Some football stakeholders have expressed disappointment at the performance of Nigeria’s representatives in the 20222023 CAF Champions Cup competitions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no Nigerian club will feature in the money-spinning group stage of the CAF Champions League.
This was after defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco on Sunday hammered 10-man Rivers United 6-0 to progress to the CAF Champions League group stage with a 7-2 aggregate score.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Champions were the only Nigerian club left in the competition after Jos-based Plateau United also failed to progress.
Both clubs have now dropped into the CAF Confederation Cup competition following their elimination.
Also, Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup crashed out in the second preliminary round on away goal rule to holders RS Berkane of Morocco.
A cross section of football enthusiasts who spoke to NAN in separate interviews praised the team for giving their best, inspite of the challenges of competing against more quality teams from North Africa.
They however noted that the result recorded by the clubs was a direct manifestation of the quality of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Godwin Bamigboye, the Interim National Coordinator of the Association of Football Administrators in Nigeria (AFAN) said the teams are a product of a poorly managed league.
“Kudos to all the United(s) Teams.
I am talking about Kwara United FC, Plateau United FC and Rivers United FC.
“They did their best but they are products of a poorly managed League.
It is difficult to get a good result from a poor work,” he said.
He said the newly inaugurated Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board had alot to do to ensure that the Nigerian league regain its lost glory.
He stressed that all that was needed was for the NFF board led by Ibrahim Gusau to do the needful and the league would flourish.
“The NFF must ensure that the NPFL is re-organised and build up a good league management structure.
“Set up Technical Division for each league to be supervised by the Technical Department of NFF.
“Appoint coaches as Technical Assessors for each league match and not only Referees Assessor or Match Assessor.
“The Technical Assessor will do a SWOT Analysis on clubs, players and coaches with the purpose of helping them to improve to the universal standards.
“Technical Assessors will provide adequate data on Coaches and Players and this effort can create a pool of scouted players and coaches for national assignments at any given time,” he said.
The former Nigeria Football Coaches Association FCT Chairman also noted that some of the clubs were poorly managed.
He said the administrators of the clubs must improve in the management of their various clubs.
“Let the NPFL Club Owners Forum, headed by Isaac Danladi, develop their own blueprint that will make the NPFL the best League in Africa within a short time.
“Many things to be done, you may say.
Action is required.
Congratulations to the United Nigerian Teams.
Come back home and do the needful,” he said.
Victor Baribote, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), said he could not fault the players as they put in their best, adding, however, that the negative result was expected.
“I am not surprised about the result because domestic football died in the last eight years.
“Those who were entrusted with the authority to run our football were all chasing their personal ambition with CAF and FIFA.
“They added no value to Nigeria Domestic Football.
You cannot reap where you sowed nothing.
“Even the so-called new board that is a product of an ongoing litigation would be worst as it is another visionless board, same of same.
“You cannot give what you do not have and until the NFF statute is amended, our football will continue to be on the decline,” he said.
Patrick Ngwaogu, a former Sporting Director of Abia Warriors FC, said the situation with the league was a straight forward one, pointing out that the clubs in the country had no solid structure to be able to compete on the continent.
“The results we got on the continent is just a reflection of our league.
The unorganised league, with little or no structure.
“What will you say are the structures of the teams that represented us on the continent?
None. “Our league at the top is poorly structured,” he said.
He said that the NFF knew what to do in order to put the league in proper perspective, adding that until then, the league would continue to dance around in one place without making any meaningful progress.
“We have taken so many things for granted, and that’s why we are at this point.
“South Africa came down here to understudy us in the 1990s, today, they are up there, and we are below.
“The quality of our players is another thing.
Good players continue to run out of the country to play in obscure leagues.
“So, we are left with half-baked players, and the funds are not available to bring quality players,” he said.
Sola Afolayan, the President of Ekiti State All Stars Football Club, congratulated all the teams for giving their best and wished them a better outing in the future.
He blamed the dismal performance of the teams on poor league management and administration.
“The players and officials have tried their utmost best, which obviously has been submerged by the dysfunctional system of sports management we brandish in the country.
“I strongly hope that very soon the era of sport “damagement” shall be replaced by true management,” he said.
He pointed out that in those days preparing for any local match was like preparing for Christmas and wondered why the structure of legendary clubs of old like Rangers, Ranchers Bees, Bendel Uniited had suddenly been destroyed.
“The tsunami of bad administration, duplicitous refereeing and several other football boardroom shenanigans have percolated and destroyed football structures.
“Fans now have allegiance for the English Premier League and not the local league.
“Growing up as a secondary school boy, I never missed the program on television called “Match of the week” in which an explosive local league match would be shown to the populace as recorded.
“Reporters like Yinka Craig, Akiloye Oyebanji, Ernest Okonkwo (all of blessed memories), Emeka Odilo and a host of others hyped our local leagues then.
“Their reports always gave the fans something credible to expect in our stadia.
“Today, with the emergence of Multi Choice (DSTV and so on), going to any of our less comfortable stadia becomes the last resort,” he said.
He noted that viewing centres have come to replace the stadia, adding that Nigerian fans were now affiliated to clubs like Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea rather than local clubs like Eyimba, Kano Pillars, etc.
He stressed that the country’s football had been subjected to another round of colonialism, no thanks to the cabals of bad administrators.
“These days, people with huge money prefer to go into politics where anything goes instead of investing such monies in youth and sports development.
“Sports indeed has been relegated to the subterranean as Nigeria is a country where the minister of sports had little or no pedigree in sport,” he said.
The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) said it raided Enugu and impounded illegal digital cable network worth N250 million to serve as deterrent to others in the business.
The Commission had on Sept. 21 sealed the premises of a digital television station, Real Summit Television, situated at Nsukka, Enugu State.
The television station, it was gathered, was allegedly stealing the programme contents of other digital satellite transmitting stations like DSTV and Startimes.
Before sealing the station at Ugwuoye, Nsukka, the Commission had first arrested the Manager, Mr Daniel Anedo and subsequently demobilised the station by removing the gadgets used in getting signals for onward transmission.
The gadgets and equipment demobilised included the transmitter, decoders, inverters, and the scramblers.
The Commission equally switched off the transmitter and other gadgets so that there was no way the broadcast station could indulge in pirating other stations.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Sunday, the Enugu State Director, NCC, Mrs Okeke Ngozi, said Anedo was arrested while doing illegal broadcasting activities and his equipment impounded.
According to her, he was arrested sometime in March but still went back to same business without permission from the cable network.
Condemning the act, Okeke urged other citizens doing same illegal business to desist from it as it was discouraging the investor that invested in that line of business.
“The illegal operation prevents the real owners from engaging unemployed Nigerians and NCC is warning them that if they continue, the full wrath of law will descend on them.
“They will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” she said.
The state director, however, stated that the Director-General of NCC, Dr John Asein had zero tolerance for piracy, saying he was more committed in the fight against it.
“It is no longer business as usual, NCC under our Director-General is fighting piracy in all aspect of copyright as well as creative works.
“All the perpetrators will soon be clamped down, no matter how long it will take,” she said.
Speaking to NAN also, the Leader of the Operation, Mr Macfoy Akachukwu, an Assistant Director, NCC, Enugu Office said the operation took place to stop them from stealing other stations’ contents.
“We were not interested in what they were doing except that they were pirating other Cable Network programme contents.
“If they want to operate an independent station, we have no problem with that, What we will not tolerate is the piracy going on at the station,” he said.
Following the recent announcement of the title of the series, The Walt Disney Company Africa (www.TheWaltDisneyCompany.com), along with its project partners, National Geographic, the US Department of State, the US Agency.
for International Development (USAID) and WildlifeDirect today revealed that the highly anticipated National Geographic Kids show, Team Sayari, will air every Saturday on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, Starsat 221) at 1:00 p.m. (CAT) on from September 24, 2022.
Young Nairobi residents Mysha Hodson (13), Marita Lucas (12), Shanah Manjeru (14), Railey Mwai (10) and Adarsh Nagda (12) serve as studio hosts for the Program.
From Sayari Base Camp, they connect with field presenters who travel east, west, and South Africa to explore intriguing facets of the environment, interview experts on the ground, and learn what it takes to protect and conserve our natural world.
Joining them at the venue are Sheilah Sheldone (13, Kenya), Toluwanimi Olaoye (12, Nigeria), Christian Mekhi (10, Rwanda), Atule Mazane, Khahliso Khojane, Thandolwethu Fani (13, 14, 15, South Africa) and Sabrina Kilumanga (10, Tanzania).
Driven by the show's goal of inspiring meaningful and impactful behavior change in young viewers across the continent and creating the next generation of environmental conservation leaders, each episode begins with a DNA-inspired computer called Funzi giving our young presenters missions to complete.
This sets the stage for adventurous journeys, revealing the wonders of the natural world and the need to live more lightly on the planet.
On their travels, the Sayari team will meet National Geographic explorers and pioneers in the fields of conservation, science, nature, wildlife and the environment, learning valuable lessons on how to reduce their impact, protect and restore nature.
nature in a fun way.
Viewers can look forward to exciting journeys, intriguing discoveries, fun DIY activities, and exciting adventures each week.
In the premiere episode, the Sayari team discovers how single-use plastic is harmful to marine life after Funzi sends them on a journey to find out how waste materials end up in our oceans and what they can do to help save them.
Viewers can also look forward to fascinating journeys through wild spaces like mountains, forests, and nature reserves, and encounters with wild animals, from elephants to bees, sharks to snakes, and everything in between.
On their travels, they meet unlikely heroes in these faraway places who share fascinating information about the planet we call home.
Christine Service, General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa says, “At National Geographic, we believe that when people better understand the world, they care more deeply about it.
National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 133 years, and Team Sayari is a shining example of this mission and purpose.
We can't wait for viewers across the continent to share this engaging and entertaining local series, in the hope that it will help them become a passionate community of young explorers, inspired to learn about the world they live in and strive for.
Says US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman: “The American people are proud to work with private and local partners in Kenya and across Africa to motivate and inspire the next generation of environmental champions.
Team Sayari, and its educational and digital outreach activities, engage young people in their schools and communities with new perspectives and ideas, which is key to supporting the vision of a greener future for all.” Says Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Executive Director of WildlifeDirect: “The Sayari team is a first in many ways.
Never before have African children and experts been seen presenting the wealth of treasures of the continent's biodiversity.
Our child pioneers reporting from different parts of Africa bring the continent together to work on solutions to the challenges that threaten our wildlife.
The power of the series lies in the voices of African children being called to action.” Team Sayari is the result of a collaborative effort between National Geographic, The Walt Disney Company Africa, USAID, the US Department of State, and WildlifeDirect.
The series is produced by Kenyan production company White Rhino Films with the aim of celebrating the environment and raising awareness of conservation and associated issues in a fun and family-friendly way.
There will also be engaging digital extensions on social media platforms that allow viewers to further explore the topics covered in the series, as well as an outreach program that will expand the show's reach to countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
How to tune in: DSTV: Channel 182 StarSat: 221 on DTH, 221 on DTT (250 on DTT in Uganda)
Multichoice says it has launched a new DSTV channel, “Movie Room”.
Dr Busola Tejumola, Executive Head, Content and Channels, West Africa, MultiChoice Nigeria, disclosed this in statement on Saturday in Lagos.
Tejumola said the new 24-hour channel, which would cater to cinema buffs, action aficionados and casual viewers alike, would be available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Access, Yanga, and Confam audiences.
“We are always looking for newer ways to provide our customers with the best content and entertainment.
“We believe that they will find ‘Movie Room’ a welcome addition to our bouquet of channels as it will provide them the widest possible choice of amazing movies to satisfy all tastes and seasons.
“With an interesting array of movies from big blockbuster hits to unforgettable cinema classics, ‘Movie Room’, which will be on the DStv channel 113, will offer entertaining local and international movies.
“The channel is also being added to all the DStv packages to ensure that customers can get a carefully curated line-up to cater for every mood such as edge-of-seat action films like Hitman & Bodyguard 2 or the comfort of an old favourite like Step Up,” she said.
She said customers could get more information about the channel, by visiting https:.
- or following DStv Nigeria across all social media platforms on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Metrodigital Limited, a pay television company, has lauded the Federal Government for ending the monopoly of cable television rights by major pay television companies, including DSTV in Nigeria.
The company’s Managing Director, Dr Ifeanyi Nwafor, gave the commendation at a news conference in Port Harcourt on Friday.
Nwafor said federal the government’s decision to outlaw monopoly of television rights would promote competition, reduce prices of subscriptions and create jobs for thousands of people in the country.
“So, we are delighted, considering that in the past the market of broadcasting was foreclosed, as premium contents were bought on exclusivity basis.
“The exclusivity made bouquets without premium contents unattractive as well as difficult for local cable television stations to compete in the local market.
“News channels such as CNN, premium sporting events like the English Premier League, Champions League and others were acquired exclusively to the exclusion of other operators in the industry,” he said.
Nwafor said the monopoly of the industry led to closure of television companies such as Daar Sat, Trend TV, Consat, FSTV, among others, as they could not cope with unhealthy business practices in the industry.
He said the United States with a population of 350 million people had over 400 pay television companies, whereas Nigeria with 200 million citizens had only one or two.
According to him the practice has made Nigeria the highest subscription paying country for pay television in the world, as local operators who lack the muscle are stifled to death.
“Realising the danger, the Federal Government outlawed exclusivity in the acquisition of content, warehousing, whereby contents were acquired without use to prevent others from using them.
“To to this end, government made it mandatory for broadcasters to sublicense content to other operators at a commercially agreeable price,” he said.
The managing director said the position of the federal government was captured in Code 6 and 9 editions of the nation’s broadcasting code.
He said shortly after the legal provisions were announced, Metrodigital Limited applied to Multichoice, owners of DSTV, to sublicense channels to it, but the application was turned down.
According to him, the company, thereafter, applied to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to seek redress on the matter but NBC couldn’t address the dispute.
“Consequently, we approached the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt to address the trade dispute but lost.
“After we lost, we appealed the judgment of the lower court at the Appeal Court sitting in Port Harcourt which delivered judgment on June 13 in favour of Metrodigital Limited.
“The court also set aside the judgment of the lower court, and ordered NBC to commence the process of settling the dispute within 21 days,” he added.
Nwafor further thanked the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed for his resilience to stop monopoly in the broadcast industry, to ensure Nigerians pay less for television subscriptions.
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has imposed a N5 million sanction, each, on Multichoice Nigeria L.
, owners of DSTV, TelCom Satellite L.
, (TSTV and NTA- Startimes L.
, for the carriage of the documentary by the BBC Africa Eye titled, “bandits Warlords of Zamfara.
” The Director-General of the commission, Malam Balarabe Ilelah, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said that the documentary glorified the activities of bandits and undermines National Security in the country.
Ilelah also said that the Trust-TV Network L.
, was also fined N5 million for its documentary titled: “Nigeria’s Banditary-The inside story.
” ” While appreciating the need of educating, informing, and enlightening the public on issues bordering on developments and happenings within and outside the country, the commission wishes to seize this opportunity to advise broadcasters to be circumspect and deliberate in the choice and carriage of contents deleterious to Nigeria’s National security.
” Consequently, the airing and carriage of these documentaries, contravened the provisions of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code, Sixth edition, especially, the underlisted Sections: ” 3.1.1: no broadcast shall encourage or incite to crime.
lead to public disorder or hate, be repugnant to public feelings or contain offensive reference to any person or organization, alive or dead or generally be disrespectful to human dignity.
” The D-G said that broadcaster should not transmit a programme that incites or likely to incite to violence among the populace, causing mass panic, political and social upheaval, security breach and general social disorder.
” Section 3.11.2 of the code said that the broadcaster shall ensure that law enforcement is upheld at all times in a manner depicting that law and order are socially superior to, or more desirable than crime or anarchy.
”” He explained that the imposed penalties on affected broadcast media platforms and station was to be remitted not later than Aug. 30, 2022. He warned that failure to comply with that would lead to the imposition of a higher sanction as provided in the Nigerian Broadcasting Code. The NBC boss, therefore, enjoined broadcasters to be instruments of national unity and desist from falling into antics of using their platforms to promote and glamorize subversive elements and their activities.
” Every broadcast station or platform is responsible for the content it transmits or transmitted on its platform, and shall be held liable for any content in violation of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code.”
Multichoice has announced the launch of an additional DStv channel, “News Central”.
Dr Busola Tejumola, The Executive Head, Content & Channels, West Africa, MultiChoice Nigeria, dsiclosed this in a statement on Monday.
“DStv customers will enjoy more robust news coverage as MultiChoice launches ‘News Central’ on Monday, August 1, 2022.“The brand new channel is a 24-hour news platform focusing on genuine and accurate storytelling.
“It will be available to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Access, Yanga, and Confam audiences.
“News Central, which will take on the DStv channel 422 space, is being added to all the DStv packages to ensure that customers can get a full range of narratives about every event in the continent,” she said.
Tejumola noted that News Central is a 24-hour a day, seven days a week news channel on television, web and mobile.
She said the channel puts authentic storytelling at the heart of sharing experiences and engaging the audience with news and related factual content; politics, business, sports, nature, eco-diversity, beauty and inspiring features as enabled by digital technology.
“We are always looking for newer ways to provide our customers with the best content and entertainment.
“We believe that they will find News Central a welcome addition to our bouquet of channels.
“News Central will give our customers a multifaceted, competitive channel offering that will tell the best of our untold Nigerian stories alongside verified, factual news about political and social events on the continent,” she said.
Rosemary Afolahan, Head of Commercial, News Central Media Ltd., said, “as a premium African news brand, we are focused on telling African stories with honesty, dignity and respect to change the single-minded narrative of the continent.
“We believe that for the true story of Africa to be told, it must be told with African voices and from an African perspective.
“Our audience is first and primarily Africans with a focus on some certain key markets.
“We are excited to launch on DSTV, a platform that we believe will help further drive our vision to become the most respected media brand in Africa.
“Our audience can be rest assured that they will get trustworthy African stories on News Central.
” She said News Central is a state-of-the-art hub for a creative and media business ecosystem based in the heart of Lagos.
“To maintain the status of a medium of trust, News Central invests sufficiently in each story, taking the time to ensure that news, documentaries and other essential informative materials are factual and easy to understand.
“For more information about the channel, visit https:.
- or follow DStv Nigeria across all social media platforms on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter,” she said.
Organisers of `40 & Famous’, a television reality show says the programme is poised to promote cultural decency, dignity as well as empower Nigerian women.
The Executive Officer of the programme, Nnenna Abani said this at a news conference to highlight how the 60-day programme was progressing on Saturday in Abuja.
According to her, the desire to lift women out of poverty inspired me to organise the programme.
“It is a family friendly programme designed to take women out of the streets, those women backing their babies and carrying firewood on their heads.
“When I see that, it breaks my heart and whatever I have to make them better and pick up their pieces I always do that.
“Some of them are used, dumped and rejected by men and some by society, marriage, nature and so on but they have got that talent that is there.
“Some of them when they are doing their firewood work you hear the voices, their vocal is like Celine Dion but they think their time is up because they are over 40 years old.
“And when you are 40 plus and you are not a celebrity you think that all hope is lost.
“However, celebrities are 50 and they are allowed to play around,’’ she said The Nigerian veteran actress and musician reiterated that the programme would promote dignity and respect among Nigerian women.
“The unique thing is that it will not promote nudity and promiscuity, but poised to promote cultural decency, dignity and respect as well as targeted at empowering the Nigerian woman in or above 40 years of age.” According to her, the reality show is aimed at helping the multi-tasking women chose their right career among all her crafts and to create a platform to help depressed women who are 40 years or above.
“The reality show is aimed at improving the wellbeing of an average woman, capacity building for multi-talented women and cross breeding of talents and crafts among women who are creative,’’ she said.
Abani said that the 10 contestants are undergoing training in the areas of photography, tips in managing money and entrepreneurship.
“When they are up, they will have something to contribute to the society,’’ she said.
Similarly, Mr Kennedy Ajah, the Executive Producer of 40 & Fabulous, said that it had been a tough journey for some of the women who shared difficult experiences.
“However, as long as one is alive, there is a lot that one can do.
Some of the women were almost giving up on life but this programme will give them hope and a new life via empowerment through entrepreneurship,’’ Ajah said.
He said that the reality show would help the multi-tasking women chose their right career and create a platform to help depressed women.
Some of the viewers of the programme described it as a good alternative to other television reality shows, especially the Big Brother Naija.
According to Mrs Chioma Ahaiwe, it is coming at a time when Nigeria suffers moral decadence.
“It is a laudable programme being that women are empowered with skills and start up loans after their stay in the house.
“More so it is critical because women play pivotal role in a nation’s development,’’ Ahaiwe said.
Miss Evidence Mayowa, said “I would like to say that the organisers of this programme have made history.
`This is more importantly, as at a time when we talk of morals and tupbringing of the youth.
“The coming of 40 & fabulous is a wakeup call that really there is hope for women,’’ Mayowa said.
The programme showing on DSTV, GOtv and other platforms offers N10 million, a car and other prices for grabs.
The organisers of the “Teachers Naija” television reality show on Thursday announced that the season three of the show would hold from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23.The organiser, Mr Enuagwuna Ubaka, disclosed this during a news conference held in Lagos.Ubaka said that the reality show which focuses on celebrating Nigerian teachers in view of their huge contributions to nation building has its theme as “The Smart Teacher”.He said that the overall winner of the show would go home with the grand prize of N10 million, the first runner up would have N7 million, while the second runner up gets N5 million.“The Teachers Naija television reality show is back for the season 3, to hold from Sept. 24 to Oct. 23, 2022.“This is a show we are putting together to bring back the lost glory of the Nigerian teachers, knowing well that teaching profession has been bastardised in Nigeria and relegated to the background,” he said.According to him, the 20 housemates will stay on the show for 30 days while their activities in the house will be aired on DSTV, one hour daily.He said that popular Nigerian comedian, Ayo Makun, popularly known as “AY”, would be the face of the show while Nollywood actor, Babaseun Faseru, remained the host of the show.“Our previous editions in 2019 and 2021 has been successful, we want that profession to be seen as important, the first season 3 teachers were taken abroad, all expense paid trip.“The show has come to change the general perception that the reward of teachers is in heaven, it is now on earth.“The show promises to be educating and entertaining,” he said.Ubaka said that some of the selection criteria was that each teacher must be between 21 and 45 years old, must be registered with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and be actively teaching.He noted that the show was organised in collaboration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), the Federal Ministry of Education and NUT.Earlier, Mr Kehinde Quadri-Adu, Head, Culture and Tourism, African Union, urged the African governments to work on ensuring teachers’ standard of living was consistently improved to make it an enviable profession.“Teachers earn the best salary in Finland, we should be able to replicate this in African countries considering their contribution to nation building,” he said.A sponsor of the show, Mrs Susan Akporiaye, National President of the National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), said it was high time Nigerian teachers were celebrated.Akporiaye said that these were individuals known as destiny moulders, therefore, corporate organisations and philanthropists should come on board to sponsor.“These are people that protect our children significantly. I am concerned in protecting that aspect of our lives, we should engage our educational system.Faseru, host of the show, who gave account of his experience as a teacher upon graduation, urged school proprietors to encourage teachers on personal development.
MTN and DSTV were among 100 companies that bagged outstanding awards at the 2022 edition of the Brand Africa Award ceremony on Wednesday.Brand Africa is a non-profit intergenerational organisation that inspires a brand-led African renaissance to transform the continent’s image, by driving Africa’s competitiveness, connecting Africa, and creating positive image of the continent.The ceremony which had the theme, “Building Powerful and Resilient Brands in Africa”, held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that MTN won in the most admired African brand category, while DSTV won in the most admired media brand category.BBC and CNN got second and third position respectively in the most admired media brand category.Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) won first position for the most admired finance brand in Africa generally, while Eco Bank and Equity Bank bagged the second and third position respectively.In the most admired brand that symbolises African pride category, Dangote emerged first, Ethiopia won second position, while MTN placed third.For the Leading brands in West Africa, Samsung, Nikki and Cocacola won first, second and third positions respectively.Still for West Africa, GTB placed first for the most admired brand in finance, while United Bank of Africa (UBA) and Eco Bank came second third respectively.Dangote took first for the most admired brand in West Africa that symbolises Africa pride, MTN came second while DSTV got third position.For the leading brands in Nigeria, the top three brands were Cocacola, MTN and Apple; the most admired African brands in Nigeria were Dangote, MTN and Innoson.DSTV got first position for the most admired media brand in Nigeria, CNN came second while Channels Television emerged third.The most admired finance brand in Nigeria went to GTB, First bank and Access bank, while for the most admired brand in Nigeria that symbolises African pride, Dangote came first, MTN second position and DSTV third.
Mr Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder, Brand Africa, during the award presentation, said that the essence of the awards was to encourage Africans to use local products as it would encourage and boost Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
“Africa consumes 83 per cent of western products and 17 per cent of African products, which is not encouraging enough.
“We continue to reject things made by Africans, this is not good, we must work together to grow African products through the world,” he said.