Zimbabwean telecoms billionaire, Strive Masiyiwa has been appointed as a board member at Netflix.
Masiyiwa is the founder of Econet Group which has operations and investments in 29 countries in Africa and beyond includes Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s leading mobile operator; Liquid Telecom, the pan-African broadband company, and its subsidiary Africa Data Centres, the fast-growing data center company.
Masiyiwa was selected to replace the formal member Susan Rice, who stepped down as a board to join president-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration.
Strive Masiyiwa in a statement said that “Netflix is at the forefront of bringing great entertainment from anywhere in the world to everyone in the world, and I look forward to working with the board and all stakeholders to continue its traditions of innovation and growth,”
According to Netflix’s goal of expanding its influence across Africa, they have introduced a haul of original African shows and movies led by talent and producers from South Africa and Nigeria. It has been trying to figure out ways to make its service more accessible and affordable particularly in most African countries where watching videos over internet usage is sometimes discouraged by costs or poor quality.