Facebook Opens First Office in Africa

Social Media giant, Facebook, has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally. According to the company the branch will be based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Facebook’s newest business office will be headed by Ogilvy veteran, Nunu Ntshingila, the company’s new Head of Africa.

Nollywood takes on Paris

 It’s being called “Nollywood sur Seine” – a Nigerian film festival, which is wrapping up its third edition in Paris Sunday. Nigeria is now the world’s second-largest movie producer, but film quality has not always been tops. That is changing, however. Move over Hollywood. After India’s famous “Bollywood,” Nigeria’s “Nollywood” is now the world’s second-largest…

Demand for online video soars in SA

South Africans are racing to adopt video and are watching more and longer rich media clips on smartphones, new research shows. According to research from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), locals recorded the second highest year-on-year increase in video consumption. The report, which is entitled ‘Mobile Video Usage: A Global Perspective’, says that SA increased…

Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry

The Francophone film industry has experienced a nice boost recently thanks to the success of a few recent films, including “Timbuktu” by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako and the Malagasy documentary “Ady Gasy“. Other successful projects have showcased the undeniable growth of the sector in the region: “Les Chevaux de Dieu” (God’s horses) from Morocco, “La Pirogue” (The Boat) from …

IMAX Signs First Agreement in Nigeria with Filmhouse Cinemas

IMAX Corporation and Filmhouse Cinemas, Nigeria’s largest chain of movie theaters, today announced an agreement for an IMAX theater to be located in a new construction project in Lagos, the country’s largest city with a population of more than 20 million. The deal, announced at CineEurope, marks the first-ever IMAX agreement in not only Nigeria (continental Africa’s largest economy), but in West…