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Ogilvy & Mather appoints new CCO Middle East, North Africa

Previously creative partner at Enter in London, Paul Shearer has been appointed chief creative officer at Ogilvy & Mather across the Middle East and North Africa. Shearer, who will be based in the Dubai office, has 25 years of experience in advertising including working on Nike at Wieden & Kennedy,...

Deloitte Digital (Africa) acquires Flow Interactive

As part of its Pan African digital expansion strategy, Deloitte Digital (Africa) has acquired the Cape Town-based Flow Interactive, a leading `user experience' design agency. The acquisition will reportedly boost Deloitte Digital's growing list of digital expertise. The company will also draw on the...

Mara Online challenges WhatsApp dominance in Africa
Mara Online challenges WhatsApp dominance in Africa

Mfonobong Nsehe (Forbes.com) reports that Ugandan businessman Ashish J. Thakkar's Mara Online aims to challenge the dominance of WhatsApp messenger in Africa with the launch of its own app dubbed Mara Messenger. According to the report, Thakkar said the new app "has been tailored to the needs of the...

Brand South Africa signs up with APO

Brand South Africa has signed up with African Press Organisation (APO) for media relations services across Africa and beyond, to implement its strategy. The scope of work includes press release distribution services and media monitoring in Africa, social media analytics, op-ed publications,...

MGM channel rebrands to AMC across sub-Saharan Africa

From 1 December 2014, the MGM channel will be rebranded as the AMC channel across sub-Saharan Africa as part of a global rollout of AMC, one of the most popular and award winning brands in television. Alongside the English language linear TV channel, it will offer AMC VOD, and "TV Everywhere"...

Workshop on how competitive African Nation brands contribute

Brand South Africa, in partnership with the Angolan Embassy and the Department of International Relations & Cooperation, will host a consultative workshop, 'Active Citizenship in Building Competitive African Nation Brands', on Friday 31 October 2014 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg...

Internet.org app adds three services
Internet.org app adds three services

The Internet.org app has been updated with three news services: news, sports, and health information. Consumers can access three new services in the Internet.org app: 1. Zambiareports 2. SuperSport 3. Ebola Info by UNICEF...

Forbes Africa celebrates third anniversary

As Forbes Africa celebrates its third anniversary in October, the magazine was ranked the top read monthly publication among Africa's richest by the EMS Affluent Survey in Africa, from IPSOS in August 2014. Featured on the cover of the October edition is multimillionaire hotel magnate, Sol Kerzner,...

Tigo DRC appoints new GM
Tigo DRC appoints new GM

Uche Ofodile has been appointed GM of Tigo DRC as of 1 October 2014. Ofodile was previously with Vodafone Ghana where she held a number of senior management positions including the company's Chief Marketing Officer....

Kaymu expands into Abuja
Kaymu expands into Abuja

Nigerian online marketplace Kaymu.com.ng, will be expanding its operations to the nation's capital, Abuja. The new office will serve as a base for the entire northern region by providing more efficient customer service and a point of contact for business owners situated in the surrounding area....

Big Brother Africa finds new premises
Big Brother Africa finds new premises

M-Net and Endemol SA have found a new premises for the Big Brother Africa reality TV show, after a fire destroyed the previous house. According to a report on Screen Africa, all requirements including technical requests, logistics, technical crews and satellite link facilities have been met. The...

Win an invite to AfricaCom 2014
Win an invite to AfricaCom 2014

One journalist stands the chance to win an invitation to AfricaCom 2014. APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem to the event, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 11-13 November 2014. AfricaCom 2014 will bring together individuals and companies to debate on how to embrace...

Swahili channel opens on StarSat

StarSat satellite Pay-TV platform has launched a Swahili entertainment channel, (channel 450), targeted at Swahili speaking people who live in South Africa and want to watch East African content. Its line-up of drama movies, music, comedy, celebrity news, events, art shows, Swahili cultural wedding...

Supreme Court asked to extend digital migration to June 2015
Supreme Court asked to extend digital migration to June 2015

For more: Standard Digital: Media owners want digital migration moved to June 2015... Kurian Musa, reporting on Standard Digital, says that Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) and media owners have asked the Supreme Court to extend Kenya's digital migration date to June 2015 when the rest of the...

Still time to enter Loeries - deadline 31 July

You still have until 31 July to prove just how successful your work was. The Loeries Effective Creativity Award, now in its second year, is the first award in our region to formally recognise the value that creativity adds to business results. Because Loerie entries can flight right up to the...

12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o added to Star Wars cast
12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o added to Star Wars cast

Bullett reports that 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong'o, has been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams. The rest of the cast includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow who will join the...

African Journalist Awards entry deadline extended

The entry deadline for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards has been extended to Friday 6 June 2014. The competition is open to African nationals based on the continent. Finalists in the 2014 competition will participate in a finalists' programme that will include a media forum and...

Uganda FM stations now live on the web

Ten Uganda FM stations are now live on the internet. The stations include CBS Radio Buganda, Simba, Capital, Radio One, Sanyu FM, Radio Sapientia, Super FM, Bukedde, Radio West, and Kaboozi. For more, go to www.radiouganda.net....

Star Wars episode to feature British/Nigerian actor
Star Wars episode to feature British/Nigerian actor

Screen Africa reports that British/Nigerian actor, John Boyega, who also starred in Nigerian movie Half of a Yellow Sun, will play a leading Jedi role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. For more: Screen Africa: Nigerian actor to star in Star Wars Episode VII......

Reminder to enter 9th Maputo International Advertising Festival
Reminder to enter 9th Maputo International Advertising Festival

The 9th Maputo International Advertising Festival is set to take place from 26-29 May 2014. Pieces that were created and can be proved to have been displayed between 1-30 April 2013 will be accepted. Works may be submitted to the competition, through payment of the respective fee, between 1-15 May...

APO named Agency of the Month

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA), which endeavours to highlight the strategic role of public relations and help set high standards for quality and ethical conduct by all practitioners, has named African Press Organisation (APO) agency of the month. APO manages Africa Wire, the...

Register now for eLearning Africa 2014
Register now for eLearning Africa 2014

eLearning Africa 2014 will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 28-30 May under the theme "Opening Frontiers to the Future". It will bring together policy experts, educational professionals and business leaders to tackle this and other topics. Register online at www.elearning-africa.com. ...

The first Loeries Africa Roadshow kicks off in March
The first Loeries Africa Roadshow kicks off in March

For the first time, the Loeries will be hosting a series of events in key cities across the continent: Harare, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos, Nairobi and Accra. The programme will include excerpts from the Loeries Seminar, winning work from the region, as well as key information on entering the Loeries...

Joint bid from Safaricom, Airtel to buy Yu
Joint bid from Safaricom, Airtel to buy Yu

Reuters reports that according to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the country's two largest telecoms operators, Safaricom and Airtel, have made a joint bid of $100 million to buy smaller operator, Indian group Essar Coomunications' Yu. For more: Reuters: Airtel, Safaricom seek to...

Infographic: Mobile phones tackling poverty
Infographic: Mobile phones tackling poverty

USAid has released an infographic showing just how powerful mobile phones can be in the continuous struggle to alleviate poverty. ...

Channel O Africa Music Video Awards around the corner
Channel O Africa Music Video Awards around the corner

The 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will take place next week, Saturday, 30 November 2013 at at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto and will be broadcast live across Africa on Channel O. For more, go to www.channelo-awards.dstv.com, view the nominees, or follow the awards on Twitter...

Dr. Dorothy Okello is African Digital Woman of the Year
Dr. Dorothy Okello is African Digital Woman of the Year

On Saturday, 16 November 2013, Digital Woman Award crowned Dr. Dorothy Okello of Kampala, Uganda, Africa's Digital Woman of the Year at an Africa ICT Days gala ceremony held in Cameroon. Dr Okello was awarded the title for for her work to increase participation of girls and women in digital sectors...

Angus Robinson releases October's mobile report

Angus Robinson of Native has released the October Mobile Report that reveals Samsung's new curved screen smartphone, Apple's new iPads and Pick n Pay's mobile loyalty app. The first African country makes a 4G roaming call, MTN dominates in Nigerian mobile market and BBM is finally available for all...

Magna Carta CEO on PR in Africa

Vincent Magwenya, CEO at Magna Carta, will speak to PR-Net about The State of PR in Africa. Magna Carta is a recent winner of The Holmes Report's African PR Agency title and Vincent believes that public relations, although still in its infancy in many African countries, is assuming new...

2013 BFMA conference kicks off today
2013 BFMA conference kicks off today

The 2013 Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference, a creative content and electronic broadcasting event in East Africa that promotes knowledge sharing and networking among high-level electronic media professionals, is kicks off today at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, in...

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