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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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Npower News: Npower Batch C Stream 1 Beneficiaries to Receive August Stipend

The Federal Government has said Npower Batch C Stream 1 beneficiaries will start receiving their August 2022 payment soon, a reliable source stated.

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The Federal Government has said Npower Batch C Stream 1 beneficiaries will start receiving their August 2022 payment soon, a reliable source stated.

Meanwhile, the management of Npower has begun to post Npower Batch C Stream 2 beneficiaries to their respective Places of Primary Assignment (PPA)

Investors King learnt that Npower Batch B Stream 2  beneficiaries can now view and download their Place of Primary Assignment on their individual dashboard. 

This is coming after several weeks of anticipation. It could be recalled that the redeployment page on the Npower portal disappeared a few days ago. Apparently, it was in preparation for beneficiaries’ redeployment. 

Batch C Stream 2 beneficiaries can log in to the Nasim website https://nasims.gov.ng/ to check their PPA.

National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) is the central management platform for the administration and coordination of all Social Investment Programmes under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. 

Meanwhile, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar Faruk has stated that the exit plan for Batch C Stream 1 beneficiaries is almost complete.

According to the Minister, an exit management plan will be made available on the Nasim portal which will allow beneficiaries to move automatically to the next phase which is the loan program. 

She further disclosed that outgoing beneficiaries will be able to access a loan in the range of N250,000 to N3,000,000. 

The loa will be made available through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) intervention programme. The loan is expected to help outgoing beneficiaries to start a business that will guarantee a stable income. 

Established in 2016, Npower was created to address the issue of youth unemployment in Nigeria and help to create social development. The scheme was created as part of the National Social Investment Program for unemployed graduates and non-graduates between the ages of 18 and 35. 

The scheme currently has six categories which include N-Teach, N-Health, N-Agro, N-Build, N-Creative and N-Tech. 

N-Teach and N-Health are exclusively for the graduates while N-Agro, N-Build, N-Creative and N-Tech are available to both graduates and non-graduates. 

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Qatar Will Spend $220 Billion to Host 2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar will spend $220 billion to host the 2022 world cup which is $208 billion higher than what was spent in 2018

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Qatar will spend $220 billion to host the 2022 world cup which is $208 billion higher than what was spent in 2018. 

As the 2022 FIFA World Cup draws nearer, investigations have revealed that the host country, Qatar is expending a whopping sum of $220 billion to host the most watched sporting event in the world 

Investors King understands that this was $208 billion higher than what was used to host the last edition of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. 

It could be recalled that Russia spent $11.6 billion to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to hold between the 20th of November and the 18th of December 2022. The opening ceremony will take place at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium. 

This is the first time that the FIFA World Cup is being held in the Middle East and the second time it will be hosted by an Asian Nation.

In preparation for the much-anticipated sporting event, the government of Qatar has built a new city ‘Lusail’ where the final will be conducted at the iconic Lusail Stadium. 

It was reported that the oil-rich nation ‘Qatar’ is spending $500 million every week on construction, infrastructure, hospitals, hotels, airports, and several new stadiums.

About 1.5 million people are expected to arrive in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup. Out of the eight stadiums prepared for the world cup, seven of them are newly built with world-class facilities. 

Financial Analysts have estimated that the world cup will create more than one million jobs for the country across key sectors like construction, real estate, hospitality and tourism. 

Besides, analysts opined that activities surrounding 2022 world cup will increase Qatar’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 4.1 percent while it will contribute about $20 billion to the economy in the near time. 

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Qatar Airways Leads Top 20 Airlines For 2022

Qatar Airways emerged as the world’s best airline at the recently concluded Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022

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Qatar Airways emerged as the world’s best airline at the recently concluded Skytrax World Airline Awards 2022. 

Investors King learnt that 20 airlines across the globe were picked for their outstanding services. While Qatar Airways top the list, Singapore Airlines and Emirates Airlines were ranked in second and third place, respectively. 

It should be noted that Qatar Airways won the prestigious award for a record seventh time in a ceremony held at Langham Hotel in London, United Kingdom. 

The Group Chief Executive of Qatar Airways, H.E Mr Akbar Al Baker said: “To be named as the World’s Best Airline was always a goal when Qatar Airways was created, but to win it for the seventh time and pick up three additional awards is a testament to all the hard work of our incredible employees”.

According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Skytrax, Edward Plaisted, “Qatar Airways was the largest airline to have flown consistently throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with their network never falling below 30 destinations,”. He stated. 

The best airlines were determined from a pool of hundreds of airlines operating along different routes. 

Between September 2021 and August 2022, Skytrax conducted an online customers survey in various languages which include English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese to determine the top 20 from a list of 350 airlines that featured in the final result. 

Meanwhile, Skytrax further breakdown the award into subcategories. For instance, Singapore Airlines won the best first-class cabin award, while Qatar Airways grabbed the best business class service.  

Virgin Atlantic was awarded the best premium economy while Emirate Airlines won the best economy cabin. Singapore Airlines was also awarded the best Cabin Staff while All Nippon Airways (ANA) won the best cabin cleanliness. 

Below is a list of the top 20 airlines for the year 2022

  1. Qatar Airways
  2. Singapore Airlines
  3. Emirate Airlines
  4. All Nippon Airways (ANA)
  5. Qantas Airways 
  6. Japan Airlines 
  7. Turkish Airlines
  8. Air France
  9. Korean Air
  10. Swiss International Airlines 
  11. British Airways
  12. Etihad Airways
  13. China Southern 
  14. Hainan Airlines 
  15. Lufthansa
  16. Cathay Pacific
  17. KLM
  18. Eva Air
  19. Virgin Atlantic
  20. Vistara

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