Paying tribute to the late former US Secretary of State, the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of THISDAY/ARISE Media Group, Prince Nduka Obaigbena, saluted Powell for his support and inspiration that ultimately helped to birth ARISE News Channel.
According to him, “Powell enabled the emergence of ARISE News Channel, Africa’s leading global broadcaster, through his support for the ARISE Magazine and the Africa Rising Festival, which he Chaired at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 2008.
“ARISE Magazine, the global style and culture platform later transformed into the ARISE News Channel in 2013 and is now available to over 200 million people around the world on multiple platforms.”
Meanwhile, Powell’s support for the ARISE Magazine and the Africa Rising Festival, two major ideas that changed the course of Africa’s entertainment and social space would later transform into the ARISE Television Group, Africa’s foremost international television station, acclaimed to be shattering ceilings.
Powell, during one of the festivals that usually featured musical concerts of both local and international acts, had performed a popular “Yahooze dance” with the crooner, Olu Maintain, to global awe.
Deji Elumoye in Abuja and James Sowole in Abeokuta