Radiat Amare as Ephraim in LAMB. Photo: Yared Zeleke
Inspiration Film

Of Lambs and Life

Ethiopia, France, United States. The Un Certain Regard sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival historically has been a breeding ground for young talent, The last edition was no exception, and one of the late entries was Lamb by Yared Zeleke, the first Ethiopian entry in the official selection ever, a reminder of how African cinema is underrepresented at big festivals. An interview with Yared Teleke more

Source: International Cinephile Society (ICS)

Inspiration Art

Paintings show the casual violence of colonial masters

Congo. In front of a white building, with a Belgian flag flying high in the yard, a black man in a striped t-shirt and shorts is being strangled with a chain. This is a scene from one of the paintings by T. Kalema, an artist who was part of the Lubumbashi Movement, and whose work is part of the exhibition, 53 Echoes of Zaire, which opened on 27 May at the Sulger-Buel-Lovell gallery in London. more

Source: CNN

Perspectives Education

Coding their way out of crime

South Africa. A new initiative is trying to turn around South Africa’s dire reoffending rate by teaching prison inmates to code. The initiative, Brothers for All, is an offshoot of fellow non-profit Mothers for All, which supports orphans and vulnerable children. The driving force behind the project is 32-year-old Sihle Tshabalala, who knows all about the damaging effects of poverty and crime, having spent 11 years in prison himself. more


Everyday sexism: What’s it really like #BeingFemaleinNigeria?

Nigeria. The Hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria is causing quite a stirr on Twitter. The tweets are coming in from women all over the world, not only Nigerians but from all those who have similar experiences to share. Some hashtags are outright funny while others are thought-provoking and alarming. more

Source: CNN

Perspectives Entrepreneurship

Ashish Thakkar becomes first African to chair the United Nation’s Entrepreneurship Foundation

Global, Uganda. The United Nations Foundation has announced that Ashish J. Thakkar will serve as Chair of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council (GEC). Ashish, who started his entrepeneurial journey 15 years ago in high-school in Uganda by selling computers to his schoolmates, is the Founder of Mara Group, a diversified conglomerate with approximately $100 million in revenues, and Mara Foundation. more

Source: Ventures Africa

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Perspectives Crowdfunding

Thundafund: The crowdfunding platform made for Africa

South Africa. In the egalitarian world of crowdfunding, most sites are much the same -- largely passive templates for start-ups to vie for investment. While these tools may be advantageous abroad, in Africa... not so much. What works in New York might not necessarily work in Cape Town. Knowing this, one South African company has created an ethically-conscious platform for entrepreneurs from the continent -- and it's leaving its rivals by the wayside in the process. more

Source: CNN

Inspiration African literature

Ngugi wa Thiong’o says “let our planes fly”

Kenya. Kenyan literary giant, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, was arrested by the Kenyatta Government for being too critical in 1977 and in 1982. Under Kenyatta’s successor, Daniel Arap Moi, he was allowed to go into exile with the veiled threat that upon his return he would be met by a ‘red carpet.’ He was away for 22 years. Now Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Kenya's first President, invited him back, rolling out the red carpet in his honor. more

Source: Africa is A Country

Inspiration Insider's cultural guide

An insider’s guide to Addis Ababa: Car crashes, coffee and contemporary art

Ethiopia. From the Ethiopian Jay Leno to a serious coffee culture, artist sanctuaries and a history of motor accidents, the streets of Addis Ababa host a collision of culture. Ethiopian project manager and creative director, Metasebia Yoseph, who also is the founder of Design Week Addis Ababa, and author of Culture of Coffee, has put together an Insider's Guide to Addis. The New Africa gives you the highlights. more

Source: The Guardian

Perspectives Education

Ghanaian millionaire quits Microsoft to build university that Educates young Africans

Ghana. The flow of migration, when it comes to Africa, is almost always outwards. However, there is a growing trend of Africans who choose to make the return voyage after having lived in the West for years and even decades. One such person is Ghanaian Patrick Awuah who made millions at Microsoft and then founded a state-of-the-art University back home in Ghana. more

Source: Financial Juneteenth

Inspiration Performance Art


Nigeria. For contemporary Nigerian artist Jelili Atiku, art and violence occupy two counterparts of human existence: one fosters understanding and growth while the other produces only stagnation. Through his multimedia practice, involving drawing, installation sculpture, photography, video, and performance art, Atiku appeals to a general humanity in the hopes of bringing about an egalitarian society. more

Source: The African

Perspectives Entrepreneurship

Ghana’s entrepreneurs adapt to survive

Ghana. Ghana’s entrepreneurs have had to learn fast to navigate the country’s economic roller-coaster ride. From an oil boom incited high in 2009 to a $940m bailout from the International Monetary Fund in 2015, entrepeneurs have had to adapt to go with the current. more

Source: African Business

Perspectives Job creation

CDC-backed businesses in Africa and Asia create nearly 1.3 million new jobs

All Africa, UK. CDC Group plc, the UK’s government-owned development finance institution, has announced its 2014 annual results. The organisation, which invests to support the growth of businesses and create jobs in developing countries in Africa and South Asia, made 19 new investment commitments totalling £296.5m. New analysis also showed that CDC-backed businesses contributed to the creation of nearly 1.3 million new direct and indirect jobs in 2014. more

Source: African Press Organization

Inspiration Afrofuturism

Is it time for an African superhero to save the day?

Global, Nigeria / U.S.. The year is 2025, the prosperous Lagoon City has been overrun by alarming skeletal drones and corrupt politicians. Wale Williams comes home after 5 years of absence to find his estranged but brilliant inventor father has disappeared. His pursuit of a parent will lead him to a nanosuit his father built, which provides him with superhuman abilities and a destiny to protect the city he loves. This is the story of E.X.O aka Wale Williams, a new african superhero created by Nigerian born Roye Okupe and brought alive in his fast-paced, afro-futuristic graphic novel. more

Source: CNN

Inspiration Film, Film production

The director who makes viral action films for under $200

Uganda. To be a filmmaker in Wakaliga, one of the poorer suburbs just outside of Kampala, Uganda, requires a great deal of creativity and improvisation skills. Building helicopters from scrap metal, using free condoms as fake blood dispensers, having actors double as door-to-door salesmen. Ugandan self-taught director Isaac Nabwana is showing the world that "where there is a will, there is a way". more

Source: CNN

Perspectives Entrepreneurship

Meet 27 Year-Old Ugandan Entrepreneur who Built A $15 Million Television Company

Uganda. Meet Ali-shah Jivraj, a 27-year-old third generation Asian-Ugandan entrepreneur, who was picked by Forbes as one of the 30 most promising young entrepeneurs in Africa in 2015. He is the founder and CEO of Royal Electronics, a $15 million (annual revenues) Ugandan company that assembles and distributes electronic home appliances, and owns a super successful property development firm in Kampala. And he happens to be the first in line of Forbes 30 of Africa’s brightest and most inspiring young entrepreneurs that will be introduced to you on here. more

Source: The Investigator

Perspectives Entrepreneurship

Forbes: 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2015

All Africa. Africa’s growing crop of young entrepreneurs will transform the continent and rewrite its future. And they are taking charge of that destiny now. Today, a growing number of Africans are building innovative technologies and businesses that are solving critical socio-economic problems, while creating job opportunities for Africans. It’s in entrepreneurial boom. The young folks are taking the lead – and are making fortunes for themselves in the process. more

Source: Forbes

Inspiration International Day of Peace

Act Now: Everybody Has The Right To Peace

Global. Today, September 21st, is the 2014 International Day of Peace. The topic is The Right of Peoples to Peace, reaffirming the United Nations commitment to the UN Declaration which recognizes that the promotion of peace is vital for the full enjoyment of all human rights. Here you find some inspiration, how you can become part of today's world wide peace activities. more

Source: United Nations

Perspectives Landmines

Landmine Clearance: The Hero Rats

Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania. A groundbreaking mine clearance project being used in many countries including Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania is winning back land for communities who had been displaced due to the presence of the destructive devices since the country's civil war. more

Source: VICE Magazine

Perspectives Ebola

Ebola – A Cruel Disease. A Doctor Reports From Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone. Benjamin Black is one of the brace medical doctors who are working in the epicentre of the largest ever recorded Ebola epidemic. The London based Obstetrician and Gynaecologist is on his first mission with Doctors without Borders in Sierra Leone. Here is Benjamin's touching report about dying and surviving, about his patients, his motivation, his fears, and about his own family. more

Source: MSF

Perspectives Agriculture

It’s Like Having A New Life

All Africa. Lucy Banda is one of 1.75 million African smallholder farmers, 40 per cent of them women, enrolled in a $180-million five-year programme run by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. AGRA was set up in 2006 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Now, its latest report says the scheme is achieving its aims. more

Source: New Scientist

Inspiration Yoga

The Growing Yoga Scene In Kenya

Kenya. From urban centers to rural areas yoga is spreading in Kenya. Until recently yoga was only practised by a small group of expats and south Asian devotees. Now that is changing and the move has been led by The Africa Yoga Project, a non-profit organization founded by American Paige Elenson six years ago. more

Source: The Guardian

Inspiration Globalisation

You Might Have A Pair Of Flip-Flops … Think about it

China, Ethiopia, Global. The Flip-Flop Trail: A Journey Through Globalization's Backroads, the new book by Caroline Knowles, a Professor of Sociology, provides new ways of thinking about globalisation from the vantage point of the shifting landscape crossed by a seemingly ordinary and everyday commodity. more

Source: The Guardian