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Disu: CNN has bridged communication gap through African Voices


CNN International Commercial, Account Director, Zara Driss, Supervising Producer, Jenni Watts, African Voices Producer, Earl Nurse, Executive Vice Chairman, Globacom, Mrs Bella Disu and Presenter, Arit Okpo at the “African Voices” 10th Anniversary Cocktail Party organized to celebrate a decade of positive spotlighting of Africans to the world recently at Sky Lounge, Eko Hotel.

African Voices has over the last decade bridged the communication gap in the continent by featuring people blazing trails across different sectors, including young entrepreneurs like Ethiopia’s Abai Schulze and legends like the late Chinua Achebe.

Mrs. Bella Disu, the Executive Vice Chairman of Globacom, made the remark during a cocktail organised by the news media to mark a decade of broadcasting African Voices recently at Eko Hotel in Lagos. Globacom is the exclusive sponsor of the programme on CNN.

Disu expressed hope that the programme would continue to be a platform for a mutually beneficial partnership for many more years.She called on all Africans to play their part in building the continent’s future, adding that the partnership with CNN African Voices had allowed Globacom to extend its impact in a unique way.

The EVC said Globacom had in the last 16 years supported sports, cultural and entrepreneurial activities across the continent, with the goal of nurturing and showcasing talents and would continue in this trajectory.

Welcoming guests earlier, Account Director, CNN International Commercial, Zara Driss, said, “we are proud to work with such a committed, long-standing sponsor of a show that shares our passion about the diverse culture of Africa. Together with Globacom, we look forward to this new era of African Voices and its television and digital programming that would raise the profile of the continent’s change makers amongst international audience.”

Also speaking, the Supervising Producer of African Voices, Jenni Watts, said, “it is humbling to come to Africa to see the impact of the stories and have time to reflect,” adding that she was a huge fan of Chimanmanda Adiche who is well loved by Mrs. Michelle Obama.

Globacom started sponsoring African Voices in 2010 and has over the years contributed robustly towards changing the paradigm in the world information order. The magazine programme allows Africans to tell their own stories to the world without misrepresentations.

Dignitaries at the event included notable Globacom dealers, publishers and chief executive officers of major media organisations, popular bloggers, prominent Nigerians and A-list stars including juju music genius, King Sunny Ade and Orente crooner Adekunle Gold, who serenaded attendees.

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