ALL FEMALE ENSEMBLE SHINES AT ALBUM LAUNCH

Nobuntu "Ekhaya" album launch in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (pic by Multimedia Box)

Nobuntu “Ekhaya” album launch in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (pic by Multimedia Box)

 

 

Imbube (accappella) female ensemble Nobuntu delivered an inspired music and dance set this past week on the back of their world tour that saw them perform in Austria, Germany, Canada amongst a few others. The group has performed to hundreds of adoring fans who cannot get enough of the female vocal ensemble’s inspired vocalising steeped in traditional Nguni harmonies and traditions. As an imbube group,Nobuntu, which began its journey a few years ago under the creative direction of Dumisani ‘Ramadu’ Moyo is growing in terms of influence having had a video of one of their songs ‘Narini’ top the Zambezi Magic Top ten Zimbabwe videos on DSTV.Nobuntu was also nominated for Best Musician of the year in 2015 at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards 2015. Ekhaya is their second album and it marks growth for the ensemble showcasing their strongest vocal lineup to date in Zanele Manhenga,Joyline Sibanda,Heather Dube, Duduzile Sibanda and Thandi. A few days ago Nobuntu delivered a well received show in the country’s second largest city in an event that marks the beginning of their national tour.The event had the sizeable multi-hued audience celebrating the cultural pride this group exhibited. Nobuntu tour will culminate in a tour of Italy (Interview and album review to follow)

Rising African comic Keith Nkosi

keith nkosi – photo by Multimedia Box

Keith Nkosi has starred at the Live & Fluid a Culture Beat Africa Multimedia multi-genre arts showcase in Zimbabwe in 2015 amongst many other national and regional platforms.He gave an inspired performance that had audiences tickled by the sardonic wit of the Namibian University performing arts major. Keith is funny to a fault..the thinking man’s comic in the mould of a David Chappelle or a Trevor Noah. In this interview with CBA he talks about his journey to date:

CBA: Keith your journey in comedy begins when ?

Keith Nkosi: It begun in 2010 in Namibia when I did a comedy show Think out loud for my 4year drama project at the University of Namibia.

CBA : As an African comic what do find is the role of Comedy in Africa?

Keith Nkosi: The role of comedy in Africa is a   transformation ,social and political, and marketing  tool..we transforming Africa from the dark continent into a black conscious continent.

CBA: What are some of you most memorable comedy highlights?

Keith Nkosi: My memorable comedy night is when  is when I did a show dubbed ZimAssets2million jokes…I felt I was using the power of spoken word to push the edge  cause a lot of Zim comics are scared to touch on political subjects.

CBA: What’s funny right now?

Keith Nkosi: Whats  funny right now is we still believe in politicians

CBA: Do you think therefore that when it comes to politicians they are fair game for your material?

Keith Nkosi: I have always worshipped satirical comedy and politics  and satire comedy  it’s a gold mine for any comedian any day.

CBA: What are your thoughts bout Africa?

Keith Nkosi: Africa is work in progress , the sooner we realise our worth the better.

On the business of comedy

CBA: Are you monetized?

Keith Nkosi: Currently am still tryna figure out my value in figures

CBA: Why is that the case ?

Keith Nkosi: It’s because am still teaching people about the product called Keith ..early adopters  have received pretty well now my target is to reach the late adopters

CBA: Can you eat from comedy and how is the African comedy sector?

Keith Nkosi: Comedy is taking over Africa. Once one is in the right space and time the bank balance will tell the story.

CBA: Your thoughts on Trey noah’s cross border hustle?

Keith Nkosi: Noah has set the bar high for African comedians and made us believe we can penetrate mature comedy markets.

CBA: You left Zim..why ? Were your reasons social , economic or political?

Keith Nkosi: I left Zim because of I wanted to explore  beyond Zim comedy Culture.

CBA: Where are you at right now ?

Keith Nkosi: I’m in SA pushing keeping my eye on Zim..When I was the first comedian to perform on live and fluid ..I was used to performing with other comedians in a safe comedy environment.

CBA: Yes you held your own and thrilled the audience that night.

On inspiration

CBA: Your top inspiration ? In terms of comics who inspired or still inspires you?

Keith Nkosi: Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock

CBA: Life in the hood…?  What got you laughing? What made you say you could do this?

Keith Nkosi: And in the hood what got us laughing was the encounter we had with police, we strived to outsmart police cause that was yardstick.What made think I could do this it’s the ghetto culture that we born to entertain and our ticket out of the ghetto  is perceived  as entertainment than education.

Crazy hood moment

Keith Nkosi: When I was involuntarily  turned into a Jazz man (local slang for drug pusher)  by my friend , when he ran away from the police and left me with weed I didn’t know of….

CBA: Hood living is crazy ain’t it?

CBA: How did you make it out of one of the toughest ghettoes in Zimbabwe anyway ?

Keith Nkosi: I made it out of the toughest ghetto  through education  which demystify the perception that only entertainment can make you in the ghetto.

CBA: But the weed story is funny and you almost went to “college” (prison) because of it…were it not for your grandma. What did she do that got you out ?

Keith Nkosi: My granny brought all my certificates  junior school high school and university. She told police that i am an astute citizen and too cool for weed pushing.  and that with my level of education maybe if they had accused me of fraud she would understand though it was a desperate measure cause a lot of grads in Zim have been reduced to dealers and vendors.

On family support

CBA: What’s the level of family support for your comedic efforts.?

Keith Nkosi: When I went to University  I was supposd to study B.com Economics .I changed programs to Arts because of the influence Amokhosi Cultural Centre and the streets had on me. So for a year my family didn’t know what I was studying and even now some of my family members don’t know what I studied even if I have told them it’s a BA  honors in performing Arts…You know family wanna brag about accountant doctors and lawyers.

CBA: Looking back how do you feel about the decision you made?

Keith Nkosi: It’s a tough decision moving from a place where I was somebody   now I am no one.

CBA: Yah

Keith Nkosi: After appearing on newspapers my family’s support grew cause thy now knew what I’m about and ain’t no doctors or accountants that just make news unless if something gone wrong.

CBA: Lastly, there are reports that Carl Joshua Ncube is relocating to S.A.. What’s your take on the subject?

Keith Nkosi: I think Carl has realised that we are limited as comedians in Zim by things beyond our scope…

CBA:If you were to meet say president Mugabe , what would you say to him?

Keith Nkosi :If I met the President  I will thank him for contributing to my desire to do comedy.

 

Agility Launches 2nd Annual Modern Africa Photo Competition

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Pan-Africa Contest Seeks to Capture Fast-Changing Cities, Industry, Technology

DUBAI, UAE, June 1, 2016/ — Agility,  a global leader in integrated logistics, today launched its Africa 2016 Photo Competition (www.Africa-2016.com), an effort to inspire and showcase images that illustrate the breathtaking pace of change across modern Africa.

The annual contest, now in its second year, is the first pan-Africa photography competition to focus on Africa’s rapid modernization. It is open to professional and amateur photographers alike.

The competition seeks to highlight the progress and development on a continent of contrasts, documenting an Africa booming with youthful consumers, new technology, urbanizing populations and promising economic prospects.

“Africa’s modern spirit and rapid evolution are obvious to those of us doing business there every day,” says Geoffrey White, CEO of Agility Africa. “It’s important for the rest of the world to recognize the drive, ambition and creativity powering development across the continent. The Africa 2016 Photo Competition is one way we can bring attention to it.”

The competition will take place from June 1 to Sept. 1, 2016. Agility will award a US$2,000 cash prize to the winner of each of three categories: cities, industry and technology. A further US$2,000 grand cash prize will go to the photographer who shoots the overall winning image, deemed to best illustrate development and growth across Africa; giving photographers a chance to win up to $4,000.

The winning photographs will be shown on a CNBC Africa telecast and published in Forbes Africa and be featured in Agility social media, promotions and advertising.

The competition will be judged by an independent panel consisting of Sneha Shah, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters Africa; Bronwyn Nielsen, Executive Director of the Africa Business News Group and Editor-in-Chief of CNBC Africa; and Salim Amin, photographer, filmmaker and chairman of Africa 24 Media and Camerapix.

The Africa 2015 Photo Competition drew 700 entries submitted by photographers in 33 countries. Winning entries were dramatic images that captured the capital city of Luanda, Angola; wheat fields in Kenya; and a child holding a smart phone in Uganda.

“Across our Africa business, we’re seeing the impact infrastructure improvements and technology are making in African life,” White says. “The contest is an engaging way for us to try to reflect the modernization we see, from sustainable farming to manufacturing to energy production. Our hope is that perceptions of Africa will become more balanced, and people elsewhere will come to see Africa as an increasingly significant contributor to the world economy.”

Agility is investing in Africa and is committed to building new logistics capacity and infrastructure to support the development of global and SME businesses across the continent. The company’s strategy also includes a strong social and environmental program, focused on education, training and health.

 

For more information about the competition or to learn about Africa’s growth opportunity, visit www.Africa-2016.com.

 

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Agility.

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Agility (http://www.Agility.com/africa) brings efficiency to supply chains in some of the globe’s most challenging environments, offering unmatched personal service, a global footprint and customized capabilities in developed and developing economies alike. Agility is one of the world’s leading providers of integrated logistics. It is a publicly traded company with more than $4.3 billion in revenue and more than 22,000 employees in over 500 offices across 100 countries. Agility’s core commercial business, Global Integrated Logistics (GIL), provides supply chain solutions to meet traditional and complex customer needs. GIL offers air, ocean and road freight forwarding, warehousing, distribution, and specialized services in project logistics, fairs and events, and chemicals. Agility’s Infrastructure group of companies manages industrial real estate and offers logistics-related services, including e-government customs optimization and consulting, waste management and recycling, aviation and ground-handling services, support to governments and ministries of defense, remote infrastructure and life support.

 

 

2016 Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Literature: Call for Entries

NOVIOLET BULAWAYO

inaugural Etisalat Prize winner Zimbabwe’s Noviolet Bulawayo talking to Jason Steger at the Melbourne Writers Festival in 2014

 

LAGOS, Nigeria, June 6, 2016/ — Etisalat has announced its call for entries to the 2016 edition of the Pan-African Prize, Etisalat Prize for Literature (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng). This is coming just a few months after the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila won the 2015 edition of the Prize with his first novel, Tram 83.

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Noviolet’s award winning book

Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher, who made this disclosure on Wednesday at a press briefing in Lagos, also announced the Judging Panel for the 2016 Etisalat Prize. The panel comprises Nigerian novelist and poet, Helon Habila, as the Chair of Judges, South African writer and activist Elinor Sisulu and Ivorian writer, Edwige Rene Dro as members. The Chair of judges was present at the briefing as well as two of the Prize Patrons: renowned literary icon, Prof. Kole Omotoso and awards-winning author, Dele Olojede.

Mr. Willsher, while speaking about the uniqueness of the Etisalat Prize, said it is designed to serve as a leading platform for the discovery and encouraging of creative writing talents as well as the celebration of literary arts by African writers.

“We are delighted to champion the cause for celebrating the richness and strength of African literature. Etisalat Prize for Literature is about discovering and bringing to the world stage the many creative talent Africa boasts of. The Etisalat Prize is about creativity, excellence, empowerment and reward; it is about celebrating our African diversity in very innovative ways through various forms of art, literature being one of them”, he said.

Willsher added that only books by debutant writers published not later than 24 months before submission, will qualify for entry. “They must also be by registered publishing houses not less than six years as incorporated publishers with registered ISBN Number or the equivalent, and who must have published a minimum of six authors. All entries should be accompanied by seven copies of the book entered along with an acceptance of our publicity terms. A publisher may submit a maximum of three books. The rules and guidelines for entry are available at http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng, he said.

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About the Judging Panel

 

Nigerian-born Helon Habila is a writer, poet, author and an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University, USA. His novels include, Waiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007), and Oil on Water (2010). He is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story (2011).

 

Habila’s novels, poems, and short stories have won many honours and awards, including the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Novel (Africa Section), the Caine Prize, the Virginia Library Foundation Prize for fiction and most recently the Windham-Campbell Prize.

 

Habila has been a contributing editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review since 2004, and he is a regular reviewer for the Guardian, UK.

 

Elinor Sisulu is a Zimbabwean-born South Africa writer and human rights activist Elinor Sisulu combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory from institutions in Zimbabwe, Senegal and the Netherlands.

 

She is the author of the award-winning children’s book The Day Gogo Went to Vote. Her biography on her parents-in-law, Walter and Albertina Sisulu: In Our Lifetime secured her the prestigious 2003 Noma Award for publishing in Africa.

 

Elinor’s involvement in book promotion and literary development efforts for many years has culminated in her work with the Puku Children’s Literature Foundation. She has been a judge for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, the Sanlam Youth Literature Prize and the Penguin Africa Writer’s Competition.

 

Edwige-Renée Dro is an Ivorian writer and a translator. She is one of the 39 most promising voices under 40 from Africa, south of the Sahara as decided by the Africa39 project. She was the 2015 PEN International New Voices award judge.

 

Edwige-Renée currently works as the director of Danbé Collection, a new imprint of l’Harmattan Editions with a focus on the promotion of Ivorian literature in Abidjan. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals.

 

About Etisalat Prize for Literature

 

The Etisalat Prize for Literature is a Pan African prize (http://Prize.Etisalat.com.ng) that celebrates debut African writers of published fiction. Previous winners include Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo (2013), South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlangu (2014) and Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila (2015).

 

The winner receives a cash prize of £15,000 in addition to a fellowship at the prestigious University of East Anglia, U.K. under the mentorship of Professor Giles Foden, the award-winning author of The Last King of England.

 

The Etisalat Prize also incorporates an award for Flash Fiction; an online-based competition for non-published African writers of short stories.

 

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