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BBC World Service and MTN Nigeria have partnered to deliver BBC News Minute bulletins, free of charge to subscribers of the MyMTN App in English, Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin, and Yoruba.

This is the first time an international news organisation will feature in the MyMTN App.

BBC News Minute is the BBC’s 60-second news round-up that keeps audiences across different demographics up to date with what is trending and shared on social media as well as the latest local and global news – updated at regular intervals 24 hours a day seven days a week. It will showcase the latest news in sport, tech, entertainment, science, and more to the BBC’s number one audience in Africa – Nigeria.

Audiences will be able to enjoy on-demand BBC News Minute at various intervals during the day and night.

The partnership will serve Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin, and Yoruba audiences looking for curated short-form news and bring BBC Minute in local languages to the fingertips of customers in Nigeria.

With the increase in fake news across Nigeria and the African media landscape, this partnership will ensure that MTN customers receive accurate and verified news from the BBC.

MTN Nigeria is Africa’s largest provider of communications services, connecting over 64 million people in communities across the country with each other and the world. It has established an active community on the myMTN app with over four million monthly active users.

Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, Head of West Africa Languages, BBC World Service says: “This partnership with MTN is at the core of the BBC’s commitment to reaching audiences wherever they may be. It is one of the ways in which the BBC is demonstrating its commitment to Nigeria and we are thrilled about this new engagement with young audiences in this country.”

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Also speaking on the partnership, Chief Digital Officer, MTN Nigeria, Srinivas Rao says: “We are proud of this partnership. It is one of the ways we offer young Nigerians more channels to consume relevant information. In an era where fake news spread easily especially through social media, credible platforms like this make a lot of difference.”

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