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Experimental Movie Wins Best African Short Film Award

That DEM DEM! is made in in Wolof and French with English subtitles did not prevent this Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia and Christophe Rolin film from winning both the Best Short Film Competition and the Audience's Award at Scotland African Film Festival held in Edinburgh and Glasgow October 27-November 5, 2017.

By Khalifa Hemed Published November 18, 2017 A dream-like experimental movie about a fisherman whose search for identity is questioned by a wise older man has won the Best Short Film award at the 12th annual Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival in Scotland. DEM DEM!, a 25-minute work from Senegal edged out six other films from Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco and Algeria to win the £500 cash prize awarded by the jury as AiM’s annual Short Film Competition marked 10th anniversary. That it is made in made in Wolof and French with English subtitles did not prevent this Pape Bouname Lopy, Marc Recchia and Christophe Rolin film from also winning the Audience’s Award during AiM that ran in the Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow October 27-November 5, 2017. RELATED:Finalists for Best Short Film Competition Announced “This year’s selection is a delicious smorgasbord of different and compelling cinematic delights. At turns sensitive, tragic, naturalistic and penetrating, it also ranges through the uproarious, charismatic, stylised and boldly imaginative,” said South Africa’s Jarryd Coetsee, a member of the 2017 Jury and director of THE SUIT that won the same prize in 2016. AiM says it usually invites ‘filmmakers of African nationality’ to submit ‘films of no longer than 30 minutes’ to its annual Short Film Competition. Its aim, says the festival that is also known as Scotland African Film Festival, is to ‘support young and emerging filmmakers from Africa’. The cash prize money of £500 is sponsored by the Scottish Documentary Institute. RELATED:Ethiopian Wins Airline of the Year Award, Orders 777 Freighters Other shorts that took part in the 10th Short Film Competition included CHEBET from Kenya; BLACK ROSE from Ghana; THE DARK BOX from Nigeria; THE ANT QUEEN and I PROMISE YOU from Algeria and OCCUPATION: KILLER from Morocco.

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Ethiopian Wins Airline of the Year Award, Orders 777 Freighters

By Abdi Ali and eTurboNews Published November 16, 2017 Ethiopian Airlines has, for the sixth consecutive year in a row, won Airline of the Year Award. Ethiopian won the award during the 49th Annual General Assembly of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, on November 13, 2017. The aims of the AFRAA awards are to recognise excellence in service delivery, innovation and competitiveness in airlines, individuals and service providers in the African aviation industry. RELATED:Five Nominated for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017  “As a truly indigenous and home-grown Pan- African airline owned, managed and operated by Africans,” says Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer of Ethiopian Airlines, “we are highly honoured to receive this recognition by fellow sisterly airlines in the continent for the 6th consecutive year. I would like to thank AFRAA and sisterly airlines in the continent for recognising our efforts in nurturing cooperation with other sisterly African Airlines and in availing efficient passenger and cargo networks within, to and from the continent, while registering sound financial performance and record profit in 2016.” Saying Africa is at the heart of Ethiopian Airlines’ “15 year fast, profitable and sustainable growth strategic roadmap, ‘Vision 2025’, GebreMariam says the airline has already surpassed all its goals in passenger number, cargo uplift, fleet size, revenue, profitability and customer service seven years into its Vision 2025 strategy RELATED:Important Africa-Related Artistic Activities Around the World GebreMariam says Ethiopian currently serves “55 African cities, the largest network in the continent, connecting them with each other and to more than 100 international destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Americas using state of the art aircraft offering superior on-board aircraft such as the B787s and A350s.” Terming air transport an “essential and critical public service and a key …

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Second Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Opens in Nairobi

The new hotel is within easy reach from major highways and overlooks the famous Nairobi National Park, perfectly complementing the Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham, located in the city’s central business district which opened earlier in 2017.

By Irene Gaitirira Published November 10, 2017 A leading international hospitality company has consolidated its presence in Kenya with the opening of a second Four Points by Sheraton hotel in the country’s capital, Nairobi. Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, the second hotel to be built in Kenya by Marriott International, is said to be designed for “the modern traveller with an emphasis on approachable design.” The new hotel that features spacious and modern rooms including suites, offers various dining options, including an all-day dining, a lobby café and a rooftop bar and grill. RELATED:US Hotel Company Spreads its Tentacles Across Africa With spectacular views of the Nairobi National Park on one side and the runway of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on the other, the rooftop bar and grill that has been named Tazama (look or see in Kiswahili) is aimed at offering guests a sense of authentic locale through food, music and art. Marriott International says the hotel offers guests the Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, complimentary bottled water in all rooms, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and what it calls ‘an energising breakfast with fresh coffee that helps guests start the day right.’ Other facilities include a rooftop pool, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a modest spa, indoor and outdoor space for meetings and events and a complimentary shuttle into JKIA terminal throughout the day. The hotel, that is strategically situated within the main complex of JKIA, is within easy reach from major highways and overlooks the famous Nairobi National Park, perfectly complementing the Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham, located in the city’s central business district which opened earlier in 2017. RELATED:Tree Hotel Invites Business and Leisure Travellers “The hotel’s unique location together with its warm and genuine service and the …

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Race and Feel Like a Champion at One of Kenya’s Most Scenic Destinations

Register for the Sprint Team Challenge that allows a minimum of two and maximum of three individuals of any gender

By Team Tri Fit Kenya Published November 8, 2017 Ever imagined waking up to a beautiful Sunday sunrise and proceeding to race at one of Kenya’s most scenic and pristine destinations? Well, you don’t have to imagine anymore; because you can register for Diani Triathlon set for December 3, 2017 and experience this first hand. Open to amateur and professional athletes from around the world, he race has four main categories: Sprint – 750m Swim, 20KM Bike, 5KM Run Olympic – 1.5KM Swim, 40KM Bike, 10KM Run Children (11 – 17yrs) – 500m Swim, 10KM Bike, 3KM Run. RELATED:Here’s the Best Way to Spend Your School Vacation Registration for the event is open and the charges for the event are: Adults – Sh3000 per participant Children – Sh2500 per participant Don’t feel confident going at it alone? Register for the Sprint Team Challenge that allows a minimum of two and maximum of three individuals of any gender to complete each discipline. With a registration fee of Sh5000, grab the gang and head down for this event. RELATED:African Elephant Poaching Declines But Ivory Seizures Up To add to the above, you will not only be racing at one of Kenya’s amazing destinations but you will also be a part of the Official qualifying race for Team Kenya to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 3rd Africa Youth Games. The Commonwealth Games will be held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia April 4-15 while the African Youth Games will be held in Algiers, Algeria July 19-28. The Youth Games target athletes aged 14-18 years while the Commonwealth Games target adults aged 18 years and above. Each team will comprise six individuals with three men and three women, respectively. RELATED:Looking Beyond Nairobi’s 100th Premier Critical Movie Meeting

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Tree Hotel Invites Business and Leisure Travellers

The owners say Tamarind Tree Hotel is an "excellent value for money" as it is "perfectly situated between Nairobi's two airports and only four kilometres from the city centre."

By Ogova Ondego Published November 4, 2017 A hotel that targets both the business and leisure traveller has sprung up in the lively and popular Lang’ata and Karen (Karengata) neighbourhood of Kenya’s capital,Nairobi. Located near Nairobi National Park, Wilson Airport and the 28.6 kilometre Southern Bypass that connects Nairobi’s Mombasa Highway to Kisumu-Mombasa Road at Kikuyu in central Kenya, Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi is adjacent to  Carnivore Restaurant on Lang’ata Road, some five kilometres from the Nairobi Central Business District. RELATED:Affordable Tree Hotel to Spring Up on Nairobi’s Carnivore Grounds The new hotel is an additional recreational infrastructure in Karengata that is home to some of the most popular shopping malls and restaurants in Kenya. Tamarind Group, the owners of the new hotel, say Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi not only “offers easy access to all parts of the city, its national park, as well as to the country’s many diverse attractions via the neighbouring Wilson Airport and Southern Bypass” but that its “world-class amenities will ensure … meetings are effortless and successful, whilst our outstanding leisure facilities and genuine service ensures that all our guests experience the very best of Tamarind hospitality.” RELATED:Important Africa-Related Artistic Activities Around the World Consequently, the 162-room Tamarind Tree Hotel says it has a limited offer of US$150 for bed and breakfast in November and December 2017. The owners say Tamarind Tree Hotel Nairobi is an “excellent value for money” as it is “perfectly situated between Nairobi’s two airports and only four kilometres from the city centre.” RELATED:Competition Marks Distribution and Co-Production Market

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African Elephant Poaching Declines But Ivory Seizures Up

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) says seizures of elephant tusks have been reported both inside and outside the African continent.

By Apolinari Tairo Published November 3, 2017 Elephant poaching in Africa has declined for a fifth straight year but seizure of illegal ivory continues to hit higher records. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) says seizures of elephant tusks have been reported both inside and outside the continent. Though global illegal ivory trade has remained relatively stable for six years, CITES reports that 2016 saw a full 40 tonnes of illegal ivory seized, the biggest haul since 1989, as well as the highest-ever number of “large-scale ivory seizures”. RELATED:Intern Gets Grounded in Culture and Development “The overall weight of seized ivory in illegal trade is now nearly three times greater than what was observed in 2007”, CITES says. That could be a result of increasing vigilance among border guards and ‘scaled up enforcement’, John Scanlon, CITES secretary general, says. Scanlon also speculates that the prospect of tougher enforcement along with the widening trend of countries moving to ban ivory may have had a ripple effect across the black market. International syndicates behind poaching and smuggling may be involved in a panic sell-off as they realise that speculating on extinction was a bad bet, with the ever-increasing risk of getting caught, Scanlon says. RELATED:Agriculture Initiative to Guarantee Youth Employment and Food Security Multiple studies from civil society groups have reported a 50 percent drop in ivory prices in recent years, according to CITES. The outlook for elephant populations across Africa is mixed, according to the report. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has previously found that Africa’s elephant numbers fell by 111000 between 2006 and 2015. But according to CITES, the population in Southern Africa and much of East Africa is now either stable or increasing. RELATED:Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Continent-wide, Botswana has the highest number …

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Kampala Showcases Theatre as Nairobi Auctions Art

Running at Nairobi National Museum October 25-November 4, 2017 is the 8th annual Kenya Arts Diary and Exhibition.

By Iminza Keboge Published November 1, 2017 Emerging and established African and international playwrights are expected to gather in Uganda for the 4th annual Kampala International Theatre Festival during the last week of November. Scheduled for November 22-26, the event shall showcase live theatre performance at at The Square on Third Street, Industrial Area, Kampala. Tickets, that shall be sold at the door, shall cost USh50000 (full-festival pass); USh20000 (day pass) and USh10000 (students). Back in Nairobi, the annual fundraising art auction known as The Affordable Art Show shall be back at Nairobi National Museum’s Courtyard November 3-5. RELATED:National Museums Launches Artist-in-Focus Project Kenya Museum Society, the organisers of the event, say The Affordable Art Show shall kick off with an opening party in the evening of November 3 and everyone, including artists, shall pay a Sh500 entry fee to attend the event. However art lovers shall not pay any entry fee during the next two days that shall run 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Among the activities lined up to complement The Affordable Art Show, besides Viewing and buying of Art, are Art Appreciation talks, a guided Art tour and children’s activities. RELATED:Only New Agrarian Systems and Mechanisation Can Make Africa Food Secure Also running at Nairobi National Museum October 25-November 4 is the 8th annual Kenya Arts Diary and Exhibition. Selected artwork, some of which is featured in the 2018 edition of the Kenya Arts Diary, is on exhibition for sale. The exhibition ends on November 4 with the official Kenya Arts Diary launch. Entrance to the launch is free but by invitation. RELATED: African Arts & Entertainment Diary

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African ‘Farmers’ Minister’ Receives World Food Prize, Sets Up Fund for Young Farmers

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, 'African Farmers' Minister', receives the World Food Prize 2017, sets up fund for young farmers and entrepreneurs with the entire US$250000 cash prize.

By Abdi Ali Published October 29, 2017 Akinwumi Adesina, President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) who says he grew up in poverty and his mission in life is “to lift up millions of people out of poverty, especially farmers in rural areas,” has received the 2017 World Food Prize. Rather than spend the US$250000 cash prize on himself, Dr Adesina pledged to devote the entire amount in setting up a fund in support of young African farmers and agriculture entrepreneurs. “Even though I don’t have the cash in my hand, I hereby commit my US$250000 as a cash prize for the World Food Prize award to set up a fund fully dedicated to providing financing for the youth of Africa in agriculture to feed Africa,” Adesina said on October 19, 2017 as he received the prize in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. “We will arise and feed Africa. The day is coming very soon when all its children will be well-fed, when millions of small-holder farmers will [afford] to send their [children] to school. Then you will hear a new song across Africa: ‘Thank God our lives are better at last.’” RELATED:National Museums Launches Artist-in-Focus Project “We must give hope and turn agriculture into a business,” Adesina, who was accompanied by Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria in whose administration he served, and John Mahama, former President of Ghana, said.“My life’s mission is to lift up millions of people out of poverty, especially farmers in rural areas.” The World Food Prize, founded by Nobel Laureate, Norman Borlaug, is the foremost international honour recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. But just how did Dr Adesina come to win the ‘Nobel Prize for Food’? Yes, the …

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Charity Ships 11000 Books to Somalia

Book Aid International, a book-donation and library-development charity based in Britain, has announced that it is sending the books to Africa Educational Trust (AET) to support the latter’s work in the region as planned.

By Iminza Keboge Published October 25, 2017 Despite the devastating attack which killed more than 276 people and injured 300 others, a British charity that donates books to sub-Saharan Africa is sending 11000 books to the city where its local partner’s office was destroyed in the bomb attack. Book Aid International, a  book-donation and library-development charity based in Britain, has announced that it is sending the books to Africa Educational Trust (AET) to support the latter’s work in the region as planned. The AET office in Mogadishu, Book Aid says, has been supporting examinations and curriculum development in Somalia since 2011 and that much of the equipment destroyed was integral to the running and provision of the secondary school examinations for the region. RELATED:Learning-by-Doing Experience Charts My Career Path The books provided by Book Aid International will support AET’s work in Somalia and will also reach several schools and universities in Mogadishu. “We were shocked and saddened to hear of the destruction to AET’s offices, but also very relieved that there was no loss of life. At Book Aid International, we believe that everyone should have access to books and education. There are few places in the world where the barriers to reading and learning are higher than in Somalia, and we are very proud to be supporting AET’s vital work as well as the efforts of our other partners in Somalia despite the recent violence in Mogadishu,” says Alison Tweed, chief executive officer of Book Aid International. RELATED:Agriculture Initiative to Guarantee Youth Employment and Food Security On her part, Julie Polzerova, Executive Director of AET, says, “AET has been providing education solutions to the people of Somalia since the mid-90s and we are committed to continue this important work. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to learn …

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Agriculture Initiative to Guarantee Youth Employment and Food Security

Dr Akinwimi Adesina says “ENABLE Youth is about investing in small agribusinesses today so that they can grow into large enterprises tomorrow.”

By Irene Gaitirira Published October 25, 2017 Africa’s next billionaires are going to come from agriculture. The African Development Bank (AfDB) has come up with an initiative called Empowering Novel Agri-Business-Led Employment (ENABLE) Youth programme through which it plans to train 10000 agriculture entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) in African countries, launching at least 300000 enterprises and creating 1.5 million jobs over the next five years. “By empowering youth at each stage of the agribusiness value chain, we enable them to establish viable and profitable agribusinesses, jobs and better incomes for themselves and their communities,” says Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of AfDB and winner of the World Food Prize 2017. He explains that attracting a new cadre of young, energetic and talented agripreneurs from Africa’s current 420 million youth aged 15-35 to drive the adoption of new technologies throughout the value chain, raise productivity and meet rising food demands is an urgent priority. RELATED:Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Platform Celebrates Youth Creativity Studies indicate that as African economies transform, there are expanding opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship throughout high-potential value chains – literally from lab to fork – where consumer demand is increasing, including horticulture, dairy, oilseeds, poultry and aquaculture. In addition, there are huge opportunities for engaging African youth in services and logistical sectors in key off-farm activities such as transportation, packaging, ICT and other technology development and light infrastructure – that add value to on-farm productivity and efficiency, in ways that could not envisioned before. The idea of connecting farms to markets, particularly rising urban and regional markets, is where Africa needs to plug in this bulging youth population, Dr Adesina says. RELATED:Pay TV Company Marks 20 Years With Investment in Local Productions Farming, Adesina says, shall be made ‘cool’ by providing young Africans with new business opportunities, modern and practical …

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