Africa has always been portrayed as
the problem-stricken continent grappling with famine, debt, corruption and civil wars. However thanks to an initiative by the
China Central Television (CCTV), 700million viewers in over 170
countries can now get the real picture of Africa through a 24hr news
channel that focuses on African news and views.
Security was tight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi as senior
members of the government and diplomatic corps mingled before the
launch. Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka, the Vice-President of Kenya,
embraced this new partnership with the Chinese saying that both the
Kenyans and Chinese will be able to learn about each other’s
culture and share with the rest of the world.
Minister for Information and Communication, Hon. Samuel
Poghisio, was very proud of the fact that CCTV
Africa chose Nairobi to be the base of its first ever news production
centre outside China. At exactly 8pm, CCTV went live on air with its
first news bulletin. Mark Maasai, Beatrice Marshall, Peninah
Karibe, Robert Soi and Emmanuel Talam are just some
of the faces that will be on your televisions to bring you this news.
Shortly thereafter CCTV Africa was officially launched by Kalonzo,
Poghisio, CCTV Vice President Sun Yusheng and Chinese
Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan as they joined together to
play a Chinese drum and an African drum to represent the long-lasting
friendship between China and Africa.