YANGA! first burst on to TV screens in April 2018, aiming to bring the best of Africa focused content to the UK and Ireland. The channel’s first UK home was Sky TV where it distinguished itself from other cultural channels with its unique mix of acquired and original programming. With the help of Vision 247, YANGA! is now available on Freeview and can reach millions more via the VisionTV app which is freely available on Android and iOS, in addition to the 17.5 million homes that already use Freeview. VisionTV can also be accessed via the internet at www.visiontv.co.uk YANGA! TV can now be found on Freeview channel 264 VisionTV within the Entertainment section and via the app, which can be downloaded from the app store by searching for VisionTV UK. To access the channel via Freeview, viewers only need a compatible Freeview TV set, and an internet connection.
The channel has proven itself agile in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, pivoting to share relevant and topical information through fresh original programming. These include Y! Community, a programme keeping African communities connected with news, hot topics and life hacks, and Your Voice, a live debate show where the hard-hitting issues of today are discussed. Recent topics have included the felling of historical statues linked to racial oppression and the next steps for the Black Lives Matter movement. YANGA! Puts the viewers first, inviting their opinions and giving them and community leaders a platform to share their opinions. This content has proven popular across the UK African diaspora and beyond, as the mix of drama and discussion has exposed traditional Nollywood lovers to dynamic debates about the world today.
In the current climate where stark contrasts have been uncovered in coronavirus mortality rates in black and asian communities, and the UK embarks on an uncomfortable conversation about race, channels like YANGA! are now more important than ever. After only 20 months YANGA! was crowned as the nation’s ‘Favourite Black Broadcaster’ at the Screen Nation Film & Television Awards, and continues to create content for the African diaspora.
YANGA! TV is also already available on Sky channel 186 and FreeSat171.