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Ghana’s Setriakor Nyomi and other African creatives selected for Digital Lab Africa finale Pitch Competition

The Digital Lab Africa (DLA) call for projects #3 closed on the 31st of January 2019 with around 500 entries from over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries. The DLA digital content industry experts have chosen the 30 finalists who will compete in the DLA online pitch competition. The startups, entrepreneurs and creators are all from the African continent: Zimbabwe, […]

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The Digital Lab Africa (DLA) call for projects #3 closed on the 31st of January 2019 with around 500 entries from over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries.

Ghana's Setriakor Nyomi and other African creatives selected for Digital Lab Africa finale Pitch Competition
Ghana’s Setriakor Nyomi and other African creatives selected for Digital Lab Africa finale Pitch Competition

The DLA digital content industry experts have chosen the 30 finalists who will compete in the DLA online pitch competition.

The startups, entrepreneurs and creators are all from the African continent: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Republic of the Congo, Mali, Senegal, Gabon. They represent the new generation of talent in creative industries (virtual reality, web creation, digital music, video game and animation).

According to Lesley Williams, CEO of Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and Director of Digital Lab Africa, the digitization of Africa will only work to the benefit of the continent if we start contributing more as creators of content rather than as mere consumers: “We would like to thank all the candidates who applied for the DLA call for projects. We recognise the importance of taking ownership of the narrative in our own stories and these candidates have all stepped up to the plate.”

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From the 15th of April, 2019, the « video pitch » of the 30 competitors will be displayed online on a dedicated platform (www.vote.digilabafrica.com) developed by Zakhele Technologies, a Tshimologong based IT company. This platform will allow internet users to watch and vote for their favorite pitch (from 15th to 28th of April). Last but not least, video pitches will be housed and showcased in Tshimologong Source Code Gallery.

www.vote.digilabafrica.com

Chosen by the DLA Selection Committees, the 10 winners of the Pitch Competition will be revealed on the 30th of April. In addition, the project which will gather the most votes on the platform will be awarded with a special prize (DLA Audience Award) including an invitation (for 1 person) to one of the DLA Industry events in France or in the Sub-Saharan African region (flight ticket, accommodation & accreditation covered by DLA).

The 10 winners get a R42,000 cash prize and a tailor-made incubation programme to accelerate their project development with mentors from French & Sub-Saharan creative industries, a residency period in France within a digital cluster/hub, and participation at industry events in France and/or in Sub-Saharan African region.

The 30 finalists of the DLA Pitch Competition are…

ANIMATION

BABA by Justus Macharia (Kenya)
FROZILLA by Komborerai Chapfika (Zimbabwe)
HERBBEINGS – THE MIND TEA LEAF by Abisola Aboaba (Nigeria)
LITTLE LITTLE ORISHAS by Archange Kiyindou (Republic of the Congo)RINGA MZANSI by Lwazi Msipha (South Africa)
UZI by Naddya Adhiambo Oluoch-Olunya (Kenya)

*Animation Selection Committee
Stuart Forrest, Triggerfish Animation Studios (South Africa) | Eric Réginaud, Ciclic (France) | Marie-Anne Fontenier, Nef Animation (France) | Lesego Vorster, Hidden Hand Studios(South Africa) |Isaac Mogajane, Diprente Films (South Africa)

WEB CREATION

CARTOGRAPHIE DES RÉGIONS MUSICALES DU MALI by Tiécoura N’Daou (Mali)MAN WALKS INTO A BAR by Matthew Cuthbert (South Africa)
MEET THE ARTIST by Okuhle Magcaba (South Africa)
PENDO by Wako Sefara and Muendo Mullei Muindi (South Africa)RE/MEMBER YOUR DESCENDANTS by Xabiso Vili (South Africa)

REUNION by Bokang Lehlokoe and Nomonde Jele (South Africa)

Web Creation Selection Committee
Heidelinde Blumers, ARTE (France) | Kenneth Kaplan, Bioskope pictures (South Africa) |Indra de Lanerolle, JamLab (South Africa)

DIGITAL MUSIC

AKULELE PROGRAMME by Tabitha Karaba (Kenya)FRONTLINE SESSION by Norton Nyandeni (South Africa)JOKKO TEXT by Mamadou Dione (Senegal)STREAMBEATS LIVE by Cédrick Mezui Beckdan (Gabon)SUNKAMBE by Shaka Ramulifho (South Africa)SWAGGIFY by Marvin Madyara (Zimbabwe)

*Digital Music Selection Committee
Sevi Spanoudi, Black Major (South Africa)|Thibaut Mullings, Idol (France/South Africa), Alain Bidjeck, Centre des cultures d’Afrique (France)

VIRTUAL REALITY

I AM A WOMAN DEFINED / STORIES ABOUT HER by Charmaine Chitate (Zimbabwe)PHENDULA by Gugulethu Duma & Regina Kgatle (South Africa)
SIYA KHUMBULA by Isaac Zavale & Antonio Marin (South Africa/Mozambique)
THE AFROCYBORG VR FILM COLLECTIVE by Shmerah Passchier & The Afrocyborg Collective (South Africa)

TRVLR by Komborerai Chapfika (Zimbabwe)
THE CROSSING by Tafadzwa Hove (South Africa/Zimbabwe)

* VIRTUAL REALITY Selection Committee
Ulrico Grech-Cumbo, Ambrosia XR (South Africa) |Caitlin Robinson, Electric South(South Africa), Jérémy Pouilloux, La Générale de production (France), Tegan Bristow, Fak’ugesi, African Digital Innovation Festival (South Africa)

VIDEO GAME

AHKUNOBI by Ebube Ofili (Nigeria)
MANCALA PLUS by Setriakor Nyomi (Ghana)
PRECIOUS CARGO by Simone Beneke-Graham, Shannon Bennetts, Rowan Brough & Niall Graham (South Africa)
RIZIKI by George Ahere (Kenya)
WAHENGA – THE LOST ANCESTORS by Salim Burusu (Kenya)

Video Game Selection Committee
Francis Ingrand, SNJV/Plug In Digital (France), Nicholas Hall, Make Games SA/IESA (South Africa), Maud Renusson, Pictanovo (France), Sidick Bakayoko, Paradise Game (Ivory Coast)

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AIDEC Consultancies International & Academic City sign MoU to deepen practical AI knowledge

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Africa Integrated Development and Communications Consultancies (AIDEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Academic City University College (ACity) to provide practical knowledge in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

The MoU was executed on behalf of the two organizations represented by Mr. Ambrose Yennah, Executive Chairman of AIDEC and Professor Fred McBagonluri, President, and Provost of ACity.

Executive Chairman for AIDEC Consultancies, Ambrose Yennah, said: “the agreement seeks to provide students with practical hands-on-training in Data Science, Machine Learning, Robotics and other advanced technological training in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in areas of STEAM needed to efficiently work in the job market.”

He said the MoU is a private sector initiative between the two organizations to compliment government’s effort at digitalization and will enable them to collaborate with other Consortium Partners for the roll out of several Digital Solutions and Services.

“The agreement will include but not limited to the study and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, Robotics, Data Science, Machine Learning, Business Process Outsourcing Services (BPO) with specific focus on the health, and Educational Sectors including Executive Training for the Country Ghana and scaling up to the continent of Africa in the near-term,” he added.

President and Provost of ACity, Professor Fred McBagonluri, said the MoU will help in developing ready job skills by providing access to AI programmes that would help student use technology to pursue research initiatives that is focused on solving the needs of the society.

“The MoU, as part of its objectives, agree to establish, implement and create an enabling environment for students to engage in research and practical consulting assignments as a collaboration between industry and other academic institutions for practical, hands-on training, research, and fieldwork for their mutual good,” he said.

The Consortium Partners, he added, will provide top notch business, educational and technology solutions and services including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform as a virtual and open educational resource facility to our target customers in the public, private and third sectors.

AIDEC and ACity in collaboration with other Consortium Partners will identify projects ideas and invest in them to generate employment in IT/Digital Solutions and Services and generate income for the Consortium Partners whilst providing an avenue for upgrading the skills and competencies of students with creative and innovative technologies that will expose and prepare them for the job market including Students exchange programs for practical hands-on training, research and fieldwork.

The Consortium Partners agree to work to improve and expand their Institutional capacities in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data Science, Machine learning including online learning platforms and programs to whip up the interest of students enrolling for higher education for STEAM, SparX leaning Xperience and other competency-based professional training programs for an all-inclusive digital transformation.

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Can you fly with Delta 8 Gummies?

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Considering taking your Delta 8 Gummies on your next trip? But worried if it’s legit or if there are some unknown laws airlines companies have stated somewhere and you have no idea about them. US domestic flights allow flyers to carry delta 8 gummies that are legalized under the Farm Bill. However, this is not the case for overseas flights. Continue reading to know much more. (more…)

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Episode 33 on StudentOfLife Podcast is all about ‘Manifestation’

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Understanding the true laws and principles of it, realising that it is not simply about visualising and saying affirmations, write stuff down and it simply appears with time! It’s deeper than that. Understand the law of energy(chakras), law of vibration and governing your surrounds is key. Akosua Peprah is not telling you what you want to hear, but what you NEED to hear and the hidden truths of manifestation. (more…)

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Top Factors to Consider When Choosing an Online Gambling Site

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Over the past few decades, the online casino market has witnessed a record-breaking boom. Gamers and gamblers alike started to prefer it as a form of entertainment. Since everyone has instant access to mobile technologies, you can access your favorite casino any time of the day. 

Anyone can open a branch or work as an affiliate partner in the gambling industry; it is no longer a restricted industry. As a result of fierce competition, users have to be more careful. They now must watch out for fraudsters and stay away from scam websites. Here is a criterion to help you pick the best online casino.

Pay Attention to User Testimonials

A trustworthy betting site will have a lot of reviews. To determine the platform’s dependability, most reviews must be favorable. The options for gamblers to read reviews and spot a reputable site are plentiful, ranging from a variety of apps to mobile-optimized websites like the featured sites on legitgamblingsites.com. Based on the reviews, one can choose whether to register and start using the platform.

Regulations and Licenses for Online Casinos


Verify the presence of gambling seals of permission to ensure that your chosen platform is regulated correctly. Typically, information about them appears at the bottom of the webpage. Each gaming company needs to be registered and granted a license by reputable administrative bodies to operate in a specific market like;

  •       The UK Gambling Commission
  •       The Alderney Gambling Control Commission
  •       The Gibraltar Regulatory Authority

Before registering, consider a casino’s legislation and ensure they are licensed. 

Read Also: Gambling Laws Across Africa

Adaptability to Your Betting Aim


An online gambling site must satisfy your needs and goals. Check to see if it offers the sports you want to wager on. Knowing which forms of payment the website accepts would also be beneficial. Settle for one that accepts your most convenient payment option. 

Keep an eye out for the site’s policies and procedures and any bonuses that may be available. Checking whether the platform is accessible from a mobile device is an additional factor you should consider. It would be helpful if you could use the platform whenever and wherever you want. Therefore, look for a mobile-friendly platform with a website or mobile application.

Customer Support Center


Once in a while, questions and inconveniences always arise, whether you’re a high roller or a novice. It can be concerning the rules of a particular game, where to find your favorite live casino table, and which payment methods are accepted where you live. Having someone available to help you right away is beneficial.

The top gaming platforms work hard to give their users prompt, efficient support. They even use it in their advertisements to persuade the audience that they deserve their trust.

An absence of live chat or an abnormally low response time could be a red flag. Although it’s not always the case, scammers don’t make significant investments because their income is uncertain.

Final Thoughts
Playing at a reputable casino is truly a unique experience. Players have access to jackpots and great bonuses for more elevated gaming. You can make the best decision for choosing the best online gambling site through the above pointers.  

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How To Make Your Followers Feel Special On Instagram

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Instagram is a great platform when it comes to growth. Whether you’re an influencer looking to build your brand or a business hoping to increase conversions and bring in more customers, you should definitely be using Instagram as part of your social media strategy.

However, it’s not just about “using” Instagram. You’ve also got to find a way to make your Instagram followers feel special; after all, if they feel like you’re treating them poorly or if they don’t feel welcome or valued, then they might decide that you’re not worth the effort in a crowded market. Here’s how to make your followers feel special on Instagram.

Read Also: Instagram Username Ideas For Girls 2022

Engage with them

While it’s perfectly fine to use services like Social Followers Free to net yourself a big Instagram follower count, keeping those followers around is quite another matter. After all, if you don’t talk to your followers, then how can you expect them to feel respected or involved in your process?

That’s why you need to reach out to your followers and engage with them. When you receive comments, make sure to comment back and reply to your commenters. Say something that’s specific to the comment and show interest in your followers’ lives; you’d be amazed at the positive effect this can have.

Ask for engagement

When you post on Instagram, you can make your followers feel special simply by asking them for their opinions on what you’re doing. At the end of every post, ask a specific question that pertains to the content you’ve created and involves your followers in some way.

For example, let’s say you’ve just posted something about gaming-related equipment. At the end of your post, you could ask something like “what’s your favourite mechanical gaming keyboard? Let’s talk about it!”. This will incentivise your followers to reply to you and talk to you, thus making them feel more valued and special.

Show them the real you

As a platform, Instagram has come under very understandable fire for what many commenters have described as a lack of reality. Influencers will make themselves look unrealistically attractive or wealthy in order to shore up followers and create an aspirational aesthetic, when this isn’t how they really live.

As such, you can make your followers feel special by showing them who you really are. Don’t change the way you behave or the way you live “for the ‘gram”; don’t pretend to be richer than you really are, and don’t heavily rely on filters and airbrushing when you’re posting pictures. This will make your followers feel like they’re really talking to you and not a social media construction.

Hop into your followers’ comments

Nothing makes a follower more delighted than when they see a comment from you popping up on one of their posts. If your followers are active on Instagram, then why not check out their content and post comments on it? This will encourage them to comment back, and it will make them feel like you really do care about them.

Some of your Instagram followers may even be budding influencers themselves, and if they are, then it’ll boost their profile even more to comment on their stuff, especially if you’re more well-known than they are. There really is no downside to checking out some of your followers’ content and commenting on it.

Create content with your followers

Following on from the above, if some of your followers are budding social media influencers, then why not reach out to see if they want to create some content with you? If their style and goals align with yours, then it could be a very rewarding exercise – both creatively and in terms of followers – to create content with them.

Of course, you should make sure you’re picking the right collaborators before you decide to create content with them. Check out their content first to make sure it works alongside your style. Everyone’s doing their own thing on Instagram, so if your vibe doesn’t work with someone else’s, it doesn’t mean anything about the content you’re both creating.

Listen to what your followers are saying

It’s always a good idea to keep your ear to the ground when it comes to comments your followers are making on your content. If you notice certain trends in what they’re saying – if they’re making suggestions about what kind of content they want to see from you, for example – then you should be listening to those trends.

You don’t need to let comments and followers dictate what you do entirely, though. After all, if you only did what others told you to do, then you’d stand to lose the thing that made you special in the first place. Finding a healthy balance between pleasing your followers and making sure you’re happy in yourself is the ideal when it comes to content creation.

Hold contests and giveaways

Hey, everyone likes free stuff, right? One of the best ways you can make your Instagram audience feel special is to hold contests and giveaways offering them the chance to win things. If you’re an influencer partnered with brands, then why not work with those brands to coordinate a giveaway for your followers?

Conversely, if you’re a brand looking to shore up an authentic following on Instagram, then holding giveaways and contests is an excellent way to do that. It shows that you have a lot of faith in your product and that you’re happy for people to try it out and see for themselves how high-quality it is.

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Video Of Visual Display Network Celebrating TV Personality Selly Galley On Her Birthday Goes Viral

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On the 25th of September 2022, Ghanaian Actress and TV Personality, Selly Galley celebrated her birthday which she dubbed the “Sellybration”.

Digital Marketer Gorbachev Awuah and his team at the Visual Display Network (VDN) surprised her with some meals and products from some of their Clients and Brands they represent.

The Visual Display Network (VDN) Team wanted to “Sellybrate” her and another year under her belt. Clients and Brands that VDN has and affiliates with all came through to make the day a wonderful one.

Kasapereko Company Limited provided some packs of Stormz Energy Drink as well as some Puma Drinks and Awake Mineral Water. Kubs Original Provided a box of their well knows Boffrot puff puff mix. Perfect Touch Restaurant, Porkytos, Liquid & Grills Restaurant, and Tempo De Dio all also provided the best meals on their menu.

Selly Galley and her husband Prayetiatia showed so much appreciation to Visual Display Network (VDN) and all their Clients and Brands they work with and also stated that they made their day.

The video of Digital Marketer Gorbachev Awuah and his Team delivering the meals and products to her has since gone viral.

We applaud the Visual Display Network (VDN) Team for the great work they’re doing in the industry.

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