atta and her enterprising team many successes through this beautiful medium of expression.”

In appreciation of the support of UBA Group Chairman for the exciting creative initiative, Bola Atta, UBA’s group head, Corporate Communications, said ‘just like, REDTV which is Africa’s leading  online entertainment network, RED Radio is positioned to fast become the foremost online radio platform in Africa’.

Also expressing his delight, UBA’s Brand Ambassador and star boy, Wizkid, said, “I am never too busy for my UBA family as he granted an exclusive interview on one of the station’s flagship shows ‘On the Street’ where he spoke extensively about his upcoming album and what his fans should expect from him in the coming weeks.

RED Radio promises to bring rich and engaging content that will keep its audience coming back constantly for vibrant and robust entertainment. Listeners can tune in to www.itsredio.com 24/7.

 

 


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