Nigerian filmmaker Faraday Okoro on the 18th of April won a grant of $1 million for his proposed film “Nigerian Prince.” The NYU film school graduate will shoot his film in Nigeria. The film is expected to premiere in 2018 at the Tribeca Films Festival.
A young innovator Gracious Ephraim is making headlines in Tanzania. The form six student invented a robot that uses solar energy, and is able to walk, turn its head, speak and perform other tasks. We certainly hope such a brilliant mind with the desire to keep innovating will be supported, and won’t be lost to brain drain.
What better way to celebrate National Siblings Day than with the news of these quadruplets that got admitted into Ivy League schools, Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Princeton among other institutions. The brothers, who have their own WhatsApp group, found out about their acceptance while at track practice. We wish them all the best as they make their respective choices.
Starboy is trending on social media and it’s all for good reasons. Wizkid’s latest video Come Closer hit 1 million Youtube views in 24 hours, a feat no African has achieved. The video currently boasts just over 2,4 million views (and counting) just three days after it dropped, which is a remarkable feat. Congratulations and keep breaking boundaries.
Nigeria’s first ever bobsled team, which comprises of three women battling the Canadian cold, and enduring the various challenges stands on the edge of history. The inspirational team has faced numerous challenges from the unforgiving weather to financial difficulties in the quest to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The team is determined to complete the five trial events before 2018 to become Africa’s first bobsled team at the Olympics. TIA wishes the team the best in the ongoing preparations.
Today we celebrate South African 31 year old Nandi Zama, who has become the first black woman commander of a military cargo plane in the South African Air Force. Zama who joined the Force straight from high school is not keen to celebrate the African and female part of her achievement as she believes her achievement is where a person should eventually end up in an organisation and that femininity is an enhancing factor and not a limiting one.
When eight year-old Nia Mya Reese from Alabama, in the U.S. was tasked by her teacher to do her first grade assignment, writing about something she was an expert at, she told her teacher that she is an expert at dealing with, and taking care of her annoying little brother, and proceeded to write a book. The book is based on the little baby brother, Ronald Michael 5, annoyance. “How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother” has become a best seller. We applaud the budding writer for the remarkable achievement.
Today is Namibia’s Independence Day. The country attained its freedom in 1990. We honour all those who sacrificed their lives during the struggle against South African foreign rule and German colonialism, and remember all those who died in the liberation war. Happy Independence Day to our Namibian brothers and sisters.
We start this week with heartwarming news, Ghanaian Nancy Abu-Bonsrah becomes the first black female neurosurgery resident at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Abu-Bonsrah left Ghana at the age of 15, and has been in the U.S for nearly 11 years. The first physician in her family, including the extended family, Abu-Bonsrah was matched with Johns Hopkins Hospital to specialize in Neurological Surgery. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.