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Amazon Prime Video Launches Local Service in Nigeria

Amazon Prime Video launches a localized version of its streaming service in one of Africa’s largest markets, Nigeria.

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After its Launch in Southeast Asia a few days back, Amazon Prime video revealed the launch of the localized version of its streaming service in one of Africa’s largest markets, Nigeria.

Amazon Prime Video is a global streaming subscription service with 200 million subscribers worldwide and accessible in over 100 countries.

Amazon Prime Video has now expanded its service to Nigeria in a move that pitches it against Netflix, the world’s biggest streaming company with a sizeable audience in Nigeria.

However, to compete effectively, Amazon Prime Video launched discounted Amazon prime membership, seven days of free streaming service and increase investment in local content production for Nigerian audiences.

In a tweet from its official account @Prime Video Naija, the company said customers in Nigeria can stream more than 20,000 original TV shows and movies within its ecosystem. Some of the movies are The Boys, All or Nothing, Reacher  and All the Old Knives.

According to its website, the service will cost ₦2,300 or $4 per month. Also for the first time, users in Nigeria will be able to pay for subscriptions using the local currency, the Nigerian Naira.

Again, unlike when most used VPN to access the platform for region-specific content, now Nigerians can watch movies directly without a VPN.

Nigerians, however, have reservations concerning Amazon Prime Video pricing model. According to Nigerians that took to Twitter, they will stick to Netflix – Amazon Prime Video’s biggest competitor in Nigeria – as they cannot be paying for a monthly subscription and still be paying to rent or watch movies. Read their comments below.

@lamibony Tweeted “can never replace Netflix because they are unserious. Why do I have to purchase some movies even though I have a valid subscription? Nah, abeg they should get out.”

She further stated that “Abeg I will stick with Netflix. Make them increase subscription instead of asking me to buy movies like groceries”

@abelpter had the similar reservation “I hate the fact that after paying the monthly subscription, you still need to pay money to buy or rent some other movies you’d like to watch on the App. It doesn’t make sense”

@tHe_pHenom_ tweeted “hope your payment platform won’t keep declining all my cards like spotify and Apple Music”

@oluwahunter tweeted “Please why is it difficult to add my card details?

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Eni Aluko Breaks Barriers: First Black Female Football Club Owner in Italy

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Eni Aluko, former sports director for Aston Villa and Angel City, has shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the first black female football club owner in Italy.

Aluko’s journey from the pitch to the boardroom marks a monumental shift in the traditionally male-dominated realm of football ownership.

Aluko’s foray into ownership comes through her involvement with the Mercury 13 group, a consortium dedicated to revolutionizing women’s football.

This $100 million investment group, named after the 13 female pilots who passed the same rigorous testing as NASA’s original Mercury 7 astronauts, aims to elevate the status of women’s football teams across Latin America and Europe.

Their recent acquisition of a majority stake in FC Como Women, situated in northern Italy, underscores their commitment to this vision.

For Aluko, this milestone isn’t just about personal achievement; it’s about paving the way for future generations of black sports investors and female football enthusiasts.

“Representation matters,” Aluko emphasized in a recent interview. “As the first, I understand the significance of this moment. But more importantly, I see it as an opportunity to inspire others and to promote diversity and inclusivity in the beautiful game.”

Aluko’s transition from player to owner is a testament to her unwavering dedication to football.

Having retired from professional play, she has seamlessly transitioned into roles in sports broadcasting and now ownership, leveraging her extensive experience and expertise to drive meaningful change within the industry.

The significance of Aluko’s ownership stake extends far beyond the confines of FC Como Women. It serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for marginalized communities within football, signaling that barriers can be broken and dreams can be realized regardless of race or gender.

The Mercury 13 group’s investment in FC Como Women is poised to catalyze a new era for the club and women’s football in Italy as a whole.

With Aluko at the helm, there is an undeniable sense of optimism and momentum surrounding the future of the team and the broader movement for equality within the sport.

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Ethiopian Airlines Group Celebrates 78 Years of Excellence and Innovation

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Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s leading airline organization, commemorated its 78th anniversary with a tribute to its rich history of resilience and innovation since its inception in 1946.

Led by its Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mesfin Tassew, and Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Lemma Yadecha, the airline marked this significant milestone with a special flight to Cairo, retracing its inaugural international service route.

Reflecting on the occasion, CEO Mesfin Tasew emphasized the airline’s enduring commitment to passenger service and servant leadership.

He highlighted Ethiopian’s journey from modest beginnings to becoming a pioneering force in African aviation, introducing numerous innovations along the way. Tasew’s sentiment encapsulated the airline’s ethos of prioritizing passenger satisfaction and continuous improvement.

In keeping with its tradition of community engagement, Ethiopian Airlines distributed Seasons Greeting Packages and Happy Fasting Messages to passengers, embracing the diverse cultural backgrounds of its travelers.

This gesture underscored the airline’s dedication to fostering unity and inclusivity among its passengers, transcending geographical boundaries.

Chief Commercial Officer, Lemma Yadecha, emphasized the airline’s mission to go beyond transportation, aiming to create a sense of belonging for all passengers.

By assuming roles typically held by ground and flight crew members, Ethiopian Airlines honored its dedicated staff and the countless individuals who contributed to its success over the past 78 years.

As Ethiopian Airlines celebrates this historic milestone, it reaffirms its commitment to service excellence and innovation in the aviation industry, promising to continue leading Africa’s skies with distinction and pride.

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Controversial Social Media Personality Bobrisky Sentenced to Six Months Imprisonment for Naira Abuse

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The Federal High Court in Lagos has sentenced Idris Olanrewaju Okuneye, popularly known as Bobrisky, to six months imprisonment without the option of a fine for the abuse of the Nigerian currency, the naira.

The verdict delivered by Justice Abimbola Awogboro aims to serve as a deterrent to others who engage in similar acts of currency mutilation and disrespect.

Bobrisky, a prominent cross-dresser and social media influencer, has garnered both fame and notoriety for his extravagant lifestyle and controversial antics on various online platforms.

However, his recent legal troubles stem from a video in which he was seen disrespecting and mishandling the Nigerian naira, a violation of the country’s currency laws.

In her judgment, Justice Awogboro emphasized the seriousness of the offense and the need to uphold the integrity of the national currency.

She highlighted the importance of deterring individuals from engaging in acts that undermine the value and sanctity of the naira, which serves as a symbol of Nigeria’s sovereignty and economic stability.

The sentencing of Bobrisky has ignited a heated discussion on social media, with opinions divided on the appropriateness of the punishment meted out to the controversial figure.

While some applaud the court’s decision as a necessary step to enforce discipline and respect for the law, others argue that the sentence is overly harsh and disproportionate to the offense committed.

Critics of the ruling point to the prevalence of more pressing legal issues in Nigeria, such as corruption and insecurity, which they argue warrant greater attention from law enforcement authorities. They question whether Bobrisky’s case merits such significant judicial intervention, given the country’s myriad challenges and priorities.

Nevertheless, supporters of the judgment contend that everyone, regardless of their status or influence, should be held accountable for their actions, especially when they flout established laws and regulations.

They argue that the rule of law must be upheld without exception, and that individuals who violate legal norms must face the consequences of their behavior.

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