With all the hypes about TStv Africa which has been on for a while now and its eventual launch in Abuja on Sunday, October 1st, 2017, came the quest to know the brain behind the first indigenous pay television in Nigeria, who is no other than Bright Echefu.
Buzz Facts about Bright Echefu
TStv owner Bright Echefu was born as Bright Echefu Ikechukwu in Obowo in Imo State. He studied at the Medical College of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, from where he left to pursue further studies abroad. Bright is a medical doctor by profession and a Biomedical Engineer by practice.
He currently resides in Abuja and was formerly married to Cindy Echefu (nee Nzeribe). In July 2015, he lost his first wife, Cindy Nzeribe Echefu to death. She was pregnant with the couple’s third child and was buried a month later. Prior to her death, Cindy and Bright had two kids together – Olivia Echefu and Bright Echefu Jnr.
Four months after his wife’s death, the Imo State-born businessman started dating his wife’s best friend. He proposed to Florence Esu not long after and both officially announced their engagement in December of the same year.
His relationship with Florence, who at the time, was the immediate past Queen of Aso (an equivalent of Miss Abuja), really gave his family members and friends a shock.
Esu reportedly abandoned the TStv owner a day after he was arraigned by the EFCC for fraud at the State High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers.
Echefu found love again a month after his EFCC ugly experience. He began a relationship with Gift Chukwuocha, a fair-complexioned woman. The pair got engaged two months later, precisely in March 2016.
The Imo State indigene is the MD/CEO of Bricke and Athens limited owners of AHTV-Heath Television – from November 2014 to date. He is also the chairman of Briechberg Investment Limited – owners of Bright FM.
Dr Bright Echefu is also on the board of Bright Joy multi ventures Limited and the MD/CEO of TSTV Africa. He once served as the Executive Director, New World Foundation and the Program Coordinator, New World Summit on Infectious Diseases (NWSID 2009).
TSTV CEO Bright Echefu is a recipient of many awards including the 3rd African Young Scientist Award in South Africa, Youngest Physician Award of Excellence, World Who is Who Endorsement and twenty-two others.
Echefu belongs to many professional organizations including, the Nigerian Biotechnology Society, Nigerian Society of Genetic Engineers, Global Youth Coalition on AIDS, UN Volunteers, Unicef Voices of the Youths, The World Parliament Experiment, the Nigeria Medical Association, and many other notable organizations.
Bright was once arrested by the EFCC
Echefu was arrested on January 21, 2016 – about one month after his engagement to Florence – for allegedly issuing a bounced cheque to a dealer who sold him Computer systems worth almost two million naira.
According to unverified sources, Bright had issued a UBA cheque of One Million, One Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand, Five Hundred Naira (N1, 165, 500. 00) to the vendor. The check bounced, leading to his arrest and trial.
He stood trial before Justice S.C Amadi of the State High Court, Port Harcourt, Rivers, where he was also charged.
He is connected to several politicians in the country
Echefu is said to be connected to top politicians in the country, including ex-governors and former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who also attended the dedication of one his children with his deceased wife.
Some of the top politicians the TStv owner is friends with include former Abia State governor Orji Uzor Kalu, former Delta State governor James Ibori and former Bayelsa governor, Timipre Sylva.
Quick facts you need to know about TSTV
1. The full meaning of TStv is Telcom Satelite Tv.
2. Some of the channels on TSTV include;
TSTV Sports Channels (Fox Sports, Euro Sports News, Euro Sports 2, Kwese Sports 1, Kwese Free Sports, Kwese ESPN, and many more);
TSTV News channels (BBC America, CNBC, Aljazeera, BBC Radio 2, TVC News, United State Of America Embassy, Sky News, Arewa24, AIT, and many more);
TSTV Movie channels (Star Movies, MBC Action, MBC 2, African Movie Channel Series (African Magic), Liberty TV, and many more);
TSTV Science channels (Discovery Channel, Nat Geo Gold, AD, National Geographic, andDiscovery Health TV);
TSTV Religion channels (Dove Television, Emmanuel TV, Sunna TV, Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries, EWTN – Global Catholic Network, TBN Network);
TSTV Africa channels (Riwa Ndu TV, TS Hausa, TS Igbo, TS Yoruba, and TS Sports 1 HD).
Others include; TSTV kiddies Channels, TStv Fashion channels (Fashion One and AHTV);