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GOtv: A Brand Offering the Springboard for Local Boxing Talents

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A new Nigerian boxing sensation emerged on May 1 at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, when 16-year-old Raheem “Badoo” Animashaun emerged best boxer at the 31st edition of GOtv Boxing Night. ‘Badoo’ defeated his more experienced opponent, Samuel “Apata Roro” Moses in the fourth round of their national light welterweight challenge bout to take home the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy and the cash prize of N1 million attached. He became the third rookie boxer to win the prize, after two other Nigerian boxers, Opeyemi ‘Sense’ Adeyemi, and Rilwan ‘Babyface’ Babatunde, won the award at GOtv Night 18, and 21 respectively. These boxers have since risen to stardom on the GOtv Boxing Night platform and elsewhere, with their path to stardom an attestation to GOtv’s investment and commitment to boxing growth in Nigeria. For ‘Badoo’, Boxing runs in the genes. When GOtv Boxing Night birthed in 2014, his father, Jamiu “Rotor” Animashaun, was one of the professional boxers who graced the rings. ‘Rotor’ was on the bill at the second edition of GOtv Boxing Night held in 2015. On the other hand, “Babyface”, who rose to become the national, sub-regional and African Boxing Union welterweight champion, is a product of GOtv NextGen search, an initiative aimed at discovering and nurturing young amateur boxing talents. “Sense”, who currently plies his trade in the United States of America, is also a product of GOtv Boxing Night and was chosen at as the standout rookie at the fourth edition of the initiative in Abeokuta in 2018.While the GOtv brand continued to invest in talent development, GOtv Boxing Night, organised by Flykite Productions, has established a strong platform for Nigerian boxers to vie for world and regional titles. Taiwo “Esepor’ Agbaje is currently the biggest name on GOtv Boxing Night circuit, after he made the event his springboard to national and international recognition. The boxer, who has won the GOtv Boxing Night best boxer award more than any other, fulfilled his dream of becoming a world champion in December 22, when he defeated his Filipino opponent, Richard Taruc Pumicpic, to win the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental featherweight title at GOtv Boxing Night 27. Prior to Esepor’s feat, another Nigerian, Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwariemi, won the World Boxing Federation intercontinental heavyweight title by defeating Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte of Argentina, at GOtv Boxing Night 20. This was followed by a double world title win for Nigerian boxers at the 22nd edition, where Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu and “Babyface” won the WBF world super featherweight and welterweight titles respectively.Likewise, GOtv Boxing Night has produced memorable career moments for Nigerian boxers on the regional front. At the last edition of the boxing fest, two Nigerians, Segun “War” Adeyemi, and Adeyemi “Spirit” Adekanla, battled each other for the West African Boxing Union (WABU) light welterweight title, with “War” emerging victorious. He thus joined the likes of “Real One”, Taiwo “Gentle Boy’ Olowu, Olaide” Fijaborn” Fijabi, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, Waidi “Skoro” Usman, and “Babyface”, on the list of Regional title winners on the GOtv Boxing Night stage. The GOtv Boxing Night platform has also provided huge international exposure to boxing talents. In 2017, Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed, boxed for the then-vacant super welterweight Commonwealth title, in Sheffield England. In 2018, Waidi “Skoro” Usman, battled Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile in South Africa, for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) Continental Africa super featherweight title. Similarly, “Baby Face” of the GOtv NextGen fame, vied for the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Oriental middleweight title against Ukrainian Dymtro Mytrovanov in Kiev. For the three boxers, it was their first professional match outside the country’s shores. With GOtv Nigeria, and Flykite Productions, boxers on the local scene can continue to cling to the hope of actualising their career dreams, under the lights, or the night skies, when GOtv Boxing Night returns for the next edition.

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Nigerian Idol Gets Emotional: Contestants Get Surprise Messages and Dedicate Songs to Loved Ones

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This past weekend on Nigerian Idol, the feels were all over the place. The theme was “Experience the Feels,” and they delivered. It was also Father’s Day and to make it special, the contestants received heartwarming video messages from their loved ones before taking the stage. Hearing the words of encouragement and seeing the immense pride radiating from their loved ones was heartwarming.

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Adding to the excitement of the show, multi-talented producer and musician, Pheelz, joined the judges, setting the tone for the night with a special performance alongside the contestants.

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As the show progresses, the contestants keep on bringing their A-game, making it difficult to see them go. But a winner must be crowned, and sadly, it was the end of the road for Lady Ruth as she amassed the least number of votes.

Staying true to the week’s theme, the contestants dedicated their songs to the special people in their lives. Chima stole the show with his emotional rendition of “Hello” by Lionel Richie, dedicating his performance to his mom. Maio dedicated a heartfelt performance of “Papa” by Johnny Drille to his dad and even went as far as dressing up just like him. Chioma took everyone to church with a powerful rendition of “Way Maker” by Sinach, dedicating it to her family and the fatherhood of God.

Mira Clear showed everyone that she could literally move mountains with her rendition of “Aint No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. She dedicated it to her family. Steevie, as usual, brought good vibes with his rendition of “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys; he dedicated his performance to his family, and Lammy gave a captivating performance of Michael Jackson’s classic hit “Speechless,” also dedicating it to all his family members.

If you missed the last episode or any previous ones, you can download the DStv or GOtv Stream app to catch up. You can also tune in to Africa Magic Showcase (DStv ch. 151 and GOtv ch. 12) and Africa Magic Family (DStv ch. 154 and GOtv ch. 7) at 7 p.m. every Sunday to watch the live show and cheer on your faves. To subscribe, reconnect, or upgrade your package. Dial *288# and stay connected to enjoy.

The voting channels are still open, and you have the power to keep your favourite Nigerian Idol season 9 contestant on the show. You can vote on the Africa Magic website, the mobile site, and on the MyDStv or MyGOtv app. Voting ends on Thursdays at 9 p.m.

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Talent Promotion: Top Nigerian Celebrities Who Were GOtv Ambassadors

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GOtv has become a key player in the Nigerian entertainment industry, offering a platform for talent development, exposure, employment opportunities, and family entertainment. As GOtv Nigeria nears its 13th anniversary, we highlight some of the talents who have taken on ambassadorial roles with the brand:

Daddy Showkey: Veteran Nigerian singer, John Odafe Asiemo popularly known as “Daddy Showkey” was the face of the GOtv brand for years, after coming on board as ambassador in 2015. Daddy Showkey is famed for his creation of the “Galala” dance routine and remains a household name in the Nigerian music scene. The singer, through his deep grassroots connection commanded huge love and support for the GOtv brand via brand commercials and special guest appearances at major GOtv events, while also earning millions for himself through the deal.

Mr Ibu: At the peak of his career, the late Nollywood comic star John Okafor, popularly known as Mr Ibu, was a big part of the GOtv brand family.  The late entertainer was unveiled as the brand ambassador back in 2014. His wide acceptance by the Nigerian audience made him a suitable associate for the GOtv brand which aims to provide best value entertainment to families across Nigeria. Mr Ibu featured in prominent GOtv commercials alongside Daddy Showkey. Their special combination on street activations for the “GOtv Go Pick Ya Own promos” remains evergreen.

Laycon: BBNaija Lockdown winner, Olamilekan Agbeleshe popularly known as “Laycon”, was another popular face to represent the GOtv brand. Shortly after his rise to stardom as BBNaija winner, Laycon signed up as GOtv ambassador, featuring in commercials and several customer engagement activities such as the GOtv City tour of Abeokuta, Enugu, Uyo and Abuja.

Victor Osimhen: In June 2021, the GOtv brand onboarded a football superstar with the unveiling of Super Eagles and Napoli Striker, Victor Osimhen. The striker was the face of GOtv Max, which was the highest package on the GOtv platform at the time. The package was the home of the Serie A where the forward plies his trade. Osimhen became a household name in Nigeria following his heroics at the 2015 FIFA under-17 World cup where he scored ten goals to win the golden boot. He featured in several GOtv commercials that resonated with millions of Nigerians given his grass-to-grace story and GOtv’s connection with the grassroots. 

Whitemoney: BBNaija ‘Shine Ya Eye’ season winner, Hazel Oyeze Onou, widely known as “Whitemoney” was unveiled as GOtv Nigeria brand ambassador in November 2021. His unveiling coincided with the 10th anniversary of the brand and the launch of the GOtv Supa package. After winning BBNaija Season 6, GOtv provided another opportunity for the new star to get more support from MultiChoice as brand ambassador.

As GOtv continues to push the digital terrestrial footprint across Nigeria, the brand’s impact on talent development and promotion, as well as its economic contribution through direct and indirect employment for thousands of youths across the country, cannot be overstated.

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Top Sporting Moments of 2024 on GOtv

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We are at the midpoint of the year, a good time to look at the best moments of our 2024 sporting calendar so far. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for football fans who passionately follow their favourite football clubs. While events unravelled in the football world, there were also notable historic moments in other sports during this period. Let’s relive some of the top moments shared together on GOtv in the last few months and take a look at what’s still to come this year.United and City pick up vital wins: In what is arguably the most surprising plot twist in the football script for the season, Manchester United defied the odds by beating their bitter rivals, Manchester City, to win their 13th FA Cup title. A week earlier, City had just set a Premier League record for winning 4 League titles in a row; a record that was previously held by United at 3 titles on the trot. After a keenly contested season, Pep Guardiola’s men beat West Ham 3-1 on the final day of the season to clinch the title ahead of Arsenal to make Premier League history.Birth of a star at GOtv Boxing Night 31: While the football world continued to serve its entertainment, a new star was born in the Nigerian boxing scene. At the 31st edition of GOtv Boxing Night held on May 1, 16-year-old Raheem “Badoo” Animashaun, emerged the best boxer of the night, taking home a cash prize of N1 million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy. He defeated an experienced opponent, Samuel “Apataroro” Moses, in a match that was broadcast live on GOtv in over 50 African countries. When Ademola Lookman made history: A handful of Super Eagles stars have won European titles at club level, but none of them stole the show on the big night like Lookman did during the 2024 Europa League final. It was a night of mixed reactions for millions of Nigerian football fans as Lookman became the first player in Europa League/UEFA Cup history to score a hat-trick in the final. As the saying goes in the football world “the streets will never forget” that performance. On the other hand, Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella had to settle for silver medals with their Leverkusen team – their first and only loss of the entire football season.Crowning of The New Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: WrestleMania 40, the biggest event in the wrestling calendar year, held on April 6- 7, live on GOtv. The main fight saw Cody Rhodes defeat Roman Reigns in a Bloodline Rules match, to win SmackDown’s Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. GOtv customers also enjoyed the emotional celebration that followed, as Rhodes was joined on stage by his mother, his wife Brandi Rhodes, Randy Orton, Triple H, CM Punk, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, LA Knight, Cena, Rollins, Bruce Prichard and Triple H. UCL Final: At the climax of the season, GOtv customers enjoyed the biggest match in European club football, as Champions League royalty club, Real Madrid, claimed their 15th UCL title courtesy of a hard-fought 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Still to Come: Club football season has ended, but football fest continues on GOtv. Stay connected to share more sporting moments with the Euros set to begin on the 14th of June and the Olympics in July, where our medal hopefuls like Tobi Amusan and the Super Falcons gear up for Gold in Paris. The Olympics will smoothly pass the baton of sports entertainment back as the European football season will kick off almost immediately.Download MyGOtv app or dial *288# to subscribe, reconnect or upgrade your package. You can also download the GOtv Stream app for nonstop sporting action.

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