The first ever 24 hour African Canadian television channel licensed in Canada, Afroglobal Television Network, is gearing up to entertain Canadians and to project the best of Africa and the Diaspora. The Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission approved the Afroglobal channel on Friday, September 19th, 2008, before any similar station, making Afroglobal a pioneer in Canada.
Developed by Afroglobal Network Inc., the station aims at being the premier cable and satellite network that caters to the fast growing population of peoples of African descent in Canada. Since its approval, Afroglobal has been developing top quality entertainment and information programs to meet the aspirations of people of African origin, who came to Canada from Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the world.
"A total of 85% of programming will be in English, 5% in French, and 10% in various African languages, including Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, Ibo, Shona, Creole, Yoruba and others," says Dr. Adebusola Onayemi, Chairman of Afroglobal Television Network. A highly accomplished medical professional and heritage advocate, Dr. Onayemi's enthusiasm is echoed by that of many members of the community.
Dr. Rosemary Sadlier, President of the Ontario Black History Society says, "Our organization is one hundred percent behind Afroglobal Television as a dynamic platform to educate, inform and inspire Canadians about our past, present and future contributions to society." The organization worked with the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, to establish February as Black History Month in Canada in 1995.
Ms. Joy Nneji, Executive Director of Toronto African Dance Festival, says "This is exciting as I am hoping to have a program, where I can teach Canadians how to shake their bodies to African rhythms. This station sounds like a must, not only for African Canadians, but for all others. I plan to subscribe, even if it is just to teach my children the rich and magnificent heritage of Africa and the Diaspora."
According to Mr. Michael Daramola, a financial specialist and a member of the Afroglobal Network corporate board, the company will make a series of announcements, including when the station plans to get started. "For now, our focus is on establishing a solid business and broadcasting infrastructure, to ensure that our subscribers, advertisers and investors are not disappointed by the quality and performance of our government mandated Category 2 specialty channel," says Mr. Daramola.
"With a management team of media, business, legal and other professionals, Afroglobal draws from diverse stakeholders," says Mr. Moses A. Mawa, one of the shareholders, and CEO of Silvertrust Communications Inc., a Canadian production company that has been in business since 1996. Also Executive Producer of Planet Africa Television, a popular show broadcast on OMNI TV across Canada, Europe and Africa, Mr. Mawa says, "Plans are under way for Afroglobal Television to carry Planet Africa, Destiny, Chosen and Arise!, which are shows we currently air on various networks."
In its programming pipeline, Afroglobal Television has the best of Nollywood films, the increasingly popular African movies made in Nigeria; as well as other films and music videos from Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa and other parts of the world. Captivating soaps, drama, documentary, biography, music, dance, spiritual and other programs will also be featured. A taste of Afroglobal programming can be seen on the Planet Africa Television program on OMNI Television, as well as online at www.afroglobalnetwork.com