Artwork for the Nigerian Festival pop-up channel

The holiday season is officially here and MultiChoice Africa is getting into the festive spirit with the launch of a second pop-up channel on the heels of Hoolee, a fun children’s holiday channel that went live on 1 December on DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact packages.

From Friday 4 December until Saturday 2 January 2016, all DStv customers will be treated to the Nigerian Festivals pop-up channel, which is dedicated to showcasing four Nigerian music festivals.

Customers on DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Access packages will get a front-row view of Nigeria’s hottest music festivals from the comfort of their own homes on channel 198.

The festival extravaganza will kick off with an exciting coverage of The Experience Music and Worship Gospel Concert from Friday 4 December until Saturday 5 December. Billed as "the most awaited gospel music concert in the whole of Africa", the 10th edition of The Experience is anticipated to be a grand one with some big name ministers like Sonnie Badu, Don Moen, Sammie Okposo, Micah Stampley, Chioma Jesus, Midnight Crew and LMGC due to bring their ministries to the crowd. DStv customers will get an opportunity to enjoy the gospel music concert alongside the 600 000 worshippers expected to attend the concert in Lagos, Nigeria.

Then from Saturday 19 December to Monday 21 December, the channel will cover the seventh edition of the Akwa Ibom Christmas Concert. Last year, viewers watched as the Akwa Ibom State Choir broke the Guinness world record for the largest number of Christmas carol singers in the world with its 25 272 member-choral group! Can they top last year’s record-breaking performance? Stay tuned to the channel to see just what the choir has up their sleeves.

From Saturday 26 December until Thursday 31 December, the pop-up channel will air the 11th anniversary of "Africa’s Biggest Street Party", the Calabar Grand Carnival, which takes place on the streets of the Cross River State. Once again, customers will get to enjoy a musical concert featuring top Nigerian artists plus a dazzling parade of colourful costumes, creative dance moves, elaborate floats and imaginative interpretations of this year’s theme Celebration Time.  

The on-screen festivities will culminate in the Lagos Countdown to the New Year from Thursday 31 December until Saturday 2 January 2016 where viewers will join the city of Lagos as it counts down to 2016 with a massive concert featuring the hottest Nigerian artists and a spectacular fireworks display. Last year saw over 200 000 people gather to usher in the New Year with a series of exhilarating musical performances from some of Nigeria’s biggest names such as 2Face, D’Banj, Wizkid, MI, Seyi Shay, Omawumi, Patoranking, and more. This year is expected to be even bigger and better and our customers will have an all-access pass to watch the festivities on their screens.

The Nigerian Festivals pop-up channel will go live on channel 198 on Friday 4 December until Saturday 2 January 2016 to all DStv customers on DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact, DStv Family and DStv Access.