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New Documentary Tells the Story of the Media Visionary Nolo Letele’s a media visionary who played a pivotal role in shaping Africa’s Broadcasting Industry

Harnessing the power of possibility to help Africa claim its space in the global broadcasting industry is the subject of Yes To Impossible: The Nolo Letele Story, a documentary about the life of former MultiChoice Group Executive Chairperson NoloLetele.
The documentary shows how growing up in an era where the spirit of independence was sweeping across Africa shaped Letele’s vision for the continent to have its own voice – and how he worked tirelessly to realise that vision.

Tospeak of the growth of the African broadcast media industry is tospeak of the result of Nolo’sendeavours, passion for African storytelling and relentless commitment to excellence.

After studying electronic engineering at the University of Southampton, and later becoming a chartered engineer,Nolo Letele applied for jobs inSouth Africa -only to find there were hardly any jobs for a black electronics graduate back in 1974.He ended up working for Lesotho National Broadcasting Service, a small radio station and subsequently played amajor role in starting the first TV station in Lesotho in conjunction with M-Net in 1988.

Having established his credentials, he was then asked to join M-Net in 1990 – he describes it as “being thrown in the deep end” – by then-Naspers CEO Koos Bekker to help build DStv into the juggernaut it is today. In spite of South Africa’s image during those apartheid years, Letele succeeded in pioneering MultiChoice’s expansion into the rest of Africa, and in 1995 went on to serve in Ghana as West African regional general manager.He returned home when he was appointed chief executive of MultiChoice South Africa a few years later.

In 1999, he was appointed as MultiChoice Group chief executive until 2010, when he was appointed executive chair of the MultiChoice South Africa Holdings board, a position he held for 11 years. He became a non-executive director of MultiChoice Group Limited after the company was spun out of Naspers and listed independently on the JSE.

Letele received several awards during his tenure at MultiChoice, including a Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize for Media Development in Africa; the Naspers Phil Weber Award; and the Black Business Executive Circle Chairman’s Award.

“I’m proud to have helped connect Africa to the world and give the continent a voice,” says Letele. “MultiChoice’s reach is unparalleled in Africa and it has given the people of Africa the opportunity to tell their own stories in their own languages. We have grown industries, created jobs and contributed meaningfully to economic growth across the continent – it’s something I hold very dear as the realization of a vision I had over 35 years ago when I joined a small Pay-TV business in South Africa”.

The documentary will premire for Ethiopian’s on Abol Duka (Thourday June 13th and 14th 2024 at 08:30 PM ) and M-Net Channels (premiering on 13th June 2024 Thoursday at 9፡00 PM and re-run Friday 14th of June 2024 at 09:00 AM),

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