EbonyLife TV

Broadcast on: DStv
Active from: 01 Jul 2013
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EbonyLife TV is a Nigerian, Pan-African satellite television channel broadcast in South Africa and Africa on the DStv network and aimed at youth aged 18 to 34, which offers original and inspiring content that cuts across different genres from Reality to Talk, Drama, Entertainment, Food, Lifestyle, Teleshopping, News, Magazine, Sports, Music, Politics, Religion and Comedy.


DStv: Channel 165
Bouquet: Premium, Compact Plus, Compact


576i SDTV (16:9 letterbox)
HD 1920X1080 pro Res 422 HQ and two channel audio at -20 dbm


EbonyLife TV launched to DStv customers in 44 countries in West, East and Central Africa on 1 July, 2013 and to DStv customers in Southern Africa (including South Africa) on 10 September, 2014.

Since its launch in July 2013, EbonyLife TV has gained prominence as Africa's first global black entertainment and lifestyle channel, delivering a fresh energy and a new perspective to audiences across Africa.

EbonyLife TV is aimed at youth aged 18 to 34, and offers over 1000 hours of original and inspiring content that cuts across different genres – from Reality to Talk, Drama, Entertainment, Food, Lifestyle, Teleshopping, News, Magazine, Sports, Music, Politics, Religion and Comedy.

EbonyLife TV is a subsidiary of Media and Entertainment City Africa (MEC Africa) located in Tinapa, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

When the channel launched in South Africa in September 2014, it offered the following content:


Dramas on the channel include An African City, the story of five young ladies who decide to return home to Africa. In Dowry, two feuding families are being forced to an uneasy truce by the impending marriage of their children until the groom disappears five hours to the wedding.

In Learning Curves, five first year students at The Providence University in Abuja who have come from different backgrounds and with varying perceptions about life on campus are forced to live together, against their better choices, as part of the school's research programme. As the quest for power heightens, the search for love increases as the need for acceptance deepens.

Shuga is a hard-hitting drama that follows the lives, loves and ambitions of a group of young people whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife edge due to their love of living dangerously.

Intrigue meets action meets suspense in Married to the Game when Gloria marries Dr. Vincent Coker in a bid to appease her father, who is unhappy because of her total lack of interest in becoming a doctor and inheriting his hospital.


There is no shortage of entertainment and showbiz with EL Now providing daily entertainment news, featuring the hottest global black happenings, latest celebrity buzz, African success stories and all things 'Africana Cool' across music, movies, TV, fashion, beauty, design and the arts.

Calabar Festivals brings all the fascinating reasons why Cross River State is the number one tourist destination in Africa, as well as the home of many mesmeric festivals happening each year - from Jazz to dance and music, the biggest of them all being The Calabar Carnival.


The Xtra is a magazine format that offers interesting peeks into the lives of some of the brightest stars and pioneers from the Global Back world, be it in music, film and entertainment. These stars reveal compelling and surprising insights about their lives that have never been seen or heard before.

VVIP Events has coverage of varieties of corporate and social events, including weddings, birthdays, product launches, award ceremonies and concerts. The show even goes behind the scenes to catch interviews with event planners and hosts.


EbonyLife TV is big on talk, and the engaging discussion continues with Moments with Mo – the enthralling flagship talk-show which x-rays topical issues and human interest stories.

The Spot is a youthful ensemble chit chat talk-show with hosts Zainab Balogun, Lamide Akintobi and Ebuka Obi-Uchendu chatting about contemporary issues with a fresh edge and a dash of wit.

Oreka Godis and her bare-it-all panel of experts appear on Love Lounge as they uncover juicy, near prohibitive mysteries surrounding love, sex and relationships.


EL Runway is a mesmerizing, seasonal, fashion forward show. Wardrobe Diaries hosted by Stephanie Coker, delves into the wardrobes of Fashionistas, Celebrities and Stylists. Brace up for dazzling stories behind some intricate and interesting apparels in their wardrobes.


In Culture Connects – the customs and traditions of Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and America - from marriage and relationships, to entrepreneurship, fashion and entertainment - intersect in a cultural journey that explores the values that both continents hold dear.

Fattening Room follows six extremely beautiful, feisty and modern women from Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya through a compelling journey of self-discovery in the picturesque city of Calabar as they seek to re-discover the magical legacies of the timeless Efik tradition.

Enter the glamorous world of Sistaz! and experience the infinite possibilities, fun and 'captured on camera' lives of a set of gorgeous sisters who are ready to make their mark in fashion, modeling and entertainment.

Naija Diamonds is a docu-series showcasing and celebrating some of Nigeria's unsung heroes and charitable souls reaching out, touching lives and making a difference in their own personal ways.


EL R8D is hosted by two personalities in easy Lagos-styled pidgin English language and street-wise theatricals. Plus each episode features a countdown rating of 8 nostalgic things original to only Nigeria.
Ojo's in the House is a pleasantly riotous and pulsating sitcom set around the shenanigans of a middle-class Lagos family. This comedy focuses on Mrs. Ojo and all her barefaced, no-holds-barred attempts at keeping up appearances without minding whose ox is gored.


Day Star Christian Centre, where the most recurrent word is change, brings you timely and Spirit-inspired ministrations.


EL Reports is a daily news segment featuring positive, progressive and upbeat African news and stories happening on the continent and around the world.

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