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NTA’s next move


One would wonder why a TV network with so much infrastructure and geographical coverage would consistently produce very poor quality images and TV programmes. Over the years, there have been a series of broadcast studio design upgrades, management changes. However, it takes more than these actions to transform this once great establishment. We have seen new TV stations with lesser amounts of resources providing better quality of TV programming and images but NTA still remains at the back of the pack. As things stand, Nigeria’s national TV channel cannot be compared to its international counterparts like SABC, BBC.

Problem: Poor quality of TV productions by NTA

Beneficiary: NTA,

Proposed by: Tomi Orunmuyi

Idea Status: Pitch

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 With the new wave of technological advancements in TV broadcast systems, good quality camera systems are now affordable to a large extent. This is why TV stations such as Ebonylife TV and london live UK are able to produce high quality images with equipment that cost less than what larger media establishments like BBC would require. In my view, NTA needs to follow the path of these smaller TV stations that make do with cheaper TV equipment and over time build up to acquire higher costing TV broadcasting equipment.


Studio design: NTA’s current studio designs look like they don’t have enough space; it seems really small compared to the image below. An effective and commonly used design is the use of see-through glass with an office overview like the RT news picture above. This may require a remake of the office layout but it is totally worth it.


Lighting: This goes beyond pointing a set of lights at the presenter. LED DMX controlled studio lighting is quite affordable.

Studio Cameras: I personally think this is one of the major sources of NTA’s poor picture quality. HD broadcast cameras and lenses are very expensive, however, there are cheap solutions- if money is a problem. For instance, Blackmagic recently released cheap broadcast cameras (under $2,000)that can operate with Camera Control Unit, talk back systems, etc. The camera below shoot in 4k, ultraHD resolution!


Lenses under $5,000 will provide very good quality

Others accesories like a Cranes- even if it is a cheap one, dolly movements add to the quality of production

Ebonylife TV and London live tv are TV channels that use DSLRs alot. DSLRs are cheap and affordable and produce great quality.

1000-Nikon-D4-London-Live-MRMC-Robotics-5_1403888195a fully rigged up dslr with a robotic operator.

Sound: They obviously need a new sound solution, you can constantly hear a buzz during the live broadcasts. And the production of the reports are terrible. No standards, with different audio levels, of reports, etc. A $5,000 audio solution will solve that issue.

Graphics/ special effects:Below par for NTA, considering the fact that there are tons of graphic designer contractors in Nigeria. A channel like Soundcity always produce great graphics made by Nigerians in Nigeria. What is NTA’s problem then? are they plain stubborn or ignorant. NTA really needs to re-brand its colors.

Video mixer: This needs to be as good as the quality of camera footage going into the device. Blackmagic again has a 4K switcher. which will do wonders for under $8,000.


Others are Streaming solutions (Encoding), Broadcast Converters, cabling, power, networking equipment, rack mounts and casings, which are readily available and not too expensive.

With about $150,000 or 30 Million Naira, all the items above can be purchased providing production that will be comparable with SABC. However, this is largely dependent on the skills presented by the production team.
Staff upgrade is therefore essential. One or 2 experienced hands in various areas of speciality will be adequate with proper structures for knowledge transfer and training. Fortunately these professionals: cinematographers, video editors,  special FX desingers, are readily available in Nigeria. Alot of them work on music videos and advertisements within the TV production industry. Also, there are a lot of Nigerians abroad with vast experience in TV broadcasting.
For an all round solution, it would be needed to upgrade all other cameras used by on field reporters to DSLRs. I am almost certain that some NTA stations use cameras that use tape! DSLRs are not so expensive. and adequate training is also essential as it has come to be attention that some of the NTA camera men shoot using auto settings!
Please note that the TV transmitters are left out of this pitch.

Full impact potential: Better TV production quality, increased viewership

Funding: NTA

Marketplace: TV Production

Other interesting facts:

NTA and Startimes have a joint venture.


Capture1Chroma keying at its worst: courtesy of NTA

Written by: Tomi Orunmuyi

Studio Tinapa


Tinapa resort has huge potentials of becoming a major cash cow if transformed into Africa’s Largest Outdoor Studio. Nigeria’s Nollywood produces about 200 films every week; however one could state that it is more of a quantity over quality situation. Learning from China’s Hengdian World Studios which is currently the world’s largest outdoor studio, the viability of such a project is extremely high in comparison to Tinapa remaining as a business resort.

Problem: AMCON’s plan to revive the Tinapa Resort project has a HIGH possibility of failure.

Beneficiary: AMCON, Nollywood

Proposed by: Tomi Orunmuyi

Idea Status: Pitch



Firstly, let me state reasons why I think reviving the Tinapa Resort project will fail.

  1. Ease of access: The lack of Transport infrastructure such as high speed railway and good roads reduces chances of getting the desired patronage from Nigerians.
  2. Location: It is not exactly the best location for a business resort. It is far from the business hub of Nigeria, Lagos. In fact, it is even closer to Cameroon’s business hub, Douala.
  3. Competition: It would need to compete with other affordable options like Dubai. A typical Nigerian would rather spend a holiday or enrol in a business course in Dubai than Tinapa. Also, with Eko atlantic city and Lekki Free Trade zone around the corner, the Tinapa dream will be short lived.

In the case for a Film studio, a unique payoff is introduced into the equation and this changes things significantly. Sorry to say but the major advantage Tinapa Resort has going for it at the moment is sentimental attachment.



AMCON has revealed its plans to invest an additional N26 billion into the Tinapa Resort project. This amount of money will go a long way if invested into transforming Tinapa Resort into a Film Studio. AMCON will simply be taking advantage of the high number of film making activities in Nigeria. Not to forget the vibrant music industry that churns out music videos every single day. The market already exists within Nigeria; a studio will only consolidate all the different efforts driven by the private sector. There are no large film studios in this part of Africa, so you can be certain of getting patronage from clients in the neighbouring African countries. The investment can go toward the following areas:

  1. Tinapa Film School: A well equipped film school modeled after top film schools such as NY film school in the U.S. It is strongly recommended that experienced foreign hands are employed for training/courses related to technical aspects of filmmaking.
  2. Film equipment: Equipment for renting within the facilities such as cameras, lights, sound equipment (for both indie and huge filmmakers).
  3. Film sets: This aspect is very important and needs to comprise of attractive sets depicting replicas of structures like Aso rock (presidential villa), old Lagos Island streets (1970s, 1980s), ancient cities (Oyo empire, Benin wall, Queen Amina’s Zaria ), Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo Villages. The stores in the current Tinapa Resort can be converted to house sets for fancy apartments, executive offices, lounges, clubs, churches, mosques, kitchens, and so on; the list is endless!
  4. Props: Provision of high grade prop guns, costumes and cars.
  5. Other facilities such as Editing suites, green screens.

To get the word around, a moderate budget movie can be produced using the installed facilities. When subsequent movies become successes, one can expect to have more revenue from tours.


Full impact potential: This will create a new dimension to film making in Nigeria. With affordable prices, filmmakers will be able to access facilities that they would normally find difficult to access. This will create an array of job opportunities for Calabar residents as there will be a need for technical staff and film extras.


Funding: AMCON, and possibly a Public Private Partnership arrangement

Marketplace: Film, Television & Entertainment

Other interesting facts:

Ebony Life Television is situated in Tinapa studio.

[Images below were taken from Hollywood’s Universal studios]


Written by: Tomi Orunmuyi