iROKO Partners – Bringing Nigerian Entertainment to a Global Audience

iROKO
IROKO is Africa’s leading entertainment technology company. Launched in 2010, by Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter, it is one of the most talked about African internet start-ups, thanks to its flagship Nollywood movie platform iROKOtv. Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, the company has pioneered Video-On-Demand for Nollywood content (Nigerian movies) and has aggregated the world’s largest online catalogue of African content, totalling 10,000+ hours.
The company is also a leading global distributor of Nollywood content and works with international brands as diverse as British Airways to Nollywood TV, Tigo and The Africa Channel, to provide the highest quality movies for audiences around the world. In 2015, iROKO pivoted into the Linear TV market and has launched two channels – iROKO Play and iROKO Plus, on leading network, StarTimes.
iROKO is VC-backed by Tiger global, Kinnevik and RISE Capital and Canal+ and has raised $35Mn in funding since 2010. One of the most talked about and widely-covered African tech start-ups, iROKO has been featured in international press including the BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, Pando Daily, Tech Crunch, Forbes, Variety, Mashable, Le Monde and much more.

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Headquarters:     Lagos, Lagos
Description:         iROKO Partners is an online Nigerian entertainment media distribution company that offers online media products.
Founders:             Bastian Gotter, Jason Njoku
Categories:          Internet, Media and Entertainment, Video Streaming
Website:               http://iroko.ng

iROKO Companies

  • IROKING – The Number One Platform for Discovering, Downloading and Listening to Premium Afrobeat, Afropop, Highlife, Nigerian and African Music.
  • IROKOTV – The Number One Home For Nollywood & Ghanaian Movies
  • IROKOX is a multi-platform network for creating, distributing, and monetizing African content.
  • IROKO NETWORKS
  • IROKO GLOBAL
  • IROKOPLUS
  • ROKSTUDIOS
  • ROK

iROKO Companies

Company Details

Founded:          September 1, 2010
Contact:             info@irokopartners.com |  support@irokotv.com | +23481 789 24632
Employees:      51 – 100

Founding Story

In an exclusive interview with CNN, founder and CEO Jason Njoku shares what prompted the founding of iROKO Partners:
“I went to university to study chemistry with high hopes, my mum was really happy. I graduated in 2005 and then I started an entrepreneurial sort of trail. Whereas my friends went into banking, consulting, finance, I just wanted to be an entrepreneur, to work in projects which really interested me. Unfortunately, for five, almost six years I failed miserably at being an entrepreneur.
So, in fact, literally what prompted the whole genesis of iROKO was at 29, almost 30 I had to move back with my mum. That was itself a harrowing experience but the interesting thing was that for the first time in eight years since I’d moved out I was actually able to see the viewing patterns of my mom change…She’d gone from watching western films to watching African films.
Because I was able to observe her and we lived together then I could actually relate and she’d spend hours watching it. Then I had to drive her around to go and see my aunts and uncles who I hadn’t seen in a long time — it was exactly the same thing for these guys and I was like ‘well, how can it be that so quickly so many people’s viewing, video and entertainment habits change.’ So it was really intriguing to find this stuff.”

Funding

Date
Round
Amount
Lead Investor
Investors
Jan, 2016
Series E
$19M
Canal+, Kinnevik AB
Canal+, Kinnevik AB
Dec, 2013
Series D
$8M
Tiger Global Management
Rise Capital, Kinnevik AB, Tiger Global Management
Apr, 2012
Series B
$8M

Team at iROKO Partners

Bastian Gotter
Founder & CFO
Jason Njoku
CEO & Co-Founder
Matteo Cuellar
Director of Product Design and UX

iROKO Team

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