My five days stay in Mauritius has really been worth remembering. It was a journey I would like to do over and over again, despite the fact that I am always frightened of flights and the 15-16 hours journey from Freetown to Mauritius was like hell for me but it I ended up appreciating the tour and the programme.
From the first day to our last, in the Island was well-planned and organised by the first pay Television MultiChoice that has been in operation for over 20 years now and the best in the continent.
There were a lot of activities lined up and although it was hectic we were always looking forward to the evening party.
On Tuesday during our arrival, after registration at the Trou aux Biches and Resort, we were given a gift bag which has the MultiChoice new project Africa Rising. This is a project that the organisation is doing to expose the talent and beauty of Africa through music and at the same time, change the negative perception of Africa to a positive one.
This project song was primer on Tuesday 24th June at a formal dinner where a host of Nigerians and Ghanaian actors and actresses Rita Dominic, Chinedu popularly known as Paw-paw, Majid Michael, and other celebrities IK, and Uti where hosted and interviewed.
The Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice, Nico Meyer, made a statement about the aims of the content extravaganza and the purpose of the show which is to get media people to understand the work of the MultiChoice; DSTV and GOTV.
We started our Wednesday with special food prepared by popular chef BBC Life Style Ed Baines. This was a great opportunity to see him go to the market, purchase his ingredients and then return to the kitchen to prepare food for us.
Though there were lot of activities scheduled for the day but all what we were looking forward was the cocktail as “entertainment is universal” cos it was all dancing and drinking.
Indeed it was a splendid night, Murtala and I danced all throughout the night without even breaking for rest, while our colleague Dan Moss could not make it up to an hour before retiring to bed, even though there were lots of fun and nice people in the house.
Presentation for Thursday morning started with an exercise not only for the children which was catered for but also for us the adults, as the theme was ‘finding the inner child’.
Through ViaCom with the Nickelodeon show at the Bob Marlin Kiddies Club and the Lazy Town with Spartacus, who said from research he conducted, children like to jump and they don’t like to be told to do exercise, therefore when he engaged them, he made the exercise which they are not aware of .
Thursday was spiced up by the glitz and sparkles with the BBC entertainment programme “Strictly Come Dancing”, it was a wonderful night, as most members were shining, and received special dance training from Christin and Robin. Our own Dan Moss was able to steal the show and he was chosen as one of the best dancers.
Our Friday, morning programme started with a compelling panel discussion on the latest sports content that Super Sports as renowned football journalist Thomas T.K Kwanaite, Super Sports Marketing Director Nomsa Mazibuko, 1998 African Footballer of the year and now Zambia FA President Kalusha Bwalya and 2013 England Marathon winner Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich.
All work and no play they say makes Jack a dull boy, therefore immediately after the discussions, we had to play football with me playing for the German team, since it’s one of the countries I support in this ongoing World Cup and I hope to see them clinch the cup but during our game, we were defeated by Netherlands.
The last party was indeed a boom! The MTVBase party was very thrilling and we partied till we were asked to go and rest.
It was regarded as the best, because there was a blend of local Mauritanians, and this was spiced up by popular Uganda comedian Salvador.
By Betty Milton
Wednesday July 02, 2014