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MultiChoice Talent Factory Graduates Class Of 2020

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MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) West Africa Academy has graduated 20 students after 18 months of intense training in film and television production.

The students’ academic course, which was extended from 12 months to 18 months due to the pandemic, gave them the opportunity of acquiring the MTF Academy qualification as well as an equally illustrious qualification from the prestigious New York Film Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA), making them more sought-after as they re-enter their respective local film and TV sectors as highly qualified industry professionals.

The students completed an intensive three-week online NYFA course on the production of micro-documentaries, Public Service Announcements (PSAs), music videos and also worked with the United Nations on the global #PledgeToPause campaign.

These exposed the young creatives to global networks, making them a part of the MTF alumni network, while also connecting them with industry professionals from across the continent through the MTF Portal.

Speaking at the virtual event which held yesterday, Chief Executive Officer, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, stated that despite the difficulty that arose as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the students were able to quickly adapt to the transition from physical to virtual learning which is a testament to the world-class nature of the academy’s course.

“The MultiChoice Talent Factory is very close to my heart. It speaks to who we are as Nigerians, natural-born storytellers. Today we are here to celebrate the second cohort who were dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic but the challenge seems to have brought on even greater opportunities,” Ugbe added.

The continued success of the MTF initiative since its start in 2018 is also rooted in its illustrious partnership with Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) as well as with internationally acclaimed organisations Dolby, Jasco Broadcast Solutions and Nihilent.

Awards as well as scholarships were given to students who excelled during the programme. Abisola Aboaba emerged the top performing graduate and won the NYFA 8-week scholarship in the United States of America, Julie Ako won an 8-week scriptwriting internship on an animation series from Nihilent Technologies, Gbenga Gomes won the Jasco Broadcast Solutions AVID media composer licence for the most-promising film video editor while Igho Arusi Avuirovarie emerged the most-promising sound engineer.

In addition to these, the four-week MNet internship in South Africa goes to Joshua Tsotso.

Eric Kafui Okyerefo, Chioma Paul-Dike and Avuiroevarie Igho Arusi won the CEO Award for Innovation for building Ekho media, a streaming platform for short films and content creators.

“This is a proud moment for everyone involved in ensuring that the students became graduates. It’s also been fulfilling to see just how in-tune this next generation of African storytellers are with the importance of being multi-skilled and intuitive creatives, “All these would not have been possible without the collaboration and commitment of our fantastic partners.” Ugbe added.

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Boomplay Partners with Airtel Nigeria, Offers Affordable Music Streaming Service

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Africa’s leading streaming platform, Boomplay and telecommunications leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, have announced a strategic partnership that will offer subscribers access to more affordable streaming on Boomplay.

The Airtel-Boomplay partnership rides on the Airtel Streaming Data Plan, this will give music lovers the opportunity to save more on streaming data cost, as music lovers will enjoy 500MB exclusive data for spending only N100.

While unveiling the new partnership, General Manager, Boomplay Nigeria, Oladele Kadiri, affirmed the company’s commitment of making music more accessible, stating that, “We are very optimistic about the partnership with Airtel, which will enhance music streaming and downloading for our users, through affordable data packages, while also cementing the business relationship between the two companies.”

Commenting on the partnership, Airtel Nigeria’s Chief Commercial Officer, Dinesh Balsingh, said Airtel is delighted to offer a platform that will connect more Nigerians to the music they love at a much more affordable cost.

“At Airtel, we are always exploring opportunities that will make life better and more enjoyable for our valued customers. With this partnership with Boomplay, music lovers need not worry about exorbitant streaming cost as we have simplified the experience and made it much more affordable for everyone.”

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Coca-Cola to Open New Digital Delivery Center in Johannesburg

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There’s no doubt Coca-Cola is driving digital transformation through its consistent messaging and movement into a more agile and growth-minded work environment. Technology Services is leading the charge by enabling the broader corporate vision to build scalable capabilities across the system.

Just last month, Dublin entered the mix of strategically located hubs, and the announcement indicated another was in the works. Johannesburg rounds out the list and serves as the latest example of Coca-Cola’s savvy investment in its global digital network. Like other service centers, this teams’ efforts will focus on using digital insights, business intelligence, analytics, and smart digital marketing to enhance the customer and consumer experience.

Dublin’s digital hub will play a supporting role in Africa’s maturation process until Johannesburg is equipped to take on the local challenges and unique offerings that ultimately yield innovative, scalable solutions.

The initial recruiting focus resides in the data and analytics front, followed by software engineers and developers to fortify the diverse talent landscape.

Each delivery center offers exciting opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute to Coca-Cola’s journey to be a cutting-edge technology leader. Africa brings yet another dimension to the tech scene and complements the diverse, yet focused global initiative.

“We are looking for people who want to be part of building something – creating a strong community from the ground up,” said Sue Liderth, Vice President, Regional Delivery for Europe, Middle East, and Africa regions. “That kind of experience instills a lot of pride – not only in one’s work, but also for the company and the communities in which we work, live, and serve.”

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Honeywell Flour Mills Introduces Spaghetti Mini Pack

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Honeywell Flour Mills Plc has introduced its new spaghetti mini pack as part of efforts to develop pocket-friendly products to customers.

The product was introduced at an unveiling ceremony held recently in Ogun State. The launch was attended by the company’s key executives.

They included the Managing Director of Honeywell Flour Mills, Lanre Jaiyeola; Director of Manufacturing Operations, Ifeanyi Abadom; Head of Operations, Sagamu, Tunde Adebayo, and Consumer Marketing Manager, Esther Tontoye.

According to the company, the launch of Honeywell Spaghetti Mini was based on extensive research and insight into the Nigerian consumer behaviour over the past decade.

The product was specifically developed to meet the expectations of today’s Nigerian consumer market, it added. The Spaghetti Mini 200 gm pack has a retail price of N100, fulfilling the company’s drive for affordability.

Commenting on the launch of the product, Jaiyeola said: “Honeywell Flour Mills is a key player in the food manufacturing business in Nigeria today and our consumers play a pivotal role in this regard.

“This new product is the first of its kind in the pasta category and we are happy to have introduced it to the Nigerian market.

“We are more than delighted to launch this innovative product in response to our observation and findings into Nigeria’s consumer behaviour and the push for convenience,” he added.

As a customer-centric organisation, “we continue to look for diverse and innovative ways to satisfy our consumers optimally. Innovation for us remains the yardstick which we believe will allow us to deliver even more superior products.

“And we will continue to fulfil our core objective – to support the food security agenda of the government by producing good quality, nutritious and affordable food products for the complete satisfaction of Nigerians.”

Buttressing Jaiyeola’s statement, Abadom, said, “the Honeywell Spaghetti Mini is a unique product that will satisfy a yearning for convenience in Nigerians. And with the development of this product, we have ensured that the policies, desired standards and quality set for ourselves are being surpassed.”

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