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Globacom partners iflix for video streaming

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Nigeria’s biggest data network, Globacom, has gone into a partnership with iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, to give the telecom firm’s teeming subscribers 60 days of unlimited access to thousands of the world’s best television programmes, movies and more on their devices, sponsored by Glo (valued at
1,598 NGN).

In a joint press statement issued in Lagos yesterday to announce the partnership at the Mike Adenuga Towers headquarters of Globacom, the telecoms firm and iflix stated that the offer is available for 30 days starting from Tuesday, November 7, 2017. According to the companies, subscribers who spend N1,000 or more per month on data are automatically entitled to 60 days of unlimited iflix access, sponsored by Glo (valued at 1,598 NGN). While all other Glo customers will get access at a specially discounted price of N100 per month only until December 6, 2017.

Speaking at the launch, Globacom’s Regional Chief Marketing Officer, Ashok Israni, said that the partnership instantly creates great value for both Glo mobile subscribers and iflix users. According to him, the partnership is a monumental step forward for Globacom in its journey to build Africa’s biggest and best data network. “Iflix has done an exceptional job in spearheading the entertainment revolution in emerging markets globally and truly has an industry leading product.

What distinguishes iflix is its constant innovation and commitment to offering its customers an exceptional and entertaining digital experience, which is at the heart of what Glo stands for.” “We are committed to exploring different channels to enrich the lifestyle content of our offerings. The partnership with iflix will, therefore, enable us to offer more entertainment value to both prepaid and postpaid subscribers on the Glo network. We look forward to
bringing our over 37 million customers into the iflix footprint,” he added.

Also speaking at the press conference, iflix Nigeria Country Manager, Ngozi Dozie, affirmed that Nigeria was one of the world’s fastest growing markets for internet and smartphone penetration. “We are thrilled to partner with Glo, to offer its subscribers a vast library of the world’s best TV shows and movies, including exceptional selection of local
and international content.” she enthused.

In the words of iflix co-founder and Group CEO, Mark Britt, “iflix is focused on catering to the entertainment demands of local consumers in Nigeria. We are deeply committed to offering them a personalized and localized service, which puts customers in complete control of their viewing experience.”

He expressed excitement at the opportunity of working with Globacom to bring world class service to content consumers throughout the country, describing the company as a leading mobile and data operator.

iflix is the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets; giving over one billion consumers across 24 territories throughout Asia, the Middle East and Africa, unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more. For each subscription, iflix users have access to download and stream on five devices including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets.

Globacom on its part is a leading total telecommunications service provider in the West African region with operations in Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin Republic. It has, through an excellent last mile infrastructure, a massive undersea cable backbone, innovative data products and services as well as competitive pricing, grown to be Nigeria’s grand masters of data and the telecoms service provider of choice for millions of subscribers.

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Why DJ Cuppy Should Quit Music As An Artist

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If you are a Nigerian, you most likely already know who DJ Cuppy is. Ms. Otedola is a Business and Economics graduate who also has a Master’s Degree in Music Business from New York University, USA. She is a renowned Dj and the daughter of Nigerian Businessman, Mr. Femi Otedola.

Many Nigerians got to know Dj Cuppy when she started Djing in Nigeria. Personally, I believe she is a talented Dj and has done well to inspire many upcoming DJs in Africa, regardless of status or ethnic group. However, I strongly believe Dj. Cuppy will make a lot more impact as a music business mogul. That is, instead of just continuing to DJ, produce and perform as an artist, she should consider investing in the industry as a record label owner like the likes of Don Jazzy and Davido.

That is, Dj Cuppy can upgrade her music management and content production business, Red Velvet Music Group to a creative media & entertainment company.

She has the capacity to pull the capital needed to make this happen in a major way. I envision a huge warehouse-like building in Lagos. Partitioned to house a mega music studio, a dance studio, a film studio, and even a music museum. Do you see where this is going?  

You were probably expecting me to bash her, right?. But no, this is not one of those – put the person down articles. Not at all. We are not about that life on steadygettingit.com. It’s all about empowering people over here, especially young Nigerians. Now let’s get back to our very own adorable Ms. Cuppy and why she should consider doing more than just singing or djing.

Posterity will smile on her for creating an avenue for a lot more talented individuals in Nigeria to attain limelight. She was able to pull the who is who in society together to raise over 5 billion Naira for her foundation recently. I have no doubt that she can make a record label and a lot more happen. Do you agree? Do you think she has the potential for success as a record label executive? Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section. 

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Getting A Patent For Your Idea In Nigeria

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It is one thing to have a great idea but when it comes to protecting the idea from being copied, that can be a challenge.

What is a patent? patent is a monopoly granted by the federal government to an inventor for limited period of time to use or license his or her invention. We have been asked time and time again if it is possible to patent a business idea in Nigeria.

The answer to this is a big NO! But don’t get disappointed just yet. Although, you may not be able to patent your startup idea, you can patent an invention. You can get a patent in Nigeria just like any where else even though different rules may apply.

The Difference Between An Idea And An Invention 

While an idea is an untested imaginary concept, an invention is the realistic product of your idea. Your invention can be in the form of a process, composition, that has descriptiondesign, features, etc.

For instant, you have an idea for a software that records your body temperature daily to determine your health status. The idea for such an idea can’t be patented if you have not built it or can’t proof that the software can be developed.

Who Is In-Charge?

Patents are issued by The Trademarks, Patents And Designs Registry, Commercial Law Department, Federal Ministry Of Industry, Trade & Investment.

Who Can File A Patent? 

Only accredited agents can file a patent on your behalf. Therefore, it is advised that you hired the services of a seasoned certified patent lawyer or firm.

What is Required for Registration?

Your concept has to be unique. In other words, it should not have been patented before. Moreover, you would have a stronger case for a patent if the invention is totally innovative. Every applications for patent has to come with a request for patent. Which has to be signed by the applicant or an agent representative.

The patent application should also contain the names and address of the applicant, a specification requirement. As well as a claim, drawings (of process) and plans, a declaration if any, signed by the inventor, a signed power of attorney or authorization of the agent if the request is made by the agent; the address of the business in Nigeria and the patent fee.

What Is The Duration Of Patent?

In Nigeria, every patent ensures the holder is granted a monopoly for twenty years from the date the patent was filed. Also note that not paying the fixed yearly fees can result to the patent getting canceled. The grace period for the payment of such fees is six (6) months. 

Want To Patent Your Invention?

In a bid to file patent for an application we are currently developing, we sort the services of a law firm with experience in patent registration in Nigeria. The process was smooth and affordable. So much so I had to make this recommendation. NLIP Watch helped with all the technicalities involved with our application. I believe they can help with yours. Visit the seasoned lawyers at nlipw.com to discuss your patent today. 

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