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Africa Magic Igbo Channel DSTVWatch out DSTV subscribers, Africa Magic is launching its Igbo Channel on channel 159!

Africa Magic Igbo is designed to showcase the rich Igbo culture of Nigeria. The 24 hour general entertainment channel follows the success of the Africa Magic Hausa and Yoruba channels and will go on air at 19:00 CAT on the 2nd of April, 2015.

The first Africa Magic channel was launched in 2003 and more than 10 years later, the brand has expanded to include content dedicated to world class African entertainment programming ranging from drama series, music, magazine and reality shows, and movies.

The launch of Africa Magic Igbo will bring the total number of Africa Magic channels to a whopping 8! It follows the redefinition of the Africa Magic channels in 2014, and the recent refreshing of the Africa Magic Urban channel.

Speaking on the launch, the Director of M-Net for West Africa, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, said:

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of Africa Magic Igbo. Igbo language entertainment content has always played a prominent role in the Nigerian film and television industry and we are glad to offer a platform where this rich content can be showcased to the rest of Africa and the world.

Popular Igbo language content like Living in Bondage, Nneka the Pretty Serpent and many others set the trend for the modern Nigerian film and television industry, or Nollywood as it’s called; it is thus only fitting that such content should be given a platform where it is easily accessible by audiences around the continent. With the launch of Africa Magic Igbo, we have once again proven our commitment to providing content made for Africa by Africans.”

For his part, the Managing Director, Multichoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, said:

“For over 20 years, Multichoice has played an active role in the development of the African film and television industry. The Africa Magic channels, which sit on our Dstv and GOtv platforms, continue to display the best of African entertainment content to the world. With the launch of Africa Magic Igbo, we have once again provided a platform for African talent to shine and our viewers can definitely expect to see the best of Igbo culture and talent on display.”

All the Africa Magic channels are renowned for their exciting content which celebrates African entertainment and Africa Magic Igbo will be no different. The channel will appeal to audiences in and outside Nigeria, as the Igbo language is also spoken in a number of other African countries like Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon.”

Mba-Uzoukwu added,

Africa Magic Igbo will also undoubtedly be popular with audiences across the continent as shown by the widespread success of the popular Igbo language movies of the 1990s, and our viewers can expect to see the best from renowned and exciting Igbo talent like Okey Bakassi, Chiwetalu Agu and Dede One Day amongst many others.”

Africa Magic Igbo launches on the 2nd of April 2015 at 19:00 CAT and will be available on DStv channel 159.

For more information on Africa Magic channels and programmes, simply visit: www.africamagic.tv

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43 Comments

  1. kaycee

    March 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    About time !!!. How can the pioneer of the industry be neglected this, better late than never. Ndigbo Kwenu. GEJ till 2019

    • Ebony

      March 20, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Please I don’t understand how GEJ and Buhari entered this matter. GEJ isn’t even Ibo :s
      Meanwhile isn’t the regular Africa Magic 90% Ibo’ish. I’m guessing/hoping there’ll be no English speaking on this channel then.
      And no, you’re not the pioneer. You have mass production doesn’t equate to pioneering.

    • ignorance is not bliss

      March 20, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      You’re obviously ignorant. …living in bondage, taboo and Co were the movies that pioneered the nolly wood movie industry and they were all Igbo movies …..graduated to English speaking movies for a larger audience.

    • Olanne

      March 20, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      It is Igbo NOT Ibo!

    • EllesarisEllendil

      March 20, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      “Igbo”.

    • Honey

      March 21, 2015 at 12:55 am

      @kaycee, how did Igbo get to be pioneer of movies in Naija. Ask ur parents or grandparents for some history. Nta Ibadan being d first tv station in Africa, not Naija o n Yoruba movies have been in existence since then and at d cinemas . Decades before any Igbo movie at all. Pa ogunde, ade love ( kunle afolayan’s dad) etc. Except u are talking about mass production movies. Even den yemi my lover were before living in bondage. D only thing that changed abt d taboo, living in bondage time was d fact that video clubs started abt that time almost on every street. Let’s give credit where it’s due.

    • Sugar

      March 21, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      Those were not movies… They were TV drama series.

  2. chy

    March 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    kaycee you said it best. Igbo kwezuonu!!!. We pioneered Nollywood so WTH. GEJ on top. Buhari to the left. Abeg no Buhari business here, dnt want to throw up.

  3. Emekai

    March 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Neva knew Igbo were spoken in DRC and Gabon, only knew of Equatorial Guinea. I guess this development will put a rest to the downward trend of the language. Am definitely anticipating the channel. Ndigbo mma mma nuo

  4. ogeAdiro

    March 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    GEJ na Buhari gbakwa oku!!! Africa Magic, jide nu nke unu ji. E to dike na nke o-mere, o-mekwa ozo.

  5. frances

    March 20, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    I thought all nollywood movies were igbo movies.

  6. mrs chidukane

    March 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Yaaaaay

  7. Alalade

    March 20, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Now they want their own channel.. this is how Biafra starts.. Don’t bite me oh!!

    • Iris

      March 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Are you confused? There have been Yoruba and Hausa movie channels on DSTV for years now. They launch an Igbo channel and you shout Biafra. Take a seat, bigot.

    • Gbaam!

      March 20, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      True Nigerian mentality. In business, you talk profit and use your best hands but nay in Nigeria, the CEO will use his kit and kin whether qualified or mediocres. That is simply why this channel is coming late. But aside from the banal argument of tribal superiority erupting on this platform as is usual whenever anything Igbo comes up in Nigeria (of course the history is known), Yoruba pioneered plays and dramas. They also made films, but as soon as “Living in Bondage” an Igbo film was produced, the landscape changed and its success caused many people to invest into films – the usual Nigerian bandwagon thing. That was how Nollywood started. Can we speak the truth on our honour for once? The social media is replete with so much ethnic slants and hate and it is not healthy for us as a people. The truth is that Igbo people are very resilient. You can stop them but for awhile. As soon as they catch up, they overtake you.

    • Ifemelu

      March 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      SHUT UP ANUOFIA!!! Hausas have their own channel and growing up, NTA had a Yoruba channel. Also, the thunder that is about to fire anyone who liked your yeye comment is still doing press up. Before you say anything crazy, i grew up in the North, in Lagos and i am 100% for Yoruba and Hausa stations! Why must Igbos having their channel bring about the vulgarity in people?! We started Nollywood! We were the ones announcing 51 Iweka road up and down! We were the ones that had to run away after June 12, we are the ones that were killed in attacks in the North, our people were brought in with lorries! Dead bodies! We are the only reason Lagos is Lagos! Let December come and you see how DEAD lagos truly is. Do you even know ANYTHING thing about Biafra? You thoughtless human being! Igbo have ONE station and you are there typing like the zombie you are! I will give you history on Yoruba and comfortably yab you in Igbo. Why? Because Igbos travel far and wide! This useless ethnic hate needs to stop! You come to spill your ignorance online, instead of celebrating the achievements of people who have done so much for the Nigeria film industry, you are there saying nonsense. Living in bondage! Things fall Apart! The Masquerade! All films/shows were based on Igbo culture or had almost all Igbo actors! Jegede was 100% Igbo man! Yet, you will sit and be typing nonsense! I watch Yoruba movies and i watch Igbo movies and i enjoy both! I cannot stand ethnic hate. Take your useless self somewhere else, anuofia!

    • Ginika

      March 20, 2015 at 11:19 pm

      Ifemelu biko iwe gi dajuoooooo Biko rapuzie ya biko they are just being jealous and scared of us bcos we are usually successful they are scared we will overtake them Igbo kwenuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chichi

      March 20, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Chai!!!!! Nna I was cracking up throughout your comment. Na big thunder go fire them. Tell them biko.

    • Truthwillprevail

      April 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      You mean “and see how PEACEFUL Lagos is”? I just hate that we spend so much of our resources ( time and money) in churches but so many of us are haters. What God do we serve?

    • Osogagba

      March 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      The way some people are so scared of Biafra sef. SMH.

    • Ginika

      March 20, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      If we are granted the Biafra it’s better for us after all there is nothing like one Nigeria besides there is Africa Magic Yoruba and boring Africa magic hausa, and now Igbo African magic emerges you start being jealous I tire for you people.

  8. Ndubuisi

    March 20, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Yes it’s about time.

  9. Tosin

    March 20, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    awesome!
    i really like AM Hausa, Yoruba, offerings, noticed the Francophone one – funny to note that their French vs Parisian is basically like Oyo vs London; it sounds unique. Africa rocks!

  10. igbopikin

    March 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    igbo mma mma nuo!igbo rie nu o! ya gazie ra anyi niile!ya dikwara igbo dum na mma o!its been a long time coming….we are waiting!

  11. igbopikin

    March 20, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    igbo mma mma nuo! ya gazie ra anyi niile!ya dikwara igbo dum na mma o!its been a long time coming….we are waiting!

  12. Tolani

    March 20, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Actually, I have always wondered why on earth there would be an Hausa channel and not an Igbo one. It just never made sense to me. An Igbo channel would definitely draw more audience than an Hausa channel and it would be richer in content. I think Hausas just get their politics right and that gives them an edge in many things even when they are less deserving of it. They are very manipulative , hence I think they would easily have been the most successful of all Nigerian ethnic nations but for their laziness, apathy and rigidity. You can’t beat the Hausas to their politics, the 360 degree re-branding of the not quite intelligent, ethnic and religious intolerant Buhari buttresses that. You can’t beat the Yorubas in entertainment and Show-biz, it is natural to them. Abinibi ni, oyato si ability…. Reason Yorubaland is the hub and its language is the lingua-franca of Nigeria’s showbiz . All that said, African Magic Igbo is coming rather late, but better late than never.

    • ANGRY WAGAMAMA

      March 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      REALLY?!!

      REALLY?!!

      REALLY?!!

      “”i think Hausas just get their politics right and that gives them an edge in many things even when they are less deserving of it. They are very manipulative , hence I think they would easily have been the most successful of all Nigerian ethnic nations but for their laziness, apathy and rigidity. You can’t beat the Hausas to their politics, the 360 degree re-branding of the not quite intelligent, ethnic and religious intolerant Buhari buttresses that. ”

      I’d hate to be you right now! Belittling another tribe for why naaaaa? COULD YOU BE ANY MORE TRIBALISTIC??

      YOU ARE THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA! NOT POLITICS, NOT LEADERSHIP, NOT RELIGION! YOU AND THE LIKES OF YOU! TRIBALISTIC BIGOT! MCHEWWWWWWWW!!!

      BN I BETTER NOT FIND THIS COMMENT!

    • Tolani

      March 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm

      To put ‘the problem with Nigeria’ in proper perspective, as you seem not to get it- No one but Lord Frederick Lugard is Nigeria’s problem. However, let us stick to showbiz and owanbe here, let us not delve into serious issues like who or what is Nigeria’s problem. I guess that is beyond the scope of this particular medium. Peace!

  13. *curious*

    March 20, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    More like why would there be hausa, yoruba channel and not an igbo channel? God created all people, all languages and all skin tones. No one is superior to another because at the end of it all, we are all mortals under mighty hand of the one and only God. The best culture that there ever will be is the “Christ culture”. Lets appreciate and embrace our differences.

    From a yoruba chic

  14. ADANDIIGBO

    March 20, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    NDI IGBO THE MONEY MAKERS WITH THE MIDAS TOUCH..IT WASN’T UNTIL IGBOS ENTERED THE MOVIE INDUSTRY WITH A BANG WITH LIVING IN BONDAGE AND CO. DID THE NIGERIA MOVIE INDUSTRY KICK OFF TO THE STRATOSPHERE…ANYTHING WE TOUCH TURNS TO GOLD…NDI IGBO ANYI EKENE MU UNU OH!!!

  15. EllesarisEllendil

    March 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Startimes did it first though. Actually like the Igboezue channel.
    But seriously the chip on the shoulder of most Ndi Igbo though.
    Sorry can’t relate.

    • Reverse

      March 21, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Which chip? The worst of them… hidden bigot pretending to be liberal! Take a seat

  16. ANGRY WAGAMAMA

    March 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    REALLY?!!

    REALLY?!!

    REALLY?!!

    “”i think Hausas just get their politics right and that gives them an edge in many things even when they are less deserving of it. They are very manipulative , hence I think they would easily have been the most successful of all Nigerian ethnic nations but for their laziness, apathy and rigidity. You can’t beat the Hausas to their politics, the 360 degree re-branding of the not quite intelligent, ethnic and religious intolerant Buhari buttresses that. ”

    I’d hate to be you right now! Belittling another tribe for why naaaaa? COULD YOU BE ANY MORE TRIBALISTIC??

    YOU ARE THE PROBLEM WITH NIGERIA! NOT POLITICS, NOT LEADERSHIP, NOT RELIGION! YOU AND THE LIKES OF YOU! TRIBALISTIC BIGOT! MCHEWWWWWWWW!!!

  17. nnenne

    March 20, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    How do you get the channel from outside Nigeria?

  18. Bp

    March 21, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Pls I just want to ask oo is this why channel o is being closed down and also is this why the fee is now 13k?

  19. Zee

    March 21, 2015 at 3:16 am

    I don’t even beleive what i’m reading here.Eziokwu. As in how is the launching of AFMag Igbo causing this much pepperbody? What exactly is the offence of the Igbos bikonu? In all honesty,I’d really like to know.

  20. kaycee

    March 21, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Ndigbo pioneered the industry you matter the way you look at it. Although there were prior movies when the like of Living in bondage and Taboo came out, but you can’t deny the fact that Ndigbo popularise the Nigerian movie industry all across Africa. Words like Igwe, tufiakwa and Chineke are conversant with most Africans due to a large Igbo presence in the industry. The major producers and marketers are all of Igbo orijin. Take a trip down to Nnamdi Azikiwe street Idumota road Lagos, 51 iweka road Onitsha and 31 pound road aba, and you would understand what am taking about

    • Truthwillprevail

      April 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Yea! Take a trip there and see how the industry is being killed by pirates from ” you know where”.

  21. Engoz

    March 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Igbos did not have a channel because what we call Nollywood today diverged from Igbo movies into English speaking movies, that is why there are a lot of Igbos in Nollywood. They just switched Igbo to English, but the setting still retained Igbo culture most of the time, not saying other cultures are not represented. African magic is launching an Igbo channel today because more Igbo speaking movies are being produced. It is not because of politics or tribalism that there was no Igbo channel, but because of the amount of Igbo speaking movies in circulation was low. Now Igbo movies have been revived and there are increasing numbers of Igbo speaking movies in circulation. So it makes sense for a channel to come up now.

  22. *curious*

    March 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    All of you should calm down and no get hypertension abeg. You have no idea who’s behind some of these comments getting you all riled up. They could be white, black, yellow, etc. They could be a fellow igbo of yours….just sayin. It’s pretty easy to type up names and pretend to be anything you want to be behind a computer screen.

  23. tunmi

    March 21, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Will there be subtitles on some programs? The same question applies for the Hausa, and Yorub channels

  24. Ikuku 1 de l'Afrique entier

    March 24, 2015 at 4:03 am

    Les Igbos sont forts!!! lol…..umunne mu..mma mma nuo!!

  25. Shedrach asiegbulem

    September 6, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I so much love my biggest nollywood diva oge okoye ,genevieve nnaji and uti nwachukwu on there igbo atire dat my curture i no shes here to showcase and represent our land i love u all and i want to become actor like dem am talented in acting any roll perfect pls african i need help my talent is not ment to display at home i need help african my superstars my contact 07031888992 pls help am talented in acting am writing dis to all my nollywood superstars thank

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