Antonio Canto, Vice President, Regional Adsales, Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA), CNN International, on Friday night said that CNN is proud of the feats attained by Glo-sponsored African Voices TV magazine programme since it hit the airwaves in 2009.
Canto made this remark at a cocktail dinner held for the stakeholders of the popular programme proudly sponsored by Nigeria's information and communications technology provider, Globacom at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island Lagos.
His words: “We are incredibly proud of African Voices. It has been one of our flagship shows for and about the African continent since 2009. Earlier this year, we gave the show a new look with Keturah King at the helm to uncover the continent’s most dazzling trendsetters in the areas of travel, fashion, art, music, technology and architecture."
He said that as a mark of CNN’s renewed commitment to Africa, it has revamped Glo African Voices with the support of its valuable partner, Globacom.”
“The way people get their news is changing. Africa is changing. And CNN is here to cover and celebrate that change. We thank Globacom for helping us to fulfill that promise through its continued support for Glo African Voices,” Canto said.
Both organisations, Globacom and the world's leading news channel, CNN International used the event to reaffirm their commitment to promoting African growth and development through their strategic collaboration.
Top officials of the two prominent organisations spoke of the need to promote ideas that can galvanise the continent to realise its full potentials at the cocktail party.
Canto opined that as other manifestations of CNN’s commitment to Africa, the organization now has five weekly programming strands about Africa, plus news coverage and online, mobile and social media content.
Similarly, Bola Ogundogba, Sales Director, Enterprise Glo 1 in a statement on behalf of Globacom said the company's support for CNN African Voices stems from the fact that it is one of the few television programmes that hold a tremendous promise of profoundly impacting the continent by playing the valuable role of galvanizing and motivating the people of the continent to aspire to greatness.
“CNN International, through African Voices, celebrates the achievements of individuals who are shaping the continent of Africa through their creativity, diligence, doggedness and vision, among many other noble qualities. Aside from the inspiration they provide, these are the types of stories we need to share about Africa,” she said, adding that this was why Globacom decided to offer exclusive sponsorship to African Voices since 2010.
“The programme speaks to our ‘unlimited’ philosophy. The stars of CNN African Voices are individuals who have weathered impossible storms and beaten all the odds to achieve excellence. This aligns with a core value of Globacom, which is the ‘Never say die’ attitude.
"At Globacom, we have absolute faith in the continent. We are always eager to offer our support to any initiative that adds value to the lives of Africans and contributes to the development of the continent,” she said.
The night of high octane social interactions held at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island was attended by many top officials of the two organisations and dignitaries from all walks of life including top executives of notable organizations.