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Creative Minds Express Themselves During Night of Ideas

Visual artists who exhibited under the ‘Totally Wajinga Collective’ label comprised graffiti artist Bankslave and DJ and instrumentalist Obwakassonn from Kenya, Hibo Afrokush the Nomad from Somalia and Bagamundu from USA.

By Bamuturaki Musinguzi Published March 5, 2018 Driven by the desire to protect the environment, Kenya banned plastic bags in 2017 and, in the process, appear to have ‘absolved’ super markets from packing merchandise for shoppers. But did you know that the very plastic bags that are said to contaminate the environment could be turned into utilitarian art? A fashion label called Njola Impressions has just demonstrated how plastic bags known in Kampala as kavera are recycled into trendy key holders while cleaning up the environment. “We collected two tonnes of waste plastic bags in 2017 alone for our recycling business in some Kampala slums. We are training the youth free of charge on how to make materials from waste in the process cleaning our environment,” Allen Nabukenya, a fine arts graduate of Kyambogo University and founder of Njola Impressions, said. “We also use old car tyres and sandals to make bags. We have to clean our environment.” RELATED:How I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships Njola Impressions, one of the creative minds that used the Night of Ideas (La Nuit des Idées) to to show how ideas make change in the universe, also said it makes belts, shoes and back packs, among other accessories, from recycled industrial materials. Night of Ideas was initiated by the Institut Français in 2017 and launched in 51 countries around the world. The theme of the second edition of the event that was held at National Theatre in the Ugandan capital on January 25, 2018 was ‘Power to the Imagination’. With the aim of the event being to encourage people to share artistic ideas through gatherings and dialogue, artists took advantage of the event to debate ideas, perform dances and showcase visual arts. Oscar Ssenyonga, a dancer and choreographer from Uganda, presented …

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Movie Distribution and Co-Production Market Comes to Eastern Africa

DISCOP Zanzibar is scheduled for July 11-13, 2018 in Verde Hotel Zanzibar, some two kilometres away from Stone Town, a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site.

By Ogova Ondego Published February 6, 2018 More than 500 buyers and sellers from 50 countries and representing an estimated 300 film, television, online and adaptation rights companies are expected to attend an inaugural distribution and co-production market in Zanzibar. Organised by Basic Lead of the United States of America and the annual Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), DISCOP Zanzibar is scheduled for July 11-13, 2018 in Verde Hotel Zanzibar, some two kilometres away from Stone Town, a UNESCO-declared World Heritage Site. RELATED:Movie Content Markets to Open in Zanzibar and Nigeria DISCOP Zanzibar shall run concurrently with ZIFF, facilitating business with and across eastern Africa’s major countries that include Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. “Driven by the tastes, expectations and usage patterns of an extremely young demography, eastern Africa is booming and has not just become a desired location for international productions, but is also now the hub of a booming film, television and online content production, adaptation and distribution industry,” Basic Lead says in a media statement. RELATED:Zanzibar to Host East Africa’s Greenest Hotel Ethiopia, that is currently the fastest growing economy in the region, has been selected as the Guest Country at DISCOP Zanzibar 2018. Basic Lead invites delegates to register online either as exhibitors with a meeting table or non-exhibiting seller, buyer, producer or influencer with a 50% discount for the latter available till May 11, 2018. RELATED:African Children’s Movie Platform Adjusts Focus

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Special Out-of-Nairobi Valentine’s Day Travel Packages Announced

Mauritius is one of the few tourism meccas that do not require an entry visa for holders of the Kenyan passport.

By Khalifa Hemed Published January 26, 2018 Do you celebrate the annual day of lovers known as Valentine’s Day? Would you like to mark it with your lover outside Kenya? Air Mauritius and Kenya Airways say they have special return fare offers that could be beneficial to you. Would you like to hear more about it? It is not just that it costs just US$620 per person inclusive of tax and service charges to Mauritius but the Indian Ocean tourism mecca is also one of the few places that do not require an entry visa for holders of the Kenyan passport. RELATED:Tanzania Introduces New Tourism License Fees Air Mauritius says the special fare, that is available till January 31, 2018 is valid for travel February 9 – 13,2018. On its part, Kenya Airways says it has special fare deals to selected destinations for the Valentine’s period. In the deal, there is a 50% reduction on the second person for couples travelling together to the same select destination on which the special fare is applicable. RELATED:African Children’s Movie Platform Adjusts Focus This special offer, Kenya Airways says, is valid for purchase between January 22 and February 2, 2018 for travel February 8 – 13, 2018. Now that you know, get in touch with the airlines directly or with your favourite travel agent for your Valentine’s Day travel ticket. RELATED:City Restricts Water Use to One Toilet Flush and 90-Second Shower Per Day

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Air Seychelles Starts Charter Flights to China

Air Seychelles' new series of charter flights from Chengdu, will offer more than 6,500 return seats between China and Seychelles over the next four months.

By Juergen T Steinmetz Published December 7, 2017 Air Seychelles has announced that it will be starting a new series of weekly charter flights between China and Seychelles in December, 2017. The national airline will operate 13 return flights between the city of Chengdu in South-West China and the Seychelles’ main island, Mahé, from December 26, 2017 to March 20, 2018. RELATED:Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Platform Celebrates Youth Creativity Chengdu — the capital of China’s Sichuan province — with a population of over 14 million people, is one of the main emerging outbound tourism cities. The flights will be operated by a wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft, providing convenient weekly connections for business and leisure travellers. Subject to regulatory approval, the flights are set to depart Seychelles at 11.25 AM on Tuesdays, arriving in Chengdu early on Wednesday at 00.25 AM. The return flight will take-off from Chengdu at 1.30 AM on Wednesdays arriving in Seychelles at 6.30 AM the same day. The flight time is approximately nine hours. RELATED:US Sports Envoys Hold Soccer Clinics in Tanzania Air Seychelles said it has partnered with Beijing Tongxing Aviation Services to bring these charter flights to the travelling public. The airline’s Chief Executive, Roy Kinnear, said the new series of charter flights from Chengdu, will offer more than 6,500 return seats between China and Seychelles over the next four months. “The growth in outbound tourism from China has created strong travel demand to Seychelles, and we are excited to work hand-in-hand with Beijing Tongxing Aviation Services to provide greater accessibility for Chinese travellers looking to discover our islands,” Kinnear says. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, China has sent 11,596 visitors to Seychelles up to December 3 this year. This represents a 17 percent drop in Chinese visitors over the past year. …

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Mozambican Festival Serves Alluring Screen and Literary Arts

The festival closed with music on Mozambique Island and the screening of Mozambique's hottest new film, Licinio Azevedo's 'war western', Comboio de Sal e Açúcar (Train of Salt and Sugar).

By Iminza Keboge Published December 3, 2017 The 4th edition of an annual arts festival has ended in Mozambique. Organisers of the Festival Fim do Caminho report that “more than 3000 people attended literary events, film screenings, masterclass film workshops, a children’s Zone, upcycling and off-grid electricity capacity-building events as part of the 4th edition of Festival Fim do Caminho in northern Mozambique between November 17 and 27, 2017.” RELATED:4th African Film and Literature Festival Prepares for Takeoff The festival, that kicked off in Nampula with a masterclass film workshop for local filmmakers, led by up-and-coming Mozambican cineaste Orlando Mabasso, continued with Mozambican writers Paulina Chiziane, Lucilio Manjate and Eduardo Quive doing talks and readings in the provincial library, followed by a workshop with students at the Lotus EPC primary school where some film screenings for children were also held. The festival then took film and literature to Lichinga, the northernmost Mozambican city, for two days on November 19 and 20, says festival founder Alexander Macbeth. RELATED:Twelve-Year Old Turns Ordinary Stories into Extraordinary Films! “The festival then returned to its founding base, the coastal district of Mossuril, for film screenings, training events and a first-ever Kids Zone for young children,” he says. “Mossuril-based innovator ‘Mr Domingo’, who makes upcycled speakers complete with USB ports, SD cards and much more – out of recycled water containers and radio parts – gave a workshop for secondary school students and children in Mossuril. Sergio, a physics professor from Argentina, gave a course on creating basic lighting from recycled waste using a solar panel and a small battery.” The festival closed with music on Mozambique Island and the screening of Mozambique’s hottest new film, Licinio Azevedo’s ‘war western’, Comboio de Sal e Açúcar (Train of Salt and Sugar).

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Africa Introduces Women’s Rugby League

introduction of an official Women’s Sevens Championship is the first step of great things to come for Women’s Rugby in Ghana and indeed in the West African Region

By Iminza Keboge Published November 29, 2017 The first ever women’s seven-aside rugby league has kicked off in West Africa. The event, that was held on November 25, 2017 in Ghana, is expected to become the 2017/2018 Ghana Rugby Championship (GRCC) Women’s Sevens Champions on February 17, 2018. RELATED: Holiday Travel Ideas for You Four teams–Conquerors, Cosmos Buffalos, Griffons and Dansoman Hurricanes–competed in the first match day in Cape Coast. While the match between Cosmos and Conquerors ended in a 0-0 draw, Dansoman beat Griffons Ladies 5-0 in the second match of the day. RELATED:Champions of Pregnant Girls’ Right to Education Could be De-Registered “We saw a very challenging display by Dansoman Ladies when they were playing against Griffons Ladies,” said Rafatu Inusha, Women’s Representative of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) that is responsible for the development and management of the game in the West African country. “It was their very first time playing Rugby, and they defended and attacked well, even though their ball handling was not flowing, but in time they will be good to go. I am pleased because every team played with excitement and were all happy with the opportunity given to them.” Saying it was a great day for all teams and that the “initiative will encourage other women to get on board with rugby”, Inusha said women got the “chance to play for the National Team.” RELATED:World’s Top Teenage Athletes Compete in Nairobi Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of GRFU, said the “introduction of an official Women’s Sevens Championship is the first step of great things to come for Women’s Rugby in Ghana and indeed in the West African Region.” The second match day of the 2017/2018 GRCC will take place on December 2, 2017 at the Robert Mensah and Accra Sports stadia …

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British Charity Sends Books to Africa’s Oldest Modern Republic

Liberia lags behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics.

By Khalifa Hemed Published November 3, 2017 A British book-donation and library-development charity has donated thousands of new book to Liberia, Africa’s oldest modern republic. Book Aid International says the more than 23000 books donated by UK publishers are now on their way to Liberia. The books will be used to support education across the country and enrich the lives of thousands of readers. Originally home to freed African slaves from United States of America, Liberia was devastated by two periods of civil war that raged from 1990 to 1997 and again from 1999 to 2003, leaving an estimated 250000 people dead and 80% of schools destroyed or damaged and most of the country’s teachers fled. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Turns Interns into Professionals Liberia’s recovery was further impacted by the Ebola outbreak in 2014 in which 4809 people lost their lives. More than 4400 schools were closed for six months during the epidemic leaving 1.5 million children without access to education. Today, Liberia lags behind most other African countries in nearly all education statistics. “One of the major problems in our Liberian schools is lack of books and this shipment from Book Aid International will really help in meeting that need,” says Michel Weah from the WE-CARE Foundation through which the books have been donated. “Trained teachers and books readily available to the students create an environment where learning is taking place. These will be part of the effort to fill the chronic need for current books that is endemic at all levels of the Liberian school system.” RELATED:Charity Ships 11000 Books to Somalia On her part, Alison Tweed, Book Aid International’s Chief Executive Officer, says, “The need in Liberia is great and we are very pleased to be able to provide thousands of brand new books to support Liberian …

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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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How to Develop African Animated TV Series for Global Distribution

Fighting rich and powerful opponents with limited resources means the girls will have to be smart and resourceful in a show in which taking down the bad guys and turning in your homework is all in a day’s work forMama K's Super 4 !

By Iminza Keboge Published October 19, 2017 Animators and storytellers across Africa are set to hear first-hand what it takes to develop African TV series for worldwide distribution. During a webinar streamed on YouTube Live, Triggerfish Animation Studios of South Africa shall on November 4, 2017 share insights from two years of developing TV series through The Story Lab that, to date, has led to two worldwide distribution deals for series set and made in Africa. “If you have ever thought about bringing your own characters to life as an animated TV series, this webinar is for you,” says Stuart Forrest, Chief Executive Officer of Triggerfish that ran a search for animation writers throughout the African continent in 2015 that attracted 1378 projects from 30 countries across Africa, with eight chosen to be taken into full development. RELATED:Startup Focuses on Building the Largest African Comics, Cartoons, Gaming and Movie Database At the webinar, Triggerfish will discuss what made those eight projects stand out and also share some of the feedback they’ve received from international distributors. Triggerfish has in September 2017 announced its partnership with leading children’s entertainment specialist, CAKE, to co-produce Mama K’s Super 4, one of its comedy action series. Aimed at 6-11-year olds, Mama K’s Super 4 is set in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, where four teenage girls are recruited by former secret agent Mama K to help her save the world. Fighting rich and powerful opponents with limited resources means the girls will have to be smart and resourceful in a show in which taking down the bad guys and turning in your homework is all in a day’s work! RELATED:Australian Book Celebrates Lola Kenya Screen At the webinar, Zambian creator Malenga Mulendema and her Cameroon-born character designer, Malcolm Wope, will discuss Mama K’s Super 4 as …

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Important Africa-Related Artistic Activities Around the World

Swahili Fashion Week provides a platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and beyond to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clients and international fashion industry.

By Irene Gaitirira Published October 10, 2017 The seventh edition of Film Africa (FA) takes place in London, Britain, October 27-November 5, 2017. Presented by the Royal African Society (RAS) at the British Film Institute, FA shall open with South African director John Trengove’s debut feature, INEXEBA (The Wound), that is described as a bold exploration of sexuality, masculinity and cultural values in modern-day South Africa. INEXEBA, that has sparked controversy and debate across the country, is also South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Lead actor and award-winning musician Nakhane who is reputed to be one of the country’s most exciting new talents will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion, which will be followed by an exclusive after party. Nakhane will also perform live for the first time in the UK at the Rich Mix on October 29. RELATED:Why Africa Should Adopt Intelligent Transport Infrastructure RAS says FOREIGN BODY, Tunisian director Raja Amari’s audacious and visceral fourth feature movie, shall be shown during the closing ceremony of FA. “The film boasts a terrific cast, including Sarra Hannachi (Child of the Sun) as Samia and Hiam Abbass (The Lemon Tree) as Leila. The screening will be preceded by the public announcement of the winners of the Film Africa 2017 Audience Award for Best Feature Film and the Baobab Award for Best Short Film, which will also be screened. We hope director Raja Amari will also be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A,” RAS says. Coming up at the National Gallery Singapore on November 10-12, 2017 is the Annual Conference of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) that shall look at The Roles and Responsibilities of Museums in Civil Society. RELATED:Competitive Gaming Comes to East Africa Saying its “conference …

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