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Africa’s frontline digital television platform, StarTimes continues its winning streak by clinching the Best Pay TV Operator in Nigeria at the coveted Beacon of Information and Communication Technology (BoICT) awards gala which held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos on Saturday 26th April 2016.
StarTime Pay-TV programs and owns a featured content platform with 440 authorized channels consisting of news, movies, series, sports, entertainment, children’s programs, fashion, religion etc.
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Speaking on StarTimes achievements, deserving of the awards, Mr. Ken Nwogbo, editor In-chief and CEO of CommunicationsWeek Media Limited and the organisers of the awards, said that over time, StarTimes has revolutionalize the Pay TV industry landscape in Nigeria with its consistently affordable and public friendly offerings. “Since StarTimes joined the industry, Pay TV has become more popular and accessible for many people.”
Receiving the awards on behalf of the Board, management and staff of the Company, Marketing Director, Oludare Kafar expressed appreciation to millions of StarTimes subscribers who made it possible with a promise of better subscribers experience.
“As a business, we have embraced innovation and cutting edge global technology solutions to deliver compelling digital television experience to our millions of subscribers. With very sharp picture quality, strong signals and rich channels that meet the entertainment need of every member of the family, we offer affordable bouquets of digital television as part of our commitment to guide Nigerians into full digitalization. We also engage in relevant collaborations with critical stakeholders to achieve this.”
“Recently, we have invested heavily into sports content acquisitions and channels, and expanded entertainment horizon for sports loving Nigerians. With StarTimes, Nigerians are guaranteed of an ever increasing buffet of solid entertainment, be it sports, movies, drama, cartoons and music.” He added.
Kafar noted that “ StarTimes has grown from a 40 channel platform to offering over 100 quality channels. We are committed to giving more to our subscribers with various life enriching engagements. For instance, we just launched new channels including ST Plus for Indian movie lovers, Jyb TV for kids, Emmanuel TV for religion, Orbit TV, People TV and DiTV for general entertainment and IDX for true life stories and crime documentary. We also just concluded our annual all expense paid trips for 3 to USA. We are truly committed to enriching our viewers all round experience.
With this award, we are highly motivated to continue offering more robust experience for viewers. StarTimes, with our partner channel will continue to provide an enjoyable experience for viewers. So, we are really glad that our dedication has paid off in the form of being nominated by the Nigeria Communications Week for this award. We will like to thank all those who voted for us and we promise to do more and retain the confidence reposed in us,” he said.
The Beacon of ICT Distinguished Lecture is designed to explore efforts to put Nigeria on the global information and communications technologies map, while the award ceremony rewards best practices and recognize outstanding contributions to the growth of the sector.
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As part of plans to reposition for ever improved Nollywood entertainment for subscribers, premium Nollywood television channel on StarTimes Pay TV, irokoPlus has been officially relaunched as irokoWorld. The popular channel has also appointed multi-award winning actress and producer, Funke Akindele popularly known as ‘Jenifa’ as its brand ambassador.
At a media event in Ikeja, Lagos on Wednesday, irokoWorld made the new announcements and officially unveiled the star actress as the new face of the brand, who will promote the entertainment channel and endear it more to subscribers on StarTimes and other Nigerians through various engagements, including screening popular Funke Akindele blockbuster movies, visits to customer centres and city tours, amongst other lined up activities.
Explaining the rationale behind the rebranding and selection of ‘Jenifa’, Uloma Onuma, Head of Legal and Distribution, iROKO said the new developments were borne out of relentless commitment and resolve to offer more for Nigerian movie lovers. She says: “Our choice of Funke Akindele was because she has proven to be not just a multi-talented award-winning actress, but an inspirational character that excites many Nigerians with her educative and interesting movies as well as her comic character Jenifa.”
“Akindele’s rich credentials in Nigerian entertainment industry can add value to the quality service irokoWorld TV offers to Nigerians, and choosing her as a Brand Ambassador was part of rebranding packages to make irokoWorld TV a household name in Nigeria and taking Nollywood to everywhere.” She stated.
Onuma noted that irokoWorld is a world class Nollywood entertainment channel that seeks to entertain families with various blockbuster movies, series and wholesome programs and finds in Funke Akindele a great personality that can drive that further and put a smile on people’s faces. She continues, “With this rebrand and having Jenifa on board, we hope to collaborate and ensure we offer better than ever Nollywood entertainment on our premium channel.” In March, Nigerians will enjoy great Nollywood movies like Angelina, heart of Angelina, Child of Mercy, Escort Service, Pleasure Boosters, Madam Tyson, Okon’s wedding, White Hunters and, of course, Jenifa’s Diary.
An elated Funke Akindele said she feels excited to partner with iRokoWorld as it would afford her another opportunity to entertain and connect even more of her fans. “My fans can find me on iRokoWorld TV on StarTimes Channel 23. I am also very excited to be meeting them during my city tours and visits to customer experience centres.
StarTimes Marketing Director said irokoWorld is a great Nollywood entertainment channel that offers Nigerians the best of local movies with world class technology and expertise. StarTimes is happy to support irokoWorld TV and, of course, Funke Akindele on this collaboration.
As a Pay TV platform, StarTimes showcases nothing but the best channels as exemplified with the class of irokoWorld. They strive to offer Nigerians interesting, engaging digital TV experiences with a fine mix of content including movies, music, series, cartoons, news and documentaries.