Featured photo:MTN Uganda’s Manager Digital Services, Onyait Odeke at the premiere of Anandi and Girls’ Empire movies on Kibanda Xpress over the weekend
- Kibanda Xpress has today debuted two box office movies produced by members of the Association of Core Film Producers commonly known as Pearlwood.
- The channel, created by MTN Uganda in partnership with Pearlwood with the goal of boosting the local film industry is hosted on the YoTV Channels mobile application
- Kibanda Xpress is a manifestation of the potential impact of digitization in the film industry.
Friday, 10th September 2021: MTN Uganda’s video on demand channel, Kibanda Xpress has today debuted another two box office movies produced by members of the Association of Core Film Producers trading as Pearlwood.
Anandi and Girls’ Empire 2 are the newest additions to MTN’s Kibanda Xpress which is a channel hosted on the mobile application, YoTV channels.
Produced by: El-Shiraj Mousa, Anandi is a thriller about a delusional girl who terrorizes the entire village forcing them to unite in a fight against her and the occultist goddess of Melimel.
On the other hand, Namatovu Aisha, the producer of Girls’ empire 2 focused the thriller on the quest of a widow to save abused and convicted women following her conviction for the murder of her husband.
Speaking during the premier of the movies at national theatre, MTN Uganda’s Manager Digital Services, Onyait Odeke said that MTN hopes to leverage its knowledge and insights garnered over the years towards the growth of the local film industry.
“We know that TV is no longer stationed at home but rather in the palm of people’s hands and it is against this knowledge that MTN with its partners, Pearlwood and YoTv partners birthed Kibanda Xpress,” he said.
However, cognizant of the current economic conditions, MTN sought to make the service affordable while ensuring returns for the film industry by subsidizing the cost of viewing a movie.
MTN subsidized the cost of viewing local movies by allowing customers using Kibanda Xpress to watch a film at only UGX1,000 for a 24hour period.
“There are millions of devices in Uganda. If we got all our friends and family to download YoTV channels app and each bought one movie, we would have enough to support the different players in the ecosystem,” he added.
In his remarks, the Chief Guest, Patrick Sekijjema, CEO Sekispice (U) Ltd and enthusiast of locally made products, applauded MTN for its efforts in promoting the local film industry.
He said digitizing the film industry is timely especially since the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic which paralyzed the entertainment industry.
“Digitising the film industry is the only way to go and it came at the right time of the pandemic when most of our entertainment centres were closed. We acknowledge that the pandemic is not about to end so we expect that in the next few years, Kibanda Xpress will have penetrated the masses even further,” he said.
While making UGX5million purchase for the movies, Sekijjema committed to further extend his support to the local film industry.
A PwC report revealed that Nigeria’s film industry is globally recognized as the second largest film producer in the world which contributed 2.3% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016.
According to UNESCO, with the cultural and creative industries sector representing USD2,250 billion of the global economy (3% GDP) and contributing to almost 30 million jobs worldwide, Uganda has a lot to gain from developing its creative economy.
To watch a movie on Kibanda Xpress, customers can simply follow these steps:
• Step1: Download and install the YoTV Channels app from Playstore and Apple Appstore.
• Step2: Sign Up and login with your number then Select Kibanda Xpress (VOD). You will be given a 30-day free trial on the YoTV Channels app if you are first time user.
• Step3: Browse and select the Movie of your choice then follow prompts to complete payment