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Remember them? This is what the contestants of ‘The Apprentice Africa’ have been up to almost a decade after
<![CDATA[So I decided to catch on what the contestants of the first and only season of ‘The Apprentice Africa’ have been up to because I met one of them on my recent trip to Lagos, Nigeria. Oh and by the way did you know I also auditioned for the show and got cut after the second round in Ghana? Anyway, Nnamdi Mbonu was one of the contestants on the show, which premiered in February 2008 and ended in June 2008. Like most of the other contestants, I followed Nnamdi on Facebook and we became ‘Friends’ but the funny thing is that each time I met him in person I only would stare at him and say in my mind ‘where do I know him from?” I first met him once in Luton, England when I went shopping. After wondering where I knew him from I concluded he must have been one of the Nollywood actors I had seen on TV. I even made a Facebook update to say “ I just met a Nollywood actor at so, so and so shop. So I felt like a star shopping there too”. Due to some of my social media update on the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum, Nnamdi followed me on Twitter and again I said to myself ‘I know this name’. When I saw his profile picture he also looked familiar but I couldn’t immediately recollect how or where I knew him. And of course he had added on some few pounds now (clearly life has been good haha). But when I spotted him at the forum in person, ‘it finally clicked’ and I remembered that Nnamdi is only a familiar face from The Apprentice Africa’ reality TV show, a show I followed and reviewed weekly in my early years as a blogger. So based on this, I decided to revisit the show and see what the big dreamers on the show have become almost a decade after. The Apprentice Africa was an African version of the original American Reality TV format, The Apprentice, hosted by Donald Trump (now president of the USA). Biodun Shobanjo, an advertising magnate, hosted the show. It gathered 18 contestants from across Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon and Guinea. Ghana’s Isaac Dankyi-Koranteng, who was a Customer Account Manager for Huawei Technologies won the season. He was hired by Biodun Shobanjo and offered a brand new car and an annual salary of $200,000. The show was sponsored by Bank PHB. Isaac Dankyi-Koranteng Isaac graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Publishing Studies degree (just like me wink wink). Dankyi-Koranteng is married to Ghanaian gospel musician Obaapa Linda and they have three children, Darrel Asiama Dankyi-Koranteng, Aimee Sampomaa Dankyi-Koranteng and Hillary Kwesibea Dankyi-Koranteng. After the Apprentice Africa later worked with Bank PHB in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2008 to 2009 as a member of The Corporate Execution Team. He returned to Ghana and joined Airtel Ghana as the Corporate Sales Manager from 2009 to 2012 June and he joined IBM as Territory Sales Manager for Ghana. From January 2014 Isaac was appointed the Managing Director of Resourcery Ghana Limited, an IT integration giant in West Africa. Hannah Acquah Hannah Acquah is the Founder/CEO of The Knowledge Channel (TKC). She is an Economist and Entrepreneur with over 15 years of professional experience in business development, training and recruiting and deal facilitating across the African continent. Hannah Acquah is currently also the Recruitment Manager for the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), an initiative launched by the United States Government and implemented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Hannah is excited to be part of an organization that identifies and trains Africa’s future leaders. Regina Agyare Now known as Regina Honu, Regina has remained in the news a Social Entrepreneur and software developer. She is the founder of Soronko Solutions, a software development company. She has also opened Soronko Academy, the first coding and Human-centered design school for children and young adults in West Africa. As one of the few women making significant contributions to Africa’s development through innovative technological solutions, Regina has received multiple awards for her tireless efforts, including being named by CNN as one of the one the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She was also named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of the ten female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies. Omar Bah Omar was one of the many contestants from the diaspora. He has parents from Guinea before the show, his credentials included being a professional actor and a consultant at the World Bank. Omar has worked in array of industry leading companies and organizations in the fields of international development, non-profits, oil and gas, media, and government. In 2012, Omar founded the Pantera Group, and works as a business development and communications consultant for this multifaceted investment, services, contracting and procurement Company. Pantera’s mandate is to service the sophisticated, operational needs of large multinationals conducting business on the African continent. Omar has over years of acting experience and has extensive knowledge of television production through his experiences working on Los Angeles, CA based television productions; The Price Is Right, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, Dennis Miller Live, and The Bold and the Beautiful. Nancy Kalembe Nancy Kalembe seems to have since grown into Uganda’s top female entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Spring Clean, a cleaning company, and Mbalimbali Ltd, a pineapple juice and jam-producing company based in Nakawa. She also worked as a news anchor at the then Uganda Television (UTV). She was the account manager for Uganda Telecom (utl) and account holder for Nation Media Group at Lowe Scanad advertising agency, and sales and promotions executive at Sanyu FM. Nancy also had a working stint at PHP bank in Nigeria after The Apprenctice Africa and later also at Orient bank in Uganda. Despite being formally employed, Kalembe, a mother of two, was interested in making jam and started off slowly. Bekeme Masade Bekeme Masade after The Apprentice Africa has evolved into a social entrepreneur. She is the executive director of CSR-in-Action, a social business-networking platform and advisory enterprise, dedicated to corporate social responsibility, women and youth empowerment, and sustainable development in Nigeria. Bekeme Masade organized the Nigerian Business Council for Sustainable Development (NBCSD) in May 2014, an initiative spearheaded by Shell Nigeria which aims to form a coalition of businesses across all sectors to drive collective development. Joyce Mbaya Kenya’s Joyce Mbaya-Ikiao is a Dynamic Entrepreneur who has launched and runs successful business enterprises in line with her overall business vision to champion the empowerment of the people of Africa. Joyce is also a published author who launched her book, GIBÉBÉ: imaGIne, BElieve, BEcome, in 2011, and has worked with various organizations to enable them achieve success through the GIBÉBÉ framework. In 2011, Joyce had the honor of being selected as the opening speaker for Robin Sharma in Nairobi (one of the top leadership coaches in the world Eddie Mbugua Kenya’s Eddie Mbugua moved to Nigeria after his participation on the Apprentice Africa show to work with Bank PHB. In 2009 he moved to Uganda to work with the same bank. In 2011, Eddie made the conscious decision go back home and joined the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Group in Kenya as Business Development Manager. He also continues to act in movies. Anthony Migui Kenya’s Anthony Migui after the show worked in Nigeria for Bank PHB as Investment Analyst manager in the East and Central Africa expansion department of Bank PHB. He later became Head of Internal Control at Orient Bank (Bank PHB) Uganda in 2009. He then moved to Credit Bank Kenya Limited as Projects Coordinator in 2010. He also worked as Project Manager South Sudan Commercial Bank from 2011 to 2012 and joined Isolutions Associates Ltd (ISOLS) as Head of Business. He is currently the Managing Director of LipaEasy Limited, a company that deals with IT Security Solutions and Real Estate Development. Oscar Kamukama Ugandan Chartered Marketing Consultant, Oscar Kamukama after Apprentice Africa became Retail Assets Manager Bank PHB/ at Keystone Bank. Oscar has harnessed his Business & Marketing management experience in the Telecommunications Industry, Insurance & Risk management sector, the Banking & Finance Industry. He also worked as Corporate Accounts Manager at Uganda Telecom. Currently at Oskam MarketPro, he is the Managing Partner responsible for Strategy setting, execution and driving performance across business segments. Blessing Njoku After the show Blessing like most of her collegaues joined Bank PHB Plc, as a Human Resource Strategist. In 2011 she moved to First Bank Nigeria Ltd as HR Business Partner and rose to become Head, HR Strategy. Eunice Omole Eunice Omole came in second place on The Apprentice Africa and now works to dispel African stereotypes. She is the Founder of O&M Media based in New York. She used her O&M Media to produce a new Pan-African television series called Africa’s Top 100 Entrepreneurs. In 2016 Eunice was named host of a new show on Mo’Abudu’s EbonyLife TV. The show “Hello Africa” sees Omole interviewing some of Africa’s most inspirational and successful celebrities. Omole, who was also the producer of the show joined EbonyLife TV as Chief Strategy Officer. Deox Tibeingana Deox was fired in episode 15 of the 18-episode show. He would be remembered on The Apprentice Africa for walking away with an unblemished record. He never failed a task as Project Manager. Deox is today one of the youngest billionaires in Uganda, he is the founder of a very powerful and efficient full-service law firm known as Tibeingana and Company Advocates which handles legal work for giant companies, he is an advocate of the high court of Uganda and all courts of judicature in Uganda. He is also the owner of Rivonia Hotel, a $3 million investment of suites has opened in Mbuya, arguably the most expensive in the eastern part of Kampala. His hotel has 16 suites and a luxurious health club; he is also a real estate dealer. Nnamdi Anthony Mbonu And now to Nnamdi Mbonu, the man who made me put together this post. The Chemical Engineering grad from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria has been around the business world pretty much since the show. He has worked with Bank PHB/Keystone Bank, and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems. Nnamdi is the CEO of Mobicoll Technologies Ltd, and founder of Indigitech Innovations Limited. Mobicoll Technologies is a Fintech start-up deploying innovative solution with policy and process expertise to deliver services to the bottom of the pyramid or low-income groups in Nigeria. https://ameyawdebrah.com/random-act-kindness-send-young-daniel-university/]]>
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President Akufo-Addo, other African and Caribbean leaders to headline Afreximbank’s 2023 Annual Meetings in Accra
Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and other leading African and Caribbean figures will be among the top headliners at the 30th Annual Meetings of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) taking place in Accra from 18 to 21 June 2023.
According to a provisional programme released today, President Akufo-Addo and Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados will be among a set of high-profile leaders, comprising heads of state and government, former heads of state, other political leaders, business leaders, African trade practitioners, trade finance experts, members of the academia and senior public figures, scheduled to address participants at the Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM2023).
Other confirmed speakers include Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Chairman of the Board of Directors, SouthBridge Group and Former President of the African Development Bank (AfDB); Wamkele Mene, Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat; Ambassador Albert Muchanga, Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Minerals, African Union Commission; Antonio Pedro, Acting Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Global and Cassava Technologies; Arnold Ekpe, Former Group CEO, Ecobank, and Chairman, the Business Council of Africa and Baobab; Dr. Vera Songwe, Board Chair, Liquidity and Sustainability Facility; and David Coffey, CEO, African Association of Automotive Manufacturers.
Also confirmed to speak are Ahmed El Sewedy, President and CEO, Elsewedy Electric of Egypt; Oussama Kaissi, Chief Executive Officer, Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit; Florie Liser, President and CEO, Corporate Council on Africa; Kayode Pitan, CEO, Bank of Industry of Nigeria; Hani S. Sonbol, CEO, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation; Simon Tiemtore, Chairman and CEO, Lilium Capital, and Group Chairman, Vista Bank Group; Samaila Zubairu, President, Africa Finance Corporation; Rosa Whitaker, President and CEO, The Whitaker Group; Adam Molai, Chairman, TRT Investment; and Dr. Mima Nedelcovych, Chairman, AfricaGlobal Schaffer.
The four-day AAM2023, being held under the over overarching theme, Delivering the vision: Building prosperity for Africans, will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, plenaries and fireside-type conversations focusing on African trade, trade finance and development issues, including the implementation of the AfCFTA.
Some of the topics listed for discussion include: Turbo-Charging Implementation of the AfCFTA; Building Prosperity for Africans: The Challenges of Peace and Security; What would it take for Africa to feed itself—Overcoming the challenges of food security for sustainable development in Africa; Building Prosperity: African Culture and Literature as a Foundation for African Renaissance; Delivering the Vision—Corporate Perspectives; and The Future of Integration in Africa.
Other sessions will cover: The Benefits of Strong Continental Financial Institutions; Towards a Unified Vision for the Prosperity of Africans; A New Middle Passage by Africans for Africans — Strengthening interconnectivity between Africa and its Diaspora for shared Prosperity; From Parents to Offsprings: Realizing the Vision of PanAfricanism across Generations; Sport as a new Opportunity for Inclusive Growth; Lessons from History as an Opportunity for the Future — Reflections from Africa and the Caribbean; Delivering Prosperity Through Industrialization; Leveraging the Power of Intra-African Trade and Commodity-based Industrialization; Leveraging the Power of Science and Technology in a Digital Era; United We Stand: Deploying AfriCaribbean Resources for Sustainable Development — Perspectives from Monetary Authorities; Unlocking Capital to Deliver Prosperity for Africans; and Thirty Years of Making a Difference: Reflections from Former Presidents.
Afreximbank Annual Meetings are attended by business and political leaders, banking industry professionals, trade and trade finance practitioners and other parties involved in economic development from across Africa and beyond. The Meetings, which have been ranked among the most important gatherings of economic decision makers in Africa, are covered by the African and international media.
The detailed programme of the event will soon be available on the following webpage: https://2023.afreximbankevents.com/programme/
Please visit the following webpage to access the list of confirmed speakers: https://2023.afreximbankevents.com/speakers/ (page regularly updated)
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Beginner’s Guide to Vaping CBD: Everything You Need to Know
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its counterpart, THC, CBD does not have psychoactive properties, meaning it won’t make you feel high. CBD has gained popularity due to its potential therapeutic benefits, such as relieving pain, reducing anxiety, and promoting relaxation. In this blog, we tell you about CBD vape cartridges and it’s various varieties available at Dr.Ganja You can find here : https://www.drganja.com/cbd-vape-cartridge
Vaping has emerged as a popular method for consuming CBD. Vaping involves inhaling CBD vapor produced by a vaping device. This method allows for quick absorption into the bloodstream, resulting in fast-acting effects. It also offers a convenient and discreet way to enjoy the potential benefits of CBD.
A. What is CBD vape juice?
CBD vape juice, also known as CBD vape oil or CBD e-liquid, is a specially formulated liquid designed for use in vaping devices. It typically contains a combination of CBD extract, carrier oils, and sometimes flavorings. CBD vape juice is specifically made to be vaporized and inhaled.
B. How does vaping CBD work?
When you vape CBD, the device heats the CBD vape juice, converting it into a vapor that can be inhaled. The vapor is then absorbed through the lungs into the bloodstream, where it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce its potential effects.
C. Different types of CBD vape devices
There are several types of CBD vape devices available on the market:
- Disposable CBD vape pens: These are compact, pre-filled devices that come ready to use. Once the vape juice is depleted, the entire pen is disposed of.
- Refillable CBD vape pens: These devices have a rechargeable battery and a refillable tank or cartridge. You can fill them with your preferred CBD vape juice and replace the coils as needed.
- CBD vape mods: These are more advanced vaping devices that offer greater customization options. They typically feature a larger tank, adjustable settings, and longer battery life.
III. Getting Started with CBD Vaping
A. Choosing the right CBD vape device
When selecting a CBD vape device, consider factors such as portability, ease of use, and your personal preferences:
- Disposable CBD vape pens are ideal for beginners or those who value convenience and simplicity.
- Refillable CBD vape pens offer more flexibility and cost-effectiveness in the long run.
- CBD vape mods are suitable for experienced vapers who desire more control over their vaping experience.
B. Selecting the appropriate CBD vape juice
Choosing the right CBD vape juice is essential for a satisfying vaping experience:
- Full-spectrum vs. CBD isolate: Full-spectrum CBD vape juice contains all the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, including other cannabinoids and terpenes. CBD isolate vape juice contains only pure CBD.
- Different CBD concentrations: CBD vape juices come in various strengths, typically measured in milligrams (mg) of CBD per milliliter (ml) of liquid. Start with a lower concentration and gradually increase as needed.
- Flavor options: CBD vape juices come in a wide range of flavors to suit different preferences. Popular options include fruity, minty, and natural hemp flavors.
C. Assembling and preparing your CBD vape device
Follow these steps to assemble and prepare your CBD vape device:
- Charging the device: If you have a rechargeable vape pen or mod, ensure that the battery is fully charged before use.
- Filling the tank or cartridge: If using a refillable device, carefully fill the tank or cartridge with your chosen CBD vape juice. Avoid overfilling.
- Adjusting settings (if applicable): For advanced devices like vape mods, familiarize yourself with the settings and adjust them to your desired preferences.
IV. Vaping CBD Safely
A. Understanding dosage and starting low
When vaping CBD, it’s crucial to start with a low dosage and gradually increase as needed. CBD affects individuals differently, so finding the right dosage for you may require some experimentation. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.
B. Potential side effects and precautions
While CBD is generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience mild side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness, or fatigue. It’s important to note that CBD can interact with certain medications, so consult your healthcare provider if you’re taking any prescription drugs.
C. Choosing reputable CBD brands
To ensure safety and quality, purchase CBD vape products from reputable brands that provide third-party lab test results. These tests confirm the purity, potency, and absence of contaminants in the product.
D. Storing and handling CBD vape products
Store your CBD vape juice and devices in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper handling and maintenance of your vape device to ensure optimal performance and longevity.
V. Vaping Techniques and Tips
A. Proper inhalation techniques
To get the most out of your CBD vaping experience, use the following inhalation techniques:
- Slow, steady draws: Take slow and consistent draws from the device, allowing the vapor to linger in your mouth before inhaling it into your lungs.
- Direct-to-lung vs. mouth-to-lung: Experiment with different vaping styles to find what works best for you. Direct-to-lung vaping involves inhaling the vapor directly into the lungs, while mouth-to-lung vaping involves holding the vapor in the mouth before inhaling.
B. Finding your ideal CBD dosage
Start with a low CBD dosage and gradually increase until you achieve the desired effects. Pay attention to how your body responds and adjust accordingly. It’s important to find the dosage that works best for your specific needs.
C. Cleaning and maintaining your vape device
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your vape device are essential for optimal performance and flavor:
- Clean the tank or cartridge regularly to remove residue and buildup.
- Replace coils as needed to maintain the quality of vapor.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and maintenance specific to your device.
D. Troubleshooting common issues
If you encounter any issues with your CBD vape device, such as leaks or poor vapor production, refer to the troubleshooting guide provided by the manufacturer or seek assistance from customer support.
VIII. Frequently Asked Questions about CBD Vaping
A. Can I get high from vaping CBD?
No, CBD is non-intoxicating and will not produce a euphoric high. It’s THC that is responsible for the psychoactive effects commonly associated with cannabis.
B. Is CBD vaping legal?
The legal status of CBD varies by jurisdiction. In many countries, CBD derived from hemp with less than 0.3% THC is legal. However, it’s essential to research and adhere to the specific laws in your area.
C. Can I mix CBD vape juice with nicotine e-liquid?
It’s generally not recommended to mix CBD vape juice with nicotine e-liquid unless explicitly stated by the manufacturer. Mixing different substances may affect the overall vaping experience and potentially alter the effects of each compound.
- Recap of key points
In this beginner’s guide to vaping CBD, we covered the basics of CBD vaping, including its benefits, different devices, selecting the right vape juice, and vaping techniques. We also discussed safety considerations and potential risks associated with CBD vaping.
- Encouragement to try CBD vaping responsibly
If you’re interested in trying CBD vaping, start with a low dosage, choose reputable brands, and consult with a healthcare professional if needed. Always prioritize safety and quality when selecting CBD vape products.
- Importance of consulting with a healthcare professional
While CBD may offer potential benefits, it’s crucial to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications. They can provide personalized advice and guidance tailored to your specific needs.
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Ignite Your Passion: Join Aurora Women’s Conference 2023 for Transformational Insights
The Aurora Women’s Conference is back for 2023! This year’s conference will be held on June 8-9 at the Alisa Hotel in Accra. The conference inspired by “Women Rising” proposes to achieve balance, and improve passion, purpose, and growthamong women.
The conference will feature a variety of speakers, including Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, Dr Alaa EL-Halwagy, NanaAma Botchway, Pearl Nkrumah, Frances Quarcoopome, Ama Ablorde, Rev. Benedicta Dodd, Victoria Aligboh, Susan Quist, Fatima Alimohamed, and Dr Mary Ashun as the keynote speaker. Oheneyere Gifty Anti will be the special guest.
The conference will cover a wide range of topics, including:
- Leadership and entrepreneurship
- Personal development and wellness
- Financial literacy and investing
- Work-life balance
- Networking and mentorship
The Aurora Women’s Conference is a unique opportunity for women from all walks of life to come together and learn from each other. It is a chance to gain new skills, build your network, and find inspiration to achieve your goals.
Why Attend the Aurora Women’s Conference?
There are many reasons why you should attend the Aurora Women’s Conference. Here are just a few:
- Learn from experienced speakers and experts
- Network with other women from all walks of life
- Find inspiration to achieve your goals
- Gain new skills and knowledge
- Have fun and celebrate your achievements
Registration is now open! To register, visit the Aurora Women’s Conference website here: bit.ly/aurorawomen23
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Startup Street Global Seminar Offers Valuable Opportunities For Aspiring Entrepreneurs
If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur or a startup owner looking for valuable opportunities, attending Startup Street’s Global Seminar is a must. This exciting event offers numerous benefits and advantages for individuals in the startup ecosystem. Here are several compelling reasons why you should grab your ticket and become a part of this dynamic community.
Access to Valuable Resources
As a member of the Startup Street community, attending the Global Seminar grants you exclusive access to a wealth of resources and information crucial for personal and business growth. You’ll gain insights from industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, and seasoned professionals who can provide invaluable guidance and advice.
The Global Seminar connects you with potential investors and crowdfunding platforms. This opens doors to secure funding for your startup, enabling you to take your business to the next level. Whether you’re seeking seed capital or expansion funding, this event offers a platform to showcase your venture and attract potential investors.
By attending the Global Seminar, you position your business/venture to gain substantial visibility. Startup Street’s official website features a publication section where your business can be showcased, allowing you to reach a wider audience and increase brand exposure.
Master Class Sessions
The Global Seminar presents a unique opportunity to attend master class sessions conducted by industry leaders and experts. These sessions cover a wide range of topics, including entrepreneurship, marketing, innovation, and leadership. You’ll gain practical knowledge and skills that can significantly impact your startup’s success.
Unlimited Digital Content
As a member, you’ll enjoy unlimited access to a treasure trove of digital content. This includes webinars, workshops, e-books, and other valuable resources that provide continuous learning opportunities to fuel your entrepreneurial journey.
Platform for Promotion
The Global Seminar serves as an excellent platform to promote your business/venture. Engage with like-minded entrepreneurs, industry professionals, and potential customers, fostering meaningful connections and partnerships. Leverage this event to showcase your products or services, generate leads, and expand your business network.
Networking is a vital aspect of startup success, and the Global Seminar offers ample networking opportunities. Interact with fellow entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, and industry influencers. Forge connections, exchange ideas, and explore collaborative ventures that can propel your startup forward.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to be part of the biggest roadshow for startups. Secure your ticket to Startup Street’s Global Seminar today for only Ghs200. Dial *365*4433# or log on to tinyurl.com/globalseminar23 to purchase your ticket and unlock a world of possibilities for your entrepreneurial journey.
Attending the Global Seminar not only grants you access to a diverse range of benefits but also immerses you in a vibrant community that shares your passion for startups and innovation. Seize this chance to learn, grow, and accelerate your startup’s success
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Opportunity for Film Industry Professionals: Submissions Now Open for the 3rd Creative Producers Indaba
Submissions have opened for the third Creative Producers Indaba (CPI), a film producers’ development programme presented by the Realness Institute, in collaboration with EAVE, International Film Festival Rotterdam’s IFFR Pro, and the Marrakech International Film Festival’s Atlas Workshops.
Strong creative producers play a crucial role in driving the growth of local media markets, and the CPI aims to strengthen and grow the number of capable producers on the African continent. Mehret Mandefro, Director of Development and Partnership at the Realness Institute says, “Creative Producer Indaba is addressing the most important gap in the local African media markets – training producers that can develop and finance local stories for the global and local markets. We are thrilled to be launching the third edition.”
Since its inception in 2021, the CPI has nurtured outstanding film talent and facilitated meaningful collaborations that have empowered participants to identify the right partners for their African projects. There are numerous success stories, and a shining example is the collaboration between three African producers: Bramwel Iro from Kenya, Caroline Kganyago from South Africa, and Zoe Ramushu from South Africa. These talented individuals, who participated in last year’s Indaba, are now set to co-develop their projects with Dutch producer Ellen Havenith, whose film Tiger Stripes just won the Grand Prize at Cannes’ Critics Week. These collaborations exemplify the power of the CPI in fostering connections that transcend borders and build pathways to production for African projects.
The CPI offers 10 African producers with and without projects and 5 international producers the unique opportunity to augment their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, deepen their producerial capabilities, and build professional networks across Africa and beyond.
2022 alumnus Zoe Ramushu (Zimbabwe/SA) reflects on her experience in the CPI: “It is a great programme for producers wanting to sharpen their knowledge, build their network and expand their entrepreneurial horizons.”
“The CPI aims to empower creative producers and industry leaders in Africa,” says Kristina Trapp, CEO at EAVE. “EAVE is proud to contribute with our methodology to support the groundbreaking work done by Mehret Mandefro and Elias Ribeiro of the Realness Institute.”
“We are thrilled to once again be part of Indaba,” says Facundo Lema, Talent Manager at IFFR Pro. “The programme continues to demonstrate the importance of collaboration and fostering a sense of community within the industry, as vital elements in empowering and boosting producers’ careers. One of the most remarkable aspects is the creative exchange and the exploration of the countless opportunities that will unfold during the IFFR Pro days.”
The Creative Producers Indaba participants will also attend the Atlas Workshops during the Marrakech International Film Festival in November and attend industry sessions at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2024.
The chosen participants will enjoy the valuable opportunity of receiving mentorship from prominent figures in the industry, including Group Leaders Mehret Mandefro and Diana Elbaum, as well as Story consultant Mmabatho Kau. Guest speakers such as producers Femi Odugbemi, Katriel Schory, Sata Cissokho, Constanza Arena and Dayo Ogunyemi, along with IFFR Festival Director Vanja Kaludjercic, will generously share their skills, insights, and guidance.
“The CPI welcomes not only film producers but also film professionals who work closely with producers, including funding body representatives, international sales representatives, distributors, broadcasters, and development executives who have a vested interest in the African marketplace,” says Mehret Mandefro “We are pleased to announce the renewal of our partnership with Projeto Paradiso, which secures one spot for a Brazilian producer. Furthermore, we are thrilled to introduce our new partnerships with the Canada Media Fund, The Austrian Film Institute, and the Swiss organisation Focal.”
Applicants must meet certain criteria, including having produced at least one feature fiction, series, or documentary film, or a minimum of two short films as a lead or co-producer. Film professionals should have a minimum of two years of professional experience.
The deadline for submissions is July 3rd , 2023, at 12:00 Central African Time.
The Realness Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud, the Brazilian foundation Projeto Paradiso, the Austrian Film Institute, The Canada Media Fund, the Austrian Film Institute, The Swiss organisation Focal and The Storyboard Collective, Jeune Creation Francophone and CNC in partnership with European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), International Film Festival Rotterdam Pro (IFFR Pro), and Marrakech International Film Festival (Atlas Workshops).
For more information and submission details, please visit the Realness Institute website at https://www.realness.institute/creative-producer-indaba.
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West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) partners with EMTECH SOLUTIONS INC to modernize fintech regulatory frameworks across the West African Monetary Zone
The West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) and EMTECH SOLUTIONS Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to modernize country-level and regional regulatory sandboxes, enabling the harmonization of heterogeneous Fintech regulatory policies and frameworks across the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ). The collaboration aims at strengthening financial integration across the WAMZ member states.
WAMI and EMTECH will establish a knowledge and collaboration program called WAMZ RegEX, which focuses on showcasing regulatory innovation, sharing insights from global and regional regulatory sandbox benchmarking, onboarding a cohort of WAMZ regulatory sandboxes to conduct rapid pilots, and promoting value. Additionally, the partnership will involve publishing research and case studies, as well as capacity-building programs and thought-leadership workshops.
Olorunsola E. Olowofeso, Director General of the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI), emphasized the importance of the partnership saying, “Our collaboration with EMTECH marks a new chapter in our commitment to creating a unified financial landscape in the WAMZ and signifies a critical step towards achieving a more integrated and technologically advanced financial ecosystem in West Africa. We look forward to the positive impact this partnership will have on our member states and the broader West African region.”
Souleymane Tall, Director of Financial Integration at WAMI, highlighted the strategic value of this collaboration and stated that the partnership with EMTECH would align with our core mission to promote financial integration and regional economic development. By working together, we could unlock new opportunities, improve access to financial services, and contribute to the overall growth and stability of the West African Monetary Zone.
Tunji Odumuboni, Executive Director, Africa at EMTECH, remarked, “We are excited and honored to collaborate with WAMI to drive financial integration and economic development within the WAMZ.” EMTECH’s expertise in Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and Digital Regulatory Sandbox technology will support WAMI and WAMZ member states in fostering an environment conducive to financial innovation.
Carmelle Cadet, Founder and CEO of EMTECH added, “The collaboration between EMTECH and WAMI aligns with our mission of making financial markets inclusive and resilient for everyone, by modernizing central banking infrastructure.”
“We are eager to work with WAMI to deploy solutions addressing local and regional fintech innovation and regulatory frameworks in the West African Monetary Zone.” Cadet continued, “As many countries are developing fintech regulatory frameworks, a regulatory sandbox is a powerful tool to support safe innovations and capitalize on investment opportunities and economic growth. From the U.S. to Europe, regulators need novel new tools. By joining efforts with WAMI, we are committed to work closely with all 6 member states and support them along this new journey of modern central banking in Africa. In EMTECH, they have a real partner for the long haul.”
For more information about the partnership between WAMI and EMTECH, please contact [WAMI Press Contact] at [+233 (0)302 743801] or [firstname.lastname@example.org] and [EMTECH Press Contact] at [+1 415 889-7444] or [email@example.com].
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