Africa's first television network was declared open by Western Nigeria's Prime Minister, Chief Awolowo, in Ibadan, October 31.
LV. Sir James Robertson arrives
SV. Meets officers
TV. Chief M.S. Sowole & wife arrive, meet officers
SCU. Chief Sowole & wife enter studio
LV. Officers in national costume enter studio
SV. Group talking
LV. Premier Awolowo unveils T. V. plaque
SCU. Premier Awolowo makes opening speech
SV. Audience..(two shots)
LV.PAN to audience
CV. Another camera
TV. Guests move around studio
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Background: Africa's first television network was declared open by Western Nigeria's Prime Minister, Chief Awolowo, in Ibadan, October 31. Premier Awolowo said his Government had brought television to Western Nigeria because they believed it could help raise the standard of education.
Sir James Robertson, Governor-General of the Nigerian Federation, present for the opening, said he hoped impartiality in political matters would be enforced under Western Nigeria's new broadcasting law.
The new television service began its regular programmes the following day. They include news, schools broadcasts and commercials. Western Nigeria's television was introduced by the Government, working in partnership with Overseas Rediffusion Limited.