These short films, which were recently showcased at the German cultural center in Nairobi, share one trait: they are all virtual reality productions. They are stunning visual debuts from four African directors representing three countries, Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya), Selly Raby Kane (Senegal), Jonathan Dotse (Ghana), and Jim Chuchu (Kenya), respectively. Virtual reality has gained new currency in the entertainment, gaming, and even journalism industries, generating billions of dollars in revenue.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 5:11 am
Malaysian subscription streaming video service iflix, which is focused on emerging markets, has announced the creation of iflix Africa to bring its service to sub-Saharan Africa while taking on the likes of Netflix and Showmax in the region. The video-on-demand service is planning to launch its service in South Africa during the third quarter of this year, before expanding into other parts of Africa. The current expansion plan includes the launch of services in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe, with iflix Africa taking the company’s global footprint to 23 territories.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:49 pm AFKI Original
For the Nuba, wealth is measured in cattle. The Nuba people of Sudan’s Southern Kordofan Province have been historically discriminated against by the Arabic regimes that have been in power. In 2011, war broke out between the Sudan government and rebels in the Nuba Mountains. Conflict continues to this day, with humanitarian aid blocked. Sudanese journalists are banned from reporting on the war, and face potential imprisonment if they dare to cover the ongoing conflict in the region. Here are 14 things you didn’t know about the Nuba people.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:35 am AFKI Original
Zimbabwean business mogul Strive Masiyiwa has been incredibly successful in his career as an entrepreneur and investor, with business interests worldwide showing his pedigree as a businessman. The founder and CEO of telecoms company Econet Wirless is Zimbabwe’s richest man, and continues to use his fortune for philanthropic pursuits throughout the African continent, with education among the youth proving to be a particular passion for the British educated Masiyiwa. Here are 12 things you may not know about Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:20 am AFKI Original
Africa loves soccer, and the popularity of the sport has inevitably attracted soccer sponsors that provide funds in the form of sponsorship deals to be associated with the various competitions taking place around the continent. These global and local brands are important to the development of the sport, ensuring that the most popular brands on the continent are associated with the regional and continental competitions that command the most attention and support from fans. We take a look at 12 soccer sponsors that are involved in sponsorship of the beautiful game on the African continent.
Dana Sanchez, 11:06 pm
In 2016, South Africa was the top country in the world for greatest proportion of consumers using mobile devices to watch porn, according to data from Pornhub, the world’s largest porn portal. For the first time, South Africa made the list of top 20 countries for porn-watching traffic. That means South Africa is ahead of the rest of the continent. The jump can be attributed to an increase in Internet access and porn viewing by black people, according to News24.
Staff, 1:01 am
African entertainers are increasingly aware of the potential of the growing Chinese market. Many African artists are benefiting from new Chinese policies targeted at African countries. The Shaolin temple in Central China is the inspiration for umpteen martial arts films. African students on Chinese scholarships learn wushu there and other Chinese martial arts from monks. Luc Bendza is arguably the most famous African martial arts star in China.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:53 am AFKI Original
Few entrepreneurs can come back from defeat to create and grow the biggest advertising agency on the African continent, star in two reality television shows and claim to be among the best dressed men in business, but that seems to come naturally to South African entrepreneur Gil Oved.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:00 am AFKI Original
South Africa has become a popular location for movies and television shows to be filmed in, but there are also many international music videos that have been shot in the rainbow nation, with Canadian rapper Drake recently shooting his yet unreleased music video in the country. From The Script to Jonas Blue, below are 12 international music videos which were shot in South Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 5:25 pm
In the last few years it seems like news reports about HIV/AIDS in Africa have been dominated by South Africa’s success making antiretrovirals available to the public. SA still has the worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in the world. Almost 20% of the population has it, with adolescent girls disproportionatley so. Trump’s election raised anxieties that U.S. humanitarian aid like PEPFAR will stop. Trump said that the U.S. should “stop sending foreign aid to countries that hate us.” On the other hand, there is one foreign aid program Trump likes: the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
As reality TV shows go, “Shark Tank,” may be unusual for its focus on businesses seeking investment rather than on the drama or personal lives of cast members. There are now “Shark Tank” versions all over the world. An investor on the recently launched South African version is making waves by offering to invest in a company using bitcoin — possibly a “Shark Tank” world first. South African entrepreneur Vinny Lingham is a vocal bitcoin supporter. He’s known for a string of companies including Gyft, Yola and blockchain startup Civic.
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