The Christmas and New Year holidays certainly looked remarkably different this past year. The disruption caused by the global pandemic put a pause on the usual holiday traditions like partying, attending concerts, gathering with friends and family to eat and drink, traveling on vacation, among many others.
Right before the beginning of the holidays, the government placed a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people. Large gatherings were classified globally as ‘super-spreader events’ that significantly increased the risk of a single infection causing a large outbreak among attendees.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases in the last four weeks suggests that the war is not over yet, bringing back the cloud of uncertainty and making a second lockdown imminent.
Although the end of the year vibes and celebrations took a different look this year, DStv contributed its quota in ensuring that its subscribers didn’t lose their holiday spirit .
With crowded gatherings like concerts, cinemas, clubs and parties off the table, DStv stood in the gap for an all-in-one memorable holiday experience. To kick off the festive season, the pay-TV company announced a variety of shows and channels to keep viewers entertained and very much in the holiday spirit throughout the duration of the festivities.
These shows included Turn Up Friday hosted by popular media personality, Dotun and featured an array of DJs and artistes including DJ Cuppy, Mayorkun, DJ Crowd Controller and DJ Spinall among others. There was also the Owambe Saturdays hosted by comedian Tee A which saw a variety of live band performances. Both shows served as viable alternatives to the colourful physical parties that mark the festive season pre-COVID.
Another highpoint of the festive period for DStv subscribers was The Experience. The annual gospel concert which brings people from all over the world to Lagos. As the concert r couldn’t be held physically in 2020 for obvious reasons, DStv made sure its subscribers didn’t miss any bit of the concert which was held virtually. Subscribers were able to enjoy the best of performances from local and international gospel acts including Sinach, Travis Greene, Hillsong Worship and more from the comfort of their homes.
Trips to the cinemas were substituted with movie nights in, thanks to the variety of offerings on Africa Magic channels and M-net. Football and sports lovers had a bankable ally in Supersport, and the kids weren’t left out too- a large array of entertaining and educative content on DStv channels like ZooMoo made sure the holiday was as memorable as ever for them.
It may have been a totally different Christmas holiday from what we are used to but as with most of the year, entertainment saved the day.