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JollofThe tentacles of Jollof has spread beyond the borders of West Africa into all of Africa and thanks to emigration the star dish has successfully accomplished its global invasion in the world of culinary delicacies.

So, Washington DC will on July 2, 2017, set the ball rolling for the first ever Jollof Festival to be organized by Afropolitan Insights. The venue is the North Hall of Eastern Market from midday to 5 PM, Eastern Standard Time.

Yes, Jollof is one of West Africa’s most beloved dishes and pretty easy to cook, well depending on where on the continent you picked up your Jollof-cooking skills. One thing remains certain though, the art of perfecting this delicacy has been a subject of debate for years. Ghanaians for example, claim to have the best Jollof while Nigerians beg to differ.

Who really owns Jollof?

Amidst all that debate that has fueled the Jollof wars on social media for years, some countries in the Senegambia region of Africa including Senegal, Gambia, Mali, and Mauritania have asked all to hush it up since they are the original inventors of the meal. Heck some of them even say the word Jolof itself is rooted in the Jolof Empire which is the successor to the Mali Empire where today’s Senegal stands in modern Africa.

See it however you want but one thing is for sure, Afropolitan Insights has set its sights on bringing all of Africa together under their Jollof Festival to celebrates the meal, the continent, and the respective cultures that are interwoven by the delicious string of Jollof.

Why a Jollof Festival

According to Afropolitan Insights “Jollof is a cheap and common dish people make on a massive scale. Our festival is simply a target of expressing rivalry between countries, in a good-natured way,” explains Ishmael Osekre, the Ghanaian-born, New York-based founder of the festival. “This is still a big thing in the emigre community. We decided to let people come in and compete in a healthy way, and to let everyone get a chance to enjoy the results.”

Osekre says interest in African cuisine as part of a growing fascination with the culture and style of the extremely diverse continent is what encouraged his team to create the event to provide Jollof masters and opportunity to face off, while visitors sample different versions of the dish and its accompanying sides.

The sides really reflect the local flavors,” explains Osekre. “They showcase the ingredients and tastes from different parts of the continent.” The festival will feature vendors representing eight different countries, each with their own Jollof spin.

In many ways, this simple rice dish is a mirror that reveals important parts of our lives, as Africans and people of the African diaspora,” muses Osekre. “I hope people of all backgrounds will come and taste and discover and just enjoy. Though of course, Ghanaian Jollof is the best.

More at Jollof Festival

Chefs would be invited to come together and contest to determine whose Jollof rules, one of such would be Chef Francis Otoo, an executive chef at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington DC who is also going to be on the panel of judges for the event. Maame Boakye, Co-founder and Director of Event Production and Talent Management at Dine Diaspora, is another judge.

Exciting experiences at the Jollof Festival will include Jollof vendors undertaking demos and Jollof wars, cultural performances, an Ankara Shop with readily available African fashion in forms of clothing, accessories, hair, body and skincare products and so on. Yes, there will be libations and it would be powered by Mixed Sips to gently push down your Jollof.

Osekre unveiled to TheAfricanDream.net that the Washington DC event is just the starter as Afropolitan Insights plans to take the festival to Brooklyn in New York, and Atlanta in Georgia. For now, the festival’s aim is to engage the buzzing African, Caribbean, and African-American food community through a celebratory delicacy — Jollof — in a friendly and pseudo-competitive atmosphere.

Find out more about Jollof Festival at www.JollofFestival.com and share your #JollofFestival experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @JollofFestival

Source: Oral Ofori AfropolitanInsights.com

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Kenya’s Jennifer Riria to be Honoured as Model African Woman of the Year 2022 by YAWC

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The Group Chief Executive Officer of Echo Network Africa (ENA), formerly Kenya Women Holding which is a woman led, women serving development institution has been nominated to be honoured at the 6th Annual Continental Convocation of the Young African Women Congress (YAWC) which is set to take place in Accra, Ghana from 2nd to 6th October, 2022 under the theme, “Network for Empowerment: Eliminating Barriers to Women’s Development”.

She will be honoured in relation to her interventions in improving the socio-economic situation of women and girls in Kenya, having been admitted into the EY Global Hall of Fame.

A special event dubbed, “Jennifer Riria Day” will be held in her honour on Tuesday 4th October within the period of the congress.

Dr Riria is distinguished as a Microfinance Banker and Practitioner, Researcher and Gender Specialist. She has led Kenya Women Finance Trust Microfinance (KWFT) Bank for over three decades, and propelled it from an unprofitable NGO to a medium sized Bank, serving low income women and their families all over the Kenya. KWFT has served over 3 million women and disbursed over US$ 3 billion over a period of 30 years. As the CEO she spearheaded the transformation of KWFT from a microfinance institution to a regulated middle-sized bank (2004-2009).

She has served in many other leadership roles both in financial, public, and health institutions for which she has been recognised locally and internationally. Dr Riria is the Patron of the Democracy Trust Fund (DTF) a semi-autonomous organization that supports and positions women to participate in democratic processes. Additionally, Dr Riria is the Chairperson of the Africa Women Leaders Network – Kenyan Chapter. Recently she re-launched the “Jennifer Riria Foundation” whose focus is to enhance young women’s leadership through innovations and connecting them with the private sector. Working with and touching people’s life is her passion. Dr. Riria served on many Boards including the Women’s World Bank Board which is an international microfinance network of microfinance institutions and banks for 21 years, which she was the Chairperson.

The “Jennifer Riria Day” will be the second in a series of events to recognise and celebrate astute women of Africa for their contributions to women empowerment for national and global impact. The first, having been conferred on the first female Chief of Staff of the Republic of Ghana, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei Opare in 2019. The day is specifically named after the woman proposed to be celebrated at the specific congress to leave an imprint on the minds of delegates on the achievements of the honouree.

The Young African Women Congress is a Pan-African event opened to young women of African descent. It is a platform which fosters knowledge-sharing and cultural exchanges among nations and generations. Major activities at the congress include Keynote Presentation, Panel Sessions, Career Workshops, Group Brainstorming Sessions as well as Project Story Presentations by delegates. There is also a full day trip to interesting sites to promote Africa’s heritage and tourism.

Its main objective is captured in its motto: Empowering Women for Continental Development and Integration for a Better World.

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Ghana’s new dancing super-talent, Endurancegrand steps into the light with her effervescence

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Dance With Purpose Academy (DWP) have established themselves as one of the best producers of dance talent on the African continent. One of their most exciting prospects emerging on the scene is Endurancegrand.

Born Endurance Dzigbordi Dedzo, the dancing queen who has been stepping gracefully to the rhythm since she was 7-years old has already performed on some of the biggest stages in the country including the VGMA, TV3, Coca Cola, Ghana Football Awards, Ghana’s Most Beautiful and most recently, The Global Citizen Festival: Accra as part of the DWP Academy collective during Usher’s show-stopping performance. To top that impressive feat, she has also worked with brands like AirtelTigo and Dark & Lovely.

Endurancegrand’s interest in dance was piqued by her brother-in-law, Joshua Rana, back when she was just a kid who loved playing football, video games and singing; and she has never looked back since. For her, dancing has never been just a job or a simple means to an end, dancing has always been the “end” itself, her north star. “I faced neglect, doubt and lost some people very close to me because I chose dance as a career but that did not stop me because I always knew what I wanted. To me, dancing is just as important as the air I breathe or the water I drink. Dancing is my life! When I step on the stage, nothing else makes sense. Only my body and the rhythms and energy it releases”, Endurance describing what dancing means to her.

The Capricorn dancer’s biggest dream is to be able to touch lives globally, travel around the world to share her knowledge to the young and old and show women around the world that they can be whatever they choose to be.

Dance with Endurancegrand on her socials and keep up with what will be a very majestic career. Instagram: endurancegrand | TikTok: endurancegrand | Twitter: EnduranceGrand

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North American independent book publisher Catalyst Press will publish two graphic novels from Cape Town’s world-renowned animation studio next year, its first venture into the literary sphere. (more…)

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Global ed-tech leader releases Moodle Workplace 4.0 and a new user experience in its enterprise LMS

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Today, Moodle announced the release of Moodle Workplace 4.0 and an improved user experience in its customisable enterprise learning management platform.

Emilio Lozano, Head of Workplace Solutions said, “Moodle Workplace is built on top of Moodle LMS, giving Moodle Workplace unique advantages as a platform to develop, upskill and reskill employees.  In this release, we have benefited from the discovery and consultation process with the Moodle community that informed the improvements in Moodle LMS 4.0.  As well as providing a better user experience, we have used the enhancements to further evolve our workplace learning tools, including rigorous testing with our end-users.  In an increasingly competitive environment where learning and development is a key driver of performance and talent retention, I’m very excited about the benefits this release will provide to the L&D sector.”

The new Moodle Workplace 4.0 interface is fresh and intuitive with tabbed navigation.

Learning is prioritised through a personalised Dashboard

 

The Dashboard in Moodle Workplace 4.0 is simplified to display learners’ current enrolments plus a section for new available courses.  Learners can see completion status at a glance, and when a learner completes a course, further courses unlocked as part of a learning path or program will appear in the “New available courses” section.

Easily navigate learning content with My Courses

There’s a new addition to the menu called “My Courses”. My Courses is a stand-alone dedicated page that summarises all the learning assigned to an employee in a learning hub, including enrolled, available or past courses.

Managers can create learning journeys for their staff by combining different courses into learning programs and learning paths. All programs, courses and course subsets are linked so that managers and employees can easily navigate within and between learning programs and courses.

Manage team performance and development

 

In Moodle Workplace 4.0, a new page called “My Teams” provides managers or department leads visibility into team members, including tracking employee roles, learning path progress, course completion status and certifications. Managers can generate individual or team reports obtaining insight into individual or team performance and learning program effectiveness.

Automate onboarding and streamline compliance training

 

The user experience improvements in Moodle Workplace 4.0 make it easier for managers to create tailored training pathways and onboard employees by automatically assigning learning and granting competencies to individuals or teams based on tailored or dynamic rules.

 

With automation, managers can turn learning programs into certifications to streamline compliance training or meet legislation requirements.  Managers can also schedule a ‘recertification’ which can be the same Program or a different one.

 

Improve program efficiency by centrally managing multiple learning platforms within a single LMS site

Through multi-tenancy, Moodle Workplace 4.0 makes it straightforward for administrators and managers to support different learning audiences by creating an ecosystem of individual learning environments in a single LMS site. Each tenant can have its own look and feel, user membership, administrators, and content, and Moodle Workplace also supports content sharing across tenants.

Evaluate the impact of learning and make informed decisions

In Moodle Workplace 4.0, report builder now allows managers to build custom reports for audiences in a drag-and-drop interface with instant preview. Data insights help managers adapt and improve learning programs to drive better employee performance.

Build a seamless learning ecosystem with single sign-on and integrations

Moodle Workplace 4.0 integrates seamlessly with a wide variety of software, including HR systems and content repositories, so that L&D departments can build an ecosystem that supports their organisation.

The streamlined sign-in accommodates Single Sign-On with support a wide range of standard single sign-on providers (Google, Microsoft, Facebook) and also custom authentication plugins.

Boost employee engagement with rich and engaging learning experiences

Moodle Workplace 4.0 goes beyond the basic content features of most enterprise learning management systems. Courses are rich with activities requiring learners to actively engage with the learning content and each other in various modalities. New enhancements include BigBlueButton, the web conferencing and virtual classroom, and Appointment Booking, which allows managers to schedule group sessions or 1:1 meetings.

Contribution to open source Moodle LMS

 

The enhanced tools and features created for workplace learning in Moodle Workplace directly benefit the Moodle community and Moodle LMS as open source code and features.  This relationship contributes to Moodle’s sustainability and allows us to continue on our journey to enable quality education in all corners of the globe, and our mission to empower educators to improve our world.

Find out more about Moodle Workplace 4.0 or please contact us.

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