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Content creators! Apply for Comexposed & British Council’s Scripts and Bars project

Comexposed supported by Kay Media Africa, British Council and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation invites digital content creators and storytellers (writers, animators, illustrators, videographers, music producers, app and web developers) to apply to participate in an exciting project called Scripts and Bars, a Music and Literature Digital Content Creation Project. The first phase […]

Diaspora, Shurugwi, content creation & more with King Kandoro

I was joined Uk-based comedian Mukudzei “King” Kandoro Majoni to talk about his recently concluded stand up tour the Prodigal Son. We also talked about, the rigours of life in Zimbabwe, how his diaspora experience is going, stealing twenty-five dollars that were meant for school fees and more. You can listen to or download the […]

Soccer bundle, an affordable way to consume soccer news and results on the internet

Soccer 24, Zimbabwe’s largest dedicated football/soccer publication has introduced an affordable way for fans to access information about the game they love so much. Currently, the Soccer Bundle is available for Econet subscribers only. Subscribers who buy this bundle get access to the website which is a data free version of Soccer 24. How […]

King Kandoro Prodigal Son Review: e-passports, Nick Mangwana & more

UK-based Zimbabwean comedian Mukudzei Kandoro Majoni aka King Kandoro returned home for his Prodigal Son Tour which concluded in Harare on Christmas Eve. This was my first time attending stand up comedy locally and I can’t say I was disappointed. The opening act, Munya was pretty funny, I particularly liked the bucket bathing jokes and […]

ZBC’s new channels: Great for local content but DStv & OpenView have a sizable gap

Last week we reported on the six new channels that were operational in the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) digital television migration. This, for whatever reason, was something the ZBC was oddly quiet about. One would assume that a landmark moment like this, which was long overdue, was something that the national broadcasting authority would shout […]

Magamba launches The Hustle Fund to support media startups and creatives

Magamba Network has announced that it is launching The Hustle Fund, a way to fund content creators and media startups. This development follows the Content Creators Startup Week which was hosted by Magamba Network, Open Parly and Moto Republik. Below is the statement put out by Magamba Network on The Hustle Fund: This year we […]

Check out Afrotopia, a Harare-based co-working space for creatives

Enthuse Afrika is a collective of digital communications collective that has a slew of services from video production all the way to web designing. The group comprises young writers, journalists, videographers and content creators who use the internet to tell stories about African experiences, brands and people through publications, digital skills training, consultancy and collaborations. […]

So… ZBC was serious about digital TV channels, six are already on the air

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has for the longest time promised a digital television migration, stretching back to the days when Supa Mandiwanzira was Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services. Digital TV was not a Zimbabwean ambition alone, many other countries in SADC and across the globe made the pledge to move from […]

Gateway Stream launches a fantastic way for influencers to make money on the platform

Local super app Gateway Stream has continued its artist/creator focus model by offering influencers a way of monetising their brands by earning commissions on the platform. As I am sure you are all aware, Zimbabwe has influencers who have reached the 1 million views/followers mark and beyond. However, there is still a gap in terms […]

ZBC suffers power outage disrupting radio & television programming

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has, in a tweet, notified the nation that it has suffered a power outage at its Pockets Hill Broadcasting Centre. The Tweet from the ZBC on the power ZESA outage reads as follows: The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation would like to inform all valued stakeholders that its Pockets Hill Broadcasting Centre […]

Not even YouTube co-founder was fan of removing dislike counter, looks like it’s back

They are smoking the strong stuff over at YouTube HQ. For some reason they came out and announced they would be removing the dislike counter on videos. They said we would still be able to dislike videos, just that we wouldn’t be able to tell how many other people had disliked it too. Only the […]

The top 12 local content creators selected at this year’s startup week

The Content Creators Network ZW (Content ZW) Startup Week is in full swing and here are the finalists: Samanthat Mutirori Nkosikhona Dibiti Mark Matambirofa Lemuel Chekai Farai Mudzingwa Denzel Sambo Benjamin Chipfurutse Munashe Chokodza Leo Munende Trevor Sagota Raymond Zarurai Richard Mugobo The chosen few went through a series of mentoring sessions and masterclasses and will […]

New Twitter Spaces update basically makes it an online radio platform

Twitter Spaces, the platform that dethroned Clubhouse, is now going to be available to non-Twitter users. This means that you can send a Twitter Spaces link to that one friend (we all have one) who for whatever reason doesn’t want or have a Twitter account. have friends not on Twitter? that's weird but now you […]

Local filmmakers! the ZIFF has a US$500 short film competition

The Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) has announced two short film competitions both with a first-place prize of US$500. Smartphone short film competition The first is a smartphone challenge that is running under the theme “My Heritage” and is open to anyone between the ages of 14 to 34. Entrants must shoot a short film […]

Applications for US$10,000 content creators startup week are now open

The Content Creators Network ZW (Content ZW) wishes to announce its inaugural Content Creators Startup Week set to run from 8th – 12th November at Moto Republik in Harare. During the week, there will be a number of exciting activities which include pitch competitions, networking events and media-related training. Media innovators with start-up ideas will […]

Altar, a platform for homegrown Christian content

Churches have had to adapt to the pressures of the pandemic much like every other community in the world. We have seen many congregations move services online either in Zoom meetings or on Facebook and YouTube live streams. Even though restrictions have been relaxed the utility of online platforms has remained and a local SA-based […]

Here’s how much Gateway Stream pays local content creators

So… a little while ago, Gateway Stream announced that it was hosting Wadiwa Wepa Moyo on its platform before episodes go live on YouTube. When we jumped on to see the “exclusive” launch we were a little underwhelmed by the onboarding process and the experience in general. The issues were much the same as the […]

YouTube has cancelled Rewind for good

YouTube Rewind at one point was a way for creators on the platform to look back on the year. In the early days, it featured prominent creators and people generally liked it. But as the years wore on it became something of a “commercial” thing and the viewers were not happy. Some quarters on the […]

Forget TV and the internet. Radio is how you reach Zimbabweans

As a Zimbabwean living in an urban area I find I always overestimate the usage of the internet. It is quite entertaining watching trolls from the different political parties duke it out on Twitter. The noise Twitter users make is quite astounding. To the mind, it feels like everyone is participating in this discourse. That […]

Wadiwa Wepamoyo Season 2 on Gateway Streams, it’s Jah Prayzah all over again…

Wadiwa Wepamoyo Season 2 dropped today on Gateway Stream, the same platform that Jah Prayzah dropped his album exclusively a little while ago. And it looks like the problems that plagued the latter’s rollout affected Wadiwa Wepamoyo but with the added dimension of video. You can listen to or download the podcast with the link […]

Two Zimbos chosen for MultiChoice’s Talent Factory Academy 2021

Yvonne Feresu and Chimwemwe Chipidza have been selected among 60 aspiring filmmakers for the 2021 edition of the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy. The two will undergo a year’s training at the MTF hub in Lusaka, Zambia. “We are thrilled that two Zimbabweans will be among the students of 2021-2022 and they follow four other […]

Comic Pastor makes Old Mutual US$25K Challenge Top 25

Old Mutual has announced the Top 25 of its Value Creation Challenge (VCC) for 2021. The challenge is a partnership between Eight2Five Initiative (Old Mutual’s Hub), and The British Council that was created to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe. Of all the entrants into the competition, the following have made it into the […]

More pressure for DStv, Disney+ is coming to SA

In last week’s Quarter 3 earnings call, Bob Chapek, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company said that his company’s streaming service will be launching in South Africa next year. Sadly for Zimbabweans, he said South Africa might be the only African country to initially get the service. Has that ever stopped us though? The […]

Can free satellite TV services like OpenView get an operating licence in Zim?

Free-to-air satellite service OpenView yesterday said that it would start blocking decoders that are outside of South Africa. The reason they cited was that they are only licenced to operate in SA. OpenView also said that it would be expanding to other African countries at a later date which we assume will mean that it […]

OpenView is missing an opportunity here

There is the famous fable of how an opportunist steals a glass of water from under the noses of a pessimist and optimistic while they are busy arguing about who is right. I think it applies perfectly to the issue of OpenView attempting to block decoders being used outside Zimbabwe. People, including OpenView themselves, are […]

OpenView to start blocking decoders that are outside South Africa

Popular free-to-air satellite TV provider OpenView which offers a range of channels like eTV, SABC, France 24 and more is going to be blocking decoders that are outside South Africa. Chatter of this surfaced on WhatsApp and we reached out to Openview to verify the messages that were circulating and this is the response we […]

Uncle Sho might be gone but his legacy will live on

Shona Ferguson the South African actor, producer, director and business mogul died on 30 July 2021. While initial news articles blamed his demise on complications brought about by some complicated operation it later came out that he had succumbed to COVID-19. He might have died but his legacy will live on. You should really checkout […]

Why YouTubers are always nagging you to subscribe to their channel

If you know someone who creates content, chances are they are always trying to hawk their content on you. “Listen to my new song”, “watch my video” or “subscribe to my YouTube channel”, one of many phrases you’ve probably heard before. It’s pretty easy to understand, how listening to a new song or watching a […]

Van Choga understands the internet better than your favourite artists

Valentine Choga (more commonly known as Van Choga) has been described as many things. Mad man. Eccentric. Clown. What I haven’t seen is many people describe him as smart or brave — which I genuinely believe he is. In fact, I believe Van Choga understands the internet better than most artists in the music business […]

Britbox is coming to South Africa next week Friday

In February of this year, we learnt that the popular streaming platform BritBox would be available to South Africans, which almost certainly means some Zimbos will have access too. South Africa will be the fifth country to get the nod after the United States, Canada, Australia and of course the United Kingdom itself. We now […]