The protection and safety of journalists continues to be a pressing issue across the continent. Within weeks of celebrating World Press Freedom Day commemorated on May 3, a number of cases of threats and attacks on journalists had already been reported in several African countries.
The recent news of Ugandan innovator Kabwama Leonard Alvin who got a training opportunity at NASA has been followed with another positive story on the strides of African tech-entrepreneurs. Three African tech-entrepreneurs, Gerald Abila of BarefootLaw (Uganda), Alloysius Attah, founder of Farmerline (Ghana) and Tonee Ndungu of Kytabu (Kenya) have each been awarded €75,000 for the King Baudouin African Development Prize awards.
In a chat in his studio, Niyi Akinmolayan, the visionary director who created Nollywood’s first sci-fi film, talks about how his singular vision is translating into a redefinition of the African market. He recounts his battle with depression, why film saved his life, and the importance of questioning everything.
São Tomé and Principe is Africa’s smallest state situated in the gulf of #Guinea in western #Africa. It could be the best beach holiday for lovers or anyone who wants serenity away from crowded beaches. Let’s enjoy the scenery in pictures.
When Nathaniel Bassey started the midnight praise challenge tagged #hallelujahchallenge he might not have expected over 62,000 views. The virtual worshipping challenge “is inspired by the biblical story of Paul and Silas”. The challenge has its supporters but it has also been heavily criticised. Some voices like that of Joy Isi Bewaji have called for more practical steps in changing the country instead of individual testimonies that won’t change the state of the nation.
The city of Durban hosted the third Zakifo Festival. The festival, which is organized by Jerome Galabert, had in attendance various artists like Ray Phiri, Jojo Abbot, and Damian Marley among others. The two day festival was captured in pictures by Tseliso Monaheng.
Otieno Gomba is a visual artist whose practice is deeply informed by signwriting and the space in which he works and lives – Kibera, one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, or slums. In 2001 he and fellow artist Otieno Kota founded the pioneering Maasai Mbili Art Centre – which serves as a studio cum gallery and a platform for many creatives from the area. Since then Gomba has developed his own distinctive style, referred to as ‘ghetto art’, and while painting is at the heart of his practice Gomba also ventures into community outreach projects, conceptual art, fashion, mixed media and music. In order to find out more about the artist, whose work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internally, I popped by the Maasai Mbili Art Centre to have chat with him.
In many parts of Africa, names have cultural importance, and the South African minister for Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has indicated that the name South Africa has no significant discernible importance except a geographical location of the country.
The Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF) is a week-long hub for publishers, booksellers, writers, schoolchildren and booklovers alike. However, this celebration cannot mask the fact that there are structural problems in the Nigerian publishing infrastructure that go beyond the printing of books.