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Afropolitan, the first-ever digital nation empowering Africans to build abundant lives, has partnered with the NEAR Foundation , the non-profit that oversees the development of the ecosystem built around NEAR Protocol, to enable citizens to control their assets, data, and the power of governance. Through this partnership, the NEAR community and Afropolitans will collaborate on several fronts.

Afropolitan Founders will have access to: 

  • educational information to make good decisions about hiring, incorporation, compensation and technical development in web3, along with an informed and highly engaged pool of talent in the form of the NEAR community, for all the roles they need to hire.
  • NEAR ecosystem contributors and investor introductions to help take their products to market as they build on NEAR.
    Afropolitan Creatives will enjoy the support and network of thousands of creators from around the world.
    Afropolitan Developers will have access to 
  • basic explanations, working examples, and documentation required to build on NEAR.
  • an array of technological primitives and projects to ensure that their journey from an idea to launch is rapid, iterative, painless, and supported by an active and inclusive community.

    Commenting on the partnership, Eche Emole, co-founder of Afropolitan, said: “Afropolitan’s partnership with NEAR will allow us to have the best network level clarity and accelerate the decentralized network state vision. This partnership will help us build the infrastructure to enable community participation in large-scale decisions that affect the community, for example, resource allocations or technical governance, in an inclusive and completely decentralized way.” 

    Marieke Flament, CEO of the NEAR Foundation, said: “This is a significant partnership for NEAR as it aligns with our key mission to empower local communities around the world to build their digital economies and shape their own future with the power of Web3. We are impressed by what Afropolitan stands for and believe that NEAR can help it reach its objectives to build a far-reaching business network that is both inclusive, sustainable and transparent.”  

    About the NEAR Foundation 

    NEAR Foundation is a non-profit organization that oversees the development of the NEAR ecosystem built around NEAR Protocol, a high-performance, certified climate-neutral layer-1 blockchain designed to be super-fast, incredibly secure, infinitely scalable and very easy to use. Through its simple, secure, and scalable technology, NEAR empowers people to invent and explore new experiences. Business, creativity, community and technology are being reimagined for a more sustainable and inclusive future on the NEAR blockchain.

    About Afropolitan 

    Afropolitan is creating a Digital Nation to enable all Africans to build abundant lives. Inspired by the writings of tech entrepreneur and crypto philosopher Balaji Srinivasan, Afropolitan aspires to build a global network of Africans online before forming connected communities in the real world. A concept known as the network state. At its core, Afropolitan curates Black and African talent, culture, capital, information, and experiences for a globally distributed membership. In its early stages, Afropoliton empowers its 220,000-strong network to connect, share and grow as a community. Spanning more than 33 countries across the globe, Afropolitans have access to podcasts, seminars, and other ways to network and connect. Afropolitan’s social layer will enable members to invite new members and share resources, economic opportunity, culture, and media, creating an exponential network effect as more members join the network due to its growing value.

    NEAR and Afropolitan will work together to deploy the decentralized governance infrastructure for Afropolitan’s digital nation, enabling the network to grow through rapid onboarding of users and developers, service design, and service delivery.

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Black Sherif, KiDi, King Promise, Camidoh, Gyakie, Lasmid nominated for Soundcity MVP Awards

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Sarkodie announces ‘Jamz World Tour’ 2023

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Africa’s most decorated rapper, Sarkodie has just announced that he’s touring the world this year! (more…)

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We helped each other’s careers- Medikal on relationship with Sister Derby

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It wasn’t luck, we invested to make “Sugarcane” a hit worldwide- Camidoh

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Ghana’s Dr Pushkin to Perform at SXSW 2023

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What is SXSW Music Festival?

The Outlandish album is finally out, and already Dr. Pushkin is on his way to the SXSW Music Festival. The conscious rapper has been confirmed as a performer at the SXSW Music Festival 2023. SXSW, also known as South by Southwest, is the world’s biggest festival of its kind. The event, which takes place in Austin – Texas, brings together over 160,000 fans to a barrage of musical performances, conferences, film premieres, and several mini-events that characterize art. This year’s event comes between the 10th and 19th of March 2023; it will, as usual bring the What’s Next in Tech, Film, Music, and beyond to patrons of the event and the world.

Which Ghanaian artists have performed on the SXSW Music Festival stage?

In 2019, Africa was prioritized by the organizers of the SXSW Music Festival with an “Africa to the World” theme. The event featured a myriad of Africa’s finest musicians and many others. Representing Ghana was Jojo Abot, Stonebwoy, and Efya. In 2023, Dr. Pushkin is honored to represent Ghana on the show.

In a conversation with Dr. Pushkin, he indicated how excited he was about the opportunity. While commenting on it, he mentioned the crew he’s mounting the stage with. According to the “Lies” and “Wake Up” rapper, Ghana’s undisputed tongue-twist specialist, Budukusu, will join him on stage.

The two rappers have collaborated on three songs off Dr. Pushkin’s latest album. And since they’ve been hanging around a lot lately, they are working some magic as a team. Also on Dr. Pushkin’s crew for SXSW 2023 will be Aggie and AZA, featured on “Forgive them” and “No Regrets,” respectively, on the Outlandish album. Selecta Rah of Club Bantu fame will be the crew’s official Deejay as they mount the stage to thrill and awaken the audience.

Dr. Pushkin’s performance comes on the heals of Jojo Abbot, Efya, and Stoneboy who graced the event in 2019 as Ghanaians.

History of the SXSW Music Festival

SXSW started in 1987 with 177 artists and 15 stages. By 2019, the event had 1,964 showcasing artists (including musicians) and 94 Venues & Stages. Notable artists and personalities participating in SXSW are Former US President Barak Obama, Tonny Bennet, Black-eyed Peas, Cypress Hill, Jean Grae, Chamillionaire, Lady Gaga, and several high-profile personalities.

SXSW is an experience of live musical performances, conference sessions, film and television screenings, exhibitions, networking events, professional development opportunities, art installations, and many more. This year’s event takes place from March 10-19. However, the musical festival component is a six-day event, 13th – 18th.

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