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    Liberia’s President Joseph Boakai to Set up First War Crimes Court

    May 3, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African Facts, African News, African People, Developments in Africa

    A new war crimes court has been established in Liberia by an executive order signed by President Joseph Boakai, more than two decades after two civil conflicts that claimed 250,000 lives came to an end.

    Liberia, according to Mr. Boakai, had “endured downpours of agony”. Atrocities throughout the hostilities that lasted from 1989 to 2003 included forced child military recruitment, rape, and mass executions.

    The court’s establishment has been met with opposition in Liberia from those who fear it will revive old wounds. Mr. Boakai, however, asserted that the court will “assist in identifying the causes and consequences of the violence” and promote “justice and healing.”

    This is a significant first step toward Liberia’s establishment of a war crimes tribunal.

    Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 2006, but it was not a tribunal. The TRC produced a list of those who should face war crimes prosecution in 2009, but nothing came of it.

    Since it mentioned prominent politicians like Senator Prince Yormie Johnson, it became entangled in political turmoil. Although there hasn’t been a trial in Liberia, some of the offenders have received convictions elsewhere.

    Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, is presently serving a 50-year term in the United Kingdom for war crimes related to his involvement in the violence in neighboring Sierra Leone. 

     

    From Prison to Presidency: Bassirou Faye Swears Oath as Senegal’s President

    April 3, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Facts, African News, African People

    Following his win on polling on Sunday and the Constitutional Council ultimately validating and declaring the results, left-wing pan-Africanist, Bassirou Diomaye Faye has been sworn in as the youngest Senegalese president on Tuesday. 

    From prison to presidency, Faye who has never held an elected office before won the first-round victory on a pledge of radical reform 10 days after he was released. The presidential election took place on Sunday, March 24, and had its provisional official results released.

    The inauguration ceremony held in the new town of Diamniadio, near the country’s capital Dakar was attended by several African leaders and dignitaries.

    In his oath swearing before the gathered officials, Faye said “Before God and the Senegalese nation, I swear to faithfully fulfill the office of President of the Republic of Senegal”. 

    Faye further vowed to “scrupulously observe the provisions of the Constitution and the laws and to defend “the integrity of the territory and national independence, and to spare no effort to achieve African unity”.

    The presidential palace in Dakar will host the official transfer of power with departing President Macky Sall.

    Ten days before the presidential election on March 24, Sall, who had attempted to postpone the vote, announced an amnesty that included Faye and other political opponents. Faye’s campaign got underway while he was still being held in custody.

    Working with his populist mentor Ousmane Sonko, who was disqualified from running for office, Faye stated in his victory address that eliminating corruption, alleviating the burden of living expenses, and promoting national unity were their top concerns.

    The anti-establishment leader movement has pledged to reclaim national sovereignty over vital resources including the fisheries, oil, and gas industries. To achieve food self-sufficiency, Faye wants to abandon the local CFA franc, which he views as a remnant of French colonialism, and increase agricultural investment.

    Faye also attempted to reassure investors that Senegal “will remain a friendly country and a sure and reliable ally for any partner that engages with us in virtuous, respectful, and mutually productive cooperation”.

    The president-elect and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke over the phone on Monday, and according to the State Department, Blinken “underscored the United States’ strong interest in deepening the partnership” between the two nations.

    In the international arena, Faye aims to reintegrate Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger—all under military rule—into the Economic Community of West African States.

    The former tax inspector is the first to publicly acknowledge being in a polygamous marriage and is the fifth president of the West African nation since its independence from France in 1960.

    Faye, a devout Muslim from a modest background with two spouses and four kids, reprising a new generation of young politicians.

    Rwanda Set for New $165 Million IMF Funding

    March 22, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African News, African People, Developments in Africa

    The International Monetary Fund said on Friday, March 22, that a two-week mission to Rwanda had agreed to allocate another $165.5 million in funding to the country, even as it warned of vulnerabilities tilted to the downside.

    While Rwanda’s economic outlook continues to be positive, IMF mission lead, Ruben Atoyan said that a number of risks remain that could potentially weigh on the outlook.

    He cited a number of factors including the deepening of geopolitical fragmentation, another spike in global energy and food prices, as well as a slowdown in trading partners’ growth.

    Under the new funding, Rwanda is set to gain access to approximately $76.6 million through the Resilience and Sustainability Facility (RSF) and $88.9 million through the Standby Credit Facility (SCF).

    Atoyan announced the development following his two-week visit to Kigali, to, among others, discuss the authorities’ policy priorities and progress on reforms within the context of the third review of Rwanda’s Policy Coordination Instrument (PCI) and Resilience and Sustainability Facility (RSF).

    It was also during the visit that the IMF made the first review of the Stand-by Credit Facility (SCF) arrangement. Consideration by the Board, according to Atoyan, is tentatively scheduled for May 2024.

    “Rwanda’s growth momentum remained strong, notwithstanding the challenging external environment. The 2023 GDP growth continued to be robust at 8.2 percent year-on-year, on the back of strong performance in services and construction, as well as recovery in food crop production in the second half of the year,” he told a press conference in Kigali.

    “Inflation decelerated sharply in recent months. Headline inflation was 4.9 per cent in February 2024, down from the peak of 21.7 per cent in November 2022, owing to an appropriately tight monetary policy stance and favorable developments in food prices as agricultural production rebounded at the end of last year,” he added.

    Reacting on the climate agenda, Atoyan and his team hailed Rwanda’s “ongoing progress” in strengthening institutional capacity to integrate climate-related considerations.

    “The authorities’ commitment to implement climate-related reforms under the RSF arrangement continued to be strong, with measures to implement climate budget tagging, integrate climate risks into fiscal planning, and strengthen disaster risk management being on track to be completed in the coming weeks.”

    Uzziel Ndagijimana, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, maintained that Rwanda’s economy rebounded strongly despite external shocks and climate related setbacks.

    “We will continue to collaborate closely with the IMF to ensure prudent management of our economy.”

    This is not the first round of funding Rwanda has secured from the IMF.

    In October, 2023, the IMF allocated a 14-month Stand-by Credit Facility worth $262 million as part of the efforts to deal with balance of payment pressures from climate shocks.

    In the same year, the IMF said Rwanda and international development banks planned to raise an additional 300 million euros ($319.62 million) to, among others, adapt to climate change.

    Kenyan President Signs Affordable Housing Bill into Law.

    March 21, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African News, African People, Developments in Africa

    The President of Kenya, William Ruto, has formally signed a contentious bill into law, creating a path for the government to continue collecting a housing levy of 1.5% of a worker’s monthly pay. The signing ceremony was conducted in State House Nairobi and attended by key government officials.

    The primary goal of the levy is to finance the building of affordable housing for low-income individuals although the implementation has drawn criticism from a wide range of sources. Many in the public and those in opposition have voiced their displeasure with the tax, seeing it as just one more tax among many others.

    Legal obstacles have already prevented the bill from becoming law, with a judge stopping deductions because of insufficient legal support. Last Monday, members of Parliament changed and approved the bill in spite of protests from opposition politicians.

    The tax was first proposed in President Ruto’s agenda for the 2022 election. It is a component of a larger financial bill that was passed in June of last year, along with a doubling of the fuel sales tax. A higher health insurance premium is also scheduled to be implemented shortly.

    The administration argues that increasing tax receipts is necessary to reduce the budget deficit and pay for necessary public services.

    Since last July, the government has been withholding the 1.5% housing charge from employees’ pay. But in the face of widespread outrage, one activist successfully sued the government, claiming that it had unfairly targeted Kenyans employed in the formal sector and receiving regular monthly pay.

    The new law now extends the tax to additional workers and mandates that non-salaried Kenyans working in the informal sector pay the levy in order to meet the concerns brought up by the court. In addition, the new law created the Affordable Housing Fund, whose purpose is to oversee the funds the government would receive from the levy.

    According to the authorities, the money that would have been paid if the plan had not been suspended would not be included in the deduction retroactively.

    President Williams Ruto plans to generate over 600,000 jobs annually and build 200,000 affordable housing units.

    Kenya Tops Peers in Youth Digital Potential.

    March 19, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African News, Developments in Africa

    According to the 2023 Eastern Africa Youth Digital Readiness Index, Kenya is the nation leading the way in the digital revolution.

    Kenya’s extensive usage of mobile money, government infrastructure spending, and digital literacy campaigns are all credited for the country’s rating.

    Even having a score of 26.75, Kenya continues to struggle with unequal access to technology in rural regions, a problem that is shared by other countries in the region.

    Ethiopia and Tanzania came in fourth and fifth, respectively, according to the survey, with Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Somalia coming in sixth, seventh, and eighth.

    Eastern African nations’ digital potential and performance were evaluated in the Qhala 2023 Eastern Africa Youth Digital Readiness Index Report, a digital transformation company. It included South Sudan, Sudan, DRC, Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

    It examines elements including online safety, government assistance, and digital skills.

    Its objective was to pinpoint regions in need of development and foster regional cooperation to close the digital divide and give young people more influence. The study found that the usage of mobile money increased in a number of nations, promoting financial inclusion.

    According to the report, mobile money usage is increasing in Sudan, where services like MTN Mobile Money and Zain Cash are becoming more popular.

    With services like M-Pesa and Orange Money, the use of mobile money is also increasing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The increase in the use of mobile money helps the Congolese people feel more financially secure and promotes a cashless society.

    The founder and CEO of Qhala, Dr. Shikoh Gitau, says that the 2023 index is a useful tool for businesses, civil society, policymakers, and educational institutions. It offers a roadmap for strategic interventions to promote innovation and digital readiness while also offering nuanced insights into the digital landscape of Eastern African nations.

    “Digital preparedness is more than just adopting new technology. It includes a nation’s capacity to develop into a digitally oriented, highly skilled, innovation-focused, and sustainable economy.

    According to the report, young people are a major force behind the region’s digital development because of their propensity for entrepreneurship, love for digital tools, and flexibility with new technology.

     

    Rwanda-Zimbabwe Ties Show Potential of Intra-Africa Trade.

    March 19, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African News, Developments in Africa

    The commencement of the Rwanda-Zimbabwe Business Forum on Monday is a compelling example of the transformative potential of cooperation between the South and the South. A remarkable success story, the 50% increase in trade between these two countries over the last two years offers important lessons for the whole African continent.

    The annual forum, which is currently taking place for the third time, alternating between Kigali and Harare, is largely responsible for the rise.

    Africa has been a net importer for far too long, with most of its trade going outside the continent. The interchange of commodities and services between African countries, or intra-African commerce, has enormous potential, as this forum illustrates. Through promoting alliances such as the one between the two nations, Africa can unleash its enormous economic potential and steer towards self-sufficiency.

    Towards this end, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a significant step forward. AfCFTA creates a continental marketplace by removing trade barriers and simplifying trade laws, which promotes economic expansion and job creation throughout Africa.

    The resolution of current impediments, however, is necessary for such attempts to succeed. Exorbitant airfare expenses continue to be a major barrier, impeding the effective transportation of commodities. Important efforts include encouraging more competition in the aviation industry and streamlining air travel regulations.

    The relationship between Rwanda and Zimbabwe provides a road map for addressing these obstacles. Both countries have placed a high priority on streamlining trade procedures and developing their infrastructure, which has created an atmosphere that is favorable for economic growth. Enhancing cooperation in domains like as information sharing, technology, and logistics can augment these benefits even further.

    Let Africa be guided by the commercial boom between Rwanda and Zimbabwe. Let’s embrace South-South collaboration, knock down trade obstacles, and unleash the enormous economic potential on our continent. Together, we can make the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) a reality and open the door to a wealthy and connected Africa.

    Africa has a bright future because of trade, cooperation, and a common goal of prosperity. Let’s take advantage of this chance to write a new chapter in the economic history of Africa, one in which the continent assumes its proper role on the international economic scene and intra-African trade flourishes.

    Hope for Bajuni Language as First Native Books Published.

    March 19, 2024 in Africa, African Beauty, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African News, African People, Developments in Africa

    There is a ray of hope for the Bajuni language in Lamu County and the Coast at large with the launch of books in Kibajuni.

    This is the first time books in the Bajuni dialect have been published.

    The books are meant to safeguard the cultural heritage of the Bajuni, oral traditions, and poetry.

    The Bajuni language (Kibajuni), also known as Tikulu (Tikuu), is a Bantu language related to Kiswahili.

    It is spoken mainly by the Bajuni people who inhabit the tiny Bajuni Islands in the northern part of Kenya’s Coast and Southern Somalia around Kismayu.

    The launch was at the Mwana Arafa Hotel on Lamu Island. It was attended by renowned authors, officials from the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), Unesco, British Council officials, and Lamu elders.

    The new books are part of a cultural heritage documentation project on the Bajuni language, oral traditions, and poetry.

    It is being implemented by Twaweza Communications Centre in partnership with the Shungwaya Welfare Association and Swahili Resource Centre.

    The project is funded by the British Council Cultural Protection Fund and the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport.

    It is the first time the language viewed as a dialect of Swahili has been the object of such books.

    Twaweza Communications lead partner Prof Kimani Njogu said the documentation “will result in new records about the language and the history of the community”.

    It will also lead to the creation of a vital resource for current and future generations, he said.

    “I am happy to be part and parcel of this event to launch Bajuni language books. The Bajuni language is important because it is the root of Bajuni identity, history, and knowledge system. It defines who they are and should be protected and promoted,” Njogu said.

    Shungwaya Welfare Association Secretary General Omar Lali said since the language is not taught in school, many Bajuni youth today cannot write it.

    Lali challenged the Bajuni youth to value their language and speak it without feeling inferior.

    “Your language tells the history of your people. It is your cultural resource,” Lali said.

    Among the newly launched books is the Chusomeni Kibajuni for Grades 1, 2, and 3.

    The book is expected to greatly promote literacy.

    Mohamed Lali, the chairperson of the Shungwaya Welfare Association, hopes that a Bajuni Resource Centre will be built to increase learning and preserve the cultural heritage of the community.

    “It will also contribute to more research and cultural tourism,” Mohamed said.

    Other books launched are Mashairi a Kibajuni, an anthology of more than 100 poems in Kibajuni edited by Omar Lali, and Omar Maulana and assisted by Prof Kimani Njogu.

    Shivulani ni Shaulani is a narrative poem in six parts by spoken word poet Mohamed Kombo, and a collection of essays Bajuni Land, Language and Orature edited by Kimani Njogu and Athman Lali Omar.  

    These learners’ books are accompanied by teacher’s guides to ensure that skills are imparted according to the Competency-Based Curriculum guidelines.

    The project also involved building a Bajuni cultural heritage website and training youth on how to document cultural heritage.

    The project also contributes to the implementation of the Constitution of Kenya, which recognizes the importance of the languages of the people of Kenya.

    Unesco regional adviser on culture Nagaoka Masanori said the Bajuni books launch is a crucial step towards the continued preservation and protection of culture and promotion of Lamu as a Unesco World Heritage site.

    Lamu Old Town 2001 was named a Unesco World Heritage site due to its historical significance as an epicenter for trade in the East Africa Region.

    Masanori called it the “living embodiment of Swahili cultural heritage”.

    “The Bajuni language is part and parcel of the cultural heritage of this place. I am, therefore, happy to preside over this historic event to launch Bajuni language books,” Masanori said.

    In attendance were British Council country director and East Africa lead Tom Porter, assistant director of the Kenya National Commission for Unesco Emily Njeru, implementing partners, Lamu county government representatives, and community members.

    New Cast, New Theme as Zimbabwean “Neria” Remake Premieres.

    March 18, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African Entertainment News & Features, African Movies, African Movies, African News, African People

    The recreation of the Zimbabwean beloved “Neria”, a movie from years past, “Neria 21” premiered some days back on YouTube, according to the film’s makers. The premiere, which was being hosted by Rawsoot Studio, falls on International Women’s Day, a day late.

    The remake of Neria, which debuted thirty years ago and brought attention to the widespread problem of women being abused, follows the same idea and premise but has fresh performers.

    Innocent Kufakunesu ‘Sarungano’ portrays Jethro, Cordelia Masalethulini plays Jane, Jo-Anne Chidochangu Tenga plays Connie, Oswald Mahwende plays Patrick, and Nesu Madakiwe plays Phineas in Neria 21. Kudzai Chengedza, also known as Mbuya VaPiyasoni, plays the major role of Neria.

    Neria 21 executive producer Vimbai Sinchuke stated in an interview with The Herald Arts that the movie was about gender-based violence and the necessity of women’s emancipation.

    “Neria was completed by observing the treatment of women. We chose to demonstrate how the pattern still applies to them because it hasn’t altered in terms of social, cultural, or professional contexts,” she stated.

    “Though there’s still a lot of ground to cover, things become more similar the more they change. We believe that this remake will alter the course as it is regarded around the world because we have only just begun to scrape the surface.”

    Since copyright violations are currently a popular trend, Rawsoot Studios contacted other content creators before filming and followed the correct procedures.

    “Firstly MFDI (Media for Development International) granted us rights to do the remake,” stated Vimbai.

    “We got music rights from Sheer Sound CC through the family of the late Dr. Oliver Mtukudzi and Albert Nyathi who performed ‘Senzenina’ for the film.”

    Brimming with talent from her homeland, Vimbai asserted that only Africans could tell an African story from an African point of view.

    “We realized Africans are capable of telling their own stories with a capacity to distribute them,” she continued. “It is time to tell this generation’s version of the classic Neria film.”

    According to a few of the main actors in Neria 21, having a role in the movie was a fantastic chance.

    Regarding his role as Patrick, Mahwende stated: “I see this movie as a platform to stand up against gender-based violence since I am a man who believes in gender equality.

    “It is good for us to keep the legacy that Tsitsi Dangarembga, Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, and the late Patrick left.”

    The brother of Neria, Sarungano, said: “It is a great opportunity to start conversations about improving Zimbabwean cinema, offering us a chance to narrow and bridge the gap between our old society and the current generation.”

    One of the actors, the late Blessing Nyamukapa, who portrayed Maria, is honored in the film.

     

    Nigerian Singer Rides Motorcycle From Kenya To Lagos.

    March 18, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African Entertainment News & Features, African Facts, African News, African People, Lifestyle

    The rapidly growing musician Ebaide Joy has joined the Nigerians who go alone from other nations to Lagos State. Ebaide now stands with Pelumi Nubi and Kunle Adeyanju, among others.

    Ms. Nubi, a UK resident, drove alone from London to Lagos in January, joining Mr. Adeyanju, a professional rider who had already made a comparable journey on a motorcycle.

    The purpose of Mr. Adeyanju’s trip was to collect money for Nigeria’s polio eradication. Ms. Nubi is currently traveling (in a car) to prove that even seemingly insurmountable ambitions can be accomplished. 

    The vocalist, also known by her stage name, Ebaide, is well-known for the songs JAPA, Carry Go, and Different. She departed Mombasa, Kenya, on March 11 to begin her vacation (along with a motorcycle).

    Motivated by a personal experience in which God granted her a second start at life after a transformative event in her twenties, the singer is unafraid of obstacles and doubters.

    She said: “Since childhood, life has thrown me a lot of rubbish. I have taken everything, thinking life would improve, but I realized it wouldn’t until I improved myself. When I was 23 years old, I was involved in a car accident that’ll forever change my life. Two people beside me died, but I survived and landed in a wheelchair for several months until I did surgery using titanium screws and rods holding my spinal cord in place.

    “I spent months thinking I won’t walk again. I was just 23, so after the surgery, I was able to walk. My life changed. I became active, free, and energetic. I just wanted to see and explore the world because I’m supposed not to be here. I’m supposed to be in a wheelchair or dead.”

    Ebaide maintained that events and circumstances never define her life and claimed on her YouTube page on Tuesday that she had pledged to live happily and freely if she returned her legs.

    The artist, who relocated to Kenya in 2021, shared that her newfound optimism had given her the desire to accomplish the unthinkable.

    “This is not where I should be. At the age of 23, I was given another opportunity at life,” Ebaide remarked.

    She said that she committed her life to living freely after receiving surgery to restore function to her limbs, displaying what appeared to be bravery.

    Ebaide stated that in July 2023, she purchased a motorcycle named Rory to get ready for her trip. She called the planning phase of the trip difficult, especially since one of the nations she would be traveling through is South Sudan.

    “Although the conditions to enter that nation are excessive, as I mentioned, it’s only my infant daughter and I versus the entire globe. I have complete faith in her (Rory). I mean, for the next few months, it’s just Rory and me against the world. This adventure is rich and exciting at every turn.”

    It is only fitting that I travel to several regions of the world with her, as we begin our riding adventure together. I’m confident in her.”

    Ebaide said she spent time learning how to ride the motorcycle (Rory) so she wouldn’t get any bumps on it because she wanted to use it to explore the world.

    She went on to say that even though the motorcycle fell on her as she was getting ready, it didn’t lessen her happiness.

    Ebaide clarified that the first leg was the trip from Kenya to Lagos and that the second leg would start in Nigeria and end in Morocco.

    The singer stated that her spinal cord is held in place by titanium screws and rods, but she does not let that stop her from living life to the fullest.

    The Journey

    Ebaide left Mombasa and will make her way across Uganda, South Sudan, and ultimately the border of the Central African Republic. She intends to proceed from there via Cameroon to Nigeria, passing through Calabar, Cross River State, to reach Lagos.

    According to her, she finds the journey exciting because of the absence of other motorcycle riders on the road and the dearth of videos to control her expectations. She announced on February 8th, on her Instagram page, that she would take the Trans-African Highway, an overland highway that connects African nations. The highway starts in Cairo, Egypt, and travels via Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa, to name just a few of the at least eighteen nations it will cross.

    “I’m not sure what to anticipate. How incredibly exciting is that? I know that the word “excitement” is too modest to describe how I really feel because I have experienced a lot of fascinating things in my life. I feel incredibly happy and afraid at the same time,” she continued.

    The overland explorer called the trip the largest excursion of her life. “Sometime last year, right before I bought my motorcycle, this crazy thought crossed my mind.

    “I had been riding on a tricycle for ten weeks, enjoying life on the road. I came to appreciate how much I loved living the nomadic lifestyle on that trip,” she said.

     

    Nigeria: Mcaa Set for Her 6th Miniature Art Exhibition.

    March 15, 2024 in Africa, African Countries and Places, African Countries and Places, African Entertainment News & Features, African Entertainment News & Features, African News, African People, Developments in Africa

    The sixth miniature exhibition, which will take place at the Arts Hotel in Lagos, has been set to take place from March 30 to April 14, 2024. During a press conference held at the Arts Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, this was recently revealed by Patrons Modern and Contemporary African Arts (MCAA), a renowned art consultancy and dealership firm.

    The event’s subject, “Herstory Reframed,” was inspired by the direction of this year’s International Women’s Day celebration. It will allow women artists to use canvases to communicate their tales while reshaping the global narrative of African women.

    The show seeks to reinterpret symbols, reclaim feminine narratives, and encourage inclusivity in the arts. Through their twenty pieces of art, three gifted and well-exhibited female artists from French-speaking nations will share amazing stories.

    A fireside talk with women in business, finance, and the arts will also take place during the event to address what lies ahead for the African arts sector. Mama Nike, who is renowned for reviving African traditional practices through her arts and crafts, will chair the discussion panel. Opportunities in the arts sector, the funding gap, finance for the arts, assistance for female artists, and the export potential of art collections will be the main topics of discussion.

    Speaking at the press conference, the Director at Patron MCAA, Miss Keturah Ovio, said, “We are always looking for projects that are exciting and often not ventured into by other art forms, and while art is big business all around the world, we realized in African it is not well popularised and we saw an opportunity there.”

    “Other industries influence art for instance the Real Estate Sector. The way houses are built is getting smaller which means the wall spaces are getting smaller. As an artist, your work of art should also consider where the market is going.”

    “For an artwork of 6×7 feet high and wide, someone who rents a one-bedroom apartment might not want to buy such considering the space it will occupy.”

    “However, it is not a bad business for us, because we can help them store them, as we believe Arts should be displayed, discussed, and enjoyed.”

    The musicians Falhone Ogoun from the Benin Republic, Kristine Tsala from Cameroun, and Asa Mansongi from the Republic of Congo are anticipated at the event.

    Ovio notes that there is room for both governmental and private sector players to do more, pointing out that the African arts business is only worth roughly $13 billion, or 2.5 percent of the $520 billion worldwide art market.

    Every artist has a distinct viewpoint that comes from their experiences and upbringings, according to Ms. Ovio.

    Ms. Ovio stated, “Every artist provides a distinct perspective derived from their experiences and upbringing.

    “Everyone must put money into it. Corporations need to invest in building, marketing, exporting, and art collections. Art in public spaces is essential. Art must be exported, not merely technology or other goods. People’s lives can be improved and changed by the values of the arts, she remarked.

    Young people in Africa need to be interested in collecting art, according to Peter Imo, Director of Patrons MCAA, who emphasized that art can appreciate in value if stored properly.

    “Art is a long-term investment. It is an asset you own that can exponentially grow wealth for generations,” he said.

    He said that diversity has grown in importance on a worldwide scale and that women have demonstrated their extraordinary ability to contribute to the arts in a variety of fields.

    Speaking at the ceremony, Miss Meme Osuocha, Marketing Director, said that it will highlight the potential of women and reinterpret African women’s stories for a global audience.

    It’s a chance to use the arts to share the tales of African women. In addition to showcasing the creative talent of the female artists on display, HERstory Reframed paves the path for a more empowered and inclusive future for women in Africa and beyond, the statement reads.