Streaming platform Netflix announced its first original African animated series, “Mama K’s Team 4”, produced by the Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation Studios and London-based children’s entertainment specialist CAKE. Netflix is also conducting a continent-wide search for local female writing talent.
Google’s first artificial intelligence lab in Africa opened in Ghana. The Internet tech giant aims to provide researchers with the necessary tools to build products that can solve Africa’s problems in every field, particularly in health and agriculture.
Mandisa Mfeka joined the South African Air Force in 2008 and earned her wings a year after starting flying school in 2010. Now she is South Africa’s first black female combat pilot.
Access to education is a basic human right but many young children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Zimbabwe still struggle to get access to learning opportunities because of many barriers. FACEZ (Fund a Child’s Education Zimbabwe), an education fund is helping underprivileged children to get access to education, and improving toilet facilities in schools. Led by Lisa Chiriseri, a young activist, the project currently supports over 90 learners.
Iddris Sandu is the technological virtuoso behind algorithms that made Uber, Instagram and Snapchat what they are now. The software engineer also considers himself a “cultural architect” who aims to “level the playing field” between Silicon Valley and young communities of colour.
Law student and human rights activist Mary C. Namagambe is the founder of She for She. This hybrid company is working to tackle the lack of access to appropriate health care information and products, as well as the rate at which young girls in Africa are dropping out of schooling due to period poverty.
Zimbabwean editor and publisher Ellah Wakatama has been appointed as the new chairperson of Africa’s richest literary prize.
African penguins, known for their irregular markings and loud call, are in sharp decline. The species has gone from a population of more than a million at the beginning of the 20th century to being endangered. South African bioscientist Patrick Mafunda is using in-vitro fertilisation to help the species survive.
Senegalese-born media advisor Sibeth Ndiaye, who was French President Emmanuel Macron’s communications advisor for his presidential campaign, has been appointed as the spokeswoman for the French government. She is one of three new faces in the Cabinet as it gears up for the European Parliament elections next month.