MultiChoice Africa Holdings has demonstrated remarkable resilience and achieved profitability, solidifying its position as a leader in African entertainment.
With the release of MultiChoice Group’s (MCG) FY2023 financial results, MultiChoice Africa proudly announces its return to profitability, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey.
Despite challenging market conditions, MultiChoice Africa’s unwavering dedication to telling African stories and its ongoing investment in local content has been a driving force behind its success in a highly competitive sector. It has demonstrated its commitment to growing, amplifying and multiplying Africa through the power of entertainment, the power of its stakeholders and the power of its people, evident through this promising set of results.
“Our industry has faced numerous challenges in recent times,” says Fhulufhelo Badugela, Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice Africa. “However, we have risen above these challenges, leveraging our strengths to overcome them, and that is something we take great pride in.”
Over the past financial year, MultiChoice’s Rest of Africa business not only returned to profitability but also expanded its consumer services ecosystem. With the FIFA World Cup and popular local content such as Big Brother Naija, the Rest of Africa business witnessed substantial growth, adding 1.4 million 90-day active subscribers and reaching over 14 million households across the continent.
Driven by its commitment to local storytelling, the broader MultiChoice Group invested in local content, empowering African talent and fostering a thriving creative industry. In its financial year 2023, local content accounted for 50% of the Group’s total general entertainment spend, surpassing this target one year earlier than expected. The group’s local content library now boasts over 76,000 hours, with local content production delivering a 9% year-on-year increase to 6,587 hours.
Despite liquidity challenges in Nigeria, MultiChoice Africa successfully repatriated cash throughout the year. The company also launched five additional local channels across the continent, including Uganda, Ethiopia, and Ghana, while popular shows continued to achieve record viewership across various platforms.
As Africa’s unrivalled champion in sports entertainment, MultiChoice Africa delivered the best action from across the globe to its fans through SuperSport. The company’s highlights included the live broadcast of all 64 FIFA World Cup matches, accompanied by local language commentary in 11 languages across eight markets.
Furthermore, the MultiChoice Group has partnered with Comcast’s NBC Universal and Sky to drive Showmax’s market leadership in streaming on the continent. This partnership will ensure customers have access to a more diverse range of local and international content, supported by Peacock’s world-class, scalable platform.
In May MultiChoice announced a joint venture called Moment, which will be offering expanded payment infrastructure across Africa. Moment aims to transform the African payments landscape by making digital payments more accessible and reliable for domestic, cross-border and global payments.
“With the investments made over the past year, we are on track to transform from a traditional pay-TV platform to a broader ecosystem underpinned by technology.”
By continuing to invest in African stories, MultiChoice Africa is committed to cementing its position as a platform for local storytellers, celebrating and sharing the rich heritage and cultural tapestry of the continent with the world.
“As we navigate this ever-evolving industry, we stand strong, ready to deliver compelling African content that captures the hearts and minds of audiences across the continent,” concludes Badugela. “We are excited about our prospects and remain dedicated to making significant strides toward a profitable future as Africa’s most loved storyteller.”
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National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents Protests Central Bank’s New Price Verification System
Members of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA) have expressed their strong opposition to the recently introduced price verification system at Nigeria’s ports by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
They argue that this new system is in violation of the Customs and Excise Management (Amendment) Act 20 of 2003 and the Nigeria Customs Service Act of 2023, which govern the valuation of imports.
In a letter dated Wednesday and signed by Mr. Lucky Amiwero, the founder of NCMDLCA, addressed to several key government officials, including the President, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Customs and Excise, the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, the acting Governor of the CBN, the Ministry of Justice, and the Attorney General of the Federation, among others, the group urged President Bola Tinubu to disregard the circular issued by the apex bank regarding the introduction of the price verification system.
NCMDLCA went on to explain that the process of valuing goods in Nigeria is explicitly outlined in the Customs and Excise Management Act 20 of 2003 and the Nigeria Customs Service Act 35 of 2023.
These laws grant authority over the treatment, processes, procedures, and determination of the valuation of imported goods based on the transaction value method.
The letter further stated, “We hereby bring to the attention of the Federal Government of Nigeria that the Central Bank circular TED/FEM/PUB/FPC/001/008 of 17th August 2023, Go-Live of the Central Bank of Nigeria Verification System Portal, contravenes the following laws of valuation of imported goods: Customs and Excise Management (Amendment) Act 20 of 2003 and Nigeria Customs Service Act 2023.”
Amiwero also said that the Customs and Excise Management Act (CEMA) is the sole legal framework for determining the value of imported goods.
He argued that the additional requirement of price verification by the CBN duplicates the functions of the Customs and would create bottlenecks and conflicts when determining the value of imported goods.
According to Amiwero, the valuation process is clearly defined in the existing laws governing the valuation of imported goods.
He expressed concerns that the implementation of the CBN’s price verification system, if allowed to proceed, would result in redundancy and cumbersome procedures within the import and export system, especially for individuals not well-versed in valuation and import-export procedures.
This protest by the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents sheds light on the growing concerns surrounding the Central Bank’s new price verification system and its potential impact on the country’s import and export processes.
The issue is likely to spark further discussions and debates among relevant stakeholders and government authorities.
Dangote Industries Limited Reaffirms Commitment to Bolstering Employment Opportunities for Nigerians
Dangote Industries Limited has underscored its unwavering dedication to fostering employment opportunities and advancing the cause of decent work for the Nigerian populace.
Dangote Industries Limited has reiterated its steadfast investment in critical sectors of the nation’s economy to facilitate job creation and stimulate the growth of meaningful employment.
Speaking during the induction ceremony of a new cohort of graduate trainees, Mr. Aliko Dangote, the President of Dangote Group, highlighted the company’s transformative journey from a commodity trading entity to a manufacturing powerhouse.
This evolution is a testament to their unwavering mission to contribute significantly to Nigeria’s industrial development, consequently positioning the nation prominently in the African industrial landscape.
“The core mission of our group is to improve the lives of the people by addressing their fundamental needs. This noble objective can only be achieved through the production of essential goods that cater to the needs of our people. This is why we have made massive investments across various sectors of the economy,” stated Mr. Dangote.
Mr. Dangote further emphasized the pivotal role that manufacturing plays in meeting the needs of the populace and its potent ability to combat poverty by creating job opportunities.
He commended the ongoing graduate trainee program as a tangible manifestation of their commitment to employment generation, recognizing its positive impact on the lives of countless individuals.
In a strategic move aimed at fulfilling their goal of job creation and addressing the basic needs of the Nigerian people, Mr. Dangote revealed that his Group has expanded its business portfolio with three significant investments valued at over $20 billion.
These investments encompass the refinery, petrochemical, and fertilizer sectors, with the potential to not only bolster the nation’s economy but also reinvigorate Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves.
Also, these initiatives are anticipated to generate approximately $16 billion in foreign exchange earnings and offer an impressive aggregate of 250,000 jobs, thereby contributing to the reduction of youth unemployment in the country.
Dangote Industries Limited remains unwavering in its commitment to making substantial contributions to Nigeria’s industrial landscape, and its dedication to providing employment opportunities that uplift the lives of Nigerians is undeniably resolute.
The Group’s continuous investments in critical sectors reflect a steadfast commitment to shaping a brighter future for both the nation and its people.
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