As the run-up to the August poll enters its final leg with barely two months left to the big day, one of the top supporters of the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance Coalition presidential candidate Raila Odinga is now opening up on the reason behind his recent trip to the west African state of Nigeria.
Lawyer and activist Brian Weke was speaking while making an appearance on Radio Jambo’s weekly political show Mazungumzo Wazi Wazi which was hosted by the station’s presenter Bramwell Mwololo. Alongside Brian Weke in the studio were self-confessed Hustler Movement member and staunch DP supporter Gerald Bitok and Amani National Congress party Nairobi Chapter Chairman Brian Mulama.
Weke revealed that prior to jetting back in to the country, he had earlier on been in Nigeria. He explained that it was a trip to do with the screen company Africa Magic. He narrated to his host how the trip had been educative and shown him the extent to which cinema can act as not just a source of employment but also a source of revenue for a government. Impressed with the Nigerian movie industry, he claimed that it was miles ahead of ours.
Africa Magic is a collection of Pay TV entertainment channels that focus on African programming, most popularly Nigerian series and movies. Africa Magic, which started off as single channel of the same name, is a brand owned by M-Net and now comprises seven channels.
Africa Magic was launched in July 2003 as a movie and general entertainment channel geared at showcasing nollywood talent and African culture and couture. At the time of its launch it received high popularity amongst DStv subscribers, especially in South Africa and Nigeria. Thus the launching of a sister channel, Africa Magic Plus, was made possible. The two channels went on another brand identity and over the next decade, the brand expanded to include seven more channels comprising movies, television shows and general entertainment. Africa Magic broadcasts in more than 50 African countries. The channels include Africa Magic Family, Africa Magic Showcase, Africa Magic Yoruba, Africa Magic Igbo, Africa Magic Hausa. Africa Magic Epic and Africa Magic Urban. Africa Magic is also responsible for the annual Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), the biggest celebration of film and television talent in Africa.
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