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Filmmaker Leila Djansi Named Mentor For Netflix & UNESCO’s US$75,000 Filmmaking Project

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Ghanaian filmmaker Leila Djansi has been named as one of the mentors for a NETFLIX & UNESCO project.

The project, ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ is a short film competition across Sub-Saharan Africa. The winners will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”.

The award-winning filmmaker was part of the judges and mentors who did the first round of selection and shortlisted 21 emerging filmmakers out of over 2,000 applications. The “I sing of a Well” producer posted on her Facebook page

“I am so excited to see the number of WOMEN selected for this! 75,000 dollars from Netflix to make a short film that will debut on the streamer? That’s career-defining. Congratulations ladies! see you all soon!”

She stated Nigerian storytellers have always been top-notch. “From Buchi Emecheta to Chimamanda Adichie. They got 4 candidates in. Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya always putting in extra effort”

The other judges and mentors are Nigeria’s Femi Odugbemi, South Africa’s Bongiwe Selane, LDavid Tosh Gitonga from Kenya, and Jean Luc Herbulot from the Republic of Congo as well as representatives from Netflix and UNESCO who will act as guides in the process. The panel will select the final six filmmakers who will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of Netflix and industry mentors to ensure everyone involved in the production is fairly compensated. Each of the 6 winners will also receive $25,000.

Netflix Director of Content in Africa, Ben Amadasun says the “response from all the aspiring filmmakers who took time to submit their application proves that there’s a wealth of storytelling potential and talent in Africa and we at Netflix are excited to be part of this journey for more talented new voices to share their stories with the world”.

See her announcement below.

About Netflix & UNESCO’s African Folktales, Reimagined Competition

Netflix and UNESCO are excited to announce the 20 shortlisted candidates who will go forward in the exciting short film competition ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’. What’s more – the quality of submissions received resulted in one extra candidate being added to the list, making it 21 filmmakers on the shortlist. The candidates were selected following a rigorous evaluation process by a wide range of industry professionals from across the continent who assessed over 2080 applications from across the continent in multiple languages. The shortlist contains a dynamic group of African creatives from across 13 countries in the region.

The shortlisted filmmakers include (in no particular order): Nosa Igbinedion (Nigeria); Ebot Tanyi (Cameroon); Loukman Ali (Uganda); Tongryang Pantu (Nigeria); Walt Mzengi (Tanzania); Venance Soro (Côte d’Ivoire); Noni Ireri (Kenya); Volana Razafimanantsoa (Madagascar); Mohamed Echkouna (Mauritania); Nader Fakhry (Côte d’Ivoire); Anne Catherine Tchokonté (Cameroon); Mphonyana Mokokwe (Botswana); Anita Abada (Nigeria); Samuel Kanyama (Zambia); Machérie Ekwa-Bahango (Democratic Republic of Congo); Oprah Oyugi (Kenya); Ndiyathemba Modibedi (South Africa); Gcobisa Yako (South Africa); Akorede Azeez (Nigeria); Katya Aragão (São Tomé and Príncipe) and Voline Ogutu (Kenya).

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Maiden Edition Of DJ Millzy ‘Black Party’ Sends Fans Into A Frenzy

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The wildest party turner and Twist nightclub resident head turntable boomer, Dj Millzy  hosted the maiden edition of his ‘Black Party’ on Saturday, May 7.

The event brought together top Ghanaian music stars and personalities under one roof to entertain music fans and club patrons.

The star-studded event had the likes of KiDi, Black Sheriff, Mona 4reall, Mzvee, Gyakie, Mayorkun, Camidoh and a host of other talented artistes who turned Twist night club upside down with mind-blowing performances.

DJ Millzy has confirmed that his ‘Black Party’ isn’t just a one time event as he plans to embark on a party train with the theme across Ghana and Africa.

The recently nominated GEAUSA DJ of the Year took to his social media pages to thank fans and artist who came through to show love and support, however he hints dates for the next edition later this year.

Follow DJ Millzy on all social platforms here for more updates…

https://linktr.ee/djmillzygh

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Check out photos from Rita Dominic’s bridal shower

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Nollywood stars Joke Silva, Ini Edo, and Kate Henshaw were among the celebs who graced the bridal shower of Rita Dominic, their colleague, on Sunday. (more…)

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“Sugarcane” season: Camidoh stuns in promotional photos for new single

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GB Recz and Grind Don’t Stop have released new stunning photos of Camidoh for his forthcoming debut album while promoting his commercial hit song, “SUGARCANE”. (more…)

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AY, Metro TV MD, Vice President of Liberia, Togolese Ambassador to Ghana and Dr Ibrahim Bello Dauda attend Africa Advancement Forum Global Summit 2021

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The Africa Advancement Forum an organization that creates a platform focusing on providing a space for the discussion of key prospects and strategies that aims to influence the growth and advancement of the continent, on Friday, August 20, 2021, held this year’s edition of its global summit in Accra.

The summit held at the Accra International Conference Center on the theme “The Africa We Want,” brought together captains of industries, academia, civil society and government officials as well as top African business personalities, start-ups, and entrepreneurs from a various sectors and disciplines to exchange ideas on how to develop the continent.

Delivering the opening address for the summit, the Founder of Justina Mutale Foundation, Ambassador Justina Mutale who is also part of the organizers, highlighted some of the things that exist as strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to developing Africa.

Among other things she spoke about the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the need for a single passport for all Africans, improving the Global Image of Africa, diplomatic relations, leveraging on technology, developing and educating the youth as well as women empowerment.

“While the rest of the world has an aging population, Africa has the largest and youngest population and about 70% or so of the population are below the age of 30. This is the population that is going to drive the world into the next millennia so we need to empower them. Empower them to have the clout, to have the energy, to have the agility, to have the power to move forward. We need to empower them with the right education, the right information, the right knowledge, tools and of course the right networks. This is where mentoring comes in,” she said.

On the need for Africa to shape its image and promote women empowerment, Ambassador Mutale noted that it is important for the African story to be told from an African perspective.

“It is hard for me to learn that Africa’s heroes are left out of the history books of our children and our children have to depend on movies such as ‘Wakanda’ which has fictional African superheroes and yet we have real African superheroes living among us.,” she stated.

The summit hosted a series of panel discussions which saw several astute and accomplished individuals contribute to various topics on Africa’s development.

The Vice President of Liberia, Her Excellency Jewel Taylor in contributing to a panel discussion on the topic ‘Powerful Women Leveraging Their Network to Develop Africa,’ stressed on the need for African women to be involved in decision making and policy formulation.

“What are we asking for? All that we are asking is equality. To be a part of the discussions that affect our lives whether in peace time or in war. Every decision that is made by the legislature and implemented by the executive, there is something that affects women whether it is education or whether it is access to water. When we went to villages, they still built wells at the end of the village. Women have to walk all the way from their home, sometimes 40 miles. But why, why are the men building the wells at the end of villages?

They say that when women gather, they make noise and they gossip but do they know the harm they are putting their wives and their daughters into? People get raped, people get attacked and all sort of things. So it is important to get women in that space (leadership) because when decisions are being made, a woman looks at it from a totally different level,” she stressed.

On his part, the Managing Director of Metro TV Ghana, Kayode Akintemi who also contributed to a panel discussion on the topic “Changing the Global Perception of Africa,” spoke about why Africa should re-present its image on the global scene and how the media can effectively contribute to such an agenda.

Let’s stop focusing on what is or what went wrong, let’s start to focus on solutions. When you live in the past you are only sacrificing your present and the feature.

“And words spoken to you will remain words until you give them meaning and attach power to them; that is when they have effect in your lives. Live your lives not based on what others say , but based on what your inner self tells you. Surround  your self with good people” Ibrabim B. Dauda

“Africa must fine a way of putting across its own message, telling the African stories from the African perspective. Like AY said, the name your call your child, if you name your child blessing everyone will call your child blessing. But if you name your child a thief everyone will call your child a theif. The way we have chosen to tell our own story is the way people will help us call. But the worst situation we have on our hands is we are not telling our story.

We have to do that telling, nobody is going to tell it the way we want it. CNN and BBC, the perspective they are putting out there is not going to help us because it is not in their interest.

Other personalities who were on hand to contribute to the panel discussions included award winning Nigerian comedian Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y, Dr Linus Okorie of the COTNI Leadership Institute, Dr Ambassador Utchey Odims and Sara Nana Yeboah a nursing specialist who spoke passionately about the health sector in Africa.

Also present at the summit was the High Commissioner of Seirra Leone to Ghana, Burkina Faso and Togo, Her Excellency Virginia Henderson and Dr Ibrahim Bello Dauda.

The 2021 Africa Advancement Forum Global Summit concluded with an Africa Business Forum later in the day where top African business personalities, start-ups, and entrepreneurs from a various sectors and disciplines met to discuss ideas as well as an Award Dinner Gala held in the evening at the Kempinski hotel in Accra.

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Fabulous PHOTOS from Ameyaw Debrah’s 40th Birthday Party

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Turning 40 certainly means a lot to globally renowned Ghanaian celebrity and lifestyle blogger, Ameyaw Debrah.

He kicked-off his celebration on Monday, July 19, with a donation at the Potter’s Village Home in Dodowa, where he donated cash, food items, clothes , personal items and more to the children and women at the home.

On Wednesday, July 21, his actual birthday, Ameyaw celebrated the day receiving well-wishes and gifts.

On Saturday, July 24 Ameyaw hosted a birthday party to celebrate the milestone with family and friends. The party was attended by celebrity friends likes of Jackie Appiah, Trigmatic, Vanessa Gyan,  Quamena MP, Worlasi, Abeiku Santana, Victoria Michaels, Victoria Lebene, and many more.

The simple party grooved to music by the Hy-Skuul Band with performances from Fameye, Khemi Tunez, Imran Ant. MCs for the celebration were Antoine Mensah and MC Daniel.

Decor :@hhcevents
Cocktails: @drinkshaven
Local drinks bar: @zeerain_sips
Catering :@menscookgh
Photos : @vineimagery

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Thomas Partey presents special Arsenal jerseys to Ghanaian musicians at Party in the Park

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Black Stars and Arsenal star player, Thomas Party has gifted Arsenal jerseys to the Ghanaian artists who performed  during this year’s ‘Ghana Party in the Park’ in London.

The artists include Camidoh, Kofi Jamar, S3fa, Mr Drew, Sarkodie, Kwabena Kwabena and Amerado.

Partey, 27, was at the event together with Chelsea’s Ghanaian-born English international Callum Hudson-Odoi. The two footballers were star attraction for the ‘Ghana Party in the Park’ event, which returned to London for the first time since 2019 due to COVID-19.

Partey who is currently in pre-season camp with Arsenal passed through the event to hangout with his fellow Ghanaians.Hudson-Odoi was also in the company of some friends, including his best friend, King Promise. The two footballers are expected to play key roles for their respective clubs when the English Premier League season begins in August.

The 16th edition of the annual Ghana Party in the Park – UK came off as scheduled on Saturday, July 24. It is safe to say that the event was a huge success as it witnessed a massive attendance despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

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