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Zimbabwe Plans to be Regional Distributor of Medicines.

THE National Pharmaceutical Company (Natpharm) is moving with speed to construct more warehouses across the country as part of government’s drive to improve health service delivery.

Government is targeting to have Natpharm warehouses in all the country’s provinces as part of its decentralisation programme.

One such facility has been completed in Mutare, with Natpharm Board Chairperson, Ms Ruth Kaseke, who toured the warehouse this Saturday, outlining the roadmap towards government’s target.

“The Manicaland warehouse is almost complete as they are just doing finishing touches and we are looking forward to commissioning the one in Masvingo which is already complete. We are hoping to start construction of the Mashonaland East warehouse before the end of the year as resources have been put aside. As we go into 2024 we will start construction of the Mashonaland central warehouse. The construction of provincial hospital in Mat North is at an advanced stage with a warehouse construction being part of the process,” she said.

The broader objective is to turn the country into a regional medicines distribution hub in the SADC region.

“We are also have relationships with international organisations and manufacturing companies. We recently signed an MOU with Iran and we have a working arrangement with Egypt. We also have a working arrangement in the offing with Indonesia so that we also become their distribution centre not only in Zimbabwe but in the SADC region. We are planning and hoping that we can be the hub of distribution within the SADC region and that will mean more resources to save the people of Zimbabwe,” she added.

Government is also satisfied with increasing compliance by public entities to the Corporate Governance Act which has reached 75 percent from 60 percent.

“Our public entities have made significant strides in terms of compliance with the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act. We did a survey in 2020 which shows overall compliance at 54 percent to 60 percent. This was followed by another compliance survey for 2022 the results are due to be published,” said Permanent Secretary Responsible for Corporate Governance in the office of the President and Cabinet, Mr Allan Choruma.

He added, “This survey is also showing an improvement in the level of compliance to about 75 percent. It means we have gained a lot of traction in terms of compliance. Natpharm is doing well. In terms of production of audited financial statements, they have just finalised the 2022 financial year.”

Apart from construction of the giant warehouse in Mutare, government has also spearheaded construction of health facilities across the province as well as upgrading of the existing ones to improve health delivery.

Congo Fashion Show Hopes To Inspire Peace and Creativity

A fashion show was held in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo aimed at inspiring peace and creativity in conflict-ridden region.

 

Longing for peace, Goma workshop owner, Flore Mfuanani Nsukula, put the finishing touches on her newest collection to recognize the conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo. In her words, “We want peace to be restored in our country, especially in North Kivu.” 

 

 “Through art, all colors that we will express, through our clothes, it will be full of emotions, trying to explain what we are going through in our country.”

 

For decades, more than 100 armed groups in eastern Congo have been fighting for control of important natural resources. There are frequent mass killings, and the bloodshed has caused a refugee exodus.

 

In lieu of violence, the Liputa fashion show on Saturday night promoted peace and creativity within the region. 

 

According to organizers, it is an opportunity to send a message of peace and peaceful cooperation during a time of heightened tensions.

 

Creative stylists, models and designers from Cameroon, Senegal, Burundi, France and the U.S. took to the catwalk in hopes of spreading joy and beauty in the wake of a tumultuous chapter in the Congo’s history.

 

Cameroonian fashion designer Délia Ndougou stated, “Africans must be one, be united. It is true we  have a very wide cultural diversity, but this diversity must bring us together.” She presented a collection inspired by her national flag.

 

“We really wanted to convey joy in the clothes, peace in the clothes, very cheerful styles, a question of making the world smile,” Chadrac Lumumba, a creative stylist from Kinshasa added. 

 

Flore’s collection sought to recommit to the quest for peace in the area, while also showcasing the fashion industry’s continuous potential in the Congo. 

 

Organizer David Ngulu knew the show was, not only to sell these images of creators, but to show that in Africa and in the DRC, peace is possible.

 

“We presented these collections, not only to sell the images of these creators, but to show that in Africa, in the DRC, the areas that are considered ‘red,’ we can do things there that we see in other countries that have peace,” says David Ngulu.

 

“I think that each creator contributed to love, peace and living together.”

12 years a musician: Nigerian singer Davido, fans celebrate timelessness after ‘Back When’.

  • Award-winning African Afrobeats singer, Davido, has remained in the news for different reasons lately.
  • African News, especially the entertainment beat, is still agog with news about Davido’s Timeless Album.
  • While that buzz is still on, the Nigerian Musician went online to celebrate his 12th year since he started music professionally.

On the 7th of May 2023, fans, friends, and family of Nigerian Award-winning Afrobeats singer, David Adeleke, popular as Davido, celebrated his first 12 years of making music professionally. The commemoration took the world back to when his debut song, ‘Back When, which features the rave of that era – Naeto C, was released as the prime single heralding his first album. ‘Back When’, a song from his 2012 debut album ‘Omo Baba Olowo’, was produced in London by Davido himself while popular African music video director, Clarence Peters, shot and directed the video that was first uploaded online on the 9th of May 2011. The song rose to become one of the biggest hit songs from Africa at that time, marking his full induction into the entertainment industry.

Davido and a vixen; shot from his music video. Credit: Youtube.

Through a post shared on his Twitter handle, Davido expressed his appreciation to God for the 12-year ride, he described himself as God’s child. “12 years ago, today I dropped my first single. God’s child”, he wrote, stating how happy he is that people still accepted the album Timeless, which has been breaking records since its release, even after 12 years of putting out music.

 

While on tour recently, to sell his new Album, a brief chat he had with someone showed up online where the singer showed how happy he is to see people the world over accepting his new work of art, according to him, when compared to the previous Albums, Timeless got a good reception. He also mentioned that he has always felt people’s indifference to his earlier albums but Timeless rose to a different level. He said: “I’m happy that people accepted Timeless and I feel they always doubted my album. It’s a different feel for me because people have never accepted my album, so this is a fresh one for me…I haven’t felt this before”. The singer, and father, who had stayed away from social media for a while, just after the loss of his son, expressed satisfaction and optimism about his music and social media comeback.

London, United Kingdom. January 27, 2019. Davido performs live on stage at The O2 Arena. Credit: Michael Tubi / Alamy Live News

He mentioned that the responses and positive reactions he has been receiving since TIMELESS dropped have been quite encouraging. Davido disclosed that he is just getting started, even though he admits that the journey has, so far, been heavy with breath-taking adventures. “This journey has been crazy, but we’re just getting started”: he says. He rose to prominence and popularity after he released ‘Dami Duro’, the second single from his debut studio album. With global prominence, an avalanche of awards, honorary mentions across different quarters, and worldwide recognition of his art, the singer has earned respect and recognition as one of the iconic names in the African music landscape.

 

Davido has remained a key source of entertainment news globally. He won the popular ‘next rated’ award category at The Headies In 2012. The 30-year-old father, in the last decade, has released hundreds of chart-topping songs like ‘Skelewu’, ‘Gobe’, ‘Aye’, ‘One of a Kind’, ‘Owo Ni Koko’, ‘Fall’, ‘If’, ‘Fia’Assurance’ and several other African hits. In 2019 he dropped A Good Time’, an Album that preceded ‘A Better Time’ which he released in 2020. ‘Timeless’, his 17-track fourth album was released on the 31st of March 2023, and it has continued to garner millions of streams across music platforms.

LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 24: Davido accepts The Best International Act Award onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

The album also set a new record for the first-day streaming for an African album on Apple Music in the same month of March. Davido stands out as one of the most-followed African artists on social media. His frequent global tours are almost always sold-out events. A lot of fans believe that these first 12 years are only the beginning, just like the artist has emphasized. Considering his antecedents, do you feel Davido can comfortably remain on top of the African Music space for the next 12 years? Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section.

 

 

Jebet, Naibet win as African, world athletes partake in maiden Abuja International Marathon.

  • Again, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibet has won a marathon in Nigeria. His first was in Lagos, and the Abuja International Marathon is his second.
  • Ruth Jebet, a Bahrain runner of Kenyan ancestry, defied previous career challenges to win her first international full marathon.
  • Other elite runners and fun seekers from other African cities and the rest of the world converged to take part in the inaugural and historic Abuja International Marathon; they left with prizes and happiness.

On the 29th of April 2023, Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibet and Bahrain runner Ruth Jebet emerged inaugural winners of the men’s and women’s respective categories of the first international full marathon in the FCT, the historic Abuja International Marathon, backed by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, with routes calculated and calibrated by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, AIMS, and approved by World Athletics, with the theme ‘Celebrating the Best of FCT’.

 

Ruth Jebet, winner of the women’s full marathon. Source: www.eurosport.com

 

According to the Race Director, Olukayode Thomas, “About 50 foreign elite runners and 120 local elites registered to participate in the race’’. They were joined by thousands of Nigerian runners that registered to participate in the three categories. The race, a first of its kind in Abuja, was earlier slated for the 17th of December 2022 but was later rescheduled to hold on the 29th of April 2023, with the weather showing kindness to the notable event.  The lovely city of Abuja typically experiences torrential rainfall in April but on the 29th, the city offered the ideal weather making it more convenient for Kenya’s Naibet as well as Jebet, Kenyan-born long-distance runner and steeplechase specialist who competes internationally for the Asian country Bahrain, to win the two categories respectively.

 

Emmanuel Naibet, winner of the men’s full marathon. Source: www.naijanews.com.

 

Naibet won with a time of 2:13:45, a winning time considered the best ever documented in any first edition of Marathon races in Nigeria. This is his second marathon win in Nigeria having also won the 2021 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. “It was a great race for me though a bit challenging with some hilly parts on the routes, but overall, I am happy to win this race and add it to my achievements,” the animated titleholder said in a chat with journalists. Benard Sang finished in second position with a time of 2:13:49 while Ezekiel Koech secured his third place to seal up the win for Kenyans in the men’s category with a time of 2:13:51.

 

Athletes from around the world gather in Abuja for the maiden Abuja International Marathon. Photo by Light Oriye. Source: www.premiumtimes.ng

 

In the women’s category, though her first attempt at the full marathon after dominating in other long-distance races, Ruth Jebet from Bahrain dwarfed other runners to grab the number one spot with a time of 2.36.08, Mercy Kwambai from Kenya finished second with a time of 2:38:17, while Ethiopia’s Dida Negasa held on to the third place with a time of 2:40: 16. An excited Jebet says, “I can never forget the Abuja International Marathon, it is my first full marathon and I won it, I hope to be back next year to defend my title”.

 

Three different races took place in Abuja. Apart from the elite runners who took part in the full marathon that spanned about 42.195 kilometres, students from across the Abuja metropolis as well as fun contenders also keenly competed for prizes in the 5-kilometre and 10-kilometre races. Thomas, the race director, pointed out that one of the big ideas behind the racing event is the establishment of an elite athletes’ development program to groom exceptional local athletes. “What makes the race unique is that it is the first race that will give local athletes recognition not just in terms of appearance fee or bonuses, but we are trying to set up elite athletes development program because we believe that Nigerians have what it takes to do what the Kenyans and Ethiopians are doing,” he said. All finishers of the Abuja International Marathon got medals and certificates signed by the FCT Minister of State.

 

Cross section of runners at the Abuja International Marathon. Source: www.gazettengr.com

 

Also, the Managing Director of Abuja International Marathon, Mrs.  Zsuzsanna Ogunmiloyo mentioned the available incentives for young participants. She said “We also want to encourage the culture of running because the youths have to be encouraged. Sports bring the community together. It is something we want embedded in the youths to know that hard work and determination count.”

 

Activities that led to the Saturday Marathon began on Friday with an expo at The Pavillion, beside the International Conference Centre, opposite Radio House, Abuja. According to Race Director, Olukayode Thomas, the Marathon Expo, with the theme ‘Showcasing the best of FCT,’ prepped the participants for the event. There was refreshment, entertainment from the FCT Arts and Culture Department, and prizes for participants. Visitors were also treated to a city-wide tour. “For those interested in FCT landmarks and tourist attraction centres, officials of the FCT Tourism Department will be on ground to take them around the FCT with tour guides that will answer their questions.”

 

Route Calibration by Norrie Williamson of the World Athletics/AIMS A Grade South Africa, together with his team. Source: www.abujainternationalmarathon.com

 

Thomas highlighted the gains of the Abuja Marathon pointing out that they outweigh the few road closures and other inconveniences that came with the event. He said, just before the event, that: “We need to start telling our stories with activities like Abuja International Marathon. Abuja is a beautiful city, no doubt, but how many times have we showcased the city to the world? This is probably the first time that Abuja will be beamed to the world for four hours. This race will show the best part of Abuja and its landmarks to the world for hours so let us all work with the FCTA to make the epoch event a huge success.’’

 

A week-long Marathon Expo preceded the race with numerous lead-up activities, including the unveiling of the Marathon Logo, the High School that won in the production of the theme song for the Abuja International Marathon, and the presentation of race ambassadors. The event attracted stakeholders in the industry including fun runners, FCTA officials, sponsors, and elite runners abroad and at home. Abuja International Marathon seeks to be the first race in the world to win the prestigious World Athletics Label after its first edition. The majority of elite runners officially invited for the race are Gold Label Runners.

 

Participants at the maiden Abuja International Marathon. Source: www.gazettengr.com

 

Abuja, a stunning city with an excellent network of roads, while playing host to the international marathon, did a good job showcasing her beauty to the world. Another big idea behind the Abuja International Marathon (AIM) is to make the FCT more beautiful and tourist-friendly, even as it presents new and thrilling experiences to both fun and elite runners, in and outside Nigeria.  Abuja International Marathon (AIM) aims to become a qualifier for the Olympics Games, World Athletics Championships, and the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago Tokyo and New York City), within three years. The National Hospital Abuja and other prominent hospitals partnered as reference centers for the race. African News media have kept up with updates before, during, and after the event. It would seem like Kenyans are built for races seeing that they sweep key prizes anywhere races are organized in the continent, and indeed around the word. What do you think? Share with us in the comment section.

 

 

Mr Eazi’s Zagadat Capital benefits from $1 billion Vydia sale deal.

  • African news platforms have continued to steam from the record-breaking deal involving Mr Eazi’s portfolio company, Zagadat Capital.
  • In March 2023, the multifaced artiste got recognized as the first Nigerian artiste to win a Latin Grammy Award.
  • Mr Eazi has established his influence in both music, tech, and business, in Africa and globally.

Oluwatosin Ajibade, famously known as Mr Eazi, has recently stirred African News media and the rest of the world, with the recent sale of Vydia, the portfolio company in partnership with his venture capital fund, Zagadat Capital, for an astonishing $1 billion. The digital video and audio distribution company was acquired by American firm, Gamma, in an unprecedented transaction regarded by many as the biggest in Afrobeats, so far.

 

Gamma is a music and technology firm owned by former Apple Music Executive, Larry Jackson, who believes that Gamma’s vision is in seamless harmony with Vydia’s potential and capabilities, he is enthusiastic about the acquisition. He says “Vydia epitomizes the vision of Gamma as an ideas company.” Entertainment brands that have worked with Vydia include artists like Kanye West, Akon, Mr Eazi, and Anuel.

 

Source: www.nydjlive.com

 

Jackson said about the acquisition: “Gamma is built with the flexibility and aptitude that creators need to connect with fans on all formats and across all channels – with transparency and no restriction. We are a progressive media company powered by the best-in-class content distribution and analytics software by way of our Vydia acquisition.”

 

Beyond a rewarding career in Music, Mr Eazi’s influence in the business world has continued to grow. He set up and runs the music distribution platform emPawa, to promote Afro-music. The platform has worked with several artists including Namenj, Fave, Joeboy, Bella Alubo, and Mr. Eazi himself.

 

Source: www.nydjlive.com

 

Zagadat Capital, established in 2021, has speedily built a reputation for its strategic investments in different tech companies. The companies include home services provider Eden Life, remittance-based loaning firm Paisa, African fintech company Pawapay, and, newly, the South African basketball team, CapeTown Tigers. Zagadat Capital’s portfolio shows that Mr Eazi is committed to the promotion of innovation and advancement in the African tech network. Zagadat Capital’s early investments centred on music tech companies. The companies include ticketing platform SHOOBS, Mr Eazi’s enterprise emPawa, and American music distribution service Vydia.

 

Remarkably, emPawa used the services of Vydia before Mr Eazi made any financial investments into the platform, indicating that, from the onset, he was quite confident in Vydia’s potential. The success of this notable deal reinforces Mr Eazi’s status as a dominant figure in music, tech, and the business world. His impact on the global entertainment scene, as a many-sided entrepreneur, is undisputed. The acquisition of Vydia by Gamma will reform the music distribution scene, giving artists quality platforms and gears to reach new markets as they enlarge their careers.

 

Mr Eazi and his girlfriend, Temi Otedola. Source: www.gltrends.com.ng

 

As the digital age continues to alter the music creation, distribution, and consumption processes, Gamma’s vision mixed finely with Vydia’s infrastructure could be a possible harbinger of a new era of innovation in music. Mr Eazi’s accomplishments with Zagadat Capital and emPawa point to the tremendous potential for growth in the African tech and entertainment sectors. As more investors look towards the continent, we are likely to see more ground-breaking collaborations, offers, and deals that will all add up to push economic growth and enhance a flourishing creative network.

 

Mr Eazi, who recently made history by becoming the first Nigerian artiste to win a Latin Grammy Award, is set to become an in-law to one of Africa’s leading businesspersons, Femi Otedola.

 

StreetNet International Congress gathers African informal traders, street vendors in Kigali.

  • Roadside traders and other informal economy workers around the world are to converge in Kigali, Rwanda, to address peculiar issues.
  • The congress advocates for recognition and inclusion of street businesses in Africa especially.
  • AfriSQuare’s African News focuses briefly on the varied expectations from the Conference.

StreetNet International, a global coalition of street vendors and informal traders, holds its 7th International Congress in May 2023. This event features over 150 workers from the informal economy, activists, street vendors, and invited visitors from several other trade unions drawn from more than 50 countries, from about four continents, who will all converge in Kigali, Rwanda, from the first day of May to the sixth, to deliberate on tactics on how to defend these workers’ right to decent work, recognition, and social protection as well as pertinent matters such as climate change.  It also delivers to the participants an opportunity to be a part of the May 1st International Workers’ Day celebrations.

 

African roadside vendors. Source: includeplatform.net

 

Oksana Abboud, International Coordinator, says “StreetNet International Congress is the biggest event for StreetNet family, as it is exactly the most crucial space to get together for all StreetNet members from around the globe, listen to them, collect their views and suggestions, share experience and knowledge, analyze and criticize as well as to adopt new policies and strategies on continuous institutional growth in building collective actions towards empowerment and strengthening StreetNet at different levels, especially to amplify the voice and influence of informal street and market vendors in their own countries and cities while advocating for their rights and all types of protection.”

 

For more than twenty years, StreetNet has built solidarity among workers in the informal economy around the world, creating a bond and uniting them behind a joint front recognized by multilateral establishments such as the United Nations’ Agency, International Labour Organization. StreetNet has been promoting basic labour rights of street vendors in Africa; it is also pushing for an expansion in its scope and coverage such that it can also cater for members across different nations of the world. Most informal traders, and several other informal economy workers, typically do not have enough access to social protection and are ignored or neglected during social dialogues and collective negotiations even though informal economy workers are vital contributors to all countries’ economies.

 

Street vendors in Zimbabwe, the country with the 2nd largest vendor population in the world. Source: www.zimbabwesituation.com

 

The President of StreetNet, Lorraine Sibanda, says “recognition for the workers in the informal economy is critical for the growth of any country. This will also facilitate the access to decent work for informal economy workers, a condition that is not met in many countries. There needs to be access to social dialogue, so that workers in the informal economy are at the table of negotiations, being in the position to articulate their own issues, as well as guide the national strategies on formalization processes and the extension of social protection. Workers in the informal economy are as legitimate as their counterparts in the formal economy”.

 

A vegetable vendor and his customer, in Kigali. Source www.jacarandafm.com

 

The 7th Congress is expected to set the agenda for, and pace of, continued development of global alliances in the next four years. The Congress is bent on continuing the fight for acknowledgement and demand for necessary rights. The Universal Congress will also have the stakeholders elect a new four-year term leadership, even as they debate, propose, and adopt fresh policies and resolves.  The Congress is built to be the utmost governing body of StreetNet, saddled with the principal responsibility of making key decisions.

 

Can this development be sustained? How wide and far can it spread? Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, do share with your friends.

April 2023 Edition: Photogenic Stride Contest for African Models Commences

The April 2023 Edition of the Photogenic Stride Contest by AfriSQuare commences as the first edition for the year 2023. The contest which runs every month with a cash prize of $150 to be won, is an online beauty contest that showcases the true beauty of African women across Africa

 

 

However, the photogenic Stride contest has proven to be a starting point for ladies who aspire to become models in Africa. The last edition for 2022 was held in November.  The April edition 2023 is up and running, and currently, ladies from across Africa are getting ready to take the crown as the winner of the April edition, because there can be but only one winner. 

 

 

Ladies who have won previous editions have either benefitted as winners, runners up or via consolatory prizes. In order for you to be among these categories (winner, 1st and 2nd runners ups), this is how you register. 

 

 

Also, the Photogenic Stride contest is purely based on merit with transparency in operations. The more you share your link with your friends, the higher your chances of winning. If you are an African lady, why not hit the link below, you might be the lucky winner.

 

 

You can join the April 2023 AfriSQuare Photogenic Stride by clicking here. 

 

Note: no fee is attached for voting, as well as registration.

AMVCA 2023: RMD, Brotherhood, others eye best movie, actor as full nominees list emerges.

Source: https://www.dstv.com/africamagic/en-ng/home
  • The full list of nominees for the 9th edition of the AMVCA has since been generating a lot of reactions from lovers of entertainment and the screen.
  • The organizers of the event, the contenders, and the voters or viewers are all hyped up for the big day.
  • The voting categories are open to the public on AMVCA (dstv.com).

 

Stars headlining nominations for the highly awaited 9th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards, AMVCA, 2023 include Chidi Mokeme, Tobi Bakare, Bimbo Ademoye, and others. MultiChoice, the organizers of the awards, on the evening of Sunday, April 16, 2023, released a comprehensive list detailing the various categories and the nominees ahead of the significant event, and different African news platforms have since been stirred.

 

Chidi Mokeme in Shanty Town. Source: www.pulse.ng

 

AfriSQuare gathered that digital content creators in Nollywood, and in Africa generally, have also earned recognition; this shows an expansion in the annual event’s scope, which traditionally recognizes outstanding performances in film, television, and entertainment.  The nominees are spread across more than 30 award categories, some of the categories, about ten of them, are open to the public; voters from the general public can choose their preferred nominees, while some other categories are to be decided by a panel of judges set up by the organizers. The event itself is scheduled to hold from the 18th to the 20th of May 2023, in Lagos State, Nigeria, and will be broadcast live on Africa Magic channels.

Source: AMVCA (dstv.com)

 

The AMVCA has grown into a premium event that acknowledges outstanding accomplishments in African television and film. This year, numerous talented actors and actresses across Africa, all contending for awards in different categories, will feature. The list of nominees contains talented film makers as well as prominent actors and actresses such as Nkem Owoh, Mercy Johnson, Chinedu Ikedieze, Chidi Mokeme, Richard Mofe Damijo, and several others. A number of movies and television series have also been nominated for awards, including ‘Brotherhood’ directed by Jade Osiberu, ‘Ile Owo’ directed by Kayode Kasum, among others.

 

According to the organizers, talented Big Brother Naija alumnus, Bisola Aiyeola and Ghanaian actor, Adjetey Anang, will be the main hosts for this year’s award show. There are several ways to vote for nominees of different categories. Members of the public are encouraged to cast their votes for their favorites as this could make them big winners of any of the public voting categories on awards night. To vote, one must register first before they can get behind their favorite nominees for the ninth edition of the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards.

Adjetey Anang and Bisola Aiyeola, the event’s hosts. Source: AMVCA (dstv.com)  

 

To see the full list of nominees, as well as to register and vote for your favorites, the AMVCA site AMVCA (dstv.com) will come in handy. Feel free to visit. Also, share with us, here in the comment section under this post, who you think should win what awards. Is anyone on the nominees list who should not be there? Is there someone who should have been on the list? What do you think of the nominees and the categories? What do you think about the inclusion of online content makers in the mix? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section, even as you share the post with your friends.

 

 

Healthcare in South Africa progresses as Diabetes management enjoys technological boost.

  • While Diabetes keeps raging in most parts of the world, the Department of Health in South Africa as well as private health establishments are working assiduously to better the lives of people living with the ailment in the country.
  • Technology has proven invaluable in Diabetes management in the country.
  • While the ailment may be chronic, with sustained technological efforts it can be handled effectively.

Diabetes has long been classified as a chronic disease; it is a known source of challenges for patients and, if poorly managed, a known cause of blindness, renal failure, heart attack, and even death. According to the International Diabetes Federation, IDF, cited in www.africa.com, 24 million adults in Africa are currently living and dealing with diabetes, and by 2045, the number is likely to swell up to 55 million. In South Africa, healthcare is administered by the Department of Health. However, South Africa does not have a system of universal healthcare; a private healthcare system runs together with a public healthcare system and the systems have faced Diabetes headlong.

 

Source http://stock.adobe.com                  Source https://www.samagame.org

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The International Diabetes Federation also recently revealed in a report that roughly 4.5 million people live with diabetes in South Africa. The good news is that the 2020 Global Healthcare Index, puts South Africa’s healthcare system at number 49 out of 89 countries; also, the treatment range for managing the ailment has advanced speedily in recent times, with new and expanded technological inventions adding up to the development of new methods of dealing with diabetes, including the development of pills and other medications that lower glucose, as well as a broad list of insulin provisions that manage both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes more efficiently.

 

With this expansive list of effective glucose-lowering agents, remarkable progress has been made in diabetes technology. Diabetes technologies help people with diabetes manage blood glucose levels, avoid complications, improve patients’ quality of life, as well as lighten the load of living with diabetes. People living with diabetes used injectable animal-based insulin for years, but advancement in treatment have been made recently. Diabetes technology has come a long way. Devices are easier, from blood glucose meters and continuous glucose monitoring, CGM, to state-of-the-art insulin pumps.

 

Wearable technology has been introduced to ease the tracking of blood glucose levels over time and they are considered the most effective options for diabetes management. The CGM system is made up of a sensor, which is a small wire catheter inserted under the skin on the patient’s arm or abdomen, and a handheld receiver or smartphone that displays your glucose data in real-time.  Real-time CGM has become reliable and has demonstrated effectiveness in diabetes management, and daily monitoring of glucose levels.

                  Source www.hopkinsmedicine.org  Source www.hopkinsmedicine.org

 

The improvement in CGM system technology is evident in the Dexcom G7, recently launched in South Africa for diabetic two-year olds. This product’s launch signifies another milestone in the revolutionary diabetes management technology in South Africa. The Dexcom G7 is Dexcom’s most accurate CGM system ever developed. It has the fastest CGM in the market, a 30-minute sensor warm-up, and an improved alert settings for enhanced discretion, among several other features. The availability of Healthtech innovations like the Dexcom G7 will allow people with diabetes to live better lives despite their health conditions.

Source www.weforum.org Source www.weforum.org

Law student and a diabetes activist Thapi Semenya, has lived with the disease for more than 17 years, she is one of the benefitiaries of this technology in diabetes management. Her journey battling diabetes has been quite bumpy, like it has been for many. She has endured severe pains from needles. She sporadically experiences very high and low glucose levels without knowing. But now, with the availability of CGM, Thapi is living her life normally because she can monitor her glucose levels better. Indeed, an improvement in CGM, is still an integral part of diabetes management, in a world where the number of people with diabetes is rising.

There is little worry that South Africa may not surmount the possible health crises posed by diabetes. The country has seen substantive health sector reforms, and, yes South Africa boasts of the highest standard of healthcare in Africa with more than 200 private hospitals across the country. It is also a hugely famous destination for tourists and expats too, hence, South Africa’s healthcare system is regularly tested.

 

 

 

 

Davido’s ‘Timeless’ debuts remarkably on Billboard 200, streaming platforms.

Source www.thetimes.co.uk
  • Davido’s ‘Timeless’ album lends credence to his talent and mastery of the art.
  • After several losses, he has stamped his feet solidly on the path to recovery with this new body of work.
  • Teeming fans hope that the Album’s name will speak; they hope to see it stand the test of time.

On the 31st of March 2023, Nigerian ace afrobeats musician, Davido, stirred global and African news platforms with the release of his keenly expected fourth album, titled ‘Timeless’. In the week of release, the album achieved ground-breaking triumph; it broke several records within the continent and internationally. ‘Timeless’ recently debuted on United States’ Album chart, Billboard 200. Different reactions have since trailed the Album’s progress so far.

 

After early commercial profits, ‘Timeless’ got tipped for a debut in the upper part of the chart, and, in the latest episode of the Billboard Chart dated April 15, 2023, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ unveiled itself at number 37 making it the second topmost Nigerian album to ever debut on the chart next to Burna Boy’s ‘Love, Damini’ which made an entrance at number 14. ‘Timeless’, so far, has crushed multiple records, in Nigeria, Africa, and globally, across major streaming platforms. On Spotify, ‘Timeless’ set a fresh all-time record for the biggest entrance of any album in Spotify Nigeria history; the Album tallied 14.5 million streams during its release week, March 31st — April 6th, exceeding the preceding record of 4.89M streams by Burna Boy’s ‘Love, Damini’.

 

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On Apple Music Nigeria, Davido’s ‘Timeless’ broke the previously existing record of the biggest debut week for any album on Apple Music Nigeria, and while breaking one record, it equally, set a new record for the most streams on a debut day for an African album on Apple Music globally. Davido’s ‘Timeless’, on Audiomack, had more than 12 million streams in its first 24 hours, more than any other album in Audiomack’s history. Also, its release week is the biggest release week on record for any African album in the history of Audiomack. Similarly, the album also set a new record on Boomplay Nigeria, it created the biggest debut week ever on Boomplay Nigeria, four days after release ‘Timeless’ amassed more than 22 million streams on the platform surpassing the previously existing highest record of 18.8 million streams by ‘Love, Damini’, from July 8th to July 14th, 2022.

 

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Even on YouTube, ‘Timeless’ carved a new record; with 4.10 million streams, it created the biggest debut week for any album on YouTube Nigeria. The Album waxed powerful in its release week, reinforcing Davido’s place as one of Africa’s contemporary music greats. The album showed off an impressive performance as well as Davido’s commercial dexterity which are both evident in the way it is being received and consumed by teeming lovers of Afro Music. In addition to making a significant entry into the respected Billboard 200, ‘Timeless’ also made a resounding statement on major streaming platforms, continentally and globally.

 

The buzz from the Album has got people asking: ‘how can an African album make such a global impact on streaming platforms in such a short while? Clearly, the album’s US success is not accidental as it has also ranked 1st in the UK Apple music top albums chart; it has ranked 14th in Germany, 12th in Italy, 17th in France, and 24th in Switzerland. ‘Timeless’ sits comfortably on each of the mentioned country’s lists of top 200 albums.

 

 

Ghana garners global goodwill after American artistes’ applause.

  • Hiphop fans from Africa as well as African followers of the renowned Steve Harvey have continued to express satisfaction after eulogies about Ghana went viral online.
  • Two key American entertainers were at the fore of the praise-singing.
  • Africans, Ghanaians especially, have received the tributes happily.

 

Recently, on two different occasions, the west African country of Ghana received unusual recognitions from two American entertainers – Tv personality Steve Harvey and Musician Chance the rapper; they both promoted the Gold Coast, in their own unique ways, to their large western audience. The humorous 66-year-old Tv Host, Harvey, advised his audience to visit Ghana first, then Botswana and South Africa. Harvey claimed it’s a way to gain a better understanding of African culture and the significant contributions made by Africans to the world.

 

                 

 

Harvey who once visited Ghana in 2019 to film and broadcast a season of Family Feud, encouraged his American audience to disregard their preconceived notion of Africa and visit first. He said, “them Africans is us mhen; they are the beat; they are the rhythm; they are the song. They are hard work; we get our courage from them. When you see them, people, they look just like your family.

 

In a similar development, American rapper, Chance The Rapper, in a recent freestyle, dropped a few lines in Twi language – one of Ghana’s native languages. Chance also referenced Osu and Kumasi, two Ghanaian towns, in his rap. He did not just make reference to the towns; he actually eulogized them in his rap in which he sprinkled some Twi language.

 

                               

 

The rapper went beyond praising the African towns, he also saluted Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria, Dr Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, and the revered Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia in the short electrifying performance. His line went: “Akwaaba medaase, that’s the end of my speech. Tell them to spread the word from Osu to KumasiThis for Dr Kwame, Selassie and Nnamdi.” 

 

These separate events have since attracted reactions from Ghanaians especially, and other Africans alike. People say that these mentions and recognitions reinforce the idea that Africa, its culture, and its people have garnered massive global recognition for its contribution to the arts, world politics, and global markets.

 

Trevor Noah breaks record with Dutch Erasmus Prize.

  • South African comedian has clinched a globally renowned Prize for his contributions to the arts.
  • The young African has enjoyed stints on stage, on TV, and across other media platforms making him one of Africa’s most sought-after talents.
  • Noah had quit hosting a popular TV show but his impact while at it did not go unnoticed and unrewarded.

 

Trevor Noah, South African stand-up comedian, Television host, author of international repute, entertainment entrepreneur, and renowned media personality, has registered yet another first; by winning the Dutch Erasmus Prize, the admired European prize named after humanist scholar and philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, he has become the first black comedian to clinch the prestigious recognition.

 

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation selected the former host of popular TV show, The Daily Show, for his brilliant input to the theme ‘In Praise of Folly,’ named after one of the most famous books by Erasmus, filled with social criticism, humor, and political satire. Although numerous fans across the world received the news of his exit from the daily show after seven years with immense shock, the foundation celebrated Noah for being a worthy custodian and ambassador of what they called the ‘Erasmian Spirit’.

 

 

The prize which comes with a cash sum of €150,000 ($159,000) is given yearly to a “person or institution that has made an exceptional contribution to the humanities, the social sciences or the arts, in Europe and beyond.” The foundation commended Noah for sustained efforts at gathering a youthful, diverse, and global audience and dishing out freshness to consumers of Media content, especially during unusual moments like the COVID 19 era, Donald Trump’s presidency, as well as during the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

 

A Hollywood Reporter had reported, earlier this year, that fans of the 39-year-old should stand by for his new book about forgiveness, reception and the secret to harmony.

 

Noah, an advocate for political and social issues, was born in Johannesburg in 1984; this means he was raised during the apartheid era. His mother’s root is traced to the Xhosa ethnic group in South Africa, while his father is of Swiss-German ancestry. His career in comedy commenced in the early 2000s, in South Africa, when he went round performing in local comedy clubs and hosting his own comic radio show. He attracted national attention with “The Trevor Noah Show,” an electrifying talk show that aired from 2010 to 2011, on a South African television.

 

In 2011, Noah debuted on U.S. television with “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Ever since, he has featured on numerous American talk shows, including “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He became the new host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, In 2015, after Jon Stewart.

 

Noah is also the brain behind several comedy specials, including “The Daywalker” in 2009, “That’s Racist” in 2012, and “Afraid of the Dark” in 2017. He published his engaging memoir “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” In 2016, and it became a New York Times bestseller. He frequently speaks up against police brutality and racial profiling; he has also advocated for gender equality. In 2018, he donated a sum of $10,000 to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation to help support arts education.

 

Côte d’Ivoire’s fashion week showcases 30 African designers.

 

  • The 16th annual Afrik Fashion week took place in cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan 
  • The fashion event brought together 30 designers and 60 models from several African countries.
  • Julianna Gnepa, a makeup artist said that it was an opportunity to meet other designers and models.

 

 

 

It was all flashiness and beauty at the 16th annual Afrik Fashion Week which took place this week in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, Abidjan.

 

 

 

The major fashion event brought together 30 designers and 60 models from several African countries, around the theme “Youth, Fashion and Cultural Diversity”.

 

 

 

“We think that Africa and even Côte d’Ivoire deserve to host a fashion week and for this edition, we tried to put our best foot forward by inviting African designers to share the stage with local designers,” said Isabelle Anoh, the event organizer.

 

 

 

And it wasn’t just about clothing. Handbags Jewelry, shoes – there was plenty to be seen and enjoyed by all.

 

 

 

For fashion designer Nancy, the event was also an opportunity for someone like herself, who wants to enter the fashion world, to learn and gain a little more visibility.

 

 

 

“Through fashion shows we see what others create and through that we get inspiration. And for us also to exchange with other stylists and other designers and of course to make ourselves known,” she said.

 

 

 

The event was widely seen as a wonderful opportunity to network with others in the industry from across the continent.

 

 

 

“It’s an opportunity for me to meet several designers, to get to know different models and creators. And also, participating in this event has been a great joy for me and it allows me to value my work,” said make-up artist, Julianna Gnépa.

 

 

 

Afrik Fashion Week was a stunning showcase for a celebration of the diversity of styles and materials of African fashion.

 

Nigerian Business Mogul, Benedict Peters, to Receive African Philanthropist Award in Kigali. 

 

  • Benedict Peters is set to be honored at the African Heritage Concert and Awards scheduled to be held in Kigali, Rwanda on April 1, 2023.


  • Peters who is the overseer of Aiteo and EMA Consortiums has won separate bids to acquire three power-generating companies and is set to build a 100,000-barrel refinery in oil-rich Warri, Delta State, South-south Nigeria.

 

 

The Nigerian business mogul, Peters, who is the originator of Aiteo Group, Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil-producing firm, will receive the African Philanthropist Award for his giant strides in sports and human capital development across Africa.

 

 

 

According to reports, the former President of Tanzania, the late John Magufuli; Vice-President of Liberia, Chief Jewel Howard-Taylor; former President of Botswana, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama (rtd), former Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and many other prominent Africans will be honored. 

 

 

 

According to the organizers, Heritage Times (HT), The African Heritage Concert and Awards will celebrate and honor distinguished African personalities from several African nations, who have dignified themselves through incredible successes across the globe. 

 

 

 

This, the organizers said, has become imperative to foster the African culture of excellence and promote Afrocentrism.

 

 

 

Peters leads the Aiteo and EMA Consortiums, which has won separate proposals to acquire three power-generating companies and is set to build a 100,000-barrel refinery in South-south Nigeria.

 

  Burna Boy to perform at Champions League final in Istanbul

         

  • Burna Boy, Grammy Award-winning singer and Oscar-nominated singer and producer.
  • The Nigerian Super star to perform at the UEFA Champion league final at Istanbul.
  • The Champions League final will be played in Istanbul on June 10.

 

 

Nigeria’s superstar, Burna Boy will perform live at the UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul, Turkey in June.

 

 

 

UEFA made the announcement via its official Twitter handle on Thursday.

 

 

 

“Big news! @burnaboy will be performing at the Champions League final in Istanbul alongside another amazing headliner,” the tweet read.

 

 

 

For the first time ever, fans will have the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the biggest annual global sporting event for themselves. 

 

 

 

 The global chart-topping ‘Last Last’ and ‘It’s Plenty’ megastar will bring his signature soulful vibes of afrobeats to Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium as millions of fans from across the globe tune in to watch the must-see performance only moments before the biggest game in club football gets underway.

 

 

 

Burna Boy, fresh from a record-breaking year and the release of his sixth studio album, Love, Damini, will take to the Pepsi MAX stage alongside another soon-to-be-announced global sensation.  

 

 

 

Revealed on TikTok, Burna Boy has teamed up with Pepsi MAX ambassadors and football royalty; world champion Leo Messi, reigning UCL champion Vini Jr and Euro-winning Lionesses star Leah Williamson; to encourage fans to showcase their best dance moves or ball skills by posting them to TikTok using the hashtag #PepsiKickOffShow.

 

 

 

Burna Boy commented: “As a huge football fan myself, I know it doesn’t get any bigger than the UEFA Champions League! That’s why I’m so excited to be performing on the Pepsi MAX stage at this year’s final. 

 

 

 

Music and football are the ultimate combination, so you already know I’ll be bringing the vibes and making magic in Istanbul. The world ain’t ready for what we have in store!”

 

 

 

The Champions League final will be played in Istanbul on June 10.

 

   

 

Development Bank Ghana takes crucial step towards food security.

  • Food security remains a vital ingredient for a thriving society.
  • Institutions that key into the nutrition needs of a nation earn relevance.
  • The Development Bank of Ghana is one of such institutions making crucial moves to address food needs of Ghana.

 This March, in Kumasi, the Development Bank Ghana, DBG, as part of plans to advance food security in the country, has engaged the poultry value chain stakeholders to study existing challenges and provide financing support. The Bank is certain that cost of food can be minimized and importation into the country reversed if market failures in important areas of the food supply chain like rice, poultry, soybeans, and corn are looked into keenly and boosted through workable agricultural financing programs and monitoring reforms.

Therefore, the bank is working with Feed the Future Ghana Mobilizing Finance in Agriculture Activity, the Ghana Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural Lending Project (GIRSAL), and other financial organizations to speed up sustainable food production. Speaking at the meeting with participants and stakeholders in the poultry value chain in Kumasi, Vice President for Research at the Development Bank Ghana, Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, said the bank had acknowledged and worked with about 12 establishments to scale up soya and maize production in Ghana.

 

He said that Ghana needs more maize for the poultry sector to perform rather optimally, adding that Ghana is blessed with arable lands and other resources. “There is, therefore, no need for Ghana to be importing $600 million worth of chicken every year; no need to import a billion dollars’ worth of rice every year. These are things we can do because it will generate jobs and create wealth, and ensure spatial distribution of resources,” he said.

 

Dr Opuni-Frimpong said that one of the problems they are solving in the west African country is food security, citing the 2021 Global Food Security Index, where Ghana occupied the 83rd. position out of 113 countries listed. The bank’s involvement in identifying bankable ventures within the value chains will close the gap of nutritional inconsistencies. He also added that the DBG had gathered funds of more than $700 million to aid production of the selected crops so that farmers can gain access to requisite resources and support that will ensure an increased output and improved food security. He added that the DBG team had before now engaged stakeholders in maize and soybean value chains at Sunyani.

 

Dr Victor Antwi, key figure in the Feed the Future Ghana Mobilizing Finance in Agriculture Activity, said the partnership with the Bank is aimed at supporting and enhancing food security in the country. Adding that the partnership provides ample opportunity to reach out to many more women known along these value chains.

 

Kigali hairstylist’s artsy videos put him atop.

  • African youths are prominent for creativity.
  • They find available ways to showcase the diverse beauties of the continent.
  • Young hairstylist, Safari Martin, has defined himself as an unusually creative barber.
  • His regular social media videos have drawn attention to the precision with which he presents his creative haircuts.

Either by word of mouth or by watching some of his delightful videos on Instagram one may have come across the thrilling tale of 23-year-old Martin Safari, a creative young man who, in his spoofs, cuts clients’ hairs with all types of tools, hammers inclusive. Surprising as it may, Safari finds hammers, knives, forks, and other weird tools useful in doing a remarkable job.

 

In his videos, actually acted out, the young barber dresses for each part, sometimes he simulates a mechanic trying to fix a spoilt car, other times he explores other roles. Safari mentioned that, as a child, he always imagined himself living the life of an extraordinary artist using pencils, brushes, pallets, and paint. But his parents had nudged him into the sciences because they expected a doctor to emerge from their son.

 

Many years later, neither medicine nor artistry has kept Safari gainfully engaged; though he has found a unique way to bring art into his work.

 

Safari talked about how he obeyed his parents at first and closed in on the sciences, deserting his interest in arts until, one afternoon, in his boarding school in Uganda, a friend asked for help with tidying up their hair because a proper haircut outside the school was quite beyond most students’ budget. That was destiny’s call; Safari answered the call wholeheartedly. From then on, without fully understanding what he was getting into, he found a new interest. For him, it continued as a simple hobby, just a courteous service to his peers. But, when the demand for this hobby of his began to swell, he joined heads with his school friends, and they smuggled in a clipper after which he began to attach stipends to his services.

 

Most of his needs in school were met and he stopped asking his parents for pocket money. He explained that “when I went back home for the holidays, I decided to take it to another level. I subscribed to some of the biggest barbers’ YouTube channels and took some online courses. “Safari substantially added to his skills during holidays so much that his school noted his improved talent and hired him as the official school barber. Just after his graduation, he set up a small-scale barbershop in that Ugandan neighborhood. Eventually, he returned home to Rwanda.

 

Safari has gone ahead to carve a brand in Kigali as one of the most skilled barbers in town. He leverages on the internet; he picks ideas, shares his unique works, as well as secure clients’ appointments online, through his Instagram handle, @safro_fades. Currently, he does not operate from a fixed address, he has niched himself as a pro barber who is accessible online and available for home services. Safro, as he is fondly called, charges from 15,000 Rwandan franc upward; his distinct home package goes for about 20, 000 Rwandan franc and above, depending on factors like location, clients’ preferred style, and other cost influences like dyeing, tinting, etc.

 

Averagely, Safari’s cuts usually take about 40 to 50 minutes. He believes he is still an artist and his art manifests in his haircuts, he says “I think my talent didn’t fully disappear. People tell me that they see my art just by looking at how I present my content and the way I make a haircut. This gives me the ultimate satisfaction”. He says that the ‘beauty of existing in this era’ contributes immeasurably to some of his successes in the barbing trade. “I can imagine that if this was a decade ago, I would just be some other barber. But because of technology and social media platforms, through proper content creation, I’m able to reach my desired audience, willing to pay adequately for my services,” he pointed out.

 

While a lot of people see Safari as a skilled barber, he looks beyond the trade, he works to establish himself as a captivating content creator, consistent and creative. “Most of my clients are Rwandans, but considering their conservative nature, I usually have a hard time convincing them to let me post them on my online page,” he mentioned while explaining probable reasons for a possible delay in his global exposure. Safari opines that anyone can prosper in any career path they pick to pursue, whether they originally dreamt of it or not. He admonishes young African talents by saying “make sure you master your craft, attract and keep your clients coming back and then promote your craft and then, make money.”

ADB LAUNCHES NEW CORPORATE STRATEGY.

 

  • A new corporate strategy has been considered and approved by the Board of Directors of the ADB.
  • The theme is “going above and beyond the predictable”.
  • ADB is taking necessary steps to strengthen its dominance as a leader in agribusiness financing in Ghana

 

 

 

A new corporate strategy has been considered and approved by the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Development Bank. The new corporate strategy replaces a 3-year strategy that expired on December 31, 2022.

 

 

The new corporate strategy was launched with a commitment to strengthen agribusiness financing to accelerate the achievement of its vision “to be the people’s bank, harnessing the transformational power of agribusiness for wealth creation.”

 

 

It is anchored on a theme, which is “Going Above and Beyond the Predictable”. It has nine pillars to guide the direction of the bank for the next few years.

 

 

This new strategy is aimed at enhancing the bank’s dominance as the leader in agribusiness financing in the country, and at the same time leveraging technology to reposition its retail and Digital Banking space. The other primary focus areas include financial performance, process improvement to enhance turnaround time, risk management, and customer experience.

 

 

The Managing director, Alhaji Alhassan Yakubu-Tali, while he was giving a brief remark at the launch, talked about the bank’s commitment to agribusiness financing, he stated, “As the people’s bank, harnessing the transformational power of agribusiness for wealth creation, ADB is taking necessary steps to strengthen its dominance as a leader in agribusiness financing in Ghana. ADB will continue to remain the leader and dominant in agribusi­ness financing across the entire agricultural value chain.” He also announced that ADB has rolled out strategies toward improving its digital and retail banking segments in order to enhance convenience and service delivery.

 

 

Alhaji Yakubu-Tali stated that the current happenings at the world stage, ranging from COVID-19, the Russia-Ukraine war, the slowdown in the global economy, high inflationary pres­sures, exchange rate challenges, and the domestic debt exchange program by the government, among others, required strategic decisions to make the Bank com­petitive and meet its performance indicators.

 

 

To further explain, the new corporate strategy will serve as a blueprint to ensure that the bank grows above and beyond the predictable. The MD also commended the bank’s cherished customers for their loyalty and continuous trust in the ADB brand, its products, and its services.

 

Africans earn world’s biggest financial reward, recognition in history discipline.

  • Two Africans stood out in the 2023 Dan David Prize – Saheed Aderinto and Chao Tayiana Maina.
  • Both scholars have done significant and recognition-worthy works in the discipline of history.
  • Each of them is to receive a financial reward of $300,000.

 

Nigeria’s Saheed Aderinto and Kenya’s Chao Tayiana Maina have earned additional labels that consolidate their achievements; both the Nigerian professor of History and African Diaspora Studies and the founder of the African Digital Heritage, this February, won foremost global award that distinguishes and supports outstanding contributions to the study of history and other disciplines that shed light on the human past, a recognition considered the biggest history prize in the world – the Dan David Prize.

 

Aderinto, 44-year-old professor of History and African Diaspora Studies at the Florida International University, and Maina, emerged as two from the nine winners announced on the 28th of February as recipients of $300,000 each, for their respective contributions to history research and to support their future works in the discipline. The Prize, described by The Washington Post as “the new MacArthur-style ‘genius grant’ for history”, and its financial attachment, which is an integral part of it, sits huge as the biggest history prize in the world.

 

 

Maina, a Kenyan historian and digital humanities scholar working at connecting culture and technology, focuses her work principally on using technology to preserve, engage, and disseminate African heritage.

Professor Ariel Porat, President of the Tel Aviv University, and Chairman of the Dan David Prize Board, while announcing the winners, said “the nine recipients exemplify outstanding research in history and related fields. They were chosen by a committee of international experts, following an open nomination process. Their scholarship reflects the interests of Dan David, the founder of the prize who was a businessman with a passion for archaeology and history.”

Porat clarified that the prize had since 2022 focused exclusively on history in its many facets. He continued, “giving this annual prize provides the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional work of scholars and practitioners who surprise us with insights into people, places and ideas that might otherwise remain forgotten or misunderstood.”

 

About the winners, Porat held that “they are scholars and practitioners who have the potential to reshape their fields in the future, and it is our hope that this prize will assist them to do so.”

The selection board applauded the winners’ work “for situating African history at the cutting edge of diverse literatures in the history of sexuality, nonhumans, and violence, noting that it is exceptional to see a single person leading scholarship in all of these fields.”

 

Aderinto took his celebration to facebook, he wrote: “Yes! I just won the largest history prize in the world. It’s $300,000. For me, alone. One lump sum. 220 million, in Nigerian currency. I have just received the highest financial reward for excellence in the historical discipline, on planet earth. It’s a Prize, not a grant. I don’t think there is any history prize worth $100,000 in cash—much less $300,000. While 300k is a lot of money in any strong global currency, the true value of the Dan David Prize is not the cash per se but what it would help me do for my students and mentees, institutions, global infrastructure of knowledge, and communities of practice. Hence, the award is about my scholarly achievement as much as about the people, institutions, and communities I represent.”

 

On the award he wrote: “The Dan David Prize was founded in 2000 with an endowment by Romanian-born Israeli businessman and philanthropist Dan David. Between 2001 and 2021, it awarded $1 million, each, to three very senior extraordinary humans in science, medicine, public health, politics, economics, art, and literature. Past recipients include Dr. Anthony Fauci, the public face of the US fight against COVID-19, former American Vice-President Al Gore, and MIT economics professor and Nobel Prize Winner Esther Duflo, among others. In 2022, the Dan David Prize was redesigned to become the largest history prize on earth to recognize nine exceptional historians with $300,000, each. $ 2.7 million in total. Recipients’ Ph.D. mustn’t be older than 15 years. I received my Ph.D. 13 years ago. I’m among the second cohort of the new history-focused Dan David Prize.”

 

It “recognizes outstanding scholarship that illuminates the past and seeks to anchor public discourse in a deeper understanding of history.” Recipients must be engaged in “outstanding and original work related to the study of the human past, employing any chronological, geographical and methodological focus.” They “should exhibit strong potential for future excellence, innovation and leadership that will help shape the study of the past for years to come.” While the Prize winners “must have completed at least one major project, the prize is not given for that project, but rather in recognition of the winner’s overall achievements as well as their potential for future excellence.”

 

 

He went ahead to admonish younger folks, he penned: “To all young and up-and-coming people out there—how hard are you working towards extraordinary rewards that don’t exist today, but will emerge tomorrow? Do you spend more on depreciables like cars, owambe, clothes, and phones, than on appreciables like knowledge, technology, skills, or a living condition that would enhance your creativity, increase your productivity, and strengthen your problem-solving abilities?

Are you seeking selfless mentors/sponsors who would help you get off the ground so you can fly beyond limits—with your own wings, on your own terms, at your own pace? Are you investing selflessly in your subordinates? Do you believe in and work for a cause that is bigger than you and your name, and that places people and institutions at the center of collective growth, shared honor, and democratized progress? Are you real to yourself, people, and circumstances? Are you building sustainable personal and professional relationships across gender and sexual orientation, nationality, religion, ideology, race, ethnicity, generation, e.t.c.? Are you learning the art of leadership within your community, profession, or network?

 

How strong is your faith in God or whatever you believe in? Do you have the discipline to wait, and wait, and wait—while also maintaining consistently high productivity—until your labor and investment begin to yield the best results? Do you believe in an instant or delayed gratification? How intentional, audacious, conscientious, and gritty are you? Do you have friends, colleagues, and family who would say—Mafo, mo wa pelu e (meaning ‘don’t relent, I am with you’ in Yoruba language) —even at the peak of your failures and vulnerabilities? If you have honest and self-reflective responses to these questions, then you can achieve something bigger than the largest history prize on planet earth”.

 

Aderinto, born in Ibadan in 1979, received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Ibadan in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 2010. Later that year his teaching career took off at Western Carolina University where he became a full Professor of History in 2021. In 2022, he moved to Florida International University.

 

The professor has published 8 books, 41 encyclopedia articles, 37 journal articles and book chapters, and 21 book reviews. His new book ‘Animality and Colonial Subjecthood in Africa’ inspects the roles of animals in Nigerian history. Also, he is currently writing a book as well as creating a documentary on Fuji music.

Aderinto is also the founding president of the Lagos Studies Association and a senior research fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa.

 

Chao Tayiana Maina holds an MSc in International Heritage Visualisation and a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science. Her research work explored the possibilities of implanting intangible histories in 3D digital environments. She is widely acknowledged for her bright work in documenting Kenyan history in innovative ways.

Maina, also the co-founder of Museum of British Colonialism and Open Restitution Africa project, and she specializes in using digital technologies to study unseen historical narratives with the intent to make them reachable to broader audiences. Her work centers on supporting African and Afro-diaspora communities to regain their identities and cultural heritage.

She is renowned for successfully upholding collaborative and interactive histories, where communities are invited to join the process of historical examination and findings.

 

The two awardees have since been collecting congratulations from different quarters.

 

Ghanian teachers’ colorful line of duty.

  • Ghana has joined other African countries that pay attention to cultural attires in the workplace.

 

  • Teachers in a district of the west African country adopted this initiative and have since pushed it joyfully.

 

  • The idea is to reinforce the creativity in the clothing of Africans.

Following conventions in other parts of Africa, teachers in the Hohoe Metropolis, Volta region, Ghana, have adopted the wearing of native Ghanaian and African clothing on the last Friday of every month. This creativity, introduced in 2022, is to encourage the wearing of native Ghanaian garments and to fortify collective bonds through culture and tradition.

 

Ms Janet Valerie Datsa, the Hohoe Municipal Director of Education, started this to merge culture and education into one since they were hitherto mutually separated. Other than boosting culture, it also fosters unity among teachers from a wide range of ethnic groups and backgrounds. Teachers in the Metropolis have followed the initiative religiously.

 

                       

 

Every last Friday of each month, countless school grounds in the Municipality are continually awash with beautiful and assorted styles of African prints and native wears. Workers at the education offices also take part in this healthy showcase of culture.

 

Mr Samuel Kaletsi, one of the teachers at the St. Francis College of Education Demonstration Primary School, expressed his happiness with the creativity. “First of all, let me thank Madam Valerie- I mean our Municipal Director for her singular efforts in promoting cultural awareness and unity among the teaching class. This initiative has really helped in giving meaning to the true spirit of Africanism. In fact, our learners (pupils/students) are also benefiting from it as they are becoming enlightened on the cultural uniqueness of their beloved country, Ghana,” he said.

                       

Other teachers applauded the proponent of the initiative for her sincere efforts in strengthening the ties since teachers in the municipality come from many parts of the country. They endorsed the idea as one that would nurture unity and national cohesion.

 

The main advocate of the idea, Madam Valerie Janet Datsa, said: “Well, I am so humbled by all of the praises being showered on me by my colleagues. I really don’t have much to say but I am happy that just in less than two years since this idea came up, it has gotten this far. I am really humbled,” Madam Datsa said, adding that it was necessary “so as to continue to showcase our rich culture, traditions and heritage to the rest of the world.”

 

She was hopeful that the concept would be accepted and implemented by other education boards in the district and other parts of the country.

This concept is not relatively new in Africa as in most Nigerian cities workers and businesspeople alike adorn themselves with native attires on Fridays, not just each month’s last Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

MOROCCO’S FASHION WEEK SET TO CELEBRATE WOMEN.

 

      • Morocco’s fashion week is to be held from the 8th to the 11th of March.
      • The event will tie in with the celebration of women.
      • The event will promote upcoming designers.

The 2023 edition of Morocco’s fashion week will be held from the 8th to the 11th of March. This year the event will be hosted with Riad la Brillante, a hotel nestled in the heart of the medina where traditional craftsmanship and modernity meet harmony and elegance. 

This edition ties in with the worldwide celebration of women, including International Women’s Day on the 8th day of March.

This occasion is organized and supported by the Oriental Fashion Show and it is chaired by Hind Joudar in partnership with M Avenue. The partnership is dedicated to building a lasting anchorage within the kingdom. 

The fashion runway will be at M Avenue, which would not be the first time the fashion runway is hitting one of the city’s must-see attractions developed by Nabil Slitine.

The fashion shows are slated for the 10th of March, starring special exhibitions on Morocco’s iconic caftan. This is intended to pay tribute to the craftswomen on the occasion of World Women’s Rights Day.

The primary aim of this event is to promote young and upcoming designers with a prize allowing winners to travel to a parade in Paris. The competition is organized in conjunction with the styling and modeling schools Casa Moda, Lasalle College, and Escom in a joint partnership. There will be judges like Saher Okal, the founder of the Academia Moda school in Nazareth, Morocco’s Said Mahrouf, and Zineb Joundy as well as Egyptian dressmaker Hany El Behairy on the panel.

From the 9th to the 11th of March, other works of art will be shown throughout the day in collaboration with the association “Dam Lmaalma.”

Then on the final day, a gala dinner will be held within the mythical Royal Mansour palace. It will be preceded by a parade featuring the creations of big names in fashion from international regions. The dinner will benefit Atlas Kinder, an association that takes care of orphaned children.

Marrakech was chosen as the permanent establishment for this bi-annual event celebrating the city as an international fashion capital.

ZIM MODEL CROWNED MISS PLANET FIRST RUNNER-UP

At the recently concluded Miss Planet International beauty pageant held in the Kingdom of Cambodia, Asia, Zimbabwean model, Jemima Mandemwa was crowned the 1st runner-up.

 

The beauty pageant consisted of several models from different world countries, which Mandemwa, a graduate of Finance and Banking had to contest against.

 

Last year at the first Miss Planet Zimbabwe, Mandemwa was crowned queen as she has also bagged three local awards from the Bulawayo Association Ceremony (BMAs).

 

During the beauty pageant competition, the judges were wowed by Mandemwa’s colorful costume, saying the Victoria waterfalls in Zimbabwe inspired her costume.

 

She said further explained the design, saying “my national costume is a resemblance of my passion I have as a model at the age of six with a combination of my passion in promoting local tourism in my country, it is called the Victoria Falls Wonder”.

 

In April last year, at the Miss Environment International Pageant in Mumbai, Mandemwa made her country proud after finishing fourth in a competition of 20 models from various countries.

 

Also, she was crowned the second princess at the Miss Super Globe 2019 held in Dubai, UAE. she was awarded 

 

Jemima Mandemwa is a 23-year-old graduate of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Currently, she is an Environmental activist, Miss Environment, and a former Miss Earth Zimbabwe.

 

Miss Planet International is an annual worldwide beauty pageant competition for single women, where participants contest for the crown of Miss Planet International on a bigger platform that offers a blend of culture, advocacy, and a high-quality show.

 

NDAVI NOKERI FINISHES AMONG TOP 16 AT THE 2022 MISS UNIVERSE BEAUTY PAGEANT.

Ndavi Nokeri is a South African model and beauty pageant that was born on 25th January, 1999. She comes from a christian family and she speaks four languages.

 

In 2022, she competed for Miss South Africa, which was her first attempt and she won. In 2019, she won the Miss Jozi title.

 

She holds a Bachelor of commerce, Investment and Management degree from the University of Pretoria. She also held a job at an asset management firm.

 

She is an advocate for educational equity for all children and students in South Africa. In her interview with Glamour she revealed her struggles, she said “growing up, I struggled with mathematics in school. With every bad result I received, I started believing and accepting that it was something that I could not do until I decided to approach it with a different attitude. I decided that I am the author of my own story and so I redefined myself as a woman who is capable of doing all things she sets her mind to with excellence. This is the attitude that I carry with me into every journey and it has shaped the person I am proud to be today.” 

 

She prepared for the Miss South Africa, 2022 for two years which shows how passionate she is about preparations and winning.

 

She represented South Africa in the 71st Miss Universe beauty pageant and she was among those that finished top 16.

 

She will also go on to represent South Africa in Miss World 2022 and Miss Supranational 2023.

HANNAH IRIBHOGBE REPRESENTS NIGERIA AT THE 71ST MISS UNIVERSE BEAUTY COMPETITION.

Hannah Iribhogbe is a Nigerian actress, model and beauty queen, she hails from Edo State. She is professionally known as Montana Felix. The name Montana came into existence during her secondary school days when she realized she was multi talented and Felix is her father’s last name.

 

Hannah is a student of North Lake College in Dallas, Texas, majoring in business management. She is active in charity work as she works with NGOs and orphanages. She is also intentional about women empowerment and getting more women into government and politics and also taken kids off the Nigerian streets. Personally, she is responsible for two girls. She has established a foundation called the Montana Initiative, an organization working to feed 10 million children all over Africa.

 

She began her professional modeling career in 2020. In 2022, she was crowned Miss Universe Nigeria 2022 at the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant in October, 2022.

 

The 71st Miss Universe beauty competition just took place and Nigeria was ably represented by current Miss Universe Nigeria, Hannah Iribhogbe or Montana Felix as she is popularly known on stage. She is currently in New Orleans, USA for the beauty pageant which officially kicked off on the 11th of January.

 

The competition was hosted by Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe, 2012. At the end of the event, Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Sandhu of India crowned her successor.

 

NIGERIA’S FEMALE-ONLY SECURITY TEAM DEFIES INDUSTRY CONVENTIONS, ENCOURAGES PROTECTION OF GIRLS’ RIGHTS.

 

In west Africa, where popular belief suggests that only men would typically handle security concerns, Dragon Squad, an exclusively female security outfit founded in 2018, has continued to stand tall among men.

 

According to the founder, Emem Thomas, 37, a big body type sits on top of the list of requirements for recruitment into the team of female bouncers. Next on the list is a passion for the job, then other qualifications follow.

 

The team works only with plus-size ladies of a certain weight and shape, creating a haven for huge women to find a path in a field that is typically controlled by men.

 

Inspiration to float an all-female security team came from the personal experiences of the founder, whose big body always attracted scornful remarks from her thinner peers, puncturing her confidence to pursue the life of pageantry.

 

She found a forte that put the spotlight on the very thing she was mocked for, and using the same, she built a life for herself, and other young women like her, through her team of female bouncers.

 

For Thomas, change truly comes when barriers are broken, and women are welcomed to show what they can contribute to all sectors of society. She no longer considers herself an introvert nor does she still shy away from events, and she is gradually replicating the same results in young African girls.

 

According to her, “Most of them (her girls) were always shy. They couldn’t talk,” she said, pointing out that she too was withdrawn and cold, burdened by her weight. The outfit has reportedly raised African women with skills, strength, and most importantly for Thomas, confidence.

 

Standing in front of a crowd to give orders can be an uphill task, especially for women who grew up avoiding the public eye. She nudges her girls to always face the crowd and be themselves, even as they bear in mind that they should be seen and known.

These feats add up to her interventions as an advocate for the rights of girls and women.

 

She believes firmly that female bouncers, simply by listening to troublemakers and victims in a way that most men do not have the temper and calmness for, have the unique ability to wade off danger in an interestingly unusual, yet effective, manner. So, the discussions around hiring bouncers in Africa should cease to tilt towards the regular – employing only men.

 

Emem always keeps in mind the risk of molestation on the job, as well as the tendency to be looked down on by men, as she hints at the team’s readiness for such cases.

 

The Dragon Squad’s 43 recruits have worked as security women in over two thousand events including house parties, funerals, political rallies, and club nights, while most young west African girls might be honing their skills in other areas like makeup, fashion, and other trades perceived as ideal for women.

 

In addition to walkie-talkies, boots, and dark glasses, the bouncers carry pepper spray to wade off potential aggressors.

 

23-year-old bouncer Peace Vigorous, the youngest of the crew, mentioned that joining the squad helped her see how she could be different from other girls.

 

On the name choice, Emem says, “I love what I see dragons do in movies, they are also a symbol of power and protection.”

 

Emem’s newfound confidence, drive, and vision have transformed her social and family life in the city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, where the 37-year-old lives with her two children.

 

FRENCH LUXURY BRAND TAPS THE NIGERIAN FEMINIST WRITER FOR THEIR NEW BAG CAMPAIGN.

Chimamamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer and feminist. She was born on the 15th of November, 1977. Her works include novels, short stories and non-fiction.

 

In 2015, Chimamanda was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant, she received the PEN Pinter Prize in 2018 and she was also described in the Times Literary Supplement as the most prominent of a procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors who has succeeded in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.

 

Throughout her lifetime she has received so many awards and has been recognized on so many occasions in line with her work or beliefs. She was recently made the Odeluwa of Abba, a Nigerian chief, by the kingdom of Abba in her native Anambra State. She was the first woman to receive such an honor from the kingdom.

 

 Chimamanda has just recently featured in Dior’s bag campaign. The French luxury house used the Nigerian feminist writer for the campaign of “The Lady 95.22” which is dedicated to a new variation of the classic Lady Dior bag that was made popular by Diana, Princess of Wales. 

 

Chimamanda posed in a black pantsuit and a white T-shirt emblazoned with the words “We Should All Be Feminists” which referenced one of her more famous works and first collaboration with the fashion house.

 

The bag launched on the 12th of January, 2023 and featured a cast of exceptional women from different realms like art, cinema, sports, literature, fashion and music.

 

 

PHOTOGENIC STRIDE CONTEST: NOVEMBER EDITION DRAWS ITS CURTAINS, ANNOUNCES WINNER AND RUNNERS UP

The November edition of the Photogenic Stride contest ended announcing a winner and two runners up from Nigeria and Kenya for this edition with over 30 contestants from various African countries. 

 

Meet Gloria Isaiah the winner of the November edition

The winner Gloria Isaiah won with 3682.5 votes. The 21 year old Nigerian hails from the Igede tribe in Benue State. She is a student studying Banking and Finance/Marketing in the University of Jos in Plateau State. Gloria is a very hardworking and determined young lady who has great passion for fashion, music, and acting. She has a flair for meeting new people and getting to know  and is also an excellent communicator and a people’s person.

 

Meet Akpan Emilia the first runner up 

Also from Nigeria, Akpan Emilia is from Akwa Ibom. She is also a student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance in the University of Jos, Nigeria. Emilia was one of the contestants for the October edition of the Photogenic Stride, who heard about the contest through a friend of hers. She was able to achieve this feat through the help of her friends who assisted her in the voting process. As one who loves and wants to be a fashion designer, Emilia does not have plans of pursuing modelling as a full time career although she does have a side hustle of dying hair. She had a total of 3239 votes.

 

Meet Grace Wanjiru Chege the second runner up

From Kenya, lives in Nairobi Grace finished the November edition with 3153.5 votes. The 29-year old went to Kibondeni college and did a one year course in Hotel Management and has had various job opportunities in hotels. In an interview with Afridesk, Grace revealed that she has always had passion for modelling as she has trained in a modelling agency in Kenya and also has a mouth-watering modelling portfolio. She has also participated in an online African Hair Contest called “Seensta”, in which she won. For Grace, being a model is the best career she would choose, as she has the height, body and pose. She got to know about Afrisquare through her cousin and this will be her third time contesting for the Photogenic Stride contest. Grace plans to pursue modelling full time and hopes that the Afrisquare platform will take her modelling career to a next level.

ZIMBABWEAN MODEL CROWNED UNIVERSAL QUEEN AFRICA 2022

In her first International pageant appearance, Zimbabwean model Nomatter Shamuyarira was crowned the Universal Queen Africa 2022 at the pageantry held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

 

The competition had contestants from 15 African countries including the host nation Nigeria, Angola, Tunisia, Egypt, Cameroon, South Africa and Uganda, with Botswana’s representative as the first runner-up, Ghana and Gambia representatives as second and third runners-up respectively. 

 

As part of her winning package, the Queen was awarded a cash prize of $5000, a trip to any African nation of her choice, as well as an endorsement deal as a brand ambassador with companies in Nigeria.

 

Shamuyarira who works with a top-modelling agency in Zimbabwe revealed that winning the Universal Queen Africa 2022 is a milestone in her modelling career.

 

She began her professional modelling career in 2017, as she was inspired by her aunt and former Miss Zimbabwe, Angeline Musasiwa and within the five years of her career, Shamuyarira has received myriads of accolades in pageantry and commercial modelling.

 

Asides modelling, Shamuyarira is a public health researcher with the Biomedical Research and Training Institute of Zimbabwe and a director of a local-based, youth-led and non-governmental organisation focusing on mental health literacy.

 

The next edition of the pageantry will be hosted in Zimbabwe next year.

2022 Afro Hair Culture and Beauty Festival Incites Natural Hair Growth in Africa 

The two-day Africa Hair Summit for Afro hair culture and beauty festival opened its curtains on Thursday 1st December and ended on Friday 2nd December, which took place at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria.
The fashion exposition was put together by Specialized Exhibitions Montgomery, as it is the largest gathering of corporate organizations and natural hair lovers showcasing the beauty of African culture and Heritage.
Speaking to the Head of Volunteers at the festival, Precious Zoe, she said the festival is not just for women only, it is also for men as they have had celebrities at the festival, the likes of Prince and Whitemoney ex-BBN housemates.
She revealed that they have also had a virtual show in South Africa last year and they also visit schools as well as to enlighten students on how to grow and maintain black natural hair.
Since its inception in 2016, this will be the 2nd edition of the Afro hair culture and beauty festival. The fashion show was also held in Lagos last year.
According to Precious, they also have partners in other countries, such as South Africa, and they usually organize virtual shows in June and the physical shows are usually in December.
The festival provided a platform for exhibitors to place their products in a market channel to attract customers.
It entertained the nitty gritty that naturalists needed to know about toxic chemicals in hair and beauty products, along with teachings on the production of healthy alternatives that promote natural hair growth and maintenance.
The Afro hair culture and beauty festival also featured hairstyles for different careers, styling products, treatment, and natural hair care services.

NIGERIA EMERGED AS TOP 3 WINNERS OF THE MISS PRIDE OF AFRICA BEAUTY PAGEANT

At the Miss Pride of Africa Beauty Pageant that was just concluded, Nigeria emerged as one of the top winners in the competition which was held in London, United Kingdom.

 

The  Beauty Pageant took place on 26th November, 2022 and was organised to empower African women by providing a platform that would encourage them to further give an in-depth humanitarian service on the continent. 

 

The competition had a number of African countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, Mayottee and Sierra Leone, with representative beauty queen aspirants.

 

Nigeria’s Akerejola Itiafa was one of the top 3 winners after a total of 17 candidates contested for the ultimate crown and several stages of assessment.

 

Itiafa said that: “As Queen, my charitable campaign would be focused on promoting financial literacy in Africa, especially for low-income enterprising women, women with small business”, as she spoke on her plans for the crown.

 

Asides from being crowned the People’s Queen, she also earned other awards such as second princess, an ambassador of the pageant and the award of the best swimwear.

 

During the contest, her incredible manifesto was targeted at increasing financial literacy among low-income enterprising women in Nigeria and also, she showcased the multi-faceted aspects of the Nigerian culture through food and various cultural attires.

 

The newly crowned Miss Pride of Africa Beauty is a proud Nigerian from Ogori-Magongo in Kogi state. She is a graduate of the University of Lincoln with a B.A. in Business Marketing and Masters Degree holder in International Trade, Strategy and Operations from the University of Warwick.

WINNER FOR THE OCTOBER EDITION OF PHOTOGENIC STRIDE CONTEST

Tricia Andong, a Nigerian was announced as the winner of the October edition of the Photogenic Stride Contest, which kicked off on the 14th of October 2022.

 

The Photogenic Stride Contest is an online beauty contest that showcases the true beauty of the African woman, which runs every month with a money prize of $150 to be won.

 

The winner for the October edition, Tricia Andong is a 200 level student, studying Banking and Finance in the University of Jos, Nigeria. She entered the competition at the tail-end of it, with 80 ladies from other African countries. Despite her late entry, she had a victory-win with a total of 3,149.5 votes.

 

In an interview with the Afrisquare team, Tricia was asked how she was able to get people to vote for her; she revealed that it was not an easy one, as she had to constantly call her friends explaining to them the voting process and also share the voting link to friends of theirs.

 

As a student who was affected by the ASUU strike, Tricia also asked random people to vote for her while she was working during the strike period. However, this was a challenge to Tricia, she said: “Some people called me names for asking to use their details to vote for me, but I didn’t give up because I saw the possibility of me winning”.

 

Regardless of the challenges, Tricia told the Afrisquare team that she would love to take on the modelling career and also contest again, as she had used the cash prize to pay for her house rent in school. She said the platform was quite helpful to her.

 

The Photogenic Stride Contest is solely based on merit as ladies from African countries get to upload their best pictures and have people vote for them by sharing the voting link. The November edition has kicked off and it’s up and running with just 5 days to go.

WINNER OF PHOTOGENIC STRIDE, SEPTEMBER EDITION.

Photogenic stride is an online beauty contest for African women where participants upload their finest pictures and viewers get to vote. It is a monthly contest and each winner goes home with $150. 

 

Miss Grace Monicah emerged as the winner in the September 2022 edition. Miss Grace Monicah is a 22-year old Kenyan based undergraduate of Kenya institute of professional studies pursuing a certificate in ICT.

 

She is currently working as a debt collector and a part time photoshoot model. Apart from the photogenic stride, Miss Grace has participated in other online photo contests like Seensta, a natural hair challenge and a traditional wear challenge where she emerged 2nd and third, respectively.

 

Miss Grace heard of the photogenic stride contest from a friend who was also a participant. During her interview with Afridesk she was asked if it was difficult soliciting for votes to which she replied “it was not easy but since I am a go-getter, I did not give up. I wanted to win.” 

 

She has expressed her desire to pursue modeling full time but the one challenge she is facing is raising the money to enroll into a full time modeling class. 

 

When asked if there was anything else she would like to pursue apart from her modeling career, her reply was “of course, I am a business oriented person. In the near future, I want to run my own business. I make beads, handmade bracelets, anklets, waist beads etc.” She went ahead to show us her really beautiful designs. She makes them in her free time and sells them. She also reiterated that modeling is still her greatest passion.

 

Miss Grace won the photogenic stride contest with a total vote of 5521 which confirms her go-getting personality.

 

The participation and voting in this contest is totally free. You must be a registered user to contest and vote for your contestant.

 

CAMEROON’S FASHION WEEK: URBAN PARADE IN CELEBRATION OF COTTON

Models opened the show to an impressive parade of dancers, performers, clowns and giant puppets in Cameroon’s fashion week which kicked off in Yaounde with an urban parade dedicated to the celebration of cotton.

The fashion show was tagged “Cotton Pride, from seed to dress”, which served as an introductory piece to the commencement of the Fashion and Design Forum.

The show director Nathalie Veuillet stated that there is a whole lot of work that goes into producing fine and beautiful cotton trousers or dresses.

She said: “When you see a woman walking by in a beautiful dress or a man in beautiful cotton trousers, you can’t imagine the whole chain of work that goes into it. So in fact Cotton Pride is the pride of cotton work. It means that before you can wear this beautiful dress, there are people who cut, there are people who sew, there are people who spin the fibres, there are people who sow the seed, others who pick the flowers and others who transport these cotton flowers to the spinning mill. So in fact all these pictures show the different stages of cotton processing”.

Headed by Yves Eya’a, the Urban Parade was an initiative of the Centre des Créateurs de Mode du Cameroun (CCMC).

According to the CCMC promoter, the theme of the designers’ collection is “Let Fashion Express Itself” and the street fashion show was a way to express “the fashion” in Cameroon today. “It was important that fashion went to the streets because today when we look at the streets, it’s all that inspires us as designers, as fashion, as fashionistas”.

The Cotton Pride fashion show attracted many people and onlookers as the show was an intriguing one to see.

November 2022 Edition of the Photogenic Stride Contest by AfriSQuare Kicks Off

The November 2022 edition of the  Photogenic Stride Contest by AfriSQuare has kicked off today as a winner and other runner-ups emerges from the October edition. This contest which was created to showcase the true beauty of the African woman has proven to be a starting point for aspiring models in Africa, which is evident in the past editions.

 

 

 

Tricia Andong from Nigeria who contested in the October edition  with 80 ladies from other African Countries is the winner with 3,149.5 votes. She is now an AfriSQuare model as she joins the league of other AfriSQuare models, like Princess Monic from Kenya who contested with other 99 ladies from across Africa in the September 2022 Photogenic Stride Contest edition and won with 5,521 votes.   

 

 

Currently, ladies from across Africa are warming up to win this November 2022 edition as the contest to showcase the true beauty of the African woman intensifies. The AfriSQuare photogenic stride contest is one of a kind as contestants of the previous editions have benefited either as winners, runners ups or via the consolation prize. But you must have at least shared your links with your family and friends for you to be voted for, as you can have a chance to become the winner.

 

The AfriSQuare monthly photogenic stride contest is based on pure merit as it is a virtual event with transparency in operations. The more you share your link with your family and friends to vote for you, the higher the chances you have to win. If are you an African lady, then click here to contest for the November 2022 photogenic stride contest.

 

SCAR APPRECIATION DAY IN KAMPALA, UGANDA.

     

31 year-old Monica Khatokho, founder of Khatz Moniq Apparel fashion store in Kampala,Uganda hosted a charity event with regards to scar appreciation day which was on 22nd October. Monica was diagnosed with Cushing’s syndrome in 2016 and she had to undergo two major life saving surgeries which left her with scars on her belly. In her interview with Africa news she said “I hated myself before, because of the scars. But the moment I accepted that, yes, this is something I cannot change about myself, that acceptance was healing to me”. She wanted people that shared the same journey with her to get the same closure she had gotten and heal from their traumas hence, she hosted the event to celebrate every scar because every scar tells a story. 

 

This event was hosted at Mestil Hotel in Uganda’s capital, kampala. Plus size people and people with other rare body conditions like vitiligo were also represented at this event. For this first edition, there was a one day audition for the male and female models before the shortlisted models paraded on the catwalk.

 

Lucy Kemisiga was one of the models that paraded the catwalk and she is a burn survivor. In her interview with Africa news she said “I got my scars in 2011, It was a fire accident. The house at home caught fire from a candle, and I was in there sleeping. I got burnt. I spent a few months at the hospital, and that’s how I got the scars”. 

 

The message the event was trying to pass was that scars do not make one ugly, each scar tells a story and your trauma does not define you. The most important message for the models was that each scar has a story. 

 

The theme of the event was “My scars are beautiful”. It was obvious that Monica Khatokho took utmost pride in this event as the creative director.

 

Proceeds obtained from this event was slated to go towards the Dirare Organization, this organization has been set up to offer support to individuals with scars.

 

She has decided to make this somewhat of a culture to help people with similar experiences.

 

SOUTH-AFRICAN 21 YEAR OLD BUILDS A “BUGATTI SHARK” REPLICA FROM SCRATCH

Thembelani Zondo, popularly known from his Tiktok handle as Mrtech170 from Woodford Bergville, Kwazulu-Natal in South-Africa has manufactured a “Bugatti Shark” look alike from scratch using old materials he purchased from workshops, community members and old garages and then recycled. According to his interview with Daily Maverick, he expressed his love for experimenting with building new things from scratch since his Grade 4 which started with him building a small remote controlled car from wire; seeing the car grew his passion and love for cars and he knew then that he wanted to build a car that will fit a human being.

 

   During the surge of Covid-19, Thembelani had to return home from school at Durban and subsequently did not resume. He decided to pursue his dreams of building a life sized car. In his interview with daily Maverick, he stated “leaving school was a blessing in disguise because it made me go back to my childhood dream to make a car that would fit a human being which I have done using the R350 social relief of distress grant and my hands”.

  

 Thembelani started building his car in August 2021 and he documented the process on his Tiktok platform in a video he posted in August, 2023. When asked why he chose to replicate the Bugatti Shark he said it was because it was his favorite brand. In the conclusion of his earlier interview with daily maverick, he said “I need to complete the engine which I want to work on  both fuel and electricity. I just want the car to start moving. Maybe then, the world will be convinced and I can be better placed in an institution that supports my dream of becoming an engineer”. However, four days ago on his Tiktok page he uploaded a video of the car in motion. In his comment section, a fan asked if he finally got an engine to which he replied “yes but something is missing, it has less power”.

 

  The body of the car looks like it was constructed with cartons. Nevertheless, when he sat on it in one of his videos, it was not dented which rules out the possibility of the body being made with cartons.

Model Career in Africa: Where to Start if You want to be a Model?

There’s no doubt being a model is one of the many career opportunities people want to hop unto. It guarantees you a chance at being popular as well as lovely pictures for the gram.

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products. They are human catalogues. African models are those who come from Africa. While it may be easy to identify some of them based on their skin colors, it might not be easy to spot others out as not all of them are dark skinned. Models as rightly said are the human show glass. They are the living mannequins. Models have been said to always possess some special facial and body features which makes them stand out.

 

Most times, models are expected to be tall. At least a 6’2inches and above is always a starting point for most modelling agencies in Africa. Some models are expected to be slim and have oval shaped faces with pointed nose. Nice dentition would also be a plus most of the time. To be a model,  one shoud have even  Facial Features. Most cosmetic brands look for a symmetrical face with even features, Flawless Skin; attention should be paid to the skin as most cosmetic brands look out for models with clear skin. Models should be confident and expressive; modeling agencies look out for people who can carry and advertise their brand properly. People who are confident about the brand.

 

This has been the usual criteria for models until recently when body activists have come out to challenge this status quo and state that people should be proud of their bodies hence whatsoever body type a person lives in, he or she should be allowed to model. This brought about other sub groups of models such as the plus size models or curvy models, the albino models, the children models etc. These sub groups are mostly prevalent in the western world however some of them are found in Africa.

The modeling industry is not left out when one is categorizing some of the faults of Africa as a corrupt continent. It is believed that you must have some sort of connection with some top authorities in the modeling agency before you can be chosen. While this is not totally wrong, it is not always the case.

some of the African countries that produce top models are from countries like;

Somalia; this is the top African country with the most models.

Nigeria

Kenya

Uganda

South Africa

Sudan

Angola

Egypt

Some of the top beautiful  African models include;

  1. Alek Wek
  2. Maria Borges
  3. Candice Swanepoe
  4. Herieth  paul
  5. Gelila Bekele
  6. Ajuma Nasenaya
  7. Ajak Deng
  8. Tanit Phoenix
  9. Yasmin Warsame
  10. iman.

Some of the top male African models include;

  1. Adonis Bosso
  2. Alton Mason
  3. Boris Kodjoe
  4. Broderick hunter
  5. Charles Williamson
  6. Corey Baptiste
  7. David Agbodji
  8. De’laney Ortiz
  9. Fernando Cabral

Here’s a list of top African models

1.Winnie Harlow

2.Tyra Banks

  1. Duckie Thot
  2. Diandra Forrest
  3. Naomi Campbell
  4. Leomie Anderson

7.Halima Aden

  1. Palomer Elsesser

In Nigeria, models get paid #20,000- #80,000  depending on the type of modeling they are into. For instance, face models who are mostly used by makeup artists don’t earn so much, as they are paid per the amount of time makeup is done on their faces. They earn an average of #5,000 -#10,000 per makeup.

Another category of models are the commercial models; these appear in commercial shows and on commodities. For instance, models who advertise for a toothpaste brand. They sometimes appear on the toothpaste pack.. They earn higher than the face models. Most of the time, their modeling relationship with the company who they are advertising for are based on contracts. It can be for a period of one year and above. They earn within the range of #100,000 and #5,000,000.

The runway and fashion models; most people are familiar with this type of models as they mostly model for fashion brands. They advertise the designs of fashion designers. An example is the lagos fashion week which is organized by GTBANK. Their relationship can also be based on contract or can be a one-off payment. They earn between the range of #20,000-80,000.

There are also fitness models; they are athletically built and they appear mostly in commercials that have to do with fitness such as the advertisement of fitness items like training mats, waist trainers, track machines etc. Their pay is usually between #80,000- #100,000 depending on their contract.

Another category of models is what is mostly common among students. They are sometimes referred to as ushers. Here, beautiful, tall ladies are under an agency which is mostly an ushering agency and this agency use their models or ushers whenever they have events. For instance, an agency may use its ushers for events such as a wedding ceremony or a birthday celebration. Their pay is usually per event attended and it ranges between 5,000-10,000.

A model may fall into one or all of the categories listed above. For example; a fcae model can also be a runway model and a commercial model at the same time depending on the agency he or she is working with.

To put yourself out there for modeling agencies to notice you, you need to have a good online presence. Your social media page should contain pictures of you looking elegant, mostly headshots. Most of the time, you might be required to do personal shots for some brands so you can get noticed by them. Most of the time, people buy the brand and the face behind the brand hence a good model for your brand means a good sale of products or commodities.

Models can either be curvy or plus size models, petite models, child models, fitness models. Depending on the modeling agency or brand they are modeling for, models can come in different sizes and heights. For example plus size or curvy models measure up to size 12 up. They are mostly tall and have curvy feature.

Petite models on the other hand, can be very slim and small. They are not mostly used as runway models but can be face models and parts models where they model with some parts of their bodies e.g petite models can model with their face, hand, legs and also their bodies; they can be swim suit models.

Child models are children who model for children brands for instance they can model for children soap, clothes, food etc. there is no age limit when it comes to child models as a child of 6 months can be a model for a soap or a diaper. They are mostly aged 12 and younger.

Fitness models on the other hand, have to be well built. They possess attributes such as protruding muscles, speed etc. they can be models for athletic training materials as well as energy drinks.

Anyone can become a model at any age. There are children models. Most of the time, age doesn’t matter if your body type fits the description of what the modeling agency is looking for. However, some agencies try to put an age bracket to reduce the in-flow of people who might want to apply to be models with them. As long as you have an even toned skin and you fit into the description the agency needs then you are good to go.

Modeling is a bright career path however you have to be extraordinarily to keep you in the industry.