Date: 22 November 2012Category: News 8230 views
The Millenium Excellence Foundation (MEF) announced this week that it will bestow a Lifetime African Achievement Prize (LAAP) for Media Development in Africa to the Executive Chairman of MultiChoice South Africa Group Holdings, Nolo Letele. The prize will be awarded to him during a ceremony to be held at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya on 15 December 2012.
The Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize is awarded to individuals who have selflessly devoted themselves to bring about change in the lives of Africans within the last decade. Change that impacts communities and that significantly enhances the lives of the people for a better future.
After a local and international research and assessment is conducted by a group of highly learned citizens of Africa, a distinguished list of persons are selected. The Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize Laureates are then nominated from a short list.
Other 2012 LAAP recipients are the late President of Ghana, Profession John Mills for Peace, Democratic Governance and Development; Mohammed El Baradei of Egypt for Scientific Research in Africa; Dr Mohammed Ibrahim from Sudan for Action for Africa and the President of Uganda, HE Yoweri Museveni for National Building and African Leadership.
Past recipients of the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize include Desmond Tutu and Cyril Ramaphosa from South Africa; Dr Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations; James Wolfensohn former President of the World Bank in the USA and Wole Soyinka (Nobel laureate) for literature.
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About Nolo Letele
Nolo Letele is currently Executive Chairman, MultiChoice South Africa Holdings, a group with subsidiaries that include DStv, M-Net, SuperSport, M-Web and Digital Media Sales. He has been in this role since October 2010, prior to which he was at the helm of the same company as Group Chief Executive Officer for a period of 12 years.
Named Media Man of the Year in 2001 (Saturday Star - Business Report), and Media Owner of the Year in 2003 (Financial Mail Adfocus), Nolo has steered the group through a number of important achievements, notably interactive television, the dual view decoder and the personal video recorder. Other milestones include successfully positioning the DStv offering for growth in the emerging black market. In 2004, Nolo was awarded the prestigious Phil Weber Award. This is Naspers's highest award recognizing significant contribution to the group over a period of time.
During the early nineties, Nolo pioneered MultiChoice's expansion into the rest of Africa, establishing joint venture operations in several African countries. In 1995 he lived in Ghana for a period of four years, where he served as General Manager responsible for West Africa. In 1998 he was appointed General Manager responsible for Africa (outside SA) where he continued to drive business and subscriber growth. Today MultiChoice boasts subscribers in 50 African countries.
MultiChoice, via its subsidiary, SuperSport in partnership with local sporting leagues, has broadened coverage of sport and enhanced the level of sport broadcasting and administration. SuperSport currently broadcasts national soccer leagues in 7 countries, namely Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia. M-Net's investment in local African content ensures a growing feeder pipeline of quality original productions. Currently 7 Africa Magic channels are broadcast on DStv across the continent including 3 specialist language channels in Swahili, Yoruba and Hausa.
MultiChoice recently launched digital terrestrial television services in Namibia, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and will soon launch in Ghana. The offering comprises a package of channels under the brandGOtv, which has proved to be very popular and has expedited the migration from analogue to digital television in these countries.
About the Millennium Excellence Foundation
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