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DSTV Rakes in Millions Despite Poor Services + The Weird Things They Do At Big Brother Africa Auditioning

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The crimes that many foreign companies in Nigeria commit against Nigerians know no bounds. Many have in the past charged Nigerians for services they are not rendering while some sell goods that are sub-standard to the people. Recently Multichoice Nigeria Limited, the owners of the pay satellite television, DSTV, would have raked in million illegally on their DSTV Mobile subscription despite poor service.

Though it has been like that since the service was first introduced some three years back, it has not been as bad as it was a couple of weeks back. It was revealed that the prevalent bad services the subscribers have been subjected to by the pay satellite TV attained its worst since the second week of January this year when all subscribers in the country were denied access to the services they paid for. The company’s phones, instead of connecting kept losing its server connection even after their mobile partner MTN had deducted the subscription cost.

Unlike on previous occasions when subscribers were not be able to connect for one or two days, it is total blackout presently and this, it was learnt, has aggravated the anger of usually gentle Nigerian subscribers who feel cheated by this sudden inefficient service. Investigations revealed that the same thing also happened in Kenya sometime early this year. Though we were informed that they will be giving all affected customers a one-month free subscription to compensate them, it is the belief of the people that they will still have to make do with erratic connection they have been used to.

In the same vein, recent investigations revealed that the company which also organizes the Big Brother Africa reality show which has contestants from all over Africa may be exposing the contestants to all sort of obscene situations. According to a lady who went for the auditioning of one of their previous editions, those who are conducting the auditioning asked her to play with a dido as that was a way she could qualify to participate in the show proper.

This revelation has raised further questions on the morality of the show which has entered the seventh edition this year.  The level at which they encourage promiscuity was the reason the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) banned the local television from airing it for public consumption. If it could be recalled, there was an edition where they made it compulsory that contestants who met in the course of the show pair themselves as male and female knowing well that some were having their fiancées back in their respective countries, an act that portrayed them as those who care less for maintaining the sanctity of marital engagements.

It will be right to say they are really working to emulate those in Europe as they realize that though some of the participants are throwing caution to the winds and engaging other housemates in sexual relationship some because of the affairs the left at home, decide not to engage in anything that can destroy such relationships and this is the reason the current edition is meant to have in the house participants and their partners so they could enjoy full-blown sex like their European counterparts.

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UBA Foundation Rings in The Yuletide Season, Lights Up the Lagos Marina Africa’s Global bank, United Bank for Africa, through its Corporate Social Responsibility Arm, the UBA Foundation, on Tuesday, held its annual Christmas Lighting ceremony to mark the start of the festive season. The brilliant Christmas Lights of the UBA Foundation Gardens at the UBA Head Office on the Marina in Lagos, were activated by the bank’s Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Oliver Alawuba, in a grand ceremony which was witnessed by key management staff and some customers of the bank. Alawuba, who addressed attendees at the ceremony, reiterated that the annual Lighting event is a symbol of hope for the coming year, the future and all the goodness it will bring into people’s lives. Alawuba said, “The UBA Foundation is focused on touching lives and giving back to its host communities. UBA through its foundation, the UBA Foundation desire remains is committed to improving lives in whatever way we can. We want to give back always and this event is quite symbolic as it represents the affinity we have towards our customers, employees and associates as well as our communities.” The CEO of the UBA Foundation, Mrs Bola Atta, said that the Christmas lighting ceremony was important for the Foundation adding: “Today is significant. All over the world, it is known in the advent period as Giving Tuesday. It is a time to give back to those who don’t have enough. It is a time to shine light on others, to give hope and give gifts. Today we gave out a lot of gifts and people were happy as we lit up the Foundation gardens to symbolise joy and hope. We are constantly reminded as an institution, of our promise to continue to touch lives and show kindness. In these difficult times, sharing even a little bit, goes a long way.” The lighting ceremony was attended by UBA staff members and customers who were serenaded with Christmas carols by the UBA Customer Fulfilment Centre’s choir. It ended with a guided tour around the UBA Foundation gardens on the Lagos Marina. Over the years, the UBA Foundation has been very active in creating sustainable development in its host communities and as part of its corporate social responsibility, the Foundation will be feeding tens of thousands of people across Africa during this festive season. UBA Foundation, the CSR arm of the UBA Group, is committed to the socio-economic betterment of the communities in which the bank operates, focusing on development in the areas of Education, the Environment, Economic Empowerment and other Special Projects.

12 thoughts on “DSTV Rakes in Millions Despite Poor Services + The Weird Things They Do At Big Brother Africa Auditioning

  1. Until we mandate our corporate organizations in Nigeria to de-emphasize sponsorship of reality shows such as big brother, glo naija sings, ultimate search, nigerian idol, project fame, MBGN, maltina dance etc, our youts in Nigeria will continue to be a wasted generation.

    We must pass laws mandating corporate organisations to emphasize more the sponsorship and development of science and technology. When we have youths that are well grounded in science and technology, we can have our own cable tv and telephone networks without the need to always resort to foreigners for suh

  2. A home where the father can not adequately make provisions for his families, hapless outsiders resort to taking advantage of his helpless children.
    Nigerian leaders cupped their chin in their hands watching the sons and daughters of Jezebel exploiting their next generation; I tell you, the aftermath of those act resulted in the youthful exuberance like MEND, MASSOB, BOKO-ARAM, and lots and lots of the menace experiencing in our country nowadays. This surely will eat us all up in the near future and they ( our Leaders) who are building mansions will realized they had built garrisons or officers mess for revolutionary leaders when the time comes.

  3. A home where the father can not adequately make provisions for his families, hapless outsiders resort to taking advantage of his helpless children.
    Nigerian leaders cupped their chin in their hands watching the sons and daughters of Jezebel exploiting their next generation; I tell you, the aftermath of those act resulted in the youthful exuberance like MEND, MASSOB, BOKO-ARAM, and lots and lots of the menace are experiencing in our country nowadays. This surely will eat us all up in the near future and they ( our Leaders) who are building mansions will realized they had built garrisons or officers mess for revolutionary leaders when the time comes.

  4. A home where the father can not adequately make provisions for his families, hapless outsiders resort to taking advantage of his helpless children.
    Nigerian leaders cupped their chin in their hands watching the sons and daughters of Jezebel exploiting their next generation; I tell you, the aftermath of those act resulted in the youthful exuberance like MEND, MASSOB, BOKO-ARAM, and lots and lots of the menace we are experiencing in our country nowadays. This surely will eat us all up in the near future and they ( our Leaders) who are building mansions will realized they had built garrisons or officers mess for revolutionary leaders when the time comes.

  5. DSTV service in now is really a sham. Should they be blamed when the system allow they to reap us of. They advertise between programs about promos that are meant for only Southa Africans and nobody talks about it.
    There are occassions when you pay via web on weekends and you send SMS to them to activate your service. What you get is that your request is being processed and for days you don’t get service. And when you eventually do, they tell you your subscription counts from when you paid rather when it became active. Even if they go off air for a day or two it does refelct on your monthly subscription. It is really bad. I think it is high time that the regulatory bodies like Nigeria Broadcasting Commission wake up from their slumber. DSTV is nothing but almost an oligopoly who is only interest is raking millions from Nigeria every month regardless of quality of service. Enough is enough of this nonsense. They should be called to order.

  6. For us to Clear Indecency,Immorality,Homosexuality,Lesbianism and all evil omen in our Country Nigeria we should advise our Youth that they give their LIVES to JESUS CHRIST and banned all GHANIANS MOTIVE that it is having waves into Nigeria Films Market
    Secondly,Govt should banned PROMISCUOUS films,Big Brother Africa,project fame,Nigeria Idol and other related.
    Can u imagine people handling the Nigeria Idol,People that youth can not Emulate,Charlie Boy(Devil associate,some other person like Denrele,Govt should stop all these evil people from our TV SHOW

  7. its so unfortunate that the nigerian guys dat were suppose to break the monopoly of dstv came to make a mess of themselves(HITV) I was so proud of them as i am a solid lover of football. but they tried going for money instead of solidifying their grip, becomin more professional, satisfy nigerians and grow our economy& they could probably expand to other african countries.

    For Christ’s sake, can somebody tell me the morals behind this big brother thing?
    you see parents o! rushing to upgrade their subscriptions so that they can watch idle people trying to teach immorality.

    Is this a way to come to lime-light? make we de remember our Creator o! “be carefull how you live ur life, it might be the only Bible some one may get to read”.
    has any of this guys and the organisers of this big brother come across this saying?
    the days are evil and we seriously need to go back to God, I dont think promotin such shows will help us grow our morality.

    PLS LETS BE GUIDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. “Reality as Recreation” (The Nation, May 2011)
    Big Brother Africa (BBA), the continent’s most popular reality show, recently launched its sixth season. Titled Big Brother Africa: Amplified, it brings 10 men and 16 women together in a luxuriously-appointed house where their every move will be closely watched by viewers across the continent. They are seeking to win the U.S. $200,000 prize, which will go to the “housemate” deemed the most popular by viewers.

    Like other reality shows, the Big Brother franchise has fervent supporters and passionate critics. Those who support it claim that it provides a useful outlet for the energies and talents of the youth and gives them the opportunity to win fabulous prizes. Those who criticise it argue that it panders to the basest instincts of the contestants and those watching them, and by so doing lowers the moral tone of society.

    In a country like Nigeria, where BBA has a large and committed following, it does seem that both the strengths and weaknesses of reality shows are clearly manifest. BBA has been able to attain its pre-eminent position in the minds of the country’s youth primarily because the dearth of job opportunities has left them with little option other than to focus on shows that permit them to experience, albeit vicariously, the glamour and ease that are lacking in their own lives.

    The danger of this situation is that many young people will be unable to distinguish between the artificiality of such shows and the reality of their day-to-day existence. The relatively lax moral codes that are actively encouraged on such shows like BBA could be perceived by less-discerning viewers to be appropriate guides to living. Also, the relentless emphasis on money and luxury promoted by these programmes often erodes the more durable values of hard work and the cultivation of the intellect.

    The main advantage of BBA and similar programmes is the way they build upon the great potential of Africa’s relatively underdeveloped show-business sector. By showcasing the continent’s music, artistic and other talents, they expose talented artistes, attract the interest of investors and build up the audiences which are crucial to success in the sector. Hitherto-unknown individuals are given platforms to present themselves to the world, and their achievements in turn inspire other young people.

    Over the next three months, Big Brother Africa: Amplified will attract the attention of the continent in a way almost no other activity could, with the exception of football. In their efforts to win the top prize, the housemates will engage in different extremes of behaviour that will range from the admirable to the abhorrent. They will, in effect, become almost-unquestioned arbiters of how young Africans should think, what they should say, and how they should act. It is to be hoped that they will be aware of this enormous influence and act with a modicum of decency, regardless of their personal ambitions and desires.

    For their part, Africa’s youth must learn to be more circumspect and less credulous in their responses to what they see on their television and computer screens. Almost every version of BBA is routinely hyped as being more “daring” and more “outrageous” than its predecessor; the accompanying publicity blitz ensures that it is almost impossible for anyone to ignore, and that it is indeed the in-thing to become an assiduous viewer. The audience should remember that programmes like BBA are carefully designed to achieve the maximum shock effect, and cannot therefore be taken too seriously.

    The continent as a whole should seek to learn from the success of BBA, especially the way in which it has been able to create a huge and devoted following virtually out of nothing. If Africa’s governments and private sector try to replicate the careful planning, consistency and thoroughness that BBA’s promoters have displayed over the past few years, the continent will be well on its way to becoming a major entertainment destination.

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