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Prominent 30-year-old Zimbabwe Broadcaster Dies Of Coronavirus

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A prominent 30-year-old television journalist has died in Zimbabwe after contracting the new coronavirus infection, the first person to die in the country from the virus.

Zororo Makamba was one of the two people who tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday. He was admitted to hospital in the capital Harare after exhibiting flu-like symptoms last Thursday, the health ministry said in a statement.

Makamba contracted the disease while he was in New York and was in isolation at Wilkins hospital, Harare’s only isolation facility.

A childhood friend of Makamba’s told CNN he was suffering from a rare condition known as Myasthenia gravis, a chronic, neuromuscular illness, and had undergone surgery to remove a tumor from his chest last year.

TV personality and executive producer, Vimbai Muthinhiri said Makamba was like a brother to her and their families were close growing up.

“Zororo embodied what comes to mind when we talk about Africa’s next generation being our hope,” Muthinhiri said.

“He was Zo, our little brother and ever happy friend who always saw a silver lining in every situation. It’s so difficult to accept that someone who was so full of life will no longer call to check in again,” she added.

Zimbabwe’s information minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, said she received the news with “extreme sadness and deep sense of shock.”

Makamba had traveled to New York on February 29 and returned to his home in Harare on March 9.

He began to exhibit mild flu-like symptoms a few days later on March 12. He then contacted his doctor a week later and he was advised to self isolate, the Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said in the statement.

On arrival at hospital, Makamba developed severe respiratory distress and was kept in isolation under supervision from health practitioners.

Authorities are now tracing people who came into contact with him. Mutsvangwa urged the nation to take precautions against Covid-19 after Zimbabwe confirmed its first case late last week.

“As we mourn him the whole nation should take the threat of COVID 1 very seriously. Let’s all follow due medical precautions as announced by the Ministry of Health and by the World Health Organization,” Mutsvangwa said.

Meanwhile, in an address to the nation on Monday night, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa announced the closure of all borders except for returning residents and cargo effective immediately.

Mnangagwa also announced that all gatherings over 50 people will be banned and bars, nightclubs, gyms and swimming pools will be closed in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

(Source: CNN)

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Blogger Nana Kesse Launches An Online Radio Station

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Multiple award-nominee Ghanaian blogger Nana Kesse has launched an online radio stream and station, ONE FM GHANA under his NK Connect Africa, focusing on promoting 80% of Ghana contents for both music and talk shows, also to project God’s ministry. For now, they’re very much living their motto “the home of the good music, and talk shows.”

The new online radio stream and station set to provide even greater choice for the audience who seek more from the brands they love.

One FM Ghana, which has been on test transmission for months serving listeners 24/7 music, is located at Kukurantumi in Eastern Region is already the talk of the region and got nominated at the 2019 Africa Tertiary Entrepreneur Awards for Best Online Radio/TV just few months after going live. One FM Ghana is the sound you hear on people’s smart devices, in the shops and in people’s homes via internet.

One FM Ghana is creating an even deeper more tailored listening experience; also provide exciting new opportunities for advertisers seeking highly engaged valuable audiences.

The radio is set to launch an android and IOS app and website (its news and editorial portal) to allow listeners to connect easy and fast anytime soon.

One FM Ghana, which lists a number of platforms including, radio.net, modernghana.com, onlineradiobox.com, liveonlineradio.net, zeno.fm, streema.com among others, has been designed to encourage more people to listen to them via the internet.

One FM Ghana is a privately owned radio station by Godfred Oppong Kesse professionally known as Nana Kesse, a Ghanaian blogger, publicist and broadcast Journalist.

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Merqury Quaye hosts first ever “Quarantine TV Jam” on JoyPrime’s HotPicks show

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The coronavirus pandemic has quelled large gatherings but nonetheless, Radio/TV Broadcaster and Disc Jockey, Merqury Quaye threw a massive onscreen party last Friday on JoyPrime’s Hot Picks show that had everyone from police officers at post to individuals isolating at home jamming along.

Last Friday’s edition of the Hot Picks show which was captioned “The Quarantine TV Jam” is the first of its kind in Ghana and viewers enjoyed an hour of non-stop hits with Merqury Quaye doubling as the hype man and DJ for the day.

People outside Ghana and Africa have been creative, hosting virtual house concerts, drag shows, happy hours etc to while away time and kill boredom during this Covid-19 lockdown season but Ghana had a taste of that experience kind courtesy, Joy Prime and Merqury Quaye.

Viewers who were tuned in sent videos of them jamming along, texted and called into the show to express their gratitude for such a genius idea and just like Oliver, they kept asking for more of such TV Jams during these times that large gatherings have been banned to curtail the coronavirus pandemic.

Hopefully, Joy Prime and Merqury Quaye will make that possible. Until the next “Quarantine TV/Radio Jam” happens, just stay home, wash your hands with soap and water, eat healthy, sanitizer, keep your fingers crossed and monitor Merqury Quaye’s updates to know exactly when the next jam will take place.

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COVID-19/ DStv announces Africa Easter Channel

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, Wednesday April 1, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – A Sub-Saharan African direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice; DStv, in partnership with TBN Africa (a premium Christian channel, with an excellent selection of the best African and international Christian ministry content), is set to launch a pop-up channel designed to provide content for Christians and gospel music fans during the Easter holidays.

The Africa Easter Channel will be launched on DStv channel 344 on 9 April and will broadcast until 13 April. The channel will feature Christian music and recorded sermons submitted to DStv by various denominations, including Methodist, Anglican and Catholic. It will also feature music videos by renowned gospel artists such as Lebo Sekgobela, Dr Tumi, Hillsong, William McDowell and Rebecca Malope. The launch follows various restrictions and bans on public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice, Calvo Mawela, said this initiative is in response to a rallying call from the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies to assist the religious sector, explaining that, as a responsible broadcasting entity, they are overwhelmed to partner with TBN Africa to afford worshippers to observe Easter from the comfort of their homes as over 80% saints will observe and celebrate this period without amassing in large numbers to show their solidarity to God.

Reiterating the above assertions, Managing Director – TBN Africa, Lucky Mbiko, said they have responded to this call by partnering with churches and some of the biggest gospel artistes to bring the best Easter worship experience to as many viewers as possible.

Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, said the South African government appreciated MultiChoice’s response “to our call for an industry-wide intervention to ensure that religious programming, especially over the Easter weekend, is produced and accessible to millions of South Africans utilising alternative means.” adding that, communications and digital technologies will play an important role during this disaster period and beyond.

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Family Feud Is Exclusive On Tv3; Starts From Saturday 4th April 2020.

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ACCRA, GHANA, March 31st, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ Family Feud, the popular international television game show is now coming to Africa with Emmy Award-winning entertainer, radio personality, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, businessman and philanthropist, Steve Harvey as the host.

Family Feud, an iconic game show adapted in over fifty international markets is scheduled to air every Saturday at 9PM exclusively on Ghana’s number one television story, TV3 Network, starting from Saturday 4th April 2020.

The show which has been airing from 1976 has been a beloved part of people’s lives for generations. Two families will compete to name the most popular responses to gathered survey questions in order to win cash and other prizes.

Steve Harvey has been hosting the American version of Family Feud with enormous success since 2010. The show has seen exponential ratings increases under Harvey, and he is on track to become the longest-serving host in Family Feud history.

“Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine,” Steve Harvey said. “I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local African families. And this is just the beginning in Africa. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent”, he added.

The local version of Family Feud is produced in South Africa by Rapid Blue, part of the BBC Studios international family of production companies and has a strong legacy of producing award-winning localized African versions of international formats, including Dancing with Stars, X Factor, Got Talent, Shark Tank, Come Dine With Me, Project Runway and First Dates.

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