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Merck Foundation CEO launched the first TV program to address Social and Health issues through African Fashion and Art
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Merck Foundation CEO launched the first TV program to address Social and Health issues through African Fashion and Art

‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ (www.Merck-Foundation.com)is a pan-African TV program that is conceptualized, produced, directed, and co-hosted by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation to feature African Fashion Designers, Singers, and prominent experts from various domains with the aim to raise awareness and create a culture shift across Africa such as:  Diabetes, Ending Child Marriage, Supporting Girl Education, Women Empowerment, Stopping GBV, Ending FGM and Breaking Infertility Stigma, among other social and health issues affecting the continent; Merck Foundation through their “Our Africa” TV program, has established the first ‘Fashion and Art community with Purpose’ community across 20 countries to break the silence and be the voice of ...
All you need to know about Ghana’s first historical fantasy book series
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All you need to know about Ghana’s first historical fantasy book series

The books are an adaptation of the history of the Ashanti Empire, which has been described as one of Africa’s most prominent kingdoms. The Weaving of the First Gods book series consists of five books and blends aspects of pre-colonial history, epic fantasy, and a great plot. The books are an adaptation of the history of the Ashanti Empire, which has been described as one of Africa’s most prominent kingdoms. The Ashanti Empire was one of the few states that stood up against colonial powers in the era of colonisation.  The Usurper’s Dream, the first book in the series, was released on 30 October 2022. It begins in the 16th century, with Osei Tutu, the young prince of Kwaaman, determined to free his people from the rule of Denkyira, the time’s superpower. T...
African Stream takes on Western Media to Re-Shape the Narrative by Telling African Stories through African Voices
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African Stream takes on Western Media to Re-Shape the Narrative by Telling African Stories through African Voices

“Until the lions learn how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.” For most of its modern history, Africa’s stories have been twisted by colonial-era and Western-oriented narratives. Social media-based platform African Stream officially launched across Africa today in an effort to challenge existing negative stereotypes and give a voice to Africans through cutting-edge, African-centered content. African Stream’s mission is to reshape conversations and narratives about – as well as knowledge and appreciation of – Africa and its people. “I’ve been in the media my entire career, and I am excited to create an African news platform to define our story in our voice." This continent is the birthplace of civilization and humankind. Africans are innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders,...
Fifteen films bid for the top prize in Africa’s premiere film fest
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Fifteen films bid for the top prize in Africa’s premiere film fest

Fifteen films bid for top prize in Africa's premiere film fest Fifteen feature-length movies are vying for the top prize in next month’s FESPACO festival, Africa’s top cinema event, the organisers announced Friday. Launched in 1969, the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) draws thousands of movie fans and professionals from across the continent. It is also closely followed by the US and European movie industries, which scout the event for new films, talent and ideas. A total of 170 films are competing across 11 categories in the February 25-March 4 event, including short films, documentaries, TV series, and animation, FESPACO said. Under festival rules, films chosen for competition have to be made by Africans and predominantly produced in A...
Real Crypto Adoption Needs Real Crypto Infrastructure (These 7 Upgrades, for Starters)
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Real Crypto Adoption Needs Real Crypto Infrastructure (These 7 Upgrades, for Starters)

Kgothatso Ngako saw a problem. He believed his neighbors in Africa would benefit from owning bitcoin, but most did not own smartphones. Internet penetration in Africa is only 30%. Millions were unable to, as the slogan puts it, “be their own bank.” Ngako wanted to change this. A former software engineer at Amazon, he had already worked to translate bitcoin education materials – such as Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper – into over 20 African languages including Kiswahili, Shona, and Oshiwambo. But that would only go so far. Knowledge would be worthless unless people had a way to actually own bitcoin. “Luckily, on the African continent the GSM infrastructure is quite solid,” says Ngako. So thanks to this network, many Africans used text-based flip phones. Could Ngako tap into th...
Voodoo dances and rituals wow tourists at the Benin festival
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Voodoo dances and rituals wow tourists at the Benin festival

On Benin's national voodoo holiday, performers dressed as guardians of the night swirled in costumes resembling technicolor haystacks, delighting worshippers and tourists alike. Over a thousand people gathered in the small Atlantic coast town of Ouidah on Tuesday, once an important port in the slave trade, to watch the elaborate annual rituals of dance and drumming to honour the 500-year-old religion's panoply of gods and spirits. Advertisement · Scroll to continue "They come in increasing numbers because voodoo is no longer considered sorcery, it is no longer considered barbarism," said voodoo spiritual leader Daagbo Hounon Houna II, adorned in colorful beads and a top hat. Voodoo is practiced by around 12% of the West African country's population of 13 million people, but th...
Tema artisans call for the transformation of the sector  
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Tema artisans call for the transformation of the sector  

Ghana needed to transform the arts and crafts sector through the injection of modern technology to enhance the quality of the finished products. Artisans at Tema Community Five also called on the government to support players in the industry to increase production and create more employment for the youth.  Tema Community Five Artisans told the Ghana News Agency that even though some of them were motivated by pronouncements from government officials to support the local manufacturers, the support had been slow in coming. Madam Nancy Sakyi, Manager of Come and Watch Craft Workers, suggested that government should institute a policy to ensure that Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) patronized the serv...
Africa: NJ Ayuk Listed among 100 Most Reputable Africans in 2023 (By Boris Esono Nwenfor & Sonita Ngunyi Nwohtazie)
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Africa: NJ Ayuk Listed among 100 Most Reputable Africans in 2023 (By Boris Esono Nwenfor & Sonita Ngunyi Nwohtazie)

Author, Founder, and CEO of Centurion Law Group, and Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber NJ Ayuk, has been placed in the 70th spot on the list of 100 Most Reputable Africans of 2023 published by Reputation Poll International, a leading global reputation firm. A leading authority in the African energy sector and a strong advocate for African entrepreneurship and the indigenous energy sector, NJ Ayuk is recognized as one of the foremost figures in African business today. He earned a degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park, a Juris Doctor in Law at the William Mitchell College of law and later an MBA at the New York Institute of Technology. He started by working for a frontline law firm in the US before working with one of the agenc...
River Jamboree 2022: A December Event That Feted The Volo Breeze
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River Jamboree 2022: A December Event That Feted The Volo Breeze

Revelers in Ghana had a different feel of the Yuletide at the maiden edition of the River Jamboree. The event which was aimed at giving people a fun time outside the city was held at Volo in the Volta Region on the 29th and 30th of December 2022. Reggae/dancehall artiste Epixode and the Volta Regime boss, Edem headlined the two-day event with other performances from Keeny Ice, Jah phinga, JJ Gonami, Ice Phlame, Fiamor, Sinami, Agbeshie, Kim Maureen, Stal i, comedian Kose and more.  River Jamboree was an opportunity for people who sought to escape the hustle and bustle of the cities to catch the cool breeze of the Volta River at Volo. The event provided a serene and cozy environment as patrons enjoyed good music, a boat ride, camping, dance, and local food, bonfire, and net...
Africa’s week in pictures: 30 December 2022 – 5 January 2023
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Africa’s week in pictures: 30 December 2022 – 5 January 2023

A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent: Image caption,Swimmers in Tunisia's coastal town of Nabeul take a New Year's Day dip in the Mediterranean. Image caption,In the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, some see in 2023 with an outdoor prayer service... Image caption,While others in the city celebrate the new year by spinning burning steel wool to create a shower of sparkles. Image caption,A young boy gets his face painted in Cape Town, South Africa, in readiness for Monday's annual Cape Minstrel Carnival, back after a two-year break caused by Covid... Image caption,Different troupes parade through the streets and perform for the thousands of visitors in a tradition that dates back to the days of slavery. Image caption,Monday also sees an annual hunting fe...