Lagbaja, Cobhams, Others For Honours At Nigerian Entertainment Conference

Entertainment ConferenceRespected contributors to Nigerian show business will be awarded NET Honours in recognition of their efforts in the promotion and development of Nigerian entertainment at the third edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference.

The NET Honours are awarded annually at the Nigerian Entertainment Conference, which is organized by Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET).

They recognize media and entertainment personalities for their contribution to the growth and development of the entertainment industry in Nigeria, which cuts across music, film, fashion, comedy, art & design, media & broadcasting and branding.

The prominent Nigerian entertainment personalities who will receive 2015 NET Honours for their contribution to the advancement of their respective field include iconic OAP, J.A.J; respected broadcaster and music critic, Benson Idonije; award winning music producer, Cobhams Asuquo; media executive, Alex Okosi; NBC DG, Emeka Mba and respected entertainment writer, Jahman Anikulapo.

Others are popular Yoruba movie actor Tajudeen Oyewole (Abija); Corporate Pictures CEO, Razak Abdullahi; legendary actor and musician, Moses Olaiya (Baba Sala); filmmaker, Lere Paimo; Music icon Lagbaja; Galaxy TV CEO, Steve Ojo; renowned poet and actor, Adebayo Faleti and COSON Board Chairman, Tony Okoroji.

Past winners of NET Honours include Onyeka Onwenu, Jide Kosoko, Daddy Showkey, Ebenezer Obey, Ayo Animashaun, Zeb Ejiro and Obi Asika. Others are Don Jazzy, D’Banj, Laolu Akins, Amaka Igwe, OJB Jezreel, Christy Essien-Igbokwe, Sunny Okosuns, Adebayo Salami, Sunday Omobolanle and Tajuddeen Adepetu.

Chairman of the NET Editorial Board, Chris Ihidero, describes the NET Honours as a small token of appreciation for the immense contributions made by the awardees to the evolution of Nigerian entertainment as a business and as a culture.

The third edition of the Nigerian Entertainment Conference (NECLive) holds on Wednesday April 22, 2015.

Government Insists On June 2015 Digital Migration Deadline

Mr Labaran Maku says the government will provide all necessary support for smooth digital migration

The Federal Government of Nigeria says it is not prepared to take any excuse from any state in the federation over failure to comply with the June 17, 2015 deadline for digital migration.

During a forum of representatives of state broadcast houses and members of the National Broadcasting Commission in Abuja, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said that the government had put in place all the necessary facilities to ensure a smooth migration by middle of next year.

It was the extra ordinary meeting of the National Council of Information, comprising the Minister of Information, commissioners in charge of information in the states, directors in the Federal Ministry of Information and heads of parastatals under the Information Ministry.

The meeting was meant to acquaint members on the level of implementation of the digitisation process in all the states.

While government is making efforts to ensure the compliance, the Minister of Information expressed concern that the present security situation may be a threat to full migration.

Already, the Federal Government had flagged-off the switch last month in Jos, the Plateau State Capital and other states are prepared for the migration.

The digital migration deadline was given by the International Telecommunication Union about five years ago, with the aim of freeing more spectrum for the development of broadcast sub-sector.

Some other dignitaries at the meeting were the Niger State Commissioner for Information, Danladi Mohammed, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Information, Markson Sesegha and the Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba amongst others.

Channels Television CEO Spearheads Media Revolution In Africa

John Momoh on African MediaChannels Television is blazing the trail yet again and on this occasion with an eye on the continent.

At a conference organised by the Association for International Broadcasting, AIB, and Channels Television in London on Thursday, the station’s Chairman/CEO, Mr John Momoh, called for a stronger synergy towards the planned digital migration for 2015.

Towards seizing the opportunities in the African media landscape, he said: “This is the time for us to seize the day in Africa and we believe that Channels Television has what it takes to be part of what promises to be a successful broadcast industry in the continent.”

As the digital migration set for 2015 unfolds, media content and service delivery, plus deficits in skilled manpower, have been identified to constrain the industry, and the CEO, African Media Initiative, Amadou Mahtar Ba believes that “small content producers can team up together and come up with something totally powerful.”

Mr Momoh and his counterparts also agreed that opportunities for media engagement in the continent were not being deployed for development, owing to several factors limiting the growth of the broadcast industry with Mr George Twumasi of the African Broadcasting Network also saying: “We have to stop thinking about the limitations we impose on Africa; if the content is good, Africans will buy it.”

With over 50 countries across the continent, access to information should be a top strategy for economic growth. Africans are best positioned to tell their own story. However, an integrated media network is lacking and Mr Momoh revealed Channels Television’s eye on a pan African news network, a revolution which he says calls for partnerships.

“My vision is to work with like-minded colleagues within Nigeria, in Africa and across the globe to create an enabling environment and consortium that would result in the establishment of a credible news and factual programming based television network with intent to enlighten through entertainment, (and) the establishment of low-cost free view DTH (Direct To Home) platform which millions across Nigeria and Africa will be able to afford,” he said.

This vision explains the signing of a news partnership agreement between Channels Television and the Voice of America for free flow of news and information, as well as joint collaborations.

The conference, holding at the New Zealand House, London, was a convergence of top notch broadcasters and communications experts, including the Chief Executive, Association for International Broadcasting, Simon Spanswick, who noted that “Channels TV has played a big part in revolutionizing African television and Nigerian television in particular.”

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, was also present at the conference and he foresees a more prosperous media industry in the digital broadcast era.

Nigerian Broadcasters Prepare For National Conference

BON LogoIssues bothering on the proposed National Conference and the smooth transition to digital broadcasting in June 2015 topped discourse at the 60th General Assembly of the Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.

The assembly which was a gathering of the private, public, commercial and government media representatives across the country had as its theme; ‘’The National Conference –Imperatives for Broadcasters’’.

The broadcasters at the conference discussed ways of increasing operational efficiency in the broadcasting industry.

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, gave the assurance that Nigeria would be among the countries that has gone digital in its broadcasting system by June 2015 to enhance national security.

The host of the conference, General Manager of the Cross River Broadcasting Commission, Aye Henshaw, and his counterpart from the FRCN, Ladan Salihu, centred their discourse on the theme of the forum; ‘’The National Conference-Imperatives for Broadcasters’’ as they encouraged broadcasters to be conscious of the significance of the National Conference to the continued unity of Nigeria.

The forum believes that the National Conference would add value to the evolution of a true Nigeria, even as Nigerians look forward to June 2015 when the broadcasting industry would switch-over to digitalization.

The Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria is a coalition of all broadcasters who meet quarterly to discuss and proffer solutions to problems hindering the smooth transition of the broadcast industry in Nigeria.

NBC Intensifies Digitization Plan Towards January 2015

The National Broadcasting Commission is set to intensively pursue the enactment of a new broadcasting act that will strictly govern the transmission and reception of television signals in the post digitization era to commence in Nigeria by January 2015.

The new law will empower three major signal distributors to be derived from 2 independent distributors, licensed through an open bid and an independent body that will be gotten from the present national television authority to power the digitization process.

Director General of the commission, Mr Emeka Mba told broadcasters at a sensitization summit in Abuja that only a strong legal backing will ensure Nigeria gets it right come 2015.

Deadline for the transition from analogue to digital terrestrial transmission has been postponed several times in the past in Nigeria. However, the Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC says Nigeria must hit the January 2015 mark and all efforts are on to get appropriate legal backing.

For digitization to become reality in Nigeria, however, many deliverables like regulatory frameworks, content funding, distribution and viewers’ access to terrestrial transmission must be put in place before the second quarter of 2014.

As the digitization plan intensifies, Channels Television is certified ready for the new era. The National Broadcasting Commission has given the organisation license for terrestrial transmission until 2016.

Analogue Televisions In Nigeria Will Need Set Top Boxes By 2015

The newly appointed Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Emeka Mba, has said that owners of analogue televisions in Nigeria will by June 2015 have to purchase a set top box to enable them receive television signals.

This is due to the deadline for the nation’s broadcast stations to switch over to digital transmission by June 2015.

According to him, the digitisation of television will allow more room for spectrum expansion for the nation’s broadband and internet penetration.

Mr Mba was speaking as a guest on Channels TV breakfast programme, Sunrise daily, where he revealed that there are already about two million digital televisions in Nigeria and these would not need the set top boxes.

Affirming that the right to information is a human right, the newly appointed NBC boss explained that the set top boxes will enable owners of analogue television watch digital transmission and that it will be subsidised by the federal government as it is done globally.

He further revealed that some new companies will be licensed to be ‘Signal Distributors’ of transmissions coming from the television stations in the Country.

There will soon be a bidding process for the potential signal distributors he adds.

Mr Mba denied that a new national signal distributor has been licensed, explaining that the role of StarTimes with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) is a test run as dictated by the ITU that national broadcasters should lead the digitisation.

He also explained that in the next two months, the commission will launch a test-run of the digitization in phases.

Jonathan Appoints Emeka Mba As DG National Broadcasting Commission

President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointments of a number of chief executives for some federal government agencies amongst which is the appointment of Mr Emeka Mba as the new Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

Mr Mba was formerly the Director General of National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB).

Other appointments approved by President Jonathan are Hajiya Inna Maryamm Ciroma, as the Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority.

Mrs. Sally Mbanefo, is appointed at Executive Director of the National Tourism Development Corporation.

Mr. Bature Masadi is to take over as the Director- General of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency, while Mrs. Dukpe C. Atoki, heads to the Consumer Protection Council as it’s Director–General.

Other appointees are; Engr. Danjuma Dabo as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Film Corporation and Prof. Eli Jidere, as the Director-General of the Energy Commission of Nigeria.

The statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Anyim Pius Anyim, announced that all the appointees are expected to resume duties immediately.







Hajiya Inna Maryamm Ciroma

Managing Director

National Inland Waterways Authority



Mrs. Sally Mbanefo

Executive Director

National Tourism Development Corporation



Mr. Bature Masadi

Director- General

Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency



Mrs. Dukpe C. Atoki

Director –General

Consumer Protection Council



Engr. Danjuma Dabo

Managing Director

Nigerian Film Corporation



Mr. Emeka Nkem Mba

Director- General

Nigerian Broadcasting Commission



Prof. Eli Jidere


Energy Commission of Nigeria