Yanga! A New Afro-Centric TV Channel Launches Free-To-Air On UK’s Freesat
Yanga! is the newly launched lifestyle entertainment channel targeted at the African diaspora audiences, and is now available as a free-to-air Channel on UK’s Freesat. Yanga! Is a Nigerian English Pidgin word interpreted 'Pride' or 'Flamboyance'. The word is also in use across Western Africa.
The Managing Director, of Africa Media Works (parent company of the Yanga! Channel), Ms Lindsey Oliver, said channel aims to celebrate the diverse culture of Africans living in the diaspora, especially in the UK. "Yanga will be a platform to tell stories of incredible Africans who are doing the continent proud with their creativity. These stories will always be narrated to empower our audience," she said.
Oliver added that the African culture is widespread both in the UK and other countries. Creative people are infusing the African element in movies, music, fashion, food, art, designs, even in architecture. This fact is there for all to see. Through Yanga! we want to shine a light on Africa's best talents who are entertainers, musicians and comedians.
Oliver spoke of the team’s delight at the launch of Yanga! and believed it will be an excellent platform for Africans in the UK because of the variety of original contents it will provide and the value it will create it in the community. The Managing Director of Freesat UK, Mr Alistair Thom said they were delighted to have Yanga! on board because of Freesat’s commitment to offering rich contents to its viewers.
As part of its programming, the channel will be including an original comedy series titled 'Number 6', including 'stand-up' filmed at London's Top Secret Comedy Club. Mansour Bellow a "Youtube sensation" will be the host of the new comedy series which will air on Friday nights at 9 pm.
Some other contents include stand-up comedy performances from top comedians including Funmbi Omotayo. The TV channel also promises its audience access to behind the scenes, pranks, jokes and no-holds-barred interviews.